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Forum: Pentax K-01 02-04-2021, 12:41 PM  
Happy Birthday to the K-01!
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 136
Views: 23,242
My K-30 is seeing more use recently, but I still use my K-01 a lot.
And guess what? Six years and almost-a-half later, the infamous "rubber flap" is still good as new.
Forum: Pentax K-01 02-02-2021, 07:15 AM  
Using the K-01 as a webcam
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 13
Views: 835
Yup, page 181 of the English User Manual:
CAUTION: The camera stays in playback mode while the HDMI cable is connected to it. Remove the HDMI cable to enable shooting.

Plus I'm not sure 1080p is available, rather 1080i (p. 180).


It's not the only thing they castrated via firmware on the poor K-01... just to name one, you can shoot a "fast" burst of 3 RAWs when you shoot an exposure bracket but, when shooting a burst at the same exposure, RAW shooting is restricted to 1 fps IIRC.
Forum: Pentax K-01 01-31-2021, 08:11 AM  
Using the K-01 as a webcam
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 13
Views: 835
AFAIK the K-01 automatically switches to Playback Mode when an HDMI cable is connected, so there's no live HDMI (let alone clean HDMI output).
Forum: General Photography 01-26-2021, 01:23 PM  
Pixel Peeping to the max -- Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 22
Views: 1,236
Sometimes I see technique when the technique is not perfect... Itzhak Perlman once said something like that, talking about vibrato: you never notice the starch in a Chinese restaurant unless it's too little/too much... you never said mmmh I really liked the starch in that dish.

Same with photographs... there's a shop near where I live that has some big prints (3x2 meters?) on a wall near a staircase. First of all the position is all wrong because you look at them from a distance of say 50 cm, second the resolution is awful, don't know if they were film or digital, but boy are they coarse...
And third, there's bad, bad lateral chromatic aberration... so all the borders are either green or magenta.

This painting here makes me forget pixel, those big print make me remember all about them :lol:
Forum: General Photography 01-25-2021, 02:17 AM  
Pixel Peeping to the max -- Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 22
Views: 1,236
Well, I don't know about that... I mean, I agree, but up to a point.
With a brushstroke you have all those micro-variations due to the way the paint sticks (or doesn't), the texture of the canvas, the 3D quality of oil paint etc., and you want to get those.

I was looking at the Nigth Watch from the Rijksmuseum website, and it's ~163 MP, downloadable: it makes perfect sense for a 363*437 cm painting!
I zoom in, and see the details. When I zoom in and see the pixels, I get distracted.

So, for photography, I think we are already there for the majority of applications, but there's still that nice-to-have margin, especially for large prints (and let's not forget that we get 1/4th the "real" pixels, unless we pixel-shift). Once we get to, say, 100MP, we'll be really covered for everything, but since we already have some MF models for that, I guess that's ok. That's academical, BTW, I don't really care that much.
Forum: General Photography 01-22-2021, 09:18 AM  
Pixel Peeping to the max -- Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 22
Views: 1,236
If pixels are "enough", I personally don't see pixel even zoomed in, and see details.
OTOH I see pixels when they are not enough to properly draw the features I'm interested in.
There's limits to the details you can have on a brush stroke, so "enough pixels" is not at all impossible to achieve, especially if the brush that was used is quite big (large format painting).
Forum: General Photography 01-22-2021, 08:40 AM  
Pixel Peeping to the max -- Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 22
Views: 1,236
It's all there, isn't it?
You watch a Canaletto painting - which is BTW very relevant on a photography forum since he often used the camera obscura - from a reasonable distance, then you zoom in and notice that everything is done in a very efficient way, with fast lines and dots, without dwelling on a single brush stroke or painting complicated shapes. It almost look like confetti.
The you watch, say, a van Gogh painting and he treats the paint almost like clay, working it in a three-D fashion, pulling it along like custard on top of a cake.
Others, like Turner but definitely not him alone, often used the back of the brush, fingers, fingernails or even their own spit to work the color :lol:


By looking at the "blobs", their shape, their thickness, the speed at which the painter put them on the canvas you can "enter his mind", find out when and where he was having a blast chuckling under his whiskers, when/where he didn't care much or at all, in which order he worked etc. etc. etc.
It's something a normal-res picture can't convey, and one of the reasons one goes to museums in the first place :)
Forum: General Photography 01-21-2021, 07:53 AM  
Pixel Peeping to the max -- Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 22
Views: 1,236
I strongly disagree... dabbling in painting myself, having the privilege to watch some details in 3D, notably the highlights in the eyes, is really fascinating and helps reconstruct the link between the artist's idea and the end result through his technique.
But it's his technique, not the one of the photographer: having this many MP/GP IMHO just makes them "go away", you stop focusing on them and just look at what they represent as if and better than having it in front of your eyes.

Thanks for posting!

P.S. here's one I admired recently, albeit not nearly as detailed and 2D only:
https://www.haltadefinizione.com/visualizzatore/opera/san-sebastiano-raffaello-raffaello-sanzio
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-10-2021, 05:33 AM  
Some corner softness is no big deal. My eyeballs have it; not returning them.
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 55
Views: 2,368
One instance when corner sharpness, distortion and vignetting can be perceived is when you crop an image for framing: if the cropping is asymmetrical, your brain will perceive that resulting asymmetry in the distortion/sharpness/luminance pattern.
Probably the difference is only perceivable with a direct comparison though, and not much of an issue in the real world.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 01-10-2021, 05:17 AM  
What happened with 35mm roll prices!!
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 20
Views: 1,293
In addition to that, the world is not as simple as a X-Y graph of quantity vs. price.

When demand is high, prices rise, but if demand is high enough economies of scale enter the equation.
That's why Android smartphones are so cheap nowadays.

When demand is low, prices decrease, but then manufacturers will reduce the supply or stop offering the product altoghether because it's not profitable.
That's why Android tablets are much more difficult to find than they were say 6-7 years ago.

And that's where film is: a niche product with a limited supply in order to keep it profitable.
Forum: General Photography 01-02-2021, 09:22 AM  
To All Here On The Forum
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 42
Views: 1,436
Must have been that one... always had a soft spot for local delicacies... :o
Forum: General Photography 01-02-2021, 03:41 AM  
To All Here On The Forum
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 42
Views: 1,436
Long may your bum reek too! :D:D:D

Happy New Year to you all :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-31-2020, 03:13 AM  
Funny story of camera disassembly
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 24
Views: 1,325
That egg carton tip is perfect for all those times I have things to store during a disassembly, but can't be bothered to remove grease & dirt from the container afterwards, just brilliant, thanks! :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-27-2020, 04:04 AM  
Funny story of camera disassembly
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 24
Views: 1,325
Hey, at least you have a nice reference picture! :)

BTW it makes a lot of sense to do like some people do, to poke screws through a thin cardboard (Bristol-like) with a rough outline of the camera drawn on it, or to do the same thing with double sided tape.
I didn't have to learn it the hard way, fortunately :o
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-16-2020, 01:26 AM  
Pentax KP Giveaway - Enter here once per day until December 26th!
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 1,644
Views: 28,792
In.
Have a nice day y'all.
Forum: General Talk 12-16-2020, 01:25 AM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 3,741
Views: 308,844
Definitely not Joshua... Bell! :lol:
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-16-2020, 01:24 AM  
Why not, its Christmas?
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 18
Views: 1,305
Update: I went and took some pictures... not much in the way of decorations this year, still something was there.
It's always a fine balance to hit when editing the RAWs, between having a picture where the lights looks too dark, and having a nice, strong, colored bloom from the LEDs destroying all the fine detail... not easy :D
Taking my time, will probably post something somewhere when I'm done.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-16-2020, 01:21 AM  
Macro by any means necessary club
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 583
Views: 117,832
...a practical and convenient method for telling apart top grain, full grain and "genuine" leather :)
Forum: General Talk 12-16-2020, 01:18 AM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 7,687
Views: 572,605















You Tube



One of the best pieces of Akira's soundtrack.
A little forgotten gem... animation is top-notch (really), the plot is completely absurd and convoluted, the music is very nice.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-16-2020, 01:13 AM  
The future of Pentax is in your hands!
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 141
Views: 6,844
"Pentax Evangelist(s)", just like PS! :lol:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-16-2020, 01:11 AM  
An other telelens comparison : Pentax vs. Takumar vs. Tamron
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 7
Views: 749
Very nice job, just like your last one :)

GUB
Technically not equally blurred, if they are at the same distance. If the back one is (roughly) two times further than the closest one, then yes :)


pentaxus
Yup, been there, done that :(
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-14-2020, 02:05 AM  
Pentax KP Giveaway - Enter here once per day until December 26th!
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 1,644
Views: 28,792
In, one more day.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-14-2020, 02:04 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 85,937
Views: 3,465,625
Good grief, what do they have inside, pure unobtanium? :eek: I hope your insurance covers at least part of the cost.

Racer, interesting post... the part on "M&M's embezzlement" was especially funny :p customized packaging, really?
Forum: General Talk 12-14-2020, 01:57 AM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 7,687
Views: 572,605
The last movement from Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra















You Tube



Played this a couple of times IRL.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-14-2020, 01:55 AM  
For those not upgrading to the K-3III immmediately, watch this video...
Posted By LensBeginner
Replies: 38
Views: 2,289
Well, shooting a K-01 and a K-30 I'd really like to get those 14 bit in the K-3 RAWs... sometimes I really struggle with the conditions.

Caveat: I'm not into doing art-photography or pretending that I have a "vision" or something... all I care about is bringing home well-crafted and technically sound souvenir photos, so I can remember places I visited, things I did etc.
So often I'm not waiting days for the perfect lighting conditions, the right hour of the day etc... I make do with what I have, that's why I think a wee bit DR more could help.

Looking forward to buying a used K-3 or K-3II (or K-1) as well... :o
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