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Forum: Sold Items 03-12-2009, 01:14 AM  
For Sale - Sold: K20D and 77mm F1.8 LTD
Posted By scotfree_photo
Replies: 4
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PM sent on K20D

Respectfully in line behind cooldude.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-16-2008, 10:30 PM  
what makes a pro camera
Posted By scotfree_photo
Replies: 36
Views: 5,300
A pro is defined by somebody who makes a living at it. so first you need define the pro...

A National Geographic Photographer that trudges through unimaginable conditions in 3rd world countries where the camera gets beat to hell and has to survive the elements. D3, 1D are the only tools that will probably fit the bill. They usually dont have a flash because it makes the body harder, if not impossible, to seal and if they are looking for pro level results they need pro level lighting which a built in flash probably wont do.

A high dollar sports shooter that needs a camera to capture a sequence of shots, searching for that one magical moment somewhere in that sequence.... Anything that shoots faster than 6fps.

Wedding/Portrait photographer where the camera has to survive no more than civilized conditions and is relatively near cover... Any Prosumer camera, including K20D, 40D, 5D, D300 etc...

Anybody who has a fantastic eye and can make a living at it... any camera he wants or any camera he can achieve the style he is trying to accomplish.

If you define pro as someone who does it professionally, (make money at it), you cant define a pro camera anymore.

Scot
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-16-2008, 07:25 AM  
So... Here we go... Serious Pentaxians answer me this
Posted By scotfree_photo
Replies: 18
Views: 3,195
Sunday was a little slow and I shot 800, unfortunately they are not all keepers. A percentage will be tossed, probably 25 to 30% due to missed focus, flash misfires, awkward poses, lens flare, eyes closed etc.... A large percentage can be bulk processed and then the remaining captures are special enough for serious processing. I average 1 1/2 days to complete the sorting and bulk processing and spend a full day on the special ones. I have 2 more shoots scheduled this week with probably 300 shots each for model portfolios where the percentage of keepers goes way down.

Lightroom is an amazing tool. I have heard instances of one photog who did a wedding and on the 20 min drive to the reception bulk processed 1500 images on his laptop and output to a slide show for the guests. My mentor does 2 weddings a weekend averaging 1000 each and does his processing in Elements 5 and finishes all by Tuesday and coasts the rest of the week.

Taking the pictures is what I spent all my time learning how to do, then when I do it, the process is probably third on the list after marketing and processing skill. Your eye becomes quick at recognizing what is a quality shot and what is not.

Scot
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-15-2008, 07:46 PM  
So... Here we go... Serious Pentaxians answer me this
Posted By scotfree_photo
Replies: 18
Views: 3,195
This I don't know... What is the issue?

Scot
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-15-2008, 06:09 PM  
So... Here we go... Serious Pentaxians answer me this
Posted By scotfree_photo
Replies: 18
Views: 3,195
I have decided to come back to Pentax after over a year... But in a small way at first. After looking at all the specs the K200D looks like it has the 10.1mp sensor from the K10D, Is this correct? If not, is it better, worse or somewhere close? I have seen some spectacular images from this camera, what's the consensus from serious shooters? (This camera will be used professionally and probably shoot 1-2000 images a week). I need to know more than just generalities.

Obviously it's not the K20D but I am going to wait on the future before jumping into a higher end body. Does the 200 make a reasonable second body, it will be coupled with the DA*16-50 2.8 and later the DA*50-135. All the flash will be done manually with aftermarket triggers and all shots will be done in raw mostly in aperture priority or manual. So fps, jpegs, PTTL flash, and off camera flash matter not.

It will be mainly a studio camera and act as a backup or a second shooter at weddings and the like. Opinions, concerns, warnings? Would I be better off getting a used K10D?

All comments taken into consideration and greatly appreciated.

Scot
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-11-2008, 09:36 PM  
Frankly; Cons of Pentax
Posted By scotfree_photo
Replies: 66
Views: 12,336
I am not a forum kind of guy, I watch, (lurk for info), and I loathe the other famous forum with a passion. Good or bad this thread has inspired me to say something. I joined this forum a over a year ago... I have 12 posts, they were mostly related to selling my Pentax stuff just shortly after I joined. I am a pro with not a lot of fame... as of yet... Let me tell you what I have learned.

After I sold the Pentax, I bought a D200 with an 80-200 and a 35-70 both 2.8 AF D lenses because I was told, and to be truthful, I bought into the age old brand wars. I was seriously disappointed. The auto focus was no faster than my K10 and DA*50-135 in the same conditions. At high ISO there was no difference in noise levels, (I'm not positive but I think the sensors are manufactured by the same company). However, the PRIME processor did a better job at processing the image, the color and tone were much better than the D200.

In my quest for a better image I dumped all my Nikon gear and bought into Canon and some L glass. The high ISO on Canon is really good on the 8.2mp sensors, not so much on the bigger ones but still, the CMOS sensor just has a cleaner look to it. The L glass focuses seriously fast but I don't think it's leaps and bounds faster than the SDM's, they're just quieter... Last week I did a model shoot with a single ring light with a 60 watt model light and a black background and the Canon would not lock on and it doesn't matter who made the camera or that it was fast glass... it wasn't working and I had a pile of missed photo's. I ended up manually focusing for the rest of the shoot.

For those that are complaining about wireless flash... The top end Canon flash is quite a bit more expensive than Pentax and you still don't have wireless capabilities until you drop another $250 on the wireless module that's "sold separately". This is Nikon's only real caveat, wireless flash for everyone at a reasonable price. This really doesn't affect me though, in a flash situation I have learned to shoot in manual and trigger any flash unit I want with after market triggers. I have an ancient Vivitar 285 that's fully adjustable and will compete with the sun for brightness that cost me $15. I spent the money that I saved from not buying two $400 flash units and bought the triggers. Learning how to do this was probably my biggest leap in image quality... no matter the manufacturer.

D3... 1D MarkIII... Blazing fast, you bet, but why? I can't use the 5fps I got now in the situations I am using it in, my camera is set to single shot. If Sports Illustrated calls me tomorrow with plane tickets and a healthy advance to shoot the Cowboys game... OK, maybe... But for you-n-me, for that price, not necessary. 1Ds MarkIII with 21mp, again, if an ad agency calls me tomorrow with a healthy advance to shoot the close ups for Campbell foods for the worldwide ad campaign, yeah maybe... There are serious pros in this forum making a reasonable and in some cases a great income but the folks who actually need or require 21mp and/or 11fps are very far and very few between. This is the marketing machine at it's very best.

I was a nationally ranked sport/competition kite flier for a time and my kites were hand made by a very wise man in France. (The same comparison and minutia bantering happens with kites as well.) And this was his advice to me and it has just recently sunk in and really meant something. In his best broken English, "All kites do same thing, some do some things better but don't do other things well, but they all do one thing same, they fly! Pick one you like that fits you, make do whatever you want, love it and make it yours".

All cameras do the same thing, pick one you like, one that fits, one that makes you go wow, adapt yourself to what it can and cant do, exploit both, love it and make it yours. Nobody defines your style and the way you shoot, who cares if the guy next to you has a white lens with a red stripe. A green or gold stripe is just as, if not, cooler. I challenge you to pick any photo from anywhere you want and tell me definitively what manufacturer shot it and how many fps it was shot at. You can't because it has nothing to do with the badge and everything to do with your eye and your style, end of story.

As for me... I am lusting for that 14.6mp CMOS sensor on that comfortable K body that fits so well in my hands ...and the green trim, oh man... I miss my Pentax. Anybody want to buy my Canon gear?

Scot

P.S. Sorry, the K10 banner is still on my signature. Hope you'll forgive me.
Forum: Sold Items 08-29-2007, 05:30 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K10D and Lenses ...Quickly...
Posted By scotfree_photo
Replies: 5
Views: 1,776
Price dropped...

Have one interest in BG-2, any takers on the camera or lenses?

Scot
Forum: Sold Items 08-28-2007, 08:24 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K10D and Lenses ...Quickly...
Posted By scotfree_photo
Replies: 5
Views: 1,776
LOL ... No Shibby, they are the Li-ion's... But cute...

Scot
Forum: Sold Items 08-28-2007, 08:14 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K10D and Lenses ...Quickly...
Posted By scotfree_photo
Replies: 5
Views: 1,776
I really would like everything gone but will split up if others are interested in the rest of the gear...

K10D.....$675
BG-2......$130 with xtra 2 batteries
Tammy...$370
Kit Lens..$85

Scot
Forum: Sold Items 08-28-2007, 05:01 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K10D and Lenses ...Quickly...
Posted By scotfree_photo
Replies: 5
Views: 1,776
K10D Body
BG-2 Grip
3 batteries
18-55 Kit Lens
Tamron SP AF 90mm f2.8 Macro DI

Less than a month old, less than 500 shutter releases as of now... All in original boxes (minus UPC codes), manuals etc... Paid over $1600...

$1200 takes it all. USPS priority in lower 48. PayPal only (you pay the fee).;)

Must sell by the weekend or I trade it in... PM me...

Scot

I forgot to mention... Pentax Warranty cards are blank, Tammy's is not...
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