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Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-26-2009, 04:05 PM  
Nikon SB-28 or AF-360 FGZ? Suggestions?
Posted By shadowulf
Replies: 11
Views: 3,018
a ND will help, you could also use a reflector to add some fill if the conditions/setting is right. Fortunately, creativity and imagination cost less than than a HSS flash. But a HSS flash does make things easier
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-24-2009, 10:35 AM  
What is the best way to try lens?
Posted By shadowulf
Replies: 7
Views: 1,717
Here's a link to one lens rental shop, This may be a option for you.
CameraLensRentals.com - Camera Lens Rental for Canon, Nikon, and PENTAX Cameras

Also, check your local camera clubs to see if they have any "Pentaxian" members.

Hope this helps
Forum: Photographic Technique 07-21-2009, 02:26 PM  
To the DSLR carry-everywhere-ers
Posted By shadowulf
Replies: 41
Views: 8,625
I use a old backpack/laptop bag with a camera insert for going from point A to B. I'll have my 24-135mm mounted as my walk around lens (which has a 77mm front element). I sometimes have a sweatshirt or lihgt jacket over my arm to cover my camera and draw less attention to it.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-03-2009, 05:56 PM  
Powerful Hotshoe Flashes?
Posted By shadowulf
Replies: 11
Views: 4,497
A short length of 4 conductor thermostat wire and a 250k Ohm pot from Fender Guitars ( audio taper pots ) and I have manual control of my 283. Unfortunately the socket needed for making this into a unit is a Vivitar only item.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-02-2009, 10:14 AM  
Powerful Hotshoe Flashes?
Posted By shadowulf
Replies: 11
Views: 4,497
I managed to score a couple Vivitar 283s on eekbay. Cost was under $20, but it took over a month to find such a deal.

Have you called any local shops to see what they have in their bargain/used bins?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 07-01-2009, 02:51 PM  
Camera Strap Options
Posted By shadowulf
Replies: 21
Views: 9,046
I use the Zing hand/wrist strap combined with the "stock" Pentax neck strap. It is a comparable combination to what I've used in the past, for just what you described.

Also, if your local shop has a used section, you might peek through it to see if there is a "close enough" option in there.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-29-2009, 01:00 PM  
Your Current wish list ie "to buy"
Posted By shadowulf
Replies: 84
Views: 8,359
I don't think I'm in your "league" for buying lenses, but here are my current "wants".

Pentax 12-24 - a "super-wide" to go with my walkabout
A Pentax 85mm prime, with an "A" setting. I love this FL for portraits, but I want to be able to "shoot and move"
A Sigma 120-400 or 170-500 zoom for wildlife.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-23-2009, 03:36 PM  
got some new flashes
Posted By shadowulf
Replies: 8
Views: 2,614
Sounds like my recent ebay win. The grand total was under $14 for 2 Chinese made 283s. Trigger voltage on both is under 9 volts and 3 cords included (1 coiled and 2 short PC cords).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-22-2009, 07:59 AM  
need some help deciding
Posted By shadowulf
Replies: 1
Views: 1,557
I used a Sigma 17-70 for awhile until I picked up a Sigma 24-135. Both do well as walk around lenses for me, with me using the 24-135 more often for it's wider range. I don't think you would go wrong with either one of these.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-17-2009, 08:52 AM  
Your biggest lens surprise
Posted By shadowulf
Replies: 36
Views: 8,834
For me, it was my $15 135mm/2.8 SMC "A" lens.

Now if I were only better at manual focusing.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-16-2009, 09:59 PM  
Eneloop
Posted By shadowulf
Replies: 15
Views: 6,498
I've had good luck with them in my Vivitar 283's. But as usual, your mileage may vary.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-12-2009, 07:24 PM  
PP Question
Posted By shadowulf
Replies: 11
Views: 2,345
Try some of the demos from Lightzone, Bibble, ACDSee Pro, and Adobes offerings (Photoshop, Elements and Lightroom).

I found ACDsee to be best for my needs, but you may like one of the others more.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-29-2009, 11:22 AM  
Pentax PRO Feature that a Pro Photog couldn't find in CaNikon!
Posted By shadowulf
Replies: 16
Views: 6,500
And as I said on another forum, both Pentax and Olympus users are often treated as "red-headed stepchildren" when it comes to photography.
I never cared much for Canon cameras, but if someone gets great shots from one and is comfortable with it, good for them. Same for the other brands as far as I am concerned. Use what you are comfortable with and shoot.

Back to the topic; I am not aware if the program shift on Canon or Nikon allows the aperture or shutter speed to remain "set" when conditions change.
I have heard some Nikons can do something similar, but it requires some form of menu diving. I just prefer the way Pentax implemented it.

edit: Yes, now you are on the right track. I often use it as my default so I can control DoF on a portrait, yet switch to Tv to capture a fast moving subject at the flick of a wheel.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-29-2009, 10:45 AM  
Pentax PRO Feature that a Pro Photog couldn't find in CaNikon!
Posted By shadowulf
Replies: 16
Views: 6,500
When I asked about this, I received a "deer-in-the-headlights" stare. Also, when lighting changes, the camera acts as if it is in Av or Tv(aperture or shutter speed remains where it was set) until modes are changed or the green button is pressed.
Now this may be in other brands, but apparently not well known amongst the salespeople in the various camera shops I've been in.

And sorry if the "canikon" comment offends you. I was referring to those who think Canon and Nikon are the only two viable choices when buying a camera.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-29-2009, 08:29 AM  
Pentax PRO Feature that a Pro Photog couldn't find in CaNikon!
Posted By shadowulf
Replies: 16
Views: 6,500
Program is my default mode for that reason. It was also why I could not stay away from Pentax, tho the CaNikons did their best to convince me otherwise.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-28-2009, 11:09 AM  
Ultra compact strobist kit?
Posted By shadowulf
Replies: 11
Views: 6,943
A couple things I've tried and use are;
report sleeves/page protectors diffuser - normally hold letter sized pages and are stiffer than most plastic bags.

Deli bowls "lightsphere"- check your local market or deli for plastic translucent soup/salad bowls that resemble tupperware. Cut the top to snugly fit your flash and viola.

Have fun
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-27-2009, 01:35 PM  
DIY (read: Cheap) Safe Sync
Posted By shadowulf
Replies: 12
Views: 18,646
If you could find a way to make a "swivel-base" to contain the parts, that would be sweet! I've seen swivel optical triggers on eBay. Maybe one of those could contain the part,
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-16-2009, 12:18 PM  
K20D firmware 1.03 - faster AF?
Posted By shadowulf
Replies: 63
Views: 11,581
I seem to have slightly better AF and SR performance, with less hunting on my slower focusing lenses. AF "lock" seems quicker as does MF confirmation.

Yes, it could all be a placebo effect. It also could be some K20Ds were better calibrated "out-of-the-box" than others. That could explain the wide variety of reports about improvements.

Either way, nothing seems to have become worse from the update.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-14-2009, 01:33 PM  
How many Lens's?
Posted By shadowulf
Replies: 37
Views: 5,137
I picked up a Sigma 24-135mm for around $150 from fleabay. It does what I need it to do. Now the urges for that 12-24 are starting.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-14-2009, 08:02 AM  
What's a good Lens Filter?
Posted By shadowulf
Replies: 6
Views: 2,710
For outdoors, Polarizer! Not the cheap ones either!
A good quality Circular Polarizer (CPL) will do a lot for getting it right in-camera.

Next would be Nuetral Density Graduated filter.
Forum: Do-It-Yourself 04-13-2009, 03:44 PM  
DIY: Making a Flash Bouncer
Posted By shadowulf
Replies: 25
Views: 24,015
I used Elmer's spray tack and a couple of phone books (as a makeshift "press") to put mine together. Cost about $10 for the materials, half of that was the glue.

I'm considering a few other designs. But this does spread/difuse the light pretty well.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-13-2009, 07:55 AM  
DIY macro tripod
Posted By shadowulf
Replies: 4
Views: 5,958
I LIKE IT! As long as it is stable and does not interfere with getting the shot, use it. Weight=stabilty uless you are hiking some distance to get to your subject.

Just my 2 cents
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-01-2009, 05:41 PM  
Excellent SD backup solution
Posted By shadowulf
Replies: 14
Views: 6,163
Thanks for the review jots.

I've been looking for just such a device for backing up and off-loading cards. I had considered the Epson and Wolverine alternatives, as well as a netbook to do some field editing. This seems to be more suited to what I originally wanted, a big "bucket" to dump my photos in.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-01-2009, 09:24 AM  
Recommend a polarizer filter for K10D
Posted By shadowulf
Replies: 18
Views: 5,198
I usually buy the better Tiffen or mid-range Hoyas. Whichever I can get a better price on
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-30-2009, 10:11 AM  
good 2nd lens to purchase
Posted By shadowulf
Replies: 24
Views: 4,346
Sounds like you may be needing 2 lenses.

I have the Sigma 70-300 APO Macro which does ok for macro shots and is a decent tele. But may leave you too much of a gap between 55-70mm.

You might try the Pentax 55-300mm for medium to long telephoto shots and get a Raynox Macro filter/lens to do macro shots. The Raynox 250 would work on both the kit and the 55-300 using the adapter that (usually) comes with it.
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