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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-11-2021, 03:07 PM  
What is the purpose of the 15mm limited?
Posted By wm_brant
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A 6mm difference in focal length does not make a lot of difference when you're talking about telephotos or normal lenses, but 6mm of difference makes a lot of difference when you're talking about wide angle lenses.

Here's another example of what the 15mm can do (F16, 4s exposure on a tripod, focused using the DOF scale on the lens):


Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-03-2020, 06:40 PM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By wm_brant
Replies: 21,711
Views: 1,587,142
Thank you for your compliment!

-- Bill
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-03-2020, 01:05 PM  
Show me a Sign! Billboards,sign,bus ads,shop signs go here!
Posted By wm_brant
Replies: 5,803
Views: 483,204
Pentax K-1, FA 15-30mm ED SDM WR:

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-03-2020, 08:38 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By wm_brant
Replies: 21,711
Views: 1,587,142
KP and K 85/1.8 from a few days ago:



K-1 and A 50/1.7 from 3 years ago:

Forum: Pentax KP 10-02-2020, 07:52 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By wm_brant
Replies: 2,880
Views: 274,815
Thanks! Your feedback is much appreciated!

-- Bill
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-02-2020, 07:27 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By wm_brant
Replies: 31,171
Views: 2,859,688
Thank you very much - I value your insights and opinions on this board a great deal!

-- Bill
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-01-2020, 03:09 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By wm_brant
Replies: 31,171
Views: 2,859,688
A shot using my K-1 and Pentax-FA 43mm F1.9 Limited while on my Badlands trip last fall. X-Posted from the Mini Challenges/Just Black and White board.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-01-2020, 12:47 PM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By wm_brant
Replies: 21,711
Views: 1,587,142
From a trip to the Badlands last fall. K-1, Pentax-FA 43mm F1.9 Limited:

Forum: Pentax KP 10-01-2020, 12:43 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By wm_brant
Replies: 2,880
Views: 274,815
Another image from my Badlands trip last fall. KP, Pentax 70mm f/2.4 DA Limited

Forum: Pentax KP 09-02-2020, 08:04 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By wm_brant
Replies: 2,880
Views: 274,815
A couple of pictures from my trip last fall to the Badlands. Taken with KP, HD Pentax-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited



Forum: Pentax KP 09-01-2020, 11:59 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By wm_brant
Replies: 2,880
Views: 274,815
Another shot from the Old Capitol in Iowa City. Taken with KP and HD PENTAX-DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited:

Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-04-2020, 02:13 PM  
Peak Design Clutch or Cuff?
Posted By wm_brant
Replies: 12
Views: 1,295
I use a strap similar to the Cuff on my K-1 and KP camera. My straps are Joby brand but they doesn't have the quick release ability of the Peak Design straps. OTOH they are less bulky.

I think strap selection is a very personal thing, and what one person likes isn't always what another person will like.

*In my case*, I get annoyed with straps that get in the way, that take up too much room or get tangled. I normally do landscape photography, and when I'm out taking pictures my cameras are normally carried from place to place in a camera bag. When I stop to take pictures I'll dig out out my camera and often the camera will be sitting on a tripod.

I really want a strap on my cameras, because I'm afraid that I might drop the camera if I slip or trip while just moving around a location with a camera in my hands. For this reason I feel 'automatic' cinching ability of Cuff-style straps fits my needs best. On the other hand, the 99.9995% of the time that I don't slip or trip, or am working in my home I don't want to hassle with a strap that just gets in my way.

Like I said, strap selection is a personal thing. I've got several types of straps (including a Peak Design strap) that I've tried and eventually put aside. I don't think my Cuff-like straps are the be-all and end-all of straps, but based on how I use my cameras, I've found that Cuff-style work better *for me* than any other strap I've tried. However, your mileage may vary!
Forum: Pentax KP 03-06-2020, 08:24 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By wm_brant
Replies: 2,880
Views: 274,815


Photo taken at 2019 Pella Tulip Festival.
KP, Tamron 90mm 72B Adaptall-2 Macro lens @f5.6
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-02-2020, 03:17 PM  
Is old glass really that good on DSLR
Posted By wm_brant
Replies: 138
Views: 6,628
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-07-2020, 04:30 PM  
Wacom Tablet
Posted By wm_brant
Replies: 26
Views: 1,409
Yes we do. I've been using a mouse pretty much every day since 1990 when Windows 3.0 came out, so I've got my mouse 'reflexes' down pretty good. I know how to move the cursor around the screen and through a document without having to concentrate.

However, pen tablets are not mice.

I've also been using a pencil or pen just about every day since 1959 or so, and I've got my pencil 'reflexes' down pretty good, too.

However, pen tablets are not pencils either.

If I move a pencil point right one inch on a piece of paper, I get a one inch line. If I move my pencil point away from me (up the paper) 2 inches, I get a two inch line heading away from me. If I place my pencil point in the middle of a piece of paper and press down, I make a mark there.

When I use a tablet and pen however, things change a whole bunch. A one inch movement of my pen to the right might move the cursor 3 inches on the screen. Moving my pen away from me an inch moves the cursor vertically (i.e., upwards) a couple of inches. Putting my pen in the middle of the tablet places the cursor on the left edge of my right screen (I've mapped both of my monitors to one tablet), and the cursor is located halfway down the screen - which is not to say in the middle of where I'm working in my image/document (I'm using my pen as I edit this post).

And I keep trying to use the pen like a mouse - if the part of the window I'm working on is located at the bottom of the tablet I keep picking up the pen and repositioning it to the middle of the tablet, like I would reposition a mouse that was getting close to the edge of my desk. Nope, that doesn't work - putting the pen in the middle of the tablet moves the cursor to the (vertical) middle of the visible part of the document. Argh! If I were working with a pencil and a piece of paper, I'd just move the paper away from me a bit, which would make it more comfortable to work on with a pencil. With a pen and a tablet, if you want to work at the bottom of a window you're working at the bottom of the tablet. You can move that tablet anywhere you want, but you will still have to work at the bottom.

The issue with the pen that all new users need to overcome is that while a tablet pen may look and feel like a physical pencil, it's not a physical pencil. Your long-established pencil 'reflexes' are conflicting with what your eyes are telling you is happening. Tablet pens work a bit like a hybrid of a pencil and a mouse, and until you develop the 'reflexes' to work that way comfortably, it's tougher to do than you would think.

A lot of people really like using pens and tablets. They have put the effort into learning how to do it. Honestly, I suspect it's no harder than learning how to use a mouse.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-07-2020, 09:22 AM  
Wacom Tablet
Posted By wm_brant
Replies: 26
Views: 1,409
I have one of the small Wacom Intuos tablets I bought a few months ago. The tablet itself is 7.87 x 6.3 inches, with an active area of 6.0 x 3.7 inches.

I'm using the tablet on a Linux system, which doesn't use the Wacom drivers (ergo no 'phone-home' issue), but then again the Linux drivers don't offer the application integration features that the Wacom drivers do. I'm currently using the Wacom with darktable.

While I've found that the tablet works fine, I've also come to realize that *I* am the barrier to using my Wacom more. Understand that I'm not an artist, more of a computer type, so after many years of computer use, the fine motor control of my hands is geared more towards operating a mouse than a pen. I find that I have to work really hard to make the d*** pen do what I want it to do on the screen. When using the pen I feel like a young elementary school kid struggling to keep the crayon within the lines of the drawing. And not doing very well.

I fully understand - and a lot of people on the web recommend - to get used to the pen, just put the mouse aside for a few days and rely on the pen for everything. I've not done that, even though I know I know it would help a lot.

When I was researching the Wacom, I found many different - and ofttimes conflicting - recommendations on how to choose a tablet. Here is a relatively unbiased one:
https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-drawing-tablets-for-beginners/

FWIW, I bought my 'renewed' Wacom tablet from Amazon for a whopping $55. It is just like new, and comes with everything a new unit does (albeit for $15 more). See https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VS4KSLK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_tit...F8&th=1http://
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-12-2019, 02:46 PM  
What to do, What to do, and why
Posted By wm_brant
Replies: 60
Views: 2,770
I view cameras primarily as creative tools.

I would keep the camera or cameras that 'work' best for you - the one(s) that you get the best shots with, the one(s), the one(s) that inspire you the most, the one(s) that you enjoy shooting with the most.

Technology is all well and good, but so-so images taken with newer technology are still so-so images. Go with your heart.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-10-2019, 07:22 AM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Posted By wm_brant
Replies: 3,724
Views: 667,829
Thank you. I was very pleased with how the picture turned out. I think I could do a bit more with the overall tonality of the picture, so I plan to keep working on it.


Thanks! The Old Capitol is currently a part of the University of Iowa, and if I were a student there - or even one of their alumni - I might have a chance to get it hung there. Alas, I'm not either one, so I'll have to be content with hanging it on my walls.


Again, thank you! I did take some pictures of the stairway with a DA 15mm and while they turned out very well, those images don't have near the impact of the fisheye ones. I couldn't believe my luck when I tried cropping the picture and saw how much just a little cropping improved the picture.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-09-2019, 08:58 AM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Posted By wm_brant
Replies: 3,724
Views: 667,829
I love to shoot architecture with a fisheye lens. Here is a shot taken with my DA 10-17 (older [IF] version) at 10mm on my KP.
The location is the Old Capitol building in Iowa City. Cross-posted from the 'Post Your Best KP Shots' thread.

Forum: Pentax KP 12-08-2019, 08:57 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By wm_brant
Replies: 2,880
Views: 274,815
I took some pictures at Iowa's Old Capitol building in Iowa City:

10-17 @ 10mm, F16


Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-27-2019, 08:37 PM  
Day Hike/Travel Tripod for DSLR
Posted By wm_brant
Replies: 16
Views: 1,071
I have an aluminum Manfrotto Befree 2N1 with lever locks. I've used it a number of times and have been pleased. I spent a day at the Sebring 12 Hours this spring, and enjoyed the Befree's ability to morph into a monopod.

BTW, my traveling light kit that I pair the Befree with consists of a KP + 10-17, a 20-40, and some smaller primes. I've also shot my 60-250 from the Befree and had no issues with the quality of the shots. The shots with the 60-250 were all close focus - about as close to macro as the lens would go.

I later added an Oben TS-20 tripod strap and a swivel snap so I can carry the Befree over my shoulder and have been pleased with how easy it is to tote that way. It would be nice if Manfrotto offered a strap for the tripod, but I couldn't find one...

For a travel tripod, it's pretty good. I wouldn't expect it to hold everything steady in wind gusts of up to 40 MPH, but given reasonable circumstances the tripod and head do their job more than adequately.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-19-2019, 02:21 PM  
Best and Worst Bag Purchased.
Posted By wm_brant
Replies: 80
Views: 4,843
Everyone looks for different things in camera bags. And I found that what I wanted changed over time.

I started off with a rather nice Tamrac, what appears to be an ancestor to today's Stratus bag. It had a myriad of pockets which I initially found attractive but after living with the bag for a while, I found that having too many pockets meant that it was hard to find anything quickly.

I then bought a nice Lowepro backpack for a trip to Yosemite and along the Pacific Coast Highway. While we were at Yosemite, I found that the backpack design was great when we hiked the Panorama trail (with a 645 AND 35mm systems, AND (a not very light) Bogen tripod AND food AND water), but generally I find that a backpack bag isn't a good fit with how I normally shoot.

Somewhere along the line I also aquired a (well) used Tenba shoulder bag with a Hasselblad patch, apparently part of a promo at some time. It's a decent bag.

I then picked up a Domke F2, which I found to be an excellent fit for how I worked. It's roomy enough to hold everything, and well laid out, so that I can find the lens I want without having to set the bag down and dig around. I find that I can change lenses while walking without needing to look at the bag. The F2 also works well when I'm shooting from a tripod - there are times where there is no good place to set the bag down, so being able to work from the F2 while it's on my shoulder is a plus. The F2 became my favorite bag.

...I then got out of photography for about 15 years. My (film) equipment sat unused in the bags during this time. I kept everything dry, but I didn't touch the bags or equipment during this time. Back in 2016 I got back into photography. When I checked out my old equipment, the Tamrac and Lowepro bags looked... scurfy. Not sure what happened to the bags. The Tamrac's zippers were hard to open because of a white substance that had accumulated on the zipper's teeth. The bags just looked sad-I don't think it is mildew, but the Tamrac and Lowepro bags do not look good. The camera equipment inside is fine, but the outside of the bags looks bad. If I cared enough about the bags, I might try getting them cleaned.

On the other hand, the F2 Domke bag looked no different than it did 15 years earlier. And everything inside it was just fine.

So favorite bag? It'd have to be one of my Domkes.

My K-1 kit resides in my original F2. Right now, the F2 contains the 3 amigos, a 24mm, a 90mm macro, and a 135mm - with room for more. While the F2 is a great walking around bag, I normally shoot my K-1 from a tripod so I'm not too concerned with the size or weight of the F2.

My casual travel/walking around outfit is built around a KP and this kit normally resides in a 2018 vintage Domke F3x. Earlier this year, I took the F3x down to Florida to shoot the Sebring 12 hours. The F3x is small enough to qualify as a personal carry on item. For the trip, the F3x contained the KP as well as a 15mm, 20-40, 50mm, 60-250, and a 90mm macro. As well as filters, SD cards, and spare batteries. For race day, I did leave the 50 and 90 in my room for the day. I feel that the F3x is as easy to work out of as the F2.

I've found the Domke bags to be a good fit *for me*. Other people want more padding or more security than the Domkes provide, and I can understand that. However, the Domke bags are a good fit for me and how I work.
Forum: Pentax KP 11-04-2019, 09:08 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By wm_brant
Replies: 2,880
Views: 274,815
Some recent photos:

Nighttime Achievement (DA 20-40 Limited):


Cheesecake in the Rain (DA 20-40 Limited):


Purple Shamrock (Tamron 90mm Macro - 72B):
Forum: Pentax KP 10-07-2019, 02:34 PM  
Post your KP images with HD Pentax-DA 20-40mm f2.8-4.0 ED Limited DC WR.
Posted By wm_brant
Replies: 58
Views: 9,809
Took this last Monday in Spearfish Canyon in South Dakota. KP w/20-40

F11, 1/2 second, 20mm
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-15-2019, 03:41 PM  
Monitor for photo editing
Posted By wm_brant
Replies: 13
Views: 1,326
I'm using the BenQ SW2700PT and find that I like it a lot.

When I was looking for a 27" monitor, I found that this particular model was well respected, often recommended, and not unreasonably priced.

It's worth a look.

-- Bill
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