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Forum: Lens Clubs 01-31-2013, 03:03 PM  
the Samyang Lens Club
Posted By morpho
Replies: 786
Views: 159,020
Samyang Fisheye 8mm, f3.5, ISO800, 4 sec. Not so fishy! :)
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-06-2012, 03:11 AM  
the Samyang Lens Club
Posted By morpho
Replies: 786
Views: 159,020
Wow, the pic of the bee and cat is great!
Here's one i took last night; was out looking for the venus-passage, but as it turned out to be no bigger than a pixel and, quite frankly, wholly unimpressive without a big tele, i took out my 8mm Samyang instead.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-06-2012, 04:20 AM  
Travel, Cuba, flatsfishing...what to bring?
Posted By morpho
Replies: 2
Views: 783
Thanks! :)

I have been looking at the Lowepro DZ bags, which are wateproof and floats and whatnot, but i think they are too expensive for what they are. Waterproof, allright, but it's still just a small backpack. I'll probably wish i had one when i'm falling on my ass in the sea, but...:p
I'll try a few waterproof bags. They are not new to me, but having a camera in one is - good tip about pressing all the air out, and being careful with items stored in it being dry. I have a K5, so i'm not worried of a little drizzle, i am worried about tripping and falling in the sea, submerging it, while fishing.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-05-2012, 04:05 PM  
Travel, Cuba, flatsfishing...what to bring?
Posted By morpho
Replies: 2
Views: 783
In about a month i'm going to Cuba for two weeks on vacation. The plan is to spend a few days in Havana, and take it from there. All i know is i'm going to fish for bonefish for a couple of days. I haven't been on a trip like this for 9 years, and never with a camera, so i'm looking for a few tips:

-general pointers about Cuba, places of (photographic) interest, people, sites, etc, and useable focal lengths for arcitechture, people, general travel shots.
-pointers on flatsfishing with a dslr. How to store the camera while fishing? What lenses to bring? What filters are a must in those bright conditions?
-storing camera equipment in waterproof bags with high temperatures. Good idea, or is it asking for trouble with condensation? Is the waterproof bag effectively going to be like a steam-oven?
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-26-2012, 02:39 PM  
Are we photographers? Or whiners? Or gear-fetishists?
Posted By morpho
Replies: 89
Views: 5,962
@OP: Great post, I enjoyed reading it and nodded my head in agreement many times. This is the only photo-related forum i am a member of, but i think, like someone else already said, that the behaviour described in the first post isn't necessarily a photographer-phenomenon, but an internet forum-phenomenon. A couple of personal observations:

About PF:
Bought my camera in nov. '11. Read and enjoyed this forum before that. It's a friendly forum, and i still enjoy it, but i don't read it as much anymore, i usually just look at pics people are posting in the lens club-threads, perhaps because i'm a bit tired of people being depressive about life, the universe an everything, or perhaps because pictures are nicer to look at then text, but yes - even though i haven't been here for so long, i think there is a reason the OP made this post, and i think i can kinda feel it too.

About Pentax:
I was, after reading a few threads about it, prepared to be mocked and harassed, to some extent, by users of 'the other' brands. Here are a few of the things i've heard from other photographers so far:

-Is that one of those pancakes? Looks really nice( About my M 50 1.7)
-You're the only Pentax-user here, i think. Go out there and take the best pictures of us all!( Said by a Nikon-shooter for a newspaper at a concert)
-Guys, why are you sitting here discussing equipment when you can be out there shooting great pictures?(Said by Canon-shooter at same concert)
-Really? I like that about my D800 too! ( Discussing TAv-mode)

Not received any negative remarks yet! :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-23-2012, 01:25 PM  
Lens prices and our channel strategy in the U.S. - Ned Responses
Posted By morpho
Replies: 716
Views: 47,860
It makes sense to me. It also makes sense to a lot of other markets. Like flyfishing. for ten years or so, i've bought, rods, reels, lines, waders, boots, wading jackets and the like from USA(i live in Norway). Why? Because it was 1/3-1/2 the price, even after shipping,taxes and what have you. Last year i saved a whole lot of cash from buying from the US. This spring, i find myself in need of a new setup, and this is the first time i have ever gotten a better deal in Norway than in the US. I think this is great. It's a little more expensive for me too, but at least my money stays in my country, and more often with my local dealer. I couldn't justify spending twice what i had to earlier, but if prices are nearly the same, the same or even cheaper here, well of course i am going to buy my gear locally. I see the same happening to other specialty (sporting) goods - it's not only Pentax lenses.
Forum: Pentax K-5 04-20-2012, 01:35 PM  
K-5 used to film Climbing How-To video series
Posted By morpho
Replies: 17
Views: 1,945
This looks great! Not into video myself, but this looks very, very good to my eyes.
Forum: Pentax K-5 04-15-2012, 12:40 PM  
K-5: not so instant review
Posted By morpho
Replies: 43
Views: 3,591
I have two SanDisk cards; one class 6 and one class 10. The class 6 card is so slow compared to the class 10 card i almost think there has got to be something wrong with it, and i won't be buying anything slower again. Now, i have turned off the instant review, so viewing pics takes a second or two longer( for the fast card), but with it on, it didn't take much time at all, it was almost instant. Again, this was with the fast class 10 card; the class 6 card used several seconds.
Forum: Pentax K-5 04-15-2012, 12:44 AM  
K-5 for sports-photography
Posted By morpho
Replies: 1,739
Views: 288,477
Snowboarding. Very nice, partly overcast day.
Forum: General Talk 04-15-2012, 12:15 AM  
Do you ignore people on the forum?
Posted By morpho
Replies: 81
Views: 4,112
On forums, i generally don't feel the need to auto-ignore, because i think the manual-ignore is just as good. It's not like i *have* to read posts from someone i know will tick off all my angry-boxes. It's just like watching TV, if you don't like whatever reality show or stupid sitcom is running; switch to the next channel. But yea. If someone annoys you that much, why not ignore them? Life's to short to spend time annoyed.
Forum: Pentax K-5 04-13-2012, 10:22 AM  
K-5 bug - Shutter going off by itself
Posted By morpho
Replies: 221
Views: 43,391
I charged my battery overnight. This morning before i went to work, i took it out of the charger, but didn't put it in the camera. When i got home, i put the battery in, and took a few pics - it worked smooth. It sounds weird that it should be anything else than a battery/charger-problem, at least in my case. Perhaps there's a bad component somewhere on the circuitboard that can't handle a full battery, i don't know - but it doesn't bother me that much. In any case i'm protected by a 5 year warranty in Norway, and it doesn't really bother me, so i'm not too worried. It's just weird.
Forum: Pentax K-5 04-13-2012, 05:56 AM  
K-5 bug - Shutter going off by itself
Posted By morpho
Replies: 221
Views: 43,391
For me, this happens ONLY when my battery has been charging overnight. I noticed the Charger said 8.4V and the battery says 7.2V, i don't know if it's supposed to be that way, but i know that the mirrorflapping only happens with a fully charged(overcharged?) battery, and if turn the camera on and off it's fine again 99% of the time. However, one time, i had to use the camera(and battery) for a while before the flapping settled down, so in my book, this definately has got something to do with either the battery or the charger.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-12-2012, 01:35 PM  
Fisheye use
Posted By morpho
Replies: 18
Views: 1,980
Haha! I aquired a Samyang 8mm fisheye on a trip a couple of months ago, and somehow it and my camera ended up in my hands at a party in a dark bar where i used the flash. I thought it was a really cool effect, and i took a lot of pictures of laughing people, and posted some of them on facebook. It took exactly nine seconds before one of the people told me to remove the pic of him at once. I did. Anyway, yes, good fisheyadvice there, i wish someone told me that earlier :p
Forum: Pentax K-5 04-12-2012, 11:39 AM  
No more tests! just pictures
Posted By morpho
Replies: 7,828
Views: 1,157,806
Since i think you're all so serious, i'll post a picture which isn't very good, but it's kinda fun, especially when it describes pretty well why i never play with sticks with my dog:

EDIT: Uploaded the picture...erhm.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-11-2012, 05:48 AM  
Pentax SDM vs DC, my take
Posted By morpho
Replies: 42
Views: 4,748
I've only had my 50-135 for two weeks, but i don't understand what you guys mean with inconsistent and inaccurate AF? I find it very consistent and accurate, and it's faster than my 18-55 and 50-200.
Forum: General Talk 04-10-2012, 09:56 AM  
Poll: Staying with Pentax or jumping ship?
Posted By morpho
Replies: 324
Views: 20,303
I don't know how big the US market is for Pentax compared to the rest of the world, but when the rest of the world looks to US shops to purchase their Pentax-gear, something is seriously out of whack and needs to be sorted out. I think we all appreciate buying our equipment at our local dealer; service, support and safety cmes to mind, but when that local dealer seize to exist because we as consumers are saving hundreds and even thousands of dollars by shipping our hard-earned cash to the USA for gear, thats not good for anyone, including Pentax. Granted, i have not been in the photo-world more than a few months, but i recognize these mechanisms from the world of fly-fishing and outdoor clothes/gear; the exact same thing happened, at least from my point of view. The prices in USA went up, and the prices here stayed the same or even fell.
I'm sad the prices went up a lot in the US, and a couple of other places too, but it needed to be done to give local business everywhere in the world a chance to stay afloat, and not just B&H and Adorama, in the long run Pentax, and we, will become stronger as a result.

I recently purchased a DA*50-135 here in Norway. It cost me almost 1500 dollars, down from a little over 1900 dollars. It's expensive, but worth it in my book. I've gotten a few priceless shots already, and learned a great deal from it, and will continue to learn, and you can't put a pricetag on knowledge ;)
Forum: Photo Critique 04-04-2012, 04:46 AM  
People Concert Photography
Posted By morpho
Replies: 11
Views: 850
Ive tried to make a photostream on flickr : Dognvill Vinter Festival
Comments and critique are very welcome!
Forum: Photo Critique 04-03-2012, 02:09 PM  
People Concert Photography
Posted By morpho
Replies: 11
Views: 850
Thank you :)
Do you guys feel i should've tried to remove the purple and blueish tints in PP? I kinda thought that i'd try to keep the colors and the feel as close to how it was in reality as possible, but sometimes those purple and blue spots look weird.
Forum: Pentax K-5 04-03-2012, 07:25 AM  
K-5 low/tungsten light front focus issue with latest firmware, send to CRIS?
Posted By morpho
Replies: 37
Views: 7,211
What is tungsten lighting? Like stagelights?
I shot an indoor festival this weekend, about 1000 shots fired. Granted, for most of the time, the lighting conditions were very good for a concert, but i can't say any of my shots have suffered from any misfocusing that was the cameras fault. I've heard of this being a problem before, but i can't say i've encountered it.

I was the only one with a Pentax out of around 20 photographers. I talked a lot to one guy who had a D3s and a D800. At one point when we were waiting to be allowed into the photo pit, i tried taking a picture of the guard, but there was too little light; the AF wouldn't lock. I asked the guy with the D3s and D800 if he could lock focus on the same subject. He couldn't do it either.

I don't know if this has any relevance to what you are experiencing, but can it be that you're expecting the camera to do something it's not supposed to do?

I also found that for the best results when shooting moving artists and getting the focus allright on the eyes, i aimed the square a little to the side of the eye first and movid it inwards towards the eye in AF-C. For the most of the time, it worked. Perhaps the large central focus point is messing a bit with your mind?
Forum: Photo Critique 04-02-2012, 06:14 AM  
People Concert Photography
Posted By morpho
Replies: 11
Views: 850
I found it worked very well, but on a couple of occasions, i wish i had something around 20 mm ;)

@bezuidar: Thank you! :)
Forum: Photo Critique 04-02-2012, 02:38 AM  
People Concert Photography
Posted By morpho
Replies: 11
Views: 850
Thanks! :)
It was good lightning, especially for Elton John. He`s not the tallest person in the world, and he was also, of course, sitting behind a piano, so there weren`t too many angles from which too shoot him from. In retrospect i realise i should`ve upped the shutterspeed a couple of notches; holding the camera in one hand and AFng via liveview were not exactly ideal, or anything i`ve ever done before, but it was a great learning experience! :)
Forum: Photo Critique 04-01-2012, 12:59 PM  
People Concert Photography
Posted By morpho
Replies: 11
Views: 850
My first concert shoot. For this guy, roughly 25 photographers were cramped together in virtually the same space, i'm sure we could've all fitted inside a Morris Mini. The stage were approximately 2 meters high, and the photopit were directly infront of it with nothing to stand on. The photo is shot handheld with one hand.

EDIT: 20 pictures from the festival here :Dognvill Vinter Festival 2012
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-29-2012, 03:25 AM  
Broke into the piggy-bank...
Posted By morpho
Replies: 6
Views: 949
Managed to fire off a few shots yesterday, and will post two pics of my favourite subject; my dog. She loves attention, but hates having her picture taken, but sometimes she is posing willingly. these images were uploaded to Facebook, and downloaded again before posting here, so i have no idea of what resolution they are, or what FB have done to the quality of the pics. The first pic is f2.8, dont remember the rest(not at home right now), the second i dont remember anything about. I found out when i got home that i had been shooting with SR off the whole atfternoon, so no SR on these either, and minimal PP, i think i changed the WB a little in both and cropped the first one.

Tomorrow and saturday i am going to do some concert photography at an indoors festival - it will be a challenge, bit im really looking forward to it, and i hope i will learn a lot :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-28-2012, 07:09 AM  
Broke into the piggy-bank...
Posted By morpho
Replies: 6
Views: 949
The Norwegian postal system amazed me and transportet the lens 2200km in under 20 hours! Thats a first!
Have test-driven the new DA*50-135 a little, still at work, but so far, it seems like it blows all my other lenses out of the water with ease. The build quality and feel is excellent, it looks huge, but not scary huge, the weight is absolutely handholdable, it focuses much faster than anything i got, and i couldnt be happier with the IQ - if it needs improvement, it is my fault and not the lens.

Happy as Larry! ;)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-27-2012, 06:16 AM  
Broke into the piggy-bank...
Posted By morpho
Replies: 6
Views: 949
...and ordered the 50-135! It was very expensive(i paid less for the k-5 + 18-55 + 50-200), but i am feeling really pumped about it already and looking forward to getting my dirty fingers on it!

I am hoping the postoffice doesnt screw things up so i get it in time for my first real concert-shoot this weekend, which is partly why i bought it now. Little time, i know, but with a bit of luck, i will have a useable shot or two :p
In the future, i am hoping to pair it with the new DA* in the hopes it will be something around 16-80mm, and then consider myself done with lenses. *cough*

Anyways, just wanted to brag, and if anyone has a few pointers regarding concertphotography, please do not hesitate to send them in my general direction ;)
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