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12-28-2009, 07:17 AM   #1246
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QuoteOriginally posted by Canada_Rockies Quote
Looking at your signature, Tom, I think I still have a way to go to catch up with you!
Yeah that's true Albert but you've got all those FA and DA* lenses so I think you are ahead in the game.

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Yeah that's true Albert but you've got all those FA and DA* lenses so I think you are ahead in the game.

Tom G
Just you wait! I've found a Pentax M42 > K adaptor and sent the money. When it gets here I can add my SMC Takumar 55mm f/1.8 and Fujinon 50mm f/1.4 to the list, along with a Spotmatic F and a Fujica ST-901.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
I'll start with the SMC-M 135 f/3.5.

The light was fading and it was very windy. These were taken on a quick 10 minute
walk that ended abruptly when my little guy's feet got cold (at least I think that's
what he was trying to tell me.) ISO 400 & 800, wide open or stopped down one
mostly.
Man you should be on payroll for Pentax. It seems like every lens you stick in front of your camera, you create magic with it. Good Job too everyone. Too bad I don't have an M lens anymore.
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A couple of oddball shots from the M135/3.5. Odd, because this isn't the first lens one would think of for BIF (bird in flight) photography. But it's the longest lens I brought with me on vacation to Florida last week. These are cropped down to about 33% of the original pixels (I kept a little over 50% in each dimension) and then resized for the web. It helps to have birds that are totally used to being around humans at the beach; they have no qualms about flying very close. The gulls in particular seem to be aware they are being photographed; many of the shots I got have the same "look at me" quality as #2 below.





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Clearly, these birds value good vintage lenses...

I'm always amazed at the clarity my M135 gives to bird shots. I'll have to scan one I took of a far off kingfisher (not a big bird) to see how well it blows up.
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Great shots Marc,

BIF with a manual lens of any kind is quite an accomplishment. Nailing a moving target with a manual focus lens is an accomplishment. Toss in exposure issues and the problems just get more complex. I've yet to get a decent BIF shot and I've pretty much given up. Well done.

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Wow, excellent BIF shots

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What this tells me is that Marc's MF skills have reached Yoda stage. I now dub him:

MF-Yoda!



Nice job, marc. I think I've been able to get a MF BIF like that exactly once, with a Tak 200, after much, much trying.
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Thanks, but we do need to put this into a little perspective:

- Exposure consisted of a couple of trial and error shots before beginning, then letting it ride through a few dozen shots while the birds circled.

- I was shooting at around f/8. DOF is pretty forgiving; that's one benefit of having "only" a 135mm.

- I shot the seagulls while they were flying into the wind just a few yards (meters, for you non-US folk) above me. They were moving very slowly.

- The focus rings on "M" lenses are very smooth and well damped compared to modern AF lenses. Once you get focus on a moving subject, tracking it as it continues to move isn't as hard as one might think. I actually feel I do at least as well with MF on birds in flight as I do with AF. Either way, it's much more likely to be motion blur that gets me. Slow moving birds I can deal with; fast-moving ones are not going to work no matter what.

- I actually got abut half a dozen really nice shots within the space of about three minutes (along with a bunch of tossers). Here are a couple more:
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M100 f2.8

Hi all ...

In December I got an M100 f2.8 in very good condition for a decent price and only got a chance to use it over Christmas. Here's a couple at f2.8 (one of them also in a post on Another Forum, but who cares?). I'm very impressed with this little lens, and using catch focus (or is it trap focus) I find that the MF limitation doesn't slow me down all that much. Whatever, I couldn't have got these shots with the kit zoom handheld at such a low ISO ...





Cheers all and lets hope the thaw comes to my home town soon ... thank the Lord I am not there.

Tim

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Nice shots Tim and Marc! An M100 F2.8 and/or an M135 are on my eventual list of M's, however an M28 will be first...

And here's one from my M50 F1.4 wide open @F1.4. Already posted in another thread on here, but I guess this doesn't matter?

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The M 135mm is certainly a great lens, and a real bargain. I have been looking for the M 120mm F2.8 for quite some time but with no success (usually too expensive). However, a few days ago I got a great offer, the K 120mm F2.8 and the K 28mm F3.5 for approx $200 USD. Today I received a note from the post office, so I will pick them up tomorrow. It will be interesting to compare the K120mm F2.8 with the M135mm F3.5. Usually I stay away from K-lenses as they're too big, but the 120mm seems to be reasonably compact, at least when compared to the K 135mm F2.5.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Recercare Quote
However, a few days ago I got a great offer, the K 120mm F2.8 and the K 28mm F3.5 for approx $200 USD.
That is a smokin' good deal. The 28/3.5 alone is worth that money - one of the sharpest, if not THE sharpest MF lenses ever produced by Pentax.

Maybe the FA50/2.8 Macro is sharper.
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That is a smokin' good deal. The 28/3.5 alone is worth that money - one of the sharpest, if not THE sharpest MF lenses ever produced by Pentax.

Maybe the FA50/2.8 Macro is sharper.
I think the K 30mm F2.8 and K 35mm F3.5 are supposed to be a little sharper than the K 28mm F3.5, but I guess you will really have to pixel peep to notice the difference.

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Clearly, these birds value good vintage lenses...
Yes, that last gull in the series seems to be sizing up the lens as a potential target!

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