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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-14-2018, 03:56 PM  
Pentax Lens Experts
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 9
Views: 764
My favourite 'older' Pentax glass:
SMC Pentax 55mm 1.8
Super-Takumar 35mm 3.5
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-19-2018, 04:05 PM  
Replacing K-5
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 13
Views: 670
The K-5 is an excellent camera for your purposes - it's already got way more megapickes than you need for your freelance work, and has awesome dynamic range. Is it at all repairable?
A newer camera is going to require more processing power and storage on your computer due to larger file sizes.
A new or used camera imported from the US is pricey right now due to our low dollar, and, you get dinged for GST & PST when it crosses the border.
So, I would first look into the cost/feasability of repairs. Secondly, I'd be on the lookout for a used K-5, or even better K-5iiS, from a Canadian seller.

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-20-2018, 09:44 PM  
Edge failure on the 28mm F/3.5 M42 mount
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 15
Views: 593
That is my experience with this lens as well.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-25-2018, 06:10 PM  
photo counter
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 8
Views: 512
I have configured my Mac to, when a card or camera is attached, run Autoimporter. It automatically creates a folder titled with today's date and camera used. The image files are then downloaded to that folder.

It's been a long time since I set it up so I cannot recall precisely how I did it, but I seem to remember telling Image Capture to hand off the import to the Autoimporter app when a device or card is connected.

If you can get that far, run Autoimporter and set the preferences for your folder location and naming.

The is located here: System/Library/Image Capture/Support/Application/

I find it to be a very convenient workflow and am left scratching my head as to why Apple has hidden it away.

EDIT: found this article:
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-22-2018, 10:12 PM  
Sigma 24mm f2.8 Superwide II PKA overexposure
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 9
Views: 521
Mine does that too. I just live with it as otherwise it's an excellent lens.
Forum: General Talk 12-05-2017, 05:10 PM  
A little rant: Talking Head videos on Youtube
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 35
Views: 1,772
I won't watch an online video unless it's the only possible way to acquire the information contained therein.

I've been reading since I was 6 years old and by now I'm fairly good at it. It takes a couple of minutes to read an article versus 20 minutes to watch a video to get the same benefit.

And there's a special place in hell reserved for videoists who start out by saying "Hey! How are you?"
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-14-2017, 02:15 PM  
Is there a way to calibrate the electronic level?
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 10
Views: 997
That has been my experience.

With horizon correction turned on, put the camera on a tripod and trigger several shots with the self timer or a remote. My experience was a different tilt to the horizon on each shot.

My current practice is to check the horizon in live view using the grid (when using a tripod)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2017, 11:56 PM  
Architecture Origami Barn
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 5
Views: 312
Another back road discovery:

Ooops - the lens listed is in error - it's actually the 24mm.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-05-2017, 04:23 PM  
Full-frame lens on a crop body not advisable?
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 168
Views: 5,715
I'm so old, I can remember back when photographers would make a living by creating and selling photographs.

These days it seems the name of the game is driving web traffic by creating click bait on YouTube etc.

AFAIK, the only disadvantage to using FF lenses on crop cameras is that the FF lenses admit more non image forming light into the camera which can cause flare. However, by using a sufficiently long lens hood, this problem is mitigated.

And of course the big advantage is the crop sensor gets the best image quality from the centre of the lens.

I'm quite satisfied with what I get from my FF lenses--I only own one DA lens. Of course I only create photographs--I'm not trying to be an 'expert'.
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-02-2017, 09:10 PM  
Landscape ETTRing Correctly?
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 17
Views: 893
I find 'blinkies' annoying/distracting so I turn them off.
I set my camera up to use digital preview.
I press the green button and then do a preview.
I check the preview histogram and adjust the exposure.
Do another preview, check histogram. When histogram looks 'right', I take my shot.
I can usually tell by looking at my first preview how many clicks of the control wheel will give me a proper exposure.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-02-2017, 08:49 PM  
Machinery Old tractor
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 15
Views: 511
Thanks all, for your kind words. The sun was just at the horizon as I arrived, but by the time I was set up, it had gone, and with it the spectacular revealing of texture. So I was a bit disappointed. I do intend to return some day.

Well, Les, there's your problem--you gotta get off those graveled roads and follow the one's that are less well travelled--something like this:

Just watch out for mud -- you do not want to get stuck out there! :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-01-2017, 09:39 PM  
Machinery Old tractor
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 15
Views: 511
I found this old relic on an old homestead along a back road--just after sunset. I'll have to go back one day in better light.

Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-04-2017, 08:13 PM  
live view
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 5
Views: 519
If you're shooting a non-moving subject, you can focus using live view and then switch over to OVF for composition & shutter release. With m42 lenses, focus wide open, then stop down to shoot.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-20-2017, 08:26 PM  
What would you charge?
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 8
Views: 909
If price is the customer's first priority, you do not want him for a client. Nothing but a PITA. And, remember, there's ALWAYS someone who'll do it for less.

The clients you want are the ones seeking quality.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-14-2017, 02:45 PM  
Poll: What is the most important feature in a camera?
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 49
Views: 2,050
Image quality.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 07-16-2017, 08:10 PM  
Snapped K3II Battery Door
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 4
Views: 568
I had a similar accident with my K-5. Fixed it with crazy glue. Still going strong.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 06-23-2017, 01:12 PM  
Question Sold a lens in the MP, post office lost it - What Next ?
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 14
Views: 937
The post office should refund you the shipping cost too.
Forum: Sold Items 06-21-2017, 12:47 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Hoodman Professional Hoodloupe in excellent condition with case and lanyard.
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 1
Views: 529
PM sent
Forum: General Photography 06-17-2017, 12:18 PM  
Used lens retailers online
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 14
Views: 1,056
FFordes is a British company that I have purchased from and have been quite satisfied with my transactions. Shipping by Royal Mail to Canada was reasonably priced and reasonably speedy.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-25-2017, 11:58 AM  
Metering problem with uncoupled lenses
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 11
Views: 747
You'll get a more accurate meter reading if, after stopping down, you shift into Live View and hit the green button.
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-23-2017, 11:22 AM  
K 3 II: How expose for highlights?
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 19
Views: 2,036
Take a spot meter reading from the brightest area where you want to retain detail. Open up two and a half stops.

You'll want to do some testing on how much you can open up. But what you want to do is to 'pin' your exposure to the maximum possible to retain highlight detail.
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-09-2017, 03:51 PM  
Catch In Focus (Almost a great Idea) Sorry for beating a dead horse
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 68
Views: 3,815
Just shape a bit of tinfoil that covers them all.
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-09-2017, 02:43 PM  
Catch In Focus (Almost a great Idea) Sorry for beating a dead horse
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 68
Views: 3,815
Works fine for me with the K-5.

Note - to use screw mount lenses, you need to short out the camera contacts to get CIF to work.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-29-2017, 11:27 AM  
35mm Manual Focus suggestions
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 9
Views: 811
Don't overlook the Super Takumar 35mm 3.5. I find it an excellent lens for walking around purposes, and can be had quite cheaply.

Forum: Pentax K-3 04-19-2017, 04:54 PM  
Three questions: White balance, color space, and PEF vs DNG
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 16
Views: 1,239
Yes, it will remove the colour cast from the 'weird' light you get at the end of the day.

If you want an end of day shot to retain it's unique colour characteristics, you're best off shooting with Daylight WB.

If you are shooting a product and need to show its actual colour, but are forced to shoot in 'weird' light, then using a grey card is the way to go.
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