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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-16-2014, 05:50 AM  
HD Teleconverter Officially Announced
Posted By McBrian
Replies: 461
Views: 59,058
Just got mine delivered an hour ago and have had a quick play during lunch.

Looks to work good on my DA*16-50 and DFA100 Macro, f stop and focal length are reported correctly (f2.8 = f4.0 and 100mm = 140mm), it also focuses fine with my Sigma 8-16 HSM but does not multiply the f stop and focal length (as stated in loads of places).

However!! I also have the original Sigma EX APO 70-200 f2.8 (screw drive) lens, with the 1.4x attached to a K3 the f stop and focal length are reported correctly in the exif, 70=98; 200=280 and f2.8=f4.0.

Will have a better look this evening just to make sure I've got it right.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-01-2013, 05:52 AM  
Viltrox JY-670 Ring Flash
Posted By McBrian
Replies: 20
Views: 14,404
A quick updated, works great with the K3 :)
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-09-2013, 01:58 AM  
Viltrox JY-670 Ring Flash
Posted By McBrian
Replies: 20
Views: 14,404
Apologies for resurrecting this thread but I thought I would add a little info that may be helpful.

I’ve recently taken delivery of one of these and can concur with Rob that is does not work with the K5IIs, it will fire the first time the shutter is activated but won’t fire again, you have to dismount it or switch both off and on to get it to fire again.

However it works a treat with a K30 and that suits me fine as my K30 is setup as my macro body with a Katzeye split screen (uses the same screen as a K5, K5II/IIs). The unit is easy to use and is reasonably well built, and as has been mentioned it is a conventional flash, not LED’s (it has 2 LEDs for focus aid), has full adjustment from 1:1 to 1:128 in full stops or 1/3 stops, left or right tubes or a contrast ratio down to 1:8 either side, no P-TTL, it's manual all the way.

I hope this is helpful.

Regards

Brian
Forum: Sold Items 09-07-2008, 02:46 AM  
For Sale - Sold: K10D; DA16-45 f4 and DFA100 f2.8 Macro
Posted By McBrian
Replies: 3
Views: 2,061
Hi All

I have some Pentax gear for sale, all items have been mine from new and have been very well cared for, all are in excellent condition with original everything, all are bowed, pics can be posted if required.

Pentax K10D body (SOLD)

Pentax DA16-45 f4, (SOLD)

Pentax DF100 f2.8 Macro (SOLD)

Please check my eBay feedback (100% on 460+), User name is McBrian47, PayPal accepted.
Forum: Sold Items 05-28-2007, 11:20 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FS: SMC-P PENTAX A 400mm f5.6
Posted By McBrian
Replies: 2
Views: 1,589
Sold, thanks for looking.
Forum: Sold Items 05-28-2007, 10:40 AM  
For Sale - Sold: FS: SMC-P PENTAX A 400mm f5.6
Posted By McBrian
Replies: 2
Views: 1,589
Here's the images of the lens......











Forum: Sold Items 05-28-2007, 10:21 AM  
For Sale - Sold: FS: SMC-P PENTAX A 400mm f5.6
Posted By McBrian
Replies: 2
Views: 1,589
Hi all

I have for sale an SMC-P Pentax A 400mm f5.6 Tele Photo Lens in superb condition c/w with original case, front and rear caps are not original pentax, I'll put it on eBay later this evening for a BIN fixed price of 300.00GBP + p&p, will post worlwide.

PM me if you would like to do a private trade (paypal only for international buyers (I'm UK based), maybe willing to negotiate.

Checkout my eBay feedback, McBrian47 over 300 @ 100% positive.

Images in next post.

Thanks for looking.
Forum: Sold Items 05-15-2007, 02:34 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FS: Sigma EX 180mm APO f3.5 Macro
Posted By McBrian
Replies: 1
Views: 2,057
Sold, many thanks for looking
Forum: Sold Items 05-03-2007, 01:45 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FS: Sigma EX 180mm APO f3.5 Macro
Posted By McBrian
Replies: 1
Views: 2,057
Hi All

I'll post this here as some of you chap and chapesses in the USA might not see this when searching on eBay.com as UK listings available to the US no longer show in your default search.

I have for sale a Sigma EX 180mm APO f3.5 Macro lens, I bought this a few months back without thinking, LBA at its worst, I already have both the D-FA 50mm and 100mm Macro lenses, I can't justify having them all so this is the one to go. Pretty rare lens, can't say I've seen more than 3 in pentax mount over the last couple of years and with the FA 200mm being as rare as hens teeth this lens is a very very good alternative.

Here is the ebay listing eBay.co.uk: PENTAX AF Mount ,Sigma EX 180mm APO Macro Lens f3.5 (item 300108188304 end time 10-May-07 21:28:44 BST).

As you can see from my ebay feed back and one feed back here for an earlier sale I'm pretty reputible (320+ 100% on ebay).
Drop me message if you have any questions.
Forum: Sold Items 03-14-2007, 01:36 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FS: Pentax SMC-A f2.8 Macro, Extremely rare lens
Posted By McBrian
Replies: 2
Views: 2,099
Lens has been sold.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-11-2007, 01:16 PM  
k10d firmware 1.2
Posted By McBrian
Replies: 43
Views: 8,736
I have not read all the posts so I apologise in advance if this has been suggested.

I would like to have high speed sync available in manual mode so I can use non P-TTL flashes without over exposing, thinking specifically about my costly investment in an AF-140c Ring Flash, even at 180/ f22 you get over exposure if you go really close.
Forum: Sold Items 03-08-2007, 12:06 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FS: Pentax SMC-A f2.8 Macro, Extremely rare lens
Posted By McBrian
Replies: 2
Views: 2,099
Later that I had hoped, but here are the images of the SMC-A 100 f2.8 Macro...







Forum: Sold Items 03-06-2007, 02:55 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FS: Pentax SMC-A f2.8 Macro, Extremely rare lens
Posted By McBrian
Replies: 2
Views: 2,099
Hi all

Since I have aquired an D FA100 f2.8 Macro (thanks Eric) my SMC-A 100 f2.8 Macro lens is up for sale (old eyes require help), I have in mind what I would let it go for (it was not cheap to buy) but for now I'm open to offers.

This is a beautifully constructed and extremely rare lens to find, the actual lens is in what I would describe as 9+ condition, it has an original pentax rear cap and a third party front cap (58mm), IIRC I have only ever seen this lens on ebay once in approx 3 years (I bought this one from a UK shop), I will post some images of the actual lens tomorrow.

Here are some comments about this lens from Stans page.......

Boz - Wonderfully sharp lens. Somewhat large and heavy, but definitely worth carrying around.

William Robb - I have yet to see a sharper lens, and I have seen a lot of lenses.

Bob Waldken - it's an absolutely superb lens. World-class build quality.

I'll let this run here for 10 days (16/03) before it goes to ebay.

I'm based in the UK, Paypal or personal cheque for UK buyers, Paypal only for international buyers, will post world wide, checkout my ebay user feedback, McBrian (300+ 100% positive)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-25-2007, 07:00 AM  
K10D user - color management/workflow problems
Posted By McBrian
Replies: 10
Views: 2,333
Ok! I’ve had some brain fuel, a few coffees and some toast..Oh and a lemsip (got the cold)

The screen shot of SP, how did you get this to the web, because it's on the web it is displaying in sRGB and it's displaying the correct colours, so what does that tel us?

I'll assume it has not been processed through PS, is it a screen dump into MS Paint? If this is the case it's your PS setup that’s wrong, change your CS working space from Dell to AdobeRGB or sRGB depending on the output profile you use in SP (I prefer both + camera to be AdobeRGB as mentioned earlier), refer to Matt's instructions in the link I posted above.

Matt is one of most knowledgeable PS literate guy's that I know off to post in these forums, helped me enormously when I ran into colour management problems.

Edit.
Just noticed this line in the OP,


How did you do this? as far as I can see/know SP only has two output profiles, AdobeRGB or sRGB.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-25-2007, 01:48 AM  
K10D user - color management/workflow problems
Posted By McBrian
Replies: 10
Views: 2,333
Hi aabram

I agree, thats why I said "resize and convert to sRGB" for web viewing. All I was trying to say is why start with 90% info (sRGB in camera) when you can have 100% (AdobeRGB in camera). As part of my workflow when I want to save for the web I have a little action in PS that resizes and converts to sRGB.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-25-2007, 01:06 AM  
K10D user - color management/workflow problems
Posted By McBrian
Replies: 10
Views: 2,333
No No No...........Why shoot in the smallest colour space? AdobeRGB has a much wider gamut than sRGB, sRGB is the defacto colour space for web viewing not printing.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-25-2007, 12:46 AM  
K10D user - color management/workflow problems
Posted By McBrian
Replies: 10
Views: 2,333
Hi Sashae

Check out this thread over at the UK Pentax users forum.....PentaxUser.co.uk :: View topic - Basic Colour Management: C1 & PS
It's written with Capture One in mind but all the essential setup info is there and is pertinent to Silkypix.

I have the K10D, SP3 and PS CS2 set up to work with AdobeRGB, from SP3 I export in 16bit Tiff and save the processed file as a tiff or PSD, if you save as jpg you have flung away a lot of unrecoverable info. When I want to upload an image to my pbase account I cnvert to sRGB, resize to and save as jpeg (if you use the save to web function it removes the exif info). Sending files for printing I follow the process labs instructions (I use a lab that uses an Agfa profile).

Hope this helps.
Forum: Sold Items 02-24-2007, 01:36 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FS: SMC-A 100 f4 Dental Macro, AF140C + Others
Posted By McBrian
Replies: 0
Views: 1,957
All items now listed on eBay


Hi All

I've got too much gear so I thought I would offer it here before it goes on ebay.

PENTAX SMC-A 100mm f4 Dental Macro Lens, (have an SMC-A 100 f2.8)
In very nice condition, glass is crystal clear, externally there are no marks, scratches or dents, rear cap only, UV filter on front.

PENTAX AF-140c TTL Ring Flash: (I seem to have aquired 2, so one has to go)
In excellent condition, there are a few marks (light scratches and shine dulling) on both the module and the flash unit. I only have the 49mm attachment ring, there should be a 52mm and 58mm as well but I'm sure these are available direct from Pentax, no case or instruction manual.

PENTAX FA 24-90 f3.5-4.5 IF AL Lens (does not get much use now as I have both the 16-45 and 50-200 for walking around)
In very nice condition, glass is crystal clear, externally there are no marks, scratches or dents, Boxed with both original caps and petal hood.

PENTAX*istD Body (have K10D, can't see me using it again unless the K10 breaks)
In great condition, has taken around 8K images from new, Boxed with all accessories (strap, leads, software etc) but no manual (lost, but if I can find it you get it too).

PENTAX Battery Grip D-BG1 (see above)
In great condition, boxed.

PENTAX Super A c/w Winder MEII (have too many film bodies, my Z1-P will be my film body of choice)
Both in nice condition.

I'm based in the UK, can post pics if required. Paypal or personal cheque for UK buyers, Paypal only for international buyers, checkout my ebay user feedback, McBrian (300+ 100% positive)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-11-2007, 03:43 PM  
1.7x AF teleconverter: 165 on Ebay
Posted By McBrian
Replies: 5
Views: 2,297
Don't give up, keep looking, there is always a luck sod:D

eBay.co.uk: Pentax AF Adaptor (item 270079362465 end time 21-Jan-07 13:31:02 GMT)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-04-2006, 04:06 PM  
RAW processing for K10D???
Posted By McBrian
Replies: 23
Views: 4,153
I've been a C1 user since I got my *istD about 2 years ago, I got very comfortable with its interface but with no support for DNG or K10D pef's on the horizon I was recommended Silkypix DS 3 by the image guru (Hi Matt) over at the UK pentax users forum for processing K10D DNG/PEF files (beta 3.03 has K10D pef support), I wont be using C1 much in the future, Silkypix DS 3 is a must for raw convertion. As Kjsak mentions you can get a 30day trial, the full program is 16000YEN (72 or $140), IMO you wont regret purchasing it.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-04-2006, 01:54 PM  
Caught! ...by a Pentax DS...
Posted By McBrian
Replies: 11
Views: 2,209
Yep, wish I could say it was mine, nice work Pog.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-04-2006, 12:33 PM  
Something old before the new
Posted By McBrian
Replies: 7
Views: 2,010
Thank you all for the nice comments, much appriecited, hope to share a lot more with you folks.

#1 was a grab shot as my wife and I were walking through the park.
#2 is a Hover Fly, don't get too many exotic creatures in Scotland.
#3 is a sunrise taken about 150 yards from my front door.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-03-2006, 06:37 AM  
Something old before the new
Posted By McBrian
Replies: 7
Views: 2,010
Was going to wait till I got my K10D before I posted any images, but it's still at least 10days away here in the UK :mad: In the mean time I thought I would share some of my *istD images.
Some have already been previously posted over at DPR.


Sigma EX 70-200 f2.8 APO DG 1/250s f/2.8 at 200.0mm iso200


SMC-A 100mm f2.8 Macro,AF-360FGZ 1/750s f/16.0 iso200 with AF360FGZ Flash.


Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM 1/1500s f/8.0 at 200.0mm iso200

Hope you like them.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-03-2006, 06:25 AM  
Couldn't resist ;)
Posted By McBrian
Replies: 15
Views: 3,440
Cracking shots Jana, especially like #2, the K10D sure does help to deliver the goods.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-29-2006, 04:41 PM  
Pentax spotted on the sideline of a Division 1 football game
Posted By McBrian
Replies: 14
Views: 2,361
You guys from down under ALWAYS beat us, must be the voodoo dancing that makes us lie down:(
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