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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By seventysixersfan
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Our pooch, Rufus. K5 IIS + FA 43mm limited
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
DA 16-85 WR,show us what it can do.
Posted By seventysixersfan
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From my recent trip to the Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, mounted on my KP:















Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE - Show us what it can do, what it CAN'T!
Posted By seventysixersfan
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From my recent trip to the Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, using the 55-300 PLM + KP:







Forum: General Photography 5 Days Ago  
advice and commentary sought for Yellowstone and Gran Tetons National Parks trips
Posted By seventysixersfan
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Still haven't been able to properly go through all my pictures from my recent GTNP and YNP vacation, but on first glance, I put together a quick album with some highlights. I did not use a tripod, my longest lens was the DA 55-300 PLM, most of the other shots were taken with DA 16-85mm, all using my single KP body. Most importantly, I had a lot of fun with my wife and little kids on this memorable trip!

seventysixersfan's Album: GTNP & YNP 2021 - PentaxForums.com

And two of my favorite shots:


Forum: General Photography 09-10-2021, 10:18 AM  
advice and commentary sought for Yellowstone and Gran Tetons National Parks trips
Posted By seventysixersfan
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Forum: General Photography 09-10-2021, 07:02 AM  
advice and commentary sought for Yellowstone and Gran Tetons National Parks trips
Posted By seventysixersfan
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I'm not sure exactly -- I think the smc DA 15 is better at starbursts because of the older coating (I've read the HD coating lessons the effect). As for resistance to flare, in my experience, the DA 16-85 is outstanding, though the smc DA 15mm is wonderful too in that respect. So I think it may be a draw, with the exception that the DA 15 is better at starbursts, obviously more compact and all-metal, though not WR.
Forum: General Photography 09-09-2021, 08:19 PM  
advice and commentary sought for Yellowstone and Gran Tetons National Parks trips
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 108
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I got the 16-85 to replace my 18-135 for two reasons -- first, I got a DA 18-270 superzoom, and I really enjoy shooting at the 16-17mm wide end perspective, which I think is very noticeably wider compared to 18mm. With the 16-85mm, I don't feel like I need to carry my DA 15mm with me. I do miss the 18-135's lighter weight (which is noticeable as well) and smaller barrel size/diameter, and at times, I missed having the 86-135mm range. For this trip, since I had only one DSLR body with me, I had to change zoom lenses to my 55-300 if I knew I needed more than 85mm to get a shot. I'm sure there were times when I wouldn't have had to make that lens swap if 135mm was "good enough" of a telephoto. But I think I shot a fair amount of my landscape and wider angle shots at the 16mm end, rather than 18-20mm, perhaps in part because I knew I could always crop in post if necessary. If I still had my 18-135 (or if I took my 18-270 instead-- but did not because of lack of WR and it's not as fast in autofocusing at the telephoto end compared to the 55-300 PLM), I'm sure I would have either brought my DA 15mm, or used my Sigma 10-20mm more often.

My wife refuses to camp -- she needs a real bed and real bathroom facilities. She shuddered any time she had to use a compostable toilet or porta-potty during this trip. And my daughter was constantly worried about bears during our hikes, despite the fact that we carried bear spray and my kids deliberately made lots of noises to scare away the bears. On the heavily trafficked hiking routes with lots of people walking them, I doubt any bears would make an appearance!

---------- Post added 09-09-21 at 11:22 PM ----------



It's worth it for the history alone -- I can't imagine doing it by stagecoach back in the day. But as for seeing wildlife, as you probably know from your previous visits as well as trips to other national parks, there are no guarantees, and it depends a lot on luck. Sometimes we saw amazing things when we weren't expecting/looking for it (big elk suddenly crossing the road) and other times, we waited for an hour at an overlook in Hayden Valley, hoping to catch a glimpse of a white wolf, but all we ended up seeing was a lonely bison way out in the distance.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-09-2021, 10:37 AM  
anyone dealt with this vendor MPB ?? if so how was the results
Posted By seventysixersfan
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Yeah, you are right that it was my initial error that created this problem. But I'm also fairly convinced that had I not followed-up with them several times, I would never have gotten the refund. Again, over such a small amount of money, I probably shouldn't have made a fuss, but I guess I've gotten spoiled by instant refunds issued by the likes of Amazon, etc.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-09-2021, 08:51 AM  
anyone dealt with this vendor MPB ?? if so how was the results
Posted By seventysixersfan
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I've bought from them a few times and the lenses were as described. However, I had a minor issue that took a while to resolve -- got a used battery for my K-5 IIS (the D-LI90) but immediately realized I chose the wrong delivery address. I contacted them right away by email and chat, asking for a change in address. They couldn't change it in time but offered to reroute the package back to their warehouse, when they said they would refund my money and then put it back up for sale (and I could order again). But though the item was definitely returned to them (according to FedEx tracking) and I even saw it reappear for sale (I'm sure it was the same one), I didn't get my refund. It took nearly two months of me nagging them by email and even once by phone, for them to process the refund. Mind you, this was over a simple $18 charge, so I really didn't care that much, but had it been a much pricier item, I would have been far more upset and possibly even gotten my credit card company's dispute resolution process involved.

Despite this one difficult refund experience, I would still strongly consider buying from them again - their prices are very fair, if not even lower than similar offerings from Adorama, KEH, and B&H. Have not tried to sell my equipment to them, though.
Forum: General Photography 09-09-2021, 08:26 AM  
advice and commentary sought for Yellowstone and Gran Tetons National Parks trips
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 108
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A very quick review of my shots have made me very happy, but I need some time to really go through all them. my KP was outstanding, as was the speed of focusing of the PLM motor for the 55-300. And sadly we didn't see any grizzly bears, but the black bears were fairly close (though the 300mm end could only get entire body shots, and certainly no close up of faces). If I had to do this trip over again, I would have bought or rented the teleconverter. I'm not a professional and was traveling with my family (with two small kids), so I did not bring a tripod and shot everything handheld -- but I think the KP's excellent shake reduction system helped a lot.

---------- Post added 09-09-21 at 11:29 AM ----------



If I were driving, I definitely would have had no problems taking the ultrawide lenses. Actually, wished I had taken my DA 10-17 fisheye for some fun shots of the hotsprings and thermal pools. But I was flying with my family so space/weight in my luggage was definitely a consideration. And did long hikes so I didn't want to take more than one lens with me in my lightweight backpack.
Forum: General Photography 09-09-2021, 08:04 AM  
advice and commentary sought for Yellowstone and Gran Tetons National Parks trips
Posted By seventysixersfan
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north. start in Mammoth, end up near the roosevelt arch in gardiner.



I was driving, so I stopped the car and hopped out to take most shots. There were times when I shot from inside the car, either on my side or leaning over my wife in the passenger seat. But I preferred to get out of the car, as long as I was still a safe distance from wildlife. Some wildlife was super close to the car (especially those that crossed right in front) so the 55-300 was actually too tight and I used 16-85 instead. But for others, like bison that were grazing farther away, the 200-300mm range worked well. It's when you need to get coyote or wolf pictures that I wished I had a much farther reach -- those are smaller creatures obviously and don't get nearly as close to the roadside.

If you're looking for birds, like bald eagles, having greater telephoto is essential. I got some decent shots of bald eagles in the trees but needed to use the 300mm maximum end.
Forum: General Photography 09-09-2021, 07:44 AM  
advice and commentary sought for Yellowstone and Gran Tetons National Parks trips
Posted By seventysixersfan
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We flew to Jackson and flew back from Bozeman, so we knew we couldn't bring the bear spray on the plane. So rental made the most sense for us.

I think you'll be staying in Gardiner for part of this trip. Strongly recommend two restaurants there -- Yellowstone Pizza Company and Wonderland Cafe.

Also, our server at the Yellowstone Pizza Company recommended taking a gravel road (Old Gardiner Road) between Gardiner and Mammoth, which was the original stagecoach roads between those locations back in the day. We took them right before sunset and saw some awesome wildlife -- herd of elk, and some pronghorns. Very rough drive but your SUV should have no problem with them!
Forum: General Photography 09-09-2021, 07:08 AM  
advice and commentary sought for Yellowstone and Gran Tetons National Parks trips
Posted By seventysixersfan
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Hello there -- I recently returned from our 2 week vacation in GTNP and YNP and took over 2500 shots that I need to review/edit, probably will take me a while to get through! A few quick thoughts I have based on my experiences:

1. I brought one body, KP, and three lenses -- DA 16-85, DA 55-300 PLM, and Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6. The 16-85 and 55-300 were used daily, and 10-20 almost never used. I also had a compact Panasonic LX10 (1 inch sensor) camera that I used occasionally when carrying around my DSLR equipment was a pain. And in a pinch, I used my iphone 11 camera. The lesson for me is that I shouldn't have bothered bringing my Sigma 10-20 ultrawide lens. The 16mm end of my 16-85 was wide enough for most shots, and if not, I used the panorama shot on my iphone, or the "ultrawide" lens on my iphone.
2. Despite the additional baggage it would have involved, I should have brought my K-5 IIS body as well, so that I wouldn't have had to change lenses. Would have been great to have KP + 55-300 PLM and K-5 IIS + 16-85, ready to go at a moment's notice in the car, whenever I spotted wildlife or scenery and could quickly pull into a turnoff spot. Instead, I found myself often needing to change from 16-85 to the telephoto zoom, and sometimes I would miss the moose or elk that just ran across the road in front of me!
3. The 16-85 was a real workhorse and I was very pleased with its performance on this trip! Also, the 55-300 PLM got me very close to the many bison and elk I saw, and I even saw a black bear mom and her two cubs on the side of the road. The only time I felt the 55-300 PLM was not enough reach (and I don't own a HD 1.4x converter, sadly), was when we spotted a coyote in the distance. It would have been awesome to get a good picture of that!
4. I'm not a macro shooter and so I didn't bring my DA 35 macro or DFA 100 WR. No regrets there.
5. I also did not do any low light or indoor shooting on this trip. So no need for larger aperture lenses.
6. The national park service food for meals is terrible, particularly at Canyon Village in YNP. Seriously. It was never all that good before the pandemic, but now, there are so few servers, and the meal choices are down to just two options in many places. And there was a long line to get the food. We ended up buying bread and lunch meat (all overpriced) inside a general store, and making picnic lunches to eat after morning hikes. Food was better in GTNP because we ate in the town of Jackson. And when we were staying in Mammoth, we drove up to Gardiner, Montana, to eat in real restaurants.
7. The smoke/haze was a disappointment for GTNP though we had a few good days where we could see the mountains pretty well. If you're going to do much hiking, be sure to get to the trailhead parking lots early (by 9 am at latest) for the popular locations like the Jenny Lake loop. Signal mountain was a big bust for us due to the haze -- could barely see the valley, so I wish we hadn't made the drive up there. String Lake and Taggart Lake were my favorites in GTNP.
8. Rent bear spray and return at a Sinclair gas station. Seems better to me than buying bear spray and having to throw it away afterwards.

Have fun!!
-Brian
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-27-2021, 07:18 AM  
Giveaway: HD Pentax-FA 31/43/77mm | Enter here once per day until July 31st
Posted By seventysixersfan
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let's goooooooooooooooo!!!!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-27-2021, 07:17 AM  
Pentax User since 2008
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 12
Views: 249
hello and welcome. K-5 is an outstanding body -- I just got a K-5 IIS earlier this year and absolutely love how it handles. The best grip on any K-mount DSLR that I've owned. Have a good day!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-27-2021, 06:55 AM  
Hello to all
Posted By seventysixersfan
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hello!! K-70 is a great dslr. DA 18-135 is an excellent zoom, as is the DA 16-85. Or try a f/2.8 constant zoom like the Sigma or Tamron models that are reasonably priced, particularly used. For a prime, try a DA 35 f/2.4 plastic fantastic. happy shooting!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-25-2021, 08:27 PM  
2021 Pentax Lens Tournament HD Pentax-DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 Fish-Eye ED
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 4
Views: 128
beautiful colors in this image!!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-23-2021, 10:31 AM  
Hello from Russia!
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 19
Views: 538
welcome! K-30 is a great camera - have always loved the design of it.
Forum: General Photography 07-23-2021, 10:29 AM  
advice and commentary sought for Yellowstone and Gran Tetons National Parks trips
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 108
Views: 2,437
Hah! Sorry! I had been meaning to create a thread like yours, asking for advice on what camera gear to take, but you beat me to it. Figured I could just piggy back on this one!

appreciate the info about sunrise/sunset times!
Forum: General Photography 07-23-2021, 07:47 AM  
advice and commentary sought for Yellowstone and Gran Tetons National Parks trips
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 108
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I'm also headed to both NPs but at the end of August. Bringing KP + 16-85, 55-300 PLM, and Sigma 10-20. Toying with the idea of packing the Fisheye DA 10-17mm (instead of Sigma 10-20) to save space in carry-on luggage. Possibly also my DA 35mm macro, and DA 70mm. A bit worried about the smoke/hazy skies but hoping they improve in a month. Have a nice trip!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-23-2021, 07:33 AM  
Please show me your SMC-F lens collection
Posted By seventysixersfan
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I have only owned two smc-F series lenses-- the 35-70mm and 28mm -- and sold both, with some regret. They were fine performers, excellent optically, and among the fastest autofocus I have experienced -- so much so, it feels violent. Here is the F 28mm on my old K-x, and on my K-01. I took a picture of my 35-70mm before I sold it, though it's not mounted on my camera:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-21-2021, 09:58 AM  
Giveaway: HD Pentax-FA 31/43/77mm | Enter here once per day until July 31st
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 2,870
Views: 57,464
in for a penny, in for a pound
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-21-2021, 09:58 AM  
Hello Pentaxians
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 15
Views: 327
welcome! nice collection of camera gear you have.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-21-2021, 09:55 AM  
Introduction
Posted By seventysixersfan
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Greetings to you!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-20-2021, 09:27 PM  
new here
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Hello and welcome!!
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