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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 1 Day Ago  
Will Canon and Nikon Ditch Crop-Sensor Cameras?
Posted By Jonathan Mac
Replies: 19
Views: 486
APS-C is very much here to stay as it's shown itself to be the ideal compromise, for the majority of people, between size, weight, image quality and price.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 1 Day Ago  
Fuji X series club
Posted By Jonathan Mac
Replies: 766
Views: 67,380
The brand is JJC, here's the link on Amazon Spain: JJC 11mm/16mm Sets Metal Tubo de Extensión TTL Enfoque Automático AF para Lentes Fujifilm XF y Cámaras de la Serie X: Amazon.es: Electrónica

They're a little loose, especially when stacked, but I don't think enough to impact image quality. I'll need to try them outdoors with better light and a tripod to really say if they're any good or not, but they're much cheaper than the originals.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 2 Days Ago  
Fuji X series club
Posted By Jonathan Mac
Replies: 766
Views: 67,380
X-T20 and 35mm f/1.4


Mara
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 3 Days Ago  
Fuji X series club
Posted By Jonathan Mac
Replies: 766
Views: 67,380
Here are a few SOOC shots testing out my new cheapie extension tubes. None of them are very sharp as they were all hand-held and only slightly stopped down (or wide open, in the case of the first one).


Blurred macro
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr


Cactus flower
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr


Cactus flower
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By Jonathan Mac
Replies: 5,375
Views: 686,415
A lot of people ask me for advice on what camera to buy but mostly their eyes glaze over at my first piece of advice for casual novices - look beyond CaNikon. For those not glazed by the first piece of advice, the second one gets them - get a decent lens even if it means getting a lower spec camera.

Mostly they want me to confirm that the cheap CaNikon DSLR with crappy kit lens that they've already got their eyes on is OK, and I won't do that. It's never the best option.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 5 Days Ago  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By Jonathan Mac
Replies: 13,041
Views: 2,151,017
Wow :eek:
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 5 Days Ago  
Fuji X series club
Posted By Jonathan Mac
Replies: 766
Views: 67,380
Yes, I was hungering after the Acros simulation as I've seen good results from it and I really like genuine Acros film (still have a small stock in the freezer). The B&W rendering from the X-M1 is extremely good though and renders tones far better than the more basic B&W modes on most cameras.

I have been checking lens and camera firmwares and found that my 18mm was way behind and the X-M1 was a little behind. Everything else is OK.

I'm still getting used to the X-T20 and am finding it has some annoying habits, such as the focus area being changed unintentionally due to the touch screen, the eye-detector for the viewfinder is overly sensitive, the front dial doesn't seem to be useful for anything (at least in aperture priority) and can't be set to any custom setting. The 24MP sensor also seems to handle high ISOs worse than the older 16MP one, which I was afraid of.

On the plus side, AF is much improved and the wife hasn't noticed yet that I have a new camera. Maybe when she sees me use the viewfinder it'll click but for now I'm in the clear...

A couple of fruity shots from yesterday with the 35/1.4, unintentionally shot at ISO 800:


Cherry tomatoes
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr


Cherries
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr
Forum: General Talk 5 Days Ago  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Jonathan Mac
Replies: 15,435
Views: 1,033,573
Good luck with your new camera. I've never tried their compacts but the APS-C cameras from Fujifilm are great fun to shoot with.





Very nice.



Looks to me like you've got plenty of space in there still that needs to be filled up.

For my part, I got some cheap third party extension tubes for my Fujifilm cameras which allow for AF and full lens control. Putting both of them between the camera and my little 18mm f/2 allows focusing almost touching the front lens element.
Forum: Lens Clubs 5 Days Ago  
Takumar club
Posted By Jonathan Mac
Replies: 16,152
Views: 2,971,138
Very nice. Seville has some beautiful places to photograph and at this time of year it shouldn't be too hot. The Plaza De España impressed me a lot when I was there and I spent a good bit of my time wandering around taking a variety of shots.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-13-2019, 10:51 PM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By Jonathan Mac
Replies: 766
Views: 67,380
Well I finally went for the X-T20 as I had been tempted by the far newer model over the X-T10 or X-E2 that I had originally set out to get purely to obtain a viewfinder. I bought a very lightly used one, which looks brand new, and that still has a year on it's guarantee. I still need to play around with the settings and find out how to do stuff and how to customise the camera to my liking, but so far I think it's a great little camera. My X lenses focus a lot faster than they do on the X-M1, and that's without updating the firmware on them.

Hopefully I'll find some time on my lunch break to play around with it a little more, until then, here are a few test photos using the 23mm f/2.


Las Ventas
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr


Las Ventas
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr


Las Ventas
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr
Forum: General Talk 02-13-2019, 10:41 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Jonathan Mac
Replies: 15,435
Views: 1,033,573
I bought a very lightly used (as new) Fujifilm X-T20 to upgrade from my X-M1, mainly because lately I've been wishing for a viewfinder (the X-M1 only has a screen). So far I have to say it's an extremely nice little camera and the lenses I've tried on it so far all focus much faster than they do on the X-M1, and that's without updating the lens firmware.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-11-2019, 11:18 PM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By Jonathan Mac
Replies: 766
Views: 67,380
I'd swap your -40º winters for the +40º summers here.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-10-2019, 03:09 AM  
First Day with my 645Z.........Speechless !
Posted By Jonathan Mac
Replies: 13
Views: 1,176
Rolleis were around over 6000 years ago??!!

:D
Forum: General Photography 02-09-2019, 04:51 AM  
Forum time off and a new subject for my photography
Posted By Jonathan Mac
Replies: 22
Views: 979
Thanks everyone.

32 weeks and 1.6kg is not that early or small compared to others. We heard from the staff that in principle a baby can survive from week 26, at which point they're under 700g in weight. I should have mentioned in my post that the staff in the hospital were nothing short of incredible in their care of Mara and the other infants there.

Something that particularly struck a note with me was that one of the cleaning ladies made a lovely little woollen hat for Mara. She said she saw her there sleeping and decided to make it. She'd never done it for any other baby in all the years that she had been working there. The hat is really beautiful and it was a shame a few weeks ago when she outgrew it, but I will never get rid of it or even offer it to friends who have babies - it's a unique and wonderful reminder of those first emotional weeks of Mara's life.

When my wife's water broke (at 2am, asleep in bed - Mara most likely kicked her way out), the little Fujifilm was one of the first things to go into the hospital bag to take with us and it accompanied me every single day when I went in to see Mara. I'm very glad it did as those early photos will always remind me of how precious our little girl is.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-09-2019, 01:08 AM  
Travel Himeji in autumn
Posted By Jonathan Mac
Replies: 5
Views: 194
Very nice indeed. I was there is summer 2017 and I loved it, such a beautiful place.

The nearby temple complex (Shoshazan Engyoji) is stunning and in autumn must be even more beautiful.
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-09-2019, 01:04 AM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By Jonathan Mac
Replies: 5,156
Views: 947,880
Very nice. We don't see much from the 20-40mm and I still wonder if I'd prefer it to the 16-85mm I ended up getting.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-09-2019, 12:50 AM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By Jonathan Mac
Replies: 766
Views: 67,380
Thanks, I meant X-E3, not X-E1 (now corrected).

From what I've read the E3 and T20 are virtually identical, with the only differences being very minor.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-08-2019, 08:12 AM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By Jonathan Mac
Replies: 766
Views: 67,380
I'm still looking at options for an upgrade of my X-M1 and for around €500 I could get a used X-E3, X-T20 or X-T1. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages (I'd love the ruggedness and WR of the top-of-the-line cameras but can't spring for a T2 or T3) and one of the main deciding factors has come down to the viewfinder. I understand that the resolution is the same in all three models but that the T1 has greater magnification hence a larger finder and that the firmware allows a magnified view for focusing but also to see the framing of the picture as a whole, and that the T20 (and E3) doesn't have that. As I use the camera quite a lot with adapted lenses I wanted to ask for opinions, especially from those who have used both models with manual lenses, to see how much of a difference there is in the manual focus experience.

I have also read that the X-T30 is expected soon but I'm not sure how much (if at all) that will drive down the prices of the X-T20. I'd prefer not to wait long for a camera which will doubtless appear but who know when or if it will prompt much of a change in the price of existing models.
Forum: General Photography 02-08-2019, 05:29 AM  
Forum time off and a new subject for my photography
Posted By Jonathan Mac
Replies: 22
Views: 979
Hi everyone,

I just wanted to post here (some may have noticed from what I've posted (and not posted) lately) that I had some time away from the forum, around five weeks, at the end of last year before coming back and slowly getting a bit more into the swing of things.

That was because my wife gave birth to our little girl, Mara, at the end of November. Born eight weeks premature, she spent a month in hospital, first in intensive care and then in medium care. She started in an incubator with breathing apparatus, heart monitor, IV, feeding tube and one by one these were removed as she grew stronger and learned to feed by mouth, before coming home on the 26th of December. It was a difficult time, especially as here in Spain the father does not get extra time off in such circumstances and if I'd taken my paternity leave I'd have been left with none by the time she got home.

So I had no time for such frivolities as photography forums and despite being a very active period in my photography (I had a camera with me every day), the photos were very personal and I have shared very few. I still haven't fully decided on my stance on sharing photos of the little one, so I'm being very conservative of what I post online. Photography of other subjects has been reduced to almost zero as I have no time and with Mara so small we're not planning on doing any travelling any time soon.

For photography in the hospital, it was mostly done in very low light (many photos are at ISO 6400 and f/1.4) and the K-3 didn't get a look in. I relied almost exclusively on my little Fujifilm X-M1 and 35mm f/1.4 and 23mm f/2 primes, which did a fantastic job of recording the experience. The K-3 would have been too big and too noisy even if I had lenses for it suitable for such circumstances. I did take some photos with my MX and Tri-X pushed to 1600, but I haven't developed them yet. Now at home the K-3 gets some use but the Fujifilm is just better suited for baby photography.

So now I have a lovely new photography subject and am adapting day by day to our new family member. I hope the journey will be a fine one.

Here are the few pics I've shared online so far.


Mara
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr


Mara
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr


Mara
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr


Mara
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr


Wonder baby
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-08-2019, 05:08 AM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By Jonathan Mac
Replies: 5,156
Views: 947,880
DA 40mm


Wonder baby
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr
Forum: Contest Voting 02-08-2019, 05:06 AM  
Thorny issues
Posted By Jonathan Mac
Replies: 7
Views: 145
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: General Talk 02-08-2019, 01:03 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Jonathan Mac
Replies: 15,435
Views: 1,033,573
I had one of those and it was a very good lens, one of the best 135mm ones I've tried. I sold mine though as I rarely use such long focal lengths, so that leaves the 105/2.8 as my longest M42 lens.



I'll be interested to see what you think of the K 35mm as I use the M version a lot, it's one of my favourite primes. Apparently the K version is better still.

I think you'll find that the grip improves the K-3's handling, especially when using manual lenses.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 02-08-2019, 12:58 AM  
Going to Japan!!! Photography advice?
Posted By Jonathan Mac
Replies: 33
Views: 1,362
Glad you had a good time and took some interesting photos - I see some places I remember from my trip in 2017 and they're bringing back the urge to return.

Japan is amazing.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-05-2019, 11:48 PM  
Hello from spain
Posted By Jonathan Mac
Replies: 6
Views: 235
Welcome to the forum.

Bienvenido al foro.

It sounds like the problem is in the camera but unless it's the contacts with the battery it will probably need a professional repair. I know a place in Madrid (don't know if you're close) which I understand tackles all sorts of camera repairs, you could always ask for a quote.

Parece ser un problema de la camara pero salvo que sea con los contactos con la pila necesitará reparación por un profesional cualificado. Conozco un sitio en Madrid (no sé si vives cerca) que entiendo que están dispuestos a hacer cualquier tipo de reparación de las camaras, siempre se puede pedir un presupuesto.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-05-2019, 11:42 PM  
Bokeh of DA 70 limited HD
Posted By Jonathan Mac
Replies: 11
Views: 724
In principle they should be similar, and identical wide open. The only thing that should make a difference are the rounded aperture leaves of the HD version, though in practice I would be very surprised if it's possible to see the difference in the vast majority of cases.

I have the SMC version and it's an excellent lens.
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