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.



ISO 1600

Shutter speed 1/320


F 7.1

ISO 1600

Shutter speed 1/80

Thanks for looking, and as always comments are welcome.

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.

A Walk in the Park

I received my Sigma 70-205MM lens last week and took a few minutes to take the dog for a walk and to try it out.  I’m pleased with the results considering it’s 40 years old.  Let me know what you think.

Sigma 70-205MM 3.8

@190MM 500th Sec.

5.6  100% crop

Sigma 70-205MM 3.8

@200mm 320th Sec.

7.1 100% crop

P.S.  I hope that poor rabbit sheds the rest of it’s hair and finds some sweet clover to fatten up on.  I found myself wishing I had some vegetables with me to throw in it’s direction.