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04-27-2011, 06:39 AM   #796
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Here is another piece of Hungary for you through the eye of my Pentax-5 / Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F2.8 XR LD ASPHERICAL (IF):

Pentax K-5 / Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F2.8 XR LD ASPHERICAL (IF)

04-27-2011, 08:35 AM   #797
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QuoteOriginally posted by bobby_navy Quote
Heres a couple of macro shots with my k-5 and sigma 105mm macro lens. I need ring flash to help reduce motion blur lol. I could use a tripod but i find its inconvenient for macro shots because your subjects never want to stand still, which of course adds the challenge and the excitement of the hunt. If any one has any experience with the Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 could you please let me know what you think or recommend any other good ring flashes for pentax.
I've got an old Lester Dine that I use when I need a ringlight. I recommend you get something with manual controls, as P-TTL is often fooled by shiny bugs (any time there's a specular highlight in the image, P-TTL seems to puke and die for me). I've also gotten excellent results using my Metz 48AF-1, tilted down, with a 10x10 lumiquest softbox, with the velcro shoved around so that it's out over the end of my 100mm Schneider and at about 45 degrees to the subject. It gives a much more even, diffused light, without the hard ring, provides some modeling, and still 'freezes' the action.

I recommend you experiment with other macro flash solutions; ringlight shots are great for textbooks, but i grew tired of them quickly. One of the best "macro flash" solutions I came up with was a cardboard box lined with aluminum foil, with a hole cut for the on-camera flash to poke into at the end, and a diffuser across the other end, cut at an angle to the lens. It gave me a ~1"x 6" 'striplight' and gave some really nice modeling, AND let me use P-TTL with no ugly underexposure caused by sharp specular highlights.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bobby_navy Quote
Heres a couple of macro shots with my k-5 and sigma 105mm macro lens. I need ring flash to help reduce motion blur lol. I could use a tripod but i find its inconvenient for macro shots because your subjects never want to stand still, which of course adds the challenge and the excitement of the hunt. If any one has any experience with the Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 could you please let me know what you think or recommend any other good ring flashes for pentax.
Here's one I shot with my 48 AF-1 and Lumiquest diffuser (that's a Peony; the spider is about 1/4" long):




(sorry, I know it's not a k-5, but it's an illustration)
04-27-2011, 09:46 AM   #799
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K5+ Nokton 58mm with on-board flash.
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With 540 Flash



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QuoteOriginally posted by Rupert Quote
K5+ Nokton 58mm with on-board flash.
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With 540 Flash

The one with the flash looks great.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rupert Quote
K5+ Nokton 58mm with on-board flash.
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With 540 Flash

Both beautiful shots, but I prefer the one with the more natural background, personally.
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Taken today with a Tammy 28~200 XR I am testing, this was the first shot with it.

K5, f/4.5, ISO 800, 1/8000 sec (wind blowing really hard, bumped iso to get shutter speed) - converted to B&W



And, just gonna edit this post and add another B&W shot, this one was also done with the Tammy mentioned above - driving down the road and seen this, so stopped and took the shot...


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Spring concert indoor and quite dark with red+blue LED stage lighting.
This is where I feel that the combination K-5 + 70-200/2.8 really shines.

K-5, Sigma 70-200, f2.8, 1/160, ISO3200:


f2.8, ISO1600, 1/100:


f3.5, ISO3500, 1/125:
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QuoteOriginally posted by stefanlindmark Quote
Spring concert indoor and quite dark with red+blue LED stage lighting.
This is where I feel that the combination K-5 + 70-200/2.8 really shines.

K-5, Sigma 70-200, f2.8, 1/160, ISO3200:


f2.8, ISO1600, 1/100:


f3.5, ISO3500, 1/125:
Excellent photos! I want a K5!!!!!
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The K5 is a fun camera....I love fun and fun shooting! The K5 is so easy to use, so fast to respond!
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that's a funny looking squirrel :P
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My other passion is barbecuing/grilling.
On a BBQ forum, we often post pictures of our cooks.
I've been using the K-5 for my recent posts, and just received this comment from a fellow member:

"man, I love that camera of yours. Great pics, as always!"

That made my day!

Maybe not the best shots, but I'm very pleased.
F 50mm 1.7 @ f/8, 400 ISO


F 50mm 1.7 @ f/4.5 1600 ISO
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I can't resist shooting bugs. And now my LBA has brought me a Sigma 105/2.8 to play with...

Never knew moths had a dish-brush on their back. This one looks really strange.

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Pentax K-5 using SMC-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Lens. Shot at ISO100, F/5.6, 1/200s. Inside vehicle, bright sun at midday.
Extreme exposure gradient.



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