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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-16-2018, 10:41 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By GateCityRadio
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Looks almost like a snap shot from a vhs recording from the 80's. I dig it.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-13-2018, 07:42 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By GateCityRadio
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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-07-2018, 07:41 PM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By GateCityRadio
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the 'fujicrons' by Kevin Perri, on Flickr

The 23 showed up today! The 35 is pretty great, I haven't had much time to mess with the 50 yet but I'm sure I'll like it. I really enjoyed that focal length on my pentax cameras with the DA50.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-03-2018, 08:08 PM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By GateCityRadio
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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-03-2018, 11:12 AM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By GateCityRadio
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A couple from the park a few days ago. LX100

Country Park by Kevin Perri, on Flickr

Country Park by Kevin Perri, on Flickr
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-03-2018, 11:08 AM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By GateCityRadio
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Some pictures of my son with the XE-1 and 35/2. Both shot at f2.

The Park by Kevin Perri, on Flickr

The Park by Kevin Perri, on Flickr

Received the 50/2 a few days ago and ordered the 23/2 today. Really loving this system.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-25-2018, 06:58 PM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By GateCityRadio
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It's been forever since I visited this thread....but I finally found a used 50/2 in silver on ebay and quickly ordered it. Can't wait to get out and shoot with it. Also got a K-mount adapter yesterday so it will be fun to see what these old film lenses can do.

Also considering picking up a XE2s. I'm getting used to the rangefinder layout with the XE1 and LX100 so I may stick with it...but may get the 23/2 first if I can find one used in silver...the silver ones seem to be super rare on the used market.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-24-2017, 06:38 AM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By GateCityRadio
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6 Months by Kevin Perri, on Flickr

6 Months by Kevin Perri, on Flickr
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-22-2017, 05:30 PM  
Jumping head first into film
Posted By GateCityRadio
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Shoot a roll of that superia 400 just for practice and to see if your camera works. Dev the first roll, when it comes back and you know the camera works keep shooting that film for a little while as you hone in your skills.

When you think you are ready then you can look up reviews on several different kinds of film to find the character you are looking for. Try a few different types yourself. I went through several different types of B&W before I figured out that Plus-X and Tri-X are my favorites. I also tried several different kinds of color film before I settled on Portra.

Don't be afraid to experiment.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-22-2017, 03:11 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By GateCityRadio
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I do need to dive into the settings a bit more and see what I can do. So far I'm surprised how hard I can push the RAW files, I can get very good detail in the shadows and even crop an image pretty heavily. The noise is there but not as bad as I expected, my old K200D was much much worse.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-20-2017, 06:18 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By GateCityRadio
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I don't mind the colors, if anything I have to make the images a bit warmer in post but not too bad. The pentax cameras I had tended to lean a bit green so its something I'm used to. I think maybe the JPEGs are soft on my LX100 because its trying to cover up the noise. I'd rather have some noise and a sharp photo than a soft one.

A few from today's sunset over the ICW.

Topsail, NC by Kevin Perri, on Flickr

Topsail, NC by Kevin Perri, on Flickr

Topsail, NC by Kevin Perri, on Flickr
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-20-2017, 06:58 AM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By GateCityRadio
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Yeah, I wish they would fix the JPEG engine, but I don't think that is ever going to happen. The edited raw images look very good though.

Here are a few from our recent beach trip:

Topsail, NC by Kevin Perri, on Flickr

Topsail, NC by Kevin Perri, on Flickr

Topsail, NC by Kevin Perri, on Flickr

Topsail, NC by Kevin Perri, on Flickr

Topsail, NC by Kevin Perri, on Flickr

and the good thing is it is quick and easy to throw it into auto to pass off to others so you can get in some of the family photos

Topsail, NC by Kevin Perri, on Flickr
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-15-2017, 09:29 PM  
Fuji X-Trans Colors
Posted By GateCityRadio
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I'm trying to figure out a way to speed boost the K-mount lenses I have, it seems there isn't a K-mount to X-mount speed booster/focal reducer available so I would have to get an EOS to X-mount speed booster and use a PK to EOS adapter in addition to that. I'm kind of worried about stacking adapters like that. In the mean time I'll probably just get a regular PK to X adapter,
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-15-2017, 01:22 AM  
Fuji X-Trans Colors
Posted By GateCityRadio
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I edit mine in adobe camera raw just as easy as I used to edit my K3 images...so I'd say the "raws are hard to edit" argument is out the window. My K3 very rarely had moire, but it was more often than I've had with the Fuji XE-1 (which has been zero times, even taking pictures of my fiance with the same dress that gave my k3 issues) but pentax with the AA-simulator takes care of that I guess. I wouldn't say the X-trans is a bad sensor, but I wouldn't say its wildly better than the bayer sensors either. Just different. I personally like the ergonomics of the fuji cameras because it reminds me of the older film cameras that I shoot, and so far I can see that the lens quality is awesome.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-30-2017, 11:07 AM  
Which AF Pentax?
Posted By GateCityRadio
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I've had the ZX-7 (MZ-7), ZX-L (MZ-L, MZ-6), and MZ-S.
The MZ-S with a grip is really something special...especially with the FA Limiteds. It is expensive though and can't control aperture on DA lenses.

The ZX-L (MZ-L) is a great alternative. I had two and kept the FA77 on one and FA31 on the other. It can be had for under $100 and can control aperture on DA lenses and has options to use either 3 af points or just the center one which i thought was nice.

ZX-7 (MZ-7) is a little more consumer oriented. Its like the ZX-L but doesn't have the same control of the AF (uses all 3, no center point option). It can control the aperture on DA lenses. It is cheaper than both above, I got mine for under $40.

The grip FG is a must for the ZX-L or ZX-7, AA batteries are much cheaper. It doesn't add much size or weight. both cameras are very light. I never had an issue with the plastic mirror gear.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-30-2017, 10:21 AM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By GateCityRadio
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I have one of these as well, great travel companion and family camera.
The size and controls are just awesome.

Nice pictures too!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-21-2017, 01:39 AM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By GateCityRadio
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I actually was able to find my 35/2 used on ebay...complete with box and all paperwork accessories for about $50 less than new. I got kinda lucky as any of the F2 lenses are kind of hard to come by used, but I wanted the silver version which is ever harder to find.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-20-2017, 10:50 PM  
Camera marketing a big joke?
Posted By GateCityRadio
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[sarcasm] That's why you see sooooo many pentax cameras out in the wild.[/sarcasm]

---------- Post added 04-21-2017 at 01:51 AM ----------



There has always been different levels of cameras for different levels of people. From total noob, to hobbyist, to pros. Pentax has done this, as has canikon....why would sony be any different?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-20-2017, 03:59 PM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By GateCityRadio
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The size difference is nice, the 35/2 isn't a pancake or anything like that but its smaller than the sig art 35 and gripped K3 I was carrying lol. I know the sig art 35 can be sharp, but unfortunately mine had AF calibration issues...so the 35/2 seems to look sharper to me even though that's probably just down to the fact I can get accurate focus with it. I really wanted the 35/1.4 but found the 35/2 for cheaper and decided that the size and AF speed advantage was more important to me than the extra stop of light. F2 can still get shallow DOF pretty easily if you plan your shot out right. I'm looking into the 50/2 next, followed by the 18/2 and 27/2.8 in the near future.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-19-2017, 10:57 PM  
Sony A9 Officially Announced Today
Posted By GateCityRadio
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That's your opinion.
There are many who like EVF's. With an EVF I can have much more info in my viewfinder. With an EVF I can zoom in to make sure my focus is accurate. With an EVF I can have focus peaking in the viewfinder. With an EVF I can actually see image previews without trying to chimp at a washed out LCD screen.

I think this falls more into "I've always used an OVF, even if the EVF has its advantages I'm going to continue to use an OVF because change is scary"



^ on point.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-19-2017, 06:57 PM  
Seriously looking at Fuji X options
Posted By GateCityRadio
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The new fuji f2 primes aren't very big, put them on a XE body and you have a fairly small and light travel kit.
I love my XE-1 and 35/2. From what I've read the 23/2 and 50/2 render about the same and I'm hoping to add those to my kit before I get a XT10.

To me 16mp is more than enough.

Having long term experience with pentax (K100d, K200d, K7, K5, and K3), Sony (NEX 5t, A6000, and A7), and now Fuji (XE-1) I think the fuji lens quality is up there with Sony's Zeiss lenses and even though the DA limiteds are great, I think fuji might have them beat....but that all comes down to taste and how you like your lenses to render images.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-19-2017, 04:39 PM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By GateCityRadio
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Probably not much size wise with an adapter, unless you are using some of the smaller DA limiteds like the DA40...but then you lose autofocus and even with adapters that allow aperture control you don't know exactly what aperture you are on. You'd be better off using older film lenses with aperture rings.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-19-2017, 01:30 AM  
Seriously looking at Fuji X options
Posted By GateCityRadio
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All mirrorless cameras have less battery life than DSLRs due to the sensor always being on for live view. Plus they tend to have smaller batteries.
I seem to be just fine with one or two batteries for a day trip in my XE-1
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-18-2017, 10:33 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By GateCityRadio
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A color edit of one of the photos from my last post on this thread (about 3 pages back). Shot with the LX100.
I do have to say it again, RAW files from this camera are pretty damn good....idk what panasonic did with the JPEG engine but the JPEGs are all very soft, even when turning up the sharpness in the camera.

Day at the Park by Kevin Perri, on Flickr

Some more from the same day that I just edited:

Window by Kevin Perri, on Flickr

Day at the Park by Kevin Perri, on Flickr

and a few from easter:

Eli's first Easter by Kevin Perri, on Flickr

Eli's first Easter by Kevin Perri, on Flickr

Eli's first Easter by Kevin Perri, on Flickr

Even though I'm not impressed by the JPEG output, I am overall impressed with what this sensor can do. Its almost there with some of the aps-c sensors. It will serve its purpose as the family camera.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-18-2017, 10:14 PM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By GateCityRadio
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First outting with my XE-1 and fujinon 35/2
I have to say I'm really impressed with this lens! The rendering reminds me of some qualities of the pentax limiteds mixed with zeiss sharpness.
Eli straight chillin by Kevin Perri, on Flickr

Eli by Kevin Perri, on Flickr

Music by Kevin Perri, on Flickr

Flower by Kevin Perri, on Flickr

I think I may be looking into the 50/2 in the future if the rendering characteristics are the same.
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