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Forum: General Photography 3 Days Ago  
What single thing improved your photography the most?
Posted By stevebrot
Replies: 59
Views: 1,939
Dang...this is good in so many ways! So much of the time, what we see in the "mind's eye" is the working of light on surface and not the aesthetic of subject itself. The challenge is to not dilute the effects of light with our efforts with the camera.

Forum: General Photography 4 Days Ago  
What single thing improved your photography the most?
Posted By DWS1
Replies: 59
Views: 1,939
To me it was the realization I was not photographing a scene, rather I was capturing the light being reflected off the objects in the scene and its' interaction with the difference surfaces, textures, etc. This came to me while watching the Bob Ross TV show, "The Joy of Painting", (aired in the 80's and 90's on PBS in the US, and still aired in reruns today.). He always kept saying you must have dark to show light, and you must have light to show dark. This is so true in photography also.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-25-2019, 09:33 PM  
Ricoh Theta Z1
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 117
Views: 10,719
There was a bit of irony in my comment, but Iím not so sure the KP is as bad or ignored as many people here think it is. In the USA - and especially on this Forum - the KP suffers mostly from the fact of what it isnít.*

*The K-3 replacement everyone wanted.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-03-2019, 07:17 AM  
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 1,057
Views: 76,658
Macro shots almost always have smooth bokeh. Just the act of focusing in to the max seems to blur everything out. It can be a nice effect in certain situations.

Crocus by Vincent1825, on Flickr

But the question is more of how out of focus backgrounds look with portraiture type framing.

DA *55 at f1.4

Vincent by Vincent1825, on Flickr

and f2.8 for good measure.

Fence by Vincent1825, on Flickr

FA 77 at f2.5

Anna by Vincent1825, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-26-2019, 06:09 AM  
Posted By normhead
Replies: 1,057
Views: 76,658
If you want smooth bokeh....

2018-03-12-Forest-walks8 by Norm Head, on Flickr

K-1 and F 70-210 ar 210mm and f-5.6.

K-3 and DA 18-135, ƒ8

2018-03-12-Forest-walks6 by Norm Head, on Flickr

K-1 and DA 55 at 55mm at ƒ2.
2019-02-25-Calender-walk-3 by Norm Head, on Flickr

The round christmas tree lights in the back ground are definitely round, because they are circles of confusion, and circles of confusion are round. Take your simple magnifying glass out and produce a circle of confusion on the side walk. The circle of confusion will have sharp well defined edges. The only thing that might soften them up bit that I know of would be chromatic aberration. So it could be argued the DA 50 1.4 is smoother in the brighter out of focus areas would be it's notedly high CA values wide open. But the trade off with higher CA is less resolution.

K-1 and DA* 55 1.4 ƒ1.4
2019-02-25-Calender-walk-12 by Norm Head, on Flickr

So yes all these things are subjective. But folks need to be aware that it's a sliding scale. You aren't just getting something, you're also losing something.

Just comparing the FA 50 macro and the new DFA 1.4, the DFA 50 1.4 has really good bokeh, but the FA 50 macro is sharper on the edges.gI'm not saying you need to apologize for liking one or the other. But you do need to realize, you're making a trade off. As above, looking at the F 70-210 image, the smoothest bokeh is from the softest lens.

The person shooting the 50 macro is saying "I prefer consistent edge to edge flat plane performance more than smooth out of focus areas."
The guys shooting the DFA*50 1.4 are saying, I prefer smooth out of focus rendering to consistent edge to edge performance.

The strength of the DFA 50 1.4 is it goes all in on the trade off. For smooth out of focus areas it's as good as it gets. And it's classic Pentax design like the 31 and 77. The FA 50 macro will remain the best edge to edge lens, although the edge resolution means the bokeh will get real sloppy really quick. People are going to pick a point on the sliding scale that suits them. Or buy all of them. Every individual lens defines a unique set of trade offs. None are the best for every purpose. But it might be the best set of compromises for the shot you're taking today.

Even with the DFA 50 1.4, better for you doesn't mean better for everyone.

It's sad that those who compare these lenses don't have comparative images to make their point. There are some somewhere posted on the forum, and the difference between the out of focus rendering of the DFA* 50 1.4 and DA* 55 1.4 was clear, but minimal. I studied those images carefully before opting for the DA*55 1.4. For some the little bit of extra smoothness is easily worth an extra $500, for others, not worth an extra dollar. The other advantages of the DA*55 , weight, volume of camera bag occupied and cost make it an un-appealing choice for the marginally better out of focus areas IMHO. The DA*55 is darn good, just not the absolute best at anything. But a very good and well thought out set of compromises.

Some people are going to prefer it.
It didn't get it's DA* designation by accident.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-03-2019, 05:05 AM  
Posted By normhead
Replies: 1,057
Views: 76,658
For a guy like myself, who gets images no one else gets lugging my gear to places no one else goes, probably not. My Sigma 8-16 is a great lens, but it often gets left home even when it might be needed. Just not enough room in the camera bag.

A lens like that requires commitment to use on the part of the purchaser. That being done, it produces stellar images. That can be your niche. It's special enough you could commit to that and a few other lenses.

But, you certainly aren't locked out of the smooth bokeh genre just because you don't have one. You might have to work a little harder though.
K-1 and 100 macro. But you're simply not going to match those transitions. Those are unique among the lenses I've seen. The image you posted being a case in point. Soft feathery out of focus features that are dreamy in character.

2018-05-23-yard-flowers-10 by Norm Head, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-31-2019, 09:34 PM  
DP Review puts K-1 Mark II as second worst camera of 2018
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 981
Views: 50,596
DPR review cameras from the point of view of the mainstream camera owner, for what trigger the most camera sales on amazon. That means, cameras designed to have uncommon features aren't favorably graded by DPR.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-06-2019, 12:32 PM  
D FA* 50 now supported by DXO
Posted By bladerunner6
Replies: 5
Views: 582
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-24-2019, 12:36 PM  
Pentax HD PENTAX-D FA* 70-200mm f/2.8 ED DC AW . . . CLUB!
Posted By repaap
Replies: 370
Views: 43,423
Couple from me. Had a good day with this lens!

pines by repaap, on Flickr

reflektion by repaap, on Flickr

wintery by repaap, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-27-2019, 07:22 PM  
CP+ 2019 - New lens roadmap - DA Standard Zoom added - Fish-Eye Zoom removed
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 104
Views: 10,962
Shoot with what you have, not with what you’re waiting for.
Forum: Pentax KP 01-15-2019, 01:24 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By edri
Replies: 1,232
Views: 135,083

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-14-2019, 09:49 PM  
Ricoh booth at CP+
Posted By Paul the Sunman
Replies: 476
Views: 36,311
I want to be surprised. I want to be surprised. I want to be surprised. I WANT TO BE SURPRISED. ....... Is anybody listening?
Forum: Pentax KP 01-13-2019, 08:15 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By northcoastgreg
Replies: 1,232
Views: 135,083
The DA* 60-250 is a great lens (I would love to have one myself), but it's hard to beat the 55-300 in terms of image quality per ounce of weight.

DA 55-300 PLM @ 190mm:

Forum: Pentax KP 01-14-2019, 08:55 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By robtcorl
Replies: 1,232
Views: 135,083
Peanut butter treat.
cropped, 300* 1600 ISO

2019-01-14_09-50-55 by robtcorl, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-23-2018, 06:05 PM  
DP Review puts K-1 Mark II as second worst camera of 2018
Posted By northcoastgreg
Replies: 981
Views: 50,596
Whether those Sony and Fuji upgrades are in fact really significant would itself be a point of debate. If you made 50 inch prints from the Sony A7ii and the Sony A7iii, would anyone be able to tell the difference? Would anyone be able to tell the difference between the two Fuji cameras in terms of visual perception of large prints? In that case, what makes these upgrades all that significant? Better tracking AF? How many people using these systems need better tracking AF? These systems are missing many of the lenses most needed in high-end action photography. Besides, outside of professional photographers, not many people are photographing things that move fast (partly because most photographers can't afford the lenses required for such photography). So in a sense, these cameras, to the extent that they constitute a "significant" upgrade, merely provide improvements in features that the majority of serious photographers don't need and never will use.

Now you could say that the K-1ii constitutes even less of an upgrade ó so much so that Pentax really shouldn't have bothered with it. You can make the same argument against some of the other "minor" upgrades that Pentax has indulged in over the years. But I'm inclined to blame consumers for these upgrades. As consumers, we have false expectations about the steady improvement of technology. There's a tendency to think that, because technology is "always getting better," any camera older than three years is too old and a disgrace to have on the market. But the view that technology is always getting better is a romantic myth propagated by people worship technology as if it's some kind of religion, the holy of holies. But the fact is, the one aspect of camera performance that's important to all users (rather than to just specialist users) is sensor performance, and there's been no significant development in sensor performance in at least eight or nine years. The FF camera which gets the highest ISO score over at DXOmark is the A7iii. The camera with the best ISO score in 2009 (almost ten years ago) is the Nikon D3s. There is about a 14% difference in the ISO score of the D3s and the A7iii. DXOmark claims that any difference in ISO scores under 25% is insignificant. So essentially over the last ten years, we have seen no significant improvement in ISO performance in the top performing cameras. That's something to think about, especially for those who believe we're somehow owed as our birthright a significantly improved camera every three years. That's a false ideal that's been leading the more tech-minded photographers astray for far too long.

Now is it possible that Pentax's accelerator unit has enabled a "significant" improvement in ISO performance (or at least something better than anything else that's come along in quite some time). I'll let others endlessly quibble over that one. All I will note is that dxomark has sedulously avoided testing any of the Pentax cameras (there are now three of them) using this technology.
Forum: Pentax KP 11-27-2018, 07:22 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By northcoastgreg
Replies: 1,232
Views: 135,083
Nice eagle shot. That eagle's name is Juneau. She's the calmer of the two eagles in the exhibit.

Here's a shot of Juneau with, of course, the KP and the DA* 300:

Forum: Pentax KP 11-23-2018, 03:21 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By SSGGeezer
Replies: 1,232
Views: 135,083
This morning during a meet up for sunrise shooting at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Maine. [IMG][/IMG]
Borrowed the DA*60-250 and it is beautiful!
It is not out of focus, the ocean has sea smoke from the cold that keeps getting blown away by the negative number causing wind chill.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-14-2018, 01:31 PM  
PTTL vs Manual Mode, Full Power Output
Posted By mcgregni
Replies: 7
Views: 686
This is one of those questions that is possible to answer in so many ways ....I think we're all trying to say the same thing!

Here's my attempt .....Manual power levels are always fixed light output amounts, specific to each flash (and exactly how much light 1/1, 1/4, 1/16 produces depends on the Guide Number).

Flash compensation settings are stop based "offsets" against the fluctuating base exposure value decided by the metering pre-flash. This base exposure is a moving thing, potentially different for every frame.

If the base flash exposure value needed is very low, say when working at close distances, wide aperture and high ISO, then there is a chance that a flash could produce a compensated output 5 stops over the base before it reaches it maximum power output.

In the real world, at typical distances, apertures and ISOs, it is unlikely that a flash could provide 5 stops overexposure before reaching its limits .... It'd say about 2 or 3 stops over is as much as we might expect for a typical GN 54 unit in typical scenarios (if used nicely and not just blasted directly at the subject).

Of course, in theory, why would we need or want 5 stops of plus flash compensation ...? That would just be horrible, a washout.
Forum: Pentax KP 11-01-2018, 06:22 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By northcoastgreg
Replies: 1,232
Views: 135,083
Humboldt Bay at Dusk, 4 minute exposure, with the DA 35 Ltd:

Forum: Pentax KP 10-01-2018, 07:01 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By northcoastgreg
Replies: 1,232
Views: 135,083
Morning at Elk Prairie in Redwood NP, with the DA 35 Ltd, PS:

Forum: Pentax KP 09-19-2018, 10:49 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By AldaCZ
Replies: 1,232
Views: 135,083
Some portraits with DA*50-135

Nature by Aleš87, on Flickr

Unicorn by Aleš87, on Flickr

Elsa by Aleš87, on Flickr

Hero Academia by Aleš87, on Flickr

SteamPunkGirl by Aleš87, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-30-2018, 11:41 AM  
Visiting Photokina what I learned.
Posted By AmsAmt
Replies: 78
Views: 7,953
Be happy with the equipment you have, and use it to* the best of your abilities.
Camera envy is for others.
Cut down your visit to the forums as unfortunately there is too much negativity there, use the forum for what you registered for; for advice , exchange of ideas, and inspiration.
The "mirrorless revolution" will continue without you , it is ok to dislike evf.
Therefore, bless Ricoh for their commitment to explore and better DSLR.
When YouTube bloggers going crazy about a feature on a new camera, it might be very different,* when experiencing it first hand.
Photography is very diverse, hope is will stay that way.
A camera is a tool, develop your abilities.
Go to see as many exhbitions of photography as you can.
Gr III is tiny 😉
I love my kp even more then before, and thats a good thing. 😊
Forum: Pentax KP 09-18-2018, 05:02 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By mepaca
Replies: 1,232
Views: 135,083
Bass Harbor Light, Maine. KP with DA 15 Ltd
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-03-2018, 01:56 PM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 2,451
Views: 182,500
I feel no sympathy for anyone waiting for potential sometime-in-the-future products of any type, least of all people older than 18 years. It makes me wonder about the term "common sense".

There is no "should have been". The manufacturer publicly hinted at when the 3-4 years started. Most probably sometime in 2017. Not exactly rocket science from there on.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-01-2018, 12:40 PM  
Photokina, Ricoh has Confirmed
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 1,960
Views: 115,218
They can design 100 lenses this year but if they can only produce three we’ll only get three. Design planning is driven by production planning.
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