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Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 02-03-2019, 06:13 AM  
Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro
Posted By rtmarwitz
Replies: 81
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I've used the DFA100 for portrait and landscape, but this is my first real experience with macro work. As a whole the set was a little soft due to my lack of experience in the depth of field when in macro mode, but I had fun.

DFA100 on a K-1ii / handlheld yongnuo flash with trigger on camera. Just winter sticker weeds in the yard the flower was about nickel sized.

Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 12-31-2018, 10:39 AM  
HD PENTAX-D FA 24-70mm F2.8
Posted By rtmarwitz
Replies: 3
Views: 1,345
Pretty happy with my copy of the 24-70. Plenty of options when I have it on.




x-posted from sports images



Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 12-31-2018, 10:17 AM  
Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro
Posted By rtmarwitz
Replies: 81
Views: 28,251
Portrait use for D FA 100 on K-1ii. I'll be adding this to my bag for portraits. I was really happy with the results it gives in this mode.

Forum: Photographic Technique 12-31-2018, 08:47 AM  
Sports photography - single images
Posted By rtmarwitz
Replies: 463
Views: 69,582
Nice shots! What camera/lens combo are you using?

I normally use the K3ii and DA 50 1.8, but this season I have the K-1ii and gave the DFA 24-70 a try and was pleasantly surprised. I especially like I can use the shorter end of the focal length to get things like the last one. I haven't compared, but pretty sure my keeper rate has gone up considerably. Not sure if it is the K-1ii or the 24-70 or maybe both.




Forum: Photographic Technique 09-17-2018, 06:28 AM  
Sports photography - single images
Posted By rtmarwitz
Replies: 463
Views: 69,582
Chance of rain for this week's game was 80%, but we avoided it except for a few small sprinkles.

K-1 & DFA 15-30, K-1ii & DA*200












Forum: Photographic Technique 09-09-2018, 02:33 PM  
Sports photography - single images
Posted By rtmarwitz
Replies: 463
Views: 69,582
Yeah, I get asked often after a game what I thought about it. I rarely have my eyes off the camera during plays with the thought I might miss a shot. At best you can see how big the holes are for the running backs.



I have not shot sports in the rain before, but I know the photos are getting a lot of attention from players, parents, studetns etc. on flickr. Most likely due to the added rain element. It was fun looking through them afterward, but I'd be lying if I said I look forward to shooting in the rain again. :) It still makes me a bit nervous.
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-09-2018, 05:23 AM  
HD Pentax D FA 1:2.8 15-30mm ED SDM WR lens club!
Posted By rtmarwitz
Replies: 468
Views: 56,994
x-posted from sports photography. pre game, sideline, half time and post game are a great time to incorporate some UW into the set. It was raining for 3 of the 4 quarters in this game and it was my first real experience using AW/WR in the extremes. Usually I put my gear away, but I finally worked up the guts to try it. The gear performed flawlessly and is still working fine.




Forum: Photographic Technique 09-09-2018, 05:16 AM  
Sports photography - single images
Posted By rtmarwitz
Replies: 463
Views: 69,582
I've been using Pentax AW and WR gear for some time now. I finally had the guts to try it out the past Friday. It rained for 3 of the 4 quarters in this game and at times pretty hard. I was really nervous, but everything worked well and so far there doesn't seem to be any moisture intrusion. I did let my gear ride open air in the back seats of the car for the 2.5 hour drive home and then at home for the next day and half.

Quantity of light was decent, but I have been at better venues.The quality of the light was above average for high school football. This is my first season with the K-1 and its exactly what I wanted compared to the K-3. I can shoot is at 6400 and even 12800 and the noise levels are more than acceptable for these types of photos. I believe all the below were shot at 6400.



















Forum: Photographic Technique 09-03-2018, 06:10 AM  
Sports photography - single images
Posted By rtmarwitz
Replies: 463
Views: 69,582
Other than gear, I've also changed my technique to using manual mode. Usually exposing for between the shadows and highlights, but sometimes leaning to one direction or the other if i want to take advantage of a light differential. It has more than cut my post processing effort in half and I can apply the same adjustments across the board.











Forum: Photographic Technique 08-31-2018, 11:56 AM  
Sports photography - single images
Posted By rtmarwitz
Replies: 463
Views: 69,582
the DA*300 has nonoticeable chromatic aberration as does the DA*200, that's nice to not have toadjust.










Forum: Photographic Technique 08-31-2018, 07:36 AM  
Sports photography - single images
Posted By rtmarwitz
Replies: 463
Views: 69,582
Throwing in a bit ofwide angle action along with the tele action.







Forum: Lens Clubs 08-31-2018, 07:32 AM  
HD Pentax D FA 1:2.8 15-30mm ED SDM WR lens club!
Posted By rtmarwitz
Replies: 468
Views: 56,994
My oldest son building his electric guitar. Started with a block of black walnut.


Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 08-31-2018, 06:15 AM  
Pentax DA* 300mm f/4 ED IF SDM samples
Posted By rtmarwitz
Replies: 19
Views: 8,632
X-posted from Sport Photography











Forum: Lens Clubs 08-31-2018, 06:08 AM  
HD Pentax D FA 1:2.8 15-30mm ED SDM WR lens club!
Posted By rtmarwitz
Replies: 468
Views: 56,994
Something a little different. X-posted from the Sports Photography thread. In the past I've mostly concentrated on tele shots at the outdoor sports field venues. I'm looking forward to incorporating the wide shots this season.







Forum: Photographic Technique 08-31-2018, 05:47 AM  
Sports photography - single images
Posted By rtmarwitz
Replies: 463
Views: 69,582
Its been quite some time since I've posted, lots of summer and school activities and work or course. Its wearing me out.


I have a new setup this year moving from the K-3ii/DA*200 to the K-1ii/DA*300/DA*200 and K-1/DFA15-30. I'm liking it so far. The focusing on this setup took a bit of getting used to and not sure if it is the lens or camera difference. Result once getting used to it is a good keeper rate. I love this time of football season that you aren't constrained by stadium lighting. Also like the golden color the setting sun adds.

I like the giant ref and how all the other refs heads are aimed up to look at him...he was probably 6'7" or so. I also like the bearded coach pic it was probably my favorite of the set.









Forum: Lens Clubs 04-13-2018, 07:03 PM  
HD Pentax D FA 1:2.8 15-30mm ED SDM WR lens club!
Posted By rtmarwitz
Replies: 468
Views: 56,994
15-30 on a K-1
f22 to get this exaggerated starburst.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-09-2018, 07:47 AM  
Thematic Post your Telephoto Landscapes!
Posted By rtmarwitz
Replies: 234
Views: 18,525
DA* 50-135 on a K-3ii @ 90mm

Forum: Lens Clubs 04-09-2018, 07:31 AM  
DA* Club
Posted By rtmarwitz
Replies: 5,093
Views: 724,476
DA* 50-135 on a K-3ii.

Grand Canyon portraits...how can you go wrong? If i get a bad shot with this lens it is definitely user error.



Some tourist action at Tombstone Arizona. My guys headed into town to tear it up. :)

Forum: Photographic Technique 04-09-2018, 06:17 AM  
Sports photography - single images
Posted By rtmarwitz
Replies: 463
Views: 69,582
I was happy when we arrived find the gym with nice lighting both quantity and quality. These are taken with the DA*200 on a K-1. I just started this combination for pre-game, half-time and crowd shots -- fun stuff!

btw My setup for the in game action is the DA50 1.8 on the K-3ii or K-5iis -- which works out pretty well. I learned late in this season to disable SR. I try to shoot at least 1/500, so it isn't needed anyway. I think I've been taking shots while SR was still trying to stabilize. Pretty sure when this is the case the pictures are a little soft. I think I've noticed better sharpness since disabling SR for in game shots, but will need to wait until next football/basketball season now to see. The below were with SR on and they seem a little soft, so looking forward to another action outing to try this out.

[edited to correct spelling]


Forum: Lens Clubs 04-08-2018, 11:35 AM  
HD Pentax D FA 1:2.8 15-30mm ED SDM WR lens club!
Posted By rtmarwitz
Replies: 468
Views: 56,994
15-30 on a K-1

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-02-2018, 07:19 PM  
Thematic Post your Telephoto Landscapes!
Posted By rtmarwitz
Replies: 234
Views: 18,525
50-135 on a K-3ii.

Forum: Lens Clubs 04-02-2018, 07:08 PM  
HD Pentax D FA 1:2.8 15-30mm ED SDM WR lens club!
Posted By rtmarwitz
Replies: 468
Views: 56,994
15-30 on a K-1





Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-30-2018, 05:40 AM  
Thematic Post your Telephoto Landscapes!
Posted By rtmarwitz
Replies: 234
Views: 18,525
DA* 50-135 on K-3ii

@123mm
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-30-2018, 05:31 AM  
HD Pentax D FA 1:2.8 15-30mm ED SDM WR lens club!
Posted By rtmarwitz
Replies: 468
Views: 56,994
First one is some of the natural caves used as dwellings. These dotted the side of the cliff for quite some ways.
Second one is just some tourist action as we approached southern Colorado as we headed to the Grand Canyon by way of the four corners.

Both using the K-1.



Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-25-2018, 05:48 AM  
Thematic Post Your Portrait-Orientation Landscapes!
Posted By rtmarwitz
Replies: 248
Views: 12,008
DA* 50-135 on a K-3ii

@135mm
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