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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-22-2019, 08:31 PM  
New K-series DSLR under development to be exhibited
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 3,487
Views: 291,837
I've been away from here for a long time. In large part because of pentax going full frame. I just can't afford to replicate my glass (by use) in full frame and I've been loathe to invest further into k-mount aps-c glass on entry level bodies. This stuff is good news.

While I see where it looks like it may be near production state, remember we live in the world of 3d printing with metal. The stuff that's hard to do is the production injection molded plastics and bits with overmolded rubber bits. And almost everything there is borrowed from existing stock.

If the guts weren't near production, we probably wouldn't be talking 2020. But the closer you get to the outside, the less that is written in stone I suspect. (2020 can be 15 months away)

Even if the design is very far along and near production (2020 is just 3 months away), I'll still point at metal 3d printing. It makes it very affordable to keep stuff you want under wraps under wraps as an edited shell can be produced.

That being said, I don't think it will have GPS or an articulated screen if they are smart. But it will have wifi.

Because your smartphone has GPS plus cell tower maps plus wifi maps. Your cell phone also has an lcd you can put anywhere. If they get really smart you add on all the functionality of something like trigger trap too. How nice would it be to have your macro set up mounted and be able to do touch free macro stacking from an app?

Then you take those bits that cost money out of your cameras and leverage the app cost across multiple products. For a real home run you make the video mirroring not just wifi but have a wired low latency mode for more serious video use.

I'll probably be disappointed. I'll style for non garbage video and good af. But if I'm going to dream it'll have a higher sync speed too finally.
Forum: Photo Critique 02-15-2012, 10:39 PM  
People More Fitness Photos
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 10
Views: 3,056
#1 is an excellent B&W conversion. It's very flattering to the subject's skin in my opinion.

#2 I think the sepia tone is not flattering to the subject, although the small image with the details so small might be giving me a negative impression that isn't warranted in full resolution. I think if you went with the B&W tone you got in #1, you could wind up with a nice daguerreotype kind of style. (I do hate trying to spell that word correctly)

#3 isn't really doing anything for me.
Forum: Photo Critique 02-15-2012, 10:19 PM  
People Help with skin tones
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 16
Views: 2,733
For All of Schraubstock's condescending tone, I think his output is very cold. While the woman just looks like the victim of harsh flash, the man is verging into the realm of retro-color processing in my opinion.

I like Fg-one's white balance fix better in terms of the color temps of the whites in the image. However, my take was that the OP wanted it warmed, but not as warmed as his flash filter made it.

The white t-shirt is a good familiar tone to work off of, and in general I keep the sclera of the eye and teeth in mind when messing with color tone in anything with people as the dominating focus of the composition. For this individual picture, I think you also want to see the multiple colors to the earing, and tried to warm up the pic a little so her sclera didn't look as cool, while trying to not push his eyes into looking like he's having an allergy attack.

My take is close to fg-one's, but I tried keep in mind that raging tornado was intending to warm it some. Dunno if it is too subtle to survive variations in color calibration of one's monitor though. About 10 seconds of work in PS CS5, I wouldn't call the process fiddly.

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Forum: General Talk 01-03-2012, 09:56 PM  
Ohio man "accidently" shoots and kills Amish girl
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 31
Views: 3,271
I'm a gun owner and dig shooting in a big way, but I'm a RESPONSIBLE gun owner. If this were the result of say a bad slip and fall issue while attempting to use the gun in a normal manner, I'd consider the notion that it was jsut an accident. Same if there was a mechanical malfunction of the firearms.

However, when you wildly misuse a firearm in a manner that is clearly and obviously dangerous to others around you, you are negligent. When your negligence creates a situation that could obviously result in another's unintended death, there is depraved indifference. That is manslaughter. I see little difference between some moron shooting in the air to celebrate the new year and killing someone, and the idiot cited in the original post.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-03-2012, 09:50 PM  
The bad habits of new photographers
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 19
Views: 2,857
Your list is kind of odd. LBA is bad, but buying bodies instead of lenses is also bad. Chimping is bad, but not checking to make sure your ISO is set right is also bad. Also, what's wrong with fixing stuff in post. Back in the darkroom days, I shot to push process when I got caught out with film not quite up to something I wanted to try, why is doing the same digitally a bad thing? Or leaving it up to post processing to deal with multiple color temperature lighting?

6 and 7 I'll give you though.
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 12-21-2011, 02:05 PM  
Noise: Am I doing something wrong?
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 22
Views: 3,633
I think if you plan on shooting by the seat of your pants, this assessment is spot on. At 6400 you can fix a number of small mistakes and produce a very usable shot with some judicious post production applied.

If you are good at nailing it straight out of the camera under conditions where 12800 are needed, they can be useful especially when scaled down.

most of the time I limit max iso to 6400 because I'm probably indoors shooting something without a lot of prep.
Forum: General Talk 07-22-2011, 07:57 PM  
Borders closing all stores
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 20
Views: 3,274
B&N might not have been much different on paper, but they were less stupid.

They both stunk at selling most things non-book. Borders dedicated about 50% of their floor space to it. B&n much less so. B&n also got onto the cafe business while an overpriced cup of coffee was something people wanted.

B&n also created an online sales channel while borders pretended the Internet was a passing fad. Borders finally realized it wasn't, and invited the fox to camp out inside the henhouse.

B&n also didn't over expand as badly at the wrong time. They did so when the economy was better and a misstep like that was less fatal.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-06-2011, 03:04 PM  
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 8
Views: 2,440
I'll give you my answer form my experience with the k10d.

I really wouldn't use it at a higher iso setting than 400 for an indoor shot that is reasonably lit to the human eye. MAYBE 800 if you are going to convert to B&W because you effectively convert chroma noise to luminance noise which in B&W, we are conditioned to find more acceptable.

Having taken mine to the new york auto show with my sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5 lens, I could get something serviceable form any of the very well lit dais type displays, but most of the generic floor displays where the cars are just out there under the basic hall lighting were pretty messy. Also, everything is a mix of light sources with a lot of tinted sodium vapor type lamps. You will have to know how to set a custom white balance if you want something that looks good out of camera without any post processing. You can shoot with a fast lens, in raw, and underexpose a bit, and you can go home with some thing not horrifically noisy that you can salvage. IMO I do think you are at the ragged edge of the abilities of the k-10d + a 2.8 lens to get you something nice looking as the shallow DOF is not necessarily your friend in the shooting situations you will be stuck with with large crowds close up.
Forum: General Talk 04-13-2011, 04:52 PM  
Sugar more harmful than thought?
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 38
Views: 5,728
The guys got tunnel vision. Replace 'sugar' with 'high glycemic load carbohydrates', and the point is pretty solid.
Forum: General Talk 04-07-2011, 02:08 PM  
so people buying dslr usually have little interest in videography
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 28
Views: 4,063
I like video. However good video takes a LOT more planning than a good picture.
Forum: General Talk 04-05-2011, 12:47 PM  
Richard Prince loses BIGTIME in court
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 10
Views: 2,238
How so? Most of what he was doing wasn't even close to fair use. It was essentially the equivalent of slapping someone else's work on a copy stand and MAYBE cropping a little.

The difference between him an a xerox machine is that he claims what he did was art, and thus fair use.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-01-2011, 01:21 PM  
So... why get a printer?
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 30
Views: 7,660
I'm with you on this. So far, I'll tell you what I have got.

1) Availability. If inspiration and or free time aare available at 2am, someplace open 9-5 doesn't necessarily help you much.

2) Travel. This covers both convenience and cost. I'm 15-20 minutes form where I like getting my prints, and they are cheap. Some people may be 2 hours from the nearest place they can get reliable color profiled printing. Travel can affect cost significantly.

3) Consistency and control. You have the printer, digital darkroom, and the camera. You are in control of the process. You should be able to get what you want the way you want. You also are responsible for servicing the equipment so you know when things have changed.

4)It's art. There's LOTS of weird things you can do with printers. I've been reading digital alchemy: printmaking techniques for fine art, photography, and mixed media. I ahve to say I didn't think about trying a lot of those things with a printer despite being aware of the techniques using other media.
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 03-31-2011, 01:22 PM  
K5 is here, battery is charging, some concerns
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 12
Views: 3,072
It's not more flimsy. The k10 mode dial stays put by means of a hefty detent which makes it harder to move from position to position. The k-5 has a button to lock/unlock it. Which means the dial is permitted to move easily while it is unlocked. You are equating less friction to feeling cheaper. It's all in your head. Materials wise, they are similar as far as i can tell, but the k-5 is manufactured nicer, and has less potential for the lockup wearing out over time.
Forum: General Talk 03-31-2011, 01:15 PM  
China to overtake US on scientific publication
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 11
Views: 2,065
The important phrase from the article.

"One key indicator of the value of any research is the number of times it is quoted by other scientists in their work.

Although China has risen in the "citation" rankings, its performance on this measure lags behind its investment and publication rate."

Beyond that, looking at the US education system as the source of the problem is counter-intuitively enough, the wrong way to look at the problem. Yes, our education system has problems. The reality is that you can look at all these charts and say we aren't minting enough scientists. In fact we mint too many for our employment market post graduation. I work at a university. When the bottom 80% of your class is unemployable as anything other than a lab temp, the market is saturated. Yes, we might have a shortage of smart people who love subject matter X enough to brave that job market, but in reality a smart person isn't going to subject themselves to that. They choose a different field.

I mean when I can change majors and not have to work hard to be in the top 5% of my class, not have to deal with a department that loads you down with less relevant foundation courses they make deliberately hard to wash people out, and not fight tooth and nail to be underpaid in the job market, I'll do that unless I'm an idiot.

When I can do that and have better prospects of higher income, you even catch some of the people that do love the science and the research, but would prefer to not be a migrant worker with a PhD.

You aren't fixing that in the public school system.
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-30-2011, 02:29 PM I need software?
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 15
Views: 3,890
I'll say what the above are beating around the bush about while still trying ot be helpful.

Post an example. Preferably with EXIF information intact. Beyond that, you may want to state what software you have used to try to remove noise, and a before and after example so we know what you are complaining about.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-28-2011, 12:08 PM  
Why is there no updating in PS???
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 26
Views: 6,006
Lets see. You bought your enlarger. It still works, but you also don't ask the company that made it to do any thing for you or upgrade it in any way for free. It works the way it worked when you bought it with the parts and components it worked with at that time.

Your software works with exactly what it worked with at that time in much the same way. But you expect Adobe to upgrade it to be compatible with stuff that didn't exist then for free when they are in the business of making software for money.

Shoot in DNG and it should work. If you want PEF support for a camera that does not put out the same thing in it's PEF files as previous ones do, you will have to pay someone for that.

If you think adobe's products are too expensive, there is a long list of competitors. Pretty much all of them make a point of competing on price.
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 03-27-2011, 06:47 PM  
K5 only $1299 with Free Shipping at BH Photo until April 2nd!
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 50
Views: 8,112

I waited for quite some time to get the k-5 and still got whacked with a gotta have it now tax.

Ah well. It's an awesome camera.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 03-25-2011, 10:39 AM  
'Diary of a Salesman' - Short Film shot entirely on PENTX KX
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 18
Views: 4,501
You might want to edit the original post to add NSFW language. Doesn't affect me personally, but in some workplaces it can be an issue.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-18-2011, 11:59 AM  
CS5 glitches: computer restarts on its own and ...
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 28
Views: 6,814
The thing I would do first, is this.

Check to see if you have automatic updates on. If so, round up the latest drivers from the preferred vendors for your hardware. update all drivers with these.

Windows update pushes some generic drivers that SUCK. Specifically the realtek HD audio and network card drivers.

The sound one caused me no ends of headaches on my system until I replaced it with the preferred driver by my motherboard's manufacturer.

Odds are what is actually happenign is a blue screen of death. However, since XP, the default behavior of windows is to, if possible, automatically restart on a BSOD.

You can go to control panel->system and security->system then click on advanced system settings, and choose startup and recovery settings from the pop up. Under system failure, you will see automatically restart checked by default. Uncheck it.

That way if you BSOD, at least you will se the system has halted due to an error and might have a better idea of what needs fixing.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-16-2011, 10:47 AM  
Upgrade Photoshop now or in a couple of months?
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 15
Views: 5,487
Going by the previous schedule, CS6 should hit October 2011.

I bit on CS5 extended from CS2. In general, for what I use it for, I find that given the price I have to wait as long as Adobe will let me get away with.

That being said, I find the CS5 is one of the more solid releases where a lot of the "wow" features from CS2-4 that made the press releases finally work in a manner that makes them actually pretty good. In addition, the new "wow" features for CS5 are much closer to what they promised than many of those announced in the past. It's wrapped in a good UI, and workflow was improved for a lot of more complex tools.

IMO CS5 is a very satisfying release compared to some in the past. However, compared to CS4, it's mostly polish and the content aware fill stuff. If you are sensible, wait for CS6.
Forum: Photo Critique 03-16-2011, 10:30 AM  
People First fashion shoot
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 5
Views: 2,509
Ah, gratuitous lens flare. Very 1995.
Forum: General Talk 03-12-2011, 05:23 PM  
Texas Voter ID Law exempts elderly and gun owners
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 48
Views: 8,304
No, we give every citizen WHO REGISTERS the right to vote. Oddly enough, those places you can get a license? You can get state issued photo ID. Also oddly enough, due to the motor voter bill, you should be able to take care of registering to vote at the same time.

Hmm. How oppressively convenient.
Forum: General Talk 03-12-2011, 05:19 PM  
Republicans: Ban college kids from voting
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 44
Views: 5,457
Your reading comprehension sucks.

what they are talking about is NOT banning absentee ballot voting by college students. What they are talking about is being more strict with residency requirements for college students where they can currently register to vote on election day for elections local to the college they attend (including students attending from out of state), without having established permanent residence.

They want to require they or their parents establish permanent residence status first. Which would not only make the students ACTUAL residents of the districts they are voting in, but also make them ineligible to also cast an absentee ballot for back home and thus get two votes to other voters single vote.

1 person, 1 vote, vote where you live. Sounds truly oppressive and undemocratic, unlike the current system of 1 person 2 votes and lots of fraud.
Forum: General Talk 03-12-2011, 04:56 PM  
another blow against nuclear power
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 234
Views: 26,743
Wow, you are ignorant as hell aren't you.

hmm.. coal fired plants emit more radiation than nuclear power has.

Leave out really, really horrible designs like chernobyl, and you will not see a meltdown. Why? Because the rods that stop reactions drop down into the reactor to stop the reaction. The elevator they are on is made of a material with a lower melting point than the containment vessel. Thus worst case, it gets really hot, melts the "elevator" and shuts down when the carbon rods drop in.

The only risk is from venting radioactive steam, and burning coal releases plenty of naturally occurring radioactive material. Way more in total than all the venting of steam from western reactor designs.

To that I'll add I love seeing the local LNG depot blow up, it does it about every 5 years like clockwork when it's nice and dry out and the horror of static electricity and complacent workers combines.

Also in my lifetime, I've been within a short drive of at least 3 nuclear power plants. in the same span, I have been living fairly close to one natural gas pipeline and one petroleum pipeline. In 30+ years, there have been ZERO issues with the nuke plants, but the natural gas pipeline blew up. It did a fair amount of damage.

As for your statement that nuclear power will never be safe, you aren't already wrong, but your argument about half-life if something might possibly go wrong may also be moot if they start building thorium reactors.

Oh yeah, and even if you live right near one of the few ventings that have occurred from western style reactors, you are probably at greater risk from a lazy doctor prescribing a less tan necessary cat scan to cover his ass due to lawsuits.

NOTHING is safe. You however seem to be very bad at risk assessment.
Forum: General Talk 03-11-2011, 11:24 AM  
Republicans: Ban college kids from voting
Posted By raz-0
Replies: 44
Views: 5,457
Yes, me. In NJ. They couldn't swing some of the rules they wanted for redistricting, so they decided to "bring the voter role up to date." This involved adding bar codes to the voter registration books that to this day are not used for anything. However, LOTS of people disappeared from the voter registration books. If you aren't in the book, you can't vote. Tried to get it sorted out, and they said I couldn't fix it because I was registered. It took three years and a lot of work to get it sorted out finally.

I ran into a few other people who were affected similarly... all were registered republicans at the time. (I change my registration depending on which primary I feel like voting in at the time I had last registered republican).

Then you have registering fake people, the graveyard, etc. The dems do it around here all the time in the more urban areas. They then organize the pizza and cigarettes buses where they gather up poor folks to go and vote under fake names.

ANYPLACE you have a deeply entrenched political machine, you have voter fraud on behalf of the party in control. After a while, you usually get it on the other side as well in those places because it has turned into a dirty fight that nobody plays fair in. That disenfranchises all honest voters regardless of party.

As for college students, I work at a university, and I can tell you that college kids and voting is a problematic issue. Every year there is a heavy push to register college kids. What you often wind up with are a bunch of people who can cast two votes, and many do. The biggest offenders are out of state students being registered and voting here, but also voting via absentee ballot elsewhere. The other big problem are students voting in two local districts because the registration process is not set up to weed out duplicate registration of an individual. That last problem is probably the biggest issue in NJ with regards to "grass roots" voter fraud.

Parties aside, we desperately need proof of residency to register and proof of identity to vote. There's nothing unfair about ensuring 1 person = 1 vote.
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