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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-21-2008, 09:35 AM  
Poll: Left eye
Posted By Dr_Watso
Replies: 45
Views: 8,560
I thought the complete opposite!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-11-2008, 11:27 AM  
Does the da* 16-50 have any issues mounted on a k20?
Posted By Dr_Watso
Replies: 1
Views: 1,402
Hi all,

I was just wondering if there was a consensus regarding the "back-focus" issue many are finding with their copies of the 16-50? I know people were able to send in their cams with the lens to have them "aligned" or something, which fixes the problem. Is it only K10 owners that have to do that? If I buy a new k20 with a new 16-50, should I be worried? Is it a lens defect, or just a mis-match between some copies and some k10s?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-05-2008, 02:48 PM  
Circular and UV filters
Posted By Dr_Watso
Replies: 7
Views: 1,841
Polarizers are also extremely handy on very bright sunny days. I've always used one to cut down on glare, provide more definition to bright objects like clouds, and as you mention, it gives nice dramatic colors. I wish I could always shoot at dawn and dusk, but that not being an option, I always bring the polarizer. One place I don't use them is indoors, or in very low light.

I will agree whole heartedly with the suggestion to buy a GOOD polarizer. The cheap ones can really be hard to work with. I spent about $150 on my Hoya. Also, not all lenses rotate the barrel of the lens when focusing (called internal focus), so adjusting the rotation of the filter isn't as necessary in that case.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-05-2008, 02:30 PM  
Posted By Dr_Watso
Replies: 53
Views: 5,776
I find these discussions somewhat interesting. To me, it seemed like I just needed to learn how to use the Pentax AF system, and now I almost always get what I want. To further thicken the plot, I recently tried out a Nikon D200,(with the 18-200vr) and I was actually far more fustrated trying to use their AF system! They just feel so different to me. I've never tried a cannon DSLR at all, so I wonder if it's much different as well.

I'm not saying there isn't a problem, just that it's never been a problem for me after my initial purchase and learning curve. Certainly doesn't seem any worse than the AF systems I used on my old film bodies...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-05-2008, 02:18 PM  
Posted By Dr_Watso
Replies: 65
Views: 7,121
Me. Especially the early stuff.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-05-2008, 02:14 PM  
Gotta Love That Shake Reduction
Posted By Dr_Watso
Replies: 28
Views: 3,613
Even though I am forced to use them anyway sometimes, I hate tripods. Too big, clunky, heavy, and frankly they're a pain in the ass to setup and use.

SR in the body is a really sweet development, and if you know your camera basics and apply some logic to the situation shooting in a more manual way, you can get even more amazing results from the SR system.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-05-2008, 02:11 PM  
K100D Users: What's your next move?
Posted By Dr_Watso
Replies: 33
Views: 3,011
I reckon I'll keep using this until I finally break it and have to buy a new one. I'm actually very surprised it keeps ticking given all the abuse I put it through out there. That said, if I had a lot of money burning holes in my pocket, and wanted to upgrade, I think I'd go with the K20 this time, it's got some awesome features, to say the least.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-05-2008, 02:04 PM  
highlight recovery
Posted By Dr_Watso
Replies: 3
Views: 1,789
You're not imagining anything! There actually is quite a bit more information in a RAW image file than could be displayed on the screen, and therefor print. RAW files actually have detail in both directions, shadow and highlight that gets "clipped" so we can have a standard viewable image. Before I go on, I should mention that if you've got the dough, there are special monitors that can display a much higher dynamic range than our standards these days, they are VERY expensive, and benefit to us is minimal especially considering cost.

You might have heard all sorts of hullabaloo about something called "HDR". This is the current answer to the problem of limited dynamic range wherein the extra detail from a raw file, or more commonly several exposures can be "merged" into an image to show detail that normally would have been clipped in shadow or blown-highlights.

All this in mind, I generally try to underexpose my RAW shots by a slight amount, because I value highlight detail over shadow (I hate blown-out shots). I can then go into post processing, and do my own "clipping", much like you did to get at the detail you thought was gone.

This is the main reason why we should always shoot important things in RAW!

I hope that helps a bit, I'm happy to respond if I wasn't clear enough!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-13-2008, 10:48 AM  
Accidental delete! Help!
Posted By Dr_Watso
Replies: 7
Views: 2,279
You did exactly the right thing. Assuming it didn't actually do an accidental "format" and it was just a delete, then nothing is gone. A "delete" only marks the space on disk for overwriting, it doesn't actually delete anything as you might expect.

Therefor, if you haven't done so already, download any one of the available free "un-delete" or file recovery softwares to get all your files back with almost no hastle. I'd recommend a specific software, but frankly, in my exerience, they all do the same thing, and they all work just as well. It's really a pretty simple operation.

By the way, bravo on the flipping the protect switch on the card. That was great thinking. It pretty much gurantees you'll be getting back all your data!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-07-2008, 07:42 AM  
Off-camera wired 360 flash advice.
Posted By Dr_Watso
Replies: 4
Views: 1,638
That is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-06-2008, 02:36 PM  
Off-camera wired 360 flash advice.
Posted By Dr_Watso
Replies: 4
Views: 1,638

I was hoping someone here could help me clear something up! Being a landscape kinda guy, I never bother with a flash. This changed recently and I'm interested in using a flash for both close-up and portrait stuff. My Pentax 360 flash arrives in the mail Tuesday, and I wanted to go ahead and order a cable while it's still in transit.

So what I'm looking for, is someone to point me to a link for a cable that will extend the hotshoe of my K100d. I'm having a hard time figuring out what the best option is. I don't believe the K100 can trigger wirelessly, but even if it could, I doubt I would be interested, I usually prefer cables.

Thanks in advance!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-03-2008, 07:30 AM  
Field of coverage for 360 vs 540
Posted By Dr_Watso
Replies: 7
Views: 1,531
There are also (as I hear) some "diffusers" that spread the light even more. I just ordered one (for the 360 at only $15), so I'll report back!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-28-2008, 09:34 PM  
why 30 sec exposure
Posted By Dr_Watso
Replies: 18
Views: 4,625
I don't know, I really wouldn't have minded a 1 min, or 2 min setting... But beyond those settings, I agree. Just get a cable and use bulb.
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-08-2008, 07:08 PM  
Any pros shooting 35mm?
Posted By Dr_Watso
Replies: 91
Views: 9,613
What? Nobody cares what kind of camera you have, least of all clients. I've never even heard of a client asking... They pay you because you know about photography, not because you bought some stupidly expensive camera. As long as they don't need enlargements that are out of the camera's range, the rest depends on the photographer and their abilities paired with their artistic and experience level. I know several wedding photographers and even Ben K. on these boards who shoots fashion professionally with the k10d. I wouldn't count myself, but I've sold prints as well, and I use the dinky "little" k100d/istDL when I do digital. It might well be a worthwhile investment to buy a camera branded as "pro" for you, depending on what you plan to shoot, but it certainly shouldn't be a requirement.

I guess my point is, if you're relying on your big fancy camera to do your talking instead of your amazing finished portfolio, you're not the type of photographer I'd hire. Despite my curiousity on the matter, I wouldn't ask to see their tools, just the finished product they produce.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-03-2008, 09:58 PM  
Why CA in most New Pentax lenses?
Posted By Dr_Watso
Replies: 6
Views: 1,552
Yea, I think I've actually only seen significant CA in a few of my shots ever... If memory serves, they were shot with the kit lens 18-55. I don't have the 16-45, so I can't comment on that, but I'd have to disagree with your generalization based on personal experience, I got quite a few DA's and no problems really.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-22-2007, 12:56 PM  
Lenses for Architecture + Landscape
Posted By Dr_Watso
Replies: 14
Views: 2,835
I must second your opinion of recommending the DA 12-24. Albiet, I shoot almost exclusively landscape, I've been able to get some amazing shots with that lens, truth be told, the only time it leaves my camera is when I need telephoto, or macro. For almost everything else, the 12-24 is my favorite lens. I can't really speak about the structure photography, but for landscapes, it's literally a blast to use.

Here's a few samples I've got posted on my flickr stream:
Flickr: Dr_Watso's photos tagged with da1224

Note that I tend to creatively use whatever angle distortion I introduce, and none of those shots have been distortion-corrected.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-22-2007, 12:35 PM  
A collection of K20D rumors
Posted By Dr_Watso
Replies: 22
Views: 4,437
Correct, pre-AF lenses did not have the contacts on them to communicate anything with the camera body. New ones do, they tell the camera what lens you're using for sure. Beyond that, it's certainly not out of the realm of possibility for a body to logically make an educated guess what lens is attached, just by observing the physical makeup of the lens as it can, such as max aperture, and focal length. Point is, a short while back, if you told people that cameras would be able to focus themself by observing through the lens, you'd probably get some funny looks. Then along comes nikon with a 'robotic lens' gismo. Given as stated above, and the camera had a database of physical lens attributes to 'guess' the lens it's using, I think it's feasible. Not saying it will happen, but it sure would be nice, it could automatically adjust exposure for certain lenses.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-05-2007, 09:49 PM  
Posted By Dr_Watso
Replies: 424
Views: 67,150
Amen to that. Creativity and a unique view on things is much more important than a full frame sensor for crying out loud. I'm happy as a clam in the mud with my "inferior" K100d, and many people enjoy my photos it helps me produce. The prints don't dissapoint either.

Here's a sample of the inferiorness that comes out of the k100d. It would have looked so much better if I had a 5d! :lol:

If you fancy a larger view: Memento Mori on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-18-2007, 10:02 AM  
K10D & 18-200 lens
Posted By Dr_Watso
Replies: 7
Views: 1,860
Pentax actually has a new lens with a range of 18-250.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-28-2007, 09:06 AM  
Best pentax wide angle?
Posted By Dr_Watso
Replies: 14
Views: 3,545
You won't be dissapointed by the 12-24, and beyond the wider aperture, you wouldn't gain anything going with the 14 prime. You can look at the sigmas etc, but I've heard the Pentax is the better glass in this range (at a price of course).

I'll leave a link to some of my 12-24 shots for you in case you'd like more examples.
Flickr: Dr_Watso's photos tagged with da1224
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-21-2007, 09:13 AM  
A great revalation.
Posted By Dr_Watso
Replies: 3
Views: 1,546
It is a handy guide, but don't trust it completely with an important shot!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-21-2007, 08:42 AM  
Film Autofocus
Posted By Dr_Watso
Replies: 17
Views: 2,878
I have a zx-m, and that camera rocks, especially for the price. AF has been nothing but a joy for me.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-21-2007, 08:11 AM  
Pentax News...Something Interesting..Really!
Posted By Dr_Watso
Replies: 707
Views: 126,905
So, do we think this is just lenses coming, or is there a new DSLR in the near future? I really want to buy a new body, but I kid you not, less than a month after buying my istDL, the k100d came out. Then, not long after I bit the bullet and got a k100d, the k10d started hitting stores! I don't want to be stuck one camera behind by a short margin again!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-20-2007, 10:29 AM  
An Abundance of Photographs
Posted By Dr_Watso
Replies: 13
Views: 2,533
Someone else already mentioned it, but you should try the free "Picasa" from google. It would work with your existing orginazation method to index your files, and show you them all in one place. It can even see Pentax RAW files. (I forget if you need to download a plugin or not, but that's easy!)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-20-2007, 09:54 AM  
I touched the Holy Grail today.... (or one of them)
Posted By Dr_Watso
Replies: 40
Views: 8,864
I think that may be the sharpest lens I've seen shots from. Too bad it's so rare, I'd like one too. This is the quality the DA* lenses should be.

I guess they really don't 'make em like they used to'.
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