SMC "K" 200mm f/4


Link Posted 17/03/2010 - 22:27
This was one of a series of speculative (and rejected) shots for one of the competitions (wood I think?). I am posting it not because I think it is a great photo, but because I was rather pleased as to how sharp my 35 year old K series 200mm lens can be when I nail the focus and don't wobble. I really must buy that split screen I have been contemplating for the last couple of years!

Best wishes, Kris.

Kris Lockyear
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Link Posted 18/03/2010 - 08:29
I know what you mean about a split screen Kris.

I've been using a couple of Spotties recently without split screens, 2 out of 3 are OK the 3rd shot is OOF!

Nice depth in your shot and a good feel for the subject.
Cheers, HG

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Link Posted 18/03/2010 - 08:57
Take the plunge Kris, you won't regret it. My cheap ebay (jinfinance) one is pretty good although to get it spot on I had to make my own shims from a post-it note. I have considered an expensive one just to avoid black out at f8 but it seems like rather a lot of money. I could get a couple of nice old lenses for the same money!
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Link Posted 18/03/2010 - 09:26
Lovely sympathetic toning, Kris. Looks like a great lens to use. I enjoy using my 35s (not of this class) but nice field of view.

Best wishes,


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Link Posted 24/03/2010 - 10:15
Great shot. That is lovely are sharp. Will have a look into this lens some more. Thanks for the info.
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