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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-31-2012, 11:57 PM  
D600 announced - $2099
Posted By jaieger
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Procrastination, with the 50mm f1.8G:

Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-27-2012, 03:39 PM  
Some Full-frame shots & thoughts
Posted By jaieger
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A few from around the house - downtime, studying, coffeemaking...





















1,2,4,5 with the 50/1.8G. 3 with the 24/2.8D
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-09-2012, 10:14 PM  
Some Full-frame shots & thoughts
Posted By jaieger
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Awesome shots, I wish my generic landscapes were so good! : P


Hehe I couldn't resist the call ;D thanks!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-08-2012, 10:23 PM  
Some Full-frame shots & thoughts
Posted By jaieger
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It's been a while since I posted here...





D600/50 1.8G.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-30-2012, 02:13 PM  
Post Your Fujifilm X100/X10 Pictures
Posted By jaieger
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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-21-2012, 03:03 PM  
Someone PLEASE give me some insight, full frame three-dimensionality
Posted By jaieger
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What I've noticed in my own photography is that, for a dimensional look to an image that gives it real depth, what tends to be required is a biting sharp image where it's in focus, and then a smooth transition into the out of focus areas. Images that're all sharp and then all of a sudden complete bokeh, while pleasant, don't tend to have that same depth (of course, there're exceptions).

Some images of my own as examples...



This shot is super sharp around the couch/his face area, and smoothly transitions into soft background in front and behind that point, letting the in-focus area contrast nicely and pop out well, IMO.


Similar effect here.


In this shot, since the subject is in the background of the image, there's not so much of a 3D pop to it, but the smooth transition into sharp focus gives it a nice sense of depth.


Bit of a boring shot but again - very sharp focus, smooth transition into blur.


I think this is a good example of a shallow DoF, bokeh shot that doesn't really pop. Here, there's no transition - it's either sharp focus or blurry background, so the subject isn't able to stand out as much.

All of the above photos were taken on an APS-C camera. I find that generally, normal to wide perspective lenses are most effective at this effect - fast 50s and 35s (FF equivalent) in particular. I don't like telephotos as much for this reason as they transition too sharply, for the most part, into pure bokeh, and don't "pop" quite as much. There are, of course, exceptions:


Taken from Steve Huff's D700 review, using a Zeiss 100mm f2.

I hope my images are fairly convincing of APS-C's capabilities of having that dimensional look to photos. I do, however, agree that full-frame makes it a lot easier to achieve.


For example, this shot, taken on APS-C, has a decent amount of pop but on full-frame, I would've been able to stop down a full stop and retain the same depth of field, increasing the sharpness where it's in focus, and giving it that much more depth.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-21-2012, 02:46 PM  
Post Your Fujifilm X100/X10 Pictures
Posted By jaieger
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From the X100:















Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-18-2012, 12:10 PM  
Post Your Fujifilm X100/X10 Pictures
Posted By jaieger
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Excellent shots! Love em
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-18-2012, 12:09 PM  
Post Your Fujifilm X100/X10 Pictures
Posted By jaieger
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Thanks ecat! :)


Thank you!


Indeed, it's tempting to pick up other cameras now and then ( I especially miss the more readily shallow DoF of a 50mm-equiv lens), but for the most part it's quite enjoyable and liberating. Thanks for the comment! :)

Some front-yard shots:









Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-04-2012, 12:01 AM  
Post Your Fujifilm X100/X10 Pictures
Posted By jaieger
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I've been busy with the X100...




















Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-20-2012, 01:02 PM  
Misc Why I Jumped from K-5 + Limiteds to a Fuji X100
Posted By jaieger
Replies: 13
Views: 2,866
Thank you for the comment! :) I agree, that's absolutely what it boils down to for me. I can talk about my future plans for buying a new camera months or years down the road, but for now, just picking up the X100 and shooting with it dispels any of those thoughts. I do hope that too - I absolutely loved the FA limited lenses I had, and hope to use them again natively, on a Pentax body, sometime again.


Fair enough ;D


That sounds great Rupert, it's pretty clear that through your posts here you're pretty thrilled with the K-5. Though with different cameras, I'm glad we've found equipment that we just find to be a pleasure to use :)


Haha, I've sold it already on my local craigslist :)


Thank you! :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-17-2012, 11:27 AM  
Misc Why I Jumped from K-5 + Limiteds to a Fuji X100
Posted By jaieger
Replies: 13
Views: 2,866
Thanks for comment. Indeed it is. : )


Thanks Boris! I agree, it makes me cringe when people get so defensive about the gear they use. At the end of the day, the photos that come out from one camera/lens or another won't vary by any noticeable amount, within a reasonable range.


Thanks for the comment Rondec! : )


Thanks for the comment JP. I agree with your last statement - I wish I could have kept my K-5 and shot with both, but as a student I just don't have the $$ for that. If you do, then power to you - they'd complement each other nicely, especially with the lack of a fast (modern) 35mm equivalent in Pentax. Alternatively, have you looked at picking up a M4/3 camera up? They were pretty appealing too, but at the end of the day I think I want to lean towards shallower, not deeper, DoF (personally).


Thanks for commenting, nice to hear someone else has the same experiences as me! I hear great things about the Olympus, hope you enjoy it! :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-16-2012, 11:09 PM  
Misc Why I Jumped from K-5 + Limiteds to a Fuji X100
Posted By jaieger
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This past year or, more specifically, past 8 months or so have been pretty significant to me. It was my first year at uni, and that was a major adjustment. And to my photography, this was hugely detrimental. I made a bit of a tradition, a ritual, to upload and set aside my favorite photos I'd taken that month into a particular set on my Flickr (and accompanying album on Facebook). As school went on, the amount of photos I was taking - and thus, was uploaded to this album - was dwindling. I just didn't have any time at all to dedicate to photography anymore, especially working a part-time job as well. And, looking back at some of my favorites that I'd taken to date, the material I came up with was pretty lacklustre in comparison. To me, my K-5 and 43mm (in second semester that became a 31mm) just wasn't worth bringing to school anymore, especially with 3-4 notebooks and my Macbook Air in tow. It was too chunky for me, and taking it out of my (already large) school bag wasn't worth the trouble half the time. More than once, I saw a shot that could have potential, and walked by because I was tired and didn't want to dig my camera out. And with a bagfull of school crap, I didn't want another kilo weighing me down by carrying it outside and on my neck constantly.

When the X-Pro1 was announced, I paid attention. Over the upcoming weeks, not a single link from google related to that camera was left unclicked. However, as time went on, I realized what I really wanted was a lens that wasn't quite what was out yet for that system. I found my FA 31 to be great except a lot of times, I wished it were a little wider. More and more, I began to think that a 35mm lens (FF equivalent) was the lens for me. And the lack of any special close-focussing ability was, at times, annoying. So the more I thought about it, the more I realized that the X100, the camera that I shrugged at when the K-5 was released, was the camera for me. Well, long story short, I bought it. The same day I bought it, I happened to have a dance show to shoot, and I decided why the hell not, let's bring the X100 along. So K-5 + my 3 limiteds and X100 shot the show... Out of around 300 shots from the Fuji and 600 from my Pentax system, the breakdown in the end was about 50 Fuji shots and 30 Pentax shots that I kept. Here're a few...

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As I reviewed my images, the Pentax shots looked meh to me, half the time - a feeling that'd been growing for a while. Maybe it was just my copy, but no matter what adjustment I keyed in, my K-5 seemed to front focus ever so slightly in low light, and this show wasn't an exception. I quickly grew tired of seeing that tell-tale green fringing in Lightroom. With the X100, on the other hand, the contrast-detect AF worked beautifully. Especially with the V1.20 firmware, I definitely didn't experience slow AF from the X100, as early adopters did. For me, it was as responsive as I'd expect from a decent CDAF camera (though, admittedly, the new olympuses (olympi?) that I'd tried out are much faster). And the beauty of it was that contrast detect, unless it picks the wrong subject, never misses. It's deadly accurate, and not once did I discard a shot due to it being out of focus. That was bloody remarkable to me. Also, while shooting, the hybrid viewfinder worked amazingly. It's hard to explain why, but the ability to see outside your frame and compose your shots without having to be hampered by shallow DoF (something I thought would be more beneficial, initially), and see your frame at the time of shutter release was remarkable to me. Not once did I put the X100 on continuous burst mode, and not once did I feel the need to. Every shot I took with it, I took at the exact moment I wanted to. Of course, due to my not being used to its VF, I also included/excluded subjects from the frame and got unlevel shots more often than I would've on my K-5, but that's more user error than anything.

And reviewing the images on my laptop and while editing, the image quality didn't disappoint. I know what DxOmark gave this sensor, but to me, it's about on-par with the K-5. Qualitatively speaking, it seems to be more detailed than my K-5 shots at high ISO, while also grainier. Give and take. As far as DR goes, the K-5's got it beat, but not by a huge margin. And the little Fujinon 23/2 lens...Spectacular. While it's a little harder to get bokehlicious shots with it, more due to its widerish field of view than anything, I have to say - if a lens of its calibre were available in interchangeable form, it'd easily be equivalent to the FA Limiteds series. Its build quality isn't quite as tight/cold/solid as I'm used to, but its image quality is definitely right up there. It's more FA31 than FA43 - smooth, reliable performance, sharp corner to corner whenever, regardless of aperture, if not always having that 3D wide-open bite.

Colours and contrast on this thing are phenomenal. I feel that, out of camera, it's better than the K-5, D7000, and 60D (the latter two being cameras I fool around with while at work (I'm a sales associate at a consumer electronics store). It always has a great pop to it that I just can't get enough of. Skin tones are excellent - my girlfriend is significantly less reluctant to let me take shots of her with this camera than she ever was with my K-5. The way this camera renders colours and tones and hues is just something I haven't seen or experienced before. It's really pretty remarkable. That's not to say the K-5 is bad, just that the X100 is extra great.

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(yes I do realize the irony of posting a B&W portrait after banging on and on about colours and skin tones. But I like this shot and I process the crap out of whatever I shoot anyways, so, egh.)

And finally, size and weight. This thing is tiny compared to the K-5, which in turn is minuscule next to the goliath D7000s, 60Ds, 7Ds, etc. Its lens is about the size of a FA43, +/- 0.5cm probably. And it weighs just a bit more than half a K-5 with no lens attached. I don't feel it at all in my school bag, and I can pull it out any time. Just having a camera on me, being able to take it anywhere, is just awesome for me. It lets me grab shots that were previously impossible - because I didn't have a camera on me. As the saying goes, the best camera's the one you've got on you.



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Shot on campus, around sunset. I've passed by these windows a million times wishing I had my K-5 on me, and never did.



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I think these last few show off the contrasty pop this camera has pretty well.

Anyways, that more or less wraps up my ramble. As of a few days ago, the last of my Pentax gear has been craigslisted and sold - which, for a full-time student, is also a huge financial aid. The benefit of that was definitely a factor in this switch, too. The only things I've got left are my Takumars, in case I ever wanna fool around with film (or, maybe, a FF camera down the road). I hope I don't offend anyone with my comments regarding the K-5/Pentax throughout my post. I wrote this all more or less on the fly, didn't really plan it out. So some statements may be exaggerated a bit, all are just my qualitative, non-conclusive opinions, etcetc. There are some shots I've gotten on my Pentax system that just blow my mind.

And I still think, for a photographer who enjoys using prime lenses, there's nothing like Pentax. I've been toying with the idea of saving up money and getting a FF Canon or Nikon system, but it's pretty tough to find something equivalent to a K-5 + DA 15 + FA 31 + FA 77 without dropping $7k+. Which isn't very realistic for me. But my next major photographic purchase, if not an X200, might just be an investment into FF. And then have two systems from there - the Fuji Xwhateverhundred line, and then the FF camera + lenses. Maybe a 5D3, 35L, 50L, 85L. I could start doing some pro shooting with my (Canon) buddy on the side then, too, or have a "serious" camera to bring around when I go on photography-oriented road-trips. And then my X100 for casual settings. Who knows. But if I do go back into SLRs, it'll definitely be FF - I've been craving that super-shallow, 3D-riffic look for a while now.

But for now...X100, all the way. I can't wait to just take a day off from life, hit the road, and properly take this thing through its paces.



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Forum: Lens Clubs 02-03-2012, 02:15 PM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By jaieger
Replies: 10,710
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Just awesome.
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-23-2012, 11:11 PM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By jaieger
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Really like this one, Chris!
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-23-2012, 10:15 AM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By jaieger
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I recently let go of the FA43 and my old K-x in favour of the one and only 31mm. A few recents from a ski trip I took right after it arrived :)


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Forum: Lens Clubs 01-05-2012, 05:46 PM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By jaieger
Replies: 9,723
Views: 1,490,303
Thanks frogfish!


Thanks Chris, appreciate it! Unfortunately school's starting back up again. This time I'm going to make a bit more of an effort to work photography into everything, but it won't always be possible. Anyways, one more big push before school really starts up. I apologize in advance for the pretty long post....


All with the 43mm.


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Forum: Lens Clubs 12-31-2011, 01:55 PM  
Takumar club
Posted By jaieger
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Some of my favorites of December were taken with my Super-Tak 50/1.4:







Forum: Lens Clubs 12-31-2011, 01:54 PM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By jaieger
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Haven't had much time for photography between school/work, but now that it's the holidays, made some time for it ^___^
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-31-2011, 01:53 PM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By jaieger
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Happy new year's (eve)!

Some from the FA43 in the past few weeks:

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Forum: Lens Clubs 12-12-2011, 02:39 PM  
Takumar club
Posted By jaieger
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A few random shots just messing around while on a study break :)








Both super-tak 50/1.4, wide-open.
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-12-2011, 08:57 PM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By jaieger
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Forum: Lens Clubs 11-12-2011, 08:55 PM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By jaieger
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First photowalk in a while - it felt damn good to have a camera bag, and not a school bag on. Pretty typical tri/quad-polar vancouver weather, with lighting, rain, super high wind, and sunshine within about 30 minutes of each other. All taken with the FA43

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Forum: Lens Clubs 11-09-2011, 11:29 PM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By jaieger
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Gorgeous.
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-09-2011, 11:29 PM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By jaieger
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Life as a first-year university student and part-time sales associate doesn't allow for much photography time... AlwaysBringCamera is a pretty good principle to adopt in this case. Some shots from campus:











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