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Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 6 Days Ago  
A good starter kit for on-location shooting
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 55
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Thanks! Glad you like them.



Thank you.

I used 120cm octa for the previous shots.

I'd love to use the 120cm octa more but the size can be cumbersome to handle and can also limit where I can use it. For instance, the following shot was made on military ground. I used Witstro 48cm Softbox (the one that can be bought as accessory to the WD360) and am rather certain I would have been asked to pack my gear if I had used the 120cm octa :P

Besides, I think the 120 would eat too much light for a shot like this. The final shot was 0.8 stop underexposed (flash set to full power and was as close as I could get it), but that's no biggie to fix in post.

Forum: General Talk 12-05-2017, 08:26 PM  
A little rant: Talking Head videos on Youtube
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 35
Views: 1,196
No, you are not alone. It has become a habit of mine to skip the first few (or several) minutes. With especially tutorials video's, I sometimes keep skipping to near the end, as that's when the actual talk about the subject starts... aaaarg!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-09-2017, 07:57 PM  
Heat issue with Patona D-LI90 chargers
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 12
Views: 796
At first I thought it might be battery issues but after a while, I started noticing a pattern with the chargers and had a closer look. Bought the new ones, and haven't used the old ones since.

Patona didn't have much to say other than it's not normal and they sell lots.

For now I'll have more room between the charger, which hopefully will prevent heat buildup.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-08-2017, 05:48 AM  
Heat issue with Patona D-LI90 chargers
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 12
Views: 796
Patona sent me new plates which I should receive one of these days

Older chargers, notice the shape of especially the bottom charger and the increased gap between the charger and the plate.


The new charger doesn't appear to have this issue, but the plate is affected and wont charge at all now.


Plate from the new charger.
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-08-2017, 04:28 AM  
Image Stabilization, how many people use it predominantly most of the time?
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 108
Views: 3,495
I have the impression that SR can hurt when it's not needed (while shooting handheld). Is there any truth to this?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-18-2017, 01:35 PM  
Heat issue with Patona D-LI90 chargers
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 12
Views: 796
Meh, I wrote to Patona a couple of weeks ago but haven't had any reply yet. I've been paying extra attention to battery performance and haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary. The Hähnel batteries can give me around 750-800 shots and I'm satisfied with that. Not sure that the OEM give. I'll try and take notice tomorrow, when I'll be out shooting all day.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-04-2017, 04:05 PM  
Heat issue with Patona D-LI90 chargers
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 12
Views: 796
E-man: Interesting. Could it be a Patona thing - or perhaps a battery thing? I have to brands, the original ones and way more Hähnel batteries.

I never got the impression that the batteries get too hot.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-04-2017, 03:01 PM  
Heat issue with Patona D-LI90 chargers
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 12
Views: 796
I used to have a bunch of these:



After 1-1½ year, the chargers had deformed over time due to heat, causing contact issues between charger and battery adapter.

Now I have a bunch of these:

About 9 months have passed and the first few are starting to show issues. The chargers them self's are fine but the battery adapter has a removable plate underneath, which is starting to bulge, causing it to increase the distance to the contacts on the charger = bad/no charge.

I tried unscrewing the plate and bend the plate it back in form. It lasted for 1-2 charges.

Does anyone have a lasting solution to this issue?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-26-2017, 06:34 PM  
A good starter kit for on-location shooting
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 55
Views: 4,637
I was googling for HSS and AD360 when this thread showed up. Might as well do an update :)

I've been very happy with the AD360. The trigger issue I had got solved by adding a YN-RF605C transceiver to the mix. YN on the camera and XT16 on the YN. I already had the YN transceiver, so that was nice.

This week, I got me a Cactus V6II, so I can do some HSS too - didn't need it before, but now the sun can be really evil. I'm looking forward to do the first proper shots tomorrow.

These are some of the first shots I did.



Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-01-2017, 06:26 AM  
Unhappy with K-30
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 86
Views: 6,891
BANKatBULL: You need to show photos and explain better what exactly you are unhappy with. You might also want to show photos of something you think looks better. that way we might be able to relate better to your problem.

I'm starting to think you are unhappy with how the photos look. If so, you can try the different color/processing settings in the camera or, edit the photos on the computer.

My K-3 II broke so I had to use K-30 along with another K-3 II for a job. I see no huge difference in the photos and even forgot which photos was shot with what camera.

The hot-shoe on my K-3 II broke off so I used my older K-30 along with another K-3 II for a job. The photos look similar and I even forgot which photo was shot with what camera. Had to look it up to see :)
Forum: Pentax K-3 04-30-2017, 04:20 PM  
Bokeh and Pentax K3
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 25
Views: 1,854
Thanks :)



It's full-frame. You could use it on K-3, and keep it if for K-1 if you later decide to upgrade the camera body.
Forum: Pentax K-3 04-25-2017, 08:49 PM  
Bokeh and Pentax K3
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 25
Views: 1,854
These aren't directly comparable, but atleast you can have something to look at :) I shoot using K-3 II:

DA 50mm f1.8 @ f1.8


Voigtländer Nokton 58mm f1.4 @ f1.4



70mm Ltd f2.4 @ f2.4


Sigma 85mm f1.4 @ f1.8


Sigma 70-200 f2.8 @ 170mm f2.8
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-04-2017, 04:34 PM  
Importing in chronological order
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 12
Views: 669
I do this, but keep the original 4 digits at the end as well. After tons and tons of shots throughout some years, still no issue here.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-28-2017, 07:18 AM  
Importing in chronological order
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 12
Views: 669
Transfer from SD card. Import to Lightroom without doing anything to the files prior to the import. Fix the dates and names in LR.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 * Change the photo capture time
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-01-2016, 03:39 PM  
K-3 Battery discussion Generic/Original
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 58
Views: 8,787
I wasn't able to find any dealer willing to ship, as if I live in a bad country :( However I found a link on a previous page here, to Patona and bought a bunch of chargers directly from them. I went for the new (yellow) model.

These chargers have a much more serious feel to them. The old ones felt hollow and cheap and the batteries never locked in position well enough, leading me to develop the paranoid habit of always checking if the batteries were placed properly. With the new ones (new plate) they do. The contacts are raised and have a harder and more springy feel to them. Overall they feel like a proper upgrade. A quiet neat surprise, I must say.

The older ones are noticeably cheaper and I'm not really complaining. If I had them sitting on a flat surface, like any other normal being, they probably would still be working just fine.

I haven't had the new ones plugged in yet but the first thing I wanted to check, was how well the batteries would fit and noticed, that the LCD would show battery power status. I do not know how reliable the readout is, but i Like it. I never liked the red/green lights on the old ones.

Here's my new army of chargers - ready to roll... :D


Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 10-25-2016, 07:11 AM  
A good starter kit for on-location shooting
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 55
Views: 4,637
So it's not just me then. Meh :(



Yeah, these are the ones I have.

I have other triggers which I could use, but I'll lose the ability to set power. It's still better than having the shooting flow being interrupted by the trigger suddenly not communicating right though.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 10-24-2016, 12:22 PM  
A good starter kit for on-location shooting
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 55
Views: 4,637
Got to use the AD360 at two weddings and I had issues with the trigger. I got lots of misfires and am not sure why, but think it's because of how the trigger sits on the camera hot shoe. I readjusted and tighten it a lot but I still kept getting misfires too frequently.

The trigger/receiver is XT16 2.4GHz.

Has anyone had issues like this?
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-22-2016, 06:52 PM  
K-3 Battery discussion Generic/Original
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 58
Views: 8,787
Today I noticed a gap between the D-LI90 plate and the charger, on the one that "died". Upon further inspection I conclude, that the heat generated combined with the chargers not resting on a flat surface has over time caused them to deform - some more than others. The ones that work best are the least deformed.

The deformation increases the gap between the plate contacts and the charger, so that's what I've been noticing.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 10-21-2016, 09:21 AM  
A good starter kit for on-location shooting
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 55
Views: 4,637
Just got home from some early x-mas shopping :D Got me AD360, extra battery, Y-splitter, modifiers and whatnot. I'm all set for the two weddings over the next two days.



I have experience with Manfrotto stands (looks like it might be the same model even) from the studio I typically rent and everything else I've tried (always cheaper brands) have always been yuk in comparison.



My gut feeling told me to go with a boom and after few words with the sales person, I stuck with it. The monopod I have is carbon fiber, but I bought a proper boom.

I'll buy a stand later if I realize I really need, rather than buying it now and end up never using it.

Now it's dinner time, and after that - unpacking, yey :D
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 10-21-2016, 04:31 AM  
A good starter kit for on-location shooting
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 55
Views: 4,637
Thanks for the answers, I really appreciate it.

Few more for now related to light stands. Many seem to be flimsy unless, as with so much else, I spend some good money but are some stands better for outdoor usage than others (weight, size, cleaning, durability/stability)?

How about using a light boom? I've used a monopod as boom and it was so-so, mostly because of the size of the otcabox, which made it a bit tricky to handle. But I'm assuming a stand wont be that much different once it needs to be moved/carried.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 10-20-2016, 05:47 PM  
A good starter kit for on-location shooting
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 55
Views: 4,637
My needs can be boiled down to 3 scenarios:
1. Normal indoor low light candid type shooting. The flashes I have cover this neatly for the most part, but occasionally I'm at a venue with a very high ceiling (and far to the walls), so bouncing requires lots of power. I usually max out at 1/8 power, so I can shoot faster

2. Indoor group photos with 50-100 people. I'm pretty much covered here as well. I use 6 flashes and bounce them all from the ceiling at around 1/8 power.

3. Outdoor photography (wedding). This could be under harsh light or during a gray and dull day. Under harsh light, a single flash will barely, if at all, be noticeable. Using 3 lights as one, helps a lot and that's what I recently tried.




Will the Witstro's not work well with third party modifiers?



Thanks, I'll have a closer look. Upon the first look it seems SMDV only has brackets for a single flash and that's not going to cut it for me.



I've done quiet a bit of shooting in studio using strobes, just not ever bought my own "studio" gear.



And if I wanted to non-Godox gear, I suppose that's when to use X1 receivers?



6KG when there's not too much wind :S How much would I need for, say a 120octa at some 2m height, to keep it from tipping over in some normal at-the-beach/coast windy conditions?



But those numbers are not with a direct comparison. If the AD 360 was set to half power, hows the recycle then, and for how many shots would the batteries last?

What matters the most is, if I should get the 180 or 360 - my impression is, I should get the 360, if I went with any of these.

I've been hesitating about Witstro since I bought some Godox flashes, where the build quality is crap. I have to use tape to keep the batteries from falling out, and the click-locking mechanism used to lock the head in place when turned, is completely gone on one flash, after only few months.
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-20-2016, 02:42 PM  
K-3 Battery discussion Generic/Original
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 58
Views: 8,787
So, it's be more than a year since I bough a bunch og Hähnel batteries and Patona chargers.

The batteries have been performing outstanding, and still do. The chargers however are a bit on the flimsy side. The first charger that showed odd behavior is now also the first one that not charging. The light stays green and does not go red at all.

It started with the charger being sensitive about how the battery was placed, abut it's not like I could do much about it. Cleaning the contacts and re-attaching the plate didn't change anything. Now, two more chargers behave the same way.

They were cheap and lasted long enough that I *could* replace them with the same, but I'd prefer something more reliable - but something cheaper than the original Pentax chargers :P

Suggestions?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 10-18-2016, 02:29 AM  
A good starter kit for on-location shooting
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 55
Views: 4,637
Thanks! I'll have a look.

Would you say using multiple flashes are OK, or would a smaller strobe be better?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 10-17-2016, 06:54 PM  
A good starter kit for on-location shooting
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 55
Views: 4,637
I never heard from the client again and my plan to purchase got on stand by - until recently, when I bought a bracket so I could attache 3 flashes onto it, and hookup an umbrella type 120cm octabox.

Have to say, I loved the light from such a large octabox.

The purchase thought me few lessons:

120cm octabox is frekin large and the one I got was rather cumbersome to handle.

The octabox fell off every 5-10 minutes and it very quickly became very annoying to use.

The flash bracket thing I bought wasn't too impressive either. I didn't have too high expectations, but once a flash fell of because it's crap to tighten properly and it doesn't hold on to the octabox too well - it has a slide-in thingy for the stick on the octabox (just like on regular umbrellas).

The octabox is now done for. The stick got bent when it tipped over because of wind. The stick couldn't handle the weight from the flashes.

With that in mind I have few new criteria for the setup:

- easy and quick to prep
- very robust once set-up. I really don't want to worry about something not being tight enough or if it can't take some beating.

What should I look for?

These are the items I bought:
Flash bracket: Neewer® Aluminum Alloy 3-Way Hot Shoe Mount Adapter: Amazon.co.uk: Camera & Photo

Octabox: Fomito Photo Studio 120cm/47in Portable Octagon Flash: Amazon.co.uk: Camera & Photo

I had these on a monopod and a tripod that I used as a light stand - I think I'll continue using the monopod.
Forum: General Photography 10-06-2016, 09:59 PM  
I want to understand Pentax AF
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 24
Views: 1,325
It could very well be, but I'm not entirely convinced yet. The reason is, I noticed on the same day, that I could get better lock when using the upper quarter of the center spot while the middle and lower half didn't give me as many hits. I noticed this when focusing on top edge of a shelf. Straight horizontal line/edge (though a bit from an angle) and no clutter going on.

But there's more stuff at play and it makes it harder to conclude. When I first got the 85mm, it didn't take long for me to notice, that it would not focus accurately under an overcast sky. Right then we had sunny, overcast, sunny, overcast etc going on from day to day and it made it easier to redo tests and I became very confident, that AF accuracy differs depending on weather/light - but yesterday it was overcast and it did well.

I've also tried to see if the center spot is in dead center or not. My current impression is, that it's in the center, but the test wasn't completely satisfactory so I'll have to do more testing.
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