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Forum: Photo Critique 02-22-2019, 07:02 PM  
Nature Still life with orchids
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 15
Views: 1,165
Beautiful work, love the background. You can frame this one.
Forum: Photo Critique 02-22-2019, 06:57 PM  
Landscape Golden Bridge
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 17
Views: 1,539
Looks great on my monitor !
Forum: Photo Critique 02-22-2019, 06:55 PM  
People Cold day pinups
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 12
Views: 884
Nice colors and perfect focus. your wife I assume ?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-09-2019, 12:02 PM  
Recommendation for repair of 77mm limited
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 8
Views: 422
Wow I'm wondering if that was a Japan-made or Vietnam-made lens ?
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-21-2019, 08:57 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW: December 2018 "Lights" Contest Finalists
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 62
Views: 4,285
I voted for #4. Honorable mentions #5 and #7
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 01-01-2019, 09:50 PM  
Pentax Mirrorless?
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 176
Views: 14,838
I doubt if Pentax will be pressured to jump on the mirror-less band wagon after the FF K1 debacle !
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-01-2019, 09:45 PM  
Happy 100th birthday to Pentax!
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 12
Views: 908
Wow, They had their ups and downs but are still kicking ! way to go Pentax !
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-21-2018, 06:52 PM  
Ode to the K5
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 16
Views: 1,727
Not to worry, there is always eBay and KEH.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-17-2018, 06:21 PM  
my new SMC Takumar 135mm f2.5
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 2
Views: 450
I have the same lens. It takes great colorful pictures with a lot of contrast.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-29-2018, 03:26 PM  
Cityscape Toys R Us
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 2
Views: 245
Toys R Us
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-29-2018, 03:19 PM  
Abstract At the Train Museum
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 2
Views: 207
At the Train Museum
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-29-2018, 03:15 PM  
Cityscape Crain
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 1
Views: 171
Crain
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-24-2017, 03:52 PM  
Focusing Points
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 90
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Even with a Zoom lens or moving forward or backward the subject becomes bigger or smaller but the focusing points remain in the same place. If I could just make the subject small enough so it can just fit under one of those finicky center focusing points... But then, the Perspective changes and the subject no longer fills the frame unless you crop.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-23-2017, 11:49 PM  
Focusing Points
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 90
Views: 5,287
That single outer focusing point worked fine with me unless I had to shoot "twins", where I would revert to manual focusing. Live View was in its infancy back then it had latency problems and tended to eat up the batteries. Not so good for 8-10 hour shifts.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-23-2017, 07:40 PM  
Focusing Points
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 90
Views: 5,287
Thank you Brian R that is all I asked for ... By the way the outer point of my K-5 IIs reaches the so-called ruled of third line. So did the Canon 30D the, Canon 40D from 2005 and other cameras. How Nikon managed to spread those focusing points is, a marvel. Go Nikon !
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-23-2017, 03:47 PM  
Focusing Points
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 90
Views: 5,287
Steve, think what you want I paid my 20 bucks to become a member of this site and voice my opinions. I'm a "member" not a "Cult member", "Fanboy" or somebody that doesn't want to upset the sponsors. When in the Hell did I mention anything about Pentax in all of this ?

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Yes there are also guys that drive 80 miles an hour on the highway because they are skilled drivers and like to show off. As for me I am not that skilled, but I'll keep my $2000 in my pocket until I can find a camera I want.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-23-2017, 10:44 AM  
Focusing Points
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 90
Views: 5,287
Dan please Google "Bunched up Focusing points" there are several links there concerning the spread of focusing points. If you have the time take a quick look at what others have to say...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-23-2017, 07:40 AM  
Focusing Points
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 90
Views: 5,287
Dan excuse me but I'm not here to learn how to take portraits. I did this for 10 years before I got tired and moved
to weddings. The problem is not technique it's the placement of the focusing points inside certain cameras. Please read my original post.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-23-2017, 04:16 AM  
Focusing Points
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 90
Views: 5,287
Here is a sample picture(not taken by me). Requirement - Five to 6 inches headroom max.(3/4 length and head-and-shoulder) I guess you can move back a little which is what I used to do for shorter or taller kids but the focusing points still have to reach the eye area. The printers usually wanted cookie-cutter(non-cropped) poses so that they didn't have to stop the machine.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-21-2017, 08:34 AM  
Focusing Points
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 90
Views: 5,287
If you can focus the camera without using focusing points that's a new one to me and something I wouldn't mind learning. Like I said after we switched to digital we used the Canon 30D then the 40D. Both these cameras used the diamond shaped 9 focusing points as in your 6D. The outer focusing point if you turn the camera in a vertical position just reaches the point where you can say the rule of third starts. Unlike you style of photography we were not given that much leeway when it came to the headroom above the subject not only due to printing restrictions but also because the portraits would then be placed into a specialized jacket. Just try to visualize it for a second. I love your pictures by the way but we are talking about different tecniques which in my opinion would still require the use of focusing points.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-21-2017, 04:32 AM  
Focusing Points
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 90
Views: 5,287
The Canon 6D Mark II focusing points, check out the large gap between the edge and the nearest focusing points. This can be a PITA when it comes to Sports.

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Actually when I first started we used Pentax k1000 and then the Pentax LX with Kodak Gold ASA100 135mm film. We used 2 or 3 Norman flash heads with power pack and and a few umbrellas and backdrops, but that's about it. Later on we switched to digital and began using the Canon 30D and then 40D. We shot indoors and outdoors so rugged equipment that would last was more important than sophistication.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-20-2017, 06:43 PM  
Focusing Points
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 90
Views: 5,287
Gub a few years ago I use to shoot Middle school and Highs School youth portraits. It was more like assembly line photography and didn't lead to much creativity. Usually the kids were about the same height with some variations. With the camera held vertically on a tripod, I would place the outer edge of the focusing point on my subjects eyes and fire away. Of course some kids were much taller or shorter than the other kids so I had to make accommodations to keep that lone focusing point on the subjects eyes, because when it comes to portraiture once the eyes are out of focus the whole portrait is shot. Lucky for me my K-5 IIs also has this outer focusing point that I can select and when the camera is held vertically I can place over a subjects eyes. However not all cameras have this outer focusing point. Look at the new canon 6D Mark II. I would never buy a camera like that because of the focusing points. Although Canon boasts that the camera has 41 or whatever focusing points they are all bunched up in the middle leaving a huge gap between the edge of the frame and the nearest focusing point. Imagine if I had to shoot 300-400 kids with this camera. I would have to use the old Focus-and-Recompose 300-400 times !
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-19-2017, 09:44 PM  
Focusing Points
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 90
Views: 5,287
"The AF sensor on your DSLR relies on light passing through a transparent part the mirror and being reflected down by another mirror onto the AF sensor

Read more at: Focusing Points - PentaxForums.com

With all due respect where did you get this information from ? As far as I know a DSLR uses the same mirror as an SLR film camera unless its a Sony
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-19-2017, 05:59 PM  
Focusing Points
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 90
Views: 5,287
Why are all the focusing points on DSLR's clustered around the center area of the view finder ? I I mean even if you have 99+ focusing points but they are all clustered in the middle of the view frame what is the point ? Users have been screaming pretty LOUD about this, but manufactures refuse to budge. What is it too expensive, is it technically impossible, is it scientifically not worth it, what is the deal ? Meanwhile Mirror-less cameras have managed to spread their focusing points to the very edges of the view finder. Is there some reason for this ?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-19-2017, 05:38 PM  
Pentax Normalish lenses portrait at 2.2
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 13
Views: 1,146
Why did you mix head-and-shoulder shots with head shots ?
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