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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
From Fuji to Pentax? May be yes, may be not.
Posted By pres589
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The motor is distinct from the DC motor in lenses like the DA 18-135 and the PLM motor in the 55-300 PLM, at least in nomenclature. You may be correct that it works on the K-5 series, in which case, cool. I hadn't heard that although this lens is so far from my grasp it might as well say "Milvus" on the side.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
From Fuji to Pentax? May be yes, may be not.
Posted By pres589
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K-3 also has the KAF4 mount where as K-5's are KAF3. There are a couple lenses sold today by Ricoh that do not function properly on the K-5 due to this difference. This trend will continue and is probably worth knowing if comparing bodies including the K-5/II/IIs. I do not personally find it limiting as the lenses in question do not interest me much. These are the 55-300 PLM WR RE telezoom and the DFA*50 1.4. Both are nice but there are alternative lenses out there.
Forum: Lens Clubs 2 Days Ago  
24mm Club - Any and All 24mm
Posted By pres589
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pepperberry, what do you think of the 01B vs 01BB? I'm afraid what it's going to cost to have my 01BB "straightened out" (barrel is misaligned like it was dropped) and wondering if getting a cheaper 01B is smarter money than having the 01BB fixed. Forum reviews seem to say the 01BB is much better optically but I trust someone that's had both more.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 2 Days Ago  
Push Portra 400 or Not?
Posted By pres589
Replies: 12
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It shows some results that are kind of not so hot and doesn't give information about how he altered the development process to achieve a push. The article does include a diagram with times used during normal machine processing of C-41 but doesn't tell us how he did it differently at home.

This is something I've tried to do, the telling of times and concentrations and such, in my Clayton F76 thread. If nothing else, it's started to become a quick and useful reference for myself to use.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 5 Days Ago  
Clayton F76!
Posted By pres589
Replies: 27
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I made a very half-hearted attempt at stand development with F76 and Ultramax 400. I think there might be something workable with that combination but I don't know that it's really worth the bother. Meaning, I could see going through a lot of film to try and figure out the right combination of time and developer concentration.

---------- Post added 12-07-18 at 11:44 PM ----------

First attempt at a two stop push of Foma 400 in F76; this is 1+9 concentration, 21 degrees C, and I used 19.5 minutes of development time. Very gentle agitation which may help keep the grain in check. Here's some results;





Both shots taken with my M 50 1.4. I don't think I quite nailed it on development time. I called Freestyle for guidance and they gave a very loose "2.25 x normal dev time with F76 for a two stop push, so for this, try 18 minutes" approximation. Looking at the Massive Dev Chart and D-76 times for Foma 400, I estimated I would need 21 minutes of development time. So I averaged the two amounts of time. Negatives came out a bit thin on some shots; I think I would have failed the cat test but the cat wasn't around while I had this roll loaded in my camera. Next time I might try a full 22 minutes of dev time.

There's obvious grain here but I don't find it distracting. I actually kind of like it although I don't think it would work with every shot I could think to take with a camera.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 6 Days Ago  
From Fuji to Pentax? May be yes, may be not.
Posted By pres589
Replies: 190
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I was thinking about this and how a film SLR is a pretty compact thing with the right lens attached. Would an XT-2 or similar feel like an MX or LX in-hand? I like the look of the control layout on the Fuji's like the XT-2. There are a few compact primes available for the X mount that seem like they would get pretty close to my Ricoh SLR and Pentax M 50 1.7 as far as weight, size, and handling. The control layout to the mid-grade Olympus M43 cameras just look kind of jumbled and less easy to scan at a glance. Kind of like the KP, if I'm honest.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-05-2018, 08:05 AM  
Sigma 14mm F2.8
Posted By pres589
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If you can live without AF, the Samyang 14 f2.8 is a very affordable way to get that kind of field of view.

There's also the Sigma and Tamron 17-35's. I've not touched either, they are probably kind of rare, but they're more wide than your 20-35.

I like my Tamron 17 SP Adaptall-2. Everything is great about it really save for the hood being where the filter threads are. It's less than 1/2 the size of the Samyang and I think it is worthy of consideration.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-04-2018, 11:01 AM  
From Fuji to Pentax? May be yes, may be not.
Posted By pres589
Replies: 190
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I have no opinion due to no first-hand experience. The physical size looks good. There is an appeal to having a camera that is more "classically sized" than something like a Pentax K-r or K-5, etc.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-04-2018, 08:27 AM  
From Fuji to Pentax? May be yes, may be not.
Posted By pres589
Replies: 190
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So what is it?
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 12-03-2018, 08:52 PM  
Clayton F76!
Posted By pres589
Replies: 27
Views: 1,282
How about another round of F76 and Ultramax 400?



1+9, 7.5 minutes, traditional development scheme. This is 30 seconds longer than what I used the last time I did this. I think I like the 7 minute results better. I was using a new to me camera as well, a Ricoh Singlex TLS, and I think I need to shoot slightly over-exposed if I can help it next time around. Not bad results but could be better.
Forum: Pentax K-1 12-03-2018, 03:26 PM  
which 50 (or 55)
Posted By pres589
Replies: 19
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It is now $150 delta between the Tokina and the Pentax here in the USA per the big retailers. While still annoying it isn't as annoying as it had been.
Forum: Pentax K-1 12-03-2018, 02:09 PM  
which 50 (or 55)
Posted By pres589
Replies: 19
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On my manual focus film camera, I use the M 50 1.7 with a 49mm to 37mm step-down ring, a slim-frame UV filter mounted inside the step-down ring (so it doesn't extend past the ring, the ring is forms the most outer face), and a slip-on cap meant to fit over 49mm filter threading. The step-down ring acts as a so-so hood, sort of like the DA 40 Ltd's hood. It's a very compact package; I take the camera on group runs a lot lately and this makes for a low-profile package.

On my crop digital I have a DA 50 1.8. It is excellent for what it is; an ounces-heavy inexpensive lens that works well for portraits. No weirdness with step-down rings here.

If I wanted a better 50ish for my manual film camera, and I didn't care about cost or size, I would be looking for a 55mm f1.2 from Ricoh or Porst, etc. They all seem decent, though some are more decent than others. I also really like my M 40 2.8 but it isn't so great for low light, obviously.

if I wanted a better portraits lens for my crop digital camera, I would get a DA 70 Ltd, probably an HD version, due to smoother OoF rendering per the rounded aperture blades it received. The DA*55 1.4 also seems quite good but I would want something a little longer and more compact.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-02-2018, 07:42 AM  
The M Club!
Posted By pres589
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M 50 1.4 can be fun on crop for portraits.

I find my M 50 1.7 wide open to be pretty sharp and very sharp by f4. I only grab its bigger 1.4 brother if I know I'm going to need that extra 1/2 stop when shooting film.

I really like my M 28 2.8 mk2, M 40, and M 50 1.7. I really should spend more time with my M 85 and I want to get an M 20.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-01-2018, 06:35 PM  
The M Club!
Posted By pres589
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iheiramo: Scary to think that Black Friday has made its way to Finland. Good shots shared. Seems like the M 120 might be a good portraits lens on full frame. I continue to be impressed by your ability to focus these lenses well on modern cameras.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-30-2018, 01:28 PM  
From Fuji to Pentax? May be yes, may be not.
Posted By pres589
Replies: 190
Views: 4,549
The K-5 II and IIs are kind of next-gen beyond the K-r. The low light / high-ISO performance of the K-5 series is quite good even by today's standards and the II/IIs have improved autofocus performance. It's also proven to be a very reliable body (not that the K-r isn't, it's just that the K-5 series seems especially well built / tough).

The price difference should, however, help you get better glass, to the point that you might get a used DA 50 1.8 in good condition for what you save going with a K-r over a K-5 II/IIs. That lens is nothing to sneeze at and on crop provides a very useful field of view as well as light grabbing well beyond general purpose zoom lenses can provide.

A used DA 50 1.8, a used Sigma 24mm f2.8 AF or a Pentax 18-55 WR, and a K-r or K-5 II with a couple new batteries should come in well under the budget you mentioned if I remember right. That kind of kit should give you a good taste of what life with a crop Pentax DSLR is like.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-30-2018, 09:43 AM  
From Fuji to Pentax? May be yes, may be not.
Posted By pres589
Replies: 190
Views: 4,549
What are K-5II and K-5IIs cameras going for in that part of the world? They still seem like a good sweet spot to shop in.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 11-30-2018, 08:24 AM  
Push Portra 400 or Not?
Posted By pres589
Replies: 12
Views: 501
Ooh, yeah, good call.

I should order a c-41 dev kit and try to mess around with this myself and see what kind of results I can get.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 11-30-2018, 07:56 AM  
Push Portra 400 or Not?
Posted By pres589
Replies: 12
Views: 501
So what's going on with examples like this?

Mat Marrash: Pushing Kodak Portra - The Film Photography Project

Etc etc etc. There's a lot of folks putting info & images online concerning push processing. What happened when you tried pushing c-41?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-29-2018, 10:23 PM  
What is the status of 3rd party lens releases?
Posted By pres589
Replies: 24
Views: 795
Can you not mount the camera to something solid so the camera isn't standing on the lens? Like a tripod with the center post inverted. That's how I'm copying 35mm negatives.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-29-2018, 01:16 PM  
From Fuji to Pentax? May be yes, may be not.
Posted By pres589
Replies: 190
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.... what are you even talking about?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-29-2018, 12:47 PM  
What is the status of 3rd party lens releases?
Posted By pres589
Replies: 24
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Sometimes there isn't a good Pentax option. What have they sold that is like the Sigma 28mm F1.8 DG EX? The FA 31 is kind of close but field of view isn't wide enough for my tastes (I wish the Sigma was more like 25mm if I'm honest) and I like having autofocus on my digital camera. Or the situation with the DA* 16-50 being so much more money for not so much performance gain (if any) over the Tamron or Sigma 17-50's. Then there's just completely out there lenses like the Sigma 18-35 f1.8; nothing close to that from Pentax.

This can be said of every system and brand, though. When I go looking at Canon or Nikon systems I keep wondering where their DA 15 Ltd equivalent is. Or FA 77. Or how Pentax seemingly did so much better with the DA 40 XS and Ltd's vs. the 40 STM.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-29-2018, 11:31 AM  
What is the status of 3rd party lens releases?
Posted By pres589
Replies: 24
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I think there are some Sigma's that were available in k-mount that are no longer in production which were also IF Macro's.

I don't really understand the need for this although I do like IF lenses. I don't think I own any, they just always seem nice the few times I've handled them.

Not to be exclusionary but it sounds like you're better off staying with Nikon OR you need to rethink your requirements.
Forum: General Photography 11-29-2018, 10:33 AM  
Okay, sports fans, what is on your XMAS list and why.
Posted By pres589
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At some point soon I would like to own a good copy of the M 20 f4. I would also like a Chinon CE-5. The pair for $400 USD is probably all I can/should spend on photog stuff right now outside of some developer chemicals.

Lower priorities, I may try to find a better copy of the Tamron 01BB 24mm Adaptall-2. A 50 or 55 f1.2 would be nice but not something I'm really missing right now.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-29-2018, 10:26 AM  
What is the status of 3rd party lens releases?
Posted By pres589
Replies: 24
Views: 795
Sigma, Tokina, and Tamron have all stopped selling new lenses in k-mount, basically. There are a few expections but they carry Pentax branding and are reworked to some degree by Pentax. I don't understand the Tokina 50mm f1.4 Opera business arrangement but the easy take-away is nothing new from those companies. They are, as you put it, leaving us in the cold. Existing designs are still on the market but may or may not still be in active production.

At this point the only new 3rd party designs coming with a k-mount on the bottom are manual focus lenses from Samyang, Venus Optics, and others like that.

If there are lenses from Sigma, Tamron, or Tokina that you would like to use that do not exist for k-mount today, you should look at a body that supports those lenses, like from Sony, Canon, or Nikon. There's also some really great glass from Pentax for a Pentax camera.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-29-2018, 09:42 AM  
From Fuji to Pentax? May be yes, may be not.
Posted By pres589
Replies: 190
Views: 4,549
I don't see high-ISO performance mentioned here. I believe the K-70 and KP both will squarely beat any APS-C camera from Fuji. This seems to be something Pentax does quite well in comparison to other competing brands.
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