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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 5 Days Ago  
Wide angle lenses
Posted By niblue
Replies: 22
Views: 968
I used to have a FA* 24mm F2 back in my film days and, now I've got the K1, really wish I kept it. I might try and get hold of another but for the moment I'm happy with the Sigma 24mm F1.8 although that is a pretty big lens in comparison.

Still not sure what I'm going to do for ultra wide. I've got a Sigma 14mm F2.8 but don't rate it, and have recently got one of the manual focus Samyang 14mm F2.8's but haven't had a chance to use it much yet (although I've seen enough to know it's a lot better than the Sigma).

Mostly for wide angle I'm using a Tokina ATX-Pro 20-35mm F2.8 which is a good lens and not to big & heavy.
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-13-2019, 01:37 AM  
Best wide angle lens for K-1?
Posted By niblue
Replies: 409
Views: 66,399
That 4mm difference is a big one for me and I find a 24-70 a lot more useful than a 28-75. The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 is a decent alternative to the Pentax lens and can be found a lot cheaper - I paid 199 for mine.
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-12-2019, 01:05 AM  
Best wide angle lens for K-1?
Posted By niblue
Replies: 409
Views: 66,399
I cover wide angle with my K1 using a few lenses. My standard lens is a 24-70mm F2.8 (the Sigma one), because 24mm is perhaps my favourite focal length. For wider than that I have couple of Tokina's - one is the 20-35mm F2.8 (which is great) and the other is a consumer spec 19-35. (which is surprisingly decent) If I want to go really wide I've got 14mm primes - originally the Sigma F2.8 (which is rubbish) and now the Samyang 14mm F2.8.

On APS-C I used to use a Sigma 10-20mm and that was very decent as well as being pretty wide (15-30mm equivalent on full-frame). I'd quite like an equivalent to that range on FF to save a bit of lens switching - but I'm not quite ready yet to drop the cash on the Pentax 15-30.
Forum: General Talk 03-07-2019, 02:34 AM  
Your motorcycle - flog it please, say why you love it and do you use it to shoot?
Posted By niblue
Replies: 23
Views: 845
I've got a bit of a fleet but will start off with my main bike, which is a 2009 Honda CBF1000GT which I've owned since new:


---------- Post added 03-07-19 at 02:37 AM ----------



One of my bikes is a Honda "thumper" - an XBR500 from 1987:

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-06-2019, 01:26 PM  
Sigma 14mm F2.8 question
Posted By niblue
Replies: 5
Views: 460
One thing I quite like to do with a super-wide is take night shots of building and street lights etc. and the Sigma is useless for that. I'm assuming it might just be the copy I have which I suspect is knackered.

Anyway I've added a Samyang 14mm F2.8 to the collection and from a first play that seems a lot better than the Sigma.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-04-2019, 02:57 AM  
Introduction
Posted By niblue
Replies: 14
Views: 329
Welcome.

Personally I'd consider looking at a K10D as those can be had cheap and they're a big leap up from the *ist DS.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-04-2019, 01:56 AM  
Travelling with primes
Posted By niblue
Replies: 25
Views: 1,298
I have the 10-17 and did usually carry it when I was still APS-C but find I didn't use it that much. I did also carry a 10-20mm Sigma (the first and cheaper version) and that did get a lot of use - I found it a very good lens. It's now been passed onto my son along with my old K10D and he's also using it a lot.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 03-04-2019, 01:54 AM  
Wildcamping with camera gear.
Posted By niblue
Replies: 55
Views: 1,189
I went through a tent buying phase a few years back which means I have loads of tents up the loft, most of them lightweight ones. As well as the Laser Competition (bought cheap in an end-of-season sale) and that Vango in the photograph (and for some reasons I've got 2 of the single man version of that as well as a 2-man), I've also got another lightweight Terra Nova (can't remember what one though!), a Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 (bought on a US trip) and a very light 2-man plus another very light 2-man also bought on a US trip.

I really should get rid of most of them as I'm only really like to use the Laser Compeition if it's just myself, or the 2-person US one that I've forgotten the name of when I'm with my wife.
Forum: General Talk 03-04-2019, 01:38 AM  
What is better...... Apple or PC ?
Posted By niblue
Replies: 111
Views: 2,537
If you're purchasing a computer just for image manipulation and can afford a decent Mac and like the ergonomics then Apple would indeed be a decent option.

I think they days are very much long gone where Apple could be viewed as either the only viable option or indeed the best option though. These days a decent Microsoft PC or laptop is also very capable for image processing and in fact I tend to mostly use either my office laptop (which is an Lenovo i7 with 16GB of RAM, an SSD and decent graphics capability) or my home Alienware gaming laptop which is also very capable. Both laptops get used with a nice curved screen Samsung screen that was not expensive.

I wouldn't be as keen to use a cheap PC or laptop and sadly it's often those that get compared (for performance and reliability) to Macs costing many times more.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-04-2019, 01:31 AM  
Love / Hate with the HD D FA50/1.4
Posted By niblue
Replies: 26
Views: 1,475
I've still got some soft focus filters that I occasionally used back in my film days when I shot more portraits and used the mighty FA* 85mm F1.4. I used to sometimes deliberately over-expose shots as well, as that helped smoothing skin tone - especially in B&W.

I haven't done much portraiture with the FA* 85mm F1.4 and my K1 since I got the latter, but suspect I might need to dust down the soft-focus filters.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 03-04-2019, 01:27 AM  
Wildcamping with camera gear.
Posted By niblue
Replies: 55
Views: 1,189
There are a few places in Scotland that are easy to camp near a car that are similarily problematic - Glen Etive being one, and another being near the A93 leading into Braemar.

The wild camping legislation in Scotland actually excludes "car camping" but I don't think many people realise that.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-04-2019, 01:25 AM  
Pentax MX/ K-mount lens questions from a film SLR newbie
Posted By niblue
Replies: 12
Views: 387
I used to quite like the 40mm F2.8 pancake on my MX although it was more due to size than anything else as I didn't find the 40mm focal length all that useful.

IMHO the 31mm limited would be a good choice if you're going to share the lens between a film camera and a DSLR. Otherwise it's quite an expensive option with a lot of capabilty (e.g. AF and the A aperture position) that the MX can't use - although optically of course it'll be great.

If you fancy a play with something cheap then the 37mm F2.8 Mir-1b in M42 is a nice lens, as is the Meyer Optik Lydith 30mm F3.5 - also in M42.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-04-2019, 01:18 AM  
K1 II - best legacy budget lens on the best price to IQ value ratio for the lowest $
Posted By niblue
Replies: 61
Views: 2,791
I have a K1 but nearly all the lenses I shoot with it are older lenses. The main reasons for that are partly because a lot of them I already had from my film days, but also because a lot of them can be had cheaply second hand.

The most common lens I use with my K1 is a Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 that was under 200 2nd hand. I'm absolutely willing to accept that the very latest Pentax 24-70 F2.8 is a better lens, however the quality difference will be a lot smaller than the cost margin! Other common lenses I use with it are a Sigma 24mm F1.8 (also bought 2nd had for under 200) and F2.8 Tokina ATX-Pro's, one a 20-35mm and the other the 80-200. Both of those I already owned but they're not that expensive to pick up used either.

Anyway my vote for a cheap lens with great IQ to use with the K1 would be the 28mm F2 Vivitar. Those are pretty cheap (cheaper than the also very good 24mm F2) and both the Kiron and Komine versions are very good.
Forum: General Talk 03-04-2019, 01:09 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By niblue
Replies: 15,726
Views: 1,054,422
Not an actual purchase but the 75mm F2.8 for my 645 system did just turn up in one of the drawers in my study. I couldn't find it when I was checking over my 645 stuff and was even thinking that maybe I'd sold it a few years back.

I've also had a Sigma 135-400mm and a SMC-M 135mm F3.5 arrive. I'm also hoping for something later in the week when it's my birthday. Hopefully something to replace the Sigma 14mm which is pretty much useless in any kind of "into the light" situation.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 03-04-2019, 01:06 AM  
Wildcamping with camera gear.
Posted By niblue
Replies: 55
Views: 1,189
In Scotland it's nice that wild camping is possible pretty much anywhere - the law is different in England and there are more restrictions there. I occasionally wander up into the hills above my house (The Pentlands) and camp up on the hillltops there:



That was quite a nice little tent however I've moved onto a lighter one now - a Terra Nova Laser.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-27-2019, 02:52 PM  
Ideal lens set-up for an LX
Posted By niblue
Replies: 39
Views: 1,382
I've got quite a nice manual focus macro lens, a Vivitar 55mm F2.8 that does 1:1. I can't see myself shooting any macro with the LX though - I don't think I've got the patience for it with a film camera, so I'm more likely to stick to digital for that.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-25-2019, 08:24 AM  
Ideal lens set-up for an LX
Posted By niblue
Replies: 39
Views: 1,382
The SMC-M 135mm F3.5 arrived so, with an SMC-M 50mm F1.7 and a Vivitar 28mm F2, that's my initial set of lenses for the LX complete:

Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 02-25-2019, 03:45 AM  
Wildcamping with camera gear.
Posted By niblue
Replies: 55
Views: 1,189
What I do when hiking now is to carry my K1 on a decent strap with one lense mounted, and carry another two lenses in the side pockets of my rucksack (and might use drybags if the weather is inclement - which it often is here in Scotland)! If it rains heavily I either put my camera under my waterproof or into the rucksack. A waist pack sounds an interesting idea however I'm not sure how well that'd work with heavier kit.

Rannoch moor can be pretty rough BTW - not sure how well Naismiths will hold up for that although I haven't done that track so it might be ok.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-25-2019, 03:36 AM  
Birds on a Budget
Posted By niblue
Replies: 38
Views: 1,624
I had been either using a Sigma 70-300 APO (which is pretty good) or a Tokina ATX-Pro 80-200 F2.8 with a 2x TC (which is sharp but heavy and also with a fair bit of CA from the TC). Wasn't really satisfied with either though so have just picked up a fairly cheap Sigma 135-400 to try out.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-25-2019, 03:32 AM  
Travelling with primes
Posted By niblue
Replies: 25
Views: 1,298
If you're travelling along and have plenty of time for photography then primes can be great - they often slow down the photography process (i.e. working out how best to frame without the help of a zoom) which can result in better shots.

I find it a bit of a no-no when travelling with my wife though as she soon gets frustrated by the amount of time I'm taking. For that reason when we're in tourist mode I'll still use a DSLR most of the time but will stick to just 2 or 3 zoom lenses.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 02-25-2019, 03:28 AM  
Europe Holiday
Posted By niblue
Replies: 6
Views: 279
You're visiting my hometown - Edinburgh - as part of what looks a great trip.

I'd agree with the previous poster who recommended getting something wider. On APS-C my most used lenses when travelling are the Sigma 10-20mm and the Pentax 16-45mm F4, both of which can be had cheap 2nd hand.

I've got the 10-17 fisheye as well and while it's a fun lens it'd get an awful lot less use than something like the Sigma 10-20 in my experience (I often carried both).
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-25-2019, 03:23 AM  
Thematic Street Photography (No, Not THAT Street Photography) - Share Your Shots of the Roads
Posted By niblue
Replies: 2,610
Views: 149,542
One from the north west of Scotland - K10D and the 16-45mm F4.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-24-2019, 12:26 PM  
Covering the spectrum from ultra wide to moderate tele with the K-1
Posted By niblue
Replies: 10
Views: 965
There are some 3rd party options to consider - in fact that's what I mostly use with my K1. My standard K1 kit is: Tokina ATX-Pro 20-35mm F2.8, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8, Tokina ATX-Pro 80-200 F2.8. While I'm sure the Pentax equivalents may well be better these lenses are very good but a hell of a lot cheaper. For ultra-wide I'm currently using the 14mm Sigma but it's a very flawed lens so I'm considering the Rokinon/Samyang as a replacement. I do have a load of primes (even an FA* one) and do switch them in from time to time but the F2.8 zooms are the lenses I find I use the most.

Someone also mentioned the Tokina 19-35mm and for a consumer spec lens that's also very good and can be had very cheap - I think I paid 25 or so for the one I have.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-24-2019, 03:30 AM  
Don't buy yet another lens, buy a newer monitor!
Posted By niblue
Replies: 15
Views: 827
I've recently switched to one of the Samsung curved monitors to replace an earlier flat screen monitor that while decent, was so old it didn't even have an HDMI input.

These Samsungs are pretty well priced and very good value IMHO.
Forum: General Talk 02-24-2019, 03:27 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By niblue
Replies: 15,726
Views: 1,054,422
I've been looking for a longer lens to use with the K1 for wildlife and the likes - it's not something I wanted to splash a lot of cash as it's not a primary type of photography for me, but I did want AF as I'm not getting any younger! Anyway what looks like a decent copy of the Sigma 135-400 came up on Ebay for about 180 so I've snapped that up and am looking forward to it arriving next week.
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