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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
My beloved 16-85 failure!
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 24
Views: 905
Yes, pathdoc, thanks, I am aware of that... I use to think that way too... but after using the 20-40 ltd lens, I had second thoughts on wide and super-wide lens for 1) not a big fan of lens distortion which is more prominent in wide lens and 2) wide and super-wide scenes can be achieved with software tools to stitch the images together.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
My beloved 16-85 failure!
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 24
Views: 905
Thanks for sharing the threads associated with problems of this lens, which appears to be a manufacturing flaw. I hope the problem has been identified and corrected in the manufacturing process.

I have recently purchased this lens brand new in bulk packaging with no retail box (just caps, hood and serial no.). The serial number indicated on the lens appears to be manufactured recently from Vietnam. I am hoping that it will be problem free and cleared of issues indicated in various threads.

For the OP, I feel your pain... this is probably one of those high-quality (pro-grade) lens that you would want to have when you travel (I do). If the problem as you described is due to a manufacturer issue, perhaps Ricoh 'may' still fix it for you even though it is out of warranty. I suggest you try that route, in the mean time, try renting one or get the DA 18-135 or better yet DA 20-40 Ltd. Good luck...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Thinking of Making a switch away from Pentax. is it right or just gear envy?
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 112
Views: 3,400
I have to agree... I got a 'used' k-1 (with only 100 clicks) in Tokyo here for about 1400, which is IMHO far better than a brand new Canon 6D. I hope you have a chance to handle a k-1 and compare them with Canon, you will know it yourself, which one you prefer. :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Thinking of Making a switch away from Pentax. is it right or just gear envy?
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 112
Views: 3,400
I can understand your dilemma as there are definitely more choices on the Canon side compare to Pentax, which is pretty much true almost everywhere in the world. Like others have suggested, the reason why people choose C&N brand are mostly the availability and high quality lenses (not cheap ones). I have close relatives/friends who shoot/own Canon 6D and Nikon D750, I can honestly say that my k-1 is better than the D750 and far better than the 6D. I am a stage/event photographer, I don't shoot birds or wild-life animal, so I have no need for super fast long lenses, but if you are, then C&N brand may be a better choice for you.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-09-2017, 12:23 AM  
Pentax K3ii SD card slot problem
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 13
Views: 431
I am going to state the obvious... since you said the camera cannot write to the SD card 1, but can the camera reads it? If the card in slot 1 is locked, then the camera can not write to that slot; double check the lock-tab in the SD card...
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-06-2017, 07:44 PM  
K-1 paired with DA20-40 Ltd crop lens
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 3
Views: 669
The FL of that IEC is at 20mm, the widest. I use Silkypix DS Pro for RAW development, which helps a little with the vignetting.
I agree, the edges could be a little soft, but since I am not a 'true' landscape photog/artist, so a little bit of softness on the edge does not really bother me. Besides, I would probably not be using f5.6 aperture if that is what is I am after. :)

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Thanks for sharing your experience as well, I think the vignetting has more to do with aperture then focal length although both have some effect on it. I do find that less vignette around 25-30mm focal length. If I stop down to about f8 or f9 on an outdoor shot, the vignetting effect is less and the usable area exceed the area of APS-C, which is nice.
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-06-2017, 07:28 AM  
K-1 paired with DA20-40 Ltd crop lens
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 3
Views: 669
Hello, I recently acquired a used k-1 while traveling to Japan (due to CBA, :lol:, and don't want to pass up on a good deal with an almost brand new with only 100 shutter count). Except that it does not come with the retail box or manual. I want to try to use my trusted DA 20-40 Ltd lens to see how it works. I seems to work quite well with a little bit vignetting (varies between focal length and aperture). After some AF fine adjustment, I begin to appreciate the k-1 (both the sensor and features) now more than my k-3.
Here are few sample shots (one of them is close to 40-50% crop from original) just to see the amount of details it retains. So far, I like it very much...



Here is the cropped jpeg image of the MayBach car show model


Here is one that I took as I was leaving the Tokyo Big Sight (International Exhibition Center)
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 11-06-2017, 12:24 AM  
trying to find a good but not too expensive hand strap for my k-1
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 16
Views: 586
Thanks, I often shoot with 2 cameras (one at a time), I can appreciate getting too much strain on the wrist if I have to carry the camera all the time, I change camera whenever I see fit, so it is not staying in my hand all the time. I agree that the k-1 is a bit heavier to carry than the current APS-C cameras, but it seems only slight heavier, not by much (without the grip which I don't see).



Thanks... but I would like see what is available with decent quality at reasonable price.



I like the idea of belt mount, thanks, I will look into it a bit more.



Thanks for the heads up, Tas, I would definitely good thru the threads you suggested and go from there. I was seriously looking into the Spider Pro hand strap... thanks for the link and discussion. Now, I am looking for something else, perhaps and belt clip hoster...
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 11-05-2017, 09:05 PM  
trying to find a good but not too expensive hand strap for my k-1
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 16
Views: 586
I am wondering how many of you are using hand strap instead of the neck strap that comes with k-1? I use a generic (chinese made) hand strap on my k-3 when I shoot events. I want to get perhaps a better quality one for my k-1. Anyone current using hand strap with your k-1 and would like to share your thoughts on it? TIA.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-29-2017, 12:52 AM  
K-3II broke down, need to buy new camera in Kanazawa or Kyoto
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 22
Views: 1,051
I suppose you could go to BIC camera or MAP camera online store, order the camera and have them shipped to where you are in Japan. Even some smaller stores, such as "Don Quijote" may carry k-3 or k-3II; saw a new k-3/18-135 combo in one of the stores in mid-town Roppongi the other day.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-28-2017, 05:53 AM  
K3 (or other cameras) and DA* Lens Question
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 21
Views: 938
I don't use a grip at all with any lenses on my k-3, k-5 etc. I would prefer the lighter weight if I can help it because I use a third-party hand-strap, not the original should strap. I guess it is just a matter taste and getting use to whatever you feel is comfortable.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-27-2017, 02:36 AM  
best cam for sports and nature/landscape
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 17
Views: 650
Yes, I agree you will likely find the price difference be around 150 or less, depending on the condition. And you will likely kick yourself a couple years down the road that you should have picked up the k-3 instead. Unless of course, you plan to pick up the k-3 II (which has pixel shift feature for far better landscape photography) later.

As far as the jpeg out of the k-3 vs k-5 IIs, most likely cleaner straight from camera. But like you, I never shoot jpeg, always RAW and use Silkypix RAW development software, the jpeg from the k-3 are clean as whistle every time since noise removal is done directly to the RAW file before converting to jpeg. And the extra pixels come in handy when I have to crop (even aggressively at times). Good luck with your choice. But either way, you will be happy with the k-3 or k-5IIs over your older k-50.
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-26-2017, 07:43 PM  
My K-3 wants an external flash
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 7
Views: 727
I would suggest getting the AF 360FGZ II if you can afford it... compatibility and versatility of this flash is almost indispensable for my type of photography. I carry it with me all the time, day or night, indoor or outdoor. IMHO the front facing LED is so nice to have essentially providing two light sources in hot-shoe flash setup. Besides, it can be used for short and quick video shooting as well. I used to carry two flashes with me when shooting events like weddings and birthday events. I just need to bring the 360FGZ II with me now. You can opt to get the more powerful one such as 540FGZ II, but I just prefer the smaller (and less power) one for my style of photography (prefer less artificial lighting).
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-26-2017, 07:28 PM  
best cam for sports and nature/landscape
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 17
Views: 650
I have both k-5 IIs and k-3, both are fine cameras for nature and landscape photography. As for sports, it all depends on what type of sports and how much you want out of it. For my kind of photography (dance, stage shows), that is not really a problem at all, although others may say they can't compete with Canikony models.

As for which one k-5 IIs or k-3. I choose my k-3 almost all the time, and use k-5 IIs as a second or backup camera only. There are several advantages in the k-3 over k-5IIs, the biggest one is the ability to crop as much as you wish since the files have more pixels. Besides that, I find the k-3 to have better auto-focus system and more accurate white balance than the k-5 IIs. In general, you can find a used k-5IIs for a few hundred dollars and a k-3 for a little more. So, if I were you, I would get the k-3 unless of course you can find a more attractively priced k-5 IIs.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-02-2017, 04:24 PM  
Is the new DA 20-40mm a worthy alternative to the DA 21 and DA 40 ltd?
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 32
Views: 2,014
Don't forget you are also getting focal lengths such as 24, 28 and 30 which are quite handy... :)
You are also getting a nicely crafted lens with HD (newer) coating; it is quite compact and light for a zoom lens,



Although you may think of it as a slower lens on the long end compare to the DA 40 at f4, 24-32 at f3.5... it is by no means compromised in image quality (although I have no way to compare to the DA21 and DA40). This is my regular everyday lens and have used it quite often for all my event photography. My copy of this lens is very sharp especially when it is stopped down to f5.6-f8.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-07-2017, 09:01 AM  
Thoughts on use of digital filters in post processing
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 24
Views: 1,083
@dcshooter, I am sensing that we do share some common values here in terms of philosophy and techniques such as "camera's don't/can't read minds and can't interpret images like our human eyes" and "we want our produced images as close to 'reality' as much as possible".



One of the reasons I prefer Silkypix over Lightroom/Photoshop with Nik plug-in is that the digital filters are applied directly in RAW development instead of JPEG file in Lightroom (I could be wrong though as I am not sure the Nik plug-in can be applied to RAW file in Lightroom).

Let me qualify my points further when I mentioned circular digital (correction) filters in my original post. Our traditional thinking of a filter is used to cut down the light (such as ND filters). In the digital world, it can also be applied in the opposite direction as we customary called it a fill-flash technique. Here is a couple of examples, the first one has correction filters applied to the subject's facial feature and second one is using in door fill-flash. Notice in this case, the fill-flash brings out the truer colour of the subject's dress. Of course, in my example, it was my intention to use fill-flash. The flash just did not fire in the first image shown here.

Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-07-2017, 08:05 AM  
Thoughts on use of digital filters in post processing
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 24
Views: 1,083
Agree 100% that not every photo I take but only the ones worth keeping that I would apply digital filter when necessary. With the software tools we have today, it does not take a whole lot of time to apply unless you want to make it meticulously seamless and perfect so no one can notice that it has been post processed.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-06-2017, 08:13 PM  
Should I invest into Canon as well?
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 90
Views: 3,648
To the OP, if you feel that Canon gear gives you the best chance of improve your results then I encourage you to go into Canon... but the fact of a Pentax going out of business rumour is not a very good reason (a lame reason) to switch gears in hope of getting better photos.
Forum: General Photography 07-06-2017, 08:07 PM  
You know you've moved beyond just being merely a camera operator when...
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 22
Views: 1,439
Those are great points.... where is the light coming from? While I agree "Your eyeball is an amazing thing but the camera works a bit differently"; however, this does not bother me at all. With modern day software tools we have today, I don't think that I am overly concern with that as many are easily corrected in post processing.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-06-2017, 07:49 PM  
Thoughts on use of digital filters in post processing
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 24
Views: 1,083
Recently I have been using digital filters quite often in post processing my photos especially in bright sunny day situations. I want to hear from you if you have used one before and if so, what do you think about it.

I use Silkypix Pro 7 version which comes with the digital filter features. The feature works similarly to Nik software (release earlier by Google); the one you can add to Lightroom or Photoshop as plug-in. There are two types of filters that I use, one is the gradient filter, the other is circular filter. The gradient filter works similarly to a physical filter applied in front of the lens in order to get 'blue sky' effect, provided that you have not overexposed the sky beyond recovery. The circular filter works in situation where you would normally applied with fill-flash in shadow areas. There is a subtle difference between a fill-flash effect vs the digital filter effect though as the fill-flash area covers the entire subject affected whereas the circular filter can be applied specifically only to the persons face (usually darkened because of the reflection of light).

Let me know your thoughts on this...
Forum: General Photography 07-06-2017, 07:22 PM  
You know you've moved beyond just being merely a camera operator when...
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 22
Views: 1,439
I want to start a thread to get thoughts and comments on how we progress in our journeys of becoming a "photographer" of our choice; please feel free to chime in with your thoughts and aspirations so we can all benefit and learn from our unique experiences.
(moderator: not sure if this is the right sub-forum for this topic and please feel free to move to where it is more appropriate)

"when you are starting to think more than just the subject of interest, but rather the entire scene"
In this example, I was taking shots of people waiting in line for the school bus to take us to the Canada Day parade starting area, only a few feet away from this when I caught in the corner of my eyes, this beautiful lady posing for the photographer. The natural instinct as common casual shooter would be to go in front of the beautiful model showing her nice form, but instead I took the shot from her back side making sure I got everyone (almost) in sight including the photographer in the picture. Let me know what you think that you could have done...

Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-05-2017, 07:35 PM  
People Niagara Falls cable slide
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 4
Views: 294
It's been a while (at least a few years) since we visited Niagara Falls even though we are only about two-and-half hours drive away from it. I am quite impressed with a few entertainment features such as the "cable slide". Here are a few shots I took at the folks taking the ride. All shots are taken with the DA 18-135 lens. I bet it is a really 'cool' ride but I don't think I would have the courage to try it. I kinda like the dark clouds in the sky as a backdrop creating a dramatic effect.



Forum: Photo Critique 06-13-2017, 08:16 PM  
Nature First Pictures with my New K-50 Downy Woodpecker
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 7
Views: 606
I don't proclaim myself to be a "birder".. but often times I would rather have the bird come to me (my excuse for not using long fast lens :) ). This one I did recently was snapped with the DA18-135 on the k-3.

I agree with Norm that you may have a slight FF problem with the lens or perhaps some minor error in focusing. But you did good nonetheless. When catching something moving such as this, make sure you use continuous shooting mode so you can fire several shots in succession. In fact, in this case, I got 4 or 5 shots all in focus.

Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-07-2017, 05:43 PM  
Suggestions for a flash for weddings and indoor events
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 24
Views: 1,417
if you are serious about becoming a pro or semi-pro photographer, I am going to suggest that you go with the best they can afford... for example, the 360 II or 540 II. Both have the front LED and tilt-swivel head. I can tell you how useful it is (basically a 'shadow' killer) that I don't use the older version any more, not once since I bought version II. As an event photographer, I have no interest in multi-flash setup or remote flash trigger stuff, since everything is real time and fast moving. Good luck..
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-27-2017, 08:21 AM  
Optimum setup for wedding ceremony in church.
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 8
Views: 848
You didn't say whether you are the primary (or the only) photographer in that event... so I would assume that you are just an invited guest and a casual shoot. Then I would agree with the posters suggestion in the above.

However, if you are the primary and only shooter, I would suggest that you forget about your long (tamron 70-200) lens there. There is no use for that at all in that occasion. You stay with the fast but short and medium focal length lenses because you are much closer to the action than anyone else. I am an event photographer and have done many weddings. If you are going to shoot a wedding, a second shooter is almost as essential as the first one.

In your situation, I would suggest that you keep the DA20-40 in the k-3, and DFA-28-105 on the k-1. Keep the 43 and 77 in case you need to swap out th DFA28-105; don't even bother with the 70-200 heavy lens. It is better to get closer (if you are a photographer) than backing out further. That's just IMHO.
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