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Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-22-2013, 05:09 AM  
Goodbye Pentax...
Posted By quintinir
Replies: 14
Views: 1,018
Dear all,
I know this section is for "welcome", but I couldn't find a better section for a "goodbye".
I have been a pentaxian for about 25 years, since I bought my first film reflex, then I moved to the K10D and then K5.
In my last years as Pentaxian I was a little bit upset about lack of Pentax presence where I live (italy) and I suffered for lack of used market, new lenses in the main shops etc.
I realized reading this forum that this was a common topic, whether you are in NY or London or Italy, so I lived with it. I also had some complain with my camera about sharpeness and AF etc.
A month ago, while on holiday in France, all my stuff has been stoled. The bag, the lenses , the camera, everything...
Back home, I reviewed the market offer and at the end, since I have to restart from scratch, I decided to go for a Nikon D7100. So I decided to leave Pentax after 25 years and I feel a little
bit guilty with this. Don't want to leave without few words... After a month of usage I can tell you that the K5 has nothing less. The ergonomic is better for the K5 and sharpness, well,
it is really all a matter of lenses not of camera body. My first lens with D71000 I returned after a week and purchased a sigma 17-70, not even a Nikon lens. Now it works great but I suspect that
would work well also on the K5. I am learning how to customize all the D7100 settings so it looks as much as possible similar to my K5 (crazy but out of the box you don't even see how many ISO you are shoting,
and the picture you take is not displayed after the shot!).
I read now the Nikon forums and I see same complains on some Nikon lens as I read here on Pentax lens etc.
So really no big point to change unless they stole everything to you! So keep going with Pentax as they do great cameras and you have to be proud of it.
Wish you all the best
Riccardo
P.S. will remain a member as I love the context and galleries.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-27-2013, 07:09 AM  
Sticky: Contest Rules, Procedures, & How to Submit
Posted By quintinir
Replies: 275
Views: 146,107
Ok, found it, thanks. (10 votes, sigh. Very strong competition...)
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-27-2013, 06:12 AM  
Sticky: Contest Rules, Procedures, & How to Submit
Posted By quintinir
Replies: 275
Views: 146,107
Sorry if I ask something already asked... there are 11 pages of post here and could not find this.
I have posted photos for some old context, for example "snow" end of 2012. I can see who the winners are, but how can I go back and see the full list of photos and scores for that particular context? Would like to see if I got zero votes or 10 or what... I can do this for the latest context but don't know how to check the past one. Thanks
Riccardo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-16-2012, 07:38 AM  
snow happiness
Posted By quintinir
Replies: 1
Views: 416
many landscapes with snow... only one with snow and happiness
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-13-2012, 11:28 AM  
Quick review of new Canon Pixma MG6350
Posted By quintinir
Replies: 1
Views: 5,367
Hi all,
about 2 months ago I posted here asking feedback on a couple of photo printer for home use.
Apparently no one is printing here, because nobody had tested them.
Later on I realised that what I was considering was really new and only now, 2 months later, the first few reviews appears.
I come from a 7-8 years old HP AIO photosmart printer and wanted something better just for photos.
Also my HP ink was expiring too often because I used it so little that almost every time I print I need to replace a cartridge (tp be honest, it prints anyway, but suggests to change it).
So I decided to change and evaluated Epson expression XP-700 and XP-750 photo printers until I run into the annoucement of the Canon Pixma MG6350. At the end I purchased this one for few bucks more than the Epson. The main driver in my choice has been that it has 6 colors including grey for B/W printing and because of the drop size of 1nL instead of 1.5nL. This gives a print resolution of 9600dpi vs 5500+ of Epson, but who knows if this makes the difference... I guess is all marketing because at the end when I print from PS6 or LR4 the default print resolution is 240dpi ( I tested at 300 just to change the defaults) and seems to be enough. The 2 Epson mentioned have either 5 or 6 colors but with the light cyan and magenta, not with the grey. Since I like B/W photo I thought this could make a difference. If you are interested, they are now both (epson and canon) reviewed on digitalversus web site with the same score.
Anyway, back to my experience with the Canon.
First the defects.
The setup is not so easy, and the ink cartridges dropped ink on the flor and my hands when I opened the seals. Never happended with HP.
It install a lot of useles sw stuff for us. Everybody here has PS or LR or picasa or more sw. Another bridge-like sw is useless. I would have preferred to spend 10$ less and no sw.
When I put a sheet of photographic paper in a try containing already normal paper (I put the photo paper on top just when I want to print 1 photo, leaving the normal paper under it), 3 out of 3 times it picked up 2 sheets and printed on the normal paper instead of the photo paper. In this way I wasted a ton of ink. So now if I want to print 1 photo I remove all the paper, put only 1 sheet of photo paper and print.
Finally, after 10 photo or so, I checked the ink level and it is already down 20% of the capacity. Gulp... I hope it is because 99,9% is considered like 80% (the graph is divided into 5 segments and 1 is empty for all inks already). If it really consumed 20% of the ink then it is way much more expensive of my old HP.
Last but not least I first tried to print on my HP hi quality poto paper because I have a ton of it left. The first A4 print I did was terrible, really terrible. Ink everywhere, lines across the page etc. I tested then on 10x15 (A6) paper and the details are not that great. The box included 3 sheet of canon paper, tested with those the same photo was much better with smaller and sharper details.
So I ordered A4 and A6 canon paper.
And here we can move to the good news, finally.
I printed on A4 canon glossy plus II paper and the result is amazing!! the photo is perfect. This is all I wanted from a photo printer and I could not believe that using the same paper brand like the ink could make such a big difference. So now I know that I have to use one sheet only in the try and that ink is consumed very fast, but I can finally print lab quality photo (or better, I think). ALso B/W photo looks perfect, you have to play with the tone a little bit to make it colder but then is exactly like on the screen.
I want finally say that I am playing with the LR4 features of simulating the print on screen. When you are in development module you flag "monitor test" flag under the photo (I am translating in english my italian LR interface, so maybe the button name is different), then select the "create copy for color test" under the istogram and then you can select the printer model and paper in the color profile drop down menu. Your photo will be printed exactly as you see it, so here you will want to adjust lightness and other stuff because you will immediately see that applying the printer profile the photo is very different fromt the prophoto or adobe profile you were probably using before.

I hope this helps in chosing a printer. For me this now works well, I am only concerned about the ink cost but it is too early to say (it is not even in the shop yet!! Canon plese sell ink when you sell printers, not one year later).

Bye
Riccardo
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-30-2012, 02:57 PM  
Epson printer review for Expression Premium XP- 700
Posted By quintinir
Replies: 3
Views: 3,874
well, the epson pro3880 costs here 1204 euros vs 100-170 of the 3 printers I mentioned... so of course must print well.
I was hoping to print well also with one of these 3 since I will never print more than A4 (or less, as you do). The 3880 prints up to A2+ so after 4 prints my home walls would be fully covered :-)
Unbelievable that nobody prints indeed, but I think you are right. Once a year or so I collect all the best pictures and print online but is not the same for sure... I want to see it coming out of the printer as I used to print B/W photo myself many many years ago...
bye
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-30-2012, 11:33 AM  
Epson printer review for Expression Premium XP- 700
Posted By quintinir
Replies: 3
Views: 3,874
Hello
I was going to replace my old printer with an Epson Stylus Photo PX720WD which was a good bargain in my shop.
Before purchasing I read many good reviews, but then went to the Epson site where about this model they say: replaced by Epson Stylus Photo PX730WD.
So I read the review for 730WD and this is also a good printer, but moer expensive.
Then I went to the Epson site again and noticed that also this printer as been obsoleted and replaced (suggestion by Epson web site) by Epson Expression Premium XP- 700.

Now, this latest printer does not exist in any shop I could check. I could not find any review anywhere.
Apparently has been announced at Photokina in 2012 but maybe too new for being sold in italy.
Anyway I can buy it from Epson italy web site, but without reading any review I don't want to risk.

Also, while 720WD and 730WD have 6 inks, this has only 5, so shouldn't be lower quality in theory?
The ink type changed so maybe the new ink can do better with less cartridges.
Also the drop size changed and this also seems and improvement.

For the rest, 720WD is cheaper, then 730WD and the XP-700 is the most expensive.

So the questions are: are you aware of any XP-700 review anywhere? do you know if it is better or worse from the other 2 models?
would you buy an old model that is in the shops but not more on the web site? (you need to do a search to find it, otherwise is not listed in the models).

I do not plan to print too much, but from time to time I would like to print a good A4 picture.

Thanks for suggestions
Riccardo

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-19-2012, 12:39 AM  
Photokina 2012 Interview with Pentax: Post your shout-outs and comments for Pentax!
Posted By quintinir
Replies: 103
Views: 12,554
Same issue about marketing and distribution channel here in italy.
Pentax does not exist in big electronic chains (Mediaword, saturn, euronics, trony, darty etc) where they sell only Nikon and Canon, and most recently panasonic and sony but never ever Pentax. Only few shops dedicated only to photography have Pentax (1 in my city) but I can buy Nikon and Canon everywhere. The used stuff market is much bigger for Nikon and Canon because everybody knows these brands much better. On TV, when you see sport events or political events all the photographer that you can see have either canon or nikon on their shoulders... maybe giving a pentax for free to major photographer would help? sponsor F1? something big to relaunch....
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-03-2012, 05:24 AM  
can I automatically delete dng when export to Jpeg?
Posted By quintinir
Replies: 10
Views: 1,161
I love when I make a technical question and a philosophic discussion starts :-)

Anyway I think Jatrax answered technically part of my questions. I need to use selection and filters in the right order and I can achieve a time saving in the process. So I understand that the "export and delete original" option does not exists in LR but with the right filter I can do with just an extra step. Fine.

About my second question, being able to refresh the library automatically (as it happens in Picasa as soon as a new picture is loaded in the monitored folders) I am still not sure if it is impossible (because of LR philosophy) or it is me not finding the right setting. If anybody knows how to do it... the problem again is that when I export even just one picure to jpg it does not appear in the thumbnail view of that library. If I manually sync the library than it is the only picture that appear and I have to go back on the left side and select the original folder then finally I see old and new pictures. Can this happen automatically like in Picasa?

thanks to all.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-02-2012, 07:02 AM  
can I automatically delete dng when export to Jpeg?
Posted By quintinir
Replies: 10
Views: 1,161
believe me... when you go on holiday with family you do hundreds of shots of childrens in the swimmingpool etc. You do not dare to delete anything (just because are your childrens :-) but you end up with 200 pictures all looking the same and you will never edit them again (nor print). You just can't delete your sons but don't want to waste 23Mbx200 either.... you can keep them in jpg with regretting later.
Storage is cheap, but you want also to do backup, have a copy on the other PC and so on... so I prefer to keep the situation under control upfront. Now I do it manually anyway...
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-02-2012, 06:24 AM  
can I automatically delete dng when export to Jpeg?
Posted By quintinir
Replies: 10
Views: 1,161
Hi all,
I would like a smarter way to do the following process, which I think is common to many people.

I shot in raw only (dng).
Then I review all the pictures quickly and delete unwanted pictures (20% worst)
The remaining, I select the 20% best shot and on these I do (or plan to do later) some editing in LR (increase details, convert to BW, eliminate noise etc.).
I don't do the editing step above for all the others "average" pictures (60%). Maybe I just apply a default setting to these but anyway more or less are untouched.
Then I would like to convert all the "average" pictures to jpeg with 100% quality and remove their DNG copy which takes too much space.

Today I have to select all the "untouched" pictures, go to export menu, save them in the same folder with 100% quality, then sync the library so each picture is displayed (twice: dng and jpg), then filter for dng pictures only, then distiguish the untouched "average" pictures (which could be touched by applying a default setting but not edited manually) from the best pictures that I edited, then delete the dng of the "average" pictures keeping the best picture dng, then sync the library again so I don't have all the duplicates displayed.
After this process I have the 20% best pictures in dng, and the average pictures only in jpg.

I would like at least being able to "export and delete original dng" in automatic way in one step, and refresh the library display automatically so jpg appears immediately after the export. Is it possible?
Thanks a lot.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-11-2012, 05:55 AM  
fence across the sea
Posted By quintinir
Replies: 0
Views: 287
wood bridge across the sea in cost azzure (france).
Forum: Pentax K-5 07-24-2012, 12:20 AM  
What really triggers a new exposure set?
Posted By quintinir
Replies: 6
Views: 1,440
Again thanks both. Basically I understand that the camera is not broken and TAv is not the best with flash. So I am happy with that. Will learn the rest.
I always thought that flash (beside increasing or decresing the power manually from the menu) send out a fixed ammount of light (which the camera FW should know in advance I hope) and so set the rest knowing what is going to happen. You are saying that flash adapts its power to the setting (" the flash fills in with the rest of the light for correct exposure" and "let your flash take care of making it possible") that I select (and of course if I chose 1/180 with ISO100 my flash probably is not enough).
For me this is really a big new thing, so I will try to do real tests with this in mind.
Bye
Riccardo
Forum: Pentax K-5 07-23-2012, 12:31 PM  
What really triggers a new exposure set?
Posted By quintinir
Replies: 6
Views: 1,440
Thanks for answering so quickly.
JohnX: Ehm....Good question :-) I am afraid I don't have any. As said I have not done really tests... when I notice that I get 3200 (consider I always start from 1/250) I just start playing with all the settings and different objects and even switch off and on the camera again, until I find a better compromise time/iso/aperture and at the end I shot only with something that "sounds better". For example If I switch on the camera and have (from the last time) 1/250, f8 and gives me 3200, then I try 125 then 60 and maybe f5.6 until I see ISO 400. So I don't think I have at hand example shot with the first exposure proposed by my camera. The point is that sometime I have the feeling that I change speed and aperture and 3200 remains there. But you are right, next time I will shot anyway and see what happens. I suspect that if the pictures looks good then I have to trust my camera right?

Fogel70: will do the obvious test mentioned above, so maybe you are right and is my underestimate. The reason why I don't think so, is that I had a K10D before the K5, and with that I could really never use more than ISO400, never the less I was shoting as much as now and I leave in the same place and do the same things... so I don't want to say that the K10D can make the same picture with ISO400 while K5 needs 3200, but just that my personal "feeling" is based on the fact that I used to take shot in similar condition with lower ISO. But as you say is subjective.... so I might be wrong.
As far as the hint on the flash.. this is a great info! I didn't know this thing and it explains a lot of other situations.... So if I want to set time and aperture without using auto ISO what should I use? Full manual? Or better question... how can I have auto ISO understand that there will be a lot more light when I shot? there must be a way to use the flash to make light (not just autofill) and therefore predict how much ISO is needed (not based on the ambient light I have before shoting but on the light I will have durig the shot).
Hope this question is clear... not sure I phrased it clearly (obviousy I am not native english speaking).

anyway thanks again
Forum: Pentax K-5 07-23-2012, 11:21 AM  
What really triggers a new exposure set?
Posted By quintinir
Replies: 6
Views: 1,440
Forgive me if I cannot be very precise in exposing my issue. I know I should have done a lot of tests to troubleshoot this, but it always happens randomly and in moments when I could not do further tests. So is more an impression that I have and I want to check if it is just me or is common or maybe my camera is broken.
I have a K5.
I set auto iso exposure from 100 to 3200.
I always shot in TAv mode.
Now, sometime happens that for a mistake the ISO jump to 3200 immediately, for example I switch on the camera with the lens hood mounted, in a sunny day, and I expect to see 100 ISO and instead it says 3200, so I check, find the mistake, remove the hood, pres the shutter again half way and... it remains at 3200 iso. No noise (AF seems to remember the object I just pointed to and does not change adjustment) and no change in ISO.
Then I think, strange, there is a lot of light, anyway I pull out the flash, set 1/180 and try again. And again remains at 3200. So I start taking exposure to other objects around me, trying to find much more light or less light and see if it changes. Eventually after few try maybe it goes down to 1600 but never drastically change. I am sure that with the flash, outside, in a cloudy day, I should be able to use 1/180, f8 and maybe 200 ISO but unless I use 1/50 or 1/60 the ISO doesn't go down too much.

As said I cannot reproduce this, it is just a feeling that I have sometime that there is something wrong with exposimeters or the ISO auto setting or it does not understand that I am going to use the flash and does not decreases the ISO. Maybe after one shot with the flash the next shot has a lower ISO. I cannot swear on this. I can only say that if this were a consistent problem I would be 100% sure it is broken, but every time it happens maybe it is 2-3 weeks that I don't notice it so I forgot about when and how happened the previous time.

But now I am sure there is something strange, so if this problem description rings any bell please let me know. I cannot bring it back to the shop saying "there is not enough light".... I need to be sure it is an HW issue (or FW maybe, it is the latest).

Thx
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-23-2012, 01:13 AM  
Poll: Vote for these 10 amazing landscape photos!
Posted By quintinir
Replies: 41
Views: 4,735
I also do not see pict or links.... using IE 8 on Window 7
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-11-2012, 02:41 PM  
at the market
Posted By quintinir
Replies: 0
Views: 359
At the Saturday market this tents shop attracted my eyes... Many patterns pictures done here: candies boxes of all colours, fresh vegetables stacks, cans with marinated food and so on... I had to chose one, and I like this most.
I was using my new K10D with the old film Pentax lens.. before buying the new lens. BTW, I recorded this lens in the lens DB :-)
Bye
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-03-2012, 08:14 AM  
How to get blue sky with Photoshop?
Posted By quintinir
Replies: 16
Views: 2,684
Here we are... this was the trick I never used before (Adam suggested as well to be honest... but hadn't time to test until now).
Thx a lot guys!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-03-2012, 07:39 AM  
Another question on FF or BF
Posted By quintinir
Replies: 9
Views: 1,163
Hey Samandal,
I am now looking at the info for few pictures... very interesting, there is a section on AF with field names such as AF defocus, AF predictor, AF points in focus etc.
Any idea if these can be used to understand more if you have a ff or bf issue? I mean, sometime the picture is not in focus, but you never know if you moved, or the subject moved, or were using a speed not correct etc. or maybe is a real ff or bf issue. Reading these values I suspect you can compare good and bad pictures and maybe understand more. Maybe someone studied this topic and has some tought? I wonder if AF defocus is something that pentax can set in fw and what is used for, for example. It is not the same in all pictures. Anyway... nice sw.
thx
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-03-2012, 07:15 AM  
How to get blue sky with Photoshop?
Posted By quintinir
Replies: 16
Views: 2,684
Well, yes, with 200 euro I bet I can... I was hoping that CS5 which already cost A LOT, could have a filter for such a common thing like getting a blue sky :-)
That was my question basically, just in case I missed some new functionality of PS. But from what I read here either I do more photos and then compose or I use magic wand and change color (or I buy a filter).
Thanks anyway for the suggestion (any free filter around?)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-03-2012, 07:08 AM  
Issue importing jpg file to lightroom 3.6
Posted By quintinir
Replies: 4
Views: 1,795
Ok, first let me say that my LR is in italian, so I get messages in italian, therefore I translate here.
First of all when I select IMPORT button, the import window opens. I browse to the folder with my 4 jpg (and others which have been imported). About 50 images apear, 46 are grayed out because was already imported last time, then there are 4 grey blocks with "preview not available" (in italian) written across them. I select these 4 anyway, click import, and a pop up opens with the list of the 4 file names and a message that translated is "impossible to read the folllowing files, which have not been imported:"

To tell all the story, the first time I got this error, the file names were (no idea why) in the format IMGPxxxx.DNG.jpg
I tried to remove the jpg suffix and open as DNG but camera raw could not read it. Then I removed the dng suffix and left jpg and I could open with all the sw I have. So I resaved as I said both from PS and from picasa with a new name (without DNG piece) but LR does not want to see them. I suspect that the first time the strange name confused LR which now associate a mistake to these files (maybe LR looks at something different fromt he file name to identify pictures ID). So there must be a way to force LR to forget this code that is associated to a wrong file format. (My idea, after working years with sw).
thx
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-03-2012, 06:57 AM  
Another question on FF or BF
Posted By quintinir
Replies: 9
Views: 1,163
samandal, thanks lot!!
This works perfectly and also looks like a great tool.... now I will play with it a little bit ;-)
Not sure if this is a well known tool in this community, maybe could be published in the link section or similar...
Bye
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-03-2012, 06:50 AM  
How to get blue sky with Photoshop?
Posted By quintinir
Replies: 16
Views: 2,684
1 sample picture for JinDesu... (I can upload only 1000x700 pictures sorry, not sure what you will see).
shoted at around 11am, 2 days ago, with K5 and tamron 17-50. The sun is high on the left side, absolutely outside of the picture. 17mm, f11, 1/125, ISO200, RAW (this posted is jpeg converted as is from PS, reduced image size). Of course if I increase vibration a lot improves a little bit on the left but not on the right. It was very warm with a lot of humidity in the air and pollution. Turning 180 degree the sky was perfectly blue anyway in this direction I could not take one single good shot.
Bye
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-02-2012, 11:04 AM  
How to get blue sky with Photoshop?
Posted By quintinir
Replies: 16
Views: 2,684
Ok, good suggestions.
Another idea... I never used HRD (or whatever), would this be usefull? I mean, is that the quivalent of the suggestion from Parallax (take 2 or more pictures and overalp them) or a different thing?
thx
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-02-2012, 11:01 AM  
Another question on FF or BF
Posted By quintinir
Replies: 9
Views: 1,163
Hi John,
thx for this, new and useful information for me. For example that is normal to see "more DOF behind the focus point than in front (but the focus point is sharp).". This is what I sow and so started compensating until it was right in the middle, but then in real life it seems a little bit out of focus.
Also, I forgot to disable SR (although I think is automatic when using remote or 2sec delay on the tripod, at least on my K5).
Finally, that is better to do test in the real life than on a test chart, and that the results should more or less be the same. If I had to think that a setting ok at 2mt is not ok at 10mt then all this would be useles, but it seems is not the case (hopefully). Will work on it....

BTW this triggers another question I forgot to ask. Is there any way to see on the PC which correction to AF was set on the camera for each single picture?
I go around, do all my tests with + or - 3, 5, 8 etc. then go home and I forgot the sequences I used. I don't find this info stored anywhere in the Exif etc. Do you know how to find it? Or shal I use pen and paper :-(


thx
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