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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-11-2012, 10:54 PM  
Here is the crasiest person I've seen so far :)
Posted By Don From The Radio
Replies: 23
Views: 2,927
He's not insane for having 1000 cameras. He's insane for thinking they're worth 50 grand.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-25-2012, 04:40 AM  
K5 at 850$
Posted By Don From The Radio
Replies: 12
Views: 1,286
$349 for a 32gb SD card? Holy moly!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-14-2012, 04:55 PM  
what filter to tame da*16 50 flare?
Posted By Don From The Radio
Replies: 47
Views: 4,774
I had noticeable CA and flare on exactly one photo that I took with my DA*16-50 when I had it. For a lens with such a huge front element, it's remarkably good on flare, if you ask me. Use the hood, don't use a UV filter (the hood is sturdy enough to protect it), and don't shoot into the sun. You'll be fine.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-11-2012, 11:57 PM  
Travel Korean War Veterans Memorial
Posted By Don From The Radio
Replies: 2
Views: 688
I went to D.C. for a day on Friday, and despite having a massive creative block and not getting many good shots, managed to come up with one fairly decent one. At least I think so...

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-05-2012, 08:08 PM  
DA 50 1.8 release date?
Posted By Don From The Radio
Replies: 1
Views: 1,404
Anyone know? I will soon be in a position to rebuild my lens collection and this might be a good option for me if the price is going to be as low as I've heard.
Forum: General Talk 03-05-2012, 01:48 PM  
China’s State Police Seize iPhone Branded Gas Stoves with Apple Logo
Posted By Don From The Radio
Replies: 6
Views: 1,416
Meanwhile half a million fake Coach bags and 10,000 SCIphones were exported.
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-03-2012, 01:54 AM  
K-01 Unboxing - My Version ...
Posted By Don From The Radio
Replies: 109
Views: 21,704
The 40mm XS works and fits on regular bodies? I thought it extended into the body and wouldn't work on film and regular DSLRs?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-03-2012, 12:03 AM  
People Fake wedding shoot
Posted By Don From The Radio
Replies: 1
Views: 542
My photography class did a shoot last weekend for a local filmmaker that took the class a few years back. He needed some publicity shots and stills for the credits of the movie. Part of the story is a wedding, so everyone came dressed for that.









Forum: Photographic Technique 02-28-2012, 07:37 AM  
How to compensate for ultrawide blown highlights
Posted By Don From The Radio
Replies: 7
Views: 1,711
In RAW, the sensor still records the extended range, you just have to dig it back out of the blown out parts in your RAW processing.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-26-2012, 07:13 PM  
Getting a K-5- questions from D90 user
Posted By Don From The Radio
Replies: 17
Views: 4,568
The only thing I have to add is that you'll be amazed how much better the K-5 is than the D90.

And the closest thing to an AE1 for Pentax is the Super Program, as has been mentioned. All of the other suggestions are much better (and much more expensive) cameras. The question I have, though, is why would you want an automatic film camera? Isn't the whole idea of shooting film to go back to the basics? You might as well shoot digital if you want the camera doing the work. I'd get a K1000 or Spotmatic if I were going to shoot film. As it is, my film bodies are just for show.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-26-2012, 06:45 PM  
How to disenfect lenses?
Posted By Don From The Radio
Replies: 19
Views: 1,882
You could wipe your gear down with a disinfectant wipe, but it's 10 times more likely that you got the germs from money.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-26-2012, 03:34 PM  
People Pregnancy
Posted By Don From The Radio
Replies: 7
Views: 992
The tattoo makes it more interesting than most shots like that, and technically it's a very good photo. As long as you're not doing the "hands making a heart over the exposed belly" shot, I think you're doing fine. I think they're all good photos.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-26-2012, 03:40 AM  
People Pregnancy
Posted By Don From The Radio
Replies: 7
Views: 992
Not a fan of the exposed belly pregnancy shots, but numbers 5, 7 and 8 are very good.
Forum: Pentax K-5 02-26-2012, 03:35 AM  
Upgrade? or switch
Posted By Don From The Radio
Replies: 19
Views: 2,928
I used a Nikon D300s today for a shoot, and it had a lot harder time focusing than my K-5 did in the exact same situation. I like how the D300s feels, but it's not as good a camera as the K-5. Unless you can afford a D700 or higher, the K-5 is going to be better. I suspect if you're using an old F 35-70 lens, that upgrading to a newer/better lens would also help.
Forum: Pentax K-5 02-25-2012, 08:43 AM  
Unable to set shutter speed?
Posted By Don From The Radio
Replies: 9
Views: 1,670
I seem to remember there being a thread where this problem (which is common with the K-5) was attributed to lack of use. Spinning the dial non-stop for a couple of minutes fixed the problem, if my memory serves be right. Using the dial from time to time prevented the problem from coming back.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-24-2012, 01:47 AM  
Machinery Winter Mooring
Posted By Don From The Radio
Replies: 5
Views: 560


Great shot. I love photos of ships (or boats in this case.)
Forum: Pentax K-5 02-23-2012, 03:04 PM  
Shutter count for new K5
Posted By Don From The Radio
Replies: 54
Views: 9,638
Shutter counts of somewhere around 10 or so seem to also be common. I think mine had 1 or 2 snaps on it. If you paid for a new camera it shouldn't have more than a few. 3000 is beyond unacceptable.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-22-2012, 03:33 AM  
*16-50 or 16-45/4 for studio shots
Posted By Don From The Radio
Replies: 20
Views: 3,559
If it is any help, this was done with a 16-50. I love this lens.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-22-2012, 01:44 AM  
People I don't know what to think of this one...
Posted By Don From The Radio
Replies: 3
Views: 762
My DA* 55 and K-5 decided to do the old aperture jumping deal to me one night when I was shooting, and this is the result of one of the photos. While not intended, I find it interesting. Am I crazy?

Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-20-2012, 08:20 PM  
People Street Photography NYC
Posted By Don From The Radio
Replies: 5
Views: 747
Thank you! Here are a few more.







Forum: Photographic Technique 02-20-2012, 03:34 PM  
Stages of a Photographer
Posted By Don From The Radio
Replies: 42
Views: 3,902
They may think they're different, but 4chan (especially /b/) is the epitome of hivemind.
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-20-2012, 03:19 AM  
Stages of a Photographer
Posted By Don From The Radio
Replies: 42
Views: 3,902
I never knew 4chan had a Photo board. I also didn't know that so many 18 year old sociopaths (typical 4chan users) were Canon users.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-20-2012, 02:53 AM  
31mm Limited or K-5/K-01? (I have K20D)
Posted By Don From The Radio
Replies: 25
Views: 2,659
Your photos will gain more in quality from a K20D to K-5 upgrade than they would from your current lenses to a FA31. The low light capability alone is enough to make the choice for you.

And ignore posts talking about future value. This isn't an "investment". The bottom could drop out of the full frame K mount lens market tomorrow. (Probably won't but anything is possible.) You spend money on equipment to take better photos. If you have limited money, you spend that money on what would be the biggest improvement in image quality, not what someone might pay you for the equipment 5 years from now. I've had to sell a lot of amazing lenses in the past month or so. I know how hard you can get burned if you think in terms of future value.
Forum: General Talk 02-19-2012, 04:03 PM  
How did you get interested in photography?
Posted By Don From The Radio
Replies: 49
Views: 6,209
My middle school had a camera club, and I always liked gadgets so I bothered my parents until they bought me a K-1000 at Montgomery Wards. Since then, every "real" camera I've ever had was a Pentax.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-19-2012, 03:50 PM  
Sports Indy HDR
Posted By Don From The Radio
Replies: 4
Views: 480
A few tiny adjustments, maybe a couple points of vibrance and some contrast, and the original would be perfect. HDR is very hard to do right and not necessary 99% of the time.

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