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Forum: General Talk 2 Days Ago  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 1,981
Views: 79,220
Over here in Singapore, its been 1-2 months of the highest number of cases and deaths since the pandemic started.
This is a country with 86.4% vaccinated and before this very low death rate of maybe 0-3 a day, so psychologically the appetite for deaths is really low.
The increase in cases/deaths has been due to a pivot to "new normal" and what is now termed "stabilization period"
I am left wondering if "stabilization" means getting used to more deaths as the "new normal" with the logical argument that this is lower than flu (logical yes, but as I mentioned, public appetite for it is low as before, deaths were so low)

Unvax are no longer allowed entry to malls, any quite a few indoor locations.
Quite a few restrictions on everyone that don't make sense
(you can travel in a rush hour bus/train, but can't enter a mall to get some essentials;
commercial outdoor classes allowed, but family visits are 5pax max.
Travel overseas to approved countries are ok but 2pax max locally for most personal activities in country )

What I find discomforting is the painting of the narrative (media is state controlled) that unvaxed are "sabotaging" everyone else and un-vaxed deaths are caused by covid while vaxed deaths are due to underlying causes.
Society likes a named "enemy" to focus all this frustration and its become the un-vaxed.

Personally, I am vaccinated, but I do find it a violation of the rights of others to make it so difficult for them that they are forced to vaccinate (worse if they can't).
Since this is a semi authoritarian country, they can just make vaccination mandatory, but go thru the pretense that its "up to the individual"

I've heard that Italy is no better in terms of segregating the vaxed/un-vaxed. (supposedly a liberal democracy)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Pentax lens vs others
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 21
Views: 1,170
You are correct.
It has very little to do with CAD software.

For the RnD process, usually it starts with a business case coming from marketing/sales.
Sales is whats been "out there" talking with customers, finding out their needs and thinking of opportunities.
This demand is then channeled into a project where resources are allocated. (Budget, manpower )

If there is determined to be a poor/weak/no business case. then the project dies there and then.

Pentax just does not have the resources to dabble in any project on a whim from bottom up.
We can see that from the development of the K1.
The engineers basically had this like a side job/hobby while the business end of it did not think there was a business case.

As consumers, we can only hope that the sales/marketing feelers for good projects are aligned to our needs/wants as possible.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Pentax lens vs others
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 21
Views: 1,170
I recall listening to a program on the BBC about Australian wine growers (the "newcomers" ) giving the French a run for their money because they were not too seeped in tradition and looked at wine making scientifically.
Likewise, lens design has moved on and computer aided design does mean a very large uptick in productivity.
There are plenty of current designs to "drag and drop" into the software (and the computer does the test to ray trace and compute the numbers )
You probably can get an army of interns to play with them over the course of a summer vacation company attachment and get some viable designs.

How it relates to my starting statement... well.... the lines between not speaking when pressing the grapes (least the yeast gets angry) and knowing that soil composition, water, etc (ie. the scientific ) are really lapped over.
So the computer aided designs aiming for certain numerical targets can result in a better "hit" of good lenses nowadays and more so in the future as even the "artistic" aspect of lens design gets quantified.

Been using 2 recent purchases from Samyang.
The 45/1.8 and 75/1.8, they are so almost perfect especially for the price that I find it hard to comprehend that it came from a until recently "3rd rate" lens company.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-13-2021, 05:44 PM  
DFA 21 f/2.4 Limited
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 203
Views: 11,616
Wow! expensive...

Looks like a FA31ltd.

I am not convinced yet with the photo samples. Small objects shot near will often give enough OOF backgrounds.
Need to see people shots (up to half body ) and see what sort of in focus / oof relationship it gives for a photo.

Nonetheless, really superb looking lens and like all limiteds, a balance of the size, build and fast aperture as to make it still highly portable for a 21mm lens with f2.4
I will be looking out for one (depending on the price locally of course )
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-10-2021, 10:18 PM  
Portrait Lens Recommendations
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 19
Views: 803
It depends on working distance and portrait type (full body, head shots, half body )
The larger the object/subject, the longer the focal length.

I often find that the FA*85/1.4 is the best compromise for portability/usability/effect.
If I want versatility (at the expense of lens size/weight), then a FA*80-200.

Likewise any of the Pentax 85mm are good up to half body shots. (ie. M85/2; Takumar 85/1.8 / 1.9; K85/1.8 )
The 77ltd falls in the same category as the slower 85mm w/ convenience of AF.

If its a good 'in-between', then it has to be a 135mm, of which on FF, I don't mind the Super Takumar 135/3.5, or a M135/3.5. The K135/2.5 is a good option too w/ the faster aperture and still decent size (though getting to be a bit more dedicated since its bigger than the former 2 )
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-08-2021, 02:09 AM  
Should people use mm equivalence terminology?
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 124
Views: 3,094
I don't really care much about equivalence.

I pick up a camera for whatever format, with its lens/es frame the photo, adjust the settings to my needs and take the photo.
Too narrow, move back, too wide, move in.
I don't lament along the lines of "If it was the TRUE focal length, I would have got a better photo! "

I do appreciate that with a format like FF, it can be easier to get a desired shallow DOF for the FOV look, but I just don't like to whine over some made up "What it could have been" or "Ultimate truism"
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-21-2021, 06:22 PM  
Pentax k 28 3.5 on K1
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 11
Views: 779
You might want to share some shots as examples of the vignette.

I don't see anything too distinct on my lens and all lenses vignette a bit wide open.
So its a bit subjective on what the user expects. (unless its very obvious physical vignetting like from a hood or filter ring)

The lens is so-so for wide open shooting anyway (imho) and it really shines for stopped down shooting.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-19-2021, 11:16 PM  
2021 slow camera releases
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 55
Views: 2,637
For me, sensors became good enough around the time of Kx, K5.
DR and high iso became good enough for normal viewing in most situations what I shot in.
K1 moved this up another notch and in fact, I liked my Sony A7 at 24mp as a comfortable sweet spot for file size and I could cheat a little downsizing it to 2400x1600 for a file that was shot in very high ISO, a little OOF or pushed alot for the DR.

There hasn't been a great deal of improvements for the sensor and I have slowed down my camera purchases since K5.

Lately, I got hold of a A7iii and am happy that I had 'switched off' chasing the constant marketing hype, because the improvements were with AF (A LOT ), eye focus and some features.
Also the many AF lens options that are now available for the system.
Nothing to do with the sensor though.
No need to waste money going thru A7, A7ii, A7iii, and god knows the other in-between variants (ie. A7s; A7Rii/iii etc )
Though I mentioned a lot about Sony, it applies to all the other camera brands.

Bottom line, the hype in the camera market is over, covid has not helped with the lack of travelling and cameras from even 5yrs ago are really good enough for most photography.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-14-2021, 10:45 PM  
K-7 Appreciation - The Forefather Forgotten
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 213
Views: 27,366
In hindsight, for me, the K7 was the worst of the series.
It did not have the better sensor of the Kx (later K5), nor the bit better AF of K5 onwards.
While earlier models like the K100D and K10, K20 offered up 'digital' slr from Pentax (also the istD ), they also represented the best that Pentax can have when compared to anything else out there at the same time period (and even better )

Maybe the only thing for it is that the camera body became the basis of all later higher end K models.

K7 was the camera I switched out the fastest as the K5 was a much better camera.
Forum: General Talk 09-02-2021, 06:23 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 1,981
Views: 79,220
Hope she gets well soon.

The delta variant seems to affect children as much and over here, children/schools were largely unaffected (for over a year) with the initial Covid strain, but with delta, the past 3-4months, there have been quite a few cases in school going children.
Forum: General Talk 09-01-2021, 05:56 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 1,981
Views: 79,220
About 80% vaccinated here, but seeing the highest number of cases each day due to the delta variant. (around 150 cases a day from a low of 0 to 30 )
The government has started to change the narrative that we are moving into an endemic and not a pandemic with the claim that hospitalization and death will be much lower. (around 1.8% for death )
My son came home from school about a month back and asked me if we are in a endemic (apparently thats what the schools are asked to tell them )
The vise is tightened on the unvaccinated, eating in many indoor establishments are now prohibited as well as access to gyms and some other indoor facilities.
A local Uni even prevented the use of its toilets for the un-vaxed.

While I am for vaccination, I would draw the line on this sort of segregation (we have enough divisions already due to this pandemic amplifying existing social/economic divisions )
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-23-2021, 12:22 AM  
Compact camera suggestion (preferably APS-C/m43)
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 14
Views: 699
To me, at least apsc will retain the IQ difference.
1" and smaller will all feel inadequate if looking for meld-ability in the RAW and large viewing IQ.
They will be totally good on most monitors, handphone screens and even printing so long as the raw is not squeezed too hard for the DR.

I would think there are plenty of m4/3 EM10 on sale nowadays. The models are old and interest have dropped for m4/3 as well as the uncertainty over Olympus.
On the APSC side, the usual one will be a NEX (again, plenty on offer ), then for the newer ones there are the Canon (eg. M50) and Nikon apsc models.
The Fuji XT-10 was been around for a while too and prices have dropped as well.

IMHO, just for the apsc and and small size utility (no pseudo retro modelling, etc ) and cost, either the NEX or the Canon.
The Fuji adds some bulk with the styling a EVF.
In fact some options already fall onto the bulkly side and one might as well get a A7 which is as smallish and FF.
The NEX has been around for a long time to benefit from a wide range of cheap lenses as well as adapters and accessories.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-19-2021, 01:17 AM  
Which lenses are hated by pixel peepers but loved by Pentaxians?
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 42
Views: 3,320
Isn't it ALL the Pentax lenses? :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-19-2021, 01:15 AM  
Best 100mm filter holder for landscape photography
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 9
Views: 633
Really nice review, touching on all the practical and technical aspects of shooting with the filters and their holders.

I am too sunk in costs w/ my current filters (a messy mix of screw ons and Laowa holder ), but a good friend I regularly shoot with uses the H&Y and I feel that they are the best with the magnetic holding system.
I shoot mostly with 6-10 stop ND and its a pain to slot the filter into my Laowa holder (which also applies to most slot in filters).
Not only do I need to be careful with moving the setup/framing while inserting/removing the filter, I am also often afraid that the tightness of the filter insertion/removal causes the some part to fall down from the building I am taking the cityscape from (and potentially causing death/injury ).
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 08-05-2021, 05:13 PM  
Metz Mecatech: Insolvent again
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 44
Views: 4,237
Really unfortunate.
I started off with their flash (think it was the 36 or 44 ... been 13-15yrs )

Was actually looking at the very small Mecablitz 26 for portability and macro purposes recently.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 08-04-2021, 06:49 PM  
Metz Mecatech: Insolvent again
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 44
Views: 4,237
Manufacturers from (notably China) has moved up and eaten a big piece of the pie while smaller makers nibble too at the low end of 'dummy flashes', and TBH, Metz has not innovated much.

I still recall the poverty wizards (many versions all under then model PT-04 )from YongNuo as being finicky stuff, but companies such as these moved up their game, to radio wireless > integration into their flash > flash grouping > Master controllers.
They improved massively in quality too.
Later, ones like Godox came up with HSS, radio wireless HSS, PTTL.
No more legacy optical (can be blocked) triggering, opened up the possibilities greatly (which Metz is still stuck in; as with even Pentax)

Sad to see Metz being insolvent again, but it does show that competitors that were laughed at a few years ago are not sleeping.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-29-2021, 12:21 AM  
The new Nikon Zfc - Retro mirrorless
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 198
Views: 7,914
Oh my! Why it can't be Pentax making one like this... :(
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-28-2021, 11:22 PM  
Would you buy a 2nd set of extension tubes or buy PENTAX Helicoid Extension Tube K
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 26
Views: 938
I have tried both as well as removal of glass for a 2x teleconverter to make it a auto stop down extension tube as well as macro close up lenses.
Macro close up lenses and extension tubes are very limiting in the range of focus so it limits composition and how the insect is photographed (can be too close up or too far depending on size of insect )
A teleconverter degrades the IQ a bit, but does not suffer from the same limitation of the former two.
It does suffer from light loss (hence flash power needs to go up )

I find that I like the Pentax Q7 with original PK adapter + macro lens to be my favorite.
There is no limitation on working distance and the pseudo crop factor works well.
With the original PK>Q adapter, flash sync can be above 1/250 too.
Taken with the Q7

20130330-IMGP8905PENTAX Q by Pinholecam_01, on Flickr

20150210-IMGP3178-2400 by Pinholecam_01, on Flickr

IMGP2665 by Pinholecam_01, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-28-2021, 05:45 PM  
Update for the Pentax-Sony E LA-KE1 adapter
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 42
Views: 6,731
Just got a used A7iii in anticipation for the adapter, even though I sold my previous FE lenses and only have a Sigma E 30/2.8 (apsc) lens as my only AF lens for this system.
The number of limited and FA* lenses I have does justify the spending imho.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-27-2021, 10:37 PM  
Update for the Pentax-Sony E LA-KE1 adapter
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 42
Views: 6,731
Personally, unless they have a list of lenses, I will assume its for the more well known ones like FA limiteds and some of the FA* (these lenses have been shown with the adapter ).
I would think the fully electronic ones to be further in their priority queue. (I have read a review on B&H that claims the Nikon version did not work on his G series lenses. )

Best is to ask directly on the FB page.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-27-2021, 08:13 PM  
Update for the Pentax-Sony E LA-KE1 adapter
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 42
Views: 6,731
Prepping to get a A7iii for this.
Already have a very old A7 (bought since release), but it won't work with this adapter.
Forum: General Talk 07-22-2021, 10:35 PM  
Japan's extraordinary low # of people vaccinated
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 11
Views: 723
They (IOC) owe it to the Japanese people to have a "re-games" at lowered infrastructure/cost requirements.

The way the Olympics has been pushed on in this way, I am disillusioned about the spirit of what its supposed to be. (all about money now for the huge monster the IOC has become )

As for Japan's slow response, seems awfully familiar to a certain camera company that we know... :lol:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-21-2021, 05:28 PM  
D FA 21 Limited is one of the three.
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 1,748
Views: 135,292
Limiteds are all round practical and very usable lenses (ie. size, robust build, versatile wide aperture but not overly so) yet at the same time jewels in the other aspects like all metal construction, refined construction and rendering focused on the image over just MTF numbers.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-15-2021, 06:05 PM  
Any birth photographers have advice?
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 23
Views: 992
Here in Singapore, we are not allowed to take photos of the nurses/midwife and doctor.
We are also not allowed to take photos of procedures.
What can be taken will be when the baby is coming out as well as after the baby is out. (clean up, measurements, etc - ok )
Of course, baby with mom photos are ok too.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-15-2021, 06:02 PM  
RAW processing
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 41
Views: 2,193
I mainly use Lightroom as I have become too familiar with the workflow/techniques to move as well as it having better all round processing capabilities than whatever I have tried so far.
Ever year, I think I should move away from their subscription based payment and get another software, but while they may be as good in some areas, often, they don't do that well in others. (while LR is always good to ok in all aspects )
Some may be free and highly tweakable, but lacking in adjustment brushes or poor highlight recovery, or total re-tweak of colors to preference or integration to plugins (which are mainly LR/PS based)

I do however use Raw Therapee as its the best program for pixel shift.
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