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Forum: Pentax K-5 11-29-2013, 12:05 PM  
Sony Nex shots better?
Posted By shawnxji
Replies: 8
Views: 1,165
The K5 IIs should more than able to "compete" with NEX. According to DXOMark the K5 II has higher dynamic range and better low light ISO performance than the NEX-5R, for example.

Keep in mind that your Pentax might under-expose by default, so you can dial the exposure compensation up a little for a brighter image.

As far as the noise on the image, check your JPEG setting, try the same shot with another lens, somebody else mentioned about checking your NR (noise reduction) setting, and yea, try to post these two photos here :)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-09-2010, 09:48 AM  
What is happening
Posted By shawnxji
Replies: 7
Views: 2,365
I second Peter, you can start by determining where it all went wrong. If the images you transfer to your computer look fine, then it's somewhere in the uploading process.

I use Picasa on my Windows machine, I like how Cloud-centric it is, among other features like batch-adjusting dates and times, etc.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-25-2010, 12:56 PM  
Night Makati at Night, (Burgundry Tower)
Posted By shawnxji
Replies: 18
Views: 6,403
I like the first photo the most, it's that same on-top-of-a-mountain feeling, very nice!
Forum: General Talk 05-20-2010, 11:33 AM  
Some help in upgrading PC
Posted By shawnxji
Replies: 21
Views: 4,430
You mean PC2-5300 (667 mhz) right? It won't be a bottleneck, just don't sync the mobo FSB w/ the memory speed (your motherboard BIOS shouldn't run a sync by default unless you set it manually). If you want to sync, use PC2-8500 (1066mhz) memory.

I don't recommend spending a penny on your current infrastructure however, because the newer platform is far superior. I'm not talking about spending hundreds of dollars, even the cheapest i3 530 will do, but you do need to get a new mobo, etc.

i3 530 performance

It's only $99 in the US. Of course I don't know how much it costs in Australia, so you can be the better judge here, but if you can, hold off to get a bigger budget and upgrade to the new architecture.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-20-2010, 09:13 AM  
Landscape More Greek Panoramic Shots
Posted By shawnxji
Replies: 19
Views: 2,562
I like the 3rd one the most - prominent subject, and very inviting :)
Forum: General Talk 05-19-2010, 07:13 AM  
Windows mail question?
Posted By shawnxji
Replies: 2
Views: 2,186
It's probably in the configurations, check to make sure that your Windows Mail is configured properly in relation to the POP3 or IMAP server - you might need to call up your ISP to find out all the details.

Also try Thunderbird

As an example here's how one'd configure an email client w/ Gmail for IMAP:
One, Two
Forum: Photo Critique 05-19-2010, 07:09 AM  
Misc A Few Favorites
Posted By shawnxji
Replies: 11
Views: 2,325
Love the 2nd image, I'd tone it down a bit but that's just my personal taste, beautiful colors
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-18-2010, 08:02 AM  
Macro Dragoonfly! :)
Posted By shawnxji
Replies: 6
Views: 1,432
What a beautiful photo with smooth bokeh, thanks for sharing!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-17-2010, 12:52 PM  
New toy...
Posted By shawnxji
Replies: 4
Views: 2,686
Terrific choice, lots of people are looking at the Canon offering (S90) and ignoring this cam, something I could not understand. This is on my radar as well although I'm not in a hurry.
Forum: General Talk 05-17-2010, 12:50 PM  
Reasons to keep your P&S
Posted By shawnxji
Replies: 17
Views: 3,717
Lots of reasons, I'll just list two here that came to my minds first:
1) snaps in restaurants - do u really want to lug the heavyduty w/ u?
2) spare for friends - during outings, there was always a friend or two that didn't have a digicam, i never regretted lending my p&s to him/them, ever

Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-17-2010, 12:46 PM  
Black & White Life Is A Beach
Posted By shawnxji
Replies: 16
Views: 2,918
Wow, these are amazing, first and third are my favorite, they just seem very inviting. I've been to Cannon Beach and I loved it.
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-17-2010, 12:42 PM  
China Travel
Posted By shawnxji
Replies: 30
Views: 5,854
I wish you a memorable trip to China, where I was born some years ago :)

The places you're heading to are all relatively industrialized, so you're in good shape. Zoom lenses are definitely the better choices for a 1st time traveler that wants to capture "everything."

Here's some info that might be helpful:

Last time I was in Beijing ('06) the pollution was pretty bad that the sky was mostly grayish, so you may say that the sky was 'overcast' most of the time while I was there.

Guangzhou can get humid, I mean *humid*. Coming out from air-conditioned hotel, I could count in seconds before my clothes would stick to my skin. This was during June/July. You might also want to carry a small umbrella, because without warning the rain would pour down.

Guangzhou has a place called "computer city", just a strip of multi-story shopping centers that stock computing/electronics supplies. It's one of the biggest in China (people from other cities in China would buy wholesale from here and re-sell the items back home), so if you need an adapter, want to grab some chargers/batteries or anything else, just head there when you're in town. It's famous, just ask around for direction.

What I forgot last time was that some outlets in China are V shaped 3 slots, so I had to buy an adapter for my Sony camcorder, but other than that it's all good.

Have a blast! Keep safe, be alert and stay in the good parts of town and if you can, travel with Chinese friends. Wishing you and your new daughter lots blessings,

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-17-2010, 12:23 PM  
FA 77mm limited vs DA 70mm limited
Posted By shawnxji
Replies: 49
Views: 19,326
Another vote for 70mm

You're going to get varied opinions asking a question like this but since the difference in price isn't significant, it really comes down to your call. For me personally, I took 70mm because of 1) price 2) size and 3) quality.

I guess you can say that there was nothing about the 77mm that motivated me to spend the extra $ for it. But do get what you really want, so you can spend less time thinking about the other choice and just enjoy using it.

Forum: General Talk 05-17-2010, 12:15 PM  
My Turn to Say Goodbye
Posted By shawnxji
Replies: 14
Views: 2,957
Take care, hope this decision will grant you more time to spend on actually learning about photography than focusing on equipments, among other trivialities.
Forum: General Talk 05-17-2010, 12:09 PM  
Goodbye from me
Posted By shawnxji
Replies: 35
Views: 7,057
Man, you are the most recognizable face to me on this forum even though I haven't been a member for long.

It's probably a great decision, there's so much more to do than to spend all this time on the Internet anyway, so I'm wishing you lots fun w/ photography and loved ones in the real world!

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-17-2010, 11:50 AM  
Should I sell my 21mm limited
Posted By shawnxji
Replies: 84
Views: 10,084
Try street photography w/ the 21mm, u like end up liking it a lot
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-17-2010, 11:48 AM  
Which one will you choose, FA31mm or DA*16-50mm ?
Posted By shawnxji
Replies: 23
Views: 4,086
I'd take the 31mm personally but despite the praises the 31mm gets, it simply can't cover the range like the 16-50mm can, so it really depends on your needs.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-17-2010, 08:37 AM  
Poor digital scans from Costco
Posted By shawnxji
Replies: 18
Views: 10,954
Thanks for all the comments, but I think I'm staying away from Costco scans in the future.

I just had the DVD that none of my computers could open re-scanned at Costco. The other four DVD had photos scanned at ~6mp, this one came back with photos scanned to ~3mp, with the same problems that I noticed before concerning contrast, color, detail, etc.

Below is one example. Since I don't have the film copy side by side here I don't really expect anyone to really see what I'm talking about, but basically there's a loss of color, detail, and most problematic of all is that the photos come out way too contrasty and blown-out.

I definitely suggest those that plan to have their films scanned to DVDs at Costco double check to make sure that the right roll was scanned, and try the DVD at the printing station just to make sure it works. I live a good 10 miles away from Costco, add in the taffic three trips to their stores due to their mistakes just isn't worth it for me.

Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 05-14-2010, 11:28 AM  
NCAP Spring Social & Shoot - Airshow, Andrews AFB, MD, 15-16 May
Posted By shawnxji
Replies: 65
Views: 11,769
Cool, I'm late to the decision making but I'm set to go as well by this point - on Sunday however. I'm going to arrive early and I'm going by metro, taking the instructions off of their site.


If anybody's going on Sunday let me know; I'll check this thread again on Sat evening. I plan to be there from ~8am - 12pm

Have fun y'all!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-14-2010, 09:10 AM  
Architecture Oklahoma City Memorial
Posted By shawnxji
Replies: 4
Views: 1,341
Beautiful, so serene and peaceful... thanks for sharing, 1st one is my fav
Forum: Photo Critique 05-14-2010, 09:07 AM  
Architecture ...
Posted By shawnxji
Replies: 10
Views: 2,616
Very 'cool' image, but I feel that the subject isn't clear enough. If you're going for the 'butterfly' look it'd help if there were more 'wings', maybe a horizontal perspective, and more from the underside? Thanks for sharing though, I like the B&W treatment
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-14-2010, 09:00 AM  
Night As seen on the pedal home tonight...
Posted By shawnxji
Replies: 10
Views: 1,527
What a nice way to get home, I bike through traffic so you can imagine... Thanks for sharing the lovely shot
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 05-14-2010, 08:50 AM  
why one star "*" quality video is best
Posted By shawnxji
Replies: 8
Views: 3,130
I haven't done the video test, but for JPEG I've done comparisons among the different compression levels * to ****, and I don't notice any differences even when zoomed in 100%. I'm suspecting that the differences will show up in some shots, but I'm not motivated to use anything above **
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-13-2010, 01:37 PM  
DA 15mm, DA 21mm, or something else?
Posted By shawnxji
Replies: 23
Views: 5,640
Looks like you've made your decision already - I've always seen the 35mm as the ultimate compact prime, ~50mm after the crop factor, macro capability, fast @ 2.8 with a fine built :)

I like the 15mm over the 21mm simply because it's wider, typically when I use it I stop down anyway so f/4 doesn't bother me. 21mm would be a fine lens to use for street photographer IMO

Enjoy your new toys!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-13-2010, 01:33 PM  
Pentax K7 and underexposure
Posted By shawnxji
Replies: 13
Views: 4,163
My K-7 underexposes about 1/3 - 2/3 stop, I kind of like it this way since I like to 'tune up' the brightness myself rather than letting the in-camera JPEG engine taking over :) My Nikon overexposes about the same amount.
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