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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-12-2018, 09:46 PM  
Move over $$$ony,theres a new player.
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 66
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As a hard-core Pentaxian its hard to say this but...Ricoh needs to make a "Ricoh" mirror less in an e-mount or a new mount and then sell the adapter for K-mount lenses.
Give it all the bells and video whistles it needs.
That way, when the K3III comes it will be different enough to not canabalize "Pentax" and can grow the "Ricoh" name without offending us Pentaxians.
I'd buy one in a heartbeat if it could do what my Sony A6500 does and be compatible with my Pentax glass with an adapter.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 01-11-2018, 11:50 PM  
K-1 questions for Video, specifically external mic/sound suggestions
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 27
Views: 1,590
So many things happen with presentations like this...it's hard to write down all the experience over the years, and give you a heads up about all the things that go wrong.

Sometimes people want a recording of the entire presentation, sometimes just highlights, sometimes just the person who is "paying".

Since you are shooting on dSLRs remember that there will be a time limit to the amount of video you can make before the camera will shut off. The K3 was/is VERY fast when you hit the record button, the K1 is almost as fast, I have no experience with the KP. If you set the cameras up, go for a safety of 10 minutes and make sure that at least one camera is offset from that 10 minutes so you have a camera to cut to. Otherwise you are going to have a momentary blank. dSLRs are not designed for recording long presentations, so you might want to go and get a cheapy video camera that does 1080p/60 at your local electronic's store to cover the bases if you need to record the entire presentation.

Use a color chart for all the cameras so you can match color/white balance in post.

Goodness...like I said, there are way too many things to write down over the years.

Sound - have either lavs, mics or mounted mics to get the sound, and make sure that whoever is talking is talking into something. If a presenter doesn't like to use a mic because people can hear him/her - you are going to have a bad day in post.

The presenters - sometimes people are "walkers" and some are "Podium plants". You never know what is going to happen, so you might have to follow the person around.

Remember that cheap video camera? Make it a wide shot, and forget it, so you get a safety.

If you can, use a recorder that accepts a few XLR inputs like the Zoom H6. Ditch that iPhone solution - it sounds cool, but it will give you headaches in post.

If you are in that room you showed us, you aren't going to have to worry too much about light since it seems to be lit from the side. Since the room also looks like it is tight, you won't have much ability to setup tripods without having a tripping hazard, so your only option might be to setup in the back. DFA 100 as your longest lens? Not gonna cut it as you will need at least something to a 70-200/50-135 to get the reach.

Again, go online, grab a cheapy Sigma 100-300 or an old Pentax 100-300 so you have some reach if you're going to be in the back.

Lots and lots of things, and many moving parts to something like this.

This was when I was doing recordings with all Pentax gear -



This was when the FS7 (and Sony) started to replace cameras in my workflow because Pentax was not making something with higher frame rates, and I needed a true 'video camera'.



Even more has changed these days.

;)
Forum: Pentax K-3 01-11-2018, 12:35 PM  
A photoshoot in the theatre with K-3 II and various lenses.
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 17
Views: 824
These are actually very nice.
They remind me of the old Kodak pictures in their books.
Nothing wrong with these!
The lighting works fine.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 01-11-2018, 11:07 AM  
K-1 questions for Video, specifically external mic/sound suggestions
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 27
Views: 1,590
I've used both a Ronin for the K3/K1 - and it's HEAVY.
I've used a Zhiyun Crane along with my Sony A6500 - the opening shot below is with the A6500 and the Z-Crane on a monopod -





To be honest, if you are not actively moving around as part of the shot, a dSLR on a video monopod might be best. From your description, you seem to be able to get away with tripods and just do a regular shoot?

If anything maybe all you need is some B-Roll to make it dynamic and that is why you want something to stabilize a camera?
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 01-10-2018, 03:31 PM  
Mirrorless 4k video option for Pentax lenses
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 34
Views: 1,920
Professionally, you blow focus, it's game over.
So not many people will ever use auto focus unless it's for a B-Camera or something that is not critical to focus.

On my FS7 I have a full Sony setup and autofocus screwed me over a few times when I thought it was working correctly. NEVER again. ;)

Since 4K shoots creep into my workflow from time to time, you blow 4K focus and you lose your crop. :(
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 01-10-2018, 11:30 AM  
Mirrorless 4k video option for Pentax lenses
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 34
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Ah...I see Lumix in a prior post. Great camera for sure.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 01-10-2018, 09:54 AM  
Mirrorless 4k video option for Pentax lenses
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 34
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No autofocus, and in cinematography you don't want auto focus - hence the focus puller.
However the adapter works wonderfully because there is click-less adjustment of the aperture, which makes the combination even more "cinema".

Novoflex Adapter for Pentax K Lens to Sony NEX Camera NEX/PENT

;)
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 01-09-2018, 09:56 PM  
Mirrorless 4k video option for Pentax lenses
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 34
Views: 1,920
Because the DA* 16-50 is optically excellent - and with the SDM problems nullified because you use an adapter on the A6500 - you get a F/2.8 APS-C lens with manual quick shift.

Quick shift works AWESOME with a follow focus because you can set the follow focus to max and min focus, and it doesn't matter how the focus gear is on the camera.

The IBIS works just fine...but for the most part my cameras are on sliders or tripods with the occasional hand held.

To be honest...the DA* 16-50 is the perfect lens to adapt to the A6500 - and because of the SDM problems you can get them cheap.

Think about that when looking for a F/2.8 lens for the Sony.
It's one of the best kept secrets out there.

Here are two shots from different shoots





Of course this is why I wish we had a Pentax solution (1080p/60p with 50+mBits) to video. I love my Sony cameras, but it would be sooooooooo much easier to just have Pentax native solutions.

;)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-09-2018, 10:34 AM  
Pentax k1 + cable release
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 6
Views: 384
Yeah, the CS-205 releases are prone to go bad.

Looks like Adorama has them for a good price - Pentax Cable Switch 205 (3.5') for K20D, K10D, K200D, K100D, K110D, Digital SLR's & for ZX-L / IST Cameras

Maybe this should be a price watch?

I just grabbed an extra. ;)
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 01-05-2018, 11:25 PM  
Mirrorless 4k video option for Pentax lenses
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 34
Views: 1,920
Every single day - Sony a6500 with Pentax APS-C glass.

Winning combination...I shoot TONS with this combination!

Lots of Pentax glass here - DA 16-50 and DFA 100mm Macro

https://youtu.be/DTJnOKQr0aE?t=3m35s

and here too (with some Osmo and drone work)

https://youtu.be/iIjJeldqIdw?t=1m37s


L :)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-03-2018, 01:50 PM  
Vibration damage to camera bodies / lenses
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 27
Views: 1,018
Everything has a harmonic/frequency at which it will vibrate. Screws, because they are an inclined plane with very small tolerances between threads, tend to come loose during that vibration - especially if their torque is not enough to hold them in place. The smaller the screw, the higher the frequency that is needed. Also the mass of the object plays into the resonance (and other things).

Violent shaking is something else. Damage from drops is something else. I guess violent acceleration/deceleration?

So what I do is keep my stuff as low as possible, and put as much protection as needed to cancel out the shaking or harmonics if present.

Not much out there is really effective about transmitting harmonics unless something is really hard-mounted to something, so I would not worry too much about that.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 01-02-2018, 12:06 AM  
K-1 questions for Video, specifically external mic/sound suggestions
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 27
Views: 1,590
Thanks.

Don't believe the folks that say the K1 is "terrible" at video.
The K1 works right along side my FS7, A6500, Osmo, GoPros and whatever else.
The K1 is a fine camera.

:)
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 01-01-2018, 11:40 AM  
K-1 questions for Video, specifically external mic/sound suggestions
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 27
Views: 1,590
My take (from extensive experience)

Throw this on the K1, and be done with what goes on the K1 - RØDE Microphones - VideoMicro

When it comes to events, getting a lav on the speakers or a wireless mic up close to them is the best way to go. There is no shotgun mic around that is going to erase unwanted noise, as a lav mic up close to the person speaking. That is the best way forward.

Invest in a simple wireless lav setup to an external recorder. Then in Adobe Premier or other application match the audio to the track that was captured with the K1.

Heck, most times I just leave the K1 as is, as the audio is good enough for the "scratch track" to match to.

Buy a Zoom H6 - Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System H6

Buy a Sony Wireless lav transmitter and receiver - Sony UWP-D11 Integrated Digital Wireless Bodypack UWPD11/14 B&H

Buy a Sony Wireless handheld mic on the same frequency so you can use the same receiver when you need to have someone "hand off" or "hand around" the mic -

This - Sony UWP-D16 Integrated Digital Plug-on & Lavalier UWPD16/14

Or This - Sony 2-Channel Receiver with Bodypack and Handheld Microphone

Some K1 - interviews alongside a Sony FS7 -














Youtu.be



Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-14-2017, 01:00 PM  
Next hours or days we get a new firmware for K-1
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 125
Views: 14,774
1080p/60 ? That would be awesome. ;)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-10-2017, 11:34 AM  
What REALLY matters in computer hardware?
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 47
Views: 2,884
Hmm...dunno if I should chime in here about the machines I use to do work.
I build machines around Asus Motherboards with the Intel X-99 Platform.
Today's tech is around SSD and M.2 drives, USB 3.1/USB-C and TONS of RAM.

On one machine, I run 2 SLI GTX1080s, with 128gig of ram, and a 950 m.2 drive with about 80T of storage.

So if you put aside about $4k for a machine, you can build something amazing.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-09-2017, 01:13 PM  
Pentax video: is it really that lousy?
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 23
Views: 1,467
Yep. I shoot with a ton of different cameras. Everything from a Sony FS7 to an Osmo to an old Canon Vixia. There is no "best camera" out there.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-09-2017, 10:28 AM  
Pentax video: is it really that lousy?
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 23
Views: 1,467
dSLR video tops out with clips nearing the 15 minute mark, so maybe the recording stopped because of that. Many people assume a dSLR can record unlimited files of video, or keep going as a movie camera would. I always use two dSLR cameras (when I am shooting long interviews or such) and start and stop the video at 10 minute intervals to be sure I don't have that issue. Also overlap when you start and stop.

The K3 cameras are pretty robust when it comes to overheating.
Unless you are outside in the sun or in a hot climate, it's probably not the heating of the sensor.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-08-2017, 09:35 PM  
Pentax video: is it really that lousy?
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 23
Views: 1,467
Also..."Pentax" is used almost every day when I shoot...as on my Sony A6500. So much beautiful APS-C glass, with quick shift, make for perfect follow focus and lens gears. So while I may not use my K1 or K3 as much for video these days, I pretty much have Pentax glass on everything. Aside from some Osmo and me flying my drone indoors...this is all Pentax glass on a Sony A6500.



I shoot all kinds of pieces during my day/week...and Pentax is always there in some form...always.

:)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-07-2017, 06:15 PM  
Pentax video: is it really that lousy?
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 23
Views: 1,467
Yep. ;)

---------- Post added 10-07-17 at 08:17 PM ----------


I still watch for the "Pentax video sucks" threads, but I stay away because it's overwhelming to counteract real-life usage against perceptions. So many times perception rules. Pentax, does great video. It's all about technique.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 06-11-2017, 08:16 PM  
What do you guys do for video?
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 180
Views: 8,606
Lighting is the most important thing.
I have a TON of different lighting setups - they are my secret weapon!
Want me to come to NZ and give you some training?
:lol:
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 06-11-2017, 07:47 PM  
What do you guys do for video?
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 180
Views: 8,606
Where do you do your animated titles?
Assuming After Effects?

Yep. After Effects.

Thoughts for lenses/aperture (on K-3) on something like this sit down interview?
Assuming aperture to ensure subject is all in focus is more important for a corporate piece like this, where the background is not as isolated as it could be, but at least you've got the shot?

While I'd love to shoot at something less than f/4, f/4 seems to be the sweet-spot when dealing with something that moves a little in and out of a shot.
It's rare that I can get someone to "sit still" for a bokehlicious shot of something shallower than f/4. On the K3 (APS-C) I love the DA* 16-50 and on the K1, the DFA 24-70.


This was the Pentax DA* 16-50 on a Sony A6500 -














Youtu.be






Ideas for LED use? Diffusion/matching with daylight etc?

I like to use Fiilex lights - specifically the P360 with softboxes - Fiilex LED Lights - P360

---------- Post added 06-11-17 at 10:04 PM ----------

This is some BTS of the K1 and FA 50mm Macro -














Youtu.be



That ended up in here -














Youtu.be




All K1.
Forum: General Talk 06-08-2017, 09:46 AM  
How to cancel Amazon Cloud Drive account?
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 4
Views: 787
Yep. My personal media files are well over 6T.
Time to "NAS Out".

:(
Forum: General Talk 06-08-2017, 07:16 AM  
How to cancel Amazon Cloud Drive account?
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 4
Views: 787
Funny about this...today, as in today with no notice, my "unlimited" at $59.99 a year was cancelled and I will have to pay $239 a year!!!!!
It's cheaper for me to go out each year and buy an external backup now.
It was a pain to use the Amazon service, but at $59.99 I figured it was a bargain.
So, good bye Amazon for storage!!!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-04-2017, 07:18 PM  
K-7 Appreciation - The Forefather Forgotten
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 23
Views: 1,951
Ah..the K7.

The last attempt by Pentax to source APS-C sensors from other than Sony.
Samsung screwed Pentax over like so many others!
The first Pentax dSLR to do video - albeit 720p

One of the only Pentax dSLRs that I actually sold.

;)
Forum: Pentax Q 05-31-2017, 04:26 PM  
Q7 visits the UK: Manchester, Edinburgh, and points between including Hadrian's Wall
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 9
Views: 1,238
Nice. I love that I've spent so much time in the UK, that these wonderful pictures are like being back.
Some of those pics on Hadrian's Wall - well - I have stood in those exact places. ;)
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