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Forum: Lens Clubs 3 Days Ago  
The K-Club!
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 2,992
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But baaaaaaad to the bone nonetheless -- that's a ram with attitude.

I'm just waiting to see if there are any good Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals on the K-1 before getting one. Fortunately I already have the 85/1.8. :)
Forum: Pentax K-1 4 Days Ago  
New K-1 Owner. Help me build my lens collection:)
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 61
Views: 1,610
A lot of the replies have keyed on the word "portraits", and responded as though you were going to do a series of head-and-shoulders portraits. Not likely with a newborn. :) There are two things one generally wants from a portrait lens: the ability to frame the shot one wants with the camera a reasonable distance from the subject (normal conversational distance, not too close and not too far), and a fast aperture to blur the background and put the emphasis on the subject (and also to allow low-light shots, important for indoor shooting generally and with a newborn particularly). A zoom lens gives you the most versatility for framing, at the expense of the fast aperture. You can kind of get both with one of the pro zooms, but they are big and heavy and expensive. Get the 28-105 and optionally one of the FA50s you list (or the equivalent F version). It's a versatile starter kit, not too expensive (given that you have just bought a K-1), and will work well for quick and spontaneous photography, which is what I expect you'll be doing a lot of for a while.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 5 Days Ago  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 16,041
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Either that, or it's a very fast yacht.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-13-2017, 10:29 AM  
Thematic Flickr Explored
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 478
Views: 35,252
Not surprising to me: supposedly groups don't help, possibly the reverse; tags help only in that you are more visible in search; better no comments at all than too many. If you got those views and faves quickly that is enough.
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-12-2017, 04:43 AM  
The K-Club!
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 2,992
Views: 438,295
Lovely portraits!

Here's a sort of "portrait", with the 55/1.8

Beech portrait by Jeff, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-09-2017, 09:20 AM  
The K-Club!
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 2,992
Views: 438,295
That's a great look, and I'm always glad to see the 105 represented here. An overlooked gem, IMO. Here's one from this morning with the 105 (apologies for the Flickr over-sharpening; the version I uploaded looks better, but is larger than I want to post here):

Toxic beauty by Jeff, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-09-2017, 08:03 AM  
The K-Club!
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 2,992
Views: 438,295
Very nice, showing how the humble 55/1.8 is an outstanding portrait lens, especially on APS-C format.

Of the lenses in your search list, the 28/3.5 is to me by far the best value and most versatile.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-08-2017, 03:40 AM  
K-1 or 645n
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 20
Views: 913
All good points and I'd rather have a pair of NIIs than the Ns I own, but on the other hand the N goes for about half the price of an NII these days, and if you find one in excellent condition (both of mine are) it's a great value.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-07-2017, 05:34 PM  
K-1 or 645n
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 20
Views: 913
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-07-2017, 04:52 PM  
The K-Club!
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 2,992
Views: 438,295
That is dedication!
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-07-2017, 07:36 AM  
The K-Club!
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 2,992
Views: 438,295
Including the one and two meter beasts? ;)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-07-2017, 07:33 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 16,041
Views: 1,853,604
Sorry, wasn't really commenting on your image, which is excellent. Velvia is sharp and contrasty and can make excellent b/w, as you've shown. It's just a rather roundabout (and relatively costly) way to produce b/w imagery, which is why I never plan it that way from the beginning. But if it works better in b/w I have no problem converting it in PP.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-07-2017, 04:08 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 16,041
Views: 1,853,604
It's an odd way to get to a b&w image, but it can work very well. I've done it out of desperation but then been quite happy with the result.
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-07-2017, 04:03 AM  
The K-Club!
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 2,992
Views: 438,295
Not sure which is my favorite, but this is why one should own all three. :D
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-07-2017, 04:01 AM  
Thematic Flickr Explored
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 478
Views: 35,252
My first iPhonography to hit Explore:

Buckeye Creek by Jeff, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-26-2017, 06:59 AM  
How many lenses do you have?
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 1,503
Views: 104,852
I only own three K-mount lenses

...

that were not made by Asahi/Pentax. :D I think I currently have 30 K-mount lenses (and one M42 lens). Four of those I've basically never used, and there are a few others I'd hardly miss if I no longer had them. Really ought to thin the herd somewhat, to free up some storage space if nothing else, but selling so often seems like more hassle than it's worth, at least for the lower-priced items. At least I have sold off some stuff over the years, including 9 K-mount or M42 lenses.

Also have seven Pentax 645 lenses and four large-format lenses; they're getting the most use these days. And two Pentax Q lenses, and a few oddities for extreme macro.
Forum: General Photography 09-25-2017, 05:03 PM  
It is official (for me) eBay is rubbish for legacy gear now
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 39
Views: 1,731
Well, at least it's only in two pieces ... that is, as far as I can tell. Yeah, what's to test? :D
Forum: General Photography 09-25-2017, 02:21 PM  
It is official (for me) eBay is rubbish for legacy gear now
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 39
Views: 1,731
Sorry you had a bad experience. I've always been happy with them, but I've always bought direct from their website rather than through eBay, giving me the option of a return if needed.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-25-2017, 05:40 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 16,041
Views: 1,853,604
Well, at least you got to see Newark. :D
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-25-2017, 05:05 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 16,041
Views: 1,853,604
The future's not what it used to be.
Forum: General Photography 09-24-2017, 06:56 AM  
It is official (for me) eBay is rubbish for legacy gear now
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 39
Views: 1,731
I hadn't noticed. Seems to me actual sales prices are much the same as they've been for years, at least for manual focus lenses. Been a couple of years since I've bought any photo gear on the Bay but I check in occasionally to see if it would be worth listing anything for sale. For the K- and M-series lenses I'd like to unload the hoped-for price bump after the debut of the K-1 never happened.

I've had a few good surprises and a few bad surprises with my eBay purchases, but the vast majority have been routine. But, again, I haven't bought there recently.
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-24-2017, 06:17 AM  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 2,683
Views: 361,684
Crazy cool currency closeup!
Forum: General Photography 09-17-2017, 04:32 AM  
Decision time
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 10
Views: 863
Your options for faster than f/2.8 in that focal range are limited. Primes only, of course, and generally expensive. And ultra-fast apertures have some other characteristics that might not work well for concert photography: very shallow DOF, certainly, and coma with many such lenses wide open, especially noticeable on high contrast edges such as you often have in that situation. If you prefer a zoom for this work, then new body it is. Of course with a K-1 your 17-50 becomes much wider (does that lens cover full frame?), and maybe you'd want a new lens anyway on the long end. Expensive prospect! Maybe look into different options for noise reduction on the PP end before shelling out for a new camera or expensive lens.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-16-2017, 05:36 AM  
Looking for advice for photography in Iceland
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 13
Views: 613
Sounds like a great plan for a fun family trip.

I'll just toss in another piece of general photography advice. When we're looking at a beautiful scene we naturally have a sense of that whole scene, and expect that a camera will be able to capture that more or less faithfully. But the way we look at a scene and the way we look at a photograph of the same scene are very different (this is sometimes expressed as "the camera and the eye see differently"). In short, photographs tend to be more interesting when they emphasize particular aspects of a scene. It's not about trying to include everything, it's about discovering what is visually most compelling about the scene. Sometimes that might involve a wide-angle view, but even for landscape photography it often means using a longer focal length.

Looking forward to your results. If you aren't making mistakes, you aren't learning. Enjoy!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-14-2017, 05:35 PM  
Poll: What is the most important feature in a camera?
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 49
Views: 1,634
I went with good mid-priced lenses, one of the main reasons I bought into K-mount (and, more recently, Pentax 645).
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