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Forum: Photographic Technique 03-07-2013, 07:45 AM  
Frustrated at Not Getting Better
Posted By AOShep
Replies: 60
Views: 6,121
Whatever you do, don't quit! You will need to log a lot more hours behind the viewfinder. Like normhead said, look for the distractions in the scene and avoid them. Find different angle to shoot the sceen. In one more year you still might not see a big improvement, but check back in 5 years and I am sure you will be amazed.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-11-2013, 02:42 PM  
Ultrazoom for concert photography | 600-800
Posted By AOShep
Replies: 22
Views: 2,958
I have used the DA* 50-135 to shoot high school drama. I was the official photographer so shot dress rehearsals where I could roam wherever I pleased, even on stage, and shot during the performance where I had to be aware of blocking someone's view. This lens was nearly perfect for this type of event. The 70-200 would be good if you can't get to the front of the stage, otherwise it might not be wide enough.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-06-2013, 03:06 PM  
Reasons to use RAW over best quality JPEG
Posted By AOShep
Replies: 87
Views: 8,254
Whenever I shoot JPG I always regret not shooting RAW. Something usually happens and I need to fix what can't be fixed in JPG. I once shot 2 days of school portraits with the wrong lights. If I had used RAW I could have easily adjusted the white balance, but instead I had to re-shoot. The school was not happy and I almost did not get another chance.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-31-2012, 11:57 AM  
I Was Against Photoshop Cheating...
Posted By AOShep
Replies: 18
Views: 2,277
I tried an evaluation copy of LR 4 after using PS CS3 and didn't like the limitations of LR. LR is much easier to batch process an entire folder of images but I still like the full control of PS. Bridge, which is part of PS is just as good at organizing images and I know exactly where all my images are.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-03-2012, 04:16 PM  
Cannot fire old Nikon TTL Flash with K30
Posted By AOShep
Replies: 7
Views: 1,319
You may have already checked this: check your shutter speed or put the mode dial on X.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-22-2012, 08:23 AM  
K10D suddenly fails to turn on
Posted By AOShep
Replies: 7
Views: 1,115
You have already tried everything that I was going to suggest. I did have the same problem with mine some time ago, but I forgot what I did. But don't give up yet. try some seemingly dumb things too, iike remove and remount the lens, turn all the knobs, wheels and buttons. Sense you couldn't actually try your battery in a K-5 because it is a different battery, it still could be the battery.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-16-2012, 05:29 PM  
The Film Shooters Guide to Digital - A Dummies Guide to the K5
Posted By AOShep
Replies: 10
Views: 2,404
I also started with fully manual film. First the MX, then the LX. I now shoot with a K-5 and used it 95% of the time in manual mode. Every time I try to use one of the auto settings I don't like what I see so I go back to manual. Don't worry about waisting the advanced features on the K-5, just shoot the way you know best and are comfortable with.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-01-2012, 02:50 PM  
Reverse Mounting my 50/1.2
Posted By AOShep
Replies: 13
Views: 1,929
I personally have not heard reverse mounting on lens onto the front of another. I only way I know of and have done is use an adapter that screws onto the filter threads on the front of the lens and the other side of the ring adapter is the K-mount to attach to the camera. You will have no auto control of the aperture so when you stop down it will reduce your light as you set your exposure. In other words, manual mode only.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-08-2012, 03:53 PM  
Poll: Which Set of lenses would you rather have....
Posted By AOShep
Replies: 36
Views: 3,526
Definitely set 1. I have no problems with set 2 however. But Set 3 only has 3 lenses and with the 18-135 it is redundant so really only 2 lenses.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-03-2012, 11:54 AM  
help me spend money!
Posted By AOShep
Replies: 3
Views: 934
Get the battery grip.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-01-2012, 06:41 AM  
Exposure Error on my 67-Pictures
Posted By AOShep
Replies: 15
Views: 2,447
The image is exposed upside down on the film making the shutter fault on the right side of the image as you see it.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-05-2012, 01:52 AM  
Lens Filters
Posted By AOShep
Replies: 13
Views: 1,292
Lens hoods can provide protection even though that is not it's primary purpose. I shot a soccer match and I got hit right on the lens with a soccer ball. The hood held up and the ball was not able to make contact with the front element.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-03-2012, 07:30 PM  
My friend brought me back a slightly smaller Pentax MX from Hong Kong
Posted By AOShep
Replies: 10
Views: 2,264
I got one of those out of a vending machine too. I was hoping the K-5 would drop out, but I do the real MX so I wasn't really disappointed.
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 05-29-2012, 09:15 PM  
Is this stain? Please help.
Posted By AOShep
Replies: 4
Views: 1,131
Stains generally appear as spots or blotches. On the first image looks like a bar up on the left side of a slightly less contrast. The second image I can't see anything at all. To test for a stain, stop the lens down and use a slow shutter. Move the camera while exposing a blank area like the sky. Any spots will remain stationary will the scene will blur making the dust spot or stain stand out.
Forum: Ask B&H Photo! 05-23-2012, 10:18 PM  
FA 31mm Ltd.
Posted By AOShep
Replies: 0
Views: 774
I will be ordering the FA 31mm Ltd. within a month from now. Is there any possibility that the silver version will be in stock any time soon? When I checked your on-line store only the black was listed.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-19-2012, 11:58 PM  
I LOVE my "new" lens!! Pentax M 50mm f1.7
Posted By AOShep
Replies: 36
Views: 4,136
The M50 f/1.7 was my very first lens new in '79. I would never sell it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-16-2012, 04:55 AM  
As Pentaxian, if you were to jump ship, Nikon, Canon, Sony, or?
Posted By AOShep
Replies: 215
Views: 16,637
If money wasn't an issue, I'd just at the 645D and leap-frog the FF altogether.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-16-2012, 04:41 AM  
If You Had To Pick One Lens You're Coveting Right Now?
Posted By AOShep
Replies: 90
Views: 6,473
I'm not coveting the FA 31 limited, I'm planning on it soon. There is a difference. The FA 300mm f/2.8 w/ 1.7 tele converter (or some similar flavor) would be one to covet. Price and availability will keep it out of my reach for some time.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-15-2012, 12:47 AM  
Best lens for floral arrangements
Posted By AOShep
Replies: 15
Views: 2,451
If I work it right, I could have an entire arsenal of lenses and other necessary extras before the summer is out.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-14-2012, 09:09 PM  
Best lens for floral arrangements
Posted By AOShep
Replies: 15
Views: 2,451
Thanks for all the input. I do have the Tamron 18-250 which I bought with my K10D because the shop did not have a kit in stock. I have decided not buy anything slower than f/4.0 and preferably f/2.8 or better. IMO fast glass is the way to go even if I end up stopping down. This is my chance to get my first Limited so I will likely go with that and try to pry a wide zoom later.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-14-2012, 08:17 PM  
pentax k10d lens
Posted By AOShep
Replies: 12
Views: 1,363
You can probably get a copy of the kit lens fairly cheap. I have seen several listed in used equipment sections at camera stores. Most decent size camera store should have some available even if they don't sell new Pentax gear.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-14-2012, 08:11 PM  
Best lens for floral arrangements
Posted By AOShep
Replies: 15
Views: 2,451
My wife is into floral arrangements and she has me take 100 shots from every conceivable angle, then post them on her fb page. I have been using my DA* 50-135 because it is the best lens in my bag. But then I told her I couldn't get the angles she desired because the lens was too long, she gave me permission to buy another lens. Whatever I get will need to be capable of tending to her needs as well as my other needs. I wouldn't necessarily need macro, but close focus would be nice. My first choice would be the FA 31mm Limited for reasons other than the flowers. There are also several wide angle zooms that I could make use of. Any thoughts before I let my heart decide on the Limited?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-10-2012, 11:56 PM  
PopPhoto K5 cover photo
Posted By AOShep
Replies: 12
Views: 3,610
They use the Pentax with its markings taped over, then recommend the 5D mk III in the article. Go figure.
Forum: Pentax K-r 05-09-2012, 07:18 AM  
Thinking of diving back in
Posted By AOShep
Replies: 10
Views: 1,465
Another thought. You were considering buying used. Maybe even the K-7 might be a good choice. The K-r has more advanced imaging, but the K-7 has the professional features like WR that you thought would be nice.
Forum: Pentax K-r 05-04-2012, 11:46 PM  
Thinking of diving back in
Posted By AOShep
Replies: 10
Views: 1,465
You have some tough choices to make. As for price, you might want to consider the K-01. It has the same sensor and most of the features of the K-5. The K-r is also a good choice. As for Nikon, I would not recommend the 3100 to anyone. To me it is a toy. The max ISO is way too low and the settings dial is all in pictures. I don't know anyone with the 5100 but it's specs are a little better.
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