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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 1 Day Ago  
FA Limited Colours
Posted By bdery
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Horses for races I guess.

A Star lens is WR, so the 50 is WR. Plus there are probably many use cases where the 50 will leave the studio (on-location portraits, for one, journalists for another, some landscape or cityscape photographers, etc).

Using a system like the Think Tank modular belt will work, just have a pouch for each lens, even if the pouch is bigger than its neighbour it's basically the same operation.

That being said, I'm a fan of smaller lenses too, I even removed the hood from the FA43 because to me one of the main purposes of this lens is utter compactness and portability.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
FA Limited Colours
Posted By bdery
Replies: 34
Views: 1,207
I'll look into it, seems interesting.



Well, if the guy's an idiot, maybe not so interesting then ;)



I agree. For all its WR, the DFA50 seems like the ultimate studio lens to me. Maybe my opinion will change but having replaced the DA21 by the FA20-35, I find the latter annoyingly large, and it's not really bigger than the 77, so.....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Suggestion for Large Group Portrait Lens
Posted By bdery
Replies: 54
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While I wouldn't use that lens for group portraits, and while I agree with your comments in general, the previously mentioned Laowa 12mm distorts much, much less than many lenses with longer focal lengths. It's impressive.

Bruce, it's an excellent lens. Its main problem for group portraits is not distortion, it's mostly perspective. It would be on my short list for anyone wishing to get an ultrawide, but for groups? No. For landscapes, strangely framed "macro", night photos, etc, it shines.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Suggestion for Large Group Portrait Lens
Posted By bdery
Replies: 54
Views: 1,109
I believe for the job at hand you're probably all set.



That's one of the best surprises in all my testing in 2018. I love this lens. Its review is upcoming and it's quite positive. Sadly it's expensive but in my opinion it's worth it. It's as close to a Limited as anyone not Pentax ever produced, I think.



I'm not familiar with the Sigma, I'm guessing it probably has disrottion. The 24 should be fine, I think.



I don'T want to do your shopping for you. You seem to like those two lenses. To replace them with something more useful, the first question would be what do you usually do with those lenses (and do you want to keep doing it)?, and the second would be what can't you do that you'd want to do?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
What lens to buy next?
Posted By bdery
Replies: 26
Views: 827
The 150-450 is not internal zoom, however, so it gets much longer as you zoom. Much longer.



Right, I did write that ;)



I didn't say it was impossible. But based on experience, I strongly recommend avoiding it.

and in poor light, at 450mm, then yes, I'll go as far as saying it's impossible. I had a miserable time capturing the sharpness samples for that lens' review and making sure user error was not degrading the results. A steady tripod, remote, timer and electronic shutter were all needed to really get the best out of the lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
What lens to buy next?
Posted By bdery
Replies: 26
Views: 827
I have used the 70-200 quite a lot without a tripod. With a good sling strap such as the Op/Tech or Peak design, it can be worn on the body, and raised when needed. Stability was not an issue at 200mm.

The 150-450, on the other hand, is larger, heavier, and has a longer reach that's harder to stabilize manually. I always used it with support, and even carrying it via s trap for a short period was not fun.

That being said, you're correct the 70-200mm is large. It's one of the reasons I still own the 60-250 F4 instead of that one.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
What lens to buy next?
Posted By bdery
Replies: 26
Views: 827
It REALLY depends on what you typically shoot.

Both are amazing. The 70-200mm is probably the best all-around lens I've ever tested.

The 150-450 offers a combination of reach and IQ unmatched on the K-mount.

The latter almost always requires a monopod or tripod to use at the long end.

Both will serve you well but seriously, the choice should be easy once you determine what you intend to shoot with them.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Suggestion for Large Group Portrait Lens
Posted By bdery
Replies: 54
Views: 1,109
I would steer towards the 24-70, and use it at the wide end. It's not perfect in the corners, but pretty good.

Wider than that, on FF, you're looking at the 15-30, or specialty lenses like the Irix 15, Samyang 14, Laowa 12. The latter has the lowest distortion, but none of these are particularly impressive in the corners. The 15-30 is the best, but doesn't handle distortion as well.

I think there's no free lunch : you'll have to step back a bit. A 24-ish FOV is probably best for this.

At my kids' school, the photographer went on the room to photograph everyone, it looked pretty good!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Will a DA 55-300mm handle PF better?
Posted By bdery
Replies: 27
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The short answer is yes, it would, especially the PLM version. In addition to being sharper, more compact, having silent AF and being quicker to focus.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
FA Limited Colours
Posted By bdery
Replies: 34
Views: 1,207
I was referring mainly to the other two lenses.



I have both the 43 and 77, so I could compare them, and I have a few others so I could use those also. But it would be tedious to shoot the exact same scene with all lenses, plus it wouldn't necessarily allow a fair and complete comparison of all involved lenses.

The FA Limited do have a special rendering. Colours, I'd say yes, but not only that. The out of focus rendering, the center sharpness, the microcontrast are all contributors.

I think the best way to wrap your head around the differences is to look at many samples, to get an "averaged" opinion.

Having owned the DA40 and many 50s before owning the FA43, I'll say the 40 was clearly better than the 50s, but had much less character than the 43.

The 77 is in many ways comparable to the DFA 100 macro WR. Their rendering is close (I give the edge to the 77 but really they're not that different). I keep both because the macro is slow to focus, larger, and not as fast.



I really look forward to testing the DFA 50. I want to see how good it is as an artistic tool.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 4 Days Ago  
FA Limited Colours
Posted By bdery
Replies: 34
Views: 1,207
When I feel that I'm going to need more dynamic range, or when I'm capturing what I feel will be a special image, I use RAW. Otherwise, I'm lazy so I use JPEG.



Why not look at the samples from the Limited reviews? ;)
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 4 Days Ago  
Oben CT-2491 tripod, 200$ off at B&H
Posted By bdery
Replies: 0
Views: 188
This is a fine, solid but not very compact tripod. Light for its size, a few interesting perks but mostly your classic design. $200 off, almost half-price!

Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod CT-2491 B&H Photo Video
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Your favorite "Landscape" lens?
Posted By bdery
Replies: 97
Views: 3,147
The 15 is probably as good as the 21 for starbursts. It's one of the few Pentax lenses I have never tested. My understanding of it, and my use of other wide lenses, tells me it's not as easy to master as the 21, but is a very rewarding lens in itw own right.



I believe it's easier to use and more versatile.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-09-2018, 08:24 AM  
Your favorite "Landscape" lens?
Posted By bdery
Replies: 97
Views: 3,147
The HD version has improved coatings, which could have been transferred anyway.

They also changed the iris, which is the point of discussion here.

They did not make any changes to the optical design.

My point is that they could have used the improved HD coatings while keeping the straight aperture blades and have the best of both worlds. The 21 is already a lens with a pretty dynamic bokeh, and it's a wide lens. It's not like anyone expects macro performances.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-09-2018, 05:47 AM  
Your favorite "Landscape" lens?
Posted By bdery
Replies: 97
Views: 3,147
Correct. In my opinion, the SMC is the most desirable of the two.

With Pentax's understanding and knowledge about special lenses (just look at the three FA Limited, and even the DA Limited in their own way) I don't see how they did not present the starbursts as a feature of the 15 and 21. With the HD version, they crippled these lenses.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-08-2018, 02:17 PM  
Your favorite "Landscape" lens?
Posted By bdery
Replies: 97
Views: 3,147
I can give you more if you want ;)

Here's one of my favourites, not the most spectacular composition, but every little light on the tree is showing beautiful stars (best seen in larger size, just click on it):



This one's pretty nice too:

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-08-2018, 06:29 AM  
Has anyone used both the DA 16-85 and DFA 28-105?
Posted By bdery
Replies: 16
Views: 795
Having purchased the 28-105 from a forum member, I can confirm that it's really the equivalent of the 16-85 on FF. Both lenses offer the same experience, sharpness and general quality.

The sad thing is that the copy I purchased suffers from inconsistent focus inaccuracies. That is to say, if I fine-tune AF for, say, 50-60mm, it becomes wildly off at other focal lengths. And it's also inconsistent depending on the subject distance. I'm in communication with the seller and we'll see how it goes, when focusing manually or via live view it works well, so it's not glass damage inside the lens. Hopefully it's possible to repair it.

MTNGAL, if I wasn't suffering from this problem, I'd be putting my 16-85 up for sale. If you're in no hurry I can get back to you when things are sorted out.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-08-2018, 06:23 AM  
Your favorite "Landscape" lens?
Posted By bdery
Replies: 97
Views: 3,147
The 31 is a fantastic lens. However, it's not equal to the DA21 for compactness, starbursts, and I'm wishing for something below 28mm. Between 20-24 would be ideal. And please, none of these curved aperture blades on such a wide lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-08-2018, 06:21 AM  
Your favorite "Landscape" lens?
Posted By bdery
Replies: 97
Views: 3,147
Here:



It does that everytime.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-07-2018, 11:26 AM  
Your favorite "Landscape" lens?
Posted By bdery
Replies: 97
Views: 3,147
On APS-C, definitely the DA 21 Limited. Gorgeous rendering, colours, sharpness. It's even better at night, creating superb starbursts.

On FF, I haven't tested as many lenses but for the moment my favourite is the FA 20-35. It lacks some of the character of the 21 but is an excellent lens in its own right.

Now if Pentax release an equivalent to the 21 on FF (think a 24 Limited maybe) I'd be al over it.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-06-2018, 05:46 AM  
Nature Birding (a new thing for me)
Posted By bdery
Replies: 8
Views: 300
Yes, that one's my favourite by far. Timing, patience and luck!



LOL thanks! I might get more interested as time passes ;)
Forum: General Talk 11-05-2018, 05:55 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By bdery
Replies: 14,550
Views: 973,177
That symbol is what's mandatory in Quebec ;)
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 11-05-2018, 05:52 AM  
The official K-1 to K-1 Mark II Upgrade Feedback Thread
Posted By bdery
Replies: 167
Views: 10,592
In Canada, I talked with Sun cameras and they have not received more parts yet. The deadline has not been decided for the moment.
Forum: General Talk 11-02-2018, 06:40 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By bdery
Replies: 14,550
Views: 973,177
In Quebec, eastern Canada, we get pretty harsh winters. Winters tires are mandatory, speed limits on highways are fixed at 100 km/h (roughly 60 miles/h). 5 deaths per 100000 last year. Is that a lot? I don't have numbers for the states you mention.



That's one thing I can't wrap my head around. Here, seatbelts are mandatory and everyone's fine with that.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-02-2018, 12:26 PM  
Landscape Takakkaw Falls , Canada's secon highest waterfall
Posted By bdery
Replies: 15
Views: 443
Well captured, and a beautiful fall! What's the highest in Canada, I wonder?
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