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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-24-2018, 04:13 PM  
Where to pick up a used bargain lens in traditional brick 'n' mortar store ?
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 26
Views: 995
I found the best prices to be on stock that was not on the website, but either on the top shelf or in the stockroom. The higher prices are often goods that have been serviced. Buy as is would be my advice.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-24-2018, 03:30 PM  
Where to pick up a used bargain lens in traditional brick 'n' mortar store ?
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 26
Views: 995
Soperfect Images is a hidden gem. Tucked away in The Barbican in Plymouth, the stock is far larger than the website can keep up with. The owner, Russell, regularly purchases stock from specialist auctions and will post worldwide.

Do not browse if you have any symptoms of LBA or CBA.....

Camera shop Plymouth
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-11-2018, 01:38 PM  
The Tammy Club!
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 2,727
Views: 455,229
I had one of these about five years ago, then sold it in the first phase of going digital. I can't say that I had missed it until this summer, when it dawned on me that I had often made use of the 1.4m near focus.

I found one last week, quite by chance, whilst on a business trip.

Welcome back:
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-09-2018, 11:36 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 29,992
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Now then, where to post this....Macro, Tammy or here?

I am a fan of long macros, sneaking up on insects in the field and making use of their greater working distance. The limit is then the near focus.

My 400mm Tokina focuses to 2.5m, but the image is still likely to need cropping. However, my latest purchase is a Tamron 54B 300mm, which focuses to 1.4m.

OK, the connections in the KA mount are suspect, but the first images seem promising.
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-01-2018, 02:04 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 29,992
Views: 2,656,851
Thanks Dave! Glad you liked them.
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-31-2018, 01:54 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 29,992
Views: 2,656,851
Still taking Norm's advice, and following on from my 100mm series on the Macro thread, I decided to showcase the close focus ability of my Tokina 400mm SD AT-X .

The walk was in the Floodplain Forest, part of the Ouse Valley Nature Reserve in Milton Keynes, a noted dragonfly spot. However, the steep river banks and flooded quarry workings require an extended working distance.

Common Darter (female), Ruddy Darter and a juvenile reed warbler.

With thanks to the fantastic Views from an Urban Lake blog for help with the IDs ( https://www.viewsfromanurbanlake.co.uk/dragonflies-of-milton-keynes ),
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-31-2018, 12:58 PM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 3,098
Views: 550,624
Ferris Wheel, Glasgow Festival
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-10-2018, 12:20 PM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 3,098
Views: 550,624
When faced with a very tall subject to photograph from ground level , I would normally use a rectilinear wide angle (typically my 16-85 @ 16mm) and apply the necessary tilt shift corrections to correct any elevation I had needed to get the whole shot in frame.

I seem to have stumbled on another way. The 10-17 picture below has been defished by applying the correction profile in Camera Raw. I'm sure it's not a new process, so does anyone else have any good examples to "flaunt"?

This mural, on the side of the Glasgow Old Fruit Market, is the size of a house:
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-09-2018, 02:15 AM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 3,098
Views: 550,624
I've seen pictures on the macro threads that are not as close in as the 10-17 can manage:
Forum: Pentax Q 08-09-2018, 01:29 AM  
Let's share shots with Q!
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 5,931
Views: 851,489
Continuing the theme of Q getting into venues that prohibit "professional" cameras, the venue for the recent European Gymnastics championships had a "30cm" rule. That was a relaxation of their usual rule, which prohibits all cameras with interchangable lenses. Next time I go, I'm taking the XG-1. That'll confuse them.....

Leonie Meier of Switzerland on the floor. Q7 and 02 wide open:
Forum: Pentax Q 07-31-2018, 08:28 AM  
Let's share shots with Q!
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 5,931
Views: 851,489
Thanks kwb, they are both fine. I went for the big hands around small camera approach.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 07-30-2018, 10:00 AM  
July Pentax K-1 Giveaway: Raffle Thread 3, 17:00 UTC, July 30, 2018
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 75
Views: 2,567
I'm in!
Forum: Pentax Q 07-30-2018, 08:25 AM  
Let's share shots with Q!
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 5,931
Views: 851,489
We could have done with a roof! I have never been so wet on a shoot, not even under an Icelandic waterfall!
Forum: Pentax Q 07-29-2018, 03:11 AM  
Let's share shots with Q!
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 5,931
Views: 851,489
A ban on "professional" cameras is quite common at festivals and major concerts. My Q7 can always get in, but then you have to work within the system parameters.

Q7 and 06 Zoom, wide open, stage lighting. Heavy rain, no viewfinder, constant pushing and shoving from those wanting the view I've got.

Haze removal slider hard over, nothing left.

British singer Paloma Faith plays on through a downpour at Towcester Racecourse:
Forum: Pentax Q 07-25-2018, 02:25 AM  
Let's share shots with Q!
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 5,931
Views: 851,489
In anticipation of the lunar eclipse, I tried out my Q7 and 01 prime as a digiscoping camera. I am fortunate enough to have both the Pentax XF fixed focal length eyepieces, the 8.5mm and 12mm, which are threaded to accept stepping rings.

You can use any telescope in theory, but I have used my PF65ED-II spotting scope here with the XF8.5mm. There is a bit of CA to deal with in Photoshop, which a superior eyepiece like the XW14 or XW10 probably wouldn't add.

The image is not cropped.
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-18-2018, 02:20 AM  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 3,270
Views: 419,212
Still on that one lens walk, this one would have been much easier to take with my Tokina 400mm at closest focus. Easier, and less squelchy - I'm standing in a bog to capture this Emperor female laying her eggs:
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-18-2018, 01:55 AM  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 3,270
Views: 419,212
That was actually my first thought, but I was "corrected" by the rangers in the reserve. They said that the meadow brown and hedge brown/gatekeeper populations were not distinct.

They would only have had the camera screen to look at,.(ISO 2000 BTW).

I'm happy to edit the ident to Gatekeeper..

---------- Post added 07-18-18 at 02:12 AM ----------



Luck.......and botany. According to Butterfly Conservation the Marbled White "flies in areas of unimproved grassland" and "shows a marked preference for purple flowers such as Wild Marjoram, Field Scabious, thistles, and knapweeds. Adults may be found roosting halfway down tall grass stems".

Arne is a heathland reserve. Just a few metres into the long grass was a patch of thistles. This individual was roosting exactly where I would have expected it..

All of those photos were taken 5-10 metres off the paths. I rarely get a butterfly photo I like without standing in long grass or thorns.
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-17-2018, 07:06 AM  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 3,270
Views: 419,212
If you can ever get "on a run" on a walk, this was it: Marbled White, Brimstone.
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-17-2018, 06:59 AM  
The Kit Lens Club!
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 2,702
Views: 443,747
The much-maligned 18-50 WR (kit lens for the K-S2) must surely be expecting its chance. Have you got one to try?
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-17-2018, 06:42 AM  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 3,270
Views: 419,212
I had other lenses in my bag, but I got on a run with the 100 and decided to keep the faith.

---------- Post added 07-17-18 at 06:45 AM ----------



It's the circle of life. Think how many aphids and spiderlings that ladybird ate as a larva.
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-17-2018, 06:17 AM  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 3,270
Views: 419,212
One Prime, One Camera One Walk, said Norm, so off I went with my K-S2 and D-FA 100mm macro to RSPB Arne, but I wasn't looking for birds!

Gatekeeper, Funnel Spider, Keeled Skimmer
Forum: General Photography 07-09-2018, 02:54 PM  
Photographers, those who were, and are, just a tad better.
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 15
Views: 821
As a student, I was always in awe of the macro photographs of Heather Angel:

Heather Angel - Wildlife, Nature, Macro Photography
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-09-2018, 02:30 PM  
DA 16-85 WR,show us what it can do.
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 869
Views: 123,603
I needed a CPL filter to get the sky right.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-06-2018, 10:40 AM  
Thematic Flags
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 2
Views: 427
It's the British Grand Prix is this weekend and the campgrounds are full. We see all kinds of flags.

These are from a music festival last year, though.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-28-2018, 10:35 AM  
The lens that suprised you the most.
Posted By Shedking
Replies: 99
Views: 4,297
I have been wanting to practice my CLA skills and saw a fungus-infested copy for 16 posted from Japan.

Then it dawned on me that 55mm on a crop sensor is very nearly an 85mm on FF. If only I could clean it...

Sadly, that thought quickly became "if only I could open it" as I couldn't get the faceplate off. I had to resort to drilling two holes in the faceplate to get the spanner wrench in.

Eventually it yielded, so I knocked it down to the five groups and let the peroxycarbonate loose.

I now have an unbelievably well-made portrait lens.
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