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Forum: Pentax K-5 12 Hours Ago  
Should I buy a K-1?
Posted By normhead
Replies: 20
Views: 510
Mightymike put his in my hands when I was buying my Tamron 300 2.8 from him. I went home and ordered it. Once it's been in your hands resistance is futile.

Tess still shoots her K-5, but more and more she's borrowing the K-1 when she can. We've pretty much come to agree that the K-5 is hers, the K-3 is mine, the K-1 is there to be shared. We just can't afford two of them. And she's always borrowing the 28-105 for use on her K-5. It a fantastic walk around lens. The rendering is superb.

As a person who still would have a K-3 as my only camera, I quite enjoy the K-1 and take it out whenever possible, (as in when I'm not shooting wildlife or macro.)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12 Hours Ago  
K-1 owners ! Is switching to FF worth it ?
Posted By normhead
Replies: 86
Views: 5,950
The didn't work for me, but I guess it might work for you. For me the K-1 wasn't functional until I broke down and bought the 28-105/. My style has always been have walk around lens but have somthing to change to.

Before I got my K-3 I had the FA 35-80, F 70-210, FA 50 1.7, DA 35 @.4, Sigma 70 macro, DA*60-250, DA* 200 FA-J 18-35, 40 XS, DFA 100 macro - Tamron 90 macro, FA 50 macro,Tamron 300 2.8.and a number of SMC super taks, it didn't make any difference, I wasn't happy until I got the 28-105. Then it seemed like a workable system. I held out for bit because the 28-105 wasn't 24 -105, but I got over it. :D

I was convinced I'd be fine without the 28-105, but experience said different.

If you are like me. Everything strats from a walk around lens. I take that, and whatever else I think I might need that day.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 13 Hours Ago  
are you happy with switching to FF?
Posted By normhead
Replies: 199
Views: 11,419
There's such a small difference I never really noticed it much going from the K-5 to the K-3. You can check that by turning on the SR simulated AA filter. Some suggested at the time there was a 10% difference in resolution, I certainly never bought into that line of thinking.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 14 Hours Ago  
Suggestion for Large Group Portrait Lens
Posted By normhead
Replies: 54
Views: 1,058
Sometimes ah sits and thinks... and sometimes ah just sits.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 17 Hours Ago  
Thematic Post Your Cloudscapes
Posted By normhead
Replies: 2,168
Views: 96,260
The topic is cloudscapes, but what people like is sunsets. Just like the craft shows, they look at all your images, but they buy sunsets and wildlife.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 18 Hours Ago  
are you happy with switching to FF?
Posted By normhead
Replies: 199
Views: 11,419
Both my doctor and my dentist are pretty darn good photographers. :D

That makes it really hard to sell them prints for the office wall. They display their own.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 18 Hours Ago  
People and their cameras!
Posted By normhead
Replies: 2,341
Views: 239,177
Camping babes, to my eyes, prettier than any Vegas girls I've ever seen. There's nothing as beautiful as a babe in the bush. A 5 becomes a 10. :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 19 Hours Ago  
Will a DA 55-300mm handle PF better?
Posted By normhead
Replies: 25
Views: 713
IMHO, the person who does the testing usually learns a lot more practically, than he/she can share in a report.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 19 Hours Ago  
are you happy with switching to FF?
Posted By normhead
Replies: 199
Views: 11,419
K-1 and K-3 for the 100 macro, same aperture and minimum focusing distance from the subject, if you set up for the K-3, the K-1 will have less subject detail but more of the area around the subject. If you set up for the K-1, then the K-3 will not show the whole subject, but what it shows will have more detail.

All this of course assumes you are photographing something with detail one can resolve. Of course in real life you back the K-3 up. Once you reach minimum focusing distance for true macro, you can't move the K-1 in more, except with extension tubes or bellows. The ultimate resolution with some time consuming work arounds can help you exceed your K-3 macro-capability with a K-1. But you need extra equipment and time.

With telephoto work, there's pretty much nothing you can do. Once you reach the point where you have to crop your K-1 image to 28 MP or less, you get better with a K-3 as long as you can keep your ISO under 640 ISO. The K-1 has more pixels for more resolution, but it is are harder to effectively use them.

Used to it's strength the K-1 is better. But for those occasions when a K-1 can't be used to it's strengths, and there are many reasons that could happen, you're probably better off with a K-3.

Blanket statements are almost always misleading oversimplifications that ignore less common but important shooting situations. I often start close to a small object and then back out until I hear focus lock to get my image at minimum focusing distance. If you don't do that, maybe the difference in macro isn't apparent to you. I also shoot birds at distances where I have to crop my K-1 images, and in fact also have to crop my K-3 images. In those instances the K-3 is the better camera to use. The K-1 provides more resolution, until it doesn't. It's not absolute.



This is kind of a distraction. There simply are no modern lenses (like made in the last 15 years) that don't benefit from smaller pixels. I'm all for illustrating a concept, but if you have to go as extreme as a pinhole camera, it's probably irrelevant to modern photography. So, why go there? It's the practical vs. the never to be encountered hypothetical.

To people who don't shoot macro or telephoto (and I suspect the majority don't) , my observations are meaningless.

Think how much money I would save if I was happy shooting all my images between 28-105mm on a K-1 and can always carry a camera bag big enough to hold them both. If that's the limits of my photographic expectations, the K-1 is king.:D

And when that's the case, I only take the K-1.
Yet half the time I take the K-3, and because of the advantages of burst mode at least 2/3s of my exposures are still taken with K-3.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 19 Hours Ago  
Photographylife just listed the K-70 as second best entry level camera
Posted By normhead
Replies: 4
Views: 322
No mention of in Camera Shake Reduction, and Pixel Shift. or the fact that there are more APS-c only lenses , where the lenses are lighter and smaller taking advantage of the smaller sensor.

The survey is weighted in favour of Canon and Nikon, because the authors aren't familiar enough with the Pentax eco-system to include some great features.

To finish in second with that kind of lack of appreciation is actually pretty good.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 20 Hours Ago  
Will a DA 55-300mm handle PF better?
Posted By normhead
Replies: 25
Views: 713
You've some pretty dramatic exposure and size differences there, it's hard to compare. The top image is losing detail, because the highlights are blown out.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 20 Hours Ago  
K-1 owners ! Is switching to FF worth it ?
Posted By normhead
Replies: 86
Views: 5,950
But you know it when you see it. :D
My wife and I are the same. We know when she takes out the 28-105 and K1 we like the images better, on the whole, but we don't know exactly why. It's difference not based on any metrics we've been able to come up with. A lot of the time we can't even define which picture it is that makes us feel that way. It seems to be some kind of composite, you come home, you process and look at all your images. At the end, on average, the K-1 images are likely to be more satisfying. How do you quantify that?
Forum: Pentax KP 20 Hours Ago  
Why no good deals on the KP lately ?
Posted By normhead
Replies: 93
Views: 4,663
You just reminded, I was in our schools marching band in grade 9. You forget things like that. After grade 9 I was playing football. I have no pictures of me in my band uniform. Is that parental neglect?

I was keeping my K20D , it was going to be my sentimental mantel piece camera. After a few weeks with my K-3 I decided I was going out to the blind with it for old times sake. The magic immediately disappeared. I sold it. Your life is going to get a lot easier if you pick up a K-P and 55-300.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
Will a DA 55-300mm handle PF better?
Posted By normhead
Replies: 25
Views: 713
This chart from optical limits puts the old Tamron 70-300 at 300mm at 1939 lw/ph on a 10 MP camera._
Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 LD Di macro (Pentax K) - Review / Lab Test Report - Analysis

The DA*200 is rated at 2074.
I'd be shocked if the a blown up DA* would be better.

A Sigma 70-300 image ( I replace my "lifer collection" image whenever I get a better one. This one has lasted, though, this was the last time I got a close up of this bird.) Goes without saying, it would be sharper with my current equipment. This one taken in 2013, and that was the last time a Red Poll was at my feeder close enough for a shot like this.
Bird-1-Common-Redpoll by Norm Head, on Flickr

A DA* 60-250 with 1.4 TC attached.
Pine Siskin by Norm Head, on Flickr

DA*200 with 1.4 TC
Birds-Cedar-Waxwing-immature by Norm Head, on Flickr

DA*200
NF-birds-1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

The test chart says they are close, but the DA* images sure look to be a lot crisper to me.

But also, if you pull that type of lens back from full reach, you can get excellent results.

Sigma 18-250 at 133mm, getting closer and shooting with a shorter focal length, makes a cheaper telephoto much better. At 90mm my Sigma 70-300 was only a little bit inferior to my DA*60-250 and Tamron 90mm. You had to look hard..
Bird-1-Pine-Grosbeak by Norm Head, on Flickr

The trick there is i got close, even a not so good lens will do well if you are close enough. I have different reason for wanting DA*s

Tamron SP AF 300mm ƒ2.8 LD [IF] with Pentax Hd DA 1.4 TC. You can come close to matching the resolution and get decent resolution, but for the smooth creamy out of focus areas, a faster lens is better. As far as I can tell, there's just no substitute for reach. And cheap reach is better than a shorter lens and enlarging.
Birds2-Sparrpw-American-Tree by Norm Head, on Flickr

That being said, I was just completely unhappy with the Sigma 70-300 on both the K-1 and K-3. The above was taken on a K-5, and I would toss that image if taken today. And the K-3 or K-1 are more demanding than my K-5 was.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1 Day Ago  
Thematic The Yard Birds Thread
Posted By normhead
Replies: 1,329
Views: 77,669
Looks like my crew. Especially now that it looks like all my sparrows except the Juncks have left for warmer climates.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
Will a DA 55-300mm handle PF better?
Posted By normhead
Replies: 25
Views: 713
I've never seen an image with the PF or Aberations removed that looked as good a similar image that never had aberrations. Sometimes a few degrees shift of camera angle will get rid of them for you.
Forum: Lens Clubs 1 Day Ago  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By normhead
Replies: 30,128
Views: 2,687,265
This is my lifer for Pine Grosbeaks. Jan. 20, 2013
K-5 and Sigma 18-250....

This taken through the kitchen window. My original feeder was the porch rail of my deck, the deck since replaced with a new deck and the new rail is 5 feet further away and no longer used as a feeder. I had one in my sites today but he was inside minimum focussing distance. I knew when i went out I should have taken eh DA*60-250 with the 1.4, but of course I said to myself, "that's just silly, why would I do that?" I got 6 out of focus images, but none would have been as good as this one.

Bird-1-Pine-Grosbeak by Norm Head, on Flickr

Even after you get a lifer that doesn't really slow anything down, then you just want a better lifer. This one's going to be hard to beat.

From the same time, jr. male just starting to get his adult colours,
2013-01-22-Imature-Pine-Grosbeak by Norm Head, on Flickr

And mom.
Birds-finches-9 by Norm Head, on Flickr

I got great pictures from that setup, but mice were coming into the house because it was too close. I miss sitting at the breakfast table seeing finches on the rail, and sparrows on the deck and sometimes sitting on the window sill. Darn mice ruin everything.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
Suggestion for Large Group Portrait Lens
Posted By normhead
Replies: 54
Views: 1,058
I wished I'd taken the 50 macro instead of the 50 1.7 I took. I didn't actually use 1.7 and for group shots I think the flat focal plane of the macro would have been better. But I was shooting a K-1. There were times the 50 on the K-1 was too long.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 1 Day Ago  
Got Squirrel Shots? (In memorial of Rupert)
Posted By normhead
Replies: 2,262
Views: 147,031
Just in case you're wondering what my guys are doing today... same as pretty much every day.

2018-11-14-squirrels-1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-squirrels-2 by Norm Head, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1 Day Ago  
Thematic The Yard Birds Thread
Posted By normhead
Replies: 1,329
Views: 77,669
K-3 and Tamron SP AF 300 2.8 ED [IF] and HD DA 1.4 TC

2018-11-14-birds-1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-birds-2 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-birds-3 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-birds-4 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-squirrels-1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-squirrels-2 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-birds-5 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-birds-6 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-birds-7 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-birds-8 by Norm Head, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 1 Day Ago  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By normhead
Replies: 30,128
Views: 2,687,265
K-3 and Tamron SP AF 300 2.8 ED [IF] and HD DA 1.4 TC

2018-11-14-birds-1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-birds-2 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-birds-3 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-birds-4 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-squirrels-1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-squirrels-2 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-birds-5 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-birds-6 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-birds-7 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-birds-8 by Norm Head, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-3 1 Day Ago  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By normhead
Replies: 9,998
Views: 1,173,217
K-3 and Tamron SP AF 300 2.8 ED [IF] and HD DA 1.4 TC

2018-11-14-birds-1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-birds-2 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-birds-3 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-birds-4 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-squirrels-1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-squirrels-2 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-birds-5 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-birds-6 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-birds-7 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-11-14-birds-8 by Norm Head, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
Suggestion for Large Group Portrait Lens
Posted By normhead
Replies: 54
Views: 1,058
Doing another wedding, I'd probably just go with my DA 35 and DA*55 1.4 with the Sigma 70 for come ups. Even 35mm on FF which is just barely wide angle can do weird things.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 1 Day Ago  
Caption Contest Hangin' At the Zoo
Posted By normhead
Replies: 11
Views: 295
"Hey have you seen beaver today. He left a few sticks at my place last night, and there's still some bark on them. He might want to come and get them."
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
What lens to buy next?
Posted By normhead
Replies: 26
Views: 791
There's really only one choice here in my mind. The DA 55-300 in FF terms is 80-450. Conversely 200mm on FF is 135mm APS_c. The only way you get your 55-300 on FF is to get the 150-450. You probably want more reach, not less, trust me, 200mm FF will seriously crimp your style. Imagine getting rid of your 55-300 and replacing it with a 50-135. That's what you're considering.

The only reason I don't own one is the cost. If that's not an issue, go for it. I would.

If you do get the 70-200, apparently a 2x TC is coming. In a few years you'll be all set in any case.

But I have to also point out, many times I leave my expensive glass home and just go out with the 55-300. Versatilty and light weight are at times preferable to maximum IQ, especially when the IQ is as good as the 55-300.
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