Post by John Parry on Oct 19, 2009 16:53:49 GMT -5
The 'every Pentax lens will fit was somewhat misleading'. The 'kit' lens with my Pentax DX200 is competent. But the FAJ zoom I got to extend the range is a joke unless it's in full daylight - so soft at wide apertures its untrue. Will buy some adapters and go to M42!
Last Edit: Oct 19, 2009 16:54:51 GMT -5 by John Parry
I have an *istDS too. Have you downloaded and installed the latest firmware update? It gives an auto film speed setting that was missing on my version. There are a couple of other enhancements, but I can't remember what they are.
That one's been sitting in my cabinet, since I got my K20. But today, my daughter took possession of it for her class in photography. I'll check on the firmware update. Ive only loaded the one that allows cards over 2 gigs.
That was one of the other improvements, I'm not sure why I forget it. My *ist, being fairly early on in the life of the camera, would only take 1gb cards.
I always found the *istDS quite neat. The small screen seems ridiculously small compared to modern cameras. My one real gripe was that it would at times refuse to focus when the light was a little low, even with the AF360 flashgun attached. My older (film) SFX series seems to have less trouble - perhaps I just got one made on a Friday afternoon.
I hope this is the start of a real interest in photography for your daughter.
It will be interesting to hear what your daughter's tutor makes of her assignment photographs. They're not quite the subject matter people would normally take for themselves. A friend has been a photographic course. I looked at some of his assignments (I think on flickr) and have to say I thought many of them were not that good. He usually takes better photos. I bet his course tutor raved about them, though.
These photos remind me of ones I took when I took a photography course one summer.
Oh, back on the original subject; I'm trying to learn a new lens my brother gave me. A Nikon 50mm/f1.4, converted to AI AND "chipped"! It's a fun lens, but I'm learning to hate the screen on my D300 though!
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Post by Dan Vincent on Jun 29, 2014 6:17:43 GMT -5
I did some comparison shots with various Minolta 50-58mm lenses and found that the "Faster" 1.4 lens did not give as much "Snap" or color saturation and contrast, as the slower lenses such as the 1.7 and 1.8.
In photography we are constantly trading off shutter speed or depth of field and I always tried to use the middle of the lens range for maximum sharpness.
Many photographers want an expensive lens that will deliver poster-size photos but in reality, how many photos make it to that size?
When I was doing magazine articles the largest photo was on a magazine cover but in the articles they were sometimes as small as 2" X 3" so they could squeeze in more pictures.
At some point I bought a Tokina 28-85 zoom lens which quickly became a favorite to use on my Minolta XE-7, XD-11 and X-700. My other go-to lens was a Minolta "Celtic" 100-200 Zoom to catch RC model aircraft in the air. The Celtic was a lower priced Minolta lens line than their Rokkors.
Here's a magazine cover I took with the Tokina lens and flying shot with the Minolta Celtic. You don't need mega-dollar equipment for magazine work.