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Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-24-2017, 08:04 PM  
Anyone getting the Godox AD200?
Posted By GeneV
Replies: 45
Views: 4,683
Exactly. I have the remote in my pocket to control the power on the Godox/Flashpoints with the P-TTL flash on top of the cactus or on a bracket. I was completely fine with that until the Sony remotes for Godox came out. With my E mount bodies, I can have it all (flash-wise), and I could get spoiled to the convenience.

I still prefer the results from the Pentax unless I am moving to the areas of a large room away from my bigger strobes. When the light is changing, full TTL may be the difference in getting a shot or not.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-23-2017, 06:56 AM  
Bowens out of business - It is official!
Posted By GeneV
Replies: 4
Views: 909
That is a good point. Godox offers a system in which everything from speed lights to powerful flashes work together. That is as attractive as the price.

However, it is also a symptom of what has happened to the profession and the clients. Last year I was at an important (indoor) family function for my inlaws, and the paid photographer used no lights at all other than the pop up flash on her mid-level Canon. The photos showed it. Had I known, I would have suggested that uncle Gene shoot this as a gift since I had better equipment and skills. People can't or won't plop down a couple of grand the way they did years ago, and photographers are on tight budgets.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-23-2017, 06:27 AM  
Anyone getting the Godox AD200?
Posted By GeneV
Replies: 45
Views: 4,683
My event stack for the K1 was similar, but does not give me HSS, because my Cactus are V6. At this point, my K1 has a V6 on transmit with TTL pass through and a Pentax or Metz flash (diffused) in top, and each Godox providing ambient light has one of the other V6. This gives me PTTL for the faces, with a remote to set the power for the larger strobe bounced to keep shadows down. I can use a Sony body with Godox flash mounted on top to trigger at the same time. Adding an A200 would give me HSS and TTL for the Sony.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-23-2017, 03:36 AM  
Why are all the Lighting manufactures ignoring Pentax....?
Posted By GeneV
Replies: 45
Views: 1,797
Agree on all counts, though I only own the Godox and V6. Also the AD200 is truly cross brand. I suppose P-TTL must offer some challenge which Fuji does not.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-23-2017, 03:20 AM  
K-3 + Godox AD200
Posted By GeneV
Replies: 11
Views: 772
Kind of sad that Pentax is about the only TTL not supported by the Godox system. Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus/Panasonic and Fuji are now natively supported. I am ending up going to my Sonys more and more when I need TTL, because the Godox/Flashpoint system is really slick--just mount a transceiver flash or a transmitter on the shoe, and you control everything with no wires or piggybacking of transmitters.

Maybe we need a letter writing campaign to Godox/Adorama.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-21-2017, 05:02 AM  
Longer and sharper lens than DA-L 50-200...?
Posted By GeneV
Replies: 225
Views: 9,183
One other heretical option is a superzoom bridge camera. I rented a Sony RX 10 iii and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the lens and 1" sensor. The reach is about the same as the DA*300+1.4x. The biggest drawback is speed of use. Much of the lag in the system comes from the time it takes to extend the lens. I'm not sure if this problem exists with the Pentax PLM, but it got in the way of wildlife shots.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-21-2017, 04:47 AM  
Travelling with K-1, but forgot charger. Advice?
Posted By GeneV
Replies: 22
Views: 1,757
This is one reason I am glad Pentax stuck with the LI 90 through so many bodies, and why I am hesitant about the bodies which do not use this battery. After a few bodies, you can afford to leave a charger in your luggage at all times.
Forum: Pentax KP 06-21-2017, 04:34 AM  
Does the electronic shutter provide anything other than ultrafast shutter speeds?
Posted By GeneV
Replies: 19
Views: 2,814
I have gone to the silent shutter on Sony bodies in moments like that, and it was very useful. It also helps with wildlife shots. I do not believe that Sony's version disables IBIS, but it does disable flash sync and quite a few other features. Still, this is a useful addition to the KP.
Forum: Pentax KP 06-21-2017, 04:10 AM  
The Digital Story give their final verdict
Posted By GeneV
Replies: 8
Views: 1,504
I felt a kindred spirit to his approach, since I also have one foot in the mirrorless box. Still, with 2 K3 bodies (my all time favorite APSC DSLR) and a K1 in frequent use, and with an A6000 and A6500 for near pocketable portability, it may be a while before I see how the KP makes sense for me.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-31-2017, 02:16 PM  
Sony A9 Officially Announced Today
Posted By GeneV
Replies: 552
Views: 22,010
If I had an extra $4,500 laying around, I'd go for it. However, Sony's prices are getting way up there. I got into the E-mount in addition to Pentax, when the A6000 only set me back $600, and an A7R could be found for twice that. This is getting into some pretty pricey territory.

For that reason also comparing the A9 with the K1 makes very little sense. For three times the price, the A9 had better be really sweet.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-01-2017, 02:28 PM  
Looking for Honest Opinions: Leaving Pentax for Wildlife?
Posted By GeneV
Replies: 108
Views: 4,669
My go to for birding and wildlife is still the DA*300 with our without the 1.4 TC, usually with. Mine has been carried for countless hours with at least ten thousand actuations through all kinds of conditions and the AF works just as it did. The AF with the converter could be better at tracking, but it works. I would not be buying a new lens out of fear.

I have Manual Focus lenses which are longer, but manual focus is not the strong suit of a Pentax DSLR IMHO unless you are willing to give up eye level viewing. A DA 560 or a Sigma at 500mm plus is a bit pricey. If I had it to do again, I would have snagged a 560 when they were $3,800 on Amazon, but that's life.

I don't particularly want the extra weight of a zoom with about the same reach as my 300+TC. I tend to agree with Biz-Engineer that in wildlife photograpy, I don't often wish I could zoom out wider. For the few times that happens, the weight is not worth it. In fact, it does not weigh much more just to carry another body.with a shorter lens.

My two cents. That is probably what it is worth.
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-05-2017, 08:31 PM  
Traveling with K-1 & vintage lenses. Anybody else?
Posted By GeneV
Replies: 22
Views: 1,865
K1 plus 28-105 plus 20mm/4 plus M200/4 is a nice, compact travel kit I can even add a fast option in the 35-50 range and not break my shoulder. I prefer the Tamron 70-200/2.8, if weight and space allow, but it is as big and heavy as all those other lens options put together.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-29-2017, 01:03 PM  
Focus stacking with PS
Posted By GeneV
Replies: 8
Views: 763
The auto align works well, IMHO, but the masking is another issue. For one thing, when PS reveals an area of one layer, it masks out all the other layers underneath in that area. This is unnecessary, and makes it hard to deal with if you decide you like another layer better.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-29-2017, 08:30 AM  
Anyone getting the Godox AD200?
Posted By GeneV
Replies: 45
Views: 4,683
Looks interesting. I wonder if there will be a Flashpoint version.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-28-2017, 06:25 PM  
50-135 vs 28-105
Posted By GeneV
Replies: 18
Views: 1,070
I have used the 18-135 on the K1 in crop mode and in 1:1. You definitely can't use the hood in 1:1, but if the light conditions let you omit the hood, it works just fine. However, the longer I used the 28-105, the less often I downshifted to the 18-135 for a compact option. The better choice for me is to carry the compact and cheap M200/4 with the 28-105 to get that range without the bulk of the 70-200.

The 50-135 is a favorite on crop sensors, and that is where it will stay. Except for the size, everything about the 70-200/2.8 (Tamron in my case) is superior on FF, and I have not been tempted to do more than test the 50-135 on the K1.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-27-2017, 07:13 PM  
Focus stacking with PS
Posted By GeneV
Replies: 8
Views: 763
I've used PS to stack many times. Sometimes I use the photo merge under "automate" which is good if the lighting is not quite the same in all your stacked images. However these days if I am shooting under controlled conditions such as a studio, I may just load all the exposures into layers, auto align the layers and manually create the masks so that I pick the sharpest layer for each focus point myself.
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-21-2017, 04:20 AM  
Another Sigma to add to incompatibility :(
Posted By GeneV
Replies: 45
Views: 3,080
If Pentax were one of the dominating brands, I'd be more inclined to see this as Sigma's problem. However, with cameras in its mount selling in single digit percentages, I'd say the camera maker has a stronger incentive to make it easier for third party accessories to be sold profitably than the third party manufacturer has to make a lens or accessory for a line with a tiny market share. This particular incompatibility does not sound like a huge problem, but making it less profitable for Sigma to sell K mount lenses does not seem to be the way to go.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-15-2017, 12:03 PM  
best manual, radio trigger speed light system?
Posted By GeneV
Replies: 130
Views: 7,257
This sequence happened to have taken place very close to the wall where I bounced my bare bulb. In most of the shots in this large room it is not so obvious where the main flash was positioned and the effect was more diffused. For the disco theme, the glowing white wall worked.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-15-2017, 05:14 AM  
best manual, radio trigger speed light system?
Posted By GeneV
Replies: 130
Views: 7,257
I shoot a lot if dance parties and dance events, and TTL is great for fill where a larger strobe is producing an enveloping main light. It is not always perfect, but it is much easier to use a TTL speedlight with exposure compensation in different parts of the room, than it is to guess at what is going on and set a manual fill for each shot.

Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-14-2017, 08:41 PM  
best manual, radio trigger speed light system?
Posted By GeneV
Replies: 130
Views: 7,257
I'm also enjoying the Flashpoint version of the AD 360, and I agree that it is hard to go back to a system of only speed lights. I had already bought 4 of the Cactus v6 and integrating them into the Flashpoint system means you lose the remote power features of the V6. I ended up using the Flashpoint remote to control power on the bare bulb unit and the Cactus triggers to fire the flashes, which is a bit of a waste of money. Cheap triggers can do that.

If I were starting over, I would just buy the Godox/Flashpoint system. It worked right out of the box, whereas I am always fiddling around with the multitude of settings on the Cactus. Also, the Flashpoint will soon wirelessly pass through TTL on my Sony E mount, while the Cactus will not. The Cactus will pass through PTTL to a flash on its shoe (not wirelessly) if you remember to set it to do so. However, you have to remember to check that setting and use it only on the Pentax camera, because the pass through is not compatible with power control of a remote flash. Features are nice, and having different cameras for different needs is also nice, but one can easily end up with a system that is too complex to use under pressure.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-14-2017, 06:53 AM  
The DA plastic fantastic primes 35/50 wind up in the Ephotozine budget round up.
Posted By GeneV
Replies: 17
Views: 1,436
For crop sensors, I much prefer the 30 something lens, and would have ranked any good 35 higher than a good 50. I wonder how that will change as more Pentaxians go FF.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-09-2017, 08:17 PM  
Please give me reasons to buy a 35mm 2.4 (or not to)
Posted By GeneV
Replies: 36
Views: 1,736
The DA 35 is so cheap, that you might as well try it and see what it adds. It is also so light that, like the DA 40, carrying it is also almost free in terms of weight and size. If you are going to indulge in LBA, this is an easy fix. As a bonus, it is nice on FF. Though it fills different needs on different formats, 35mm is a favorite prime on both crop and FF.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-09-2017, 07:56 PM  
Which Pentax (K) 135mm for Film Bodies
Posted By GeneV
Replies: 27
Views: 912
The classic SMC "K" 135/2.5 is a classic for a reason. It is possibly the most timeless lens I have owned. It is a favorite on film, it was a favorite on a crop DSLR, and now I'm enjoying it on FF digital. Highly recommended.
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-08-2017, 03:42 PM  
Replacement focusing screens now available for K-1
Posted By GeneV
Replies: 52
Views: 4,717
Might take you up on that. One of my K3 bodies has a Katzeye that does not exactly line up with the focus confirmation. What do you want for them?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-08-2017, 02:02 PM  
K1 Travel Telephoto Options?
Posted By GeneV
Replies: 14
Views: 706
I have done a quick test with the HD 1.4x, and it seemed to work fine.
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