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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 2 Days Ago  
No Excuses
Posted By Brooke Meyer
Replies: 14
Views: 776

Since I began photographing dance and events in late 2010, I've always carried two identical cameras, one with a wide lens and the other with something longer. Began with a pair of K20's but the low theater performances and need for high shutter speeds for dancers pushed me to K5's as soon as they were available. Those two were still the most expensive bodies I've bought, about $1400 each I think. Sold a K20 and kept one as a backup.

I've also used the same 4 lenses since: DA-12-24/4 and Tamron 28-75/2.8 for rehearsals and events, DA 50-135/2.8 and Sigma 100-300/4 for performances. Later added a DA 17-70/4 for small studio use and a backup. The 50-135, 28-75 and 17-70 double as portrait lenses.

When I reached around 125k shutter actuations on the K5's, I bought a pair of K5IIs bodies near the end of their production for around $800 each, sold the last K20 and a K5 and kept a K5 for backup.

When I reached around 125 K shutter actuations on the K5IIs bodies, I bought a pair of lightly used K3II bodies for less than $700 each, sold a K5IIs and kept one as a backup. I also use the K5IIs in my photography classes tethered with PK Tether and projected.

Because of theater, I use Manual exposure so I also need constant aperture lenses and I need zooms. In the rear of theater, behind the audience, I need to be able to change settings quickly and am constantly on the rear AF following dancers. Took me awhile to build new muscle memory for the relocated rear AF button on K3II bodies vs K5/K5IIs..

So I need two identical bodies. That means two K1's. And I'd have to do something about my 50-135 and DA 12-24 or why bother. Plus my average 2K files per performance just balloned in size as I'm sure the DNGs are larger.

Mean while, I've just bought a new posing stool and table, new replacement 10x20 vinyl backgrounds and upgraded an AB 800 to a DIgibee 800 to use with my Einstein's. Thats after monthly expenses (web sites, biz insurance, 2nd phone line, etc).

So the reason is, I have no compelling business reason to buy and use K1's. For 99% of my work, nobody cares and I don't care about the 1%. I've been paid for magazine covers and articles. There are lots of framed 16x20's hanging in my clients homes. A local Town uses my stuff for posters to advertise events and they hire me to photograph them.

Sitting here with coffee, I can see a 60"x 40 canvas I shot of the Eiffel Tower. Fun stuff, my wife's choice. Made with a K3II and sound technique.
I'm also pretty sure if I'd made it with a K1, no one could tell the difference.

I've rented and used a 645Z and the files are wonderful. For most purposes, they're also overkill. If I had a client that specified it, I'd simply add the rental cost to the Invoice. None of my clients do. What they do tell me is that they're happy with my work.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 4 Days Ago  
What does the ideal macro flash diffuser look like?
Posted By SSGGeezer
Replies: 29
Views: 753
I imagine my wife might be mad if I used her pasta roller to get an even thickness of Shapelock. :lol:
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 10-31-2018, 11:03 AM  
are you happy with switching to FF?
Posted By photoptimist
Replies: 186
Views: 10,951
APS-C may excel at reach but every FF camera made contains an APS-C camera built right into it.

The K-1, for example, comes with what is effectively an easily accessible K-5 inside it and the K-5 is a damn-fine APS-C machine -- plenty of megapixels and decent burst.

That's a big reason why I can't regret moving from the K-5 to the K-1 because the K-5 is still always with me inside the K-1.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 11-02-2018, 09:36 AM  
Poll: If you currently have a free Flickr account will you now pay to move to a pro account
Posted By aslyfox
Replies: 48
Views: 1,477
sorry that is not quite right

here is a link to the official announcement

Home | Flickr

if you have more than 1,000 photos and do not convert to the " pro " status, your photos will be culled by flickr to reach the limit

*Free members with more than 1,000 photos or videos uploaded to Flickr have until Tuesday, January 8, 2019, to upgrade to Pro or download content over the limit. After January 8, 2019, members over the limit will no longer be able to upload new photos to Flickr.

After February 5, 2019, free accounts that contain over 1,000 photos or videos will have content actively deleted -- starting from oldest to newest date uploaded -- to meet the new limit.
so those with free accounts and less than 1,000 photos or videos can still upload to Flickr[
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-01-2018, 08:58 PM  
Flickr is going back to limited free accounts
Posted By clackers
Replies: 141
Views: 3,697
Just keep one at work or a relative's house, swap them over on a weekly or monthly or whatever basis, whatever interval you can cope with if your own dwelling is robbed or burns down or whatever. Encrypt first with BitLocker or a third party product if you have concerns.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-31-2018, 02:46 AM  
Is aperture block really a problem?
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 104
Views: 3,795
My daughter's KS-1 had aperture block failure and I had it repaired by a place in California for 100 dollars. It has been fine in the year and a half since. Obviously I would prefer not to have to fix the camera, but knowing there is a relatively cheap fix for it helps.

As far as Pentax making a statement about it, they have never made statements about anything except for the string of pearls sensor defects on the K5. They certainly never admitted any issues with SDM lenses and on questioning would always say comments that indicated that "failure rates are in the expected range for these lenses" or something similar. I just think it is unlikely Pentax is going to make some sort of statement about this -- particularly not from the salesmen that are at shows.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-28-2018, 11:55 AM  
Which lens is sharpest
Posted By Alex645
Replies: 81
Views: 3,747
Because the title of your thread was "Which lens is sharpest" many of us gave you our opinions and experience other than or in addition to the 43mm Limited.

I'm glad you came to the conclusion that the 43mm was sharp enough for your expectations based on a few examples, but as others have noted, content/lighting situation, shooting technique, and post-processing can make the difference with defining acceptable sharpness to the viewer.

Some of my own images that others have considered razor sharp were shot wide open @ f/2 and objectively are not as sharp as other shots @ f/8. But because of the contrast between background bokeh and vivid color and texture on the focal point in the less sharp settings, the human eye perceives it as appearing sharper.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-26-2018, 06:46 PM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By photoptimist
Replies: 2,373
Views: 152,622
Hmm... Lets think about that a moment....

Our sun is full-frame, robust body, weather proof, great dynamic range, and astrotraces across the sky.

It's clearly a Pentax! ;)

(I wonder if the back side of the Sun has HOCIR written on it?)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-26-2018, 06:39 PM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By lytrytyr
Replies: 2,373
Views: 152,622
Fortunately, we don't have to rely on Ricoh for solar power!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-25-2018, 12:55 PM  
Which lens is sharpest
Posted By pepperberry farm
Replies: 81
Views: 3,747
D FA 50/2.8 Macro...
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-16-2018, 12:19 PM  
Thematic Cocoons, chrysalis, caterpillars and grubs.
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 162
Views: 6,624
Wonderful images above! Another caterpillar/grub that won't be passing its genes on to the next generation, this time courtesy of a Song Sparrow.

IMGP5093 by Steve, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-12-2018, 07:38 PM  
Thematic Cocoons, chrysalis, caterpillars and grubs.
Posted By Bud
Replies: 162
Views: 6,624
Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillars

1st instar caterpillar that just emerged from the egg... which it then eats

2nd or 3rd instar (2nd, 3rd and 4th instars all look similar except for increased size)

5th instar green phase

5th instar... the caterpillar turns yellow just prior to pupating

Spicebush Swallowtail Chrysalis

---------- Post added 10-12-18 at 11:08 PM ----------

One of my summertime "hobbies" is collecting swallowtail eggs, raising the caterpillars, and releasing the adult butterflies.

These are images of battus philenor, the Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtails mating

Adult female ovipositing on pipevine 'aristolochia contorta'

Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars... they feed in herds :)

Pipevine Swallowtail chrysalids

From August... a group of Pipevines that eclosed one morning
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-28-2018, 11:28 AM  
Thematic Cocoons, chrysalis, caterpillars and grubs.
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 162
Views: 6,624
Well, here you go

Eastern Phoebe with brown caterpillar/grub (May 2017)

EPhoebeCardenMay2017 (1) by Steve, on Flickr

Savannah Sparrow with green caterpillar/grub (June 2016)

Savannah Sparrow by Steve, on Flickr

An identification challenge, to be sure! Both shots were taken on the Carden Alvar near Kirkfield, Ontario.
Forum: General Photography 10-19-2018, 10:10 AM  
A simpler camera
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 79
Views: 2,289
And the bolded part is the problem. You set up all these settings then forget them after they're the way you want. On a super-simple camera those settings don't exist. Those choices were made by the engineers who designed the camera. If they're not the way you like it, well, too bad.

---------- Post added 10-19-18 at 01:12 PM ----------

One person's complicated is another's configurable. I'd rather make the choices on what features to use than leave it up to someone else.
Forum: General Photography 10-20-2018, 04:01 PM  
A simpler camera
Posted By photoptimist
Replies: 79
Views: 2,289
Me, too! I loaded the PDF of the manual into iBooks on the iPhone & iPad.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-19-2018, 05:48 PM  
The Good - The Bad and The Ugly about Pentax
Posted By pjv
Replies: 41
Views: 1,942
Hi folks.
While constructive criticism is perfectly fine, trolling certainly isn't.
So please take a breath before hitting " Submit Reply." Thanks.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-13-2018, 11:16 PM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By MarkJerling
Replies: 2,373
Views: 152,622
How about we cut the snide comments please?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-12-2018, 08:11 AM  
Your Best Photo+: RICOH IMAGING has renewed the condition of “Your best photo”.
Posted By Odinz
Replies: 55
Views: 2,751
I read that to mean that you had to use either one of those cameras, one of those lenses or both. I looked at the submission form and there is an "other" option under both the camera and the lens lists. It states that if "other" is selected for both entries that the submission will be ineligible. So it looks like you could for example use a K3 with any of the eligible lenses or say a K1 with any other lens whether its on the list or not.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-11-2018, 07:34 AM  
New to photography. Help me choose a pentax.
Posted By zjacreman
Replies: 66
Views: 1,783
That's pretty tight! But doable.

Within those constraints, I would get:

Arizona Dave's K-5 - $180 in the forum marketplace (actually I would probably splurge on his K-5 IIs but I'm taking the budget constraint seriously)
Tamron 17-50 f2.8 - $228 at KEH, exc with caps and hood. This is not starter glass, despite the low price; it has a fixed fast aperture and produces excellent images, and you'll be able to use it for a long time.
Sandisk 32gb SD card - $11 on Amazon
Extra batteries - $25 on Amazon

Total: $444 before any tax or shipping. Put the remaining $$ to your first months of Adobe CC for Lightroom and Photoshop.

And then the next lens I'd start saving for is a $200-300 macro prime.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-30-2018, 11:41 AM  
Visiting Photokina what I learned.
Posted By AmsAmt
Replies: 75
Views: 5,982
Be happy with the equipment you have, and use it to* the best of your abilities.
Camera envy is for others.
Cut down your visit to the forums as unfortunately there is too much negativity there, use the forum for what you registered for; for advice , exchange of ideas, and inspiration.
The "mirrorless revolution" will continue without you , it is ok to dislike evf.
Therefore, bless Ricoh for their commitment to explore and better DSLR.
When YouTube bloggers going crazy about a feature on a new camera, it might be very different,* when experiencing it first hand.
Photography is very diverse, hope is will stay that way.
A camera is a tool, develop your abilities.
Go to see as many exhbitions of photography as you can.
Gr III is tiny 😉
I love my kp even more then before, and thats a good thing. 😊
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-01-2018, 06:28 AM  
Irix Dragonfly 150mm Macro
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 109
Views: 7,549
I visited the Irix booth at Photokina on Saturday and chatted to one of the guys there. The 150 is one nicely build piece of kit!! There's a few reasons I might add it to my bag.

It seems the sealing is pretty tight and Irix are very confident it should protect the lens against most elements.

Compared to my Sigma EX180/3.5: It's not that different in terms of FoV and the difference in working distance is much less than the nominative 46cm closest focus distance of the Sigma compared to the 35cm of the Irix. The Irix having a considerably shorter body and a shorter hood makes up for a lot of the 11cm difference. And of course its smaller size makes the Irix easier to put in a bag along with other stuff. The tripod mount on the Irix will be Arca Swiss, whereas the Sigma's tripod mount requires an additional plate so extra bulk and an extra screw that might come loose.

Compared to my DFA100/2.8: Without the hood, unexpectedly both lenses are about equal length when focused at 1:1. With the hood the DFA100 is noticeably shorter since its hood attaches to the fixed part of the lens body. The 50mm difference does make for a more important difference in FoV, esp when using for non macro subjects.

In short, I feel the Irix 150mm can complement the DFA100/2.8 whereas it is much more of a competitor to the 180mm.

Of course the Irix 150 is MF, but for that purpose the lens has a beautiful focusing ring! Contrary to most other MF offerings (I'm thinking Samyang and Laowa specifically), Irix lenses are chipped and they provide focal length information to the camera. At least the 11mm and 15mm do. The pre-production copy of the 150mm I tried at Photokina didn't yet, but I was assured that the final production copies will. To me that's a clear advantage to the Samyang 100/2.8 macro or the Laowa macros that I tried so far. I forget to adjust the focal length on start-up of my camera all too often, which is a problem on shoots where I use more than one MF that doesn't pass the info to the body.

Another advantage to me is the filter size, which is 77mm. This happens to be the filter size of most of my filters, the main lenses I use filters on being my DA*16-50/2.8 and the Samyangs that all share the same filter size.

I wasn't counting on it, but I might be persuaded to put my Sigma EX180/3.5 into the retirement home and start a new relationship with this Irix instead.

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-27-2018, 05:11 AM  
Irix Dragonfly 150mm Macro
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 109
Views: 7,549
There is no such thing as (normalised) WR rating. WR, AW, dustproof, drip-proof are marketing words. Only the IP Code, International Protection Marking, IEC standard 60529, published by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and its European equivalent the EN 60529 standard are normalised standards.

As for TH Swiss, thy say that 'Each Irix lens is equipped with a weather sealed construction which protects the interior against dust and moisture. Thanks to inner seals, our lenses are also protected from accidental water splashes. No matter the journey, you can be confident that our weather sealed lenses will offer you maximum resistance to the extremes.'
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-24-2018, 02:06 PM  
Irix Dragonfly 150mm Macro
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 109
Views: 7,549
Oh that's good news! Thanks :D
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-24-2018, 01:46 PM  
Irix Dragonfly 150mm Macro
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 109
Views: 7,549
Which ones?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-18-2018, 04:48 PM  
Thematic Flickr Explored
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 718
Views: 51,124

This one started the day at #45 (highest ever for me) which does generate a lot of traffic.
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