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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-17-2019, 02:08 PM  
Leaving Pentax
Posted By D4rknezz
Replies: 71
Views: 4,203
Some 8 years ago, after being told by one of the important member of a local PPO that upgrading my silly k5 would be the first thing i should do on my road to professional wedding photography, i bought a D800E. Later on, to marry that one decision with another, i also bought a Canon 5K Mark 2. So i've been shooting with those two cameras during my professional outings.

I bought a K1 just for the heck of it, but i didn't really use it much. As with any labour of love turning professional work, i am getting tired of my work. I was not getting better, i was not improving, the 2 systems i carry to my wedding jobs gives me tons of headache in post later. Nikon's images are easily the sharpest, but the raw was lifeless, flat, uninspiring. Canon's images are a bit more reddish, the primes i have for it gives great result....but it looks like every other wedding photographer's work out there.

Then i saw my old work - and realized i was better then. i was better when the photos were labour of love. When the camera was imperfect, but i was pushed to produce...*I* made pictures that was decidedly, mine, and not the camera. I dug out the K1, and now its my main camera in weddings. I wield Canon as my second camera. My assistant uses the Nikon. I don't have great lenses for the K1, but thats okay. I spent the money and got myself some great manual lenses. Yeap, old manual lenses....in a wedding. With their imperfections, glare, colour cast, weird depth of field.

The result speaks for itself.
In every wedding, the Canon gets the most keeper, with images ready to go right after crop. The Nikon comes second with raw images needing teasing so that the colour is more warm, and the highlights and shadows more pronounced. The pentax? With its manual lenses and inability of the old lenses to trigger ttl wirelessly...i get quite a lot less keepers. But each of them I treasure - these are pictures that i feel, has more personality.



Soo...maybe see you later :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-02-2018, 07:15 AM  
People RIP Brigette: You will be Missed
Posted By D4rknezz
Replies: 13
Views: 979
Very much this comment here.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-24-2018, 10:08 AM  
Macro Little hitchhiker
Posted By D4rknezz
Replies: 5
Views: 169
thanks guys :)
I think jumping spiders are the coolest out of all spiders - and they have such cute puppy eyes :p
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-24-2018, 08:52 AM  
Macro Little hitchhiker
Posted By D4rknezz
Replies: 5
Views: 169
:lol:
This little hitchhiker jumped right next to me while i was driving. It took all i had to make sure i got home as quickly as possible so I can grab my camera.
My neighbours prob think i am the weirdest dude, pointing cameras 20 cm away from the ground. :D
Forum: General Photography 08-13-2018, 07:27 AM  
Did you guys see this newest Laowa Macro probe?
Posted By D4rknezz
Replies: 25
Views: 978
I just saw these threads too :( If only I saw them earlier - i would prob be an early bird. At this price point i may as well wait for reviews, i guess.
Forum: General Photography 08-13-2018, 07:00 AM  
Did you guys see this newest Laowa Macro probe?
Posted By D4rknezz
Replies: 25
Views: 978
I know what you are saying...though turns out the lens is coming for Pentax.

Also, i do have a Nikon D800, and a Canon 5D Mark 3. Not to brag about my mistakes...if I had to start all over again I may stick with Canon only.

That said, though I understand what you are saying, I disagree. I do want lenses for Pentax. Especially specialty lenses like these. The three cameras have different colour profile, and they all behave differently - and out of all 3, the pentax is the best for me, ergonomically, and the sooc colours and feel.
Also, the most important thing is, the pentax is, to me, a workhorse. All three of these cameras are weather resistant, aluminum body, etc, but thats not all it needs to be a workhorse, to me.
The Pentax, is the lightest, smallest, most affordable one. That means, when I go on a trip, when I have to go down on my knees for macro shots, etc, when I go camping, beach, etc...i grab the Pentax. Trying to handheld a nikon D800 to get a macro shot is the most unpleasant thing to do.
I think its justified for us to want lenses on the cameras we actually want to use.

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Its equipped with a water proof front barrel that has LED built in right to the tip.
If thats not what you use it for, then I dont know.
Forum: General Photography 08-13-2018, 06:18 AM  
Did you guys see this newest Laowa Macro probe?
Posted By D4rknezz
Replies: 25
Views: 978
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-30-2018, 05:55 AM  
Nocturnus 50 mm f0.95
Posted By D4rknezz
Replies: 9
Views: 986
Well....
I dont think meyer optic releases anything with A setting, so its more like, an M 1.2.
I like the lenses i got from them, but maybe not for $2k.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-29-2018, 12:37 PM  
Nocturnus 50 mm f0.95
Posted By D4rknezz
Replies: 9
Views: 986
Whoa! thanks for telling this
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-29-2018, 06:57 AM  
Nocturnus 50 mm f0.95
Posted By D4rknezz
Replies: 9
Views: 986
Nocturnus 50 DSLR Presale
If you have money to burn..........

:) Comes in pentax mount.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-14-2018, 08:30 AM  
New 85mm f1.5 announced
Posted By D4rknezz
Replies: 27
Views: 3,060
Is that the silver helios?
Yeah. lol. I stupidly threw away the tripod mount. Its not easy to hand hold. It weights a few tons. I take it out once in a while to admire it but i never use it for serious shooting.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-14-2018, 06:25 AM  
New 85mm f1.5 announced
Posted By D4rknezz
Replies: 27
Views: 3,060
I own the 75mm 1.9 from Optik Meyer as well as the 58mm 1.9, and while I dont understand the inner workings of the lenses, i can tell you that visually, the lenses themselves are very nice. Typically, i find chinese made product were poorly packaged. The packaging quality of the optik meyer lenses i owned was something else. It beats the packaging of all the lenses I've bought, and I've bought many. Not quite sure if it was a kickstarter thing.
They were adamant that these were hand assembled in germany, and thats what took so long for the kickstarter to fulfill its obligations. The lenses were gorgeous, their communication was outrageously bad, lol. It was a typical german product.

I am very happy with the lenses I own, but I acknowledge that I may have some emotional investment here. But just wanted to give my two cents.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 12-08-2017, 11:43 AM  
Thought FF (k1) would give me. Significant increase in light gathering vs k70
Posted By D4rknezz
Replies: 31
Views: 3,478
When you are cutting butter, any knife will do and yield the same result.
When you are cutting prime rib ....

In photography, if you are shooting in ideal conditions all the time, your iphone can probably yield the same result.
when shooting in extreme conditions...
Forum: Sold Items 11-02-2017, 06:09 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Voigtländer 125mm f2.5 Macro
Posted By D4rknezz
Replies: 9
Views: 1,673
Bump for what is still the best lens I own.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 10-04-2017, 12:10 PM  
K1 Focus issues
Posted By D4rknezz
Replies: 19
Views: 3,156
Isnt it a 2 year warranty? Whenever you bought the camera, its still covered, i'd send it in if you suspect problems...
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 07-18-2017, 06:54 AM  
Bulb mode on k1? Help!
Posted By D4rknezz
Replies: 7
Views: 1,779
Thanks @jbinpg!
@adam I dont think so, unless i can be in video mode without live view on and taking pictures normally. I'll check the dial.

This is the issue with having multiple systems, lol, when things go wrong I get confused how each system does their thing.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 07-17-2017, 10:37 PM  
Bulb mode on k1? Help!
Posted By D4rknezz
Replies: 7
Views: 1,779
Now that I look into it, seems like my dial isn't working. It has never left manual mode so I didn't notice it before - but moving the dials does nothing most of the time. Then it would move to shutter priority sometime, then move back to manual, skipping all the other modes.
Do I have a dial failure or did I somehow have a function on that renders the dial useless?
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 07-17-2017, 09:59 PM  
Bulb mode on k1? Help!
Posted By D4rknezz
Replies: 7
Views: 1,779
Trying to activate bulb mode , set the dial to B, but somehow the shutter speed setting always overrides it. What do I do? Haha.

Finally got out in the blackest night , and can't for the life of me figure this out.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-22-2017, 05:47 PM  
How to fire flash with old manual lenses?
Posted By D4rknezz
Replies: 4
Views: 753
Thanks for the help guys.
Looks like my AF160 is broken.

I remembered trying my AF540 before, and i thought it didn't work, but now i realized it was just shooting full power all the time, for some reason.
I popped in a different flash on A mode on the camera, and it worked perfectly.

Thanks for the help!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-21-2017, 09:44 PM  
How to fire flash with old manual lenses?
Posted By D4rknezz
Replies: 4
Views: 753
Hi all,

I've got an old pentax 50mm 1.2 without A setting. I love it, but no matter what I do it won't fire my flash. I even have an old AF 160? that I mounted on, but it wont fire it.
Is there something I can do to make it work? Maybe I just dont know what setting i should have it on.

I am shooting with a K1.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-01-2017, 06:28 AM  
Pentax 6x7 ..what am I looking at?
Posted By D4rknezz
Replies: 15
Views: 2,736
Ya, I am aware, just that someone says that you can actually remove the LX viewfinder as well, right before the advice on making sure the lens is off. Thanks! :)
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-31-2017, 08:30 AM  
Pentax 6x7 ..what am I looking at?
Posted By D4rknezz
Replies: 15
Views: 2,736
these things go for $200 on ebay, they are only a plastic hood without glass? :eek:

Maybe i should just use a piece of cardboard if I decide to get a 67
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-31-2017, 06:47 AM  
Pentax 6x7 ..what am I looking at?
Posted By D4rknezz
Replies: 15
Views: 2,736
:lol::lol::lol:
I joined in 2009 as one of those bratty snot-nosed digital only pentaxian :o.

I am just going through the known pentaxian phases right now, so at this moment i am looking at film processing.....i think thats stage 3 of the addiction, stage 2 being LBA. :D

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Did you mean for LX, or for the 6x7 , or both? Cuz I was actually looking at the LX yesterday before I accidentally look at the 6x7.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-30-2017, 12:39 PM  
Pentax 6x7 ..what am I looking at?
Posted By D4rknezz
Replies: 15
Views: 2,736
I see. Thanks guys. Looking at adam's link, looks like there are a LOT of viewfinders that can be attached to the Pentax 6x7. Does this waist level finder come default? As in, if i remove the viewfinder of a Pentax 6x7 , do i find this waist level finder underneath it, or is it something i have to buy and install separately?

---------- Post added 05-30-2017 at 04:15 PM ----------

Ok, i think i got confused because the camera without a viewfinder looks ALMOST like the camera with a waist level finder....

Here it is without the viewfinder (notice the 3 contact points) from the for sale section by filmamigo



---------- Post added 05-30-2017 at 04:16 PM ----------

and with a waist level finder :

Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-30-2017, 12:06 PM  
Pentax 6x7 ..what am I looking at?
Posted By D4rknezz
Replies: 15
Views: 2,736
Am I looking at a ...digital back? What am I looking at? I am not familiar with medium format, but why is there a digital preview of the image on the pentax 6x7?

Thanks....



---------- Post added 05-30-2017 at 03:13 PM ----------

So it looks like its...a focussing screen. Does that come standard? Do all pentax 6x7 top come off to reveal this screen?
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