Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 On Squirrels

The silent AF in the DA* zoom turns out to be important in the last weekend when I get close to the squirrel. I call him a Squirrel with a green tongue in the picture.

Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 On Squirrels Test Shots

Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 On Squirrels Test Shots

Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 On Squirrels Test Shots

I do wish the Pentax DA* 50-135mm a bit longer for reach. It would have been perfect if the focal range are like Pentax DA 50-200mm f/4.0-5.6. I know I am asking too much. If there is a DA* 50-200mm f/2.8, I would be upgrading. Hope the DA* 60-250mm f/4.0 can come down in price similar to the DA* 50-135mm f/2.8.

Out of all the inexpensive alternative choices with AF, I find Pentax DA 50-200mm f/4.0-5.6 to be the closest choice with AF that resemble the DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 and it comes in the lightest package. With 'WR' version in k-7, that would be a closest alternative with weather seal costing a fraction of the DA* zoom.

Impressions & Notes
  • The quiet AF from SDM helps in shooting animals in close distance
  • AF with AF.S is snappy but I do have previous problems with AF.C where I might have pressed the shutter too early
  • In AF.C, I lose the trap focus and I like AF.S for the safety
  • Bokeh is nice in the blurry green
  • I need to stop down more to see more depth



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