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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 5 Days Ago  
645D MLU issue
Posted By unkipunki
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Are you using any 67 adapters?
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-11-2018, 07:40 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By unkipunki
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I took a speculative trip up to Rannoch Moor as deeply mixed weather was forecast. All these were shot with the Z and the 90mm macro handheld the first is a handheld panorama of 4 protrait shots stitched in PS CS6. The second is a single handheld shot and the third a stack of two handheld images. The loch is called Loch Ba and the rock reminds me of a crocodile's head. The weather sealing of both camera and lens came in useful to say the least.





Forum: Winners' Showcase 09-05-2018, 02:08 AM  
August, 2018 Third Place: Night Biker
Posted By unkipunki
Replies: 51
Views: 937
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-05-2018, 02:08 AM  
Movement at Night
Posted By unkipunki
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-05-2018, 02:07 AM  
Namibia Star trails
Posted By unkipunki
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-05-2018, 02:07 AM  
Mooney Falls Nocturne
Posted By unkipunki
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Views: 276
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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-31-2018, 02:01 PM  
Photokina, Ricoh has Confirmed
Posted By unkipunki
Replies: 1,960
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Perhaps just aspire, but not self dismiss. Getting one is the step beyond. Your skill level is not the arbiter of the move. But yes the wallet shrinks dramatically. Wallet width is only one measure of life.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-31-2018, 12:53 PM  
Photokina, Ricoh has Confirmed
Posted By unkipunki
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Not sure 645 is out of anyone's skill level. It makes you slow down a bit in the main, that alone ups skill level and learning opportunity. Yes a bad composition can still occur, but the the technical quality of the shot would probably still remain. It is something of a chimaera, the conceived Gulf between MF and APSC. Yes the better you become techically the better the results are likely to be, but the 645z is a great tool to both express ability and to learn more as you do it.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 08-30-2018, 10:54 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By unkipunki
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Looks like it needs a few clicks left and another few up.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 08-28-2018, 08:48 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By unkipunki
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Yes somehow the reds are better through the one 67 I currently own. I also really like the way it renders greens. Pentax has generally done well with greens, but somehow in this horticultural context the slightly less saturated green helps with showcasing flowers.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-28-2018, 05:17 AM  
Photokina, Ricoh has Confirmed
Posted By unkipunki
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Here's hoping.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 08-28-2018, 05:07 AM  
645Z mirror up issue with fotodiox adapter and 67 f4 200mm
Posted By unkipunki
Replies: 10
Views: 618
Update. BobL kindly lent me a Pentax 67 to 645 adapter and all the issues disappeared. The fotodiox has been returned and Bob kindly sold me the pentax adapter. I look forward to investing in some more 67 lenses as I really like the cost to quality ratio achieved with this 200mm late version.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 08-28-2018, 05:07 AM  
645Z mirror up issue with fotodiox adapter and 67 f4 200mm
Posted By unkipunki
Replies: 10
Views: 618
Update. BobL kindly lent me a Pentax 67 to 645 adapter and all the issues disappeared. The fotodiox has been returned and Bob kindly sold me the pentax adapter. I look forward to investing in some more 67 lenses as I really like the cost to quality ratio achieved with this 200mm late version.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-28-2018, 05:02 AM  
Photokina, Ricoh has Confirmed
Posted By unkipunki
Replies: 1,960
Views: 101,948
Anything 645 related would be very welcome. Particularly if it is new/updated lenses with focal lengths greater than 90mm
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-28-2018, 04:59 AM  
Thoughts about this cloning?
Posted By unkipunki
Replies: 14
Views: 531
They look fine at this resolution. As you say they won't be viewed large I expect they will be fine for the intended end use.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 08-28-2018, 04:40 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By unkipunki
Replies: 12,637
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That is a lovely shot. Really captures the haze from the fires, one of the few hazes worth capturing. One day I will try and get the 600, but maybe I will have to get the 1.4x TC first.

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I have found that locking down the 90mm can be problematic in the wind, let alone a 600 with 1.4tc. Focusing through live view shows the image dancing a little. The tripod seems rock solid with a very heavy duty head, but still there is vibration from the wind.

---------- Post added 28-08-18 at 12:46 ----------



That lens really does look good for garden photography. 'True' colour seems to be a feature with many 67 lenses.

---------- Post added 28-08-18 at 12:55 ----------



Thank you Susan. It is an unusually photogenic location. There used to be horrible homogenous conifer plantation obscuring this view, but it has recently been cut down. I will be visiting quite regularly to try and get the scene captured in the nearly infinite weather and season moods that present themselves
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 08-25-2018, 12:53 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By unkipunki
Replies: 12,637
Views: 2,063,962
Thank you. It has been a scene I visit often. I saw it once as an amazing sky with a cloud bow, a rainbow, sun rays and a distant rain shower. I rushed to the location and all the weather closed in and no shot was worth the running. So I keep going back in hope of a repeat. I like this one, been 20 times and not bothered, but I know there is a weather/composition combination that will make it sing. I will keep going back.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 08-25-2018, 09:28 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By unkipunki
Replies: 12,637
Views: 2,063,962
Another moody weather shot, this time in Glen Etive. Handheld with the Z and 28-45mm. I was driving my other half and step son so didn't get much opportunity to shoot on this trip (they don't have the slow and steady medium format genes)



---------- Post added 25-08-18 at 17:38 ----------

The road rising over Keils Peninsula with the Isle of Jura beyond. This was taken with the Z and 67 200mm with a pentax adapter lent to me by, then bought from, fellow forum user BobL. It is much better than the 645 A 200 I had before.

Forum: Pentax Medium Format 08-25-2018, 09:10 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By unkipunki
Replies: 12,637
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Taken a couple of days ago, the River Add estuary flowing into Loch Crinan in the mid evening. It had been raining hard and the clouds parted a little. Z and DFA 90mm.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-01-2018, 01:42 PM  
People One Really Did Get Away
Posted By unkipunki
Replies: 10
Views: 595
Unfortunately any Salmon at all is a bonus these days
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-31-2018, 03:33 PM  
3rd party pentax 67 to 645 adapter?
Posted By unkipunki
Replies: 11
Views: 472
Yes possibly. But my observation is that the pentax version appears to have a 'guard' or 'shorting' plate that covers the connections on the camera mount. The fotodiox had no such thing. It could be something about depressing the contact pins that make it work. Alternatively it could be cross connecting them. What I can't quite understand is that if you take the adapter and lens off the camera and operate it 'nude' all the functions I lost with the fotodiox work flawlessly. That seems to imply some other wizardry at work.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-30-2018, 01:20 PM  
3rd party pentax 67 to 645 adapter?
Posted By unkipunki
Replies: 11
Views: 472
I bought a fotodiox 67 to 645 adapter and sent it back. I'm not sure if this one will have the same issues. What happened for me is that, on the Z, the mirror up function was crippled, so was the 2 second and 12 second timer delay. Also crippled was remote control delay timing. I contacted fotodiox and they replied that the adapter is not supposed to enable mirror up and that live view was the same thing. It isn't and I told them so. They also said that as there is no through signal connections mirror up won't work.

Fellow pentax forum member BobL kindly sent me a Pentax version from France to try and the pentax version had none of these issues. I was relieved to find it wasn't due to my camera body.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-29-2018, 03:25 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By unkipunki
Replies: 12,637
Views: 2,063,962
As the planned location for observing the lunar eclipse was totally clouded over and being drenched with torrential rain I have been revisiting a few images from my early Z owning days. Coming, as I did, from APSC I had some approaches to PP that were not well suited to the Z files. There was one image that completely stumped me with PP. I had 5 bracketed images for this one as the DR was extreme, beyond even the Z. I didn't actually know that at the time as the Z was new to me, but just repeated my APSC workflow for high DR scenes. But... the conditions changed so much, wind on water, clouds forming and racing that HDR was not working for this image. I have posted an older attempt previously and now hate it. I ended up taking two images and tone blending them in Photomatix Pro. This made a total hash of the water and the sky and mountain/sky interface. But it made a good stab at the terrestrial area. I then manually blended the darker of the two images and the tonemapped photomatix image. It isn't perfect but it is a great improvement on my earlier attempts. It is such a beautiful scene, and a unique take on a very well recorded subject, I will probably revisit these images again as I learn more tricks to make it right.

So Kilchurn Castle during the last moments of blue hour ahead of sunrise on a misty morning with the Z and the FA 150 2.8

Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-16-2018, 03:03 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By unkipunki
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Views: 2,063,962
Both very lovely. But for me the first one is more meaningful. I love the larger space (literally), above the human history. But that's just my opinion.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-15-2018, 08:53 AM  
Grand Falls / Little Colorado River
Posted By unkipunki
Replies: 27
Views: 632
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