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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-22-2022, 10:01 AM  
... even beginners and women ...
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 64
Views: 3,297
Actually, no it doesn't imply that at all. Not in the original language and context it doesn't.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-22-2022, 09:47 AM  
... even beginners and women ...
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 64
Views: 3,297
I don't know about Japanese but in other East Asian languages they would use a certain connector word that doesn't have a good English translation.

For example if you were saying "a man and his wife and children" you could in theory use those connector words which in that language can have more than one connotation depending on how they are used.

Those same connector words in other contexts can also be translated as "even" but depending on the context that translation could be technically correct (or maybe not).

Particularly in the West we have a tendency to underline the word "even" and look at it through our own lens even though the original context says nothing like that at all.

I'm pretty tempted to put up a meme of Ron Burgundy with the caption "I am your translator now".
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-22-2022, 09:00 AM  
... even beginners and women ...
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 64
Views: 3,297
Speaking as someone who speaks foreign languages (not Japanese) please don't rely on Google Translate for truly accurate representations. As good as that tech has become, it's still not good enough to relay all of the cultural nuances involved in language.

If I put up a flyer saying 'please come hiking with us' and include the line 'you can even bring your children', that is not an anti child statement. It purely conveys that it will be family friendly and what difficulty level one could expect. Now throw in a few thousand years of cultural nuances into how that is stated and which language is being used and you actually have something linguistically complex.

I have a bit more to say, but I will refrain.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-19-2022, 04:16 PM  
Why no real lens measurements at
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 69
Views: 2,293
I for one would hate that idea. To me and in my opinion it would be a complete waste of time to produce or read such information.

To me that kind of thing is completely clinical at best. That stuff has zero use for anything artistic at all.

Some people love those technical discussions but to me, beyond a certain point it doesn't contribute at all to any kind of creative process.

Some people really get wrapped up in the technology and technical stuff but me personally, I kind of dislike those things (to a degree).
Forum: Homepage & Official Pentax News 04-04-2022, 12:01 AM  
Review: Affinity Photo vs Photoshop
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 18
Views: 941
My main question is this: I feel the EXACT same way about Adobe. They are completely dead to me.

That said I only have ever used Lightroom.

How does this compare to Lightroom? I have never used any of the functions of "Photoshop"...nor do I plan to get into that anytime soon...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-19-2021, 03:00 PM  
Underwater photography?
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 8
Views: 516
Underwater can mean a lot of different things. If you are wanting to do a lot of heavy duty stuff you will need to buy a camera housing and the good ones ain't cheap.

Also depending on what you are doing (ie surf vs scuba) you might need a lighting setup.

When you really get into the nuances of things it will determine what gear you need.
Forum: General Photography 12-15-2021, 12:08 AM  
AGE and GEAR!!!
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 103
Views: 3,077
Despite having a long term interest in photography I was about 35 or so when I bought my first real camera setup (of any brand). Prior to that the most complex camera I used was a point and shoot (except when I took photography class in jr high school where we shot all manual film cameras and developed our own film).

I started with a K-5. A few years later I migrated to a K-3. Now I have a K-1.

I ran through a bunch of lenses... all of the green ring limiteds (except the 35), a few zooms (for a crop sensor the 16-85 was my favorite). Now I have the 3 amigos and a 24-70 and a single manual lens. I will most likely purchase the new 21mm eventually.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-14-2021, 11:27 AM  
Lens comparison? 43mm vs 50mm
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 17
Views: 1,403
Thanks for the replies so far.

As far as size is concerned... for me it's a double edge sword. For just walking around etc I wouldn't be concerned about it at all. Total non issue if I am carrying just my camera. That said when EVERYTHING is stuffed into a backpack and I am walking around it gets really heavy. I have had numerous times where I walk 15 or 20 miles in a day.

Where it also becomes an issue is I cannot have a huge kit because I really enjoy travel. Flying around in general can cause issues because of weight or size issues. I try to keep everything in one backpack but stuffing a giant bag under the seat of some puddle jumper airplane can be a problem.

A lot of the time depending on where I am going or what I am doing for the day I will pick a few lenses (or maybe even just one) and roll with it. For example if I am going to ride a boat down the Meekong I would take the 24-70 and nothing else. If it floods rain I am somewhat protected and I have the ability to adjust on the fly. Some locations/activities don't lend themselves to switching lenses. Particularly if it's really dusty or really wet.

One of the times I was in Africa we were cruising around the countryside with the windows down off roading.By the time I got back home I looked like a racoon and my clothes and camera were covered in fine dust. I literally walked into the shower clothes, camera, and all and proceeded to leave a giant mud puddle on the floor. Changing lenses in that situation is not the best plan.

In other words just that single lens on my K1 is not a problem. Where things become a problem is when I try to carry a whole bag full of massive lenses.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-13-2021, 04:45 PM  
Lens comparison? 43mm vs 50mm
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 17
Views: 1,403
I've not been on buying new lenses for a while now but I will probably start again soon.

The new 21mm is on my list for sure. Most likely it will be first in line.

My current kit includes a K1, the 3 amigos, 24-70 zoom, and a single manual focus prime. That's it.

The 21mm is a certainty because I have been lobbying for it for years through email, surveys, and whatever. It's something focal length wise that is not in my lineup so it's easy to say that I need it.

On the other hand trying to justify the new 50mm vs the 43mm is something to explore. I would never rule out having both.

No matter what I would find it really hard to sell my 43mm.

Of those of you that have the new 50mm what are some of the things that it brings to the party that the 43mm doesn't?

The new 50mm comes with high praise for sure but I'm just wondering what kind of differences I can reasonably expect.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-11-2021, 09:53 AM  
Portrait Lens Recommendations
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 19
Views: 992
Thanks for the replies so far! Good information here.

In regards to cropping...that goes against one of my personal 'guidelines'. That being I try to pretend like my camera is a film camera and hence I try to get the totality of a shot correct in the first place. That means as much of the background, focus points, everything. Cropping (to me) is a last resort. I don't have anything against cropping per se, but for me I instituted that guideline to help ME become a better photographer.

I've taken several what I consider good shots using the 77mm and the 24-70. The 77 however is the longest lens I currently own so I was thinking of getting something longer. Whether it's 100mm or 150mm or somewhere in between is TBD. What I might actually do is get a cheap (like $100) zoom and shoot with it until I can pin down what would work best. That said the idea of a zoom has crossed my mind.

Other than that there are several options listed above that are definitely worth exploring. I will take all of that into consideration (especially since Christmas is coming up)... Part of me really jumped at the Samyang but on the other hand something vintage is also interesting.

Honestly taking those specific types of pictures is rare...and even more rare over the past 1-2 years. I haven't been traveling at all. With that in mind I am not looking to spend a fortune for a seldom used lens.

Going the macro route might also be an option because I do take pictures of bugs and such every once in a while. Lots to think about.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-10-2021, 02:28 PM  
Portrait Lens Recommendations
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 19
Views: 992
I have been shooting with Pentax since day one, however in the past year or so my photography has taken a back seat to life and other hobbies.

That said I am still definitely interested in photography, but not so much of G.A.S.

In the past I've cycled through a bunch of different lenses that I've bought and sold. Right now I've parsed my kit down to a cool manual 50, the three amigos, and a 24 to 70 zoom. I'm shooting with a K1.

Over a long time I've come to think that with shorter lens I need to basically get right in the face of my subject. This obviously makes them uncomfortable and I don't particularly like doing it either.

What I have been thinking about is getting a longer manual focus lens with it's dedicated mission be for portraits of people.

As of right now I am looking in the 105 to 135mm range but I would like to tap the brains here about what my options are.

I had a 70-200 before (but on a crop sensor). In ways I think that would be a good option but honestly I never used that kind of lens when I had it. I literally hauled it around the world as little more than dead weight. Eventually after returning home I sold it and realistically I don't miss it that much.

What I am thinking about this time is an M or A series lens that is sharp but also has good character. I don't care if it's auto focus or not. On the occasion where I can take photos of willing participants I'm thinking this might be the way to go.


On a side note if you want please feel free to post up examples of your people pictures that were taken in that range of focal length.

Keep in mind that I'm more aiming towards proper posed photos or whatever, not so much of candid shots etc.

Thanks all. Looking forward to the responses.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 08-20-2021, 10:42 AM  
Antarctica - worth the trip and expense - opinions and suggestions ?
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 34
Views: 1,577
Personally I would skip it. You will see the inside of a boat for most of it and unless you are extremely 'seasoned' your face will be in a barf bag most of the trip.

You show up and see penguins and other wildlife...and hopefully you bring a long lens...

It all depends on what you want out of things.

If you fly in that will be different but still not that big of a deal if you ask me. The gearing up for the trip will be more fun than the actual trip itself.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-06-2021, 05:41 PM  
D FA 21 Limited is one of the three.
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 1,748
Views: 140,460
I know this is not the place for a long discussion but is that new 16-50 for crop sensors?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-06-2021, 12:33 PM  
D FA 21 Limited is one of the three.
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 1,748
Views: 140,460
I have not been following the ins and outs of things so sorry if this has been asked 900,000 times already. Does anyone have any idea when this lens might be released to the wild?

Note: Par for the course is to get spotty (if any) communication from Ricoh but hopefully someone has some insights since I haven't been following.
Forum: General Photography 07-03-2021, 08:20 PM  
What's on your photography bucket list?
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 54
Views: 1,892
This is actually a difficult question for me. I've already been able to do so much. The vast majority of the trips I have been on I didn't have anything other than a point and shoot.

I can think of hundreds of places I would love to go back to with more formal gear.

More than just the cool places I want to document me doing tons of cool stuff.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 03-21-2021, 09:33 AM  
Plastic bag ban in africa
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 15
Views: 1,381
That must be a new rule. The last time I was there the rule was you can bring it as long as it's in a factory sealed package. The bilton people would put a label on one of those plastic bags and then use a machine to suck the air out of it and seal it.

That said I ate all if it on the flight.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-31-2021, 12:14 PM  
Last Lightroom Version with Permanent License Becomes Less Useful
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 71
Views: 4,532
It helps upgrade from a 40 foot long boat to a 200 foot yacht.
Forum: Sold Items 01-04-2021, 08:34 AM  
Wanted - Acquired: I want a few quick release plates for a Sirui T-025x
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 2
Views: 310
I'm not familiar with other types of plates and some of the nuances of 'gear' to be honest. I don't know much about 'gear' at all. I would say somewhere around 99% of the knowledge I have is from reading this forum (Big thanks!). I just found the part number on the tripod I already own and was looking for something compatible so I can use my tripod for other uses outside of photography and for more flexibility when I do use a tripod.

None the less I already purchased a couple of plates. I just forgot to take this posting down.
Forum: General Photography 12-28-2020, 01:06 PM  
Sirui T-025x Questions
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 1
Views: 566
I am not sure if this is the correct sub forum. If the Admin would like to move it to the appropriate location please do so.

I am wondering if they make a shorter center column for this tripod, or if there is product of some sort to prevent metal on metal when screwing the ball head directly onto the tripod without the center column?

Also I posted up in the wanted section that I want to buy at least two (genuine) QR plates for this tripod should anyone have them laying around. I figured I would try the second hand market first. The part number for the QR plate is TY-C10. I know they are available at Amazon etc, but I am trying second hand first before I do that.

The main question is however about the center column and any other options that are available regarding that.

Forum: Sold Items 12-28-2020, 01:01 PM  
Wanted - Acquired: I want a few quick release plates for a Sirui T-025x
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 2
Views: 310
The part number is TY-C10.

If anyone has a few of the authentic ones laying around I would like them if the price is right. I am hoping to get at least one, maybe two of them.

Figured I would try here first to try and find some on the second hand market.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-23-2020, 10:20 PM  
Adobe Kamikaze
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 39
Views: 2,762
I hope they get burned big time from every angle. I truly hope they go out of business. They will never get another penny of my money. Not one cent.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-19-2020, 03:17 PM  
how dangerous is the K 1 and K 1 II
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 90
Views: 5,961
Regarding the camera itself I have carried a variety of (Pentax) cameras and I would say it really depends. My biggest recollection is that in low light you will absolutely want a full frame. It literally opens up a ton of doors to be honest but it tends to shine when conditions are not exactly ideal. At the end of the day if you are shooting in 'daylight' conditions you can use whatever assuming you use a quality lens or two. Also once you start using the right full frame lenses I would say you are definitely on a slippery slope.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-30-2020, 10:40 AM  
Longer focal length portrait lenses?
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 35
Views: 2,114
OK after reading some posts here and based on my experiences here are some initial thoughts.

The 70-200 would be nice to have... but 'budget'. I had a 70-200 before when I was shooting crop and after a while on one of my trips I just boxed it up and sent it home. It's heavy and honestly didn't see much use, That said the one I did have had macro capability and that resulted in some of my favorite shots.

For portraits that 135 f1.8 is super sexy however I think a lot of other people think so too based on the lack of availability and price.

I have long wanted a 100 macro but to be honest I haven't shot macro in so long I don't know if it would ever see action and it's not really in line with the portrait theme.

All in all I am thinking the F 135 f2.8 could be an overall good option. I've had a few F series lenses and all have been fairly if not really good. Plus it has auto focus.

I am just thinking out loud here so to speak but we shall see.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-25-2020, 07:37 PM  
Longer focal length portrait lenses?
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 35
Views: 2,114
I have a 77mm so just for kicks and giggles I was thinking about a longer focal length.

85mm might be a good option. I'm not a portrait kind of guy but in the absence of globe hopping it might allow me something to try and get better at.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-25-2020, 07:14 PM  
Longer focal length portrait lenses?
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 35
Views: 2,114
I forgot to mention my current kit. K-1, three amigos, 24-70, and a single manual 50mm f1.4. All full frame. Full frame is specifically what I'm interested in looking at options for.
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