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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-16-2009, 10:26 PM  
K-x on photorumors
Posted By lamgray
Replies: 155
Views: 17,199
I will try downsampling out. . .just saying if the new sensor produces less noise, I'll not be happy. The only true test is to look at the same low lit scene shot at the same MP.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-16-2009, 08:26 PM  
K-x on photorumors
Posted By lamgray
Replies: 155
Views: 17,199
I literally upgraded my K10d to the K7 last week. . if they upgraded the ISO sensitivities (one of the 2 reasons for my upgrade) and its better in the Kx. . I will be PISSED. I shoot mainly in low light settings.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-23-2009, 10:08 PM  
Has anyone experienced similar problem?
Posted By lamgray
Replies: 6
Views: 1,801
I did and its working again. . .BRILLIANT! Thanks!
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-22-2009, 11:12 PM  
Photography - the art of taking many pictures to get one good one?
Posted By lamgray
Replies: 47
Views: 11,114
I would take exception to this. . .I do concert photography. . I get 30 seconds to three songs to get my shots for freelance work that I do. . .While there are many in the take as many photos in the limited time to get the action (which you can render lucky). . I have most success, setting myself up correctly, anticipating a moment and grabbing it, in focus with the right lighting. . .I've gotten much better at it, and am down to about 30 shots (50 max) per show. . .

Though, take as many photos as you can, fiddle with the settings, learn what works and doesn't. . you'll find a few years in. . you start to become your own lightmeter and know what settings to apply prior to the shot. . .its strange. But, to speed the learning curve, I suggest taking notes for each shot, just like they used to in film. This is what sped up the process for me (well, and not to mention my old film camera light meter broke on me after a year into taking photography classes, so it forced me to learn).
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-22-2009, 11:02 PM  
Shooting a band -- any advice?
Posted By lamgray
Replies: 13
Views: 2,382
Mark, love your jazz photos site. . .some real beauts there. . .I adore the man with the mic on your homepage. . .the color is amazing, esp that purple!
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-22-2009, 10:32 PM  
Shooting a band -- any advice?
Posted By lamgray
Replies: 13
Views: 2,382
PS: Forgot to mention, full band or full stage shots are generally more compelling using a fisheye. . .that's what most ppl are using for those type of shots.

And, its rough to give you light meter readings b/c they all vary on club and on the show. . . with the 1.4, I'd aim to be shooting 1/30-1/125 based on what you describe. . .for a moving band 1/65 and up. . .If you can shoot iso400-800 the better b/c grainy stage lights suck. . .I'd avoid 32 if you can, it'll be grainu. I keep notecards after every show of successful shots with lighting and band movement descriptions. . .and even by venue there is a TON of variance.
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-22-2009, 10:26 PM  
Shooting a band -- any advice?
Posted By lamgray
Replies: 13
Views: 2,382
Hello. . .Bands in various venues is basically what I do, generally I shoot with the following, depending on the venue lighting and restrictions:

Few questions so I can help you out more. . .are you restricted to shooting first 3 songs, and will you be in a pit? Or is it a smaller show where you'll be free to roam and shoot the entire show? Also, can you use a flash.

OK, when dealing with a small venue where I have more freedom to roam and can flash (which you'll want to get rid of the hideous red stage lighting):

FLASH: Tune it up a notch and bounce it off of the ceiling (talking like a 175-185 degree angle up) this will allow you to soft light the features you want and flash out the red lights that they love to use on stage that flush out skin tones. This is esp for the close ups of individual band members. Make sure you use a diffuser. . if you don't have one, rubber band a coffee filter around your flash, that will help. Wouldn't use a detached flash at a concert unless you're very experienced with it. . .seen a ton of ppl ruin shows by using it incorrectly blocking ppls views and pointing it directly in their face. If you bouce it correctly, it won't bother anyone.

If I can use a flash, I generally use my 28-300mm b/c it allows range, sometimes my takumars b/c they capture color beautifully.

Sans flash, I use my 50 1.4, 70-200 2.8, and sometimes my 28-300mm again (tamron). . but only if I'm at a larger venue like HOB, theater, or arenas, as the lighting is much more intense. From what you're describing this won't work. I'd suggest using your 50 for full body shot of individuals and 85 to get up closer. If you have a lens with focal length range and can flash, suggest that more. . you'll want the flexibility to quickly change what you are capturing.

I generally don't filter for color, but if there will be stage fog and quick moving lights, you might want to use a filter to reduce flaring that can occur (esp. important for stage ice, it will reflect spots on your shots).

Ok, don't make the mistake that a ton of ppl do and just shoot as many shots as you can in succession, hoping one will turn out good. . try to anticipate a moment get prepped for it and wait. . .If you're using AF, make sure its set to hold when you press the shutter trigger halfway down, and not move when you press halfway down, as you'll never get an in focus shot. I manually focus many times, b/c you'll see that the camera will want to naturally focus on the items that don't move that much, ie, guitar, mic, etc, ruining your shots. Either AF on the artist in an area and hold the AF at that point, waiting for them to retunn to that spot to capture the good shot, or manually focus it. If you can wait for the better moments, you'll have less shots total, but better photos in all.

Also, pay attention to what you are framing. . .many people get the mic in the face of band members. . try to get to a side where you can get the mic, but the entire face of the singer, where you can get the entire guitar player and no mic in the middle. . .many people line up right under the band member they are shooting, and that just won't get you the shot. When framing, try to keep the full shot in mind. . try not to cut off the guitar head (not ALWAYS possible, but you can try!)

Any questions? email me: Lamgray@yahoo.com. . .I freelance for various music mags: www.lauramgray.com would be happy to answer any ?s.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-22-2009, 09:37 PM  
Has anyone experienced similar problem?
Posted By lamgray
Replies: 6
Views: 1,801
Bumping up, bc the same issue comes up with my camera (always on a day before a big shoot ironically). . and I have the apperature set to automatic (it is an issue on all of my lenses). The autofocus won't work (on lenses that should) and it will not display the AV setting (though when I shoot in av mode and change the setting, it will actually adjust, just presents nothing on the top monitor for av). . .the only way I've gotten it to work in the past is to remove the lens several times and eventually it works??

Just as a side note, for the K10d, if you want to be able to shoot at a set av. . .go into the custom settings for your camera, on the last screen there is a setting that should be set to #2, this will allow you to use some old lenses with your camera. I would recommend turning that setting to allow any app setting.

Anyone, help would be appreciated. I have a magazine shoot on Saturday. . I can use my backup old *istD, but my HSM lenses will not autofocus with that body, and I will need a high speed autofocus for some of the work. . .I'd rather not have to buy another body of 20d or 10d for a day while this one is in the shop if they can't fix it tomorrow!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-06-2008, 11:30 PM  
Poor Build Quality of Pentax 540-fgz
Posted By lamgray
Replies: 32
Views: 9,416
PS metz 58 for 399 with free shipping

Metz MZ58317P Metz 58 AF-1 TTL Flash for Pentax & Samsung - MZ58317PS - Buy.com

interested in flash instead of upgrading my 360 for the swivel head
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-06-2008, 11:20 PM  
Poor Build Quality of Pentax 540-fgz
Posted By lamgray
Replies: 32
Views: 9,416
[QUOTE=spyglass;342879]I agree with you 100%
Pentax product are generally well planned and built.... but their flash units are like crappy toys. I have 3 FGZ 360 & 2 FGZ 540 Pentax flash units. The battery door cover on the 360 is a joke. The microscopic plastic ears tabs fail against the spring tension of the batteries. I have rebuilt 2 of my flash units with a metal ear tab. The 540 is a bit floppy and unstable (and the zoom motor mechanism is under built - probably the same parts used in the 360.... but required to work much harder in the larger flash unit.
And my final question is why does Pentax not build a ring flash and a twin flash. They should also consider designing the flash units to accept the rechargeable camera batteries.

Man that felt good to vent ! :o[/QUOTE


AGREED on the 360. . .so many times I've lost batteries (or even worse, accidentally thrown them at ppl) with the damn door.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-06-2008, 10:29 PM  
I want an awesome strap
Posted By lamgray
Replies: 50
Views: 10,381
Any advice on a strap to avoid back pain from a long day of shooting and hauling gear?
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-06-2008, 10:26 PM  
underexposure
Posted By lamgray
Replies: 11
Views: 3,748
Agreed on this. . . it also depends what you are shooting/time of day/where you are taking the light meter readings/etc. . .For instance, snow is always going to cause an off light meter reading b/c of the reflection of light. . .in which you have to adjust. Without more detail, hard to tell.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-06-2008, 10:15 PM  
Lens ?
Posted By lamgray
Replies: 9
Views: 2,632
Also, Sigma, though 100 more for the 70-200 f2.8 has HSM and IS

And, its a SHE not a HE.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-06-2008, 10:12 PM  
Lens ?
Posted By lamgray
Replies: 9
Views: 2,632
Sorry just got to this. . .

Yes, I typed that pretty quickly. . .Fixed focal length. . .you knew what I was talking about

Yes, you can get the full range in the f2.8, but there also is a lot of limitation of what tamron offers for the pentax vs what it offers other makes, which is generally not the case of pentax or sigma

Also, no f1.4, f1.8, f2.0 available like the other brands.

Tamrons in good lighting condition are my favorites b/c the color is the best I see. . .very similar to the super takumars and takumars I've been using
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-06-2008, 09:58 PM  
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 vs. Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 vs Pentax 50-135mm f/2.8
Posted By lamgray
Replies: 27
Views: 14,838
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-06-2008, 09:55 PM  
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 vs. Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 vs Pentax 50-135mm f/2.8
Posted By lamgray
Replies: 27
Views: 14,838
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-06-2008, 09:52 PM  
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 vs. Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 vs Pentax 50-135mm f/2.8
Posted By lamgray
Replies: 27
Views: 14,838
I'm going through the same debate right now, and am considering one of the following:

Buying:

Sigma 50-150 mm f2.8 for 475 free shipping:
Normal-to-Telephoto Zoom 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM II Autofocus Lens f/ Pentax Digital SLR at Topchoice Digital

AND

Pentax 50mm f1.4 for about $200


OR

Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 ($700)

OR

Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 ($619)


I shoot concert photography and am usually close up in the pit, so while the 200 mm is a better range for when I am far away, I'm debating whether 70mm is too close up for being directly in the pit.

Any thoughts would be great. I was about to buy one of the 70-200mm. . but I feel like 475 free shiping is a great deal.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-26-2008, 09:58 PM  
Lens ?
Posted By lamgray
Replies: 9
Views: 2,632
If you are looking for lens recommendations, it also depends on the type of shooting you will be doing.

For the lenses made for digitals, I think Tamrons are beauts for color remdition. . .but they have serious limitations when it comes to f stop ranges and aren't the best buy if you do a lot of low lighting shots. The sigmas are better suited, or if you don't mind manually focusing, I LOVE the old film lenses.

What is your price range? What kind of shots will you be taking?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-26-2008, 09:40 PM  
K100D shooting ISO 1600 issue: Images have orange horizontal streak
Posted By lamgray
Replies: 8
Views: 3,001
Not sure if you are using editing software, but I thought I had a lens issue with a blue streak appearing on photos that I noticed on my computer, but it turned out an older version of Adobe Lightroom (1.1) was the culprit.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-26-2008, 09:38 PM  
Issues with K10D Autofocus
Posted By lamgray
Replies: 3
Views: 1,672
Thanks for the responses. I have it working again. Basically, if I remove the lens, set the autofocus on, take the battery out and restart a few times, it will start working again.

I will do a full cleaning as well. I'm going on a trip to Prague next week (and I'd rather have it than my older camera), so I'll take it to the shop after that.

Thanks!
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-25-2008, 07:20 PM  
How do you focus?
Posted By lamgray
Replies: 41
Views: 7,071
AFS or Manual, depending on the lens and what I'm shooting, manual for a majority of the stuff I do b/c its dark lit and in motion.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-25-2008, 07:12 PM  
Issues with K10D Autofocus
Posted By lamgray
Replies: 3
Views: 1,672
Every once in awhile, when I set to the AF mode on my K10D, the camera reads to be in MF mode and will not take a picture. It comes on radomly, and with lenses that have worked fine with the AF before (and are supposed to as they are built for the DSLR cameras). To validate it wasn't a lens issue (it started with my Tamron 28-300mm), I checked on my *1stD and the lens focuses fine.

Anyone had this issue before?
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