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Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-23-2014, 03:24 AM  
I love my Pentax K-X, but
Posted By Katier
Replies: 9
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Totally agree with the above posts. The K-X is a very capable camera and your only likely to find it falling short on high level, fast paced sports. For childrens sports it's more than good enough but the glass is definitely the important bit. I would look at getting a lens in the 70-200 f4 or f2.8 bracket, the f4 would probably be more than good enough especially at the K-X has decent ISO capabilities so adding one stop of ISO to compensate for the shutter speed shouldn't effect IQ particularly.

The 50 f1.8 is a good suggestion too, take both, as if you can get closer the prime will give better IQ, then you have the zoom if you need more reach.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-23-2014, 03:20 AM  
Newbie to Pentax
Posted By Katier
Replies: 4
Views: 378
Welcome!! Well educated friend and nice first choice of camera :).
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-23-2014, 03:18 AM  
Why would you buy a K-3?
Posted By Katier
Replies: 19
Views: 2,059
For me I think it would simply come down to what is lacking in my current camera. For example I upgraded from a K100D to a K200D because I was finding that for large double page magazine spreads it was becoming hard to crop effectively and retain 300dpi. The extra resolution of the 200 meant I could do larger magazine images and have room to manoeuvre.

Image size is not really an issue in the K30, but if your doing shoots that require absolute sharpness the flexibility of the AA system might be beneficial. Likewise is your finding yourself doing high quality video, you might find yourself running into limitions and thus find the K-3 better choice. I'd hazard a guess at your level the K30 is more than enough camera and thus no reason to even think about the K3.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-23-2014, 03:12 AM  
Landscape Just another sunset
Posted By Katier
Replies: 10
Views: 653
When I saw this image my first reaction was 'wow'.. on closer looking though while it's still a fantastic image I can't help but think it would be nicer if it was symmetrical. Not easy to do with the Moon, granted, but for me the pier being off centre is a bit distracting.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-26-2013, 02:23 AM  
Promises, promises K3 24mp New tracking AF
Posted By Katier
Replies: 409
Views: 63,667
Ok I'll bite.. anyone who's read a recent magazine, I've seen Pentax on the front cover of pretty much every Photomagazine in recent weeks and months. DP Review also carries Pentax adverts.






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The k-3 specs compared to other brands are not all that impressive. Pentax’s line of cameras and lenses compared to their completion makes one think they are way out of there league, as in Pentax is clearly in the minor league when it comes to Nikon and Cannon. I wish this was not the case since I own some of the better glass from when they could actually be considered a competitor in the photography market.



Lens wise Pentax is AT LEAST on a par with Canon and Nikon, it looses a little ground (although Sigma and Tamron remove most of the gap) at the longer end, f2.8 70-200 and similar zooms (although they do carry a pro standard f2.8 200), but gains a LOT of ground in the 100mm or less range with the best range of primes by any manufacturer. When the top end of the Pentax IS being compared to Leica lenses they must be good.






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As far as pro gear, LOL really that’s a funny one. Not in this century, maybe the last century. Enthusiasts that do not currently own a bunch of Pentax glass do not consider Pentax a viable brand.



ALL of the DA* (which are fully weathersealed, unlike some of the competition) and Limited lenses are easilly pro quality.


In short, while Pentax Marketting has, indeed, let the brand down in the past. It appears to have picked up noticeably in Ricoh ownership and more particularly they are consistantly producing top quality, well performing photographers cameras.

Don't get me wrong, the competition have the edge in areas, and lack of FF is a percieved weakness, but in pure performance terms against the competition they are right up there. The K5-IIs costs way less than the 70D and beats it on IQ, and has more useful features (like weather sealing) and comparable (or only slightly worse) IQ to the comparable Nikons.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 06-13-2013, 02:07 AM  
You can see 120 colors of K-50 here
Posted By Katier
Replies: 36
Views: 9,831
Hot pink for me!!! (if I had the cash) Hey I'm a girl with a pink loving reputation :P
Forum: Pentax Q 06-11-2013, 01:52 PM  
Pentax Q Manual Focus Help
Posted By Katier
Replies: 6
Views: 3,371
Thanks both, so in short - practice and just getting used to it.

Would I be right in thinking it's worth perhaps saving up for the 06?

I love using the K-lenses and will definitely practice more and I like esoteric stuff anyway ( I want to mount a 6x7 lens on it just cos I can!!! ) but sometimes the convenience of autofocus will be useful, especially given the Q isn't as MF as a DSLR...

That said I do need to replace the DSLR so maybe the cash is better in that direction?
Forum: Pentax Q 06-11-2013, 11:32 AM  
Pentax Q Manual Focus Help
Posted By Katier
Replies: 6
Views: 3,371
Hi Folks,

Currently I'm limited to a Pentax Q after my K200D went AWOL and one thing I miss is CiF - sooo useful in manual mode.

For the Q I just have the 8.5mm as native plus a selection of K-mount lenses.

I can handle the focusing reasonably well but the lack of CiF is annoying to say the least, I have focus peaking enabled but really struggle to tell if it's activated!!! I think I'm getting there but any tips for improving it would be appreciated as most of my photography will be with a 28mm or 50mm lens rather than the 8.5mm as I need the extra reach.

Thanks

Kat
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-11-2013, 10:54 AM  
Upgrade for portrait work - new Pentax, other system?
Posted By Katier
Replies: 23
Views: 2,305
Given film can't have tethering not sure how not having it can be construed as 'crippling' - It's like live view only less so - of limited use (due to a theft I'm limited to using a Q at the moment and keep wanting to use the - absent - view finder!!!). Even for studio portrait work (which I haven't done a lot of) I honestly don't see the point.

At an event recently a Canon user was using tethering and honestly I looked and shrugged - just so pointless "Yey lets tie the camera to a fixed point and shoot off the laptop" - Remote release if on tripod does the job just fine.

While don't do portraits I do do studio style work - still life in effect - so tripod etc.
Forum: Visitors' Center 03-13-2013, 02:17 AM  
Pentax k 5 vs k 5 ii
Posted By Katier
Replies: 61
Views: 38,789
Well the one way is in post-process - I believe Lightroom 4 (and Adobe Camera Raw importer) both have very effective moire removers. In both cases I've not tested - purely read up via google.
Forum: Visitors' Center 03-12-2013, 03:09 PM  
Pentax k 5 vs k 5 ii
Posted By Katier
Replies: 61
Views: 38,789
Landscapes will rarely, if ever exhibit Moire.

Same goes for portraits UNLESS your model is wearing a very fine regular pattern on their clothing. (pin-stripes for instance)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-09-2013, 08:39 PM  
It's Good to be FEARLESS! - The Heie DA* 16-50 Giveaway
Posted By Katier
Replies: 198
Views: 42,216
Heie awesome idea and love the competition.. one question if I may..

I'm thinking of possibly doing something that has me in the shot.. which makes it kinda awkward to take the shot (unless I use a self timer/remote - but a tripod might not always be available for what I'm thinking ) - is it acceptable to dream up the scene, setup the camera etc. but have someone else do the final pointing and shooting? (in a similar way to you mentioning possibly needing help for the Video option)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-15-2012, 02:07 AM  
K-5 worth it?
Posted By Katier
Replies: 27
Views: 2,942
The K-5 is, probably, the third best low light camera.. of ALL of them. The includes FF with it holding it's own against the MkIII to 25,600 and ditto cameras like the D3S.

I can't speak of comparing the dynamic range, but for low light performance it's staggeringly good and although a FF may be better, it's into the realms of 'marginally' rather than massively.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-10-2012, 04:59 AM  
Figuring out best way forward.
Posted By Katier
Replies: 5
Views: 910
Thanks folks - be nice to actually try the K-r see how I coped with it. I KNOW I'd love both the K-30 and k-5.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-09-2012, 08:54 AM  
Figuring out best way forward.
Posted By Katier
Replies: 5
Views: 910
Hi folks,

Time for me to pick your brains.

I currently use a K200D and love it to bit except for just one really noticeable issue.. ISO range.. or to be frank in this day and age.. lack there-of.

While I can hand-hold to some slightly crazy slow shutter speeds it's, obviously, always better to get faster. So in combination with looking out for some updated glass I figure it's time to upgrade/suppliment. For noise reasons I try not to shoot above 400 and 1600 is definite desperation times.

The choices as I see it :-

K-5
K-x
K-r
K-30

Now budget is tight so I'm verging towards a K-x/r as it gives nice wide ISO settings but then I lose weathersealing which is handy (although by retaining the K200D I don't lose that). The K-30 is obviously new so not going to be as cheap while the K-5 ought to drop in price as the II comes on stream.

Thoughts on choices/feedback/comments appreciated.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-24-2012, 05:45 AM  
My interpretation of the full-frame rumors and interview responses...
Posted By Katier
Replies: 204
Views: 22,843
I agree that the concentration needs to be in APS-C. I like the K-01 in principle and with an EVF would provide a great alternative to a entry level DSLR. More compact than the competition, probably better feature set, takes DSLR lenses.. but NEEDS an add-on EVF (and better AF).

K-30 and K-5 lines are clearly strong strategies and strong 'shooter' cameras which is what Pentax is ( and IMO their USP should be) about. All weather, compact, high quality, dependable stills cameras.

FF is needed in order to be 'in with the Jonese' but it should share as much tech with the 645 and APS-C lines as possible such that it is competitive with the competition but doesn't drain too much on R&D for the important APS-C and 645 lines.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-17-2012, 03:08 PM  
Photokina 2012: First impressions by Falk Lumo
Posted By Katier
Replies: 246
Views: 33,518
Well given the 7D is worse than a K5 the K5II is hardly 'catching up' was it?

If your doing work requiring really wide angles I can understand FF and similarly if your pushing the limits of light collection in low light conditions.. but that's a pair of pretty specific needs.

I get into a lot of debates with a Nikon and a Canon user and something the Nikon user posted suddenly setup lightbulbs going. Of the 3 of us, two use FF, one (me) a crop sensor. The Canon user is heavy on 'needing' FF for image quality, the Nikon often uses his MLC Nikon especially when he wants to benefit from the crop for wildlife work.

The Nikon user works in the sensor industry and suddenly it all came clear. Canon is actually lagging behind Sony sensor tech (and indeed Nikons other APS-C sensor sources) by a noticeable amount - and not currently catching up. At FF though Canon is on at least a par with Nikon, so for a Canon user FF (even an older one) is probably a better bet than, even, a 7D.

So a newbie sees Canon users recommending FF.. and is instantly assuming that FF is essential, when it's not.

Interestingly the Canon user also does a LOT more post processing than the Nikon user and myself.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-17-2012, 01:59 PM  
Photokina 2012: First impressions by Falk Lumo
Posted By Katier
Replies: 246
Views: 33,518
Despite the pessimistic reaction from some people.. look under the hood and actually is it REALLY that bad?

ONE new camera from Canon - that means they are at a minimum in 3rd place in real world APS-C performance.

Similarly just one from Nikon, and full frame so status quo from them in APS-C.

Which means that potentially the best APS-C camera continues to come from Pentax and IF the AF performance is as good as they advertise it's potentially noticeably better.

No FF is disappointing in terms of pushing for the top tier BUT with good marketting ( where Pentax have been weak ) they definitely have a product range that won't loose ground.

For 95% of Sony/Pentax/Nikon photographers, honestly FF isn't needed. What does FF give you? Essentially better high ISO performance... but the current Sony sensor is pretty awesome there...

So why exactly is FF so important? I really don't know!!!
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 08-02-2012, 11:25 AM  
Best Review Yet?
Posted By Katier
Replies: 2
Views: 1,106
Can't link it but I did a quick scan through the Amateur Photographer review of the K-30 and seemed pretty solid. Came out 84% and in their books beats both the 5100 and A57 (i.e. other cameras with the same sensor/price bracket).

the website is Amateur Photographer but being this weeks edition they (understandably) haven't put it on the website yet.
Forum: Photographic Technique 07-26-2012, 04:23 PM  
How much post processing do you do?
Posted By Katier
Replies: 30
Views: 3,089
Essentially yes because, as the saying goes, a picture paints a thousand words. Not so much critique as just "What would you have done" :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 07-26-2012, 03:33 PM  
How much post processing do you do?
Posted By Katier
Replies: 30
Views: 3,089
Which is part of the reason for posting them - to me they look fine - happy with them.. which is why I included them.. essentially a 'what would you have done' scenario.
Forum: Photographic Technique 07-26-2012, 02:25 PM  
How much post processing do you do?
Posted By Katier
Replies: 30
Views: 3,089
:)

Maybe I should have included the RAW's ;) :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 07-26-2012, 07:27 AM  
How much post processing do you do?
Posted By Katier
Replies: 30
Views: 3,089
The film mention is mainly because the argument my friend put forward was that 'it's done in film so has to be done in digital' - that said I shoot both so relevant in other ways.

I print up to A3 typically and I know 6mp is stretching 6mp to the limit so there isn't much headroom for 10mp - indeed it's close to the limit for 10mp. So unless I drop the DPI (old school ;) ) down from 300 I don't have much headroom. The reason for the 6mp/10mp references is that I upgraded from a K110D to a K200D because for full double page spread shots I was really struggling to get the shot on the page - i.e. didn't have any room to crop.

Even 10mp isn't great, but at least leave some shuffle room.
Forum: Photographic Technique 07-26-2012, 06:15 AM  
How much post processing do you do?
Posted By Katier
Replies: 30
Views: 3,089
The issue I have with Cropping is cropping on Digital = less pixels = can't print as large. For general adjustment crops that's generally not an issue, but for 'zoom' crops it is an issue.

On Film, of course, it's very possible to crop to a reasonable degree, especially on MF or LF film.
Forum: Photographic Technique 07-26-2012, 04:49 AM  
How much post processing do you do?
Posted By Katier
Replies: 30
Views: 3,089
Friend of mind is almost the opposite of me in that he seems to do a lot of post processing, and cropping.

I crop to a bare minimum (if I can't get the crop with the equipment I have then the shot doesn't happen) because in my opinion it's just not worth it on Digital with limited pixels to work with. On film I will crop more because you can 'zoom' much more readily and indeed you crop by default as on film it's normal for the image to overlap the paper - of course.

Probably 20% of my pictures might need a bit of colour balance and/or exposure tweaking, but everything else gets used in less than 5% of the work ( and digitally I can't remember EVER using dodging or burning).

So how much work do you folks do?

To add to the debate some examples of images I've taken and what I did to them (all are RAW->LR3->jpg/png).


Pretty much straight off camera - don't think I even cropped it. by Katier Scott, on Flickr


Cropped but otherwise straight from Camera by Katier Scott, on Flickr


Straight from Camera by Katier Scott, on Flickr
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