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".
This was originally a K-1. It has been upgraded. I use it for airshows, motorsports, landscapes, portraits, etc. I now use it solely with full-frame lenses, not all from Ricoh/Pentax.
This is my back-up camera in case my K-1ii breaks. I also use it as a "high pixel density" camera, with better burst characteristics, for extra reach for distant subjects.
Pentax K-7
HD Pentax D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR
HD Pentax DA AF 1.4X AW Rear Converter
This has been converted for Infra-Red.
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 with, accepting that it typically won't cover the corners.
HD PENTAX-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR
HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR
HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW
I use this for landscapes and interiors on the K-1ii.
This is my general purpose carry-around lens for the K-1ii. It is never far from the K-1ii.
I rarely shoot at 50mm, so this wasn't an obvious choice. The deciding factor was my analysis that many of my past photos would have been better shot at f/1.4 to f/2, for foreground/background separation.
Pentax D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW
Pentax D FA* 70-200mm F2.8ED DC AW
Pentax smc DA* 300mm F4.0 ED (IF) SDM
I mainly use this for "things in flight". Airplanes, birds, perhaps other distant wildlife. I shoot more frames with this lens than all my other lenses combined.
I've mainly used this for motorsports of all sorts on the K-1. I'm now using it more for aircraft in flight, and for parachute displays.
I had loaned this to a friend, and so until recently I haven't used it on K-1-series. It has largely been superseded by more recent FF lenses. But I'm now trying it as a 1-kilogram lens that I can move easily for fast moving subjects.
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
The best lens I have for typical macro work. Also works well with the AF160C ring flash. (I wish it had a limiter!)
I've compared this in practice with the Pentax 10-17mm Fish-eye. It has now superseded the Pentax lens.
Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D
Venus Laowa 15mm F4 1:1 Macro
Epson Stylus Photo R3000
I typically have this nearby, because it is significantly wider than my other non-fisheye lenses, has good image quality, and it is reasonably light.
I bought this for its macro capability, but I've seen some interesting landscapes using this lens.
My "serious" printing is at A3+.
I use this to calibrate my NEC SpectraView Reference 271 photography monitor, and every printer / paper / ink combination where I need consistency.
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. I use a NEC SpectraView Reference 271 monitor.
  • 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.

Ricoh GR III
Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II
Venus Laowa 24mm F14 2x Macro Probe
Added Sep 30, 2018
I'm considering this as a "carry everywhere" camera. It would then take over some of my uses for my Lumix LX100. If I buy this, I won't buy the LX100 II.
Added Aug 22, 2018
I mostly use my (first version) LX100 as an extra when using using my Pentax equipment. I sometimes carry around JUST the LX100, when I don't want the overheads of a photographic system, and the better sensor would be an advantage in that case. However, I'm also considering the Ricoh GR III (2019 version), and I won't buy both of them.
Added Aug 8, 2018
This could be fun! But very expensive fun.
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
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
Given to a relative.
Given to a relative.
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.
Pentax K-5
Pentax Q
Pentax K-5 IIs
Given to a relative.
Superseded by the Q7. Stored away, and unlikely to be used again.
Given to a relative.
Pentax Q7
Pentax K-3
Pentax K-1
Stored away. Occasionally played with for interest.
Stored away. I intend to have this converted for Infra-red.
This has been upgraded to the K-1ii version.
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
Pentax smc DA* 55mm F1.4 SDM
Pentax smc DA 16-45mm F4 ED AL
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).
Given to a relative.
Pentax smc DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED (IF) Fisheye
Pentax smc DA 12-24mm F4.0 ED AL (IF)
Pentax smc DA 17-70mm F4.0 AL (IF) SDM
After comparing this with new new Samyang 12mm Fish-eye, I've stored this away.
Given to a relative.
Stored away.
Pentax smc DA* 60-250mm F4.0 ED (IF) SDM
Sigma 500mm F4.5 EX DG HSM
Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro
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.
Sold, because it was too heavy for me to hand-hold it satisfactorily. It was a K-mount APO version without HSM.
Given to a relative.
Pentax smc D-FA 100mm F2.8 macro
Kenko Teleplus MC4 AF 1.4 DGX
Pentax 01 Standard Prime
Given to a relative.
Stored away. Occasionally played with for interest.
Pentax 02 Standard Zoom
Pentax 06 Telephoto 15-45mm
Tamron SP 1.4X Pro Teleconverter
Stored away. Occasionally played with for interest.
Stored away. Occasionally played with for interest.
I have a Tamron 1.4x Pz-AF MC4 Tele-Converter. It may not be this one.
HD Pentax DA 70mm F2.4 AL Limited
Pentax 08 Wide Zoom
HD Pentax DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR
Stored away.
Stored away. Occasionally played with for interest.
Given to a relative.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
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.