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Forum: Pentax K-3 III 10-08-2022, 10:58 PM  
Post your K3 iii pictures.
Posted By mamba909
Replies: 2,346
Views: 182,681
Photos from a Japanese summer festival in Southern California taken with the DFA 24-70/2.8.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-07-2022, 11:45 PM  
Thematic Cosplay photos
Posted By mamba909
Replies: 29
Views: 1,112
Anybody here going to the New York Comic Con this weekend? I'd love to see captures from there. In this post, I'm sharing photos from WonderCon, the little brother of the San Diego Comic Con that's held in Anaheim across from Disneyland.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-01-2022, 10:12 PM  
Cityscape Spiderman guy at Dotonbori, Osaka
Posted By mamba909
Replies: 7
Views: 296
Heh heh, interesting photo. Is cosplay allowed at Dotonbori?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-11-2022, 01:03 PM  
People Comicon 2022
Posted By mamba909
Replies: 7
Views: 394
Ah, nice to see another Pentaxian doing cosplay photos. Yeah, it's tricky to get some nice, isolated photos inside convention centers. It all comes down to timing. Get there early before the huge crowds, and be lucky enough to have some cosplayers around while it's still relatively empty. A lot of photographers usually hang out outside the convention center where the scenery is better, and you have a little more control over the situation.

For your photos, I would like to see a bit of more work done in post processing, mainly lifting up the shadows or even the exposure just a bit. A lot of these characters are about pretty, bright colors.

For the setup, try to take advantage of the window lighting. It's a bit softer and can produce some dramatic lighting if your subject is positioned right.

Will you be going to the L.A. Comic Con?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-05-2022, 07:09 PM  
DFA 24-70/2.8 zoom ring jamming/stuck
Posted By mamba909
Replies: 0
Views: 288
Hello all,

Yesterday, my DFA 24-70/2.8 zoom ring jammed, almost as if the locking mechanism won't release. I was at an event, shooting some performers, zoom was working fine. I walked around for a bit, then placed myself in a spot for another performance. When I tried to take some test shots, I noticed that the zoom ring was jamming. I don't recall setting the zoom in lock position before I started walking around. I can move the zoom ring only about a millimeter either way. Engaging the zoom lock results in zero movement in the zoom ring.

I've owned the lens for about 6 years, and I don't really baby it. I know I've bumped it into things a few times, but prior to this day, the lens was performing smoothly.

Does anyone have an idea what is going on with my lens? Has anyone experienced this with their copy of the DFA 24-70/2.8?

Thanks for any help.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-17-2022, 11:24 AM  
Thematic Cosplay photos
Posted By mamba909
Replies: 29
Views: 1,112
Just wanted to share some night shots that I got recently. These shots got fairly good reception. Shot with the K-1 + FA* 85/1.4 with some presets added in Capture One.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-05-2022, 07:01 PM  
People Water Fairy (Jordan)
Posted By mamba909
Replies: 3
Views: 460
Dude, you always just know how to get the light right.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-05-2022, 07:00 PM  
People Valentine's Day Shoot with Kali
Posted By mamba909
Replies: 9
Views: 798
Loving that backlight in the first photo. Excellent work, both you and model.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-05-2022, 06:57 PM  
People Marina is moving away...
Posted By mamba909
Replies: 129
Views: 21,622
Congrats on you two making the cover!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-05-2022, 01:15 PM  
Thematic Cosplay photos
Posted By mamba909
Replies: 29
Views: 1,112
Just wanted to share this because I was pretty happy with the results. My friend set up some colored lights and grabbed some random cosplayer to pose with those lights. Yellow lighting came from a handheld color LED light.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-16-2022, 08:17 PM  
Hi! New Q owner
Posted By mamba909
Replies: 5
Views: 311
Interesting setup you've got there. Curious to see what results you get from it.

Oh yeah, and welcome to the forums!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-04-2022, 11:26 PM  
Thematic Cosplay photos
Posted By mamba909
Replies: 29
Views: 1,112
Thanks for sharing these! I really enjoy seeing some of these cosplays.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-02-2022, 08:13 PM  
Thematic Cosplay photos
Posted By mamba909
Replies: 29
Views: 1,112
Felt like posting some more since people are still viewing this thread. Hopefully others have some to share.
Forum: Pentax Q 01-02-2022, 07:49 PM  
Anyone have 2 or more Q's?
Posted By mamba909
Replies: 61
Views: 8,946
I have 4. I have the original in both colors. When I got my Q7, it became my primary Q. The fourth is a Q-S1 sitting in its box, unopened, until my Q7 bites the dust. Got all of them when they were on fire sale. =)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-02-2022, 07:45 PM  
Who has a K-1 and a K3 iii? Opinions / use case / advocacy!
Posted By mamba909
Replies: 32
Views: 2,972
I use my K-1 exclusively for portraiture and macro photos. The K-1 ekes out the most IQ out of the FF prime lenses. I use my K-3 III for everything else, especially when AF efficiency helps out.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-01-2022, 07:09 PM  
Q fan and former lurker here!
Posted By mamba909
Replies: 10
Views: 465
Welcome to the forum, ldottxt! I'm jealous because you managed to get an Eva Q10. I'd like to get the 00. Can't believe you gave it up. I would've kept it just to display, but that's just me being an Eva fan.

I'm also jealous of your lens collection. Since you mentioned that you use the Q professionally, I'd like to see what you've managed to get from the camera.

I'd recommend getting the original Q just for the build quality, but that's the only reason why I'd recommend it. I haven't touched mine since I got my Q7.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-30-2021, 11:04 PM  
Greetings from California!
Posted By mamba909
Replies: 5
Views: 231
Welcome fellow Californian!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 12-28-2021, 08:34 PM  
less competition for Pentax?
Posted By mamba909
Replies: 103
Views: 4,502
Less competition for Pentax? I feel more like Pentax will be the only brand to appeal to the niche that wants the optical viewfinder experience. So yeah, less competition in the DSLR segment, but in photography overall? Not so much.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-26-2021, 03:07 PM  
Thematic Cosplay photos
Posted By mamba909
Replies: 29
Views: 1,112
Your photo didn't show up the first time I saw your post. That's one cool looking cosplay. I'd love to see what else you managed to get.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-26-2021, 12:30 PM  
HD Pentax 21mm Limited Giveaway: Post here to enter the raffle! (Nov 22 - Dec 29)
Posted By mamba909
Replies: 2,957
Views: 51,100
Might as well give this a try.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-26-2021, 12:18 PM  
Thematic Cosplay photos
Posted By mamba909
Replies: 29
Views: 1,112
WOW. I would never have guessed that it would be THAT crowded just from your photo. Yeah, sometimes the hardest part of taking a pic at these events is finding a good spot and keeping it.

As for direct sunlight, I tend to avoid it for anything above 3/4 shots due to the shadows. But looking at your photos, you seem to manage them well.



That's what's so great about these major conventions; you won't have a shortage of subjects to shoot. Plus, a lot of people will congregate in public/open spaces, so you don't have to get a badge to photograph these cosplayers.

This thread needs more photos, so here's some more. All taken with the K-1 + FA* 85/1.4
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-25-2021, 11:02 PM  
Thematic Cosplay photos
Posted By mamba909
Replies: 29
Views: 1,112
Hmm, pretty interesting. Thanks for showing an example!
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 12-25-2021, 08:19 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By mamba909
Replies: 35,144
Views: 3,481,186
Yes, the K-1 and the FA* 85/1.4 is a great combination. =)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-25-2021, 08:06 PM  
Thematic Cosplay photos
Posted By mamba909
Replies: 29
Views: 1,112
Thanks for the further insight. Yeah, I can see how suits can be expensive. I don't think I've ever come across one that looks inexpensive. In regards to mashups, I'm surprised that I haven't come across any.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-25-2021, 11:59 AM  
Thematic Cosplay photos
Posted By mamba909
Replies: 29
Views: 1,112
That first shot is excellent! Even more impressive knowing what it took to get the shot.

In regards to the furry lifestyle, is it considered cosplay? I ask because from my understanding, it's more of an outward representation of a person's inner being. My first encounter with furries was at a cosplay gathering (actually, it was at the cosplay gathering the first 3 photos were from), and I had no idea of what a furry was and I thought they were cosplaying some Digimon or something.


Great photos all around, especially since you got them out in the open air. I assume the overcast helped a little?
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