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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-24-2020, 11:54 AM  
SDM to screwdrive conversion?
Posted By hadi
Replies: 10
Views: 892
on an unrelated, but sort of related topic, not that i'm in Montreal, but I do have a K5 up for sale. I am based around Toronto, so you wont be charged any import fee
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-24-2020, 11:44 AM  
Pentax fa 20 2.8 OR Samyang 20 1.8 Or ?? your help pls ....
Posted By hadi
Replies: 18
Views: 1,317
my two cents: save the cost on all of them, and take the 31mm ltd.
why?: its fast at 1.8. Its small and can easily fit anywhere. Its 'wide' enough for a standard shot. However, if you want it wider, learn to stitch panorama shots. Allowing you to shoot with the 31mm at f1.8, but with the look of something wider, like a 24mm, or 20mm, or even 14mm if you go crazy enough with enough stitches.

the cons to doing this:
- it can be time consuming. if your computer is not up to the task, this can be really painful. However, if you have a decent computer, you can easily do this within a few seconds.
- though you dont need a tripod, and can easily do this hand held, the issue with stitching (in my experience) dosn't translate well in night astro-photography. because it will require tripod, and keep moving things around, the stars are never in place long enough. so if you want a startrail with a wider sky, this may not be possible.
- the 31mm is not weather sealed. in iceland, you should carry with you lenses that are sealed as you never know.

the pro for this:
1- you are saving cost in buying another lens
2- you are saving space
3- if need be, finding an ND filter for 31 is relatively easy and affordable. So you can do day time cloud-trails or waterfall trailers over a prolonged period of time.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-27-2020, 09:13 AM  
The Sony α7r (ILCE-7r) pictures thread
Posted By hadi
Replies: 1,226
Views: 191,997
looking to pick up the FE 50mm 1.8 for my Sony A7RII.
sure, all i'm hearing are horrible reviews on the lens. Yet all I'm seeing are decent shots through the lens. Even youtube also indicates that it is a great lens with a horrible build quality.

if the results are decent, it can be made out of paper for all I care.

how bad is the lens, really?

mostly going to use it for portraits, and never for travel.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-23-2020, 11:23 AM  
Ten more lenses in the pipeline.
Posted By hadi
Replies: 342
Views: 41,397
I'd be happy if they introduce these two lenses:
135mm f 1.8 (or similar)
20mm f1.8

historically speaking, pentax has been great at making things more compact. however, the recent stuff they have been making for the K1 and full frame stuff is rather large. Would prefer it if they keep things light and compact.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-17-2020, 09:41 AM  
Pentax DA* 55mm f1.4 SDM auto focus issue
Posted By hadi
Replies: 16
Views: 1,404
anyone tried getting the problem fixed by official tech team? how much does that cost?
can it be repaired?

really tempted to pick up this lens, but the issue scares me.
Forum: Sold Items 01-11-2020, 02:41 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Autofocus Lenses and Teleconverters
Posted By hadi
Replies: 2
Views: 955
PM sent for the 200mm 2.8
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-20-2019, 05:13 AM  
50mm lens for K1 suggestion?
Posted By hadi
Replies: 25
Views: 1,380
Sure, 1.4 is a shallow depth of field that may not be the most usable in all settings, yet if it's perfectly usable on an 85mm lens, then there is no reason why it can't work in a 50mm.

As in, I use my 85mm 1.4 wide open all the time and I never suffer from soft images.

The difference between IN FOCUS BUT SOFT, vs MISSED FOCUS DUE TO SMALL DOF is not the same.

I believe the 50mm 1.4 that I have is known to have soft images wide open.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-19-2019, 07:43 AM  
50mm lens for K1 suggestion?
Posted By hadi
Replies: 25
Views: 1,380
see, I have calibrated my lens using that spider cal thing (black/white with a scale on the side). Despite that, its still a haze and soft. so the issue isn't in it being dialed in accurately, but the lens it self is soft to begin with when shooting wide open.

maybe I have a bad copy?

and i'm guessing all takamur lenses are manual focus?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-17-2019, 01:10 PM  
50mm lens for K1 suggestion?
Posted By hadi
Replies: 25
Views: 1,380
Yeah, the DFA50 does sound like a keeper, but i have a hard time justifying its price when considering all other lenses i have are significantly lower in price (used or new). I dont mind the size. Just the price is keeping me from it.

the sigma 50mm may be a contender. Though i'm also hearing that its autofocus is not reliable. It would randomly switch between front focus, back focus, and spot on. That somewhat seems consistent with my Sigma 85mm. Though a great lens, i unfortunately have no control when the random front/back focus would take place.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-17-2019, 12:21 PM  
50mm lens for K1 suggestion?
Posted By hadi
Replies: 25
Views: 1,380
Hey folks,
so recently i'm wanting to fall back in love with a 50mm lens, yet its evident that i've been spoiled rotten with my collection of 31mm, 77, 85, 100, 135, and the 70-200 lenses that when i compare my SMC Pentax-FA 50mm F1.4, i'm unable to use the images wide open.
Sure, i can stop it down to maybe 2.8 or 3.5 before the images get usable.
as per reviews online, on the pentax forum, people seem to love its sharpness, but on other online forums, its a common complaint regarding soft wide open. And aside from the new 50mm lens, it seems that pretty much ALL other pentax branded 50mm have that issue. (except maybe the 55mm 1.4?)

do you have any experience with third party autofocus lenses that are 50mm or thereabouts that can be shot at 1.4 and be usable?

i'm not looking for surgically sharp lenses. decent focus is fine by me. But if its super soft, then I cant really do much with that image.

any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

also, i have the K1

PS: yes, i did search on the forum, but the latest updated threads are many years old now.
Forum: General Photography 11-14-2019, 07:11 AM  
How do you manage family pictures?
Posted By hadi
Replies: 21
Views: 1,074
I've given up on having my pictures taken when traveling, or with a group.
If I give my camera to anyone, somehow they manage to have me out of the frame, or everything else is in focus and not me.
So if I really want my picture, i keep it with cell phones.

its an issue with being a photographer, and i've grown to accept my fate. Even my photographer friends cant seem to get it right, so whatever.

But I once used to have an ULTRA wide camera lens, and also a moderate wide lens. So the 14mm Rokinon, and 24-70mm pentax do a decent 'selfie' if you flip it around, and shoot. It may distort things, but it also adds a bit of fun to the image. Thats the only way I was able to use my DSLRs to take my images in a group setting
Forum: General Talk 11-13-2019, 11:27 AM  
Guitars
Posted By hadi
Replies: 21
Views: 1,887
hahah, tell me about it! I went from one guitar, to 16 guitars, down to 3 guitars.
after buying tons of random gear which were all great in their own right, I'm now down to three. 2 electrics, and one acoustic. Do I play them half as much as I should?

No.

But each time I pick em up, they bring a smile to me for those 5 minutes I am playing em.
Really should plug em in and enjoy them some more. Maybe one day.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-12-2019, 12:43 PM  
The Sony α7r (ILCE-7r) pictures thread
Posted By hadi
Replies: 1,226
Views: 191,997
I need to figure out a way to knock down the greens on my A7RII. I'm using the muted color option on the camera (thats what I use for Canon and Pentax as well), and it works beautiful on other cameras...yet on the sony, its sickening saturated.

aside from shooting RAW, any other tips to knock down the green saturation in the body itself?
Forum: General Photography 11-06-2019, 11:47 AM  
What are your thoughts for deciding to sell (or not)
Posted By hadi
Replies: 32
Views: 1,266
my main reason to sell stuff that is camera related is to cluttered. I've gotten to a place where I've tried EVERY possible lens combination, and figured out their sweet spots, and where my personal sweet spots are. As in, since i'm now focusing primarily on portraits, I dont really need an ultra wide lens. Since I mostly shoot wide open and in low light areas, I dont need anything narrower than F2.8. Since I dont shoot wild life, I dont need anything longer than 200mm. Since I shoot primes, I dont need any of the zooms, etc.

As such, whatever doesn't tick the box for me has to go. So that relates to any crop lenses, any zoom lenses, and any crop sensor cameras such as the K5 and Kx that i've been trying to sell for a while now.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-01-2019, 08:45 AM  
What new lens would you purchase on release?
Posted By hadi
Replies: 72
Views: 3,180
come to think of it, a 20mm 1.4, or 24mm 1.4/1.8 would be a brilliant addition to the K1 line.

not that i shoot wide anylonger, but maybe if i'm forcing distortion in portraits, it may come in handy.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-31-2019, 11:30 AM  
What new lens would you purchase on release?
Posted By hadi
Replies: 72
Views: 3,180
the rokinon/samyang is actually the lens i'm using on the Sony. I dont mind manual focus, if there was a better focus peaquing available on pentax, like it is on the mirrorless system. If pentax refuses to release a 135 fast aperture lens, then i may eventually get a sigma 135 (or if rokinon/samyang) released an automatic 135 F2, then i may pick that up...

but that would only have to be on an A7RIII or something. Not liking my A7RII, and dont want to get the A7III.

I had the 85mm manual focus rokinon on pentax a while back. was a real pain to focus on anything that was shot wider than F4. so really no point getting a fast aperture lens if its manual focus (in my opinion)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-31-2019, 11:23 AM  
What new lens would you purchase on release?
Posted By hadi
Replies: 72
Views: 3,180
the 135 really is missing in the pentax lineup.
That is pretty much the only reason i got a sony. If pentax releases a fast 135 prime (like F2, or F1.8) i'd sell the sony right away and keep the pentax K1 and the 135. quickly becoming my favorite focal length. alas, mine is attached to a sony :-/
Forum: General Talk 10-31-2019, 11:21 AM  
videogames
Posted By hadi
Replies: 11
Views: 564
I do have a personal bone to pick with any sport game. Be it soccer (football), or NFL football, hockey, basketball, wrestling etc.
each year they release a new version with better graphics, but the game mechanics stay the same...

maybe because i'm not a sports guy, i dont get it.

though, if you are in a video game store, those are also the ones found the easiest in the used section.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-31-2019, 08:54 AM  
What new lens would you purchase on release?
Posted By hadi
Replies: 72
Views: 3,180
I eagerly await the Pentax 85mm 1.4 lens.

After that, the only other lens that will be missing from my kit would either be a 200mm f2 (use that through a sony body perhaps?) or a 200mm 2.8 (prime) through either a pentax or sony or whatever body.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-31-2019, 08:53 AM  
Favorite lens for shooting food at a restaurant
Posted By hadi
Replies: 38
Views: 2,710
Food photography is always a challenge for me. However, I usually get the best images via a 50mm 1.4, or a 100mm macro 2.8.

I usually try to photograph a portion of the food. I intentionally cut off parts of the plate, to include, maybe a hand, or a cup or something else. So the focal point in my food photography isn't the food itself, but rather the event of food, if that makes sense?
Forum: General Talk 10-31-2019, 08:50 AM  
videogames
Posted By hadi
Replies: 11
Views: 564
i wont be surprised if The Last of Us II and Ghost of Tsushima will be the LAST released on the PS4, and also available on PS5 as the first releases.

Both games constantly keep getting pushed back (for good reason too).

for what its worth, and maybe its me and i did something wrong, but the last of us kind irked me.
I enjoy exploring random corners for things. Behind a bookshelf, around a corner, under a table, etc. The last of us was the first game that wasted my time in randomly seaching for those things. For example, uncharted, you would find ammo or guns or whatever randomly lying around.

I get it. It is more realistic. It is post apocalyptic. Random treasure or stuff are NOT going to be lying around for me...but still i felt that i could have saved several hours not searching in vain.
Forum: General Talk 10-30-2019, 01:22 PM  
videogames
Posted By hadi
Replies: 11
Views: 564
I was sadly too poor for arcades. Only went to em if i found random quarters around.
otherwise gaming at home :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-30-2019, 01:20 PM  
Beach family vacation - use camera or not
Posted By hadi
Replies: 22
Views: 1,179
Not take your camera with you to any occasion?

again, as others have said, unless you are diving in the water, or rolling in the sand, your camera will be missed if you dont take it
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-30-2019, 01:17 PM  
77mm vs Sigma 85mm
Posted By hadi
Replies: 94
Views: 4,969
Okay, following up with this and on my previous comment.
Though I did put the sigma 85mm 1.4 k mount on sale for a few weeks, i took it off.
I dont care how fast focusing the Sony variations are, but the colors on the sigma, coupled with the K1's colors, the combo is VERY hard to beat.

So until Pentax releases a newer version of the 85, i'm holding and loving my sigma 85!
Forum: General Talk 10-30-2019, 12:41 PM  
videogames
Posted By hadi
Replies: 11
Views: 564
perhaps the search is broken, or perhaps the term 'video' and 'game' shouldn't be used in camera forums as all cameras do video, and every feature is a potential 'game changer'....

we photographers really need to better our vocabulary :P

in any case, who here is a gamer? what have you played? what are you playing currently?

your top 5, or 10?
games you absolutely HATED?
what consoles have you played through?


my top 10 in a VERY particular order are:
1 - metal gear solid 3 - snake eater
2 - Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time TIED with Telltale series - The Walking dead
3 - Shadows of the Colossus
4 - God of War series (May enjoy the non official parts more?)
5 - Kingdom Hearts 1
6 - Uncharted 4
7 - Metal Gear Solid 1 (ps1)
8 - Batman Arkham series (may have enjoyed the 2nd part the most?)
9 - Final Fantasy X
10 - LA Noir
11 - Sleeping Dogs


currently i'm playing The Witcher 3. not sure how i'll like it. Just started it. If open world games are any indication, I may get bored of it quickly. Not sure yet. Just 4 hours in so far, so lets see how that goes
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