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Forum: Sold Items 08-12-2010, 10:36 AM  
For Sale - Sold: 12-24mm, k-7 grip priced to sell!
Posted By chrisdm
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Yes I don't know why it says Canada...
Forum: Sold Items 08-12-2010, 07:08 AM  
For Sale - Sold: 12-24mm, k-7 grip priced to sell!
Posted By chrisdm
Replies: 11
Views: 2,998
Good morning all, pricing these two for a quick sale today. Immediate PayPal payment is required... See links to pics below.

First is a mint sharp Pentax 12-24 DA lens, with everything as new including box, manual, etc. Asking $550 shipped, USA only.

Grip SOLD SOLD Next is a D-BG4 battery grip for a K-7, with original box &accessories. Has had a tripod base plate mounted most of the time so it has the normal wear marks there but is otherwise like new. $125 shipped, USA only.

Thanks!
Chris Miller
www.imagineimagery.com

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Forum: Sold Items 08-11-2010, 07:12 AM  
For Sale - Sold: K-7 body plus grip, 12-24mm DA lens (US)
Posted By chrisdm
Replies: 3
Views: 1,857
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
K-7 body plus grip, 12-24 DA lens

Asking Price
800, 550

Item Location
La Quinta, CA

Item Description
Hey guys, gotta let go my K-7 body with grip and my 12-24 DA lens. Both are in like new to excellent condition, no blemishes or scratches on any screen, element etc. Everything as new is included, box, manuals, battery, strap etc etc... Asking $800 for the K-7 body including the grip and $550 for the 12-24 lens. If you buy both I will throw in a matching Pentax sling bag (the one in the photo below). Immediate Paypal payment is required, and no Paypal "checks" that take time to clear. I must sell these to fund another equipment purchase by the weekend. Thanks!

Chris Miller
Imagine Imagery, Photography by Chris Miller

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
United States

Shipping Charge
Included

Shipping Services
USPS Priority Mail

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
Guaranteed working and in excellent condition

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-23-2009, 06:11 AM  
Pro from So Cal
Posted By chrisdm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,069
Thank you! Just come visit us in So Cal, our prime golf season just begun last month!

Chris Miller
Imagine Imagery, Photography by Chris Miller
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-22-2009, 10:28 AM  
K-7 HDR really works!
Posted By chrisdm
Replies: 58
Views: 11,064
I think the point is made, if you take a JPG and edit it down to where the blacks are clipped, and you think it is "better", then its no surprise you consider the K-7 HDR files "flat".

Chris Miller
Imagine Imagery, Photography by Chris Miller
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-22-2009, 07:25 AM  
K-7 HDR really works!
Posted By chrisdm
Replies: 58
Views: 11,064
Most of the homes I shoot are multimillion dollar properties with mountain views, and it is those views that get them their premium. So it is obviously a primary requirement in the photography, even with minor views (like being able to see the mountaintops out of the kitchen windows).

Chris Miller
Imagine Imagery, Photography by Chris Miller
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-20-2009, 08:53 PM  
K-7 HDR really works!
Posted By chrisdm
Replies: 58
Views: 11,064
Thanks so much for the kind comments. To answer your first question, no, there is not a one click photoshop action to produce HDRs. The "old fashioned" way of doing it is a fairly meticulous method of combining multiple exposures, which not only requires significant CPU processing time on the files, but also requires about a dozen variables/sliders etc to be set to get the resultant file to look right. Are better results possible doing it manually? Yes, in some cases. But what is most remarkable is how nice Pentax's in-camera results are. Most just need a touch of levels/contrast, and they are ready to deliver. It is incredibly timesaving.

And that answers your second question. My professional real estate/architecture photography runs the gamut from providing 30 to 40 photos of a single property for a real estate agent for $350, to an architect paying me up to $1800 for one photo of a commercial project. So if someone is going to pay me $1800 to take one photograph, I'm going to shoot it with a 5D2, tilt/shift lenses, I will bracket the hell out of it and spend an afternoon processing/blending/editing etc... But for the realtor that needs 40 photos for a web listing in one afternoon, the K-7 allows me the ability to deliver images that taken with my "regular" Canon cameras cost/time prohibitive based on their relatively smaller budgets.

Regarding high ISO performance, it is what it is. There are a lot of pixels on that little sensor, and I don't expect miracles. If I need to shoot moving subjects at 3200 I'm not going to use the K-7. There are much better options out there for that type of work (but not for $1100!)...

Thanks again for the kind words,

Chris Miller
Imagine Imagery, Photography by Chris Miller
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-20-2009, 03:11 PM  
K-7 HDR really works!
Posted By chrisdm
Replies: 58
Views: 11,064
You may need to look into monitor calibration, you've clipped the blacks pretty heavily on the cactus and the rock in the center.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-20-2009, 06:15 AM  
Pro from So Cal
Posted By chrisdm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,069
Thanks shooter, and yes you're correct about that. The K-7 doesn't do any auto-alignment of the bracket so care must be taken. But as a professional landscape photographer and one with software-based HDR and manual exposure masking experience, I am already comfortable with using proper shooting technique anyways.

Here's a K-7 HDR I took yesterday, this is very interesting as you may not know that it was actually dark outside except that the city lights below give it away! I was blown away at how the K-7 HDR properly exposed everything from dawn sky to dark foreground:



Chris Miller
Imagine Imagery, Photography by Chris Miller
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-20-2009, 06:10 AM  
K-7 HDR really works!
Posted By chrisdm
Replies: 58
Views: 11,064
I have discovered this using the K-7 now for one real estate job and 1 pre-dawn landscape hike that sometimes "normal" mode works best and sometimes "strong" mode works best. Strong generall works better if there is a real extreme range, like in the real estate examples I posted above. But if there isn't this extreme range to begin with, then the strong mode appears washed out, lacking contrast. It does punch up in post well though...

Here's one from that landscape outing, another one with extreme range. This really shows the capabilities of this remarkable camera, as it was actually nearly dark outside, as evidenced by the city lights you can see below. But the camera exposed evertthing from the sky beginning to be filled with sunlight to the dark, dark foreground. Once again just remarkable:



Chris Miller
Imagine Imagery, Photography by Chris Miller
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-18-2009, 05:22 PM  
Pro from So Cal
Posted By chrisdm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,069
Thanks so much for the kind replies everyone, it is nice to be back!

Chris Miller
Imagine Imagery, Photography by Chris Miller
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-18-2009, 05:15 PM  
K-7 HDR really works!
Posted By chrisdm
Replies: 58
Views: 11,064
Some great photos there, thanks for sharing. Were most of these done for a flooring company?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-18-2009, 05:13 PM  
K-7 HDR really works!
Posted By chrisdm
Replies: 58
Views: 11,064
I think it was sarcasm. With its HDR feature the K-7 beats the nearest competitor in terms of dynamic range by at least 6 stops. Dpreview measured 17EV of dynamic range!! That would be a world record for a DSLR if Guiness tallies such things...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-18-2009, 05:52 AM  
K-7 HDR really works!
Posted By chrisdm
Replies: 58
Views: 11,064
No, it won't work for that application as with "old fashioned" HDR it takes 3 exposures and combines them. Any moving element (like a person) won't likely be rendered properly due to movement between the 3 frames... If you want to show window details you'll have to so it the old fashioned way, by artificially lighting your subject indoors while simultaneously exposing for the window details.

If I were a Pentax wedding photographer (which I am not, I shoot my pro weddings with Canon 1 series cameras), I would probably use the K-x for its high ISO performance over the K-7.

Hope this helps,

Chris Miller
Imagine Imagery, Photography by Chris Miller
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-17-2009, 07:40 PM  
K-7 HDR really works!
Posted By chrisdm
Replies: 58
Views: 11,064
Well, the lens I use most for interiors is the Canon 17-40L on my 5D Mark II.. Last night was my first real estate gig with my new K-7, and yes the 12-24 also. It is really the only choice as the distortion correction only works with Pentax lenses.

Chris Miller
Imagine Imagery, Photography by Chris Miller
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-17-2009, 03:09 PM  
K-7 HDR really works!
Posted By chrisdm
Replies: 58
Views: 11,064
I'm not sure how to or why I would want to post a blown crop at 100% (I am not a "pixel peeper"), but I will tell you that I regularly produce and publish HDRs that I generate manually from my Canon 5D2 and Photomatix software, and I shoot this type of work at low ISOs, expose properly and process cleanly so there is no noise. And fortunately the same can be said of the low ISO HDRs from the K-7, they are clean, assuming I get the exposure right.

Chris Miller
Imagine Imagery, Photography by Chris Miller
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-17-2009, 01:55 PM  
K-7 HDR really works!
Posted By chrisdm
Replies: 58
Views: 11,064
Holy $h!t!! is exactly what I said after seeing the first image that came out of my brand new Pentax K-7 last night. I shoot a lot of high end real estate, and most of them have exterior views, so the possibility of in-camera HDR was HUGE for me. But I was skeptical, knowing from experience how difficult and time consuming it is to get a natural looking yet effective HDR the "old fashioned" way. But I'll be damned, it actually works! And on top of that this camera will also correct for lens distortion in camera (I tested this too, it also works as advertised), and finally in-camera horizon and tilt indicators!!! Simply the dream camera for photographing interiors. My job just got a WHOLE lot easier, thank you Pentax! Now if you could only figure out how to make a camera autofocus like the competition, I would have about $30k worth of Canon gear to put on eBay!!

2 examples from my job last night:






Chris Miller
Imagine Imagery, Photography by Chris Miller
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-16-2009, 06:09 AM  
Pro from So Cal
Posted By chrisdm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,069
Hey all, my name is Chris Miller and I'm a professional photographer from the Palm Springs, CA area. While I shoot most of my professional stuff with Canon gear, I have a pretty good Pentax bug as well. Unfortunately for much of my work, the Pentax AF system hasn't been able to keep up. But for things like backpacking/travel/landscape, I prefer Pentax feature set and feel.

I haven't had a Pentax camera in a while, but my new K-7 and a couple lenses arrive today and I'm so excited. Real estate and architecture is a fairly good chunk of my day-to-day work, and the K-7's in-camera HDR, as well as its image levelling function and in-camera distortion correction features make it very compelling for this type of work. Time will tell though, but that time is now: The camera and 12-24 arrive this morning and I have a $4 million dollar resort home to photograph this afternoon! So the system will get thrown right into the fire today...

I have always enjoyed internet forums as a place to share, learn, and argue :) And I'm looking forward to getting to know you all now that I'm back in the club. Peace,

Chris Miller
Imagine Imagery, Photography by Chris Miller
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-16-2009, 06:00 AM  
Sigma 30 1.4 non-HSM?
Posted By chrisdm
Replies: 6
Views: 2,271
Thanks, I should have known B&H's website was correct and Adorama's was not. I knew this from experience but was hoping it was B&H's error for a change... Thanks again,

Chris Miller
Imagine Imagery, Photography by Chris Miller
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-15-2009, 09:09 PM  
Sigma 30 1.4 non-HSM?
Posted By chrisdm
Replies: 6
Views: 2,271
So you're implying there was an earlier version of this lens w/o HSM?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-15-2009, 08:40 PM  
Sigma 30 1.4 non-HSM?
Posted By chrisdm
Replies: 6
Views: 2,271
Just rejoined the Pentax club... I finally got around to ordering my Pentax K-7, and got the Sigma 30 1.4 to go with it. But I was just reviewing my B&H order and noticed that the version of this lens that B&H sells doesn't seem to be an HSM version? Upon looking further on the net, everybody else seems to sell an HSM version in Pentax mount for the same price as the one I got on B&H... Is this an earlier version or do you think B&H just forgot to include the HSM description? Here is the one they list, which apparently i will own tomorrow:

Sigma | 30mm f/1.4 EX DC Autofocus Lens for Pentax | 300109

Thanks,

Chris Miller
Imagine Imagery, Photography by Chris Miller
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