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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-11-2017, 03:54 PM  
SMC Pentax A* 300 2.8 for 950$ worth it?
Posted By danielchtong
Replies: 6
Views: 657
$950 would have been a steal. I have the F:4 version.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-01-2017, 11:44 AM  
K70 + DA200mm BIF
Posted By danielchtong
Replies: 1
Views: 415
I was using the above combo and they weren't that good compared with my manual focus shots (for BIF)














Unlike MF, I could not nail the focus particuarly the third one. If I was using manual and infinity, I think I could have nailed it. I have no clue where the lens was focusing as I was panning like crazy (3-4 seconds).

In such circumstance, MF does prevail. I still have to learn about K70 (too new) I agree
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-01-2017, 04:15 AM  
So, I'm officially a Pentaxian...
Posted By danielchtong
Replies: 75
Views: 2,724
Welcome to this community. Feel free to ask question as there are definitely users happy to assist you
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-30-2017, 05:28 PM  
Dilemma with wide angle lens - Landscape photography
Posted By danielchtong
Replies: 25
Views: 1,212
I was using Zenitar F:2.8 for quite a few ultra wide landscape shots




Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-29-2017, 04:56 PM  
F 135 f2.8 vs FA 135 f2.8
Posted By danielchtong
Replies: 20
Views: 672
Lucky you in having both. I would love to try out the older F version indeed.

I use the FA 135 mm for portrait




Its sharpness (even at F:3.5) has to be toned down a lot of time.
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This on at F:2.8

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-28-2017, 02:21 PM  
Dilemma with wide angle lens - Landscape photography
Posted By danielchtong
Replies: 25
Views: 1,212
K lenses are manual focus anyway which is always easy for wide angle lenses. Try to find a Zenitar F:2.8 is even more difficult
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-28-2017, 10:52 AM  
Another This vs. That! A* 300/4 vs Tamron (60B) 300/ 2.8
Posted By danielchtong
Replies: 16
Views: 925
With 300mm the DoF is always little. That is why the distance marking is critical. My eye sight is still ok for critical focusing
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-28-2017, 04:39 AM  
Another This vs. That! A* 300/4 vs Tamron (60B) 300/ 2.8
Posted By danielchtong
Replies: 16
Views: 925
I have the A* version and I love it. The only thing I need to be careful is purple fringing. Avoid direct sunlight is a good move.
Manual focus is simply a joy to use. (see the distance marking)


Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-23-2017, 02:25 PM  
Do we still have SDM issues?
Posted By danielchtong
Replies: 28
Views: 1,485
It is to be much ado with nothing.
Pentax like everybody does not want these to be overblown. Overall, SDM issue like all other hardware issue , is a hit and miss thing. I have only one SDM equipped lens. It just works beyond expectation. It does not translate into anything at all as I can be just unlucky or lucky as anyone
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-18-2017, 06:09 AM  
Full Frame Wide Angle Lens List--20mm and Under
Posted By danielchtong
Replies: 82
Views: 2,972
I think that works for lens 30mm or longer. For UWA there is not much need.
Will try it out later
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-18-2017, 05:30 AM  
Full Frame Wide Angle Lens List--20mm and Under
Posted By danielchtong
Replies: 82
Views: 2,972
That is provided that the camera did not hesitate. I doubt if it worked at all.
Maybe you did not look at the exif of the series of images. I was using DL in late 2006
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-17-2017, 01:54 PM  
Full Frame Wide Angle Lens List--20mm and Under
Posted By danielchtong
Replies: 82
Views: 2,972
That wasn't so. I was holding my long lens 300mm and figuring it out that I might get the woodpecker with some birdfood. I recall I put the lens back to my bag and yanked out the fisheye/camera. I set it to around 3 ft all in one hand.
It happened very fast.

The lens has very short minimum focus distance (0.3m) indeed
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-17-2017, 07:14 AM  
Full Frame Wide Angle Lens List--20mm and Under
Posted By danielchtong
Replies: 82
Views: 2,972
Yes. It was impossible for me to get behind the viewfinder to focus (if on AF) on the woodpecker on my left hand.
The circumstance cannot be replicated as I was shooting with the long lens until I saw the woodpecker was circling for food. I yanked out the other camera (luckily with a fisheye) and I took the series. If I waited for AF, I missed the series entirely. It was as I said, once in a lifetime thing

repost: 16mm birdie shot in series - Steve's Digicams Forums
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-17-2017, 05:38 AM  
Full Frame Wide Angle Lens List--20mm and Under
Posted By danielchtong
Replies: 82
Views: 2,972
It is good that we have such lively discussion this weekend.
Try this set up which we have from time to time.
Use a UWA lens with AF and then with MF setting to shoot running kids or dogs in good light. For doing the MF (part) just set the distance gauge to the minimum focus distance of the lens and fire in burst.
I am sure you will get more images in focus doing MF (compared with those set with AF).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-17-2017, 05:27 AM  
Full Frame Wide Angle Lens List--20mm and Under
Posted By danielchtong
Replies: 82
Views: 2,972
With AF.S or any type of AF, the computer (or the camera) still has to carry out the work. The hesitation in such a fast pace shots is the problem.
MF has no such issue at all. The camera just fires with no question asked
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-17-2017, 04:58 AM  
Full Frame Wide Angle Lens List--20mm and Under
Posted By danielchtong
Replies: 82
Views: 2,972
He tries to mix that up with personal preference/taste.



With MF , one can fire at will.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-16-2017, 02:58 PM  
Full Frame Wide Angle Lens List--20mm and Under
Posted By danielchtong
Replies: 82
Views: 2,972
I won't blame the newer generation of photographers not trusting MF technique as the distance gauge on newer AF lenses just sucks big time.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-16-2017, 02:38 PM  
Full Frame Wide Angle Lens List--20mm and Under
Posted By danielchtong
Replies: 82
Views: 2,972
There are very special circumstance where AF behind the viewfinder has no chance at all.
This was a once in a lifetime shots (in series) with me setting a fisheye to shoot a bird on my left hand (at 3 feet distance away). I had less than a few seconds to respond. I set the distance on the dial and fire non stop until the bird flew away in less than 5 seconds


repost: 16mm birdie shot in series - Steve's Digicams Forums

I am sure I posted in this forum as well. Somehow I could not find it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-16-2017, 04:53 AM  
Full Frame Wide Angle Lens List--20mm and Under
Posted By danielchtong
Replies: 82
Views: 2,972
I am saying that manual focus with wide angle lenses is super easy given its huge depth of field. That has nothing to do with subjective preference.
And as a result of that, buying MF fisheye /UWA lens make sense money wise. I am suggesting that AF function is redundant in majority of the cases
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-15-2017, 03:03 PM  
Full Frame Wide Angle Lens List--20mm and Under
Posted By danielchtong
Replies: 82
Views: 2,972
Okei. And I take 20mm as an example (I have 16mm only) . If I do landscape (most of the time) and I set my distance to around 15 ft away, practically the lens does not need any focusing at all. Typically landscape would not have subject too close at all.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-15-2017, 02:32 PM  
Full Frame Wide Angle Lens List--20mm and Under
Posted By danielchtong
Replies: 82
Views: 2,972
I suppose you are aware of the fact that all under 20mm lens have huge depth of field and AF is just not necessary .
I always do zone focusing with fisheyes. If you set things around 8 feet away, practically everything will be in focus (foreground and background). Why would you need AF?
There are zillion fish eyes and wide angle lenses (manual focus). And they are a lot cheaper indeed.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-13-2017, 05:44 PM  
Full Frame Wide Angle Lens List--20mm and Under
Posted By danielchtong
Replies: 82
Views: 2,972
I have a suggestion which is probably the cheapest if you can find a good sample -Zenitar 16mm F:2.8 fisheye from Russia.


These 4 give you some full frame perspective from film- buildings in downtown Toronto






















I love the lens shot with crop factor

---------- Post added 09-13-2017 at 08:56 PM ----------

These are with the crop factor









This one, is the defished image, of the above



Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-10-2017, 12:03 PM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By danielchtong
Replies: 10,248
Views: 1,006,810
I have tons of 200mm portrait images as it is one of my 2 portrait lenses (the other being FA135mm). I love the bokeh it creates



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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-10-2017, 04:39 AM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By danielchtong
Replies: 10,248
Views: 1,006,810
I love my DA200mm for portrait. As I said creamy bokeh is guaranteed. The backlight was just icing on the cake




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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-07-2017, 05:01 PM  
Which is the best Lens for Portraits Fotography
Posted By danielchtong
Replies: 37
Views: 1,887
You just quoted part of the paragraph I wrote. Definitely you misunderstood
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