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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-20-2018, 01:30 AM  
Pentax DA 560mm f5.6 Tips and Advice?
Posted By Joshua A
Replies: 27
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Yeah when I used to do cricket photography for the local newspaper, that's what I'd do with the 300mm f2.8, much easier on the back I find.



Ah, so similar to how I have the DFA* 70-200mm or Tamron 300mm f2.8 hooked up! Good to know that'll continue to work for me!!!



Just a heads up (also, I hope I'm not breaking forum rules atm), Roberts Camera has a DA560mm for sale on Ebay (Pentax AF DA 560mm f5.6 ED AW IF Lens 560/5.6 #530 | eBay), and I bet you that if you offered them between $2400-2800USD they'd bite... Not that I'm suggesting that you try ;)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-19-2018, 11:21 PM  
Pentax DA 560mm f5.6 Tips and Advice?
Posted By Joshua A
Replies: 27
Views: 977
Thanks for the links mate, definitely a bit of extra gear will need to be headed my way by the sound of things! I think on the top of my list will definitely be that tripod plate!

I see you use the Peak Design Slide with the lens, and as I use that combo too, I'm interested to see how you prefer to attach the anchors to the lens, and if you find the lens to heavy to be hanging from your shoulders?




So basically, get a tripod that suits both my needs and that of the lens, aka definitely not a pan/tilt for me (I honestly can't stand them personally), and make sure that it's high quality and relatively heavy.

On the topic of dampening vibrations, thats definitely going to be a problem with the way I shoot as I am always on the run, but hopefully I can find a compromise between high ISO (to keep the shutter speed high) and the balance between noise and detail! Easier said than done I'm sure, but practice makes perfect!

Most importantly though, is to not drop the lens xD

Thanks for the feedback mate!



Thanks for the additional resources, I'll definitely be diving into those!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-19-2018, 02:23 AM  
Pentax DA 560mm f5.6 Tips and Advice?
Posted By Joshua A
Replies: 27
Views: 977
So it seems that on the tripod front, a bit of trial and error is in order to find a perfect solution for me. Thankfully, I live close to the largest camera store in the southern hemisphere so I will definitely be bringing it in to try a few different combos. If you could recommend a few items that would be super helpful in getting me into the right ball park!

On the bag end of things, I think I have that worked out. For my day to day bag I have a 20L Peak Design Everyday Backpack, which I think in a pinch could hold it, though I do have a larger Kata Sling bag permanently set up for my Tamron 300mm f2.8 AF, so I think that'll work better for toting it around. For more intensive events/hiking I have a Lowepro ProTrekker bag that will definitely fit the lens along with a 15-30mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm and 2 K-1 (not that it's any good for the back).

To be honest though, I prefer to just wear my 300mm f2.8 on a nice padded shoulder strap instead, so I think that'll end up being my carrying solution yet again :p

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Ah, someone in Melbourne has the DFA 150-450mm... I think a meetup is in order at some point in the future!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-19-2018, 12:32 AM  
Pentax DA 560mm f5.6 Tips and Advice?
Posted By Joshua A
Replies: 27
Views: 977
I am hoping to mainly use the lens handheld or on a monopod as most of the work I do is a touch run and gun. That said, I would prefer to use a tripod where it makes sense so fingers crossed I can find a handful of solutions that cover my needs :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-18-2018, 07:53 PM  
Pentax DA 560mm f5.6 Tips and Advice?
Posted By Joshua A
Replies: 27
Views: 977
Yeah I most definitely won't be putting my new lens on a dinky $100 Inca tripod. My current plan is to get a big ball head, and one of those pseudo gimbal heads to anchor the lens, that way I can use the same head for all of my lenses.

My one wish is that the lens had a removable tripod foot ala DFA 70-200/150-450, that way I could keep one attached to my Peak Design Strap, and the other permanently attached to the gimbal. Maybe one day I'll got a custom job done on the lens in Japan, but probably not.

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Now thats a tripod!!! Got to admit I love the wood look! Any particular advantages to a wooden tripod (other than the heavy weight and low thermal conductivity)?

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Okay long plate, something I definitely overlooked! On the shopping list it goes. I'm thinking I'll get the white spray paint and sandpaper out!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-18-2018, 06:45 PM  
Pentax DA 560mm f5.6 Tips and Advice?
Posted By Joshua A
Replies: 27
Views: 977
Okay so a simple ball head ain't gonna cut it I guess, so more money down the sink :\
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-18-2018, 06:17 PM  
Pentax DA 560mm f5.6 Tips and Advice?
Posted By Joshua A
Replies: 27
Views: 977
Well I saved up enough to get a new DFA 150-450mm, but there was a 560mm on eBay. So I made an offer of 2600USD thinking theres no way in hell that they'd accept, and boom, accepted. So I "accidentally" got me a DA 560mm :P
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-18-2018, 06:02 PM  
Pentax DA 560mm f5.6 Tips and Advice?
Posted By Joshua A
Replies: 27
Views: 977
Just looking for some advice in to how best prepare myself for using the DA 560mm.

I accidentally bought the 560mm on eBay when shopping for a DFA 150-450mm, and now am having second thoughts about how I will cope with it given its size and mass. Up until this point I had mostly used all my lenses handheld (DFA 70-200mm 2.8, Tamron 300mm f2.8, Bigma), or with a monopod when shooting for extended periods of time. So I thought I'd ask for advice from you mob on how to get the best results from the lens, practice notwithstanding.

Thanks in advance!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 08-01-2018, 12:48 AM  
100th Anniversary next year - what will they release?
Posted By Joshua A
Replies: 127
Views: 4,087
I'm hoping they do a full Nikon and release a full Silver FF set, aka: A silver K-1ii, silver 15-30mm f2.8, silver 24-70mm f2.8 and silver 70-200mm f2.8. Maybe if they're really feeling up to it they could throw in a silver 50mm f1.4 too.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 07-27-2018, 03:49 PM  
KEH-15% off zoom lenses into 10PM EDT07/26
Posted By Joshua A
Replies: 9
Views: 451
There was an ex+ condition one on Tuesday for $900, but I picked it up on the spot, sorry mate :P
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-22-2018, 10:37 PM  
RICOH THETA Plug-in Store Goes Live
Posted By Joshua A
Replies: 18
Views: 1,158
I can't believe that this isn't getting more interest from the Pentax community. Hopefully this leads to all Ricoh Imaging devices having some smart capabilities and allows the community to tailor their devices to their needs.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-05-2018, 02:04 AM  
Development update regarding the HD PENTAX-D FA★50mmF1.4 SDM AW
Posted By Joshua A
Replies: 621
Views: 44,962
I'm shaking my head... mainly because I also placed my preorder at 4pm today LMAO! :lol: :lol: :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-02-2018, 11:43 PM  
K-1 Motorsport Photography: Tatts Finke Desert Race 2018
Posted By Joshua A
Replies: 8
Views: 817
I've been to quite a few Finkes in my short life, and the girls seem to really get off flashing the riders/drivers. I'm not implying that I've been witness to this or condone this type of activity though... :p :p :p
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-01-2018, 03:19 AM  
How heavy is the DA 560mm's tripod mount?
Posted By Joshua A
Replies: 2
Views: 328
I don't believe that you actually detach the tripod foot from a DA 560, if I remember correctly.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-30-2018, 12:45 AM  
K-1 Motorsport Photography: Tatts Finke Desert Race 2018
Posted By Joshua A
Replies: 8
Views: 817
Though I'm a terrtory kid through and through, I'm currently living in Melbourne and make an effort every year to make it down for Finke to catch up with mates and the sort. Though I'm a bit inactive as of recent, I'll be sure to post anything once the weather warms up :P. Thanks!

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And now where have all the photos gone???
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-29-2018, 11:22 PM  
K-1 Motorsport Photography: Tatts Finke Desert Race 2018
Posted By Joshua A
Replies: 8
Views: 817
Last year, I had the pleasure to be part of the media crew for the Tatt's Finke Desert Race. Due to contractual obligations, I was unable to post about my use of Pentax gear at that event, but as I am shooting for myself this year, I am able to share my experiences. So here's a little write up about my opinions and thoughts on using the K-1 as a sports camera.



Of course, the best part of using any Pentax camera, is the intuitive ergonomics of both their bodies and lenses, and in this regard, the combination of the K-1 and the DFA* 70-200mm excel. The only downside to this setup is the 3kg weight of it all, but in my opinion, this doesn't constitute as a massive problem given what I had to bring with me as a pro the previous year (last years setup included three bodies; K-1, K-3ii & K-5, as well as three lenses; Tamron SP 300mm f2.8 AF, DFA* 70-200mm f2.8 & DA* 16-50mm f2.8). Therefore, I feel that in this use case, this combination is perfect.



Aside from the ergonomics, the other unique feature of Pentax camera gear is the weather resistance. In my experience, Pentax camera gear can handle almost all weather conditions, ranging from torrential rain, +40*C Central Australian summers, and sub-zero Central Australian Winters. Unfortunately there are things that Pentax cameras cannot reliably handle, namely total immersion in water, and the spray of salt water. As a third item in this list, Pentax gear cannot beat the bull dust of Central Australia. As you can imagine, the ultra fine sand of Central Australia is incredibly abrasive, and at an event such as this, plenty of it is constantly in contact with your camera. Although my gear held up better than that of many of my peers, and is still functioning perfectly, there is now, after 3 years of exposure, grit in both the focus and zoom rings. Considering the length of time I have used the DFA* 70-200mm, I believe that this isn't detrimental to the lens, but it does detract from you confidence in the weather sealing of Pentax equipment. On the otherhand, all of the other gear continues to work without problem, so this could just be a once off, and a quick run under the tap removes most of the offending dust (PS, do not run water over your camera gear, even if I do)



When it comes to setting up the Pentax K-1 for motorsports, I have found the most success setting the 'Focus Hold' setting to 'High', setting the camera up for 'Back Button Focus', setting the AF-C settings to 'Focus Priority' and making sure the shutter is set to 'Release Priority'. This combination allows me to adequately focus continually on cars and motorbikes with a high success rate, whist also maintaining complete control over the camera by allowing me to override the camera at any time. I also shoot in Hyper-Program mode 'P', or in Manual depending on if there is changing lighting where I am shooting or if the lighting is constant. Another tip, is to set the DFA* 70-200mm f2.8 to AF/M mode, as in this mode, any adjustments to the focus ring immediately cancel AF.
And before anyone start to whinge and tell me Pentax AF is terrible, in 2017 I had to take saleable photos of all 700 motorbike competitors, and 140 car competitors, a challenge that I more than adequately met despite speeds of over 200km/h at certain points of the race.



That said, you do have to work the K-1 harder than most other modern full frame cameras. In my experience working with a newspaper, their D5 has much snappier AF than the K-1. The photographer has to be constantly aware of the advantages and disadvantages of their gear, and personally, my Pentax K-1 ticks the most boxes in my use case. For example, I wouldn't be able to crop as heavily with the D4 as I do with the K-1, and the dynamic range isn't as good at low ISO. All of this wouldn't matter if the K-1 was unable to keep up, but in my experience, with practice, the K-1 makes a suitable sports camera.



Last but not least, the pleasure I get from using my Pentax equipment is worth a lot all on its own. To get a similar feel in your hands from other manufactures, you're looking at spending double the money, and in my eyes, that is just not on (aside from Olympus, but lets not muddle the story hey). In the end, the camera and lens is only as good as the photographer, and even after a few years with the k-1, it still continually exceeds my abilities, which humbles me greatly.



Anyway, thanks for reading, and I hope you managed to at least enjoy your reading and my photos. Maybe you even learnt something. I look forward to some feedback and critique. Thanks in advance. Kindest regards, Josh Abbott.

I leave you with two last samples!



Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-29-2018, 05:51 AM  
RICOH ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF HD PENTAX-D FA★50mm F1.4 SDM AW STAR-SERIES LENS
Posted By Joshua A
Replies: 927
Views: 56,249
Guys, you're all missing the biggest change in Pentax lens history. The new 50mm has SEVEN screws on the lens bayonet... I guess Pentax really is screwed... :P
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-29-2018, 05:32 AM  
Ricoh has launched a special site for star lenses and a new roadmap
Posted By Joshua A
Replies: 98
Views: 6,910
Just read the article on the development of the 50mm f1.4, and damn I have to admit that the structural engineering segment is refreshingly honest and down to earth.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-08-2018, 05:21 AM  
DFA*50/1.4 first review
Posted By Joshua A
Replies: 325
Views: 22,129
To be perfectly honest, it's a minor hassle I admit (and if Ricoh intends to release their new primes with a 72mm filter thread, it'll become less of a problem), but also one that irks me to no end. While filter uses is no longer compulsory for photography as it was in the film era, on the thing that always startles me about the photography industry of the 70-80's is the standardisation of features within each company's lineup.

For example, with the K, M and A era lenses, Pentax primes generally had filter threads of 49 or 52mm, and A era zooms often share a macro feature across the entire range of zooms. A more recent example is with the DA Limited Primes, all of which have 49mm filter threads. It shows great intuition from the manufacturer to pay attention to small details like this.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-08-2018, 03:43 AM  
DFA*50/1.4 first review
Posted By Joshua A
Replies: 325
Views: 22,129
Upon close inspection of the photos still available, I have to admit I am quite impressed with how the lens apparently renders, which only makes my desire to buy the lens even more feverish.

That said, I'm not a fan of the 72mm filter thread of this lens that isn't shared with any Pentax lens that I can think of, so I'm hoping that if I screw in a thin 72-67mm step down ring I won't suffer from any additional vignetting so that I can used the 67mm lens caps I have for my other frequently used lenses (Sigma 35mm ART, Pentax FA-J 18-35mm, Pentax A 35-105mm etc).

I'm thinking of doing the same to my Pentax D-FA 24-70mm so that I can get rid of that pesky 82mm lens cap.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-17-2018, 02:01 AM  
Development update regarding the HD PENTAX-D FA★50mmF1.4 SDM AW
Posted By Joshua A
Replies: 621
Views: 44,962
Well I'm more than willing to admit that I was wrong when it came to identifying the lens, it does indeed seem to be confirmed as the DFA* 50mm f1.4, I am not redacting my opinion on the CA performance of the lens. I regularly shoot with the Sigma Art 35mm f1.4 on my K-1, and though it does show some CA, generally it isn't nearly as intense in colour or width. At the edges and corners of a fast prime I am willing to deal with some CA, as generally wide open the subject is centrally composed, but dead in the centre at portrait distances, it is disappointing that lens control CA more efficiently.

That said, this may be a pre-production sample, so it could be improved by tightening the optical tolerances before shipping, aka that the lens is optically decentered (which would fit with Ricoh Imaging press release on the delay of the lens).

Nonetheless, I am likely to pick this up on launch because I'm interested in supplementing my Sigma Art 35mm f1.4 with something weathersealed (and hopefully faster focusing), and as long as the lens isn't terrible, I'm sure it'll be in my camera bag for a long time to come.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-16-2018, 12:45 AM  
Development update regarding the HD PENTAX-D FA★50mmF1.4 SDM AW
Posted By Joshua A
Replies: 621
Views: 44,962
I've had a quick look at these pics in Lightroom @ 100%, and I honestly hope that these samples aren't accurate. In the out of focus areas, there is severe purple fringing on the chrome elements of the helmet, and an incredible lack of microcontrast on the strap itself. My gut says that these are actually FA 50mm f1.4 samples based on my use of the M 50mm f1.4 lens, a lot of the characteristics seem to match. Hopefully this is true, because that amount of fringing on a * lens is unacceptable nowadays IMHO.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-30-2018, 12:25 AM  
Which 50mm Prime
Posted By Joshua A
Replies: 47
Views: 2,033
Quick question though, IIRC, due to the combination of the Bayer colour filter and how the micro-lenses on a sensor are designed, the light gathering abilities of the f1.2 lens over a 1.4 lens isn't as drastic as one is lead to believe (no where near 1/2 a stop). If that is the case, wouldn't I just be better off with the A50/1.4 in this hypothetical situation, seeing that is cheaper, sharper and lighter?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-29-2018, 11:41 PM  
Which 50mm Prime
Posted By Joshua A
Replies: 47
Views: 2,033
Geez it looks like I've unintentionally opened a huge can of worms here, here comes some replies by me!



Sorry my lens list on my profile is slightly out of date, since acquiring the K-1 I haven't had the DA 50/1.8 in my kit, and while the M 50/1.4 is a fantastic lens (especially coupled with my LX), it really isn't gonna cut it for reportage and event work due to its lack of AF coupled with long focus throw. Obviously eveyones mileage may vary, but it's been my experience that MF lenses on stock DSLR focusing screens can be difficult to use in the heat of the moment.

Thanks for the reply, I look forward to continued correspondence!


No need to apologise for the sarcasm, a little bit of banter on this forum is part of the appeal IMHO.

In regards to my need for a 50mm prime, I do a lot of work in low light, particularly in form of 'pub crawl' photography, and find that the 35mm doesn't quite give a tight enough FOV for my liking. As a general rule of thumb I try to keep my 'work' primes 1.5-2 stops faster than my zooms in the same range, outside of speciality lenses (Macros, 40mm "Body Cap" etc). Simply put, I'm concerned that the DA* 55/1.4 won't keep up AF wise with my other lenses, even though it does in every other characteristic fit my kit well (particularly in sharpness and WR)

On the note of focus accuracy, whilst I do agree that slight front and back focus due to photographer movement do account for sharpness loss a lot of the time, a faster AF speed along with the use of burst mode can considerably up the amount of in focus photos achieved, if you're willing to sift through the additional photos at a later date. I find with the K-1, the shutter vibrations in the 1/30-1/20th of a second range to be more of an issue in my personal use.

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Thanks for the sample photos man!!! I'm gonna upgrade accounts tomorrow so I can post some samples of what I'm after in a lens!

Having the DFA* 70-200/2.8 for the last 2ish years, I've found myself more and more impressed with the AF speed, and more importantly the accuracy of the lens to focus under challenging circumstances, so now that we know Pentax can do both brisk and accurate AF, it really does make me hope for great AF down the track.

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Okay well I'm gonna give up trying to address everyone individually, but do know that I have read everyones posts and have taken some advice on board.

Pretty much what I've seen from those of you who have posted samples is that the lenses available from Pentax seems to able to produce top notch photos in the hands of capable photographers (which is no surprise, considering the most important part of a camera is the 8 inches behind it). What I want to know more is how consistently do you guys find these lenses producing excellent photos, particularly in the form of AF speed/accuracy. From the sounds of it both the DA* 55/1.4 and the FA 50/1.4 are capable lenses, and whilst waiting for the DFA* 50/1.4 will suffice for my uses, the question is now, which one to pick?

To simplify the question I boil it down into some dot points:

DA* 55/1.4 Pros:
A touch sharper
Weather Resistant
Silent and more accurate AF
FA 50/1.4 Pros:
Cheaper
No SDM motor
I'm leaning towards the FA 50/1.4, but it probably wouldn't take me much to swing either way. And no, as much as I do suffer from GAS, I don't think having two 50/1.4 makes sense when I could use that money for my next holiday :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-28-2018, 10:39 PM  
Which 50mm Prime
Posted By Joshua A
Replies: 47
Views: 2,033
As the D-FA* 50mm f1.4 postponing saga continues, I am finding that the need to fill the 50mm gap in my lens bag has become more urgent. Therefore, I'd like to start a debate on which 50mm lens currently available new (or easily on the secondhand market) is the best proposition, taking into consideration cost-to-performance ratio. Only AF lenses are to be considered, as even though there are some awesome MF lenses (Zeiss Otus, Pentax 50mm f1.2 etc), most pros are only in the market for AF lenses.

On the market brand new (as of 2018):

Pentax DA 40mm f2.8 XS
Pentax DA 40mm f2.8 Limited
Pentax FA 43mm f1.9 Limited
Pentax FA 50mm f1.4
Pentax FA 50mm f2.8 Macro
Pentax DA* 55mm f1.4 SDM

Easily acquired on the secondhand market (as of 2018):

Sigma EX 50mm f1.4 HSM
Sigma EX 50mm f2.8 Macro

The issue, as a pro with the above lenses is that they all come with various drawbacks, some of them are technically APS-C lenses (that cover FF to various degrees), some have screwdrive AF while others have slow AF (we're looking at you Pentax DA* 55mm f1.4), and only the DA* is environmentally sealed.

In the past I have had the same problem with Pentax. I had the D-FA* 70-200mm f2.8 on order (and fully paid for) for over a year before it was finally released, and in the meantime, I had to find an alternative. I ended choosing the Pentax FA* 80-200mm f2.8, and payed a premium price for it, but have since seen the value of the lens tank on the secondhand market and am hoping to avoid the same thing happening twice to me.

Personally, I am finding myself drawn to either the DA* 55mm f1.4 or the Sigma EX 50mm F1.4, and am finding it difficult to decide which to go with, the Pentax is WR, where the Sigma had decent AF. Any thoughts? Also, !'m shooting a K-1, and I do currently have both the Pentax 40mm XS and the Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art, and though I love both lenses, the Pentax is not sharp at all in the corners, and the Sigma is no 35mm however extraordinary it is. Thanks in advance guys!
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