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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-01-2016, 11:32 PM  
Sun-burst
Posted By dstructor
Replies: 6
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Better?
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-04-2016, 12:55 AM  
Sun-burst
Posted By dstructor
Replies: 6
Views: 400
Winter-sun
Portrait taken with Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 @ 105mm f/11, Sunflower with Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 @ 24mm f/4.5

Double-exposed in Photoshop, 2nd photo darkened and contrasted to match 1st, masked some of the 2nd from eyes and under-chin and the rest of the branches masked in
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-02-2015, 01:45 AM  
Capoeira
Posted By dstructor
Replies: 9
Views: 591
My shoot with our local capoeira group
"Queixada-Queixada"
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-20-2014, 01:22 PM  
Tamron/Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 on K-01, input please?
Posted By dstructor
Replies: 6
Views: 1,212
Really? No issues in the beginning or anything?
You also mention that your K-01 is "full spectrum converted", can you please elaborate & tell me the firmware ver.?
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-20-2014, 01:03 PM  
Tamron/Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 on K-01, input please?
Posted By dstructor
Replies: 6
Views: 1,212
Hey guys

I was looking into buying a fast tele-zoom for my K-01
(buying a 2nd Nikon body & since the 18-35 f1.8 isn't available for pentax yet, it'll be on the Nikon while the longer is, hopefully, covered by the K-01)

I looked into many threads about the issues when using the 70-200 with K-01

Any experience when using a Sigma or Tamron 70-200 with K-01?
Any success stories or at least explanation as to why focus doesn't work on these lenses with K-01?

thanks
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-11-2013, 11:56 PM  
Radio triggers for K-01? V5, YN RF602, Cowboy, or else?
Posted By dstructor
Replies: 3
Views: 1,000
Thanks guys :)

I was getting tired of all the conflicting reports when I wrote this

I decided to order a set of V5's & NPT-04 as backup.

NPT-04 received really good replies all over, maybe the longevity was weak but otherwise more than satisfactory
and the Cactus V5 negative comments were usually in the expected botched units

Thanks again for all your input here & otherwise, Pentaxians :)
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-11-2013, 06:53 PM  
Radio triggers for K-01? V5, YN RF602, Cowboy, or else?
Posted By dstructor
Replies: 3
Views: 1,000
I'm trigger-shopping for my K-01 speed-light set-up

I need a budget trigger, relatively durable, and be able to use 1/180 shutter speed without flash delay
What came up were the Cactus V5, Yongnuo RF-603 & 602, Cowboy Studio PT-04

Anyway; it's IMPORTANT that I can use 1/180s speed with this trigger without flash-delay
then comes consistency in terms of quality control, then durability
(triggers sold locally are all poor & I'll be buying it from overseas; 2nd chances are difficult)

What's your experience & what do you recommend?
V5? YN? Cowboy? or something else?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-05-2013, 05:14 AM  
Flash Radio triggers for dummies? (esp. cheap ones)
Posted By dstructor
Replies: 18
Views: 2,732
I see what you mean :) just as I thought
I was interested in this to understand the limitations of the equipment I intend to buy (studying hard; I got it from my mentor :D)

Thanks a million, again, for the thorough posts & links :)
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-04-2013, 11:09 PM  
Flash Radio triggers for dummies? (esp. cheap ones)
Posted By dstructor
Replies: 18
Views: 2,732
Quite helpful, dude!
Thanks a ton :)
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-04-2013, 09:51 PM  
Flash Radio triggers for dummies? (esp. cheap ones)
Posted By dstructor
Replies: 18
Views: 2,732
Thanks for the links, dude :)

My point was the flash delay that cuts from the sync speed, the fraction of a second in delay between the transmitter sending the signal & the receiver firing the flash

that's what my mentor was talking about when I asked him about cheap triggers & said that the cheap ones are good for <1/60 shutter speed
So that's what I was asking y'all about here; not whether or not they actually fire them!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-04-2013, 02:06 PM  
Flash Radio triggers for dummies? (esp. cheap ones)
Posted By dstructor
Replies: 18
Views: 2,732
HAHA, pretty helpful :)
That's it for HSS

About cheaper triggers: They do fire the flash slower than the shutter at >1/100 or so, don't they?
(FYI: the Cactus V5, after it reaches me here from abroad, will be ~$100 :P)
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-04-2013, 10:12 AM  
Flash Radio triggers for dummies? (esp. cheap ones)
Posted By dstructor
Replies: 18
Views: 2,732
Nor available here, AFAIK but worth a look-out

but wait, HSS is not possible without P-TTL???
Don't they do it with studio strobes like the Einstein E640 & the Godox AD180 & AD360 bare bulb speedlights? (these are manual flashes)
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-04-2013, 09:20 AM  
Flash Radio triggers for dummies? (esp. cheap ones)
Posted By dstructor
Replies: 18
Views: 2,732
Hey all,

I'm, like most, starting out on a budget with no problem of using manual flashes.

These, of course, will require radio triggers & when talking about cheap radio triggers with my mentor, he told me about how they have a delay when firing the flash, relative to shutter
I asked him how fast before this fire-lag is noticeable, he said after 1/60 shutter speed!
that's really low imo, esp. when I read a review of a lighting kit on The Phoblographer & they used the cheap Cowboy Studios triggers and said they perform well

Has anyone tried the CBS or Godox cheap (chinese) flash triggers at high shutter speeds? ~ 1/100-1/180?


=====================

Also, what about High-Speed syncing?
Say I want to over-power ambient sun & use 1/1000 shutter speed!

Does the speedlight/strobe have to have high speed sync?
What about the radio triggers?

(I'm using the K-01 btw, if there's anything settings-wise I should be aware of)
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-11-2013, 04:44 PM  
HELP! K-01 e-dial stopped working
Posted By dstructor
Replies: 19
Views: 2,550
UPDATE!

Alright, you have GOT to be f***ing kidding me, Pentax...

The e-dial has a hex-tip that goes into a turning circuit, and moves the circuitry to register your command
I managed to disassemble to the top of my K-01 & took out the e-dial's circuit...

I found out that the hex tip is broken!!
and I recall that when it stopped, I wasn't even turning it roughly (and even if I did!)

Seriously, what the hell?
I bought a Pentax because I know it would last, it could take some rough handling even if it wasn't bullet-proof like the K-30

I can't..this is just...
Ugh :hmm:

I'm keeping calm just to focus on gluing it back together, it's delicate
But I'll be packing a slipper from now on, in case I bump into Pentax's CEO, to lay down the fury upon his hiney! :mad:



See that hex-tip protruding from the e-dial?
That's the one that was broken in my K-01

Unbelievable
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-11-2013, 02:15 PM  
How to remove the top part of K-01?
Posted By dstructor
Replies: 4
Views: 1,211
Yes :) I mean disassemble
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-11-2013, 11:33 AM  
HELP! K-01 e-dial stopped working
Posted By dstructor
Replies: 19
Views: 2,550
and at $250-300 for a body, it's cheaper to order a new one :)
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-11-2013, 11:25 AM  
HELP! K-01 e-dial stopped working
Posted By dstructor
Replies: 19
Views: 2,550
Yea, renting a DSLR is available; just wanted to use my camera :)

Do you happen to know how to disassemble the top part?
The screws I know (~9x) don't let it come off
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-11-2013, 11:20 AM  
How to remove the top part of K-01?
Posted By dstructor
Replies: 4
Views: 1,211
I need to remove the top part (containing dials & built-in flash) of the K-01'
I don't care about warrenty or anything, just how to do it?

I tried removing the screws (2x in battery bay, 5x from both strap holes, 2x in flash bay) but nothing
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-11-2013, 11:01 AM  
HELP! K-01 e-dial stopped working
Posted By dstructor
Replies: 19
Views: 2,550
Hey man, I tried with a local electronic contact solution (dry) but to no avail
I applied about 5 times, rotating the dial both ways for a while each time, still nothing

Maybe a higher quality cleaner?...

'at me bro >.
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-10-2013, 11:09 AM  
HELP! K-01 e-dial stopped working
Posted By dstructor
Replies: 19
Views: 2,550
Fingers crossed...

Thanks man :|
You have no idea how stressed I am over this
1 year pay... :(
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-10-2013, 10:20 AM  
HELP! K-01 e-dial stopped working
Posted By dstructor
Replies: 19
Views: 2,550
An amazon,...etc) link would be great

I didn't find it in the local Radioshack :(

EDIT: How is this?
http://www.amazon.com/Max-Professional-2053-Contact-Cleaner/dp/B0030MKAV4/re...non-conductive

Safe?
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-10-2013, 10:03 AM  
HELP! K-01 e-dial stopped working
Posted By dstructor
Replies: 19
Views: 2,550
Would a WD-40 Dry do the trick?
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-10-2013, 07:40 AM  
HELP! K-01 e-dial stopped working
Posted By dstructor
Replies: 19
Views: 2,550
How do I spary it IN the dial?
There doesn't seem to be quite the clearance, or just spray on top & it'll clean things?
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-10-2013, 07:27 AM  
HELP! K-01 e-dial stopped working
Posted By dstructor
Replies: 19
Views: 2,550
My K-01 is running the latest firmware

Suddenly, while zooming in with the dial (shutter speed & aperture) it stopped
It snaps as usual & no physical difference but settings do not respond anymore

Removing battery & memory card did NOT work

I need serious help as I have 2 shoots tomorrow!

EDIT: I also live in Egypt so not one clue on the possibility of sending it for repair or even where to send it!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-07-2013, 08:26 AM  
Inspiration: from Photographs or Photographers?
Posted By dstructor
Replies: 1
Views: 829
Recently, I stumbled upon the "Capture" web-series by Mark Seliger















You Tube



I remembered the part of Elements of Photography book that said "more than "how" the photograph was made, we'll talk about "Why" the photograph was made"

As most, I keep a folder (tear sheet) of photographs I liked the most

But it was when I saw & heard photographers talk about their work & journey that I couldn't help but pull out my camera & snap randomly
It was almost a butterflies moment!

Also when I read about Peter Gowland (he was a mad DIY'er as well :P) & Robert Doisneau (my favorite photographer)
their start, their journey, the story behind their photographs...etc, inspiration shoots through my head!

If you haven't watched Capture, I hope you enjoy it :)

On-topic: Do you, personally, find it more inspiring when contemplating photographs OR reading about photographers' journey & thought process; the "why" behind their photographs?
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