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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-01-2019, 04:21 PM  
K1000 featured in (UK) Channel 4 series "Chimerica".
Posted By OJGoreng
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Apologies if this is the wrong subforum. I was just watching the first episode of the new series "Chimerica". The lead character is a photographer, and the first six minutes heavily feature a K1000, being used in 1989 (weird year for that model, but hey, those things still work flawlessly today, so why not). Six minutes in, and it's 2016, with the guy having moved on to a Canon DSLR. Typical ;).
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 01-02-2016, 06:25 PM  
Pentax M 50mm f/1.7 samples
Posted By OJGoreng
Replies: 60
Views: 36,377
Here's a few from a rather dimly-lit concert a while back, when I was still using my K-5. My dad was the first owner of this lens; it came with his M-X back in the day. These were all taken with the aperture wide open.

BACCS by Orang J. Goreng, on Flickr

AHCCS by Orang J. Goreng, on Flickr

AVRoR by Orang J. Goreng, on Flickr

Reason why I brought the M and not the F version of this lens (which I use more often) is that I prefer the focusing ring of the M for manual focusing; especially useful when doing video (below). I rarely do this type of photography anymore, so the lens doesn't get much use, but still, it's a nice piece of kit.
















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Forum: Photographic Technique 09-16-2018, 03:12 PM  
Using binoculars for bird photgraphy
Posted By OJGoreng
Replies: 13
Views: 1,414
That, and the much larger depth of field. When you use only a telephoto lens, it's perfectly possible you completely miss a bird sitting two branches behind the one on which you're focussing, because it's all drowned out in creamy bokeh ;).
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-20-2017, 04:09 PM  
Got Squirrel Shots? (In memorial of Rupert)
Posted By OJGoreng
Replies: 2,798
Views: 245,091
Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) by Orang J. Goreng, on Flickr

Euro Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris), Amsterdam, a few days ago.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-21-2017, 07:17 PM  
DFA*50 1.4 coming
Posted By OJGoreng
Replies: 3,156
Views: 310,158
It appears to be even larger. (OK, had to google whether it was just an unfortunate typo or a term I had not heard in this context.)

Forum: Lens Clubs 01-30-2017, 03:17 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By OJGoreng
Replies: 34,586
Views: 3,455,075
Yeah, that qualifies as a success indeed. I'm curious, how do you get the blue skies to stay so clean while preserving all that detail in the birds? I always struggle a bit to get the noise reduction right with my K3II (and K3 before that), although switching to DxO software helped a lot.

After a three month wait, I got my DFA 150-450 back from repair. Half the lens has been replaced with new parts. Mental note for the next time: always check if the zipper is closed when you carry your camera bag while walking on a concrete floor. Anyway, from last week (crops to about 25% of original frame, click for larger versions):

Great Bittern taking off:

fK3II0396_DxO by Orang J. Goreng, on Flickr

Iceland Gull in flight (in mist and rain, but that may not be too obvious):

fK3II0235_DxO by Orang J. Goreng, on Flickr

Here's a couple of slightly older ones, with the DA* 300. Zoo pics, obviously, due to a lack of free-roaming Mandrills in the greater Amsterdam area. I'm not entirely unhappy with that fact.

fK3136307_DxO by Orang J. Goreng, on Flickr

Some day... by Orang J. Goreng, on Flickr
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-25-2017, 05:00 PM  
will this lens work on my K50 without an adapter
Posted By OJGoreng
Replies: 4
Views: 789
Hard to say. The description in the add is all over the place, to the extent that it describes at least two different lenses. If it's the one written in the boldest typeface, "Exellent-!! Tamron B003 AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC for Canon ", definitely not.
I'd either stay away or ask the seller in advance to be more specific, just so you have a reasonable expectation of what you'd be getting.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-15-2016, 08:22 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By OJGoreng
Replies: 34,586
Views: 3,455,075
Quite some time ago I dropped my 150-450 om a concrete floor. It seemed to be fine and I took a great many images with it afterwards, but then a while ago the zoom got stuck again. Repair service diagnosed massive internal damage, including the front lens group needing to be replaced. Yikes... the repairs cost half the new price of the lens. Ugh. Anyway, temporarily back on the DA* f/4 300...

Short-eared owls playing in the fog, shortly before dusk.

Short-eared owls (Asio flammeus). by Orang J. Goreng, on Flickr

Hen harrier, same fog. This one is with the 1.4x converter.

Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus) in the fog. by Orang J. Goreng, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-28-2016, 02:58 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By OJGoreng
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We seem to be having a bit of a Black-winged Stilt invasion, which is great when one has to escape the city due to the dreaded King's Day madness. DFA 150-450 on K-3, cropped. Uninspiring background, but at least it helps with tracking AF accuracy. Click for larger version.

One-hundred-and-eighty! by Orang J. Goreng, on Flickr

Also from yesterday: black-tailed Godwit in the rain. Same lens. I keep wondering if it's suffering from a bit of back-focus. In this case the focus ends up being on the head (which works out), but also on some rain drops behind it, with the wings and tail being ever-so-annoyingly just out of focus (which doesn't work al that well), despite the aperture being f/8. Of course, user error is probably the more likely explanation.

Done to death by Orang J. Goreng, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 11-15-2013, 03:34 PM  
Sigma 170-500mm F5-6.3 APO
Posted By OJGoreng
Replies: 3
Views: 5,835
This is my walkaround lens ;). Mine's the old, cheap, non-DG version as well. Here's a few examples; be aware these all have been cropped to some extent, and had some post-processing (exposure correction and a fairly conservative bit of USM) applied. I horribly suck a post-processing, generally leading to me overdoing it, so take that for whatever it's worth. All shots taken with a K-5 mostly @500mm, supposedly the "bad" end of the focus range; if you want to see the EXIF data, additional info or a larger format, just click through for the versions on Flickr. All animals pictured are wildlife, mostly shot in or around Amsterdam.

Handheld:


Cootslap by Orang J Goreng, on Flickr


slvXII8632 by Orang J Goreng, on Flickr


tafelXII6724f by Orang J Goreng, on Flickr


Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), adult male. by Orang J Goreng, on Flickr


fweend5879 by Orang J Goreng, on Flickr

Despite the distance, the coded research tag could still be read after blowing up the image; this young Caspian gull in Amsterdam turned out to have been ringed as a chick in southern Poland.

Pentax K-5 and old Sigma 170-500...surprisingly good IQ. by Orang J Goreng, on Flickr


How big was it? by Orang J Goreng, on Flickr

From a tripod:


Dunlin (Calidris alpina) by Orang J Goreng, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-18-2016, 05:02 PM  
Post your HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW pictures!
Posted By OJGoreng
Replies: 2,385
Views: 335,319
Juvenile Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) in Scheveningen harbour, earlier today.
K-3, f/8 450mm 1/1000 s, ISO 200. Click for larger version.

fK3137448 by Orang J. Goreng, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-14-2015, 04:52 PM  
FF out in 4 months
Posted By OJGoreng
Replies: 1,200
Views: 137,579
Correct me if I'm wrong, but in manual mode you operate on a fixed ISO, so there's only two variables left; if you change one, the're only one solution for the other to give you the correct exposure (i.e. you only have one degree of freedom). If you change the ISO while locking the exposure, either aperture or shutter speed (or both) will have to change to yield the correct exposure. The camera doesn't know which one you'd like to change, so your expectation isn't necessarily the obvious one (another user might expect the aperture, but not the shutter speed to change when you change ISO while locking the exposure). I guess that's why it doesn't work.
So in other words you'd like the behaviour of the camera to be programmable when you change the ISO in manual mode? I'm all for customiseable firmware, although I'd imagine it would be easiest to implement with a piece of software you'd run on a computer and then transfer to the camera, otherwise it might take an endless range of pages to click through with the wheels and buttons on the camera itself. (And since I have no use for a FF, I'd love to see this implemented in the crop sensor models as wel :)). Something tells me this will greatly increase the chance of user error, though, which might be a reason why it hasn't been implemented so far.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-11-2015, 12:48 PM  
HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW
Posted By OJGoreng
Replies: 1,426
Views: 238,723
Exactly.



Hopefully it's a fluke; I guess every new product comes with a few problems one can't really predict when developing it, and I'm confident it'll be worked out satisfactorily.

It suddenly happened, though in retrospect I do think I thouht the zoom lock button felt a bit weird earlier that day (perhaps seeming to have a bit more resistance to it). I may have totally made that up, though... hindsight isn't necessarliy 20/20.



I have no idea who does the warranty repairs here. I'm guessing the lens will be sent back to the distributor, which IIRC is Pentax France. That's the bit I'm dreading... I have now clue how long I'll have to do without the thing, which is a bit stressful considering it's an item I use daily. Then again, I still have everything I used before I got that thing and managed to survive ;).
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-01-2015, 02:15 PM  
Post your HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW pictures!
Posted By OJGoreng
Replies: 2,385
Views: 335,319
Some recent ones (which is fairly obvious given the time the lens has been available ;)). All handheld @450 mm, all of them serious crops (25% of the original frame at best, most of them much less).

fblauwborst by Orang J Goreng, on Flickr

fgk by Orang J Goreng, on Flickr

fhavik by Orang J Goreng, on Flickr

fpaapje by Orang J Goreng, on Flickr

fsteltkluut by Orang J Goreng, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-04-2015, 03:15 PM  
HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW
Posted By OJGoreng
Replies: 1,426
Views: 238,723
Nobody is ever unbiased. Even though I technically have the opportunity to return it, I'm aware that I also want to like this lens, because a) it's not the type of money I easily cough up, and b) the alternative would be switching systems. Funny thing about that site where I post most of my stuff is that it really allows you to get a grip on the relative irrelevance of gear. The people who take the most stunning shots are typically 5D mkII users with lenses I cannot even afford after selling all vital organs. But I also know how they work... get in a hide, spend days in row to take the perfect shot, throw away every else. A lot of people shooting tripe use exactly the same gear, but simply because they work differently they get different results. Getting expensive gear isn't going to turn you into Frans Lanting, just like getting a late '60s stratocaster isn't going to turn you into Hendrix.
I know a guy who uses a K-3, DA* 300 and HD converter and has the same working style as the 5D shooters who get the loveliest images. His work is quite stunning; check out these, for instance: IJsvogel - Alcedo atthis 2014-07-18 | Waarneming.nl (OK, I have to admit I secretly don't ever want to see a single kingfisher picture in my life ever again, but still). It's all more a matter of choosing to invest time and effort rather than anything else...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-04-2015, 02:51 PM  
HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW
Posted By OJGoreng
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Weather was a bit better today; I'm starting to REALLY love this lens. I cannot really be bothered to put any shoots on Flickr for review purposes, but here's one, cropped to about a quarter of the frame (i.e., the image is 6.6 MP from the K-3's 24.3 MP).

fK3138730 by Orang J Goreng, on Flickr
These ducks fly at a speed of about 90 km/h.

For birding purposes, this thing is boss. I finally managed to ID a peregrine because I could read the code on her leg ring after blowing up the frame, that kind of thing. Most of today's harvest is here; mind you most of these images have first been cropped to about 5-10% of the original frame, then downsized to 800 * 600. Not the thing you do if you want to take pretty pictures, but the distance simply requires it. I actually tried it with the 1.7x AFA as well; the results aren't exactly pretty, but it works.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-02-2015, 02:42 PM  
Movies on K-3; can I use the viewfinder?
Posted By OJGoreng
Replies: 4
Views: 1,080
No; in order for you to see anything through the optical viewfinder, the mirror needs to be down to reflect the incoming light to your eye. If you want to record anything, the mirror needs to be up, otherwise it blocks the light from reaching the sensor. This is inherent to a DSLR.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-02-2015, 05:41 PM  
HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW
Posted By OJGoreng
Replies: 1,426
Views: 238,723
Thanks. Of course, for fairness's sake, it's not like the 300 +1.4x combo can't hold its own in that field. Here's a few recent ones with that combo. Of course, these were shot at reasonably close distance.

K3138762 by Orang J Goreng, on Flickr
K3139081 by Orang J Goreng, on Flickr
Northern Goshawk (male), Diemerpark Amsterdam by Orang J Goreng, on Flickr
3cy Caspian Gull by Orang J Goreng, on Flickr

It's hard to do a fair real-life situation comparison test when you're using a lens for wildlife... keeper rate is more informative, I guess.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-02-2015, 05:58 PM  
HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW
Posted By OJGoreng
Replies: 1,426
Views: 238,723
Thanks, but consider this... I got my K-3 on December 18th, 2013. The shutter count of that crow-in-flight pic from yesterday is 96,440. Now imagine how many totally unusable shots were among those 96,440....
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-01-2015, 12:51 PM  
HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW
Posted By OJGoreng
Replies: 1,426
Views: 238,723
I definitely will. I just took it into the field for a couple of hours, and so far it seems to closely match my expectations (which might just be confirmation bias, but anyway)... Highly preliminary first-impressions review:
  • IQ not completely all the way up there with the DA*300 but pretty darned close, and @450mm it is significantly sharper than the 300mm with converter; that alone makes it a keeper for me, because I mainly got it for the long end. In turn it works flawlessly with the converter itself (no AF hunting at all in pretty low light - keep in mind the thing wasn't made to be used with the converter), but with open aperture the IQ noticeable suffers to the point the resulting image is only acceptable for birding purposes ("record shots"). Again, this is an extremely preliminary judgement based on a few shots of a hawk flying over my balcony just before I left the house; I haven't tried it with a stationary subject, a subject in a non-extreme contrast scene, nor have I tried with stopped down aperture.

  • AF speed is the best thing about it; it's very fast, with a bit of a curve to the speed; it accelerates during focusing. Faster than the DA*, and the Bigma doesn't even approach it. Keeper rate with birds in flight seems higher that usual, even though it was very cloudy and late in the afternoon/early in the evening. Focusing is near-silent, not noisier than with the DA* 300mm; similar loudness, but a different quality to the sound. Non-obtrusive; focusing didn't make any bird or animal turn its head at the lens.

  • The preset button function is absolutely brilliant, although for an eventual mk II version of the lens I suggest a slightly different placement of the buttons; finding them while looking through the viewfinder wasn't intuitive for me. Of course, with a bit of practice this will become a moot point.

  • MF goes very smoothly. Normally I prefer the focusing ring this close to the mount, but in this case the weight distribution made me wish it was a bit closer to the front, funnily enough.

  • It feels rock-solid, which also means it's a bit top-heavy when fully extended; I need to adjust my technique a bit to be able to comfortably use those handy buttons or the MF ring - in all likelihood I'll start using my shoulder stock again, it seems perfect for that purpose.

  • It's about twice as heavy as the DA*300, but it doesn't feel twice as heavy (Weber/Fechner law still applies, I guess). It is big, looks big, and may look a bit to intrusive in certain situations. Then again, that's probably also true for the DA*300. Still, I biked around with the thing around my neck, hanging from the camera strap. This somehow felt like a bad idea (didn't I once read here that the lens mount isn't screwed into the metal chassis, but only into the plastic mirror box?), so I guess I'm going to get a new strap that screws into the extra tripod mount socket, just for peace of mind. And a bigger bag. And a Sherpa, because I can imagine there being situations where I'd prefer the DA* and others where I prefer this one, which means I'll have to carrry the both of them with me at all times ;).


Bottom line: I'm very happy I got it, and keep in mind I'm saying that while I still have the right to return it for a full refund, so in essence I'm under no pressure to like it at all.

OK, you may now continue your fighting.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-01-2015, 06:00 AM  
HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW
Posted By OJGoreng
Replies: 1,426
Views: 238,723
It's here! And Photobucket doesn't work!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-01-2015, 01:16 PM  
HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW
Posted By OJGoreng
Replies: 1,426
Views: 238,723
I guess it's more about the attention ;).

P5010002 by Orang J Goreng, on Flickr

Oh, and trust me, a proper review will probably be forthcoming, but I tend to be rather skeptical of any review that has been written by someone who has used a piece of kit for less than six months or so.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-01-2015, 06:27 AM  
HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW
Posted By OJGoreng
Replies: 1,426
Views: 238,723
Holy cr*p, it's big, alright... here's a photo to put it into perspective, photobombed by my cat. The shot required use of a sub-par outdated camera, but why not. It's more or less the evolution of my bird lenses in one shot...

aP5010001 by Orang J Goreng, on Flickr

Left to right:
Pentax Q w/ Tamron di 70-300mm
Pentax K-5 w/ DA* 300mm & 1.4x converter
Pentax K-3 w/ DFA 150-450mm fully extended
Pentax Mz-6 w/ Sigma 170-500mm
Pentax MX with Noflexar 600mm
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-30-2015, 01:25 PM  
HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW
Posted By OJGoreng
Replies: 1,426
Views: 238,723
Four-day weekend coming up due to a national holiday next week; very mildly overcast weather predicted (so it should be bright enough to test it with the 1.4x converter), bird migration still in full force... I expect a few interesting days :).
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-30-2015, 07:20 AM  
HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW
Posted By OJGoreng
Replies: 1,426
Views: 238,723
I'll be able to tell you tomorrow when mine will be delivered (provided I'm home, otherwise it's going to be a looooooong weekend) :).
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