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-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR
HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR
I bought this primarily for studio work. But I'm finding more and more uses for it.
I use this for landscapes and interiors on the K-1.
This is my general purpose carry-around lens for FF for the K-1. It is never far from the K-1.
Pentax D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW
Pentax D FA* 70-200mm F2.8ED DC AW
Pentax smc D-FA 100mm F2.8 Macro WR
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.
Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fish-eye
Samyang T-S 24mm F3.5 ED AS UMC
Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D
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 15mm F4 1:1 Macro
Epson Stylus Photo R3000
Adobe Photoshop CS6 extended
My "serious" printing is at A3+.
In fact I have Photoshop CC. It runs on both my computers.
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 (2015) This is the same (at the moment) as Lightroom 6, but is part of the CC
  • Microsoft Surface Book My carry-around computer, not my main photography computer
  • Pentax AF160C Ringflash
  • Pentax AF201FG AW Small speedflash
  • Pentax AF540FGZ II Speedflash

Barry Pearson's wish list

Sorted by most recently added.

HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW
Added Oct 29, 2017
I don't NEED this. But I do fancy it!
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
  • Pentax HD FA 77mm 1.8 Limited Speculative upgrade to the old SMC version

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
Stored away.
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.
Stored away.
Stored away. (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.
Stored away.
On loan to a friend. It has largely been superseded by other lenses on the K-1.
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.
Pentax 01 Standard Prime
Pentax 02 Standard Zoom
Pentax 06 Telephoto 15-45mm
Stored away.
Stored away.
Stored away.
HD Pentax DA 70mm F2.4 AL Limited
Pentax 08 Wide Zoom
HD Pentax DA AF 1.4X AW Rear Converter
Stored away.
Stored away.
Stored away.
HD Pentax DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Given to a relative.
Currently dead.
Other gear:
  • Kodak Brownie 127 My first camera
  • 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 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.