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05-25-2012, 03:40 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
You don't need a Q for that. Just crop the hell out of shots taken with your Kx.
I'd only have a megapixel to work with! Might as well get a Lytro

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I suppose the lens takes decent pictures.













Compare the above to the below photo taken with DFA 100 WR - can't really tell much difference at this resolution


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QuoteOriginally posted by chesebert Quote
I suppose the lens takes decent pictures.













Compare the above to the below photo taken with DFA 100 WR - can't really tell much difference at this resolution


OMG! Those are cool!
05-25-2012, 04:11 PM   #19
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QuoteOriginally posted by chesebert Quote
I suppose the lens takes decent pictures.













Compare the above to the below photo taken with DFA 100 WR - can't really tell much difference at this resolution


Nice shots!

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Lovely shots chesebert. For those looking for a one lens solution, this compact superzoom is very good. If I didn't already have the DA 17-70mm, I'd certainly consider getting it for travel use because the zoom range easily covers more than 80% of shooting situations.
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Thanks, all. It was one of those at the right time and right place. It's probably hard to tell from the shots, but it was raining that day - hence my default rainy day kit: DFA100 WR and 18-135.
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Here's a shot where the weather resistance was useful...

Bridalveil Fall at Yosemite



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Further testing showed that the difference in image quality between the DA L 18-55mm and DA 18-135mm is not that large, and the image quality overall is in fact very good for a superzoom. PopPhoto's SQF tests were more consistent with my experience with the DA 18-135mm, and the maximum magnification is in line with PopPhoto's tested value of 0.30x, rather than the 0.24x listed in the official specs.

To be honest, I normally trust Photozone's tests, but it's clear to me that this time, Photozone got a bad lens.

An example of what this lens can do:

Pentax K-5 with Pentax DA 18-135mm @ 100mm. M, 1/160s f/11 ISO 800. Bounce from shoe-mounted flash.



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The K5 + 18-135 + 15, 40 and 70 Ltds make an ideal compact travel kit for me.

I have no hesitation in recommending the DA 18-135 as a versatile, ideal companion to the K-5.

Three typical tourist examples at wide 18, normal 35 and short tele 90 mm.
Got a thrill seeing these photos! Not only are they good, they are of my home town, Cape Town! I love being a tourist at home.
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QuoteOriginally posted by chesebert Quote
I suppose the lens takes decent pictures.













Compare the above to the below photo taken with DFA 100 WR - can't really tell much difference at this resolution


Lovely Shots !! Colors are amazing ;-)
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QuoteOriginally posted by Timd Quote
Got a thrill seeing these photos! Not only are they good, they are of my home town, Cape Town! I love being a tourist at home.
Me too!
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I've heard a great number of people say they have a good copy of the 18-55, myself included. I think it may just be an underrated lens.

I'm somewhat interested in this lens, how is the AF? Speed, low light, etc.

The samples look amazing! Great job!
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I love my 18-135 also. Mine is a little soft on the left side wide open, but even that improves when stopping down and clears up by 20mm. I also like this lens for its pseudo-macro capabilities. For a walk-around lens that can do 1:3.3, it's quite nice. I also really like the bokeh and the colors.
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Nice bokeh.
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Nice bokeh.
I agree. Note that the DA 18-135mm lens has a seven-blade rounded diaphragm. For a lens with aspheric elements, the bokeh is excellent.

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