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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 1 Hour Ago  
used Pentax 645z, no TV or TAV modes, just AV when using FA lens...
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 12
Views: 449
I remember seeing that post. I'd still like to see a thread started on this topic, with a lot more detail...
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 4 Hours Ago  
used Pentax 645z, no TV or TAV modes, just AV when using FA lens...
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 12
Views: 449
Please tell us more---but actually that would be a great new thread in the medium format forum. I shoot tethered in the studio, but out in the sculpture garden or even up in the galleries where I need to move around it can be a PITA. I've often thought about an external monitor setup.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 1 Day Ago  
used Pentax 645z, no TV or TAV modes, just AV when using FA lens...
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 12
Views: 449
I do that professionally, with the Z, so feel free to reach out for advice when that starts happening.



you betcha. You'll like it here, so don't be a stranger. Get on over to the medium format forum pronto!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Mail from Photokina: photokina will be suspended until further notice
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 23
Views: 910
Here's hoping that by the time the pandemic has cooled to low levels and there is a vaccine, maybe it can come back as an event on a longer cycle.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 1 Day Ago  
Probably the best example of Pentax Pixel Shifting with the K1
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 13
Views: 772
I remember this site and article! Thanks for digging it up again.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 1 Day Ago  
used Pentax 645z, no TV or TAV modes, just AV when using FA lens...
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 12
Views: 449
Another great reason to hang out at PentaxForums! You're going to loooooove that camera.


And a hearty welcome aboard! We need more female members and diversity, too many old white guys....
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 1 Day Ago  
Now that the competitor has pixel shift
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 23
Views: 787
Well, point of order: for files like these, it's also going to be a couple of thousand for storage, unless you're only shooting a few hundred shots.

But yes, if one is shooting $10K cameras then one should be expecting all sorts of ancillary expenditures.
Forum: General Talk 1 Day Ago  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 7,042
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KEXP is completely awesome.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 1 Day Ago  
DPReview owned by Amazon?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 37
Views: 1,333
That would be an incorrect interpretation. Let me be blunt: your post stretched thin our notions of civility here, and I say that as a moderator. I took no official action, but you are right up against the line. Please make a note of that. Loads of ways to get your message across in a more polite way.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 2 Days Ago  
DPReview owned by Amazon?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 37
Views: 1,333
Quite a request after that intemperate screed! If you wish to avoid getting flamed, maybe consider toning it down some? Some of your points raise valid concerns, but ....
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 2 Days Ago  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 15,572
Views: 2,580,974
Gettin' kinda surreal on us, Ed. I'm thinking about that Escher-ish shot also, plus some of those swimming tank shots...but this one is pretty over the top!
Forum: General Talk 2 Days Ago  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 7,042
Views: 533,026
Good one. Although I'm not a Prokofiev fan. John Adams I like a lot, but Reich is by far my fave of that crew. A hole card is a card dealt face down in poker that only the recipient sees until the end, but it has connotations of being the secret or unrevealed(until the end) strength, somewhat like a trump card.


And there's some great historic videos on YouTube of jazz performances, as is this classic. In my mind, the high water mark of jazz was that period from the late '40's through the '60's. I once heard a musicologist refer to it as quintessential american chamber music. Prior to that swing was a little too tied to dance rhythms to be as expansive as it could be, imo, and often a little cumbersome due to the number of players, and dixieland also a bit constrained by form. After the '60's the experimentation seemed to go down dead ends or repeated itself, be a bit regressive, or be too closely aligned with R&R. The '80's/early '90's were interesting (a la Knitting Factory) but a lot of times kind of hipster quirky or affected. Have heard some individual players and performances in the last 25 years that were striking, but nothing like that 25 year period from about '45 to '70. Same deal with the visual arts in many ways as well....
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 2 Days Ago  
Now that the competitor has pixel shift
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 23
Views: 787
Mainly I agree, but there are some niche professional uses that argue for these sorts of files---in my work at a museum, and nowadays all photography for cultural heritage, even photographing one object can involve the activities of multiple people, scheduling, & etc---it's a big headache. So, anything that would allow you to photograph something more or less "once and for all" is a boon. The actual taking of the photograph is the least of it (except for lighting). The costs of storage (and the files have to be TIFF's , at that!) are much less a problem than the time and personnel costs. But of course, this is niche---but I'll bet there's other sorts of niche uses that have similar issues
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 2 Days Ago  
Now that the competitor has pixel shift
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 23
Views: 787
Ah, thank you. Makes sense. I'll take Pentax's approach for my work.

What I wish Pentax would do if there is another medium format camera is to bring PS to it, composition adjustment, and automated focus stacking the way Phase One has.

For me, Pentax's PS mode combined with focus stacking would be pretty killer in my work, and if it could be automated then it would be really killer.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 2 Days Ago  
Now that the competitor has pixel shift
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 23
Views: 787
Yes, it's 16 shots...unclear to me why as well. .5 pixel movements. Personally, I believe that if Pentax is still working on a next gen 645 camera, then they would naturally be working on P/S and composition adjustment as well. But 16 merged shots seems like massive overkill to me for almost everything. 4 shots gives plenty of bit depth for color, I would think, and I'd rather use a sophisticated up-rezzing program in post with a 4 shot PS than have to deal with the 16 shot one in the Fuji, and/or do additional stitching in post. Even in the museum market, where I am working, 400mp is whack. You get into storage issues real fast.
Forum: General Talk 2 Days Ago  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 7,042
Views: 533,026
Raise and call: Historic (Paris, 1932) recording of Ravel's Concerto in G maj, Marguerite Long at the piano, Ravel's fave pianist. Oh, and Ravel conducting....

And the hole card: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand (Amsterdam, 1937), with Paul Wittgenstein on piano, who commissioned the work.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 2 Days Ago  
DPReview owned by Amazon?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 37
Views: 1,333
To clarify: I don't think Amazon's ownership of DPR has anything to do with the bias against Pentax. Honestly, it mystifies me why they would be biased against a small company, or any other, for that matter. But, they are and as I said have been against others. Currently, I think they have been feeling a little guilty about Oly, since things are looking dim for them....with Sony they just have conveniently forgotten their former negative bias.
Forum: Lens Clubs 2 Days Ago  
The Leaf Shutter Lens Club--Images, Equipment, and Techniques
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 10
Views: 335
I'm in the middle of sorting a new computer I had to buy---a kick in the groin at this time of year, but necessary as the old unit has given its last. I'm taking the opportunity to get some discipline into my photo files. That translates into a bit of a wait, I'm afraid. Also---I haven't been satisfied with my images posted anywhere but Zenfolio, so I need to re-check some things about posting here.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 3 Days Ago  
DPReview owned by Amazon?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 37
Views: 1,333
I'm a daily user of DPR. I'm not going to cut my nose off to spite my face. I've learned many, many valuable things there.

Do I like it completely? Absolutely not. Are they biased against Pentax. I am convinced that they are. But they have also been biased against others: Olympus back in the 00's, and Sony right after they took over Konica/Minolta and for several years afterwards, most notably.

Their bias against Pentax isn't even as bad as the ones they had against Oly and Sony, until they became little darlings---Sony deservedly so, Oly not so much (I was in Oly and Sony before I came to Pentax, or back to Pentax, as I had Pentax back in the '80's). But it's still not good at all, and could be easily solved, which is the aggravating thing (I won't go into how, but it's a no-brainer...).
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 3 Days Ago  
Where to store original 645Z focus screen when removed?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 6
Views: 312
Why did you swap out the screen again...?
Forum: General Talk 3 Days Ago  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 7,042
Views: 533,026
Just re-listened after many years to "Coltrane Plays the Blues", 1960. A fave of mine back in high school in the early '70's. Overshadowed by his other albums, it's still a fine one. The new version(s) include bonus tracks, and while good, it's pretty clear why the original tracks are the ones that made the cut for the album. Highly recommended.
Forum: Lens Clubs 3 Days Ago  
The Leaf Shutter Lens Club--Images, Equipment, and Techniques
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 10
Views: 335
I have both the 645 LS lenses, and have used them successfully---and not. They can be quirky, and there can be mis-fires for reasons I've never understood. But I will say this---both are sharp, and the 135 is very much so, one of my sharpest lenses.

So far I haven't found a lot of uses for their FL's, though.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 4 Days Ago  
How much mental adjusting would it take moving from APC-S to full frame photography?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 42
Views: 1,195
I think it may have something to do with going down from 645 to FF and also from 4:3 to 3:2. The thing that hit me hardest was 2 fold, but related: my 645 wides seemed so much wider with the extra vertical dimension---so much so that my use of wides dropped, especially outdoors and/or in my personal work. Then, I found that I was shooting much more at a normal/normal-ish FL than ever before, and that it seemed plenty wide for a lot of things. The 55 is basically on the camera by default, and I use it all the time. Now, my 645 wides are mainly used indoors within architectural settings (museums) for documentary work.


When I drop back down to FF, I then tend to revert to shooting wider....This did not happen to me when I moved up from Oly 4/3 to FF.


Not sure I am optimizing more than you are, but it has been a pronounced change for me, sort of startling. I was never much of a normal shooter long ago, except in 4x5. I remember something similar happening when I flirted with 4x5, but I had chalked that up to the difficulty shooting really wide in that format. Now, not so sure.

Underlining this is my disappointment that the 645 45 is the weakest of the primes. That translates roughly to a 35FL in FF---an FL that appealed so little to me back in the day that I didn't even have one. Now, I have to use the 45-85 or the 28-45 to get it---what would be a darn useful prime FL for me in 645.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 5 Days Ago  
K-3III vs K-1II, APS-C vs full frame, which is "best" & price relevance - my thoughts
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 86
Views: 2,605
I'd say "apparent advantages" to be more precise.Only if there's a significant difference--advantage to the apsc model---in pixel density. If the FF cropped to apsc size has the same pixel density as the apsc unit, then no advantage. And again, this "advantage" needs to be weighed against the "advantages" of larger pixels. If you ignore equivalence...Typically true.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 5 Days Ago  
How much mental adjusting would it take moving from APC-S to full frame photography?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 42
Views: 1,195
I'd say this entirely depends on how much you've internalized shooting one format over the other. That said, the difference between shooting 3:2 in apsc and FF is negligible to non-existent, imo. Not so shooting 645's 4:3 back to FF's 3:2.
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