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04-05-2011, 08:40 PM   #1
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Well, the 31 is in, and...

Well, if you read the To 31 or not to 31, that is my question. thread, you may be interested in some closure.

After a lot of advice and searching, I made the decision to grab a 31/1.8 Limited to the exclusion of a couple of DA lenses. I'm here to follow up and post some initial observations.

So:

Initial results are positive.

Initial analysis.
  • It's pretty darn sharp wide open.
  • I don't seem to have front focus issues with it (it's my first lens on the K5)
  • Bokeh is quite nice.
  • There's some magic in there somewhere
  • It does display PF in high contrast situation

I'll spend the next week or two determining whether this is the lens for me.

As for pictures: unfortunately, today was a pretty gloomy, overcast day. In spite of it, I managed to snag a few pics this evening.

Let me know what you think! I'll try to keep them coming.


1


f/1.8 - 1/60th - ISO800

2


f/1.8 - 1/50th - ISO3200

3


f/1.8 - 1/125th - ISO800

4


f/4.0 - 1/60th - ISO1600



f/4.0 - 1/40th - ISO1600


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04-05-2011, 08:47 PM   #2
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Looks great! Don't worry about the technical aspects of the lens. If it makes you happy, then it's doing its job .
04-05-2011, 09:00 PM   #3
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Wow, I agree with paperbag on something, it does look great. And you grill the same way I do, with a chimney starter and no gas!
04-05-2011, 09:08 PM   #4
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The pictures look great, especially no. 1. Thanks for sharing your first impressions of the lens, especially the one about magic in there somewhere. If this was your first time handling a Limited lens, what do you think of the build quality of the lens? Were you surprised or was it what you expected?

04-05-2011, 09:15 PM   #5
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I like 2 & 4. Well done.

I have also the 31mm and I love it. Although pricy, this lens is superb and it is comparatively easy to get great shorts with it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by builttospill Quote
If this was your first time handling a Limited lens, what do you think of the build quality of the lens? Were you surprised or was it what you expected?
It was my first time handling a limited lens.

I'd say it is the nicest feeling AF lens I've used. I have pretty extensive experience with Canon (including the L series), some with a variety of others, but the 31 just feels nice. Quite honestly, the style and purported build quality and size of Pentax primes is probably the reason I chose Pentax. So far, I'm not disappointed .

One thing i was worried about was size. Compared to the other limiteds, it's huge. Compared to the canon and nikon lenses from my past, the thing is tiny. I can't wait to get my hands on some of the others.
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Never mind the lens, can I have some of #5 please?
04-05-2011, 10:53 PM   #8
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yup, nice pictures from a lens I would love to own. looks like it's in good hands! looks like you had a nice meal too

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Make me a salad?
04-05-2011, 11:22 PM   #10
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Congrats on the 31! You have some fine images right there, well done
04-06-2011, 12:22 AM   #11
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Congrats! I don't think one can ever regret buying 31ltd.
Enjoy it...
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QuoteOriginally posted by hcc Quote
Although pricy, this lens is superb and it is comparatively easy to get great shorts with it.
To all of those who thought the 31 just couldn't get any better, apparently it now provides clothing! When will its magnificence end? (Just teasin' hcc. )
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You overcook your meat.
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Dunno man, looks perfect to me.
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You overcook your meat.
Most of the brown is balsamic vinegar.
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