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01-31-2019, 06:52 AM - 1 Like   #30481
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I have experienced same with K1. Camera focuses on distant background instead of the bird in foreground.
Gee, I wonder what that other ring without numbers on the lens is for? How on earth did those early photographers actually get photos in focus with their Speed Graphics and take photos with that high speed two frames a minute using Kodachrome 25?

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Gee, I wonder what that other ring without numbers on the lens is for? How on earth did those early photographers actually get photos in focus with their Speed Graphics and take photos with that high speed two frames a minute using Kodachrome 25?
I made the transition to Kodachrome 25, thought to be a bit pastel with lower contrast than the original version of Kodachrome (ASA 10) which was the very first film I used in my first 35mm camera (an Asahi Pentax S).
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I have experienced same with K1. Camera focuses on distant background instead of the bird in foreground.
I've never seen a camera focus on anything, without the photographer pointing it in the right place. I've also never had one of mine miss when I did.
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Both excellent sets Steve. Looks like it was a memorable trip.
Thanks Des - I'm still working my way through the images. Here's one of my favourites - a Gentoo chick chase.



Looking out my window in Toronto with a windy -17 degrees C and 35 cm of snow, parrots seem pretty exotic to me!

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I made the transition to Kodachrome 25, thought to be a bit pastel with lower contrast than the original version of Kodachrome (ASA 10) which was the very first film I used in my first 35mm camera (an Asahi Pentax S).
My first 35mm camera was a Yashica with a 35mm fixed lens (I think it was 35...). My second 35mm camera was an original Pentax. No letters. I bought it in a pawn shop in 1961 with 55/2.2 preset and first films were K10 and Tri-X (160 ASA!). Punchy colours with the Kodachrome. The most lovely portrait I ever took was later that year in Stanley Park (Vancouver, BC). She was sitting and sketching under a tree, with her face in a highlight from the reflection off the sketch pad, using K25 and the Takumar preset 135 I bought soon after buying the camera. The lens was new. I haven't the courage to dig into my cubic metre of slides to find it or I would scan and post it.

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I've never seen a camera focus on anything, without the photographer pointing it in the right place. I've also never had one of mine miss when I did.
I've always believed that the problem with most out of focus images was the idiot behind the viewfinder. That description in no way excludes me, by the way. On the other hand, with the same Pentax I mentioned above, I managed to get a full front page on the sports section of the Sumas and Matsqui News.

A snap from my scrap book. My apologies, I didn't buy my M 400 until I bought a used KX, so these were taken with my Takumar 135/3.5 preset. Not to mention the scrap book shot was taken with the DA* 16-50. Head hanging in shame. I should have stood the scrap book up and used the M400.



It should be noted that the camera, the first Pentax model, even earlier than the S, had no automation. The preset lens had two aperture rings, one to set the preferred aperture and the second moved freely from wide open to focus to the preset stop for the exposure. Focusing was by eye, with only a matte screen. I still can't stand having crud in the middle of my focusing screen. No split prism, nothing.

These shots were taken by timing the shutter release, taking into account the lag inherent in the horizontal running cloth shutters, that at the time of these shots, were 19 years old (the springs were not exactly as swift to operate as they were in 1961) and refocusing where you thought the subject would be when the shutter finally went off.

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My first 35mm camera was a Yashica with a 35mm fixed lens (I think it was 35...). My second 35mm camera was an original Pentax. No letters. I bought it in a pawn shop in 1961 with 55/2.2 preset and first films were K10 and Tri-X (160 ASA!). Punchy colours with the Kodachrome. The most lovely portrait I ever took was later that year in Stanley Park (Vancouver, BC). She was sitting and sketching under a tree, with her face in a highlight from the reflection off the sketch pad, using K25 and the Takumar preset 135 I bought soon after buying the camera. The lens was new. I haven't the courage to dig into my cubic metre of slides to find it or I would scan and post it.
My Pentax S also came with the preset f2.2, and I also eventually purchased a 135mm f3.5 preset, a lens that at the time I thought exceptionally sharp. The Pentax S had no automation, dual PC sockets (X and FP), and two shutter speed dials, low speeds on the front of the camera, high in the usual position near shutter release & wind lever. The high speed dial needed to be lifted up to turn and set the speed, and it spun around during exposure. One thing about those early SLR's cameras, it was easy to remember ALL of the options that could be set (= three: shutter speed, aperture, and self-timer).
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Thanks Des - I'm still working my way through the images. Here's one of my favourites - a Gentoo chick chase.
That's a gem.
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A little variety:

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Not much today, but one nice find. A Grey Fantail nest! Tiny thing, not much bigger than an eggcup. Maybe 50mm (2"). Three chicks inside.
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A few Falkland Island land birds

Falkland Islands Skua - goes after other birds' eggs and chicks




Tussacbird - very tame



Striated Caracara



Cobb's Wren - restricted to just a few remote islands


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The trip that just keeps on giving.
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The trip that just keeps on giving.
An amazing place to visit and overwhelming compared to my usual Toronto haunts at this time of year - but hard to crouch for those low eye-level shots after I cracked a rib halfway through.
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Tokina SD 400mm on my K3

I took the tokina SD 400mm to the Spinnies, always a good bet for test pics of birds on the feeders. It was a cloudy morning, light was dim, and results weren't that inspiring, I deleted most of them. But at the other hide - a bonus. The water rail was scampering out of the reeds to pick up the droppings from the feeders. All f8 (ish).





Bit of motion blur on this one.


Couple of sample pics off the feeders.




This snipe was at Conwy RSPB, big crop.


It's certainly a pretty good lens, I think I get more out of my FD 400mm f4.5, and my adaptall 300mm f2.8 + tc. I'm thinking particularly of the detail from a big crop like the snipe pic (though looking at that snipe pic again you could argue it is slightly back focused).

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