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02-03-2016, 01:17 AM   #1666
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As discovered in another thread, that wont work without an "A" lens. . AKA that Takumar he was using. The flash will always fire at full without a lens set in "A"

02-03-2016, 04:09 AM   #1667
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An A series lens would be useful then. Sometimes non-Pentax 17mm' s appear for sale at a reasonable price. A 50mm or 28mm A series would be good for more close up shots and have a more practical F number.

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02-03-2016, 03:08 PM   #1668
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QuoteOriginally posted by hmirchev Quote
any recommendations on older flashes? What are some good models? and thanks for the link to that blog, ill definitely need some help with using an external flash
I recommend an auto thyristor flash that bounces and swivels, like the Pentax AF280T, but there's also Vivitars, Sunpaks, Minoltas, etc... the mount doesn't really matter - I use a Minolta thyristor flash with my K20D sometimes just because I have it, and it works - just watch to see if the voltage is too high on this page. but the AF280T is my favorite. I have a full manual flash as well (Zeikos) but it doesn't see any use nowadays. Thyristors, I find, also work great for fill-in light during the day.
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Chaste tree blooms with the 18-55 kit lens:


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Chaste tree blooms

You have chaste trees in Texas? Here on Dartmoor the trees have very loose morals.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dartmoor Dave Quote
You have chaste trees in Texas? Here on Dartmoor the trees have very loose morals.
Indeed, from Chaste Tree: Herbal Remedies | HowStuffWorks

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Vitex, also known as Chaste Tree or Monk's Pepper, was said to be used as herbal remedy by monks in the Middle Ages to diminish their sex drive, and its common names stem from its use by monks to maintain celibacy. Although it does seem to occasionally reduce sex drive in women, the effects are less pronounced than the name of this plant suggests.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dartmoor Dave Quote
You have chaste trees in Texas? Here on Dartmoor the trees have very loose morals.
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Testing out my freshly de-fungused Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 28mm/3.5. Living in an extremely damp climate means that keeping my lenses fungus free is a constant battle. I store them uncapped in airtight plastic boxes in a room with a dehumidifier, but even so the dreaded fungus sometimes appears.




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Nice, Dave. Your Tak 28 looks a bit sharper than mine. I have an early version Super Tak 28/3.5 (f/16 version). I love the color and rendering, but it doesnt seem that sharp. It's parked on my *IstD at the moment, but will give it a spin on the K10 soon.
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Thanks Paul. I've really liked the recent shots you've been posting around the forum with the Takumar 28mm -- I think the Takumar rendering really suits your shooting style. I've never owned the early Tak 28mm with the 58mm filter ring, so I can't say how it compares directly with the later version with the 49mm ring, but the fact that Asahi completely re-designed the lens suggests that the early version might not have been all that sharp.

You should definitely give the 28mm a try on your K10D: it has a weaker anti-aliasing filter than the *istD and you should get sharper results. When I switched from the K100D to the K10D clone GX-10, I found that the improvement in sharpness and resolution with my Takumars was dramatic.
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Plus 1 for loving the 28mm fov on the K10. If only my sh1ty collection was organised better I'd show you how much I liked mine. I.e I'm sure there are photos somewhere :P

That is a nice shoot also by the way! I appreciate the treatment given to the sky
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K10D and A 20mm f/2.8.
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That's impressive sharpness and lack of distortion with the A20mm. My Super Takumar 20mm would have made the walls bulge out slightly with its barrel distortion.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dartmoor Dave Quote
Thanks Paul. I've really liked the recent shots you've been posting around the forum with the Takumar 28mm -- I think the Takumar rendering really suits your shooting style. I've never owned the early Tak 28mm with the 58mm filter ring, so I can't say how it compares directly with the later version with the 49mm ring, but the fact that Asahi completely re-designed the lens suggests that the early version might not have been all that sharp.

You should definitely give the 28mm a try on your K10D: it has a weaker anti-aliasing filter than the *istD and you should get sharper results. When I switched from the K100D to the K10D clone GX-10, I found that the improvement in sharpness and resolution with my Takumars was dramatic.
Actually, the Tak 28 is decently sharp on the *istD, although less so than my M28/3.5 or my Tak 55/1.8, which is brutally sharp. I just find the Tak 28 images need a tad more sharpening in post, and as I said, I just love the colors and rendering. I will be trying them on the K10D for sure. Steve, a clean, sharp, distortion-free shot with that A20!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dartmoor Dave Quote
That's impressive sharpness and lack of distortion with the A20mm. My Super Takumar 20mm would have made the walls bulge out slightly with its barrel distortion.
Dave, I didn't need to correct for any distortion in LR. I just adjusted the vertical a bit because the lens was tilted up a little. It'll be interesting to see what it'll be like on a 35mm sensor body.
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