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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 08-01-2011, 09:45 AM  
Investing in a monitor?
Posted By scathontiphat
Replies: 7
Views: 2,185
Why is the Eizo FlexScan 22 so much better than the NEC P221W?

I'm starting to get a bit lost in all of this, particularly the color space side. I think it's wise to get a wide gamut display like the NEC P221W (or something else in that price range). But where I'm getting confused is when it comes to working in sRGB. There's no doubt that some images will be destined for sRGB. Will the wide gamut display, then be less accurate for sRGB editing than say an sRGB only display. The P221W has 95% adobe RGB coverage and a similar coverage of sRGB. But then a more consumer sRGB model (like the dell u2311) has 100% sRGB coverage but only 82% coverage of adobe RGB. So is the only answer to be able to work in both adobe RGB and sRGB is to spend gobs of money?

help :(
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-29-2011, 05:54 AM  
what to charge
Posted By scathontiphat
Replies: 2
Views: 1,727
Not having any specific experience in that area, it's hard to give a suggestion without a few more details - where are you based? how much does this equipment generally sell for? Avg turnover and profit of clients? How long it usually takes to complete a job (shoot, and process)? How many jobs can you expect a month? How much are you hoping to earn from this venture? Avg. day rates for other industrial photographers in the area?

obviously you don't need to know all of that to come up with a number and run with it, but any of that info you can get will be useful in trying to come up with your fee.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-29-2011, 02:12 AM  
Investing in a monitor?
Posted By scathontiphat
Replies: 7
Views: 2,185
Hello all! Just wondering peoples opinions about investing in a new monitor. I am currently working as an assistant, but obviously I've the goal of shooting my own commissions eventually. Right now I have no monitor, just my dinky little 13" MBP. Having seen my screen side by side (after calibration) with a proper monitor, I've decided the time has come to purchase a monitor so I can actually post produce my images correctly.

Question is how much to spend. As an assistant I make peanuts, so money has to be spent wisely. Looking at a few options spanning a cost range, and just wondering what other pro's out there think. I've not got any commissions on at the moment, so it's not like I NEED the monitor for the job, rather a bit of investment towards future.

Also, I have access to calibrators that I can borrow, so don't need to factor that cost in now.

1) cheap beans: Used or Refurbished Dell 2209WA ~90

2) little more expensive: LG IPS231P ~150

3) getting up there for me: Dell u2311 ~225

4) as much as I think I can spend: NEC P221W ~310

I'm not interested in making fine art prints or doing any of my own printing. Really I just need something reliable that I can color correct and adjust images so that I can deliver the best possible images to potential clients (who will then ruin all of my work in their own adjustments... j/k).

Any help/suggestions/guidance is very welcome :) thanks!!
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-09-2011, 10:06 PM  
how many stopes the latitude of K5 contains?
Posted By scathontiphat
Replies: 7
Views: 1,709
So funny, i was just about to start a thread about how much I'm in love with the K-5 in this regard, and I came across this. I know in a perfect world all of our photos are perfectly exposed. But in the heat of the moment, sometimes you mess up and capture a great moment with a horrible exposure. With the K-5, there's still hope :)

original capture:

My final verson:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-29-2011, 08:20 PM  
buzz noise during startup
Posted By scathontiphat
Replies: 4
Views: 2,059
Nevermind, did a search before, but apparently sucked at it. Found a thread now: Looks like it's the aperture control starting up (which is done mechanically in the k-x hence no noise). Sorry for the gratuitous topic :(
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-29-2011, 08:10 PM  
buzz noise during startup
Posted By scathontiphat
Replies: 4
Views: 2,059
Don't think it's the dust removal. That sounds different to me (and almost inaudible). Also the noise is made even when DR is set to not perform at start-up.

This is a mechanical sound.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-29-2011, 08:01 PM  
buzz noise during startup
Posted By scathontiphat
Replies: 4
Views: 2,059
Just got my pentax k-5. It's got this odd buzz noise during startup, which I don't remember hearing until today.

Looks like the aperture lever moving a bit. Just a bit concerning as I've just noticed the noise today. My pentax k-x doesn't make this noise. Is this normal?

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-25-2011, 01:42 PM  
DA 40mm lens hood & cap on an FA 43mm
Posted By scathontiphat
Replies: 9
Views: 4,391
wow, that's a great idea! small and effective!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-25-2011, 01:28 PM  
FA35mm/2 or FA43mm/1.9 limited
Posted By scathontiphat
Replies: 40
Views: 5,820
hah, sorry to nab it from you!

A little off-topic, but since the OP mentioned he uses the 77mm as well. I found the Takumar 135/3.5 screw-on hood works pretty well on the 77mm (again with no vignetting that I've noticed). Would love to find a 49mm clip-on style one, but haven't come across one yet.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-25-2011, 06:44 AM  
FA35mm/2 or FA43mm/1.9 limited
Posted By scathontiphat
Replies: 40
Views: 5,820
Yuriy, funny enough I was in a somewhat similar situation, only I started off with the 31ltd and the 77ltd. Despite its obvious quality, i never loved the 31mm. It was a funny focal length to me, i always felt that I wanted a slightly wider perspective, or a more compressed one. Also for casual walks, I want a small camera, and the 31 was bulky and heavy. I ended up selling it and with the funds purchased a used tamron 17-50 and a used 43mm and kept the 77mm.

VERY happy with this. I love the 43mm. I'd have to say the 31mm had slightly better bokeh, but the 43 is just oh so sharp and oh so SMALL. I absolutely love this lens. So yeah, i've not used the 35/2 but I'd still give a whole hearted recommendation for the 43mm.

The only thing is I've found that the original lens hood on the 43mm is next to useless on our crop-frame cameras (for all of the FA ltds for that matter). Lately I've become a huge fan of using lens hoods. So I picked up an old clip-on pentax hood from an 85mm f2 that works great with no vignetting that I've noticed.

When i want wider, i turn to the tamron as i've found between around 24-30mm this lens is just superb.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-24-2011, 02:38 PM  
Pentax 15 ltd or Sigma 10-20?
Posted By scathontiphat
Replies: 23
Views: 6,840
if you're after ultra-wide then I don't think you'll be happy with the 15mm. Just think it's only about a 22mm full-frame equivalent.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 04-24-2011, 01:20 PM  
First footage with K-x
Posted By scathontiphat
Replies: 7
Views: 2,116
looks pretty good. up/down movement is pretty well controlled, but IMO the side to side movement is quite distracting.

But focus stays on her, so well done for that man! Just starting to experiment with video myself, and like you said - Big apertures + moving subject = many takes!
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 04-24-2011, 12:20 PM  
Anybody use the Carry Speed Vfinder?
Posted By scathontiphat
Replies: 1
Views: 2,222

Was thinking of picking one up to use with a new K-5. Just wondering if anybody has had any experience with it or similar. I'm a bit worried as I wear glasses (near-sighted) and normally need to rack the diopter all the way to the right on my K-x to me to focus on the focusing screen. I don't use reading glasses, but i wonder if being so close to the LCD will cause problems for my eyes if there's no dioper adjustment (and I don't do enough video right now to justify a zacuto product). Although if i take off my glasses i can focus a bit closer with my eyes.

thanks in advance for any comments!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-18-2011, 10:54 AM  
Which Lens for k-r
Posted By scathontiphat
Replies: 17
Views: 4,131
I think if you're looking for a noticeable jump in IQ, don't bother with those super zooms. Those super-zooms you've listed are for convenience, not IQ.

Like Aurele said, go for primes lenses for great IQ. And if you must have a zoom, check out the standard f/2.8 zooms (17ish-50ish) from pentax/tamron/sigma, as those will all have a step up in IQ over the kit. Or if you want telephoto look at the sigma/tamron 70-200 f/2.8 or the pentax 50-135 f/2.8.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-18-2011, 09:19 AM  
Ok guys, I'm making a decision soon - K7 with 50-135mm or K5?
Posted By scathontiphat
Replies: 68
Views: 9,511
I would always spend money on good glass over bodies. Lenses (barring an out of warranty SDM failure) will last you several bodies, while there will always be a newer, nicer body to lust after.

All bodies start to get cheaper eventually, but i think it might be a quite a while until the K-5 really starts to drop. After the earthquake it seems like every single sale on the K-5 ended and prices have gone up a bit.
Forum: Pentax K-r 04-17-2011, 03:16 PM  
New to photography, is a k-r right for me?
Posted By scathontiphat
Replies: 32
Views: 5,777
If you're new to all of this, personally I'd say go with the k-x and use the saved money for nicer glass or accessories. Haven't looked but i bet some deals might be out there to be had as it's been discontinued. K-x + a used tamron 17-50 f/2.8 would probably cost the same as a K-r + 2 lens kit new and I think would be a better start. Just an idea :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-17-2011, 03:01 PM  
A lightweight prime kit, by Pentax.
Posted By scathontiphat
Replies: 147
Views: 20,742
I LOVE my 43mm. small, light, classic metal pentax lens. If I leave the house with only the camera (no bag) 9 times out of 10 I've got the 43mm on there.
Forum: Pentax K-5 04-17-2011, 02:59 PM  
K5 + kit lens for 498 + import duties... anyone know this company
Posted By scathontiphat
Replies: 6
Views: 2,865
too good to be true. i'd stay well away from that.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-17-2011, 02:26 PM  
A lightweight prime kit, by Pentax.
Posted By scathontiphat
Replies: 147
Views: 20,742
Another lightweight/small-kit obsessor here (spend a year on the road with only a 40L backpack, and even that I thought was too big).

If it helps, here's my kit at the moment: 15 f/4, 43 f/1.9, 77 f/1.8, K-135 f/2.5, tamron 17-50 f/2.8 and I keep a DCR-150 in the bag for macros

Used to have a 31ltd instead of the 43, but i much prefer the 43 focal length, size and weight. But that's just how i roll, 31 is a great lens, but too big, bulky and expensive for my tastes so I traded it for the 43+tammy 17-50.

The tamron 17-50 serves dual duty. I use it as a walk around lens when i'm expecting quick snaps and lots of action. I used to walk around with a 31mm ltd, but I find that a zoom gives me a higher success rate when I'm just trying to catch things as I'm walking around. But when i've got more time to consider a shot I treat it as a 24mm prime (that just happens to have a zoom ring) to fill my gap between 15 and 43 . Around 24mm-28mm this lens is amazingly sharp, so sharp that I've yet to see a prime in that range with a real performance increase to justify carrying around an extra lens.

I just got the K-135 f/2.5 instead of the 55-300 like you mentioned. I loved the thought of 55-300 due to it's size and weight, but I was afraid of the drop in IQ compared to my other primes that I've gotten used to. I'm sooooo happy that I went with the K-135 f/2.5. It's just an awesome lens. I've never tested a 55-300, but from the 100% crops I've seen from it, my k-135 f/2.5 blows it out of the water in a reasonably small package.

I'm veeery happy with this setup. In fact it's the first time that I'm not dying to buy some other lenses (although one day I would like a DA* 200mm f/2.8)
Forum: Pentax K-5 04-16-2011, 01:35 PM  
Just wonder why Pentax is more expensive n US
Posted By scathontiphat
Replies: 19
Views: 3,247
think it's expensive in the US? Try looking at the prices in the UK!!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-16-2011, 12:16 PM  
DA-L 18-55mm X-Ray
Posted By scathontiphat
Replies: 33
Views: 8,082
this is great! thanks for doing this
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-16-2011, 10:47 AM  
lens suggestions for a pauper
Posted By scathontiphat
Replies: 27
Views: 4,180
Since you say your priorities are close-up's and architecture, I feel like you'll be shooting f/8 and above.

Screw ratings that you read, have you really inspected images from your lenses at f8? By the time you get to F8 there's not a huge difference between a kit lens and a pentax limited prime. I compared my kit 18-55 version 1 to my 31mm ltd and there was certainly a difference but if I was spending most of my time shooting at f8 and above I wouldn't worry nearly as much about super fancy lenses. I don't own any of your lenses, but I would imagine that 50mm f2 is darn near as sharp as it gets at f8.

Macro on the cheap: 49mm reverse pentax | eBay flip that 50mm backwards, stop way down for DOF and go for it :) (since you're stopping down so much for macro, you'll be diffraction limited in sharpness and honestly the choice of lenses in your price range isn't gonna make a big difference)

Architecture (well, wide architecture): pick up any of the budget zooms listed from other people, stop down to f8, use a tripod and shutter release delay. You might have more issues with CA with the cheaper lenses, but if you're on a budget just spend time fixing that in post. Where there's a will there's a way (even without boat loads of cash). If you can stretch the budget a bit try picking up an old k-20mm f4 used. there happens to be one on ebay right now too!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-16-2011, 10:21 AM  
Shooting WA, ie DA 15
Posted By scathontiphat
Replies: 8
Views: 2,053
IMO wide angle lenses are used to exaggerate the foreground to background distance. It's all about perspective, not how much you can "fit" into the image.

If you're new to wide angle lenses you can just play around the house. Take a head-sized item and place it on a table. Shoot it with a telephoto. Then pop on the DA15 and bring the camera in so the subject size is the same size in the fame. Look at the difference and try it with other objects.

Just remember that wide angle shots with no foreground interest tend to be a bit boring. happy shooting :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-16-2011, 10:03 AM  
For portraits and candids, what is the best zoom or prime?
Posted By scathontiphat
Replies: 12
Views: 4,869
Don't think there's a best, just depends on the situation and the photographer preference. If it's a high paced event (i.e. wedding) I'm waaaay in favor of zooms. Too much action and too much on the line of missing a shot for me to want to shoot primes (and I'm a prime lover). But if the pace is slower and there's less pressure to deliver, I'd 100% say go for a prime. I think this is where Pentax REAAALLY excels. Pentax k-x + 77mm ltd - no one will even notice you, every one will be staring at the goof with the gripped 5dmk2 and 70-200 white bazooka pointed at them while you snap off amazing candids :)

I know you said you weren't worried about focal length, but I think 70mm min for candids. 135 works great too, beyond that as Ash mentioned, things start to get a bit flat (or at least for me). And that 135/3.5 you've got in your sig will be nice and stealth as well!

Oh, and the tamron is more than good enough optically to produce "professional" quality images.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-16-2011, 09:16 AM  
49mm ND filter options (around 6-stop)?
Posted By scathontiphat
Replies: 6
Views: 2,808
only have one lens that's not 49mm (K135 f2.5), which can step down from 58mm to 49mm without vignetting. But my DA15 can't fit a step-up ring, which is why I tend to use all 49mm filters (not to mention that they are smaller and cheaper).

So far I've only found the B+W ND1.8 in 49mm. Anyone know of any other good manufacturers that make something between a 6-8 stop ND filter in 49mm? I've been less than happy with the multi-coating on my B+W UV filters (I find my hoya S-HMC has much better ghosting/reflection performance).
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