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Forum: Pentax KP 10-24-2020, 05:15 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By mtngal
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What an awesome scene!
Forum: Pentax KP 10-11-2020, 08:31 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By mtngal
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These shots were hand-held, I was on a short morning hike and these were just things that caught my eye. Iím probably an exception, Iím not very big and have small hands so I found the grip too big and it added too much weight for me, especially with a larger battery in it. I got it with the camera, tried it because I was curious but donít use it. I would guess the vast majority of people feel the opposite of me though.

I have a good tripod (and do use it occasionally) but donít hike with it.

I used to own a K-S1. I found I could use my left hand under the lens/camera body to support the camera, then leave a light right hand grip to operate the controls. It seems to work well for me, but the shutter speeds I was using for these photos is about the minimum I can manage (1/400 for the most part) and itís not for-sure speed to avoid camera shake. I normally use TAv mode and set a faster shutter speed, only I didnít think about it today.

The funny thing is that I havenít used the DA*300 in quite a while - several months ago I bought a new lens so have been using it mostly, up until last month when I was helping someone move. The new lens is heavier than the 300 and I guess it and all those heavy boxes were good for my muscles, I didnít have much trouble shooting today.
Forum: Pentax KP 10-11-2020, 03:41 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By mtngal
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Iím back in the land of pointy things:





And the creatures that live among them.







All taken with the KP and DA*300
Forum: Pentax KP 09-28-2020, 07:51 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By mtngal
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Awesome! Sure wish that I could get a chance to photograph that some day. Love your photos.
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-14-2020, 07:19 PM  
HD Pentax-D FA* 1:1.4 85mm Lens Club
Posted By mtngal
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Contrasts. This was a quick shot taken during a lunch break as I was driving across New Mexico. The DFA 85 f1.4 happened to be on the KP and it was easiest to grab.

Forum: Pentax KP 09-14-2020, 06:14 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By mtngal
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A couple of photos taken last month at White Sands National Park. I was there with friends, including a not-so-clean white poodle. All taken with the DFA 85f1.4



I can sometimes really struggle with dumb things - in this case I wasn't paying attention to the aperture and missed the focus. Of course, I only had an instant to catch the action and wasn't all that prepared.









I like the last one even if I missed the focus here, too. I don't think the lens front-focuses in general, I think I need to go back to some basic photography skills. But I still like the photo.
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-30-2020, 11:35 AM  
HD Pentax-D FA* 1:1.4 85mm Lens Club
Posted By mtngal
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Thanks for the experiments, it's been interesting to follow how it does with the two TCs (I have the same two but haven't thought of getting them out to use). I haven't been doing much macro in a long time, thought I might since I'm not traveling. I did get the DFA 100 macro out once and enjoyed it.

This lens probably would capable of doing nice macro with the proper attachments.

Another light-hearted, just for fun shot. If this white poodle had been freshly groomed, I think she might have been harder to see.



Taken at White Sands National Park, New Mexico.
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-24-2020, 05:42 PM  
HD Pentax-D FA* 1:1.4 85mm Lens Club
Posted By mtngal
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Now that’s interesting, don’t think it’s the best combination in the world. I wonder if it would do the same thing with the KP - I can’t imagine it would be any different, but it might be interesting to test it out. The in-focus point is still sharp but...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-22-2020, 09:25 AM  
Polarizing filters and the D FA* 85/1.4
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 15
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Thanks for the suggestion! I got some yesterday and tried it first on the latch, to get a feel for it (and because the latch was getting sticky again). My latch is much happier now.

This morning I very gingerly put some on the threads of the filter, then even more gingerly and sparingly put a bit on the edges of the rotating part. My filter is new and the action of the polarizer is very smooth but stiff. I didnít think the tiny bit I used made much of a difference on the action of the polarizer when I was rotating it in my hand, but noticed a difference once I put the filter on the lens. Itís not a huge difference (donít want it too easily rotated anyway), but enough that any thought of a replacement has been put on hold.
Forum: Pentax KP 08-15-2020, 12:20 PM  
KP look and feel
Posted By mtngal
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Maybe if they come out with two different KP bodies - one with a larger grip and the larger battery and one that’s got the 3 grips and the smaller battery, for people like me who have small hands and will always go for lightweight and smaller. Then it would satisfy both sides of the grip controversy.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-15-2020, 12:11 PM  
Polarizing filters and the D FA* 85/1.4
Posted By mtngal
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Thanks for the info - I just ordered some. I have a latch that I’ve been periodically using an aerosol lube with PTFE on (originally bought for yet another application), but a liquid would work better than the spray I think. I never knew there was one made.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-15-2020, 05:26 AM  
Polarizing filters and the D FA* 85/1.4
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 15
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Thanks for posting this thread, I recently bought a Breakthrough X2 CPL and also found it somewhat stiff to rotate, plus hard to get off. Which of the various Tri-Flow lubricants do you use? I went to their website and promptly got confused.
Forum: Pentax KP 08-14-2020, 12:46 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By mtngal
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Too funny - looks like you were having way too much fun taking the photos!

---------- Post added 08-14-20 at 12:05 PM ----------

This morning I went down to 3 Rivers Petroglyph Site. It's interesting, there's supposed to be over 2,000 petroglyphs on the site. It's also a pretty setting.









This isn't a famous site or anything, just an interesting one. It's very low-key, out of the way place where you can get close to them.



There's been some damage over the years, but they are in pretty good shape. Maybe that's because it's not publicized. I discovered it because I spotted it on a map and did a bit of internet research. It's nice to visit, especially since I have a new lens.
Forum: Pentax KP 08-13-2020, 10:49 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By mtngal
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LOL! Thanks again for the feedback. Looking at this thread this morning, I went back to liking the water level better! I guess the moral of these two photos is to make sure your hummingbird feeder isn't on a tilted stump to begin with.

I went for a walk/hike a couple of days ago and had the DFA 100 macro on the KP. The trail was in a national forest and over 2800m elevation (the GPS on the K1 reports elevation in meters, I noticed) and hilly so I didn't take a tripod, so these are hand-held. And without a tripod, I wasn't about to try shooting a series for focus stacking, which would have improved them.

At f13:



Dandelion at f14:



The thistles in New Mexico are fun to photograph. Looking for information about the plant part names for thistles (something I never thought about before) I think I identified this as a Musk Thistle and an invasive species not native to New Mexico. f14:



This is the best I could manage at 1:1 (or close to it). Also at f14:



I thought the macro interesting - I always find myself seeing things I never see when I look at a flower or thistle at a regular size and distance.
Forum: Pentax KP 08-12-2020, 08:29 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By mtngal
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Thanks for the feedback. After ignoring them for a bit I decided I liked them better with the stump straight also, and re-worked them. I still think it looks odd for the liquid not to be straight, but less annoying.
Forum: Pentax KP 08-12-2020, 03:39 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By mtngal
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These photos are really just for fun - I have a new lens and I'm trying out having a hummingbird feeder for the first time. The lens is totally inappropriate for birds, being a medium telephoto. But I thought since the hummingbirds are quite tame, I'd give it a try.

Only issue I have is the stump where I put the feeder isn't vertical, it's at an angle. You can't have a liquid at an angle to gravity, so no matter what I do, the photos look weird. Should I edit them so that the liquid is level and therefore the camera is level, or edit them so the stump is level and ignore the unlikely slope of the liquid? I also discovered that 1/1000 shutter speed isn't really fast enough for hummers.

DFA 85f1.4, 1/1000 sec, f3.5:



1/1600 sec, f3.2:




The lens did very well in spite of the photographer and the sloped stump.
Forum: Pentax KP 08-04-2020, 09:34 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By mtngal
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Donít think I want to tow a trailer up THAT road!
Forum: Pentax KP 07-30-2020, 12:35 PM  
KP look and feel
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 30
Views: 2,278
I remember the comments when it first came out also. And yes, it was often from people who didnít like the smaller form and grip sizes, they preferred something hefty like the K3. Since I was looking for a replacement for my K-S1 (aperture block), the KP was perfect.

I think that those who really didnít like the ergonomics didnít buy it. The folks who bought it discovered a really nice camera and one that was easy to adjust to. So the complaints about itís ergonomics died away. Personally, I have no desire to go back to something like the K-3, I much prefer the smaller size and weight of the KP.
Forum: Pentax KP 07-28-2020, 11:05 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By mtngal
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Yesterdayís walk at White Sands National Park. Taken with the DA 16-85:



There had been thunderstorms the day before.

Forum: Lens Clubs 07-28-2020, 10:52 AM  
HD Pentax-D FA* 1:1.4 85mm Lens Club
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 163
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Thatís true, but Iíll never reach that level of expertise, no matter how much I love playing around with photography.

The quality here makes me almost afraid to offer a couple of photos I took yesterday with the K1 and DFA 85. I was playing tourist and visiting somewhere with a whole bunch of white, so shooting at smaller apertures. Itís not something most would probably do, but I had fun doing it.







Nothing exciting, I had fun, the lens is just incredibly sharp both wide open (as others have shown here) as well as stopped down. Iím happy I bought it even though itís designed for a type of photography Iíll never do. And it did save me money - it was a choice of buying the lens or buying a new travel trailer. The lens (as expensive as it is) was nowhere near as expensive as the travel trailer would have been!
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-28-2020, 05:01 AM  
HD Pentax-D FA* 1:1.4 85mm Lens Club
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 163
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I agree with the other comments - WOW!!!!!!

I can’t believe this a hobby for you. Keep posting!
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-25-2020, 08:10 AM  
HD Pentax-D FA* 1:1.4 85mm Lens Club
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 163
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I took a walk yesterday and decided that I have a long way to go to really figure out the lens. But I already love it on the KP (wanted to walk with a lighter camera).

Itís not a macro lens. This was cropped quite a bit and it was not far from the minimum focus distance. I was actually rather pleased it did as well as it did, considering the tri-colored bumble bee was only there for a minute or two. (F1.4, I should have stopped down the lens more).



Leaves at f1.4:



And at f4:



Distant mountain at f5.6. Sort-of a ho-hum photo, thereís a bit of telephoto compression going on, and itís so sharp that it almost loses the feeling of depth in some way. Or maybe itís just how I happened to look at it, after shooting mostly close-up types of things all morning.



Reflection was interesting. I couldnít change my position much - I was on a trail. F1.4.



Anyway, thatís what I managed with the lens on my first day with it. The lens plays very nicely with the KP and I may end up using it more because of the lighter weight.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-24-2020, 10:14 AM  
Pentax D FA* 85 1.4 Review and Video
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 24
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Thanks for posting the review - your review is very interesting! Such a lovely lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-23-2020, 09:01 PM  
Pentax D FA* 85mm F1.4 first impressions
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 6
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Out of curiosity, what software are you using? I had something similar happen when I first bought the DFA 70-210, right after it came out. Lightroom didn’t recognize it either, until they came out with an update.

Nice photo, looks like you’ll have fun with the lens.
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-23-2020, 08:33 PM  
HD Pentax-D FA* 1:1.4 85mm Lens Club
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 163
Views: 13,456
I got my lens today. It arrived between thunderstorms, so I didnít get much chance to play with it.

I tried it on both the KP and the K1, and was very pleased how it works with both cameras. I might find myself using it with the KP more than I had thought - I find it almost too heavy on the K1 (but then I havenít been shooting the K1 much recently).

It is one very sharp lens!

KP, f1.4:



And a thistle (KP, f1.6)



I love sharp lenses and this is one very sharp lens. Iím going to have fun with it, even though itís a far better lens than I am a photographer.
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