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Forum: Pentax K-3 12-04-2013, 09:47 AM  
AF speed of (K-3 + 50-135 with SDM disabled)
Posted By nicoprod
Replies: 6
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How do you disable SDM on the 50-135?
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-22-2013, 02:12 PM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By frogoutofwater
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I photograph dogs for an animal rescue organization, which uses my photos on its website, Facebook etc to promote its dogs and cats. Volunteers bring some of the dogs (all in foster care) to Union Square in NYC every Saturday to show off the dogs and seek donations. The conditions for photography are challenging - crowds, busy backgrounds, harsh light, etc - but I do my best. Here are few photos from yesterday. Meet Copper, Spike and Alex (respectively). These were taken with the HD WR 55-300. Thanks to normhead's suggestion, I experimented with TaV mode, which I think worked well in this situation (fluctuating light) to help me keep my ISO relatively low and still get the speed and depth of field I wanted.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-25-2013, 06:45 PM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By Paul Hunt
Replies: 11,371
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Candid shot of my dad on Christmas Day.

DA70mm LTD
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-25-2013, 06:39 PM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By Paul Hunt
Replies: 11,371
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Christmas Day dessert!

Forum: Pentax K-3 12-18-2013, 07:52 PM  
K-3 best DSLR of 2013 on DPR poll !
Posted By calsan
Replies: 78
Views: 8,883
This poll is kind of daft. Without trying all the cameras, how can Joe Public decide which is best?
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-03-2013, 03:18 PM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By normhead
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A few from today, some posted elsewhere (post your photos and the 300mm+ club.) Some exclusive to this thread.

ALl taken with the K-3 and Sigma 70-300. 800 ISO, ƒ8.

Forum: Pentax K-3 12-03-2013, 04:00 PM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 11,371
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A Foggy Morning...

Fog on Patoka by Vincent1825, on Flickr

Foggy Morning by Vincent1825, on Flickr

Path to the Lake by Vincent1825, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-01-2013, 06:43 PM  
Firmware treasures?
Posted By jkobleur
Replies: 13
Views: 1,706
Add the ability to choose between SDM and screwdrive on lenses which offer them both so I don't have to send my 50-135 in for repairs.
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-06-2013, 07:55 PM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By jpzk
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I have the K7 as well (and the K5) and was rather surprised that you mention that your shots were not "way" better than those taken with your K7.
As you said though: early days! ;)
I'm sure you will have more shots to post here soon.

Thanks for sharing.

Forum: Pentax K-3 10-15-2013, 11:57 AM  
K-3 Firmware wishes....
Posted By jrcastillo
Replies: 98
Views: 12,943
ability to select screw drive OR lens motor.
lenses like the 16-50, 50-135 have both screw drive and SDM. If you ever get SDM problems, just select screw drive and continue shooting :)
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-04-2013, 08:08 PM  
My K-3 AF experiences
Posted By derekkite
Replies: 63
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This is my experience, not some lab report. I shoot mainly long lenses, and have been shooting with the K-5 with a variety of manual focus and autofocus lenses for a couple of years. I have been using the DA*300 for the most part, excepting the bright summer days when I use a Sigma 150-500 OS. I have had great success with these combinations, but have also run into situations where the limits of the equipment either cause frustration, make it difficult to get a sharp photo, or don't even bother because I don't want to waste time. I can get birds in flight with my manual focus lens, but not very many. The conditions that I shoot in range from perfect to utterly miserable. If I wait for the perfect day, I would shoot maybe half a dozen days a year. This isn't lab or studio conditions, but real conditions that I shoot in, and if I may, get some very nice shots from time to time.

There are some situations where I've run into problems

1. Low light focus. It was a regular occurrence, even during the summer, to have the K-5 and DA*300 not focus at all. There wasn't enough light, enough contrast, and it would either try and fail, or not even try. In good light with sharp contrast it worked fine. Some particular situations where this was an issue was when trying to focus on wildlife in the trees or bushes.

2. Another situation where it was difficult to acquire focus was when shooting a small subject on a horizontal plane. For example, last week I ran across an American Pipit that sat obligingly in the middle of a gravel road. The K-5/DA*300 would either focus on a detail on the gravel, or the grass and bushes behind. The same thing happens when shooting water birds at a distance. The contrast of choppy water or the far shore would get focussed, and not the desired subject. I believe the cause was a combination of the low light inadequacy and the large focus points.

3. A third situation is what I call threading the needle. This is where a subject is in a busy scene with many contrasty elements in the fore and back ground. Not an uncommon situation in many contexts; for me it was a bird in the bushes. The large focus points and the inconsistency or unpredictable focus logic made it an exercise in frustration to try to thread the focus point in between obstacles to find and home in on what I wanted. A longer focal length helps, magnifying the subject so that the camera has a better chance of focusing on it, but that wasn't the only problem.

4. Moving subjects were very difficult to focus on. Many things conspire to make this difficult. A large focus point, the inability to pick out low contrast subjects from a busy background, as well as the speed of the focus-mirror-open shutter timing gives you lots of out of focus shots. There are quite a few discrete challenges here. For example, a bird flying against the sky is not difficult to focus on, but the speed of the image capture train will cause a problem if the direction of movement is towards out of focus. If the bird is flying against a tree or mountain background, then the low contrast as well as large focus point makes it probable that the background will be in focus. If the subject is moving towards the camera the speed of the adjustments is critical. The K-5 is a challenge to focus properly in these circumstances.

5. Using live view had its own challenges. Focusing my DA*300 mounted on a tripod using the CDAF in Live view was unsatisfactory, most times unsuccessful. Using a manual focus lens, the magnified Liveview screen was helpful, but the delay in updating the screen meant that it was easy to overshoot the focus adjustments.

First impressions? The limits of focus are the obstreperous subject or inept operator. The DA*300 felt slow and clumsy on the K-5. It feels lightning fast and accurate on the K-3. The shutter noise is different, not louder. The buttons feel more positive than the mushy K-5 feel.

The center focus point is small. I took these shots with spot focus, afc. I followed the bird around, and when I was able to get the point on the bird, it focused. It was a technical challenge, but a positive one; if I point it at something, it will focus quickly. Here are some shots. They are processed in Darktable, compiled from the development branch. There is no profiling of the K-3 coded as yet, but I had no problem reading the files or doing corrections. They are cropped, some substantially to frame what I wanted to shoot, often the limit of cropping before losing quality. Some exposure and contrast adjustments were made, as well as noise reduction.

This is the fourth shot I took with the camera. 1/400, iso 200 f4.

This is what it was doing. Note that the focus is on the background. 1/800 iso 400 f4

This was a long way away. I've shot this site numerous times but the K-3 was able to focus on what I wanted. iso 1600 1/2000 f4. Cropped.

The focus point on this shot was about the size of it's head. Cropped, 1/320 iso 160 f4.

Easy shot, especially when the focus mechanism ignores the intervening brush. 1/640 iso 1000 f4, cropped. Nice and sharp.

This is where I was impressed. Not a great shot, but illustrative. There were a bunch of chickadees, brown creepers and rather frenetic yellow crowned kinglets working their way through the bush. I shot this guy for quite a few minutes as he went from tree to tree. I had it on 7 point with the center as main. I was able to easily shoot through intervening brush to focus. The challenge was low light, low contrast subject and movement, focus was simply just working. I didn't bother doing this type of shooting with the K-5, it didn't work and was very frustrating. I will do much more, I enjoy this.

So far, low light is not an issue at all. If there is a surface to focus on, it will. The size of the focus point is very nice for what I shoot. If it is there, it will focus on it. My lens feels brand new, fast and confident. So far I'm very pleased. Now to test the more powerful and complex capabilities.
Forum: Photo Critique 11-04-2013, 07:10 PM  
Food Eating skills > Photography Skills
Posted By Gregory_51
Replies: 7
Views: 853
A few thoughts. As for DOF you won't have much using f2, using f5.6 or f8 would be a better choice. Using a tripod is recommended for framing and best quality. It also allows you to keep it composed while adjusting lighting and reflectors and such. The highlights are blown out, some pp will hopefully recover them. Softening the light with a diffuser is an option and a reflector to lower the contrast and get detail in the blueberries. Watch what's in the background. Some of the shapes are distracting, the white baking dish and the measuring cup. The colored bottles I don't mind but perhaps some desaturation to help keep the eye on the cake. Did it taste as good as it looks?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-03-2013, 08:47 PM  
People Young ones
Posted By Roob-N-Boots
Replies: 4
Views: 557
Good shots, I like the first one and the last ones the best. I think the last one might look cool in B&W.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-04-2013, 07:42 AM  
People Young ones
Posted By slowpez
Replies: 4
Views: 557
What a cutie. You are very lucky.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-04-2013, 04:01 AM  
Pets an old pug :)
Posted By ivrabec985
Replies: 3
Views: 649
he's 11yo.

and here is one more photo from yesterday :D

i'm still testing my new k 50mm 1.2, and focusing at 1.2.
settings: 1/25 (handheld), iso 1600

Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-03-2013, 06:54 PM  
People Young ones
Posted By zany225
Replies: 4
Views: 557
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