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Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 13 Hours Ago  
SMC Pentax 500 f4.5
Posted By Take-5-JB
Replies: 16
Views: 904
Luftfluss,
Very nice!!!
Did you get your copy in the US or from Japan? All I see are in Japan and some have been "cleaned".

JB
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 14 Hours Ago  
I'm thinking of selling all my Pentax stuff and moving elsewhere.
Posted By Take-5-JB
Replies: 115
Views: 3,333
As to my Pentax cameras, ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ!!! ("Molon Labe").

JB
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 2 Days Ago  
Hi from Sweden!
Posted By Take-5-JB
Replies: 5
Views: 142
Welcome. This is a great, informative forum. Knowledgeable, friendly members will share information and help with problems. Enjoy and explore the site.

JB
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 2 Days Ago  
Long Time Pentax User, New Member here
Posted By Take-5-JB
Replies: 7
Views: 174
Welcome. A lot of information and discussions here. Helpful, knowledgeable people. You seem to have quite a background and likely can help with discussions.

JB
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 4 Days Ago  
Adorama re-selling defective gear?
Posted By Take-5-JB
Replies: 29
Views: 1,561
Without reviewing all of my purchases over the last 10-12 years, I have purchased 3 Pentax cameras, new and used lenses, tripod, flashes, lenses filters, and shutter releases from Adorama and never had an issue. I just purchased a DA*300 f4 Pentax lens from them in the last month. I use AdoramaPix also.

JB
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 4 Days Ago  
Newbie
Posted By Take-5-JB
Replies: 4
Views: 161
Welcome to the forum. Enjoy the K-5. It is a very nice APS-C model camera.

JB
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-19-2019, 12:45 PM  
Hi there from France!
Posted By Take-5-JB
Replies: 9
Views: 245
Welcome! Your English is MUCH better than my French! This is a very good forum with a lot of information, and people with significant knowledge of photography, optics, and post processing.

JB
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-19-2019, 11:55 AM  
Greetings from Spain
Posted By Take-5-JB
Replies: 5
Views: 216
Welcome. You can go to discussions about different options like KP, K3, or K1. Enjoy the Forum.

JB
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-18-2019, 11:02 AM  
Hi,
Posted By Take-5-JB
Replies: 4
Views: 260
Welcome and enjoy. Plenty of information here.

JB
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-17-2019, 03:02 PM  
Greeting from a Canadian Apologist
Posted By Take-5-JB
Replies: 12
Views: 364
Welcome. No apologies, no worries. We have a lot of helpful folks here and members from around the world. Enjoy the forum and our information areas.

JB
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-15-2019, 11:34 AM  
Greetings y'all!
Posted By Take-5-JB
Replies: 5
Views: 258
Welcome. Some of the folks in the 35mm SLR film section may be able to help determine if its dead and with choosing a Pentax 35mm SLR.

JB
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-13-2019, 09:07 AM  
2nd gen Pentaxian
Posted By Take-5-JB
Replies: 15
Views: 430
Welcome aboard. This is a very nice forum with helpful, knowledgeable people and lots of information and reviews.

JB
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-05-2019, 12:35 PM  
Hello from Akron, OH!
Posted By Take-5-JB
Replies: 8
Views: 304
Welcome. Nice gift. You can look up your lenses in the lens review database here. This is a very good, helpful group with a lot of knowledge and a great forum.

JB
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-04-2019, 01:56 PM  
New and loving Pentax glass!
Posted By Take-5-JB
Replies: 6
Views: 525
Welcome! This is a great forum and there are helpful people. Enjoy the discussions and articles. The reviews give very good information to help with purchasing decisions. SMC coated are real nice lenses and the 50mm f1.4 is a classic.

JB
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-03-2019, 12:05 PM  
Intro
Posted By Take-5-JB
Replies: 5
Views: 205
Welcome!

I have only shot 35mm film, APS-C, and 35mm full frame digital. I have no experience with medium or large format, but there are folks here that have shot those. Everything I have read here gives the 645n and 645D a lot of praise. Hope you have a great result with yours and enjoy the forum.

JB
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-02-2019, 10:31 AM  
Landscape photography (getting started)
Posted By Take-5-JB
Replies: 52
Views: 2,003
cprobertson1,
A ton of great insight already. Here are a few things.

You will eventually develop your own style. Don't feel yours have to look like others. But they can't be gargoyles either. I use 18mm to 300mm for landscapes depending on what relationship I am after. Understand that longer focal lengths compress the relative depth and make flatter looking images. That stream and mountain are not a mile from each other, more like 5 miles.

Photographers Ephemeris. On bad weather days and after dark you can scout, think, plan for a spot to shoot.

All kinds of rules. Break a few.

Look at diagonals for leading edges to perceive depth or lead the eye.

Read about Depth of Field and Hyperfocus. A long time ago I heard a ditty that went .."f8 is great, and f5.6 & f11 maybe heaven, but f16 can be keen".

Under exposed can be recovered in PP, but blow outs from overexposure are usually lost.

Polarising filters and neutral density filters. Read up.

As has been said many times...LIGHT. Work the edges of the light to get shadows, angles, depth, etc. Use it to make a somewhat boring feature pop out and save the shot. Some shots are bland at any time.

Go back to your field in the morning or evening, work to get an angle on those trees, use a polarizing filter to pop the sky, maybe lay on your belly to get a different perspective, and remember to feel what you see, then shoot it.

Keep looking, shooting, evaluating, reading, and develop a style that is yours.

JB
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-02-2019, 09:43 AM  
Hello from Fraser Valley BC, Canada
Posted By Take-5-JB
Replies: 6
Views: 185
Welcome. This is a very good forum with helpful people.
JB
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-02-2019, 09:40 AM  
New to Pentax
Posted By Take-5-JB
Replies: 6
Views: 257
Welcome! There are some very knowledgeable people here that are helpful. Ask questions and read the many articles. There is a wealth of information here if you look for it. Enjoy your K70. I understand it is well liked.

JB
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-01-2019, 11:50 AM  
What's your favorite 2008-2013 APS-C Pentax DSLR and do you still use it?
Posted By Take-5-JB
Replies: 71
Views: 3,355
I have 2 of the 10MP (K2000 & K200D) that have sporty rendering with ISO less than 800. I love the images they make. I have a K5 and K3 which changed the low light ISO paradigm. I really like their capabilities. I have the K1 and love it. I have 3 bags. One is the K200D with lenses in the mid range (50 to 200mm) for in the boat or kayak. another bag has the K5 and K3 with lenses in the 18 to 400mm range, including a DA* 300mm F4) and 1.4x and 2x teleconverters. This is my wildlife bag. The third bag has the K1 with lenses from 28 to 200mm, including a Tamron 70-200mm f2.8, Pentax 35-105mm f3.5 manual, K 55mm f1.8, and a M 100 f2.8 manual. This is my walking about, landscape, architecture, close wildlife, etc, bag.

JB
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-30-2019, 02:06 PM  
55mm Lens Club - Pentax, Vivitar, Cosina, Porst - bring 'em all!
Posted By Take-5-JB
Replies: 313
Views: 14,127
Norm,

The 2nd (dog's face/eyes) and 4th (Trillium flower) are striking! It looks like a location that is amenable to just meandering along and soaking in the beauty. You have a nice "backyard".

JB
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 05-30-2019, 09:21 AM  
Inconsistent exposures in Aperture Priority with K-1
Posted By Take-5-JB
Replies: 13
Views: 604
Pschlute,

That is why I use the back button setting including AE-L. I didn't state that well about using the shutter release, as I don't use the shutter release depression method. I should have referred to the manual section covering that. Thanks for clarifying.

JB
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 05-29-2019, 01:48 PM  
Inconsistent exposures in Aperture Priority with K-1
Posted By Take-5-JB
Replies: 13
Views: 604
Corey,

Actually, I prefer spot or center weighted exposure and use back button activation. Pick your focus and exposure area, get your values then re-compose and shoot. You can do this by using the shutter release button also by half depressing and holding to recompose and then shoot. I started with film in 1977 and this fits my paradigm. The matrix exposure will work well, but often I am shooting with too many opportunities for incorrect settings to be chosen. Also, observe the readings and understand that something is out of functional range, f2.8 and 1/30 shutterspeed in daytime should send a redflag.

Read about exposure, shutter speed, ISO, and time of day, light angles, etc. There are articles here and elsewhere. there are folks that can help you with each "style" of managing your input. Remember you are capturing the light as it interacts with your subject.

I shoot manual a lot with older lenses and, AV, and TAV with modern lenses.I would rather be underexposed and work in post processing to recover from darker areas, than try to recover over exposed or blown out.

JB
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 05-29-2019, 01:22 PM  
Greetings from Mexico.
Posted By Take-5-JB
Replies: 4
Views: 173
Welcome Freddy.

There are knowledgeable and helpful people from around the world on this forum.

Go to the navigation bar on the upper forum page and select "lenses" and you will find reviews for pentax and third party manufacturers' lenses. There will be older classic lenses and new or current lenses.

Enjoy the forum. Ask questions and find areas to post.

JB
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 05-26-2019, 02:40 PM  
Hello from Helen in Pa.
Posted By Take-5-JB
Replies: 6
Views: 336
Welcome to the forum. Lurking is allow, but glad you popped in. If you do medium frame film and ran a K7, you know your way around. Way to push through on the firmware update. Hang around and interact. Lots of knowledgeable and friendly folks here.

JB
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-25-2019, 01:34 PM  
K1 in print test
Posted By Take-5-JB
Replies: 84
Views: 3,533
This discussion has been excellent...Photoptimist, TonyW, and Biz-engineer. Up to the point of non-published proprietary information, we have a nice breakdown of the physics, mechanical, and optical considerations for levels of viewing pleasure for printed images. I have filled in some information gaps in my understanding. I am a chemist by education and 39 years working as an Industrial Chemist. I tend to think about spectroscopy and spectral identities such as chromaticity curves, color wavelengths, and spectral lines which are the physical basis of color and its manipulation limits. Color is a spherical world and color "systems" or descriptions are line segments or curves transecting that sphere. When the color palette is chosen that is used to "mix" colors to result in colors generated in the image and displayed by the ink system, the physical/mechanical system must be adapted to handle how light interacts with the chosen color palette. And that does include the dot matrix of the printheads, substrate (paper, rag, canvas) architecture, viewing light temperature, viewing light angle, distance of the viewer, cover quality (polymer coatings for canvas, metal prints, or framing glass or plexiglass, with UV management, reflection control, and other considerations). Ultimately, the quality of the viewing pleasure rests with the individual perception, eye to brain translation, neural fill-in, and artistic attribute (left brain vs right brain). Thanks for your contributions to our overall knowledge. FYI, I use bicubic image resizing algorithm base software with good results.

JB
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