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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-18-2016, 05:58 AM  
Vogue claims you don't need a pro wedding photographer
Posted By DanGleabols
Replies: 33
Views: 3,262
Can't be bothered reading the article!

I'm not professional, but I did try and fill the role (at a very cheap price!)

The first wedding I got volunteered by my wife to do her brothers wedding. They didn't have much money and aren't photo people; I explained I was in no way the quality of a professional. They said they didn't mind and they were expecting everybody else to take loads of pictures any ways. Guess what? They were happy with my pictures, but hardly anybody else bothered to take any! They'd have had next to nobody if it wasn't me.

The second wedding was my brothers, again no money. A similar philosophy to the first wedding. To be fair, more people did take pictures; but a wedding album full of selfies isn't what brides generally want. There were some nice pictures of the couple walking through confetti appearing on facebook after the wedding... but who organised the shot? Yup, me. There's far more to the pro photographers job at a wedding than just turn up and take pictures. The majority of the work is in the "other stuff" (mainly managing the clients without taking over their day!).
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-02-2016, 09:40 AM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By DanGleabols
Replies: 4,909
Views: 869,131
Only limiteds I currently have are the 35mm macro and HD70.. so my opinion holds little weight.

I've been bitten by the limited bug. I really like what I've seen from the DA 15. To me it symbolises the limited lens series; a 15mm in a small package (who else offers that?) and produces some great images and has some quirky aspects to its performance (slow aperture, curved focal plane etc). As you've pointed out it has its own fan thread where people really enjoy using the lens. Brand new it sells for roughly the same price as the Da21 (here in the UK), but the resale value of a used Da15 is much higher. The UWA view at 15mm looks like a lot of fun, and used correctly can produce some breath taking pictures....

So, the Da15 will be my next limited? No! The Da21 is right at the top of the want list. It's not as dramatic in terms of field of view, it's not as original (many other brands have faster pancake lenses around that focal length). I spent the majority of the first half of last year using my X100, which as a similar fov (23mm on an APS-C sensor); and I found it a brilliant walk around focal length. I don't know if it's a Northern English thing, but everything tends to be a bit smaller side (buildings, rooms, spaces) up here and whilst shooting at a normal focal length (35mm limited) it's often too tight. I found with my X100 that it was really useful for environmental portraits... which at the end of the day is what I'd find myself shooting.. I want people I know in there and I want their environment for perspective. The low 20s might not be considered the most flattering focal length for these kind of photos, but neither do they seem to suffer from the really extreme UWA type of distortion you'd get with the Da15. I could see me myself being very happy with lightweight walk around setup of the Da21 on my k3 and the HD70 - similar to what KH1234567890 seems to like (looking at the pics on this thread) - I really wonder if it IS a living in northern England thing!

Basically, my own choice in your situation would be the Da21mm; but I know I'd spend more time documenting sightseeing with my family, rather than being let loose to solely pursue photography (although in a perfect world I'd also have the Da15 in my pocket along with the HD70!!!)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-25-2016, 11:35 PM  
Unhappy with K-30
Posted By DanGleabols
Replies: 86
Views: 7,004
I second this. If you have no modern autofocus lenses; the da 35mm f2.4 is worth a shout. It's cheap and on the k30 it will behave similar to a 50mm lens on a 35mm film camera.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-24-2016, 02:01 PM  
Unhappy with K-30
Posted By DanGleabols
Replies: 86
Views: 7,004
K-30 is a fantastic camera, but modern DSLRs are complicated and powerful tools, the k-30 is no exception. There is going to be a lot of learning required to get the hang of it.

As you are looking at using old lenses, does the following web page help?

Using K-30 With Older Lenses | Ricoh Imaging Support
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-17-2016, 03:31 PM  
K-1 media coverage around the world - post links here
Posted By DanGleabols
Replies: 331
Views: 34,984
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-17-2016, 03:25 PM  
Will $1799 the price at the US??
Posted By DanGleabols
Replies: 90
Views: 8,312
Wexphotographic in uk have it on preorder.
Price for body 1599 (that includes VAT)

link
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-15-2016, 03:21 AM  
K3 vs k30 autofocus on Da35mm Macro (and Da70mm)
Posted By DanGleabols
Replies: 5
Views: 969
Possibly.. But my k30 is pretty reliable with both these lenses, apart from the odd PDAF miss... But the k3 is all over the place.

I'm more convinced it's an issue with my copy of the k3; I'm hoping it is and the shop fixes it then I'll be extremely happy . With no fine adjustment on the k3 the centre points significantly back focus at close distance, but seems ok at near infinity. The outer points are the opposite: Not bad at close distance but severely front focuses at near infinity. My k30 has no such issues, it's good at all distance (within what you'd expect from PDAF) both centre point and outer points behave similar (with a bit of a higher miss rate for the outer points).
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-14-2016, 04:14 PM  
K3 vs k30 autofocus on Da35mm Macro (and Da70mm)
Posted By DanGleabols
Replies: 5
Views: 969
Anybody got any opinion on how the k3 compares with the k30 on autofocus accuracy using the Da35mm macro and Da70mm wide open?

Basically, I think the k3 I got in December has an autofocus problem. There's a couple of threads on the forum which talk about K3s with inconsistent autofocus and I fear mine maybe one. Unfortunately, it's not as clear cut as the autofocus simply not working. Generally, it appears that my k3 is ok when you stopper the lens down and increase DOF, but opening up the Da35mm macro to f2.8 the autofocus misses a lot. It also seems to be inconsistent opening the Da70 up too, but I've spent most time with the Da35 and I haven't really used my k3 with other fast lenses.

Generally, I'm finding that the non centre focus points aren't too bad when no fine adjustment is set to the lens, but the centre points tend to back focus. If I try and correct the centre point with fine adjustment it knocks the non centre points out of focus (at f2.8). But even worse, I seem to get it set for the centre point, and feel like I can use it, but later I notice it's missing again and it needs a different fine adjustment value. I really don't feel I can trust the k3 to focus at f2.8. I've spent a lot of time messing with the fine adjustment trying to get it right, but generally not getting anywhere.

It also seems that sometimes you can dial it in so it seems like it does ok on one focus distance but fails at focusing on something at a different distance.

There's a lot of variables involved, I've had a go with a calibration chart and feel like I've set the numbers right, but then taken it out in a real world situation and it just tends to be all over the place. In these situations if I swap the lens to my k30 the autofocus is much more reliable, rarely missing focus at f2.8.

Any advice? Am I likely to be doing something silly? Is there known issues with k3/Da35 macro combo?

I'm really frustrated, as I love all the other aspects of the k3, but not being to trust it to autofocus reliably at f2.8 is a deal breaker. I know PDAF is never going to be perfect, but if it was performing like my k30 I'd be happy.

I did buy the camera used (online store) and they do a 12 month warranty on used equipment, so if I've just got a bad copy I hopefully could do something about it. Unfortunately, as it's an inconsistency at fairly fast apertures, rather than a clear failure, I fear I may struggle to convince them there is an issue.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-13-2016, 01:42 PM  
K30 issues...
Posted By DanGleabols
Replies: 8
Views: 672
Random sugestion: Have you turned auto iso on? You can turn M mode into TAv mode by selecting an Iso range from the iso button in m mode. I don't think manual lenses will work with that set up; you have to set a single iso setting.

I maybe wrong, I don't use manual lenses much, but I do recall being confused by this in the past.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-13-2016, 08:25 AM  
People Portrait with a wide-open FA 43
Posted By DanGleabols
Replies: 13
Views: 880
I like your style. The dark shadows and background remind me of vintage portrait paintings. It's refreshing alternative to children in front of white backgrounds.

How do you approach focussing in these shots? Centre point and recompose?
Forum: Sold Items 02-07-2016, 02:59 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Toshiba 16Gb Wi-Fi FlashAir, (O-FC1 FluCard and SDHC 32Gb 40Mb/95Mb/sec SOLD)
Posted By DanGleabols
Replies: 5
Views: 1,160
Still available? How much shipping to Uk?
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 02-02-2016, 08:54 AM  
Pentax DA 10-17mm f3.5-4.5 ED IF Fisheye samples
Posted By DanGleabols
Replies: 144
Views: 26,924
Quick! Undo the one click!!! I see what you mean about the pictures suiting the fish eye more!!!

Thank you for taking the time to show me!
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 02-02-2016, 06:05 AM  
Pentax DA 10-17mm f3.5-4.5 ED IF Fisheye samples
Posted By DanGleabols
Replies: 144
Views: 26,924
What software did you use for the correction? Lightroom?

I think I'm going to pick up a 10-17, I was wondering how the lens correction in light room would work; if corrects the distortion or embraces it?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-29-2016, 06:29 AM  
Ricoh Patent: IR sensors to improve AF accuracy
Posted By DanGleabols
Replies: 96
Views: 14,027
For it to work with meaningful accuracy, does that mean the focus screen would have to be high precision (i.e. be able to display thin depth of field?) as the metering sensor would be measuring what's sharp on the focus screen and as a side effect also make manual focusing through the viewfinder more pleasant (even without any advanced focusing aids they could tie in - focus confirmation etc). The metering system could be calibrated with the screen so that you don't have the erratic metering effects you get with changing the stock screen. The big downfall to this is a dark viewfinder in low light situations/slow lenses.
Forum: Photo Critique 01-29-2016, 06:10 AM  
People Horizontal or Vertical?
Posted By DanGleabols
Replies: 10
Views: 987
Horizontal for me.

Of the two original images, I prefer the first for two reasons; the background is interesting but not distracting (it adds to the picture, adding a setting), and in the second I think the gentleman's pose is awkward (I also think the crop in the first is more flattering on his waist line!).

3rd image: The tighter crop.... I know technically tight crops can be used effectively and routinely in portraits, but there is often more to a portrait than turning it into a nice looking corporate head shot. And in the case of couple portaits; a tight crop can be used to portray intimacy, but I also think in the wrong situations it adds a claustrophobic feel to the couple, and that is what I get with this image. A bit more space tells of a loving embrace upon a romantic bridge.

Avrids crop: is an interesting proposition, but is it a bridge too far in the cropping? There is a major reason why it's worth looking at: the young lady is holding her head at a more flattering angle in the second picture: her face looks thinner and her chin looks more pronounced from her neck. Although this crop highlights the cloning you've done to the right of the image.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-25-2016, 03:49 AM  
Stock un-shimmed focusing screen, a problem?
Posted By DanGleabols
Replies: 7
Views: 806
Boom! This! Stock screen isn't designed for manual focussing (it's aimed more towards providing a bright view). The focus screen can swapped for one more optimised for manual focussing (there's no free lunch; these have their own disadvantages), and it's generally these that people are talking about calibrating by shimming.
Forum: Photo Critique 01-22-2016, 04:09 PM  
People Winter Series
Posted By DanGleabols
Replies: 7
Views: 988
The colours are fantastic and beautiful subjects. As this is on the critique section; I think framing of the first picture feels a bit more awkward than it deserves. The subject feels too low.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-22-2016, 06:06 AM  
Nature Trail and stuffs
Posted By DanGleabols
Replies: 4
Views: 427
The bw image reminds me of a wood engraved print - like out of vintage newspapers!
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-16-2016, 06:50 AM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By DanGleabols
Replies: 773
Views: 81,717
Photography is about recording light. Learn about light; read how to make best use of natural light, research how to give it a helping hand (reflectors, fill flash etc). Flash is a dirty word to a lot of beginner photographers, but the ability to create, control and manipulate light opens up so many doors. The Strobist blog has some good tutorials. Purchasing a cheap off camera flash had a bigger effect on my photography than any camera/lens upgrade!
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 12-28-2015, 03:41 PM  
Poll: Price of K1 (FF)
Posted By DanGleabols
Replies: 130
Views: 9,961
Aye, but generally for things like this; the real world exchange rate (UK price vs US price) 1=$1.

A quick k3 body price comparison: B&H (US)$649 vs Wexphotography (UK) 659.
Forum: General Photography 12-26-2015, 04:26 PM  
Distaster wedding-gig
Posted By DanGleabols
Replies: 41
Views: 3,206
How does that translate to "intentionally antagonise" them? Surely, to "intentionally antagonise", one would have to pay attention where they were to intentionally ruin their shots.... And four video cameras? What are you meant to do? Stand at the back and crack out the Bigma?

He clearly states earlier in the post that he discusses with his clients on what should be prioritised, and he went to great lengths to ensure that is what they wanted during the day. The fact many of the wedding party had to speak to the videographers shows where the issues were.
Forum: Sold Items 12-18-2015, 11:55 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma USB Dock for Pentax
Posted By DanGleabols
Replies: 8
Views: 895
Still got this available? Could you quote me a quote for shipping to Uk?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-17-2015, 01:34 AM  
Pentax k3 worth upgrade?
Posted By DanGleabols
Replies: 31
Views: 2,730
A couple of other comments regarding the k-3 and low light:

The higher resolution means if you scrutinise the images at 100% you will be able detect lower amounts of camera shake and more lens aberrations (lowlight usually means slow shutter speeds and large apertures). Again, scaling down to 16mp should reduce these to what you'd expect to see on the k-5.

The k3 is a better low light camera in other areas (other than noise); the white balance is much better and the autofocus is faster and rated to lower light levels. I believe it also has a better live view implementation which you may find useful.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-16-2015, 08:56 AM  
Pentax k3 worth upgrade?
Posted By DanGleabols
Replies: 31
Views: 2,730
It has an option for Pixel mapping, which I think is what you're on about!!!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-16-2015, 03:29 AM  
Pentax k3 worth upgrade?
Posted By DanGleabols
Replies: 31
Views: 2,730
Never had a k5. I went from k30 to k-3. I think there are lots of improvements going from k-5 to k-3. A huge improvement in high ISO noise is not one - some ppl say it's actually worse and some people say it's "different" (a different processing method needed - reducing size as stated above) - but hardly anybody claims it's substantially better!
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