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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1 Day Ago  
Game Daily in November 2018 - discussion thread
Posted By wstruth
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I've had a couple of late nights at work. Hope to catch up by tomorrow.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Packing Light, World Tour....if you could take just ONE lens...
Posted By wstruth
Replies: 84
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The Sigma 16-50 2.8. I had the Pentax 16-50 and the Sigma out performs, at least for my lenses. The Sigma is sharp throughout its range. and that wide aperture will come in handy for low light shots. It's on sale and can still be had for less than $400. the Pentax is much more expensive but it is a water resistant lens while the Sigma is not.

A lighter lens that is also very good is the Pentax 20-40 limited and it's a wr lens. I have traveled to Italy with this and was very happy with the results, but I would take a small prime, such as the 15mm along with it and I'd be tempted to also take the light weight plastic fantastic 50 for something a bit longer.
Forum: Ricoh GR 6 Days Ago  
Gr II lens extend and retract sound
Posted By wstruth
Replies: 2
Views: 222
Your volume is pretty high there , but my GR II makes a similar crackly sound as I call it to your GR (the first one).
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-05-2018, 02:30 PM  
Game Daily in November 2018 - discussion thread
Posted By wstruth
Replies: 20
Views: 564
Cool looking forward to seeing them. I do most of my photography while on the way to work, but due to road construction my commute has increased by 20 to 30 minutes each morning. So picture taking time has now been pushed to when I can find time to do it time.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-01-2018, 06:36 PM  
Flickr is going back to limited free accounts
Posted By wstruth
Replies: 141
Views: 3,830
I'm on the fence on whether to go new pro or not. I have a pro account now with about 1700 images on Flickr. I rely on hard drives and cd roms for my photo back ups. and I cull my flickr photos about once a year. I may try the new pro for a year to see if it's going to give me any discernable benefits to how I use Flickr now..
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-31-2018, 10:31 AM  
New territory for me Panoramic shot needed
Posted By wstruth
Replies: 12
Views: 560
Actually the Theta images are made in a 2 to 1 ratio and at well over that size, I have shots on Flickr that were uploaded as 5376 x 2688. My Theta SC will only shoot jpegs though.

As far as using a DSLR. The other posters have described what you need to do.
Forum: General Photography 10-30-2018, 02:46 PM  
Small size "always with me camera" - any tips?
Posted By wstruth
Replies: 15
Views: 996
Don't forget the GR2 its lens is sharp wide open. The x100 series lens doesn't sharpen up till you stop it down. I like the retro look of the x100's and had an original but the GR2 is just such a great little camera and is really pocketable to boot.
Forum: Ricoh GR 10-29-2018, 03:34 AM  
GR II now selling for $500 new. Time to buy?
Posted By wstruth
Replies: 6
Views: 612
That's a great price for the GR2. it's definitely worth all that and more, so i say go for it. The lens is a gem.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-28-2018, 06:46 PM  
Game Daily in November 2018 - discussion thread
Posted By wstruth
Replies: 20
Views: 564
Monovember it is!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-26-2018, 04:29 AM  
Game Daily in October 2018 - discussion thread
Posted By wstruth
Replies: 108
Views: 2,209
I missed a few days lately being under the weather and working late. I'll be back in today though. I finally leaned how to do sequential shots with the Panny GX9. I have to say i hate reading manuals. especially camera manuals. It took me longer than it should have to understand how to work that feature. Cameras come with all this fluff and as long as i can use AV, SV and Manual modes I'm good to go. It's like my TV remote control but worse. The remote can do all this wonderful stuff but i just scroll through the channels and sometimes will punch in a number. My kids do things with it that feel like black magic! Anyway, after seeing and liking Todd's multiple exposure shots with his Oly, I'm going to do some experimenting with the Panny.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-25-2018, 04:15 PM  
Calendar software
Posted By wstruth
Replies: 9
Views: 493
I've been happiest with AdoramaPix so far. I have tried the drugstore brands and have not been happy over all with some of the prints.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-22-2018, 03:38 AM  
Your Advice/Opinion Needed
Posted By wstruth
Replies: 22
Views: 1,197
Welcome to the forums. It's a great resource and a friendly bunch of people here. My answers to your questions:

1. I chose Pentax back in the film days because of the value and quality of their cameras and lenses. I stayed for pretty much the same reasons. I shoot landscapes, family events, some macro and some urban scenery, The system works well for me in all those categories. I also just acquired a MFT set up, a Panasonic GX9 and some lenses and have been impressed with the images I get out of it, although I can see the differences in shallow depth of field and low light shots from my Pentax cameras.

2. Some of the previous answers mentioned your current 17-70 would handle your landscapes very well. I have an older version of that lens that I gifted to my daughter and it was a top performer. if you want another zoom for landscapes I would suggest the Pentax 20-40 Limited, and for a prime the Pentax Da 21mm limited. They are nominally wide angles and will also work for environmental portraiture. and if you need a wider image you could always stich with both lenses.

3. Don't have either, but if it's convenience your after either one will work. For image quality I would second getting the 55-300PLM.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-20-2018, 06:59 AM  
The Good - The Bad and The Ugly about Pentax
Posted By wstruth
Replies: 41
Views: 1,960
I believe this is the case as well. I don't shoot video. But, many people I know do, even if it is video from their smart phones. My feeling is that if those smart phone users want to up their game to an interchangeable lens camera ( and spend the money to do so) , then they will expect better video capabilities than what Pentax currently can produce. There is a big market out there for video that is not represented here, and it even if Pentax did not have pro level video they would capture more users with capable video. The way I see it is more users would equal more more ability to keep those new lenses coming. Yes I have LAD and am proud to admit it.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-19-2018, 06:49 PM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By wstruth
Replies: 29,188
Views: 1,302,354
I spy something perched

Spread 3 by Bill Struth, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-14-2018, 04:21 PM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By wstruth
Replies: 29,188
Views: 1,302,354
I spy a fence

9-28 In Williamsburg by Bill Struth, on Flickr
Forum: Ricoh GR 10-13-2018, 02:03 PM  
GR Concept video
Posted By wstruth
Replies: 3
Views: 367
I'm looking forward to the new GR3 and that video got me even more exited. It put into words what i feel about using the GR2. What really got my interest piqued is the IBIS though. I'm also hoping or better autofocus and I can't wait to put it though it's paces.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-24-2018, 03:31 AM  
Game Daily in September 2018
Posted By wstruth
Replies: 86
Views: 1,901
Me too. A tough decision. But weight did factor in as to why i go the 20-40. the 18-55 Wr is also a nice kit kit zoom. It came with my KP.

You're right and I know I will.

A good read. In the back of my mind I know about the DOF differences at various apertures and it makes sense it can be used this way. The first thing I did when I got the lenses was to get some step up rings so I can use the ND's and CPL's I already have, so have to give this a try too.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-23-2018, 04:40 AM  
Game Daily in September 2018
Posted By wstruth
Replies: 86
Views: 1,901
Truth be told I'm up in the air about that. the 12-60 came bundled with the camera and while I think that 90% of the time I will have no need to go beyond 32mm, the extra reach is nice to have and not have to change lenses. FWIW I have a 7Artisans fisheye but I am leaning to just take the Theta and no fisheye. I'm seeing the Theta is a purple fringing monster though, and if I wanted to make the most out of spherical images I would want an upgrade. I wonder if someone could make a spherical camera out of 10 K-1s?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-22-2018, 07:06 AM  
Game Daily in September 2018
Posted By wstruth
Replies: 86
Views: 1,901
Thanks I'll have to check it out. I've been wasting too much time lately trying to decide on which camera system to bring. I got a Panasonic GX9 for my birthday so I could use it as my travel cam and take along during my work day for Daily when I didn't want the weight of the DSLR.

Anyway it was going to be a simple choice until I decided to book a night time photography tour of Prague. As a side note, and as Rod has been noticing, I've been adding lens fairly quickly for the GX9, mostly by selling off a few less used ones for my Pentax system and now I have a pretty filled out selection of lenses for travel. So back to night, aka low light, shooting: I will be bringing the tripod and may even bring some Cokin square grad filters for early morning shots. I don't know what the tour will be like per se, but it did have good reviews and is a bit out of the ordinary for what Sharon and I usually do, and will hit a few spots in the Old Town and across the river. The basic advantage for M43 is the lighter weight as well as the GX9's size. I've also found I can hand hold up to 1/4 second on the GX9 vs 1/8 second on the KP. ( funny how when I was younger I could swear I did as well or better on a film camera with no built in stabilization). So I did some low light comparison shots the other day (which I still have to post on flickr) I found that basically I can shoot up to ISO 6400 on the KP and get a respectable amount of detail. ISO 3200 on the GX9 3200 is respectable, but is still not as good as 6400 on the KP (the shooting was done at f/8 for both systems).

Friday's images were just for the fun of comparing the field of view of the PanaLeica 15 1.8 and the FA 31 Limited since they are pretty close when the FA is on the K-1. I was telling Sharon about my conundrum this morning and her response was to go with the lighter system (after chuckling at me). Truthfully, I can carry more lenses for less weight in M/43. The great equalizer is the PanaLeica 15 1.7. It is the first lens I bought with my trade in monies. For the KP set up I am thinking of the 20-40 limited, the 15 limited and the 77mm limited. For the M43 (with consumer zooms) I am thinking of taking the 12-32 (for inner city and small size walk around), the 12-60 for general travel, the 54-150 for telephoto, the PanaLeica 15, and the Lensbaby Sol for fun effects. All this for 85% of the weight of the Pentax system with fewer lenses.

So this morning I found a web site that has a simple calculator for lens equivalency so plugged in values of two likely shooting scenarios to see what I would get with the kits I have:

Ultra wide low light (FFE below is Full Frame Equivalent)
KP & 15mm at f/4 yields a FFE of 22.95mm @ f/6.12
GX9 and 12m zoom at f /3.5 yields a FFE of 24mm at f/7: So slight advantage to the KP set up

Wide Low Light:
KP & 20mm at f/2.8 yields a FFE of 30.6mm @ f/4.28
GX9 and 15mm at f /1.7 yields a FFE of 30mm at f/3.4: So slight advantage to the GX9 set up

I have to factor this in : The KP has lower ISO (100 vs 200) but will require a longer shutter speed to use, especially in interiors where I may not be able to use a tripod.
However I can shoot longer hand held with the GX9.

The upshot of all of this is that as of this morning I am leaning towards the GX9, But knowing myself to be a master of last minute decision this could change.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-21-2018, 07:01 PM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By wstruth
Replies: 43,138
Views: 1,561,157

Brenizer 28 by Bill Struth, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-21-2018, 06:55 PM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By wstruth
Replies: 29,188
Views: 1,302,354
I spy something red and black

Mower by Bill Struth, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-21-2018, 05:49 PM  
Game Daily in September 2018
Posted By wstruth
Replies: 86
Views: 1,901
I've been missing a bunch of days. Work has decided to get super intense and my assistant Biv had to go to the hospital for emergency surgery and my senior staff architect has just now started her pregnancy leave. All this just before I go on vacation starting next Friday. But Biv looks like she will recover well. Dahianna will be back in January, and soon I'll be drinking beer in Prague (work will just remain a bitch for the next few months). But right now i only have a little hope i'll be getting back in on a regular basis.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-16-2018, 05:04 AM  
Game Daily in September 2018
Posted By wstruth
Replies: 86
Views: 1,901
I have been waiting for the new Lensbaby Sol to arrive. and I finally received it on Friday. Mine is the 22mm Sol for Micro 4/3's. I decided to forgo getting it for Pentax mount because I think it's too close in operation to the Sweet Optic 35 that I already have. It is more limited in function too, because it only has a fixed aperture of 3.5.

The lock mechanism it a nice feature to have though. It locks the lens immediately into a straight on projection. If any of you have used a Lensbaby you know what I mean because the composer base units have no means to lock the lens straight forward. Of course that is not what these lenses are about but especially when you are learning the lenses like I am it is useful for the in focus area to remain n the front while you experiment on how the aperture affects the out of focus areas.

The bokeh blades are also kind of cool. In day light without out highlights to create bokeh balls I think they will be pretty useful.

Any way my two shots for the 15th were made with the Lensbaby Sol. One thing I found is that I have to slow down to focus properly.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-16-2018, 04:46 AM  
Game Single In - September, 2018
Posted By wstruth
Replies: 123
Views: 2,816
I hope to catch up on some commenting this afternoon. And my conference room little planet from a few days ago got explored.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-14-2018, 06:32 AM  
Camera bag replacement suggestions.
Posted By wstruth
Replies: 27
Views: 1,375
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