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Forum: Lens Clubs 05-30-2021, 10:46 AM  
The Kit Lens Club!
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 3,028
Views: 543,398
I'm sorry to see you haven't been that great lately, I hope things improve as time goes on.

I belong to the "never volunteer" school of medicine myself and know what its like when the docs can't find a cure, its also quite interesting to note that the "she who must be obeyed" and all my daughters keep sending me to the docs but never go themselves.

The K70 is quite good at grey sky's as well as greens and does quite well in the rain too especially with the 18-55 WR I bought for our weather, so far this week we've had 150% of our normal rainfall, the presenter crossed her fingers after giving the forecast, I tend to watch the farming forecast as I'm convinced the normal daily one is just for the crowd in Dublin and the rest of the country doesn't matter. Long periods of rain will be interrupted by short periods of showers - George Mikes - How to be an Alien 1946 - An alien being of course anybody not English.

On the weather resistant lenses, I suppose I shouldn't say this here but I've often thought its a pity that those nice lightweight DA LTD primes are not WR and that they stop at 70mm, a nice light screw drive 100mm or 135mm would be really great, noise doesn't bother me.

Kind Regards.
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-30-2021, 07:28 AM  
The Kit Lens Club!
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 3,028
Views: 543,398
I moved from the K200D to the K7 so I could use the 1.4x rear converter which of course I never bought, I wasn't happy with the CMOS sensor in it anyway.

Then some years later I bought the K70 and am very happy with it, I think that, so far, it is as near as you can get to a CCD quality, I never bother with the Video and I find the fully articulated screen an annoyance more than a help, the one on the K1/11 is probably better.

The K70 is slightly lighter (2g I think) than the K200D and feels smaller in the hand, MPB in the UK do second hand equipment, all makes, and I think they offer a six month guarantee, SRS in Watford do second hand as well not sure of their guarantee but both safer than auction sites where you have to take your chance and good luck.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-26-2021, 01:05 AM  
Takumar Lens Hood
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 5
Views: 419
I have a number of Takumar lenses for a long time but never a genuine Asahi Optical Co. lens hood and while browsing e-bay I was astonished at the Buy-It-Now prices these hoods were going for. Anyway I bought one for 18 + shipping which arrived a couple of days ago as described with two or three tiny scratch marks on the outside coating. They really made these things properly back then, absolutely no scrimping on any part.

As far as I can see it has to have been machined from a solid block of metal with the sloping sides properly machined in steps to reduce reflections. It attaches to the lens with what look like 3 little nylon pressure pads operated by what I think must be some sort of internal cam as you twist the locking ring. With all this attention to detail I'm pretty sure the size of the hood must been properly calculated for the field of view and not by the usual mass market guess and fiddle.

Altogether a really nice piece of quality engineering, as a bonus it also fits my M28 F2.8

I wonder should I use it or put it on the shelf and keep it safe, decisions, decisions.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-19-2021, 12:25 AM  
Film Emulation
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 18
Views: 947
Thank you one and all, I didn't expect so many interesting supplies.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-16-2021, 01:42 PM  
Film Emulation
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 18
Views: 947
This may well have been asked before so apologies if it has.

Looking at my K70's Custom image setting there are 13 different settings but not one, as I understand it, that emulates any specific named film type be it black and white or colour, on the other hand my Fuji XE-1 mirrorless has 7 specific film types to choose from plus 3 generic black and white, granted Fuji is/was a film producer so that's probably not unexpected.

I'm just curious if it is possible to add a specific film type into the camera's settings - I'm not going to do it just curious.

I suspect that it is because Pentax is not tied to any film maker ?

I believe that you can do this with certain post processing software.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-08-2021, 12:29 AM  
Abstract Foggy morning
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 18
Views: 415
Welcome to the frustration club, there is a constant breeze around here mostly off the Atlantic, makes macros or any other flower/plant shot a trial of patience.
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-07-2021, 01:19 AM  
Takumar club
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 17,974
Views: 3,489,023
A couple of years back I seem to remember reading somewhere that Pentax had made around 35 million lenses - enjoy.

I started out long long ago, my first "good" single lens reflex was an m42 screw mount Yashica bought around 1962/3 with a 50mm F2.0 lens, only the other day I discovered that the lens is thought to have been made for Yashica by Tomioka the legendary lens maker, still works perfectly, you learn something every day. My first Digital SLR was the Pentax K200D the last of the Pentax CCD sensors, still works great, I don't think CMOS sensor quality caught up with that from a CCD until the K70, but that of course is my personal opinion.

May I suggest that, if you have not already done so, you wander over to YouTube and look at the excellent videos produced by Utak and vyoufinder who show interesting aspects of lens design and other photographic subjects.

There is also a guy called Steve O'Nions, from somewhere in the North of England who covers many aspects of photography both film and digital and shows that even in the worst of weather good photography is still possible.

Those three produce, in my opinion, really solid information with none of the "Hey look at me I'm great" carry on of so many YouTuber's.

Take care.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-07-2021, 12:38 AM  
Scratched or not ?
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 21
Views: 838
Since 2009 I've been a quiet (relatively) very happy member of the forum, I'm always amazed at how helpful members from all over the planet are and how willing to take their time and trouble to solve any question asked.

So it's not surprising that Pentax users are really loyal to the brand and a great pity that it doesn't get the recognition it deserves from other parties.

Thank you very much for your wisdom.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-05-2021, 07:07 AM  
Scratched or not ?
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 21
Views: 838
Thanks folks for the info, peperberry's illustration is more what I had in mind and I note the hood recommendations which I use all the time anyway.

Thanks again, I think I'll hang out for a good copy avoiding any rear element damage.

I shall have to get one from Japan, since the UK left the EU our beloved customs guys look twice at anything coming from that direction and slap every duty they can think of on it, unfortunately they seem to look at the USA in the same way, Japan so far seems ok and I've heard their sellers are pretty reliable.
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-05-2021, 06:53 AM  
The K-Club!
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 3,894
Views: 647,525
German architects of yore had an annoying habit of jamming buildings up against each other, this is the Town Hall in Kulmbach Bavaria taken with the K17 on the K200D, I'm ashamed to say its the only K series lens I own, I had no other lens wide enough with me, as you can see I have made no attempt to defish the image.

The image seems to be much sharper on my screen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-05-2021, 06:03 AM  
People Daunting
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 7
Views: 278
Shush, he's probably working on the well known eeny meeny miny moe theory of electronics.

Years after completing his college education in electronics my son discovered that he was partially colour blind to certain colours, he figured that must have been why some of his experiments turned out rather more exciting than anticipated.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-05-2021, 03:38 AM  
Scratched or not ?
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 21
Views: 838
Naturally I'm restricted in my finances, mostly because somebody has decided I have too many lenses already, don't ya know.

I've been trawling through web sites looking for some nice Takumar lenses I can smuggle in on the quiet and I've noticed that those with slight imperfections to either the front or back lenses don't make the same prices as supposedly mint copies.

Now I'm talking about "Light" scratches or maybe a small damage to the coating, not those copies who have the front element sandpapered out of existence, in the old days the odd bubble or two, for example, was considered acceptable so I'm wondering how much the odd scratch or coating separation actually makes to the image on either film or APS-C, there is no way that I could justify the K1 so I'm quite happy with film, mostly B & W, as a FF digital substitute, sometimes I think its better.

Thank you.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-04-2021, 02:41 AM  
People portrait
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 11
Views: 492
Really nice portrait of a girl who doesn't need to adopt strange poses to make the best of herself.
Forum: Photo Critique 05-04-2021, 02:37 AM  
Black & White Railway station at night
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 17
Views: 474
Beautifully taken, interesting to see where the K1 gets to, lack of people in the shot makes it more curious wondering what's going on.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-04-2021, 02:34 AM  
Nature Looking for breakfast
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 3
Views: 186
Nice one, all my shots show legs vanishing out of the frame
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-28-2021, 12:44 AM  
Landscape Table Mountain cable car with Lions Head in the background
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 4
Views: 247
Good photo and I'm sure the views are spectacular but nothing in this world would get me inside one of those things.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-28-2021, 12:37 AM  
Travel Wings!
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 4
Views: 179
Nice angle
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-28-2021, 12:36 AM  
Landscape Wadi and Frankincense
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 2
Views: 173
Well done for persevering, a loooong time ago I discovered that photographers should only travel alone for peace and quiet.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-28-2021, 12:29 AM  
Abstract In the souk
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 9
Views: 308
A great reminder of a once beautiful place, I suppose its a bit like looking at photos of Berlin in 1939 and now probably more like 1945, thank you for sharing.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-27-2021, 02:13 AM  
Nature King of the road
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 7
Views: 199
I think he's got the right of way. I think I'd have preferred a longer telephoto, no that's wrong I know I'd have preferred a longer telephoto.

I remember a colleague telling me he spent a long time sitting in his car on a hill above a river ford waiting until one of these fellows decided he'd finished his bath, I can understand why.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-27-2021, 02:01 AM  
Nature A small Honeyeater
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 24
Views: 457
Beautiful shot of a beautiful subject, none so blind - never really noticed before how hand like are the birds feet, learn something every day.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-27-2021, 01:03 AM  
Nature Caution!! Open at your own risk!!!
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 22
Views: 496
Very nice, nothing wrong with that lens and the K7, not my favourite Pentax, but it can do it in the right hands
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-23-2021, 02:59 AM  
Lens Club v Lens Reviews
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 19
Views: 882
I hadn't expected so much interest, every so often I decide I need a new lens look at all the new models and quite a few old ones and then I think why and decide there really is no need.

Most of us have at least one or two lenses from the Takumar or M series, quite long in the tooth now but beautiful lenses all the same, however the principles of lens designs remain the same, its just changes in more accurate computation, new glass types and coatings that make the difference which I think has probably been of more benefit to zoom lenses than primes although sharpness may have been gained at the loss of character.

I look at the new designs and wonder do I really need all this extra weight and motorisation and the answer more often than not is no, there is so little to go wrong with a nice quiet, small and lightweight manually focussing lens from the past, true it may not have the pixel peeping qualities of modern lenses but then I don't do pixel peeping.

Perhaps the good photograph goes back, in the long run, to the photographer's eye and the decisive moment rather than the latest lens or camera.
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-23-2021, 02:29 AM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 3,824
Views: 693,231
Northern Michigan seems to be a very scenic area, really nice shots
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-22-2021, 12:51 PM  
Lens Club v Lens Reviews
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 19
Views: 882
You've decided on the focal length you want and waded back and forth through the relevant lens club and finally decided on the version of the lens that's going to make you the greatest photographer ever, even if means remortgaging the house and a divorce and then you think "wonder what the reviews say" so you wander over and read every review and you start getting worried because this guy says this and another says something else and it starts to look like your choice might not be the best so you start sweating bricks are you really going to buy the right one.

Of course this is all subjective and the images you see on screen may not reveal everything you want to know, there has to be some scientific base for comparing lenses that the forum could run. Back in the day when film was king the magazines used to be able to give detailed test results so you could actually have an idea how sharp a lens was in comparison to a known standard, which if I remember correctly was the Zeiss Planar on a selected film.

I do realise that film resolution is one thing and digital another, made all the more complex by the disparity between sensors, screen resolutions, processing programs and you name it.

Following several weeks of sleepless nights you abandon the whole idea and decide to stick with what you have, at least it stops the "what's the matter with you now, you've been going round like a bear with a sore head........................".
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