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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-03-2018, 01:28 PM  
Tele lens for 645N
Posted By Buffy
Replies: 3
Views: 281
I have the FA* 300mm f/4 and can recommend it without qualification. It's one of my 3 "must-have" lenses for 645 film, the others being the 35mm f/3.5 and 120mm f/4 macro.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-24-2018, 10:30 AM  
Pentax 645n | I want to shoot film
Posted By Buffy
Replies: 25
Views: 1,425
I have a pair of Pentax 645NII cameras which are quite similar to the 645N with a few updates; one of them is mirror lock-up which I find extremely useful for landscapes. If you decide on the Pentax and see a NII at or near the price of a N, get the NII.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-17-2018, 10:39 AM  
Did you leave Adobe? Where did you go?
Posted By Buffy
Replies: 116
Views: 5,383
I still use CS6. It's more difficult to install on newer versions of macOS but with a little tweaking it installs and then works normally.

Thanks to this thread I just bought a permanent license for Lightroom 6. I would happily move away from Adobe--and I did try DxO Optics Pro at one point--as long as my various plugins are compatible.

Although I still mainly use an elderly MacPro I have come to realize that Apple may not make another machine worthy of my scarce dollars and I'll need something on Windows or Linux.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-04-2018, 07:14 PM  
300mm F4 A or 300mm F4 FA....??
Posted By Buffy
Replies: 7
Views: 735
I think this really boils down to how much importance you place on autofocus; it's critical to me as I am legally blind and so I opted for the FA* f/4. I can confirm that it is an excellent lens and not too expensive; I paid about $400 for it (used).
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-16-2018, 08:36 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #139 Poll (Birds - March 2018)
Posted By Buffy
Replies: 61
Views: 5,882
Insanely difficult to chose only one! Kudos to all the photographers!
Forum: General Photography 01-20-2018, 08:18 AM  
What do you do with your photos?
Posted By Buffy
Replies: 37
Views: 1,697
I mostly make prints. For myself I tend to go large, typically around 16x20, 16x24 or so, but I have made many 8x10s to give away.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-05-2017, 09:07 AM  
Full-frame lens on a crop body not advisable?
Posted By Buffy
Replies: 168
Views: 6,664
Aside from extra weight, as long as you know what you are doing there is no real downside to using a FF lens on a crop body.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-28-2017, 11:12 AM  
Pentax FA 35 f2 vs Sigma 35 Art 1.4
Posted By Buffy
Replies: 19
Views: 2,184
I've not had an opportunity to use the Sigma, but I had the FA 35/2 and it was practically glued to my camera ... at least until I picked up the FA 31 Ltd.
Forum: General Photography 08-14-2017, 04:21 PM  
Do you still use a hand held light meter when shooting with a Pentax DSLR?
Posted By Buffy
Replies: 14
Views: 820
Rarely for digital, but yes for film, in particular a Crown Graphic 4x5, it's pretty much required for that.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 08-14-2017, 04:06 PM  
Posted By Buffy
Replies: 12
Views: 868
Velvia ... unless you are shooting portraits, in which case Portra 800 ... unless you want B&W, in which case Tri-X ... unless you want chromorgenic B&W, in which case Ilford XP2 .

Ilford Pan F and FP4 are also excellent B&W films.

Just my 2 cents. :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-13-2017, 08:18 AM  
FA 120 4 macro vs FA 150 2.8 vs ?
Posted By Buffy
Replies: 6
Views: 738
I can honestly say no, I've never missed it. The FA 120mm is one of two lenses for the 645 that are "must-haves" for me, the other being the FA 35mm. The FA 150mm is a fine lens and worth having, but if I had to choose between it and the 120mm, I'd pick the 120mm.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-13-2017, 05:56 AM  
FA 120 4 macro vs FA 150 2.8 vs ?
Posted By Buffy
Replies: 6
Views: 738
I have both and if I had to choose only one it certainly would be the FA 120mm. It's sharpness is outstanding and it's bokeh pleasing enough for me.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-31-2017, 04:13 PM  
7 years of ageing for a new * lens
Posted By Buffy
Replies: 20
Views: 1,211
Those are D-FA but not ★ grade lenses.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-25-2017, 02:12 PM  
K1 Lens Choice: 43mm? 28-120? Some other normal lens?
Posted By Buffy
Replies: 21
Views: 1,824
I am surprised nobody has mentioned the K or A 50mm f/1.2. Legends surrounding them are of mythic proportion!

Perhaps you are looking for something actually in production, though? I have there 43mm Ltd, it's a wonderful lens on the K-1. Not the fastest lens in the bag, of course, but it really is a fine performer on many fronts--sharpness, color, bokeh.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-23-2017, 11:24 AM  
Battery grip stuck
Posted By Buffy
Replies: 12
Views: 1,018
Thank you everyone for the suggestions! I was finally able to loosen the grip using the method of a thin cloth and flathead screwdriver.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-22-2017, 05:26 PM  
Battery grip stuck
Posted By Buffy
Replies: 12
Views: 1,018
I find myself faced with an odd problem--I cannot remove the battery grip from my K3. I took the K3 to a model rocketry launch today and had success getting the images I wanted, but now I can't get the battery grip off the camera. It was warm this afternoon--well into the 90s--and now, much cooler, I can't get the grip off the camera. It was only finger-tight when I put it on the body but now it simply will not come off, I can't move the dial even a millimeter. Any suggestions are welcome.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-08-2017, 12:26 PM  
DSLR scanning - an unexpected benefit of the K-1!
Posted By Buffy
Replies: 17
Views: 2,187
Get the FA 31mm Ltd and you may never touch the FA 28mm again. I kid you not.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-08-2017, 11:51 AM  
Just developed my first film!
Posted By Buffy
Replies: 33
Views: 1,653
Just "ok" ?? I would say it worked out spectacularly! Beautifully done!
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-08-2017, 07:28 AM  
645 120mm f4 FA Macro Like loose Elements inside?
Posted By Buffy
Replies: 4
Views: 560
I got mine used about ten years ago, also about $400. It was (and still is) in excellent shape, not a mark on it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-08-2017, 07:26 AM  
Source for FA* 600 polarizer?
Posted By Buffy
Replies: 5
Views: 624
Can anyone recommend a reliable and reasonably affordable source for the drop-in polarizer for the FA* 600mm? (Pentax part number 35184.)

I attempted to purchase one about 2 months ago from World Link Japan but it never arrived. Googling for it only seems to turn up places that seem dubious or sketchy.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-07-2017, 03:53 PM  
645 120mm f4 FA Macro Like loose Elements inside?
Posted By Buffy
Replies: 4
Views: 560
My copy of this lens does not make any noise when lightly shaken.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-06-2017, 03:24 PM  
"Hericoid" Extension Tube
Posted By Buffy
Replies: 8
Views: 900
It's a genuine misprint on a genuine Pentax. :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-03-2017, 12:51 PM  
Portrait lens: 55mm f1.4, 70mm f2.4 or 77mm f1.8
Posted By Buffy
Replies: 36
Views: 4,789
Are thinking of just head shots or head+shoulders shots? For head+shoulders I think you'll want the shorter length of the DA*55, especially indoors. For just head shots I think you could use any of the three you mentioned.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-02-2017, 06:47 AM  
new ricoh survey
Posted By Buffy
Replies: 149
Views: 11,360
Aw, don't, looks like you have a decent set of lenses, too. I know it's practically heresy, but sometimes I think there is such as a thing as too many lenses ...
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-25-2017, 11:27 AM  
Pentax is advertising again!
Posted By Buffy
Replies: 35
Views: 4,375
Oddly, I've see one quite frequently, just not in an ad for Pentax. It's an ad for a tripod and, although not prominent, the camera on the tripod is clearly a Pentax 645.
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