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Forum: Winners' Showcase 08-05-2017, 06:59 AM  
July, 2017 Winner: Solemnity
Posted By domusofsail
Replies: 15
Views: 679
fabulous
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-05-2017, 06:57 AM  
Versailles
Posted By domusofsail
Replies: 14
Views: 347
great photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-05-2017, 06:53 AM  
Guardian Angel
Posted By domusofsail
Replies: 5
Views: 212
nice photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-05-2017, 06:52 AM  
DC Memorials at Night
Posted By domusofsail
Replies: 16
Views: 603
great composition
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-16-2016, 07:54 AM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By domusofsail
Replies: 773
Views: 80,564


Buy storied photographers' books rather than the latest super-sharp lens (I know, I'm a liar, I bought too many lenses so far)
and getting inspiration from their work try to build up your own photographic thinking.

Some of my favourite storied photographers are:

Luigi Ghirri (see attached image)
Robert Frank
Gabriele Basilico

Just like they did it before, shot digital as if it was film:

shot manual, shot with primes, shot less, think a lot bofore shoting, turn off Instant Review, print your works, break rules
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-27-2015, 08:53 AM  
Post-Processing post processing challenge #167
Posted By domusofsail
Replies: 29
Views: 2,044
Did some tries during the holidays





Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-10-2015, 08:58 AM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #158 - Watson Lake
Posted By domusofsail
Replies: 26
Views: 2,369
Here's mine. Just used the (+) raw file.
tnx

Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-15-2015, 05:27 AM  
Landscape Aberdeenshire
Posted By domusofsail
Replies: 17
Views: 1,071
I've never been there. One of my favourite next destination. Thanks for sharing
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-14-2015, 08:05 AM  
Landscape Aberdeenshire
Posted By domusofsail
Replies: 17
Views: 1,071
Beautiful light in this lands! and beautiful shots of course!
I like expecially the first one.
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 06-21-2015, 02:32 PM  
Pentax M 50mm f/1.7 samples
Posted By domusofsail
Replies: 52
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K-5 ISO 200 1/640s, can't remember f number but it must be quite open

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-13-2015, 02:51 PM  
dslr film scanning
Posted By domusofsail
Replies: 26
Views: 5,019
Great idea, I will give it a try.
I have some 6x4.5 film to scan.
Thanks
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-13-2015, 01:23 PM  
Black & White A Trip to Milan
Posted By domusofsail
Replies: 4
Views: 471
Nice series! They seem a bit inspired by Atget especially the motorcycle one that I like very much
Many compliments ;-)
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-13-2015, 07:47 AM  
Macro The old 100 f4 macro
Posted By domusofsail
Replies: 41
Views: 2,947
I can only agree. This is the sharpest lens I ever owned, although even my copy has signs of front lens opacity (it seems to be quite common with this lens) and even if I don't shoot macro, I'll never sell it for any reason.

Two quick shots taken right now, at f/5.6 and f/8, ISO 800, no tripod, SOOC (K-5):



Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-08-2015, 01:16 AM  
Any linux users around?
Posted By domusofsail
Replies: 41
Views: 2,904
But if you own a Mac mini you don't need to worry about Gimp at all, Adobe is your friend ;)
I'll keep on waiting release 3.0 :-(
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-06-2015, 02:38 AM  
Any linux users around?
Posted By domusofsail
Replies: 41
Views: 2,904
I am a "full-stack" Linux user, I don't use Windows since many years. As a software developer I work on computer 10 hours a day, and I don't miss anything that runs on Windows.
Even for photography Linux has all I need. I am a big fan of Photivo for raw development, and Gimp can substitute Photoshop. The main big issue with Gimp is that 16-bit per channel is not yet fully supported, but it will be with the upcoming 3.0 release.

My thought is that there's nothing wrong with Linux, you just have to want to make the effort to learn something new and to make the move. I know that it can be time-consuming and sometimes requires some skills...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-04-2015, 02:24 PM  
Which Pentax lenses punch above their weight?
Posted By domusofsail
Replies: 90
Views: 7,531
1. M 50/1.7
2. M 100/4 Macro
3. DA 35/2.4

I also own (owned) K 24/3.5 and A28/2.8 but for me they're far below.

I've just bought K55/1.8 and I'm waiting for the delivery. Since it's so often mentioned here, I really hope that it'll jump on top of my personal rank :D
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-01-2015, 10:04 AM  
Post-Processing Challenge #145 - Hocking Hills State Park
Posted By domusofsail
Replies: 18
Views: 2,088
.. and the last one for me
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-01-2015, 09:40 AM  
Post-Processing Challenge #145 - Hocking Hills State Park
Posted By domusofsail
Replies: 18
Views: 2,088
Photivo
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-30-2015, 01:22 PM  
Post-Processing Challenge #145 - Hocking Hills State Park
Posted By domusofsail
Replies: 18
Views: 2,088
@atupdate Is it possible to post more than 1 image per user?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-30-2015, 12:13 PM  
16-85 vs 18-135 my impressions
Posted By domusofsail
Replies: 16
Views: 5,278
LOL :D




Maybe your copy is phenomenal. My tests has been taken at 18, 35, 50 and 85mm, at different apertures. At all those focal lenghts the 16-85 is clearly sharper in the corners. That said, as I stated before, I don't rate 16-85 a step forward than 18-135, just a slight improvement.

---------- Post added 04-30-15 at 12:36 PM ----------



I agree, real world pictures don't take so much advantage of the improved quality of the 16-85, apart from the 2mm wider.



K-5, the firmware is updated at the latest version 1.16.
White balance was fixed to, say, daylight. All tests taken in manual mode, setting aperture and shutter speed manually the same values.



Great to hear that it is acceptable for you, maybe I'm demanding too much from this lens. Moreover it is easily removable in PP.


Thanks all for replying!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-30-2015, 06:25 AM  
16-85 vs 18-135 my impressions
Posted By domusofsail
Replies: 16
Views: 5,278
@bdery Thank you for your comments



Maybe we must agree on what we mean by CA and how much we consider tolerable. Maybe I pretend too much from my lenses, I'm not so expert.
I saw some CA in your sample pictures too, not so much indeed.
Could you please examine this picture of mine: Idroscalo - ado
I consider the fringing around the tree trunk too much. I know it is a very extreme contrast condition, but am I wrong to expect a better lens behaviour?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-30-2015, 05:55 AM  
A little help...
Posted By domusofsail
Replies: 11
Views: 879
If IQ is a concern, why not consider some manual prime legacy lens? So cheap and great IQ. E.G. the Pentax M 50 f1.7 can be found at a very cheap price (so you can keep your 55-300) and is one of the best Pentax primes.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-30-2015, 05:40 AM  
My test and evaluation of the HD 16-85mm
Posted By domusofsail
Replies: 33
Views: 4,722
Were you using in-camera CA correction?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-30-2015, 05:23 AM  
16-85 vs 18-135 my impressions
Posted By domusofsail
Replies: 16
Views: 5,278
Ok, I was about to think that my copy was flawed ;)

What do you mean with "aperture coding"?
Thank you
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-30-2015, 04:13 AM  
16-85 vs 18-135 my impressions
Posted By domusofsail
Replies: 16
Views: 5,278
I've recently decided to switch from 18-135 to 16-85, mainly because of greater wide angle and higher IQ, despite the lower tele reach and the higher cost.
I was reading good reviews about 16-85, which made me decide for it.
The cost was not a big issue for me because I sold the 18-135 and 3 manual lenses I was not using, and so I didn't add much money for the 16-85.

When I received the 16-85, before selling 18-135, I did some comparison.

The verdict was that the 16-85 is surely superior, but not as much as I expected.
In the center frame the sharpness is almost the same, at the borders the sharpness of the 16-85 wins.

I did notice some CA, not as much as the 18-135, but noticeable. In many reviews I read of no CA at all, I can't confirm. Mybe my 16-85 copy isn't that perfect.

16-85 color rendering is more neutral and less warm than 18-135.

Again, I've noticed a remarkable difference in exposure: having the same scene, same focal length, same aperture and same shutter speed, the image produced by 16-85 is almost 1/2 stop overexposed than the one taken with the 18-135 (i.e. the histograms are shifted by 1/2 EV). I don't know why, maybe someone could explain the reason...

These are my impressions , I hope could help someone, and please should someone have made similar comparison, let me know if comfirm or not.
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