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Forum: General Photography 2 Days Ago  
Fullframe camera is for whom?
Posted By Madaboutpix
Replies: 36
Views: 1,480
I have a 60 x 90 cm (about 24"x35") print at 300 dpi of the image below hanging in my hallway (apologies if I have posted this elsewhere; link to full-res JPEG for the pixel peepers: Dresden & Saxon Switzerland 2018 - Marc). Shot with a 24-MP crop body and a 100-euro lens. Standing in front of it, and looking as close as my ageing eyes will allow, I can discern single needles of the spruce trees, I get gorgeous colours and tonality, and hardly any noise. Okay, in this case, everything came together perfectly (base ISO, solid tripod, Mirror Lock-up, IR remote, best aperture, etc.) - I get it - but it still doesn't exactly give me the feeling that I need to upgrade to full frame. Especially, given the bulk and cost penalty it would entail.

And, yes, it's perfectly okay to want and get a FF kit. The K-1 line are excellent cameras, and there are areas where they are going to beat their crop cousins.
Forum: Do-It-Yourself 2 Days Ago  
Manual: Solenoid Replacment Pentax K-30/50/500 + Discharge of flash-condenser
Posted By Madaboutpix
Replies: 3
Views: 381
Excellent manual, photogem, even though I probably wouldn't dare this kind of camera surgery myself.

Two "follow-up questions" (pretty obvious, really, but just for the record):
  1. How much money does it save Ricoh to use the inferior-quality selenoid?

  2. If they know that the China-made selenoids are likely to fail on the users of the affected Pentax models, often, it would seem, when the cameras have just dropped out of warranty and therefore causing a lot of distress to the owners, why do they still keep using them?

Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-09-2019, 01:29 PM  
ARRRGGGHHH!!! Dumbest thing I've ever done! May have ruined my camera. $%#^@#!!!
Posted By Madaboutpix
Replies: 27
Views: 1,709
Such products are among the photo accessories I wouldn't even contemplate touching with a barge pole. I use an alternative-brand rocket/power blower instead.

Hope the OP was able to rescue his camera without damage.

As for stupid things humans do, I could contribute quite a number to that list but have chosen not to :D -- to spare myself the embarrassment since, boy, some of them were really stupid. :o
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-08-2019, 12:12 PM  
More DXO PhotoLab goodness!!
Posted By Madaboutpix
Replies: 13
Views: 892
Robin Whalley's tube video may be of use in helping you evaluate whether Nik Collection 2 could be for you or not:
















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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-06-2019, 11:13 AM  
More DXO PhotoLab goodness!!
Posted By Madaboutpix
Replies: 13
Views: 892
Thanks for the hint, Larrymc. I recall that specific detail from the installation process. It didn't bother me in particular since I obtained Nik Collection 2018 as a paying customer and FAIK could redownload it from my account on DxO's website.

Not that it matters all that much because I knew once I had tried out the export directly from PhotoLab 2.3 Elite into several Nik plugins that I will definitely pick up v2, possibly even within the launch price window till 30 June (upgrade from Nik Collection 2018 will set you back €59.99 here in Germany till then).
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-05-2019, 01:55 PM  
More DXO PhotoLab goodness!!
Posted By Madaboutpix
Replies: 13
Views: 892
I take it you mean v2.3, which I just installed myself, but yes, there is the said button which lets you export directly into the Nik-Plugins.

Plus, they have just released a new version (v2) of the Nik Collection itself. Installed the 30-day demo and am pretty sure that I will upgrade to the new version. Glad to see DxO seems committed to integrating and developing the Nik plugins further.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-30-2019, 11:47 PM  
What's your favorite 2008-2013 APS-C Pentax DSLR and do you still use it?
Posted By Madaboutpix
Replies: 64
Views: 2,791
Appreciated, although it didn't require much work on my part. In the Custom Setting Menu of the K-3, C1.1 EV Steps is left on the 1/3 EV Steps default setting, whereas C1.2 Sensitivity Steps is set to be in accordance with the EV Steps (the default would be 1 EV Step). That way, depending on the light, the camera's Auto ISO will select something like ISO 5000.

My White Balance setting (in camera) is Multi Auto White Balance. Otherwise, the image was processed to taste starting from a custom preset (aiming for natural colours) that I have for the K-3 in DxO PhotoLab 2. Crucial parts of the image were accentuated using the SmartLighting tool, which works like a multi-spot metering you can apply in post. I added some local microcontrast and sharpening to the rings and rescued some highlight detail with the Correction Brush. In my preset, the denoising settings (of DxO's Prime Denoising) are deliberately dialled down to about 1/3 of the default values to prevent unnecessary loss of detail and textures. That's basically it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-30-2019, 12:41 AM  
What's your favorite 2008-2013 APS-C Pentax DSLR and do you still use it?
Posted By Madaboutpix
Replies: 64
Views: 2,791
Bonus: High-ISO with the K-3, in this case ISO 5000 (gasp!), mixed ambient/incandescent light, no flash:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-30-2019, 12:30 AM  
What's your favorite 2008-2013 APS-C Pentax DSLR and do you still use it?
Posted By Madaboutpix
Replies: 64
Views: 2,791
Still using the K-3 I got in mid-2014, my only camera. Has never let me down and keeps taking amazing images, as long as I'm doing my homework as the photographer behind it. High-ISO capabilities of something like the KP are better of course, but it's not that you can't take great images with the K-3 even in low light (especially compared with the K-7, which I shot earlier).

Am quite curious about the new APS-C flagship Ricoh seems to have in the works and, if it delivers the goods, will likely upgrade to it, once it has been on the market for one or two years.

The last image I have of our late doggy dame Mora, done with my K-3 and the plastic-fantastic DA50. Image quality is still impeccable, even in 2019 (full-res version here: Mora (d. 2019) - Marc):
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-29-2019, 01:56 PM  
Controversial Opinion: Sony Was Right And We Were Wrong...
Posted By Madaboutpix
Replies: 25
Views: 1,556
A camera design that is supposed to offer the best of both worlds but fails to deliver either of the two? That's how the SLT design strikes me. Wouldn't even contemplate buying it, sorry. But then I don't like hybrid cars, either. Why would I want to drive, say, a Corolla Touring Sport, when I can drive an Octavia Combi? If we need to get rid of combustion engines, give me a clean, affordable e-car alternative and the infrastructure that goes with it.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-28-2019, 11:17 AM  
Could Ricoh make the camera without compromise? (Ricoh-Patent on PDAF and/or CD AF)
Posted By Madaboutpix
Replies: 60
Views: 4,921
Thanks for digging this up, Class A.

Would definitely appreciate if Ricoh could and would bring those patents to fruition. It would be a significant selling point for future models. Dare I hope they incorporate something like that into the APS-C flagship they're developing? Let's see what happens.
Forum: General Photography 05-26-2019, 04:40 AM  
Northrup on DSLRs, Mirrorless and especially Lens Mounts
Posted By Madaboutpix
Replies: 31
Views: 1,658
Saw that video last night, against better judgement, and as so often before came away with a sense of having wasted precious lifetime. Even took the time to post a comment.

Although they seem to be better actual photographers than their non-tubing colleague Ken Rockwell, their conclusions tend to be based on a not dissimilar mix of anecdotal evidence, sloppy research, and half-understood science. Then they are sugar-coated with that oh-so-laid-back, breakfast-TV presentation style, routinely interrupted twice (!) by their own SquareSpace commercials, and passed off as solid wisdom.

While most of us will probably be readily able to sift the few nuggets their videos contain from the myths, half-truths, and outright BS, I remain genuinely concerned about the masses out there swallowing the noise they are generating without much regard for the true signal. As for them talking about the Pentax brand, I have reached the point where it gives me a sense of faint nausea whenever they do it, and I don't even consider myself a diehard fanboy, more as a longtime user who has come to appreciate the capabilities and quality of their photographic tools. It is quite telling that Tony not once in the whole video addresses the reasoning behind what the Ricoh executive suggested in the IR interview he alludes to.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-24-2019, 11:56 AM  
Three Primes
Posted By Madaboutpix
Replies: 19
Views: 1,038
As a K-3 shooter, I would currently rely on -- surprise, surprise -- the three primes that I happen to own: DA15, DA35 Macro, and DA50 (all smc versions). But I would happily add DFA100 Macro WR or DA70 for more telephoto and macro options. Even then, I would likely keep the DA50 on board, as it weighs next to nothing and does not take up much space.

The thing is, (a) I have stopped chasing the "ultimate three-prime kit" since I like to have a choice and being able to tailor my kit to the shooting occasion, and (b) I see no reason to arbitrarily ban zooms from my photo backpack, for that would mean leaving DA10-17 and DA55-300 at home, which cover the more extreme focal lengths quite well for my purposes.

I do get the charm of primes and would prefer them on many occasions, but adding a zoom or two to your kit can give you a lot more flexibility.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-18-2019, 03:44 PM  
K-7 Appreciation - The Forefather Forgotten
Posted By Madaboutpix
Replies: 100
Views: 9,342
Among other things, the K-7 taught me how to shoot against intense backlight, something I had rarely dared to explore before. For sure, high ISO wasn't exactly the K-7's forte, but I'm glad it gave me those two shots of the old dame whom we had to have put to sleep only recently. That evening with Mora letting her eyes wander "her field" is something I shall probably not forget for the rest of my life.

(For some reason I cannot fathom, the real ISOs are displayed incorrectly in the EXIFs. Actually, the shots were taken at ISOs 1600 and 800, respectively.)
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-12-2019, 02:33 AM  
How much is enough - post processing
Posted By Madaboutpix
Replies: 30
Views: 1,447
Personally, I try to avoid posterization -- excessive degrees of post processing that draw the viewer's attention to the processing itself and away from the image. Essentially, I'm inviting the viewer to see what I saw in a given scene, both visually and emotionally. That may mean that I have to make the "reality" a little more perfect than it actually was. The art is in the refinement, in the skill, and in knowing where to stop before it looks heavy-handed. Occasionally, I even clone out stuff -- birds in the far distance that could be taken for sensor dust, nasty contrails, a stubborn cigarette butt that escaped my edge patrol -- you get the idea. But then again, it all depends on the purpose of the final image. There are sure uses where more or even less post procession may be in order.

Otherwise, it is and should be a matter of taste. Just like in other spheres of life, however, there remains the observation that some people seem to have that taste while others, well, do not.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-11-2019, 08:14 AM  
Is my new 14mm rokinon junk?
Posted By Madaboutpix
Replies: 18
Views: 987
Welcome to the forum, Psyko.

A little more information would certainly help before making a final call - what F stops are we seeing? centre, border, corner crops? The outdoor shots look overexposed to me. Also, it seems you are a bit off the perfect optical axis with your shots.

That said, what I can see doesn't exactly look promising. Pretty soft, a fair amount of CA. But then again, wide open an ultrawide of its kind will likely not be an IQ demon in the first place. Does it get better when you stop down two or three stops? Do the sides and top vs. the bottom of the field differ?

Bottom line, you may have to refine your testing method a little if you want valid results.
Forum: General Photography 05-10-2019, 02:49 PM  
Why A BIG Camera When The Latest Smart Phones Are So Capable?
Posted By Madaboutpix
Replies: 120
Views: 4,390
Just because I might perhaps get away with smartphone images under a number of circumstances, doesn't mean I feel compelled to use them for serious photography and leave my camera gear at home. But, as so often, people's mileage will vary.

BTW, I don't consider flash, macro, ergonomics, and the ability to use different lenses as somehow detached from "general photography". To my mind, those are an integral part of it.
Forum: General Photography 05-10-2019, 01:10 PM  
Why A BIG Camera When The Latest Smart Phones Are So Capable?
Posted By Madaboutpix
Replies: 120
Views: 4,390
Why I keep shooting a "big" camera (although, actually, a K-3 is anything but a big, honking camera)? Well, for starters, because I can't afford both: a capable and versatile DSLR kit and the latest-and-greatest-built-in-obsolescence smartphone. Also, because I like to be in control of all the basic parameters when I do photography and want to get the best possible result under the given circumstances (which, for me at least, includes the possibility of meaningful post processing). Then, quite literally, I find it an ergonomic pain to shoot photos with a phone. (Admittedly, in part that may be a matter of practice, but a smartphone is a jack of all trades, whereas a camera is just that, a dedicated photographic tool, and that shows.) Ultimately, perhaps, because it would suck much of the pleasure out of my photography if I was just reduced to using a phone, rather than shooting the wonderful kit I've spent so much time and resources to build over the years.

Bonus: Try doing something like this with a phone camera - it's not gonna happen:

See full-res image here: https://needacreate.smugmug.com/Zoom-Erlebniswelt-Gelsenkirchen/i-XzdNTW6/A
Forum: Pentax K-3 04-23-2019, 11:43 AM  
K-3 Exposure problem continuous shooting
Posted By Madaboutpix
Replies: 20
Views: 1,004
Have been using a K-3 for nearly five years, which has seen a fair share of use in continuous mode, and not noted a significant tendency to such worsening overexposure within bursts. Could it be that it occurs when you are panning or tracking subjects in motion and the light is changing? What kind of metering mode are you in?

Posting sample images showing the problem -- or better still, linking to full-res images with EXIFs -- could help a lot to pinpoint the problem and possibly come up with a solution, you know ... ;)
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-22-2019, 03:44 AM  
Pentax, a forgotten camera brand
Posted By Madaboutpix
Replies: 104
Views: 5,042
There used to be a time when I did act a bit like an unappointed brand ambassador, emphasizing that stuff had been shot with Pentax gear, trying to recommend Pentax to acquaintances who were looking for a camera, and the like. Till it occurred to me that I was acting more like a fanboy than a photographer. Given the strength of confirmation bias, I had also found that few (if any) people I talked to would actually pick up a Pentax, when they already had their sights on that latest Sony mirrorless or whatever, so it was largely a waste of time and effort anyway.

Instead, I adopted a quieter and less obtrusive approach to promoting the brand: When other photogs or laymen see me out in the field manning my tripod or otherwise shooting, their curiosity often gets the better of them, and they will start conversations with me about what I'm shooting - ostensibly, because what they really want to talk about is not so much the subject or the composition but what I shoot (i.e. what gear I use). Then, as if I couldn't care less about talking it, which is not entirely untrue, I will drop that I shoot Pentax, which more often than not leads to follow-up questions or comments, on which the other may learn that I shoot Pentax "because I care for results", "because it's the kind of gear that makes me want to go out and shoot", etc. Visitors to my SmugMug photosite can always check out the EXIFs via the info buttons if they must.

Dunno if that kind of soft-sell strategy will attract many younger followers, but it may spark occasional curiosity, which in turn may lead to genuine interest. When people "discover" Pentax in this way, it may turn out to be more effective and sustainable than trying to actively stuff it down people's throats, as seems to be the standard in the photo industry. Such genuinely-convinced, photography-focussed followers are probably more valuable for the survival of the brand than the common button-sniffers which will soon drop the brand for the supposedly latest and greatest around the corner anyway.

I have also learnt to accept that just because Pentax gear works near-perfectly for me doesn't mean this will be the case for everyone. People just expect different things from their gear and should be free to shoot whatever fits their bill.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-19-2019, 11:03 PM  
DCU minor update yesterday 5.8.3
Posted By Madaboutpix
Replies: 3
Views: 727
Oh, thank you for the reminder, Dave. Rarely use DCU - having DxO PhotoLab - but always keep it updated on my PC for specialty stuff that only DCU supports.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-19-2019, 05:29 AM  
AF360FGZ ii flash unit is down for the count
Posted By Madaboutpix
Replies: 13
Views: 680
Er, how about pretending you wanted to freeze the action of mating frogs in your garden pond and then accidentally dropped the unit into the pond? What, however, if the unit should prove to be as indestructible as an electronic Happy Meal toy? Tell your wife someone tried to steal the flash from you and dropped it on the sidewalk when they understood that you would go Dirty Harry on them? :D
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-19-2019, 04:51 AM  
AF360FGZ ii flash unit is down for the count
Posted By Madaboutpix
Replies: 13
Views: 680
If my AF360FGZ II needed substantial servicing, I would probably wait till I could afford the more powerful AF540FGZ II. But, knowing myself, with that kind of money on my hands, I might as well end up getting another Pentax lens instead, since flash is just not such a priority for my photography. :D

If you value quality build and could imagine going off-brand, you might want to look at Metz flash units. Just as an option. You'd lose weather sealing, though.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-19-2019, 04:30 AM  
Pentax, a forgotten camera brand
Posted By Madaboutpix
Replies: 104
Views: 5,042
While Pentax certainly enjoys a certain cult following, the myth has never had as strong a pull on me as what I actually got for my money, the confidence and fun I experienced when using it, and the quality of the results I obtained from it. The kind of satisfaction you get from using a well-made, capable tool. That is what rekindled my interest in a brand that used to be a household name in the days of film.

I specifically remember that sample files from a K10D posted on the Swiss Pentax website had no small part in making me follow Pentax and finally deciding I wanted a K10D, K20D, or K-7. Another factor was that we already had an Optio S10 in the family, which I had got for my wife, and which helped convince me that digital was the way I wanted to go in the future.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-19-2019, 02:05 AM  
AF360FGZ ii flash unit is down for the count
Posted By Madaboutpix
Replies: 13
Views: 680
Sad to hear of your misfortune. When my bought-brand new unit arrived two and a half years ago, it had zoom head failure right out of the box. Don't precisely recall if it did that grinding thing, or just silently refused to perform the zoom action. Anyway, I sent it back to the online shop, they contacted the German branch of Ricoh Imaging, and, after a couple of days, I received a replacement copy. In fairness, that replacement copy has been working flawlessly ever since on my K-3.

Apart from the zoom head drive, with its possibly delicate gears, the unit seems to be sturdily built, in fact, markedly above what I have seen in the cheaper competition so far (quality of plastics used, metal lever-locked foot, no wobble in the controls, trust-inspiring tilt mechanism, dust/weather seals, substantial battery chamber door). But I'm not a heavy user, and then I tend to baby my equipment and even "exercise" it from time to time when not in use. Recently, though, over the course of several weeks, I had to do portraits of a graduation class of 150+ students where I ended up doing flagged-bounce flash lighting, with the AF360FGZ II performing without any hiccups. Only wish it had a little more power for such tasks, like its costlier big brother, but that's a specs-and-budget thing.

Doubt that giving the side a whack was such a good idea, but even in its condition before, your unit would have needed expert-servicing. Now, it's a matter of cost calculation repair vs. new unit, further complicated by Pentax-branded vs. off-brand options out there. By which I don't have to offer much news nor consolation to you, I guess.
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