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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-10-2011, 11:00 PM  
Interesting Niche . . . And Lack of Marketability
Posted By subtle_goat
Replies: 9
Views: 3,835
I'm in a similar boat, wondering if what I'm doing has an audience, and I'm thinking the only way to really tell is to do it - if I find someone else doing exactly the same thing succesfully, that might be might whole market captured already :)

Just reading your post I have a few more questions:
What kind of print types/sizes have you got going already?
What are you actually trying to get out of this?

To me it sounds like 'people at the top of their game' is an awesome concept, and a strong niche in and of itself - maybe you need another way to think of working from that, rather than try to squeeze into a pre existing photo business category.

Keep us posted on your thinking, I hope it turns out how you want it.
Sam
Forum: Sold Items 05-08-2011, 04:03 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FA 43mm Limited (Silver, MIJ, early edition) for DA* 55mm . (AUS)
Posted By subtle_goat
Replies: 8
Views: 4,095
All done and dusted, thanks for the interest all!

I really love the marketplace here - always a pleasure.
Forum: Sold Items 05-06-2011, 07:07 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FA 43mm Limited (Silver, MIJ, early edition) for DA* 55mm . (AUS)
Posted By subtle_goat
Replies: 8
Views: 4,095
Just updating - trade is in progress.

Thanks for all the interest.

Sam
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-02-2011, 09:31 PM  
My frustration as a prime shooter...
Posted By subtle_goat
Replies: 60
Views: 9,247
I'm in a similar boat to you.

I'm in the process of trading a 43mm limited for the the DA* 55mm, with weather sealing being (just one of) the pluses for my particular needs. I'll let you know what I think after I've been with the lens for a while, I am slightly concerned about the size difference too.

I would also love a 20-30mm WR, moderately fast prime from pentax too - it's about the only new design product that would actually have any value to me, apart from that my needs are covered very well.

Sam
Forum: Sold Items 04-26-2011, 03:03 AM  
For Sale - Sold: FA 43mm Limited (Silver, MIJ, early edition) for DA* 55mm . (AUS)
Posted By subtle_goat
Replies: 8
Views: 4,095
Thanks for all the international queries - if I don't get any local interest I will definitely look to sell over the waters.

And yes, I may very well regret parting with it, it is in every respect fantastic. Just not appropriate for my needs is all. (Particularly now that I'm looking specifically to explore wet weather, creeks and waterfalls.)

Sam

---------- Post added 04-26-11 at 09:37 PM ----------

I don't seem to have your PM Buzzvic? Maybe a resend is in order?
Sam
Forum: Sold Items 04-25-2011, 07:21 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FA 43mm Limited (Silver, MIJ, early edition) for DA* 55mm . (AUS)
Posted By subtle_goat
Replies: 8
Views: 4,095
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
FA 43mm Limited (Silver, MIJ, early edition) for DA* 55mm .

Asking Price
Only trade for DA* 55mm

Item Location
Brisbane, Qld, Australia

Item Description
Hi all,
Perhaps I'm crazy, but I'm looking to trade my FA 43mm limited for a DA* 55mm (Mostly interested in the weather sealing more than anything else).

Included: FA43mm ltd, Original hood+matching cap and rear cap. No case, box or documentation (bought it used from the forum here near the end of last year)

It's in good condition - there are a few small marks externally, the felt of the hood is slightly marked at the end, and a few specs of dust on the internal optics. Everything is in perfect working order - no problems with focus, everything turns smoothly and stops down nicely etc (Though I should mention I needed to apply some focus calibration on my k20D).

I'm looking to trade for a DA* 55mm in good working, optical condition - external signs of use are no drama as long as everything is in workable conditions and no major impact on IQ.

Only interested in Australia to start with, might open up it up later if I get any interest.

Will post pics if anybody is interested.

Thanks for looking,
Sam

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

Are you selling or trading this item?
Trading

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Good

Shipping Destinations
Australia Only

Shipping Charge
Depends on Location

Shipping Services
Depends on Location

Accepted Payment Types


Return Policy & Additional Details
Since it's a trade - only if we're both mutually unhappy I guess?
Or I've managed to make a serious error in this listing.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-03-2011, 04:03 AM  
Best 135mm manual lens
Posted By subtle_goat
Replies: 31
Views: 21,603
It probably won't make any significant difference - 135mm is not a difficult focal length by any means.

I would choose either of the pentax, just for the reliable colour rendering. The m series in particular is a tiny lens with wonderful rendering.

Sam
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-05-2011, 07:21 PM  
How do I fix these terrible pictures?
Posted By subtle_goat
Replies: 28
Views: 3,958
Seconding luke0622, in particular, you may want to try the tungsten or one of the fluorescent light white balance settings.

Try setting each of the white balance settings manually until you find which looks best.

Alternatively, you can shoot in raw mode and select the white balance after the fact.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-10-2010, 06:57 PM  
DA 35mm macro limited vs. DA 43mm limited
Posted By subtle_goat
Replies: 17
Views: 9,565
Just my two cents, having sold the DA 35mm macro for FA 43mm: You can't go wrong with either lens, but a couple of points apply:

The 35mm is a fantastic lens, and is certainly capable of lovely portraits, at least head and shoulders kind of shots wide open. (see attached.)

For me with a k20d it was just at the edge of usable for indoor children portraits - didn't have as many keepers as I'd like due to low shutter speed, with better iso it would probably be much closer. I haven't used the 43mm for this yet, but expect it would do better with the extra stop (though dof than comes into play so might even out).

The autofocus of the 35mm is also noticeably slower than the 43mm - it can be a pain to hunt through the whole macro region when you miss in low light. Quickshift is a bonus on the 35mm, but not that great an advantage as the non-macro region on the focusing ring is really really small. On the other hand, the mf feel of the 43mm is excellent.

I haven't really missed the macro on the 35mm (yet) but if I do I will consider a closeup filter.

What made me decide to change to the 43mm was ultimately the extra stop, and the slightly longer focal length (personal preference, just feels right to me). I think I prefer the colours of the 43mm too.

Sam
Forum: Sold Items 12-10-2010, 06:12 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax AF540GZ p-ttl Flash (AUS)
Posted By subtle_goat
Replies: 2
Views: 3,124
Pm replied, and sale pending
Forum: Sold Items 12-10-2010, 05:20 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax AF540GZ p-ttl Flash (AUS)
Posted By subtle_goat
Replies: 2
Views: 3,124
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax AF540GZ p-ttl Flash

Asking Price
$380 (AUD)

Item Location
Brisbane, Australia

Item Description
Bought this a couple of months ago here on pentax forums (link here).

Included: original box, little plastic stand, canvas-ey bag/case thing, diffuser, manual.

I like the flash, only selling because I need a colour calibrator before I go crazy, and I end up using this mostly in manual anyway.

In very good condition - hasn't been used extensively, I don't need a flash a whole lot. Everything functions as it should (and not too bad to set it up either).

Pm me for any questions, or if you're interested.

Attached photos are of the flash and extras - the lighting provided by the flash itself in wireless p-ttl mode.

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
Australia Only

Shipping Charge
Included in australia if paying by bank deposit, pm me otherwise.

Shipping Services
Australia Post

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Other (Elaborate)

Return Policy & Additional Details
Refund/return only if not as described/error in listing - though contact me if you do have any problems.

Prefer bank deposit if in australia, as an incentive postage is included if you pay this way.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 11-21-2010, 01:33 AM  
Wanted - Acquired: Pentax 43mm Limited
Posted By subtle_goat
Replies: 0
Views: 1,819
Cleaned up my other lenses, so now ready to acquire one of these as my 'normal'.

Looking for: at least good condition mechanically and optically (not so concerned with cosmetics of painted surfaces etc, but do want clean and clear optics and smooth focusing.)
Don't care about colour or where it's made.

Don't want to pay more than $700aud all up.

Cheers,
Sam
Forum: Sold Items 11-17-2010, 05:50 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DA 35mm Macro, F 50mm f1.7, Vivitar 24mm f2.8 (PKA), Hoya 135mm f2.8 (PK) (Wor
Posted By subtle_goat
Replies: 9
Views: 5,478
Bump and update -
50mm is pending.

---------- Post added 11-18-10 at 03:38 PM ----------

Update, 24 and 135mm are now pending,
35mm macro has been reduced in price.

Someone must want it, papa needs a nice 43mm limited! :lol:

Sam
Forum: Sold Items 11-16-2010, 06:56 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DA 35mm Macro, F 50mm f1.7, Vivitar 24mm f2.8 (PKA), Hoya 135mm f2.8 (PK) (Wor
Posted By subtle_goat
Replies: 9
Views: 5,478
And finally, Hoya 135mm pics.

Kind of sad to be letting it go now that I've taken these ;) It is a very nice lens. Pity I haven't used it to take a photo in quite a while.
Forum: Sold Items 11-16-2010, 06:54 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DA 35mm Macro, F 50mm f1.7, Vivitar 24mm f2.8 (PKA), Hoya 135mm f2.8 (PK) (Wor
Posted By subtle_goat
Replies: 9
Views: 5,478
Vivitar 24mm pics.
Forum: Sold Items 11-16-2010, 06:53 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DA 35mm Macro, F 50mm f1.7, Vivitar 24mm f2.8 (PKA), Hoya 135mm f2.8 (PK) (Wor
Posted By subtle_goat
Replies: 9
Views: 5,478
F 50mm f/1.7 pics

Note the very small marks on the front element as described in opening post.
Forum: Sold Items 11-16-2010, 06:51 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DA 35mm Macro, F 50mm f1.7, Vivitar 24mm f2.8 (PKA), Hoya 135mm f2.8 (PK) (Wor
Posted By subtle_goat
Replies: 9
Views: 5,478
35mm macro pics
Forum: Sold Items 11-15-2010, 06:28 PM  
For Sale - Sold: DA 35mm Macro, F 50mm f1.7, Vivitar 24mm f2.8 (PKA), Hoya 135mm f2.8 (PK) (Wor
Posted By subtle_goat
Replies: 9
Views: 5,478
Thanks, but no thanks, I'm only interested in the 43mm limited at the moment.
Sam
Forum: Sold Items 11-15-2010, 06:22 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DA 35mm Macro, F 50mm f1.7, Vivitar 24mm f2.8 (PKA), Hoya 135mm f2.8 (PK) (Wor
Posted By subtle_goat
Replies: 9
Views: 5,478
Price: AUD, inc postage in Australia if you pay by bank deposit
If overseas/ pay by paypal, add postage on top of that.
500, 220, 100, 75

I am looking to trade (lenses and or cash) for an FA limited 43mm, in good optical/mechanical condition, any colour, made anywhere.
Let me know if you're interested in doing so (ie, make me an offer!)


The Story:
Wanting to clean up and simplify the lens collection. I spend too much time fiddling when I
should be shooting!

I love both the 35mm and the 50mm, but they are just a bit of a goldilocks story to me, the 35mm
is too wide, and a touch slow, the 50mm is a touch long. I always seem to want the one I don't have on me or my camera!

The Vivitar is great little lens, but I have an autofocus Sigma which I prefer. The Hoya is a fantastic lens,
I just have no need for the focal length.


Lens Specifics:

DA 35mm: includes box, caps, pouch. Price drop: $480AUD inc postage to aus if paying by bank deposit!
Bought on eBay earlier this year, have probably taken a few thousand photos with it.
Excellent mechanical/optical condition, some minor cosmetic marks on the focus ring. Minimal dust/ no fungus and coatings all in great condition.

Pending :F 50mm f/1.7: Just caps. $220AUD
Bought here on the forums a few months ago.
Good mechanical/optical and cosmetic condition.
Small scratches/spots on the front element - no impact on image quality. Minimal dust, no fungus.
Filter ring is just fine - (apparently a common problem for this lens, so thought I'd mention it)

Pending: Vivitar 24mm f/2.8: just caps. $100AUD
A-mount (auto aperture and metering!) manual focus.
A little gem of a lens, compact, nice mechanics, focuses quite closely. Good colour
and saturation (especially compared to my sigma AF 24mm!).
Excellent mechanical/optical condition, you won't be disappointed.

Pending: Hoya 135mm f/2.8: caps, original box. $75AUD
Compact, solid 135mm, possibly made by Tokina for Hoya.
52mm diameter filter, inbuilt hood, focuses to 1.2m .
Excellent optical and mechanical condition, small size for a 135mm prime.

Photos for all to follow tomorrow.


I am on ebay by the same handle (subtle_goat).

Returns - only if I have made an error in the listing.

PM me if you're interested.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-13-2010, 07:39 AM  
Another 85mm f2 - ultra low cost
Posted By subtle_goat
Replies: 41
Views: 13,811
Done some more testing, and overall I'm going to say that I like this lens, and won't be looking for anything else in this region for quite a while.

There is some abberation etc, but nothing that really affects me - most of it starts to clear up from 2.8, really getting good by 3.5 on my copy.

Wide open is interesting on this lens - like you say, not exactly soft, but lacks microcontrast. It can be slightly deceiving wide open too - if you get the focus just wrong you get a cloudy/glowy sort of look. There is some noticable colour shifting in the out of focus regions at f/2 - can be the nasty purple/green. Other thing is coloured fringes on the defocussed blur shape - can make for some really nasty oof regions as white point sources take on a harsh yellow/greeny edge.

Think there's a slightly green colour cast too, but not really sure about that - more an impression than anything else.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-31-2010, 05:54 AM  
Another 85mm f2 - ultra low cost
Posted By subtle_goat
Replies: 41
Views: 13,811
I had some time to play around more, and have added the results to my set on flickr (downscaled a bit):

Mitakon 85mm f/2 - Cheap manual focus 85mm - a set on Flickr

Couple of random notes:
  • Mass is 320g

  • Aperture is six blades - and doesn't stop down particularly evenly.

  • Some of the bokeh is really harsh when stopping down.

  • Saw some nasty veiling flare (not included in pics I posted)

  • Colour is usable, but not great - just a bit dull I think, but that might be me and my weird colour vision.

  • Seems best at closer distances and wide open. It seems to do very well for tight portraits.


Overall it's probably more than worth the money, but if you can afford it, might be worth looking at other options. Personally I think I will hang onto this until I can get an FA limited 77mm.

I will do a formal review sometime in the next couple of weeks.

Cheers,
Sam
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-29-2010, 06:38 AM  
Another 85mm f2 - ultra low cost
Posted By subtle_goat
Replies: 41
Views: 13,811
Works like any A series lens - everything controlled from the camera body when the aperture ring is set to 'A'. I haven't tried setting the aperture with the aperture ring (don't have any cameras where that would be necessary).

I'm looking forward to giving it a full test tomorrow. Given how low the price is it should be really attractive for a lot of people - especially with prices for takumar/k/m series 85mm going up.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-29-2010, 06:07 AM  
Another 85mm f2 - ultra low cost
Posted By subtle_goat
Replies: 41
Views: 13,811
Full sized images are there - just forgot that flickr doesn't make it easy to find them any more.

@f/2:
All sizes | Mitakon 85mm @f/2 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

@f/4:
All sizes | Mitakon 85mm @ f/4 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

f/4 might seem a less sharp because of a little motion blur - will take more shots later tomorrow, this was just the initial samples in 15 minutes or so of playing around.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-29-2010, 04:13 AM  
Another 85mm f2 - ultra low cost
Posted By subtle_goat
Replies: 41
Views: 13,811
Some of my initial photos, full size, portraits at f/2, f/4, f/8 and wide open at minimum focus distance. Straight out of the camera jpg from k20d, portrait, with sharpness at +1, everything else at default.

Mitakon 85mm f/2 - Cheap manual focus 85mm - a set on Flickr

There is a bit of chromatic abberation and not particularly sharp wide open, but still very, very usable, really does sharpen up too. The bokeh is very promising, but needs more testing. Only 6 aperture blades might be a little problematic at smaller apertures

Let me know if you want me to try and test anything - will post a more detailed test/ conclusion after I've had more time to use it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-28-2010, 06:12 PM  
Another 85mm f2 - ultra low cost
Posted By subtle_goat
Replies: 41
Views: 13,811
I got mine yesterday, only had a brief play so won't post any photos just yet.

Initial impressions:
-Build is ... utilitarian. It's inelegant, basically a tube with lenses and a cheap feeling rubber focus ring. It's quite long, but not that heavy, will weigh it later when I get home.
- I can confirm that mine has the A setting and haven't noticed any metering trouble.
- Focus feel is okay, by the standards of mf lenses, certainly no takumar, but certainly a lot better than most modern af lenses.
- Optically: actually pretty good, especially given the price. As expected it's soft wide open, but still maintains decent contrast. Does seem to really sharpen up beyond f/5.6, as some people here expected, which may be a big advantage over the samyang (though I haven't used one so won't comment further.)
Colours seem good, not pentax good, but useable.
Bokeh seems promising so far, but need to test more.
Haven't tested flare yet, will get some more time over the weekend hopefully.

Will update with pictures later.
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