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More snow and in praise of an older lens
Posted By: Peter Zack, 12-08-2007, 04:14 PM

Well we got our 3rd snowfall last night and as I said in an earlier "post your photos" I think it's going to be a snow shoe winter in Prince Edward Island.

Anyway my old SMC F 70-210 f4-5.6 had been on the shelf for quite some time as the zoom had jammed. I sent it off to Pentax and it came back last week. This is a great old zoom and remarkably sharp. These shots are straight out of the camera and nothing radical but mostly to show off how nice this lens really is (even if it's ugly by todays standards). If you have the chance to get one, it's well worth it (did I just drive up the Ebay price?? )

So I thought I'd share a couple of shots. The snow was knee deep so I only got about a Km or so back in an old farm field. And damn it was windy and cold. Good news is, the K10D works great in cold temps as well, forget what the manual says.
I've had the DA50-200mm and it's a good lens without a doubt but this old timer is better.
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In this shot I found an old birch with woodpecker holes. I know I'll be back here in spring and thinking about Walters "doghouse".
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This last shot was with the *istD and Tamron 28-75Di f2.8 There's something to be said for having a second body and lens when wearing gloves and not wanting to make lens changes or drag a camera bag.
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12-08-2007, 04:19 PM   #2
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And to give you some idea heres a frozen rose bush branch and a 100% crop of the same shot.
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#2 is really great. I`d liked to se #3 with the blitz on, think that might lift the photo? Hopefully well get some nice peckershots( can I say that?) in the spring from that spot

IstD, K10D..... sounds nice I`ll be upgrading to K10D when the prices drop a bit, its still over 1200USD here in Norway. Until then I`ll fill up on my lenses, and its really good information to find here in the forums where you guys use so many different ones and post photos.

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EDIT: Now yoy added more while I typed
I`m a bit surprised as I think the focal area (hmmm english is not so easy when discussing technical matters) is rather limited? Am I wrong?
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Thanks Peter for feeding my LBA! I've had my eye on this lens for a while now, I won't get it from eekbay as I don't trust them but both KEH and Adorama have good used lens depts, I have been "keeping an eye out" but I guess I now have to upgrade it to "watch intently"
BTW that second shot is stellar!

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Thanks for the comments guys and Salty check your mail.
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I love the old fence picture Peter, and am hoping that you'll let me use it as my wallpaper.
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I think the 1st one is fantastic, great range of colour and pin sharp
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I love the old fence picture Peter, and am hoping that you'll let me use it as my wallpaper.
Seriously Stu?? Geez with all the great stuff you post... maybe you just need some snow. As they say in the East, "fill yer boots"

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I think the 1st one is fantastic, great range of colour and pin sharp
Thanks, It's the first time this lens has been on the k10D. I used it on a PZ1-p before and liked it, but it seems even better now with a little CLA from Pentax.

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It sure is pretty but I don't miss the white stuff a bit.
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Thank you for sending me the fence picture for my computer desktop Peter, I love it.
As you can tell it's perfect.


Even after we get another dumping of the white stuff I don't think that I'll be able to beat it
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My favorite!
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Lookin' really good Peter. The first and third are my favorite. Glad to see you have your lens back and in good repair. You show it off well here.
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The first and third are really great. Very sharp lens, and the colors are perfect. Bokeh looks good too.
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Peter these are all very good. I don't have a favorite as they all could easily be. Nice work and thanks for sharing.
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Peter,

They're all great, but the third and fourth stand out for me. That sure looks like a great old lens! Glad you were able to get it repaired.
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