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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-22-2013, 06:03 AM  
Need Lens Profiling help for LR3
Posted By sandpiper6
Replies: 4
Views: 953
Tokina is not a choice in the Lightroom 3 Lens Profile Custom menu. LR3 is reading the Tokina AT-X PRO SV 28-70, 2.8 lens as Pentax 28-80, 2.8-4. When shooting at 28mm, it is reading it as 33m. What all can I do in Lightroom to get a more accurate edit???

Started out with this lens in about 2004 on a Pentax *ist-D. Have used it on many different Pentax D-SLRs. It is currently on a Pentax K-5.

Thanks for ANY help.
Forum: Pentax K-5 03-14-2012, 09:03 AM  
card slot spring is broken in K-5
Posted By sandpiper6
Replies: 9
Views: 1,850
Hi,
I have had 2 K-5s for quite awhile now. I know all about the tight fit of the cards with occasional struggles to get a card out. BUT, in 1 of my cameras, the last card would not go in. Once I was able to get it in, it would not come out. In fact, the local Wolf store was only able to get it out with a pair of tweezers. They said the spring was broken.

1. Will it still work to use the camera and just bring tweezers for the exchange?! :)
2. Is it worth it to send it off for repair ($350+ was the initial quote I got)? If repair - where would you recommend sending it?
3. If I were to just replace the K-5, is there something else besides the K-01 coming out soon enough muting the point of paying out for another K-5? I'm nervous about trying to replace it with a K-5. It would be my luck the next big thing would come out as soon as I got the replacement in my hands. The sale on K-5s makes me nervous about it more - or I should just be happy it is a lower price in March?!

What would you do? There are 2 of us, and we love the K-5. We have backups, but... (My backup is K20D and his is K2000)

Considering going hybrid with Canon for sharpness issues, but not sure if different lenses would be a big help or not. Another topic another day.

Faith
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-14-2010, 08:02 PM  
K-5 and LR3
Posted By sandpiper6
Replies: 8
Views: 2,432
Thanks for the replies!!! 3.3 was a fix. Panic attack averted. :)
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-14-2010, 07:55 PM  
K-5 and LR3
Posted By sandpiper6
Replies: 8
Views: 2,432
I sure hope so. I had 3.2. I have 3.3 installing while we speak. I sure hope it is compatible! I have homework due tonight. I've already filled a 4GB card with K-5 raw files - just today!
I got them copied to my computer via Bridge, but the homework requires me to use Lightroom's Print module to create contact sheet pdfs. I suppose I could create contact sheets in CS5 and print as pdf. Gonna be a long night...
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-14-2010, 07:50 PM  
Poll: K-5 owners: What did you use before?
Posted By sandpiper6
Replies: 102
Views: 16,756
You would assume correctly.
My husband was using 2 cameras before the K-5: *ist-D and K2000D
I was using 2 cameras before the K-5: K100D and K20D

I listed K20D as my last primary, since I used it way more than the 100D. But, the 100D did get use. I have been a former owner/user of the *ist-DL. I can't remember if I owned another one in there or not. Add the K1000 film to my husband's list, as well. That was his first. He still brings it out at times.
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-14-2010, 07:04 PM  
K-5 and LR3
Posted By sandpiper6
Replies: 8
Views: 2,432
Oh my - what's the difference between a PEF in the K-5 and in the 20D and other Pentax RAW files? I got my K-5 yesterday. I am trying to load my K-5 images into LR and it says the preview is not available. It's "copying and importing", but the folder is empty! Both in LR and on the computer. Is LR3 K-5 compatible? I've always loaded PEF files from K20D, K100D, K2000D, & *ist-D with no problems.
Forum: General Talk 11-25-2010, 05:43 PM  
Computer Purchase: Black Friday or Cyber Monday?
Posted By sandpiper6
Replies: 9
Views: 3,408
Where can I find the best deals on the k-5??? ;)
Faith
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-03-2009, 06:20 PM  
K20D purchase decision
Posted By sandpiper6
Replies: 77
Views: 12,189
No reply to my questions?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-02-2009, 10:01 AM  
K20D purchase decision
Posted By sandpiper6
Replies: 77
Views: 12,189
Thanks for this thread. I am currently a Pentax K100D shooter living without my top LCD display since my daughter dropped my camera. My husband still shoots with *ist-D bought exactly 5 years ago. It's sensor is going bad and there is soooooo much improvement in Pentax across the board in those 5 years. And to think we paid almost $1500 for that one.

Since October 2005, I have found my specialty niche in birth photography. I have shot births with the *ist-D, *ist-DL and K100D. In January, I got to borrow a friend's D90 and co-shot it with my K100D. The issue at hand was I used the D90 more. It had a focus assist lamp though. It felt like cheating, but got the job done. I hated the idea of shining that light on a laboring mom and family though. I do not know how *they* really felt about that, though they *said* they didn't mind. She wasn't a ******l delivery either which doesn't give me a really valuable opinion on the later stages of labor and that focus assist lamp.

I'm on the fence between switching to the D90 vs just upgrading to the K20D. Hospital rooms, especially overnight births are lowlight WITHOUT flash. So, I can't use the infrared assist of the flash unit either. If there's a way to do that without firing the flash - please do tell. My flash is the Sigma EF-530 DG ST. Will that TTL with the K20D??? I'm not a flash master by any means. Our studio flash is 2 old vivitars on lightstands. I can't wait to learn more and get better at using the flash. My first birth in October 2005 was my first time shooting by myself and I used Joe's *ist-D with a manual focus 50mm lens and the 28-70, 2.8 (Sigma?). I would love the 24-70 2.8 for myself. Or a 2.8 of an 18+ zoom. My 50mm, 1.4, af and our 28-70, 2.8 are our only fast lenses at this point. We have the 18-55 kit and the Sigma 70-300, 4.0 lenses.

If I buy the D90, I'd have to buy a lens or 2 and a flash. If I buy the K20D, I could keep my current flash (?), and upgrade a lens or two. Since I've already tasted the af speed on the D90, will I be happy with the K20D upgrade from K100D? I've done many births with the K100D and gotten great results even though limiting myself to ISO 400 occasionally pushed to 1600. I shoot RAW. The K100D has MUCH better ISO capability than the *ist-D. Is the K20D MUCH better than the K100D???

I find that I leave in camera stabilization on all the time. I used to get lots of camera shake shots on the *ist-D. I'm pretty shaky. My husband is not as shaky, so he's been fine using the *ist-D.

Being the main image editor for both of us (hubby still has day job and we have 4 kiddos), I get frustrated editing the *ist-D images for dynamic range. I'm glad to see lots of comments about DR on the K20D. Is it much improved over the *ist-D and the K100D? I think DR might be my second biggest dissatisfaction with current camera set. (First being ISO limitations for no flash, lowlight work. Yes, there are still churches requiring no flash during ceremonies.

With 4 kiddos, money is a factor. I finally have a little bit of money to put into some equipment upgrades out of this year's tax refund. Yet, I'm still on the fence about what to actually spend it on...

Anybody know how DR stacks up against D90 vs K20D?

Also adding: We had a 5 year biz plan to grow slow on purpose beginning June 2004. We are now in transition out of that into stepping up the business now that the youngest child is in school 1/2 day this year. In August, all of my children will be in school all day for the first time EVER. (Oldest will be 18, youngest 5.) Of course, we'll be attempting to get started in the senior market with the help of our oldest (a junior) and her friends.

Any help?

Thanks a bunch.

Faith Piper

LIFE BY FAITH - my blog with birth slideshows, not including last 3 births.
Anna Olivia Birth Documentary and Dominic Birth Documentary
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Forum: Sold Items 06-06-2007, 12:04 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FS: K100D with some extras
Posted By sandpiper6
Replies: 1
Views: 2,251
Sent you a pm.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-17-2007, 03:06 PM  
Pentax and Lightroom
Posted By sandpiper6
Replies: 14
Views: 3,259
It looks like several of you are using lightroom. I wanted to come on here and verify before I buy lightroom - is lightroom a good product for Pentax files? I have Photoshop 7 and after hearing so many people talk about lightroom, I'd like to see if it helps out my workflow - post-production time.

Also, Currently, we shoot .jpg. Does lightroom have any benefit to me if I keep shooting .jpg or do I really need to switch to PEF RAW to see the benefits? If the latter is a necessity, how long will it take me to figure out post-production of RAW files when I am used to .jpg? I have a full calendar of appointments and do not have much time for a long learning curve.

Thanks so much for any help on this. (Also - should I go ahead and upgrade to CS3 with it or can that wait awhile if I get Lightroom? PPA is offering a discount on those programs.)

Faith
Forum: Homepage & Official Pentax News 02-21-2007, 11:04 PM  
Pentax Announces New DA* Lenses and Other Accessories
Posted By sandpiper6
Replies: 51
Views: 23,573
Thanks for emailing out this info link!

I can't wait to afford and/or find those lenses (the 16-50, the 50-135 and the 60-250) - especially the SDM! Try photographing a sleeping couple during labor and delivery in a hospital room. The lens all of a sudden sounds like it is BANGING!

Faith
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-22-2007, 04:54 PM  
mm versus $$$
Posted By sandpiper6
Replies: 4
Views: 1,806
Will the 4mm wider (28 vs 24) or the 5mm tighter (70 vs 75) make a difference? I'm leaning towards wanting the 75 mm.

Will that 5mm additional focal length worth the $40-50 difference in price?


Faith
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-22-2007, 03:37 PM  
Difference in warmth between different Pentax digital bodies
Posted By sandpiper6
Replies: 4
Views: 3,071
I am not sure if I can easily relate what I mean.

Joe and I use Pentax *ist-D and Pentax K100D (previously *ist-DL). We can have our cameras set at the same saturation, sharpness and contrast settings. The K100D (and the *ist-DL) is consistently outputting warmer images while the *ist-D's output is cooler, almost too cool. I have tried to set mine (K100D) on the lowest setting and having him set his (*ist-D) to the middle or high setting. They still do not produce similar tones. Is there anything else we can do about that? Is this a known issue of concern to any other Pentax shooters out there?

When we do raise his saturation levels in-camera, it doesn't look right.

Any ideas? Articles (links?)

Thank you for this wonderful knowledge base of Pentax users here!

Faith
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-21-2007, 10:21 PM  
mm versus $$$
Posted By sandpiper6
Replies: 4
Views: 1,806
First note: We do professional photography with our Pentax cameras. Weddings, Events and Portraits.

Second note: I second-shoot for my husband, as I am training. His primary camera is currently the *ist-D. My primary camera is currently the K100D (previously *ist-DL). We are hoping to eventually get the K10D.

I am getting highly frustrated at sharing lenses in our arsenal. We have ONE Tokina 28-70, 2.8 lens which Joe needs more. I am also getting highly frustrated at the amount of "out-of-stock" lenses everywhere I look.

I think I need to duplicate the 2.8 lens above at the very least. Here are the choices I found available tonight.

Sigma 24-70, 2.8 - $429

Sigma 28-70, 2.8 - $329

Tamron 28-75, 2.8 - $379 - $10 Rebate = $369

I do tend to prefer getting "tighter" compositions, while Joe tends to get "wider" compositions. In situations like this weekend, where we are working in a multi-room party (baby shower in someone's home), the 70-300 lens is useless. Yet, at times, I do wish for a little more tighter than the 28-70 allows. That would point me in the direction of the 28-75. So would price.

I would be grateful for input on facing this choice. I ended up using the 18-55 kit lens the most while Joe was using the 28-70. No comparison. All of these are technically above our budget, but I am willing to make a way for this situation.

Also, where can I look for an affordable, but in-stock prime lens? I need it to be high aperture, auto-focus, and possibly in the 40-50mm range. This is for the primary purpose of shooting without a flash in a hospital labor and delivery room, professionally (birth photography). We have a 50 mm, 1.4 manual lens, but I am searching for autofocus (in low light situations).

Thank you in advance.
Faith
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-17-2007, 09:23 PM  
Dropped camera - have insurance
Posted By sandpiper6
Replies: 9
Views: 2,735
I got a quote of $250. The worst part of the quote is not the price but the TIME. TIME is money. They quoted EIGHT TO TWELVE WEEKS!

Evidently it has to be sent directly to Pentax to fix it. Does anybody have any better recommendations on where to take it? I saw a list of authorized Pentax repair places and wrote the number down for the one in Duluth, GA. I can't get an answer at that number though.

This is our "second" camera and I am Joe's "second-shooter", so for some things I could probably go back to just being the "assistant" until it comes back, but...

Faith
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-01-2007, 11:03 PM  
A family portrait session
Posted By sandpiper6
Replies: 10
Views: 1,857
I thought the previous comments were about the couple in the collage. The difference in the boy next to him in the family grouping is greatly attributed to a difference in nationality. I'm not really sure why he is in the family photo now that I know (after the fact) that he is a boyfriend or fiance to one of the granddaughters. He must be real special. ;)

My monitor calibration kit should arrive today or tomorrow. Can't wait to get this fixed!

Faith
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-31-2006, 02:23 PM  
A family portrait session
Posted By sandpiper6
Replies: 10
Views: 1,857
I've been working on it some more. There are no green pixels in the face to desaturate, but I went in and changed the background to black and toned down the greens/cyans in his shirt to see if that helps. Maybe matching the background to his shirt brought out/emphasized that color too much, leaving it imbalanced.

See if this works any better...

Faith
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-31-2006, 11:40 AM  
A family portrait session
Posted By sandpiper6
Replies: 10
Views: 1,857
Where are you seeing the green/cyan/blue casts in his face? I went back in to the layers master copy of the collage and went to hue/saturation. For each image, I moved the cyan, the blue and the green sliders from all the up to all the way down and saw zero changes to the faces in any of the 5 images. His shirt has a lot of cyan/green, but that is the color of his shirt. What am I missing? or misunderstanding?

Thanks for the input!

Faith
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-31-2006, 09:51 AM  
A family portrait session
Posted By sandpiper6
Replies: 10
Views: 1,857
Thanks to all of you for your replies. Thanks for the comments on color. I will most definitely wait to present their work until after I get the color management software to fix this monitor.

Faith
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-31-2006, 02:09 AM  
A family portrait session
Posted By sandpiper6
Replies: 10
Views: 1,857
We photographed this amazingly nice and beautiful family yesterday. They all got together to celebrate the mom's 80th birthday. While we were there, we found a cute couple/wedding lead (one of the grandchildren). I'm posting a quick thank you card I'll print out of the family followed by a collage of the cute couple.

Any feedback? These were taken with the *ist-D, 28-70mm lens. 2 of the pictures in the collage were taken with the K100D, 18-55mm lens. I have a new 19" widescreen LCD monitor that I am having trouble calibrating. I've ordered Spyder2 Express due to arrive next week. In the meantime, feedback on the color and/or design or even composition is appreciated. Thank you.

Joe took all the photos with the *ist-D. I took a couple of photos with my K100D. I was in the assistant role at this session.

Faith
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-20-2006, 04:12 PM  
Dropped camera - have insurance
Posted By sandpiper6
Replies: 9
Views: 2,735
Here's a picture of the splatter. It is a crop of a picture. I didn't feel like getting out the macro lens to get a close-up of this right now.

I guess I will try to call my agent tomorrow in between the funeral and the orthopedist appointment. What a life. Should I try to contact the camera store owner? No, I did not buy ESP. It is still within the first 30 days of the purchase/trade-in - does that matter?

Tom - our insurance is Business specific liability and equipment coverage. We started out with just liability, but added equipment this past March. I've just never had to even file a homeowner claim before, so inexperienced with insurance claims.

Faith
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-20-2006, 03:37 PM  
Non-Pentax user comments rant
Posted By sandpiper6
Replies: 14
Views: 3,040
I'm totally loving that comeback. I'm not great at comebacks in the moment. Bummer.

Faith
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-20-2006, 03:14 PM  
Dropped camera - have insurance
Posted By sandpiper6
Replies: 9
Views: 2,735
but agent closed early today. GRRR. My 15 year old messed with stuff she was not supposed to mess with on the shelf with our cameras. When I put back the item she took, my K100D slid right off the shelf. I didn't even touch the camera. She had moved it such that it was easily knocked. I am angry right now, because I know it is messed up. I do not know to what extent fully, but it looks bad. The display near the shutter button is cracked on the inside with black splatter that looks like ink. The letters TV are the only things that show up on the display now. The lens on the camera at the time was the 18-55 kit lens. Pressing the shutter button still gets the lens to focus, etc. When the camera fell, it landed on the desk, then the foot stool, then the floor. Even the flash popped open. I've had this camera less than 30 days because I traded my DL for it.

What do I do now? Do I file insurance for repairs and/or replacement? The way it bounced, I would be scared to trust it now. That black splatter - what could it be? How do I file insurance requesting replacement? I have business liability/equipment insurance. In October, Joe dropped our Sigma EF-500 DGST flash in a pond while taking portraits. We decided not to file that with insurance. We've got to replace the flash out-of-pocket as it is now. I can't afford to replace the camera out-of-pocket. But, it is necessary to our business. Yes, I'm glad it wasn't Joe's ist-D, but I am still upset that it was mine. I've got to hunt down our insurance papers to see if there is a deductible that will ruin my life right now.

Any advice about handling insurance and/or repair/replacement requests are much appreciated. Consolations *might* be helpful to me later, too. Right now, it's breathing I have to focus on. Any knowledge about the black splatter??? I'll try to take a pic of it with the *ist-D to share on here.

Local camera store warranty and Pentax warranty would not cover a dropped camera would they???

Thanks,
Faith
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-14-2006, 04:56 AM  
Photo Session
Posted By sandpiper6
Replies: 6
Views: 1,435
Thank you! I would be interested in finding out more of what you mean by adjusting white balance over and up a notch or two. Photoshop? In camera? I currently use curves and BullzEye3 v5.0 to correct white balance. In BullzEye3, I reduce the orange, if possible, if the overall tone (especially skin) wasn't corrected with the correction of the white and black points.

When we arrived, the mom commented on the baby's seriousness. All her friends keep telling her how serious he always looks. She also said she has not been able to get a picture with his 2 bottom teeth. Good info to have, as Joe tried to get him to smile naturally (it was a difficult task starting out - he is a very serious baby). This boy loved Joe. He was rolling around on the bed playing with Joe in several of these shots. Joe was able to get his teeth photographed. That will be good to share with the dad!

Faith
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