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Forum: General Photography 08-26-2019, 08:09 AM  
Motorcycle Travel Questions
Posted By kyukyu
Replies: 21
Views: 1,169

I have ridden Guzzi Nevada, California and now Griso. I often carry my camera with me, before the K20, now the K1.
I usually choose to carry 1 lens directly attached to the camera, but sometimes I have also carried more lenses (wrapped in socks or in their soft case).
I have carried a bit of everything: the 16/50, the 50/135, the 21, the 43 and the 77.
Sometimes I stored the camera directly in the tank bag, other times I put it in its bag (which is flexible but hard outside and soft inside) and I put the bag in the side pannier or in the back pannier. Once I directly fitted the camera bag on the back rack of the bike.
The bottom line is I have never had any sort of problem. The solution in the tank bag is comfortable because you can stop and take out the camera without leaving the bike.

I have also tried carrying the camera bag directly on me with a double strap (shoulder + waist), but it is not so comfortable on the long run and can be very dangerous for you if you should happen to fall, because you may fall with your back on the bag, or the bag might get clinched in an obstacle while you are still moving...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-18-2018, 03:07 PM  
Landscape Sorcery
Posted By kyukyu
Replies: 16
Views: 748
Just WOW
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-18-2018, 10:08 AM  
DFA 50* 1.4 on the mountains
Posted By kyukyu
Replies: 15
Views: 1,808
Thanks again for the nice comments.
No, my screen is not working, I will bring it to service... after my holidays ;)

@beholder3: nice group, thanks :D

@johnkrumm: The owner of the shop where I rent it is a passionate pentaxian. He meant that, according to his contacts in Japan, Pentax is planning some fireworks for next year, on occasion for its 100th anniversary. So he mentioned the already known 70-200 f4, the 85*, a wide-aperture 35, a 28 and possibly a 12-24. Let's see what of this is true...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-17-2018, 11:22 PM  
DFA 50* 1.4 on the mountains
Posted By kyukyu
Replies: 15
Views: 1,808
Thanks for the kind replies. My Flickr activity has taken a step up :D.

@sandy Hankock and Steve Brot: you are absolutely right, I should have explained better. I edited my message now. I attempted to use f1.4 on close subjects, but the DOF is so shallow that every minimal movement on my side would put the subject completely out of focus. Your photos show how great the quality already is at f 1.4. Strangely enough, I just did not attempt any picture af f1.4 at that distance range...

@Paul the Sunman: I did not do any specific test here.. I can PM you some full-res pictures if you want. What I can say is that the lens felt heavier than the camera (although it is only slightly lighter actually), which made it very well-balanced and stable to use with the left hand holding it. If this shift of center of gravity helps reduce the vibrations, or moves them to a different frequency, I cannot say. I lack experience with heavier lenses such as the DFA zooms.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-17-2018, 02:32 PM  
DFA 50* 1.4 on the mountains
Posted By kyukyu
Replies: 15
Views: 1,808
So, I had to go to Austria for business and decided to make the most of the opportunity and combine a 2-day trek in the mountains on the weekend. The company was so nice to pay a car for me on the weekend too, so I decided to divert the planned budget for the car rental to the rental of the DFA 50* :lol:

An almost mystical atmosphere welcomed me early in the morning, followed by a rain shower of tropical proportions (ode to WR!) and then a nice sun in the afternoon. I had only the 50* on the K1 with me as I wanted to use it as much as possible. You can find the photos here: Sonnschienalm | Flickr

All OOC jpgs, downsized to 2000px. I only used a gradual (digital) filter on the alp at sunset to bump up the grass a bit.
Since the monitor of the camera decided to stop working the day before, I coud not check the results live. A "back to the film-era" experience!

My thoughts on the lens. I am no pixel-peeper, so resolution on the far corners at f1.4 doesn't really interest me. I look at the overall rendition of the image, whatever characteristic of the lens it comes from :p
The image quality is STUNNING. The pictures at early morning with mist and water reflection just breathe, I have the feeling of being just there when I look at them. I find he clarity of the water and the trees amazing. This kind of rendition is what makes me love my 43 and 77 but this is on another level. I don't think the 43 would have given the same results.

I found no weak points. I could shoot f1.4 or f11, backlight, side light, front light, close, far. It's the same. Quality, quality, quality. No weak points.

f1.4 is practically unusable hand-held. *edit: I mean at close distance here, due to shallow DOF.

The minimum focusing distance is quite close, surely closer than all other non-macros I have had. It gives some more freedom for close-ups.

The transition to out-of-focus area is always very very smooth. I find it pleasant. I found some family feeling with my other star lens, the 50-135. The 77 has a more unique and 3D rendering which the 50 does not have. But the words of the developers come to my mind, more or less: "particular renditions are pleasing to some people, but here we wanted to develop a lens that could deliver on every circumstance". So again, I found no weak points. If the 77 ranges from 10+ (3D pop on portraits for example) to 5/6 (fringing, huge loss of contrast with lateral light at times), the 50 ranged from 9.5 to 10 all the two days.

It is heavy but surprisingly well balanced. I had no problems carrying it all day, although I had to shift shoulder now and then. Construction is army-weapon-level. Manual focusing has the best feeling of any lens I tried.

What prevents me from buying it is the combination of weight, cost and focal length. If I have to spend this amount of money, I want a lens that I can basically glue on the camera, also considering that its weight alone is still ok, but if I would have to carry also other lenses it would become too much. And actually the 50mm have never been a focal length I "click" with. The 43 is just a litte wider but somehow it makes a big difference for me. These of course are just considerations based on personal taste.
With the K20 I loved the field of view of the 21mm, so if they come up with a 30-ish mm with this quality... ;):cool::):lol::D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-04-2016, 07:52 AM  
SMC Pentax-A* 300mm F4
Posted By kyukyu
Replies: 6
Views: 855
Not normal. Mine is smooth at all distances.
Forum: Photo Critique 09-08-2016, 06:14 AM  
Landscape Requesting some feedback
Posted By kyukyu
Replies: 13
Views: 960
I for one prefer the uncorrected version, because in the corrected one the vertical and horizontal parts of the lighthouse are no longer perpendicular to each other
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 09-07-2016, 03:59 AM  
PF 10th Anniversary - Pentax K-50 1-Day Giveaway! - Entries closed, winner announced.
Posted By kyukyu
Replies: 1,825
Views: 75,880
Choose me! :D
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-13-2016, 11:03 AM  
The K-1 does the 24H of Spa and kids at play
Posted By kyukyu
Replies: 7
Views: 1,713
I have checked the settings and it was on Sel2.
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-12-2016, 01:08 AM  
The K-1 does the 24H of Spa and kids at play
Posted By kyukyu
Replies: 7
Views: 1,713
Thanks C_Jones

I will check tonight at home which settings I had (now itīs 10 am here and I am pretending to work :D ). AF33 does actually work well when I photograph my kid, because it allows me to adjust the composition without thinking too much if the AF point is on the subject. In good light I canīt notice any hesitation compared to other selection modes, but have to accept the fact that some close-up shots are focused maybe on the shoulder instead of the head. Of course it is a situation where the subject is easily recognizable.

Luckily I didnīt test it at the Nürburgring 24H bicycle race a colleague of mine took part in! :D:D
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-11-2016, 04:12 PM  
The K-1 does the 24H of Spa and kids at play
Posted By kyukyu
Replies: 7
Views: 1,713
Hi everybody,

me too would like to share some experience with K1 and af.c.
I come directly from a K20, so for me the improvement is of course huge. I am not a sports shooter and even less a burst shooter: I use af.c for my kid but don't usually shoot bursts. Nonetheless I tested some bursts for the sake of it and to share them with you other users.
I had tested the Canon 7D of a friend and the K1 is not at all on the same level of responsiveness. The 7D could focus from anywhere to anywhere in just no time and there will surely be situations where the 7D will achieve focus and the K1 not. But I think the main question is how difficult needs a situation to be, in order to make the K1 af.c unusable. Some users like Fstoppers have had bad results even in quite easy situations, although they seem to have properly configured the AF and to know what they were doing. Others have had better results. Others again ask if the K1 can be usable for kids or weddings.

So here are some results from me. Generally speaking, AF Hold=off needs to be selected for subjects coming towards you, but this has been stated many times. I didn't play with release/focus priority and left focus priority on.

The first 2 galleries are in the pit lane of the Spa 24H GT race, at night in pretty dark conditions. I used AF Sel2, not in the center but somewhere on the left, because I wanted to keep the car on the left in the composition. It was dark enough that I couldn't see the AF point itself. DA 50-135 @ f2.8 (not the fastest lens!), crop mode.

(if you click on the fotos, the galleries will scroll to the right)
1 - - Tommaso Bientinesi -
2 - - Tommaso Bientinesi -

Personally I find the result fully usable for a non-professional in such difficult situation. In the 2nd sequence the BMW went out of focud when passing behind the marshall, but then recovered in the next shot. Overall the camera felt pretty confident. I tried other sequences with point selection on AUTO33, which usually works good in daylight, but in the dark it proved either too difficult for the camera, or it would focus on the illuminated asphalt, which was actually the brightest part of the scene.

The 3rd sequence is on track at about 150/180 km/h. It is not a frontal sequence, more sort of 45° but hey, I had no Pass for the press! :lol: Again it was deep in the night and the car was just lit from the headlight of the following car.
3 - - Tommaso Bientinesi -
Again the camera felt totally confident and I am personally very happy (expecially with the last picture).

4th sequence is in daylight. No prefocusing here. 1st 2-3 shots are off, but then it recovers good. From the pictures this looks more like a sideway sequence but actually the cars were moving pretty much towards me. The 1st pictures are fully zoomed, the closest are at 50mm.
4 - - Tommaso Bientinesi -

Now with (my) kid at play. 1st sequence is my kid on a swing coming frontally at me, at close distance. I used the 43mm here @ f3.5 in FF mode. here the burst rate felt a bit slow, but the keeper rate is very high. I had some fear before doing this test, but again I was totally satisfied. Here I don't remember the settings regarding AF point selection.
5 - - Tommaso Bientinesi -

And in the last sequence my kid is running towards me. again I am very pleased with the results and have several oher sequences with the same keeper rate. Here I used the 77 @f2.2 in FF mode.
6 - - Tommaso Bientinesi -

So to summarize again, up to now I have had no problems with subjects moving at "everyday" speed and even with prety fast cars in very scarce light. I did have problems with the GTs coming fully towards me at 260 km/h after the eau-rouge with the 50-135. Here I felt the lens was too slow, can't say how it would have been with another lens.

In all of this I didn't even mention af.s. But if the camera can snap focus and produce a picture with some content where I could see ABSOLUTELY nothing with my naked eyes, well then what should I add? :lol:

Again I am very happy, but I hope my images can help others to make their own judgements based on their own needs and expectations. I am not trying to convince anybody, but just to counter a couple of very negative reviews, whose results are, for whatever reason, much worse that what my camera actually does in my not so expert hands.

On a fnal note, I find TAV mode very useful with my moving subjects. I can control directly the DOF and the time (to avoid or allow movements in the picture) and with the low noise of the camera I have a very large useful range of sensitivities :)
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-21-2016, 04:18 AM  
FF Teleconverter for K-1
Posted By kyukyu
Replies: 55
Views: 13,639
Thanks! Is there any difference in quality between the 2?
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-20-2016, 02:14 PM  
What was it like to move to the K-1 ?
Posted By kyukyu
Replies: 33
Views: 4,071
Well I come directly from a K20 which I have absolutely LOVED till now. I have been totally satisfied with the K20, after many years it was like an extension of my eyes and I have always been satisfied with its pictures. In fact, I had never felt the need for a newer model and have been investing in good glass.
Then came the K1 and on spec it was a camera so damn GREAT that it woke my interest. Add to this that my son is beginning to walk/run, and that the available light at home is not that much, and you understand that the K20 was suddenly being pushed to its limits. I could still get good fotos in these conditions, but it was much harder and I often missed some magic moments of my kid. Among my glass are the FA 20-35, the 43, the 77, the dfa 50 macro and the A*300, so hey, I tested it at the store and bought it after 3 seconds :D

So what was it like in these 4 weeks of use? Well basically I have not yet stopped laughing like an idiot every time I use the camera :lol: It's like jumping on a Ferrari from a Fiat Panda, you just don't reach the limit of the car because it allows things you just wouldn't dare at first!
So I can shoot at insane ISOs (20k? 30k?) and get better pictures than the K20 at 800. I have shot hand held at 20mm for 1.6 (one point 6) seconds and the scratches on the paint on the building 10m from me were perfectly defined in the picture! I can attempt autofocus in pitch black and it locks. I have shot bursts at my son running, with the 50-135!! and I discarded one on 30 pictures (thanks biz-engineer for his hints btw). I have recovered perfect details from pitch black pictures in post. I can use TAV at its full potential because the ISOs are almost limitless. SO USEFUL with my kid running from sun to shade! So I control DOF and speed and the camera takes care of the exposure.

The viewfinder is awesome, big, but not too big that you need to move your eyes to see the corners. It is clear enough that I don't need the split-screen I had on the K20 for manual focusing.
The controls are different from the K20 but I have accustomed quickly, just the AF button is not yet intuitive.
The 20-30 becomes an ultrawide. I love it. The 43 was longish on the K20, now it is a WONDERFUL normal lens. The dfa 50 Macro now resolves details I just CAN NOT SEE with my naked eye and my glasses on. Like 0.1mm webs a few meters away. The 77 gets as wide as the 50 was on APS-C, it is an angle I love and I needn't describe the lens. The 50-135 remains as great as ever in crop mode and can be cropped a bit wider if I need to. The A*300 has become so EASY to shoot. On the K20 I was always on the limit with ISOs and speed if the light was not bright. Now with the insane stabilizer, the insane ISOs, the more precise AF assist and the big viewfinder it is just child's game. The astrotracer is great too.

So to summarize: image quality is stunning and the general handling had me just fall in love :D
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-19-2016, 08:13 AM  
FF Teleconverter for K-1
Posted By kyukyu
Replies: 55
Views: 13,639
So can anybody please make a summary of the available TCīs? In particular I would be interested in a 1.4TC to use with the DA* 300 on the K1, mantaining AF.
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-13-2016, 02:28 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By kyukyu
Replies: 31,127
Views: 2,852,914
Also the resolution jumps from "hey, look how well it resolves these details" to "what? that micro cobweb was NOT there, i assure you!!"

This is with the dfa 50 macro, PSR on

...and this is an enlargement of above (and yes I can really assure you, that cobweb was not to be seen with the naked eye! :D)
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-13-2016, 02:18 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By kyukyu
Replies: 31,127
Views: 2,852,914
New to the K1, having jumped directly from a (much used and beloved) K20 :D
What the K1 can do is turn back the FA 20-35 to a very fine and light UWA :)

Its high ISO capabilities and great SR made it great fun to use hand held in this dark gorge :)

The 43 becomes a wide enough landscape lens :)

The 77 gets as wide as the 50 was on aps-c - so now I have a gem of a lens for one of my favorite FOVs

Its insane ISO and great SR make the A*300 so EASY to use (it was a challenge on the K20 at times!). Also with the big, bright viewfinder and the much more precise AF confirmation, I don't need the split screen any more

DR is also almost limitless

and the Astrotracer is just so easy to use. Thi is my 1st attempt at stars
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-11-2013, 05:06 AM  
African Safari
Posted By kyukyu
Replies: 37
Views: 5,852

I was to a Safari in Kenya this Christmas. With me I had my K20D with 16-50, 50-135 and A* 300 f4 (manual focus). My wife had the Q with standard zoom.

I found the A* 300 perfect as focal length for 90% of the wildlife shots because the animals are not too far and also for some landscape shots, as the landscape is so super broad. By the way I love the image quality of the A* 300, and the manual focus was not a big problem. Meanwhile my wife used the Q for the landscapes. That proved itself a good combination!

Other than that i used the 16-50 in the villages and only seldom the 50-135. So maybe as a standard you could keep the camera with best AF with the DA*300 and the other with 16-50, and switch the 300 with the 60-250 if you ever need it. I think you are well covered! (You can find my shots here in the "Kenya" section: Gallerie - Tommaso Bientinesi - as a reference of what you get)

As for the rest: I did not use a tripod nor a monopod and I think it would have been worse. Those cars with detachable roof offer you a good support to lean on, and it is much better to be able to rotate or to change your position quickly. The driver will usually stop at your request and will probably be used to carrying photographers around.
I had 2 batteries with me but no grip, I just switched the battery when needed. I did not find a single place without electricity (and I was really in super-budget accommodations like campings or hotels for the locals).
Personally I prefer to shoot jpegs but that is your choice really. Every evening I deleted all the totally wrong pictures and most of the duplicates; that saved me space and also a lot of work at home. Nonetheless I ended up with over 3000 shots in 2 weeks, which would have been maybe 10000 without the deletion, so take enough cards!
Also, at sunset I changed my preset from 6500K to 8500K, I think it rendered the equator sunlight much better.

By the way, good luck for your trip and yes, having been there, I am VERY envious! :D

PS: remember the plug converter for electricity! In Kenya they have the 2-hole, "German"/Europe style plugs.
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-14-2013, 12:43 PM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By kyukyu
Replies: 11,136
Views: 1,900,195
My absolute first shot form my window with the FA 77 :)

shot af f/1.8, 400iso, K20D
Forum: Sold Items 04-24-2013, 09:47 AM  
For Sale - Sold: PENTAX DA70mm & FA77mm beautiful and complete
Posted By kyukyu
Replies: 4
Views: 1,196
pm sent for 77
Forum: Sold Items 04-24-2013, 09:36 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DA21 limited
Posted By kyukyu
Replies: 11
Views: 1,714
pm sent
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-16-2012, 01:14 PM  
Street sport
Posted By kyukyu
Replies: 0
Views: 711
My photo for contest "sport"
Forum: Pentax Q 10-28-2012, 10:35 AM  
Let's share shots with Q!
Posted By kyukyu
Replies: 6,508
Views: 1,025,137

I're recently bought the tiny Q for my wife and we are really enjoying it! Not only is it a tiny, fun and cute camera to carry everywhere and record good memories, but it also forces you to be creative and to experiment :)

I also find it nice that we all meet here to share our shots and experience :)
Here are 3 samples and the link to our Q gallery. The gallery is in italian but it should not be that hard to interpret... we mostly use b/w, color extraction, bold colors or vintage colors.

(The girl with the balloon)

(Raspberry red)

(World in a ballon)

Angolo Q - Gallerie - Tommaso Bientinesi -
(The gallery is a subsection of my website that you can visit if you have nothing to do in your spare time :D, the other galleries are taken with the K20).

Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-08-2012, 10:46 AM  
Forest in the mist
Posted By kyukyu
Replies: 3
Views: 827

thanks for the interest!

The time is correct. It was taken in southern Germany, close to the Alps (look for Neuschwanstein Castle in Google Maps) in December, which means it was already night at 4PM, and the sun remains relatively low all the time anyway. Add to that that we were in the middle of clouds and you get the dim light! :)
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-25-2012, 12:20 PM  
Forest in the mist
Posted By kyukyu
Replies: 3
Views: 827
my photo for Contest 73 "Forests"
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-03-2012, 12:06 PM  
Photo Kyukyu
Posted By kyukyu
Replies: 0
Views: 462
Training of the future bob champion?
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