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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-04-2014, 01:26 PM  
How many lenses do you have?
Posted By mikemike
Replies: 1,792
Views: 146,294
Too Many and Not Enough
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-29-2014, 07:42 PM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By mikemike
Replies: 10,806
Views: 1,798,220
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-12-2014, 11:59 PM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By mikemike
Replies: 10,806
Views: 1,798,220
I just joined the club with an FA 77. Yayay!!!

Is it just me or does everyone's lenses arrive on gloomy overcast days?

Anyway I took this one on my drive home, I love this neon sign.

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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-14-2014, 03:30 PM  
Photokina!
Posted By mikemike
Replies: 877
Views: 94,428
I have seen limiteds in the wild twice, once a FA 43 being used by a guy with his kid at the aquarium and another time, an FA 77 being used by at the food court in my building (which is an office tower/high end mall/hotel) in the middle of a very popular tourist area. I also saw a pentax dual wielder having beignets at cafe du monde the first time I brought my first pentax out, I am not sure which lenses he had on because I was still a total noob but I think they might have been DA*s.

I did get stopped once by someone with a FF Nikon to get a snapshot of him and his family at the zoo and he complimented that he asked me because I was using a pentax with a prime lens instead of an entry level Canikon with a kit lens.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-27-2014, 08:37 PM  
=Capture a stranger street style=
Posted By mikemike
Replies: 8,874
Views: 886,500
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FA 31, f 5.6 K-30
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 03-07-2014, 02:04 PM  
K-30/50 1.06 firmware
Posted By mikemike
Replies: 25
Views: 8,125
I have had random freezes which could only be fixed by pulling the battery as well. Also lesser malfunctions where the AF wouldn't engage which could only be fixed by turning the camera off for a minute and restarting it. It was worse with earlier firmware and hasn't happened in a while though. K-30 has been much less stable than my old K-x, one of the very few disappointments.
Forum: Photo Critique 02-03-2014, 02:49 PM  
Landscape af Chapman
Posted By mikemike
Replies: 5
Views: 869
I love the dreamy haze and colors on this. Like there was frost on the lens.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-05-2014, 08:36 PM  
PentaxForums.com February Daily Giveaway: Win a 35mm, 40mm, or 50mm lens!
Posted By mikemike
Replies: 410
Views: 34,246
According to google, it is a bed and breakfast near the loch ness monster.
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-08-2014, 09:14 AM  
For DPreview believers
Posted By mikemike
Replies: 65
Views: 8,545
And at this point, the word "review" being in their name doesn't make a whole lot of sense since they rarely do reviews.
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-21-2014, 11:35 PM  
Interesting sharpness comparison: DA lenses
Posted By mikemike
Replies: 52
Views: 7,887
I totally agree with this, the more I learn and hone my skills the more I appreciate the non-sharpness aspects of a lens' optical characteristics.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-21-2014, 11:52 PM  
Cityscape Running Rabbit
Posted By mikemike
Replies: 6
Views: 642
I shot this while I was driving into work. I was expecting to be stuck in a little stop and go traffic and be able to get a nice picture of this cool pink rabbit statue right in front of the Superdome but miraculously, there was no traffic but I still took the shot while driving 40 MPH.

I am not quite sure how the statue is only thing with motion blur because everything in the shot was stationary. I like the effect though, it makes it look like the rabbit is actually running. I just wish I had caught it a split second earlier so their was some space in front of its nose.

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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-21-2014, 11:57 PM  
Thematic Street Photography (No, Not THAT Street Photography) - Share Your Shots of the Roads
Posted By mikemike
Replies: 3,439
Views: 203,606
Forum: Pentax K-5 02-21-2014, 11:19 PM  
K5II/s sales data
Posted By mikemike
Replies: 8
Views: 1,294
I think we can tell by the lack of the AA filter on the K3 and the more aggressive price reductions on the K5 ii vs. K5 iis that the s probably blew the K5ii away in sales.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-19-2014, 12:46 PM  
Lens price hike in Europe?
Posted By mikemike
Replies: 43
Views: 4,622
Pick up the phone and try to negotiate. The worst thing they can say is no and you don't buy the lens.
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-20-2014, 10:52 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By mikemike
Replies: 76,727
Views: 2,891,841
I think this thread has meandered way off topic. It should be closed.
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-17-2014, 09:29 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By mikemike
Replies: 76,727
Views: 2,891,841
Kids grow up much faster now. My girls, 2 and 4, are already playing with My Little Ponies.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-17-2014, 09:13 AM  
Cool Imaging Research at MS
Posted By mikemike
Replies: 12
Views: 1,049
An idea proposed in the questions for CP+ reminded me of some of the cool stuff that I have seen coming out of Microsoft's research division. Looked it up and there are some things that they are doing that would be really awesome if Ricoh picked up and ran with. They have certainly done so with the Theta and there are a lot of other demos of projects that would fit really well with the Pentax system and using the SR system in creative ways.

MS brings these projects to market in the form of windows phone and kinect but I am sure there are opportunities for third parties to use some of this.

Seeing Mt. Rainier: Lucky Imaging for Multi-Image Denoising, Sharpening, and Haze Removal

Multi-Image Fusion

Image Deblurring using Inertial Measurement Sensors

Interactive Visual Media - Microsoft Research
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-16-2014, 12:25 AM  
Thematic No rembrandt-Show us your portrait shot-people close-ups,head shots
Posted By mikemike
Replies: 1,807
Views: 183,001
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-16-2014, 12:53 AM  
Locking the mirror during Live view shooting
Posted By mikemike
Replies: 20
Views: 3,427
If Ricoh, Canon, and Nikon want to compete against mirrorless cameras with DSLRs, they need their DSLRs to operate in mirrorless mode and have 0 performance drawbacks vs. MILC competitors.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-16-2014, 09:06 AM  
Show me a Sign! Billboards,sign,bus ads,shop signs go here!
Posted By mikemike
Replies: 5,496
Views: 432,737
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-16-2014, 12:41 AM  
Help me manage my prime lens lineup
Posted By mikemike
Replies: 32
Views: 3,768
This is the most disappointing thread I have read in a long time. I thought you wanted someone to be a caretaker of your lenses and I was going to volunteer.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-16-2014, 12:09 AM  
Thematic Only Neon
Posted By mikemike
Replies: 64
Views: 5,528
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-13-2014, 08:04 AM  
Help me in deciding my next lens :)
Posted By mikemike
Replies: 15
Views: 1,783
Do you have an external flash? It works nicely with all your lenses, opens a lot of new doors and possibilities, and especially helps you with the 16-45's barrel extension behavior. If you want to stick to a lens, I would say you have a few options in your budget either a fast normal zoom from sigma or tamron or a DA limited prime (15, 21, or 70) your choice.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-13-2014, 09:02 AM  
is photography your most expensive hobby?
Posted By mikemike
Replies: 317
Views: 18,931
It is amazes me how expensive photography used to be and that it was still such a popular activity. I certainly look at buying a digital body like buying an unlimited supply of film and processing.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-04-2014, 11:46 PM  
Lightroom convert
Posted By mikemike
Replies: 13
Views: 1,179
I have spent the evening delving into LR, developing some of the raw photos I have shot in the past month and am not looking back. I feel stupid for avoiding LR for so long out of spite for Adobe. It also deals with jpegs well and makes the tweaks I need most often effortlessly and even does some that I only put the effort into for poster size prints.

Luckily I have never been interested in HDR but I guess the next step is to work on my techniques then find an old film camera. :D
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