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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-22-2021, 08:22 PM  
prime, prime, everywhere a prime...
Posted By ZombieArmy
Replies: 12,343
Views: 637,422
This copy of the Auto Tak 55 1.8 is really soft wide open (probably the softest tak I own), but the effects are wild. I know people usually don't like busy bokeh but I think it adds such interest to otherwise dull and samey backgrounds.

Tak Flowers by Brian Mckee, on Flickr

Tak Flowers 2 by Brian Mckee, on Flickr

Peekaboo! by Brian Mckee, on Flickr
Forum: General Photography 02-13-2021, 12:13 AM  
What do you think will happen to APS-C over the next 10 years?
Posted By ZombieArmy
Replies: 171
Views: 8,946
I believe it was Johnathan Mac who mentioned that 23mm is a "key" focal length, aka the person he's quoting.
Forum: General Photography 02-11-2021, 12:05 PM  
What do you think will happen to APS-C over the next 10 years?
Posted By ZombieArmy
Replies: 171
Views: 8,946
Reminds me of the guy around here who would spend months on snowy mountains or rainy jungles with his K-1 and K-3 just slung on his back with no other protection. Pentax cameras really let you have peace of mind.
Forum: General Photography 02-11-2021, 08:23 AM  
What do you think will happen to APS-C over the next 10 years?
Posted By ZombieArmy
Replies: 171
Views: 8,946
My only complaint is the DA lineup lacks WR on most primes. Would love to see the limiteds weather sealed at some point.

But focal length availability is not a problem in the Pentax lineup, nor is speed.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-07-2021, 07:47 AM  
KP today or K3iii in a month?
Posted By ZombieArmy
Replies: 138
Views: 5,762
The KP just aligns with how I shoot. I could care less about buffer size and all that jazz.

I really hope we get a KP II with a larger viewfinder and the better video. I think it would be a perfect lineup, K3* series for high action, KP* for the portrait/landscape/macro photographer and the K** for the intermediate or beginner photographer.
Forum: Pentax K-5 02-07-2021, 07:29 AM  
K-5
Posted By ZombieArmy
Replies: 16
Views: 1,198
The K-5 IIs is still one of the highest DR APSC cameras ever made, matching many full frame cameras of the era.

Arguably the K-3 series was actually a downgrade in a lot of ways.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-03-2021, 07:30 AM  
Lens for starbursts
Posted By ZombieArmy
Replies: 48
Views: 1,973
While not the best, I was pretty surprised of the quality of starburst produced by the M75-150.

Lake View 2 by Brian Mckee, on Flickr

Lake View 3 by Brian Mckee, on Flickr
Forum: General Photography 01-29-2021, 11:32 AM  
When to turn off IBIS?
Posted By ZombieArmy
Replies: 29
Views: 1,267
Only time I turn IBIS off is when I'm using manual zooms like the M 75-150. I simply can not be arsed to change the focal length every time I shoot.

Exception is of course when light isn't amazing and I'm not shooting at higher shutter speeds.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-27-2021, 10:10 AM  
Pentax innovations or unique features
Posted By ZombieArmy
Replies: 28
Views: 1,405
I think combining with in lens shake reduction is unnecessary, especially since Pentax doesn't focus on video at all.
You don't get shake reduction in lens without compromise, I remember reading something a while ago detailing the potential image quality disadvantages and cost increases.

With current pentax IBIS on the KP I can easily go down to 1/8 of a second or slower with a 135mm, and the times I have to do that are exceedingly rare.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-27-2021, 07:06 AM  
What Are Your Experiences with 28mm Lenses?
Posted By ZombieArmy
Replies: 119
Views: 5,503
I've used around that FL on film quite a bit when I owned the 43mm for a short while and I liked it a lot more. I think something just doesn't translate quite right in the projection. Or perhaps just the characteristics of 40-50mm lenses in general are better.

Just for the record on 35mm film 50mm is by far my favorite FL.
Forum: Sold Items 01-27-2021, 06:59 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Intel Core 2 Duo + mobo + RAM - FREE
Posted By ZombieArmy
Replies: 4
Views: 569
sent a pm

I recognize those heat spreaders on the RAM btw, those are old school G. Skill ripjaws :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-27-2021, 06:48 AM  
What Are Your Experiences with 28mm Lenses?
Posted By ZombieArmy
Replies: 119
Views: 5,503
I once found a cheap M 28 2.8 in mint condition for cheap. It promptly went on ebay :D

Most 28s I've used just kinda suck on APSC, I think the fov is kind of boring and most don't have anything fun to make up for it. The M series one makes it worse by kinda sucking too.

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Not to change the subject completely but I have a Petri 50mm 1.8 that is the complete opposite. Real bad at closer distances but stellar infinity focus. Kind of odd design if you ask me, but I guess weird quirks like that add utility to otherwise uninteresting lenses.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-27-2021, 06:09 AM  
KP today or K3iii in a month?
Posted By ZombieArmy
Replies: 138
Views: 5,762
If I had something like the 150-450 attached to the KP for any period of time it'd be a life saver. Luckily I don't have the funds so my back is saved.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-27-2021, 06:07 AM  
Holding them again
Posted By ZombieArmy
Replies: 21
Views: 1,633
But I thought Pentax gear couldn't be used professionally. Do the police know about this!?
Forum: General Photography 01-27-2021, 05:54 AM  
135mm full time
Posted By ZombieArmy
Replies: 23
Views: 1,127
Cause the collector tax is a bit much for that bit of kit. Would love to see a modern 135 f2 from Pentax.

I think the Samyang 135 f2 is probably the best currently available 135 you can get for Pentax. Superb performance for the price too.
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-24-2021, 10:55 AM  
Takumar club
Posted By ZombieArmy
Replies: 17,712
Views: 3,401,235
I think it's the noise pattern of the kp at higher ISO. It's pleasing, and adds almost a filmic grain look.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-24-2021, 10:49 AM  
KP today or K3iii in a month?
Posted By ZombieArmy
Replies: 138
Views: 5,762
I find the KP plenty usable with glasses.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-24-2021, 03:05 AM  
Is this fungus or lens element separation?
Posted By ZombieArmy
Replies: 5
Views: 578
Separation seems inevitable on these lenses. Every copy that's been through my hands has had it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-24-2021, 03:00 AM  
SMC FA 50mm glass issue
Posted By ZombieArmy
Replies: 11
Views: 790
I've been wanting to learn how to do basalm separation repair if you're not worried about the lens being potentially unfixable :D
Forum: General Talk 01-22-2021, 09:57 PM  
Apple is still apple.
Posted By ZombieArmy
Replies: 22
Views: 1,149
My most reliable devices have been audio gear and video game consoles. Plus my vintage Wyse WY-60 terminal I picked up from a company a few years ago changing out their main frame which somehow still works despite 24 hour operation for over 20 years.

I think the article is a bit flawed though. They're comparing devices like the LG thin q which was a 250 dollar feature phone to apple which literally doesn't sell a phone under 400.

Apple just doesn't make cheap commodity products. I'd be more interested in a more scientific comparison between what their products actually compete against.
Forum: General Talk 01-22-2021, 09:50 PM  
any one planning to enter a bid ? single malt whisky up for auction
Posted By ZombieArmy
Replies: 6
Views: 491
Not as bad as people spending hundreds of thousands on pokemon cards.
Forum: General Talk 01-22-2021, 09:48 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By ZombieArmy
Replies: 22,133
Views: 1,601,173
I bet it really adds aesthetics to the photos.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-21-2021, 03:45 AM  
Please suggest a used Pentax for around $600
Posted By ZombieArmy
Replies: 19
Views: 1,143
The KP made me love digital photography. Wonderful camera.
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-21-2021, 03:30 AM  
Takumar club
Posted By ZombieArmy
Replies: 17,712
Views: 3,401,235
Repost. Taken with the Auto Tak 55 1.8. Taken at f2 I think.

Lightpost by Brian Mckee, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-20-2021, 03:13 AM  
Considering selling things - what lenses would you keep?
Posted By ZombieArmy
Replies: 34
Views: 2,485
I'd drop the Ms and the Fs. You have better lenses in the focal lengths, even for film.
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