A Tale of Two Pentaxes...

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by thebokehking, Nov 4, 2006.

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    thebokehking Guest

    Sorry, Tony, guess I'll have to disappoint you before you go to Paris
    :-( -- I'm more inclined to save up the big bucks for the AF lens I
    want (currently the 43) and make do with the long end of the 20-35 and
    borrow my friend's 50/1.7 FA when I can. I already own 50's in other
    systems that will work in a pinch though I wont get as nice bokeh and
    would have to carry around multiple systems (blecch! :)) yet again.
    Thinking it over, I'd just rather save up and get the lens I want than
    do a kludge that would take (scarce) money away from what I'm saving up

    I do wish you good photography in Paris though, let us know how they
    (the images) come out and how you are able to get along with "just" the
    Pentax gear and whether it it compromised your shooting style at all.
    What/which films will you be shooting?

    Bon Voyage (I mean "happy trails"/good shooting but my French isn't up
    to the apellation of "rusty" ;-)).

    In other words, warm regards and enjoy yourself!!! :)
    thebokehking, Nov 5, 2006
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    Bandicoot Guest

    Thanks: any party where the kitchen is knee deep in dry ice fog is a good
    one :)

    Bandicoot, Nov 5, 2006
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    Tony Polson Guest

    The SMC Pentax-A 35-105mm f/3.5 is a superb lens. It is very sharp at
    all apertures and focal lengths, has very low distortion and unusually
    smooth bokeh for a zoom. The "A" electronic contacts mean that it
    operates well on AF and digital Pentax SLRs.

    Pentax were perhaps not known for making exceptional zoom lenses until
    the 80-200 f/2.8 came along, but the 35-105mm was the exception. Its
    performance compares surprisingly well with Pentax fixed focal length

    It is a varifocal lens, meaning that focus does not remain constant as
    the lens is zoomed. You have to zoom *and* refocus. The front
    element is vulnerable and always needs a hood for physical protection.
    The hood will also help protect against flare, although flare at the
    wide angle end will always be a problem, with light sources outside
    the frame causing a loss of contrast. The aperture remains constant
    when zooming.

    Price depends on condition, condition, condition. Did I say condition?
    This is a lens that gets a lot of use, so check carefully that the
    zoom/focus ring operates smoothly throughout the range of focal
    lengths and focusing distances.

    In the UK, a near mint example would sell at GBP 150 - 200
    (approximately Euro 225 - 300) from a dealer. Prices on eBay are
    generally much less, but beware: Condition!
    Yes, Paris. And this time, someone is paying for my trip ...

    Tony Polson, Nov 6, 2006
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    Tony Polson Guest

    No, I haven't. I am reasonably happy with the 35mm f/2.4 but
    preferred my previous Pentax K 35mm f/2, until it broke. :-(
    I'm not sure how much pleasure shooting I will be able to do, as I
    have work commitments to fulfil every day. But I will grab every
    opportunity I can. Enjoy your trip!

    Tony Polson, Nov 6, 2006
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    Tony Polson Guest

    Kodak Elite Color 200 (C41), Kodachrome 64 (slide) with a monopod and
    Kodak BW400CN (C41 black and white). I can't tell you which film
    manufacturer sponsors me. :)
    Thanks, I will try. But before then I have two weeks of hard work -
    in the UK, but away from home.
    Tony Polson, Nov 6, 2006
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    thebokehking Guest

    I thought Elite color was slide film, did Kodak revamp the line or just
    a typo?

    Kodachrome 64 (slide) with a monopod and
    Uhhhhhhhhh Agfa Fuji Scotch? Shhhhhhh its a secret...

    In the digital age I'm amazed that anyone is sponsoring anyone for film
    shooting! :)
    Did they contact you or did you contact them for the assignment?
    May your hard work be hard fun - and lots of great images.
    thebokehking, Nov 6, 2006
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Funny, real pros have no problem saying who sponsors them...

    Alan Browne, Nov 6, 2006
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Alan Browne, Nov 6, 2006
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    jeremy Guest

    Can't you see how they were "painted with light?"

    I still say he is posting from a mental institution. I'd bet the farm that
    he neither owns any of the cameras and lenses that he claims to possess, not
    has he ever handled them. I am amazed that people actually respond to him
    with the deference due to someone that is knowledgeable. He has been kicked
    off numerous moderated newsgroups, and he continues to hold himself out here
    as a photo expert--except that not a single one of the jobs and employers
    that he has claimed has ever been verified.

    P.T. Barnum was right . . .
    jeremy, Nov 6, 2006
  10. Does that mean you wish him that fun will be hard work?

    As they say: What ever doesn't make you stronger, kills you.
    Nicholas O. Lindan, Nov 6, 2006
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    thebokehking Guest

    Just my way of saying that I hope his hard work is still fun for him.
    thebokehking, Nov 6, 2006
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    Bandicoot Guest

    I second Tony's opinon of this lens. The only two things I'd add, both
    small points against it, are that it is very heavy, and that the front
    element rotates when focusing, which is a nuisance if you want to use a
    polariser or ND grad., for example. Takes 67mm filters.

    If those points (and flare performance that is good, but not as good as a
    Pentax 'prime') don't bother you, it is a very nice lens.

    Bandicoot, Nov 6, 2006
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    m II Guest

    m II, Nov 6, 2006
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