Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digital SLR and Interchangeable Lens Cameras > Pentax / Samsung dSLR, K Mount Mirrorless

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Jan 21, 2011, 6:37 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Monza76's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 4,093
Default Finally got a WR lens

Well, it is only the 50-200mm but it seems to be sharp and very well built for the price of under $200 so I am happy. Hopefully I will get out tomorrow and try it out in the serious cold (it is -37C right now but will get up to -32C by tomorrow). The standard issue, first generation, 18-55mm lasted for over three hours at -20C last Saturday, the AF/MF focus shift stopped working until the camera warmed back up (it would turn one way but then engage the AF drive when you tried to turn it the other way) but other than that it was fine. I am hoping for an even better performance from this lens.

I like this range as well, since most of my pictures up here are taken from greater distances. I have been using the FA 50mm extensively so now I have some additional reach (but I will have to start using flash at indoor events).

I will post images as soon as I have some (right now I just have a classroom bookcase, showing where I unpacked the lens).
__________________
Ira
Riverview, NB, Canada
http://aicphotography.blogspot.com/
_______________________________
Current equipment
Pentax K5, K3:
FA 35mm f2, FA 50 f1.4, FA 28-70mm f4, FA 28-80mm f3.5-5.6, F 50mm f1.7, Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 Di, DA 10-17 f3.5-4.5, DA 14 f2.8, DA 16-45mm f4, DA 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 WR, DA 50-200mm f4-5.6 WR, AF-540FGZ

Olympus E-P2, E-P5, OM-D E-M1: 9mm to 150mm lenses

_______________________________

Last edited by Monza76; Jan 21, 2011 at 6:41 PM.
Monza76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Jan 21, 2011, 7:05 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
mtngal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Frazier Park, CA
Posts: 16,052
Default

Congrats on the new lens! I'm sure you'll enjoy it, and get a lot of good use out of it. I'm another that likes longer lenses for the most part. I'll be interested to see of that K10 you have will play nicely with it.
mtngal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 21, 2011, 7:19 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Monza76's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 4,093
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mtngal View Post
Congrats on the new lens! I'm sure you'll enjoy it, and get a lot of good use out of it. I'm another that likes longer lenses for the most part. I'll be interested to see of that K10 you have will play nicely with it.
So far, just playing with it around the apartment, it seems to be focusing properly with no issues. It is more solidly built than the regular 50-200mm that Annette has (although that lens isn't bad). I can't wait to try it out.
__________________
Ira
Riverview, NB, Canada
http://aicphotography.blogspot.com/
_______________________________
Current equipment
Pentax K5, K3:
FA 35mm f2, FA 50 f1.4, FA 28-70mm f4, FA 28-80mm f3.5-5.6, F 50mm f1.7, Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 Di, DA 10-17 f3.5-4.5, DA 14 f2.8, DA 16-45mm f4, DA 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 WR, DA 50-200mm f4-5.6 WR, AF-540FGZ

Olympus E-P2, E-P5, OM-D E-M1: 9mm to 150mm lenses

_______________________________
Monza76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 21, 2011, 8:01 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Keltech's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Andover, Massachusetts
Posts: 2,178
Default

Good luck with your new glass. I just bought an 18-55 WR for my upcoming trip.

It looks like I will likely be encountering some rain so I thought a WR lens would be a wise thing to have along. I chose the wider as I think I will be shooting more landscapes. I have a couple cheap Opt/Tech rain covers as well that will cover the other lenses I am taking.

Lou
Keltech is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 23, 2011, 8:44 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Monza76's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 4,093
Default And here are the results

Here are some shots from today, temperature -34C wind chill about -45C.

The last shot is a very crude HDR with the sun in the shot (that is as high in the sky as it gets)
Attached Images
   
__________________
Ira
Riverview, NB, Canada
http://aicphotography.blogspot.com/
_______________________________
Current equipment
Pentax K5, K3:
FA 35mm f2, FA 50 f1.4, FA 28-70mm f4, FA 28-80mm f3.5-5.6, F 50mm f1.7, Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 Di, DA 10-17 f3.5-4.5, DA 14 f2.8, DA 16-45mm f4, DA 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 WR, DA 50-200mm f4-5.6 WR, AF-540FGZ

Olympus E-P2, E-P5, OM-D E-M1: 9mm to 150mm lenses

_______________________________
Monza76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 23, 2011, 8:48 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Monza76's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 4,093
Default

This one was shot through a window yesterday morning, cropped since 200mm isn't really long enough for a moon shot.
Attached Images
 
__________________
Ira
Riverview, NB, Canada
http://aicphotography.blogspot.com/
_______________________________
Current equipment
Pentax K5, K3:
FA 35mm f2, FA 50 f1.4, FA 28-70mm f4, FA 28-80mm f3.5-5.6, F 50mm f1.7, Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 Di, DA 10-17 f3.5-4.5, DA 14 f2.8, DA 16-45mm f4, DA 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 WR, DA 50-200mm f4-5.6 WR, AF-540FGZ

Olympus E-P2, E-P5, OM-D E-M1: 9mm to 150mm lenses

_______________________________
Monza76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 23, 2011, 9:03 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: East Central Vermont
Posts: 1,890
Default

Wow, those are very nice images, especially considering they're taken with an "economy" lens. I have no weather sealed lenses, but I'm interested in getting a few, so I'll be very much interested in your thoughts as you put it to use.
mtnman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 23, 2011, 9:42 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Monza76's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 4,093
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mtnman View Post
Wow, those are very nice images, especially considering they're taken with an "economy" lens. I have no weather sealed lenses, but I'm interested in getting a few, so I'll be very much interested in your thoughts as you put it to use.
This lens does have a rather small maximum aperture, and is of course a variable aperture zoom, but the only DA* lens that is close in range is the 60-250mm f4 which cost 6 to 8 times as much. I am very pleased with it so far, in today's good light (but super low temperatures) it worked very well giving me nicely focused results. The zoom ring was a little hard to grip with two pairs of gloves on but that was the only handling issue. As for control of flare, I left the hood at home so many of these images were shot with sunlight striking the front element with no discern-able affect.

My experience is still limited but I like it so much I just ordered the DA 18-55mm WR since I think that the weather resistance is a little more important to me than higher optical specs right now. I own excellent performers such as the DA 14mm, FA 35mm, FA 50mm and FA 28-70mm f4 but I believe these WR lenses will see more use as my regular kit. I truly love the K20D FA 35mm f2 combination for people and events and the K10D with the FA 50 f1.4 gives wonderful DOF control but the 18-55 is so versatile and the 50-200 lets me zero in on the details I like.

My opinion could change with time but right now I am very happy. The lens has better contrast and colour than the F 100-300mm I have been using and is also sharper and much more compact. As a fast 50 user I do not finder the 50mm end too long for regular photography and although 200mm is 100mm short of my other tele zoom I don't think it will be an issue most of the time. Most of todays shots were made at or near maximum aperture yet are acceptably sharp, here is a 100% crop for the pixel peepers to look at.
Attached Images
 
__________________
Ira
Riverview, NB, Canada
http://aicphotography.blogspot.com/
_______________________________
Current equipment
Pentax K5, K3:
FA 35mm f2, FA 50 f1.4, FA 28-70mm f4, FA 28-80mm f3.5-5.6, F 50mm f1.7, Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 Di, DA 10-17 f3.5-4.5, DA 14 f2.8, DA 16-45mm f4, DA 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 WR, DA 50-200mm f4-5.6 WR, AF-540FGZ

Olympus E-P2, E-P5, OM-D E-M1: 9mm to 150mm lenses

_______________________________

Last edited by Monza76; Jan 23, 2011 at 9:47 PM.
Monza76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 24, 2011, 2:26 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
mtngal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Frazier Park, CA
Posts: 16,052
Default

Looks like the camera plays well with the lens, a nice focal length for you. I'll be interested to see how you do with the WR kit lens, too.
mtngal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 25, 2011, 4:19 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Goldwinger's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Winter Haven, Florida
Posts: 6,515
Default

Congrats, Ira.
I'll second Harriet's' comment!
__________________
GW

Life's a breeze on a Goldwing...
Goldwinger is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:21 AM.