I received a lens today that I’m going to give a try. A Pentax DA 18-135 WR lens. My DA 17-70 has had the focus lock issues at the telephoto end and I’m finally getting tired of dealing with it. So I’ll try this lens to see if it works for me and then decide if I want to replace the 17-70 with it or get the 17-70 repaired and keep it. The 17-70 is a nice sharp lens and it has served me well optically. I don’t know if this 18-135 will compare in that regard, but if it locks focus than it already has a mark going for it. I kind of like the extended telephoto range because of the way I like to shoot on the run. It always seemed like I was hitting a wall sometimes at 70mm and I needed an extra few mm’s but didn’t have time to change to my 55-300. On the other hand I don’t like giving up the 1mm on the wide end. Even 17mm wasn’t wide enough for me at times but if this lens works OK I’ll try to supplement it with the DA15.
So, armed with a weather resistant camera and lens combo on a rainy day, you would think that is the perfect time to try out the setup. Normally it would be but I’m just rained out by now and the ambition to get wet and cold just wasn’t there today. No fear, there will be plenty of lousy days coming up. I did stick around the house and tried some lighting and processing experiments.
This particular photo of a bowl on my table was shot using the cameras on-board flash with a tissue diffuser and a mix of tungsten light. I then processed the photo by playing around with some sliders in Elements and Topaz to get a cool-warm balance. As a photo it’s not much to look at subject-wise but I do like the color. Pentax K20D, DA18-135