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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 1 Day Ago  
Anyone else miss the K200D?
Posted By PocketPixels
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K200D with SMC DA 21mm Limited

Rollins Road Starburst 21mm_fixed by PocketPixels, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 4 Days Ago  
The Six-Megapixel Club
Posted By PocketPixels
Replies: 2,109
Views: 182,794
I was going to ask you to take more shots of this flooded bridgethen I realized it was from 2016. Really intriguing spot.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 4 Days Ago  
Need Suggestion for Compact, Advanced P&S
Posted By PocketPixels
Replies: 18
Views: 840
Olympus XZ-1 and Olympus XZ-2 are magnificent cameras. I own both of them, and highly recommend them if you can bear to consider non-Pentax options.

Both XZ-1 and XZ-2 have full P-A-S-M mode dials, a lens that goes from 28–105mm (equivalent), and ƒ/1.8 at the wide end (ƒ/2.2 at the telephoto end). A second dial around the lens gives the cameras true "twin dial" abilities for quick adjustments. Sensor-shift image stabilization for photos, but no stabilization for video. RAW mode is there if you need it, but the JPEGs are fine for snapshots. The buttons are a bit small, but the whole thing is a superb and compact package.

Also, and this is either a big deal to you or an absurd tangent, but the buttons and dials on an Olympus camera have perfect tensions and tolerances. They feel great, sound great, work well.

You can get an XZ-1 for $150 on eBay, no problem. Pair the camera with the Olympus VF-3 clip-on electronic viewfinder (another $100 used), and you've got a system that weighs under 1 pound and cannot be beat during daylight hours. For nighttime shots, the XZ-2 is the better camera.

Worth noting: Olympus cameras (I own three) seem to use their batteries even in storage. So if you truly keep this in your car, you might want to keep a second battery handy. Also, be careful about extreme heat/cold in your unattended car; these are nice cameras and it'd be a shame to bake them.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-15-2021, 07:41 PM  
What is the purpose of the 15mm limited?
Posted By PocketPixels
Replies: 168
Views: 6,679
Yup. Put just the 15mm on, go for a walk before sunset, look for something you can get close to. Force yourself to shoot 20 (or 200) pictures. Go home, look at them on a computer screen, then go for the same walk the following evening. Good advice for any lens.

The 15mm is magical, but not easy. If you don't happen to live somewhere with gorgeous mountain views, you'll need to find a way to make the everydayepic.
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-15-2021, 11:30 AM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By PocketPixels
Replies: 11,661
Views: 2,051,946
This photo is delightfully surreal. The kite (?) seems to hover in the air, no strings visible. The shadow falls in an unexpected spot. And the contrail of the plane looks weird. You've nailed the color, exposure, and composition, so this photo really pulls my brain in unusual directions as I try to force some sense into what I see. Really cool shot.
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-14-2021, 04:31 PM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Posted By PocketPixels
Replies: 3,724
Views: 667,902
I own both, but if I recall the manual for the DA 1.4 HD TC advises me NOT to combine them. I'll have to check, though.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-14-2021, 01:58 PM  
What is the purpose of the 15mm limited?
Posted By PocketPixels
Replies: 168
Views: 6,679
That barn shot is lovely, Rondec. Beautiful job balancing all the colors and highlights.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-14-2021, 11:23 AM  
What is the purpose of the 15mm limited?
Posted By PocketPixels
Replies: 168
Views: 6,679
"Don't get me started on refraction. Ugh. The other day, I was taking a moody photograph of a grey sky, but the afternoon sun dispersing and refracting through the raindrops put this big multicolored arc through the middle of my shot. Took me forever to tone it all down in Photoshop."
:)
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-13-2021, 03:03 PM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By PocketPixels
Replies: 5,519
Views: 1,077,017
I've come back to this shot a few times. It is simple, almost simplistic, yet I find it charming.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-13-2021, 01:10 PM  
What is the purpose of the 15mm limited?
Posted By PocketPixels
Replies: 168
Views: 6,679
Bingo. This all day this all night.

For focal lengths over 21mm APS-C, I am Team Rounded Aperture Blades all the way. Bokeh is nice, just not for wide angle stuff.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-12-2021, 06:07 PM  
What is the purpose of the 15mm limited?
Posted By PocketPixels
Replies: 168
Views: 6,679
Don't despair! I have the Sigma 1750 /2.8, and it makes B+ or even A- starbursts at /13 and tighter. (We're defining A+ as the 15mm and 21mm Limited starbursts) It's a very good lens, and of course far more versatile than a prime.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-12-2021, 11:54 AM  
What is the purpose of the 15mm limited?
Posted By PocketPixels
Replies: 168
Views: 6,679
Every Pentax shooter owes it to themselves to try at least one Limited lens. They are all special. But I don't know that you need to drive yourself crazy collecting them all.

My three favorite lenses:

1. SMC DA 10–17mm fish-eye zoom
2. SMC DA 21mm Limited
3. SMC DA 15mm Limited

I also have the HD 15mm Limited, but I never use it. It's not nearly as cool as my green 15mm Limited. Watch this video from forum member SnappyPic, which happens to feature my 15mm lens.
















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If you have and like the fish-eye and the 21mm, you can probably get by without the 15mm. The 15mm is very nice however. While the fish-eye is wide it is, well, a fish-eye. So I'm not sure I'd call it a substitute for the 15mm Limited.

---------- Post added 01-12-2021 at 03:07 PM ----------

FWIW the starbursts on the SMC DA 21mm Limited are just as nice as those on the 15mm. They have the same (or very, very similar) aperture designs.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-07-2021, 06:10 PM  
Adusting Aperture on DA lenses via Micro 4/3 adapter?
Posted By PocketPixels
Replies: 9
Views: 606
The K&F Concepts adapter (see above, it allows aperture adjustments, but no shift) was advertised as allowing me "a full range of aperture controls." It stretches the truth. The K&F adapter allows me four options: f/22f/16 (approximate)f/8 (approximate)f/4.

If I had known that, I would not have bought the adapter. But actually, four options is completely workable. I don't often find myself in situations where I MUST have f/6.7 or MUST have f/13. Four options are enough. It's a decent product.

One option, as on my Kipon shift adapter, is unworkable. Especially if the only option is f/22. Everyone has different tastes, and each copy of a lens can be unique, but my SMC 15mm Limited is a mess at f/22. It makes a starburst out of everything. My corners are defracted and soft. Red tones are muted throughout.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-06-2021, 10:13 AM  
Adusting Aperture on DA lenses via Micro 4/3 adapter?
Posted By PocketPixels
Replies: 9
Views: 606
Bingo. The wedge solution is what I'm looking for. Some kind of silicone or hard rubber I can cut to the proper size. Maybe even a set of wedges for different f-stops. The nice thing about micro 4/3 is that a loose piece of silicone has nowhere to go: no mirror box or levers to clog up.

It's always going to be more art than science with adapted lenses. Even my "Deluxe DA" converter with the fancy aperture ring only offers four settings: wide open, open-ish, closed-ish, f/22. Boy do I wish I had that functionality on my shift adapter.

Some lenses do okay at f/22, but for my taste the SMC 15mm Limited isn't one of them. If I can get it open to some middle aperture, I'll be thrilled.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-06-2021, 01:18 AM  
Adusting Aperture on DA lenses via Micro 4/3 adapter?
Posted By PocketPixels
Replies: 9
Views: 606
Thank you for chiming in, aaacb and UncleVanya. Reading these replies, I think my initial post didn't make this part clear enough: I have two different Pentax K –> M4/3 adapters.

I'm asking about any tips or ideas to modify my shift adapter so it has some portion of the abilities of my regular (non-shift) adapter. I know I can't add a click-stopped aperture ring. But maybe I can solder on a metal tab? I'd call it a win if my shift adapter set all my lenses to a mid-range f-stop.

Thanks.
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-05-2021, 03:16 PM  
Idiots intro to IR on K100d super please
Posted By PocketPixels
Replies: 11
Views: 672
I used to have a K100D Super, and I LOVE infrared photography.

That said, I wasn't a HUGE fan of infrared photography with my K100D Super. But I think it's a fine camera to get started on. Send me a PM and I'll happily send you my modest collection of various "brand X" 52mm IR filters. Some are 720nm IR, one is 840NM, one is (I think) 690nm IR, etc. No charge, but please only take me up on this offer if a 52mm filter is useful to you.

I found the K100D Super did better with IR filters that were lower NM. So the 720nm yielded better results than the 740NM. The "deep infrared" filters of 800+ were just terrible, at least with my setup.

If you do have "no name" IR filters, you can judge the relative strengths of them by looking through them at an old-fashioned incandescent light bulb, or even at a candle flame.

As you probably know already, a tripod is an absolute MUST, and you'd do well to read up on "hyperfocal distance" and maybe get one of the little phone apps that help you calculate it. Also, because of the tripod, the need to focus/compose before putting on the IR filter, the need to take quite a few shots at different settings—you'll be a bit slow. Don't go hiking with impatient people such as my wife.

I heartily recommend IR photography as a hobby...but probably don't invest too heavily on doing it with a DSLR. I adore my Pentax DSLRs, but I truly think a converted, IR-only camera is the better way to go. LifePixel converted an Olympus PEN E-PL5 for me for not much money, and the photos are miles above what I was able to do with a DSLR.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-05-2021, 02:52 PM  
Adusting Aperture on DA lenses via Micro 4/3 adapter?
Posted By PocketPixels
Replies: 9
Views: 606
Yup, my M4/3 adapter is from K&F Concepts, and it's a "DA" model that allows me to set wide-open, fully-stopped-down, and some intermediate value. That's exactly the functionality I mistakenly thought I'd be getting on this shift adapter.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-05-2021, 02:01 PM  
Adusting Aperture on DA lenses via Micro 4/3 adapter?
Posted By PocketPixels
Replies: 9
Views: 606
Question: can I set the aperture on my SMC Pentax DA Limited 15mm to anything other than /22 while using it on a m4/3 camera via a manual adapter?

Ive always wanted a tilt/shift lens, but the Pentax offerings are ancient and rare. I recently bought a shift adapter that converts K-mount lenses onto micro 4/3. I have an Olympus PEN E-PL6. My hope was to use my 15mm Limited lens as a 30mm (equivalent) on my PEN. As this adapter was kind of pricey, I wrongly assumed it would come with aperture controls. (I have a regular K-mount > m4/3 adapter that allows me to adjust the aperture, albeit crudely.) However, my shift adapter only allows DA lenses at /22. I do not like the performance of the 15mm Limited at /22; like most lenses it seems to do much better between /6.7 and /13.

I have a Pentax FA 50mm /1.4 with an aperture ring, but a 50mm lens mounted on m4/3 is going to be a 100mm shift lens. Thats unlikely to be useful.

My 15mm Limited would be perfect as a 30mm shift lens on m4/3if I could use it at f/13 or even f/16. Just not f/22. So, Im left looking for rudimentary solutions. Some way to use electrical tape, a wood pin, or similar to keep the aperture somewhere around f/8. Any ideas?

I have a broken 40mm Limited I can use as a guinea pig; this lens cannot be fixed so theres no harm in poking around with it. My 15mm Limited is a jewel and I wont do anything crazy to it.
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-04-2021, 12:13 AM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By PocketPixels
Replies: 11,661
Views: 2,051,946
At night, that is a scary goose!
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-04-2021, 12:11 AM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By PocketPixels
Replies: 5,519
Views: 1,077,017
Oooh, the hills, rain, and trolley made me think this was San Francisco, until I realized the cars were all pointing the wrong way. :)

"EAT INK" is a perfect little mystery in a very good photo. Nice job. Good decision leaving exactly the right amount of weirdness in.
Forum: Contest Voting 01-03-2021, 05:54 PM  
Ready for Practice
Posted By PocketPixels
Replies: 43
Views: 353
Lovely, 1960s magazine colors.
Forum: Contest Voting 01-03-2021, 05:54 PM  
Under Big Red
Posted By PocketPixels
Replies: 39
Views: 394
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Contest Voting 01-03-2021, 05:53 PM  
My Modest Chinese Fountain Pens
Posted By PocketPixels
Replies: 11
Views: 168
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-17-2020, 10:56 AM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By PocketPixels
Replies: 11,661
Views: 2,051,946
Are there haters of the DA 15mm Limited? I thought the floor of popular opinion for the DA 15 was "pretty good," and the estimation only went up from there.
Forum: Sold Items 11-14-2020, 06:32 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma EX Lenses 10-20 zoom (sold) , 20mm, 28mm (sold)
Posted By PocketPixels
Replies: 13
Views: 1,500
You've convinced me. I think we should all include a cookie scale going forward. Because cookies and lenses are two of my favorite kinds of circles. Charming and informative, too!
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