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02-08-2015, 11:57 AM - 9 Likes   #1
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Brought a knife to a gunfight

Went to see photograph indoor ice racing at the Sun National Bank Center arena in Trenton NJ on Friday night...you know, the kind of event that brings out the white F2.8 zooms and full-frame cameras with built-in grips?

Well, my K-3 is currently in the shop for floppy mirror and flash sync problems, so I brought the K-5 with me...you know, the camera with the really poor AF?

We were on the ice, so I spent most of the evening shooting with the DA*16-50 F2.8 but did manage to shoot a bit with the DA*50-135 F2.8...you know, the lenses with the slow, failure-prone SDM?

I added some fill with a Metz 58 AF-1...you know, the flash company that just declared bankruptcy connected to Pentax's poor flash control?

In other words, I brought a knife to a gun fight.


The starting gate lifts and the racers are off.
by john m flores, on Flickr


Gooooo!!!!!
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#1 Jake Mataya leads the pack into Turn 1
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#43 Darren Carter leads #1 Jake Mataya into turn one
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Four stroke ballet with #1 Jake Mataya and #43 Darren Carter
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#73 wrestles the bike through the turn
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#56A
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#56A looking at the corner exit
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#31 #56A
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#12 Jay Maloney
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#43 Darren Carter
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#1 Jake Mataya
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Oh sh*t!!!!! moment with #15 Kirk Cheney
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#25 works to get the bike hooked up on the corner exit
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#15 gets on the gas and lifts the front tire heading towards the Start/Finish
by john m flores, on Flickr


#56A has the bike crossed up as he exits the turn
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#12 Jay Maloney celebrates victory
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So what's the moral of this story? Simple, a sharp knife is still a sharp knife.

02-08-2015, 12:00 PM   #2
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The gunman never saw it coming.
02-08-2015, 12:07 PM   #3
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Even a dull knife wins in the right hands - well done! And to make things clear: K-5 won't be dull until every still image must be made as an extracted video.
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As they say, it is the photographer and not the camera. Great shots

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The photos look great. I am surprised they let you use a flash in an event like this. I think if I was a rider I would be very annoyed at a flash going off in front of me.
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Nice shots, but given that you were using AF, you brought a gun to a gunfight. Manual focus would've been a "knife" and even then not too difficult.
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Good thing it wasn't a butter-knife, the pictures really came out well with the limited gear you had.
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Well! You must have been within 16 feet of the gunfighter!!!

Mythbusters did an episode where they looked at bringing a knife to a gunfight. After much testing the result was that at under sixteen feet the knife person had a better than 50/50 chance of stabbing the gunfighter before they could draw their gun.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jimr-pdx Quote
Even a dull knife wins in the right hands - well done! And to make things clear: K-5 won't be dull until every still image must be made as an extracted video.
The K-5 is good at video. I'd take it over a K-3 any day.

Well done!
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QuoteOriginally posted by johnmflores Quote
Brought a knife to a gunfight
Aye, but in this instance and in your hands, your K5 is more like Crocodile Dundee's knife...

https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ua...85464276,d.d2s

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Sweet!! Just picked up a used K-5, so looking forward to getting to know it better!

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Great shots.

You were very game to be in the centre island and so close to the action, particularly with such fast moving subjects. I am usually too wary at similar events to get that close. I am acutely aware that my flouro vest provides improved visibility, but no body protection.
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QuoteOriginally posted by johnmflores Quote
... so I spent most of the evening shooting with the DA*16-50 F2.8.you know, the lenses with the slow, failure-prone SDM?
Good action shots.

I have that 16-50/2.8 and shot it on the same focus system as the K-5. And, yes, you can capture action ( especially predictable position action) but it is not the champion you make it out be. It's really a slow action camera compared to the other systems.
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Some great images. Flash and sports is not my thing, but it works great in some of these images.
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As in the movie Crocodile Dundee..."That is what I call a knive!"
Well done and thank you for sharing.
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