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11-04-2008, 12:57 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by rfortson Quote

DA*50-135
I also had this lens with the K10D and I've always liked it. I know others say this is a slow focusing lens, but to me, it's very quick. Image quality is outstanding, even when cropping heavily. It's just a joy to use. I also used this at a race on my K20D and out of over 50 shots, maybe two were out of focus (mainly due to a wrong focus point). And when I say "in focus", I mean so sharp I could read the fine print on the runners' bibs! This lens is amazing! IQ for me is so good that I sold my 77Ltd since I wasn't using it enough. (Again, I'm not saying the 50-135 is absolutely better than the 77Ltd. I'm just saying that in my uses, the 50-135 is at least close enough that I just didn't need the 77Ltd.)

Can only second that. DA*50-135 is amazing for a zoom. It's not necessarily sharper than the best primes, but it is very good for a zoom. It also has a "temperament" to it which I like, a combination of how colors come out and the bokeh that gives very nice results. As for AF speed: it is a long way around from zero to infinity (which makes it a joy for MF), so of course it is slow in a test from zero to infinity. But over more realistic distances, like following a moving kid, bike, car... it appears to work very fast and very exact.

During October-November I'm doing a little shoot out of the DA*50-135 against the best primes of the A generation (which is sort of my personal reference since that is when I got into Pentax): A50/1.7 + A*85/1.4 + A100/2.8 + A*135/1.8

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I'm diggin' my DA*300
from yesterday;

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QuoteOriginally posted by Douglas_of_Sweden Quote
As for AF speed: it is a long way around from zero to infinity (which makes it a joy for MF), so of course it is slow in a test from zero to infinity. But over more realistic distances, like following a moving kid, bike, car... it appears to work very fast and very exact.
I suspect you've hit on the complaint. Again, I don't do staged tests so I'm not measuring absolute AF speed. My real-world experience shows the AF speed is quick and snappy for whatever subject I point it at.


QuoteOriginally posted by Douglas_of_Sweden Quote
During October-November I'm doing a little shoot out of the DA*50-135 against the best primes of the A generation (which is sort of my personal reference since that is when I got into Pentax): A50/1.7 + A*85/1.4 + A100/2.8 + A*135/1.8
Yes, I know. What are you doing posting here?? Get to posting those shots! Just because I don't do staged tests doesn't mean I don't like seeing them.
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What I discovered lately from DA* lenses is their susceptibility to flairing. Check this, flair from a candle using my 50-135!



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I am very satisfied with my DA* 200mm as of yesterday.

You can see some shots here:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/41863-my-first-some-birds.html

Hand-held, continuous focus was very successful.
I must add birds were close.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Conan Quote
What I discovered lately from DA* lenses is their susceptibility to flairing. Check this, flair from a candle using my 50-135!

Do you have a filter on your lens?
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Do you have a filter on your lens?
Nope, I don't have any filters for my DA* lenses.
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Just finished my first stint with my DA* 50-135 on the K10D and I can say I'm more than pleased with my purchase. Not quite as long (physically) as my Tokina 80-200 and far lighter to boot so walking around with it is pretty easy. I do feel that you need the grip to balance out the lens for easy zooming but overall, a joy to use.

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I have the DA * 50-135/f2.8 and it is simply amazing. The only issues that I have had with it are my lack of skill in working with a long fast lens With such a shallow depth of feild wide open, focus is critical.

I've never had a lens reveal so much detail, and its very sharp.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rfortson Quote
I suspect you've hit on the complaint. Again, I don't do staged tests so I'm not measuring absolute AF speed. My real-world experience shows the AF speed is quick and snappy for whatever subject I point it at.
My experience on the 50-135 is that it's quite quick in good light on my K20D. In low light though it was quite sluggish, even with the AF-assist lamp from the 540 flash. I had a hard time catching those fast and spontaneous moments at the last wedding I shot.

Very nice lens, but is quite behind in AF speed to catch up to the Nikkor 70-200 lens I used to use. That lens and the Canon variant would literally just "snap" onto focus pretty much the moment you half-press. But then again, that's a lens that costs 2-3x more.

I like the 50-135. Very good optics, great build, sealed, great handling, fast enough in in most situations, all at a very good price.
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I have DA* 16-50 and DA* 50-135 for only a week now, so maybe it's not long enough to be aware of some potential flaws. I mainly use 50-135 and it's simply fantastic. Only complaint I could have is that it is sometimes a little short. That's why DA* 200 is next on my wishlist.
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No DA* lens I ever came accross to use cought me so as to buy it
although I had a close call with the 50-135
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The only odd thing on the 50-135 is that you can turn the focus ring forever. That does seem rather cheap. I was surprised. When I found out, I remember saying to myself, "Huh?"
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Technically speaking, that's not a fault of the lens itself, right?

Agree though that 135mm feels a bit "short", especially if you've gotten used to 200mm on a DSLR. Still, I love getting the difference on the 'short' side of the lens (50~70/80) which really makes the lens more useful as a walkabout lens.

QuoteOriginally posted by Wulifou Quote
Only complaint I could have is that it is sometimes a little short. That's why DA* 200 is next on my wishlist.
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