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Forum: Photo Critique 03-03-2018, 10:10 AM  
Macro How did I get this?
Posted By jadedrakerider
Replies: 28
Views: 3,633
That is a very good point. I find that my K10D doesn't have great WB presets. The Flash setting is far too cool. I think I will consider a green filter when I am shooting a red object like these so that the detail in the raw is not lost (as it is in my bougainvillea). I wonder how well that would work.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-06-2017, 10:51 PM  
Rebadge lens mystery: Promaster 100-300 5.6 - 6.7
Posted By jadedrakerider
Replies: 8
Views: 952
That makes total sense. I guess that is a false signal I have picked up. So very good lenses (like a 50 1.2) would be large lens therefore they put more blades in it, but the number of blades does not indicate quality.

Crappy zoom lenses are also large and have more blades.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-06-2017, 01:16 PM  
Rebadge lens mystery: Promaster 100-300 5.6 - 6.7
Posted By jadedrakerider
Replies: 8
Views: 952
Oh yeah, it isn't a perfect indicator, but you have to reach for every indicator you can. I like to search for bargain lenses.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-06-2017, 12:58 PM  
Rebadge lens mystery: Promaster 100-300 5.6 - 6.7
Posted By jadedrakerider
Replies: 8
Views: 952
Thanks! The 8 Leaf aperture is what threw me. It isn't inherently true but I use it as a mark of quality. Although I have a 35mm 8 leaf lens I am profoundly disappointed with. I have a Sigma which has a surprisingly venerable design.

As for why, I haven't found much info on the lens I am referring to. It is difficult to make a value judgement online when you can't put it on your camera and try it out against the competition.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-06-2017, 11:46 AM  
Rebadge lens mystery: Promaster 100-300 5.6 - 6.7
Posted By jadedrakerider
Replies: 8
Views: 952
Hi all. I am looking for a long bargain lens and came across this Promaster model. I did a bit of digging and several people have asserted that Promasters are rebadged Tamrons. However, I could not find a directly equivalent lens. However, I did find an equivalent from Tokina (right down to the rubber grip on the barrel and i aperture rings).

On our review section Promaster gets quite a few "good for a budget lens" reviews. The 100 - 300 lens is not featured. However, the Tokina version seems to have gotten a very harsh 6/10.

What do you think? Is this mystery Promaster a Tokina or a Tamron?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-02-2016, 04:01 AM  
Streets Closing Time
Posted By jadedrakerider
Replies: 4
Views: 546
I am having a bit of trouble with this one -- cityscapes are among my favorite subjects. Everything is a bit too centered. The strip of doorways is in the center third of the composition -- and the human inside the shop is in the other centered third. I hope you don't mind but I made a few crops using the rule of thirds.

How much fun are cityscape photos?
Forum: General Photography 10-01-2016, 12:15 AM  
Non - Photographers often have bad taste.
Posted By jadedrakerider
Replies: 87
Views: 6,124
And more power to you. I'm just saying that the commercial nature and broad appeal of a piece isn't an actual basis of critique. It's certainly frustrating when artistic garbage is popular -- but being popular doesn't make something artistic garbage.

Incidentally, my other favorite Kubrick film is A Clockwork Orange. ^.^
Forum: General Photography 09-30-2016, 08:16 PM  
Non - Photographers often have bad taste.
Posted By jadedrakerider
Replies: 87
Views: 6,124
It's a problem if you think it's a problem. I take something like Kubrick's the Shining. He used photography (or cinematography if we are so inclined to quibble) to make us uncomfortable. Kubrick does a much better job at grabbing attention than most of the stuff coming out of Hollywood nowadays. The Shining is certainly an accessible film (in that it uses it's cinematography in a way that is a bit blunt). Kubrick isn't less of an artist because his movie was a commercial success. Those green eyes stick out of the jumble of photos I've seen. That's an accomplishment.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-27-2016, 01:31 PM  
Just for fun - what lens(es) is/are missing?
Posted By jadedrakerider
Replies: 37
Views: 2,598
If you're only going to take 2 lenses with you, methinks the 10 - 17 and the 55-300.

But I would encourage you to consider looking into some fast primes like the 1.8 50. The jewel of my collection is my 2.0 55 because it's fast, perfect for portraits, and is fairly tough for as light as it is.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-27-2016, 01:22 PM  
rumor new vintage FF and apsc mirrorless
Posted By jadedrakerider
Replies: 621
Views: 49,162
I don't know why you say that, really. Although I have not been able to use the Q personally. We live in a world where a feature film was filmed on an iPhone. Why can't a Pentax Q be used for a serious applications?

My problem with the Q isn't that it can't be used seriously, it's that it's so hard to find a decent wide angle lens.
Forum: General Photography 09-27-2016, 01:14 PM  
Non - Photographers often have bad taste.
Posted By jadedrakerider
Replies: 87
Views: 6,124
No offense taken. I don't have an opinion of his professionalism or integrity merely because I do not follow his or the work of international journalists. I'm not sure what your objection to this photo is. Is it that this person is not authentically Afghan? I don't think that is terribly important. Human bodies are the expression of their DNA and although her green eyes might be unusual for the population -- but so what? She lives in Afghanistan. She's Afghan. Her genetic makeup isn't important in terms of artistic composition except for the fact that her eyes are green and her skin tones and clothes she was wearing is brown/orange.

Highly skilled kitsch is actually a high compliment, methinks.
Forum: General Photography 09-27-2016, 11:07 AM  
Non - Photographers often have bad taste.
Posted By jadedrakerider
Replies: 87
Views: 6,124
Well, the depth of field is a bit shallow. Check out the bokeh in background. I think this is what you mean, but there isn't the razor-thin bokeh like somebody shot this at f/1.2 because her clothes are able to be defined reasonably well.

Do you also get the feeling that sometimes we shoot wide open just because it's technically impressive and/or it shows off how expensive our gear is?
Forum: General Photography 09-26-2016, 05:22 PM  
Non - Photographers often have bad taste.
Posted By jadedrakerider
Replies: 87
Views: 6,124
Oh goody! Elitism! And I mean that as flatly as I possibly can.

Well, the lay public just doesn't know anything about what goes on when a photo is snapped. Bokeh is our way of isolating a subject in a way that is technically impressive ( is a 50 1.4 really that much better than a 50 1.7? ) because it is so hard to snap a photo with what one wants in focus at anything less than 5.6. Just about any lens is optimal in the f/ 8-16 range. And it shows how serious we are about our past time because extremely fast lenses are not cheap.

Oh and composition really isn't all that important unless it gets through to a lay person. It is so hard to impress another photographer but a lay person will stare dumbfounded at your best work completely unable to put into words why the least impressive photo in your portfolio completely steals the show.

I think we as photographers critiquing other photographers lose the perception that allows photography to make such a dramatic impression. Like those green eyes on the cover of the National Geographic that pop out of the brown/orange of the rest of the composition.



This is a perfect photograph in a lot of ways because it blows away a lay person and it still gets me to analyze it as a composition of color and position (when you add the National Geographic's cover text the rule of thirds works much better).
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-26-2016, 04:48 PM  
rumor new vintage FF and apsc mirrorless
Posted By jadedrakerider
Replies: 621
Views: 49,162
Oh, wishlist time.

Lately I have been looking into getting into cinematography, and I have been looking into different options. Mirrorless? That is the way to go. I was looking at the Nikon 1 because the 1" sensor is pretty close to the 16mm film format and there are a ton of C-Mount lenses (used by many amateur and low budget filmmakers) to tap into. So if they don't use a C-Mount, it would be great if the flange distance would be compatible with that ecosystem. I adore the Pentax K system, if I could use my Pentax K lenses (complete with autofocus and TTL exposure) I'd be quite excited.

Barring that, a Pentax Q with a 6", 16:9, tiltable screen and an extreme fisheye lens would be fabulous. Something like an 8mm equivalent on full frame (which is what? something like a 2 or 3 mm?) would be great, too.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 09-07-2016, 06:39 AM  
PF 10th Anniversary - Pentax K-50 1-Day Giveaway! - Entries closed, winner announced.
Posted By jadedrakerider
Replies: 1,825
Views: 74,685
Happy 10 years PentaxForums, everybody! It has been better because of you all.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-03-2016, 07:39 AM  
Pets Tinsley does not like flash
Posted By jadedrakerider
Replies: 4
Views: 659
Yes I think you are right. This was just my camera flash (I wasn't even going to take my camera down). I think it was partially trying to assist with focus on the low-constrast subject.

The first is my favorite, she looks somewhat menacing. I really adore how her face looks like it's floating on the surface of the image because of the low dof. I have an LED ring light that would have worked well. Esp attached to the end of the lens.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-02-2016, 08:45 PM  
Pets Tinsley does not like flash
Posted By jadedrakerider
Replies: 4
Views: 659
gschafer_20160829_3311

Tinsley really didn't like keeping her eyes open for me. She did, eventually. I was visiting her owner's place and she was all about the attention. She was following me around the apartment getting into things and giving me looks.

gschafer_20160829_3316

I printed these as 8x10's and gave them to her mom. I think she will like these.
Forum: General Photography 08-15-2016, 10:39 AM  
Playing with a 0.30x fisheye AUX lens.
Posted By jadedrakerider
Replies: 11
Views: 1,398
Today I decided to go out and give it a try. Here is my result. As you can see, the farther from the center we get, the more significant the chromatic aberration is. That being said, this does a pretty amazing job of limiting the barrel distortion, which is what I think other people were referring to. The wide-angle bulge as I call it. Though, personally, I think I would rather have that distortion than the chromatic aberration. I didn't notice this aberration in the photo with the tiny soldier, though.

The chroma isn't too bad, though. I am planning on using this for up-close shots, especially of animals, and therefore the area of the image surrounding the center is important, and the area around the edges ought to merely provide depth.

I would really like to see some of the results you have with your Samigon.
Forum: General Photography 08-02-2016, 04:52 PM  
Playing with a 0.30x fisheye AUX lens.
Posted By jadedrakerider
Replies: 11
Views: 1,398
I just got an AUX I ordered. I paired this with my Vivitar 28mm.

Wide angles are fun. It is difficult to tell, but the tip of this guy's gun is less than a centimeter away from touching the glass.

Overall, I have heard people be quite down on aux lenses. After having played with it myself, though, I quite enjoyed it. My 28mm/2.8 has a 49mm thread, and I used a 49-52mm step up ring to use a AUX lens with a wider diameter. I think the results are very good. There is a bit of chromatic abberation at the very edges, but I could only see it when I was hand-holding the element. In the camera, it seems to be out of the range of the image sensor.

Man, that crop factor is tough. At a .3x widening, it still doesn't look all that dramatic.
Forum: General Photography 07-27-2016, 09:23 AM  
Takumar 135mm f/2.5 or "Why fast lenses are so frustrating!"
Posted By jadedrakerider
Replies: 13
Views: 1,407
Oh yes, we had to take him for a walk to a convenience store before he was tired enough to even remotely sit still. Even then he was a challenge to photograph.

He was testing his master's patience every step of the way (literally!). Next time I am going to crank up the ISO to 800 because at 125 he was still introducing motion blur to his portraits.

---------- Post added 07-27-2016 at 09:30 AM ----------



Nope, not ideal at all. So I ended up shooting at f/8, which was much easier to work with. Shooting a puppy on a tripod is out of the question, especially with a prime lens.

I have a split screen, fortunately, and that helped trmendously. I don't think live view would have been ideal anyway. Puppies are pure action and a little lag is much harder to work with. Unless LV has improved greatly since I last used it.
Forum: General Photography 07-27-2016, 07:58 AM  
Takumar 135mm f/2.5 or "Why fast lenses are so frustrating!"
Posted By jadedrakerider
Replies: 13
Views: 1,407
Because the DoF is so hard to work with, even with focus confirmation!



I just picked this lens up on eBay and I decided to take some photos of a puppy I am going to adopt. I was so mad when I saw what happened. Haha.

But after I stopped down a bit, this lens is amazing. I truly adore it.



It's still a bit difficult to work with as a portrait lens on my K10D, but the results are fantastic.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-09-2015, 08:03 AM  
People Soldier by Day, Pentaxian by Night
Posted By jadedrakerider
Replies: 11
Views: 1,613
Excellent!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-09-2015, 04:23 AM  
Architecture York Railway Station, UK
Posted By jadedrakerider
Replies: 5
Views: 680
Wow -- it's like looking back in time. It's the 20's again.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-09-2015, 03:42 AM  
Architecture Laughlin by night
Posted By jadedrakerider
Replies: 1
Views: 678

Laughlin by Night


Pentax K10D, ISO 100, 8 sec, Vivitar 28mm (Komine), f/16

My first attempt at a stitched landscape photograph.

4 Images, stiched together in the GIMP
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-08-2015, 04:37 AM  
Macro macro
Posted By jadedrakerider
Replies: 19
Views: 1,727
That is so cool!
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