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Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 08-02-2017, 09:46 PM  
Pentax HD D-FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6
Posted By goldenarrow
Replies: 85
Views: 10,385
This thread is way underrepresented. Especially using other than full frame!

National Balloon Classic 2017, Indianola Iowa. Pentax K3.

28mm, f/5.6, ISO 200, 1/160 sec., EV -0.3, uncropped.
TWEETY:


28mm, f/11, ISO 400, 1/60 sec., slightly cropped.
Balloon over Trees:


53mm, f/4.5, ISO 100, 1/80 sec., slightly cropped.
Moon Balloon:


53mm, f4.5, ISO 400, 1/25 sec. lower right cropped.
Kidde Train:


88mm, f/5.6, ISO 400, 1/30 sec. cropped.
Bouncy Battle:


105mm, f/7.1, ISO 400, 1/100 sec. uncropped.
Field Balloons:


Makes for a very usable outdoor event lens on an APS-C sensor camera. Very happy with it. Not the sharpest lens but fairly even sharpness across the frame can be easily enhanced in PP; creates a very pleasingly rendered image. Used DxO Optics Pro ver. 11 and Adobe Elements 9.

:D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-22-2017, 06:30 PM  
Abstract Eclipse from S. Illinois
Posted By goldenarrow
Replies: 3
Views: 574
OK, another eclipse photo. This one is a single HDR composite of 2 HDR photos shoved together and edited with 4 different pieces of software (uncropped). Not the greatest alignment and problems with HDR, but if you look closely, you can see the three storm plumes on the right side of the sun surface and some faint structure on the dark side of the moon.

Glad it is over, took 2 days to get home!! :lol:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-11-2017, 05:42 PM  
Ricoh-Imaging Website?
Posted By goldenarrow
Replies: 81
Views: 8,351
What Year???
:)
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-21-2017, 06:17 PM  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By goldenarrow
Replies: 4,029
Views: 541,496
Handheld 50mm D FA Macro on K200D. Testing an attached Minolta AW100 0.8x Wide Angle Adapter screw-on lens just-for-fun.
Desert Gobies:

:D
Forum: General Photography 08-09-2017, 06:43 PM  
So you wanna photograph the Eclipse - what you need to know in (sorta) a nutshell
Posted By goldenarrow
Replies: 80
Views: 8,446
I will probably be doing this at the same time as preparing to photograph the eclipse:
LINK TO: AM radio DXing experiment

Radio waves will travel farther, just like at night, as the umbra dark spot travels over the transmitters of AM and Shortwave radio stations. I hope to record the broadcasts along the path of the eclipse to see what I can pick up on my portable radio and external loop antenna.


I will be very busy for three hours!
:D
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-06-2017, 06:42 PM  
Discontinue Panic
Posted By goldenarrow
Replies: 49
Views: 6,122
He who panics first, panics best!
:lol::lol::lol:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-12-2017, 07:36 PM  
K-3ii marked as discontinued
Posted By goldenarrow
Replies: 660
Views: 80,990
I like the way you worded this. I am personally sick and tired of the Mainstream cultural bias towards making falsely-accusative statements with no negative consequences to those who utter them. We need a more holistic view of things to understand.

For instance, as a personal example, as a K3 user, I actually like many FF lenses because of a more flat surface usable with APS-C sensors (potentially less destructive corrections needed in post-processing). When I first got my K100D Super and then the K200D, I even went to buying cheap used 6x7 lenses and was able to push the sharpening (in certain ways) during post-processing much more than if I only had APS-C lenses. I am *so* glad that Pentax finally came out with the K1. What I don't like is that there are only old fixed focal length lenses based on old designs with lots of aberrations, lack of digital-coping coatings, etc. IMHO, we need to scrap ALL the old FF lenses (including the LTD's) and come out with brand new computer-aided-formulations for digital sensors, and might as well make ALL of them weather resistant (why not, just standardize that practice to bring long term costs down). That is one area that Pentax can still push/influence the whole industry to compete. Profit is important and making lenses that are relevant to the 21st Century would really help. (I met an Olympus user last weekend and he commented that he has heard the Pentax K3 is "a good camera".) So, the reputation seems to be growing among some camera enthusiasts.

Parallel to this, there are probably a couple of APS-C lenses that could be phased out, like, how many people using crop sensor cameras use a 40mm lens? It would be better to have an updated 35mm FF and crop a little as needed. Could not do that before digital all that easily but now a company can consolidate *some* (not all) of the crop sensor lenses to save some money which could then be plowed into the newer lenses. If I were in the market for a 35mm (or even a 30mm), I might get a refreshed FF version (but it does not exist yet!!).

So, bottom line is I would continue to buy APS-C cameras in K-mount as long as they follow-through on a complete revamp of both FF (and to a lesser degree, APS-C) lenses. I *think* the implications of this viewpoint are that Pentax does not need huge numbers of converts from Canikon, but just enough "at the margin" where profits are increased to give the Parent company Ricoh to take notice that something good is happening at Pentax and not to screw it up by meddling, but in fact, empower it a little MORE, so that this potential can be actualized! And we need that actualization NOW or we miss the opportunity in a tangible sense.

This is a different perspective so I can understand if some people would disagree.
:D
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 07-27-2017, 08:01 PM  
Silly Storage Ideas
Posted By goldenarrow
Replies: 10
Views: 1,197
While purchasing waterproof storage for my cameras and lenses at the Container Store, (SEE HERE: Weathertight Totes), I stumbled upon these very nice cylindrical food storage containers.





They are semi-hard plastic, food grade, waterproof gasket, and shaped like they could hold various sized lenses. I liked the simple round design and lack of dramatic tapering. Also appreciated is the BPA-free material which suggests no toxic out-gassing issues to damage lens coatings over long periods of time. Only 4.99 each, cheaper than most neoprene unless you buy the toxic stuff direct from China. After some quick smartphone searches for the dimensions of two popular lenses, I guessed that they might fit the 34 oz. version.

With two of them purchased and at home, I slid 16-50* lens inside with its lens shade attached backwards and it fit like a glove! On the other lens, I am using a 62-67mm step up ring with a 67mm rubber lens hood. Slid that one in the other container and, shazam, it also fit like it was made for it! I put a small silica gel pack in each one, sealed it up, and put them in my Lowe backpack for my next trip this weekend. I also figured that if the container was taller, a layer of black packing foam can be cut for the bottom and top. I do plan on putting some foam around the inside-bottom to hold the lens mounts in place to not stress what is being held snugly at the top.

What other stories out there and pics can you share for good storage ideas?? Hopefully something that can save money over traditional methods or better perfomance in some way.
:D

P.S., For the larger Watertight Totes, I have purchased these small, oven-rechargeable silica humidity control packs from WalMart:
40g Indicating Silica Gel
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-25-2017, 05:56 PM  
DFA*50 1.4 coming
Posted By goldenarrow
Replies: 3,156
Views: 308,437
The new 50mm is very representative of big changes for good and bad. In what may sound iconoclasticly like, "normhead vs. the World", there is a point to be made that the new large-fast, back-breaking, wallet-sucking imposing glass promise to make us better photographers? (not necessarily) I have enjoyed the very passionate arguments on all sides of this thread (one of the better threads IMHO). The high MP sensor revolution is not just in photography, it is in HD TV and movies too! Just think of all the news anchors, actors/actresses, etc who now get shoved aside because their skin is not perfect for HD resolution. Managements push what they think the general population wants to see, not always what is more deserving based on artistic or intrinsic merits. This is where the bigger money goes to. It is natural for that to happen. Many people like bright, shiny objects to look at if given a choice.

If the Pentax 50mm example is somehow gross to some people, how about the absurdity in the opposite direction of a variable zoom, afflicted by the SAME digital disease:

Link to: NEW TAMRON 18-400

This monstrosity is even weather resistant (Tamron probably learned a lot from Pentax making lenses for them)! And this "Thing" will probably sell fairly well! ("She's alive! She's alive!", from Bride of Frankenstein) My point is that even if you get what you wish for, a variable aperture lens, it might not end up being what you really wanted in this environment of HD-distorted values (there is probably a high correlation to political correctness as well but that is beyond the scope of this thread!!!). This size absurdity will not end until the resolution gets so high that one will not be ABLE to make glass good enough for the sensors!

Secondly, IMHO, the new 50mm is extremely important for Pentax. I think it is a shame that a small camera system producer (Pentax) cannot focus enough on one line of cameras and lenses and deliver everything most people want. Now there has to be a split personality (almost truly schizoid in nature) where they are feeling the need to deliver 4 lines of camera systems and not pleasing anyone! So, they made a management decision, if we believe what Kenspo has said, for the FF lineup.

But I still say that, despite what others might gravitate to ("...bright, shiny objects to look at..."), therein lies the opportunity! I would implore anyone with a rigid sense of right or wrong about this situation (and I really am saying this out loud to challenge myself as well!) to reevaluate how you can take advantage of this strange situation and increase your photographic vision and execution of your own internal vision. In more concrete terms, this means to me that I am being challenged to not grab the bright, shiny object but to dig a little deeper for artistic vision and skill and then see what is available to me, whether that is a format or a system like any TOOL to accomplish a GOAL. The goal comes from the internal vision, not the marketing or test labs or peer pressure. Of course, if you are a professional, you may not be able to avoid what everyone else is doing to make a living.

If the new 50mm and subsequent emphasis of big FF glass helps or hinders your inner vision perhaps should be the guiding question in a very confusing marketplace.
:D
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-16-2017, 06:40 PM  
K-3ii marked as discontinued
Posted By goldenarrow
Replies: 660
Views: 80,990
There is nothing stopping Pentax from coming out now with a mirrorless K-mount in order to save on long term manufacturing costs and it would preserve the large amateur investments in lenses and software that recognize those lenses. They can always change to a new mount (if ever) in the future after that. For switching to a different shorter mount system now, the supposed gains in reducing size and weight are not that big compared to alienating MOST of your K-mount LBA-induced fan base. And I don't mind an EVF as long as it does not give me a blasted headache and image latency is not too long.

The K-mount keeps living on even though it is (supposedly) dead!!!
:D
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-15-2017, 10:20 AM  
K-3ii marked as discontinued
Posted By goldenarrow
Replies: 660
Views: 80,990
Maybe. Someone here recently said argument by analogy can be inaccurate. Depends what trends are in motion and morph into something unexpected. Using the computer analogy, at work, we still buy "desktop" PC's (very small footprint) for routine workers who are not expected to need any kind of portability, 7am-4pm worker-bees. Their attitude is, I am done with my shift, don't bother me.

Among managers, who need accessibility anywhere, email is dominant on the cell phone, and a laptop with docking station at office and home. So, the laptop has become the new desktop. Semi-portable compared to "tablets" and more useful. Only this year, we have introduced tablets for retail store managers for a limited, narrow reporting function. What has enabled that, besides the tablet itself, are easy to setup WiFi over the network for secure usage AND the app to enable the reporting. This is not new technology, BUT it is CHEAPER now to implement.

Just yesterday, I ordered 2 laptops that will fold back all the way and ACT like a tablet if needed (Lenovo Yoga). People hate not having a keyboard available when sitting, so the keyboard is not going away anytime soon. AND, it is thought that detachable keyboards and mouse pads will end up breaking or get lost, so that functionality still has to be physically part of the design. We will see, we don't know yet if that is accurate for future "laptops".

Analog to this little story?? I don't know. Maybe DSLR's can morph into the similar situation where certain features of mirrorless are so annoying, that DSLR's can adapt. Or NOT! We don't know yet. Every EVF I have looked through gives me a headache. Small cameras are harder to hold unless the strap wraps around my hand/wrist. The lenses are not that much smaller than DSLR lenses (assuming the same sized sensor), both in girth and length (except for the savings in registration distance). Certainly, any WiFi/connectivity features in a mirrorless can easily be put into a DSLR, that is not an issue in my mind. I guess it boils down to two markets, one for "convenience" and another market for real photographic TOOLS that help someone be creative with output (which now includes software too!).

Ricoh has some tough decisions to make but it may take a while before they decide. K1 is a success and refreshed lenses are coming along slowly. They may decide to take APSC mirrorless and stuff those with "convenience" features. If that happens, there may be a large revolt amongst the Pentax base who would have to ditch their K-mount lenses, quite expensive for amateurs and hobbyists. Or Ricoh may just say, forget the whole thing and sell it off to someone else to deal with. Complicated market, we don't know how it will shake out!

But the K-mount seems to keep living on for some reason....
:lol:
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-09-2017, 09:47 PM  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By goldenarrow
Replies: 4,029
Views: 541,496
Grand Haven, MI last night. Using the 100mm D FA-WR Macro on tripod, 25 secs. f/11, -0.3EV. (Processed but UNcropped). About 10:20 PM Eastern Time:

:D
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-30-2017, 07:40 PM  
Final score - Pentax 84, Sony 82. So WE'RE TIED??!!?!
Posted By goldenarrow
Replies: 116
Views: 11,521
FAKE NEWZ!! FAKE NEWZ!! (oh, wrong website, sorry....)
;)
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-25-2015, 06:19 PM  
Pancake lens club
Posted By goldenarrow
Replies: 189
Views: 34,629
The XS version does not get enough credit. Mine is insanely sharp for some reason, as good as any nifty fifty. 9 rounded blades and very light. Perfect for panoramas, here are three images stitched together:
:lol:
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-25-2015, 09:41 PM  
B&H / Adorama Deal Roundup - Black Friday!
Posted By goldenarrow
Replies: 82
Views: 10,131
Self flagellation is only good in moderation. Too much of it, and you start getting light headed.

I almost bought a K-S2 (actually did but sent it back without even opening it) because that price level did not have the Ultrasonic II piezo dust shake whatever mechanism. So, I waited and a month or two later the K-3 bundle was offered (and still available). Much happier with getting the particular features that I really wanted. Just an anecdotal tale.
:D
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-25-2015, 07:36 AM  
B&H / Adorama Deal Roundup - Black Friday!
Posted By goldenarrow
Replies: 82
Views: 10,131
My credit card is DOOOOOOOOMED!
:lol:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-16-2015, 12:36 PM  
Considering 20-40mm, is it going to be sufficient to Zion/Bryce Canyons
Posted By goldenarrow
Replies: 15
Views: 2,212
The canyons should look great at 12mm without having to be far away.

The 40mm is surprisingly useful as a quick panorama lens. It has little distortion which makes it easy to stitch photos together.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-14-2015, 10:52 PM  
Should I send this lens back for decentering?
Posted By goldenarrow
Replies: 22
Views: 2,709
YES, SEND IT BACK!!!
:eek:
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-10-2015, 06:33 PM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By goldenarrow
Replies: 11,301
Views: 1,406,065
Not quite full moon, K-3 400 ISO, 1/500th sec, with 6 inch f/10 Meade SCT and Kenko KDS II geared head. SCT mirrors are not as contrasty, so had to play with boosting contrast and cutting saturation. Color is fairly accurate, giant dirt ball in the sky! Not as sharp as a refractor lens but nice interesting shades of dirt. The bright areas were really bright, maybe cut back on highlights too much in PP. Uncropped.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 10-14-2015, 05:54 PM  
Pentax K-3II $698.95 After Rebate At Samy's
Posted By goldenarrow
Replies: 61
Views: 7,844
Same here. Europe lists dealers. Asia lists just service centers. North America lists HQ and repair contacts. Very LAME.
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So Solly, you no can buy any Pentax produc, rots of ruck, hahahaha. You no likey, you take hikey!!!
:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-19-2015, 06:02 PM  
New rumors (maybe): factory service center in US, 42 MP sensor for FF
Posted By goldenarrow
Replies: 57
Views: 10,466
Why don't they come out with a blasted CAMERA instead of a machine that needs three PhD's to operate??? The tech industry is myopicly driving everyone in the wrong direction (IMHO). At work, the ex-boss was so enamoured with his own brainy and complex ideas that he totally mismanaged simple things like being invoiced for resources/locations that we did not own anymore. '000's of $$ worth per month. He is now making more money as a consultant using his brainpower in a better way and we are still trying to come to grips with all the complexity of what he left behind, as well as cancelling contracts we don't need anymore.

This is supposed to be about photography. Why not a FF camera with NO features??? TV, AV, M, DOF, high Mpix count, high dynamic range, massive buffer, minimal energy consumption, of course fully WX-proof/cold-proof, built like a tank, cost maybe $1500 street price. That's it. Just buy it and go take pictures!!!

Rant over.
:fedup:
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-22-2015, 06:19 PM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By goldenarrow
Replies: 11,301
Views: 1,406,065
Nice use of natural light with background and clothing. Pretty smile too! Are Betty's ear studs sharpened???
:D
And also nice Flckr pages. Great to see professional portraits and such using Pentax gear!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-22-2015, 06:50 PM  
Some Crappy shots of the new FF Camera
Posted By goldenarrow
Replies: 560
Views: 102,057
It changes between Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Box Brownie modes.... Oh, I forgot, there is a "Pentax" mode, too.........
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-21-2015, 10:51 PM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By goldenarrow
Replies: 11,301
Views: 1,406,065
New K-3 using HDR1 setting with Sigma 10-20mm and CP+ND filters:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-22-2015, 05:10 PM  
Some Crappy shots of the new FF Camera
Posted By goldenarrow
Replies: 560
Views: 102,057
Looks like a K5 on steroids!
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