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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-12-2021, 01:54 AM  
How do Pentax-A 120mm Macro & FA 55-110 lenses fare with 645Z?
Posted By SylvainB
Replies: 9
Views: 777
Little typo (it is the smc FA 645 55-110) actually ; it is still available new on Pentax site !
I guess it was intended as a complement to the 33-55 (it is almost exactly the same size and shape).
Forum: Contest Voting 01-07-2021, 12:45 PM  
Climbing "Needle's Eye"
Posted By SylvainB
Replies: 67
Views: 354
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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-06-2021, 01:42 AM  
Flange to Focal Plane for 645z
Posted By SylvainB
Replies: 28
Views: 983
If you put extension tubes for macro, you can focus closer but no more at infinity. So this part of your message puzzles me. If you have a problem with the shortest adapters, I don't understand. Am I completely wrong in my understanding ?
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-18-2020, 05:53 AM  
Any word on a NEW Medium Format Camera
Posted By SylvainB
Replies: 59
Views: 3,327
I understand your point of view, but given the lack of WA FA lenses as of now, the 28-45 zoom, even if DA, was impossible to ignore.
DA is a disadvantage, but it is optically very good, it is stabilized, and WR. It has been useful so far, and actually better to have it than no lens at all.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-03-2020, 01:57 AM  
Pentax 645Z and Capture One Compatibility request
Posted By SylvainB
Replies: 26
Views: 1,108
Capture One blocked all medium format competitors, they were clear about that. So no native support for Leica S, Hasselblad (all types) nor Pentax 645.

Now that Phase One have exited the 33x44mm market for classic cameras (they keep it for aerial photo), Capture One have made a deal with Fuji, probably with a pay off by Fuji to Capture One.


If Pentax commits to stay in 33x44mm sensor size for future projects, it still remains that Ricoh would have to pay for that support like Fuji did. All lot of "ifs", I think.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-01-2020, 11:46 AM  
Aspen Gold
Posted By SylvainB
Replies: 10
Views: 164
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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-25-2020, 02:42 AM  
Would Pentax have been better off with a different proportioned 645 digital body?
Posted By SylvainB
Replies: 56
Views: 2,854
Hasselblad is still offering that (H6D 400 MS) : MS for Multi Shot, 100MP sensor moving to combine files and produce 400MP pictures. But this Hasselblad body doesn't offer image stabilization.



I guess so, because Pentax had signed an agreement with Sony to make preliminary study with the 100MP full size sensor long time ago. So they probably made prototypes to integrate this bigger sensor and see how it can fit in the body we know.
Forum: Winners' Showcase 11-09-2020, 01:58 PM  
October, 2020 Runner-up: Dragonfly
Posted By SylvainB
Replies: 35
Views: 354
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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-05-2020, 04:28 AM  
Pentax 645Z next model
Posted By SylvainB
Replies: 107
Views: 7,580
I Wonder if there is a dramatic change in image rendering between "true MF" at 56x42 vs "crop MF" at 54x40mm ? Diagonal change of 2,7mm is so important at that size ?
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-01-2020, 01:13 PM  
September contest submission
Posted By SylvainB
Replies: 12
Views: 142
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Forum: Winners' Showcase 09-02-2020, 01:26 PM  
August, 2020 Winner: Timeless
Posted By SylvainB
Replies: 151
Views: 2,197
Very recognizable style, Mike, and beautiful as always. Nominated !
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-03-2020, 01:29 PM  
End of another perfect Sydney day
Posted By SylvainB
Replies: 48
Views: 624
That is the perfect contest for you, Ed... That is so obvious !
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 06-04-2020, 11:47 AM  
Strelitzia
Posted By SylvainB
Replies: 20
Views: 255
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-08-2020, 01:04 PM  
Shell Collecter
Posted By SylvainB
Replies: 37
Views: 527
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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 04-12-2020, 05:32 AM  
What's The Best Pentax 645 "Bokeh Lens"?
Posted By SylvainB
Replies: 29
Views: 2,945
Rick, english is not my native language, so I probably would not have been able to express bokeh judgement as you did, but I actually think exactly like you on this matter !
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 04-11-2020, 03:48 AM  
Considering a 645 FA 35mm 3.5
Posted By SylvainB
Replies: 17
Views: 1,114
Given the times we are living in, I don't see why you would resist to self-indulgence... :)
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 04-10-2020, 01:57 AM  
Considering a 645 FA 35mm 3.5
Posted By SylvainB
Replies: 17
Views: 1,114
Ed already said the most important things.
The big advantage I see with the DFA 35 is that you can have a light kit without loosing quality in comparison with the zoom. When you want to be ready for any situation, the zoom is better (and stabilized), but the weight is really important. So the DFA35 can be a lightweight alternative, if you already know you won't need wider.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 04-10-2020, 01:33 AM  
What's The Best Pentax 645 "Bokeh Lens"?
Posted By SylvainB
Replies: 29
Views: 2,945
I would second the recommendation on the 150 f/2.8 ; among all the lenses I have, the FA150 is the one I prefer for bokeh. The FA120 macro is less smooth, and the DFA90 macro is between (more pleasant than the 120, this is for sure).
The 28-45 is just OK (not stellar, but I didn't buy it for that), the DFA35 is nice, the DFA55 OK. The rest I don't have or haven't used enough to comment.
Don't forget the 67 105 f/2,4 which can be fun.
Forum: Winners' Showcase 04-09-2020, 07:20 AM  
March, 2020 Runner-up: Water on the Table
Posted By SylvainB
Replies: 100
Views: 2,042
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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-20-2020, 05:50 AM  
No mirror lock up with live view
Posted By SylvainB
Replies: 14
Views: 971
No ES on the 645Z...
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-10-2020, 02:14 AM  
Native ISO of 645Z sensor?
Posted By SylvainB
Replies: 3
Views: 856
This is correct, this sensor has a native ISO at 100.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-05-2020, 01:10 PM  
Majesty of the Himalayas
Posted By SylvainB
Replies: 12
Views: 225
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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-20-2020, 05:54 AM  
How many lenses do you take when out photographing?
Posted By SylvainB
Replies: 75
Views: 3,270
I perfectly understand that, Ed. This is why the bag is important... the more comfortable it is to carry, the heavier it is loaded. A kit goes with a bag.
When I take the 645Z, it is usually a shoulder bag with max 3 lenses. I try to have matching focal lengths, with gaps no more than 2x (ex : 28-45 -> 90 -> 150)
When I take the Hasselblad H for an important hike, it is 24mm + 50mm + 100mm + 150mm +300mm + filters + tripod. And packed in a F-Stop or Gitzo backpack than I can walk with for a long time. I can always drop (intentionnally) a lens at the last minute in the car before I go if I know I won't need it.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-19-2020, 10:03 AM  
How many lenses do you take when out photographing?
Posted By SylvainB
Replies: 75
Views: 3,270
For the 645Z, it is 28-45DA + 90 DFA + 150FA if I want to cover a lot of subjects
If I want to be light : just the 35 DFA + 90 DFA.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-02-2020, 03:33 AM  
Njam !!!
Posted By SylvainB
Replies: 12
Views: 242
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