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Forum: Photographic Technique 03-24-2011, 12:44 PM  
Equipment?
Posted By C-Factor
Replies: 30
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What mode are you shooting in? I only use manual exposure settings, so I always see the info in viewfinder unless using old lenses that don't communicate apeture information.
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-24-2011, 12:42 PM  
Equipment?
Posted By C-Factor
Replies: 30
Views: 6,418
I used the Tamron to shoot two weddings. For one it was on the k10D and only used for the outside ceremony and the other it was on a K7 and used in a similar situation. true, it does not blast through the focusing range, but it still seemed to lock quicker on still subjects than then the Sigma did. On the other hand I am pretty happy with the Sigma on my Nikon, so if you can try before you buy, or rent like I did. Overall I found the Tamron to be shaper on the Pentax with better color saturation and it was fairly easy to manual focus.
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-23-2011, 10:12 PM  
What's the trick for accurate portrait focusing???
Posted By C-Factor
Replies: 25
Views: 6,774
Looks like you already have some very good advise available, but here is my two cents. If you like auto focus, stick with it but move the auto focus point to the area where the eyes are in the frame. This worked very well for, but on the other hand I could see the auto focus points in the viewfinder. If you are using fast primes from 35-50mm for the bokeh with wide open apeture, try a telephoto stopped down. This can give the same or better out focus look the fast primes provide, but with enough DOF that you should walk away with more faces in focus.
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-23-2011, 10:04 PM  
Equipment?
Posted By C-Factor
Replies: 30
Views: 6,418
I loved the Tamron 70-200 2.8 on the Pentax(rented twice from Cameralensrental.com), but did not care for the Sigma 70-200 V2 HSM on the Pentax(not as sharp, focus hunting). I think once you get a fast telephoto it will quickly become a favorite for outdoor portrait work. IMO it gives better background bokeh then fast 50mm primes in most cases. If you are not already doing it, take note of settings and lighting conditions when you feel like you nail a photo. I used to do this with note cards I kept with me until I had enough practice to consistently replicate a look that I liked. If that makes no sense what so ever, please forgive me my brain is mush right now, 4 hours of studying algebra will do that.....:fedup:
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-23-2011, 09:47 PM  
Some Full-frame shots & thoughts
Posted By C-Factor
Replies: 5,556
Views: 596,247
Wow, I can't wait to get a FF! The differance in DOF may be small, but I think it is worth it based on all the photo's posted here. I had been saving for a D700, but recently fell into a deal for a D300s and some glass I could not pass up so I am going to wait a little longer for the 700. Maybe it will drop in price when it's replacement comes out this year.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-20-2011, 09:56 AM  
Any Pentax shooter own a D300s?
Posted By C-Factor
Replies: 37
Views: 6,824
I agree and even though I rarely used it with my Pentax, Nikons implementation leaves some to be desired...... I did, however; program the stop down button on the front of the D7000 to turn the auto ISO on and off, but you still have to select OK after hitting the front button...It is easy enough to change ISO on the D300s that I don't really want the auto ISO any way, but I really miss the ISO button next to the shutter release on the K5.
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-20-2011, 09:32 AM  
Perigee Full Moon this weekend
Posted By C-Factor
Replies: 51
Views: 10,899
Thank you so much, it was fun.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-19-2011, 10:35 PM  
Taking Photos of the Moon?
Posted By C-Factor
Replies: 12
Views: 4,748
Well, here is my boring full moon shot. Had fun making it though. Get this, Hand held at 1/30 sec ISO 100, braced against a big root. Sigma 70-200 v2 HSM with 1.4x Tele Converter at F9.5 on a D300s
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-19-2011, 10:30 PM  
Thematic Show me your full moon from March 19, 2011
Posted By C-Factor
Replies: 39
Views: 12,973
Took this one last night since tonight haze and clouds are working against me...ISO 100 F9.5 1/30 sec on a Sigma 70-200 v2 HSM with the Sigma 1.4x Tele Converter D300s handheld. Cropped and sharpened a bit
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-19-2011, 10:18 PM  
Perigee Full Moon this weekend
Posted By C-Factor
Replies: 51
Views: 10,899
Took this one last night with a Sigma 70-200 V2 HSM and the Sigma 1.4x Tele Converter.
F9.5 at 1/30 sec ISO 100 D300s
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-19-2011, 10:04 PM  
Night 10 Minute Moonrise
Posted By C-Factor
Replies: 7
Views: 1,784
Those are great and boy O boy do you guys have a big moon in Illinois! It looks crazy small here in New Mexico.....
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-19-2011, 03:21 PM  
Faster Flash Sync
Posted By C-Factor
Replies: 16
Views: 4,236
Geauxpez,

Good info, I am going to give it a try on the D7000. Recently traded a K5 for a d7000 and bought a D300s. I noticed the D300s and D7000 both have 1/320 of a second flash sync options on the menu, with the cavit that you will have a slightly reduced flash power. I know this is a flash sync thread, but I have to comment on the lenses for Nikon, IMO the the upper end zooms from Nikon are better then Pentax, but Pentax wins with the Limited series primes. So it just depends what you need, both are great brands and i will always have a place in my heart for Pentax and I am thinking of keeping my K10d, considering it is fully depreciatted..
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-17-2011, 09:49 PM  
Will the new Sigma SD1 making waves for 645D?
Posted By C-Factor
Replies: 25
Views: 9,898
Wow that sample looks amazing! Sigma may become a hit yet!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-17-2011, 09:32 PM  
My Last Pentax Wedding... For now.
Posted By C-Factor
Replies: 9
Views: 4,004
Wonderful shots! You have awesome skills, regardless of which tool you are using.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-17-2011, 09:29 PM  
Any Pentax shooter own a D300s?
Posted By C-Factor
Replies: 37
Views: 6,824
Just got a D300s today and have D7000 on the way that I traded my K5 for. So far I like a lot of things about the D300s, except the high ISO is not the same, but certainly not bad. I plan on posting more of what I find as get some time with the new system. Continuous auto focus is so amazing! Still have the k10D, but not sure if it will stick around as I have it posted on market place.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-08-2011, 10:27 PM  
Funny Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V review
Posted By C-Factor
Replies: 2
Views: 14,791
I wonder why they just put a line through it instead of deleteing it?
Forum: Pentax K-5 03-08-2011, 09:53 PM  
The "ISOless" sensor
Posted By C-Factor
Replies: 125
Views: 29,731
So, was all this impying that a camera such as the D700 reacts better to being shot at higer ISO's and the K5 reacts better to being shot at low ISO's and having EV bumped up in PP?

This stuff is like rocket science, but I seriously am trying to understand it!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-03-2011, 12:08 PM  
The Politics of Fashion Photography Part 18 What's the Score? Marketing-13 Talent-7
Posted By C-Factor
Replies: 3
Views: 2,535
Speaking of marketing, when I go to your website in your signature it won't let me go beyond anything but the home page, is that right? That home page photo is awesome, by the way.

http://www.benjaminkanarek.com/
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-03-2011, 12:02 PM  
Tax questions (United States) IRS 1099 Forms
Posted By C-Factor
Replies: 9
Views: 4,823
I am eager to see some more responses as I am faced with many of the same questions now. I getting an EIN and setting up a legitimate LLC for my photography and according to my tax consultant, photography business's are scrutinized more by the IRS and have a higher chance of being audited because of a higher rate of fraud in the past. Basically if you run your business properly and keep records of everything you should be fine, but I guess I will see how it all works soon.
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-03-2011, 11:54 AM  
HDR. anyone find it annyoing?
Posted By C-Factor
Replies: 116
Views: 15,287
Ok I can't remember the guys website, but there is a local Albuquerque, New Mexico photographer that does some amazing HDR panos. I would plug his site, but I can't remember his name......He has a bunch of 6' to 8' ones for sale in a brew pub near campus. I am going there tomorrow so I will get the web address so others can check it out. I generally wasn't a fan of HDR either until seeing these photos, which capture some beautiful New Mexico scenery in a tasteful creative way. Judging by the detail in the monster prints over at Kelly's I am guessing a digital medium format camera is used or he is stacking a lot of photos to get super fine detail. Anyway, I will get the web site so you can see for your self..
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-03-2011, 11:39 AM  
external flash
Posted By C-Factor
Replies: 8
Views: 1,949
Ok this is a plug for some sale Items i have, but it may help the OP. I have a Pentax 540FGZ and 360FGZ for sale in the market place right now!
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-03-2011, 10:01 AM  
HELP! The Nagging Question...Is it real or is it LENS FLARE?
Posted By C-Factor
Replies: 9
Views: 4,080
I agree that it is incident flare as it follows the light source. Also something to keep in mind is some UV lens filters will cause a strange "ghost" or "UFO" image to appear in your photos and is not always easy to see in the viewfinder. I generaly use Tiffen UV filters on all of my lenses, but I found that when a light source was pointed at my Sigma50mm when using a particular Tiffen UV haze filter I would get strange UFO abberations that turned out to be reflections....The fix, I changed to a differant filter or would take it off if I was shooting in to strong direct light. I can't say I have ever seen anything that i can classify as a "UFO" or "Alien spacecraft". but I am not opposed to the idea and frankly I am glad there are people that believe they exist. After all earth would be pretty boring if every one was like me. So thank you for breaking things up and keeping it iteresting! Now the question is if you do happen upon a hovering alien space craft that has an unattended ladder hanging out, are you going to climb up and poke around?
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-03-2011, 09:37 AM  
Sticky: Share your story on our homepage - "Pentaxian Profiles" + publicity!
Posted By C-Factor
Replies: 28
Views: 55,428
Well, I would like to hear from a Romanian contortionist girl! Even posting the gift shop stuff could be a good idea as I have found there are many accomplished profesioanls on this site from every career field that often offer excellent advice. :D


**By the way I love the "girl crying" photo and good job with the tears in PS!**
Forum: Sold Items 03-02-2011, 11:05 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Nikon 70-200mm/2.8 VR1, 70-300mmVR
Posted By C-Factor
Replies: 8
Views: 2,867
Wow that 70-200 went fast!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-02-2011, 11:02 AM  
Pentax will be the first to get it. Something new is coming.
Posted By C-Factor
Replies: 348
Views: 84,550
If I had any skill in PS I would mock it up so we could have an idea of what it will look like when it comes out....:lol:
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