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Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 10-14-2012, 01:21 AM  
pentax k10d vs k30
Posted By barendvl
Replies: 13
Views: 5,626
Just got a k30 after my k10d was stolen. Its performing much better then I hoped - in low light, i shoot comfortably up to iso 3200 at acceptable noise levels, similar to 640 iso at the k10d. Up to 800, noise is simply no issue. 1600 iso is about equal to 400 iso at the k10d.
The body is slightly more ugly and offers less manual controls. But if thats important, go for the k5 instead.

Hope this helps.
Forum: Sold Items 10-06-2012, 09:55 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Backup K5, 2 LTD's & 1 DA*
Posted By barendvl
Replies: 4
Views: 2,951
PM sent regarding 15mm limited
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-27-2008, 03:41 AM  
Lenses for portraits
Posted By barendvl
Replies: 21
Views: 5,440
I've been running around with a DA70 for portraiture. As roentarre mentions, since the Limiteds are small they are less intrusive then a big zoom.

It all comes down to shooting distance and what kind of portrait you're after. This decides your field of view required.

So if you require headshots and shoot from 2-5 meters, the DA70 would be great. If you require head+shoulders at the same distance, a 50mm works better.

If you require full-body portraits at the same distance you go wider, but as has been said, watch your lens distortion.

Shooting at 10+ meters distance, having that 135-200mm F2.8ish can really help out!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-27-2008, 03:35 AM  
So, I bought a K20D
Posted By barendvl
Replies: 6
Views: 2,316
Welcome to the pentax club :P

The K20D's AF system is the same as the K10D's, which I have. I shot a few conferences last week where the light was very dimm in the conference rooms, only the stage was lit. Still the camera managed to get AF right without any problems. Just remember to select middle point AF and point the AF system at a high-contrast area, and the AF system will lock on very precisely.

Good luck with further purchases :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-25-2008, 01:39 AM  
DA* 16-50 owners
Posted By barendvl
Replies: 11
Views: 2,620
Remember, stopped down all the way like that, there is hardly anything OOF. So I don't think it would be a problem or showstopper, unless you have this kind of iris with a macro lens, where high F values are often combined with (still) lots of OOF areas in pictures.

As other people suggested, swing the aperture through its' range and see if it changes to more circular shapes on lower F values. That's where it is going to matter.
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-18-2008, 09:11 AM  
The Reason We survived
Posted By barendvl
Replies: 16
Views: 3,246
Uhh... To one of the people that was not born in those ages... 1986 actually... This just really sounds like "those kids nowadays" ?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-04-2008, 03:52 AM  
I think these closeups are cool, + 2 pic's
Posted By barendvl
Replies: 10
Views: 1,384
Actually I think that's a great location. Since this is not a wedding party or giving rings or telling eachother 'yes', you can have plenty of preparation time and setup your flashes /w brollies and make this as great a shot if you'd like. But as you say, the main photographer is the one choosing such things. Then again, if you shoot weddings but are afraid to use flash, you need to go and learn.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-29-2008, 12:55 AM  
Suggestions for reorganizing my lenses
Posted By barendvl
Replies: 5
Views: 1,476
I have to shoot my first wedding in august, and planning ahead I decided to buy the DA70. As you can see from my current line-up (down below) I don't have any telephoto AF glass that would be nice for doing portraiture on the day. I believe the 70 will fit my need there just great.

I don't think the 43/1.9 would be a great change to the 50/1.4... The 1.4 is faster and you won't miss out a great deal FOV-wise by having a 7mm longer lens. Build quality won't get you better photo's to begin with. The 43's bokeh might be better though, but if it's worth exchanging for the 50? I don't know.
Forum: Sold Items 04-25-2008, 02:53 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FS: Pentax 70mm Limited
Posted By barendvl
Replies: 7
Views: 1,969
I have sent you a PM! :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-23-2008, 02:11 AM  
the 77ltd doesn't suck either
Posted By barendvl
Replies: 2
Views: 2,215
Hey, nice photo but try tweaking the WB a bit for more natural skin color.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-05-2008, 12:43 PM  
live View on the K20D
Posted By barendvl
Replies: 3
Views: 2,491
I wondered the same.

Could you please put the camera on a tripod, then put LV on, keep it on for 10 minutes, make a picture at some high iso settings, then put LV off (and maybe let the sensor 'cool down' for 10 minutes), then make the same pictures. If possible at controlled light settings, with dark and light areas in the image.

I admit this could be pixel peeping, but I'm just very curious as to whether it would make a difference. One would expect so :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-05-2008, 05:00 AM  
So I'm gonna take my class photo... any suggestions?
Posted By barendvl
Replies: 15
Views: 4,705
Sorry to discourage you, but there's just no way a single hotshoe flash is going to light 150 people in a right way.

Better go rent a few profoto's or make those people stand still for a second and use natural light...

One option is to get more flashes and bounce off those white boards into the crowd (basicly they make huge softboxes) but I still think your flashes won't carry that much power. Light fall off just goes to quick to light multiple rows of people correctly when bounced either off the ceiling or the white boards.

Good luck anyway and sorry again to discourage you.

B.T.W., mind you I'm a strobist in the sense that I try to light everything with small strobes, but I've been lighting groups of 30 people MAX with small strobes (and that was flashed through some A0 paper which cut my power down so much I was still at 1/4th of a second exposure or so. Any more then 30 people is really downright impossible as far as my experience goes. I have an assignment where I have to light approx 70 ppl and a few small racecarts in a large hall and I will be using both my small lights (details) and profoto's+softboxes (key) for that...
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-14-2008, 07:49 AM  
Pentax Wireless vs Radio triggers.
Posted By barendvl
Replies: 26
Views: 4,952
Indeed, you can use cheap nikon sb units or other kinds of flashes with radio triggers. And it goes around corners. Distance is much better too. Outdoor it works like a charm unlike the bright sunlight which kills the control flash.

However, you get P-TTL with the wireless flash system. Real strobists don't care :-)
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-09-2008, 08:28 AM  
Flashwaves
Posted By barendvl
Replies: 8
Views: 2,224
I just recently ordered the Elinchrom Skyport Universal triggers (3 receivers and a transmitter) for 350 euro's in total... Can't wait to receive them!

I will comment on their performance soon as I know more:D

Have fun with your wireless system :)
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-09-2008, 08:25 AM  
New Portrait studio?
Posted By barendvl
Replies: 11
Views: 2,488
Have you thought about going strobist style with small flashes instead of the huge heads?

The only thing you gain is more power, but ask yourself if you need this in your home studio environment. Are you going to light groups of 30+ people or cars etc.? If the answer is no, you might be off better with small flashes and various light equipment (which you could even take out of the studio and use for outside portraits etc.).

Just my thoughts.

Also, buying grids n everything could be more expensive then DIY. Then again, if money is not the issue, go ahead :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-09-2008, 06:35 AM  
Front size Pentax 360fgz flash head
Posted By barendvl
Replies: 2
Views: 2,086
Thanks alot!
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-08-2008, 08:40 AM  
Front size Pentax 360fgz flash head
Posted By barendvl
Replies: 2
Views: 2,086
Hi all, I wondered if anybody could give me the size in cm x cm of the front of the flash head (including the bounce card/wide angle diffuser)?

I can't seem to find it online, am at my parents place and wish to make some cardboard accesoires so I need these dimensions. If anybody would go through the trouble, I'd be delighted.

Thanks in advance!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-04-2008, 04:43 AM  
Hey Ben.....
Posted By barendvl
Replies: 35
Views: 8,638
Lol, i want text with mah buttonz!

3rd party.

I guess it works though, so for those that desperately need wifi (which I don't, i see it as another 'feature'.. but ofcourse some ppl would hugely benefit i'm not the one to argue...) it would be a real help!

Did anybody also notice mutley's neat little backstab to pentax there? Which was, ofcourse, uncalled for and, since the grip is 3rd party, not relevant.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-31-2008, 06:11 AM  
which new focusing screen?
Posted By barendvl
Replies: 46
Views: 6,644
Any pics yet? Me too has become interested in maybe buying a screen from them.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-24-2008, 06:03 AM  
Will be there a new version of the D-BG2 (D-BG2 MKII ??)?
Posted By barendvl
Replies: 16
Views: 5,195
And extra power?

Aren't those the main three features of the D-BG2 anyway? If Ergonomity includes buttons.

Actually I'm very happy Pentax didn't change (they might upgrade, ofcourse). But making the D-BG2 compatible with the K20D actually makes me buy the grip for my K10D. If I'll ever upgrade to the K20D (which just might happen..) I would still be able to use the grip on that camera as well :-)

Good to hear something from you again Priyantha, why are you never on GoT anymore?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-20-2008, 01:24 AM  
Getting New Toy onMonday
Posted By barendvl
Replies: 86
Views: 15,646
Don't they have Beta testers to do that such stuff for them? What's the need for a photog to test camera's all day. If he'd have done that, he wouldn't have any time to do his regular job. I think it's perfectly understandable he receives it in a few days prior to some presentation, so he can play around and get used to it...

You really are a bit negative are you, mutley? Don't worry, and just wait until the actual report comes out. And even then... If it's not for you, it's not for you. Pentax can't make EVERYONE happy, can they?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-20-2008, 01:08 AM  
shake reduction
Posted By barendvl
Replies: 7
Views: 4,183
I've never heard of any case where the SR 'failed' in the sense that it stopped working completely and killed the camera along with it.

I've never heard of any case where the SR 'failed' at all. It's a great system when it works. And it does. All the time... Who needs more expensive lenses?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-17-2008, 06:41 AM  
RoadMap - AF lenses with Pentax mount.
Posted By barendvl
Replies: 21
Views: 3,985
Hey, that's pretty neat! U used the Olympus road map for this? :-)

Are you going to keep it up to date or maybe add upcomming lenses as well? It gives a great view of all the options we've got as Pentax users, including third party!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-15-2008, 11:23 AM  
How to have EV Bar remain on in M mode???
Posted By barendvl
Replies: 16
Views: 5,762
Actually I don't think the optical preview needs any battery power at all. You need to hold the button and it just might be the case that this holding of the button keeps up the mechanical switch on the lens.

Even if it'd cost power, it's probably not that much :)

You can keep it on as long as you'd like / you could hold your finger on the 'trigger' ;)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-15-2008, 04:54 AM  
JACKPOT!! please, please tell me what to pay for these unused classics in an attic.
Posted By barendvl
Replies: 28
Views: 6,424
My money would be on the 50 1.2 (is it M,A or F?). The A version goes for around 500 off an ebay shop that sells them regularly (they must have stocked some when production stopped)...

Also the 135/2.8 is very interesting. For the other lenses, I'd check if you have those FL already covered and otherwise maybe pick the better ones for the marketplace here.

Great find!
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