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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-02-2007, 05:25 PM  
K10d issues; how much do you believe?
Posted By Takman
Replies: 84
Views: 15,905
Paul - I am the person that contacted you via Flickr. I appreciate your reply to my PM on Flickr BTW. Your photos are amazing.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-02-2007, 04:53 PM  
K10d issues; how much do you believe?
Posted By Takman
Replies: 84
Views: 15,905
lol 101 - the photos above are taken in ISO 800? WHOA! You call that noise? Nice photos!

You guys are doing a good job in convincing me. I think I developed a mental block after taking in information overload from a bunch of sites and forums.

WMBP - so if you start doing this full time or even on the side...will you stick Pentax?

I took the following photo using a Vivitar 200mm F3.5 K-mount lens @ ISO 1600 - handheld - no flash. There was a bit of noise but the photo was still quite useable. I pulled the file into Photoshop Elements and used Noise Ninja. IMGP0052 on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

I am impressed I guess. I think I would hardly use high ISO like this so its not an issue for me.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-02-2007, 12:59 PM  
Vivitar 200mm F3.5 - NON A Lens
Posted By Takman
Replies: 6
Views: 3,362
Ok - I thought that the K10d would be compatible with all K-mount lenses. I mounted a Vivitar 200mm F3.5 - NON A Lens onto the K10d. The camera just blinked "F--" on the top LCD. I expected that it wouldnt know the F-stop since the lens is not communicating with the camera. However, can the camera meter at all with this type of lens?


I switched to manual focus. I also had SR turned on but the 'shake reduction' was grayed out in the menu. What am I doing wrong here?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-02-2007, 11:45 AM  
K10d issues; how much do you believe?
Posted By Takman
Replies: 84
Views: 15,905
We all know that C*non and N*kon seem to take the cake on other forums. Regarding the K10d, I have come across feeling that I made the wrong choice. Here is why: Edge softness, noise at higher ISO, slow focus, etc. - how much of this do you believe to be factual? The softness and sharpness issues concern me, noise at higher ISO I care less about right now, and slow focus - pixel sharpness, etc also concern me.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-01-2007, 07:40 PM  
When and how to use SR and how effective?
Posted By Takman
Replies: 11
Views: 2,160
Being new to the K10d - I wanted to find out more about SR. When and how to use SR basically? How effective is SR?

Also for K10d owners - if you move your camera side to side does something move inside your K10d? I noticed this even when the camera is powered off. I imagine its that whole floating mechanism for SR moving around but I could be wrong.

Thanks.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-01-2007, 06:53 PM  
how good is the 18-50 mm lens?
Posted By Takman
Replies: 13
Views: 2,407
You can get the Sigma 18-50 F2.8 EX from Cameta (off Eb*Y) for $289.00. A bargain really if you think about it. It is a constant F2.8 through the focal range. I got it for my K10d and I think in the long run the F2.8 will certainly help.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-01-2007, 06:25 PM  
In camera BW
Posted By Takman
Replies: 18
Views: 4,153
Mattdm - not sure if a customizable LCD is the answer. Shooting BW in-camera and viewing the result while still on the scene is a valuable learning tool. Just makes the composition easier for me. Its a trade off I guess...one half or the other. Either way I will work with what I have.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-01-2007, 05:54 PM  
In camera BW
Posted By Takman
Replies: 18
Views: 4,153
WMBP - I understand your point. A camera that does BW is a pretty strange request. When you shoot in-camera BW you are arent really making a conversion and you arent losing anything if you shoot in RAW. I need to clarify myself - I think I started this thread out incorrectly. My point of wanting to shoot in-camera BW is just so that I can see what my photo looks like. The light, the shadows, and the overall tones. The camera sensor retains everything that it sees - colors, etc etc. The beauty of this is that you can go either way....keep the color or switch to grayscale in your software.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-01-2007, 04:41 PM  
Bit of fungus in great lens: NOT to buy?
Posted By Takman
Replies: 27
Views: 12,394
I have heard that you can place a lens with fungus under sunlight and it will clear up. Otherwise have it professionallly cleaned.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-01-2007, 03:30 PM  
In camera BW
Posted By Takman
Replies: 18
Views: 4,153
Shutterdrone - would never take your advice the wrong way. Appreciate the suggestion...I am here to learn. The nice thing about shooting in-camera BW is that you can view the tonal range right off the bat. However, I am beginning to see that people prefer doing the conversion to BW in a software. Funny thing I have friends who did the same thing. We were out shooting one day and I showed them an image in my camera which I had taken in BW mode. They did not realize or perhaps never checked out BW mode in their C*nons. Anyhow I am sure either in-camera or post process are both fine - as long as you get what you want.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-01-2007, 11:47 AM  
In camera BW
Posted By Takman
Replies: 18
Views: 4,153
I dont want to get into any arguments BTW. Having BW mode just seems to give me more control (perhaps its psychological). Also my knowledge of Photoshop is very limited. I havent touched any other software packages either.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-01-2007, 11:38 AM  
In camera BW
Posted By Takman
Replies: 18
Views: 4,153
Change settings in the camera (i.e, type of filter used, aperture, shutter, etc) and re-shoot.

I took the museum photo in BW mode and yes that is pretty much the original photo. I believe I changed contrast a little bit.

The photos on the site are either taken with an Olympus E-500 (my 1st DSLR) or the Nikon D80. Olympus also has a BW mode and let me tell you - Olympus renders incredible BW photos.

Here is another one:

ROKKIN FOTO/decay

Didnt do much to this.

This one was taken in color and converted to BW using Photoshop elements.

ROKKIN FOTO/models
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-01-2007, 10:32 AM  
In camera BW
Posted By Takman
Replies: 18
Views: 4,153
N*kon and C*non dslr have a BW mode w/ basic filters (red, yellow, and orange). You can set the camera to BW while still creating a RAW file. When you pull up the file - the sensor capture the color info by default. When you post process - it is your choice to keep the color or convert to BW. The filters are a digital effect but they are great.

Its not so much about pulling the RAW file but more about seeing the photo in BW as soon as you release the shutter. This allows you to re-shoot if you dont like what you see.

An example:

ROKKIN FOTO/sattlertheatre

I had the D80 set to BW mode and I intended to make this BW. However, when I pulled up the RAW file - the colors just popped. I kept it in color. The only post process is cropping in this. Anyhow this is huge for me because as I stated before I enjoy BW photos and wonder how much of a pain it would be to create a BW photo using the K10d. I dont go crazy doing PP and I only have PS Elements.

Anyhow I know I am all over the board here but I'd like to learn more about how you guys handle BW photos.

"RAW converter which knows that your end goal is black and white could use that knowledge"

That is interesting - Which RAW converters do this? I know there is the HUE/Saturation method and I use that for selective color if and when I use that technique.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-01-2007, 09:06 AM  
In camera BW
Posted By Takman
Replies: 18
Views: 4,153
Noblepa - you live around where I grew up (Westlake - N. Olmsted). Very kool!

My big thing with in-camera BW is that I like to see the photo right after shooting to determine how light/shadow/composition, etc look in BW. I realize that you can do this during post process or using a software such as lightroom but to me its not the same thing. I think I made a boo boo with the whole metering differently thing.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-31-2007, 07:45 PM  
In camera BW
Posted By Takman
Replies: 18
Views: 4,153
Can you shoot in camera black and white with the K10d? Meaning can I set the camera to BW mode while still using RAW? I could do this with other dslr's and if needed I could pull the colors out when opening up the RAW file in Photoshop. Just wondered about this. The camera typically meters differently in BW mode. I really enjoy BW photos so this is something I would like to have.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-31-2007, 07:00 PM  
10d or 100d super?
Posted By Takman
Replies: 39
Views: 5,595
"Originally Posted by bymy141
just change one default: neutral to vivid colours, and you are set"

Please clarify.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-31-2007, 06:52 PM  
TAMRON SP AF90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1
Posted By Takman
Replies: 14
Views: 4,689
Neil - beautiful photo.

The SP 90 Macro is a classic lens - highly regarding in all of the mounts in which it is available.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-30-2007, 08:42 PM  
Anyone using their Pentax to shoot weddings/professionally?
Posted By Takman
Replies: 12
Views: 3,042
Just wondered if there is anyone on this forum that uses his/her Pentax to shoot weddings or professionally (i.e, fashion/glamour, commercial, etc?). Just wanted to know your thoughts on how your Pentax stands against competitors (N*kon and C*anon).

I am coming over from N*kon and honestly so far I have become indecisive about moving to Pentax. I had my reasons to move over but I am wondering if I made the right choice.

I purchased a K10d recently.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-29-2007, 05:47 PM  
Tamron SP 17-35
Posted By Takman
Replies: 6
Views: 1,731
Sigma 18-50 F2.8. Selling for $289 on Eb*y through Cameta Camera. Unbeatable deal IMO!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-29-2007, 05:42 PM  
Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG IF
Posted By Takman
Replies: 4
Views: 1,711
The 10-20 is a better lens. The 2mm difference is significant. I had a Tokina 12-24 for my N*kon and quickly sold it for the 10-20. I plan on getting the 10-20 for my Pentax.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-29-2007, 05:39 PM  
What exactly does k mount mean?
Posted By Takman
Replies: 9
Views: 2,553
baw - great link. Thanks for sharing.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-29-2007, 08:35 AM  
K10d Related Questions
Posted By Takman
Replies: 5
Views: 2,509
Aaah...guess I wont be doing any hacks! 8-))

Thanks for the info on the focal lengths and SR.

Peace.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-29-2007, 07:45 AM  
K10d Related Questions
Posted By Takman
Replies: 5
Views: 2,509
Questions regarding K10d videos on You Tube.

What is this K10d menu hack video all about?

YouTube - Pentax K10D HACKED - PL MENU

The K10d intro video by Pentax shows the person popping a 67 lens onto the K10d. He mentions having to put the focal length into the SR Menu. Is this only required for manual PK/M42/67 lenses?

What if you use a manual PK/M42/67 zoom lens with SR enabled?

I assume focal length entry is not required when using digital specific lenses?
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-28-2007, 07:08 PM  
K10D Videos
Posted By Takman
Replies: 5
Views: 2,363
Questions regarding K10d videos on You Tube.

What is this K10d menu hack video all about?

YouTube - Pentax K10D HACKED - PL MENU

The K10d intro video by Pentax shows the person popping a 67 lens onto the K10d. He mentions having to put the focal length into the SR Menu. Is this only required for manual PK/M42/67 lenses?

What if you use a manual PK/M42/67 zoom lens with SR enabled?

I assume focal length entry is not required when using digital specific lenses?


Thanks.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-28-2007, 04:14 PM  
vivitar lenses
Posted By Takman
Replies: 9
Views: 2,354
Any thoughts on a Viv 200mm F3.5? A hair faster than the SMC PK 200mm F4. What about optical quality?
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