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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-10-2010, 07:29 AM  
Any love for rangefinders?
Posted By sealisthenewbeaver
Replies: 418
Views: 70,541
First roll of tmax from the Yashica Electro 35 GSN. -> Love it.

Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-30-2010, 06:16 AM  
Any love for rangefinders?
Posted By sealisthenewbeaver
Replies: 418
Views: 70,541
I had an old Russian Lomo LCA for years until that got stuck somehow(:D) two weeks ago. No chance of fixing it so I wanted a new rangefinder. Those are fun to use and perfect for those long summer days in the park.

Yesterday I managed to find a Yashica Electro 35 GSN in almost mint condition. It's a rangefinder with a 45mm 1.7 lens. Sweet! Had to buy it immediately. I even managed to make an adaptor myself to use easy-to-find batteries in it.

I'm used to carry around a camera or two with me and give them quite a bit of abuse, but the Yashica is almost too beautiful to mess with! I mean, though it's quite sturdy and really heavy (like all older cameras), it seems somehow fragile. I'd be more comfortable being a bit drunk and fool around with a D3s than that Yashica. :o

Rangefinders <3
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-30-2010, 12:51 AM  
IS broken?
Posted By sealisthenewbeaver
Replies: 16
Views: 4,958
That was the first thing I did after realizing it's not a minor problem... :o

If the SR is turned off, the shaking/rattling isn't as bad, but the pictures still turn out blurry.

Does anyone know how the SR-system really works? Is the sensor "floating" or something? Hmmmm... Maybe I should just rip my broken K10D into pieces and see. :D
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-29-2010, 05:34 AM  
IS broken?
Posted By sealisthenewbeaver
Replies: 16
Views: 4,958
The videos:

pw: rikkipentax

Weird, huh? :lol:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-27-2010, 02:23 AM  
IS broken?
Posted By sealisthenewbeaver
Replies: 16
Views: 4,958
Yeah, the SR is sensor based, right? So my guess would be too that it will be the whole sensor-unit repaired. And replacing it will cost easily more than a new camera.

I just send an email to the service, so we'll see what they say.

And I took a short videos to demonstrate the problem to the insurance company and to the Pentax community. I'll post a link to it here when I manage to put it to Vimeo or to some other videohosting service.

The whole mess is still somehow f****n hilarious: sounds like there's a crappy old two-strike engine inside the camera... Potpotpotpotpotpotpotpot... poootpotpotpotpot... :D
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-26-2010, 04:27 AM  
IS broken?
Posted By sealisthenewbeaver
Replies: 16
Views: 4,958
Doesn't help.

Well, I can't understand how that could have worked... The problem seems to be purely mechanical as everything else works as it should.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-26-2010, 03:31 AM  
IS broken?
Posted By sealisthenewbeaver
Replies: 16
Views: 4,958
The photos are not as bad as one would presume from the jumping. Well, definitely not good by any means, but not as horrible as you would expect.

Anyone having idea on how much repairing the IS/SR unit would cost?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-25-2010, 01:52 PM  
IS broken?
Posted By sealisthenewbeaver
Replies: 16
Views: 4,958
I haven't been taking too many shots lately, but today the weather was perfect I grabbed my camera only to find out it's somehow broken.

When I turn on the camera (K20D) it makes a weird rattling sound. And no, it's not the normal dust removal sound. And when I take a shot it makes a weird rattle again. "Flop-flapflap-click". And after removing the lens I actually see that sensor is "jumping" up and down when I shoot. Putting the camera on live-view I can see the "jumping" effect more clearly, especially with the IS off.

Anyone had the same experience?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-24-2010, 03:08 AM  
Thematic Night Time is the Right Time! Post night shots here.
Posted By sealisthenewbeaver
Replies: 1,420
Views: 133,467

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-24-2010, 02:59 AM  
Other Challenge +Show us your bokeh+
Posted By sealisthenewbeaver
Replies: 5,352
Views: 487,865
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-09-2010, 05:53 AM  
Canon 7D vs Nikon 300s vs Pentax K7 ISO Comparisons
Posted By sealisthenewbeaver
Replies: 47
Views: 28,020
Have to agree with the last. Working in a photoshop gives me a good chance to compare cameras. I was really thining about getting the D300s just because it feels much nicer to use, but the 18mp sensor on 7D is really something. Putting a any softish lens on D300s and 7D doesn't give much difference, but lets say you put on a Sigma 50mm 1.4 at f/4 on each and you can really start so see much more detail with 7D shot.

Not that most people would really need the extra detail, but it is still there...

After playing quite a lot with the 7D, I have to say it's a beast. Now, if Nikon would come up with a similar sensor...
Forum: General Talk 04-09-2010, 05:44 AM  
Announcing the PentaxForums Million-Post Giveaway
Posted By sealisthenewbeaver
Replies: 1,243
Views: 188,750
My friend just won a K-x from a local photocompetition and despite my best efforts he's selling it. I'm not willing to buy it, but I'd love to get one for free!:lol:
Forum: Winners' Showcase 04-05-2010, 04:15 PM  
March 2010 Winner: Ghost Ship
Posted By sealisthenewbeaver
Replies: 13
Views: 5,266
The shot is so weird.

I mean, it looks like it's a HDR-shot, but I guess it's still not.
And it looks sharp, but still somehow soft at the same time. There's shadows and no-shadows. And no clipped highlights. Even the whole ship looks like it's been added there in the pp! So, I presume there's been lots of layers, masking, dodging, burning and more...
Or a combination of a nice soft light and very good flashwork!

Anyway, it's a cool shot of a great subject (/object?) and very good pp, no matter how you made it! :)
Forum: General Talk 04-01-2010, 05:07 AM  
It is Official. Obama is a War Criminal!
Posted By sealisthenewbeaver
Replies: 190
Views: 16,147
Why haven't I looked through these threads before?
By far the best entertainment in Pentax Forums.

It really seems that the world is so very different on the other side of the Atlantic ocean.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-31-2010, 02:26 PM  
Posted By sealisthenewbeaver
Replies: 1
Views: 1,710
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-28-2010, 11:52 PM  
Cityscape Burning warehouse
Posted By sealisthenewbeaver
Replies: 10
Views: 2,792
Thanks everyone.

Would love to keep the K20d as it is ergonomicwise the best camera I've ever had in my hands. And despite having a lots of great moments with Pentax gear, the move to Canikon camp is unavoidable as working in a camerastore gives me chance to really compare the cameras and it is a fact that Pentax just can't focus nowhere near as well as the others. I don't if any other cameras would have worked any better in the middle of the smoke, but last nights shots were taken in mainly in mf-mode. :)

Well, Pentax has time to prove themselves and come with something great, but it's only 'til Nikon releases their new models. :o

Sorry about the usual OT-rant...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-28-2010, 02:31 PM  
Cityscape Burning warehouse
Posted By sealisthenewbeaver
Replies: 10
Views: 2,792
A huge warehouse got burned down today in my hometown, Turku, Finland.

As usual I managed to get there way too late and saw what was left with only few firefighters taking care of the remaining ruins. Too bad there was pretty much only one spot to take shots from...

I almost got myself killed there as well, climbing the superslippery icy rocks and hills. I was actually tempted to crash the K20D (giving it the same ending as my K10D accidentally got 1,5 years ago) and thus making me free to swap to Nikon... :o

And oh, I finally managed to read the help-post and now the pictures are also links that lead to (slightly) bigger versions in my Flickr. Hooray for me.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-28-2010, 01:59 PM  
People Street portraiture
Posted By sealisthenewbeaver
Replies: 11
Views: 2,246
Nice, superclear shot. I like this shot a lot. And she's cute too.

What lens did you use? And is this all natural light? Or a lot of PP? Cause it looks sharp and soft at the same time, though in a good way.
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-26-2010, 08:30 AM  
Swedes, Norwegians, Finns, Canadians etc... Winter shooting experiences?
Posted By sealisthenewbeaver
Replies: 22
Views: 4,979
Whatever you do, don't force yourself to shoot. It's no good.

My friend who shoots a lot of snowboarding- and skirelated stuff once said that when the weather's grey and dull he goes out to enojy the slopes/tracks. And when there's a blue sky it's time to take the moneyshots. :)

I'm from southern Finland and usually it's not even snowy here during the winter, just darkness, greyness and slosh everywhere. This year it's been better with the snow, but not too many sunny days and light is always the main problem. So I've been pretty much just fooling around with Photoshop and do occasional bandshoots. And helping the aforementioned friend with his snowboard-strobist stuff. Which is actually quite nice as I'm learning new stuff at the same time. And getting steadily pulled away from Pentax...

So, my advice is to enjoy doing something else and shoot when the weather's inspiring enough or there's something else that draws your interest.

I've seen quite a few 365-projets where people force themselves to shoot everyday and then eventually end up having 167 stupid macroshots and 100 ridiculously boring shots of their bored wife/kids/friends/themselves.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-16-2010, 05:45 AM  
People k-x Live in Concert... and @ 6400 (BRMC)
Posted By sealisthenewbeaver
Replies: 23
Views: 3,758
Nice shots of a nice band.
But, can you post shots 1&4 without any noise reduction?
Cause I still find it really really really hard to believe that Kx would be this good! :D
I shoot concerts quite a lot and my k20d-raw-noiseninja combination can't get anywhere close to this if I go over 1600...
How was the focusing?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-15-2010, 01:19 PM  
What is the best point & shoot camera?
Posted By sealisthenewbeaver
Replies: 22
Views: 8,298

I just turn the camera on, point somewhere and shoot. No need to navigate through any menus. Most new cameras even have some sort of intelligent automatic function that can detect scenes etc. It's pretty much bullet proof system.

But yeah, p&s camera to me is a one that can fit into any pocket. And LX3 is definitely best of the bunch there and S90, though slightly bigger, would be the my next pick. The Panasonic TZ series are superb too if there's need for a longer zoom and the Powershot SX200 is decent as well.

The micro 3/4s are imo too large and to be called point and shoot cameras.

The p&s camera I always carry with me is the old Lomo L-CA. I got it a long time ago, it's shitty, but I haven't found a good cheap rangefinder to replace it ... :D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-13-2010, 11:05 AM  
Sticky: Pentax Photo Gallery (PPG) entries
Posted By sealisthenewbeaver
Replies: 6,192
Views: 901,598
More like 111! :D The frontman Oliver Ackermann is the owner of effects and music factory called "Death by Audio", so they pretty much use custom stuff on the stage...

Anyway, thanks for the compliments and congrats for the first approval.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-13-2010, 05:40 AM  
Sticky: Pentax Photo Gallery (PPG) entries
Posted By sealisthenewbeaver
Replies: 6,192
Views: 901,598
I've posted two rock shots and both have made it. Have to try more. :)

This is the second one. Band is "The Place to Bury Strangers" from NYC. They're often described as the loudest rockband there is. :cool:

OrenMC, that's a wicked shot. It looks like very natural HDR. Well done.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-13-2010, 01:48 AM  
k20d 30inx20in poster print experience
Posted By sealisthenewbeaver
Replies: 27
Views: 7,595
Yeah, I got it now, though I find your approach a bit weird.

So, in the end it goes down to the "standard" paper sizes, which despite supposed to be 2:3 ratio actually are not (like the european? a4 which is commonly known 20x30cm, while it actually is 21x29.7 ), causing some printsizes to crop or to have white borders to show the "full frame".
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-12-2010, 03:20 AM  
Street photography?
Posted By sealisthenewbeaver
Replies: 30
Views: 11,134
True, especially with ultra-wide. It's a nice effect scarcely used, but imo ruins most of the shots compositionwise if there's people in the shot.
We have to remember though, that at the time when for example Cartier-Bresson was doing his magic, the standard lens was pretty much the fastish 35 or 50mm prime. There were no 2.8 zooms. Also, that time cameras were not as common than now and the usual attitudes towards public photography were different too, so it was much easier to get close to people.
I personally think photojournalists are sometimes really close to street photography and their most important lens is 70-200, despite 24-70 gives you the chance to get in to the action... And at the same time, the lens I keep on my camera pretty much all the time is the 50/1.4, so... :D
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