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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-25-2011, 11:26 AM  
The Perfect 5 Lens System
Posted By felix68
Replies: 171
Views: 22,031
Sorry for the confusion all! What I meant was FA* 24mm f2. Even after Blue made his comment, I didn't catch the typo... :o
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-24-2011, 02:56 PM  
The Perfect 5 Lens System
Posted By felix68
Replies: 171
Views: 22,031
Well it is a 5 lens "Dream List" isn't it? I can dream! :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-24-2011, 10:21 AM  
The Perfect 5 Lens System
Posted By felix68
Replies: 171
Views: 22,031
I think that I could easily get along with this:

FA* 24mm f2
FA 31mm f1.8 Limited
FA 43mm f1.9 Limited
FA 77mm f1.8 Limited
FA* 200mm f4 Macro

My only regret would be the lack of the A* 135mm f1.8 but the 200mm Macro would have to do...
Forum: Pentax K-r 05-12-2011, 12:22 PM  
AA batteries in K-r - how many shots?
Posted By felix68
Replies: 11
Views: 4,432
hawk1500 - Where did you get your Nickel Zinc batteries? They don't seem to be readily available.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-11-2011, 05:00 PM  
Question on SMC P FA lens
Posted By felix68
Replies: 3
Views: 1,861
I believe that this is short for:

Super Multi Coated - SMC
Pentax - P
FA

So yes, this is probably a FA lens. Unless the seller misread and it is a SMC DFA.
Forum: Pentax K-r 04-28-2011, 02:02 PM  
No More Talk, Just Pictures
Posted By felix68
Replies: 47
Views: 12,530
I always use a single manually selected focus point. As for the other camera settings, I will have to check when I get home. Don't have the shots now but I usually shoot in Av and f5.6 or so with the FA31. It was sunny out so the shutter speed was most likely high.
I have found that for soccer and other field sports, I have the best luck selecting a focus point at the players feet. That way, if you drift off of the subject, the camera doesn't try to focus way out to the background. It is still focused on the grass very near your subject.
Forum: Pentax K-r 04-28-2011, 11:02 AM  
No More Talk, Just Pictures
Posted By felix68
Replies: 47
Views: 12,530
I will bite...

K-r, DA70, ISO200, 1/500, f3.2, +0.7EV
Attachment 89944

Love the camera for its speed and have found the auto white balance to be excellent. Focusing is fast and accurate, even with moving subjects. Was successful in getting shots of the kids on swings for the first time with estimated 90% hit rate on focus in AF-C.
Forum: Pentax K-r 04-23-2011, 10:39 AM  
wireless flash?
Posted By felix68
Replies: 1
Views: 1,759
Yes, the K-r does wireless flash with a flash unit that supports it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-14-2011, 03:31 PM  
I used to be indecisive, but I'm not now..
Posted By felix68
Replies: 22
Views: 2,993
I will cast my vote for the DA70 as well. It is my second most used lens behind the FA31 but you already have the 'normal' FOV covered with your 35mm. After that is my 100mm Macro but I don't really like shooting wide as much.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-29-2011, 04:07 PM  
To 31 or not to 31, that is my question.
Posted By felix68
Replies: 137
Views: 14,785
I think it really depends on how and what you shoot. My LBA path went:

FA50 (Cheap, f1.4 but a bit long on APS-C)
DA21L (Too wide for my style, didn't use much and sold it)
FA31L (Have never regretted buying. On the camera 90% of the time)
DA70L (Great for portraits, second most used lens)

I shoot mainly my kids, in portrait or environmental portrait style and the FA31L works great for this. It is also very good for video! Now, if doing it again, I would probably have considered either the DA35L or the DA35 but I am not selling the FA31L to try them!
I don't lust after the DA15L because I found the DA21L too wide. No point in considering something wider!
Forum: Pentax K-r 03-15-2011, 02:02 PM  
K-r Dust Removal
Posted By felix68
Replies: 12
Views: 3,826
The manual states:

"Fully display a white wall or other bright subject with no detail in the viewfinder and press the shutter release button fully."

The first time I tried the "Dust Alert" function, I got a similar result because I didn't read the instructions. ;)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-07-2009, 09:54 AM  
Question for K7 Owners with a Grip
Posted By felix68
Replies: 15
Views: 3,717
Compare that to at least 30 grams each for AA NiMH batteries:

30 grams X 6 = 180 grams.

About twice as heavy as with Lithiums. Of course they are not rechargeable.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-07-2009, 09:47 AM  
K110D with old lenses....
Posted By felix68
Replies: 9
Views: 1,702
Sounds like you have everything covered with the lenses. One of the biggest differences between film and digital is the white balance adjustment available with the DSLR. I would suggest learning to use the custom white balance function and also get a gray card. You can then shoot your first shot of the fall colors with the grey card in the frame and use it in post processing to get perfectly accurate colors for all of the shots in the series.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-07-2009, 09:30 AM  
Question for K7 Owners with a Grip
Posted By felix68
Replies: 15
Views: 3,717
I would think that the weight with 6 AAs would be highly dependent on the type of battery that you are using. Rechargable NiMHs are pretty heavy, but the lithiums that you mention are very very light. You might want to give it a try before just writing off the idea based on someones comment.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-06-2009, 01:50 PM  
K110D with old lenses....
Posted By felix68
Replies: 9
Views: 1,702
Both lenses will work just as they did on your PZ-10 except for any power zoom function that the 28-50 might have. Just like with the film camera, the 70-300 may be hard to get sharp shots at the longer focal lengths due to camera shake but if you have enough light, it will be fine.
Enjoy your new toy and get some good hybrid rechargeable batteries to use with it (Eneloops, etc). There are many posts on these batteries.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-20-2009, 04:37 PM  
one flash, corded. still have good photos?
Posted By felix68
Replies: 19
Views: 4,227
Here is a quick shot that I did of my 2 girls with just a Vivitar 285HV on a lightstand with an umbrella. Shot with the K100D, FA50 and Cactus radio triggers. You could have done the exact same thing with a synch cord as well.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-20-2009, 11:35 AM  
The best lens you own
Posted By felix68
Replies: 157
Views: 18,648
By far, my favorite is the FA31. I would also say that it is my best, followed closely by my DA70, FA50 and DA21, but it really depends on what you are shooting. For e-bay product shots, my M-100 f4 Macro is my best lens. Never underestimate the value of good close up shots in an auction listing! :D
The FA31 just creates stunning photos in almost any situation and I love the FOV.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-17-2009, 11:45 AM  
LXs on eBay
Posted By felix68
Replies: 61
Views: 8,089
Right you are, the link that I posted is the same as the first link in the OP. Not that it matters now as both are sold.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-17-2009, 08:39 AM  
LXs on eBay
Posted By felix68
Replies: 61
Views: 8,089
This seller has a third LX body/winder combo up now:

Pentax LX Camera with Winder - eBay (item 200363782114 end time Jul-26-09 15:24:52 PDT)

It looks like the older style shutter lock but still a good price.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-16-2009, 01:51 PM  
dear pentax: please make a 200mm/2 :-)
Posted By felix68
Replies: 87
Views: 16,192
The photog claims that the second set were not PP but how does he get that vignetting without it? I doubt that the lens is vignetting that much and it really doesn't make sense to do that mechanically these days. Anyone have another explanation for this?
I know that this thread is about 3D pop but the vignetting is not hurting the focus on the subject at all.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-14-2009, 09:13 PM  
21mm mini shootout
Posted By felix68
Replies: 6
Views: 2,594
Not a huge deal but the DA21 is f3.2, not f3.5 as listed. The kit lens is f3.5-5.6. :)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-09-2009, 12:30 PM  
epson 2200 printer and performance
Posted By felix68
Replies: 6
Views: 2,881
It is pretty good printer but the ink carts are really small for a 13" wide printer. If someone gave me one, I would certainly set it up and use it. I have a R280 which uses Claria dye based ink and wish I had a pigment printer for the longevity. The 2200 uses pigment ink.
As to cost, if you are printing 4X6, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Target, etc, will always be cheaper. It is probably a wash at 8X10 but the quality of the prints are actually better on the home printer. There is a learning curve where you will use a lot of ink and paper with bad output.



All still available. Atlex.com has the carts for under $10 each and you can use any paper that is rated for pigment ink. I personally use Red River's papers and am very pleased.
Premium Photographic Inkjet Paper by Red River Paper
The drivers can be downloaded from Epson's web site.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-08-2009, 08:56 PM  
Pentax Photo Lab 4.0
Posted By felix68
Replies: 33
Views: 15,122
It works with my K100D so I think that all models are probably good. It is just a RAW converter and picture organizer after all.
I have not tried any of the lens correction do dads but it reads my files and converts them to .jpegs with all of the whitebalance, sharpness, contrast, noise, rotation, etc. features.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-07-2009, 04:49 PM  
SMC A24/2.8 Vs. DA 21 limited
Posted By felix68
Replies: 13
Views: 3,272
I really like the DA21. It is good wide open and I also have not had any problem with the hood falling off. It is a bayonet mount with a solid lock.
Here is a recent shot wide open. Not the best for looking at corner sharpness but it does show the depth of field at f3.2.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-02-2009, 12:21 PM  
Which memory card for K100D shooting sports?
Posted By felix68
Replies: 17
Views: 2,723
One great tip that someone gave me for shooting sports is to use a focus point at the player's feet. That way, the camera doesn't try to focus on the bleachers in the background and then back to the player, back to the bleachers, etc. If you are focusing on the ground that the player is on, the camera doesn't hunt all over the place and focusing errors are minimized.
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