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Forum: Sold Items 03-19-2017, 12:53 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax Super Takumar 8 element 50mm f1.4 manual focus M42 lens
Posted By Eric J
Replies: 5
Views: 630
WOW beautiful lens in beautiful condition, amazing lens.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 03-17-2017, 10:20 PM  
For Sale: 1st Pty, M42 28/35/3.5, 50/1.4, 55/1.8, 85 F1.8, 105/2.8, 135/3.5, 200/4, 300/6.3
Posted By Eric J
Replies: 68
Views: 8,786
PM sent regarding the Takumar 50/4.
Forum: Sold Items 03-15-2017, 10:51 PM  
For Sale - Sold: SMC Pentax-DA 35mm F2.8 Limited Macro (Green)
Posted By Eric J
Replies: 1
Views: 482
PM sent.
Forum: Sold Items 03-07-2017, 09:52 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-3II Shutter Ct 2170
Posted By Eric J
Replies: 2
Views: 633
PM sent regarding the battery grip.
Forum: Sold Items 03-03-2017, 09:44 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax-F 50mm F1.7 Lens - New Old Stock
Posted By Eric J
Replies: 7
Views: 634
Awesome lens...I have too many 50's otherwise I would buy it.
Forum: Sold Items 02-27-2017, 10:11 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax HD DA 70mm f/2.4 Limited Lens
Posted By Eric J
Replies: 1
Views: 469
PM sent
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-01-2013, 06:35 PM  
Vivitar 70-210 Series I Ver. 3
Posted By Eric J
Replies: 9
Views: 1,166
Steve, now that's the funny part...I actually bought it through a local kijiji or equivalent to craigslist type listing. It was getting dark so I only shot a few pics wide open and did not even consider checking the aperture manually, since the seller repeatedly told me it was great working condition. The lens is spotless, looks like a new lens. I met the seller at his front yard. I then thought to myself that it would be nice to quickly grab a few more shots, but that's after the transaction. Then a big bang on my head after I shot a couple noticing overexposure by using in M mode. I called him, no reply then went back. He didn't like me, only pointed the finger at me that I probably dropped or damaged the lens. Lesson learned while buying private, fully test it and confirm it's functionality...wow, case of getting ripped off. Pretty much my problem now and looks like another $100 to fix it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-01-2013, 06:27 PM  
Vivitar 70-210 Series I Ver. 3
Posted By Eric J
Replies: 9
Views: 1,166
Hi, I do have the P/K-A R/K-A. I just noticed that now, was wondering what the R/K-A is for. I notice wide open exposure is spot on. Can't tell you how it's stopped down since the aperture is way to slow to give me proper exposure. I am pretty sure it's the slow diaphragm because my dof does not change even if I stop down to F22. I will definitely verify that again tomorrow morning before I send it out. Eric Hendrickson is willing to fix it, he thinks there is oil in the dia rings.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-01-2013, 12:21 PM  
Vivitar 70-210 Series I Ver. 3
Posted By Eric J
Replies: 9
Views: 1,166
Thanks for the info, interesting source of information.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-31-2012, 01:26 PM  
Vivitar 70-210 Series I Ver. 3
Posted By Eric J
Replies: 9
Views: 1,166
Thanks for the info. The aperture blades are clean. There is a very little bit of resistance manually exercising the aperture with the lever. Using the lens wide open I can see that this is a very good one optically, very nice contrast and colour. Just need to figure out how to make it operational.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-31-2012, 12:36 PM  
Vivitar 70-210 Series I Ver. 3
Posted By Eric J
Replies: 9
Views: 1,166
Hello, I just bought one used but what seems like the aperture spring has deteriorated. The lens is stopping down but slow and stopping down results in over exposure.
The LENS:
Vivitar Series I 70-210 1:2.8-4.0 VMC N0. 28604524 62mm

If anyone has info in regards to repair, etc. Much appreciated.

Thank you, Eric J.
Ontario, Canada.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-19-2012, 01:47 PM  
Landscape Algonquin - with homage to Norm and Tess
Posted By Eric J
Replies: 19
Views: 1,580
Very nice colours...I recognize some places. It seems the colours this year were really fantastic, thanks for sharing.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-19-2012, 01:43 PM  
Landscape Dundas Valley
Posted By Eric J
Replies: 0
Views: 358
Hi, here is a small selection of various forest compositions. Lenses used: Takumar 100/3.5 - Super Takumar 24/3.5 - SMC Takumar 55/2

Zenfolio | Forest City Photography -- by Eric J. | Dundas Valley
Forum: Sold Items 03-30-2011, 01:41 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Super-Multi-Coated Macro-Takumar 100mm/F4 (Worldwide)
Posted By Eric J
Replies: 16
Views: 5,295
I'll have to say that this is a beauty :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-01-2011, 05:34 PM  
The M42 Crew
Posted By Eric J
Replies: 264
Views: 80,961
The rendering is special, a nice and simple 3 element design.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-26-2010, 02:21 PM  
Hands-on w/ SMC DA 18-135mm/3.5-5.6 Lens (Many Photos)
Posted By Eric J
Replies: 53
Views: 39,361
I like what I'm seeing here, very capable it seems with great bokeh and colour. Contrast looks very good too. Thanks for the information, much appreciated.
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-03-2010, 09:56 AM  
Pentax and Full Frame...
Posted By Eric J
Replies: 60
Views: 12,282
Pentax uses current technology. We all know how quickly technology changes so it's a real possibility they might incorporate a FF body or some totally different sensor technology.

I'll say: it's a possibility :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-03-2010, 06:56 AM  
PPG standards going down?
Posted By Eric J
Replies: 145
Views: 17,695
You think so? I guess that's very subjective and there is a genre of photography like that, the subjective image or photo impressionism. I personally love this type of art, be it photography or painted...here is a quick sketch using my camera of the fall season (see below). In this example I didn't really obey every single 'rule' of photography.

On another note, there are 2,830 registered PPG photographers and around 31 here actively involved to discuss PPG. I agree that PPG has an occasional images accepted that's questionable, but that's purely a personal statement and many other people might actually find that image acceptable.

Forum: Photographic Technique 10-08-2010, 02:35 PM  
PPG standards going down?
Posted By Eric J
Replies: 145
Views: 17,695
Fair point Steve...

I have a feeling that PPG does not visually verify images before accepting. How many of those accepted are getting in with borders, or a sequence of almost identical photos. Just look at the recently added from today [as of 5:30 EST] and you'll see a bunch - some landscapes where the camera was pointed slightly to one side, for example.

As for myself, I believe in variety and that's how I build my PPG collection.

EJ
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-08-2010, 10:31 AM  
PPG standards going down?
Posted By Eric J
Replies: 145
Views: 17,695
Steve...I agree with you. I guess it's up to the personality how one cares to treat the PPG. But I dislike when people express their bitter feelings towards the PPG, especially those who contribute little. It seems to me those complaining the most about PPG have nothing to do with PPG, few exceptions of course. Let that gallery be a fun one and not every photos needs to be stellar to be accepted!
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-07-2010, 04:02 PM  
Street photography - rules of engagement?
Posted By Eric J
Replies: 21
Views: 4,997
I guess if you are on the street then you might want to consider the "rules" of the street. Read your local criminal code, or even a municipal (city) statute codes (by-laws as they relate to in Ontario). As an example, here in London Canada, there is a minor note whereby one has to be slightly careful photographing people in city parks. Basically the by-law states that it's unlawful (by-law reference and not criminal code) to photograph a person without permission.

Otherwise, it's photography as you choose here in Ontario as I know on any public street. But if some tough guy (cop or citizen) tells you to point the camera at the sky instead, I guess might as well follow the instruction and walk away slowly :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-06-2010, 01:56 PM  
Henri Cartier-Bresson interview - 1958
Posted By Eric J
Replies: 2
Views: 2,498
Many thanks for the link! Very good reading material.
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-04-2010, 02:41 PM  
Why is nature photography so boring?
Posted By Eric J
Replies: 227
Views: 38,834
Bob:

Very interesting and I fully agree...thought provoking what you wrote, thanks for that.

I'm also a big fan of Ansel Adams. I study his work and think constantly about his photographs. His work is immense; full of technical perfection and artistic perfection. He somehow managed to bring life to an otherwise boring landscape, I guess through perfection and proper timing (angle of light).

Anyhow, I also like this which you might have seen: Vincent Munier : Wildlife Photographer [it was posted on another forum, so it's not my original find]

Very different styles and approach; one is more alive and raw (Vincent), while Adams is a bit more like work of a perfectionist. I like both and I'm hugely motivated by both, and hopefully one day I might be able to develop my own approach or style.

Tx.
Eric J.
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-04-2010, 01:51 PM  
PPG standards going down?
Posted By Eric J
Replies: 145
Views: 17,695
Hello Ash...I've been a member before as Irek J. (my profile still exists, totally lost the login info so I use my real name now).

Your PPG collection is pretty good...keep up the good work.

I was thinking as well that if one values photography and dedicates time, it means that the skill and the overall perception of what is good/bad has improved as well. I think back then your photo evaluating skill wasn't as good as now, I'm assuming here of course, so now you probably see more faults in a particular photograph as you vote. We all know that there are a lot of new Pentax users who have recently signed up, probably a lot of them are new to photography as well (Pentax made a lot of new friends with the multi coloured K-x body). But I guess PPG is giving everyone an equal chance, regardless of the true photographic qualities.

There are still a lot of original PPG photographers who are contributing with stunning photographs, and I think that helps the PPG to be at least levelled - not too bad and not too good.

Happy shooting :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-04-2010, 12:51 PM  
PPG standards going down?
Posted By Eric J
Replies: 145
Views: 17,695
I guess a yes and a no :)

I never treated the PPG as a premier gallery but have always considered the Premier Collection as an outstanding set. PPG once replied to me stating that they are giving everyone a chance. So I guess everyone, from the very beginner to the very professional, has a chance to display photos there.

I personally believe the gallery features mostly decent stuff. No doubt there is the bad one, and a very good one that probably makes it to the premier, but overall it's a good collection and I hope they don't screw up the Premier Collection. On a final note, I think that PPG should limit to around 5 photos per week because it's probably creating too much traffic on their side and bad things are slipping through.

Tx.
Eric J.
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