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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 6 Days Ago  
Game Single In - June 2019
Posted By garywakeling
Replies: 96
Views: 2,393
Always a sad time, condolences to you and your family.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-11-2019, 07:51 PM  
Game Single In - June 2019
Posted By garywakeling
Replies: 96
Views: 2,393
Back in the swing after a break away on the weekend, still took photos each day , however will post them later tonight and catch up on the commenting too
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-05-2019, 07:50 PM  
Game Single In - June 2019
Posted By garywakeling
Replies: 96
Views: 2,393
Good news all around , have a great trip.

---------- Post added 06-06-19 at 12:53 PM ----------

So far this month I have been avoiding using the 85mm for portraits, tomorrow I hope to start going along with the expected portraits normally associated with this lens. I have enjoyed the lens on other subjects so far, hopefully I can do some decent portraits to do justice to its reputation.
Forum: Pentax Q 06-02-2019, 03:06 AM  
A few more from our Alaska Cruise
Posted By garywakeling
Replies: 9
Views: 690
Lovely to see what you and your pentax can do with the interchangeable lens mirrorless camera, the mighty Q's. I really don't see why so many people keep wanting Pentax to make one when they have already been there and done that years ago with the Q.
Forum: Pentax Q 06-01-2019, 04:41 PM  
Two Q's went cruising............
Posted By garywakeling
Replies: 15
Views: 812
Lovely packing job, but really who would notice 1 extra Q body, especially when the results are so wonderful , nice work.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-01-2019, 02:47 PM  
Pentax D-6x7 series
Posted By garywakeling
Replies: 14
Views: 629
I like the idea, but having the 600 f4, it is a hunk of glass with a dinner plate element out the front, but it balances wonderfully on the large camera. The other missing lens is the 400mm , equivalent to 200mm on 35mm and such a popular focal length it would be a shame to miss it, the 67 version is well loved from the M* version
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-01-2019, 02:28 PM  
Game Single In - June 2019
Posted By garywakeling
Replies: 96
Views: 2,393
Playing around with the lens calibration tool with the FA* 85mm I was using the purple and green fringing to my advantage, green behind, purple in front and black in focus.

85 lenscal by Gary Wakeling, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-01-2019, 04:13 AM  
Pentax D-6x7 series
Posted By garywakeling
Replies: 14
Views: 629
Whoa up there, how could you possibly go for f5.6 on the 600mm when way back they even went for f4.
I love the idea though :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-31-2019, 06:14 AM  
Game Single In - May 2019
Posted By garywakeling
Replies: 118
Views: 3,053
Well I picked this lens up cheaply on eBay, mostly due to the fact that Pentax had released an updated version, why not try the original. Well the lens on the K1 was an easy to live with choice for the month, I almost felt like I was back in the film days with a high quality point and shoot. The angle of view was common in many cameras from that era. I found it performed nicely for landscapes and with a minimum focal distance around 30cm detail close ups were able to be taken easily. When reversed for super macro, the use of the manual aperture meant extra versatility compared to a lens with no way to close the aperture when reversed. Shooting into the light there seemed to be no obtrusive flare and the lens hood works well and reverses onto the lens for storage. The bokeh was pleasant and not intrusive and despite using the in body motor for focusing, it was not very noisy and focused accurately and quickly without hunting under normal conditions. If Pentax was happy to update the lens with a new lens coating and leave the optics alone, I guess they must have thought the quality was worth persevering with, I am happy to recommend this as a keeper.
Some examples of my month with this lens

twin city by Gary Wakeling, on Flickr

drop ismo by Gary Wakeling, on Flickr

rainbow pier by Gary Wakeling, on Flickr

star chasing 2 by Gary Wakeling, on Flickr

moving on by Gary Wakeling, on Flickr

morning church by Gary Wakeling, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-31-2019, 05:11 AM  
Game Single In - May 2019
Posted By garywakeling
Replies: 118
Views: 3,053
Nice work Ismo, the 300mm is a very nice focal length on full frame
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-28-2019, 12:23 AM  
Thematic Bad Weather Makes Good Pictures
Posted By garywakeling
Replies: 446
Views: 26,664
rainbow pier by Gary Wakeling, on Flickr

Early morning K1 smc 35mm f2 AL
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-28-2019, 12:21 AM  
Game Single In - June 2019
Posted By garywakeling
Replies: 96
Views: 2,393
June with film, that should be fun to see, I feel a desire to drag out the 67 , then might post them daily in July after being developed
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-28-2019, 12:17 AM  
Game Single In - May 2019
Posted By garywakeling
Replies: 118
Views: 3,053
Yes comments come and go, I keep looking and trying, very very trying:)
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-27-2019, 01:27 PM  
Pentax AF500FTZ focal lengths on medium format
Posted By garywakeling
Replies: 3
Views: 334
Hi Peter

Yes you are correct

Cheers Gary
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-27-2019, 02:39 AM  
Game Single In - June 2019
Posted By garywakeling
Replies: 96
Views: 2,393
I'm in too, thinking of something a little longer this month FA 85 1.4 or the 77mm limited
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-19-2019, 11:57 PM  
Yvon Bourque, Pentax eBook Author is ill - Fundraiser & donation special
Posted By garywakeling
Replies: 30
Views: 3,659
Done, great info helpfully set out

Good luck with the treatment
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-16-2019, 06:39 PM  
Game Single In - May 2019
Posted By garywakeling
Replies: 118
Views: 3,053
Sounds like an acceptable solution to me, enjoy the break
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-10-2019, 11:22 AM  
Game Single In - May 2019
Posted By garywakeling
Replies: 118
Views: 3,053
congratulations, I think photos generally work best when they show a subject with good light and no distractions , that photo did :)
Forum: General Photography 05-10-2019, 11:16 AM  
Why A BIG Camera When The Latest Smart Phones Are So Capable?
Posted By garywakeling
Replies: 120
Views: 4,527
Thank you for being so specific in your request for information, therefore no comment
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-08-2019, 05:19 PM  
Rumours of HD Pentax-D FA 50-300mm f/4.5-5.6/6.3
Posted By garywakeling
Replies: 97
Views: 10,341
Never fear that KP of yours will love the lens in the mail :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-06-2019, 01:30 AM  
Game Single In - May 2019
Posted By garywakeling
Replies: 118
Views: 3,053
Just received the pentax sensor cleaning kit, hopefully it will help clean up some sky shots with the K3, anyone had any experience with cleaning sensors? Tips, tricks and warnings welcome.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-05-2019, 01:15 PM  
Game Single In - May 2019
Posted By garywakeling
Replies: 118
Views: 3,053
Hey don't forget the 300m helped too
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-04-2019, 03:12 PM  
Thematic Bad Weather Makes Good Pictures
Posted By garywakeling
Replies: 446
Views: 26,664
Late Autumn and the storms are rolling in again

toora hills by Gary Wakeling, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-03-2019, 02:41 AM  
Thematic The Circle Game
Posted By garywakeling
Replies: 237
Views: 5,491
Here are a couple from this week

bathroom by Gary Wakeling, on Flickr

dahlia by Gary Wakeling, on Flickr

roof bowl k by Gary Wakeling, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-30-2019, 12:04 PM  
Game Single In - April 2019
Posted By garywakeling
Replies: 226
Views: 5,981
What a fun, easy lens to use, I felt that my mojo was a little down with many outside issues the last couple of months. This lens provided the spark I needed to really explore my macro vision, the focal length also doubles as a nice regular 50mm for regular shooting on the K1. I used it on the K3 as well and both cameras delivered images I liked. The hood works well and even when at minimum focus distance, it never gets in the way. Unlike the attachment tube for the AF160FC ring flash, it works well when the combo was on the K3, however it vignettes on the K1, a simple change to the 49mm adapter and all was back to full frame. The colours really pop with photos from this lens and the contrast available from mono conversions is very impressive. I did find a strange zoom effect when shifting the focal point during long exposures that I found fun to play with as well. Focusing can be a little noisy if the camera is being used at closer distances, however this seems to be common with the small dof available on most macro lens. I find switching to manual focus can make for an easier time when getting near 1:1 anyway. The addition of the focus lock switch on the lens is a nice touch as well. Diffraction at very small apertures did not seem too bad and the bonus of some nice starbursts when used as a regular lens was a nice bonus.
Thanks for all the comments over the month, I enjoyed looking and commenting on your shots , the Laowa 12mm, GRIII and 45-125 are now all on my radar as potential new things to play with, The ongoing comparisons with Ismo's M lenses on the K1 should be fun over the next year or so as well, roll on May.

dahlia by Gary Wakeling, on Flickr

wet m 2 by Gary Wakeling, on Flickr

star tree by Gary Wakeling, on Flickr

pencils close by Gary Wakeling, on Flickr

that odd zoom effect shifting focus on long exposures

nervous sharpener focus by Gary Wakeling, on Flickr
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