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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-20-2019, 07:33 AM  
77mm vs Sigma 85mm
Posted By hadi
Replies: 94
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For sigma 85, most of the shots here are done with that lens
Hadi Khan (HadiKhan) Photos / 500px

I think only one or two are with the 77
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-23-2020, 11:23 AM  
Ten more lenses in the pipeline.
Posted By hadi
Replies: 342
Views: 41,397
I'd be happy if they introduce these two lenses:
135mm f 1.8 (or similar)
20mm f1.8

historically speaking, pentax has been great at making things more compact. however, the recent stuff they have been making for the K1 and full frame stuff is rather large. Would prefer it if they keep things light and compact.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-17-2020, 09:41 AM  
Pentax DA* 55mm f1.4 SDM auto focus issue
Posted By hadi
Replies: 16
Views: 1,404
anyone tried getting the problem fixed by official tech team? how much does that cost?
can it be repaired?

really tempted to pick up this lens, but the issue scares me.
Forum: General Talk 10-30-2019, 12:33 PM  
Posted By hadi
Replies: 21
Views: 1,887
I'm curious if you apply that to buying camera gear? :P
I mean, if you have a 31mm and 50mm, do you REALLY need a 24-70?

I for one just kept buying and selling guitars, and enjoying what each offered. Some played without any effort, others required a lot of effort. Some inspired riffs, while others looked pretty but had no real value beyond that.
Forum: General Talk 11-13-2019, 11:27 AM  
Posted By hadi
Replies: 21
Views: 1,887
hahah, tell me about it! I went from one guitar, to 16 guitars, down to 3 guitars.
after buying tons of random gear which were all great in their own right, I'm now down to three. 2 electrics, and one acoustic. Do I play them half as much as I should?


But each time I pick em up, they bring a smile to me for those 5 minutes I am playing em.
Really should plug em in and enjoy them some more. Maybe one day.
Forum: General Talk 10-31-2019, 11:21 AM  
Posted By hadi
Replies: 11
Views: 564
I do have a personal bone to pick with any sport game. Be it soccer (football), or NFL football, hockey, basketball, wrestling etc.
each year they release a new version with better graphics, but the game mechanics stay the same...

maybe because i'm not a sports guy, i dont get it.

though, if you are in a video game store, those are also the ones found the easiest in the used section.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-30-2019, 01:17 PM  
77mm vs Sigma 85mm
Posted By hadi
Replies: 94
Views: 4,969
Okay, following up with this and on my previous comment.
Though I did put the sigma 85mm 1.4 k mount on sale for a few weeks, i took it off.
I dont care how fast focusing the Sony variations are, but the colors on the sigma, coupled with the K1's colors, the combo is VERY hard to beat.

So until Pentax releases a newer version of the 85, i'm holding and loving my sigma 85!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-25-2019, 05:52 AM  
77mm vs Sigma 85mm
Posted By hadi
Replies: 94
Views: 4,969
come to think of it, Pentax is also pioneer in making in body horizon correction.
Its a small thing, but it saves TONS of time in post process to correct the horizon on all images separately.
I know when I pick up my Sony, though the technology is technically available to it due to IBIS, they wont utilize horizon correction, so it just ends up wasting a lot of my time fixing horizon and losing resolution in the process.

on the sony forums, when I asked about that feature on sony, they all said 'why would any one want that? no camera does that, and it is a loss of creativity'
yet they are also the same critics that HATE any image that is off on an angle for its horizon...where as Pentax doesn't have that issue :P
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-20-2019, 09:55 AM  
77mm vs Sigma 85mm
Posted By hadi
Replies: 94
Views: 4,969
It's about 17 to 5 shots using the 85 over the 77.

The first couple of shots were done with either a 50 or 200. In between with the 77, then latter half with all 85. Some of the images don't have the exif info for some reason
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-18-2019, 08:56 PM  
77mm vs Sigma 85mm
Posted By hadi
Replies: 94
Views: 4,969
The 77 is a great lens because it's:
1) small
2) light weight
3) build quality
4) about 90% of the shots from the 77 I can't tell apart from 85mm

However, I pick up the sigma 85 over 77 for every event except for traveling.
It's better rendering. Better low light. Better subject seperation. Sharper. Better at fringing.

The 85 to my eyes is a far better lens when it comes to images. You will be happy with either though.

I am selling the sigma 85 though. Not because I don't love it. But because I'm switching the 85 to Sony for eye af and keeping the 77
Forum: General Photography 10-18-2019, 12:22 PM  
With so many great offerings from Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc., why do you choose Pentax?
Posted By hadi
Replies: 107
Views: 3,725
if they weren't micro 4/3ds, i would have gotten an olympus PEN-f. My opinion, but that is the sexiest camera i've ever seen!
Forum: General Photography 10-18-2019, 06:01 AM  
anyone else constantly hunting for camera bags?
Posted By hadi
Replies: 50
Views: 2,079
that is true.
I know of this shoe repair shop that does WONDERS on shoes. Not that its the same, but perhaps he can do wonders on the camera bag strap as well.

worth a shot. Even if its $50 bucks, it is still significantly better than buying a new bag
Forum: General Photography 10-17-2019, 06:43 AM  
The Ideal Pentax Mirrorless Camera
Posted By hadi
Replies: 69
Views: 2,479
I wouldn't mind if they take out the video option altogether and bring the price down further. I know Canon did that recently, and it seems to be working wonders for them. The K1 wasn't all that great for videos, and Pentax acknowledged that. having a randomly novelty option doesn't really 'sell' the camera for me.

the rest looks great though
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 10-17-2019, 06:11 AM  
Samyang 85mm F1.4
Posted By hadi
Replies: 35
Views: 13,436
Though I HATED this lens when I was using it on the K1, I am now curious as to how it will behave on a Sony A7RII due to its focus peaqing and infinite focus zoom.
sure, Samyang/rokinon did release the 85mm auto focus for sony as well, which seems equally tempting
Forum: General Talk 10-16-2019, 10:12 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By hadi
Replies: 21,722
Views: 1,566,632
its not really a 'thing' per se, but i just got a cat.
Its a Ragdoll breed. A kitten really. Been looking for getting a Ragdoll for some time. All that was available was either kittens too young, or cats too old.This was just right at 4 months.

of course, the day he got home, he got sick. Which is really heart breaking. After a week and a half, he is almost 100%. Silly thing wants to play more than eat or sleep.
Forum: General Photography 10-12-2019, 06:23 AM  
Things I was taking for granted
Posted By hadi
Replies: 20
Views: 1,143
Exactly this!
I always disregard the issues people have with menu because it's always in comparison to something they are used to. It's like the following:

"Learning Cantonese is difficult because I speak English!" Or learning any new language is inherently bad because you speak another.

Everything becomes easy with practice
Forum: General Photography 10-04-2019, 08:38 AM  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By hadi
Replies: 2,188
Views: 90,858
not a craigslist find, but more of a commonly found experience through craigslist.
I have had the most bazaar offerings for stuff i'm trying to sell on craigslist. case in point:

I was selling an electric guitar, someone made an offer to give me half of what i was asking for...and the kicker is, that he would let me sleep with his wife to cover the remaining...

also trying to sell several camera gear with a lumped up price of, say, $10,000. Individually, i may have listed a lens for $150. I get replies often saying 'the whole lot for $150?'

seriously, where do these people come from?
Forum: General Talk 10-04-2019, 06:51 AM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By hadi
Replies: 7,517
Views: 559,880
I have this on repeat at work. This should be the next bond song! the highs he can reach with his vocals is mesmerizing

You Tube

Forum: General Talk 10-01-2019, 11:16 AM  
What got YOU into photography?
Posted By hadi
Replies: 55
Views: 2,598
this was some 10 or 12 years ago. My sisters and I were walking in the frigid cold arctic Vortex in the middle of winter in downtown Toronto. We turned a corner, and came across a massive protest. Flags burning, signs, marching and chanting people.

My sister had some canon point and shoot super-zoom camera. She wanted to take some images, but was shy and was also afraid that she may get hurt, as the protest was getting a little rowdy.

i snatched the camera from her hands, and ran head first into the crowd.

though i knew nothing about photography at the time, the images i got back were really powerful. I knew then that i wanted to peruse this further.

I got a job at Blacks Photography shortly there after, earned enough, and got myself the Pentax Kx as my first camera.
what started off as documentary style photography, eventually got into landscape, nightscape, portraits, slowly transition into weddings, and now back to portraits.
Forum: General Talk 10-03-2019, 08:25 AM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By hadi
Replies: 7,517
Views: 559,880
I'm really digging this. Again, no idea what genre this would be, but its 'glitch music' as per the artist.
its like movie sound track, mixed with a bit of rock, mixed with computerized glitches that are random and keep you guessing what will happen.
In my opinion, this is the best way a song can be progressive, without it being rock/metal. dont come across that too often. Usually, in my experience, if its a progressive band, it HAS to be rock/metal. No real exceptions out there.

You Tube

Forum: General Photography 10-03-2019, 08:50 AM  
your photography evolution?
Posted By hadi
Replies: 54
Views: 2,503
we have a tread about how you started photography. What about the journey you took from start to here. what was that evolution like?

not throwing shade at anyone when i saw the following statement, but just an observation. When i started photography some 10ish years ago, i was heavily inspired by a lot of the great photographers on this forum that were posting pics of birds and squirrels and what not. I look at those same photographers, and it seems like they are still doing the same thing. Their subject to shoot is still the same and hasn't evolved much since way back when.

When i started, it was initially for landscapes, which eventually translated into nightscape, which some how translated into portraits, then to weddings, and now i'm back to doing portraits, but a greater focus on environmental portraits (stitching the landscape and portraits into one), which seems to be my happy medium. I do want to evolve into fantasy/dreamy portraits, but not entirely sure how to get there yet.

what is your evolution like? and where do you want to progress into?
Forum: General Photography 10-02-2019, 10:40 AM  
Photo sharing website suggestions
Posted By hadi
Replies: 34
Views: 1,234
google photos is my go-to for sharing the entire set of images from a certain day. Why? because:
1) its free
2) unlike facebook, it does not deteriorate the images
3) its easy to access and download for whoever has that link
4) its easy to share via phone/laptop/email/etc
5) it has no ads in between, unlike flickr

the only downside to this is that if i'm doing MASSIVE images where i am compiling some 20-40 images into one massive panorama (ie, trying to replicate a field of view of a 14mm through a 100mm lens), then google photos unfortunately falls apart and wont let us download such huge images.

for those huge images, i have flickr.

I also use 500PX to show case my best of the best of the best images. that is essentially my portfolio.

I also have instagram that i showcase my 'average' shots. it gains more publicity, but if someone wants to see my work, i throw them towards 500px before insta. part of it being that i dont like how limiting insta is.

i only use facebook to upload images just to share with family. i wont ever use that to attract potential clients as the image quality is really horrible on it.

just my two cents
Forum: General Talk 10-01-2019, 11:26 AM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By hadi
Replies: 7,517
Views: 559,880
I really need some new music. everytime i hit play, whatever music that is playing always seems to irritate me, and i eventually come back to metal.
if there is no progression through the song through highs and lows, it will bore me really fast, and i need my mind to be engaged at all times.
i cant comprehend when people say they want to listen to something where they can turn off their mind and just 'chill'. i understand the sentiment, but i love my mind too much to just let go of a moment where i'm not connected to it, or using it in anyway. Thus, if its not challenging my understanding, and keeping me on my tows, i will eventually get bored of it.

my GO-TO as of late have been (in no order)
Devin Townsend (anything related to the man)
OLD Black Label Society

As of late, i'm also experimenting with experimental music. not sure what the actual term is for the music, but stuff like 'post-rock' or 'ambient music' or 'glitch music'. though not as heavy as metal, it still keeps my mind engaged and keeps me guessing as to what will happen next

You Tube

Forum: General Photography 04-26-2018, 06:24 PM  
What are your favourite YouTube photography channels?
Posted By hadi
Replies: 54
Views: 5,178
for me its:
Vagabrothers - travel based with lots of B-Roll video and photography content
Tony & Chelsea - general info about everything
sean Tucker
Photo Extremist - i wish he was more active. i learn so much from him, and then he disappears for 5 years. comes back for 2 or 3 weeks and then goes away again.
Peter Mckinnon - B-roll and photography and travel related stuff. plus, he's from my city too
Manny Ortiz - down to earth, and yet very talented and eager to teach us.
Jessica Whitaker & Irene Rudnyk - both have great dreamy look in their portraits.
Jessica Kobeissi - great business and creative tips
Jason Lanier - not sure how i feel about him. his personality rubs me the wrong way. i've met him and he's cool. but, i dont know...
Gavin Hoey - so brilliant at everything he does!
Dennis The Prescott - food and portrait photography
Forum: General Photography 03-06-2019, 07:46 AM  
business - vs - being creative?
Posted By hadi
Replies: 20
Views: 1,371
i cant begin to thank you all enough for sharing your experiences here, and making me realize i'm not the only one to feel it.
i always questioned fans for hating their favorite musicians for 'selling out' to make a sound that makes them more money.

in my eyes, you either make art that is meaningful to you as an artist, and it feeds your soul. or you sell your product to make money, but it may not be the most creative you can be, thus it may feel stale to you, as an artist.

i do have the utmost respect for those who are able to find a happy medium.

i do have a desk job that i'm happy with. but i rather be creative that my desk job prevents me from being. alas, i continue my search to be more creative in one way or another
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