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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-18-2013, 10:32 AM  
Noise Reduction Software Giveaway: Let us help you improve your photos! (ended)
Posted By cygnet
Replies: 382
Views: 37,959
Ummm, most the photogs I know use macs, so why would a company release software intended specifically for photo processing that is just for Windows?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-24-2012, 07:18 AM  
New K-01 mirrorless camera coming
Posted By cygnet
Replies: 2,067
Views: 266,818
Hey, my K20D with a 40mm pancake fits in my coat pocket, or my photo vest pocket. So we have to define "pocket" when talking about pocketable cameras. Shirt pocket, jeans pocket? It all depends.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-22-2012, 08:35 AM  
New K-01 mirrorless camera coming
Posted By cygnet
Replies: 2,067
Views: 266,818
I could give a sh@t about the size, as long as it's within normal Pentax dslr sizes. I don't care what kind of view finder it has, as long as it has one, so I can see something in bright sunlight. I do care about the damn noise of a dslr, which in 36 pages no one has mentioned. Mirrorless is the future, slapping mechanical mirrors is on the way out with the dinosaurs. I can't tell you how many times an animal has been alerted to my presence by mirror noise, to the point that I still use my Mamiya 6 rangefinder more than my Pentax dslr. I also care a lot about the dozen or so Pentax prime lenses that I own, and to be able to use them on a mirrorless camera will be great. And all black is not a fashion, it's a necessity for the tool to not reflect any light and bring notice to the camera. I used to put black tape on all the silver parts of my old k1000's and ME supers, so as to not draw attention to the camera from the subject being photographed. And on my current Pentax dslr's I have painted in the white "Pentax" at the top of the prism to black. I also wear all black or camouflage when out photographing, and I wouldn't call camo fashion.
In all truth I have looked at many of the rangefinder hybrid type digital cameras out there from time to time, and have thought about selling all my Pentax and Mamiya equipment and getting the Leica before. And if that Fuji X100 had interchangeable lenses I'd probably already own it.
In summary, my main requirements for a new digital camera would be:
I have to have a big enough sensor for decent depth of field control.
A viewfinder for bright conditions.
Many great prime lenses available. (already have Pentax issue)
So I'm very much looking forward to seeing this camera, even if I have to put black tape all over it.
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-28-2011, 08:47 AM  
Lens Baby Club
Posted By cygnet
Replies: 683
Views: 135,251
Thanks. So are you saying that your Composer lens can't get the same look as the old one? I've been thinking of getting a Composer just so I don't have to have all my fingers of both hands involved in holding the lens and body together.
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-26-2011, 05:01 PM  
Lens Baby Club
Posted By cygnet
Replies: 683
Views: 135,251
Just found the club, and I haven't been here on the forum much in a while, so why not post a couple done on an ME Super with the original Lensbaby.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-30-2010, 08:08 AM  
B&H Photo Contest: "People and Nature: Mutual Influence" ($200 prize!)
Posted By cygnet
Replies: 88
Views: 45,855
You mean the photos are already on display somewhere? I wouldn't think there would be a gallery for them until all the submissions are sorted out.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-30-2010, 07:58 AM  
B&H Photo Contest: "People and Nature: Mutual Influence" ($200 prize!)
Posted By cygnet
Replies: 88
Views: 45,855
Just curious, where are these comments posted. I don't see any here.
Forum: General Talk 04-29-2010, 06:50 AM  
Contest seems to be a spamfest
Posted By cygnet
Replies: 172
Views: 20,578
What is this "reputation thing" that is referred to in a couple of recent posts here?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-27-2010, 06:38 AM  
A Pentaxian experience at a "Birds of prey" observatory.
Posted By cygnet
Replies: 64
Views: 13,016
So wildman, what county would that be? You don't have a location listed, and your profile says United States. Sounds like West Texas, but I suppose it could be many places in the US. But I agree, you've got to work and search to find your special places, to get a view that's a bit different from the herd.
Forum: General Talk 04-21-2010, 08:36 AM  
Contest seems to be a spamfest
Posted By cygnet
Replies: 172
Views: 20,578
You know I just kind of ignored the most posts wins part of the contest. But as someone who joined years ago, but rarely posts unless I either need information, or have some to give, I think it was a good promotion to get me to check back in to the forum. It's kinda fun just to anticipate when the contest will be over, and I've also found out about a couple new rumors and pieces of news that I didn't know.
I think participation by an individual ebbs and flows; you get involved in different things and develop different habits of where you web time goes to. So this contest, if nothing else, may get a few folks to check in that haven't in a while.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 04-21-2010, 08:20 AM  
News The Pentax 645D is here!
Posted By cygnet
Replies: 28
Views: 2,897
So by saying "Pentax Forums" is receiving the camera for evaluation, does that mean that Adam is getting it? Or are you going to pass it around:lol::lol:
Forum: General Talk 04-21-2010, 08:06 AM  
PentaxForums Million-Post Giveaway: Part Two
Posted By cygnet
Replies: 144
Views: 20,642
Well, I had an email this morning from the forum about this contest, so I figured I'd check in and look. It's kinda hard to understand. Some folks have already won? But we're not to a million yet, due to deleted posts. And where does one see a post number other than how many personal posts we have? A bit confusing to say the least. All I can figure is this post will get it a little closer, and Adam will tell us when it's finished?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-21-2010, 07:50 AM  
X-rayed Film
Posted By cygnet
Replies: 22
Views: 4,277
If it's above 800, you can ask to have it hand inspected. They don't like to do it for films below that, and many places have signs that say the carry-on inspection machines are fine for film below 800. But if you really have high ISO film, I'd ask for a hand inspection, and like one other poster said, take it out of the canisters and put it in a clear plastic bag.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-21-2010, 07:44 AM  
A Pentaxian experience at a "Birds of prey" observatory.
Posted By cygnet
Replies: 64
Views: 13,016
I don't know that you could call them selfish. They got up earlier, got there first and were all set up. And really, I figure if there are that many photogs in a place, am I really going to get a unique view of the subject? I'd look for something else around to shoot.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-18-2009, 04:40 PM  
K1000 Serial Number Database
Posted By cygnet
Replies: 233
Views: 116,376
Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 6575922
Location of serial number: Bottom plate stamped

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: Yes
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: Yes
Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on back side of top cover: Yes
"Bump" on top plate near revind crank: No

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threads

Manufactured/assembled in: No information
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: None

Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): ?
Year of original purchase (if you know): ?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-18-2009, 04:29 PM  
Pentax Users' Body Count
Posted By cygnet
Replies: 62
Views: 12,355
002 - *ist
000 - MZ-60/ZX-60
005 - MZ-S
003 - MZ-6/MZ-L/ZX-L
000 - MZ-30/ZX-30
002 - MZ-7/ZX-7
000 - MZ-50/ZX-50
000 - MZ-M/ZX-M
001 - MZ-5N/ZX-5N
001 - MZ-3
001 - MZ-10/ZX-10
000 - MZ-5/ZX-5
000 - Z-70p
000 - Z-70/PZ-70
000 - Z-50p
000 - Z-20p
001 - Z-20/PZ-20
002 - Z-10/PZ-10
000 - Z-5p
000 - Z-5
005 - Z-1p/PZ-1p
001 - Z-1/PZ-1
000 - SFXN/SF1N
000 - SF7/SF10
000 - SFX/SF1
002 - ME F
001 - P30T
002 - P3N/P30N
000 - P5/P50
000 - P3/P30
000 - A3/A3000
002 - Program A/Plus
009 - Super A/Program
006 - LX
001 - MG
001 - MV1
000 - MV
009 - ME Super
004 - ME
011 - MX
010 - K1000
001 - K2 DMD
006 - K2
000 - KX Motor
009 - KX
000 - KM Motor
001 - KM


000 - Asahiflex I
000 - Asahiflex IA
000 - Asahiflex IIB
000 - Asahiflex IIA


000 - AP
001 - K
000 - S
002 - S2 / H2
003 - S3 / H3
000 - S1 / H1
004 - SV / H3v
000 - S1a / H1a
004 - Spotmatic
001 - Spotmatic SL
002 - Spotmatic SP1000
001 - Spotmatic SP500
005 - Spotmatic SPII
000 - Spotmatic SPIIa
000 - Spotmatic Electro
000 - Spotmatic ES
004 - Spotmatic ESII
008 - Spotmatic F

Other than 35mm format:

002 - 6x7
000 - 67
001 - 67II
000 - 645
000 - 645N
000 - 645N II
002 - 110
000 - 110 Super
Forum: Photographic Technique 08-07-2009, 03:15 PM  
Clicking at the "decisive moment": sniper or machine gun?
Posted By cygnet
Replies: 39
Views: 6,975
While folks are now commenting about sports, wildlife and other forms of photography where a burst may be more appropriate, your original post infers candid party photos, like at weddings and such. And in those situations I really think the stealth "sniper" method gains you more keepers. Once you get good at reading people, understanding the predictability of the human condition, guessing where a situation will lead, and anticipating the right moment, a single shot is much less distracting and attracts less attention to the photographer. Those "bursts" gets everyone around looking right at you, and it sounds like that's not what you're looking for here. So it's all psychology and anticipation. Get good at those two things.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-03-2009, 03:41 PM  
Poll: Photoshop Paid for or Pirated?
Posted By cygnet
Replies: 106
Views: 25,200
It's amazing to me that photographers would be discussing justifications for copyright infringement. Excuses that Adobe knows about it so it's ok are rationalizations that shouldn't come into the decision. It's really very simple:
I am a photographer.
I don't want anyone to steal my photos.
Therefore, I don't steal other stuff that is copyrighted. I buy all my software.
There is a saying that starts with "do unto others...."
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-19-2009, 08:04 AM  
Pentax IR conversion?
Posted By cygnet
Replies: 33
Views: 16,020
Thanks, I had not found that thread when I was searching on IR info.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-18-2009, 04:34 PM  
Pentax IR conversion?
Posted By cygnet
Replies: 33
Views: 16,020
It's been asked, but so far no answers. How much moola?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-07-2009, 08:28 AM  
Cosina 200mm F.4
Posted By cygnet
Replies: 0
Views: 2,677
So, I have the opportunity to buy a kit being sold for $50. It includes an MV1 body, the normal 50mm F.2 with a broken filter ring, and a Cosina 200mm F.4. I already have an M series body, the ME Super, the 50 lens is almost worthless, so what do y'all think of this Cosina lens? Is it worth it. I guess I could turn around and try to sell the MV1 and recoup a bit of the cost, I'd only need the lens.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-09-2009, 06:22 PM  
changing image settings-K20D
Posted By cygnet
Replies: 2
Views: 1,333
You know, I don't remember this "Custom Image" box showing up when I press the function button on my K20D, but now it does, and I can't find a way to eliminate it. The instruction manual tells you how to use it, but not cancel it. Does it affect raw capture?
When I open my raw photos in Adobe Bridge the exif data says Contrast 2, Saturation 0, and Sharpness -Hard (whatever that means). But is there a way to change this in the camera without those custom buttons. I can see how to change the Custom Image buttons from Natural to Portrait etc. but I hate that kinda stuff. I just want the camera set to NO adjustments. I just always shoot manual and I don't want the camera to decide anything for me. I'd rather do that later in ACR. Is my memory bad and has that "Custom Image" box always been there, and I just never noticed until now?
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-31-2008, 04:47 PM  
B&W Conversion
Posted By cygnet
Replies: 49
Views: 7,022
If you want to know about the different cameras, check out Dimitrov's "the Best Pentax Cameras page. It lists the most popular bodies, as well as links to data about all Pentax bodies.
The "Best" Pentax Cameras

I got my ME Super for $50 with 3 lenses. Sold two of the lenses for $30 each, so I actually got the camera for minus $10, and I love it. Small, solid, and does what a camera needs to do. I'd get a K mount body, just so you can easily use the lenses you acquire for digital too.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-15-2008, 01:02 PM  
=Capture a stranger street style=
Posted By cygnet
Replies: 8,930
Views: 915,100
Just a clarification. You don't need a model release if your "street" photos are not for commercial purposes. So for art or journalism, if you're in public, and they are in public, it's all good.
So here are a few I took at a recent outdoor music event in San Antonio. It's kinda interesting when they catch you. The first guy saw me, and if you look closely in the second, behind the child you can see a guy looking at me wondering what I'm doing.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-06-2008, 02:32 PM  
SB-28 -- nice bang for the buck
Posted By cygnet
Replies: 22
Views: 4,233
Got an SB-28 used from local craigslist for $50. Works great off the camera, but all the setup buttons are kinda confusing. What do all the fractions do? You know, 1/64, 1/32, etc., and does zooming to a higher number make the flash stronger, but with a narrower beam? I've never played with flashes with zooms and the like before. I just always had flashes where you adjust the camera to match them.
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