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Forum: General Photography 2 Days Ago  
I feel an explosion in megapixels coming now
Posted By Ash
Replies: 128
Views: 3,380
Indeed, and for the most part, it is not the megapixels that makes a camera, but the combination of the UI, the responsiveness and the transportability of the camera. And for the vast majority of photographers, having a camera that has >100Mp to allow for a panoramic photo in one single exposure is superfluous. The "nice to have" feature that is not value for money is unlikely going to be enough of a differentiating factor that makes a good camera sell.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 2 Days Ago  
For Sale: Tamron Full Frame Zoom kit: 28-75/2.8 and 70-200/2.8
Posted By Ash
Replies: 3
Views: 724
Still available.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 2 Days Ago  
For Sale: DA 21/3.2, D-BG4 grip for K-5 series cameras
Posted By Ash
Replies: 6
Views: 1,170
Make an offer.
Forum: General Photography 2 Days Ago  
I feel an explosion in megapixels coming now
Posted By Ash
Replies: 128
Views: 3,380
As we all know, there’s more to photography than megapixels and the real question is how many do we really need?

What are we doing with the images that we require such resolution?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-23-2021, 03:19 PM  
All three FA Limiteds to be updated + K-1 Mark II J-Limited 01
Posted By Ash
Replies: 420
Views: 24,011
It is the versatility of a lens that gives it its worth. What good is a lens that has excellent IQ at f/8 but is not good enough for the photographer at f/2.8 when it is needed to be used at that aperture? A D-FA 50/1.4 shot at f/1.4 will be much more appealing/usable than the same scene using the FA 50/1.4, and so it's up to the photographer to determine the investment cost/benefit of each lens.

The law of diminishing returns will eventually apply when comparing two already great lenses, though. The FA Ltds vs. HD-FA Ltds will no doubt be the subject of many a thread once the HD-FAs are released...
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 02-21-2021, 04:13 PM  
For Sale: DA 21/3.2, D-BG4 grip for K-5 series cameras
Posted By Ash
Replies: 6
Views: 1,170
Still available.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-21-2021, 04:12 PM  
Introduction hi from Australia
Posted By Ash
Replies: 15
Views: 380
Welcome from another Aussie.
I went through the K-x at one stage. It was pretty novel at the time of release, having live view.
Enjoy the forum.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-19-2021, 06:24 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #173 Poll (Best of 2020 - January 2021)
Posted By Ash
Replies: 39
Views: 3,416
Congratulations on all of these finalists. The imagery is stunning this year. All the best for the winning shot.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 02-19-2021, 06:05 AM  
For Sale: Tamron Full Frame Zoom kit: 28-75/2.8 and 70-200/2.8
Posted By Ash
Replies: 3
Views: 724
These stellar lenses are still available.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-18-2021, 03:53 PM  
Full-frame vs. cropped lenses on APS-C camera
Posted By Ash
Replies: 184
Views: 6,535
I would like to remind everyone that providing advice or expertise on a matter should not come at the cost of discord among the membership.
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-17-2021, 10:07 AM  
Sharpness
Posted By Ash
Replies: 59
Views: 3,147
Beyond the focusing and choice of aperture for any one given image, sharpness is an aspect with variable degrees of appreciation by the viewer, including the photographer. To a point, the image’s subject much be sharp enough where it needs to be to render it pleasingly enough to the viewer. Most lenses can manage that. Pixel-peepers or people who just appreciate attention to detail like me look for more subject sharpness than what is “just good enough”. But it is the entire image that makes it what it is: colour contrast, lighting, subject matter, etc. Sharpness above and beyond that basic level of detail is the icing on the cake that makes an image as great as it can be.
Forum: Sold Items 02-15-2021, 10:23 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Rokinon 85mm F1.4 Aspherical Lens
Posted By Ash
Replies: 3
Views: 723
Is this an A lens with an A setting and an aperture lever?
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-14-2021, 09:08 PM  
Portrait Photography
Posted By Ash
Replies: 15
Views: 948
I couldn't recommend this fellow's guide enough for great flash portrait photography:
Tangents - photography tutorials, reviews & workshops
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-13-2021, 02:50 PM  
Full-frame vs. cropped lenses on APS-C camera
Posted By Ash
Replies: 184
Views: 6,535
There's no question the larger the format, the more "information" can be gathered all else being equal (lens, sensor type, etc).
The real question is if it is sufficient for our needs.
For some, APS-C suffices, others want a larger viewfinder and the flexibility to print larger or crop heavier.

The topic here is the lens and what it can do on FF vs APS-C, and it's clear that most of the APS-C designed lenses do have limitations on FF due to the image circle, especially zooms. But we already have plenty of experience as to which APS-C designed lenses can still manage to cover the FF sensor without appreciable degradation of image quality throughout the captured canvas. It was hard for me to even believe there was this concern with FA Limited lenses and whether their IQ would be maintained on FF digital, given the advances on sensor quality. It turns out their images are still hard to beat, even with the likes of the DFA 50/1.4 and DFA 85/1.4
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-13-2021, 03:23 AM  
Macro Snow Crystal - Perfection in Miniature
Posted By Ash
Replies: 12
Views: 401
Amazing image of this natural phenomenon.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-13-2021, 03:22 AM  
Nature Dark...............Red
Posted By Ash
Replies: 9
Views: 265
Lovely rendering. Thanks for sharing.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 02-12-2021, 10:10 PM  
For Sale: Tamron Full Frame Zoom kit: 28-75/2.8 and 70-200/2.8
Posted By Ash
Replies: 3
Views: 724
Good value sharp lenses still available.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 02-12-2021, 01:58 PM  
For Sale: DA 21/3.2, D-BG4 grip for K-5 series cameras
Posted By Ash
Replies: 6
Views: 1,170
DA 21 and grip still available.
Forum: General Talk 02-07-2021, 05:15 PM  
Origin of Covid virus.
Posted By Ash
Replies: 18
Views: 932
Tampons are not weather sealed.
They are therefore not immune to COVID.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 02-05-2021, 08:19 AM  
For Sale: DA 21/3.2, D-BG4 grip for K-5 series cameras
Posted By Ash
Replies: 6
Views: 1,170
Quality gear still available.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-05-2021, 04:26 AM  
G'day from Batemans Bay, NSW, Australia
Posted By Ash
Replies: 8
Views: 323
G'day mate. Welcome to the forum. Your location is close to my heart having been stationed at Jervis Bay for a significant portion of my time.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 01-30-2021, 10:38 PM  
For Sale: Tamron Full Frame Zoom kit: 28-75/2.8 and 70-200/2.8
Posted By Ash
Replies: 3
Views: 724
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Tamron Full Frame Zoom kit: 28-75/2.8 and 70-200/2.8

Asking Price
900.00 AUD

Item Location
Toowoomba, Queensland (Australia)

Item Description
Time to move these stellar lenses on after a decade of amazing photography from them.
I'm investing into D-FA and FA counterparts, and so these will see no further use from me.
But they have produced amazing results.
See descriptions below:

1. Tamron 28-75 in K-mount $200
I bought this lens brand new from Adorama. It is a sharp copy.
This is a fully-functional lens that has one significant defect that does not affect image quality or focusing accuracy.
It was dropped from waist height landing on the lens protector it had on it, shattering the protector and preserving the lens itself apart from this one defect. Hard to demonstrate photographically, the front filter thread did split apart from the main body of the lens along a crack line that was subsequently glued together. It has kept everything about the lens functioning just the same, but I would advise against trying on another filter due to the risk of this plastic rim breaking off. No fungus, no significant dust apart from what would be expected

But the photos it continues to produce speak for themselves.













2. Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 in K-mount $700
I also bought this lens new from Adorama.
It has been so well taken care of, you would be hard pressed to find anything about it that would differentiate it from a new lens. It has negligible dust internally, has no marks on its body or glass, and has no fungus or haze anywhere. Hence the asking price. It is certainly worth it given this is a sharp copy. Example photos are also below for reference.





























Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Good

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
$25 nationally; cost price internationally

Shipping Services
Australia Post

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
No returns.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 01-30-2021, 09:45 PM  
For Sale: DA 21/3.2, D-BG4 grip for K-5 series cameras
Posted By Ash
Replies: 6
Views: 1,170
O-GPS1 sold.
DA 21 and D-BG4 still available.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-30-2021, 09:42 PM  
New to the Forum
Posted By Ash
Replies: 10
Views: 357
Good to have you on board. The K-01 has a special place in the Pentax genealogy for good reason; it'll give you a lifetime of great photography in a relatively compact package. Welcome and enjoy the forum.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-29-2021, 05:55 AM  
Portrait lens
Posted By Ash
Replies: 24
Views: 1,272
You've made the decision to pick up the 20-40, which on APS-C format is not a bad choice for street photography, but the 50-135 would be just brilliant for portraits.
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