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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 8 Hours Ago  
Thematic The Yard Birds Thread
Posted By normhead
Replies: 1,810
Views: 116,100
For those images, I didn't even leave the property.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 8 Hours Ago  
HD Pentax-D FA★ 85mm f/1.4 SDM AW
Posted By normhead
Replies: 208
Views: 14,012
We go through this every time a new lens or body is about to be released. Some people make up stuff. Other people believe it. I think most of us old timers just sit back and watch the parade. It's gotten to be so ordinary.
Forum: Pentax K-1 11 Hours Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By normhead
Replies: 28,339
Views: 2,499,646
I'm always seeing the 200mm club and I always think, I have one of those 200mm lenses, I should use it.
It actually makes a pretty good walk around lens. For 18-135 users, 135 on APS_c is the same as 200 on FF, and I use APS-C at 135 quite bit on my walks, so it's really not much of a sacrifice,

Tia at the start of the walk.
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-2 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Tripper bailed on me right after this photo. He has his grumpy look on. They can find their way home at any time on the walk. Sometimes one of them just leaves. They are always waiting in the parking lot when we get home.
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-3 by Norm Head, on Flickr

The ways enthusiastic Jesse.
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

One of the big landmark snags came down in the last wind... if you've been on the forum for a while you've seen picture of it upright.
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Count the rings.
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-2 by Norm Head, on Flickr

The base still has it's fungus.
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-3 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Tia and tongue
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-4 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Doing her "lassie" pose
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-5 by Norm Head, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 11 Hours Ago  
"The 200mm... the seemly unloved these days focal length club"
Posted By normhead
Replies: 222
Views: 17,522
I'm always seeing the 200mm club and I always think, I have one of those 200mm lenses, I should use it.
K-1 and DA*200 2.8
It actually makes a pretty good walk around lens. For 18-135 users 135 on APS_c is the same as 200 on FF, and I use APSC at 135 quite bit on my walks, so it's really not much of a sacrifice,

Tia at the start of the walk.
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-2 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Tripper bailed on me right after this photo. He has his grumpy look on. They can find their way home at any time on the walk. Sometimes one of them just leaves. They are always waiting in the parking lot when we get home.
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-3 by Norm Head, on Flickr

The ways enthusiastic Jesse.
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

One of the big landmark snags came down in the last wind... if you've been on the forum for a while you've seen picture of it upright.
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Count the rings.
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-2 by Norm Head, on Flickr

The base still has it's fungus.
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-3 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Tia and tongue
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-4 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Doing her "lassie" pose
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-5 by Norm Head, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11 Hours Ago  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By normhead
Replies: 10,851
Views: 880,454
I'm always seeing the 200mm club and I always think, I have one of those 200mm lenses, I should use it.
It actually makes a pretty good walk around lens. For 18-135 users 135 on APS_c is the same as 200 on FF, and I use APS-C at 135 quite bit on my walks, so it's really not much of a sacrifice,

Tia at the start of the walk.
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-2 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Tripper bailed on me right after this photo. He has his grumpy look on. They can find their way home at any time on the walk. Sometimes one of them just leaves. They are always waiting in the parking lot when we get home.
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-3 by Norm Head, on Flickr

The ways enthusiastic Jesse.
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

One of the big landmark snags came down in the last wind... if you've been on the forum for a while you've seen picture of it upright.
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Count the rings.
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-2 by Norm Head, on Flickr

The base still has it's fungus.
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-3 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Tia and tongue
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-4 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Doing her "lassie" pose
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-5 by Norm Head, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11 Hours Ago  
Thematic Forest-walks_Lichen-Fungi-Moss-dead-leaves
Posted By normhead
Replies: 1,690
Views: 88,090
I'm always seeing the 200mm club and I always think, I have one of those 200mm lenses, I should use it.
It actually makes pretty good walk around lens. For 180-135 users 135 on APS_c is the same as 200 on FF, and I use APSC at 135 quite bit on my walks, so it's really not much of a sacrifice,

Tia at the start of the walk.
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-2 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Tripper bailed on me right after this photo. He has his grumpy look on. They can find their way home at any tie on the walk. Sometimes one of them just leaves. They are always waiting in the parking lot when we get home.
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-3 by Norm Head, on Flickr

The ways enthusiastic Jesse.
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

One of the big landmark snags came down in the last wind... if you've been on the forum for a while you've seen picture of it upright.
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Count the rings.
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-2 by Norm Head, on Flickr

The base still has it's fungus.
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-3 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Tia and tongue
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-4 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Doing her "lassie" pose
2020-04-01-Forest-dog-walk-5 by Norm Head, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12 Hours Ago  
Thematic The Yard Birds Thread
Posted By normhead
Replies: 1,810
Views: 116,100
From today's activities...

K-1 and Tamron SP AF 300mm 2.8 and Tamron 2x TC (600mm ƒ5.6)
2020-04-01-Feeder-creatures-4 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2020-04-01-Feeder-creatures-2 by Norm Head, on Flickr

The Jays have eaten all the white paint from the cabin porch rails. We did some research. WhIte paint contains calcium. Birds need calcium especially in the spring for their eggs, but also for brain development in the young.
2020-04-01-Feeder-creatures-8 by Norm Head, on Flickr

In an effort to save what paint is left is left I started putting breakfast's crushed egg shells out with the seed. It all gets consumed within a few minutes of putting it out.
2020-04-01-Feeder-creatures-6 by Norm Head, on Flickr

We bought a new peanut feeder for the Jays.....
2020-04-01-Feeder-creatures-9 by Norm Head, on Flickr

They do love their peanuts.
2020-04-01-Feeder-creatures-1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Put the K-3 on the lens and all you can get is head shots..
2020-04-01-Feeder-creatures-7 by Norm Head, on Flickr

We probably have 100 grackles with us right now.
2020-04-01-Feeder-creatures-5 by Norm Head, on Flickr

They all come in at once and it's hard for the stragglers to find a place to even land.
2020-04-01-Feeder-creatures-3 by Norm Head, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 12 Hours Ago  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By normhead
Replies: 33,154
Views: 3,204,188
From today's activities...

K-1 and Tamron SP AF 300mm 2.8 and Tamron 2x TC (600mm ƒ5.6)
2020-04-01-Feeder-creatures-4 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2020-04-01-Feeder-creatures-2 by Norm Head, on Flickr

The Jays have eaten all the white paint from the cabin porch rails. We did some research. WHIte paint contains calcium. Birds need calcium especially in the spring for their eggs, but also for brain development in the young.
2020-04-01-Feeder-creatures-8 by Norm Head, on Flickr

In an effort to save what paint is left is left I started putting breakfast's crushed egg shells out with the seed.It all gets consumed within a few minutes of putting it out.
2020-04-01-Feeder-creatures-6 by Norm Head, on Flickr

We bought a new peanut feeder for the Jays.....
2020-04-01-Feeder-creatures-9 by Norm Head, on Flickr

They do love their peanuts.
2020-04-01-Feeder-creatures-1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Put the K-3 on the lens and all you can get is head shots..
2020-04-01-Feeder-creatures-7 by Norm Head, on Flickr

We probably have 100 grackles with us right now.
2020-04-01-Feeder-creatures-5 by Norm Head, on Flickr

They all come in at once and it's hard for the stragglers to find a place to even land.
2020-04-01-Feeder-creatures-3 by Norm Head, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 12 Hours Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By normhead
Replies: 28,339
Views: 2,499,646
From today's activities...

K-1 and Tamron SP AF 300mm 2.8 and Tamron 2x TC
2020-04-01-Feeder-creatures-4 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2020-04-01-Feeder-creatures-2 by Norm Head, on Flickr

The Jays have eaten all the white paint from the cabin porch rails. We did some research. WHIte paint contains calcium. Birds need calcium especially in the spring for their eggs, but also for brain development in the young.
2020-04-01-Feeder-creatures-8 by Norm Head, on Flickr

In an effort to save what paint is left is left I started putting breakfast's crushed egg shells out with the seed.It all gets consumed within a few minutes of putting it out.
2020-04-01-Feeder-creatures-6 by Norm Head, on Flickr

We bought a new peanut feeder for the Jays.....
2020-04-01-Feeder-creatures-9 by Norm Head, on Flickr

They do love their peanuts.
2020-04-01-Feeder-creatures-1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Put the K-3 on the lens and all you can get is head shots..
2020-04-01-Feeder-creatures-7 by Norm Head, on Flickr

We probably have 100 grackles with us right now.
2020-04-01-Feeder-creatures-5 by Norm Head, on Flickr

They all come in at once and it's hard for the stragglers to find a place to even land.
2020-04-01-Feeder-creatures-3 by Norm Head, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 19 Hours Ago  
New zoom 70-200 F4
Posted By normhead
Replies: 1,165
Views: 93,777
I have an excellent DA 55-300 and an average DA*60-250, I'm pretty sure I can prove the DA 55-300 is better than my 60-250.
That has been a point I've been trying to hammer home for the better part of 10 years now. If I'd had the 30% number I could have gone to Optical Limits or any testing site to demonstrate that.
I have never seen any evidence that the "I have to have the sharpest lens out there" folks ever take better images than those of us cheapies who buy the best lens we can afford for the job we want to do.
They assume their lenses are better because of test charts. But their images don't support that.

My biggest objection to posts on the forum come from lens snobs. "My lens cost 5 times as much as yours did, my pictures are better." They remind me of the snobby kid from high school going on about how much everything he owned costs.
If I don't like your images, how much you paid for your gear means nothing.

The silence when that guy won the Flickr image of the year (from the "I own the most expensive lens ever" crowd) with a K-x and kit lens was deafening.
I probably have spent 10 times what that guy has spent on equipment, yet none of my work was even considered. :D
The guy is a champion. And proved what many have said endlessly. Right time right place with a capable camera beats expensive high end gear every time, and produces better results.
I can hear the high end chorus. "But if you shoot the scene with an average camera and I'm there and shoot the same scene with my expensive gear, mine will be better.'
Yet in one of my tests my lowly FA 35-80 was judged better on exactly the same image by twice the average lens and led the pack, when viewed as an image, not pixel peeping.
Expensive big bucks gear is not the advantage gear snobs claim it is.

People need to get out there and shoot with what they have. The advantage of more expensive equipment is supported only by hype and bluster. You can still win the Flickr photo of the year with an antique sensor and a kit lens. And while those of us who have spent more money may think we can do better, most of us haven't.

To a certain extent, I buy lenses I think I will enjoy using. The whole IQ based on test chart conclusions thing is focused on way too much.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 20 Hours Ago  
Mucha salud para todos!
Posted By normhead
Replies: 6
Views: 231
Welcome to the forum. Thanks for sharing your photos.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 21 Hours Ago  
hello from Montana (Mile high and a Mile deep)
Posted By normhead
Replies: 11
Views: 196
Welcome to the forum.
It's always nice to see a few images with the introduction.
Now we know you're a real photographer.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 21 Hours Ago  
New zoom 70-200 F4
Posted By normhead
Replies: 1,165
Views: 93,777
I always feel bad when I recommend my 18-135 and people look at the images and go for it, then their copy isn't as good. You do your best, given the lenses you have, that's all you can do. 30% is crazy but not un-expected. I'd say 15% is significant, just as a wild guess.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 21 Hours Ago  
Thematic The Yard Birds Thread
Posted By normhead
Replies: 1,810
Views: 116,100
You guys still have Woolworths?

I don't think I've seen one since I has a kid.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 1 Day Ago  
Nature My Cuckoo's collection
Posted By normhead
Replies: 6
Views: 213
Very nice series. Collecting is fun
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1 Day Ago  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By normhead
Replies: 10,851
Views: 880,454
The afternoon dog walk
K-3 and DA 55-300 PLM

Tia is so hard to get, she never looks at you, she's always alert for possible action in the bush.
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

This tree stump really doesn't belong here, I'll take it down for you.
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-2 by Norm Head, on Flickr

OK, I've got a grip.
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-3 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Over she goes
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-4 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Jesse never loses interest in the shenanigans.
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-5 by Norm Head, on Flickr

I pass it every day, this is the best it's ever looked.
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-6 by Norm Head, on Flickr

What's life without lichen?
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-7 by Norm Head, on Flickr

You really don't need me, you just keep me hanging on.
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-8 by Norm Head, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE - Show us what it can do, what it CAN'T!
Posted By normhead
Replies: 526
Views: 49,871
The afternoon dog walk
K-3 and DA 55-300 PLM

Tia is so hard to get, she never looks at you, she's always alert for possible action in the bush.
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

This tree stump really doesn't belong here, I'll take it down for you.
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-2 by Norm Head, on Flickr

OK, I've got a grip.
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-3 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Over she goes
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-4 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Jesse never loses interest in the shenanigans.
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-5 by Norm Head, on Flickr

I pass it every day, this is the best it's ever looked.
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-6 by Norm Head, on Flickr

What's life without lichen?
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-7 by Norm Head, on Flickr

You really don't need me, you just keep me hanging on.
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-8 by Norm Head, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-3 1 Day Ago  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By normhead
Replies: 10,987
Views: 1,348,930
The afternoon dog walk
K-3 and DA 55-300 PLM

Tia is so hard to get, she never looks at you, she's always alert for possible action in the bush.
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

This tree stump really doesn't belong here, I'll take it down for you.
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-2 by Norm Head, on Flickr

OK, I've got a grip.
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-3 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Over she goes
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-4 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Jesse never loses interest in the shenanigans.
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-5 by Norm Head, on Flickr

I pass it every day, this is the best it's ever looked.
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-6 by Norm Head, on Flickr

What's life without lichen?
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-7 by Norm Head, on Flickr

You really don't need me, you just keep me hanging on.
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-8 by Norm Head, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1 Day Ago  
Thematic Forest-walks_Lichen-Fungi-Moss-dead-leaves
Posted By normhead
Replies: 1,690
Views: 88,090
The afternoon dog walk
K-3 and DA 55-300 PLM

Tia is so hard to get, she never looks at you, she's always alert for possible action in the bush.
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

This tree stump really doesn't belong here, I'll take it down for you.
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-2 by Norm Head, on Flickr

OK, I've got a grip.
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-3 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Over she goes
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-4 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Jesse never loses interest in the shenanigans.
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-5 by Norm Head, on Flickr

I pass it every day, this is the best it's ever looked.
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-6 by Norm Head, on Flickr

What's life without lichen?
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-7 by Norm Head, on Flickr

You really don't need me, you just keep me hanging on.
2020-03-31-Forest-dog-walk-8 by Norm Head, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
SMC DA* 16-50 vs HD DA 16-85
Posted By normhead
Replies: 24
Views: 1,044
Many times once you reach a certain quality of lens, the out of focus areas are the only places you really see a difference.

I once saw a comparison between the Sigma 30 1.4 and the 31 ltd. It was only examining the out of focus areas you would have picked one over the other.

The Sigma was slightly better at 1.4 than the 31 was at 1.8, but with the same aperture the 31 was better at every ƒ stop. Whether or not you'd have paid the extra (and some would argue both were very good) for the 31 of course is personal preference. The in focus areas were pretty much identical.

---------- Post added 03-31-20 at 01:24 PM ----------



You can argue what's good and bad about a lens, but really, no one can argue what's right for you. And liking the rendering is completely where it's at. How can you care if the lens is the sharpest out there, if you don't like the rendering?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
SMC DA* 16-50 vs HD DA 16-85
Posted By normhead
Replies: 24
Views: 1,044
If you like consistent across a flat surface macros are the way to go. Their out of focus areas tend to be a bit messy though, although my Sigma 70 macro is excellent for both (although it still sacrifices some centre sharpness to keep th edges sharp.) It would be my favourite macro, if it wasn't so big and was WR.

---------- Post added 03-31-20 at 12:05 PM ----------


lol... we don't have any museums in Whitney.
There is always a reason why a given feature is a good thing in some circumstances.
But in this case the limiteds will cover the museum thing, and for many museum settings Id' go with a 2.8 Macro, not a 2.8 zoom.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
New zoom 70-200 F4
Posted By normhead
Replies: 1,165
Views: 93,777
On your copies.
I have two copies of the DA 55-300 PLM... one is significantly better than the other.
I don't say the DA 55-300 PLM is better than the DA 55-300 PLM because I'd sound stupid, but it's true.

I've always advanced the idea you buy the focal length and apertures you need. Lens quality is a crap shoot. There are good and bad copies for whatever you buy. You have to deal with over all comments, not specific cases. SO, good to have your vote, someone buying these two lenses might have your experience. But others have not. Where the OP's experience will fall would have to be expressed in percentages of likely hood, but no guarantees. That would also be tempered by whether or not your information is pixel peeping, or actual photographic use.

I rarely get to view full size images that use all the resolution the camera provides. Pixel peeping is not a valid point of reference for many of us. I like my K-1 for it's DR and rendering. Absolute values in pixel peeping never enter the equation.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
SMC DA* 16-50 vs HD DA 16-85
Posted By normhead
Replies: 24
Views: 1,044
Oh My, aren't you Mr. Persistent? That's insane that you didn't get one you liked.



I once did a test shoot with it where it didn't nail the focus in 20 tries. The next day it was fine. Yet, my wife loves it. It's never behaved for her as it did for me. Maybe it just likes K-5s and doesn't like K-3s.

I always wonder about these lenses that were designed for lower MP and slower AF systems.

---------- Post added 03-31-20 at 11:15 AM ----------



But the lens will still be sharpest at ƒ5.6 and better edge to edge at ƒ8. It's a personal decision to compromise that not all of us will accept.
I get lower ISO by using a tripod in most circumstances.
These tend to be philosophical decisions, not practical ones.

That being said, if you're happy with the results, then it's all good.

Sometimes you do things because you have to, other times you make the choice that suits your philosophy. Most of us don't even check to see what the trade offs might be, or even if there are any. But I think most photographers shoot just under the diffraction limit, there aren't many lenses where that is ƒ 3.2.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
New zoom 70-200 F4
Posted By normhead
Replies: 1,165
Views: 93,777
But only if you can handle the relatively limited range. 50mm is slightly telephoto on APS-c, but still only slightly. Many of my 18-135 images are taken at full reach. 85 is a great compromise. 50, not so much. It all depends on what and where you shoot.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
SMC DA* 16-50 vs HD DA 16-85
Posted By normhead
Replies: 24
Views: 1,044
Many who used to own the 18-135 prefer the 16-85, and spoke with their wallets. (Always a good recommendation.)
IMHO ƒ2.8 in a wide angle is un-necessary, especially if you can cover low light with your limiteds.

My choice would be 16-85 plus DA 55-300 PLM, and keep all your limiteds.
But of course not everyone needs a telephoto.
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