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I pulled the trigger on a new lens

Discussion in 'Pentax DSLR Forum' started by kyteflyer, May 17, 2012.

  1. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Its a Horusbennu and only costs $54.50 AU (with free shipping) and its winging its way from Korea as I type. All manual, its a 50mm f/1.7 with really quite pleasant bokeh. Can't wait for it to arrive. Looks like its pretty small too :)

    Sure, it wont be like the Pentaxes, but for that price, who cares!

    Here it is on ebay

    There are a few examples on flickr from the lens but not a lot.

    Nick Faiello seems to be the main user posting shots there
     
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    looks bokehlicious!
     
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  3. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Well I've played with it for a couple of days now, and I must have a good copy because the bokeh is really fairly decent. Here are a few from today, only one with OOF areas tho


    Glass Front by kyte50, on Flickr

    and a 100% crop from the full size version of the above. Fairly pleased with it.

    Glass Front 100% by kyte50, on Flickr

    Then theres these

    DogJogging by kyte50, on Flickr


    Afternoon Walk by kyte50, on Flickr


    Bokeh looks fine by kyte50, on Flickr

    I think its going to have been a really worthwhile purchase.
     
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  4. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo!

    Sep 8, 2010
    London UK
    Andy
    Bargain of the year me thinks!!! Nice one!! Images are fantastic in colour, contrast and sharpness.
     
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  5. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Thanks, Andy. I can't quite believe how good it is. Doesn't mean I am not still hunting Pentax M or K 50s though :)
     
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  6. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    The oof is indeed really nice, worth every penny!
     
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  7. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
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  8. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Thanks, Kristen. The more I use it, the more contented I become with the decision to buy. Big difference between that, and the FA43 for which I think I paid over $700AU. I'm actually not convinced this is worse, or that the FA is better.
     
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  9. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator

    Jul 11, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Herman
    Congrats on the new lens Sue. I like your pics taken with it a lot! Great!
     
  10. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    If you still feel that way after awhile, you should cash out the FA.
     
  11. KVG

    KVG SC Regular

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    May 24, 2012
    Calgary, Alberta
    Kelly
    That lens flair is awesome
     
  12. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Yeah, maybe, but I am bit the same with lenses as I am with cameras. Find it difficult to let go. I sold my Tamron 70-300 and 18-250 and wish I had not. Cannot get the latter anymore, nor its Pentax equivalent, they are like hens teeth.
     
  13. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Life is full of regrets.... at least selling a lens and then missing it is a small one.
     
  14. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    True, but I'm not slitting my wrists over it. I sold the 18-250 to a friend and I reckon he'd sell it back to me because he prefers his fuji HS20 these days.
     
  15. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    And thats what I did today. The FA has gone to a new home, and I have bought a new iPhone 4S (didnt want the 5).

    In the meantime, now having the Horusbennu *and* a K55... must make a decision about which is best. and decide which of my other lenses need to go. the DA15 is up on gumtree now, no enquiries thus far but I expect there will be, sometime.
     
  16. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    congrats on the phone. WIth all the great camera gear you have, it makes sense to do a little liquidation. A phone you use every day....most of those cameras are just sitting most of the time. Do you have a grand plan worked out for whittling down the collection or are you taking one step at a time?
     
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  17. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    One step at a time, Luke. I tried putting all my pentax gear up a couple of weeks ago and all I got were idiots and scammers. Advertising things separately seems to generate genuine enquiries. The lad I sold the 43 to does wedding photography and wanted that f/l for some of his indoor stuff. I didnt get as much as I would have liked, but it was acceptable.

    Still no enquiries about the 15 but the nice thing about gumtree is that the ad goes for 6 weeks and they send you an email toward the end of that time to remind you to repost, so you dont have to remember. I think I'll put the 55-300 up this weekend. Another lens I thought I wanted but am not using. ah well. I may even sell the 35mm macro LTD.

    I think, in the end, I'll probably have the X-pro and the X-S1. I may even end up selling the x100 if I get the xpro. The xz and GRD... hmm... uncertain at this time. I carry them all the time.
     
  18. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I have thought about the X100 and the X-S1 as a 2 camera combo. It would absolutely eliminate LBA and GAS......no lenses to change (or buy). You'd have the awesome IQ for normal focal lengths (which for me is around 80% of what I do) and a really good quality jack of all trades in the X-S1.

    I'm trying to think minimal....less is more. Sounds like you have a good plan.
     
  19. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    You have the pro, don't you? I love the IQ coming from that but you are right, perhaps the x100 and the X-S1 would be sufficient. I've had a look at it, and the viewfinder isn't too bad. Not nearly as good as the Oly viewfinders but still, not bad for what it is, and streets ahead of my Panny FZ100 (might try to sell that soon, again)...
     
  20. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I HAD the Pro. It's lovely and amazing...... and was a big chunk of money tied up. I sold it and regret it a little bit, but the X100 is IQ enough and will keep me from wanting 3 different Fuji lenses that are $500 each. That is part of the allure of the X100 for me (not that it needs more allure). There's nothing else to buy for it. I don't need to add any lenses. And I'm never wondering if I should switch lenses for the next shot. I find that I carry it all the time, and I start to see shots quicker. I guess I work better with restraints.
     
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