Off-brand zoom lenses sometimes come with the old SLRs I buy, and I generally don’t shoot with them because I assume they’re not going to be very good. But on what was probably the last warm and sunny Sunday afternoon of 2013, I went shooting just for fun and decided to snap a Sears f/4 80-200mm zoom-macro lens onto a banged-up Pentax ME body I’d just bought for parts to repair my first ME, which has developed a minor mechanical ailment. I never got around to making the repair so I just shot with this body instead. I loaded some Fujicolor 200 and headed out.
I went to the 555-acre Crown Hill Cemetery, which is near my home. This statue of a small boy sits near the grave of Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley, which is at the highest elevation in Indianapolis. I used macro mode for this photo. My low expectations for that Sears lens were dramatically exceeded. Just look at the detail in the top of the boy’s head. While I waited for these photos to come back from the processor, I snagged an SMC Pentax f/4.5 80-200mm lens on eBay – and now I think I didn’t need to buy it.