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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-02-2014, 11:01 PM  
K-Mount Assortment
Posted By T.P.S.
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The Pentax, Sigma, & Takumar lenses my Dad & I share.

Side note: My white K-30 was at the far end of the lens assortment, so I used Dad's K-5 to shoot this. ;)

I hope you like it!
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 05-01-2014, 12:10 AM  
Landscape Cabrillo Tidepools
Posted By T.P.S.
Replies: 1
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Looking north along the Pacific coast. Cabrillo Tidepools in the Point Loma area of San Diego, CA. It's not hard to capture breathtaking photos here.

I hope you enjoy it!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-17-2014, 12:33 AM  
Night Share your "Blood Moon" photos here!
Posted By T.P.S.
Replies: 93
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Both shots with my K-30. First shot was done with a Sigma 50-500mm w/2x teleconverter. The second with a Pentax DA 55-300mm.

This was my first time shooting an eclipse of any kind. I experienced some difficulty with the Sigma/teleconverter setup once the blood moon was visible. No matter how high I set the ISO, how slow I set the shutter, and how far I opened my aperture, I could NOT get the moon to appear in my viewfinder. Hence, I decided to try the 55-300mm lens and it worked. I didn't think about it until later, but I wonder if the teleconverter was causing the problem. I guess I won't be able to test that theory until October!
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 09-20-2013, 05:45 PM  
Post Your K-30 Photos Here
Posted By T.P.S.
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Views: 503,488
Going through my collectibles while packing and decided to tinker with a little depth of field.

K-30 with 18-55mm DA WR kit lens.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-05-2013, 11:59 PM  
Cityscape Fountain in the Park
Posted By T.P.S.
Replies: 2
Views: 654
Thank you, jford. :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-05-2013, 01:28 AM  
Cityscape Fountain in the Park
Posted By T.P.S.
Replies: 2
Views: 654
I shot this as a part of a bracketed set of 3, but wasn't happy with how the HDR merge was turning out. Since learning some basic manipulation using Adobe Lightroom and Camera RAW, I've shot strictly in RAW so I can have a little more control over post-processing. I didn't do a lot with this one. I let Lightroom figure out the color tone (Auto), and made minor tweaks to clarity and vibrance, and added a light vignette.

Not my best, but I really like the way the light hit the water in the fountain and the long, late afternoon shadows it cast. :)
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-22-2013, 01:08 AM  
Golden Sunset over Lake Onalaska, WI
Posted By T.P.S.
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I was lucky enough to witness this gorgeous sunset over Lake Onalaska, WI. This is actually one of my favorite photo spots and it located only about a mile from my home.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-22-2013, 12:57 AM  
Fair price to offer for 3 lenses?
Posted By T.P.S.
Replies: 18
Views: 1,965
I already have the 28mm and 135mm lenses. She gave the pair up for $60 and I picked them up yesterday. :cool:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-21-2013, 11:16 PM  
Fair price to offer for 3 lenses?
Posted By T.P.S.
Replies: 18
Views: 1,965
I've been watching the Pentax-M 50mm f/1.4 on eBay here in the U.S. hoping to pick one up cheap, but they continue to be sold for about the same price as I paid for these two lenses together! Now that I have both lenses working properly, I'm very happy with the price I paid. :)



Agreed!

Side note: I'm hoping the M42 to K adapter my Dad is sending is the flush mount style so I'll have the ability to focus to infinity!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-21-2013, 11:08 PM  
Having a little trouble with a new (to me) lens
Posted By T.P.S.
Replies: 12
Views: 1,621
Thank you to all who replied! I'm sorry I didn't reply sooner, but I've been away from the computer all day.

littledrawe - I, also, am a huge MMA fan. Hence, the username. :cool:

A little earlier this evening, I took Na Horuk's advice and tried a strip of aluminum foil between the electrical contacts on the body of the camera & the lens. I didn't want to go through the trouble of sanding the lens mount if this wasn't going to work. After two attempts to get the foil in place, I was ready to test. I turned on the camera, it prompted me for focal length and I entered the proper 28mm setting. I was then greeted by the information screen with F-- in place of my aperture reading. I selected M mode, set the focus mode switch to MF, then composed and focused my test shot. At this point I held my breath and depressed the green button... I heard the wondrous sound of - as stevebrot put it - the stop-down mechanism! Then, I exhaled. ;)

Because the foil is a bit cumbersome, I went ahead and went through the trouble of sanding the section of the lens mount that makes contact with the electrical contacts of the body and it works beautifully. After finding the post I linked to in my earlier reply, and knowing the Takumar 135mm lens was a clean metal mount, it only seemed logical for this to be the answer. It made sense because the Takumar would work, then I wouldn't make a single setting change (other than focal length input) when switching the lenses, but the Vivitar just wouldn't meter. I'm very happy it worked.

Again, thank you so much to everyone who took the time to respond to a relative newbie to the forum. It is very much appreciated!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-21-2013, 01:07 AM  
Having a little trouble with a new (to me) lens
Posted By T.P.S.
Replies: 12
Views: 1,621
Perhaps this is the trouble?

I did another web search and found another post here in the forum - here.

Is it possible I just need to sandpaper the contact portion of my anodized mount to allow my green button to work?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-21-2013, 12:41 AM  
Having a little trouble with a new (to me) lens
Posted By T.P.S.
Replies: 12
Views: 1,621
To the untrained eye, it looks straight. Let me know what you think.

Thank you.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-20-2013, 08:51 PM  
Having a little trouble with a new (to me) lens
Posted By T.P.S.
Replies: 12
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I just purchased 2 used manual lenses for use on my K-30. I've read the instructions here in the forums for using manual lenses with newer dSLR bodies, and have no problems using one of the lenses, but the second just won't seem to meter correctly.

These are the 2 lenses:
  • Takumar (Bayonet) 1:2.5 135mm

  • Vivitar 28mm 1:2.8 (marked also with "Auto" & "VMC")


For reference, the Vivitar is designated K22 in Robin Parmar's The Great Vivitar 28mm Bestiary. The information on this lens is less than complete.

The Takumar works beautifully. I'm using manual mode, compose & focus, press the green button to meter/set shutter speed, then shoot. Works just like it's supposed to. The Vivitar is giving me a problem with metering. When I follow the same procedure that works with the Takumar lens, the lens just doesn't "click" to meter, so my images are usually very underexposed.

Has anyone else ever had a similar issue with a particular lens and found the fix?

I'm attaching photos I took of the lens with my mobile phone (I apologize for the quality!) for a little more reference.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-20-2013, 07:45 PM  
Fair price to offer for 3 lenses?
Posted By T.P.S.
Replies: 18
Views: 1,965
Well, I ended up contacting my Dad to see if he had any manual lenses before making an offer for these 3. Turns out he's sending me a Takumar 50mm f/1.4 and a Takumar 300mm f/6.3. Both M42 screw lenses, so he's also sending me the adapter. :-)

Anyway, I made an offer of $60 for the Vivitar 28mm f/2.8 and the Takumar 135mm f/2.5 which she accepted. Turns out she only lived 90 miles from me, so I picked them up today. The Takumar 135mm works perfectly when I follow the common "green button metering" method of use in manual mode. I haven't scrutinized the photos as I've only been practicing so far. The Vivitar 28mm doesn't do quite as well. When I press the green button while using the 135mm, I can hear the camera "click" (I'm assuming to meter the light coming into the body so it can set the shutter speed), then I shoot. I don't get the same click when using the Vivitar 28mm. Is it possible they require different settings?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-16-2013, 12:58 AM  
Fair price to offer for 3 lenses?
Posted By T.P.S.
Replies: 18
Views: 1,965
Hmmm...

This is definitely worth considering. What you say about personal relevance (paraphrase) is very, very true. Case in point: I've been wanting a 50mm to play with so I've been watching eBay quite closely and lost a few bids because of my limited budget right now (just purchased the K-30 earlier this month). 2 days ago, I found an auction for an ME with an M 50mm f/2 listed for $9.99 in great condition. I just won the auction today for $10.49 and I should have it by the end of the week - $21.00 total with shipping. Did I need a 50mm lens? No. Did I want one to practice with? Absolutely. I know the M 50mm f/2 doesn't typically "score" as well as the M 50mm f/1.4, but that's alright... I'm still learning and it'll be a great tool to help me out.

You've both given me different perspectives to consider and I appreciate it. If I make an offer on the lenses and she accepts, I'll definitely report back here!

~UFCfanWI
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-16-2013, 12:45 AM  
Fair price to offer for 3 lenses?
Posted By T.P.S.
Replies: 18
Views: 1,965
Thanks for the replies!

The owner of the lenses has been very up front with me. She's told me how much she paid for 2 of the 3 lenses back in December of '11. She says she paid $145 for the M 50 f/1.4 and $62 for the A 135 f/2.8. To be quite honest, I'm only really interested in those two lenses. Sure, the M 28 f/2.8 would be nice, but do I need it? Not really. I know the fast 50mm lens she's offering would be a great lens to own and, if the 135mm lens is as good as you say, I'd really be interested in it, too! Keeping her purchase prices in mind, I'll have to throw a number at her and see what she thinks. I'm thinking maybe around $150, but we'll see.

~UFCfanWI
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-15-2013, 10:04 PM  
Fair price to offer for 3 lenses?
Posted By T.P.S.
Replies: 18
Views: 1,965
I've recently purchased a K-30 and have been approached by someone offering to sell me 3 Pentax manual lenses. When researching my K-30 purchase, I read that I can use any K-mount lens, so this is highly intriguing to me. The owner of the lenses doesn't use them any longer - she's a K-5 IIs user that has upgraded to all autofocus lenses. She's realistic and knows she's not going to get out of them what she put into them, but she has only told me to "make an offer". I don't want to insult her with an extreme lowball offer, so I'm looking for some input form the forum. :)

Here are the lenses:
  • Pentax-M 28mm f/2.8

  • Pentax-M 50mm f/1.4

  • Pentax-A 135mm f/2.8


I have a good idea of individual pricing, but I'm just curious what you would offer for the trio.

Any feed back is greatly appreciated!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-14-2013, 09:35 PM  
Landscape Whitehouse Rocks
Posted By T.P.S.
Replies: 12
Views: 820
Beautiful photos!

I'm a big, big fan of the soft water look and yours are great! Would you mind my asking what your technique is?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-14-2013, 07:48 PM  
Nature Floral Photography
Posted By T.P.S.
Replies: 4
Views: 778
Thank you so much. It means a lot coming from an experienced shooter. I'm finally starting to take my photography seriously so any feedback is very important to me.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-14-2013, 07:44 PM  
Machinery Car show
Posted By T.P.S.
Replies: 5
Views: 816
Very nice shots! I spent 20+ years working in auto parts and have seen a photo or two - especially from my former body shop customers.

Love the colors & subject matter.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-14-2013, 07:34 PM  
Nature Floral Photography
Posted By T.P.S.
Replies: 4
Views: 778
I recently upgraded from the Pentax X-5 to the K-30 and couldn't be happier.

Here are a few of my favorite floral shots I've taken in the past week or so. As you can clearly see, I'm a big fan of aperture priority mode!

Let me know what you think!

Thanks for stopping by! :D
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 05-16-2013, 10:54 PM  
Landscapes are my thing.
Posted By T.P.S.
Replies: 7
Views: 719
Thank you!

So far I've been pretty happy with my X-5. I've noticed a few things that are missing that I'd like to have, but it's a great camera to help me develop my style and learn with.



Thank you, Rondec. I've been told I have an eye for landscapes. I just really enjoy getting out and shooting. :cool:

Lately, I've had people wanting me to do portraits. I don't think I'm ready for that yet. With more practice I'm sure I'll get there!



Thank you from Wisconsin! ;)

I've posted a few photos. Here are a few from my recent Southern California vacation.

Cheers!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 05-16-2013, 10:45 PM  
Landscapes are my thing.
Posted By T.P.S.
Replies: 7
Views: 719
Thank you! I haven't used the handheld night setting yet. That shot was actually taken on a tripod with a 4 second exposure (the maximum allowed by the X-5). :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-27-2013, 11:19 PM  
Misc U.S. Coast Guard in San Diego Harbor
Posted By T.P.S.
Replies: 5
Views: 1,786
Thank you. I would imagine you've perfected your technique for haze reduction when you'd prefer not to have it in your shot. ;)



Thank you, as well. I purchased the X-5 because I wanted something better than a basic point-and-shoot, but didn't have the budget for a full-fledged dSLR. My father is a huge Pentax fan - a K-5 user as a matter of fact - so, I took his advice and experience into consideration and ended up with the X-5. I'm learning and will graduate to better equipment... someday.

I really like your second capture you posted. Especially amazing for a handheld shot.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-27-2013, 11:04 PM  
Misc U.S. Coast Guard in San Diego Harbor
Posted By T.P.S.
Replies: 5
Views: 1,786
Thank you, sir! Yes, being on the whale watching cruise definitely facilitated this capture. :)
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