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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-29-2008, 08:18 PM  
Phoenix 100-400; any experience/opinions?
Posted By Available Light
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Many thanks for taking the time to borrow the Phoenix 100-400 and take some test shots. That's a big, big help. I have a Manfrotto "long lens" bracket that I use with my Pentax FA*200, since it has no collar either, so no problem with that. Your example @ f7.1 definitely looks a bit better than the Pentax 100-300 I have, especially contrast wise (of course there's a big difference from the FA* !).

Also Mike, my county library has EBSCO so I should be able to track down the reviews through them. Also found Pop Photo's zoom lens tables which list the issue that particular reviews are in. Don't know how I missed that before. It would be really great if Pop Photo updated this for both zooms and primes.

It will probably be a few days before I can get ahold of the reviews - but as of now I'm leaning toward trying it; not a lot to lose, and a good interim solution.

Thanks to everyone.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-26-2008, 05:54 PM  
Phoenix 100-400; any experience/opinions?
Posted By Available Light
Replies: 11
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Thanks to everyone who answered my inquiry. I'll see if any local libraries have those back Pop Photo issues with the reviews you found Mike! Barondla, if you get a chance to borrow it to take some shots that would be great - particularly to see if it does OK at 400mm when stopped down some. And also, 35mmfilm_user's advice to stop down toward the lens' "sweet spot" is definitely appreciated.

I'll try to remember to post again later with my decision, reasoning and results.

Available Light
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-25-2008, 02:58 PM  
Phoenix 100-400; any experience/opinions?
Posted By Available Light
Replies: 11
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I really (LBA symptoms) need some more reach in my lens kit, and I noticed that Pop Photo's dear recently departed Herb Keppler (one of my favorites who mentioned Pentax products regulary in his monthly column) recommended the Phoenix 100-400 in a recent column. I'd just take his word and go ahead and get one, but I still have a few questions and Herb's now impossible to reach (by phone or email anyway). So, are there any among you with experience with the Phoenix 100-400?

How's is sharpness, contrast?
Any zoom creep?
Any better than my Pentax 100-300 (a real softy at the extremes)?

Can't find any reviews/tests (please point me to any you know of) so any input would be appreciated. I'm aware of the Sigma offerings (Bigma, etc. - in fact got to use a friend's Bigma for most of a day a few weeks ago.) But can't quite afford that right now (saving for the K20D and all).

Many thanks for your help!

Available Light
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-24-2007, 02:06 PM  
Software advice for newbie
Posted By Available Light
Replies: 11
Views: 2,520
I suggest trying "Picture Window Pro" from Digital Light and Color.

Digital Light & Color - Welcome - What's New

It's a very powerful, yet inexpensive, image editing tool. They have a 30 day trial free download to test it out.

There are several categories of digital photography software, the two most essential, in my opinion, are raw conversion and editing. Lightroom is primarily for raw conversion. I use its predecessor, Raw Shooter Essentials (& Pro) bought by Adobe. Still evaluating Lightroom. Have you tried Pentax Photo Lab that comes with the camera? Hope this info helps
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