Nikon DSLR with Pentax lens…do I pwn Nikax photography or is it an epic fail?

04/05/2014

For years I’ve been into taking photos.  I started with a Pentax  ME Super, got through a few of ’em, then got a Program A… eventually I got a Pentax autofocus camera, the SF7 (cost me pennies as film was on its way out), but as I had a bunch of manual focus lenses by then I couldn’t see any point in buying AF lenses so it may as well have been a MF camera… but, as I already said, film was on its way out, and going digital suited my finances and my machine-gun approach to photography made going digital a good idea.  But limited finances meant I got a Fujifilm S5700 bridge camera.  Which isn’t a good camera to go for if you go at it like me (though, to be fair, the s5700’s super-macro mode does produce some nifty close-ups…).

Anyway, I voiced my displeasure to a friend, who then bought me a used DSLR.  Great, huh?  And it is great. But (and it’s a big butt), she got me a Nikon D70. A nice camera for its age, and as I’m not a pro I’ve never much cared for the ridiculous number of megapixels you can get now.  But (cue the butt) it’s a Nikon, and I have a collection of Pentax glass.  Mostly prime lenses.  The D70 came with a 35-80mm zoom; but I have a 28mm (Sigma) lens, a 50mm f/1.7, a 135mm f/3.5, and (black sheep of the family?) 80-200mm Prinzflex f/4.5-5.6 zoom.  And extension tubes.  And a 35-80mm Pentax “kit lens” (I guess), that I found for sale for very little. The Nikon came with a 35-70mm zoom.  But I want to do stuff that the Nikon just cant do (I may not be a pro, but I am a keen amateur, y’know?

I know I could have traded in my Pentax lenses and got some Nikon glass.  But I had a wide range of optics, no way could I have got anything like that for Nikon.  I could have bought a Pentax DSLR, but the Nikon was free, and free stuph is grrreat!!  So, I decided to get an adaptor so I could fit Pentax K lenses to my Nikon body.  Unfortunately the adaptor has to include a lens in it to allow infinity focusing, but the adaptor wasn’t very expensive (thanks ebay!) so I went for it.  My photography has slowed right down, what with having the aperture wide open for focusing, then stepping down the aperture for the actual pic, plus checking the rear screen afterwards to check the exposure’s good… but it’s kinda like going back in time to when I first learnt to use a SLR, and the slower workflow might even result in better photos!

That extra bit of glass in the adaptor still worries me a bit: will it lead to softness or something in the end result?  I haven’t had the adaptor long enough to do any real comparisons yet, but I will… and I will bore you to death with the reslts of said experimentation!  In the meantime, here’s a photo I shot using the adaptor.  Let me have it in Comments: any good?  Should I stick with and/or buy myself a new(ish) camera?  I’d luuurrve some feedback please!

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Geeses, shot with a Pentax MF lens on a Nikon D70 body. Nasty or nice? Pleeeze let me know what ya think!

 

Cheers, from Nikax Land!  Please don’t be mean, else I’ll cry and my make-up will run all over the interwebs!!

 

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Shiny shiny shopping trolleys, all Gimped up in a row.

10/02/2013

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Shopping trolleys, Feb 2013

Had to do some Gimping to get rid of the locks and chains that keep our beautiful trolleys in captivity. Any comments on my work? Haven’t done much Gimping before, except for cropping, resizing and such.


Winterberry in the snow

06/02/2013

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Red berry, white snow

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Winterberries in spring

25/01/2013

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Berries on the winterberry tree, Spring 2012

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A pair of Swans

17/01/2013

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Adult Swan with Juvenile

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Hangin’ with the trombone…

14/01/2013

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“Sousaphone hanging with trombone”

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Vote for the tattoo!

10/01/2013

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Check out this guy! His name is Vladimir Franz, and he is currently running third in the Czech Republic’s presidential election polls. According to the Guardian “Vladimir Franz, an opera composer and painter, is tattooed from head to toe, his face a warrior-like mix of blue, green and red.” And very nice too. I think it’s good to have politicians who aren’t boring grey ciphers. And I’m not alone: again according to the Guardian “he’s not short of admirers in a country where voters are increasingly tired of politicians they say are corrupt and failing to deliver on years of promises, more than two decades after the fall of communism.”

Apparently Franz, a professor at the Prague School of Performing Arts, doesn’t know much about politics or economics, and decided to run only after a group of admirers established a “Franz for President” initiative and begged him to shake up the race as a shock candidate. But now he has a leading economist working with him for free, and volunteer campaign workers. He is not affiliated with any party, and is running on a ticket opposing corruption, promoting education and the Czech Republic’s moral standing.

His tattoos are certainly unusual for a presidential hopeful. But in the past he wouldn’t have been considered strange at all. During a televised debate, a caller compared him to “an exotic creature from Papua New Guinea”, which kind of makes my point. In many cultures in the past, and even in some places today, a challenger without tattoos wouldn’t stand a chance of becoming chief. And tattoos are certainly becoming more and more popular nowadays – just look at all the movie stars and musicians who sport ink.

In fact, Vladimir Franz is reawakening my interesting my interest in politics. Who knows: if David Cameron gets some ink work done,I might even vote for him in 2015!

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