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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-30-2018, 03:39 PM  
Where is the DA version of the FA* 28-70 f2.8?
Posted By luftfluss
Replies: 69
Views: 2,593
Perhaps go into the HD Pentax-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 Club - PentaxForums.com and ask if folks would be willing to upload RAW files to Dropbox or similar so you can have a go at processing them?
Forum: Pentax K-01 01-30-2018, 01:22 PM  
Add your best K-01 photos here
Posted By luftfluss
Replies: 3,565
Views: 577,775
There's a number of cool things going on with your photo. :) I agree that ISO 1600 is handled well - that 16MP sensor has really stood the test of time. But also the fact that Woody slowed down enough for a 1/250s shutter to be sufficient is pretty cool... as is the fact that you were able to focus a 600mm lens in just a few of seconds with focus peaking! I've done a lot of 200mm and 300mm shots with my own K-01 + Hoodman Loupe knock-off, but 600mm is insane! :lol:

Here's my own ISO 1600 wildlife shot, an adorable deer family who wandered into the field next to my home one evening. K-01 + Tak 200/4...

Forum: Pentax K-01 01-30-2018, 08:12 AM  
Add your best K-01 photos here
Posted By luftfluss
Replies: 3,565
Views: 577,775
That's great. IME these guys are super-flighty. Pretty awesome you got this shot!
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-29-2018, 10:14 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By luftfluss
Replies: 29,497
Views: 2,590,578
Certainly the DA*300/4 + 1.4x TC will be a step up in IQ from the old Sigma 400. Sharper, less CA & PF, more contrast, livelier color, quieter AF, WR. Will you be happier after spending the $1500? Hard to say. $1500 is a lot of money. I have multiple long teles that have a total value of $1500, but the thought of spending that much on one lens + TC makes me wince.

It really stinks not being able to try before you buy. I think most of us are in that boat.

My own, personal solution to the Cost Conundrum was to buy older, quality manual-focus glass. Still not as good optically as modern wonders like the aforementioned DA*300/4 and the DFA 150-450, but good sharpness nevertheless and I enjoy the different flavors of my older lenses.

Anyway, have you considered buying a used DA*300/4? Not only would you save money initially, but if you were to decide that the lens is not for you, you could re-sell it at a minimal loss.
Forum: Pentax K-01 01-29-2018, 08:48 PM  
Add your best K-01 photos here
Posted By luftfluss
Replies: 3,565
Views: 577,775
Fabulous!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-28-2018, 08:40 AM  
K-1 Mark II!
Posted By luftfluss
Replies: 875
Views: 96,382
Perhaps the K-1 MkII will introduce an automatic AF fine tune capability a la Nikon. That's the kind of clever, photographer-friendly feature I'd expect from Pentax
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-27-2018, 06:30 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By luftfluss
Replies: 29,497
Views: 2,590,578
Today I took out the Tamron Adaptall 200-500/5.6 (31A) and matching 1.4x TC to play. Not too much doing around the yard, but red-bellied woodpeckers are always tough gets for me and who doesn't like to photograph squirrels? :D



Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-27-2018, 10:45 AM  
Pentax prime lens wishlist survey 2018
Posted By luftfluss
Replies: 177
Views: 4,715
I suppose that means most folks were smart enough to avoid Pentax if they are "serious" wildlife photographers :lol:
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-27-2018, 09:03 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By luftfluss
Replies: 29,497
Views: 2,590,578
Holy smokes! What a magnificent photo! :eek:

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-27-2018, 08:20 AM  
Pentax prime lens wishlist survey 2018
Posted By luftfluss
Replies: 177
Views: 4,715
Done!

So far I'm the only person who's selected a 400/5.6 (although I'd prefer f/4.8).
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-26-2018, 11:40 AM  
Got Squirrel Shots? (In memorial of Rupert)
Posted By luftfluss
Replies: 2,201
Views: 137,161
Wow, you are nice!

I see large, muscular squirrels in your future :lol:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-25-2018, 09:39 PM  
K-1 Mark II!
Posted By luftfluss
Replies: 875
Views: 96,382
If the original Tweet is accurate, that could indicate the K-3-3 is further away hoped for by some.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-25-2018, 09:37 PM  
K-1 Mark II!
Posted By luftfluss
Replies: 875
Views: 96,382
"It seems that Ricoh's next SLR will be "PENTAX K - 1 Mark II". It is still unknown when it will be announced."
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-25-2018, 02:56 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By luftfluss
Replies: 29,497
Views: 2,590,578
Thanks. I would describe the A 400/5.6 + 1.4x-L combo as "decently sharp". And the CA is significant. But as a package it is a relatively inexpensive (and light) way to get near 600mm, and the focus ring is wonderful to use, so smooth and damped.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-25-2018, 10:41 AM  
Ricoh Imaging at CP+ 2018
Posted By luftfluss
Replies: 98
Views: 15,363
:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-24-2018, 07:31 PM  
Got Squirrel Shots? (In memorial of Rupert)
Posted By luftfluss
Replies: 2,201
Views: 137,161
Today I made my first photo with my new-to-me F 70-210, graciously gifted to me by @loveisageless. Rupert knew the best way to test a new lens is to photograph a squirrel!

Forum: General Talk 01-24-2018, 03:41 PM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By luftfluss
Replies: 3,760
Views: 322,536
Wow, I totally missed this. :(
















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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-24-2018, 11:55 AM  
Primary lens, 300 or 400?
Posted By luftfluss
Replies: 89
Views: 3,717
Mmmm, the OOF area looks great! :D
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-24-2018, 10:31 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By luftfluss
Replies: 29,497
Views: 2,590,578
Glad you're "cheating"! Wonderful to see this photo. :)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-24-2018, 09:42 AM  
Hi from Elba Island (Italy)
Posted By luftfluss
Replies: 5
Views: 265
Able was I ere I saw Elba - Napoleon
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-22-2018, 08:47 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By luftfluss
Replies: 29,497
Views: 2,590,578
Young squirrel who was hanging out with his larger compadre a few days ago. Shot from the kitchen window. K-3 II + Zenit MTO 500/8 mirror lens.

Forum: Lens Clubs 01-20-2018, 09:31 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By luftfluss
Replies: 29,497
Views: 2,590,578
Congrats on the screwdrive conversion! That adult eagle is very nice. :cool:
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 01-20-2018, 08:54 AM  
KP-like mirrorless solution?
Posted By luftfluss
Replies: 20
Views: 1,149
My question is, can "Pentax DNA" be effectively communicated to neophyte shooters who do not have a pre-existing idea of it?

And here's a bonus question: Fuji's modern reputation as a maker of "photographers' cameras" is partially built on their lovely film simulations. Do you think Pentax would benefit if they did something similar with Kodak films?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-19-2018, 09:13 PM  
Nature Snowy shots with Super Takumar 300
Posted By luftfluss
Replies: 5
Views: 330
Nice! I had the Super-Tak 300/4 and found it a significant step up from the garden-variety xx-300mm zooms in terms of sharpness, and of course it's well-built with great feel. :)
Forum: General Talk 01-19-2018, 09:09 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By luftfluss
Replies: 13,506
Views: 914,355
Someone had to be "the one". I'd been looking for over a year for the 49mm version of the S25. It will find much use attached to my F 50/1.7 once springtime sweeps in. :)
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