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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-19-2020, 11:22 AM  
Film camera recommendations?
Posted By vector
Replies: 50
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P30T does do Av mode.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-19-2020, 10:14 AM  
Film camera recommendations?
Posted By vector
Replies: 50
Views: 1,586
I can second the P30T recommendation. I like it because of the meter and view finder indicators vs older bodies as well as the diagonal split prism. I also like that the shutter speed wheel is more like on DSLRs where it sticks out the front so you can make easy adjustments with your fingertip while the camera is up to your eye. I can also override the film speed by scraping the paint off the DX code and putting my own on in its place with electrical tape and often push HP5 to 3200 that way. I have 2 and an ME Super, and while the ME Super is certainly nicer to hold and look at, I like shooting with a P30T.
Forum: General Photography 11-19-2020, 10:07 AM  
Does it seem like there are a lot of new forum members lately?
Posted By vector
Replies: 68
Views: 1,905
I'm not new but have never posted much. I am more actively posting and participating in the forum this year, even did the single in challenge a couple times. For me it's mainly because when I discovered this forum I didn't know enough to really contribute so I just consumed information. I didn't ask anything until I had thoroughly searched. Most things have been asked many times here already. I'm at a place where I am more confident in my knowledge and skills, and while I'm not a great photographer yet I can actually make some decent images that I'm not totally embarrassed to show anyone. I've also messed around with my cameras enough that I have answers for some of the questions that come up. My lens collection has also grown past kit lenses and budget primes so I can give useful feedback. For me it's just part of my personal growth in the hobby that I am now more actively contributing.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-17-2020, 10:06 AM  
Any comparisons between the 40mm M 2.8 versus the DA versions of the lens?
Posted By vector
Replies: 45
Views: 1,569
Unfortunately I didn't but I will keep it mind for next years Halloween.

---------- Post added 11-17-20 at 10:07 AM ----------



You're welcome, I happened to be interested in the same comparison, so I was happy to provide some M40 samples.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-16-2020, 05:16 PM  
Any comparisons between the 40mm M 2.8 versus the DA versions of the lens?
Posted By vector
Replies: 45
Views: 1,569
Ok here we go again. Newspaper this time.

F2.8 (Full Size)

F4 (Full Size)

F5.6 (Full Size)

F8 (Full Size)


F11 (Full Size)


F16 (Full Size)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-16-2020, 03:34 PM  
Any comparisons between the 40mm M 2.8 versus the DA versions of the lens?
Posted By vector
Replies: 45
Views: 1,569
Here are some test shot from my M40. This was just done quickly between some meetings so not great shots, just from my front steps. Unfortunately there isn't a lot of detail in the corners, just sky and snow. Focus is on the house across the street. No adjustments in Lightroom, just imported and exported as jpgs.


F2.8 (Full Size)

F4 (Full Size)

F5.6 (Full Size)

F8 (Full Size)

F11 (Full Size)

F16 (Full Size)

F22 (Full Size)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-15-2020, 10:14 PM  
Any comparisons between the 40mm M 2.8 versus the DA versions of the lens?
Posted By vector
Replies: 45
Views: 1,569
I found a near mint condition M40 in a local shop a month ago and picked it up. I haven't used it yet other than some quick indoors test shots. I guess I should put it on my K1 and get some outdoors test shots through the aperture range. Hard to get landscapes right now with our short winter days and working all day, but I'll see what I can do. I don't have a DA40 to compare against but its better than nothing.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-15-2020, 11:11 AM  
Considering a K-1, but what about lenses ?
Posted By vector
Replies: 38
Views: 1,611
Lenses aside, the K1 is just a nice camera to shoot with. It handles so well. I haven't handled a KP but vs my K5 and K3 I prefer the K1 for handling even with the slightly larger and heavier body. For lenses I think you are just fine for the switch to ff. Keep in mind 36mp is a lot and is overkill for a lot of shooting scenarios. You can use your DA lenses in crop mode and still come out with 15mp, almost the same as your K5 but a little better quality.
Forum: General Photography 11-15-2020, 10:58 AM  
Who are the photographers on youtube using Pentax?
Posted By vector
Replies: 23
Views: 1,205
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-08-2020, 03:57 PM  
K-1 Portrait Lens
Posted By vector
Replies: 37
Views: 1,485
Reading this forum is expensive. I have a December birthday coming up and have wanted an FA 77 for years. My wife told me I better just order it as she has no idea what to get me for my upcoming birthday... So I have a silver FA 77 coming in a few weeks.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-02-2020, 10:21 PM  
Recommendations for Portrait glass?
Posted By vector
Replies: 43
Views: 1,448
Thanks Sandy. What I really want is an FA 77, but sometimes the lower price and potential to be good enough is appealing. Sounds like I should just keep saving :)
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-02-2020, 10:17 PM  
It's 2020 and my K-3 still rocks
Posted By vector
Replies: 82
Views: 4,863
I bought my K3 new in October 2014. I don't use it as much since I got my K1 in 2017, but it's been a great camera and it still holds up very well both mechanically and for image quality. I had to learn how to sharpen my images properly. It has a reputation for a noisier sensor than the K5 but I have found them to be very close except that sharpening can really exaggerate the noise. In Lightroom just masking the sharpening takes care of it. It's a great camera.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-02-2020, 09:46 PM  
Recommendations for Portrait glass?
Posted By vector
Replies: 43
Views: 1,448
I have also been curious about the performance of the DA 70 on FF. There are a few test images here on PF but nothing extensive. If anyone has been using one on a K1 I would also be interested in how it performs for portraiture, but also at F8-F11 in landscape scenarios.
Forum: General Photography 11-02-2020, 01:01 PM  
The Iphone 12 is better than a DSLR
Posted By vector
Replies: 170
Views: 5,048
I think this is also one of the draws to an optical viewfinder for me. If am observing something and decide to put a camera to my eye to wait for the right moment to snap that picture I would rather still be observing the clear, real to life image through the viewfinder rather than the video reproduction. I have to agree, sometimes it is refreshing just to be there and soak up the scene with no thought or even option to photograph it. But speaking only for myself here, memory fades, but a photograph has a remarkable ability to bring memories to life. Looking back at the old, often out of focus, snapshots from my youth I treasure even the "throwaway" shots just because of what they can bring back for memories. It's a reminder for me that when just photographing life events the shots don't need to be perfect. Everybody having a cell phone camera in their pocket is getting the maximum benefit with the minimum effort when it comes to preserving these moments and there's nothing wrong with that.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-02-2020, 11:21 AM  
low light
Posted By vector
Replies: 31
Views: 1,274
Haha, yes... even if I could get them start out carrying it, they aren't waiting around for me once I set it up. Good help is hard to find, even when you grow your own :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-01-2020, 10:24 PM  
Pentax K-70 Giveaway - November - Enter here once per day!
Posted By vector
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Views: 35,897
I'm in!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-01-2020, 10:24 PM  
Hello from Vancouver, Canada
Posted By vector
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Views: 692
Welcome from Alberta!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-01-2020, 09:49 PM  
Lens differences
Posted By vector
Replies: 18
Views: 896
My advice would be to get the 35mm first. It is more versatile for day to day shooting and you can learn a lot using a normal prime. It can work for portraits and it will give you very nice shots of day to day activities. The 50mm is great for portraits on apsc so I would save up and get it next. Those 2 lenses are the base of a very good kit. You really can't go wrong with either.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-01-2020, 08:53 PM  
low light
Posted By vector
Replies: 31
Views: 1,274
Yeah, the only thing I can think to add here is that if you want better photos you have to make the time to get them. When I hike with my family I am always behind... I stop to photograph and eventually my wife stops for a break with the kids and waits for me to catch up. I often lug a tripod along so I can get those pictures in low light and have them come out the way I want. Good photos take work and time.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-01-2020, 08:13 PM  
SMC 50mm f1.4.
Posted By vector
Replies: 39
Views: 1,539
A couple of things. The biggest is focusing. The FA is a little quieter and smoother sounding as it focuses, but also I have found it to be the most precise and consistent. My DA 50 has some qualities I like but I have found it to be less consistent locking in focus. It's almost like somehow the gearing of the screw drive may just be more coarse or something and even though it is fine tuned and the focus indicator locks, it is just off, but on a retry it nails it. I have tested this on a tripod and been very frustrated by it. My F 50 1.7 seems to be somewhere in between the FA and DA for focusing precision. It is less soft and dreamy wide open so sometimes that is my desired look. They will all produce great images, but only the FA 50 1.4 will actually do 1.4. While it is a soft 1.4, sometimes that is exactly what I want like in these images, but I don't mean soft as in the lens isn't sharp. Clearly these are and even the full size images zoomed in are sharp enough to make large prints. I mean the overall rendering just has this beautiful softness to it. I get that this look isn't always what folks want but I mainly use this lens at 1.4 for portraits where often that softness is exactly what I want. From f2.8 up it's pretty hard to differentiate and they all work great for portraits wide open or for landscapes etc stopped down.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-01-2020, 07:41 PM  
SMC 50mm f1.4.
Posted By vector
Replies: 39
Views: 1,539
Yeah I have given my FA 50 F1.4 a lot of thought this year as I shoot with it. I have been considering whether I would benefit from the new DFA and should save up for it. The only way to really gauge that is to shoot with it and figure out where it's letting me down. I also have an F 50 f1.7, DA 50 F1.8, and FA 50mm F2.8 Macro to compare with. These are my most used lenses this year on my K1. Thus far I have found I prefer the FA 50mm F1.4 over the others. The main complaint is that wide open it is soft and glowy or dreamy, and this is where the DFA will really offer something more. Here are my shots from last night with this lens. These are wide open at F1.4. This is my 15 year old daughter in her Halloween costume as Athena.




I have a whole series of these and of my other kids at F1.4. The K1 consistently nails the focus and delivers beautiful images with this old lens. I think my conclusion is that I will keep my FA 50mm F1.4 and that for my hobby shooting I don't need the extra wide open sharpness of the DFA. Now, if Pentax were to come out with an updated release of this lens with new coatings and an exterior refresh like the HD FA 35mm f2 (which I bought last year) I would gladly pick up the refresh. But the lens design clearly delivers. Plus I love the size and weight which I would not be able to say of the DFA.
Forum: General Photography 10-31-2020, 02:24 PM  
Winter Inspiration Ideas
Posted By vector
Replies: 41
Views: 1,223
My outdoor photography falls off a cliff in winter. Lots of beautiful stuff around here with all the Rocky Mountains within just a few hours drive but we endure weeks and weeks of -20C to -30C and while the cameras will work, this photographer begins to fail. Try as I might, I fail to find beauty in the dead brown winter world. The snow can be beautiful but I would need to take up snowshoeing or snowmobiling to really do what I want as a lot of the roads are closed and impassable in the winter. It's just not going to happen. So in the winter I tend to work on mastering artificial lighting and be that annoying guy who shows up with a camera at all the school, church, family, sports, and other community events. Most of that will be restricted or non-existent this winter due to covid so probably just a lot more around the house.
Forum: General Photography 10-19-2020, 10:45 PM  
The Iphone 12 is better than a DSLR
Posted By vector
Replies: 170
Views: 5,048
Yeah, the images from my old cameras also look great on a 65inch TV, and they look great as 4x6 and on a smartphone. So do my film scans. I can tell them apart from my better cameras, but really they look just fine. Maybe I didn't fully explain my opinion that image quality has long surpassed the average persons needs. Pixel peeping, the quality deficiencies are obvious but for normal viewing it takes a bit of skill and experience to tell the difference. There is a link earlier in this thread where iPhone vs ILC images are compared side by side and the author asks you to guess which is which. Honestly they both look fine but I could pick out the iPhone in all of them, even at their very small size, and I am certainly less skilled and experienced than most on this forum. The small sensor and the lenses are the giveaway. The out of focus transitions and bokeh are computer generated and don't match what you get from larger sensors. As telephoto options get added to phones they can get a little closer but the tiny sensor limits how much real subject isolation will be possible. Computational image generation will continue to improve what these phones can produce but it's still not natural looking yet. Still, the phones are more than good enough for most use cases. It doesn't change the fact that I appreciate what my K1 can do, and I have a growing collection of lenses because I can tell their differences and capabilities and I enjoy learning to use them, far more than I have ever enjoyed tapping the shutter button on my phone. That's why I said, shoot for yourself and stop caring what everyone else is doing. I am just going enjoy the hobby and maybe that includes shooting on a phone, but it's unlikely to not include ILC cameras any time soon.
Forum: General Photography 10-19-2020, 03:29 PM  
The Iphone 12 is better than a DSLR
Posted By vector
Replies: 170
Views: 5,048
The real problem is that the majority of people will only ever see an image on their phone, and likely not even at full screen. At these sizes the images from my circa 2005 3mpix point and shoot cameras look amazing. The bar for cell phone cameras to look good is incredibly low. The reality is when you pull the full size image off the phone and put it side by side with an ILC image the difference become obvious (yes, even from the latest iPhone 11/12). You can see the grotesque over smoothing, the poorly finished edges where the fake blurred background is badly stitched in, the poor iso noise performance and serious smudging, the list goes on. But... no one but serious photographers ever does or even would look at that. That is why the camera industry is in trouble. Even the best phone pictures are technically garbage, but they are tailored to their viewing platform where they look amazing (really anything does including old faded 1970s scanned in prints).

This is why you should shoot for yourself and not worry about others, and print and hang your work. It's so much nicer than a tiny over saturated, over bright, handheld screen.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-05-2020, 10:38 AM  
Game Single in October 2020
Posted By vector
Replies: 136
Views: 4,983
I have the DA 50 1.8 and it is sharp and flare resistant. I have the FA 50 1.4 and the F 50 1.7 and optically I don't know which of the 3 wins. By F2.8 they are all so sharp and close it's hard to tell them apart. The DA and F wide open are better than the FA at the same aperture, and by F2 it's all very close. My preference falls to the FA 1.4 mainly due to build and focusing noise. The DA 1.8 and F 1.7 are really similar and I wouldn't be surprised if the DA is just the modern repacking of the F/FA 1.7. They are both slightly noisy during AF but optically very good on both APSC and FF.

Happy birthday and enjoy the DA 50 1.8. It should be a decent addition to your lens collection.
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