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Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-24-2015, 02:10 AM  
Misc Elegy to a worn-out pair of Chucks
Posted By nowo1978
Replies: 0
Views: 574
Being a teenager is never easy. Being a teenager in the early 1990s was no difference. It's a time of major changes, a time where you're up one minute, down the next and utterly confused inbetween. To help us through this, we had music. We had Nirvana, we had Pearl Jam, we had Green Day, and many others. And we had our Chucks.

Yes, they're unconfortable. Yes, they're ridiculously overpriced. Still, they're probably the only constant in my life. I wore Chucks on my first date. I had my first kiss in a pair of Chucks. I wore them in Vienna, Paris, London, Los Angeles, Bangkok, Lisbon, Barcelona, St. Petersburg, Saigon, Palermo and countless other places. I wore them at the Grand Canyon, in the Louvre, the Tate Modern, the Reunification palace, Notre Dame, Smolny Convent and wherever they took me. I wore Chucks the day I graduated and the day I received my PhD.

Saying goodbye to a worn-out, battered pair of old Chucks is like saying goodbye to an old friend. A friend who was with me on three continents. A friend who knows the highs and lows of my daily life. A friend who knows my every secret. A friend I trusted to get me where I wanted to go, and who never let me down. A friend who was always there for me when I headed off into the unknown.

Goodbye, my friend. Goodbye.

KN_P2087.jpg by nowo1978, on Flickr

KN_P2083.jpg by nowo1978, on Flickr

KN_P2080.jpg by nowo1978, on Flickr

Oh, and say hello to your younger brother.

KN_P2091.jpg by nowo1978, on Flickr
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-01-2015, 11:00 PM  
Entropy
Posted By nowo1978
Replies: 13
Views: 950
I like it - nominated!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-29-2015, 01:26 AM  
Bats again.
Posted By nowo1978
Replies: 12
Views: 1,423
Wow! Impressive setup, thanks for sharing! Did you try using the mirror-up feature to reduce camera shake?
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-02-2015, 01:35 AM  
Waiting for enlightenment
Posted By nowo1978
Replies: 11
Views: 485
Waiting for enlightenment
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-14-2015, 11:52 PM  
Travel Angkor Wat
Posted By nowo1978
Replies: 2
Views: 722
I have yet to sort through the hundreds of pictures I shot on my recent trip to Cambodia, but here's one I particularly like: Sunrise at Angkor Wat. Shot with my K-3 and the DA 18-135.


Angkor sunrise by nowo1978, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-19-2015, 12:02 AM  
The DA* 50-135 Won!
Posted By nowo1978
Replies: 15
Views: 2,455
Congratulations on your purchase! I pulled the trigger on a (used) DA*50-135 myself some time ago and I am very happy with it on my K-3, especially for portrait work.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-20-2015, 04:07 AM  
Full Frame: The Real Pros (and Cons?)
Posted By nowo1978
Replies: 312
Views: 24,824
Uhm, no:

Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-05-2015, 01:12 AM  
Full Frame and Crop Mode
Posted By nowo1978
Replies: 23
Views: 4,321
There is no doubt, there's just correct calculation and incorrect calculation :p To be comparable to the K-3 in crop mode, a FF Pentax must have 56.6 MP - now that would be something :lol:
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-05-2015, 12:41 AM  
Full Frame and Crop Mode
Posted By nowo1978
Replies: 23
Views: 4,321
A FF sensor has 36 mm x 24 mm = 864 mm˛. An APS-C sensor has 23.5 mm x 15.6 mm = 366.6 mm˛. The APS-C sensor thus covers only 42.4 % of the FF sensor's area. Assuming that the FF sensor has 36 MP, the cropped picture will therefore have 36 x 0.424 = 15.26 MP. The FF will be comparable to the K-5 in crop mode, not to the K-3.
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-03-2015, 04:00 AM  
Macro First Review of the Venus 60mm f/2.8, 2:1 Macro Lens
Posted By nowo1978
Replies: 10
Views: 1,706
Looks promising, thanks for linking the vid!
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-30-2015, 01:33 AM  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By nowo1978
Replies: 4,072
Views: 547,044
I'm usually a bit arachnophobic but jumping spiders actually appear ... cute - must be the big eyes ;-)

Love your macros lightbulb!
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-29-2015, 12:22 AM  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By nowo1978
Replies: 4,072
Views: 547,044
It is actually a crop from a single shot at 1:1 magnification - a testament not only to the resolving power of the K-3's 24MP sensor (and the lack of an AA filter), but also to the optical quality of the 35mm Limited; I shot the same frame with my Tamron 90mm Macro and found it to be nowhere near as sharp as the lil' Limited.

The original is below:


KN_P0441 by nowo1978, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-28-2015, 04:50 AM  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By nowo1978
Replies: 4,072
Views: 547,044
X-posted from the Macro Photography subforum, here's a close-up shot of a basil leaf shot with a K-3 and the 35mm Limited Macro @ f/8:


Basil leaf by nowo1978, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-26-2015, 05:55 AM  
Macro Basil leaf
Posted By nowo1978
Replies: 3
Views: 891
The combination of a Pentax K-3 and the 35mm Limited Macro continues to amaze me, as does the beauty of the small things around us. Here's a close-up shot of a basil leaf:


Basil leaf by nowo1978, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 01-08-2015, 08:48 AM  
FF vs APS-C
Posted By nowo1978
Replies: 132
Views: 11,329
It's a hype, that's all there is to it, period.
Forum: Pentax K-3 01-06-2015, 09:55 PM  
If your K-3 makes you happy.......
Posted By nowo1978
Replies: 48
Views: 4,189
Here's standing up and waving hands ... I went from a K-5 to the K-3 and would never ever go back. The K-3 is much more responsive (not only in terms of AF), the shutter is quiet and the sound is not distracting at all. The K-3 is just a better camera, in almost every respect and I am extremely happy with it.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-06-2015, 08:10 AM  
Pentax Flash - what to buy?
Posted By nowo1978
Replies: 25
Views: 2,358
The Yongnuo is a great "strobist" flash (visit strobist.blogspot.com, if you haven't already; probably the best website about flash photography on the internet and it's completely for free); nevertheless, I would recommend buying at least one system flash that works with P-TTL, such as a used AF360FGZ which should be well within your budget. There are situations where P-TTL really comes in handy, and it can do manual as well, has a tiltable head (which allows you to bounce your flash off the ceiling for example), it has a wireless mode and can be triggered via the built-in flash of your K-30, it supports high speed synchronization (HSS) for shutter times lower than 1/180, etc. etc.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-23-2014, 12:21 AM  
DA* Club
Posted By nowo1978
Replies: 5,450
Views: 824,200
YMMV, but I think you'll be very happy with a K-3. I shot about 250 pictures that day and for about 240 the focus was spot on - way better than I expected from my experience with this lens on the K-5, especially since they were shot under difficult (focus) lighting conditions (they were not shot in a studio, but on location in a beauty salon).
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-22-2014, 03:16 AM  
DA* Club
Posted By nowo1978
Replies: 5,450
Views: 824,200
Until very recently I considered selling my DA*50-135mm because it just didn't deliver the goods for me on my K-5. With my newly acquired K-3 I decided to give it another chance and used it for a photo shooting. Here's a 100% crop from a pic shot at f/5.6 (straight OOC, no sharpening):
Attachment 250642
And here's a 100% crop from a picture shot wide open at f/2.8 (again, straight OOC, no sharpening):
Attachment 250643
The lens really shines on my K-3. Autofocus is spot on. I think we have a keeper :cool:
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-16-2014, 05:48 AM  
Not sure about the Sirui T-025X
Posted By nowo1978
Replies: 11
Views: 1,839
I recently purchased a T-025X following the positive review by Heie and I'm pretty happy with it - it's SO light and compact!

I attached a K-5 with the DA*60-250 at maximum zoom to it, all legs and the vertical column fully extended, then turned on live view with 10x magnification. When you touch the camera, there is a noticeable wobble which dies off after about 10 seconds, after that it's as sturdy as anything. Even after half an hour there was no sagging.

You should however best use it with the mirror up function to avoid camera shake, and it definitely isn't made for use in strong winds. When using a heavy lens (such as the DA*60-250) and hang your camera bag from the center column to increase stability the legs do however bend quite a bit. But all things considered it is a great tripod for hiking.
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-26-2014, 02:19 AM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By nowo1978
Replies: 11,095
Views: 1,882,229
Full ack! Great capture LeRolls!
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-24-2014, 02:03 AM  
DA* Club
Posted By nowo1978
Replies: 5,450
Views: 824,200
My first post here - came across this little fellow during a hike on Koh Chang Island, Thailand. No macro work was necessary - this thing was about the size of a kid's face:


KN_P3954.jpg by nowo1978, on Flickr
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2014, 03:11 AM  
Nirvana
Posted By nowo1978
Replies: 0
Views: 351
Nirvana

Shot during a holiday trip to Ayutthaya, Thailand, March 2013
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-21-2013, 04:04 PM  
Sigma "A" mount lens compatibility question
Posted By nowo1978
Replies: 7
Views: 1,206
Well then I would go for a SMC Pentax-M 28mm - there is a f2.8 and a f3.5 version and both are easy to find and cheap - I bought the f2.8 version for around € 45, and on my K-5 it's considerably sharper than the kit lens at the same focal length and aperture. Some say the f3.5 version is even sharper.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-18-2013, 05:08 AM  
Noise Reduction Software Giveaway: Let us help you improve your photos! (ended)
Posted By nowo1978
Replies: 382
Views: 38,054
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