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Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 1 Day Ago  
New member - K3 bound and needing advice!
Posted By Dipsoid
Replies: 47
Views: 781
I don't think the battery grip comes with an extra battery. Mine certainly didn't. I think OP would get more money selling the brand new battery grip second hand rather than trying to get credit from B&H for what is a bundle accessory (The K-3 II with battery grip is only a few dollars more than the body by itself).
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 3 Days Ago  
New member - K3 bound and needing advice!
Posted By Dipsoid
Replies: 47
Views: 781
Hmm, Why not spend a small amount extra for a brand new K-3 II? 600 is pretty steep for a potentially 3-year-old camera and ninety day warranty. You can get the K-3 II brand new from B&H for 850 with a free battery grip. The battery grip can be sold for eighty bucks and now you have a brand new camera with a real warranty for a small amount extra.

Add an 18-135 used for 250 and a FA 50mm 1.4 used for 150-200 and you have a great kit well under budget.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 08-17-2017, 05:39 AM  
A 50/1.2 & 8-element Super Takumar 50/1.4 on Shopgoodwill
Posted By Dipsoid
Replies: 13
Views: 786
Making small purchases from shop Goodwill is one thing, but spending multiple hundreds of dollars is another. Goodwill's descriptions are almost always unhelpful, they rarely describe optical or mechanical condition, and images are often terrible. That 1.2, there's only one picture of the front of the lens and it is pretty dark. There might be fungus coating the inner elements of the lens. The aperture blades could be stuck or coated with oil. 350$ is quite a lot of money to take a risk on something sold as is with no return policy. Sure if it's perfect you save a hundred and fifty bucks, but that's quite a risk to save so little.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-26-2017, 10:27 PM  
Some Porst 50 1.2 Questions
Posted By Dipsoid
Replies: 19
Views: 1,044
If it has a k mount, your Pentax camera should be able to stop it down (unless the lens is damaged). The camera stops down the lens with a physical lever, not electronically. Thus, green button metering will work. Aperture priority will not work because your K-S2 does not have the mechanical linkage that Pentax film cameras had which measures how much the aperture ring is turned to compensate the light meter, so your camera will only shoot wide open in av.

As far as calculating depth of field, I personally use the dop scale on the lens itself to estimate and use the dop preview to visualize it if I need to, although that's not exact if that's what you're after. It should give you a pretty good idea of the distance though.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-25-2017, 02:46 PM  
DFA*50 1.4 coming
Posted By Dipsoid
Replies: 1,770
Views: 128,827
The 50 is of no particular interest to me, my fa 50 is all that I'll ever really need (unless the repackage it with a DC or SDM motor with weather-sealing). I do have skin in the game because my future down the road of my photography will inevitably lead me to a nice full-frame wide-angle lens and full frame camera for landscape and astrophotography, as I love my Samyang 16mm lens. Pentax makes the best cameras for astro landscapes and I'll likely pick up a K-1 on a firesale several years from now whenever the K-whatever FF is out, and the success of the 50 will likely influence whether or not a good wide-aperture 24 surfaces in the future. I do have hopes that Pentax finds some success with big, corrected lenses, because the 31 ltd seems to be more of a lifestyle and portrait lens, not something often recommended for astro landscapes (not saying it can't be done).

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Wow, that article was played so straight that I didn't even realize it was satire until I got to the postscript...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-06-2017, 11:34 AM  
new ricoh survey
Posted By Dipsoid
Replies: 149
Views: 9,886
Ha, I was told before that if you ask a Japanese clerk if they have something in stock that you need, they would never tell you "no", they'll say "That might be difficult" or something similar to that. It's a polite way of telling you no without telling you no.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-26-2017, 01:01 AM  
PNG or Jpeg for Flickr and other 'display' sites.
Posted By Dipsoid
Replies: 8
Views: 640
My experience with Photoshop, anything above 10 on the quality slider just seems to increase file size quite a bit with only a marginal quality increase.

My recommendation is to always save png files. They are compatible on any website, are lossless, and the compression is super efficient. In fact, I've had pngs come out with a smaller file size compared to lossy jpgs in some situations (images with low detail generally). You should never run into compatibility issues with png. Also, I'd recommend WordPress over Wix, the user experience if Wix is pretty awful.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-14-2017, 03:39 PM  
Pentax P3, D FA 24-70 F2.8, A 70-210 F4 and FA 50 F1.4 on Fuji Neopan 100 Across.
Posted By Dipsoid
Replies: 4
Views: 642
I think I read that you can use a split focusing screen from the MZ-M, although don't quote me on that, as it could be hearsay.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-17-2017, 08:30 PM  
Jumping head first into film
Posted By Dipsoid
Replies: 15
Views: 678
You might want to try shooting Ektar before you commit to slide film, as slide film might be crazy expensive to develop. At least it's that way for me, no one develops slide film anywhere close, so I have to ship it out. I've seen Ektar described as the color negative slide film. So it might give you an idea of what it's like to shoot super saturated slide film with a narrow dynamic range.

Kodak Portra is by far my favorite film, and 400 is definitely the best balance of the qualities of the Portra range. If you want something cheap to get you started, there's always Kodak Gold 200.

This guy makes some nice videos talking about different film types, he's worth checking out.














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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-17-2017, 09:48 AM  
Best Buy has allll the cameras (except Pentax)
Posted By Dipsoid
Replies: 46
Views: 2,076
Ha, I had a friend ask if Pentax was some sort of generic brand. I had another (older) say he didn't know Pentax ever made any digital cameras. It really wasn't that long ago that Pentax had a massive presence in the US. It seems like their marketshare plummeted in the late eighties-mid nineties and never recovered. I see quite a few P series cameras with a 35-80s attached on craigslist and camera stores, and even less of the MZ series. In terms of digital cameras, I'll find the odd *ist D with kit lens, but never anything later. Compared to the slim offerings of autofocus cameras, Super Programs, Me Supers, Spotmatics, K1000s, are so prevalent, you can't get away from them. So no one younger than thirty has any awareness of the brand.

My Best Buy has a growing Sony section, along with modest Canon and Nikon sections. It even has a whole shelf dedicated to Keymissions. I think Pentax would have a better bet marketing through smaller camera retailers rather than big-box stores. Our local camera shop carries every single camera brand EXCEPT Pentax. It's miserable. They used to carry only Nikon, Canon, and Leica but have added Olympus, Panasonic, Sony, and Fuji and market those guys pretty hard. It works too, I've been seeing a whole lot more Fujis, Sonys, and Olys around the necks of 20-30 somethings locally in the past few years.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-24-2017, 04:48 PM  
Help wanted: just changed power supply/ad RAM: 15 GB of SSD storage are gone ! ???
Posted By Dipsoid
Replies: 30
Views: 1,523
localdisk:/users/*your username*/AppData/Local/Temp
The files will usually be called something like "Photoshop Temp152258354612" and have no file type. If you run disk cleanup it should clear out your Temp directory.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-24-2017, 12:54 PM  
Help wanted: just changed power supply/ad RAM: 15 GB of SSD storage are gone ! ???
Posted By Dipsoid
Replies: 30
Views: 1,523
If it's not the system page file, PhotoShop stores quite large temp files in your temp directory. I've definitely cleaned upwards for 20 gigs of PhotoShop temp files out of my temp folder before.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-13-2017, 08:11 PM  
pentax m-e mirrorless camera with aps-c sensor coming??
Posted By Dipsoid
Replies: 216
Views: 21,781
Uhm, no, that's technically not true at all. "The art or practice of taking and processing photographs." Is the definition the Oxford Dictionary gives to photography. You'll notice it doesn't mention anything about controlling shutter speed or aperture manually. I've seen people take better pictures with their smartphone than many gear heads who could rattle off a great deal of technical details about their cameras. Does that mean one couldn't become a better photographer by knowing and controlling all the aspects of the exposure triangle? Of course not. You'll notice more smart phones are giving you manual control to exposure as well as RAW developing options. My 30$ Microsoft phone comes with manual controls for exposure out of the box. Photography doesn't require the pretensions you proclaim because photography is just about creating images. Controlling all of the settings you want won't create a good image if you don't know anything about light, color, and composition anyway, all of which don't particularly require any of the exposure controls to get right.
Forum: Sold Items 02-24-2017, 11:40 PM  
Wanted - Acquired: 35mm Film Manual Focus Camera
Posted By Dipsoid
Replies: 4
Views: 250
Try looking around for a Promaster branded camera, they are essentially a modern K1000, and since they were produced so recently and marketed to students they likely will be in perfect working order with good seals. They're mechanical so don't require batteries as well. They're often sold for peanuts if you keep a look out.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-22-2017, 03:03 PM  
Chinon CP-X Program Exposure Compensation?
Posted By Dipsoid
Replies: 6
Views: 432
You can always adjust the ISO as an exposure compensation, although you'd not be able to under expose if you use 3200 speed film.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-06-2017, 03:28 PM  
Best of 2016 Un tramonto sulla Certosa di Trisulti / A Sunset over the Trisulti Charterhouse
Posted By Dipsoid
Replies: 8
Views: 518
Great picture, awesome compositional balance with great lighting!
Forum: General Photography 01-30-2017, 10:13 AM  
Has anyone photographed a total solar eclipse?
Posted By Dipsoid
Replies: 20
Views: 1,502
Watching this thread as I'm planning a trip to North Carolina for the eclipse myself and would love to see peoples' input. :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-26-2017, 08:42 AM  
Pentax KP - Specifications
Posted By Dipsoid
Replies: 619
Views: 67,060
Definitely not just jpeg processing. Jpeg processing is included, bit PRIME is the CPU of the camera. It does all signal, autofocus, exposure, etc processing. This is why you see high end cameras such as the D500 have a separate processor that just does autofocus computations.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-22-2017, 07:44 PM  
Pentax "KP" DSLR registered in Indonesia
Posted By Dipsoid
Replies: 1,319
Views: 127,495
Nothing about kaf4 means the aperture lever is discarded, it means it enables electrical aperture control for compatible lenses.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-13-2017, 01:50 PM  
Pentax "KP" DSLR registered in Indonesia
Posted By Dipsoid
Replies: 1,319
Views: 127,495
Hmmm, I hope this wouldn't create some sort of trademark conflict with Hoya Pentax.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-20-2016, 04:41 PM  
SMC F Series - Colors
Posted By Dipsoid
Replies: 16
Views: 1,047
My Takumar F-zoom 70-210 produces insanely saturated colors, with warm colors looking especially beautiful. It's color rendition is far from natural, but much more interesting than the slightly cold and drab rendition from my 18-135. It reminds me of my old Minolta glass.
Forum: Sold Items 11-26-2016, 03:44 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax FA 50 f/1.4 SOLD & Q-S1 + Q Kit SOLD
Posted By Dipsoid
Replies: 6
Views: 1,437
PM sent. :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-17-2016, 01:21 PM  
Best budget wide angle lens?
Posted By Dipsoid
Replies: 18
Views: 1,320
There's a Sigma 10-20 for sale on the forum I believe, that might be a good option. If you don't mind manual focus, the Samyang 16mm is a fantastic lens. My only gripe with it is the awful quality of the lens cap and hood, the hood can be annoying to snap on the lens reversed, and the lens cap is always falling off in my bag so I have to keep the lens stored in its pouch. Size is also an issue, it's a honking lens. I'm saving it to use for night time photography, but ultimately I think I'll add the DA 15mm for the sake of having something I can take anywhere.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-14-2016, 08:55 AM  
Which Camera mount is this lens? Please help need to buy adapter.
Posted By Dipsoid
Replies: 5
Views: 588
Looks like a m42 lens with a K-mount adapter attached to me.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-12-2016, 02:27 PM  
Pentax DA 50mm f1.8 lens $79.95
Posted By Dipsoid
Replies: 22
Views: 1,312
I wish Pentax would come out with one with a silent motor. The canon 50mm stm I bought for my girlfriend is only a slight bit more than the average price for this, although I suspect it's a loss-leader for Canon.
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