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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-14-2014, 04:44 AM  
Post your Sony RX100 Pictures Here
Posted By ihasa
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Thanks! Lovely shots, intriguing light play off that water.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-12-2014, 01:41 AM  
Post your Sony RX100 Pictures Here
Posted By ihasa
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I realised I hadn't shot ANYTHING for ages, so I whipped out my camera on the way back from the gym and snapped these. LOVE the portability and quality of the RX100!

















Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-03-2014, 03:24 AM  
Post your Sony RX100 Pictures Here
Posted By ihasa
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The RX100 is really proving it's worth for snapshots on weekends away; these from New Year's Eve in Cornwall:









Last one using the on-board 'bounce flash'.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-06-2013, 03:20 PM  
Post your Sony RX100 Pictures Here
Posted By ihasa
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Glorious shots (although I'd like to see the colour versions!)

Well it looks like the RX100 stays, I think, cos I'm going on holiday tomorrow and am not sure I can actually fit my K30 or NEX + a plethora of lenses into my hand luggage.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-06-2013, 04:00 AM  
Post your Sony RX100 Pictures Here
Posted By ihasa
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The RX100 won't comfortably fit in a tight pocket either (and I'm too scared of scratching it in my jeans pocket, since I'm undecided about keeping it). It's a tough one. If the 16-50 fit my NEX-3 the choice would be simple... I'd just get the lens. Something like an NEX-3N with 16-50 would cost a little less than the RX100, but while I appreciate the ability to use manual lenses on it, the simplicity of a little pocket camera like the RX100 also appeals.

I'm getting to like using the RX100 more now I have worked out how to set it up. I use it in Av mode so I have the front ring set to ISO and the rear dial of course defaults to f-stop.

Can I program the ? button to do something more useful?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-05-2013, 03:46 PM  
Post your Sony RX100 Pictures Here
Posted By ihasa
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Actually I find the RX100 a shade TOO small... the NEX with 16-50 is at the larger end of 'pocketable', but acceptable. Gah now I think of it, the MX1 is about the perfect size for me, such shame the sensor isn't 1" ;P

Oh yeah the sweep panorama is superb isn't it?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-05-2013, 02:35 AM  
Post your Sony RX100 Pictures Here
Posted By ihasa
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Tried out a little RX100 mk1 at the weekend.... quite pleased with the results for landscape snaps. It's giving me cause to consider whether to keep it instead of my NEX set up... difficult one, as I quite like using manual lenses on the NEX; but as a travel camera, the RX makes a lot of sense.

So what I would like to ask Sony users is - would the 16-50 pancake on an NEX offer similar/better quality while being 'pocketable'?











Forum: Pentax K-3 11-02-2013, 11:15 AM  
New K3 vs K5ii high iso RAW tests
Posted By ihasa
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Views: 7,057
This was very interesting, I thought, and well worth a plug on this site.

Pentax ISO tests
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-02-2013, 07:20 AM  
So You Want a Studio?
Posted By ihasa
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Awesome idea! :D
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-02-2013, 07:19 AM  
So You Want a Studio?
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 18
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Interesting read, Rupert (and very nice shots!) Do you think you could convert your garage or build a workshop in your garden to convert into a 'home studio'?

I've been thinking about the studion idea, and the only way I can think of making it work would be to go in with a couple of other photographers and split the costs.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-12-2013, 10:21 AM  
Some Full-frame shots & thoughts
Posted By ihasa
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They look pretty good to me, really like no.2!

As ever I am contemplating FF... it's always there in the back of my mind. Shot 2 demonstrates why I am interested. Would the Tamron 28-75mm and Nikon D700 make a sensible 'budget' starter kit? I would add a few primes as I go along, but the Tammy seems quite a reasonable replacement for my 17-50mm (on crop).
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-09-2013, 04:30 AM  
Flash Photography Club
Posted By ihasa
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You can get cheap wireless trigger kits from Ebay for about the price of a KFC 'Family Bucket' and they work fine. Forget using cables.

2x Minolta AF4000s shot through umbrellas, generic ebay radio triggers on K10D:



Totally over the top image, so I thought why not put the cherry on top and colour pop it? :lol:
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-08-2013, 04:54 AM  
Flash Photography Club
Posted By ihasa
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Views: 1,771
2x Minolta AF4000s, + shoot through umbrellas:



Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-08-2013, 04:13 AM  
Rumors about a new Ricoh GXR camera surface online
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 70
Views: 16,208
Couldn't care less, so long as I can slap a Pentax lens on it! In fact it would probably sell better / be taken more seriously badged as a Ricoh than a Pentax. Since Pentax ranks somewhat below 'Promaster' and 'Quantaray' in the minds of the camera buying public and camera reviewers, it seems, whereas the Ricoh GR has given the camera-nerd world an instant collective semi.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-08-2013, 04:04 AM  
Dabbling in Strobe Photography
Posted By ihasa
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Dominic, just to give you an idea of the possibilities, here is my strobist set up:



The kit I have so far includes three Minolta AF4000 flashes (costing a few pounds each), generic radio controllers from China (brand name - 'Nice'! - again costing very little really), and a Manfrotto flash stand (I ended up spending more than I would have liked on this as I needed one quickly for a proposed shoot - which ended up being cancelled. The cheap ones would be fine I think). For a second stand, I'm just using my tripod.

I also have a couple of white umbrellas and a honeycomb grid, again cheapies from ebay.

I have some optical triggers which I used to use indoors quite successfully; I am keeping hold of them in case I need to add even more flashes!

After a few months of playing around, doing self portraits etc, I felt brave enough to ask some models if they would help me out in return for images for their portfolio. I was at pains to point out that the results were not guaranteed to work. Luckily I had a couple of 'bites'.







Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-07-2013, 01:55 AM  
Nex 7
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 18
Views: 1,281
Yep the NEX7 has corner issues on RF lenses (and the SEL16mm pancake). The NEX6 has a number of other body improvements over the NEX7 too- standard hot shoe, more traditional mode dial etc. 16mp is also more than adequate resolution IMHO!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-07-2013, 01:39 AM  
Lenses for NEX: Pentax or Pen-F Zuiko
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 37
Views: 4,943
Unfortunately you're not wrong, Yusuf.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-06-2013, 06:47 AM  
NEX System Pictures Thread
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 2,407
Views: 225,530
Hi Phil - thanks! Those shots were all ambient light, actually. All flash shots were on the K10d. I wanted to put my flashes to use and learn about lighting, so i placed an ad for models to help me with my strobist set up. On my second shoot, we were doing paint throwing and trying to create 'fire effects' with orange gels etc (and a bit of real fire!) It's great fun, just working on the basis of trying to gain experience and expand my portfolio, and help models with theirs. Some of the results so far are on my flickr stream (link to set here), and I've added some notes re the lighting set ups. I've been using those cheap Ebay radio triggers, and Minolta AF4000 flashes (usually) with shoot through umbrellas. Have never shot in a studio so have no idea whether this is easier or harder. but I actually enjoy the challenge of balancing flash with ambient light.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-29-2013, 03:44 PM  
NEX System Pictures Thread
Posted By ihasa
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More Lensturbo, + K135/2.5:







The bulk of the shoot was on K10d with speedlights and umbrellas.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-28-2013, 05:38 AM  
NEX System Pictures Thread
Posted By ihasa
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The lens turbo plays well with the 50/1.4. Corner softness isn't much of an issue at f1.4 (the background will be very soft anyway!) but note in the 'Danger Deep Water' sign shot above, the background blur is a bit uneven into the corners. But it's OK.

The doorway was at f5.6, and you can see some softness in the upper corners but not the lower. I think that's because the grass is in front of the door, and the lens turbo seems to cause front focussing at the corners. Worth bearing in mind when you are selecting your focus point. I should have deliberately backfocussed the shot slightly so that the corners were sharper, but the door was still in the range of DOF.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-27-2013, 04:30 PM  
NEX System Pictures Thread
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 2,407
Views: 225,530
More lens turbo shots with the A50/1.4 at f1.8 and f5.6.



Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-14-2013, 02:54 AM  
NEX System Pictures Thread
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 2,407
Views: 225,530
Bimjo, when I am using a fast lens, e.g. the 50/1.4 wide open, the corners don't matter as much to me - which means that I find the results usable. The centre sharpness is fine.

Stopped down to f8, the 50/1.4 seems tack sharp across the frame though!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-12-2013, 03:20 AM  
NEX System Pictures Thread
Posted By ihasa
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I had to go and shoot a landscape project for work; along with my K10D I took along my NEX and 16mm, lens turbo, Pentax 50/1.4 and 135.2.5. The weather was against me but I will show you the images anyway, if only to keep the lensturbo samples going!

SEL16mm

50/1.4 + Lensturbo

135/2.5 + Lensturbo

50/1.4 + Lensturbo
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-12-2013, 03:11 AM  
NEX System Pictures Thread
Posted By ihasa
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Cheers for that too. It looks great for general photography, but perhaps not so brilliant for landscapes?

Still, it would be a lot cheaper to buy the 16-50 to turn the NEX into a 'premium compact camera', than buy something like the GR or RX100.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-12-2013, 03:08 AM  
NEX System Pictures Thread
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 2,407
Views: 225,530
Excellent, thanks. If you have the 16mm pancake, I would be VERY interested in a comparison of that too - and it would make sense to compare them. Appreciate you can't do everything though! I actually find the 16mm pretty good.
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