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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 5 Days Ago  
DA 50-135 and autofocus
Posted By bschriver11
Replies: 11
Views: 685
I have a K-3ii and a recently purchased used Da 50-135 that is in mint condition and i knew the person that bought it from new so i know it was in perfect condition and i run into the same problem. I have calibrated the focus but at times it just flat out misses focus, i fully understand the shallow depth of field this lens can produce and i am very careful about moving the camera or the subject moving. I tend to use AF. S. and the center focus point with the viewfinder, sometimes it misses to the point it can clearly be seen in the viewfinder and yet i get focus confirmation from the camera? Live view works well but there are times when that is a little too slow. I kinda wish the SDM would quit so i could convert it to screw drive..
Forum: Photographic Technique 07-10-2019, 03:41 PM  
First Wedding Shoot
Posted By bschriver11
Replies: 21
Views: 972
Go to the rehearsal and take some photos, hindsight is always 20/20. That will give you a chance to try some things and see how they work out.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-03-2019, 03:16 PM  
Real Estate Photography - Awful Colours
Posted By bschriver11
Replies: 31
Views: 1,498
Look any better? I reduced the saturation on the blue channel.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-30-2019, 03:33 PM  
Nature An Early Riser
Posted By bschriver11
Replies: 11
Views: 398
Perfect golden hour shot,really like great color.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-25-2019, 06:08 PM  
Need some prom photo tips....
Posted By bschriver11
Replies: 7
Views: 556
I used the P mode on the camera which allows me to still change the aperture and shutter speeds when i desire and used the flash in P-ttl, you just need some flash exposure compensation and for one or two person shots i start at -2 just to get some fill flash.On the wider angles for group photos i'll start with zero flash compensation.One thing the flash will also do is help to freeze any motion or camera shake. If you don't use a flash then put their back maybe 3/4 to the sun and use it as a rim light for the hair and use center weighted or spot metering, direct sun in the persons face being photographed is not good. You put the person your photographing in the best light for them not for you and the camera. Jacob and Alicen homecoming. | A little flash brightens a fo? | Flickr
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-27-2019, 07:31 AM  
Could you please help me to choose a graphic card?
Posted By bschriver11
Replies: 14
Views: 819
Knowing what power supply your computer is running would be helpful, graphics cards are power hungry and a better card often requires more power.
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-17-2019, 03:10 PM  
3rd Party batteries?
Posted By bschriver11
Replies: 10
Views: 758
I see Wasabi was recommended but i for one would not, nor would i ever purchase another. The battery started to swell and became tight in the camera after about 1 year of limited use. The Wasabi had about half the capacity of the Pentax battery so i relied on the original battery the most anyway. Some have obviously had a good experience with Wasabi and some obviously have not (me). For me i'll just pony up the money and get a Pentax battery rather than roll the dice!!
Forum: Pentax K-70 04-14-2019, 05:21 AM  
Over- exposure
Posted By bschriver11
Replies: 13
Views: 824
I'll take a shot here. When your using full matrix metering the white boats or bright areas are blown out? Correct? Full matrix metering gives an average exposure for everything in the photo so the darker areas are having the opposite effect on exposure, try center weighted average or spot metering so the camera doesn't meter off the subject. This is a common problem in tricky light but is easily solved by telling the camera what you want properly exposed
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-10-2019, 05:36 PM  
Can't Pentax make a good cheap zoom?
Posted By bschriver11
Replies: 105
Views: 6,026
I'm seeing a lot of purple fringing in the trees in the high contrast areas, i've used the 16-45 and i don't recall seeing that kind of purple bloom although there may be some?Sharpness isn't the only thing that defines a great lens but i would say if you want a cheap zoom then you will probably get what you paid for. From the optical limits review: It is difficult to provide a final verdict about micro-4/3 lenses because neither the camera JPEGs nor the standard RAW converters will give you an access to uncorrected image data. This is both good and bad. On the one hand the system provides "clean" images straight out-of-the-box. On the other hand the correction mechanism is not really lossless because you lose some field-of-view if the lens produces heavy distortions (like this one), a bit of edge resolution and the sensor noise gets amplified somewhat in the corners due to the vignetting compensation. Their review was based on images corrected by the camera.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-10-2019, 02:11 PM  
Nature Eagle taking flight.
Posted By bschriver11
Replies: 2
Views: 246
Cropped pretty heavily already.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-09-2019, 06:50 PM  
Nature Eagle taking flight.
Posted By bschriver11
Replies: 2
Views: 246
PS_IMG0024 by bschriver11, on Flickr
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-01-2019, 03:23 PM  
Strong fringin - SMC Da 55-300 ED
Posted By bschriver11
Replies: 11
Views: 646
It is a problem depending on your type of shooting, if your photographing birds and such then it would obviously be more of a problem in these high contrast situations. Do your best to avoid the situation and fix what you can. I often encounter a red fringing along with purple and green but i can fix them enough to be satisfactory most of the time, it is a consumer grade lens and i think it does a decent job for a lens in this category.
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-24-2019, 07:16 AM  
My k3 is a lemon
Posted By bschriver11
Replies: 16
Views: 2,007
Get the camera repaired? I wouldn't think an on/off switch would be a major repair and one problem certainly does not make the camera a "lemon".
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-27-2019, 04:08 PM  
Uncommon problem with SMC Pentax-DA 35mm F2.4 AL
Posted By bschriver11
Replies: 10
Views: 808
I think the center focus indicator (red square) is not indicative of the actual size of the center focus size, if your ruler is at the wrong angle or the lines are to close together i think it is possible that it may be focusing closer or farther behind than what is being indicated by the red square. I have the same lens on a k-3ii and i just did a little real world adjustment and it works perfectly at +7 for me, just take a photo of some larger objects with a little separation between them and view them at %100 and then make your adjustments. Sometimes we just make things more complicated than they need to be.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-14-2019, 07:25 PM  
K 5-II and Silkypix - About color
Posted By bschriver11
Replies: 10
Views: 764
Online Photo Editor | Pixlr Editor Try this online and it is free to use, i find it works very well for basic editing.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-11-2019, 05:26 AM  
Nature my friend
Posted By bschriver11
Replies: 12
Views: 484
Looks like a Red Shoulder. Good shots!!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-11-2019, 04:40 AM  
Binoculars as part of wildlife photography kit
Posted By bschriver11
Replies: 30
Views: 2,125
Do some research. 8x magnification would be good for hand holding, some people see more detail with 8x over 10x because your hand shake is slightly less noticeable.If you will be carrying them for long periods then a compact pair might be best for you, keep in mind smaller objective lenses mean less light. If your looking early morning and early evening then larger objective lenses and larger binoculars might be a better choice. I've been looking at Vortex binoculars, i compared them in store to a pair of Nikon in the same price range and i was impressed with the Vortex and they have a lifetime transferable warranty. No paperwork needed if you should have a problem, they get very high reviews everywhere i have looked for them. Don't get too cheap and then wish you had bought something better because you probably will, buy the right pair the first time around!!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-04-2019, 04:18 PM  
Need help for amateur wedding and equipment.
Posted By bschriver11
Replies: 40
Views: 2,067
Take some shots at the rehearsal, then you can look and see what you did well and what you could have done better or different. Hindsight is 20/20...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-03-2019, 09:10 PM  
Nature Red Tail Hawk
Posted By bschriver11
Replies: 2
Views: 315
Red Tail Hawk
Forum: Sold Items 01-06-2019, 07:58 PM  
For Sale - Sold: 500mm 1:4.5 Sigma with Box(price reduced)
Posted By bschriver11
Replies: 10
Views: 1,641
This is obviously not the latest version of the Sigma 500mm F/4.5 and doesn't appear to be an autofocusing lens, definitely not an HSM lens.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-04-2019, 04:52 PM  
Pets Winston
Posted By bschriver11
Replies: 6
Views: 359
Difficult to tell him apart from a Border Collie. We have a full bred Border Collie that looks almost exactly the same. Beautiful dog and great pics.
Forum: Pentax K-70 01-01-2019, 01:24 PM  
New to the forum, New K-70 owner saying hello and suggestions recommendations needed
Posted By bschriver11
Replies: 20
Views: 1,423
A fast fixed lens would be great for baby portraits and you can pick up a fast 50mm lens without breaking the bank, or go for one of better 50mm lenses if your budget allows. Even the cheap 50mm lenses are excellent..
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-23-2018, 11:10 AM  
Which Sigma 12-24 lens mount is compatable with K1
Posted By bschriver11
Replies: 3
Views: 451
Not sure about your mount question? The K mount is what Pentax uses so any K mount lens would be compatible with the K-1. Perhaps a wide fixed focal length lens would serve you better if image quality is most important? Auto focus wouldn't be required either with a static subject along with such a wide angle. There are some moderately priced prime manual focus lenses that might fit your needs, depends on whether you think you need auto focus and what you want to spend.
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-23-2018, 07:31 AM  
Help with basketball shots
Posted By bschriver11
Replies: 15
Views: 901
Shot at 1/320th ISO 4000 with a sigma 70mm F/2.8 macro.
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-23-2018, 07:06 AM  
Help with basketball shots
Posted By bschriver11
Replies: 15
Views: 901
If basketball photography is really important to you consider getting a faster lens like F/2.8. A zoom isn't necessary since there seems to be plenty of room to move around, i've taken many high school basketball photos and i don't own a F/2.8 zoom.
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