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Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 4 Days Ago  
What's Your Favorite Camera Bag That Looks Nothing Like a Camera Bag?
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 18
Views: 954
A plain old fanny-pack covers a lot of options for me.
Forum: Lens Clubs 4 Days Ago  
Adaptall Mount Club (Tamron).
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 3,479
Views: 537,189
Stacked, de-glassed filter rings, step-up filter adapters and sometimes a taped-on tulip pattern copied from the DIY shade sites offer a wide variety of hood options -- all in keeping with the spirit of the Adaptall lenses.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-07-2017, 12:25 PM  
Misc Strong-lines
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 1
Views: 137
Any working waterfront with its piers, wharves, bridges, etc is always a source of strong, nominally abstract, lines. These taken at Cape Girardeau, MO on the Mississippi River.

One of the last of the CCD-sensor bodies, the K200D does just fine there.

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-05-2017, 08:51 AM  
screw on lens hood generic
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 16
Views: 591
If you're interested in function over fashion simply go to one of the sites that offer hood patterns and try a few paper patterns until you find one you're satisfied with.

Then purchase one or more inexpensive generic plastic hoods and duplicate the pattern with a file, Dremel tool sanding accessory or...?

No hood is perfect -- every hood is helpful to some extent -- cosmetic appearance affects neither one.

Digital lens hoods

lens hood pattern - Google SearchImages for lens hood pattern


OBTW, for those that've never used a range-finder camera, those neat lookin' vents in the hood are to provide a field of view for the RF window, not for 'fashion'.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-02-2017, 07:12 PM  
All Purpose Lens
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 22
Views: 973
There's a whole lot of things that building new eye/hand/muscle habits can result in better results regardless of the gear involved.

Pick a lens, any ol' lens, and have 'er slowly and deliberately swap it in and out ten times. Then do it quicker. Build competency. Familiarity builds muscle-memory. Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.

Make it a slow, three-step process at first:

1) First explain why you want/need to change focal lengths for a good reason*. Works with zoom lenses too.

2) Actually swap lenses (or just re-install the same one).

3) Verify the entire range of intended menu settings. They changed. If a lens change takes five seconds make lemonade -- use the time to plan how you're gonna use the different POV.

*Maybe two steps closer or to the side will work mo' betta? That's a habit that helps (temporarily) cure LBA too!
Forum: General Talk 10-02-2017, 08:41 AM  
RIP - Ron Kruger
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 2
Views: 291
:( It's been a while, but Ron Kruger was a forum member here a while back. He was an avid writer, photographer and editor of outdoors magazines.

R.I.P. Ron Kruger

Ron Kruger - View Profile -
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-28-2017, 08:51 AM  
Another This vs. That! A* 300/4 vs Tamron (60B) 300/ 2.8
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 16
Views: 915
An excellent example.

The time and effort we spent mastering focus and DOF seems to be devoted exclusively to bitching about failed auto focus today. I well remember having to memorize DOF charts before being allowed to check out 'advanced' gear like the Kodak Medalist or a manual focus lens. (An', yes, it was three-miles up-hill in the snow in both directions too. :D )
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-27-2017, 04:37 PM  
Another This vs. That! A* 300/4 vs Tamron (60B) 300/ 2.8
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 16
Views: 915
True. I've had some of the lighter 300's - the M42's - but not an A* - and they're pleasant to shot with.

But one thing I've found with the larger, heavier lenses is that I seem to take a more disciplined approach to using them simply because they DO take thoughtful intent. Consequently I feel like I had more consistently good results as much because of attention to detail as to inherent lens quality.

My DA*300's a fine combination of all things tele in my experience. A pleasure to use.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-27-2017, 02:20 PM  
Another This vs. That! A* 300/4 vs Tamron (60B) 300/ 2.8
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 16
Views: 915
I owned the AD-2 SP 300/2.8 (360B) for many years. It wasn't a DA*300 but it never failed to satisfy me if I used it intelligently. The multi-body, Adaptall versatility was a major plus and helped justify the cost.

This older pix was with a K200 + 360B + Tamron Pz-AF 1.4x TC @ f5.6 at109 yds. I considered the 2.8 aperture to be a helpful focusing aid and shot at f4-8 whenever possible.
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-25-2017, 04:21 PM  
Adaptall Mount Club (Tamron).
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 3,479
Views: 537,189
A hood is a tool. Modify it as necessary. There are no extra points for cosmetic appearance. The result is what counts.

DIY Lens Hoods - no math required
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-12-2017, 01:40 PM  
Looking for advice
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 21
Views: 828

One of your best learning tools will be a relatively simple but useful post-processing program that allows you to freely explore, experiment and begin to understand the "processing" of imagery. (Used to take forever in a wet-darkroom with expensive film and chemicals). Something that doesn't boggle the mind with exotic storage schemes and advanced tweaks. I recommend Faststone's free 'Image Viewer' as a starter.

faststone image - Google Search

Shoot -- a lot. Learn to understand the Histogram. De-brief every shot on the screen where you can compare results. Get a grasp of Spot, Center Average and Matrix metering. See what changes the Scene modes make to the 'normal-average' exposure results (RTFM) -- it's simply what knowledgeable shooter's would apply to tweak an average situation and, incidentally, the best use of matrix metering mode as it then understands how to best apply the possible exposure options to a given scene.

If you're not smiling over at least one shot per session you're doin' it wrong - it's supposed to be fun. An' don't let anyone see anything you're not happy with. The biggest difference between a pro and a beginner is the size of their waste baskets!
Forum: Pentax Q 08-24-2017, 02:45 PM  
Q construction
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 16
Views: 986
Not to mention the 'RCH'.
Forum: Pentax Q 08-23-2017, 09:45 PM  
Q construction
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 16
Views: 986
I found it quite agreeable to give up a 'smidgen' of build difference for the noticeably better practical IQ of the Q7.

Also consider the likely advantage you'll have with the smaller 'crop factor' which allows wider effective focal lengths for all lenses. That alone may eliminate, or at least delay, your urge to acquire the (excellent) 08 WA lens.

The better IQ of the Q7 also allows more cropping to regain most of the effect of longer FL lenses.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-15-2017, 02:15 PM  
Extension tube PK-A conversion?
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 14
Views: 619
IME close-up and macro photography is so slow and deliberate in both planning and execution that I've never considered automation for focus or exposure to be advantageous.

OTOH, simple manual extension devices lend themselves to experimentation and DIY lens mount adapters that would be unavailable or prohibitively expensive if purchased.

Given the tremendous advantages of post-shot histogram and DOF review my only attempt to automate macro exposure was to de-glass a TC for use in a particular remote shooting situation. Today, tethering might be an even better answer.
Forum: Pentax Q 08-13-2017, 10:21 AM  
Practical (comparitive) results
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 1
Views: 464
One with the Q7+02 lens, the other with the K5iis + DA 18-135. Cropped and PP'ed both produced nice 14x11 prints and I can't tell one from the other framed and hangin' on the wall.

I much prefer shooting with DSLRs - I have more confidence in predictable results using a VF - but with a little attention to detail the Q-systems produce more than satisfactory images and can't be beat for compact EDC (every day carry) and convenience.

[ I'm twice blessed at the moment :D, but the Bluebird's being replaced by the Golden Canary - unfortunately there's only one nest available and two seat's are sufficient unto the mission now :( -- a 7KCAB and a PA-22/20-150 for those interested. ]

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-07-2017, 06:56 PM  
M42 on a K-Mount: Stop-down metering isn't the big problem (for me, anyway)
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 20
Views: 757
:lol: You've just gotta love this recurring topic.

It's like watchin' grandpa try to explain granny's reminiscence about a hand cranked, party-line phone call to an iPad-carryin' thirteen year old while using a second generation dial phone as a prop. :hmm:

Few topics today span such a limitless opportunity for predictable confusion. Pull up a chair -- bring pop corn an' a beverage too.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-07-2017, 10:35 AM  
handing down my *istDS
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 8
Views: 695
My DS has worn a M42-K adapter and been dedicated to Super-Tak lenses ever since I acquired my first K200. With the mode dial set to Manual and the adapter 'permanently' mounted to the body (the way it was originally intended to be used!) each time I pick it up it's a nostalgia trip back to my Spotmatics. Results are at least as good as with film after a little PP and it's a lot more convenient than ending the day in a 'wet' darkroom too.

Twelve years old and it's never skipped a beat or misbehaved. Those original 6 MPs still work fine for close-ups in the garden and TTL flash is a familiar old habit.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-11-2017, 09:37 AM  
a dumass newbie question -- pretty basic
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 29
Views: 1,229
Now that you mention it -- why don't we have 'zoom' hammers and screw drivers? Are adjustable wrenches 'zoom' tools? :confused:

Ohh, hey, an' my truck. A fixed horse power engine? Bummer! :( But the automatic transmission sort'a counts as a 'zoom-box' I suppose. ;)
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 07-02-2017, 07:46 AM  
Which PENTAX Diopter-Adjustment Correction Lens Adapter for a KX?
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 4
Views: 450
Go to a store that sells reading glasses and experiment to see what combination of diopter for VF and glasses works best.
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-14-2017, 10:15 AM  
Adaptall Mount Club (Tamron).
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 3,479
Views: 537,189
Maybe 'cause most folks don't want to admit to using lenses that sell 2-for-twenty-bucks used regardless of optical quality?

My two started in a mishap investigation kit with a K1000, a cheap strobe and a set of close-up filters and never disappointed me.
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-13-2017, 07:10 PM  
Adaptall Mount Club (Tamron).
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 3,479
Views: 537,189
The 40 and 44 are, in my opinion, very underrated lenses. Optically they'd be SP-quality, IME, if they were 2.8 lenses and the body wasn't early poly-carbonate designs. I've never encountered anyone with a bad opinion of them or heard of one with mechanical issues. As lower cost trial lenses for the then new designs in poly-carbonates Tamron was wisely cautious with marketing and soon produced similar enhanced models with very little benefit except marketing looks and 2.8 aperture.

I've owned and enjoyed both for almost thiry-plus years on film and digital bodies. Both have played very well with the Tamron 1.4x TC and extension rings or close-up filters too.

It's good to see 'em displayed as well this.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-27-2017, 04:11 PM  
What's your favorite 180/200mm MF lens?
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 28
Views: 1,270
Two of 'em. Unfortunately old eyes an' manual focus issues have relegated 'em to the pasture now. Both Tamron Adaptalls: the 180/2.5 (63B) and the 80-200/2.8 (30A).

Until the last few years if I could only own three lenses the AD-2 80-200/2.8 I owned would've been one of 'em. It matched the 180/2.8 in every practical sense except compact size and weight vs. utility.

Today the AF 90 macro (with a 1.4 TC as needed) and the AF 70-210 serve in their stead -- but it just isn't as satisfying.
Forum: Pentax Q 05-22-2017, 05:19 PM  
Q adapters
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 31
Views: 2,955
Make your own spacer - it's nuthun but a space with a hole in it. Stack cardboard if nothing else. Large plumbing washers? Threads are 1/4x20 if a longer screw is needed.
Forum: Pentax Q 04-30-2017, 08:39 AM  
Anyone using a Hoodman type device with a Q?
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 15
Views: 1,378
Some stuff in the Q-DIY thread.

Hole's to see if I turned the camera off when the hood's closed.

Works well, carries OK.

Forum: Pentax Q 04-26-2017, 09:56 AM  
The "reach" of the Q - images
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 1,220
Views: 197,807
Just another example of the "size counts" rule -- the difference between the pro photographer and the enthusiastic amateur is the size of their respective waste baskets.
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