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Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 09-07-2016, 02:04 PM  
PF 10th Anniversary - Pentax K-50 1-Day Giveaway! - Entries closed, winner announced.
Posted By GregNS
Replies: 1,825
Views: 74,649
I could really use a k-50. I love my Pentax stuff!
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-14-2014, 06:04 AM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By GregNS
Replies: 2,854
Views: 110,893
OK, I'm in. I really really want this lens :-)

Thanks for the great idea of this giveaway.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-10-2014, 12:48 PM  
Win an FA 31mm Ltd: PF 3 million post giveaway!
Posted By GregNS
Replies: 2,237
Views: 127,652
Wow. Nice gesture! I could really use that lens :-)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-09-2007, 02:33 PM  
KatsEye fitting instructions
Posted By GregNS
Replies: 4
Views: 2,052
I purchased one just a couple of months ago.

Give them a phone call. Rachael is EXTRMELY helpful and willing to answer any and all your questions. I'm sure she will put any of your fears about installation to rest.

I installed mine on my DS2 and it was trivial. I love the screen. It takes me back to the joy of looking through my Pentax SuperProgram viewfinder.

In the meantime, check out:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-06-2007, 01:23 PM  
Banner for the K100d
Posted By GregNS
Replies: 38
Views: 5,360
I was hoping that we owners of ANCIENT cameras would be able to join in the fun. Woo hoo!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-01-2007, 12:58 PM  
Posted By GregNS
Replies: 0
Views: 1,494
Here is my submission for the March "Birds" contest.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-19-2007, 05:03 PM  
Fill flash
Posted By GregNS
Replies: 26
Views: 5,006
Back to the Mark's question. My response has nothing to do with complicated stuff.

This is a cheesy solution which the pro's may scoff at, but it has worked for me on my DS2. I know that fill-flash isn't always the answer, but when shooting a dark subject with a super bright background without any time to set up (or think about) a complicated solution, this is what I do with my external flash on the camera:

1. link AE point with AF point (in the menu).
2. Using "P" or "Av" mode, aim the AF point at the bright background and press the "AE-L" button to lock the exposure.
3. Aim at your subject, AF and shoot.

The AE-Lock will ensure that the bright parts aren't blown out, and the flash will hit the nearer subject improving the lighting there.

Hope this helps,
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-12-2007, 06:52 AM  
aperture ring: what's the point?
Posted By GregNS
Replies: 33
Views: 5,943
My answer only relates to *IST-DS2/DS/D cameras that have the TTL sensor, but I have to add that I use the aperture ring all the time when shooting flash with my daughter in the picture.

It's been discussed to death elsewhere, but moving the aperture ring away from "A" forces the camera into TTL mode rather than P-TTL (if you have an external flash that can handle either).

I specifically look for lenses with the ring now.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-10-2007, 04:38 PM  
Just got back from the Studio
Posted By GregNS
Replies: 29
Views: 5,627
Very nice Ben.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-08-2007, 02:42 PM  
Meeting with Pentax
Posted By GregNS
Replies: 52
Views: 8,833
Hi Ben,
Thanks so much for taking these requests to Pentax. We really appreciate having you around here. I can't add much to the list.

However, I do have to echo 35mmfilm_user. I would love to get my hands on a legendary Pentax AutoFocus TC (Like the 1.7x out there). I really think that there would be a solid market for these if they were to re-release them.

I know it's outside of the scope of your meeting, but I had to say it :-)

My other SERIOUS desire is for the upcoming DA300mm to have autofocus compatibility with my *IST-DS2. I am soooo hoping that they don't abandon us loyal Pentaxians who just bought withing the last couple of years and go exclusively with "in lens" AF.

thanks again.
Forum: General Talk 01-30-2007, 08:57 AM  
Banned from DP Review
Posted By GregNS
Replies: 72
Views: 13,903
Me too :)
I've been following the "Benjikan got banned" thread at dpr, but frankly the politics over there is tiresome.

Stay here Ben and be welcome!
PS really like what the post-processing techniques you shared with us has done to some of my photos. thanks!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-22-2007, 01:59 PM  
A new pro sponsored by Pentax
Posted By GregNS
Replies: 30
Views: 7,334
Hi Benjikan,
Welcome to this forum and thank you so much for sharing your pp techniques with us!

I am no stranger to the first step (0.3 pixels and ~200%) but the second pass with USM as well as the 50% opacity layering (soft light) is new to me. I just tried it on a picture of my daughter and WOW!

Just a couple of days ago I was staring at some of my pictures and wondering why mine seemed almost a bit "washed out" compared to some of the truly great shots I've seen where the colors really "pop" (settings?, lens? etc etc).
While these are all important, your techniques have really helped bring some of my shots alive.

I tried it twice: once with a color layer and once with the unsaturated layer and the unsaturated layer trick really did a nice job for this particular picture.

Thanks again.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-16-2007, 07:57 PM  
P-TTL VS TTL.... what is the difference to the average user?
Posted By GregNS
Replies: 16
Views: 7,677
No sweat - I had just got back from reading a bunch of ranting-flaming posts elsewhere (I really don't see why something as fun as photography seems to irritate so many people), so I was terrified that I had offended. My mistake. :o
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-16-2007, 04:13 PM  
P-TTL VS TTL.... what is the difference to the average user?
Posted By GregNS
Replies: 16
Views: 7,677
Different forum. Different (somewhat) audience.

Just trying to be helpful.
If you genuinely find this offensive, I will remove it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-16-2007, 11:28 AM  
P-TTL VS TTL.... what is the difference to the average user?
Posted By GregNS
Replies: 16
Views: 7,677
In response to the OP,
Here is (I hope) an explanation of the differences between P-TTL and TTL as I have observed/learned:

The regular camera meter exists up in the viewfinder box. This allows you to meter things before you click the shutter button.

To meter and control the amount of flash WHILE the shutter is open (and the mirror is up) requires a different sensor in front (or off to the side obviously) of the film sensor itself. It was very popular with film, but most manufacturers have discovered that the reflection of light off a digital sensor is not as reliable as that off a film plane.

So, a new solution was invented. That of the preflash. Pentax calls it P-TTL. It is still through the lens, but it uses the regular meter in the viewfinder box and fires the flash just prior to raising the mirror. Based on this "PreFlash", the camera has a good idea of how much flash to deliver for the actual flash/shot.

If you look through the viewfinder during a P-TTL shot, you can actually see the 1st preflash through the viewfinder/lens when you take the shot.

If you look through the viewfinder during a TTL shot, the mirror is up and the viewfinder is black during the actual flash.

P-TTL yields very reliable exposure.

The downside of P-TTL is that there is a small (but real) minority of people who have such a fast blink reflex that the preflash causes them to blink and the actual exposure catches them with "lazy eye" My two sons are "normal" i.e. the time between preflash and actual shot is less than the time taken to blink, but my daughter is a blinker.

Does that help?
Forum: Pentax DSLR and Camera Articles 01-16-2007, 11:23 AM  
Which Pentax DSLRs Support TTL Flash?
Posted By GregNS
Replies: 27
Views: 28,044
> > Also, if P-TTL is available on the external flash, it will be used over TTL.
True, but . . .

Sorry Mo, but it might be useful to mention here that if the flash supports both P-TTL and TTL (like the Sigma EF 500 DG Super) then one can force the flash into TTL by moving the aperture ring on the lens (as long as it has one) away from "A" and setting the f-stop manually. Then the camera/flash system will revert to TTL.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-10-2007, 11:29 AM  
*Ist DL and TTL flash
Posted By GregNS
Replies: 28
Views: 13,629
As for TTL in A mode:
I think the question is whether A mode would work with TTL if that is all the flash supports.

Many have claimed in the past that it does work. I'm not so sure. I have a great Pentax AF280T flash that has reliably given me beautiful TTL pictures with my old SuperProgram (Super-A elsewhere I think) body. It does NOT work with my DS2. It goes off at full strength for everything. I erroneously believed that this meant that my DS2 did not do TTL at all until I tried the "move the aperture ring to a manual f-stop" trick with my new Sigma EF500 DG Super flash.

Now I'm convinced that TTL does work with my DS2, (I can also see the sensor on the side of the image box behind the mirror).

Mo's assertion that the DS/DS2 will not do TTL in A mode DOES support my findings with the AF280T. I would tend to agree with him.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-09-2007, 03:38 PM  
*Ist DL and TTL flash
Posted By GregNS
Replies: 28
Views: 13,629
Further to my experiment with moving the aperture ring away from "A", I am VERY grateful that I have some lenses that allow this.

With the Kit lens, I cannot get TTL behaviour out of my DS2. With P-TTL, my two sons are just fine, but my daughter ALWAYS blinks.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-09-2007, 03:35 PM  
*Ist DL and TTL flash
Posted By GregNS
Replies: 28
Views: 13,629
Hi there,
I have done this experiment with my SMC-A 35-70 as well as my FA 50 (f1.4) lenses. They both work. Unfortunately I cannot comment on the older M and K lenses as I don't have any.

This is just *slightly* off topic, but the thought just occured to me that P-TTL (or regular metering that is done with the meter in the viewfinder box while the mirror is down) actually meters "theoretically" since the aperture is still wide open at this point (not stopped down until the mirror is up I think).

TTL metering occurs while the camera is in the actual shot configuration (i.e. stopped down) hmmmmm hadn't thought of that before.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-09-2007, 10:49 AM  
*Ist DL and TTL flash
Posted By GregNS
Replies: 28
Views: 13,629
Hi there,
This has been discussed at great length "elsewhere", but the DS and DS2 both have the TTL sensor.

With my DS2, if I set my Sigma EF 500 DG Super flash to "Program Mode" and have the aperture ring on "A" on my lens, then you get the default P-TTL behaviour (you can actually see the preflash through the viewfinder before the mirror goes up when you shoot).

However, if you move the aperture ring to a manual F-stop value (make sure your menu settings in the camera have been set to allow this and also make sure that your lens HAS an aperture ring - the DA lenses do not), then the camera reverts back to TTL.

I get PERFECTLY exposed flash shots at any distance (within reason of course :p ) both ways but the TTL mode does not include the Preflash and my daughter does not get caught blinking.

Hope this helps . . .
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-04-2007, 02:45 PM  
KatzEye screen now available for the K10D
Posted By GregNS
Replies: 12
Views: 3,507
Thanks for all your valuable info (both here and at "the other place").

I finally bit the bullet and ordered one for my DS2. I am seriously looking forward to the "good old days" of split screen focussing.

PS Rachael was extremely helpful at Katz-eye. I chatted with her by phone and was very impressed with her knowlege and willingness to answer a ton of questions.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-03-2007, 01:54 PM  
DFA50mm f2.8 1:1 Macro - LBA Thread
Posted By GregNS
Replies: 30
Views: 4,237
Fantastic photos from a great lens Asad.

You're right. The bokeh really is creamy and pleasing.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-02-2007, 08:33 PM  
70-300mm lens comparison
Posted By GregNS
Replies: 31
Views: 9,542
I'm no pro photographer, but I have had a lot of fun with my Sigma 70-300 DG Macro. I have heard a number of negative things about this lens, but my one (APO version) has done quite fine by me :-)

Handheld at 300mm.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-22-2006, 02:21 PM  
Some figure Skating - Have a look, Tracy!
Posted By GregNS
Replies: 10
Views: 1,654
Very nice Phil.

I always enjoy looking at Zuckerization.

Have a great Christmas and all the best in 2007
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-22-2006, 02:19 PM  
Season's Greetings!
Posted By GregNS
Replies: 22
Views: 2,315
Merry Christmas. And all the best in 2007.
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