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Quick first shots with Mitakon 85mm f2
Lens: Mitakon 85mm f2 Camera: K10D Photo Location: Cameron Park Zoo 
Posted By: WJW, 01-16-2011, 07:53 PM

I picked up on of these lenses to try. These shots were from a quick & dirty test at the local zoo. I did discover I REALLY need to practice manual focusing or use the trap focus more since I tended to focus a little behind or in front of the subject. These all have some PP and I did have some flare problems because I didn't have a hood to fit the lens.

Mountain Lion relaxing

Mountain Lion though the trees

Fish against the glass (horizontal streaks are on the inside of the glass)

Coiled Snake

Grazing

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01-16-2011, 08:39 PM   #2
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Those are nice shots, looks like the lens is performing well for you. I wouldn't mind having one myself, but don't find them available here?
How is the focus ring? Smooth?
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Looks good. What do you think of the lens?
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I purchased mine on ebay from seller discoverdc. I returned the first copy as it had aperture problems but the second is fine. The focus ring is smooth and the build quality is OK. The only odd thing is even with my K10D set to use the aperture ring, I have to use the rear dial to change the aperture. Manually changing the aperture doesn't seem to work, or at least it doesn't with the stop-down lever.

Contrast is low on the shots without a hood outdoors. I really haven't had time to seriously test the lens to see if this is inherent or just bad technique on my part. I also need to try it on my DS2 which has a split screen installed. Based on my limited testing, I think this lens will be better for closer subjects like the fish and snake rather than more distant subjects. Those two shots also required less post-processing than the outdoor shots.

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Looks like the lens is a keeper.
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The snake picture is really cool, the focus is just right!
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I'm excited to see these shots as I have been considering this lense for a bit of fun (it costs ca. US$85 new here). It looks like it does an excellent job, very natural colours and excellent sharpness. The snake shot in particular. Feeds my LBA !
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QuoteOriginally posted by Frogfish Quote
I'm excited to see these shots as I have been considering this lense for a bit of fun (it costs ca. US$85 new here). It looks like it does an excellent job, very natural colours and excellent sharpness. The snake shot in particular. Feeds my LBA !
Here is the snake pic right from the camera. I missed the WB on the original shot. Luckily, I know what the basic background color is supposed to be so I could adjust accordingly. I might have gotten the modified version just slightly yellow when compared to the paint chip. Since I mixed the paint for the place when it was built I have a slight advantage. :-)

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