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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-15-2018, 10:03 AM  
New Tamron 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 6
Views: 667
I thought I'd post about this new lens, as there's not much online buzz about it. It's the first newly-released lens I've bought. I was keen to get my hands on it because I hate lugging heavy lenses like my 24-70 2.8 when I am out shooting landscape.

Anyway, I am very pleased with how sharp it is - much better than my 24-70. The only flaw is softness in the extreme corners, but it becomes negligible when you stop down >f5.6.

And it's nicely light and compact.

Here's an image with centre, extreme left and right borders, and extreme lower left corner crops at 100%.









Forum: General Talk 08-02-2018, 01:51 AM  
the show Big Brother cultural differences
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 7
Views: 508
I've not seen the USA Big Brother, but I noticed this watching the US version of Gordon Ramsay Kitchen Nightmares. UK, real 'drama' was allowed to develop and it's different every episode. No music. USA, forced drama to a prescribed formula with lots of intense music and over the top editing. However, I love both!














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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-26-2018, 04:16 AM  
Some Full-frame shots & thoughts
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 5,558
Views: 604,858
I got myself a Tamron 24-70mm (version 1) - took a while to get used to the heft of it, but I like it a lot.



Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-11-2018, 06:50 AM  
Some Full-frame shots & thoughts
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 5,558
Views: 604,858
Thanks for that! I think the 85/1.8G would actually be the way to go. It's been one of the most impressive lenses on this thread and that's a great example. I have recently got hold of a 35/2 which feels like a natural focal length for my use, and the 85 would probably complement it better.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-09-2018, 06:48 AM  
Some Full-frame shots & thoughts
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 5,558
Views: 604,858
I had to send the 50/1.8D used in my initial test shots back - the focus ring kept sticking in manual focus. Looking at the bokeh in my shots, it's not exactly smooth. Looking at it makes me feel like I'm going to get a migraine. I'm wondering if the 50/1.8G would be noticeably better.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-06-2018, 06:23 AM  
Some Full-frame shots & thoughts
Posted By ihasa
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Lovely serpentine curves leading into the composition.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 03-26-2018, 10:37 AM  
Considering full frame need lens help
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 30
Views: 2,467
I think the DA35 works on FF as well as the DA50mm. I've seen good reports of it on FF and have used it on my film cameras - it's lovely.

There's a bit of duplication with all those zooms. One approach would be to 'clean house' and start afresh on the K1, buying only what you really use and need. Perhaps a good f2.8 normal zoom lens (The Tamron 28-70mm is said to be decent enough) and a longer zoom that would replace your 50-200mm. I presume you got the Sigma 18-35 for shallow dof and good results in low light; well you'll be able to get that easily on FF.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-22-2018, 03:24 PM  
Some Full-frame shots & thoughts
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 5,558
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A D600 landed with me today, and I rushed out to take pics of the dog with the 50/1.8D I also bought, to see what this 'FF shallow DOF' business was all about.







Yep. The DOF is definitely much shallower. And 50mm is more of a usable walkaround focal length. Now to take some more interesting pictures!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-22-2018, 01:57 PM  
Some Full-frame shots & thoughts
Posted By ihasa
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I really like the compo (and light) in the last shot, I think the telephoto works so much better with the subject matter.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-20-2018, 01:22 PM  
D810 lenses
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 38
Views: 1,600
Have a look in the Full Frame Shots and Thoughts thread. Agree with the idea of a reasonable quality standard zoom as a starter for ten (on any system).
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-14-2014, 04:44 AM  
Post your Sony RX100 Pictures Here
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 414
Views: 69,230
Thanks! Lovely shots, intriguing light play off that water.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-12-2014, 01:41 AM  
Post your Sony RX100 Pictures Here
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 414
Views: 69,230
I realised I hadn't shot ANYTHING for ages, so I whipped out my camera on the way back from the gym and snapped these. LOVE the portability and quality of the RX100!

















Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-03-2014, 03:24 AM  
Post your Sony RX100 Pictures Here
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 414
Views: 69,230
The RX100 is really proving it's worth for snapshots on weekends away; these from New Year's Eve in Cornwall:









Last one using the on-board 'bounce flash'.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-06-2013, 03:20 PM  
Post your Sony RX100 Pictures Here
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 414
Views: 69,230
Glorious shots (although I'd like to see the colour versions!)

Well it looks like the RX100 stays, I think, cos I'm going on holiday tomorrow and am not sure I can actually fit my K30 or NEX + a plethora of lenses into my hand luggage.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-06-2013, 04:00 AM  
Post your Sony RX100 Pictures Here
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 414
Views: 69,230
The RX100 won't comfortably fit in a tight pocket either (and I'm too scared of scratching it in my jeans pocket, since I'm undecided about keeping it). It's a tough one. If the 16-50 fit my NEX-3 the choice would be simple... I'd just get the lens. Something like an NEX-3N with 16-50 would cost a little less than the RX100, but while I appreciate the ability to use manual lenses on it, the simplicity of a little pocket camera like the RX100 also appeals.

I'm getting to like using the RX100 more now I have worked out how to set it up. I use it in Av mode so I have the front ring set to ISO and the rear dial of course defaults to f-stop.

Can I program the ? button to do something more useful?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-05-2013, 03:46 PM  
Post your Sony RX100 Pictures Here
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 414
Views: 69,230
Actually I find the RX100 a shade TOO small... the NEX with 16-50 is at the larger end of 'pocketable', but acceptable. Gah now I think of it, the MX1 is about the perfect size for me, such shame the sensor isn't 1" ;P

Oh yeah the sweep panorama is superb isn't it?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-05-2013, 02:35 AM  
Post your Sony RX100 Pictures Here
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 414
Views: 69,230
Tried out a little RX100 mk1 at the weekend.... quite pleased with the results for landscape snaps. It's giving me cause to consider whether to keep it instead of my NEX set up... difficult one, as I quite like using manual lenses on the NEX; but as a travel camera, the RX makes a lot of sense.

So what I would like to ask Sony users is - would the 16-50 pancake on an NEX offer similar/better quality while being 'pocketable'?











Forum: Pentax K-3 11-02-2013, 11:15 AM  
New K3 vs K5ii high iso RAW tests
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 8
Views: 7,753
This was very interesting, I thought, and well worth a plug on this site.

Pentax ISO tests
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-02-2013, 07:20 AM  
So You Want a Studio?
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 18
Views: 1,950
Awesome idea! :D
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-02-2013, 07:19 AM  
So You Want a Studio?
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 18
Views: 1,950
Interesting read, Rupert (and very nice shots!) Do you think you could convert your garage or build a workshop in your garden to convert into a 'home studio'?

I've been thinking about the studion idea, and the only way I can think of making it work would be to go in with a couple of other photographers and split the costs.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-12-2013, 10:21 AM  
Some Full-frame shots & thoughts
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 5,558
Views: 604,858
They look pretty good to me, really like no.2!

As ever I am contemplating FF... it's always there in the back of my mind. Shot 2 demonstrates why I am interested. Would the Tamron 28-75mm and Nikon D700 make a sensible 'budget' starter kit? I would add a few primes as I go along, but the Tammy seems quite a reasonable replacement for my 17-50mm (on crop).
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-09-2013, 04:30 AM  
Flash Photography Club
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 12
Views: 1,914
You can get cheap wireless trigger kits from Ebay for about the price of a KFC 'Family Bucket' and they work fine. Forget using cables.

2x Minolta AF4000s shot through umbrellas, generic ebay radio triggers on K10D:



Totally over the top image, so I thought why not put the cherry on top and colour pop it? :lol:
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-08-2013, 04:54 AM  
Flash Photography Club
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 12
Views: 1,914
2x Minolta AF4000s, + shoot through umbrellas:



Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-08-2013, 04:13 AM  
Rumors about a new Ricoh GXR camera surface online
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 70
Views: 16,776
Couldn't care less, so long as I can slap a Pentax lens on it! In fact it would probably sell better / be taken more seriously badged as a Ricoh than a Pentax. Since Pentax ranks somewhat below 'Promaster' and 'Quantaray' in the minds of the camera buying public and camera reviewers, it seems, whereas the Ricoh GR has given the camera-nerd world an instant collective semi.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-08-2013, 04:04 AM  
Dabbling in Strobe Photography
Posted By ihasa
Replies: 10
Views: 1,436
Dominic, just to give you an idea of the possibilities, here is my strobist set up:



The kit I have so far includes three Minolta AF4000 flashes (costing a few pounds each), generic radio controllers from China (brand name - 'Nice'! - again costing very little really), and a Manfrotto flash stand (I ended up spending more than I would have liked on this as I needed one quickly for a proposed shoot - which ended up being cancelled. The cheap ones would be fine I think). For a second stand, I'm just using my tripod.

I also have a couple of white umbrellas and a honeycomb grid, again cheapies from ebay.

I have some optical triggers which I used to use indoors quite successfully; I am keeping hold of them in case I need to add even more flashes!

After a few months of playing around, doing self portraits etc, I felt brave enough to ask some models if they would help me out in return for images for their portfolio. I was at pains to point out that the results were not guaranteed to work. Luckily I had a couple of 'bites'.







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