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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-22-2011, 09:59 PM  
Sunset photography, should sunset filter or any other filters be used?
Posted By mazdamazda
Replies: 9
Views: 7,944
Exactly... there's no clear cut technique but ND Grads are a safe bet.

Sometimes, you don't even have to use a filter:

Another Day Goes By by john_luther, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-08-2011, 08:38 AM  
Finally wanted to try out the DA* lens
Posted By mazdamazda
Replies: 21
Views: 3,611
Just took my 16-50 for a quick spin... iso 1600 all the way as it's an indoor event... f2.8 is a bit soft as expected. But just stop down to f3.5 or higher and you'll be blown away.

Debunks a LOT of online reviews stating that it's only marginally better than the 16-45. I've used a that lens for a few years (even tweaked it's focusing to be a perfect match to the K10D)... it's quite a good lens for it's price but it won't match the 16-50.

Can't wait to try this one out at lower ISO speeds or on the K20D (which produces better detail retention at iso1600).

One comment though... low-light focusing didn't really improve that much compared to the 16-45... but at least it's silent.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-06-2011, 05:27 PM  
Sigma 18-50 v DA* 16-50?
Posted By mazdamazda
Replies: 14
Views: 3,216
16mm.... huge different from 18mm (every mm counts towards the wide end).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-06-2011, 12:06 AM  
Help me choose my Pentax lens selection
Posted By mazdamazda
Replies: 25
Views: 4,130
I'd go Route 1... then get the 40mm or 35mm (or 31mm if budget permits) as a light prime. Why? 16mm is a huge step from 18mm...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-06-2011, 12:02 AM  
Finally wanted to try out the DA* lens
Posted By mazdamazda
Replies: 21
Views: 3,611
We share the same sentiment... SDM issues posted online kept me from buying the 50-135mm before and opted for a Sigma 70-200mm instead (don't regret about this since I prefer the 200mm reach).

There are also so good (old) online reviews about the 16-50mm as well.... but after reading and checking out real world pictures of actual users, I decided to pull the trigger.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-31-2011, 05:21 PM  
Other Challenge +Show us your bokeh+
Posted By mazdamazda
Replies: 5,352
Views: 487,909
Sigma 105mm

Colorful Afternoon by john_luther, on Flickr

Xmas Decor by john_luther, on Flickr
Forum: Sold Items 03-23-2011, 10:42 PM  
For Sale - Sold: AF540FGZ & TR 3 Power Pack
Posted By mazdamazda
Replies: 6
Views: 2,523
same here... really hard to find that power pack for the 540fgz
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-09-2011, 10:40 PM  
Macro The Beating of...........
Posted By mazdamazda
Replies: 2
Views: 1,306
Hi, is it just me but the photo is a bit fuzzy.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-07-2010, 05:54 PM  
Do I upgrade my Camera or Lens to get better low light autofocus?
Posted By mazdamazda
Replies: 21
Views: 5,189
That's why I got a K20D...

I contemplated on buying a K-x to compliment my K10D BUT the lack of a select AF point option is just a major turn off for me.

From my initial testing, the K20D focuses much faster than the K10D in low light (not assisted by the 540FGZ's IR AF assist). Both for my Pentax and Sigma glass.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-07-2010, 05:43 PM  
Getting cheap DA limited in Vietnam...
Posted By mazdamazda
Replies: 1
Views: 1,667
Buying it from the manufacturing country wouldn't necessarily translate to a cheap price. That's because of how the free trade / export zone system is being implemented in many South East Asian countries.

The same goes here in the Philippines... you would expect that we have rock bottom prices for Pentax bodies but nope, the price in online US stores are even cheaper by a bit. In my experience, the cheapest place to buy would be Hong Kong or Singapore.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-10-2010, 11:19 PM  
Poll: who keeps their strap on the camera?
Posted By mazdamazda
Replies: 171
Views: 44,312
I usually just sling the camera over my right shoulder when resting or walking. It's quite rare for me to use the strap around the neck.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-10-2010, 08:54 PM  
K-x: Why No Battery Grip?
Posted By mazdamazda
Replies: 33
Views: 8,645
Why would you buy a small DSLR like the K-x and then attach a battery grip to it? Kinda defeats the purpose of having a small compact DSLR.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-10-2010, 08:52 PM  
K10 debug & battery life?
Posted By mazdamazda
Replies: 4
Views: 1,744
My K10d is in perpetual debug mode (it activated all by itself after I upgraded my firmware to 1.3)... doesn't seem to affect it's battery life.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-10-2010, 08:51 PM  
K10D not working with Sigma zooms
Posted By mazdamazda
Replies: 16
Views: 5,367
Have you updated your K10D's firrmware to v1.3 to enable the use of SDM (or Sigma's HSM) equipped lens?

If you're still using v1.1, your SDM / HSM equipped lens will not AF (as what you've mentioned).
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-10-2010, 08:46 PM  
People My Girls - First Snow - 2010
Posted By mazdamazda
Replies: 4
Views: 1,526
I really like the first one... keep it up!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-10-2010, 08:43 PM  
Streets HK Street Market
Posted By mazdamazda
Replies: 4
Views: 1,670
Yup, they caught him... just yesterday after he threw two more acid bottles.

A few more...


Hong Kong Street Market on Flickr - Photo Sharing!


Hong Kong Street Market on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Done discreetly as some HK folks still believe that taking a picture of a person captures his/her soul with it.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-10-2010, 07:08 PM  
People self portrait
Posted By mazdamazda
Replies: 9
Views: 2,055
Nicely done... your grid snoot looks interesting too. :D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-10-2010, 07:07 PM  
Streets HK Street Market
Posted By mazdamazda
Replies: 4
Views: 1,670
HK Street Market... (thank goodness they already nabbed the acid attack suspect... was really cautious during this time)


Hong Kong Street Market on Flickr - Photo Sharing!


Hong Kong Street Market on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Forum: General Talk 01-08-2010, 12:46 AM  
Airline Weight Check for Camera Gear
Posted By mazdamazda
Replies: 21
Views: 9,450
Wow are they that strict over there? Here in South East Asia, the airlines (even the budget ones) aren't that strict with regards to weight and size for as long as it'll fit in the overhead compartment.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-08-2010, 12:20 AM  
Pentax K10D Problems
Posted By mazdamazda
Replies: 16
Views: 7,784
I've noticed with my K10D is that if I use the extreme left or right focus point, some shots made indoors are a bit soft (even when using the 540FGZ's IR assist) as compared to pictures where am just using the center AF point.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-01-2009, 11:22 PM  
Misc My dog's portrait
Posted By mazdamazda
Replies: 7
Views: 1,401
I like the 2nd one the best... though I wish that his leash could have been removed or wasn't part of the shot.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-01-2009, 11:09 PM  
Misc Another one
Posted By mazdamazda
Replies: 3
Views: 1,831
I would like to see & BW version of this... :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-25-2009, 03:22 AM  
Misc Pets: Portraits of a Labrador...
Posted By mazdamazda
Replies: 10
Views: 1,595
The third for me as well... she looks big!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-25-2009, 03:21 AM  
People The people of Cebu, Philippines
Posted By mazdamazda
Replies: 3
Views: 2,140
Thanks for the comments guys. :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-24-2009, 05:15 PM  
People The people of Cebu, Philippines
Posted By mazdamazda
Replies: 3
Views: 2,140
Some snaps from our vacation last month...

K10D + Sigma 70-200mm II
The focal length of all shots below is 200mm...


A Long Walk... on Flickr - Photo Sharing!


Candle Hawkers / Devotees on Flickr - Photo Sharing!


Peek-a-boo on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
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