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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 4 Days Ago  
Selling a digital photograph
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 20
Views: 641
If they perceive you as a pro, the answer is no. A pro photographer would send a very detailed request asking lots of questions about usage type, medium, circulation, etc. Then again, if they think you are an amateur, they may be annoyed by "too many questions." Make it simple both in questions and in amount you charge.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 4 Days Ago  
Selling a digital photograph
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 20
Views: 641
First off, congrats. It is a thrill when someone wants to use your photo AND asks for it first. This is an open ended question. There are too many factors and variations to consider before naming a price. One thing you never want to do is to give up ownership of the image. There are limited and unlimited usage rights you have to consider. How many places they are going to use it beyond the initial intended use is another consideration. I have not looked but I am sure there are online guides that can give you pricing advice.
If I was pressed and had to name a price off-the-cuff, I would say $100-150. I would be curious to see what others suggest as a price for this particular usage.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 08-01-2019, 01:08 PM  
K1 or Canon 5D Mark IV for a 645Z owner?
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 69
Views: 2,625
KP is the better camera for stills. I owned two 7D Canons and the KP quality is far better. I am guessing the 50D is in the same class as 7D image wise. My 7D was fine up to ISO 400. Beyond that especially getting in the 1600 ISO and beyond, the image quality just fell apart. You have no idea what situations you are going to walk into on the safari. So KP kit will be better but pricier. The 50D and Tamron or Sigma combo will be cheaper since you already own the 50D. If this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, then bring the camera that is going to get you the best image. BTW, you have to think about weight too. Adding a 645Z with lenses is going to be a lot. If it were me (given my age and wanting to travel light)... and how good the KP is, I would probably bring the KP with a few lenses and leave the 645Z home!
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 07-31-2019, 04:55 PM  
K1 or Canon 5D Mark IV for a 645Z owner?
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 69
Views: 2,625
Having tried wildlife, I would get the longest lens possible. If it is Pentax, K1 and 150-450 combo is not long enough. I would go with the Pentax KP and the 150-450. the KP crop factor would give you the extra reach. If it is Canon, I would get either the Sigma or the Tamron 150-600 and an APS-c Canon body. Those are the lenses you need for a safari type shooting. I tired a 400mm focal length and a full frame body and the lens was waaaaaaaay too short for wildlife. You need 600mm+ focal length.
Forum: General Photography 07-31-2019, 04:45 PM  
New FF body or new lens - which will make more of a difference in image quality?
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 22
Views: 1,152
I have the K1 and the K5IIs. Back in my wedding shooting days (Canon cameras), I always bought two of the same bodies. Reason was that I wanted the controls and the image quality to be identical. When you are shooting weddings, you do not have time to figure things out on the fly and you do not want a difference in image quality either. If I shot weddings again and Pentax was my camera of choice (which is not), I would get two K1 bodies or if budget is tight, I would get two KP bodies. I shot a friends wedding with my K1 and I suffered. In my opinion Pentax is not for weddings. I am sure a lot of people would disagree but I go by my own experiences. I have the K1 but having tried the KP, I think it is better at high ISO, it is lighter and 24PM is plenty for wedding work. Bulk of my wedding work was done with 8 and 12MP cameras. So even the K5IIs has plenty of resolution for wedding work. If there is money left, I would put it towards some fast primes for those low-light and shallow DOF situations. Just my two cents.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-31-2019, 06:09 AM  
Upgrade Question - Upcoming ASP-C Flagship or K1 Mk ii ?
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 43
Views: 2,817
I have used a K5IIs, K3 and now a K1 for occasional product photography with studio strobes. In a studio environment, there are quality differences between the three cameras but it is not significant in my opinion. The resulting images were used for trade show posters and other large print applications and product packaging. For available light and high ISO situations, K1 has a significant edge.

For studio work, I would rather have a better lens and lighting than a higher res camera. Where the image quality difference is going to be significant is when you go with the 645Z or the new Fuji GFX 100.
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-25-2019, 06:46 AM  
Replacing my K-1........which do I get ?
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 34
Views: 2,012
I have tried it at trade shows and you are right it is a formidable beast. It is big and heavy but balances nicely when I am holding it. Maybe one day when the prices drop even further, I might consider getting one with a few lenses for the ultimate landscape work. For now, My K1 is my 645Z!
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-24-2019, 06:43 AM  
Replacing my K-1........which do I get ?
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 34
Views: 2,012
I had decided that I would sell my K1, my FA limited and other lenses. Essentially I was going to leave the Pentax DSLR system. I got into the Fuji system mainly for my video projects and liked the still quality too. I was going to keep the Fuji as my everyday camera and possibly get the 645Z for my fine art and landscape work. At the end, I just could not bring myself to let my K1 go. It is just as much of a beast today as it was when it was released almost four years ago. Given the quality of the K1, I think it is a damn good alternative to 645Z.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-23-2019, 02:10 PM  
Video from stills.
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 6
Views: 326
My friend who is a wedding photographer uses this software ProShow Gold - Create Fast and Fun Photo Slideshows to make slide shows out of still images. He is a long time user and swears by this software. You can convert the slide shows to videos. In a few cases he even brought in finished videos which were edited in Premier Pro to add titles and do other effects. He says it is easier than doing it in Premier Pro. If I do not miss my guess, this is for PC only.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 07-08-2019, 12:52 PM  
Vegas - recommendations sought
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 5
Views: 510
Red Rock Canyon is open dawn to dusk. Officially they do not allow overnight stays as they have gates. But I have heard people have stayed there overnight hiking the trails. I am not sure how they pulled it off. Valley of Fire has camping sites so they allow overnight stays. I am not sure on the details as I have never stayed there overnight.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-25-2019, 12:09 PM  
I'm thinking of selling all my Pentax stuff and moving elsewhere.
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 137
Views: 6,348
That is a good one. I think Pentax marketing people should adopt your line for their next marketing push!!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-25-2019, 12:07 PM  
I'm thinking of selling all my Pentax stuff and moving elsewhere.
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 137
Views: 6,348
So is Olympus and Hasselblad. While we are at it, why not add Nikon and Canon too. According to all the stats, they are losing market share in big numbers... to non other than Fuji and Sony. So I guess no one is safe anymore.

BTW, what is it you are missing from Pentax lineup? I looked at my system too starting about a year ago. For me, I needed a camera with more video capability. I had a call from a client who wanted 4K video. So I invested (minimally) in Fuji to take advantage of their 4K capabilities. Sony was too expensive as I did not want to invest big bucks in a secondary system. If I need the ultimate in still quality, I have my K1 and a bunch of fantastic Pentax and non-Pentax lenses. The added advantage of the Fuji is that with a simple cheapo adapter, I can put my Pentax FA Limited and a bunch of other manual lenses on the Fuji for some fun shooting. I contemplated selling some of my Pentax gear but at the end decided to keep most of them. I may still sell a few items (lenses mainly) that I am not using at all. In another words, I am selling to thin the herd not because Pentax is going out of business. I did the same when I was shooting Canons for almost 12 years. I bought and sold a lot of gear as the needs changed.

Now if you are really set on getting rid of your Pentax gear altogether, I endorse Fuji!!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-24-2019, 08:18 AM  
Audio Recorder?
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 10
Views: 439
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I started with a Tascam an earlier version of the DR-05. Can't remember the model number. When I got into more serious recording, I got a Zoom 4N. The zoom offers XLR (along mini and 1/4") inputs for the ultimate in flexibility. I also bought a Roland R-05 which is a very nice unit as well. The Roland only takes mini jacks. If you want the ultimate in jack of all trades get a Zoom unit. The Zoom 4N can be had for about $200 or less in the used market or maybe even new. They do have an updated version of the Zoom if you want to try the latest version of their recorders. You are only going to buy it one time. If they are not dropped or abused, these things last for ever. It is a long term investment so get the best unit even if it is a little beyond your budget.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-23-2019, 07:39 AM  
Leica R lenses vs K series lenses on film
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 23
Views: 1,198
Somehow I feel it is the same today too. Lenses make all the difference. Most cameras, regardless of the brand are capable of producing amazing images at low ISO settings. Most of the capability differences come at the extremes such as high ISO, say above 1600. My Canon 7D produced awefull images above 1600 ISO were as a KP can do ISO 6400 all day.

Off topic, I also learned something interesting this weekend. I stopped by Samís club optical department because I noticed a bunch of Pentax frames. As it turned out they are all safety glass frames. In talking to the person in charge of the department, I was told that starting about 6 months ago, Pentax supplies the lenses for ALL their prescription glasses. They switched from Seiko and another brand that I cannot recall. Good for Pentax. It is piece of business which will supply Pentax with a nice revenue stream.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-22-2019, 10:56 AM  
Landscape Photographer Dale Sharpe killed in freak accident
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 15
Views: 1,331
I am with you on that one 100%.

On my last Boston to Vegas trip, I decided to go north and go through Denver. The last portion of the trip goes through Utah. I ended up driving at night with an allowed speed limit of 80mph in parts of Utah. Plenty of cars zoomed by me at 80 or even 90mph but I slowed down to 60-65 because of the deer signs on the road. I have never seen so many watch out for deer signs in my entire life. It was pitch dark and all I could see was a deer crossing sign every few mile with plenty of blood stains on the road in between the signs. I got the message. They have been a lot of hits. Once I saw the first of the blood marks on the road, I slowed down. I knew I could not react fast enough if a deer jumped out of the woods and that my little Honda Fit was going to be destroyed if it hit anything at 80mph.

Since we are on the subject, another quick story. One of our gym instructors in Boston area did not show up to work for a few days. I was curious as to what had happened to him. He ended up coming in a week or so later with a neck brace. Given that the guy is a former special forces member with a neck twice as thick as my thighs!, I was curious what could have put him in a neck brace. Come to find out on a trip to Canada, going through northern Maine, he had hit a moose head on. The car was totaled sending him and his wife to the hospital. They were lucky they came out of it alive.

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Sad. What a senseless way to go.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-22-2019, 10:27 AM  
Do you carry a multi tool in your camera bag ?
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 43
Views: 1,884
Always. But I have to be careful when going to the airport. I have to put it in my check in luggage. And if I do not have a check in baggage, I have to leave it home. Over the years they have taken so many pocket knives from me that I got sick of it. I used to get a ton of Canon promotional knives from my friend who was a Canon rep. They must have taken a dozen or so of those and other knives from me at the airport. So now that I have a Leatherman multi-tool, I cannot afford to give TSA a free gift!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-21-2019, 02:27 PM  
Leica R lenses vs K series lenses on film
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 23
Views: 1,198
That is true. I guess we were not as obsessed as we now are about sensor issues such high ISO noise, or lens issues such as CA, bokeh, etc. I had a few choice lenses, namely the Nikon 105 f2.5, 24mm f2, 55 f2.8 micro and other goodies but the 16mm f2.8 fisheye was something else. It made projected images so much more spectacular.

---------- Post added 06-21-19 at 02:41 PM ----------



Charles, we can go on trading stories for sometime to come! Now that you mentioned color rendition of various systems, it reminds me of a story I want to share. This is almost at the end of my Nikon film camera era, circa 1998-99. I had a shop in Belmont, MA printing canvas prints and other art reproductions for artists and other clients. I got a request to photograph a customer's wedding. I knew how to take pics but had not done any weddings up to that point. So just to be safe, I enlisted a photographer friend's help as a back up and also to cover the event if it got too busy. My friend was a Canon shooter. So when I got the 4x6 proofs back from the lab, I was shocked. What do I know. This was my first introduction to lens influencing color. Nikon shots all had a warm tone and all the Canons had a cooler tone to them. We used the same film so the color variation was from the lenses. I presented the work to that client as it was and I don't think they picked up on the color difference nor did they care. This was not a high end wedding with picky/difficult clients. With today's digital manipulation software, I could have made some adjustments to bring the colors closer to each other but this was still film era and digital was just starting.

---------- Post added 06-21-19 at 02:53 PM ----------



I love to own a Leica but can never justify the cost. I call my FA limited trio (31,43,77) my "poor man's" Leicas! Other than serious CA issue with all three, optically, they can go with best of them. However, I think the A85 f1.4 is a cut above my FA Limiteds. It is a mechanical and optical work of art.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-21-2019, 04:54 AM  
Leica R lenses vs K series lenses on film
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 23
Views: 1,198
I don't know about the Sumicron 90 but my friend owns the A85mm f1.4. On a trip to Gloucester, MA a few years ago. We shot his lens side by side with my FA 77 1.8. I was amazed as to how the colors matched between two lenses made some 20 or so years apart. Shot at F2.8, their sharpness matched perfectly. The 85 f1.4 is indeed a magical lens. No wonder the asking prices have gone through the roof. As to 50mm lenses. I own a bunch of manual legacy lenses. The surprise lens for me was the Sears 50mm f1.7 K-mount. It is as sharp as my FA43.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-21-2019, 04:00 AM  
Leica R lenses vs K series lenses on film
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 23
Views: 1,198
So ironic. I bought an MX with a cheapo Sigma 39-80 zoom lens. with my first summer job back in 1980. It was stolen less than a year later. A "pro" photographer friend of mine was bugging me about getting a real camera, a Nikon. So when my Pentax was gone, I bought myself a Nikon FM2 camera and the rest is history. I ended up buying an FE2 and eventually an F3T with a motor drive. At the time I was into multiple projector slide shows. My favorite slide film was the Velvia. I did a few show opening with my Nikon 16mm fisheye lens. The results were stunning to say the least. I used to drop a yellow filter in the back of the 16mm lens and give the images the extra punch and "special effect" look.

When digital came around, I started with a Fuji S1, then onto Canon for 12 years and full circle back to Pentax with a K5IIs , K3 and now a K1. I never forgot my MX and it was nostalgic getting back to the Pentax brand after 30+ years. I have recently bought a few Fuji cameras as I wanted to do 4K video (client request). It is funny that with all these untold dollars spent on camera gear over the years, some of my most memorable work was done with my MX and the "cheapo" Sigma lens. I miss my MX, Tri-X and Velvia.

It is funny, after getting the Fuji, I started using their Acros B&W film simulation. I never shot that film but I am loving the digital version. It has brought back the love of B&W photography. My wife who could care less about B&W images has become a big fan of "colorless" images to a point that she made me print a bunch of images from a recent trip to New York to be framed and hung in our house!

BTW, I checked out your site and your galleries. I really liked the magical look of the black & white images. I also liked the body of work done in Michael's studio. His portraits are classics.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-20-2019, 04:33 AM  
Adorama re-selling defective gear?
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 32
Views: 2,095
Something similar happened to me. I bought a brand new on camera trigger and found out that there was a newer version of the same trigger. So, I called them up and asked to have the new one. I packed the old item and sent it back at my expense. I have had similar situations in the past with B&H and they picked up the cost of return shipping!. No big deal, my mistake so I paid for it. Here is the similarity to your situations. After waiting for ground shipping to go back and for ground shipping to come back to me (two week wait), I found out that they had shipped the exact unit I had sent to them for replacement. I thought I had made a mistake in the RMA paper work. I went back and checked. I had indeed asked for a newer version. So I called them up to see what was going on. The lady was very apologetic and offered a two day free shipping of the new item. The order was on a Friday. So the item did not get to me until next Wednesday. Three weeks to get an item right!

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They shipped my item in a bubble envelope too. I got lucky that UPS did not crush my envelope. To be fair, B&H does some stupid stuff of their own. I have had plenty of small items shipped in gigantic shipping boxes without adequate padding. I get the big box and the smaller box is being thrown around inside!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-14-2019, 07:13 AM  
Photo Editing Software
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 26
Views: 1,717
I am a long time Photoshop/Lightroom user and I am tired of the Adobe games. So I have started playing around with Luminar 3 for my RAW processing and I really like it a lot. I also bought One1 software for RAW processing and like it even more than Luminar.

One1 is billed as a replacement for PS/LR but I have to check it out to make sure. The only drawback is the full capability of Photoshop is missing from Luminar. For that I had purchase Affinity Photo (AF) when it first came out but I have not used it much. I have seen a few online ads showing what it can do and it seems to match Photoshop. So by the end of the year I am going to completely eliminate PS/LR and use a Luminar/One1/AF combo to get my work done.

You have Lumnar 3 already. Give it a try. It is a very capable and powerful software. If you want to explore other options, check out One1 and Affinity Photo. They both have trial periods for you to check them out. Affinity was only $50 and One1 was $70. Buying all theses softwares and owning them for good cost as much as one year of PS/LR subscription. And you do not have to deal with log in issues and the problems it presents with PS/LR.
Forum: General Photography 06-14-2019, 06:55 AM  
Fullframe camera is for whom?
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 52
Views: 2,776
I started out with K5IIs then K3 and now K1. I do occasional paid shoots so image quality is very important. Over the years, I did plenty with the K5IIs and K3 and I was totally happy. These were studio environment shoots with ISO not exceeding 400. However, I was not too happy with the K3 at high ISO (above 1600). With K1 that changed. I had a chance to try the KP and I think its high ISO is even better than K1. If I started over with the Pentax line today, I would not hesitate to get a KP and the lens that I always wanted the 20-40 for starters. Aside from the fact Pentax has a lot more choices for the APS-c bodies.

In any case, for your shooting situation, try to shoot RAW. You can do a lot of adjustments in post. One rule to follow with any digital camera is to shoot to preserve the highlights. K1 and KP can pull out an amazing amount of clean detail from the shadow areas.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-11-2019, 12:30 PM  
Nikon recommendation: sell! sell! sell!
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 85
Views: 4,317
I am with you brother. My weigh carrying days are over too. Although I have promised myself if I get over this joint pain, I might consider a heavy camera again. Today, I woke up with little pain. I don't know what I did as I take no drugs for it. Must be the little or no meat diet along with morning walks. We will see if this trend continues. Only then I might ask my wife to buy me a 645Z kit for my next birthday... dream on baby!!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-11-2019, 09:50 AM  
Nikon recommendation: sell! sell! sell!
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 85
Views: 4,317
I agree. But that might be good news as Tamron and Sigma might be forced to substantially drop their prices to keep Sony from taking over.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-11-2019, 09:36 AM  
Possible alternative to Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 DI LD Macro
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 12
Views: 965
I own the Tamron and love it. I do not own the Sigma but I have tried it at trade shows at the Sigma booth a few times. The Sigma focuses faster and is silent. From what I could see in my limited testing, the image quality was fine. I do agree that the Tamron is soft at 2.8 but it sharpens up considerably from f3.5 on. I shot a wedding a couple of years ago and in the church with less than ideal lighting, Tamron did just fine focusing wise. The only problem was the noise of the focusing motor. That was the only time I wished the lens was silent as it was annoyingly loud when the priest was talking and I had to get my pictures.
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