Posted 20 April 2008 - 06:24 PM
You walk away from the modern Jag having experienced a driving pleasure in refinement. The XKE - you walk away with your senses filled - adrenaline in your veins - eyes wide open from driving the experience.
Same with other things. Film camera or digital? Solid wood Long bow or light weight laminated wood recurve bow - or fancy pulleys of a composite compound bow for archery?
To each his own, but I chose the classic route long ago. How about a vintage BSA over a crotch rocket? Cash over credit cards?
Speaking of eggs over easy - a Pentax 67ii just came up for auction - no reserve with a low starting bid. Oh yea. Things are heating up.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 04:21 PM
I ended up getting the 300 in excellent condition - 2 caps and a case.
It's special walking around in the local park. You hear comments like - he must be shooting some promotional stuff for the city. Nope - I am here for my own pleasure. Blossums and leaves are budding - but my mind seems to switch to B&W for some reason.
Question for you on MLU. I'm reading how landscape photographers use it with slower exposures. I've done this with my OM-1 on astro photos, but not for 1/30 exposure, etc. Can you explain this process to me?
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My skies here in southern Ontario are reasonable for a small city. On a good night, you can see the Milky Way quite easily. Five minutes from my house, and the same view is amazing. My neighbourhood does not have any street light. Everyone has a small post with a light on the front lawn. You can notice the darker area as soon as you enter it from the adjoining street.
I usually go to my golf course which is 15 minutes from my house. It's on the west side of town, and in a dark rural area. This is where I plan to do the wide field imaging. Very good view of the southern sky.
Everything is in place, as soon as the 2 lenses get here - except for film. I cannot get any E200 for 2 to 3 weeks. I may have to call around to some of the store in Toronto and get some shipped. Mind you, 2 to 3 weeks would probably be about right for timing. I've noticed Lyra during my observing sessions, but it's still 2:30 in the morning.
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I just received my 300 mm lens for the 67. This lens is like brand new. Got it out for some test shots with the other 2 lenses focused on a white bird house about 75 meters away. I used mirror lock up on all the shots - piece of cake and much smoother. Still get to enjoy the sound of the mirror going clunk as it moves out of the way. A nice shutter.
I have a 45 mm coming - and that's it. I'm done. Blown my brains out on this, but I love lenses. I can always go out doing photography with the 67 when clouds come visiting. Now I have something to work on and learn when the astronomy is clouded over.
Thanks for all you help here guys. Looking forward to posting images soon. Need to get that film scanner. Looking at the M1 from Microtek. It's a dual bed scanner - flat bed on top, and lower drawer has a tray - no glass between - for 35mm slides and large format negatives.
Posted 25 April 2008 - 07:47 PM
I remember getting my first 67 images back. Magic! Try your lenses wide open first, lets say 20 minutes at 2.8, then go 30 to 45 minutes at f/4. All depends on how dark your sky is. The Pentax lenses work great wide open, unlike 35mm lenses. Of course, they are slow to begin with. But that is not a problem as you will soon see. You'll find out what is best, and you'll have a blast scanning those transparencies. Finally, you'll upload them somewhere and give all of us a link to see how you've done. Curious to see your results.
Posted 26 April 2008 - 02:29 PM
I was wondering about the F stop, and appreciate that information. The only 35mm lens that would shoot wide open for me was that 35-100 Vari-focal. I was guessing 5.6 to 8 with most 67 lenses, but now I will start at the lowest and work my way up. I don't see any reason to go above F8? Would you agree? Would this also lower the C/A - similar to an achro refractor?
The 300 lens is a beauty - in mint condition. I have 2 filters in 82mm already from my Konica 35-100 lens. An 80A and Y2. B&W hear I come. The long lenses will focus past infinity so you can compensate for extreme temperatures. I need to get the diopter changed - farsighted.
I will probably get a site on PBase - at least you can view the photos in high resolution. I am so anxious to get this going. Nothing like sharing images with those of a like mind. To share, to learn, and to keep improving - constantly.
Do you have any experience with the rear converter in 1.4 or 2x? I'm wondering about using one of these with the 67 and my Tec 140 for globular clusters and such.
Oh, oh, sun just came out - the blossums on the Magnolia tree have peaked. Time to take some snaps. Man, it's great to be back on that crazy side again.
Did I mention that I really love my 67?
Posted 26 April 2008 - 03:31 PM
I have never used the rear converter. It will increase the focal lenght, but also the necessary exposure time. Give it a whirl..
I shoot from my dark sky observatory at home, so I do not envy your packing it up at 4 AM!
Posted 26 April 2008 - 04:13 PM
I can see where daylight shots - playing with depth of field - would benefit with a slower F stop. I just tried the 300 lens from F 4 to 45 on some tree tops. Looking forward to your PM.
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