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10-16-2013, 03:21 AM   #2056
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Hi I got a yellow Pentax K-01 with 18-55 kit lens for around US$350 after 3 years without any camera whatsoever.

It's amazing! I really like this camera. Now I'm regretting having sold my Pentax DA 40/2.8 Limited:-(

Some quick samples with the kit lens, no post processing whatsoever.







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Just got a Revuenon 55mm f/1.2 in the mail today, so I had to throw it on the K-01 for a couple of test shots. These are beautiful, but this lens will need some practice for me to really get the focus down, the DoF is hilariously thin!



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Aaand on a different note.. The bay bridge at night, never sleeping:


Sigma 400mm MF, f/32, 30" ISO 200

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Shot today with the FA77. No PS or compositing all in camera. Lighting was tricky but fun. Some editing in LR4 to adjust colors. Going for a grungy-rustic sort of vibe.





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Shot last night with a Vivatar M-135mm ƒ2.8



K-01 - ƒ22 - 1/6 sec. ISO 400
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
Shot last night with a Vivatar M-135mm ƒ2.8



K-01 - ƒ22 - 1/6 sec. ISO 400
Thats an amazing shot normhead. Is there any loss of detail at f/22 by diffraction when that image is at 100%? Also curious, natural light or flash?
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Just some autumn photos (pretty random).

A Leaf.




Country Lane.




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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
Just some autumn photos (pretty random).
Wow amazing to see that the K-01 can produce such high quality photos!

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QuoteOriginally posted by kain Quote
Thats an amazing shot normhead. Is there any loss of detail at f/22 by diffraction when that image is at 100%? Also curious, natural light or flash?
I shot this at various F stops, 2.8, 5.6, 11, 22 I believe. It's hard to remember exactly because M lenses don't record the F stop in the EXIF. While not quite as sharp as the f 5.6 image, the 22 was by far the superior image, because it got all the block of wood in focus, so just evaluating on what the image looked like, the F 22 appears to be much sharper than the 5.6 image. The small DoF in the 5.6 image is less than 5% of the total image and is just completely un-acceptable in this shot.

I am honestly baffled by the current antipathy towards 16 and 22. There is a crowd of propagandists for whom narrow DoF and razor sharpness is the be all and end all. That's just inappropriate for landscape photographers. Ansel Adams and many other of his generation were part of the 64 club. They shot almost everything at 64 on 8x10 film cameras. The competing narrow DoF faction hit it's peak in the early 30s and for the most part has been in decline ever since, except perhaps with portrait photographers, and their subset, wedding photographers.

I almost always use natural light. I'm trained in lighting in both commercial and portrait, but very rarely use artificial lighting. I'm not against it. Just natural light has the potential to be better IMHO.

This image was taken in the late afternoon sun, and even after white balance was applied it still retains much of it's late afternoon glow. I'd also ascribe some of it's appeal to the old glass used to take the photo. Glass makers used to pay more attention to the way lenses rendered an image, than to the absolute sharpness that seems to be the goal today. As a result, many lenses today produce razor sharp, detail rich, very technical images... but can't match the 77, the 31 or even the 21 ltd in terms of producing an attractive image. You go to these old lenses, and though the absolute sharpness may not be there, you get a more traditional kind of image. Oh and it looks much better large than it does reduced to 1024.
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Yeah, I'm still on the fence about aperture and diffraction, personally. I've had some shots where it doesn't work out, and others where having the DoF is critical for a composition. It's also interesting about the 31 vs the 21 ltd -- The 21 has a huge DoF compared to the 31, even when you match aperture on the 31. I've done nighttime event photography with both of those, and I could actually get away with just using the 21 ltd at it's hyperfocal distance at f/4 or f/5.6, but the 31 is a harsh mistress for me to focus.
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
I shot this at various F stops, 2.8, 5.6, 11, 22 I believe. It's hard to remember exactly because M lenses don't record the F stop in the EXIF. While not quite as sharp as the f 5.6 image, the 22 was by far the superior image, because it got all the block of wood in focus, so just evaluating on what the image looked like, the F 22 appears to be much sharper than the 5.6 image. The small DoF in the 5.6 image is less than 5% of the total image and is just completely un-acceptable in this shot.

I am honestly baffled by the current antipathy towards ƒ16 and ƒ22. There is a crowd of propagandists for whom narrow DoF and razor sharpness is the be all and end all. That's just inappropriate for landscape photographers. Ansel Adams and many other of his generation were part of the ƒ64 club. They shot almost everything at ƒ64 on 8x10 film cameras. The competing narrow DoF faction hit it's peak in the early 30s and for the most part has been in decline ever since, except perhaps with portrait photographers, and their subset, wedding photographers.

I almost always use natural light. I'm trained in lighting in both commercial and portrait, but very rarely use artificial lighting. I'm not against it. Just natural light has the potential to be better IMHO.

This image was taken in the late afternoon sun, and even after white balance was applied it still retains much of it's late afternoon glow. I'd also ascribe some of it's appeal to the old glass used to take the photo. Glass makers used to pay more attention to the way lenses rendered an image, than to the absolute sharpness that seems to be the goal today. As a result, many lenses today produce razor sharp, detail rich, very technical images... but can't match the 77, the 31 or even the 21 ltd in terms of producing an attractive image. You go to these old lenses, and though the absolute sharpness may not be there, you get a more traditional kind of image. Oh and it looks much better large than it does reduced to 1024.
I agree on the whole "sharpness" issue. I'll take an FA Limited over anything Sigma has to offer no matter how good the reviews are. Unique character over sharpness I say. At the very least it makes my images stand out a little from the crowd. Also gotta love that small form factor.
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A trek through the woods this morning with my K-01 and Pentax 6x7 SMC Takumar 75mm f/4.5 @f/4.5 Even on a cropped sensor this lens is a gem. Wide open performance is stellar. The photo here is a crop as well. Glad I caught this little guy.



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I just love that fall colors shot Rondec.... but like many of the great vistas around here, there's a couple of poles and wires. I was looking at taking a shot like that yesterday where the highway was passing through an Aspen bush... I couldn't believe it, wires on both sides of the highway... they just won't give a photogrpaher an even break.
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re: nightfly

Hi , indeed a stellar lens that is.
i sometimes see pentax 6X7 lenses on local 2ndhand sites.
Do you need an adapter to fit it on the k-01 ?
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QuoteOriginally posted by kurt1968 Quote
Hi , indeed a stellar lens that is.
i sometimes see pentax 6X7 lenses on local 2ndhand sites.
Do you need an adapter to fit it on the k-01 ?
Hi Kurt. Yes, here is the adapter I use.

Pentax 67 Lens - Pentax K Mount - Fotodiox Pro Lens Mount Adapter

It works and fits great. Even has a built in tripod mount. I have used up to the 200mm SMC with this unit. Since I already had lots of 67 glass it was a shame not to use it on the K-01. Best lenses for the K-01 are the 55/4 SMC, 75/4.5 Takumar, 105/2.4 SMC and 200/4 SMC. The old 300 Tak is a little soft, but good past f/8. Some CA wide open on the older lenses, but very good considering their age.

Have a go at it.
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