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09-29-2019, 04:35 AM - 1 Like   #1201
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I've heard of Osage Orange, that it is fine cabinetmaking wood, but have never seen or used it. Turns out it is in the same family as mulberry, Maclura. One of the best things about Pentax Forums is seeing pictures of things that would be unusual in my stretch of the woods, like big stacks of Osage Orange ready for the stove.
Apparently the original range of Osage Orange was centered in the northern Texas-Arkansas-Oklahoma region. However, it has now been spread all over the country for use as a hedgerow tree. The tree is thorny, and grows in a gnarled and twisted manner such that a row of these trees planted perhaps six to eight feet apart soon grow into an impenetrable barrier. During the early part of the last century the tree was heavily marketed to farmers and ranchers as a "living fence," with the claim that with this fence the would never have to reset the posts or replace the wire! When I bought my little 8-acre country place back in 1981, its entire frontage was graced with just exactly such a living fence. One could neither cross nor see through the barrier imposed by this living fence. Over the years since 1981, I have worked to remove some 50-60 of these trees, and have collected therefrom perhaps 15-20 cords of firewood, and it is only firewood as I could locate no commercial market for the wood, and good firewood it is as it is a heavy, dense wood that burns hotter than any other I have ever experienced, almost like coal, just the wood to use in stoking the fire for a cold winter night. The wood also provides the longest lasting fence posts available, lasting upwards of 40-50 years without rotting out.

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A Cityscape captured using the K1 and the Distagon 21/2.8. I'd left the CPL on hence the uneven look to the sky. A shame really as the sky really needed the CPL. I also lost the edges of the frame to correct for the leaning buildings. I probably should have opted for the 18/3.5 instead of the 21/2.8 but that would have exacerbated the imbalance in the sky.



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QuoteOriginally posted by Tas Quote
A Cityscape captured using the K1 and the Distagon 21/2.8. I'd left the CPL on hence the uneven look to the sky. A shame really as the sky really needed the CPL. I also lost the edges of the frame to correct for the leaning buildings. I probably should have opted for the 18/3.5 instead of the 21/2.8 but that would have exacerbated the imbalance in the sky.



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Very nice. I can't think of a better ultra-wide lens for that shot.
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k-1 & zeiss distagon 21mm 2.8


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Very nice. I can't think of a better ultra-wide lens for that shot.
Cheers Les, and I'd have to agree, the 21 is a lens I always look to use when I can.

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Looking out the bathroom window...and yes, I dusted it after I took the photo!

K-3 + zeiss 50/2 macro-planar

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pbancr, super sharp with very nice background blur. Thanks for sharing
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pbancr, super sharp with very nice background blur. Thanks for sharing
Thank you. I LOVE my 3 zeiss lenses!

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Well done! You nailed the focus on her eyes. The light on her face makes it almost 3 dimensional.
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Nr. 1 is great for me! The others take away a little of the effect. But others may have a different preference.
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Hello all, this is not strictly ZK news (but rather ZS news). Fujiya in Japan (a shop in Nakano, Tokyo) is apparently selling off some of their stock. They are currently selling new Zeiss distagon 25/2.8 in ZS mount (M42) including a K&F mount converter of your choice for just under 50000 yen, or 463USD or 416 Euro (today they were out of converters though, but I took that as an excuse to buy the pentax genuine converter instead). As far as I can tell, that is far under even used prices.They won't sell internationally, so if you are not in Japan, you'd have to use one of these intermediate companies to order and ship for you. Maybe it is still worth it? In any case, I'm quite excited to be joining the pentax-zeiss owner club!
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