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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 1 Day Ago  
why apsc lenses are best for apsc cameras
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 33
Views: 1,033
It was due to the more consistent MTF performance across the whole APS-C frame that I obtained the FA 35 mm f/2 as a standard prime for my KP and I have not been disappointed.

Philip
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Turning K-3/3 into street camera :)
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 24
Views: 866
This might depend on how you view your images:- perhaps consider cropping. The image quality of the limited lenses is so good that even a half crop of the frame (one quarter of the area) would still give a 6 MP image from a K-3iii, which will look good on screen or in a 12-inch print. If that would be OK for you, then get the 21 mm limited lens (i.e. close to the GR's focal length) and crop in PP, as far as the equivalent of 40 mm if needed.

Philip
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 2 Days Ago  
why apsc lenses are best for apsc cameras
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 33
Views: 1,033
You might find interesting the Optical Limits comparisons of the FA 35 and the DA 35 Ltd, both tested on the APS-C K10D :-

Pentax SMC-FA 35mm f/2 AL - Review / Test Report - Analysis
Pentax SMC DA 35mm f/2.8 Limited macro - Review / Test Report - Analysis
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 2 Days Ago  
Clackers' Beginners Tip 34: The 'Rule' of Odd Numbers
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 26
Views: 747
Several years ago I took this picture of a group of four trees in a park and entered it in a local club competition, giving it the title: "Is Four An Odd Number?". Fortunately, the visiting judge liked the image (and the title) and gave it a good score!

Philip

---------- Post added 08-12-22 at 03:53 AM ----------

P.S. Great story about the taxi driver! Thanks Clackers.

Philip
Forum: Pentax KP 5 Days Ago  
Well I succumbed to the temptation and bought the KP.... what have I done!
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 15
Views: 878
I was fortunate to obtain a relatively cheap Pentax refurbished black KP several years ago, and I like it so much that I exchanged my K-70 for another KP, a silver one, during the end-of-line bargain period.




I like the tilt screen but I agree - the articulated screen was occasionally more useful, e.g. when the camera is used in portrait orientation. The grips are also useful and it's good to have the choice - I have the medium grip on one camera for use with the DA Limited primes, and the large grip on the other for the compact DA zooms - the 18-135 or 55-300 PLM.

Philip
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-07-2022, 11:36 PM  
Thematic Post your Church images
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 1,066
Views: 96,871
Mono of same church as in my previous post:



Philip
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-07-2022, 05:35 AM  
Thematic Post your Church images
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 1,066
Views: 96,871
A village church in Hertfordshire. Pentax KP + DA 18-135.

Philip
Forum: General Photography 08-06-2022, 03:03 PM  
Black & White Photography Your Thoughts
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 19
Views: 873
There are many good points about why B&W already in this thread. I just thought it might be worth mentioning that my interest in converting digital colour images to mono was piqued several years ago when I downloaded Nik Silver Efex Pro (when it was free), and saw some of the many possible interpretations in its presets. I still use it as a plug-in to PaintShop Pro.

Philip
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-21-2022, 10:49 AM  
PetaPixel: Pentax May Have Lucked Out as Nikon and Canon Leave DSLRs Behind
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 105
Views: 7,125
I would stay with Pentax simply for their build quality and image quality of the DA Limited lenses. They are named Limited but their screw drive is not a limitation.

Philip
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-16-2022, 12:00 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Conest #190 Poll (Stairs - June 2022)
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 30
Views: 2,463
Amazing photographs!

To me it looks like much of the creativity here is in seeing and capturing the images - two of the key talents of good photographers.

Philip
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 07-09-2022, 05:44 AM  
My MX-1 photos - first steps
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 252
Views: 63,479
A Hertfordshire Church

1. Churchyard Entrance:


2. Resting Place for the Living:


3. Resting Place for the Departed:


4. The Church:


5. The Clock Tower:


[ Pentax MX-1 colour images converted in Nik Silver Efex Pro.]

Any comments welcome.

Philip
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 07-04-2022, 02:55 AM  
MX-1 Club?
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 13
Views: 3,592
For most photography I use my Pentax KP, but I still use my K-5IIs and my MX-1 - all are still good cameras. Here is a recent image from the MX-1:



Philip
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-29-2022, 10:55 PM  
Thematic Post your Church images
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 1,066
Views: 96,871
Whipsnade Church

This is the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene in the small village of Whipsnade in Bedfordshire, the village which also has Whipsnade Zoo, the largest wild animal conservation park in the UK.

Each image is a 3-shot composite of images captured with a Pentax KP + the HD DA 35mm Limited lens.

Philip
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-25-2022, 09:51 AM  
Can you photograph a whole trip with the Pentax 28-105mm lens?
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 23
Views: 1,173
QUOTE:
A lot of people regard it as a "kit lens". However, I feel like the lens is a surprisingly high-quality lens and an excellent walkabout lens that shows that we don't always need to use super-expensive lenses to achieve really solid results. Even with something more demanding such as night photography, where you really need sharpness and detail because, well, it's dark.


+1 Ken

Yes, for many types of walk-about photography, the wide apertures characteristic of the expensive lenses are not needed where f/5.6 to f/11 on the D-FA 28-105 will give high quality (aka really solid!) results.

Philip
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-25-2022, 02:53 AM  
Can you photograph a whole trip with the Pentax 28-105mm lens?
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 23
Views: 1,173
The D-FA 28-105 is fine for me as a one-lens kit with my KP, as I rarely do wide-angle. Its edge-to-edge image quality is great on APS-C, as it is cropping the central 2/3 of the already excellent full-frame image. On the few occasions I do want a wider shot, I'm happy to stitch a few overlapping images in PP.

Philip
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-19-2022, 12:45 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 25,299
Views: 1,933,051
Canal Narrowboat

[Pentax D-FA 28-105 WR]

Philip
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-15-2022, 11:46 PM  
Colour saturation and contrast on K3II
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 19
Views: 957
You're welcome, Max. I can understand your way of working. I often go out with just one of the DA Limited primes on the camera and one in my pocket (e.g. 40 + 70) - in my case because I enjoy using my Pentax DSLR but I also like it to be compact!

Philip
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 06-15-2022, 11:10 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #189 Poll (Ultra-wide Perspective - May 2022)
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 44
Views: 3,125
#8? - How can the Moon appear so large in an ultra-wide image?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-14-2022, 10:55 PM  
Colour saturation and contrast on K3II
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 19
Views: 957
Max, if you still have a slight interest or curiosity about zooms, you might consider the HD Pentax-D FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR. It is a highly rated full-frame lens, giving excellent performance on APS-C which "sees" only the central 2/3 of its image circle, where generally lenses perform best. The range on APS-C is equivalent to standard (normal) just into medium telephoto, and it is also at its best in the range that pleases you. It has the advantages of the Pentax HD lens coating, weather sealing, fast, quiet and accurate DC autofocus, plus it is well-built and quite compact for a zoom, weighing less than the total of your three recent primes (DA 40, DA 50 + D-FA 100). There are downsides of course - it loses the wide apertures of the latter and the close-focus of the 100 - nevertheless, it is a highly competent general purpose zoom on APS-C for someone not needing wide angle focal lengths.

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Philip
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-10-2022, 01:34 AM  
Colour saturation and contrast on K3II
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 19
Views: 957
The difference is probably due to the exposure - K-3ii 1/500s and f/7.1; and K20D 1/640s and f/8. This could be due to the centre-weighted metering - the bright white house is closer to the centre of the frame in the K20D composition, which would reduce that camera's exposure settings.

Philip
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-03-2022, 11:27 PM  
K-3 III fixed screen
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 252
Views: 10,533
+1

Some individuals seem to forget that others also matter - individually, collectively, and to the Pentax company. Pentaxians constitute a relatively small community of smaller groups of individuals with various different aspirations, capabilities, and needs. Regarding any individual's opposition and/or indifference to the positives of a movable screen, consider an example in just one aspect - there will be a group of other photographers whose physical limitations make it difficult or impractical for them to crouch or lie down (and then get up again), and/or to carry more than one camera body and lens, and/or to carry a tripod, and/or simultaneously to manipulate two hand-held devices (camera + smartphone). Pentaxians here and elsewhere have also provided examples of other aspects in which they find a movable screen of benefit to their photography - e.g. macro, astro, street and landscape. A significant number of all these photographers, despite being committed to Pentax, and even though much of their photography is probably done and enjoyed using the OVF, have stated the lack of a movable screen as a reason for not buying the K-3iii. Pentax cannot afford to lose customers this way - yet presumably most Pentaxians would want the company to continue.

Philip
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-02-2022, 01:01 AM  
K-3 III fixed screen
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 252
Views: 10,533
In Pentax Principle #5 we read - "We respect and value the photographic experiences of our users and view this as an invaluable asset. We want to share all the inspiring experiences of our users, from the hardware to the shooting processes, creating and viewing the images."

Pentax gave their users the opportunity to experience a movable rear screen, and not only in their lower level models, long before the production of the K-3iii. It is clear that a significant number of Pentaxians understand and appreciate the extra photographic opportunities, and convenience in ease of use, for several quite different genres of photography, which are offered by the inclusion of a movable rear screen.

It makes one wonder, did Pentax take notice of their own Principle #5 - did they actually find out about, respect and value the experiences of their users "from the hardware to the shooting processes" when designing their only flagship APS-C DSLR?

Philip
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-22-2022, 06:24 AM  
Oh my goodness I might have started some fisticuffs for no reason
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 60
Views: 2,229
Hello, Mike.

In your first paragraph, I wonder if "The idea behind the 'Natural' category is no enhancement of any parameters..." Is actually the case. The raw data is very bland when converted to an image without parameters, so perhaps 'Flat' is the closer Custom Image style to having no enhancement, as Pentax seem to suggest on the Ricoh web site?

Your second paragraph suggests that selecting the 'Natural' category then increasing contrast, saturation, and sharpening, makes it resemble the default 'Bright' settings. "Resemble" is possibly the case but they are not the same. If you set those parameters (i.e. +1) in 'Natural', and alternate the rear screen view with default 'Bright', the colour wheel changes. In particular 'Bright' tends more towards the greens and, for my personal taste I try to avoid what are sometimes described as "radioactive greens!"', while keeping other colours slightly more saturated than in default 'Natural'.

Cheers.
Philip
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-20-2022, 10:13 AM  
Oh my goodness I might have started some fisticuffs for no reason
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 60
Views: 2,229
Lowell, I think you are describing the D-Range settings, which I mentioned in my previous post.

Philip
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-20-2022, 09:33 AM  
Oh my goodness I might have started some fisticuffs for no reason
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 60
Views: 2,229
Returning to the original point (and ignoring the raw/JPEG discussion):- I don't know the workings of the K-3iii but, if it is similar to a KP, a good starting point for JPEG images might be to set the "Natural" Custom Image, with Saturation, Contrast and Fine Sharpening all changed to +1. To help protect highlights and shadows, I usually use the D-Range settings, with ISO no less than 200. If you haven't yet done so, learn how to use the Histogram, which will help you decide whether any exposure compensation (+ or -) might be needed to improve the image. Hopefully, this post might encourage some K-3iii users to suggest other camera settings for your JPEGs.

Philip
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