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Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 04-22-2018, 12:19 PM  
Wow! How this takes me back in time!
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 19
Views: 1,221
Thank you for these perspectives. I should have recalled that photography today covers the ENTIRE range of possibilities. It does appear that it could be rewarding to do film processing. It is very hard for me to imagine myself using this gear and actually achieving something remotely useable, however.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 04-16-2018, 01:12 PM  
Wow! How this takes me back in time!
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 19
Views: 1,221
Who uses this type of equipment these days? I have actually thought about doing film, but decided against it. Did you notice the ad's contact information: Respond by telephone only. Do not text or email. Please call at 2 zero 8-Nine 39-2 six 32.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-08-2018, 09:13 AM  
DSLR vs. DSLM : actual data overview 2012-2018
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 70
Views: 2,538
Interesting. Thanks for preparing and sharing. I wonder what the future holds in store?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-08-2018, 09:08 AM  
Telephoto lens suggestion for APSC and 35mm film cameras
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 22
Views: 881
My DA 55-300 was good enough for outdoors during daylight hours. It was woefully inadequate in a well-lit gymnasium. For that, get a 2.8 something and a more modern dslr - much better high iso - than the 2006 vintage camera I was using at the time.
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-08-2018, 08:58 AM  
I got one - I got one - I got one (K1M2)
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 8
Views: 1,236
Congrats! Remarkable that it was ahead of those others.

Did you have the first edition? Let us know how the update is.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-06-2018, 07:47 AM  
Pentax Colors
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 11
Views: 1,009
Very little other camera use - Canon point and shoots from years ago. The Pentax is much newer and overall image quality, including colors, is generations better. Of my two Pentax cameras, at low ISO, i like the CCD picture colors better, and my DA 17-70 lens seems to produce great colors, moreso than the other lenses. This is likely subjective, I'm thinking. I mostly shoot jpeg and at base camera settings, so camera processing adjustments are part of that as well.

This is an off-topic comment, but I have wondered if post processing can change virtually ANYTHING about a digital photo to have it be what one wants. Some say that some lens characteristics cannot be duplicated in post processing, but I don't have the gears nor the skill to determine that for myself.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-19-2018, 08:28 PM  
Top Ten of the the 10 best selling cameras in Japan
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 40
Views: 2,165
5 DSLR's (3 full frame)
3 mirrorless
2 point and shoot

So if that represents the market it would appear that DSLR's and APS-C and full frame still have a viable place. So that may be good news for Pentax. Or am I extrapolating too far with too little data?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-03-2018, 07:31 PM  
I've been Megabitten
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 41
Views: 1,960
I'm very much an amateur, but here is what I've learned. In terms of image quality, my largest improvements are due to a. the computer monitor I'm viewing the photos on, b. the lens used, and, lastly, the body, in that order. I shoot mostly in jpeg. The camera bodies are K100d Super, and K-5.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-26-2018, 06:18 PM  
Maximum ISO for flash work
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 28
Views: 987
I did a quick Google query and found no good guidance for the maximum iso that I should use for flash work. Do you all have a maximum Iso that you will never exceed for flash work?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-25-2018, 08:22 PM  
Worth getting the Pentax 15mm HD if you have the Pentax 21MM lens already?
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 46
Views: 1,680
Very nice. Thanks for sharing. I can understand now why you like the lens so much.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-25-2018, 06:19 PM  
Worth getting the Pentax 15mm HD if you have the Pentax 21MM lens already?
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 46
Views: 1,680
Why do you say that, Norm? Why not give it a review in the lens review section?

---------- Post added Feb 25th, 2018 at 07:26 PM ----------



Yes, unless you already have something good that is wider than 21. I could not imagine having a lens set with 21 as my widest. I'd be limited is a large way. The question is....how wide do you need to go? Would the 15 be enough? It would be for me, but everyone's needs and wants vary.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-21-2018, 05:30 PM  
Looks like the K-1II is Official
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 117
Views: 8,639
I agree with you - mostly the Mark II versions are better in enough ways. I have the Pentax ME, but wish I had the Super version that followed it. I have the K100d Super, which I'm very glad to have over the K100d. I have K5, but wish (used to wish) I had the K5IIS. I haven't followed the K-1 upgrade conversation, but how much room is left to improve it? I thought it was pretty darn special coming out of the gate as it was.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 02-18-2018, 09:58 PM  
Precision Camera
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 4
Views: 573
The tracking number not being recognized sounds a bit odd. You would think they would extend the warranty, but you would probably have to ask for it specially, since there is likely no other mechanism that would automatically grant the extra time.

I had a lens repaired by Precision Camera, not under warranty. The total time was just under 3 months from sent to received back again. Based on that, the repair time of your lens is reasonable.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-10-2018, 03:01 PM  
Just got the DA* 16-50mm and DA* 50-135mm
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 13
Views: 891
Yes, I see. Thanks for the clarification on that.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-09-2018, 08:54 AM  
Which lens next: Your opinions?
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 29
Views: 1,373
i was about to ask why no one recommended this lens. Sharp, modern, small, relatively affordable. The smaller max aperture should not be too much of a give up.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-09-2018, 08:45 AM  
Just got the DA* 16-50mm and DA* 50-135mm
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 13
Views: 891
Sorry that you had bad initial luck on the lens, with SDM. I also have these lenses, bought each used, but in good shape. I think the IQ of both are great. The SDM issue is always lurking. The 16-50 needed repair for a frozen zoom. i also have a DA 17-70 and I like it also quite a lot. The SDM on that had issues and needed repair also. It also has the 50-70 mm focus issues that one frequently reads about.

Why did you get the 16-50 if you already had the Sigma? I thought about the Sigma and Tamron versions also before I purchased the 16-50, but what led me to the lens was the WR and I looked at hundreds of photos online and I liked the ones from the 16-50 better.
Forum: Pentax KP 02-07-2018, 06:54 PM  
Thoughts on the KP by a K1 and K3 User
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 19
Views: 2,379
Very good information and thanks for sharing. I'm thinking of my own potential upgrade path, so this is very useful.
Forum: Pentax K-5 02-06-2018, 05:43 PM  
Post Your K5IIs Pictures Here!
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 2,226
Views: 313,282
Nice photos. I always enjoy the Blue Angels - very impressive. I have to tell you, though, the first photo is upside down.
Forum: Pentax K-5 02-06-2018, 05:41 PM  
K5 is the best
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 22
Views: 2,554
That is exactly when I got my K-5 second hand. I've enjoyed it all this time since.




Mine performs just as well now as when I got it. It is hard to justify a change when it does everything that I need it to do, it is reliable, I enjoy using it, and the photos look great.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-04-2018, 12:55 PM  
Pentax * lenses do they live up to the reputation and why
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 56
Views: 3,621
I have *16-50 and * 50-135, but I have a relatively small database to compare to otherwise. For these two lenses however, I believe both of mine are wonderful, optically. Other benefits are 2.8, WR, and a general sense of build toughness. That said, however, the 16-50 recently needed to be repaired due to the zoom mechanism being frozen. I've not had the SDM issue, but I'm always prepared for it to occur. These lenses are better on all fronts than my non-* lenses, save for cost and portability, but the DA 17-70 is very close to the 16-50 in IQ, and has its own set of pros and cons. Again, I've limited lens experience, but my two * lenses do what I'm led to believe lenses of this ilk should do. Slightly different perspective, but the 16-50 is often compared to the Tamron and Sigma 2.8's. Of the three lenses (Pentax, Tamron, and Sigma) I've looked at hundreds of photos from these on Flickr and I almost always come away with the impression that I like the *16-50 photos best. Others very much disagree, but IMHO the *16-50 is a better shooter than either of the other two. I might be biased, but I really am trying to look at the example photos with a clear objective head.
Forum: General Photography 02-04-2018, 12:36 PM  
Just Jpg Shooters?
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 108
Views: 3,236
2 cents for sure here. I shoot only in jpeg and probably give up a lot of potential goodness in the final photos, though I'm still mostly happy with the results. Quite often what I shoot are the high school proms and other formals, and both the kids and parents seem to want photos uploaded immediately. This is not paid, of course. Both the kids and quite a few parents seem to like my photos for the most part. The kids look great, but my ability to capture is likely in the broad average range. After the shooting event I just eliminate the obvious delete photos and create a sharable Flickr album, and then send a link for that. Almost no PP, but I might crop a bit, lighten, and sharpen a bit, but not much more as it would take time. I am actually somewhat jealous of the Raw shooters, but that is another discussion.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-23-2018, 06:30 PM  
Is it make sense to trade 16-50 for 16-85?
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 36
Views: 2,073
As a few others, I'm comparing only my 16-50 and DA 17-70, and I lean to 16-50 for events. The extra aperture helps more than the little bit of extra zoom, especially for events, some of which are in lower light. I'm not sure how the optical qualities of 16-50 compares to 16-85, but I'm very happy with my 16-50.
Forum: General Photography 01-20-2018, 02:32 PM  
What do you do with your photos?
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 37
Views: 1,512
Regrettably, not enough. Edited and stored on the computer. For sharing I make an album on Flickr and share that way. I haven't printed and one is used as the computer background. Sounds like from others that I might get some satisfaction if I printed more, but I'm really not well versed on that aspect. It seems like there is SO MUCH information on printing that I don't know where to begin - that sounds like a cheap excuse, doesn't it?

After a while, I go into each photo directory, organized by month and year, and delete photos. It is easy to see after a year or two that there are relatively fewer photos that are necessary to define the event or location, so I'll just keep those and still know that I have enough.

Good question, and thanks for asking.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-19-2018, 10:58 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #136 Poll (Flowers Up Close - December 2017)
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 57
Views: 4,334
A lot of talent on display here. A LOT of talent. Much more than I have, and maybe a little more equipment also. Congrats to all the entrants, amazing job, all.
Forum: Pentax K-5 01-17-2018, 10:27 AM  
K5 is the best
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 22
Views: 2,554
Haven't heard it said like that before. I have to agree entirely, though. How true. Nice photos, by the way. I also toy with the one camera/one fixed lens idea, especially for hiking and general travel, but have not been brave enough to actually do that yet. I used to do it, you know, back in the day. Pentax ME and 50 mm f/1.4 and I was quite happy.

I have a K-5 and I believe I'm supposed to upgrade, but I'm not getting the new camera urge. Sorry about that. K-5 is a great camera, still.
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