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06-09-2012, 02:50 AM   #1
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Pentax DA 40mm XS f/2.8 lens samples

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08-31-2012, 11:29 AM   #2
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Oh wow, PentaxForums, I thought the 3.5 MB attachment limit was per post.

Camera: K-5, crop sections were upscaled to 1024 pixels long side and originals downscaled to 1024 pixels long side as well.

I could have posted original resolutions but that was before I knew I couldn't upload it in PF's attachment feature.

Impression: This is at 2.8. It's not the sharpest, but as a portrait, it's pretty nice. Note that the smoke seems to have very slight wash out his lower face. ISO 800, exposure time: 1/40 seconds (Meaning motion blur may have also played an effect)

2.8, I think it did a good job, and nice color rendition too.

Wouldn't say this is a good shot, but I've only had one shooting session with this lens yet.

Impressions: This is at 5.6. It's pretty sharp. ISO 800, 1/30s.

I'll be coming up with a review later. For now, time to sleep.
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Suggestion: Can an admin/mod rename this thread please to the lens' proper full name, to avoid dupes.


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Title looks good.

Here's a fine sample of this lens's capability at f/4:

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Some don't like its bokeh, it's not my case :

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Nice little lens...

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Here's a shot I took today with my freshly acquired DA 40mm XS. It's macro-ish / close-focus. I'm still figuring out the lens' strengths and weaknesses.

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Some sample shots:

Full size shot at F8 showing sharp corners:

Album here (all images have full size links)
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The “flat wonder” lens adapted on Pentax Q (it is equivalent of 150/2.8 on APS-C).

Around f4 – f5,6

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Pentax K-01 with DA 40 XS
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underappreciated lens

An underrated lens. It has 9 rounded blades and good performance if you can get a sharp copy. And similar lens design to the Ltd. version with nice flat pancake field (can be a quick and dirty panorama lens). Housing is (fragile) plastic but has metal mount. Used a 27-49mm step up ring to add my B+W circular polarizer and a cheap chinese metal hood.


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