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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-25-2021, 12:22 PM  
300mm lenses
Posted By Davep
Replies: 14
Views: 671
I've got two 300mm lenses.

The Super Takumar model 2 (monster!)
Takumar 300mm F4 (model 2) Reviews - M42 Screwmount Telephoto Primes - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
and
The SMC Takumar
https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/SMC-Pentax-K-300mm-F4-Lens.html

Shooting with my K-3, I found there is minimal difference. Even doing A/B comparison shots, I can not detect much difference outside of normal shooting variances. The Takumar is a beast at 1575g and 82mm! filter thread. The SMC is a more svelte 1020g and 77mm filter thread. The Takumar Monster has a tripod foot, where as the SMC doesn't. I found aberrations to be similar despite what the user reviews state. If anything the Takumar "may" be marginally sharper, but it's essentially a wash to me. (Some people claim that fewer lens elements can be sharper). The big difference (outside of aperture blades, 18 Monster vs 6 SMC plus K mount for SMC), is the Takumar Monster is rated at .06 magnification, and the SMC is .09. That makes a fair difference to the subject matter in your image.

You mention shooting film, so in my opinion (which you should still question), I suggest there would be minimal difference outside of magnification, between the Takumar model 2, Super Tak or SMC Tak. (Let the flame wars begin.)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-22-2021, 06:34 PM  
The Sony A7 series picture thread -- bring your base, S, and R pics here!
Posted By Davep
Replies: 191
Views: 24,681
A7 (original) + Zeiss Loxia 50 mm F2
Taken from my balcony this evng.

Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-17-2021, 06:50 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By Davep
Replies: 3,816
Views: 399,715
Thanks for the comment.

I bought the GM1 as new old stock for an incredible price. I wanted something small and compact that I could use as a walk-around kit. My buddy shoots Olympus MFT, and swears by it, so I thought I would give it a whirl. You can't beat the size, and the glass cost is very reasonable compared to aps-c and ff.

My problem is I mainly shoot K-3 and Sony A7. Not too smart, because unless I use the three camera systems frequently, I forget the controls and screw up shots because I fumbled something. The GM1 is my least frequently used camera, so it becomes a learning experience every time I take it out. And not having an OVF or EVF makes it doubly hard to use. But you can't beat the compact size or miniscule weight, and the image quality is surprisingly good.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-17-2021, 06:51 AM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By Davep
Replies: 3,816
Views: 399,715
Visited the local wildlife area to feed the mosquitoes, and took the GM1 with Leica 25 f1.4.

Frustrating afternoon, in that I took 50 shots with only a couple of keepers, and even they were only borderline. I had a devil of a time in the forest with blown out highlights where the sun broke through the trees. But even more exasperating, was the forest had very heavy undergrowth and the camera focused on any wayward branch or whatever it chose to. The touchscreen is virtually useless in bright sun, so I had touch auto focus disabled for the afternoon, which meant it should only focus in a box area locked to the centre of the LCD. But even so, the AF seemed to vary excessively. Next time, I will try spot focus. This was my first outing with the Leica 25, and perhaps I was rushing the AF a little. If I stood still for more than a few seconds, the mosquitoes homed in for a feeding.

This shot is full image. I saved a copy with some of the foliage in the foreground cropped out, but I think I prefer the full image. I thought about waiting to see if the breeze would subside for a classic mirror image of the clouds on the water, but the bugs were too much of a nuisance.

Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-05-2021, 12:36 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By Davep
Replies: 3,816
Views: 399,715
GM1 + Lumix 42.5 F1.7.

A few more shots from the wknd. As I mentioned, it was extremely cold and windy by the waterfront. My hands were numb and I was shivering, so trying to make adjustments using the touchscreen was very difficult. On top of that, the LCD was very dim plus with reflections, to be virtually useless in the bright sun. Good thing the 42.5 lens has O.I.S.

The shots of the ship are heavily cropped. Realistically, I need a much longer lens for those kind of shots. I was getting extremely frustrated. The pancake was much more fun.







Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-05-2021, 08:10 AM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By Davep
Replies: 3,816
Views: 399,715
Who doesn't love bendy lampposts and trees!

Fisheye fun on the wknd. GM1 + Olympus 9mm fisheye pancake. I froze my butt off by the river. The temp was slightly below freezing, but there was a stiff breeze off the water that magnified the wind chill.

I think this lens is the best bang for the buck. The colours and contrast are excellent. A little sharpening in post is generally all that is required. These images are uncropped full image.







Forum: Pentax K-3 III 03-31-2021, 08:36 AM  
Matt Bishop - Pentax K3III review (on field experience)
Posted By Davep
Replies: 7
Views: 1,275
His enthusiasm is contagious.
















You Tube



Forum: Lens Clubs 01-10-2021, 11:23 AM  
Takumar club
Posted By Davep
Replies: 17,973
Views: 3,487,989
S-M-C Takumar 105mm F2.8 on Sony A7

Taken from the backdoor
F11, 1/60 sec, 320 ISO using monopod


---------- Post added Jan 10th, 2021 at 01:45 PM ----------

Super-Takumar 50mm F1.4 (eight element) on Sony A7

Taken out the back door last week.
this was wide open at 1.4, (sharpened in post), 1/2500 sec, 200 ISO

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-28-2020, 07:09 AM  
Pentax LX - Japan Camera Hunter
Posted By Davep
Replies: 11
Views: 1,344
Fun little video. Nothing startling. Enjoy with your beverage of choice. :)
















You Tube



Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-14-2020, 09:30 PM  
Takumar carrying case
Posted By Davep
Replies: 9
Views: 646
Great idea for at home storage.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-08-2020, 07:45 AM  
Sony A7rII falls into my lap...
Posted By Davep
Replies: 65
Views: 4,016
Your comment is very timely. I just ordered (waiting for delivery) an A7 (MK1), plus I ordered adapters from B&H. I have two dozen M42 and K mount MF lenses. I bought a Panasonic GM1 (MFT) a few months ago, and love the small size for a walk around package. Like you, I have a K-3 with AF glass, but the increased bulk of a K-1 and AF lenses doesn't interest me.

I ordered the A7 for no other reason than to play with my MF lenses. If I decide I really like FF, then I might invest in a K-1 down the road.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-13-2020, 05:18 AM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By Davep
Replies: 3,816
Views: 399,715
Great shot. The combination of the young girl's posture and moody lighting are powerful. Plus the whimsical splash of colour on the Mickey Mouse pillow for contrasting viewer emotion. Your daughter I assume?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-10-2020, 02:54 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By Davep
Replies: 3,816
Views: 399,715
I know this image is no award winner, but I'm having so much fun with this inexpensive plastic Olympus 9mm pancake fisheye. This little lens is a riot. There is no adjustable focus. There is a small lever on the front of the lens that you can set for under .2M, mid range, and infinity focus. But with F8 fixed aperture, that works fine.

Yes, this is another backyard image taken the other day in the late afternoon sun. I held the camera tilted down over my head, snapped the shutter, and hoped for the best. I could have retrieved a small kitchen stool to stand on, but that smacks of too much professionalism for me. (Besides, I had an open beer in the house waiting for me, so I was in a rush. :D ) This is not cropped. I could crop some of the left side, but I liked the strong blue sky in the upper left, so I left it. The only problem with F8 fixed aperture is the depth of field. I don't like the houses in the background, but you can't have everything for $89 CAD.

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-10-2020, 02:31 PM  
Multi-copies
Posted By Davep
Replies: 19
Views: 1,252
I don't have any identical lenses, but I do have:

Super Tak 50 F1.4 8 element
Super Tak 50 F1.4 7 element
S-M-C Tak 50 F1.4
SMC Pentax M 50 F1.4
SMC Pentax M 50 F1.7
SMC Pentax A 50 F2

plus a couple of 55's

And yes, it's hard to keep track of them all. :o
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-04-2020, 08:49 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By Davep
Replies: 3,816
Views: 399,715
I like that your images look natural. Too many of the images on the 300mm lens forum look far too processed, sometimes to the point of looking artificial.

---------- Post added Oct 4th, 2020 at 11:54 PM ----------



There is nothing quite as smooth as a rich amber beer, and your image portrays that perfectly. Now you have me wanting to go shopping for beer tomorrow. :lol: And trust me, I don't need additional motivation. ;)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-03-2020, 11:22 AM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By Davep
Replies: 3,816
Views: 399,715
This is another backyard shot from the other day, only this time with the Lumix G 42.5mm F1.7 on the GM1.

The image is uncropped. I have a second cropped image in my GM1 Micro 4/3 album, and I'm of two minds which I prefer. In a way I prefer this image since it suggests the lone coloured leaf down in a tunnel of green. That effect is lost when cropped.

Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-02-2020, 05:30 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By Davep
Replies: 3,816
Views: 399,715
I picked up an Olympus 9mm F8 fisheye for my Panasonic GM1. What a fun and inexpensive little lens. The sharpness is surprising, at least close up, and I'm impressed with the colour. I took a few random shots around the back yard to try it. I can't wait for an opportunity to go for an urban walk with it.

Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-01-2020, 06:17 PM  
Pentax DA 16-50mm f/2.8 SDM $499 CDN London Drugs Open Box Special
Posted By Davep
Replies: 5
Views: 720
Pentax Canada have a two year warranty. You could have had the SDM repaired under warranty. I bought a 17-70 from Henry's a couple of years ago, (probably old new stock,) and the SDM crapped out after a few months. Ricoh Canada warranty covered it, and it has been perfect ever since.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-01-2020, 03:43 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By Davep
Replies: 3,816
Views: 399,715
I'm not an Astro guy, so I don't know, but I've always thought that Venus is the brightest planet in the sky (at least in the Northern Hemisphere). Living in a large suburban city, the light pollution is disheartening. So seeing a planet/star so bright is surprising. I assume I didn't notice it while shooting, because the cloud cover was shifting dramatically, and I simply missed it.

I really like this little camera. It is so surprising. I only wish Panasonic offered longer primes, outside of the pro level telephotos.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-30-2020, 06:44 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By Davep
Replies: 3,816
Views: 399,715
Another quick and dirty shot. This one from my sunroom window. The camera is the GM1 with the Lumix G 42.5 F1.7. I under exposed it so the moon wouldn't blow out, then brought it back a little in post. ISO is 2000, but grainy. That said, a little grain doesn't bother me. The image is full frame, no cropping.


I noticed a "hole" in the image between 1-2 o'clock area out from the moon. I thought what the heck? A problem with the sensor? Next evening, I was in the back yard and noticed it was an extremely bright star or planet.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 08-25-2020, 02:49 PM  
Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 -- CAD $685 at Amazon Canada
Posted By Davep
Replies: 5
Views: 911
Still available $ 661.05 CAD from Amazon.ca.
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-21-2020, 05:45 PM  
Takumar club
Posted By Davep
Replies: 17,973
Views: 3,487,989
I've got a SMC 300 and it's not a lightweight. Hand holding and focusing using a smallish body like a ks-2 is impressive.
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-21-2020, 04:19 PM  
Takumar club
Posted By Davep
Replies: 17,973
Views: 3,487,989
Was that hand held? Full frame image or cropped in post?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-21-2020, 04:03 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By Davep
Replies: 3,816
Views: 399,715
I picked up a Panasonic GM1 with the 12-32 kit lens a couple of weeks ago for $300 CAD on clearance. I've been toying with the idea of a small pocket camera for a while, and this deal was too good to pass up.

This shot was taken from my front porch following a storm. I used the iA+ setting, hand held, and let the camera do its thing.To say I was astonished is an understatement. The iso is 3200 so a little noisy, but for online, very acceptable.

This is the raw file, full frame, strictly exported to low res jpeg with no additional processing.


---------- Post added Aug 21st, 2020 at 07:11 PM ----------

This little camera is a blast. The only frustrating aspect is the touch screen is small and my fat fingers are too big.The in camera processing is amazing. I quickly picked up a Panasonic 9mm fisheye and a used Panasonic 42.5mm F1.7 prime. The fisheye is a blast. I haven't had so much fun with a cheap lens in a long time.

The camera is for pocket use street photography, so I won't buy any further lenses for it. I have my K-3 for longer lens shooting.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 07-25-2020, 03:50 PM  
London Drugs lens clearout
Posted By Davep
Replies: 27
Views: 2,455
yes, I'm getting old. The days of lugging around gear are behind me. Let me take out one of my film bodies, and a lens or maybe two, plus a light weight digital P&S and that is all I want.

---------- Post added Jul 25th, 2020 at 06:55 PM ----------

BTW, I don't know if anyone noticed, but they have the 16-45 for a song. https://www.londondrugs.com/pentax-da-16-45mm-f4-ed-al-lens---21507---open-b...earance-camera No SDM problems, and arguably as good image quality as the 16-50.
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