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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-18-2020, 01:27 PM  
Wide-angle lenses which are well corrected for coma
Posted By Qman
Replies: 27
Views: 1,456
The DA 14 2.8 has noticeable coma. I suspect the best Pentax lens will be the DA 11-18 since it is set up to use a defogging heater for astrophotography. If they did that then they must have tried to optimize the coma.
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-29-2020, 11:51 AM  
Is it the camera settings, the lens or the idiot holding the camera?
Posted By Qman
Replies: 15
Views: 1,354
Were you using a tripod? If you were, then turn the shake reduction off.
Forum: Pentax K-70 05-17-2020, 05:58 PM  
Poll: Lost on Lenses K-70
Posted By Qman
Replies: 29
Views: 2,011
On the wider end you can't go wrong with the 16-85 as a great general purpose lens. If you need to go wider (I certainly think you should try something wider) then consider the DA 15, or DA 14 (my preference), or 12-24, or 11-18. All are very good lenses with different sizes, prices, and strengths. If you do some astro then the 11-18 is likely the best option.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-01-2020, 01:40 PM  
Flared Arrow Leaf Balsamroot
Posted By Qman
Replies: 17
Views: 249
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-05-2020, 08:29 AM  
Takumar 3.5/100 black and chrome M37??
Posted By Qman
Replies: 11
Views: 676
Take a look at the lens reviews on this forum. They list it there. They are very rare in the M42 mount and are highly rated by the users. I've been wanting to buy one but haven't found one yet.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-12-2020, 07:19 PM  
William Optics RedCat 51 vs Pentax DA* 300mm F4 for Astro
Posted By Qman
Replies: 3
Views: 1,507
The optical limits tests are on completely different bodies so you can't compare results. DxOMark test are also useless unless you're comparing lenses on the same bodies. Unfortunately DXO isn't very clear about this and will give a lens a very low rating simply because it was tested on a low resolution body.
Forum: Pentax K-70 02-07-2020, 12:04 AM  
Best settings on K-70. Manual focus lensing.
Posted By Qman
Replies: 10
Views: 1,439
Live view with focus peaking to get the initial shot, then bracket a couple of shots on either side of that. The focus confirmation beep isn't, particularly reliable, particularly with the lens wide open.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-31-2020, 12:40 PM  
Perfect wide angle lens
Posted By Qman
Replies: 37
Views: 2,157
I think the DA14 2.8 is a fantastic lens, and the sharpness of mine is very good, but it does suffer from coma. Rokinon makes some fine astro lenses with no coma, but of course they are not autofocus.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-09-2020, 04:44 PM  
Nature Deer in Grass
Posted By Qman
Replies: 8
Views: 341
Yes, I was amazed at how similar the fall grass color was.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-09-2020, 04:42 PM  
Travel Oia Market
Posted By Qman
Replies: 12
Views: 360
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-09-2020, 12:23 AM  
Pentax S
Posted By Qman
Replies: 37
Views: 2,565
You lucked out with that one! Yes, the 55mm f2.2 is the correct lens. Both the lens and the camera are quite rare. I have the same setup, but the seller never sent me the case.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-02-2020, 01:15 PM  
Abstract Oia swimming pool, Santorini
Posted By Qman
Replies: 7
Views: 338
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-26-2019, 05:16 PM  
Black & White Up the Steps in Arachova
Posted By Qman
Replies: 4
Views: 293

---------- Post added 12-26-19 at 06:18 PM ----------

Thanks! The entire town is built on the side of a mountain. This is one of many steps. You certainly get your exercise.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-25-2019, 03:35 PM  
Pentax Forums Christmas Giveaway!
Posted By Qman
Replies: 99
Views: 6,228
Nice idea. Tough choice, but I'd go with 2018 design 6 in black. Thanks!
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-23-2019, 02:16 PM  
PentaxForums 100 Year Giveaway - December/January - Grand Prize Raffle Entry Thread
Posted By Qman
Replies: 166
Views: 6,833
My entry is in! Fingers crossed!
Forum: Photo Critique 12-23-2019, 02:10 PM  
Landscape Golden autumn
Posted By Qman
Replies: 22
Views: 2,141
Nice colors, peaceful feeling. I would try cropping the right side so the edge is partway into the tree trunk. I find the gap a little distracting - but it may be better as-is. Nice work!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-23-2019, 10:02 AM  
If Pentax would be discontinued, would prices go up or down?
Posted By Qman
Replies: 55
Views: 2,524
I'm guessing prices for new stock would initially go down as retailers try to get rid of remaining stock. Then prices would start to climb again.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-23-2019, 09:45 AM  
Nature Nature Always Wins
Posted By Qman
Replies: 8
Views: 627
The fisheye effect works well here. I like the thread title.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-23-2019, 09:40 AM  
Nature Big mouth!!!
Posted By Qman
Replies: 13
Views: 462
Very nice! Interesting seeing the depth of field at f11.
Forum: Pentax K-1 12-22-2019, 04:57 PM  
K1 with 28-105 D FA lens and 1.4x Teleconverter
Posted By Qman
Replies: 22
Views: 1,430
There are lots of autofocus 70-210 lenses around. The F 70-210 gets good reviews. Bigger and heavier than the 135mm f2.8, but much cheaper and longer reach.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-22-2019, 03:49 PM  
Nature A few spiders
Posted By Qman
Replies: 12
Views: 373
I like it! I thought they just hatched and immediately went their separate ways.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-22-2019, 10:37 AM  
Nature Just Beecause.
Posted By Qman
Replies: 12
Views: 493
Nice sharp image. Transition to out of focus very smooth. That PLM works well!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-22-2019, 10:30 AM  
Nature Purple Leafs
Posted By Qman
Replies: 19
Views: 488
Nice colors and framing.
Forum: Pentax K-1 12-21-2019, 10:51 PM  
K1 with 28-105 D FA lens and 1.4x Teleconverter
Posted By Qman
Replies: 22
Views: 1,430
He said he's had one before and isn't a fan.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-21-2019, 07:07 PM  
Do I have the rare Takumar 50 1.4?
Posted By Qman
Replies: 30
Views: 1,509
Looks like the infrared mark is in the wrong position. Should be to the right of the 4.
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