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Forum: Pentax K-01 04-29-2019, 11:37 PM  
Help me not to part with my beloved K-01
Posted By Cthulhugan
Replies: 51
Views: 2,945
An alternative to investing in a faster lens could be better noise reduction software. I got quite clean results from my K-01 up to around ISO 1600-3200 with good software (I use Topaz Denoise, others are as good or maybe even a little better). There are other reasons to shoot at lower ISOs, so it may not be the best choice for you. I also had the previous-generation Sigma 18-50/2.8 EX DC Macro on my K-01, and found it easy enough to use, but I also put up with the DA*50-135/2.8 on it, so I might just be a masochist ... :-)

My wife has the K-01 now, and my daughter has the Sigma on my K-x, after I upgraded to a K-3 and Sigma 18-35/1.8 Art (although the DA 16-85 now lives on my K-3, and the Art only comes out for VERY low light conditions).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-05-2019, 01:34 PM  
Feedback on Lenses to Purchase for a Trip in December 2019
Posted By Cthulhugan
Replies: 31
Views: 1,155
The 8-16 is REALLY WIDE. You can’t really appreciate how wide it is without experiencing it. It is difficult to use for landscapes, at least at 8-10mm, because of this. It is best for exaggerated perspective, with a very close foreground object, and for tight spaces. The 10-20/3.5 would be a better choice generally. Slot canyons might be tight enough for 8mm, but I think you’d be OK with the 10-20. Also, the 8-16 does not take filters, but I think the 10-20 does.

I also concur with the recommendation for the 55-300 over either super zoom. The DA* 60-250 is even better, but much bigger, heavier and pricey-er.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-23-2019, 12:21 PM  
Wide angle lens for K-3 II
Posted By Cthulhugan
Replies: 12
Views: 702
What do you already have, just an 18-55 kit lens? The 18-135? The 16-85? Do you want to go wider than that, or have better image quality at the wide end of your existing range?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-19-2019, 07:48 PM  
Thematic The Earth's Bones
Posted By Cthulhugan
Replies: 578
Views: 36,112
Here is Mt Kidd, in Kananaskis Provincial Park, Alberta. Interesting folded strata. Click through to view larger on Flickr.




Next shot is from Kicking Horse ski resort, Golden BC:




Mt. Assiniboine, Alberta:




The Monarch, BC:




Mt. Temple, AB:




and from Lewis and Clark Caverns, in Montana USA:



Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-15-2019, 07:21 PM  
Thematic Shadow Selfies
Posted By Cthulhugan
Replies: 76
Views: 2,064
A glory is an atmospheric effect similar to a rainbow or sun dog. A Glory containing the viewers shadow is called a Brocken Spectre, or a Mountain Spectre. I shot this Glory from a high ridge at Kicking Horse ski resort at Golden BC, with my shadow at its centre:



Shot with a Pentax W60 point-and-shoot.
Forum: Photo Critique 02-09-2019, 11:34 AM  
Landscape Mountain view
Posted By Cthulhugan
Replies: 7
Views: 706
You could try taking the “Levels” tool, and lowering the midpoint. Those are the terms in Adobe, but most apps have this tool. I will sometimes iterate through Highlights/Shadows, Levels, and Brightness/Contrast repeatedly to get the effect I want, but too many iterations gets ugly.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-07-2018, 06:20 PM  
New to me DAL 18-55mm WR lens not communicating EXIF to camera
Posted By Cthulhugan
Replies: 45
Views: 1,650
... or it’s just a bug in Elements.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-07-2018, 04:51 PM  
New to me DAL 18-55mm WR lens not communicating EXIF to camera
Posted By Cthulhugan
Replies: 45
Views: 1,650
Every program that interprets Lens ID codes needs a table to map the code to the exact lens data (name, profile, etc.). I expect that Elements is missing the DA L, probably just an oversight by Adobe. The acid test is to pull the Lens ID code directly from a DNG, PEF or JPEG using something like EXIF Tool. The fact that other software (Apple’s Preview.app, and the Forum’s EXIF display) correctly identifies your image files as from the DA-L 18-55 confirms that the correct Lens ID code is stored in the image metadata. It has to be Elements that is dropping the ball.

---------- Post added 12-07-18 at 05:04 PM ----------

A quick google found this:

Problems with Pentax lens info in exif and Adob... |*Adobe Community

It looks like Lightroom and other Adobe products are also missing the DA L 18-55.

---------- Post added 12-07-18 at 05:11 PM ----------

The correct Lens ID code for the DA L 18-55 is: 7 222

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Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 12-07-2018, 12:22 PM  
Caption Contest December 7th to December 14th
Posted By Cthulhugan
Replies: 23
Views: 1,337
“I TOLD you I can do it with one arm tied behind my back!”
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-07-2018, 11:22 AM  
New to me DAL 18-55mm WR lens not communicating EXIF to camera
Posted By Cthulhugan
Replies: 45
Views: 1,650
If you are getting the focal length, aperture, etc. correctly, then the data pin in the mount is working correctly. As others have posted, the lens only sends a numeric ID code to the camera, and the camera writes that into the metadata. It is up to the software reading the metadata to interpret it (i.e. Elements, Lightroom, Flickr, etc.). My DA16-85 predates my version of Elements, and is reported as a 3-digit numeric code by Elements (something like “824”). If The EXIF is using the right code, then it is Elements. If there is no lens ID code, or the wrong code, then it could either be the lens firmware failing to report the lens code, or the camera failing to read it correctly. If someone else has the same lens, they could post a SOOC JPEG, and you could try it with your software. If it’s Elements then it should behave the same as your lens/camera. If you could try your lens on another body, and it works with your software, then it is likely the camera (or the K-50 firmware). You could also try reinstalling the latest K-30 firmware to see if that is the issue.

---------- Post added 12-07-18 at 11:53 AM ----------

Correction, Elements does not report my 16-85 using a numeric code, it is Flickr that does that (the code is 8 200, although it is a JPEG written by Elements 12). Elements just shows a blank for the Lens ID. My version of Elements does the same for the IMGP0316.jpg you posted. I tried with Apple's "Preview.app" on my Mac, and it reports the lens correctly, as "smc PENTAX-DA L 18-55 F3.5-5.6 AL WR". The Pentax Forums "Show EXIF" link on your post correctly shows the lens as "Smc PENTAX-DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR". That is the viewing software extracting the Lens ID from the JPEG, and interpreting the code itself. From this I'm pretty sure it is Elements missing the Lens ID code for the DA L 18-55 in its lookup table, and nothing to do with your lens or camera (or the K-50 firmware).
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-18-2018, 04:47 PM  
Thematic Winter - Post your Snow and Ice shots
Posted By Cthulhugan
Replies: 107
Views: 3,473
Rabbit tracks in fresh snow (Q7+ 08 Wide Zoom):



Click through to view on Flickr.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-12-2018, 03:00 PM  
Your favorite "Landscape" lens?
Posted By Cthulhugan
Replies: 109
Views: 5,435
I’m curious about how the DA* 11-18/2.8 images will look. Hopefully we’ll start to see some images soon, maybe early in the new year.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-05-2018, 07:06 PM  
Thematic Post Your Cloudscapes
Posted By Cthulhugan
Replies: 2,592
Views: 125,598
Thanks! I forgot to note that it’s about 4 or 5 frames stitched together. IIRC it was hot with the Sigma 18-50 EX DC Macro on a K-x.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-04-2018, 08:41 AM  
Thematic Post Your Cloudscapes
Posted By Cthulhugan
Replies: 2,592
Views: 125,598
Sunset, under a decaying Chinook Arch:

Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-28-2018, 03:44 PM  
Pentax O-ME53 - please share your experience using it with K-1
Posted By Cthulhugan
Replies: 34
Views: 2,545
I leave my glasses on when shooting for the astigmatism correction. The diopter adjustment is only for near- or far-sightedness, it does not help with astigmatism.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-28-2018, 10:11 AM  
Pentax O-ME53 - please share your experience using it with K-1
Posted By Cthulhugan
Replies: 34
Views: 2,545
I have the O-ME53 on my K-3, and while I can see all the info displayed in the viewfinder, I do have to shift my viewing angle. I can’t see it all at once. I do wear glasses (even when shooting, there is no astigmatism correction on the OVF), which exacerbates the issue.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-28-2018, 09:37 AM  
Thematic The view upward (take part, please...)
Posted By Cthulhugan
Replies: 199
Views: 10,863
Spire of the Empire State Building, NYC.




The view from ground level.

Forum: Pentax K-01 10-13-2018, 04:48 PM  
Is the K-01 still worth buying in 2018? Hell yes!
Posted By Cthulhugan
Replies: 22
Views: 2,778
I had a K-01. Then, last year, my wife took a photography course. I loaned her the K-01 and a kit lens. After the course I was informed that I would NOT be getting them back, and where did I keep my 70 Limited ... :-)
Forum: Pentax K-r 10-08-2018, 09:24 AM  
Recommendations for Substitute for Kit Lens (18-55 DAL)
Posted By Cthulhugan
Replies: 26
Views: 1,797
Shooting indoors with available light means a faster lens is more desirable. The DA16-85 or DA18-135 are great lenses (I have the 16-85), but are a little slow. I’d look for a constant f/2.8 zoom lens, like the DA*16-50/2.8, Sigma 17-50/2.8 or Tamron 16-50/2.8. I had the older Sigma 18-50/2.8 EX DC Macro on my K-x (the immediate predecessor of your K-r), and that worked very well (my daughter has them now, and they still work well). The DA20-40/2.8-4 Limited and Sigma 17-70/2.8-4 Contemporary might also work well, even though they are variable aperture, especially if you work more towards the wide end. The newly announced (not yet available) DA*11-18/2.8 might also be a good candidate for indoor work, but it’s really wide .. and not yet shipping ... and probably quite expensive.

Be warned though, getting a high quality “normal” lens will get you thinking how much better the DA*60-250 or D-FA150-450 are compared to the 55-300, and a full-blown case of LBA could ensue ... :-)
Forum: Pentax Q 10-06-2018, 12:04 PM  
What processing software do you use with your Pentax Q series?
Posted By Cthulhugan
Replies: 19
Views: 1,702
I have a Q7 and a K-3, both of which I shoot in DNG. I use Photoshop Elements and Topaz Denoise. I try to keep the Q to ISO 400 or lower. I think I have the auto-ISO range capped at 800 on the Q (compared to 3200 on the K-3, and sometimes I go up to 6400). I pretty much only use the Q outdoors, inside I use the K-3.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-30-2018, 10:39 AM  
Thematic Post your waterfalls and moving water.
Posted By Cthulhugan
Replies: 1,680
Views: 121,413
Lundbreck Falls, with the K-3 and DA 16-85.



Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-23-2018, 02:13 PM  
Thematic Winter - Post your Snow and Ice shots
Posted By Cthulhugan
Replies: 107
Views: 3,473
An oldie, but a coldie ... :-)

Shot with a Pentax W-60 at Lost Boys Pass, Fernie Alpine Resort, B.C. In 2012.

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-13-2018, 09:03 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By Cthulhugan
Replies: 6,156
Views: 746,599
Thanks. It is also really light, and feels kind of plasticy, which probably also contributes to its bad rep. I don't mind it. I've got the DA 40 XS on it this week, which is supposed to be good stopped down a little. I told my wife I needed a silver FA 31 for it. That didn't go over very well ... :)

It really seems to shine with the D-FA 100/2.8 WR Macro:
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-12-2018, 06:17 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By Cthulhugan
Replies: 6,156
Views: 746,599
Although not nearly as exotic as many of the cameras posted here, I managed to score a new-old-stock Pentax *-ist from a local retailer. I guess it has just been sitting in their stockroom, gathering dust, for the last 10 or 15 years. Shown with the SMC DA 70/2.4 Limited mounted.

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-11-2018, 12:56 AM  
Pentax auto exposure camera
Posted By Cthulhugan
Replies: 48
Views: 2,159
I guess I just don’t get out much ... :-)
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