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Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-05-2016, 08:04 AM  
Digiscoping PF-CA35 vs T adapter
Posted By sindbad1
Replies: 5
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The PF-CA35 comes from a time when there were no dslr. It is made for 24x36mm. Therefore with APS-C you will only get a small crop onto your sensor. Regarding the long focal distance and bad seeing (shimmering) many pictures won't be as good as expected.

On my german website, I have a tutorial for digiscoping. There is a page about the PF-CA35. Even though you might not understand what is written there, the pictures show a lot. Pentax Digiscoping Adapter PF-CA35 Digiskopie

Beneath this title 'Pentax Adapter am Zeiss Spektiv' you can see a comparison of pictures. The left was taken with a Pentax K-3 with the 2,8/40mm behind the eyepiece. The image on the right side was taken without the eyepiece and without the 40mm lens but with the PF-CA35 on 35mm film. I used an old PEntax K2 because I didn't have a FF DSLR for the test. Clearly you can see that the PF-CA35 is made for 24x36mm.

As you can see on that webside, I have combined the PF-CA35 with the lens of a microscope. There are many different of those. With some of them combined with the PF-CA35, it is possbile to make good pictures.

Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 04-23-2013, 12:23 AM  
Pentax K-5 with a telescope - long distance birdwatching
Posted By sindbad1
Replies: 13
Views: 6,374
1. fringing is not an issue.
2. ...
3. I've never tried it. I put my large telescopes onto a tripod and focus manually.
4. Yes, I'm using a flattener or a 2x teleconverter.

I recommend that you get a Skywatcher ED80 Pro, which is cheap, compact and easier to handle. With the 900mm focal distance of the 120/900 shimmering air can become problematic.

Here you can see a video which I've produced three days ago. The images were taken with a Sky-Watcher ED80 Pro andPentax K-5 DSLR. This equipment is supported by a wooden tripod with a head, which is known in astronomy as the azimuthal mount named AYO. It comes from switzerland.

Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 12-19-2012, 03:24 PM  
Pentax K-5 with a telescope - long distance birdwatching
Posted By sindbad1
Replies: 13
Views: 6,374
Hi, I use a Skywatcher ED 120 Evostar telescope with 900mm focal distance on my Pentax K-5 for taking pictures and footage of shy birds, which are to far away for a 300mm lens.

See here a video on Youtube. Never mind the german title. The pictures say enough.

You Tube

Here is another picture

I hope that you like this.

Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-24-2012, 08:28 AM  
Win a Pentax lens for in time for Christmas: banner design contest! (ends 12/20)
Posted By sindbad1
Replies: 86
Views: 19,023

I submitted this one.

I like romansolar's proposals. Remembering the old Asahi PEntax is a nice idea. This forum can do that, it is not linked to the actual products. I think that many people who use pentax like this brand because old lenses can still be used with modern DSLRs.

My opinon about the winning banner: The right side is okay, the solgan is very good but I definitely don't like the the wheel on the left side. The banner is not inspiring whereas romansolar's are.

Merry Christmas

Forum: General Talk 07-30-2012, 12:44 PM  
Vintage Teleobjektiv. Pentax SMC-A 2.8 / 135mm
Posted By sindbad1
Replies: 3
Views: 1,575
Ich habe mal ein altes Pentax SMC-A gestestet und darüber einen Bericht geschrieben. Das SMC Pentax-A 1:2.8 135mm ist ein Objektiv, dessen Brennweite in den 1960′ern bis in die 1980′er den Standard des typischen Teleobjektivs bildete. Es wurde für Fernaufnahmen und Portraits empfohlen. Die minimale Distanz von 1,2 Metern liegt bereits außerhalb des Makrobereichs, ist aber für die Alltagsfotografie völlig ausreichend. Die Scharfstellung erfolgt manuell. Wie bei Objektiven dieser mechanisch hochwertigen Bauart üblich, ist der Unendlich-Anschlag des Scharfstellbereichs tatsächlich exakt der richtige Punkt, um für Fernaufnahmen die beste Schärfe einzustellen. Mit einer Viertelumdrehung des breiten Scharfstellrings gegen den Uhrzeigersinn wird die Schärfeeinstellung für 2,5 Meter erreicht. Das funktioniert spielfrei und leicht gedämpft. Für manuelles Scharfstellen an der DSLR ist die Sucherlupe Pflicht. Wer gute Augen hat, wird mit dieser Optik leicht scharfstellen können.

Link zum Artikel: Vintage Teleobjektiv. Pentax SMC-A 2.8 / 135mm

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