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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-11-2016, 12:01 AM  
smc 135mm m f3.5 on a k3
Posted By Igelkotten
Replies: 5
Views: 781
Hi amp,
The trick is to use M-mode and the Green button to step down and meter befor you take the photo. There are several guides in this forum about this. Follow the link below and you will enjoy the full potential of your M-lenses.
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-29-2016, 08:40 AM  
Why didn't I know this???
Posted By Igelkotten
Replies: 20
Views: 2,580
Great, hope we get that in an Pentax DSLR in a near future.

The link didn't work....
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-29-2016, 06:19 AM  
Why didn't I know this???
Posted By Igelkotten
Replies: 20
Views: 2,580
A modern camera should know all information needed to calculate and show DoF with real live values in the VF or at the display in case of Live View.
Focal length, Sensor size, Aperture, Active Focus Point (distance to object should be possible for the camera to know) and therefore it should be possible to give the DoF inside the camera.

I would love any manufacture to implement this, and why not Pentax that are usually including some additional functions not found in other brands.

So far I use some experience, guestimating or if I really want to know exactly I use an app in the iPhone.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-12-2016, 08:04 AM  
Why is the 50mm Lens So Popular on APS-C?
Posted By Igelkotten
Replies: 51
Views: 3,907
For less than what a BigMac in Sweden....
I paid less than 3USD for my first M-50mm F1.7 at a flea market, lens was in good but used condition and I have taken some great shots with the lens. I seldom pay more than 10USD for any old M or A prime. I got the M-85mm F2.0 (together with a Tokina RMC 24mm F2.8 and a ME Super Body) for around 35USD, that's a bargin and less than what a decent meal in a half good restaurant would cost over here!!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-12-2016, 06:40 AM  
Why is the 50mm Lens So Popular on APS-C?
Posted By Igelkotten
Replies: 51
Views: 3,907
I do not use the my 50mm's a lot but I do have several, a bit of LBA I guess, but when I use them I really love the result.
I use my DA 50 for sports/action shots, maybe not so common but for me it works great. The DA 50 is a good compromise between fast focus and shutter speed and not being able to reach the action far away. The 1.8 makes the autofocus work faster/more accurate than using a 2.8 since it lets more light in between the shots in burst mode. Sample shot below is taken in quite poor light condition during the annual reindeer race in Jokkmokk, Sweden, (look it up, it's just above the Arctic Circle)

Good luck with your new lens...
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-11-2016, 07:01 AM  
Posted By Igelkotten
Replies: 19
Views: 1,637
Dark and mystic, this one gets my vote!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-25-2016, 06:20 AM  
So what older & forgotten lenses will be revived by FF?
Posted By Igelkotten
Replies: 80
Views: 5,166
I just found a M 85mm F/2.0 in a local charity shop. Got it for less than 35USD (I know it was a bargin) in the same deal I also got a Tokina RMC 24mm f/2.8 and a working Pentax ME Super. I tried the lens this weekend and found it to be one of the best so far when it comes to old legacy lenses. Should be even better on a FF in terms of focal length and bokeh. All Pentax A & M legacy lenses up to 135mm that I tried has been just great, the longer lenses like the M-200mm I tried has not been up to the expectations I had.

The photo is taken by the window with the M 85mm f/2.0
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-19-2016, 06:38 AM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By Igelkotten
Replies: 773
Views: 92,082
My absolutely best tip for all Pentaxians is to visit the local flea market / charity sale / second hand shop and pick up some old Pentax prime lenses. First of all you make a good deed and secondly you will become a happy owner of a splendid piece of glass.

Not only are the Pentax Primes (most of them) superb in quality, feeling, and rendering, they are also great fun to use and will help to learn and understand the basics about photography.

With the help of PF you can find out all about shooting with old prime lenses as well as get a quick overview of what lenses to look for, start out e.g. with a SMC M 50mm f1:7, you will quickly find one for some few dollars, you might even get an old analogue camera in the same deal that can be used when your ready to take the step "back" to film shooting that also got its own charm.

Uploaded photo is shot with Pentax K3 and SMC Pentax-M 28mm F2.8, I have only adjusted the white balance and cropped it a bit to get a better perspective.

Get out there and get some old primes....
Forum: General Photography 10-02-2015, 02:21 AM  
Camera or Lens?
Posted By Igelkotten
Replies: 41
Views: 2,966
Have you explored the second hand option. You will most likely get both at the second hand market for the price of either one of them new. Explore the buy/sell section at the forum, any local second hand dealer or even E-Bay or similar sites. I got my K3 second hand for less than half the price of a new one, it was in perfect condition with only a couple of thousands shots taken. You will love the K3 body. If you don't want second hand stuff then I suggest to go for the glass.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-04-2015, 05:25 AM  
Waiting on the world to change
Posted By Igelkotten
Replies: 26
Views: 1,485
Theme caught in a good shot.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-04-2015, 04:14 AM  
Zebra @ Rietvlei Nature Reserve
Posted By Igelkotten
Replies: 36
Views: 2,322
Nominated! Great shot and a "Full Frame" that give a sense of "I see you"...
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-21-2015, 05:03 AM  
#104 Spring Remake Graffiti in Stockholm
Posted By Igelkotten
Replies: 2
Views: 679
"Spring Remake", a graffiti event in south Stockholm with more than one hundred artists and several thousand visitors. It's rare to be able to catch an artist in the act in broad daylight!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-29-2015, 12:55 PM  
Dizzy Ducks
Posted By Igelkotten
Replies: 3
Views: 538
The photo is shot with my newly bought K-3 (first Pentax for me). I got it just before x-mas and did not take a lot of photos before year end. Got down to the local duck pond to compare Canon 7D with the K-3 and ended up with this photo. I liked this best from all I took that day while playing around with the cameras. I should say that this is my favorire from my first week as a Pentax owner! Hope you enjoy the photo as much as liked to take it.....
The photo is basically straight from the camera and shot in jpg, I love the quality I get from the camera.
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