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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-09-2020, 06:39 PM  
Game Single in March 2020
Posted By twilhelm
Replies: 80
Views: 2,395
Finally got caught up posting pictures. Hopefully I’ll get some commenting in tomorrow evening.
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-27-2020, 01:27 PM  
DA Limited Zoom Club
Posted By twilhelm
Replies: 833
Views: 176,974
I don't consider the DA 20-40 a "walk around" lens. It lives up to it's Limited name. IMO You can see a slight vignette here at 28mm on the K-1, and if memory serves me, there was no crop.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-27-2020, 07:43 AM  
Game Single in February 2020
Posted By twilhelm
Replies: 103
Views: 3,092
Since we’re coming to the end of the month (and I work all weekend) I figured I’d give some thoughts on the Leica Summicron 50.

First off, the lens has stellar build quality (it is a Leica) and without the hood, it’s quite compact. The focus ring is the perfect combination of smooth but not loose, which may be that I have a good lightly used copy. The colors and contrast from the lens are exceptional.

There really are only a couple of Cons for this lens. First, I wish it would focus a bit closer than 18”. And second, it’s a full 320 degrees to go from close to infinity focus. We often complain about not having enough focus throw with the newer autofocus lenses, but this one goes to the extreme.

I’ll definitely be keeping the lens as I think it is perfectly suited for portrait/people work.
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-27-2020, 07:09 AM  
DA Limited Zoom Club
Posted By twilhelm
Replies: 833
Views: 176,974
Des and BruceBanner summed up the Pros for the 20-40 pretty well. At the last wedding I shot, I used the 20-40 on the K-1 and it worked out great (I fully tested it before to know where the sweet spots were). The 20-40 is one of my favorite lenses and I rarely leave home without it.

Not long ago I picked up a DA40 just because I wanted to try it. It was so compact on my KP that I just purchased the DA21 for the same reason. I’ll be giving the DA21 the workout in March for the Single In Group.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-27-2020, 07:02 AM  
Saying hello... again
Posted By twilhelm
Replies: 9
Views: 300
Welcome back!

I would definitely keep the Tamron 90 and Sigma 10-20. Get the K70, or if funds allow it, the KP. But, having said that, I would keep the GX10. In good light, the GX10 (K10D) are still highly regarded in image quality and colors due to the CCD sensor. There’s a pretty active group here posting pictures regularity.
Forum: Pentax KP 02-27-2020, 06:40 AM  
All we need is a KP
Posted By twilhelm
Replies: 121
Views: 4,305
For work like a wedding etc. the ergonomics of the K5, K3 or even the K10 made for a better day, especially considering lenses used in those situations tend to be larger.

If I were ever going to get back into that type of work, I would definitely have the battery grip for the KP. The 50-135 on the KP is a stellar combo, but having the extra grip area would be a necessity for a work type environment. Of course thatís my opinion.

But really, the Vivitar Series 1 70-210 on the KX is a larger lens with less camera real estate and itís always been a pleasure to use.

With todays mirrorless cameras becoming larger, the KP fit the bill with a small and very effective tool for Pentax users.
Forum: Pentax KP 02-26-2020, 09:01 PM  
All we need is a KP
Posted By twilhelm
Replies: 121
Views: 4,305
I’ll never understand why some areas only had one grip with the KP. Since I received all three, I’ve had the chance to use them all. Even though I have large hands, I like and use the medium grip the most. The large grip is great when using larger lenses, but I’ve never used the small grip except for an hour or two after buying the camera.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-26-2020, 08:58 PM  
Game Single in March 2020
Posted By twilhelm
Replies: 80
Views: 2,395
I have quite a few 135mm lenses, including the Tak bayonet 2.5. But I’m partial to putting the 21 through it’s paces since I just acquired it.

The 40 Limited is a really nice lens, I enjoy mine, especially on the KP. Actually, come to think of it, I’m a bit overweight in that area now having the DA 20-40, 21, 40 and 43. Maybe I should start looking at the 15 and 70...
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-26-2020, 08:44 PM  
Hello!
Posted By twilhelm
Replies: 8
Views: 239
Welcome to the forums! You’ll find quite a few of us here are shooting film. We hope to see some of your images soon.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-26-2020, 08:43 PM  
Hi I'm Lucy
Posted By twilhelm
Replies: 20
Views: 767
Welcome to the forums and to Pentax!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-25-2020, 02:55 AM  
Game Single in March 2020
Posted By twilhelm
Replies: 80
Views: 2,395
I’m planning on playing again, this time with my new to me DA 21 on the KP. I’ve got a trip planned up to Montana middle of the month, so posting may be a bit scarce during that time.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-23-2020, 07:50 PM  
Leica apotelyt 180mm / Pentax SMC DA* 200mm
Posted By twilhelm
Replies: 8
Views: 542
I don’t have the Leica 180 (yet) but I have the Summicron 50 and the Elmarit 135 and the DA* 200. The DA* 200 ranks right up there with the two Leica lenses I have, and I would say is sharper across the image.

Personally, I would start with the DA lens. It is impressive.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-23-2020, 04:34 PM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By twilhelm
Replies: 18,233
Views: 1,628,137
K-1 and the Limited FA 31. From the Pinhoti Trail yesterday.
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-15-2020, 04:16 AM  
Pancake Lenses on K-1 Mark ii
Posted By twilhelm
Replies: 24
Views: 1,136
While I love my DA 40 on the KP, the FA 43 is definitely the way to go for the K-1 as the corners far outshine the DA.
Forum: General Photography 02-13-2020, 10:59 PM  
What are your DSLR dealbreakers?
Posted By twilhelm
Replies: 172
Views: 4,505
Some of us were affected by the orphaned Canon FD mount. It didn’t make my camera take any less quality pictures, but when I was ready to go to autofocus, the last company I was going to look toward was Canon. Which ultimately led me to Pentax.

But, as far as deal-breakers go... No K mount, I doubt I’ll buy it. If (or when) I add another body, I’d like to have the two card slots. I have no need of the built in flash, I’ll attach one when needed, but the GPS built in is a nice feature. I want a camera with a battery grip, but I need to be able to detach it, something I have always applauded Pentax for.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-13-2020, 05:48 PM  
Six Megapixels?
Posted By twilhelm
Replies: 23
Views: 795
The K10D was my first new Pentax. And this is why Iíll likely never sell it.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-13-2020, 03:10 PM  
Six Megapixels?
Posted By twilhelm
Replies: 23
Views: 795
BigMackCam beat me to the club. I just recently sold my ist DL, and occasionally miss the little camera, but I had to let a few things go... While the 18-55 is versatile, grab a DA 35 (plastic fantastic) and you will really get to know the camera. The last year I had mine, it was dedicated to old screw mount lenses.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-13-2020, 02:06 PM  
The end of a journey
Posted By twilhelm
Replies: 6
Views: 663
Welcome to the forums! Great introduction and we hope to see more photos from you.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-13-2020, 02:03 PM  
Post your "Park Bench" "or "Picnic Table" images
Posted By twilhelm
Replies: 1,799
Views: 181,963
K-1 and Leica Summicron 50
Forum: Pentax KP 02-13-2020, 07:25 AM  
Delayed, noisy wake up
Posted By twilhelm
Replies: 12
Views: 571
You could try to turn off the Dust Removal at start up, (Tools menu #5) to see if that changes the occurrence of the longer sound.
Forum: Pentax KP 02-13-2020, 07:04 AM  
Delayed, noisy wake up
Posted By twilhelm
Replies: 12
Views: 571
On wake-up from sleep mode, all of my cameras, including the KP make a “shudder” sound which is the shake reduction doing a sensor cleaning action. This only lasts for a fraction of a second though. If yours is lasting for several seconds, you may have something that needs to be looked into.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-12-2020, 08:46 PM  
18-135WR or 17-70 f/4?
Posted By twilhelm
Replies: 13
Views: 657
No, the 17-70 is not WR.

The DA 17-70 gets mixed reviews around here because of the SDM. I’ve had it for many years now and never had an issue. The image quality is superb and I used it for weddings and events as my go-to lens. I did find, as many users had, the focus was hit or miss on the older bodies, ie the K10 up to the K5. Once I paired it to the K3, it became a much better lens, and on the KP, it is an entirely new lens, quick to focus and accurate.

But if you need WR, go with the 18-135 or if you can live with a smaller zoom range, the 20-40.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 02-12-2020, 05:36 PM  
Anyone using Ultrafine Xtreme film?
Posted By twilhelm
Replies: 15
Views: 2,238
I just developed a roll of the 100 and will scan it tomorrow. I havenít tried the 400 yet as I still have a lot of Foma 400 to shoot up.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 02-12-2020, 03:16 AM  
program plus
Posted By twilhelm
Replies: 18
Views: 505
Sounds like the mirror box issue I had. I was quoted $100 to $150. I bought another one from eBay...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-10-2020, 09:07 AM  
People Rediscovering 35mm film
Posted By twilhelm
Replies: 3
Views: 265
Great capture! What film is it?
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