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11-22-2011, 05:31 PM   #241
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I thought I would try out the DA18-135 to see if it is a suitable replacement for my DA17-70. My 17-70 has been great optically but it suffers from the 50-70 focus lock issues and it's my second one with the problem. My first lens I sent in for repair last year and CRIS sent me a new lens saying they couldn't repair the old one (after 2 months!). The new lens developed the same problem and I've just been living with it, but I've missed few photos because it wouldn't lock.

So before I decide on a repair or sale I thought I would try the 18-135 to see if it fits my work style. I have a blog where I do daily shoots and I like to work quick since I shoot in unfamiliar places a lot, so a zoom is a must most of the time. I'll eventually add some DA primes as finances permit but I rely on a zoom for most of my work. I was impressed with the photos I've been seeing from the 18-135. Impressed enough that I wasn't too scared by the Photozone review. So far, I like it. I like it's rendering and contrast. It seems sharp enough and it's weaknesses are minor for my type of work. I like the WR since I seem to always be in the rain and the firm feel of the focus ring (especially compared to the loose, short throw of the 17-70). But I don't like the lack of stops and distance markings. I can live with the variable aperture although I did like the constant F4.0 on the 17-70.

So here are a few recent shots from some of my daily excursions. These are actual photos and not lens test shots. I believe in just trying a lens like I would normally use it.

135mm @f/11


100mm @ f/7.1


68mm @ f/5.6


115mm @ f/5.6


135mm @ f/8


This one is a little extreme processed as it was part of a series on my blog. So the vignette is not from the lens

88mm @ f/8
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Nice 6bender, it looks to me like the lens is working for you. I especially like the colourful wet abstract.

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QuoteOriginally posted by audiobomber Quote
Nice 6bender, it looks to me like the lens is working for you. I especially like the colourful wet abstract.
Thanks. Amazingly that was shot at 1/15 sec. handheld!
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Few from a local steam fair taken with the 18-135mm














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In case anyone is interested, here is an example of the bokeh. I like it and find it interesting but I realize that the bokeh thing is subjective.

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Now I want to put my Kx up for sale with the kit lens to get money towards one of these.

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I was going through my summer shots and came across some DA 18-135 images.


















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Great set Norm. I'm especially enamoured with the dog on the cliff.
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Thanks Dan, but.. the dog is on a rock beside the water.. those are cloud reflections behind him... you can see ripples in the water if you look.
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Thanks Dan, but.. the dog is on a rock beside the water.. those are cloud reflections behind him... you can see ripples in the water if you look.
Yes, I get it now. Very cool. I loved the next one too (your wife?), but it just needed a touch of fill flash.
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Beautiful pictures Norm!
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You convince me to get that lense. I love a general purpose lense
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Thanks crewl1 and bobmaxja...

Yes, the wife is a cool one too, I love those shots... I posted one a long time ago because it was soooo psychedelic... when you get colour like that you can really go crazy on the post processing.

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