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Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 16 Hours Ago  
Thinking of getting a Nikon FF DSLR
Posted By kayasaman
Replies: 49
Views: 1,236
I agree totally. The nice thing though is you can really learn about your needs from something that isn't 100%


With the OP's currently nabbed D700, I'm sure a lot of fun will be had. There are a vast amount of Nikon F series lenses out there both new and used. The camera can still hold its own under almost any circumstance unless you intend to push it to it's limits and beyond.

I am looking forward to @tonyzoc's images. Congratulations from me as well :D
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 17 Hours Ago  
Pentax K1 ii vs. Nikon D500 - Images
Posted By kayasaman
Replies: 1
Views: 273
Again yesterday I took some more pics with the D500. Before I go in and show and talk about the images I want to say a massive thank you got gatorguy for everything! The kindness and support has been unbelievable, especially for the certain health issues that I'm faced with as part of daily life.
For anyone stumbling upon this post and haven't yet gone and seen his K3 iii and D500 comparison please go check it out as it's a much fairer comparison then my own as the K3_3 and D500 are a better match for each other having been designed around a similar design concept for wildlife and speed.
I also hope to see more Tamron 150-600mm shots too Gator!!! :D I am aiming for the Sigma 60-600mm and will be showing that's ability later when I am able to grab one.

Anyone also interested in experienced D500 users should check this out:














You Tube





This type of shot is a prime example where a longer focal length is needed. The 300mm end of the Nikkor 18-300mm struggles to keep up and even @450mm on APS-C falls short in many cases. The Scandinavian Airways (SAS) Airbus A320neo is a prime example:



The day conditions were pretty rough here with temps in the 106 degF region or 41 degC. Fine detail is therefor lost in heat haze!


Here's a few macro images.

K1 ii with Irix 150mm, I used my Novoflex Triopod 3 section carbon tripod for these with Gitzo 3-way head:










Little bit different with the Nikon D500 and Sigma 105mm Macro lens. I used the Godox ProX and 2x MF12 flash system handheld:
















Here are some wildlife images, to be more precise - bird images from the backyard:

This is a classic case of too short focal length unfortunately :( The ISO here was auto selected by the camera (TAv mode Nikon version) 280




Here the ISO got hiked to 1800, the image has unfortunately been cropped for framing:




I'm just gona go ahead and say that I seriously dislike cropping! It looses resolution and detail. A seriously talented friend of mine who has become a master with the Pentax K1 ii and Irix 15mm lens sometimes borrows a DFA150-450mm. Both of us have the same views on the K1's AF ability but more importantly, his bird images are almost always cropped. This shows that the lens is seriously too short. The result is that the images lack necessary details and of course when copped too much become blurry as the resolution is gone due to only using a small portion of the sensor.


This little guy/gal was taken without cropping. The ISO is 6400:




Heavily cropped this time at ISO 4000:




This was a fun shot and a test of the D500's 3D tracking capability. I have attempted to do this for flying insects but the camera simply gets confused with the background which is busy and filled with flowers and leaves:




It's a hard type of shot because you have to think geometrically, or rather trigonometrically, or Pythagorianly. Birds accelerate fast! Therefor to get a better in-flight shot, it's better to be further away from the bird so that the angle of camera and head movement is smaller. Larger pan angles mean the bird is more likely to outpace the speed of head movement and image acquisition - exactly my problem in this next shot. I lost the darn thing!! :(

By the time I tried to reacquire it, it had already landed in the next door neighbors tree - grrrr




This chopper is another illustration of too short lens to bridge the gap:




The D500 can handle high dynamic range shots well, but with reduction in sensor size and pixel quantity, not to mention overall pixel size it is really not a match for the K1. It is still highly usable though!!!




The same situation applies to night time shots. Has anyone owned a classic film era Nikon? FM, FE, F2, F2A, F2AS, F3 era??? Back when I was a kid I discovered the panflets that came with my parents FM. In one of the supplied literature, they discussed different type of shot. Hey, I was a kid stuck with a 50mm portrait lens ; what did I know right? There was one image of light trails taken from a bridge probably in Tokyo. They discussed long exposure photography of 1+ seconds.

I don't recall my age now, probably around 8-13 if I had to guess, but I became fascinated with this concept and really wanted to try it out!

Of course a long time has passed since then and slowly and gradually my hair is starting to turn gray now but that memory and excitement really prompts this type of shot:




I am happier with the K1's rendering of course due to the sensor but also the Samyang24mm which has an amazing performance only let down by crazy light flare when shot into bright areas of light eg. sunlight / moonlight. Not sure about the angle but it may just be that if a bright light hits the lens, you get a big purple ring around the image. I know head-on this is the case and definitely side-on under moonlit conditions:








Last but not least I'll finish up today's posting with more K1 ii based astro!! This stuff is just so incredible that I can't get enough. When running an imaging program like KStars and EKOS which uses Nasem Mutlaq's indi_lib under the hood you get to watch all kinds of really cool graphs and things whizzing around the screen. Have you guys ever watched a SciFi show or movie and seen what kinds of stuff they have showing up on the displays? Well... this is sort of as close as it gets and it really gets my heart and excitement racing. :D

Meisser object 45 or Pleiades star cluster, Subaru, 7 sisters - done using the K1 and the Irix 150mm:




This is output from Astrometry.net in hunting the cosmos. Basically, it is a technique called plate solving which matches star patterns in accordance with a reference database. If successful, you can triangulate the position quite accurately and get a bearing of which direction you're pointed.








This is from November last year. I didn't have a tripod yet but was intent on focusing on the night sky. I had been doing things this way using my Samyang 24mm which I bought together with the K1 ii initially, for nearly 4 months already. Sure things improved once I had the tripod but am just posting this image up as it's hilarious. This is the K1_2 with Irix 150mm :lol:

Forum: General Photography 19 Hours Ago  
General EVF discussion
Posted By kayasaman
Replies: 8
Views: 168
Yeah, was just going through some old pictures taken on a Nikon FM mk1 recently from the 80s/90s. The Kodak prints went all yellowy/brown in the meantime that's how old they are. Ok given we only had the standard 50mm f/1.8 that came with that camera, all the shots are in focus.
What I also like there is that the lens has hard stops for Infinity and closest distance.

At least with my Pentax K1 ii, there is focus peaking in LV. Little white lines which highlight the in focus areas. What is much harder is the OVF that you cannot tell when a subject is in focus or not easily.

The Nikon D500 though really has a sucky live view. No focus peaking and no histogram (which is important for me and astro). There is a range scale and hexagon in the OVF which is nice! But for me I find whenever looking through the OVF, I concentrate on my subject and not the displayed information. I prefer to have the K1's info display doing that. The D500 info display has to be turned on first as there is no option to have it simply 'stay on' like the K1 which is another pain.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 1 Day Ago  
D500 macro shots from last night
Posted By kayasaman
Replies: 2
Views: 209
Thanks. The little guy seems to be a regular in backyard.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 1 Day Ago  
Pentax K1 ii vs. Nikon D500 - Images
Posted By kayasaman
Replies: 1
Views: 273
Hey guys, not sure if this belongs here or in the K1 ii portion or somewhere else??

Just wanted to throw some images out as a comparison between two very different cameras and systems.

I will keep the typing short and instead let the images speak for themselves....


Aviation

Nikon D500 coupled with Nikkor 18-300mm lens @ 300mm (450mm APS-C)







Pentax K1 ii coupled with Pentax FA*300mm f/4.5








Macro

Nikon D500 coupled with Sigma 105mm



Pentax K1 ii coupled with Irix 150mm




Wildlife

Robin:

Nikon D500 coupled with Nikkor 18-300mm lens @ 300mm (450mm APS-C)



Pentax K1 ii coupled with Pentax FA*300mm f/4.5







Squirrel:

Nikon D500 coupled with Nikkor 18-300mm lens @ 300mm (450mm APS-C)





Pentax K1 ii coupled with Pentax FA*300mm f/4.5 and Irix 150mm Tele/Macro

300mm







150mm






Unfortunately I had to crop heavily with the Pentax for some of the shots:




Astro

Ok this is a little bit more unfair then the comparison in general as the K1 ii has AstroTracer v2. while the D500 needs a tracking mount, meaning it doesn't have any internal capability to track the sky. I'm just going to say this additionally, the K3 iii has AT v3 which is amazing. Check out the guys over in the Astro group for some spectacular images from that system!! :)

This was done using the D500 and Sigma 105mm wide open at f/2.8. It was only 40 sub frames so don't expect any detail from my Bortle 9+ backyard. It is the Meisser object 31 or Andromeda Galaxy which is around 3.5 million light years away from the MilkyWay



As I took this last night and don't have a tracking mount yet this is the shooting condition:




The K1 ii has the advantage here by a long shot. The sensor size is larger and pixel size is larger meaning that it can trap more light. I used the FA*300mm for this one!

This is actually an HDR edit done in specialized software called PixInsight. The white gunk you see is the light pollution from my area which unless you are using a monochrome camera and narrow band filters, won't be able to get rid of




Dropping down to a Bortle 4 zone will give you much more detail. This is using a Samyang 24mm lens which I absolutely relish as it's one of the best lenses around in terms of sharpness and clarity



above what you can see is the core of the MilkyWay



this image shows the California nebula which is named after the state simply because it looks like it ;)
Forum: General Photography 1 Day Ago  
General EVF discussion
Posted By kayasaman
Replies: 8
Views: 168
It's a new tech is what I meant, I assure you no sinister ulterior meaning was meant :lol:. DSLR has been around for longer, and if you count the evolution from SLR things go way back to the 60's and 70's. Nikon has just started with their mirrorless line - as in it hasn't been around as the tried and tested D series. Canon keeps changing their stuff every few years it seems but I don't know much about Canon so in a sense anything I say can be considered non-canon (pun obviously intented haha).
No idea what my 20 year old Sony P10 was?? Mirrored, mirrorless?? It has both LiveView and OVF which are both on all the time??

I think (but this is pure speculation on my part) that micro four thirds is mirrorless? Not sure when Fuji and Sony decided to go that direction. But anyway, mirrorless is pretty much a software based platform hence the need for multiple do-it-all processors. Similar to a DSP chip or CPU in a computer. While DSLR is more reliant on hardware processing.


Actually on this topic, I guess I could have re-looked at the Olympus(OMD Systems) EM1X that I was initially looking at before purchasing my K1 ii. For sports and wildlife, the smaller sensor means shorter lenses for further reach.

Why the massive EM1X? Exactly that, because it's large! :D Easier to hold and grip ;)






Aaaah not worried about the price, if it was $10k then sure I'd be a little more flustered. Considering that I need I need an astro mount. Due to my location I need a portable ie. carry on capable one, meaning Harmonic or Strainwave drive. The RainbowAstro RST135 is around $3.5k while the PegasusAstro Nyx has a starting price of $2.8k(but not out until September this year), couple that to a sturdy tripod which is around $1k+ depending on load capacity; don't forget the camera /rig is gona be spinning on top of this thing so balance is essential. I have a lot of saving to do basically it what it means and the worst part is that I have to take all this stuff abroad if I wana get any decent performance out of it.
That's around a 45 pound or 20kg haul on an airplane :( (am I the only one nuts enough to wana bring 150 lenses on a trip with them?? Ok slight exaggeration but still, I think at a min. we're talking around 16 lenses)

Some prices written on the website of these guys - just as an example: https://www.bisque.com/product-category/mounts/

Astro is expensive stuff. Especially if you wana built up your own imaging observatory. You can easily throw around $100k on kit. If you browse the Astro group here, there are many guys and gals who do amazing things just using AstroTracer. The AT2 (K1/ii) guys are jealous of the AT3 guys because they don't need to perform the 'Chicken dance' to calibrate the internal sensors and gyros or GPS receiver to get a 3D fix. hahaha it's one of the funniest things of all time honestly. ps. the figure of 8 - cell phone approach does work too so no more embarrassing juggling with the camera lol



Yeah, thought so. If it works for you and handles how you need it that's all that matters. After all the objective is results and feel. Like anything, equipment is very subjective; we can only read so much, after that it's up to us if we like a. or b. more. Sure I would love to try different bodies and lens combinations, but really I am stuck with what I read and images I see online. At the moment due to health reasons it's difficult for me to get around, so going to a camera shop is really not possible. As a result I get all my gear online (from abroad even where the best prices are as local prices are simply extortion in many cases)



Hmm.... I would have gone for the 100-500mm lens from Canon but the downside to that is you loose the wide end so not great for traveling as you need to switch lenses often or use 2 bodies. You did mention the Tamron, which I looked up and read reviews. The reason I decided against it was because I read comparisons to the Nikon 18-300mm in which the Nikon was selected as being the better lens. That's the only reason that prompted me to go for that instead. If I could try and test the Tamron maybe I would have a different thought train towards it. Basically I just decided to play safe...

Not to be contradictory about traveling and my current health situation; basically, I am planning on many trips once things get sorted out. I have no idea how long it's gona take but currently having the Pentax and Nikon has really been a blessing. I guess you can say it's a challenge ahead of me, kind of like getting in-focus images haha. Unfortunately I haven't been able to travel for at least 15 years so now I really am getting sick of being plagued by ill health all the time and am determined to go somewhere.



Normally people think of me as a "nutty professor", mainly because I tend to say things that no body understands and pretty much construct whatever I can in such a way that nobody understands. Oh I'll have to add that to my comparison post too - the image of the 6ft / 2m high electrical cabinet I built at home from industrial parts in which I had to write a 200 page manual for electricians etc... to understand how it's wired up and how the software I wrote functions and makes the lights turn on based on temperature etc... sigh hahahaha uh


Hey this kinda turned into a mini conversation. It's fun, thanks :)
Forum: General Photography 2 Days Ago  
General EVF discussion
Posted By kayasaman
Replies: 8
Views: 168
Remember, you also chimed in when I was desperately looking for a camera with good AF...... there are multiple reasons for not going mirrorless in any format yet for me. Lens choice is one of the primary factors but also they are too new and haven't fully matured yet technologically.

After a lot of research, I found the lenses I wanted: Nikon 18-300mm, Sigma 105mm Macro, Sigma 60-600mm Sports, Tokina 11-20mm wide zoom. I think you already have the Sigma if my memory is correct??

Instead of looking at what other people are saying (I know you're a big Canon fan), I need to look at my needs. When the D500 arrived I was so surprised that it was the same size as my treasured K1 ii. That is exactly what I wanted!! Not smaller and definitely not thinner. It's big and chunky though lighter then my K1.

I would say the ergonomics are in between Pentax and Canon. The buttons and switches that are in similar positions to the Pentax, I like, the other Canon style buttons eg. left of the LCD, I can't stand. It's difficult to use and why zoom buttons in the first place?? The Pentax just uses the dial to zoom in and out... easy ;)


Another thing was that the R7 hadn't even arrived in stores and with the lens lineup uncertain to me, as in what would work with it and what wouldn't, the tried and tested Nikon was a better bet. So far for Macro it's simply amazing and I can't fault it one bit. As for everything else, like with the Pentax, things are coming up too small in frame. That's why I wana grab the Sigma, and may even need a TC to go with it if subjects are still too small. Nothing to do with camera but it's annoying how small birds end up the size of golf balls at a short distance of around 6ft/2m. I really want to fill around 2/3 - 3/4 of the frame with the subject and not less then half.


Though I've still got a long way to go with equipment. I also need to look at a Moravian Instruments G3 or C3 and tracking mount plus a host of other stuff:




That's really where my heart is with photography. Which is where the K1 started everything off but having a beyered matrix sensor is proving difficult in my location which sucks for pretty any type of imaging (linear or non-linear). The monochrome CCD's get you into different wavelengths and spectroscopy. That's really exciting!!


I know, I know, I'm not your everyday average photographer but still it is nice to be involved with linear (normal) photography too even though I find it so hard. I really can't understand how to use focal lengths between say 50-300mm. It's either not wide enough for me or too short :(

Anyway, I'm gona put an image comparison between the K1 and D500 soon, just going through 20k images right now to try to select the best ones. So far it's taking a long time but hey, I'll get there :lol:
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 2 Days Ago  
Thinking of getting a Nikon FF DSLR
Posted By kayasaman
Replies: 49
Views: 1,236
Sorry for the late response. I'm preparing images to compare and contrast between my K1 and D500 now that I figured out how to get the images viewable here without the use of links. I'm gona pop up another post soon with pictures rather then long wording of what I think and how I feel.

I think a lot of what you say I agree with. Photography should be about fun and enjoying imaging the environment. It becomes a little different though when you are trying to image specific things. Having a manual lens or ill performing AF can get frustrating very quickly for imaging wildlife and sports. Especially if your in-focus rate is really low.

Walk-about photography is different though and then it's just about having a camera there in order to grab the shot. When I got my Samsung Ultra cell with 4x cameras, I initially tried it in the garden. Overall the image quality was good but for some reason it couldn't render my fence well and kept doing strange things with the AI processing which you can't turn off.
That drove me nuts as it was not an accurate representation of the wood at all.

In contrast though, I went travelling with an old Nokia N95 phone with Zeiss optics. In bright conditions it actually worked pretty well and I ended up with some nice shots with it. Sure my Pentax could have done better and especially adding a few grad filters and CPL would have helped even more.

With my Sony Cybershot (we are talking 20 years ago here), as a walkabout camera it was nice... what it failed at though was that it wasn't wide enough in some circumstances and not long enough at the top end in other circumstances. I didn't have a tripod at that time either so night time shots were spoiled by heavy motion blur.


Gota shoot now, as we have a clear sky so gona try imaging Andromeda M31, using the D500 and Sigma 105mm macro. No tracking mount so will try 2s sub frames and see where that gets me, provided I can nail the subject in the first place as light pollution is a nightmare in the center of the city.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 2 Days Ago  
Thinking of getting a Nikon FF DSLR
Posted By kayasaman
Replies: 49
Views: 1,236
Ah that's what it was!

It's interesting though how everybrand is very specific in their layouts and way of doing things. Of course unity and parts/machining are the major factors but it's interesting how there are so many different strengths and weaknesses in everything. What one person heralds as being *the ultimate*, another person will completely discredit it as being the worst.

It's probably easier to make a decision in things based on simply what works for what you need and close your eyes and ears to the rest of the world lol?? :lol:
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 2 Days Ago  
Thinking of getting a Nikon FF DSLR
Posted By kayasaman
Replies: 49
Views: 1,236
Oh that's great! So now you're the owner of a D700 :)


We got crossed wires... I mentioned the APS-C body because I was looking for one, not that I thought that you were looking for it as you did title the thread as FF body.


For the best all-round Nikon body, probably the 850 is going to be the best. I think it replaced the 750? So, even with a 750 you can't go wrong.


My personal circumstances where a little different though, if I had invested in a K3 iii, it would essentially be investing in a new system as I don't have any cropped sensor lenses. I wouldn't use my batch of FF lenses on the K3 as they were primarily bought for astro imaging apart from the DFA28-105mm which came with the camera.

I need to purchase 3x more Irix lenses then I am all set for landscape imaging. Though if the 15mm isn't wide enough, I will need to look at the Venus Optics 12mm.


For my Nikon I have only the Tokina 11-20mm lens and Sigma 60-600mm lens left to purchase. It's role is specifically a wildlife / moving object camera. The K1 is dedicated to landscape (especially night time) and astro.


But of course it really does depend on ones needs and what one is looking for. As you can see, my needs are pretty specific but in general I wouldn't worry too much about things as one can't really go wrong with either of the bodies you mentioned.


Once you have some, please share some of the great images you have taken. :)

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Agreed! D750 and D850 are both very nice bodies :)
Forum: General Photography 2 Days Ago  
General EVF discussion
Posted By kayasaman
Replies: 8
Views: 168
That's probably the trend at the moment for most people. Maximize profits over all else. The other day I saw a post about petroleum companies moaning that the $7 billion profit wasn't enough or something like that. I can't exactly remember the details as it was shared somewhere else by a fellow forum member and friend.

Right now it seems that everything seems to be money based rather then - let's see what consumers actually want and need kind of thing.


Totally off-topic here but I was looking at my little mini 20 year old Sony Cybershot P10 point and shoot the other day and thought of you. It was my travel companion back during my uni days and looking at the limitations of that camera prompted me to buy the K1 ii in the first place. It was a cute little walk-about landscape camera!!


I hope the camera technology direction becomes clearer soon as currently it seems to be a little out of sync - unfortunately....
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 2 Days Ago  
D500 macro shots from last night
Posted By kayasaman
Replies: 2
Views: 209
Hey guys, so I'm glad gatorguy is really having fun comparing the K3 ii and D500. Though I feel a little bit like an outsider as my views and thoughts are too different from the standard train.

One thing that I absolutely love about the D500 is the ability to macro shots of insects which are walking or hopping about. Something I tried with the K1 and Irix 150mm macro for around a year with very little success was handheld insect or general macro shots. The reason for it failing consistently was that I kept shaking too much or just all out moving (wobbling) too much that by the time I press the shutter release the subject is either out of focus or the SR can't keep up.

With the D500 the settings I am using are AF-C with Dynamic 25 point. Using this guide: https://photographylife.com/cameras/nikon-d500/recommended-settings

I set the D500 up to not use a half-pressed shutter release but instead the AF-ON button to engage focus mode. With AF-C mode, I can hold this button and get further away or closer to the subject and let the AF track it all the way down to how I want to frame the image without any issues. No more worries about wobbling or shaking making the image out of focus.


Another thing that I'm learning is that both the D500 and K1 have sensor/circuit noise at ISO 100. It is strange as I was convinced the K1 didn't have any, especially boasting that powerful Sony sensor inside. What I also learned last night strangely was that noise reduction in post removes fine detail. I never noticed before as I never really needed to zoom the images to 100%. It seems that RawTherapee doesn't show you the fully processed image until you actually zoom the image to 100* or greater. It was a design choice apparently by the developers to save on computer system resources.


Anyhow, here we are. The first shot just has so much detail inside when zoomed that it's kinda wonderfully scary - it's just so cool!! I used the Sigma 105mm Macro lens and Godox Pro-X with 2x MF12 macro flash attached to the front of the lens. I also added some warming gel (not by much to make the images white balance shift to fully yellow as I did before and found that it wasn't the best choice most of the time) to the MF12's, and on top of that the diffusers.


Shared album - Kaya Saman - Google Photos



Shared album - Kaya Saman - Google Photos

Shared album - Kaya Saman - Google Photos


So far, I haven't been able to get what I want with wildlife. Unfortunately my 18-300mm (450mm on the D500), is just too short for birds the size of a chickpea. Even more unfortunate is that I can't get close to them as they are skittish and just fly away.

Here are a few Fox shots at 450mm which I am actually quite happy with:



Shared album - Kaya Saman - Google Photos



Shared album - Kaya Saman - Google Photos

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/2Z7rvblWHbo5xgEJwvM8JTr9v46u_LrdGqJ8-XbmeA...xnM5EnTQ=w2400

Shared album - Kaya Saman - Google Photos



Shared album - Kaya Saman - Google Photos

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FYI:

If anyone is wondering how I managed to sync my Google Photo's album pics in here, I found a guide:

How to Embed Images from Google Photos into your Website - Digital Inspiration

Embed Google Photos in your Website and Emails


Just use the "Insert Image" button and insert the generated link. :wink:
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 2 Days Ago  
Thinking of getting a Nikon FF DSLR
Posted By kayasaman
Replies: 49
Views: 1,236
Depending on what you want to do, I would definitely recommend it having just purchased a D500 myself. I needed the reach of an APS-C body with a wide range selection. Having the AF coming directly from the D5 is another bonus.

Unfortunately I haven't read all the previous comments, but you might consider mirrorless if you have the budget and want to purchase new. The old F-mount lens series is gradually being phased out in favor of the Z lenses.


This is really subject on my behalf: I like the D500 but the Nikon doesn't have very good ergonomics in comparison to my K1 ii. The imaging train is also not as good. It is a speed demon however and manages to lock onto whatever I point it at as long as the subject is within the AF design reach.


You won't be disappointed with it though, sensor noise is easily correctable and image quality is good unless you are cross comparing the Pentax K1 (ii) under extreme conditions, say astro photography.


If you want any more details please just ask, and I'll be happy to answer provided I have one. My first DSLR was the Pentax K1 ii then last month went for a D500 to fill in the lens and AF gap. So sort of similar situation for me too :)
Forum: General Photography 2 Days Ago  
General EVF discussion
Posted By kayasaman
Replies: 8
Views: 168
While I was searching for a camera with better lens choice and AF from my beloved K1 ii, I looked at the EVF specs. While checked the Nikon and Canon mirrorless ranges they were all pretty low quality compared to the high end FF models costing a lot more.

To generalize also I think the EVF's on the top range models have much better specifications then lower end models.

Therefor I do agree with UncleVanya's concurrence bellow. I don't know much about other brands outside of Pentax and now Nikon but Panasonic and Olympus (now OM Systems) are all micro 4 thirds along with Leica.... perhaps UncleVanya could chime in for Sony but I'm sure the higher end models also feature a much better quality EVF then the lower end models.

It was a shame because I was searching for a high-end APS-C camera and the current mirrorless models in cropped format don't seem to be anything near the D500 in performance.

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Have fun please!! :) :)


I think at this stage I'm looking more forward to seeing pictures of each system. Probably just because I am limited myself currently location wise.


Comparing and contrasting is fine, but everyone's take is so different.... that makes it hard I think to figure things out. At least online reviews are like needles in a haystack while trying to find something :(

Go Go gatorguy :D :D
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 4 Days Ago  
K3III owner, and now I've bought a D500 too. So....
Posted By kayasaman
Replies: 72
Views: 4,361
I think there's a cross-communication error here! Just saying it because it happens to me pretty much *all* the time and either I don't understand or the other person doesn't understand causing frustration on both sides.

biz~ you're referring to multi point Auto mode while gatorguy is talking about spot mode.

Multi point auto mode I think is correct that it will find the closest subject and lock on to it.

Gatorguy though is on Spot mode or near enough (I think) which should actually home in on wherever the point has been placed.

I'm sure it's just a matter of cross-wires here.... :)

At least that's what I'm understanding from both of you.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 4 Days Ago  
K3III owner, and now I've bought a D500 too. So....
Posted By kayasaman
Replies: 72
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I also see this with the Nikon! I find that these budget Nikon lenses aren't the best for wildlife, at least my 18-300mm. That's why I'm looking toward the Sigma.

The FA*300mm probably is the best performing lens that I've got currently for wildlife in terms of sharpness but it's too short and screwdrive too slow. I'm comparing Squirrels, Robins and Bluetits.

My Sigma macro blows everything out of the water when abstractly comparing the detail and sharpness of the subjects along with consistent results.


It's probably the reason why some of Nikons lenses are in the $10k-20k range in the first place. I don't know though.... I have around 1600 plane shots with the K1 and 300mm combo and all are a little soft if not out of focus. The Nikon is nailing the just taken-off planes or passing choppers to great levels consistently. Can't wait to try with the Sigma in addition. Maybe I'll start a new thread on that one too with my findings, once I buy one.


PS. Sorry for so many responses today.... this thread got me so excited today that I couldn't control myself and just really wanted to join in! it's not very often I get to talk photography or equipment with people so I guess I feel like a kid in a sandbox :D
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 4 Days Ago  
K3III owner, and now I've bought a D500 too. So....
Posted By kayasaman
Replies: 72
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Interesting you went with the Tamron option. My review readings from various sources cite the Sigma 150-600mm a much better option in every respect bar weight were the Tamron is lighter. Of course I am talking about the Sports version and not the Contemporary.


To add to your initial post, I am also playing with the 3d tracking capability of the D500. What I can say is that my lens is wrong. As you already know, I'm using the 18-300mm at the far end which is far too short! My settings are using AFS-C with 25 point dynamic selected.

My subjects are smaller then the AF area which really challenges any system I guess.... probably the reason for most of my issues seen on my K1 ii and FA*300.


What i can add to this is that aircraft are nailed! Atmospheric conditions aside, they are in focus and sharp. Actually, now my Pentax friends are really surprised that my shots are all in focus lol


What I notice with the D500 is even at ISO 100 there is some noise. Yep I can recover it but the imaging train is no where near the Pentax (I only have the K1 ii to compare with, but I'm sure the K3 iii is going to be equally good in it's imaging as that's one thing that Pentax do really well I believe!)

There is really something to be said about Sony sensors!! Even dedicated astro cams from QHY and Moravian Instruments use them, and astro is a subject that really pushes each component of the camera system to it's limits!

That was my experience last night when trying to run a few test shots with the D500 and 18-300mm @18mm (27-28mm in 35mm FF). The magnification on the D500 is only around 10x compared to 16x on the Pentax. It means that it's harder to get round stars by zooming in LV mode on the D500.
Overall, sure I caught Andromeda (M31) galaxy, but compared to my K1 ii / Samyang 24mm combination, it was no where near it. The K1 just simply beats the D500 hands down with the tested combination. Yep it's an unfair test I know but I am working with what I have.....


I will be trying out my Sigma 105mm macro soon. I can compare that to the Irix 150mm and my K1. Now Irix are some of the best lenses ever made along with Samyang. You can't get any better for any price unless you try using a Takahashi or $500k scrope.
Sure most people would probably think I'm nuts and get quite offended with my statement but I stand by it as it's what I am seeing from my own setup and use.

Here is a great article regarding the 150-600mm Sigma: https://blog.sigmaphoto.com/2022/astrophotography-with-the-sigma-150-600mm-d...s-sports-lens/


Bottom line, my interests are different and what I see and want to see is extremely different. I would totally suck as a pro photographer because I am not interested in the art side of things. I prefer to have a contrasty popping clinically razor sharp image that makes the eyes bleed with saturation and detail. Therefor I'm probably the worst person to give their ideas and views on things which don't coincide with what anyone lese is thinking....


Gatorguy, this little gem of a topic if fantastic!! I'm glad you started it :D Thank you so much :-)

Please have fun doing your tests and can't wait to read more to see what you are unlocking out of both systems.


Unfortunately it is a truth that there is no one system or brand that is perfect. I am not saying anything against anyone (as in particular brand or group which is true for OpenSource projects) but design decisions have to be made and can take the subject in one direction or another. It's always good to be neutral and not biased. It's something I need to understand myself sometimes as I get pretty cheesed off at many things for going one way instead of another (not photography equipment), and in some cases I find it's better to build things my self if I can.

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As far as I understand, there is no subject recognition. You get Face recognition, but that's it. Mirrorless cameras have that advantage as it's a software thing like CCTV systems have.

You can obviously put the Nikon into manual focus mode or use one of the AFS-C modes.... perhaps the correct answer would be to say that the 3D tracking mode can be switched to something else??

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I'm gonna agree with UncleVanya. Though I've just invested in the D500 myself and probably many of my posts triggered the curiosity about the D500 in the first place.

Nikon, I'm pretty sure are switching over to Z mount mirrorless format lenses.


Maybe now is the time manufacturers are all starting to look at mirrorless options and ditch the mechanical options. My guess is that fabrication is cheaper and also everything can be done in software now instead of using dedicated hardware like the Pro bodies from CaNikon. No more AF sensors and special processors in the circuitry chain.

Instead with the mirrorless options, you get two or more multi functional imaging processors like computer CPU's or DSP's in audio that can perform multiple tasks according to their programming.This of course sparks a separate debate about dedicated hardware efficiency over generic hardware use of software. Think audio plugins run on a computer DAW system in contrast to a rack filled with analog audio processing equipment. No way you can get the same performance from a CPU or DSP as you could from a transistor or valve based dedicated hardware system. The variables are too much to compute in any form and since they're not the same all the time (eg. harmonics) and get affected by things like heat, voltage and current changes etc... basically using software with generic hardware you get a good approximation.


For me, why the D500?? I love my K1 ii but it's slow and the AF is there like video mode but not really usable for me at least. I needed an APS-C camera for reach and long lenses. 300mm is the prime limit for Pentax and it's way too short for my wildlife needs. After searching high and low, I made the choice based around the Sigma 60-600mm lens as it's teleconvertor compatible if needed and the fact that the AF in the D500 is taken directly from the D5.

I guess you can say lens choice was a big motivating factor. The Sigma 105mm macro has USM motors so no more screwdrive, and unlike my Irix 150mm on the Pentax, I can finally focus on insects which don't sit still. The Sigma 60-600mm will mean that I can get small birds and mammals like squirrels to fill my frame. Currently at 450mm (300mm -35mm) they are smaller then the 25 point dynamic AF area. If you get any closer then they run away.
The 18-300mm is really what the DFA28-105mm should have been. A long range lightweight travel lens that has a useful scope of throw. Optically they are about the same, but reach reach reach....

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AstroTracer is Pentax only!!

The D500 does not have AT....

I use it extensively with the K1 ii. Actually it's the reason I bought the K1 to start with and I've done over 10K AT shots later stacked in Sequator then processed with PixInsight.

To get any type of astro done with the D500, you need a tracking mount. Check the Rainbow Astro RST135 or Pegasus Astro Nyx for good portable harmonic drive systems or 10micron for one of the best mounts under $20k. Otherwise look at a cheap iOptron, Skywatcher or other made-in-China brand for sub $1k pricing.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 07-23-2022, 04:55 AM  
Nikon, Godox flash, High Speed Shutter
Posted By kayasaman
Replies: 12
Views: 343
I'll keep playing and see what happens.


My goal is to try to freeze insect wings in flight. Unfortunately, catching an insect in flight and getting it in focus and in the center of frame are already big challenges.

Current requirement now is more practice and persistence + insect :)
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 07-22-2022, 08:19 AM  
The ins and outs of the K-3 III AF.C system - My own experience and understandings
Posted By kayasaman
Replies: 60
Views: 6,201
Thanks gatorguy!

Yeah I've never played with the K3 iii and of course it's a different camera then the K1/ii. Maybe down the line I may opt for another Pentax body as I truly do love the cameras and the community - best group of people around :-)

The FA* is calibrated using fine adjustment. I have it dialed in at -10 and it's the best I can get using AF. MF with it gets similar results. Perhaps it's just my copy?? The imaging quality is very similar to my DFA28-105.

Maybe the lense needs to be looked at professionally and calibrated that way? Though it seems that maintenance on the lens has already been done before I bought it as there is a screw missing from the front plastic ring.


You're going to be able to compare and contrast the D500 and K3 iii soon in any case, so I'm really looking forward to that!!


If you're like me, you won't like the layout of the D500 or the menus and will definitely miss the Tav mode.


I don't seem to understand much about 'normal' photography in any case, so for me I can spend all day in the same patch shooting bees or insects in macro mode. The Pentax macro lens is still an old screw drive I think (will need to check it again), the only lens I could find with fast AF capability was the Sigma 105mm. Even Nikon guys say to stay away from the Nikon macro lens.


My 18-300mm is currently at the 300mm end and that's really the only focal length I'm using with it at the moment. It's too short!! Which is why I can't wait to get the Sigma 60-600mm, though I may end up having to add a TC on that if I can't get close enough. No, I don't intend to splash out $10k+ on a lens lol


But that's just me. For landscapes I love wide, as wide as possible!! Irix 15mm or even Laowa 12mm wide. On the other side I need close, extremely close. In the middle I just get confused I guess lol


I would really love to compare the modern * line with my Korean lenses and see which type I prefer. One observation of the Ken Rockwell website was that Korean lenses tend to be over sharp. Maybe that is what I'm seeing and liking??


One thing that I can say about the K3 iii is Astro Tracer gen. 3 totally rocks!! From the amount of images I've seen and how people use it with out the need for calibration, it's definitely an amazing leap forward. That is really why I bought my K1 ii in the first place. The night time is when I really enjoy imaging and so far I know I made the right choice.


I guess I probably really suck as a daytime photographer :(


Lastly, thanks so much @gatorguy for continuing your support :) :)
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 07-21-2022, 03:02 PM  
Nikon, Godox flash, High Speed Shutter
Posted By kayasaman
Replies: 12
Views: 343
Thanks for the tips!


I can verify that flash is working fine when not in HSS mode. Last night I shot around 300+ macro images with flash at 1/250s shutter, f/8 to f/16 and ISO 100. It works great :D


I'm just struggling to understand HSS is all.


My K1 is set to 1/200s sync speed and D500 to 1/250 for non HSS. These work fine!


Yep I need to understand more about shutter with flash and I'll try what you suggested. It might be worth doing a water running test over the faucet to see if I can freeze the water or make it flow.


Just to confirm, normal non-HSS flash is perfectly fine for providing illumination, fill in flash and even darkening the background :-)


I would love to add attachments here but unfortunately am out of space as the site has a very small limit. Would be great to share my images but there are so many.... I haven't had the D500 for a month yet and already am over 1200 shots. My K1 is clocking over 12k after being a year old. Of course most of that is for astro where we need a high frame count to increase the SnR.

Currently my image archive is around 130GB of JPEG's with 1TB of RAW files. That makes it a little difficult to find somewhere, where I can put my shots with easy access. My Google only has 15GB of storage of which most of it is taken up by images now... sigh :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 07-21-2022, 12:38 PM  
The ins and outs of the K-3 III AF.C system - My own experience and understandings
Posted By kayasaman
Replies: 60
Views: 6,201
It's not just Pentax literature that is missing information. I just purchased a Nikon D500 and the same goes for it. Right now, I'm trying to figure out how to use HSS flash mode and struggling with both my Pentax and Nikon cameras as I see no difference to not using the flash over the standard sync speed.


I really hope that Pentax will come out with some longer lenses. Improvement in AF, burst rate/frame buffer performance and longer lenses is all that needs to be done for the Pentax system. If only manufacturers like Sigma and Tamron would take up an interest again to make lenses for Pentax mount that would be unreal.

With such poor AF performance on the K1 ii, I am forced to limit its use to landscape and fixed macro only (and Astro but that's another story). Any type of shooting where I need the incredible imaging capability but can get away with using MF and can spend 5 or 10 minutes preparing the shot.

The D500 on the other hand is a speed demon; currently I have two lenses for that, the Nikkor 18-300mm (walkabout) and the Sigma 105mm macro. Now I am able to get countless keepers and amazing shots which I would have other wise missed entirely using the K1. My next lens hopefully will be the Sigma 60-600mm for wildlife as I find even the 300mm end (or 450mm in APS-C terms) too short.


After spending a month with the K1 and FA*300 trying to shoot birds, foxes, squirrels and planes, the only thing that actually came out ok was the larger planes. It was such a shame!!! I also find my Pentax brand lenses to be a little soft too, they are sharp but not clinical. They definitely don't have the same razor edge performance as the Korean made brand lenses like Irix and Samyang.


Of course these are only my findings and my taste in imagery. Everyone is different and looks for different things. :)
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 07-21-2022, 12:17 PM  
Nikon, Godox flash, High Speed Shutter
Posted By kayasaman
Replies: 12
Views: 343
Sorry, the image should have been public and open to everyone for viewing?

This should work now... I have checked with a two different browsers of which I wasn't signed in to my Google account: Shared album - Kaya Saman - Google Photos


These were the test with similar settings on both cameras. Unfortunately in either case I don't see the flash. Both cameras were positioned on a tripod which was not moved.

Pentax: _DSC1333.jpg - Google Drive

Nikon: _IMG5273.jpg - Google Drive


I am not seeing any flash or brightness in the frames. The flash definitely was firing in both cases.

Is this normal or is there a sync issue? The shutter was 1/320s on the Nikon and 1/350s on the Pentax. ISO setting was ~12800 with f-stop at 6.3.


I also tried using continuous high and low on the Nikon but I am not seeing the effect of the flash at all, let alone the lit flash light itself.

Distance between the flash and tripod was around 3 ft or 1 meter.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 07-21-2022, 08:52 AM  
Nikon, Godox flash, High Speed Shutter
Posted By kayasaman
Replies: 12
Views: 343
Thank you so much!!!

Yep, that's exactly what I am looking for...


The MF12 has a guide number of 16.1, so x2 in my case:

MF12-Product-GODOX Photo Equipment Co.,Ltd.


Last night I tested with 1/250s (sync speed) and ended up with nice results:

Google Photos

I used an amber gel in the flash to warm the lighting up a little.


I'll make a test using your suggestion both with the K1 and the D500 and see what happens. It will be simple as I can just switch the cameras on the tripod.


Will post back with results.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 07-19-2022, 07:44 AM  
Nikon, Godox flash, High Speed Shutter
Posted By kayasaman
Replies: 12
Views: 343
This is my first experience with flash on a modern camera so I probably am misunderstanding a lot here.


The system works as expected and fires the flash above shutter speeds of 1/250s on the Nikon camera.


What I am not seeing is any visible flash in the image that is taken!


If I increase shutter from 1/250 to 1/320s (HSS mode), the image is dramatically underexposed and simply black.


Even if I try to add more light to the image for the exposure, it is still black.


To get the exposure higher, the camera needs to be set at ridiculously high iso of 51200, the the frame is not so dark but of course the image is unusable at this point.


Above, when I mentioned that I thought it worked. What did work was sliding the flash backwards in the hotshoe so that the two rear pins were not contacting. The flash symbol on the camera disappeared. As the top pin (trigger) pin was still making contact, the flash was firing without any issues.

The resulting image was strange though. I had a band across the top of the image which shows the flash and correct exposure while the rest of the frame was dark. The shutter speed was at 1/1000s during my later tests which is when I understood about the flash symbol disappearing.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 07-18-2022, 08:21 AM  
Nikon, Godox flash, High Speed Shutter
Posted By kayasaman
Replies: 12
Views: 343
Another link I read...

Nikon D850 HSS with Godox flashes: Studio and Lighting Technique Forum: Digital Photography Review

I figured the issue out!


Basically, it seems that the XPro wasn't sitting on the HotShoe pins properly. I moved the transmitter slightly backwards in the slot and finally it worked. I could see the flash.

It is a strange thing, a very strange issue as you would think that the base of the transmitter would be the same dimensions as the slot on the camera?


Finally I should be able to reduce my ISO now for bug in flight shots :-)


Catching the bugs is going to be the difficult part now lol

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Another strange thing. It worked and now it doesn't again ???


Totally lost on this one.

Will try updating the firmware later and if that doesn't work then will contact the store where I bought it. I'm all out of ideas! :-(


Actually, I tested with the Pentax ProX-P on the D500 and it worked to some extent. I could see the flash in the frame when shooting.
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