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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-12-2014, 06:18 AM  
18-135 WR Severe Back Focus on K-30
Posted By Al_T
Replies: 17
Views: 2,675
I purchased a Lens Align which gives me an accurate visual method to adjust my lenses. It is amazing how much sharper my images have become. All of my lenses needed some adjustment Most were just + or - 2 or 3 at the maximum except for my DA18-135 which took +7 to get rid of the back focus. For a super zoom lens it is super sharp now. If you are that far out I would send the lens back for adjustment.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-04-2014, 06:05 PM  
K-50 Price Drop: $496 (+$50 gift card, warranty, bag)
Posted By Al_T
Replies: 19
Views: 3,155
It is also on sale at Adorama for the same price but comes with a sling bag and the extended warranty. But you do have to pay shipping. I could not resist so upgraded from my old KX.
Forum: Pentax K-01 02-05-2012, 08:51 AM  
K-01 Lack of Viewfinder
Posted By Al_T
Replies: 25
Views: 4,796
While having a EVF might be handy is some circumstances, I am looking at the K-01 because is has a reportedly good live view. As I have gotten older my eyes are not what they used to be. I am very far sighted and to use my KX I have to take off my glasses and use the diopter adjustment so I can see through the view finder but when I take my head away I have to put my glasses back on to see anything else, which is a real PITA. I do mostly studio shots of my art pieces so a good effective live view that will allow me to manual focus accurately is huge plus. This reported potential is what attracts me to the K-01.

I find the vitriolic reactions that I have seen over the last couple of days to the design interesting and pretty amusing. I don't buy a camera for its shape I buy it for is function. I know I am not like most, but for me photography is a tool that I need for my art. I have very little emotion about the equipment other than its ease of use for my application, and will it get the shot that I need. I am not a pro or what most would call a true enthusiast. But I do take a lot of pictures.

I will probably be a potential buyer. I want to see hands on reviews first but if it has the IQ of the K5 with good manual focus capabilities it is a no brainer. The reason I have Pentax currently is I had a lot of good legacy glass that Pentax supported. I am thankful that Pentax had to foresight to support legacy glass on the K-01.

Al
Forum: General Talk 01-09-2011, 05:12 PM  
Congresswoman Giffords shot
Posted By Al_T
Replies: 106
Views: 13,455
Then the conversation is meaningless since you have all the answers. My supercilious definition comes to mind. Hmmm. We will agree to disagree and that will be it.

Good Luck
Forum: General Talk 01-09-2011, 04:24 PM  
Congresswoman Giffords shot
Posted By Al_T
Replies: 106
Views: 13,455
I am sorry but you are not correct in your assumption's. Just remember what ASSUME means.
"According to the 2006 General Social Survey, which has tracked gun ownership since 1973, 34% of American homes have guns in them. This statistic is sure to surprise many people in cities like San Francisco — as it did me when I first encountered it. (Growing up in Seattle, I knew nobody who owned a gun.)
Who are all these gun owners? Are they the uneducated poor, left behind? It turns out they have the same level of formal education as nongun owners, on average. Furthermore, they earn 32% more per year than nonowners. Americans with guns are neither a small nor downtrodden group.
Nor are they “bitter.” In 2006, 36% of gun owners said they were “very happy,” while 9% were “not too happy.” Meanwhile, only 30% of people without guns were very happy, and 16% were not too happy."
Forum: General Talk 01-09-2011, 03:13 PM  
Congresswoman Giffords shot
Posted By Al_T
Replies: 106
Views: 13,455
Your post validates my point. Thank you.

"supercilious - having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy;"
Forum: General Talk 01-09-2011, 01:49 PM  
Congresswoman Giffords shot
Posted By Al_T
Replies: 106
Views: 13,455
What I find very sad is there are people now that feel if someone does not agree with their political views or that of their political leaders, and you are outspoken about it ,you are somehow less intelligent, ignorant, racist, religious zealot, gun toting redneck, etc. and some how you are a contributing factor to this tragedy. This tragic act was committed by a disturbed idiot nothing else nothing more. As Americans It is our civic duty to speak out against officials that we feel are threatening to the American way of life. Whether you agree or not Spirited political discourse has been and should always be part of our political system. It keeps our people involved and in the political process and is our constitutional right.

There is a supercilious attitude that I see in this discussion that I personally find very disturbing. As an American I am willing to defend your right to disagree with me or your political leaders. It is called "Freedom Of Speech". As the French Philosopher Voltaire wrote "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-03-2011, 06:15 AM  
First Pentax-A 1:1.7 50mm Test Shots
Posted By Al_T
Replies: 8
Views: 3,316
I am excitedly awaiting delivery of my SMC A 50mm 1:1.7. Hoping it will be the next few days. That is a very nice shot.

Al
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-30-2010, 06:39 PM  
Looking for lens suggestions/opinions
Posted By Al_T
Replies: 20
Views: 3,490
More or less that is the way that it is done. Some prior selective turning is also in order. The resin I use depending on what quantity it is purchased in, is at minimum of $.75 an ounce including with shipping so it is pretty pricey so you do not want to be to wasteful. It also has to be cast under fairly high pressure that has its own hazards involved in that process. It took me about a year to figure how to cast larger items. I learn something new with each one that I do.

Far as lenses go I have a SMC A 50mm 1:1.7 on the way. Probably paid to much for it but it looks to be a pristine lens. If it is as sharp as my SMC A 28mm 2.8 I will be very pleased. even if it does not work well for my product photos I will still have a fun lens to play with.

Thanks,

Al
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-29-2010, 02:48 PM  
Looking for lens suggestions/opinions
Posted By Al_T
Replies: 20
Views: 3,490
I never thought of it this way but does make sense.

Thanks,

Al
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-29-2010, 11:00 AM  
Looking for lens suggestions/opinions
Posted By Al_T
Replies: 20
Views: 3,490
Thanks for the book recommendation. I will get it. I think I will get a 50mm and try that first before spending anymore cash.


Al
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-29-2010, 09:58 AM  
Looking for lens suggestions/opinions
Posted By Al_T
Replies: 20
Views: 3,490
Manual lenses don't bother me in the least. I am old enough to have used 35mm manual cameras quite a bit so I don't mind setting aperture, ISO, and shutter speed. However I do like having the SMC Pentax A series lenses having the ability to set the aperture value on the camera so I can use the Aperture priority mode rather than the green button for metering. It just cuts out one step. I do have an aftermarket focusing screen in my K-K which has helped with focus accuracy.

I have been wanting to get one of the faster SMC A 50mm's such as a 1:1.7 being they are reasonably priced and thought it would be a nice focal length for some portraits. I might see if I can pick one up. I could shoot with it stopped down a bit for better depth of field and see if it works. If not I got a pretty decent 50mm.

If I can find a good older lens as a stop gap or a permanent solution that would give me time to save my pennies for some AF DA primes. They would be nice because of the AF for that quick shot when I am out and about the countryside and of course for the great IQ.

Far a lighting goes, are there any good books on lighting the type of objects that I am shooting? I have been experimenting with lighting and getting better but a resource would surely help the learning curve.

Thanks,

Al
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-28-2010, 11:48 PM  
Looking for lens suggestions/opinions
Posted By Al_T
Replies: 20
Views: 3,490
Jt,

Yes it is a turned hollow vessel. It is a mesquite root burl and cast in resin. It is about 12"X 8"X 1/8" thick. And thank you for your compliments. I really appreciate it.

I have an Yashinon Tomioka 60mm f2.8 macro but I think that is a bit long for this purpose.

Thanks,

Al
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-28-2010, 10:14 PM  
Looking for lens suggestions/opinions
Posted By Al_T
Replies: 20
Views: 3,490
Ok,

I am looking for advice on a lens to take pictures of my Artwork. I have a limited budget right now but I am sure I will add other lenses in the future. I am relatively new to the DSLR world, just having my K-X since late October. I am looking at primes lenses for this given task and better yet one that would make a nice "everyday" lens.

I have included a sample photo of one of my vases this was taken at about equivalent to 30mm to 35mm focal length with a cropped sensor DSLR, but was taken with my point and shoot camera. This is with a gradiant background and a homemade light tent. Most of the vases and bowls will be not taller than about 16" and most in the 12" range. if this is pertinent information.

I have been thinking that the DA 35 2.8 Macro limited would be a great lens for this but I have been also thinking that the DA 40 2.8 limited would work and be just a fun walk around lens to have. I already have a good full manual macro lens so I really don't need another Macro capable lens right now. I also have a SMC A28 2.8 that is a very sharp copy. It may work for this job as well but I have not used it for this application. I am kind of leaning towards the DA 40 as an all around nice lens to have for everyday use. The DA 40 is also quite a bit less expansive than the DA 35 2.8 Macro Limited. and for now would be much more affordable.

Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Al
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-20-2010, 09:31 PM  
Special Event Pentax Holiday Giveaway: 35mm Lens (Entries go here)
Posted By Al_T
Replies: 206
Views: 37,129
Here is a review of my Yashinon Tomioka 60MM Macro lens.

Mamiya Sekor / Yashinon Tomioka 60mm f2.8 Macro Lens Reviews - Pentax Third-Party Lens Review Database

Thanks,

Approved!!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-20-2010, 12:36 PM  
Special Event Pentax Holiday Giveaway: 35mm Lens (Entries go here)
Posted By Al_T
Replies: 206
Views: 37,129
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-20-2010, 09:39 AM  
Special Event Pentax Holiday Giveaway: 35mm Lens (Entries go here)
Posted By Al_T
Replies: 206
Views: 37,129
This is my review of my recent tripod requisition of a Dolica Proline. Here is the link.

Dolica Proline (Aluminum) - Pentax Accessory Review Database - Flashes, Grips, Camera Bags

Approved!!
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-23-2010, 08:55 PM  
The Off-Brand Club!!
Posted By Al_T
Replies: 1,179
Views: 394,658
Here are a couple of more shots from the Yashinon version of the Tomioka 60mm Macro. I had to go over to help my folks today and saw a sea of yellow in their backyard. These are Copper Canyon Marigolds. Quite a lovely flower. It was pretty overcast today and I have noticed that the lens/camera meters a little toward the underexposed side. But then again being new to this it may be normal but easily compensated for. There was a little processing done but not much a little contrast and just a touch of sharpening. Seems like a very nice lens. I stopped these down a little. I think one was f4 and one f5.6, it seems sharp with nice bokeh. However I am no expert but to my eyes I like the result. These are not cropped they are as composed in the view finder.

I am having a ball with these manual lenses. I hardly use the kit lenses that came with the camera. I think the manual lenses force me to learn photography, which I really appreciate. It really forces me to think how the light interact with the camera/lens.

Thanks,

Al
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-19-2010, 07:13 PM  
***HOT DEAL*** Sweet Tripod for under $20 SHIPPED!
Posted By Al_T
Replies: 29
Views: 6,097
Got mine today. It is a great value at $18.74. Heck I would not make the bag for that much. Everything works well and seems plenty sturdy for my needs or till I want an expensive unit.

Al
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-18-2010, 04:53 PM  
***HOT DEAL*** Sweet Tripod for under $20 SHIPPED!
Posted By Al_T
Replies: 29
Views: 6,097
Well I just got notice from Amazon that my order shipped today and will be here tomorrow. Yippee.

Al
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-17-2010, 10:50 AM  
***HOT DEAL*** Sweet Tripod for under $20 SHIPPED!
Posted By Al_T
Replies: 29
Views: 6,097
While I was at it I order a book and a couple of other things for my wife so I opted for the Super Saver shipping. I think is should be called "Super Slow Shipping" It still has not left the warehouse. I look forward to getting it and retiring my 40 year old not very versatile Vivitar tripod.

I don't use a tripod much and mostly at table height for still life photos of my artwork so I hope it works out well. for $18 if it does not work out I did not spend to much.

Al
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-17-2010, 06:11 AM  
The Off-Brand Club!!
Posted By Al_T
Replies: 1,179
Views: 394,658
All I did was crop the RAW image and then converted it to JPEG. No other post processing was done.

I really appreciate the kind comments. It is nice encouragement for a beginner. It seems to be a great lens and particularly sharp wide open.

Thanks,

Al
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-16-2010, 07:49 PM  
The Off-Brand Club!!
Posted By Al_T
Replies: 1,179
Views: 394,658
I am new to all of this and by no means any kind of photographer, Just a beginner having a little fun. Here is a Yashinon version of the Tomioka 60mm Macro that my Dad gave me. He bought this lens new in 1971 or 1972. I was with him at the base exchange when he purchased it. This was hand held no PP other than cropping. This is ISO200, 1/640th shutter speed, and the lens was wide open at f2.8. I don't know enough to know if this is good or not? I took this this afternoon on some Coral Vine in my backyard With my new K-X.

Thanks for looking

Al
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-14-2010, 10:25 PM  
***HOT DEAL*** Sweet Tripod for under $20 SHIPPED!
Posted By Al_T
Replies: 29
Views: 6,097
Just ordered mine as well. Pretty sweet deal.

Al
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-10-2010, 06:24 AM  
M42 auto-aperture pin dilemma
Posted By Al_T
Replies: 30
Views: 13,993
I contacted SRB-Griturn and ask them about the adapter with the flange. They say theirs comes with a flange but may not depress the pin on some lenses all the way.

I found this one. 黎环m42-PK无簧片第二代改口环紫砂黑 无限远合焦 - 淘宝网 It received a very good review on an other site. It does not have the locking tab but the person that had it said it went in the camera very well. It is installed and removed on the lens with the plastic cap provided. I do not read Chinese but I have a client from China and she told me the cost and ordered it for me. With shipping it was $25 US. I have the Pentax adapter but I do have some M42 lenses that do not have the manual switch. I will keep people updated when I get the adapter and do a mini review.

Al
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