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20/365 Primes 31 Limited and 200 Vintage

Todays post contrasts two very different lenses. A 31mm fully modern lens and a 200mm fuuly manual vintage lens.

Camera: Pentax K1 (Click for reviews)

Lens: SMC Pentax 200mm f/2.5 K-series  (Click for reviews)

ISO 200 f/8? (EXIF does not include f/stop) 1/6400th Tripod mounted.

This was a test shot to frame and get focus with this manual focus lens. To me this has an almost 3 dimentional quality. The out of focus areas render very smoothly. 

ISO 800 F/8? (just my mest memory) 1/8000th Tripod Mounted

This family, out on a Sunday afternoon walk, seem separated from the backgroung and foreground in a way I like very much. With my 54 year old eyes it is a bit of a challenge getting the focus.

Lens: SMC Pentax-FA 31mm f/1.8 AL Limited (click for review)

ISO 800 f/9 1/1000th tripod mounted.

Compare the above image at f/9 versus the one below at f/2.5

ISO 800 f/2.5 1/8000th Tripod mounted.

I was surprised that at f/2.5 most of the tree trunk seems in focus. You can see a diference between the two apertures. At f/9 the clouds are still pretty sharp. But opened up to f/2.5 the blur is gentle and still lets you see what is in the background pretty nicely.

It was a fun Sunday afternoon comparing these two lenses. I like the looks that each lens gives very much.  I can't wait to try out the 31 Limited on a family portrait!


5/365 Primes 77mm Thin Ice

You are on thin ice! I'm grateful for the warning, I never would have known.  This pond is in my neighborhood. And We have seen some cold days. But yesterday was a balmy 40 degrees.

I decided to go outside with the 77 Limited and see how if acted a f/5.6.

Camera: Pentax K1 ( Full frame camera)

Lens: Pentax SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Silver

ISO 100, F/5.6 1/60 Hand Held

I think the background has a pleasant out of focus character without loosing the ability to know what you are looking at. I like the shimmery quality of the bokeh.

The shutter speed is pretty slow for a hand held shot. Especially considering the reduced strength and control of my right side. Even so, the in camera shake reduction did a fantastic job.  Below is a detail crop in on part of the sign.

I would love your feedback for ideas on how I could better my posts for this 365 project.  Have you shot with this lens or camera? What has your experience been?