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11-15-2007, 12:56 PM   #1
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New (old) lens on its way!

I should be able to pick up this beauty a week from Saturday:



Pentax K135-600 f6.7. A big sucker, but after looking at Jim King's shots with one of these: Pentax SMC-K 135-600mm Zoom Lens Photo Gallery by Jim King at pbase.com , and the sharpness at 600mm, I think it may make a great long range bird/wildlife lens. Well worth a try for $600. I figured. Time will tell.

This lens comes with a dedicated close-up lens for this lens which shortens the minimum focus distance from 6.0 down to 3.3 meters. Are there other lenses that come supplied with such a close-up lense?

11-15-2007, 12:59 PM   #2
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try extension tubes? :P holy crap that thing is a monster!
11-15-2007, 01:03 PM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tom Lusk Quote
I should be able to pick up this beauty a week from Saturday:



Pentax K135-600 f6.7. A big sucker, but after looking at Jim King's shots with one of these: Pentax SMC-K 135-600mm Zoom Lens Photo Gallery by Jim King at pbase.com , and the sharpness at 600mm, I think it may make a great long range bird/wildlife lens. Well worth a try for $600. I figured. Time will tell.

This lens comes with a dedicated close-up lens for this lens which shortens the minimum focus distance from 6.0 down to 3.3 meters. Are there other lenses that come supplied with such a close-up lense?
Very nice, comes with its own case as well, I see, but what about its own truck to move it around?

What I am not sure about, when it comes to either this, or the BIGMA, is whether I would ever want a zoom, or just a big, fast fixed focal length unit, either a 300mm f/2.8 plus matched 1.4x multiplier, or 500 f/4.5

I already have a great sigma 70-200 f/2.8 zoom and 1,4x TC and really only want more reach.
11-15-2007, 01:17 PM   #4
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tom Lusk Quote
This lens comes with a dedicated close-up lens for this lens which shortens the minimum focus distance from 6.0 down to 3.3 meters. Are there other lenses that come supplied with such a close-up lense?
The old Pentax "Dental" Macro Set came with two close up lenses. I've also seen a 70's/80's vintage Vivitar macro lens with a dedicated close up lens. Seems like it's an unusual but not quite unique feature.

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The new Voigtländer SL II 40mm f/2 lens comes with a close-up lens.

Congrats on the lens, start bodybuilding now.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tom Lusk Quote
I should be able to pick up this beauty a week from Saturday:



Pentax K135-600 f6.7. A big sucker, but after looking at Jim King's shots with one of these: Pentax SMC-K 135-600mm Zoom Lens Photo Gallery by Jim King at pbase.com , and the sharpness at 600mm, I think it may make a great long range bird/wildlife lens. Well worth a try for $600. I figured. Time will tell.

This lens comes with a dedicated close-up lens for this lens which shortens the minimum focus distance from 6.0 down to 3.3 meters. Are there other lenses that come supplied with such a close-up lense?
Have you seen the Pentax 1000 f8 in ebay?....That has to be a hell of a monster also. BTW could you use that solid cat with the T-mount?

Congrats on your lens
11-15-2007, 02:29 PM   #7
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Congrats, Tom. Your copy is in much better condition than mine is, and I paid $400 - you got a great bargain! I'll be interested to read your thoughts about its handling - I found it to be wildly unbalanced because the tripod mount is too far to the rear. My other issue is progressively increasing underexposure as I stop it down. These observations are based on using it with my *ist-D; it may be better with the K10D.
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"I found it to be wildly unbalanced"

Sounds like we should get along just fine, then!

Gruoso- the 600 solid cat does fit my camera, but I haven't had a chance to properly test it. A sturdy tripod is on its way, so maybe I'll do a head-to-head unscientific test with the 135-600 at 600mm.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Tom Lusk Quote
"I found it to be wildly unbalanced"

Sounds like we should get along just fine, then!

Gruoso- the 600 solid cat does fit my camera, but I haven't had a chance to properly test it. A sturdy tripod is on its way, so maybe I'll do a head-to-head unscientific test with the 135-600 at 600mm.
Tom

when you get the lens can you run a set of test shots to plot exposure (grey scale) vs F Stop on both the K10D and *istD, I think I saw you had them both.

My bet is *istD is more accurate
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Hey Tom, nice find. I'm sure you'll put that beast to good use. Looking forward to your shots taken using this lens (or any lens for that matter).
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Can I borrow your FA* 300/4 while you're testing that one out? :-)
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Did you get the lens?
I would really like to know what you think about it, as I have also found one and I can’t decide if I should buy it or not.
12-05-2007, 03:54 PM   #13
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as far as support goes i recently picked up this HEAD for $100 shipped. i made an offer for $75 and it was accepted. it's got a couple problems with the plate but i've been talking to them.
also this TRIPOD for around 100. the combo works well with the 500/4.5 and tamron 300/2.8 + TCs.

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12-05-2007, 07:43 PM   #14
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
What I am not sure about, when it comes to either this, or the BIGMA, is whether I would ever want a zoom, or just a big, fast fixed focal length unit, either a 300mm f/2.8 plus matched 1.4x multiplier, or 500 f/4.5
Owning a 300mm f/2.8 I'd give my right nut for its 120-300mm f/2.8 sister. Maybe that's just me but the Sigma zoom is said to be so good I'd give up a tiny bit of sharpness for the flexibility and greater usability. As it is I haven't used the prime since returning from Tanzania.

Nice acquisition Tom. I didn't see this when 1st posted. Pretty radical. Do you like the contrast & color? There's a lot of loss of contrast w/my my lens and 2x TC to get me to 600mm (super sharp when it auto focuses right, but a bit 'flat' mandating pp)
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I have to agree with you m8o, I have and use both 300 - 500mm primes, and my Sigma 135-400 for wildlife, and my Sigma offers me so much flexibility.
Too bad that it appears to be flawed, however I'll be sending it into Sigma soon along with a body to get calibrated.
This will hopefully perfect it's performance.
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