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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 3 Days Ago  
Are there any 645 lenses that should be avoided?
Posted By Ed Hurst
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My experience is that the A120 and the FA120 are optically almost identical (the latter may have slightly newer coatings, but the optical formula is the same, I think). As for the importance of AF and hood design, obviously that's a personal decision around usability. But optically, there's almost nothing between them.

As for a comparison to the 90mm, that lens is superb. The 120 is very very good. The 90 is outstanding. Even sharper, nicer bokeh. Faster. Has image stabilisation. But it's much heavier!

You really can't go wrong with any of these three lenses though.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 4 Days Ago  
What is the state of Pentax MF??
Posted By Ed Hurst
Replies: 19
Views: 976
For me, I would be very keen to see the following:
1. Higher pixel count, ideally 100, but would settle for 80 or so;
2. Lower noise at high ISOs (super clean 6400 or 12800 would be a winner for me - in fact, I would be willing to compromise on pixels to achieve this - say setting it at 65MP);
3. Full frame 645
4. Price under US$10k
5. An attractive upgrade or trade-in path for people who bought DA lenses to full frame DFA equivalents (without this, I would probably not upgrade, as I would then be stuck with buying a new body and new lenses to make use of full frame, and that is asking too much of me; a crop mode designed to allow use of DA lenses would not interest me)
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 4 Days Ago  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By Ed Hurst
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LOVELY shot, my friend. Especially admire the way you have preserved the warm tones while still using a 9-stop ND. Tends to make things blue...

Delicious mood, especially if you were fending off skunks while shooting ;-)
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-07-2020, 10:25 AM  
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Posted By Ed Hurst
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Lovely shot, sir. The composition is extremely satisfying and the mood captivating... Certainly not something I could ever regard as garbage.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-07-2020, 06:31 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By Ed Hurst
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Thank you so much!

---------- Post added 01-07-20 at 11:32 PM ----------



Thanks, Mike, for the shot. A lovely reminder of a magical trip...
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-03-2020, 06:14 AM  
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Posted By Ed Hurst
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Thanks so much, everyone. Very glad that you like the shots :-)

Grippy, I moved around the castle between the three shots. The first two are taken from similar, but different angles; the third from right around the other side. In the first two shots, you are seeing light from the same window (but viewed from a somewhat different angle); in the third shot, the light you see is emerging from a different window that was 'around the back' in the first two shots. Hope that makes sense...

Jonathan Mac, Yes, the return to the UK ended up lasting only about 18 months. Shorter than envisaged, but work tends to dictate where I'm based. Thankfully, the UK and Oz are both magnificent places and I am a citizen of both, so the move is relatively easy (fires aside)... I love both places and the change has been good for the variety of shots I've been able to take. But having a bit longer before relocating would have been ideal. Oh well! First World problem, for sure. Very lucky to be able to call both places home. :-)

Thanks again everyone for the very encouraging feedback - it means a lot to get positive comments from people like you, whose views and work I admire so much.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-02-2020, 10:50 AM  
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Posted By Ed Hurst
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Thank you :-)

I am very pleased that I got these shots, especially since I already have the Castle with star trails... (StarTrailsFromFilesIMGP5778-5977(PlusDarkFrameFile5980)_St? | Flickr)
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-02-2020, 07:54 AM  
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Posted By Ed Hurst
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On the night of 30th December, I ventured out into Sussex and Kent in search of opportunities to photograph the stars. Although the sky was cloudless, the area was stubbornly full of thick fog. Getting over the usual disappointment at not getting hoped-for conditions, and its concomitant temptation to give up, I decided to head to Bodiam Castle to try and use the fog to advantage.

What I found when I got there was nothing short of magical. The fog meant that the castle was felt as much as seen, looming through the murk. There wasn't the faintest breath of wind, allowing the moat to sit glassily in the foreground. And all I could hear around me was the incessant dripping of water off frigid branches. No other sound, or light, reached me. It was like being in an enchanted wood from a children's fable. I half expected mediæval knights, bears or monsters to appear. What actually emerged was a badger at very close quarters - which took some time to notice me.

The castle dates back to the 14th century. Having it to myself felt like some sort of farewell to England... I emigrate back to Australia next week!


Pentax 645Z with 25mm f4 DA lens. Exposures in the range of 13-15 minutes. ISO 400 or 500. Aperture f4.5. Dark frame (long exposure noise reduction) activated.

[IMG]IMGP5916_Step5sRGBSMALL by Ed Hurst, on Flickr[/IMG]


[IMG]IMGP5923_Step6sRGBSMALL by Ed Hurst, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMGP5925_Step4sRGBSMALL by Ed Hurst, on Flickr[/IMG]
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-01-2020, 06:21 AM  
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Posted By Ed Hurst
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My Lord! Good to hear from you at last. Not see hide not hair of you since 1974!

I understand why you'd say that, and I did try it for quite a long time. But there's an issue that makes it less likely that one might suppose. For the trains to be in the right place, they cannot be stopped; the positions in which they stop are in conflict with the structures you can see in the shot (framework around the staircase, principally). The correct locations for the trains are in fact when they are in motion (the train on the left just having started up, the one on the right still drawing to a stand). So the chances of getting those two events to occur in the precise locations required at once are slim. It would be easier is the trains could have been static.

This issue also explains the need for the high ISO (in order to enable a sufficiently fast shutter speed to freeze the motion of the trains) and precise focusing (so that a wide aperture could be used, thus avoiding an even higher ISO).

Thanks for your interest in the shot - and Happy New Year all!

---------- Post added 01-01-20 at 11:23 PM ----------



Very nice shot, my friend!
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-19-2019, 03:58 AM  
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Posted By Ed Hurst
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Identical twins, perhaps...? ;-)
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-18-2019, 08:17 AM  
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Posted By Ed Hurst
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Thanks! It wasn't easy to remain rooted to the spot sufficiently to make it work (wasn't perfect, as I had to do some tweaking in the edit to correct for alignment anomalies) but it was close enough to allow that tweaking to take place. I nearly made an embarrassing blunder - I noticed that as a result of the compositing, the clocks on the two sides of the platform showed slightly different times. Nearly let that one slip through!
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-18-2019, 04:40 AM  
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Posted By Ed Hurst
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Today is the 129th anniversary of the opening of the City & South London Railway - the world's first deep-level, tube railway. Most of that railway now forms part of the Northern Line on the London Underground system and still sees heavy use every day. This picture shows Clapham Common station, which opened when the line was extended in 1900 (two world wars ago!).

It is because of the age of the system that there are two still stations like this, where train runs either side of a narrow, island platform. It gets very crowded in busy times. There were other stations like this, but they have been rebuilt with separate, larger spaces for trains in each direction for reasons of safety and comfort. I wonder how much longer this one will survive in this form...

Hand-held shot, taken with 645Z and 28-45mm f4.5 lens @ 45mm using ISO 6400. It's a composite in order to position the two trains exactly where I wanted them.

[IMG]IMGP5813_Step8sRGBSMALL by Ed Hurst, on Flickr[/IMG]
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-17-2019, 07:58 AM  
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Posted By Ed Hurst
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Weybridge sunrise (Surrey, UK).

645Z with 28-45mm f4.5 lens @ 45mm

[IMG]Weybridge sunrise by Ed Hurst, on Flickr[/IMG]
Forum: Contest Voting 12-04-2019, 04:04 AM  
The morning of my life!
Posted By Ed Hurst
Replies: 43
Views: 385
Hello all,

I regularly visit San Francisco, and have been longing for one of those magical mornings when the Bay fills with fog, but it sits low enough for the Golden Gate Bridge and the city to stand majestically above it. Since I don't get much choice over when I visit, it's always been a matter of hoping for the right moment. But, despite being business trips, I always take with me an extensive kit of Pentax 645Z, numerous lenses and a big tripod. Important to be prepared if the conditions play ball! I didn't really expect to get perfect conditions, but you have to try...

On this particular day, I got up at 4am, drove to the relevant spot in the Marin Headlands through thick fog, and hoped for the best. I could not have imagined just how incredible the conditions would be. It was almost beyond comprehension, even standing there - as though it couldn't quite be real.

The sky has been edited in from another frame, also taken by me - to accentuate the effect.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-29-2019, 09:24 AM  
Carl Zeiss Tele-Tessar 500mm f/5.6 for Pentax 645Z
Posted By Ed Hurst
Replies: 5
Views: 682
All I can say is that if you buy the Pentax 600mm lens, and work out a support system sufficient to keep it steady (needs at least 2 points-of-contact), you will not regret the quality you achieve. But it is not exactly a carry-around lens and using it in-the-field will require determination and planning.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-28-2019, 08:58 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By Ed Hurst
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The tower of the General Post Office (GPO) in Martin Place, Sydney, Australia. Seen by twilight from an adjacent building, providing a somewhat unusual perspective.

The GPO has an interesting history. Construction started in 1866, but wasn't completed until 1891. Despite some controversies associated with its design, it has long been hailed as a triumph of architecture and culture in Australia. It served as the headquarters of the Australian Post Office until 1996. Sydneysiders have long been proud of the building, which towered over the surrounding area (and indeed was visible for many miles around) until the city became high-rise in the last half century, robbing it of its prominence.

Because of its visibility and recognisability, the tower you see in this picture was carefully disassembled in 1942 lest it provide assistance to enemy air attacks and wasn't rebuilt until after the war.

The building these days is a blend of history and modernity, with the façade preserved but the interior significantly redeveloped to provide a hotel, cafés and the like.

645Z with 90mm f2.8 DFA lens.

[IMG]IMGP1584_Step4sRGBSMALL by Ed Hurst, on Flickr[/IMG]
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-28-2019, 02:30 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By Ed Hurst
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Thanks so much, my friend. Means a lot coming from you...
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-24-2019, 04:32 AM  
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Posted By Ed Hurst
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So, following yesterday's entirely genuine post, let me follow up with something rare for me - something where I have done significant Photoshop 'playing' to produce something substantially different from what was...

First, a little explaining. This château is lit up until 2am a variety of garish and ever-changing colours. This means that taking back-to-back shots and stacking them for star trails leads to some rather odd effects. In the sky and on the building, I was able to minimise this through a combination of colour balance, curves and the like - and, in the case of the building, overlaying a single frame with nice lighting. But, in the water area, the movement of the surface (with its consequent scattering of the light) meant that the colours and patterns were all over the place - in a way that interfered with the reflected star trails. So there was no way in which I could get rid of the messy lighting effect and still have genuine reflected trails. Well, apart from re-starting my shoot at 2am - which, on this occasion, I couldn't do.

So, with the picture posted yesterday, I simply accepted I wasn't going to have reflected trails - and used the static shot for that area too. This absence of star reflections often happens anyway with water in motion, when the reflections aren't distinct enough to show up. So it looks convincing. But, being an obsessive, it bothered me! So, I set out to create the reflected scene as well as I could.

And this is what you see here...

[IMG]StarTrailsFromFilesIMGP7352-8710_VERSION2_Step12sRGBCropSMALL by Ed Hurst, on Flickr[/IMG]

By the way, for anyone who doubts that reflected star trails really happen, take a look at these shots. There's no jiggery pokery here - it's entirely genuine:

StarTrailsFromFilesIMGP5778-5977(PlusDarkFrameFile5980)_St? | Flickr

StarTrailsFromFiles_IMG1348-1855Step11CropSMALL | Ed Hurst | Flickr

StarTailsFromFiles_IMG0739-1310Step9sRGBSMALL | Ed Hurst | Flickr

PanoFromStarTrails(IMGP9499-9585)PlusForegroundFramesStep7? | Flickr
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-23-2019, 04:17 AM  
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Posted By Ed Hurst
Replies: 14,028
Views: 2,366,929
Château de Chambord in the Loire Valley (completed in 1547).

645Z with 28-45mm f4.5 lens @ 33mm.

[IMG]StarTrailsFromFilesIMGP7352-8710_VERSION3_Step8sRGBSMALL by Ed Hurst, on Flickr[/IMG]
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-20-2019, 08:54 AM  
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Posted By Ed Hurst
Replies: 14,028
Views: 2,366,929
Some pictures from the Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin. Designed to resemble an Irish harp...

All taken with 645Z and 28-45mm f4.5 lens.

[IMG]IMGP4088_Step5sRGBSMALL by Ed Hurst, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMGP4099_Step7sRGBSMALL by Ed Hurst, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMGP4094_Step5sRGBSMALL by Ed Hurst, on Flickr[/IMG]
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-20-2019, 07:55 AM  
Lucky score: the DFA 90mm. Would like to hear from users.
Posted By Ed Hurst
Replies: 22
Views: 1,374
Thank you, sir. Appreciated!
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-18-2019, 03:17 AM  
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Posted By Ed Hurst
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Smashing shot, as always Mike. Especially impressed by the control of the depth of field and the absence of rabid otters.

;-)
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-17-2019, 01:11 PM  
Lucky score: the DFA 90mm. Would like to hear from users.
Posted By Ed Hurst
Replies: 22
Views: 1,374
Speedy AF isn't its greatest strength... For me, that is neither here nor there, as I mainly set my shots up slowly, manually and with precise care. But in speedy situations, it would be a limiting factor for sure. Horses for courses!
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-17-2019, 01:00 PM  
Pentax 67 vs 645d vs 645z with 67 Lenses
Posted By Ed Hurst
Replies: 13
Views: 687
The 67 lenses are so numerous (in medium format terms, anyway!) and long-lived that it would be a mistake to generalise. Some of them wouldn't do justice to a modern, high-resolution camera like the 645D/Z. Others are worthy partners. Although I have some of the newer digital lenses, I still use some of the 67 glass. The 6x7 75mm f2.8AL is superb. The 6x7 200mm f4 (final version) isn't stellar but, in my view, better than the 645 equivalent. The 6x7 300mm f4 EDIF and 400mm f4 EDIF lenses are first rate and preferable in results to their 645 counterparts. Good results can be expected from the 6x7 55mm f4 (final version). And you get distinctive character from the 6x7 105mm f2.4 lens (not world class resolution, but a feel that you won't get with another lens). You can also use the 6x7 55-100 lens with confidence. So there are some good options. But the rest I am happy to let go, in preference to the 645 alternatives.

Hope this helps!

Ed
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-17-2019, 03:50 AM  
Lucky score: the DFA 90mm. Would like to hear from users.
Posted By Ed Hurst
Replies: 22
Views: 1,374
I love the 90mm lens. It is optically superb. Big and heavy, of course. I very seldom make any use of the image stabilisation or the macro capabilities. But it's superb...

Some recent shots taken with it...

[IMG]StarTrailsFromFilsIMGP4156-5261_Step5sRGBSMALL by Ed Hurst, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMGP5437_VERSION 2 by Ed Hurst, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMGP4632_Step5sRGBSMALL by Ed Hurst, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMGP4416_Step5sRGBSMALL by Ed Hurst, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]StarTrailsFromFilesIMGP8683-9999And0001-0683_Step7sRGBSMALL by Ed Hurst, on Flickr[/IMG]
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