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Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 10-22-2018, 10:52 AM  
A new pancake-ish Limited prime or a Q or a GR or... something else? Help my GAS!
Posted By blacknosugar
Replies: 15
Views: 5,050
With motorcycling for example it was a process of pull over to admire some scenery then;
- put down sidestand
- step off bike
- wriggle off backpack, made awkward by motorcycle jacket
- take off both gloves to fish out and operate camera
- take off helmet to use viewfinder because LiveView seemed unnatural and is not great on the K-x
- find somewhere to put gloves and helmet, and it's probably windy
- reverse all of the above

vs.
pull over and;
- take off one glove
- reach into jacket pocket for camera phone
- replace phone & glove, click back into 1st gear and on my way

The GR is edging into the lead so far. I hope I'll still use my DSLR if I go that way.
I've also discovered the Fujifilm X70 which I'm now considering.

---------- Post added 10-22-18 at 07:01 PM ----------



I will check out those 28's you suggested.
As far as I remember I have:
Pentax-M SMC
- 28mm f3.5
- 50mm f1.7
- 100mm f2.8
- 135mm f3.5

As I said, I liked that 24mm Miranda lens the best but I think I enjoyed the SMC 28mm a lot too.
Hmm... maybe I 'need' a wide zoom?
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 10-21-2018, 05:09 PM  
A new pancake-ish Limited prime or a Q or a GR or... something else? Help my GAS!
Posted By blacknosugar
Replies: 15
Views: 5,050
I'm returning to photography after a bit of a hiatus for the past couple of years and want to treat myself to something to help fire my re-kindled enthusiasm.
What I have is my beloved old K-x which taught me photography, a small collection of SMC M primes which led to a whole detour into film.

What's stuck to the front of my K-x most of the time though is a Miranda 24mm macro A-lens which happened to come with an impulse ebay purchase.
It's manual focus but infinity is very close on that lens so most of the time I just zone focus it a touch short of infinity and don't worry about it!

I'm been thinking about investing in some nice glass, maybe one of the Limited primes, like a 21mm or a 40mm or 43mm. I've been soul-searching and realised I never enjoyed stop-down metering on the M primes, there was a lot of times (e.g. motorcyling) where even if I brought my K-x it would stay in a backpack. My favourite photos came from either that random 24mm A-lens or from a pair of tiny Canon p&s film cameras.

Pocketable cameras with leaf-shutters = joy!

So, I'm having second thoughts about the lens purchase (or a KP) and thinking instead about a GR II or even a Q camera or something else entirely?

But I don't really know what else is out there or if these options make sense.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 10-21-2018, 03:05 PM  
Adjusting infinity on a SMC Pentax-A zoom lens?
Posted By blacknosugar
Replies: 1
Views: 743
Does anyone know how to do this?
Infinity was badly short at 200mm on this 80-200mm lens.
I've performed some lens fungus exorcisms before with some success on earlier prime lenses but I can't figure out how this one plastic-y one is put together.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-18-2015, 10:19 AM  
Help with beginner flash kit shopping list (Yongnuo)?
Posted By blacknosugar
Replies: 2
Views: 1,363
I see what you mean about the pins.
I will go for the Nikon version or the 560 TX.
Thanks!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-17-2015, 01:44 PM  
Help with beginner flash kit shopping list (Yongnuo)?
Posted By blacknosugar
Replies: 2
Views: 1,363
Think I've got this narrowed down but it's confusing what with all the different models etc.
I have a Pentax k-x and some old film cameras (and I want to pick up a 5D mk1 or 2).

The Yongnuo 560 III seems like a good place to start learning about flash and lighting. I don't think the IV offers me any more as a beginner.
Is there a specific variant of 560 III which I need to look for?

As I understand it, the RF-603 II triggers would be a good starting point and both the Canon & Nikon versions work so the Canon should be fine since I want that 5Dmk1.
And I'll have a spare transceiver that I can use with any old flash.
What I'm not sure about is if they'll work with my old film cameras?

The remote shutter trigger function will be useless on the k-x but that shouldn't matter because I have an infrared remote control, right?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-10-2013, 05:10 AM  
pentax k-01 white and blue version
Posted By blacknosugar
Replies: 236
Views: 28,288
There's a red one!

Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-09-2013, 02:49 PM  
Pentax for Harper's BAZAAR Haute Couture Shoot Now Out
Posted By blacknosugar
Replies: 28
Views: 3,600
Wow!
Brilliant work and great blog. I look forward to having a read.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-04-2013, 10:18 AM  
pentax k-01 white and blue version
Posted By blacknosugar
Replies: 236
Views: 28,288
Every time I see an articulated screen I think about it snapping off and wonder how much extra I would be paying for a useless feature. I don't see the appeal, I'd much rather have weather sealing. Some sort of VF might have been good though.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-04-2013, 10:15 AM  
pentax k-01 white and blue version
Posted By blacknosugar
Replies: 236
Views: 28,288
This +1
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-04-2013, 09:26 AM  
Travel Gear - my kit, what yours?
Posted By blacknosugar
Replies: 94
Views: 11,575
Uh... that's not 'travel', that's 'on location'!
:D
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-04-2013, 08:10 AM  
Going to London, where to get a batterycharger
Posted By blacknosugar
Replies: 7
Views: 1,703
If you can't find one at the airport, Spectrum might be a good bet as there are plenty of other electronics shops on Tottenham Court road to try if they don't have one.
It's between Goodge Street and Warren Street tube stations - Tottenham Court Road station is a bit of a walk.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-04-2013, 07:54 AM  
pentax k-01 white and blue version
Posted By blacknosugar
Replies: 236
Views: 28,288
"He who pays the piper, calls the tune" as they say. I get that, but does he also tell the piper what brand of pipe to play? Do you tell your car mechanic what brand of wrench to use? Do you choose your photographer by whether he edits on Mac or PC? Tell your surgeon to use a number 3 or a number 5 scalpel?

It's your business but I just don't think you should stop using the equipment you enjoy most and feel gives you the right result because of one idiot who knows nothing about photography. As the professional, *you* know what gives the right results and it's *your expertise* they're paying for. Up to you but that's my 2 cents anyway.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-04-2013, 07:38 AM  
pentax k-01 white and blue version
Posted By blacknosugar
Replies: 236
Views: 28,288
You know, the design kind of works in the blue... Oh god, I think I might want a Smurftrooper!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-04-2013, 07:07 AM  
pentax k-01 white and blue version
Posted By blacknosugar
Replies: 236
Views: 28,288
Oh yeah, I know. Not here either. Catchy though.



Ah... we have that too, here we call it 'the pub'. Just swap the bowing for awkward avoidance.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-04-2013, 07:02 AM  
pentax k-01 white and blue version
Posted By blacknosugar
Replies: 236
Views: 28,288
'Smurftrooper'!!
:lol:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-04-2013, 06:54 AM  
pentax k-01 white and blue version
Posted By blacknosugar
Replies: 236
Views: 28,288
I don't understand this. As a professional you can't stand by your tools and methods!? Why be ashamed?
Why can't you just grin and say 'Yeah they do make some cheesy consumer models don't they? This kit gives me the results I need for this job though and I'm all about delivering the results.'?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-04-2013, 06:43 AM  
pentax k-01 white and blue version
Posted By blacknosugar
Replies: 236
Views: 28,288
Fair enough, they weren't great suggestions anyway, I prefer "Black Friday" black.
Even I'm tempted by the price it's going for these day.

What's an izakaya?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-04-2013, 05:46 AM  
pentax k-01 white and blue version
Posted By blacknosugar
Replies: 236
Views: 28,288
"Darth Vader" & "Robocop"?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-04-2013, 05:43 AM  
Ricoh announces company name change - no more Pentax Ricoh Imaging, just Ricoh.
Posted By blacknosugar
Replies: 528
Views: 64,618
The what now...?
'Don't they make photocopiers or something?'

If you look at the camera finder by brand page on flickr, Pentax are languishing in 10th place whereas Ricoh are trailing down in 19th position after those camera makers Blackberry and Motorola!
Flickr: Camera Finder
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-04-2013, 05:32 AM  
pentax k-01 white and blue version
Posted By blacknosugar
Replies: 236
Views: 28,288
I thought they just responded badly to the Marmite (love/hate) styling.
The Fuji X100 is pretty much the same size and was a runaway success.
I'd love a k-mount camera like this if it looked like a rangefinder or an MX and wasn't designed by Mark Newsom.
Personally I think the poor controversial design confused the issue massively.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-03-2013, 04:01 PM  
Agfa Rodinal availability
Posted By blacknosugar
Replies: 11
Views: 2,778
Silverprint in London sell some Agfa branded stuff, I don't think there's any problem with availability.
As far as I remember, the naming is just a branding issue and Rodinal/R09/Adonal/Fomadon is all the same thing. I think it was that the patent has expired on the formula but the trademark 'Rodinal' is owned. Also, unopened it lasts a very long time (even opened it lasts well).
I'm not sure if Silverprint will ship chemicals back to the mainland, Maco.de are a good source though.
Forum: Photographic Technique 07-03-2013, 02:19 PM  
Is manual focus that big a disadvantage for action?
Posted By blacknosugar
Replies: 22
Views: 3,319
Thanks for all the feedback. I don't know why I find it so hard to get into my head that it's the photographer that needs the most improvement, not the equipment!
It's like an instant knee-jerk reaction; 'I don't like this photo' = Gear Acquisition Syndrome.

I must admit that focus settings didn't even cross my mind, nor did I understand them on my K-x before this thread. I only half understood Shake Reduction until the other day when I was troubleshooting some tripod shots (I didn't know that the K-x switches it off in 2 sec delay mode so I was wrong about the problem anyway).
Does SR work in Drive mode? I didn't think it would have time to 'lock'.

I shot the rally in Tv mode, on a hunch I switched SR off as I thought it wouldn't play well with panning and sort of tried to pre-focus the AF on the bit of road I expected the car to be so it would hunt less. It was getting thrown off by grass and also the speed cars were passing close by. I guess a monopod might have helped. I seemed to do particularly badly with Drive mode and was happier when I picked my moment and grabbed a single shot.


Excellent point, next time I should take a manual film camera out to do action, shoot Sunny16 and quit complaining. :p

After trying to get some shots with the 135mm M lens the other evening I have so much respect for old-school wildlife photographers; failing evening light that changes by the minute and makes you use a slower shutter & shallower DOF, the camera moves, the wildlife moves...
Forum: Photographic Technique 07-01-2013, 05:46 PM  
Is manual focus that big a disadvantage for action?
Posted By blacknosugar
Replies: 22
Views: 3,319
Hi

I dusted off my camera after a break of a few months and got out shooting some sporting events over the weekend. It was the first time I've tried events like that and it was a steep learning curve, though I did learn a lot from it.

Though I got a few shots I liked at a Marathon with my SMC M 135mm (which I'd hardly used before and is now my new favourite lens! :D), I also missed a few good ones that were just way too soft and was getting dejected thinking all my effort to get the shot with a fully manual lens was probably a waste of time when some guy next to me with a AF tele-zoom would probably have got the same by just pointing and hitting the button.

I switched to the kit DAL18-55mm to shoot some rally race cars with AF but was actually really disappointed with quality of the results, whereas the few I took with the 135mm were actually quite good. I was kicking myself for not persevering with it, I'd found it very difficult to frame the shots with the subject moving so quickly.

Would you actually *want* MF sometimes shooting action? I don't know if I just need better kit or better technique?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-01-2013, 03:49 PM  
Kx - Recording Audio with Video
Posted By blacknosugar
Replies: 3
Views: 1,564
Turn off Image Stabilization, use manual focus (both features are noisy, very much so if using the internal mic).
The mic on the K-x is fine but pretty basic, as Adam says, you're better off using an external recorder if possible.

You know in the movies when they have a clapper-chalkboard and someone says "Take 25" or something and snaps it shut?
That's for syncing the audio and video tracks, you have the visual cue of the board closing and the 'snap' sound. Put the two at the same point and the following audio and video will be in sync.
Of course you can just stand in front of your camera and clap your hands or whatever at the start of each clip.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 11-05-2012, 07:38 AM  
I think I'm sold on the K-30 but which kit?
Posted By blacknosugar
Replies: 9
Views: 1,609
Stop with the temptation, I swear you lot are working for the Pentax marketing department! :)
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