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Forum: Photographic Technique 12-24-2008, 05:08 AM  
Old Pentax Brochures and Ads
Posted By Chako
Replies: 9
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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-14-2008, 04:09 AM  
Macro Ring? Yes, No??
Posted By Chako
Replies: 3
Views: 1,444
That depends on what you expect them to do. they usually will give you some distortion of your image. The more magnification or the more close up filters you stack, the greater the distortion, especially on the edges.

However, they tend to be cheap, inexpensive, and will give you shots you couldn't do without using something more expensive. If they are cheap enough, get them and have fun exploring their qualities. Just don't expect image quality that you would get with something far more expensive such as macro tubes, or a dedicated macro lens.

EDIT: They fit any camera...not just Pentax models listed. They are just close up filters that screw on the end of your lens.
Forum: Photographic Technique 07-14-2008, 03:50 AM  
How do you white balance?
Posted By Chako
Replies: 22
Views: 5,155
I shoot RAW and thus don't really care about white balance anymore. It is easy to change in post processing.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-13-2008, 04:24 PM  
My LEGO man 365: 2nd year - COMPLETE
Posted By Chako
Replies: 1,317
Views: 188,406
What a neat idea. Loved those I have seen so far.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 07-13-2008, 04:16 PM  
Posted By Chako
Replies: 11
Views: 2,793
You might want to look into the Canon models also. I know Canon isn't a good word in these parts (joking :)), but I have an i9900 that has stood me well for many years now with no clogged inkjets or anything. They don't make the i9900 anymore, but they do offer a dye based and a pigment based model (you can research them if you wish). Canon does make nice dependable printers. But then, so do Epsons. I don't think you can go far wrong with either brand.

I agree, try to frame a 13x19" print. Custom frame here I come! Now 11x14" is a sweet spot for cheap framing.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-13-2008, 05:05 AM  
Juvenile Dunnock
Posted By Chako
Replies: 14
Views: 2,641
Very nice photograph.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-12-2008, 05:01 PM  
My first shots with DA 35 Macro
Posted By Chako
Replies: 12
Views: 2,108
Very nice. I am not sure why I have this feeling that I may have to include a DA 35 Macro in my future. I think I will have to try and resist this call, but looking at your photos, I am finding that sort of hard at the moment!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-12-2008, 04:59 PM  
Bridge meets Fisheye
Posted By Chako
Replies: 5
Views: 2,270
Thanks. I also agree on that third photo.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-12-2008, 04:09 AM  
pair of DA's one with a *
Posted By Chako
Replies: 10
Views: 1,580
Loved the title lol. I was expecting a few lens shots.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-12-2008, 04:06 AM  
New Pix's
Posted By Chako
Replies: 6
Views: 942
Agreed, that second shot does it for me also. I like the strong geometry in it and the focus.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-12-2008, 04:04 AM  
three brothers
Posted By Chako
Replies: 14
Views: 1,763
We have a local park that harbors about 200 of these. Each and every one of them professional (and highly successful) beggars. :)
Forum: General Talk 07-12-2008, 04:01 AM  
The Monster of all Lenses
Posted By Chako
Replies: 17
Views: 2,721
Holy smokes. Can you imagine the surface area that a breeze can catch crosswise lol.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-11-2008, 06:01 PM  
Bridge meets Fisheye
Posted By Chako
Replies: 5
Views: 2,270
Here are a few b&w conversions taken with a 10-17mm fisheye that I would like to share.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-27-2008, 04:58 PM  
Air Duck.
Posted By Chako
Replies: 1
Views: 1,982
Man do these things fly fast. I am excited to even get two Mallards in flight. Taken today with a K10D and Tamron 70-300.

Banking at full speed.

This one was flying right over me.

And a few more mundane shots to round this post out.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-22-2008, 11:22 AM  
Tamron 70-300mm Avian Photos
Posted By Chako
Replies: 3
Views: 1,475
Ok, I get the message.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-20-2008, 02:24 PM  
Who has the oldest lens?
Posted By Chako
Replies: 60
Views: 10,378
My oldest lens is a Pentax 55mm f/2.2 circa 1957. Either that or a Soligor 35mm f/3.5 which probably dates to the same time. I haven't tried the Soligor on the Pentax yet, but I have tried the 55. Both lenses came with a Pentax S camera.

Old meets new.

A few test shots.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-20-2008, 04:27 AM  
Tamron 70-300mm Avian Photos
Posted By Chako
Replies: 3
Views: 1,475
Yesterday, I took out the Pentax with the Tammy instead of the usual Canon and Bigma combo. It is so nice to get nicer weather.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-19-2008, 03:43 PM  
Re: Pentax K10D AF.
Posted By Chako
Replies: 2
Views: 1,458
I believe so. I found 300 not nearly enough reach for the smaller birds.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-19-2008, 02:48 PM  
Tamron 70-300mm
Posted By Chako
Replies: 64
Views: 8,962
Here are a few more taken earlier today with the 70-300.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-19-2008, 02:45 PM  
Re: Pentax K10D AF.
Posted By Chako
Replies: 2
Views: 1,458
Hmmm. I think I am forced to rethink my stance on Pentax AF. I took the K10D and Tamron 70-300mm lens out today for bird photography. Last summer, I took the same kit and found it lacked compared to my Canon 20D and Bigma combo. Today however, something changed. Either I am getting better, or something was wrong last Summer. I found that I didn't even notice I was using my Pentax. I found the AF to be fantastic. I am pleasantly surprised. I did miss my Bigma however.

Here are a few photos taken earlier today. Still too early for much variety. Lots of Gulls though.

Forum: Photographic Technique 04-15-2008, 03:34 AM  
Poll: What printer do you have?
Posted By Chako
Replies: 34
Views: 5,907
I have:

1. Canon i9900 tabloid printer (Dye based inkjet...wished it was pigment based for durability).
2. Canon MP830 All in one that I bought for the versatile document feeder.
3. Samsung CLP 510 colour laser.
4. Epson PictureMate Deluxe Viewer Edition portable 4x6" printer.
5. Brother QL 550 label printer. (Does this count?)

I use #1 for up to 13x19" prints (Wished it was a pigment based printer. I haven't had too many issues with fading work so far though). #2 comes in handy for any document processing. Makes great looking photos with slightly less dynamic range then the i9900. I only wished both Canons used the same ink sets. #3 does jury duty for any "office" printing. I use #4 out in the field. I even bought a battery so I can print off the grid. Works nicely, pigmented prints and all, but painfully slow to print. Well, #5 is used strictly as a dedicated label printer as that is what it is.

The i9900 is aging a bit by now. Still don't see a dire need to replace it yet. The All in one is fairly new. Love the colour laser to tears. The Epson is nice, but slow as molasses. The brother I only use for label printing. If I had to upgrade one, the Epson would be gone in a heart beat if I knew there were faster options out there.

So there you have it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-12-2008, 08:13 AM  
Building a new DSLR System - Pentax vs Canon considerations - Help
Posted By Chako
Replies: 69
Views: 9,473
Everyone has their opinions on what they like and how they shoot, and what equipment they need. There is a reason why there is so much equipment out there, because everyone is different with different requirements, different likes, and different dislikes.

I can only comment on my personal experiences. There is much out there that I haven't expereinced. I will say that I do like this forum, as you wouldn't be getting so much unbiased, honest and frank assessments of camera gear elsewhere. Visit a few Canon and Nikon forums, and they would burn you at the stake for even thinking of another camera from another manufacturer.

I own both an aging Canon 20D and a more recent Pentax K10D. I am not particularly attached to any lineup, as I have owned (in no order) Samsung, Olympus, Ricoh, Pentax, Nikon, Sony, and a few other odd esoteric camera brands in both digital and film formats.

Yes it is true that Canon usually beats Pentax in the AF department (although I must add a qualifier here, I have no experience with a Pentax K20D or any of their motored lenses). All my Canon lenses either have USM or Sigmas version called HSM built right in. This does make the lens physically speed up the AF process. Pentax now has some lenses that have this feature; I just don't know how much better it is then a motorless lens, which all my Pentax lenses are at the moment. I do know that Canon has better programming in regards to tracking fast objects. My older 20D trounces my newer K10D in this at least. In all other aspects, the Pentax is superior to my Canon.

Pentax glass is legendary. It ranks right up there with all the other top brands in history. I kid you not in saying that even their cheapest kit lens lineup beats most others out there in both IQ and build quality. I only have the 50-200mm, but wow. The colours and all are really good for such a cheap lens.

Add to this, the cost difference of what you can get from the other lens lineup, and it does get painful. I have a Canon 17-40 f/4 L which I compared to my Pentax 16-45 f/4. I like the Pentax better, and it was only half the cost of the Canon.

As far as IS goes, yes, it is nice to have it built into the body. The big advantage is that you can use it for all your lenses. However, after reading a bunch of articles, etc, lens based IS is still superior to body based IS. With that said, you do pay quite a bit for it in a quality lens. I know Canon is now forced to put IS into some of their cheaper lenses in order to compete. I have no clue how good the lenses are or how good the IS is on these cheaper lenses. I much prefer the built in Camera body IS then the more expensive lens based IS systems though. It may not be as good, but its always available and on tap. That is a big bonus.

Both systems have their pros and cons. Neither is perfect. For example, Pentax still has a lack of super telephotos for nature and action photographers. Your quite limited in glass also. Any lens made from a third party lens maker will be available for Canon and Nikon users. Pentax selection is limited still, even though this seems to be slowly changing. The point is, you can even get Pentax lenses in Tokina skins for Canon and Nikon cameras.

I feel you can't go wrong with either. Just carefully weight the advantages and disadvantages of each system, and I am sure in the end, you will be perfectly satisfied with your selection.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-10-2008, 04:58 PM  
DA*300 In Canada
Posted By Chako
Replies: 6
Views: 2,088
Yikes...that is more expensive then a Bigma.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-10-2008, 04:50 PM  
Tamron 70-300mm
Posted By Chako
Replies: 64
Views: 8,962
Here are some macro test shots I took when I first got the lens put onto a K10D. It really isn't that bad. I do call it my purple monster however after shooting some duck bathing action shots in which every drop was purple.

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-09-2008, 07:52 PM  
A Funny Thing Happened Yesterday...
Posted By Chako
Replies: 10
Views: 2,373
That would be a personal choice. There is nothing wrong with film. However, I must say, you could have approached your digital camera the same way as you did your film camera. I must confess, as I can't really see how the method of recording light should make a difference on how you would go about taking a photo. To each their own though. The end result should be your enjoyment of photography. If you believe you need to use film to better enjoy this then all the power to you. I know quite a few other people who do not enjoy digital at all. In that respect, you’re not alone.
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