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Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-18-2021, 09:17 AM  
Nature Eclipse
Posted By khardur
Replies: 6
Views: 656
Photo Sharing. Your Photos Look Better Here.

awesome. :) I don't know if this is the exact same photo. But I threw a larger one up in my gallery. Download button will require a password. The pwd is "sharing"
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-18-2021, 08:35 AM  
DA * 55mm f1.4 SDM buy or not
Posted By khardur
Replies: 33
Views: 1,634
omg buy the lens..
I've had mine for years, I wait on it for almost as long. It's my favorite lens for "film like" images. Seriously what an amazing lens.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-09-2021, 07:03 PM  
K5ii won't work in TTL with Godox V1/Flashpoint R2
Posted By khardur
Replies: 5
Views: 655
Okay, so what exposure mode are you using on the camera?
and what trigger?

Hmmm. Also one thing I've noticed, if I don't push the trigger in all the way (on the hotshoe) sometimes the connection doesn't seem to be quite right.. but in my testing just now, I can't get it to *not* fire in TTL. :hmm:
But I love problem solving so fill in a couple of the details above and I'll see if I can help you figure this out.

---------- Post added 02-09-2021 at 10:09 PM ----------

It does seem that when I put it in HSS mode, then changing the flash exposure compensation on the trigger doesn't seem to do anything. It's in HSS mode and that's it. (I have the X-Pro trigger for Pentax ([URL=[/URL])
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-09-2021, 10:13 AM  
K5ii won't work in TTL with Godox V1/Flashpoint R2
Posted By khardur
Replies: 5
Views: 655
hey Kyle.
I'm not home at the moment, but I'll write myself a note to see if I can test this combination out when I get home.

I have an AD200, and I have both a KP and a K5iis. I'll see if I can replicate the situation.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-22-2020, 06:48 AM  
Who's a (mostly) prime only shooter?
Posted By khardur
Replies: 99
Views: 8,386
If I'm shooting landscapes, or portrait sessions where I'm controlling the timing, then I'm using my primes.
If I'm shooting on-the-fly events, it's probably 50/50 zoom or prime, depends on the event. If I find myself claustrophobic with a prime I'll pop the zoom on.

I only have two zooms, a Sigma 17-50 and a Tamron 70-200.

I've done weddings with two cameras, one with zoom and one with prime that I swap when I need.

Often when I want to "travel light" and just hike around and shoot random things in my city, I'll take my favorite combo that's as small as the Sigma zoom: My 21mm, 40mm, 70mm primes. Oh and I have the 55mm f/1.4 which I bring along a lot.
I need to get a 15mm again, I dropped mine and the right 1/3 of the frame is now out of focus blurry.

anyway... that's my normal shooting.
Forum: Pentax KP 08-02-2020, 08:30 PM  
KP locked up
Posted By khardur
Replies: 7
Views: 1,014
I had this exact thing happen once and only once.
... of course at a baby gender reveal party.. about 30 seconds before the "reveal" :o

Thankfully the "gimmick" failed as I was trying to figure out what happened with the camera, undid the grip and popped the battery out of the body. Switch cards (thank god for the grip + extra SD cards at the ready) just in case... had everything back together just in time. WHOOAH..

Hasn't happened since. 46k photos. One hang.
Forum: Pentax KP 08-02-2020, 08:19 PM  
Pentax KP experience... 3 weeks and 3500 clicks later
Posted By khardur
Replies: 75
Views: 15,532
So I finally shot a photo in Jpg mode and checked the shutter count, up over 46k shots in just about 2 years.
Not too shabby, not my all-time high, but certainly not my lowest numbers either.

I've been working on off-camera flash technique lately. Today I had free time, and my daughter had her choice of things to do today: She wanted to do a photoshoot.
So we rocked it. Here are a couple photos. Taken with the 55mm f/1.4 and the KP, + the Flashpoint (Godox) Li-Ion manual flash. Specs shown here, and setup. I have a Flashpoint EVOLV 200 (Godox AD200) and an AD600 as well, but that power wasn't needed for this shoot. Plus again, light weight is a plus.

Also used a magmod MagBounce. And I'll tell you what, for individual portraits? those things rock. Because I can have them on a light stand and not worry about weighing the light stand down with a sandbag. It may not seem like much, but seriously the weather here? There always seems to be gusts, even on the calmest of days. And the more weight you have to carry? The less spontaneous you can be. Which isn't always a bad thing, but isn't always good either.
I can get them up really close to people's faces (to soften the light as much as possible) and it still renders a very pleasing light pattern / not harsh if I don't want it to be.

It started raining while we were shooting. I had a ziploc bag with me.
(Actually this is a pretty good downpour, we almost had to make a run for it, but it let up about 30 seconds after this pic was taken). You can see the droplets... 1/1000s plus a flash.

Here is some star trail work I've been doing with the KP. I just finally started nailing focus on these. (my problem, not a camera problem.) and I'm very happy with some early results here. I have a feeling the next six months are going to be huge for me for doing star trails.

And another:

I think this fall I probably won't be freelancing for the newspaper anymore. I totally still enjoy it, but it really doesn't pay a lot, and with COVID-19 still bouncing around the US I have a feeling events are going to be called off at random, and I can't see the newspaper needing me for much of anything this year.

Anyway, if there's still anyone on the fence about owning a KP, have no doubts it is a capable machine.
Forum: Ask B&H Photo! 07-24-2020, 10:18 AM  
microphone options for Pentax KP
Posted By khardur
Replies: 1
Views: 572
I'm looking to get a good microphone for doing interviews. I've done some public service announcement videos for the local Emergency Services company here, but the built-in mic is just not acceptable for recording voice from more than a few feet away.

I'd love to get something wireless that I can clip to collar /etc.. But wireless+ good quality is probably way over my budget, so a hot-shoe mounted option is okay, so long as it can record good audio for interview type conversations. Mostly indoors, but occasional outdoor use.

If I could see a range of options, there are just so many things that come up when I do a search, but i'm having trouble sorting through all the info out there. I'd like to see the best lower-price option, a few mid-range options, and what would be considered "high end".

Much appreciated!

-Dan M.
Forum: Pentax KP 07-22-2020, 03:38 PM  
Pentax KP experience... 3 weeks and 3500 clicks later
Posted By khardur
Replies: 75
Views: 15,532
Here's another update:
My son and I went down to the grocery store just after a storm passed through and saw godrays. I said "wanna go up on the mountain for sunset?" "YESSSS" he says.

It was. Epic.

another view:

I hung out with a friend at the base of Mt. Greylock trying to spot the comet a few nights later and I got this shot.

Then I got the comet a few nights later. This is two shots, an astrotracer shot of a minute and a half combined with a non-AT shot for the foreground.
Cosmic snowball, anyone?

I do have to say this: The astrotracer: Does anyone else find that, even though it may say up to 5 minute exposure time is possible, it's best to keep it as low as possible.. like... pushing two minutes gives me too much movement. I mean it's still much better than not using the AT if I'm trying *not* to get star trails... but I felt like on the K5-iis it worked better.

Maybe I was less picky?
I'll post a few more later, and a shutter count.
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360 Cameras 05-28-2020, 08:39 PM  
Virtual Tours - workflow and software?
Posted By khardur
Replies: 14
Views: 1,687
I appreciate that..
Our company gave us word April 29th, that we'd be terminated June 19th. So... it feels like a surreal, slow-motion Indiana Jones style boulder rolling toward us.
This could be a bread-and-butter income generator for me. I talked to my son about doing virtual tours, he wants to get into it with me. (He's 16)
I do a lot of other paid photo work, as my my "day job" and available free time permit. But now it's a good chance for me to say "I've always talked about doing this for a living" --I'm being pushed out of a job I never quite saw as being the job I stayed at for as long as I have (19+ years) ... sooooo time to really see if I can make something out of it.

I'm still working my current job, but I've taken time off since I got the camera to do a few test runs with the Theta V. And a full property tour. It's not the same quality you'd get if you shot a tour with a DSLR and a wide-angle lens and stitched them together from that -> But on a cell phone (which is folks' devices of choice these days) you cannot really tell much difference. (Looking at the tours on a high-res screen like on a PC, you can see the difference one would expect from 1-shot, smaller sensor vs. 4-6 shots with a wide angle on a DSLR.. But it doesn't upset me in the least.

I've even gotten some artistic stuff done with it.
I'll leave it at that for now. The realtor friend I did the tour for, was on the phone with a realtor from another agency at the time I was shooting, and he was already getting inquiries on how to contact me... So.. This is encouraging.
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360 Cameras 05-15-2020, 01:27 PM  
Virtual Tours - workflow and software?
Posted By khardur
Replies: 14
Views: 1,687
Yea I've been scraping by doing photography "on the side" for the last 25 years.. Now my job is going away and well.. I can give this a whirl and go full bore while I'm on unemployment and see if I can get it to take off.
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360 Cameras 05-11-2020, 12:03 PM  
Virtual Tours - workflow and software?
Posted By khardur
Replies: 14
Views: 1,687
I'm about to go all-in on this...

I'm going to be losing my job in a month, and there's a pretty decent real estate market in my area, and not a ton of people who do 360 tours..

I contacted a few friends (and non-friend contacts) I know in real estate and there is a huge amount of interest, so I bought a Theta -V and subscribed to the Ricoh Tours website so everything can be hosted right there.

I'm really going to hit this hard, I'm currently making a site on Square to allow booking... and I really need to make this work at least for the short term.. so here goes! :)
Forum: Pentax KP 12-09-2019, 06:44 PM  
Pentax KP experience... 3 weeks and 3500 clicks later
Posted By khardur
Replies: 75
Views: 15,532
^^ agree!
Paid reviewers have time to look at basic features, but don't normally have time to put it through the rigors of actual work and workflow.

---------- Post added 12-09-2019 at 10:10 PM ----------

okay, here is a good example -> high ISO image with noise reduction in LR

ISO: 8000

1:1 crop:

LR settings on this one:
Forum: Pentax KP 12-09-2019, 06:37 AM  
Pentax KP experience... 3 weeks and 3500 clicks later
Posted By khardur
Replies: 75
Views: 15,532
^ hmm that's interesting. I don't suspect I have some sort of secret methods here, I'm just using the Lightroom noise reduction.

I have a couple presets I made just for noise reduction when I do high ISO work, I'd be glad to look and send you a screenshot of my LR noise reduction settings if there are any ones in particular that you want to see settings for.
(I'm not saying I'm doing anything special, but maybe the combination of amount + threshold + detail works a little better)
Forum: Pentax KP 12-03-2019, 09:07 PM  
Questions for D-BG7 owners
Posted By khardur
Replies: 36
Views: 4,225
I own the grip.
I use it all the time.
With the LI-90, always.

Here's why for me:
I have a K5-iis also. That has the grip, and it has 2-LI-90 batteries. So the only one not like the other is the LI-109 in the body of the KP. I think I have 5 LI-90 batteries floating around.
The LI-109, if I had 2 I'd probably trust it. But there are times where I've shot 1500-2000 photos in a day, depending on the event(s). I'd never trust taking the KP body out on its own.

That and the battery meters seem... well, not like phones where they give you a percentage.
Once it decides to show you half the battery... well your guess is as good as mine as to how long that'll last from there on out, but it's not long.
Forum: Pentax KP 12-03-2019, 08:55 PM  
Pentax KP experience... 3 weeks and 3500 clicks later
Posted By khardur
Replies: 75
Views: 15,532
ooh dang, it's all over the place. Mostly ISO 3200... but f-stop and shutter speed are all over the place, I was changing stuff based on the lighting.
Here's the link to my "forums" gallery where I post this stuff from.

On the left once it loads, there's a little bar graph for "photo info" click that and you can flip through the photos and see the info for each photo.
Forum: Pentax KP 12-03-2019, 07:30 AM  
Pentax KP experience... 3 weeks and 3500 clicks later
Posted By khardur
Replies: 75
Views: 15,532
Thanks dude!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-02-2019, 10:04 PM  
Purchase dilemma - KP or new APS-C flagship?
Posted By khardur
Replies: 80
Views: 4,724
with the KP being $696 online sales at the moment, I would not hesitate one bit to pick one up. It's light years ahead of the K7. (I owned that).
The high ISO starting at 800 and above was horrendous. For that alone, but not to mention the increase in MP, the better focusing points, articulating screen, live view / focus peaking feature...

Go for it, you will not regret it.

also: Sports/nature/night/ astrophotography: The KP is better suited for all of that over the K7. Pair it with an ultra fast SD card like the Sandisk Extreme Pro 170mb/s and you will never have a problem with the "smaller buffer" compared to the K3/K5.

Oh -> I'd spring for the grip. uses the larger capacity batteries. Invaluable in my opinion in keeping you shooting, providing convenient second battery, and a spot for a spare SD card as well.
Forum: Pentax KP 12-02-2019, 09:18 PM  
Pentax KP experience... 3 weeks and 3500 clicks later
Posted By khardur
Replies: 75
Views: 15,532
Okay, here's an update:

I'm now up to almost 40,000 clicks on the KP, after a bit over a year with it.
I have not regretted a moment.

The live view with focus peaking is fantastic for those situations where you have the time to use it.

I still actually use my K5-iis for most of my newspaper work, simply because the file sizes are smaller and I need to get photos processed. (and the newspaper does not need large file size, in fact when I first started freelancing for them in 2017 they asked me to downsize everything because they didn't need that quality. LOL)

Anyway, 3 weddings, countless photos of my kids, engagement sessions, senior sessions, almost all of it is 100% good. The KP does have struggles with the 55mm f/1.4. Though I guess that could be most cameras. But I find once I tuned the focus on the K5-iis, it was spot on, all the time. With the KP, there are times it struggles. I could have the focus tuned and it hits 100% in natural light, at close head/shoulder portrait distances, then at full-body length it just blows the focus. (when I'm not using the live view / focus peaking).

That's my one gripe, is that with that lens I want to use it mostly wide open, that's what it's for... I don't want to stop down to 2.2. lol.

Here's some wedding stuff. Oh I've pretty much ditched the Cactus gear, now that Flashpoint (Godox) supports Pentax and HSS. I hate to be like that, but I wanted something with more power. Cactus had been working on that project but the funding never made it, then Godox came out with triggers compatible with the Pentax system and it opens up a whole new world for less-expensive flashes. (and some really top notch gear).

Oh I did screw up my wrist though, carrying the camera+grip+L-adapter+Flash mounted on that adapter. With one hand, for most of the reception. Ugh. That was in January. It's been on and off ever since.
I play ice hockey though too, and that doesn't help. (playing goal/holding the goal stick with that hand also).

There's this new night club that opened up, literally a block away from my house. It's fantastic, and I know the owners, so they have no problem with me shooting. I'm working on gathering enough material to do an exhibition somewhere, maybe even there.

those LED lights though... IT DOES take a lot of finagling in post to get these usable. LED lighting systems are so not camera friendly.
of course they also are easier on the artists/doesn't make it 90 million degrees on stage as older hot lights do.

This woman had a voice, I fell in love with her just because of that. (I'm joking, but her voice was amazing. I do have a bunch of their albums now. Arc Iris is the band.)

Oh, I cracked my screen. I think I had a loose Limited lens in the same pouch as the camera. Oooops. The Limited won.
But, it's only a minor crack, hasn't started leaking throughout the panel yet, so I'm good for now.

Did a sunset bikini shoot for a friend of mine. She was very happy. (this is safe for work)

Then I take my kids out sometimes and do special shoots for them.
My daughter loves faeries and all things nature.

She's the best.

Then there's some portrait stuff I've done

This guy is a freight train.

This is not straight natural light. I have a flash going to his left, Flashpoint AD200.

Another senior, we did some standard stuff, then a few maybe more artistic shots.

Oh I shoot for this festival that I've been involved with for the past 4 years now.
There are some amazing performers. This crew does fire breathing, it's amazing, and difficult to shoot, in the darkness and the sudden exposure changes due to the fireballs. It's amazing fun to shoot though!

This is the end of the fireball

and here's an amazing finale they did

I still go out and shoot for fun.

That's the year in a nutshell. I haven't been on the forum a lot since last year, with the day job, this side work, and my kids, it's hard to find time to get on here.
I have to go read on the talk about the upcoming new APS-C..
Forum: Pentax KP 10-30-2019, 08:53 AM  
What lenses do you use on your KP?
Posted By khardur
Replies: 108
Views: 13,064
Over the years I've come to rely a lot on my Limiteds. It's really great because in a small belt pouch I can fit two, and the third on-camera. So for very little extra bulk I can have 3 fabulous lenses with me at all times.

My normal kit is the
70mm on camera
40mm +
21mm in the bag.

I have the beloved 15 as well, but sadly, I dropped it once, and now the right 1/3 of the photo is out of focus enough for me to notice, so I have to replace at some point. (I loved it and it had served me so well).

I use the Tamron 70-200 for sports for when I freelance for the newspaper or want the reach.
I have the 55mm f/1.4 for portraits, and creative stuff when I feel like that.
I use a Rokinon 10mm for ultra-wide scenes, and sometimes star trails and night scenes. But I hate the star points it gives (vs. the 15, which, as we all know here are legendary. Okay so I have to replace my 15 soon)

OH and I've got a Sigma 70mm macro for when I want to do Macro easy.
Forum: Pentax KP 11-23-2018, 10:34 AM  
Why no good deals on the KP lately ?
Posted By khardur
Replies: 103
Views: 8,436
KP now $696 US at B&H, Adorama, Amazon..

I'd say I'm bummed that I didn't wait, but frankly i'm not. I got mine for $896 at the beginning of October and nearly have 10k shots on it already. I'm glad I got it when I did.

If you're on the fence, get it.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-13-2018, 03:51 PM  
Sorting out a front-focussing Tamron 17-50:
Posted By khardur
Replies: 4
Views: 1,053
Definitely use center focus point/ spot focus with that one point.

One thing I do - - to expand on Terry's instructions: I just write +1 +2 +3 +4 on cards (or -1 -2 -3 -4 -5 -6 etc),
I'll adjust the camera to +1, put the +1 card in the scene off to the side... and do a series of shots with that adjustment.

Then I'll change to +2, put the +2 card in the scene somewhere, then do a series of shots with that adjustment...

Rinse and repeat... then you can sit and pixel peep across a range of adjustments to compare what has the best results. That's just my take on things.
Forum: Pentax KP 11-09-2018, 10:18 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By khardur
Replies: 3,493
Views: 339,150
All with KP + Tamron 70-200

From tonight, in a full-on downpour, all game long. :eek::eek::eek:
The goal line stand:
ISO8000, 1/500s, f/3.2

The two-point conversion (for the go-ahead, OT score...)
ISO8000, 1/500s, f/3.2

(posted in another thread but appropriate here)
From two weeks ago
ISO 320, 1/640s, f/3.5
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-06-2018, 07:07 PM  
Sports Sports - Football
Posted By khardur
Replies: 3
Views: 798
ISO 8000, 1/320, f/3.2:
The lights are so bad in this stadium, they "phase" in and out - sometimes I have to use a gradient filter to adjust the color on 1/3 of the image because the color phases from green to magenta.

ISO 10,000, 1/320, f/3.2: (I was pushing it just really to see how high I could go and feel comfortable
Forum: Pentax KP 11-06-2018, 07:00 PM  
Pentax KP experience... 3 weeks and 3500 clicks later
Posted By khardur
Replies: 75
Views: 15,532
I wanted to post this one from last weekend, full size... because I think with the rain coming down and the slight motion blur, it's really rad...
Plus it shows off the image quality of the KP + this lens, in nasty conditions...

Small version below, full size linked ---> here:)

(Pentax KP, Tamron 70-200, 1/640s, ISO 320, f/3.5
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