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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 2 Days Ago  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By texandrews
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That K1 shot is a good one!
Forum: Pentax K-1 4 Days Ago  
Best wide angle lens for K-1?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 409
Views: 66,334
And I will probably be selling mine soon....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-13-2019, 06:34 AM  
IRIX 15mm -- Pros and Cons
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 26
Views: 1,304
Great post.
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-11-2019, 09:53 AM  
What software works best with K1ii hdr files?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 14
Views: 588
Hey, awesome tip, thanks.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-10-2019, 03:55 PM  
IRIX 15mm -- Pros and Cons
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 26
Views: 1,304
What's "up close" ?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-10-2019, 06:40 AM  
IRIX 15mm -- Pros and Cons
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 26
Views: 1,304
Great first post, AFAIC! I do have PSP, and will look into this ability in it! would be extremely helpful to me. I don't use PS at home, although it's available at work and sadly probably I must learn it more. Always seemed an amazingly awkward program to me, with the majority of it being far from intuitive. I've had PSP for years on my home machines because of costs. But I rarely use it, being (somewhat to my surprise...) pretty much a "straight" photographer. Now I have an excellent reason to look into it again. THANK YOU!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-09-2019, 02:22 PM  
IRIX 15mm -- Pros and Cons
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 26
Views: 1,304
I purchased the Irix 15 Blackstone for my K1 and an inexpensive way to get UWA in tight spaces, specifically museum shots I needed to do for work. With my main ride, the Z, at the time I got the Irix I had no UWA option for the Z, and I didn't feel like springing for the 15-30. So it worked as a backup.


In terms of what I asked it to do, I thought it excellent, especially for the price. Since then I have gotten a 25 for the Z---lucked into a low priced one that had some serious wear on the outside but came from Lens Rentals sales branch, so I knew it was otherwise OK and it is. Now I can use that for most of what I need to do. Therefore the 15-K1 combo has gotten less use.


Also since then I managed to score a new 15-30 from B&H new for its lowest recorded price (it pays to look all the time!), and couldn't pass it up. I have not actively tested them against one another---too dang busy! But I am curious to do so.

I think the Irix 15 is great, and especially for its low distortion, excepting of course the stretching that occurs with all UWA toward the edge of the frame. I just wish there was a PP way to "squeeze" that back to normal by shrinking the format in, yet retain the wide view. But I have no complaints about this lens or its price.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-09-2019, 07:23 AM  
Back in the saddle with the 645z
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 11
Views: 773
As people have mentioned above:
45-85 is great bang for the buck---I think I got one in the $600 range. It's on the heavier side, though.

The A35 is a terrific lens, but manual of course. But it's probably going to be the cheapest option for wide angle on the Z, although check for FA 35's(but they need to be stopped down more for field curvature).
The A120 is a very fine lens that can be had cheap., Again, manual.
The FA 150 can be had cheap, and it is a very nice lens.
The DFA 55 is a terrific lens. It's going to cost more, but all-in-all it's worth it for what it offers.
The FA 45 is a dead useful focal length, but images I have shot side by side against the 55 show it is weaker, and most people feel it is not as strong as the 45-85 zoom ! They can be had cheap, though, so depending on how you are using it, it might be fine.

I am interested to read the comment above about the 33-55. It's not rated highly, but it's cheap enough to tempt.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-06-2019, 09:26 AM  
How to post photo without it becoming blurry
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 40
Views: 1,511
Top image definitely looks crisper to me, both the same size on my screen. Not a huge difference, maybe, but I'm seeing it.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-06-2019, 06:35 AM  
How to post photo without it becoming blurry
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 40
Views: 1,511
Yes, and that's my quandary.

I see you are in S.Md? I live in Baltimore, but come down to Charles county, LaPlata area a few times a year, usually in the fall and near Yule.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-03-2019, 10:10 AM  
How to post photo without it becoming blurry
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 40
Views: 1,511
Ed Hurst is one of the posters in the medium format photography forum whose images look consistently sharp. I asked and he told me his for-web sharpening routine. It's alarming!!!! I would NEVER have thought to do what he is doing, but they look great here.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-03-2019, 10:05 AM  
New Pentax Cameras Make Us All Richer!
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 59
Views: 2,829
And I'm not looking to do it again. I was in Oly in the aughts, then Sony FF and an NEX7 into 2015/6, overlapping with my purchase of a Z in 2014, just a couple of months after it came out.

Each time was somewhat painful, although I used my gear for trade-ins. Even if Pentax goes under (unlikely, I think), I won't be swapping out again. Way too satisfied with what I now have in Pentax across FF and medium format. So, no worries about prices dropping, or slow sales for me.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-28-2019, 05:30 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 13,134
Views: 2,168,911
You have an adorable son. Even though I prefer daughters like mine...
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-28-2019, 05:27 PM  
Travelling with MF - how much kit do you carry?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 13
Views: 739
that's the most frightening thing I have read on these forums...
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-28-2019, 12:57 PM  
Travelling with MF - how much kit do you carry?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 13
Views: 739
What I take depends a great deal on the mode of transport, time away, whether it is a work trip, combo trip, art trip or family trip. A lot of factors.

If it's ground transportation, then I can take a case of stuff, and decide about whether I need certain lenses. For work, I'll absolutely need the 25, the 35, and the 55, and possibly the 120 or the 150. But in the case I can take more, so I can decide from there. The 45-85 is always a good bet.


For air travel, if I must go extra light, it will either be the 45-85,or the 55 and the 35. The 45 is a great FL and I have used it, but it is a weaker lens. But I can get a lot of gear in my Mindshift Ultralight 36L, and it easily fits in the overhead.

For work trips and art trips (including family travel that allows for the time required to concentrate on photography for a day or two or portions of the day), I can take the above as well, although I might leave the 25 behind.

For short, pure family trips to someplace I'm not familiar with, I leave my Z at home.

I have 3 tripods now and a couple of monopods. One is now relegated to studio use with a dolly. One is an older model Feisol travel tripod which is great. My new tripod in the Leofoto LN 404C with the DC 404C center column kit. It is really great, when fully extended I can walk under it without bending over, and I'm 5'-11"/180cm. But it's a big boy, and not for planes unless i stow it in checked luggage (will just fit in a large suitcase diagonally w/o head).


For heads I have a a couple of Acratech ball heads and the Benro geared head (replaced my Manfrotto geared head). The Acratech's are for travelling light with the Feisol (one is designed for macro work, the other is more versatile and can do panos).

Flash equipment as required.


One thing that does help me: I do a lot of work very early in the morning, and have no trouble getting up and out. I'm usually pretty awake at 4am every day. Nobody else in the family wants to get up that early, or even much before 7.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-24-2019, 12:52 PM  
Ricoh Theta Z1
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 80
Views: 5,861
Excellent specs.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-23-2019, 07:13 AM  
Ricoh Theta Z1
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 80
Views: 5,861
A lot of goodness can come out of those 1" sensors as Sony has shown. Please, please have this thing made compatible with the dslr cameras as was demonstrated several years ago: a demonstration showed a Theta riding on top of the flash shoe, and high res still images could be embedded into the Theta capture in some way, so that you could have zoomable and discreet details of the scene. This would be a killer real estate app, and I could use it in one or 2 aspects of my museum documentation work----potential killer app there too.
















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Forum: Pentax K-1 02-22-2019, 05:58 AM  
Field Test part II at IR
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 3
Views: 670
I think there may be a part III....this has been a very loooong review cycle. Months separated parts 1 & 2.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 02-21-2019, 01:13 PM  
For Sale: Pentax 645Z body and lenses for sale, priced individually.
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 6
Views: 790
I might be interested in the DFA 35, PM sent.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-19-2019, 07:06 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 13,134
Views: 2,168,911
That's a great shot, Mike. But I am certain you already knew that. The reflection ringed by the rocks is perfect, and although I'm not a "moment" sort of guy, the perfect moment for the clouds. The light and shade contrast is excellent. Hard to bring something new to such an iconic subject!

I often think if people "shooting" their cameras at Half Dome were actually shooting projectiles, all we'd have would be gravel now.

Kudos for you effort and work, and excellent taste.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-11-2019, 04:17 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 13,134
Views: 2,168,911
!!! You have a house??? I thought you were a nomad...
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-11-2019, 03:24 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 13,134
Views: 2,168,911
Boy! That surprises me. It seems very crisp for that.

---------- Post added 11-02-19 at 21:47 ----------

[/COLOR]In some ways a more beautiful shot...wow, no central heat for a month! I hope you had a wood stove....
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-11-2019, 03:20 PM  
K1 users: what lenses do you use?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 80
Views: 4,169
Well, I have quite an assortment, now. That wasn't intended, as the K1 (now upgraded) was purchased as a backup camera for my Z, and for UWA situations. But I have grown my system to be fully independent, although I use the cameras in tandem now for professional work. For my personal artwork I have only been using the Z, and for family I have only been using the K1U2 (what I call it now). So here's my rundown:

Irix Blackstone 15, purchased for the UWA work for interiors. Low distortion, excellent lens. Purchased new.

Pentax 15-30, purchased because it was on sale at the lowest price ever, new. Same reason as above, with a bit more flexibility. Haven't needed to use it much yet.

Pentax FA 20, purchased for reasons as above, and because sometimes really 20 is as wide as you want to go in a museum---even if the Irix doesn't distort much barrel wise, there's still that s-t-r-e-t-c-h at the edges---very bad for art objects. Also, for a lens this wide it is very petite! Very nice lens, underrated IMO.

Pentax 24-70, same reasons for purchase as the 15-30, also new, and a "one lens" solution if that is necessary. Useful for the odd event I have to shoot. Very good lens.

Pentax 28-105 WR. Light, small, useful, fantastic walk around lens, and weather resistant. Tremendous value. Much better than it has any right to be for the price. Some reports of shutter shake/shock exacerbated in this lens, I haven't seen it myself.

Several Pentax 28's----got 2 of them for my previous A7R, an M and a K, the K is better but larger. Might sell them though, now that I have the other options. Have always liked the 28 focal length, personally. Also have the 28 shift. Keeping that one.

Pentax 31 limited. Just got a great deal on a used one, so I snapped it up. Wasn't going to buy one due to their high cost, even used. Quite interesting focal length.

Pentax FA 35 f2. Had this before the 31. Excellent value lens.

Pentax A 50 f1.4. Have this for bokeh, infrequently used because what I do mostly requires deep dof. But these are very nice lenses and available cheap. And when you need bokeh....

Pentax FA 50 macro...for macro when it is required for work. Excellent lens, excellent value.

Pentax 77 limited. Another great deal I got used, and one of the very best lenses in the Pentax line. For portraits, bokeh, and isolation needs at work.

Pentax 100 macro WR. Again, for macro when required, and short tele or long portrait, isolation. And it is excellent, so small, fast-ish, and weather resistant. Another excellent lens, and excellent value.

From the list above you can see what my shooting involves. I rarely if ever do tele. For that I have several of the 645 lenses, including the A* 300, which I can use with an adapter on my K1U2. I also have the tele converters for the 645 lenses, which then also work with the adapter.

This is a very great thing about the Pentax system, and it gets short shrift or is forgotten entirely, even by Pentaxians!----the ability to go vertically from 6x7, through 645, to FF and then APSC with downwardly and a few upwardly compatible lenses, and it's all backwardly compatible as well, plus the flashes work across all formats, along with several other accessories. Canon and Nikon brag (somewhat rightly) about their systems, but no one else in the industry can do Pentax's trick. And for overall value, no one beats Pentax (although in medium format Fuji is definitely in the race, now, although there is no back catalogue of used lenses, and won't be for years).

IMO, Pentax has the best total system any manufacturer has ever assembled.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-11-2019, 02:27 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 13,134
Views: 2,168,911
16 miles! Impressive. I didn't see the exif, so what was the shutter speed, and if long, how did you stabilize things?
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-10-2019, 09:47 AM  
First Day with my 645Z.........Speechless !
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 16
Views: 1,915
I have had the same feeling since I got mine nearly 5 years ago. Harsh to read about your 28-45, and others problems. I empathize, as I have had my own. But I haven't had to clip my gear yet, and now I would most likely find anything else to sell.

My gear no longer limits me. I limit me.
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