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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-23-2017, 10:26 PM  
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Posted By gda13
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@WPRESTO I got a genus and species ID on that cone shaped flower, its a Ptilotus exaltatus. Its actually a native to Australia and as such is heat and drought tolerant. Google that if your interested and check out the images of it in full bloom...a very striking flower indeed.


So I very recently obtained something that transformed my DA*55mm. Have a look at some of the results...these are just test images of a miniature rose that has come into bloom on our patio (so far these roses seem to be doing OK here) taken a couple of days ago after one of our daily rain showers. Needless to say after spending about 20 or so minutes out there I looked like I had just jumped in a lake, I was so soaked with sweat :mad:. Anyways for reference of scale the full bloom is about the diameter of a quarter and the buds themselves are quite small.

@f6.3

@f2.8

@f1.4


A Raynox 150 has unleashed a bokeh monster from the *55! (Cue mad scientist laughter and music:)) In addition its been given close focus abilities. The depth of field is sooo shallow but you can see that those tiny drops are where I focused. I've had a Raynox 250 for a while but the 150 seems more suitable for the *55. I must try this on the Voigtlander Nokton as that lens is already a bokeh beast. Anyways not bad for something I picked up on Amazon in like new condition for about $30.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-21-2017, 12:25 PM  
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Posted By gda13
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Thanks Walter, I like it too and I've been trying to ID it but no luck so far. If anyone knows feel free to post it.

Thanks Taks, the weather in Colorado makes my photo hikes a pleasant experience...where my wife and I live in S. FL this time of year makes it hard to want to be outside unless a beach is involved :lol: That's a nice series you got there as well...you using a zoom with those? The compression in your images works well especially with the last one.

Nonsense add some chops to that grill and get Racer X 69 to bring a cooler full of that chocolate stout and we can kick it up a notch.:) Nice example of refraction bokeh there BTW.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-20-2017, 06:05 AM  
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Posted By gda13
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Some more from Colorado...so many photo-ops there and more importantly the weather is so pleasant at least at this time of year :)

Voigtlander 58mm/1.4 Nokton


A50mm/2.8 macro


DFA 100mm/2.8 WR macro
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-19-2017, 02:43 PM  
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Posted By gda13
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That looks so good! I gotta try that some day...Belgian stouts are great :)


Haha:lol: I'm glad my wish list is fairly tamed now...I get some LBA now and then but I'm happy shooting what I have. I had been missing that 35mm ltd macro but the A50MM macro is such a nice substitute for FF. I highly recommend that one especially for the bargain price it comes at for the most part. If your on crop the 35mm ltd macro is one of the best most versatile lenses I've ever owned. Nice shots in that latest series...great color rendering in those.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-18-2017, 09:06 AM  
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Posted By gda13
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Thank you Rupert! Yes, its becoming a favorite lens:)

Very nice soft lighting!


Few more...

A50/2.8 macro




Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-16-2017, 11:30 PM  
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Posted By gda13
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Amazing amazing stuff everyone, so many fantastic postings!:)



That last one in the series has such a nice look to it...

Superb...great detail in the anthers & stamen

That is really a nice looking shot and great framing too! Glad your on the up and up now :)

I have seen it...reminds a bit of a takumar. I don't know much about the new Nikon version but the "A" setting on the K mount Nokton is a huge perk in my book plus the design of it matches my other 2 Voigtlanders. BTW thanks for the link, looks like a handy resource to reference and I do have one pot of roses that so far are doing well but they are miniatures.

Its possible and I'll keep that in mind although Tyler looks a bit to the North up by Dallas so it might be a bit dryer climate. I will say I have seen a fairly impressive rose garden in Orlando (within Leu Gardens) which does have species that are suitable in the humidity down here plus its in a large open space that gets full sun and a good breeze which probably helps to dry them out from the daily rain showers we get this time of year. However when I lived in S. California it was pretty effortless to grow them.



Got a few more from my most recent but all too brief trip...various lenses and locations

A50mm/2.8 macro (I am very happy with this lens so much so I can offload that FA50mm/2.8 macro)




DFA 100mm/2.8 WR macro


Voigtlander 58mm/1.4 Nokton


Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-10-2017, 07:23 PM  
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Posted By gda13
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Thanks guys, I appreciate you taking the time to comment :)

Thanks Paul, I've debated many times with myself about getting a K10D to make use of that wonderful CCD sensor as many of your examples demonstrate... unfortunately as it is now I wish I had more free time to use my existing gear more

That 1st and 3rd shot are very nice...well done

That Nokton is a lens I'd been coveting for well over a year and I finally saw one in the like new condition I wanted on eBay from a Japanese seller at the beginning of this year. It really is a shame it's not made in K mount anymore, its build quality is superb and it's focusing ring is one of the most well damped and smooth ones I've yet to use on any lens.

I agree...the creative talent and more importantly the passion of everyone here makes this a great club, and forum for that matter, to be a member of :)

BTW there's no such thing as too many roses...I would love to grow them for my wife but here in the muggy south they do not flourish as they do elsewhere so consider yourself fortunate to have access to them as subjects.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-08-2017, 05:40 PM  
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Posted By gda13
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No problem, I read about the Brenizer method a couple of years ago so I knew what you were describing :)

Great natural lighting there!



A few more from my recent trip...
Voigtlander Nokton 58mm/1.4...love how this lens renders images and it's bokeh is very nice


A50mm/2.8 macro


Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-07-2017, 02:09 PM  
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Posted By gda13
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Hang in there Rupert...get lots of sleep to aid your immune system. My old man is from Texas and if there's one thing I know it's that Texans are never down for long :)


Nice example of the Brenizer method




Lots of great photos everyone! Did a bit of traveling last week and brought along the A50/2.8 macro since it's such a small lens and I knew there would be flowers where I was going. So far I am thrilled with this lens and what it is capable of...very glad I picked up a copy. At only around a Ben Franklin for like new condition...what a bargain! :cool:





Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-30-2017, 10:34 AM  
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Posted By gda13
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Mui Ne Sand Dunes Vietnam
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-28-2017, 09:13 AM  
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Posted By gda13
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Thank you, I really like this lens so far and I think it will work out for me for what I want to do.

I'm glad you ID'd that bird and it may be that you have a mated pair living close by so perhaps we will see more.

Nice examples with your A50mm/2.8 of the detail this lens is capable of resolving...that little jasmine flower in my second shot also demonstrates this as I was able to focus this lens (so smooth with its focus ring) on the tiny center portion and just for scale those buds are about half the size of a pea!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-28-2017, 07:31 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By gda13
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It's an ordered chaos, if that makes any sense, so everybody sort of flows to where they need to go. The man with the sunglasses was cool, he'd been watching me (I was standing on some little retaining wall and I only saw one other foreigner in this part of town the entire afternoon I was there) for a bit so when he got a little closer I took that photo and luckily he was still fixated on me. When he finally drove right by me he had a big friendly smile and a thumbs up :)


I like the processing on those!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-27-2017, 09:26 PM  
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Posted By gda13
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That second shot is quite nice:)



A quick break from my SE Asia stuff...
I recently acquired a nice copy of an A50mm f/2.8 macro (known around here as the femme fatale)...here are my first few shots with it from my garden. I think this lens has potential...nice compact size, great handling, lets me get in close and has some nice bokeh too.





Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-25-2017, 04:30 PM  
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Posted By gda13
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What a brilliant colored bird...I've never seen one of those. You were definitely in the right place at the right time, hopefully he returns for some more portraits :)

A nice series documenting the progression of that lovely rose...if only roses grew well here in the humid South my wife would be ecstatic

The Wall was such a unique piece of audio/visual art on so many levels...a memorable scene for sure!




A few more from up in the mountains of Da Lat




Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-24-2017, 01:08 PM  
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Posted By gda13
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Thank you guys for your kind words, yes that species is indeed one of my favorites and I love the brilliant yellow color...its magnificent to see the trees in full bloom with them throughout South Vietnam during Tet :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-23-2017, 08:10 PM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By gda13
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Excellent and a nice treatment on the sky! Very serene and remote feeling...

Great beachscape on that first one...one of your best yet!



No serenity nor remoteness here...:)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-23-2017, 01:52 PM  
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Posted By gda13
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nice work from everyone, a real pleasure looking at the recent postings :)


That first one is very nice



...bokeh from somewhere in Saigon






Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-17-2017, 07:29 AM  
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Posted By gda13
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Thank you for your kind words Igor and I wouldn't say its off topic since its a club and the lenses in question both produce unique bokeh. I do remember it was you who posted the ebay deal for the very K50/1.2 I have and yes I still have it as well as quite a few more 50s now so apparently I really like that FOV. As to which one should be on your list I have a long answer and a short answer...:)

The long:
I cannot compare the 2 lenses since they are very different in how they reproduce an image. Obviously the way they handle is quite different but I see that you own and appreciate many classic lenses so the K50/1.2 is right up your alley. But if you were looking to get something more modern then the *55mm is wonderful both on APSc and FF although I use it more on FF than I ever did when I had crop cameras. They both have a standard MFD for a 50mm lens and that is the only trait of the *55mm that I wish were different. Were it a macro (at least 1:2) it would be a perfect lens on FF in the way that the DA35mm ltd macro was on APSc for me. Other than that I find the *55mm versatile and therefore very useful, especially since having only taken this one lens with me for a month long trip to SE Asia. I can see why so many here like doing those single in a month challenges because by the end of the month you know a particular lens inside and out. It does vignette until you stop it down a bit but that can be corrected for anyways and sometimes the nature of an image may not require any correction.

Having said that, I would not let my K50/1.2 go! That is just a gorgeous lens in terms of its construction, handling, and classic image rendering. It is not as versatile or useful as the *55 to me but that is only because it slows the image making process down...and that can be a good thing when you have the time. Although you can definitely take your time with the *55 (which is what I do when doing close focus shots anyways), if your multitasking and don't want to change lenses then its ready to go for anything...which is very useful if you are traveling with family who like having photographs taken and therefore need to be quicker about the process sometimes. When I am on my own I feel the most creative and enjoy taking my time with my hobby so I love what lenses like the k50/1.2 can bring to the table. So the long answer is that I would keep them both, I enjoy using each of them for different reasons.

The Short:
Both should be on your list if you appreciate their differences and you have the opportunity to acquire both.


BTW I just recently picked up a lens I had been wanting for a few years (Voigtlander Nokton 58mm) and although I haven't had the time yet to really work with it, the few photos I've taken with it have proven to me that I was right to want that lens. Too many 50s...some are going to have to go...but not my K50/1.2!



Thank you Rupert! The *55mm can do 3D sometimes :) Nice work with your A50 although if that's Otis there he looks a bit peeved.
BTW I couldn't resist @Kerrydown femme fatale, I got one moving in with me soon...the only femme fatale my wife will allow in the house :lol: Did I say too many 50s already...


Thank you taks...nice series from you as always!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-16-2017, 10:12 AM  
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Posted By gda13
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Great and also nice framing...birding is not easy so I'll stick to flowers since they don't mind staying put :)

Very nice...ready for framing and wall mounting!


From Da Lat city in the highlands of Vietnam K1+*55




Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-14-2017, 06:43 PM  
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Posted By gda13
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Hey I'm glad you got one...a little prime in your and otis's life will do you good. Smooth focusing is what I like so it sounds like a winner!:) BTW your shots are even more filled with nice crisp details and smooth bokeh lately, keep it up!



True but not by much...I had been thinking that 1:2 with a 50mm would fill a FF just fine but glad I confirmed it with you. Handling means something to me so the A50mm seems to be rather nice to use from what I'm gathering.


Well like with many other things, malarky is in the eye of the beholder and that example of it seems quite nice.:) Actually I remember reading somewhere in the past that the bokeh from this lens left something to be desired but so far this looks pretty good to me even in its brighter exposed state. I'm actually a hairs width away from getting myself a copy of this lens to try out for myself...probably a few more images will push me over the edge. :eek:


K1+FA 50mm/2.8 macro...somewhere in the mountains of Co. I did say I liked the IQ of this lens...bokeh is nice too


Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-13-2017, 08:07 PM  
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Posted By gda13
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Very primeval look about it...I like it.




Hey Dave, yeah at one point I thought it might but having had it for a bit now I see that it is not. I like the FA and it does macro very well with beautiful image quality but, for me the 35mm ltd was a do everything kind of lens. It was perhaps one of the most versatile lens I ever had. I could mount that lens and use for macros, close focus, landscapes, portraits in a pinch etc... and the handling was great. Even the manual focus throw wasn't so bad and quick shift was something I utilized frequently. The FA just doesn't seem so dynamic and versatile for me in the way that the 35mm ltd on APSc was and even with that clamp to tighten down the focus throw, the manual focusing is not so great.

The 50mm that comes closest to all those traits is the DA*55mm, but it lacks one important thing...its MFD is typical for a standard 50mm lens. The *55mm would be perfect if it was a macro. :) I'm thinking I may pick up a 35mm ltd again and just use it in crop mode but it is a shame to miss out on the full resolution of the sensor. Or perhaps alternatively I can experiment with close focus diopters to see if the *55mm can benefit from that. Do you have any experience with those diopter lens attachments?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-13-2017, 01:37 PM  
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Posted By gda13
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Actually that is what I primarily wanted to know :) I have no problem with cropping if that's what needs to be done but yes I too would like to fill up that awesome FF sensor as much as possible. That bit is not feasible for the *55mm for some close focus work since it's MFD does not allow it. I've said many times that a shorter MFD for the *55mm would make it perfect.


So far what you've been sharing with the A50mm is great...even greater knowing 1:2 at 50mm can fill up the FF sensor quite nicely. Honestly what I generally end up doing is more close focus than "macro"...if I go into macro territory then the 100mm macro is better for me for that. But great macro lenses make for great close focus shooting and on APSc the da35mm ltd macro was my favorite since it was such a great all around variable lens I could use for so many things besides close focus. I was hoping the Fa 50mm macro might work in much the same way for FF but although I really like it's IQ it's handling and potential for variability fall a bit flat for me.


Similar to what I do although for me it's manual focusing taking the lead since I won't always work at the lens full magnification since often I may want to include more background elements in the OOF areas...so I adjust my frame of view then manual focus on my main subject then I may fine tune with moving the camera slightly if needed.

I may try the A50mm lens since it seems it could work quite well for what I like to do, or I just may end up getting another da35mm macro and use crop mode or manually crop out if that leaves me with more image. Anyways thanks for your input :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-13-2017, 09:41 AM  
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Posted By gda13
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That is a big WOW! I've seen a few pixel shift macros but not too many... I'm definitely going to have to try this sometime :)



Very nice, so is this the A-50mm/2.8 macro...how much if any cropping did you do? Also how long have you had one and do you think 1:2 is more than sufficient for these types of images? I ask because I'm not too thrilled with my FA 50mm/2.8 macro in terms of it's handling. IQ is stellar but manual focus on it is not the greatest. I imagine the A lens would be better in that regard and I'm thinking 1:2 on a 50mm should be just fine...plus it's smaller size would be a bonus.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-12-2017, 03:33 PM  
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Posted By gda13
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That's what I did and so far so good :)











Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-12-2017, 01:41 PM  
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Posted By gda13
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Agreed, perhaps besides aesthetics it helped to ward off drunken samurai :lol:
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