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Forum: Winners' Showcase 03-09-2018, 11:02 AM  
February, 2018 Third Place: Bomber's Moon
Posted By Pixel Hunter
Replies: 62
Views: 2,518
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-09-2018, 11:02 AM  
Moonset and Milky Way over the Sexten Dolomites, Italy
Posted By Pixel Hunter
Replies: 4
Views: 453
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Forum: Winners' Showcase 03-09-2018, 11:01 AM  
February, 2018 Runner-up: Guardians of Night
Posted By Pixel Hunter
Replies: 67
Views: 2,485
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Forum: Pentax Q 02-17-2018, 01:11 AM  
Let's share shots with Q!
Posted By Pixel Hunter
Replies: 6,512
Views: 1,026,033
That’s a really great image, caught the moment so well, helps being a rockaholic to be able to appreciate it!
She would have looked a little cooler with a Gretsch or Gibson though!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-07-2018, 02:30 PM  
Train into Toronto
Posted By Pixel Hunter
Replies: 7
Views: 347
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-07-2018, 02:29 PM  
Texas State Railroad
Posted By Pixel Hunter
Replies: 1
Views: 295
Lovely atmosphere here, farewells and hello’s.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-07-2018, 02:26 PM  
A Tourist Attraction
Posted By Pixel Hunter
Replies: 1
Views: 289
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Forum: Pentax Q 03-02-2017, 11:41 PM  
IQ with adapted lenses?
Posted By Pixel Hunter
Replies: 23
Views: 3,493
All interesting input thanks, both adapters have a stepped machined interior with a coarse finish that is painted Matt black. I guessed this is to kill internal stray light reflections. Aperture seems to make little difference, to the effect.
The Sonnar T lenses have a very high reputation, so was expecting an improvement over the Takumar 2.5. But seems similar.
Tuning the WB seems to improve things, as does prevailing light. Bright Sun seems to remove much of the blue haze.
Forum: Pentax Q 03-02-2017, 03:01 PM  
IQ with adapted lenses?
Posted By Pixel Hunter
Replies: 23
Views: 3,493
I will put a few images up when I get time, strangely the brighter the conditions the less the smoky effect is, so could be down to a higher shutter speed.
I achieve pretty sharp images, they just seem to have a strange hue. Even at very close distances the same effect occurs, so it's not down to atmospheric conditions. I will continue to play with the settings. Thanks for the advice
Forum: Pentax Q 03-02-2017, 11:50 AM  
IQ with adapted lenses?
Posted By Pixel Hunter
Replies: 23
Views: 3,493
I am a big Q fan and have Q Q10 and Q 7 bodies along with 02 06 08 and 01 lenses and am always amazed at the quality and tone of images the system can achieve.
However with adapted lenses utilising photodiox and Pixcon adapters I achieve very mixed results. I have a Carl Zeiss T Sonnar 85mm F2.8 and SMC Takumar 135mm F2.5, both quality glass that have very clean optics.
The problem I tend to have, is that there is often a smoky blue or milky cast to the images, which can also be obvious in live view on screen.
After playing around with the WB I can often improve tone and IQ.
Is this caused by using the cameras shutter and not utilising the Pentax adapter with leaf shutter? I don't mind buying the proper adapter, despite the high costs, but I couldn't then utilize other brands, like Leica and Zeiss?
I should add, this occurs on all three bodies.
Any views please?
Forum: Pentax Q 02-22-2017, 02:07 PM  
Q adapters
Posted By Pixel Hunter
Replies: 31
Views: 4,208
I have both the Fotodiox Q to K and a Pixco Q to K adapters, the latter having a tripod mount, which is useful and even though it doesn't have a rotation ring, doesn't bother me much, as I tend to use 1:1 ratio in telephoto format (Something to do with shooting 6x6 film for years;) )
The Pixco version, seems to fit on both lens and body a little better and capture better images.
My biggest issue is that Pentax only produce Q to PK and not other lens mounts, so I'm stuck with "dumb/blind" adapters for my Zeiss Sonnar T and Leica lenses, which is great shame.
Forum: Pentax Q 02-14-2017, 10:50 AM  
Let's share shots with Q!
Posted By Pixel Hunter
Replies: 6,512
Views: 1,026,033
Taken with Q 7 and Takumar 135mm F2.5 and 01 prime
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-13-2017, 11:28 AM  
Weekly Challenge Picture of The Week (POTW) 442 Feb. 4 — Feb. 18, 2017
Posted By Pixel Hunter
Replies: 10
Views: 2,625
I pass this huge solitary Corsican Pine tree every morning, while out walking our dog, they grow quite large, but not usually as tall as this one, as they only grow in Sandy soils and usually get blown over in a Winter Gale. This specimin has decided to grow two main trunks, which is also unusual. I wonder how long it has stood here for in our ancient village?
Forum: Pentax Q 02-04-2017, 02:49 PM  
My Q-S1 is on its way.
Posted By Pixel Hunter
Replies: 44
Views: 4,412
I use the 08 probably the most, I would have liked it to be a little faster, but it's a great lens and as I tend to work mainly in Macro, with plant/insect subjects or Landscape, it suits both areas well. When you gain some confidence you could purchase an adapter and try some extreme telephoto as below, not perfect as was hand held through my car windscreen yesterday lunchtime. Used a Takuma SMC 135mm F2.5
Forum: Pentax Q 02-04-2017, 10:48 AM  
My Q-S1 is on its way.
Posted By Pixel Hunter
Replies: 44
Views: 4,412
You can do so much with the Q, but to get the most from one, you need to spend a lot of time getting familiar with it's menus and in camera programmes, processes and filters. as they have many more "in camera" features than many pro level cameras, which all adds to the enjoyment, of course.

The 08 lens is really good for macro hence:
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-04-2017, 03:38 AM  
Weekly Challenge Picture of The Week (POTW) 440 — Jan. 22-Feb. 4, 2017
Posted By Pixel Hunter
Replies: 10
Views: 2,187
Nice colony of moss, where you can clearly see the fruiting bodies, that produce the spores -Winter being the favoured time for mosses to fruit.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-04-2017, 03:19 AM  
Weekly Challenge Picture of The Week (POTW) 440 — Jan. 22-Feb. 4, 2017
Posted By Pixel Hunter
Replies: 10
Views: 2,187
Saw this Robin attracted to me, while parked up on lunch-break yesterday. They always seem to be drawn to parked cars, I guess they have learned to associate cars with people throwing food from the car window:(

Pentax Q 7 SMC Takumar 135mm F2.5 set to 5.6 and shot through the car windscreen, but after about 20 different attempts with the Robin flitting about, managed this half decent image, which isolates the bird really well, with the effect of shooting through the car glass, giving the shot an ethereal aura. Very much far from technically perfect, but I feel pleasing.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 01-23-2017, 02:55 PM  
Weekly Challenge Picture of The Week (POTW) 439 — Jan. 15-28. 2017
Posted By Pixel Hunter
Replies: 10
Views: 1,719
Shot at Lunchtime today in poor light. Low visibility 100/150m Pentax Q 10 standard Zoom I love the structure that our Native Birch trees show in Winter, with the Hoar frost accentuating their forme.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-18-2017, 02:44 PM  
Pentax SMC-A 200mm F4
Posted By Pixel Hunter
Replies: 25
Views: 1,710
I recently purchased an SMC Takumar F 2.5 135mm for £51.95, which is about $64 US, this is as new, so maybe UK prices are less, but generally I always felt US prices were lower? You certainly wouldn't lose out on resale, but probably not gain a lot either.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-18-2017, 02:09 PM  
Pentax SMC-A 200mm F4
Posted By Pixel Hunter
Replies: 25
Views: 1,710
Usually your first gut feeling is the right way to go, so if you have that FL covered I would wait and save for something better in the future.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-18-2017, 01:54 PM  
Pentax SMC-A 200mm F4
Posted By Pixel Hunter
Replies: 25
Views: 1,710
If you're after a 200mm I would go for a Green star F2.5 or a Takumar 3.5 version, both have good reputations, but of course are heavier with the large objectives! But if it's just buying because you feel it is a bargain, I wouldn't bother. :cool:
Forum: Pentax Q 01-18-2017, 11:59 AM  
Let's share shots with Q!
Posted By Pixel Hunter
Replies: 6,512
Views: 1,026,033
Found this bright yellow Lichen colonising a dead branch in a hedgerow local to me, nature has the most marvellous colour palette all of year round if you look hard enough!

Pentax Q 10 08 lens 100 iso F4 AV priority.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-18-2017, 11:43 AM  
From Yorkshire with Love
Posted By Pixel Hunter
Replies: 7
Views: 530
Just posted my first image on picture of the week, many thanks for the help. Technically it's not perfect, but our little mut is pretty photogenic and likes to pose for the camera, always makes me smile on a wet cold day when she nestles up against our Aga in the Kitchen.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 01-18-2017, 11:32 AM  
Weekly Challenge Picture of The Week (POTW) 438 — Jan. 8-21
Posted By Pixel Hunter
Replies: 16
Views: 3,442
Q 10 8.5mm prime
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-17-2017, 03:29 PM  
From Yorkshire with Love
Posted By Pixel Hunter
Replies: 7
Views: 530
Thanks for that, is it possible to upload images straight away or do I have to log a number of posts first like other forums? Just I tried to upload a couple of images directly earlier and they wouldn't load. Would I be better uploading off Photobucket etc?
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