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Forum: Pentax K-1 04-22-2016, 11:19 AM  
K-1 + 20-40 lim perfect combination for street photography?
Posted By wissink
Replies: 24
Views: 5,910
What about the F 24-50? Small, unobtrusive. Same length as the DA 35 ltd with the hood extended.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 03-06-2017, 06:15 PM  
Pentax Q7 and 300mm lens - amazing!
Posted By wissink
Replies: 13
Views: 6,321

Would you say its easier to do macro with this than APSC or FF? The DOF is a real pain .
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 03-09-2017, 05:57 PM  
Pentax Q7 and 300mm lens - amazing!
Posted By wissink
Replies: 13
Views: 6,321
I was thinking the DOF would be a big help there. Do you bother doing macro with your K3 or K1 after using the Q?
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 03-10-2017, 11:36 AM  
Pentax Q7 and 300mm lens - amazing!
Posted By wissink
Replies: 13
Views: 6,321
I really like your images. Thank you for sharing. Thank you also for explaining some of how you do things. Yeah I've tried my hand at macro on the F100, DA 35 ltd, etc on the K1 and k3. I've tried extension tubes as well. Perhaps my technique is bad, but I recall getting more keepers with an old point and shoot because of the DOF . IT doesn't seem to matter even when I use F32. Perhaps I need to learn to focus stack, but with moving things thats nor really an option. Even berries in a breeze proves challenging.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-13-2017, 11:34 AM  
Book built around Pentax
Posted By wissink
Replies: 18
Views: 2,892
Thanks for sharing! Funny the kindle edition costs more than the paperback.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 05-10-2017, 06:46 AM  
DSLR scanning - an unexpected benefit of the K-1!
Posted By wissink
Replies: 17
Views: 2,863
Lol this forum is full of evil temptresses.. yes no tempters.. temptresses. Lenses are shes and all those who push them on others are temptresses.

I love the 35 ltd. I wish so much that itd work on FF. I haven't been able to part with it. Mind sharing an image of your setup? I've used the 35 for scanning film once and just had the negative taped to a window. I have a box of slides I need to get to work on and need some inexpensive ideas.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-17-2017, 06:27 PM  
A Full Year with the K-1!
Posted By wissink
Replies: 22
Views: 2,629
Bravo Sir. Nice compilation. And good for you for really putting your gear to work for you. Out of curiosity, do you have a favourite portrait lens / fl?
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-17-2017, 06:44 PM  
I'm quite insufficient for my K-1..... and I know it!
Posted By wissink
Replies: 54
Views: 5,783
Its about setting a bar.. a potential to reach towards, whilst being compassionate for current shortcomings. That's the recipe for growth.

The K1 is that bar, that potential. As is any gear set combined with its user's passion to learn and creativity.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-02-2017, 07:46 PM  
Point and Shoot Competition #110
Posted By wissink
Replies: 30
Views: 3,312
I haven't participated in a long time. This isn't the best shot I looked through, but I get a kick out of it everytime I see it. My dog makes me laugh and thats good enough for me. Tucker is such a hoot.

Canon S100 1/60 F2 ISO 640
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-28-2017, 05:49 AM  
O Flash Ring Flash
Posted By wissink
Replies: 10
Views: 948
I have one similar. I brought it to a butterfly conservatory and enjoyed using it on a 560 IV in one hand and a camera + TX in the other. Got a little heavy at times. It helped me get shots I couldn't have in the lighting available. I also have a largr collapsible ringlight/softbox/"beauty dish" where you can shoot through the middle that I use for portraits and the like as well. It folds flat which is nice for travel. I'm not a pro and haven't compared it to real beauty dishes with high end strobes. I've often used it on its own or as a hair light.
Forum: General Photography 03-22-2017, 06:13 AM  
Who's your favourite Photographer?
Posted By wissink
Replies: 104
Views: 7,512

Not a specific name, but I do admire photographers who can make art of their own street, neighborhood, city etc. The normal everyday stuff.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-19-2017, 01:18 PM  
Can i set MF assist to something other than center point
Posted By wissink
Replies: 6
Views: 939
Haha never knew there was a green hexagon. I always thought it was the red dot. That explains a few things.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-10-2017, 11:22 AM  
Trip to Japan - Lens recommendations
Posted By wissink
Replies: 24
Views: 1,815
Unless there's rules about lens sizes in the match.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-10-2017, 11:27 AM  
"Recommended" variable ND vs "recommended" ND set
Posted By wissink
Replies: 11
Views: 1,426
Im pretty sure the Big Stopper has a colour cast too. Unless thats what you meant.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-02-2017, 07:13 PM  
"Recommended" variable ND vs "recommended" ND set
Posted By wissink
Replies: 11
Views: 1,426
Do all the coatings and water repellents they advertise justify the price hikes?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-02-2017, 06:45 AM  
D-FA HD 28-105 WR first impressions
Posted By wissink
Replies: 22
Views: 2,309
The 18--135 was an air pump on my K3 as well while zooming.
Forum: General Photography 05-20-2016, 09:28 AM  
Shot My First Wedding!...
Posted By wissink
Replies: 5
Views: 1,252
I shot my first wedding in January. I had the same issues of very low light. We weren't allowed flashes in the church and the couple were so scattered they didnt' stick around for photos. Most of what we got was at the reception using a Westcott Orb with Yongnuo IV and TX. The low light stuff was a nearly impossible balance of desperately trying to bring down ISO even at F4 1/50 I was going in the ISO 4000+ range. Add on subject movement and man... Oh and no one except the daughter had any awareness about smiling nicely. I attribute that to her being in her early twenties and a product of the selfie generation. She always looked great. The times the bride smiled you kind of wished she didn't... and the brides' mother... ouch.

Anyways, I can certainly appreciate your struggle. I wish I had more opportunities. I was technically the second at this wedding but had more knowledge, more confidence, and technically better gear. I'm hoping to go K1 eventually for the low light issue. I'm not a fan of ISO 3200 or even 1600 really on my K3. Though I might decide otherwise if I ever printed anything.

For web, I believe if you research what sizes each platform compresses / resizes images to, you can use lightroom to do the resizing. I believe it does a better job. At least you have more control. Other options I've used for showing people images before giving them any are Adobe CC's public collection (if they have the direct link), Google drive shared folder (read only?), and one I have but haven't tested is's client proofing. I also use LR plugins for Facebook and for direct uploading. I haven't compared this automated method vs the manual export and upload method.

Not sure if any of this helps, but I wish you well on your next four weddings. If you were close, I'd ask to jump in as your second!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-27-2017, 07:37 AM  
Any New Primes coming this year??
Posted By wissink
Replies: 115
Views: 11,953
They will call in a third party to brand him and interrogate him until he is decentered? Oh man this is going downhill quickly.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-17-2017, 12:58 PM  
Typical "What Flash to Buy" Thread...
Posted By wissink
Replies: 29
Views: 2,565
I agree with Brooke Meyer. I use 4 YN 560IV's. If yo uuse regular AA alkalines, they will fail quickly. Thats true for the FGZ 360 as well. If you use Eneloops, Amazon Basics, or any reputable rechargeable, you'll get a lot of life out of them for each use. Its night and day. I had this same problem.
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-14-2017, 10:57 AM  
IBIS failure at -28C temp
Posted By wissink
Replies: 114
Views: 8,337
Thanks for the follow up. So generally speaking spec ops photo ninja is the way to go. :)

I've been out shooting and I think my mitts were the weak link. I found it hard to function. Didn't help when my fingers were sticking to the tripod and I didn't have the dexterity to operate the knobs to adjust it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-07-2017, 10:19 AM  
Wide angle lense for K-30
Posted By wissink
Replies: 45
Views: 3,554
I've seen his images of the 10-20 on the K1 in a few places on the net.. instantly recognizable and of high quality. I'd love to see more though or at least read about his and others impressions in more depth.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 12-03-2016, 04:03 PM  
DA* 55 1.4 SDM contact damaged / repaired.
Posted By wissink
Replies: 10
Views: 1,697
Hello everyone.

This past July, I was on a 1000 Island boat tour near Kingston, ON. We go nearly every summer. I had brought the DA* 55 that I had recently bought used. I was so excited. It been on my list for quite awhile.

Anyways, I was attempting to shoot my sister... but was using the Sigma 100-300 F4 or a DA ltd at the time. I switched to the 55 and suddenly it wouldn't focus anymore.. Being visually impaired, manual focus really isn't much of an option for me. My heart sunk. I couldn't afford to ship the lens off when it probably would cost the same as the lens itself (used). This feelign was heightened by several other recent events that I responded to by feeling taken advantage of. It had cost me.

I put he 55 in my bag and mostly avoided it for a few months. Everyonce and awhile I'd take it out and see if somethign had spontaneously changed.... no such luck. In October, I put on my thick reading glasses and had a look at it. I didnt' think it was an SDM failure. I hadn't heard any noises or noticed any sluggishness before failure. Whats this? A metal contact is bent! I pushed it back down and mounted it on the camera... To my delight, the lens focused just fine! The next day when changing lenses, the contact snapped off entirely... I went through the same string of emotions. A few weeks later I noticed a thread about a 150-450 with perhaps a related issue. This got me thinking, maybe I can find a way to fix this myself. I considered attempting solder, gluing tinfoil.. anything to bridge the electrical gap. I then put a request on the forum for old broken SDM contacts (thinking of the 16-50's, 50-135's). It was mentioend to me that maybe an old Power Zoom contact might fit the bill. DCShooter graciously mailed me one and though it didn't fit perfectly, it works. I am so relieved. Here are some photos of what I had to do. Man these screws are bloody tiny. Nearly the size of braille dots and I can't read braille dots lol. At first I thought I'd transplant one of the contacts, but found it difficult to remove the module from the lens and the contacts themselves. I then simply transplanted the whole unit with a bit of cutting of the PZ contacts, it fit--albeit a bit snugly.
I feel great aprpeciation for DCShooter and for the part and thoughtfulness. It cost me $3 CAD.. I imagine it could have been $300 to send it off somewhere.

Fix DA* 55
Forum: Sold Items 11-25-2016, 11:56 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax HD DA 560mm f/5.6
Posted By wissink
Replies: 14
Views: 2,336
Its an 05 CRV that just keeps on ticking. I just noticed something, you're the first person I've seen on here since I've joined (or any forum for that matter) that has had more likes then posts. Thats quite impressive and well deserved I'm sure.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-09-2016, 07:20 AM  
Vivitar 13mm Ultra Wide Angel... how much?
Posted By wissink
Replies: 8
Views: 969
I've been scouring Ebay, Amazon, Kijiji etc. for UWA options for decent prices. A year ago there were tons. I hadn't decided on the K1 yet though. Now there's really nothing that I can see. Here's a good deal if anyone is interested.

Vivitar 13mm Ultra Wide Angel lens (yes angel is how the ad puts it)
$ 89,000.00 CAD
Vivtar 13mm (14mm) F2.8 Ultra Wide Angel Lens for Pentax K-m K-x K-r, K-01, K-3, k3, K-5, K-5 II, K-5 IIs, K7, K-R, K10D, K20D, K-30, K30, K-50, K50, K100D, K110D, K-500, K200D, K1000, K2000, *istDS2, *istDS, *istDL2, *istDL *istD Digital SLR Cameras

Enjoy your new lens!
Forum: General Photography 10-29-2016, 10:09 PM  
No more "Travel Photography" or "Photo Safaris" for me...
Posted By wissink
Replies: 71
Views: 6,644
Wow what an interesting thread. It sure has stirred up a lot of passion. I enjoyed reading this one quite a bit. I had a lot to say, but much has been said already.

I too have often questioned the purpose of the pursuit of photography. It can feel trivial. I think the purpose of anything we choose to do comes down to connectedness. Photography in itself is a great venue for slowing down, getting to know yourself and how you think and see. Its an extraordinary tool for connecting with nature by forcing us to study her and spend countless hours admiring her. It teaches us to see beauty in all people in all kinds of pass times and pursuits. It allows us to share a part of ourselves and can bridge the gap between us and those we happen to come into contact with--even for a 1/100th of a second on a street across the world.

Art has changed. Everyone takes photos. Go on trips to enjoy yourself. Sometimes bring your camera. Other times leave it at home and imagine shots. If you want it to be business in addition to pleasure, thats great. Make sure (as in any business) know and play into the market. Every person you meet is part of networking.

Being visually impaired, I really struggled with the opposite--not having the freedom to travel, even in my own city or its surroundings. One of the best things I learned even before i had a DSLR was to challenge yourself to find great images in your city, in your neighborhood, and even on your street.

Even if you sell your camera gear, spend every moment aware of yourself and your interactions with the human and natural patterns all around you. Savour it.

You caught me in a mood. But connection is what we all want most. That's why we have pets and surround ourselves with relationships no matter how hollow we let them get.
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