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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Hours Ago  
What would YOU consider a "clinical" image?
Posted By skierd
Replies: 29
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I've always taken it as a synonym for "boring", with regards to photography. No magic, no pixie dust, just an image.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 1 Day Ago  
TLR woes
Posted By skierd
Replies: 8
Views: 452
Make sure the rear element is fully screwed in. I had that happen once to a recently serviced camera and it caused all kinds of wonky focus issues. But yes, definitely either have it serviced again (locally?) or return it, though I do like the effect and think it could be an awesome portrait camera...
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 2 Days Ago  
Range finder recommendation
Posted By skierd
Replies: 9
Views: 281
A LTM camera is not going to be "a little more" than $30 once you add a lens, even if it's Russian. Even if it ends up being $150 that's 5x his budget.

I found my Olympus XA for $50 at my local camera repair shop. It's a great little plastic fantastic and I love mine. I also found an Olympus 35 RD in a local pawn shop that needed a CLA and it's even better if a bit heavier.

I also had a Yashica 35 GSN, probably one of the better budget rangefinders, for $10 and found a correct voltage battery on Amazon for another $10. If i hadn't replaced it with the 35RD I'd still shoot it.
Forum: Pentax KP 2 Days Ago  
Pentax KP Long Exposure performance
Posted By skierd
Replies: 11
Views: 300
No experience with the KP yet, but its on the short list to replace my K-30.

I've been out with my K-30 at -30F to -40 degrees for a couple hours at a time (Iditarod, Yukon Quest, dog mushing races, snowmobile races, northern lights, the Fairbanks Ice Art championships, and more) and both the camera and lenses performed flawlessly. My assumption would be that the KP and K1 should be equally if not more up to the task...
Forum: Lens Clubs 2 Days Ago  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By skierd
Replies: 4,869
Views: 854,350
From a recent newborn shoot.


newborn101117 web-8060 by David Dawson, on Flickr
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 4 Days Ago  
HSS with trigger only signal (e.g. P67 + Cactus)
Posted By skierd
Replies: 6
Views: 281
I believe there are leaf shutter equipped p67 lenses as well. Set the body to the sync speed or slower, trigger the flash off the pc port on the lens iirc.
Forum: General Photography 5 Days Ago  
One Photographer Reports That 95% Of Travel Photos Taken With Cell Phones
Posted By skierd
Replies: 121
Views: 3,271
I work in tourism and live in Alaska. My wife and I also take cruises, and I wholeheartedly agree with the 95%+ cell phone figure. FWIW I've seen as many Leica's as I have Pentax's on tourist necks (1 of each) in the 5 years I've been up here. I see the occasional mirror less body, usually an a6000. Lots of base model dslr's from CaNikon, more point and shoots, and lots and lots of cell phones. The only thing I hate seeing are idiots using their tablets to take photos. It's obnoxious and rude in my opinion but that's a rant for another day...

I consider myself a photographer. I've studied and practiced this craft, this art, for almost 20 years; I have a degree in art and have managed to make it in to juried exhibitions, book the occasional gig, and sell a piece here and here. I understand and appreciate composition and light and the decisive moment. Yet my primarily cameras for travel are my old film rangefinders and my iPhone. I've consistently shot about a roll per day and use my phone for the fill in, family snaps, etc.

I can't for the life of me understand why so many people choose to drag several pounds of camera and lens with them on vacation. For the most part I do not travel with my DSLR unless I *know* I'm going somewhere with the express intent of shooting. For example I just got back from New Mexico with my wife and daughter and for once I brought my kit with me because I knew I was taking newborn photos for my sister in law, taking family photos for a gathering, and going to the ABQ balloon fiesta. I used my DSLR a total of five times in 20 days and took around 1500 photos that got whittled down to about 30 for the newborn shoot, 50 other misc family shots, and about 30 from the fiesta. Of those keepers I probably only needed the DSLR for about 20% of the shots, maybe 5-10% if I exclude the Ultra-wide shots from the Balloons, and overall I have only a small handful of shots that I want to print (family stuff excluded). The juice isn't worth the squeeze for me when I'm on vacation, so I choose to let those 5 of 1500 shots go and use my cell phone. And my film cameras because of course I can't really let them go, can I? ;)

My basic question when gearing up to go out: is this personal or is this work? If personal I'm far more likely to leave the big gun at home or in the hotel and just bring the phone and film.

YMMV
Forum: General Photography 11-09-2017, 10:35 PM  
Anyone else finding this dull weather interfering with their photgraphy?
Posted By skierd
Replies: 53
Views: 1,265
We're having a blizzard here in Alaska. A couple inches today, expecting a foot by the end of the weekend. Contrarily, I love shooting in dull light. Great for landscapes and portraits.

Nothing wrong with taking a break from the camera (or computer, especially if you're ready to start feeding the trolls). Are there any galleries near you? Or not so near you? Bad weather is a good time to go get some inspiration and art-brain reset.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-09-2017, 03:57 PM  
Any chance of 15-30 being on Black Friday sales this year? :)
Posted By skierd
Replies: 13
Views: 683
Of course there's a chance. You'll probably have to wait till 11/24 or 11/27 (cyber Monday) to find out.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-08-2017, 12:54 PM  
Panasonic G9 a Pentaxsonic?
Posted By skierd
Replies: 27
Views: 673
Very interesting camera. The EVF-only setting to conserve battery life sounds like a step in the right direction for battery life, depending on how long it takes to wake up.

Concerning size, there's a limit to how small you can make something and still have it usable by human hands. Especially gloved hands; my K-30 is pushing too small in winter.

Oddly enough I stopped in to my local camera shop to look at a couple mirrorless cameras to see if i could learn to live with an EVF. They're not there for me yet, despite testing what I can only assume is close to the top of the line in the Olympus EM-1 mk2. Face tracking and detection worked superbly, but there was still lag while panning and, while I'm sure you can turn this off somewhere in the menu labyrinth) the quick preview of what was captured in the EVF threw me off considerably. And it's still like watching photography through a TV screen. Maybe this camera will be better? I also have a hard time thinking about buying a $1700 camera with a m43 sensor when there are great aps-c and full frame sensor'd cameras in that price range, especially considering i'd be buying new lenses as well.
Forum: General Photography 11-07-2017, 02:35 PM  
New Reflex Film SLR
Posted By skierd
Replies: 69
Views: 1,469
I think it's a fantastic idea overall. I also have questions about the finder (prism or mirror, what focusing screens, etc), accuracy of the meter system, aperture control, and more. If it's a quality camera, it'll be great for mirrorless shooters with old manual lenses across various mounts who want to buy a film camera without investing in a Nikon F, Canon, Olympus, and a Pentax. $800 for a new camera good for multiple systems and a refurbished lens doesn't strike me as absurd either. What's a CLA on a F2, OM-1, and a LX cost?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-05-2017, 08:45 PM  
Lenses for a Balloon Festival?
Posted By skierd
Replies: 31
Views: 1,547
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-05-2017, 05:28 PM  
Takumar club
Posted By skierd
Replies: 15,238
Views: 2,634,441
I bought my version of Lightroom 6, no monthly subscriptions for me.

More from the Fiesta and the 55 SMC Tak f1.8


dawnpatrol web-8605 by David Dawson, on Flickr


dawnpatrol web-8690 by David Dawson, on Flickr


dawnpatrol web-8604 by David Dawson, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-05-2017, 05:26 PM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By skierd
Replies: 4,869
Views: 854,350
Santa Fe Cathedral, 20-40


web-8817 by David Dawson, on Flickr


web-8820 by David Dawson, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-05-2017, 05:26 PM  
DA Limited Zoom Club
Posted By skierd
Replies: 603
Views: 127,289
Santa Fe Cathedral


web-8817 by David Dawson, on Flickr


web-8820 by David Dawson, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-04-2017, 09:41 PM  
DA Limited Zoom Club
Posted By skierd
Replies: 603
Views: 127,289
It's a great lens and I love mine. It doesn't have good reviews from reviewers who mostly care about shooting brick walls and test charts and other forms of measurebating. It has glowing and loving reviews from photographers who care about how a lens renders, how it makes an image feel and look, and about the lens' build quality. Like the rest of the limited family, this lens has pixie dust in spades. The DC autofocus is smooth, quick enough for most shooting, and accurate. The all-metal build quality gets positive comments from other photographers and lay people alike.

It's not cheap at $800 new, but it is cheaper than buying the 21 limited, the 40 limited, and the DA35, is in the same ball park for lens speed, and adds weather sealing and silent autofocus.

I bought mine because after trying to shoot a family members wedding with the 21 and 40 limited I was quickly over needing to swap lenses to get portraits (best with the 40)and then take a photo of the whole table (with the 21). I've shot two weddings since and the 20-40 was just what I needed. In the end it's become by go-to walk around lens and replaced 3 other lenses in my bag.
Forum: General Photography 11-03-2017, 11:09 AM  
Why 70-200mm and not wider but shorter?
Posted By skierd
Replies: 29
Views: 1,050
The other brands also don't or didn't really have a "professional" aps-c camera with the exception of maybe the 7D and now the D500, whereas Pentax and Fuji focused on aps-c. They expected you to use a FF as a pro, and therefore the lenses catered to it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-03-2017, 07:27 AM  
Lenses for a Balloon Festival?
Posted By skierd
Replies: 31
Views: 1,547
We went Thursday night and Saturday morning.
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-02-2017, 11:07 PM  
Takumar club
Posted By skierd
Replies: 15,238
Views: 2,634,441
Two more from the balloon fiesta


web-8310 by David Dawson, on Flickr


web-8297 by David Dawson, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-02-2017, 11:06 PM  
Lenses for a Balloon Festival?
Posted By skierd
Replies: 31
Views: 1,547
I'm still processing too, but here's a few from the fiesta with the 10-20


web-8389 by David Dawson, on Flickr


web-8354 by David Dawson, on Flickr


web-8274 by David Dawson, on Flickr

And the 55 Tak

web-8310 by David Dawson, on Flickr


web-8297 by David Dawson, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-02-2017, 11:06 PM  
SIGMA 10-20mm CLUB
Posted By skierd
Replies: 3,711
Views: 756,636
I'm still processing, but here's a few from the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta with the 10-20


web-8389 by David Dawson, on Flickr


web-8354 by David Dawson, on Flickr


web-8274 by David Dawson, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-02-2017, 11:01 PM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By skierd
Replies: 14,077
Views: 929,085
More from the Fiesta, again with the 55mm Tak


web-8310 by David Dawson, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-02-2017, 10:58 PM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By skierd
Replies: 4,869
Views: 854,350
Handheld, K-30, 20-40


web-8429 by David Dawson, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-02-2017, 10:58 PM  
DA Limited Zoom Club
Posted By skierd
Replies: 603
Views: 127,289
Handheld, K-30, 20-40


web-8429 by David Dawson, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-31-2017, 10:47 AM  
Takumar club
Posted By skierd
Replies: 15,238
Views: 2,634,441
K-30, SMC Takumar 55mm f1.8, Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2017


Light up the Night by David Dawson, on Flickr

I haven't been using this lens as much as I should, but it's nice to take it out for a walk here and again. At the fiesta it made a nice lightweight compliment to my Sigma 10-20 for longer shots and turned out to be about all I needed for reach.
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