I finally broke down and picked up the Pentax HD D FA 70-200/2.8. I took it out for a quick run today at Chilliwack River where there was a kayak race being held. I thought it would make a really good test of the capabilities of this brand new lens from Pentax. I wanted to share a few quick images and some thoughts from the first few photos before a more extensive real world review is posted.
The first thing I thought when I pulled this lens out of the box to put it in my Everyday Messenger Bag was “dear god what have I done”. This lens is…. “substantial,” to say the least. But that’s something for another time. The more important thing is the first impression I had viewing the photos on the screen for the first time, where my impression was “wow, this lens is nice.”
Of the 133 photos I took of the kayaks coming down the river, only a few were out of focus, and the rest were tack sharp. I’m not a sports photographer (my time spent as part of the photo teams for the Abbotsford Summer Games and the Mission Winter Games aside), but I’m pretty impressed. I’m going to have to get a proper subject in front of it in the studio for some real experiments, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be even more in love than I am now.
Note in this crop from the above photo just how sharp and well the water drops were captured by this lens.
Physical Characteristics and Miscellaneous Impressions
- High quality build construction
- Built like a tank
- Fast focusing
- Simple controls (one switch for focus restrictions, one for focus mode)
- Built in tripod mount
- Water / dust proof
- Blah blah blah you can read a better summary of all this on the product page
Like I said I didn’t have a proper portrait test subject to use, but as you can see here, looks good!
Paired with the amazing Pentax K-1 (who’s sensor was recently recognized by DXOMark as the third best sensor they’ve tested ever), this lens is fast focusing, sharp as a tack and heavy. I don’t know what it’s like to carry it around all day at a wedding but I’m really looking forward to the images I’m going to get from it!
Here are a few other shots for your viewing pleasure.