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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-25-2017, 04:03 AM  
top FA series lenses.
Posted By DHA
Replies: 40
Views: 3,061
I've had both and trust me...they are not identical. Much better bokeh rendering from my copy of the F.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-25-2017, 03:55 AM  
top FA series lenses.
Posted By DHA
Replies: 40
Views: 3,061
I kept my F50mm F1:1.4 because it is that good. I actually sold my 31mm and 77mm because they weren't as sharp and the bokeh on my older 50 was better. To each their own. Mind you, the F50mm is a difficult lens to find.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-08-2016, 02:23 AM  
People Fuji Guy until my K1 arrives later this year....
Posted By DHA
Replies: 2
Views: 550
Haven't posted here in awhile. I'm a life long Pentax guy, and still have some great Pentax glass (and a K3 back in Carolina), but for the past year I've been using Fuji and am very, very happy after a few initial hiccups with some AF issues. That being said, I'm stoked to get my hands on the K1 when I get back stateside the end of this month. Here's a few from my Fuji X-E2 and the XF 18-55mm of late. I'm hoping the K1 will provide similar results and even better in low light. Don


OOOOPS....I guess you have to donate to this forum to upload photos. Hmmmm, I can't recall this being the case. Oh, well, off to the Fuji Forum where no such restriction applies. Don
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-13-2016, 11:54 AM  
Which Books for Lightroom 5 and PSE?
Posted By DHA
Replies: 6
Views: 699
Yes, he's the best, IMHO. I haven't used him for Essentials, but LR and PS he is unparalleled.
Forum: Pentax Q 02-11-2016, 09:30 AM  
Pentax Q7, Fujinon 25mm 1.4
Posted By DHA
Replies: 10
Views: 2,340
Bokeh is just frightful IMHO. Otherwise...not much going on.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-06-2016, 09:29 AM  
Black & White Surf City after the Southern Winter Storm
Posted By DHA
Replies: 3
Views: 663
Here's another one with that compressed look. I kind of like, especially with the blurred background from the strong sea mist. Don
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-05-2016, 06:18 PM  
Black & White Surf City after the Southern Winter Storm
Posted By DHA
Replies: 3
Views: 663
What a week can bring to these parts. Here's one from the beach this past Wednesday at Surf City, Topsail Island, NC, with the mercury north of 70F. And to think, we had a winter storm last weekend. Such is life. Don
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 01-09-2016, 06:47 PM  
Thinking of switching from fuji to pentax need some advice
Posted By DHA
Replies: 28
Views: 3,206
I concur, I'm a Fuji and Pentax shooter and if it were me I'd wait until I saw what comes down the pipe. You have excellent Fuji glass and I don't know if you'll find any improved performance with any APSC from Pentax. I love what my Fuji JPegs give me in B/W settings. I can't duplicate those images with my K3 and any of my stellar Pentax and Sigma lenses. I wish I could. That being said, I love my Sigma macros and teles on my Pentax. It's a strange world with many choices. Keep your Fuji system and research what the Pentax FF will give you....but only buy FF Pentax glass IMHO. Get some of those F or FA 50mms....and stay away from the Limiteds that are now made in Vietnam...they aren't the same quality as their Japan versions. Don
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-01-2016, 02:59 PM  
People A Long, Long Time Ago......
Posted By DHA
Replies: 36
Views: 2,218
Great stuff, James, and she was and is a beauty. You, on the other hand...must have been the Christian in her.
All the best in 2016. Don
Forum: Sold Items 12-21-2015, 08:10 AM  
For Sale - Sold: SIGMA EX 180mm f/3.5 APO IF MACRO for Pentax - RARE!
Posted By DHA
Replies: 9
Views: 1,753
FWIIW, I own the EX DG version of this lens and I, too, got rid of all my Pentax, Tokina, Tamron, etc., macros when I worked this magical lens. It is the finest macro lens I have ever used and a beautiful mid-range telephoto. It is a special lens, IMHO. Don
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-13-2015, 08:42 AM  
Question on Sigma USB Dock for new Sigma Contemporary Lenses
Posted By DHA
Replies: 8
Views: 1,324
Perhaps this has been dealt with before, but I just bought a Sigma Contemporary Zoom lens and should have it in a couple of days. Question: Will I need to purchase the Sigma USB Dock to make any minor AF adjustments to this lens if required, or can I use my K3 to make adjustments and if so, how??? I've been using Sigma lenses over the years and must be a fortunate fellow because none of my lenses have required an AF adjustment. Thanks for any comments on this. Don
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-13-2015, 08:33 AM  
DISCONTINUED - Pentax DA* 50-135mm
Posted By DHA
Replies: 23
Views: 3,299
[/COLOR]Yep, long live Pentax SDM lenses...one reason why I shoot only Sigma EX DG lenses, and a couple of old Pentax clunkers.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-10-2015, 07:15 AM  
movement
Posted By DHA
Replies: 8
Views: 452
Well done. I'll nominate.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-10-2015, 07:07 AM  
Bicycle Racing
Posted By DHA
Replies: 1
Views: 455
Great composition and fills the contest rules. I like. Nominated. Don
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-10-2015, 07:05 AM  
Perpendicular direction: Payette River & Clouds
Posted By DHA
Replies: 10
Views: 572
Yes, I like the composition, light and ND filter effect with this one. Good stuff. Nominated. Don
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-30-2015, 12:29 PM  
Landscape Taquendama Falls, Outside Bogota, Colombia
Posted By DHA
Replies: 4
Views: 868
Thanks, Norm, leaving Colombia tomorrow, and we'll be home in Canada for the Xmas season in a short while. All the best. Don
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-29-2015, 04:15 PM  
Landscape A Good Time to Return Home?
Posted By DHA
Replies: 4
Views: 541
Craig: Great image. Isn't the valley and waters frozen by now?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-29-2015, 04:10 PM  
Landscape Taquendama Falls, Outside Bogota, Colombia
Posted By DHA
Replies: 4
Views: 868
Actually, what I heard from other venerable forum members was that both you and he got banned at the same time, and it was only by the two of you re-inventing yourselves that you both managed to wiggle your way back onto this illustrious forum. Now, I'm not gonna tell anyone, providing you keep the tree rat posts at a minimum. Your bud, Don......and if I see that questionable character down this way, I'll let him know that he's still a fond memory to many.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-28-2015, 02:12 PM  
Nature Tree Hugger
Posted By DHA
Replies: 9
Views: 626
I don't usually comment on squirrels because I often awake and find my comments have been distorted out of context by others. It's enough to make a man go to Walmart for another tree rat popper. Don
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-28-2015, 11:08 AM  
Landscape Taquendama Falls, Outside Bogota, Colombia
Posted By DHA
Replies: 4
Views: 868
Wife and I went there yesterday in misty weather. Only had the SMC F50mm, F1.4, and DAL 15-55mm kit lens. I did have my remote and a ND 10 stop filter along. I actually handheld the filter for the 50mm lens and hoped for the best with the camera sitting on a flat railing. Images were processed in Lightroom to improve clarity and saturation. Thanks for looking, Don
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-26-2015, 11:49 AM  
Travel Villa de Leyva...Colombia S.A.
Posted By DHA
Replies: 1
Views: 602
3 hours outside of Bogota, up and down a ravine in the Andes Mountains, lies the old colonial town of Villa de Leyva. In recent years, Colombian tourists flock to the scenic pueblo during peak vacation. For those from afar, it's a recommended visit. Geralyn and I went earlier this week when the famous old stone plaza and hotels were sparsely populated. What stood out for me was a peace/calm in the air; dogs, sheep and children came and went in the clean, thin mountain air, locals wandered from café to café, and the old Plaza church featured a celebration-of-Mary processional out and down a stone-cobbled street. G and I took it all in, walked the streets the next morning, bought some local yarn, visited a couple of local Museos, and sat in cafes, enjoying the strong coffee (tinto) and sugar-coated churros (donuts filled with caramel).

Would we recommend a visit to the old Spanish colonial town? Absolutely! The views alone of the Andes valleys, hills and green mountain fields are in themselves worth the trip. Here are some images of our visit. All the best, Don

(P.S. Exif should read K3 and SMC F 50mm, F1:1.4 for all images.)
Forum: General Talk 11-23-2015, 08:17 AM  
Hiking/work boot recommendation?
Posted By DHA
Replies: 19
Views: 1,544
Top of the line Merrell's are hard to beat. I took a pair of hiking boots to China in 2007 and still have them and in excellent condition. Stay away from the Mephisto line of European hiking boots. I bought two pair when I went to China in 2010 and they're both worn out. Their quality has gone down considerably since they started making them all over Europe and God knows where.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-22-2015, 02:11 PM  
Streets Emerald District, Bogota
Posted By DHA
Replies: 2
Views: 628
A brave man, or a man who knows better? A chicken by any name is still a chicken. LOL
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-21-2015, 12:52 PM  
It's final: Teleconverters Suck
Posted By DHA
Replies: 49
Views: 3,942
Well, I certainly didn't think I was trolling, being a loyal Pentax user since istD days. The title to the thread wanted ya'll to read it and make your own determinations; although, I made my
mind up on TCs a long, long time ago. They just aren't very good, and they're going the way of the dinosaur with more and more megapix bodies. Now, ya'll can shoot lamp posts as Brandx over in DPR and tell yourselves that TCs are OK and serve a purpose, but I've moved on. And a good day to all.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-21-2015, 10:02 AM  
Streets Emerald District, Bogota
Posted By DHA
Replies: 2
Views: 628
Colombia mines the finest emeralds in the world, about 3 hours by car from Bogota. There's a street of emerald shops in La Candelaria where deals can be had, or so my wife tells me. Here's an image with the wife in one of the several shops behind the fellow in the white fedora. No, emeralds do not come cheap, even in Bogota.
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