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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-17-2021, 03:30 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By LennyBloke
Replies: 23,189
Views: 1,801,739

K1 MkII + Tair-3 300mm f4.5 GRAND PRIX Brussels 1958

Is it flare resistant - NO :eek:
Is it sharp - YES :p
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-11-2021, 08:12 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By LennyBloke
Replies: 36,965
Views: 3,856,706
Is it okay to cheat a little? I have to input a focal length (so I chose 300mm) when using the Pentax A* 200mm f4 macro with the A-1.4xL converter ;)

Please don't ban me - just a ruler on the knuckles if I have offended :o
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-06-2021, 06:54 AM  
something to think about ....courtesy of asahi man
Posted By LennyBloke
Replies: 361
Views: 19,003
Can't disagree with you on this (I'm fortunate enough to have an A*200 Macro) - but if they are able to produce a newer D FA*200 Macro (possibly an f2.8 version - or faster :eek:) with the qualities they have brought to the recent 50mm and 85mm beauties then I'm in :cool:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-06-2021, 01:15 AM  
something to think about ....courtesy of asahi man
Posted By LennyBloke
Replies: 361
Views: 19,003

... a DFA Macro.....

....let's hope for an improved 200mm Star series :cool:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-05-2021, 03:19 AM  
SMC Pentax-A* 300mm F4 vs DA* 300mm f4?
Posted By LennyBloke
Replies: 15
Views: 1,175
I think I may be out of step with experiences of some other members as I found the A*300 to be a very good lens (an improvement on the K300) but the notable step up in optical performance came when the F* & FA* were introduced. The DA*300 managed to improve on the maximum aperture (of its 2 AF predecessors) and all 3 AF versions are capable of producing top results at their maximum aperture, whereas I found that the A* needed to be stopped down a little to get really good performance most of the time.

Don't get me wrong - the A* is a super little lens with many benefits, but AF is a big plus for many subjects and I think your keeper rate would improve with a DA*. I've owned all 5 versions and I'm happiest with my F*300/4.5, not because it is better than the DA* (I don't believe it is) but because it is the right size, weight and IQ for my needs. If I was buying again today I would choose the DA* simply because the F and FA stock are ageing so will become more difficult to get repaired, and excellent condition copies are very pricey.

Hope that helps a little :cool:
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-04-2021, 11:57 AM  
Advice for my Daughter?
Posted By LennyBloke
Replies: 25
Views: 1,277
No practical advice - but you really should keep an eye on her :o

....just off to get my coat :rolleyes:
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-06-2021, 06:54 AM  
Takumar club
Posted By LennyBloke
Replies: 18,052
Views: 3,523,273
@ 1.8

Forum: Lens Clubs 08-03-2021, 08:06 AM  
Post your 1.2 Photos! (1.2 ONLY!)
Posted By LennyBloke
Replies: 2,021
Views: 501,683
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-23-2021, 02:46 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By LennyBloke
Replies: 23,189
Views: 1,801,739
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-21-2021, 11:49 PM  
Please show me your SMC-F lens collection
Posted By LennyBloke
Replies: 64
Views: 2,819
Functionally excellent in a beautiful form :cool:
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-08-2021, 12:55 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By LennyBloke
Replies: 8,006
Views: 1,040,928
A few close-ups of the petite beautiful model from Pentax of the 1970's and 1980's - the timeless beauty that is the Pentax MX....

Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 07-08-2021, 12:44 PM  
SMC Pentax A 100/2.8 macro
Posted By LennyBloke
Replies: 12
Views: 5,861
I've put this lens up for sale twice, and nobody has bitten (twice), I guess I'm twice as stupid as I thought I was (and lucky it didn't sell)....

Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-01-2021, 12:02 AM  
Pic included in Royal Observatory / BBC astro photography awards
Posted By LennyBloke
Replies: 36
Views: 1,796
Superb images on that shortlist and yours is a well deserved entrant - congratulations Ed !
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-11-2021, 07:01 AM  
Post your 85mm 1.4 Photos! (1.4 ONLY!)
Posted By LennyBloke
Replies: 56
Views: 14,951

Both with the Pentax D FA* 85mm f1.4
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-10-2021, 02:07 PM  
55mm Lens Club - Pentax, Vivitar, Cosina, Porst - bring 'em all!
Posted By LennyBloke
Replies: 697
Views: 47,274
Auto Mamiya/Sekor 55mm f1.8 on the K1 MkII

Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 06-08-2021, 02:43 AM  
The joy of Pentax and the K1ii
Posted By LennyBloke
Replies: 24
Views: 1,840
Enjoyed your post and your images, look forward to more in the future!

The K1 MkII is much more of a camera than I'll ever master, but I do enjoy the ergonomics, the viewfinder and of course the results ;)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-06-2021, 01:07 AM  
Thematic The Macro Flower Club
Posted By LennyBloke
Replies: 2,114
Views: 167,692

Taken with K1 MkII + A 100mm f2.8
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-23-2021, 09:26 AM  
Thematic Post Your Cloudscapes
Posted By LennyBloke
Replies: 4,788
Views: 302,116

D FA*50/1.4 @f8
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-05-2021, 09:32 AM  
85mm f2 or faster Lens Club
Posted By LennyBloke
Replies: 275
Views: 37,915

Pentax K1 MkII + A* 85mm f1.4 + 36mm Extension Tube
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-28-2021, 04:48 AM  
Shippo Yaki?
Posted By LennyBloke
Replies: 15
Views: 867
It's an anagram of "I Ask Hippyo" - glad to have helped on this thread ;)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-14-2021, 10:13 AM  
D FA 21 Limited is one of the three.
Posted By LennyBloke
Replies: 1,748
Views: 131,340
...and that's precisely what I'm looking for - a bit like the Flektogon 35mm f2.4 or f2.8 but significantly wider ;)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-22-2021, 01:56 AM  
Pentax A 400mm F5.6 vs Pentax FA*400mm F5.6
Posted By LennyBloke
Replies: 24
Views: 1,577
I know the original poster asked about a direct comparison of the FA* and A 400mm Pentax lenses - well I have owned both lenses (at the same time) but can't provide any side-by-side images for this type of comparison, I can offer my experience of the two lenses if it helps a little.

Firstly I used the A 400/5.6 for several years having found it sharper than the M series equivalent, and even prefered it to the Tokina AF 400/5.6 - as many will atest it is a very good lens if not a little difficult to nail the focus (for my eyes). Overall I would say it was one of those lenses that was very capable if the conditions, focus and exposure were all "just right" - I didn't have a massively high keeper rate from it, but the Gooduns were worth it!

I found an FA*400/5.6 being sold by a trusted UK camera shop a couple of years back - the price was high, but knowing the advances in design and coatings that Pentax made between some lens ranges I decided to go for it. Firstly, it is so much more "usable" with it's incredibly small size and light weight (for a 400mm) - it is not a chore to add it to the bag if there is potential for longer shots. Secondly, my keeper rate shot up (over the A400/5.6) - partly because of the Autofocus but also I believe it to be sharper - particualarly at wider apertures.

In my experience, after you've used a lens for a while you get to know it's characteristics and strengths - with the A400/5.6 I would always use TAV mode and always shot at f8 (or smaller) with a shutter speed of at least 1/500. With the FA*400/5.6 I am happy to shoot at maximum aperture (1/2 stop down is better) and can use much lower shutter speeds successfully. This meant that I could get more (and better) results in lower light conditions.

Another plus point for me with the FA* (and I can't back this up with any comparisons) is that I seem to be able to crop images far more successfully and the resolution and sharpness is retained better. Many of my A400/5.6 images didn't stand up to tight cropping. This would point to the lens resolution capabilities being significantly better but presumably the MTF data should show this - so maybe it's more to do with my poor technique with the A series lens?

Hope that helps a little?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-18-2021, 05:47 AM  
Selling Pentax K50 to get Ricoh GR III ?
Posted By LennyBloke
Replies: 23
Views: 1,116
The K1 mkII and the GRIII are the 2 cameras I use most - very different beasts, with the GRIII being so pocketable that you can take it anywhere and the images it can produce are superb. As has been said earlier - your K1 cropped is equivalent to the K50, so think to yourself "On this trip would I prefer to take a lightweight compact with great IQ or a bulkier but more flexible K50?" ;)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-09-2021, 01:50 AM  
At What Point Did Your Pentax Digital Camera Become "Good Enough"?
Posted By LennyBloke
Replies: 61
Views: 3,192
I've enjoyed each and every digital offering from Pentax - exploring the features and the step up in IQ each time - but the turning point for me was the K5iis, I was already pleased with the superb, evolved design of my K5 but the removal of the AA filter allowed me to concentrate less on PP and more on getting the best out of my Analogue era lenses.

Since owning the K1 series I have chosen to take my K5iis on a handful of trips and never regretted it :cool:
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-05-2021, 12:51 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By LennyBloke
Replies: 8,006
Views: 1,040,928
Do I recognise that little black MX ;)

I was never into the K2 series (although I could be tempted) - I have been looking for an excellent condition black KX for many years - never seen a decent one at a non-obscene price
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