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Forum: Lens Clubs 11-26-2021, 09:13 PM  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By From1980
Replies: 4,503
Views: 628,278
I have the same lens and I think it's a great value. About forty years ago I had the Vivitar 90 f/2.8 1:1 Macro and I believe it is the same lens.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-19-2021, 12:08 PM  
If you could only have one...
Posted By From1980
Replies: 36
Views: 1,602
My first impression was that this was intended for 35mm film and I was about to give another shout out for the LX. But then I saw the Hasselblad post and I'm torn between that LX and the Pentax 645NII.
Forum: Vintage Cameras and Equipment 10-26-2021, 05:00 PM  
October 1919 KODAKERY magazine
Posted By From1980
Replies: 4
Views: 582
Good technique then is still relevant to good technique now. The basics of camera handling have never changed much. A lot of people can benefit from seeing old publications and I think we would all very much appreciate your sharing this.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 10-20-2021, 11:10 AM  
Suggestion Suggestion for a Vintage stuff subforum
Posted By From1980
Replies: 30
Views: 2,930
Looking forward to seeing some great discussion in this new thread. Hope to learn and maybe get ideas for future acquisitions (Like I need more stuff) I just recently sold off some things that would qualify here but still very interested.
Forum: General Photography 10-09-2021, 07:53 PM  
Hyper-Focal Distance Anyone?
Posted By From1980
Replies: 28
Views: 1,319
This was always the method I used for film (and still do) and now also for digital since I'm inclined to use my older manual prime lenses whenever shooting outdoors and landscapes. Added bonus with these beautifully made older lenses: infinity mark was always infinity focus too. If your lens needed adjustments to focus properly then you returned it because that was out of spec.
As has been said though, it doesn't pay to stop all the way down and have diffraction problems. My preference is to keep the aperture at least one stop from minimum and set that infinity focus mark for the next widest f/stop than I'm setting for a safety margin. That narrows depth of field a little but gets acceptable sharpness without worry.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-04-2021, 09:57 AM  
What are the Pentax 3 great lens - called the trifecta or golden 3 or something
Posted By From1980
Replies: 49
Views: 2,792
I also feel the large aperture wides must have been developed for those whose subjects are far different from mine. K28/2 was nicknamed "Hollywood" and I thought that meant it was mostly used for studio glamour shots of models.
I'm mostly interested in the outdoors and landscape where I usually shoot film. Although some others have their modern favourites many prefer the K lenses for their image rendering and, besides, I already HAVE those.
Enjoying the wonderful backwards compatibility of the entire Pentax system even going back to my Takumars.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-04-2021, 09:29 AM  
What are the Pentax 3 great lens - called the trifecta or golden 3 or something
Posted By From1980
Replies: 49
Views: 2,792
I probably never will sacrifice for a K28/2 but I've had the other two for about 40 years.
Perhaps we date ourselves then because the K series was the first I heard about as a special trio. Sometimes the K short telephotos (also Takumar before that) were referred to in the same way consisting of K85/1.8, K105/2.8, and either K120/2.8 or K135/2.5.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-14-2021, 01:49 PM  
Pentax K 28mm f/3.5 vs Pentax-M 28mm f/2.8 (later version) vs Pentax-M 28mm f/3.5
Posted By From1980
Replies: 11
Views: 970
Some years back Yoshihiko Takinami did a lot of testing of Pentax lenses and gave rankings of resolution for groups of similar focal lengths. He indicated that within the 28mm lens group the K 28/3.5 was tops with M 28/3.5 fairly close. The 30 f/2.8 was generally considered with the 28s because it's alone and it also ranked high. I can still find the results, (, and look in lens resolution tests section.
I have the SMC Takumar 28 f/3.5, K 28/3.5, M 28/3.5, M 28/2.8, and K30 f/2.8 and I see similar image capabilities to what his opinion is. However, for most purposes pretty much all these lenses would suit but some are smaller and lighter and you may prefer f/2.8 over f/3.5 for some uses and a particular camera's viewfinder.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-08-2021, 08:57 PM  
Long and entangled history of Pentax and Ricoh.
Posted By From1980
Replies: 18
Views: 1,465
Thanks for reminding of the magazine articles. I do remember now the discussions then of Pentax-Ricoh collaboration. I never knew of the later 35/2.8 variant though.
Also, I always thought it interesting that as Pentax was discontinuing the K2 and KX models Ricoh seems to have borrowed some ideas for that XR-2 K mount camera. That was the first new camera I bought in 1978.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-05-2021, 04:20 PM  
Long and entangled history of Pentax and Ricoh.
Posted By From1980
Replies: 18
Views: 1,465
At that time I also found the XR-Rikenon 35/2.8 to be virtually identical to the SMCPM 35/2.8. I bought it new from my camera store employer at the time but after a very short while it was returned. The diaphragm lagged and would stick partially closed most of the time and curiously the same problem has been reported for the Pentax model more often than other M lenses of the era. Whose design was it? Is it possible that Ricoh was making some of the M lenses for Pentax rather than the opposite?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-23-2021, 06:59 PM  
I just joined the LX cult
Posted By From1980
Replies: 17
Views: 2,301
I've always wanted the Grip B but can't bring myself to pay the price they go for. My money has been spent on focusing screens, winder, motor drive, and finders.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-23-2021, 04:40 PM  
I just joined the LX cult
Posted By From1980
Replies: 17
Views: 2,301
Welcome to the brotherhood of commitment to periodically service sticky mirror syndrome. You will become entranced by the desire to track down decades old accessories and pay too much for them. You will put aside all others as inferior when you are mesmerized by the best viewfinder to ever grace a camera. ...and ENJOY!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-19-2021, 09:08 PM  
The Van Gogh Lens
Posted By From1980
Replies: 7
Views: 1,246
A very informative narrative with inspiring photos. I feel motivated to take out my seldom used SMCP 17 fisheye. Couldn't resist buying it and several other K and M lenses back in '85 when clear-out prices were making way for an almost all A lens lineup. This was the first lens I bought knowing it was more a collector's item for me rather than a practical user. With full-blown GAS I have a lot of others now.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-25-2021, 05:59 PM  
Walkabout lens for my MZS
Posted By From1980
Replies: 16
Views: 1,289
This one gets my vote for '90s FA walk around lens for cameras of that decade. It hasn't been much money for quite a while and can be used on any Pentax right up to date.
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-18-2021, 07:09 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By From1980
Replies: 37,736
Views: 3,968,735
Wishing you a full and lasting recovery. You have posted many, many photos we all enjoyed. Hope you can soon resume without hindrances. Best wishes.
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-14-2021, 04:39 AM  
Manual Zoom Club
Posted By From1980
Replies: 889
Views: 97,447
I think the shots you post from around your home show a very interesting, scenic, and almost pastoral environment that I would love to be around. I live in a small town subdivision and almost everything for many miles around in our entire county is virtually flat, unbroken farmland with very few trees. Most of SW Ontario is one big clear cut area. I have a difficult time on these recent gray days getting inspired to shoot landscape and we certainly don't have the opportunity to travel anywhere else now. It has occurred to me before that just about anyone anywhere can become bored with their surroundings. Even people living around epic, hilly and mountainous national park types of areas can be heard saying they are getting bogged down creatively. Although I find it really hard to understand that extreme, it appears everyone needs to shake up their approach from time to time and find different angles of view while possibly attempting unusual techniques in order to keep things interesting.
Hope you stay well doing it.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-23-2020, 04:39 PM  
The M Club!
Posted By From1980
Replies: 8,949
Views: 1,363,314
I'm also a fan of this one. When it was a new model in the late '70s it was rather expensive, seemed a little heavy, and was rare to even see at most local camera stores. It was in stock where I worked but we couldn't get much interest in it. I think it was ahead of its time since 35mm shooters got a fast, very small, and sharp 50mm with their new, small M cameras and were just not much interested in "standard" zooms yet. It wasn't until a few years later when the "standard" zoom was often smaller and lighter with some even having a longer zoom range that people began to buy them. Although the M35-70 had a larger max aperture than most, people weren't ready for the concept until, I think, better fast film and more easily useable flash units changed habits. Likewise, the M40-80 seemed to have the same fate. IMHO
I bought my own 35-70 copy a few years ago for barely 100 bucks in perfect condition and really like the image quality.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-22-2020, 06:05 PM  
What are the two 645 fitting lenses you can't live without?
Posted By From1980
Replies: 40
Views: 2,425
I don't have the smaller digital format so my picks relate to the 645 and 645NII. The A35/3.5 and A120/4 are indispensable.
Forum: General Photography 12-17-2020, 09:20 AM  
Cameras You Love So Much That One Copy Is Just Not Enough
Posted By From1980
Replies: 43
Views: 1,883
Okay I'll join in here, but keep in mind this is ebay's fault. I CAN control the GAS.
Pentax - 2 MX, 2 ME Super, 2 Super Program, 2 P645
Ricoh - 2 XR2s, 2 XR7
Minolta - 3 SRT101, 2 XE7
Sometimes an extra body comes along with that must have lens you've talked yourself into needing.
My REAL intention is to unload these extras and buy more copies of the cameras it makes more sense to have like a second LX and a second P645NII. I really need them.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-17-2020, 05:55 AM  
Poll: A simple poll
Posted By From1980
Replies: 86
Views: 3,689
I first used a Konica rangefinder in '74-'76 then Pentax S1A and Spotmatic II for a couple of years. In 1978 I bought the only brand new in the box camera I have ever had - a Ricoh XR-2. Through the '80s there were a few acquisitions of K and M lenses at clearance prices when the A series took over along with a number of medium format experiments. Life became busy in the early '90s with little photography for almost twenty years. When I became an ebay addict my first, and still only, DSLR was a K20d. I have a few apsc lenses but my main interest is still film and especially Pentax 645.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-16-2020, 10:01 AM  
85mm f2 or faster Lens Club
Posted By From1980
Replies: 275
Views: 38,796
---------- Post added Dec 16th, 2020 at 12:03 ----------

Now this puts the photo of the aircraft being lifted into perspective. Good catch.
Forum: General Photography 12-16-2020, 07:48 AM  
Pet names
Posted By From1980
Replies: 49
Views: 1,527
No Kerrowdown you are not but recently a problem arose for me. I have to come up with a better way to store the ever-growing family of optics. I had put my beautiful 50 f/1.2 in a box with some, as I see now, dirty characters for just a few months. Now she is "Untouchable" with a fungus on the surface and around the edges of her front element. A local, very trusted lens doctor is attempting to treat her and I'm hoping for the best. Only one other lens I've had, the M35 f/2, ever had any fungal growth. I have discarded a number of the old style original Pentax hard cases because they seem to get pretty musty no matter where they are. I no longer think it wise to store a lens in them and they seem to get in the way during practical use anyways.

Kerrowdown, what kind of storage is your harem living in?
Forum: Pentax K-70 12-10-2020, 08:25 AM  
Takumar Super Multi Coated 300 mm
Posted By From1980
Replies: 10
Views: 655
Wonderful photo. Thanks for sharing it. Please dust off that lens often and show us more.
Forum: General Photography 12-08-2020, 10:27 AM  
Pet names
Posted By From1980
Replies: 49
Views: 1,527
Yes, indeed. Kerrowdown is NEEDED. He has pet female names for his entire Pentax lens lineup - a bevy of beauties
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-11-2020, 09:10 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By From1980
Replies: 8,201
Views: 1,075,828
Has anyone seen a breakdown of chrome vs black SL models produced? I would like to acquire a black one since I already have the chrome. I believe I have only ever seen a couple black ones for sale anywhere but I usually see the chrome model with only a short search.
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