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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-20-2020, 11:05 AM  
I don't know what to do
Posted By rogerstg
Replies: 39
Views: 2,314
In that case, I think that you must buy the 55 ƒ1.4. To buy anything else will cause you to second guess how much better your images could have been if only you'd followed your gut.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-20-2020, 03:51 PM  
I don't know what to do
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 39
Views: 2,314
This is a huge factor. Especially with digital photography, where there is often a lot of alteration done in post process of a RAW file. Don't get me wrong, the lenses you mention do offer characteristics that you mention, to be brought out by knowing how to take advantage of them. And I don't mean it is necessary to always manipulate their output via post-processing a RAW file. I mean by selection of subject, lighting, distance, composition, aperture, exposure value, etc. Just good photography.

If you take a good look at that link regarding the comparatively lower-rated but very good DA 18-135mm zoom lens, you will find many fine examples of what can be done with this lens. It even sports quite good bokeh to boot, when used to bring out this aspect. I have numerous top-notch lenses, such as the FA 43mm, FA 77mm, DA 40mm, DA 70mm, DA 21mm Limiteds to name a few. Nonetheless, I also will often choose my DA 18-135mm due to the fact of needing its versatility, and avoiding lens-changing, as well as the fine quality it can deliver when you know how to use it at settings where it is strongest. It is amazingly compact for its large zoom range, has exceptionally fast, accurate, and quiet AF, and is very well-built with WR construction. Your K-x does not have WR, but another Pentax body in your future likely will have. If you look for WR lenses in other brands you will find them to be much more costly.

As to the mirrorless crowd, including Fuji, they have some advantages of their own, but so does having a DSLR. I might say especially Pentax. As to size, Pentax offers more compact bodies than other DSLR makes, even in a premium level body, as well as extra-compact premium-level lenses. The result being a package much closer in size and weight compared to an APS-C mirrorless alternative. This consideration was one that contributed heavily to the design of the Pentax KP. Upon examination, the Pentax alternative now offers a controls layout availability that is more efficient and useful, as well as an exceptional array of useful features that can be quickly employed for superior results.

As to the Pentax 55mm f/1.4, having the DA 18-135mm zoom lens will allow you to explore your own photographic interests, including how often you would prefer to employ a 55mm focal length in pressing your own interests. You never know, if you find the moderate tele range to be an area you often wish to use, you might find the FA 77mm would suit you even better. It is a fabulous lens. It is a favorite for me. The results others have achieved with the 55mm lens that you have seen are usually isolated from many other efforts by the same photographer, most likely with other lenses. And who knows how many other images by the same photographer with this lens were less than satisfactory, in addition to not knowing the degree of post-processing that was done with the one special shot that had the potential to bring about this final image. Of course, the lens has to be this capable in the first place, but getting the best circumstance for it, the opportunity, and then realizing that full capability is another matter. How a lens will do in a well-exposed, well-conceived shot with minimal PP is the most revealing way to evaluate.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 01-06-2020, 08:20 PM  
Irix 11mm f/4.0 Firefly $379.95 Adorama and Amazon
Posted By clickclick
Replies: 10
Views: 761
Happy to help the LBA! Really enjoying mine - really neat perspective! Feel like there's a 3D quality as if you're standing in the photo.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-26-2018, 09:34 AM  
The New Fat Fifty is Here (first day shooting)
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 84
Views: 9,265
Why not take complete ownership of the size and awesomeness and spell it "Phat Fifty", as the cool kids would say? Maybe even the "Phat Phiphty" to conphuse pholks:D
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-02-2018, 05:20 AM  
RICOH ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF HD PENTAX-D FA★50mm F1.4 SDM AW STAR-SERIES LENS
Posted By gaweidert
Replies: 1,144
Views: 94,247
Don't worry about this. The K1 has no hands.. But what it can do is use it's WiFi to access your finances and hold them hostage until you purchase it. Pentax cameras find physical violence of all sorts abhorrent. Psychological warfare is however; not out of the question. :eek:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-29-2018, 04:37 AM  
RICOH ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF HD PENTAX-D FA★50mm F1.4 SDM AW STAR-SERIES LENS
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 1,144
Views: 94,247
Awesome. I feel like I owe it to them to support this great project.
I'm a proud Pentaxian.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-20-2018, 01:24 PM  
Laowa 100mm F2.8 2:1 Macro lens for k-mount
Posted By Adam
Replies: 328
Views: 33,247
But of course they wouldn't just give away the blueprints to their competitors ;)

Anyway, since it looks like Venus is starting to become a more established brand, I have added a dedicated category to the lens database:

Venus Laowa Lenses for Pentax: Current Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database

Specs have also been uploaded for the 100mm.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-24-2017, 01:39 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 30,851
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Excellent work Stephen.

I took a trip down into the gorge that I live near on the weekend. I'm still processing some of the shots but here are a few thus far. It was 37 Celsius but a little cooler in the gorge at times, but also windy so some shots were hard to take with still tree leaves etc.

Gorge 1


Yellow-bellied Water-skink


Gorge 3


Gorge 4


Gorge 5 (Pixelshifted)
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-24-2017, 04:18 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By StephenHampshire
Replies: 30,851
Views: 2,802,933
I've got plenty of pictures of BFB wheels taken with K20, K30,K5, K3 and K1! The DR on the K1 is excellent!




Another Bulleid in action, taken with K1 and 28-105


92 Squadron at Arle View by Arle Images, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-24-2017, 09:02 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By rondoudou87
Replies: 30,851
Views: 2,802,933
k-1 + Da*300 + TC1,4


k-1 + fa31


k-1 + Da*300
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-10-2017, 11:49 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By savoche
Replies: 30,851
Views: 2,802,933
Experimenting with Color Efex. I probably over-cooked this one, but I think the software has potential if used with care.

DFA28-105
Sunset experiment by -savoche-, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-03-2017, 01:32 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Cosimo
Replies: 30,851
Views: 2,802,933
D FA 150-450mm

Magical Moment by Ziggy Szot, on Flickr


D FA 15-30mm

The Hive IV - Evening by Ziggy Szot, on Flickr

The Hive V - Dusk by Ziggy Szot, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-03-2017, 08:04 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By ultraviolet
Replies: 30,851
Views: 2,802,933
Oxford, UK

PK1_2949-1 by Em's Foto, on Flickr

sky blue was added
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-05-2017, 07:04 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 30,851
Views: 2,802,933
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-05-2017, 03:03 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By normhead
Replies: 30,851
Views: 2,802,933
Images from the last few days....

At the Art Gallery
Rainy-2017-09-05-activites-1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

At the Canoe rental store and restaurant.
Rainy-2017-09-05-activites-4 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Rainy-2017-09-05-activites-5 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Rainy-2017-09-05-activites-3 by Norm Head, on Flickr

In the forest.
Forest-2017-09-04-walks-5 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Forest-2017-09-04-walks-10 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Forest-2017-09-04-walks-8 by Norm Head, on Flickr

Forest-2017-09-04-walks-6 by Norm Head, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-05-2017, 02:50 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By SimonAtkinson
Replies: 30,851
Views: 2,802,933
Bow Fiddle Rock on the Morayshire coast, Scotland.
A range of different exposures all blended together in PS.


Clashnessie Falls on the North West coast of Scotland.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-06-2017, 12:25 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Hattifnatt
Replies: 30,851
Views: 2,802,933
Few more shots from Ek Balam archeological site. As opposed to Chichen Itza, you are actually allowed to climb to the top of the big pyramid (The Throne).

Alejandra by Hattifnattar, on Flickr

Anca by Hattifnattar, on Flickr

Videographer by Hattifnattar, on Flickr

Descent from The Throne at Ek Balam by Hattifnattar, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-06-2017, 12:09 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By SimonAtkinson
Replies: 30,851
Views: 2,802,933
Hopeman Bay on the Morayshire coast, Scotland, 3 exposures blended together to form the final image.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-07-2017, 08:22 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By jva59
Replies: 30,851
Views: 2,802,933
A cheetah in repose, Botswana.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-09-2017, 05:45 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 30,851
Views: 2,802,933
This is a DFA 24-70 shot, top part shot with astro tracer bottom part without.



This is the flickr link to it: Night Sky | Vincent1825 | Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-08-2017, 07:25 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By derekkite
Replies: 30,851
Views: 2,802,933
Smokey moon and sun.



Forum: Pentax K-1 09-09-2017, 09:54 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 30,851
Views: 2,802,933
Some shots from tonight with a Tokina 20-35 version 1 that I just aquired from the Marketplace.

20mm, F11, ISO400, 30 seconds

Grand Rapids At Night_1_2017.jpg by Michael, on Flickr
20mm, F11, ISO200, 30 Seconds

Grand Rapids At Night_2_2017.jpg by Michael, on Flickr
27mm, F11, ISO200, 30 Seconds

Grand Rapids At Night_3_2017.jpg by Michael, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-09-2017, 03:39 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By DimC
Replies: 30,851
Views: 2,802,933
Im so tired of human behaviour sometimes....

There is literaly dozen's of these plastic and Metal Carts thrown into this lake everyweek...such a shame.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-10-2017, 10:39 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By fs999
Replies: 30,851
Views: 2,802,933
Thank you Bob ! Nice moon :)



I'm proud of it ! Continue fellows ! I will see here a tsunami of moon shots ! :lol:

1. FF Mode • 100 ISO • Pentax DA* 200mm F2.8 ED SDM


2. FF Mode • 100 ISO • Irix Blackstone 15mm F2.4 • Haida 150mm Filter Holder • Neutral Density glass filter ND3.6 12Ev • Long exposure: 20 sec


3. FF Mode • 100 ISO • Irix Blackstone 15mm F2.4


4. FF Mode • 400 ISO • Tokina AT-X AF 28-70mm f:2.8 • Topaz Labs Texture Effects 2
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-08-2017, 12:59 PM  
Macro Tak accessory ID
Posted By leekil
Replies: 7
Views: 685
I call it a Takro
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