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Forum: Pentax K-3 04-18-2014, 08:15 AM  
New User- Jpeg Settings
Posted By Pheo
Replies: 21
Views: 2,622
I can't really shoot RAW most of the time as I'm event shooting dance routines - the burst modes / buffers and SD cards can't keep up with the pace I need to write the photos at. Not to mention the size of the output (3500+ photos X RAW = need more HDDs!!)

I'm not 100% happy with the out of camera JPEGs from my latest event, so I'm going to try fiddling with them soon. The difficulty being I can't do this on the fly (the routines only last three minutes) so it will be a bit of guesswork at first. I'm planning to use the recent review information from DPReview as a start for the right settings to alter, and go from there.

That having been said, I'm not displeased with the OOC JPGs per sae, I just think they could be better.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-18-2014, 07:36 AM  
Pentax AF540FGZII flash under exposing on K-3
Posted By Pheo
Replies: 21
Views: 1,729
The biggest problem I have with PTTL is not knowing when the flash has fired full power and yet thats still not been enough light.

I'm also still experiencing that I get better photos with my K-01 + Metz 58AF1 than my K-3 - puncher images, better contrast, better exposure - no idea what is up with that. K-3 is much better than the K-30 which was unusable virtually.

This is for indoor event shooting, ballrooms, white ceiling, approx 10-15ft away.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-25-2013, 06:12 AM  
K-3 with Metz 58 AF-2
Posted By Pheo
Replies: 9
Views: 2,808
Not having an issue with AF-Beam, but wireless flash doesn't appear to be working currently. Reverted to using them in Servo mode, or with radio triggers, which to be honest I find more reliable anyway.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-21-2013, 12:18 PM  
Let Apple & the Aperture Team know you have a K3
Posted By Pheo
Replies: 3
Views: 927
Done!
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-15-2013, 03:35 AM  
New K-3 owner-problem
Posted By Pheo
Replies: 32
Views: 5,487
There is a separate setting for movie and jpg locations - don't know if you've spotted that.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-21-2013, 08:28 AM  
Lavender in Venice
Posted By Pheo
Replies: 0
Views: 214
Spotted this lavender sitting in a window in Venice.
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-13-2013, 08:39 AM  
The one thing that they should have taken from the K-01.
Posted By Pheo
Replies: 6
Views: 1,120
Personally I prefer the k3; I'm always accidentally recording video on the k01
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-12-2013, 02:32 PM  
Preparing for the K3 with great lenses ?
Posted By Pheo
Replies: 4
Views: 1,419
Initial results with my DA* 50-135mm are showing very good results - really letting that lens sing!

Regards to AF with it, I can't comment as to whether the speed has increased (difficult to tell), but it is far far more certain about things, hits focus, bang on, every time. With real confidence.
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-12-2013, 12:16 PM  
K-3 In-Depth Review: November 12th
Posted By Pheo
Replies: 93
Views: 14,373
This was the conclusion I came too - FF is much more affordable but it doesn't mean I can afford it.

Loving my K3 right now
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-09-2013, 02:19 PM  
Tamron 17-50 for indoor photography
Posted By Pheo
Replies: 11
Views: 1,962
I'd probably pickup a f1.4 prime personally
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-08-2013, 06:52 AM  
Looking for softbox information
Posted By Pheo
Replies: 23
Views: 1,935
Not tried a parabolic yet but it's on the list.

I have a brollybox but so far I've not been convinced with my speed lights. Get better results with my small soft box. Although I've lost the mount at the moment unfortunately which creates issues!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-07-2013, 03:49 PM  
Looking for softbox information
Posted By Pheo
Replies: 23
Views: 1,935
What are you looking to do with it?
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-07-2013, 01:23 PM  
Any news on the K-3 and AF-C with face detection for video?
Posted By Pheo
Replies: 21
Views: 2,407
Held the AF button, it focuses the camera. In video mode it's been tuned to not be as abrupt at changing focus, more like a camcorder.

Really though I don't use AF during shooting for the video I'm shooting on an SLR. I'd buy a camcorder instead
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-07-2013, 09:53 AM  
540 FGZ II First Impressions and vs 540 v1
Posted By Pheo
Replies: 41
Views: 6,549
Just gotta be careful the thing doesn't catch fire!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-07-2013, 08:20 AM  
Sigma 18-35 1.8 art vs HD DA 20-40mm F2.8 - 4 Limited DC WR
Posted By Pheo
Replies: 111
Views: 26,040
At this rate I wonder of the Pentax will be available before the Sigma! Seems quite vapourware at the moment in K mount
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-06-2013, 02:46 PM  
540 FGZ II First Impressions and vs 540 v1
Posted By Pheo
Replies: 41
Views: 6,549
Interesting they've removed the sync and AC. I wonder if that means they will be bringing in a new top level flash.

Don't understand their pricing structure though.
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-03-2013, 01:11 PM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By Pheo
Replies: 8,927
Views: 1,035,820

IMGP0268 by Pheo, on Flickr

ISO6400 @f2.5 1/30th second with a Sigma 30mm f1.4

Pretty happy for two reason - one, in a jam, that photo would likely keep a client happy for social media use (and it has good colours) two, the AF was bang on.
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-03-2013, 12:03 PM  
K-3 video SR - digital not mechanical?
Posted By Pheo
Replies: 66
Views: 7,586
I wonder if it's some kind of patent licensing issue...
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-03-2013, 11:54 AM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By Pheo
Replies: 8,927
Views: 1,035,820

First Pentax K-3 Shot by Pheo, on Flickr

Edited a bit though, little bit of contrast filter. No sharpening required though
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-03-2013, 03:44 AM  
K-3 video SR - digital not mechanical?
Posted By Pheo
Replies: 66
Views: 7,586
Stop talking sense, no place for that here!
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-03-2013, 03:38 AM  
Pentax K-3 Video Discussion
Posted By Pheo
Replies: 704
Views: 76,407
That's what I was thinking!
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-03-2013, 03:35 AM  
K-3 and P-TTL
Posted By Pheo
Replies: 24
Views: 5,677
I agree! Was a real hope of mine. I've also tried prompting the problems at home (small hallway shooting into a mirror) and it seemed fine then also!
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-02-2013, 07:28 PM  
Pentax K-3 Video Discussion
Posted By Pheo
Replies: 704
Views: 76,407
It looks to me like they have optimised the SF during video to minimize the noise and disruption to picture.

I must admit I'm really not getting why everyone is so fussed about AF during video, for commercial uses etc it's not really needed IMO.

Audio metering etc during record seems to work well. Need to try the audio pass through to headphones properly tomorrow
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-02-2013, 07:24 PM  
Wedding shooter thinking about upgrading my K-5 to a K-3 but...
Posted By Pheo
Replies: 18
Views: 3,620
Tested tonight at a very under-lit dance event. AF is significantly improved, tracks properly, and bounce flash appears to be working right.
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-02-2013, 07:20 PM  
K-3 and P-TTL
Posted By Pheo
Replies: 24
Views: 5,677
Tested this tonight - bounce flash in a dance studio full of mirrors.

Based on this initial testing I'd say the problems are fixed; photos appear correctly exposed, and can easily be controlled via flash exp comp.

Very happy personally, as it was a big pain before!
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