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Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 10-15-2020, 12:56 PM  
For Sale: FS/FT: Sigma 10-20 3.5, DA50, K 2x TC
Posted By skierd
Replies: 0
Views: 457
Cleaning house, wanting to swap out some lenses and maybe even simplify my photographic life a little. All prices include shipping in the US via USPS flat rate boxes. Payment via Paypal please.

Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 HSM, excellent condition, includes case and box. Purchased new from B&H in 2017 or 2018 $300

Pentax DA 50mm f1.8. Purchased used from this site, comes with box and caps but no case (not sure if they came with a case?) $90

Pentax K 2x teleconverter, with case and caps. $50 Excellent condition

Interested in trading? I'm looking for a DA 12-24mm, DA 14mm f2.8, or a DA 15mm f4 Limited.
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-28-2020, 07:23 AM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Posted By skierd
Replies: 3,692
Views: 660,121
The lights decided to come out this morning. KP+DA10-17mm


Auroras 092829 web-0141 by David Dawson, on Flickr


Auroras 092829 web-0134 by David Dawson, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax KP 09-28-2020, 07:22 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By skierd
Replies: 2,739
Views: 260,674
The lights decided to come out this morning. KP+DA10-17mm


Auroras 092829 web-0141 by David Dawson, on Flickr


Auroras 092829 web-0134 by David Dawson, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-25-2020, 11:23 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By skierd
Replies: 34,571
Views: 3,451,987
A quick study of the same flower at vastly different focal lengths

10-17mm at 17mm
White Mountains-0085 by David Dawson, on Flickr

55-300 PLM at 300mm
White Mountains-0084 by David Dawson, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-25-2020, 11:12 PM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Posted By skierd
Replies: 3,692
Views: 660,121
A quick study of the same flower at vastly different focal lengths

10-17mm at 17mm
White Mountains-0085 by David Dawson, on Flickr

55-300 PLM at 300mm
White Mountains-0084 by David Dawson, on Flickr

My daughter wanted to be involved of course

10mm
White Mountains-0091 by David Dawson, on Flickr

17mm
White Mountains-0092 by David Dawson, on Flickr

And off to the next!
White Mountains-0094 by David Dawson, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-23-2020, 11:18 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By skierd
Replies: 34,571
Views: 3,451,987
Much less exotic, just a KP and 55-300 PLM at 300 and a very nosy camp robber

White Mountains-0037 by David Dawson, on Flickr

White Mountains-0041 by David Dawson, on Flickr

White Mountains-0046 by David Dawson, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-23-2020, 11:13 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By skierd
Replies: 21,330
Views: 1,539,359
Delicate light and spider webs.

White Mountains-0063 by David Dawson, on Flickr
Forum: General Photography 09-23-2020, 11:10 AM  
The cycle of GAS and the bloat or regret that follows
Posted By skierd
Replies: 42
Views: 2,253
One step sideways...

I did pick up another UWA, but not the DA*11-18. Picked up a new DA 10-17mm Fisheye from a local camera shop's closing sale. I mostly use it as a "combination" prime so far, either really fishy at 10mm or really wide at 17mm. I could see it replacing my Sigma 10-20mm, if I like using it on the night sky.

So my system would be:
KP (or K-new?)
10-17
20-40
50 1.8
55-300 PLM

Looks like I should get the 15 LTD to slot below the 20-40 and above the 10-17... or the new DA*16-50 to replace the 20-40 and 50...

And a step backwards:

LomoGraflok 4◊5 Instant Back ∑ Lomography Shop

Being able to dabble in large format at less than $1 a shot and no processing time sounds perfect... I wonder if the Nagaoka 4x5 is still at the remaining LCS, or if I should just order an Intrepid mk4, and get the Schneider 150/265mm combination lens and a decent 90 he might still have...
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-22-2020, 10:36 PM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Posted By skierd
Replies: 3,692
Views: 660,121
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-22-2020, 10:36 PM  
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE - Show us what it can do, what it CAN'T!
Posted By skierd
Replies: 699
Views: 69,060
Forum: General Photography 06-24-2020, 01:48 PM  
Sometimes You Just Need To Breath
Posted By skierd
Replies: 22
Views: 1,288
Trips like this are why Iíll never part with my 20-40 limited. If I need to go wider, I can always stitch together 9 or 12 shots in Lightroom later pretty easily. If I need to get closer, well, cíest la vie. Even on my iPhone, Iím mostly using the wide or regular lenses, hardly ever the telephoto except for portrait mode.

Canonís 17-40 F4 has almost made me switch systems. A 11-27mm in apsc? Maybe I should try to find me a Pentax 12-24...


Iím usually happiest traveling with my Olympus XA loaded with Ektar 100 or Provia 100F however. 35mm lenses just works for me and how I see.
Forum: General Photography 06-24-2020, 09:55 AM  
Olympus announcement
Posted By skierd
Replies: 12
Views: 1,324
Fortunately for Olympus users the MFT lens system is open and there are still other companies produce glass for the mount and bodies that can use their glass.
Forum: General Photography 05-30-2020, 12:08 AM  
Bigger cameras or smaller lenses?
Posted By skierd
Replies: 18
Views: 1,103
Itís almost as if large professional cameras, like the D6 and D810, were designed around large professional lenses, while the smaller consumer oriented cameras were designed to feel good with the included kit lenses and consumer level zooms... Hmm...

My WAG as to why new lenses are so damn big: theyíre actually medium format lenses by design, but with 35mm mounts. That way theyíre projecting a larger image circle with all of that extra glass so that the frame corners arenít near the edge of projection; instead your using the best part of the image circle.

MILCís havenít reached their design maturity yet, but arenít many of the ďproĒ level MFT bodies nearly the size of a flagship DSLR, minus the mirror box? Interchangeable lens cameras can only get so small as human hands are still roughly the same range of sizes theyíve always been. Past a certain point smaller is too small to be functional, but something too large will be left home or in the studio unless required for the paying job or the photographer likes the effort.

My KP is great with a 20-40 Limited, itís less so with the 55-300 racked out and would be unwieldy, imo, with a larger heavier zoom. I wish I had gotten the grip for mine now.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-28-2020, 10:03 PM  
What camera functions have you discovered long after buying the camera?
Posted By skierd
Replies: 48
Views: 2,789
When using older, pre A lenses, the green button can also be configured to be used for stop down metering. Itíll also work that way with m42 lenses that are set to manual, but instead of stopping down (since it canít, itíll try) itíll take a reading through the set aperture and set shutter speeds appropriately.
Forum: General Photography 05-28-2020, 09:10 PM  
The cycle of GAS and the bloat or regret that follows
Posted By skierd
Replies: 42
Views: 2,253
This is what ultimately saves me: I am, or at least I attempt to be, a photographer, not a collector. If I don't go out and shoot it, why have it taking up space?

My KP has an amazing sensor. Would a 645 based system give me so much more than I'm getting from my KP, Sigma 10-20 f3.5 (or my wanted DA*11-18), 20-40 limited, DA50 1.8 and 55-300 PLM? Maybe, maybe not, but at the expense of weight, low shutter speed, loud and slower autofocus if I get FA lenses, and the expense of time and money changing everything out. Or a Fuji Xpro3, 3 Fujicrons, and 100-400? The weight is gone, still have a good viewfinder, but is it an improvement? Would it help my art or desire to shoot?

Same again with the Leica M9 or M240, except no autofocus (though I do the rangefinder thing well) and no long lenses, practically speaking.

I see a 4x5 field camera in my future however, because that *is* something different. I've only used one once, but it was exciting!

---------- Post added 05-28-20 at 09:55 PM ----------

Oh! I forgot the inevitable desire for a Fuji X100! I still might get one to replace my Olympus XA as my travel camera... and/or as a second body/lens to the Xpro.
Forum: General Photography 05-28-2020, 10:41 AM  
The cycle of GAS and the bloat or regret that follows
Posted By skierd
Replies: 42
Views: 2,253
Iíve noticed that I have a fairly consistent cycle of GAS. It goes, generally, as such:

1 - I could really use a new lens. Usually something fairly expensive in the Ultra Wide, portrait, and/or long telephoto range. reason to usually boils down to I either want more reach or magical thinking that a special lens will inspire me to get out shooting. Not entirely untrue, but a 77 limited isnít going to make me a people person suddenly any more than the DA*11-18 will make the northern lights appear or the DA560 will make wildlife appear in range.

2 - large(er) formats
2a - Pentax 645D, with lenses. To replace my APS-C setup.
2b - 4x5 field camera, with lenses. To augment digital. Mind you I have no space to develop at home...

3 - exotics, and pseudo exotics. Leica Mís lead to Fuji mirrorless, neither of which really fits my normal shooting style though I do love rangefinders. Leica is too expensive and Fuji doesnít really get me better than my Pentax setup so...

4 ...start back at step 1.

Anyone else have the same sort of pattern? At least so far I havenít acted on it!
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-26-2020, 05:54 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By skierd
Replies: 34,571
Views: 3,451,987
Possibly? Lots of geese, cranes, and other migratory birds this time of year.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-26-2020, 09:25 AM  
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE - Show us what it can do, what it CAN'T!
Posted By skierd
Replies: 699
Views: 69,060
So were these taken on a tripod, or hand held?

If on the tripod, SR off with remote shutter or MLU/2S delay? How heavy is your tripod?

If hand held, was SR on? Your shutter speeds are low for a long lens but SR should take care of it.

To me it does look like a faulty lens; I shoot it mostly at f8 and I generally get great sharp and clear photos.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-25-2020, 10:26 PM  
Longer focal length portrait lenses?
Posted By skierd
Replies: 35
Views: 1,539
All of my digital shooting has been on crop sensors, but Iíve also used 35mm film for portraits.

My favorite lens for working in a group of people is my 20-40 Limited, which covers the same field of view roughly as a 35-60mm would on FF. 20/35mm isnít so wide that it distorts a persons face or shape, and 40/60mm gives enough compression for a more flattering look.


Generated from my Apple iPhone using tools.sportscard.trade

The DA*50-135, and for you the 70-200, was my real workhorse for portraits. 50/70 is wide enough for upper torso shots, even indoors, and 135/200 is great for headshots. Mind the aperture so the whole face stays in focus.


Generated from my Apple iPhone using tools.sportscard.trade


Generated from my Apple iPhone using tools.sportscard.trade

Honestly my equipment thoughts on portraits leans towards lighting over lenses. A simple single off-camera flash in a soft box or shot through an umbrella, or hell an on-camera flash (Not the on board flash) bounced off the ceiling, can dramatically change a portrait, more than a lens imo. Most of my favorite shots, going through them now, are done with relatively short lenses but nearly all have additional lighting or really good natural light.


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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-25-2020, 08:13 PM  
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE - Show us what it can do, what it CAN'T!
Posted By skierd
Replies: 699
Views: 69,060
Are you manually releasing the shutter or using the 2s timer/MLU or remote? How heavy is your tripod?

---------- Post added 05-25-20 at 08:20 PM ----------

I bought my PLM shortly after my DA*. 50-135ís SDM died. That was my favorite and easily most used lens, but I always wanted something longer; faster focusing would just be a bonus as I found SDM to generally to be enough.

I was wrong. The PLM blows SDM away! My KP actually tracks subject well with it, even BIF or KR (kids running). Optically itís more than good enough for me, especially as I get to know it and more so now that Iíve had a chance to try it back to back with my old favorite 50-135.

These are cross posted in the 300+ club and the KP threads but I think they show what I love about this lens.

I think this little guy has been eating at the feeder a bit too much...

little birds-5123 by David Dawson, on Flickr

little birds-5138 by David Dawson, on Flickr

little birds-5149 by David Dawson, on Flickr

---------- Post added 05-24-20 at 10:48 PM ----------

Some more, larger critters... Shot one handed over my shoulder out the back window of my truck while in the drivers seat. Try that with a DA*60-250!


roadside moose web-5170
by David Dawson, on Flickr

And some dinosaurs too.

cranes return-4917
by David Dawson, on Flickr


Zoinks!
by David Dawson, on Flickr


cranes return-5004
by David Dawson, on Flickr


cranes return-4916
by David Dawson, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax KP 05-24-2020, 10:26 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By skierd
Replies: 2,739
Views: 260,674
I think this little guy has been eating at the feeder a bit too much...

little birds-5123 by David Dawson, on Flickr

little birds-5138 by David Dawson, on Flickr

little birds-5149 by David Dawson, on Flickr

---------- Post added 05-24-20 at 10:49 PM ----------

Some more, larger critters...


roadside moose web-5170
by David Dawson, on Flickr

And some dinosaurs too.

cranes return-4917
by David Dawson, on Flickr


Zoinks!
by David Dawson, on Flickr


cranes return-5004
by David Dawson, on Flickr


cranes return-4916
by David Dawson, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-24-2020, 10:25 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By skierd
Replies: 34,571
Views: 3,451,987
I think this little guy has been eating at the feeder a bit too much...

little birds-5123 by David Dawson, on Flickr

little birds-5138 by David Dawson, on Flickr

little birds-5149 by David Dawson, on Flickr

---------- Post added 05-24-20 at 10:48 PM ----------

Some more, larger critters...


roadside moose web-5170
by David Dawson, on Flickr

And some dinosaurs too.

cranes return-4917
by David Dawson, on Flickr


Zoinks!
by David Dawson, on Flickr


cranes return-5004
by David Dawson, on Flickr


cranes return-4916
by David Dawson, on Flickr
Forum: Sold Items 05-24-2020, 10:01 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA*50-135 f2.8, SDM working, great condition
Posted By skierd
Replies: 1
Views: 524
Photos attached
Forum: Sold Items 05-24-2020, 09:58 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA*50-135 f2.8, SDM working, great condition
Posted By skierd
Replies: 1
Views: 524
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
FS: Pentax DA*50-135 f2.8, SDM working, great condition

Asking Price
350.00 USD

Item Location
Fairbanks (United States)

Item Description
I purchased this lens from KEH about a week ago for a paying gig that ended up being canceled a few days after I purchased the lens. Rather than returning it and getting hit with a restocking fee, I'd rather try to pass it on to the next Pentaxian who might also fall in love with it. While I loved my original DA*50-135, it's replacement 55-300 PLM lens has actually turned out to be better for me in most situations.

This lens was rated as "Bargain" condition from KEH, but I'm having a hard time finding any flaws with it. Comes with what it came with from KEH: a non-original rear cap, original front cap, hood, and soft case. Lens appears to be in good working condition all around; SDM works immediately and isn't slow to wake up, glass appears to be clear and clean to me, and takes great photos. Selling it as-is with no returns. Photos of the lens in the next post.

I'd just like to get back out of it what I have in it, so I'm asking $350 shipped in the US via USPS. If you are outside of the US, PM me to discuss shipping options.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Good

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
Alaska

Shipping Services
USPS Flat Rate

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
see below

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-24-2020, 07:03 PM  
Just three lenses, your pick?
Posted By skierd
Replies: 75
Views: 3,877
Think about it as a thought exercise, not limiting yourself. You might want all the lenses, but itís good to remind yourself about how you shoot and whatís important to you and your work... unless your goal is to collect lenses. Nothing wrong with that of course, but itís not photography.

Thinking about medium format, a 645D or Z with the FA35, FA75, and FA150-300 could do just about everything Iíd want.

Similarly, a K1 with the new DFA21 limited, the 43 or 77 limited, and the 70-200 f2.8 or.

Or APS-C with the 15 or 21 limited, the 43 limited or 55 1.4, and the 60-250 or 55-300 PLM.

The trend seems to be clear for most of us however: something wide, something normal, something long. Prime or zoom depends on personal budget or preferences of course.
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