Barry Pearson

Barry Pearson

Lives in United Kingdom Stockport, United Kingdom
Works as a Retired computer systems engineer
Joined on Sep 24, 2005
About me:

Photographic qualifications: LRPS, CPAGB

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Barry Pearson's current gear

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
Pentax K-1 Mark II
Pentax K-3 II
This is the camera I use when I don't want/need a system camera. It is always nearby. I sometimes use it as a sort of "digital notepad".
Mine was the original K-1, which had been upgraded. This is now the only system camera I use. I use it for airshows, motorsports, landscapes, portraits, etc. I now use it solely with full-frame lenses, not all from Ricoh/Pentax.
Now that I have a K-1, this is my back-up camera in case the K-1 breaks. It is always nearby, but in practice is rarely if ever used.
HD Pentax D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR
HD Pentax DA AF 1.4X AW Rear Converter
HD PENTAX-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR
I bought this primarily for studio work. But I'm finding more and more uses for it.
I bought this when it was first available. It was useful on APS-C cameras. I put it into storage when I bought the K-1, because it caused vignetting, and appeared not to add much value. Now I've brought it out of storage to experiment, typically with the K-1ii set to "square crop" to avoid corner-problems.
I use this for landscapes and interiors on the K-1ii.
HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR
Pentax D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW
Pentax D FA* 70-200mm F2.8ED DC AW
This is my general purpose carry-around lens for FF for the K-1. It is never far from the K-1.
I mainly use this for "things in flight". Airplanes, birds, perhaps other distant wildlife.
I mainly use this for motorsports of all sorts on the K-1.
Pentax smc D-FA 100mm F2.8 Macro WR
Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fish-eye
Samyang T-S 24mm F3.5 ED AS UMC
I've compared this in practice with the Pentax 10-17mm Fish-eye. So far, so good. After more use of this lens in the field, It is likely to fully supersede the Pentax lens.
Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D
Venus Laowa 15mm F4 1:1 Macro
Epson Stylus Photo R3000
I bought this for its macro capability, but I've seen some interesting landscapes using this lens.
My "serious" printing is at A3+.
Other gear:
  • Chillblast Fusion Photo OC V This is my main photography computer. It is overclocked and liquid cooled. It has lots of memory, lots solid state disc, and lots of other disc space configured for RAID 1 dual recording.
  • Lightroom CC I'm just experimenting with this "Cloud Based" version.
  • Lightroom Classic CC This is the "traditional" Lightroom. Every photo I take goes through this Lightroom.
  • Microsoft Surface Book My carry-around computer, not my main photography computer
  • Nikon Close-Up No. 5T I have the 62mm version. This happens to be the filter size of my D FA 28-105 lens. So I keep it around to reduce the focusing distance of that lens.
  • Pentax AF160C Ringflash
  • Pentax AF201FG AW Small speedflash
  • Pentax AF540FGZ II Speedflash
  • Photoshop CC

Barry Pearson's wish list

Sorted by most recently added.

Venus Laowa 24mm F14 2x Macro Probe
HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW
Added Aug 8, 2018
This could be fun! But very expensive fun.
Added Oct 29, 2017
I don't NEED this for most of what I do. But I'm increasingly finding cases where it would enable me to extend what I do.
Other gear:
  • Epson SureColor SC-P800 Printer
  • Pentax D FA Fish-Eye zoom lens From roadmap for 2017
  • Pentax D FA Large Aperture Ultra Wide Angle prime lens From roadmap for 2017

Barry Pearson's previous gear

Pentax *ist D
Pentax K10D
Pentax K-7
Given to a relative.
Given to a relative.
This has been converted for infra-red. It is currently stored away.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
Pentax K-5
Pentax Q
I've had this several years. I took it out of storage for experiments with using its (optional) EVF. Now it is back in storage.
Given to a relative.
Stored away.
Pentax K-5 IIs
Pentax Q7
Pentax K-3
Given to a relative.
Stored away.
On loan to a friend.
Pentax K-1
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
Pentax smc DA* 55mm F1.4 SDM
This was my original K-1, which has been upgraded to the K-1ii version.
I've had this several years.I took it out of storage for experiments with the Lumix GF-1 camera. Now it is back in storage.
Stored away. (I wanted an APS-C equivalent of 85mm on FF. It was never as good as I thought it would be).
Pentax smc DA 16-45mm F4 ED AL
Pentax smc DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED (IF) Fisheye
Pentax smc DA 12-24mm F4.0 ED AL (IF)
Given to a relative.
After comparing this with new new Samyang 12mm Fish-eye, I've stored this away.
Given to a relative.
Pentax smc DA 17-70mm F4.0 AL (IF) SDM
Pentax smc DA* 60-250mm F4.0 ED (IF) SDM
Pentax smc DA* 300mm F4.0 ED (IF) SDM
I keep this on my K-3II, but it is even less likely to be used than the K-3II itself. If I have to use the K-3II because the K-1 is broken, I'll be using it with my main lenses, not this one.
De-baffled and stored away. But I'll soon re-examine it, with and without a 1.4x Converter, to see if it can still be useful, given its relatively low weight compared with some of my other lenses.
On loan to a friend. It has largely been superseded by other lenses on the K-1. But I'll soon re-examine it for use on FF as a 1-kilogram lens which will be easier to pan for fast-moving subjects.
Sigma 500mm F4.5 EX DG HSM
Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro
Pentax smc D-FA 100mm F2.8 macro
Sold. It was a K-mount APO version without HSM.
Given to a relative.
Given to a relative.
Kenko Teleplus MC4 AF 1.4 DGX
Pentax 01 Standard Prime
Pentax 02 Standard Zoom
Stored away.
Stored away.
Pentax 06 Telephoto 15-45mm
Tamron SP 1.4X Pro Teleconverter
HD Pentax DA 70mm F2.4 AL Limited
Stored away.
I have a Tamron 1.4x Pz-AF MC4 Tele-Converter. It may not be this one.
Stored away.
Pentax 08 Wide Zoom
HD Pentax DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Stored away.
Given to a relative.
Currently dead.
Other gear:
  • Kodak Brownie 127 My first camera
  • Pentax Adapter Q For K-Mount Lens This is in storage, with the rest of the (comprehensive) Q system.
  • Pentax Espio 120 Given to a relative.
  • Pentax LX Both of mine were stolen when my house was broken into.
  • Pentax ME Super I still have this.
  • Pentax SFXn I still have this.
  • Pentax SP500 The first SLRs I owned, early 1970s. I still have both of them.
  • Pentax Spotmatic S1A I borrowed this in 1967. It was my introduction to SLR photography and to Pentax.
  • Pentax View Finder Q-VF1 This is in storage, with the rest of the (comprehensive) Q system.
  • Pentax Z-1p I still have this.
  • Pentax-F 24-50mm f/4 Given to a relative.
  • Pentax-F 35-135mm f/3.5-f/4.5 Given to a relative.
  • Pentax-F 70-210mm f/4-f/5.6 Given to a relative.
  • Pentax-F* 300mm f/4.5 Given to a relative.
  • PENTAX-FA J 18-35mm f/4.5-f/5.6 Given to a relative.
  • Werra 1c My first 35mm camera - 1963.