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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-13-2009, 10:06 AM  
camera based sensorcleaning how relevant is it.
Posted By arbutusq
Replies: 13
Views: 3,806
I had dust issues with my Nikons and the K100 but when I switched to the K-m with its anti static coating and SR based dust removal I haven't had to clean the sensor once. I was pretty amazed since the Pentax dust removal system isn't supposed to be that good.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-13-2009, 09:54 AM  
Poll: How do you like your color photographs?
Posted By arbutusq
Replies: 23
Views: 4,223
There is no such thing as real or natural when it comes to photography. Even what the sensor 'sees' is an interpretation. Having ranted about that I think there is a middle ground. I like the colors to be as natural as possible while still maintaining the vibrancy and impact that drew me to the scene.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-08-2009, 10:04 PM  
Which is your best kit for hiking?
Posted By arbutusq
Replies: 49
Views: 11,472
For me it is the 16-45 and the 55-300. If it is a longer trip I'll chuck in the 50 1.4.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-15-2009, 07:53 PM  
I love Dust Removal!
Posted By arbutusq
Replies: 7
Views: 2,638
And to think all the reviews say that Pentax's system is awful......;)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-14-2009, 07:12 AM  
I love Dust Removal!
Posted By arbutusq
Replies: 7
Views: 2,638
I was actually surprised that the dust removal actually works. A month ago I had a few specks that were visible at f11, but two turns with the sensor dust removal and they were gone. This really surprised me as I had always assumed that the dust removal on my Km was a bit of a joke.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-07-2009, 09:32 AM  
any K2000/K-m owners out here?
Posted By arbutusq
Replies: 42
Views: 6,286
Yes I know, but none of those features are really relevant to my shooting style, except the weather seals. So for me the K-m is better.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-28-2009, 01:25 PM  
Annoying RAW-glitch with my K-m. Opinions?
Posted By arbutusq
Replies: 40
Views: 5,820
The best thing to do is to shoot in PEF and download the free DMG converter from Adobe. Convert them on your computer and they will be readable by any program and they will be half the size (losslessly compressed) as the Pentax DNGs.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-24-2009, 08:32 PM  
k2000d/k-m question
Posted By arbutusq
Replies: 15
Views: 3,382
Th 18-55 DAL is a pretty good lens. Light and good IQ for the money.

The 50-200 is excelent for the money, but if you can save up and wait a bit the 55-300 is far better, although about $200 more expensive in Canada.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-23-2009, 08:16 PM  
Pentax 18-250 is a 18-180!
Posted By arbutusq
Replies: 25
Views: 6,162
I believe most zoom lenses behave like this. My old Nikon 18-70 was only around 55 mm at close distances and 70 mm at long distances and infinity. I haven't tested any of my Pentax zooms though, can't be bothered.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-23-2009, 07:53 PM  
which K- body?
Posted By arbutusq
Replies: 14
Views: 1,616
I have the K-m, and have no complaints with the jpegs. You would have to print very large to see the difference between any of these cameras, and even then they would be pretty small.

As to DPreview, they seem to be the only site that doesn't like the K-m's jpegs.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-19-2009, 07:33 AM  
White Balance 'filters'
Posted By arbutusq
Replies: 15
Views: 3,718
"Correct" white balance is one of the biggest myths out there. Incandescent light is very orange, as is late day light. Our eyes are used to seeing white as white so our brains try to compensate by thinking it is in different light sources, but it isn't. Incandescent light is still orange.

Balancing a scene so that the whites appear white frequently, as on the site linked above can rob a scene of its magic.
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-19-2009, 07:07 AM  
RAW vs exposure bracketing
Posted By arbutusq
Replies: 15
Views: 9,264
RAW can't create miracles. As was noted above there will be more noise in the shadows and depending on the scene there may be too much.

I still use Grad ND filters in a Cokin setup as I am often travelling light and a tripod for multiple exposures isn't practical.
Forum: General Talk 02-16-2009, 08:54 AM  
"It's not the camera"... except when it is
Posted By arbutusq
Replies: 45
Views: 6,661
Please don't feed my ego....
Forum: General Talk 02-16-2009, 08:21 AM  
"It's not the camera"... except when it is
Posted By arbutusq
Replies: 45
Views: 6,661
I'm an artist so I like to use an artistic analogy. Oil paintings look different than acrylics, and pastels look better than watercolors, but all are capable of creating great results in the hands of someone who knows how to use them. You can't make a watercolor look like an oil painting but you can still create art.

There are some shots you can only get with a FF DSLR but conversly there are some you can only get with a P&S, but they can all be great shots. The equipment sets the constraints but the artist/photographer creates the image.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-16-2009, 08:17 AM  
DSLR advice from one of those "other" photo forums (also, Pentax and low-light)
Posted By arbutusq
Replies: 38
Views: 8,189
The secret that nobody is willing to admit is that all DSLRS in any given class will be about equal in IQ, with some small, and I mean small variations. All of the 25 mp full frame cameras are the similar, as are all the entry level 10-12 mp cameras. The FF cameras are better as a class but you pay $$ for them.

FF cameras are better in low light but that doesn't mean the entry level cams are bad. People just have to justify spending so much money on their hobby.

Everyone likes to say their brand is better for some reason. For me it is the features and handling that set each brand apart.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-14-2009, 10:05 PM  
K2000/K-m "banding" problems?
Posted By arbutusq
Replies: 2
Views: 1,595
No banding on my K-m or on my K100d.
Forum: General Talk 02-14-2009, 06:49 PM  
Obama Supporters (humorous satire video)
Posted By arbutusq
Replies: 68
Views: 9,893
We Canadians will resist the Danes with every fibre of our beings. We will not go down to the Euro without a fight, but if we do will Ikea stuff be cheaper?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-14-2009, 06:27 PM  
Opinions - Best grip ergonomics
Posted By arbutusq
Replies: 6
Views: 2,967
Of all the DSLRs I have tried I most prefer the K-m, I know it is small and some find it cramped but it seems to fit my hands and long thin fingers perfetly.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-13-2009, 03:38 PM  
Tamron 70-300 or Pentax 55-300?
Posted By arbutusq
Replies: 19
Views: 7,305
Those reviews sound pretty accurate, although there is quite a bit of sample variation betweem lenses which would account for the varied opinions.. Wide open I think the resolution numbers are too close to call but the Pentax has better contrast and color which gives the appearance of more resolution.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-13-2009, 08:51 AM  
Best Economical Walkaround Lens for a Casual Photohobbyist
Posted By arbutusq
Replies: 30
Views: 6,727
The 28-70 isn't too hot wide open especially compared to the 16-45, but stopped down it is pretty nice.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-13-2009, 08:48 AM  
Tamron 70-300 or Pentax 55-300?
Posted By arbutusq
Replies: 19
Views: 7,305
I just purchased the 55-300 and have owned the Tamron in Nikon mount, so while they are not directly comparable I will give my opinion anyway, because it is the internet and hey, everyone does it

Stopped down to f11 they are very similar, with the Pentax having less fringing and a touch more contrast. Wide open is where the Pentax leaves the Tammy behind. It has far better contrast, better color and far less PF. I don't know if it resolves more detail but the contrast is worlds better.

For the money the Tamron is the best in its class, but IMO the Pentax justifies the difference in price. Mine was $379 Canadian vs $199. It is very definitely twice as good. At $599 I don't think I would have bought it though.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-12-2009, 05:09 PM  
Pentax KM-good and bad about this camera
Posted By arbutusq
Replies: 48
Views: 10,968
I am an experienced photographer who is very demanding on his gear and in his expectations for IQ and the KM is a wonderful camera and the only one I will take out now. The AF indicator bugged me for a minute or two but I got over it and now don't miss it at all.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-12-2009, 08:48 AM  
Time to Upgrade from K100D Super?
Posted By arbutusq
Replies: 5
Views: 1,938
The best time to upgrade is when there is a new camera that has a feature that you can absolutely not do without. I upgraded when my wife demanded that I get her a camera, so I gave her my old one and bought a new one. I probably would have kept the K100d otherwise.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-11-2009, 04:03 PM  
Pentax DA 55-300mm, very decent 300mm Performance
Posted By arbutusq
Replies: 5
Views: 2,767
I recently purchased this lens and have been blown away, compared to the similarly pricedl Nikon 70-300 ED (which is a ful frame lens and should do better) it is easilly far superior.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-10-2009, 10:28 PM  
Landscape lens - prime or zoom?
Posted By arbutusq
Replies: 29
Views: 5,113
I shoot with a 16-45 which is convenient since my common landscape focals are 16mm, 24mm and 45 mm, so the lens suits me perfectly.
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