Friday, December 29, 2006

Enter K10D

Hurray! Yesterday (Thursday, Dec 28th, 2006) I received my K10D. Everything seems to be in order. This thing is big and man, the manual is huge. It seems to me now that some of the functions I will probably not use for a long time if ever. But, after two days of shooting with it just for fun I should admit that *istD has finally been surpassed. K10D is like a soft breeze in your hands - you don't think of anything but the shot. Also, admittedly the colors that come out of it are rather natural and I find myself tweaking them at RAW processing time very little and some times I would just leave white balance as it is - well done, Pentax.

Here are few shots I made...

This little Santa used to have a cow head. The trade symbol of Elite company in Israel is a cow. So they just took of one head and planted in another one. Isn't it funny?

"Galia, do not play with the chopsticks, will you please?!" ;-)

By the way both are shot with SMC FA 31/1.8 AL Limited lens that fits rather big K10D perfectly. On *istD it would feel just a tad large. Here it feels just right. Though now of course SMC FA 43/1.9 Limited feels a bit small ;-).

More is surely to come...

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Some recent events

It's been quite some time since I last posted to my blog. A number of events naturally took place. Notably my trusty F 70-210/4-5.6 bit the dust and my quest for an everyday (zoom) lens finally came to an end.

As for the tele-zoom lens if you have one you're willing to sell, please leave me a message.

Now the everyday walk-around lens quest. It started a long time ago with Sigma 28-135/3.8-5.6 IF AF Macro which was very average. Then came Pentax SMC FA 28-70/4 AL which I think is really the best solution for the problem - small, light, excellent optically. It expired due to dreaded element separation issue. Then came Pentax SMC FA 28-105/4-5.6 IF. It was reasonably good but I wanted better.

Here comes the interesting part. I decided to try modern Pentax SMC FA 28-105/3.2-4.5 IF & AL. I bought it second hand. Ergonomically this is truly wonderful lens. But there is one gotcha. The gotcha is sample variation. Mine was probably not the best sample. It would focus at 105, I mean electronics would say it was in focus, but image would come out soft - the focus missed. I struggled with it somewhat, but evidently my *istD (firmware ver. 1.11) did not quite work with it. So I had to return it to seller.

Thus I was left with no choice but to accept to my Pentax family a non-Pentax member. I chose Tamron 28-75/2.8 (letter soup omitted). This is truly wonderful lens, or at least my sample is. It is sharp even fully open, it is properly integrated with all the electronics, and, luckily, it rotates in the same direction as Pentax lenses do. So, except that Tamron label in front and the letter soup (omitted) around the lens barrel - this could really be a Pentax lens.

My hunt for everyday walkaround lens is finally over.

Here is a shot I took with this lens:

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Do it yourself Chocolate

One of our favorite places to spend Friday evening is Rothchild boulevard in Tel Aviv. Furthermore ;-) Max Brenner cafe is our daughter's favorite spot.

So here she is waiting for her chocolate...

And finally it arrives so that now she can enjoy the process of making and ultimately consuming the happiness vitamine.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


I've decided to resume my "take camera to work" project. So here is a recent shot I made just by the entrance to the building where I work.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Cold Steel of Magnum

Through Mike Joshnston's blog I have arrived to site of this Magnum Photographer. I took my time and looked at all galleries in Stories section... Generally, being rather amateur and not too good at that, I tend to like work of Magnum photographers almost without a question. Among recent works I have seen notably Abbas' exhibition "People of Abraham" in Oslo this August was very strong, very impressive. Here, although several works were very emotional, I got a general impression of rather cold, rather formal, steely approach. I couldn't really feel that the author was truly engaging the subject, so to say.

Naturally, I cannot get even remotely close to the level of work presented, yet it is the very first time I did not exactly like the work of well known maestro...


Monday, October 16, 2006

Low Light, Extremely Low Light


As Jeffery Smith suggested to me I started trying low light near open aperture photography. This is great fun to me. Indeed it is illogical to have fast lenses, such as Pentax Limited series and use them at middle apertures, such as f/8.

Yesterday we took our daughter to the beautiful show performed by children of honorable and famous Yury Kuklachev. So I took with me my longest prime lens, the Pentax 77/1.8 Limited and took advantage of first row sits. I admit I am very unexperienced in this kind of shooting. In fact, I am total kludge.

The lens performed very well here. Which cannot really be said about the photographer. I did not exactly manage to resolve the equation of watching the show, sometimes through the viewfinder waiting for the right moment, and performing focus tracking manually...

Undoubtedly Dmitry and Marina Kuklachev are doing very well walking the path of Dmitry's father. Our daughter Galia was very happy she agreed to come with us.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Hello World of Blogger!

Hi there...

This is dedicated photo blog. My general life blog is here.

Just a bit about me. I shoot Pentax. I am a member of PDML 4+ years and also a member of Russian Penta Club for about the same number of years.

Well, now I have to figure out how to use this thing to post photos...

Oh by the way, I live in Israel and I am 2.5-lingual. I speak Russian, English, and Hebrew...