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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-04-2009, 07:54 AM  
What (feasible) lens is missing from Pentax's lineup?
Posted By brecklundin
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A dedicated macro like the MP-E 65mm which is a 1x-5x macro only lens. I am not sure anyone other than Canon makes such a lens. But it's an amazing tool for those of us who enjoy macro.
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 07-01-2012, 08:40 PM  
Pentax FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited samples
Posted By brecklundin
Replies: 256
Views: 109,304
a simple flower shot...nothing great but I like it for some reason:

Flowers--20111005-001 by brecklundin, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-19-2009, 04:17 AM  
The Kit Lens Club!
Posted By brecklundin
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Wonderful shot....have you thought of submitting it to the PPG? I dunno their criteria for approving images but that is a great shot....thanks for posting it!!
Forum: General Talk 11-02-2010, 10:39 PM  
Listen people!
Posted By brecklundin
Replies: 31
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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-29-2010, 09:57 PM  
K-5 & Tethered Shooting
Posted By brecklundin
Replies: 63
Views: 18,224
Actually that is really not tethering, thanks though :D...what you describe is simply a way to slow your shooting down for marginal gain because the file xfer is SLOW. But when its all you have sometimes people can use it.

The K20D supports a crippled form of tethering which does not have a liveview access but does let you control pretty much everything else so it's not as bad as possible. but on the K20D liveview was sort of a bolt on thing to begin with and not done very well. Still it was Pentax's first whack at it...in fact the immature liveview was why I original when 40D as my first DSLR...even though I always loved the look of images from Pentax DSLR bodies.

Currently you can also put the camera in liveview mode and send the video (no not "video" but the liveview video to a high quality external display of some sort, a TV or just a nice monitor [this works on other bodies like the K20D but it's liveview output is pretty weak still better than nothing]) so you can see a larger image to help with getting the focus and composition. But it does not help when you can't get to the camera controls easily. I can't tell you how stupid it feels when trying to use a mirror to see the settings in this configuration.

Before anyone gets apoplectic even my "old" 40D, the K20D's main competition at the time, supports liveview in their tethering solution. But even canon's solution is not perfect but for me the key is seeing the love view to setup the composition and focus as for me tethering is most useful when I need to have the camera in a position when I simply cannot see the controls, rear panel and obviously the viewfinder...

It's the single feature, or lack of a feature, which stopped me from buying a K-7 when I learned it did not have tethering. So if the K-5 does not support it with on screen Liveview I am going to have to switch back to Canon and likely a 7D, I don't want to by any stretch of the imagination because of how much the K5 appears to have improved, but as anyone here always says "...use the camera that gives you the features you need most..."

So there we are...info from Photokina was completely conflicting and impossible to confirm either way...I dunno why because if it's not there I am gone because I have no choice not because I don't like my Pentax gear, so I feel like we are being used like children by Hoya. But we have yet to see a fully functional K5 so who knows...with my luck it will have a Hello Kitty auto watermark "feature" but never a fully functional tethering feature.

Oh, the 645D is also said to NOT have any sort of tethering fully functional or otherwise...so hard to imagine a digital studio camera WITHOUT tethering isn't it? Guess that is where the cut corners to get the price down.

yeah, I am a tad bitter about this because I am too worn down by many things to keep swinging at a moving target when things should be far more stable for basic feature sets.

For I am hoping we see the feature added officially in the production model.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-27-2010, 01:56 PM  
Still Learning The K20D
Posted By brecklundin
Replies: 49
Views: 11,167
FYI, if you want much better AF control...disable AF on half-press of the shutter button and move it to the AF button only. It's a great way to use spot focus and recompose.

Also, under the Customization Menu look at the various e-dial options. I have mine set so the dials act as consistently as possible...so the front dial behaves the same as often as possible for each mode setting and the same for the read e-dial...these are menu item numbers 20-26.

The custom settings for almost every function on the CUSTOM SETTINGS menu is superb and better than what I found great on my Canon 40D...

But try out using the AF button with the half-press AF function disabled, it's great. Also there is another great advantage is you can focus, recompose (or not) AND spin-up the SR by half-pressing the shutter button w/o affecting the focus you want...this makes getting action shots a lot easier if you keep the SR active and your thumb ready and resting on the AF button...
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-25-2010, 09:59 PM  
What about K-5 vs. 7D?
Posted By brecklundin
Replies: 128
Views: 29,675
that is pretty much where I am going to be forced to go back to Canon with a 7D (not really a bad thing) and one or two "good enough" lenses simply because HoyaTax refuses to provide one feature everyone else does w/o any problems...sadly I will wait because for a short while there is likely going to be a spike in the 7D used prices. but I might hit up a pro buddy of mine for a used deal on one of his so I can pop for a nice bit of L glass and a macro.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-09-2010, 05:15 PM  
Do I really have to go WR?
Posted By brecklundin
Replies: 22
Views: 4,178
Or more importantly you'll be reminded that ya went a tad too cheap everytime you CAN'T use the less expensive lense because it's wet outside. And for $40-$60 more you can at least give yourself a chance at some shots.
Forum: Photographic Technique 07-02-2009, 11:03 PM  
high-key jewelry look
Posted By brecklundin
Replies: 49
Views: 14,750
Wow...thanks!! glad I was able to help a bit...I am only passing along the things I have learned from many others who have helped me out. Still have a bunch to learn, but it is really a lot of fun!! :)

I'll leave the subscription to the thread active so maybe we can share things we pick up as the shooting progresses. ;)

Something I should have added to the post was another important tip I picked up was the more I can bounce the light around the better the surface usually looks...oh, yeah, I also forgot to mention one of the better tools I picked up was a Lumiquest Softbox III...it's big on the Canon body and looks even bigger on the K20D...oops!! But it's about the only non-DIY bit I use...tried to make one but I gave in and just paid the cash. The light that comes out is so soft and lets you get the light in nice and tight w/o blasting the highlights all over the map.

If you wanna laugh here is a shot of my basic 'studio' area...hehehe...kinda sad but it works:



I haven't used the Pentax for any jewelry shots yet but looks like tomorrow and over the weekend I best start making some money if we are gonna eat this month...I mean I still have a K7 to maybe potentially possibably buy and a guy's gotta have the proper priorities, right? :confused:
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