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Forum: Pentax KP 03-18-2020, 02:43 AM  
KP for landscape, long term usability, and good lens
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 40
Views: 1,465
I agree. If I could have only one lens for a compact yet versatile KP setup, it would be the DA 18-135. (The 16-85 is just too bulky for me.)

If I could have only two lenses for the KP, they would be the DA 18-135 and the DA 35 Limited Macro (the best APS-C lens in my experience).

Philip
Forum: Pentax KP 03-14-2020, 10:58 AM  
KP for landscape, long term usability, and good lens
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 40
Views: 1,465
Annie, your comments here would appear to lead you to the HD 20-40 WR Limited zoom lens. Excellent image quality, good-looking and well-balanced, with great quality metal build - a perfect partner for a KP, being compact and light-weight compared to the other zooms. For your $900 you could probably also get the HD 55-300 PLM WR Zoom - another excellent modern Pentax lens for extending your work into telephoto landscapes and wildlife shots. As others have advised, study the lens reviews and example images available here in the PentaxForums.

Philip
Forum: Pentax KP 03-14-2020, 12:48 AM  
KP for landscape, long term usability, and good lens
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 40
Views: 1,465
The KP would be an excellent and easy choice for your type of photography. The lens is your more difficult choice, given your request that it "won't break my piggy bank savings" - it might help others to know what that means regarding the size of your budget. You might also consider whether you feel comfortable about putting a bulky lens on a compact DSLR - i am definitely not, and prefer the DA primes (or the DA 20-40 zoom) and certainly nothing bigger than the (under 1 pound) DA 18-135 or DA 55-300 PLM. Final thoughts: excessive pixel-peeping is an unnecessary obsession and should be avoided - most viewers will look at images not pixels. But, of course, to each his/her own.

Philip
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-13-2020, 12:53 AM  
"Standard" prime lens - 35mm equivalent in APS-C
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 43
Views: 1,738
If I'm remembering correctly, Henri Cartier Bresson - pioneer of Street Photography - and Vivian Maier - recently discovered and highly-acclaimed Street Photographer - mostly used standard lenses. The standard lens for APS-C format would be a 35mm prime lens and, unless you demand a huge aperture, there are three suitable good quality Pentax lenses in current production: SMC Pentax-DA 35mm f/2.4, HD Pentax-FA 35mm f/2, and the HD Pentax-DA 35mm f/2.8 Limited Macro. The latter could be considered as a prime contender for a Carlsberg Award - probably the best APS-C standard lens in the world.

Philip
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-09-2020, 10:03 AM  
The difficult choice of the two lenses kit
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 38
Views: 1,657
All I can add is that, if I don't have a wider lens, it usually works well enough for me. The example, for which it is impossible to move further away from the church, comprised three hand-held portrait shots with the D-FA 28-105 at 28mm, which were easily stitched in Microsoft Image Composite Editor.

Philip
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-25-2020, 12:05 PM  
Thematic The SOOC Club
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 154
Views: 5,809
Pentax KP and DA 18-135 WR. Camera JPEGs cropped and adjusted in-camera.

Philip
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-30-2019, 11:26 AM  
Thematic Post your Church images
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 826
Views: 67,158
The Church of St Peter & St Paul; photos taken yesterday with a hand-held Pentax KP + DA 18-135; camera JPEGs adjusted in PaintShop Pro.

Philip
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-04-2020, 01:34 PM  
Wanted to post a review badly...
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 10
Views: 425
A review can be helpful, but don't post it badly.

Philip
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-19-2020, 01:08 PM  
How many lenses do you take when out photographing?
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 75
Views: 2,666
I have only APS-C cameras and take out two lenses:-
one Limited lens (a prime or the 20-40 zoom)
plus a zoom (usually 18-135 or 28-105 or 55-300PLM);
at least one lens will be WR.

Philip
Forum: Pentax KP 02-10-2020, 06:17 AM  
All we need is a KP
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 121
Views: 4,317
If K-New does not have some sort of articulated rear screen, Ricoh-Pentax will have shot themselves in the foot (or probably higher). They have already produced three different effective and WR designs from which they can choose.

Philip
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-14-2020, 10:33 AM  
Affordable DSLR body that's weather resistant?
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 64
Views: 2,647
Now don't get too carried away! Note that the WR gear is water-resistant not waterproof. For example, zoom the lens slowly to reduce the chances of water being forced past any of the seals; also after use, dry the gear and particularly before storage.

Philip
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-09-2020, 01:42 PM  
Thematic Post your Church images
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 826
Views: 67,158
Hand-held Pentax KP and DA 18-135, window light plus quarter-power on-camera flash.

Philip
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-01-2020, 01:32 AM  
Thematic Post Your Tractor Photos
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 241
Views: 16,891
Hope it's acceptable to post this noisy mechanical monster in this thread.
Pentax KP and HD Pentax DA 35mm Limited.

Philip
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-03-2020, 06:57 AM  
Infrared Filters still used?
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 35
Views: 1,040
A few years ago my old Pentax-K-r was sitting in the cupboard doing nothing, so had its sensor converted to IR. To each his own, but the cost (about the same as buying a typical compact P&S camera) was worth it. I presume that a skilled Photoshopper could get this sort of IR effect (or better) from a normal shot, and it might also be possible to achieve using a filter on the lens - although it might also require a tripod and a long exposure. However, my K-r gets more use now to capture hand-held IR images in the camera followed by a minute or two in Nik software.

Philip
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-19-2020, 04:25 PM  
Thematic Post your Church images
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 826
Views: 67,158
Taken yesterday using a Pentax KP with a DA 18-135 WR zoom lens:

Philip
Forum: General Talk 02-07-2020, 05:30 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 2,441
Views: 191,800
Old bloke in pharmacy: 'Tell me, does that Viagra stuff work?'
Pharmacist: 'Yes Sir - it's very effective.'
Bloke: 'Would I be able to get it over the counter?'
Pharmacist: 'Probably Sir, if you take two tablets.'
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-03-2020, 12:04 PM  
Infrared Filters still used?
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 35
Views: 1,040
Thank you, Aggy. Possibly not far away - it's at Weston Turville Reservoir, near Wendover.

Philip
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-29-2020, 10:38 PM  
Photography's Triangle
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 99
Views: 3,108
I admit to lacking a deep understanding of the technicalities, and to being happy with the use of the Triangle in my photography. However, it seems to me that some of the terminology around it will always be just plain wrong. It is not an 'exposure' triangle. Instead the OP calls it the 'Photographer's Triangle', which is better, although I prefer 'Image Brightness Triangle'.

There are also several other misleading or erroneous terms or ideas:-
1. using 'exposure' to mean the same as 'image brightness',
2. the notion that ISO is an exposure parameter,
3. the meaningless (in this context) and unhelpful term 'ISO'.

1. The exposure is simply the amount of light reaching the sensor during image capture, which is dependent on the scene brightness, the lens aperture, and the shutter speed.
2. ISO does not change the amount of light captured (input) - it is a post-capture amplification factor (output) influencing the brightness of the image. It can be applied in-camera, or during the photographer's post-processing workflow, or both.
3. At present we are stuck with this unhelpful acronym (initially the International Standards Organisation), which instead ought to be something like IBV (Image Brightening Value) in both camera and PP software.

When the sides of the Photographer's Triangle (or Image Brightness Triangle) are properly and helpfully described - Time Value (shutter speed); Aperture Value; Image Brightening Value - I find it to be a valid and useful tool (along with Chimping, Blinkies, and Histograms) which can also be helpful to beginners. The photographer is, of course, free to choose whether the image brightness is determined by in-camera settings and/or in PP software.



The engineers at Ricoh-Pentax presumably have two options for the amplification - the electrical signals flowing around the electronic circuitry, and the software manipulating the raw digital data in the camera's on-board computer. Whereas the photographer choosing to brighten the image in PP can only play around with the digital data in his computer. So is it a fact that the in-camera ISO settings affect only the computing?

Philip
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-30-2020, 09:48 PM  
Better second camera: K3ii or KP?
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 25
Views: 1,265
Having two identical camera bodies for a shoot, particularly when you might want to change quickly from one to the other, makes much more sense for me. No distractions of different control systems and ergonomics = full concentration on the photography.

Philip
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-28-2020, 03:36 PM  
Photography's Triangle
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 99
Views: 3,108
From the way that Dave has written his paper it seems clear that John is a beginner. Dave has outlined the basics in a form that should be accessible to someone starting out in digital photography.

Thankfully he has described "Photography's Triangle", rather than incorrectly calling it the "exposure triangle" as many often do. The triangle is a valid tool, although it would be more helpful and accurate to describe ISO as an "image brightening" factor, which can be applied either by increasing its value in-camera or by using post-processing software (or both).

With regard to ISO, it is my view that beginners should start by using in-camera ISO values as part of the triangle to produce an image of appropriate brightness. The reason is that developing the fundamental skills of vision and composition should be practised from the start, and viewing a mostly black image on the rear screen, because a low light shot was captured at base ISO for recovering later in software, is of little use or help to the learner.

Philip
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-25-2020, 12:00 PM  
Thematic The SOOC Club
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 154
Views: 5,809
Pentax KP and HD DA 40mm Limited. Camera JPEGs cropped and adjusted in-camera.

Philip
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-18-2019, 11:18 AM  
Thematic Rhymes With Orange
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 247
Views: 4,938
Pentax K-70 and HD Pentax-D FA 28-105 WR.

Philip
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-01-2020, 05:03 PM  
Thematic What was your absolute last, final shot of 2019?
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 49
Views: 1,397
The last image on the card was taken in the Church of St Peter & St Paul, using a hand-held Pentax KP + DA 18-135.
[Previously posted in 'Thematic Post your Church images' thread.]

Philip

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-27-2019, 02:59 PM  
Thematic Show us buildings, structures, heck, architecture inside and out
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 463
Views: 15,075
Formerly the Buckinghamshire home of Benjamin Disraeli, Prime Minister during the nineteenth century.

[ Pentax KP and DA 18-135 lens ]

Philip
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-21-2019, 04:20 PM  
Thematic Post your Church images
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 826
Views: 67,158
Pentax K-70 & DA 18-135 WR; camera JPEG - verticals straightened, image cropped 4:3, and minor adjustments, all done in PaintShop Pro:

Philip
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