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04-04-2008, 10:01 PM   #16
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I tested the lens at f/2.8 around sunset and unlike my initial impressions, the images from 2.8 onward seem to sharpen up a bit, some flower test shots with a bit of wind earlier
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The first picture of the poppies and the one of the Equisetum (horsetail) are the most striking images I have seen. Very, very nice indeed!!

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Hin,
The first picture of the poppies and the one of the Equisetum (horsetail) are the most striking images I have seen. Very, very nice indeed!!
I agree!

Hin, I remember seeing some of your flower shots from a year ago or so, and I am very impressed with your improvement. I'm not much of a flower guy, but these latest shots are very good indeed; they have to be if I like them Well done!
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I've come to the conclusion that hinman is just becoming a very good photographer - if you take a look at his blog, you can see he made the DA 50-200 look like the FA* 200 f/8!

Great job, hinman. Always like to see your stuff.

Steve, good shots there also, makes me want to pick up the jupiter if I find one used...

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I've come to the conclusion that hinman is just becoming a very good photographer - if you take a look at his blog, you can see he made the DA 50-200 look like the FA* 200 f/8!

Great job, hinman. Always like to see your stuff.

Steve, good shots there also, makes me want to pick up the jupiter if I find one used...

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I agree with your comments regarding Hin's talent. Of course, it helps to have an impossibly cute child.

If you are interested in the Jupiter-9, you might do better buying new. For some odd reason, used copies in the M-42 mount are going for the new price (or more) on fleaBay. (See MC Jupiter 9 85mm f/2 Telephoto Lens Pentax M42 Mount - eBay (item 290214625032 end time Mar-22-08 14:15:00 PDT))

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Thank you all for the encouraged comments. I am very much a newbie and amateur in photography. I did some portraits today all on f/2.8 on a neighbor's cat. Her name is Melissa and she is photogenic and I don't have the knowledge to use a flash with the portrait, I use natural lighting next to a window.









It is my first time with cat's portrait and I need feedbacks how to do it probably with cat. Should flash be used as I think the cat may not enjoy the light? She is adorable and I am going to take portrait with her again. My neighbors have 7 cats and I will have many opportunities to practice, comments and feedbacks are welcome.

hi from Melissa over the window when I visited here




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Good job on the cat portraits Hin! I find that my cat has very fast reflexes, and her eyes are half closed by the time the shot is captured if I use a flash. I think this is because of the pre-flash that the P-ttl uses. So in my opinion, natural light works great for cats.
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Good job on the cat portraits Hin! I find that my cat has very fast reflexes, and her eyes are half closed by the time the shot is captured if I use a flash. I think this is because of the pre-flash that the P-ttl uses. So in my opinion, natural light works great for cats.
Thanks for the kind comments. I tried night time test shots in f/2.0 with the lens. It is alright but I find f/2.0 in my FA 50 f/1.4 somewhat sharper than the Jupiter.


1/20 sec, f/2.0, 85mm, iso 400, +1 Ev, hand-held


1/30 sec, f/2.0, 85mm, iso 400, -7/10 Ev, hand-held


Shot earlier in my neighbor's garden using f/2.8 throughout










Night time pictures is my favorite, all of my favorite lens has to go through night out process for me, my jupiter9 is a keeper in my bag. It is the hardest to use, but definitely a gem in my book. It will serve me well before I can justify to buy Pentax limited 70mm to make up my desired trio with Pentax limited in 21/43/70 with auto focus.

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The Russians are a soft bunch wide open, but like you've shown, by f/2.8 they're great

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Ya know, those beautiful colors & narrow depth of field remind me a LOT of the old Vivitar lenses. I've still got an old 135mm Vivitar prime that I may take for a spin....

Though the colors were wonderful compared to the 50mm f2.0 Pentax M, I don't recall the colors approaching the vibrance & richness of these pictures, but then again, last time I really put it to use was with an old film camera. Hmmm...
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I am impressed with your great photos, I hope one day to be able to take shots as sharp as yours. Must be natural talen you have

I just bought the DA70 Limited but haven't had a chance to test it yet. Maybe this weekend.
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