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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-07-2011, 09:52 AM  
Assistance in pricing my gear
Posted By user440
Replies: 11
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It's not so much on the long side, I could probably make do happily in the 70mm to 110mm for most of the rally shots I take. 200mm on the outside for most of the situations I am in. Here's a pretty typical shot from the race a few weeks ago. The 70-300 Sig is great in bright conditions, but the Rally's I shoot are usually in the winter time and much of it occurs in less than ideal lighting conditions. Mix in fast moving objects and it becomes a recipe where the gear (and talent) are really tested. That means one has to either buy good glass or rent and for me me renting is the way to go.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-04-2011, 12:32 PM  
Assistance in pricing my gear
Posted By user440
Replies: 11
Views: 1,153
I was seriously considering that, or at least borrow one at a store and shoot cars as they pass by.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-04-2011, 08:25 AM  
Assistance in pricing my gear
Posted By user440
Replies: 11
Views: 1,153
At least for me, heavy / bulkiness is not even in the criteria I care about. That's why God made monopods or neck straps.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-04-2011, 08:24 AM  
Assistance in pricing my gear
Posted By user440
Replies: 11
Views: 1,153
Adam,

Yeah, the K-5 is probably the runner up, probably over the D60 and even Nikon IMO. The reason I am considering the flip to the dark side is really down to two reasons.

1.) I don't plan on buying a ton of top-line glass, so that means I usually rent for the big things I want to shoot. I have used Camera Lens Rentals - Rent Canon, Nikon and Pentax. a number of times and they truly are brilliant, but sometimes it would be nice to have some local rental selections available. There is one shop that has Pentax gear but their selection is meager and availability is very spotty.

2.) Most of the really important stuff I shoot is motorsports. Rally motorsports to be specific. While I have been able to get some amazing shots with even my K100D, it takes far more technique than it should. I know obviously that the K-5 is eons in front of my K100D with AF, but that difference is less clear between the K-5 and D7. I know the K-5 has pretty stellar ISO performance so I know the camera has the guts in that respect.

I'd love to stay with Pentax but after this last race I shot, I am hitting the wall with my frustration that my gear is limiting me. The next purchase I make I want to reduce those limitations as much as possible.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-04-2011, 07:46 AM  
Assistance in pricing my gear
Posted By user440
Replies: 11
Views: 1,153
Good day, I need to upgrade and am thus looking to sell off some of my Pentax gear. I am still reviewing the 'next step' but at this point am very seriously looking at the Canon D7.

Here is the gear I currently am considering selling:
Pentax K100D
Pentax 18-55
Sigma 530 Flash
Pentax 50mm f2
Sigma 28-70 f2.8
Sigma 70-300 APO

I may also have a Tokina SD 70-210mm or Soligor MC 80-200 laying around.

Any ballpark thoughts?

Thanks!
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-10-2011, 07:38 AM  
Need help from Oregonians!
Posted By user440
Replies: 4
Views: 1,932
Cameralensrentals.com is fantastic. I have used them a number of times and they have always been great.
Forum: Pentax K-5 03-09-2011, 09:11 AM  
Low Light Sports Settings
Posted By user440
Replies: 10
Views: 3,135
Agreed, some of the earlier comments don't sound quite right. There is no way ISO 200 is going to work given the above. Crank the ISO, open the aperture as much as possible given the reach, and you'll have to dial down the speed until you get to that right spot of brightness / no blur. Anything faster than 1/500 sounds optimistic with those lens' unless that ISO is cranked way up. The ability to handle high ISO is the beauty of the K-5, it will be your friend in these cases.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-08-2011, 02:46 PM  
Hello from Missouri
Posted By user440
Replies: 3
Views: 459
Nice pics. There are a few Missouri and STL users on the forums (see my sig).
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-08-2011, 01:34 PM  
post your shots of the airplanes
Posted By user440
Replies: 1,742
Views: 211,899
A few from Oshkosh this past year:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-08-2011, 10:40 AM  
Pick one: FA 77mm or DA* 50-135mm
Posted By user440
Replies: 84
Views: 19,636
The 50-135 is about the most brilliant lens I have ever used and the focal range is quite usable, more so than a prime at least.
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-08-2011, 08:27 AM  
Rally Photography
Posted By user440
Replies: 12
Views: 2,996
Winter rally is a challenge as most know, but here are a few others that came out fairly sharp and bright.

I want more ISO for Christmas.... :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-08-2011, 03:44 AM  
Rally Photography
Posted By user440
Replies: 12
Views: 2,996
Yeah, I miss the group B stuff as well especially the quattros. Still, there is something amazing about watching a car drive 100mph on a 'road' only 12 feet wide with trees and cliffs bordering the edge. while I love watching the G2 cars (I had a G2 GTI), seeing the 600hp+ monsters blaze by is an amazing experience.
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-07-2011, 03:47 PM  
Rally Photography
Posted By user440
Replies: 12
Views: 2,996
Thanks folks. There are a number of Rally sanctioning organisations, but the largest is Rally America (Rally America). There are links to both the RA races as well as some other sanctioning bodied races on the site above. I know that NASA (nasa racing) does rally and rally cross and of course SCCA does rally cross only now. Shooting these races is challenging but are a real blast. I am really jealous of those that can get a media pass as they really get the best and more interesting angles.

Press on :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-07-2011, 12:47 PM  
Rally Photography
Posted By user440
Replies: 12
Views: 2,996
Hey folks,

My posting has tapered off a bit but I am trying to put more time back into my photography. I shot a Rally this past weekend that I go to every year and had an absolute blast. I shoot fewer and fewer pictures every year at the race (a good thing) and am much more strategic in shooting than I was when I started.

Check out this contest on the Rally America site. If you think it deserves it, please vote for my shot. I'd be willing to bet I'm the only one shooting the upper shots on a K100D. : )


Vote here: Rally America - Contests
(5 is best)
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-03-2011, 03:49 PM  
Pentax, can you make a DSLR for sports shooters?
Posted By user440
Replies: 44
Views: 7,775
Just because one can, doesn't mean it's the right tool for the job. :)



Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-20-2010, 07:10 AM  
Website Hosting Options - Hosting Domaind AND Email
Posted By user440
Replies: 5
Views: 3,159
FYI, I purchased but have not yet used this:

FotoPlayer - Flash photo Gallery Software

It allows me to keep my host and email yet will build my galleries and also link to a shopping cart. Pretty much exactly what I wanted.
Forum: General Talk 04-14-2010, 05:50 AM  
Announcing the PentaxForums Million-Post Giveaway
Posted By user440
Replies: 1,243
Views: 187,230
Carrying the Pentax flag here. Count me in.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-19-2010, 09:14 PM  
Blog on AF performance of K7
Posted By user440
Replies: 40
Views: 8,139
Nice bright sunny days are great. Ever try shooting a Rally car 30 feet from you at 8pm in the winter time? I've used a lot of different cameras, it's pretty clear when one works properly for the application and when one is not suited for the application. When I hit the shutter, I expect it to fire, not hunt - hunt - hunt - hunt - nothing.

That's ok though, some tools are suited for jobs better than others.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-19-2010, 08:16 AM  
Blog on AF performance of K7
Posted By user440
Replies: 40
Views: 8,139
I understand what you're saying here, but the technology is in itself influencing my photography. When I want to go out to expand my race car photography, I have a inherent disadvantage over the guy next to me. I have to work a lot harder to get the good shot. It can be done of course, I have hundreds of pictures to prove it. Can it be done as easy, with as little effort, and with a greater ratio of keepers as the guy with the 50D next to me? No.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-19-2010, 04:58 AM  
Blog on AF performance of K7
Posted By user440
Replies: 40
Views: 8,139
I don't think complaining is entirely unproductive. There is a vein in market focus for Pentax that largely caters to flower shooters, landscape, and even macro to some degree; with exception of the later, lightning fast AF and FPS are largely irrelevant. Who knows if this is why Pentax does not put much emphasis on sports shooting or if they are simply technologically deficient from an engineering standpoint. It is important for Pentax to know though that there are sports shooters out there with an eye on the K-7 (and next-generation) and an eye on the Canikon. Right now, the mouse cursor is hanging over the Canikon for sports shooting.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-19-2010, 04:14 AM  
Sensor dust
Posted By user440
Replies: 24
Views: 5,263
If a blower does not work then use (as recommended above) a sensor stick/swab.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-19-2010, 04:04 AM  
Hi all from West Berkshire, GB.
Posted By user440
Replies: 3
Views: 480
Welcome to the forums.
Forum: General Talk 03-19-2010, 03:41 AM  
Quebec got sprayed with chemtrail yesterday
Posted By user440
Replies: 43
Views: 6,216
The Matrix has you...

No, but seriously, check out Wikipedia. There are different drivers for the formation of contrails. If warranted, I'm sure one could easily find a more scientific source:

Contrail - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Edit: Michael's comments on the previous page are the more common (and science-based) concerns: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/957910-post29.html
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-18-2010, 06:56 PM  
Cheap 500 mm lenses
Posted By user440
Replies: 9
Views: 3,042
Just an alternative, you may want to consider just getting a 1.5x or 2.0x teleconverter to fit your Tamron.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-18-2010, 04:34 PM  
What Comes after the K7
Posted By user440
Replies: 253
Views: 67,572
Better be something that can focus fast and sharp, higher FPS, higher ISO capability. I'm done waiting to upgrade. 50D performance or better.
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