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Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 02-26-2009, 11:37 AM  
Toronto Meetup #5 - march madness?
Posted By Alvin
Replies: 170
Views: 22,905
Thanks for the PM alert, but March is really bad for me. 5 birthday parties and 2 anniversaries. Keep me posted for the next one!

One lens suggestion - 12-24 is my first choice, 16-50 DA* next then the kit 18-55.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-17-2008, 09:03 AM  
Poll: Fast fifty vs. fa 35 f/2.0?
Posted By Alvin
Replies: 30
Views: 6,253
Reading the posts above, if you have a 50mm already, then go with the 35. My own past experience - I have two 50mm's and prefer them over my own 28/3.5 and a 28/2.8, which I borrow from time to time. I also have a 35-70/2.8-3.5 and still find myself zooming into the 50mm focal length. Comparing apples to oranges, yes, but I seem to like tighter shots when the situation calls for it.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 10-31-2008, 06:40 PM  
Toronto Meet Up IV
Posted By Alvin
Replies: 77
Views: 14,837
Got your PM. For location, maybe we can try one of the pubs/bars along King St. between Bathurst and Spadina?

I have a shoot on the 15th and the 23rd...otherwise, my schedule is open for now.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-17-2008, 10:37 AM  
k10d read/write speed?
Posted By Alvin
Replies: 3
Views: 2,398
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-16-2008, 08:50 PM  
k100d takes the K100D to a wedding
Posted By Alvin
Replies: 13
Views: 2,136
Your findings were pretty much in line with mine. Fast lenses help a ton, but AF is a tad slow when the lighting was poor. In those situations, I often found that using MF is quicker, but you really have to rely on the viewfinder to ensure the focus is tack on. Having a split prism may help in that department.

But you got some really good shots there! Now I know what lenses I should have put in my bag - LOL!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-16-2008, 01:43 PM  
So... Here we go... Serious Pentaxians answer me this
Posted By Alvin
Replies: 18
Views: 3,312
Hey Scott,

I own 2 x K100D bodies and served as a second shooter in weddings for 3 seasons. I ended up purchasing a Nikon D200 so that I can use the primary shooter's lenses. I still love my Pentax cams though - the fisheye is a real treat!

Back to point. Taking from my experience and if posed with the question to buy another Pentax body I'd easily go with a K10D over a K200D.

- The picture quality on both cams (comparing the K10 with the K200) are similar since they are using the same sensor (10.2 MP). Used K10's are a bargain!
- You can use the same batteries and grip if and when you upgrade to the K20D (which is a body I heavily considered before jumping for the Nikon).
- Larger buffer and higher fps rate in the K10D (3.1 fps/10 shots RAW - K10 vs 2.7 fps/4 shots RAW - K200)
- 2 dials on K10 - I was fast with one dial but after using 2 dials on my Nikon, I know what I was missing!
- Slightly brighter viewfinder.

At this point, the only thing going for the K200D is the AA batteries. Situation - If your flash runs on AA and your cam batteries go low. Just flip the flash batteries into the cam and off you go! Just bump the ISO to 400 (or 800 if you don't mind the noise) and it's great with my 50/1.7!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-26-2008, 07:48 AM  
first crack at the 50-135
Posted By Alvin
Replies: 5
Views: 1,551
Cute shot - nice lens!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-25-2008, 06:19 PM  
My first attempt at HDR and pretty much first pics with K100D!
Posted By Alvin
Replies: 4
Views: 2,132
Looks good to me! I like how you've tried to keep it looking real as well.

Unfortunately you are right - you do have dust spots. Hopefully you should be able to get them off by getting a giottos or peachtree air blower. Don't use compressed air!
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-02-2008, 05:46 PM  
Vote for pentax
Posted By Alvin
Replies: 89
Views: 14,864
Just voted. Pentax has healthy margin over Sony. (39.8% vs. Sony at 28.6%) Very nice!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-27-2007, 09:09 AM  
Ultra II or Extreme III
Posted By Alvin
Replies: 6
Views: 3,308
How often do you fill your card to capacity then transfer the entire contents (using a card reader) to your PC? If you don't mind the wait while transferring the data, the Ultra II will do fine for you.

I'm using my K100D and a couple of Transcend 2GB cards, rated at 150x. I also have a Kingston 1GB which I think is rated at 66x, and an OCZ branded 2GB 150x card. IIRC, The Sandisk Ultra II is 80x. I haven't used the Ultra II's but they should be a good choice. The only time you'll feel a difference is when copying your pictures from the card to your PC because 80x will be slightly slower.

You may or may not notice a difference while shooting in burst, where the transfer rate comes into play.

Hope that helps.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-15-2007, 08:55 AM  
Pentax-M 50mm 1.4 and 1.7
Posted By Alvin
Replies: 33
Views: 7,482
I'm loving my M50/1.7. If you are used to using MF and stepping forward/backward, then go ahead and bolt it on your camera. I keep my kit lens around just in case I need to go wide, but I'm planning to get a better zoom later on. I've attached a couple quick snaps here.

An HDR using my 50/1.7 here...

User Photo Gallery - Night Scene
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-11-2007, 08:59 PM  
Any Suggestions...
Posted By Alvin
Replies: 8
Views: 3,917
Well, it looks like my son finally decided to stick with his first choice of Pebbles. He mentioned that she looks like one when she lies down in a bundle.

We discovered that she is a bit mischevous when no one is around...we have two dogs now: Yuki and Pebbles. Pebbles is stealing from the Yuki's dog's dish and she even steals Yuki's toys while Yuki watches. At least Yuki is getting used to the split attention.

Here's a shot of the two dogs together.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-11-2007, 04:57 PM  
My version of a Christmas scene
Posted By Alvin
Replies: 9
Views: 1,444
Nice shot! Definitely one for a Christmas Card :D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-10-2007, 11:27 PM  
Lost and abandoned in
Posted By Alvin
Replies: 18
Views: 3,553
I like! We should have traded! My HDR I sent you for your shot here :D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-10-2007, 11:24 PM  
Any Suggestions...
Posted By Alvin
Replies: 8
Views: 3,917
...for this little gift that I got my son? It's a girl - a bichon/schnauzer mix. So far my son is thinking of "Pebbles" but isn't quite settled on that name yet.

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-06-2007, 08:49 PM  
My Dear, Dear Friends: Don't Do This.
Posted By Alvin
Replies: 54
Views: 11,819
Did you get that lens from a Henry's??? I missed out! LOL!

You guys are talking about LBA too much! I pass a Black's, Henry's and soon to open Vistek (not to mention the FutureShop and Best Buy) every single day on my way to and from work. Just like Salty, I wish I had blinders.

Fortunately, I walked away from dropping $900 plus taxes on a K10D, grip and extra battery. My other option, the 50-135 for just a measly $150 more, using my plastic. LOL!! Waiting for something better...that's how I've kept myself from spending so far.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-18-2007, 06:54 PM  
First good glass
Posted By Alvin
Replies: 7
Views: 2,253
Do you like barrel distortion at the wide end? The reason I ask is because the Sigma does have significant barrel at 10-12, though not near as much as the Pentax/Tokina Fisheye.

Personally, I find my fisheye a challenging, yet fun and rewarding, lens to use. I would like to get myself a 12-24 in the near future since I still prefer shots with less distortion at that wide end.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-20-2007, 07:35 PM  
I haven't seen todays paper yet..... but I got my first cover shot.
Posted By Alvin
Replies: 19
Views: 2,784
That shot was awesome!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-18-2007, 06:05 AM  
It was a cool, crisp, night...
Posted By Alvin
Replies: 17
Views: 4,358
Thanks James! It's great to hear from you!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-17-2007, 10:44 PM  
Last Night's Sunset
Posted By Alvin
Replies: 2
Views: 1,193
A landscape shot with a telephoto! I like!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-17-2007, 10:35 PM  
Bicycle Parking Only - HDR
Posted By Alvin
Replies: 10
Views: 1,819
Do you have the original shot?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-17-2007, 10:34 PM  
It was a cool, crisp, night...
Posted By Alvin
Replies: 17
Views: 4,358
Thanks, Gary! I'm trying to find more places to shoot for HDR now and I might have a few chances on Wednesday night. I'm hoping for co-operative weather :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-17-2007, 10:24 PM  
My first upload
Posted By Alvin
Replies: 18
Views: 4,923
After seeing the conversion, I am agreeing too - the shot was screaming to be converted to a b&w. Nice work!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-17-2007, 10:20 PM  
Bicycle Parking Only - HDR
Posted By Alvin
Replies: 10
Views: 1,819
I like the reflection in the window too, but I know your intent was on the bikes. Perhaps a slightly tighter crop?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-17-2007, 10:19 PM  
Reflections of the Past - HDR
Posted By Alvin
Replies: 12
Views: 1,531
Whoa!!! :eek: That's a great shot!
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