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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 06-07-2017, 11:10 AM  
S-curves
Posted By mattchoo63
Replies: 0
Views: 155
La Cueva de la Ventana

Cueva Ventana is a large cave situated on top of a limestone cliff in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, overlooking the Río Grande de Arecibo river valley.
Don't look up… bat guano in your eye!

Focal length = 18mm
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-20-2016, 12:10 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #119 (Weather - July 2016)
Posted By mattchoo63
Replies: 55
Views: 6,012
3, 4 and 6 were the top contenders for me. I voted for #3.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-16-2016, 03:22 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #118 Poll (Reflections - June 2016)
Posted By mattchoo63
Replies: 64
Views: 7,341
Very hard to pick, there's so many good ones. I will go with number 10, because of the difficulty of getting that perfect shot.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-05-2016, 06:05 PM  
Misery Bay Reflections
Posted By mattchoo63
Replies: 6
Views: 269
Simply beautiful
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-05-2016, 06:04 PM  
Quiet river
Posted By mattchoo63
Replies: 2
Views: 242
Stunning color!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-05-2016, 06:03 PM  
Malachite world
Posted By mattchoo63
Replies: 4
Views: 257
Gorgeous!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-05-2016, 05:44 PM  
Photo Contest #119 - Weather
Posted By mattchoo63
Replies: 3
Views: 316
Foggy morning on Lake Adair, Orlando, FL. Minimally processed in Adobe Photoshop.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-26-2016, 06:27 PM  
New prime lens: Pentax DA 1:2.4 35mm
Posted By mattchoo63
Replies: 24
Views: 2,148
I'm looking to increase quality and versatility without spending a ton of money. So this lens is definitely a good investment for me. Thanks for the feedback and links –I will check out Plastic Fantastic.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-25-2016, 08:10 AM  
New prime lens: Pentax DA 1:2.4 35mm
Posted By mattchoo63
Replies: 24
Views: 2,148


OK - a little more experimentation and I'm understanding the virtues of this lens. This shot was taken inside a bowling alley at night. I never shoot ISO above 800 with my zoom (rarely above 400) because of the horrible image noise. I shot wide open at 3200 and 6400 and got shots I never could have with the zoom. So it's definitely a keeper lens for low light, indoor situations. I also want to try it on some HDR landscape photography – that was the primary reason for upgrading.

I still don't understand why the reviews on the lens were primarily about sharpness of image (did anyone click on the link I provided and read them?) because as I stated originally I don't see a big improvement there. That's what I was asking about but most people who commented made observations about other factors – some of which was helpful, some not.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-21-2016, 05:25 PM  
New prime lens: Pentax DA 1:2.4 35mm
Posted By mattchoo63
Replies: 24
Views: 2,148
The color is different because I enhanced it in one photo and not the other- which is why I added the comment to ignore color. My issue has to do with the image sharpness and detail. Yes, there is a slight improvement with the prime. And yes, I understand a bigger difference may be seen under more demanding lighting conditions. This wasn't meant to be a scientific comparison, just an initial test upon receiving the lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-21-2016, 03:03 PM  
New prime lens: Pentax DA 1:2.4 35mm
Posted By mattchoo63
Replies: 24
Views: 2,148
I was on the fence between buying a new camera and investing in new lens(es) for my Pentax K5. I did a lot of research online and talked to other photographers. The result was I decided to buy a new prime DA 1:2.4 35mm lens because all the reviews raved about how superior the images it produced over their kit zoom lenses. I have to say, I'm not very impressed. Attached are two shots I took, one with the 18-55mm Pentax zoom I bought with the camera and the other with the new prime 35mm. Both images were sharpened with the exact same settings in Lightroom (don't focus on color – settings didn't necessarily match). When zoomed way in I can see a slight difference, but hardly enough to convince me it was worth the investment in a new lens, especially when my zoom can shoot the same focal length and then some. I feel like I made the wrong decision and should have put money into a full-frame DSLR or mirrorless. I don't shoot for money so I have to justify every expense. Am I missing something about prime lenses? Why don't I see a visible difference in these photos?

First shot: 18-55mm zoom
Second shot: 35mm prime
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