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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-17-2017, 01:25 PM  
P67 SMC Takumar 400/4 or 500/5.6 on 645D/645z?
Posted By bensonga
Replies: 11
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I wouldn't think so....the 300 EDIF M*, which I have too, is hard to beat. If I could have found a mint 400 EDIF at a reasonable price, that would have been my choice for a longer telephoto. Still hoping to get one someday.

It has been very cold and snowy here since I got the 400 & 500 lenses shown above, so I haven't had a chance to get out and use them with the P67 or 645D yet. I will post some pics when I do.

Gary
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-17-2017, 11:26 AM  
P67 SMC Takumar 400/4 or 500/5.6 on 645D/645z?
Posted By bensonga
Replies: 11
Views: 1,657
I agree. I had the 300/4 Takumar for many years and was always disappointed with the results.

The 300/4 EDIF lens on the other hand is wonderful. Here is a shot I took with that lens on my Pentax 67.

Gary

Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-06-2017, 12:04 PM  
P67 SMC Takumar 400/4 or 500/5.6 on 645D/645z?
Posted By bensonga
Replies: 11
Views: 1,657
Ed and Desertscape -- sorry for my delayed reply. I ended up getting near mint copies of both of these lenses and now I just have to make the time to get out there and shoot with them.

Ed -- I've seen some of the photos you have shot with the 400mm EDIF that you've posted and they look fantastic of course. I would love to get one of these someday. Because I generally look for lenses that are in near mint condition, there are few of these to choose from and of course, they are priced quite high. I nearly pulled the trigger on one a few months ago, but then hesitated and lost out.

Gary



Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-07-2016, 09:42 PM  
P67 SMC Takumar 400/4 or 500/5.6 on 645D/645z?
Posted By bensonga
Replies: 11
Views: 1,657
Has anyone tried these lenses on their 645D or 645z? If so, I would love to see some examples and your thoughts re using these lenses on the Pentax MFD cameras.

Gary Benson
Eagle River, Alaska
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-06-2016, 07:25 PM  
105/2.4 or 90/2.8 (late) for 6x7 landscape work?
Posted By bensonga
Replies: 37
Views: 4,891
Hmm....I normally start by focusing with the microprism and/or split image focusing screen and set my aperture depending on how much DOF I want, without relying on engraved focusing scales on a lens. Seems to work for me.

I agree that the 100/4 macro is an outstanding lens...whether for macro, landscape or most purposes.

Gary
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-03-2016, 05:30 AM  
105/2.4 or 90/2.8 (late) for 6x7 landscape work?
Posted By bensonga
Replies: 37
Views: 4,891
If every last bit of speed is essential, then the 105 f2.4 lens is certainly best in class for a 6x7 lens. If I'm not mistaken, it is the fastest lens any company has made for a 6x7 format camera. There are faster lenses for 6x4.5 and 6x6 of course. The 105/2.4 comes very close to Mamiya's 80/1.9 for the 645, especially in terms of shallow DOF when shot wide open.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-31-2016, 03:46 PM  
105/2.4 or 90/2.8 (late) for 6x7 landscape work?
Posted By bensonga
Replies: 37
Views: 4,891
The 90mm or 105mm lenses on a 6x7 format camera are equivalent to 45 and 52 mm on a FF 35mm camera. In other words, these lenses have a "normal" FOV. I have taken many landscape photos over the past 35+ years with lenses like these. Not all landscape photos need to be expansive views. It is often the less expansive views of natural landscapes, rocks, trees etc that appeal most to me.

Gary Benson
Eagle River, Alaska







Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-21-2015, 08:01 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #106 Poll (Converging Lines - June 2015)
Posted By bensonga
Replies: 72
Views: 11,319
From one of hundreds or thousands of articles about the "problem" of converging lines when photographing many objects in the real world.

"When photographing a tall building, you'll often tilt the camera upward both in order for the building to fit into the frame and in order for you to get rid of any unwanted foreground.
This is when the vertical lines of the building converge towards the top in the photo."

How to Avoid Converging Verticals | PhotographyBLOG

The ability to correct for "converging lines" is one reason many architectural photographers have used view cameras or tilt-shift lenses.

Gary
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-02-2015, 08:57 PM  
Best (current) heavy duty tripod models for a Pentax 67?
Posted By bensonga
Replies: 27
Views: 6,214
I have a Berlebach Report (2 section with the leveling ball) and it's great for times when I don't need to carry it very far.

If I'm planning to hike a ways with the Pentax 67, I'll take my Induro CT313 (3 leg sections). It's a personal preference, but I don't like 4 section tripods.

Gary
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-08-2014, 12:43 PM  
on track
Posted By bensonga
Replies: 29
Views: 1,905
Wonderful shot which looked really good in color and you did a terrific job on the B&W conversion Mark! Nominated! :-)
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-16-2014, 04:33 PM  
SMC 67 45mm sample photos?
Posted By bensonga
Replies: 24
Views: 7,881
Congrats on getting this lens....I'm sure you will enjoy it.

Here's one of my photos taken with a P67 and the SMCP 45mm lens. I have the latest version of this lens. I have always been impressed the sharpness. This image was scanned at 2400 dpi with an Epson V750 Pro. Off hand, I don't recall which particular film this was, but it was almost certainly ISO 100.

Gary
Alaska



And a 100% crop from the same image
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 04-18-2013, 07:24 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By bensonga
Replies: 15,534
Views: 2,576,924
Very nice shots Brandy! The 645N is an excellent camera....as your images clearly show. Well done.

Gary
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 04-18-2013, 09:36 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By bensonga
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I normally post photos taken with my Pentax 67 or 645 here, but lately I've been shooting images of airplanes with the Hasselblad, so that's all I've got to share just now.

These were all shot with a 503CXi and 100mm CFi lens. B&W was Ilford Delta 100, color was Velvia 100.

Gary
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-30-2012, 07:28 PM  
Lens hood for P645 35mm lens
Posted By bensonga
Replies: 14
Views: 2,188
I was just about to order this lens hood from B&H and then I decided to take a closer look at my 35mm SMCP-A lens. I don't see any way that a bayonet, clip on lens hood can fit on the A (manual focus) 35mm lens. There are no bayonet lock groves for it to snap/click onto. From what I can see, only a screw in lens hood would work. So before I order it, I'd like someone to confirm how this or a similar clip on hood would attach to the 35mm A series lens.

Gary
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-28-2012, 02:14 AM  
Lens hood for P645 35mm lens
Posted By bensonga
Replies: 14
Views: 2,188
I didn't realize that the bayonet/clip on style lens hood would fit on the 35mm A series lens....I thought only a screw in hood would fit. I'll order one of the Pearstone hoods and report back re possible vignetting on a 645N.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-15-2012, 12:54 PM  
Pentax 645N just arrived -- first impressions
Posted By bensonga
Replies: 21
Views: 5,185
It's nice that prices and availability of the 645 lenses at KEH have improved and returned to almost normal (ie pre-645D) now that the 645D has been out for a couple years. For about a year, it was tough to find 645 lenses and the prices had really spiked.

Good time to be a new owner of this great camera! :)
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-15-2012, 01:32 AM  
Pentax 645N just arrived -- first impressions
Posted By bensonga
Replies: 21
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I have the 645NII......so I'm shooting film, like you. I would love to get a 645D someday. Those two images were scanned by my local custom lab at the time I had the film developed. I have them scan every roll at a resolution sufficient for a 300 dpi, letter sized print. Then if there are specific frames that I'd like to re-scan at a higher resolution, I do that myself on a Epson V750 Pro. I'm thinking of getting the new Plustek Optic 120 film scanner when it is released in 2013, if the reviews are good.

Most of my lenses are the older "A" versions (manual focus).....I love that focus confirmation light/audible beep too! :)

Gary

Here are a couple more shots with the 120 macro......definitely my favorite lens.


Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-14-2012, 08:57 PM  
Pentax 645N just arrived -- first impressions
Posted By bensonga
Replies: 21
Views: 5,185
I don't have the 150mm lens, so I can't comment on it. I'm sure there are others here who can, or you can check the Pentax lens reviews on this site.

The 120 macro is excellent for even non-macro shots. Here is one example (SMC-A version). Others here will have much better ones, I'm sure.




Another lens I really like is the 80-160mm. I have the SMC-A version.




Lots of excellent lenses available for the Pentax 645! :)

Gary
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-14-2012, 04:26 PM  
Pentax 645N just arrived -- first impressions
Posted By bensonga
Replies: 21
Views: 5,185
Congratulations Jon! You're going to love the 645. Well, ok, you already know that now. :-)

My favorite lens on the 645 is the 120 macro.....incredibly sharp.

KEH is a terrific place to buy used photo gear.....I recommend them to all my photo friends.

Gary
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-11-2012, 10:45 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By bensonga
Replies: 15,534
Views: 2,576,924
Pentax 67II and Ilford Pan-F (still one of my favorite films), lab scan. I don't recall which lens I used for this shot, although I think it may have been the 55mm f4 (latest version).I need to keep better records when shooting film.

Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-11-2012, 04:36 PM  
Latest additions to my P67 and P645 lens lineup
Posted By bensonga
Replies: 10
Views: 3,489
Hi revdocjim. I enjoy shooting film with my 645NII also, but I would still like to have the option of using my P645 and P67 lenses on a digital MF Pentax. I can just imagine using all that Pentax glass in the best of both worlds! :)

Unless I come across a terrific deal on a used 645D, it's not in my near term plans. It sure would be nice to see a FF 645D in the future. That is probably the single thing that keeps me from using my Hasselblad CFV-16 digital back more often than not......the 1.5x crop factor.

In the meantime, I'm waiting to see how the Plustek Optic 120 film scanner looks, when it's finally released. Seems like it's been delayed again.

Gary (still deep in the weeds of MF film systems)
P645NII, P67x2 and P67II, Hasselblad 501CM, 553ELX, 503Cxi, 503CWx2, Mamiya 7II, RZ67 ProII, C220 TLR and a Rolleicord V TLR
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-10-2012, 11:13 PM  
Latest additions to my P67 and P645 lens lineup
Posted By bensonga
Replies: 10
Views: 3,489
Hi Ed. I still look at your image of the green steam locomotive pulling a line of wooden passenger cars which you shot with the 645D and the 55mm lens and think.....wow! You graciously shared a full res image file on the GetDPI forum and I made a 11x14 print of it, which is hanging on my home office wall. It has kept me thinking about the 645D ever since! :)

I initially bought a 645NII and a couple of 645 A lenses, with the hope that someday, I would pick up a 645D.....that's my long term plan anyways. With all I had invested in a Pentax 67 system over many years, this makes a lot of sense to me, as I believe many of the Pentax 67 lenses will perform pretty well on the 645D. Of course, along the way I've been distracted (and bought into) other medium format systems as well (for different reasons), but I've still got my eye on a 645D. Bit by bit, it's all coming together......and someday it will culminate in the purchase of a 645D. :)

I've really enjoyed seeing the many outstanding 645D images posted here on the Pentax MF forum. I can't wait to join the club.....but in the meantime, I'll enjoy using the Pentax MF film cameras I own. They are certainly excellent cameras in their own right.

Gary
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-10-2012, 09:10 PM  
Lens hood for P645 35mm lens
Posted By bensonga
Replies: 14
Views: 2,188
Hi Ed. Does the 35mm lens, when mounted on the P645D, have a FOV approximately equivalent to a 45mm P645 lens? If so, I think that's about the same as a 28mm lens on a 35mm camera. So I think a "wide angle" lens hood is still required.....but maybe this one would be worth a look.

Adorama MLH77 77mm Metal Lens Hood MLH77

Or for a lot more money.....this B+H hood

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=11201&Q=&is=REG&A=details

Gary
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-09-2012, 03:47 PM  
Latest additions to my P67 and P645 lens lineup
Posted By bensonga
Replies: 10
Views: 3,489
Just ordered my first P645 FA lens from KEH........the 45-85mm in EX+ condition (with caps and hood).

I think that just about completes my Pentax 645 system. I now have the 35, 75, 80-160, 120 macro and 200mm SMCP-A lenses and soon this 45-85 FA lens. I also have the Pentax 67=>645 adapter, so I will also be able to use my P67 lenses (including the 75 shift and 300 EDIF) lenses on the 645NII.

The temptation to buy a 645D increases every day.

Gary

Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-08-2012, 05:43 PM  
Lens hood for P645 35mm lens
Posted By bensonga
Replies: 14
Views: 2,188
Anyone looking for a very good quality metal hood for your 35mm lens......I can highly recommend this one. I received it on Friday....it's very nicely made! Good price too. :)

Amazon.com: Bluecell 77mm Wide angle Metal Lens Hood protector for DSLR camera + Bluecell Cable Tie: Camera & Photo

Gary
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