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Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 1 Day Ago  
Pentax SMC-A 70-210 Disassembly
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 6
Views: 380
It sounds like quite a bit of work... if you can't get it fixed, or want to fix it later, there's a few copies on ebay for around 30 dollars... which seems to be the going rate for the lens. An absolute steal if you ask me :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 1 Day Ago  
Advice on Taking Portraits with K10D
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 16
Views: 519
Agreed, but testing to see if front or back focus is indeed the problem, should be much less painful and quick.

Even after I identified that I had to fix mine, it didn't take an hour for me to finish testing and calibrating, but it did require several attempts until I got it right.
Forum: Lens Clubs 2 Days Ago  
The 50mm Lens Club
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 1,739
Views: 242,851
So we just started April... but you're in late spring but you're also on Summer Time?

Now my head won't stop spinning... :lol:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Advice on Taking Portraits with K10D
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 16
Views: 519
There's no reason why you should not be using f/3.5 or wider unless you are using a lens that is not sharp at that setting.
Your 31mm and 77mm should be VERY VERY sharp at f/3.5.
In fact you should be able to take fantastic portraits at f2 or f/2.8 with those lenses.
Using center point focus should hopefully give you sharp focus on the eyes but as mentioned, if your K10D needs focus calibration, then that would be recommended. If you spend about an hour doing that, it would save you much time later...
Forum: Lens Clubs 2 Days Ago  
The 50mm Lens Club
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 1,739
Views: 242,851
We're still in early sprint... unless in Scotland time just literally flies :lol:

Or are these probably from a previous year?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Advice on Taking Portraits with K10D
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 16
Views: 519
My K10D required +270 focus adjustment... It's almost maxed out. It's probably normal for cameras this old to get out of alignment.
Forum: Lens Clubs 2 Days Ago  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 5,351
Views: 1,021,296
Japanese Gardens at Gibbs Gardens in North Georgia in a late fall day. DA 35 Limited.



Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 Days Ago  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 18,281
Views: 1,630,882
I find the DA 35 Limited bokeh always pretty calm, I guess it's the advantage of being very sharp while having no aspherical elements.
In many regards it's the perfect lens.



Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 19,981
Views: 1,385,337
At the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.


K-S1, DA 35 2.8 Limited ISO 200 f/5.6 1/200s, shot as JPEG and converted to B&W in Corel Aftershot Pro 3
Forum: Lens Clubs 2 Days Ago  
The 50mm Lens Club
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 1,739
Views: 242,851
A couple of my 50s...

K 50 1.2



F 50 1.7



Both wide open
Forum: Lens Clubs 2 Days Ago  
Post your 1.2 Photos! (1.2 ONLY!)
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 1,981
Views: 471,028
Last year I didn't have any, but this year I have quite a few beautiful Siberian Iris!

K 50 1.2

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Thematic The 2020 Monthly Challenge - April - Flash Photography
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 2
Views: 227
So now that I have a new (well, "repurposed") computer, and no more excuses, I went ant took a few pictures with a flash (AF360FGZ II). What I love about this flash is that it has HSS sync - and with that, this picture came out basically perfect right out of the camera:



And this banana cake picture came out better with the use of the flash...



On that last one, I had to meter a step down, and add my usual clarity values, but that was basically it... Both with SMC-F 50mm f/1.7 wide open. What a great lens. Taken with the K-S1.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'll finish eating my piece :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 3 Days Ago  
Fun with the K-S1
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 320
Views: 51,603
Fireworks last Fourth of July. Probably won't see that much of that this year...





Forum: Lens Clubs 3 Days Ago  
Sigma 30mm/1.4 Lens Club
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 48
Views: 11,159
I had to check the checkbox that this is an old thread that no one has been posting to :(

This is a great night lens...

Opryland in Nashville





Nashville at night

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
The K20D Club
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 505
Views: 78,078
I agree, the greens and the skin tones (which to me are unbeatable in regards to any Pentax camera I've seen) tempt me to buy one again...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 18,281
Views: 1,630,882
DA 35 Limited bokeh

Forum: General Photography 3 Days Ago  
The 2020 Monthly Challenge
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 31
Views: 1,307
April challenge can be found at: The 2020 Monthly Challenge - April - Flash Photography - PentaxForums.com

Sorry for not having this up earlier! But we still have all of April to play with flashes!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
The K10D Club!
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 5,695
Views: 543,254
I can't complain, first because my work hasn't skipped a beat, we're as busy as ever, even working from home (I'm in software development). Second, I have my trusty K-S1 and the K-50, as well as a mostly-broken* K-S2 that I was given recently that the person gave up after attempts to repair.

Oh and lovely colors in that last lake shot!

*Mostly broken: the mirror on the K-S2 is completely out of whack, and the use of manual aperture ring is somehow disabled. The person fixed the solenoid so lenses with A-contact stop down, at least. But by doing so broke other things... or it might have been already somewhat broken by a previous fix by the California guy who attempts to fix the solenoid, but that fix didn't last... anyway, those things that don't work I don't need anyway since the things this K-S2 doesn't do, the K-S1 does...
What is working well with the camera still, is video. Which is why I got it - it has a mic input so I can play around with video recording. None of my other cameras has a mic input. Oh and it has a flip screen also, which should help... and wifi to control the camera from the phone. Should be fun....
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 3 Days Ago  
Thematic The 2020 Monthly Challenge - April - Flash Photography
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 2
Views: 227
This is a Monthly challenge to give us 12 different themes for the year to pursue photography - easy themes but themes that will make us have something to work on.

The full list containing each month's theme is at: The 2020 Monthly Challenge - PentaxForums.com

For April, the theme is "Flash Photography".
The rules are that there are no rules, as long as you fire a flash! Maybe you never used flash, or haven't used one in a long time, but think of creative ways to use a flash. Since a lot of us are indoors anyway because of the coronavirus, this presents a nice and timely opportunity to hone our skills and maybe learn a trick or two!

First, there are no awards... this is for fun only.

Second, it's not a "ok I posted my picture for the month, I'm done" challenge. It's meant so that you will have something to focus on every month. Ideally, you will post one picture every day based on the theme. But there's no pressure - no one's keeping tabs If you post one a week that's fine. If you post the best shot of the month that's fine too. Just go out and have fun and shoot, and hopefully be challenged to improve your photography.

Third, conversation is encouraged. What are you learning and what are you enjoying in regards to this month's theme?

Last Month's Challenge: The 2020 Monthly Challenge - March - Wide Angle Shots - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 3 Days Ago  
Thematic The 2020 Monthly Challenge - March - Wide Angle Shots
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 30
Views: 1,109
I got a new computer... with working SD and USB ports... so finally this week I can post new pictures. Here's a wide angle shot to finish the thread...

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
The K10D Club!
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 5,695
Views: 543,254
Keep them coming, Ray!

I'm curious about one thing though... I thought JPEGs were always 8-bit files?

Now that I have a new computer, I'm changing my workflow for post processing again... Darktable is great but just too slow for me.
But my K10D is in my office and I'm having to work from home for a while, so it might be while before I post here again.
Forum: Lens Clubs 4 Days Ago  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 5,351
Views: 1,021,296
DA 35 Limited

Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 4 Days Ago  
Pentax SMC-A 70-210 Disassembly
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 6
Views: 380
I had one that came with a K1000 years ago, that just recently was given to a forum member for parts. That one already came "disassembled" - it fell apart in my hands...
basically, it separates from the middle and then you will access the front elements from within the front portion.
I didn't do much with mine as it didn't need any cleaning of the elements (they were very clean). I tried to put it together and could never really get it in the right position, so I gave up on it since I have had a great sample of this lens since 2013, which has given me many, many great pictures.

As an aside, the easiest lens I've ever had in regards to cleaning the front element was a Sigma UC 70-210 f/4-5.6. That lens was VERY sharp in the middle of the range, but I just liked the Pentax-A better. Anyway, with the Sigma, the front element was actually screwed on - you could just unscrew it! In fact, it came off the lens one time when I was changing filters!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 4 Days Ago  
The K10D Club!
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 5,695
Views: 543,254
Just stunning! I'm amazed at how beautiful this rose looks. I'm a sucker for flower pictures and this is one of the best I've seen.
Forum: Lens Clubs 4 Days Ago  
The Sigma Lens Club- All lenses
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 2,499
Views: 391,141
Nashville at night. Sigma 30 1.4 Art.

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