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What can my cheapest lens do?

PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:05 pm
by LennyBloke
Going through some photos taken in the Lake district earlier this year I spotted a bird of prey in the trees on one image - so I've had a go at enlarging it just to see how much detail I could pull out. The result isn't that great as an image but it was only when I compared the crop to the original that I appreciated what the lens and camera combination had captured.

1. Original image (at 1600 pixels):

2. Heavy crop (at 1024 pixels) with localised highlighting to show the bird:

if you want to see a full size image (at 7360 pixels - very big!) it's here (with the localised highlighting): ... 7/sizes/o/

The focus was on the foreground trees so the hills and trees in the distance are a bit out of focus, but I think you can also see the weakness of the lens (I could probably improve this a little with better PP) - then again the lens cost me less than £20!

The lens is the poorly rated Pentax F 80-200 f4.7-5.6 - a lightweight, plasticky 20 year old zoom - but it's currently my lightweight travel tele-zoom :D

GO Pentax !!!!!

What can my cheapest lens do?

PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:27 pm
by Smeggypants
Can't argue with that :)

the 1600px version looks oversharpened, but I guess that's the hideous flickr effect?