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Forum: Photographic Technique 05-03-2009, 09:08 PM  
adopting the strobist philosophy
Posted By irish_spring
Replies: 29
Views: 5,314
I'd keep the 540 and get a Viv285 or some other cheap manual control strobe, or if money is not a concern I'd get another 540. I'd steer clear of the 360 for this type of work due to the fact that when off-camera it turns off automatically after 5 minutes or so of inactivity and it does not retain its settings. Frankly this drives me crazy during shot set up. The 540 does the same thing by default but it has a setting in the menu to disable auto-off. If you want to maintain either multi-strobe HSS or P-TTL capability I'd save up for another 540.

In my case the 540 is my workhorse, followed by the 285, and then the 360 in a pinch if I have to have it.

One other benefit to getting another 540 is that all your modifiers will be compatible with both strobes. For example, you can get speed straps and snoots from Honl and you won't have to worry about fit on a 285 (larger head) or 360 (smaller head).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-30-2009, 06:15 PM  
Anyone else have this DA* 50-135mm problem?
Posted By irish_spring
Replies: 104
Views: 15,692
Same experience here. I sent it back to PentaxUSA and they sent me a new one (or maybe a reconditioned one - they were not clear).

Based on the number of replies with this same experience I am guessing that this is not an isolated problem.
Forum: Sold Items 04-19-2009, 11:04 AM  
For Sale - Sold: K10D (Body Only)
Posted By irish_spring
Replies: 4
Views: 2,323
Last chance - I'll put it on eBay tomorrow if I can't get a buyer here. Here's hoping!
Forum: Sold Items 04-17-2009, 08:27 AM  
For Sale - Sold: K10D (Body Only)
Posted By irish_spring
Replies: 4
Views: 2,323
Updated with new price!
Forum: Sold Items 04-15-2009, 08:38 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FA 20mm, DA 16-45mm & DA 50-200mm
Posted By irish_spring
Replies: 7
Views: 3,499
Update: DA50-200 sold.

DA16-45mm still available.
Forum: Sold Items 04-15-2009, 07:51 AM  
For Sale - Sold: FA 20mm, DA 16-45mm & DA 50-200mm
Posted By irish_spring
Replies: 7
Views: 3,499
Updated with new prices
Forum: Sold Items 04-14-2009, 08:33 AM  
For Sale - Sold: FA 20mm, DA 16-45mm & DA 50-200mm
Posted By irish_spring
Replies: 7
Views: 3,499
No - I'm the original owner but the box has been lost sometime during one of my house moves.
Forum: Sold Items 04-14-2009, 05:06 AM  
For Sale - Sold: FA 20mm, DA 16-45mm & DA 50-200mm
Posted By irish_spring
Replies: 7
Views: 3,499
I'm getting rid of some lesser used lenses to make room for some new additions to my bag.

I'll ship international. All shipping charges will be actually based on USPS website quotes. PayPal only please.

You can see my feedback scores here or on eBay (user id: kev_pa)

FA 20mm SOLD
Perfect condition. Comes with both lens caps and original Pentax lens bag.


DA 16-45mm
Very good condition. Comes with all caps, hood and original box and warranty card.
SOLD!!!


DA 50-200mm
Very good condition. Comes with all caps, hood and original box and warranty card.
SOLD
Forum: Sold Items 04-14-2009, 04:58 AM  
For Sale - Sold: K10D (Body Only)
Posted By irish_spring
Replies: 4
Views: 2,323
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
K10D (Body Only)

Asking Price
US$375 +S&H !!!New Price US$350 + S&H!!!

Item Description
I just got my new K20D so this body is no longer needed. It is in excellent condition. Has ~9300 clicks on it.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition
Used
Excellent

Item Location
Sunnyvale, CA

Shipping Charge
Actualy shipping charges

Shipping Services
USPS

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Additional Details
I just got my new K20D so this body is no longer needed. It is in excellent condition. Has ~9300 clicks on it.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-01-2008, 04:21 PM  
Poll: Question for 16-50mm owners
Posted By irish_spring
Replies: 1,099
Views: 133,432
I sent my first copy back becasue of bad CA. My second copy is out for delivery and I expect to have it tonight. I'm hoping I get a better copy this time.

I can't see any edge softness in the jpgs above, and it looks OK left to right. The CA would not be visible in thes JPGs either since the compression would overwhelm a subtle effect like CA. For example, see the building edges in your first shot - there is a bunch of JPG noise at the sky-building intersection that would make a little yellow fringe seem trivial.

Have you tried correcting the CA in lightroom or photoshop? It's usually easy to correct. In my case though the CA was so bad it affected images even at 28mm and above, and fixing the problem on every image was just to much work for me.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-18-2008, 10:40 AM  
My printer died, time to replace...
Posted By irish_spring
Replies: 16
Views: 6,380
I have a Canon MX700 at home, and another one at the office. I've got very good results with their inks and with Costco glossy paper. Every thing is calibrated and I've done better quality prints at home than at any lab I've used.

One caution however, I've had at least 6 black cartridges go bad on me and that shuts the whole printer down. It has happened on both the one at the office and the one at home. Canon sent me a bunch of new cartridges to replace them (their service was pretty good), but even the ones they sent me went bad after a while. They seem to be having some problems with their cartridge controller chips.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-30-2008, 03:39 PM  
One of the Best Photos I've Ever Taken (really)
Posted By irish_spring
Replies: 33
Views: 3,854
Very good capture. Perfect timing! Wow!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-30-2008, 06:22 AM  
The Pride (Gay) Parade!
Posted By irish_spring
Replies: 13
Views: 2,507
Funny.:p
It reminded me of this guy from the Sydney parade that I saw in February.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-30-2008, 05:57 AM  
Kyoto, Japan (7 images)
Posted By irish_spring
Replies: 4
Views: 1,586
Thanks. The first shot I came across quite by accident. I left my hotel really early in the morning and this was the only open temple at that time in the morning. I ended up finding a small religious ceremony in progress and I caught the celebrant after he was leaving the temple.


Thanks. I love Kyoto too. I used to live near there in Nara and I had many opportunities to go to Kyoto, but back then I did not own a camera, so i have not got a single shot of the whole time I lived there! This time I was going to make sure I got as many good shots as I could:lol:


Thanks. It is a truly unique place. I also stumbled upon a traditional wedding on Saturday evening in Yasaka Jinga. I waited patiently outside the temple for 30 minutes waiting for the bride to come out. That is where I got the shots of the person holding the red traditional umbrella (he was part of the ceremony). Just after I took the umbrella man photo the procession started and the bride and groom came out in full traditional wedding wear. She looked spectacular with full on white face makeup on and was wearing an amazing kimono. Just as I pressed the shutter I realized that the battery had died on my K10D and I missed the shot of the week!:fedup:
That will teach me to charge up every night for the rest of my life:D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-30-2008, 05:43 AM  
The Pride (Gay) Parade!
Posted By irish_spring
Replies: 13
Views: 2,507
Nice series - I think the one of the cop came out quite nicely. THe fact he is in focus while all around him is blurred is a very nice effect.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-29-2008, 06:07 AM  
Carp control series
Posted By irish_spring
Replies: 15
Views: 2,048
Great series - I actually saw a heron go after a koi in a pond in Kyoto yesterday. He missed :-)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-29-2008, 04:17 AM  
Kyoto, Japan (7 images)
Posted By irish_spring
Replies: 4
Views: 1,586
I've been on the road for the past 9 days but i did manage a day or two in Kyoto before the next leg of my business trip. Here are few of my favorite images so far.

The full set can be found at Japan June 2008 - a set on Flickr


An elderly monk and his acolytes at Chishaku Shrine


Kiyomizu Temple from the mountains


Kyoto station


A monks shoes outside his temple


Some of the thousands of Tori gates at Fushimi-Inari Temple


Girls in their summer clothes at Yasaka Temple


Waiting for rain
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-24-2008, 03:37 PM  
Tokyo Hazy Daybreak
Posted By irish_spring
Replies: 1
Views: 1,705
I'm back on the road again - this time in Tokyo, and then off to Osaka and Kyoto this morning.

Here is an image I got around daybreak from my room. I PP'ed to get a slightly vintage/apocalyptic look. I might end up going back to this one again to refine it but it looks kinda neat already so I thought I'd share.

UPDATED with an even spookier interpretation.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-23-2008, 01:54 AM  
Water Study
Posted By irish_spring
Replies: 8
Views: 1,681
Thank you. I'm glad you liked them.


Thank God for daughters. I have Hello Kitty props all over the house:lol:


I originally liked Hello Kittie better myself but I'm have have come around on the more minimalist version in teal and I now like that more. Interestingly, when I popped these up on flickr for hosting I posted them on the strobist group and the K10 group and the teal one got a lot of hits. It even made it to Explore for a day or two (a first for me).


Thanks Jer.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-20-2008, 08:11 PM  
Water Study
Posted By irish_spring
Replies: 8
Views: 1,681
Sure am glad for digital - and for LightRoom too. I can't imagine sorting out so many photos quickly with out good software.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-20-2008, 02:58 PM  
Strobist Portraits
Posted By irish_spring
Replies: 14
Views: 1,834
I liked the fact that you did not look more towards the camera in the second shot - gave you some really nice shadows I thought.

For the backgrounds, use some gels on a second strobe and point it through a stack of glass or plastic glasses at the background- you'll turn any boring background into a color splash and get great separation from the background/subject too. Strobist has some neat examples of this on his site if you haven't seen them already.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-20-2008, 02:50 PM  
Not quite ready to fly yet..
Posted By irish_spring
Replies: 5
Views: 1,143
You are right - the egg will need a bit more time before it can fly ;)

Nice detail in the shot.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-20-2008, 02:42 PM  
First shots with Photex tilt/shift 35 mm
Posted By irish_spring
Replies: 21
Views: 5,783
I had no idea you could do that! I had to look at them a few times to see if the first one had real people - i totally figured it for a miniature setup. Extraordinary effect.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-20-2008, 02:30 PM  
Water Study
Posted By irish_spring
Replies: 8
Views: 1,681
Water drops on a CD.

This started out as an investigation of how to make a CD look interesting but it ended up being more about the water drops. Besides, lighting a CD correctly proved to be much harder than I anticipated and I could not get the effect I was looking for in the time I had. I ended up happy with these two shots out of ~60.

Morning Dew


Hello Kitty
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-11-2008, 06:54 AM  
OMG - not another fork!
Posted By irish_spring
Replies: 16
Views: 2,800
Aggggh:eek: No more "stab's" at forks for a while I think.


Thanks.


My pleasure. Thanks for looking.
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