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Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 08-01-2018, 04:46 PM  
Question PEG Rejection: Minimum Requirements Not Met
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Very odd indeed...
The file im uploading from my PC is 2210 x 2762.

Not sure how to upload a larger version than what it already is.

I'll go back to Lightroom and export another copy.

I'll try it again.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-31-2018, 03:06 PM  
Macro Cucumber Curiosities
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Honestly this is kind of surprised me...
I usually keep a cap on ISO at 1600 for my K3ii. This one snuck past me lol.

I'm considering the K1 for macro, but it's kinda of expensive for what I would use it for.
Otherwise I'm waiting for the K-3ii successor to come out in hopes of even better low-light performance!

But I can't complain.
If you're looking at the K3ii, I highly recommend it. It was a hefty upgrade from the K30 at the time, but I feel very comfortable with it now.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 07-31-2018, 02:50 PM  
Question PEG Rejection: Minimum Requirements Not Met
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Yeah, my username is a tribute to a past experience I had with Sony and a PSN account... They kept denying me access to my account, and when asked to make a new account name I said jokingly, "Why not just call it User Access Is Denied since that's a common theme here." The guy laughed and said back, "It can only be 16 characters..."
So I replied, "Drop the 'Is' and call it a day."

UserAccessDenied has stuck with me ever since :lol:

Anyways, I do appreciate the help here!
I thought I was going crazy.. It's a K-3ii/DA*300 shot and it's well above the minimum dimensions.

Thanks again!
Logan
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-31-2018, 11:32 AM  
Macro Cucumber Curiosities
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Replies: 2
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Finding myself, once again, wishing I took more time to dial in my settings...
I went from shooting my DA*300 + 1.4xTC at 1/1500s to the DFA100 for some garden macro shots.

Forgot to drop the shutter speed and ended up with this iso3200 mess...

Still happy with the way it turned out, but curious if it would have been "cleaner" at iso400 with comparable adjustments to shutter/aperture...

Comments, critique, etc welcomed!
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 07-31-2018, 11:20 AM  
Question PEG Rejection: Minimum Requirements Not Met
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Just submitted

edit: again
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 07-31-2018, 11:09 AM  
Question PEG Rejection: Minimum Requirements Not Met
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I submitted this photo below and was rejected because minimum requirements were not met...

The size is 2210 x 2762
all metadata/exif/camera information is intact...

Anyone care to assist me?

I've renamed the photo twice and tried deleting the submission and creating a new one... Nothing...

Is this the systems' way of telling me my photos just suck and I should give up?
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 07-31-2018, 04:19 AM  
Congrats to grog85361 on this months win of a Pentax K-1 !
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My heart skipped a beat when I read the number... I was number 68... so close...


Congrats @grog85361 !
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 07-29-2018, 10:00 PM  
July Pentax K-1 Giveaway: Raffle Thread 1, 05:00 UTC, July 30, 2018
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Best of luck everyone!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-25-2018, 05:29 PM  
Macro Hover Fly - 22 Stacked Images
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Lens focus, which I think may introduce other challenges when magnification is 1:1.

I tried to just slide the tripod back and forth at first but that didn't really work haha.
I think a focus rail would be ideal.

I ended up switching to live view and turning on focus peaking, then manually focusing through the entire range with peaking to help highlight where the overlaps would occur in the stack.

There are probably better ways to do this, it was just what came to mind in the moment!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-25-2018, 04:22 AM  
Macro Hover Fly - 22 Stacked Images
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I've come to realize that photographic opportunities do not hang around for long. Typically by the time I notice something of interest, the shot is already gone...

So, I've been leaving my 'kit' within arms reach of the back door - K-3ii mounted on my mini-tripod with DFA 100mm attached.
Whenever I'm in the garden and see something of interest, I can run inside and grab my kit without losing too much time setting up/swapping lenses/mounting tripods/etc.

This particular scenario I saw a hover fly land on my glass table. I ran inside to grab my kit, came back out and it hadn't moved an inch. Great!
I setup the shot, took a few to dial in the settings, then realized it just wasn't moving at all. Completely still.

I figured I would attempt at a focus stack... Never done one before, but this seemed like an opportune moment in time - stationary subject and decent lighting, though there were passing clouds (I'll touch on that later).

I fired off a test shot to check my settings; then proceeded with about 30 images along the entire focal plane.
I also used a remote shutter to eliminate any chance of nudging the camera out of position.


When I got back inside I noticed that about 8 of the images in the middle of the stack had varying highlights in the glass underneath the fly from the passing clouds!
The fly itself wasn't greatly affected by the exposure, but the glass had blown out highlights from when the clouds moved...
I continued to process the stack (used Photoshop cc 2018).
There were very strange artifacts all along the subject. I attributed it to the clouds, so I decided to just remove all 8 images and stack it again.

This is the result!


If you look at the full res image you can see there are some focal points that look skipped over. This is from the 8 images removed.
Fortunately, the rest of the 22 images blend fairly well, with a few artifacts here or there.


I wouldn't print this; and even if I did wouldn't go over 8x10" likely.
But it was a challenge, and a fun one at that.

With every inauspicious photograph I take there is a lesson to be learned.
Next time I will try to compensate for the variable light; or just patiently wait for the clouds to pass to get all the necessary images. (Though the subject may have left by then, so you take what you can get!)


This is my first attempt at a focal stack and I'm already addicted!
Now if I could only find more subjects so willing to remain still for 5+ minutes at a time!!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-20-2018, 05:00 AM  
HD DA 35mm 2.8 limited Macro as Lanscape lens
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Oh yeah if the DA limited lenses were all WR, it would be a game changer!

Granted, they are still sealed up pretty well!

I've taken the DA15 out in a blizzard and the camera came in completely soaked and it was fine... I don't know if I would take it out in a thunderstorm, but I'm typically not shooting when it's heavy downpour anyways.


The few occasions I've been caught in a storm with my DA35 macro, I've tucked it under my shirt (idk why, it doesn't help much lol) and the lens/camera were fine when I got back to the car.


But that WR designation gives us peace of mind. It would also help reduce the whirring buzz of that drive motor!
The fact that they made the 20-40 make me think they are not going to re-release all the da limited lenses with WR and DC motor...

Imagine an HD DA 24-70 WR DC!? Doubt it because of the DFA version that just came out...
And there is a place for APS-C lenses, to those that just say "Buy the DFA?"

A dedicated DA lens would be smaller and lighter than the DFA equivalent.
Also likely a bit cheaper.

All things appreciated ^



One can dream... Though I am excited for the 11-18 to release!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-19-2018, 02:36 AM  
HD DA 35mm 2.8 limited Macro as Lanscape lens
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I think the DA70 is a phenomenal lens. And the DA35 macro is surgically sharp...
I don't own the DA21, but I'd imagine it would be tough to rival the sharpness of these two lenses.

I'm sure there are other reasons to own the DA21 over pure sharpness. I'm still drawn to the lens by images Ive seen taken with it. Perhaps your copy is faulty? Perhaps not?
I think it's still on my list... (LBA)

But with such a short lineup of dedicated Pentax lenses (compared to competing companies), there are few lenses that are NOT on my list lol
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 07-16-2018, 11:05 AM  
A K-1 will be given away tomorrow, June 30th!
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June contest winner was already announced.
If we reach the goal set for July, there will be another thread created for contest entry.

Keep active and post in the forum to help us reach the monthly goal!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-16-2018, 08:35 AM  
Macro The Cucumber's Enigma
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I highly recommend them in the garden!

On the trellis I built they act as a natural privacy wall between our neighbors and they produce like CRAZY here!
Just beware what's next to them! I've been noticing my tomato plants getting choked out by the tendrils lately, so a lot of pruning to keep the tomatoes alive.

Next year I'll likely just do a full trellis of cukes and a separate bed with tomatoes.

Just yesterday I harvested 28 cucumbers. This morning I saw another 7 or 8 that were probably gonna be ready this evening or tomorrow. They are producing rapidly!

Time to make half sours!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-16-2018, 08:24 AM  
Macro The Cucumber's Enigma
Posted By UserAccessDenied
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Looking back at the metadata... I should have made some adjustments for a lower ISO, slower shutter and smaller aperture...

Still happy with the results though.


140mm ~ DFA100 with 1.4xTC


Every year I grow cucumbers on a vertical trellis made of hog-panels and t-posts.
They shoot off incredible tendrils that often make me wonder if the plant has a mind of it's own...


Here's one in particular that sparked my photographic curiosity!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-16-2018, 08:09 AM  
Pets Albus Dumbledore
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Thanks!
Feels good to get behind the camera again... even if it is just a pet photo lol
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-16-2018, 07:28 AM  
Pets Albus Dumbledore
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Meet Alby, the 12-week old miniature golden doodle~


We adopted her 3 weeks ago.
The day we brought her home she emptied the basket that had all the toys in it, dragged a blanket over and laid down inside claiming it as her new bed.
I brought her 'bed' outside while I was shooting some flowers in the garden with my HD DA 35mm macro. She walked over and plopped down in her 'bed' basket...
This shot in particular I really like - leading up to it, every time I laid on the ground to get a decent angle she would pounce out of the basket and try to bite the lens/camera/my hands/ my nose/ etc.

Change of plans!

I broke out my mini tripod, set it up flush to the ground. Grabbed a remote shutter and laid on the ground next to her (out of frame). She finally released her focus from the camera and lens and started to watch a bird that had landed on the tree next to us. I fired off a few frames from the shutter just before she fell asleep.

To any new puppy/dog owner!
Here's a tip most people won't give you...

The constant chase of a new dog is exhausting. It can be frustrating at times.
When you're 3 weeks in and feeling like you're losing your mind!!!
Take some time to spend on YOURSELF!
A little bit of YOU time is often all you need to get back on track. (and this applies to more than just puppy ownership and training!)


She needs to get used to her crate anyways, so I went surfing for 2 hours the other day... It was AMAZING to get back in the water; I felt so refreshed when I got home. I noticed I was calmer, more attentive, more patient; these things are noticed by the pup as well and she will respond positively!



Cheers All!

Logan
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-16-2018, 04:58 AM  
HD DA 35mm 2.8 limited Macro as Lanscape lens
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Ooo yeah that DA21 definitely has my eye on it as well!
Probably will be my next purchase from the DA limited lineup...

I'm saving up for a DFA150-450 though so the DA21 will likely wait; even though it's purchase would be marginal compared to the tele-zoom lens... lol
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-16-2018, 04:42 AM  
Is the 150-450 WORTH it on crop sensor?
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Thanks for the link!

I just priced it out and with the protection plan and the shipping it's just about $200 for 7 days...
That seems kind of high, but I guess it's reasonable given the price of the lens?

It's also nice if I decided to buy it, they would apply my 7-day rental fee towards the purchase of the lens. Not sure what their price is for purchase. Might email them and see.

Thanks again!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-13-2018, 10:37 AM  
Is the 150-450 WORTH it on crop sensor?
Posted By UserAccessDenied
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Thanks for the response!
And I can't wait to read the review once it's published!!! :D

---------- Post added 07-13-18 at 01:40 PM ----------



Right, I've considered renting but the cost seems a bit high in my opinion... No one around here shoots Pentax so borrow is unlikely lol.

I couldn't agree more with that bold statement... I owned the Bigma and that was "tough" at 500mm to keep steady handheld. Anything under 1/1000s shutter came out with motion blur.
monopod helped. And I can't really lug around the tripod/gimbal where I shoot (I can but it's not desirable.)

Guess the APS-C vs FF doesn't matter so that's a good thing to note.

Cheers!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-13-2018, 10:09 AM  
Is the 150-450 WORTH it on crop sensor?
Posted By UserAccessDenied
Replies: 23
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Recent pricing of the DFA 150-450 has got me thinking...


Is it worth it?


I know there are a bunch of threads out there comparing the two (DA*300 vs DFA 150-450), and there is no real consensus on which is "better" since they are different beasts in their own nature.
Weight considerations; flexibility of the zoom; TC or no TC considerations; cost considerations; etc, etc, etc.


I want to know if the APS-C vs FF body plays into this decisions for most people...


I'm currently shooting a K-3ii and my DA*300 + 1.4xTC pair well for wildlife photos.
I definitely need the WR, I like the 420mm reach with the TC, but often find myself cropping still...


The 450mm isn't much more reach than 420mm; but what about 630mm vs 420mm (considering the TC)? On a crop sensor, is the 150-450 much of an upgrade in terms of reach?
Assuming I kept the TC and used on the 150-450, is it worth it vs cropping the DA*300 + TC to an equivalent view?


I don't even know if anyone here owns all of the above (K-3ii, K-1, DA*300, 1.4xTC, DFA150-450)... It would be awesome to see a full comparison between the two lens combos, with and without TC, with posted apertures at each focal length AND compared between the APS-C and FF sensor.


Is there higher resolve out of the 150-450 on FF and is that the same on APS-C?


At the end of the day I'm happy with what I have. Things could be MUCH worse!
I'm tempted to just save my money and wait it out for the K-3ii successor... but the 150-450 constantly draws my attention, and with the price being at near-all-time-low I'm even more intrigued. Hence the thread!





All comments are welcomed; as long as it's somewhat related to the 150-450 topic...
LBA encouragement; FF vs APS-C debate; Pentax is doomed; etc
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-13-2018, 09:40 AM  
DA 16-85 WR,show us what it can do.
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Here's an album I shared when I was selling my 16-85:

Dropbox - DA 16-85mm

Feel free to check it out for full-res images.

I really liked the lens actually... I'm just more of a prime shooter day-to-day so I sold it to recover some of the debt accrued during our trip!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-13-2018, 06:31 AM  
DA* 200 and 300 screwdrive conversion
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I know this is difficult to put into words... But how loud is the screwdrive on the DA*300 after converted?
Similar to the DFA100mm macro? Just wondering if the lens itself offers any noise buffering compared to other screwdrive lenses, or are they all about the same in terms of loudness?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-13-2018, 06:26 AM  
HD DA 35mm 2.8 limited Macro as Lanscape lens
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I have an HD DA 35mm macro lens and it's by far my favorite lens (aside from my DA*300, of course :D)


Whenever I'm feeling a slump in my photography, I put the 35 on my K-3ii and can always find something interesting to shoot... Landscapes included.

I'm actually intrigued by the 20-40 and have considered picking one up, so we're in opposite positions right now lol.


If you were inclined; I'd be willing to do a one week swap if you wanted to try out the 35 macro.
Insurance, tracking, ya know all that good stuff to cover each other's gear.

Let me know if you're interested.
I've seen more absurd offers on this forum before... lol
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-13-2018, 04:57 AM  
Pentax DA 1.4x rear converter
Posted By UserAccessDenied
Replies: 22
Views: 1,022
This is a legitimate question:
If reach is your objective, why shoot with a K-1 in the first place?

Wouldn't the benefits of the crop (K-3ii, KP, K-5iis) outweigh any benefits the FF would provide?

Maybe I'm missing something here... I'm a K-3ii shooter and primarily focus on wildlife, so reach is my main objective! I've just kinda stopped following the FF content as I assumed it would never be a place for me. The idea of losing that extra "reach" with the 1.5x crop factor has me thinking I'll stay APS-C forever. Am I missing something here?


Granted, yes the technology in the K-1 and K-1ii is beyond that of the K-3ii, but that's to be expected. Assuming the K-3ii successor has similar high ISO capabilities and AF speeds as the K-1/K-1ii, what are the benefits for long-reach shooters like myself to consider FF?


Cheers!
Logan
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