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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 1 Day Ago  
Impossible to get good sharpness żis it the camera, lenses, focus, me...?
Posted By ehrwien
Replies: 17
Views: 957
For landscape photography especially you should read about hyperfocal distance. You've already gotten some advice on choosing the best aperture and using a tripod to eliminate any potential for softness caused by your own movement. This will also allow you to use the lowest ISO (higher ISO will also reduce the detail in your pictures).
You should also know that most of the time zoom lenses will not be as sharp as prime lenses, and zoom lenses are often softer at their extreme focal lengths. Using 20 or 24 mm instead of 18 might give you a little boost in sharpness, but that depends on the lens.
Regarding the process of focussing itself, you will achieve the best results when using the central focus point and confirming the sharpness while zooming in in live view, if your camera supports this.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 1 Day Ago  
Impossible to get good sharpness żis it the camera, lenses, focus, me...?
Posted By ehrwien
Replies: 17
Views: 957
The best way to get reliable feedback would be to upload some pictures with intact EXIF data so we can see the parameters that were chosen when the shots were taken
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 5 Days Ago  
Light meter indicator
Posted By ehrwien
Replies: 4
Views: 384
Indeed it does. You can see it at the position marked with #9 in this image: (embedded form this site: Pentax K-S2 Review - User Interface | PentaxForums.com Reviews )
The middle of it would mark a "correct" exposure. What "correct" means depends on other settings, such as the metering mode (matrix, spot, center-weighted) and the value of the exposure compensation that you can use to shift this to your liking.

Note that you could also set the scale to show the level at which the camera is tilted: "Via the third tab of the record menu, the horizontal axis of the electronic level can also be shown in the viewfinder in place of the EV scale (9)."
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-09-2019, 07:39 AM  
ARRRGGGHHH!!! Dumbest thing I've ever done! May have ruined my camera. $%#^@#!!!
Posted By ehrwien
Replies: 27
Views: 1,734
How exactly did you store them and what happened to them?
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 06-07-2019, 01:38 PM  
Question Anyone else finding the site really slow ?
Posted By ehrwien
Replies: 22
Views: 383
Slow for me as well. Sometimes the page will not even start loading for 30 seconds, sometimes it takes two minutes for a button image to load...

I thought that was just me though since I'm from Central Europe and I guess the servers are located somewhere in Northern America?

I recall the site being this slow a year or so ago
Forum: Pentax K-70 06-07-2019, 11:08 AM  
Tamron Adaptall 35-70 (17a) on a k70 help needed
Posted By ehrwien
Replies: 5
Views: 268
Did your K-70 really come with a printed manual in the first place? I think my K-S2 didn't have one...

I download the digital version in the form of a pdf from the Pentax homepage for when I want to dive into this or that function.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 06-07-2019, 08:34 AM  
Colors of nature
Posted By ehrwien
Replies: 3
Views: 127
You could also upload the photos elsewhere (you'd probably need an account there then as free pic hosting services will most likely delete the photos some time; e.g. flickr) and link/embed them here.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-04-2019, 10:20 AM  
Lenses: what has demand and what has not - facts
Posted By ehrwien
Replies: 44
Views: 1,816
I feel like even for APS-C a 50 could often be the first (and only) prime because of its ability to separate the subject from the background, as a portrait lens rather than a "normal" field of view lens. Or beginners looking for a prime get confused by the crop factor and follow recommendations to get a 50...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-04-2019, 10:05 AM  
Lenses: what has demand and what has not - facts
Posted By ehrwien
Replies: 44
Views: 1,816
Is this statistic solely composed of separate lens sales or do they also count lenses that come coupled with bodies? Only new lenses or also used, but sold by retailers?
Forum: Contest Voting 06-03-2019, 08:33 AM  
Lock-Up
Posted By ehrwien
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Views: 66
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Forum: Contest Voting 06-03-2019, 08:33 AM  
Upside down
Posted By ehrwien
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Views: 154
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Forum: Contest Voting 06-03-2019, 08:32 AM  
Surf's Up!
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Replies: 11
Views: 204
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Forum: Contest Voting 06-03-2019, 08:32 AM  
Wave runner
Posted By ehrwien
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Views: 208
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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-29-2019, 10:40 AM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By ehrwien
Replies: 5,529
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I'm sure I've seen more Lambos than Pentaxes. But then again, I see more cars than cameras in the first place...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-28-2019, 01:26 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By ehrwien
Replies: 5,529
Views: 712,951
That's what I got as well :) The "black" is more of a middle grey though. But would have had no problem getting myself a plain black one.

I agree with that, although...
I'd rather place the K-70 next to the D7200. Built-in focus motor, 2 control wheels, real, big, bright, 100% pentaprism viewfinder, WR... features not present in the D5500. Ok, the K-70 only has one SD card slot, but a swivel screen... then there's in-body stabilization, Pixel shift, but it lacks a shoulder display, the burst rate and buffer are is smaller (?), fewer autofocus points...

For someone looking for a a little more serious camera, Pentax is making the right offer imho.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-25-2019, 11:57 AM  
Pentax DA*55 mm 1.4 vs FA43 mm 1.9
Posted By ehrwien
Replies: 28
Views: 1,756
I've got the K-S2 as well and when I got myself a (barely) used ( Sigma 30/1.4 (not the Art, but the older and much cheaper EX DC) I found that I really liked the focal length for indoor use. Focussing is a bit tricky at 1.4, but at 2.0 my keeper rate was much higher (perhaps some focus finetuning needed). I haven't got the DA35 myself, so I can't compare those, but if you're open for third party lenses, you could give this one a try?
If I should ever go full frame, the 43 will be one of my first new lenses after the body.

I think there are two more factors at play: the 43 is a limited vs. the 55 "only" a * lens, and the 43 is officially a full frame (FA) lens, while the 55, even if very usable on full frame, is a crop (DA) lens.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-25-2019, 09:26 AM  
Advice for new KP user: lenses
Posted By ehrwien
Replies: 41
Views: 1,609
I would have said the same (except my vote would have gone to the Sigma, since I have and like it as you do your Tamron), but he wouldn't gain aaall that much with it: 17 vs. 18 at the wide end, picture quality and 2.8 aperture from 17 to 35 / between 35 and 50. I'd say with the DA35 and DA50 he's settled for picture quality and fast aperture from ~30 to 50, with the caveat that he has to change lenses, which would not be that comfortable to do while traveling. He would also lose WR / couldn't use the lens as he would his 18-55 now.

I have the 18-135 and 50 myself and I would not say that the 18-135 beats or even matches the 50 for sharpness / picture quality. I myself long for the 16-85 ever since I got my K-S2 with the 18-135 since it's said to be a better lens overall in the overlapping focal length range (except for around 24 or so, where the 18-135 is better?), offers the 16mm at the wide end (but ends at 85 at the long end), but it's bigger, heavier and much more expensive (I haven't seen the 16-85 on the used market around here that much, and if so, it still cost more than the DA limiteds go for). On the other hand the 18-135 is very versatile, a lens that might not leave his camera at all for his trip, and is very affordable used.

A 55-300 would really add something to op's kit, but I don't think it would be such a useful lens for a trip through Europe.

A DA15 or something like a Sigma 10-20 could be an option to expand the wide end of his focal lengths, the 15 being compact, but rather expensive, the other being more versatile, wider, more affordable (at least used), but is not really compact.

All in all I'd say there's no clear recommendation to make here gear-wise, other than to look at all the suggestions and compare them and to penultimately decide for himself what is more important.

Another thing to suggest would be to switch from taking jpegs in AE mode to taking more control of the parameters that affect the photos, and to save them as RAWs to be able to tweak them better to his liking after they have been taken.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-21-2019, 10:41 AM  
Imaging Resource's CP+ 2019 interview
Posted By ehrwien
Replies: 104
Views: 7,257
So much this. I can't even recall how exactly I came to consider Pentax or even know there exists another camera maker next to Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Fuji.. But somehow I did stumble upon Pentax and the lovely folks here while deciding if I was gonna get a Nikon D3xxx with a nice standard zoom or a "more advanced" D5xxx with a normal kit lens. All the while I actually longed for something in the D7xxx line, because that would have been the "real" step up from entry level with bright real pentaprism viewfinder, two dials, integrated focussing motor etc... but they were too expensive and at the same time lacked features that their entry level cameras had, like tilty screen, wi-fi,...
and I'm really glad I found the K-S2 that gave me all the features I liked in the different lines of Nikon, but combined in a single body and offered at an attractive price. I was so close to making the wrong choice because I didn't even know I had a choice other than Canon or Nikon...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-21-2019, 09:46 AM  
Pentax K-r: The display mysteriously fades out
Posted By ehrwien
Replies: 5
Views: 456
And the clairvoyant-of-the-month-award goes to @caliscouser
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-19-2019, 02:36 AM  
How to accurately select focal length DA lens
Posted By ehrwien
Replies: 15
Views: 940
The important difference being that with this approach you do not work with the limitations of a fixed focal lenght, try to work your subject with your feet and explore, you may fall into just changing the focal length, snapping away and potentially missing the most interesting perspectives. And this could also be a reason for using a zoom the most at both its ends, "I have to get closer" / "I am too close", changing the focal length as much as possible et voila.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-17-2019, 09:44 AM  
How many 50mm lenses do you own? Favorite? What have you let go?
Posted By ehrwien
Replies: 184
Views: 17,499
I started with the DA 50/1.8, then wanted a manual lens so I got the M 50/1.7, and couldn't resist a good price for a used FA 50/1.4

So I'm at 3 now, but I kind of want to have "one of each" some time... a K (the 1.2?), M, A, F, FA, DA, DFA (the macro) (, DA* (the 55), DFA*?)... because why not? (If I should ever win a few millions in the lottery.. but I would have to play first.. )
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-17-2019, 08:13 AM  
How to accurately select focal length DA lens
Posted By ehrwien
Replies: 15
Views: 940
I've often read the advice for people starting out with DSLRs to set their zoom (which is what most beginners have as their first lens) to a certain focal length to see if they like shooting at that focal length before investing money into a prime. It might offer better quality than a zoom, but brings some serious limitations with it and one can see what those are when setting a certain focal length on a zoom and fixing it with tape or something and shooting with it as if it were a prime.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 05-14-2019, 09:55 AM  
Memory card - size and type
Posted By ehrwien
Replies: 3
Views: 262
What is specified is the type of card that can be used in the camera, which is up to SDXC (and UHS-I for speed (1 in a U), which is comparable to the class 10 (10 in a circle) speed). Since this is backwards compatible, you can also use SD and SDHC cards.
The SDXC standard is specified for up to 2 TB (2*1000GB), but those card sizes have not been made publicly available yet (if they have even been achieved at all).

So I think the K-S2 should support the 1 TB cards that have been shown by Lexar at CES this year, though I haven't used cards larger than 32 GB so far. I can try 64 GB cards later.
You should be fine with 128 and 256 GB cards, but I'd rather change the card one more time than have a big card with all my photos on it fail or get lost. 32 GB is plenty to shoot hundreds of photos a day (~30 MB for RAW+JPG, so the 32 GB card could take more than 1,000 photos)

Speedwise UHS-II cards will also work, but at UHS-I speeds. The same should be true for UHS-III cards. I guess UHS-I cards are plenty for the K-S2, since the internal processing to write the photos to the cards takes longer than it theoretically should for cards of those speeds (just speculation, I'm too lazy to do the testing, but you can try for yourself: fill the buffer and measure the time it takes to take one more photo; look at the photo size afterwards; compare with the promised write speeds of the card. Do note that they print "up to" onto the cards, no minimum guaranteed writing speed)
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-12-2019, 09:23 AM  
Spring Tulip
Posted By ehrwien
Replies: 21
Views: 330
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-12-2019, 09:23 AM  
Yellow and Blue
Posted By ehrwien
Replies: 11
Views: 179
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