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Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
People Backlit Hannah (Golden Hour Portraits)
Posted By DonThomaso
Replies: 12
Views: 521
Great work as always!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-11-2021, 11:16 PM  
Old School Photography (Kai Wong)
Posted By DonThomaso
Replies: 9
Views: 1,275
Thanks! I really like the FA Limiteds, especially the 43 and 77. Great build, good image quality with character. Perhaps only the focusing is a bit of compromise between AF and MF. The MX is of course one of Pentax's best K-mount film cameras for the aficionado today. I think only the LX would be up there, but I have not handled it (perhaps for the best!) :)

---------- Post added 08-12-21 at 08:18 AM ----------



I saw this video and that is basically covering 15 pages from his book :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-11-2021, 12:00 PM  
Old School Photography (Kai Wong)
Posted By DonThomaso
Replies: 9
Views: 1,275
A few days ago I got the book "Old School Photography" by Kai Wong. It is built around one page per topic, like choosing an SLR camera, what film to start with etc. Good casual reading, and for me as mainly digital photographer I need some reminders for analog from time to time.

Currently I am shooting film with the Pentax MX, though I mainly have Spotmatics and M42 lenses for analog.

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-12-2021, 07:38 AM  
Frankenstein adaptation, pentax lens on fuji
Posted By DonThomaso
Replies: 38
Views: 3,466
I tested with several lenses, but for sure the FA Limiteds.I had issue with all lenses though, but the speedbooster was one of the Fringer EF->FX (unsure what version) so the issue was general with that booster.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-12-2021, 12:27 AM  
Frankenstein adaptation, pentax lens on fuji
Posted By DonThomaso
Replies: 38
Views: 3,466
@Password1234 - Thanks for the reply! I have a Lens Turbo II for M42 -> Fuji X so that one I am familiar and happy with.
Some years back I had the chance to try a combo similar to yours, but with another speed booster. There the aperture lever would come in contact with the booster, but this sounds and seems promising! :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-11-2021, 02:41 PM  
Frankenstein adaptation, pentax lens on fuji
Posted By DonThomaso
Replies: 38
Views: 3,466
I have been thinking of getting this setup for using my Pentax full-frame glass on Fujifilm X bodies. It looks like the Takumar 135/2.5 does not mount properly? Like it is mounted 90-degrees wrong. Did you have any issue with aligning/mounting the lens with this combo?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-02-2020, 11:21 AM  
Landscape Hovdala
Posted By DonThomaso
Replies: 4
Views: 395
Happy to have inspired you :) Bring out that CCD magic ;)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-02-2020, 12:20 AM  
Landscape Hovdala
Posted By DonThomaso
Replies: 4
Views: 395
Thanks! I really like the output from the K10D. It takes a bit of different (less) processing compared to newer cameras, but the end result is very pleasing. Later in the evening I had to use ISO1600... I prefer to keep it at ISO800 tops. Very good with the sensor stabilization to keep ISO low though!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-01-2020, 01:00 PM  
Black Pentax KM in Netflix High Score series
Posted By DonThomaso
Replies: 6
Views: 1,150
I noticed this today as well, and then came here :)

Nice to see them "in the wild"!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-22-2020, 01:57 PM  
Landscape Hovdala
Posted By DonThomaso
Replies: 4
Views: 395
Weekend trip and brought the K10D with the SMC Pentax-DA* 16-50mm F2.8 AL [IF] SDM - great weather sealed "vintage digital" combo :lol:

Pentax K10D, SMC Pentax-DA* 16-50mm F2.8 AL [IF] SDM, 50mm, 1/60 sec at f/8.0, ISO 100


Pentax K10D, SMC Pentax-DA* 16-50mm F2.8 AL [IF] SDM, 50mm, 1/400 sec at f/3.5, ISO 100


More of my images can be seen on my flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-14-2020, 02:03 AM  
People Lomma Beach House
Posted By DonThomaso
Replies: 2
Views: 544
Happy that you like it! This was a great spot for that positioning, as well as with the colors of the dots being picked up :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-13-2020, 09:25 AM  
Nature Alcedo Atthis from Italy
Posted By DonThomaso
Replies: 15
Views: 937
Great shot! At what focal length is it?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-13-2020, 09:24 AM  
People Lomma Beach House
Posted By DonThomaso
Replies: 2
Views: 544
Taking the K-3 II out for a spin. It was quite windy on the beach, and due to weather sealing lens choice fell on SMC Pentax-DA* 50-135mm F2.8. Even though I prefer primes for many reasons, I can't fault the end result with the 50-135. Both pictures are at 80mm.

Pentax K3 II, SMC Pentax-DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM, 1/60 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100


Pentax K3 II, SMC Pentax-DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM, 1/60 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-23-2020, 11:18 PM  
People Kathrine
Posted By DonThomaso
Replies: 2
Views: 583
Thanks tt for the kind words!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-23-2020, 02:54 PM  
People Kathrine
Posted By DonThomaso
Replies: 2
Views: 583
Acquiring the K10D last year, I have been using it more and more as my daily walk-around. I enjoy the "back to basics" compared to more modern cameras, even though it has some clear limitations. The lack of live view, quite simple AF and of course - the now rare but sought after CCD sensor - makes it quite fun to use!

Pentax K10D, SMC Pentax-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited, 1/90 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-06-2020, 12:51 AM  
People Sofie (Auto-Takumar 85mm F1.8)
Posted By DonThomaso
Replies: 5
Views: 601
Happy that you like it! Sofie was easy to work with!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-05-2020, 02:53 AM  
People Sofie (Auto-Takumar 85mm F1.8)
Posted By DonThomaso
Replies: 5
Views: 601
Thanks for the kind words TT! I enjoy using the 85 (both auto and S-M-C) quite a lot!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-04-2020, 06:28 AM  
People Sofie (Auto-Takumar 85mm F1.8)
Posted By DonThomaso
Replies: 5
Views: 601
During february I challenged myself to use only the Auto-Takumar 85mm F1.8, an early 60's m42 portrait lens. While very well suited to these shots, it was still interesting! I have used the S-M-C Takumar 85mm F1.8 quite a lot, this is "the same" lens but some 10-15 years before. They perform similar, with the newer S-M-C having improved contrast (especially in backlight).

Fujifilm X-T2, Lens Turbo II, Auto-Takumar 85mm F1.8, 1/850 sec at f/1.8, ISO 200


Fujifilm X-T2, Lens Turbo II, Auto-Takumar 85mm F1.8, 1/900 sec at f/1.8, ISO 200


More images of Sofie can be seen on my flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-05-2020, 02:05 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By DonThomaso
Replies: 8,160
Views: 1,069,566
Happy that you like it :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-04-2020, 03:53 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By DonThomaso
Replies: 8,160
Views: 1,069,566
My set of 15 S-M-C TAKUMAR lenses - a great series to both collect and use! Top three of my most used of the lenses seen in this shot at this point is 20/4.5, 35/3.5, and 85/1.8.







Shots taken with Pentax K-3 II and Auto-Takumar 85/1.8.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-04-2020, 03:45 AM  
Machinery Electro Spotmatic with friends
Posted By DonThomaso
Replies: 4
Views: 440
Happy that you like it!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-03-2020, 12:45 PM  
Machinery Electro Spotmatic with friends
Posted By DonThomaso
Replies: 4
Views: 440
While not complete yet, getting quite a few of the Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMARs to the collection. A great series I enjoy both collecting and using! Paired here together with the suitable Electro Spotmatic, even though I mainly use them on digital. Shot with Pentax K-3 II and Auto-Takumar 85mm F1.8.

Pentax K-3 II, Auto-Takumar 85mm F1.8, 1 sec at f/11, ISO 100


More images of gear can be seen on my flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-03-2019, 04:24 AM  
Best of 2016 Pantea
Posted By DonThomaso
Replies: 4
Views: 807
Thanks GRB!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-18-2019, 10:05 AM  
Improvements to the DA limited primes
Posted By DonThomaso
Replies: 64
Views: 3,744
I pretty much agree with OP. I have all the SMC DA Limited primes, as well as FA Limited trio (MIJ). If I had to only wish for three things I would say:

DA 15mm - Corner sharpness at wide apertures
DA 21mm -
DA 35mm - Focus limiter
DA 40mm -
DA 70mm -
All - premium rear cap :)

I also shoot with Fuji recently, and their F2 WR series (16/23/35/50) are somewhat similar to the DA Limiteds -> Compact primes for APS-C. Where the Pentax DA all accept 49mm filters the Fujis are using 49, 43, 43, 46 mm.. not as coherent as Pentax.
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-18-2019, 09:43 AM  
the Pentax 40mm and 43mm Lens Club
Posted By DonThomaso
Replies: 265
Views: 23,275
NIce idea! I have both the FA43 (MIJ) and DA40. Mainly using the FA43 since getting it, but both are nice lenses.

Pentax K-3, SMC Pentax-FA 43mm F1.9 Limited, 1/200 sec at f/2.5, ISO 100


Pentax K-3, SMC Pentax-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited, 1/2 sec at f/4.5, ISO 100
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