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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-26-2016, 08:16 AM  
Any silver Ltd lens on your k??? bodies
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 28
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I have several silver ltd lenses that I use. They look really sensational on my white K-S1 and they look fine on my K1. I bought them for the white camera, but they work just the same on the K1.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-25-2016, 10:44 PM  
Gitzo First Impressions
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 17
Views: 1,122
Funny others have had trouble with their Gitzo twist locks. Mine is probably 10 years old and I've never had any trouble with the locks. I prefer them to the Manfrotto flip locks, the one I tried kept pinching my thumb or finger, and an old cheap one I had was a pain because the locks kept getting caught in the plants when I was taking wildflower pictures.
Forum: Pentax Q 12-22-2016, 11:01 PM  
Confused - Adaptor Question
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 7
Views: 829
I'm going to get the fotodiox adaptor for the 135. I still use a couple of lenses I bought in 1980, so why not one made in 1930? I think b&w would work, too. While I haven't tried to clean the front element on the 50 yet, I think it might not be in as good shape.
Forum: Pentax Q 12-20-2016, 01:28 PM  
Confused - Adaptor Question
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 7
Views: 829
I'm so confused, have spent the morning reading and am now more confused. All of this RF stuff is new to me and I'm pretty clueless. But I've always wanted to own a Carl Zeiss lens, so even though my head is spinning, I've been sticking with it.

Last night I was going through a box of my father's old photo stuff. I found an old camera and an extra lens. I have a vague memory of my father saying the camera didn't work and my mother mentioning my grandfather giving my Dad an expensive camera but I didn't know if the camera Mom referred to was the one I found in the box. After some research, the camera is a Contax III and dates from the late 1930's so I assume it is the expensive camera Dad's father gave him. The lens is a Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 135 f4 lens with Contax RF bayonet mount (an interesting double bayonet mount - the lens on the camera is the Sonnar 50 f1.5 and the focus ring is on the camera while the 135 has it's own focus ring and the mount fits over the camera's focus ring).

I've established that the register distance is too short to use on a K-mount camera (no surprise, the lenses are fairly small), but that there's the potential to use it on the Q. So I could be talked into dusting off my Q camera and getting an adaptor, but that's where the confusion comes in.

I can find an adaptor that's for Nikon's RF mount, which from what I read today was an adoption of the Contax RF mount. But there's a comment that Nikon is slightly different (not positive how though) and that only the wide angle lenses are interchangeable, the normal and tele lenses wouldn't be. So my question is - would that adaptor work with my 135 lens (with it's own focusing ring that mounts over the camera's focusing ring mount) all right? I know the 50 f1.5 would not work as it requires some sort of focus ring to replace the camera's focus ring.

After checking out prices on eBay the lens would be worth only about $50. But it's just such a beautifully engineered piece of equipment and it appears that the glass is excellent so I thought it might be worth the cost of an adaptor. I'm not so sure about the 50 - I need to clean the glass better. None of this has been used since the 1950's and while the camera is in a case, the 50 didn't have a lens cover on the front element.

So the question is - would the Fotodiox RF to Q adaptor work all right, or will I run into problems due to some sort of difference between the Nikon RF and Contax RF mounts? Or is there a better adaptor/combination adaptor I should look at? And would either of these lenses capture that illusive Zeiss quality picture (assuming the 50's glass isn't damaged or have fungus or something) given that they would be used on a Q?
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-09-2016, 09:10 PM  
My K1 works fine
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 42
Views: 2,213
Good heavens! I assumed you were referring to the bad words beginning knitters mutter when they realize they made a huge mistake 20 rows below. Or when their straight edge isn't so straight. Or when they start throwing needles across the room after they tore out 3 inches of knitting for the 10th time because they can't get the pattern to work right. I never imagined that kind of competition/drama!

And I thought photography was tough...
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-09-2016, 05:10 PM  
My K1 works fine
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 42
Views: 2,213
This thread has certainly brightened my day. Not that it was exactly gloomy, I've spent most of it wandering around a fabulous museum taking pictures with the K1. The only problem I had was that one of my lenses just doesn't focus right on the camera - it's the SMC 24mm f2.8 and I just can't get the hang of focusing it in a dark museum at all ( :D )! As soon as I switched back to the FA31 and its autofocus, I had no trouble at all. Does the fact my eyes aren't good enough to focus a manual wide angle lens with a very short throw count as a camera problem? NOT!

I've had no technical problems, just that I've taken a ton of not that interesting landscape pictures of incredible scenery covered up by clouds and rain. Does that count?
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-01-2016, 10:34 AM  
K1 now missing sync port cover
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 15
Views: 1,436
I haven't had a chance to look up what it will cost, almost no internet on my travels. But thanks for the info, I'm being careful in the rain I've seen almost every day for the past month. I'll be heading home the end of the month.
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-28-2016, 05:10 AM  
K1 now missing sync port cover
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 15
Views: 1,436
Is it going to be possible to replace the cap that covers the sync port? It's at an awkward location for me and it kept coming loose whenever I took the camera out of the case. I've now managed to lose it entirely somewhere.

Also, I wonder how much not having it would affect the weather resistance.

It would be nice to know if I will be able to get another one when I finally get home at the end of August.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-23-2016, 03:06 AM  
Should I get Lightroom 6?
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 13
Views: 1,001
I've just run into a problem with the CC package - I've been camping for 10 days and haven't had any WiFi. The cell reception (when I had any) wasn't enough to use my phone for a hot spot. It won't let me get into Lightroom to import my photos and work on them! I've been using LR5 since I happened to still have it on the computer, luckily. I had thought I read that you had something like 6 weeks or more before you were stopped.

I hope to have Internet of some sort this evening, LR CC seems faster as well as having additional tools.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-27-2016, 06:47 AM  
RRS L-plate for K-1
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 38
Views: 4,466
I have a generic L-bracket that I bought from Acratech when I bought a tripod head. Last weekend I picked up a travel tripod that came with a head on it, along with a very generic plate (no lip so the camera can slip). Since that's about all I had, I put my RRS macro rails on the tripod, the plate from the tripod on the camera and attached the L-bracket. There's far too many knobs and levers - I sure do want to get the RRS L-bracket, but must wait for payday.

Forum: Pentax K-1 05-27-2016, 06:36 AM  
K-1 and SD card issues
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 31
Views: 4,616
Last weekend I spent a little time talking to a rep from SanDisk at a photography show. I mentioned that I had just bought a new camera and that I had used a card from a different camera when I first got it. He said that using cards between different cameras can end up causing card errors and that it was best to have dedicated cards for each camera. I know I've switched cards between various Pentax cameras, always reformatting the card in each camera, and have not had a problem. But I haven't tried taking one from a completely different camera manufacturer, I wonder if that can be the cause of issues and why he gave that warning?
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-23-2016, 02:16 PM  
Don't shot, but help please
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 16
Views: 1,320
Do "nice" and "18-300" go together? I always heard that was hard to do.

I just bought the 28-105 and was impressed with how sharp it is, I wasn't expecting it to be much. It's slow but for most of my landscapes the speed of a lens doesn't matter all that much.

I also have the FA 100-300 f4.7 that seems to have sharp optics for a plastic lens. I'll be using these when I want zooms, but I'm primarily a prime shooter. I still have to try my old M 50 1.7, a nice and sharp manual lens (bought new in 1980). Right now I'm using the FA 43 or the FA 31.

I looked at the DFA15-30 this weekend, while it looks to be a wonderful lens, it's big. I'm not sure it's for me, I happen to have a SMC 24 f2.8 that I can use if I want something wider and faster than my other lenses. I'm not so sure I care about anything wider than 24 on a full frame camera, but perhaps I might later.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 04-28-2016, 10:24 AM  
K1 delivery
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 108
Views: 11,757
Glad to see you have your priorities straight, camera first.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-24-2016, 05:51 PM  
Filter for Canada travel
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 29
Views: 1,025
I heard about how tough reservations are in the national parks, and I got one of the last sites in Jasper (power only, hence my question about water) and one of the last 3 sites in Kootenay with full hookups (Redstreak). When I booked I had more choices at Lake Louise and Banff, though I'm sure they are not choice spots. At least I have reservations.

I'm planning on going down through Radium Hot Springs then down 93(?), to get to West Glacier, rowing a trailer across Going To The Sun Road is not my idea of fun. I haven't towed up Tioga Rd, just the western 190 pass into Death Valley and was definitely concerned going up. It bothered me enough that I drove back by going east, a much easier route. Slopes greater than 7% get me worried. 5 - 6% grades are a piece of cake, I just don't go very fast. Going to the Sun will be fun in the Grand Cherokee without the trailer.

I don't see why everyone wants to see bears - they are too clever for their own good and can be such dangerous pests. My thinking could be clouded because one just about totaled a Honda Fit I was in once, didn't kill the bear right off, or at least the CHP couldn't find it when he went back looking for it. I can't tell you how many stories I've heard about the damage bears can do to a house or a car.

I have both the 100-300 f4.7 and the DA*300 which I'll bring, though I'm not entirely sure I'll use the DA all that much, it's pretty heavy to tote along. But it also plays nicely with the 1.7 AFA, which I also have. I do wonder if I should get the 1.4 TC, then I would have true AF.

While I probably won't hike with a tripod, this trip might be a good excuse to get a small, lightweight tripod. RRS has one I keep drooling over. I have a Gitzo Series 2 tripod, but it's too heavy to hike with.

I'll bring the limited lenses, and not use this trip as an excuse to buy the DA 70, the only 1 I don't have. It has never "called my name" - not like all of the other ones. I will bring the 16-50, not sure about the 12-24 or the 10-17.

I hike with a hydration pack and then lens pouches hung on the waist belt - far more comfortable for someone as small as I am. I get strange looks, but it works.

Thanks for all the help and advice.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-22-2016, 02:12 PM  
Filter for Canada travel
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 29
Views: 1,025
Another thanks for this information as I will also be going to the Canadian Rockies, going by way of Kelowna and Prince George, then continuing to Glacier and the Black Hills.

For those of you familiar with Jasper and Lake Louise, I am going to be camping there with power only and will most likely need to refill my fresh water tank at some point between those 2 places. Is there a water source where I can do that? I'll have full hookups at Banff and access to water in Prince George. What are the grades like between Prince George and Jasper? If steep I would rather fill up the water tank in Jasper than to carry an extra 300 lbs of water.

Any other suggestions for must-see places, I'm going to have 3 nights in each place. It seems like there's far too many places than what I have time for, but the person who will be with me (not much of a hiker, knee problems) only has 2 weeks.

Since I'm driving, I will bring most of what I own as far as camera stuff (CPs, variety of lenses, tripod, etc.). I love macro, but am not so sure I should take macro rails, wonder if I'll want to take the time to set up.

If you were going on a trip like this, would you want a K-1? Sigh.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 09-17-2015, 08:14 AM  
DSLR, manual focusing and myopia
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 18
Views: 1,940
Some lenses are harder to focus than others, and it definitely takes practice. I found a macro lens was the easiest for me to focus, and that's what I practice on. The one lens I've never managed to focus correctly on a consistent basis is the K24 f2.8 - too bad because it's a lovely lens. And yes, I will use the center point indicator and re-frame if I can't obviously see the focus - perhaps that's why I have issues with the K24 - the focus is rarely obvious and perhaps the camera doesn't focus accurately with it.

You can also try using live view, too - I find sometimes it's easier to use it and zoom in if I'm using a tripod (especially if I'm also using macro rails).

One of the things I've found is that just because you can see the indicators clearly doesn't mean that your subject is going to be in focus. While you are looking through a scene through a glass reflected in a mirror, the scene isn't really at the same plane as the indicators. I figured that out when I was taking pictures of scenes reflected in a muddy puddle with a longer lens. The puddle was relatively close and I could get the surface of the puddle and grass around it in focus or the reflected scene, but not both at the same time with a relatively large aperture. I think the camera is more or less the same thing - I wear bifocals and while I can see the scene clearly with my distance correction, I can't see the indicators as well. I can't manage without my glasses at all as the dioper adjustment doesn't compensate enough for my eye's deviation. If the dioper adjustment can compensate for your eyes without your glasses, then you can use it instead of your glasses.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 09-12-2015, 06:46 PM  
Fun with the K-S1
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 279
Views: 37,599
The pictures in this thread are awesome. Good to see that others are having fun with this little camera.

And I'll post a couple of the few photos I've taken the last couple of months "to help the cause" to keep this thread at or near the top of the forum. Time always seems to be a problem with me and I just haven't had much time to spend on my favorite hobby. That will hopefully change some next week. But in the meantime, here's a couple:

Fun with colors: in July I bought some Philips Hue light bulbs and these frosted table lamps. I wanted to take a picture for a color subject and came up with this idea. It was fun to carry it out. (K-S1, DA40 Ltd)



Right after I got the FA 100-300 f4.7,I visited my local county park, looking for Acorn Woodpeckers. I wasn't happy with the woodpecker pictures but here's proof that trees have faces.



I spent quite a bit of time in August buying something that's photography related, a new camera tote. A BIG camera tote! (K-S1, DA21Ltd)





I now own 2 of the most common vehicles in Southern California - a Prius and a white SUV.

While I haven't taken anything of note, at least I do get out occasionally and take some pictures. I still love this cute little camera!
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 09-12-2015, 06:00 PM  
just discovered my white K-s1..
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 5
Views: 1,081
Since I have no fashion sense at all, it wouldn't matter to me. I've often thought about buying a white K-S2 with the new kit lens because I like the idea of the collapsible lens. But I really don't need another camera, I don't think I'd use the kit lens all that much since I have most of the Limited lenses so I haven't done it and since I haven't seen a K-S2 I don't know if they are the same white or not.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 09-10-2015, 09:37 PM  
New KS-1 -- I'm liking it
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 7
Views: 1,603
A wonderful combination. I wasn't entirely sure about the 21 before I bought it, but I was finding that I wasn't focusing all that well with the K24. Now that I have it, I'm finding it more and more on my K-S1. I'm still happily using the S1 as my primary camera, though I haven't had much time to take many pictures in a while. I'm hoping that will change next week.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 08-31-2015, 09:45 AM  
Fun with the K-S1
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 279
Views: 37,599
That camera sure looks small compared to the bigma, doesn't it? Love it!

I had a similar experience with the K3, which I still have though I don't use it much.

Love the pictures, too. A good example of "the little camera that could."
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 08-14-2015, 06:14 AM  
Fun with the K-S1
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 279
Views: 37,599
I love your dogs! Your first attempts sure look good to me.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 08-12-2015, 07:20 AM  
Fun with the K-S1
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 279
Views: 37,599
Very nice! Post some pictures when you get it.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 07-27-2015, 07:50 PM  
Fun with the K-S1
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 279
Views: 37,599
LOL! I'm not tempted, but nice to know about it. I'm really not much of a zoom person, for years I shot film with a couple of primes. I eventually added one zoom (F 70-210) and while I loved it, I had a tendency to just bring the camera to my eye, look at the scene and push the shutter without thinking of using the zoom ring. I'm very comfortable with all of my little limited lenses the 70 being the only one I don't have) for anything wider than 100mm.




A lot of it comes down to how comfortable are you not having a viewfinder in many ways. I used the Q for a while (still have them) but found I wasn't all that crazy about not having a viewfinder. I tried using the Hoodman loupe but got frustrated with that, too. Otherwise, I might have gotten a K-01 at some point. On the other hand, I'm now glad I didn't - at the time I thought about it I only had 3 limited lenses, all the rest of mine were large, heavy ones. There's no way that I could now manage to hold a camera at LCD viewing distance with one of them on it. We all have different physical characteristics and that's something very important. In my case, it's critical because of my limitation. The funny thing is that the reason I wanted a K-01 in the first place was the fact it had flat sides, so you could put it down on a wall or table in portrait mode and didn't need a tripod or stabilizer or anything else. To me, that was something I'd use a lot.

Good luck with your decision - I'm now glad I got the K-S1 instead of a K-01 (but that's just my opinion).
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 07-26-2015, 07:48 PM  
Fun with the K-S1
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 279
Views: 37,599
Well, the car didn't get washed this weekend, the house didn't get cleaned up much and I made the decision to not buy the DA70 right now. Maybe in 6 months or next year, but right now it makes more sense to do what I did do today - go take pictures. This time I decided to do more than just walk around the neighborhood with the K-S1 and FA100-300 f4.7, I went to our local county park.

I took this first one for a "beat the summer heat" challenge on a different board. Thought it looked a good way to do that - go fishing under a huge old oak tree.



And the prize could be:



A comment for those who don't know - taking pictures of fish underwater with a pair of polarized sunglasses on but no circular polarizer on your camera lens will lead to a photo that's completely different than what you saw! I liked this because of the ripples, which I didn't notice when I took it.

I went looking for additional occupants of the park, and found this strange fellow - is he an Ent from Lord of the Rings? And they say trees don't have faces or expressions. The big "Oh."



The oak had help getting that face, and this is one of his helpers:



These are called acorn woodpeckers, and you can see why, looking at the tree. I'm not much of a birder, but I've shot these pretty woodpeckers before, though the last time was with the K5, DA300 and 1.7AFA. I was happy with the results I got with the 100-300 - it might not get as close as the 300 with TC, but at least I can shoot comfortably with the K-S1 and 100-300, which I'm no longer able to do with the K3. I missed the focus sometimes, but I know I get better the more I shoot a new lens.

There were other noisy occupants of the park. I haven't been to the park in probably 2 years, and I don't remember the park having as big a population of these ground squirrels as they do now.



The K-S1 does really well with this lens, and I'm able to manage the combination without a problem.

Finally, another topic I saw on a different board was vivid color. I thought this was appropriate (taken last night with the DA40, not the 100-300).



It turned out to be an interesting exposure problem, to have a little detail surrounding the lights but not having the lights in the lamp blow out to white - it took a fair amount of trial and error, both adjusting the brightness of the lights and the exposure settings on the camera.

Have you ever notice how things lead into other things, ones that are not apparently related? Apple's Health app on the iPhone and these lights are related - just don't ask me how, it's a long chain of events and discoveries. They are going to be great fun to include in photos - gee, maybe I'll actually learn something about still life photography, something I have little experience with.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 07-25-2015, 12:41 PM  
Fun with the K-S1
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 279
Views: 37,599
That type of thing sounds far, far worse than cataract surgery, which was a piece of cake for me. No problems or issues so far.

I've had a bit more time to play with the 4-7. The few pictures I've taken with both the 100-300 and 55-300 looked very, very similar - probably because I was so out of practice and the faults were more mine than the equipment. At first I thought the 100-300 might be back-focusing some, but now that I've practiced some with it, I don't think so. I haven't exactly been putting the lens through it's paces, more just getting used to shooting with it.

A couple taken with it and the K-S1:

Sharpness looks very good (when I don't have camera shake). And OOF bokeh isn't bad at all, not much different than the 55-300 I have.



There's a certain amount of CA, but not more than the 55-300. Considering this is an older lens, I'm not at all unhappy. Could an HD version of the 55-300 do better? Perhaps, but I don't want to buy one to find out. Besides, I use Lightroom and it will fix far worse CA with a click of a button. I don't get concerned about CA.



Walked around to the side of my house, and spotted this:



Do you think my grapevine has gotten out of hand? Guess that's my next task for today!

And guess what one of my tasks for tomorrow is going to be...



The more I use the K-S1 and 100-300 combination, the more comfortable I am with it. It balances well and I'm not struggling with the weight. I have to keep my shutter speeds higher than many people probably would, but at least I can manage it.

I will post a picture of the combination after I figure out how to photograph it. I took one but didn't like how it came out. It's going to take a tripod to get a small enough aperture and/or flash under the lighting conditions I was using (or both!). And the K3 and DA*16-50 is sure a heavy combination, compared to the S1 and 100-300. No question which I can handle better (sigh - I do love the 16-50).
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