A very large rosebush lives in my backyard.


While taking the Boy Scouts camping in Idaho last week I had the opportunity to take a few photos.

New Lens Test

This lens was actually purchased just before the 77mm Limited tested in my previous post. However I have to admit I hadn't made time to test this lens until now because I was more excited for the arrival of the Limited lens.

Today's lens up for testing is one of Pentax's newer premium design lenses. The DA * 16-50mm f/2.8 is the little sibling to the highly-acclaimed DA * 50-135mm f/2.8. The * indicates it's built using premium quality materials. It's weather-sealed (and I've never tested this with this lens) so you can take it out in the rain and snow. The weather-sealing matches my Pentax camera which can get soaked and still operate fully-functional in inclement weather. The seals also keep dust out too, not just liquids.

New Lens Test

With a couple new lenses recently arriving I'm guessing the next post here will be another test. Today's test shots are from the incredible 77mm f/1.8 Limited. I've been looking for this lens for some time now to complement my 43mm f/1.9 Limited, both film lenses and carrying the Limited name, they're all high-quality metal and glass - no cheap plastic. The 77 is a great portrait lens giving the subject a unique 3-D look as you'll see in a couple samples below.

SBK Championship Races

There was a big crowd at the races Memorial Day weekend. Here's a few track-side shots.