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Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-29-2021, 05:19 PM  
Nature Banana plants
Posted By Kendra59
Replies: 6
Views: 151
These are really nice photos. I have never seen an actual banana plant before. Beautiful flowers on it.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-29-2021, 05:16 PM  
Hello everyone!
Posted By Kendra59
Replies: 20
Views: 320
Welcome to the forum. Lots of smart people here; don't be afraid to ask questions. I got a Soligor 28mm f/2.8 (M42) lens last week, and it is pretty darn good. They made three variants; the one I have uses a 62mm filter size. Odds are you can find one at a great price (I go mine for $10 CAD).
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-22-2021, 08:48 PM  
Crop Ratios, Fine Art Prints, and Project Unity
Posted By Kendra59
Replies: 32
Views: 1,350
I will be taking photographs of some of my found objects starting next week. I have decided to use a 1:1 crop ratio, so the max printable image size will be 8" x 8".

For now, I will stick with my Adobe LR 6 software, as my computer won't run any of the more advanced photo suites that are popular right now. I intend to buy a new Mac mini computer with M1 chip this winter. Once I do that, I should be able to try almost any of the new software suites, provided they are available for the Mac OS.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-22-2021, 04:35 PM  
Is a Pentax-M 100 f/2.8 lens better optically than a SMC Takumar 105mm?
Posted By Kendra59
Replies: 19
Views: 772
I picked it up this morning for $100 CAD. The lens was in really nice shape, although it was covered with a lot of dust. It came with a Haze filter that was damaged, but the front of the lens itself was fine. I just spent 45 minutes cleaning it up, and plan to go out with it in the morning to take a few test photos before things get too hot.
Forum: General Photography 06-22-2021, 04:17 PM  
Can too much technology stifle creativity?
Posted By Kendra59
Replies: 132
Views: 4,260
I am the original poster of this thread. I have enjoyed seeing how many people have responded to this thread, and the varied viewpoints that were shared. This has been a very interesting discussion.

Thanks for participating, you gave me a lot to think about.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-22-2021, 01:46 PM  
New member, new K-50 owner
Posted By Kendra59
Replies: 31
Views: 1,673
Welcome to the forum. My journey with Pentax DSLR's started with another low shutter count K-50. It is a great little camera, and I am sure you will enjoy it. Be forewarned about those old MF lenses: one is never enough. I have been fortunate to find good used Pentax-M and Takumar M42 lenses at generally reasonable prices.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-21-2021, 07:12 PM  
I am a bit confused about filters in hybrid camera setups
Posted By Kendra59
Replies: 25
Views: 835
Like the man from the old spaghetti sauce ad said to his son "its in there."
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-20-2021, 09:25 AM  
Giveaway: HD Pentax-FA 31/43/77mm | Enter here once per day until July 31st
Posted By Kendra59
Replies: 2,552
Views: 41,899
Another chance at another great lens. I am enjoying my older MF lenses, but any of these lenses would be a sweet temptation.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-20-2021, 09:23 AM  
Streets That moment when you are spotted
Posted By Kendra59
Replies: 8
Views: 305
Yeah, you can see the guy in front posing... the other guy is probably thinking: "It's a good thing we got photographed here at the mall, rather than at our secret fishing hole!"
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-20-2021, 09:15 AM  
Pets My sweet puppy - using my new 77mm 1.8 !
Posted By Kendra59
Replies: 14
Views: 295
Great looking puppy, and great shots with that new 77mm f/1.8 lens. I really like where you took the photos too.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-20-2021, 09:07 AM  
I am a bit confused about filters in hybrid camera setups
Posted By Kendra59
Replies: 25
Views: 835
I appreciate the added feedback!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-20-2021, 08:33 AM  
I am a bit confused about filters in hybrid camera setups
Posted By Kendra59
Replies: 25
Views: 835
I will move forward with this understanding of filters:

1) Use camera lenses without filters, unless I cannot create a desired effect without them

2) Use a circular polarizer when needed on my DSLR camera body, regardless of what my lens type is (AF/MF)

3) Get an IR filter (I already have a neutral density filter)

4) If I need a new filter, I will buy the best quality version I can afford

5) Have a step down ring or two in my camera bag, so my 52mm filters can work on my 49mm lenses

6) Avoid using ANY filters when shooting under low light conditions, even if the lens is a newer AF type to ensure as much light gets through the lens as possible (and with an AF lens and DSLR camera, doing so will improve AF tracking)

7) Put the multitude of 49mm Haze filters I got when I bought my old lenses away, as my Think Tank Sling-O-Matic 20 camera bag does a great job of protecting them
Forum: General Photography 06-19-2021, 07:55 PM  
When a NASA Shuttle Sailed to Houston
Posted By Kendra59
Replies: 12
Views: 653
That was a really nice series of photos. I wish I could have been there...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-19-2021, 07:46 PM  
I am a bit confused about filters in hybrid camera setups
Posted By Kendra59
Replies: 25
Views: 835
That is what I hoped would be the case. The circular polarizer... is it needed because of the digital sensor, or because of digital specific lenses, or...?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-19-2021, 07:16 PM  
I am a bit confused about filters in hybrid camera setups
Posted By Kendra59
Replies: 25
Views: 835
My definition of a hybrid camera system is to use a DSLR camera body with old school MF lenses; it might not match other people's definition.

generally know what to use with a DSLR and a digital era lens: circular polarizers, UV Haze filters, etc. My confusion appears when I consider what filter to use on an old MF film era lens attached to my Pentax K-50 camera body.

Do you still need to use a circular polarizer, rather than a regular polarizer? Is it okay to use a modern UV-Haze filter, or should I stick with a skylight 1A, or simple Haze filter?:confused:

I appreciate any insight on these matters...
Forum: General Photography 06-19-2021, 07:02 PM  
A DSLR Camera Body + MF Lenses - The Perfect Hybrid?
Posted By Kendra59
Replies: 34
Views: 1,019
It is our eyes that betray us as we get older... I wear similar glasses, and agree that while the focus indicator works, it takes time to get it right. Pentax has a magnifying eye piece (I forget the name of it), and I am going to find where to order one. It should give me a bit more eye relief and make it easier to determine the correct focus.
Forum: General Talk 06-18-2021, 09:39 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Kendra59
Replies: 23,131
Views: 1,716,294
It sometimes pays to look in dusty corners of 2nd hand stores and thrift shops. Today, I bought both of these lenses with original front/back caps AND original cases for $20 Canadian (about $15 USD). Both lenses have M42 mount, and came with 1A filters. Other than being dusty from sitting out in a display case for 6 months, both seem to be in excellent condition.

I am not sure who makes the Seimar lens, but the Soligor version I have was made by Sun optics. It is a heavy lens (300 g), similar in build quality to my Takumar Macro 50mm f/4 lens.

Tomorrow, I will clean these lenses up, and take photos of them. If anyone has information on the Seimar lens (like who manufactured it, how good was it, etc), I would appreciate it. it has a retractable hood, uses a 58mm filter, and has an f/3.5 - f/22 adjustment range.

I suspect the Soligor Wide Auto 28mm f/2.8 lens will be a pretty good one. I bought it, so I could compare it to the SMC Pentax-M 28mm f/2.8 lens my neighbour wants to sell me.

I am in the process of decluttering my apartment, and things are a bit chaotic at the moment. Once things get back to normal, I will ad additional posts about these lenses and my experience with them.
Forum: General Photography 06-18-2021, 06:49 AM  
Can too much technology stifle creativity?
Posted By Kendra59
Replies: 132
Views: 4,260
Perhaps..., but you might also say the photographer was lulled into complacency because they were the owner of that bright shiny new object that "does things" other cameras can't... and didn't take the time to figure out how to get the camera to do it.

The best technology is the technology that can be understood by the photographer, so it can be harnessed and directed to make better photographs. Buying the "best" camera body seems rather pointless if you don't also learn how to get the best results FROM it...

Digital camera design has come a long way in the last decade, and could now be described as being a mature technology. The improvements from one generation of camera body to the next are becoming less significant.

If your current camera body has sufficient technology that it allows you to create meaningful photographs with sufficient sharpness, and has good ISO performance, I would say that is good enough. Further advancements in technology will provide only minor benefits.At that point, I would recommend investing in a few in person photography courses taught by professional photographers who has a proven track record of excellence. Doing that would likely make a much more significant improvement at that point in your photography than a new camera body or lens.

AfterPentax Mark II posted: "By emphasizing the camera's technology and "making things easier" people get the idea that a camera with more "behind the scenes technology" makes them a better photographer, because that is often suggested in the brochures, flyers and advertisements. But apart from knowing what an aperture is and what a shutter is and the influence of the ISO-setting it is of course about having an eye for something that strikes you and the capability to put it to film or SD-card."

If you focus too much on technical excellence over creativity, you will never reach your full potential as a photographer. You must be able to express your creativity if you want to create images that leave a lasting impression on those who view them. I would take a technically flawed image that conveys significant meaning over a technically perfect, but bland image every day of the week.

To be truly creative, a photographer must understand how to harness the technology inside their camera/lens package to do new, interesting, and perhaps unexpected things WITH it. If you understand how to use the latest advances in technology to do this, it is all good. Without that understanding, creating images that inspire is a bit like trying to catch lightning in a bottle; you will be counting on the lightning to strike twice in the same place without understanding why it struck at all.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-17-2021, 10:36 PM  
Giveaway: HD Pentax-FA 31/43/77mm | Enter here once per day until July 31st
Posted By Kendra59
Replies: 2,552
Views: 41,899
I would love to see what a new HD FA 77mm lens can do, even though I am having fun with my MF lenses.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-17-2021, 10:34 PM  
Is a Pentax-M 100 f/2.8 lens better optically than a SMC Takumar 105mm?
Posted By Kendra59
Replies: 19
Views: 772
The reason I ask is my neighbour has a Pentax-M 100 mm f/2.8 for sale for $100 CAD (roughly $75 USD) and it is in pretty good shape. I had been looking for the older 105mm lens, but if the Pentax-M version is similar in optical quality, I will probably buy it.

Your opinions about which lens is better please...

The same neighbour also had a Pentax-M 28mm f/2.8 lens, but I already bought it for $75 CAD. It was in great shape, and I don't think Pentax made a better 28mm lens. I was pretty happy to take it off his hands.

Too bad he hasn't found his old Pentax MX camera setup yet. He swears it is in his home somewhere...
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-17-2021, 10:20 PM  
Greetings fellow Pentaxians!
Posted By Kendra59
Replies: 12
Views: 267
Welcome! Glad you could join us.
Forum: General Photography 06-17-2021, 10:18 PM  
Can too much technology stifle creativity?
Posted By Kendra59
Replies: 132
Views: 4,260
When people are faced with too many unfamiliar choices, they tend to be indecisive and take too long rethinking things. They fall into what some call decision paralysis. Here is an internet article to explain things:

Decision Paralysis: How To Stop Overthinking Your Choices | Procrastination.com

Additional technology DOES give an artist additional options, and those options can be beneficial, if the artist understand how and where to use them. Too many options without proper understanding will create confusion and indecision. Once the artist becomes familiar with the additional options, and understand when, where, and how to use them, these added options will often lead to more creativity.

As for black and white photography, whether using a 35 mm or medium format film camera, or even a DSLR, new technology will be of limited use (except for a wider range of ISO settings) until you recognize and understand that most of the fundamental elements of good B & W photography are quite different from that of colour photography: shapes, textures, and the right mix of light and shadow are all more important with B & W photography, as is understanding how to use a variety of coloured filters to improve the final look of the photograph.

I hope my explanation helps...
Forum: General Photography 06-17-2021, 07:16 PM  
Can too much technology stifle creativity?
Posted By Kendra59
Replies: 132
Views: 4,260
This is a question I have been pondering on for quite a while. My answer is yes, IF a photographer doesn’t understand the fundamental principles of photography, or how to adjust their cameras to get the results they are looking for.

My views were formed over the last decade, when I went from being quite comfortable with using my Nikon DSLR camera and understanding how to get pretty good results, to having several strokes and not being able to engage with photography AT all for almost 5 years, to buying and using a medium format film camera with MF lenses to “relearn the fundamentals again” to where I am today, using a Pentax K-50 DSLR with a mix of AF and MF lenses and having fun again.

I have found a level of technology that works for me. It forces me to work on improving my own skills, it gives me more to be proud of when I master something new (or something I used to know, but forgot), and it makes me happy. If I upgrade to a different camera body, it would only be so I could get a full-frame camera, and have my film era MF lenses work as they were designed to.

More advanced cameras and lenses does not automatically make a better photographer. Without a better understanding of photography, the creative process, and how to get the most from our equipment, we can only get so far.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-17-2021, 12:06 PM  
Hello, just starting up on Pentax Forums
Posted By Kendra59
Replies: 15
Views: 339
Welcome from Kelowna, BC. You have some great images! I own a Sigma 10-20mm F/4 EX DC lens and am quite impressed with its quality. Too bad Sigma stopped making Pentax lenses...
Forum: Pentax KP 06-17-2021, 11:58 AM  
Over the years
Posted By Kendra59
Replies: 15
Views: 923
I really like the first and last photos. I might need to go visit down there when it is a bit cooler....117 F!?!
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