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Forum: Sold Items 01-05-2012, 03:36 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 15mm DA Limited in UK
Posted By kalpaha
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Just for the record, I think I got dibs for the lens after davidl but before optiprime8
Forum: General Talk 08-23-2011, 10:52 AM  
San Francisco camera stores
Posted By kalpaha
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I'll be visiting San Francisco in little over a month from now (for JavaOne) and intend to put the euro-dollar exchange rate to good use. Can anyone recommend any good (cheap, stocking pentax lenses) camera stores to visit?

I expect my free time to be somewhat limited, and I hear there's at least a bridge I need to visit. Anything else you'd absolutely recommend not to miss?
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 10-04-2009, 10:08 AM  
How well does K7 work as a camcorder?
Posted By kalpaha
Replies: 43
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You have a good point about the large DOF of a wide angle (although I don't currently have anything wider than 18mm, that should do). And if the K-7 actually subsamples the video, then it will have more DOF than a single photo frame would, right? Plus, 1/30 shutter speed should let me close the aperture somewhat, even indoors.

It seems that if you're a capable photographer or a videographer, then you can pull off some amazing footage with a DSLR and video, as evidenced by these links I ran into in "the other forum":

D90 Low (ambient) light on Vimeo
D90 on Vimeo

While one would have to be a darn good videographer to shoot that kind of footage, I'd like to think I can manage well enough with the manual focusing, if need be. So I guess I'm sold on the idea of trying to sell off the HV30 and buy a K-7 instead.

Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 10-04-2009, 07:38 AM  
How well does K7 work as a camcorder?
Posted By kalpaha
Replies: 43
Views: 10,480

I have to admit that since our baby was born in July, I've had quite little time for the forums, but the topic of using K7 as a basic camcorder seems not to be discussed very often. And videoing the baby is what I'm interested in.

So how good is the K7 for the "video your baby" or "capture the tourist attraction" kind of shooting one would use a consumer camcorder for. Is anyone using it for such purposes?

I'm interested because I have a very good HV30 HDV camcorder which I know beats the K7 in every video feature except for wide angle opportunity and DOF control. The problem is that I'm always shooting with my K10D and rarely bring out the HV30, so we're not using it to anywhere near it's potential. And for capturing precious baby moments like laughs, smiles and babbling and gurgling video is often better medium than a photograph.

I've been toying with the idea of selling the HV30, which could probably fetch about what I paid for it and buying a K7 instead, but I'd do it only for the video feature.

If I can capture clean basic video and focus without too much trouble, then I might go for the K7 just because I know I'd probably get more video with it than I currently do. It doesn't have to be perfect (I know I'd love it for the shallow DOF artsy videos :-), but it would have to work as a basic camcorder. Can it do that? Is it very hard to do a slow zoom out and keep the focus anywhere near the target?

Be brutally honest, if you think K-7 is not up to the task, then I'd better learn to love my current camcorder :-)

Forum: Sold Items 12-04-2008, 02:05 PM  
For Sale - Sold: (EU)Pentax K100D Camera Body
Posted By kalpaha
Replies: 6
Views: 2,006

Is the K100d still available? Do you ship to Finland and can you give any estimate on the shipping cost?

Best regards,
Kalle Pahajoki
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-09-2008, 01:22 AM  
First tries in selective editing
Posted By kalpaha
Replies: 5
Views: 1,724
I think you've managed to isolate the subject quite well in the editing, which is the hardest part. I would maybe make the background just a little more "lively", it's a bit dull gray now. Also, when looking at the image a little longer, I noticed the water falling from the basin on the left side looks like it's part of the background. It's probably damn hard to select it properly, but maybe zooming close and painting (at least some of) the drops on the mask would work?

But quite impressive as it is!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-22-2008, 02:25 AM  
Pentax products at Photokina - disappointment or admiration?
Posted By kalpaha
Replies: 252
Views: 30,710
I'd love that on my K10D. It happens far too often that I toggle the SR off by accident.

Forum: Photographic Technique 09-17-2008, 09:29 AM  
Doubts of a FF or "Pro" level Pentax.
Posted By kalpaha
Replies: 11
Views: 2,224
I guess everyone agrees that Pentax has been a bit late to the DSLR game. In a way that is a good thing; they have a clear view of the developments and what they need to compete with. In my opinion, it would not be wise for Pentax to now rush into front line in the affordable FF war. In fact, if it weren't for the statement from Ben, I would be willing to bet against Pentax FF this year.

Pentax would be a lot wiser to concentrate on the other important components of the camera, like the shutter, image processor and AF that are lagging in comparison to the competition. Creating an FF camera that is not WAY cheaper than the competition would just make them an also-ran, just to please those insecure about their camera brand (I can understand being insecure about your manhood, but camera brand?!?!). These people would probably not afford to buy the thing in any case. But it sure would make them feel better.

Focusing on a cheap entry level camera and on improvements to make K20D successor competitive alongside D300 and 50D will put Pentax into a good position in the markets that for now form vast majority of DSLR sales. Plus there is no sense in creating a K20D with a full frame sensor, if it means that the processing chip cannot process the data at more than 2FPS.

I wrote a rebuttal for this claim for a finnish forum: Pentax Full Frame: Myth of no FF lenses

By my count there are 7 FF capable lenses in production. In addition to that, the new DA* 200mm and 300mm are probably FF capable, and tests (posted on this site) show that the DA 40mm Ltd and DA 70mm Ltd could be used on FF as well. If Pentax was really making a push for FF then I'm sure they could probably also resurrect some FA* lenses.

And this is not taking into account the 3rd party options.

There would have to have been a major push in a lot of fronts to make Pentax FF camera a reality. I mean, K20D cannot push the 14.6Mpix at full 3fps, so how would it handle, say 24Mpix of data? Of course, a K20D FF with 14.6Mpix at ~3fps and below $2000 would probably sell nicely too. I don't see this happening, either. I would love to be wrong with my guesses :-)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-26-2008, 10:21 AM  
K10D/K20D + Non Pentax 2.8 Lenses
Posted By kalpaha
Replies: 34
Views: 7,858
You can find Sigma 24-60/2.8 for $219 at Amazon. You can do landscapes with it in a pinch (kit lens might be better, though, esp. as you can stop down with a tripod or other support) and the rendering is quite nice.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-30-2008, 12:32 AM  
What should I do? .........Please
Posted By kalpaha
Replies: 18
Views: 3,994
My suggestion: shoot RAW + JPEG, so you have the JPEG's straight from camera. Buy enough SD cards so that you can shoot comfortably for as long as you need to go between unloading to the computer. Then buy a USB hard drive (they are cheap nowadays) and store all your photos on it. That way you can then easily tansfer them to the new iMac + you have backup space for your photographs.

You will have use for the USB hard drive in any case, and it's probably cheapter than buying tons of SD cards (depending on how much you shoot).

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