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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-16-2017, 11:10 AM  
Question on memory cards
Posted By Happyman
Replies: 13
Views: 1,476
That's what I was going to ask - whether anyone uses microSD cards regularly and what are your thoughts and experience with them. In terms of reliability, there isn't any reason why they should differ from the regular SD cards, is there?

Thanks for the tip about the h2testw, btw.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-03-2017, 11:23 AM  
Upgrade from Pentax K5
Posted By Happyman
Replies: 18
Views: 1,970
Adam (or others), how does the K-5's AF system compare to that of KP's? I, too, have been considering a new camera, mainly because autofocus has never been something that made me extremely happy about the K-5. For example I had to get rid of the Tamron 17-50 f2.8, because in combination with K-5, it was always hit and miss.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 11-25-2016, 03:57 AM  
Pentax K-1 as a wedding camera!
Posted By Happyman
Replies: 109
Views: 18,715
Funny that you mention the flash ocassionally dumping all its power for no apparent reason. Happens to me, too, with a K5 and a Metz 58 AF-1 flash, when bouncing the flash. Sometimes it happens on 2-3 shots in a row. Really annoying.

JimBrennan, what do you compare the sound of reel-to-reel with? And where do you buy records for that thing? It looks beautiful, and well kept, too.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 11-14-2016, 06:33 AM  
Amateur versus professional key differences?
Posted By Happyman
Replies: 63
Views: 5,790
This may not be a direct answer to your question, just some food for thought - and not even from my head: As Sal Cincotta likes saying, he is not a photographer in the first place; rather he is an enterpreneur who happens to be a photographer.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-21-2016, 04:55 AM  
Photos dark and flashing bright green in playback mode
Posted By Happyman
Replies: 8
Views: 1,048
When you look through the viewfinder, do you see everything black, too?
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 09-07-2016, 07:35 AM  
PF 10th Anniversary - Pentax K-50 1-Day Giveaway! - Entries closed, winner announced.
Posted By Happyman
Replies: 1,825
Views: 64,044
It would match my wife's lipstick nicely!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-21-2016, 03:41 AM  
Bounce flash underexposure in P-TTL
Posted By Happyman
Replies: 25
Views: 2,009
And you haven't, by any chance, set the negative exposure compensation on the camera body itself? It can be done even in manual mode, and when shooting with P-TTL flash, it will influence the flash output. At least on the K-5.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-20-2016, 03:13 AM  
Shutter speed setting
Posted By Happyman
Replies: 10
Views: 1,894
It may seem a long and boring activity, but try reading the manual.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 06-08-2016, 02:57 AM  
Dark focus screen
Posted By Happyman
Replies: 16
Views: 1,656
After you unpacked the camera for the first time, did you peel off the dark plastic film from the sensor? :rolleyes:
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-08-2016, 02:27 AM  
Milky Way using K-1 Astrotracer
Posted By Happyman
Replies: 24
Views: 8,123
I don't have ANY pictures of the Milky Way that I shot myself, so who am I to judge, right?
A nice try, but... even at this small resolution my eyes are somehow attracted to the lower part of the picture, which is blurry. At first I thought it's just the stars movement, but even the bushes, which should be stationary, don't seem to be sharp. It could be the result of 4 shots being stacked together or something, I don't know. Wouldn't it be better to use one shorter exposure, and bump up the ISO? I'd say with the K-1, you can easily shoot at ISO 3200, probably even higher, and get a nice result. Here's an article I found after a quick search:
Tips for Photographing the Milky Way in Michigan | Pure Michigan Connect

For lazy readers, here's just a short excerpt:
A good all around manual setting I frequently use in Milky Way photography is iso 3200, f2.8, 25-30 second exposures. This captures the Milky Way nicely and also elements in the surrounding frame with enough light in one exposure.
Forum: General Photography 05-04-2016, 05:37 AM  
Lost and alone...
Posted By Happyman
Replies: 4
Views: 1,027
I bought my first Pentax here in Slovakia some time around year 2000. Back then there was one distributor for the whole country. They even kept the website up. Not anymore - the site has been down for about two years or so, and I don't really know what I'd do if any of my digital cameras (k-x and k-5) broke, 'cause I bought them both from an online retailer which doesn't exist anymore. So I just keep my fingers crossed and yes, I share the same feeling with you - lost and alone. And sad, in a way, seeing the price the K1 is selling at in the US, not even €1,600, but here in Slovakia you won't get one for less than €2,000.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-16-2016, 02:56 AM  
Pentax-A SMC 50mm F/1:2 vs 1.2 (K Mount)
Posted By Happyman
Replies: 10
Views: 1,784
For example photos, check out the Pentax photo gallery.
PENTAX : Select a PENTAX interchangeable lens camera or a lens model
PENTAX : Select a PENTAX interchangeable lens camera or a lens model

From my experience, I can only compare the A 50mm f2, f1.7 and f1.4 - I've never owned the f1.2. My favourite one of these three is the f1.7 version. It can be very sharp from wide open, and can be had for ridiculously little money - I've bought some copies for as little as 25 British pounds. The f2 is not as sharp, not as fast, and is equally "expensive", and the f1.4 is maybe equally sharp, only a tad faster, and more expensive. So the f1.7 is the best deal, I'd say.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-09-2016, 09:35 AM  
wide angle lens for weddings
Posted By Happyman
Replies: 23
Views: 1,872
This may be a bit off topic, but I'll try. This goes mainly to macman24054 and aleonx3: what body or bodies work best for you for shooting weddings? Do you have many problems with autofocus (accuracy, speed)? And, finally, how do you find the DA*50-135? Is its AF fast enough, and is the IQ good enough even shooting at the long end, wide open? Thanks fot any opinions.
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-15-2016, 03:01 AM  
First lens for my first FF camera, on a somewhat "tight" budget.
Posted By Happyman
Replies: 57
Views: 5,048
You could also buy some legacy glass. Some cheap FA zoom and, say, the A 50mm f1.7 or f2. Just so that you can start with something, and then you can invest in higher quality lenses.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-11-2016, 11:59 AM  
Macro Mating Bees
Posted By Happyman
Replies: 7
Views: 1,255
That's a cool shot! Can't imagine how you bribed those bees into shooting porn! :)
Forum: General Photography 03-04-2016, 02:56 AM  
Thinking about selling my jpegs...
Posted By Happyman
Replies: 19
Views: 1,601
I once heard that the air from a room where some male celebrity was present (Brad Pitt, or Leo Di Caprio, or someone like that) was listed on ebay, or maybe actually sold? Don't know if that's true, but in today's world... everything's possible.
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-01-2016, 01:22 AM  
New K1 sample pictures
Posted By Happyman
Replies: 18
Views: 3,178
I keep thinking about it, and maybe I got it. This gallery isn't meant to be a demonstration of K-1's capabilities. It's just that a guy in Japan went for a stroll in winter and he happened to have a K-1 with him to document it. He may as well have had a cell phone and the results would be the same, but he had a K-1 and he posted the pictures online. And I don't mean to sound arrogant, seriously - I don't have too many photos to boast about myself. But that's the impression that I get from those photos. The most mysterious one (as to the purpose) for me is this one:

http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/img/dcw/docs/745/462/html/47.jpg.html
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-01-2016, 12:43 AM  
New K1 sample pictures
Posted By Happyman
Replies: 18
Views: 3,178
After having seen the pictures I understand why there's a smiley in your comment, after "the images are pretty good".
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-26-2016, 12:13 AM  
Maternity Shoot
Posted By Happyman
Replies: 5
Views: 1,000
A picture is worth a thousand words, so...
Just a few days ago I checked out a website of a friend of mine who happens to be a wedding photographer, and the last set of images he's added are of a pregnant woman with her man. Some are candids, some are not - you might be inspired. I don't know if posting links is allowed here, but I'll try: Róbert Fojtík ? fotograf » Blog
If not, search for Robert Fojtik photography.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-25-2016, 01:06 PM  
How can I tell it's enough?
Posted By Happyman
Replies: 50
Views: 5,453
Welcome to the club... :)
To reduce the feeling that you don't have the right lens attached to your camera, try this exercise: Put a prime lens on your camera, for example one of those 50's, and make a deliberate effort to go out and shoot with just that prime for a certain time. Like, go out for an hour or two, and shoot only with 50mm. Or keep the camera with you the whole day, and shoot only with that one lens. It will make you think differently, or see differently and you'll learn how to use whatever focal length you have with you at that time.
Learn to sell lenses you don't use.
And yes, it's the job that dictates the tool, so if you plan to shoot macro, buy macro. If you plan to shoot wildlife, buy telephoto. Buy whatever you feel like buying, but if you don't really use it, don't be afraid to sell it.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-24-2016, 09:31 AM  
Back from Lofoten with my 645Z
Posted By Happyman
Replies: 22
Views: 3,251
Beautiful shots. I like the second one the most. And that's just a tip of the iceberg! Beautiful gallery. That photo of a church in Iceland with the northern lights is amazing.
If you like this kind of photography, you may have come across a successful photographer from my country, Filip Kulisev. Check out his webpage for inspiration (but he's not a Pentaxian, AFAIK).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-20-2015, 05:13 PM  
Ephotozine test of DFA70-200/2.8
Posted By Happyman
Replies: 12
Views: 1,914
Ok, let me rephrase that: Please, give us a sharp lens that's capable of achieving perfect, fast, spot on autofocus at least when mounted on the latest Pentax bodies.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-20-2015, 03:48 PM  
Ephotozine test of DFA70-200/2.8
Posted By Happyman
Replies: 12
Views: 1,914
"Focus accuracy with phase detection could be a little hit and miss, so care may need to be taken..."

Oh, no. Please, not this time. Please, give us a sharp lens with perfect, fast, spot on autofocus.
Maybe it'll be better on the FF body... fingers crossed..
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-15-2015, 02:49 PM  
People My Son
Posted By Happyman
Replies: 5
Views: 859
What made you choose 3s shutter speed? Was it intentional?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-19-2015, 04:31 AM  
DA35 F2.8 Macro most under-rated lens?
Posted By Happyman
Replies: 33
Views: 3,022
Well, that's good news then! Thank you! I don't mind a small amount of vignetting. In some photos, it doesn't matter at all, quite the opposite - it focuses the viewer's attention more on the subject. And in cases where it matters, it can be quickly fixed in post-processing.
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