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Forum: Pentax K-1 06-25-2017, 12:37 PM  
This Guy...
Posted By benjikan
Replies: 18
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JFYI...

Every single video we do are done with the Pentax K3...or earlier with the K1R

My wife is the video director.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-25-2017, 10:14 AM  
This Guy...
Posted By benjikan
Replies: 18
Views: 1,993
Greater coverage would help indeed. :-)
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-25-2017, 08:46 AM  
This Guy...
Posted By benjikan
Replies: 18
Views: 1,993
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-24-2016, 05:25 AM  
The superiority of FF over APS-c re: Depth of Field
Posted By benjikan
Replies: 230
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That's because you are shooting relatively close up to a small subject. It becomes a lot more apparent when shooting full shots of people. I own a 2.8 300mm lens and the bokeh differences are quite evident.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-30-2016, 02:03 AM  
What you could do with a K1 that you can't do without
Posted By benjikan
Replies: 79
Views: 6,250
Like Boo George, he uses a classic 4 x 5 " or Medium Format type accordion bellow to get this vignetting effect. How he attaches it to the lenses used can be achieved in many ways.

Not Work-Safe lazy day: ming xi by boo george for vogue china january 2014 | visual optimism; fashion editorials, shows, campaigns & more!
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-28-2016, 04:19 AM  
Tony Northrup - K-1 Review
Posted By benjikan
Replies: 296
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Again, as I wrote in response to the Tony Northrup review, as a past pro Pentax user of the K10 up to the K3 the two glaring flaws in my opinion and based only on my professional needs has always been the AF and the limited amount of fast AF prime lenses. The very small concentration of AF points in the centre of the viewfinder doesn't help matters either when wanting to focus on the models eye which must either be forced into the centre of the frame, reducing usable pixels in the final published works or reframing which is slow cumbersome and not accurate especially when using a fast lens.

What I suggest Pentax do is what Nikon has done with their D800/810 and allow for a 5:4 crop option which replicates 90% of most magazine formats and bringing the upper focus points closer to the eyes of the model although not perfect still close enough. However, having a few more focus points in the upper quadrant would be ideal. If Nikon in their 5:4 crop mode, could just give us one more row of vertical focus points, it would be perfect beyond words. But as is, I can generally get close enough to the crucial focus point desired.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-23-2016, 04:22 AM  
Tony Northrup - K-1 Review
Posted By benjikan
Replies: 296
Views: 19,885
My only gripe is the concentration of all of the focussing points near the centre. That is the reason I got rid of my Nikon 610 as well. When you shoot fashion and have to do so quickly especially on location, you want the upper focus points to be able to come as closely as possible to the eye, without having to focus and re-frame. Especially if shooting wide open where focus accuracy is vital. When moving the camera to reframe you loose that accuracy, thus why I think Tony made that observation. Of course if you are using a plus 200 mm to 400mm lens if you are on the same plane as the model, you do have a good chance of focussing accurately.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 05-27-2016, 12:41 PM  
For Sale: SDM to Screwdrive Conversions
Posted By benjikan
Replies: 175
Views: 22,106
Sent you a private message...

Thanks
Ben :-)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-29-2016, 05:38 PM  
Pentax K-1 Officially Announced
Posted By benjikan
Replies: 1,591
Views: 172,534
Do you know what I think Kenspo? Ever since the hay days of the Pentax 67 and their subsequent decline, they have had this self loathing non worthy self esteem issue, thus their incapacity to see when they are looking at a gift horse in the mouth...But hey, that is one of the reasons we parted our ways as well. It's not that they don't want to succeed, they just lost their way and never really knew how to find their way back. Not that I didn't try of course. Hell, I even put together a whole Marketing Plan for them that may have laid down the groundwork for a totally different public perception of their product. So Kenspo, I suggest you get on with your life and career and just take care of what really matters, the image, the gig and the notoriety associated with success. What it comes down to really is, does the instrument work the way it should and does it give you the tools to make it happen.

Have a nice weekend...

Zorro

Forum: Pentax K-1 03-19-2016, 11:18 AM  
Is the K1 really for the average amateur photographer?
Posted By benjikan
Replies: 94
Views: 8,703
More Fun, less Pressure! :)
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-14-2016, 06:43 AM  
Our Newest K3 Video shot for GRAZIA Magazine
Posted By benjikan
Replies: 17
Views: 1,594
HILARIOUS...I also tried it on my old K10D and K20D...didn't work...Unless I shoot at 5 FPS...:confused:

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I guess... :) I will tell our Director Frédérique Renaut..she'll appreciate the compliment! Very kind words indeed!
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 03-13-2016, 03:19 PM  
Our Newest K3 Vide for GRAZIA Magazine
Posted By benjikan
Replies: 6
Views: 890
In chronological order, Kx, K-01, K5 and K3...
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-13-2016, 03:16 PM  
Our Newest K3 Video shot for GRAZIA Magazine
Posted By benjikan
Replies: 17
Views: 1,594
Just press the record button. Shoot tons of rushes for your post-prod, et voila...
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-13-2016, 12:18 PM  
Our Newest K3 Video shot for GRAZIA Magazine
Posted By benjikan
Replies: 17
Views: 1,594
That is the look the Director wanted. She loves that RAW look and adds tons of grain often.
Here is the link to all of our videos shot with the Kx, K-01, K5 and K3's.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 03-12-2016, 03:08 PM  
Our Newest K3 Vide for GRAZIA Magazine
Posted By benjikan
Replies: 6
Views: 890
Our director videographer likes it.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-12-2016, 10:53 AM  
Our Newest K3 Video shot for GRAZIA Magazine
Posted By benjikan
Replies: 17
Views: 1,594
What is a "pentax-esque look" ?
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 03-12-2016, 10:00 AM  
Our Newest K3 Vide for GRAZIA Magazine
Posted By benjikan
Replies: 6
Views: 890
Actress Marie-Ange Casta sister of Laetitia Casta Shot for GRAZIA Magazine and all done with the K3 and Pentax DA* 200MM f/2.8 shot at 2.8
















Youtu.be



Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-12-2016, 09:47 AM  
Our Newest K3 Video shot for GRAZIA Magazine
Posted By benjikan
Replies: 17
Views: 1,594
Actress Marie-Ange Casta sister of Laetitia Casta Shot for GRAZIA Magazine and all done with the K3 and Pentax DA* 200MM f/2.8 shot at 2.8
















Youtu.be



Forum: Pentax K-1 03-12-2016, 09:30 AM  
Sandy Ramirez - Pro photographer - K-1's autofocus on par with Canon 1DX
Posted By benjikan
Replies: 44
Views: 4,874
Sorry, but who is Sandy Ramirez? Just wondering which Fashion Mags he has been published in as I never heard of him before. But any endorsement by a professional is good for the brand.

Can't wait to see how he fares with it.
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-21-2016, 05:02 AM  
Pentax K1 and the Professional Community
Posted By benjikan
Replies: 33
Views: 5,552
I am so sorry...but I am not really back with Pentax. I never completely left. We still use the Pentax K3 for most of our video's :)



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As I am using Nikon for my still captures, it would be up to Pentax to send me their gear to convince me that what they have on offer can compete with what I have come comfortably accustomed to. We do however still use the K3 for most of our videos. In fact we won a Silver Medal for Best Video of the Year using Pentax.

---------- Post added 02-21-16 at 01:11 PM ----------



There is nothing sweeter (and I am NOT exaggerating) than walking into a Nikon Professional Services Centre in Downtown Paris, give them my Nikon D800 bodies and say, "Hi guys, I just bought this new Nikon 180mm lens, would you please calibrate it on the bodies for me, as I have a shoot in three days and to my surprise, have them send me an e-mail the next day saying "you can come and get your material, the job has been done". That is what I NEED!
Pentax couldn't do that for me. I would have to mail my lenses and bodies to them and wait upwards of 3 weeks to get my material back. That just will not do. If they want Professionals to convert, they need to be where they are and understand the urgency of the moment. I had this discussion with James Malcolm at Pentax USA and he understands the issue quite well. Until then, I am a NIKON user for my still captures.
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-19-2016, 02:31 PM  
Pentax K1 and the Professional Community
Posted By benjikan
Replies: 33
Views: 5,552
Will keep it short and Sweet. Now that Pentax has the K1, there is no reason that the professionals out there won't come onboard...

However, that will NOT happen until Ricoh-Pentax build their professional service network that can compete with that of Nikon and Canon.

That and the problematic AF issues, was the major reason I had to let go of Pentax as my Professional Photo Capture tool. However, I still use the K3 for most of our videos.



:-)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-14-2016, 01:46 AM  
Poor marketing by Pentax
Posted By benjikan
Replies: 97
Views: 5,609
It works... :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-28-2016, 04:00 PM  
Poor marketing by Pentax
Posted By benjikan
Replies: 97
Views: 5,609
Pentax sent me a K3 and 3 lenses last year. The 55, 50-135 and 200mm. I bought a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 for it as well. So yes I own the K3. We use it for all of our videos. Video Director and Videographer is Frederique Renaut.:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-25-2016, 03:18 PM  
Poor marketing by Pentax
Posted By benjikan
Replies: 97
Views: 5,609
Yes, that has been the major Achilles heel of Pentax and their not up to Nikon & Canon Auto Focus issues. The major reason I left Pentax. I hope those issues are addressed as well as their less than focussed marketing approach.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 12-11-2015, 03:42 PM  
Regarding the new Pentax K1
Posted By benjikan
Replies: 11
Views: 1,700
Life is full of surprises :)

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Indeed! :)

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We still use the Pentax K3 for almost all of our videos , thus still have the DA* 55mm f/1.4, DA* 50-135 and DA*200mm f/2.8 as well as a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 lens.
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