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Old Apr 24, 2008, 7:31 PM   #1
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I'm a happy camper today as the replacement for my K20d arrived this afternoon. If I needed any convincing that I just got a lemon the first time, it was dispelled in the first few clicks of the shutter. I immediately headed out the front door, and the first thing I saw was one of my wife's irises. All shots in this post are direct from camera with no processing other than resizing for the forum.

The iris was taken with the DA*50-135. I switched to the Phoenix 100-400mm, hoping to get some bird shots, but no birds cooperated, so I played a little with the capabilities of the 14 MP sensor. This is a shot of the power lines behind my house leading down to a lake, taken at 100mm. Note the power pole with a circle at the edge of the lake.

Going on out to 400 mm with the circled pole at the center

Now, a 100% crop of the ID sign at the top of the power pole (Note these are all handheld)

I was having fun, but my labrador found the whole process less than scintillating.

Finally, with light fading, I went up to ISO 3200 and shot another iris (still with the Phoenix 100-400 since I didn't want to go in and get another lens)

Obviously, all of them could be improved with judicious cutting, sharpening, etc. but I wanted to test the capabilities of the camera. Definitely a whole different animal than the first one I got.

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Old Apr 24, 2008, 9:13 PM   #2
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Glad your second one is so outstanding - I really love mine. What's really amazing to me is the 100% crop with the Phoenix - incredible! That's the type of extra detail I've been seeing with many of my lenses, too (not my old kit lens, but definitely with the DA*50-135 and the A*300).

Keep posting pictures, love a success story!
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Old Apr 25, 2008, 7:00 PM   #3
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Glad you finally got it Paul...Nice photos...

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Old Apr 25, 2008, 11:09 PM   #4
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Good to hear it's all ok now, love the Lab and flowers.
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