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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 2 Days Ago  
Help! I thought about buying a (film) Leica!
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 10
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This! :D

If you do BnW only or really can keep to 2 lenses, then maybe consider a M8
The M9 is really still the best digital M that caters to off center sharpness
I'd look at them both for a cheaper digital RF.

IMHO, the Canon ltm (a bit less so the Nikkors ) are good value for money lenses.
Some of the Russian ones are nice too (ie. J3, J8, J9)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Canon 80D to K1 transition - lens choices
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 12
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That Canon 24-105L is a workhorse and hard to replace on any other brand for price, performance and range of FL.

I will advise against the 17-28.
Its a fisheye and its too old to perform well on digital.


Add that Samyang 14 to your list (for the UWA) (its so cheap for the performance )
Then add either a FA35/2 or FA50/1.4 (neither are too expensive, and can be your fast aperture, walk around, "normal" lens)
the DFA 28-105 rounds it all up for landscapes.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Pentax A 15mm f3.5 vs. Samyang 14mm f2.8
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 5
Views: 499
+1 to this and I have tried both.

Get a Samyang 14 on the cheap end, a Irix 15 on the middle and Laowa 12/2.8 on the more expensive side.
The new lenses have better off center for stopped down (and wide open) sharpness and better CA control on digital.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 4 Days Ago  
Thrift Store - Leitz Wentzlar Summicron 50mm -
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 8
Views: 276
I think you can sell the leather case and easily cover back the cost of your lens. :lol::lol:
Forum: Pentax K-1 4 Days Ago  
Use of filters and their need and affects on modern DSLRs
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 31
Views: 1,211
With digital, I usually just have a 10 or 6 stop ND with me.
I will use the black card technique to simulate a GND.

The polarizer filter is seldom used nowadays for me because I usually can adjust the sky in post and more often use UWA that will give uneven skies with the filter.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 4 Days Ago  
Thrift Store - Leitz Wentzlar Summicron 50mm -
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 8
Views: 276
What a score!

Its a DR (dual range) summicron.
As mentioned, it can be as much as about $1k.
I had one before, but I sold it as I don't find it any better than the other 50mm lenses I have for the cost.
Performance wise, its better than many lenses in its time, but I find that later lenses catch up or are better.
The Canon 50/1.4 ltm for example beats this lens for much less.

Its unique for the build in helicoid extension which allows it to focus closer (sort of like a build in extension tube).
A big deal for RF lenses since they usually have minimum focus distances of ~1m.
This was another reason why this feature was not so impressive for me as the SLR 50's already focus nearer without this and I was using other RF lenses on a A7 with Hawk's helicoid adapter which already allows this same close focus.


As mentioned by Tom_B, it might just be in the close focus position.
IIRC, you can move back the helicoid by depressing the ball on the top and turning the helicoid.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Feel the need to use my Lee filters, but no-go on the D-FA 15-30...
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 17
Views: 523
I know my friend uses the Haida holder on his DFA15-30.
Similarly, I use the Haida holder with Samyang 14/2.8 option for my Samyang 14/2.8

I also use a Laowa holder for my Laowa 12/2.8.

I only use a 10 stop ND for both as it also allows me to use the back card technique to simulate a GND.
Forum: General Photography 6 Days Ago  
What's the mirrorless winner - need your help please!
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 29
Views: 1,072
Too hard to tell at this point as Canon and Nikon has only just entered the fray.


My few cents :

Sony - the current leader with the most lenses and market share. Lasting 5yrs from now should not be a problem imo, due to the momentum it has built up.
The problem with Sony is that they are already known to go where the money is (and they are not a camera only manufacturer).
So mounts may change, camera form factor may change, or they may even decide rather fast to not do cameras anymore.
Sony has a history of all that.

Fuji - They are either on the "up" with the new cameras or they have money to burn to avoid being Kodak. They do seem committed enough in their camera system to last 5yrs.
10yrs is a bit too far to tell.
The main challenge with them will be where they want their product lines to go. ie. APSC? 645? FF?

Panny - Just moved into FF, so I think they are looking out to expand.
They have enough momentum in m4/3 to last 5yrs for sure, but whether it goes longer will depend which format makes the right amount of money.

Oly - Probably will stick with m4/3.
Will they be like the Pentax of m4/3, stuck without enough cash and size to venture faster/further?
5yrs, again, no problem.
They did have financial problems just a few years back so dicey in that aspect...

Canon - Has legacy and the momentum of their DSLR market share on its side.
Problem is more of how committed they are to the new MILC system.
Will the form factor and mount change for something 'better' in the near future?
No likely, but the dust has surely not settled yet at this point.
Its mainly a camera company, so commitment to cameras should be more certain vs Sony.

Nikon - Its mainly a camera company, so commitment to cameras should be more certain vs Sony.
Almost the same considerations as Canon.
The plus side is that they have gone all in on FF as a format and the camera already has IBIS.
The downside is compatibility to 3rd party and adapted lenses, which is questionable.


On a 5yr outlook, all the makers should be fine.
No one knows with a 10yr time scale.


The downside of any of the MILC lenses are that if the camera maker no longer makes the camera, they will less likely be usable on a camera from another brand as the electronics and firmware are not compatible.
No manual focus, no manual aperture.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Adventures in Helios 44-3 Land
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 3
Views: 373
I think they are just Franken lenses that are "crafted" to look more unique and has some sort of adapter "pre-mounted" for the respective mounts :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Feel the need to use my Lee filters, but no-go on the D-FA 15-30...
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 17
Views: 523
Actually, I think some of the thinking behind the "no filter thread' type comments is antiquated.
With the trend of bulbous front elements, many UWA options don't have a filter thread, but that does not prevent filter mounting options to be available.
With ebay/amazon/taobao/aliexpress/etc, there are now plenty of mounting options for such lenses.

Screw on filters present their own set of problems like vignetting if the filter ring is too wide.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-14-2018, 03:26 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 21,056
Views: 1,723,203

Cālins et bisous by Pinholecam_01, on Flickr
K1+FA50/1.4
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-13-2018, 03:49 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 21,056
Views: 1,723,203
Beautiful models and shots as usual from you. :cool:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-12-2018, 01:24 AM  
Feel the need to use my Lee filters, but no-go on the D-FA 15-30...
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 17
Views: 523
I know that A online photographic equipment store meant for the photo enthusiasts ? photosphere.sg has a filter holder for the DFA 15-35 as my friend uses one.

You might want to contact sales@photospheresg.com for details.
Its the 150mm holder.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-10-2018, 06:35 PM  
85mm FF comparison
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 40
Views: 1,457
I'd think likely 82mm :D
The DFA50/1.4 is bigger in size than the FA*85/1.4.







I'd think that the M85/2 will be very poor for these exact wide open shots because it handles highlights, reds and CA poorly wide open.

I like mine a lot though and its probably my most used 85mm lens for the portability and good o/p once I cater for its weaknesses.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-10-2018, 06:36 AM  
What's a good and light video camera for vlogging/recording Youtube videos?
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 7
Views: 249
Action camera?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-09-2018, 10:58 PM  
Fuji mirrorless cameras...why change systems
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 33
Views: 1,044
I am at the point where I don't need any more stuff and feel that camera development wrt essential elements to photography has largely slowed down or stopped.
More MP is irrelevant and high ISO is generally adequate in most normal situations.
Neither has ISO performance really progressed that far from the time of the K5 when it comes to normal presentation and uses (ie. not pixel peeping but actual viewing on a screen or up to A4 print)
DR has improved up to the point of being really very good with less need for HDR, but I have not seen big improvements for the past 3yrs at least.

I keep a K1 (for the AF lenses) and a modded A7 for MF lenses.
Fuji does not interest me at all.
The system is not FF (until recently), don't fancy the X-trans, no need for its new lenses.
Don't even find its colors that great as regularly touted.

If my A7 breaks down, I'd certainly research on the next FF MILC that best caters for my legacy lenses (esp RF lenses) as the filter stack on most of the MILC so far has been rather thick and these degrade off center IQ (esp RF lenses).
I sure hope that by then, I'd give that money to a Pentax MILC, but if that is not going to happen, then the good thing is that there are plenty of choices now to choose from.

All said, I don't see any attraction with getting a Fuji.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-09-2018, 10:37 PM  
LAOWA 25mm F2.8 2.5-5X ULTRA MACRO for K-mount
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 22
Views: 3,046
The Q7 with adapter and macro lens is a very capable macro setup that has ~4.7x magnification as well as retaining infinity focus, giving it more options for framing.

20130330-IMGP8840PENTAX Q by Pinholecam_01, on Flickr

IMGP2665 by Pinholecam_01, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-09-2018, 10:24 PM  
85mm FF comparison
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 40
Views: 1,457
Ideally, yes, but usually there are difficulties.

1. Subject needs to stand still
2. Any change in expression, even slight difference in head position can add subjectivity (ie. like/dislike) to the photo
3. Needs a willing model

Maybe a statue in a park would be the closest, but those are usually in a boring dark color. :lol:


For my own lenses, I just can't be bothered with such comparisons and use them as the 'lens of the day' and will always conclude that I like them all :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-09-2018, 05:55 PM  
85mm FF comparison
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 40
Views: 1,457
C = K (OOF highlights and sharpness)
B = A (color is similar to the K)
A = Zeiss (diff color and based on a Rollei 50/1.8 I have which is a Zeiss and has the same type highlight/color handling wide open )
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-04-2018, 07:17 AM  
Ricoh is working....with Zenit on a K-1 rebadge DSLR???
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 107
Views: 6,015
If it means hipster status and brings in money, its all good. :)
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-02-2018, 10:13 PM  
Specific lenses with K1 for trip to New Zealand
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 18
Views: 716
I did a solo bike packing tour for 1 week in April.

Wonderfully beautiful place.

I brought the 14, 31, 77 and used the 31ltd like 80% of the time.
I'd say the 14mm and 28-105 will do very well and there is no need for the other lenses.


Church of the Good Shepard by Pinholecam_01, on Flickr

Lake Benmore by Pinholecam_01, on Flickr

Cabin in the Cosmos by Pinholecam_01, on Flickr

20180411-IMGP4688-1 by Pinholecam_01, on Flickr

20180410-IMGP0944 by Pinholecam_01, on Flickr


Album :
New Zealand Alps to Ocean 2018 | Flickr
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 10-02-2018, 10:04 PM  
Which lenses do you use for portraits or do you recommend?
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 69
Views: 2,073
The FA*85/1.4 is one of the best.
Good bokeh in most situations (all lenses will have poorer bokeh in some situations, but the FA*85 has less of those imo).


Sumi_Sara-1-bw by Pinholecam_01, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-02-2018, 05:10 AM  
No classic legacy Pentax cameras announced at Photokina ... (Warning: Satirical!)
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 36
Views: 1,205
:D :D


When its too cold to photograph outside, the dreaded "armchair generals" will rise from the coldness and bring on the Pentax apocalypse.... :D
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-02-2018, 12:53 AM  
L Mount alliance, new Nikon, Canon mounts...future
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 31
Views: 799
Thru my meeting with people who are shooting (using various brands), I am actually surprised that a fair number of people I meet are using their existing equipment.
These may be older D700, 5DIII, 5DII, D610, etc.
The MILC users are a mix of those who bought one because they are recent entrants to the hobby and those who chase the latest stuff.
Even for these, they are keeping to their 2-3yr old camera and not really buying the latest camera for their brand.
This is a marked difference to the early years with digital where I observed that more people were upgrading on a yearly, 2yr basis.

Even for myself, I have a K1 and A7, and I am at the point where I'd only buy a new camera if one of them breaks down.

There will still be money to be made for the top 2 MILC makers and there will certainly be growth as people new to the hobby will simply buy them as they are what's available.
All within a diminished market that can't be compared to the DSLR boom years.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-01-2018, 10:21 PM  
L Mount alliance, new Nikon, Canon mounts...future
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 31
Views: 799
IMO, its going to be a bit of like when Canon had the head start from SLR to DSR.
So Sony is the new Canon in this new race. (market share, brand presence for MILC, lenses)
The only problem with it being "DSLR race 2.0" is that we moved from film to digital which had new technical challenges and improvements to how we do/use/view photography.
The move from DSLR to MILC is different in that a DSLR user has less incentive to move to MILCs so long as their current equipment is valid for the user's needs.
Its fundamentally an interface and handling change rather than one that changes the medium or obsoletes DSLRs in taking good photos.

So I think we will see a scramble for 1st and 2nd position, and the rest will make little money in this war.
The market has already shrunk and the take up rate among existing photo equipment users won't be as fast.
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