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01-23-2011, 05:34 AM   #1
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Pentax 645D in Kenya

Most of pictures was made with Pentax 76 Soft 120mm. http://gallery.mac.com/igorphoto?view=grid#100195&bgcolor=black&view=grid

01-23-2011, 08:04 AM   #2
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Igor,

Wow - Nice shots! Thanks for sharing. Creative idea - that 120 soft really brings out the mood and atmosphere of Mombasa and the plains, the whole set brings back fond memories of drinking Tusker on the beachside at night and long days in a Land Rover series III with a splitting hangover chasing elephant herds. Brought back a distant era for me - I can still hear the "thwap thwap thwap ..." of the ceiling fan from the last shot with the mosquito net.

On the 120 is there a separate defocus control?
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Thanks! No, Aperture ring - the only way to change value of softness, that disappears at all at f:8 and more. I use 5,6 and half in many cases. It's pity that adapter not transmit F number to camera...
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Some of the shots (I think from inside Fort Jesus?) have a real painterly / surreal look to them! Which adapter are you using?

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[...] It's pity that adapter not transmit F number to camera...


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Yes, Fort Jesus! It's standard Pentax adapter 645 to 67 ( ebay) . May be there is 3rd party one with chip?
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A most interesting choice of lens, and in some cases (like the people on the beach) the soft effect is overwhelming, whereas in others it seems to work very well indeed. I don't think I've seen so many varied shots with that lens before; thanks!
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Soft focus isn't the only overwhelming thing on a beach in East Africa in January

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[...]in some cases (like the people on the beach) the soft effect is overwhelming [...]
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I'm intrigued also - it's a dizzying softness to the images.
Igor, you would've been quite conspicuous out in public with that fine setup.
Glad to see you got home with all your gear intact.
The Fort Jesus captures takes me back some years now, but they're good memories captured there.

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No any secret: I had 645D with 35, 55, 90 with adapter, 120 soft with adapter and 200mm. SD1 - 32Gb class 10 and SD2 - Eye-Fi 8Gb X2 Pro D-link router with solar powered battery, iPad with ShutterSnitch 2.0 - all gear worked smooth, no problem. But I did use 35mm and 200mm only at balloon ride. I can't stand beauty of 120 soft pictures. Most useful gadget - IR remote. I set camera and looked at iPad in 1-2 meters away from camera, no one understood is I took pictures or just fiddling with some gadget. When you look at viewfinder people much more tense...
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Very clever Igor.
You were certainly well resourced, and you knew how to get the job done with the gear.
Thanks for sharing these great tips.
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... and great thing that iPad geotagged files while download it, you can see on the map where it was captured. I'm waiting firmware update for Eye Fi that eliminate router, they promise it in near future.
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