Supersonic Man

July 11, 2011

camera gear

Filed under: Photo — Supersonic Man @ 12:06 pm

What is my photo equipment?

My camera is a Pentax K10D, which in a couple of months will be five years out of date.  I’d love to get a Pentax K-5, but I’m still unemployed.

My main lenses are a Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 — the old external focus model — and a Pentax DA 55-300mm f4-5.8.  I’ve gone through three other telephoto zooms, plus a thirty year old 400mm prime, and this little consumer-grade model is so much better than all the old film-era lenses I’ve tried that I sold them all.

My only prime now is an FA 50mm f1.4 …I regret not buying the FA 35mm f2 back when it was relatively cheap and plentiful.  Now it’s getting rare, and if you want an affordable lens of its type you have to get the DA 35mm f2.4, which is very inexpensive and flimsy.  It’s based on the same optical design, but with the elements made thinner so it can be slower.  Feh.

I wish Pentax made a fast 24mm or 28mm.  That’s a big obvious hole in their prime lineup.  And since Hoya bought them out, hardly any new lenses have been developed.  But now that Hoya is selling them to Ricoh, I expect some things to turn around.

I do raw development with DxO Optics Pro 6, which knows how to correct the distortions and so on of many lenses (though not the Sigma 17-70).  I do further refinements with Corel Paint Shop Photo Pro X3, which is also what I use for any non-photographic paint tasks I encounter.  Both of these are much less expensive than Adobe stuff, and I think the pictures come out a bit more natural looking than Adobe’s.

In the film era I had an Olympus OM-2, which I followed up with an OM-G — actually, a pair of them — when the OM-2 wore out and started leaking light.  But my first real camera decades ago was a Pentax K1000.



  1. I now have a Pentax K-3.

    Comment by Supersonic Man — May 16, 2014 @ 9:51 am | Reply

  2. The K-3 body is terrific, and I’ve added a (used) DA* 300mm f4 lens, which is insanely sharp — one of the few lenses where adding a teleconverter can still genuinely raise its ability to capture detail even on a camera whose photosite pitch is under four microns. I know it’s this sharp because I also have a little Pentax Q with adapters. I intend to get the new teleconverter next year.

    Comment by Supersonic Man — December 14, 2014 @ 8:33 am | Reply

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