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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-04-2018, 05:27 AM  
portrait lenses
Posted By jwc77
Replies: 39
Views: 3,231
My three favorites are DA*55 (best of the lot imo), Tamron 28-75, and Tamron 90 macro.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-14-2018, 06:57 AM  
Takumar club
Posted By jwc77
Replies: 17,569
Views: 3,350,846
I guess it's kind of blasphemous on this site...but I bought a Sony A6000 for takumar duty. Great, light weight little camera to complement my taks. Plus the focus peaking on it is so much better than the peaking on my K30 or K01.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-25-2018, 10:01 AM  
the limiteds do they live up to the reputation and why
Posted By jwc77
Replies: 381
Views: 40,535
I have owned 3 of the limiteds in my Pentax experience. The 21, 40 and 70. The 70 I traded away for the DA*55 and while I love the *55 (one of my favorite lenses) I do miss the 70 and have considered getting another copy.

The 40 was my first and while it took great pictures right away it took me some time to warm up to it due to it's diminutive size. It just felt awkward at first. But now I can't tell you how much I value a nice small, well built prime. So easy to carry and very inconspicuous.

The 21 is probably my all time favorite lens. So small...such a great focal length...build quality is what you would expect from a limited...and the colors and character of this lens (I'm looking at you starbursts) are incredible. If I was forced to get rid of all but one lens it would be the 21.

So yeah...in my experience the limiteds live up to the hype. And pretty affordable really for what you get in the DA limiteds!
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-16-2017, 08:39 AM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By jwc77
Replies: 5,495
Views: 1,067,295
The colors on your series are great...well done!
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-10-2017, 06:01 AM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By jwc77
Replies: 11,101
Views: 1,882,722
Great series Repaap...especially that first shot. Very well done!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-25-2017, 04:57 PM  
How many 50mm lenses do you own? Favorite? What have you let go?
Posted By jwc77
Replies: 306
Views: 29,735
The 50's that I currently have are

SMC Takumar 50 F1.4
M 50 f4 macro
M 50 f2
Auto Tak 55 F1.8
Vivitar 55 f2.8 macro
Helios 58mm f2
DA limited 40 f2.8 (close enough)

And finally DA*55 F1.4 (which I believe has ended my chasing after 50's...it is so good!)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-20-2017, 07:32 AM  
Looking for a great portrait lens around 85mm for Pentax K-3 II
Posted By jwc77
Replies: 27
Views: 2,832
I have the DA *55 and it is by far my favorite portrait lens. Everything about it seems made for portraiture. I also have the Tamron 90 and it is also a very capable lens for portraits (and you have the versatility of also having a really nice macro in one package). I would also throw an honorable mention in for the Tamron 28-75...a very useful zoom...and the SMC Takumar 135mm f2.5.
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-21-2016, 07:43 AM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By jwc77
Replies: 5,495
Views: 1,067,295
Love that first shot Pepperberry...very nice!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-21-2016, 07:40 AM  
Anybody know the oldie M 50mm f4 Macro?
Posted By jwc77
Replies: 34
Views: 2,435
I have the M50 macro and think it is a great lens. Extremely sharp and very easy to focus. Build quality is great on it and it has beautiful rendering. It's been a while since I've used it but it also take some pretty nice portraits. I will say that some might be drawn to the m42 tak version of the lens because (and correct me if I'm wrong)...the early version of it is a full 1:1 macro while M, K, etc versions all only go to 1:2.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-14-2016, 01:09 PM  
The Angry Photographer reviews "hot" Takumar lenses.
Posted By jwc77
Replies: 25
Views: 5,698
I have owned a pretty good number of 50's through the years. I currently have the DA *55 which is an amazing modern autofocus lens with beautiful rendering. But there IS JUST SOMETHING about the feel/experience/rendering of the taks (especially the 50s and 55s and even my SMC 135 f2.5) that is just unique. They feel so right in the hands and they take pictures unlike that of many modern lenses. I guess they just have a special quality about them in my opinion. I wouldn't ever let go of my collection of taks. They are a permanent fixture on my K-01.
Forum: Sold Items 10-11-2016, 05:50 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 AF XR Di LD Macro SP
Posted By jwc77
Replies: 7
Views: 1,366
My favorite zoom that I own. Versatile and I love the focal length and constant 2.8 app.
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-18-2016, 06:32 AM  
DA* Club
Posted By jwc77
Replies: 5,450
Views: 824,276
Da *55
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 09-07-2016, 05:38 PM  
PF 10th Anniversary - Pentax K-50 1-Day Giveaway! - Entries closed, winner announced.
Posted By jwc77
Replies: 1,825
Views: 74,571
Love the red!!!
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-14-2016, 07:27 AM  
Takumar club
Posted By jwc77
Replies: 17,569
Views: 3,350,846
First is from the Auto Tak 55 1.8 and the other two the SMC Tak 28 3.5
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-23-2016, 08:47 AM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By jwc77
Replies: 5,495
Views: 1,067,295
A few more with the 21...
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-21-2016, 08:45 AM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By jwc77
Replies: 5,495
Views: 1,067,295
More 21...
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-21-2016, 08:42 AM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By jwc77
Replies: 5,495
Views: 1,067,295
Da 21...
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-21-2016, 08:31 AM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Posted By jwc77
Replies: 3,692
Views: 660,177
10-17...
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-19-2016, 04:41 AM  
DA* Club
Posted By jwc77
Replies: 5,450
Views: 824,276
Da *55
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-16-2016, 06:26 AM  
DA* Club
Posted By jwc77
Replies: 5,450
Views: 824,276
And a few more...
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-16-2016, 06:22 AM  
DA* Club
Posted By jwc77
Replies: 5,450
Views: 824,276
A few with the *55 from a vacation out to the Eastcoast...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-15-2016, 05:05 PM  
AF Lens for Portrait
Posted By jwc77
Replies: 58
Views: 4,001
My favorite is my DA *55...just a great lens with wonderful rendering and 3D pop. I also use my Tamron 28-75 and my Tammron 90 macro which are both very capable portrait lenses too.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-02-2016, 07:34 PM  
What would you take?
Posted By jwc77
Replies: 10
Views: 859
I love the 10-17...one of my favorites. And it is pretty versatile in tight areas so I think it is in. I also think the *55 is in to pair with the K30 for a weather proof pairing. Then I can't decide. I love the 21 limited...probably my most used lens in such a compact package.

I'm not sure wether to go with the tamron 28-75 for convenience sake or the tamron 90 macro for a little more reach and macro if I want.

Decisions...decisions. I like hearing everyone's opinions...would love to hear more.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-02-2016, 01:38 PM  
What would you take?
Posted By jwc77
Replies: 10
Views: 859
Going on vacation next week. Going to be headed to Boston, NYC, and Cape Cod. Just for giggles...out of my lenses (found in signature)...which would you bring? Would prefer not taking too much equipment.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-25-2016, 08:18 PM  
DA* Club
Posted By jwc77
Replies: 5,450
Views: 824,276
A few from the 55...
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