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Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-14-2014, 03:09 AM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By Mirrie Dancer
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Hello from Shetland! I hope everyone at pentaxforums has a very merry Christmas and a happy new year X🌄
P.s thanks for this chance, I am praying that this lens finds it's way to me, haha 🚣
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-13-2014, 04:10 PM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By Mirrie Dancer
Replies: 2,854
Views: 79,356
Oh wowy wow wow I would love to win this. Thanks for giving us all the chance! Love from Shetland x
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-10-2014, 03:39 AM  
New member
Posted By Mirrie Dancer
Replies: 3
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Hi! There! I haven't tried playing much with the video either as I find the live view very diffeicult as you can't see what you are focused on! Oh how I wish they had fixed that ONE thing, then it would be the perfect camera, almost! (Flash is dreadful too) I envy your lens collection! I have the tamron 90mm macro and the Tamron 15-50. I plan to get the Sigma 55-300 for my wildlife next ;o)

Anyways, nice to meet you!

Victoria from Shetland Isles.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-01-2014, 02:56 PM  
Best lens for small product photography?
Posted By Mirrie Dancer
Replies: 34
Views: 3,857
Thank you. I dont mind spending 200 pounds if I can get one of the lenses on my wish list and convert it to macro instead of buying a lens solely for the macro product shots. Thats why Im considering extension tubes on a non-macro Do you think I could get away with using DA 35mm 2.4 and a 2x macro extension? Or does that significantly reduce the amount of light that get into the camera?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-01-2014, 12:49 PM  
Best lens for small product photography?
Posted By Mirrie Dancer
Replies: 34
Views: 3,857
Interest_Observer, thank you for the videos, I watched the watch one and it was most helpful. I had no idea what it takes to take the 'perfect shot'.

To everyone,
A lot of the lenses that are being suggested are way out of my budget. Im in the UK and I think some lenses can be lot more pricey here than elsewhere. THe only one from the suggested lenses that I could maybe afford would be the Tamron 90mm macro. In all honesty I am thinking it might actually be worth buying a really good non-macro prime lens like the da 35 2.5, and fitting it with one of those extension tube thingamabobs for macro shots. I wasnt going to as I didnt want to compromise image quality or makes things complicated for myself, but the macros are just soooo expensive.

Do you think it's still possible to get good results by doing that?

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Why's that? Most other sources have been saying that it's best not to go below 50mm! Confused :o/
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-29-2014, 07:58 AM  
Best lens for small product photography?
Posted By Mirrie Dancer
Replies: 34
Views: 3,857
Haha, I have no lenses yet!

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---------- Post added 06-29-14 at 04:00 PM ----------

Thank you for that fgaudet! Never knew about macro adapters,etc. I'd like to keep things simple for myself just now though ;o)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-29-2014, 06:58 AM  
Best lens for small product photography?
Posted By Mirrie Dancer
Replies: 34
Views: 3,857
The smallest pocket tool is about 30mm long :o)

Of course, that's why it's not good to get too close with the camera, haha. Thanks everyone.

A lot of these lenses sound ideal but unfortunately most of them are out of my price range. I can only spend up to about 200 pounds and I must buy from the UK.

The Tamron 90mm looks promising, but I'm a little concerned about its rendering, as it seems to have that sort of hazy 'old film' style to it. Which I love, but might not be ideal for the modern high contrast look I need for the pocket tool photos. Do most old lenses have that 'old film' look to them?

I will ask my mam if I can use her camera today to get a feel for the focal lengths and see how close I need to get with the 35mm.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-29-2014, 04:59 AM  
Best lens for small product photography?
Posted By Mirrie Dancer
Replies: 34
Views: 3,857
THanks for that Na Hork and Sandy. Now I can start looking for a macro prime. I read somewhere that primes around 70-100 are best as you dont wan to be getting the camera too close to the product. But I don't know why they say that. Any idea?

And yeah I do have a lot of work ahead of me if I want to get the photos looking good. I already have a lightbox and have ordered some black perspex for the reflections ;o)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-29-2014, 03:52 AM  
Best lens for small product photography?
Posted By Mirrie Dancer
Replies: 34
Views: 3,857
Thanks!

This is the kind of thing he wants: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dS1bTG9HYcs/UCtRqyfNLlI/AAAAAAAAYkI/8jNVFdDY3Mw/s1...MITED%2B02.jpg

Do you think I will need a macro for that?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-29-2014, 03:13 AM  
Best lens for small product photography?
Posted By Mirrie Dancer
Replies: 34
Views: 3,857
Hi! I have a Pentax K-5 and my brother has asked me to take some really professional looking photos of his pocket tools for advertising.

I dont know if I need a macro as I probably won't be getting 'hairy bumbleblee legs' close. He is looking for photos like this, to give you an idea of closeness:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dS1bTG9HYcs/UCtRqyfNLlI/AAAAAAAAYkI/8jNVFdDY3Mw/s1...MITED%2B02.jpg

And I don't know if I should be looking for zoom or prime, etc etc.

I am looking to spend up to 200 pounds. As long as the photos are pin sharp.

Thanks in advance.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-11-2014, 02:00 PM  
Confused! So many 135mm 2.5 lens variations!
Posted By Mirrie Dancer
Replies: 14
Views: 1,139
That's a nice lens too! In fact, I think I might prefer it to the f2.5.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-11-2014, 12:27 PM  
Confused! So many 135mm 2.5 lens variations!
Posted By Mirrie Dancer
Replies: 14
Views: 1,139
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-11-2014, 11:55 AM  
Confused! So many 135mm 2.5 lens variations!
Posted By Mirrie Dancer
Replies: 14
Views: 1,139
Ok thank you I will try and apply these rules to my search on ebay.

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Thank you, that was helpful. I was so confused!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-11-2014, 11:09 AM  
Confused! So many 135mm 2.5 lens variations!
Posted By Mirrie Dancer
Replies: 14
Views: 1,139
I would really like one of these or one very similar in rendering:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/47876-legen...ormance-8.html

I love the pixie dust/old film look about the sample shots I've seen.

But! I can't seem to find lenses in the uk that have that exact description and the more listings I find the more I get lost in the world of various pentax 135mm 2.5 lenses that all seem to NOT be the one I'm after! Some are not 'smc' and some are bayonet or M42 and some are 'K' and some are 'M' then I end up in the f3.5s without realizing and then I give up. A little guidance about buying the right 'version' would be appreciated.


Thank you
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-10-2014, 12:45 PM  
Next best thing to the 43mm 1.9?
Posted By Mirrie Dancer
Replies: 34
Views: 3,240
Haha. This is the first I've ever heard of pixie dust. I had no idea what you were on about. Pixie dust ...yes ...I want that ;o)

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I've been looking at sample shots from the DA 40 but I cant see that 'look' in any of them. The 'old film' look that the 43mm has. The Takumar SMC 50/1.4 has that look, so it's a contender, but just maybe a little longer than I was aiming for. Thats not to say I can't have two! Oh wait, the bank is saying I can't have two, so that's that.

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I agree about the night and day difference in character of these two lenses. I just don't see the magic in the images from the DA40 that is so eyepopping with the 43/1.9.
I am new to the forums so Im not sure how the rotation thing works, I think I'd be a bit nervous about it, haha. I haven't delved into the classifieds yet.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-10-2014, 02:39 AM  
Next best thing to the 43mm 1.9?
Posted By Mirrie Dancer
Replies: 34
Views: 3,240
Ok thank you all you lovely people!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-09-2014, 02:20 PM  
Next best thing to the 43mm 1.9?
Posted By Mirrie Dancer
Replies: 34
Views: 3,240
Yes, it's the character of the 43mm that appeals to me, as well as the sharpness, those two things mostly. It's just so darn expensive.


Thanks to the rest of you too for your suggestions. They will be useful lenses until I can get the money together for the 43mm which, as you say Kayaker-J and todd ...is futile to resist ;o)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-09-2014, 01:08 PM  
Next best thing to the 43mm 1.9?
Posted By Mirrie Dancer
Replies: 34
Views: 3,240
Assuming that this lens is expensive for all the right reasons, can anyone tell me which prime would be the next best thing? I love the sample vidoes and photos I've seen with this lens and would really like something as close to it as possible that won't break the bank. It will be for a K-5.

Your knowledge and experience is greatly appreciated :D
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-04-2014, 02:55 AM  
GPS Astrotracer and aperture
Posted By Mirrie Dancer
Replies: 8
Views: 991
Thanks Michael
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-03-2014, 01:44 PM  
Hello from Shetland!
Posted By Mirrie Dancer
Replies: 6
Views: 350
Haha! We like to think we are a nation unto ourselves but are still proud to be Scottish, because well, we are! You can only be so small and function without the part you broke away from, lol.

And I think maybe I am also a bit pleased that I'll be one of very few with a Pentax. I don't want to be a sheep, there are plenty of those up here as it is, lol.

I am such a snob!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-03-2014, 01:31 PM  
Good old lenses?
Posted By Mirrie Dancer
Replies: 37
Views: 3,040
Postage costs might be an issue, but I suppose if the lens is significantly cheap, I will still make a saving even with high postage costs. Cheers for the idea.




Yeah it gets pretty freezing up here, but we are enjoying a fairly warm summer just now with some rain here and there. With summer It's a hit or a miss. Last summer was terrible, it never came! I feel bad for visitors that come on a cruise ship for a day and they have nothing but rain then they leave thinking that's it's like this the whole time, they were just unlucky. The weather is so unpredictable and changeable, we can get all four seasons in a day. I hope you guys get sun when you visit.

My Dad is from the outer Hebrides, it's gorgeous there too. He can speak gaelic but I never learned.

The ponies only get jumpers if they are willing to walk through the street and have their photos taken on special occasions, Haha.

p.s if you need a translator, give me a shout, lol.

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Redrockcoulee, I recommend that you take a trip around Noss. You get really close to the birds and seals, it's a great photo opportunity ;o)

Seabirds-and-Seals - wildlife boat trips around Noss, Shetland Islands
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-03-2014, 09:02 AM  
New camera, adjustments?
Posted By Mirrie Dancer
Replies: 3
Views: 626
Thats good to know, thanks!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-03-2014, 09:01 AM  
Good old lenses?
Posted By Mirrie Dancer
Replies: 37
Views: 3,040
Im not quite sure what you mean, I haven't leanred anyhting about adapter yet.

I have had a look at the takumar 50mm on UK eay and it sells for about 100 pounds. I will keep note of it.

p.s thank you for being happy for me that I will never have any spare money ever again, lol!



That's some bargain. I think lenses might cost more over here. Or maybe different lenses go for different prices on different countries (Im sure there was an easier way I could have said that)
I have noticed that lenses tend to sell for less when they are attached to a camera, but maybe that's all in my head.
The FA 28-70 f4 look promising, although if I can afford the Tamron 17-50, I'd get more out of its larger aperture, particularly for my night sky shots and might save me money in the long run as I would need a separate lens for night shots ;o)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-03-2014, 07:20 AM  
Good old lenses?
Posted By Mirrie Dancer
Replies: 37
Views: 3,040
Taken on board sir (or madam)! Thank you! I am selling all my stuff for this camera and lens too. I have been gathering everything in my flat that isn't bolted down and putting in my car to sell at a carboot sale this weekend. Photographers eh?! You gotta do what you gotta do.

I know quite a bit about photography now and can work the settings pretty well to get the best out of a shot, but the limitations of my current camera means that I have probably hit a wall and will have much more to learn from the new camera. If I was a complete beginner like you were back when you got your dslr, I'd without a doubt have bought the camera + kit lens. The snob in me has already decided I don't want the kit lens. It's not like I don't know what focal lengths are like at all, I've tried out my mams 50mm, 300mm and have been into my local camera shop to try their lenses, and my current lens is 24-700! so I have an idea. So yeah I don't really want to buy any lens just for learning about focal lengths.

p.s. thanks for the heads up about having too high expectations about what the photos will look like. But seriously, anything will be whoah-worthy compared to what I get just now. Thank god for lightroom is all I can say, lol.

Bottom line right now is ...I'm enjoying reading all your recommendations for good old (and new) affordable lenses and have already got my eye on a couple of them on ebay.

Taking into consideration some of your advice about not going for primes at first, I have been reading about the Tamron 17-50/2.8. It's seems really popular and would cover most bases except for wildlife. If I do well with my carboot sale this weekend, I might just be able to afford one from Japan or something. Then I might buy a cheap prime or two that you guys have suggested.

I will listen if you disagree ;o)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-03-2014, 05:09 AM  
Good old lenses?
Posted By Mirrie Dancer
Replies: 37
Views: 3,040
But does having a non WR lens not nullify the WR of the camera as the water could get into the camera via the lens? (obviously this would only concern me in serious situations like dropping it in the water)

p.s I will get that exposure plot program, sounds very handy ;o)
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