Yosemite Visit with Pentax DA* 16-50

2017-04-23
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I bought the DA* 16-50 used a while ago and I have not taken it out for shooting until recent weekends. At first I find it average to good but the wide pictures at 16mm doesn't impress me. The weight and size is well balanced but I prefer something lighter and smaller. My opinion changes towards the positive side once I engage it in wet and cold weather in Yosemite over the Martin Luther King holiday as the weather protection ease my mind in shooting and my confidence with the zoom helps me in the shooting. All the following are shot with my long lost buddy in K-5 and DA* 16-50 and I have a few with WR DFA 100mm f/2.8 macro to share later on.

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I am surprised to see other talking about the negative on the flare handling of DA* 16-50 and I am bit bumped when I see the distracting flare on the back of my newly found friend Daniel P. who shot 8x10 with an Ebony. We had a short chat on his camera and the film he was using with x-ray type of 8x10 film sheet and he does his own film development. He told me the process in developing bigger film is way easier than those with the 135 or 645 films. We exchanged contact information and I tag the photo for him in Flickr and he asks about my Pentax and I did praise my Pentax and humbly admit some needed improvement over its AF especially in tracking and indoor. K-5 II(s) and K-3 after are perhaps better and much improved with AF. My K-5 is great in most cases but I struggle indoor quite often not able to obtain AF lock in dimly lit scenes while my other cameras have less a problem in AF-S in the dark or AF-C with tracking.




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What do you all think? I love the DA* 16-50 performance in the shoot. The gripes are on its 16mm performance along with flare handling. I think I can get used to its heavier weight. I am also thinking of adding one lighter zoom with choices in Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.0, DA 16-85 or DA 18-135 as a compliment to the DA* zoom, or perhaps the DA 20-40. Any critiques to pictures and gear thoughts are very welcome.
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It turns out that I only have two pictures uploaded that were shot with WR DFA 100mm f/2.8 macro. I can't wait to have more shooting opportunities on the 100mm f/2.8 macro. In the Yosemite Valley floor, the prime lens happen to be too long for the pictures that I am looking for. And I did wish the 16-50 to reach farther as in 16-85 range.
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The waterfall is amazing in Yosemite. It is my first Yosemite winter visit and I much prefer the winter view over the summer view when the magical landscape is crowded with people and I feel city urban life in queuing up with long traffic line coming in and out of Yosemite Village area.

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And I finally found another rare one among the few that I have taken with Pentax WR DF-A 100mm f/2.8 macro. I am proud and fond of this macro and sadly I have not put it into good use. While in the valley floor in Yosemite very close to the Yosemite fall, I couldn't move to a farther corner due to cold winter, icy snow and snow sinking deep in many corners. 

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Valley Of Fire State Park with Zonlai 25mm f/1.8

Valley Of Fire sandy path down to Slot Canyon in Valley Of Fire in around Henderson city of Nevada

With a single crutch, I climbed downhill to reach Slot Canyon. I have lots of fears going downhill on a single crutch. I couldn't help myself thinking the unthinkable that I hurt my other knee or re-injured myself. Every passerby asked if I were okay. As usual, my family thought I couldn't not make it when we saw the downhill and I left my crutches on the car. They went along without me and I trekked back through the sandy path to the parking lot. It was windy and I was drummed in frustration in forgetting my crutches. And it turns out that I still need my crutches in hiking on uneven surfaces and I can't go downhill on my injured right knee with ACL reconstruction from cadaver. 

The wind gust reached 40 mph at times, I retracted back to my car to get my crutch and off I went slowly down the hill on single crutch and hiked alone. I later took off my sandal with Crocs and walked down bare feet as my Crocs didn't do well on the sandy rocks. 

When I got to Slot Canyon, I was rewarded with lots of pictures and met a few friends. My family were lost with me way ahead of me thinking that I retrieved to my car for a nap. But I was there slowly inching my way down the hill and walked through most interesting part of the canyon bare footed.

My fears are drowned in the perfect of love.

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Sky Poem with Zonlai 25mm f/1.8 in E-mount

Finding Sky Limits


English is not my strong suite and I was born in Macau with Chinese as my main language at home and English is my secondary language. I love to write in English and my Chinese are fading as years go by. It is one of my retirement goals to go back read and write to improve my Chinese. Here is the poem that may have turned the picture south with the watermark

The sky so far and yet so close
Touches we imagine within inches we drift
Swing we rocket from trunks to clouds
Lord I ask to sky we aim
Limits we ignore and next we go

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by Hin Man
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Before I go to bed before ACL surgery, I was staring at this picture trying to think of my business plan, my personal focus in 2017, on what to do in photography. I want to have a website where I can start a part-time gig on photography. I have one of my best co-worker who signed up as my first customer. Yes, that has to happen after surgery on 3/15. I am not a poem or poetry writer and I actually don't even know the difference between two. Hope you understand the meaning. By morning or after surgery, I will re-look for typos, grammar and correction. This is as good as I can feel and as good as I can in preparing for my adventure in starting a side business on photography.

Please let me know what you think both good and bad. The picture was taken with Zonlai 25mm f/1.8 and I was strolling around a Honda dealership while servicing my car. And I was blessed with great clouds formation in likely early January.


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Las Vegas Spring Break With Zonlai 25mm f/1.8 & Sony A6000

I finished a spring break vacation in Las Vegas traveling with my family with 2 crutches. I don't need to use crutch now but I take it with me on the hiking where i have difficulty in going downhill as I can't bend my knee easily after ACL reconstruction surgery.

I brought three lenses to the spring break vation

  • Zonlai 25mm f/1.8 (used most frequently #1)
  • Sony E 35mm f/1.8 (#3)
  • Sony E 50mm f/1.8 (#4 I only use it for few pictures at night)
  • + Sony AS100V on a selfie stick for wide angle shots (#2 I use it for wide angle and small video)

I thought I would use the E 35mm f/1.8 most and as it turns out, 70% of my images were shot with Zonlai while I use the E 35mm f/1.8 for some as in 15% and 13% on the Sony Action Cam and a few night shots were made the E 50mm f/1.8


Las Vegas City Lights 
by Hin Man, on Flickr


Valley Of Fire -- Slot Canyon 
by Hin Man, on Flickr
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Valley Of Fire -- Couple 
by Hin Man, on Flickr



Valley Of Fire -- Slot Canyon 
by Hin Man, on Flickr


That Zonlai MF lens that I call Leica/Voiglander knock off make me really proud. Yes, it has its fair share of issues but boy, the center sharpness along with its bokeh make it a great favorite of mine in traveling light.

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