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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-06-2021, 06:18 AM  
Pentax DA 35mm F2.4 not sharp... well I don't think so!
Posted By SimonC
Replies: 38
Views: 1,907
Thanks for taking the time to do that, it is appreciated. Good information too!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-06-2021, 12:26 AM  
Pentax DA 35mm F2.4 not sharp... well I don't think so!
Posted By SimonC
Replies: 38
Views: 1,907
Thanks again and what @rogerstg and @bwgv001 have demonstrated is that I need to work more at post processing... well to be honest while I've had a long time passing interest in photography, I've never full committed to the hobby and need to commit more time and effort to all areas:-) I'm now retired and have moved to Anglesey (the small island(s) where the photos were taken).and it is my opportunity to develop myself.

What @rogerstg and @bwgv001 have demonstrated is that certainly in the short term I don't immediately need a new camera or lenses (I do have a few decent older lenses) as my photos are unlikely to get printed and even if they do they won't be large prints.

Regarding processing images I've used Paintshop Pro for as long as I can remember but have been considering changing to Affinity Photo as I don't find Paintshop Pro's Aftershot very intuitive. I can't justify the expenses of Photoshop, at least at not at this time. Any immediate thoughts on this?

Simon
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-05-2021, 02:56 PM  
Pentax DA 35mm F2.4 not sharp... well I don't think so!
Posted By SimonC
Replies: 38
Views: 1,907
Thanks again for the advice and comments, I've take it on board and will see how I go and hopefully see some improvements:-)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-05-2021, 11:42 AM  
Pentax DA 35mm F2.4 not sharp... well I don't think so!
Posted By SimonC
Replies: 38
Views: 1,907
There is a UV filter attached.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-05-2021, 11:25 AM  
Pentax DA 35mm F2.4 not sharp... well I don't think so!
Posted By SimonC
Replies: 38
Views: 1,907
I did use auto focus. As pretty much all of the photos I took this afternoon were landscape, would I have been better having it in manual focus?

I'll try smaller apertures as suggested.

I've now opened up the images on the desktop and there is also a noticeable difference for the better from the laptop.

Thanks again

Simon
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-05-2021, 10:01 AM  
Pentax DA 35mm F2.4 not sharp... well I don't think so!
Posted By SimonC
Replies: 38
Views: 1,907
Thanks for the replies, I did wonder if I was expecting too much!

I've attached a closer shot, which I still wasn't overly convinced about and I am now wondering about whether or not it is viewing the files on my laptop as opposed to the desktop!? I don't get to see much of th desktop as my wife is working from home and pretty much dominates it:-)

Closer Image

Thanks again for your thoughts and comments.

Simon
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-05-2021, 08:30 AM  
Pentax DA 35mm F2.4 not sharp... well I don't think so!
Posted By SimonC
Replies: 38
Views: 1,907
Around Christmas time I got a Pentax DA 35mm F2.4 to use with my Samsung GX10 and I'm really disappointed with the sharpness of the imagess. I've attached links to a few photos I took down at Trearddur Bay this afternoon, could someone take a look and comment on what (if anything) is wrong or maybe what I'm doing wrong please!?

The images are untouched RAW files at around 17mb each.

Image 1
Image 2
Image 3

Thanks

Simon
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-17-2021, 12:41 PM  
Nature Photograher's favourite bird
Posted By SimonC
Replies: 8
Views: 549
Who doesn't love a robin. Love that photo:)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-17-2021, 12:39 PM  
Landscape Sunrising Sunstar
Posted By SimonC
Replies: 4
Views: 370
Is it just me that can't see the picture?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-15-2021, 02:30 PM  
Nature Tussle Over Bargain Catalogue
Posted By SimonC
Replies: 3
Views: 431
Could the one on the right be a Jackdaw? Just the eye colouring which makes me think it could be.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-15-2021, 02:22 PM  
Landscape Everlasting
Posted By SimonC
Replies: 24
Views: 932
Great subject and I love the almost pastel tones. Loverly:)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-13-2021, 03:05 PM  
Nature Blue-tailed Bee eater
Posted By SimonC
Replies: 6
Views: 489
Very good:)
Forum: General Photography 03-12-2021, 12:48 PM  
Sea Salt on Lens/Filter
Posted By SimonC
Replies: 8
Views: 682
Thanks for the info all. I'll give all a wipe down.
Forum: General Photography 03-12-2021, 02:49 AM  
Sea Salt on Lens/Filter
Posted By SimonC
Replies: 8
Views: 682
Yes on the filter.

Thanks.
Forum: General Photography 03-12-2021, 02:34 AM  
Sea Salt on Lens/Filter
Posted By SimonC
Replies: 8
Views: 682
What is the best way to clean sea spray off lens and filters?

I didn't think I was close enough to get any spray and can't say I felt any but a thin film has developed. I'm guessing it will be salty and therefore more of a risk with regard to scratching!?
Forum: Photo Critique 03-10-2021, 01:58 PM  
Landscape Panorama
Posted By SimonC
Replies: 12
Views: 1,245
I too like number 1 but I'd like just a bit more adding to the left. You have cropped just to the right of the bigger tree, just crop to the other side of that tree with a bit of space... hope that makes sense. I've had a go on one of your other images and for me it balanced it a bit more but please bear in mind I generally don't know what I'm talking about��
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-10-2021, 01:42 PM  
Machinery trains
Posted By SimonC
Replies: 2
Views: 366
Love the tones.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-10-2021, 01:37 PM  
Abstract "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore"
Posted By SimonC
Replies: 20
Views: 824
Great photograph, love the lighting and the lines (perspective lines) :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-21-2021, 12:57 PM  
Abstract ICM - Intentional Camera Movement
Posted By SimonC
Replies: 5
Views: 541
Very cool... I really like those and I could especially see 1 & 3 hanging on a wall.
Forum: General Talk 02-20-2021, 12:29 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By SimonC
Replies: 5,116
Views: 440,937
Exit signs?

They’re on the way out!
Forum: General Talk 02-19-2021, 12:56 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By SimonC
Replies: 5,116
Views: 440,937
There are three kinds of people... those who can count and those who can’t
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-19-2021, 12:53 PM  
Nature View from my campsite, Joshua Tree Nat'l Park, CALIFORNIA.
Posted By SimonC
Replies: 6
Views: 381
Fabulous!

it is absolutely persisting it down where I live and am so jealous of the sky (and scenery)!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-19-2021, 12:50 PM  
Abstract Blurred with Blown Highlights - But I Like It
Posted By SimonC
Replies: 9
Views: 640
Evocative of a different time... love it:)

The 356 is a beautiful design!
Forum: Photo Critique 02-19-2021, 12:41 PM  
Black & White Church Dome, Gu<temala
Posted By SimonC
Replies: 13
Views: 870
My first thoughts was it looks like the innards of a pocket watch!

For me it is an interesting photo but somehow pulls my eyes.
Forum: Photo Critique 02-19-2021, 12:38 PM  
Black & White The two towers
Posted By SimonC
Replies: 15
Views: 1,056
Looks like spot the difference:)

I just want to see more, sorry!
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