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Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 01-06-2019, 12:07 AM  
For Sale: FA 31mm Limited (Price Reduced)
Posted By Billy Joe
Replies: 8
Views: 1,573
Just a quick question... would the missing flash button affect the weather-sealing?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-05-2019, 11:07 PM  
The lens that suprised you the most.
Posted By Billy Joe
Replies: 105
Views: 5,660
Well for me it has to be the Helios 44M and 44-2. I got the 44M for free with another lens I started posting pics right away on the forum. Kinda started the Helios craze on the PF forum back in the day.
Forum: General Talk 12-25-2018, 10:21 PM  
What did you get for Christmas? (2018 edition)
Posted By Billy Joe
Replies: 46
Views: 1,411
I tried to order the KP when it was on sale for $699.... sadly I missed something in the order form and missed the sale. Did not realize until too late. (Don't make decisions at 1am)

Anyway, I will wait to see if it comes back down again. Surely it will at some point.

For now I will keep shooting the K01
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-03-2018, 04:49 PM  
How to make the best "upload/link" image
Posted By Billy Joe
Replies: 3
Views: 645
Excellent tutorial and photo...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-03-2018, 04:49 PM  
Abstract Moonset
Posted By Billy Joe
Replies: 3
Views: 215
Very nice
Forum: Photo Critique 06-01-2018, 03:17 PM  
Abstract GI JOE - BW VS Color
Posted By Billy Joe
Replies: 2
Views: 281
BW definitely... Greens are too saturated and some blown out.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-05-2018, 09:17 PM  
Abstract Sometimes, sharpness isn't necessary.
Posted By Billy Joe
Replies: 4
Views: 244
That is a great lesson... sometimes what we think is important, in the end is not.
Some of my best photos are slightly blurry, underexposed etc etc...
When I realized that, I began searching out the old MF lenses, each with their own 'look'. I ended up with some of my favorite photos coming from 5 dollar lenses.

I see why you like this one.

Gus
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-23-2018, 03:39 PM  
Mourning the Loss of Bruce "Bramela" Stephenson
Posted By Billy Joe
Replies: 140
Views: 20,038


I had no idea Bramela had died. Thank you for bumping this back to the top.

When PF first started, Bruce was always the first with a kind word or good critique, and usually the calming voice when we got a little heated in the early days (and we often did)

Much love to Bruce, his family and friends.

igilligan / Gus / Billy Joe
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-15-2018, 08:28 PM  
Backyard Wild Animals Contest Howdy Y'all!
Posted By Billy Joe
Replies: 7
Views: 423
This picture bugs me!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-19-2018, 08:04 PM  
Nature 12 spotted Dragon Fly
Posted By Billy Joe
Replies: 2
Views: 297
Would be a good shot but there is a lot of noise. A quick question, why did you shoot this at iso6400? Also you may have some dust on your sensor.

And the F10 does not make sense to me there is so little DOF?

Great Dragonfly
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-07-2017, 11:04 AM  
Soviet lenses club
Posted By Billy Joe
Replies: 3,718
Views: 874,497
Very nice...
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-14-2016, 09:20 AM  
Tamron 70-200 f2.8 lens cover
Posted By Billy Joe
Replies: 8
Views: 1,059
I have seen you waste deep in the pacific ocean grabbing your new K-5 and tripod off the bottom of the sea... so I am not sure your "don't need no stinkin' covers" is applicable to most of us...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-09-2016, 08:50 AM  
I dropped my K-50...
Posted By Billy Joe
Replies: 26
Views: 1,857
I think the morning shots of whiskey with your coffee may need to stop...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-09-2016, 06:33 AM  
People Portrait with a wide-open FA 43
Posted By Billy Joe
Replies: 17
Views: 1,087
Beautiful Keitha...

the 43 and 77 are without a doubt my fave lenses for the head and shoulders... Both are awesome wide open and this shows exactly why.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-29-2016, 09:12 AM  
Macro Yellow Sac Spider on the edge of my bathtub.
Posted By Billy Joe
Replies: 3
Views: 568
Nice shots... what flash...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-25-2016, 11:14 AM  
K-S2 lense compatibility
Posted By Billy Joe
Replies: 7
Views: 696
the 50 f2 is not
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-25-2016, 09:50 AM  
Hey guys from somewhere in the Bay Area, Cali
Posted By Billy Joe
Replies: 7
Views: 531
I too am from Bay Area Cali.... maybe I will finally see another Pentax shooter in the area! haha
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-25-2016, 08:43 AM  
Vivitar 28mm f1.9
Posted By Billy Joe
Replies: 11
Views: 1,788
Cant say... but I will say the Vivi 28mm close focus version is very nice!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-25-2016, 08:39 AM  
Should I go Pentax, Russian or German?
Posted By Billy Joe
Replies: 20
Views: 2,001
I have the Pentax M200 F4 and I honestly don't think it is any better than my Da 55-300... I would not bother trying to stick a 2x converter on it... you loose too much light and add more glass in the chain of light...

Right now the WR version of the 55-300 is only like 280 bucks US... why chase a mf stick that is not any better to save a few dollars... you have a WR camera. Use it as such
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-23-2016, 10:56 PM  
Raynox Telephoto Adaptor
Posted By Billy Joe
Replies: 9
Views: 1,087
What are you going to use it on?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-14-2016, 10:20 AM  
Jupiter 9 (85/2) + close-up 'filter'
Posted By Billy Joe
Replies: 18
Views: 2,057
Many of the dedicated macro lenses are also really nice portrait lenses also just allowing close focus... But your jupiter 9 also is a portrait machine...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-13-2016, 05:41 PM  
Jupiter 9 (85/2) + close-up 'filter'
Posted By Billy Joe
Replies: 18
Views: 2,057
I have used my raynox on every 49mm thread lens I have.. you simply squeeze the clip and screw/force it on...

agreed about the rubber hood for the glass shooting... but any raynox is not going to get close enough to focus if there is a glass case... therefore I still think a dedicated macro is the way to go....
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-13-2016, 04:51 PM  
Soviet lenses club
Posted By Billy Joe
Replies: 3,718
Views: 874,497
Nice shots with the 44k-4

---------- Post added 01-13-16 at 04:17 PM ----------




I have this lens and it is almost too sharp for my taste... but fun nonetheless...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-13-2016, 03:09 PM  
Jupiter 9 (85/2) + close-up 'filter'
Posted By Billy Joe
Replies: 18
Views: 2,057
Yes the industar 61 is close focusing lens (almost macro) not a bad lens at all if you can find one...





Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-13-2016, 01:27 PM  
Jupiter 9 (85/2) + close-up 'filter'
Posted By Billy Joe
Replies: 18
Views: 2,057
I have used the jupiter 9 with the raynox 250 --- it gets really close. It would also do well with the Raynox 150 I bet.





But you have to get pretty close with these 'adaptor macros' and your DOF is really thin... here is an example of that.



I think the 150 would be better... But a dedicated 90/100mm macro would be the best option... you can get a used MF macro for reasonable prices and I have seen the Tamron 90 and the Pentax WR100 going for reasonable prices
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