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Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-26-2008, 06:13 PM  
Best/Favorite Architecture or Sculpture for 2008
Posted By pixelpruner
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Views: 7,457
'Sclera' temporary pavilion in London by David Adjaye
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-04-2008, 06:45 PM  
k200D clunks when rotated??
Posted By pixelpruner
Replies: 53
Views: 5,937
Same thing on my K10D. It freaked me a bit when i first got it but I guessed it was the SR.

I think the SR uses an induced magnetic field to hold the sensor in place... so if the camera is off nothing holds it in place (well, obviously it's movement is limited!). Not sure if that's how it works, just a guess.
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-04-2008, 06:38 PM  
Which camera do you use travelling?
Posted By pixelpruner
Replies: 44
Views: 7,433
I have a Ricoh R8 - mainly for when I don't know I'm going to take a picture of something.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-30-2008, 04:24 PM  
Buying a Sigma 10-20mm, couple questions
Posted By pixelpruner
Replies: 4
Views: 1,440
I got my parents to grab me one from a store in HK so i didn't get to test it until they got back. Fortunately it has exeeded my expectations with no issues (except obviously the well documented corner distortion at 10mm). Go for it!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-18-2008, 06:09 AM  
I took the plunge...Pentax DA 18-250mm
Posted By pixelpruner
Replies: 29
Views: 4,002
A lot of compact camera manufacturers quote digital zoom and optical zoom together as the overall 'zoom range'. Digital zoom figures should be completely ignored - it is false marketing to call it a zoom because all the camera does is crop the image, ie showing you it at a larger size. Obviously this decreases image quality just like if you magnified an image on your computer.

The optical quality you will achieve from your 18-250mm Pentax lens will be superior to this and you can, if you desire, crop the images yourself later on. If I were you I would experiment further before buying another lens - if you can get well focussed, sharp images with your current combination (I would probably require a monopod or tripod to do this even at 250mm, but it depends how steady your hands are) you should, when you load them to your computer, be able to see the difference in quality. Make sure you turn on 'anti-shake' and use shutter priority (Tv) mode to set a fast shutter speed and freeze the action.

Good Luck!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-18-2008, 05:39 AM  
product and architecture?
Posted By pixelpruner
Replies: 6
Views: 1,397
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-18-2008, 05:08 AM  
Full Page spread(Its clean)
Posted By pixelpruner
Replies: 17
Views: 3,997
That's quite a striking advert.what bugs me is that they pay for full page slots in magazines like amateur photographer here in the UK but the adverts look so generic that I can't see them grabbing any non pentax user's attention.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-11-2008, 12:30 PM  
Amateur sports photography...on a Pentax?
Posted By pixelpruner
Replies: 18
Views: 5,636
1600 ISO! wow do you use PP to reduce noise? its pretty severe on a k10d at 1600.

anyway...lowell and volosong thankyou... you have pretty much convinced me that this would be the best setup. my next problem is that i'm looking at more than 650 ($1300) for the lens and 120 ($240) for a 1.4x teleconverter.

any ideas on bringing this cost down? what prices would you expect to pay at the other side of the pond? i could possibly import them.the last 2 lenses i bought new I got from hong kong and the US but im not back in the US till next year and i can't wait that long :(

otherwise i might have to settle for an inferior setup.i've seen the bigma for 650 i think but that is very much the top end of my budget really :(
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-11-2008, 10:48 AM  
Amateur sports photography...on a Pentax?
Posted By pixelpruner
Replies: 18
Views: 5,636
Thanks for the responses. A teleconverter was something I hadn't really considered because I have a 2x vivitar teleconverter and it quite noticably degrades IQ using my 50mm f1.7. Can someone give me teleconverter/lens combination examples as I'm a little sceptical?maybe you could help out here Lowell?

@volosong: could you explain what problems you had with the 170-500?

A powerful flash is also a very valid suggestion I hadn't considered - mainly because I avoid flash use in general for what I normally photograph.perhaps someone could suggest the cheapest feasible options for this application as this would be an additional cost i hadn't considered?

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-11-2008, 08:51 AM  
Amateur sports photography...on a Pentax?
Posted By pixelpruner
Replies: 18
Views: 5,636
Can anyone shed light on available lens options for me? I'm interested in getting into sports photography - will be shooting mainly field sports; hockey, football, rugby and netball. Particularly the football and rugby will require high IQ at 300mm I would have thought, although as of yet I have no real experience.

I want to be able to shoot floodlit matches... but maybe my conclusion will be that i have to settle for only shooting day time stuff.

Zoom seems ideal - I can't imagine primes being usable in reality in the 300mm range, although i love my 24/50mm primes. Anyone with any experience feel free to correct me.

Bigma would be an option, but seems slow... and I would rather spend less and not have 500mm(?). I don't mind any size of lens as I will be using at least a monopod.

Obviously there needs to be a spec compromise in some respect to keep the cost reasonable, but I can't decide what to prioritise! I would also consider any realistic second hand options.
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-18-2008, 04:11 PM  
Anyone know of a good website builder and host?
Posted By pixelpruner
Replies: 6
Views: 2,360
for hosting i highly recommend have slowly transferred almost all of my sites to them in the last year or so.

as for a website 'builder'... i would recommend myself of course. :P
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-18-2008, 03:51 AM  
No Pentax advert in latest Pop Photo
Posted By pixelpruner
Replies: 11
Views: 2,445
i just wish they'd lay out for some billboards or a tv ad or something. photo magazines don't reach many who don't already own a system and that's who pentax need to target.
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-29-2008, 04:15 PM  
Amateur Photographer Magazine goes Pentax
Posted By pixelpruner
Replies: 38
Views: 6,303
I'm going to WHSmith's to get a copy tomorrow! Congrats!
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-29-2008, 04:01 PM  
Support Pentax!
Posted By pixelpruner
Replies: 7
Views: 2,686
I know this is a bit lame but there's a post on Engadget (the most popular blog on the internet (literally) for anyone who somehow has never been there) where someone has asked 'what is the best low end DSLR'... anyway I thought I'd make people here aware so you can shout out for Pentax... if you like. I have.

Post is here: Ask Engadget: What's the best entry-level DSLR? - Engadget
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-20-2008, 04:06 PM  
Sigma 10-20 Price Increase
Posted By pixelpruner
Replies: 12
Views: 4,023
i paid 240 ($480 ish). Would be more worth it if we got SDM like Canikon users do!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-06-2008, 02:37 PM  
Posted By pixelpruner
Replies: 16
Views: 3,308
i like the 1st and 3rd. would be interested to see you apply this style to a non-wooden building... something modern?
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 05-06-2008, 08:59 AM  
Where is the Find New Posts function?
Posted By pixelpruner
Replies: 20
Views: 1,484
sorted here too :) thanks adam!
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 05-05-2008, 01:58 PM  
Where is the Find New Posts function?
Posted By pixelpruner
Replies: 20
Views: 1,484
I have the same problem. it's certainly a result of the upgrade.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-25-2008, 08:54 AM  
24mm Prime ......
Posted By pixelpruner
Replies: 32
Views: 13,381
i've got a sigma 24mm f2.8 (MF version) on the way now... hope it's good i've been getting used to my Pentax-A 50mm f1.7.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-14-2008, 05:44 AM  
Well done Pentax UK!
Posted By pixelpruner
Replies: 3
Views: 1,724
Awful as it was to see my camera go, i took it back to the shop last monday for a warranty repair on a small mechanical part. Anyway, the guy in the shop said that repairs usually take 2-3 weeks. Got a phone call today saying it was ready to be collected! I've not seen and tested it yet but a 5 working day turnaround is very impressive and far better than i've ever seen with electronic equipment before! :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-12-2008, 04:09 PM  
say "AHHHH"
Posted By pixelpruner
Replies: 7
Views: 1,098
looks kinda scary!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-12-2008, 04:06 PM  
Not My Way
Posted By pixelpruner
Replies: 22
Views: 3,345
Fantastic photo! only thing is looks like a bit too much pp sharpening... but i might be wrong.what lens, out of interest?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-12-2008, 07:06 AM  
Tamron 28-200 Asp. XR IF (non-DI)
Posted By pixelpruner
Replies: 9
Views: 3,187
yep i have one on my k10d. looking to replace it at some point but probably not for a while as i never really use anything above 75mm.

it was my first lens and i don't use it that much any more so it's difficult for me to give any objective juice on it. it's pretty compact, with a good weight and reasonable build quality... both the focusing and zoom rings move with quite a nice motion. perhaps the zoom is a little stiff around 50-100mm but i like it that way. i don't get any problems with AF - in fact it is faster than some lenses i have seen reviewed as having good autofocus speed, however it will struggle in low light due to poor max. aperture especially at the long end. IQ is acceptable - i've taken some really sharp shots, in fact i've even taken some good ones at the long end... but a cheap compact superzoom is never going to blow your socks of is it? especially not for $$! i'd go for it at that price if you need something to cover that focal length. i've had it for nearly a year with no problems except one spec of dust.

can probably give you some test shots if you tell me what you need but not for a couple of days 'cos i'm off back to uni tomorrow.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-12-2008, 06:56 AM  
Insect Macro with Voigtlander 125mm macro
Posted By pixelpruner
Replies: 36
Views: 4,176
6 & 7 are gorgeous, good work!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-12-2008, 06:51 AM  
Building a new DSLR System - Pentax vs Canon considerations - Help
Posted By pixelpruner
Replies: 69
Views: 9,469
the lens is the most important thing for me, and pentax have plenty of primes for potrait photography.but i'm sure canon do a body i bought a k10d because i trust pentax (if for nothing else than the fact that lenses made since god knows when still work on their newest cameras), because they offered the best value for money at the time, and because at the end of the day when i held the pentax it just felt right in my hand - far better ergonomics and build quality than the then 30d.

but, as implied before, pick a system and get on with worrying about lenses. of course if the pentax is cheaper you have more money left over to spend on lenses, which was an important consideration when i bought my k10d.
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