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phigmov

Probably Not Walter Kernow
Mar 23, 2015
Aotearoa
K-5 & Super Takumar m42 50mm f4 Macro - definitely feels sharper than the K-7. Seems fiddlier getting the m42/k adapter on this than the K-7 - I actually did the lens-drop dance when the lens plopped out of the camera - luckily it only fell 30-40cm onto wood.

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MiguelATF

Hall of Famer
Aug 27, 2013
Talent, Oregon (far from the madding crowd)
Miguel Tejada-Flores
K-5 & Super Takumar m42 50mm f4 Macro - definitely feels sharper than the K-7. Seems fiddlier getting the m42/k adapter on this than the K-7 - I actually did the lens-drop dance when the lens plopped out of the camera - luckily it only fell 30-40cm onto wood.

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The 50mm macro really renders beautifully. I've been looking at this entire series you have taken with it - and have come to the inescapable conclusion: it's a great lens :)

Nice pictures, too.
 

pictogramax

All-Pro
Aug 18, 2011
Zemun, Serbia
@phigmov How do you find manual focusing with the OVF on your K5? I'm liking a lot that camera and samples I'm seeing from it, including yours, and it became really affordable, Most of my images are manually focused, Minolta and M42 glass, but on mirrorless - I fear that without magnification in the EVF my hit rate would drop severely.
 

phigmov

Probably Not Walter Kernow
Mar 23, 2015
Aotearoa
@phigmov How do you find manual focusing with the OVF on your K5? I'm liking a lot that camera and samples I'm seeing from it, including yours, and it became really affordable, Most of my images are manually focused, Minolta and M42 glass, but on mirrorless - I fear that without magnification in the EVF my hit rate would drop severely.
I've had the slightly older and cheaper K-7 for a few years so have become very used to the controls & viewfinder with m42 adapted and K-mount manual focus lenses. The K-5 has the same feel but a little bit more refined in almost every way - particularly the sensor (the K-7 really didn't seem to like some adapted Pentax K's - the images seemed to lack bite/contrast, the older M42's seemed to fare much better which is wierd). I definitely rely on the focus confirm-beep which works for MF lenses more than the view-finder - as there is no split-prism in modern DSLR (I believe you can get after-market screens) it can be tricky without other focus aides like the beep. The view-finder also feels a little cramped compared to my D700 but that might just be my deteriorating eye-sight.

TL;DR - the manual focus beep is pretty great on the Pentax DSLR - it can be finicky when you stop down and there isn't a lot of light (f11+) but you can always open the aperture, get the beep, then close it up again. The beep is almost continuous with a half-press - you can rock your body backwards & forwards or adjust lens focus and it will keep beeping when you're in the right spot (eg you don't need to keep half-pressing yourself, just keep it down once until you take the shot). Works great for macro.

Also - the Pentax m42 lenses are beautiful - jet black, machined metal & glass - absolutely superb feel. Literally - they just don't make them like they used to. And so cheap now too.
Usual disclaimer about most legacy manual-focus zooms being completely terrible - the primes are generally pretty great though.
 

phigmov

Probably Not Walter Kernow
Mar 23, 2015
Aotearoa
I wasn't aware Kingfishers would go after small rodents. Nice catch.
Lot of neighbourhood cats so the mouse could have been playing dead or scavenged although I did see the bird shake it around a fair bit. Kingfishers seem to be reasonably fearsome. I once came home from work, found one in the house staring outside through a window while the cat snoozed in a corner - I suspect the cat caught it, bought it in alive and then didn't appreciate the bird could hold its own in a fight and left it alone. Luckily I was able to wrap it in a towel and release it outside without too much fuss.
 
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gordo

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Jul 6, 2017
Arizona
Gordon
Lot of neighbourhood cats so the mouse could have been playing dead or scavenged although I did see the bird shake it around a fair bit. Kingfishers seem to be reasonably fearsome. I once came home from work, found one in the house staring outside a window while the cat snoozed in a corner - I suspect the cat caught it, bought it in alive and then didn't appreciate the bird could hold its own in a fight and left it alone. Luckily I was able to wrap it in a towel and release it outside without too much fuss.
That could have been a bit messy. Glad it turned out well.
 

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