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Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 6 Days Ago  
Pentax AF 200 FG + Trigmaster II issue
Posted By vrrattko
Replies: 4
Views: 214
Hi Steve, actually it is trigmaster for sigma flash for pentax works just fine with it
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 6 Days Ago  
Pentax AF 200 FG + Trigmaster II issue
Posted By vrrattko
Replies: 4
Views: 214
well it is the Aputure Trigmaster II manual mode or PTTL works the same :(
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 6 Days Ago  
Pentax AF 200 FG + Trigmaster II issue
Posted By vrrattko
Replies: 4
Views: 214
Hi all,
I am looking for advice. I tried to trigger AF200G flash wirelesly via radio trigger. Strangely it doesn't work as expected.....flash triggers continuosly in interval of few seconds. After it recharges it flashes again and again. It doesn't react to camera shutter at all, just keeps flashing in intervals. Tried Manual mode as well as ttl difference. Has anybody used this little flash succesfully with radio triggers? Strangely the trigger works flawlesly with Sigma Super and Nikon SB Flashes.
Any advice will be welcommed.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-15-2017, 02:17 PM  
Help: M 85 or wait?
Posted By vrrattko
Replies: 9
Views: 756
I've never had a chance to use M85, but I acquired K 85 couple of years ago. I also owned 2 copies of FA 77, one at the same time as K 85, so I was able to compare. My opinion is that FA 77 met its match in K 85. Optically and in terms of construction I even prefer older lens slightly, On the other hand FA77 has autofocus and built-in hood, and more delicate design.
Two things I will highlight - I noticed that K85 renders blue tones little cooler and doesn't suffer from purple fringing as FA77. I highly recommend K85, if you can find one for reasonable price and don't mind manual focusing.
Forum: Sold Items 12-06-2016, 03:29 PM  
For Sale - Sold: CARL ZEISS T* Planar 50mm 1.7 PENTAX bayonet Leitax MIJ Made in Japan price reduction
Posted By vrrattko
Replies: 7
Views: 1,262
friendly bump
Forum: Sold Items 11-30-2016, 01:31 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Voigtlander Color Skopar 20mm 3.5 SL II Aspherical KA Pentax bayonet price reduction
Posted By vrrattko
Replies: 12
Views: 2,017
beautifully crafted to use.....good luck with the sale, mate
Forum: Sold Items 11-30-2016, 01:25 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Smc Pentax FA 31mm 1.8 limited ltd Black
Posted By vrrattko
Replies: 7
Views: 1,336
superb you're keeping the silver one?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-05-2016, 12:55 AM  
What's so special about the 77 limited?
Posted By vrrattko
Replies: 125
Views: 11,722
great photo...and the 'tree stump' is amazing too - but i believe it is more in eye of photographer. I believe YOU will be able to achieve same wow effect with lets say DA*55 for example. It is after all in the eye of photographer....

now from my experience: throughout the years i owned several 55-85mm lenses, including two copies of FA77, then Carl Zeiss Sonnar 85/2.8 (converted for Pentax), two copies of DA70, DA*50-135, K85/1.8 and finally few days ago i bought DA*55.....basically nobody will make a mistake with any of those lenses

for example DA70 is special because of its small size - perfect street lens and nice also for landscapes, but its bokeh is bit worse than FA77.
FA77 is beautifully crafted lens, nicely designed with things like retractable hood. It looks very classy....probably best looking lens from all mentiones above. Its lightweight and it renders pictures nicely.
But when i threw K85/1.8 into the mix things started to be little more interesting - my copy seems to be sharper than both DA70 and FA77, renders deeper blue tones than FA77 and has little better bokeh (i believe because having +8mm focal lenght advantage). Now there is DA*55 which amazes me - but then it is new lens to me, so I need more time to evaluate it properly.
So my personal view on FA77 - it is great lens, but has a tough competition even within other Pentax lenses. But i wouldn't say it stands apart from the other Pentax lenses of similar focal lenght - but this is just my opinion :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-11-2016, 12:29 AM  
SMC Pentax-K 28mm F/3.5
Posted By vrrattko
Replies: 30
Views: 2,966
I bought this lens about 3 years is pretty difficult to find, but it is worth it. On APS-C is not very wide, but great for exagerated street photos and also I like to use it for landscapes, where it looks more natural than DA 15 Limited. It is bit heavy and big, has very smooth focusing ring but with short run. Very sharp in the centre of the image, resolution drops off a little at APS-C corners, but It still seems sharper than my DA17-70. It is probably on par with FA 20-35 lens, which is splendid lens too.

I had many wide angles incuding DA 15 Limited, Tamron SP 17mm, DA 16-45, Olympus Zuiko 21/3.5, Pentax SMC 18/3.5 and finally DA 17-70 and FA 20-35......i like K20/4 better than all of those except FA20-35. Also friend borrowed me his FA20/2.8 for a day, and from the pics I took I couldn't say the difference.

Bokeh is busy, having 5 iris blades, but bokeh is not priority for wide angles.

I would be interested myself how K20/4 fares against DA 21 Limited or M20/4....but so far I am very happy with it.

---------- Post added 02-11-2016 at 08:35 AM ----------

sorry for off topic too - just to add - make sure it doesn't have oil on blades, mine has so larger apertures like f11 were slower to close, thus overexposing the photos.....eventually I had to dissasemble the lens and clean it.....pretty easy to do and now it is perfect. Great thing is that it takes 58mm filters as my FA 31 and FA20-35....and hopefully if I get DA55 it will make my 4 lens ultimate 58mm kit :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-27-2015, 10:38 AM  
FF Wide angle lens
Posted By vrrattko
Replies: 28
Views: 2,167
are you kidding? those old lenses were designed to cope with high resolution films, do you really think they will not handle digital sensor?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-26-2015, 10:45 PM  
Which 85 mm lens?
Posted By vrrattko
Replies: 46
Views: 3,639
if you dont mind manual...go for K85/1.8.....i compared it to FA77 and DA70 and its better than both in terms of colour, bokeh and sharpness. DA70 wins in chromatic aberations and size, though.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-13-2014, 10:44 PM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By vrrattko
Replies: 2,854
Views: 82,845
what a giveaway! onfirmed...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-12-2014, 12:05 PM  
What's your favorite K-mount Legacy lens & why?
Posted By vrrattko
Replies: 64
Views: 7,946
choosing from manual focus lenses I am split between K20/4 and K85/1.8.....the first being just swell focal lenght on APS for street and landscapes, while latter being optically superior to anything I tried before in similar focal lenghts (incl. my fav DA70 or FA77)
from AF legacy lenses it is FA20-35/4 for its practicality, compact size and lightness and good optical performance....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-13-2014, 10:13 PM  
Pentax 80-200 f2.8 vs 60-250 f4
Posted By vrrattko
Replies: 14
Views: 1,600
nope, pentax 80-200 is that rare...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-08-2014, 01:26 PM  
FA 77/1.8 vs HD DA 70/2.4
Posted By vrrattko
Replies: 114
Views: 14,359
not really the same ....but I had FA77, bought DA70, sold FA77, later bought another FA77, compared again to DA70, sold FA77 ......still having DA70....
IQ wise they're very very close in their performing
there's no such thing as pixie dust, only a good light and a good eye
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-08-2014, 12:49 PM  
add FA 43 or 77 ?
Posted By vrrattko
Replies: 28
Views: 1,685
i will advice contrary to everyone here - i don't space and reason neither for 43 or 77 there.....unless you have some real good reason for that
your lens line is pretty much universal ....covering everything you need....with a great performing lenses ....difference between those and fa limiteds will be marginal, waste of money on the contrary would be huge .....if i am in your shoes, i use that money for something else, which will make a bigger impact on my for example buying a good flash, or tripod with panoramic head or set of filters ....or just paying for a trip somewhere if landscapes are your thing, or paying a model to shoot some portraits etc etc
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-05-2014, 05:34 AM  
How is the 77 "difficult"?
Posted By vrrattko
Replies: 146
Views: 12,267
I don't intend to start a flame here.....but I believe that article you mention is more than 10 years old.....perhaps not relevant at all in present....while FA77 is surely good lens, things moved significantly among lensmakers and nowadays there are lenses like Olympus 75/1.8 (which beats FA77 in comparison), Sigma 85/1.4, Pentax DA 70/2.4, Carl Zeiss ZK 85/1.4 etc etc. Any of those lenses wasn't even designed in time of that review....
I hate to comment like this, but what's the point of refering to that old article? We should consider lenses with options which we have today and not rely on some old article ...
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 10-29-2014, 10:32 PM  
Poll: Lens Tournament: FA 43mm F1.9 Limited vs A 50mm F1.2
Posted By vrrattko
Replies: 30
Views: 6,593
on contrary - among all lenses I ever tried FA43 is best for landscapes given its high resolution and colour rendering. Surely landscape photogs aren't concerned about f1.9 - f 2.8 performance, stopped down to f 5.6 - f11 I have yet to find sharper pentax lens that renders me so much details....
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 10-28-2014, 10:21 PM  
Poll: Lens Tournament: DA* 300mm vs DA* 50-135mm (Best Telephoto Lens)
Posted By vrrattko
Replies: 21
Views: 3,951
actually it has two peers - its sibling Tokina 50-135 (they cooperated in designing this lens) and Sigma 50-150 ...all three fine lenses :)
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 10-28-2014, 07:44 AM  
Poll: Lens Tournament: DA 15mm Limited vs FA* 24mm (Best Wide-Angle Lens)
Posted By vrrattko
Replies: 30
Views: 4,304
Dave, that comment really made me laugh in this otherwise gloomy day, thnx ..... :) .....
i have da15 and tried fa24 - i think i will pick da15 as a more special lens without hesitation anytime
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 10-26-2014, 01:30 PM  
Poll: Lens Tournament: FA 31mm F1.8 Limited vs FA 43mm F1.9 Limited
Posted By vrrattko
Replies: 38
Views: 9,152
i think we are comparing two quite different lenses in term of their rendering - maybe they were designed with very different purposes in mind....can't choose one over another....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-26-2014, 11:50 AM  
FA20-35/4 at K-5IIs - anybody use it?
Posted By vrrattko
Replies: 19
Views: 2,147
I use FA 20-35/4 with my K5 .... i don't have K5IIs, but on K5 i have no concerns with the corner sharpness whatsoever.....very nice and useful lens for streets and ladscapes....
good corners, bit of CA, though.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-24-2014, 09:15 AM  
Lens Tournament comment
Posted By vrrattko
Replies: 13
Views: 1,226
I think the all idea of lens tournament is a bit silly, but still does no harm ...and actually if the pairings are lenses which are similar, the following discussion may lead to some interesting points about those particular lenses - of course supposing that people writing comments know both lenses from their own experience....
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 10-24-2014, 09:11 AM  
Poll: Lens Tournament: FA* 300mm F4.5 vs DA 18-135mm
Posted By vrrattko
Replies: 20
Views: 2,901
I agree, grahame, those two lenses have nothing in common - nothing to compare ....the other choices were more sensible, this comparison is I suppose meant as a joke from Adam :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-24-2014, 06:03 AM  
Some Words on the 43 Limited
Posted By vrrattko
Replies: 34
Views: 4,250
back to your observation of DA35/2.4 vs FA43/1.9. It doesn't surprise me ....BUT - if I am correct DA35/2.4 is an evolution of older fullframe lens FA35/2, which has reputation of being very sharp indeed. Both lenses' resolutions were measured for example by Takinami ....and here are the results:

it shows that both lenses are similarly sharp, FA 35/2 being stronger closer to wide open, while FA43 is sharper in smaller F-stops. There are plenty of FA35/2 vs FA43/1.9 discussions - a good read really.
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