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Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 2 Days Ago  
For Sale: Pentax 50-135
Posted By selfnoise
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Hi! If you have this information, can you add when it was bought and how the SDM is functioning? Thank you.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-11-2019, 05:31 AM  
New product for Wireless Tethering for Pentax et al
Posted By selfnoise
Replies: 22
Views: 2,405
This looks to be identical to this Vello product that was just announced. Interestingly the Vello version does not have Pentax support.

Also the Pentax support list doesn't include several newer but very similar cameras to the older APS-C systems so I wonder if they just haven't tested it with the K-70 and KP, et al.
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-01-2019, 02:41 PM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By selfnoise
Replies: 11,197
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Is this too much bokeh? Or... just enough? :)

Constellation by A.T., on Flickr
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-25-2018, 05:59 PM  
Darktable 2.6 is out
Posted By selfnoise
Replies: 19
Views: 1,380
The blog post is insane. I'm still absorbing it all.

I really like the filmic module. Haven't really messed with the new retouch system yet.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-25-2018, 02:16 PM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By selfnoise
Replies: 11,197
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Messing around with the new filmic module in Darktable. I adore this lens: so compact and versatile!

Westbrook lights by A.T., on Flickr

Sleeper Mattress by A.T., on Flickr
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-24-2018, 10:56 AM  
Darktable 2.6 is out
Posted By selfnoise
Replies: 19
Views: 1,380
Merry Christmas!

I'm currently playing around with the "Filmic" module. Seems quite promising since I don't really like their fill light module and I think this might be a workaround.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-18-2018, 08:56 PM  
Luminar 3 with Libraries is out
Posted By selfnoise
Replies: 19
Views: 1,172
I tried it out... I actually like the layout and the library function. But man, the more I try other development apps, the more I love Darktable.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-13-2018, 01:50 PM  
Which protection filter?
Posted By selfnoise
Replies: 41
Views: 1,755
I shoot on the beach all the time. I'm not dunking the camera in the sand... Strangely I never end up with problems.

I've also taken my camera on weeklong trips in Arizona, zero issues.

If there's enough blowing sand to get in my camera lens, there's enough to get in my eyes. So my solution to taking my lens into a hazardous situation is...I don't take it into a hazardous situation.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-13-2018, 01:37 PM  
Which protection filter?
Posted By selfnoise
Replies: 41
Views: 1,755
I never use filters for protection. At best, they're pointless.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-10-2018, 08:01 PM  
Issue exporting from Darktable with KP?
Posted By selfnoise
Replies: 10
Views: 531
I've had no luck mitigating this so I've been forced to stop using Darktable. Quite disheartening. I'm currently using a trial of DxO to see how I like it and hoping that perhaps the 2.6 release of Darktable will fix the problem.

It's definitely a color management issue having somehow to do with Flickr particularly... the image doesn't get badly mangled until it ends up on Flickr. But DxO has zero issues.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-10-2018, 11:34 AM  
Cyber Monday 2018 - $200 off the Pentax KP - just $697!
Posted By selfnoise
Replies: 173
Views: 8,740
Got my lens and other extras today. So all's well that ends well. Thanks to all for sharing information.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-07-2018, 11:04 AM  
Cyber Monday 2018 - $200 off the Pentax KP - just $697!
Posted By selfnoise
Replies: 173
Views: 8,740
They just shipped my lens. Should finally have everything from my order early next week.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-06-2018, 02:31 PM  
Cyber Monday 2018 - $200 off the Pentax KP - just $697!
Posted By selfnoise
Replies: 173
Views: 8,740
My strap and bag shipped... The lens has been upgraded to "processing".
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-06-2018, 09:30 AM  
Cyber Monday 2018 - $200 off the Pentax KP - just $697!
Posted By selfnoise
Replies: 173
Views: 8,740
Looks like the lens is now showing as In Stock. Let's see if they actually ship it!
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-03-2018, 11:34 AM  
Cyber Monday 2018 - $200 off the Pentax KP - just $697!
Posted By selfnoise
Replies: 173
Views: 8,740
Adorama now lists the WR lens as coming soon, so hopefully the extras packages will ship when those arrive.
Forum: Pentax KP 12-02-2018, 06:44 PM  
KP Impressions
Posted By selfnoise
Replies: 15
Views: 1,739
Oh, I forgot to mention: The ability to customize program lines is just really neat and I imagine I'll get a lot of use out of that, particularly since it can go on the custom dial.
Forum: Pentax KP 12-02-2018, 03:33 PM  
KP Impressions
Posted By selfnoise
Replies: 15
Views: 1,739
I recently got one as well. Some scattershot impressions:

-I'm really impressed in the upgrade in white balance processing vs the K50. I'm not sure what's happening under the hood but interior lit shots in particular seem better.

-Having 24 megapixels is really fun, I can crop to the K50's 16mpx and get great detail. Or even farther!

-I'm a little nervous about the fact that the screen's data connection ribbon is on the outside of the camera, and that it also moves when the screen pivots. I'm sure they've tested this but it seems like a point of failure.

-The camera's body is just lovely. Particularly from the top. It looks better in real life than in pictures. I'm quite pleased I went with the silver option; unlike a lot of plastic bodied 'silver' cameras, it really looks right.

-I love the top dial system... easy access to the settings I need, no need to peck around in the menus. Perfect for my natural laziness. I also love the switch for live view/ video.

-After 7 years with the K100D and 6 with the K50, it's amazing to have such a quiet shutter.

-I broke out my padded strap for the first time in ages because the largest grip is still too small for me to feel secure just carrying it around. That said, just carrying around my cameras was probably a bad habit I'm well off breaking. I did find that shifting my hands a bit from my standard manner of gripping the K50 helped out a lot.

-My old FA 50mm 1.4 LOVES this camera... I've gotten some fantastic images out of it.

-Focus is... ok? I'm not sure that I've actually noticed it to be better than the K50. ISO performance on the other hand is definitely great, 6400 is usable for family snapshots.

Overall a great camera and it really reminds me of shooting with a K1000 decades ago which feels quite nice in a nostalgic way.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-02-2018, 08:37 AM  
Issue exporting from Darktable with KP?
Posted By selfnoise
Replies: 10
Views: 531
I did not have high quality resampling enabled. After doing that I see a difference, but only a very small one.

My display profile in Windows 10 is for my monitor, but I admit I don't know a great deal about display profiles.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-02-2018, 06:59 AM  
Issue exporting from Darktable with KP?
Posted By selfnoise
Replies: 10
Views: 531
Yeah I should have said, I've tried with TIFFs and PNGs, same issue.

Here's what it looks like in the RAW preview (cropping a tiny portion of the image to demonstrate):



And then here's what it looks like after export:

Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-02-2018, 06:00 AM  
Issue exporting from Darktable with KP?
Posted By selfnoise
Replies: 10
Views: 531
Recently I upgraded to the KP from the K50. I'm now noticing that my images are quite a bit darker when I export to JPG vs the RAW preview. Sometimes a fair bit of detail is even clipped out. I am using the sRGB export setting and am shooting to DNG. Anyone know why this might be happening?
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-01-2018, 02:06 PM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By selfnoise
Replies: 11,197
Views: 1,838,279
2nd floor burgers. Just got this lens and it's really, really fun.

Burger Tableau by A.T., on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-29-2018, 05:38 AM  
Cyber Monday 2018 - $200 off the Pentax KP - just $697!
Posted By selfnoise
Replies: 173
Views: 8,740
I sent a support email through their website using the code "Received Damaged, Defective, Wrong item" and the order number and that worked out for me. I mean, I haven't actually received the stuff because it's backordered, but there does seem to be a free order in their system now for it. Here's the comment I used:

"Hi, I ordered what was clearly listed as the Pentax KP body plus a free bag, strap and lens but got only the body. I've discussed with others who took advantage of this deal and they have the same problem. Can you help me get the rest of my order please?"
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-28-2018, 07:39 AM  
Cyber Monday 2018 - $200 off the Pentax KP - just $697!
Posted By selfnoise
Replies: 173
Views: 8,740
Update: I sent an email to their customer support and as of this morning got an email back adding the (now backordered) extras to the order. I'm in no hurry for the extras so whatever, it'll be a nice surprise whenever they ship.

Getting the order fixed was painless so they are apparently wise to the situation now. Thanks to Adam, not sure if your email contributed to that but I appreciate it all the same.

---------- Post added 11-28-2018 at 07:56 AM ----------

Also thanks to Merv-O for posting that picture and updating us on your own saga.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-27-2018, 10:19 AM  
Cyber Monday 2018 - $200 off the Pentax KP - just $697!
Posted By selfnoise
Replies: 173
Views: 8,740
Just to confirm: just received my KP with no bundle. I'm going to log a complaint, does anyone have a screenshot of the sale they could share?
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-26-2018, 04:17 PM  
Cyber Monday 2018 - $200 off the Pentax KP - just $697!
Posted By selfnoise
Replies: 173
Views: 8,740
Just looking at the weight of the package I'm receiving tomorrow, there's no way I'm getting any of the extras. Bummer, I would not have ordered from Adorama without the bundle as Amazon would have gotten me the camera a day faster. Not looking forward to sorting this out.
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