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Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-14-2014, 04:41 AM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By larshalvar
Replies: 2,854
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GL to everyone :)
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-10-2014, 08:37 AM  
Win an FA 31mm Ltd: PF 3 million post giveaway!
Posted By larshalvar
Replies: 2,237
Views: 128,938
A very nice gift for post nr 3.000.000. But for the FA 31Ltd you should have waited for post nr 3.100.000 :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-13-2014, 07:14 AM  
Can the FA31 1.8 deliver more sharpness then my copy does?
Posted By larshalvar
Replies: 50
Views: 6,581
Hi Zeitlos,

Good to hear that you finally got to enjoy your FA 31.

I am kind of experiencing similar problems, did you send your cameras to service with your lens (for calibration), or was it just the cameras? Do you know what they did?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-27-2013, 09:22 AM  
What is the best way to acquire 500mm on a certain budget?
Posted By larshalvar
Replies: 22
Views: 4,979
Just wanted to give anyone interested a little update. (Kind of miss that my self in other posts).

As I tried to think through what I really wanted, I ended up with a two-lens solution. I got my hand on a very carefully used Sigma 150-500 for around 500$. Since this is a big monster I also invested in the more portable 55-300. (sold the FA 100-300). So far I am very happy with both, already see that the tendency is that the 55-300 will be the easier choice when hiking. I also got my hand on a older pentax 18-250 for almost nothing (anyone now how much this sold for new when they existed in the lineup?), and this pleasantly surprised me, also in the long end.

I would be interesting to add comparable pictures taken with the different lenses, maybe I will post a update if I do so.

Thanks for sharing everyone!
Forum: Pentax K-r 10-08-2013, 12:29 AM  
Budget Wide Angle Lens
Posted By larshalvar
Replies: 12
Views: 2,084
The DA 21mm Ltd would be an obvious autofocus alternative to the manual, but that is in a bit higher price range. (around 400$ for a used copy).
Forum: Pentax K-r 10-07-2013, 11:21 PM  
Budget Wide Angle Lens
Posted By larshalvar
Replies: 12
Views: 2,084
That is of course true, but thought the 28mm would be worth mention since the threadstarter considered the DA 35mm
Forum: Pentax K-r 10-07-2013, 11:10 PM  
Budget Wide Angle Lens
Posted By larshalvar
Replies: 12
Views: 2,084
If you really want to go cheap you can get decent versions of for example the fully manual SMC Pentax-M 28mm 3.5 lens. (seems to go for around 60 bucks at the marketplace). But as you say you are quite new to photography, I can surely recommend the DA 35mm as it is the cheapest new autofocus lens available. It is lightweight, I think it's easy to handle and it takes sharp images.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-26-2013, 05:34 PM  
What is the best way to acquire 500mm on a certain budget?
Posted By larshalvar
Replies: 22
Views: 4,979
Thank you for sharing great photos with us guys! And for good advice all of you. For now I have decided to start off with a relatively cheap Sigma 400mm (almost sure it is non-APO), and be looking around for a decent and cheap second hand version of the DA 55-300. (I do actually have the FA 100-300, (silver), but I have not felt particulary comfortable with it yet. Maybe will try to use that one a bit more as well.

Does any of you have any experience with non-APO versions of Sigma tele-lenses? does the PF and CA make this a hopelessly difficult lens to use? The lens I'm buying is the multicoated Sigma 400mm F5.6 Telephoto lens with A-setting on aperture ring.

regards
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-25-2013, 11:16 PM  
What is the best way to acquire 500mm on a certain budget?
Posted By larshalvar
Replies: 22
Views: 4,979
Thanks for every advice. Minimum focal distance is a big point for me, I want to be able to get close to small birds etc. Does a short MFD give you any disadvantages in the long end? Stupid question maybe...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-25-2013, 12:16 PM  
I dont know what lens to get???
Posted By larshalvar
Replies: 13
Views: 1,214
The Tamron 70-200 is absolutely great. If you should consider this versus a pentax lens, I think it should rather be the 60-250, which compares better to the tamron regarding size and handling (in my simple opinion). The 50-135 seems for me to be a more versatile lens for random shooting. I only took with me the Tamron when I really planned it. Never just in case, it was just to big for that.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-25-2013, 12:03 PM  
What is the best way to acquire 500mm on a certain budget?
Posted By larshalvar
Replies: 22
Views: 4,979
I guess I am looking for versatility, either in several prime lenses or in a all-in-one lens since I am hoping to use it both for photographying small birds out in my garden and looking for eagles in the mountains or near the sea. (I live west in Norway, with a beautiful coastline).

It's maybe a bit to random, but I am just an enthusiast with the desire to get as good images as possible, without having to rob a bank.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-25-2013, 11:56 AM  
What is the best way to acquire 500mm on a certain budget?
Posted By larshalvar
Replies: 22
Views: 4,979
Budget: around 1000$ maximum. (that's around what I have to pay for one of the cheapest Sigma zooms in Norway (120-400 or 150-500)
Auto or manual focus: I like and are quite used to manual focus, but I tend to be lazy and take the easy way out. (in other words; use my autofocus-lenses)
Zoom or prime: Zoom for versatility, prime for sharpness and IQ. Impossible to choose really. In a perfect world I will use a tele-lens both on random trips with no specific goal, just as taking pictures of birds in my backyard, as well as spotting for eagles on the coastline. Which brings me over to focal length, would probably need more than 300 when looking for eagles.
I guess I feel comfortable carrying some weight if I am on a current "mission". Would prefer using a tripod or at least a monopod if on this kind of trips.
I have just upgraded from a K20D to K-5II, which will make it easier with a slower lens.

As i mentioned, a TC have been thought of when considering buying some second hand A or M-lenses.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-25-2013, 10:50 AM  
What is the best way to acquire 500mm on a certain budget?
Posted By larshalvar
Replies: 22
Views: 4,979
Hi,

Sorry to spam the forum with a question I guess there exists many similar posts with, but I am in a little bit of a dilemma wich I hoped some of you guys with a little more experience than me would be able to give me some good advice on.

Here it goes: I am looking for one or more tele-lenses for doing bird-photography and other nature and wildlife. On a strictly amateur-level of course. I have been reading and thinking a lot of some of the Sigma zooms, with a preference for the 150-500 version, (a new version of this is as far as my budget goes). But recently I've been looking more towards some of the older manual alternatives that exists, I almost got my hands on a M*300 /4 lens for a good price, and I have been asking around regarding a couple of A-lenses (200/2.8 and 300/4), which all seems like more convenient alternatives when it comes to handling etc. I am afraid the Sigmas will be to big for me to bother taking with me when going hiking etc. I have also been considering getting the Pentax-F 1.7x AF-adapter to combine with the manual lenses, wich gives a certain level of autofocus.

What would you recommend? Go for a all-in-one Sigma, or looking for some more lightweight alternatives? I am also concerned of the IQ of the Sigmas, and the overall sharpness. At least compared to the A-lenses mentioned. Or should I aim lower, would I be happy with a DA 55-300 (which I have seen some great pictures from) combined with maybe a Tokina 400mm when I want to go extra long?

Any advice or experiences would be very much appreciated,

regards,
Lars
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-24-2012, 06:17 AM  
Considering different Kenko teleconverters, need input on which to choose
Posted By larshalvar
Replies: 11
Views: 1,648
Does this then mean that it is not compatible with the tamron 70-200? I think I recall that in an earlier post it was stated that tamron themselves did not recommend using them together.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-22-2012, 11:30 AM  
Considering different Kenko teleconverters, need input on which to choose
Posted By larshalvar
Replies: 11
Views: 1,648
Any thoughts on the Kenko 1.5 PZ-AF teleplus converter mentioned above versus Kenko 1.5 DG AF teleplus converter? What is the difference?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-21-2012, 02:57 PM  
Considering different Kenko teleconverters, need input on which to choose
Posted By larshalvar
Replies: 11
Views: 1,648
Hi, I been considering a teleconverter before, but it has now been more of a reality since I finally bought the tamron 70-200 2.8. I have been considering several converters, both old used ones and brand new, but find it difficult to get good and decent reviews on them. I am currently considering some kenko converters, and the main choice is to choose between a 1.5x AF DG Teleplus converter or the 2x AF DG converter (either the MC4 or the MC7 that seems more than twice the price of the MC4).

Anyone with first hand experience on either of those? what do I loose with the 2x converters that I don't with the 1.5x converter, besides the obvious loss of 1 extra f/stop.

Would be grateful for any inputs on this.

I would primarily use this to hunt for birds and simple wildlife. I am aware that a TC will not be a fullworthy replacement of a true 300/400mm lens, but for my vallet after buying the 70-200 it is a obvious choice.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-27-2012, 09:12 AM  
looking for teleconverter to match the Tamron SP AF 70-200mm f/2.8
Posted By larshalvar
Replies: 23
Views: 12,664
Even though the thread escalated a little bit I am grateful for all the replies. and thanks to dmort who gave me a easy but good alternative, unfortunately a little bit more expensive too :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-25-2012, 09:26 AM  
looking for teleconverter to match the Tamron SP AF 70-200mm f/2.8
Posted By larshalvar
Replies: 23
Views: 12,664
Hi, I am thinking about buying the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, but I am in need of a bigger zoom and therefore looking for a suitable teleconverter to match this lens. I am quite new to TC, I would be grateful for recommendations! Pros and cons to the TC would also be great!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-03-2011, 07:46 AM  
Bower 14mm f/2.8 and Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 v. the Pentax SMCP-
Posted By larshalvar
Replies: 7
Views: 6,712
Thank you, I guess I reveal myself as a amateur for not knowing that :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-03-2011, 06:58 AM  
Bower 14mm f/2.8 and Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 v. the Pentax SMCP-
Posted By larshalvar
Replies: 7
Views: 6,712
Anyone has any experience with either the Bower or the Rokinon super wide angel lens mentioned above? I've not been able to find any reviews in the forum.

And how are this lenses compared with the Pentax 14mm lens?

Thank you for any help,
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