robbiec

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Join Date: 16th December 2008
Last Login: 5th August 2019 - 02:12
Real Name: Robbie Corrigan
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Occupation: Systems Analyst
Interests: IT, Karting and now starting out in photography

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New lenses for Pentax Cameras
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
I have a few more in the Pentax back catalog to get before starting to look at new stuff but there is a window of opportunity to start saving. I have the HD Pentax-D FA* 50/1.4 and once I had a good play with it my previously treasured SMC A50/1.2 wilted in my eyes, left my bag, got packed away and sent over to Canada to begin a new life, so now I will be getting the set of HD P-DFA*s listed on the road-map one by one as they arrive. The HD Pentax-D FA* 85/1.4 is one that I am most excited as it will be one of the first to arrive (that and the DA*11-18 I think) and that is purely because of the aforementioned 50/1.4; optically it has practically no weaknesses (you can see some PF wide open and there can be a hint of CA in high contrast scenarios) but you're really looking / pixel peeping and I personally find it balances beautifully on the K-1 sans grip which helps me dive reasonably easily enough below 1/50s with my personal limit being 1/10s handheld. If the 85 arrives with the same level of optical brilliance and packaging then I think our biggest problem will be toning down the resolution. The other item which I will be looking very closely at will be the successor to the K-3 line. It is strange to think that the K-3 is now 5 years old, spec wise it still holds its own (24MP, 8fps, usable to ISO6400), so I am curious to see what Pentax / Ricoh will deliver in APSC format.
New DFA 50mm f1.4
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
My only wish is that they would have put a shock dampener on the front of the lens hood. Something like a silicone cover over the edges. The hood just feels a bit flimsy compared to the rest of the lens. Optically it hits the spot no question.
FS: Pentax SMC A* 200mm f4 Macro ED
Posted in Classified Adverts
Pm sent + bounce for my favorite LBA enabler :)
FS: SMC Pentax 28mm shift lens.
Posted in Classified Adverts
Hmm, ponders thoughtfully a Single-In with a TS in October :)
FS: Pentax K 50mm f1.2
Posted in Classified Adverts
I've a mad idea in my head to get a copy of the flagship 50s from every series and have a shelf full of 50s from Takumar to DFA*50/1.4 and I'd need this but but I should really get the new one first and then picking up the missing 50s. So maybe next time. Good price for one of these and if Lennybloke says it is in good condition then it is, no question, and he is probably being conservative with his estimate. :)
New DFA 50mm f1.4
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
I've seen a few references about the interweb, originally comparing the K-5 and the 5 stack of DA Limiteds as being a Leicaesque experience but much cheaper. More recently on DPR at least one comment was posted as saying the new DFA*50 is actually going after the Leica Summilux50/1.4 in terms of rendering at f/1.4 but again much cheaper.
Outstanding customer service
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Always welcome to hear about good customer service in action.
On no, I've been converted!
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
Or you could track down a 43 and 77 in lieu of the 40 and 70 :), a little bigger (but not much) and have that little extra ne plus ultra.
New DFA 50mm f1.4
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
Just off the phone with SRS, 2 to 3 weeks. No pricing mentioned but it was mentioned that there is a lot of interest.
New DFA 50mm f1.4
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
I want one! Anyone know when SRS have stock arriving?
To repair or not to repair?
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
If you have access to a body older than the K-3 you could attempt converting to screw drive. I love my 50-135 so personally would spend the 200 or so to repair.
Red Damselfly
Posted in Your Photos
Wonderful deep greens. So rich.
Taking a new to me lens out for a spin (A100/2.8 Macro)
Posted in Your Photos
Still moody but the bokeh is very pleasing with a nice gentle transition. In the Groove I did or K-1 & I did well with 1/20s.
Taking a new to me lens out for a spin (A100/2.8 Macro)
Posted in Your Photos
...great shots, and even better at the larger sizes on Flickr :D Glad to see you're getting on well with the lens, I found it one of the most pleasurable lenses to use and the results are superb. IMO it is one lens that is "Green Star" quality in terms of IQ and build, but they forget to stamp the * on the barrel :wink:Even higher res on Smugmug ;) I use Flickr for the monthly use only one lens challenge on PF. Its the focus action, fabulous to use in a macro type environment, a mm here or there and what you envisage pops to life. You never mentioned it is a bit of a Diva with the OOF rendering - it will take me a year to figure out properly :) it's like a super high res A50/1.2 on one hand, shift the light a bit and it behaves like a drunken Helios.
Taking a new to me lens out for a spin (A100/2.8 Macro)
Posted in Your Photos
Mounted on a K-1, usual overcast Irish weather... and something a bit random / abstract
PSR Shutter
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Which is more likely to wear out first? Shutter or sensor - K1 series are rated at 200K shutter actuation I believe; but does one anyone know what the Sony sensor can do other than 2 years guarantee? I'd say Pentax believe the shutter mechanism is sturdier than the sensor and covering their liabilities.
Should I buy a Pentax-A SMC 50mm F1.2 Lens?
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
A lot of the ebay ones have been butchered by Canon fiends, they chop down the aperture lever :shock::evil:
FS: SMC Pentax A 100mm f2.8 Macro
Posted in Classified Adverts
Arrived safe and sound to Cork. Beautifully packaged and protected. The lens itself is absolutely pristine and the focus action can only be described as silky. Very happy camper.
Got one at last !
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
Enjoy it. Be interested to hear your observations after you've taken it out for a couple of runs.
FS: SMC Pentax A 100mm f2.8 Macro
Posted in Classified Adverts
Bump for expression of interest / offer. Think this will play nicely with a K-1 🤔😉
Does Pentax need a CHEAP DSLR......??
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
The era of the cheap Pentax dslr is gone I think. APSC is their low end and served with the K-P which is targeted at the more discerning photographer (think left of field tourist with a set of DA Limiteds). K-3 equivalent will return for those looking for range and faster response (More action oriented). K-1 series is their 'Enthusiast' level so FF and the most popular zoom ranges covered. Reference primes are due soon to act as halo products and put a line in the sand opposite Sigma and potentially Zeiss. Professional in the Pentax world is served by the 645 series. Pentax have never played the class game like Nikon or Canon where features where withheld or restricted between the various ranges and worked on providing a minimum control model and functions (think Pentaprism, dual control wheels, screw drive motor in camera, shake reduction, etc) across all lines to allow a Photographer if he or she wished to start at APSC and work through to 645 using nearly the same control model even if the cameras themselves change massively in cost / size.
Pentax K-1 II has arrived.
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I know it's been said many times before, but the service from SRS is "spot on"..... Email from Chris yesterday morning to advise K1-II has arrived, a couple of PM's to sort out PX's, a call to Paul (also very helpful chap), then 30 mins ago a Parcel arrived from SRS along with a collection of a few of my things. Couldn't be more straightforward - Thanks Guys :)And? ☺️ Noise at the various ISOs.. Handheld PixelShift... Tell me everything Congrats on delivery and agree completely with your assessment of SRS. Spot on is very apt!
Pentax K-1 user?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Upgrade here. I'll probably get the new 50 first though. I'm interested as to how Pentax now regard the K-1 line as a series. Perhaps they are thinking of a couple of more upgrades down the line. Anyone know how many K-1s are out there? Are there I dunno, 100,000 K-1 users worldwide that would hand over 500 to 600 Pounds, Euros, Dollars every year for incremental upgrades? The chassis being the base and everything else service upgradeable.
Last few Pentax K-1's available. Exclusive forum discount....
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Hmm. Arguably one of if not the best deals I've seen on a K-1 Too good to turn down in fact :D
FS: HD PENTAX DA AF 1.4X AW rear converter
Posted in Classified Adverts
PM sent with expression of interest. :)