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    From today's toadstools hunt.









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    Thanks, Bart, for the "like" on the last page...if anyone could find a lovely fungus among us, it would be you, Bart, with your trusty Leica Macro-Elmarit...beautiful images!

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    Bart,

    Those are wonderful images. Everything about them is staged perfectly.

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    Shooting the K5 IIs in a dust storm...

    Glad the K5 IIs is weather sealed. Last weekend, while out on the west Texas prairie, a dust storm kicked up.. I'm talking grit in my teeth, eyes, nose and ears. I stopped along a stretch of road to take this shot because I thought the openness of the vista and the dust with contrasting colors of earth and sky was appealing.

    Got back to my small cabin and began to clean the red dust off of the camera and lens.. took a blue sky shot as well and no dust spots were visible. Thank you Pentax for those body and lens seals.



    One more before I hit the sack. This was taken from a wash in Caprock Canyon, Texas last weekend. I hiked in about half a mile or so to shoot up at this formation so that I could get that incredible star field as a backdrop. It was probably around 1 or 2 in the morning. This was taken with only the light of the quarter moon and starlight. Take in all those stars. It was amazing to be there in the dead of night, a soft breeze blowing and the sound of coyotes in the distance.

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    WOW!!
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    Lake Union, Seattle, WA



    Pentax K5IIs ~ 31mm F1.8 Limited ~ ISO 100 ~ HDR 5 images Ranging from 219 sec to 37 sec @ f16.

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    Rotting wooden fence sections stacked up for disposal...77 w/K5IIs.

    First, to see some really stellar street photography, go to Ricardo's "Fun with Q7" thread in this Pentax forum.
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    Nightfall in Texas

    A friend and I went out tonight to see what we could find to shoot. We were driving back country roads through ranches northwest of Dallas. The sun had set about 20 minutes earlier and nightfall was just beginning. We came upon an open expanse of a ranch with a row of trees in the distance. This was the best shot of the evening for me. I found nothing else of interest. This almost looks like a painting but this is exactly how the western sky looked.

    Pentax K5 IIs and the DA* 16-50mm
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    Excellent colors, transition, lighting, sharpness, and composition.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Out with a new (to me) lens today.....SMC-FA100/2.8 macro. Very sharp. Photo limiter is a nice feature. All metal body is sturdy. Short focus throw. Not weather sealed like the dFA 100mm macro, but has an easy to access aperture ring.

    Getting ready for full frame









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    Giving the 43mm lens a workout on the K5IIs:
    My apologies for running the tool pictures again...they got buried on the bottom of the page a couple of pages back...the color alone makes them worth another share.
    What was done to the trees is called "hat-racking", and is frowned upon by local authorities.
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    From a trip on the isle of Marken.

    lens: Enna Munich Ennalyt 24/4.0




    lens: Asahi Pentax Fish-Eye 17/4.0






    lens: Leica Apo-Macro-Elmarit-R 100/2.8









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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Great photos Bart.......all of them.

    I pre-ordered the K-3 from B&H, but after shooting this weekend and looking at yours, Roy's, Jim's, Dan's, Vlad's and others pics, I wonder how much better could that camera be....because our 16mp K-5's are pretty darn good.

    Reconsidering......R

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    +1

    Great photographs Bart!

    I especially love the double-ender cutter with the Gaff main sail, I am a fan!

    A beautiful photograph of a beautiful sailing vessel!

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by Rich M View Post
    Great photos Bart.......all of them.

    I pre-ordered the K-3 from B&H, but after shooting this weekend and looking at yours, Roy's, Jim's, Dan's, Vlad's and others pics, I wonder how much better could that camera be....because our 16mp K-5's are pretty darn good.

    Reconsidering......R
    Well, due to larger sensor density/size there may be better resolution... still waiting to see... and then of course there is the alleged better AF accuracy, etc..

    I remember thinking my K5 was great.... then tried the K5 IIs and realized that it was, in fact, a better camera.... could be the same for the K3.
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    Carried the K-5 for once while shopping (on the way to the bus)

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    More on the way to the bus

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    More on the way to the bus

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    Colloquially called a “book pine” in South Australia



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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    I know that Leica R lenses can be adapted to the K series but how about Leica M lenses?

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    Mmm, I don't think there is such an adapter, Woody.
    The register size due to the mirror box is not in favor of M-lenses.
    Better get yourself a Sony A7r instead ...

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Thanks Bart

    I thought as much but I wanted to be sure.

    I am not at all sold on the A7R at this point so I guess I will just wait to see how the dust settles

    Anyway,thanks for taking the time to respond

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    The " hat racked" trees...treated as sculpture with the 43mm/K5IIs
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodyspedden View Post
    I know that Leica R lenses can be adapted to the K series but how about Leica M lenses?
    Leica M RF lens register is 27.95mm

    Pentax K SLR lens register is 45.46mm
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    Bug Tussle, Texas.. a beautiful little ghost town.

    Every picture tells a story.. so the song goes. This one is no exception. Let me tell you about it.

    This is the last remaining original structure of Bug Tussle, Texas. I stumbled across this town's history while researching Texas ghost towns that were within a relatively short driving distance from my home in Dallas. It took an hour and a half to get there.

    Here's a bit of the history of Bug Tussle, Texas: Bug Tussle is at the junction of Farm Road 1550 and State Highway 34, ten miles south of Honey Grove and five miles north of Ladonia in southeastern Fannin County, Texas. The community was initially called Truss, after John Truss, who settled there. It was founded in the 1890s and had a post office in 1893–94. Later the town's name was changed to Bug Tussle. At least three explanations exist for this unusual name. The most popular is that the name commemorated an invasion of bugs that spoiled a church ice cream social. A variation on this anecdote suggests that the relatively isolated spot, long popular as a site of Sunday school picnics, offered little else for picnickers to do after they ate than watch the bugs tussle. A third story tells of an argument between two old-time residents who wanted to change the name of the town. Their attention was diverted by the spectacle of two tumblebugs fighting. "Look at those bugs tussle," one reportedly remarked, thus settling the argument and rechristening the town. More than seventy Bug Tussle highway signs have been stolen over the years, and for a time it was fashionable for couples to come there to be married, just so that they could say they had been wed in Bug Tussle. In 1990 its population was reported as fifteen.

    The building is the only remaining structure of the original Bug Tussle. During the Great Depression, Judge James Bates Fink established a Justice of the Peace court in the store (hence the name "Judge Fink Groceries"), where he performed marriages for any couple that showed up at Bug Tussle wanting to tie the knot. Judge Fink reportedly charged only a dollar for his services, and he may have married thousands of couples in the little general store as word spread that Judge Fink performed the cheapest marriages in Fannin County.

    About the photo...
    I took the photo below on October 23, 2013. I was looking for a place to practice my night sky photography and the use of LEDs for lighting. The night was very clear with the moon to rise after 10pm. The green cast on top of the roof and the side of the building is from a security light at a residence about 300 yards away. the only other light sources are from a passing car on highway 34 that briefly washed the building with its headlights. The interior of the building was illuminated by three amber LEDs I placed just inside the door of the old building. The rest was starlight and moonlight. The Little Dipper (I think) is just above the peak of the roof and the glow of the rising moon is to the left of the store through the trees. After the moon rose the light was just too bright to shoot anymore.

    The exposure time was 20 seconds at ISO 800 using the Pentax K5 IIs and the DA* 16-50mm lens at f/2.8. The photo suffers from slight star trails and coma.. still trying to figure out how to get around the star trails without going to a much higher ISO and the resulting noise that would produce. Post-work was done in LightRoom 5 and Photoshop CS6. Hope you like it.

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    Not always a good idea to share pics after Jim's images have been posted...but here goes...43mm/K5IIs...going from Jim's spectacular night scenes to abstractions from sections of rotting fence.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by benroy View Post
    Not always a good idea to share pics after Jim's images have been posted...but here goes...43mm/K5IIs...going from Jim's spectacular night scenes to abstractions from sections of rotting fence.
    No, no, no... nothing wrong with that at all. I shoot all kinds of stuff so I can certainly appreciate rotting fences.. in fact, I enjoy shooting buildings in a state of decay.. that was the main reason for visiting that old building in Bug Tussle. Have a clear sky and a beautiful star-field just make it a two fer!
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    Jim: I'm sorry...I guess I could have explained better...it has nothing to do with the subject of the image, it has to do with posting images in thumbprint form right under a large image...a spectacular large image at that. My eyes (and I'm sure most of the thread-ites) would naturally go to the larger images. The images you share are wonderful and I wouldn't dream of doing anything to take the gloss off of them...it wasn't the subject matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benroy View Post
    Jim: I'm sorry...I guess I could have explained better...it has nothing to do with the subject of the image, it has to do with posting images in thumbprint form right under a large image...a spectacular large image at that. My eyes (and I'm sure most of the thread-ites) would naturally go to the larger images. The images you share are wonderful and I wouldn't dream of doing anything to take the gloss off of them...it wasn't the subject matter.

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    Roy, I always click on the smaller images.. I assume everyone else does as well. ... and thanks for the kind words.
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    One of my first forays with a shift lens, the Asahi SMC Pentax Shift 1:3.5/28mm.
    Heavy and build like a tank comes with three internal filters: skylight, yellow and red (for b/w).
    And focuses as close as 0,3 mtr.





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    Abandoned in Sunset, Texas

    I spotted this old car and many others in a field in Sunset, Texas. I made my way to the house on the property and asked the owner if I might photograph it. He said, "Sure but watch out for the snakes!"

    The sun was setting, which was appropriate, as the little community is called Sunset, Texas. The drive was a little over an hour or so from my home in Dallas.

    When I photograph old cars such as this I can't help but wonder who owned it, how much pride they felt in owning it when it was new, how many Sunday drives were taken with it and how it came to be sitting in field, rusting away, year after year.

    I'm always thankful for finding these relics from the past when the light is right and I can take my time and enjoy the old car, possibly as much as the first owner, if but for just a few minutes on an October day at Sunset.

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    For Bart: looking for lizards...1st pic: 300FA...2nd and 3rd pics: 120 645 macro...4th pic: 100 macro...all with K5IIs...
    645 lenses adapt well to the K5 system...all stop down manual focus, but very sharp.
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    Excellent Roy, my favourites: your local lizard gang

    All the best.
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    So much good work above!
    I went storm chasing here in the UK yesterday..
    K5 with Tamron 70-200F2.8.
    Bring on K3(when I've got the spare cash).
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    Wow that wave and what a fantastic light, Malcolm.
    You're a brave man and I wonder how you managed to keep you're camera steady.
    I chickened out and stayed home not risking to get my equipment sand blasted.

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    Wow, Malcolm! What a great shot of the crashing surf...Please provide a landmark of some kind so we can tell where you were.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Magnificent wave shot Malcolm.

    I was watching CNN International last night and it looked epic. Unbelievable capture.

    K5 in it's element.
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    Thank you guys for the kind comments and likes.
    Bart,1/800th sec helped.
    Roy,sorry -Porthcawl,South Wales.
    Rich,I think we missed the worst of it on our trip,but a quite high tide and a small lighthouse made it.
    A good friend of mine has enjoyed (rightly so )huge success with a similar but better shot than my first post and he suggested the location after our planA for the day didn't work out.I reakon the local tea shops have got him on a retainer!.
    One more given the B&W p/p.
    Regards
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    ps.handled a K3 in stock at local pusher today---the new grip is fabulous.mmmmmmmm..no,no no Malcolm not until the new year
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by MalcolmP View Post
    So much good work above!
    I went storm chasing here in the UK yesterday..
    K5 with Tamron 70-200F2.8.
    Bring on K3(when I've got the spare cash).
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    Envy.... that shot of the wave and lighthouse is the kind of shot I dream of. Great work... highest compliment I can give you is... "I wish I had shot that."
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    Wow Jim,what a lovely thing to say.Thank You.
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    Out on the dawn patrol with the Sigma 70/K5IIs
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    Quote Originally Posted by benroy View Post
    Out on the dawn patrol with the Sigma 70/K5IIs
    Hi Roy, I really do like #2 (wet leave) - lovely !

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Such great shots here. Of course, I understand it's only the camera, and if I had a Pentax I could get a shot like that wave shot
    Anyway - fantastic stuff - Bart, Roy, Malcolm, Jim

    All the very best to you guys (still miss my K5).

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    From my visit to the Port of Amsterdam (IJmuiden).
    Focusing on the 'Boulder' and its crew preparing for the upcoming storm.

















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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    I think you've created a new genre Bart,-"orange fatalism" very striking.
    Agree with Bart,Roy,leaf shot is a cracker and that 70mm looks razor sharp in the others.
    Jono, of course you are correct in your statement and I fully expect to see your name at the very start of the "fun with K3" THREAD
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Knorp,
    I love those colors and the clarity.

    I have a question to the Pentax users: How happy are you with the 16-50/2.8?
    How you rate it vs the primes?

    I have a k5IIs and now "just" the 43FA, the 21DA and the 18-135.
    The 18-135 seems fine in the center but the corners are really not so great. (Expected for a zoom with such a range)
    I do like the 43FA a lot, but sometimes its too long. I want something in the 35-40mm equivalent FOV
    I wonder if I should get a 16-50 (I would like the flexibility) or maybe rather add a 31FA or a 35/2.8Macro (which seems a great lens but focal length close to my 43)
    I think I have decided to concentrate more on the Pentax and reduce (or even give up) my m43 gear. I just like optical viewfinders better and also to me the Pentax bodies feel more traditional user interface and like a "real" camera.
    The colors of the K5IIs -after some more experience with it-are very much to my taste. I also LOVE the Tav-Mode of the Pentax by the way.
    The "weak" point IMO is quality control of lenses.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    More dawn patrol images with the Sigma 70/K5IIs
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