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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-04-2020, 09:29 AM  
Morning storm near Jensen, UT
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 12
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Morning storm near Jensen, UT
Forum: Pentax K-01 01-17-2020, 05:55 PM  
Thanks to those who recommended this camera; got one used
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 10
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And it takes great images. This with a 40mm XS, in IR. Storm clearing on Mt Diablo, East SF Bay Area.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-08-2019, 10:32 AM  
PENTAX KP IR online
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 79
Views: 9,360
I've had two conversions done by Kolari Vision, and had great success with them. I believe they do K-01s. That might be a good choice, as AF on mirrored cameras is a bit of a headache by comparison. I did the full spectrum conversion, and it's great since the variation between using say a 850nm IR filter and one that allows some color, like a 590nm, is pretty dramatic. Not to mention you just put on an IR cut filter and you're back to normal. Really fun. And the best part is that you can take great landscape shots in the middle of the day with dramatic sky...no more early rising! :lol:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-22-2018, 06:15 PM  
DP Review puts K-1 Mark II as second worst camera of 2018
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 996
Views: 67,401
Why in the world would anyone even consider it? it's clearly an incremental change. I suppose there are some Big Deal upgrades, like the A7iii, but if not, don't even consider them in the running. Not even many die hard Pentaxians considered switching out a K-1 for K-1ii; in some ways the only unique thing about it was the send-in board swap.
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-21-2019, 05:37 PM  
Automated focus stacking
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 24
Views: 4,352
Very cool.

Focus bracketing in-camera (I agree the correct term for the shot sequence is bracketing; the post is stacking to create a single image. That's how most folks describe it, and how Oly describes it in their cameras) would be great.

I have used it with an Oly in the field and it was a lot more useful than I thought; as with exposure in some tough shooting scenarios it can improve your chances of getting a keeper even if you aren't doing stacking later. I've used it in shooting within a narrow DOF where the object is swaying around in the wind, for example. Seemed I sometimes got better results than just doing a burst on a single focus point, although on the Pentax catch-in-focus can work for that as well.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-16-2019, 07:07 PM  
Kodachrome 64 "look"
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 19
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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-26-2018, 10:01 AM  
DP Review puts K-1 Mark II as second worst camera of 2018
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 996
Views: 67,401
Amazon probably cares little whether Sony outsells Pentax; it's going to anyway. There are pages and pages and pages of Pentax stuff for sale there, sometimes by the "select special companies" like Adorama (maybe one of Pentax's bigger dealers in the US?). And that of course begs the question of whether Pentax SHOULD use Amazon as an authorized dealer. Their list of authorized ones is rather meh, and since brick and mortar places are disappearing maybe time to consider a bigger presence. I'm sure they have, just dunno why it hasn't happened. And BTW, it's odd to me their site has a list of UNauthorized dealers. Whaaa? It doesn't include Amazon on that list, although Amazon does itself sell Pentax branded gear. With apparently no warranty from Pentax.

I do think Pentax gear gets dis'd at DPR, but I doubt it's anything to do with Amazon and marketing, since Pentax is just not much of a player. I suspect it has more to do with reviewers themselves getting free swag, and just plain ol' prejudice against equipment they aren't familiar with and only pick up for a review. They seem to have trouble with stuff like pixel shift, could care less about old lenses, and I doubt they've ever even tried Astrotracer.

They do aggregate a lot of info on specs and have sample photos and stuff like that, and a nice active forum. So credit there. But I steer folks looking for reviews—even of Canikon equipment—elsewhere.

Contrast with Imaging Resource. Their reviews were so comprehensive that even a user of the camera can learn tips and techniques from reading them, even if one didn't agree with all of their conclusions.
Forum: General Photography 11-15-2018, 05:57 PM  
The ultimate " let the machine do it " device *** Definitely not my cup of tea
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 44
Views: 2,231
Like shooting JPEGs with one's Pentax? with AF, auto ISO and auto WB? I really don't see much difference. The smartphone can then stack, kinda like how some DSLRs and such do that. And Pentaxes have done in-camera HDR for a while. Not that much here that is specific to the smartphone. And I'd say that it still takes skill to take a good photo no matter what whiz bang is inside; it's still the editorial process of choosing the shot that's the hard part. But YMMV.
Forum: General Photography 11-15-2018, 03:46 PM  
The ultimate " let the machine do it " device *** Definitely not my cup of tea
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 44
Views: 2,231
Given the author thinks HDR is some fancy stuff, I rather discounted his analysis of what that camera is doing.

Maybe I missed something, but most Pentax shooters are pretty familiar with stacking low light shots to get more info and produce better shots. And auto WB is in all Pentaxes, no? This AI doesn't sound a whole lot different than stacking using a Photoshop action, and as such is more about an automated function in post processing that folks use on desktops all time. Or did I miss something?

As to the aesthetics, looks OK to me. And I don't see much difference between doing that and using a flash. At least in terms of altering reality, since either option does that.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-16-2018, 06:35 PM  
Samyang super wide/fish eye
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 23
Views: 1,290
Doh! but hey, at least I can spot a good picture when I see one. Even if I can't capture it. ;)

And I agree with Lowell about the wides for landscapes; often they make dramatic stuff too small. Use one in Yosemite Valley and it can look like the Central Valley, more like a big plate dinner plate than a soup bowl, the latter being more what we often want in the classic Valley shots.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-15-2018, 05:48 PM  
Samyang super wide/fish eye
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 23
Views: 1,290
Heh...the difference is she takes better photos. Well, one difference.... :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-05-2018, 09:20 AM  
K1 Mk ii. Is Pentax marketing as dead as Tony Northrup says?
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 148
Views: 13,165
Yeah, being that small niche player running about in the bushes while the dinosaurs roar, fight and expire might be a brilliant strategy.

Maybe they should even reintroduce a new film camera, get ahead of the new wave retro thing. After some folks are still making money with vinyl records, turntables, ham radio equipment, etc. :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-25-2018, 08:05 AM  
K1 Mk ii. Is Pentax marketing as dead as Tony Northrup says?
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 148
Views: 13,165
Yeah, a decision not to invest in marketing and thus keeping costs low might be a Good Thing for Pentax's future. I'm no MBA, but in a world where ILCs are a niche product maybe Pentax is acting more sensibly than those companies who do biz as usual.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-08-2018, 11:15 AM  
K-1II review... Opportunity to get banned on DPR
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 428
Views: 32,654
I agree about the micro-analysis, but the pixel peeping at DPR kinda invites that. It's not like they handed it to six landscape photographers for a month and said "review it." That would be of more value to me, at least.

And the K-1.2 isn't a new camera. It's a tweak on an existing model. I'd review it as just an update or postscript to the existing K-1, and maybe note say the AF improvement vs the NR issue, and the fact it didn't change much else, and leave it at that. But the reviews are about generating visits, not selling a camera.

I guess when so many cameras are so good we're gonna see even deeper dives by some sites into smaller and smaller and smaller bits of the image in search of differences to write about. Doesn't seem that useful to me. I'm not saying that kinda detail can't be important to some (say the astro folks) but as I've noted elsewhere, for me I'd much rather see how long a Pentax can survive a fall in a creek vs a Sony. YMMV.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-01-2018, 10:21 AM  
Did you leave Adobe? Where did you go?
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 116
Views: 8,084
As others have noted, Adobe does do that, although you certainly do lose access to parts. And in addition to losing Develop and Maps and synching from Classic to the cloud and hence mobile devices, you also lose the cloud storage. Adobe sez:






QuoteQuote:

What happens to my photos if I end my membership?
Lightroom CC: Adobe will continue to store your original images for one year after your membership lapses. During that time, you can continue to launch Lightroom CC to download your original files from our cloud services.

Lightroom Classic CC: You'll still have access to all your photos on your local hard drive through Lightroom for the desktop. You can continue to import and organize photos as well as output your edited photos through Export, Publish, Print, Web, or Slideshow. Access to the Develop & Map modules and Lightroom for mobile are not available after your membership ends.



And you've still got Bridge, etc. But note that Ps will be kaput.

As for work you've done, any standardized metadata (IPTC etc) can be stored in the files and won't be lost. Face locations might be, and some other stuff that also isn't standardized, like picks. But note that it's far more likely another product will support Lr's metadata than some other software. Eg, Photo Mechanic, Graphic Converter, Fast Raw Viewer, etc can all deal with Adobe's scheme for hierarchical keywords.

For adjustments you've done, the move outta Lr or Ps (or any other software) is dependent on how you saved that data. As noted above, you can always save your work as big ol' TIFFs. That problem exists even with Affinity, Capture One, etc. Some software can read a lot of Adobe's stored info, for example in PSDs. Mylio can read a lot of Lr's adjustments. And so on. It's not a problem unique to Lr, or even to image software.

When you buy a license (which is what Adobe and most everyone else sells, whether time-limited or not) you buy a certain set of things. In addition to use, upgrades up to a certain point, usually undefined in a perpetual license. I have a "perpetual" license to Capture One, an older version, and it no longer even starts up. Support for it was halted for my system quite a while ago. So although I have that "magazine issue," I can't read it and it's of no use to me. There are only a few developers I'm aware of who give perpetual upgrades as part of their license and of course whether they can deliver depends on whether they still exist. You see that even more obviously with apps on mobile perhaps.

As also noted, if the expense is too much (and it is... I sorta wish Adobe would unbundle Ps and make it cheaper) then I'd consider open source stuff. There is great support here for RawTherapee, and although it IS quite complex with some help from Pentax users one can get the basics down. DigiKam is open source and has some organizational chops. There are others. Or just take advantage of Adobe and keep using Lr past the trial date...you'll get nag notices, but still. Or just use Bridge in perpetuity.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-22-2018, 09:39 AM  
Did you leave Adobe? Where did you go?
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 116
Views: 8,084
I don't know about relative intelligence, but most everyone else is still trying to catch up with Adobe, hence this thread.

And while I like and use RT, it's basically an alternative to ACR, which is fine. It does an excellent job at that. In other words, most of these are niche products. They can concentrate on say demosaicing since they don't have to make a bunch of people happy who complain they wanna publish to FB or have the latest lens profiles, plugins, publish services, synching to the cloud, mobile versions, etc.

And as for speed of development, might wanna talk to all the people complaining about the absence of the promised DAM components to Photo Mechanic, Luminar, and Affinity Photo. All at one time or another issued kinda sorta claims have having said capability in the works, with zippo to show.

Finally, as sqrrl noted, Adobe's products in this area are the industry standard. And even the prosumer standard. If you go to classes at your local schools, or camera shops, or camera clubs or even just to YouTube it's all about "well, here's how you do that in Ps...." I think it breeds a kind of resentment, and even though most other products mimic Lr and Ps some, and even though the underlying priniciples are kinda the same (a layer is a layer and ditto for mask), it still can be more difficult to cobble together the tools and workflows one needs, even if they are but a tiny fraction of what Lr/Ps does. But it can be done, even WITH free use of Adobe products: one can use Bridge, or even Lr without Develop and Maps and get all those organizational goodies, while using RT in lieu of ACR and GIMP in lieu of Ps.

BTW, if one does night sky stuff this is a good comparison of the programs with example shots (apologies if already posted): I Tested 10+ Photoshop Alternatives to See How They Stack Up
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-19-2018, 10:54 AM  
Update On NIK Collection & DxO PhotoLab Image Editing Softwares
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 16
Views: 2,334
I dunno if DxO even knows what DxO wants to do. I haven't seen a lot of evidence.

Photolab (and Filmpack and Perspective) could be nice standalones for RAW processing, and also as means of processing RAW when sending stuff there from Lr. I have used it for RAWs sent from Lr for quite a while since they have a nice RAW workflow (you can get back linear DNGs, which can be useful), and I esp preferred some tools in Photolab, like lens corrections. U-point is kinda nice too, since it can mask better in some situations than Lr (Lr has improved in that regard quite a bit lately though). If I need even more control, then I'd go to Ps. So Photolab is kind of an intermediary. How Nik plugins would work with that, I dunno. I use them far more infrequently since they aren't being kept up, especially since Lr got better profiles.

I think DxO has to decide if it's gonna keep going as an adjunct to Lr, or if it wants to be an alternative to Lr. And it has more competition on both sides of that; without layers, it's kinda behind something like Luminar/Aurora. Or Affinity Photo. And Lr keeps getting better and adding more features, so it's a moving target as well. For example, it now has K-1ii support and I can't even use those files in DxO. I would have to see some real value coming out of Photolab for me to keep going with it, and I dunno that the u-point adjusting and lens support is enough. And oddly, the Nik plugins seem to be competing with Photolab...why would one get both? It's unclear to me where all that's going, if anywhere.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-19-2018, 09:49 AM  
The Just Released $49.99 New/Improved Version Of NIK Collection Is A Rip Off!
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 36
Views: 3,124
I agree. Do they think no one would notice their current problems? If they made some commitments to US, the consumers, about the product then we'd be more inclined to commit our money to them. Sure, we'd realize any product, or company, can go away (as those of us who bought Nik from Nik know, or even got it from Google know...hello DxO, do you realize there's a pattern here? the Curse of Nik?). But a roadmap and some future upgrade commitments would probably be sufficient. But being opaque seems more the norm with software developers. Too bad; their loss.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-16-2018, 01:40 PM  
Lonely speck review of the K-1II for astrophotography
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 62
Views: 7,655
For those interested in more info behind his iso invariance testing, see this: How to Find the Best ISO for Astrophotography: Dynamic Range and Noise – Lonely Speck

It's a great intro to low light shooting and how lack of light affects noise. And downstream noise, iso variance and invariance, etc. And BTW: note the Nikon 700d examples he uses; same magneta issue only at ISO 100. So yeah, perhaps an Lr issue when pushing the exposure.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-12-2018, 08:56 AM  
Lonely speck review of the K-1II for astrophotography
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 62
Views: 7,655
I found the review quite accurate. Rather amazing he got such good shots with Astrotracer and the kit lens at 105mm, BTW.

And I agree about the noise thing. Look at the images and try to see if you see them spoiled by lack of detail. In my experience it's really hard to find, and in the real world doesn't affect much, esp if you post process images and add NR anyway. Or just shoot at an ISO below the threshold.

And yeah, it's heavy. He noted that that's a Good Thing sometimes; it was just his personal pref for a lighter mirrorless. There are times I'm lugging it and wish it were lighter too...but I wouldn't trade that for durability and weather resistance.

And that site is a great resource. I find reviews by folks who really use the camera in the field much more interesting and informative than those like DPRs.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-09-2018, 10:15 AM  
The Just Released $49.99 New/Improved Version Of NIK Collection Is A Rip Off!
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 36
Views: 3,124
I thought of buying it, but I'm reluctant to without a clearer indication of where DxO is headed with Nik, and not only for Nik's former products but also Photolab (for me it's an upgrade cost, having bought Nik years ago). Will Nik stuff besides u-point selection be integrated into Photolab? will you be able to send RAW to Nik plugins? Apparently they've added "Open..." menus so you can use them standalone, but otherwise there isn't much integration with Photolab that I've seen. And having used Nik for a long time I dunno...everything else seems to have caught up and/or passed them. I still like Silver Efex, but I'm finding with the new profiles in Lr I can get some similar results faster.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-16-2018, 06:12 PM  
Thoughts on my library and workflow directory structure?
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 14
Views: 1,271
I dislike file and directory naming as a way to impart info to images. I think a much more robust, universal, scalable and flexible system is to use keywords and other IPTC info instead. That's what it's designed for. You don't have to make some of the hard choices about what directory something has to be in, since one file can only be in one directory (yeah, there's symlinks but c'mon). All the info you list above could be accommodated in keywords, I believe. Some might fit into "instructions" or other IPTC categories as well. Filenames I leave along unless there's a reason to change them for sequencing, but that's usually just exports.

I'd not aware of the tools that are easily used in finding files with IPTC data in Linux, but digiKam is probably quite good at that. And Xnview MP would work, and even does hierarchical keywords quite well.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-14-2018, 04:54 PM  
Sometimes, you just fall back on the basics.........
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 8
Views: 1,197
I almost lost the point of the OP when I got to looking at the photos...great expressions, really shows what sport is all about (which I could look as good as young Mr 460; my expression when running is probably enough to scare a lens into going out of focus...). But that's what it's all about, not comparing gear, but getting photos with impact. You wanna see results at the end of the day. Great job.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-04-2018, 12:53 PM  
Which raw development software to use? (a different take on the old question?)
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 29
Views: 2,578
I dunno.

If I ignore the "don't like where they're going" and the K-1 pixel shift comment it seems like Lr ticks all your boxes.

I would think if all these other alternatives have issues for your workflow, maybe just stick with Lr?

As far as the standard for parametric adjustments go, yeah, nothing is universal, although the open source stuff kinda strives to be I guess. And Lr's edits can be understood in some other programs like Mylio. With Ps however you can save stuff and those files are at least a de facto standard.

So why not stick with Lr until something clearly superior pops up?
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-10-2018, 06:59 AM  
K-1 MK2 - Unhappy with results at moderate ISO settings
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 561
Views: 38,123
Geez dude...just came dangerously close to a spit-take on reading that, with said K-cup beverage just having been imported into my mouth. :lol:

But I disagree...it seems to work better in post-processing as a plugin while I wait for Lr, etc to do its thing.
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