January 1, 2009

Beach Walk with DA* 200mm

I haven't had a chance in the past few months to take many photos. However, being home for the holidays has given me a nice breather from work. New Year's day dawned with a heavy fog bank sitting along the coast in our town of San Clemente, CA. My wife and I took a nice walk along the recently completed 2.5 mile coastal trail. I brought along the DA* 200mm f/2.8 lens with my K20D.

Since this was really a walk for fun and exercise to work off the New Year's Eve celebration, I really didn't have time to do any serious photography. Therefore all these photos are just quick snapshots, which I thought would be a good representation of the type of images possible with the DA*200 lens. It has been awhile since I last shot with this lens, and my walk reminded me how nicely the weight and size of this lens balances with the K20D body. All photos shot in RAW and processed by CS3. As the lighting was very flat, due to the fog, I did bump up the saturation and contrast slightly with some of these photos. Enjoy and Happy New Year to all!


  1. Nice series, Ned! Happy New Year! Cindy from the Pentax SLR Forum

  2. Happy New year to you too Ned. I do wonder about the leg/foot of that one Pigeon. Bummer.

    All the best to you in the new year.

  3. Yapp, happy and shiny new year! :) These photos are great also! (my fave is the brown gull portrait :))

  4. Nice.
    I also did a similar walk with my K20D and FA*300, The 300 is bit too long, I wished I had the FA*80-200 or a new DA*60-250 ;-)

  5. Happy New Year Ned, and to all Pentaxians. Love my new K20 and DA 35/2.8 Ltd...

  6. Ned: All the best to you and Pentax in 2009. That DA* 200mm is as good as it gets IMHO. More primes and less zooms for this old man. Take care. Don Allison

  7. Brilliant photography in deed!

    You make me lust for one Da* 200mm f2.8!

  8. Happy new year Ned :)

    I agree I love the da* 200mm.
    To be honest I love all the pentax lenses!

    Can't wait for the da* 50mm - is it set be available before april? as I've got a backpacking trip to Vietnam planned and it'd be the perfect lens to take. I'll just have to be patient and wait and see.

  9. Some nice photographs there :)

    The seagull with one foot was a sad one though, but it seemed to do fine :)

    Hope 2009 is a good one :)

    I've started collecting old Pentax and K-mount stuff :P

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