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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-13-2018, 02:53 PM  
K-1 II AF Fine Tune
Posted By johnkrumm
Replies: 15
Views: 933
Compare to a live view shot of the same, and then a manual focus live view shot on a tripod using electronic shutter. You can then start worrying about shutter shock too. : )


Seriously though, it will help you to see if the focus is working properly at all. My guess is the shot will be sharper.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-12-2018, 12:24 PM  
Enjoying new TT350 that came today
Posted By johnkrumm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,027
The new small Godox arrived for B&H. Seems to be a nice, quality little unit, a great deal for $80. So far I've just used it with the 35 f2 on my K1 and my Ricoh GRll. On the K1 TTL seems to work, but on the GRll it's manual only (though HSF mode works in manual). The GRll does not indicate that a flash is attached, but it still triggers it.

This is a photo with the K1 at 1/800, f2.5 in high speed mode, bouncing off the ceiling, then one with the same settings with the flash off. The third just shows what it looks like on the GR.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-26-2018, 12:46 PM  
Nature Mushrooms
Posted By johnkrumm
Replies: 5
Views: 159


Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-10-2018, 09:24 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By johnkrumm
Replies: 17,322
Views: 1,167,821
This one with the new 50 1.4 appeals to me.

Tree in Magney-Snively Nature Area by John Krumm, on Flickr
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-23-2018, 02:56 PM  
Tablet Recommendations (Pen Variety Possibly...)
Posted By johnkrumm
Replies: 12
Views: 545
My wife got the 12 inch iPad pro through her job and I installed Lightroom on it. Works quite well. The tablet itself is a delight, very powerful, but not at all compact except for being thin. It's the first tablet I could see using as a laptop replacement (while keeping a desktop). I haven't tried the smaller version.


The pen also works well, and I really like the controversial keyboard. To me it feels perfect. Some hate it.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-23-2018, 08:08 AM  
Machinery Buick Wildcat
Posted By johnkrumm
Replies: 2
Views: 185
Could not resist snapping a couple shots of this Buick Wildcat last evening.



Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-12-2018, 06:46 AM  
Comparing DFA* 50mm with 50mm f2.8 MACRO
Posted By johnkrumm
Replies: 35
Views: 2,694
My FA 50 macro 2.8 is an excellent lens. Before the DFA 50 1.4 arrived, it was my most technically well-behaved lens, edge to edge. But now it has returned to mainly macro duty, where it works well. The new lens doesn’t blow it away at the same apertures, but I do like it more.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-15-2018, 09:53 AM  
In the woods with the new DFA 50 1.4
Posted By johnkrumm
Replies: 24
Views: 1,431
My favorite kind of shooting. I like the way it renders. The contrast makes the black and white shots stand out, I think. Shot at f8-f10, with the last one I think at f2.5










Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-15-2018, 11:55 AM  
In the woods with the new DFA 50 1.4
Posted By johnkrumm
Replies: 24
Views: 1,431
Looks great, very nicely layered. I love shooting in the woods. I have tons of shots from the past ten years under the canopy with all sorts of gear. Some of my best shots were taken with the very poorly DXO rated Olympus 4/3 cameras like the 420, 620 and E5. A camera with a lens and a workable tri-pod are the most important tools, and maybe bug spray.
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-07-2018, 06:39 AM  
HD Pentax-D FA* 1:1.4 50mm SDM AW
Posted By johnkrumm
Replies: 113
Views: 12,579
A few recent shots from the new lens... The butterfly shot should have been stopped down, but I was in a hurry...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-09-2018, 02:38 PM  
DPReview manages to do a negative review of the DFA*50
Posted By johnkrumm
Replies: 265
Views: 15,093
Whatever CA there is, and I don't doubt it's there, it's not obvious enough to bother me at all with my images. This is my best corrected lens. Plus, it has lovely contrast and color. Despite its size I find myself looking for reasons to go out and use it. I'm taking more photos and having more fun.
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-06-2018, 01:39 PM  
HD Pentax-D FA* 1:1.4 50mm SDM AW
Posted By johnkrumm
Replies: 113
Views: 12,579
A shot at f1.4, adjusted in Lightroom to taste, with a touch of fake grain added...

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-06-2018, 09:37 AM  
FA 50mm vs D-FA★ 50mm review by the CameraVille
Posted By johnkrumm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,411
I saw no hood for the SMC 50, and it definitely needs one. But other than that, a very good comparison.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-04-2018, 12:41 PM  
Portrait test with DFA 50 1.4, at 1.4
Posted By johnkrumm
Replies: 6
Views: 1,570
My daughter was kind enough to pose in some really bad light while I snapped off a few shots. The bright windows in back is normally something I would avoid. Same for the bad incandescent kitchen lighting. This is not cropped.

Here's a version from Lightroom at f 1.4. I adjusted white balance, the curve, contrast, used "portrait" profile from Adobe, and used the brush to brighten her face, reduce contrast and boost shadows. The first version with the brighter background has the lens profile applied.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-31-2018, 04:51 PM  
DFA*50/1.4 First Impressions WOW!! (first images follow)
Posted By johnkrumm
Replies: 12
Views: 1,344
I have only taken it off to take a couple wide angle shots at a conference. For now my K1 is a 50mm camera. A big one.

But I'm with you. It does not take long to get used to it on the camera. I even like the way it feels on my shoulder, since it's heavy enough to pull the nose down and out of trouble as I walk. Also it's just a nice big barrel, and I often walk with it around my neck but supported with both hands, resting nose-down on my diaphragm, left hand on the lens, right on the grip, ready to shoot.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-29-2018, 08:59 AM  
F16 vs. f1.4 DFA* 50
Posted By johnkrumm
Replies: 22
Views: 1,877
One to show a shot from several feet away at f1.4. There is a bit of distracting bright blurry driftwood in the background. It was not easy to focus perfectly on the dog's face. Live view worked best. Then a simple shot to show the star effect at f16.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-29-2018, 09:06 AM  
F16 vs. f1.4 DFA* 50
Posted By johnkrumm
Replies: 22
Views: 1,877
Here's the 100% crop of the first shot...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-24-2018, 07:55 PM  
The New Fat Fifty is Here (first day shooting)
Posted By johnkrumm
Replies: 84
Views: 7,266
Well, the honkin' big new Pentax fifty arrived today, so I spent several hours trying it out. Yes, it is heavy. In fact it's heavy enough that at first I had second thoughts. I was thinking they should call it the Jesus lens because that's what I say when I pick up the camera now. But after a day shooting I really became used to it and had a good time. It's a keeper.

If you click on any of the following images you will go to smugmug where you can see the full sized shot and see exif. I've done some contrast and shadow and exposure adjustments on many, but no color adjustments. Sharpening is Lightroom default. Shot raw with the K1.

Seems to be ideal for people who like to take flower photos. Focuses much closer than most of my older lenses...




Contrast is very high, more than the limiteds. I found myself lowering contrast and boosting shadows more than normal. Should be a great rainy day low contrast light lens.




It passed the stuff on a shelf test...




Cats proved no challenge to this lens as well...








I really like the colors. Fairly neutral but rich, that's my impression...




After I took this boring shot the lady with the cane waited for me, then shook her cane at me and said "I really don't like those things." It's not a subtle lens. You will be noticed. Could be a hostility magnet in some cases if used without care...




But I think I'm going to keep using it for city shots because I like the color and contrast so much...




A self portrait....




It totally failed the hipster in a cafe test. Downright embarrassing next to my iced coffee.




More lovely color...




Heavy crops of course are no problem, provided you focus properly, etc...




Perfect for fields of flowers...




Surprisingly decent bug lens in a pinch. This is a crop, but it does focus much closer than most of my older lenses. My Tamron 28-70 2.8 can get a little tighter, I think.






Contrast is so high that on bright days you might find yourself with too many dark shadows and want to use a less contrasty lens. I had to boost the shadows way up in this shot...




Pretty colors...




A flare test. After I boosted the shadows way up I noticed some on the bottom left. Doesn't look to be an issue...




As for ultimate resolution it's hard to say. I think it's tuned more for contrast and microcontrast. The 43 limited might actually be a tad sharper right in the middle, but this lens is more even across the frame...




Still just love the colors...




These two have no curve or shadow adjustments so you can see the contrast....






Action shots that worked, but there were plenty that didn't. It's not a fast focusing lens. Medium, I would say. And silent.






So, in conclusion, it isn't a lens for everyone, but I think I'm going to use it a lot.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-25-2018, 02:02 PM  
The New Fat Fifty is Here (first day shooting)
Posted By johnkrumm
Replies: 84
Views: 7,266
Well, light was very dim and there was some bright backlight. The subject had low contrast. So 1.4 helps but it doesn't work miracles.

Here is the "out of Lightroom" untouched original...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-23-2018, 11:55 AM  
Expect tests and review of D-FA50
Posted By johnkrumm
Replies: 35
Views: 2,309
I'll have my copy sometime tomorrow and I'll post a set of first samples tomorrow night or Wednesday. Expect at least one cat shot.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-18-2018, 02:09 PM  
D-fa 50 1.4
Posted By johnkrumm
Replies: 12
Views: 1,307
Well, I ordered a 50 mm lens that appears to weigh as much as my house, and is only slightly smaller. I can't wait! : )

In all seriousness, I'm both excited and slightly nervous. We will see if it actually ships on the 21st like the order page said it would...
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-06-2018, 07:58 AM  
Grown to really like K1
Posted By johnkrumm
Replies: 18
Views: 1,675
I was (and still am) a long-time 4/3 and M4/3 Oly shooter before buying the K1 shortly after it came out. I still love the abilities of my EM1. It's great for stealth shooting at events, for instance. But for most things, I just keep returning to the K1. It has plenty of things that could be improved, but I just enjoy the thing. I recently rented a Panasonic GX9 to try, and after a couple days I'm ready to send it back. Nothing to do with the image quality (m43 image quality is remarkably good). It mostly to do with the "real camera" feel of the K1. Easy controls, nice grip. Guess I'm just too used to it now.

I wouldn't complain if Pentax released a lighter weight version someday, and improved the live view. I would also love a way to go completely silent shutter like a mirrorless (using the lcd) provided the readout was fast enough.

As is, I'm seriously considering the *50 1.4. Credit card is almost paid off....
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 04-25-2018, 08:07 AM  
For the K1 (both versions)
Posted By johnkrumm
Replies: 1
Views: 769
The K1 has a Tav mode, as does my Ricoh GRll, but the GR has one feature I find very useful that the K1 does not. In the GR menu I can set the camera so that when using Tav mode there is either an aperture or shutter priority option. This means that when street shooting, I can set the camera to a certain shutter speed and aperture, but if the scene is all of a sudden too bright, the shutter speed will adjust to keep the proper exposure (if I have it set to Tav shutter priority). With the K1, if I encounter too bright a scene, I just see a blinking iso 100 indicator and I have to manually adjust settings.

So I would like to see this GR feature in the K1.

Thanks,

John Krumm
Forum: General Photography 04-21-2018, 10:14 AM  
Photography Confessions
Posted By johnkrumm
Replies: 50
Views: 3,813
Own a nice pile of old manual Pentax primes I never use because of various flaws, and mostly because, when it comes down to it, I prefer autofocus.

Own several Pentax film bodies I used for a couple months, and now collect dust with unfinished rolls inside.

Bought a ton of UV filters for my pentax lenses, then decided I didn't like the UV filters....

Own a Rokinon 85 1.4 I got for my birthday, which I used for a week or two, and now sits unused because I like the autofocus 77 limited.
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 05-08-2018, 07:50 AM  
Pre-Raw Noise Reduction in K1 II
Posted By johnkrumm
Replies: 3
Views: 858
With my Ricoh GRll it originally came with raw based vignetting correction. Some people found that this could lead to clear circular banding with some photos, so Ricoh released a firmware update to allow users to turn this feature off.

I would like the accelerator-based noise reduction in the K1 ll to also be user controlled. Ideally, we could have different levels, from strong to completely off, and be able to set the iso level at which it turned on. I would like to upgrade my K1, but I am unsure if I should do so without this kind of control.
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