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Forum: Pentax Full Frame 03-08-2019, 04:33 PM  
are you happy with switching to FF?
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 276
Views: 18,724
Norm, this is a very insightful and helpful post. I was wavering jsut a tad on adding a FF, a couple decent deals in the Marketplace. After reading your comments I'll stay with my K-70 and probably add another unless a new APS-C from Pentax comes soon. One of my 2 K-S2's is sold and the other on the market very soon.

Thank you sir.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-20-2019, 11:49 AM  
New Ricoh camera on the horizon: R02020
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 189
Views: 13,506
You've got dodge and weave down...
You're certainly entitled to your consistent and persistent negative diatribe on Pentax whether it's current photo gear or something yet unannounced. We all have opinions and yours is just one.
:)

Why not do something fun, post a few of your images or involve yourself in some helpful pointers on technique for our newer shooters? There's plenty of time to write all the bad things about the new Pentax camera AFTER they've released it and you know what it's about based on something more than presumption.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-20-2019, 11:23 AM  
New Ricoh camera on the horizon: R02020
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 189
Views: 13,506
Ooh, Ooh... Let me guess. Whatever this new Ricoh camera is you've already determined it's horridly designed, nothing new, only useful for niche cases, and doomed to fail. :) Did I cover it all?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-18-2019, 01:39 PM  
Any K mount lens that's more macro than macro (ie, micro)
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 38
Views: 1,344
Big thumbs up Brian!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-18-2019, 12:18 PM  
Any K mount lens that's more macro than macro (ie, micro)
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 38
Views: 1,344
Huh. The Raynox suddenly becomes more interesting to me. I've always assumed it would degrade the 100WR's images. Apparently it does not.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 02-18-2019, 12:09 PM  
Smart photo gear kit for nature hiking, sailing, and big city visit
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 45
Views: 1,154
I don't remember if it was you or someone else who mentioned the Raynox to me a couple years ago before I bought a DFA100. From the images I've seen seems worthwhile for folks who don't typically do macro except on rare occasions. Good advice Uncle.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 02-18-2019, 10:52 AM  
Smart photo gear kit for nature hiking, sailing, and big city visit
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 45
Views: 1,154
Heck I've done "macro" insect shots with a *300, so yes if you have good technique there's a lot of lenses that could be put to the task even if you don't have what would be considered the "proper" one.

EDIT: Just noticed the proper EXIF data isn't attached. I'll find it and post the aperture/speed for reference but I do know that was shot with a DA*300.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 02-18-2019, 07:30 AM  
Smart photo gear kit for nature hiking, sailing, and big city visit
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 45
Views: 1,154
FWIW your K-3 has enough resolution to substitute the lighter and arguably even better resolving *200 for the *300. It will really cut down on the size and weight of your kit. Carry a TC along if you wish since the 2.8 on the *200 will handle it well.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-18-2019, 07:22 AM  
Thematic No rembrandt-Show us your portrait shot-people close-ups,head shots
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 1,689
Views: 162,983
And from a much smaller local SteamPunk fest on Saturday
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-18-2019, 07:20 AM  
Thematic No rembrandt-Show us your portrait shot-people close-ups,head shots
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 1,689
Views: 162,983
Tampa RenFair yesterday
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-16-2019, 08:57 PM  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 129
Views: 4,095
Here's the more complete explanation of how Pixel Night Sight works. There's a lot involved.
Google AI Blog: Night Sight: Seeing in the Dark on Pixel Phones
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-16-2019, 06:28 AM  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 129
Views: 4,095
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-15-2019, 06:10 PM  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 129
Views: 4,095
Forum: General Photography 02-15-2019, 01:09 PM  
Hood-loupe
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 13
Views: 510
I use the Pentax-branded magnifying eyepiece (o-me53) on one of my cameras but not the others. One niggling issue with that: I have a tendency to misframe some of my shots, going low on some and entirely due to that eyepiece shielding the top part of the frame if I haven't properly positioned my eye in the viewfinder. Happens more often on those quick raise and shoot photos than any other time.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-15-2019, 11:37 AM  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 129
Views: 4,095
People looking for a full frame camera would presumably know why they WANT full-frame, and that entry-level Canon doesn't look to me to be one that would be highly desirable for an informed crowd.

IMO the target market for both is the new shooter on a budget who has no real idea of the practical differences between APS-C and full-frame. nor would probably notice there's a difference to begin with. They just keep hearing the "mirrorless" hype. If they pay attention to price and features, then take a look at comparable prices for the proper lenses to take advantage of their new mirrorless the Fuji looks like the far better choice IMO and that's who they'll be competing against, along with the upcoming Sony A6400 (which suffers from the same over-priced Sony lens issue that Canon will be playing in)

Give away the printer and stiff 'em on the ink. Fuji just isn't sticking it to them quite as hard, and they have a rep for excellent glass just as Canon generally does.

All stated as my opinion of course. :)
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-14-2019, 01:14 PM  
New Canon entry level mirrorless
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 39
Views: 1,751
It's a recycle of the printer marketing scheme: Sell it closer to cost and make it up (and more!) on the inks. Canon does it with their printers and now will do the same on their cameras. It's proven to work.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-14-2019, 11:46 AM  
New Canon entry level mirrorless
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 39
Views: 1,751
I'm very happy in the Pentax ecosystem, but may still get the latest Fuji, X-T30, for it's size and weight and fast autofocus,pair it with a Fuji 50-230 for $200 and I'm thinking good for wildlife action... In for about $1100 total and carry it along with my Pentax gear rather than instead of.

But In general I've not seen what the big brouhoo over mirrorless is. For the most part it's much more expensive, loses the autofocus advantage (and granted eye-tracking on Fuji and Sony looks impressive) if you stray outside their own limited series of relatively expensive branded lenses, and to be honest those photogs I personally know who have gone mirrorless are not producing better pics than they did with their previous DSLR's despite the belief they are. Just spending a whole lot more on the lenses they need to do what they were already doing.

Who requires all those convoluted menu options anyway, even as a "convenience"? IMHO there's more to be gained by learning to work better with what you already have, fine-tuning shooting technique, instead of fine-tuning menu's on an entirely new system that requires modifying your shooting style to adapt to limitations and advantages on the new one that in essence accomplishes no more than the same "light and shadow" controlled by ISO, aperture, shutter speed that all our cameras offer. I think some buyers believe buying a $2000 camera and hanging a $2000 lens on the front of it turns them into a professional turning out better images than we dinosaurs can because "MIRRORLESS".

Now if someone like LeRolls, whose portraiture I highly admire, sees where mirrorless can improve his craft in certain shooting situations (and he does) that's understandable. He knows WHY it's advantageous for him, using the right tool for the right job. For most of us mirrorless instead of DSLR will not automatically make our captures better, or turn bad technique into good images. If we don't already get the ins-and-outs of what makes a compelling picture and understand how to get there then where's the rationale to dump our current gear to go mirrorless? I'm not seeing it.

My .02 anyway
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-12-2019, 06:41 PM  
DA* 55 1.4 SDM Problem
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 31
Views: 1,284
Mine has failed...:(
Probably will pick up another copy rather than send this one in for repair. Sell this one as a manual only.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-12-2019, 06:06 PM  
Sigma 35 1.4 Art, Sigma 17-50 for portraiture
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 10
Views: 658
I was hoping you might wander by. Thanks Clackers. Reinforces my thinking now.
(Actually closer to 2.8-3.5 but who's checking. :) I tend to go kinda shallow DoF.
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/12-post-your-photos/382607-abstract-people-tracy.html
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-12-2019, 04:29 PM  
Sigma 35 1.4 Art, Sigma 17-50 for portraiture
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 10
Views: 658
@BigMack and everyone else who's chimed in with good advice: I'm not hearing a compelling reason to spend several hundred on something "better" than the 17-50 I already have. Barring someone adding more to the discussion I think the wise choice is to sit pat. I appreciate everyone's input.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-12-2019, 01:28 PM  
Sigma 35 1.4 Art, Sigma 17-50 for portraiture
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 10
Views: 658
Thanks BigMack. Yes I'm keeping the Bower 35 as a possible option, love the depth and look from the 85, but would prefer autofocus all things considered. I don't have any big issue with manual other than certain situations where my subject is moving quicker than I am between poses and expressions.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-12-2019, 11:45 AM  
Sigma 35 1.4 Art, Sigma 17-50 for portraiture
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 10
Views: 658
I ordered and rec'd this Sigma lens yesterday, presented as the Pentax version. It was not so going back today. Now I'm having some second thought about it anyway.

My original idea was using it rather than my Sigma 17-50 for in-studio (K70). I've been pretty happy with the zoom lens, at least for the most part but would like a bit faster lens, at least have the option of shallower shots like the Bower 85 offers. After a whole lotta reading I decided on the Sigma Art. Now I'm not as certain that it's going to be that much more useful in practice with a couple days to reconsider. Comments about the sometimes unreliable focus of the Art lens gives me pause, but it may be relatively rare problem anyway that affects only a very few copies of it..

Anyone here with any studio experience with both lenses? Is there something I should be looking at rather than the Sigma 35 Art?

I have a Bower 85 1.4 I use in studio, and as of a couple days ago the FA77 (sometimes AF would be nice) as well so that end is covered. Any advice would be appreciated. I'm trying to be a bit more responsible on my lens selections, in fact will be culling the herd in a few days.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-12-2019, 06:50 AM  
DA* 55 1.4 SDM Problem
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 31
Views: 1,284
Correct, but not a particularly polite way of saying so. :(
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-11-2019, 04:19 PM  
What's 3d pop for me...
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 40
Views: 1,600
And a pop crop...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-11-2019, 04:15 PM  
What's 3d pop for me...
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 40
Views: 1,600
You want 3D pop? You REALLY want 3D pop? It doesn't get any more pop-ish than this.
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