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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-27-2019, 06:59 AM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 5,523
Views: 712,448
Aren't D5500s--and D7200s discontinued?

Nikon D5500 and Nikon D7200 Discontinued - Daily Camera News

That is not to say that buying a good discontinued model at remaindered prices isn't a fine idea sometimes. But it makes price comparisons a bit dubious.

Amazon, at least, is still showing the K-70/18-135 to be 27 dollars cheaper than the D5500/17-140.

Compare here: Pentax K-70 vs Nikon D5500 Detailed Comparison Depends on what he might like to photograph, but if real outdoors is involved, I'd suggest more strongly considering the Pentax w/ weather sealed lens route.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-27-2019, 04:56 AM  
SILKYPIX Developer Studio Pro 8
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 16
Views: 3,868
Long time SilkyPix user here since version 3 or so. Presently using 9 Pro.

Some thoughts...

The Pro versions have tools that make the extra cash worthwhile. I use the partial correction and HDR tools a lot as I often shoot outdoors in harsh marine/winter conditions and need to reduce blowouts/enhance dark areas often.

Silkypix handles colors very nicely and the range of tweeks possible is enormous. Everything from somewhat garish 60s Kodak postcard renderings to highly realistic and sharp modern renderings is available in dropdown menus.

The learning curve takes a while especially as the manual is written in Japanglish. One gets used to the dialect soon enough.

One hint: Work down vertically through any tools needed from top to bottom on the right side panel. This allows consistent workflow and consistent results.

Databasing functions are downright primitive though they are beginning to address that area in version 9.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-26-2019, 02:11 PM  
Nature Spring in Newfoundland
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 4
Views: 186
Spring is always much delayed here in Newfoundland because of the cold currents from Labrador coming down. But it does come...
Moose toddler (a bit scared by me if you look into his eyes):



Iceberg grounded in 500' of water near shore. About 100' high above water:

Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 05-26-2019, 02:04 PM  
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 68
Views: 8,419
Moose toddler and iceberg as winter finally releases its grip here in Newfoundland...





K-70 w/ 55-300 PLM
Forum: Pentax K-70 05-26-2019, 01:35 PM  
Pentax K-70 photo samples
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 248
Views: 41,926
Finally spring is coming to Newfoundland. Was up painting a bottom coat on my sailboat before it launches in a couple of days. Saw a nice iceberg up the shore about 10 km. After finishing painting drove up there and found that it was beyond the end of the road in the area but a track got closer. Surprised a young moose on the way--note his eyes--and then got some iceberg pics too.

Moose Toddler:

Iceberg:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-12-2019, 09:03 AM  
Do I want a 20-40 HD or a 16-85
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 49
Views: 2,343
My 16-85 is fine in the cockpit of my 27' sailboat. Even when getting bounced around a bit (though I roll a jacket around it if it gets too rough).
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-28-2019, 03:24 PM  
D-FA WR Club
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 610
Views: 111,155
WOW....GREAT shots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-25-2019, 10:15 AM  
My best lens for monochrome photography!
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 18
Views: 1,106
Well...I find my Sigma 17-50 f. 2.8 terrible for landscapes (though not closeups where it works well for me). Many others disagree so it's probably just me, it, and how it and I interact.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-25-2019, 09:28 AM  
My best lens for monochrome photography!
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 18
Views: 1,106
I don't do much B&W but I have found the manual 50mm f1.7 extremely sharp while it renders nicely myself when I do B&W.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-21-2019, 08:00 AM  
Choosing First DSLR
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 54
Views: 2,493
I may be wrong but I'm sensing an aversion to used lenses. They can be a very good option. One intermediate route is buying used from a source like B&H. They have 3 100mm macros right now for pretty OK prices for example as well as some others. I don't see any K-mount Sigmas, however.

Anyway, just ignore me if I'm wrong here.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-19-2019, 10:53 AM  
Choosing First DSLR
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 54
Views: 2,493
I have the slower version of the Sigma 10-20. I find myself using it far more at close range than at landscape ranges. The 16mm end on the Pentax 16-85mm is pretty wide and that tends to be the one I use for landscapes more.

The Sigma 10-20 and Pentax 55-300 lenses appear quite often used in the marketplace forum. The 16-85 not quite so often in my looks anyway.

There is or at least was a 55-300 PLM (the best version for wildlife in my opinion) for a good price in the marketplace and may still be there now.

Added: Whoops, it's gone. More will appear though not necessarily the PLM version so much.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-19-2019, 09:22 AM  
A Tale of 2.5 Lenses - The Moon, 55-300, and 500mm
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 12
Views: 805
One bit of advice that may have flown by in the discussion: Do you know how to zoom your Live View view? That allows very fine focus. Try it out and see.

That said, any remotely affordable SLR camera lens taking single exposures is never going to be crystal clear. For that you need some sort of real astrographic setup.

That said #2, this is why various stacking techniques were developed. They can really help.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-19-2019, 07:17 AM  
A Tale of 2.5 Lenses - The Moon, 55-300, and 500mm
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 12
Views: 805
Interesting idea. Any ideas on how to handle shadows?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-14-2019, 04:53 AM  
Latest LR update - is Pentax excluded?
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 37
Views: 4,024
Silkypix (newer versions, anyway) and DCU, of course.

And RawTherapee too, I think.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-08-2019, 02:24 PM  
Thematic Bad Weather Makes Good Pictures
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 439
Views: 26,271
Have the wusses in Toronto called for Canadian Forces support yet again because of the snow and cold this year? Or do they not dare after the beating they took the last time?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-08-2019, 12:24 PM  
Thematic Bad Weather Makes Good Pictures
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 439
Views: 26,271
Bleak???!!! That's a normal day for me here on the North Atlantic till about April or May!!!

Postprocessing can be helpful!
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-08-2019, 07:49 AM  
Picture of the Week POTW #535- Covering period 28 January - 10 February 2019
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 11
Views: 816
Posted elsewhere here, but I thought these were a good catch yesterday...

Seals hauled out and lazing on the ice in my marina boat basin in Holyrood, Newfoundland. K-70, 55-300mm PLM/100mm WR. The new version of Silkypix (9 pro) really does an extremely nice job on the tones in the sunless, gloomy, and quite low contrast conditions, in my opinion. (click pics for EXIF info)













---------- Post added 02-08-19 at 11:35 AM ----------


Nice pics. I do think the central orchid can use a little PP brightening. A 10 sec hack job with Silkypix 9 here just to give an idea of what might be done in PP...

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-07-2019, 01:06 PM  
Thematic Wildlife
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 8,810
Views: 403,717
Seals lazing on the ice in my marina boat basin in Holyrood Newfoundland. K-70 55-300PLM/100mmWR...













Cross posted to Nature forum and to K-70 forum.
Forum: Pentax K-70 02-07-2019, 12:57 PM  
Seals
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 4
Views: 578
Careful is the right word, I think...They were probably checking out if my camera was a hakapik or if I was a polar bear.
Forum: Pentax K-70 02-07-2019, 11:53 AM  
Seals
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 4
Views: 578
K-70 w/55-300PLM and 100mmWR Holyrood, Newfoundland boat basin. All distances between 15 feet and 30 feet or so.











Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-07-2019, 11:43 AM  
Nature Seals
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 6
Views: 302
Some seals basking on the ice in my marina boat basin. 55-300 and 100mm WR (Click pics for exifs)











Forum: Pentax K-70 02-05-2019, 02:04 PM  
OK - So I got my K-70 so now.....
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 49
Views: 3,091
In my opinion, for hiking and other outdoor/traveling activities where weight and bother are prime issues it's hard to go wrong with the 16-85/55-300PLM combo. For other situations, other lenses come to the fore, of course. I have the 100mm macro and it is a truly wonderful lens, but everything I've seen says the Tamron is about as good except for no WR.
Forum: Pentax K-70 01-29-2019, 04:43 AM  
Just got a new K-70
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 28
Views: 1,945
Depends. One observation: For doing outdoor work on an ad hoc, target-of-opportunity basis the 100mm due to its greater standoff distance is more convenient for me, at least.
Forum: Pentax K-70 01-23-2019, 11:55 AM  
Pentax K-70 photo samples
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 248
Views: 41,926
Some pics of Bell Island, Conception Bay, Newfoundland

(crossposted to Earth's bones thread)...

Turrets



Strata plus waterfall




Rounding island's "Clapper" and heading for home 4 hours away by sail.



Bell Island has a whole lot of good photo opportunities.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-23-2019, 08:06 AM  
Thematic The Earth's Bones
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 574
Views: 35,478
Bell Island, Conception Bay, Newfoundland bones...

Turrets



Strata plus waterfall




Rounding island's "Clapper" and heading for home 4 hours away by sail.



Bell Island has a whole lot of good photo opportunities.
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