A lot of photos in this one – I was playing with the Pentax K-S2 and its 18-50/3.5-5.6mm and 10-17mm fisheye-zoom lenses, and with my Olympus E-M1 and 12-40mm/2.8 lens. I’ve been really liking my Olympus camera, and have had a lot of fun with Pentax cameras in the past. I wanted to see how they’d do in photographing the same subject – the Horicon Ledge, out in Dodge County.
When the Pentax first came out, I thought it was a pretty odd camera. Where most manufacturers were trying to make their cameras smaller and more stream-lined, the K-S2 felt clunky. The 18-50mm compact zoom lens, too, didn’t feel that good. It felt a bit weak, construction-wise. I was sure though, that it’d be sharp enough – “Pentax wouldn’t make a bad product!”, I thought. Well, while I did come to really like the body – its feel, sound, and features…the lens never impressed me. It didn’t feel good and only seemed to product “decent” results, at best.
As mentioned, I liked the camera – its features (like multiple HDR modes), its ergonomics (it didn’t seem clunky at all, after a few days using it), and its handling of color and speedy AF – to name a few things. Though I don’t have any examples here, I did find its “pet mode” to be pretty effective when I was photographing my parents’ dog.
So, a good camera, but a not-so-good (for me) lens. Oh yeah, but the 10-17mm fisheye lens – that one IS a bunch of fun! And was especially good when exploring the tight quarters of the Ledge. 🙂