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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-09-2014, 10:01 PM  
K-5 IIS and Yongnuo YN560-II
Posted By Noggin
Replies: 8
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Ah ok I see now. I figured it would operate the same way as it when it is mounted on the camera.

Will have to save for another flash, any recommendations?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-09-2014, 08:01 PM  
K-5 IIS and Yongnuo YN560-II
Posted By Noggin
Replies: 8
Views: 1,193
I have the YN560 off camera on its little stand, it fires properly but the camera flash is still firing, I have tried a number of settings but think I am doing something wrong.

I am in Manual mode 1/160 shutter, auto Sigma 2.8 lens.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-21-2013, 02:22 AM  
Noise Reduction Software Giveaway: Let us help you improve your photos! (ended)
Posted By Noggin
Replies: 382
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Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 10-02-2012, 04:49 PM  
Focusing in low light situations
Posted By Noggin
Replies: 9
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Thanks I will try that, I have never played with the AF modes, its been in AF-A since I bought it.

From what I read, AF-C is better for low light and AF-S for action shots.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 09-26-2012, 02:11 AM  
Focusing in low light situations
Posted By Noggin
Replies: 9
Views: 1,457
I generally use my Sigma 17-50mm F2.8, I also have the Sigma 50mm F1.4 but its too tight in some cases.

I have the K-x which seems to be a bit off since taking it to Burning Man so thinking of upgrading to the K-5 II or K-30.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 09-25-2012, 05:59 PM  
Focusing in low light situations
Posted By Noggin
Replies: 9
Views: 1,457
I usually shoot with natural lighting but was recently shooting for a friend at her event and the lighting was pretty dim and the camera was having a real hard time focusing. Is there any way around that apart from using a flash?

I have a cheap external flash at home but that didnt help much either. I definitely need to master using a flash, any tips/advice would be appreciated.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-28-2011, 12:18 AM  
Tuesday: K-5 $999 at B&H, Monday $999 at Adorama
Posted By Noggin
Replies: 96
Views: 15,087
I have the K-x and cant decide whether I should upgrade... will it be that big of an improvement?

Decisions, decisions!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-03-2011, 04:44 PM  
Expecting too much from my Sigma 17-50mm?
Posted By Noggin
Replies: 23
Views: 2,684
The focus was on the strings near the saddle. I'll take some more test shots this w/e

I've no idea about tuning the camera to fix front/back focus!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-30-2011, 07:23 PM  
Expecting too much from my Sigma 17-50mm?
Posted By Noggin
Replies: 23
Views: 2,684
Yes its a 100% crop. Im not really blaming anything more than getting a reality check on what to expect :)

I used the remote in focus mode I think tho I did a focus from that camera first anyway.

I appreciate the feedback a lot!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-29-2011, 02:40 PM  
Expecting too much from my Sigma 17-50mm?
Posted By Noggin
Replies: 23
Views: 2,684
I was using a tripod with the remote.

Is there any way to remedy front-focus error or is it inherint in lenses?

The testing continues...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-29-2011, 02:08 PM  
Expecting too much from my Sigma 17-50mm?
Posted By Noggin
Replies: 23
Views: 2,684
I used my remote so that should minimise shake.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-29-2011, 02:00 PM  
Expecting too much from my Sigma 17-50mm?
Posted By Noggin
Replies: 23
Views: 2,684
With my K-x, I took a picture about 9ft away - 1/6 at 2.8, ISO 200, 50mm just to test the sharpness.

I consider myself a newb so I guess I am expecting too much in terms of quality but I was hoping to see a pretty sharp image.

Experts? :)


Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-27-2011, 01:34 PM  
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 vs. Pentax SMCP-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED
Posted By Noggin
Replies: 13
Views: 2,925
That does help :)

I dont mind spending the extra $ on a new lens if the performance is comparable, it seems the DA 18-250mm is a great choice.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-27-2011, 12:57 PM  
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 vs. Pentax SMCP-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED
Posted By Noggin
Replies: 13
Views: 2,925
Thanks guys I will look into the DA18-250. Cant find it for sale on B&H or Amazon.

Anyone know how it compares to the Sigma?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-27-2011, 11:02 AM  
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 vs. Pentax SMCP-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED
Posted By Noggin
Replies: 13
Views: 2,925
(Oops my bad, updated title... blaming lack of sleep!)

I am looking at these 2 lenses at the moment and wondered what your favorite is, I am also open to suggestions of similar lenses up to $600-700 price range.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-19-2011, 07:20 PM  
Purple fringe with Pentax DA 35mm f/2.4 AL Lens
Posted By Noggin
Replies: 7
Views: 1,893
Thanks for the replies, its an easy fix in PS I just wondered what caused it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-18-2011, 01:32 AM  
Purple fringe with Pentax DA 35mm f/2.4 AL Lens
Posted By Noggin
Replies: 7
Views: 1,893
I just bought the Pentax DA 35mm f/2.4 AL Lens and was playing around with it at the weekend, I am seeing pretty bad fringing in high contrast images... is this a lens problem?

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-01-2011, 09:50 PM  
Low lighting lens recommendations?
Posted By Noggin
Replies: 23
Views: 2,718
Haha good point about the WR :)

I think I will go for the Sigam 15-50mm 2.8. Is this it?

http://www.amazon.com/Sigma-17-50mm-2-8-Aperture-Canon/dp/B003A6H27K/ref=sr_...7543631&sr=1-1
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-01-2011, 09:47 PM  
Low lighting lens recommendations?
Posted By Noggin
Replies: 23
Views: 2,718
Ok so I may return the Sigma and get the 17-50 2.8 CA.

That should cover me for a while, thanks for your honesty!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-01-2011, 02:00 PM  
Low lighting lens recommendations?
Posted By Noggin
Replies: 23
Views: 2,718
First of all thanks for all the responses, a lot to digest. I am quite a newbie really, I am still in the learning stage of equating the numbers to what they can produce etc.
The one thing I am trying to understand is the focal length and its relation to the sensor size.

I am shooting anything from people right in front of me to across the (sometimes) large room - say 10-20ft away, I will look to find if I have any SFW shots in the meantime. Its fetish photography so I cant really use their pics.

At some point I will upgrade my K-x, but from the advice Ive received to far I should get the quality lenses first.

It sounds like I should get the Sigma EX Lens - 30 mm - F/1.4 - Canon EF,



While waiting for replies and getting a better understanding I ordered a couple of cheap lenses, one of which was suggested.

Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 SLD Aspherical DC Optical Stabilized (OS) Lens with Hyper Soni... $199.00 Pentax 21987 DA 35mm f/2.4 AL Lens for Pentax Digital SLR cameras $171.95
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-30-2011, 11:51 PM  
Low lighting lens recommendations?
Posted By Noggin
Replies: 23
Views: 2,718
So I am using and loving my Pentax K-x but need lower noise and ability to shoot at a faster shutter speed in low light conditions...

Its indoor, mostly mood lighting, I cant use flash (the film camera guys have lights on their handhelds).

I am using the kit lens and like the zoom range but at ISO 1600 its kinda noisy.



Budget is around $1000
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