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Forum: Contest Voting 04-08-2021, 12:10 PM  
The World In My Eyes
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 20
Views: 165
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Contest Voting 04-08-2021, 12:10 PM  
Finding you Light
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 27
Views: 183
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Contest Voting 04-08-2021, 12:10 PM  
The Gaze
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 65
Views: 387
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Forum: General Photography 03-25-2021, 07:37 AM  
Anyone want to share their camera gear accident stories?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 40
Views: 1,235
I got interrupted as I was loading my gear into the back of our SUV after a shoot and ended up backing over my tripod because I forgot to put it in the truck. :( Luckily, there was no real damage done. Just got a few scuffs and scrapes.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-15-2021, 01:27 PM  
Your Tripods, and how you use them
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 36
Views: 2,337
I've got 5 tripods and 5 monopods, but I'm hoping to do some weeding out before long. My main tripod since the mid-1980s has been a Gitzo 320 Performance. At the time I bought it, I wanted something that would go from ground-level to eye-level with no center column extension...while handling anything I'd care to throw at it...long lenses, medium format, video camera, etc... It's served me very well and has the scars to show for it. :lol: At one point, I bought a Bogen 3001 just to have something that was a little lighter for times when I'd be doing a lot of walking. Then I picked up a cheap off-brand carbon fiber tripod that was essentially given to me. I've used it off and on, again for those times when carrying my Gitzo wasn't all that practical. I bought a tiny Gitzo for use in shooting wildflowers because, while my big Gitzo could get down almost as low, the leg spread would sometimes crush surrounding flowers. Those 4 were what I used until just recently when I bit the bullet and bought myself a decent carbon fiber tripod to replace my old Gitzo 320. It's a Leofoto LS-324c. I haven't had much of a chance to use it just yet, but I think this will probably be the last tripod I buy. It's very sturdy and goes to almost eye-level without any center column extension. In fact, it doesn't even have a center column! I have no good excuse for having 5 monopods. Actually, I do have reasons for 2 of them. One is a Manfrotto 3016 that I got for use when I didn't feel like carrying a tripod...and the other is a Sirui monopod with feet that I use for shooting video. The other 3 monopods are just odds and ends that I've picked up at estate sales and garage sales when I saw them going for too cheap.
Forum: General Talk 02-06-2021, 08:53 AM  
Always watch your PayPal account !
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 31
Views: 3,091
Be careful out there. A few weeks ago, I got an email that looked like it was from PayPal. It said that a suspicious charge had been made to my account and they wanted me to log in and confirm whether it was me or not. There was a link in the email that looked like it was for PayPal, but the whole thing smelled fishy to me so I went to another computer and logged into my PayPal account. Sure enough, there was no pending charges on my account. In retrospect, I'm sure that had I clicked the link in the email and logged into my account, it would have stolen my password.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 01-15-2021, 01:39 PM  
You guys were right, no one really cares about 4K video on Youtube.
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 61
Views: 4,484
Yep...that's exactly what I did. Picked up a used G4 for around $360 strictly for video. Or so I thought. It's so darned small and capable that I'm now using it as my "everywhere" camera.
Forum: General Photography 12-23-2020, 11:30 AM  
Beater cameras
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 29
Views: 2,802
Back in the film days, I used to carry a Nikonos as my beater camera. I had picked up a V at a pawnshop for cheap because the guy thought it was a P&S camera. That thing was indestructible! With digital, I don't really have a beater camera per-se, but I do carry a camera with me much of the time. It's just that I take better care of it these days. I used to carry my Q or K10D, but lately I've been carrying a Lumix GH-4 with an 14-140mm lens. So far, it's been a pretty good set-up for stills, as well as video.
Forum: Pentax K-01 12-17-2020, 02:55 PM  
K-01 - why did it not suceed?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 173
Views: 11,922
As you guys are talking about this, I'm beginning to wonder if it would have helped if they had billed the K-01 as a street camera and offered the 21mm or 15mm as alternative kit lenses.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-10-2020, 01:01 PM  
LowePro camera bag $3.50 with free shipping
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 45
Views: 2,976
They ran a sale a couple of years ago that was pretty similar to this. They were offering a large Nova Sport bag for some crazy low price. I picked one up then and I've ordered this recent one. Can't beat the price!
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 11-24-2020, 06:18 AM  
Does anyone have experience with a gimbal?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 10
Views: 671
That could be, but the Theta isn't all that heavy, is it? Still...sometimes it doesn't take much to throw the gimbal off. Or at least that's what was happening to us. We were trying to balance ours while our cameras were in Small Rig cages. Something about the distribution of the weight was giving our gimbals fits. If you took the camera out of the cage...things worked great. I eventually figured out that if I left the camera in the cage, but took off the top grip handle, I could balance things out. it was like having that little bit of extra weight up top where it could put more leverage on the gimbal motors, screwed things up. Good luck...I hope you get it figured out.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 11-23-2020, 06:06 AM  
Does anyone have experience with a gimbal?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 10
Views: 671
It's the same with the Tilta gimbals we have at work. It usually means the motors are working too hard for some reason.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-10-2020, 10:44 AM  
Lens hoods and caps
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 21
Views: 1,093
I use round, metal hoods on all my older lenses. Some I have pinch caps that fit...and others have press-on caps. It just depends on what I can find that fits the best. However, on most of my favorite lenses, I use Op-Tech Hood Hats. They're neoprene covers that fit over the lens hoods and don't have to fit as exactly as a regular lens cap would.
Forum: General Photography 11-09-2020, 03:00 PM  
Ansel Adams Exhibition
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 23
Views: 1,442
I think we also need to keep in mind when it was that Adams created his most famous pictures. There are many great landscape photographers now, but a lot of Ansel's best work was from the last of the 1920s up into the 1940s. So what...80-100 years ago? That they were created that long ago and still kind of set the bar for black and white landscapes is a pretty remarkable thing.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 11-09-2020, 11:15 AM  
How does focus work with video?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 14
Views: 971
When I was a studio camera op at a tv station, we used to have to do bump shots of the studio as we were going to break. Just to mix things up a bit, I started back behind the other cameras and dollied in between them while zooming out to keep the anchors the same size. The first time I did it, our director yelled, "What the h*ll was that!" He wasn't mad. He just couldn't quite figure out what he was seeing. :lol:
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-23-2020, 02:23 PM  
Tripod recommendations please
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 37
Views: 9,118
That's pretty much my approach, too. I have a heavy-duty Gitzo that will handle pretty much anything I want to throw at it...and then I have several smaller tripods that I switch between, depending on what I'll be shooting. I have an old Bogen/Manfrotto that was my original small tripod, but I've also picked up a cheap carbon fiber tripod that I carry now if I'm going to be doing much walking. It will only go up to about 4 1/2 feet, but it's vastly lighter than my Gitzo. I also have a tiny Gitzo for shooting wildflowers and things like that. My big Gitzo will get down almost as low, but the legs are so long that I would sometimes squash surrounding flowers.
Forum: Pentax Q 10-23-2020, 02:16 PM  
Anyone have 2 or more Q's?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 38
Views: 3,407
We're a two Q family. I got my wife a Q after she spotted one in a pawnshop and thought it was "cute". After I had a chance to use hers a bit, I saw that it was a serious camera so I bought a body for myself to use as a carry-around camera.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-21-2020, 09:32 AM  
Anyone nervous carrying such an expensive bag of equipment?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 46
Views: 3,036
I heard one traveler suggest carrying your gear in a diaper bag. Of course, if you're out at odd hours, that trick might not work so well. I used to do a lot of shooting in our downtown area during hours when there weren't many people out. Only once did I feel someone was targeting me. A guy was walking down the street across from me and when he saw me with camera gear, he changed his course and started heading towards me. I reached into my bag, took out my spot meter, and stuck it in the pocket of my jacket with the handle sticking out. I think it looked enough like a gun to make him change again and go back the direction he was originally headed.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 10-20-2020, 10:04 AM  
Gimbal/Stabilizer experiences with Pentax DSLRs?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 10
Views: 944
I don't have a lot of experience using my Pentax cameras with a gimbal, but we have Tilta GH-2 gimbals at work for use with our Lumix GH-5s cameras. The Tilta works well once you get it balanced out, but I found that having my camera in a cage seemed to screw up the weight distribution and made it hard to get it balanced right. We don't have a lot of time for our shoots so using the gimbal needs to be something I can do as easily as switching lenses. I found myself not using the gimbal because it just took too much time to set up. I tried using my Pentax K-01 instead so that I could pre-balance the gimbal, but since it doesn't autofocus when recording, I had to be very careful about my distance to my subject. I bought a Lumix GH-4 with the intention of dedicating it to the Tilta gimbal and leaving it on there all the time, but haven't yet done that because I keep using the GH-4 for other stuff. More recently, I bought a GoPro Karma gimbal to use with my GoPro Hero 5 Black and I really like that combination. It's so easy and handy to use that I've almost stopped trying to make my big gimbal more useable. In addition to tamer situations, I've used the Karma while speeding across a lake in a bass boat, as well as when I was on horseback on a trail ride, and it's given very steady footage. That said, it's only marginally better than the built-in stabilization in the GoPro Hero 7 that I have for work. The video quality of the Hero 7 is better, too, I think. Price-wise, it's probably a wash. I paid about $105 for my used Hero 5 on Ebay...and $100 for the Karma gimble, new. For around that same $200, you could probably find a Hero 7 now that the Hero 9 is out. Now you know pretty much all I know about gimbals. :lol: How were you thinking of using your set-up?
Forum: General Photography 10-06-2020, 07:02 AM  
Ansel Adams Exhibition
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 23
Views: 1,442
When I was just getting started in photography, I went to an exhibition of Ansel's work. He was still living at the time and gave a lecture to go along with the exhibition. I was awestruck by the detail and impact of his photos. I always say that it was a bit like playing one-on-one against Michael Jordan. I was forced to face the fact that no matter how long I lived...nor how hard I worked...I would never, ever be that good. An old guy was moving through the exhibition at about the same pace that I was. We shuffled through silently, staring at the prints, until he finally leaned over and said, "Makes you feel like going home and throwing out everything you've ever shot, doesn't it?" :lol: He was right.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-05-2020, 05:16 AM  
Why I need 4K video in a new Pentax camera...
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 89
Views: 3,679
Actually, the chances are very, very good that you wouldn't buy a traditional camcorder. The bigger sensors in ILCs give a great cinematic look to things so many folks are switching over to them...which is kinda the OP's point. It's just the way the market is going. Last week, we tossed out several of the traditional, large, heavy, VERY EXPENSIVE ENG cameras because we've moved to mirrorless. Sure, some things are harder using a mirrorless camera, but now I can carry in a backpack what I used to use a large cart to transport before. And I just thought we were downsizing. A month or so ago, I shot alongside a woman from one of the local tv stations. She'd been sent out to shoot with only a smartphone, a small tripod, and a gimbal.

A few years back, I was set up on top of a mountain waiting on sunset. Well, this is Oklahoma, so it was more like a really large hill. :lol: There was another fellow next to me from out of state who was using a Lumix G-5. In talking to him, I learned that he was following the changing of the leaves, shooting both video and stills for his business. I asked him if he had any issues switching back and forth from stills to video and he said that he no longer bothers with it. He just uses a still frame from his 4K video (about 8 megapixels) and uses that to make his art prints. At the time, which was before we, too, switched to using G-5s, I thought that was probably pushing things. But here on this forum, we have threads devoted to the "6 Megapixel Club" and the K10D, which is only about 10 megapixels, so why not do things that way?
Forum: General Photography 09-23-2020, 06:41 AM  
Do you know where your camera body cap is ?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 41
Views: 1,618
I do this, too. I'll admit that I don't use my body caps as much as I did in the film days. Back then, the way my camera bag was set up, I had no place to put a camera with the lens attached so everything got caps and went back into its place when I was finished shooting. In the digital age, where dust on the sensor is now a problem, I've switched my set-up so that my most-used camera/lens combo stays together in the bag. I carry an extra body though and there's a body cap on that.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-19-2020, 07:07 AM  
Thematic Graffiti and Murals
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 15
Views: 1,218
I just finished doing a short video piece about murals around our city because they're pretty popular right now. Lots of cities are having them painted. I had planned to go out this morning and shoot stills at some of the locations I'd visited, but instead I'm fooling around reading stuff online. :lol: Here's the piece I shot. Sorry about the audio being so low. That sometimes happens when we upload things to YouTube.
















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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-14-2020, 10:37 AM  
Should Pentax Focus Their Limited R&D Resources On "Stills" Cameras?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 71
Views: 4,015
I know we're getting side-tracked here, but when my dad talked to me about getting my first car, he asked what I'd like. I told him, "I want something really old...or something really new. I don't want the same car that everyone else has." He said, "You better look for something old." :lol: I ended up with a 1940 Chevy Master Deluxe with about 30,000 original miles on it. It had belonged to a little old man in town who had gotten too old to drive.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-11-2020, 05:23 AM  
Should Pentax Focus Their Limited R&D Resources On "Stills" Cameras?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 71
Views: 4,015
I know this is more of a mechanical problem, but I'm just tossing out ideas here. If Pentax were to shoot for a "stills only" market, would it help to make a camera that could do open-aperture metering with K and M lenses? Or has that ship already sailed? Ideally, I'd like to see Pentax team up with some company that does video well to create a video oriented camera with a native Pentax mount. Maybe put the guts of a Black Magic Pocket Cinema camera into a new K-01 style camera or something.
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