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Forum: Photo Critique 02-11-2017, 08:01 AM  
People Brown
Posted By EricG
Replies: 5
Views: 1,628
I agree about too much hair. Did you try playing with any cropping? I thought starting the image about mid forehead and crop down so ear is removed but the face is all in for shape. The bottom would be where you would adjust to taste. I think a little bit of the brown shirt on her shoulder and skin should be visible. No shirt would be visible at her neck area I think. You then have a line via her eye, nose, touch of shoulder and another from the one long run of hair.
Forum: Photo Critique 02-11-2017, 07:27 AM  
Architecture Line lines lines!
Posted By EricG
Replies: 22
Views: 1,939
I also thought crop it. An alternative way to crop try would be to keep the horizontal bar and the top of the image. Maybe crop just where the stairs (assuming they are stairs) are about to come left again. You would have two sets of horizontal bars splitting the image (the long bar in grey and the half bar in black) in a balanced way. Not sure, but might work.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-11-2017, 06:47 AM  
Best of 2016 They busk amongst us
Posted By EricG
Replies: 8
Views: 1,157
I really like this image. The eyes, the fingers, through the blindfold. Hopefully the performance was as strong as the photo suggests.
Forum: Photo Critique 04-06-2016, 07:40 PM  
People Sunlight portrait
Posted By EricG
Replies: 25
Views: 2,652
Ok, it won't be a surprise if I said it isn't my favourite picture but I kind of find elements interesting too.

If I was leaving it as is, I wonder if it would be more compelling as a black and white with heavy burn brushes on clothing to evening it out?

As for composition, maybe it's just me but I kind of like the way the balcony rails extend to these white walls that extend and curve upward. I see them as almost winglike. So, playing in my head I wonder if there was an angle shooting from down low shooting upward that could retain some flaring, but make her truly impressive almost looming through a slight lean forward holding the rails and use the walls as almost framed white wings. But that would hardly be snap like in set-up and that is me letting my imagination run wild with it. It also wouldn't be a holiday pic capturing the place. I just want to do something with those walls. They are kind of cool... Or I may need more sleep.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-03-2016, 08:56 PM  
People Bangladesh
Posted By EricG
Replies: 20
Views: 2,089
Duck herder and taxi driver both made me pause and think. Really enjoyed those two in particular.
Forum: Photo Critique 12-10-2015, 11:04 PM  
People The young bloke
Posted By EricG
Replies: 8
Views: 1,095
Yes, there is some business but I don't mind it. Adds some context.

I would definitely crop the bottom. There is a very light spot from the tie near to where the v of the jacket is. I would crop past that because the light small spot draws my eyes downward and away from your son's face too quickly. If I had time for touch ups I would also tidy up the far edge of the eyebrow on the same side as the viewable shoulder and a few other little bits here and there.

But really, like the environmental pictures of my kids, the most important thing is that the picture conveys a very good sense of your son.
Forum: Photo Critique 12-02-2015, 07:33 AM  
Sports steeplechase
Posted By EricG
Replies: 5
Views: 1,632
At first, I looked at "40" as she was the most in focus but my eyes were constantly drawn to the right and only because of that I noticed the hand. I keep asking why I keep being pulled to the right and I think it is the drama in "50." There is the story for me. Her eyes are closed... Is she falling? Has she lost hope of winning? All the others are in the race and "40" is going to win but it's "50" that tells me this race is over.
Forum: Photo Critique 12-02-2015, 07:10 AM  
boundary line
Posted By EricG
Replies: 12
Views: 1,189
I really like this image. With the black above it really adds a sense of weight and heaviness o the image. What I found interesting is that I started moving the image quickly on my iPad screen to simulate cropping. If you crop the image so it is almost cinescope or panorama style then she almost looks like a mountain scene reflecting her image in water and I think that is another beautiful option.
Forum: Video Recording and Processing 12-01-2015, 07:20 PM  
Matching Pentax lenses
Posted By EricG
Replies: 14
Views: 2,103
Hi Uncle Vanya. This might help to explain EI vs ISO. I'm only quasi-fluent. Lol....

Sense And Sensitivity

Pidicus, are there any particular k, m, and a glass that match better than others? Or are you saying k match other k glass, m with m, a with a. I know there was a thread somewhere on the site that seemed to show k glass picking up a lot more blue from what I recall. If you have mixed and matched, any recommendations for best options?

Cheers.
Forum: Video Recording and Processing 11-23-2015, 06:46 PM  
Matching Pentax lenses
Posted By EricG
Replies: 14
Views: 2,103
Thanks for the links on the Contax lenses. Definitely, taking a closer look. I liked the article part 1 and part 2 on 'Why Contax.' I don't know if he wrote part 3 or not. I like how he thinks.

I also liked this article on the Pentax 43mm and 77mm design too.
http://www.northcoastphotographer.net/resources/Files/Pentax_Limiteds_Explained.pdf
Forum: Video Recording and Processing 11-22-2015, 11:23 PM  
Matching Pentax lenses
Posted By EricG
Replies: 14
Views: 2,103
That's interesting. I almost wrote the da21 and da70 for colours. I also thought that some of the 20-40 ltd range was consistent. I think I was looking at shots between 30-40mm where it seemed most similar to the 21 and 70.

I will definitely look up images of the Zeiss Zk. Have you tried a 50 because the three you mention are pretty close? 25, 35, and 50 would be handy. I've seen the Jena and they certainly seemed to be similar in contrast from what I recall. I must admit that I like some of the older Zeiss lenses. I'm betting they are good for manual focusing compared to Autofocus lenses. Do they have a similar manual focusing throw as the fa limiteds?
Forum: Video Recording and Processing 11-22-2015, 09:49 PM  
Matching Pentax lenses
Posted By EricG
Replies: 14
Views: 2,103
When I buy lenses for photography, I often like them to be very different in the way they render and the colours they emphasise. For instance, I like taking casual portrait style photos with my fa50 1.4, d-fa 100mm, and Tamron 17-50. I get very different images with each, but what a mess for video...

I've been surfing around trying to find what lenses appear to match well with each other in terms of colour consistency and the way they render. Unfortunately, our lens database doesn't shoot a colour chart to help show colour shifts between lenses or take a standard repeatable image at certain f-stops across lenses which would be handy. I enjoyed Shane Hurlbut's testing of lenses on the Gh4 because I could easily see the differences across the lenses and what would look cinematic.

Any thoughts on well-matches lenses? When I blindly surfed Flickr for Pentax photos, I often could match the following.

-The easiest by far was the no-brainer combo of fa31 and fa77 in colour and rendering. The fa43 was close.
-Maybe, I'm wrong but I also found the fa28 and fa50 1.4 colours similar.
-I didn't see enough of the d-fa 50 to say how well it works with the d-fa100. I wonder if the 35mm could be matched easily. I don't think its colours are quite the same though.
-I know a lot of people grab the takumars for video for a less contrasted image.

Any thoughts on other well-matched lens combos or which other lenses match with those above? Unfortunately, I don't own them to do a test.... I know post-processing may have impacted what I was seeing, but sort of like the Cooke look, some things just seem more alike than others.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-22-2015, 08:33 PM  
Not Work-Safe Onjha - Film + Digital (a couple slightly nsfw)
Posted By EricG
Replies: 12
Views: 1,414
I don't really shoot film, but If anyone has any doubts about the way film looks I think I would send them here. I liked both sets of photos, but you could really see how they capture the same person in rather different ways. I might have to try a few rolls now...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-22-2015, 08:13 PM  
Not Work-Safe July w/Blaire - Shoot - NSFW
Posted By EricG
Replies: 11
Views: 1,795
I enjoyed the first image. I imagine different stories for why she looks like that. I prefer images that make me want to construct a narrative or wonder what is going on right at that moment.
Forum: Video Recording and Processing 05-05-2015, 07:38 PM  
Should Pentax try and build a K-mount camcorder?
Posted By EricG
Replies: 65
Views: 5,572
Fair due, I haven't tested them first hand and it comes across as if Canon CN-E lenses are like Rokinon style cine-lenses which they aren't. I am probably influenced by some non-scientific testing by Magnanimous Media (viewable on vimeo) which suggests that there are some similarities between the Canon CN-E and stills lenses. The housing is obviously different and so are the blades. The lens standards to reduce variation would also be reduced. I would be surprised if the lens design itself was totally different from the still lenses but, I'll happily defer to you on that.

I simply wouldn't mind Pentax stretching a bit on the video side. Pentax offering a small run of their Limiteds with cine gearing (think Duclos cone-mod) will likely never happen but it certainly would set the cat amongst the pigeons if they released them at the same time as a reasonably good camera at video. Stills people wouldn't care, but anyone with an eye to dslr video would certainly have their attention caught with a geared 15, 31, etc. being offered. I certainly would be in the market for a geared k-mount lens set if there was a camera to justify it. Ignoring the short focus throws on many modern lenses, of course, which is a bit of a nuisance... But I'm moving a long way from a k-mount camcorder here. LOL...
Forum: Photo Critique 05-04-2015, 08:29 PM  
Nature Picture Critique Request
Posted By EricG
Replies: 5
Views: 1,000
I quite like the colours too. As for the spot, I thought it was a fly on my tv! The thing that I thought when I saw your photo on a critique side was that I wished it had something to throw my perspective off. Maybe get a bit lower so the close flowers appear larger and then you realize just how many flowers and dense colours there are opening up into the sky above. I'm not sure, I think it was something about the height at which you were standing that made the shot a little less dramatic but obviously beautiful nonetheless. Also, my eye wanted to flow left but there was some old wood debris on the right that I would be tempted to crop out because it moved my attention very strongly in that direction. Sorry, I'm not a landscape photographer so I'm not the best to give feedback. Otherwise, I like what the others say. I would love to see a final version after the feedback.
Forum: Video Recording and Processing 05-03-2015, 08:28 PM  
Should Pentax try and build a K-mount camcorder?
Posted By EricG
Replies: 65
Views: 5,572
I know this is in regards to a K-mount camcorder, but it made me think about the JVC LS300 as a possible alternative. Super 35 sensor but Micro 4/3 mount which could easily be adapted for our lenses. I know we wouldn't get the benefit of the active mount but we wouldn't even need a focal reducer... So, we basically have a camcorder that can shoot 4k right now and use our lenses with a cheap adapter.

But now you've done it, I'm actually going to vent... I'm still shaking my head at Pentax on the video front. I was holding my breath for the K-3ii. Now, I'm actually trying to think of a major camera manufacturer that isn't ahead of Pentax in this area now other than maybe Fuji. I thought for sure, Pentax would figure this out before Olympus...

I actually don't think Pentax realizes what it is missing. I have friends shooting other higher cost cameras who always prefer the build quality of Pentax and the better weather proofing. A few flakes of snow and they are wrapping them up... There are a lot of people shooting video now and they want to be able to take their cameras out in a thunderstorm or other locations. Pentax can go there where other cameras won't or can't. Pentax cinematography is just begging to be used as a marketing tool. Taking stills and video off a mountain top, slogging with the troops or kids in the mud, etc. The A7s can have low light, but we should own the swamps, gutters, mountains, and everywhere else on the planet. Think the GoPro of the DSLR video world. If you wanted to dream big then imagine a Pentax release of the 31mm with cine-gearing. How much would people pay for that? Not everyone here, but I would be very tempted and be willing to pay more for it. People vent about a $1000 lens but does Pentax realize that people who shoot for video may drop $5000 for a lens? I may detest Canon, but they figured out how to rebadge their lenses (just look at their cine lenses). Philip Bloom just did a love letter to the Pentax 645z. I'm hoping one day, we'll see the same on the video front and not a camcorder. I've saved about $5k waiting for Pentax and haven't spent a dime because I won't invest in more k-mount becauseI have what I need for the stills I like to shoot. But I don't own what I need to shoot for video... If nothing else, could they at least figure out how to let us hook up to an Atomos Ninja, a flattish profile, and 60p. To say nothing about shake reduction... Venting and dreaming all at once...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-23-2013, 05:51 PM  
An impossible ask? Best lens/lens combo for new K-30 user
Posted By EricG
Replies: 26
Views: 3,274
Hey JPE;

You have the answer already in your hands. The 17-70 will tell you. Make a conscious decision to shoot with 35mm and 50mm on bright days and see what you think in terms of your composition. If you decide you still need a prime lens, you'll know what you need right from what zoom distance you use a disproportionate amount of the time. I was able to get away with the 50mm because like you, my kids are toddler size. My room is big enough that I could easily take the shots. It is harder once I try to squeeze my partner when she is standing up but I still can do it. But seriously, you are in a great position because your zoom lens can take out all the question marks for you!

Good luck and enjoy the pics of the kids.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-20-2013, 05:39 AM  
An impossible ask? Best lens/lens combo for new K-30 user
Posted By EricG
Replies: 26
Views: 3,274
Quick one... I was in a similar position about a year ago. And I went with the fa50mm 1.4 for my fast lens of the kids. I wanted a fast lens because little kids and flashes can always be an interesting mix so I wanted to maximize pictures by available light and I have a very dark living room where many of the kids pics are taken.

Here is what I would ask (you have great advice on zooms already). How big are your kids? I ask that because it will tell you whether they will be too big for framing in your lens. How big is the rooms you will be in where you take the vast number of your photos? I have a fairly open living room and my kids are 2-5 years old so then a fast 50mm is absolutely no problem. But, if my kids were getting rather tall or where I took my pictures was getting into tighter and tighter spaces then go to 35mm. In fact, if I was thinking of making a buy that would suit my family 5 or 6 years from now, I would probably even look carefully at a fast 28-31 mm range. But I figure that would give me reason for a new lens then!!! Yippee... more lenses!!! And honestly the 35mm and 50mm are quite reasonable.

Good luck! Let us know what you decide.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-20-2013, 05:27 AM  
New Lens Inspections?
Posted By EricG
Replies: 6
Views: 1,923
Thanks for responding all. Some really handy things in the responses that I can use.

I must admit the bakery test sounds rather promising... Close focus on sausage roll, gingerbread man, butter tarts... Portrait photo of the server... Picture of the sky while dreaming (too infinity right?). But point well taken, get out take a quick 50 shots of varying types and distances and look on the big screen at home to quickly see any easy identifiable issues.

I'm glad to know what oily blades look like now. It's one thing to read about it, but another to see it. Yes, I have a rocket blower. I just need to make a point of using it. Every time, I pull it out my kids eyes go wide and they try to thieve it and one still thinks it is something to chew on. So rocket blowing happens in secret at my house.

I'll definitely try the wall test suggested because that seems quick and easy to see. There is a huge painted mural on a wall near my work and I have an industrial cement cinder block wall near work too so I can easily get some pictures which should identify de-centering. Thanks for that, never thought about it and it would seem to be a clearly identifiable problem and easy to test for. I've usually adjusted EV based on the picture that I was taking, I never really thought of seeing if their was a drift through the f scale of various lenses and adjusting right there and then. I'm using Aperture so I tend to tweak some of the grey scale issues post processing and usually by taste. But you are right, I clearly don't know my lenses well enough yet and really I should get as much right in the field first versus waiting to do it via software. I'm learning slowly, but it sure is fun when I get out there.

Thanks again for the great info!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-19-2013, 06:31 AM  
New Lens Inspections?
Posted By EricG
Replies: 6
Views: 1,923
Hi Everyone;

Like many of the people writing in, I've sprung for a couple new lenses. About a year ago, I did the same and basically I just shoved the lens on and started firing away. I'm betting there are more than a few of us that have done it. But, it got me thinking. Is that the best way to do it? Depending on who you buy from there can be no return or some sort of 14 to 'X' day return policy in effect on the purchase. After that it is through the warranty. So, identifying problems early is important.

I'm wondering if there is anything systematic that people are doing to inspect their new lenses? I see many posts where people are asking if they have a bad copy or they have already identified that they have a bad copy and exchanged it for a second. It dawned on me that unless it had a giant crack in the glass I wouldn't really have a clue what I'm doing. Of course, if the lens couldn't even focus on my couch in broad daylight then I would worry. ;)

So... What is it that you do when you inspect a lens? I've been doing a little looking around and can find some suggestions, but I do think a really nice checklist would be good to have for those aiming to move beyond their kit lenses. Many of us are ordering on-line. I don't have a bricks and mortar show within 4 hours drive from me so inspecting before hand isn't possible.

I'm thinking something like:

(1) Look for any obvious sign of physical use (did they sell it as open box?). e.g. are there scratches on the rear mount. Any sign of damage to the glass when you open it. Do all the parts and rings appear to be solid? No early signs of nicks and cracks. If any of this then contact the seller. Should it have been priced differently? or be returned?

(2) I'm curious whether anyone cleans the mounts before they attach the lens to the camera? I didn't and I'm wondering based on my internet wanderings whether I should have. (As an aside, when or how often should they be cleaned?)

(3) Get a good look at the lens in light... Questions: How much dust is too much dust in a new lens? Should there ever be dust in a new lens? Some people talk about oily blades on both used and new lenses. Ummmm... I'll be honest, I don't know what an oily blade looks like so... Pictures anyone? How much is too much? Also, I can see stuff about looking for pieces of plastic in your lens. I'm assuming that means loose in your lens floating around... I vote for that probably not being a good thing... :)

(4) Ok, now so far we have done the appearances. So, I think we can shove it on our camera now. I'm wondering if there are a few really basic easy test scenarios that we should all try with our new lens to very quickly know if we have to move it up a notch? I can see that people have already written about how to test front and back focus:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-dslr-camera-articles/167547-how-fi...ack-focus.html

But that seems excessive to me when I've just pulled my new lens out of the box. I really only want to get to the fine tuning if I'm pretty sure I need it. So any simple recommendations of quick and dirty tests we should do with a new lens? If there are, please let me (us) know what we are looking for and what we should do about it. e.g. if you shoot this and it seems a bit soft then do the front-and-back focus. If this, then the lens needs to be returned in the 14 days or is this something that we should do via warranty?

Finally, many people are using Pentax lenses and there have been concerns on occasion about their SDM. Is there any early warning signs that there is something wrong that people should be listening for?

Or is this all really unnecessary? And, like last time, should I just shove the suckers on and start firing?

Many thanks!

Eric
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-16-2013, 05:32 PM  
The Tammy Club!
Posted By EricG
Replies: 2,890
Views: 546,279
Hi folks, hopefully (knock on wood) I'll get to add a photo or two in the not so distant future. I have a 17-50 on order and waiting for it to be shipped.

I've loved all the pictures. It took me forever to look through all the pages. The 17-50 seems exceptionally sharp. Actually, some of the pictures I see almost seem too sharp!!! Is that even possible? I do have a question though. Besides an umbrella, are any of you using rain protection gear to get use of your lenses under harsher conditions? Just curious because I don't want to be stuck inside on a rainy day.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-05-2012, 07:05 AM  
lense for baby photos
Posted By EricG
Replies: 18
Views: 2,819
Congratulations to your family. I think before you talk about lenses and the like I would start practically.

(1) Have a conversation with your daughter. What kind of pictures does she want and how many does she want?
(2) In Canada, there is often a preregistration for birth at the hospital where they give a tour of the delivery room, etc. If you are allowed to attend or live near them then go. You will see the size of the room etc and you will be able to eyeball your options. Also, you will get firsthand info about whether you can use flashes or even photograph the delivery versus only after the birth (picture of baby, mom holding baby, etc.)
(3) Do you have a limit on what you are spending? If you are going cheap and lower light then stick with your 50 and look at the 35mm 2.4. Between the 2 lenses, I would think that you are pretty much covered although for more $ there are loads of other options as other posters have mentioned that truly are great. Personally, I have a FA50mm 1.4 and I would be going in there with that in my hospital, but I already own that and wouldn't go buy it since you have the 1.7. I also would be wary about spending a lot if it is only for this one time because people change in the midst of labour and pictures may be less appreciated... Or mom is going for C-section, etc.

Hmmm.... of course, you could get a few very unusual pics with a fisheye ;-) Sorry, couldn't resist, LOL!!!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-28-2012, 05:11 PM  
assistance with first tripod
Posted By EricG
Replies: 11
Views: 1,546
Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who pitched in. I did look at every one of the tripods mentioned. I have to say that if it wasn't for the fact that I wanted to make sure that I received the tripod before I leave on family vacation I was very tempted by the link Russ listed. The HorsuBennu was certainly something I had never head of before and google turned up some interesting threads. Overall, very cheap and appear to be a possible steal of a bargain right now (it was amazing how many people were saying the new Feisol for a relative unknown). I have to say that I think that they look more than a little like Benro to me and I would be very curious to know which factory is the one producing them... Others say Redged factory. Regardless, a possible steal of a deal for those of you wanting to do more research. In the end, there were quite a few people indicating that Canadian customs held them up for 3 weeks while others received it within 6 days. Hopefully, Russ will review it when he receives it. I also thought the Benbo was interesting and very versatile as well.

In the end, I went with the Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT with an oversized Ballhead SBH-250. I am pretty happy with that combo although I would have loved to have gone carbon. I'm very interested in the flexibility that this tripod offered and like Baro-nite I like getting eye to eye with the flowers. As a relative newbie, I think the fact that I was found in dirt, upside down with my kit lens taking a handheld picture of a flower with the blue sky as the background probably was a good indicator as any that I wanted an ability to swivel my camera in all sorts of odd angles which this tripod does. Ultimately, though I kept costs down (relatively speaking) and put the extra funds toward the DFA 100mm macro WR. Truth be told, I almost went carbon due to the cold but I won't be doing much cold weather photography for a while (wee kids in tow) for now, I'll give this a whirl.... Thanks again to you all!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-23-2012, 06:29 PM  
assistance with first tripod
Posted By EricG
Replies: 11
Views: 1,546
Yup, my bad for not listing the lenses but that is because I'm buying one. I'm looking at a Tamron 90 or Pentax D-FA 100mm macro as I want it to double as macro and for some outside portraiture. If it wasn't for the fact that my wife likes to snag my camera at times on auto-pilot, I would be tempted to go with something on the Pk-A mount like an old Tamron or something. At this point, I don't plan to go to super long lenses for birding or anything. I could see a 300mm and would always be tempted by going long, but truth is with little kids, I have to be fairly mobile because for the next 10 years they will be in tow (aged 6mos and 4yrs old) and I'll look at carrying outdoors the tripod, the macro, a basic kit zoom 50-200 and a wide-angle lens. I'm definitely on the sneaking a tripod into the suitcase and backpack bandwagon. I'm looking at the tripod for macro primarily (insects and flowers is main interest) and for landscape (we regularly go to UK and have great outdoors where I live in Northwest BC). Many thanks for the suggestions, will take a peak at them online. Cheers.
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