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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-12-2020, 03:11 AM  
HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW - happy with this lens? What are you using it for?
Posted By norwegianoutdoors
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This one is even better!! Amazing colors and everything. Now I almost wish I bought that lens like I was suppose to instead of buying that Canon pro 1000 printer, haha!
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-12-2020, 03:02 AM  
Full time manual focus on Pentax K1
Posted By norwegianoutdoors
Replies: 35
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Haha, too bad you can't do anything about that ;);)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-12-2020, 02:53 AM  
HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW - happy with this lens? What are you using it for?
Posted By norwegianoutdoors
Replies: 11
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That is a really good portrait my friend! Well done. Shows the possibilities too. I've used my 50mm* at events, also using flash and it helps a lot!

You're a real good portrait photographer!

How do you compare the 50mm* and the 85mm*? Both for portraits and in general?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-12-2020, 01:31 AM  
HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW - happy with this lens? What are you using it for?
Posted By norwegianoutdoors
Replies: 11
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Hahahah!

I actually do have the 77mm. And while I sometimes drool after seeing people comparing the new 85* against the Zeiss Otus, I remind my self that the 50mm* doesnt beat my 77 or 43 in terms of creating images. So maybe I shouldn't get the 85.

Yes, I have a friend who gets great portraits from the 50mm*. Myself, I'm getting a lot more 3d, portrait rendering, magical touch from the 77mm.

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You're right. The 50* is precise and sharp. Neutral. Works great for paid work like product photography. But for me personally, it's not very artistic. But I guess it's a concious choice from Pentax. The limited lenses are for creativity and the 50* is for precise accurate work :/ And like the other guy said, they needed to have that in their arsenal as well to stay competitive in the DSLR market...

---------- Post added 10-12-20 at 01:36 AM ----------



I know what you mean. But I find the rendering on the 70-200mm f/2.8 different from the 50mm*, but also suitable for profesionnal and creative work. It sort of has that 3d pop, but more modern look (good just different) than the 77mm for example :) It's all subjective though I guess
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-11-2020, 10:44 PM  
HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW - happy with this lens? What are you using it for?
Posted By norwegianoutdoors
Replies: 11
Views: 1,037
The modern 50mm, the dfa, is highly rated. I've had some excellent landscape results from it as well as some portrait photography. But sometimes I find the results from this lens a bit, I don't know, too neutral? Anyone else feel like that? For portrait photography, I am not feeling it. I know there are more optimal focal lengths than 50 for portraits, but I don't know. The Zeiss 55 1.8 for Sony is a good portrait lens, so is the 35mm f/1.4 for Fuji (50 mm equ on ff).

I tend to prefer the rendering of the 43mm...


Why am I not raving about this lens as everyone else? The AF is precise, so it's not that. And as I said, I am getting great results some times.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-09-2020, 12:31 AM  
Ricoh Imaging appointed global spokesperson
Posted By norwegianoutdoors
Replies: 106
Views: 9,955
Such a great movie...
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-09-2020, 12:28 AM  
Full time manual focus on Pentax K1
Posted By norwegianoutdoors
Replies: 35
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Awesome shot my fellow European friend :) Or wait, UK is still Europe? Haha, just kidding ;)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-08-2020, 11:52 PM  
Good zoom lens for the K-1
Posted By norwegianoutdoors
Replies: 30
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This is show with the 28-105mm yesterday. Guess it's not all bad allthough not a spectacular lens


[IMG]Light on the rock by Norwegian Outdoors, on Flickr[/IMG]
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-08-2020, 12:53 AM  
Good zoom lens for the K-1
Posted By norwegianoutdoors
Replies: 30
Views: 1,964
Nope! Never tried it. But I think ephotozine did a test of them both and found them to be around equal sharpness. But that was perhaps stopped down? I would love f/2.8 in situations where i'm zooming in or doing type of portraits or product photography :) Thanks for the feedback!

---------- Post added 10-08-20 at 12:54 AM ----------



I found that many vintage lenses suit me. Sometimes the vintage looks brings character. This is why I personally prefer the Pentax 43mm to the HDFA Pentax 50mm sdm*aw :) Lovely cat. Wish this lens had a working AF for me :( But sems it's broken and I dont think I should open it up and try and fix it :(

---------- Post added 10-08-20 at 12:56 AM ----------



This is interesting! I identified 3 zoom lenses of f/2.8 aperture. Sigma, Tokina and Tamron. The broken AF on the Tokina let me down on that lens. But the Sigma is on my list! Maybe I will buy that one! Thanks!

---------- Post added 10-08-20 at 12:58 AM ----------




Good question! I don't think a 15-30 or 70-200 could be characterized as a general zoom lens. It could just be that my English is poor (I'm Norwegian), but maybe walkaround lens is better.

Yes f/2.8 is maybe not general. For landscape f/4 is nice. And to be honest, I would prefer if the 28-105 was a constant aperture f/4 instead. Like the slightly wider Sony and Canon equivalents.

That 28-70 f/4 must be a lot lighter than the 24-70 f/2.8. Sometime f/2.8 would be nice for when you're maybe doing a portrait. But then the lens has to be reasonably sharp too at 2.8. So maybe the f/4 would work. Thanks a lot for the recommendation!

---------- Post added 10-08-20 at 12:59 AM ----------



great tip! thanks!

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Good point!

---------- Post added 10-08-20 at 01:02 AM ----------



Didn't quote your whole text (dont' know what happened), but yes the 2.6-2.8 is supposedly better. Wish I got that one instead. Maybe I'll return it. Cost me 200 usd including shipping and customs. The seller offered me 20 usd discount if I keep it. Maybe I will just to keep it as a 180 usd mf lens. Getting taxes back from customs is worse than a hip replacement operation. Shipping overseas too from Norway is a loooooot of hassle.

---------- Post added 10-08-20 at 01:06 AM ----------



Great tips my friend!
To me 395 usd is too steep. Add 20 usd for shipping and 25% tax for import (Norway stuff) and its 500 usd. Ive seen used Pentax dfa 24-70 go for 700 usd in Norwegian ebay equivavelent. To me theyre too close in price. That goes for a lot of Pentax glass or glass made for Pentax in the last decades. I know a lot of that stuff is good. But when wide angle lenses from the 90's cost as much as the new 15-30 mm. It's just ridicilous in my view :(

---------- Post added 10-08-20 at 01:09 AM ----------



Love your post, man! I think you're right. That this is the lens I need and want. A good and fast all around lens. Besides 700-800 g is nothing compared to the giant 70-200 which i carried around in the woods for an hour yesterday. Big workout! Haha!

---------- Post added 10-08-20 at 01:14 AM ----------



It's hard to say really. For landscapes where I can stop down and lower the iso and put the camera on a tripod, I'm getting good results. But general shots turn out a bit un-extraordinary. I also got dust inside the lens really early. I have a few good shots with it, like this: Photo Sharing. Your Photos Look Better Here. and this Photo Sharing. Your Photos Look Better Here. but also so many that don't turn out like "they should" haha. Maybe I have a bad copy since all of you are so happy with it :) (DONT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED WITH THAT URL, BUT THE PHOTO WITH THE LITTLE BOATHOUSE AND SAILING BOAT IN THE BACKGROUND IS SHOT WITH THE 28-105, AS WELL AS THE PHOTO WITH THE LITTLE ISLAND ON THE LAKE WITH THE TREES THAT ARE LIT UP AND THE LAST SHOT ON THE BOTTOM WITH THE BRIDGE AND RIVER ANF MOUNTAINS BEHIND)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-07-2020, 05:03 AM  
Good zoom lens for the K-1
Posted By norwegianoutdoors
Replies: 30
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Yes, I was so disappointed :( Arrived yesterday :(

Thanks for that link! Very interesting read!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-07-2020, 04:14 AM  
Good zoom lens for the K-1
Posted By norwegianoutdoors
Replies: 30
Views: 1,964
Hey, Spock! It's AT-C Pro SV! Yes, the clutch mechanism works. And to use manual focus I have to put the camera on MF as well as the clutch has to be pulled against the camera. Maybe I'll test it out in MF. But I don't love MF for zoom lenses generally, because you have to "administrate" 2 wheels.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-07-2020, 04:12 AM  
Full time manual focus on Pentax K1
Posted By norwegianoutdoors
Replies: 35
Views: 4,281
Haha, "Totally wrong"!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-07-2020, 03:52 AM  
Good zoom lens for the K-1
Posted By norwegianoutdoors
Replies: 30
Views: 1,964
Ok, never mind! I'll search on my own! :) Thanks!

---------- Post added 10-07-20 at 03:54 AM ----------



Ah, ok. Thanks for the feedback! :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-07-2020, 02:56 AM  
Good zoom lens for the K-1
Posted By norwegianoutdoors
Replies: 30
Views: 1,964
Sorry, guys, appreciate your input, but could we please forget about the 28-105 for a bit?

If you have any suggestions for good zoom lenses around the same area, I would be both happy and grateful to hear it.

I have looked at the DFA 24-70, it's a good suggestion. But not the cheapest one. And I wonder how much better is it than the Tamon lenses made for Pentax just a few years before this one was released? I have never tried it but am curious to know :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-07-2020, 01:21 AM  
Ricoh Imaging appointed global spokesperson
Posted By norwegianoutdoors
Replies: 106
Views: 9,955
I would have picked you, Kjell!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-07-2020, 01:18 AM  
Good zoom lens for the K-1
Posted By norwegianoutdoors
Replies: 30
Views: 1,964
Hey guys!

I have almost 20 lenses for my K-1. Some new, some old.

Mostly I use primes, or the 70-200 DFA.

But, it would be nice to have a general zoom lens that is mostly sharp all the way. It can be a benefit if it's a f/2.8 for those close shots.

I hike a lot, both in the forest and in mountain areas.

Especially the forest has poor light. I know the Pentax DFA 28-105 has a good record, but to me I find it a bit too soft, except from f/8. But I cant always stop down that much. If I do, we're talking ISO 3200 or carry a tripod everywhere. I don't love neither. To me the 28-105 looks "mushy" even at f/4 and f/5.

So I bought a Tokina 28-75 f/2.8 which arrived yesterday. But the AF is not working :eek:

Any recommendations? I have the 15-30mm f/2,8 from Pentax, but it's freaking huge and too wide mostly for my needs.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-07-2020, 01:12 AM  
Full time manual focus on Pentax K1
Posted By norwegianoutdoors
Replies: 35
Views: 4,281
My Finnish friend: For liveview focusing you need a tripod right? At least I do, because it's hard to keep the camera complete still while zooming and stuff on my screen. If you agree with me, it means you only shoot manual focus on a tripod. I am using manual focus on my K-1 often when I'm out hiking. Shots are mostly in perfect focus. Let me know if you want examples. Only time I can think of focus peaking or adjusting manual focus on the liveview is when I shoot landscapes. Because then we're talking getting portions of a photo in focus, it's not such a big deal if the camera movies while I'm focusing :)
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-25-2020, 05:05 AM  
Full time manual focus on Pentax K1
Posted By norwegianoutdoors
Replies: 35
Views: 4,281
That is not true though. I've photographed events with the Rokinon 135mm f/2 using only optical viewfinder on the k-1 and using the focus comfirmation beep. All shots perfectly in focus. Both at f/2 and f/2.8. It's a whole lot faster too than using F.P. or liveview. Who has time for live view? Great for tripod shots but not for handheld in my opinion :)
Forum: Photo Critique 02-14-2020, 11:30 AM  
Abstract Winter scene - tips for improvements are welcomed
Posted By norwegianoutdoors
Replies: 9
Views: 565
Thank you my friend!

Yes, maybe the second is better. Maybe the first one has 2 subjects, 2 forground elements, which might be confusing too.

Well observed my good man! Yes, freshly groomed. I was the first guy to use these tracks this season and this day :) The machine had been there 5 minutes before me. Virgin snow!
Forum: Photo Critique 02-13-2020, 01:12 PM  
Abstract Winter scene - tips for improvements are welcomed
Posted By norwegianoutdoors
Replies: 9
Views: 565
Thank you for your valuable feedback :)

Yes, that was the point of the composition. If I crop it out, I feel the scene is too plain and without a punch. But maybe you're right.I would of liked to have it further away from the camera though, but the scene has limitations, there's a hill right behind.

Here's a crop without the tree:
Forum: Photo Critique 02-13-2020, 01:08 PM  
Abstract Winter scene - tips for improvements are welcomed
Posted By norwegianoutdoors
Replies: 9
Views: 565
Thank you buddy! Much appreciated!
Forum: Photo Critique 02-13-2020, 04:10 AM  
Nature Seedpod
Posted By norwegianoutdoors
Replies: 44
Views: 3,744
To me, this is perfect. Good DOF, nice color of the background and yes you get the sense it's exploding and yes it is definetely interesting as an image :)
Forum: Photo Critique 02-13-2020, 03:51 AM  
Abstract Winter scene - tips for improvements are welcomed
Posted By norwegianoutdoors
Replies: 9
Views: 565
Hello!

I'm trying to become a better landscape photographer, so please give me help to improve my photography :)

Exif: 1/100 sec at f/11, ISO 100
Lens: Tokina 20-35mm (focal lenght here is 20mm)
Forum: Photo Critique 02-13-2020, 03:35 AM  
Nature Flamingos from Trasimeno Lake, Italy
Posted By norwegianoutdoors
Replies: 11
Views: 1,051
Yes, maybe and did you use a tripod? As I said I am definetely no expert, but maybe it would help bring down the Iso? The birds are maybe not moving very very fast?
Forum: Photo Critique 02-10-2020, 11:56 PM  
Nature Flamingos from Trasimeno Lake, Italy
Posted By norwegianoutdoors
Replies: 11
Views: 1,051
Very nice shot! I'm not an expert, but is that noise on the hills on the far side? Or do the grains just come from it being far away? But overall, like the other guy said, not much to improve here, it's a great shot. It would be cool maybe to see a shot of one of the birds with that nice light, but I guess they're too far away?
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