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Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 09-06-2021, 07:43 AM  
Just purchased a full Godox flash kit. Does this look like a good working set?
Posted By Class A
Replies: 18
Views: 655
The Flashpoint R2 Pro MarkII is even better.
Best Godox trigger, unless one needs an on-trigger hot-shoe mount.
Forum: General Photography 08-17-2021, 01:01 PM  
Lower resolution sensors are not better in low light
Posted By Class A
Replies: 51
Views: 3,098
Everytime I have my pictures printed at a shop, they tell me "We know you ordered 8x10 prints, but your files had so many pixels, we had to print them at 16x20, some of them even larger.".


OK, that was just fun, but every time I want to look at my images on a monitor, it only shows images from my K100D. Any K-5 II images or K-1, a text appears stating. "Cannot display image in full, as too much downsampling would occur. You have to zoom into this image to view part of it. Please select your crop now."


To answer the question:
One buys a higher-resolution camera to have the option to sometimes exploit the higher resolution. However, when there is not need to exploit the higher resolution, one enjoys the benefits of downsampling, i.e., pays no noise penalty compared to a lower resolution sensor.

Higher resolution cameras have other benefits, such as
  • more cropping potential.

  • less Bayer-AA filtering required (less chance of moiré occurring).

  • finer noise patterns.

Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-12-2021, 10:00 AM  
Capture One Pro 21 Update is Great and Frustrating at the Same Time
Posted By Class A
Replies: 13
Views: 545
Capture One listened!

They are going to bring back the original way of exporting, including all functionality that was lost!

I'm super happy with this and it gives me hope for C1's future.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-09-2021, 12:17 PM  
Capture One Pro 21 Update is Great and Frustrating at the Same Time
Posted By Class A
Replies: 13
Views: 545
Many Pentax cameras are supported by C1. Not only can you use the DNG format regardless but PEF is also supported for many Pentax cameras.

The camera profiles are nothing to write home about, though, AFAIC.
I don't believe they received much work, contrary to the marketing claim that each camera profile is hand-tweaked in a laborious process.
There have been too many accidents with botched Pentax profiles (old versions crudely tweaked to "fit" a new model) for that to be true and while the later profiles were not botched anymore, they don't give you anything special/valuable at all, in my view.

Another problem is that the lens name for Pentax lenses is not shown within C1 because Pentax uses a non-standard location and C1 (unlike Lightroom) does not make an effort to get it from the respective location.

Don't expect tethering support for Pentax cameras or support for PixelShift either.

You can set any noise (and other settings) as new default values, depending on the ISO setting.
So there is no real limitation here.

I also much prefer C1 for editing but sometimes get despondent over their "improvements" because in many cases they are just steps backwards.

The latest "improvement" to the exporting process kicked up such a storm of protests, though, that they have announced a remedy. I hope it won't be just a cosmetic "fix" that allows a non-modal operation again. I hope they'll bring back the old expressiveness that allowed one to easily affect output locations across multiple profiles.

It's been an up and down of good additions vs objectively worse "improvement attempts" recently, which is a shame because until a few years ago, it was all uphill only and none of the bad decision making happened.

What aggravates me is that the downsides that have been introduced were all so avoidable. Adding an alternative style of interaction should not come at the cost of causing issues for those who were precisely enjoying what suddenly is no longer available.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-24-2021, 11:35 PM  
Capture One Pro 21 Update is Great and Frustrating at the Same Time
Posted By Class A
Replies: 13
Views: 545
You can add a vote to my respective feature request, if you like.

I agree. Buttons like this one and all the fancy tool tips with images (that are luckily optional), create the impression they are fishing in beginner/casual user territory to increase their user base.

I don't see how anyone but a complete noob would use that button and given the myriad of (sadly rather repetitive) tutorials on YouTube by Capture One, it is not clear why one would assume someone who knows absolutely nothing about the software.

Sadly, it is not quite as powerful as it was. I find it annoying when Capture One and their ambassadors repeatedly say that all the functionality is still there but "in one place".
First, functionality has been lost and second how did a "Process" tool tab not constitute "one place" before?

The modal nature of the new approach is definitely a step backwards.

I don't expect it to be of much practical value either.

It is, in my experience, a rare case when actual images match the demo images in such a manner that the tool works as well as in the demos. Now and then it could help but then it does not really appear to add anything over a luma range selection and/or a colour editor selection.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-23-2021, 06:46 AM  
Capture One Pro 21 Update is Great and Frustrating at the Same Time
Posted By Class A
Replies: 13
Views: 545
I'm not saying it does not get better at all.

For sure, there have been improvements.

My problem is that it does not get monotonically better. In other words, some changes just make it worse in some aspects.

The brush selection was better in the past (only requiring two keyboard shortcuts as opposed to four, with special requirements as to what ordering one uses to select a brush and a layer to not get an unwanted result), being able to add layers to an image by copy/paste is great but the ability to override layers should not have been removed, exporting was more powerful and better integrated in the past, increasing the UI font size worked for 4K display users but not for Full HD display users, etc.

Some people are not affected by the respective downgrades, but some are in a completely unnecessary way as in each case it would have been possible to retain the existing, more powerful or efficiently usable functionality.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-23-2021, 03:30 AM  
Capture One Pro 21 Update is Great and Frustrating at the Same Time
Posted By Class A
Replies: 13
Views: 545
I did during beta testing.

Sadly, they seem to have some "focus group" they heavily rely on and appear to prioritise what they get from it over user input.

I'll try repeating my feedback and, who knows, perhaps I'll be able to have some impact after all.

The three positive aspects I mention in the original post were all proposed by me at some time (not only by me) and they did take a lot of other suggestions I made on board. So it's not like they don't listen but regarding some UI decisions, criticism has been fallen on deaf ears.

It is unfortunate that they appear to be fishing for Lightroom / casual users who prefer simplified tools and a shallower learning curve. This is not bad in itself, but it leads to a worse experience for expert users when the expert functionality is replaced with more beginner friendly approaches.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-23-2021, 03:24 AM  
Capture One Pro 21 Update is Great and Frustrating at the Same Time
Posted By Class A
Replies: 13
Views: 545
It objectively does not get better all the time, but you are welcome to your opinion.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-22-2021, 09:47 AM  
Capture One Pro 21 Update is Great and Frustrating at the Same Time
Posted By Class A
Replies: 13
Views: 545
The latest C1 update finally delivers on a number of long-awaited requests:
  • overwriting existing output files.

  • synchronising new subfolders.

  • showing images in subfolders.

There is a new "magic brush" as well, which I don't care about much (yet). Subject selection has not been a problem for me and tolerance-based selection tools don't always work that well. I'll have to see about this one.

However, in a number of areas, steps backwards have been made:
  • exporting is now possible via a modal dialogue only. An export preview is nice, but a way to use the exporting tools via a tool tab should have been retained.

  • the "Sub Name" field and token for exporting have been removed and no equivalent way of manually specifying part of an output location has been provided instead.
    EDIT: After a lot of user protest, both these bullet points will be addressed in a future release of C1!

  • a new placement of the "+"/"-" ("add layer" / "delete layer") buttons in the "Layers" tool wastes valuable vertical space, creating dead space in the UI and resulting in fewer layers to be viewable/selectable. I never use these buttons but now (unlike before) they partially obstruct the access to the layers list.

  • the layer-related "Mask Settings" have been relocated from the "Layers" tool to the Viewer toolbar. This makes no sense from a UI perspective; one should not be forced to show (unhide) the Viewer toolbar when working with layers. The Viewer toolbar could be hidden with no loss of important functionality before, but now one needs to either permanently waste vertical space and add visual clutter or keep showing / hiding it.

It is a pity that the UI designers often seriously do not know what they are doing. Some of these changes are objectively bad and should never have been implemented.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-30-2021, 01:56 AM  
Pentax HD DA* 16-50mm f2.8 to be released in August
Posted By Class A
Replies: 322
Views: 25,666

You Tube

Detailed information will be announced on the Ricoh Imaging site at the time of official announcement.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-24-2021, 03:32 AM  
Not happy with Pentax K-3 III
Posted By Class A
Replies: 140
Views: 8,701
Yes, definitely.

DPReview's blur is far, far greater; I'm hoping they just happened to receive an out of spec camera.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-23-2021, 08:14 PM  
Not happy with Pentax K-3 III
Posted By Class A
Replies: 140
Views: 8,701
The second (dampened) image shows the tiniest amount of additional detail (only detectable, AFAIC, when directly overlaying the two images and switching back and forth between them).
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-22-2021, 11:41 PM  
Imaging-Resource: K-3 III Field Test
Posted By Class A
Replies: 17
Views: 1,116
I am disappointed that Imaging Resource has delivered a review that could have come from DPReview.

They claim the K-3 III is a "tough sell" for anyone but "Pentax loyalists".

It is not a "tough sell" at all, unless you share the same mirrorless obsession as the author and "Pentax loyalists" is taken right out of DPReview's playbook for using seemingly appropriate terms that have connotations that they would never dare to use with another brand.

I am a "Pentax user", not a "Pentax loyalist"; I choose Pentax because the gear addresses my priorities best. I am not buying Pentax equipment out of some blind sense of "loyalism".

If the author does not understand the difference between "loyalist" and "user", he is not a journalist.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-22-2021, 10:52 PM  
Not happy with Pentax K-3 III
Posted By Class A
Replies: 140
Views: 8,701
Slow shutter speed NR is meant for long exposures and produces a dark frame (doubling the time the camera remains unresponsive) which is subtracted from the regular exposure before the image data is written to the card.

Therefore, it should not occur in the first place with shutter speeds around 1/40s, and cannot introduce a vertical blur component.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-21-2021, 08:50 AM  
Not happy with Pentax K-3 III
Posted By Class A
Replies: 140
Views: 8,701
I hope they can fix the issue and please let us know what they come back with.

It seems to be obvious that certain aperture and ISO setting combinations result in shutter speeds that at least on some K-3 III copies (perhaps not all of them) produces blur that could be the result of so-called "shutter shock" or an unfortunate interaction between very small shutter shock and the IBIS mechanism. If you were able to increase the strength of the backlighting, you'd probably be able to move away from the affected shutter speed range. The orientation of the camera could be another factor, but I doubt DPReview's studio scene is on the floor and their images show a very similar vertical blur.

Let's hope only a few copies are affected by this and yours can be fixed somehow (even if it requires the development of a new firmware).

P.S.: Please don't mind the few posters here who appear to perceive any negative observation as unfounded bashing, or suspect "user error" when you obviously use a more than adequate setup. On the whole, the community here is very helpful and friendly.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-09-2021, 09:45 PM  
PTTL or manual ?
Posted By Class A
Replies: 14
Views: 1,045
Manual control, all day long, for the predictable and repeatable results.

I don't want flash power to change on its own when a subject turns, for instance, and thus reflects more light back in to the camera.

TTL has its use for Pentax because it enables HSS, which in turn is very useful to use outdoors when attempting to use wide apertures which need to be compensated for with high shutter speeds. The alternative, using ND filters, is much less convenient.

I've been aware of the TCM function since I got my Godox triggers but so far have never bothered to use it as it would only work for the key light and I get its level right rather quickly from experience or using a light meter. I would expect to having to tweak after the conversion to manual so it would not be of much help for my static setups. I think it works best for dynamic situations when you need to get a usable (but not necessarily perfect) exposure quickly and then want to lock it for repeatability until changing circumstances require a new flash power determination.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-08-2021, 07:09 AM  
Shutterbug review of Pentax K-3iii
Posted By Class A
Replies: 60
Views: 5,481
It's great that you already want one, but I found the Shutterbug review to be a bit on the superficial side.

He mentions support for legacy glass, but does not mention that the K-3 III improves legacy glass support beyond what any Pentax DSLR provided so far.

The "challengers" series of articles provides a lot more useful information about the K-3 III (I reference the pentaxforums thread because unlike the official site it contains summaries of the articles).
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-08-2021, 05:55 AM  
Recommendation for minimal/portable location portrait lighting setup
Posted By Class A
Replies: 39
Views: 1,684
Last time I looked, the following supported Pentax TLL, in addition to Godox, and Elinchrome:Hensel also support the Pentax-compatible Cactus triggers, but only a very basic (non-TTL) version.

You may still get some used Cactus gear; their Pentax support was very decent, but you'd be limited to either their speedlights (RF60(x)), or other (compatible) speedlights, if you invest into additional Cactus transceivers.

Metz announced Pentax support a long while ago, but this never got anywhere.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 06-08-2021, 05:32 AM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By Class A
Replies: 18,161
Views: 1,369,344
Have you ever tried Picasa?
I used it for a long time and it supports DNG files.
It is weak on local adjustments and limited regarding other adjustments, but it might suit you.
IIRC, it has a big "Export" (develop) button in the interface. :)

It is not longer supported, but that need not deter you, if you can download it from somewhere and it runs fine on your machine.

It depends.

Some software give DNG files a generic treatment and only uses dedicated development presets for .PEF files. Most of the time, however, you should be able to work around that and create your own preferred DNG default processing.

I use DNG files because they allow me to use any decent software, i.e., I'm not dependent on specific camera model support being available.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 06-08-2021, 05:25 AM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By Class A
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Lightroom can store adjustments in a number of ways.

It can use the catalogue, it can save them to a DNG file, or it can save them to a dedicated (XMP) sidecar file. None of these options are exclusive. Lightroom offers some level of configuration which information to prioritise, if multiple sources are present.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-08-2021, 04:06 AM  
The CameraStore TV reviews K-3 Mark-III
Posted By Class A
Replies: 29
Views: 1,788
I don't want to get into the nitty gritty of discussing the review or the D500 vs K-3 III debate, just a couple of points:

You could say that about MF vs AF or old (pre K-3 III) Pentax AF-C vs modern day AF-C as well.
If some technology is useful than it does not really matter whether people made do without it in the past.

IBIS has real advantages over lens-based IS, so much so that DPReview now mention it as a negative if a camera body does not support IBIS. Of course, when Pentax had that as a unique selling proposition they had not woken up to that fact yet, but now they clearly recommend IBIS. :)

PixelShift cannot be emulated in post-processing.

You might be thinking of so-called "Dynamic PixelShift" which is a bad name for "super-resolution imaging". The latter can be achieved by post-processing, but true "PixelShift" cannot, at least not in all circumstances, I believe. True PixelShift reliably obtains all RGB components for each sensel position on the the sensor. This increases colour resolution and avoids colour-moiré. If moiré occurs in all shots you take for a super-resolution image then I doubt it will cancel out overall, but I could be wrong.

I don't regard PixelShift as a gimmick. Although it has limited applications, when it can be used, it provides IQ that you'd otherwise could only obtain with much more expensive equipment. Working with a single file (and a Pixel-Shift capable raw developer) is more convenient than having to take a lot more super-resolution shots that need combining in special software.

This is a argument that is often levelled against Pentax.

First, I agree it would be nice if third-party support were as it used to be (with Sigma, Tamron, Zeiss, etc. still supporting K-mount).

However, second, perhaps there is more third-party support left than you think?
Have a look at the FF lenses that can be bought new in K-mount.
These are just the FF lenses, there are many more APS-C lenses and along with Fuji Pentax has the most dedicated APS-C lineup in the industry. Other manufacturers have bigger FF lineups, but in particular for an APS-C camera like the K-3 III it is nice to have lens options that were designed with a view to compactness and lightness.

Third, there is a used market which is not as convenient to use compared to buying new, but should not be discarded either.

Fourth, many of the lenses not available in K-mount from stores right now are not exactly sold in large numbers. In other words, few photographers actually need/want lenses that Pentax currently does not offer. Having potentially access to more lenses as a Nikon shooter would not help me at all. I have all the Pentax lenses I'll ever need/want and I believe many photographers are in the same boat. For what they actually need and are prepared to pay for, the K-mount is not really a limiting factor.

I don't think one needs to wear "rose-coloured glasses" to appreciate Pentax gear.

For sure, the K-3 III is not for everyone. Many users are better off with a mirrorless camera, or the D500 for that matter. However, there are some photographers for which the K-3 III represents the best option. This is a fact which is not based on brand-bias or an unwarranted mirrorless aversion.

Although the reviewer did a good job of highlighting some of the benefits of the K-3 III, I wish he had not joined the chorus of essentially asking "But are there actually users for this camera?", making the tacit assumption that everyone should admit that mirrorless technology is he way to go and one would be odd for not agreeing. Reviewers, in general with very few exceptions, do not sufficiently appreciate that different users have different priorities and that a product does not have to hit the mainstream fashion of the day in order to be the "best", as it only needs to be the "best choice for a particular user".
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-06-2021, 11:28 PM  
K3 III - Wish list and 'bug reports' for future firmware updates / upgrades
Posted By Class A
Replies: 86
Views: 5,093
You may want to try firmware version V1. 02 particularly if you are using both card slots.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 06-06-2021, 11:12 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By Class A
Replies: 18,161
Views: 1,369,344
The next step is to process the queue. :)
The button to kick this off is often on a different panel/tab, since it is used much less frequently than the develop controls. As GUB mentioned, there are typically keyboard shortcuts available as well.

The underlying philosophy is that you'd typically develop (process) more than one image. Instead of saving images individually, a whole batch is saved to a nominated output location.

The fact that your self-developed raw images looked worse than the in-camera version is probably a reflection of the fact that raw developers start with very conservative development settings as it is easier to push an image towards a look than to pull back from a predefined look towards a desired look. The expectation is that you play quite a bit with the sliders to get an interpretation you like. Once you found a combination of settings that work across a range of images then you can typically save that as a style to be automatically applied to images you import, saving you the trouble of finding the same interpretation over and over again.

If you like the in-camera processing and have no or little need to apply modifications there is no particular reason to use a raw developer. Raw developers mainly prove their worth if you want to save an image that received the wrong white balance or exposure, want to heavily change the appearance of an image, or want to do more than moderate local adjustments. Of course you may also gain better quality through more sophisticated algorithms and/or much finer user control of parameters.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-04-2021, 10:37 PM  
Recommendation for minimal/portable location portrait lighting setup
Posted By Class A
Replies: 39
Views: 1,684
I have two Jinbei strobes which have never given me any trouble. In terms of build quality I'd rate them higher than the equivalent Godox strobes.

Jinbei equipment has been measured to achieve colour and power consistency that is better than that of Profoto gear.

The controller for my studio strobes is an ergonomic disaster (I'm not joking) but later controllers seem much better and you'd expect the Westcott branded versions to be fine in that regard. I haven't looked too closely though since, as Inkista said, neither Jinbei nor Westcott support Pentax. You can use the gear for regular studio photography, but you'd forgo TTL and most importantly HSS, which is important for outdoor photography.

It is a shame because their multi-brand hot shoe connector might already support Pentax hardwarewise but it has been almost two years since the Westcott launch with no signs of Pentax support coming.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-04-2021, 10:10 PM  
Capture One iPad Support Announced
Posted By Class A
Replies: 0
Views: 344
I don't see this as good news, given the state C1 is in.

There are a ton of little things to fix that would address the needs of current users by removing issues that hinder productivity and/or remove the need for workarounds.

If C1 did not have that many issues that needed addressing then I wouldn't mind additional tablet support. As it is, however, tablet support will consume a substantial amount of development resources that are urgently needed for the core product.

Achieving synchronisation between tablets and desktop machines is not trivial and the tablet version will require its own UI design.

Despite the considerable development effort only a very specific tablet type (M1-based Apple tablets) will be supported. Nice (potentially) for the few who one these devices anyhow, but the rest are just paying extra for the next upgrade without benefiting.

The situation is similar to Capture One only properly supporting Tangent controllers. This is very expensive gear so only a very small base of users will ever benefit and the rest who are using affordable controllers are left with inefficient, incomplete, and in part broken keyboard shortcut support.
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