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01-12-2009, 01:19 PM   #1
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New year's resolution

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On new year's eve, I decided that for me, this year's resolution would be to loose weight. In order to motivate myself, I decided to set myself an easy to remember objective: If I can get down to 200 pounds, I buy myself a DA*200. It's that easy! I'am getting there real fast and I started wondering if my resolution is a good one. Is 200 right for me? I am talking about the lens here...

I already have a 50-135 (fortunately because I don't want to go down to 135 pounds) that I use for indoor sport events (gymnastic) and outdoor pictures of the kids. I want to use my my next lens for outdoor sport events, animals and landscape photography. Now, my questions to you fellow pentaxians are the following:

1-would the DA*300 be a better alternative (and no I don't plan to weight 300 pounds to purchase it)?

2-For those of you who own the DA*200, what do you use it for specifically?

Thanks in advance for your advices and recipes... I am getting tired of eating the same tasteless food day after day.

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Getting down to 200 is easy if you're 195 to begin with.


Last time I saw 200 was on an airspeed indicator...
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QuoteOriginally posted by SylBer Quote

1-would the DA*300 be a better alternative (and no I don't plan to weight 300 pounds to purchase it)?
Ah, that was the question, that sprung to my mind immediately... Anyway, I would go for the 300 for sports anytime. You will have a hole between the 135mm end of your zoom and the 300mm, but I would think, that you would miss the longer fl all the time. But I love long tele lenses, so this might be prejudiced...

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Here's what you do - get the DA* 200 when you get down to 200lbs, and then get the DA* 50-135 when you get down to 185lbs (50 + 135 is 185.)

(Can you see I'm a pro at this LBA rationalization thing?)




01-12-2009, 02:58 PM   #5
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I have dropped 40 lbs...

So does that mean I should have waited on the Pentax K40d instead of the K20???

Jay, I like the math on your DA50-135 reward, since I just hit 185... hooti hoo

SylBer - Where did you start you drop towards 200lbs from? For me the first 15 were easy... then I kept hitting walls...

My resolution is to drop 10 more down to 175 and then keep it off!!!

I did not tie my drop to a lens purchase, but I think if I do hit 175, a lens is in order...
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Great to hear some people are losing weight! It's great for you health. Keep up the good work and rewarding yourself with lenses!
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Good thing I don't have too much of a desire to own the 10-17 FE lens....

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I started at 230. If I look at it the other way around, I could assume that I buy 10mm for every pound I loose. Thus, 30 pounds is equal to 300mm. I just love math!

Seriously, what type of photography is the DA200 appropriate for?

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QuoteOriginally posted by SylBer Quote
I started at 230. If I look at it the other way around, I could assume that I buy 10mm for every pound I loose. Thus, 30 pounds is equal to 300mm. I just love math!

Seriously, what type of photography is the DA200 appropriate for?
With f/2.8 available at 200mm, you can create some beautiful images - "far"
portraits of people, nice flora shots, even some birding/deer/bugs with nice
deep bokeh. It's good for youth sports also.

The DA* 200 is sharp enough wide open that you could shoot at f/2.8 all day
long and have nothing but keepers. The DOF will be shallower at close-range
subjects, but still more than usable.

I bought a Tamron 70-200 2.8, and I've noticed that most of the shots I take
with it - by a wide margin - are at 200mm. makes me wonder if I should have
bought the DA* 200 2.8 instead.

So, look forward to taking shots like this, but maybe even with better IQ
than the Tammy can muster:





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QuoteOriginally posted by SylBer Quote
On new year's eve, I decided that for me, this year's resolution would be to loose weight. In order to motivate myself, I decided to set myself an easy to remember objective: If I can get down to 200 pounds, I buy myself a DA*200.
Instead, get down to 90 kg (198.4 lb). Makes sense, eh?
Then get yourself a Voigtlander 90/3.5 APO-Lanthar.

Maybe you should post your progress here - that would be good motivation as well!

Or: maybe take the money you saved up for the DA* 200 and hire a personal trainer right now!

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taking pictures can help you lose weight :-)

Great resolution!!

Photography is a great excuse for me to get out and walk. Because I pay more attention to my surroundings when I walk, hence more chances to take photos.

Walking:
Your Total Calorie Burn/Mile =.53 x your weight
Your Net* Calorie Burn/Mile =.30 x your weight

*Total cal. burned minus basal metabolism.

You save gas/tread more lightly/lose weight/take more photographs just by walking more!

most pics I take these days are within 1 mile from my apartment.

p.s.I wonder if carrying a heavy lens help you lose more (weight)

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QuoteOriginally posted by ll_coffee_lP Quote
Good thing I don't have too much of a desire to own the 10-17 FE lens....

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Or the DA 15mm Ltd
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QuoteOriginally posted by annod Quote
Great resolution!!

p.s.I wonder if carrying a heavy lens help you lose more (weight)
I think heavy lenses dislocate cervical spine or shoulder joints!
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Hi guys,

For your information, I am down to 225. Only 25 pounds (12 weeks or so) and I've got a new DA*300!

Thanks for your support.
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