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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-23-2017, 12:20 PM  
which is the best 50mm k mount lens?
Posted By Gerbermiester
Replies: 81
Views: 3,688
Hi Pres589, hope this helps your orignial question. One's the DA 50mm 1.8 on film, the other's the F 50mm f/1.7

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-23-2017, 01:16 AM  
which is the best 50mm k mount lens?
Posted By Gerbermiester
Replies: 81
Views: 3,688
I agree with you on that everything you said after, "it blurred out the background smoothly"! If you take a look at the fringes on the oof highlights in the trees you'll see what I was trying to get across. Thank you for your comments, I hope this helps foster understanding with what I'm talking about here.

Again, a lot of what makes us like or dislike a lens is subjective between photographers. People are still out there buying meyer optik gorlitz triopans! While most lenses have limitations that the photographer will have to work around, personally, I found this one's to be particularly aggravating. Like the FA 50mm f/1.4 that I sold, the F 50mm f/1.7 had me distracted while creating photos. Trying to isolate a subject with shallow DOF would frequently yield shots with distracting backgrounds, the opposite of my intention while opening up the aperture. So, I found myself trying to avoid making images with point light sources in the background because I knew they would be rendered as eye-catching hard edged blobs.

But, on this lens, I clearly have a dissenting opinion from the norm. As always, your mileage may vary!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-17-2017, 12:45 PM  
which is the best 50mm k mount lens?
Posted By Gerbermiester
Replies: 81
Views: 3,688
Wow! That was not what I had expected from the FA 50mm f/1.7. My copy of the F 50mm f/1.7 (which I believe is the same optical design) left me really disappointed. Its saving grace was its great sharpness. I'll see if I can dig up some examples of the bokeh I've been talking about. Perhaps I had a lemon?

Here's a sample I found from the F 50mm @ 1.7

First of all, this is clearly NOT my best work, but I hope it illustrates what I'm talking about :).
The bokeh, to me, is very busy and the specular highlights are rather hard edged (comdom like). I'd upload more, but I sold the lens after keeping it for about a week.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-16-2017, 02:56 PM  
which is the best 50mm k mount lens?
Posted By Gerbermiester
Replies: 81
Views: 3,688
Of the 50mm lenses I've owned (Super Tak 50mm f/1.4, Super Tak 55mm f/1.8, Helios 55mm f/2, Pentax-M 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax-A 50mm f/2, Pentax-F 50mm f/1.7, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, and finally the Pentax-DA 50mm f/1.8) I have to admit the cheap little DA lens is my favorite by a pretty large margin.

It's fast focusing, accurate, sharp from wide open, low ca's, great flare resistance, pleasant near and far oof area, absent specular highlight fringing, full-frame compatible, small, and lightweight to boot. I like the smart design it's got that doesn't expose the inner lens barrel to damage while focusing in and out and, simultaneously, creates a sort of built in hood while the front element is recessed during focusing on distant subjects. All in all, the DA punches well above it's price point.

My least favorite would be the FA 50mm f/1.7 due to its awful purple fringing and garish rendering of specular highlights (it's the poster child of rolled up condom bokeh).

As with anything, take my advice with a grain of salt, much of what people like and dislike about their lenses is subjective.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 06-01-2017, 10:27 AM  
For Sale: Pentax M/K/A/Takumar: 28, 35, 50, 85, 100, 105, 135, 200, 300, 400. Tokina 60-120
Posted By Gerbermiester
Replies: 26
Views: 4,572
PM'd for the 135mm
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 03-31-2017, 01:18 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #383 "Lost"
Posted By Gerbermiester
Replies: 31
Views: 2,371
Here's a shot of a bas relief of Shiva slaying Andhaka in the caverns of Elephanta Island. By boat, it's 10km northeast from Mumbai. Needless to say, in the process of getting there, I was pretty lost too.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-19-2016, 05:04 PM  
Lomography 100 film, anyone?
Posted By Gerbermiester
Replies: 35
Views: 8,491
Now that's commitment to film!




Yes, that could well be the case. The film I shot had been expired for about three years. Which, by today's standard, is still pretty fresh. I purchased it when I was still living in Tianjin, China, from a corner store near my apartment. I shot it at 160 ISO and had it developed at the local Kodak shop where I had all of my film developed. I dropped off a mix of Kodak and Lucky film after I got back from a trip to Harbin; my Kodak came out beautifully whereas I wasn't so lucky with my Lucky. I might have to give it another try if I can find it cheap enough on Taobao (Although, maybe not. My speaking is bad and my reading ability is worse. I doubt I can navigate Taobao anymore, lol). Still, from my experiences though, I never fell in love with Lucky.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 06-24-2016, 01:20 PM  
Lomography 100 film, anyone?
Posted By Gerbermiester
Replies: 35
Views: 8,491
I should have been more clear; I noticed that the lomo films are not marked with the country of origin directly on the film. They will, however, be marked with the country of origin on the box they are sold in, as they are required to by law. (Admittedly, this doesn't help much if you already have purchased the film and tossed the box. But it will be of some use with future purchases if you come across some old stock of Italian made "Solaris").

I've shot a bit of Chinese film from a producer called "Lucky" and was pretty let down. It was in 135 format not 120, but their quality control was quite poor. Halfway through two of the rolls of the 3 pack I bought were sprocket marks within the film plane and several black dots speckled around the frame that I have not experienced with any other film. Colour, as always, is a bit subjective, but my samples had lovely greens, and lousy everything else. Grain was quite prominent in their super 200, but this would probably be less prevalent in the larger formats. I'd spring for Kodak product for the few extra bucks. But, to each their own, experimenting with different films is half the fun.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 06-19-2016, 02:20 PM  
Lomography 100 film, anyone?
Posted By Gerbermiester
Replies: 35
Views: 8,491
Weird... if it says made in the USA it's a Kodak product. As to wether it's the same stuff as 135 format is anyone guess. Post some scans and maybe we can figure it out.
Forum: Sold Items 05-26-2016, 09:16 PM  
For Sale - Sold: SMC Pentax-F 50mm f/1.7
Posted By Gerbermiester
Replies: 2
Views: 680
Sold!
Forum: Sold Items 05-26-2016, 04:53 PM  
For Sale - Sold: SMC Pentax-F 50mm f/1.7
Posted By Gerbermiester
Replies: 2
Views: 680
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
SMC Pentax-F 50mm f/1.7

Asking Price
150.00 CAD

Item Location
BC (Canada)

Item Description
For sale is a Pentax F series 50mm 1:1.7 autofocus lens in excellent condition. Blades are snappy and oil free. Comes with the generic front and rear caps seen in the photos below. Since the lens is a child of the 1980's there are a few small dust specs inside, although there is less dust than is typical for a lens of this vintage. That being said, the dust is nothing to be concerned about in regards to affecting image quality.

Autofocus has typical F series screw-drive sound and is blazingly fast. This copy is sharper than both the DA 50mm 1.8 and the FA 50mm 1.4 I have previously owned. I find that I have been reaching for my FA 77mm rather than this beauty and thus have decided to sell the F 50mm 1.7

I will also accept $115 USD rather than $150 CAD as payment, though I would prefer Canadian dollars.

Feel free to ask any questions you might have below, or send me a PM. Items shipped within 2 business days of receiving payment.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
Shipping is free in Canada. Contact for US/International

Shipping Services
Canada Post

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
Returns are accepted from 1 week after item is delivered to buyer's address. Returns are only accepted if item does not match the description posted in the ad. Buyer pays return shipping.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 05-15-2016, 08:08 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS (Nikon Mount)
Posted By Gerbermiester
Replies: 0
Views: 388
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS (Nikon Mount)

Asking Price
190.00 USD

Item Location
New Westminster (Canada)

Item Description
Nikon F mount Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS comes with Original box, hood, front and rear caps, and paper work. Also included is a Zeikos UV protection filter.

This model features HSM focusing and has a macro function.

Like new condition.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling or Trading

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Like New

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
+ Shipping

Shipping Services
Canada Post

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
1 week period from receiving item for returns, buyer pays shipping.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 05-15-2016, 07:23 PM  
For Sale - Sold: SMC Pentax FA 35mm f/2
Posted By Gerbermiester
Replies: 0
Views: 647
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
SMC Pentax FA 35mm f/2

Asking Price
250.00 USD

Item Location
New Westminster (Canada)

Item Description
For sale is an SMC Pentax Fa-35mm 1:2 prime lens. Glass is free of scratches, blades are snappy and oil free. The lens is in very good condition apart from a scuff on the front of the detachable plastic lens hood.

Comes with original box, paperwork, lens case, as well as front and rear caps.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Good

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
+ Shipping

Shipping Services
Canada Post

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
Will also accept $325 CAD. Purchases are given a 1 week grace period for returns, with return shipping paid by buyer.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 03-12-2016, 12:12 PM  
Sticky: Pentax Repair Facilities (Wordwide listing)
Posted By Gerbermiester
Replies: 86
Views: 11,590
Canada:

Vancouver, BC
VanCam Service

They've repaired Pentax lenses for me twice.
Forum: Winners' Showcase 09-15-2015, 10:33 PM  
August, 2015 Winner: The End
Posted By Gerbermiester
Replies: 65
Views: 4,588
Nominate
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-15-2015, 10:25 PM  
Nighttime by the Glacier (Garibaldi Provincial Park)
Posted By Gerbermiester
Replies: 2
Views: 331
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 04-12-2015, 12:03 AM  
Lomography 100 film, anyone?
Posted By Gerbermiester
Replies: 35
Views: 8,491
I've been fairly impressed with the recent Lomo color Neg 100. The color Neg 100 from a few years ago was Ferrania solaris 100. All the stuff that's being sold now is definitely a Kodak product; the box is marked made in the USA and comes in the same grey and white plastic film containers as all of Kodak's other 35mm stuff.

Rumor has it that the new stuff is Kodacolor VG 100, but I'm still not entirely convinced that it's not Kodak Proimage 100. (Proimage 100 is still in production, it's just not sold in the Canada/USA market. It's still being sold in Asia however.) Look at samples of Proimage 100 vs recent Lomo Color Neg 100, looks pretty close to me.

Both images below are with the new Kodak made lomo 100: The top was taken in December 2014, and the bottom is in March 2015. All in all, I like the film and it has a definite 'Kodak' tone to it, especially in the skin tones, but it's no competitor to Ektar 100 in my book. For 3 dollars a roll, however, it's half the price of Ektar. :) I'm not whining!
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Forum: Pentax Lens Articles 03-30-2015, 01:00 AM  
DA lenses on Full Frame: Test Shots thread
Posted By Gerbermiester
Replies: 499
Views: 338,288
Yep, the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 designed for fullframe. Works like a charm on my PZ-1 and Z1-P film bodies.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-11-2015, 06:05 PM  
Inception's Unfolding
Posted By Gerbermiester
Replies: 0
Views: 191
An anonymous student walks inverted below the reflection pond at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia.
Attachment 261460
Taken in February 2015 with lomo800 color negative film. Pentax ME Super, SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, shutter speed unknown, scanned on Kodak Pakon f135+ ice.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-08-2015, 12:18 AM  
Wedding at Night in a Solarium. Advice on lighting it.
Posted By Gerbermiester
Replies: 8
Views: 1,322
Interesting ideas on both parts.

I think I'll end up working with a black backed reflector umbrella and a medium brollybox. That way I can light the groom with flattering, though slightly harsher light while getting softer light on the bride. If it's too harsh, I can always set up a white interior in the reflector umbrella and add the second baffle in the brolly box. Barn doored strobes would do the trick too, but my style of photography tends to stay away from that style of lighting. Just a preference thing, good ideas on both sides.

My 9-5 day job is that of a studio portrait photographer (university and high school, it pays the bills but ain't exactly stimulating) so I have a really strong grasp on controlling artificial light sources. That being said, this solarium location was a bit more than I was used to! I think that a high angle of attack with an extra handbag or two for good measure is the way to go.

Also, I'm thinking that composting with and without flash would yield some interesting results. Thanks for the tips!

Thank you to everyone for your input
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-07-2015, 01:02 AM  
Wedding at Night in a Solarium. Advice on lighting it.
Posted By Gerbermiester
Replies: 8
Views: 1,322
Thank you for the great replies.

mrNewt, your idea for the paper is a great one. I do have a roll of seamless white tucked in the closet that I could cannibalize for this project. I wouldn't have thought of using it in that way. Sadly, the ceiling looks like this: so I'm thinking that papering the ceiling wouldn't really be feasible on the day of. (The venue is a restaurant on other days) .
I'll definitely keep that trick in my back pocket though!

I'll be there before the setup to get my gear in place and primed before the main event begins. There's a 45 minute gap between the ceremony and the portrait shoot that I'll be doing earlier in the day, so I'll try to keep the altar several steps from the windows as you suggested.

maxfield_photo, I'll probably end up going with the bounce umbrellas in that case. I'll move them just off the aisles and bump the ISO up a bit (800-1600ish) I'll gel my strobes to match the tungsten ambient and drag the shutter a bit to get a decent fill. Hopefully that will highlight the clients without causing too much of a spotlight effect. Man, I'm glad to be shooting digital in times like these!

Again, thank you all for your input. I really appreciate you guys taking the time.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-06-2015, 12:14 PM  
Wedding at Night in a Solarium. Advice on lighting it.
Posted By Gerbermiester
Replies: 8
Views: 1,322
Hello all,

Here's the scoop. I got a contract to shoot a wedding in that will take place in a solarium (with all glass walls and ceiling). Problem is, the ceremony takes place at 7pm and thus it'll be pitch black outside at that time. Call me crazy, but I don't think I'll have much luck with bouncing light off of the ceiling of a glass house!
I checked out the location ahead of time and, unfortunately, interior lighting is also quite dim; so, I'll be lighting it with a set of strobes on light-stands. Since the wedding is not in a church nor is it performed by a priest, I don't have any lighting restrictions placed on me. I was hoping that someone out there has shot in a similar condition and could offer some tips.

Here are my concerns:
1) Reflections on glass walls.
2) Blocking the view of guests with my softboxes.
3) Light output of my gear

What I've got in my kit to use:

2x 19ft/6m) lightstands
4x 12ft/4m lightstands
1x Boom & arm
5 manual flashes
Radio triggers
1 soft box
3 shoot through umbrellas of various sizes
1 white inside reflector umbrella that can be converted into a shoot through.

Here's a diagram of what I was thinking
Attachment 253084

Essentially, I'll have two flashes set up on my tallest lightstands with a softbox or a reflector umbrella cross lighting the bride and groom at 45. These two flashes will be on radio triggers in group A. When the bride and groom walk down the aisle I'll use an umbrella on a stand located at the end of the aisle set up on a different frequency (Group B). Thoughts?
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-13-2014, 04:18 PM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By Gerbermiester
Replies: 2,854
Views: 79,101
Best of luck everyone!
Forum: Photo Critique 12-11-2014, 05:30 PM  
People Matt & Renee
Posted By Gerbermiester
Replies: 7
Views: 1,310
That being said, photography isn't necessarily about creating a 1:1 copy of reality as it really is. Playing with the colours is all a part of artistic expression, and helps you highlight what exactly it is you want to express in your photography; I think the extra warmth in the colours works well in the 8th shot.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-04-2014, 03:55 PM  
Super Program issues
Posted By Gerbermiester
Replies: 16
Views: 7,426
BAHAHA! My ME Super exhibited the same symptoms after finishing up a roll of Portra 400. I swapped batteries, flicked the apeture lever, opened up the bottom and poked around for an hour. No avail.
I tried what I will now call "the Wheatfeild method" and presto, we're in business.

While not as technical as other photographic methods such as the "Brenizer method", or the "Westhoff method", the "Wheatfield method" gets results!
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