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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-11-2014, 05:21 AM  
m42 question regarding stopping down lever etc
Posted By chaza01
Replies: 11
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Many thanks all - I used the lens yesterday and it performed well. Changing from a K mount to M42 is very cumbersome however, especially give how dark it was at the time. That is one reason Im wondering about a mirrorless body down the line (with a different mount), presumably adapters would work much easier when they do not have to be so shallow so as to keep infinity focus (ie because with mirrorless Id want to add distance from rear element to sensor).

All the best!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-10-2014, 06:00 AM  
m42 question regarding stopping down lever etc
Posted By chaza01
Replies: 11
Views: 929
Thanks Adam, do some set it to A in order to keep the viewfinder bright, and then switch to M to take the photo?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-10-2014, 05:10 AM  
m42 question regarding stopping down lever etc
Posted By chaza01
Replies: 11
Views: 929
Thank you very much for the link - there is one thing still confusing me however - does the 'A' mode on the takumar work as teh 'A' mode on a k mount? Or am I basically permanently in m mode but with no aperture held open?
I cant figure if the article is referring to k mount or m42 for that last bit :).
Does Av mode basically continuously change the shutter speed as required whereas M requires green button?

Many thanks,

Charlie
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-10-2014, 04:59 AM  
m42 question regarding stopping down lever etc
Posted By chaza01
Replies: 11
Views: 929
Hi
Very question question.

I have bought my first super takumar m42 lens, a 35mm f3.5.

I bought a cheap third party adapter for it (its okay, the lens aperture ring is slightly off but that doesnt bother me), but i notice, when I press the green button in manual , i do not get the usual mirror flop thing when shutter speed is calculated. Why is this exactly? With m42 do you put onto manual and then just make do with a dim viewfinder?

Also, the lens has a small pin by the screwmount, do I need to tape this? It doesnt seem to interfere with anything?
Many thanks

Charlie
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-06-2014, 02:29 AM  
Pentax Kr - focussing screen moves when manually stopping down
Posted By chaza01
Replies: 10
Views: 1,109
Yeah I'll have to give it a try - also I've heard base iso very similar anyway.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-05-2014, 11:51 AM  
Post-Processing Post Processing Challenge #121
Posted By chaza01
Replies: 87
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Tried blending 3 Tiffs dont trust my colourblind eyes though :p
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-01-2014, 08:33 AM  
What lens/focal length should I go for next.
Posted By chaza01
Replies: 12
Views: 953
Thanks for the recommendation - the da 55-300 looks promising and it will nice to have the AF.
The MF 85 is also on my radar :)

The 10-20 is just too wide for me sometimes - I made the mistake whilst on holiday of going out with just the 10-20 and too often i saw my backgrounds disappear when I really wanted them emphasized.

Kind regards,

Charlie
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-31-2014, 01:02 PM  
What lens/focal length should I go for next.
Posted By chaza01
Replies: 12
Views: 953
Thank you very much for your succinct explanation apropos the macro ratio - that makes sense. You are also quite right, I do not 'need' any more lenses - but I like collecting things and when they're functional all the better. I also expect legacy lens prices to go up quite a lot over the next few years as mirrorless full frame takes off, so Id rather buy now than later, especially when I can sell on for a good price provided I've taken care of them :) .

---------- Post added 08-31-14 at 01:05 PM ----------



I will look into it - would you go for the 44-2 or 44-3 ? Many thanks, Charlie
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-31-2014, 12:49 PM  
What lens/focal length should I go for next.
Posted By chaza01
Replies: 12
Views: 953
I see - very good point. One thing that has always confused me is this macro ratio stuff, what is a 1:1 and 1:2 - what is the ration telling me.
I have heard good things about the dfa 100mm and will look into it :)

Is CiF Catch in Focus? I've never actually used this on the 50mm, seems like im missing out! Why do M42s not suit CiF? Many thanks, Charlie

Thanks
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-31-2014, 12:45 PM  
What lens/focal length should I go for next.
Posted By chaza01
Replies: 12
Views: 953
Quite eclectic at the moment - mostly landscapes at base iso and with a tripod, though I guess lowlight street photography is an avenue I would like to explore - I guess the f/3.5 is a bit slow for that.
I do sometimes quite like using a tele for landscapes so the background doesn't shrivel away to nothing :) . Birds etc I haven't shot much of and will likely not for a while if I get an a7 and sacrifice AF. Macro is interesting - though I wonder what advantage specialist macro lenses provide vs 50mm and extension tubes, especially when this guy (https://www.flickr.com/photos/opoterser/) used an m50 and m28 reversed on extension tubes! Excuse my macro ignorance
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-31-2014, 10:20 AM  
What lens/focal length should I go for next.
Posted By chaza01
Replies: 12
Views: 953
Hi all,

so far I have a sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 to cover wide angle, a super takumar 35mm f/3.5 for a normal FOV, a 50mm f1/7 for short tele, and a 70-210mm for zoom.

I may be about to take the plunge and buy an a7 or K3 - hence whilst the former remains a very real possibility i think manual lenses will be what ill go for.

Any recommendations? Is there any point getting say the helios-44 55mm when I have the M50mm?

Charlie
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-28-2014, 05:49 PM  
Pentax K-S1!
Posted By chaza01
Replies: 1,867
Views: 167,658
I certainly hope so - I have a pentamirror I must confess (pentax kr :) ) is the difference that noticeable?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-28-2014, 05:24 PM  
Pentax K-S1!
Posted By chaza01
Replies: 1,867
Views: 167,658
if this camera is after first time users then why max out on spec e.g the viewfinder and metal build? Surely it'd be better to sacrifice that so as to bring the price down and make it compete properly in the entry level price bracket. Or do quite a few first timers go for the mid range camera instead?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-28-2014, 05:08 PM  
Pentax K-S1!
Posted By chaza01
Replies: 1,867
Views: 167,658
They gave it their gold award...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-28-2014, 06:33 AM  
Pentax K-S1!
Posted By chaza01
Replies: 1,867
Views: 167,658
Yeah all I am doing is sharing one of the few sites who so far have an opinion on it. This is just a single preview and without corroboration from multiple sites any thoughts at this stage from dpreview should be taken with this in mind.

Charlie
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-28-2014, 06:19 AM  
Pentax K-S1!
Posted By chaza01
Replies: 1,867
Views: 167,658
Yes, I don't warm to it. We'll see how it sells though.

Here is the final thoughts on the K-S1 from Dpreview:
'Final Thoughts
While the somewhat bizarre LEDs on the K-S1's front grip will likely garner the most attention, under the hood it seems like a quite capable DSLR. On the spec side, you get a 20MP APS-C CMOS sensor, a selectable AA filter, built-in image stabilization, and a max ISO of 102,400. It's also capable of shooting continuously at 5.4 fps. And, as usual, it's packed with nearly every feature imaginable.

The specs of the camera are more impressive than the ergonomics. We like the large optical viewfinder and backlit mode dial, though the latter is rough on your thumb. The four-way controller is poorly designed, and the grip is small and slippery. The LED lights on the grip are more style than substance, but at least you can turn them off.

The biggest issue we have with the K-S1 is figuring out its target audience. Its design (including those LEDs) makes it stand out in the crowd, but the biggest selling points should be what's inside. The K-S1's closest competitors are the Canon SL1 (EOS 100D) and Nikon D3300, both of which have lower MSRPs (not to mention street prices) and are equally capable. An even bigger question is why one would buy the K-S1 when Pentax's own K-50 is weather-sealed and less expensive.'


It is obviously a preview and their opinion could change with more time.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-28-2014, 06:12 AM  
Pentax K-S1!
Posted By chaza01
Replies: 1,867
Views: 167,658
I'm only quoting DPREVIEW and have no experience myself.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-28-2014, 04:44 AM  
Pentax K-S1!
Posted By chaza01
Replies: 1,867
Views: 167,658
I read the dpreview article on it and it wasn't exactly a ringing endorsement. To summarise their gripes:
(1) The grip is slippery and uncomfortable
(2) The LEDs serve no real purpose (other than an over the top countdown light)
(3) It isn't weather sealed
(4) The 4 way controller thing at the back is extremely awkward to use.
(5) It is priced higher than the K50, which they view as a better camera - and higher than competition (e.g D3300) which they also view more favourably.

So Pentax have designed a camera which puts form flatly over functionality - except they have succeeded there anyway.

I'm afraid I think this will be a flop. (imo)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-26-2014, 02:47 PM  
Pentax Kr - focussing screen moves when manually stopping down
Posted By chaza01
Replies: 10
Views: 1,109
Looks very promising. I'm in the market for a new camera as an upgrade. My budget is around 1k. Now I could get the K3, which looks likes a camera which would be a pleasure to shoot with and handle exceptionally well. However, I could also get an A7... now AF is not a big deal for me (I mostly shoot landscapes) and mounting a whole series of lenses (minolta, FD, M mount etc) would suddenly become a possibility. It could work out cheaper in the long run as I'd look for sharp manual focussing glass such as that you have recommended.

So, Steve - would you go for an A7 in my position?

Thanks,

Charlie
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 08-23-2014, 05:07 PM  
Why are FF images so much more pleasing than APS-C?
Posted By chaza01
Replies: 255
Views: 21,791
Whilst you're on the topic of film... is this a good method of film scanning and how do you digitalise your negatives?

How to Scan Your Film Using a Digital Camera and Macro Lens

Also, if you were to take a photo with a film camera and sake it captured detail requiring 14 stops of dynamic range, if we were to then scan that negative would the DR of the resultant digital file be at the mercy of the scanner? Or is DR more about getting the detail recorded and once it is on film then you do not need such a wide DR to digitalise?

Just curious :)

Charlie
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-23-2014, 02:20 AM  
Pentax K-S1!
Posted By chaza01
Replies: 1,867
Views: 167,658
Agree with you - I think the k50 was a step back in that regard. Also, this may sound like nitpicking, but I adore the all black matte shutter release button on the k30 and k5/k3 - they decided to put the other one on the k50 (silver middle) - don't much care for it.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 08-22-2014, 03:29 PM  
Why are FF images so much more pleasing than APS-C?
Posted By chaza01
Replies: 255
Views: 21,791
Ohh burnnnn! Ahahahahaha such a legend
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-22-2014, 08:51 AM  
Pentax Kr - focussing screen moves when manually stopping down
Posted By chaza01
Replies: 10
Views: 1,109
Taking you off topic here steve but im in the market for a 35mm or 28mm (needs to be sharp) and see you have quite a few m42s. Any recommendations? I was looking at the Super Takumar 35mm f/3.5?

I'm going to try some long exposure street photography (I've been interested in Alexey Titarenko's work recently) and am after a sharp prime - but would like to get something cheap and useable on mirrorless should I head that way.

All the best,

Charlie
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-22-2014, 07:22 AM  
Pentax Kr - focussing screen moves when manually stopping down
Posted By chaza01
Replies: 10
Views: 1,109
Hi Steve -
I tried DOF preview and found no problems. I then once again tried manual exposure stop down with the 50mm. No problems experienced. I then noticed the battery I was using was not a pentax one but a third party blumax one. I believe the problem existed when using the original battery (which is uncharged atm). I did some searching once again, this time including the mirror in keywords (I thought it was the focussing screen originally) and came across this thread: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/116-pentax-k-r/163753-k-r-double-flip-mir...nda-fixed.html

This seems to explain it - interesting that the third party battery does a better job than the pentax one!

Kind regards,

Charlie
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-21-2014, 03:42 PM  
Pentax K-S1!
Posted By chaza01
Replies: 1,867
Views: 167,658
'Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.'

- Bill Cosby


Excuse the melodrama.

Night!
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