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Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 12-05-2014, 12:39 AM  
Not even with Pentax for a year and ready to say goodbye
Posted By dragonfly
Replies: 80
Views: 7,115
I get shots from my pentax that are fantastic so I would never ditch pentax. However, I do get a lot of frustration from my gear so I can understand wanting to try the other guy's stuff.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-28-2014, 09:40 AM  
Is the Pentax-F 135mm f2.8 a modified version of the 100mm f2.8 macro?
Posted By dragonfly
Replies: 21
Views: 2,577
It's an awesome lens, so it must be good for something. I like it for concert photos when I shoot from the audience.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-22-2014, 01:49 PM  
SMC DA15 exposure questions?
Posted By dragonfly
Replies: 6
Views: 818
Thank you, I checked my metering mode and cycled thru the three different options. Changing them didn't seem to do too much to the exposure levels I'm getting.


For example, here is a photo of my ceiling fan shot in A mode.


It's clearly underexposed.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-22-2014, 12:42 PM  
SMC DA15 exposure questions?
Posted By dragonfly
Replies: 6
Views: 818
Hi,
I was the lucky recipient of a new DA15 lens this Xmas. The lens works fine sometimes and then other times the images are severely underexposed.

I'm not sure if I'm doing something wrong of if it's my lens or my camera settings. I find that I have to set the exposure level to +2 to compensate. I can shoot in M mode but how does that help me when a stranger wants to try my camera?
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-16-2012, 11:10 AM  
Anecdote: Auto-Focus Nightmare
Posted By dragonfly
Replies: 3
Views: 1,009
My experience is that AF-C is not useful for still subjects. I'm convinced that AF-S is more reliable, although I don't do a lot of photography of moving subjects and rarely have a need for AF-C. I can see why it would be useful, but when I use AF-S, the lens takes a few movements to get the focus right and it stops there instead of continuing to look for focus points. It's very reliable, however you need to confirm that it has chosen the right subject.

I like to use the AF-IF button for focusing so the shutter button won't interfere with your composition.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-24-2012, 10:21 AM  
Sharpness issue!
Posted By dragonfly
Replies: 24
Views: 1,946
What focus mode are you using? I find that AF-S works best for still subjects.

Also, try using the AF-IF button for focusing to assure that you aren't re-focusing while shooting your pics.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-12-2012, 12:41 PM  
Sunpak Autozoom thyristor 933
Posted By dragonfly
Replies: 15
Views: 6,552
Still have this flash but haven't used it, yet.
Forum: General Talk 03-01-2012, 10:05 AM  
Another reason to be careful who picks our judges
Posted By dragonfly
Replies: 24
Views: 1,457
Judges are not always good, just, or fair.
Forum: Pentax K-5 01-14-2012, 02:13 AM  
Putting the K-5 through the elements (lots of pics)
Posted By dragonfly
Replies: 44
Views: 8,036
nice post
Forum: Pentax K-r 11-22-2011, 09:51 AM  
How many users set the focus point and use AF.S/AF.C?
Posted By dragonfly
Replies: 40
Views: 6,232
I do the same: use the af/if button for focus and disable focus on the shutter button. With constant focus I don't have to keep pressing the focus button to achieve accurate focus- I just hold it down until I'm satisfied or need a new focus reading.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-18-2011, 02:26 PM  
Is it me or my camera? :(
Posted By dragonfly
Replies: 59
Views: 5,786
The OP's photos are sharp and in-focus. I think he needs to pay more attention to the metering function of his camera.
Forum: General Talk 11-05-2011, 10:42 AM  
Michigan Passes Anti-Bullying Law, except...
Posted By dragonfly
Replies: 48
Views: 2,346
This isn't true, at all. The first amendment only covers what speech the gov't will restrict. There are many other less formal restrictions to free speech.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-27-2011, 03:16 PM  
New PENTAX slogan: Be Interesting
Posted By dragonfly
Replies: 96
Views: 9,657
I guess I haven't been paying attention.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-27-2011, 03:00 PM  
New PENTAX slogan: Be Interesting
Posted By dragonfly
Replies: 96
Views: 9,657
I hope they didn't pay their advertising agency too much for the new PENTAX slogan: "Be Interesting." I could have come up with a better slogan for the mere cost of a few lenses.

This is just as bad as the new Kaiser Permanente slogan: "Thrive!", among others.

Do I really need PENTAX to be interesting? Will PENTAX do anything to make my photography more interesting?

This must be the vaguest and least interesting slogan since whatever the last stupid slogan was.
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-13-2011, 08:49 AM  
Photographer Looking For People to Do Their Job Without Pay
Posted By dragonfly
Replies: 14
Views: 1,299
I mostly only shoot for fun but when someone says "Hey, get a picture of me with my (wife/gf/kids) I always joke and say "that'll be 50$ per print" but I take the pics, anyway.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 10-11-2011, 02:03 PM  
What is, and what is NOT, a "Point and shoot?"
Posted By dragonfly
Replies: 279
Views: 16,937
I belong to the class of people who is qualified to judge between p&s and pro cameras. I'm the guy who tells you that you can't have that camera at this show. Usually I'm nice and tell people to put it away or I'm going to have to walk them down to coat check to check their camera and I also let them know that they don't want to wait in line to get it back. Most are good about that rule.

I see people with different types of detachable lens cameras, but we generally only restrict SLR style cameras, film or digital, because that's what the licensed photographers use. We're not trained to judge cameras. Sometimes I try to stop video but it's impossible to stop 1000 kids at the same time.

As far as I'm concerned, if you have anything less than a Nikon D40 or a Canon SLR, you're OK. I've tried to pass off my white Kx as a toy camera, but not everyone believes me.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-08-2011, 10:26 AM  
People girl glowing in a ray of light
Posted By dragonfly
Replies: 11
Views: 784
I hope you got her number!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-28-2011, 08:59 AM  
A* 1200mm has arrived
Posted By dragonfly
Replies: 88
Views: 14,626
Don't be surprised when the Canadians come to us begging for money because they can't organize their auctions properly.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-26-2011, 08:34 AM  
Aperture rings = More fun?
Posted By dragonfly
Replies: 17
Views: 1,835
Doesn't the camera give you access to f stops that aren't available on the aperture ring?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-14-2011, 06:22 PM  
Sports Oceanside Surfers with Pentax KX
Posted By dragonfly
Replies: 10
Views: 805
Were you shooting from the shore?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-14-2011, 06:21 PM  
Black & White A few photos from Burning Man 2011
Posted By dragonfly
Replies: 20
Views: 3,031
Like.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-10-2011, 10:16 AM  
People Redneck Girl. G.R.I.T.S. Part II
Posted By dragonfly
Replies: 17
Views: 8,051
I don't think the up-skirt shot is very flattering.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-31-2011, 10:06 AM  
How to blur moving water
Posted By dragonfly
Replies: 29
Views: 5,279
You're letting too much light in.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-20-2011, 10:38 AM  
My new tripod: 10$
Posted By dragonfly
Replies: 3
Views: 1,229
I learned that I can unscrew the quick release and use the Linhof ball head with my camera.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-20-2011, 09:44 AM  
My new tripod: 10$
Posted By dragonfly
Replies: 3
Views: 1,229
I bought this tripod at a garage sale today. I bid 5$, and the seller countered with 7, but when I opened my wallet I had a pile of 20$s and one 10$, so I was nice and gave her the ten bucks.

I googled the parts when I got home and I think I got a good deal. Now what do I buy so that I can attach it to my camera?
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