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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-01-2010, 06:20 AM  
focal length
Posted By Myltlpny
Replies: 48
Views: 9,329
My point wasn't so much about the magnification of the viewfinder as that objects appeared the same in all three cameras with three different 50mm lenses. When I looked at a picture on the wall for instance, the picture appeared to be the same relative size in all three cameras. All that changed was the field of view, which is what I expected. If I zoomed out my 18-55mm to get the same field of view with my Kx as I did with my ME Super, the focal length was somewhere around 35mm in the Kx and that same picture appeared smaller, again as expected. It wasn't a scientific experiment by any means, but it helped to clear up the confusion over what I had read (or mis-read) vs. my experience with film cameras.
I'm still rather new to DSLR, so I'm finding I'm having to re-learn or adapt to the technology. I shot 35mm film for years and while many of the concepts are the same, I find myself trying to make parallels to my film experience to better understand the technology, and these forums have helped immensely.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-31-2010, 05:58 AM  
focal length
Posted By Myltlpny
Replies: 48
Views: 9,329
This is a very timely thread. I was just working out the same issues. I had read in several places confusing articles regarding focal length and crop factors and they just didn't seem to make sense to me; the inference seemed to indicate greater magnification.
As a bit of an experiment, I pulled out my old ME Super with a 1.4 50mm lens, and compared it to my K100D and KX, with a 1.4 FA 50mm, and my DA 18-55 set at 50mm. I swapped lenses around to all cameras and the only difference was the field of view. Magnification was the same for all three cameras, irregardless of the lens used, which is what I would have expected.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-14-2010, 07:45 AM  
New Kx and lens question.
Posted By Myltlpny
Replies: 5
Views: 1,664
Thanks for putting the thread in the proper forum. I was undecided if I should put it in the lens or camera forums. I was thinking it was more of a compatibility issue between the lens and camera.

As for which lens to use, it sounds like the lens coming with the new camera will be used for work. Thanks.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-13-2010, 09:36 PM  
New Kx and lens question.
Posted By Myltlpny
Replies: 5
Views: 1,664
Hello everyone. I've been away from the forum for a while, but there's so much great information here, I wanted to tap your collective brains.
I currently own a K100D with several of the DA series lenses, including the DA 18-55 kit lens. I just purchased a Kx camera (not here yet) with a DA-L 18-55 kit lens with the idea that I'd use my K100d for work (I'm a building designer) and the Kx for personal use. I like landscape and architectural photography.
On to my question. Which lens should I use for the Kx? Keep the DA series lens for use on the Kx, or go ahead and use the DA-L it comes with? I know the "L" stands for "Limited", but I can't tell in what way. Which lens is better? I don't need a really great lens for work, so which ever is the better lens is the one I want for personal use. I've searched the forum and read the reviews for both lenses but need some comparison between the two lenses. Thanks for your help.
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-13-2009, 03:33 PM  
Photographing Cars--> Advice
Posted By Myltlpny
Replies: 29
Views: 9,067
I agree. I have a car I like to take to shows, and I always bring my camera. A circular polarizer not only deepens the color, but reduces glare from the windows and chrome tirm. I stick that on the end of my 18-55mm lens and that pretty much covers everything. A wide angle lens at shows is almost mandatory. It allows you to get closer to the vehicle, so other spectators aren't in the shot.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-02-2008, 06:32 PM  
Poll: Contest Poll Contest #19 Voting
Posted By Myltlpny
Replies: 41
Views: 12,466
Wow, some tough choices there!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-22-2008, 06:51 PM  
A-50mm f/.1.4. The deal of the week. I think.
Posted By Myltlpny
Replies: 8
Views: 2,626
Well, for 40 bucks I guess you couldn't go wrong. That's not a bad lens if it's as good as it sounds.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-22-2008, 06:45 PM  
New Technology meets old Technology. Pentax K10D / Ford Model A
Posted By Myltlpny
Replies: 2
Views: 2,979
That's a great car and a great story to go with it.
I have a show car myself, and love going to the car shows. I get to meet lots of great, friendly people, take lots of pictures, and (according to my Wife) am forced to sit and relax for a while. Something I'm not prone to do.:D
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-22-2008, 06:40 PM  
Finally did it! Just got my K100D with Kit lens 2gb and 4GB cards!
Posted By Myltlpny
Replies: 5
Views: 1,906
I've had my K100D a year now, and have been having a blast with it.
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-22-2008, 06:35 PM  
Neutral density Filters vs. exposure compensation
Posted By Myltlpny
Replies: 16
Views: 6,283
In bright conditions a neutral density filter will allow you to keep your aperature open wider when you want a shallower depth of field. Normally, in a bright situation, you'd have to stop down to a smaller F-stop which will extend your depth of field.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-21-2008, 06:04 AM  
K100D Remote?
Posted By Myltlpny
Replies: 11
Views: 7,875
I bought one off eBay for something like 8 dollars that works surprisingly well. It has a button that allows you to trip the shutter, and the button slides forward to lock the shutter open in bulb mode.
This isn't exactly the one I got, but it's similar:
Remote Shutter Release for Pentax K100D K10D as CS-205 - eBay (item 250206777863 end time Jan-22-08 01:00:00 PST)
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-19-2008, 09:33 AM  
Soft-Focus Filters, Or Photoshop?
Posted By Myltlpny
Replies: 53
Views: 13,914
This is actually a very timely thread for me. I've been looking at getting a soft focus filter for my K100d. I knew the camera had some internal filters, but I prefer to compose the shot through the viewfinder, no electronically.
Of the digital filters, I prefer shot #2 of the violin. The other digital filters seemed to alter the overall definition, almost like it wasn't soft focus but out of focus, if that makes sense.
However, Shot #10 with the Tiffen filter seems the best overall. It has a nice focus and color, yet still has a softness to it.
While I'll probably do some experimenting with the internal filters, I think I will look into picking up a glass filter. It's not like I don't have a bunch already.
Thanks a bunch.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-19-2008, 09:15 AM  
Should I buy k100d super 2 lens kit?
Posted By Myltlpny
Replies: 13
Views: 2,264
I have the K100D along with both those lenses and I like it a lot. My Wife just bought me the 50mm 1.4 prime lens for Christmas, so I'm pretty well set. For now.
I think the package deal sounds OK, not a steal, but not bad either. Given that it's your first DSLR, buying from a local dealer may have its advantages if you have any problems.
And as the others mentioned, should you decide to upgrade in a couple of years, those lenses should still be interchangeable.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-18-2008, 06:58 AM  
Oops!!!
Posted By Myltlpny
Replies: 12
Views: 1,843
You know, when I want to change or rotate all four tires, I put the car up on jackstands. It's easier to get to the lugnuts.
Hopefully, nobody was hurt.
Forum: General Talk 01-16-2008, 08:38 PM  
Can they really do this?
Posted By Myltlpny
Replies: 29
Views: 3,470
It's rather interesting seeing two of my interests converge like this. I'm a Mustang enthusiast myself. My user ID is myltlpny, or My Little Pony, a reference to my Mustang. I've been keeping an eye on this topic on both BMC forum and the AllFordMustangs forum. The hysterics were, at times, laughable.
I deal with copyrite issues all the time in my line of work, and I'm sure many on this forum do as well. Ford's position was nothing new, nor was it out of line. The rumors and misinformation just escalated to the point where it became a huge issue for no reason. That said, I thought Ford's response directly to the forum really hit the mark with the enthusiasts and cleared the air. And judging from the reactions of other forum members was greatly appreciated. So, thanks, fomocona.
Forum: General Talk 12-25-2007, 06:43 PM  
Santa Clause came and went. No Photography equipment for me.
Posted By Myltlpny
Replies: 14
Views: 1,906
I got the 50mm 1.4 lens for my K100d I've been coveting. It was a complete surprise.:lol:
I also got a book on digital SLR photography which looked interesting. Lots of info on not only digital photography, but the software and techniques to edit the pictures.
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-25-2007, 06:34 PM  
Save your LCD
Posted By Myltlpny
Replies: 15
Views: 4,153
Great idea. I've also had good luck with some screen savers I had left over from my PDA. Like you, I trimmed it to fit.
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-28-2007, 06:33 AM  
Poll: Poll: Let's talk about bokeh
Posted By Myltlpny
Replies: 21
Views: 4,418
While I've been playing around with photography for over 20 years, bokeh is not a term I've come across until I joined this forum. That's why I joined a forum, to learn new things.
So, if I'm understanding the term correctly, bokeh is the comparative depth of field for lenses of comparable focal length, aperature, etc. Is that a fair statement?
By the way, I liked photo #1. The background was the least distracting and highlighted the flower better.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-26-2007, 05:15 AM  
Hand strap for K100D?
Posted By Myltlpny
Replies: 13
Views: 2,584
I use a leather hand strap I picked up off e-Bay for about $12.00. I absolutely love it. I have the straps adjusted so it fits my hand well, yet it's still easy to get on and off. You do have to loosen the knob on the mounting bracket to get to the battery door, but it's no big deal. I just couldn't stand having the camera hanging around my neck anymore. Half the time I found myself cradling the camera with my hand anyway, either because it was too heavy or it was getting in the way. I'd like to get another one for my ME Super.
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-19-2007, 05:14 AM  
ProDigital - EBay
Posted By Myltlpny
Replies: 21
Views: 6,877
I bought my 50-200mm zoom lens from ProDigital and was very happy with them. Prompt shipping and excellent packaging. Their prices were good, too.
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-12-2007, 05:01 PM  
rebate problems
Posted By Myltlpny
Replies: 57
Views: 7,979
I just got my $50 rebate on my zoom lens. I couldn't believe it given my experience with my first rebate. Actually, it was pretty quick.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-12-2007, 04:57 PM  
K100D battery peroblem
Posted By Myltlpny
Replies: 19
Views: 8,515
Your point on the Pre-charged Kodak batteries lasting longer is very interesting. I thought they were just a gimick when I saw them. I may have to reconsider my position. I think more research is in order.
Thanks.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-12-2007, 04:57 AM  
Recommended settings in K100d
Posted By Myltlpny
Replies: 9
Views: 2,407
Nice pictures. I'm going to have to try getting into program mode, the difference is quite dramatic.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-12-2007, 04:53 AM  
K100D battery peroblem
Posted By Myltlpny
Replies: 19
Views: 8,515
I have two sets of Kodak rechargeable batteries that work very well. They hold their charge a long time, and were only like $7.00/ set. No issues whatsoever.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-08-2007, 04:47 AM  
Spicy FA 50 f/1.4 for lunch photos
Posted By Myltlpny
Replies: 3
Views: 2,674
I've been very interested in getting that lens to round out my kit. Your excellent pictures make me want it even more. The color and depth of field are great.
The kid's cute, too.:D
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