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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-13-2017, 02:17 PM  
Game Single In March 2017
Posted By jackassp
Replies: 178
Views: 5,820
I don't know what Adam has done, but since changing servers, PentaxForums is very sluggish "down-under". Lots of lag, slow to load pages etc.
I'm not usually a big commenter on shots, but it is now quite Painful to view everyone's shots, let alone post comments.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-29-2016, 02:08 PM  
Game Single in January 2017
Posted By jackassp
Replies: 191
Views: 6,567
That is one pretty hunk of brass and glass!

Once again I will try to finish a month.
K-1 with a "K" lens TBA
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-29-2016, 05:07 AM  
Game Single in October 2016 - discussion thread
Posted By jackassp
Replies: 226
Views: 7,025
I'm really sorry, I want to, but I just can't participate for a while.
I might be able to post a few shots, but am unable to commit to an everyday shot.

Have fun everyone, I will be watching when I can.

John
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-25-2016, 04:33 PM  
Game Single in September 2016
Posted By jackassp
Replies: 249
Views: 8,183
Sandy says "The 85/1.4 lenses on the other hand are MUCH bigger and heavier, and in reality the need for such a thin depth of field is a very small niche and requires great expertise."
Sounds like a challenge to me...
Sigma 85mm f1.4 is my choice for the month.


Hi Sandy

Here is a little "taster"

Black rose
by John Pride, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-70 08-09-2016, 04:20 AM  
Pentax K-70 has issues with Sigma lenses, just like K-1
Posted By jackassp
Replies: 74
Views: 6,750
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-26-2016, 04:14 PM  
Game Single in August 2016
Posted By jackassp
Replies: 373
Views: 12,576
After a disappointing month with my Tokina 17mm (mainly due to weather, family issues and extreme work pressure (== laziness)), I will try to do a full month in August. K-1 needs more exercise. My Sigma lenses are all fixed now (24-70/2.8, 35/1.4, 85/1.4 and the Bigma), I think I will go with the 24-70/2.8, and maybe if someone else is using the new Pentax 24-70, we can do some comparisons. I'm open to requests though, but please, we are lacking good light, the Bigma would be better suited to Spring, Summer or Autumn....
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 06-28-2016, 05:05 AM  
Anyone else using the DFA 24-70 on the K-1?
Posted By jackassp
Replies: 31
Views: 3,088
Center sharpness is just excellent, border and extreme edge sharpness is very mediocre.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-28-2016, 04:50 AM  
Sigma Damage to K-1
Posted By jackassp
Replies: 36
Views: 3,024
I sent off my 35/1.4 Art, and 85mm/1.4 DG HSM, and got them both back within 1 week (Australia). Problem solved, and both work better on the K-1 than they ever did on the K-3.
Now waiting for 24-70 and 50-500 to come back. :)

JP
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-26-2016, 09:21 PM  
Game Single in June 2016
Posted By jackassp
Replies: 342
Views: 11,925
Received my modded Sigma 35 and Sigma 85 lenses from CRK today. Going to drop off the 24-70 and the Bigma next!
If it's OK with members, I will complete the month with the Sigma 35 on my K-1 body?

JP


ps got my 4th Explore for the month with the Autumn leaves...
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-23-2016, 12:53 AM  
Sigma Damage to K-1
Posted By jackassp
Replies: 36
Views: 3,024
The original Sigma bases had a small bevel, they weren't square. Looking at the above photo, the bevel is much more pronounced after modification. :)

JP
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-18-2016, 02:25 AM  
Sigma Damage to K-1
Posted By jackassp
Replies: 36
Views: 3,024
Thanks, I got 4 lenses to have fixed ;)
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-17-2016, 04:36 PM  
Sigma Damage to K-1
Posted By jackassp
Replies: 36
Views: 3,024
I'm sure that Sigma designed these lenses with the ability for the lens mount to be changed from say Pentax to Nikon or Canon.
The "oversized" mount flange (on Pentax) is just the right size for mounting on the other brands. I have the 35/1.4 for both Pentax and Nikon, and thats how I noticed this.

I have emailed the Australian distributor for Sigma lenses (they are also the AU. distributor for Pentax cameras) and asked them about having the Sigma lenses modified for the K-1 and as yet they haven't responded. I'll keep PF informed, but I don't hold any high hopes...

PS - There's a new announcement on the Sigma web site - the repair process is on hold until the end of July!

http://www.sigma-photo.co.jp/english/new/new_topic.php?id=586
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-16-2016, 10:26 PM  
Old vs New on K-1 Tamron 80-200 F2.8 vs/ Tamron 70-200 F2.8 (plus SMCP F35-105 added)
Posted By jackassp
Replies: 10
Views: 1,416
Yep, thanks, and I couldn't agree more.

I dug out an old Pentax FA 28-105 (the rebranded Tamron made one), and the IQ is just super.
Ditto for Pentax F35-70, and Tokina AT-X Pro 20-35mm f2.8.
FA 28-105

Lemon tree
by John Pride, on Flickr
No PP needed, none performed.

This K-1 is quite a camera!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-13-2016, 01:37 AM  
Game Single in June 2016
Posted By jackassp
Replies: 342
Views: 11,925
Another Explore for me. I'm sure Flickr likes shots of Oranges!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-02-2016, 12:33 AM  
Game Single in June 2016
Posted By jackassp
Replies: 342
Views: 11,925
I'm very glad to be back.

My uninspired shot of the oranges from June 1 made it into Explore. Now I've seen everything!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-28-2016, 01:06 AM  
Game Single in May 2016
Posted By jackassp
Replies: 560
Views: 19,482
Teds camera Adelaide store
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-27-2016, 09:20 PM  
Game Single in May 2016
Posted By jackassp
Replies: 560
Views: 19,482
@Sandy


Sux_to_be_in_Australia!


K-1 not available here until mid June :( more delays possible too.... Maybe Single In July 20xx
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-04-2016, 03:37 AM  
Game Single in April 2016
Posted By jackassp
Replies: 470
Views: 16,750
Teds is taking online orders for $2799 AU

Big difference....
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-04-2016, 12:37 AM  
Game Single in April 2016
Posted By jackassp
Replies: 470
Views: 16,750
Aaaaaaaaarrrrrggggggghhhhhh!!!!!

Bad news for us Aussies.

The K-1 will soon be released, but the going price from the AU supplier has now escalated to AU $3188-
(This is getting close to double the US price)

Out of my reach (until it drops by at least 20%) :(
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 03-06-2016, 03:09 AM  
K1: No aperture sensing for "legacy" lenses?
Posted By jackassp
Replies: 116
Views: 9,755
Some have said that the "Green Button" (AKA stop-down metering) is very good on the existing APSC Pentax cameras, IMO this is only partially correct.
K7, K5 work very accurately, K3 and K3-II not very well at all. Pentax say in their manuals that stop-down metering is approximate only (or some other words to this effect). Indeed my extensive collection of both "K" and "M" and also M42 lenses don't meter accurately with my K3, some are spot-on, others can miss by up to 2EV under or over (it depends very much on the "scene" being shot.

If all else fails, you can use a free light-meter app on your smartphone, or purchase a dedicated light-meter. The app is surprisingly much more accurate than the K3!

I hope the stop-down metering on the K1 is better....
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-06-2016, 02:28 PM  
Game Single in January 2016
Posted By jackassp
Replies: 422
Views: 16,875
Hey Sara, can I have your autograph please?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-06-2016, 01:48 AM  
Nikon D5 and D500
Posted By jackassp
Replies: 130
Views: 8,484
Just a big WOW, I want one.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-02-2016, 04:33 PM  
Game Single in January 2016
Posted By jackassp
Replies: 422
Views: 16,875
:cool:
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-31-2015, 05:27 AM  
Game Single in January 2016
Posted By jackassp
Replies: 422
Views: 16,875
I'm going to try. It'll probably be a K-series lens (I have a few still!), or maybe 2016 IS the year of the DA15 Limited....
It's very hot in little old Adelaide, with no relief in sight... but I need a challenge again!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-12-2015, 02:58 AM  
Game Single in July 2015
Posted By jackassp
Replies: 483
Views: 17,865
I found this on an Aussie web page....

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