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Forum: Pentax KP 1 Hour Ago  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 1,449
Views: 155,169
Butcher Bird.

"Dive dive dive!!"

Yep, these things can be savage and absolutely will pick a hole in your forehead.
Had a fun stand off with this one, trying to tread that thin line of capturing an action shot whilst protecting my lenses/head!

Brutal!



Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1 Hour Ago  
Thematic Wildlife
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 9,262
Views: 433,288
Butcher Bird.

"Dive dive dive!!"

Yep, these things can be savage and absolutely will pick a hole in your forehead.
Had a fun stand off with this one, trying to tread that thin line of capturing an action shot whilst protecting my lenses/head!

Brutal!



Forum: Lens Clubs 4 Hours Ago  
DA Limited Zoom Club
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 739
Views: 164,002
Basically yeah :lol:
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 7 Hours Ago  
Xume Manfrotto Filter Holder First Impressions
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 8
Views: 234
Yeah, yer kinda right.

Basically what I'm saying is you have to have a good think about your lenses and what filters you currently have. I thought with the FA43 I would be able to use the same filters (that I have been using all this time with no issues) that I share with the FA77, namely 52mm ones. But in fact no, the magentic Xume system (when used like I demonstrate in the video) adds too much on. I have to use 62mm filters with the FA43 and a step up ring to being that process.

I'm kinda saying that some hoods are cylindrical and some cone shaped, and was thinking that you could also go down the cone route (if it works with your current filters better), and that you can either use step up rings to help get you there. Just don't make the mistake I did and assume that because you have been successfully using 52mm filters (stacked to a depth of 3) on a FA43 successfully without corner vignetting that you can continue to do so with that line up and the Xume, there's a good chance you won't manage it.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 14 Hours Ago  
Xume Manfrotto Filter Holder First Impressions
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 8
Views: 234
Yeah. In the past I have bought a 49 or 52mm filter for the appropriate filter thread of the lens, and multiples of them. Really however tho, if stacking was an intent it would have been wiser to start with a cpl that's 52mm or something, then a step up ring, then a ND filter that's 58mm, step up ring and then another ND filter thats stronger perhaps to stack on that at 62mm etc. This way the filters fan out and vignetting becomes less of an issue.



Definitely the issue is not magnetic strength (though I wonder if it loses potency over time), the glue issue is definitely the concern. I stacked quite a few together and indeed it feels pretty darn stable. If you were handholding and moving around with them on rather than tripod then I think one magnet filter is all you would be using anyway (a ND filter to get under sync speed or a cpl just). For stacking I think that would mean for most that it's on a tripod and in that regard its magnetically strong.

The slimness of the filters themselves I think can still be an issue. If you use the stacking method like I show then the lens adapter ring that you need to add onto a filter is where the issue lies. For example on one lens (I think HD DA 20-40), I have;

Lens>Xume Adapter Ring>Xume Filter holder>CPL>Xume Adapter Ring> and already vignetting is occurring (at the wider focal lengths) without anything else being stacked yet, because the last Xume Adapter Ring that is needed at the end of the CPL in order for a ND Filter to stack onto that (which then has a Xume Filter Holder as well). If I simply remove the last adapter ring from the CPL then it goes away and is fine (hence why I think this system was developed with no intention to stack. It just depends on focal length, like I say I can get away with quite a bit on the FA77.

What I fail to take into account is the thickness of both a lens adapter AND filter holder that is necessary to go between the two lenses/filters. So it doesn't matter how thin your own filters might be, its the Xume system that will stuff up (hence the idea that you should be forward thinking and plan step up rings into the equation if stacking is what you intend.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 14 Hours Ago  
Is 16bit ProPhoto worth it if 99% of everything ends up 8bit sRGB Jpg?
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 46
Views: 1,080
Just linking you over here as well Class A where some others are weighing in; Export As Different Colour from Main | Photoshop Gurus Forum
Forum: Lens Clubs 15 Hours Ago  
DA Limited Zoom Club
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 739
Views: 164,002
So what we're not really doing here is comparing the actual duck that much. Both lenses at f4 are doing a great job in terms of sharpness (and of course there are subtle differences in where the light was falling between takes. What is a big difference however between the two shots is the bokeh. The bokeh on the image on the right is far more oof than on the left (the FA43 shot is on the right). In essence this is one of the optical properties that all the FA Ltds have over a lot of other glass, 'stopping down' when taking shots still renders bokeh similarly to when shooting at wider apertures. It's one of those things that I feel is not compared enough with on lens reviews. You can talk about the quality of bokeh but really direct comparisons can really be useful. Here we can see the FA43 really isolates the subject so much more and at the same f4 stop number as the 20-40.

A second example of the unique bokeh rendering capabilities of the FA Ltds can be seen in this post here; Hd fa35/2 - Page 3 - PentaxForums.com

If you look at the bokeh surrounding the jug (and comparing with the FA35) you can see the differences quite clearly. Whilst the FA35 starts to lose subject isolation as it is increasingly stopped down the FA31 continues to hold it for longer.
Forum: Pentax K-1 16 Hours Ago  
Pixel Shifted Images
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 1,175
Views: 135,380
BTS can often be a simple phone camera, got a relatively ok camera on your phone by chance?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 1 Day Ago  
Fully Wired Studio Setup
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 103
Views: 2,143
Woopdewoop! First video up of some preliminary testing of the X2T and Xpro-P, Multi People Mode;
















Youtu.be




I also then tested (not on video) an X2T with a V6ii on top, seems to work fine, could change power on the RF60x and AD200 from the triggers and it all worked as you would expect. This was under 1/200 mind you... I'll test HSS n' stuff another day. And then I had the v6ii on top first and Xpro-p after, and that also worked hunky dory.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 1 Day Ago  
Xume Manfrotto Filter Holder First Impressions
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 8
Views: 234
Hehe, HULK SMASH! :mad:
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 1 Day Ago  
Is 16bit ProPhoto worth it if 99% of everything ends up 8bit sRGB Jpg?
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 46
Views: 1,080
Thanks everyone for keeping this thread going, looks like I have even more reading and research to do. I just wanted to share this recent video I did today to share one problem I am still experiencing and am not sure why...

I apologise for doing my replies in video, but it feels like such an easier and quicker way to explain what's going on.
















Youtu.be



Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 1 Day Ago  
Xume Manfrotto Filter Holder First Impressions
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 8
Views: 234
By yours truly, be entertained!
















Youtu.be



Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 1 Day Ago  
For Sale: Pentax Q-S1 W/ Extras
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 4
Views: 215
I would love this! For my daughter... yeah... my daughter ;)

Unfortunately it's been an expensive week on gear so can't take advantage at this time :(
Forum: Lens Clubs 1 Day Ago  
DA Limited Zoom Club
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 739
Views: 164,002
IMO yep, quite substantially so. I did a test. Both of these shots I used the KP, one had the DA 20-40 set at 40mm f4, the other the FA43 at f4. Tripod was moved slightly to accommodate the focal length difference. Not much cropping gone on in either lens.



Concentrate on the bokeh, which version do you like more, can you guess which shot was taken with which lens?
Forum: Lens Clubs 1 Day Ago  
DA Limited Zoom Club
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 739
Views: 164,002
Yeah some complain that it's f4 at 40mm, but the way it renders it's not really much of an issue for me. One of the nicest f4 bokeh going around imo (trumped only by the FA ltds).
Forum: Pentax K-1 1 Day Ago  
Pixel Shifted Images
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 1,175
Views: 135,380
Ok example;

Actual Shot.



BTS (Behind The Scenes) Shot.
Forum: Pentax K-1 2 Days Ago  
Pixel Shifted Images
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 1,175
Views: 135,380
Behind The Scenes :)
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 2 Days Ago  
Fully Wired Studio Setup
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 103
Views: 2,143
Well you're talking to someone who invested into Cactus... so yeah... spent a bob or two in the wrong direction there also. But at least they have a hotshoe, I believe I can blend my Godox and Cactus systems together with relatively no massive problems...
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 2 Days Ago  
Is 16bit ProPhoto worth it if 99% of everything ends up 8bit sRGB Jpg?
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 46
Views: 1,080
Can't they? I do all my printing in LR with the Raw editing DNG file, without exporting or anything I then use the Develop module. It's my understanding I am printing from a RAW file by using this method (rather than say exporting the image as a Jpg and then using some Image Viewer software to do the printing..).



I had this conversation the other day with a friend. I was a little confused by what he said. It started with this thread and this particular image of the family I shot. He asked for the RAW file, and I said that wouldn't work, that he would need LR as well with the catalog file to see the edit changes I made to the DNG file. He said nah, that the changes were in the metadata of the RAW file...

Life got in the way and I/we have not followed up with this conversation yet, so what is it? If I work on a RAW file in LR and then pass that RAW file to someone else, and they import it into LR it won't show the changes I made to it will it?



This thread has put me down the rabbit hole indeed. I intend to update with another video (hopefully later today). I have been googling more information and came this thread that you might find interesting;

Soft proofing sRGB on wide gamut monitor | Lightroom Queen Forums

If I am reading this right then Tony Jay shows in his Soft Proofing mode that selecting one of his Print Profiles (4th image, Canson Baryta Photgraphique with an Epson Pro 7900) shows that his RAW image when going to print is actually not going to lose any gamut, whereas if we/he print from an exported Jpg it would have less range.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 2 Days Ago  
Fully Wired Studio Setup
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 103
Views: 2,143
I did look into the elinchrome Tranceiver PRO, I cannot recall why, perhaps it was just the very high cost (it retails about 3-4x the price of a Godox trigger), but I have a feeling there may have been another reason why I decided to move with Godox...

I'm not trying to put you off, in fact I'd love a member here to share their experiences with another brand of trigger and report back :)
Forum: Pentax K-1 2 Days Ago  
Pixel Shifted Images
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 1,175
Views: 135,380
Sounds interesting, anytime you wanna show us a BTS I'd quite like to see that :)
Forum: Pentax K-1 3 Days Ago  
Pixel Shifted Images
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 1,175
Views: 135,380
Ok, how does that work? Are you using something like this? Pentax Film Duplicator helps you scan 35mm and medium-format film quicker

Flash doesn't work with pixelshift (or rather it works only for the first frame). So if you have taken a film shot, how are you involving the pixelshift aspect for scan/print?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 3 Days Ago  
Is 16bit ProPhoto worth it if 99% of everything ends up 8bit sRGB Jpg?
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 46
Views: 1,080
Stop being funny and go watch my video whilst I make another video to make matters more confusing :D
Forum: Pentax K-1 3 Days Ago  
Pixel Shifted Images
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 1,175
Views: 135,380
Honestly, I would say don't overly sweat it. Using DCU5/Silkypix vs RT, you'll find plenty of online web articles comparing and every review/comparison I have read puts RT ahead (and follows my own testing conclusions). But its like some serious pixelpeeping stuff. Like... I care about this stuff when going to print, and printing large! Up until now we really have never been able to appreciate the benefits of pixelshift vs non pixelshift shots because nowhere hosts full res jpgs for us to inspect. Having a pixelshift thread is almost pointless as we're limited to the upload size dimensions and Flickr restricts the display to 2048 on the longest edge... or at least it used to. Just think week I heard that Flickr will now support 6k native images from Pro users, so that will be interesting to see. Hopefully (on a good screen), viewing an image on Flickr will let the user see the original resolution shot and not the compressed version and the differences in using this feature more obvious.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
DA35 Macro, only sharp at close focus?
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 15
Views: 548
It just looks out of focus. If these are 1:1 crops of a f5.6 shot and these are your subjects AND you used the OVF to nail focus then I suspect the AF/OVF let you down and focus was not obtained.

First thing I would do is suggest to get right out of OVF for testing and start doing some Live View test shots, both manually focusing and magnifying in to nail focus and then also some simple Live View AF tests.

Once we can confirm the lens is indeed performing well and is sharp in that mode you can start to trouble shoot the OVF/AF. Have you done any focus charts or Fine Adjustments to the lens in the camera body it is connected to? It should be noted that Fine Adjustments are only relevant to OVF/AF shooting and not passed on to any AF in Live View mode.
I have needed +8 on my K-1 with one of my FA ltds, otherwise I run the risk of a soft shot like yours also using OVF AF with a '0' for Fine Adjustments.
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