Old Communication

Had some old radio tubes and a practice oscillator box in the garage I thought would make some cool pictures. I used a Canon 6D with an old 90mm Tamron f2.5 macro lens. I used an adaptall 2 for canon adaptor to mount it on the 6D.

manual mode, f/4, ISO 1600 and 1/250. Edited in LR5. 1920x1080

Manual mode, f/4, ISO 1600 and 1/250. Edited in LR5. 1920×1080

manual mode, f/4, ISO 500 and 1/160. Edited in LR5. 1920x1080

Manual mode, f/4, ISO 500 and 1/160. Edited in LR5. 1920×1080

manual mode, f/4, ISO 1600 and 1/160. Edited in LR5. 1920x1080

Manual mode, f/4, ISO 1600 and 1/160. Edited in LR5. 1920×1080

Canon 6D with a Tamron 90mm f2.5 macro

Canon 6D with a Tamron 90mm f2.5 macro

Galveston Sunrise at Palm Beach, Tx

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Ilford 3200 ASA Film Samples

 Pentax Ilford 3200 asa South Congress Austin

 Pentax Ilford 3200 asa South Congress Austin

1920×1080 Congress and Elizabeth

3200 ASA Ilford Film

SOCO Stars 1920×1080

 Pentax Ilford 3200 asa South Congress Austin skeleton

 Pentax Ilford 3200 asa South Congress Austin

1920×1080 Smile! even if you don’t want to

 Pentax Ilford 3200 asa South Congress Austin

 Pentax Ilford 3200 asa

Anthony Marino Pentax Ilford 3200 asa 50mm

New York

Got to visit New York last week, more specifically Manhattan. I took along my Pentax k1000 and two Pentax lenses. The 50mm f/2 stayed on the K1000 but the modified 55mm f/2 Pentax lens was used on my Canon 6D along with a 17mm-40mm and a 50mm f/1.4. Even though I’ve modified both Pentax lenses to work on the 6D I think the 55mm is a little sharper and decided to leave it on the Canon. I also picked up a 52mm threaded lens hood for the 55mm.

Pentax k1000 and 50mm f/2 prime using kodak 400 film

Pentax k1000 and 50mm f/2 prime using kodak 400 film

Pentax k1000 and 50mm f/2 prime using kodak 400 film

Pentax k1000 and 50mm f/2 prime using kodak 400 film

911 memorial

Out of camera JPG using Standard picture style with some added sharpness in camera. Lens used was the Pentax 55m at f4 iso 2500 and a shutter of 1/500 on the 6D

Out of camera JPG using the Canon 6D standard picture style with some added sharpness in camera. Lens used was the Pentax 55m at f4 iso 2500 and a shutter of 1/500

Fun shot with my 50mm 1.4 at iso 12800 and 1/125. Lens was wide open at 1.4. Taken without looking from about waist level. Just a fire away and hope for the best type shot.

Fun shot with my 50mm 1.4 at iso 12800 and 1/125. Lens was wide open at 1.4. Taken without looking from about waist level. Just a fire away and hope for the best type shot.


Pentax k1000 and 50mm f/2 prime using kodak 400 film

Pentax k1000 and 50mm f/2 prime using kodak 400 film

Canon 6D using a modified Pentax 55m lens.

Canon 6D using a modified Pentax 55m lens. f/2.8 at 1/100 with an ISO of 500

In Camera Black and White on the Canon 6D. 17mm-40mm f/4 lens used at f/4, 17mm, 1/200 and an ISO of 500. This Picture can also be used as a Desktop. 1920x1280

In Camera Black and White on the Canon 6D. 17mm-40mm f/4 lens used at f/4, 17mm, 1/200 and an ISO of 500. This Picture can also be used as a Desktop. 1920×1280

Austin Night Using Film

All Pictures were taken with a Pentax k1000 using Ilford 400 Black and White film and a 55mm f/2 Pentax prime lens. I must apologize as I didn’t write down the settings I used. I first metered the shoot as I would take it with my Canon 50D at 400 ISO and then duplicated the setting on the Pentax but didn’t think to take notes. The digital scans were adjusted some in Lightroom for brightness and contrast but if there are some unspoken rules about not editing your film scans in post, complain to someone else.

Ilford Black and white film 400 pentax k1000 55mm f2 lens

Ilford Black and white film 400 pentax k1000 55mm f2 lens

Ilford Black and white film 400 pentax k1000 55mm f2 lens

Modifiying an old 55mm f2 Pentax Lens to work on a Full Frame Canon

SMC Pentax 55mm Lens with Aperture Lever intact before surgery.

SMC Pentax 55mm Lens with Aperture Lever intact before surgery.

First things first, attempt this modification at your own risk. If you break something or yourself don’t come crying to me.

I recently was given an old Pentax lens and wanted to use it on my Canon Cameras. Now, for APS-C Canon DSLR’s like the Rebel line this is not much of a issue. Purchasing a simple Pentax to EOS adapter for a few bucks makes this happen. However, If you want to use it on the the 5D or 6D Cameras you should stop before attaching the adapter. This is because while the Crop Sensor Cameras work fine, Full Frame Cameras like the 5D, 6D etc. have a larger mirror that will hit the Aperture lever/guard on the back of the lens. The solution? Simply put, cut off the Lever and Lever Guard. Now if you’re the live-life-dangerous type just Dremel the dang thing off and be done with it. But….If we can find the obsessive-compulsive with-in, we’ll need get a little more complicated and partially disassemble the lens and do it “Right”. Or At least what I would consider “right”. Partially disassembling will allow cutting off the parts needed with little risk to the lens.

Start By removing the 5 screws holding the rear mount inplace. Lift up and set aside.

Start by moving the Aperture ring to f22 (this will help later) then remove the 5 screws holding the rear mount in-place. Once the screws are removed just lift up on the rear mount and set aside.

Now before you remove the Aperture rind make sure you're on 22 and slowly but firmly pull back. You don't want to do this quick because a small ball baring is just under the 22 position. Don't lose this!

Now before you remove the Aperture ring make sure you’re on f22 and slowly but firmly pull back. You don’t want to do this quick because a small ball bearing is now just under the f22 position. The bearing is held in-place by only a small indention and the Aperture ring itself. Don’t lose this! When you’re putting the lens back together make sure the bearing is resting in the indention and firmly push the aperture ring back in-place at position f22

Don't lose this!

Don’t lose this!

Finally remove the 3 screws holding the Aperture lever to the lens.

Finally remove the 3 screws holding the Aperture lever to the lens and pull back.

Now the whole reason we took the lens apart was so we could safely cut the Lever off with little risk of damaging the lens.

Now we are free to cut away the lever.

One down, one to go.

One down, one to go.

I chose to use som cutters to slowl cut away the guard and when the guard was cut low enough I used a utility knife to shave the rest down.

I chose to use some cutters and slowly cut away the guard low enough so I could use a utility knife to slowly and carefully shave the rest down.

Pentax mod guard shave

Guard removed.

Guard removed.

After the Guard is removed reassemble the lens and attach the Pentax to EOS adapter. The adapter I'm using has an AF confirmation Chip per-installed but one with out the Chip should work just as well. The Chip doesn't automate anything but will allow the camera to beep when focus is achieved. Provided you have the shutter button halfway down while focusing. Last the adapter itself had to be be cut some but only the lock. If I didnt cut it down the lens would have still worked but was starting to where on the Mirror stop in the 6d so I just trimmed a little off.

After the Guard is removed reassemble the lens and attach the Pentax to EOS adapter. The adapter I’m using has an AF confirmation Chip pre-installed but one without the chip should work just as well. The Chip doesn’t automate anything but will allow the camera to beep when focus is achieved, provided you have the shutter button halfway down while focusing. Last, the adapter lock itself had to be be cut some but only the lock. If I didn’t cut it down the lens would have still worked but was starting to where on the Mirror stop inside the 6D so I just trimmed a little off and problem solved.

All is working well and no issues.

All is working well and no issues.

Downsides to modifying an old Pentax lens like this? Value of the lens is now suspect, as its only valuable to you and other Canon users looking to do the same thing. That said, if you reattach the modified lens to an old Pentax film camera the camera it will still work. You’ll still be able to take pictures like before but the camera will act like its always got a dept of field preview button pressed. This wont effect the pictures but will darken the viewfinder at higher f-stops. This happens now because the lever that was there before you so rudely cut it off allowed the camera to keep the aperture open all the way till the moment the shutter opened. This was to let the maximum amount of light into the viewfinder so you could see what you taking a picture of. Now If you stop the lens down you’re not only limiting the light going to the film but also the viewfinder. Again this wont effect the picture, just what you see though the viewfinder. Incidentally, this is also how it will work on your Canon camera as well.

6/27 Update: I got a chance to try this adapter out on some other Canon SLR’s. I found that the conformation chip on this particular adapter was not compatible with the T4i, T5i and the SL1. Not only was the chip not compatible, it prevented the cameras from working. The chip did not hurt the Cameras, it just put them into an error mode that went away when the chip was removed. As for my 50D and 6D I’ve experienced no errors and the lens and conformation chip work great.

Halloween Eyes

I was digging though some old pictures and found a cool Halloween picture of Kellie and I figured I’d share. Images were taken with a Canon 50D, Tamron 28-70mm f/2.8 and a 580ex using an off angled flash. This was done with a Hot Shoe extension cord attached to a 580 Flash that had a portable 6×8 soft box attached to the end. The flash was hand held about an arms length out at a 60 degree angle (give or take) off axis . A flash sync of 1/250 was used at f/9 with an ISO of 100. This shot was taken in a dim but reasonably lit room. The focal length was 28mm. At f/9 the Tamron 28-70mm is an amazingly sharp lens and even at a 15mp resolution the detail just keeps going. Unfortunately wide open this lens is rather boring.

Canon 50D Tamron 28-70mm f/2.8

Additional editing was done in lightroom. The eyes were augmented, clarity was added as well as the background was darkened just a little to completely black it out

Canon 50D Tamron 28-70mm f/2.8

1:1 Crop

Disney World

teppan edo

Magic Kingdom Fireworks castle

dumbo ride

Epcot night

Gift shop reflection

pirates of the caribbean

Disney monorail

Epcot Fireworks show

Epcot Fireworks

Magic Kingdom Fireworks

ONA Union Street and Bowery Review

Union Street and Bowery

Union Street and Bowery

If you’ve ever found yourself bored with your local camera store bag selection and wish for a day you can be seen lugging around a non-nylon-hey-look-at-me-camera-bag, then you might want to check out ONA.

ONA is going after the idea that Camera bags and Accessories can be stylish and well made. By well made, I mean seriously well made. The two bags I picked up are the Union Street Ranger Tan and the Bowery Field Tan. Each bag is made of canvas, leather accents and brass hardware. The shoulder straps are essentially seat-belts, but in a good way, however not quite as wide. The Union Street, along with a leather bottom has extra padding on the strap to help with comfort and weight. Fully loaded, the Union will start pulling on your shoulder after a while and I’m a big guy so that saying something.

Bowery - Field Tan

Bowery – Field Tan

As for the Canvas used, its waxed to help with weatherizing the bags. It gives them a welcomed rustic look. I’m not going to convey this well in writing but the feel of this is also something to experience. Very well done.

The Bowery

The Bowery is designed to double as a bag insert and It does this by allowing for the shoulder straps to be un-clipped from the bag. The idea being that this makes it easier for the Bowery to fit in a larger bag. While this may be ONA’s intent I don’t see this as a realistic one as you would need quite a large and cumbersome bag to accommodate the Bowery as an insert. But hey that’s just my opinion, I’m sure someone out there is proving me wrong as I type. While I’m not crazy about the clips I found that the ability for them to swivel was a nice surprise. This helped kept the shoulder strap from awkwardly twisting. The Bowery Always seems to lay just right across the side because of this.

My main concern with the Bowery before it arrived was its size. I wanted a bag that would accommodate an SLR and one or two walk around lenses. I was not disappointed. Not only did this bag fit my 6D but I was also able to squeeze in a 17-40mm, 50mm 1.4, charger and extra battery. Now because I intend to use this as just a day bag I don’t plan on configuring it this way but instead, was just interested in how I could organize it.

Canon 6D with 50mm 1.4, 17-40mm, Charger and extra battery.

Canon 6D with 50mm 1.4, 17-40mm, Charger and extra battery.

It should be noted that to do this I use an extra insert I didn’t have use for from the Union Street bag and packed the Bowery with the 50mm attached, not the 17-40mm. I see myself normally using this bag with 17-40mm attached. So far I’ve found the Bowery extremely comfortable to carry around. And even though my wife gives me a hard time about it looking like a Man Purse, I don’t mind. This is one sexy bag.

The Union Street

The Union Street is a large (but not too large) messenger bag with room to spare. It’s tall enough for a 13″ mac book pro/air, 70-200 f4 and a flash like the 580ex. Its also tall enough for a mark 3 with the 24-105 attached. Storage is in abundance on the Union as well. The front pocket has room enough for a plethora of accessories, car keys, cell phone, etc. But even fully loaded the Union sits up right very well. The leather base is designed in such a way the bag does not want to tip over easily. Even the rear pocket has a nice design to it, a magnetic clasp to keep the pocket closed, something I would liked to have seen on the Bowery. But all in not perfect. I do have one complaint, after repeated use the insert material under the Velcro strap securing the laptop compartment is wearing a bit quickly. A minor issue on an other wise great set of camera bags and a welcome addition to my camera gear.

In all I’m very pleased with both bags and believe anyone looking for stye without sacrificing function just may find a bag in ONA. I’ll quit rambling on…Below are some more pictures to give you a better Idea and, hopefully help you decide for yourself.

 

Bowery

Bowery

Bowery with Canon 50D with attached 17-40mm and 40mm pancake

Bowery with Canon 50D with attached 17-40mm and 40mm pancake

Union Street

Union Street

Inseart wear from velcro

Insert wear from Velcro

Union Street Packed with an iPad, Flash, 17-40mm, 50D/40mm prime, light meter

Union Street Packed with an iPad, Flash, 17-40mm, 50D/40mm prime, light meter, Phone, blah blah blah yada yada yada it holds a bunch of camera crap

Union Street

Union Street

Union Stret

Union Street

 

Easter and Enchanted Rock

Grumpy Cat Canon 6D pancake lens

Just before some Easter “linner” I asked my daughter to make a Grumpy Cat face and was rewarded with this gem.


Not wanting to be out done, my son gave his best Grumpy Cat  imprecation.

Not wanting to be out done, my son gave his best Grumpy Cat face.

green mesquite easter fun 2

Enchanted Rock 2013-3

Canon 6D 17-40mm

Canon 6D 17-40mm