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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Pentax 11-18 vs Pentax 12-24
Posted By hypermodern
Replies: 13
Views: 790
Ill second that thanks.

And I agree, apart from the chromatic aberration, the 12-24 still looks mighty good.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-27-2019, 02:27 PM  
D FA* 70-200 Communication with Camera Issue
Posted By hypermodern
Replies: 16
Views: 1,717
I have just fixed a very similar issue by tightening the lens mount screws, thank you Not a Number!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-20-2019, 04:42 AM  
New Ricoh camera on the horizon: R02020
Posted By hypermodern
Replies: 189
Views: 13,513
Pentax 67z. 240MP, attaches to an actual tank and with built in satellite phone for control from space.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-28-2018, 01:07 AM  
KP or K3ii?
Posted By hypermodern
Replies: 35
Views: 2,180
I was looking at the 50-135 but in the end I saw a cheap Sigma 50-150 and jumped. The autofocus is reputedly faster and more reliable, which is useful for shooting kids running round the park, but I would believe anyone who told me the Pentax colours and micro contrast are superior. In any case, my kids were 18 months old before they were walking far enough in the park that I needed more reach than 50mm, so you could always wait until 2020.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-27-2018, 01:04 PM  
KP or K3ii?
Posted By hypermodern
Replies: 35
Views: 2,180
Enjoy taking your baby photos! I found that the 35mm f2.4 was fine while they were too young to move around much. To get sharp photos indoors when they started cruising around without pushing the iso too much I picked up a used Sigma 30mm f1.4 (the old EX version, not the more recent and supposedly superior Art version). Really helped the keeper rate. The other thing that has been helpful is the high frame rate and good buffer on my K3ii. Under 2s wont pose for photos!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-10-2018, 12:35 AM  
Help me choose Pentax 16-85 vs Sigma 18-35
Posted By hypermodern
Replies: 21
Views: 1,604
I have never used the 16-85, but it is well-loved by many on the forum. I picked up the 18-35 in good condition second hand for my K3ii. I had to get the sigma USB dock and spend a week tweaking the calibration to make it focus reliably. Now I love it. Fast, sharp, silent autofocus, didn't mind being dropped in the park. Excellent for landscapes (sharp corner to corner) and for shooting indoors with available light. Not so versatile though, often I need more reach. I tend to carry the 70 Limited as well as a 2 lens kit. So if you don't want to switch lenses and you'll be mostly outdoors, or you want it to work straight out of the box, then get the 16-85, if you want to be able to see in the dark and don't mind less reach get the Sigma.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-30-2018, 12:04 AM  
Pentax KP Rejuvenated My Love for Daily Photography
Posted By hypermodern
Replies: 4
Views: 1,052
Glad you are having fun, I definitely agree with you about the Pentax ergonomics. I don't have a KP myself but when I don't want to carry my K3ii I find the K50 is super light and simple to use. I've been toying with getting the 21 Limited as a walk around (walk to work) lens, what do you like about it? Any drawbacks?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-21-2018, 07:20 AM  
Yongnuo mastering P-TTL and HSS: new YN585EX model
Posted By hypermodern
Replies: 139
Views: 30,242
My soldering iron is gathering dust, and if I can't make it work I'll probably invest in a cactus system, so it's a 5 punt or 200.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-20-2018, 07:52 AM  
Yongnuo mastering P-TTL and HSS: new YN585EX model
Posted By hypermodern
Replies: 139
Views: 30,242
The bulb has gone on my 585EX. Does anyone know where I can get a replacement (pref UK/EU distributor)? Is it easy to fit at home?

Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-20-2018, 07:39 AM  
Lens help for a newbie
Posted By hypermodern
Replies: 19
Views: 607
Unless you shoot a lot of wildlife or other telephoto stuff I would hold onto the 50-200 and just upgrade the 18-55. There are various direct upgrades, the most obvious being the Pentax 16-50 f2.8 or the Tamron or Sigma 17-50 f2.8s. I have a Sigma 18-35 f1.8, which is a right diva, but have you thought about a 30 or 35mm fast prime? It opens up shooting in low light and with shallow depth of field, to complement rather than replace your kit zoom.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-20-2018, 07:15 AM  
Over my head and looking for wedding lenses
Posted By hypermodern
Replies: 40
Views: 1,721
I did this for my brother last week (like you I've lurked here for a while and been looking for an excuse to post). I'll tell you what I did and why. Tl;dr: I had a great time, made lots of mistakes, the couple are happy and don't see half the errors I see.

I used a K50 and K3ii. For the ceremony (indoors, small room with 12 guests, lots of light coming in from one window behind the registrar) I used a sigma 18-35 on the K3ii and the DA*55mm on the K50. All stages of the wedding were indoors so I went for wide apertures. I put them that way round because it took me a week of repeatedly tweaking the calibration with the sigma dock to get the autofocus right on the K3ii, so those two are mated for life. No flash, so I'm really having to work the tone curve to bring the bride and groom out of the shadows. I could have shot with the light and got the back of the bride's head over and over, so that was the compromise. Sigma and Pentax glass give slightly different colours, I'm currently trying to balance the temp and hue in Lightroom. Joy.

For the formals I put the K3ii and 18-35 on my cheap bonfoto tripod and used a flash bounced off a white umbrella off to the right to match the direction of the light from the windows above, behind and to the right. My Yongnuo 585 had failed when I tested it the day before so I used a little Voltrox I had. I didn't have any experience doing these kinds of shoots and made some basic mistakes - should have turned the flash down another stop, used a polariser (mother of bride wore glasses) and policed the focal plane - I lost a couple of otherwise nice shots when the couple moved a step towards me.

At the reception (again indoors with window light from one direction) I put the DA*55 on the K3ii and just pottered around aiming to get one nice photo of each guest and several of the bride, groom, mother of the bride. The walls were a deep pink but I had a 18% grey card and just took a pic of that on the table and cracked on. In fact in post I'm liking the pink tones and only dialling them down a little. I also brought the 70 Limited in case I needed a bit more reach, but didn't use it.

I took around 800 photos over the day and I'm going to end up giving the couple about 100, which feels about right. I wanted to get some outdoor shots of the bride and groom but it didn't really fit with the flow of the day. I felt a bit burned-out afterwards and I haven't taken a photo for a week.

The wedding was all done but around 6:30, which in June in the UK is still bright, so I didn't have any evening shooting to do, which would have really tested the high ISO performance or forced me to get my flash skills right. Other top tips: save money on glass through eBay, make use of University of YouTube, but most importantly make a plan. I knew I needed fast glass not long, I knew where the formals were going to be so I could plan my lighting setup, and I had scoped some outdoor locations which we didn't use but could have. I knew what the couple wanted and also what the bride's family wanted from the photos and worked to their requests. If you have any questions then message me. I'm absolutely not an expert, but it sounds like you are in the position I was in three months ago.
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