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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 3 Hours Ago  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By Dan Rentea
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We have a military shop in Bucharest and I get from them used camouflage things that I need (tent, camouflage net, ghillie suit, etc.). A tent is 150$, a gillie suit is 90$.

Also renting lenses is quite cheap. A Canon 300mm f2.8L lens is 60$ for 2 days (offer available on weekends). A Canon 100-400mm is 20$/day. A Sigma 150-600mm C is 17$/day.

I have images with birds, taken from hides, with 70-200mm lenses on a full frame camera. But as I said earlier, I go on location at least an hour before sunrise so that the birds can familiarise with the hide as soon as they wake up.

There are lots of techniques for wildlife. The "problem" with BIF is the addiction. Once you start to like it, it becomes an expensive hobby and you will want more and more, not only in terms of gear, but also in terms challenging subjects. :) This winter I hope to get the chance to shoot wolfs and eurasian lynxs in their natural habitat.

And if you want me to be fair, I rather use a full frame for BIF instead of a crop camera. High ISO early in the morning or late in the afternoon is more important to me than the reach of a crop camera. But this is me and this approach (a good hide and a full frame camera on a tripod) works for me. Others have different approaches when comes to gear and shooting style. With practice we learn what works best for us.

Another thing to the OP. I go out on my balcony at least once a week and I follow pigeons in flight simulating a tele lens with a small plastic pipe. When comes to fast birds like bee eaters or kingfishers, keeping them in the frame at 500 or 600mm is one of the toughest part. That's why I practice this on pigeons. :) It may sound silly, but for me this helps me to be in shape. :)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 7 Hours Ago  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By UserAccessDenied
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That's certainly the dream!

And valid point... There's a learning curve with anything. Even if I picked up a K-1ii and a 150-450 it would be some time until I felt comfortable enough to shoot blind (not looking at camera - muscle memory for controls).

That's one plus side to the K-3ii right now. I can keep my eye to the viewfinder and make any adjustment I need, even SR on/off without taking my eye off the subject.

I think the Nikon 300PF is a better "upgrade" from the DA*300 than the 200-500.
A little pricier. But I've seen some great reviews so far and that lens is sooo compact!

Toss on a 1.4xTC and it's comparable to what I'm shooting now. At least in terms of FOV and aperture. It should feel familiar.

Other side of things, if I can find a 150-450 for relatively cheap (1200-1300) I'll pick it up and give the K-3ii another chance.
It could very well be the limitations of the DA*300 rather than the K-3ii itself. Especially with the 1.4xTC attached.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10 Hours Ago  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By UserAccessDenied
Replies: 116
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Sounds like that's the consensus here..
And maybe I made the mistake of even mentioning the 200-500 lens as that's where the crux lies it seems.
Assuming the same lens (let's just say Bigma for instance), I would expect the D500 to out perform the K-3ii. That was the main idea here.

But it's true, I should consider the 150-450 before completely switching systems.
Either way, I think it's time to sell some lenses haha
Forum: General Talk 03-13-2014, 11:21 PM  
Who was Takuma Kajiwara?
Posted By Douglas_of_Sweden
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Just found this photograph by Takuma Kajiwara published in Brush and Pencil, Vol. 16, No. 3 (Sep., 1905), page 75 as part of an article titled "St Louis art at the Portland exhibition".
This is just after the St. Louis word exhibition that brought Kajiwara to St Louis, so he have only been at the most half a year in the US (being in the US for the 2nd time). Since the title "Domestic life in Japan" indicates that the photo was taken in Japan, it places the shot in the period ~1901 to ~early 1905, which he spent in Japan (on the emperors mission to start up Japanese camera clubs/photographic clubs). Clearly the earliest photo I have found so far...and the only one from Japan. The proportions would be consistent with a 6x9 format, like an early roll film camera.

Forum: General Talk 03-30-2013, 04:39 PM  
Who was Takuma Kajiwara?
Posted By Mike Cash
Replies: 143
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Because William Tell used a crossbow.
Forum: General Talk 10-08-2012, 01:32 AM  
Who was Takuma Kajiwara?
Posted By Mike Cash
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Weather permitting (I'm on a motorcycle, after all), I am planning the Second Annual Takuma Kajiwara Pilgrimage and Tomb Cleanup for Sunday, November 11th.

If anyone will be in the Tokyo area and would like to join in, I would be glad to have you along.

If anyone would care to chip in for flowers and gas, which should run about $30 or so in total, PayPal contributions will be welcome. As with the money collected last year, I will cycle it through Kiva loans until such time as I find myself more hard up for a buck than they are.

EDIT:

The funds from last year's collection just went out on their third Kiva loan! So far we have helped a man in the Philippines put in a crop, a seamstress in Mongolia upgrade from a foot-treadle sewing machine to electric, and now we are helping to relieve an overworked horse in Cambodia.
Forum: General Talk 05-22-2012, 01:05 PM  
Who was Takuma Kajiwara?
Posted By Douglas_of_Sweden
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Time to bring this thread to life again. Basically I had to put this on ice due to too much work (I mean real, payed work).
But now the spring term is soon over, and today I received a thick envelope from an angel in St. Louis, a librarian at the St. Louis public library. She has copied me all material they have on Takuma Kajiwara from news papers and journals. I've just started to read it...but it is a gold mine of information that never ever reached the internet. So stay tuned. More is coming soon.

Her is an appetizer: In an interview with Takuma Kajiwara in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat Magazine in 1928 he explains that Takuma translates into English as "to grind and polish". When Takuma was named, no one could know that his older brother would start a company and grind and polish eye glasses and later projector and camera lenses, so maybe "Takuma" refers more to polishing armors and weapons ;), him being born in a samurai family.

All of a suddenly I realize that this is a Japanese word-game. Yes, they named the lenses after the uncle that counted as one of the seven best photographers in the US (I'll explain that later), but they also named the lenses with all their polished lens elements after the process of polishing.
"Takumar lens" means "polished lens"!
Forum: General Talk 12-11-2011, 05:58 PM  
Who was Takuma Kajiwara?
Posted By Douglas_of_Sweden
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From the years after his friends death I have found less details about Kajiwara's doings in St Louis. Even less photographs. Years later he describes himself that he "for some forgotten reason moved inland to the Middle West, specializing in portraiture." As I have described, he settled in St. Louis (from 1905) and won reknown for his works. "Then the depression came...portrait work declined - people had no more big houses, no more money - and I began painting landscapes and figures." (from St. Petersburg Times, March 18, page 75, 1951)
He became more and more successful in exhibitions and competitions and begun to be requested as a judge as well (I will try to sum up what I know of this in a later post).

Some time in the early 1930's he met Fern Hornton Searls. She was born in 1893 in Wisconsin. From the early 1920's she worked as a social worker at the Washington University Clinic, St. Louis. Besides birth records I've only been able to find some school year book (no photo) and a note that she was a voluntary worker after the 1930 St Louis tornado (300 injured, several deaths, large damages on buildings).

In 1935 they moved to New York (more about that in a later post), where Takuma Kajiwara established a new studio and begun teaching photography. On June 6, 1936, they got married:

(Millwauke Sentinel, June 13, 1936)

There were a considerable age difference between them, and non of them were directly young any longer, but it was to become a fairly long marriage (until death do us apart...).
As Mike discovered on his pilgrimage, Fern is buried next to her husband in Tokyo. BTW, Mike, more flowers on their wedding day...?

In 1938, Takuma took his wife with him to Tokyo. She was to return in 1938, but he stayed for more than a year well into 1939.

Now this is interesting. Things have happened since he last visited Japan (1900-1902). There is now an Asahi Optical Company (AOCo) with two factories in the suburbs of Tokyo, founded by his brother Kumao Kajiwara in 1919, but at this stage already mostly operated by their nephew Saburo Matsumoto. The "legend" has it that Kumao built up the company from making eye-glasses to also make movie-projector optics and camera optics, until AOCo became one of the more important third party Japanese lens makers of the 1930's. "Legend" also has it that Saburo Matsumoto had the ambition to have AOCo enter the market with their own consumer camera with their own lenses, but that the war came in between. Most of you know that when this finally came true in the 1950's, the lenses were named after Takuma Kajiwara, our beloved Takumar lenses, and some of you may also have heard that Takuma (then close to 80 years old) played an active role in the marketing of the Asahiflex cameras and Takumar lenses in the U.S.

But what was he doing in Japan for more than a year in 1938-1939? Why did he close down his New York studio for so long and abandoned teaching and students? Why did he send his wife home long before he returned himself? Why have I not been able to find an excuse for this long visit (especially for the long extension after his wife returned), like for the 1900-1902 visit when he was commissioned by the government to start camera clubs in Japan?

I have only circumstantial evidence, but the little I have I will present in the next post(s). I cannot help but speculate, that maybe, just maybe, Takuma Kajiwara was involved already in the 1930's in some very very early plans of Saburo Matsumoto to begun making cameras, plans that were crushed when the war efforts and the military government gradually requested all production capacity of AOCo for military optics, plans that were delayed yet another decade after the war because Saburo had to start all over with empty hands, only a handful of loyal surviving employees, all factories bombed out, and only debts. If this is the case, Takuma did not end up with his name on the lenses only because he was an old favorite uncle in the U.S. who happened to be a photographer (as some have put it). There may have been a longer story behind.
Forum: General Talk 11-13-2011, 06:07 AM  
Who was Takuma Kajiwara?
Posted By Mike Cash
Replies: 143
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It gives one cause to pause for reflection.

A man lived his life and achieved a appreciable measure of success and renown in his field, managing to do it with the added burden of doing it in a foreign country in a foreign language and as a minority to boot. Now his bones lie in a modest nondescript family tomb in an absolutely huge sprawling urban cemetery, with the only indication of his being there being a couple of etched characters on a stone that you have to lie down on the ground and squint at to even notice them....if you didn't know where he was you would never find him. Samples of his works exist in some inaccessible archives and will likely forever remain unknown to us.

But far from having disappeared without a trace....his name still lives on today thanks to excellent lenses named after him, known to discerning lovers of fine glass throughout the world despite their having gone out of production and becoming "obsolete" four decades ago. A great many people in the world still use them frequently, and some like myself use them as our daily shooting gear and number them among our most prized possessions.

You may be gone from us, Takuma Kajiwara, and unknown to us, but you are far from forgotten. Maybe you didn't design our beloved Takumar lenses, but somebody who knew you was sufficiently impressed by you to name them after you and that says a lot.
Forum: General Talk 11-10-2011, 07:03 AM  
Who was Takuma Kajiwara?
Posted By Douglas_of_Sweden
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Who was Takuma Kajiwara?

If you google on his name you get numerous hits on links to camera/photo sites (including this forum) with about the same info: "...he was a painter/photographer related to the head of Pentas (Asahi Optical Company), and when Pentax begun to make 135mm SLR cameras of their own, they named the lenses "Takumar" after him...". We all know this, but if you try to find out anything more, it is not all that easy. As often, the web repeats the same information over and over again. Also incorrect (des)information, like those sites that claim that he designed the first Takumar lenses.

I thought we should have a thread dedicated to Takuma, his life, career, and the connections to Pentax, and the rest of the Kajiwara/Matsumoto family. I have managed to dig up some more information than the ordinary internet junk, from real old-fashioned analog sources, like newspapers and different U.S. registers, and some Japanese links (where it would be great if someone that can read Japanese without google translate could help out). There is also not so easy to find copies of his artistic works (photographs and paintings) on the web, especially the paintings. So if some of you American fellow forum members live close to those institutes/museums that is supposed to own some of his works, it would be great if you could take this as an excuse for an excursion and share with us what you find out. And most of all, I suspect there may be a large amount of information available in Japan, and maybe some Japanese member can help us with this. Anyone interested?

So lets start somewhere:

"...Kajiware was the third of five brothers in a Samurai family. Knowing that the eldest son would retain the family title...Kajiwara decided to travel the world."

This comes from a 1951 news paper interview.

We know of course the name of one of these brothers: Kumao Kajiware, the founder of Pentax. And he was not the eldest son either. BTW, does anyone know the birth and death years and dates of Kumao? I just can't find them.

There was all the time this other Kajiwara..."Kango Kajiwara", who's paintings turned up and irritated me when I was trying to find paintings by Takuma. When I finally found the New York times obituary for Takuma, it turned out that Kango was one of the other brothers, who became a painter at the Japanese emperors court. Quite an artistic family!

Regarding the other two brothers, if there isn't anyone else who know who they are, I will come back to a theory about the oldest one. And I also believe that there must be at least one sister, for obvious reasons. ;)

As for birth and death dates for Takuma:
He was born on the 15th November 1876 (so it is soon his birthday!)
The evidence appear in a couple of places, but the best is probably this record from the "Index to Petitions for Naturalization filled in New York City, nr7181920" :



He died on March 11, 1960, in New York. From New York Times March 12:



Another surprisingly difficult problem have been to find a portrait of him. A portrait of a portraitist.
This is a self portrait titled "Self Consultation" from about 1950, unfortunately just a black and white newspaper reproduction:



Does anyone know about other pictures of him, for example when he was younger, or while he is working etc.?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 22 Hours Ago  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By derekkite
Replies: 116
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Does the K-3II slow down continuous shots in AFC when the af button is pressed? The K1 Mark II doesn't.

Either in crop or full frame.

I shoot the K1 Mark II (for a couple weeks, K1 for two years) with the 150-450. I used my K3 for the two weeks when it was away. What I found annoying with the K3 was the usable ISO ceiling being too low. And what happened to continuous focus recycle rate. I regularly shoot iso 3200, and with the K1 got good results up to 6400 in some light conditions. With Mark II I set the ceiling to 12800. What that means is that I rarely shoot at 1/400 or lower in low light. If you shoot the K3 you know how often you have to do that. The low light capabilities of the K1 is absolutely amazing. I can take shots of things I can't see and identify what I'm looking at. Wildlife shooting is about low light conditions, even on bright days, the blighters seem to want to hide in the dark corners. The K1 opens up shooting opportunities.

Focus with the 150-450 is excellent with the Mark II. Decisive and accurate. Tracking is very good. The K1 would show focus in the viewfinder but the shot wasn't. Mark II gives you what the viewfinder shows. This is the best focus experience I have ever had with Pentax, since the K5.

I use crop mode in situations when I want a faster continuous shooting rate, or the subject is far away and I will be cropping anyways.

It is a bit heavier and larger, the files are larger.

Any body lens combination will have advantages and disadvantages.

I have two K3's that I bought shortly after they were released. I rarely use them because the K1 is much superior in every way for my shooting.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 1 Day Ago  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By normhead
Replies: 116
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There's a lot more people who think this or that system should improve their photgraphy than there are people who actually post better images after they upgrade.

The one thing one people never seem to want analyze is what their weaknesses are.

From last winter.... photographing Crosbills from the Algonquin Park Visitor's Centre deck.

If in lens stabilization is so great, why are all these people using tripods?
2018-01-29-park-Photgrphers- by Norm Head, on Flickr


Algonquin Park, Mew Lake, waiting for the Pine martins to come.
2016-photographers-1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

The point being these people, all pretty serious, do not depend on in lens stabilization for wildlife. You say it's a thing. They say it sin't. Who do I believe, the people who own Nikon and Canon gear, and actually shoot wildlife, or the guys who just think it might be nice.

In picture #1 you can see my camera there , my Pentax is on tripod, just like everyone else. What ever the factors are, they mean nada if you are serious about what you're doing. I always give preference to what I see, not so much what I here or read.

So, in summary, there might be some longer focal lengths, where in lens stabilization might be an advantage. But there is clearly a lot of range with long telephoto's where you still need a tripod. Unless you know where that magic point is where in lens stabilization is superior, you don't really know any thing. If you think you know in-;ems stabilization is superior for some longer focal lengths, surely to make that statement you need to have some experience to tell us what the parameters around that are, and some explanation of under what circumstances you might exploit that.

Can't explain the parameters? Your advice is useless. Or is it that all these people who actually own these lenses are wrong, and you know better?

I shoot 500mm ƒ4.5 hand held with in body stabilization. It's not an issue.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 1 Day Ago  
What is my gear worth?
Posted By ffking
Replies: 6
Views: 664
What is it worth? Nothing, I'm afraid - but I'll pay carriage if you send it to me:)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Whither LBA?
Posted By jcdoss
Replies: 47
Views: 1,151
Recommendation:. Start teaching classes. Label it " Photography for Beginners," but warp it into a sales pitch in efforts to spread your LBA like a slow infection. How gratifying to watch it spread!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Limiting the Widest Aperture on K Mount?
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 21
Views: 764
Get a Samyang 135 f2 and you'll be fine.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 5 Days Ago  
Game Single In - September, 2018
Posted By wolfiegirl
Replies: 75
Views: 1,652
Whoohooo!!! Came early. All it took was a phone call to austsralia post. I walk down to the gate for school pick up and there it is!! ��
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
So... The DFA 50 came... Now I am thinking about full frame...
Posted By gm4life
Replies: 41
Views: 1,211
Sorry for bringing this back from the dead... However I have made up my mind...

I am going with the K1-II kitted with a DFA 28-105 and am adding a battery grip along with the inexpensive AF201FG flash so I have a bounce flash. As currently I only have the AF200FG.

I am done sitting on the fence about the next crop flagship. My KP is an awesome crop camera and will last a long time as will my K3-II. Each have under 10K shutter releases. I will have four great full frame lenses plus all my excellent Limited crop kit - along with a few more.

Full frame here I come!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Whither LBA?
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 47
Views: 1,151
I don't have them either. No use for them. Go and adapt some Pentaka 8 Zeiss glass. Or get couple of Kern Paillards.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Whither LBA?
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 47
Views: 1,151
My 43 is # 656, my 77 is #329; still on the lookout for a sub-1000 31 at a reasonable price. (my 31 is a MIJ black one in the 23,000's)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Whither LBA?
Posted By TerryL
Replies: 47
Views: 1,151
You are being silly today, Sandy. Just continue what you do, and be thankful for what you have. You are a tremendous asset to this forum. Thank you for helping me, so many times.
Regards,
Terry
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Whither LBA?
Posted By W412ren
Replies: 47
Views: 1,151
You need this at the long end:
Used Pentax SMC 500mm f4.5 (MF) lens - 1 YEAR GTEE - Used Pentax Fit Lenses - Used Lenses - Used and Refurbished

Then you need a set of the three amigo - all AIV and black - just to put the rumour mill to rest once and for all with regard to IQ :)


but this???
"Go out and take photos??"
this'll never catch on :lol::lol::lol::D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Whither LBA?
Posted By conniption
Replies: 47
Views: 1,151
You should be ashamed of your lack of foresight. What if they all break, at the same time? Where's your backup?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Whither LBA?
Posted By pepperberry farm
Replies: 47
Views: 1,151
while I do not have the collection of bodies + lenses that have accumulated under your steady curatorship.... I do find myself at that crossroads occasionally....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Whither LBA?
Posted By Cabessius
Replies: 47
Views: 1,151
No Russian or Eastern German vintage glass?
What about old preset and Auto Takumars?
You need more metal and less plastic in your bag!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Whither LBA?
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 47
Views: 1,151
What about your Q system. The cupboard is almost bare!!
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