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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 5 Days Ago  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By photocles
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It's quite attractive, however. It gives the image a really nice vintage look. Couldn't be more appropriate for a 1950s Yashica!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-14-2019, 02:26 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #299
Posted By photocles
Replies: 14
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Well played tuggie76, well played. :cool:

Thanks for hosting, Graeme. It was a great photo to play with. (Also a potential advertisement for a GR.)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-13-2019, 12:10 AM  
Panorama-orama - Post your Panos
Posted By photocles
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My pleasure! :lol: Believe it or not, Connemara is incredibly brown all but about four months of the year. There are loads of rushes, heathers and peat-specific grasses there that don't green up until right about now. It is, however, a gorgeous place even when it is brown (and the weather is cooperating).
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-12-2019, 01:14 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #299
Posted By photocles
Replies: 14
Views: 721
Incoming...
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-12-2019, 12:31 PM  
Panorama-orama - Post your Panos
Posted By photocles
Replies: 1,906
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From a couple of years ago - Somewhere in Connemara on a spring day. Pentax K-5 with a Sigma 12-24 EX.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 06-11-2019, 03:13 PM  
Useless MX-1 feature isn't useless after all
Posted By photocles
Replies: 4
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This practice has saved my backside more than once! :o
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-11-2019, 03:00 PM  
Does K-1 in crop mode match K5?
Posted By photocles
Replies: 17
Views: 1,076
Yes!


I expect to be corrected (in part) by somebody here that's more in the know than I am, but the pixel dimensions between the crop mode and a K-5 should both be about identical as will be the pixel size/pitch. (36 MP/2.25 = 16 MP). As for the dynamic range, noise, etc, you will be getting the output of a later sensor chip design (newer by about ~5 years) and better processing algorithms which should equal a bit better dynamic range.

I assume you'll be using the K-1 in crop mode a lot because you already have a good selection of APS-C glass. If you are making a transition, except for the size of the body, you're not going to loose anything here.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-10-2019, 12:00 AM  
Panorama-orama - Post your Panos
Posted By photocles
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Yeah - It's rare, but it does happen once in about ten years. :rolleyes:
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-09-2019, 01:51 AM  
Do non-Pentax batteries really deliver more shots? (D-Li90)
Posted By photocles
Replies: 26
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Yes, and I've even seen batteries physically bulge in the middle after being charged on poorly-regulated chargers - to the point where they became difficult to insert and remove from the camera body. I'm sure the battery life expectancy after that sort of abuse is just about zero.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-07-2019, 08:54 AM  
Thematic Post Processing Challenge 298
Posted By photocles
Replies: 6
Views: 412
I do think Graeme's take on the scene was/is truly unexpected and extremely creative. What a contrast between his and mine! Well done!

Thanks, Tuggie76, for hosting.

Jared
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-03-2019, 11:26 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By photocles
Replies: 19,127
Views: 2,339,857
That rose bush is a delightful counter-balance to the slowly-decaying Mercur XR4Ti (aka, Ford Sierra)! :lol:
Forum: Contest Voting 06-02-2019, 04:10 AM  
Eastide Sk8r Boi
Posted By photocles
Replies: 17
Views: 259
Really nice composition!
Forum: Contest Voting 06-02-2019, 04:09 AM  
Upside down
Posted By photocles
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Views: 165
On first look, I didn't really notice that she's 180 degrees opposite the floor!
Forum: Contest Voting 06-02-2019, 04:08 AM  
Big Air
Posted By photocles
Replies: 13
Views: 175
Tongue out! The expression is priceless.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-01-2019, 04:11 AM  
Purchase of 35mm camera and lenses
Posted By photocles
Replies: 10
Views: 792
Erik, I'm going to counter part of Nick's analysis, but only part of it. I do agree that the Pentax z/pz70 is not a good representation of what Pentax film cameras can do or why they are celebrated. What you get out of what you bought, in terms of value, is going to be partly down to your expectations and experience (and, of course, whether or not what you purchased actually works as it should).

The z70 and pz70 are the epitome of Pentax's era of trying to be like Canon. That said, I have a z70 (not pz) that I love. That's even despite the PIA batteries and the DX-only ASA coding (the latter of which you can easily work around). I typically have to order my batteries online because I can't find them locally and it takes a long time to get them because they aren't shipped by air to Ireland (lithium). But, I tend to get about ten rolls to a battery while using autofocus and a little bit of the on-board flash, so it's not terrible. Most of the film I use is Ilford B&W with DX coding, so it's not a problem. I regularly use my z70 with Pentax film-era AF lenses and also the DA 35 f2.4, DA 50 f1.8 and DA 10-17 fisheye (from ~12 mm to 17 mm) with great results and also with PKA primes. I particularly enjoy using the SMC PKA 28 f/2.8 on the beast at f/8 on the street because it works so well pre-focused. My z70's autofocus performance with wide-aperture AF glass is quite impressive, in fact.

I also have a Sigma UC 28-70. Mine is not AF and is in MD mount, but it has served me well for nearly 30 years on both film and digital bodies. I believe your UC 28-70 has the same optics. I still use it today on my 20 MP mirrorless with great results. Optically, it's a fine lens, mechanically...not so much. I can't speak to the quality of the 60-300 you bought. It may be fine or something to avoid.

So, overall, what you bought is not necessarily terrible in terms of value as an experiment with film photography (assuming everything works), but it's not representative of what Pentax's film cameras are really like. For that, you will have to do as Nick suggests and find a K or M series manual focus body and some K or M glass to go with it.

In the meantime, find some batteries, load up some film, and see what happens from there. If you like working with film, the rest will follow naturally.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-31-2019, 12:51 AM  
Thematic Post Processing Challenge 298
Posted By photocles
Replies: 6
Views: 412
Let's get this show on the road! :cool:
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-30-2019, 01:26 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #297
Posted By photocles
Replies: 12
Views: 556
Good job Tuggie76!


Thank you, Charisteas, for the opportunity to spend some quality time with your image.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-29-2019, 10:25 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By photocles
Replies: 19,127
Views: 2,339,857
Ah, a Scout II... Brings forth some of the best memories of my childhood! Thanks Colton.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-23-2019, 11:41 AM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #297
Posted By photocles
Replies: 12
Views: 556
A beautiful city with a name I only recently learned how to (terribly) pronounce. (How was I supposed to know it's not called "Loads"?) I have a collaborator there - hopefully I'll get a chance to visit in the near future.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-23-2019, 10:30 AM  
Denial or truth?
Posted By photocles
Replies: 247
Views: 6,631
I thought I was the only one who noticed.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-22-2019, 10:46 AM  
Panorama-orama - Post your Panos
Posted By photocles
Replies: 1,906
Views: 168,171
This is from last year. A bunch of images from my Sony ILCE-3000 (aka, a3000) with a Pentax PKA 28 mm f/2.8 attached to it.

Mere moments after I collected these images, all of that rain actually hit me. It wasn't pretty. (The rain, that is...not the rainbow. :confused:)
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-21-2019, 02:42 PM  
Denial or truth?
Posted By photocles
Replies: 247
Views: 6,631
I absolutely agree with this. Like Mike, I use both and I use them in very different ways most of the time. However, if I had to choose one over the other...WYSIWYG in the viewfinder - and with information overlays! - is an incredible tool. I don't think mirrorless is a fad.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-21-2019, 01:26 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #296
Posted By photocles
Replies: 13
Views: 630
Congrats, Charisteas! Thanks Graeme for hosting with another great image and for the insightful comments on the entries.
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-21-2019, 05:48 AM  
Tamron 70-300mm vs Sigma
Posted By photocles
Replies: 13
Views: 578
I second this. I can't tell any difference between the two. Both are very good.

Just for the record, I did "audition" the APO version of Sigma's 70-300 before I bought the original DA 55-300 and it wasn't nearly as consistent across the range.


Plus, you get a wider FOV at the wide end (obviously) with the Pentax zooms. It really adds to the versatility of the lens.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-19-2019, 02:46 AM  
Do non-Pentax batteries really deliver more shots? (D-Li90)
Posted By photocles
Replies: 26
Views: 1,400
In my experience, the better aftermarket batteries (e.g. Hahnel), tend to be rated at lower total mAh than the Pentax-branded batteries, but they deliver pretty close to the same performance and lifespan. The batteries that carry much higher mAh claims (e.g., just about anything you can name from FleaBay) tend to have much worse charge-retention performance and shorter overall lifespan than Pentax-branded batteries. It really seems a case of getting what one pays for most of the time.
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