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09-13-2007, 11:17 PM   #1
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Mastering the FA50

Well I've had this lens for about two weeks now and have been mucking around a little. After work yesterday and last night I took some random shots and are posting them here for people to view.

The FA 50 is a great lens, however getting used it can be a challenge. Managing the narrow DOF at certain apertures is fun. Using a fixed focal length to compose a requires skills and patience. These shots below were shot between f1.4 and 2.8 and the iso between 100-400. If the EXIF doesn't come across here is a reference.

1. friends - f2, 1/20, ISO 400
2. fruit - f/2, 1/45, ISO 200
3. red grevilia - f/2, 1/30, IS0 100

IQ may have been lost a little due to resizing

I'll get some more up

Last edited by switch79; 03-26-2008 at 08:45 PM.
09-15-2007, 02:34 AM   #2
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Yep - it's fun. I was using it at a dinner and got told a couple of times after taking a shot - "The flash didn't go off". I just laughed in a superior manner!
09-15-2007, 10:39 AM   #3
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Very cool pictures

I like all of your test shots. They seems very sharp to me. I have issues with my 1st copy of FA 50 f/1.4. It is either my inexperience or something wrong with my 1st copy on focusing. I returned my 1st copy for exchange and my 2nd copy seems much better especially in daytime f/4.0 test shots.

Some of my troubles and soft pictures with 1st copy are here:

indoor on desktop
Pentax SMC FA 50 f/1.4 Test Shots - Hin's Tech Corner

outdoor with plenty of light
Love is Kind - Hin's Photo Blog

indoor with low light
Happy Birthday to Sweetie Ben - Hin's Photo Blog

The pictures in screen resolution look look but as soon as I do pixel peeping, I see very soft pictures for outdoor f/4.0 and indoor f/2.0 settings. But also a lot of mistakes are on my part.

I am still in the process of testing my 2nd exchanged copy, so far so good. And I hope to post test images on 2nd copy soon.


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