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Forum: Lens Clubs 10-02-2018, 06:05 AM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By KDAFA
Replies: 5,162
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A nice series. Beautiful shots, lovely colours. And those are 2 nice cars!
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-25-2018, 03:24 AM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By KDAFA
Replies: 10,227
Views: 1,653,945
Great colour. Lovely shot. Magical.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-24-2018, 06:31 AM  
DA* 200 on FF
Posted By KDAFA
Replies: 30
Views: 1,448
Hi, I use the DA*200 on K-3.

Lovely Pentax-typical colours.

Excellent contrast.

Superb bokeh, and not just at wide apertures.

Very sharp, even when images are zoomed in. Fine detail is beautifully rendered. Images come out well-balanced and "just right" - not exaggerated sharpness, yet never lacking detail.

Overall, it rewards with really beautiful, excellent image quality in its pictures.

Utterly rock solid construction.

Comparatively slower AF.

The lens hood has a very handy rubberised edge that enables the lens to be placed end-down with good stability.

PF can occur at larger apertures shooting into the light. Personally, I've not encountered it often. Can usually be addressed in post.

Hope this is of some help. Thanks.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-05-2018, 07:30 AM  
DA*200/2.8 vs FA*200/2.8 in abberations
Posted By KDAFA
Replies: 12
Views: 1,066
Hi, I use the DA*200 only, so I'm sorry, I can't compare it against the FA* for you.

I love the images I get from my DA*, but I would just like to raise one point for your awareness. This lens isn't the fastest around in terms of its AF speed. I find it adequate for my use, but you mentioned sports, so I would recommended that you do some checks on that aspect, to ensure its ok for you.
Forum: Pentax K-70 04-30-2018, 07:23 AM  
K-70 and DA*50-135, a marriage made in heaven!
Posted By KDAFA
Replies: 6
Views: 1,772
The DA* 50-135 is a wonderful lens, one of my more heavily used. Captured loads of lovely images with it!
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-27-2018, 10:57 PM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By KDAFA
Replies: 5,162
Views: 951,365
Fully agree.

The DA35 Ltd is often dismissed as only being useful for macro work.

Not true.

I've found it also good for walk-around.

As you said, versatile indeed. One of my personally most-used lenses.
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-24-2018, 12:54 AM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By KDAFA
Replies: 10,227
Views: 1,653,945
The power, indeed!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-01-2018, 06:20 AM  
Incoming! FA31 on its way
Posted By KDAFA
Replies: 24
Views: 1,231
Congratulations on your recent acquisition of the FA31 Ltd.

The 43, being from the FA Limited series as opposed to the DA Limited series, renders images differently. (I use both DA35 Ltd and FA43 Ltd.)

So the difference is more complex than a stop of speed.
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-25-2017, 07:32 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By KDAFA
Replies: 23,079
Views: 1,943,822
Very good result!
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-23-2017, 07:18 AM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By KDAFA
Replies: 10,227
Views: 1,653,945
Great work, as always.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-25-2016, 05:23 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By KDAFA
Replies: 23,079
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Thank you!
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-24-2016, 08:06 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By KDAFA
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Excellent detail, and I particularly like the bokeh.

---------- Post added 05-25-16 at 12:12 PM ----------


Excellent shot! I was commenting to my wife that part of the reason why squirrel shots look good is that squirrels seem to be capable of many interesting "expressions".

She flatly replied that the K-1 is very good - it makes you a pro! ;)

---------- Post added 05-25-16 at 12:15 PM ----------


Beautiful capture!

---------- Post added 05-25-16 at 12:17 PM ----------


Really love the A20 pictures you've been posting - particularly impressed with the rendering and colour, which look really special to me.

Was the colour post-processed in this shot?
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-24-2016, 10:20 AM  
Pentax K-1...where oh where does it fit in ?
Posted By KDAFA
Replies: 34
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I think that this has to be seen in perspective.

I was just talking to a friend of mine who is wanting to get a FF DSLR, and I was telling him about the K-1. On the issue of lens availability, I challenged him to think it through carefully: Of those lenses which exist in the Canon/Nikon lineup and which are absent in Pentax, which one do you:

A) actually need, and
B) can afford?

600mm/4 is certainly not for every user and application. It is also not affordable for most. And f1.4 is not required by everyone. I recommended him the FA31, 43, 77, he seemed fine with the fact that they're not f1.4. What did please him though, was the colour output and rendering character of the DA & FA Limiteds.

Or, to put this in another way, I ask people this: Is it TRUE that Pentax CANNOT offer you the lenses which you really do need, for your intended shooting?

And more often than not, when you really get down to thinking about it, for the majority of users, Pentax is fine. There will be exceptions of course, but in many cases, no issues.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-23-2016, 06:56 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By KDAFA
Replies: 23,079
Views: 1,943,822
Good point.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-23-2016, 03:50 AM  
FA Limiteds on the K-1
Posted By KDAFA
Replies: 18
Views: 3,021
That second shot is really impressive! Fantastic.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-23-2016, 03:32 AM  
Pentax K-1...where oh where does it fit in ?
Posted By KDAFA
Replies: 34
Views: 4,110
Very, very well put. :)
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 05-21-2016, 05:48 AM  
Very Impressed with K1
Posted By KDAFA
Replies: 12
Views: 2,181
Welcome to the world of Pentax, and welcome to Pentax forums. :)

Congrats on your new K-1.

You will be able to find more than enough tips/guidance on lenses in this forum.

Cheers, and happy shooting.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-20-2016, 06:43 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By KDAFA
Replies: 23,079
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Hey, no worries, mate!

Was just concerned lest the thread be run off-topic subsequently. Cheers.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-19-2016, 08:14 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By KDAFA
Replies: 23,079
Views: 1,943,822
Hi all,

For those unaware, I had previously acknowledged the error, and thanked those who spotted it (Post #1004).

And once again, thanks to all those who have taken the trouble to type detailed explanations to correct my error. My apologies to anyone who has been misguided by it.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-19-2016, 08:03 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By KDAFA
Replies: 23,079
Views: 1,943,822
Lovely. The fine details are very delicately rendered.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 05-19-2016, 06:26 AM  
System Switch: Pentax equivalent lens to Canon EF or Zeiss ZE glass?
Posted By KDAFA
Replies: 35
Views: 3,026
As regards the 50mm f1.4, if you do not urgently require the f1.4 max aperture, check out the FA43 f1.9 Limited.

Together with the FA31 and FA77, these three are actually a set of lenses nicknamed the "Three Princesses", renowned for their special and beautiful rendering character.

You can see image samples in the FA Limited Club thread in this forum. Also in the Post Your K-1 Images thread.

If you find that you do like the FA43's rendering, you may well be prepared to forego the f1.4 requirement. :)
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-19-2016, 06:06 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By KDAFA
Replies: 23,079
Views: 1,943,822
Beautiful shot! Lovely colour, lighting and bokeh.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-18-2016, 08:36 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By KDAFA
Replies: 23,079
Views: 1,943,822
Hi guys,

Thanks to all who responded, and for correcting my error. But, as a few have already mentioned, this could end up running this thread off-topic, so best to stop it here. It is after all a picture-posting thread.

Cheers.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-18-2016, 07:17 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By KDAFA
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Imagine you are standing in front of a very wide palace, at a distance of 120 feet, and there is a row of flags in front of the palace, from the left end to the right end.

Without moving from your spot, say you want to capture a photo of the palace, and have each flag in the picture. Say you use an 85mm lens, and you're using a film camera.

Now you step up closer to the palace by 100ft, so you're now only 20ft away from the palace. To get every flag in again, you probably need an 20mm lens now.

Now compare the photos taken. They both include all the flags, from left to right. But they look very different. In order for the 20mm lens to squeeze in every flag, at such a close distance to the palace, it would have to distort the perspective. Diverging lines for example, would diverge very dramatically, more so than in real life.

So the 20mm lens, a wideangle, as compared to 85mm, introduces a visible form of distortion (which can actually look very nice when used right).

The key point here is that a wideangle lens, by its very design, introduces perspective distortion to an image that it casts.

Now, consider using an FA31 to snap a given scene, with a given FOV. Assume you're using an APS-C sensor now, eg. with a K-3. In fact, the image being captured (and also what is seen in the viewfinder) is just a crop, a portion, of the real, larger image being cast by the lens. Hence we're only seeing a part of the real picture; the effect is the same as cropping away the edges of a picture, and then magnifying the remaining portion until it comes back to the original size of the image before being cropped. In other words, there is magnification going on, of the middle uncropped portion of the picture. Or to put it another way, in APS-C, the FOV has been narrowed. That is, the FOV feels the same as if we were using an FA43 on a Full-frame sensor (here the entire image cast by the lens is captured/seen - no cropping).

So the FOV appears the same, but remember that the image cast by the 31, it being a wideangle lens, would inherently have that distortion effect (although milder than that seen in a 20mm).

Whereas an FA43, being a true-normal, does not generate this distortion effect.

Bottom line, the FOV appears the same, but the FA31 image has that perspective distortion effect in it.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-18-2016, 12:34 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By KDAFA
Replies: 23,079
Views: 1,943,822
Could possibly be due to:

1. The K-1 has slightly different colour signature. I find it rather closer to the K-7, and different than K-3.

One example is the blue, which I find is rich and vibrant. The Pentax special K-1 site actually did mention that their engineers put in special care in the color output of the K-1, and they talked about blue, among other things if I recall. Don't know if they meant for ooc jpegs, or in the sensor response, or whatever.

2. For a given FOV, the pictures are (generally) being shot using a longer focal-length now than previously. Example, if on APS-C an FA31 was being used, on Full-frame an FA43 is now being used. The 31, being a wideangle focal length, would introduce some perspective distortion, which is natural. So although the FOV is the same, the shot from the 31 would, for example, slightly exaggerate converging/diverging lines, whereas the 43 would give the same FOV, but without any perspective exaggeration. This difference is perceivable in a shot.

3. Maybe a higher percentage of shots are being captured using older A, M lenses etc.? These old glass definitely have their own rendering character.
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