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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-10-2021, 05:33 AM  
Some corner softness is no big deal. My eyeballs have it; not returning them.
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 54
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One instance when corner sharpness, distortion and vignetting can be perceived is when you crop an image for framing: if the cropping is asymmetrical, your brain will perceive that resulting asymmetry in the distortion/sharpness/luminance pattern.
Probably the difference is only perceivable with a direct comparison though, and not much of an issue in the real world.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 01-10-2021, 05:17 AM  
What happened with 35mm roll prices!!
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 20
Views: 1,100
In addition to that, the world is not as simple as a X-Y graph of quantity vs. price.

When demand is high, prices rise, but if demand is high enough economies of scale enter the equation.
That's why Android smartphones are so cheap nowadays.

When demand is low, prices decrease, but then manufacturers will reduce the supply or stop offering the product altoghether because it's not profitable.
That's why Android tablets are much more difficult to find than they were say 6-7 years ago.

And that's where film is: a niche product with a limited supply in order to keep it profitable.
Forum: General Photography 01-02-2021, 09:22 AM  
To All Here On The Forum
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 42
Views: 1,281
Must have been that one... always had a soft spot for local delicacies... :o
Forum: General Photography 01-02-2021, 03:41 AM  
To All Here On The Forum
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 42
Views: 1,281
Long may your bum reek too! :D:D:D

Happy New Year to you all :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-31-2020, 03:13 AM  
Funny story of camera disassembly
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 24
Views: 1,165
That egg carton tip is perfect for all those times I have things to store during a disassembly, but can't be bothered to remove grease & dirt from the container afterwards, just brilliant, thanks! :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-27-2020, 04:04 AM  
Funny story of camera disassembly
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 24
Views: 1,165
Hey, at least you have a nice reference picture! :)

BTW it makes a lot of sense to do like some people do, to poke screws through a thin cardboard (Bristol-like) with a rough outline of the camera drawn on it, or to do the same thing with double sided tape.
I didn't have to learn it the hard way, fortunately :o
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-16-2020, 01:26 AM  
Pentax KP Giveaway - Enter here once per day until December 26th!
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 1,644
Views: 27,466
Have a nice day y'all.
Forum: General Talk 12-16-2020, 01:25 AM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 3,671
Views: 296,694
Definitely not Joshua... Bell! :lol:
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-16-2020, 01:24 AM  
Why not, its Christmas?
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 18
Views: 1,236
Update: I went and took some pictures... not much in the way of decorations this year, still something was there.
It's always a fine balance to hit when editing the RAWs, between having a picture where the lights looks too dark, and having a nice, strong, colored bloom from the LEDs destroying all the fine detail... not easy :D
Taking my time, will probably post something somewhere when I'm done.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-16-2020, 01:21 AM  
Macro by any means necessary club
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 583
Views: 117,196
...a practical and convenient method for telling apart top grain, full grain and "genuine" leather :)
Forum: General Talk 12-16-2020, 01:18 AM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 7,504
Views: 558,767

You Tube

One of the best pieces of Akira's soundtrack.
A little forgotten gem... animation is top-notch (really), the plot is completely absurd and convoluted, the music is very nice.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-16-2020, 01:13 AM  
The future of Pentax is in your hands!
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 141
Views: 6,034
"Pentax Evangelist(s)", just like PS! :lol:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-16-2020, 01:11 AM  
An other telelens comparison : Pentax vs. Takumar vs. Tamron
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 7
Views: 728
Very nice job, just like your last one :)

Technically not equally blurred, if they are at the same distance. If the back one is (roughly) two times further than the closest one, then yes :)

Yup, been there, done that :(
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-14-2020, 02:05 AM  
Pentax KP Giveaway - Enter here once per day until December 26th!
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 1,644
Views: 27,466
In, one more day.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-14-2020, 02:04 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 84,306
Views: 3,390,442
Good grief, what do they have inside, pure unobtanium? :eek: I hope your insurance covers at least part of the cost.

Racer, interesting post... the part on "M&M's embezzlement" was especially funny :p customized packaging, really?
Forum: General Talk 12-14-2020, 01:57 AM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 7,504
Views: 558,767
The last movement from Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra

You Tube

Played this a couple of times IRL.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-14-2020, 01:55 AM  
For those not upgrading to the K-3III immmediately, watch this video...
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 38
Views: 2,177
Well, shooting a K-01 and a K-30 I'd really like to get those 14 bit in the K-3 RAWs... sometimes I really struggle with the conditions.

Caveat: I'm not into doing art-photography or pretending that I have a "vision" or something... all I care about is bringing home well-crafted and technically sound souvenir photos, so I can remember places I visited, things I did etc.
So often I'm not waiting days for the perfect lighting conditions, the right hour of the day etc... I make do with what I have, that's why I think a wee bit DR more could help.

Looking forward to buying a used K-3 or K-3II (or K-1) as well... :o
Forum: Photo Critique 12-14-2020, 01:50 AM  
Black & White Sunflower, lateral view
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 9
Views: 1,109
Commented on your other sunflower image... this one is really well done, the texture of the leaf has an almost tactile feel.
Forum: Photo Critique 12-14-2020, 01:48 AM  
Black & White Sunflower, first backlit image
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 4
Views: 259
The image is very creative and nice.
Probably varying the angle ever so slightly would change the position of the lens flare or eliminate it completely... it's a pity because it takes away a lot of contrast. You can try again next summer, I think your idea deserves it :)
Forum: Photo Critique 12-14-2020, 01:45 AM  
Nature Monitor Colour Calibrations, blues seem way off?
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 6
Views: 338
Ditto on the cyan, on reds I've often been fooled because the chromatic aberrations (e.g. on the fence and the head of the squirrel) register as "red(-ish)", but have nothing to do with WB-Tint.
So I'd clean those before going further.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-13-2020, 08:57 AM  
Pentax KP Giveaway - Enter here once per day until December 26th!
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 1,644
Views: 27,466
In. Cheers.
Forum: Photo Critique 12-13-2020, 08:56 AM  
Machinery Lost Horse Mine
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 4
Views: 1,147
This... as a general rule I find that B/W needs much more contrast than color.
Also, the lower left corner got burned pretty bad.
Go back there if you get the chance! :)
Forum: Photo Critique 12-13-2020, 08:54 AM  
Landscape Moose Lake Midday Magic
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 4
Views: 328
It's a nice photo, and I don't mind the colors... although I would probably mess a little bit with WB and tint (towards yellow and green, since I feel there's a little excess reds/magentas).
My monitor is profiled but, as always, no monitor and no calibration/profilation is perfect.

The vegetation in the foreground is interesting, but there's a bit too much of it, I think... I would have probably tried another framing with a slightly longer lens, balancing the colored trees beyond the lake and the swampy vegetation in the foreground.
Forum: Photo Critique 12-13-2020, 08:51 AM  
Landscape Sunrise over a Cambodian lake.
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 4
Views: 827
Very nice!
I'd just make the watermark a little smaller, get it more out of the way and give it like 25-50% transparency - that's what I do, anyway.
Since the original picture is not watermarked, it doesn't apply :)
Forum: Photo Critique 12-13-2020, 08:48 AM  
Nature Lack of attention to details during composition. Common thing?
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 7
Views: 373
I make "mistakes" like this all the time.
Remeber that when you're shooting you're looking through a comparatively small viewfinder, and sometimes the edges are blocked if you're looking through it not perfectly straight.
Then you (or I) look at it on your nice 22, 40, 50", whatever monitor or TV set and think "boy, have I messed up!" :lol:
So... it happens, just take some more "safety picture(s)" :)
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