New Pentax Toy

Picture borrowed from Pentax Forums Lens Review

I recently picked up a Pentax 2X-S converter.  This little item doubles the range of my 55-300MM DAL Pentax lens and turns it into a 600MM monster zoom lens.  Their are a couple of issues with this converter, the first and  hardest to deal with is the loss of 2 full stops of exposure.  The second problem is loss of auto focus.  Although my KX will shoot in aperture priority with this converter, I quickly discovered it metered much more constantly in manual mode and made the two stop exposure adjustment with shutter speed.  Here’s a couple of test shots.  Let me know what you think.

550mm

F7.1

ISO 1600

Shutter speed 1/320

550mm

F 7.1

ISO 1600

Shutter speed 1/80

Thanks for looking, and as always comments are welcome.

Back Yard Photography

I spent Saturday doing some yard work, mowing, hoeing the small vegetable garden my wife and I plant, and fertilizing a couple of apple trees we have in the back yard.  After the chores were done, it was a beautiful day with temps in the mid 70’s, so I decided to have a beer, kick back on the deck, and enjoy the rest of the afternoon.  Soon I remembered I had a new lens that needed test shooting.  It’s a Pentax 55mm  1.8 made in 1976, and reported to be one of, if not the sharpest lens Pentax ever produced.  I spent the next 30 minutes shooting and here are some of the pics.  Let me know what you think.

Granny Smith Apples.

Gerbera Daisy, and Cuban Oregano.

Kentucky Wonder Green Beans climbing a cane pole.

Tokina 35-105mm 1:3.5-4.3 Part 2

I got a chance to take this little lens into the field today and was impressed with it’s handling and sharpness.

I think this little fellow is a Carolina Wren.  I was lucky enough to catch him when he was distracted and sat still for a moment.

The usable focal length and the exceptional close focusing make this one of my favorite street lens.  Here’s some additional examples of close focus.

As always comments are welcome, and thanks for stopping by.