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Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-13-2014, 07:40 PM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By Mr_Canuck
Replies: 2,854
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31, 31, 31, 31, 31, 31, 31...............
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-11-2014, 12:31 PM  
Prime lens for a K5
Posted By Mr_Canuck
Replies: 14
Views: 1,175
Yes to this, or the DA35/f2.8 macro or the DA35/f2.4 which is super cheap. 35mm gives you a fairly "normal" view on the K5.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-21-2014, 09:27 AM  
Help me please to find portrait lens.
Posted By Mr_Canuck
Replies: 27
Views: 1,504
You should consider an FA50/1.4. It is an excellent lens, somewhat soft at 1.4/1.6 but by f/1.8 and 2.0 it is marvelous! You could probably find one used here for about $250. The DA70 is very nice though it seems to have less character, and it's not as fast a lens as the FA50.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-14-2014, 03:53 PM  
Landscape Hotspring Sun beams
Posted By Mr_Canuck
Replies: 4
Views: 428
The steam from the natural hot springs at Fairmont, BC, Canada nicely defined the sun beams coming through the trees.

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-14-2014, 03:48 PM  
Thoughts Pentax 21 limited pricing
Posted By Mr_Canuck
Replies: 18
Views: 1,505
I think the 21 is a nice lens but and was unique in its day compared to other manufacturers. But there are now a lot of more compelling offerings from others, including just as small, or faster, or including motors, or cheaper. And others have pointed out some alternatives in zoom land. But if you do want a small 35mm equivalent, it's a nice option.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-14-2014, 03:25 PM  
The Holy FA Trinity - how do you use 'em?
Posted By Mr_Canuck
Replies: 28
Views: 2,849
I use the 43... no more. Traded it plus cash for a DA35. Much more versatile. I found the 43 really tough to work with wide open, and so stopping it down rendered it moot compared to the DA35 macro.
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 05-25-2014, 08:58 AM  
Cityscape Strossmayer
Posted By Mr_Canuck
Replies: 32
Views: 3,458
I nominate this shot. It is magical. I am from Canada but worked for several months in Crikvenica and visited Rijeka regularly.
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 05-23-2014, 11:09 AM  
People Kowabunga!
Posted By Mr_Canuck
Replies: 0
Views: 422
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-20-2014, 05:33 PM  
From Full-Frame Sony... to Pentax... to Full-Frame Canon
Posted By Mr_Canuck
Replies: 42
Views: 5,547
When I switched from Sony/Minolta full-frame to Pentax, I wrote this post: Going from full-frame to apsc: a short story.

Well, I missed the full-frame experience... but I asked myself how can I avoid all the bulk and weight? I feel like I have now solved it! (I wrote a similar post in the Non-Pentax Cameras forum but all anyone started talking about was colour rendition.)

This post is about building a compact but powerful camera kit... even with full-frame gear.

I've recently sold all of my Pentax gear in order to go full-frame. But this is still the best forum around! And Pentax I think have the best apsc system in a lot of ways. What's been most interesting to me (and this I feel is Pentax-relevant) is that I have been able to put together a full-frame Canon kit that is very much in the Pentax ethos. It's compact, built around primes and good for travel.


I bought:


A Canon 6D, which is the same weight as the K5 that I was using. A titch larger but I like the larger grip better.


The lenses have been really a satisfying find.


I picked up a Canon 40mm STM f/2.8 pancake which is just as small and light as the DA21 it sort of replaces. I forego the metal body for an ultrasonic focus motor and I get a faster aperture and more latitude with depth of focus.


I searched a lot for a wide lens. In the end I discovered the hard to get, beautiful little Voigtlander 20mm f/3.5. This is what I'm considering as a replacement for the DA15, which I had always wished was a little wider (always loved my Minolta 20mm). The Voigtlander is the same weight, metal build, and I am totally comfortable with the manual focus at this length.


I got a 50mm f/2.5 compact macro for 200 bucks used. This replaces my DA35 macro in focal length and use. It's an old, plastic body build but the optics are great, and it's that extra bit faster wide open. About the same size and build as the DFA50 macro.


All three lenses use a 52mm filter so it's a simple setup for polarizers and step-ups with my Cokin holder.


Finally, a 70-200 f/4 IS telephoto, which somewhat covers either the DA50-135 or 60-250 depending on how you look at it. It's light, fast and really sharp.


I just thought some of you current Pentax shooters might be interested in my experience with this change to full-frame but without getting big and bulky with large/heavy equipment. It's been great so far.


Here are a couple shots from this past weekend in Whitefish Montana and a quick 20-minute jaunt up to Glacier National Park to see the sunset and alpenglow. First one uses the 40mm, second one the 20mm.





Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-20-2014, 10:30 AM  
From Full-Frame Sony... to Pentax... to Full-Frame Canon
Posted By Mr_Canuck
Replies: 42
Views: 5,547
And you know this from experience?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-14-2014, 10:05 PM  
From Full-Frame Sony... to Pentax... to Full-Frame Canon
Posted By Mr_Canuck
Replies: 42
Views: 5,547
They say a surprisingly high percentage of males are colour blind. What does that say about the relevance of this thread?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-13-2014, 08:00 AM  
From Full-Frame Sony... to Pentax... to Full-Frame Canon
Posted By Mr_Canuck
Replies: 42
Views: 5,547
I should've titled my post:

"Let's talk about skin tones on Nikon and Canon."
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-08-2014, 11:06 AM  
From Full-Frame Sony... to Pentax... to Full-Frame Canon
Posted By Mr_Canuck
Replies: 42
Views: 5,547
So, I've now sold pretty much all my Pentax gear which included several lenses, a couple flashes and couple bodies. I can live without the gear but not sure I can do without this forum! It's great.

I shared my little gear story when I joined this forum a few years ago. I had built up a full-frame kit of Sony a850 body with some super Minolta glass. I loved the images I got but for my photographic interests which demand mobility and compactness for hiking and travel etc... the kit was too big and cumbersome. Probably my fault for collecting it all. So I switched to Pentax for its small form factor and lovely limited primes. My faves are definitely the DA15 and DA35 macro.

But a few things got me looking elsewhere, specifically to Canon. At the telephoto end I experienced some Pentax disappointments. And I also found that I missed the look I could achieve with a 35mm sensor. Canon came out with the 6D which is the same weight as the K5 and in fact I prefer it's larger grip and am ok with its slightly larger size. Then as I started looking out for lenses (the long term investment) I found the kinds of kit I was looking for. Started with the Canon 70-200 f/4 IS. Fast at f4, super-fast focussing, and light/compact in the neighbourhood of the DA*50-135.

The rest of my lens purchases are turning out to be very much in the Pentax ethos, which I find interesting.

I started with a Canon 40mm f/2.8 stm pancake. Great quality, tiny, fast.

Looking hard for a wide angle, I finally came across the Voigtlander 20mm. It's tiny, and super well made like the limiteds. Actually smaller and lighter than the DA15! And full-frame. And about the same price. And shares filters with the 40. I typically manual focus anyhow at this wide focal length.

Finally, I picked up a used, cheap 50mm f/2.5 macro. Same sort of experience as the DA35 macro which is the kind of hand-held, close-up photography I'm interested in. And with f/2.5 it can double for casual portraits too.

For my middle of the road, walk-around lens I use a Sony RX100 camera that fits in my pocket and takes really decent indoor shots for family events etc, and extremely high quality landscapes. In fact, I sold my DA21 because the RX100 usually provided about the same images outdoors. So I skip the 18-70/24-70 lens range in favour of the RX100.

So, walking around with the Canon 6D and either of the pancakes feels decidedly like a Pentax in terms of small form with a great sensor, dynamic range and, of course... full frame.

I think I've got the best of Pentax compactness and full-frame Canon imaging and AF going on with this setup. Just thought I'd share if anyone was interested.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-07-2014, 11:02 PM  
DA21 vs the Mighty 15
Posted By Mr_Canuck
Replies: 19
Views: 2,646
They are both great lenses. I've owned both and got some of my favourite shots. I think the beauty of a prime lens is that it commits you to that specific view of things that it offers. So you walk around the plane museum with 21mm in view... or 15mm in view... and take a shot that seems to work. Both are better! Nice plane for sure. I'd rather be shooting it than being shot by it.

I think what you've proven is that you can approximate a similar view between the two lenses. You could probably do the same with a 21 and a 50. But what's more important is that if you do point the 15 at the nose of that plane in a certain way you can get a very dramatic shot emphasized by the shape of the lens. And if you point the 21 at it from a different angle maybe its charm is a really nice balance with little distortion that gives the shot strength or a more 'realistic' rendering. What if you tilted one of them a little more? Or shot from lower angle?
Forum: Sold Items 01-07-2014, 08:14 AM  
For Sale - Sold: 49mm UV Filters: B+W, Hoya (Reduced!)
Posted By Mr_Canuck
Replies: 3
Views: 795
Bump. Price Reductions.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-06-2014, 02:47 PM  
DA21 vs the Mighty 15
Posted By Mr_Canuck
Replies: 19
Views: 2,646
Not sure what you're getting at with this comparison. These are quite different lenses with different views of the world. I find the 15mm actually more dramatic and therefore it "looks better" than the 21. The field curvature is a feature if used to advantage in the composition.
Forum: Sold Items 01-03-2014, 09:20 AM  
For Sale - Sold: 49mm UV Filters: B+W, Hoya (Reduced!)
Posted By Mr_Canuck
Replies: 3
Views: 795
For sale is a collection of high-end 49mm filters for your Pentax primes!

The are all in like new condition and come in their respective cases. Made in Japan/Germany.
Shipping will be by Post Office, charged at $4 shipping in North America (uninsured, untracked) in a bubble envelope.
Payment by Paypal.

(PRICES REDUCED)

HOYA HMC UV(0) - 49mm
WAS $15 Now $10 ($26-38 new)

B+W UV-Haze - MRC 010 1x - 49mm SALE PENDING
WAS $18 Now $13 ($29-38 new)

HOYA HD2 - UV - 49mm
-SOLD-

SONY Carl Zeiss T* Circular Polarizer - 49mm

-SOLD-




Forum: Pentax K-3 01-03-2014, 08:38 AM  
K3 DSLR of the Year at DPR
Posted By Mr_Canuck
Replies: 42
Views: 4,667
Pretty cynical set of replies, no? Just thought it was valuable pr.
Forum: Pentax K-3 01-02-2014, 08:28 PM  
K3 DSLR of the Year at DPR
Posted By Mr_Canuck
Replies: 42
Views: 4,667
DPReview readers named it the best DSLR of 2013. Pretty good show.

Read here.
Forum: Sold Items 11-25-2013, 05:16 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K5, K7 bodies, batteries, 540FGZ, 360FGZ Flashes
Posted By Mr_Canuck
Replies: 1
Views: 832
One week bump. K5 sold. 360 Flash sold.

K7 and 540 still available.
Forum: Sold Items 11-21-2013, 11:07 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K5, K7 bodies, batteries, 540FGZ, 360FGZ Flashes
Posted By Mr_Canuck
Replies: 1
Views: 832
For Sale - Pentax Camera and Flash
Hi all, I'm making a system switch and all my Pentax gear must go. It's all in great shape.

Payment by Paypal. Payment in Canada is CDN dollars, and everywhere else USD dollars.
Shipping will be Canada Post to North America and many points abroad. Shipping charged at actual.

Please PM me if you're interested. Thanks!

SOLD – Pentax K5 Body

$550
Excellent condition. Works perfectly.
Inspected this summer by Pentax Canada when I sent it in with some lenses for lens calibration. AOK report.
Low 7750 shutter count.
Comes with extra Pentax oem battery.
Everything including box from new. Strap, cables, charger, battery, manuals, etc.



SOLD - Pentax 360 FGZ Flash
$125
Like new condition. Works perfectly.
Comes with a Pentax pouch. (I'll get a picture of it up here asap.)
Forum: Sold Items 11-21-2013, 09:10 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pre-Black Friday Sale! Entire Pentax Lens Collection!
Posted By Mr_Canuck
Replies: 3
Views: 2,257
For Sale - My Pentax Lens Collection
Well folks, I'm making a system switch and all my Pentax gear must go. It's a great collection of lenses, all in great shape. Thanks to those who have purchased so far.

Payment by Paypal. Payment in Canada is CDN dollars, and everywhere else USD dollars.
Shipping will be Canada Post to North America and many points abroad. Shipping charged at actual, usually from $15-40 depending on insurance charges.

Please PM me if you're interested. Thanks!

Prices and Info below. Detailed photos at bottom of post.




SOLD – Pentax DA*60-250 f/4 Zoom – Like New in Box (with Pentax Canada warranty to April 2014)
Still has half year of warranty. With everything from new.
$1050


SOLD – Pentax DA35 f/2.8 Macro Limited – Like New in Box
This is an amazing all round lens. With everything from new: caps, pouch, manual, box.
$465


SOLD – Pentax DA15 f/4 Limited – Mint
Stellar. I'll miss the sun star flare. Caps and Pentax nylon pouch. Just a couple tiny bits of paint off a couple tines of the metal cap.
$455


SOLD – Pentax DFA50mm f2.8 MACRO Lens – Mint
This lens is too often overlooked. Incredibly sharp! Great colour and contrast. Very hand-holdable for macro. Comes with front/rear caps, hood and manual.
$290



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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-07-2013, 12:13 PM  
Sigma 18-35 1.8 art vs HD DA 20-40mm F2.8 - 4 Limited DC WR
Posted By Mr_Canuck
Replies: 111
Views: 25,893
The 20-40 needs to be sold for $750, then it's a good value proposition relative to the other limiteds. It's charm: teeny tiny. I got into Pentax for small sized quality. This lens is that. As others said, you're trading large aperture opening for small size. Physics. There are enough huge, plastic zooms around. Nice alternative.

Don't forget this as well: investment. The limited will hold its value over time. The Sigma, not nearly as much.

Love the DC motor. Keep it up, Ricoh.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-29-2013, 12:02 PM  
Landscape Storm today with the GR
Posted By Mr_Canuck
Replies: 5
Views: 485
I love the shots and I love the light. Nicely captured. I disagree respectfully with Dice. I think they are way too HDR'd. (But I think there's tons of way too much HDR going on these days. Hrmph)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-28-2013, 04:02 PM  
Travel Havana, Cuba
Posted By Mr_Canuck
Replies: 8
Views: 704
Great shots. And some really appealing and appropriate post-processing that brings out the feeling of the scenes.
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