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Forum: Pentax K-3 III 04-03-2021, 08:21 AM  
K-3 Mark III - Comparing SAFOX 13 to previous generations of SAFOX autofocus
Posted By jeffdrew
Replies: 5
Views: 1,241
Thx for your opinion & analysis. I have also begun assimilating some OMD and like their approach in several areas, like AF, EVF, carry weight and overall tech. My Penf & K3ii go out on walks together now! ��
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-15-2021, 06:49 PM  
Posted By jeffdrew
Replies: 59
Views: 3,703
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-08-2020, 01:55 PM  
Posted By jeffdrew
Replies: 30
Views: 569
Stars, Comet, Lightning oh my!
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 08-14-2019, 11:38 AM  
Pentax K-3 vs K-1
Posted By jeffdrew
Replies: 22
Views: 4,271
Uncle Vanya, kudos. I’ll play his tipsy friend and recommend leveraging your K3 further. Have you tried panoramic stitching or pixel shifting for your landscapes and outdoor work? I use a K3ii, and got it specifically to chase night skies and scenics, and it passes muster for some other tasks. I cast no shade on the K1 series, but I realized, just prior to buying one, that I hadn’t really pushed the APS-C realm very hard. If there is a specific task needing bigger output, I can rent something or use my Extensive P67 systems. No commercial advice is intended here; been there and done with it; retired. Fwiw, mirrorless technology is singing to me and I need to scale kit sizes backward due to health issues. Time to dust off my MZs! Lol!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-09-2019, 09:55 AM  
The Red Hat Society Luncheon
Posted By jeffdrew
Replies: 13
Views: 348
Nicely fits challenge! I instantly smiled at first glance!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-09-2019, 09:53 AM  
North American and Pelican Nebula in Hydrogen-Alpha and RGB
Posted By jeffdrew
Replies: 6
Views: 381
Excellent work! Not easy!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-18-2019, 04:31 PM  
Kodak's new $40 cardboard box
Posted By jeffdrew
Replies: 13
Views: 6,009
If the dedicated app works well, then they may have a winner! Pick up a kit for $10 next Prime Day? 🤫
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-17-2019, 04:11 PM  
Just a pic to share, and my usual boring technical talk
Posted By jeffdrew
Replies: 8
Views: 1,243
Nice portrait! What a lovely model, Dad! Thanks for the setup details.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-11-2019, 12:29 PM  
New Tamron SP 35mm f1.4 -Ultimate tamron lens
Posted By jeffdrew
Replies: 15
Views: 2,440
What’s up with all the new 35mm focal length, wide aperture, “razor sharp” heavy glass, lenses for all the current brands? Sigma, Tamron, Pentax, voigtlander, etc etc? Did I miss the Millenial scream for a new 35mm because a new optical formula for a perfect normal lens is needed? Based on some early photos of new designs, these 35mm wonders are not petite! Preliminary pricing seems astronomical! Oof-dah!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-10-2019, 11:33 AM  
Bay Area KP Owners: Can I try your camera?
Posted By jeffdrew
Replies: 19
Views: 2,015
KP camera body and lenses? Fwiw, has the KP for under $60/week, including shipping via fedex both ways. Add more for lenses, but the rates are reasonable. If you are new to LR, there is a promotional discount usually. So for under $140 per week, you could use a KP + lens (E+ Condition) delivered to your door in a couple days. They have the FF kits available too with some nice glass. My experiences with Lensrentals has been excellent; same with KEH, B&H & Adorama etc.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-02-2019, 03:42 PM  
Pentax 67 look with a 35mm lens?
Posted By jeffdrew
Replies: 15
Views: 1,600
Suggestion only: I like Portra films in P67 for the same reasons you are hooked. I use APS-C (K3ii) with a Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 Nokton lens and get similar results. Assumes some attention to lighting and composition plus post-processing. The same lens works well on my various PK film bodies, and Portra is a staple film for me. Depending on lens focal length preference, you may want to look for something in a 50~90mm for FF.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-01-2019, 07:46 AM  
Should I buy a DA☆300 F4 instead of 55-300PLM?
Posted By jeffdrew
Replies: 24
Views: 1,995
I also have & use both for different purposes...what jddwoods said. Becoming my mainstays for outdoor use!
Forum: General Photography 06-26-2019, 09:02 AM  
Not packing lightly for the solar eclipse
Posted By jeffdrew
Replies: 21
Views: 1,189
My son & I had 3 shipping trunks full with telescopes, cameras etc plus chairs etc for the 2017 US eclipse. Thankfully we remembered gaffer tape, duck tape, and our eye ware! Some others in our group forgot key components, and we all shared out as needed. Oh yes, we overpacked and will be less encumbered next time! The views were wondrous and will never be forgotten! Hangin’ with the crowd of watchers was priceless too!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-31-2019, 10:59 AM  
55-300 PLM and 1.4x aw rear converter metering incorrect
Posted By jeffdrew
Replies: 10
Views: 1,018
From the in-depth specs review: “The following lenses are not supported according to Pentax; using these lenses with the converter will damage the lens or converter:
SMC Pentax-DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited
HD Pentax-DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited
SMC Pentax-DA 21mm F3.2 AL Limited
HD Pentax-DA 21mm F3.2 AL Limited
SMC Pentax-DA 40mm F2.8 XS

All other current lenses (as of March 2014) can be used with these caveats:
SMC Pentax-DA* 55mm F1.4: The largest usable aperture with converter is F2.4 (the same holds for the F and FA 50mm F1.4 lenses as per our tests)
MC Pentax-DA 17-70mm F4: Contrast detect AF is unreliable, use phase detect
HD Pentax-DA 560mm F5.6: phase detect autofocus may be unreliable, use contrast detect
SMC and HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8: phase detect autofocus may be unreliable when zoomed in, use contrast detect”

I have same lens & TC but never use them together, yet. Suggestions: check KP firmware version and update if needed. Possibly do a factory reset of default settings for “P” mode and retest.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-30-2019, 10:59 AM  
Pentax 67: just one lens
Posted By jeffdrew
Replies: 26
Views: 2,457
I agree that nearly every maker has some stars and some not. I share your experience with 1 Zeiss 80mm Planar, but still use my Hasselblads with other fave lenses, like the 60mm CB! Amazing lens! Everyone has different perceptions and favorite lenses. My original 75mm f4.5 Tak is still fun despite being very old. Variety is the spice etc!
Forum: Ricoh GR 05-21-2019, 06:36 AM  
Sweet - I mean blistering “hot” pepper.
Posted By jeffdrew
Replies: 1
Views: 1,049
You made me look! Tastee!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-16-2019, 09:30 AM  
Looking for a New Laptop
Posted By jeffdrew
Replies: 22
Views: 1,452
Adobe announced PS for iPad Pro recently! I use one for much of my post processing and am delighted so far! That said, I have an iMac and ASUS i7 laptop for current Photoshop and heavy astrophotography and other special needs. The more I use the iPad Pro, the less I need the others; and I don’t do commercial projects anymore-retired. Just my 2cents. :-)
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-16-2019, 08:32 AM  
Pentax 67: just one lens
Posted By jeffdrew
Replies: 26
Views: 2,457
I agree with Cipher on the 45mm, but I would have to agonize over the decision to not pick the 90mm f2.8! Twice as useful for me! LOL!
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 05-15-2019, 12:08 PM  
Kodak HC-110 & Ilford HC
Posted By jeffdrew
Replies: 11
Views: 2,028
Kodak HC-110 is an iconic, unequaled (imo) developer with a dozen+ variations, depending on the cook in charge. There are many other HC developers, but HC110 is kind of the “Gold” standard. Dozens of recipes and help sections exist for it. The concentrate lasts a long time, if needed. I remember when a small bottle was several dollars but made gallons of Tri-X mix for me. I can almost smell it,aahhhh! :-)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-13-2019, 08:27 AM  
Pentax DA* 60-250mm F4 should I use one for a night baseball game ?
Posted By jeffdrew
Replies: 22
Views: 1,906
I like Coors Field for baseball and it’s a fun venue! The 55~300mm PLM zoom would be sufficient & convenient, even if it rains/snows. Great street opportunities nearby, too.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-06-2019, 05:43 AM  
Revisiting the DA* 60-250?
Posted By jeffdrew
Replies: 31
Views: 2,158
I have some health limitations currently that caused me to investigate M43 and the Olympus line specifically. I still use Pentax, but the M43 Olympus Pen-f and Zuiko Pro lenses are exceptional, for me. Nearly all the Zuiko Pro level lenses’ sweet spots are f2.8-f4. I’ve rented several and been duly impressed. When I can, I still bag up my P67ii kit and tripod plus K3ii and a couple “cannons” and head out on safari! :-) All the stats and anecdotal testimonies don’t change physics, but I do photography for fun now.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-05-2019, 06:51 AM  
Revisiting the DA* 60-250?
Posted By jeffdrew
Replies: 31
Views: 2,158
Sandy, your first two sentences say a lot! What has really changed; or is this likely a GAS attack? For your KP, the DA PLM 55-300mm really rocks for value, weight etc. It can work on your K1 as well. Otherwise, a heretical thought: Olympus Zuiko 45-150 f2.8 Pro w/ EM1 body! Lol!
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 04-28-2019, 09:40 AM  
Elephant Waltz
Posted By jeffdrew
Replies: 7
Views: 1,346
Awwww! Great pix! Good to see the pachyderm version of fast food, too!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-24-2019, 06:16 AM  
Help me choose please.
Posted By jeffdrew
Replies: 12
Views: 1,033
Assuming all shutters work: Use smartphone as a light meter with an app. Choose the K1000 and forget the internal meter. From there it’s learn a few basics and “kiss” the process. An all manual flow will help you visualize and capture the moment instead of “spraying & praying” lots of shots. Have some fun!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-19-2019, 10:59 AM  
Pentax, a forgotten camera brand
Posted By jeffdrew
Replies: 104
Views: 9,024
It’s business. Global market share for digital cameras continues to shrink under the crush of technologies designed to replace them. Serious photographers are also a shrinking market, imho. All camera & lens makers are feeling the pain. You and I care because we are engaged in this activity, but a few billion others have their phones, and that is all they feel they need...for now.
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