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10-08-2007, 05:09 AM   #1
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First shots from new Pentax FA J 75-300mm

Here's a selection of images I took with the new Pentax FA J 75-300mm lens.
It's nice to use something other than the 18-55mm kit lens (as that's all I have had over the last 3 months to shoot with).

After reading many a poor review of this lens (after i ordered it an pre-paid it) I was a bit disappointed.
So I wasn't really looking forward to receiving it ... but it finally made it.

So i reluctantly hooked it up to the K10D and went out in the midday sun with no filters and shooting .jpg ... looking for something to shoot.

All shots were taken around the house/property around 1:30pm

No shots of native birds ... as you can see from some of the following images ... my beloved Border Collie loves chasing/stalking them.

OK ... here's a handful of the poor images this lens takes (all straight off the camera ... no editing or cropping at all.)
All handheld as well ... I couldn't be bother dragging the tripod around with me in the heat.

My Niece (75mm - 1/30sec - ISO400 - F/5.6) Indoor shot


Tonka Toy (75mm - 1/20sec - ISO400 - F/5.6) Indoor shot


Holly (270mm - 1/180sec - ISO 100 - F/5.6)


Holly (300mm - 1/180sec - ISO 400 - F/8)


Holly (190mm - 1/45sec - ISO 100 - F/13)


Holly (85mm - 1/350sec - ISO 100 - F/6.7)


Rose (110mm - 1/350sec - ISO 100 - F/6.7)


Rose (200mm - 1/180sec - ISO 100 - F/6.7)


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Here's a few more from the day:

Holly (220mm - 1/180sec - ISO 200 - F/6.7)


Phantom (300mm - 1/250sec - ISO 100 - F/6.7)


Orange (have taken other shots of this Orange with my 18-55mm kit lens)
(158mm - 1/500sec - ISO 100 - F/4.5


Holly (300mm - 1/180sec - ISO 100 - F/5.8)


Holly (300mm - 1/180sec - ISO 100 - F/5.8)


Sister in Law and my Niece (110mm - 1/250sec - ISO 100 - F/5.6)
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Well it made you able to capture some pics of your BC ...so I'd say it's money (and not much $) well spent!


Seriously though... I didn't get this one because of all the terrible reviews (the 'j' stands for junk ...and so on) and maybe it's my newbie eyes, but these all look good to me!
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There were a number of shots that were crap though ... but that's me getting used to AF hunting ... and also needing good light for shots as well ... the 2 indoor shots were lucky really ... although there was ambient light coming in.

Always a challenge to keep up with the dog Was good fun following her when she was stalking birds and lizards.

For now though ... this zoom was cheap really ... so it'll be a good learning lens. Moreso the fact that I will try my best to overcome the shortfalls it hs and TRY and produce some half decent photos.

I have a lot more playing to do yet.

Next lens to play with will be the 90mm Macro ... I gotta find me some bugs (too many fast moving annoying flies at the moment though)

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From the pictures of the rose the Bokeh on this lens looks really good. I wouldn't consider this a dog lens- in a quick little shootout I did it was behind the 50-200 but ahead of a tamron 70-300.
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I think your shots are great. They all look very natural to me. If that lens is suposed to be a poor performer then you must have gotten a sweet copy of it. Nice work
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It does hunt a little with AF ... especially when you have zoomed a bit ... but I am getting used to it.

I am going to try and get some shots on the tripod though ... as at 300mm .... boy I am shakey ... the SR on the K10D does a marvelous job ... that's all I can say ... hee hee.

When the skies clear a bit and the moon is out again ... I'll have a play around then and see how it really goes with high contrast ... I am expecting CA's and Fringing though ... but will shoot it in Raw and get rid of as much as I can.

It's not a fast lens ... but I am slowing my self down when using it to try and get the best from it (If you know what i mean). I think I'll go and get a CP for it as well for the really bright days as well.
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From the pictures of the rose the Bokeh on this lens looks really good. I wouldn't consider this a dog lens- in a quick little shootout I did it was behind the 50-200 but ahead of a tamron 70-300.
I was tempted in getting the 50-200mm actually ... but though I might need something longer. I think as time goes on ... I will upgrade the lens to something better though ... but for now ... i am happy with it (as my initial expectations were low).

I probably won't have a high keeper rate with the 75-300 ... but if I get the odd good one ... I'll be happy.

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Looks good to me simon The proof is in the pudding as they say-- I think any long lens takes a good deal of skill even with sr especially moving subjects and people repeat others opinions on certain lenses just because they read a post somewhere without any real experience. But then what do I know I like my smc-a135 f2.8
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I have this lens too, and other than a few little quirks, I think it does a fine job. I guess it's easier to post opinions when you don't like something than when you do, so you read a lot of negative things about it. Like you, I find the auto focus tends to hunt when zoomed out, and sometimes I have to push the button half-way twice for it to "really" focus. But I used it at an air show over labor day weekend with manual focusing and got some pretty nice shots. I put some in the post your photo section.

Enjoy your new lens, I think you'll really like it!
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Very nice pictures! Looks like you got the feel for the lens right away!

I'm getting a very similar lens tomorrow and this is all making me more and more excited!!!
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And sometimes I have to push the button half-way twice for it to "really" focus.

Enjoy your new lens, I think you'll really like it!

I found this as well ... I am hoping to get out a bit more this coming weekend with it and looking at taking more shots if i can.

Thanks for that ... I hope it produces the shots I am after.
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Also, sorry to sound like a dumby but what kind of dog is that? It's very cute!

I had a golden retreiver until very recently and now it seems like every dog I see I want. I miss having a dog!
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Also, sorry to sound like a dumby but what kind of dog is that? It's very cute!

I had a golden retreiver until very recently and now it seems like every dog I see I want. I miss having a dog!
She's a short hair Border Collie ... way too much energy ... I caught her while she was having a short rest between chasing birds.

I am on acreage ... so she has a decent amount of room to run around all day.

Not long before we were offered to take this dog (she was in a small backyard previously) ... my wife had a 3 year old Jack Russel (smooth coat) ... but he managed to get out and got hit by a car and survived ... but we had to put him down due to extensive injuries. Was hard to deal with losing a loved pet.
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I also have the lens. I find that it is pretty good on the short end and only gets disappointing as it gets zoomed way out.

I've sort of changed my mind about selling it (and the kit lens) as they are are the only things I can stick on the camera and let my wife and kids use. Everything else I own are manual focus primes....and mostly M42 at that....and they have zero interest in learning how to use them. My daughter wonders why I have a DSLR and a stable of antique cameras, thinking me somewhat of an idiot for not using a compact digital P&S instead. She loves me anyway, for which I am thankful.
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