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Forum: Pentax K-r 02-22-2011, 10:19 PM  
Pentax K-R analized prior to purchase
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 23
Views: 5,670
Your English is excellent so I truly hope this is a typo. Good luck with your camera :-)
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-08-2011, 12:54 PM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By mikeSF
Replies: 11,661
Views: 2,052,213
Though I shot that night with my Vivitar 28 and Helios 44, I did pull the 15 Ltd out of the bag for just a single shot:

Golden Gate
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-02-2011, 11:14 AM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By kolleiro
Replies: 11,661
Views: 2,052,213
Backcountry Snowboarding with the DA 15mm ltd
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-25-2010, 01:56 PM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By mattb123
Replies: 11,661
Views: 2,052,213
Merry Christmas!
I went on a little solo ski tour yesterday with my da15 & da40. That was a lot of fun. :)

IMGP4762.jpg by MattB (somedudeus), on Flickr

IMGP4773.jpg by MattB (somedudeus), on Flickr

IMGP4780.jpg by MattB (somedudeus), on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-27-2010, 03:32 PM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By Zorglub
Replies: 11,661
Views: 2,052,213
I am still trying to get a feeling for the focal length. This thread is a great source of inspiration!

Forum: Photographic Technique 11-08-2010, 03:35 PM  
Made friends with some professional photographers here in Tokyo...
Posted By cwood
Replies: 13
Views: 3,022
This is why online forums are so good... someone always has a great idea I've never thought of :lol:
Forum: General Talk 08-29-2010, 11:07 AM  
Why are Canikon diedhards so difficult?
Posted By Miguel
Replies: 23
Views: 4,656
First I would avoid playing your adversary's game by not categorizing another Internet forum voice by the brand name of their camera. You are not your camera, let alone the brand name attached.

Iíd avoid hanging out there; even if you are right you will lose. Unless you are a masochist:eek:

Only the most insecure of working photographers will vehemently promote or bash camera brands and invoke the P-word. Most likely this guy (I assume itís a guy, woman tend to feel a need to impress in other ways) is a textbook wannabe.

Do realize that being a ďprofessionalĒ photographer is very different from being a ďprofessionalĒ as in physician, attorney, architect, or even computer systems analyst. I run a pro group composed of some extremely successful shooters and a constant joke is how rare it is for any two photographers to agree on anything (and itís great that we have a good time and even learn a few things from each other).

Regarding his premise, there is some truth and some BS. It depends on the requirements of the job or shall I say the niche most working photographers get themselves into.

Some working photographers care less about the art side of photography, or even the technology--itís really not what you use, but if and how you get the work done quickly. That said, many corporate procurement offices manage equipment sales. Guess what the product choices are?

Brand doesnít matter much--unless it delivers something very special with a decent business return cost. My peers tend to talk lenses over bodies, and software more than anything, probably because they are older (40-70) and not digital from their vocational dawn like younger shooters. Canonís latest tilt/shift lens has caught many folksí attention. So has Lightroom. The LX3 is also very popular for personal use, and I may just grab one too. Iíll also say that my Voigtlander 125mm f2.5 with the square hood got a lot of oohs and ahhs, probably due to its commanding retro presence and serious weight.

About 15% of my peers still have a Pentax 6x7 on call for high-end real estate portfolio work and some studio fashion gigs. So Pentax has a positive image to those old enough to know and appreciate history.

With technological capabilities of popular cameras so strong and microstock so cheap and easy, working photographers are called upon for more challenging shooting assignments that include technical issues such as low light, fast movement, and serious post processing. These gigs do require the FF advantages offered by Nikon and Canon (leaving the post work out of our discussion).

Equally important are the professional support services and in-person account management that smaller brands like Pentax and Olympus and Sony simply cannot provide. Maybe 30 years ago, but not now.

The Pentax 645D may make inroads for product and studio and real estate work, but it will require them to spend a lot of money to build a support network. Iím thinking that presently the camera is aimed at the vanity market to recoup some product development capital without more serious outlay of cash. But itís a professional tool for sure.

Most other working assignments involve the ability to recognize and capture people and their emotions. Thatís where results over camera brand matter, itís where your portfolio speaks for you. To me, better results stem from the photographer being an engaging human being. It also is part of a self-propelling cycle that feeds into one getting better and better gigs because people like working with you. Shooters at this level wonít hassle you over nonsense on the Internet.

Forum: Lens Clubs 08-26-2010, 11:31 PM  
135mm lens club
Posted By yeatzee
Replies: 2,005
Views: 473,550
Ok so i've had it for a couple of days now, so i've got some decent shots to share....

Here's one to start with:

edit: and another

This is a LARGE crop of a fly mid flight @ the lenses MFD @ F/2.8 in VERY harsh light.
This is my first attempt at using AFC and i am very impressed when using a lens that Auto focuses so fast.

edit 2: and another

_IGP3099e by yeatzee, on Flickr

@ F/2.8
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-02-2010, 04:56 PM  
"Pros" talking trash about Pentax?
Posted By WMBP
Replies: 321
Views: 61,195
Right, especially not with one of the guests!

As a Pentax-using wedding pro myself, I get the "Why Pentax?" question occasionally, from guests. Generally speaking I do not have time to jawbone with the guests about camera equipment, but if there's a lull in the action I may exchange a few words on the subject. First thing I try to do is guess the motives of the person asking the question.

Normally the questioner is a normal, sensible amateur who knows they don't know a lot about photography and who asks their question out of sincere curiosity. They have a Canon XSi or a Nikon D5000 or something like that because that's what the person at the camera store told them to buy, and now they see the pro using Pentax and they wonder. I deal very gently with this sort of question, reassuring the asker that there are NO bad bodies on the market these days and they have a fine camera. This makes them happy. If they continue to ask why I use Pentax, I'll point out that I am personally very fond of shooting with primes and that Pentax has a unique line-up of superior-quality prime lenses. I may have to explain what a prime lens is. If I happen to have the 21 or 40 or 70mm lens on one of my cameras at the moment—which I probably do—this helps me make the case, because these lens do NOT look like the lenses that amateurs have for their cameras. I might also mention weather-sealing, etc.

On the other hand, occasionally the question is asked by Uncle Bob, the stock broker who brought his D3s with the 70-200 f/2.8 lens and who KNOWS he has the best camera in the world, because he knows that he paid a fortune for it. The only way to deal with Uncle Bob is to compliment him on his camera and possibly express a little envy, both of which I can do sincerely. This makes him happy. If I can't get away at this point, I may go on to explain that his camera's low-light, high-ISO advantage matters to me only 10% of the time in my work, but that even then, my fast primes partially give me a one-stop advantage that at least partially compensates for the smaller sensor, and that I can do pretty well at least up to ISO 2000, especially with the fantastic advances in noise reduction in Lightroom 3, blah blah blah. Uncle Bob at this point is probably trying to get away from ME.

If not, I might add that processing 1000 images that are 20+ MB in size is a huge and unnecessary hassle that would add hours and hours to my work load after the wedding. (I really try NOT to take 1000 images at a wedding, but Uncle Bob doesn't know this and is almost certainly the kind of person who would be impressed by a larger number. Uncle Bob likes large.) I may also defend my choice by pointing out that, in my line of work, it's imperative for me to have multiple bodies and a large arsenal of lenses, not to mention flashes, etc., so I am unable to sink my budget into a single camera; and I would add that Pentax has the lowest-priced weather-sealed bodies, etc. Uncle Bob can appreciate thrift, even if he doesn't practice it himself.

I probably do NOT throw in the bit about the prime lenses because Uncle Bob is almost certainly not going to understand this. For him, the sheer size of his camera and its lens are symbols of his own virility, so showing him my own little wee-wee may simply invite his ridicule. I have to assess this carefully.

I keep thinking that I need to answer this question on my blog. Then I can give the questioner a business card and invite them to check out the post, and excuse myself.

It's an occupational hazard. Generally speaking, I try to avoid getting into conversations with the guests. No good can come of it.

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-19-2010, 07:36 PM  
KX gets plug in CNET's review of Sony Camera
Posted By lurchlarson
Replies: 9
Views: 3,431
It's small but CNET acknowledges that the KX is class leading for it's price class during it's review of the alpha 500

Sony Alpha DSLR-A500 (with 18-55mm lens) Digital camera reviews - CNET Reviews
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 05-09-2010, 12:25 AM  
News Tutorial Series - Part II: Site Sections
Posted By Adam
Replies: 36
Views: 8,262
This is the second installment in our series of site usage tutorials. After reading these handy guides, you might just happen to rediscover our site!

If this tutorial was helpful to you, please let me know by leaving a comment via the reputation system- click
the [Add to Reputation] link directly above this text!

There will be one lucky winner of increased attachment space once this tutorial series ends :)

There's much more to than just our discussion forum. Read on to see what else site members have access to!

The Navbar

The navbar is located at the top of every forum page, and provides you with quick access to other key site sections. Typically, each button has a dropdown menu with further options. Below, the key links from each sub-menu are outlined.

Note that the Marketplace button is only accessible for users who have access to sell in that section- Site Supporters, Resellers, and Pentaxians.

Monthly Photo Contests

Each month, we run a single-theme official photo contest open to all forum members. Prizes will be awarded as we get sponsors (rumors have it that we'll have some prizes available very soon ;)). To vote for this month's winners, click here. To submit an entry, proceed to the submission forum (simply create a new thread with your photo in it).

The contest forum is found below the 'post your photos' forum (link above).

Social Groups

Rather than having to resort to regular threads for special-interest/geographic groups to discuss events and other matters, we have a social group system that facilitates discussions, tracks calendar events, and can contain custom group albums.


Our Marketplace allows forum members to buy and sell photographic items. Anything photographic may be sold in this section (not just Pentax gear). Any forum member can buy; you must be a Site Supporter (have donated), Pentaxian (1000+ posts or 2 years' membership), or Reseller (commercial access purchased) to sell.

We also feature a 'Wanted' section and a 'Price Watch' section in addition to the 'For Sale' section.

Pentax Lens Reviews & Accessory Reviews

Three of our four review databases are dedicated to Pentax lenses and accessories. We have separate databases for Genuine Pentax Lenses, Third-Party Lenses, and Pentax Camera Accessories. These database allow for complex in-depth, user-contributed reviews (all sections), as well as user-contributed lens/accessory entries (third-party only).

Pentax Camera Reviews

Our final database contains a listing of Pentax digital & film bodies (except screwmount cameras, which are still being worked on). Like the lens review database, it has a review form allowing for in-depth reviews.

Pentax Articles

This is one of our less-used site sections, and we'd like to develop it. The article system allows users to post useful articles for permanent reference. In addition, we allow users to request the conversion of a helpful thread into an article.

User Photo Gallery

The first of our centralized photo-storage systems, this gallery hosts several photo-based events. It also allows users to store large images in categorized sections, but does not feature individual albums. EXIF info for photos is shown; no resolution limit.

Member Photo Albums

Our second centralized photo storage systems allows members to create individual named albums. Albums can be either public, private, or tied to a social group. Albums are linked to from the postbit, as well as from member profiles. Photos are limited to 1024x1024 pixels. Members can upload up to 40 photos; those who have donated once, 100; those who have re-donated, 200.

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