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01-01-2011, 04:00 PM   #61
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pentaxor Quote
you should have tried a 12-24 on this shot as well.
Don't know if you were joking, but I wasn't out to compare lenses, I was just there, saw the arch, and I liked what I got. I liked the way my shoulder felt after walking 10 miles that day. Maybe I would have liked the detail of some other lens (or even another format) a little better, but I doubt I would have ended up in that spot taking that shot if I had carried more equipment.

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QuoteOriginally posted by GeneV Quote
Don't know if you were joking, but I wasn't out to compare lenses, I was just there, saw the arch, and I liked what I got. I liked the way my shoulder felt after walking 10 miles that day. Maybe I would have liked the detail of some other lens (or even another format) a little better, but I doubt I would have ended up in that spot taking that shot if I had carried more equipment.
Happy New Year Gene. no I wasn't joking. I'm just saying that the image would had been much better with a 12-24 and as you mentioned, details. it's true though that the kitlens is really light and small.
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Wow! What an interesting thread!

The OP is no where to be found and half the forum is in a lather!




If the OP was not excited about the 18-55, so what? Those of us that own and use the lens know what it can do and what it is good for.


As for me, this evening I am attending a friend's wedding and have agreed to do snapshots and help with the "photojournalism" photos of the event. I will have three lenses in my kit. The DA 18-55 will be pulling the bulk of the load with the FA 35/2 in the pocket. I will also have the FA 77/1.8 for candid shots of the guests. My expectation is that it will be hard to tell which photos were taken with which lens when I hand off the CD.


Steve

P.S. I might also throw the Lynx 5000 loaded with Neopan 400 into bag just for giggles...

(Loves high value optics and has no desire to sell the 18-55...)

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Happy New Year Gene. no I wasn't joking. I'm just saying that the image would had been much better with a 12-24 and as you mentioned, details. it's true though that the kitlens is really light and small.
Happy New Year as well. I'll give you "better" but we'll agree to disagree on "much." I like my 12-24 a lot, alll other things being equal, the differences are not the difference between a good shot and not.

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After all the great advice you people have given me, I think I figured out how to deal with the kit lens. How do these look?
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f132/2001as/IMGP0366_HDR.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f132/2001as/IMGP05871_HDR.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f132/2001as/IMGP1151_HDR.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f132/2001as/IMGP1159_HDR.jpg
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tony3d Quote
After all the great advice you people have given me, I think I figured out how to deal with the kit lens. How do these look?
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f132/2001as/IMGP1151_HDR.jpg
Good stuff...
that squirrel shot is amazing.

How did you manage to get so close to it?
and are the shots really HDR (as your filenames seem to imply) -
with multiple exposures?
(Didn't the squirrel move - causing registration/alignment problems?)

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GeneV: I think we forget the rarified air that we occupy as DSLR enthusiasts. The product we get from the kit lens is so far beyond that with which 95% of the world is happy that it is easy to lose our perspective.
An excellent observation--I agree, %100! We all need to stay more mindful of this.


HAPPY NEW YEAR, to ALL
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Manox Zero: I replaced my original kit lens with an FA 28-70 f4 AL and a Tamron 10-24mm.

An image from the FA
That is a cool shot--tx for posting.

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Good stuff...
that squirrel shot is amazing.

How did you manage to get so close to it?
and are the shots really HDR (as your filenames seem to imply) -
with multiple exposures?
(Didn't the squirrel move - causing registration/alignment problems?)
Thanks, there's an area out here where the squirrels are very friendly. I was able to walk within feet of him. I used Nik's HDR Efex Pro to process a single image.
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Paperbag846: Two kit lens shots:
The fireworks shot is, without a doubt, one of the best images I have seen done with the kit--great job!
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Yeah, those kit.lens shots really sucked.

If I sucked that bad, my name would be Ansel.

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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Wow! What an interesting thread!

The OP is no where to be found and half the forum is in a lather!




If the OP was not excited about the 18-55, so what? Those of us that own and use the lens know what it can do and what it is good for.


As for me, this evening I am attending a friend's wedding and have agreed to do snapshots and help with the "photojournalism" photos of the event. I will have three lenses in my kit. The DA 18-55 will be pulling the bulk of the load with the FA 35/2 in the pocket. I will also have the FA 77/1.8 for candid shots of the guests. My expectation is that it will be hard to tell which photos were taken with which lens when I hand off the CD.


Steve

P.S. I might also throw the Lynx 5000 loaded with Neopan 400 into bag just for giggles...

(Loves high value optics and has no desire to sell the 18-55...)
Pentaxians must be easy to troll, as the OP started the same exact thread on dpreview, and it generates the same response.

18-55 kit lens. Nothing exciting. [Page 1]: Pentax SLR Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

As far as the kit lens, it is what it is. I've gotten really good pictures from it, but it vignettes at 18mm, sharpness in the corners leaves a lot to be desired, and I usually step it down to f/8 or so. Can't say that I can't get good shots with it, but it's a kit lens. Maybe better than C & N, but it's like $100 new, $50 added to the price a new kit with a body (if that).
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I don't know if the lens has anything exciting or not . But I love it . A lens at $100 and gives me pictures like this, I'm not asking more .


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Half way through this thread I was ready to chuck both of my kit lenses (DA 18-55 I). But then it struck me, I've taken some great shots with both of them. (Good copies?)
Compared to my Nikon kit lens (which quickly made it to ebay with the body) this lens is a gem.
I have better lenses, but for the cost I'll never complain about what Pentax did.
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Get a good copy and the DA 18-55mm is a keeper, especially in II or WR guise. It's an especially great lens for infrared shooting due to the absence of hotspots.

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