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08-25-2011, 01:32 AM   #301
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QuoteOriginally posted by kari Quote
Wow, Caat, those desert pics are amazing. Love the one with the girl. Where was it taken?

I wouldn't trade this lens for any other. Looking at pictures made by it convinced me to pay the extra bit over the Tamron and Sigma. Just looking to add the 50-135 to my collection
Thanks! They were taken in the desert around Dubai. It was the first time I'd ever been into a desert and it was really beautiful. It was September 2009 and whilst the temperture in Dubai itself was a horendous 40 something (and stupidly humid) the desert was dry and fresh feeling despite being about 32.

The wind coming across the sand dunes was a wonderful feeling, and the coarseness of the grains meant the sand didn't get up in your face or anything. it was an amazing orange colour.

At that point in time I was still using my DS (the other shots were with the K-7) and I had a UV filter on to stop the front element getting sand blasted!

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I agree about the quality of this lens. I think it's imaging charms are hard to capture in objective tests, and indeed in web-sized jpgs for that matter , and so it's reputation isn't nearly as good as it perhaps should be.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Caat Quote
is that it captures light very nicely and has very good contrast characteristics.
That building is the Taj Mahal. Another aspect of the lens that I really like is the gorgeous colors it reproduces, which I attempted to show in the second photo, which is of a garden inside Port Arthur, infamous convict prison in Tasmania, and site of a massacre which led to the banning of firearms in Australia. Thanks for the nice comments about the Taj photo.
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Share several photos taken w/ 16-50 recently in Muir Woods National Monument. I have use this lens mostly in the past two months since I got it.
Sometime I wish the long end is 70mm though.





Some areas over-exposed and there is some PF which I haven't figure out how to remove them in LR.

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California (Muir Woods, HW1, Lick Observatory) - a set on Flickr

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Share several photos taken w/ 16-50 recently in Muir Woods National Monument. I have use this lens mostly in the past two months since I got it.
Sometime I wish the long end is 70mm though.





Some areas over-exposed and there is some PF which I haven't figure out how to remove them in LR.

More photos here:
California (Muir Woods, HW1, Lick Observatory) - a set on Flickr

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Very nice photos. The 16-50 is my walk around lens also, and I love it. I'm basically lazy when it comes to post processing, so what I do in LR 3 is in the develop module, I turn the purple saturataion down to zero.

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@LFLee: I particularly like the way you captured the light shining through the foliage. I have a similar shot, unfortunately, there was also a bit of flare hotspots which appear to have been caused by water droplets hitting my filter.
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Thanks Canada_rockies for the kind words and suggestion -- will try that next time in LR.
Thanks Selar for the kind words. Your falls shot is a difficult one as the dynamic range is so high across. Reflections of dust on the lens do creates problems sometime! :-)

I found it difficult to select WB and aperture in the woods, + the high DR always create problems to select the right exposure. There are many ppl in the park which makes it difficult to use tripod and the HDR function.

I like the DA*16-50 flexibility, though it doesn't handle flare very well - couldn't point towards the sunlight directly. I bet the DA15ltd would give better results.

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The 16-50mm knocked it out of the park when I was in upstate New York camping on the Saranac lakes. Especially in the driving rain, on a fishing boat. :-) SO happy I went Pentax. WR is the best thing ever. There are more shots on my flickr, including ones from the X100.
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To keep the desert vibes going, here is a shot of a dune at sunrise Sossusvlei, Namibia. DA* 16-50, K-x.

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wow Kari, nice desert shot. Are you climbing up the sand? How tall is it?

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Pretty happy with sharpness of the lens. Photo is of a cannon overlooking Jodhpur from the ramparts of Mehrangarh Fort.
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And Mehrangarh Fort itself..
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To be honest I liked the 16-50 on the K10d but never enjoyed it with my K20d but on the K-5, wow!




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Just went to Disney World and honestly, this was on my camera 90 percent of the time. Particularly, because my wife really likes telephotos, but also it is just a great walk around range.







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The right combination!

Finally, without fear I can do on the field!
K20 + 16-50 and archaeological excavation is no longer a nightmare due to dust!
Medieval monastery of Gracanica (about 16 centuries) and the cemetery that surrounds it, near Valjevo, Serbia!
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Had some fun with this lens this weekend on a hot 83 degrees F in Massachusetts




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