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Forum: Ricoh GR 12-29-2014, 03:45 PM  
Ricoh GR Hands-on and Lots of Photos...
Posted By basditz
Replies: 813
Views: 201,009
Walking around in Berlin at night, GR ninja camera at its best!

Café Cinema by basditz, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-14-2014, 12:37 PM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
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I'm in!
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-10-2014, 07:51 AM  
Win an FA 31mm Ltd: PF 3 million post giveaway!
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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-05-2014, 12:51 PM  
[KX] Need guidance to...
Posted By basditz
Replies: 11
Views: 841
Konami code for enabling/Disabling K-x Manual Lense usage:
Shutter halfpress, Menu, Left, Down, Right, Down, Ok

Setting Focal length to 50mm:
Turn on camera, press button left 35 times(to get correct starting position), press right 12 times, press ok. Setting is saved so no need for this every time :-)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-19-2011, 11:52 AM  
Common mistakes made by beginners ?
Posted By basditz
Replies: 53
Views: 8,323
- Never using Auto or Scene modes.

- Thinking that good pictures only form thru blood, sweat & full manual control.

- Looking down on people that just like to take nice quality pictures without overthinking it / devoting 95% of their time to 'the art'

:) Sorry, couldnt resist, I just cant handle the 'manual is must' hipster/snobbish comments surfacing every one in a while.
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-18-2011, 11:00 AM  
Someone stole my images! What is this fair use nonsense?
Posted By basditz
Replies: 39
Views: 8,833
Does the forum have advertising? If so, they are making money from your picture, and thats not fair use. Contact the advertising service that the website is making money from copyright infringement.
No more profits for them :p
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-10-2011, 03:15 PM  
why is chimping considered bad?
Posted By basditz
Replies: 75
Views: 14,861
Last time I went to the local zoo, there was this guy with a Canon+Gigantic Tele+Tripod standing aside next to the entry to the big apes house, chimping away at his camera.

When i left the big apes house some 20 minutes later, he was still there, still chimping on his shots!
Guess some people enjoy looking at a small lcd more than looking at the actual animals/taking actual pictures :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-10-2011, 01:51 PM  
Post-Processing Challenge #39 - Graveyard
Posted By basditz
Replies: 32
Views: 5,423
Some cropping, adjusted curves,desaturated a bit, dimmed down red, browned the greens in front, blurred background:
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-08-2011, 11:51 AM  
What Metering Mode do you use?
Posted By basditz
Replies: 18
Views: 4,792
I almost always use multi-segment, and adjust with the exposure compensation when necessary (for example snowy scenes will always mess up the metering so push exposure 1-2 stops)

If my K-x would have a button to quickly change exposure mode I would probably use other modes more but going into the info menu is just too much work most of the time. (my old powershot had that button, I sure miss it)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-03-2011, 03:16 PM  
Beginners K-x problem with photo review.
Posted By basditz
Replies: 9
Views: 2,441
Don't worry, this is not a bug or a problem.

the k-x screen has a different aspect ratio than the sensor. Meaning, the pictures are 2x3, but the screen is 3x4 (almost), so you will always have black bars on top and bottom when fully zoomed out. (like watching a movie on an old tv)

Also, did you know you can keep making pictures when in review mode? once you press the shutter it will start focusing and switch back to shooting mode instantly. To zoom out fully press the ok button, very handy if you have the quick zooming on. (something I just discovered this week)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-31-2011, 05:34 AM  
I don't want the flash sometimes
Posted By basditz
Replies: 9
Views: 2,318
Its also possible to have manual flash on auto modes on K-x.

You need to put the flash mode on manual mode, to do this press the flash button on the bottom right of your K-x, then select 'Manual Flash Discharge'. This way the flash will only come out when you press the flash up button.
This is available in all program modes.

auto modes arent that bad... :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-31-2011, 04:27 AM  
DA 40mm noisy & slow af ?
Posted By basditz
Replies: 7
Views: 2,054
Then I probably have a bad copy, because i have a DA 15mm just like you and it is a lot faster in auto focus. (which I thought would be logical for an UWA lens)

I've been testing the lens out on some walking people & stationary objects, fast shutterspeed, altenating between focusing on objects about 1 meter and 8 meter away.

Thanks for all the replies, I'll go back to the store, try a different copy, see how that feels.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-30-2011, 01:02 PM  
DA 40mm noisy & slow af ?
Posted By basditz
Replies: 7
Views: 2,054
I've just bought a 40mm Limited for on my k-x, happy with the image quality, nice and sharp, focus is spot on. DOF is nice, already made some nice snapshots/portraits of my little boy.

However the speed of autofocus isnt great. I've read in the reviews here that it was really fast, but my copy is a just bit slower than my kit lens. The kitlens most of the time just jumps to focus in one go, Da 40mm seems to overshoot,then move back. The dampening on the focusring feels nice when on mf, but is a lot heavier than on my da15mm. Also when focusing its rather noisy.

Do other people's DA 40mm have the same charactaristics, or did i get a bad copy? The lens arrived without plasic bags around it like my 15mm, but didnt show any signs of ever being mounted (mount was spotless)

IMGP9660.jpg by basditz, on Flickr
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-29-2011, 07:40 AM  
How to safely shoot sunsets?
Posted By basditz
Replies: 18
Views: 7,398
I can heartily agree with you on that :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-28-2011, 12:48 PM  
How to safely shoot sunsets?
Posted By basditz
Replies: 18
Views: 7,398
(Too much yes no here :p )

The point is that almost all light is scattered/absorbed by the screen.

Consider a slide projected on a suspended bedsheet. You can view the projection from all angles, from the front, from the back, from the side, from
This is because the light from the projection lens is scattered in all directions. This scattering causes the amount of light reaching your eye to reduce exponentially.

Thats exactly whats happening on the focusing screen.
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-28-2011, 12:38 AM  
How to safely shoot sunsets?
Posted By basditz
Replies: 18
Views: 7,398
No, this is also the case with an SLR with optical viewfinder. (it is one of the foundations of the SLR system).

If you remove the lens from your K-7 and look up into the top of the camera through the lens mount, you can see the focusing screen. This is a matte screen, you cannot see through it. The lens projects an image of the outside world onto this screen, just like it will do on the sensor when you take a picture and the mirror is moved up. What you see when you look through the viewfinder is the image that is projected on this matte screen.

You can try this for yourself quite easily: (and fun :) )

Take a pair of binoculars. This will be the equivalent of the slr lens assembly. (it probably will be uv coated the same as your lenses are)
Dont look through them!
Point them at the sun. (did I mention not to look through them?)
hold a piece of paper behind the eyepiece so you get a nice sharp sun-dot on the paper. This is your matte focusscreen.
Now if the sun is strong enough and your focus is correct, you can even see the paper charring/burning. This is what would happen if you place your eyes directly in line with the lens, you would be blinded.
However it is quite safe to look at the dot that is projected on the paper, it might be bright but it is by far not intense enough to damage your eye, all heat is lost into the focusscreen/piece of paper.
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-27-2011, 02:30 PM  
How to safely shoot sunsets?
Posted By basditz
Replies: 18
Views: 7,398
When you look through the viewfinder of a DSLR you're not looking at the sun itself, but looking at the picture of the sun on the focus screen.

Almost the same as looking at a sunset on tv.
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-26-2011, 02:37 PM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By basditz
Replies: 11,608
Views: 2,031,346
Some winter landscapes from december here in NL: (too bad all snow and ice are gone now). This lens really amazes me, now i really want more Limited lenses :)


Planken wambuis by basditz, on Flickr


Bergse achterplas by basditz, on Flickr
Forum: Sold Items 11-17-2010, 02:41 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K20 water damage sale (Worldwide)
Posted By basditz
Replies: 10
Views: 2,489
I'll add to this tip, don't airdry the camera but put it in a closed container with a few kilograms of (dry) rice for a week. The rice will work as a dessicant and aid in quickly removing all moisture.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-16-2010, 12:54 PM  
zoom to 100%
Posted By basditz
Replies: 10
Views: 2,453
Ok, i've found the way to view edited photo's on the camera (saving them with faststone viewer did the trick ), loaded a jpeg with some alternating 1 pixel black & white lines (horizontal to make sure sub-pixel layout didnt mess anything up), and zoomed in to 11 and 14 times magnification. Then got a magnifying glass (my pentax-a 50mm :) ) and checked the pixelreproduction.

Neither was true 1:1 magnification, there was some interpolation going on on all levels. Seems there is some fast-resizing algorithm at work.

(also something i noticed, in 1x magnification, you are shown the thumbnail for half a second while the main image is being pulled from memory & resized to fit. After this the view is changed to the resized image and you are allowed to zoom in on it.)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-16-2010, 11:52 AM  
zoom to 100%
Posted By basditz
Replies: 10
Views: 2,453
Argh! Tricked by the marketing department! :p

Calculating for 320x240 i get 13,4 magnification, but on k-x you can only magnify to 11x or 14x, so 14x would be closest
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-15-2010, 09:16 AM  
zoom to 100%
Posted By basditz
Replies: 10
Views: 2,453
Ehh, how did you calculate this exactly? Might want to check your calculations on the other camera's numbers too.

Lets run the numbers:

K-x makes 12 megapixel pictures, 4288 x 2848
The k-x lcd has 230,000 pixels, in a 4x3 ratio that would be something like 415*550

So, at 1x notification all 4288 pixels are resized to 550 pixels.
if we want to magnify this to an 1:1 pixel view we would *numbercrunch* magnify to (4288/550=) 7,8 times magnification...
That would leave to believe the 8 times magnification is correct.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-15-2010, 05:14 AM  
zoom to 100%
Posted By basditz
Replies: 10
Views: 2,453
I don't know what the exact size of the k-x lcd is (only that is has 230000 pixels) but based on that i would say either 6.7X or 8X magnification.

Easiest way would be to paint a one pixel wide line in a foto and open it on the camera, but somehow my camera refuses to open edited files...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-14-2010, 11:28 AM  
camera bag recommendations
Posted By basditz
Replies: 32
Views: 7,801
For my k-x kit i bought the tamrac express 7. (Tamrac - Model 3537 - Express 7 Camera Bag)

My pros:
- quick access to camera (without being easy to steal)
- not black
- doesnt scream 'expensive camera inside'

The bag currently holds: K-x with kitlens attached, 80-200 zoom, 50mm and a flash/videocamera. Could fit an extra kitlens size item beneath the flash. (lots of adjustable dividers)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-09-2010, 03:21 PM  
Newbie question
Posted By basditz
Replies: 13
Views: 3,135
Nope. It does have colour extraction, but that will leave one colour in. :-)
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