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Forum: Pentax K-3 01-27-2015, 11:18 AM  
Internal Image Processing on RAW?
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 8
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You're right, it is 5, I haven't used it for so long I don't even remember! Haha, thank you for the correction.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 01-08-2015, 10:45 AM  
FF vs APS-C
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 132
Views: 8,856
I know that, but I mean, how long has 35mm film been used for motion pictures? That I have no idea.

One thing Pentax does offer in their lower, entry level cameras is customizable colours, which is neat... What if, they offered something similar to their customer base on their higher end cameras, but rather than changing the colour scheme, you get to customize the sensor, and maybe other features as well?
That being said, yes, perhaps a bit impractical, but it would cater to everyone, you have the same camera design, features, and quality, however you could get it with either a FF sensor, or an APS-C sensor, but obviously have the price go accordingly?
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 01-08-2015, 04:31 AM  
FF vs APS-C
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 132
Views: 8,856
Well, in that perspective, of a $200 price difference, that's what I would hope for (except I would like to see a Pentax FF for $1200 and say a... K-3 for like $700-$800) to have a flagship FF and a high end APS-C (like the K-3 for example). But make them affordable, I mean, I don't want to see Pentax be like Canon and make their flagship, top-of-the-line camera like the Canon EOS 1D C (which is like $12k) but I mean, it is probably a pretty nice camera. I have a feeling that if Pentax does release a FF it probably isn't going to be in the $1000-$1200 range. Which I feel, for the average semi-pro, or serious photographer is probably their price range. But if they didn't change the lense line up, and continued as they are now (making low-mid range APS-C dSLRS like the Kr and having a high end dSLR like the K-3 with affordable price points) would be best, but who knows if they are going to do that. My way of thinking here, we have a technology that we knows works, it's proven, and we have all had it for so long, that we all know it best, why change that up? Haha, not a big fan of change.
Forum: Pentax K-3 01-08-2015, 04:19 AM  
Internal Image Processing on RAW?
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 8
Views: 1,211
I personally have never worked with either camera, however, on the K-5 (which may be similar to the K-3) I simply set up a user profile for HDR taking photos at -1ev 0ev and +1ev

I imagine the K-3 has a similar ability, and you can tweak the EV steps to get the result you want. I think you can go more than 3 steppes too. If I remember correctly the K-5 may be able to do 5ev steppes for HDR, not sure though. The K-3 probably has a pretty similar function. Not sure if that helps or not. Someone else may be able to answer better than I.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 01-08-2015, 04:11 AM  
FF vs APS-C
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 132
Views: 8,856
I can understand wanting more light in the viewfinder, but in terms of low light performance, I think the K-5 does a pretty good job of that, and personally I don't think I would need anything different (as I don't typically shoot in complete darkness without a flash). But as I have read in another thread, it's merely keeping up with the Jones; Canon and Nikon have FF why doesn't Pentax? But I mean, when you look at the market, it is flooded with FF products, Canon and Nikon both have different lense lineups for FF & APS-C cameras where as Pentax lenses will work flawlessly with either format, why do we need to cloud that market even more? I think that is truly what sets Pentax apart, is the fact that maybe they don't have the latest and greatest (at least in terms of the biggest sensors) but somehow, we are always able to pull off stunning results.
And yes, with the bigger sensor, you can make bigger prints, but why is that necessary? How big of a print do people actually need, not to mention, unless you are blowing an image up like 500% or more, odds are, you probably won't see much of a difference (not sure on that, I have never really compared any FF images to APS-C images).

I mean, I understand that FF has some advantages over the APS-C sensor, but, if they do bring out a FF camera, how will that affect everything else? I don't know if anyone else shares a similar concern, but personally, I would really hate to see them come out with something, and have it mess everything up.
But case and point, I feel like a FF Pentax camera has a pretty limited market in comparison to the APS-C market? Correct me if I am wrong on any of that.

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I can understand wanting more light in the viewfinder, but in terms of low light performance, I think the K-5 does a pretty good job of that, and personally I don't think I would need anything different (as I don't typically shoot in complete darkness without a flash). But as I have read in another thread, it's merely keeping up with the Jones; Canon and Nikon have FF why doesn't Pentax? But I mean, when you look at the market, it is flooded with FF products, Canon and Nikon both have different lense lineups for FF & APS-C cameras where as Pentax lenses will work flawlessly with either format, why do we need to cloud that market even more? I think that is truly what sets Pentax apart, is the fact that maybe they don't have the latest and greatest (at least in terms of the biggest sensors) but somehow, we are always able to pull off stunning results.
And yes, with the bigger sensor, you can make bigger prints, but why is that necessary? How big of a print do people actually need, not to mention, unless you are blowing an image up like 500% or more, odds are, you probably won't see much of a difference (not sure on that, I have never really compared any FF images to APS-C images).

I mean, I understand that FF has some advantages over the APS-C sensor, but, if they do bring out a FF camera, how will that affect everything else? I don't know if anyone else shares a similar concern, but personally, I would really hate to see them come out with something, and have it mess everything up.
But case and point, I feel like a FF Pentax camera has a pretty limited market in comparison to the APS-C market? Correct me if I am wrong on any of that.



Well, as far as I know, 8mm, and 16mm film have pretty much always been motion picture film?
But I don't get how the answer of "the details are just better" objectively, because I think we can all agree, it isn't the equipment, but the photographer, and I would be willing to bet that you can very similar results out of either technology? Though, if you have any image examples of what you are referring to, that would be swell :)
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 01-08-2015, 03:52 AM  
FF vs APS-C
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 132
Views: 8,856
I had no idea about that with the APS-H chips, I just knew it was basically the size between a medium and a large, haha. But one thing that baffles me, is how are they not "taken seriously"? I mean, yeah, they do hold a much smaller market share than Canon and Nikon, but a few big differences are with Pentax you really get a truly outstanding piece of equipment for the price you pay (which is much lower than the others), so whilst not the "go to brand for all professionals" even if they did introduce a FF camera, they still wouldn't be. Why? Well, because they do not market their product, at least not like Canon and Nikon do (we have all seen the countless adverts for the Nikon D--- and the Canon Rebel XXX) moreover why do they need to be "taken seriously" I mean, with Canon and Nikon dSLRs you get a choice of what... Black? (You can have a Ford model 'T' in any colour as long as it is black) whereas Pentax at least has some fun with their bodies. I guess I just really understand what you mean by "taken seriously".





If I really felt like searching for what other people wanted to know, then I would not have asked the questions that I did... :rollseyes:






I understand why it is justified, but I mean, if (for the most part) people are able to o what they need to do, and have not just good, but great results with the current existing hardware, is there a great demand to go above and beyond? I guess I have never really worked with FF before (other than with film) so I can't really judge the difference to say I have a preference, however, my fear is if Pentax did begin to make FF cameras what would happen to their APC-C bodied cameras? Would it become like Canon and Nikon and the APS-C sensor cameras would become second tier, sub-par cameras like we see with Canon & Nikon? Another big concern is if that were the case, would their (presumably sub-par (by that I mean obviously not as good as they are doing now)) cameras remain the same price, or would they drop the price to make their FF cameras at least come some-what close to meeting current market price of their current cameras? I mean, isn't one of the things with Pentax the fact that their "top of the line" dSLR isn't $7,000?
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 01-08-2015, 01:29 AM  
FF vs APS-C
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 132
Views: 8,856
So, this may or may not have been brought up before, but I am really curious about all the hype with the FF.

Now, don't get me wrong, I know that FF has many advantages over the APS-C sensors Pentax is currently using, but my big question is this:
Why?

In terms of overall usability, what are the biggest advantages of FF over APS-C? Well, for one, yes better low light performance, and yes, higher pixel density (higher pixel sensor mean more PPI which means better resolution). But what I don't get is why that is necessary? With the current APS-C sensor, I can easily blow up an image taken with my K-5 to 64" x 48" and have virtually no distortion. Which for all practical purposes you'll probably never need to go any bigger than that... Ever.
How do you feel about the idea of a FF camera at a (likely) higher price point than what Pentax already has (I mean, c'mon, you know you bought a Pentax because you got so much more for your money over Canon and Nikon) but what if the prices were in a similar range and Canon and Nikon?

Rather than a FF sensor, what about an APS-H size sensor? Which is a size between the FF and the APS-C sensors.

Any input?
Thanks :)
Forum: Photo Critique 10-27-2014, 08:41 AM  
People Photo observations
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 10
Views: 995
Personally, I wouldn't care if the sky is blown out, as that isn't the focus of the image, the people are the focus of the image.

I am not sure if there is a tool to do it in Lightroom (I haven't used Lightroom in a long time) but the tool he used is likely the clone stamp tool, you can also get away with using the spot healing brush too, but you have to do tiny increments with that.
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-27-2014, 08:39 AM  
HDR & Tone mapping on portraits
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 20
Views: 2,002
I apologize Robjmitchell.... But I have no clue what that is! Is it just like a typical gel filter for for use with a flash?

I don't typically use flash for anything, never really have, since the batteries that I like using in my AF280T are so expensive (about $20 for all 4) I learned to work without it, using regular batteries, it has such a LONG recycle time.
Forum: Photo Critique 10-24-2014, 12:00 PM  
People Photo observations
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 10
Views: 995
Okay, so this was a little more difficult without having the original RAW file, but basically all I did here was add in a colour filter to warm up the image, then I added a bright/contrast layer, I left the brightness alone, and just bumped up the contrast a little, then to top it off, I just added in a colour balance filter, just to bring out the yellow tones out a hair bit more.
Forum: Photo Critique 10-24-2014, 11:46 AM  
People Photo observations
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 10
Views: 995
Personally I feel as if the skin tones are a bit too cool.

One thing I am seeing, is that in your EXIF, you said you took this using an f/10 and an ISO of 3200 as well as a shutter speed of 1/400,

While you did get a usable result, I would like to suggest that next time, open the lense up a little, I personally would have stuck around f/5.6 or lower, and the reason for this is because the higher your f stop, more of the image will be in focus, this is called your DoF (Depth of Field) when it comes to people especially, you want the people(s) to be nice, sharp, and in focus, but you want what is behind them to be slightly blurred, or completely blurred, this is your bokkeh. The issue with shooting at such a high f stop is that you had to crank up your ISO which you want to avoid when possible, it just makes the work you have to to in PP a little easier. The lower your f stop (the wider the aperture) the more light the lense is letting in (that is actually called t stop, but just for the sake of simplicity).

The other thing, the skin tones are really cool looking, and that is the advantage of shooting in RAW is you can take it into something called Camera RAW (which is a Photoshop plugin) and you can adjust the white balance.

I would also suggest leaving your metering mode to either center or spot, as either of those are going to give you the best result.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 10-24-2014, 09:05 AM  
? On film life span
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 10
Views: 1,172
Is there a big difference between storing it in a refrigerator and a freezer?
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 10-24-2014, 08:13 AM  
? On film life span
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 10
Views: 1,172
I think for the stuff you have there, the -1 looks pretty good! Really love the photo of the water.

but that is really the only way to test it, is to try it out, see what works and what doesn't.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 10-24-2014, 07:46 AM  
? On film life span
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 10
Views: 1,172
You can use it anywhere in the future as long as it hasn't degraded or been exposed to light, I have some stuff from the late 1990's and early 2000's to use up yet, you will probably get some interesting results from it, but there is only one way to find out! Your film should be just fine to use. But use a roll or a couple of exposures, process it, and see what you get, but don't use it for anything super important, in case it does give odd results.
Forum: Photo Critique 10-23-2014, 09:07 PM  
People Cousin
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 9
Views: 1,322
Store closed unfortunately, and the guy that owned it took all of the stuff people were selling, and skipped town, and I haven't been able to find any trace of him. :(
Forum: Photo Critique 10-23-2014, 08:04 PM  
People Cousin
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 9
Views: 1,322
Personally I really like using it, I have it paired with my Pentax M magnifier, but I don't have the greatest eyesight to begin with, which makes it difficult for me, and for some reason, when I focus on the face/eyes, then recompose the image, the face and eyes get a little soft, I guess what I could do is try stopping it down to a 2.8 or 4 or something and see if that helps or not. I am still kicking myself in the a$$ for selling for Pentax FA 50mm f/1.4.. I let the guy at a local camera shop buy it for $25 because I didn't know any better at the time, and that is what he said it was worth! :(
Forum: Photo Critique 10-23-2014, 12:02 PM  
People Cousin
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 9
Views: 1,322
Thanks, Greg! I appreciate the input, I know what you are saying with the composition, I tired that on some of the shots, but the problem was, it would be a bit distorted (the eyes would not be anywhere near as sharp). I am thinking I should eventually invest in a nice AF 50mm. Probably a Sigma, maybe an FA. Might look into the DA 50 too.
Forum: Photo Critique 10-22-2014, 08:44 PM  
People Cousin
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 9
Views: 1,322
I really appreciate the feedback! I will have to keep that all in mind for the next one that I do, again, I have never really done a lot of portrait work before, so this was all pretty new to me. One thing that make framing difficult was using a manual focus lense, and Pentax cameras with MF lenses (at least the K5 and lower) will only centre focus, I wish this wasn't the case. Or if I could afford a nice Sigma or Pentax FA 50.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-22-2014, 08:07 PM  
Post-Processing Post Processing Challenge #125
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 34
Views: 3,183
I don't really care for the lighting, but I will bite.

I tried to keep it simple, and didn't fool around too much with trying to even out the lighting in the scene, I am not sure which direction I would have liked to have gone with this, but just for the sake of getting something out there, here it is.

and in response to Discharged, I use a colour calibrated monitor. I have two Dell UltraSharp U2410's. They came pre-calibrated from Dell, and I haven't seen any need to change it, it doesn't matter if your monitor is calibrated or not for the most part, the only important thing is that what you see on your screen is exactly (and I mean, exactly) the same as what rolls out of your printer.
Forum: Photo Critique 10-20-2014, 08:27 AM  
People Photo shoot experiments
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 5
Views: 708
I see what you mean, it looks a lot better. I think what I might do, is just batch process them, and set up an automation to crop them all to 4:5 ratio.
Forum: Photo Critique 10-20-2014, 07:57 AM  
People Photo shoot experiments
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 5
Views: 708
Never noticed that... I'll have to look for it next time I open Camera Raw
Forum: Photo Critique 10-19-2014, 08:07 PM  
People Photo shoot experiments
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 5
Views: 708
I get what you're saying about the aspect ratio, but at the same time I don't! Haha, could you elaborate on that a little more?

I have never really shot a person before so, this was mostly new to me.
Forum: Photo Critique 10-19-2014, 07:39 PM  
People Photo shoot experiments
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 5
Views: 708
There are too many photos for me to upload on here, but I am curious to know what you guys think.
I was playing around with this shoot, and just having a little fun with different things. Here is the link to my album on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.872060809485661.1073741845.474534199238326&type=1

Let me know what you guys think, good bad, mediocre, should I just quit now, etc, haha.
Thanks! :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-19-2014, 07:36 PM  
HDR & Tone mapping on portraits
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 20
Views: 2,002
If anyone is curious to see how this photo shoot turned out, feel free to take a look:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.872060809485661.1073741845.474534199238326&type=1
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-14-2014, 11:15 AM  
HDR & Tone mapping on portraits
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 20
Views: 2,002
Any suggestions, MF preferred.
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