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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-02-2016, 02:44 PM  
Metering trouble with my new FA 77
Posted By HenrikDK
Replies: 17
Views: 1,523
Do you have a custom focusing screen?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-26-2014, 08:53 AM  
Middle focal length question (40 to 60mm)
Posted By HenrikDK
Replies: 11
Views: 1,509
I second that. My goto prime is the 31mm. My goto set is 15+31+77. I used to use the 43mm a lot - after I got the 31Ltd not so much. My favorite is probably still is the 77.

IMO comparing the 60-250 to the 77 is difficult simply because of their different purposes. I used to have a Tamron 70-200/2.8 (excellent IQ), but it hardly got used after I got the 77. So big and unwieldy - you really think twice before bringing it. Of course in certain instances the flexibility of a zoom would be wonderful. I still don't have a real satisfactory solution between the 77mm and my DA* 300.

With your choices above I would go with 31+77+60-250....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-13-2014, 01:09 PM  
35mm Macro Limited vs. 31mm
Posted By HenrikDK
Replies: 50
Views: 8,166
FWIW: I started with a 50mm macro, and quickly decided it was too short for me - ended up getting the D FA 100mm WR. The extra length makes a big difference if doing insects etc, For flowers and other things the 50mm should be fine.

So, for macro purposes it is wonderful. For general photography these lenses (both 50 and 100) are very sharp (not the only IQ thing to consider!), but the AF is a pain - if the AF misses it is simply takes too long to go though the whole back and forth. This was the case (IMO) with the 50mm as well. After I got a 77mm Ltd, I never use the macro for anything but macro.

So while in theory you can use the 35mm for general photography (i guess many people do) the AF would be too troublesome (just my opinion).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-07-2014, 12:45 PM  
I think I have every lens I need.
Posted By HenrikDK
Replies: 117
Views: 8,299
My LBA has been a remission for a while. Have occasional flareups, though. Seems to be related with visiting this forum :(
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 11-07-2014, 07:07 AM  
Looking for a someone around Summit, NJ
Posted By HenrikDK
Replies: 0
Views: 711
My wife needs a few photos taken of a WASP (Women Air Service Pilot - active in WW II) that lives in Summit, NJ. We are in Chicago, and I was hoping there would be a fellow pentaxian around there that could help us out? Please PM me.

Thanks!

Henrik
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-05-2014, 01:06 PM  
Breaking Out the "Crappy" Lenses (Take a Swing At Me - I can Take It)
Posted By HenrikDK
Replies: 19
Views: 2,733
I got a Pentax FA 35-80 a while back when i puchased a package. For the heck of it I tested and compared it to my DA* 16-50mm and some other lenses. To my surprise it produced sharper or at leaset comparable pictures than the DA* - far better than the 18-55 kit lens.

Having said that, the build quality was awful and it was very noisy. Suspect the results vary greatly with individual copies. Never used it and sold it for $25 or so (I think). Point is that some of these older lenses can surprise you!
Forum: General Photography 10-16-2014, 11:27 AM  
What do you do with your pictures?
Posted By HenrikDK
Replies: 65
Views: 5,282
Think of the alternatives . First stop spending time taking pictures, and work more, so you can make more money, so you can do more of the following
  • Play golf a lot and collect trophies"

  • Watch football on TV, and use it to improve you knowledge so you can win in fantasy footbal?

  • Work your garden, so you can will the annual garden show price?

  • Go travelling, so you can tell your friends about the wonderful places you have been - why else would you travel?

  • Invest in an old record player and vinyl, and listen to it for - well - just the heck of it

  • Watch cookshows and cook for your friends and family, but mostly yourself, so your doctor can tell you to loose weight and exercise more

  • Excersize more, so you can live longer, so you can take on a new hobby - like photography

Hmmm....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-13-2014, 12:43 PM  
"55-300 on 300/f8" vs "60-250 on 250/f5.6"
Posted By HenrikDK
Replies: 35
Views: 7,792
You are missing my point I don't see anyone trashing the 60-250 - it is all in you head. I see lots of comments that says the 60-250 provides more flexibility, and is a great lens. So is the DA* 300. Why get all bend out of shape because someone chooses a lens differnt than what you did? Sometimes those of us who own the 300 would like the flexibility of the zoom. Bet 60-250mm owners like yourself sometimes would like a little longer reach.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-13-2014, 12:19 PM  
"55-300 on 300/f8" vs "60-250 on 250/f5.6"
Posted By HenrikDK
Replies: 35
Views: 7,792
The 60-250mm could have been useful for this picture, but I also like tight cropping....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-13-2014, 11:47 AM  
"55-300 on 300/f8" vs "60-250 on 250/f5.6"
Posted By HenrikDK
Replies: 35
Views: 7,792
Did you eat something bad for breakfast - wow. Is it really necessary to bite someone's head off for making what looks like a fairly neutral and balanced comment on the merits of the two lenses?

I long ago went through the motions of deciding between the 60-250 and the 300, and went with the 300. Have had no regrets. I have other lenses to cover the shorter ranges, and really appreciate the reach of the 300 - one of my most used lenses, and I am not a birder. The 60-250 is a great lens, but so are some of the 70-200/2.8s out there, and they have the added beneif of an extra stop, but alas - shorter range and no WR. It is all compromises. So how about presenting the merits and compromises and be civil about it - especially to new members...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-10-2014, 07:28 PM  
Two (different) options for tele zoom
Posted By HenrikDK
Replies: 18
Views: 2,334
And if not, we will drag you there :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-10-2014, 01:28 PM  
Two (different) options for tele zoom
Posted By HenrikDK
Replies: 18
Views: 2,334
The primary reason to go with the HD vs the older DA is the WR - the new lens coating makes only a marginal difference, if any. The 70-200s of course are not WR. If you want great IQ AND WR, we are talking DA* 60-250 and $$$$$
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-10-2014, 10:26 AM  
Two (different) options for tele zoom
Posted By HenrikDK
Replies: 18
Views: 2,334
Larry was kidding - at least halfway:lol: I long ago thought I had the perfect setup (10-20, 16-50, 70-200 - something like that). Then the LBA will slowly overwhelm you, and now I don't have any of those "core" lenses left. And now I am thinking I really need those "core" lenses again to supplement my primes :o

I got the HD 55-300mm to replace the 70-200mm since I seldom used it due to its size - just never made the bag. Well - 55-300 never made the bag either, and the few times I did bring it I just want' happy with the results, so that was replaced with a F70-210 so at least I had something for that range - and that lens never makes it in the bag either :confused:

If you buy the 55-300mm it will just be a matter of time before you buy the 70-200mm just because you will have that nagging doubt. If you buy the 70-200 you'll find out how big it is after a year or so, and you may very well end up either getting a ligher weight supplement, or replacing it. There are just no way of winning....

Arghhhh
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-10-2014, 08:35 AM  
Two (different) options for tele zoom
Posted By HenrikDK
Replies: 18
Views: 2,334
I have had a couple of version of the 55-300mm, and a Tamron 70-200mm/2.8. If IQ is paramount, absolutely go with the 70-200/2.8. And yes - I believe cropped results would often work as well as what you would get using the 300mm - partly because you gain 2+ stops which translates into faster shutter speed and/or lower ISO. There is another similar thread "55-300 on 300/f8" vs "60-250 on 250/f5.6" for you to take a look at.

HOWEVER - realize these 70-200s are BIG and HEAVY, and you don't casually decide whether to bring it or not. Of course they are also a good deal more expensive. The real comparison in price is a used DA 55-300 vs the Sigma/Tamron, and then your are talking 2x.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-08-2014, 05:24 AM  
"55-300 on 300/f8" vs "60-250 on 250/f5.6"
Posted By HenrikDK
Replies: 35
Views: 7,792
Got my opinon from having used the DA 55-300 extensively for close to two years, before I replaced it, and from rather extensive testing (one set of results above).

I have had three - a DA-L 55-300mm, replaced by a DA 55-300mm (replaced by a Tamron 70-200mm - now gone), and earlier this year a HD 55-300mm which I thought I would use more than I did - ended up selling it again. The DA 55-300 was my goto tele lens for a long time, so I used it extensively until I got the 70-200mm/2.8 and since the DA*300mm, so I have taken thousands of pictures with these.

Don't get me wrong - the 55-300 is a good lens that provides flexibility and is reasonably small. However, I have found the DA* 300 and the Tamron 70-200m/2.8 (and I am guessing the DA* 60-250mm) provide noticeably and usable better results even when compared at lower stops. Of course you are talking lenses that are far more expensive, so it shouldn't be too surprising.

OOPS: Question wasn't directed at me :o
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-07-2014, 06:29 PM  
"55-300 on 300/f8" vs "60-250 on 250/f5.6"
Posted By HenrikDK
Replies: 35
Views: 7,792
Below are three 1:1 crops of pictures taking with a my DA* 300mm and a HD 55-300mm (at 300mm) with a K-3. First two at 1/100 f8, on tripod, mirror lock, focused via live view, remote release, and picked best of two. Below those is the DA* 300mm at F4. The difference between the two F8s are substantial. I believe you will agree that the DA* F4 is better than the 55-300mm at F8.

BTW - below pictures are from about 150 ft - not closeups....

No - you don't usually crop 1:1, BUT shooting wildlife you end cropping all the time, so the difference (as well as the benefits in shutter speed) ends up being substantial.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-07-2014, 10:04 AM  
"55-300 on 300/f8" vs "60-250 on 250/f5.6"
Posted By HenrikDK
Replies: 35
Views: 7,792
the 55-300 is a good consumer lens. However, the DA* 300 (or 60-250) are clearly better and sharper even when compared at say f8 or f11. At f5.6 the difference is even bigger. And both lenses are better at f4 than the 55-300 stopped down. In practice this means lower ISO and/or higher shutter speed, plus both DA* lenses have better AF. This I'm my experience translate into much much higher keeper rate.

below picture with DA* 300 1/800 f6.3 at ISO 400 slightly cropped - could have been candidate for a 55-300mm shot



The other attached picture is BIF - DA* 300 handheld at 1/640, f4 ISO 200, 100% crop. Doubt a 55-300 would produce anything useable...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-03-2014, 10:59 AM  
"55-300 on 300/f8" vs "60-250 on 250/f5.6"
Posted By HenrikDK
Replies: 35
Views: 7,792
My DA* 300mm is noticeable sharper at f4 than the 55-300mm at f8. At web size pictures - no big deal. However, since you often use a 300mm lens to shoot wildlife etc, the better alens allows additional cropping. Maybe more important, the extra speed allows you to shoot at a higher shutter speed - something that makes a BIG difference when shooting handheld. Most of my DA* 300 shots are at f4 or f5.6. Is it worth the extra $$$? I think so...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-02-2014, 11:25 AM  
what is the best for landscape or seascape?
Posted By HenrikDK
Replies: 34
Views: 6,557
If you do landscape or seascape, you would usually have good light, and you absolutely want to use a tripod to get the needed depth of field and make sure your picture is as sharp as possible. Therefore, IMO, you don't need to pay extra for the fast aperture of the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8. Stopped down the IQ difference between expensive high end lenses and lower priced lenses start diminishing. That gives you lots of choices, depending on your priorities: WR or not, flexibility, willingness to change lenses etc....

Whatever you do, get a good tripod unless you already have a good one!
Forum: Pentax Q 09-22-2014, 09:46 AM  
Weird behavior of brand new Q7 - return?
Posted By HenrikDK
Replies: 14
Views: 1,717
My issue was withut a doubt a camera/board issue. Short/bad capacitor etc. I had a Q10 before that never had these issues, and the new Q7 works flawlessly..
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-22-2014, 09:43 AM  
Should I begin to shoot RAW?
Posted By HenrikDK
Replies: 44
Views: 4,015
I recommend RAW+, and LightRoom. As others said, focus on using/learning your camera and use the JPEG files for now. When I started with digital four years ago I only shot JPEG, and did not see the need for RAW. Now I wish I could go back and correct some of that first year of pictures....
Forum: Pentax Q 09-20-2014, 09:24 AM  
Weird behavior of brand new Q7 - return?
Posted By HenrikDK
Replies: 14
Views: 1,717
Forgot this tread. I retuned it, and got a different one a week or two later. Have not had ANY issues with second one.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-19-2014, 07:47 AM  
Selling vs keeping kit lens?
Posted By HenrikDK
Replies: 12
Views: 1,806
Sell it. Use it to buy a used 40mm XS, a manual prime, or something else that at least supplements rather than overlaps your 18-135mm. Can't tell you how often I have had lenses that i kept because maybe I would use it - and it ends up sitting on the shelf collecting dust. I actually have several right now. I try to review what lenses I use (easy in Light room) on a regular basis and then I get rid of those i haven't used
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-12-2014, 10:11 AM  
iPad - useful as a photo browser? (or anything really)
Posted By HenrikDK
Replies: 27
Views: 4,076
I have iTunes pointed to a special folder where I store my Albums (folders) I want to see on my iPad. I have a special export in LightRoom that sizes the pictures to fit the iPad 2048-by-1536 resolution and exports them to that folder, and if needed, create subfolders . These subfolders all get imported as Albums. Essentially this allows me to have a shadow copy of these pictures on my iPad.

In addition i will regularly import RAW images when I am travelling using the Apple card reader. This serves two purposes for me: A backup (somewhat limited capacity, though), but more importantly allows me to review pictures and do some initial evaluation of the pictures. I use Photogene to edit and check out say B&W options, though I rarely use the output other as ideas on what to do in Lightroom.

Yes - if you insist on managing pictures and folders they way you are used to in Windwos, you will get very frustrated. Same, btw, holds true for Lightroom.

I am actually a long time Microsoft/Windows person (i still have like 6 regular Windows PCs, including Windows Home Server etc.), but you will hardly ever see me without my iPad - simply to convient and useful.
Forum: Pentax Q 09-10-2014, 11:26 AM  
Let's share shots with Q!
Posted By HenrikDK
Replies: 6,476
Views: 1,012,378
Larry - Love it! Have GOT to try the DFA100WR macro - was this handheld or using a tripod?

---------- Post added 09-10-14 at 11:28 AM ----------



Wow! I couldn't do that with a large sensor:)
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