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06-14-2008, 12:31 PM   #1
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The K-Club!

This thread is directly inspired by jsherman999's M-Club.

I found that thread to be very nice in providing us with ideas of what those lenses can do (as good an idea as a web based image will give you i guess).

So, since i am expecting my first SMC-K sometimes next week, I thought I would start this club (of which i am not yet a member) and see what kind of pictures people have been producing with those rare SMC-Ks.

Hopefully this thread will be as popular and last as long at it's M counterpart.

06-14-2008, 02:14 PM   #2
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Awesome. I've been waiting for this thread!

I only have two recently-acquired K's - 35 f/3.5 and 55 f/1.8. I've taken some
shots with the K35, but mostly just 'test shots', like the one below:




I've taken more with my K55 1.8:









06-14-2008, 02:20 PM   #3
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I've been waiting too Jay. I posted this in the M thread but it fits better here. I especially like the K series lenses. They had a short production run and were phased out as cameras and lenses downsized in the late 1970s and early 80s. As nice as the M series is, and it is nice, I find the Ks a to be more substantial. In terms of build quality they are about as good as it gets in a K mount lens.

I've had the K 300 f 4 for quite a while and it is one of my favourite lenses. Below is a recent shot with this lens. I had a tripod collar made specifically for this lens. I find it works very well on a monopod or tripod. One needs steadier hands than mine to hand hold this puppy. It can be done but you will need a bright sunny day.




I took a few shots of the tripod collar I had made for this lens. I designed it with the help of a machinist friend who made it in his shop. As many have noted this lens is hefty, especially on the front end, and needs a collar. This one works well for me and makes the SMC 300 f4 more versatile. With the collar in place it ballances perfectly on monopod or tripod. The shake reduction of the K10 is just an added bonus.







If you have this lens consider getting a commercially made product or have a tripod collar made.

I also have the smc K 24mm 2.8, 135mm f 3.5, and my all time favourite lens the 200mm f 2.5. More shots to follow from this gang soon. School is almost out! Here are a few K family portraits:










Cheers

TG

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06-14-2008, 02:49 PM   #4
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The Bokeh on the 55/1.8 is NICE!!

Impressive...

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Hi all,

This shot was taken with the SMC Pentax K 24mm f 2.8 at a stop the bullying rally at Jacob Hespeler Secondary School in Cambridge Ontario. The K 24 is the widest lens I have at this time and I used a Pentax AF 360 FGZ flash with my K 10.



I do a fair bit of shooting in this gym for the yearbook. The lighting is brutal as it is in most gyms.

Cheers

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Uau, great photo

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Aren't those photos from the DA* 55 ?
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QuoteOriginally posted by 8540tomg Quote
Hi all,

This shot was taken with the SMC Pentax K 24mm f 2.8 at a stop the bullying rally at Jacob Hespeler Secondary School in Cambridge Ontario. The K 24 is the widest lens I have at this time and I used a Pentax AF 360 FGZ flash with my K 10.


I do a fair bit of shooting in this gym for the yearbook. The lighting is brutal as it is in most gyms.

Cheers

TG
I wish all those kids weren't there! Then we would be able to see the lines on the floor and see if there is any barel distortion...
Just kidding but how does this lens behave in that aspect?
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Deudeu,

Virtually no distortion to my eye. I'll take a few shots with staight lines on the edge an we shall see. Rather busy finishing off the school year at the moment. Stay tuned. I suspect this thread will be as popular as the M thread.

Cheers

TG

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You challenged me.

Alright - ow I have to get up early tomorrow and take pictures with my K lenses before the sun gets too high.
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I have a 55mm f1.8, which I love.
I've gotten several sweet images with it, however I really don't remember what ones I've gotten with it. So I can't post them

It somehow now fits both my camera systems, and works equally as well on both of them.
Although some people might have something to say about modifying a rare lens.
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jsherman999,

I'm a total newbe, and i'm not sure what it is about the image...................the shot of the "garden hose" looks really good to my eyes!


Ray
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Here is Susanna.

Sorry about the background, but there'd be H#$% to pay if I moved her (or the stuff on the mantel).

K35/3.5; EXIF attached, add f/8 and -2 EV



K50/1.4 1/2000 @ f/4 ISO 100 - M-Mode



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deadeu, great thread, thx for starting this.


QuoteOriginally posted by barbosas Quote
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Aren't those photos from the DA* 55 ?

Why yes, yes in fact the are from the DA* 55! What was I thinking!
---> https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/29224-first-sh...-55-1-4-a.html



QuoteOriginally posted by Raybo Quote
jsherman999,

I'm a total newbe, and i'm not sure what it is about the image...................the shot
of the "garden hose" looks really good to my eyes!

Ray

Yeah, I know, I love that shot too. it's the resolution and contrast from that lens.
It's certainly not talent. (that's what I like about Taks, K's, and M's (and good
zooms,) they make me look like I know what I'm doing!



Tom G - looking forward to seeing those other K's in action finally!



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My current list is

50mm f1.4
105 mm f2.8
135mm f2.5 and
300mm F4

a couple of previous posts, for the 135 and 300
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/264412-post42.html
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/106132-post4.html
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Hi all,

Lovely morning here in Waterloo today. Went for a walk around the hood with the K 135 f 3.5. This is the slower version of the K 135s. I rather like it. Not bad for a $100. Flowers everywhere - here's a few images from the walk:











Cheers,

Tom G
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