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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-13-2021, 02:55 PM  
Lens suggestions
Posted By NaClH2O
Replies: 18
Views: 1,099
Thanks Steve! It's good to be back, as soon as I get thoroughly familiar with the K3-iii, hopefully I'll be posting some shots. With all the time I spent with the K1's, I'm hankering to get back to the aspc format. One of my favoritest lenses of all time is the DA 55-135, I really loved shooting with it and I'm looking forward to getting back to it.
NaCl(kinda a back to the future type of thing)H2O

---------- Post added 11-13-21 at 05:04 PM ----------

Oops! Well I said I'd lost track of the aspc stuff, I had thought that the lens mentioned above was 55-135 but it's been so long that I haven't shot with it that it grew 5mm in my mind.
NaCl(or maybe it's that I'm on the unfortunate side of 70)H2O

---------- Post added 11-13-21 at 05:27 PM ----------


I own the 12-24, but I got tired of the flare problems I had with that lens. However "smaller and lighter" is a good deal. I own the ff Pentax 15-30 which is a lovely lens and has both sharpness and good quality bokeh, which I love but the lens is big and heavy and it frequently stays home if I'm just "going out shooting". There have been times I've missed not having it in the bag but I certainly haven't missed carrying it around for 4 hours or more. I also want something faster than f/4.0
NaCl(maybe a trip down to Adorama would be helpful)H2O
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-04-2021, 08:28 PM  
Lens suggestions
Posted By NaClH2O
Replies: 18
Views: 1,099
OK, I finally bit the bullet and got the K3-III. I've been shooting with the K1 in various iterations for a while now and am totally out-of-date on aspc lenses for Pentax. What I'm looking for is an ultra zoom similar to the K1's 15-30 ultra wide zoom. Is there anything out there that is equivalent? I haven't been here for a while, I decided to take a break from photography for a while and I'm obviously back to shooting, but I would like a new ultra wide zoom don't need a Pentax branded lens but I would like something that has comparable image resolution/and decent close focus ability.
NaCl(I'm back!)H2O
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-03-2020, 12:07 PM  
New K is out! 2999
Posted By NaClH2O
Replies: 35
Views: 6,056
What I want to know is what kind of bon bons it disperses if you nail the shot. Also if you totally mess up the exposure settings does it zap you?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-30-2019, 08:52 PM  
Game Daily in October 2019 - discussion thread
Posted By NaClH2O
Replies: 49
Views: 3,037
I'm in. This time I will explore how the K-135mm f/2.5 and the A 50mm 1.7 match up with the K-1. I know I said I'd do that this month, but acquiring the Irix 150mm macro took up all of that time. I will admit that the Irix has helped me hone my manual focusing skills that will be a big help this month.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-31-2019, 10:44 AM  
Game Daily in September 2019 - discussion thread
Posted By NaClH2O
Replies: 78
Views: 4,695
I'm in. This month I'm going to try to focus on some of the vintage lenses I have. By "vintage" I mean K and A lenses for the most part. I've got 135mm f/2.5, 300mm f/4 and 50mm 1.2 K lenses and a bunch of A lenses all of which are obviously full frame. I haven't even used some of them on my K-1.

---------- Post added 08-31-19 at 01:45 PM ----------


You mean Matt foolery don't you?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-31-2019, 06:22 AM  
Game Daily in August 2019 - discussion thread
Posted By NaClH2O
Replies: 83
Views: 4,571
Square crop is a good idea. Should be interesting. And I've never seen it as a theme before
NaCl(different is almost always good)H2O
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-30-2019, 01:57 PM  
Game Daily in August 2019 - discussion thread
Posted By NaClH2O
Replies: 83
Views: 4,571
I'm in. Hopefully I've got my depression under control, it blindsided me in mid June and I've been in unfortunate shape since then. I'll be trying to post shots at least 4-5 times a week. Yeah, I know 7X would be better but I'm trying to keep my goals reasonable.
Theme Days: Here are a few themes I'd like to see: Abstracts, Backlit but NOT silhouette, Multiple exposure, Reflections, Ruins, Geometric Patterns, Texture, Architecture, Landscapes. That's enough suggestions from me, anyone else want to chip in on either my ideas or your own?
NaCl(strange to suggest themes when I usually forget about them)H2O
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-31-2019, 09:24 PM  
Game Daily in June 2019 - discussion thread
Posted By NaClH2O
Replies: 30
Views: 2,355
Yep, I'll be there.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-30-2019, 06:53 PM  
Game Daily in May 2019 - discussion thread
Posted By NaClH2O
Replies: 81
Views: 4,171
Count me in as well. The themes look good. Hopefully this month I'll remember to check them!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-31-2019, 10:14 AM  
Game Daily in April 2019 - discussion thread
Posted By NaClH2O
Replies: 61
Views: 5,054
I'm in. After a rather long hiatus I find the need for a bit of outside encouragement. Spent the winter fighting depression and haven't been out shooting in too long a time. Hopefully this will help me get over this lack of enthusiasm.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-26-2018, 02:37 PM  
B&H listing the DA* 300mm as not compatible with FF?
Posted By NaClH2O
Replies: 13
Views: 1,345
I was just looking thru the cyber Monday deals and saw that B&H is listing the DA* 300mm f/4 as incompatible with Full Frame. This is the first time I've heard of this. Also I just checked back with B&H and although the DA* 200mm isn't discounted it too is listed as incompatible with FF sensor cameras. I have no idea why as everything I've read says that both lenses are fully compatible with the K-1.
Na(sometimes B&H confuses me)H2O
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-01-2018, 08:17 AM  
Game Daily in February 2018 - discussion thread
Posted By NaClH2O
Replies: 108
Views: 6,382
I'm in. Hopefully I'll be a bit more dedicated on trying to get out almost every day. The unfortunate thing is that there is not a lot of outside stuff happening in Feb in NY. That said I do live in one of the largest cities in the world...
NaCl(laziness isn't an excuse)H2O
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 01-11-2018, 09:12 PM  
RAW+ vs. RAW vs. JPEG
Posted By NaClH2O
Replies: 30
Views: 7,276
I shoot mostly landscapes and floral portraits. It's VERY RARE that I need any increase in buffering capacity. It's rare that flowers move around that quickly!

NaCl(now if I was a birder trying to get BIF it might be different)H2O
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 01-11-2018, 07:24 AM  
RAW+ vs. RAW vs. JPEG
Posted By NaClH2O
Replies: 30
Views: 7,276
The reason I shoot RAW+ is that it is easier to sort during PP. My computer can view raw shots, but it takes longer. I use raw because I want to make the choices involving contrast, brightness, white balance etc. But shooting only raw slows the initial sort process down because it takes just a bit longer to open all the raw files up to sort thru them. My work flow is basically: Shoot raw +; download photos to my computer with sort by type; go thru the jpegs and make my initial sort, marking all the shots I want to keep (usually about 25%). Switch sort to name and delete all the raw + pairs I don't want. Then go and do PP work on all the shots I want to post to my photo site, FB or here. Using RAW + saves me at least 10 minutes for every 100-150 RAW+ pairs I've shot.

NaCl(it's just easier for me this way...ymmv )H2O
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 01-09-2018, 08:36 PM  
Metering difficulties in cold weather
Posted By NaClH2O
Replies: 5
Views: 1,090
Thanks everybody for your input. I'm thinking that it was the lens. The Sigma is an old lens and the aperture actuator could have gotten frozen, and the default is wide open, which is what the shots were indicating. I don't shoot cold frequently, but often enough that I'm careful about letting gear warm up gradually and without generating too much condensation. Ironically enough the piece of equipment that I have the most problem with is the O-ME53 magnifying eyepiece. There are two lenses in the eyepiece with a space between them and they fog up in the internal space. If I've been shooting outside in the cold and go inside to shoot in the NY Botanical Conservatory, I remove the eye piece and put it in my pocket. After about 1/2 an hour I can use it again,.

NaCl(the little tricks you learn)H2O
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 01-09-2018, 09:25 AM  
Metering difficulties in cold weather
Posted By NaClH2O
Replies: 5
Views: 1,090
I took my K-1 out on Sunday in 15F weather. For the first hour I was shooting hand held with the D FA 28-105 lens and had no problem. Battery was fully charged (I pulled the battery off the charger where it had been sitting overnight). After about an hour of hand held shooting I attached my camera to my tripod and immediately experienced a big metering issue. In Tv mode with the Sigma 70-200 EX DG (non macro) lens attached and about 6 stops of ND filter attached, the camera gave me an aperture of 22 with 2 seconds of shutter speed dialed in. However the resultant shot was massively over exposed to pure white. Tried the same shot with the same ND etc in M mode and got the same results. It wasn't a particularly bright day and I was mostly in shade. After about 10 minutes of trial and error I was finally getting decent results with 10 stops of ND filters, plus my CP filter at f/32 and 1 second shutter speed. I was using the tripod mount on the lens. I've taken the K-1 out in winter weather before but never this cold. After about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes of shooting this was the camera started metering normally again, with shot brightness reflecting the numbers listed by the camera. I will admit that I didn't think to try setting the lens to the non-A setting and using it as a manual aperture lens. Has anyone had any problems with K-1 metering in rather cold weather? There was no appreciable wind chill as the wind was almost calm.

NaCl(it's a head scratcher)H2O
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-26-2017, 08:50 PM  
Game Daily in January 2018 - discussion thread
Posted By NaClH2O
Replies: 108
Views: 7,408
I'm in too, and I'm echoing Bill above here.

NaCl(it's nice to have a theme for the week that I can ignore ;) )H2O
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-08-2017, 06:16 AM  
Fall Colors #135
Posted By NaClH2O
Replies: 11
Views: 453
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-01-2017, 08:55 AM  
Game Daily in December 2017
Posted By NaClH2O
Replies: 132
Views: 7,070
I'm in. I like the idea of flexible themes. I'd probably go for one themed shot per theme week. That works best for me but the other options are also intriguing.

NaCl(the reason why I switched to Daily from Single is the flexibility)H2O
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 11-24-2017, 07:11 AM  
Fw 1.43
Posted By NaClH2O
Replies: 29
Views: 5,749
For when you are shooting during earthquakes?

NaCl(giving new meaning to the term "shake reduction" )H2O
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-05-2017, 12:28 PM  
Fall Colors #135
Posted By NaClH2O
Replies: 11
Views: 453
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-05-2017, 09:22 AM  
New K-mount roadmap
Posted By NaClH2O
Replies: 58
Views: 11,232
I think the jury is still out on the DA*55. My copy does vignette some what even w/o the hood at wide open and focused to infinity. I get the same results to a lesser degree with the FA 43 ltd. But I very rarely shoot wide open and focused to infinity. On the other hand I do not see the kind of edge smearing you are reporting on this (the 55mm) lens. I'm not saying that you don't experience this problem, only that I don't.

NaCl(I use the DA* 55 as my walk around prime and am very happy with it)H2O
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-02-2017, 07:54 AM  
Game Daily in October 2017 - discussion thread
Posted By NaClH2O
Replies: 20
Views: 2,138
After a distressingly bad late summer I'm back to shooting. I've decided to migrate over here from SIC, with my (somewhat) new K-1 I'm more interested in exploring different lenses. Also, MoVember sounds like a good idea! Won't be able to shoot today, getting a new ride, (or at least signing the contract for one...new Subaru Outback to replace my ancient and elderly 2005 version).

NaCl(variety is always a good idea)H2O
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-28-2017, 06:35 AM  
Game Single in August 2017
Posted By NaClH2O
Replies: 110
Views: 6,385
I'm in, the last part of this month has been a wash, I'm hoping next month will be better. At least late August is usually a bit cooler. To be truthful this challenge makes it hard to not go out and shoot. Lately I've needed all the encouragement I can get. Since this month has been big tele zoom, I think I'll go with a small wide angle prime, the inimitable FA 31mm limited. I've shot with it some with my K-1 but this will be the first time I've focused on it (pun intended).
NaCl(and my neck won't be sore after a day of shooting)H2O
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 07-20-2017, 06:56 AM  
looking for replacement of pin cover on K-1 battery grip.
Posted By NaClH2O
Replies: 12
Views: 3,506
I don't really know where to post this, but since I'm looking for a K-1 part I thought I'd start here. After several days of intensive tripod usage (I always remove the battery grip when I'm using a tripod) I've lost the small white plastic cap that covers the i/o pin array on the battery grip. Since the cover protects the delicate pin array, I'd like to replace it but haven't found a source. I've tried Ricoh Imaging, Amazon, Adorama and B&H. It might help if I knew what it's official name is. If anyone can help I'd be grateful.
NaCl("little white plastic cover thingy" gives 0 results)H2O
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