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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-10-2012, 09:01 PM  
Lightroom 4 released at a lower price
Posted By Maynerd
Replies: 48
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Absolutely Smeggypants, I've done the same, I was just pointing out that you can't use old presets with the new process version (2012). I didn't update any old "developed" pictures to the 2012 process because they would have gone a little "wonky".
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-09-2012, 08:33 AM  
Lightroom 4 released at a lower price
Posted By Maynerd
Replies: 48
Views: 4,690
Agreed. Although they are different, most people tend to lump them together, because they affect similar areas in a photo. So I like the fact that they are handled by the same tool. I no longer have to desaturate my purple channel and risk effecting other areas of my image...
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-08-2012, 09:21 PM  
Lightroom 4 released at a lower price
Posted By Maynerd
Replies: 48
Views: 4,690
Have you tried it yet, Jeff? If not, I think you'll be surprised at the detail control you have in the develop module now. It is a surprisingly vast improvement.

One of the big downsides of the upgrade to 4 is, because of the changes in the develop module, most of your develop presets wont work the way they did in 3. They will need to either be updated or (as I have done) discard the ones that are too far gone.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-08-2012, 05:46 PM  
Lightroom 4 released at a lower price
Posted By Maynerd
Replies: 48
Views: 4,690
That's the beauty of it! No lens profile required. It is in the "Profile" option, but you don't have to use a profile in order to use the "remove chromatic aberration" checkbox.

;)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-08-2012, 04:53 PM  
Lightroom 4 released at a lower price
Posted By Maynerd
Replies: 48
Views: 4,690
In response to Crewl1:

I installed it yesterday, and other than being a little sluggish at first (it has since sped up considerably) it is a major improvement!

From a Pentax user point of view, the new option to simply click "remove chromatic aberration" in the "Lens Correction" tab gets rid of waaay more (almost all) purple fringing compared to previous versions.

Add to that the fact that you have much finer control of shadow/highlight detail, video editing, and the ability to adjust brightness/contrast on the fly when printing and I would say that adobe has answered my complaints from LR3.

All in all, my pictures just look better coming out of LR4. It's as simple as that.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-08-2012, 04:40 PM  
Lightroom 4... Um....
Posted By Maynerd
Replies: 15
Views: 2,350
When I installed it yesterday, it was really slow as well. But working with it today, I don't see a big difference from 3.6. I'm wondering if it was slow while re-building catalog previews, etc.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-09-2011, 11:40 AM  
The I Can't Be Happy With My Camera Club
Posted By Maynerd
Replies: 170
Views: 21,605
Best. Thread. Ever.

I work at a camera shop and hear this all day long... Thanks for the laugh everyone.

And remember the moral of this thread... If you go looking for problems, you're gonna find them (with anything in life), so don't get pissed and start ranting when you do.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go drop my K5 off at Pentax to have the sensor stains (which I've never seen, but must be there) removed, FF/BF fixed and have them diagnose why I get grainy images at ISO 42 Kajillion. Good thing I have my Stormtrooper as a back-up. ;P
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-03-2010, 04:37 PM  
Pentax K-5
Posted By Maynerd
Replies: 10
Views: 131,322
Pros What's not to love! Cons Still no studio support for HSS Flash. Slight delay in the display of image after taking a shot while NR is applied. Rating 9 Price (U.S. Dollars) $1500 Years Owned 2 Days

I can recommend this camera: Yes

Value, Features, Performance & Size

Value: A little pricey but matches up with closest competitors (7D, D300s/D7000)

Features: Offers more customization features than the aforementioned closest competitors, including the customizable RAW button that we've all been asking for.

Performance: Great sensor with killer noise reduction customization, 7fps, Quieter than a fart in a mitt.

Size: They stuck to the ergonomics that re-defined comfort with the K7 (the most comfortable DSLR on the market, IMHO). And the grip fits like a glove.

Camera Review

I'm not going to get into the nitty gritty of the features, because the forum staff are already doing a phenomenal job with their up close looks and are going into much more detail than I can sum up here.

Granted, I've only owned it for 2 days, but this is everything I was hoping the K7 would be. Same killer cozy comfort, but the low-light capability that the K7 lacked.

The first shot I took at ISO 51200 astounded not only me, but my fellow co-workers at the camera store I work at (can anyone say "Pentax Envy"?). And a low light shot at 6400 with my 100mm Macro very nearly brought tears to my eyes. The noise is also much cleaner than the K7, even at the ridiculously high "expanded" end. Another nice plus is the ability to shoot at ISO 80, which helps a little with my gripe about not giving us anything faster than 1/180 in High-Speed Sync without having to use P-TTL.

The menus have been shuffled around a bit... for the better! It seems much more intuitive to me to have some of the menu items pulled from the "Custom Settings" menu and re-distributed to the appropriate "Shooting" menu.

The other major improvement here is the Auto Focus... Continuous Focus is now usable, and straight-up single focus feels like night and day to me, although some have said they they only found a slight improvement.

I have to admit, I have been tempted to switch over to Nikon a few times in the past year (big jump to the D700), but now that I've been able to take some shots with this little beauty, I'm glad I didn't have the bank account to support such a hasty switch (ok, that's a lie, I do wish I had the bank account) ;)

I've always been a proud Pentax shooter (I like the underdog aspect of it too), but with the quality of the K5 and Kr, I'll be happy if I never hear "Pentax? Really? Why?" ever again.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 06-30-2010, 08:15 AM  
B&H Contest theme nominations
Posted By Maynerd
Replies: 360
Views: 17,583
I really like the "Once in a Lifetime" theme, but it may open it up too much and make voting/judging quite an ordeal if everyone posts their very best shots.

I would have to go with Cars/Automotive if we're looking for a specific theme.

Looking forward to this one, should be fun.
Forum: General Talk 04-14-2010, 06:24 AM  
Announcing the PentaxForums Million-Post Giveaway
Posted By Maynerd
Replies: 1,243
Views: 153,358
count me in
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-11-2010, 06:40 PM  
Mithrandir's Adobe Lightroom Presets 20090805
Posted By Maynerd
Replies: 41
Views: 19,753
I've only tested on the K7, not the K-x.

I haven't tried the step by step since I first downloaded them, but I went back to an image that I played around with at the time and it seems to be ok, mind you that was with the K20 and the one-step looks good on those images, so maybe it is associated with the K7.

I kept an eye on the saturation (along with everything else) and it's not so much that the saturation itself gets bumped up, but there appears to be a shift in colour (heavily towards yellow), almost like the colour profile is being changed when I apply it.

The thing that is really puzzling me is that it looks great when I first apply it, but after clicking away from an image and then going back to it, BAM, that's when everything get thrown totally off.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-09-2010, 08:15 AM  
Mithrandir's Adobe Lightroom Presets 20090805
Posted By Maynerd
Replies: 41
Views: 19,753
Hello all,

Has anyone else run into any color issues when using mith's one-step?

It is very odd... When I first apply the preset, my images look great, but once I've moved on to another image, if I click back on any other image that I've applied the preset to, they become very over saturated (primarily in the yellows). As the image preview is loading it looks like it should with Mith's preset applied, but then, at the last second of loading, bam, the colors go all crazy saturated.

Just wanted to see if anyone else has encountered anything like this.

Cheers,

Maynerd
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 11-10-2009, 07:41 PM  
Toronto Meetup 7?
Posted By Maynerd
Replies: 76
Views: 12,698
I'd probably be good for any of those dates... Just let me know once something solid is in place.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-15-2009, 09:19 PM  
K7 - Reverting firmware?
Posted By Maynerd
Replies: 36
Views: 8,382
Knoxploration...

I had written a long reply covering why this affects almost everything I do with my photography, but I realized afterwards that it would simply propagate this arguement... Meaning, simply, that I don't agree with you in the least.

Everything considered, it should simply work...

p.s. Hot pixels were VERY noticable when viewing a 10sec exposure of a corn field at 16.5%.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-15-2009, 05:41 AM  
K7 - Reverting firmware?
Posted By Maynerd
Replies: 36
Views: 8,382
Seriously? This doesn't bother you at all? An "Almost Pro" Camera (or any for that matter) that comes out of the box with ANY issue at all is a significant issue, IMO.



Actually, I tend to do a lot of lower light shooting, so I would see this on a regular basis.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-14-2009, 09:37 PM  
K-X in store, i did a try and placed an order, pick up 15th Oct
Posted By Maynerd
Replies: 1
Views: 1,476
Glad you're excited... Sorry I will not be there when you pick it up (my day off), but it is in the back room awaiting your arrival.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-14-2009, 08:34 PM  
K7 - Reverting firmware?
Posted By Maynerd
Replies: 36
Views: 8,382
Don't let that discourage you... I don't have the greatest luck... Mine were probably assembled by a temp while the actual worker was on siesta... :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-14-2009, 08:21 PM  
K7 - Reverting firmware?
Posted By Maynerd
Replies: 36
Views: 8,382
SN#'s:

1st: 337915355149
2nd: 337915355148

Current: 3397303155146
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-14-2009, 08:00 PM  
K7 - Reverting firmware?
Posted By Maynerd
Replies: 36
Views: 8,382
Sorry for the delay in updating this situation...

After picking up my replacement K7 (making sure the serial # was nowhere near my two originals), I immediately tested the issue (before updating firmware) and alas, I have the same problem... But what is odd, is that the firmware is listing as 1.00.00.04, which I don't recall ever hearing about before... can anyone confirm that this the version that was shipping with the K7 originally?

I'm not sure what to do... I figure I might as well try installing .13 again to see if maybe this whole situation is an anomaly and it might magically be fixed by doing things in a different sequence. ;)

For the record, I've been testing this whole time by shooting a 2 to 4sec exposure @ ISO 800 - 1600 / f8 with the lens cap on... I also tried covering the lens with the palm of my hand, thinking some light might be leaking in from the lens cap causing weird effects - Nope. Has anyone else tried doing a longer exposure to see what results they get?

I hate to say it, but I'm starting to smell a D700 in the not too distant future... Just kidding... Not really... I don't know... What's a proud Pentaxian to do?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-07-2009, 05:25 PM  
K7 - Reverting firmware?
Posted By Maynerd
Replies: 36
Views: 8,382
It is a benefit of shooting RAW, but there is no way that I should have 2 dozen+ hot pixels when shooting JPG on a camera that is less than 3 months old and has less than 2500 on the shutter. This leads me to believe that there is a sensor issue or JPG processing issue... Both of which are unacceptable, IMHO.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-07-2009, 12:38 PM  
K7 - Reverting firmware?
Posted By Maynerd
Replies: 36
Views: 8,382
Maybe so, but regardless this is the second K7 body that I'll be returning because of "issues"... I'm quickly losing faith... I love the camera and it's functions, but this is getting worrysome.

Maynerd
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-07-2009, 08:30 AM  
K7 - Reverting firmware?
Posted By Maynerd
Replies: 36
Views: 8,382
Tried it, and as expected, same result. It doesn't surprise me because even the jpg preview of the RAW files were exhibiting the same hot pixels as the actual jpg file... So converting from RAW to JPG in camera would basically use the jpg preview, no?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-07-2009, 07:35 AM  
K7 - Reverting firmware?
Posted By Maynerd
Replies: 36
Views: 8,382
OK, so riddle me this...

To this point, I've been complaining about the hot pixels based on the .jpg previews rendered both on the camera and in Faststone (what I use to quickly review my images before bringing them in to Lightroom). So I decided to bring my most recent batch of pictures into Lightroom and check out the results there. Low and behold, NO hot pixels in the DNG files.

So I'm thinking, maybe it's a jpg preview issue... So I switch to jpg instead of raw on the camera and perform the same test... I open it in Photoshop and the hot pixels are there, in all their (non)glory.

Is it possible that it is a jpg issue, and not an all-round camera problem?

I'm stumped.

Maynerd
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-07-2009, 07:05 AM  
K7 - Reverting firmware?
Posted By Maynerd
Replies: 36
Views: 8,382
Hey Jason,

Here are a couple examples of the hot pixels I am seeing. These are 2 100% crops from different areas of an image that was taken at ISO 1600 with a 2 second shutter with the lens cap on.

Attachment 44539

Attachment 44540

Maynerd
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-06-2009, 05:43 PM  
K7 - Reverting firmware?
Posted By Maynerd
Replies: 36
Views: 8,382
Well, I just updated to the latest firmware (.13) and did a test... Now I have even more Hot Pixels (almost double). So, again, if anyone knows where I can find .05, it would be appreciated.

Maynerd
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