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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-27-2020, 05:57 PM  
My Budget (Amateur) Wedding Photogaphy Setup
Posted By kman42
Replies: 25
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I agree actually. To be honest, I often forget about sports photography because I've never had anything to do with it lol
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-27-2020, 02:27 PM  
My Budget (Amateur) Wedding Photogaphy Setup
Posted By kman42
Replies: 25
Views: 3,163
I agree, which is why I said you can shoot weddings with a Pentax.

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Thanks Ehrwien, sounds like a familiar situation!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-27-2020, 06:04 AM  
My Budget (Amateur) Wedding Photogaphy Setup
Posted By kman42
Replies: 25
Views: 3,163
Thanks for the input. I have actually been thinking about trading my 35mm for a different focal length (I've always found it a bit awkward - always either too wide or not wide enough). Have been tossing up between a 50mm and the Pentax 21mm. I need to check Exposure Plot for my most common focal lengths.

I've always struggled with manual focus :( can't ever seem to dial the focus in quick enough. Maybe I just need to practice more
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-27-2020, 05:40 AM  
My Budget (Amateur) Wedding Photogaphy Setup
Posted By kman42
Replies: 25
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I did say arguably! Generally weddings put autofocus (especially AF-C) and flash setups to the test, which is where Pentax technology tends to lag the most. Of course the cameras are still usable, but its just not what the brand is geared towards.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-26-2020, 09:28 PM  
My Budget (Amateur) Wedding Photogaphy Setup
Posted By kman42
Replies: 25
Views: 3,163
Agreed.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-26-2020, 02:20 PM  
My Budget (Amateur) Wedding Photogaphy Setup
Posted By kman42
Replies: 25
Views: 3,163
Let me preface by saying that event photography is by no means my forte, and I honestly don't have much experience at shooting weddings. However, it is something I love to do and would like to get better at; so although my camera gear is geared towards landscape, astro and macro work, I have put some time and effort into making it wedding-ready. I will also say I've never been paid for a wedding shoot and don't ever expect to be, but I have been asked to shoot as a friend-photographer several times and am more than happy to do it for the love.



Wedding photography is arguably where a Pentax camera is at its weakest, but it can be used successfully. The core of my setup is my trusty K5ii, which despite its age has enough low-light performance to operate well in a low-light reception setting. My back-up camera body is the Pentax K100d Super, which I found for $40 in a local secondhand shop. Its usefulness in a wedding setting depends largely on whether the wedding is indoors or outdoors, but when there is enough light to use the K100d below about 800 ISO, it produces outstanding images that have an old-school, film-type look to them. I think that this camera encourages you not to play by modern rules (burst shooting at 3200+ ISO), but instead encourages you to shoot more like its a film camera.



My two main lenses are the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro, and the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8. I will generally use the 17-50mm for candid & group shots throughout the wedding, and rely on the 90mm for special portraits, ceremony & speeches (such as the above shot). Between these two lenses I have 90% of situations covered. I also bring along my Pentax 35mm f/2.4, but this is mostly just for backup (and will probably be replaced in the future by a Pentax 21mm). Occasionally I will also use a Zenitar 16mm f/2.8 fisheye for particular shots, such as this shot here:



For lighting I use the Yongnuo YN585EX with a diffuser cover permanently mounted. Although this flash can be a bit quirky to operate sometimes, it gets the job done, and really helps my older cameras to punch above their weight.

And that's it. A small enough kit that I can fit it all in a small bag (or these days, often in the pram), but with enough punch that I can deliver some memorable photos to my friends. Moreover, the whole kit is extremely versatile, and in fact most of my gear was bought primarily for other uses (mostly macro and astro shooting); the Tamron 17-50mm was the only bit of gear that I bough specially for event shooting.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-19-2020, 03:25 PM  
Cheap, Decent Wide Angle Lens
Posted By kman42
Replies: 37
Views: 1,879
Thanks all for the input. I ended up finding a Tamron 17-50 for a great price. If it ends up being a dodgy copy, I think I will sell it on and stretch for a Pentax 21mm.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-17-2020, 07:59 PM  
Cheap, Decent Wide Angle Lens
Posted By kman42
Replies: 37
Views: 1,879
Thanks for the responses. I'm aware of the 20-40, and it would be my ideal lens but it is over twice my budget. I'm aware of the cheap/good/wide compromise, and the 'cheap' factor is set in stone. Maybe I should rephrase my question to be "what's the best cheap lens of around 20-30mm focal length" . I think the Pentax 21mm would also be a winner but they are hovering outside my budget also.

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Also, I'm using a K5ii.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-17-2020, 05:45 PM  
Cheap, Decent Wide Angle Lens
Posted By kman42
Replies: 37
Views: 1,879
Looking for opinions on a cheap but decent wide lens. Currently my wide angle lenses are a Pentax 18-135 and Zenitar 16mm fisheye. I'm I'm looking for something better to cover non-pro event shooting, indoor parties etc. Pretty much settled on a Tamron 17-50, but the Sigma 24mm 2.8 AF is usually a similar price (although very hard to find), and the Sigma 17-50 is also available for a small price hike. Should I jump on a Tamron or stretch for a Sigma? And how does the 24mm prime compare to the premium zooms?
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-30-2019, 03:56 PM  
December 2019 Submission - "Two Trees"
Posted By kman42
Replies: 5
Views: 166
Taken on the Darling Downs, Australia. Edited in Lightroom
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-06-2019, 02:12 PM  
Zenitar 16mm vs Rokinon (Samsung) 14mm
Posted By kman42
Replies: 17
Views: 1,747
Unfortunately the Pentax 10-17 is also quite expensive here :(

I don't have any fisheye lenses to personally compare field of view, but all the sample shots I've seen show a 16mm FE to have similar FOV as a 12mm rectilinear lens, and the Pentax 17mm FE to be roughly equivalent to 14.5mm RL.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-06-2019, 05:33 AM  
Zenitar 16mm vs Rokinon (Samsung) 14mm
Posted By kman42
Replies: 17
Views: 1,747
I just checked out the Irix lens, the cheapest I could find was $900 from Europe!! The frustrating thing about living in Australia.

I just came across the Pentax 17mm F4 fisheye - it's cheap and is meant to be a great lens. Anybody have experience with it doing astro shots??
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-06-2019, 01:24 AM  
Zenitar 16mm vs Rokinon (Samsung) 14mm
Posted By kman42
Replies: 17
Views: 1,747
Sorry, I wasn't referring to the full frame equivalent focal length. I have read that the fish eye distortion of the zenitar creates a similar field of view to an 11mm or 12mm rectilinear lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-05-2019, 01:56 PM  
Zenitar 16mm vs Rokinon (Samsung) 14mm
Posted By kman42
Replies: 17
Views: 1,747
Hi, I'm looking for a budget ultra wide angle lens. Mostly for astrophotography and also general landscape shots. My research has lead me to these two. I realise the zenitar is a FE - I'm fine with that, as I shoot raw so I can either correct the distortion or leave it as an effect.
I'll by mounting on my K5ii which I understand will give an equivalent field of view of a 11-12mm rectilinear.

In Australia, I can get the zenitar for about $250 or the Rokinon for about $450. I am on a tight budget so $450 is already a stretch for me, so please no "this other lens is only $600". At this stage in life I can't justify that kind of money on lenses.

Im basically wondering if the Rokinon is worth almost double the cost. Has anybody had experience with both? Manual focus doesn't worry me, although the auto aperture would be handy. But the Rokinon is HUGE and the smaller zenitar appeals to me. If the consensus is that the Rokinon is good "when stopped down" (for astro), I'll lean towards the zenitar because that's what I'm hearing about that lens too.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-02-2019, 04:01 AM  
Flash exposure using PTTL
Posted By kman42
Replies: 13
Views: 1,050
Thanks all for the advice. I will check the firmware on my flash. Also, I did some more shots with the flash and realised that I often put ISO into manual mode without thinking about it. Since aperture is also set manually, and the shutter speed was maxed at flash sync speed, the camera had nowhere to go and was forced to over expose. I'll have to keep practising and also try manual flash.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-01-2019, 08:35 PM  
Flash exposure using PTTL
Posted By kman42
Replies: 13
Views: 1,050
The 42 is just a coincidence haha. So far I've tried with the 18-135 and the 35mm 2.4. These tests were usually from a distance of about 1 metre - is that too close for the flash to work properly??
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-01-2019, 07:10 PM  
Flash exposure using PTTL
Posted By kman42
Replies: 13
Views: 1,050
Hi, I recently purchased a Yongnuo 585ex to use with my Pentax K5ii. It's my first foray into decent flash photography, and one of the reasons I went the 585 is the appeal of PTTL and auto exposure of the flash. As I understand it, in PTTL mode (using AV mode on the camera) the system should adjust itself to give you correct exposure for each shot. However, my flash seems to be behaving more like manual unit - in portrait shooting, direct flashes tend to wash out the subject, and bounce flashes often under expose. I have my flash set to PTTL mode, Flash comp. at 0 and exposure comp. also at 0.

Is there something I'm doing wrong and/or don't understand about flashes and PTTL?
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-03-2017, 04:54 AM  
Flowing Water Photo Consest - "Waterfall"
Posted By kman42
Replies: 3
Views: 444
This is my submission for the Photo contest #128, 'Flowing Water'.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-12-2017, 04:02 PM  
Pentax 17-70mm f4 focusing to infinity
Posted By kman42
Replies: 2
Views: 664
Wait, but even when I focus manually, correct focus is achieved at very far away objects when the focus ring is at the 2m mark, even when not using the SDM.

Update: this problem was identified with the lens at 17mm. when I zoom in, say up to 70mm, it focuses at infinity like it should. Is this normal of zoom lenses?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-11-2017, 04:34 PM  
Pentax 17-70mm f4 focusing to infinity
Posted By kman42
Replies: 2
Views: 664
My Pentax 17-70mm has a strange focusing issue. When I focus to infinity (as in point at something very far away and achieve correct focus), the focus ring on the camera ends up pointing to the 2m mark. When I manually focus the ring to infinity, the photo is slightly blurred. Has anyone else had this issue? Are there any solutions? It wouldn't be such a problem, as the autofocus and manual focus confirmation work fine, except that I want to do some astrophotography and would like to be able to set the focus ring to infinity and rely on that. I have tested infinity focus on a 58mm prime that I have, and it focuses to infinity exactly where it should.

My camera is a Pentax K7 if that is relevant.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 01-24-2017, 08:37 PM  
K-30/K-50 Aperture Control Problem/Black Photo Repair - How I did it.
Posted By kman42
Replies: 86
Views: 45,782
No, the battery was removed.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 01-24-2017, 01:43 PM  
K-30/K-50 Aperture Control Problem/Black Photo Repair - How I did it.
Posted By kman42
Replies: 86
Views: 45,782
I tried this repair on my K50 last night. It appears to have worked, as the solenoid was stuck when I opened the camera up and now moves freely. However, while soldering the cluster of wires to reassemble the camera, I shorted the soldering iron on something :(. There was a loud pop and now the camera doesnt power on at all :( I double checked all the wiring and the electrical ribbon - it is all correct. Any suggestions on a solution, or do I now have a weatherproof paper weight?
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