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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-09-2019, 08:34 PM  
Pentax 645 FA 75mm 2.8 or ?
Posted By tlp
Replies: 13
Views: 1,382
My suggestion is to get a good mono-pod.
It works well as a walking stick and you can pop the 645 on to take pictures
and the weight only then comes into play with the carrying the kit to location
as the mono-pod takes all teh weight upon shooting.
& with proper mono-pod technique its almost as good as a tripod except for long exsposures
Its worked well for me these last 5 years
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 10-09-2017, 12:41 PM  
Which lens to use for Video with KP
Posted By tlp
Replies: 5
Views: 1,444
Why not take all yoru equipmnet and a friend and do a quick test video.
That way you will know which lens you like & works the best and also what your lighting will be.
Forum: Sold Items 08-29-2017, 07:52 PM  
For Sale - Sold: SMC Pentax FA 77mm F1.8 Limited (Black)
Posted By tlp
Replies: 1
Views: 1,009
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Forum: Sold Items 07-19-2017, 02:09 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax F*300 4.5 w/tripod collar mount
Posted By tlp
Replies: 20
Views: 3,436
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Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-03-2017, 02:11 PM  
Anyone with experience with the Darkroom out of California ?
Posted By tlp
Replies: 6
Views: 3,299
I have used the Darkroom and am fairly happy with them
I shoot 645n and so use 120 film
I have gotten all 3 levels of their scans
I use a Mac and have never been able to access the higher quality of the "Enhanced" or "Super Scan" off their disc
In inquiries with them they say the extra quality doesn't come through until it is loaded into Photoshop
But - I don't use Photoshop & have just quit ordering the "Enhanced" & "Super" scans and just get their standard scan
Which comes with every roll anyway
It is plenty good enough to analyze the work and then
I can determine the keeper shot and scan the negative of that shot myself
But the negatives themselves & also the prints have been done well, at least in my case.
So just send off a roll and see what you get back and if it meets your requirements
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-23-2016, 01:16 PM  
Film Processing
Posted By tlp
Replies: 10
Views: 920
Check out The Darkroom online
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 09-07-2016, 08:02 AM  
PF 10th Anniversary - Pentax K-50 1-Day Giveaway! - Entries closed, winner announced.
Posted By tlp
Replies: 1,825
Views: 74,596
The Grandkids are just getting into Photography - this would be sweet !
& my K3 would be safe for a while longer
although that would take away the excuse for getting a K-1
Forum: Sold Items 08-19-2016, 01:32 PM  
For Sale - Sold: smc Pentax-A 645 80-160mm F4.5 (w/caps)
Posted By tlp
Replies: 10
Views: 1,213
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Forum: Sold Items 08-18-2016, 06:54 PM  
For Sale - Sold: smc Pentax-A 645 80-160mm F4.5 (w/caps)
Posted By tlp
Replies: 10
Views: 1,213
Mike, I'm sorry to hear about your job.
I have admired your work for a long time & remember seeing the Ladies when you posted it.
But, I think I'm too late, by a couple hours, to pick this lens up ?

Or am I ?
Forum: Sold Items 07-24-2016, 10:31 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax smc FA 645 150mm f/2.8 IF Lens
Posted By tlp
Replies: 3
Views: 1,100
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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-10-2016, 07:16 PM  
Vertical portraits on Pentax 67, missing critical focus on eyes...any advice?
Posted By tlp
Replies: 9
Views: 1,943
that is why you crop
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-12-2016, 10:06 AM  
Help choosing lenses for a 1 year trip
Posted By tlp
Replies: 50
Views: 4,494
The first question I have is what bag are you using & what other items are you taking along that you are looking at shaving grams of space ?
A 15mm, 21mm, 40mm, 70mm limiteds and an M 135mm f3.5 all put you right at 1000g.
IF you shoot Prime and if you have no problem with the M's all manual mode.
If you shoot zoom - the 20-40mm Limited & the 55-300 puts you at 733g + the 15mm Limited then puts you at 923g
If you substitute the 55-135* for the 55-300 above you are at 1048g then adding the 15mmL brings you up to 1238g
So you are looking at about 2.2 - 2.7 lbs.
Your body weight will probably fluctuate more on the trip than that .5 lb
Or - you could always get a Q or one of the other mentioned cameras mentioned above.
Forum: Sold Items 10-28-2015, 01:01 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 645D + lenses
Posted By tlp
Replies: 4
Views: 1,799
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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-17-2015, 10:43 PM  
better lens
Posted By tlp
Replies: 12
Views: 886
Da* 300f4 or FA* 300f4.5 or F* 300f4.5 or A*300f4 - depending on budget & where you can find the best deal
third party - same price segment - Sigma 150-500
& a good gimbal head for your tripod
Forum: Sold Items 09-10-2015, 09:13 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 645D
Posted By tlp
Replies: 5
Views: 972
do you have a shutter count ?
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-04-2015, 08:05 AM  
Problems with 645n and 75mm
Posted By tlp
Replies: 5
Views: 1,043
You need to load film in the camera and advance it to frame number one
Then it should come to life
Forum: Sold Items 07-20-2015, 08:41 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax the "reds" F 50 1.7, F 70-210, F 28-80, F 35-105
Posted By tlp
Replies: 12
Views: 3,049
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Forum: Sold Items 06-30-2015, 08:26 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax the "reds" F 50 1.7, F 70-210, F 28-80, F 35-105
Posted By tlp
Replies: 12
Views: 3,049
Are the 35-105 &/or the 70-210 still available ?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-19-2015, 11:46 AM  
* vs Limited: Subjective Thread
Posted By tlp
Replies: 110
Views: 9,154
back in the film days - before autofocus - one of the advantages of a fixed aperture zoom was that they could be made to be 'parafocal'.
that is - you could zoom out to the max magnification of your focus point - focus - and zoom back in to your composition framing at a lower zoom 'mm' and the picture would stay in focus. A nice - quick - focusing aid.
Now with Autofocus - it's not as useful but still nice - especially if you need to change your composition at the last minute in a quick moving situation
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-13-2014, 05:04 PM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By tlp
Replies: 2,854
Views: 110,842
count me in
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-03-2014, 07:20 AM  
Small size, long focal length?
Posted By tlp
Replies: 24
Views: 2,746
the smallest of the long focal leght lens I can think of is the A*300 - both relatively small and light for what you get - easily hand holdable and great optics although the DA 70 will be dwarft by it
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-02-2014, 07:35 PM  
lens hood for FA 645 75mm lens
Posted By tlp
Replies: 2
Views: 1,361
I just got a cheep rubber screw on 58mm hood off of Ebay.
It was cheep enough that if you need to
you can get one for each 58mm filter sized lens which has a need of a hood
I have had NO problem with it and I also shoot a 645n
hope that helps
Forum: Pentax Q 11-05-2014, 12:22 AM  
where's my Q-wr??
Posted By tlp
Replies: 14
Views: 1,503
Transforming ones camera into a semi-waterproof model is the real reason ziplock lunch bags were made
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-22-2014, 09:05 PM  
is this a good price
Posted By tlp
Replies: 6
Views: 1,095
Pentax 645N goes for anywhere from $350 - $550 depending on condition & a FA 75 f2.8 is its standard lesn that shoiuld be somewhere around $250 - IF- you can find one
The release of the Z has seemed to dry up supply
So the price is fair if its a decent camera and lens
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-13-2014, 02:32 PM  
Good Lens for Outdoor Murals
Posted By tlp
Replies: 15
Views: 2,078
let me alter a little bit of what I said above.
I hadn't looked at the Adorama sale on the K50 kits before I responded to you
I knew they had a sale a while back but didn't realize they were still on sale or what they were until I looked at them specifically.
I have looked at them now
& since you ae looking at a K50, I am assuming you want new and you want a good deal
So - Any of those kits are a good deal - price wise
I don't think you could go wrong with any of them & there is nothing wrong with Pentax Kit lens - they do a fine job
So - if you are looking for the cheapest way to go then one of the kits would be good
The only other cheaper senario I could think of is going with old glass - and there are good lens you can buy all day long for under $100 that would work for you - but that puts you into prime lenses -
There are also good zoom lens you can buy all day long between $50-150 that would work for you too
zooms like the F 20-50mm is in the $120-180 range but the F35-70 is $35-70 all day long &
probably the best zoom for the money is the F70-210 - they can be found for $85-140
& a good one of these will give a 50-135 a run for its money - the 50 -135 will win - but not by much - not by $1300 (retail) much if you are on a budget

But in doing Murals these lenses don't get you quite wide enough - unless you have plaanty of room to step back - alot - even with 35mm
- the 20mm - might work for you depending
& in the long run the prime route will end up being more exspensive
Becasue you will naturally gravitate to better and better glass
But then you might do that anyway
now my 4 worth
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