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Old Jan 24, 2011, 6:49 AM   #1
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Default Testing out a "new" portrait lens

Had heard many good things about the various Pentax 50mm lenses, and finally saved up enough to buy a (very used but still useable) A 50 f1.4
Portrait photography is one of my (many) weak points, and am hoping this lens will help...

Here are a few test shots, using some of my "feathered friends" as subjects.

The Great Horned Owl was not very pleased with all the attention...
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Old Jan 24, 2011, 6:51 AM   #2
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But his next-door-neighbor Barred Owl was a bit more patient with the slow photographer...
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Old Jan 24, 2011, 6:53 AM   #3
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And the Screech Owl did not seem to mind a lens in his face at all!
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Old Jan 24, 2011, 6:54 AM   #4
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Any suggestions for better using this new lens? Thanks so much!!

(PS - it's not too bad for tree subjects either. Will see how it works for humans soon...)
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Beautifuls shots! I really love my 1.4! It has taken some awesome pics of my girls! Hey, are you the owl whisperer or something?!?!
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Very nice series. Perhaps I should bring my SMC A 50mm f2 with me to the next wild photo day at Hawk Creek, considering your results.
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Great shots from an outstanding lens. Enjoy the new old lens and keep bringing us more fine pictures like these with it.

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Old Jan 24, 2011, 8:26 AM   #8
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Great shots, looks like a sharp lens. I could never get that close to any of the owl's around my place. I have a A 50 f1.7 and use it around the camp fire at dusk for shots of the grandkids. I installed a split image screen to help focus. I was able to achieve nice soft results with well focused eyes. I leave the auto focus on to enable the focus indication that also helps.

By the look of your images you don't need help with focusing that manual lens but the link below is for the screen I use, I did have to play with the provided shims to get the focus correct.

http://www.focusingscreen.com/produc...313622a8041958

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I just love Owls and these are great ! Wonderful set .. still have a smile on my face.
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Eddie - You certainly have shown us some awesome photos of your daughters! Mine are much older (in their 20's) but am looking forward to trying this lens on them too. PS - Not an owl whisperer (maybe an owl hooter??) - these are some injured birds that I care for and use for educational purposes. Biggest problem was holding my left hand (where birds were perching) far enough away from the camera!

Mike - If they let you get close enough, it might be worthwhile. My birds let me get close because they know who lunch comes from!

Lou - Thanks so much! Will have to continue practicing with this one...

Hans - Thanks for the kind words and the helpful link. Think I will continue working without the split screen for now, but might be something to invest in later...

Kevin - Glad you enjoyed these!
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