DA 17-70 testing - snapshots from Cambridge


Link Posted 29/03/2010 - 21:22
Evening all,
Sunday was my first real play with my newly acquired DA 17-70. The following are my pick of the snap shots I took. C&C welcome, even though it was a bit of a point and shoot session.

I'm not overly critical of lens quality, but it's pretty clear this lens is a bit of a beast compared to the Samsung 18-55 kit lens. The colours and contrast are in a completely different league. I have not done much PP at all to these images besides sharpening (a few are cropped, a few have a tiny bit of extra contrast), whereas with the kit lens I felt like a lot off PP was required to get anything like a decent final image.













GX20; DA 17-70 F4; 18-55 kit; Ricoh 50mm F2; Vivitar 75-205mm F3.8


Link Posted 29/03/2010 - 21:27
Lovely set Matt I love No 9.Looks like a lovely lens too Im thinking of upgrading my kit lens
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Link Posted 29/03/2010 - 21:27

Love the detail you have on the stonework
let the education continue

proud owner of a couple of cameras and a few bits and bobs


Link Posted 29/03/2010 - 21:29
Lovely set. You could enter any of several in the fortnightly comp and really meet the requirements of spirit of place .

I have the 17-70 and am very very happy with it too.


Link Posted 30/03/2010 - 21:23
Wonderful set, very clear and crisp. Appears to have good colour rendering. Not sure which I like best, but probably leaning toward #4. Would love to see more shots with this lens.


I gladly welcome C & C's. Being foggy minded they really help me learn.


Link Posted 30/03/2010 - 23:17
Really nice set demonstrating this lovely lens. Better than I managed in Oxford last weekend by a mile. I especially like No. 4, great shot. No. 3 has potential but seems a little over-exposed. Can you bring it down a bit in PP or is it too bright?

Best wishes, Kris.
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Link Posted 31/03/2010 - 09:14
Thank you guys.
I think I need to get my monitor calibrated. Kris, no.3 can easily be brought down. I usually use Silkipix (Samsung version) Auto exposure as a starting point and none of the shots are far off that suggestion. If anything I usually bring the exposure down a touch.

There's no doubt that this lens is great. It's a year old (1 owner), in mint condition with all packaging and I paid £300.

GX20; DA 17-70 F4; 18-55 kit; Ricoh 50mm F2; Vivitar 75-205mm F3.8


Link Posted 31/03/2010 - 11:57
I'll go the shotgun Matt - 4 10 1 & 2 not far behind, mind


Link Posted 05/04/2010 - 17:03
I missed these when you posted them Matt (was flying that day!), what a great set! I really like 4 and 5 a lot, fantastic images. I've tried a few from that bridge in 5 but have yet to get any decent results! Lens looks great too, maybe we should organise a temporary swap sometime so we can try out each other's walkabout? (after you've had a few months to get your new lens out of your system of course )
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Link Posted 05/04/2010 - 17:25
Cracking photos matt - now I really do want davex`s 12-24 Xenon.........

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