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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-17-2016, 02:21 PM  
Used K-3. Is it worth it?
Posted By lineswest
Replies: 18
Views: 2,016
I've been using the K3 for a little over a year now, unless you're dedicated to going FF, then it's well worth it (which seems to be theme emerging here)
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-21-2015, 08:47 AM  
K5 upgrade from K20D
Posted By lineswest
Replies: 10
Views: 1,472
Sounds like a great camera at a great price. Enjoy

Nice pic too!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-16-2015, 06:00 PM  
Which Lens to Keep?
Posted By lineswest
Replies: 15
Views: 1,949
I like the idea of the metal mount Sigma, but can't really give you a great reason. I just like the more durable mount.
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-07-2015, 11:14 AM  
K5 upgrade from K20D
Posted By lineswest
Replies: 10
Views: 1,472
Just to quickly echo a couple of other thoughts already shared: I used an SG20 (aka K20) for quite a few years and still like the camera quite a bit. What I've noticed in any upgrading from one body to the next is that the biggest improvements typically come in the "margins" or difficult shooting situations. (Full disclosure: I upgraded from the SG20 to a k3 after thinking long and hard about a k5 instead).

Even my k10d would give a nice image with good glass and good lighting. Then the k20 added megapixels and some expanded capability into dark exposures and shutter speed etc. For many, I would guess that the resolution of the k20 isn't particularly limiting (many, not all). The biggest thing about sensor upgrading I've noticed then is that all of the non-ideal conditions where ISO range and noise are critical advance significantly with each new sensor generation.

Just my thoughts based on the bodies I've had - hope they might help out a bit.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-22-2015, 04:33 AM  
Missing PH RBC77 hood for FA* 28-70 mm f 2.8
Posted By lineswest
Replies: 6
Views: 1,298
That's a great look, I use a 28-70 myself, you've got me thinking.

---------- Post added 08-22-2015 at 03:35 AM ----------

Thanks for the link to the silver metal hood - I'll do some thinking about that option too.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-20-2015, 12:53 PM  
Missing PH RBC77 hood for FA* 28-70 mm f 2.8
Posted By lineswest
Replies: 6
Views: 1,298
Great question - I'm missing one for an FA* 24mm. I've toured ebay and there is the screw-on (threaded) type available, but is there something better out there?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-18-2015, 06:14 PM  
FA* 24mm pics ... something wrong or is this "user error"
Posted By lineswest
Replies: 24
Views: 2,176
Thanks to all the advice on the hazing as well as the bracket shooting and manual modes for investigating. I'll pull the uv filter off the thing, pick up a hood and see what I can come up with. When I get some more info I'll fill out the thread with some follow up. I can see elements of the images taken that are very nice, if I can get rid of the haze, it will be a real winner like my other fa*
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-18-2015, 01:41 PM  
FA* 24mm pics ... something wrong or is this "user error"
Posted By lineswest
Replies: 24
Views: 2,176
I would be ecstatic to see any of these images coming out of my FA* 24. I like the idea of going back to the RAW images and starting there, and I'll double check for any haze though I've inspected the lens and it 'seems' to be okay. The blades look to be snappy and not stuck etc. I unfortunately don't have a lens hood though I do have a standard UV filter on it (I picked this up used and it didn't come with a hood), so I try to be careful with how the sun interacts with it.

Here's one of the best pictures that the lens took on the same day at the same time as the railroad signal photos in the album:

Here I have specifically turned away from the sun, am standing in shadow, and have purposefully dropped the exposure by 1.5. What is interesting to me is that the image moves from a good contrast to something that looks grayed out from left to right. It's almost like the lens is objecting to bright colors, but is okay with dark.

---------- Post added 08-18-2015 at 12:44 PM ----------

Very interesting idea.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-18-2015, 11:59 AM  
FA* 24mm pics ... something wrong or is this "user error"
Posted By lineswest
Replies: 24
Views: 2,176
:o Guilty as charged.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-18-2015, 09:45 AM  
FA* 24mm pics ... something wrong or is this "user error"
Posted By lineswest
Replies: 24
Views: 2,176
Hi All,

I guess I've been a member of the forum for quite a few years, but it's been a long time since I posted much. There's a lot of great info and folks here, so most of the time I can find help and news just with the search engine. But ... this one has got me troubled and I don't know what to think.

I've had an FA* 24mm for a little while now and can't seem to figure out how to eliminate what could either be a contrast problem or just a general "grayness" that permeates the photos. I took a few and posted them over on Flickr if you want to take a look:

#1039 and #1041 show the problem somewhat. I always need to stop down at least 1-1.5 stops from what the K3 (or before that the SG20) suggests. These two pictures reflect that.

#1272 is the 18-55 v2 that I set at 24mm for comparison.

#1273 and #1274 show the FA* 24mm set at the same condition as the 18-55 and then stopped down to try and help it out a bit.

So what do you all think? Am I nuts? Am I not using it correctly? Is there actually some lens problem here? It really, really struggles with any level of contrast in the photos, and none of my other lenses (primary lens is an FA* 28-70 2.8, the 18-55 v2 and then a few primes thrown in of various vintage) have struggles anything like this.

All input appreciated - even if you decide I'm just nuts. :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-21-2007, 10:47 AM  
focus with k10d and smc-m lenses?
Posted By lineswest
Replies: 9
Views: 2,331
I've had 'modest' luck manual focusing with aperture values that are wide open (3.5-1.4). I've had to occasionally hunt around to get exactly the right focus that I want (even if the camera is telling me that things are in focus). One trick I've picked up from the good folks on this list is to hold down the shutter button all the way and then slowly rotate the focus ring until the camera recognizes focus has been achieved and snaps the shot. Not completely perfect, but not bad.

In order to improve my results I installed a split-focus screen (about $30) and things have been much better ever since. You could consider using the K10d as is and then upgrade the focusing screen if you start using lots of MF lenses.

Take care.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-28-2007, 09:45 AM  
Blue Sky
Posted By lineswest
Replies: 4
Views: 1,988

I found that when I switched from slide film to DSLR I experienced a general "desaturating" of the colors in the photos. You can get some of this back (including big blue skies) using some postprocessing and adjusting the saturation in the photo. What I've also found with DSLRs is that there seems to be a greater need for a polarizer filter. The slide films like Velvia and Provia really "popped" the colors in the photos just by their very nature, but not so with the DSLR. A polarizer really seems to help bring out some of the blues that can be washed out.

Like ChrisA said too, the exposure makes a huge difference too.

Good luck
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-05-2007, 12:54 PM  
Vivitar Vivitar Series 1 70-210 (62mm) or Pentax 50-200?
Posted By lineswest
Replies: 23
Views: 10,437
Hi Folks,

I've got (I think) a version 3 of this lens and it's actually an impressive lens that can hold its own even 25 years later. I would agree that the color or contrast of the lens is less than the Pentax's I've owned (maybe it's that magical SMC?).

At any rate, I was out in the rain a few weekends ago and took this lens along because I don't feel bad if it gets soaked. Figuring out the right exposure isn't so bad if you take a couple of test shots and then leave everything alone. I found this cold and wet dragonfly out there and shot him for awhile with the lens. It can be tough to manually focus this correctly when in macro mode, so I took plenty of shots I wasn't quite happy with. If you pursue the lens, consider putting a split-screen in your camera to assist with the focus.

Here's one of the best:

I was impressed with it, it's a nice lens to have around.
Take care and good luck.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-20-2007, 06:11 PM  
Pentax SP1000 Meter Switch Help
Posted By lineswest
Replies: 7
Views: 5,757
Hi all,

Don't mean to make a stupid suggestion here, but as I recall from many years ago with my own spotmatic, the batteries were a special type and even though other more common varieties would fit in the hole, they weren't correct.

You're probably on top of this one, but it's worth double checking the battery is the correct type.

-Good luck.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-12-2007, 11:11 AM  
When are the DA* lenses available?
Posted By lineswest
Replies: 29
Views: 3,107
What??? I guess that explains why I never see any of these any more either.

Okay, what I'm about to say is a bit subjective and I don't mean any offense. I've got a 50mm 1.4 that came with one of my LXs, it's a great lens. No question. Fast, sharp, clearly one of the great ones. But when I compare it (using the same slide film on the same LX) to a new 28-70* 2.8, it just isn't as good. I don't feel like the contrast is there and the sharpness seems reduced.

Like I said, a subjective test only, and I'll keep using the 50mm from time to time just for fun on the K10. I can't help but feel that the newer stuff has benefited from improved coatings and better mechanisms and that shows in the pictures. So much of the old glass that is around (if you can find it) that used to be professional can't quite stand up to the new stuff (IMHO).

So it's great that my collection of old quality lenses will function on the K10. I enjoy that. But what used to be considered high quality just doesn't have the same edge any more. That's why this current lens situation hurts right now and that's why it's frustrating to see Pentax advertising things they don't make and delaying things they are trying to make.

I mean no disrespect to the older glass out there. I still like it too.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-11-2007, 05:40 PM  
When are the DA* lenses available?
Posted By lineswest
Replies: 29
Views: 3,107
Hey Folks,

I was just talking to one of my buddies about the state of the Pentax lenses in general and this delay is pretty sad. He made the interesting point that Pentax has one of the nicer bodies on the market (he's a 5d user incidentally) but a lack of quality glass to put in front of it. One could argue this is opposite Canon, who is currently selling some "relatively" older bodies with a lot of great glass available.

I think the lack of info makes it worse. Also making it worse: the old star series lenses are still listed on the Pentax website as though they're somehow available. When was the last time they actually made a 80-200* 2.8?

So I'm looking forward to the new lenses, because the K10 is really a great body with almost anything in front of it (even my old Sigma filtermatic takes nice shots on it). With some high quality new * lenses, it should really be a fantastic setup. It would be great if we knew what was going on though. The loyalists like me can take it even if it is frustrating, but it's not a great way to do business with anybody else.

Okay, I'll stop now. Everything's going to be fine. Take care
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