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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-06-2022, 01:10 AM  
Thematic Jetties & Piers
Posted By Tas
Replies: 416
Views: 22,807
Cross Post with the K-1 thread.

This capture was the first time I'd been out with the smc DA* 300mm f4 in a couple of years. I was on a motorcycle so wanted to go a bit more compact than the 150-450 and must say, this is a lens that I don't regret keeping despite having the longer lens which is a decent lens too. There's just something I like about this lens. Indeed, people were driving by, seeing me with the camera and lens and pulling over to grab this frame with the phones. I've no idea how successful they were but to be honest I approached this location from a different direction this time and as I was riding along it was a case of oh, oh, oh I need to pull over for this. I then had to doff all the riding gear and get the camera set up. I initially went with the Zeiss 2/100, another great lens for telephoto landscapes/seascapes but felt I needed to go longer. And 300mm was spot on for the cloud, foreground, background and rising sun. Of course if you ask me, I'll deny all that and say I planned it.

Sunrise over Shorncliffe by noompty, on Flickr

Tas
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 04-06-2022, 01:02 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Tas
Replies: 34,131
Views: 3,361,135
I came across this wee fella (girl?) around my place a couple of days ago.

K-1 with the Tamron 90 macro.

Frog in a pineapple plant by noompty, on Flickr

Tas
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 04-03-2022, 03:00 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Tas
Replies: 34,131
Views: 3,361,135
I've not had the DA*300/4 out for a while but when I use this lens it reminds me just how good it is.

Sunrise over Shorncliffe by noompty, on Flickr

Tas
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-02-2022, 08:12 PM  
Thematic Jetties & Piers
Posted By Tas
Replies: 416
Views: 22,807
It's been a while, so as I got out early this weekend I thought I best post something.

K1 & the smc DA70 LTD.

No fishing at Nudgee by noompty, on Flickr

Tas
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-01-2022, 01:39 AM  
In search of a filter system for landscapes
Posted By Tas
Replies: 23
Views: 1,030
G'Day,

I am out of practice with my photography over the last couple of years, so please cross reference anything I say with other comments here and some research on the interwebs.

The first filter set I used was a Cokin square filter kit. The kit came with a frame and three Grad ND filters. The adaptor rings I bought were for the lenses I was adding them to which were from memory 67mm and 77mm. The benefit of a square filter system is the adaptor rings are relatively cheap which means you can swap the filter kit between different lenses despite having different filter ring sizes.

I have used the same Cokin square filter mounting system with a Singh Ray Reverse ND Grad filter. A reverse ND Grad is a good option to consider for landscapes particularly any sun on the horizon aspirations.

I also have a Nisi square filter set up but this was to use with the 15-30 and requires a different mounting system to attach to that lens as opposed to a filter ring.

Square filter considerations:
  • You carry them separately as they can't just be screwed onto the front of a lens like a circular filter. Potentially will take up more space and therefore less convenience.

  • Can produce more issues with flaring as there's no scope to add a lens hood.

  • Have the potential for greater flexibility compared to circular filters as you buy the range of filters you want and the filter rings to fit each of your lenses. Ring mounts are one of the least expensive parts of the square filter kit.

  • Can have issues with vignetting if the wrong set up is added to the wrong lens. This is usually an issue with wide angle lenses. For example some mounts can take three square filters others only one which assists in managing vignetting.

  • Grad filters are really easy to use as you can slide them up/down to match the composition/horizon etc

  • Square filters come in different sizes, don't buy anything larger than you need to as more size = more cost.

The circular lenses I have include Hoya, Singh Ray, Nisi and B&W.

I have circular filters from 49mm up to 82mm using the lens filter thread and I have a CPL for the 15-30 that uses the different mount around the body like the Nisi square filter set.

I've found vignetting with circular filters with wider focal lengths however circular filters are made in a 'standard size' and a slim size to reduce the likelihood or at least the severity of the vignetting on wide angles where it's an issue.

Circular filters can be used in conjunction with a square filter set. Be careful again of flaring and vignetting.

Circular filter considerations:
  • Need to match the filter size for your lenses as you've mentioned already, but consider a larger size and step rings. For example you can fit a 77mm filter on a lens with a 58mm thread by using a set of step rings. Step rings are cheap and will interfere with lens hood use but could provide an inexpensive solution to manage different filter sizes.

  • I leave CPL's on my lens all the time so they're always with me. I also carry a filter case to remove it if I need/want to.

  • CPL's can produce uneven skies on wide angle lenses.

  • Not seeing much positive talk about variable ND filters on the interwebs but as I don't have any won't make comment beyond recommending you check for reviews of products before purchasing.

To wrap up before I write an even bigger novel, I recommend you consider a solution for a filter kit using both circular and square filters to suit what you want to do. I like large stop ND filters, grad & reverse grad ND, and CPL. I try to use a filter only when I am after a specific look or in certain conditions to help manage the light.

Cokin I've found to have a warm cast, the B&W 10 stop a cool cast. The Singh Ray reverse ND was neutral (from memory as it's been a while) and the Nisi's have been a recent purchase so yet to see what they produce.

Hope the above can help with your decision about using filters.

Tas
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-27-2022, 08:01 PM  
Thematic Post-Processing Challenge $402
Posted By Tas
Replies: 26
Views: 1,052
Wow, the challenge has gotten expensive. :eek::)

Tas
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-04-2022, 02:41 PM  
To 150-450 or not to 150-450?
Posted By Tas
Replies: 50
Views: 3,117
My 150-450 has been going since 2016. Never babied it, but then have not coddled it either.

I've tended to use the lock on the lens when not in use so it's not traveled much with the ability to extend on it's own.

It's a shame to hear some examples have failed like this as it's a good lens and for the money needs to be reliable.

Tas
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-02-2022, 03:59 AM  
Who has a K-1 and a K3 iii? Opinions / use case / advocacy!
Posted By Tas
Replies: 32
Views: 2,791
G'day,

Been shooting with a K-1 since May 2016. Picked up the K3-III (with battery grip) in May 2021. My aim has been to use the K3-III for action shots or when I want to take a lighter kit with me when travelling on a motorcycle.

The K-1 is still my preferred camera, especially for wider shots as I think the larger sensor works better for this type of image.

This year I've been mostly taking the motorcycle out so the lighter kit has been a preference for no other reason than it's less to carry with some Limited Lenses. If I'm in the car I'll take whichever suits my intent for getting out with the camera.

So: I don't travel with a camera all the time, and I have not taken both cameras with me (so far).

The bag I take will be one of four camera bags or two backpacks that I will use on the bike even though they're not designed for carrying camera gear. One of these backpacks is well set up for camera gear that I would carry (mainly a combo of primes but also some zooms from time to time) whilst the other is larger and more suitable for the longer lenses, a monopod or travel tripod and when off the bike it will carry my jacket and helmet.

When I want a light kit to take out I will grab the K3-III, the DA15/4, D-FA 43/1.9 and the DA70/2.4. I like this kit and when on the bike it is my preference as it will fit into my Lowepro Nova 1 AW. I'm looking for other smaller bag options too for this set up that will add a fourth lens or a zoom like the DA 50-135 and some wider options.

I have two camera backpacks and a Thinktank Retrospective 30 all of which can work on the bike or in the car.

As my focus is to use the cameras with a different intent and to plan a trip I have my set ups to suit this approach. Long lenses or Limited lenses with the K3-III and the K-1 for wider shots and using my Zeiss manual primes. This is a guide of course and if I want to swap that around I will.

Okay, so the above probably doesn't answer the questions you asked but maybe this will:

1) After getting a K-3 iii - What portion of your shooting (% time/shots) were made with K-1 This will depend on what I want to capture. If I think the K-1 is the better option I will go with that, if I'm looking to capture motorcycle racing and surfing shots using a long lens, then it will be the K3-III. Any time I'm planning to use a wider lens I will prefer the K-1. Both cameras cross over in the middle with image preferences so both cameras will suit me if capturing people or an event. I do not prefer one camera over the other, they both have their roles for me. I must therefore go with 50:50.

2) Do you carry both, or go on excursions with one or other.. if both, what bag are you using? I normally only carry one at a time. None of my bags are really suitable for two cameras other than maybe the Thinktank Retrospective 30.

3) Any regrets? Nope. My K-1 is modified with an S Type screen for manual focus lenses as I have a lot of them. The K3-III was clearly going to improve the action/sports shots and my experience so far is it is in a different league compared to the K-1 for keeping up with faster subjects. I use manual focus lenses on the K3-III and expect to take the K-1 to sports/action events too. The cameras sit side by side, not in place of one another.

I don't know what comes next from Ricoh / Pentax but if the next K-1 has the bells and whistles of the K3-III it's going to be an awesome bit of kit but the APSC form factor & FOV will still complement an FF camera. IMHO, YMMV, EIEIO.

Tas
Forum: General Photography 12-28-2021, 06:15 PM  
Boxing Day Sale on Pentax camera/;lens in Oz?
Posted By Tas
Replies: 14
Views: 645
I saw this post and after checking the Ricoh AU prices yesterday (and walked away) decided to check DCXPERT today as I hadn't thought to check there previously.

Comparing the prices between Ricoh AU and DCXPERT finds the same price on some items and some discounts on others in the lenses if nothing else: | eBay

Prices were for the most part cheaper on the eBay store for APSC, FF and MF so likely to be worth checking out.



Tas
Forum: General Photography 12-08-2021, 11:34 PM  
Can Over-Exposure Damage a Sensor?
Posted By Tas
Replies: 17
Views: 928
G'Day,

A bit off topic but wanted to mention something due to your comment.

I used to deal with lasers in a previous life and typically lasers have classifications and dependent on which class of laser will depend on whether it is eye safe. We had a Class 3B product that required an attachment to attenuate output to the equivalent of a Class 1 laser (as per AS/NZS 2211.1:1997 Laser Safety Class 3B was not eye safe, Class 1 was).

Different countries have different classifications, here's some links on the topic with US referencing: Laser Standards and Classifications & Laser classification table - Laser Safety Facts

Tas
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-22-2021, 01:50 PM  
Post your HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW pictures!
Posted By Tas
Replies: 3,080
Views: 432,267
G'day, yes panning was required with this image. I was asked about settings with this lens and the K3 Mk III for another MX image and have posted that info here: Post your K3 iii pictures. - Page 71 - PentaxForums.com

I've only used this lens/camera combo twice and have been using it like the K-1 in this role so I've not taken advantage of all the improvements the K3 Mk III has. I plan on setting User modes for sports/action shots and as you can set up to 10 user modes I will likely have all my preferences set up in User modes. I probably only new 3-4 but it will save me time when I get to a location.

One thing I will say is to consider using TAv mode instead of Tv. Even in bright light I found with faster shutters speeds of 1/1000s and faster might end up with the aperture icon flashing red in the view finder. That's where I would push the ISO up to 200. Because of the variable aperture having it set to a usable working range and using TAv might be a better option to consider so the camera will let you focus on the subject not the settings. I'll be trying this next time I get out.



I'm a big fan of telephoto landscapes and recommend you check out this thread for examples / ideas: Post your Telephoto Landscapes! - PentaxForums.com

Tas
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-22-2021, 03:01 AM  
Post your HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW pictures!
Posted By Tas
Replies: 3,080
Views: 432,267
K3 Mk III for this one tracking a wee rider learning how to race MX. This is at 1/125s @ 330mm. This was the first time I got to try this lens on the K3 Mk III and they work well together.


A Wee Nipper by noompty, on Flickr

Tas
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 11-22-2021, 12:31 AM  
Post your K3 iii pictures.
Posted By Tas
Replies: 1,799
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K3-3 and D-FA 150-450 mounted on a Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie tripod head and monopod
Shutter priority(TV)
ISO 100 200 (tried to stay at ISO100 but cloud would not permit the faster 1/1000 shutter speed from time to time so left it at 200 ISO a lot)

Continuous high (This is a bit excessive as in a few hours of practicing on these races I'd captured over 1750 RAW images. Need to try the medium setting next time)

Centre Spot AF Point (I need to try other options yet, but this is what I have done with my K-1 previously so using this as my start point)

AF Hold off (found the camera would hang up from time to time when using AF hold so turned it off. Approx 1500-1600 images out of the 1750+ were in focus so I'd recommend this approach and concentrate on keeping camera locked on the subject)

Back-button focus on ( the best option for action photography)

Highlight-weighted metering on (saw this on Eddie's video, didn't know what it was so thought I'd give it a go. Seems more effective than centre-weighted AE which is what I've used previously)

Shutter speed range 1/125 1/2500

The image you refer to was image 10 in a sequence captured where Taylah exited a right then came down hill to brake for another right. The sequence was 15 images successfully locked on as she rode towards me and I panned left to follow her into the second right-hander. This wasn't a fast part of the track but I also had sequences out of the final bend onto the front straight section which is also where the start line was located. My position for the images in this instance was off to an 11 o'clock position from the straight. The first images along the straight was a series of 13 in sequence, all in focus at 1/1000s.

The first start I captured was 11 in focus images before the lead riders separated and I failed to track one of them as I zoomed wider to allow for them getting closer to me. S/S of 1/1000 again.

Another series of in focus images of a rider coming out of the final bend and along the straight was 10 images in focus with dust from the riders in front between me and the rider for multiple frames. 1/1000s S/S again.

The slowest head on sequence was 8 consecutive in focus images at 1/160s along the straight. The sequence commenced with a miss as they came out of the final bend, there was then the 8 in a row followed by two missed, then another three before a miss as I started the panning into turn 1 which resulted in 5 more in focus with a miss for the last image.

The last couple of series with a front on aspect to them were at 1/320s S/S. The K3 Mk III and 150-450 tracked the rider through a dirt haze for 17 in-focus images. The rider wasn't as fast as some others but these examples should give you a feel for what this combo can do.

I need to work out how to get the best out of the camera and make those my user settings so this is really early days for me and using the new set up in this environment.

Previously I've been using the K-1 and this thing is way more effective with MX. I've now used it with the 150-450 and the D-FA* 70-200.

Apologies for the novel, but hopefully this answers some of your questions.


Tas
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-21-2021, 05:05 PM  
Pentax HD PENTAX-D FA* 70-200mm f/2.8 ED DC AW . . . CLUB!
Posted By Tas
Replies: 514
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Let us know how it goes then, as I'd be interested to see and hear your experiences with the teleconverter. :)

Tas
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 11-20-2021, 05:52 PM  
Post your K3 iii pictures.
Posted By Tas
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X-Post

MX again, this time it was a race and I was using the D-FA 150-450.

So far I'm finding the AF on this camera an improvement over capturing MX with the K-1. Looking to compare the two cameras back to back and get a better understanding of whether it's just me (I've not captured MX much in the last five years) or whether it is actually an improvement.

Women on Wheels racing - QMP by noompty, on Flickr

Taylah McCutcheon by noompty, on Flickr

Tas
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-20-2021, 05:52 PM  
Sports photography - single images
Posted By Tas
Replies: 769
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K3 Mk III again, this time with the D-FA 150-450.

So far I'm finding the AF on this camera an improvement over capturing MX with the K-1. Looking to compare the two cameras back to back and get a better understanding of whether it's just I've not captured MX much in the last five years or whether it is actually an improvement.

Women on Wheels racing - QMP by noompty, on Flickr

Tas
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 11-16-2021, 12:20 AM  
Post your K3 iii pictures.
Posted By Tas
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K3-III and the D-FA* 70-200mm.

QMP Practice by noompty, on Flickr

Tas
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-15-2021, 02:16 PM  
Pentax HD PENTAX-D FA* 70-200mm f/2.8 ED DC AW . . . CLUB!
Posted By Tas
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Views: 75,447
I haven't been shooting regularly in a while but found an opportunity to keep my eye in with action photography via a moto park not too far from home.

The aim was to get some practice in with the K3-III to work out the best settings for shooting motocross but have more to explore than I got done last weekend.

Queensland Moto Park - Practice by noompty, on Flickr

Tas
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-15-2021, 02:13 PM  
Sports photography - single images
Posted By Tas
Replies: 769
Views: 124,016
I rode down to a local motocross park to get some practice in with the K3-III and the D-FA* 70-200mm. Whilst there I was told about an upcoming event this weekend that I can capture some more images at but will take both this set up and the K-1 as well as the 150-450. Been out of practice for too long so want to get a couple of days of practicing tracking targets and finding the right moments / locations to capture.

Something I found with the K3-III is the change from AF-S to AF-C. I found this worked better than with the K-1, as well as dropped down the continuous high rate which is good as the new camera is noticeably faster than the K-1.

QMP Rider by noompty, on Flickr

Tas
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-28-2021, 02:21 PM  
What image organization software are people using
Posted By Tas
Replies: 85
Views: 4,693
I've been using On1 Photo RAW for years and like LR it's an organiser and a RAW Processor. Unlike LR it does layers and has many workflow tools beyond organising and a RAW workflow including cloud options and a mobile app I've been meaning to try. Details on the website for all of this stuff.

There is a Ligthroom migration tool and you can read about it in the Knowledge Base on their website to see if it does what you're looking for. There's lots of detail about what the migration tool will & won't do to make an informed decision on whether it's right for you or not.

On1 Photo RAW can be bought as a standalone product or subscription. The Standalone gets updates for one year then you can either stay with that version or update it in a year for a reduced price.

You can try it free for 30 days and see if it fits the bill and keep or delete as suits you.

There's so many quality PP options around these days, take your time and make use of free trial periods where you can as something will be out there to meet your needs.


Tas
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 09-23-2021, 11:04 PM  
Anyone using the Peak Design Aluminum Travel Tripod.
Posted By Tas
Replies: 25
Views: 1,333
I think there's a couple of ways to go, and there's some relatively inexpensive pano options.

This one or something similar will fit into the Peak Design tripod head and provide a pano option: https://www.adorama.com/bearcasm360.html? If you follow the link they show this mount working with both the Arca mount on the Peak Design travel tripod as well as on Manfrotto heads. There's even a Gear head photo showing it on a Manfrotto. I don't have one myself to talk to stability but it could fit the bill nicely.

There's other small and relatively inexpensive pano options that would fit between the Peak Design locking plate and the camera, something like this: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/927493-REG/velbon_panamatic_panorama_...981& again I've not used this item to know how good it is.

But there's some pano options to consider, and I assume there's more to check out around the internet. :)

Tas
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 09-22-2021, 05:31 PM  
Anyone using the Peak Design Aluminum Travel Tripod.
Posted By Tas
Replies: 25
Views: 1,333
No, you don't have to pick up the tripod to rotate it, however the design has enabled a more compact tripod in the stowed position by allowing the head to sit into the legs. To rotate there is a locking ring at the top of the tripod that pins the head in place that you undo. This allows you to pull the head up and clear of the tripod legs to enable panning, rotating titling etc. It doesn't have a separate rotating section like some heads, the panning is using the ball so the integrated level bubble should be checked to ensure the horizon will be level. Alternatively use the camera level.

Tas
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 09-21-2021, 04:29 AM  
Anyone using the Peak Design Aluminum Travel Tripod.
Posted By Tas
Replies: 25
Views: 1,333
Hi Steve,

I hadn't considered replacing/swapping the Peak Design head, but apparently you can change the head according to Peak Design: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2986/1172/files/INS-Tripod-Ball-Head-Adapt...g?v=1584487742

My first geared head was a Manfrotto 410. I like this unit as it's a bit more compact than the other one I replaced it with, the Manfrotto 410. I picked up the larger more expensive one when I bought the K-1. Not sure I really needed it though.

The control knobs on the 410 are what I prefer as the larger unit uses a rubber ring around the quick adjusters and they need to be glued down.

I find both geared heads are good but bulky but once you're set up the ability to change position quickly and do fine adjustments makes them my favourite mounts to use for landscapes etc.

Tas
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 09-20-2021, 04:16 PM  
Anyone using the Peak Design Aluminum Travel Tripod.
Posted By Tas
Replies: 25
Views: 1,333
G'day,

I use a Manfrotto 055 tripod as my primary and picked up the CF version of the Peak Design tripod a few months ago.

Firstly, all tripods are a compromise so don't expect the same level of stability as with the Manfrotto. I have used the Peak Design with the K-1 and it did what I wanted from it: provide a light, compact tripod for travelling on a plane and on a motorcycle.

I normally use a geared head so wasn't keen on going back to a ballhead but it wasn't as bad as I expected.

The tripod has plenty of flexibility in how it can be used and the weight difference between aluminium and CF isn't significant so saving money is possible.

Having this tripod has meant more capture options and a bag for sand or rocks is an easy way to add stability when you need it.

I think the Peak Design is a premium bit of kit that I can recommend if you want a quality travel tripod to work alongside your main tripod.

Tas
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-13-2021, 03:45 PM  
New To Full Frame Digital
Posted By Tas
Replies: 11
Views: 359
G'Day Mo and welcome to the forums.

Will echo the comments from others; the K-1 is well worth a run, and whilst it's not light the Limiteds and some FA's means lightweight quality options exist to add to the menagerie of lenses you already have.

Enjoy capturing with the new toy and don't forget to share some images with us along the way. :)

Tas
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