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Forum: General Photography 03-10-2016, 08:20 AM  
camera part ID - hoop looking thing
Posted By partynoparty
Replies: 4
Views: 843
I was recently given a whole pile of photo equipment, but I am unable to identify exactly what this particular item is. Any help would be appreciated. It has a threaded hole on the bottom and the ring opens up and appears to be lined with a felt-like material on the inside.
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-07-2014, 04:03 AM  
Macro optimizing macro focus
Posted By partynoparty
Replies: 12
Views: 2,041
Thanks for the input guys. I'll give the manual + live view a try. And I was a little suspicious about the Merrill raw shots simply being more 'cooked' than the Pentax raw shots. So maybe there really isn't much room for improvement if that is the case. Just out of curiosity, does anyone have a macro lens recommendation that won't break the bank?
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-06-2014, 07:10 PM  
Macro optimizing macro focus
Posted By partynoparty
Replies: 12
Views: 2,041
I'm attempting to shoot some dead insects. My current setup is a K-5 with a Sigma 50mm 2.8 EX DG. I'm fairly new to macro photography and wondering if anyone has any tips for optimizing the focus. I've tried shooting through most of the aperture, getting the best results around f/8. I've tried spot focusing, 5-point, 11-point, and manual focus. I've also taken some shots with a Sigma DP3 Merrill that I rented. The focus on the Merrill under the same shooting conditions seems much more precise and I'm wondering if there is anything I might be able to do to bring the performance of the K-5 closer to the Merrill. I've attached an cropped RAW sample from each of the cameras.
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-12-2014, 06:36 AM  
Green Button adjust only shutter?
Posted By partynoparty
Replies: 7
Views: 1,953
Thanks Tan. That's exactly what I was looking for. Buried in the menus pretty good.
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-12-2014, 05:36 AM  
Green Button adjust only shutter?
Posted By partynoparty
Replies: 7
Views: 1,953
I just went from the K200 to the K5 and I'm trying to figure out the green button function. I'd like to have it adjust only the shutter speed, but I can't seem to find any setting that does that. I've tried changing the program line to either high shutter speed or shallow DOF, but neither one seems to do what I'm looking for.
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-31-2014, 08:57 PM  
Capturing insect detail in studio
Posted By partynoparty
Replies: 15
Views: 1,959
Thanks for all the advice guys. I think I will take your advice and see if I can find a decently priced SMC A 50mm macro.
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-31-2014, 06:45 PM  
Capturing insect detail in studio
Posted By partynoparty
Replies: 15
Views: 1,959
Thanks. I had been looking at the Tamron lens as well. I am also trying to figure out my tripod setup. The test photos I shot I had the insect pinned to a board, but ideally I'd like the insect to lay flat and have the camera placed above and pointing straight down. Can anyone recommend a good tripod / rail setup for this kind of situation?
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-31-2014, 05:23 PM  
Capturing insect detail in studio
Posted By partynoparty
Replies: 15
Views: 1,959
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-31-2014, 04:55 PM  
Capturing insect detail in studio
Posted By partynoparty
Replies: 15
Views: 1,959
Thanks for all the replies. Excellent macro advice, however I'm not entirely sure that what I want to be doing is macro, at least not for the larger insects. I think maybe I wasn't very clear when I first stated my question, or this might just be a stupid question... but I'm not looking to get close-ups or details of just parts of the insects, if that was how my question was interpreted. I want just a single shot of each insect with the entire insect in the frame. Very two dimensional. And I just want each photo to be as clear and detailed as possible. I think maybe what I want is just a very high resolution photo. Would that just translate to lots of megapixels? What else might there be to it? One other point is that this is a fairly extensive insect collection, numbering in the thousands, so I'd like to minimize post processing as much as possible.
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-31-2014, 06:25 AM  
Capturing insect detail in studio
Posted By partynoparty
Replies: 15
Views: 1,959
Hello all. I'm attempting to photograph an insect collection and I am in need of advice. The insects are are all spread and being photographed on white, as in the attached photo. What I need to do is capture as much detail as possible, but I'm unsure of the best approach. My current setup is just a DIY light box with a Pentax 10D and a Sigma 17-70, which is falling short of what I was hoping for. I have considered upgrading to the K-5, but I'm not sure how much improvement I will see going from 10MP to 16MP. I've also considered using something like the Sigma DP2 Merrill, which is supposedly comparable to 40MP, and within my price range (hoping to do this with less than $1000 in equipment upgrades).

Amazon.com: Sigma C78900 DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera - Black: Camera & Photo

I would also love any advice on techniques for maximizing detail in studio, as far as lighting, aperture, focal length, etc. My Sigma lens seemed to give me the most detail around f/16, but I could be doing a great many things incorrectly!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-16-2009, 07:47 PM  
f1.4 lens for pentax k200d
Posted By partynoparty
Replies: 7
Views: 3,225
well thank you all very much for your input. the FA 50mm 1.4 seems like a very nice lens, but it is a bit pricy, so maybe i'll wait on that one. but as it turns out i had some very good luck. i picked up an older SLR at a garage sale (for $1 i think) about a year ago, before i got my k200d. i was planning on selling it on ebay, but i never got around to it so it's just been sitting in a box since then. i just remembered about it today and when i looked at it again i realized that it was a pentax w/ (lo and behold) an F 50mm f1.7 lens! it seems to work well, so it looks like i won't have to purchase another lens just yet. but perhaps in the future i might invest in the FA f1.4. thanks again!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-15-2009, 07:27 PM  
f1.4 lens for pentax k200d
Posted By partynoparty
Replies: 7
Views: 3,225
i'm looking to buy an f1.4 lens for my pentax k200d. i was looking on ebay and there seem to be quite a few older MF 50mm f1.4 lenses to choose from. can anyone give me some recommendations? i'm hoping to find something fairly inexpensive. thanks!
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