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Forum: Pentax Price Watch 1 Day Ago  
Holiday Special 2017: Loyal Site Supporter Status
Posted By fwcetus
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This is a great deal -- it's the best Black Friday Pentax money you can spend... :)
Forum: Pentax K-01 11-13-2017, 01:28 PM  
is the pentax k01 still worth buying in 2017 ?
Posted By fwcetus
Replies: 24
Views: 1,005
I had a used "low-mileage" K-01 converted for IR use (720nm), and I've employed it primarily for landscapes (including some architecture), and my DA 15/4 Ltd basically lives on that K-01.

:cool:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-12-2017, 09:09 PM  
My beloved 16-85 failure!
Posted By fwcetus
Replies: 24
Views: 973
Ouch -- I feel your pain. :(

If at all possible, I'd suggest trying for a new 16-85 -- considering its value for that significant TX to NZ trip (and how much you'll be mourning its absence throughout that trip), try to think of it as "trip (pix) insurance"... :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-12-2017, 06:25 PM  
Anyone planning to grow old with their K3?
Posted By fwcetus
Replies: 70
Views: 2,370
I've been using a K-3 for some time now and liking it a lot. [And I appreciate the "APS-C crop factor" for telephoto work, so FF still doesn't appeal much to me.] So I bought another used K-3 from a forum member, intending it to serve as a backup (although oftentimes one is used with an AF zoom for everyday use while the other one is often used for exercising one of my several "cult classic" lenses, so that neither one is ever really in "backup mode" for very long). So, I have two K-3's that are both still in good shape, and, with me at 70 years old and with "health issues", I suspect that these two fine K-3's will likely last for the remainder of my journey... :-)
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 11-11-2017, 08:42 AM  
For Sale: My Best Tokina AT-X 60-120 / 2.8 full frame lens in box with dedicated SH-553 hood
Posted By fwcetus
Replies: 5
Views: 957
Final pre-eBay bump ..
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 11-11-2017, 08:42 AM  
For Sale: My Best P/KA-mount Tokina AT-X 100-300/4 Lens with Dedicated Hood and Case in Box
Posted By fwcetus
Replies: 3
Views: 570
Final pre-eBay bump ...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-11-2017, 07:42 AM  
Recommended 'Cheap' 200mm or 300mm High Quality MF Lens
Posted By fwcetus
Replies: 43
Views: 1,486
However, for any Adaptall-2 lens slower than f/4 (such as the SP 300/5.6), one has to add a piece of tape to the PKA mount for correct exposures (without the tape insulator, such lenses will over-expose). It's not a big deal to live with (as I do with my SP 30/5.6, shown below), but, before doing so, metering can be problematic.



Thanks to excanonfd for pointing this out --

Adaptall Mount Club (Tamron). - Page 39 - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-10-2017, 03:44 PM  
looking help: whale photography baja california.
Posted By fwcetus
Replies: 78
Views: 3,791
One more type of critter to look for on whale watches are birds, especially the pelagic birds. [Pelagic, or open-ocean birds, are distinct from the coastal birds that "commute" each morning offshore, only to return to land each night (such as gulls) -- pelagic birds remain over the water entirely for months at a time, only returning to land fro breeding during one short part of the year.] Some examples of New England waters pelagic birds follow:

Many birds (both coastal and pelagic) can often found in the vicinity of whales, since they often feed on the same food animals as do the whales (such as this humpback named "Pixar") --


One fairly common pelagic bird is the greater shearwater (which is just a little smaller than a herring gull) --


Shearwaters get their name because their wing tips can often be seen "shearing" the surface of the water.


Personally, I find greater shearwaters to be the most interesting and most beautiful bird in the world (YMMV, of course) --


Shearwaters, when in flight, typically alternate a few quick flaps followed by a long glide --


Here, a greater shearwater can be seen overtaking and about to pass a slower Cory's shearwater --


Cory's shearwaters are almost as large as a herring gull (although a bit less stocky) -- in New England waters, the appearance of Cory's shearwaters can vary a lot from year to year --


Most pelagic birds do not fly constantly, but do "sit down" on the water at times -- here is a raft of mostly greater shearwaters and one sooty shearwater (the dark bird to the right side in the photo) --


Sooty shearwaters are about the same size as greater shearwaters, but are a little less common in New England waters --


The largest pelagic birds in New England waters are northern gannets -- here is flock of one adult and several juveniles --


The smallest pelagic bird in many places - but perhaps the most numerous bird in the entire world - is the (maybe robin-sized) Wilson's storm petrel --


Wilson's storm petrels can often be seen in flocks "fluttering to and fro" just above the surface of the water --


At times they can even be seen to be trying to touch down ...


... to seemingly try to "walk on the water" --


A far less common pelagic bird in New England waters is the northern fulmar --


While the particular species of pelagic birds that can be seen vary by location and season, I believe it is certainly worth looking for pelagic birds (that many whale watch passengers may have never seen before) on any whale watch...
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-10-2017, 06:42 AM  
What happened to this lens fa* 250-600
Posted By fwcetus
Replies: 56
Views: 4,556
I think it was "drop-shipped"

(from 30,000 feet)

...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-05-2017, 06:52 PM  
Full-frame lens on a crop body not advisable?
Posted By fwcetus
Replies: 168
Views: 4,533
About the same here, except that it's ~most~ of my lenses that are full frame lenses. Absolutely ~no~ problems at all from such use...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-05-2017, 05:56 AM  
Tamron SP AF 90mm F2.8 Di Macro compatible?
Posted By fwcetus
Replies: 16
Views: 514
And, if you're gonna end up like many of us, you'll probably eventually own more than one macro lens. The overall quality of 50mm, 90mm, 100mm, 105mm, etc., K-mount true macro lenses from Pentax and from a number of 3rd-party makers, even going back decades, is phenomenal. [And don't forget that manual focus is preferred by many for macro work anyway.]

Welcome to Pentax Forums !!! :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-04-2017, 04:28 PM  
Tamron SP AF 90mm F2.8 Di Macro compatible?
Posted By fwcetus
Replies: 16
Views: 514
And that F FA 100/2.8 "will [definitely] allow auto focus and all other normal lens/camera functions[,] Including aperture priority, etc." !!! :lol:

[Plus it's weather resistant, too...]
Forum: Sold Items 11-04-2017, 02:57 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Vivitar 28mm F2.0 MC Close Focus Wide Angle lens
Posted By fwcetus
Replies: 4
Views: 456
The Vivitar 28/2 CF (Komine) lens is a ~great~ 28mm lens !!!





:)
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 11-03-2017, 01:11 PM  
For Sale: My Best Tokina AT-X 60-120 / 2.8 full frame lens in box with dedicated SH-553 hood
Posted By fwcetus
Replies: 5
Views: 957






Not too shabby, eh? :)
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 11-03-2017, 12:57 PM  
For Sale: My Best P/KA-mount Tokina AT-X 100-300/4 Lens with Dedicated Hood and Case in Box
Posted By fwcetus
Replies: 3
Views: 570
I have some minimally processed AT-X 100-300/4 images (including 1:1 100% crops, such as the 1:1 crop below) posted at Tokina AT-X 100-300/4 SD Sample Images .



---------- Post added Nov 4th, 2017 at 19:59 ----------

Here are two images from one shot of "Boston Light" (foreground) and "The Graves" (background), with "Boston Light" close to a mile away (through thermally turbulent air) from Fort Revere, Hull, Massachusetts.

Here is a 1:1 100% crop @300mm and f/8 --


And here is a downsized copy of the original --


And how about a "Modern Photo" lens test ? --






Hmmm... Maybe I don't want to sell this lens after all... (?) :eek:
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 11-02-2017, 11:14 AM  
For Sale: My Best P/KA-mount Tokina AT-X 100-300/4 Lens with Dedicated Hood and Case in Box
Posted By fwcetus
Replies: 3
Views: 570
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
My Best P/KA-mount Tokina AT-X 100-300/4 Lens with Dedicated Hood and Case in Box

Asking Price
329.00 USD

Item Location
Massachusetts (United States)

Item Description


Looking for a good home is my best (and last) Tokina AT-X 100-300/4 lens in P/KA-mount trim, along with its dedicated hood and its dedicated hard lens case.

The lens (SN 8601187) and its accessories are all in Excellent condition. The lens is in a very pretty cosmetic condition (with no dents or scratches), the optics are clear, the focus and zoom actions are smooth, there is no looseness in the barrel or the focus/zoom ring, the aperture blades are clean, the aperture action is "snappy", and the aperture ring works crisply -- in short, the lens is in excellent condition, cosmetically, mechanically, and optically. Please refer to the images posted below.

Also very convenient is the fact that this particular AT-X 100-300/4 is a P/KA-mount lens (with A functionality), which can be used in many exposure modes on Pentax DSLR's. [In contrast, many other AT-X 100-300/4 copies are older P/K-mount lenses (lacking A functionality), requiring "stop-down" or "green button" manual exposure metering.] No "green button" manual metering is needed for this particular AT-X 100-300/4.



















































Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
North America

Shipping Charge
20.00 (to US, additional to Canada)

Shipping Services
USPS Insured Priority Mail

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details

Return lens and all of its accessories, within 7 days, if not as described, for refund of purchase price.

Note that the lens, its front and rear caps, its hood, and its case are all included, but that the ME F body is not included,

Payment must be made by PayPal, and shipment will be made only to the buyer's PayPal verified shipping address.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item !!!
Forum: Sold Items 11-01-2017, 07:09 PM  
For Sale - Sold: My Best F* 300 / 4.5 Lens with Dedicated Tripod Mount and Special Dedicated Case
Posted By fwcetus
Replies: 4
Views: 645
Ah, but I no longer have three - just one, :)
Forum: Sold Items 11-01-2017, 05:12 PM  
For Sale - Sold: My Best F* 300 / 4.5 Lens with Dedicated Tripod Mount and Special Dedicated Case
Posted By fwcetus
Replies: 4
Views: 645
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
My Best F* 300 / 4.5 Lens with Dedicated Tripod Mount and Special Dedicated Case

Item Location
Massachusetts (United States)

Item Description


Looking for a good home is my best (and last of three, as pictured above) F* 300 / 4.5 lenses, along with its dedicated tripod mount and its dedicated SS 10-22 lens case.

The lens (SN 1728268) along with its tripod mount and case are in Excellent condition -- please refer to the images posted below.

















































Note that the (one) lens, its front and rear caps, its tripod mount, and its case are included, and that the ME F body is not included,

Payment must be made by PayPal, and shipment will be made only to the buyer's PayPal verified shipping address.

{sniff} :confused:

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
United States

Shipping Charge
25.00

Shipping Services
USPS Insured Priority Mail

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
Return lens and all of its accessories, within 7 days, if not as described, for refund of purchase price.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 10-31-2017, 03:21 PM  
For Sale: My Best Tokina AT-X 60-120 / 2.8 full frame lens in box with dedicated SH-553 hood
Posted By fwcetus
Replies: 5
Views: 957
Here's the flyer used by Tokina to publicize the AT-X 60-120/2.8 --



:cool:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-31-2017, 12:54 PM  
Questions from a DA 16-85 newbie
Posted By fwcetus
Replies: 17
Views: 874
I would like to thank everyone who has contributed comments to this thread -- I will finally just enjoy the lens instead of fretting about it -- I will get to love the lens for all of its qualities, all of its personality, including its quirks. :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-31-2017, 12:51 PM  
Questions from a DA 16-85 newbie
Posted By fwcetus
Replies: 17
Views: 874
Understood, and I've pretty much gotten used to it (or at least gotten over fretting about it) by now. [It is indeed helpful to know that my lens is not unusual in this regard.]




I have not done extensive shooting with the lens just yet, but I cannot see any evidence of any noticeable decentering, so I am satisfied at this point.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-31-2017, 12:36 PM  
DA 55-300 vs 55-300 PLM
Posted By fwcetus
Replies: 18
Views: 1,122
IMHO, the new 55-300 PLM may be a smidge sharper at 300, or at leasat it is not less sharp. However, the difference (in my copies of these lenses) is small, and may be smaller on the average than typical sample differences. [I did a couple Live View MF tests shortly after getting the PLM.] Certainly the AF (on a K-3) is much faster and may also be more reliable/accurate, which is a significant difference.




I wouldn't think that would work well for AF, except possibly in very bright sun. And, wide open the IQ may suffer more than you'd like.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-30-2017, 08:24 AM  
Questions from a DA 16-85 newbie
Posted By fwcetus
Replies: 17
Views: 874
Thanks for the "encouraging" (or at least "supporting") comments on the zoom action. As for the hood, well, I've already gotten used to it.

Thanks also for the info on decentering. I have not looked into this extensively just yet, but, at least so far, sharpness seems nominally symmetrical. However, one of these days, in the very near future, I will definitely check it out more specifically.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-30-2017, 08:16 AM  
Questions from a DA 16-85 newbie
Posted By fwcetus
Replies: 17
Views: 874
Thanks for the confirming report.

Yes, I agree with you regarding the overall build quality - "The inner barrel on mine is solid with no wobble, even fully zoomed" - same here - the lens construction does seem solid.

I do like the zoom range a lot -- I think, for a walk-around lens, that the extra 2mm at he wide end is actually a fair trade for the loss of 86mm to 135mm, especially since it seems as if the 85m images can stand up to a fair amount of cropping on the K-3 (at least, that's my opinion so far).

:cool:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-30-2017, 08:02 AM  
Questions from a DA 16-85 newbie
Posted By fwcetus
Replies: 17
Views: 874
Thanks for your comments.

The "zoom feel" on mine has changed a bit after some use, becoming less objectionable now. So, it is better, and it also helps to know that it might be "normal" or "par for the course". And, my lens does seem to be optically quite good, so it's likely to be a "keeper". :)

As for the hood, yes, I'm already used to it (helped out by the fact that the 16-85 is the only lens I've used lately) -- perhaps I was just too picky. :o
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