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.

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.

100 Posts and Counting

I have been trying to decide what to do with my 100th post and after some deliberation I decided it would be fitting to re-post my very first blog entry.  A simple post, just a picture of a small green lizard and a few words to describe it but the beginning of a journey of unexpected knowledge and personal discovery.  I don’t think most people understand how diverse the “blogosphere” is.  In the last 10 months I have seen some amazing photos taken by some very talented photographers, read descriptions and seen images of places I have only heard about, learned about unexplored parks in New York City, and read topics and opinions from very informed people.  I am proud to be a part of this world and hope in some small way to contribute to it.  Thanks for looking at this and as always comments are welcome.