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Forum: Lens Clubs 9 Hours Ago  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By blankmampf
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A great image series! You also did a very good job isolating the subject from the background, and the bokeh is pleasingly soft.
It's incredible to see how nimble a being without any limbs can be. It's a shame you hardly see them around here.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 9 Hours Ago  
The K10D Club!
Posted By blankmampf
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I'm sure you wouldn't regret it :)
Maybe you can get a decent K10D (or its unofficial twin, the Samsung GX10), for around 60€ on eBay.
It's still a very cappable camera today, and good vintage glass can be had for a low price.
The only reason why I'm looking for a K-3 ii is for my birdhunting purposes, to have more megapixels to crop, and improved ISO performance to handle slow tele lenses better.
Even if I find one, I'll probably keep the K10D for the sub-150mm photo duty.
Forum: Lens Clubs 9 Hours Ago  
Takumar club
Posted By blankmampf
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I've come across Utak as well in my research about good vintage lenses :)
He has so many treasures, it's always making me jealous, and a bit disheartened when I look at their prices on eBay.

Thanks for the suggestions of vyoufinder and Steve O'Nions, I'll be sure to take a look at their channels later on today.

Two more I've really enjoyed are snappiness (his review about the K10D, and some of the Pentax lenses were what persuaded me to go Pentax), and Azriel Knight, who is all about film photography.
Krolop & Gerst also have very interesting and in-depth talks about lenses in their "Objektivreihe", however it's German only. Great if you speak the language (or subtitles are sufficient) and want to delve deeper with a very knowledgeable and experienced lens expert.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10 Hours Ago  
Hello from lovely Lübeck, Germany
Posted By blankmampf
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I've sold off the Phenix since then, trying to reduce my equipment stash a bit.
For now I'm mostly using two Pentax vintage M42 lenses, the Takumar 135/3.5 and 55/1.8, but the 50mm F/1.7 is just such a nice and small lens that it'll surely see more use another day :)

---------- Post added 05-08-21 at 05:58 AM ----------



Since my first post here, I've vastly expanded my lens range, mostly with manual vintage glass. I'm taken with the stellar craftsmanship of old lenses.
I'll be visiting my parents soon, travelling by bike and train, so I had to make a tough choice and only bring what fit into my camera bag :lol:

I decided on bringing the kit lens, because it's still my most wide-angled one, and together with an old Sigma 70-300mm, I can cover a very large focal length range.
They live in Mannheim, a rather large city close to Frankfurt, with lots of old and new buildings, and also the Rhine and some nature close by, so I'll be sure to take many photos :)
Forum: Lens Clubs 2 Days Ago  
Takumar club
Posted By blankmampf
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Thanks alot for the advice! Didn't know about the Panagor 90 so far, and I don't have a "true" macro lens so far, so I'll keep my eye on eBay :)
Aside from the two Takumars, I also have an Industar 50 50mm F/3.5 from a Zenit E, and the insane Pentacon 300mm F/4. There are so many interesting vintage lenses, the Helios 44 and Jupiter 9 are on my wishlist as well.

But for this month, I'm trying to keep my Gear Acquisition Syndrome in check, and "only" save up for a K-3 ii :D since it would be a huge upgrade over the K10D for my birdhunting purposes, especially with live view for better focussing of manual lenses.
Forum: Lens Clubs 2 Days Ago  
Takumar club
Posted By blankmampf
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Hello, everyone!
I got into DSLR photography two months ago after only having used a smartphone camera before, and getting to grips with the new hobby has taken up a very decent amount of my free time since then :lol:
I decided to go Pentax due to the large range of cheap but decent vintage glass which was stabilized thanks to IBIS, and due to the reputation for very decent image quality and rugged build. To start off, I got myself a K10D, a digital camera from 2007 and one of the last with a CCD sensor, and was surprised and very happy with the images I got out of it :)

In terms of Takumar, I'm still a novice, counting "only" a Super Takumar 135mm F/3.5 and a Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 55mm F/1.8 among my posessions, since as a student, my budget is limited.

I haven't used them much, but so far I am very taken with the colour reproduction of the 135mm Takumar :) to my eye its far more pleasing than the more modern Sigma 28-200mm zoom I compared it to for nature photography. Here are two images I liked most:





I would love to get my hands on a wide-angle Takumar and even faster 85mm/135mm Takumars some time in the future. One can dream....
Forum: Lens Clubs 2 Days Ago  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By blankmampf
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Nice shot :) I also like the out-of-focus stalks in the foreground, it really makes the scene seem like a slice directly out of nature. And good parents in nature are always a plus :D
I've seen the most endearing display a few days ago, a large bird (very funky red feathers on head, else grey, the younglings black coat with large white spots) was carrying her offspring on her back in the water.
I was really kicking myself for not having had my camera with me at that moment. I managed to take a picture with my smartphone (see here: Flickr), but of course the resolution is lacking compared to a large-sensor camera with a tele lens.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 2 Days Ago  
Hello from lovely Lübeck, Germany
Posted By blankmampf
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Thank you all! :)
I'm surprised at the sudden inrush of new replies to my introduction thread.
And as has happened to probably most, I now feel a bit ashamed about my first images posted here, even after just two months of experience :lol:

---------- Post added 05-06-21 at 05:39 AM ----------



I must say I'm not too familiar with the history of the city, and have only been inside two of the churches here.
I believe about half of the buildings were destroyed, and you can certainly tell which ones have been rebuilt.
Thankfully there are still many wonderful corners and old brick buildings and walls around :) and I count myself lucky to have a small flat right in the heart of it. So many beautiful old facades in my street alone, and plenty of cobblestone. Nice to look at, but when you're going by bike, you have to fear it'll shake loose every screw :D

---------- Post added 05-06-21 at 05:40 AM ----------



Sadly it's not "my" cat, but rather belongs to another tenant in the house. Still I'm always happy to see her around, and give her a few headscratches whenever I have the time :lol:
Forum: Lens Clubs 4 Days Ago  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By blankmampf
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There's a very handy tool for comparing iso performance head to head on DPReview:
Studio shot comparison: Digital Photography Review
They don't have the K-3 iii yet, but hopefully they'll add it soon :)
Forum: Lens Clubs 6 Days Ago  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By blankmampf
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I think they were great shots :)
I've never heard about a bird building their nest on a raft before, but it seems like an incredible trick of nature.
Congratulations on getting a K-3 iii! It seems to be one of the very best modern DSLR's. May it serve you well!
I'm hoping to upgrade to a K-3 ii within this year, it would be a huge step-up from my K10D.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-27-2021, 10:37 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By blankmampf
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Misread the plan today and ended up one hour earlier at the bus stop than necessary.
Which turned out to be a stroke of luck: There was nature nearby, and I had my camera bag with me. I spent the hour really using my latest vintage glass, a Super Takumar 135mm 3.5 (my first Takumar so far!), and fell in love with it. The size felt just right, it's small and light, and would probably be a great portrait lens as well on full frame.

The colour rendition it delivers is just astounding.



I compared the same scene with my compact always-on Sigma 28-200 at 135mm, and there simply was no contest. The Takumar made everything pop, seem bright and alive.



Subject separation is also very good, more so than I would've anticipated from a relatively slow F/3.5 at 135mm, by today's standards.

I have a Porst Tele 135mm F/2.8 which was my very first vintage glass, and has been somewhat neglected under the constant influx of new lenses. It just didn't "catch" me as the Takumar did, even though it has a delicious ca-tchunk aperture action sound due to its construction.
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-26-2021, 11:21 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By blankmampf
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600mm on a M4/3 camera, wouldn't that make it 1200mm effective focal range? 🤯
And the detail is really impressive for a tight crop. Seems I've been keeping an eye on Olympus camera auctions recently for a good reason ;)
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-24-2021, 02:03 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By blankmampf
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May I ask how you created this image, e.g. with a mount, or astrotracer, and what kind of shutter speed?
I'd love to do astrophotography as well one day :) another reason why I want to upgrade to the K-3 II in the long game.
So far my attempts with image stitching have not been very pleasant to look at :lol:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-23-2021, 11:13 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By blankmampf
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Those cherry leaves have a very nice russet colour towards the edges :)
Here they're still a wee bit green, but the flowers caught my eye as well! I hope these are cherries as well, or else I'm about to make a fool out of myself.
Taken with Pentax-M SMC 50mm F/1.7, took a few tries to get the background blur "just right".


And here's a big, maned cat, also looking forward to summer.
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-23-2021, 10:12 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By blankmampf
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First of all, thank you very much for compiling such an encompassing message :)

It's true, I've been eyeing some of the later Pentax cameras for that very reason. I'll probably upgrade to a K-3 ii one day - I would love to test astrotracer, and would like a successor in the same category as my K10D - but for now I'll be sticking with my current camera. It wouldn't feel right to discard it after such a short time, and I like trying to go as far as I can with the limited hardware and lenses I have.

Good news: Today two adapters arrived, one Novoflex-PK and one M42-PK, so I could try out my Novoflex and Pentacon 300mm F/4 for the first time :)
The flash bump of the camera body hits the bellow adapter though, so portrait format only.
Sadly I "only" have the two-lens 400mm version. I consider myself fortunate enough as is after finding a set with PIGRIFF-B and two whole 400mm and 600mm lenses + tubes + apertures + hoods for 100€. But I'll look out for a T-Noflexar lens set.

After handling the 600mm monster, the 400mm or even the giant 300mm Pentacon felt positively easy to manage :D I can skip the gym in the future it seems. I had few successful shots of birds on nearby roofs, and a very nice one with the Pentacon as well :) will upload soon.

EDIT: Here are two sample shots.
Pentacon 300mm at F/5.6
Noflexar 600mm at F/11
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-21-2021, 10:10 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
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Very interesting. I photographed some deer recently, and would've guessed that they were around 300m away as well. Must've been a fair bit more, then, since they appear smaller in my image than they do in yours, and I had 600mm effective focal range



Congratulations on the nice shot. Sadly we have no fancy whitetails here in old Germany :p

---------- Post added 04-21-21 at 10:14 PM ----------



I know. I'd like to get a decent 1.4x or 1.7x Teleconverter, but they're fairly expensive, even used, and my Gear Acquisition Syndrome had already been acting up enough this week :D
Getting one of those AF teleconverters that turn manual into autofocus lenses (at least for some part of the focus range) would be a dream for me. Maybe after saving up for a few months.

Cropping would be better, however, I simply don't have the resolution to do so. My K10D only has 10 megapixels at its most, and I can't crop much without the pictures becoming mushy. So as long as there's enough light, even a bad teleconverter is better than cropping, in my experience with this camera.

When stopping down to F/8, chromatic aberrations from the lens are fairly well controlled, and the teleconverter doesn't seem to add too much.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-20-2021, 10:45 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By blankmampf
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Had the opportunity to take a long walk today, while waiting for things in the lab to incubate - most time was spent birdhunting, or standing still and hoping they would accept me as part of the scenery :p at least there were some decent results, uploaded on my Flickr again.



Here the sun was just right, and the scene seemed a bit poetic to me. The old looking at the new, another start of the cycle in spring. It's strange to me how there are still so many trees bearing their old coat from autumn.
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-20-2021, 10:40 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By blankmampf
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Thank you kindly! :)

Yes, at least having live view would be a great help for focussing. As it is, I have to delete maybe 70% of my images simply because they are not sufficiently focussed on the subject.
It also doesn't help that the stop-down lever on my vintage 300mm does not work at all. I have to open wide to focus (and see the subject, in some cases), then close down one or two stops to get a sharper image. If the lads from a hundred years ago could do it, then so can I :p




I took a long walk today, camera in tow. Sadly these two hopped away whenever I approached, but I managed to get a decent picture nonetheless. I was surprised myself that I could get decent images today even with a 2x teleconverter while handholding, at 1/90 - 1/125.
Sensor stabilization was one of the features that persuaded me to look for a Pentax, and it hasn't let me down so far :)



Here I got lucky - he sat there just as I was waiting for the bus to arrive, in a lovely scenery. 300mm Auto-Revuenon F/5.6 again, this time sans teleconverter.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-19-2021, 11:16 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By blankmampf
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I never said it was rational :lol:
Maybe I've been tainted by my decision to start off with vintage lenses. I just love how they feel, cool metal and solid clicks everywhere.
My 18-55mm kit lens seems like the exact opposite, even though it also makes great images and has good ergonomics.
At the end of the day, I'm not shooting because I want the very best image quality, although that's a part of the enjoyment, of course. I want to enjoy the entire process, and that includes seeing and handling my camera equipment.

Speaking of vintage, I just managed to snatch up a Super Takumar 135mm 3.5 on eBay :p these last days I'm having a serious and severe case of Gear Acquisition Syndrome....
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-19-2021, 10:36 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
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Saw this little fella scooting up the tree last week :D



A second, and he was gone.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-19-2021, 09:05 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By blankmampf
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I have to say I'm one of those people :o
I just don't like its design, it falls in that uncomfortable "in-between" category of plastic bodies between vintage and modern cameras for me.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-19-2021, 08:29 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By blankmampf
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It's impressively sharp, down to the last brick! :)



Here's one of the images I took this week. I just love how inky black the water looks.



And one of the many interesting sights in the old town district of Lübeck :) there's something reassuring about old ironwork. Has been there since long before we were born, and will probably outlive us by many decades, just solemn dark metal.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-18-2021, 09:58 PM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By blankmampf
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If it's stuck in AF, maybe you could try to tape over the AF contacts to "deactivate" them? :)
If you hit the right contacts, you should retain the data connection, but be able to focus manually, since without an electric circuit, the AF motors should be able to run freely.

And yes, I'm definitely jealous over that F* 300mm :D
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-12-2021, 11:48 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By blankmampf
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A good day, everyone!
I've dipped my toes into the DSLR world only recently, but birds have quickly become one of my favourite subjects, and I found myself longing for longer and faster lenses :lol:
Since I'm still a student, my budget is limited, and this is reflected in my gear - I'm using a K10D (proud member of the 10MP CCD club :cool: ), and mostly manual lenses so far.

Recently I got my hands on a Novoflex Noflexar 400mm F/5.6 and 600mm F/8 at an affordable price. I heard they were among the best affordable vintage telephotos, and the insane concept of a photosniper appealed to me :) though I'm still waiting for a Pentax adapter to arrive. A Pentacon 300mm F/4 also is in the mail, another suggestion I've come across.

To honour the club rules, here's a photo I've taken with a 300mm lens this morning:



Nothing to write home about, but I was still positively surprised - it was an Auto-Revuenon 300mm F/5.6, taken at F/8 if memory serves, which I got at an absolute bargain price last week. Cropped as much as I dared with 10MP to go by :p
It's my first time seeing this kind of bird around here, it also had a peculiar call. I suppose ornithological knowledge follows suit soon where one hunts after birds.

I've seen many spectacular images while browsing this thread, and hope to follow suit one day :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-12-2021, 11:30 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By blankmampf
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I came across this magical scene on the walk towards my internship today. Aside from a Haze Removal in Darktable, which I apply to every photo, it's entirely unedited - the colours really were that crazy :lol:
Shot with my "new" Sigma 28-105 2.8-4.0, which I got together with a 70-300 DL Macro at a crazy price. It really comes to life at F/8, feels a bit strange before that point.
I've also uploaded another image of the same scene taken with my fast fifty prime, with crazy bokeh balls :cool:
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