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Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 10-11-2018, 04:14 AM  
guatemala/mexico
Posted By grispie
Replies: 3
Views: 154
thank you! :-)

yep, i have thought of taking the 12-24. It is such a versatile lens..
Maybe that & simply my mx1. The combo 12-24 & 17-70 is too much to carry
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 10-11-2018, 02:39 AM  
guatemala/mexico
Posted By grispie
Replies: 3
Views: 154
nobody ever been there?
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 10-09-2018, 02:16 PM  
Original Q-style or MX-1 stype modern camera?
Posted By grispie
Replies: 27
Views: 734
maybe mx 1? ;-)
seriously, great camera.. I don't really care about the latest & greatest for a p&s. it is just a very nice camera to use and with more than good enough IQ.
I'm not aware of something newer that will beat that package. Maybe sthing from fujifilm.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 10-04-2018, 12:40 PM  
guatemala/mexico
Posted By grispie
Replies: 3
Views: 154
I'm travelling to Guatemala/Mexico this winter. Focussing on Maya Ruins.
What should i take?

I have:
da 12-24
da 17-70
da 55-300
da 18-55 wr
da 50-200 wr
F 24-50

da15
fa31
da70

ricoh grd 3
mx1

I can make various combo's here, but i do want to travel light.
DA15 seems obvious then, but i do like the versatility of da12-24.
Pretty happy about the 17-70 as well.
F24-50 is quite a surprising allrounder on apsc.

Let's say i want to take two lenses with me or one lens and mx1/grd..
choices..;-)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-04-2018, 07:10 AM  
Help me choose a tripod head please
Posted By grispie
Replies: 22
Views: 619
pretty happy with the sirui ball head here..
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-17-2018, 07:07 AM  
Sensor Cleaning
Posted By grispie
Replies: 18
Views: 809
A simple cleaning swab kit will do.
It's really easy.. don't worry about it..
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-02-2018, 03:19 AM  
Upgrading: K3 or?
Posted By grispie
Replies: 20
Views: 1,119
sums it up perfectly for me..
Don't underestimate the handling differences as well.



Nice series!
I think the fa35 & 50 in combo with k1 would be perfect for your kind of shooting.
Personally, in your shoes, I'd save up a bit longer for the K1. Apsc might only be an upgrade for you if the next iteration of the K3 comes along with some imaging capabilities of the KP. In a way, apsc is ofcourse good enough to make splendid images. But when there is a sucessor to k3, price will be pretty steep as well for a while.
In the short run probably the kp would be better option.
In longer run sucessor k3 or K1.

Well, you mentioned you want to go FF anyhow in due time
Hec, i have a k3 but still enjoy making pictures with my Kr.. meaning, it"s not like you cannot afford some more time to wait & see..
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-31-2018, 12:24 PM  
What are some alright WR lenses for a beginner?
Posted By grispie
Replies: 56
Views: 1,339
One of these things that might be important for the OP, is that the 18 55 might be less suitable for dark and rainy weather. You cannot open the aperture with this lens and expect no penalty..
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-31-2018, 08:18 AM  
Thoughts on ND filters?
Posted By grispie
Replies: 48
Views: 1,074
Actually, I had no idea what these things cost. I got them for free together when buying my fa31 2ndhand..
I just checked. the B&w ones i have don't seem that expensive to me & they are really good.

Be careful on the filter size. maybe better to go for 52mm and use a step up ring, unless they all are really 49 & you have no plans to acquire lenses with bigger size..
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-31-2018, 07:53 AM  
Thoughts on ND filters?
Posted By grispie
Replies: 48
Views: 1,074
I have some b&w filters. pretty good.
i'd recommend buying a 6 stop and a 3stop.
when stacked that is 9..
during day, you need that. in morning/evening 6 or 3 alone may do.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-31-2018, 12:42 AM  
what would you do to get nice very shallow bokeh portraits?
Posted By grispie
Replies: 65
Views: 2,155
I keep wondering if the focal length i used last summer (fa31) is a tad too wide for environmental portraits, creating a bit of distortion..
grimaud - christophe gryspeert
grimaud - christophe gryspeert
as opposed to what the da70 does e.g.?
willemijn - christophe gryspeert

the latter looks far more flattering to me..

---------- Post added 08-31-18 at 09:47 AM ----------



& i do recall for indoor shooting & to get sthing like this with the da70, i really needed quite some space.. which in some places really is not available.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-29-2018, 12:56 PM  
Notebook for Photo Editing and not MacBook
Posted By grispie
Replies: 30
Views: 1,298
well, that is for a buyer to check upfront..
anyhow, not the worst thing in the world.

happy on performance?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-28-2018, 12:45 PM  
what would you do to get nice very shallow bokeh portraits?
Posted By grispie
Replies: 65
Views: 2,155
glad i could help.. ;-)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-28-2018, 12:43 PM  
What are some alright WR lenses for a beginner?
Posted By grispie
Replies: 56
Views: 1,339
Reading this, i assume you want to fill up the wide angle side.
To be honest, the 18 55 WR really is quite good.
Botswana - christophe gryspeert
In case you just want a wide angle..

It might be worth saving up indeed for a 2nd hand da 16-85 or 18-135 in the long run..
Not really weather resistant, but still though and cheap 2nd hand is the DA16-45.
I used to have a copy and it's a serious contender. Quite a step up in IQ vs kitlens.
Depends on how harsh your weather is.. :-)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-24-2018, 05:34 AM  
what would you do to get nice very shallow bokeh portraits?
Posted By grispie
Replies: 65
Views: 2,155
I think the kind of portraits you make are a discipline on their own. requiring far more skills on post since the models are so close.

ps': '...yet' ;-)



I took a look at your flickr account. Very nice series.
Sky was indeed pretty thankful that day(s). Always nice framing and surreal finishing.
What was the event?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-23-2018, 10:52 AM  
what would you do to get nice very shallow bokeh portraits?
Posted By grispie
Replies: 65
Views: 2,155
simply stunning.

yep, concerning landscape i feel pretty adept. learned it by trying & trying...
Portraiture however is a different discipline.

I'm especially looking at your skin tones & your lighting.

no, definitely no need for FF
I should get a k10d & jupiter 135 :-)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-22-2018, 01:23 PM  
what would you do to get nice very shallow bokeh portraits?
Posted By grispie
Replies: 65
Views: 2,155
thank you for the exquisite portrait course ;-)
Shallow dof being a bit overstated he.. I had a relook at the portraits i made during last holiday and discovered that the pics i like the most seem to have most dof. Funny
It actually indeed adds to the portrait that the background is recognisable.
grimaud - christophe gryspeert
grimaud - christophe gryspeert
grimaud - christophe gryspeert

If there is anything you would have done differently on these picture, be welcome..


guess this is probably most value comment i got(from several of you)
I gather if i want a dreamy shallow dof pic i have to play with this rather than with aperture..
something like this (well, it is at 1.8 but it would have worked a smaller aperture aswell..)
grimaud - christophe gryspeert


In the above picture, it certainly is. Not sure what the safe range here is? it must be pretty large though.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-22-2018, 12:48 PM  
DA 15mm + 21mm or Ricoh GR II
Posted By grispie
Replies: 13
Views: 578
this..

I'd take the da15 & the GR
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-18-2018, 01:15 AM  
what would you do to get nice very shallow bokeh portraits?
Posted By grispie
Replies: 65
Views: 2,155
are you sure you got it right this time? ;-)

I see your point.. choosing background more carefully allows you to use whatever f stop one needs/wants..
Actually, looking at some of my pics, i have done that (albeit a bit unconsciously..)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-18-2018, 01:03 AM  
DFA 50* 1.4 on the mountains
Posted By grispie
Replies: 15
Views: 1,063
I think they got this right on. It looks very natural to me. really nice.
thnks for sharing this!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-16-2018, 07:01 AM  
what would you do to get nice very shallow bokeh portraits?
Posted By grispie
Replies: 65
Views: 2,155
gorgeous natural colors
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-11-2018, 12:12 PM  
what would you do to get nice very shallow bokeh portraits?
Posted By grispie
Replies: 65
Views: 2,155
lol

what i understood now, i think, is that when using a ff sensor instead of apsc, one will crop with his feet to get the same framing.
It allows to get closer to the subject creating more background & possibly foreground blur. It's all about relative distance? at least, for the most part..

---------- Post added 08-11-18 at 09:31 PM ----------



and now i wonder how the da55 compares to an 85 1.4, both on apsc.

I'd think about the same as the higher compression of the 85 is offset by the fact that the distance between lens-subject is less with the da55 given the same framing? Maybe the 55 might give an advantage indoors e.g.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-10-2018, 01:52 PM  
what would you do to get nice very shallow bokeh portraits?
Posted By grispie
Replies: 65
Views: 2,155
yep, shallow dof.. :-)

I did realize about the back (& fore) ground & started using that given. Indeed, it makes a huge difference.
per below example. mine..
Portrait - christophe gryspeert
I also know about light ofcourse but only very recently 'discovered' the use of flash or becoming more aware of the specific light needs for portrait. I have a great deal to learn here. Basically what i am hearing is, use the gear you have & learn that craft..

Someone mentioned 'color'. Great tip, colors & patterns..


this..

2 examples:
Polin by Sergey Piltnik (???????) - Photo 268193079 / 500px
just gorgeous in my opinion.
& why not this one :-)
Playing with Bubbles by Eric Noeske - Photo 254894197 / 500px
Silky smooth pics..

Probably indeed best to use what i have to the fullest before buying something new. Not planning to this year.
But i do wonder what plays the bigger role in these kind of pics. the lens aperture(and focal indeed also) or size of sensor.
Hec, there is also sthing like da55 1.4 for apsc..

---------- Post added 08-10-18 at 10:56 PM ----------



interesting comment..
not sure yet on how it would affect, say:
FF + da70 vs apsc + da55
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-10-2018, 11:05 AM  
what would you do to get nice very shallow bokeh portraits?
Posted By grispie
Replies: 65
Views: 2,155
I have a K3 and a da70 / M85 f2 / M100 2.8 / M135 2.5
And an fa31 which is great for environmental portraits on apsc.

I'd like a modern lens to use p ttl flash & AF to be honest. I have to save up a bit first.
Either i should go into the direction of an AF 1.4 lens (maybe the upcoming dfa 85 or an older one) or i should to put my money on a K1 & combine it with the da70.
2.4 on FF isn't shabby i guess.

Ofcourse maybe I should stick with the m lenses and learn to control my flash manually.
I need to do that anyhow in the short run.

But would like to know what your preference would be regarding a FF vs an 85 1.4..

For everything else i'm very well equipped in apsc such as da12 24 & filters and so, & i'm absolutely happy with the K3..
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-08-2018, 06:49 AM  
Pentax DA300 + 1.4x Teleconverter for Airshows
Posted By grispie
Replies: 6
Views: 695
tracking worked quite ok, but it was against a very clear sky...
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