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Showcase Pentax 35-70mmm f/4 SMC lens

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by dbuckle, Jul 15, 2012.

  1. alex g

    alex g Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Mar 30, 2016
    New York / Bath
    The sun came out for the first time in a week this evening, so I took a 30 minute stroll around town with the Pentax 35-70 f/4 mounted on an E-M5 mk II with a Kiwifotos adapter. I was happy with the number of keepers I got - this is a really solid lens. It's not terribly fast, so not an obvious choice for easy subject separation or low light shots, but for street and architectural photography on a sunny day, for example, it's a real pleasure to use. Beautiful, 80s Pentax build quality, and very sharp around f/8, with well-controlled CA. To my eye (or possibly my imagination) there's a sort of firmness and 'bottom end' to the images, to use an audio analogy, which makes them look great both straight OOC and also after some PP.

    The following were mostly shot between f/5.6 and f/9.5, at, um, a variety of focal lengths. I'll label them like this, for reference:
    • OOC — Raw files converted to jpegs in LR with a little sharpening but no tone adjustments.
    • MA — As above, but with minimal adjustments to exposure and/or contrast.
    • Else they've been processed more heavily, starting with a VSCO Film Lightroom preset.
    I'll also state when the image has been cropped.

    So, in shooting order:

    MA plus some defringing, cropped
    E-M5MarkII    ---       f/1.0    1/100s    ISO 200
    Entrance to Victoria Park
    by Alex G, on Flickr

    OOC, no cropping
    E-M5MarkII    ---       f/1.0    1/3200s    ISO 200
    God Rays Over Bath
    by Alex G, on Flickr

    MA, slight crop
    E-M5MarkII    ---       f/1.0    1/200s    ISO 200
    On The Scent
    by Alex G, on Flickr

    Kodak Ektar 25, no cropping
    E-M5MarkII    ---       f/1.0    1/80s    ISO 200
    Bench in Vicky Park
    by Alex G, on Flickr

    Kodak TRI-X 320, slight crop
    E-M5MarkII    ---       f/1.0    1/160s    ISO 200
    Black and White Dogs Playing
    by Alex G, on Flickr

    MA, heavy crop
    E-M5MarkII    ---       f/1.0    1/400s    ISO 320
    Man and Black Dog Running
    by Alex G, on Flickr

    OOC, slight crop
    E-M5MarkII    ---       f/1.0    1/800s    ISO 320
    Royal Crescent Sunset
    by Alex G, on Flickr

    MA, no cropping
    E-M5MarkII    ---       f/1.0    1/15s    ISO 320
    Cute Alley Cat
    by Alex G, on Flickr

    There are a few more from this set on my Flickr page.
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2016
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  2. zippythezip

    zippythezip Mu-43 Rookie

    Feb 19, 2017
    Springhill, Nova Scotia
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  3. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Last edited: Feb 20, 2017
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