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Brett Fish
Posts: 394
Seattle, Washington, US


I occasionally shoot with an *istD. 

I have the kit lens it came with (I'd have to look and see exactly what it is), a Tamron 70-300mm tele/macro, and some old manual focus lenses (a 28mm, 50mm, and a 200mm? - have to check those too) that I used with a 35mm Ricoh film SLR back in the day.


When it's all said and done, it's your lighting.


Edited to add:


Well, I had an *istD.  She died.
Nov 15 12 12:26 am  Link  Quote 
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billy badfinger
Posts: 806
Tampa, Florida, US


Since someone mentioned medium format...
Pentax HAS BEEN the ONLY manufacturer that built ALL of the major roll film formats...35mm,645 and 6x7...(Mamiya did but,hasn't had a 35mm system since the early 80's.)
Pentax has been committed to the craft of photography more than any
other brand IMHO...
Their 35mm system suffered thru most of the late 80's and 90's because of
mediocre designs,cheesy materials and lack of vision...even their 1st digitals were a bit behind the "other guys"...but,today,
the line-up is as good as anything on the market and the future looks promising with Ricoh at the helm...
I also like their backwards compatibility record...way better than most.
Even the original 645 lenses work with the new 645D cameras...the
K-mount of course is legendary...

Be proud of your Pentax gear!!!
Nov 15 12 09:16 am  Link  Quote 
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hbutz New York
Posts: 3,145
New York, New York, US


If you're still shooting with the *istD, an upgrade to their newer K-5 is well worth the investment.

Pentax quit making 35mm film bodies - and, I'm more shocked than anyone.  They've also been sold to Ricoh.  I have a pair of Richo Super II's - great mechanical 35mm cameras with twin needle metering.  Just line up your needles and press the shutter.  So simple, but you can't see the results until after you process your film wink
Nov 15 12 12:12 pm  Link  Quote 
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salvatori.
Posts: 3,714
State College, Pennsylvania, US


I realize the OP was most likely looking for opinions on digital equipment, but for what it's worth...

I only shoot film and have always used Pentax. I had a Sigma lens and I now use a 50mm Ricoh, but have used Pentax glass plenty of the time.

I have owned a whole bunch of manual bodies and a few of the auto ones that were out in the 1990s.

Everything has always worked great for me, and in truth, Pentax stuff is usually way cheaper than Nikon or Canon.
Nov 15 12 12:24 pm  Link  Quote 
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intense_puppy
Posts: 862
Brighton, England, United Kingdom


I shoot Pentax, but Pentax film cameras. Most of my port (except the 16mm and polaroid stuff) was shot with either a K1000 or ME Super with a 50mm SMC lens.
Keep it simple I say smile
Nov 15 12 03:09 pm  Link  Quote 
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GeM Photographic
Posts: 2,357
Chicago, Illinois, US


intense puppy wrote:
I shoot Pentax, but Pentax film cameras. Most of my port (except the 16mm and polaroid stuff) was shot with either a K1000 or ME Super with a 50mm SMC lens.
Keep it simple I say smile

I've owned those bodies. K1000, K1000SE (split image focus aid), 2 of the ME Supers. Still have one of the ME Supers. Need to put some film through it one of these days.

Nov 15 12 04:17 pm  Link  Quote 
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intense_puppy
Posts: 862
Brighton, England, United Kingdom


GeM Photographic wrote:

I've owned those bodies. K1000, K1000SE (split image focus aid), 2 of the ME Supers. Still have one of the ME Supers. Need to put some film through it one of these days.

I love the old Pentax bodies - simple and totally indestructible.
I have one K1000 with and one without the split focus thing. Didn't realise they were different models actually - I always thought it was just a "silent" upgrade from Pentax.

The one without I use as a doorstop now big_smile

Nov 15 12 04:24 pm  Link  Quote 
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GeM Photographic
Posts: 2,357
Chicago, Illinois, US


intense puppy wrote:

I love the old Pentax bodies - simple and totally indestructible.
I have one K1000 with and one without the split focus thing. Didn't realise they were different models actually - I always thought it was just a "silent" upgrade from Pentax.

The one without I use as a doorstop now big_smile

Back in the 80s, the K1000 sold in some of the chain store (most of which are long gone) was the version without the split image focusing. Regular camera stores in area had the SE (Special Edition) version with the upgrade. I used to keep one body loaded with color slide film and the other with B&W.

Nov 15 12 05:22 pm  Link  Quote 
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Eridu
Posts: 623
Boston, Massachusetts, US


Shooting 2 complete portfolios as we speak with a Toy Kx and a $70 Tamaron Lens. If I feel ambitious, I may cheat and use a 35mm Prime before it's all over.
Nov 15 12 05:27 pm  Link  Quote 
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Geo Silva
Posts: 533
Whittier, California, US


All I have is Pentax... two K10, a K200 and just got a K01
Nov 15 12 05:31 pm  Link  Quote 
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SKITA Studios
Posts: 1,563
Boston, Massachusetts, US


Lenses, lighting and post skills count more...and most Pentax users aren't upgradaholics wink
Nov 15 12 06:30 pm  Link  Quote 
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Lost Cause pictures
Posts: 73
Middletown, Connecticut, US


I definitely need to work on my post skills.  I have a lot to learn.  I am however glad I started this post and am seeing so many people enthusiastic about the brand.
Nov 16 12 11:47 am  Link  Quote 
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279 Photography
Posts: 168
Irving, Texas, US


Pentax shooter here too.

K7, 16-50, 50-135 and a 50-500 suits all my needs
Nov 16 12 11:52 am  Link  Quote 
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AgX
Posts: 1,194
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US


Raoul Isidro Images wrote:
My MX is still alive and kicking. That's the latest model I have for a Pentax.

Good for the next 50 years.

CLA every 25 years...

I say don't jump ship as you are using a top 5 brand in the DSLR category. I used Pentax during the film era, but since the digital age, have used Canon and Nikon predominantly.

.

Oooh, you kids and your fancy-schmancy newfangled modern bodies! wink

(Spotmatics II and F that I learned on are still in the arsenal).

Nov 16 12 12:00 pm  Link  Quote 
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Lost Cause pictures
Posts: 73
Middletown, Connecticut, US


I have another question about lenses.  B&H is selling the Da 50-135 2.8 for $750.  Is this a good price?  Will I be satisfied with my results or is a much better idea to go with a couple of prime lenses instead.  Will I notice a huge difference in quality?  Also I have an Fa 50 1.4 wich I use as my main portrait lens,  will I still use it or did I waste $400 on it?
Nov 26 12 12:19 pm  Link  Quote 
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GeM Photographic
Posts: 2,357
Chicago, Illinois, US


LC pictures  wrote:
I have another question about lenses.  B&H is selling the Da 50-135 2.8 for $750.  Is this a good price?  Will I be satisfied with my results or is a much better idea to go with a couple of prime lenses instead.  Will I notice a huge difference in quality?  Also I have an Fa 50 1.4 wich I use as my main portrait lens,  will I still use it or did I waste $400 on it?

For low light shooting (or other cases where you want the shallow DoF from the f1.4), the FA 50/1.4 is a good lens. The DA* 50-135/2.8 kicks its ass as far as sharpness goes. Compared to the recent MAP debacle, $750 is a fantastic price for the 50-135. It is by far my most used lens since I bought it.

Nov 26 12 04:51 pm  Link  Quote 
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Lost Cause pictures
Posts: 73
Middletown, Connecticut, US


Thank you.  That's what I was looking to hear.  I just bought it and with the little time I shoot I was nervous.  I was hoping it would be sharper.
Nov 26 12 05:33 pm  Link  Quote 
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Kansas City Media Group
Posts: 649
Kansas City, Missouri, US


Nope!!  K5's Rock  Pentax RULES!!!:-))
Nov 27 12 01:37 pm  Link  Quote 
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Higher Order Images
Posts: 17
Santa Cruz, California, US


Pentax shooter here I mostly shoot with a k-r, but I just grabbed a k-01 hoping to put it to good use!
Nov 27 12 02:36 pm  Link  Quote 
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Natural Means
Posts: 536
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Love my k200d, feels great in my hands, and LOVE my 50-135.
Nov 27 12 03:07 pm  Link  Quote 
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Top Level Studio
Posts: 3,232
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


Using Pentax will not hold you back.  I've used the MX, the MZ-5n, MZ-S, and now use a K-5, which I really like.  Models have commented on the quietness of the K-5's shutter, which can be a good detail.

I've photographed models in pouring rain with no worries, and used ISO 51,200 when I wanted a grainy but usable image, although I usually use 200-800 ISO.

Five of the thirty pictures in my port at present were shot with either the MZ-5n or the MZ-S, while the rest were shot with the K-5.  Since they're just online JPEGs, they don't fully show what the camera can do, but take a look and see what you think.

I don't find the K-5 lacking in any way, but the new K-5 IIs (the model without an anti-aliasing filter) is reported to have even better image quality.

The sharpness of images coming out of your camera can be tweaked to suit, like any other DSLR.

Think twice about replacing your 50/1.4 lens.  Lately, I've started using my old Pentax 50/1.7 and it gives me shallow depth of field that's unavailable with any zoom lens, plus it's very sharp.

You mentioned you have not seen as many great images produced with Pentax cameras.  This is probably because there are so many Nikon and Canon shooters that that huge talent pool results in many good pictures.  It's not the performance of the cameras, it's the large number of shooters.  Great pictures can be made with Pentax gear, and the friendly user interface is a help in doing that.

How do you like the detail in this image shot with the K-5?

18+ for handcuffs  http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30674243
Nov 27 12 03:13 pm  Link  Quote 
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AJScalzitti
Posts: 12,257
Atlanta, Georgia, US


LC pictures  wrote:
I got started with Pentax.  Although it got me started with a higher quality camera then i was looking into originally,  I feel i am at or going to be at a point where i want more then i can get from this company.  Am i correct?  Should i be getting better images from my equipment?  Is it Just my skill level at this point and i can get a better quality image with what i have?  Also If you do shoot with Pentax,  may i ask what lenses and other equipment you have and recommend? 

Please keep in mind i dont shoot very often so it takes me quite a while to learn and may not be cost effective to start over in another brand.  Still undecided as to what i should do if anything at all or stick with what i have.

Ben K has shot major fashion magazines with a K20D, don't focus on the gear

Nov 27 12 03:16 pm  Link  Quote 
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Top Level Studio
Posts: 3,232
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


LC pictures  wrote:
I want the 50-135 but i cant see spendin the money.  i shoot so infrequently.  also i feel like i wasted money on the 50 1.4 because i probably wont use it if i get zoom that includes that range

Check out the 18-135.  It's weatherproof and may well meet your needs, for less money than the 50-135.

You may like using the 50 1.4 for portraits, because of the shallow DOF it offers.

Nov 27 12 04:15 pm  Link  Quote 
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Marciofs
Posts: 1,896
Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany


Yes. Pentax 67 and I love it. Much better and easier to handle and shoot than my Bronica and any other square meddle format camera.
Nov 27 12 04:39 pm  Link  Quote 
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Michael Broughton
Posts: 2,176
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


Top Level Studio wrote:
Think twice about replacing your 50/1.4 lens.  Lately, I've started using my old Pentax 50/1.7 and it gives me shallow depth of field that's unavailable with any zoom lens, plus it's very sharp.

the 1.7 is very sharp, stopped down a bit. very little distortion or vignetting either, but the bokeh can be a little harsh. the 1.4 never gets as sharp as the 1.7 stopped down (especially at the edges), but has nicer bokeh, gives a shallower dof and faster shutter speed of course, and seems to give portraits a bit more of a flattering vintage look than the 1.7. that's why i've got one of each.

Nov 27 12 05:09 pm  Link  Quote 
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deletedxxx
Posts: 149
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


I'm a Pentax user, not that I'm anything special but after spending well over a year researching the Canon/Nikon models with-not-much-difference between-each of the billion models I gave up trying to choose, went into the camera shop and bought what the owner recommended (Pentax). I thought for a moment that I got suckered buying the camera he wanted to get rid of because i never hear of anyone talking about Pentax, but the more I learn the more I realise the Pentax is the best bang for buck and an awfully good camera. I loves me Pentax.

Ps I have had a multitude of point and shoots over the years only 1 out of 6 canons were any good , and the Nikon was so awful I shudder at the idea of spending serious money on a Nikon.
Nov 27 12 05:26 pm  Link  Quote 
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Natural Means
Posts: 536
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Top Level Studio wrote:

Check out the 18-135.  It's weatherproof and may well meet your needs, for less money than the 50-135.

You may like using the 50 1.4 for portraits, because of the shallow DOF it offers.

The 18-135 was a little disappointing in my arsenal - not quite as sharp as even the the venerable 18-250. It had faster focus and was weather resistant of course but (again only an opinion) I'd save up to get a constant aperture zoom if I was OP with ambitions of becoming serious.

Nov 27 12 10:11 pm  Link  Quote 
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Imageography
Posts: 6,768
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada


I'm Nikon and Olympus shooter, and also use a K5 with some sweet Pentax glass and a K-01 which everybody seems to hate, but I love.
Nov 28 12 02:20 am  Link  Quote 
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Top Level Studio
Posts: 3,232
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


Natural Means wrote:

The 18-135 was a little disappointing in my arsenal - not quite as sharp as even the the venerable 18-250. It had faster focus and was weather resistant of course but (again only an opinion) I'd save up to get a constant aperture zoom if I was OP with ambitions of becoming serious.

I always preferred constant-aperture zooms, but now they're mostly f2.8, so they're bigger, heavier and more expensive than the f4 lenses that used to be commonly available.

Sharp lenses are great, but sometimes they just make it easier to see every flaw in the subject's skin.

What I also miss are the parfocal lenses, the ones that did not change focus while zooming.  With those lenses, you could zoom in, get the focus spot on, then zoom back out for the framing you wanted.  Nowadays, you don't get that kind of precise focus, because if you're shooting wide, even AF accuracy is limited by focusing at the wider end.

Nov 28 12 01:27 pm  Link  Quote 
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CraigJanischPhotography
Posts: 94
Phoenix, Arizona, US


I shoot with a K20D and love it. I have a Canon and Minolta film cameras and looking to get a Pentax film camera, but not sure which one to get yet.
Nov 28 12 01:47 pm  Link  Quote 
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GeM Photographic
Posts: 2,357
Chicago, Illinois, US


CraigJanischPhotography wrote:
I shoot with a K20D and love it. I have a Canon and Minolta film cameras and looking to get a Pentax film camera, but not sure which one to get yet.

If you are looking for manual focus, the ME Super is a good compact SLR. Plenty of inexpensive Pentax 35mm SLRs over at KEH.

Nov 28 12 05:10 pm  Link  Quote 
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Michael Broughton
Posts: 2,176
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


CraigJanischPhotography wrote:
I shoot with a K20D and love it. I have a Canon and Minolta film cameras and looking to get a Pentax film camera, but not sure which one to get yet.

lx or mz-s if you've got money to burn, super program if you don't.
http://www.pentaxforums.com/camerarevie … meras.html

Nov 28 12 11:29 pm  Link  Quote 
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PhotoPower
Posts: 1,361
Elmsdale, Nova Scotia, Canada


After hanging out a bit with a retired bud who shoots Pentax this summer I have to say the line is really best bang for buck for people paying for their own gear!! I think Pentax is building a strong following among people who love photography and want to control the camera and obtain particular results.
Nov 28 12 11:45 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jim Shibley
Posts: 2,824
Phoenix, Arizona, US


I'm a long time Pentax user. I started out with a Ricoh SLE that used Pentax lenses, thru the PZ-1P. I went to a Nikon digital P&S, then back when Pentax came out with the *istD. I just upgraded fron the K20-D to the K-5 II.
Nov 29 12 08:28 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jim Shibley
Posts: 2,824
Phoenix, Arizona, US


DP
Nov 29 12 08:28 pm  Link  Quote 
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David Simpson Images
Posts: 1,324
Bangor, Maine, US


not at all! I have been a pentaxian since 1978. K1000, 2 ME Supers, *istD and now the K5
Nov 29 12 08:38 pm  Link  Quote 
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Gary Melton
Posts: 6,338
Dallas, Texas, US


Pentax is a very solid brand that's been around a long, long time.  Fifty years ago, they were considered to be among the top 3 or 4 brands.  For the last couple of decades, their big advantage was that they made cameras that sold for appreciably less than competitors with comparable specs.  I've noticed that the last model or 2 they've released are no longer less expensive - but virtually the same price as comparable Nikon and Canon models.  I wonder if they are in trouble now...still great cameras, but I don't think they can compete with Nikon and Canon with pricing that is not a noticeable discount from them.
Nov 29 12 08:48 pm  Link  Quote 
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Benjamin Kanarek
Posts: 2,610
Paris, Île-de-France, France


I use Pentax and have used Pentax for all of my VOGUE and Harper's BAZAAR shoots over the past 3-4 years.

In fact I am shooting for VOGUE again on December 12th here in Paris.

Some really nice lenses and the output of the K5 is pretty "darned" good! ;-)

www.benjaminkanarek.com
www.benjaminkanarekblog.com

Oh, our video's were all shot with the Kx and the K-01 both by Pentax

http://benjaminkanarek.com/videos/

Below Actress Berenice Marlohe James Bond Skyfall Girl for Harper's BAZAAR

http://www.benjaminkanarekblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/James-Bond-Skyfall-Girl-Berenice-Marlohe-photographer-Benjamin-Kanarek-Harpers-Bazaar-Espanol-13.jpg
Nov 30 12 03:03 am  Link  Quote 
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Lost Cause pictures
Posts: 73
Middletown, Connecticut, US


If I may ask Mr.  Kanarek,  what lenses do you suggest?  I did buy that 50-135 and used it the other night.  I didn't really look at the images yet but I seem to be happy with its performance.  Any other suggestions on lenses and also how to better my post skills.  I rarely get to shoot but do enjoy it.
Dec 03 12 02:47 pm  Link  Quote 
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Top Level Studio
Posts: 3,232
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


Jim Shibley wrote:
I'm a long time Pentax user. I started out with a Ricoh SLE that used Pentax lenses, thru the PZ-1P. I went to a Nikon digital P&S, then back when Pentax came out with the *istD. I just upgraded fron the K20-D to the K-5 II.

How are you liking the K-5 II?

Did you consider the K-5 IIs?

Dec 06 12 04:56 pm  Link  Quote 
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