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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
What Are Your Experiences with 28mm Lenses?
Posted By MSL
Replies: 128
Views: 6,252
I have also found the A28 challenging to use. The issues that I find most difficult are the short focus throw that makes it hard to nail focus and this is particularly bad towards infinity. In talking with others I get the impression that this lens works better as a walk around street lens than it does for landscapes for example.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Contest Something special about that lens Volume 1 Issue 2
Posted By MSL
Replies: 37
Views: 2,195
As the poll is in place, I will leave things as is for simplicity, but I think I will need to disqualify the image for this round. If it ends up in the top 4 of voting, I will adjust the winners list accordingly. While I could pull it now, it doesn't help anyone who has already voted for it, vote for another. If anyone has a better suggestion for how to handle this, I'm all ears.


I would love to see you enter this image in the next round. I can see that this was an accidental oversight, and this isn't the first time an image was submitted outside the range of the particular month.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 2 Days Ago  
Hello From Toronto!
Posted By MSL
Replies: 36
Views: 670
Understood. I've enjoyed using the K200 because I haven't shot much telephoto, and the 35-135 surprised me by how good it is. But the DA21 was fun from the moment I started using it, and in many ways a lot easier to use and get usable images than the other two lenses.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 3 Days Ago  
Contest Something special about that lens: Volume 1 Issue 3
Posted By MSL
Replies: 48
Views: 1,873
Which cameras were you thinking of?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
All I want from Pentax is
Posted By MSL
Replies: 36
Views: 1,334
Is there ever a thread that has more than just a couple of replies that does not wander around a bit or even go way off topic at times? :)

I think Lowell raised one feature that would be nice - and when I started with Pentax P-TTL drove me mad so I stopped using it - but I don't think the discussion is limited to flashes but rather things we'd love to see in a Pentax camera.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 3 Days Ago  
advice sought
Posted By MSL
Replies: 24
Views: 633
Do you have any sense of how often you have made use of that capability? When I first got my K5, I used the onboard flash with an improvised diffuser for macro shots and I've used it as a fill flash when shooting faces in partial shade. I can't say I've used it that often recently, and it does give many images a specific look that isn't always pleasing, but I know I would want to have at least one body that had that capability. My full flash only travels with me when I'm certain I'm going to use it.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 3 Days Ago  
Contest Something special about that lens: Volume 1 Issue 3
Posted By MSL
Replies: 48
Views: 1,873
Zoom lenses are permitted as long as the image was taken within the focal length range. And they can be entered more than once for each range they qualify for. :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
All I want from Pentax is
Posted By MSL
Replies: 36
Views: 1,334
Oh that would be amaaaaaaazing. I think it is the one feature I miss in my K5, and I know focusing is still a skill I need to work on.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 4 Days Ago  
Hello From Toronto!
Posted By MSL
Replies: 36
Views: 670
The kit currently in my bag are a DA 21 Limited, Adaptall 40A 35-135 and a K200/4. Some of us like variety :)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 6 Days Ago  
Hello From Toronto!
Posted By MSL
Replies: 36
Views: 670
Good question. I personally have no idea. I've not bought anything new of substance since I acquired my K-5 almost a decade ago. The only exception was a few accessories from B&H when I could pick them up in the US. There are others who I know buy gear more regularly who will be able to answer.

One section to check out is the Toronto sub-group. It hasn't been active for a while since it was mainly used for meeting up, but it might be a good place to post your question.

Toronto Pentaxians - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
Landscape Silent morning
Posted By MSL
Replies: 20
Views: 720
Can't say it any better than that. Tough lighting situation and you've nailed it in all the contrasts
Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
Landscape Red Maple Blossoming
Posted By MSL
Replies: 7
Views: 222
Yes they are and thank you for sharing this image so we can all appreciate the beauty
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 6 Days Ago  
Caption Contest Caption Contest ends late evening US Central Daylight Savings Time Sat 17 April 2021
Posted By MSL
Replies: 10
Views: 570
I am so tired of the paparazzi
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 6 Days Ago  
Hello From Toronto!
Posted By MSL
Replies: 36
Views: 670
Lots of Pentax shooters from the GTA on the forum, so we'd be happy to have you join us. This is a great place for info and was invaluable to me when a salesman suggested Pentax to me almost a decade ago.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 6 Days Ago  
Contest Something special about that lens Volume 1 Issue 2
Posted By MSL
Replies: 37
Views: 2,195
The voting is now up for the most liked images - please help choose our winner for this round.


Something special about that lens Vol 1 No 2 - 21-27 mm VOTING TIME - PentaxForums.com

And don't forget to enter the next round 28-39 mm. Despite the wide range of options, it has been surprisingly quiet this month.

Something special about that lens: Volume 1 Issue 3 - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-11-2021, 07:18 PM  
Adaptall Mount Club (Tamron).
Posted By MSL
Replies: 4,216
Views: 747,085
I picked up at 40A because it was attached to a PKA adapter, but I've been surprised by how sharp it is. I haven't had a chance to put it to a real test. Today I managed a few photos in the hour between rain storms (expected to last a couple more days). So the lighting wasn't ideal. But the focal length range came in very handy at times. I probably need to do a bit more post-processing to get the colours closer to what I was seeing, but today wasn't about bright colours.




Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-11-2021, 06:23 PM  
Poll: Contest Something special about that lens Vol 1 No 2 - 21-27 mm VOTING TIME
Posted By MSL
Replies: 0
Views: 760
The goal of this contest is to show off some special feature of a lens, whether it is a fish eye, bokeh monster, super starbursts, perfect for reversing, super sharp, dreamy colors, super fast wide open aperture / narrow depth of field, creative use of vignetting etc. Time to vote on the entries from round 2, covering 21-27 mm.


1. An unusual focal length, that is sharp, accurate, colorful, and gives smooth bokeh


2. The perfect walk around lens



3. Prime performance in a WR zoom


4. A reliable workhorse that gets the job done. A favourite and clearly much loved lens.


5. Flexibility around a 'normal' angle of view while providing Limited like image quality in a compact, lightweight and unobtrusive package


6. More love for a lens used for shooting birds or landscape, with superb colors and sharpness



7. Showing off the power of a Limited
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-11-2021, 05:04 PM  
What were the last 2 lens you purchased and why?
Posted By MSL
Replies: 80
Views: 3,397
That sounds like a fascinating project. I may have to consult with you on some of the species I'm seeing just up the road.

My last purchase was a K200/4 and I've been practising with it at a local duck pond. I passed up on a K200/2.5 because I thought the extra weight would keep me from using it often, and it was probably the right choice. I bought it because I've always loved my K135/3.5 - another growing fan of the K series. I wanted something at the longish end because I've never been satisfied with my A70-210 at the long end.


My second last purchase was an Adaptall-2 40A (35-135/3.5) because it was attached to a PKA adapter, but the lens has been surprisingly sharp and fun to use.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-11-2021, 11:11 AM  
Contest Something special about that lens: Volume 1 Issue 3
Posted By MSL
Replies: 48
Views: 1,873
I'm glad you replied. While a future version of this contest might put a time limit on how old an image can be, in this inaugural round it is open to any time frame. So if you don't get a chance to go out, I hope you can dig through your archives.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-09-2021, 01:54 PM  
Contest Something special about that lens Volume 1 Issue 2
Posted By MSL
Replies: 37
Views: 2,195
Time to like your favourite images that in your mind show off the special characteristics of the lens. The shortlist for voting will be posted on Sunday.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-09-2021, 01:52 PM  
Contest Something special about that lens: Volume 1 Issue 3
Posted By MSL
Replies: 48
Views: 1,873
And here I thought this month was going to attract so many entries given the range of lenses that qualified ...? :(
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-08-2021, 06:31 AM  
Landscape Cibolo Creek Cypress
Posted By MSL
Replies: 11
Views: 281
I confess to the same response, but in the end I thought the two images told different stories.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 04-07-2021, 07:35 PM  
Question Change to searches in lens reviews
Posted By MSL
Replies: 1
Views: 149
Hi,

I don't know if I've changed something in my search settings, or the forum has changed, but something is no longer as it was :(

I used to be able to search the lens reviews with terms like "50" or "50 f2.8" and get various lenses to come up. Some times it would include lenses that seemed to have nothing to do with the search terms I used. However, now, no matter what term I use I'm not getting any hits. So I can't tell if something in my default search conditions has changed, or something on the back end is no longer working.

Thanks.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-07-2021, 02:50 PM  
Nature Discovering a special K
Posted By MSL
Replies: 3
Views: 205
Thanks Jer. It is somewhat ironic. I spent a lot of time wanting to buy wide angle lenses, and picked up a few including a DA 21, which I immediately loved using. I had a chance to buy a K200/2.5 but I thought the weight would keep me from using it often, and because of my so-so relationship with my A70-210 and F100-300, I have shot very little telephoto. But this lens is a joy to use that it has been the main lens on the camera since I got it.


Thank you kindly. I'm please with what I was able to get before my fingers hurt too much. And the last shot was taken as I was heading away from the duck pond. It was too interesting of a scene not to pull the camera out again and fire it up.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-07-2021, 04:47 AM  
Pets That look
Posted By MSL
Replies: 4
Views: 132
But is it mischief just committed or plans for future adventures ;)
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