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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10 Hours Ago  
Don't buy Kipon Pentax 645 to Nikon F adapter
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 6
Views: 249
I think what he's saying is that it has the same issue as the abnormally long flange around the aperture lever on some Vivitar (for example) film-era lenses. You can place them in the bayonet mount of a Pentax DSLR but you cannot rotate them into the lock position.
Forum: General Photography 12-02-2018, 06:40 AM  
"Professional" Canon fotog had a go at my Pentax!!!!!!!!
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 56
Views: 2,300
On the one hand, we Aussies are good at taking disparaging humour well (although this seems to be changing, and "being offended" is becoming a booming industry). On the other hand, there could have been something in the delivery which didn't mesh with that.

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This has been my experience as well, albeit only shooting the pics for myself as an amateur. I told my wife what would be necessary if our kids' next ice-skating show were to be photographed optimally. She told me to get it. I told her how much it would cost. She put her foot down and insisted that I get it.
Forum: General Photography 11-13-2018, 01:33 PM  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 206
Views: 7,228
Not camera-related except in the most indirect way. :D

A thousand blue movies, and he's looked at enough of the covers - or watched enough of them - to be able to generalise as to the contents. Hmm.

But the Nikon FM that changed into a Canon FT has to take the cake. Even Pentax's retrofitting of the K-1 to the K-1 Mark 2 can't top that! Come on, Pentax, give me an upgrade from my *istDS to the KP! :D
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-08-2018, 01:09 PM  
K5 PC flash sync socket
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 8
Views: 745
Assume nothing. Use a safe-sync device if you love your camera.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-01-2018, 10:17 AM  
Flickr is going back to limited free accounts
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 146
Views: 4,353
884 photos and probably a very slow rate of accumulation. I'm sitting on what I've got.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-31-2018, 10:49 AM  
Upgrade to my K5 for low light gig photography
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 47
Views: 1,727
@kenspo

Are you still among us? This sort of gig has been your bread and butter; can you advise the OP accordingly?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-24-2018, 04:02 PM  
"Yashica Revival" - complete and utter fail.
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 9
Views: 540
The reason I put it up was because it amazed me as they tore it down just how garbagey the thing was. I had expected cheap rubbish, but just how rubbishy amazed me.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-24-2018, 07:14 AM  
"Yashica Revival" - complete and utter fail.
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 9
Views: 540
So this was what was inside the cute little Yashica kickstarter with the various "film cartridges" for all the various looks:

(Warning for extensive but entirely justified IMO use of the F word.)
















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And this is the Angry Photographer's take on where the guts of it came from:
















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Epic, epic fail. Even if someone with more money than God actually got behind Yashica and tried to resurrect it... who would trust the name after this?

What a sad post-script to a glorious brand history. :mad:
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-23-2018, 02:01 PM  
Hi from the UK! ME Super user
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 4
Views: 196
Composition beats exposure, and that second shot is well composed and perfectly timed.

Yours is damn good, too.

Congratulations on the camera. If the Nikon DSLR ever dies, consider a Pentax replacement; it can borrow the ME Super's lenses!
Forum: General Talk 10-10-2018, 12:29 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 14,805
Views: 987,700
I bought a Pentax-M 50/1.4 from a forum member, and I like what it offers, especially on the 6MP CCD sensor of my *istDS.

More recently I went shopping in a B&M store and bought a travel tripod (mostly for tabletop use with film cameras or a K-5 with DA15 when fully shrunken; no illusions about its unfitness fully extended with a K-1 and D-FA*70-200 on it), a 62mm polarising filter for my DA18-135 (long overdue), and some Kodak liquid developer to supplement my Ilfosol 3 (because one-shot premix simply suits my workflow better).
Forum: General Photography 10-05-2018, 04:22 AM  
Low-Quality Journalism
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 23
Views: 1,058
I read a dreadful account in which a columnist inserted a paragraph halfway through an unrelated article in which he abused his senior editor, including use of the F word and the phrase "she'll never read this anyway".

IIRC it appeared in the paper as submitted, and the editor suffered for it. The columnist had proven beyond a doubt that she hadn't been doing her job.
Forum: General Photography 10-04-2018, 11:49 AM  
Low-Quality Journalism
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 23
Views: 1,058
They should be held to a much higher standard than this. If they are incapable of meeting it then they should be broken as a profession, their credentials withdrawn, their practitioners shunned, and the professors who train them sacked, over and over again, until they have once more attained a standard of impartiality and professionalism and restored their public trust.

Right now the profession as a whole is three or four rungs below used car salesmen in my eyes, with only a very few shining lights.
Forum: General Photography 10-04-2018, 11:33 AM  
Low-Quality Journalism
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 23
Views: 1,058
Seems to me the subtext is "Overweight costumed circus freaks, front and centre." Excellence in photography is not a requirement.

Whether this is a consequence of the desire of the reporter to editorialise or of the editor to let it through, the end result is the same and any half-ar$ed picture will do for what seemed to be a very half-ar$ed article. The reader is expected to nod in agreement and move on to the next story. This is what journalism has come to.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-03-2018, 04:45 AM  
Game Single In - October, 2018
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 160
Views: 3,411
My go-to body for M42 lenses is my *istDS; I feel the rendering of the CCD sensor is more appropriate to the lenses, especially in the OOF areas. Not having to power an AF drive or manipulate aperture lengthens battery life somewhat, and rechargeable AA's are not logistically hard to manage.

However, I note your desire for focus peaking. Do any of the bodies with focus peaking suffer the aperture block failure? You might find a bargain there.
Forum: General Photography 10-02-2018, 08:31 AM  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 206
Views: 7,228
What gets me sometimes is not the price but potential unawareness of the complications induced by attempting to obtain the item.

I'm sure everyone's seen e-bay ads for the golden LX with reptile-skin leatherette and gold-plated A50/1.2 lens.

It probably is worth the exorbitant price it's usually advertised at. However, it's in Hong Kong, and bringing it into any one of a number of Western nations AUTOMATICALLY violates a whole lot of regulations against the importation of goods made from (insert list of at-risk species here). The worst thing here is that the seller would deliver, dispatch the goods as promised... and then Customs could bring down a banhammer from which there is likely no appeal and quite possibly a criminal charge.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-02-2018, 08:20 AM  
Game Single In - September, 2018
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 123
Views: 2,899
General Report on the DA 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 DC WR etc. etc.

I didn't make it through the whole month with this lens. In fact I didn't initially plan on doing Single In ever again, but I took the fact that we were going on a family holiday and I would be photographing things regularly to give it one more try. Some of the shots surprised me with their detail, but this lens has always had a very good reputation. At times, the fact that we were on a cruise ship told against it. There were times I wanted the extra few millimetres that taking the DA 15/4.0 would have provided for photographing the interiors better (it's a Disney ship, and they did an outstanding job), and there were rare moments I wanted something longer than 135mm, but I was determined to travel light with as few lens changes as possible.

On that basis, I think this lens delivered on its unspoken promise to be the best all-round one-lens-for-everything package that Pentax offers for APS-C today. Most of the mistakes were mine, and when I didn't make them the lens excelled itself on the K-5. Flash was necessary on a holiday like this one (lots of close-in interior work with fast-moving kids and little reaction time), and the AF540FGZ-II on the K-1 would have been far too much bulk.

The only possible alternative in my armamentarium would have been the DA 18-250 f/3.5-6.3. I considered it, but I have found the DC motor in this lens to work better and faster than the screwdrive motor in the superzoom, and in my opinion the optics in the 18-135 are simply better (it's a newer lens, IIRC). The 16-85 might be a superior choice for those who have it, but I had my reasons for wanting the extra zoom at the long end when I made the purchase, and those were eminently justified in the long run.

The DA18-135 even did portraiture well, albeit on statues; the DOF is shallow enough at maximum focal length and the minimum framing distance imposed to isolate the subject from a sufficiently distant background (see my September 11 shot) while at the same time not risking unpleasant defocused areas in the face, and in a live portrait situation the background could be chosen and the model positioned appropriately to allow for a more pleasing aesthetic than the one actually achieved.

A tripod would have improved a lot of the shots I took but did not post, as would a circular polariser, but again, these were left behind in the interests of expediency and light weight (and a good thing too; we came back home with our luggage barely within non-penalty weight margins). The polariser, at least, might yet come.

All in all an outstanding lens, and a keeper, even if it's only at its best on one of the three cameras I own (the *istDS can't drive the AF, and the K-1 is crippled by its need to operate in crop mode and the need for an external flash in the low-light indoor settings that predominated on this trip).
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-29-2018, 07:09 AM  
Game Single In - September, 2018
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 123
Views: 2,899
I can't do this any more. Too many other competing interests, not enough flexibility to go out and shoot in the day or even the evening most days (kids' activities)... I simply can't keep up for an entire month with the same lens.

You'll still see pictures from me in various lens clubs from time to time, but I'm done with Single In. I certainly value the creativity it has occasionally forced me to, and I will probably follow along, but no more Single In pics from me.
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-29-2018, 07:01 AM  
The M Club!
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 7,006
Views: 1,024,447
Cup Runneth Over.

IMGP5326 by PD's Deadly Lens, on Flickr

Pentax-M 50mm f/1.4, wide open on *istDS. Cross posted to 50mm club.
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-29-2018, 07:00 AM  
The 50mm Lens Club
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 1,380
Views: 194,357
Cup runneth over.

IMGP5326 by PD's Deadly Lens, on Flickr

Pentax-M 50mm f/1.4, wide open on *istDS.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-28-2018, 08:54 AM  
Q1 2019 Financial Reports - Pentax still not doomed.
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 105
Views: 7,942
There are others I find far more repulsive, but yeah, he does have issues, some of which he admits to. At least I can listen to this guy when it comes to technical matters for a while.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-28-2018, 04:51 AM  
Q1 2019 Financial Reports - Pentax still not doomed.
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 105
Views: 7,942
LOL (vid from 2017).
















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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-26-2018, 10:19 AM  
Tempting, so tempting... Lomo 120/35mm TLR.
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 11
Views: 323
That's somewhat worrying. Doesn't Bakelite have a reputation for brittleness? Later plastics might be more resilient to knocks that might develop hairline cracks in Bakelite, is my only fear there.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-26-2018, 07:45 AM  
Tempting, so tempting... Lomo 120/35mm TLR.
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 11
Views: 323
Lomo Lubitel 166+ Camera Lomography Shop

This is something that's very tempting for the person who wants to try TLR or 120 film or both.

It seems to be hardware NOW, not vaporware maybe later.

It has a 75mm lens with selectable shutter speeds (1/15 to 1/250 and bulb) and apertures (4.5, then 5.6 and usual stops to f/22). Not the best, but adequate for Sunny 16 with ISO 100 film.

There is a hotshoe, a tripod mount and a cable release connection. In all, this is a fully-fledged ultra-budget 120 camera for those who want such a 120 with more exposure control than a Holga (or indeed any consistent exposure control at all).

There is of course no light meter.

The only hesitation I have is the build quality (and long-term survivability) and the lens quality (is this also plastic). Construction is plastic, but that could mean anything. It offers a 35mm adapter (just don't expect 35mm framing; your sprocket holes will show), if your local lab or you at home can't handle 120. (My Patterson tank could take it, but I have no easy means of scanning right now.) I'm not as interested in that as the whole concept of an inexpensive new build TLR available right now.

I am not sure whether the various Chinese TLRs are still made, or whether this is a rebadged copy of same. Is there anyone here who got one of these and has played around with it?
Forum: General Photography 09-25-2018, 12:17 PM  
The one that got away...
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 10
Views: 552
I have now been offered two bites at the FA31/1.8 cherry and rejected them both, the second time for $1000 AU out the door, new in box. In retrospect, seeing what they sell for in USD and the prevailing exchange rate, I should probably have taken the second offer.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-25-2018, 12:12 PM  
Trouble deciding which lens to purchase or, help feed my LBA
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 31
Views: 1,457
I have the macro lens you want. I do not have the K-3 but I do have the K-5, and with both it and the *istDL, the D-FA100 WR had a horrible habit of missing focus at the edge of something and sliding from one end of the zoom range to the other, slowly and noisily. This was a terrible problem at a distance, because the arc of focus-ring travel beyond about a foot is minimal and mistakes are easy to make.

The K-1's focus algorithm has made a new lens of it in my hands and it is now much more reliable in my experience, but I can't speak to the K-3.

I would invite comment from owners of both the K-3 and the K-1 who have this lens before I spent the money on a special-purpose prime instead of a general purpose zoom.

Optically, yes, it's a magnificent beast - but the devil can be in the day to day details. Be aware of what you're getting into.
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