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09-22-2007, 03:40 PM   #1
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LBA: first hour with the 50-200mm

In anticipation of my first fashion show shoot tomorrow, I picked up a DA 50-200mm today at Shutterbug in downtown Portland, Oregon. Darnit... no DA* 50-135's in town!

I got them to take off $10 since it was a demo unit. The fellow said they don't usually do a discount on Pentax demos since they don't get used so much. The final price was $239.99.

So far, I like the lens. It's compact and light plus focusing is pretty quick on the K10D. I think it will be a fine compliment to the Tamron 28-75mm and FA 50mm 1.4 that I also plan on taking to the fashion shoot.

My one nitpick... with the lens hood on, the lens cap is difficult to put on or remove... similar to most Pentax lens caps... wish they'd use center pinch caps like Tamron... well, a fella can dream....

Here are a few first shots...

1/60s f/5.6 ISO100 200mm


1/800s f/5.6 ISO100 125mm


1/60s f/5.6 ISO640 200mm


1/50s f/5.6 ISO640 200mm


1/15s f/5.6 ISO640 80mm


09-22-2007, 03:51 PM   #2
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I like the dog
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Haha spying on the cutie across the room eh? Congrats on the purchase!
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can't remember if pentax is still running a rebate on this.

09-22-2007, 04:24 PM   #5
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The 50-200 is a nice lens, very small and optically very good for the price.

Funny thing about the caps is that they do use them on some lenses, my 12-24 came with a pentax pinch-cap. Interestingly the similar 14mm, which has the same filter diameter, doesnt appear to have a pinch-cap. I agree they are a lot better than the normal type since you can remove htem with the hood still on.
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QuoteOriginally posted by hamidlmt Quote
My one nitpick... with the lens hood on, the lens cap is difficult to put on or remove... similar to most Pentax lens caps... wish they'd use center pinch caps like Tamron... well, a fella can dream....
I removed the little window in the hood that's there to allow you access a polarizing filter and have never put it back (nor do I know where it is). Having it gone does make it 100% easier to put the lens cap on and off - you might try it.
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I think the reason that the 12-24 does have a center-pinch cap and the 14mm doesn't is because the 12-24 is a joint venture with Tokina, just like the two new DA* lenses. If you look, the Pentax "pinch" caps are just rebadged Tokinas.

And about the 50-200, I recently got one myself and love it. I was looking at getting a 50-135 DA* but now I've convinced myselft that I've not run into a situation that I would need the DA* so I'm pretty happy. This is indeed a sharp lens, and very fast at focusing on the K10.
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Very nice pictures

I love the dog picture. You have captured the expression in the shot and I can see reflection in the eyes. All are lovely photos.

I hope your da 50-200 can hold off your lba for more expensive lens for a while longer. It does well for me and I am not thinking of the the new DA lens though I have to admit that I wish my da 50-200 a bit faster.

You can also see my love of my DA 50-200 to others in these blog posts

My favorite mosaic with DA 50-200
Fields Of Dreams with Pentax - Hin's Photo Blog

My first sunset shot with DA 50-200
Sunset with Pentax DA 50-200 - Hin's Tech Corner

Reaction to poor review in photozone.de
Photozone.de Pentax DA 50-200 review - Hin's Tech Corner

My Kids My Passions
Kids Portraits with Pentax - Hin's Tech Corner
My Kids My Passions - Hin's Photo Blog

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QuoteOriginally posted by ricosuave Quote
can't remember if pentax is still running a rebate on this.
Yes.. the $50 rebate is still current. If the lens works out today at the shoot, I'll definitely send it in for the rebate.

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The 50-200 is a nice lens, very small and optically very good for the price.

Funny thing about the caps is that they do use them on some lenses, my 12-24 came with a pentax pinch-cap. Interestingly the similar 14mm, which has the same filter diameter, doesnt appear to have a pinch-cap. I agree they are a lot better than the normal type since you can remove htem with the hood still on.
I've heard such good things about this lens. I didn't realize it similar in size and weight to the kit lens. The 14 doesn't have a pinch cap... which it did with that big ol' hood!

QuoteOriginally posted by betsypdx Quote
I removed the little window in the hood that's there to allow you access a polarizing filter and have never put it back (nor do I know where it is). Having it gone does make it 100% easier to put the lens cap on and off - you might try it.
Betsy.... You're a genius! I took out the little window last night and it does make a huge difference accessing the lens cap!

QuoteOriginally posted by clawhamemr Quote
And about the 50-200, I recently got one myself and love it. I was looking at getting a 50-135 DA* but now I've convinced myselft that I've not run into a situation that I would need the DA* so I'm pretty happy. This is indeed a sharp lens, and very fast at focusing on the K10.
I've been drooling over the 50-135 too. But, usually the only time I need long glass is outdoors during the daytime... the 50-200 may be just the ticket.

QuoteOriginally posted by hinman Quote
I love the dog picture. You have captured the expression in the shot and I can see reflection in the eyes. All are lovely photos.

I hope your da 50-200 can hold off your lba for more expensive lens for a while longer. It does well for me and I am not thinking of the the new DA lens though I have to admit that I wish my da 50-200 a bit faster.

You can also see my love of my DA 50-200 to others in these blog posts
Warmest regards,
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Hin... some nice shots you have there! That's my little one, Chaya, in the dog shot. I was about to plug in the camera into the laptop to download the pictures and she plopped down right next time me, like she usually does. Just had to grab one last shot!
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DA 50-200 v. DA* 50-135

QuoteOriginally posted by clawhamemr Quote
And about the 50-200, I recently got one myself and love it. I was looking at getting a 50-135 DA* but now I've convinced myselft that I've not run into a situation that I would need the DA* so I'm pretty happy.
If you get a good DA 50-200 sample, then it's outstanding.

I, however, would love to have a f/2.8 at 135mm than the f/4-5.6 at 135-200mm. I shoot sports, and at night, the DA 50-200mm at 200mm f/5.6 is not usable at even ISO1600 other than 1/350 or below.

I'm hoping the forthcoming DA 55-300mm is another f/4-5.6 (or possibly f/3.5-5.6) and not slower, and I can f/4 around at least 150mm. But it'll probably be commodity f/4-6.3 or something with that near-6x zoom.

I might just go for the DA* 60-250 f/4 at some point (like when I upgrade from my K100D for all all-weather-proof solution), although I'm already having issues getting in some stadiums with even my K100D + DA 50-200. Sigh.
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You have a point there, a good one Wish pentax changed all their caps to pinch ones...

QuoteOriginally posted by clawhamemr Quote
I think the reason that the 12-24 does have a center-pinch cap and the 14mm doesn't is because the 12-24 is a joint venture with Tokina, just like the two new DA* lenses. If you look, the Pentax "pinch" caps are just rebadged Tokinas.

And about the 50-200, I recently got one myself and love it. I was looking at getting a 50-135 DA* but now I've convinced myselft that I've not run into a situation that I would need the DA* so I'm pretty happy. This is indeed a sharp lens, and very fast at focusing on the K10.
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Fashion shoot is done.... some thoughts

Well.... I was at the Race for the Cure after party and fashion show yesterday and the 50-200 performed well in outdoors, daylight conditions. I mostly had it on the *ist DS with the Tamron 28-75 2.8 on the K10D. I also broke out the FA 50mm 1.4 and DA 14mm 2.8 for a handful of shots.

I'll be posting some band shots, candids and fashion show shots after I go through them all. Took about 250 shots in a bit over 2 hours. During the fashion shoot I just used the Tamron lens and K10D combo as the focus was that much quicker and the wider apertures could give me the fast shutter speeds I needed. The 50-200 was fantastic while shooting the band and snagging candids.

It was also great having an assistant... my wife. She'd hand me the 2nd camera whenever I reached for it.

So, when are they gonna make a 24-135 2.8? LOL! That would have been the perfect lens for the fashion shoot. Alas, it does not exist! I also found it a little frustrating going to the good ol' *ist DS.... kept reaching around front to find the second wheel to make adjustments to shutter speed! If I ever start making some real money at this, I'll have to get a second K10D body.
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The DA 50-200 is superb. It has ample range to cover normal to moderately long telephoto needs. I find my copy fairly sharp and certainly respectable in all aspects. I've recently discovered it is very good for candid portrature as well since it gives you comfortable working room. Check out my candid portrait of my mother's friend Freda.

As for the pinch caps, Promaster makes generic pinch caps that work well with the Pentax hoods. I've replaced all of my Pentax caps with them and you have the advantage of never loosing your Pentax caps. Who cares if you lose a Promaster one, they are $5-6 each in common sizes. Oh, they do have a little tab on the edge to attach a cord to keep them from getting lost but I clipped them off as they kept snagging on things.

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