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04-14-2008, 08:09 PM   #31
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gkopeliadis,
please don't take this the wrong way, but those are lousy photos..No lens on earth would help those ''IMO''

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Shot with Pentax K20D and DA*50-135...NO PP done...This lens is fast and incredible....























This movie / GIF was made using still images out of the K20D / DA*50-135 from 1 series of turns....
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Wow, Javier, those are something else.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jgredline Quote
gkopeliadis,
please don't take this the wrong way, but those are lousy photos..No lens on earth would help those ''IMO''
No offence taken! I know these are lousy photos (to say at least). But the issue is not the photo itself (they were test photos after all) but the fact that in flaring, the kit lens behaves much better (in my test sample that is).
I tested a SIGMA 50-150 on a friendís Canon and under the same conditions (lousy composition) it was crystal clear.
In my case, I take many photographs with the sun near or in the frame. The Pentax smc P-DA 40 mm f/2.8 limited I tested -and intend to buy- is excellent at it but it is not a tele zoom after all.
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maybe you had a bad copy?????
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maybe you had a bad copy?????
Maybe! I don't know. I've asked for a second copy to test from the local dealer. We'll see.
But this thing with lens bad copies (not a Pentax only issue) sucks! No such quality control problems in other consumer goods industries.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
Wow, Javier, those are something else.
Thanks, my point was to show how fast the FPS are and the Auto focus speed of this combo...I could have fixed up the sky in PP, but wanted to show the images as is out of the camera... The shooting conditions where some of the worst...An aluminum silver car in the desert, 100 degrees out, right smack in the middle of the harshest light...YUK, and still this lens kicks butt...

gkopeliadis, finding are unique to themselves as I have not ever heard or read another complain about this lens...

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To buy or not to buy and buy Sigma 50-150?

QuoteOriginally posted by jgredline Quote
...I have not ever heard or read another complain about this lens...
Pentax DA* 50-135 mm f/2.8 ED IF SDM
Test Pentax DA* 50-135 mm f/2.8 ED IF SDM - Odblaski - Optyczne.pl
Pentax SMC-DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 ED [IF] SDM - Review / Test Report
A gentle way of puting it: "The behavior in contra light is generally very decent. Naturally you can produce some ghostings and veiling glare but the Pentax lens seems better than average here."


It's Tokina Brother :
Tokina AT-X 535 Pro DX AF 50-135 mm f/2.8
Test Tokina AT-X 535 Pro DX AF 50-135 mm f/2.8 - Odblaski - Optyczne.pl
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this combination looks like it is going to be a winner, and I'll definitely be using it at the next MMA event I get to shoot at!
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Ok... first off, great shots! The IQ of the lens is amazing!

A little of-topic, I started a thread on which DA* lens combo I should go for... a little while ago, while taking shots of my daughter indoors, I had a very difficult time focusing (I was using a Sigma 105/2.8, notoriously slow focusing...) Anyway, I realized that the 50-135 range is perfect for what I shoot. (Pet portraiture, my kid, and concert photography. All need speed and SDM! weathersealing is a bonus.) I thought the 60-250 would suit me more because of the reach, but saw how much a difference 2.8 is from an f/4.(I tried shooting at f/4, it's workable only if I boost my ISO). I also figured that when doing concert photography, I almost always use my Sigma 105/2.8. The reach is just right. I also checked all the exifs of my cat portraits and almost all FL's used were between 50-135! (using an 18-250, I used a few 47's and 160-200's but 90% of my shots were shot between 50-135! sweet!)

Anyway, sorry for hijacking the thread, I just want to say that this thread had me sold! The 50-135 is definitely next on my list! (after I sell my guitar and guitar effects! trade anyone? Haha)
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A gentle way of puting it: "The behavior in contra light is generally very decent. Naturally you can produce some ghostings and veiling glare but the Pentax lens seems better than average here."[B]
OMG, you point the lens into the sun and get ghosting and glare.

Let me alert the media...
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OMG, you point the lens into the sun and get ghosting and glare.

Let me alert the media...
This is funny, because this was pretty much my thought...Seriously, how about testing a lens in world world conditions...

Next someone is going to come and post something to the effect of...

Hey, I have the K10D and the DA*50-135 lens and my images of my fish are blurry and now now my camera does not work...''I thought the camera and lens was water resistant''.....

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"ability of the 50-135* to hammer nails was about average for a lens in this price range, but it did exhibit some ghosting and cracks after use..."
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JGRedline, I'm convinced!

My passion is off road motor sport, and last weekend I struggled a bit with the kit 18 - 55mm on a cloudy day. I took maybe 200 pictures and got maybe 30 decent ones, a couple were 'good'.

I was more or less decided on the 18 - 250 superzoom from Tamron, but I don't know if the focus and the zoom control are fast enough when a bouncing race 4x4 that's passing at maybe 60mph, and needs the lens to go from full out - full in - full out in maybe 2 seconds while getting as many pictures as I can is the right lens to get?

And rather than buy something that might do the job I'd rather wait ( sell my body ! ) and get the right tool for the job. You've convinced me that the 50 - 135 is just that tool.
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