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Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 07-21-2011, 07:51 PM  
Calling all Australian Mirror Floppers
Posted By eagle2
Replies: 64
Views: 8,419
This mirror flop seems to be world wide.

Here from the US is a lengthy thread.

K5 Mirror Flops - Smoking Gun Found: Pentax SLR Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 03-06-2011, 11:11 PM  
The death of The Soft K5 urban legend
Posted By eagle2
Replies: 161
Views: 48,421
Erik: Now this is a really sharp shot and shows what the K5 is capable of. I can count the dust particles on your Olympus camera. Great test!

Thanks for taking the time to post.

Forum: Photo Critique 12-29-2010, 09:12 PM  
Misc Honest opinions on technical aspects
Posted By eagle2
Replies: 12
Views: 2,748
Pentexan: Your shots of the cat seem sharp and quite clean to me!

They remind me of our old cat of 18 years "Frank" who recently passed away.

Good shots.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-18-2008, 06:09 PM  
bad banding with k20d
Posted By eagle2
Replies: 38
Views: 11,536
It would seem that debbie is some what less than a responsive poster!:fedup:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-21-2008, 09:52 AM  
New Pics with the DA 18-250 and k10d
Posted By eagle2
Replies: 3
Views: 1,176
Ronald I have the same setup you do and I really like it also.

Your shots came out very well! Great close up of the bug. You are taking some sharp shots with your kit.

I posted some roses here.

Unfortunately I have not learned how to make the pictures show up on the web page here, and it only shows links to my Flickr account. I can use the Flickr url provided at Flickr on DPReview and the shots will show up on the web page but here they only shows up as a link, Sorry.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-19-2008, 11:37 AM  
Pentax K10 Tamron 18-250mm Flower shots
Posted By eagle2
Replies: 4
Views: 2,108
I would appreciate any more comments and/or suggestions anyone may have regarding the roses.

Thank You.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-18-2008, 01:54 PM  
Pentax K10 Tamron 18-250mm Flower shots
Posted By eagle2
Replies: 4
Views: 2,108
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-17-2008, 07:48 PM  
Pentax K10 Tamron 18-250mm Flower shots
Posted By eagle2
Replies: 4
Views: 2,108
You are correct about exposure NaCl. I learned something I will share with you.

I have been photographing for quite some time, but not with this new digital equipment for very long. To have the ability with my K10 to bracket pictures so easily is a new experience for me.

That is what I do now, use the three picture bracket and I usually get a keeper. My K10 likes to under expose about 1/3 stop EV. So I set the camera on +1/3 EV and I get 0 EV +1/3 EV and + 2/3 EV. But the surprising thing is how much difference it makes to move just a little and you will change the exposure a lot. Also how much difference the color and texture of the subject contribute to the exposure. So I am slowly learning how to be a little better at my photography.

Thanks for looking and commenting. I appreciate it very much!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-17-2008, 06:59 PM  
Pentax K10 Tamron 18-250mm Flower shots
Posted By eagle2
Replies: 4
Views: 2,108
I just took these Rose pictures today and uploaded them to my Flickr account.

They were shot at about 70mm, f11 ISO 200-350 and fast shutter speeds of 1/500-1/1000 hand held.

There was a breeze!

No post processing except for a little cropping.

What do you think?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-07-2008, 06:43 PM  
Grainny / Noisy K10D Viewfinder?
Posted By eagle2
Replies: 14
Views: 2,237
I have noticed some dirt on my viewing screen. Can not blow it off with lens removed, so it must be under the screen between it and the viewfinder.

I just live with it. Other than that it is much brighter than my old manual Pentax SLR SV
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-06-2008, 04:31 PM  
Posted By eagle2
Replies: 53
Views: 6,946
Oh yes I should mention that I cropped the original shot by at least 20% to 30% to get this picture. So always keep in mind that if you are like me and do quite a bit of cropping then get as sharp a shot as you can.

Even at 377mm small animals, at any distance, will require some cropping.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-06-2008, 04:22 PM  
Posted By eagle2
Replies: 53
Views: 6,946
Interesting time. I just shot some pictures with my K10 and new Tamron 18-250mm lens at stationary targets. These were at the long end of my lens. Remember at 250mm on the K10, or any APS C sensor, I was shooting at something close to 400mm. So the old rule of "same shunter speed as focal length" still applies. Also if you are shakey as I am with handheld shots, then shorter shutter speeds are nessary even with our much loved shake reduction system working.

I just shot a squirrel in a tree out in front of my house. It is an over cast day, there was shade and I had to shoot at 800 ISO to get any shutter speed. I was shooting at f8 to get some DOF but I was only able to shoot at 1/100 sec. So using the two stop guess, regarding the Pentax shake reduction system, I was shooting at about two stops better, or 1/400 sec. Needless to say my shot is not the most sharp if one wants to pixle peep.

If this little guy had been moving.....forget about it!!

I always use center AF and metering. I use only AF.S.

Just uploaded this picture here. Flickr: eagle2a's Photostream
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-06-2008, 02:08 PM  
Posted By eagle2
Replies: 53
Views: 6,946
I wonder if something happened to the OP. No further conmunication!

Oh well, a lot of interesting information about AF anyway.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-16-2008, 05:38 PM  
K10D AF issues.................
Posted By eagle2
Replies: 20
Views: 5,141
I only use center focus on my K10. It is just easer for me to leave the camera in center focus and center everything, then recompose if necessary, then take the shot. Works 99% of the time for me.

Have also begun to use center weighted metering as opposed to matrix metering. Seems better to me most of the time.

To each his/her own!:D
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-09-2007, 04:24 PM  
Pentax K10D - RAW or jpeg for maximum image quality?
Posted By eagle2
Replies: 31
Views: 11,054
Will said: "But, let me be clear about this. There is nothing wrong with shooting jpeg and for many photographers, it's a perfectly sensible and reasonable choice. You take a risk of wrecking a shot and not being able to recover it, but that is not a crazy risk. I don't wear a crash helmet when I drive in my car -- I put on my seatbelt and my shoulder belt, and that's it. Risk is part of life. And in return for the risk, you can get a lot more images on a card, and a lot more images on your hard disk. I think that's reasonable."

I agree Will. I shoot JPEG 95% of the time as I do not want to spend a lot of time post processing all my shots. Plus all the hard drive space taken up with RAW.

A lot of folks do not like Ken Rockwell. I am not a great fan of his but I refuse to let some of his statements stop me from gaining from his knowledge base.

Read what Ken says here about this topic. It is quite in depth.

Forum: Photographic Technique 09-08-2007, 11:49 AM  
I'n Not A "Pentaxian"
Posted By eagle2
Replies: 40
Views: 5,531
Am I a Pentaxian? Well I don't rightly know. I own Pentax gear, and have for a very long time. But since my old SV screw mount SLR purchase in the early 1960s I have owned quite a few other brands, but came back to Pentax for the K10.


Anyway, I am a Pentaxian in this sense.

I like the idea of a small quality company making as good, and or, better products for less money, to be competitive with the Big Two! It is just healthier for the serious camera buying public, of which I consider myself a small part.

So lets just call it "Enlightened Self Interest", for lack of a better name.
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-06-2007, 10:52 AM  
Practical Photography 'Enthusiast D-SLRS' Comparison Test - My Reply
Posted By eagle2
Replies: 17
Views: 4,226
Stewart I commend your efforts in writing this letter.

I feel that far too often, those of us who care about an issue, are far too lax in our approach to this issue when it means that we will have to set down and write a letter expressing our concerns.

Most of us feel quite sure that Canon and Nikon's advertising budget is far larger than Pentax's entire R&D program and advertising budget combined. This means that "they swing a very large hammer" in those magazines they choose to advertise in.

So I feel it is a good thing when the readership of those magazine's let them know that they do not appreciate their obvious bias against Pentax.

Again Stewert..."Good Job!"
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-06-2007, 10:18 AM  
Have you gotten your rebate check?
Posted By eagle2
Replies: 22
Views: 3,783
Mike, Gary. You both express my position on the rebate issue. We get our rebate and turn around and buy more gear.

As I stated in this thread I have not received my rebates for the K10 and 50-200mm lens yet and I just ordered the AF 540 FGZ flash and the F remote switch!

So Pentax is getting our money "any way, shape, or form!"

I feel sure Pentax will straighten this rebate business out. They seem like a quality company and the people I have dealt with in Colorado are first rate.
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-05-2007, 05:52 PM  
Have you gotten your rebate check?
Posted By eagle2
Replies: 22
Views: 3,783
I agree with the "lets end the rebate programs as presently constituted." I hate the D## things. Instant rebates make more sense to me.

Pentax needs to get the word out that they are more customer friendly than the other guys.

I just had an occasion to return a ink cartage to Office Depot that was not working right after just purchasing it less than two weeks ago . They made the experience a pure joy. I feel like buying everything I can from a company like that. This is the type of feeling Pentex needs to engender in its customers.

There is no way with Hoya's help, or any other way, that they will ever be as big as Canon or Nikon. But they can have a large group of customers who would not buy from anyone but Pentax no matter what!!

I know. "Only my opinion."
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-05-2007, 03:33 PM  
Have you gotten your rebate check?
Posted By eagle2
Replies: 22
Views: 3,783
No MRRiley I do not believe they are on there third company. This is the second company, as the first one went out of business over night leaving Pentax to scramble to get another one right in the middle of the on going rebate summer program.

I wrote an email to Pentax and they very quickly got back to me to inform me that they could not find my rebate information on the web site that we use to get our tracking information from either. And suggested that I resubmit.

Fortunitly I learned long ago to keep copys of stuff I submit, so I am doing it all over again. This time I will send it redgestered mail so that they can not say they did not get it.

Pentax has been prompt and most courteous to me on all contacts I have had with them.

The problem is the rebate companys. Some or good, some are fair, and some just seem to be very poor. Hopefully once the dust settles, from the bad company bailing out on Pentax, things will get back to normal!

I feel from my long history with Pentax products and all the posts I have read from others who have invested in Pentax equipment that we really care about Pentax as a company, not just our equipment, and want the very best for the new merger with Hoya. But Pentax needs to look to all aspects of there business, and that sure includes third party companys that handle business for them!
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-04-2007, 04:28 PM  
Have you gotten your rebate check?
Posted By eagle2
Replies: 22
Views: 3,783
I sent in two rebates three weeks ago tomorrow. I looked on the site that has the search function and got nothing!

It just seems to me that two weeks is enough time for mail to reach a business and be processed. Then allowing another two weeks and we should have our money. So one month time should be enough!

I believe the deal is that the various company's, who offer rebates agree, with the company that they contract with, that Pentax or who ever the company is, will pay the rebate company the rebate money as soon as the rebate forms land on the desk of the processing company. Then by delaying to pay out to the customer the rebate company can put the money in the bank and draw interest on it till we get our checks and cash them. There for, it is in the rebate companys interest to not pay quickly.

Just a thought.
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-01-2007, 07:13 PM  
What happened to photography?
Posted By eagle2
Replies: 51
Views: 8,154
Thanks for posting this article Matt: I had read it some time ago but had not downloaded it. So now I have!

The article certainly bares rereading every time you get a bad case of "The technology will fix everything syndrome"!

Michael C. Johnston is a very smart man and a darn good writer.

Thanks again.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-01-2007, 04:27 PM  
Back to school
Posted By eagle2
Replies: 12
Views: 1,634
The doggey one for me as well.

If your dog is like mine, the ears are down because he is unhappy to see his two best pals leaving him behind after so much fun this summer.:(
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-01-2007, 04:20 PM  
Bokeh challenge: 77 Limited versus DA*50-135mm!!!
Posted By eagle2
Replies: 6
Views: 2,149
You are right Mike it does have great bokeh. However I started shooting long before we referred to an out of focus background as Bokeh. I would much rather concentrate on sharpness.

And for a zoom your 50-135 has excellent sharpness. It looks as good to me as the prime. I just bought a 50-200 DA that I will trade you straight up for your new zoom. No deal? Oh nuts!:( Anyway, good shooting with your new glass.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-01-2007, 08:24 AM  
Bokeh challenge: 77 Limited versus DA*50-135mm!!!
Posted By eagle2
Replies: 6
Views: 2,149
I would say that you have two very good lenses Mike. The one difference I see is that you moved in slighty on the second picture to try and compensate for the difference in mm of the lenses, (first one 77mm second at 75mm). It looks like to me, that you came just a little bit closer in the second photo. Yes?

Isn't it nice to be able to afford such good glass?
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