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My holiday starts today

I'll probably be quite absent for the first half of the month. I'll shoot, no problem there, but posting and commenting may be way behind. Not planning to keep computer with me all the time, as I want to take some distance from work.

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Ok, looks like August is shaping up to be either a Zoomie month or an 85mm month. I'm groaning again about participating. Looking back on my SiC time, I began in 2011, then 2012, 2013, 2014, partial 2015. burned out for 3+ year and have tried to restart in 2019 and 2020. Not going to add up how many lenses I've singled, but it's a bunch. In this, I know I'm not alone with some of the regulars.

That said, I had to go back over my SiC data (yes I keep track of this), and found that...the majority of my SiC lenses have been primes. I did not realize that. Had to really think about the choice for this month too. The newest lens for me is a FA 645 400mm lens, and while it might be fun (um...long lenses are very hard to single for a whole month), I think I'm going with the Zoomie crowd.

So...I'm in with the Pentax DA 645 28-45 f4.5 monster lens. Actually, I'm also trying to improve my physical fitness and the combo of the 645z+DA 28-45 should give me daily workout...picking it up and shooting with it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by blackcloudbrew Quote
Ok, looks like August is shaping up to be either a Zoomie month or an 85mm month. I'm groaning again about participating. Looking back on my SiC time, I began in 2011, then 2012, 2013, 2014, partial 2015. burned out for 3+ year and have tried to restart in 2019 and 2020. Not going to add up how many lenses I've singled, but it's a bunch. In this, I know I'm not alone with some of the regulars.

That said, I had to go back over my SiC data (yes I keep track of this), and found that...the majority of my SiC lenses have been primes. I did not realize that. Had to really think about the choice for this month too. The newest lens for me is a FA 645 400mm lens, and while it might be fun (um...long lenses are very hard to single for a whole month), I think I'm going with the Zoomie crowd.

So...I'm in with the Pentax DA 645 28-45 f4.5 monster lens. Actually, I'm also trying to improve my physical fitness and the combo of the 645z+DA 28-45 should give me daily workout...picking it up and shooting with it.
Ooh I would love to see how the 645 400 goes for a single in. 400mm for a month wasn't too bad, but I am not so sure I want to try the 67 600mm f4, now that would be a challenge, still not sure about using the 85mm for SIC yet, I might want to just tune up my skills before I do, looked at the lensbaby in the drawer and thought that might be fun, let's see what happens by the end of today before I commit. Off on a bike ride first and will see what the energy levels are like after that
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QuoteOriginally posted by garywakeling Quote
Ooh I would love to see how the 645 400 goes for a single in. 400mm for a month wasn't too bad, but I am not so sure I want to try the 67 600mm f4, now that would be a challenge, still not sure about using the 85mm for SIC yet, I might want to just tune up my skills before I do, looked at the lensbaby in the drawer and thought that might be fun, let's see what happens by the end of today before I commit. Off on a bike ride first and will see what the energy levels are like after that
I'll have to keep your thought in mind. Even though many here have been very successful with long lenses in this challenge, My memory is that I've found it particularly difficult for a whole month. But..after doing a macro, and now a 645 wide zoom, perhaps in September, I'll give the 400 a try. Perhaps.

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QuoteOriginally posted by blackcloudbrew Quote
I'll have to keep your thought in mind. Even though many here have been very successful with long lenses in this challenge, My memory is that I've found it particularly difficult for a whole month. But..after doing a macro, and now a 645 wide zoom, perhaps in September, I'll give the 400 a try. Perhaps.
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I am on a 1959 auto Takumar 35mm f3.5. Its a lovely little thing. I find 70mm and upwards (apsc) a bit of a challenge but the rewards seem to be greater. 35mm is my happy place but I do end up with "nice" photos rather than wows. 400mm on a 645 sounds massive (I am really enjoying the lightness) but when you nail your images, what with zoom compression and a great range, I bet you will end up with some stunners.
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QuoteOriginally posted by iheiramo Quote
Not planning to keep computer with me all the time, as I want to take some distance from work.
That is my kind of vacation, unplugged and relaxed. Enjoy!
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Since I paid more for it than I can remember doing for a lens August will feature the Auto-Takumar 35mm 1:2.3

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Since I paid more for it than I can remember doing for a lens August will feature the Auto-Takumar 35mm 1:2.3
Ooh nice, I have that and will single with it eventually. Did you get the hood case and cap with it? I love the silver/black lens body

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https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/114-maintenance-repair-articles/384533-p...arrel-fix.html

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I'm in with the Petri 1.8/55 CC Auto (M42 mount).
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Well, close call between the M 50/1.4 and F 35-70 with the latter just coming out on top with the help of the Raynox 150.

This was the M 50 temptation.

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Staying in the shade with a zoom so as not to offend the natives, even put on a tourist strap.

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Staying in the shade with a zoom so as not to offend the natives, even put on a tourist strap.
I still love the F series "star wars" design aesthetic , yes I know I have problems
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QuoteOriginally posted by garywakeling Quote
I still love the F series "star wars" design aesthetic , yes I know I have problems
I agree, they look pretty cool. But I might be biased as I have 4 of the F zooms and a couple of primes.
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The F series has some really interesting lenses. I still have the 85 Soft, and in the past have owned the excellent 17~28/3.5-4.5 fisheye zoom and 28/2.8 pancake prime.

Their aesthetics are an acquired taste to be sure, but their qualities are undeniable.
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