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Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-19-2011, 04:45 AM  
Hello from Ukraine.
Posted By ziggy7
Replies: 5
Views: 654
It is good to have you with us. It is fun to see photos from your part of the world.

I have bought some fine Russian lenses for my Canon P rangefinder. I just wish it didn't take so long for them to get to the USA by mail.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-18-2011, 03:47 AM  
Posted By ziggy7
Replies: 16
Views: 3,889
I have a real nice pocket "always" digital camera, but I for one will not buy any more cameras without a viewfinder. But something like the Samsung NX-10 or the soon to be released NX-20 has some appeal with its built-in EVF, mostly because it is about as small as my Pentax MX and has a DX size sensor and no mirror flapping up and down.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-06-2011, 04:11 PM  
Pentax branded M lenses?
Posted By ziggy7
Replies: 18
Views: 6,264
I have never seen that Minolta model. What is it?
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-30-2011, 06:55 PM  
How many of you shoot weddings?
Posted By ziggy7
Replies: 11
Views: 1,714
I love shooting weddings. A wedding is a very happy occasion. The people are usually looking their best. I like the challenge, and strive to do it better each time.
You should attend as many weddings as you can, and while staying out of the way of the hired photographer, try to take the important shots and look for special moments to capture. I always watch for unexpected things and funny or surprised facial expressions. After doing several of those, if you enjoy it and your work looks good offer to be a second shooter for an established pro. I would not think of covering a wedding by myself.
Forum: Pentax K-r 06-30-2011, 02:12 AM  
pentax kr or nikon d3100
Posted By ziggy7
Replies: 27
Views: 10,994
Right now you can get a factory refurbished Nikon D90 for $650. They are usually just cameras someone returned with nothing wrong with them, and they are warranted by Nikon. That would be a better choice IMHO than the D3100.
Nikon's main advantages are their color matrix meter and their almost magical flash system. Their main down sides IMHO are that the lenses are more expensive because the IS is in each lens (Pentax has in body IS) and that only the D7000 and up will meter with their old lenses.
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-28-2011, 06:31 PM  
Answer this question: Why Do You Love Photography?
Posted By ziggy7
Replies: 61
Views: 6,335
I tried painting and drawing, but have no talent. Photography is one artistic pursuit I can do well enough to enjoy it. It is my creative outlet. I also manage to sell enough to make the hobby self supporting. Maybe someday if this depression ever ends I'll actually make money at it.

Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 06-28-2011, 06:01 PM  
Why I'm not happy with the Pentax Q
Posted By ziggy7
Replies: 25
Views: 4,486
I hate cameras without view finders. I only one I have is a very small Samsung TL350 that I carry most of the time. It is the same width as the i-phone but about an inch shorter, and is about 1" thick. I see no need for another. I would love to have a Fuji X100 with its great OVF/EVF system, especially if they would make a version with a 24-120 equivalent zoom. Pentax could do something like that, only with a sensible menu system. Think of a Samsung NX11 with a fixed zoom. Interchangeable lenses? For that why not just buy the little Kr?
Forum: General Talk 06-28-2011, 05:31 PM  
Poll: What's your choice of camera support on vacation?
Posted By ziggy7
Replies: 14
Views: 2,011
I have a good old fashioned 8 ounce bean bag that I can sit on just about anything and then sit my camera on it.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-14-2011, 05:21 AM  
My LX & M50-1.4 vs Leica?
Posted By ziggy7
Replies: 14
Views: 2,931
Thank you for your thoughtful post. I will load up the Yashica GTN I bought a while back and see what it is all about.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-13-2011, 05:47 PM  
Does Grade of LX Really Matter
Posted By ziggy7
Replies: 4
Views: 2,063
I think KEH is a good place to buy a used camera. You can return it if you are not happy. It seems to me that their rating system is more related to cosmetics, and while some buyers will gladly pay a premium for looks, others are more interested in a good working camera with a few cosmetic flaws and a lower price. There are users and collectors.
I was fortunate to buy an LX that had recently been overhauled by Eric. It also might be a good strategy to buy one cheaply that is known to have a sticky mirror and then send it to Eric. It is the ones in-between that scare me.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-13-2011, 05:32 PM  
My LX & M50-1.4 vs Leica?
Posted By ziggy7
Replies: 14
Views: 2,931
In answer to Nando, I'm just curious if there is really much of a difference in the photos, or in the user experience, or if it is just the joy of owning & using something extremely well made. I've never touched a Leica. Maybe I'm missing out on something I would enjoy.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-13-2011, 01:47 PM  
My LX & M50-1.4 vs Leica?
Posted By ziggy7
Replies: 14
Views: 2,931
The only rangefinder I've ever tried is the Olympus XA. It made nice pix, but no better than my LX & M lens does. So what is the big deal about Leicas? $5000 for a body plus $2000 for a 50MM 1.4 lens? You can get a good LX & 50MM 1.4 lens for around $400. So are the photos that much better or is it just the prestige value, like wearing a Rolex watch instead of a Seiko? The Lieia isn't even that much smaller.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-12-2011, 12:26 PM  
So how many do you have?
Posted By ziggy7
Replies: 68
Views: 9,994
Canon Sure Shot Classic 120 (Compact 35MM)

Graflex Graphic View II (4x5)

Konica FS1, FT1

Moskva 5 (6x9 folder)

Nikon FE, F4, N90S, D40

Olympus XA

Pentax MX, LX, Super A

Samsung TL350 (Current pocket digital)

Yashica GSN, GTN, 12 (TLR)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-02-2011, 06:47 PM  
What is your concealed carry...
Posted By ziggy7
Replies: 32
Views: 6,419
I recently bought a Samsung TL350 to keep in my shirt pocket all the time. It is very thin, and has PASM modes, RAW, and can take stills while filming video. For paying jobs I use a DSLR, and for fun I still like my Pentax LX. But if a flying saucer lands I'll whip out the little Samsung.
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-15-2011, 05:22 PM  
Shooting a wedding with someone else
Posted By ziggy7
Replies: 70
Views: 10,238
Shooting a wedding is a big responsibility. You have little to gain and a lot to lose. The best favor you could do for the bride is to help her to realize she needs a pro. Where and when is the wedding?
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-03-2010, 07:47 AM  
No more tests! just pictures
Posted By ziggy7
Replies: 7,885
Views: 1,264,909
Your art is very nice. But what scares me is that the K5 and some of the other latest digital cameras are so good that even more people will abandon film. We see from the recent disappearance of 2x3 sheet film and all of the quickloads that as soon as demand drops to a certain point, Kodak & Fuji will discontinue the product. I probably will not live long enough to see film disappear completely, but the selection will keep shrinking. I already have to mail order the films I like because the local stores have cut back to a couple of types, and no chrome. If I buy a K5, my film cameras will probably sit on the shelf. Yikes!
Forum: General Talk 12-03-2010, 07:02 AM  
Luminous Landscape Down?
Posted By ziggy7
Replies: 2
Views: 2,100
I have not been able to access Luminous-Landscape for a couple of days. Anyone know what is wrong?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-27-2010, 12:07 AM  
LX + Scan=Full Frame Digital
Posted By ziggy7
Replies: 45
Views: 11,333

*I could have easily purchased a nice FF dSLR kit for what I have recently invested in film cameras and scanners"

Everything Steve said is of course true, but:

My point is that if you already have Pentax glass, you can buy one good used Pentax LX a lot cheaper than one new full frame DSLR and then have the negatives scanned (not invest in your own scanner).
The results you get will be good enough for most purposes.

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-26-2010, 09:35 AM  
LX + Scan=Full Frame Digital
Posted By ziggy7
Replies: 45
Views: 11,333
My father, the retired industrial engineer, has a favorite expression: "For most practical purposes".

It is true that scans of negatives are not exactly the same thing as the files produced by a DSLR. But for most practical purposes they are close enough. My point in starting this thread is that for most of us, it makes more economic sense to shoot film and scan it than to invest in a full frame DSLR. This is even more true for medium format. You can get a nice used Pentax 645N kit for around $1000, but a 645D is around $10,000.

Mindy & I are pretty careful wedding shooters. We usually do a custom white balance for each area, and try to compose to minimize the need for cropping. We normally shoot in Fine Large JPEG for the sake of speed and room on our 2GB SD cards. We have had 12x18" prints made from these files and they look good.

Post processing is the same whether the JPEG file came from the DSLR or from film. It mainly consists of selecting about 100 out of the 500 to 1000 images we usually shoot at a wedding and reception, then some of the images might get a slight color adjustment or a little crop. Sometimes unwanted things in the background will be removed. Blemishes may be touched up on portraits, and sometimes the clone tool is used to hide something that is not flattering. A few images get changed to black & white just for fun. If I think there will be a lot of adjustment needed, I'll shoot in RAW.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-26-2010, 08:21 AM  
Smallest Pentax 35mm SLR?
Posted By ziggy7
Replies: 50
Views: 17,265
You are right about the finders being bigger & brighter on the old film cameras. Every time I pick up my LX or F4 I get a big smile on my face. Manual focusing is much easier using a finder designed for it.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-26-2010, 08:06 AM  
LX + Scan=Full Frame Digital
Posted By ziggy7
Replies: 45
Views: 11,333
Yes, it all depends on what you need to do with the digital scan. For my fun photos on film, I'm lucky to have the manager of the CVS photo departments for the whole Jacksonville, Florida area working three days a week at the store one mile from my house. She does an amazing job for a total of $12 a roll. If I want the best, we have the fantastic pro shop Fototechnika Fine Art Imaging only ten miles away. They normally output Tiff-RGB files, but will do Jpegs on request. They develop and scan film up to 11x14".
The great thing is that I still have my negatives, so I can always get a special image re-scanned.

I shoot weddings with a pair of DX DSLR's, but I offer the brides the option of film, including 35MM using the LX and the Nikon F4, and even 6x6CM from the Yashica 12 and 6x9CM from the Moskva 5 for big prints. Fototechnika can print the 6x9CM image as big as 30x45". I don't think it would make sense for me to invest in a pair of full frame DSLR's because I can get the same quality when needed from my paid-for film cameras.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-25-2010, 07:29 AM  
LX + Scan=Full Frame Digital
Posted By ziggy7
Replies: 45
Views: 11,333
Yes, a full frame Pentax DSLR would be great if you have $2500 or so to spend, but I'm happy as a clam using my wonderful old LX. I just order a disc along with my prints & negatives for a wopping $3 extra. Sure, it is nice to see your image immediately on the LCD, but if in doubt I just bracket my exposure.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-25-2010, 07:23 AM  
Smallest Pentax 35mm SLR?
Posted By ziggy7
Replies: 50
Views: 17,265
The main reason I intend to buy a Pentax digital SLR is so I can use all of my beautiful old Pentax glass with it. My little Nikon D40 can use the old AIS Nikon MF lenses, but it can't meter with them. I still use them, I just guess at the proper exposure and then look at the result and adjust if needed. But being able to meter with my old M and A Pentax lenses with a $500 Pentax DSLR would be pretty cool.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-20-2010, 02:57 AM  
why not something like this? - not a Pentax
Posted By ziggy7
Replies: 131
Views: 17,151
I like the concept, but you can buy a Yashica GSN for under $100 and a lot of film & processing/scanning for the $900 difference. I don't like the finish on the metal. Fuji should look at the Contax G2 for a better finish.

I would pay $1000 for a digital Pentax LX.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-29-2010, 07:37 AM  
Wedding- What can I do with these? Please Help
Posted By ziggy7
Replies: 10
Views: 3,163
You can use the clone tool in your photo program ( is free) to go in and cover the shadow areas with pixels borrowed from the non-shadowed areas. It is tedious work, and you can spend hours on one photo so you probably only want to do it to one.
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