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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-04-2019, 06:51 PM  
What's your favorite 2008-2013 APS-C Pentax DSLR and do you still use it?
Posted By Painter
Replies: 71
Views: 3,635
When I moved from film to digital I started with the K10D which still produces nice results at lower ISO's I then moved to the K7 which was a better camera but was not really the improvement in image quality that I had hoped for. Very noisy sensor. My next DSLR was the K3 in late 2013 and I use it to this day. In fact the corners are even 'brassing' (magnesiuming) I'm still pleased with it but am ready for a new model. The KP did not strike me as an upgrade. I also have a K-01 which has the best sensor of my bunch and also has amazing battery life considering its a mirrorless camera.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 05-10-2019, 08:07 AM  
Hello from Vancouver, BC
Posted By Painter
Replies: 10
Views: 378
Very nice to meet another film shooter. Personally I dont bother with a meter for the Spotmatics. I often have a little digital point and shoot that I use as a light meter. Another thing to test out with this camera is the fast shutter speeds to make sure they work properly. The only way to be sure is to run a roll of film through it and make sure that the exposure is even across the entire frame.

All the best from a fellow Lower Mainland film photographer.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 02-27-2019, 10:13 PM  
Espio Mini/UC-1
Posted By Painter
Replies: 3
Views: 875
I really like the UC-1 both for its small size and its decent 32mm lens.

I've written about them several times so its easier to just provide a link to my blog posts.

Pentax UC-1 (Espio Mini) | Wallace Koopmans Artlog


Pentax UC1 75th anniversary | Wallace Koopmans Artlog

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I should add. People ask stupid amounts of money for this camera. In my opinion its a $10-$20 camera. The Ricoh R1 is better, The Konica Big Mini is better the Oly Stylus Epic is better. Its cute but its not worth over paying for.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 02-13-2019, 08:53 PM  
Has anyone tried the CineStill TCS-1000?
Posted By Painter
Replies: 12
Views: 1,079
I have not but thank you for bring attention to it. I've been using an aquarium heater that I modified. I've been thinking about how to upgrade it by hacking a sous vide heater but this is a far better idea.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-12-2018, 09:21 AM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By Painter
Replies: 2,451
Views: 182,455
It's approaching 5 years since I recieved my K-3, I have been in the pattern of updating every second iteration or so. K10D->K7->K3 (and a K-01) so I am more than ready for a new camera. I have to say the K-3's noise performance seems like a place I could definitely stand to have improved. I would also like to see 4K video now. That would be enough to prompt me. Why not a K-1 then? I prefer smaller cameras and even find the K-3 and a couple lenses too heavy for some situations.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-20-2018, 07:27 PM  
SR II on K-1 MKII will offer Dynamic (handheld) Pixel Shift Resolution
Posted By Painter
Replies: 84
Views: 8,880
It seems likely that it would be a system of processing where it increases the spacial resolution of an image by combining the data of multiple sequentially captured images. I.E super resolution there are plenty of patents for this if you search for it.

Super-resolution imaging - Wikipedia
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-11-2018, 09:52 PM  
Patent of wide converter (x 0.7) for the lens for 35mm-FF sensor camera
Posted By Painter
Replies: 15
Views: 2,581
If there was a compact camera with a 35mm lens wouldn't this also provide a 24.5mm solution much like the Ricoh R1s with its 32mm and 24mm lens.

35mm and 24mm are two very useful focal lengths.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-11-2017, 10:20 AM  
Night Photography
Posted By Painter
Replies: 25
Views: 2,233
While it may be true that the K20D doesn't match the high ISO numbers of new cameras there is nothing to prevent great night time photography. They key is a tripod.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 12-11-2016, 01:52 PM  
35mm film hanging time between end of development and scanning it.
Posted By Painter
Replies: 10
Views: 923
I hang my film to dry in the shower which is a very low dust environment and it takes about 4hrs before I can take them down.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-05-2016, 12:41 PM  
rumored Pentax mirrorless camera - something between K1000 and K-01
Posted By Painter
Replies: 480
Views: 46,215
I use a K-3 for things that it's good for but I long for a smaller lighter APSC mirrorless. On trips I tend to take the K-01 but would love to have something like it with an EVF. Keeping the K mount registration distance would be a good move I think in the current market rather than a new shorter flange distance. It's too late for that move now. My Q7 has also been pushed to the less used pile because of my Fuji x30 and it's good EVF.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-14-2016, 10:41 PM  
Spotmatic Problem - Black in Frame
Posted By Painter
Replies: 7
Views: 1,397
I think Pentaxus has pinpointed the most likely cause. I have a Spotmatic F that does this at 1/1000
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-30-2016, 06:31 PM  
New HD DA 15 silver $350 by Ritz camera on ebay
Posted By Painter
Replies: 2
Views: 823
Thanks but they are gone now
Forum: Pentax Q 06-16-2016, 06:51 PM  
Pentax Q 06 Telephoto user review
Posted By Painter
Replies: 11
Views: 1,930
Thank you the 06 hits above its weight when it comes to creating images.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 05-30-2016, 06:56 AM  
How to filter bath water?
Posted By Painter
Replies: 21
Views: 1,746
I'm in agreement with those suggesting buying distilled jugs of water for the mixing. The scratches are not going to be caused by the water per say but something in it or drawn across the film at some point.
Forum: General Photography 05-12-2016, 05:20 PM  
Whats your Instagram?
Posted By Painter
Replies: 149
Views: 9,948
the_film_feed But it's film :)
Forum: Pentax Q 05-12-2016, 10:10 AM  
Pentax Q 06 Telephoto user review
Posted By Painter
Replies: 11
Views: 1,930
Just sharing my blog post about the 06 telephoto with some images it is a great little lens which I prefer using over adapted lenses.

Pentax Q 06 Telephoto | Wallace Koopmans Artlog

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-26-2016, 12:41 PM  
what kind of film should I get?
Posted By Painter
Replies: 40
Views: 3,014
Im going to make an assumption here that you are going to scan your film in which case you have a lot of control over the final look. If that is the case then its more about grain and scannability and ektar is the king in my opinion. I also love the beautiful creamy skins you get with Portra plus its a faster film. Cant really go wrong with either Superia is my cost saving dont care this camera might not even work film.

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http://wkoopmans.ca/notebook/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/ContaxG1_June2015_011.jpg

That ones Portra
http://wkoopmans.ca/notebook/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Oct_2013_Pentaxz1p_Superia_012.jpg

And thats Superia which is a good general film but never impresses me as much as Portra. Sorry I didnt have two similar images at hand but that shows the sort of usage ive settled on for the two of them.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-26-2016, 11:02 AM  
what kind of film should I get?
Posted By Painter
Replies: 40
Views: 3,014
The state of film 2016 (Emphasis on 35mm colour negative, C41) | Wallace Koopmans Artlog

I did a recent post about availible colour films, it may help. As for Agfa currently its been suggested that its rebadged Fuji but when looking at both emulsions I dont believe thats the case.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-11-2016, 10:42 AM  
Circles around bright lights (film; Pentax ME)
Posted By Painter
Replies: 30
Views: 2,707
That's weird for Fuji 200 because that looks a lot like what happens with film that doesn't have an anti halation layer. I think builttospill is right though because of the way the white light looks like a rainbow.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 04-05-2016, 12:40 PM  
Pentax Special Site - K1 Sample Photos per Lens by Pentax Staff....
Posted By Painter
Replies: 52
Views: 10,565
They ar being very open about the lenses which is good and letting the community determine what is good or not. They haven't cherry picked the best lenses to include when the site opens up. There are some known stinkers in there like the 80-320.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-03-2016, 09:48 AM  
K-1 Demo day at the Camerastore
Posted By Painter
Replies: 143
Views: 17,874
I'm wondering if anyone had a look and has feedback and how many people attended.

As an aside Pentax Forums is strange in that people are chided for creating new threads so they end up talking about the most banal unrelated things in every imaginable thread. Nothing like combing through pages of a thread only to find nothing relating to the actual topic. (Yes I am aware of the irony of this comment but I dare not start a new thread in case someone had once before)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-31-2016, 01:44 PM  
Breaking the 30 Second exposure barrier with interval composite
Posted By Painter
Replies: 15
Views: 2,015
Perhaps each variation has its purpose. This way though allows for easy adjustment of the exposure time by the setting of the number of exposures and the automating of the process including setting a specific start time IE enough time for you to get into the scene yourself.

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Yes you would need to capture many more short exposures to approach any type of smoothing. It works best at extending already long exposures. This images was created using that technique.

Forum: Pentax K-1 03-31-2016, 10:54 AM  
K-1 Manual
Posted By Painter
Replies: 161
Views: 20,693
Thanks! I will be giving that a look.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-31-2016, 10:51 AM  
shutter won't pop when i advance the wind lever
Posted By Painter
Replies: 9
Views: 1,699
I would recommend any of the ME variations (except the F) or Super Programs but my favourite is the MZ-6 although without the grip it takes expensive batteries. A K1000 is also a great camera. I think starting out though it's worth ensuring you get a working camera. You really don't want to put up more barriers to what already requires a level of dedication to do.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-31-2016, 10:22 AM  
Breaking the 30 Second exposure barrier with interval composite
Posted By Painter
Replies: 15
Views: 2,015
Thanks for the questions Mark. The save process setting will in addition to creating the composite save each captured image as a separate file.
The reason I do not use average in this case is that I want all the exposures to be summed. If you use average then items like the flashes will be diminished by each subsequent exposure in essence they will be averaged away. Average is good for other things like smoothing flowing water ect.
In this case I arrived at the 2 minute exposure by metering with a higher ISO setting. I don't recal the exact values at this moment but say you get 30 seconds at f4 with an ISO of 3200 then if you were to lower the ISO to 800 it would be 120 seconds to achieve the same exposure.
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