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Forum: Pentax Price Watch 01-12-2022, 08:45 AM  
Pentax Slide Copier for DSLR in B&H Used Dept.
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 18
Views: 846
Hundreds or thousands is much different than hundreds of thousands! Now it sounds more like fun than the heavy chore I was envisioning.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 01-08-2022, 10:57 AM  
Pentax Slide Copier for DSLR in B&H Used Dept.
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 18
Views: 846
Woo hoo! Rare "get", glad some of my discussion in the reviews helped in some small way! The extension tube was the solution for me on the crop sensor.

A system like this is the only way I could envision a "hundred thousand" image copy session. Be careful to retain the Kodachrome color palette if possible. Your digital settings will almost certainly alter the colors and I'm not sure that shooting RAW and batch processing will prove to work well since color cast in the images will vary depending not only on the film but on the light conditions when the originals were shot. To work with hundreds of thousands of images means trying to individually "massage" each image as a RAW capture would require decades of your time! Experiment a bit with the neutral Kelvin settings which could retain atmospheric conditions--like sunsets--in the originals without too much change.

Good luck with your project!

Additionally, you seem to be planning for the highest resolution RAW files you can possibly get on all the copies. Since max resolution would likely only be of value for images selling to a publisher or for extremely large prints, I can't believe that even a tiny fraction of those hundreds of thousands of images would merit such treatment. I'd copy the 200 or so images that might be sale-worthy with large RAW files if you are so inclined but with various film emulsions all shot presumably in differing natural light you will not be able to batch process for color cast. This makes adjusting for color cast while shooting the far better option to save you a few decades of post processing time. And note that though I'm not a true professional photographer I have sold more than 1000 images for publication including full page glossy images and cover photos and I'm 'fessing up here--I'VE NEVER SHOT A RAW IMAGE NOR POST PROCESSED A SINGLE RAW IMAGE. I've sold 30x40" prints for several thousand dollars and shoot primarily for support materials for my articles and books and nowadays paid blog content and I've never been able to come up with a single reason to even consider shooting RAW. I don't shoot snapshots but all well planned and dialed in JPEG's (I select color rendition through several methods provided in our cams--often through choices like the Reversal Film option or Kelvin scale). Sorry to ignore the truth about RAW offering more range for change, but I'm only interested in saleablility and shooting RAW has absolutely nothing to do with the marketability of images! But though not shooting RAW I go overboard to make in-camera settings work for me...I go so far as to bracket white balance on key images to avoid having to do it in post. But that's my bent. The fun of photography is we all get to choose our own "bent"

---------- Post added 01-08-22 at 11:57 AM ----------

Couldn't resist doing a little math.
150,000 images at one minute per copy equals a year and a quarter of full-time 40 hour work weeks to copy them all. And that's at a blazing one minute per image for the copy and processing.
At a more realistic 3 minutes per image that would be 4 years of copy work at 40 hours a week!

If you don't push and take your time and choose to post process each RAW image and it takes a reasonable 5 minutes per image you are looking at over 6 years of working 40 hours a week!

Probably forced to batch process and lose the individual color cast of each image to ever complete the project?
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-30-2021, 02:58 PM  
Pentax Slide Copier for DSLR in B&H Used Dept.
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 18
Views: 846
Did you get it? It was there an hour ago...
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-30-2021, 12:54 PM  
Pentax Slide Copier for DSLR in B&H Used Dept.
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 18
Views: 846
B&H Used Department has this extremely difficult to find item:

I adore mine and it works really well. I wrote up a sample of my experiences with the item and it's in the reviews here on the forum: PENTAX Slide Holder 1x, K reviews - Pentax Camera Accessory Review Database

If you have slides or negatives from the film era, in my opinion, this is the best option to digitize them!
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 12-23-2021, 04:18 PM  
For Sale: SMC Pentax-FA* 250-600mm F5.6 ED [IF]
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 26
Views: 2,291
Regarding the "lost stop" difference with the 600/4, yes, in the film era it was a really big deal. Trying to shoot 50 or 100 speed films at dawn and dusk, even the 600/4 was quite challenging. Less of a deal with digi. Heck I even shoot an occasional shot at 400. Haven't ever tried to market anything shot at higher ISO than that...oh wait, I've sold a couple for publication at 1600 through the old K5-the noiseless one-but they were technical shots not artistic. Nowadays, a stop ain't much of a deal.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 12-20-2021, 10:16 AM  
For Sale: SMC Pentax-FA* 250-600mm F5.6 ED [IF]
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 26
Views: 2,291
After having wandering caribou come too close for the FA*600/4 in Denali and a rutty Pronghorn slip right next to my truck/blind and too close for the FA*600 I sprung for the FA* 250-600/5.6 and loved it for more than 20 years. The insane close focus minimum distance and the ability to zoom out for animals walking too close to me made this lens a gem. What many don't understand until shooting through this lens is that it's also got extreme landscape extraction capabilities...crisp 16"x20" prints...
Somebody will be a big winner! Buy this lens!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-04-2021, 09:03 AM  
My Preferred Backpack Isn't a Backpack
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 18
Views: 1,204
Yes, the dividers work great in the bigger cases. I have one that can fit both my smaller kits but it ends up too big for my near-daily boat trips. Great for cross county drives. And also yes, the reason for posting was to show how much increased capacity I attain with this soft case padding method instead of pick-n-pluck foam or dividers.

---------- Post added 12-04-21 at 09:16 AM ----------

And again, that's part of the reason I posted. With so much interest in how we all carry our gear, I want people to see an alternative designed for how it works during shoots and how it travels. Not suggesting everyone should do as I do, but rather suggesting that dialing in each of our own systems may not follow the usual bag research process.

Seems dangerous to have loose items in the case, but now 30 years of semi-pro photo work with just under 1000 paid published images and what seems like zillions of road, water and air miles without a single scratch. And I'm not easy on equipment (I've rolled down a tundra hill in Alaska with my kit, slid down rock scrum hills in Montana and sat through tremendous deluge rainstorms in Florida...stayed in Inuvialuit whaling camp on the Arctic Ocean eating caribou and beluga gear has been there!).

Hopefully nobody is confused and thinking my gear travels without cases...the Pentax soft cases are part of the reason this system works at all! The pics without cases was for insurance purposes and to show people what's in the kit. The kits travel and carry and work with everything in the soft cases!

Part of the key is to have the correct depth cases so the typical dimensions of cameras and lenses fit tighly enough that the egg-crate foam under the lid compresses everything. I have to push the lid down VERY hard to latch either kit. The gear is not loose inside at all! The smaller case is a Pelican 1400 and the bigger one is a 1500. Great interior dimensions for tight fit with camera gear.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-03-2021, 04:32 PM  
My Preferred Backpack Isn't a Backpack
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 18
Views: 1,204
I'm an FA* Fanboy. The good news for you is that they are dirt cheap nowadays on the used market and worth every penny!

So the early Made in Japan silver Limiteds--Three Amigos--don't make your knees quiver a bit too?

Oh, and almost every lens in both kits has an original Pentax SMC L39 UV filter. Not easy to find anymore...
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-03-2021, 03:16 PM  
My Preferred Backpack Isn't a Backpack
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 18
Views: 1,204
No jiggling of contents, even when some items are removed. The lid compresses everything in place. I always carry 'em with the soft cases on to protect the lenses from jiggling.

---------- Post added 12-03-21 at 03:24 PM ----------

I think Pelican used to make a backpack model?

I typically have one of the lenses with a tripod foot mounted on my tripod slung over my shoulder with the case carried like a briefcase. Doesn't matter what I look like, almost never see another human being when I'm afield...i.e. I don't walk the trails you find in guidebooks, other than an occasional pic of a cliche landmark that requires walking on public routes.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-03-2021, 02:30 PM  
My Preferred Backpack Isn't a Backpack
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 18
Views: 1,204
Took insurance pics last night and figured since bags and packs get the most questions on the forum I'd share my personal solution for field work. Yes, I own several backpacks, a couple sling bags and a couple vests but day-in and day-out I just keep grabbing the Pelican cases of which I have several sizes.

Pretty much only shoot outdoors and in unpaved locations so sand, grit, dirt, snow, moisture and windblown "stuff" are things to avoid. Backpacks carry well--especially when trekking more than a mile. But backpacks aren't so great when trying to actually work...just set that pack in the dirt or snow or wet grass and see! The Peli cases aren't my choice for trekking, but for typical quick jaunts from the vehicle they can't be beat. And they carry like a briefcase for those little half-mile from the vehicle shoots. Set the Peli case on any filthy ground or soaked ground...all is good!

Tight packing and egg-crate lid foam compresses everything so there is no movement, even when some items are removed.

Big Kit is my pro pack:
K3II, 15 Ltd, 21 Ltd, 31 Ltd, 43 Ltd, 77 Ltd, 150 Macro w/Flash Bracket, FA*28-70, FA*80-200, 540 FGZ plus Polarizers, Pano Brackets, Flash Accessories etc.

Little Kit is my boat kit. Almost 100 Days a Year On the Water, plus I generally have the Little Kit with me when traveling with the Big Kit
K5 Silver, FA20-35/4 for people in action journalism type shots plus occasional landscapes, 100 Macro for gear and critter close-ups, F*300 w/1.4x for birds, otters and shoreline critters, 360 FGZ, Ricoh WG-M2 4K Action Cam

I have an action cam kit with several Ricoh WG-M1's and accessories...different discussion...

Again, though I own killer packs including Kinesis modular, nothing protects my gear even close to as well as hard-cases. And they are the absolute best for working in the field!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-08-2021, 04:23 PM  
Pentax K1-II images are too bright
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 32
Views: 1,897
Using Matrix Metering and shooting a subject that fills most of the frame with either fir or pine trees almost always requires -.7 compensation...this through several dozen different Pentax bodies over the years. Learned this shooting totally unforgiving slide film in the equally unforgiving Fuji Velvia recipe. Basically, forest shot with "needled" trees, expose down in most cases.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-03-2021, 10:24 AM  
Pentax 67II and lenses up for auction in UK
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 3
Views: 551
What a great kit! I miss my old 67II kit badly. Left my 35mm kit home for a few years while dialing in with the 67II and a Hasselblad XPanII. That medium format kit was so much better than I was...Alas, all digi now...
Forum: Sold Items 10-22-2021, 02:55 PM  
For Sale - Sold: 200mm SMCA macro
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 8
Views: 777
One of my favorite macro lenses of all time...and I've owned lots including the FA*200. This A* is surprisingly small (compared to the FA*) and shoots gorgeous macro with that A* color rendition that is in all the A*'s I've ever owned.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-22-2021, 02:10 PM  
Black vs silver Limited - finish quality
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 16
Views: 1,323
The FA* lenses of the past (my favorite Pentax lenses BTW) have/had a very soft silver finish. That's well established by dozens of posts over the past decades. The FA Limited lenses in silver DO NOT use the same finish as the FA*'s. It's visibly different with more texture and slightly different shade of silver. Even feels different due to the texture and sheen. Clearly a totally different product for the finish. That said, I always just used and perhaps abused the FA*'s for paid work...wasn't concerned with the beating I delivered to the finish. The Limited--3 Amigos--in silver have traveled a with me for decades but have been babied and show no wear whatsoever because of it!

So three points:
1-Users can't comment on FA* and FA Limited silver finish in the same terms, obviously not the same product.
2-I personally can't comment on the durability of the FA Limited finish because mine have not been subjected to normal use.
3-Softness of FA* silver finish is a well-documented fact.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-02-2021, 07:17 AM  
DPReview posts HD Pentax 43mm F1.9 Limited sample gallery
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 28
Views: 1,670
I'm staying SMC for the 3 Amigos...
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 04-12-2021, 10:48 AM  
Pentax-FA* 600mm F4 repair ... HELP
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 15
Views: 1,275
Back when Pentax was headquartered in Colorado (pre-Ricoh) I had them send my FA*600/4 back to Japan to tighten that does mess up focus with the "slop" in the joint. The Japan fix only lasted a few months. So back to Japan my lens flew...only to get loose again. So one of the customer service guys went an extra couple miles to work with his techs to come up with a permanent solution. I hand-carried my 600/4 to them. They tightened it on site there in Colorado and used some sort of Loc-tite type product (I think) and the lens is still tight to this day--decades later (lens is now owned by a forum member in Australia). But of course, none of the Pentax in-house techs is still working in-house on such things. Hope someone stateside can get a solution for you! Good luck!
In the meantime, to assure focus across the frame you'll need to push the camera body tight to the lens when shooting. If you let the camera body hang it's weight or if you hang on the body it will move it that one millimeter which will render half the frame ever so slightly out of focus. Drove me nuts until I figured it out...
The F* 600/4 held tight for me for several years and is holding for the buddy I sold it to, but the F*600/4 is ten times harder to locate than the FA*
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 02-03-2021, 05:29 PM  
What film for wildlife photography in 1997?
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 9
Views: 885
By the late '90's the publication game was largely Fuji Velvia for anything possible at that slow speed (50), Kodak chrome films popular in the '80's had fallen away by the early '90's but bounced back with E100VS for "very saturated" in 1999. Fuji Provia 400 got the high speed nod along with some holdout Ektachrome 200 fans--both were so grainy that we all tried to stay with Velvia 50 and Provia 100. I probably still have each of these films in the freezer...35mm and 120 rolls if you need them for accuracy and want them cheap--like free. Can't recall anybody in the late '90's using Kodachrome 64 other than scientific "record" stuff requiring less saturated colors. Pretty much all magazine work was Fuji by then. Check the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest books for worldwide "prove its" or to see that I'm correct on this if you doubt me.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-29-2021, 04:46 PM  
Polarizer insert for FA* 600mm lens
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 9
Views: 1,375
Late reply for someone researching someday...The photos used for the lead-in for the lens review of the FA*600/4 were taken by me and I included the polarizer in the pic because it's a super cool option. I bought the lens new from B&H in 1995/1996 and the polarizer is not standard with the lens. The polarizer comes with it's own geared drawer--gears for rotating the polarizer when inside the lens barrel. To use the polarizer you remove the standard filter drawer and insert the special polarizer drawer in the same slot the standard filter drawer had been in.

The drop-in polarizer was a great "get" for me and I got the drop-in polarizer drawer for the M*400/4 for 67 that same month. Back in the mid '90's there was a way to click enough tabs to get into Pentax USA's inventory via the back end somehow--I did it regularly and even printed pages of item numbers from time to time. And though the part number was listed as unavailable, I found one in the pages of item numbers in their inventory. Can't recall which of the drop-in polarizers I found that way? Couldn't order the item because their retail system didn't recognize it as being in stock, but called a guy I knew in the service department at Pentax USA and asked him to pull the part from whatever hidden shelf it was on. He was then able to bill me for it and ship via the service department. So for more than 10 years I had both the 35mm silver FA* drop-in polarizer AND the medium format cream colored and larger M* drop-in polarizer. Should have played the lottery just because I obviously had a golden horseshoe stuck in my craw or something.

Unfortunately for cmohr who bought the 600/4 from me a couple years ago, the drop-in polarizer was sold to a different forum member.
Forum: Photographic Technique 08-07-2020, 04:23 PM  
PEG rejection
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 29
Views: 2,238
Hardest part of landscape work--other than lighting--is the layers of interest. Unfortunately your foreground is "trees chopped in half" that serve as a fence to block the eye from moving into the image. I'm terrible at multi-plane landscapes that judges commonly look for, especially hard to get the various planes--foreground, mid-distance, background and infinity to tie together nicely with each other and with the subject. In addition, with well-known landscapes judges will be evaluating on uniqueness. How did you handle this subject in a manner that hasn't ever (or seldom) been seen before. Generally, the tourism overlooks and parking lots rule you out as "same old view."

To avoid such critical eyes, I've always avoided the contests and just tried to get editors to like (and buy) my images or galleries to hang and sell a few. It's much easier to get publication quality images sold than it is to get past the reviewers of such "judged" forums.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-07-2020, 03:13 PM  
Seeking screws for Hot Shoe Adapter F and Off Camera Shoe Adapter F
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 6
Views: 1,058
I too am missing a few screws--all who know me agree--in a handful of those flash adapters. What I did was just divide up the screws so no more than one is missing from any adapter and they've held well enough for my rough life-style. I never did detect wiggle or loose parts on any of them. If you find screws but have to buy more than you want, I'd take a half dozen of each of the two in the pic...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-07-2020, 02:48 PM  
Pentax 300mm primes
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 44
Views: 4,148
Crisp, stunning images with all three as long as you can get your own technique up to the quality of the lenses. Telephoto's are unforgiving of marginal technique. I've owned FA*--twice-- and currently own the F* --had to have the tripod shoe b/c I pretty much only shoot from a tripod. Buddy with DA* seems to get equivilent images but different color cast than the old star lenses. Digi body messes with the color cast anyway so buy any of the three and be happy!

Note that the 67mm front filter on the F* and FA* accommodates more and less costly filters--polarizers and even macro close-up lenses (old 6x7 tele close-up lens works fabulous on F* and FA*).

Note also that the FA* has sort-of quick shift focus by pulling or pushing the focus ring if I recall correctly...or is that just the other FA*'s? Pretty much never use autofocus so didn't use the function and haven't attempted it with the F*.
Forum: Sold Items 02-15-2020, 12:45 PM  
For Sale - Sold: SMC Pentax FA* 80-200mm F2.8 Power-Zoom
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 5
Views: 972
I love this lens too!

And I really like the tiny tripod foot that bothers SSGGeezer. I use a small square bi-directional plate from RRS which keeps the footprint small and light. I have at times used a long plate from RRS which then gives the handhold similar to a long foot. When this lens came out it got a Pop Photo lens test which placed it WAY above both Canon and Nikon lenses of that era. Coolest thing...this lens has it's best resolution results at the long end of the zoom. Most other similar lenses resolve best at the short end getting progressively worse when zoomed in.

Once had this lens get manhandled in a checked Pelican case going to Alaska...broke the Pentax Cloudy filter (film era) in front of the lens but no damage to the lens itself. I know...don't check lenses...had medium format kit in carry on...35 mm stuff got checked...

This lens works extremely well at minimum focusing distance and substitutes for a macro when fitted with the nice Canon 500D Close-Up lens.

Substitutes for a supertele when fitted with a 1.4X converter and shot on APS-C format.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-06-2020, 05:38 PM  
UV filters degrade image quality
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 76
Views: 8,295
We all worry about various factors in our photography...and those are subjective concerns based on our individual photo needs.

Cleaning damage has been underdiscussed in this old topic. If you shoot outdoor/wildlife/nature in dry, dusty conditions like here in Montana you may need to clean your lens as often as daily and certainly weekly if you are a frequent shooter. So lets say that's 40-50 cleanings annually. And if you purchased a pro quality star lens for over $1000 you'll want to use it for at least 10 years (I owned one of my 600/4's for 23 years) that's 400 to 500 cleanings or more. I don't care how careful you are, cleaning sandy grit from lenses hundreds of times suggests that you should opt for something covering the front element. I guess we could all opt to just shoot through the dusty front element but...

I always use the highest quality filter/UV/Protective Front any cost! Over the years, editors have purchased about 1000 images from me including a current cover photo on a small-market mag released last week. As long as it's competitively saleable I don't care about other issues in Lightroom. That's just me...
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-06-2020, 05:07 PM  
Dual Flash Hot shoe Bracket
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 4
Views: 760
Version I 540 FGZ flashes are now cheap on the used market and have direct port for F5p cords. Combined with Off-camera Shoe Adapter(s) and F5p cords you can daisy-chain as many flashes as you want. I've gone as far as 3 units with one for primary illumination, one for fill and one on the longer flash synch cord for backlighting.

You might want to play around with bouncing flash off small reflectors too. Adds angled fill flash and if you use metallic surface reflectors you can pop the specular highlights too...I usually prefer white bounced flash but have a few gold and silver images that worked quite well and sold to magazine editors.

Done this type of stuff a bunch, primarily with rigs like Stevebrot describes and always for macro or intimate landscape stuff. For portrait work I must bow out as a complete unknowing fool...

Double up flash heads on an inline two flash bracket from Really Right Stuff...lots of configurations. All that I've used worked great.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-05-2020, 12:32 PM  
Protector Filter vs UV Filter
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 79
Views: 3,924
Many Pentax supertelephotos came with PF filter installed--Protective Front. I've looked at several...the PF on the front of the F*600/4 and FA*600/4 was a slight pinkish skylight color. The PF filter for the FA*250-600/5.6 appeared to be completely clear...I never looked at the color cast on the PF for the A*300/2.8...that filter did not come with the lens. I purchased it used and never really assessed the color. PF for the M*400/4 for 67 was slightly pinkish skylight color too and it really hated stacking any other filters...completely lost focus...

All claimed to be multi-coated and some were mentioned in the respective manuals to be "Part of the optical formula" and not to be removed for shooting. I know this because when I purchased a used F*600 the used equipment seller also had the big 145mm PF filter for sale separately (that they had removed from the lens) I sent the verbiage in the manual describing the PF filter as part of the optical formula and I insisted they send it to me at no charge...which they did. That's when I noticed the skylight pink color.

So the question of whether to use or not use is already answered on some of the supertele's. If it came with the lens, Pentax says, "Use it."
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