Category: Homewood at Plum Creek

Pentax when Possible

I’m in the process of switching to using the K-1 II and the 28-105mm lens as much as possible.  There are many reasons: the first being my X-T2 being out of commission, the second is that I really like the image quality for cropping, etc., third, I like having the image stabilization in the camera. and forth, I want to give the K-1 II a good chance at becoming my primary camera system.

So far, I’m finding that I really like it, other than the weight and the noise of the shutter/mirror.  On this, I find the shutter sound to be pleasant, it is just that the residents close by me don’t want to hear it interrupting their listening at events.  I like the malleability of the raw files in LR and I like the 36MP for enhanced cropping and I like the low light capabilities.

My main concerns at the moment are the effects of the weight on my hands and back, and the attraction of full frame with more megapixels.  Is the camera going to spoil me?  Will I ever want to go back to smaller sensors?  I did take a look at some more modern lighter, smaller, FF mirrorless cameras.  The cheapest of them with a comparable lens would cost me twice what I paid for the used Pentax camera and lens that I’m using. 

PS, my eyes have been bothering me a lot lately.  I have appointment with the eye doctor today, but I might be spending less time with my photography for a while.

Cormorants Visit Homewood

We have two visitors in our large pond at Homewood at Plum Creek that I photographed on Saturday morning.  They are double-crested cormorants.  They have a long hooked beak, long neck, sit low in the water, swim with their heads tilted up, and dive.

I wish I had a longer lens but with the 36MP K-1 II and the 28 – 105mm lens I was able to capture them.  The wide image was made at 105mm focal length.  I cropped and resized other images to get the close-ups.  They aren’t ideal pictures but good enough for identification.  I tried to get some more shots but they stayed away from me.

Fujifilm Shutter Fails … Use Pentax (?)

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Sky over Homewood after a storm.

I tentatively decided to keep my Pentax K-1 II along with the Pentax 28-105mm zoom lens that I have been trying.  It is heavy to carry and hold but the failure of the mechanical shutter curtain on my X-T2 forced me into this decision.  If I returned the Pentax I would be down to only one camera.  Now I’m considering altering my intended uses for my cameras. 

I’m hoping that if I only use the X-Pro2 with the electronic shutter and prime lenses that I can continue to use it for photographing indoor events at Homewood.  I will try to mostly use my K-1 II camera for my outdoor and personal photography.  If the X-Pro2 also fails, I will be forced to use the K-1 II for all of my photography until I decide on another path going forward.  The Pentax DSLR is a poor choice for indoor event photography due to the sound of the mirror flap when taking a picture.  Residents standing near to me don’t like to hear it.

The Pentax is also a poor choice for taking with me on walks due to the size and weight.  My original plans for getting it in the first place were for a close-to-the-car camera when I drove someplace or for grabbing off of my desk to run outside to get a quick photograph of a flower or cloud, etc.

I have lost some confidence in my Fujifilm cameras.  What do I do now with my Fujifilm zoom lenses that I used on my X-T2 camera?  The loss of the X-T2 also puts me in a bind for my Homewood photography.  In the past I used the X-T2 with my zoom lenses or, in some cases, used two cameras with prime lenses at events.  Now all I have is my X-Pro2 with one prime lens at a time.  I am afraid to use the heavier zoom lenses since their weight and the flex of the lens mount might have contributed to the shutter curtain getting stuck, but this might not be an issue if I only use the electronic shutter.

A final resolution of which cameras I will use, or what else I might buy, and how I will use them, is still undetermined.