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Forum: Lens Clubs 06-06-2018, 12:52 PM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By builttospill
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It looks like the FA 77 might have been a better option for you. All FA Limited lenses are great with landscapes, but I don't often use them for wildlife. How'd you like the 31?

Because I don't have a wildlife image with an FA Limited lens, I just posted these two from YNP of young bison with my F* 250-600 in the F/FA* thread: F* & FA* club! - Page 55 - PentaxForums.com



YNP is good in the winter, but I absolutely love Teton National Park in the winter.


I better post an image after all that...

K-1 and FA 77
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-06-2018, 12:47 PM  
F* & FA* club!
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 821
Views: 162,952
K10D and F* 250-600, wide open at 600mm

Yep, that's the bison's tongue sticking out.


Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-18-2018, 10:32 AM  
What Is The Deal With Plastic?
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 49
Views: 1,888
Yes. If I'm creating a piece of art with a wooden paintbrush versus a plastic brush it feels different. My arm and hand are connected to the brush. It's an extension of me. If it doesn't feel "right" I don't want it in my hand. My perceptions of my tools lend to my artistic ability, whether I'm painting on a canvas with a brush made of premium materials, or painting with light on a camera sensor. My photos are art too. Mount an FA Limited lens to a camera and use manual focus. Or just hold the FA 43. Then hold a DA 50. There's nothing wrong with the DA 50, but there is certainly an aesthetic quality to fine craftsmanship.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-29-2018, 08:40 PM  
F* & FA* club!
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 821
Views: 162,952
K-1 and FA* 80-200
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-15-2018, 02:15 PM  
What Is The Deal With Plastic?
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 49
Views: 1,888
I like things that shoot: cameras and guns. I don't buy plastic guns and I don't buy plastic lenses. Are there advantages of plastic? Yes, some. But for me personally, there are many more advantages of metal. I have steel bumpers on my truck and I don't want plastic. I have a cracked, plastic gear in my MZ-3 and I want a metal replacement. I have a 1960 camper built from wood and metal and I don't want plastic in my camper. I have a 2006 camper with lots of plastic in it and I wish it had more metal and wooden surfaces. My metal-frame guns have much less recoil and handle better. My brother loves his plastic guns, but he is starting to sell some of the popular plastic-framed guns and replacing them with metal due to the advantages and comfort.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-10-2018, 10:47 PM  
Anyone Using Pentax DSLR for Portraits or weddings
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 54
Views: 2,730
Dual pixel AF was introduced in the 5D mk iv, 6D mk ii, 80D, and Rebel T7. It wasn't available on models before those.

Str8 is correct. Canon intentionally crippled the AF in the 6D to encourage discerning customers to buy the 5D series. The 6D was groundbreaking in some areas, but the AF system is identical to the Rebel series DSLRs, disappointing many who wanted a FF upgrade.

The 6D has 11 AF points, with only the center being cross-type at f/5.6. (The 6D mk ii has 45 AF points, all cross-type.) The K10D from 2006 has 11 AF points, 9 of them cross-type. The K-1 has 33, 25 of them cross-type. Cross-type focus points really help with AF accuracy.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-10-2018, 08:43 PM  
Anyone Using Pentax DSLR for Portraits or weddings
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 54
Views: 2,730
It's been a few days since I've been able to check in here, I've been busy taking pictures :).

As a photography professor at the university I have access to just about any gear I want, but I choose to use my K-1 over all of it. The K-1, and Pentax in general, meet more of my shooting needs than any other system. I've considered switching to Nikon's D5, but they don't have the FA Limited lenses and the lab tests I posted earlier don't give me a reason to. I don't care much for lab tests either, because I don't make a habit of shooting brick walls. That's why I posted real-world examples first, then went to lab tests second.

I respectfully disagree with you regarding showcasing images by posting them online, where we can view them on our phone or a monitor. Most of us know this is no replacement for large prints. If I really want to test equipment, I rent it, borrow it from a colleague, or check it out from the university. Real-world shooting beats viewing images online any day. It's 2018. Just about every brand with a kit lens will produce a adequate image when viewed on a mobile device's screen. I've never blamed my gear for any of my photographic shortcomings. None of the FA* lenses are mediocre, which is what I used on the K-1 in one of the three images. A discussion about knowing the limitations of our gear shouldn't even occur between you and me; that's for beginners and weekend warriors. I'm familiar with some of your work, and it's very impressive. I mentioned choosing the right tool for the right job earlier, and I make a full-time living with my photography. I've never considered the Canon 85 mediocre, and never said so. I wasn't a fan of the 150-600 so I chose the Pentax 250-600 instead. Having experience with both lenses, I'm happy with my choice. That said, both lenses can do the job. If I own a mediocre kit lens and a high-end lens, I can get good results with both, but I'm leaving the kit lens behind every time. Because I get better results with better lenses, every time.


Wait? What? A full frame camera certainly offers some advantages over APS-C cameras, but investing in lenses will make a greater impact on photography than investing in a newer camera body or moving from APS-C to FF. Personally I prefer a FF, but there's nothing stopping professional wedding photographers from getting great results from an APS-C.

The 6D is a great example of sloppy AF. It has the same AF system as the Rebels up to the T6. As I mentioned earlier, the dual-pixel AF system Canon has been putting into more cameras has been a substantial upgrade in focus accuracy.

The OP isn't asking about an action camera for sports for fast-moving subjects, they are asking about Pentax for weddings and portraits.

^This. This is sound advice.
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-27-2018, 11:26 AM  
Convince me to buy a K-1
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 92
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Agreed about the balance. I quite dislike most HDR images because most don't represent a scene the way my eyes see it. If exposure is correct, the K-1 excels and I don't see the need for HDR.

The K-1's images most closely resemble those from my K10D more than any other Pentax DSLR in between those two models. Here's a non-HDR shot from the K10D and FA 77 as the morning light appeared on the horizon in Montana:
Forum: General Talk 04-29-2018, 06:54 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 1,137
Views: 60,833
It depends. If you can push the rocket button fast enough after pressing the ejector button...
Forum: General Talk 04-27-2018, 05:05 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 1,137
Views: 60,833
It's a three-quarter ton 5.7 Hemi V8 in the Dodge, with a 6-speed manual.

I had a beautiful 1995 Buick Riviera, commemorative of the first Riviera in 1965. It had the 3.8 and was faster than my buddy's 5.0 Mustang.

I've also had three VW Bugs, a 73, 74, and rare 1975 Beetle Sport.
Forum: General Talk 04-26-2018, 10:35 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 1,137
Views: 60,833
Don't forget used cars at dealerships. They bring in more money than new cars.
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-26-2018, 10:35 AM  
Convince me to buy a K-1
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 92
Views: 3,486
There are a lot of good points in this discussion. I think the bottom line comes down to this: The K-1 is a "want," but not a "need" for you. If you want it bad enough, get it.

I use the FA* 24 on my K-1 and it's amazing. I've always liked the FA* 24 so much more than the DA 15 (I have owned both). Like others have said here, the FA Limited lenses are magic on the K-1. I always preferred the FA 43 on APS-C, but now the FA 77 is my go-to on FF. The size isn't a big deal (link below for some comparison photos), and I also enjoy the DA 40 XS on my K-1. The two lenses I use the most with the K-1 include the FA* 80-200 and FA 77.

When I bought the K-1, I wrote a brief review discussing some of the things most reviews didn't cover: Ks, 1s, and 0s - My Journey from the K1000 to the K10D to the K-1 (Lots of Photos) - PentaxForums.com. Hopefully this helps.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-24-2017, 02:51 PM  
Ks, 1s, and 0s - My Journey from the K1000 to the K10D to the K-1 (Lots of Photos)
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 9
Views: 1,270
Summary
My K-1 arrived in April 2017. Itís exceeded my expectations, but I thought Iíd tell the story of moving from my K1000 to my K10D workhorse to the K-1 for those who are still wondering if the K-1 is for them.

The Cult Classic: Pentax K1000


The first time I held the K1000 it just felt right. It fit perfectly in my hands and the solid body had some weight to it. I was 12 years old. My parents gave me a box of expired 12-exposure rolls of film. There was no ownerís manual included. It would be a long time before the Internet or Google would be invented. I quickly learned what not to do after getting the first couple rolls developed, leading me to learn what to do correctly.

Pentax K1000, JCPenney 2X teleconverter, 70-210mm, Can't remember the film


K1000, Centon 50/1.7, Fuji 200


K1000, Centon 50/1.7, Fuji 200


As a teenager I didnít have a lot of money. Gasoline was $0.83 a gallon and I needed to refill my carís tank. At 18 years old, I sold the K1000. I regretted the sale. In my early 20s I tracked it down and was able to get it back. I still have and use this K1000 (along with a few other K1000s Iíve collected over the years).

Photographed with the K10D and FA 43


Can a Camera be Magic? The Iconic Pentax K10D
After buying and selling several digital cameras that didnít feel right, I decided to dust off my old lens collection and bought a new Pentax K10D. It immediately felt good in my hands. There was magic in this camera. It felt like a natural extension to my hands and arms. A paintbrush should feel natural in a painterís hand, much like a camera should feel to a photographer. Beautiful equipment helps me create beautiful art. I guess like things that shoot (cameras and guns), because Iíve sold several guns because they didnít fit or feel right in my hands. I sold the 18-55 kit lens through the local classifieds and bought the FA 43 Limited. It was love at first sight. Everything about this lens matched the feel and quality of the K10D. Iím not sure which was more jealous: me when the lens was mounted to the camera, or the K10D when I would hold the lens and run my fingers across the smooth, cold metal surface. The two were meant to be together. The FA 43 by far has been my most-used lens on the K10D.

K10D, photographed by K-1 and FA 77


Iíve shot with the K20D, K-x, K-5 II, K-50, K-3, K-70, and 645Z. Each had nice features, but none could compare with the K10D so I didnít buy any of them. The first one to catch my attention was the K-3 due to the 27 focus points in the viewfinder. But the AF point selection method drove me crazy. I had to press a separate button before using the four-way controller buttons to move my AF point. I move my AF point with nearly every exposure. I rarely adjust my white balance. I never adjust my custom image settings, so dedicated buttons to each is a waste. This is the same reason I gave the K-5 II back after a couple days. I was happy to return to the K10Dís intuitive and responsive button layout. The 645Z is an amazing camera, but itís enough weight to hike with my F* 250-600 without the 645Z and medium format lenses.

During the last few years, Iíve been able to shoot with a lot of different cameras, from the Pentax 645Z, a Canon 5D mk ii to a mk iv, 6D (hated this one), 70D, 80D, T3i, T4i, T5i, and T6i; a Nikon D810, D800, D600, D7200, D5200, and D3200, a Sony a7 and a6500 (hated these two), and some Panasonic model (hated this one too).

The Flagship Arrives: Pentax K-1
Then the K-1 was released. There was a menu option to disable the white balance and other options used by the four-way controller buttons, resulting in dedicated AF point selection buttons. How come more people arenít talking about the LEDs? I love these, and wonder how long before other cameras copy this idea. They are so simple, yet effective when mounting a lens in the dark.

K-1, photographed by K10D and FA 43


The K-1 is a mechanical marvel. I love the extra dials, the extra AF points, and the familiar Pentax intuitive design and menus. I can use my K10D with my eyes closed. I know where every button is and what they do. Iím getting better with the K-1, but I still occasionally have to pull the viewfinder from my eye to adjust settings. Another year with the K-1 and I should be able to use the buttons in my sleep.

Some Initial Differences

Cellphone pics, sorry for low quality




Speaking of getting used to the buttons, Iím hoping in a year or two Iíll pick up the K10D and the grip will feel odd. Right now the K-1 grip is nowhere as comfortable as the K10Dís grip. The hand grip is a gentle curve, with a nice, large area for my middle finger to rest against below the shutter release button. A second gentle curve is found against the body of the camera, right where my fingertips slightly rest against the space between the grip and the lens mount. The thumb grip on the back is large and smooth, with another gentle curve. I can carry the K10D all day without any discomfort to my hand. The K-1 has a narrow, deep hand grip. The curve is sharp rests abruptly against my hand. There is a very small protrusion for my middle finger below the shutter button. The front e-dial is angled, unlike the K10Dís front dial, so it take my finger longer to find it. There is no gentle curve as the grip molds into the body, so my fingers just stop when they reach the space between the lens mount and the grip. The thumb grip is much like the front grip. Itís functional, but it is a different shape and takes time to get used to. The slope is much steeper with less surface area to rest against.

K10D detail, photographed with K-1 and FA 77




K-1 detail, photographed with K10D and FA 43




The hand grip squeaks on the K-1, or at least it does on my copy. Because of this, the K10D feels slightly sturdier. It feels more rigid. When I firmly grip the K10D, there is no give. There is no movement. When I hold the K-1 tightly, there is just a little flex in the bottom of the grip, and as it moves it squeaks.

The delete image button is awkwardly placed just to the left of the viewfinder, and the eyecup gets in my way every time I try to press the delete button. Maybe this isnít as big of a problem for someone who is left-handed, but itís not easy to use my right hand to press the button. Iíve pretty much stopped using that button and just delete the images from the SD cards on my computer.

The K-1 is beautiful. The top of the camera is well-designed and itís hard not to love the prism housing. The camera is balanced and is easy to hold for hours while shooting with small, or large lenses. The battery grip has a large attachment wheel, much easier to turn than that on the K10Dís grip. Itís much easier and more comfortable to hold the K-1 by the battery grip. Itís surprising the K10D has a better hand grip, but the K-1's battery grip is so much better than the former. The front e-dial is straight and the soft rubber makes it easy to grip. All e-dials on the K-1 are made of a soft rubber. The K10D battery gripís front e-dial is hard plastic, much like the rest of the e-dials on the body. Time will tell how the soft rubber dials on the K-1 will wear. The K10D gripís front e-dial is slightly angled, much like the front e-dial on the K-1 near the shutter button. This left me wondering why the dial is not angled on the K-1's grip like the e-dial on the body, but Iím glad itís not. After all the improvements to the battery grip, Iíd still take the one belonging to the K10D for one reason: It stores the Pentax Remote Control F. Itís really disappointing they removed this storage in newer grips. Iíve never used AA batteries in the grip, but I use the remote, so Iíd give up the battery compatibility for remote storage again.

Battery Grip D-BG2 for K10D, photographed by the K-1 and FA-77




Battery Grip D-BG6 for K-1, photographed by the K10D and FA 43


The shutter button of the K-1 doesnít have a solid click after the half-press. A gentle squeeze of the button and the exposure happens. During the first couple days of use I was surprised when the shutter opened suddenly with no tactile feedback from the button. Iím now used to this, but it took some time as I was used to two very sturdy clicks, or positions of rest, in the K10Dís shutter button. In other words, you know exactly when the photo will be taken after the strong second click after passing the half-press.

The K10D can take a photo the instant you move the power switch to the ON position. There is no delay, no lag, no waiting. The K-1 takes some time to power up before an exposure can be taken. I donít know if this is due to the CMOS sensor warming up, or if itís the computer booting due to all the advanced features in the camera. I donít use Live View, and keep the rear screen turned off while in shooting mode.

Battery life is much longer on the K10D. But to be fair there is no Live View or advanced features like the K-1 has requiring more battery power.

The SD card door on the K10D is fantastic. I love watching other people, even those who have experience with newer Pentax bodies, borrow it. Most canít figure out how to open the door to insert their card. And I donít say anything, because itís more fun to watch them for a minute or so, then Iíll assist. The reason I love the door is because there is no way it will never open by accident. The K-1's SD card door is just like every other cameraís door, which isnít like Pentax. I love having two SD cards inside, but the door isnít anything special.

FA* Lenses Come Alive
The FA* 80-200 always performed well on the K10D, but just like the magic created with the combined FA 43 and K10D, the same magic happens with the FA* 80-200 and the K-1. In fact, the FA 43 is no longer my most-used lens.

K-1 and FA* 80-200












The FA* 24 is also incredible on the K-1. The extra AF points really help here, as itís easier to nail focus on your subject with a wide-angle lens when you have more points to choose from.

What surprised me most was how my FA 43 performs on the K-1. Again, itís magic on the K10D, nearly impossible to take a poor picture. However on the K-1, the lens hunts with auto-focus. About half the time it confirms focus and I make the exposure, yet the picture is blurry. Not just a little blurry, but focus is way off. The other half the time focus is sharp. The FA 77 performs flawlessly on the K-1.

K-1 and FA 43


CCD and CMOS
Over the years itís always easy to see the benefit of CCD at ISO 100. Itís also easy to see the benefit of having CMOS at higher ISOs, Live View, and video requirements. If you donít often shoot in situations needing high ISO, use Live View, and shoot video, then CMOS really doesnít give you an advantage.

Below are a few examples from each camera, one in poor indoor lighting, one outside during light rain today, and one during a recent shoot of a model from South Africa. In the last example, the scene is backlit with harsh afternoon sunlight.

K10D and FA 77
Unedited JPEG from camera, only resized and watermark added
Manual exposure: Spot meter
White balance: Manual 3500K M1 B1
Shutter speed: 1/40
Aperture: f/2
ISO: 400
No flash
Saturation: Normal
Sharpness: Normal
Contrast: Normal
Image tone: Bright


K-1 and FA 77
Unedited JPEG from camera, only resized and watermark added
Manual exposure: Spot meter
White balance: Manual 3500K M1 B1
Shutter speed: 1/40
Aperture: f/2
ISO: 400
No flash
Saturation: 0
Hue: 0
Contrast: 1
Sharpness: 0
Clarity: 0
Skin tone: Off
Image tone: Bright


K10D and FA 77
Unedited JPEG from camera, only resized and watermark added
White balance: Auto


K-1 and FA 77
Unedited JPEG from camera, only resized and watermark added
White balance: Auto


K10D and FA 77
Unedited JPEG from camera, only resized and watermark added
Manual exposure: Spot meter
White balance: Manual 5000K
Shutter speed: 1/160
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100
No flash
Saturation: Normal
Sharpness: Normal
Contrast: Normal
Image tone: Bright


K-1 and FA 77
Unedited JPEG from camera, only resized and watermark added
Manual exposure: Spot meter
White balance: Manual 5000K
Shutter speed: 1/160
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100
No flash
Saturation: 0
Hue: 0
Contrast: 1
Sharpness: 0
Clarity: 0
Skin tone: Off
Image tone: Bright


K10D and FA 77
Unedited JPEG from camera, only resized and watermark added
White balance: Auto


K-1 and FA 77
Unedited JPEG from camera, only resized and watermark added
White balance: Auto


K10D and FA 77
Unedited JPEG from camera, only resized and watermark added
Manual exposure: Spot meter
White balance: Auto
Shutter speed: 1/4000
Aperture: f/3.2
ISO: 400
No flash
Saturation: Normal
Sharpness: Normal
Contrast: Normal
Image tone: Bright


K-1 and FA* 80-200 at 123mm
Unedited JPEG from camera, only resized and watermark added
Manual exposure: Spot meter
White balance: Auto
Shutter speed: 1/500
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 200
No flash
Saturation: 0
Hue: 0
Contrast: 1
Sharpness: 0
Clarity: 0
Skin tone: Off
Image tone: Bright


Moving Forward
I still use the K10D occasionally, especially for landscape images due to the CCD sensorís clean, unbeatable ISO 100. But I reach for the K-1 first 90 percent of the time now. Overall, Iím very happy with the camera and prefer it to the K10D. Above I critiqued a few things Iím not a fan of, but did so for others to learn from. Some of them are fairly minor and will not bother me with time. Hopefully my experience and photograph samples here represent a small part of what this camera can do.
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-20-2018, 09:29 AM  
Well, my K1-II may be wasted money.
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 36
Views: 2,533
I've never said this before... and I always think it's slightly funny when it's said, if not cliche by now. But it might be time to make this statement:

Pentax is doomed.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-19-2018, 11:49 AM  
K-1 (II): is there a way one accidentially can disable the direct-access-buttons?
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 10
Views: 724
Congratulations.

When viewing your rear LCD screen when not in Live View, is it black, or can you see the information screen? If it's blank, press the INFO button and scroll to the full display thumbnail. Now what happens when you press the drive mode button?

If not, maybe your directional keypad is set to move AF points first (which is a custom setting and how my camera is configured). If this is the case, press the AF Point button above the directional keypad first.
Forum: General Talk 04-19-2018, 02:48 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 1,137
Views: 60,833
Don't feel guilty. My 1991 pickup truck with it's 460 (7.5L) gets 6-8 miles per gallon of gas. I've never felt guilty for three reasons:
One, I pay for the gas;
two, it gets the job done;
and three, until a better solution exists from producing and disposing of the lithium batteries in a vomit Prius, I'm fine with driving my vehicle.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-19-2018, 05:21 AM  
Development update regarding the HD PENTAX-D FA★50mmF1.4 SDM AW
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 355
Views: 23,759
Don't forget the Q's flash when raised. That resembles a Transformer more than any other Pentax product I know of. Now I'm connecting my Hot Shoe Adapter F, Hot Shoe Adapter Fg, F5, and F5p cables the the Q to see if it comes alive.

It will be nice to see some members share examples with the new 50 when it is available.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-18-2018, 07:02 PM  
Development update regarding the HD PENTAX-D FA★50mmF1.4 SDM AW
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 355
Views: 23,759
Optimus Primes?!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-18-2018, 10:40 AM  
Development update regarding the HD PENTAX-D FA★50mmF1.4 SDM AW
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 355
Views: 23,759
Impatience is one thing, and intolerance is another. If the new lens is something any of you desire, purchase it when it's released. It's certainly okay to eagerly await the day you mount the new lens to your camera. However, no amount of complaining will decrease the time until the lens arrives on your porch or in your local camera store.

We shouldn't tolerate inappropriate comments from either camp. But we should also tolerate each others' opinions. If you can't tolerate the wait, no one is stopping you from leaving Pentax and finding another brand with the lenses you need. Each brand of camera has their own strengths and weaknesses. Pick the tools that meet the needs of your craft. Again, If Pentax doesn't have the tools you need to create images, go with something else that does, or (im)patiently wait until Pentax has the tool.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-15-2018, 09:45 AM  
Development update regarding the HD PENTAX-D FA★50mmF1.4 SDM AW
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 355
Views: 23,759
Apparently you haven't used the FA Limited lenses.

I'm not sure why people are complaining. There is a great selection of lenses right now, both past and present. I would rather any company, not just Pentax, slow down to get a product right. I think the DA* lenses were a bit rushed with the "me too" silent-focusing motors. If Pentax would have delayed those to get the SDM right, things would be different now.

Plus, the FA 50 1.4, DA 50 1.8, D FA 50 2.8 lenses are currently available, as well as the DA* 55 1.4 and FA 43 1.9 lenses. Who's complaining about the Pentax lens lineup? You sound a little silly right now. Personally, I donít need another 50mm, the 43mm meets my needs.
Forum: General Talk 03-26-2018, 10:20 AM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 1,137
Views: 60,833
I think the bigger problem is overconfidence: people mistaking starting traction with stopping traction. Just because they have four-wheel-drive to help them start moving on slippery roads doesn't mean they have an advantage to stopping (we all have four-wheel-brakes).
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-08-2017, 12:17 AM  
F* & FA* club!
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 821
Views: 162,952
K-1 and FA* 80-200:


Forum: General Talk 03-30-2018, 09:10 AM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 1,137
Views: 60,833
That's pretty funny they're so resolute with a body style, but it makes sense; many of us here are similar with camera equipment. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but to me, a hatchback is a two-door, and a wagon is a four-door car.

How well does your Grand Cherokee do at pulling stumps? I bent both the tow hooks nearly straight pulling trees down with my Silverado. (I bend them back by pushing (driving) the truck into a concrete pillar.) A wagon would never give me the space required to haul things though. Here's a photo of my Silverado hauling supplies for building my barn a few years ago (with 20-foot-long pieces of wood and metal):


I now have a bigger truck with a long bed.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-31-2018, 10:46 PM  
Japan stamped Pentax K1000 w/original K55 f2 on Ebay
Posted By builttospill
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It's not the camera making this special, but the uncommon 55mm f/2 lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-14-2017, 11:33 AM  
FA 77mm limited vs 24-70 mm D FA
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 43
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Have you decided on a lens yet? Both are fantastic lenses; I don't think either would be a mistake.

I use the FA 43 more often than the FA 77 on a crop sensor, but the FA 77 is magic on the K-1. It's certainly magic on a crop sensor too, but when you have the 43... (the 43 is a magic lens too). The only downside I see with you choosing the FA 77 is the fact you can't have just one Limited lens. You'll be tempted continuously to add the 43 and 31.

K-1 and FA 77


K-1 and FA 77


It's difficult to recommend lenses without knowing what you take photos of and which other lenses you have. You mentioned the 50/1.4 and 16-85 so the 77 seems to add more to what you have currently than the 24-70. If you had the K-1, my answer might vary slightly, but I prefer primes to zooms so my recommendation would remain with the FA 77.


Lots has happened in 15 years. What hasn't happened during that time is better lenses than the three FA Limiteds.
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