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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-21-2018, 07:54 AM  
DFA 28-105 infrared hotspot
Posted By travelswsage
Replies: 3
Views: 857
I did have the chance to do a couple of quick shots with the 28-105 -- all were with the lens at 28mm and there were no hotspots. I didn't have time to test other focal lengths. This is one from along the Delaware River

Have fun!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-19-2017, 04:16 PM  
Macro Peacock feather with extension tubes
Posted By travelswsage
Replies: 10
Views: 749
Very cool shots! I particularly like the vibrancy of the second shot.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-15-2017, 09:22 PM  
Pentax Medium Format Lenses on the K-1
Posted By travelswsage
Replies: 104
Views: 8,993
Wow, really nice shots everyone. The Mirex sounds like it is a lot fun to use. As an old large format guy I often find myself lost when using the DSLR -- it is used to be just a touch of tilt on the 4x5, figure out where the tiny unsharp zone would fall unnoticed & pop everything in focus from near to far (f22 and 32 didn't hurt either) .... now it's focus stacking and hyper focal distances ...

Baro-nite -- do you know if you can uses 67 lenses with a 67 to 645 adapter on the Mirex?

A couple of shots with the 67 135mm and 200mm on the K-1. The dogs are 135mm and Cyrus Chestnut is the 200. The 200 in particular had some serious purple fringing.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-25-2018, 07:29 AM  
Photokina 2018 Q&A - What would you ask Ricoh?
Posted By travelswsage
Replies: 307
Views: 12,614
When will the full frame teleconverters be available?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-10-2018, 06:31 PM  
Why Do YOU Stay With Pentax?
Posted By travelswsage
Replies: 165
Views: 7,696
That's a tough question -- I love the K-1 but I mostly do landscapes and the lack of lighter F4 zooms is a big minus. I also did not expect to have to work so hard to research lenses and search for lenses to fill gaps I needed. If I was sure that Pentax was going to close some of the gaps in a timely fashion(with say a 17-35 or thereabouts F4, 70-200 f4, a full frame teleconverter, a tilt/shift) I would definitely be in the stay camp.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-02-2018, 09:01 PM  
New Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f1.6 in PK mount
Posted By travelswsage
Replies: 75
Views: 11,849
I don't remember exactly but this is probably an F16/F2.8 combo:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-28-2018, 06:21 AM  
New Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f1.6 in PK mount
Posted By travelswsage
Replies: 75
Views: 11,849
I picked one up also and am enjoying shooting with it -- I think you'll enjoy it. It is wonderful for still lifes and for flower photography as the images at your link point out. For more examples of this and the other lensbabies on flowers check out Kathleen Clemons galleries -- home
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-24-2018, 12:35 PM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By travelswsage
Replies: 2,451
Views: 176,852
I don't know what's worse -- waiting for Pentax to update the K-3 and get on with the new lenses & a full-frame teleconverter or waiting for Jimmy Page to crack open the Zeppelin vaults and release some of the live material he promised for the 50th Zep anniversary …. either way waiting sucks ….
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-05-2018, 09:26 AM  
Carl Zeiss T* ZK mounts (Distagon, Planar, Makro-Planar)
Posted By travelswsage
Replies: 1,156
Views: 130,485
So for something different I picked up a Hoya R72 recently and just had a chance to try it out -- I found the zk 35f2 had hot spots. The zk 25f2.8 so far does not. This is a quick edit with a 2-shot hand merge along a flooded Delaware River .
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-01-2018, 02:40 PM  
How many film cameras do you have?
Posted By travelswsage
Replies: 274
Views: 13,042
Wow, I'm showing my wife this thread -- some of you guys make my 2 Arca Swiss, 1 Pentax 67 and 2 old Canons look downright paltry. I should at least get to add another digital somewhere down the road ….
Forum: General Photography 08-01-2018, 07:49 AM  
The selfie crowd goes wild, and destructive.
Posted By travelswsage
Replies: 48
Views: 1,759
Wow, pretty amazing … but not surprising. Most of the major viewpoints in our National Parks are similarly overrun -- it's not fun going back to some of the places I used to visit regularly 20 and 30 years ago, especially in the western states. Geez, I don't feel any older but I am catching myself more and more saying things like -- "I remember when you could …" and "that used to cost …" …..
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 07-30-2018, 10:00 AM  
July Pentax K-1 Giveaway: Raffle Thread 3, 17:00 UTC, July 30, 2018
Posted By travelswsage
Replies: 75
Views: 3,043
In, I hope. Good luck all.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-19-2018, 09:34 AM  
Age shall not wither them..... dioptre adjustments
Posted By travelswsage
Replies: 16
Views: 882
An easy way to adjust the diopter properly is to adjust the diopter until the f-stop/shutter speed readings displayed in the viewfinder are clear and sharp for your eyes. Not sure if the ME has internal readings like this, if not I'd adjust for distance.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-14-2018, 12:11 PM  
DIY Macro Ringflash adapter
Posted By travelswsage
Replies: 14
Views: 686
Very creative -- and great shots to!
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-20-2018, 09:20 AM  
Well, my K1-II may be wasted money.
Posted By travelswsage
Replies: 36
Views: 2,929
Well, you don't live to far away from NE PA so I am happy to tell you that you have nothing to fear -- that strange yellow thing will have high winds (goodbye pixel shift) blow the next round of diffusion our way in a day or so and you won't have to worry about it making an appearance again until at least mid-June (plenty of time to change WB in anticipation) ....

We had some snow again last night @#X%$!!
Forum: General Photography 02-13-2018, 05:47 PM  
Lens and gear selection help and sightseeing help for Europe trip
Posted By travelswsage
Replies: 29
Views: 1,650
Sounds like an absolutely wonderful trip. I am a full frame shooter so I am not to familiar with the lenses listed so I'll simply weigh in on the F-stop. My wife and I did a trip through New Mexico a few years back where we visited and shot in a lot of church interiors and museums, some of which were poorly lit. I had the Canon 17-40 f4 at the time and I did find it somewhat constricting. If you have the chance to bring a wide angle that is 2.8 or better I think it will help for the indoor shots. Have a wonderful time and best wishes for continued recovery. From your gear list I'd consider taking the 24 1.4.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-10-2018, 01:23 PM  
Pentax K3ii officially discontinued
Posted By travelswsage
Replies: 509
Views: 38,539
Your probably right on this -- Canon and Nikon have this well covered anyway if you need the AF and the big lenses. For the rest of us, however, a simple little high quality updated full frame 1.4x or 2x teleconverter would go a long way in increasing the utility of our 70-200 and 140-450s.
Forum: General Photography 01-28-2018, 08:41 AM  
On Line Photography Courses
Posted By travelswsage
Replies: 28
Views: 2,213
YouTube has many wonderful free tutorials.

Also try Creative Live -- You can watch a course free when it first airs and if you like it then decide to buy it. They have courses that run the gamut from beginner to advanced and cover everything from camera to lighting to software, even business of photography classes. I've bought a few classes on Creative Live and enjoyed all of them.

There are a few other companies that run classes -- some work on a monthly subscription model and you can pay for a month or a year and access as many classes as you'd like. Take a look at or or
Forum: General Photography 12-22-2017, 09:17 PM  
Processing aesthetics--why this look?
Posted By travelswsage
Replies: 64
Views: 3,011
I think on this particular shot I'd fall somewhere in the middle -- the first shot is to bland while the second is overdone. This conversation is not just limited to digital -- for many years Velvia was my film of choice and if you shot in the long fall misty days we often have here in the east with a circular polarizer to boot, the colors would almost drip from the film. When I scan some of the transparencies now I need to desaturate a bit to bring them more in line with reality.

It's really been quite interesting to watch over the years but there has been a long slow trend toward hypersaturation. If anyone remembers the original Kodachromes or Fuji 50 (to this day one of my favorite films) the trend was to ever more saturated films with the reformulation of the Ektachromes and of course, the introduction of Velvia. This continues today with HDR and all the digital processing techniques and algorithms that folks have at their fingertips. OLED screens and 4k films with HDR processing are another example of the trend. I think some of the overprocessed HDR shots finally got some folks to say enough but it seems there are just quite a few folks who love the supersaturated look. In the end it all just comes down to what your personal vision is ....
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-14-2017, 01:20 PM  
Next hours or days we get a new firmware for K-1
Posted By travelswsage
Replies: 190
Views: 23,473
I'd love to see some form of focus stacking function; and if possible, expanded options when working with multiple exposure -- perhaps allowing you to choose a shot already taken to add exposures to; anything that would help with manual focusing of lenses when using the optical viewfinder ....
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-09-2017, 11:11 AM  
Focus stacking
Posted By travelswsage
Replies: 14
Views: 1,563
I started looking into this also -- I tried the Zerene Stacker trial and found it significantly better than the focus stacking available in Photoshop CS6 -- however, friends using more up to date PS CC versions have told me that Adobe has improved the focus stacking function. Affinity also has a focus stacker that I tried once or twice so far and found to be better than CS6. Like Royce, though, I am only stacking 3-10 shots for landscapes and florals. For serious macro stacking I'm sure most folks will suggest you try the free trials to Helicon and Zerene and see which you like better.
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-26-2017, 10:04 PM  
Sigma EX 180mm F3.5 APO Macro DG Lens Club
Posted By travelswsage
Replies: 32
Views: 4,417
Was finally able to pick up this lens from a fellow forum member & went looking for any last monarchs hanging around when I found this guy ....
Forum: General Photography 11-28-2017, 07:28 AM  
How would you define the end of the film era?
Posted By travelswsage
Replies: 63
Views: 2,395
For me, the death of the film era was when the editors I was working with refused to accept my 4x5 and 6x7 transparencies for review and would accept only digital files.
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-07-2017, 08:06 AM  
Sigma EX 180mm F3.5 APO Macro DG Lens Club
Posted By travelswsage
Replies: 32
Views: 4,417
Diffraction be damned!

I had set myself the goal of becoming better with select focus but my old large format days got the better of me and I found myself back at F22 for this shot. Also my first pixel shift attempts -- some sharpening but not much else -- seems there is a lot to learn and experiment with but I am wondering how much if any pixel shift helps fight the effects of diffraction -- this shot without pixel shift actually looks very slightly sharper in the highlight areas in lightroom until I added a little sharpening to the pixel shift file and brought down the highlights slightly. Have any of you experimented along these lines?

If what the reviews on this site say about the Pentax 200mm being even sharper than this lens are true that must be a monster of a lens -- hopefully someday it will get updated.

I am enjoying this lens ....

---------- Post added 10-07-17 at 08:10 AM ----------

woops -- that's actually the F16 version, the F22 version has very slightly more depth of field but you get the point ...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-30-2017, 09:47 AM  
D-FA* 85mm f1.4 also coming
Posted By travelswsage
Replies: 1,820
Views: 163,037
I agree. The photographers listed as Pentax ambassadors on the website all do wonderful work but if you check their websites only 1 has a blog and that is very infrequently updated. None of them promote the Pentax brand that I can see and none offer tips, tutorials or other educational materials working with their Pentax. I don't think you can underestimate what pros like Steve Perry on the landscape side, or Joe McNally on flash do for the Nikon brand -- and I don't think those guys are even paid spokesman, but even if they are Pentax could definitely use people of that caliber working with the brand, promoting It, and showing how to use it best.
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