Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
01-11-2014, 09:49 PM   #31
Junior Member




Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 36
QuoteOriginally posted by dankoBanana Quote
I love its rendering but the AF is just toooooo slow So now I'm looking for a used sigma 50-150. too bad its not wr
Hi Danko,

I would like to get my hands on the 50-135mm and your comment is inline with my thoughts (that is, also looking for a used 50-150). Main reason being is that I am a little concerned about focusing speed (to be used on a K5-ii with waterhousing...makes manual focusing cumbersome).

I see that the upgraded Sigma 50-150 (with OS) Is not available in a Pentax mount. Bummer...hence the reason why you're looking for an earlier version?

I would love to stand corrected on the speed of focusing of the DA* 50-135mm.

Posted pics are great!

01-11-2014, 10:16 PM   #32
Junior Member




Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 36
"I would love to stand corrected on the speed of focusing of the DA* 50-135mm."

In particular when used on the K5-ii

Thank you.
01-12-2014, 02:49 AM   #33
Veteran Member




Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Posts: 535
QuoteOriginally posted by PJay Quote
Hi Danko,

I would like to get my hands on the 50-135mm and your comment is inline with my thoughts (that is, also looking for a used 50-150). Main reason being is that I am a little concerned about focusing speed (to be used on a K5-ii with waterhousing...makes manual focusing cumbersome).

I see that the upgraded Sigma 50-150 (with OS) Is not available in a Pentax mount. Bummer...hence the reason why you're looking for an earlier version?

I would love to stand corrected on the speed of focusing of the DA* 50-135mm.

Posted pics are great!
the new versions weight and size defeats a purpose of having a 50-150 instead of a 70-200 lens. its huge and heavy
I once borrowed the 50-135 to shoot animals in the ZOO. It was too slow to track rabbits hopping. when it succeded, the image was GREAT, but its too god damn slow.
01-12-2014, 05:25 AM   #34
Junior Member




Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 36
Danko,

Appreciate your reply. Yes I saw the specs of the updated version (with OS) and agree with your comments. Guess that's why I'm chasing exactly what you are!

Seriously? 50-135mm Too slow to track a waskily wabbit?? That sounds too hard to believe. Mind you, they're quite nimble.

Would love to hear from someone else who has used this lens for 'action' shots using a K5-II.

Thanks for taking the time to reply. Much appreciated.

01-12-2014, 11:05 AM   #35
Pentaxian
philbaum's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Port Townsend, Washington State, USA
Posts: 3,659
By the way, does anyone know how to get a new hood for the DA 50-135. Mine no longer locks very securely on the lens :-(

IMO, Pentax needs to do a spruce-up on this remarkable lens - faster focus motor and new coatings. But i love this lens.
01-12-2014, 09:23 PM   #36
Veteran Member
Lurch's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Canberra, Australia
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 583
My 50-135 arrived this afternoon!

First thoughts are that yeah; 'Dang the AF is slow". It feels like the lens is trying to focus through mud.
But; 'Wow it takes a nice shot'


01-12-2014, 10:50 PM   #37
Junior Member




Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 36
QuoteOriginally posted by Lurch Quote
My 50-135 arrived this afternoon!
Lucky You!
01-13-2014, 07:54 AM   #38
Senior Member
jaywes's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: New York, USA
Posts: 235
QuoteOriginally posted by Lurch Quote
My 50-135 arrived this afternoon!

First thoughts are that yeah; 'Dang the AF is slow". It feels like the lens is trying to focus through mud.
But; 'Wow it takes a nice shot'


I am 2 secs from pulling the trigger on a 50-135. Is the AF, THAT bad/slow? I am getting very skeptical. I plan to use it to photograph my kids as well as architecture & automotive. I do not have a WR lens to pair with my K-5 either so this would be a great addition.

01-13-2014, 11:14 AM   #39
Forum Member
langkata's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Baton Rouge
Photos: Albums
Posts: 68
I've never thought the af was that slow, as quick for me as my primes using center point focus. I've used it to catch dogs chasing tennis balls pretty well so doubt kids would be a problem. But there are alot of complaints so there must be something to it. Maybe I just have a good copy? Here's a pick of some pelicans I caught:

Flickr
01-13-2014, 11:17 AM   #40
Senior Member
jaywes's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: New York, USA
Posts: 235
QuoteOriginally posted by langkata Quote
I've never thought the af was that slow, as quick for me as my primes using center point focus. I've used it to catch dogs chasing tennis balls pretty well so doubt kids would be a problem. But there are alot of complaints so there must be something to it. Maybe I just have a good copy? Here's a pick of some pelicans I caught:

Flickr
Thanks for the response. I am more toward actually purchasing it as the most action it will see is my kids and panning shots of auto racing but that a different animal all together. Most will be street shooting, architecture and still autos & vehicles.
01-14-2014, 12:05 AM   #41
Pentaxian
philbaum's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Port Townsend, Washington State, USA
Posts: 3,659
QuoteOriginally posted by jaywes Quote
I am 2 secs from pulling the trigger on a 50-135. Is the AF, THAT bad/slow? I am getting very skeptical. I plan to use it to photograph my kids as well as architecture & automotive. I do not have a WR lens to pair with my K-5 either so this would be a great addition.
If anything happened to my DA 50-135, i would buy another one. Nope, its not a fast focusing lens but the optics more than make up for it, IMO. Its the lens i shift to when its raining or snowing or i'm at 5200 feet , bundled up and snowshoeing. I don't badmouth the lens that makes me look good :-)

Last edited by philbaum; 01-14-2014 at 12:30 AM.
01-14-2014, 01:08 AM   #42
Site Supporter




Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Melbourne
Photos: Albums
Posts: 307
I got the 50-135 and love the IQ. The SDM got slower, and failed recently. I disabled the SDM and it seems a little faster focusing with the screw (I cannot quantify this since I never timed it with SDM working), just my impression. Focus accuracy is just as good.
I will never give this lens up.
01-14-2014, 10:20 AM   #43
Pentaxian
Driline's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: IOWA Where the Tall Corn Grows
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 2,973
QuoteOriginally posted by jaywes Quote
Thanks for the response. I am more toward actually purchasing it as the most action it will see is my kids and panning shots of auto racing but that a different animal all together. Most will be street shooting, architecture and still autos & vehicles.
I shoot my nieces softball games with it and and never had a problem getting the shot. Now drag racing or professional sports that's all together something different

I also will never give up this lens. It's that good. Pixie dust by the gallons.
01-14-2014, 12:56 PM   #44
Senior Member
jaywes's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: New York, USA
Posts: 235
OK. Thanks guys. I am fully convinced (as if I wasn't already). I will be purchasing this lens very soon. Hopefully by next week. Thanks and back to the amazing photos with this gem..
01-14-2014, 01:45 PM   #45
Loyal Site Supporter
jkobleur's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Savannah, GA, USA
Posts: 55
How to disable SDM

QuoteOriginally posted by VladM Quote
I disabled the SDM and it seems a little faster focusing with the screw
I have the same problem but don't know how to disable SDM and switch to screw drive. Can you explain how, please? Thanks.

NM. I scrolled down and found the thread telling how to do it. Now to find the courage to actually try it!

Last edited by jkobleur; 01-15-2014 at 06:47 AM.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
bag, da*, daughter, diaper, k-mount, love, pentax lens, primes, shot, slr lens
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 18-135 DA WR, 50-135 f2.8 DA* biphers Sold Items 14 12-16-2012 09:01 PM
Move from 18-135 to 16-50 + 50-135 DA* Lenses brosen Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 34 11-08-2011 05:11 PM
pentax da* 50-135 or some primes ? studiocrocevia Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 13 11-28-2008 08:55 PM
Some DA*50-135 images # 2 SCGushue Post Your Photos! 6 09-10-2007 05:58 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:06 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top