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Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 09-07-2016, 07:45 AM  
PF 10th Anniversary - Pentax K-50 1-Day Giveaway! - Entries closed, winner announced.
Posted By Henk Coetzee
Replies: 1,825
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It will make a fine replacement for my MX which died.

Not my MX or my photo.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 03-12-2016, 08:58 AM  
Sticky: Pentax Repair Facilities (Wordwide listing)
Posted By Henk Coetzee
Replies: 126
Views: 33,272
South Africa

Radiolens - Hatfield, Pretoria
Welcome to RADIOLENS
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 04-09-2015, 12:55 PM  
Top 3 DFA Primes Wishlist
Posted By Henk Coetzee
Replies: 162
Views: 17,509
Which may be what Ricoh want to do. One of the selling points of the current line-up is not the 1.4s, but a 21 f/3.2, and 40 f/2.8 and a 70 f/2.4. Why not hope for a similar FF line-up (although the 70 should work on FF already).

This is the nature of fast FF zooms. They are big, heavy and expensive.

For me, the trick would be to build a unique system around an FF sensor by seriously considering the tradeoffs between fast and large.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-02-2015, 01:02 AM  
The Ghost-Train
Posted By Henk Coetzee
Replies: 19
Views: 1,642
+1 vote
Excellent photo.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 03-29-2015, 09:29 AM  
The Full Frame: What will make you buy it?
Posted By Henk Coetzee
Replies: 131
Views: 17,032
I've been rationalising my kit recently and am now down to a Sigma 10-20, an FA 35 f2 and either the DA70 or the D-FA100 Macro. This already adds up to a lot of weight and bulk if you're on foot all day with things to do other than carry cameras around and photograph things. It would be attractive if they could pull a rabbit out of the hat and make it really light and compact. A few weeks back I was working with a friend shooting with a 5DII with a 24-70, while I was using a 16-45 on my K3. I know that the 16-45 is only an f4 lens, but the bulk and weight of the FF kit was considerable.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-24-2015, 01:21 AM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By Henk Coetzee
Replies: 6,446
Views: 835,245
Alternatively, while people are out shooting, we'll be out haunting yard sales and pawn shops :D.

I recently became a 2-system photographer. I'm still not using Canon or Nikon kit.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-14-2013, 02:54 AM  
Cameras cameras cameras
Posted By Henk Coetzee
Replies: 16
Views: 2,718
I'm sitting in a similar dilemma as Lurch, also enjoying the autumn sunshine. I currently use a K20D, and must confess that artistic judgement is also still my limiting factor. We have a bunch of my pictures hanging in the house, most prominently an A0 landscape printed on canvas which I shot with the K20 and a DA70 Limited. It's a great idea to have a large print like this around to remind me that the technical flaws (which nobody else ever sees) are all of my own making and have nothing to do with the equipment OK used.

I've also performed the thought experiment of a Canikon FF. In my case this would be a 2nd hand 5D2, 6D or D600. My idea was to get this with a 50 1.4, maybe a 28 and nothing else and live with it for a year or two before getting caught up in the lens-buying frenzy which seems to have replaced a lot of the enjoyment of photography. Realistically though, the only real limitation I find with the K20D is in low light conditions.
Forum: Photo Critique 09-09-2012, 02:18 AM  
Landscape Kubu Island sunrise
Posted By Henk Coetzee
Replies: 12
Views: 1,730

It does work, although I prefer the proportions uncropped. I've also tried to brighten the sky a little.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-07-2012, 10:09 AM  
Image corrupted on export from LR4.1 to Viveza (and other Nik packages)
Posted By Henk Coetzee
Replies: 6
Views: 1,397
Still struggling. I tried another graphics card, with no improvement.
Forum: Photo Critique 09-07-2012, 04:08 AM  
Landscape Kubu Island sunrise
Posted By Henk Coetzee
Replies: 12
Views: 1,730
Thanks for the ideas. I have a number of images of this scene and the morning. The challenge I was working on here is that capturing the rising sun, the brightening sky and the shade side of the tree becomes progressively more and more difficult as the morning brightens.

A few minutes earlier I did capture this one, which probably does a better job (although it looks a bit dull on the cr@ppy laptop monitor I'm using at the moment).

K20D Sigma 10-20@16mm 1/5s f10

The exercise of working through and processing these images is proving very useful for me. It also means that I will probably plan another trip to this location in the not too distant future :lol:.
Forum: Photo Critique 09-06-2012, 02:01 PM  
Landscape Kubu Island sunrise
Posted By Henk Coetzee
Replies: 12
Views: 1,730
Last month I had a couple of days to drive from Namibia back home to South Africa. Most of the time was spent in Botswana, with 2 nights at Kubu Island on Sua Pan - a granite island poking through the bed of an old inland sea. The concentration of baobabs on this island is spectacular. I was lucky to have one cloudy and one clear day. This one, from the first, cloudy morning.

Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-06-2012, 01:03 PM  
Image corrupted on export from LR4.1 to Viveza (and other Nik packages)
Posted By Henk Coetzee
Replies: 6
Views: 1,397
The Nik packages are installed with their default settings. The Tech people at Nik suspect something to do with the graphics drivers.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-06-2012, 11:45 AM  
Image corrupted on export from LR4.1 to Viveza (and other Nik packages)
Posted By Henk Coetzee
Replies: 6
Views: 1,397
Normal export to tiff works fine. The exported tiff also imports into Viveza via LR fine.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-06-2012, 06:28 AM  
Image corrupted on export from LR4.1 to Viveza (and other Nik packages)
Posted By Henk Coetzee
Replies: 6
Views: 1,397
I was looking for a little more power for selective editing and came across Nik Software, in particular Viveza, and installed the 15-day trial copy. The concept of the U-point selection makes a lot of sense to me and poking around in it, I like the results I am getting. The problem I have is in the "edit in" export from LR 4.1 on Windows 7 Home Premium.

So far, every image I export from Lightroom from my K20D (I convert to DNG on import, but get the same problem if I import as a PEF) gives me a completely garbled image on the screen.

I've tried it and got the same result with some old K100D files, but get an OK import of images created with an old Minolta A1 (5MP). I can get it to work using a jpeg as the intermediate format but not an 8-bit tiff. It also works fine on another machine with the K20D files as 16-bit tiffs.

I'm able to import images via a convoluted process of exporting to a full-res tiff, importing back into LR and then editing the images in Viveza, so I can at least see the potential in the software.

I've been in contact with Nik's tech support who are looking at the problem and coming up with a few suggestions, largely around the age of my graphics card - NVIDIA 8400GS based - the age of the driver I had installed - now updated to the latest stable version and possible issues with the general configuration of the machine - still sending config files back and forth.

Has anyone seen this or does anyone have any suggestions?
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-07-2012, 04:04 PM  
Posted By Henk Coetzee
Replies: 3
Views: 451

Newbie on the forum, based in Pretoria, South Africa. I shoot a K20 with a couple of M, FA, DFA, DA and 3rd party lenses.

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