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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 8 Hours Ago  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By goatsNdonkey
Replies: 6,540
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If a Fuji 6x9 rangefinder is a Texas Leica, my Koni-Omega Rapid M rangefinder must be an Alaska Leica, as it's 120 film back alone is close to the size of the Fuji. :)
Forum: Lens Clubs 9 Hours Ago  
Adaptall Mount Club (Tamron).
Posted By goatsNdonkey
Replies: 3,487
Views: 542,025
I just got a 40A (35-135mm). I purchased it from an ebay dealer not specializing or especially knowledgeable about camera equipment, but what I could see in their pictures looked good. I was keeping my fingers crossed that it wouldn't arrive full of fungus and haze...and it didn't. There might be a bit more than average internal dust particles, but I don't see anything terribly concerning that could seriously degrade image quality. A few indoor tests with flash looked very good. I hope to be posting some daylight tests some hours from now!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 1 Day Ago  
The K10D Club!
Posted By goatsNdonkey
Replies: 3,307
Views: 303,386
I'm with you Dave. There is something to the ability to shoot a lens in ways that either play to its strengths or that, alternately, capitalize on the character of it's deficiencies, when shooting it without mindfulness of its strengths and limitations would merely lead to crappy results. Our friend, Paul, has both the ability and the mindfulness, as his posted pictures regularly remind us.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
What would YOU consider a "clinical" image?
Posted By goatsNdonkey
Replies: 91
Views: 2,284
I guess I was getting too clinical.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 1 Day Ago  
Robert's Camera Black Friday - 10-20% off
Posted By goatsNdonkey
Replies: 8
Views: 520
I was just looking at usedphotpro.com again, and this time clicked on the free shipping designation on an item Iisting I was interested in, and it brought up a page with a LO-ong list of several details that free shipping depends on. Far down the list was 'no free shipping to PO Boxes.' My official mailing address is a PO box; they can ask my local postmaster if they don't believe me. I can put my physical address down instead, and still get packages, but it's kind of disrespectful to the good people who work in my local post office who have to look up what my PO Box is when they find I'm not on the rural delivery list. Would it break usedphotopro's arm to put "See Exceptions" under the "Free Shipping" logo on item listings? The item I was originally interested in a few days ago isn't there anymore.

When I have shopped for new film at Adorama, I always found their shipping prices way higher than for the same items at B&H. Perhaps it's because Adorama charges more to ship to PO Boxes?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
What would YOU consider a "clinical" image?
Posted By goatsNdonkey
Replies: 91
Views: 2,284
I'm just guessing that the human eyeball, in perfect optical health, does not have corner to corner sharpness. To even see corner to corner sharpness, I suspect that we have to aim our eyes' sweet spot at the corners of the image we are assessing. And let me confess, further, that I don't think my eyeballs' retinas even have corners!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
What would YOU consider a "clinical" image?
Posted By goatsNdonkey
Replies: 91
Views: 2,284
Ouch!






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I may have been thinking of the more farm-related context....

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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 Days Ago  
What would YOU consider a "clinical" image?
Posted By goatsNdonkey
Replies: 91
Views: 2,284
I was going to quip that if it's a picture of a hemorrhoid, it's going to be clinical. Then, I realized that if Pepperberry Farm took a picture of a hemorrhoid it wouldn't be.

I tend to lean toward the idea of clinicality being more in the hands of the photographer, not the lens. On the other hand if a photographer has two similar lenses and only finds one of them to give that overly technically accurate but boring rendering, while the other one offers that extra drama or character, we must assume that it isn't just the photographer.

It seems to me that it might be worth considering the clinical lens as a challenging optic, one that requires altering technique to coax character out of it. Maybe that means doing crazy things like only shooting it only wide open, or shooting it at focal length extremes if it is a zoom, or turning off auto focus and manually focusing it, or anything that pushes it into realms where its perfection breaks down. If shooting it with film, try the grainiest film you can think of and see what happens. And if you really hate it, put some scratches on the front element! (could try that on an UV filter first if one is timid) -- just let it try to be clinical after that!
Forum: General Photography 2 Days Ago  
T-mount lens
Posted By goatsNdonkey
Replies: 5
Views: 287
I have the Hanimex preset f3.5 180mm with an m42 T-mount adapter on it (might be made by the same people who made your lens for Soligor), and it works fine on my K10D.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Is there a list of lenses unsafe to use on Pentax bodies?
Posted By goatsNdonkey
Replies: 12
Views: 583
I'm surprised that no one is mentioning lenses that have a rear element that can recede enough to impede the mirror on certain cameras. I don't have a list of them, but I have read about them. I have a lens that I've read can cause that problem, but so far it isn't doing that for me on slrs or Pentax dslrs.

On the lighter side, there are lenses that should come with a "may be habit-forming" warning label!




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Forum: Pentax Price Watch 2 Days Ago  
Robert's Camera Black Friday - 10-20% off
Posted By goatsNdonkey
Replies: 8
Views: 520
A couple of days ago, I got their black Friday sale email and went to their website to check it out. I picked out an item. The item listing said on it "Free Shipping." It did not say something like "elligible for Free Shipping if you purchase X amount total" or something like that. However, when I went to check out, there was NO free shipping option. The cheapest was close to $9.00. With the difference, the item ceased to be a bargain over what I could get it on 'bay. I guess I will check back in a few days. Maybe they didn't update their website completely to reflect all of the bargains they were promoting. If they haven't fixed the problem by then, I guess I'll phone them and try to get it straightened out. I have bought from them before, and sold them a few lenses I didn't want, also. Never had any problem. Others, watch for the shipping price issue, too, if they haven't corrected the problem.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By goatsNdonkey
Replies: 14,105
Views: 931,323


My barn again.

Sun Wide-Auto f2.5 28mm
Honewell Pentax ES
Fujicolor Superia Xtra 400
Black and White conversion of scan
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 Days Ago  
prime, prime, everywhere a prime...
Posted By goatsNdonkey
Replies: 2,404
Views: 154,868


Oscar the Donkey.

Sun Wide-Auto f2.5 28mm
Honeywell ES
Fujicolor Superia Xtra 400
BW conversion of scan
(color version is cross-posted)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Thematic Cliche perhaps, lets see Silhouettes
Posted By goatsNdonkey
Replies: 462
Views: 36,023
Grain-ouhette....



I had a bit of pp-ing fun with a very underexposed flare-test shot from my first test of a recently acquired Honewell Pentax EX. Lens: Sun Wide-Auto f2.5 28mm. Film: Fujicolor Superia Xtra 400.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Thematic Street Photography (No, Not THAT Street Photography) - Share Your Shots of the Roads
Posted By goatsNdonkey
Replies: 1,749
Views: 99,308


Pam and Newman strolling by on the Big Creek Park road, while I was taking pictures of leaves or some such thing.



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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Post your "Park Bench" "or "Picnic Table" images
Posted By goatsNdonkey
Replies: 1,450
Views: 136,533


In Big Creek Park, Canton, IL.

B&W conversion version is cross-posted.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Thematic Ee-i-ee-i-oh! - Farm animals
Posted By goatsNdonkey
Replies: 100
Views: 5,385
Speaking of furry faces, here's Oscar the donkey again...



Sun Wide-Auto f2.5 28mm
Honeywell Pentax ES
Fujicolor Superia Xtra 400
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Thematic Ee-i-ee-i-oh! - Farm animals
Posted By goatsNdonkey
Replies: 100
Views: 5,385
When I was little, my mom's dad's herd was Herfords. The family milk cow was a Jersey, but the rest were Herfords. It was probably the first cattle breed I learned to identify from long distance, by their white faces. Of course you have to be up close to them to see how curly their face hair can be. It seems like most people around here raise black Angus now.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By goatsNdonkey
Replies: 14,105
Views: 931,323








Black-and-white conversions of scans from expired Polaroid Hi-Def Ultra 400. Camera Miranda Sensomat RE with f1.8 50mm lens.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 2 Days Ago  
My first test of a Miranda Sensomat RE with Auto Miranda EC f1.8 50mm lens
Posted By goatsNdonkey
Replies: 2
Views: 117
I got the camera as part of a package deal that included a different camera and lenses I actually wanted. But the camera cleaned up well and turned out to be in very good condition except for two things: (a) the shutter curtain seemed to drag or stick at slow shutter speeds, and (b) the internal meter didn't seem to work properly. Neither of those problems seemed to stand in the way of testing it with 400 iso film and an external light meter. I decided to stick to shutter speeds of 1/250 to 1/1000 and didn't anticipate exposure problems, unless all of the speeds were off. I loaded one of my last rolls of expired Poloroid Hi-Def Ultra 400 color print film and started shooting.

Incidentally the camera is very well-made, and solid feeling, in use, -- heavy, in a way the feels good to me. And it has some features I am not used to. For one thing, it has shutter buttons on both the top and the front of the camera. Also, the entire prism finder will slide off, revealing a waist-level finder one can look down into for framing. The camera actually came with two f1.8 50s, and I decided to use the one that looked like a slightly later incarnation of the lens, the EC model. I'm not sure whether EC stands for some automated feature it is compatible with a slightly later Miranda SLR body or whether it indicates a kind of lens coating.

From my past experience with this expired Polaroid 400 film, originally picked up as a 4-pack at a thrift store, I knew the colors might look a little dull and it would look a bit grainier than iso 200 films I'd use. On the other hand with a little tweaking of the scans it might not be too bad, and also, when they were converted to black-and-white, they sometimes looked very nice.

The film was developed and scanned by Dwayne's in Kansas. Here are four of the color versions. Each has some exposure adjustment using the Shotwell viewer program. Next try with the camera, I definitely will use better film!







Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 3 Days Ago  
The HALF-FRAME-35mm Club
Posted By goatsNdonkey
Replies: 20
Views: 1,101
Those shots look great! XP2 looks like a great film to shoot in the half-frame format.

I just got my negs and scans back from the first roll of film I shot in my Fujica Half. I used some expired Fuji 200, and the colors look a bit off. Perhaps I can tweak them satisfactorily, or they might look good converted to black-and-white. I can see I didn't nail the focus on all of the shots but the auto exposures look mostly accurate. In a day or few, I'll post some examples.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By goatsNdonkey
Replies: 10,430
Views: 1,027,138
It is always interesting to see the original item on which a common expression is based -- in this case, a "nest egg" intended to trigger a hen's laying and/or broodiness instincts.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 4 Days Ago  
Thematic Show your texture, pattern, repetition, shape etc. shots here!
Posted By goatsNdonkey
Replies: 1,285
Views: 106,294




Both with Schneider-Kreuznach Componon f5.6 80mm enlarger lens (wide open) + 39mm of extension + K10D



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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By goatsNdonkey
Replies: 10,430
Views: 1,027,138
Here are 3 more with the Componon 5.6/80, this time with 39mm of extension, giving a fixed focus distance of about 3 feet. I managed to get a bit of bubble bokeh in the last of this group:







I do like the sharpness it gets in the plane focused on, and the color is nice (partly thanks to the K10Ds sensor of course) for a lens not designed for outdoor work. I also haven't found it more prone to flare than the average lens I have, despite it not likely having flare-resistant coatings and my not shooting it with any sort of a hood yet.

After looking again, I see that there is a little bubble bokeh in the second example, too, but it is much more subtly defined.
Forum: Lens Clubs 4 Days Ago  
Soviet lenses club
Posted By goatsNdonkey
Replies: 3,592
Views: 796,379
I've seen $2 bills perhaps about three times in my life, but the last time I was much younger than now.
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