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Forum: Pentax K-5 09-11-2012, 05:28 PM  
Tips on a jewelry photoshoot?
Posted By joeyc
Replies: 3
Views: 1,484
Photographing jewelry is something I do on a regular basis with one of my long standing customers. Lighting is key, as is just the right amount of depth of field. Unfortunately, when shooting close with jewelry, you'll often have a very shallow depth of field. This can be overcome two different ways. You can use the focus stacking method to make a composite of multiple images at slight different focus points or you can use a tilt (tilt shift lens) to manipulate the plane of focus. Unfortunately, Pentax doesn't produce a tilt shift lens, and there isn't really an alternative. Your 90mm macro will probably be sufficient if you're careful about placement of your focus and stop down considerably.

My lighting set-up is quite simple, but very effective in my opinion. I will often use a light tent (can be found on eBay) for light diffusion. The lights consist of 4 Home Depot work lights and daytime bulbs, with one or two flashes triggered off camera. My particular client requires a perfectly white background, so I frequently fire one of the flashes through a piece of acrylic to light the jewelry from below or behind. I will still typically have to adjust the white point (not white balance) after the fact in Photoshop to get the 'true' white background.

Here is a recent example shot with 5DII and 90mm TS-E.


BTW - definitely use a custom white balance on these shots. A gray card can make this very reliable and easy. Any questions, just ask!
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-23-2011, 07:23 AM  
Sony A850/A55 to K-5?
Posted By joeyc
Replies: 6
Views: 2,503
Good point. This is a decision from the heart at the moment. Before I invested too much time into the dollars and sense, I need to talk it through. My current set-up allows me the output that I need at this point in time, I just miss the connection I had with the limited primes. The K-7 was great from an ergonomics standpoint, but the IQ was lacking IMO. I feel like the K-5 has addressed the IQ issue. Maybe this silly idea will pass.
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-23-2011, 02:50 AM  
Sony A850/A55 to K-5?
Posted By joeyc
Replies: 6
Views: 2,503
Hello all - Past Pentax user, most recently with K-7 and K200D. I have been using the Sony A850 and A55 since leaving Pentax. I'm quite happy with both Sony bodies, but I truly miss the tiny limited primes. I realize the low ISO of the K-5 will never match the stunning low ISO IQ of the A850, but there are not too many trade-offs after that (and using the A55 for comparison, they are closer than you'd think). I miss the quiet shutter of my K-7 (ever hear the gunshot of the A850?). I'm considering K-5 with DA15, FA43, DA70, and DFA100. I've owned all those lenses in the past except the 100, but the reviews seem quite exceptional. I earn a living from photography, though FF doesn't offer too many advantages to my work (interiors/real estate, commercial, and some people/event). Ok, maybe the people shots. Am I being silly for even considering this move?
Forum: Sold Items 09-10-2010, 09:10 AM  
For Sale - Sold: F* 300mm F4.5 (US)
Posted By joeyc
Replies: 3
Views: 2,438
Sold pending payment.
Forum: Sold Items 09-10-2010, 03:14 AM  
For Sale - Sold: F* 300mm F4.5 (US)
Posted By joeyc
Replies: 3
Views: 2,438
Just showing the filter, as well as the soft case.
Forum: Sold Items 09-10-2010, 03:13 AM  
For Sale - Sold: F* 300mm F4.5 (US)
Posted By joeyc
Replies: 3
Views: 2,438
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
F* 300mm F4.5

Asking Price
$845

Item Location
Cochranville PA

Item Description
Hello all - I am selling my Pentax F* 300mm F4.5. If you're interested in this lens, then no introduction needed. This is an amazing lens - legendary, rare, and surprisingly small. I am the second owner - used exclusively with my Pentax K-7 - with phenomenal results. Incredibly sharp from F4.5, fast autofocus, and pleasing bokeh. Great for wildlife, sports, or even (very) tight portraits.

I've actually held onto this for quite awhile after selling my K-7. Been shooting with the Sony A850 and just did not want to see this go!

It is in excellent condition. Built in hood works perfectly. The tripod mount is very tight and secure (most of the F* lenses are not as fortunate). Both Pentax lens caps are included, as is the original soft case. I'm also including in a B&W filter. The filter has been on since day 1 (or so I'm told). Autofocus is fast and accurate on my K-7. I'd rate the body as 8.5 out of 10. Hardly any signs of wear can be seen on the lens housing itself - the one side has a light scratch (see the image). The optics are exceptional as well, rating an 9 out of 10 in my opinion. The only thing worth noting is a spec of dust (or whatever) inside the lens (see the photo). I've never seen this affect any images, but do not want any surprises with a lens of this caliber. The glass is great.

No worries about failing SDM (like the newest DA* 300mm). Reliable, fast, and accurate screw drive focus here! Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for looking.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
United States

Shipping Charge
$35 (or less)

Shipping Services
UPS insured

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Check/Money Order

Return Policy & Additional Details
Please contact me within 72 hours if lens is not as described.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 05-19-2010, 07:02 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-7 body: cheap $685 with free M50mm F1.7
Posted By joeyc
Replies: 6
Views: 2,269
Sold. Thanks Liz.
Forum: Sold Items 05-19-2010, 02:54 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-7 body: cheap $685 with free M50mm F1.7
Posted By joeyc
Replies: 6
Views: 2,269
Photos added, all emails and PM's responded to. Thanks!
Forum: Sold Items 05-19-2010, 07:47 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-7 body: cheap $685 with free M50mm F1.7
Posted By joeyc
Replies: 6
Views: 2,269
All pms responded. Emails sent. If more or better photos are required, that can be taken care of this evening. Thanks
Forum: Sold Items 05-19-2010, 05:55 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-7 body: cheap $685 with free M50mm F1.7
Posted By joeyc
Replies: 6
Views: 2,269
I'm selling my 5 month old K-7. Has approximately 3300 shots according to PhotoMe. Works 100%. No BF/FF issues, though your mileage may vary since this also depends on the lens. Box and all accessories included. Been very pleased with the camera. I have never registered the camera, so I could provide an invoice if anyone is interested. Here's the only thing... The LCD has three scratches. Visible when the LCD is off, barely (if at all) visible on review or with live view. The scratches are on the borders of the screen. I won't sugar coat it... They're there and not going anywhere. :) Camera still functions 100%. This was not dropped. I repeat, camera was not dropped - it was resting next to a granite sample in my back seat.

Photos added below. Please note, the two blue streaks are reflections from my window (quick snaps). There is a 'rub' mark (discoloration between the two scratches on the right). The LCD works fine with the exception of the scratches being a distraction. Battery grip not included. I don't want any surprises for the new owner. You're getting a perfectly working K-7 with a scratched LCD: 3 main scratches, a rub mark the size of a nickel, and a few random nicks here and there.

Whoever buys the body is welcome to my M50 1.7. Works great, but has some slight fungus on the front element. Could be cleaned if anyone was so inclined.

Figure on about $15-20 to ship to most of the US.

Thanks,

Joe
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-15-2010, 09:57 AM  
To those who own the FA50mm 1.4 and the FA43mm 1.9
Posted By joeyc
Replies: 31
Views: 5,445
While the FA50 is a very nice lens, it really doesn't compare to the FA43 IMO. The 43 is sharper until about F2.8 and the bokeh is a little bit more appealing to me. However, the price difference is quite large, so dollar for dollar, the 50 is probably a better buy. I typically use the 43 as walk around lens, but found the 50 too long for that. As similar as they seem, for me they are quite different. Price no issue, get the 43. More concerned about getting the most for your money, the 50 is the ticket.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-29-2010, 05:08 AM  
Pentax K7 and underexposure
Posted By joeyc
Replies: 13
Views: 4,142
Same here. I'm used to Olympus which tends to expose to the right (at least used to with older models). For the K-7, I usually hit exposure compensation for a + 1/3 or 2/3.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-16-2010, 02:12 PM  
Poor digital scans from Costco
Posted By joeyc
Replies: 18
Views: 10,923
I honestly don't have any film prints to compare. While I still enjoy shooting film, after the development, I'm 100% digital. Most need a quick levels adjust, maybe a little contrast, and some sharpening. Film scans have a decent amount of lattitude for manipulation, probably similar to high quality jpeg. I actually find I can recover more from the highlights than some raw files.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-16-2010, 02:08 PM  
Poor digital scans from Costco
Posted By joeyc
Replies: 18
Views: 10,923
I want to move back there! Was fortunate enough to stick around Kauai for two months back in '08.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-16-2010, 02:07 PM  
Poor digital scans from Costco
Posted By joeyc
Replies: 18
Views: 10,923
thanks for the kind words. The first two were in Hawaii and the last was in Punta Cana. I have a roll from my K1000/43ltd waiting to process. Oh come to think of it, I have 6 rolls from Cabo too...
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-14-2010, 02:52 PM  
Poor digital scans from Costco
Posted By joeyc
Replies: 18
Views: 10,923
I've actually used them quite often - and made prints with the resulting files up to about 11x14 with no pixelation/degradation. Here are three examples

Bessa R2, 15mm Heliar - Fuji Superia 200 or 400 (can't remember!)



Sears 35RF - Kodak Ektar 100


Just to note, I have had a bad experience - once. I think the individual operating the equipment is the biggest variable.
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-12-2010, 12:44 AM  
Why obsess over gear?
Posted By joeyc
Replies: 93
Views: 13,210
Wow. Lots of great responses here. I had a very busy weekend and had to excuse myself from the boards. Normally, I like to respond to all who take a moment to respond to my posts. I apologize in advance if I do not reply to your post. I have read them - great thoughts here to ponder.

For sh*ts and giggles, I swung buy Calumet photo after work Friday. Calumet is the only photography source in Philly, besides your Best Buy, etc. I wanted to handle the D700. Took my K-7 with me for comparison (it's always by my side). Much to my surprise, I wasn't wowed. Sure, the autofocus is incredibly fast and accurate (almost like it read my mind?). However, the viewfinder seemed disappointing. While quite large, I felt the K-7 was noticeably brighter. My interest in buying the D700 was luke warm at best, but unless I needed the low light performance, I wouldn't be jumping to that body/system.

Now, it's not really about the gear and many of you made that apparent. And I know that. Some made the suggestion to buy a film camera. I have plenty - and use them all. Trust me, I love the connection to film and as long as I can, I will continue to shoot film. In fact, whenever I am abroad (for whatever reason), I tend to only shoot in film. My rangefinders get a regular workout, and more recently my K1000 and FA43 (great combo BTW).

Part of my issue with gear is the fact I know cannot afford to have anything I want/need. That being said, I think I subconsciously (or consciously) try to have the best gear for my needs within my means. I am someone that likes to be prepared. I know what I like to shoot and how I shoot, so having the right tools at my disposal is important. Never do I expect certain gear (lenses, bodies, etc.) to make me a better photographer, but having the right tools certainly makes building the house easier.

I never blame any of my poor photos or missed shots on gear. I realize that there are always going to be better photographers and there will always be 'better' gear. I tend to think I do very well with what gear I have by my side. There is a 'connection' issue more than anything. Perhaps more time with the K-7 will solve that. As silly as it sounds, I always felt connected to my E-1. Maybe it was the fit (ergonomics). Maybe it was the fact it was my first 'real' digital camera. Maybe it was the fact that I used money my grandmother left to me when she passed on to purchase the camera. Regardless of the reason, that attachment has not been there with anything since. And I think that is important. Like a painter and his/her favorite brush or writer and their typewriter (or whatever comparison you can come up with).

Sure, I can continue to use the E-1 and make terrific images until the day it stops working. But for someone who likes to print large, at the end of the day, 5mp is on the small end of things. That is one example of where newer gear can be advantage.

Lots of ramblings from me here...
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-09-2010, 09:17 AM  
Why obsess over gear?
Posted By joeyc
Replies: 93
Views: 13,210
Good for you! That takes discipline.
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-09-2010, 09:15 AM  
Why obsess over gear?
Posted By joeyc
Replies: 93
Views: 13,210
I can certainly understand the mindset that something new will make me better (not that that is the case!). My thoughts are more, how can I enjoy photography more and get more out of it - which I then relate to my gear. Silly, I know.
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-09-2010, 08:28 AM  
Why obsess over gear?
Posted By joeyc
Replies: 93
Views: 13,210
I'm sure it's not just me, but I seem to obsess/ponder camera equipment too much. For almost 5 years I shot with my Olympus E-1 (and various other 4/3 bodies) and high grade lenses. I was mostly content the entire time. Along the way I tried a Pentax DL2 and Nikon D40. Both were nice bodies, but each had a shortcoming in my mind and did not want to continue with either system at the time. About 1 year ago, I sold off all Olympus gear (except the E-1) and jumped into Pentax. The main reason was that Olympus did not make a suitable E-1 replacement in my opinion. Pentax was about to release the K-7 - the E-1 replacement Olympus never made.

Fast forward to today. I have the K-7 and a few nice pieces of glass. I should be content, right? Then why do I contemplate other gear? Grass is greener syndrome? Or have I just not found the right combination for my shooting? I was very content with Olympus until the E-1's 5mp and limitations starting showing it's age with no replacement I loved. I haven't felt that connection to my gear since then. Silly?

Lately, I have three schools of thought. 1.Suck it up. Shoot with what I have. 2.Go back to using the E-1 and buy a few super high grade lenses. 3.Buy a D700 and some of the more affordable primes. Three very different systems. I'm not sure if any of them will be the answer. This isn't meant to be a 'should I buy a this or that thread'. I'm just in a state of discontent for whatever reason. Any thoughts or similar experiences?

Just to note, about 75% of my photography is for personal use and the other 25% is for commercial, paid work. Maybe it's the paid work that is dragging me down...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-08-2010, 08:00 AM  
Is this as good of a deal as I think?
Posted By joeyc
Replies: 32
Views: 4,413
Ive bought from them in the past. They're legit, but they will call and try to sell aftermarket extended warranty and accessories. Just politely decline and everything should be OK.
Forum: General Talk 04-08-2010, 12:22 AM  
Announcing the PentaxForums Million-Post Giveaway
Posted By joeyc
Replies: 1,243
Views: 182,355
I will enter, not that I think I have a shot at winning though
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-03-2010, 04:04 PM  
Would Pentax SMC 100-300mm f4.7-5.8 be a good airshow lens for a Canon T2i?
Posted By joeyc
Replies: 18
Views: 5,029
If you're stuck on the Canon, go for the Sigma 70-300 DG APO. $209. Probably the best value for your budget. You're not going to enjoy manual focus for shooting air shows.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-03-2010, 11:35 AM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #21
Posted By joeyc
Replies: 24
Views: 3,841
Quick attempt. I saw this as a B&W. This was done entirely in Lightzone - my preferred tool for B&W conversions. The 'zone' interface is ideal for that IMO. I'd typically use a combo of Lightroom and Lightzone, but not needed since I just used the jpeg you provided. The composition also was quite working for me, so I did a rotate and crop - hope you don't mind!

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-02-2010, 01:28 PM  
Autofocus Film Body...
Posted By joeyc
Replies: 30
Views: 5,322
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