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Forum: Lens Clubs 05-26-2019, 09:40 AM  
Mamiya Lens Club
Posted By utak
Replies: 79
Views: 4,205
Two great, radio-active lenses! I think the chrome version Mamiya/Sekor 55/1.4 is probably my most handsome lens. I just wish my copy was a bit sharper wide open.

Here it is taking a snap (heavily processed) of another radio-active lens:



..and with a Raynox M-250:

Forum: Lens Clubs 05-15-2019, 09:01 AM  
The "Projector Lens" Club ...
Posted By utak
Replies: 426
Views: 104,405
My new acquisition to go alongside a Leitz Portugal Colorplan 90mm 2.5 from Jean Poitiers :).

From what I’ve read they have different optical designs - the earlier silver one has 5 elements 4 groups, and the black one 6 elements 4 groups. Haven't used the German one in earnest, except to test it, and it has a different min/max focus distance. If it's as sharp and colourful as the Portuguese, I'll be very happy.



Here are some recent photos from the Portuguese one.





Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-11-2019, 02:04 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By utak
Replies: 18,177
Views: 1,227,971


Chalk and cheese....Devonshire Passage in West London, linking Dukes Road to the A4. (S-M-C Takumar 28/3.5). And on the other side of the A4, the Duke's Avenue leading to Chiswick House. (Super Takumar 50/1.4 and IR PP).

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-01-2019, 03:44 AM  
Game Daily in May 2019 - discussion thread
Posted By utak
Replies: 81
Views: 2,418
Yes, I've spent time preparing a spreadsheet planning routes!! Given that I'm going to work through 21 lenses in focal length order (and speed/age order after that), part of the challenge has been making sure I'm at the right place with the lens of the day, to take best advantage of that lens.

Hope you are inspired enough to join.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-01-2019, 02:20 AM  
Game Daily in May 2019 - discussion thread
Posted By utak
Replies: 81
Views: 2,418
My Takumar lenses have been sadly neglected this year. So, this challenge is a good opportunity to give them all a run out for a month, starting with my 24/3.5 and ending with a 200/4.

I’m going to follow a week-day theme – snapshots from my walk to work, taken sequentially along the route each day. For 25 years, I commuted by London underground into “the City”. Squashed up against other commuters, often in appalling sardine-like conditions down tunnels. So now it’s a joy to walk to work in the open air. I'll try to explain the different "sights" of West London each day.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-29-2019, 03:35 AM  
Thematic Flickr Explored
Posted By utak
Replies: 951
Views: 64,246
LOL. That moonlanding shot - taken with a small plastic figure, self-raising flour and iPhone lighting - sat at number 7 on Explore for most of the day. Posted as a joke for a Macro theme group, it ended up by far my highest placing...

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-01-2019, 02:24 AM  
Thematic Flickr Explored
Posted By utak
Replies: 951
Views: 64,246
Today, 1st April 2019, I celebrated my 4,494th Explore, according to Scout. Below is an un-doctored screen shot from Scout - it made me laugh at least.

---------- Post added 04-01-19 at 10:44 AM ----------

...and here is my second to last Explore. Taken with a Helios 40 and K-1.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-12-2019, 02:11 PM  
Game Stupid Camera Tricks (and Stupid Lens Tricks)
Posted By utak
Replies: 109
Views: 4,703
Really enjoying this thread and some amazing images from very imaginative photographers. Here are some of my efforts, using home-made lens filters and reversing glass.

Helios 44-2 and filter; showing how the lens distorts and rotates light to produce swirls



...and another Helios 44-2, changing directions.



Reversing the front element of an Auto-Takumar 35/2.3. This is a really stupid thing to do to an old classic but I couldn't resist



...and another Helios 44-2, with its front element reversed. I especially like the effects bottom left on this one. Most importantly (in terms of pixie dust) the image got me an invite to the "invitation only" Fairies World group on Flickr....!

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-28-2019, 01:00 PM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By utak
Replies: 15,910
Views: 1,427,334
Nice! Is this the K mount version? I've been enjoying the M42 version Auto Revuenon 55/1.2 recently.

And for something different, a Helios 44-2 with a home made starburst filter.



Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-24-2019, 03:03 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By utak
Replies: 18,177
Views: 1,227,971


Trees on the Duke's avenue by Chiswick House, with a Tomioka Auto Revuenon 55/1.2.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-24-2019, 01:22 PM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By utak
Replies: 15,910
Views: 1,427,334


Some singing lines and patterns at f1.2 from a Tomioka Auto Revuenon 55/1.2, M42 version.
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-20-2019, 08:18 AM  
Mamiya Lens Club
Posted By utak
Replies: 79
Views: 4,205
I have a Mamiya/Sekor 55/1.4. It's a very handsome lens, with a chrome nose. Here are some shots with the lens.







Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-06-2019, 01:31 AM  
Game Daily in January 2019 - discussion thread
Posted By utak
Replies: 79
Views: 2,655
Hi everyone, apologies for the absence of photos and comments - I've been laid low by a nasty bug. Feeling better today and hope to be back in action soon, Simon
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-31-2018, 05:01 AM  
Game Daily in January 2019 - discussion thread
Posted By utak
Replies: 79
Views: 2,655
I’m in. It’s been a while....
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-31-2018, 01:55 AM  
Thematic Year End Review: Your Favorite Photos of 2018
Posted By utak
Replies: 84
Views: 4,126
Really enjoy seeing all the great photos on this threat. It's easier for me to find my own favourite K-1 photos by month, so here goes, with some commentary.

January - Starting the year with a swirl. Birthday glitter and a Helios 44-2



February - It doesn't snow much in London. This is Chiswick House. K28/3.5



March - Hardly took any photos this month :(, so here's a replacement from a lens I must use more in 2019. S-M-C Takumar 28/3.5.



April - The Roman caldarium at Aquae Sulis, Bath. DA10-17



May - Takumar 58/2. Acquired in 2018, still not sure whether I like the images from this rare Sonnar design lens (vs other 50/55mm lenses). This is my favourite so far.



June - Cat phobias. It's funny, whenever I post a photo of our cat on Flickr, I lose some followers, immediately. But she's got such beautiful eyes, I can't stop photographing her. K55/1.8.



July - M50/1.7.



August - Tried numerous angles of this fence collapsing into bokeh with different lenses. This came out the best IMO. Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Oreston 50/1.8.



September - Wheels of time, inside a carriage clock. DA 35mm Macro



October - A new lens for me; heavy, but a stunner. The 18-bladed preset Takumar 200/3.5. Participants on the Oct Single in Challenge will know I spent quite a long time trying to produce spirograph effects with the lens. The same scene/distance, on the left stopped down and on the right, wide open.



November - A celebration of sorts, my 100th Explore on Flickr - if you include an Explore that was subsequently banned by Flickr as it looked like a promotional shot for a Pentax Cameras book! Super-Takumar 85/1.9



December - Some festive bokeh. DA 35mm Macro.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-03-2018, 02:58 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By utak
Replies: 18,177
Views: 1,227,971


Takumar 200/3.5. Taken under kitchen lights at night, this photo was quite yellow in colour, so looks much better in monotone!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-31-2018, 05:14 AM  
Game Single In - October, 2018
Posted By utak
Replies: 160
Views: 4,282
I started to write down some comments about the Takumar 200/3.5 for this thread, and they grew and grew. So much that I decided to post all my comments as a lens review, with some photos here: Takumar 200mm F3.5 Reviews - M42 Screwmount Telephoto Primes - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

Anyway, in the short, the lens has a strong reputation and it doesn't disappoint. Excellent build quality, image quality and those 18 blades produce some great bokeh.

I’ve very much enjoyed returning to the challenge for this month after a long absence. Without the challenge, I wouldn't have used the lens nearly so much, nor tried out different compositions/styles/spirographs!

Many thanks for your company, all your great photos and comments. Cheers, Simon
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-30-2018, 07:46 AM  
The first but not the last
Posted By utak
Replies: 13
Views: 270
Here are two famous SLR/mirror cameras together on a mirror. Photographed with a mirrorless camera.

The world’s first commercially successful SLR film camera – the Asahi Pentax (AP). And, of course, Pentax’s first FF digital SLR – the K-1.

Snapped with a K-01 and DA40mm XS. Not the normal mirror image reflections in a lake etc., but it seems appropriate to post this shot given Pentax's up-coming special anniversary.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-16-2018, 08:39 AM  
Game Single In - October, 2018
Posted By utak
Replies: 160
Views: 4,282
Thank you!

I don't add many tags, often none at all, and the lack of tags may limit the views from beyond Flickr. But specifically for Flickr views, I always add a photo to at least four groups. With my style/lens, it tends to be bokeh groups, plus M42 and manual focus lenses and other themes, such as macros, colours, specific subject groups. For example for the VW Beetle, a VW Bugs group.

I think posting to relevant groups with many members is the most effective way to get more views and get explored. And once you are on the explore bandwagon, and known better, it seems to be easier to get explored. Having said that, I avoid groups like the plague if they ask for "post 1/comment on 3" etc. They are designed to increase views, but I find them irritating.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-16-2018, 12:39 AM  
Game Single In - October, 2018
Posted By utak
Replies: 160
Views: 4,282
So much for my ability to share the right photos from the Takumar 200/3.5 with the group.

According to Scout Explore, this photo was Explored on Flick on the 13th at #170. But I didn't share it with you, choosing a fence instead - so I'd like to share it now. (BTW it was one of those Explores that is not actually listed on the day - its included retrospectively a day later - so it doesn't get the traffic).

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-10-2018, 10:55 PM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By utak
Replies: 15,910
Views: 1,427,334


K-1 and Takumar 200/3.5 wide open, with its 18 blades unused...
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-05-2018, 03:06 PM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By utak
Replies: 18,177
Views: 1,227,971


Cascading railings, with a K-1 and Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Oreston 50mm f1.8.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-03-2018, 06:50 AM  
Game Single In - October, 2018
Posted By utak
Replies: 160
Views: 4,282
That's right, once you get to the A6500 you get IBIS, but it's a big step up in price. (Not sure about IBIS on all A7 bodies). The kit lens with the A6000, and some other Sony lenses have in-lens stabilisation (OSS). I've used OSS and non-stabilised lenses, and quite frankly the OSS makes no perceivable difference to me for stills. For video, OSS becomes more useful.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-03-2018, 06:32 AM  
Game Single In - October, 2018
Posted By utak
Replies: 160
Views: 4,282
I love the results I get from the K-01/sensor, but for many MF lenses, especially outside, the lack of a Viewfinder is a PITA, even with back screen focus peaking, and I recommend you avoid. My K-01's focus peaking was a little erratic (comparing what I thought I was focusing on and how it turned out back at base), and I didn't feel I could rely on it.

The K-3 remains the best cropped camera I've used with M42 lenses. For what it does, the Sony A6000 is excellent value, with good focus and exposure support through the EVF...but disappointingly for me anyway, I haven't had much success using old lenses with the e-mount to M42 adapter, particularly near or closer to infinity.

Speaking of old lenses, here is a photo of the Takumar 200/3.5 I'm using this month. Thought I should get a few photos of it before the gold quality control sticker wears off! The lens, as you can see, is quite long, and it's the length (not weight) that causes the most problems hand held. There's a reason it came with a tripod collar.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-01-2018, 10:52 AM  
Game Single In - October, 2018
Posted By utak
Replies: 160
Views: 4,282
Good idea - thanks. The MFD of this lens is marked as 2.5 meters, so it needs some close focus help. I may also try the Raynox M250 on the end.
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