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Forum: Pentax Q 09-13-2011, 11:59 PM  
Pentax Q shoots the ISO flower
Posted By brkl
Replies: 15
Views: 4,901
Yikes, really poor showing from the Q :(
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 06-23-2011, 09:35 AM  
Pentax Q mirrorless: Specifications and lens details posted!
Posted By brkl
Replies: 301
Views: 39,421
I'm just baffled. I like the design of it, it's nicely industrial and a touch retro at the same time, but it's a toy camera sold at a really high price. You could get a smaller compact camera with a larger sensor for far less money.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-17-2011, 10:05 AM  
Fuji FinePix X100
Posted By brkl
Replies: 149
Views: 30,772
This might make me a pariah here, but after months of lusting after a K5 I put down 1000 euros on a preorder of the X100. It's like they designed this camera for me specifically. I'm keeping my K10D if I need other focal lengths.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-07-2011, 03:38 AM  
INDUSTAR 69 28mm F2.8 - Is this lens "Pentax-able"
Posted By brkl
Replies: 10
Views: 10,131
No way to get infinity focus with any DSLR that has a mirror. The flange distance is a lot shorter than what conventional SLRs have.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-11-2011, 10:10 AM  
Am I expecting too much?
Posted By brkl
Replies: 59
Views: 11,312
That's a 100% crop? How could you possibly wish it was sharper? How could it be? Stunning resolution IMO.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-03-2011, 01:22 PM  
Workhorse-Prime for my K-x: Sigma or Pentax?
Posted By brkl
Replies: 26
Views: 4,884
From what I've heard of it, the Sigma won't do because it's too heavy. In the end you'll just start leaving it home. 43mm Ltd is expensive and not nearly standard. 35mm/2.4 would definitely be the way to go for a workhorse, it's sharp, light and cheap.
Forum: Photo Critique 12-22-2010, 04:15 AM  
People Comments on the PP of this portrait, please
Posted By brkl
Replies: 18
Views: 4,972
Thanks for the comments, guys! The first photo broke because I changed it. I applied a brush to her face that lowered saturation a bit.

I tried to do masking & merging but that ended up with a faker looking picture. Plus, there's some hair that's impossible to mask. Also, when I was taking the pictures I did switch to a fill flash, but those shots just weren't very good.

Thanks, people!
Forum: Photo Critique 12-20-2010, 12:59 AM  
People old man
Posted By brkl
Replies: 17
Views: 4,197
I definitely prefer the colour one. The contrasty BW does something nasty to his skin close to his chin and just doesn't communicate much to me.
Forum: Photo Critique 12-20-2010, 12:57 AM  
Black & White Bricks Of Life
Posted By brkl
Replies: 17
Views: 5,416
Personally the photo is so dark and has so little contrast I can't really... see it.
Forum: Photo Critique 12-20-2010, 12:12 AM  
People Comments on the PP of this portrait, please
Posted By brkl
Replies: 18
Views: 4,972
I took this shot (and plenty of others, but only this had potential) of my girlfriend around sunset. It's metered for the sunset, making my girlfriend here around 4 stops underexposed! I used some tricks like merging two outputs from Lightroom in Photomatix to get this shot. Do you think it works? I've played around with it so much I'm blind by now. Obviously it's such heavy PP that if that's not your thing you're not going to like it... Still, criticism welcome.

Here's the two versions from Lightroom to show the problem...

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-09-2010, 01:03 PM  
Long lens - what effect is this?
Posted By brkl
Replies: 11
Views: 2,528
And possibly the lens is not top class.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-02-2010, 12:03 PM  
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 - Day and Night
Posted By brkl
Replies: 12
Views: 15,620
The Vivitar is probably the same lens, just labeled differently for some stupid reason.
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-27-2010, 05:41 AM  
Pentax K-5 - Loose part is body
Posted By brkl
Replies: 4
Views: 2,458
If it doesn't make the clunk noise it's broken ;D
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-24-2010, 04:33 AM  
What is Pentax K-2?
Posted By brkl
Replies: 15
Views: 4,624
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-21-2010, 07:11 AM  
FA24mm/2 is really weak at K-5
Posted By brkl
Replies: 46
Views: 8,178
The FA24 is just as capable as it ever was, but no lens has infinite resolution. The K200D shots posted here show similar performance to the one from the first post, but the resolution being over a third lower, the images look sharper. Even very highly rated lenses will show flaws at 16MP, especially near the corners.
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-13-2010, 08:02 AM  
DPReview's bias at work, K-5 gets a bum rap.
Posted By brkl
Replies: 136
Views: 27,106
I don't know, I learned that people here were angry about the DPR K10D review long after that same review had convinced me to choose the camera over its rivals...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-01-2010, 11:31 AM  
DA 35mm/2.4 should be called as DFA 35/2.4? - Full Frame Film Results (many photos)
Posted By brkl
Replies: 100
Views: 57,013
FA35 was a lovely lens because it was just about fast enough, quite sharp, standard FOV and most importantly affordable. It's not a $500 lens and it never was.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-02-2010, 04:14 PM  
Samyang lenses
Posted By brkl
Replies: 38
Views: 12,001
I've been looking at that lens myself. I don't have the capital for it right now though. Be sure to try ptlens with it to fix the distortion that seems to be the only major fault with the lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-26-2010, 05:01 PM  
Pentax 43mm limited for Leica???
Posted By brkl
Replies: 16
Views: 7,537
It's a pretty standard focal length for a rangefinder. I've had a few with fixed lenses in the 40-45mm range.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-26-2010, 06:39 AM  
Mystery Lens Experiment (warning: lots of photos)
Posted By brkl
Replies: 52
Views: 10,994
I'll say Pentax-A 28mm 2.8, since mine at least is not very good and it is a Pentax forum :p Seems to suffer from serious loss of contrast issues.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-20-2010, 02:43 AM  
Pentax 35mm f2 cheap!
Posted By brkl
Replies: 9
Views: 2,327
The DA is too long and half as fast. That could be what he means.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-06-2010, 01:38 AM  
Landscape Lakeside fog around sunset
Posted By brkl
Replies: 10
Views: 1,681
Wow, thanks people! :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-04-2010, 02:48 PM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By brkl
Replies: 11,796
Views: 994,189
I posted this in another thread. She's called Ronja:

Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-04-2010, 01:53 PM  
Landscape Lakeside fog around sunset
Posted By brkl
Replies: 10
Views: 1,681
Cheers, gawan! The sheep are just tired, it being the middle of the night.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-04-2010, 08:38 AM  
Landscape Lakeside fog around sunset
Posted By brkl
Replies: 10
Views: 1,681
Thanks, mate! That's definitely my favourite one too. These were difficult to shoot -- prime candidates for HDR, really, but I decided against it.
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