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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-12-2018, 06:45 PM  
Development update regarding the HD PENTAX-D FA★50mmF1.4 SDM AW
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 165
Views: 8,786
This is both good and bad.

I am for one VERY happy that they are committed to the highest of standards of quality control. Absolutely NO QUESTION on that. I actually give them big credit for staying true to what we all want and have come to expect from Pentax.

On the other hand this exposes some critical errors from Pentax (Ricoh). They have limited resources just like everyone else does, but they are not focusing their efforts where they have their biggest weakness. They drag around like lenses are a second thought. Design your own zooms for FF? NOPE and NOPE.

Pentax (Ricoh) is an electronics company. That culture needs to change. Don't abandon the strengths, but make the weaknesses stronger. If they would hurry up and fill out their lens selection--and focus on THAT it will help their bottom line a ton. At the rate they are going it will be 3 or 4 years before they have an acceptable lineup of lenses.

Honestly if I won the powerball tomorrow I would start investigating other options. It's not because I don't like Pentax or that Pentax offers bad stuff, but they are taking ten years to give me what I could just go out an buy tomorrow from someone else if I had the cash. I am being patient but geez man this is getting old.

I don't mind a couple of months delay for a fifty that I might eventually get, but I would hope this would mean they can offer other subsequent lenses at a faster pace once they get the bugs worked out of the new line. We are at least five prime lenses away from having the lineup they need.

For me personally what I want seems to be their absolute last thing on their to do list. It's kind of getting old to be honest.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-11-2018, 10:41 AM  
Curious about Pentax lens lineup.
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 22
Views: 937
And all of those lenses do just that.

No wasted space, no wasted size. All excellent lenses.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-11-2018, 10:21 AM  
Curious about Pentax lens lineup.
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 22
Views: 937
I don't know what others will say but my perspective is that Pentax makes camera gear meant for portability and outdoors use.

The camera bodies for the crop sensors are smaller and lighter. They are also light years ahead of the competition in terms of beefy weather resistant features.

If you want to stay with the crop lineup you could take the entire lineup on a 20 mile hike or carry it on a plane no problem.

Throw in a WR zoom and you are set up.

Keep in mind that these lenses and cameras are predominantly for daylight use. In extreme low light conditions they will struggle some but not too awful or anything.

You put together any kit you want...from any manufacturer and get 5 primes of your choice and one zoom and then compare. The size and weight considerations are huge.

As long as you feed your camera (any camera)good light and you will do ok.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-10-2018, 10:57 PM  
Pentax-F series lenses.
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 27
Views: 1,449
I've owned a F28mm and the F50 f1.7. The 50 was pretty good but the AF on that copy was picky on my camera.

The F28mm though... holy smokes! I still kind of regret selling that lens. It's probably one of the best ones out there. At the time I was picking between the 31mm and the F28 so naturally the 31mm edged it out (but it was still close!). In hindsight even though the focal lengths are similar the 28mm had sharpness and character. Again the 28mm is one of the best out there.

I would love to give the 28mm a run on my K-1.
Forum: Sold Items 04-07-2018, 06:40 PM  
For Sale - Sold: SMC Pentax A 135mm
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 1
Views: 322
That's very tempting.
Forum: Pentax K-3 04-02-2018, 09:45 PM  
Pentax K-3 II Overexposing
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 12
Views: 582
Those types of things might have slight variations camera to camera--- but the general idea of "brights are 2x as bright and darks are 2x as dark" is universal to all digital cameras. Your eyeball has way more ability to see those contrasts than any camera ever invented.

Just know--regardless of the camera make, model, brand, or lens, that in digital photography the 'exaggeration effect' of lights and darks is going to be there no matter what unless you do something about it. That is not a camera specific thing at all.

Some cameras might be better at handling broad dynamic range than others---but the principle is still the same. If you know that as a general rule you can select better balanced shooting situations.
Forum: Pentax K-3 04-02-2018, 07:04 PM  
Pentax K-3 II Overexposing
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 12
Views: 582
As far as differences in cameras go I owned a K5 and a K3 both and I noticed a difference going up from 16mp to 24mp. The pixel density of the K3 is substantially more than the K5. I liked some functions of the K3 a lot better, and I liked the sensor of the K5 better. Now I have the best of both worlds plus some in a K-1. :)

You will have to ask someone with more technical know how on why more pixel density can have an effect on dynamic range and noise etc. In this case I don't think that makes any difference, but it's good info to know.
Forum: Pentax K-3 04-02-2018, 06:51 PM  
Pentax K-3 II Overexposing
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 12
Views: 582
Your first shot and second shots are using pattern metering with manual exposure.

Really there are a couple of tips that I can offer (very limited and basic stuff). Find more balanced lighting. Really bright backgrounds and really dark foregrounds don't mix. Just remember that ANY camera--- bright spots will be several shades brighter and dark spots will be several spots darker even in the same frame. This is actually a major part of taking quality photographs. To learn how to see 'light' and what your scene is doing.

I also would suggest turning on the blinkies. If you don't know what that is it's a mode that after you take a shot it will blink all the areas of your photo red that are over exposed.

The other part of this is when you let the camera decide how to expose you will have vastly different results depending on what you are doing. On the left side of the second shot is darker and on the right side you have a light colored reflective object. Yes, a leaf is a reflective object. The white rocks too will bounce a lot more light as well.

My last suggestion is take some time to learn how your camera meters. I put mine on spot and will move the camera around the frame I want to shoot while observing the light meter in the viewfinder. Just in that second frame alone you would get vastly different meter readings because of the types and colors of the surfaces.

Now I generally look for good lighting before I ever put the camera up to my face. Really contrasty (real dark and real light) all in one scene rarely works out well unless you have some artistic reason for doing so.

Different surfaces will absorb light or reflect light a lot more than others will. You just have to get more camera time while paying attention to little details like that and you can select better light to shoot in by default almost.

Hope that helps some. Like in your first shot you have to be a lot more selective and you will get better results. Meter for the trees in the background that are totally blown out then figure out where to position your subject so that they also get an ample and equal amount of light. In this case a flash of some sort might have helped. But having your subject in the shadows with the trees in the back in the sun is not ideal. Look for "balanced" light if that makes any sense. That means balanced left to right and also for the subject and background too.
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-01-2018, 08:02 PM  
K1 and Using Vintage Lenses
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 39
Views: 1,671
I only have one manual lens but I would definitely want more now that I have gotten the hang of manual shooting.

The only thing I have really noticed at all is that the manual lens I have is a bit cooler color wise than a more modern lens. It has absolutely nothing to do with sharpness and can easily be corrected in post processing with a slight bump of the color temp adjustment.

I also say if you can afford it you really should go full frame. I am loving the upgrade from crop to FF.

Also the K-1 (not sure about other models) has a live view zoom function that I will forever use, especially when shooting fast lenses. My manual lens is a 50mm f1.4 and with that live view zoom focus I can nail focus pretty much every time.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-30-2018, 07:35 AM  
People Bluebonnet Season (Portrait)
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 12
Views: 389
Thank you! I will definitely take it into consideration. Her parents are saying they want to do it as a canvas wrap so this might be to be the first photo I've ever printed, much less put on canvas. That would be an accomplishment in and of itself even if we do that. If we do that I might do two. One for them and one for me so I can have a sample of my own work to show around.



Thank you paulh!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-29-2018, 09:25 AM  
People Bluebonnet Season (Portrait)
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 12
Views: 389
I am also glad her parents dressed her in red. I think it goes nicely with the blue.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-29-2018, 09:22 AM  
People Bluebonnet Season (Portrait)
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 12
Views: 389
I am not even close to being a professional! I am a money spender not a money maker! LOL!!! I did manage to find a spot that had a good background (no buildings) and that had the light coming from the right direction. The lighting is definitely key. We were out there about 1 hour before sundown on kind of an overcast day.

Her parents saw the second picture (they haven't seen the other 100 that I have yet) but they already want to get it printed as a canvas wrap. I guess that's a pretty good sign :)

And I only got a few "you have a good camera" comments! LOL!



Thank you! Light is the key to it all. Well one of the major ones at least. I have been studying light for a couple of years now already. Hopefully it's starting to pay off. LOL!



Thank you!

Man! You gotta get out there! Pick a good weekend and go for a drive! There are plenty of places.



You should see some of the fields around me. BILLIONS of flowers. Just an ocean of blue and red and yellow. A lot of those places though you can't go onto without permission.



Thank you!

Like I said above I am not a professional but I am trying to slowly learn the fine art of light. When, where, what kind, which direction, etc. After that I picked a good background and well the rest took care of itself!

She's definitely a little fireball. Getting her to stand still for 5 seconds was a definite challenge. I even had to get her parents to hold her for a minute, set her down and run out of the way, then I ran along side her trying to get pictures. It was pretty funny. I can honestly say that I am fairly satisfied with the set of pictures for the most part. Honestly I probably could have gotten a little bit more shots with a 70-200, but the 24-70 wasn't shabby by any stretch. I also probably could have gotten more shots with a 25 fps camera too :lol:

She's 3 but she certainly has a big personality.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-24-2018, 10:34 PM  
People Bluebonnet Season (Portrait)
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 12
Views: 389
She is VERY cute! And funny! I am 'Uncle'... I hang out and get her from daycare or whatever pretty regularly.

Here's another shot.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-24-2018, 10:16 PM  
People Bluebonnet Season (Portrait)
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 12
Views: 389
I took this today. 100% natural light. What do you guys think?

It's my friend's hyperactive 3 year old.
Forum: Pentax Q 03-22-2018, 08:52 PM  
What Does Your "Significant Other" Think Of The Pentax Brand?
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 43
Views: 1,694
If I ever find a significant other I will let you know what she thinks.
Forum: General Photography 03-22-2018, 08:19 AM  
Long Time No See + 20 Photos :)
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 42
Views: 2,726
Great photos! Thanks for the update.

Congrats and all that other stuff...but as for switching brands it is what it is.

For me I have brand attachment only to the degree that Pentax was/is my first and only system that I have ever used. I've gone through three camera bodies already and have sort of finally got accustomed to things :) In the end for a hobby that I only do occasionally until I start making more money it's not worth the cost.

I too though get extremely frustrated by Pentax's lack of lens development. What they make they do well, but the snail's pace at how they do stuff frustrates me. I have toyed with the idea of exploring other systems but at the end of the day I have absolutely zero commercial or professional attachment to photography. At least not enough to justify me buying a lot of new stuff.

While I obviously like the products they have Pentax is not a very well managed company. I talked to their customer service people exactly once and found it lacking. Once you get beyond the gear Pentax has a long way to go.

Anyway enough of that... glad to hear from you.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-18-2018, 11:58 PM  
Backpacks that are airplane carry-onable?
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 25
Views: 1,085
As for the tripod question it depends on the country, but generally you need to check it in. Some places don't care, other places will freak out about it. Again, no one answer.

For the bag question in all honesty it pays to have more than one size and type of bag. Definitely.

While I am terrified to check in expensive stuff, depending on when, where, and what I am planning to do I might not even go with a bag at all. In some cases I might be forced to pack some stuff in the heavy duty-strongest-most lockable pelican case I can find-- and then just risk checking it in.

That said it does scare me some because I have seen some horrible things done to luggage.

Depending on the dimensions of stuff you need to take, and the weight of it all, if you pack other things minimalist style when you get to the gate you can tell them 'I have this case with a lot of expensive electronics in it' and they will either let you carry it with you (so long as your total baggage weight is not over the allowable limit)--even though your carry on might be bigger or heavier than normally allowed. Several airlines make provisions for that kind of thing.

Other airlines--if you ask them before you book-- you can take the oversize piece of luggage to the gate and they will check it in--but they will do it like they do with baby strollers and such. That's not so bad there.

Being a minimalist pays off big time---especially if you have multiple leg journeys.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-18-2018, 11:44 PM  
Backpacks that are airplane carry-onable?
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 25
Views: 1,085
I've done a lot of carrying on so I can say it depends. Where are you going and what are you planning to be shooting? How long will you be gone? I have been spending the better part of 4 years planning out a good carry on system.

It will depend a lot on what airlines and how long you will go. Many airlines have a strict weight and size limit. I've even had airlines go around with a small hand scale weighing people's carry ons before they could board.

I also have been on puddle jumper flights that went from various islands to various islands that had next to no overhead space. You could probably have fit a woman's purse up there but little else. Longer bigger overseas flights are something else entirely, little regional jets are another.

Your question should not be which back pack, but rather 'what gear am I really going to need?'

That latter piece of advice comes from quite a lot of flying, at least 2 or 3 round the world trips, and who knows how many countries, not to mention a lot of regional flights on smaller planes around the US too.

Wondering which bag is a totally different story and by far a secondary concern.

There is no magical solution as to what you should take-- take what you need--the rest of it leave it at home. Being a minimalist is definitely a good thing.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-14-2018, 04:23 PM  
Adobe CC price increases-not photography package...yet
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 9
Views: 650
Adobe is dead to me.

When I am compelled to upgrade or change it won't be to anything Adobe. As long as I am unable to purchase stand alone products that means their products are no longer suitable for me.
Forum: General Photography 03-11-2018, 10:42 PM  
One of a few short sentences to why you love photography
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 30
Views: 1,100
Photography is the art of observation. It's seeing interesting stuff in the mundane. It's seeing the light, or lack of light, and figuring out how the camera will react to it, and the best way to record it.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-26-2018, 09:32 PM  
Black & White Rural Texas Courthouse (circa 1894) (B&W)
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 8
Views: 329
Thank you. I have been on a B&W kick lately. For some reason when I am in post processing I can do 20 variations of B&W on some images and it just makes them more appealing to my eye.

That said I haven't been out shooting photos in a really long time. Been preoccupied with lots of crap. It's hard to feel the vibe or get in the groove.



Thanks Norm! BTW I meant to ask, how's Tess? I haven't seen her online in ages. She's such a kind hearted soul.

As for the pic I have a little bit of leeway but there are constraints. Lots of otherwise distracting things like power lines, sign posts, power poles etc. Among many other things lately I have been sick as a dog for a month so getting my creative juice going is difficult. I haven't shot pictures in quite some time so I appreciate the suggestions a lot.

Those old buildings---there are a ton of them around Texas. This one in particular is about 30 minutes from me. Back in the day they did their best to spice it up and build things even though they didn't have a lot. My whole family is seriously Texan to the core so some of these images have a bit more insight to me than other people I guess.



I really appreciate good and constructive ideas. I view them as ideas rather than criticism. I learn a whole lot from people on here. I like to see how I am connecting or not connecting with people and how the images impact people. I mean seriously, how can a photographer learn how to better connect with their audience other than by asking them their opinions?
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-25-2018, 05:18 PM  
K-3ii switchers to K-1: worth it over time?
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 45
Views: 2,355
The FA Limiteds are in NO WAY handicapped on the K-1. Not by a mile. You're really missing out if you think that way.

The downside as far as primes go is they don't have anything wide. There are some 3rd party ultra wides but not a lot from Pentax.
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-25-2018, 05:06 PM  
K-3ii switchers to K-1: worth it over time?
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 45
Views: 2,355
When I carried my K-3 I used a 16-85 a lot of the time. Naturally there are several primes I use too. The usual suspects are my primes. FA Limited and a manual fast 50. I carried my K-3 around the world at least twice. Maybe more than that.

The weight issue I don't think is that big of a deal. The only time weight will be an issue is for carry on luggage concerns. For a fully kitted out system it will be over the limit for a lot of carriers, especially little puddle jumper flights. Walking around I carry with a shoulder sling and I can carry a K-1 around all day without a problem. That said put on a huge heavy 70-200 or something giant like the 15-30 and no matter what you carry body wise it will be unwieldy over time. The shoulder strap is the way to go for walking around IMO. Makes all the size and weight questions moot for that aspect.

As for lenses and all that you will get substantially better low light performance out of the K-1. I use a 24-70 as my zoom choice, which basically gives up a little bit of reach on the long end in favor of constant aperture and substantially better low light performance. My primes amaze me. You can shoot in really really low light with the K-1 because of it's better ISO. Now add better ISO capabilities and fast lenses and you can open up a lot of worlds.

For example I was shooting in the moonlight one night as a test. I can do that with the K-1 whereas with the K-3 not so much. The bigger sensor just kicks everything up a few notches.

My main complaint about the K-1 is a lack of wide fast primes, but hopefully that gets fixed eventually.

I upgraded to full frame specifically because of better low light capabilities across the board.

See the pic below. I shot this walking around Shanghai at night and did it hand held. You would struggle to do this with a K-3 and almost any lens combo.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-25-2018, 04:48 PM  
Black & White Rural Texas Courthouse (circa 1894) (B&W)
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 8
Views: 329
I might go back over and try again some time. I think a small step ladder would help more than anything. Shooting 'up' with a 24mm focal length can make things funky. I was having to hold the camera as high as I could over my head to get better results.



It's definitely American! LOL!!! We have a whole lot of these little one horse towns around Texas. They are all over the place.

Sometimes I kind of wonder what people from Europe or other places think of when they actually visit Texas or even talk about Texas.
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-25-2018, 04:30 PM  
K-3ii switchers to K-1: worth it over time?
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 45
Views: 2,355
I upgraded from a regular K-3 to a K-1 and I am very glad that I did. If you can afford to spend the cash by all means do it.

What you will find is the K-3 with it's 24mp the pixel density was actually too much. I got a whole lot more noise and other things about my images with the K-3 that I just didn't like. With the K-1 though the ISO capabilities and image quality is fantastic.

If I went back to a crop sensor I would prefer a 16mp over 24mp.

As for size and all that, it's really not all that bad. It just depends on your kit and what you plan to do. My opinion is 'size and bulk' is a non issue for me.
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