Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home

Show Printable Version Search this Thread
03-09-2012, 09:28 PM - 3 Likes   #1
Veteran Member
rfortson's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Houston TX
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 2,129
My first shots - indoors ISO3200 with DA Limiteds and XS

Pouring rain outside (I wouldn't want to go out regardless of weather sealing - I'm not that weather sealed ), so I shot some around the house. I tried all the DA Ltds in similar shots, though I didn't use a tripod, just shot them like I would normally.

First, with the DA40XS

Next the DA40 Ltd:

DA15 Ltd

DA21 Ltd

DA70 Ltd

My first impressions are that the camera is well-built and handles fairly well. The "chunkiness" makes it easier to hold in the right hand. Controls seem okay, though there are less buttons than the K5 (of course). The INFO screen is pretty handy, though, so I don't have to dig into the menus too much. I remapped the red video button to Focus Peaking, but I haven't tried it out yet. AF speed seems fine, about on par with my K5 for these casual shots. All the lenses I tried above focused well, except the DA70 hunted a bit in the very dark light (probably due to lack of contrast). All in all, I'm impressed. IQ seems pretty much like my K5, which is what I expected. Handling with the DA Limited primes is great, and it seems like they are tailor made for this camera. I didn't really want the DA40XS, but I wanted the white kit and that's how I found it, so I may just sell the lens. It really is tiny compared even to the DA40 Ltd.

Anyhoo....maybe it will clear up a bit so I can get out and take some pictures this weekend.

Here are some phone cams of the K-01 next to my E-P1. I still like the style of the E-P1 better (to me, it's just a beautiful camera), but the K-01 trumps it in every other way for what I want.

Last edited by rfortson; 03-09-2012 at 09:36 PM.
03-09-2012, 09:37 PM   #2

Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: NJ
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 5,155
Thank you for the samples and comparison pics!
03-09-2012, 09:46 PM   #3
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter
monochrome's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Kirkwood (St. Louis) MO USA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 22,723
Very nice! Thanks for the post.

My wife adnmires your porcelain.
03-09-2012, 11:43 PM   #4
New Member

Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 3
-> rfortson - could I possibly entice you to take a few pictures of your k-01 with the different ltd. lenses on it. Or are there already similar images on the web?

03-10-2012, 02:59 AM   #5
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
hegedus's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Croatia
Posts: 154
Shots of DA40XS and DA40ltd look very alike. Although, it can be seen that focus point is a bit deeper on the DA40XS picture, so it looks like the picture is more blurry. Do you feel like these two lenses are abotu the same in terms of optical quality?
Where both pictures taken an f2.8?
03-10-2012, 03:29 AM   #6
RonHendriks1966's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2009
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 8,989
You have a nice pot, and now some nice pictures of it
03-10-2012, 04:34 AM   #7
Veteran Member

Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 347
I don't recall seeing a comparable series of images using the same "everyday" subject (i.e. not a test set up) with different lenses like this. I've known for a while that I need a DA70, now I *really* know I need a DA70!
03-10-2012, 06:36 AM   #8

Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Millstone,NJ
Posts: 6,491
Great shots , keep them coming !

03-10-2012, 03:49 PM   #9
New Member

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: New York
Posts: 9
Hey Russ, thanks for sharing the shots.

Can you post some pics of your k-01 with da lenses mounted on it?

03-10-2012, 03:58 PM   #10
Veteran Member
westmill's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Stoke on Trent
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,146
The Da 40XS has realy nice bokeh !
03-10-2012, 07:44 PM   #11
Veteran Member
raider's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Perth, Australia
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,961
Thanks for those shots using the pancake lenses. Certainly bring out the best of those lenses!!
04-16-2012, 01:29 AM   #12
Inactive Account

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: china gz
Posts: 6
it looks very alike.
in fact you should use a tripod.and set the same parameter(same positiong,same setting)
it will make the compare more clear.then it will leave us more imformation.

  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
camera, da, da limiteds, e-p1, k-01, k01, k5, ltd, mirrorless, pentax k-01, shots
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
ISO3200 wildlife shots on the 5N tsammyc Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 1 11-06-2011 12:37 AM
K-5 vs D7000 ISO3200/6400 Noise Test JohnBee Pentax K-5 29 10-30-2010 02:07 PM
K-5, ISO200 vs ISO3200, Sampled from RAW PP/NR: OFF JohnBee Pentax K-5 30 10-29-2010 04:38 AM
K-7 ISO3200 Advanced NR Case Study JohnBee Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 3 06-18-2010 01:02 AM
Christmas shots... indoors! dugrant153 Post Your Photos! 1 12-12-2007 07:02 PM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:43 AM. | See also:, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]