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Forum: Pentax KP 01-09-2019, 11:42 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By MiguelATF
Replies: 1,107
Views: 117,095
An available light impromptu portrait of a friend and fellow Pentaxian, at a local coffee shop, taken with the DA 21 which I have been discovering is a truly wonderful jack-of-all-trades lens. And, obviously, the KP's RAW files lend themselves really nicely to monochrome processing.
Forum: Pentax KP 01-05-2019, 12:12 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By MiguelATF
Replies: 1,107
Views: 117,095
An available light portrait of a friend and fellow photographer, sharing beers at a local tavern. Taken with the DA 40 Ltd lens which, as I am discovering, is a fine portrait lens.
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-05-2019, 12:10 AM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By MiguelATF
Replies: 5,164
Views: 952,696
“We are the music makers, / And we are the dreamers of dreams.”
(Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy)

Opal concentrating as she plays her violin, making the strings resonate, making invisible music waves in the air.

Taken with the SMC DA 40 Ltd, mounted on my KP body.
Forum: Pentax KP 12-27-2018, 10:56 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By MiguelATF
Replies: 1,107
Views: 117,095
Taken on an overcast, foggy winter day, with the DA 40 Ltd, in the small Oregon town where I live.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-23-2018, 01:56 PM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Posted By MiguelATF
Replies: 3,227
Views: 572,452
The 10-17mm fisheye zoom has a semi-macro capability at the 10mm fisheye end --- and one which gives some great (to me, at least) perspectives, coupled with the ability to come in really tight and focus on smallish things --- like this Snowglobe, which I saw at a friend's house.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-17-2018, 01:34 AM  
Pancake lens club
Posted By MiguelATF
Replies: 105
Views: 26,934
My relatively new (to me) SMC-DA 40mm Ltd seems to be living semi-permanently on my new KP - and it accompanies me to many places, and at all hours, including this midnight shot of...the photographer himself.
Forum: Pentax KP 12-16-2018, 07:53 PM  
Two subjective questions for KP users
Posted By MiguelATF
Replies: 27
Views: 2,329
I know some KP users are fond of larger lenses but I don't number myself among them: my lenses range from the minuscule (DA 40 Ltd) to the smallish pancake (DA 21mm Ltd) to my seemingly enormous DA 10-17mm fisheye zoom (which to my surprise was barely larger than another Rokinon fisheye I used to own for a micro-four-thirds camera). None of which require either a larger battery grip or the largest size interchangeable grip that the camera came with.

All in all, from my perspective - as a former K200d user who has now sold his K200d and totally converted to being a quite happy (so far) KP fan(atic) and user, the camera is doing quite nicely in the two areas I was initially worried (or wondering) about---color rendition....and OVF viewfinder brilliance-general usability.

The RAW (DNG) files from my KP are every bit as good as those from my old K200d (which, I have to say, again, weren't merely good but, between 100-200 ISO, were superb) --- and the Pentaprism is slightly-but-noticeably brighter than that of the K200d's supposedly inferior pentamirror. Though, truth be told, in my side-by-side comparison viewings with the KP and the K200d, it (the Pentaprism) wasn't ALL that much brighter (to my eyes, at least) than its (pentamirror) K200d sibling.

Bottom line: in my admittedly prejudiced opinion, it (my KP) is a beautifully designed camera.....which is delivering fine images.
This one was taken with the DA 40.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-16-2018, 07:40 PM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By MiguelATF
Replies: 5,164
Views: 952,696
Taken with my SMC DA 21mm Ltd, indoors with available light - at maximum aperture (f 3.2) --- I like this lens quite a bit, and it makes for a nice small hand-holdable rig mounted on my recently acquired KP -
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-11-2018, 10:25 AM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By MiguelATF
Replies: 5,164
Views: 952,696
Taken with my recently acquired SMC DA 40 Ltd, mounted on my KP, a truly portable and nifty take-anywhere combination. And one which lends itself quite nicely to monochrome processing -
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-06-2018, 01:31 PM  
The End of the DSLR?
Posted By MiguelATF
Replies: 255
Views: 12,814
I can relate to the Original Poster's concerns. I sold my Pentax DSLR - a K200D with a beautiful and relatively fast (f2.8) Tamrom zoom (17-50mm) - for similar reasons: it was just too heavy, lugging around on longer hiking trips. The series of smaller and generally excellent micro four thirds cameras I replaced it with (mainly Olympuses, later Lumixes) were and are soooo much lighter weight than my K200d - and the lenses I've bought, initially some tiny zooms and later some equally tiny primes, have been outstanding pieces of glass. In particular, the Leica-branded Panasonic-Leica primes I've bought have been easily the equivalent, in all the ways that matter to me, of any of the fine Pentax lenses I ever shot with (a whole raft of Takumars back in my analog days).

The only surprising part of the OP's original post, was the characterization of the Fujifilm XE-3 as a small and lightweight rig. I have friends who shoot with the Fuji EX cameras which, let it be said, are really great cameras and fun to shoot with but, until my recent acquisition of a larger mu4-3 body (a GX8, which I bought for its superior sensor and remarkable EVF, the best I've ever used), the Fujifilms all seemed massive and heavy to me next to my smaller micro four thirds bodies. Confession: I bought, still own, and will never sell one of the tiniest micro four thirds bodies, Panasonic's jewel-like GM1, a tiny camera which reminds me of my late, lamented (and beloved) tiny Rollei 35 compact film camera, which I carried everywhere with me, for years. If you want small and lightweight - and the ability to use fine and truly tiny primes and excellent smaller (pancake) zooms, the GM1 (and its sibling the GM5) are rather unique in recent digital photographic history.

But I'm digressing...back to the original post. I relate to it in many ways. But, surprise surprise, I have now returned happily to the Pentax fold - I just bought a KP body (thanks the the recent Black Friday sale madness, here in the States) --- and....damn! the camera body is barely larger (though slightly heavier) than my current best micro-four-thirds camera, the Lumix GX8. Unlike many other Pentaxians, I wouldn't characterize my KP as either tiny or lightweight - but its relatively compact dimensions and beautiful build quality (among the best of any camera I have ever owned, and not just the digital ones) - are almost addictively compelling for me.

It's also all about the glass. Different strokes for different folks. I don't shoot sports and I don't need long telephotos or zooms for birding or whatever, either. So my two most used lenses - the diminutive DA 21 Ltd ... and the even more astoundingly minuscule DA 40 micro pancake - when mounted on my KP ... literally put it in the same size-weight range as my (quite small) micro four thirds cameras.

And...damn....the images and files it produces....are bloody remarkable. Rich colors. Malleable RAW files. And a certain special je ne sais quoi that some Pentax lenses just seem to have. So - I don't know if the End of DSLR's is looming on the event horizon - but in my own life, DSLR's are vibrant and alive, and I gotta give credit where credit is due: it's all because of the KP. For me.
Forum: Pentax KP 12-05-2018, 06:10 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By MiguelATF
Replies: 1,107
Views: 117,095
An available light portrait with the DA 40 Ltd mounted on the KP.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-05-2018, 04:57 PM  
DA* Club
Posted By MiguelATF
Replies: 5,097
Views: 724,795
KP + SMC Pentax-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-04-2018, 11:41 PM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By MiguelATF
Replies: 5,164
Views: 952,696
Just got a new (to me) lightly used SMC DA 40 Ltd ... can't quite believe how tiny it is.
I'm looking forwards to putting it through its paces.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-04-2018, 09:50 PM  
Pictures at an exposition
Posted By MiguelATF
Replies: 12
Views: 205
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Winners' Showcase 12-04-2018, 09:50 PM  
November, 2018 Winner: Autumn
Posted By MiguelATF
Replies: 35
Views: 816
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-04-2018, 09:49 PM  
Contest #147 - November, 2018 (Negative Space)
Posted By MiguelATF
Replies: 1
Views: 93
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Pentax KP 12-04-2018, 01:08 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By MiguelATF
Replies: 1,107
Views: 117,095
In the over-commercialization of Christmas, decorations appear magically at the end of November. I was strolling around the small Oregon town where I live when I encountered this deflated blow-up Santa, lying prone amidst the silent entourage of his unplugged electric reindeer.

So up came the KP - and here is what it saw ---
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-01-2018, 11:38 PM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Posted By MiguelATF
Replies: 3,227
Views: 572,452
Two more from my 10-17mm + KP combo---
A small wind-up toy Monkey, sitting on my front porch.
And a dead Zinnia flower, standing forlornly alone in the winter garden where the greens of spring and summer are long gone.
Forum: Pentax KP 11-30-2018, 06:57 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By MiguelATF
Replies: 1,107
Views: 117,095
My new KP arrived via UPS late yesterday and it took me a few hours to get the battery charged up. Put the DA 21mm lens on and took it with me today to the local southern Oregon barbershop where I get my hair cut ... and this is what I - and my KP - 'saw'.

I already knew the DA 21 was a fine lens ... but having it on the KP is clearly an interesting combination, photographically speaking.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-28-2018, 01:52 AM  
Why wasn't there more fuss made about the KP's newer sensor?
Posted By MiguelATF
Replies: 115
Views: 5,589
With apologies to the OP/Original Poster - whose post was about, among other things, the newer generation of Sony sensor that the KP has - I simply have to go on record as saying that this photograph, by monochrome, of the KP side-by-side with the (was it 1957?) original Pentax AP - is simply a wonderful image. And he's right, it's obvious (to me at least) that the KP does take quite a few design cues from an elegant and functional Pentax which was produced approximately 60 years earlier!
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-27-2018, 04:17 PM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Posted By MiguelATF
Replies: 3,227
Views: 572,452
A stuffed primate (monkey) at my local health-food-oriented Supermarket, in Ashland, Oregon.
Seeing through the fish-eye perspective of the 10-17mm totally changed the way I saw the scene--
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-27-2018, 04:15 PM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Posted By MiguelATF
Replies: 3,227
Views: 572,452
Beautiful image, Greg.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-27-2018, 01:57 AM  
Anyone else miss the K200D?
Posted By MiguelATF
Replies: 872
Views: 141,522
Hmmm. So my K200D is, what, ten years old?
I must say, for a 10-year-old dinosaur, it's a more-than-capable photography instrument.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-25-2018, 12:39 PM  
Super excited about getting the KP!
Posted By MiguelATF
Replies: 26
Views: 1,440
At the risk of being a contrarian, I think that although the shooting experience of the KP will obviously be radically different from that of your K-01 - and obviously the remarkable low-light (high ISO) and other qualities of its sensor and imaging engine will enhance your photographic abilities - the differences in terms of image files may be harder to immediately notice or quantify. Which is all a long-winded way of saying: the K-01 does not get an excess of love among hardcore Pentaxians, possibly because of its fashion-conscious mirrorless design (but also non-traditional and exceedingly different, evolutionarily speaking, from most if not all other Pentax DSLR's) - but in spite of that, it is a remarkable camera. In certain photographic circles, the K-01 has the reputation of being one of the great - and greatly underrated - camera not merely that Pentax produced, but of all time. I've seen some incredible photographs from K-01 photographers; it is, in my estimation, simply a great photographic tool

But, yes, of course, the KP is in many big ways and many small ones, an even better tool. So congrats - because you will now have not one but two great cameras. Confession: I just bought one (a new KP) too, the first totally 'new' camera I've been motivated to buy in maybe a million years. So I'm equally optimistic that its array of technological goodies, packed into a relatively compact package, will broaden my own photographic horizons as well :)

Congrats on the purchase!
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-25-2018, 01:41 AM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Posted By MiguelATF
Replies: 3,227
Views: 572,452
Another from my newly-acquired 10-17mm...I love this lens.
Taken while wandering around in the small Oregon town where I live.
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