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Forum: Photographic Technique 06-16-2015, 11:30 AM  
Problem with red colour and K-3
Posted By Funsize
Replies: 26
Views: 4,807
Reds were pretty much the main reason I shoot in raw+. Most of the time I dont need the raw file but if there's something bright red I've got to use raw and fiddle with the luminance sliders. Usually turning down orange would help more than just red alone.
Forum: General Photography 05-27-2015, 09:32 AM  
to zoom or not to zoom
Posted By Funsize
Replies: 11
Views: 1,240
I've never used the 50-500, but I did use the FA* 300 for a bit. I never got to use it in the wild, but I found when at the zoo the inability to zoom out when animals got closer was a major hassle.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-10-2015, 09:53 AM  
pentax 18-135 or sigma 1.8 18-35 and sigma 2.8 70-200
Posted By Funsize
Replies: 27
Views: 4,192
I don't think my 18-135 was a bad copy. Like I said, I used to really like it; the center was quite sharp and was pretty much always in focus. The problem was pretty much everything that wasn't in the center. This can be used to your advantage, though, because it will help with subject isolation if you're taking a picture of an individual thing. I've got lots of portraits with it that are really nice, but I'm going to need to reshoot every landscape I took with it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-10-2015, 08:15 AM  
pentax 18-135 or sigma 1.8 18-35 and sigma 2.8 70-200
Posted By Funsize
Replies: 27
Views: 4,192
I used to really like the Pentax 18-135 but a few things happened that made me leave it off my camera. The first was the sigma 18-35, and the second was upgrading from a 15" screen to a 27". I had a lot of landscapes I took with Pentax that were just slightly off, and I couldn't figure out what was wrong with them. They sorta hurt to look at, and no matter what I did, they just didn't look right. When I got the larger screen, suddenly I could see what was wrong. Not only was there no fine detail in the corners, but they were downright smudgy. The center would be fine, but everything else looked like a mess. Looking back, I could have upped the aperture to f/8, but a lot of my shots were impromptu, often at dusk, and I would have had too much motion blur. The sigma is orders of magnitude sharper (assuming you can get it to focus, which it does quite well past 2.8). Previewing shots on the back of the camera became surreal; since I was so used to the soft edges, I was shocked by how much more I could see with the sigma lens as I went around the image checking my shot. It was sorta like getting properly fitted glasses for the first time, you didn't know what you were missing.

Long story short, the Pentax 18-135 is ok for landscapes on smaller screens at higher apertures, but the Sigma 18-35 is going to give you much better results which will stand up to enlargement.
Forum: Sold Items 03-06-2015, 11:45 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 70mm f2.8 EX DG Macro
Posted By Funsize
Replies: 0
Views: 912
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Sigma 70mm f2.8 EX DG Macro

Asking Price
375.00 USD

Item Location
Philadelphia (United States)

Item Description
I got this lens about a year ago for macro, but I haven't been using it as much as I expected I would. The lens is still in great condition; glass is flawless, with no obvious scratches on the body, though the plastic picks up oil from fingers pretty easily. On my K30 I did have to do an in body focus adjust to +7, but after that it worked like a charm. It comes with screw on hood, travel case, and box. The lens is very sharp wide open, and has great reviews for sharpness: Sigma Lens: Primes - Sigma 70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro (Tested) - SLRgear.com! , Sigma AF 70mm f/2.8 EX DG macro (Canon) - Review / Test Report - Analysis

It is also worth noting that this is a full frame lens for anyone looking to get the new FF Pentax.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
Continental U.S. Only

Shipping Charge
Shipping included

Shipping Services
USPS, UPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
Return only if lens not as described.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-06-2015, 09:25 AM  
Sigma 18-35mm vs Pentax 20-40
Posted By Funsize
Replies: 5
Views: 1,982
I've used the 18-35 a lot, and it's been one of the best lenses I've ever used. That said, dont expect to be taking snapshots with it because you wont get them because the AF can be unreliable wide open. You need to take care setting up your shot, but once you do, the results are fantastic.
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-13-2014, 02:32 PM  
How to shoot lightening?
Posted By Funsize
Replies: 41
Views: 3,752
I'm lucky enough to live on a hill overlooking a valley. This past summer we had loads of storms pass right overhead and I got front row seats to them. I set up my camera on a tripod, set iso to 200, stop down to around f/5.6 or more, with a 15 second exposure on interval shooting. Lightning is tricky to expose for, especially when the storm is over you because one shot might be miles away, the other might be a few hundred yards, so shooting raw is a must. Having a good lens also helps, because lightning can pretty easily cause ghosting. Once the everything is all set up, just kick back and let the camera do the rest. Dont try to chase the last bolt, because if you move the camera, the next bolt will be right where it was pointed before; only reposition if the storm has moved on. These were all shot with the 18-135 at 18mm.
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-29-2014, 12:02 PM  
What is it about red?
Posted By Funsize
Replies: 65
Views: 6,065
The problem isn't that it's a jpg, the problem is how the pentax engine handles red. I've found that the best way to fix the problem is to shoot raw, and if it's still an issue, go to the red luminance channel in lightroom and turn it down. That usually brings out tons of detail. That said, there are times I just wish I could shoot jpg and not have to worry about post processing.
Forum: Sold Items 10-24-2014, 07:07 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Reduced: Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art Lens
Posted By Funsize
Replies: 8
Views: 2,617
I don't know why someone hasn't got this yet, it's an amazing lens. I've got one of these and it has to be one of the best lenses I've ever used.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-08-2014, 10:07 PM  
Why do people like manual focus lenses?
Posted By Funsize
Replies: 81
Views: 6,315
I tried an m 50mm 1.7 and was hooked.
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-07-2014, 03:13 PM  
Focus peaking accuracy?
Posted By Funsize
Replies: 8
Views: 2,473
I've tried to use focus peaking on the moon at 300mm, but the camera cant seem to meter properly to get anything useful and it's always just a bright white blur against black. Stars have always been to faint to use focus peaking accurately for me. I usually use regular autofocus to get infinity focus, then I turn off autofocus and take care not to bump the focus ring.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-03-2014, 08:46 PM  
16-85mm vs 18-135mm wr
Posted By Funsize
Replies: 17
Views: 3,890
I'd wait to see what the 16-85 has to offer. Pentax must think it has some significant advantage over the 18-135 or there'd be no point in releasing it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-30-2014, 05:48 PM  
18-55 kit lens very soft for family portrait
Posted By Funsize
Replies: 39
Views: 5,579
Personally, I think your bigger problem is white balance. Everything is very blue in that shot, and its jarring to go from foliage to people. I did a quick test with Pixelmator's color balance, adjusting the cyan/red +25%, and Yellow/Blue -30%, and the result was a much more natural looking shot. Of course, it will change depending on what program you use, but try to shift things away from blue towards red/yellow and I think you'll see huge improvements.
Forum: Sold Items 09-29-2014, 05:59 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FA* 300mm f/4.5
Posted By Funsize
Replies: 10
Views: 2,128
My understanding is that it's the same optical formula, but you lose the tripod foot and gain the totally awesome silver color. I think I read somewhere that the camera select optimal apertures to use on FA but not F lenses or something.
Forum: Sold Items 09-29-2014, 09:16 AM  
For Sale - Sold: FA* 300mm f/4.5
Posted By Funsize
Replies: 10
Views: 2,128
Clearly all the people saying how much they love their current FA* 300 should buy a second one :p
Forum: Sold Items 09-26-2014, 04:30 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Fuji XT-1 Camera Body
Posted By Funsize
Replies: 2
Views: 1,478
Is this one of the earlier ones with squishy buttons?
Forum: Sold Items 09-22-2014, 07:16 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FA* 300mm f/4.5
Posted By Funsize
Replies: 10
Views: 2,128
Price reduced to $800.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-18-2014, 11:38 AM  
Lens Hood Loose - FA* 300 F4.5
Posted By Funsize
Replies: 2
Views: 790
Is this a new problem? Mine sometimes doesn't want to fit, but then I realize I was aligning the wrong dot on the hood to the wrong screw on the lens.
Forum: Sold Items 09-17-2014, 07:28 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FA* 300mm f/4.5
Posted By Funsize
Replies: 10
Views: 2,128
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
FA* 300mm f/4.5

Asking Price
900.00 USD

Item Location
Philadelphia (United States)

Item Description
I accidentally won this lens about six months ago; I was expecting to get out bid, but I ended up winning it, and I've come to realize that despite it's great image quality, it's a bit more lens than I need. I think I'm going to stick with the 55-300 due to it being lighter and able to zoom out. The outside of the lens is a little scratched, as you can see in the pictures, but the glass is clean without any haze or fungus. The aperture blades are also quick and snappy, and I've had no problems using the lens with my K30.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Good

Shipping Destinations
Continental U.S. Only

Shipping Charge
Price Included

Shipping Services
USPS, UPS, FedEx

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
Buyer pays for return shipping.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-17-2014, 03:36 PM  
What Should Pentax Do?
Posted By Funsize
Replies: 1,095
Views: 99,938
I've only had my k30 for a year, and I'm still very new here, but I've been pondering this question ever since the EM1 and XT1 were released. What do I want with my next camera?

The first thing I'd like to see is a retooled jpeg engine. I shoot raw because for the life of me, I've not been able to get good jpegs. I've seen a lot of people say that raw is better, that jpegs arent for serious photographers anyways, etc, but I think its time to acknowledge the jpegs coming out of these cameras are sub par. There are times I want to just take snapshots and not have to worry about post processing, but I can't because reds and blues are way to oversaturated and shifted. When I take pictures of people, it looks like everyone is wearing lipstick, and deep red and blue fabrics lose all detail at mid ISOs. Its not just me, though, DPReview and Imaging Resource both notice that Pentax seems to have trouble with reds. It's kind of ironic, because my k30 is crystal red in color.

I'd love to see pentax challenge Fuji and Olympus with a compact mirrorless system centered on image quality. Fuji is pulling the rug out from under Pentax with their small rugged XT1 and fantastic lens lineup. I'd like a mirrorless camera that used an entirely new mount. That's right, start from scratch. There's so much redundancy in the current lens lineup that it's kind of confusing (ei everyone confused about the new 16-85). Fuji has built up a fantastic lineup in only a few years, and Pentax can do the same. But what about all that legacy glass? Pentax just came out with its new teleconverter, so it knows how to make an adaptor with autofocus and auto aperture. It could easily make an adapter for old Pentax lenses and they'd work just as well as on current bodies. The M lenses would actually work better, because you'd now have more accurate focus through the EVF, and you wouldn't have to stop down meter each shot. While Pentax is building its new lineup of mirrorless optimized lenses, the adaptor would let you use all the current Pentax lenses, making the transition much easier.
Oh, and make that new mirrorless camera come in pretty colors.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-17-2014, 02:12 PM  
Sharpest, fastest zoom lens with good range?
Posted By Funsize
Replies: 26
Views: 2,983
Lenses are all about compromises, and finding a long zoom, sharp, fast lens under $600? Thats a tall order. I've got the DA 18-135, and I was originally really worried because of all the negative reviews. However, I actually really like it. It is definitely soft in the corners, but the center is surprisingly sharp for such a long zoom range, and the bokeh is quite nice, despite being on the slow end. The only other issue I've had with it is CA's but that's not too much a problem with most photo editors.
I also have some experience with the Sigma 18-250. Its doesn't handle as nicely, but image quality is comparable and you get a more versatile range and closer focus. That said, the bokeh tends to be very busy on it, and I prefer my DA 18-135 over all.
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