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Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-10-2021, 02:40 AM  
What carrying bag/system to use on walks/hikes with very young children
Posted By JMvS
Replies: 22
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Thanks for the input! Will look into that.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-13-2021, 07:08 AM  
Selecting lenses after LBA
Posted By JMvS
Replies: 12
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Thanks for sharing your experience. I admit I've been curious about the Limited, but I've repressed my LBA so far as my purchase priorities were mainly following my work/astro guidelines. That I have the 100mm f/2.8 macro WR is almost a coincidence, as I stumbled upon it in classifieds for a very low price. Given how much pleasure it is shooting with I admit I'm growing even more curious of the prime offering (hesitating to jump the gun on a very low priced SMC FA 50 f/1.4, or save for maybe a FA77).

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Thanks for sharing your experience. By default I've been thinking about 18-135 + 55-300, but I've also been wondering about 11-18 + 55-300.

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Good catch! Altough I have no time to spend on post processing, I've seen myself regularly shoot hand-held panoramas, counting on Google Photos for the stitching.

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Indeed, I recently resisted the urge to pull the trigger on a nearby set of the three FA limited (silver MIJ), only because I had just ordered the DA*11-18. And that was just a few days before they announced the HD FA. But I admit keeping on my radar the DA 40, FA 43 and FA 77 if I am to expand the collection...
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-13-2021, 06:08 AM  
What carrying bag/system to use on walks/hikes with very young children
Posted By JMvS
Replies: 22
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To be honest that has been my attitude for many year, especially with infants. But now the youngest has just turned 2, and as I browse my archives the pictures taken with the DSLR really stand out from the lot, particularly when it comes to drawing the kids eyes. I should have specified that my primary intention in those circumstances is to capture memories better than with phone/compact.

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Thanks for the tips. I had looked at Peak Design many years ago for their detachable slings (mainly because the strap annoys me when using the tripod).

The clip system is the Peak Design Capture correct? It does look to be versatile and light enough.

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Thanks, that seems like an interesting system too. Nice that it comes with Arca Swiss too.

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The outings purpose is usually to discover or share knowledge with them, while letting them spend energy, with the preservation of memories being important (we do yearly and trip centered picture albums, altough we've got a few years of backlog now, and reviewing them together is a favored past time of ours).

I'll keep in mind the good zoom recommendation.

My spouse is usually with us, and she even asks for the camera from time to time, if only for me to figure on some of our pictures (might have to seriously consider a mini tripod at some point).

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Thanks, I'll keep the ThinkTank reference in mind. I've used a sling bag that came together with my office's Canon, and its indeed low profile enough to be able to store the camera when done, and have and extra lens handy.

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Thanks, I'll have a look at holsters too.

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I won't say I've never been tempted by that...

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I have a similar sentiment that my DSLR was relegated to storage for a bit too long, especially when we had toddlers. And I sorely regret that when I browse trough my archive and notice how many of those pictures that pop were taken with the K-5 iis.

Day to day I'd usually carry a messenger bag, and on each outing I'd have gotten the bad idea of taking it along, I'd invariably end up with a sore shoulder too.

Good call on why to favor a fast telephoto, I'll try switching the 18-135 with the 33-300 WR and 100 macro, especially as those are reasonably light and so far have given me interesting results at home.

I am definitely gonna research that Peak Design Capture clip.

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Thanks!

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Thanks! Will look into that.

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Mine are from 7 to 2. I wouldn't trust the eldest yet with my K-5 iis, but he usually does take good care of my TG-4, with some interesting results (now if only he'd just stick with photography and not clog my archive with videos...). Good to know at what age I could reasonably put the DSLR in his hands.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-12-2021, 03:18 PM  
Selecting lenses after LBA
Posted By JMvS
Replies: 12
Views: 975
Hello!

After some intense LBA I've almost doubled my number of lenses (and more than doubled the zooms), and am facing numerous conundrums on which lenses to use for what...

For almost 8 years, the 18-135 WR has been a trusty companion to my K-5 iis, and I've brough them on a fair number of trips and outings, although I would often feel their weight. I played a bit on a few vintage primes I stumbled upon, but do not use them really. Astrophotography having been what led me to the brand (I had purchased the O-GPS1 together with the camera), after some frustration and a Southern hemisphere island trip, hoping for some Milky Way shots I got an Irix 15mm f/2.4, which I've used seldom since then. I also got the HD DA 55-300 WR which I play with a bit, and use in a 2 camera setting together with an Olympus TG-4 taking care of wide angles for bridge pile inspection work.

I experienced recently some significant GAS/LBA, which, in order, has added to my lenspark :
Sigma 18-35 f/1.8
D-FA 100 f/2.8 macro WR
HD DA* 11-18 f/2.8
HD DA 10-17 Fish-Eye

I am now left wondering which lens combinations to carry depending on the occasion :

At home and nearby I have had the most flexibility to experiment:
-18-35 f/1.8 : is on by default, as its nice to use and good for indoor candid shots of my 4 young children without penalty, not so good for portrait and outdoor beside quick astro tryouts.
-D-FA100 f/2.8 macro : flowers and insects in the garden and surrounding fields are good targets. Have aimed it at Orion with surprising results relative to my skill level (bummed by clouds ever since). Have to try it for portrait.
-HD 55-300 WR : would be a good contender to leave on the camera for the birds passing by (we have lots of trees), favorably impressed by results on the moon (but wishing I had longer range/more megapixel... dangerous), have yet to try on other astro targets.
-HD DA* 11-18 f/2.8 : a pleasure to use for architectural. Waiting for some Milky Way nights to try out.
-HD DA 10-17 Fish-Eye : just received it and yet to experience
-Irix 15 f/2.4 : in storage for now

I am looking for advice on which lens/combinations to favor on different kinds of outings, bearing in mind that I am often facing the handicap of having to run after or carry young children:
-walks/hiking in the surrounding countryside, forests and mountains (I live in the midst of the Swiss Alps). Kids penalty high.
-walks in villages and cities, with kids running around and posing around landmarks, often visiting dark churches. Kids penalty high.
-fireworks, nightly fire festivals. Kids penalty high.
-indoor ice hockey plays of my 7y old (hypothetical for now).

I don't have the leisure of child free outings for now, safe for nightly ones. But I am currently reviewing the basics of astrophotography from my terrace wich has a decent field of view. Once I've improved I'll try from the surrounding fields, and later from some mountains spots if I can locate some good ones.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-12-2021, 02:06 PM  
What carrying bag/system to use on walks/hikes with very young children
Posted By JMvS
Replies: 22
Views: 1,473
Hello!

I am seeking for advice in how to efficiently carry my K-5 iis on walks and hikes, as the father of 4 young to very young children (that often need to be run after and carried, often against their wishes).

So far, when outing the Pentax together with the kids, I'd usually simply carry it with the 18-135 WR in place over my neck or shoulder , using a wide cotton strap I've salvaged from an old Minolta after my original died. From experience this is clearly not ergonomic, and stresses me out when I have to run after or carry a reluctant child.

The strain on my neck/shoulder, combined with the sprint handicap, has often led me to leave the DSLR at home, favoring my pocketable Olympus TG-4, which I enjoy much for its wide angle capability (25 to 100mm equivalent in 35mm) combined with decent macro, but much less for the comparatively short Tele, impracticality when trying to select a focus and inferior reactivity...

I would like to be able to take along my Pentax more often, most likely with the 18-135 by default, altough I've entertained the idea of a two camera setting using the HD 55-300 WR combined with the TG-4 (I do use that combination for bridge pile inspection work with satisfactory results). I haven't defined it yet, but I do ponder about a 2 lens set, given that the TG-4 is very often in the hands of my 7y old eldest, which I might have interested a bit too much in photography (as he was still 6, I once came back from work only to see that he had taken my Pentax and tripod, carefully combined the two in the garden, and asked siblings and guests to pose for pictures and videos...).

On some walks I wouldn't have a backpack, and on other I'd have a fine Mammut hiking backpack, with belt, back metal frame and wide shoulder straps. I do have a relatively old Lowepro Fastpack 250, which I've used as handcarry and for storage, but it is too massive and comparatively uncomfortable for walks, plus following my latest GAS/LBA it became quite bloated with the addition of 4 new lenses, including the heavy Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 and HD DA* 11-18 f/2.8...
Forum: General Photography 02-19-2021, 12:56 PM  
GAS dilemma : A7ii, P-HD DA* 11-18 2.8, P-HD DA 10-17 fisheye, K-1...
Posted By JMvS
Replies: 22
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Received the 18-35mm f/1.8 and 100mm f/2.8 Macro WR, got to toy a bit and it seems I'm lucky enough to have a functional AF on the former.

The Sigma really is an awesome (and heavy) lens to hold, extremely nice finish and smooth focusing ring. Would try it more on the nightsky if not for the moon and clouds...
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-16-2021, 01:38 PM  
Pentax Irix lens club - Show us your photos...
Posted By JMvS
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An undeclared member for about 2 1/2 year since I purchased a 15mm f/2.4 Firefly for a Southern Hemisphere trip.

It was short, sky was mostly covered, but I did manage to see the Core at least.

I should try to see if I can PP it a bit if I ever manage to find some time, and use that fine lens again.

Unprocessed examples in the post below.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/369043-astro-uwa-k-5-iis-what-pick-2.html#post4463942
Forum: General Photography 02-16-2021, 12:49 AM  
GAS dilemma : A7ii, P-HD DA* 11-18 2.8, P-HD DA 10-17 fisheye, K-1...
Posted By JMvS
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In the "end", the GAS ended, I hope, with quite the blast :

-Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM (Art) (cheap 2nd hand deal)
-SMC Pentax-D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro WR (pittance 2nd hand deal)
-HD Pentax-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW (German amazon deal, would've linked it but I think I got the last one)

I'm sure me and my K-5 iis will be plenty happy with it. Now hoping I won't have a surprise with taxes later this year...
Forum: General Photography 02-15-2021, 08:07 AM  
GAS dilemma : A7ii, P-HD DA* 11-18 2.8, P-HD DA 10-17 fisheye, K-1...
Posted By JMvS
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Same for me, I was extremely excited at the time it was announced. Even tough I hadn't the budget to consider it for the longest time, it was always on my radar, and I finally pulled the trigger on a very well priced one, after missing another one 2 years ago (I had an upcomin Southern Hemisphere island trip, and in the end settled on the Irix 15mm f/2.4 for that Galactic Core shot).

Hoping to get some nice results for indoor portraits, and the likes of children plays, the kid's hockey match and museum outings.
Forum: General Photography 02-15-2021, 02:34 AM  
Displaying Photos
Posted By JMvS
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Like some of the Samsung top of the line, the Samsung The Frame use the One Connect Box, which is the "brain" of the TV, and hosts all the ports, and allows for a single low profile cable to come out of the TV, except for the 32' version which has a power cable in addition to the box IIRC.
Forum: General Photography 02-15-2021, 01:48 AM  
GAS dilemma : A7ii, P-HD DA* 11-18 2.8, P-HD DA 10-17 fisheye, K-1...
Posted By JMvS
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Aye it had caught my eye ever since it was released. But at the time. I could not take advantage of the very nice deals I had found due to finances.

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Well considering the DA*11-18 together with a better camera is gearing the dilemma turbine into overdrive, given that for the lens price alone, and even more so if we add a KP, even the cheapest 2nd hand I did see, I am pretty close to the price of a K-1 or K-1 ii, which would without doubt be even more adapted to starscapes and astrophotography, given that my Irix 15mm f/2.4 would already be wider and faster on FF than the DA*11-18 on APS-C or even on FF.

Even on weight, if we consider astro solely, there wouldn't be any significant gain :
-K-5 iis + O-GPS1 + DA*11-18 : 1560g
-K-1 + Irix 15mm f/2.4 Firefly : 1591g
-KP + O-GPS1 + DA*11-18 : 1503g

The KP even becomes worse if we consider the poorer battery life, and would be the heaviest option if we add in a D-BG7 grip with D-LI90...

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According to the seller, it works fine on a K-70, so finger crossed. At worst it won't have an impact on astro use.
Forum: General Photography 02-12-2021, 02:03 PM  
What unwanted surprise have you found in your camera bag?
Posted By JMvS
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One day, several days or weeks after some family hiking, I discovered my wife had packed children's clothes and snacks in one compartment. Luckily the food was in a sealed box.
Forum: General Photography 02-12-2021, 01:34 PM  
GAS dilemma : A7ii, P-HD DA* 11-18 2.8, P-HD DA 10-17 fisheye, K-1...
Posted By JMvS
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Aye thanks to you people I think I got rid of that A7ii itch. I admit some fast glass has long been on my mind, as I'm very often facing the challenge of low light, the very thing that drew me to having a DSLR.

Telling my SO of my GAS, I was surprised at her enthusiasm to see me better my "portrait" skills. Some fast glass would definitely help.

Went on browsing the local classified adds, and with a little search found a surprisingly substantial offering.

Noticed a Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM (Art) at an interesting price for a bag of prime substitute, if the purchase proceeds well, I hope I won't find it too heavy to use on a regular basis.
Even tough its not as wide as I wish for the Milky Way, the normal range should suit well my casual photography.

Now there's also this set of the FA Limited Trinity, but that might be excessive...

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My criteria are a bit different, given that its mostly Milky Way photography that orients my gear wants. From my research on this forum and elsewhere, I understand that light collecting power is everything, to be balanced with field of view. For comparable amounts of light captured, at corresponding focal lenght, f/1.8 on APS-C would match f/2.8 on FF, hence the immediate benefit of a larger sensor.
Forum: General Photography 02-11-2021, 06:57 AM  
Displaying Photos
Posted By JMvS
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True. While we got our 43 inch cheaper thanks to a cashback, for the same price I could have got a larger QLED with full array local dimming.

But my wife was really sold on the concept of The Frame, and it is true that while the Ambient Mode allows for displaying pictures, the Art Mode specific to the The Frame line allows to select a wide range of intervals for slide shows from 10min to several hours or static, on top of a choice of mats (useful is your pics are not 16/9) or allowing IIRC the display of several pictures at the same time.
Forum: General Photography 02-11-2021, 04:07 AM  
Displaying Photos
Posted By JMvS
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I'm using at home a Samsung The Frame TV for this purpose, they come in different sizes (and prices), and get a number of features for displaying art:
-they look like a picture frame
-provision for a gap-less wall mount, or alternatively feet to stand on a piece of furniture without looking too much like a TV
-display mode is more economical in power than other TVs, is coupled with a light and motion detector, and allows for diaporamas, some compositing, filters and mats.
-Do note that it makes use of a deported case, with built-in memory and a few USB ports.
Forum: General Photography 02-10-2021, 01:52 PM  
GAS dilemma : A7ii, P-HD DA* 11-18 2.8, P-HD DA 10-17 fisheye, K-1...
Posted By JMvS
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True that, it is indeed in between my K-5iis and the K-1 in that respect...

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Thanks for the advice, feedback and the link. Good to know that if worst things come the KP could still be a viable replacement.

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Indeed
1) But while I would never use my employers gear privately (safe for that one shot while on duty on some roof), I have less reservations in using my private gear, as I do wear my own clothes at work. It mostly boils down to being pretty much the picture guy that has to make with the gear that was already there. But the camera I use the most is just my Olympus TG-4.
2) and 3) are the crux of my dilemma, as I do have conflicting kinds of photography I want to do.

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Good to know at least that I shouldn't count on the A7ii for a stellar improvememt on trying to keep my running children in focus (which is a thing I had in mind but forgot to mention).

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I saw that. Good to know, altough I'd still have to judge it on other metrics.

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In my case its a mix of fear/hope to see the kit going for less than 400 triggering acute GAS. But at worst I reassure myself that I could always convert it to a gift for one of my numerous siblings (2 have Nikons, 2 Sonys and 3 are still system less).

I'll admit being even more extreme in my reluctance to follow the Megapixels crescendo, being comfortable with all my devices delivering around 16. If only for storage.

Altough having started to display my best shots on a Samsung the Frame, I sometimes tell myself that more IQ could be better, but at the same time 4K is only around 8Mpix, and some of my favorites were taken with my old 7.2 Mpix Sony point and shoot back in 2007...
Forum: General Photography 02-10-2021, 07:56 AM  
GAS dilemma : A7ii, P-HD DA* 11-18 2.8, P-HD DA 10-17 fisheye, K-1...
Posted By JMvS
Replies: 22
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Hello fellow Pentaxians (and lets hope 2021 will be better than 2020).

Monitoring local sales, I was struck by a clearance sale on A7ii with kit lens for less than 750. I am horribly tempted by it, especially if at the end of the clearance period they hack the price further as per their usage.
The current -50%, while seemingly extremely good value for any one looking an entry into FF, is not enough to have me pull the trigger, but a -75% or even -66% might, even if I'm not sure what I would do with it beside discovering FF and/or fitting my Irix 15mm 2.4 on it with an adapter at the expense of Astrotracer.

Of course these considerations triggered further GSA, and I've been looking at both the Pentax HD DA* 11-18 and Pentax HD DA 10-17 fisheye, especially since I've found deals for the former around 1k, and the latter close to 400. These would be excellent complements for my K-5iis APS-C considering my interests in wide angle astro, hand-held landscapes and frequent work on building/infrastructure expertise. But then for a comparable amount of money I've seen a new K-1, on which I could use my Irix 15mm 2.4 to its full Milky Way potential...

The expertise work would arguably the more serious justification, as it involves capturing hair thin fissures on white plastered walls or bare concrete structures, often in dark and cramped if not humid settings. For the past few years I've been using my employer's Canon 650D combined with kit 18-135mm and a Canon EF-S 1022mm, which is decent enough, but the lack of stabilisation on the UWA zoom really shows, particularly in low light. I've already been bringing my own gear for the times I need a long telephoto while inspecting large bridges, with the K-5iis+HD 55-300 WR delivering.
For that kind of work I wouldn't see myself replacing my K-5iis, as the pop-up flash is really useful if not essential, plus even the lighter 650D gets already quite heavy on the hand after a full day of shooting...

But then even if after 8 years it has only 20k shots it won't last forever...

Any opinions?
Forum: General Photography 09-25-2018, 04:27 AM  
Do you always carry a camera? What? Cell phones don't count
Posted By JMvS
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I don't carry a camera on me at all time beside my phone, but quite often I take one when I go out.
On most outings I would take the K5 iis with 18-185 but these days it's usually the Olympus TG-4. It was often problematic to carry both the DSLR around my neck and a baby in my arms...
When I'm out for work I usually have the company's Canon 650D with 18-135 and 10-22.
Forum: General Photography 09-25-2018, 02:14 AM  
Astrotracer Info Needed from Experts
Posted By JMvS
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Hi! Am no expert but since I've been in your shoes :


0 : what age range are your kids?
1 : do you have a tripod with decent head? You will need that.
2 : Astrotracer is not useful for the Moon and Planets, as it will compensate the Earth's rotation in respect to the celestial sphere (the stars), but Moon and Planets move independently from that.
3 : the Moon is actually so bright you might consider a light reducing filter. But @200mm it won't be that big (you can even try handheld to get a feeling of it)
4 : provided you can get clear skies, you can use the 18-135 @18mm with the Astrotracer to capture the Milky Way, that can be very impressive.
5 : with your other lenses and Astrotracer you can aim for close-ups of the Milky-Way and some Nebulas, but the hardest part is probably framing those. Since you have built-in Astrotracer you have the option of putting a finder on you hotshoe.

6 : depending on if you want to stay compact and extra budget available. A small scope with decent mount is very nice for educational purposes. Allows for spectacular close-ups of the Moon with my kids. And depending on the model, you could either have you camera piggy-back on it or use it as a lens with a T2 ring. But that's entering anot her vast field...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-14-2018, 03:03 PM  
Astro UWA for K-5 iis, what pick?
Posted By JMvS
Replies: 22
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The Irix 15mm f/2.4 and iOptron ballhead fared reasonably well given my meager skills. But I had not anticipated that lens to be that enormous, a couple times I regretted not opting for the Samyang 16mm f/2 on volume footprint alone.

Of course the weather was mostly terrible! Over 6 nights, I only got 2 that were sort of usable, which was actually a nice surprise given the weather forecast!

1st window of opportunity was beautiful and of course it was the evening I had scheduled a special diner for our 5th anniversary on the beach... at least it was most romantic to show her the Milky Way while looking at Venus's reflection in the Indian Ocean... but I did manage to snatch a few shots before some pesky clouds appeared (I guess that's a perk of traveling with a baby needing her mommy). I went mostly random, not even bothering with composition and precise focusing, trialing different ISO and exposure settings.

Below a relatively decent shot at 15mm (of course), f/2.4, 15s, ISO3200, single shot, JPEG out of the camera.

2nd usable night was of course the last, with lots of clouds in the beginning, only clearing a bit when the MW was about to set... I decided to mostly shoot at f/2.4, 20s, ISO1600, at first like the other night pointlessly aiming for panoramas, I ended simply shooting in continuous mode till the night took over me. 2nd pic is one of the first from that night, 15mm, f/2.4, 20s ISO1600, JPEG out of camera.

Given either the high amount of foreground elements and/or clouds, I probably won't be able to stitch or even stack much. Will see if I can still enhance a little and/or maybe do a little timelapse.

At least I did not get that gear for nothing, now I'll have to find a way to continue using it with a 4th on the way...

NB : timestamps are off 2h as I had not switched time zones.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-15-2018, 06:41 AM  
Astro UWA for K-5 iis, what pick?
Posted By JMvS
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Update :

I pulled the trigger on an Irix 15mm f/2.4 Firefly, it was finally available from Amazon, even got a better deal from the European version (me and my indecisiveness, a couple weeks ago someone nearby listed a used Blackstone for much less, of course it went away quickly..., same for a very well priced used Sigma 18-35 f/1.8...).

Still on the look for a tripod head, I've been considering the iOptron 3305A which seems well built at a very reasonable price. Any feedbacks on that one or other recommendations?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-02-2018, 12:54 AM  
Astro UWA for K-5 iis, what pick?
Posted By JMvS
Replies: 22
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Thanks I will give it a try. Managed to try out my vintage 28mm f/2.8 on the Big Dipper from my home, and was able to get a few frames which seem okayish.
I will see if I can stack them and remove the light pollution.

But I really think I'll need to get a new tripod head, the single lever ball head without quick release I have is not practical. I really wonder how to correctly frame something at a longer range...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-30-2018, 09:04 AM  
Astro UWA for K-5 iis, what pick?
Posted By JMvS
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For reference here is an example of what I was able to get:
K-5 iis, 18-135mm WR @ 18mm & f/3.5, ISO1600m, single 60s exposure with astrotracer.
I only removed the tungsten using Silky Pix.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-30-2018, 07:33 AM  
Astro UWA for K-5 iis, what pick?
Posted By JMvS
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Hi. Not much experience really yet. In june 2013 I did a few sessions of trials with K-5iis, 18-135 WR and O-GPS. All I did was trying single long and astrotracked exposures at different ISO settings.
On my 1st session I did manage to capture a bit of the MW above some orange glow. 2nd session was a miss due to poor focusing.

And then came 3 kids in close order, 2 movings and a major career change with accelerated training. So basically no more time/energy, especially at night. But since things have settled down I figure I can jump back on the wagon.

Since then I've been able to play with my new HD 55-300 WR, and shoot the Moon handheld.

Have to look more into techniques and post treatment.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-30-2018, 12:23 AM  
Astro UWA for K-5 iis, what pick?
Posted By JMvS
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I admit I'd be very tempted by the Sigma's 10-20/4 or 3.5, since for landscape and architecture I'd have less concern about the f-number.

I guess in the best of all Worlds I'd have a K-1 with the 15-30/2.8. If not for the weight and price, it'd be perfect for my uses and ambitions...

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Copy that. I did have Stellarium on my field Tablet PC. But poor thing is so derelict now... Will try to install it on my PC.

Back in the days I also purchased the full version of SkySafari, will check if it is up to date.

Otherwise, thanks to the nice links above, I got interested in the Photopills app, might give it a try, altough as a general rule I tend to be a "candid" photographer, even for landscapes.

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Wow thanks for doing the research. I'll be slightly more North and in a more populated area (orange I think). But otherwise seems I'm in the best of luck. Orientation is perfect, above the ocean and maybe with that mountain aligned to the SW... and even at a very reasonable time 8pm...
Normally it should be the driest and least windy part of the island as well but you never know of course.
Now I sincerely hope my wife will be able to travel (she is pregnant and currently on total rest... Hard 1st trimester, hope they'll be fine for the trip I secretly planned for 2nd trimester...)

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Haven't done much research on the Laowa, tough I have seen some striking examples of what people can get from it, but at first glance too pricey for now...
Irix sure seemed to me an attainable option, if only at US prices... closer to $550 here for the Firefly, with very little listings. Could be a little cheaper if ordered from the US, but it is not listed on amazon who AFAIK is the only one who takes care of both shipping and duties.
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