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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-29-2019, 10:40 AM  
Adding a Fujifilm X-T2 to the family?
Posted By szs
Replies: 13
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thanks, I'll have a look at it

---------- Post added 2019-04-29 at 12:48 ----------

thanks. The EVF seems to have a setting (boost mode?) where you can increase the fps, so that it's not laggy, in case one feels that with the normal mode. The EVF being smaller is not such big of a deal. It might even be an advantage for me as I am wearing glasses and supposedly it's easier to see the whole frame on a somewhat smaller EVF if your eye is a few mm further away from it.

That leaves the X-T30 having better video and image quality and being smaller, which I like, and are two of my important points....

On the downside it's more expensive, not weatherproof and (that's a minor thing) it doesn't have as many buttons and doesn't have a dedicated ISO wheel. I tend to change settings a lot, so that's a negative point (according to me) but a minor one.

I guess I'll wait a few month, put a few hundred $$$ more on the side and buy the X-T30, then??
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-27-2019, 12:52 PM  
Adding a Fujifilm X-T2 to the family?
Posted By szs
Replies: 13
Views: 608
Hello, thanks.

I think this will be my mid to long term path.... I am also wanting to get a K1 for some time. Problem is, this will be a bit of an investment in time and money (selling the APS-C gear and buying the K1 with at least one decent lens to start with)

But good and reassuring to hear that you went that way and are happy.

Cheers, Steffen

---------- Post added 2019-04-27 at 14:54 ----------

Hello, thanks.

I looked at the X-T30, and what I don't like about it is that it has the X-T20's EVF, which I only read and saw negative comments about. The sensor and video capabilities seem to be better than those of the X-T2, but not too much, apparently. Also it costs roughly twice what the X-T2 costs!

Cheers, Steffen

---------- Post added 2019-04-27 at 14:57 ----------

Hello, thanks for the comments.

FF is also a project, but a different one ;)

Sony is great, I know, but in my experience always more expensive in comparison to similar products of other brands.

Haven't looked at the X-E3, will do that.

Cheers, Steffen

---------- Post added 2019-04-27 at 15:04 ----------

Hello, thanks. I will have a look at som m4/3... after all, they *are* smaller and can be more affordable.

---------- Post added 2019-04-27 at 15:06 ----------

I don't know about the X-T1, but the X-T20 and X-T30 seem to have the same (or similar) EVF, which is small and laggy; and the X-T2 and X-T3 seem to have the same (or similar) EVF, which is supposed to be one of the best ones out there. And as I am used to optical VFs, I don't want to make a compromise there....

Cheers, Steffen
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-25-2019, 10:49 AM  
Adding a Fujifilm X-T2 to the family?
Posted By szs
Replies: 13
Views: 608
Hello Pentaxonians,

I recently have been tempted to get a (possibly used) Fujifilm X-T2, while of course keeping my K5 and K3-II.

The reasons are:
  • trying out shooting video

  • have a smaller camera for street and travel

  • trying out Fuji glass

  • getting a new toy ;)

I chose this camera after an afternoon of comparing specs and reviews online. So I am quite sure, the camera suits my wishes without ripping a huge hole in my bank account.

My question to you is: Concerning the first two points on the list, are there comparable cameras in that price range (500-1000 US$).

The features I am looking for most are:

  • 4K video

  • weight <600g

  • size (carry around, fit in small camera bag)

  • excellent EVF or optical VF

  • good manual controls (no need for scene programs etc.)

  • APS-C or bigger sensor

  • good dynamic range

  • good AF (at least better than on the K5 and K3 ;) )

, roughly in that order. There are other nice-to-haves but I think the list is already large enough....

To be clear, I am not asking you to do the research for me, but rather if you have a camera that does all of that, or you were between the X-T2 and another camera, I would appreciate you mention it, so I can look it up.

Thank you, have a nice day, evening, night, wherever you are,

Forum: Photographic Technique 03-12-2019, 06:24 PM  
Choice of focal length; fascinating YT video.
Posted By szs
Replies: 8
Views: 854
The whole channel is absolutely worthwhile. One of a handful at most....
Forum: Sold Items 02-04-2019, 03:35 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 8-16mm HSM Pentax mount (APSC lens)
Posted By szs
Replies: 11
Views: 1,120
Oh man! Could somebody please lend me 400 US$ to buy this!
Forum: Sold Items 01-31-2019, 03:36 PM  
For Sale - Sold: MC Zenitar 16mm 2.8 Fish Eye (Full frame lens) M42 (M42 to K mount adapter included)
Posted By szs
Replies: 1
Views: 596
PM from me :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-30-2019, 08:37 PM  
People Aviatrix
Posted By szs
Replies: 12
Views: 1,026
Noooooo! I was just going to compliment you on *not* doing the obvious, but leaving all this negative space above. Together with the title that is very strong, in my opinion. You could leave even more on top and on the left, where she's looking at. A lot of empty space to be filled with this aviatrix' experiences....

Cheers, Steffen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-30-2019, 07:31 PM  
Black & White Scanning old negatives
Posted By szs
Replies: 3
Views: 363
I found a small but flat LED ceiling light in the hardware store. I just had to attach a cable, switch and a plug and build a wooden frame for it.

I used an old Exakta Zoom lens. I tested my old Auto-Revuenon 50mm and Sigma 135mm but I had trouble matching the right amount of extension tubes with a feasible stand to put the camera at the right distance. But that is something that can be fixed. As far as I remember, all the lenses showed some softness on a test image with hard contrasts and thin lines. I'll do some more tests to find the best solution. The lenses are actually very sharp without the extension tubes....

Of course, a dedicated macro lens would be better, but I wanted to try with existing equipment first. The Exakta Zoom has a macro mode, but only up to 1:4, so I would loose a lot of resolution. What I am missing (in general and for this application) is a sharp 28mm or 35mm prime lens. So that went straight to the top of my shopping list over the course of this experiment :lol:

I keep the tipp with the enlarger lenses in mind.... Thanks for that!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-30-2019, 10:48 AM  
Black & White Scanning old negatives
Posted By szs
Replies: 3
Views: 363
Hello Pentaxonians,

I built a simple film-negative scanning setup from materials I bought in a hardware store (one of the big chains) for maybe 20 US$. It is a little flimsy, but it is only the first prototype. I hope to enhance it over time or build a new one with what I have learned.

Background is, I have a million film-negatives and some positives from three decades or so which I don't want to just let rot in the closet. So I decided to scan one or another, probably only the keepers.

The photo I posted is the first result. It is a picture of my children more than 10 years ago in the south of Mexico. My daughter loved washing clothes by hand in the hostel and my son loved watching her which gave me the chance to walk around and make a few photos.

The original was taken on a Canon AE-1, probably with a 50mm, which was my favourite lens. Film was Ilford FP4 plus. I don't remember aperture and shutter speed, but probably f/8 or f/5.6 and 1/60 or so, nothing fancy.

The scan was done with my K-3 II. The light source is a DIY light table using an LED ceiling light with a colour temperature of supposedly 6000K and bright enough to use ISO 100, f/8 and a short shutter speed.

I used a macro extension tube to be able to focus at 8cm. The result is a bit soft at the edges and corners. But for the application, I find it good enough. After all, I do resolve the grain in the original files....

I am happy to give more details on the setup if somebody is interested.

Cheers, Steffen
Forum: Photo Critique 01-16-2019, 06:48 PM  
People Portrait with Lights
Posted By szs
Replies: 2
Views: 495
Hehe, In fact I wanted to express the mood that I am in while the holidays approach. I don't like all the hassle and forced encounters with family etc.... In the end it all turns out well, but I always stress out for a month or so.
Forum: Photo Critique 01-16-2019, 10:51 AM  
Macro Comments please
Posted By szs
Replies: 6
Views: 792

not much to be said here, nice subject, nice background (the white horizontal line crossing the leaf makes it interesting) and nice execution.

Cheers, Steffen
Forum: Photo Critique 01-16-2019, 10:49 AM  
Landscape Is this good or meh?
Posted By szs
Replies: 15
Views: 1,215

I like the reflection on the snow and water in the middle, but I don't like the background and foreground. Not much to see there....

Maybe this would work in a square crop, centering on the reflections in the middle. It would probably end up being somewhat abstract, but why not?

Cheers, Steffen
Forum: Photo Critique 01-16-2019, 10:45 AM  
Landscape To Crop or not to Crop?
Posted By szs
Replies: 11
Views: 1,159

I would not crop out the sun. But I would crop out the lowest 10-15%, so that the shoreline starts in the lower right corner (more or less). You would get a triangle of pebble beach in the lower left and a triangle of blue sky in the upper right. And these contrasting the horizontal opposite shoreline and the reflections of the mountains.

Cheers, Steffen
Forum: Photo Critique 01-16-2019, 10:39 AM  
Landscape First play with an nd filter
Posted By szs
Replies: 5
Views: 580

I agree with what jawsy pointed out.

I think the strongest components are 1) the white wavetops. They create drama and a stormy feel. Nothing to change here. 2) the lighter parts on top of the rocks (vegetation?). I'd highlight those a little more 3) the dramatic sky. Maybe you can play around with contrast/clarity/local contrast/zones so that they are even more structured and there is more drama. The latter is just an idea, might be too much.

Cheers, Steffen
Forum: Photo Critique 01-16-2019, 10:34 AM  
People Linda Looking Over Matagorda Bay
Posted By szs
Replies: 4
Views: 548
Hello Don,

I like candit shots of people, as they show the person in a natural way.

Concerning the photo:

* I would prefer a bigger crop. The hat is cut on the right, and more importantly, there is no space. I feel the composition is to heavy (if that word makes sense), no air. Even more so as she is looking somewhere far, I would like to get a sense of that "farness".
* I would prefer a little less sharpness or clarity. I like textures, specially on skin and hair, but too much is distracting. I am looking more at the textiles and the little wrinkles than her expression.

Just my 2

Cheers, Steffen
Forum: Photo Critique 01-16-2019, 09:29 AM  
People Portrait with Lights
Posted By szs
Replies: 2
Views: 495
Hello critics,

this should have been my contribution to last month's "Lights"-contest, but I never got around to post it, because I was traveling a lot and the general holiday chaos.... But I would anyway like to get some opinions on this image.

* How do you like the colours? I had to do some PP to get the colours "right" the camera produced an orangy tint....
* How do you like the crop. I intentionally used landscape to get the dark areas on the sides. What do you think?

Of course, any other comments are welcome!

Cheers, Steffen
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-25-2018, 05:30 AM  
Shadow alert on the K-3 missing?
Posted By szs
Replies: 6
Views: 500
Thanks for the replies.

I found the "shadow correction" but read that it only affects the jpeg, so if you postprocess the raws anyways, you can leave it off.

So the visual alert *has* been removed. That's a pity, because I usually underexpose images because of the great low light performance, maintaining details in the sky etc. while being able to recover dark parts in PP. So I like to have a visual feedback when I go to far with the underexposing....

I guess I'll get used to it.

But it's just a software feature! They should have just left it as it was!

cheers, Steffen
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-25-2018, 03:05 AM  
Shadow alert on the K-3 missing?
Posted By szs
Replies: 6
Views: 500
Hello and happy holidays!

I finally did get the K-3II I have been thinking about so long. I own a K-5 since a year and a half.

One thing I haven't found, and it puzzles me: On the K-5 there is a "Bright/dark areas" switch in the menus for the instant review and the replay. On the K-3II there is only "Highlight alert". And in fact, there is only the red flashing area on overexposed areas, but not the yellow flashing area on underexposed areas.

Is this feature missing? Or have I simply not found the right setting to change?

Cheers, Steffen
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 12-21-2018, 06:21 AM  
Need guidance in responding to a possible troll or just venting
Posted By szs
Replies: 18
Views: 1,508
My advice would also be: ignore it. Choose the battles you want to fight. Don't let anyone drag you into one.
Forum: General Photography 12-06-2018, 11:18 AM  
1000 year long exposure!
Posted By szs
Replies: 24
Views: 1,553
The centre of any star (except maybe a brown dwarf) is so hot that most radiation is way more energetic than visible light. And quite bright....
Forum: Photo Critique 12-06-2018, 08:34 AM  
Landscape Bodie, CA
Posted By szs
Replies: 9
Views: 776
I see. It's a pity, but its certainly the reasonable thing. Otherwise this place would look like that in a month or less. Not because of the careful photographer trying to get a better angle, I am just imagining a bunch of children sticking their chewing gum under the tables....

As a final remark: Thanks for sharing! Great photos! Great location!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-06-2018, 08:01 AM  
Landscape Pinhole Landscape Images
Posted By szs
Replies: 14
Views: 940
I posted this on another thread: Pinhole Lens Club -

And one more, with a little bit of PP:

---------- Post added 2018-12-06 at 09:04 ----------

You are right, pinholes show us what the glass actually does.

For the sake of getting out of common ways, igniting creativity, and simply get another view on subjects, I really enjoy pinholes and can strongly recommend to get one and spend a few days with it. Also I do like the appeal of some of the photos! Soft, uncertain, weird, old-school....
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-06-2018, 07:45 AM  
People Homemade Pinhole Self Portrait
Posted By szs
Replies: 7
Views: 2,666
Second that
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-05-2018, 01:02 AM  
Pinhole Lens Club
Posted By szs
Replies: 12
Views: 1,959
And here we go.... The first one is made with the pinhole, the second one (for reference) with the Auto Revuenon 50mm.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-05-2018, 12:58 AM  
Why Medium Format?
Posted By szs
Replies: 21
Views: 1,778
You did certainly not disappoint me, all the contrary! It is interesting to see how different the joys are that everyone draws from a seemingly so similar activities. I liked you comment because it made me think about what *I* enjoy while making photos. And I guess it is two different things, sometimes separated by days or weeks: For one, similar to you, I enjoy handling the camera and the lens, composing, kneeling down, lying down, trying different angles etc. And that is satisfied as soon as I feel that I got the shot I wanted. A totally different joy comes from opening (or rediscovering) photos on the computer and postprocessing them. And also sharing them and finding out what others like or dislike about them.

Finally, coming from a divorced father, maybe your daughter just needed an "excuse" to share something with you. And it worked....
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