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Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-25-2019, 10:04 PM  
Pentax Forums Christmas Giveaway!
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 99
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2017 Design 1b in black size 2xl
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-28-2019, 11:08 PM  
Samyang 10 mm - Infinity focus's calibrate questions
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 7
Views: 392
I have the actual Samyang 10mm, not rokinon or bower, so it is available in K mount under samyang branding. Bought mine from B&H Photo Video around 2015-ish.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-27-2019, 09:19 PM  
Samyang 10 mm - Infinity focus's calibrate questions
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 7
Views: 392
i use the samyang 10mm extensively, and have been using it for several years. The build quality is decent, but you should always check to make sure that you don't get a decentered lens. I honestly wouldn't really bother trying to adjust the focus ring for infinity focus, if you're doing daytime shooting, just use live view with focus peaking. If shooting at night, set the brightest star you see in center frame, and then adjust the lens until the star is as small as possible. Being a little off on infinity focus on a lens like the 10mm isn't going to throw everything horrifically out of whack especially for landscapes. You'll notice it more during astrophotography or for subjects closer up, at which point for the latter, you won't be using infinity focus. The sweet spot for lens sharpness is around the f/5.6 mark, but it's a fairly sharp lens all around. There is one thing of note to mention however, and that's "mustache deformation". You can look that up in the forums here fairly easily. One of the staff members here at PF made an in-depth review of the lens, which is a very good read.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 11-27-2019, 11:27 AM  
Camera forums to disappear like dinosaurs?
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 47
Views: 2,062
Forums have been around long before modern social media. I predict they'll be around long after. Forums are more like the old BBS systems of the day. Social Media sites like FB, etc... are by and large largely impersonal, but forums tend to be more like communities, which people can have meaningful interaction through, seeing the same posters year over year. Sites like FB on the other hand, tend to be more impersonal, and resort to trying to find every possible way to keep you on the platform as long as possible through things like games, or adding video, news, etc... In short for the TLDR people, FORUMS ARE NOT DOOMED.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-18-2019, 07:08 PM  
Milky Way lens?
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 33
Views: 1,549
Anything between 10-20mm should be fine for astro on aps-c, full frame you can probably go up to 28-35mm. While a faster lens is preferred to cut down exposure times, you can make due with f/3.5-4.5 at longer exposures. If you have a camera body with astrotracer built in, or o-gps1 unit, then you can push your exposures for a longer time before you get star trailing. Though, winter isn't the best time to do milky way shots in the northern hemisphere.. that's more of a late spring-mid fall thing.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-29-2019, 02:04 PM  
Pentax 80-320mm Lens
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 8
Views: 538
a lens hood does help, though you need a screwmount hood. I had one until fungus got too bad. It was a nice zoom, not the fastest thing on the block for focusing, but it was really nice for closeups of wildlife at min. focus distance.
Forum: General Photography 10-11-2019, 03:29 PM  
Oh No... Imaging Resource closing down...
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 39
Views: 1,846
anyone can help save parts of the site for prosperity by having the Internet Wayback Machine image the site pages.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-20-2019, 11:26 PM  
Why do my night photos look pastel
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 20
Views: 1,237
man... I wish our gas was $2.27/gal. It's currently at $2.89/gal. Anyway, I'd have to agree with everyone else that it's an overexposure issue on the lighting. You might need to pick a better spot to meter off of. You could also stop down a tiny bit, or try working with another color mode like reversal film (this will probably really mess with your colors).
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-12-2019, 06:47 PM  
Wanted: An effective writing pen
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 23
Views: 1,196
White Out.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 08-30-2019, 07:40 PM  
K3-II movie mode IR remote triggering?
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 2
Views: 339
NVM... found it. thanks. Yes... I'm an idiot.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 08-30-2019, 06:12 PM  
K3-II movie mode IR remote triggering?
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 2
Views: 339
Hey, I'm probably crazy... but on my K-50 I can trigger video recording using an IR remote, but for the life of me I have found no way to do so on the K3-II... I've dug around in menus, etc... IR remote works in all other modes but video. Any clues?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-20-2019, 09:35 PM  
Which Star Lens you want a renew and HD version mostly now?
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 21
Views: 1,118
DA* 300/f4. Update it with some new coatings, and KAF 4. I'd still never be able to afford it, but would be nice to see a refresh of it.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-13-2019, 11:04 PM  
K50 Under Exposure in View Finder Mode
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 20
Views: 951
But they said it was consistent with all 3 of their lenses, so the firmware revision wouldn't matter. I can think of 2 potential problems... the light/exposure sensor in the bottom of the sensor box, or the aperature solenoid. If your other 2 lenses have aperature rings, set the camera up to use aperature ring operation, and test exposures by using manual aperture. If doing so results in proper images, try a lens without manual aperature operation and see if problem resumes. If so, then it's aperature failure. If manual aperature does not solve the issue, then light sensor is suspect.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-01-2019, 05:10 PM  
Poorly Rated Lenses.....Yet "WE" still like them ?
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 42
Views: 2,697
The F/FA models of the 30-80mm and 28-105mm. Not ideal in all situations, especially on APS-C, but when you get them dialed in just right for the shooting conditions they just seem to come to life.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 07-27-2019, 02:36 PM  
Underwater cameras & techniques
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 11
Views: 1,074
i use a nikon coolpix AW130 ($289 in 2017 via b&h). waterproof up to 100ft. takes decent stills and decent video. have not found a way to disable microphone during video shooting yet but haven't gotten many chances to use it either. weakpoint is using the flash, it tends to reflect off of the waterseal plastic and cause speculars/spots in lower light instances. Otherwise a good camera and has gps and wifi built in, as well as NFC.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-19-2019, 10:44 PM  
This might interest some people... Lomography film content.
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 2
Views: 765
So I was reading the link provided about the kodak cardboard scanner, and a different link grabbed my eye. Lomography is coming out with a new line of film, and one of the sizes available? 120. Might be worth looking into if you're looking for new types of 120 film. Other sizes will obviously be 35mm and 110 cartridge. Here's the link: Lomography launches new film LomoChrome Metropolis XR 100-400 on Kickstarter - Kosmo Foto
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-27-2019, 05:40 PM  
Astro - Pentax 14mm 2.8 or Sigma 17-50mm 2.8?
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 14
Views: 685
Everyone is correct when they mention "where you have it pointed at in the sky" being a determining factor of exposure length trail free. For example, in my experience with the area I shoot at and where I point the camera an exposure of 1min 30sec using Astrotracer, ISO 800 @ f/3.2 on samyang 10mm f/2.8 lens will get fairly nice images, but when you start zooming in, there are still trails... to remedy this, I would need to drop the exposure time to 1min 10sec for completely trail free stars, where pointing the camera in another direction would require a different exposure time. But unless you're going to view or print the images at 100%, 1m 30s does just fine as a dummy starting point for astrotracer exposures just trial and error afterward to reduce any trailing.
Forum: General Talk 06-19-2019, 05:44 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 2,040
Views: 119,469
Well, I traded in the '10 fusion se for a '19 Outlander Sport. Built in Jan 2019, it had 13mi on it when I took it for a test drive. It's the 2.0L FWD Auto model, fairly similar on mpg to the fusion... does worse in some cases, better in others. The stereo isn't as good as the one in the '10 fusion, but then again, the stereo in a current fusion would be a sync model with no volume.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-03-2018, 01:29 PM  
Nature Today, the super tak 200 f/4 does.... BIRDS.
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 2
Views: 727
Answer, none. I hate doing PP, so back then the only amt I'd do is to resize images. The K-50 is great at higher iso compared to the K-3/II, especially during the day where it's less noticeable. I do miss the smoothness from that sweet 16 sensor, but the tradeoff is that I now have a more robust camera with more features (that I do use frequently).
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-27-2018, 12:17 AM  
Epson V550 vs Canon 9000F Mark II
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 15
Views: 4,684
I've never had issues with epson scanners or their printers, for that matter. The software is usable, and their drivers tend to support several older versions of windows/macOS as well. Unfortunately my perfection photo 480 died during a move, so I had to dispose of it. Dad has a refurbished 1250 from 2002/2003 that is still running today, albeit the guide pole needs lubricated with some silicon grease as the rubber just squeeks the entire way down during a scan. Mom just bought a new epson scanner as well for scanning old photos, slides, and negs. Her previous scanner was built into her canon all in one. She has a scanner bed on her new canon all-in-one, but only uses it for documents, photos are reserved for the epson.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-26-2018, 01:20 AM  
Astro UWA for K-5 iis, what pick?
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 22
Views: 1,758
Personally, I use a Samyang 10mm f/2.8 as my primary. A bit wide for using astrotracer, so you tend to see center of frame is sharp, ground is blurry, and trailing stars to the left/right where the astrotracer can't work due to extreme viewing angle. Definitely great for astro. If I'm not using that then I'm using either an m28 f/2.8, or the SMC Pentax DA L 18-55 WR f/3.5-5.6. Despite what some would think the DAL is a good all around lens for just about everything. It IS a little finicky with fine focus for astro, but with practice it will generally do pretty well. Just bump your ISO up to about 1600-3200 and stick with the 18mm side.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 06-09-2018, 08:17 PM  
Sticky: Dark exposure problems on K-30 or K-50? Discussion Thread
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 330
Views: 54,205
Congratulations, this thread is now a sticky! I contacted adam last night. Now we don't have to worry about the thread disappearing in the page listings.
Forum: General Talk 05-31-2018, 10:11 PM  
Ladies and Gentlemen, the time is upon us.... for camping.
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 80
Views: 5,630
Weather here is still not conducive to camping. Rain, more rain, even more rain, heat, humidity (from the rain), and more rain... My work schedule hasn't improved either.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-31-2018, 10:09 PM  
Sticky: Dark exposure problems on K-30 or K-50? Discussion Thread
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 330
Views: 54,205
They still work. I was just stating that the aperture mechanism in my unit still failed despite using manual aperture a lot. I can to this day still use manual aperture and get fine exposures. I just can't stop down to meter if I set aperture to Auto.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-26-2018, 06:55 PM  
Sticky: Dark exposure problems on K-30 or K-50? Discussion Thread
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 330
Views: 54,205
Yes, manual lens to me is any lens with a manual aperture ring. More specifically in my instance of failure an M28 f/2.8
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