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Forum: General Photography 09-13-2019, 07:59 PM  
What could be the reasons for...
Posted By automorphism
Replies: 11
Views: 775
I think those people probably don't care about your immersion into their photo.
Forum: General Photography 09-12-2019, 08:12 PM  
What is the actual benefit of mirrorless?
Posted By automorphism
Replies: 202
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I've used both mirrorless and DSLR. I would say the advantages of mirrorless to me are easier manual focus, and more accurate focusing (no adjustments needed). That being said, when it comes time to upgrade my camera, if mirrorless is the only option, I don't care as long as I have a camera. I'm not really sure why people get so attached to one format or another. Just buy what you can and use it.

That being said, I look through my DSLR viewfinder a lot without taking any pictures to get a sense of composition and I appreciate that I can do that without using any battery. But whatever, I'll adapt.
Forum: General Talk 09-09-2019, 08:17 PM  
Is DPReview just Hopelessly Anti-Pentax?
Posted By automorphism
Replies: 25
Views: 1,405
I love dpreview, but it is a website that survives on pushing new gear, and inciting flame wars between fanboys. As far as I can tell, most Pentaxians seem too focused on taking pictures to give them much traffic.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-02-2019, 07:22 PM  
PP question: do you boost the color?
Posted By automorphism
Replies: 23
Views: 1,834
Regarding color, I find that sometimes I do depending on the lens. I have found from experience that some of my old film lenses don't do color as well as the ones with newer coatings. Also, I spend amount 1-2 minutes for post-processing the images I actually think are good. That's after culling a bunch of them.

Personally I find postprocessing fun. I enjoy it almost as much as taking the shot, because when I get something good I just love looking at that unedited raw file ready for processing, and knowing that I took it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-01-2019, 05:19 PM  
Will Pentax ever be able to get a stellar review of it's focusing speed?
Posted By automorphism
Replies: 41
Views: 2,878
Part of the subtle autofocus enhancements that exist on other cameras are there because they trickle down from higher-end models. That is especially true for algorithms. Nikon could use some aspects of their D5 development to assist lesser models. That is also true for Sony's work on the A9. Those companies also develop high-end telephoto sports and nature lenses, and work closely to couple their camera and lens systems autofocus. Pentax doesn't have any of that, and probably will not incorporate any radical improvements. Even if hey ever release a K3-II successor, they are going to try and make it appeal to most Pentax shooters, rather than a totally new high-end sports camera with blazing-fast AF-C, which would be a much more expensive camera that almost no one would buy, especially since it would not have the lenses to go with it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-28-2019, 08:16 PM  
Why persist in using legacy manual lenses
Posted By automorphism
Replies: 156
Views: 7,257
I have a few cheap lenses. You can do a lot of great photography with a 50 dollar 50mm, and it's also a great way to experiment with focal lengths without buying an expensive modern lens, to see if you like a certain style.


In terms of quality, let's take the Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7. It produces great portraits. It has its downsides and flares weirdly, and the bokeh from f/2.0 to f/2.8 is pretty bad (shuriken-style). However, if you eliminate some of these edge cases, it can produces images as nice as a modern lens.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-28-2019, 08:11 PM  
Where to leave the masses of ex-mirrorless buyers? phones?
Posted By automorphism
Replies: 33
Views: 1,850
You are drawing your conclusions on anecdotal claims and random hearsay. Most of what your saying could be false.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-25-2019, 09:26 PM  
Canon RF 50-80mm F/1.1 lens
Posted By automorphism
Replies: 8
Views: 600
Sounds like it could be heavy. But it's a cool idea.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-23-2019, 08:30 PM  
A7RII vs K-1
Posted By automorphism
Replies: 47
Views: 2,539
Between those two you presented I would choose the K1 probably. If I could choose something very similar though, it'd be the the a7iii, which is not that much more expensive.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-22-2019, 07:58 PM  
Pentax/Samsung D-Xenon 12-24mm, is it worth it?
Posted By automorphism
Replies: 19
Views: 1,442
I agree. Terrible idea. You can probably get once of those Sigma 10-20s out there for a couple hundred dollars, which wouldn't be decentered!
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 08-20-2019, 08:34 PM  
K-70 Terrible video results.
Posted By automorphism
Replies: 67
Views: 6,212
Pentax has a market niche offering a certain set of features at a low price at the cost of certain other features. Pentax/Ricoh has captured the part of the market that is excellent still photography quality and weather sealing, with higher quality bodies at the same price point as other cameras. If Pentax were to try and improve on video, those developments would have to be funded somehow and the only way to do that is put those hypothetical video improvements into their cameras and raise the price, which would lose them many current customers.

Sony is dominating because they focused on a completely different segment of the market: full frame mirrorless, and they did it when the major players (Canon, Nikon) were not in that segment at all. Sony had the funds to create a new niche for themselves without having to worry about current customers or as many competitors. They also manufacture their own sensors so that help increase the speed of their camera releases.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-15-2018, 01:36 AM  
which teleconverter to use?
Posted By automorphism
Replies: 28
Views: 1,617
It's not worth it to get a teleconverter for your lens. Cropping will always yield better quality. Even if there are more pixels on your subject, the pixel-level quality will be much worse and will negate the reach of the TC. Not only that but the autofocus will suffer and the lower-light capability will be worse.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-11-2018, 06:07 PM  
Setting up HDD for reliable read/write access from both Windows 10 and Ubuntu / Mint?
Posted By automorphism
Replies: 24
Views: 1,242
I'd just go with NTFS. The FAT filesystem is annoying. It supports case-sensitive labels, but the filenames are case insensitive as identifiers, which mean you can still use upper and lower case in naming but if you want to rename a file by changing a lower to an upper case letter, that won't work. The FAT filesystem would only be a good idea if you really need out of the box support on OS X. NTFS has better error recovery because even the NTFS-3G has partial journaling support.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 11-08-2018, 09:25 PM  
Canon starting to butcher Sony in FF mirrorless (as predicted)
Posted By automorphism
Replies: 54
Views: 3,592
Sony could be selling more mirrorless cameras than ever and their percentage marketshare would still go down simply because there are other brands being sold. There are huge numbers of Canon and Nikon users (the majority of ILC cameras out today) that are trying out their brand's mirrorless offering.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-02-2018, 08:52 PM  
Hedging your bets, or how do I not stress about buying Pentax lenses?
Posted By automorphism
Replies: 35
Views: 1,857
I think you should just get a camera to take pictures, and not as something to sell later. That being said, if you're thinking about other systems why not just have an open mind and try some new models at your local camera store? Personally, I don't believe in loyalty to any brand, but if you want to own the DA limiteds, just buy them.

As for myself, I have some Pentax gear and I plan on using it until it dies. Some of my lenses do have aperture rings, and I will just adapt those once my bodies stop working. I am also in the market for a few new lenses for specific purposes however, and for those I'm actually looking at other systems. However, the main reason for that is because of the capabilities of other systems/lenses that aren't available for Pentax.

For the purposes of photography, I don't think you should let the future worry you.
Forum: General Photography 10-30-2018, 10:45 AM  
E-Bay is weird
Posted By automorphism
Replies: 28
Views: 2,244
Haha, yes I think some of those old film cameras look very elegant, and moreover have that well-constructed feel that seems lacking on many modern products.
Forum: General Photography 10-30-2018, 09:31 AM  
E-Bay is weird
Posted By automorphism
Replies: 28
Views: 2,244
Also, I didn't realize the second one came with a spotmatic. That may be another reason why it was cheaper. I noticed in the past that spotmatics with fast fifties sometimes go a little cheaper than the fast fifties by themselves. I think part of the reason is that most people don't want the spotmatics and that the cheaper price basically is a price the seller 'pays' to dispose of the film camera body. I have avoided lens/body combinations myself because of the extra effort required to figure out what to do with the body.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-29-2018, 09:22 PM  
Left lenses in basement for two day-what should I do
Posted By automorphism
Replies: 18
Views: 2,036
What you really have to watch out for is temperature fluctuations, and the gear being exposed to rapid changing temperatures. That's why leaving lenses in your car is much worse than leaving them in a basement. In a bag in a basement, the temperature and humidity levels would change very slowly so there is not much to worry about.
Forum: General Photography 10-29-2018, 09:19 PM  
E-Bay is weird
Posted By automorphism
Replies: 28
Views: 2,244
Doesn't sound weird to me. There aren't many people bidding for these items and they're located in many different countries so you'd expect a lot of price fluctuation.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 10-29-2018, 09:16 PM  
Cheap easy flash trigger
Posted By automorphism
Replies: 14
Views: 1,586
Thanks for pointing that out. That's definitely a pretty unbeatable system for the price.
Forum: Pentax Q 10-29-2018, 02:16 PM  
12 hour night-sky timelapse
Posted By automorphism
Replies: 18
Views: 2,282
Pretty cool! Nicely done.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-29-2018, 03:39 AM  
Sensor cleaning - what do you use?
Posted By automorphism
Replies: 14
Views: 1,593
I use a bulb blower. It works on almost all dust spots for me. When I had quite a few spots years ago on my K-50, I tried the in-built sensor cleaning function. It got rid of none of them. For me, it was useless.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 10-28-2018, 02:36 PM  
Cheap easy flash trigger
Posted By automorphism
Replies: 14
Views: 1,586
I suggest just getting a second flash like the Godox TT560 II for $50. It comes with a wireless trigger (battery can be replaced, as I learned from a forum member here). This way the Godox can trigger your Pentax optically. If you want to do portraits with a shoot-through umbrella, you're going to want a second flash. That's because you're going to get some shadows on the face and with a second flash you can easily fill them if you want, do a hairlight, or light up the background as well.
Forum: General Photography 10-28-2018, 08:52 AM  
Why Mastering Photography Takes Time
Posted By automorphism
Replies: 16
Views: 1,470
Personally, I've found that it helps to give myself a time limit going through shots and give star ratings. For images sequences of similar subjects, I make the rule that I only give one out of every two images a 2-star rating.

Then I filter out all one star images, and give one out of every two images a 3-star rating, etc. By the time I get to 4-stars, only 1 in 2^3=8 images are left, so even in a sequence of 200 images (say taken on a full day of nature hiking) there are only 25 left.

I've found that it takes only five minutes at most to go through such a process with around 200 images, so it's pretty quick because your mind should be pretty good at deciding amongst which two are better.
Forum: Sold Items 10-26-2018, 05:37 PM  
Wanted - Acquired: AA Battery adapter for K-50
Posted By automorphism
Replies: 3
Views: 338
I bought the brand name one on B&H, and have been using it constantly for 2.5 years and nearly 10K shots. It works, but it is a little expensive for what it is.
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