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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-02-2015, 10:38 AM  
Silver or black :)
Posted By alexcox
Replies: 14
Views: 2,243
I have one silver lens and don't like it because the body of the lens (and its silver hood!) reflect sunlight into my eyes. Black lenses absorb light.
Forum: Pentax K-01 08-29-2015, 09:14 AM  
Film shot entirely with the k-01
Posted By alexcox
Replies: 14
Views: 2,036
The movie director Michael Mann told me the difference between a film and a movie. "Sixty million dollars", he said. "You make films. I make movies."
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-16-2015, 10:57 AM  
My Informal Poll
Posted By alexcox
Replies: 37
Views: 3,279
The people I see with DSLRs are almost invariably carrying Canons or Nikons. Once upon a time I met a man on the headland at Bandon, OR, with a red Pentax DSLR and a red kit lens to match. He was very happy with it! And another time, in a hardware store in Boulder, CO, another Pentax user asked me about my K-01.

But so what? I'm happy with my stuff and have no desire to switch!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-06-2015, 09:40 AM  
Sigma 70-300 Zoom
Posted By alexcox
Replies: 10
Views: 1,269
Agree with all the above! It's a really decent long zoom lens. There are sharper ones and faster ones - but not for a hundred bucks! Go for it.
Forum: Pentax K-01 07-18-2015, 09:12 AM  
Compare the size of the GX8 to the K-01
Posted By alexcox
Replies: 18
Views: 3,812
The GX8 isn't really a "big beast". It's a M43 camera with a decent grip, like the Olympus OMD EM1. As many Pentaxians have pointed out, the K-01 is an excellent camera. What it lacks (in my opinion) even more than a viewfinder is a decent grip. If only its striking design had included a larger grip (something the M43 manufacturers have also figured out is essential!)
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 07-02-2015, 09:23 AM  
how will FF improve your photography?
Posted By alexcox
Replies: 156
Views: 14,261
FF is just another format. It won't improve my photography abilities (which are unchanged regardless of the machine). It might improve the size of the prints I make, if I start making prints and want to make bigger ones. Let's hope that all those who have been crying out for a FF Pentax pony up the money and buy one when it comes out!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-24-2015, 09:44 AM  
DA12-24 vs DA15 + DA14 + DA21?
Posted By alexcox
Replies: 26
Views: 3,331
The 12-24mm is a great lens. As others have suggested I'd recommend selling the 14mm lens (the 15mm is a little narrower but much lighter and smaller) and getting the zoom. Then you will start thinking about getting the 10-17mm as well!
Forum: General Photography 06-22-2015, 09:47 AM  
Calling out to protect European photogrphy rights
Posted By alexcox
Replies: 8
Views: 1,155
"If the opening scene of a show is a wide angle city panorama do the producers have to get approval of every building owner?"

Photographers don't need to ask permission. FAIR USE covers the inclusion of corporate logos and buildings in your film or photograph -- as long as their appearance is incidental. So, if you take and publish a photograph which includes Starbucks and a Shell station, you are within your rights (including a commercial use of the photo or film). But if you focus exclusively on the Starbucks or the Shell, or deliberately disparage their 'trade mark' fair use may not cover you.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-19-2015, 10:40 AM  
Linux Software
Posted By alexcox
Replies: 12
Views: 1,210
Photomatix (the company which makes Photomatix PRO software for HDR) has developed a version for GNU/Linux. You probably need to contact them and ask them for a download since it's still a beta version, I think. In addition to HDR, Photomatix also develops all RAW formats, which Photoshop doesn't. And you can tonemap individual images for that "HDR look".
Forum: Ricoh GR 06-05-2015, 09:39 AM  
The new GR ll, if it's true.
Posted By alexcox
Replies: 9
Views: 2,151
With that same old 28mm equivalent lens? Not wide enough!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-03-2015, 08:45 AM  
Poll: A Monochrome Pentax D-SLR! Would you buy it?
Posted By alexcox
Replies: 36
Views: 3,218
I have a K-01 converted to IR by one of the companies that does that.
The IR filter removes almost all traces of colour (there are various filters which
you can chose). So essentially I have a "monochrom" type camera (though
with infrared visuals!) for the cost of the K-01 and the conversion.
Less than $500!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-06-2015, 06:39 AM  
Any linux users around?
Posted By alexcox
Replies: 41
Views: 3,513
Photomatix - the HDR software - is also available for GNU/Linux. It processes all RAW formats (unlike Photoshop) and you can apply various intensities to pull info out of the shadows and highlights. It also does not apply any software "fixes" for specific lenses, so you may end up with more information on the edges of the frame than you'd get from a regular RAW conversion.

If you try Ubuntu and don't like the rather pedestrian "Unity" desktop, try Mint, a very good desktop OS!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-04-2015, 06:55 AM  
Pentax sighting in Movie
Posted By alexcox
Replies: 2
Views: 1,183
There are Pentax K01s in this movie:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-30-2015, 06:07 AM  
What if you could only have 1 camera with one lens....
Posted By alexcox
Replies: 104
Views: 12,950
K5, K3 or KS2 with the 10-17mm zoom!
Forum: General Photography 04-18-2015, 07:45 AM  
Circular polarizer filter
Posted By alexcox
Replies: 25
Views: 3,668
Expensive filters are absolutely NOT the best. I have bought filters by B+W and they are rubbish. Two of them have literally come to pieces. You can buy "Agfa" branded polarizers made in China for a few bucks. So far none of these have fallen apart.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 03-31-2015, 06:28 AM  
Advantages of FF
Posted By alexcox
Replies: 182
Views: 12,322
If it is true that a FF camera doesn't mean greater print size or better quality prints then what exactly is the advantage? Shallow depth of field is not a quality.
Forum: General Photography 03-19-2015, 06:26 AM  
Why the resistance to buying new lenses?
Posted By alexcox
Replies: 60
Views: 4,587
Isn't it a story about Ansel Adams and Ernest Hemingway? Hemingway: "Nice photos, Mr Adams, what kind of camera did you use?" Adams: "Good stories, Mr Hemingway. What typewriter did you use?"
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-12-2015, 07:27 AM  
Full Frame: The Real Pros (and Cons?)
Posted By alexcox
Replies: 312
Views: 24,820
Does full frame make any difference if the photographer doesn't make prints?
What number of Forum users still make prints? It would be interesting to know.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 02-03-2015, 07:39 AM  
Could Ricoh join m4/3 at CP+?
Posted By alexcox
Replies: 33
Views: 7,006
In Japan M4/3 camera and lens sales are increasing; DSLR sales are decreasing. The Q is popular in Japan, but from a photographer's point of view it would be nice to have a Q-sized camera with a 4/3 sensor.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-01-2015, 08:13 AM  
Opinions on post processing software
Posted By alexcox
Replies: 12
Views: 1,483
Try Photomatix. It's HDR software but does an amazing job of pulling info out of the shadows and highlights of single shots, and works with all file formats, not just DNG.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-27-2015, 07:27 AM  
I just bought three lenses, I should really sell one, but which one...
Posted By alexcox
Replies: 21
Views: 2,817
If you only shoot portraits, sell the 15mm. It is a great lens, but it's not a portrait lens.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-27-2015, 07:24 AM  
Macro Arachnophobia Special ( Be Afraid )
Posted By alexcox
Replies: 10
Views: 1,113
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-24-2015, 07:49 AM  
Any chances we get new wide zoom?
Posted By alexcox
Replies: 13
Views: 1,748
Has 183N used the 10-17mm or the 12-24mm? Both lenses are excellent. If another wide zoom is coming, I would prefer weather sealing over the extra stop.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-10-2014, 08:00 AM  
Desire for compact ultra wide
Posted By alexcox
Replies: 60
Views: 7,208
That Olympus 9-18mm zoom is a smashing lens. It's also the exact equivalent - in 35mm terms - of the Pentax 12-24mm, also excellent. I vote for the 12mm Ltd prime -- and let it be water resistant!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-10-2014, 07:57 AM  
Pentax K-01 Bricked?
Posted By alexcox
Replies: 11
Views: 1,236
Don't buy it if the seller says it's a brick! It's hard to see how the wrong SD card could damage the K-01 (an excellent and sturdy camera) but if the seller says it's a brick, forget about it.
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