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Forum: Ricoh GR 3 Days Ago  
Ricoh GR Hands-on and Lots of Photos...
Posted By johnha
Replies: 703
Views: 171,242
A couple of old shots from London I'd forgotten about:

London Eye & County Hall:
London Eye & County Hall by John Halliwell, on Flickr

Vauxhall Bus Station:
Vauxhall Bus Station by John Halliwell, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 4 Days Ago  
F-Series Lens with MTF P-Line on PZ-1?
Posted By johnha
Replies: 4
Views: 325
I won't necessarily try and follow 1/FL - the program for the SFXn had generic wide/standard/tele sub-programs so I suspect it would apply those. As mentioned, with the focal length, you'll get flash coverage warnings with some Pentax flashguns (and the built-in flash).
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 5 Days Ago  
pentax 645 system outlook...
Posted By johnha
Replies: 17
Views: 992
I don't look at it as investing in a system and worrying about resale values. I buy cameras to shoot with, to do that I might need various lenses and other accessories, if I can justify the expense I'll buy them. Sometimes I buy something that doesn't work for me and I might trade it for something else.

I'm an amateur and have no expectations to make cash from the camera - or how much it might be worth in the future (I'm more concerned that it continues to work). Pro's have a different outlook about gear, but resale is likely to be a low priority as the more they use a camera, the more money they make from it (if they're good enough).

I bought my D used, my P6x7 lenses used, the few FA 645 lenses I have used - Pentax have made nothing out of my purchases apart from keeping me interested in the brand and my minute contribution by shooting their gear out in the wild.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-09-2019, 04:07 AM  
pentax 645 system outlook...
Posted By johnha
Replies: 17
Views: 992
Obviously for specific uses/needs, some systems are preferable to others, but I wonder how well T/S adapters really work with lenses not designed to be tilted/shifted when you're looking for optimum IQ (i.e. when using MF systems). There may be a point where the best option is an LF camera and dedicated digital back (or 5x4 film and a scanner at much reduced cost).

I've had a quick look at the X1D (well over my budget) - it's enticing due to the 'compact' size, but once you start using adapted MF lenses, you loose a lot of 'compactness' and most automation. Similar with the Fujis - they look a lot more compact from the front than they really are.

My D gives me everything I need, the lack of a 100Mp or FF 645 sensor isn't something I'd worry about, but there will become a point where the sensor in the Z goes out of production (Ricoh may have plenty in stock). Dropping in a 100Mp sensor shouldn't be too difficult but an FF 645 sensor would probably be much more expensive.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-06-2019, 11:50 AM  
Tmax, Tri-x or Ilford HP5?
Posted By johnha
Replies: 54
Views: 1,460
The Kentmere 100 I've shot seemed lower contrast and more grainy than FP4+ (creating a different look I quite like), I was advised that Kentmere 400 was quite grainy so haven't tried any. I shoot mostly FP4+ or HP5+ (keeping it local).
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-30-2019, 07:03 PM  
Pentax 645D + 45-85mm 4.5 Reviews
Posted By johnha
Replies: 5
Views: 494
Umm, you mean these reviews that rate the lens as 9.25 out of 10: SMC Pentax-FA 645 45-85mm F4.5 Reviews - 645 Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database? I'd recommend looking at Rick's review that goes into a lot of detail on the pros & cons and see how they relate to your method of working.

It may not be the best option for portrait (too slow perhaps?) or landscape (not wide enough perhaps?) but it seems to be the most popular 645 FA zoom for the D & Z. There are better (and faster) primes of course, but that's expected compared to a zoom, I have no problem with mine on my D. There's no reason why you'd really need a tripod for most situations, but obviously they do help you to step away from the camera for portraits and are important for landscapes.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-27-2019, 05:23 AM  
Upgrade from K3 to K1? Advice please!
Posted By johnha
Replies: 49
Views: 2,015
I went from a K-5 to a K-1 (having shot Pentax for ages I have enough FA lenses), I kept the K-5 because it wasn't worth selling a functioning camera for the low value it was worth. As an old film shooter, FF is much more comfortable as a format and I haven't used the K-5 for a very long time. My only criticism of the K-1 is the AF sensor illumination in the viewfinder isn't as easy to see as that on the K-5.

Sizewise, there's little difference between a K-5 with a grip (needed to make it comfortable) and a K-1 without (I don't need it - I always shoot verticals the 'normal' way with elbow sticking out as did with film and the camera grip is big enough).

Think about your DA lenses, do you use them all, particularly the wideangles (which may be significantly more expensive to buy for FF)? The FA35 gives a similar look on the K-3 that the 50mm will on the K-1, the FA77 is apparently a stunning portrait lens on FF (the 50mm on the K-3 is roughly equivalent to the 77 on a K-1). You can always use the DA lenses in 'crop' mode on the K-1 until you can find suitable FF lenses. I would try to keep the K-3, at least until you've been able assess whether keeping it long term is practical. As has been mentioned, I'd be wary of buying a K-1 without warranty/support if it means selling the K-3.

Ideally you need to handle a K-1 (take your 35mm & 50mm lenses) before buying to see how you feel about it, but an FA35, DFA50 & FA77 is a good start for FF lenses.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-22-2019, 11:29 AM  
Pentax FA 33-55mm f/4.5
Posted By johnha
Replies: 32
Views: 9,418
I've shot mostly landscapes with it (not that I've much chance to shoot it much). My small bag only take the body and two lenses plus some accessories - the 33-55 allows me to skip the 45-85 and take a 6x7 165 or 200 which is more useful in some circumstances.

Apparently the 33-55 equates to something like 26mm in FF, it is just about wide enough, I'll probably be using it at 33mm the most with the flexibility to go to 55 as a benefit. The reviews mention field curvature (as do some for the FA35), I take the opinion you're likely to get it with wide-angle lenses anyway.

Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-21-2019, 04:55 PM  
Pentax FA 33-55mm f/4.5
Posted By johnha
Replies: 32
Views: 9,418
I bought an FA 33-55 a few months ago for my D - apart from a handful of 'average' reviews (often related to 645 film), I found very little info on this lens before buying it. I too was considering it and the FA35 (I can't compare I haven't used the FA35). According to the reviews, and as you'd expect, the FA35 is better but I preferred the flexibility of the zoom. I can't justify the 25 or 28-45 and I wanted something wider than the 45-85 I had. The 33-55 gives me the option of taking only it and a longer lens (P67 165/2.8 or 200/4) to cover 'wide-normal' and 'tele' uses in just two lenses. The results so far are more than adequate for my needs.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-18-2019, 11:31 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By johnha
Replies: 13,019
Views: 2,147,909
I prefer the first one, the sky is too distracting and out of place compared to the 'fade to black' effect towards the top of the frame in the first one.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-18-2019, 11:28 AM  
Selling off gear - which goes first?
Posted By johnha
Replies: 15
Views: 1,071
Thanks for all the replies, a huge amount of advice to consider. I'm more interested in medium format film that 35mm, as an outfit it is much concise than 35mm (no duplicated lenses, no unnecessary accessories etc) and rolls of 35mm chrome films seem more more expensive than 120 rolls. I still want to keep a sample of the Pentaxs I've really used but many of the 'spares' need to go. Some were bought purely as oddities (i.e. could I put together a working MEF & Kf 35-70/2.8 combo - Yes after two bodies & 2 lenses).

The snag is that the 'good stuff' is easier to sell-on than the myriad of normal 50mm lenses I have - and with the price of body caps these days it makes sense to keep them in many cases. Original period lens caps seem to go for more than the lenses they came with sometimes. I'll think about the mechanical bodies (I have a few) and try to sell off some of the accessories I no longer need.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-15-2019, 12:02 PM  
Selling off gear - which goes first?
Posted By johnha
Replies: 15
Views: 1,071
I have a lot of gear and need to sell some (most?) of it off, the question is what should go first and what should be kept?

I started shooting Pentax 20+ yrs ago and have much of the gear I used then (Super-A, MX, SFXn, Z-1, LX) these I will be keeping as I've shot thousands of rolls through them over the years. They represent a varied selection of features and handling. More recently I've bought 'spares' and sought to compare very similar cameras (MX & KX etc.), or cameras that were very good offers.

Are the mechanical ones preferable to sell or keep? Is there any real difference between an MX & KX (I don't want to start another of those threads!)? How about those that take the same accessories (Super-A & P50)? What about the Spotmatics?

It's the same with lenses, I have the ones I used then and a myriad of more recent purchases as I strove to compare K, M, A & FA series lenses. The FA's I'll keep for the K-1, do I need any K, M, A lenses as well (thought I'd keep an A50 for the Super-A)? I've acquired several 50 1.7 & 2s - are they worth trying to sell? I'll keep the M42 lenses as they're very adaptable and I love the results, do I really need a pile of K mounts too?

I'm thinking through these and many more questions while deciding what needs to go, what (and how much) I want to keep.

Any suggestions for doing this with some clarity would be welcomed.

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-07-2019, 02:37 PM  
What Is Up With K1000 Prices?
Posted By johnha
Replies: 213
Views: 8,063
I'd agree the KX is a better camera, but at a cost. The KX was still available when the K1000 appeared as a cost reduced option. Had Pentax stuck with the KX, it's likely they'd have become too expensive to continue manufacturing them into the '90s (there's a reason why they stopped producing the KX & KM).

In hindsight, the obvious choice might have been to replace the KX with something like the Nikon FM2 (had they known mechanical cameras would still be popular in a world of electronics). However the price point would have been high and volumes low.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-04-2019, 10:37 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By johnha
Replies: 13,019
Views: 2,147,909
I spotted this cloud formation over St Tudwal's Islands (Wales) over the Christmas break, although It only really works as a crop.

645D, FA33-55 @55mm (cropped).

Ynysoedd Tudwal / Saint Tudwal's Islands by John Halliwell, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-01-2019, 06:54 PM  
For a beginner, is the price premium of 16-85 lens over the 18-135 worth paying for
Posted By johnha
Replies: 49
Views: 2,096
I don't own either the 16-85 or 18-135 (I have the older DA17-70 which covers most of my 'walk round' needs). If I want a longer lens, I'll use a manual focus 135 prime (something like an M135/3.5 can be found at very reasonable prices - although not as easy to use). If I want a lens longer than say 70mm, I usually want 135 or longer, not something in between.

As others have said, the difference between 16mm & 18mm on APS-C is larger than you'd think, if choosing between the 16-85 & 18-135, I'd go for the 16-85 for this reason (you can always add a longer zoom later). As mentioned, the 18-135 gives you a lot of versatility in one lens for travel etc if that's significant. I wouldn't worry about IQ differences between these zooms - I doubt either will match the primes you have (both might seem like a step down).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-01-2019, 06:02 PM  
Exposure data of AF film lens on DSLR
Posted By johnha
Replies: 11
Views: 479
I'm not sure about lens identification as such, but the F lenses provided the set focal length to the SFX/SF7 cameras - they used it for tweaking the standard program mode (wide, standard or tele as shown on the LCD) and for warning if flash coverage wouldn't cover the whole frame.
Forum: Pentax K-1 12-30-2018, 05:28 PM  
It's The "Little Things" I've Come To LOVE About My K-1 Camera
Posted By johnha
Replies: 17
Views: 1,769
This is a bit boring as they've been around since the Z-1 - the Hyper modes, but particularly being able to use exposure lock in manual mode - set your exposure in manual, hit exposure lock, then spinning either dial retains the manually set EV value but shifts aperture/shutter speed together like in HyperProgram, simply brilliant. Pressing the green button takes you back to the program line - giving you access to all exposure modes from manual.

The real benefit though is that the user interface is pretty much the same for my Z-1, K-5, K-1 & 645D.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-30-2018, 02:51 PM  
Anyone recognise this camera ?
Posted By johnha
Replies: 18
Views: 1,360
I've got one with a similar dent in the same place ;)
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-18-2018, 09:42 AM  
Pentax 67 vs Hasselblad 500cm reliability-wise
Posted By johnha
Replies: 47
Views: 2,283
IIRC replacing the screen is a service centre job, if you have a preference for a different one it might be an idea to see what Eric might be able to do?
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-17-2018, 09:54 AM  
Any lenses adaptable to Pentax 67?
Posted By johnha
Replies: 15
Views: 6,175
To clarify a couple of older comments related to the Bronica S2(a) - they don't have built in bellows (as mentioned), they do have separate helicoids (as mentioned). They may have a longer flange distance (I haven't measured it) but the lenses can (and do) protrude much further inside the mount than you'd expect - the mirror slides under/forward instead of flipping up. I'm pretty sure they wouldn't work on a P6x7. This makes them quite a bit more compact than your usual 6x6 SLR with a standard 75mm lens.

See this link for a diagram: Zenza Bronica S2 SLR Zenza Bronica Mirror ? Images and Cameras
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-14-2018, 04:37 PM  
Grand Lens Test 13A: APPROVED. The real DA645 28-45 ED AW SR is in the house
Posted By johnha
Replies: 20
Views: 1,242
I'm curious how this might work on a Mamiya 645 Pro film body. I assume there's no aperture connection between the lens and camera - does it stop-down when on the camera?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-12-2018, 04:05 PM  
LX or MX?
Posted By johnha
Replies: 12
Views: 720
The MX is a great camera, but its winder is much less refined than the LX one (and the screw holding the battery door is prone to breaking). When working, the LX goes zip, zip, zip, the MX goes whir, clack whir (similar to the MEII). I've had two MX winders and sold them as they don't work with the way I use the cameras (short primes & careful shooting).

The LX is a fab camera, although being able to use a winder would be very handy, the merits of everything else far outweigh the extra convenience.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-12-2018, 05:35 AM  
It's all about the size (of the viewfinder)
Posted By johnha
Replies: 20
Views: 1,209
I'd recommend a Japanese 6x6 SLR or TLR over the Kiev 88 or 60 - they were built properly. Rumours abounded at the time that Kievs were re-worked by the UK importer to make them good enough for the 'western' market (even so tales of light leaks on new cameras were frequent). If looking for a 6x6 I'd look at either the Bronica SQ range or Mamiya C330 - the Bronica & Mamiya 6x4.5 are really dependent on a prism finder for verticals. If you want a really big finder, the Mamiya RB/RZ 6x7 might be a good choice.

Hassies are undoubtedly very good cameras, but prone to jamming unless you follow their rules - most Hassie fans claim it's 'user error' but it seems to be a frequent problem. The Rollie 6xxx series is very interesting (IIRC you can 'rotate' the 6x4.5 back) but they rely on bespoke NiCd batteries, most of which have already failed, there are earlier Rollie SLRs that I'm not familiar with.
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 12-11-2018, 07:56 PM  
Pentax-FA 20-35mm F4 AL Samples
Posted By johnha
Replies: 47
Views: 7,682
The beach at Rancho, Madeira - LX, FA20-35/4, Ektar 100:

Rancho, Madeira by John Halliwell, on Flickr
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-11-2018, 07:37 PM  
Flickr is going back to limited free accounts
Posted By johnha
Replies: 165
Views: 6,129
I have just over 900 photos on Flickr (mostly private), the rest are mostly to keep all my web linked images in one place (so I can manage them all from one central location). I don't expect to get anything 'free', despise ads (both ones I see and those inserted between my photos) and feel that paying for something raises my expectations & their responsibilities . I've upgraded, the enhanced stats are interesting (my long dormant Yahoo webmail account also seems to have started working).

At some point I'll sort out some cloud based backup (I can't see any merit in local backups), but Flickr offers an awful lot for a modest price.
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