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.

It’s Been A While….

First let me apologize for my long absence.  I have been dealing with an eye issue that has not allowed me to get behind a camera for the last three months.  Thanks to a new Doctor and some remarkable medicines it appears I’m getting better and thankfully can begin to settle back into my old routine.

Second, many thanks for the well wishes during my absence

Although I was unable to shoot I did manage to pick up a new lens or two.  The above photo is one of the first test shots with a Vivitar 70-150mm 3.8 zoom.  It’s a M42 mount and according to the serial number was made by Kino Precision, for Vivitar, in 1970.  It reproduces colors beautifully, and meters on my Pentax Kx perfectly.  A little soft wide open but tack sharp at 5.6 and above.  If you enjoy shooting with old glass in manual mode you should pick one of these up and give it a try, they are going for little of nothing, and IMHO a good little lens for a day in the woods.

Did I mention it also has a close focus setting?  As always comments are welcome, and thanks for stopping by.

P.S Please click on the photos for the full size shot.  This little lens is impressive in the detail it renders and the thumbnails just don’t do it justice.


It looks like winter has officially arrived here in beautiful East Tennessee.  Three months of rain, fog and clouds, not a photographers paradise, so I decided to revisit spring and post a studio shot from early last year.  This was taken with natural light and a black backdrop.  As always comments are welcome.