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Forum: Photographic Technique 10-03-2008, 07:23 PM  
what can I use to clean lenses
Posted By benplaut
Replies: 32
Views: 6,495
lenspen! They are really incredible, I've never had a smear my lenspen couldn't remove.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-25-2008, 02:06 PM  
Sigma 28mm f/1.8 vs Pentax FA 35mm f/2
Posted By benplaut
Replies: 111
Views: 24,264
Woops. Duh. :p
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-25-2008, 09:59 AM  
Sigma 28mm f/1.8 vs Pentax FA 35mm f/2
Posted By benplaut
Replies: 111
Views: 24,264
I think what he means is that in focus areas usually show less apparent noise that OOF, so focusing manually lets him select exactly where those areas are.

Guessing, though.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-25-2008, 12:39 AM  
Lets try this again :P
Posted By benplaut
Replies: 7
Views: 2,243
wow, #2 is an incredible shot :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-25-2008, 12:36 AM  
Sigma 28mm f/1.8 vs Pentax FA 35mm f/2
Posted By benplaut
Replies: 111
Views: 24,264
I agree completely!
I tend to go for bokeh that adds (slightly harsher, more shaped) instead of butter smooth, but it really depends on whatever I can catch at the moment.

The bokeh seems to get much smoother when you're shooting more on the macro side of things (as it should), here's an example of that, (in the upper right is flare)


:)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-25-2008, 12:16 AM  
Sigma 28mm f/1.8 vs Pentax FA 35mm f/2
Posted By benplaut
Replies: 111
Views: 24,264
Someone said earlier that the Sigma doesn't have great bokeh. Maybe I got a peach, but mine seems to be pretty darn nice. Not just bokeh, everything (except the size, which is a bit big for a prime).

I've grown to like the focus clutch, which I used to think was clumsy--when shooting hyperfocal, I can "clutch" the lens back to AF, leaving the mody on MF and the focus won't change.

f2:


f5.6:



28mm is just right for a normal looking FoV... not too wide, not too long.



Buy it! ;)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-24-2008, 11:52 PM  
=Lets see those ''50mm'' ImAgEs=
Posted By benplaut
Replies: 118
Views: 11,576




Plus #5, #7 from this thread:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/311599-post1.html


<3 50 :o
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-24-2008, 02:13 AM  
Almost free lightbox
Posted By benplaut
Replies: 12
Views: 2,444
Gosh, that sounds so complex!

One kleenex as a backdrop, and a flashlight diffused through a second one.


Lightboxes are a ton of fun, yea?! :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-22-2008, 08:04 PM  
Transitioning from zooms to primes
Posted By benplaut
Replies: 29
Views: 2,947
I had been using my Nikon D50 w/ kit 18-55 lens for a few months when the AF motor burned out. I started using an E series 50/1.8 from my dad's old Nikon EM, and used it exclusively for months. Now, with Pentax, I have a 50/1.4 and (Sigma) 28/1.8. Except when friends ask for surf pictures, I've never felt to be lacking with these two lenses.

Primes absolutely make you a better photographer. They're a lot of fun, too!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-22-2008, 04:03 PM  
HEEELP!!! FA 50 1.4 or DA 40mm 2.8 ltd
Posted By benplaut
Replies: 52
Views: 5,598
I'm going to go against the grain and recommend...





the 50 :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-22-2008, 03:58 PM  
Best lens for Sushi
Posted By benplaut
Replies: 15
Views: 2,325
sushi is such a great subject... i tend to use it whenever I can :o

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-07-2008, 03:30 AM  
smc P-FA 31mm F1.8 Wide Angle Lens
Posted By benplaut
Replies: 362
Views: 45,026
I disagree... maybe for $$$, yes, but exclusively using a prime for an extended period of time really does make you a better photographer. Your framing must be more creative, you have to move around more, and there's more possibility for experimenting with DoF.

For me, it was a full manual Nikon 50/1.8... 4 months with it and I never wanted to use a zoom again :lol:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-06-2008, 03:17 PM  
smc P-FA 31mm F1.8 Wide Angle Lens
Posted By benplaut
Replies: 362
Views: 45,026
I had the exact same question when I was trying to figure it all out. Focal length is a measure of the lens, not the camera it attaches to. Notice that on a point and shoot, the lens will be "7.2-20" or similar, which is what the lens will be on any camera, regardless of the size image it can project. a cropped 18-55 on a cropped camera will behave exactly the same as a full frame 18-55 on a cropped camera--it's just that the sensor onto which the image is projected is smaller than on film.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-13-2008, 05:33 PM  
I won't eat cantaloupe again...
Posted By benplaut
Replies: 2
Views: 5,275
there will be more projects, but not the same poem interpretation theme. Next, I think, is to find four different landscapes that each work in BW, Color, with horizon, and with no horizon. Should be a challenge. :)
Forum: General Talk 08-13-2008, 02:42 PM  
Warning this is a Rant
Posted By benplaut
Replies: 19
Views: 2,741
And another reason, too... when the buyers pays for shipping, it's a damn good reason for sales to not be CONUS only... I'm sure all of us HI+AK people will agree.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-13-2008, 02:09 PM  
***unOfficial***- lets see the face behind the camera thread
Posted By benplaut
Replies: 231
Views: 28,716
An old and decent self portrait (human tripod)... I need a new one.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-13-2008, 02:05 PM  
I won't eat cantaloupe again...
Posted By benplaut
Replies: 2
Views: 5,275
I put a piece of cantaloupe
Underneath the microscope.
I saw a million strange things sleepin',
I saw a zillion weird things creepin',
I saw some green things twist and bend--
I won't eat cantaloupe again.


-Shel Silverstein









...an assignment. Turned out pretty good! :)

(Yes, I know it isn't a cantaloupe. That would be too easy.)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-10-2008, 01:51 AM  
My wife will be so sore @ me...
Posted By benplaut
Replies: 17
Views: 3,073
This shot is just awesome... I love the subject, the composition, the grain... everything!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-10-2008, 01:46 AM  
Wedding season has begun... yay?
Posted By benplaut
Replies: 21
Views: 1,853
Awesome work, I love the last one :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-10-2008, 01:43 AM  
Summer assignments
Posted By benplaut
Replies: 8
Views: 1,842
Thanks for the encouragement, folks. Here's a few more :)









Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-07-2008, 10:05 PM  
Summer assignments
Posted By benplaut
Replies: 8
Views: 1,842
Thanks folks :)
Most of these were way out of my AOE, usually only having a 28/1.8 and no other equiptment.. it was a lot of fun.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-07-2008, 05:10 PM  
Poll: What radio trigger do you use?
Posted By benplaut
Replies: 27
Views: 4,449
Like your average high-schooler-with-no-budget, I use cactus. They're not that bad, actually.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-07-2008, 04:59 PM  
Summer assignments
Posted By benplaut
Replies: 8
Views: 1,842
This year I'm taking a AP Studio Art 2D class with a focus on photography. I was assigned themed shots to take over the summer, here are some of the better ones.

C&C welcome and encouraged! ;)













Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-07-2008, 04:09 PM  
Do I need my 50/1.4?
Posted By benplaut
Replies: 21
Views: 3,043
There's no shame, no regret in using a 50. Out of all the lenses I've used for a decent period of time (not too many, but a nice selection), 50's are just plain fun to shoot with. On a APS-C, it's the perfect FL for tight compositions.

OTOH, you won't regret getting a Sigma 28/1.8 either... it's incredibly sharp, awesome bokeh, and fast.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-31-2008, 02:37 AM  
Making the best out of FA50-f1.4?
Posted By benplaut
Replies: 21
Views: 4,334
I've found that the majority of softness problems at f1.4/f2 are caused by my own shakyness moving around the razor thin DoF. YMMV, but try a few shots on a tripod to determine if you are the cause.

Anyway, I love this lens...
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