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02-14-2009, 12:39 AM   #1
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Another reason to buy a Pentax Pancake

Our sons' high school was playing a tournament this evening in the university gym for a special occasion. Normally I shoot the games with the DA* 50-135 or the Tamron 17-50. Well this gym is similar to many in that there are restrictions on cameras. In particular, no camera is allowed with a lens longer than 3 inches. Presumably they do that to eliminate competition with the event pro photographers. So that eliminates plan A...

Ha!!! Little do they know about the Pentax "skinny fast glass" limiteds. I brought my new DA 70 and problem solved.


The lens was wonderful for shooting basketball. Very fast focus, and very sharp.





Those "pros" lugging around thier long, heavy IS glass, are going to have sore backs tonight, but not this Pancake shooter...

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Jumping boots on the wooden floor !!!!!

It used to be totally forbidden to even walk on such floors without sneakers!

Nice shots!
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The first shot looks like several legs are stacked behind the player on the left good job on the exposures. How was the lighting? I tried shooting a basketball game recently but the stadium light with my 50-200 just wasn't cutting it. Nah... it's probably my fault and not the lens =) Gotta practice more!
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This seems like a physically small lens, which I have been looking for. What is it, and will it work on old ME-type Pentaxen?

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QuoteOriginally posted by BetterSense Quote
This seems like a physically small lens, which I have been looking for. What is it, and will it work on old ME-type Pentaxen?
It does fit but since the Limited series (like most new Pentax lenses) lacks an aperture ring I am not sure at what aperture opening it is set or 'stuck' at when on an ME Super.

I'll bet Mike Cash would know.
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It seems that you have front row seating nice images

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02-14-2009, 06:54 AM   #7
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Jumping boots on the wooden floor !!!!!

It used to be totally forbidden to even walk on such floors without sneakers!

Nice shots!
Then: Varnish

Now: Polyurethane
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It seems that you have front row seating nice images

cheers
No, we were in the second tier of seats! That is why it was so nice to have the reach of the 70 in such a small package.

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QuoteOriginally posted by BetterSense Quote
This seems like a physically small lens, which I have been looking for. What is it, and will it work on old ME-type Pentaxen?
Nope, the DA 70 won't work on an ME. On an ME/ ME super it will expose at f/22. On newer bodies that can control the aperture you get serious vingetting problems.

You could consider something like an FA77/1.8 (quite fast, compact, auto-everything on newer bodies) or an M100/2.8 or K105/2.8 (same angle of view on film as the DA70 on digital, reasonably fast and compact)
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The DA pancakes are so useful to have in your kit. I have the DA 40 and DA 70, and they're great. Let's say I'm going to the playground with my wife and kids. I could pop the DA 40 on my K200, and have a solid low-profile combo in a useful "normal" range. Or I could pop the DA 70 on my K200, and have a solid low-profile combo in a useful longer range. They are a fantastic option to have.
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How was the lighting? I tried shooting a basketball game recently but the stadium light with my 50-200 just wasn't cutting it.
GIA is a very well lit gym. In fact I was able to shoot 1/250 f/3.5 at ISO 560. Those were the best indoor gymnasium conditions I have ever experienced. Normally, in our high school gym I am shooting 1/180 f/2.8 at ISO 2200.
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Poke: Holy smoke, the cowboy looks a couple of feet off the floor! Those are some excellent basketball shots and an impressive statement for the 70mm--congratulations.
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Nice action shots. I love how sharp the DA 70 can be.
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I like the last shot the best

Da pancakes are in deed light and compact. I am in the process of acquiring a few too myself
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I like the last shot the best
I really like that one too because it is not something you see every day. It was part of the half-time show, and I just sat there in amazement trying to figure out how he got that flexible rope to open wide while he pulled it back and forth to jump through it.
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