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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
Add a foot or ring to an older SMC Pentax-A 300 mm (older model)
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 13
Views: 424
There are a bunch of options out there for this. Just check the usual suspects....
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 1 Day Ago  
DPReview : The Most Important Pentax Cameras Of All Time
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 55
Views: 2,799
Glad to see you here. It was a nice piece you did for DPR, and I thought it was fair. I basically agreed with you on most points, including what seemed (from the peanut gallery) the most controversial one, favoring the K1000 over the Spotmatic---but I thought your reasoning was sound and well explained. I especially liked the appreciation you had for the 645Z's importance. So, kudos to you---helps salve some wounds.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 2 Days Ago  
What is the state of Pentax MF??
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 28
Views: 1,442
Snort. I'm not complaining about that lens...but it does feel like it needs a collar and foot. Just sayin'.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 4 Days Ago  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 14,028
Views: 2,369,658
Yeah, Rick, this looks way better, whatever you've done. Just looks quite crisp.

Ed Hurst has quite a sharpening process for posting here---almost alarming. I still haven't posted anything here because I haven't cracked the code yet---really, haven't had the time to do a separate set of images just for posting. But I hope after March I can work on that.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 4 Days Ago  
Are there any 645 lenses that should be avoided?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 16
Views: 776
Something is different, because the A suffers less from field curvature, which was the main issue with the FA35. I didn't have it long enough to check it thoroughly---the main work I do requires deep DOF, so most of the problems were masked by that. Rick Denney on these forums has done some home user testing, so you should search for those examples. I found a DFA 35 at a great price and snagged it. No issues there.

Very true Keep looking for the 28-45----I just got one from the marketplace here at a great price. The real issue with that lens is size and weight---it is a beast. Otherwise it's very, very useful.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 6 Days Ago  
Are there any 645 lenses that should be avoided?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 16
Views: 776
Thanks, Ed.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-14-2020, 10:40 AM  
Are there any 645 lenses that should be avoided?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 16
Views: 776
Sandy, How do you like the FA 120 vs the A 120, and those vs the DFA 90. I had the A 120, but didn't use it much at the time. Now I have the 90 (and sold the 120) and am using it a lot, and really do like it. Interested to see what you have to say.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-12-2020, 04:22 PM  
What is the state of Pentax MF??
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 28
Views: 1,442
Well, yes, it would be----and the lens lineup would mean advantage, Pentax (I think too much is made of the "new glass" argument that the older lenses can't resolve well enough to get the most out of the sensor...).

But....here's a direct question to everyone, all current Z users, including me, and you, too, Leumas. How much could you pay for one? I'd have a lot of trouble right now paying more than $6Kusd right now. If I could get rid of some debt, or get a business loan, maybe I could get up to $10Kusd. But if the FF 645 was much more than that, I'd be out of the game.

And then....how about pushing those files around? In the camera and after. Surely you'd need a new computer. I have to give my clients 16 bit TIFFS, and for some of the most serious work full size ones at that. In the camera FF 645 raws are going to need quite a processing boost to just stay equal with the Z's speed now; PS would take forever, probably; IBIS will be much harder; video would be literally hot, and so very short clips. So, it's nice to dream about FF645, and I do, but what would the reality mean?


I guess maybe a FF645 with a crop mode to do some things might work....
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-12-2020, 09:51 AM  
What is the state of Pentax MF??
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 28
Views: 1,442
Ah, yes, IBIS. Even a crop body Z2 with this would be attractive. So, maybe a few more MP, IBIS, PS, better video (even if clips were "time challenged"---I don't need 20 minute long continuous shots), but especially better tethering! These things would turn my head, if the price could be kept down. I still think FF 645 will be over $10K, so out of range for me probably.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-11-2020, 08:34 PM  
What is the state of Pentax MF??
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 28
Views: 1,442
As PePe wrote, Pentax representatives (not just this one, but Japanese ones as well) have stated that 645 is part of Pentax's plan. So, since Pentax (and the other Japanese manufacturers as well) is very tight lipped, that they have said publicly that 645 is in their plans is to me significant.

Yes, Fuji has stolen all the thunder lately---but we need to remember how. Part of that how has to do with 2 major internet review sites having buried the excellent 645Z testing results for years, and being pretty disrespectful to Pentax in general. Part of that has to do that Fuji is a major photography company , and can sling its weight around---don't forget how they nearly disappeared in the digital arena before they launched their interesting line of apsc cameras. They made a big push to come back. Pentax is a much smaller company, and Ricoh, its parent company, has done a better job than Hoya before it, but that's faint praise, and they have done much less than Fuji to shake the marketing tree. Those of us who know Pentax know how good their products are. And everyone also seems to forget a significant timing aspect: the 645D came out in 2010----and the effects of the 2008 financial crisis were still hot. The Z comes out in 2014, but still for many business and economic stability was just beginning to come back. When Fuji released their first camera 2 years after that, business was looking much better, and they were also riding the somewhat irrational mirrorless wave, plus a lot of positive buzz they had gotten about their apsc line---even though it's not really better than anyone else's, just maybe more visually attractive.

That brings me to Sandy's comments. The Z is my favorite camera, not fast becoming. And I also have an upgraded K1. I've been shooting since the '70's (really the '60's as a kid). It's my favorite camera ever, and I've had some wonderful cameras that I loved. For the exacting work that I do professionally, the Z is a fantastic camera. The K1 is a great backup---and for some things my first choice (more run and gun, or when "only" really excellent IQ is required. Sandy is right to love it. Hey, Sandy---keep trying to find that 25. I managed to scoop one up used at an "affordable" price.

So, this brings me to my final point. To surpass the Z is going to require a lot of---I don't know what. It's already one of the finest cameras that has been made. There are some tweaks I'd love to see for pro use, but they're not sexy if that's what people need to see. Video? Going to need some significant processing power for that if it's going to be any good. More MP? Well, I could use it, but again I'd also need more in-camera processing power---I don't need my Z to be rocket fast, but I'd rather it not be slower either, even the way I use it. Full Frame 645? Great, but not if I and others couldn't afford it. Part of the appeal of the Z, and why I even have it, is that it was and is "affordable", along with some many of the lenses. I could never have afforded the Fuji system---there's no used market. Just being able to have that was so important, and allowed me to build my lens collection slowly but steadily---and thanks to the marketplace here!
Forum: Pentax K-70 01-11-2020, 11:33 AM  
Zoom in Live view
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 4
Views: 302
Yes, it's the OK button to get to the focus, and the dial to zoom in and out. Works that way for the 645Z and K1. Extremely helpful, not just for focus but also when using a polarizer (at least in my work...).
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-09-2020, 11:00 AM  
Joining the Ranks
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 6
Views: 421
Welcome from a Baltee-Moron. I have a Z and the K1 (upgraded). I have a nice lens stable, so let me know if you ever want to try something.

And....Go Ravens!
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 01-07-2020, 05:51 AM  
K-2 Wishlist
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 60
Views: 3,601
Thumbs down on this one from me.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-05-2020, 12:59 PM  
Are there any 645 lenses that should be avoided?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 16
Views: 776
Let me add a general note. Not sure how familiar you are, barondla, with the 645 ecosystem, but of course it has the A series lenses, the oldest, which are manual focus; then the FA series, which are middle aged lenses, and autofocus; and the DA and DFA lenses, which are the younger set, also AF and some with other features, like WR/AW, stabilization, silent AF. But 2 of the newer lenses, the DA 25 and DFA 25 are discontinued. The FA lenses list as not discontinued, but it's unclear what their production status is, I think. There's also 2 black swans, the 75 LS and the 135 LS, both discontinued, which are A vintage I believe.


And you can't necessarily draw conclusions about the lens performance by age: both the A 35 and A 120 are notably sharp, as is the 135LS---I've had all 3, and still have the 135 LS.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-05-2020, 10:20 AM  
Are there any 645 lenses that should be avoided?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 16
Views: 776
The 2 weakest ones in the lineup are the 45 and the 33-55. The FA 35 also has a field curvature issue, so has to be stopped down a bunch (the A doesn't have this problem, and it's corrected in the DFA 35). I have had the former, and it's a dead useful FL and a handy size, but it was noticeably softer than my other lenses, including the excellent 45-85 zoom, and maybe had some field curvature (?) that made the problem a little worse.

It depends what you want to do with it. Stopped down it's better, but still less good than the A35 or DFA 35, or the DFA 55 or FA 75 lenses for instance. My use cases, however, put a premium on sharpness/acuity right now, and so I finally traded the lens in. Because of its very useful FL and size, it could be a useful lens for you. It's far from horrible, so you need to think about how you'll use it and for what, and what you want your image to look like. Sharpness isn't everything!

I've had all 3 versions of the 35, and have the fine DFA 35 now.

There's been a lot of stuff written about how Pentax has failed to come up with lenses for the digital age, and how Fuji's are so much better. I think the ones Pentax has come up with, the 25, the 28-45, the 55, and the 90 (all of which I have) put the lie to that---and I think the people you see posting on the medium format photo forum show that that's not true. I don't post there for several reasons I won't go into here, although I feel I should sometime this spring just to be a good contributor to these extremely helpful forums.

As for the rest of the older lenses---they are either just fine or really good. Are they as good as the Fuji's ? Maybe not---some very professional people have tested those lenses---but they haven't tested the Pentax ones, so we don't know for sure. But, remember that the perfect is the enemy of the good. Pentax has given me a system that I have been able to use for 5 years this spring, and has given me the ability to begin shooting professionally for very exacting clients at a time I need to make a transition in the type of work I do as I get older. I am grateful.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-02-2020, 04:54 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 14,028
Views: 2,369,658
mmmmm, a tasty tune!
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-02-2020, 10:47 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 14,028
Views: 2,369,658
Really wonderful, Ed. You should be pleased you couldn't shoot what you wanted to, and instead got these marvelous shots.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 01-01-2020, 08:03 AM  
K-2 Wishlist
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 60
Views: 3,601
This I think is an interesting and very reasonable assessment---in the midst of a lot of noise about how little Pentax is doing. OTOH, one does worry that there can be continued sales, and late capitalism's model---which has infected the globe---is new stuff.

Given it's New Year's day, I looked again at my wish and it, better tethering, remains my main wish, although I think for my use cases I'll now add 2 things: much better video both in output and UI; ability to work in concert with the Theta Z1 (there are a couple of extremely intriguing Youtube demos of this...). This coming year I will be learning more about 360 imagery and VR for my museum work, and I'll be using the K1U for that, not my Z.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-26-2019, 10:58 AM  
Pentax Binoculars
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 17
Views: 626
These are fantastic binos. I have the 6x21's for general use and museum viewing. Just incredible macro capabilities, but clear and bright at distance with no distortions. Highly recommended. They make my older 8x UCF's look not great---and I liked those when I got them.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-24-2019, 12:05 PM  
P645 135mm vs 150mm (A)
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 3
Views: 293
So, I have both. I *think* the 135 is sharper---my copy is dead sharp. Of course it is only manual. The LS bit can be handy. Note: these LS lenses may eventually give out. I think the mechanisms have a lifespan. Unclear if they can be repaired. OTOH, they are a bit rare, so if you have a line on one I'd get it.


The 150FA and A versions are both very good, but you might as well get the FA. Quite sharp, and fine bokeh. This is a favorite lens of all who have it. So, if you don't have a line on the 135, don't hesitate to get the 150, but I think spring for the FA.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-22-2019, 02:32 PM  
Have your say: Most important cameras of the 2010s
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 16
Views: 722
Once again, DPR shows just how biased they are against Pentax...because both the 645D and Z cameras were complete game changers in the digital medium format sector. Both in terms of cost and performance! I commented on that lest...it really steamed me. I've tried to be understanding about DPR's omissions, but they have a blind spot a galaxy wide. The K1 and K1mkII are terrific cameras, but it's in medium format that Pentax broke the barriers. I have to stop writing, because it's making me angry...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-22-2019, 02:24 PM  
Big glass. Why complain about weight?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 85
Views: 2,652
And....do you also fly fish?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-22-2019, 08:12 AM  
Big glass. Why complain about weight?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 85
Views: 2,652
Exactly the same feelings as Blackcloudbrew. Same cameras. What I think is that a lot of complaints have to do with bad straps on the cameras and on the bags. It also has to do with reasonable expectations of what kind of bag to use, for how much time or what sort of excursion. For schlepping all day with a lot of gear, you really need a backpack---messenger style bags can get you in the back after a while, since you are off center with the load.


I will say that I have done quite a bit of single handed shooting holding a flash with the other hand (don't ask, it's an odd part of my personal work), and the 645Z can be a chunk. I just acquired the 28-45 here from the marketplace, and the minute I put it on the Z I knew it would not be something I would be shooting one handed. We'll see how it feels with the strap, a discontinued Crumpler---the best strap I've ever had.
Forum: Pentax K-1 12-18-2019, 03:50 PM  
Well sold some Fuji gear now is the K1 the replacement ?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 25
Views: 1,049
Canon is the FF T/S king. Sadly, the bodies are not up to snuff, although the 5DmkIV is probably adequate for most real estate work, unless you're shooting for Architectural Digest. The 50Ds would be fine, if slow.


That said, I shoot in museums professionally. I'm using a 645Z and K1mkII (upgraded version). I have the 28 shift for the K1, and an Arsat 45 shift for the 645. I have yet to need them. The adjustments in LR that I can do pass muster with the most discerning eyes.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-18-2019, 08:04 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 14,028
Views: 2,369,658
Well, that's a neat trick, hand held composite.....impressive for that reason alone.
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