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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-08-2016, 01:36 AM  
Number Numbers. Everywhere Numbers (Lens's compared)
Posted By tromboads
Replies: 10
Views: 1,455
So who doesn't like a bunch of data?


With the DA*'s within my price reach at the moment, I started seriously investigating the measured differences between a host of other lenses I'm familiar with. So to settle the argument for me, once and for all, I've collated data from PhotozoneDE from measurements they recorded of a K10.

It's edit friendly so if you wish to continue to collate rubbish by all means.

I was mostly interested in the DA* 16-50mm and if it was worth lusting after in comparison to say a DA 15, 21, 35, 50

So for me, Yes. I can accept a trade off in correcting CA in post for the other benefits that the Zoom offer.

T'was interesting to see how the resolution and fall off from EV really wasn't that different from the DA 15, Which I confess was the greatest worry. As I have seen sooooo many lovely images of the DA15. Good to know the DA* at 16 should be as capable.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-08-2017, 09:57 PM  
I'd Print and Hang This - Your Best Film Shots
Posted By tromboads
Replies: 102
Views: 13,776
Gals / Guys. This thread is lovely. I'm taken the camera for a walk tonight.

Well done you jerks. (it's cold here but now I need to go make photos)

#Edit. not hijacking thread, thanks for kicking me out in the rain everyone. I had fun.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-21-2013, 04:41 PM  
Metal Hood Shape
Posted By tromboads
Replies: 23
Views: 4,779
over here.

It makes the sense. f stop if focal length / entrance pupil

for a f1.4 lens

f1.4 = 50mm / 35.7

so wide open the 50mm f1.4 has a hole 35.7mm wide :P When we change that with that step down ring, you are effectively stopping down the lens... plugging the numbers in..

f = 50 / 28
f= 1.78


No surprise it's sharper, my f1.4 stopped down a click is much sharper :P

Wombat2go said it first tho :P
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-21-2013, 04:21 PM  
Metal Hood Shape
Posted By tromboads
Replies: 23
Views: 4,779
wait wait wait wait wait wait.

as pointed out by another, this hood is simply changing the f stop, ala stopping down the lens.

Of course its going to be a shed load clearer. 50/28 is f1.78.

I call Shenanigans.

All this magic can be yours too just be moving the aperture ring...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-29-2018, 09:02 PM  
DP Review puts K-1 Mark II as second worst camera of 2018
Posted By tromboads
Replies: 996
Views: 73,305
Ah I keep getting notifications of this silly thread, It's like a subscription curse! Pg23.. Geeeeees.

Here's a representation of me hitting the unsubscribe button


It's also part of some photos I was taking instead of worrying about gear crud. (:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-25-2018, 01:39 PM  
DP Review puts K-1 Mark II as second worst camera of 2018
Posted By tromboads
Replies: 996
Views: 73,305
It's a little concerning a lot here seem so insecure and defensive. Especially in something as frivolous as if your camera is "liked" by some entertainer (they are on youtube right?)

Rest easy everyone, Just, make, pictures :)
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 11-25-2018, 09:37 PM  
Ode to the K5
Posted By tromboads
Replies: 16
Views: 3,123
Turn the volume up for a real banger.

Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 11-25-2018, 06:53 PM  
Ode to the K5
Posted By tromboads
Replies: 16
Views: 3,123
We are gathered here to mark the passing of a faithful little body that has travelled with me, heck, for 5 years?

It was bought prior loved with an intermediate fault of the SR system failing, and today, just in time for Christmas, it has finally given up.

Asking of it to capture a Indian Minor with it's child perched the with the sun shining toward it was to much. It finally let go. Activating the shutter now has it locked in a clickclikclicklickclick techo styles dance where you can only regain control by pulling the battery.

The we ol' thing captured a bunch of moments. To many friends, to many pleasant memories, heck it saw my engagement.

Ye K5 with Serial 3842406, with 33,727 images under your belt (I'm sure one of you nerds is keeping track of when these things die), I thank you.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-18-2015, 04:34 AM  
Asahi SMC Takumar 135mm 2.5 M42
Posted By tromboads
Replies: 11
Views: 3,905
Firstly, that little metal piece is the indexing for the later model Spotmatics! That is how the later model Spotmatics could determine what aperture the lens was set too. Those tabs were only on the later Super-Multi-Coated Takumars and SMC Takumars

Are you sue this is what is stopping you from moving the aperture?

Super Multi Coated Takumers have a (AUTO-MAN) switch on the side which only works freely whilst a little pin is pushed down. No not the aperture pin sticking out of the back but a tiny small pin found on the mounting surface. This pin needs to be depressed or you can not change between the auto and man settings. This is not found on "Super Takumers" but only on the later SMC and Super Multi Coated Takumers. I worry this switch it set to auto and thus moving the aperture indicator freely does nothing, and you have mistaken the metal bar as the aperture control lever?

I only say as much as I'm confused how that metal aperture indicator could be fouling your canon / or the adapter. They barely protrude and if anything, would hit the mirror, but still not get in the way of you selecting your aperture...

Folk have only needed to cut away at M and K, and A mount lens as they lack this auto / man switch. Your Takumar is good because it has the auto / man switch ;)
Forum: Sold Items 03-26-2018, 04:01 AM  
For Sale - Sold: SOLD ..2 lenses for the price of one ! Pentax SMC-M 50mm 1.4 and 1.7 lenses...... $65
Posted By tromboads
Replies: 6
Views: 1,057
And if you don't like his PM I'll have em :P
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 02-03-2018, 06:49 PM  
K5 is the best
Posted By tromboads
Replies: 22
Views: 4,164
Well finally had some time to sit down and look at some of the images properly, even without SR being weird it was fine.

Again most of these with the M35 f2.8.

The view from the plains outside of Te Anau
Click for driveway!
Click for storm coming

Toward, and on Milford Sound
Click for waterfall
Click for where you would like to be on a bicycle
Click for the view toward the Homer tunnel, that takes out back up and out of the mountain.

You would think one would get over looking at mountains, not so. Small climbs have you looking at peeks as if you where dropped from a helicopter.
Click for, yep a mountain

One could spend months looking at the changes in shape and texture.
Click for black

Can't wait to go back.

Go to New Zealand.
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 01-14-2018, 10:53 PM  
K5 is the best
Posted By tromboads
Replies: 22
Views: 4,164
Spent a day walking the Key Summit trail (out near Milford Sound) Beautiful 6km~ walk up a hill to get wonderful views.

At the car park there I was with the DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, and with the M35 f2.8 once more. After a bit of camera roulette, and packing the bag a couple of times whilst the misses was wearing sunscreen, I ended up once again, like I have all holiday, leaving the DA's in the car, attaching the M35 to the ye old K5, throw a polarising filter in the pocket and done.

And it was perfect. There really wasn't a vista where the 35mm wasn't wide enough. And forget about fast glass. The thing was set to f8, and its hyper-focal distance (4.5m, giving me Infinity down to 3m) all day. I merely adjusted the shutter a stop of two depending on what the clouds where doing.

It was a wonderful reminder that despite all the excitement and all the features we crave and carry on about, when it comes down to waking up a hill, less is more, and more then suitable.

The thing swang around my neck all day hitting trees, rocks, getting covered in dust, I might have been more careful with a DA* attached, the M35 gave me that freedom to just enjoy it. And the manual focus glass was just that little bit easy to focus since it was living at f8 all day. I was confident shooting my partner in front of me form the hip knowing it was going to capture the distance necessary.

Anyway I really enjoyed my walk up the hill with the faulting K5 (there are still a load of frames where the sensor seems to have been dancing around, but enough of the nice stuff to keep me happy) and the 80's M35 f2.8, and that's the point I suppose.

Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 01-11-2018, 05:07 AM  
K5 is the best
Posted By tromboads
Replies: 22
Views: 4,164
I bought my K5 second hand 5yrs ago? Has been faithfully by my side since. Have missed a beat. Just today I've noticed a reason issue with the SR system, it's playing up and giving me random frames, even with SR turned off. Things askew, horizons chopped off or missing completely, great things like that.

Anyway what a servent it's been.

Good on ya K5.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-30-2017, 04:47 AM  
How to put a Nikkor lens on a Pentax?
Posted By tromboads
Replies: 15
Views: 4,649
The Nikon F mount and Pentax K mount, are very similar. I used to just mount F Ai / Ais upside down turn it about 60%, there was enough grip on it.

Why however, well that's for you and you alone.
Forum: Pentax Q 04-21-2017, 06:47 PM  
Just discovered the green button was customizable..
Posted By tromboads
Replies: 4
Views: 1,507
Ah the this little dude is adorable. His first time marching "sniff". We had to put a set of straps on a pair of hi-hats so he could carry them.


Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-14-2017, 12:52 AM  
Tried a new way to compare cameras - got a decent surprise
Posted By tromboads
Replies: 45
Views: 5,348
Doesn't matter.

Looking at those samples, one could make art with any of them.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-09-2017, 05:17 PM  
Pentax AF -what is going on?
Posted By tromboads
Replies: 122
Views: 11,452
Has any one told everyone to just go take pictures already?

Oh alright, I'll do it..

Just.. make.. pictures.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-26-2017, 10:39 PM  
Tempted to switch to Canikon as risk mitigation
Posted By tromboads
Replies: 150
Views: 10,626
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-21-2017, 01:07 AM  
Thematic Post Your Cloudscapes
Posted By tromboads
Replies: 4,731
Views: 290,039
Clouds are daaaam cool.

Goodness some nice images here.

I like darker messed up ones. .

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-23-2017, 07:26 PM  
Pentax AF is Great
Posted By tromboads
Replies: 75
Views: 7,198
I want to go for a bike ride :(
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-23-2017, 02:56 AM  
Pentax AF is Great
Posted By tromboads
Replies: 75
Views: 7,198
My partner gets grumpy If I photograph her.... doing just about anything :P

And Clackers, we need to know the position of the moon and what the ambient humidity was before ensuring any direct comparable results for as we all know, exif can be faked! Those highlights Hmmmm they look kinda Canikon to me... :P
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-20-2017, 01:37 PM  
Pentax AF is Great
Posted By tromboads
Replies: 75
Views: 7,198
Mee, Why would I want 9 shot in sequence of the same subject? I knew where I wanted the car to be, so I tracked it as It until it was in the position of where I wanted it, then I took it's picture.

Even if the camera just snapped it out the air in that single instant, well isn't that's even more remarkable given the speed of the AF lenses we have?

But I'll play because something interesting did happen I suppose. I had turned around to talk to a mate then a car spun around behind me, The tyres squelching had me turned around and I snapped these in sequence.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-20-2017, 12:09 AM  
Pentax AF is Great
Posted By tromboads
Replies: 75
Views: 7,198
The official gets a 2 door corolla? Neat. :D

Again , I can't believe my eyes. What is this sacrilege you show before me of shots of things moving in focus! I just refuse to believe it. "LA LA LA ALALALALA!"
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-21-2017, 06:15 AM  
Pentax AF is Great
Posted By tromboads
Replies: 75
Views: 7,198
Ah this ain't no fun.

Lets just all agree, that the myth of AF-C being unusable is rubbish. It's plenty darn usable. And then we can all get along taking photos like this guy.

See he's having fun.

---------- Post added 03-21-17 at 11:25 PM ----------

Speaking of fun

Porsche driving is not fun. It's serious business when one is not sleeping. :P How calm does this guy look. This is the exist from the down hill right turn before the banked rleft on to the start line. His foot would have been buried here yet no smiles or childish laughter. I'm unsure If I would ever stop laughing being on full noise in a 911.

Oh and yeah. Penatx AF-C is fine.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-19-2017, 04:33 PM  
Pentax AF is Great
Posted By tromboads
Replies: 75
Views: 7,198
Had a ball down at Philip Island on the weekend with a local historic car meet. Sadly I arrived (and without a ND filter) so my shots were a little limited, ANYWAY!

With my K5, I had my DA200 and a DA50-135, having hear everyone tell me how rubbish it would be I was expecting to use them like I had my Taks previous, compose an part of the track I want a car in, wait for the car to enter, CLICK CLICK CLICK.

I was able to use AF-C to track them from corner entry, down out of the corner, all day long. I set my AF point to the right hand side (because that's usually where in the frame I wanted stuff) and it worked fine. As for speeds of auto-focus, I couldn't tell them apart, OH! both the DA200 and DA50-135 have been converted to screw driver.

Have some low res JPEGS;


Yellow Mellow

Wrong way go back

Just a little outside wheel

Actually that turned out to be far worse :P

Go chase things with your "crappy" AF cameras everyone.
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