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11-23-2007, 12:00 PM   #31
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After dinner, I did all the dishes, raked the leaves in the yard, and sent our guests merrily on their way. For performing my tasks without complaining, I was justly rewarded.


The above photo was taken with a Kodak P880. As if you care.

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11-23-2007, 02:54 PM   #32
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That was a bit racey... considering I am at work right now...
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OK, now I am home, and I can thank you properly.

Nice shot!
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Well... I examined the images taken with the kit lens and compared them with the 16-45 and frankly, I cannot see much difference other than it "seems" to me that the kit lens provided better color rendition. The brick in the far wall in the first comparison shot was defined and detailed whereas with the 26-45 it was blown out. I would not pay the considerable difference in price for such minimal gain.

As for the 50-200mm it looks like it will be a reasonable mid-range telephoto. I suppose it boils down to our priorities and what it is we really want. For me... I would go for the 18-250mm given the fact that I would not need to change the lens out, miss a potential picture, travel light and pretty much have it all. As for available light shots, the 50mm f1.4 is dirt cheap and it would provide this.

Just priorities and the way in which we see things differently.

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OK, now I am home, and I can thank you properly.

Nice shot!
Thanks, Buddha.

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D00D! You from Queens!! I was born in Queens! That's awesome.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JamesD Quote
... it "seems" to me that the kit lens provided better color rendition. The brick in the far wall in the first comparison shot was defined and detailed whereas with the 26-45 it was blown out.
Those first two comparison shots were taken at different time, see post #9.

16-45 is sharper. at 45 mm focal length 18-55 needs stop down to almost f8 to get the same level sharpness as 16-45 @ f4. Also at wide end 16-45 gives you about 4 more degrees of angle of view, if that matters.
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D00D! You from Queens!! I was born in Queens! That's awesome.
Very cool, Buddha.

They say great minds think alike, perhaps they're also born in the same place!

I'm not far from Aqueduct racetrack.

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...more.......pretty.......girls.........please...........hehe, thanks for the comparison Mike. I'm no expert, but the 16-45 does look a bit sharper than the 18-55 to me, but just dunno if it is enough to make me pay the BIG difference in price. What surprised me is how much difference that extra 2MM means on the wide end.
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I'm not a good judge of photo quality, but I enjoy your subject matter. My wife and I take photo trips to The City on occasion.

For all we have spent at B&H we have not been in the store. We looked through the window once, having made the dumb mistake of going there on Saturday.
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...more.......pretty.......girls.........please...........hehe, thanks for the comparison Mike. I'm no expert, but the 16-45 does look a bit sharper than the 18-55 to me, but just dunno if it is enough to make me pay the BIG difference in price. What surprised me is how much difference that extra 2MM means on the wide end.
So you want more pretty girls?

I'm happy to oblige.

Again, this was taken with my Kodak P880, before I bought my Pentax K100D. I was trying to get a 1940s Rita Hayworth/Ava Gardner-type glamour feel. The Kodak image has a lot of noise, but this is part of the look I was going for. I guess it's the equivalent of digital grain.


Enjoy.

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I'm not a good judge of photo quality, but I enjoy your subject matter.
Thank you very much, Leo.

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Very nice shots.
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