Pentax K10D

Pentax K10D


An orange moon sets behind cold blue mountains

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Church sunrise

The rays of the morning sun shines through the mist, silhouetting a church against the sky

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A hanging chain touches the water surface, creating ring-shaped waves while it reflects in the water

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The hunter, waiting for his prey.

Double-fat cream

Double-fat cream

If the bokeh were any creamier, I'd need a triple-bypass, stat!


OutlookHey, I can see my house from here!

SDM speed (or lack thereof)

Last week, I finally took delivery of a slightly used SMC Pentax DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM lens. I got it from an eBayer who was switching brands. As I had the 1.20 firmware in my K10D, a video camera and a tripod, I figured I'd tape the lens while focusing back and forth and then measure the focus speed from the video clip.

Bragging rights

Bragging rights

"And I want you all to know that I am the politician best-equipped to deal with this impending crisis!"


Pentax K10D LE

Pentax seems hell-bent on milking the K10D for every last drop. Here's a limited golden edition to commemorate the Camera Grand Prix it recently won:

It'll go nicely with the DA* lenses (also with golden trim) but it positively screams "steal me now!".



Today, I was going to try combining a 2x teleconverter, an extension ring and a prime lens to make a 100mm 2.8 macro lens.

First, I put the TC closest to the camera, then the extension ring (20 mm Kenko) and on top the FA 50 1.4. Worked fine, but I didn't get close enough so I figured I'd swap the TC and the ring, so I did. Except when doing so, I managed to dislodge the little spring that actuates the aperture lever on my $1000 K10D camera.


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