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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-22-2016, 02:22 AM  
Is Photoshop CC worth it if I only want the funtionality of Camera Raw?
Posted By Codazzle
Replies: 26
Views: 1,644
Thanks for all the replies, guys!

If I was shooting for anything other than a hobby I would be more than glad to pay the $160/year for CC. But, on the other hand, I already spent the money on the cameras, what's another couple of bucks on the software? :o

The problem (for me) with the proprietary Pentax software is that I also have a Nikon, and I'd rather not use two programs

This is the problem I've been running into. Tried it on different OSs, on different computers, with different Adobe IDs. I might check out some of these free/low cost programs people have been recommending.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-21-2016, 01:00 AM  
Is Photoshop CC worth it if I only want the funtionality of Camera Raw?
Posted By Codazzle
Replies: 26
Views: 1,644
I know how powerful Photoshop is, but, historically, I never used much more than the Camera Raw portion of the program 99% of the time. I was basically just out to alter exposure, colors, size, sharpness etc.

To me, paying $120/year when I'm only after Camera Raw seems like overkill. Am I wrong? (I am MORE than welcome to hear I'm wrong)

Is there another editing program that is similar to Camera Raw that is free/reasonably priced?

Forum: Pentax K-3 06-24-2016, 01:03 AM  
Lens for wedding
Posted By Codazzle
Replies: 29
Views: 2,875
I'm definitely with Sandy

The last few weddings I've gone to, I always bring my camera, but don't take a ton of shots because I'm enjoying the wedding. However, weddings are such prime shooting places, that I understand why I always want to bring the camera :lol:

I'm going to be in a wedding in a few weeks and am not even bringing the camera to the wedding. I can't even imagine being the father and taking pictures! They are paying someone to take the pictures! (However, you said you don't know if they have a photographer. Maybe it's worth investigating. I was at a wedding recently where it was "bring your camera and send us your pictures!", which was cool too.)
Forum: General Talk 02-05-2016, 01:32 AM  
Looking for an old Fender (Jaguar) guitar ... anyone?
Posted By Codazzle
Replies: 12
Views: 947
While I haven't played a Johnny Marr Jag, I've only heard good things about them. Also, I want one because they are beautiful.

I'm actually quite bullish on Fender lately. Every Fender I touch at L&M I want! I bought a Classic Vibe Squier a couple of years ago as my travel guitar and it is fantastic. Easily the best value guitar I've played. I haven't looked in a while, but I believe that Fender put out some higher Squier Jags recently (maybe not up your alley).
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-21-2015, 01:31 AM  
Merry Christmas from Calgary
Posted By Codazzle
Replies: 7
Views: 653
From a fellow Calgarian, welcome to the forum!

Enjoy your time spent here, there is a wealth of information. And DO NOT hesitate to ask any questions. This is one of the the friendliest forums I've ever been too, and even my dumbest questions are answered with great responses and with patience
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-24-2015, 09:23 PM  
Digital Printing (w/ delivery) in England?
Posted By Codazzle
Replies: 5
Views: 944
Hey guys,

I had some photos I took on my last trip to Europe that I'd like to send to my wife's grandfather in England (I live in Canada). I would ASSUME the best way to do this in our modern times would just be to get them printed at an English photo place, as opposed to printing them here and sending them over the ocean.

Normally I would just google it, but I'd like a couple of larger prints (8x10), so I figured I'd ask if anyone has any experiences with photo quality, good or bad, with printing places in England. The reason I ask I've I've tried to do some larger prints (IE anything larger than 4x6!) at places like Costco and WalMart here, and was very unimpressed with the quality - and I'm not even that picky!

Thanks guys!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-18-2015, 10:38 PM  
Hello from Edmonton, Alberta
Posted By Codazzle
Replies: 6
Views: 557
Welcome... from a Calgarian!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-28-2015, 05:06 PM  
Lens choice
Posted By Codazzle
Replies: 9
Views: 923
Fisheye is great. Took me a while to think of it as not a "novelty" lens, but once I did, I fell in love with her. FIsheye sees all!
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 07-28-2015, 03:03 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #322 - "HOLIDAY TIME (VACATION TIME)"
Posted By Codazzle
Replies: 29
Views: 3,909
My old lady looking unimpressed under the Eiffel Tower as I stop us to take more pictures. The fish eye sees you!
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 07-27-2015, 09:10 PM  
Weekly Challenge WINNERS: Weekly challenge #321 - "LOUD"
Posted By Codazzle
Replies: 4
Views: 885
Wow, very happy with third place, considering how many great shots there were in that set. Thanks for hosting/judging mattb123!
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 07-24-2015, 09:40 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly challenge #321 - "LOUD"
Posted By Codazzle
Replies: 13
Views: 2,896
Some repeated themes, but fireworks and helicopters are loud!
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 07-20-2015, 10:38 PM  
how will FF improve your photography?
Posted By Codazzle
Replies: 156
Views: 12,895
I havent read the whole thread, so I can only answer the original question

I picked up a Nikon Df before Christmas last year (K-5 and K-01 are my main Pentax bodies).

The difference between the K-5 and the Df in terms of autofocus and ISO performance is astounding IMO. To put the difference in ISO into perspective, I'll use everyones favorite comparison, an anecdotal example (as a background, I like shooting in low light with no flash)

My wife and me are pretty independent with our money, but she definitely wasn't impressed when I bought my Df (considering the abundance of Pentax lenses etc littering the house, and the fact I didn't NEED a FF camera for my hobby shooting). However, she understood why I bought the Df when I compared some random 6400 ISO shots of a gathering we had at our house. I tried to make it as equal as possible in terms of shooting conditions with respect to composition, focal length differences and aperture (most of the times the Pentax had a lens "quality" advantage), and her response after seeing the difference was an astounded "wow! I get it". The Pentax photos looked grainy even in the preview screen, while the Df was showing minimal grain even when zooming into facial features. The AF is also superior, and I find I get more keepers in a more timely fashion, even in low light (where the K-5 has never been good for me). In short, for someone who doesn't like shooting with flash indoors, this is perfect for me. Unfortunately, I deleted my drunken, VERY scientific comparison shortly after, so I can't share

Did this make me a better photographer? Absolutely not. However, I found the Df to be such a leap in terms of low-light shooting and AF that is was worth it for myself. If a Pentax FF can even come close in either respect, I may sell of the Df due to my abundance of Pentax glass and Pentax's small form factor, but I am very happy with my FF upgrade.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-18-2014, 01:06 AM  
WOW!!!!! I didn't think high ISO would be THIS good!!
Posted By Codazzle
Replies: 64
Views: 10,138
I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought this. I recently picked up a Nikon Df for this very reason (though Pentax is still #1 in my heart, and probably my hands!)

Perhaps I should've investigated the K-3 closer, though consensus everywhere I read was that the K-3 was similar to the K-5. Perhaps I mis-read
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-17-2014, 06:51 PM  
Pentax K mount to Nikon F mount adapter
Posted By Codazzle
Replies: 7
Views: 1,360
I saw warnings about the IQ degradation, especially in the M42 adapters or ones with the element, which made me weary. However, it's not a huge investment to try.

I might have to wait until I have something more to buy, as buying from B&H is not always economical when shipping to Canada :P
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-17-2014, 06:47 PM  
Whoa . . . Hello All (Soon to be a K-50 owner)
Posted By Codazzle
Replies: 11
Views: 760
I can't comment on either the K-50 or the DA*16-50, but I've gotten decent action shots with the normal K-5 and the DA 18-135 (albiet in bright sun light). Since it sounds like you're a beginner, personally, I would say go the 18-135 route, or even the normal kit lens before you drop that kind of money on a lens. Just in case you find you don't use it as much as you thought ($500 hit is a little easier to swallow than a $1300 hit). Though other people here probably have more insightly advice than me :)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-17-2014, 01:13 PM  
Pentax K mount to Nikon F mount adapter
Posted By Codazzle
Replies: 7
Views: 1,360
Hey guys,

I was browsing B and H and came across this adapter

FotodioX Adapter for Pentax K Lens to Nikon F-Mount PK-NK-G B&H

Having recently picked up a Df, my eyes lit up. Would go from one lens to 10+ immediately. It's reasonably priced, allows focus to infinity and has good reviews. I'll probably pull the trigger and buy it since it's so cheap. One of the reviews said no light metering, which is a huge hassle, but can be worked around. I read some reviews on some M42 to Nikon adapters, and lots of them say the IQ is so bad it's not worth it.

I was wondering if anyone had any experience with this or any similar adapters (better, worse or otherwise!)
Forum: Sold Items 12-10-2014, 09:29 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K-5, 15, 21, 31, 35, 40, 70, Metz 58 Flash
Posted By Codazzle
Replies: 30
Views: 4,085
PM sent about the DA15
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-03-2014, 12:46 AM  
Small size, long focal length?
Posted By Codazzle
Replies: 24
Views: 2,456
Hi forum,

Did a quick search and didn't see this specifically asked (probably because there is not a real answer), but I was just wondering what kind of primes are out there with long focal lengths relative to their size? I already own an M 135mm (which is great considering it's size and what I paid for it), and am seriously considering picking up the FA77 (or maybe a DA70). But before I spend that kind of dough, I'd figure I'd ask if there were any other long lenses with relatively small sizes I need to research, specifically with autofocus, besides the FA77 and the DA70? Vague question I know, but any input or insight is appreciated!

Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-22-2014, 01:24 PM  
Sticky: Pentax Photo Gallery (PPG) entries
Posted By Codazzle
Replies: 6,127
Views: 796,627
I remember voting on this one, was definitely a thumbs up.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-22-2014, 01:41 AM  
Just bought the 40mm XS on a complete whim
Posted By Codazzle
Replies: 26
Views: 1,849
I like the colors on the DA40 Ltd the most out of any lens I have, and I have a few decent lenses (FA31, FA43, DA*55). I have no desire to sell it even though its pretty redundant based on some of my "superior" lenses
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-09-2014, 02:45 PM  
Upgrading from a K-5 + K-01; considering K-3, Nikon Df and Sony a7 (not exclusively)
Posted By Codazzle
Replies: 8
Views: 1,711
After mulling over advice, I decided to pick up an FA43 from the market place and pair it with my K-01. Quite a bit smaller than the FA31. A little bigger than the DA40, but faster. Considering I'll probably sell the the DA40 with this pick up, this route will cost me a little over 10% of the new brand route, and still have the money if I decide to still pick up a new body.

Still might start hunting for an FA77 :P
Forum: Sold Items 11-08-2014, 01:26 PM  
For Sale - Sold: SMC Pentax FA 43mm f/1.9 (Black) ***PRICE DROP***
Posted By Codazzle
Replies: 3
Views: 1,341
PM sent
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-07-2014, 11:11 PM  
Upgrading from a K-5 + K-01; considering K-3, Nikon Df and Sony a7 (not exclusively)
Posted By Codazzle
Replies: 8
Views: 1,711
I am very happy with my K-01. And picking up an extra limited is also an option I'm considering.

The main lens I was considering was the FA77. However, the main drawback I see with it is it may be too long indoors for me, as I don't use the DA*55 much indoors anymore. Also, I don't know if I'm in outside low-light conditions enough for it to be worth it (or perhaps my lens limitation is what makes me stay away from low light outdoors).

Another option was the FA43. But I already have a DA40. Once I got my FA31,the DA 40 didn't get much use, even though I claim size is a priority to me! I'm not sure if it was extra stop the FA31 had, the shorter focal length, or the 3x price premium I paid for the FA31 (I think it was a combination of all 3). Maybe I feel like I'm hitting some limitations with my K-01, but it's probably my skills rather than the camera

A massive Pentax plus that I definitely considered, but forgot to list!

Thanks for your in-depth experience with the Sony! I don't use MF a whole lot on the K-01, so I'm not used to the focus peaking. I think the first con you list is my biggest fear of getting an a7. Furthermore, getting an a7 with a decent prime is the same price as the Df with a prime (maybe not as good?), and then there are no affordable options afterwards. Part of the reason I may opt for a pricey camera right now is I have some OT money coming my way and all my responsibilities are accounted for :) Who knows when that will happen again?! A Df has some affordable options for lenses, as well as friends with FF Nikons to mooch from :D. The Sony, however, I might not use in proportion to my investment as I may not have money for the lenses I want in the future. (another Pentax plus)

I browsed at the Fuji's, perhaps I should take a deeper look at them. But the more I type, the more the Pentax makes sense

Do they have that at camera stores? :lol:

I suppose this may all be moot if I go to the camera store and I hate the way the Nikon and Sony feel in my hands. But too much information is never bad
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-06-2014, 11:54 PM  
Upgrading from a K-5 + K-01; considering K-3, Nikon Df and Sony a7 (not exclusively)
Posted By Codazzle
Replies: 8
Views: 1,711
Hi forum,

First off, not sure where this topic belongs, so I thought I'd put it here.

I'm just wondering what people's opinions are of the K-3, Nikon df and Sony a7.

Some background info;

For my current line-up of bodies, I've had a K-5 for about 3 years (maybe longer?), and a K-01 for two years. I have a lot of decent Pentax glass which I love (FA31, DA*55, 40mm ltd, DA 10-17mm fish-eye, the surprising 18-135mm, lots of manual primes). Not to take anything away from the terrific K-5, but for the past year, my K-01 is basically my goto camera, with the K-5 only coming out when weather is a concern - or I might need "better" autofocus (which is still not great).

I love the K-01. It looks like a huge P&S, but takes almost K-5 images. My friends/family/people are seemingly not intimidated by the K-01, making it much easier to get candids, it's a blast to shoot with, and it has awesome results. However, it's quite evident there will probably never be a successor.

Lately I have found myself itching for a new body. Obviously I don't NEED a new body, I'm merely a hobbyist. But we all know that feeling :) Also, I would keep all my Pentax stuff regardless of if i bought into a new system.

Primarily, where I'd like to see improvements is shooting indoor in low light without a flash. Size is another priority for me. I've grown accustomed to Pentax and their small size. I also liked K-01's unique styling, love-it or hate-it, as people felt more comfortable around it. I could care less about video. I'm not terribly concerned about megapixels at this point. I have a pretty decent budget, but price is still a factor.

I've narrowed it down to three front runners, and I'd like any and all input from the forum, and other suggestions


-The logical progression. From what I've read, the K-3 is fantastic. Great images, improved autofocus from the K-5, great price, I don't need any other lenses. Increased resolution, though I doubt I could utilize it

-Not sure if will notice an upgrade to a K-3 in my images. I don't really pixel peep. Might as well wait for the K-3 succesor. As lame as it sounds, its not "exciting" merely making an upgrade


-Based on reviews, reputation and word of mouth, this is a low light monster. Great ISO performance. Great sensor. Not really small compared ot the K-5, but small compared to other FF's. Decent AF. Unique styling should help with how I like to shoot. Lots of lens options, some even reasonably priced (AF 35mm f/2 is what I have my eye on)

-Expensive. I have zero Nikon lenses. Larger in size than my other options. Lowest megapixels out of the three options (though it shouldn't matter to me)

Sony a7 (and other a7's)


-Size. Great in low light (based on reviews). Tilting LCD. SIZE! Can use my Pentax lenses with an adapter. Expensive, though less than Df


-I lose AF with adapter. Might lose size advantage with an adapter. Limited lens selection. Lenses that do exist are expensive. a7 with best low light performance is also their "video" camera. I actually like having video in the Df

With all this being said, I'm wondering if anyone has any input to help me with my decision making. Or if anyone had any other suggestions or additional insight into the cameras I listed

Thanks forum!

Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-28-2013, 10:42 PM  
Quick Lightroom question about photos I DON'T want to import
Posted By Codazzle
Replies: 7
Views: 1,007
Thanks guys.

Pretty sure that's my answer! Haha

To answer the question of why, my girlfriend has her pictures on my computer. I don't want them on my lightroom, but don't want to delete them :)
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