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Forum: General Photography 14 Hours Ago  
"How many PHOTOS I take vs How many I keep | Canon vs Pentax"
Posted By clackers
Replies: 44
Views: 1,887
So, "To a PDAF focus system, there are no children, there are no dogs, no cups of coffee, just distinct lines.", Slartibartfast.

I did cover some of this in my beginners' tips #14 and #29 here, I'll do more in the future:

Clackers' Beginners Tips (Collected) - PentaxForums.com

Below is another dog picture that Pentax cameras supposedly can't take:

Forum: General Photography 1 Day Ago  
"How many PHOTOS I take vs How many I keep | Canon vs Pentax"
Posted By clackers
Replies: 44
Views: 1,887
Incorrect, of course, Wheatfield.

The focus point must not be 'on the dog'.

That's a noob's view. If one is as simplistic as that, no wonder you struggle with action photography!

Your inability to keep up with your friend is due to skill.

The German measurements *removed* lack of skill as the error.

Look at the results again. Frames 4-8 of the sequences the Pentax K-3 II is actually superior to the Canon 7D Mk II.

Same target, same repeatable methodology.

Lee is doing the same with the motorbikes, no matter how much you try to diminish his and other Pentax sports photographers' skills.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 2 Days Ago  
Clackers' Beginners Tip 40: Entire Vehicle Car Shots
Posted By clackers
Replies: 6
Views: 491
Yes, and I have no idea how it's ended up in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. :)

There is a DeLorean owned by someone here, so curiosities abound!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 4 Days Ago  
Clackers' Beginners Tip 40: Entire Vehicle Car Shots
Posted By clackers
Replies: 6
Views: 491
Good morning all, I'm not happy. I hired a handyman and gave him a list. When I got home, only items #1, 3 and 5 were done.

Turns out he only does odd jobs.

It's very frustrating how untidy our house gets during the week.

Even our Roomba keeps going right past a piece of garbage without picking it up.

I guess it thinks it's one of the family now.

To pick up from last week's tip, after getting detail shots, it'll be necessary to change lenses and stand back. Generate options by photographing the whole car front on, the sides and back at eye level or lower. Then especially get shots at the 45 degree angles, because many owners consider those where their cars look best.

Below you can see that since the display is inside, I've used a flash, and there is a tripod too. The flash appears multiple times on the car ... you can Photoshop those out if you like.

Note that there is clearly the feel of an exhibition, because standing back catches the background and foreground. We'll talk next week about how to do the kinds of shots you can do for an owner that better suit them being used to sell or remember the car.

To finish with, an old fellow walks into a barbershop wanting a shave and a haircut.

He tells the barber he can't get a smooth shave at home because his cheeks are too wrinkled from age.

The barber, nods, then hands him two small wooden balls from a cup on the shelf behind him and tells him to put the balls in his cheeks to smooth out the skin.

When the barber finishes, the old fellow says that was the finest shave he's had in years.

But he'd like to know what would've happened if he'd accidentally swallowed one of the little balls.

The barber replied, "Well, you can just bring it back in a few days . . . like every one else does."


Find the rest of the series here: Clackers' Beginners Tips (Collected) - PentaxForums.com

Forum: General Photography 5 Days Ago  
"How many PHOTOS I take vs How many I keep | Canon vs Pentax"
Posted By clackers
Replies: 44
Views: 1,887
IMHO, it is you spreading disinformation, Wheatfield.

Your claim that Pentax is inferior to others in your cherry picked z direction was completely disproved by science years ago. Your inability to take a picture of a dog is on *you*.

This controlled German study should have been a dagger to enemies of the brand without proof.

Full paper with methodology and results at: https://www.image-engineering.de/content/library/conference_papers/2017_03/a...erformance.pdf

Note the performance of the much hyped Canon 7D MkII dual pixel and Fuji XT1 systems (wasn't Fuji calling it at launch time the fastest in the world or some such?).

Example test below … they also do the same Z-axis test in low light (300lx).

Forum: General Photography 09-19-2022, 10:42 PM  
"How many PHOTOS I take vs How many I keep | Canon vs Pentax"
Posted By clackers
Replies: 44
Views: 1,887
I'm afraid your stats simply don't match Lee's.

He got 92% and 94%, and the 94% was Pentax.

He knows what he's doing.
Forum: General Talk 09-19-2022, 09:20 PM  
T-shirt got my attention ...
Posted By clackers
Replies: 0
Views: 178
I did like this one ... show some forum love by getting it or others at:

https://pentaxforums_shirts.creator-spring.com/

Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-19-2022, 09:16 PM  
Clackers' Beginners Tip 39: Car Details
Posted By clackers
Replies: 16
Views: 904
Of course, in Australia the driving age is 18, not 16. I'm freaked at the idea of 16 year old me and my irresponsible friends tearing around in Weapons of Mass Destruction. :)

The drinking age is also 18, however, so there are compensations!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-18-2022, 02:22 AM  
Clackers' Beginners Tip 39: Car Details
Posted By clackers
Replies: 16
Views: 904
It's hard to get a decent moving toy car for $50 these days!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-15-2022, 04:57 PM  
Clackers' Beginners Tip 39: Car Details
Posted By clackers
Replies: 16
Views: 904
Good morning all, I suffer from insomnia, it's a terrible thing.

But, on the plus side, only three more sleeps until Christmas!

One thing I worry about is our privacy in an increasingly compromised world, which other people seem to accept.

My wife asked me one day, “Why are you speaking so softly?”

I confessed, “I was afraid Mark Zuckerberg was listening.”

I laughed.

She laughed.

Alexa laughed.

Siri laughed.

A few weeks ago, I was reading a post in the Pentaxians Facebook group about taking pictures of cars. The OP was concerned about the entire vehicle shots, which I'll talk about next week, but she was right about also getting detail shots like close-ups of the headlights, side skirt, mirrors, badges - getting in tight on any feature that makes the car unique.

I used the Pentax DFA 50 Macro f2.8 with the K-1 and flash to get the interior shot below.

To finish with, there's the story of several family friends who meet regularly at each other's homes for dinner and then to play cards.

When it was Jenny and Frank's turn to host, Jenny decided on a mushroom and chicken pie.

Frank picked some mushrooms from the paddock at the back of the house. Jenny was worried they might be poisonous, but Frank reminded her that their dog Red ate them and was okay.

The meal was a great success, and everyone settled down to a game of 500. But a few minutes later, the front bell door rang, Jenny opened the door and the neighbour rushed in crying out, 'Red is dead!'

Jenny became hysterical. What was going to happen to her guests and Frank and herself? Calming down, she called the doctor and told him what had happened.

An ambulance arrived, and the officers and doctor took each person into the bathroom, gave them an enema, and pumped out their stomach.

'Everyone should be fine now,' the doctor said before leaving.

They were all feeling weak and slouched on living room chairs when the neighbour whispered: "You know, that driver who ran over Red didn't even stop."



Find the rest of the series here: Clackers' Beginners Tips (Collected) - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-13-2022, 06:57 PM  
What manual focus lenses are a must have
Posted By clackers
Replies: 52
Views: 2,355
I sometimes head out with the K-1 (or Sony A7 if riding a bike) and the K28 f3.5, K55 f1.8 and M85 f2. I would've preferred the K85 f1.8 to make it a superb trio to shoot with all day, but scarcity (and hence cost) meant that didn't happen. You may be luckier or have deeper pockets.

Sportsdude Jeff points out that if you don't mind a different philosophy - large, heavy and very sharp - the Samyangs are available from 14mm all the way up to 135mm. They do have hit and miss quality control, so always purchase from a vendor that accepts returns without fuss if your copy is not up to spec.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-13-2022, 06:01 PM  
Voigtländer lenses with Pentax K1 Mark II
Posted By clackers
Replies: 12
Views: 898
I have the Voigtlander 20mm f3.5 pancake in K mount for my K-1.

But the new DFA*21 would torch it! :)
Forum: General Photography 09-13-2022, 05:36 PM  
Toni Pierdomè shoots fashion for the Deiji label ...
Posted By clackers
Replies: 10
Views: 604
That's a good outcome. I knew a painter whose Monday to Friday job was doing the drawings for real estate ads. Once photography replaced all that in the agencies, she pivoted to commissioned works for corporates - paintings in the lobby, that sort of thing. Without the time pressure and grind of quantity versus quality, her personal painting (heavily abstracted landscapes) featured big in her life again.
Forum: General Photography 09-13-2022, 05:32 PM  
Toni Pierdomè shoots fashion for the Deiji label ...
Posted By clackers
Replies: 10
Views: 604
Yeah, if only all customers did that, Rondec. There have been nightmarish stories of dissatisfied customers - if your wife's been spared those, great!

A photographer should probably take the initiative and turn down the jobs that they sniff may be trouble ... but they have to pay bills like the rest of us. :(
Forum: General Photography 09-12-2022, 07:48 PM  
Toni Pierdomè shoots fashion for the Deiji label ...
Posted By clackers
Replies: 10
Views: 604
The customer is always right! :D

Pierdome ultimately had to shoot according to the Art Director's tastes, not his. And a wedding photographer probably has to please the bride's mother to get paid. The food photographer the cafe owner, etc, etc.

That's shooting for a living. Several pros I know have even lost the urge to shoot for themselves at weekends, because commercial shooting can erode the soul. :)
Forum: General Photography 09-12-2022, 07:29 PM  
Toni Pierdomè shoots fashion for the Deiji label ...
Posted By clackers
Replies: 10
Views: 604
Yeah, it all goes to show, doesn't it, that when hiring a photographer, it's pointless to ask what brands they use, simply look at their portfolios. The individuality will come through!

You can see his vintage style was chosen by Deiji creative director Mark Schwartz in the video at the bottom of this page:

https://deiji.com/newsletter/

It suits a high-end fashion, classic vibe.
Forum: General Photography 09-12-2022, 06:45 PM  
Toni Pierdomè shoots fashion for the Deiji label ...
Posted By clackers
Replies: 10
Views: 604
"I introduce myself, my name is Toni Pierdomè and I am one of the few photographers to use Pentax, while everyone else uses Canon or Nikon, perhaps for this reason they call me: "the Pentax photographer". I was born in Civitanova Marche, a beautiful seaside town in central Italy. Now I live in the province of Ancona, but always near the sea, which for me is a vital element. I am a portraitist who loves to make artistic portraits with vintage lenses, I have always been fascinated by faces for what the eyes and expressions can convey. I love art in all its forms and I think photography is one of the best expressions of human creativity. I use both analog and digital cameras, but even with the latter I prefer to use the old lenses of the analog era. I love the things of the past and also for photography I much prefer vintage lenses, rich in character, instead of modern ones, which vice versa are all the same in yield .. The old Takumar optics by Asahi Pentax are definitely my favorites and I think they are real jewels of the past. Finally I think I love Pentax also for this reason, you can use lenses from fifty years ago on a pentax camera of the latest generation with embarrassing simplicity and stratospheric results. Good light."

Been enjoying some of his pics at:

https://pentaxphotogallery.com/artist-gallery/?artist_id=20163020
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-12-2022, 06:13 PM  
Clackers' Beginners Tip 38: In Camera Lens Corrections
Posted By clackers
Replies: 7
Views: 621
'Trash or Treasure' is always the question, Mike! :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-11-2022, 04:54 PM  
Sports Sunday beach ride
Posted By clackers
Replies: 5
Views: 159
Yeah, no good as a runaround to the shops! :)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-11-2022, 04:53 PM  
Clackers' Beginners Tip 35: Photographing planes in the air
Posted By clackers
Replies: 11
Views: 722
Botham's reply to Marsh was maybe better! :)

RIP, Rodney.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-11-2022, 03:20 PM  
Clackers' Beginners Tip 38: In Camera Lens Corrections
Posted By clackers
Replies: 7
Views: 621
Thanks, RB! :)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-08-2022, 06:43 PM  
Clackers' Beginners Tip 38: In Camera Lens Corrections
Posted By clackers
Replies: 7
Views: 621
Good morning all, my conclusion about single life was that dating was collecting information about someone until you realized you didn't like them.

As your Pentax Love Guru, Uncle Ian has plenty of relationship advice ...

Ladies, Tinder is the best place to find a husband.

Sure, it's someone else's husband, but there are a lot of husbands on there.

Guys, why do you go to bars to meet women? Go to Target instead.

The female to male ratio is 10 to 1 and they're already looking for things they don't need.

This week I want to talk about in-body lens corrections.

I generally shoot RAW and bother to develop them and do corrections and adjustments myself in Lightroom to my liking, but not everyone works that way. Some want as much as possible to happen in the camera and end up with a JPG on which they will do little or no postprocessing.

If someone doesn't mind that the camera will be slower to take pictures than normal, its processor can brighten edges of the JPG to correct and darkening due to vignetting, stretch the image and crop slightly to correct distortion (especially in wider lenses), correct the softening caused by shooting at narrow apertures (compensating for diffraction) and attempt to remove chromatic aberration like the green and purple edges seen in the picture below from Image Resource's review of the K-3 'back in the day'.

You can find 'Lens Correction' in the menu of your camera. It works with DA and DFA lenses, and some FA lenses like the Limiteds. The RAW file if you take it isn't affected, just the JPG.

There's no control over how much correction is applied - maybe not enough is done for a particular scene, maybe too much - so that's why personally I prefer to do it myself afterwards in software, but I understand others are happy to let a camera algorithm attempt to automate the process. I trust it about as much as I trust the algorithm that puts the ads in my Facebok feed. 🙂

To finish with, there's the story of the man who walks up to a beautiful young woman and asks: "Where have you been all my life?"

She looks at him up and down, and replies: "Well, for the first half I wasn't born."


Find the rest of the series here: Clackers' Beginners Tips (Collected) - PentaxForums.com

Picture attribution: Pentax K-3 Review - Optics

Forum: General Photography 09-08-2022, 05:48 PM  
"How many PHOTOS I take vs How many I keep | Canon vs Pentax"
Posted By clackers
Replies: 44
Views: 1,887
And you can see Lee gets more keepers - 94% - than with the dual pixel Canon.

If you get one shot of 300 of horses, and three out of 1000 of ice skaters - your stats, not mine - the logical conclusion to us must be you're not the guy we would want to hire for any sports photography, Biz-Engineer! Sorry. :)

If I swapped gear for one afternoon with the Australian Football League's chief photographer, Michael Willson, and used his Canon R3/400mm f2.8 or whatever and he had my K-1 and 300mm FA*300 with 1.4TC, his pictures would absolutely *kill* mine.

He's simply a better photographer (coincidentally, he's from my home town in the countryside), he knows what he's doing.

Our hobby, like golf, or playing violin, is a hobby of *skill*.




Their *cameras* are making less money than in the past, the report I saw was only improvement year to year, comparing with a disastrous 2021, as part of a long time decline, right?

Your off-topic claim that they are *not* pivoting away from cameras and into healthcare is completely wrong. Their president has already announced this. The company as I've shown you in the past is profitable *despite* cameras!

https://fstoppers.com/gear/fuji-refocuses-away-photography-570640

Below from a local rodeo is another photo that apparently Pentaxes can't do.




Yep, out of all the brands I currently own and shoot with, including Canon and Sony, it's Pentax that I use and love the most. I guess I do have a favourite child after all.

And here, in this clubhouse for Pentaxians world over, I and others celebrate what it does, and enjoy real useful information and beautiful pictures from fellow Pentaxians, instead of the misinformation and neglect found on the rest of the internet.

And personal opinions don't interest me, Biz-engineer. Everyone - including flat earthers - has those.

As the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote: "The opinion of 10,000 men is of no value if none of them know anything about the subject."

People like Lee present real facts. I quite agree with what Joetitch and others have said beginning with post 2 of this thread.

Forum: General Photography 09-07-2022, 06:52 PM  
"How many PHOTOS I take vs How many I keep | Canon vs Pentax"
Posted By clackers
Replies: 44
Views: 1,887
Yeah, often the same guy!

Guess we should be used to his moaning and whining. :D
Forum: General Photography 09-07-2022, 04:46 PM  
"How many PHOTOS I take vs How many I keep | Canon vs Pentax"
Posted By clackers
Replies: 44
Views: 1,887
Well, you're not Lee. :)

I have no idea of how you attempt to shoot sports, or any kind of photography, of what I would see if I stood beside you, watching while you were trying.

I shoot like this, with the old screw drive Tamron 70-200:

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