Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Showing results 1 to 25 of 106 Search:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-14-2019, 01:37 PM  
The Six-Megapixel Club
Posted By Dan James
Replies: 1,017
Views: 87,978
Thanks Hidrieus. Yeh my Pentaxes feel good, but the Minolta has a couple of tiny differences that make a difference, like the type/texture of the rubber on the grip is more tactile and feels higher quality, and the main grip itself has a flattened front, which fits a half closed hand more naturally than a grip that's continuously curved. I've had the 50/1.7, 50/2.8 Macro and 35-40/4 Zoom Macro previously in Minolta/Sony AF mount, which I used on a Sony a100 and a350. All were great, the Macro was stunning, and the zoom was as good as zoom as I've used in any mount I'd say. Previously I've had numerous MC/MD Minolta lenses on film bodies and on a Sony NEX via adapter, and most of those were fantastic too. Minolta made some beautiful glass!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-14-2019, 01:32 PM  
The Six-Megapixel Club
Posted By Dan James
Replies: 1,017
Views: 87,978
Ah yes I've had a couple of those Minolta AF 50/1.7s, very impressive. I also had a 50/2.8 AF Macro which was stunning with my Sony DSLRs a couple of years back. I could probably pick up a 50/1.7 fairly reasonable for the 5D...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-12-2019, 05:50 AM  
The Six-Megapixel Club
Posted By Dan James
Replies: 1,017
Views: 87,978
Thanks Paul, just added a couple taken with the Minolta Dynax 5D.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-12-2019, 05:46 AM  
The Six-Megapixel Club
Posted By Dan James
Replies: 1,017
Views: 87,978
So, inspired by the Pentax K100D's fabulous sensor, and being no stranger to quite a number of older CCD sensor cameras that have delivered lovely images, I came across an example of another DSLR on my wish list, the Konica Minolta Dynax 5D. Like the K100D, it has a 6MP CCD sensor. Given that Sony bought out Konica Minolta's camera business in the mid 2000s, then released their first DSLR the a100, and it was very similar to the Dynax 5D, it's quite possible that there is plenty of Konica Minolta DNA in the sensor Sony developed for the a100. Which also means it could share many similarities with the Sony sensor in the K100D. On first impressions I'd say the colours were richer with the K100D, but perhaps the 5D gives slightly more natural colours because of this.

I've been shooting the 5D mostly in its "Natural+" colour JPEG mode, and a little in the Black and White mode too, and all with the standard 18-70 kit zoom. All shots straight out of camera JPEGs.

I've always had a soft spot for Pentax, and the K100D (and the K-m I also have) I prefer overall to the 5D. But the 5D is a lovely camera, and arguably handles better and feels better built than the Pentaxes. Everything is pretty logical to use, and it's winning me over.

My dilemma is whether to keep the 5D and buy a better lens to see what it can really do (I had the old Minolta 35-70 f/4 macro when I had Sony DLSRs which was fantastic and would be my first choice), to just keep using the kit zoom (I also have a 70-something zoom I've not taken out of the box yet and might never) which delivers better than I expected, or to sell it on having tried it and stick to the two Pentax.

Thoughts welcome!



Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-09-2019, 04:48 AM  
The Six-Megapixel Club
Posted By Dan James
Replies: 1,017
Views: 87,978
That poor old bicycle, a classic Raleigh too, which brings back childhood memories of my Raleigh Mag Burner... Old rusting bikes do make wonderful subjects for photography though!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-09-2019, 04:46 AM  
The Six-Megapixel Club
Posted By Dan James
Replies: 1,017
Views: 87,978
The K100D's (Sony) CCD just delivers delicious autumn colours... All JPEGs straight out of camera.









Sorry for being a bit absent, I have been shooting, mostly with K100D and K-m (for b/w, as I can set it up in camera to give me JPEGs I like), and experimenting with my M42 lenses on my K30 using Live View.

(Oh and I bought a Minolta Dynax 5D on a whim - also with a 6MP CCD, but I'm thinking that doesn't count for this Pentax thread!)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-02-2019, 12:38 PM  
The Six-Megapixel Club
Posted By Dan James
Replies: 1,017
Views: 87,978
In the last few months I picked up a K100D for 26, and a K-m (10MP, same sensor as K10D I believe) for 30. Both have a few cosmetic imperfections, but are fully working, and delivering lovely images. The K100D is wonderful, but I would lean slightly towards the K-m as it has in camera b/w settings, which with the contrast cranked up is giving me images I'm very happy with. (I avoid post processing wherever possible!) A Pentax-F 35-70mm for about 20 and a Pentax-A 50/1.7 for 25 plus the DA 35/2.4 I already had make a great set up for me. All from eBay. 50-60 for a camera plus lens is very realistic.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-12-2019, 12:54 PM  
The Six-Megapixel Club
Posted By Dan James
Replies: 1,017
Views: 87,978
Im assuming you mean you do this with the lens off so any dust falls out completely?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-11-2019, 01:12 PM  
The Six-Megapixel Club
Posted By Dan James
Replies: 1,017
Views: 87,978
Thanks! I bought the K-m I was talking about and it turns out a few blows with a blow and then turning on the anti dust shake at start up (which wasn't activated by the previous owner) has cleared any major dust. Perhaps under certain conditions of bright background and either extreme of focus there might be some, but I've not noticed anything to concern me, so I don't need to get the cotton buds out yet!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-04-2019, 12:23 PM  
The Six-Megapixel Club
Posted By Dan James
Replies: 1,017
Views: 87,978
I think this is something I've done little of. I've just come back to DSLRs after a couple of years away, and went with a K30 initially after much research. Really quite taken aback at how erratic the meter is and how much work is needed to get decent exposures - especially using the VF. Live View is significantly better in most situations. So I went back to the old CCDs, via a 6MP K100D and then just got a 10MP K-m (/K2000), and they seem much easier to meter with, plus I prefer the look of the images, especially colour.

But I was still surprised that on the same walk in the same conditions, my DA 35/2.4 might need -0.3 or -0.7 exposure comp as a good basecamp, but on the same camera my A 50/1.7 is about right at +0.3, even +0.7. I'm gradually coming to terms with it, but just still a bit bemused as to why DSLRs and lenses aren't more consistent with exposing. It just feels like with the technology of a 21st century camera you should haven't to work so hard with exposures, making notes on individual lenses etc!

Think I was spoilt when I used to shoot film (2012-2017) with the amazing exposure latitude of colour negative film. :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-03-2019, 01:08 PM  
The Six-Megapixel Club
Posted By Dan James
Replies: 1,017
Views: 87,978
Thanks kypfer, this is very useful info for anyone interested in this approach.

I'm pretty sure I can set camera lens manually on my K100D (it also asks for camera's where there's no electronic connection to tell it), so would you recommend setting it manually to something longer. Perhaps 100mm for a 50mm lens with macro extension tube?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-28-2019, 12:24 PM  
The Six-Megapixel Club
Posted By Dan James
Replies: 1,017
Views: 87,978
Looking as some close up options, I found an idea about de-glassing a teleconverter, bought a Pentax Takumar-A 2x version, removed the glass elements and now have a macro extension tube with full automation (aside from manual focus, which is better close up anyway) for my Pentax-A and F lenses.

These two with the K100D and Pentax-A 50/1.7 plus modified teleconverter.





Looking forward to experimenting more!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-17-2019, 01:50 PM  
The Six-Megapixel Club
Posted By Dan James
Replies: 1,017
Views: 87,978
Thanks Dave, that sounds exactly like the previous method I read. I wasn't sure of the fluid used.

I have an old Pentax DSLR on the way and I suspect it had a dirty sensor, so was just getting prepared to clean it if necessary.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-16-2019, 10:10 AM  
The Six-Megapixel Club
Posted By Dan James
Replies: 1,017
Views: 87,978
Paul, thank you. I want to try M42s again but for now Im loving the K100D with an A 50/1.7, an F 35-70/3.5-4.5 which is surprisingly good in the 70mm macro range, plus my 50/1.8 and 35/2.4 DAs...

Thanks Dave, glad to see the Dartmoor shots still coming with those wide old Taks. I thought Id read in this thread recently (but cant find it again now) you talking about cleaning a DSLR sensor, and your approach was very straightforward and inexpensive. Can you share again, or am I mistaken that it was you? Thanks!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-14-2019, 11:15 PM  
The Six-Megapixel Club
Posted By Dan James
Replies: 1,017
Views: 87,978
Another couple with the K100D SOOC. Again, the colours!!



Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-14-2019, 11:12 PM  
The Six-Megapixel Club
Posted By Dan James
Replies: 1,017
Views: 87,978
So do you have the DL2 for M42 only and the DS for K mount only?

I bought a K30 a couple of months back to use my M42 lenses again, as I have a small cherished set - Auto Takumar 55/2, Super-Takumar 55/1.8, Carl Zeiss Flektogon 35/2.4, Helios 44-2 58/2, Jupiter-37A 135/3.5 - that weren't being used. The process of either stopping down manually or using the A/M switch etc I just found too fiddly whilst using a VF, plus the K30 isn't great at exposing, I was having to exposure compensate virtually every shot. Which meant opening the aperture again to refocus, recompose, stop down again etc.

What I did find was the exposures using Live View were way more accurate, so I'm thinking I might use the K30 via Live View purely as an M42 body, and keep my K100D (which I much prefer using) as a K mount body, shooting colour straight out of camera, and black and white using a simple Snapseed preset I use for a few other cameras.

I like to keep things simple - and the shooting process as fluid and immersive as possible - and just using M42 seems too much effort and too clunky, especially when I can get lovely results with A, F and DA series lenses on the K100D.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-14-2019, 02:12 PM  
The Six-Megapixel Club
Posted By Dan James
Replies: 1,017
Views: 87,978
Glad to see the 6MP Club still going strong!

I was around when Paul started the group a couple of years back, but then after discovering a Ricoh GRD III, Pentax Q and Lumix LX3, kind of gave up on DSLRs (I had a K10D, Samsung GX10 (K10D clone!) and Samsung GX-1S (*ist DS2 clone)) and sold them.

Then a couple of months ago, frustrated with using M42 lenses on a Lumix GF1 mirrorless (lovely camera but awful handling and awkward with M42 lens and adapter), decided I needed a DSLR again. Naturally I returned to Pentax, and a K30. Then found it was still a bit of a faff using M42 lenses, so stuck with the DA 35/2.4 and A 50/1.7 I had.

Despite thinking the K30 is a cracking camera, I was not really loving the colours coming out of it, plus found it just a bit too sharp and clinical for me - and way over spec'd for my needs. So I went back in time again and found a K100D for all of 26.

I love the simplicity of the K10D - everything you need and nothing more, and right at your fingertips.

And I remembered what was so great about those old CCD sensors, and their stunning colours!

These couple made with my new (to me) K100D, straight out of camera JPEGs on the "Bright" setting, everything else neutral/zero.





Thanks for looking!

Dan
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-27-2017, 10:22 PM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dan James
Replies: 5,232
Views: 494,281
Lovely colours Ray, vivid but natural, excellent examples of why we still love and shoot the good old K10D.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-18-2017, 11:56 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dan James
Replies: 5,232
Views: 494,281
Thank you both for the further recommendation, I look forward to downloading and experimenting. I didn't realise it plugged in to LightRoom - I was reluctant to use another different piece of software.

In the meantime I've been playing a little using some presets from "Preset Love" as a starting point, then tweaking the exposure a little. Not mind blowing, but I am quite happy as they're a fairly subtle b/w conversion, rather than trying to make a digital image look exactly like a classic film...

Pentax K10D plus Asahi Auto-Takumar 55mm f/2 M42 lens.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-18-2017, 11:51 AM  
The Six-Megapixel Club
Posted By Dan James
Replies: 1,017
Views: 87,978
Good to know there's another CCD option out there should my K10D and GX-10 both fail!

I've been exploring other CCD sensors a little, which has led me almost back to a Pentax, a Ricoh GR D. The first model I think had an 8MP CCD, and the ii and iii models had a 10MP CCD. Obviously smaller sensors than in the K10D, but appealing nonetheless, especially with all the other features and praise they get...

Shot these today in rather grey conditions with my Samsung GX-1s and the humble, and I feel underrated, Rikenon 50/2 K mount lens. They're cheap, light, small (I have the smaller almost "pancake" version") and perform very well, and make an excellent compact companion to the little 6MP CCD bodies.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-16-2017, 10:21 PM  
The Six-Megapixel Club
Posted By Dan James
Replies: 1,017
Views: 87,978
Love that lake shot Paul, super tranquil... The Super Tak 28/3.5 is a lovely lens, just haven't quite used mine enough to find its best applications yet.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-15-2017, 07:51 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dan James
Replies: 5,232
Views: 494,281
There are many (as in variety of models and availability of each) very very good Minolta AF lenses. I was blown away by the 35-70/4 zoom and 50/2.8 Macro I had. It's enticing reason to check out Sony A mount DSLRs. If only they'd sorted out those VFs!!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-15-2017, 07:48 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dan James
Replies: 5,232
Views: 494,281
Thanks Dave, yes I forgot about Silver Efex, I've heard lots about that before. I'll bookmark it, but would like to stick to LightRoom is possible as I know the basics and like to keep things simple. I've been playing a little today with some presets as a starting point then making my own minor tweaks and I like the results enough to try more.

The XA is a little marvel and capable of excellent images. I'd like to see your XA prints if you have them digitally online anywhere? I sold mine ultimately because I struggled to focus with it, so I was always just shooting at a guessed distance and then a small enough aperture to hopefully forgive any focusing errors. I realised that aside from the better lens, I might have well been using an XA2. In the end I've drifted from film and the only compacts that remain are an Olympus Mju-1 (in many ways the natural successor to the XA), two LT-1s (Mju-1 in a leather jacket!), and a Ricoh R1.

The latter has actually just this week encouraged me to look at Ricoh GR digital bodies. I love my K10D and the lens options and the feel and control of an SLR, but sometimes I think I'd be happier with a fairly wide angle, close focusing and capable compact. They shoot RAW with the Av and M modes, plus the older ones I think had a CCD sensor too. Where I've heard of the magic of those before...? :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-14-2017, 02:04 PM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dan James
Replies: 5,232
Views: 494,281
A good viewfinder is such a big deal for me. I had my Sony NEX 3N as my main digital camera for about three years and loved so much about it, not least of all the accurate exposures, adaptability to so many vintage lenses, and focus peaking. But it doesn't have a VF and doesn't handle like a "proper" camera, and in time (especially as I was using film SLRs extensively at the same time) these things mattered hugely to me and I just didn't enjoy using it much. Hence exploring DSLRs. So having a DSLR with a substandard VF totally defeats the point for me. My initial research was mostly focused more on VF spec of different Pentax DSLRs than the sensor MP, or physical size and weight. The K10D with its 95% 0.95 VF is about as good as we're going to get in an APS-C DSLR. The Sonys fall way behind, and were just constantly frustrating to use with the VFs, despite overall being great little DSLRs.

On the subject on emulations, do you (or anyone else) have any links for b/w presets for LightRoom? For colour, I love what the K10D delivers, and just do a simple LightRoom export from the RAW files. I do want to start shooting b/w though, and would rather still shoot RAW then convert to b/w after, than go with a b/w JPEG option. I'm not even sure if the K10D has the latter option? I've shot quite a bit of colour film in the past and converted to b/w as it's so much cheaper and easier to process than true b/w film. I just desaturated the colour scans - not the purest option I know, but it gave me images I was happy with. I want an equivalently straightforward option for converting colour RAW images from the K10D into b/w images. I like quite contrasty b/w photos, where the blacks are deep and inky and the whites and clean and crisp. I really don't like b/w photos where it's just a series of washed out grey scales. Any ideas? (I hate post processing and do as little as possible!)



Yeh I couldn't recommend those Sonys on the VF alone. You'd get great images (see mine from the a350 here) but it just wasn't worth the struggling and squinting and the rather cheap feel of the cameras compared with the K10D.

Love this phonebox shot, it reminds me of one I shot in Wales with my little Olympus XA that was equally weathered!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-13-2017, 11:35 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dan James
Replies: 5,232
Views: 494,281
Before I saw the light and got a K10D earlier this year, I had tried a couple of Sonys. First the A350, with a 14MP sensor (CCD I think). I'd already decided my favourite lenses were M42, but just didn't like the lack of viewfinder and un-camera-like ergonomics of my Sony NEX mirrorless so was looking for a DSLR to shoot M42 lenses.

The a350 worked well (Manual mode only, to my annoyance at the time), gave me some great results, and led me (back) down the path of Minolta AF lenses. Some of their original mid 80s line up are fantastic, like the 35-70/4 and 50/2.8 Macro. But the VF wasn't great, and overall the build was a bit plasticky, I didn't love it. Because I wanted to use Av mode back then, I explored further and actually went back in time to Sony's a100. With this one you could use Av mode and M mode with M42 lenses. It was a little simpler to use, and I preferred it over the a100 overall. The 10MP CCD sensor gave me plenty good enough images.

But I still didn't love it, and the VF still wasn't that good. And as great as the Minolta lenses are, I just don't much like shooting AF, so was using them less and less and mostly using M42.

Then I started exploring Pentax again, my first real love when I began getting into 35mm film SLRs five years previous. I came across the K10D, bought it, and found results as good as the Sonys, if not better. Plus the build quality and feel was a whole other world. The Sonys fell like high volume production consumer
SLRs, the type the typical camera/gadget lover would buy, use a dozen times over a year, then upgrade to the next model and throw in a drawer somewhere.

The K10D feels like a proper photographer's camera. Of course to be fair they were aimed at different markets on their release, and were at different price points. So with the K10D it meant I could go easily use M42 and go back to exploring/using K mount lenses again, my second favourite mount after M42.

Part of me wished maybe I'd kept the a350 a little longer rather than sold it so quickly. I didn't realise then the difference between CCD and CMOS, like I didn't realise when I got the K10D that apparently it has the same Sony sensor as I was using in the Sony a100!! But I know the annoyances would remain - M mode only, average VF, plasticky feel. I'd rather take the extra class and quality of the K10D over the extra potential of the a350's 14MP versus 10MP.

Since having the K10D I still shoot M42 a lot (mostly Takumars) but use A series K mount at least as much. Which of course I couldn't have done with the Sony's, so absolutely no regrets.

Cheap as the Sonys are (I think I sold my a100 for about 60, and the a350 for around 100), I couldn't recommend them over a K10D (mine cost 90 with kit lens, my Samsung GX10 clone cost 55 body only) or a 6MP CCD Pentax or Samsung (my GX-1s was about 50) for the extra class and feel you get, plus access to the wonderful world of 42 years' worth and counting of K mount lenses... :)




Both of the above taken with Samsung GX-10 at ISO400. Whilst ISO100 is my default and is used for 95% of shots, sometimes in very low light I got to 200 or 400. I actually like the soft "grain" you get at 400, reminds me of film...
Search took 0.00 seconds | Showing results 1 to 25 of 106

 
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:45 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top