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04-06-2018, 03:48 PM - 1 Like   #3616
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChristianRock Quote
Got my new-to-me SMC-A 24 2.8 with broken A setting (so it's basically a K). It matches well with the K10D CCD





Beautiful garden shots
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From a mid-March walk in the woods - F80-200 (acquired for $15 here on the Marketplace):




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From a mid-March walk in the woods - F80-200 (acquired for $15 here on the Marketplace):




That is quite a bargain, Paul. Excellent results.
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QuoteOriginally posted by paulh Quote
From a mid-March walk in the woods - F80-200 (acquired for $15 here on the Marketplace):

Oh,wow, you get proper red squirrels in Texas! It always makes me smile when I see one of the cute little red ones up in the trees around here, but they are more and more under threat from the bigger greys. I think Rupert would have loved that shot, although Otis would probably insist that greys are better.

A really wonderful photo.

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That red squirrel looks quite plump doesn't it? There's probably some good eats in those woods...

I agree that this 80-200 gives nice results, I've never really considered that lens but maybe I should! Though I have to say I'm a bit crowded with consumer tele zooms at the moment
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That red squirrel looks quite plump doesn't it? There's probably some good eats in those woods...

I agree that this 80-200 gives nice results, I've never really considered that lens but maybe I should! Though I have to say I'm a bit crowded with consumer tele zooms at the moment
I acquired a Tele-Lentar 80-200 recently
I have not had a chance to use it much yet but looking forward to some results
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QuoteOriginally posted by rayallen Quote
That is quite a bargain, Paul. Excellent results.
QuoteOriginally posted by Dartmoor Dave Quote
A really wonderful photo.
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That red squirrel looks quite plump doesn't it?
Thanks guys. The evening light helped immensely in bringing out the squirrel's colors. Yes, he has plenty of food - the woods are full of oak (acorns) and pecan trees, plus the occasional handout! The old F80-200 can usually be found fairly inexpensively, since it's slow (f/4.7-5.6) with noisy screw drive AF. But it's sharp and renders well, and I like its light weight and relatively small size. The eight-blade aperture makes for decent bokeh as well.

A couple more from the same outing:


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Very nice colors on the leaves! Is it SMC?

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Very nice colors on the leaves! Is it SMC?
That's what it says on the lens . I find it better than the DAL 50-200 it replaced, but the reviews vary wildly - SMC Pentax-F 80-200mm F4.7-5.6 Reviews - F Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
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QuoteOriginally posted by paulh Quote
That's what it says on the lens . I find it better than the DAL 50-200 it replaced, but the reviews vary wildly - SMC Pentax-F 80-200mm F4.7-5.6 Reviews - F Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
Some of the pictures on those reviews look great!

But I think if I get another tele, it'll probably be the SMC 100-300mm f/4.7-5.8. Also not the fastest, but I've seen great pictures at 300mm, better than 55-300 5.8 actually, in terms of sharpness. But for now I have Tamron 70-300 LD DI (not great at 300mm but not terrible), A 70-210mm (great but not 300) and Craigs Optics (same as Soligor) 60-300mm f/4-5.6 (I like it a lot but not AF). And a Takumar Bayonet 135 2.8 also, which is a very sharp lens with great colors despite no SMC.
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So, in case anyone is looking to purchase the wonderful K10D, usedphotopro.com (Roberts Camera used equipment division) has two in excellent condition for $124.00 shipped. One has less than 2K actuations, and the other less than 1K! Apparently there's an additional 5% off by using coupon code "SAVEBIG". So it'll turn out for less than $120...

On an unrelated note, I am changing from RawTherapee to Darktable, not that RawTherapee isn't a good raw converter, but Darktable is just a lot more full-featured. There's quite a few features that I think are important that RawTherapee just doesn't have... so we'll see how Darktable and the K10D CCD sensor get along

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So, in case anyone is looking to purchase the wonderful K10D,
Thanks for the heads up CR. My wife has really taken a liking to my K10, so I'm thinking of getting one for her.
re: Darktable - I've only dabbled with it, but others are getting good results. I look forward to seeing what you can do. I'm currently using a combo of RT and digiKam (LinuxMint) that I'm pretty happy with.
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See, I can't do this thing where two pieces of software are needed... If I have to keep switching between programs, that just slows me down.

One aspect of Darktable I'm not too excited about, by the way, is that it is slower to do things than RawTherapee. You have to always wait a couple of seconds when you do anything. We'll see if I get used to it or find ways around it...

I'm editing some K-S1 images first, but maybe in a little bit I'll post some K10D images as well... I like how it treated the K-S1 raw files, it is doing a very good job of keeping a slightly more "natural" look than RT. If that makes any sense...

---------- Post added 04-13-18 at 06:54 PM ----------

Ok, so as promised, some K10D files developed in Darktable. It's early days, I'm still learning my way around. The lens is the SMC-A 24 2.8.
I'm sure someone will tell me that my pictures look about the same regardless of camera, lens or software that was used








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