First real photos with the new lens and camera

Yesterday I was out in the forest just behind our house, taking the opportunity to really try out the new camera and lens. First impressions;

  • The K-7 feels a bit smaller in my hands, and gave my thumb a little bit of chafing at first, but that might have something to do with the weight of the lens :-)
  • The K-7 has better response at high ISO. All the way up to 1600 is usable, so TAv-mode is a real possibility now. On the K10D I usually stuck with ISO 400 and Av-mode at a large aperture, now with the K-7 I set up at 1/200 and F2.8 or F8 and let the camera do the rest.
  • I really like the macro possibilities of the Tamron 70-200 f2.8, it is quite good. Although not a true macro I think it is actually more useful than a 90mm 1:1, since most of the things I will photograph isn’t very near, so to be able to use 200mm at just under a meter is quite nice.
  • The Tamron 70-200 is super sharp. None of the primes I have gets close to the resolution of it. I thought my Pentax 50mm F1.4 was quite good at 5.6, but the Tamron beats it hands down.
  • I’m not at all bothered about the AF-speed of the Tamron, as I thought I might be.

Without further ado, here are some of the photos (click on them to get a larger view);

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