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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 9 Hours Ago  
DFA 85mm f/1.4 Now on Ricoh's Website
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 123
Views: 4,791
Haha, yeah... I am most definitely not that kinda wedding photographer. I do ok work, but I'm in my second year of paid work, 4 weddings (would have done 6 by now if not for stupid Covid), but I am pricing myself based on experience of the event itself and in line with my equipment and capability.

This guy I am not :lol: :D :confused: :(; London Wedding Photographer | Brett Harkness



Not that successful yet, still early days for me. I haven't even actually decided on weddings as my genre I should pursue, just doing the odd one that comes up (without direct advertising). In fact, I think the AIPP considers a professional photographer to being someone that derives a sole income over $60k from photography, so that's me out :lol:




I am Pentax Forum's punching bag, and I'm ok with that :lol:

In the short time I have been with Pentax (5yrs or so), I have definitely felt a shift from being budget orientated to now shifting towards this kinda top tier uber premium thing. And that's all I am really enquiring about, are Pentax now trying to set themselves up as the Rolls Royce of dslrs/lenses? Hard to say that is true with their camera bodies but when it comes to glass I can believe that! But that's part of my point and the points that all the other brands have, nice glass, but I wouldn't shoot with Pentax.
Makes me wonder if Pentax should just stop body development and focus on their awesome glass and getting it out on various other mounts than just K? Is this suicide or a good short term solution to getting back on track?




Yeah look, it varies. I knew a wedding photographer that charged $10kAUD per wedding, I have friends around $3.5kAUD, like with all things this profession varies immensely. For the $10k/wedding tog the 85 wouldn't bother then in the slightest, for some others its like working 2 weddings to afford the lens (and they might only do 12 weddings a year...
What I feel a lot of people don't fully realise with wedding (or professionals) in general, is that when doing paid work it also often means buying double of everything, and often more gear than the enthusiast. The reason I don't have an FA31 yet is because I also have to have;

- x2 camera bodies
- x2 lenses (or at least a decent overlap of many focal lengths should a lens die on the day/accidental break)
- x2 triggers
- x2 AD200 pros
- x2 V1's
- x2 softboxes
- x3 7ft umbrellas
- tripods x2
- lightstands x3
etc.

It all adds up and spreads revenue thinly.




Yeah, I skipped alot and just highlighted the main stuff, but I would not at all relate the K-new/crop with the DFA 85, like.. at all. You would be throwing thousands of dollars away on optical brilliance that the crop sensor doesn't even reach/utilise. It echo's back to my point, if the DFA 85 was on the back (or front) of a new K-2, that makes more sense and might actually get some new Pentaxians or get some old supporters back. I don't think many nonPentaxians right now would actually argue that this new DFA 85 is probably the very best 85 on the market, period. What turns them off is having to use a K-1 with it. They just need to pick up the pace, strike while the iron is hot, K-2, 2021 along side the K-new :)




Yes! I think this is what they are doing, my only hope is such clientele still exists. I've always been impressed with Pentax lenses, in some ways I wonder why they are not just making these lenses for all brand bodies and just be a glass maker? Would that be better for them or company suicide?




Thank you.




That's my point, 'if'... I worry that by the time the cogs of Pentax revolve and there is now a K-2, it too will be old tech compared to other brands and worse... maybe even better 85's on the market. Time doesn't stand still, and I see this as Pentax's major foe.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 17 Hours Ago  
DFA 85mm f/1.4 Now on Ricoh's Website
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 123
Views: 4,791
It's a different kind of portrait lens, I would expect clinical perfection and what I mean by that is;

- no CA
- low to zero distortion
- low to zero vignette
- sharp wide open across the entire frame
- AW/WR (shoot portraits in the rain)
- Silent AF (good for being discreet such as wedding ceremonies, except the sound of the cameras shutter makes this point actually moot, trust me...)
- Expected to have better AF performance, more optimised.

vs FA77 which is;

- having CA
- has distortion
- vignettes strongly
- sharp wide open but not across the entire frame
- noisey AF

That aside and physics (85 with 1.4 can do subject isolation that 77 with 1.8 just can't), the FA77 is a 'charismatic' lens, yer supposed to embrace the flaws and it produces wonderful images. The DFA 85 is going in the other direction. Which is the right lens for you depends on what you do, what sector you're in and how deep your pockets are.
Your thinking is not flawed, it does semi compete with the FA77. As a wedding shooter I need compact primes, not large heavy ones which this DFA 85 most certainly will be. I've never once had a client complain about CA in a portrait, and in most cases one click in LR can clean it up, and in the instances it does not I am skilled enough in PP to tidy it up. I'd prefer a DFA 50 for the WR/AW perspective for weddings as that focal length will be more versatile in that setting (capture more of the scene). I'd love to have the 85, but I feel its a very strong niche product at this price point. It would work well in studio but I don't think that many serious Pentax professional studios exist (the ones I know use a 645Z), heck we only recently had a lifeline tossed to us courtesy of Godox...
I'd rebuy the Samyang 85 again before getting the DFA 85, I have since switched out my focal screen to a canon S type and find MF easier now;



At the price of the Samyang I'd just risk it in the wet, I could buy like 8 of them for the price of a DFA 85 :lol: :D (jks of course... would not actually do that!)




I'm sure that would not be the case.



Happens under certain high contrast areas. It gets better the more stopped down you are. You can just see some coming through here on this image where the woman's black bag strap is sitting on her shoulder (visit the image in flickr to inspect further);






Ha! Ok whatever mr passive aggressive :p




Pretty much, and hence ties in with my original thoughts, who's buying this lens in quantities that matter enough to make it a profitable venture for Pentax? That's my concern. I just wonder if the price tag was lower, then more of us 'enthusiasts' would get it.


5x $2k = $10k

15x $1.2k = $18k

etc.

Heck... if it is the best 85mm on the market right now (and probably is), if it were a bit lower then maybe other professional brand shooters might actually grab one with a used K-1 for just those 85mm shots! But a new K-1ii+this 85mm, $5kAUD, oof...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
DFA 85mm f/1.4 Now on Ricoh's Website
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 123
Views: 4,791
I haven't attacked anyone! I made a post about where Pentax is heading, sharing some concerns, wanting to get a friendly discussing going and Sandy tells me to get out :lol: :D



It's not the fact that they produced the DFA 85, or that it will be an awesome lens, it's the fact it costs $2kUSD/2k quid (prolly $2.5-3kAUD). It's now the most 'new' expensive 85/1.4 on any modern brand? Yet can only be used on a 2016 FF K-1, not a recent FF offering like how the other brands release. 4.4fps, 15 shots before the buffer is hit, questionable AF at times (and people will want to nail f1.4 shots). It's not what Pentax is doing but rather the ordering. Would they have done better on getting the 24/1.4 out, or wider and push/play to the K-1's landscape ability? (perhaps then the Nightscape Photographers Australia would have some Pentaxians). Then it comes to sales and pricing, might selling the DFA 85 at $1.2k shift more units and overall make the company more money? I'm not sure any Canikony's will flip over to Pentax when we're looking at potentially $5kAUD for a new K-1ii and DFA 85... ouch.

So I'll say it again, when a prime costs $2kUSD, who is actually buying it, because the professionals I speak to whom shoot Pentax are saying FA77 is good enough, or a FA85 will be good enough, and studio/product work they would use the cheaper DFA 50, and there seems little enthusiasts willing to pay the price... I dunno... this feels a little bit of a hard sale. I don't think a lot of Pentaxians are hardcore portrait shooters?

Anyway, it's fine for you to see flaws in my logic, I'm just sharing my thoughts is all. I'm not alone, a few comments from others;

"Would be nice to get a K1 upgrade with this beautiful lens as well. Bump in resolution, AF speed and finally decent video specs. Seems like there will be no new FF camera from Pentax for quite some time. I will not invest in FF Pentax until there is a new body. But it is nice to see that Pentax is still alive!" - MarBa

(echoing my feelings that this would have been awesome if released in conjunction with a new K-1),


"Man, they always lean on the high-price to make up for low sales numbers, don’t they? I love my K-1 as much as the next person, but yeesh. Surely Ricoh could have toned the engineering down a bit, it only needs to render a max resolution of 36mp to match the K-1’s nearly 10-year old Sony sensor..." - Darren James

It feels as though their design and pace as a company with releasing products it's just a bit out of sync. K-1 first, then UWA to support it makes more sense to me, then release a K-2 with DFA 85 later together (or close to one another). It's going to be years till we see a K-2 (I hope I am very much proved wrong).

"I still have a positive sentiment for Pentax owning the MEF (autofocus in 1983) ME,MX, ME Super. Could never afford the LX in my youth. I switched in the digital era to Nikon. The D850 with Sigma 85mm 1.4 art is my winner. Looking forward to a dpreview test of this lens. Well done Ricoh." - Wladislaw

"I am salivating over this lens. Little rich for my pockets. If I shot regularly as I did back in mid 2000s, I could buy and justify the relatively high cost.

Yes we do not have access to Sigma or Tamron glass. So be it. At last we have a modern AF option albeit an expensive one. At this price, it is made for working pros who can justify the cost by making money with it or it is made for amateurs with deep pockets!

We have to see bench marks to see how this lens compares to Sigma, Sony, Nikon and Canon offerings. For me I am comparing it to the Otus line of lenses from Zeiss, and for that comparison, Pentax is a bargain against the $4,400 price tag of the Otus 85.

Otus trio (28, 55, 85) is priced at $11,500. The Pentax trio (21,50,85) will be in the $4,000 range. Legend vs. legend, I would say Asahi Pentax rules at a bargain price.
" - BNapa

Followed by;

"I wonder how many working pros use Pentax today. Probably very few sadly." - User9362470513

And that's all I've really been saying, how many sales for this lens will eventually materialise? How many amateurs with deep pockets are there among us Pentaxians, how many successful Pros that can justify the cost.





Yep, and I agree with all of that, it's just the ordering of lens releasing that I wonder if was wise (and the pace). Patience only goes so far, I hope they start really smashing things out, because at the pace they're moving is a little worrying;

2016= K-1
2018/19 = DFA 50
2020 = DFA 85
2021 = DFA 21
2022 = DFA 24
2023 = K-2?

Urgh... I hope we're faster than this, if not I hope they can continue to stay profitable at this pace.




Yeah, I will be sad if the DFA 21 Ltd is more than $2k personally, I too would expect it less as its not a * lens (and embracing optical flaws :lol:).
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
DFA 85mm f/1.4 Now on Ricoh's Website
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 123
Views: 4,791
Let's get one thing clear Sandy, because this is the second or third time you seem quite keen to get rid of me :lol:

My involvement with Pentax started with my father, he was a Pentaxian. When I started to look into my first DSLR (pure hobbyist at this point) the K-50 seemed to be punching above the weight of it's competition. It offered more features and for a lower price. Add in the fact I could access some of my father's lenses (or share lenses), it made good sense.
Fast forward a few years and I am pushing my gear in ways I never intended, I am still within the first 2 years of exploring professional photography. During this period I have encountered Pentax's weaknesses (that I never encountered as an enthusiast), but have also come to learn it's strengths. My previous post to which you responded here has absolutely no bearing on my own relationship with Pentax. I never once said I'm ditching the brand, changing brand or anything like that. I will likely always have a Pentax camera and be a Pentaxian, it may be I use another brand for another shooting purpose in the future, but that's got nothing to do with my previous post.

I wanted to have a serious discussion on where Pentax is going as a company, not a dig at me (again) and my relationship with Pentax. I will always support Pentax (as I am doing so currently). So please stop with your tone.

I just did some thinking is all, about their direction as a company and you should know by now I have no issue with being wrong about anything regarding Pentax (god knows i've been wrong hundreds of times on this forum). I've seen niche companies bite the dust, I don't know if appealing only to current Pentaxians is enough... because you know... we get old and die. Pentax does need new buyers, fresh blood, always. It sells cameras and lenses, so do many other vendors, it's all a competition even if they are 'niche'.

My question is 'who is going to buy the DFA 85'? Who is their target audience, because it's certainly not every Pentaxian with price tags like this.
When I bought the K-50 Pentax were the best value, when I bought the K-1 again it was a good $1kAUD less than the other FF competition at the time. Value. They were actually cheaper than the rest.;

How Much a Full Pro Camera and Lens Set Costs for Each Brand

But recently we have some pretty pricey glass, there's speculation that the upcoming DFA 21 will also command a strong price tag as well (surpassing the pricey FA31 which many Pentaxians call time out on, too much $$). So where are they going? Not enough to make Canikony's flip over, but if they wanted to be a Leica is this how it's done (serious question). I've been looking at comments from other brand users about this DFA 85, it has them drooling! But they tend to add that they still would not 'go back' just for this lens.

Some have said that after the K-1 they should have been working on UWA fast lenses for Astro and then really driven/spent on some marketing and advertising to make a sizeable dent in the FF landscape genre (which imo makes sense, plays to their strengths). It's fine to talk about Pentax being concerned only with Japan market, or being 'niche', but will it be enough to sustain the company long term?

I dunno... I'm just scratching my head a little bit here. In FB Pentaxian land (where there is a good mixture of pros and enthusiasts), everyone is excited but no one is exactly saying they'll be buying it, too expensive for the amateurs and many of the pros actually shoot Pentax film or 645Z.

I'm just curious as to how many of us will own a DFA 85... :confused:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
DFA 85mm f/1.4 Now on Ricoh's Website
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 123
Views: 4,791
Yeah, it could, which is worrying.

I'm a little worried for Pentax in some ways. Whilst we're happy progress and production is happening I am a little concerned over their strategy direction.

Let's all be honest about Pentax for a minute. Pentax is not marketed for Professionals, yet look at some of these recent price tags. Before you all go crazy and shout at me, hear me out. If I grab 100 professional event shooters (weddings etc), I guarantee Pentax will be right at the bottom in terms of amount of users. A large proportion of those shooters will be Canikonyji. The fact that Canon and Nikon offer professional membership/service in case you are needing equipment in a hurry due to failure shows how much these brands can support their customer base. If my K-1 dies the day before an event I can't even go into a store nearby for a replacement (let alone be part of a service that will replace my camera then and there with another model to use whilst mine is being repaired etc).
Pentax don't market towards that arena, you won't see any of their marketing content geared towards wedding shooters.
They don' do sport or action, which again is dominated by Canikony. They are not strong in photo journalism either (when's the last time you saw a paparazzi with a Pentax?).

So Pentax don't compete or try to in three major professional revenues;

- Events/Weddings
- Sport/Action
- Photojournalism

Now, I'm not finished yet, so hold your hatred and breath just for a second...

Where the K-1 has been marketed often is the landscape realm, no doubt about it, when the K-1 was released in 2016 they produced a really impressive landscape FF camera. You will see landscape images mostly associated with the Pentax brand in what little marketing material they produce.

Wildlife, yeah ok, a little, but many wildlife togs have left Pentax and went Canikony for AF/Buffer issues. The K-new is exciting because it does suggest an improvement in those areas and a comeback to the wildlife genre.

At the end of the day I see the Pentax brand as being heavily geared towards landscapers, which is fair enough. Sadly however, they are little used in the landscape realm. You won't find many (to any!) users shooting a K-1 in the 'Easy Way Photograhy group or the Nightscape Photographers Australia group. It's quite saddening, even when we get a newbie asking for suggestions, K-1 is never mentioned. When I bring it up many users are surprised by the spec sheet and it's the first time they have even heard of the camera...
For some that are aware of the K-1, the points they bring up is lack of Astro suitable lenses. Now I'm not an expert in this genre, but when chatting with these chaps they seem to understand the Pentax landscape lenses on offer (15-30, Samyang options etc) but are still adamant that certain key focal lengths are omitted which prompted their own decisions to not buy into Pentax. They brought up the point that really after the K-1 they needed to concentrate all their efforts on UWA FF lenses and push for dominance in the landscape/astro genre, but they didn't. Again, not saying this is my opinion, just those I have heard from others who are really into this genre.
Always when I hear of a Canikony coming across to the Pentax platform with great enthusiasm, it's for landscape use (some are still pleased so it seems). Always those that leave Pentax and go to Canikony is typically due to AF/fps/buffer issues and are professionals in studio, weddings, photojournalism etc. Eventually they have enough... the market moves forward and more choices are available to them.

So here we have Pentax, still alive and kicking, but a small market share and an even smaller professional market share (users whom use Pentax and generate a solid living from JUST Pentax products). I'm not saying it isn't done, always there are exceptions. Please don't spam me with Pentax studio, sport, weddings or whatever sample shots, I get it..., I'm just saying how things are in the industry in general.

So if Pentax are not appealing heavily to professionals, then they must be appealing to enthusiasts.

So, here's the point. What enthusiast is gonna pay **2000quid for a portrait lens? How well did the DFA 50/1.4 sell? Who bought that lens? Two pretty expensive primes there... Are only rich loyal Pentaxians their market interest now? Maybe it is! Maybe it will work, maybe they become the Leica of Japan... I just dunno.
A lot of chitchat about this lens currently but not many people saying they will jump on it. When reading comments from other non Pentaxians they droll over the lens but then sigh what would be connected to the other end of it lol.

I'm not getting into the FF vs Mirrorless thing, it just feels about their pace in moving alongside other brands. Now if this 85/1.4 was released with a new FF (K-2) that had made significant improvements, that might actually have been really compelling and entice some ex Pentaxians to come back. Honestly... I just dunno whose gonna buy this lens, with that price tag, not because its not a justified price tag, the lens will be probably be the best 85/1.4 in the market period, but whose buying it?

Please note this is not a Pentax is doomed piece, just curious to hear your thoughts.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
DFA 85mm f/1.4 Now on Ricoh's Website
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 123
Views: 4,791
Wouldn't those stores have sales also? Can you not perhaps use your points in a sale?



Maybe the 2 that had it are the reviewers?



I won't ever own that 85/1.4. Too expensive and like you I'm quite content with the FA77. DFA21 is what I am saving for too.
Forum: Lens Clubs 1 Day Ago  
Lens Baby Club
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 681
Views: 133,012
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1 Day Ago  
Thematic Bigger Flowers
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 2,434
Views: 127,882
Forum: Pentax K-1 1 Day Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 29,205
Views: 2,574,982
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
DFA 85mm f/1.4 Now on Ricoh's Website
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 123
Views: 4,791
No such point system here :(
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
DFA 85mm f/1.4 Now on Ricoh's Website
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 123
Views: 4,791
lol :lol: :D
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
DFA 85mm f/1.4 Now on Ricoh's Website
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 123
Views: 4,791
I'm going with $2599AUD
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
DFA 85mm f/1.4 Now on Ricoh's Website
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 123
Views: 4,791
So price wise we have it retailing;

- UK, 1999
- Europe, 1999EURO
- US, $1899, but apparently that was a mistake and it's $1999 now?

Oof...

Wonder what it will go for here in Oz.
Forum: Lens Clubs 1 Day Ago  
DA zoom club
Posted By BruceBanner
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Nice.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 1 Day Ago  
645D, Cheapest Used Digital MF Camera to Buy?
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 58
Views: 2,121
Talking of using those MF lenses on the K-1, I take it we lose nothing in terms of IQ or AF? And the same is true for crop bodies (KP etc)?

I'm just curious, with the 4:3 sensor how do the lenses perform on a 3:2 (I mean obviously the glass covers the sensor)... but like... I understand when going from Crop to FF we do the 1.5x thing, but those are two sensors running at 3:2 making comparisons more easy.

How can we get ballpark comparisons for FL and DoF similarities for the 645 lenses on FF and Crop bodies?

For example, when I try and work out how my F28/2.8 renders on my KP I do;

28x1.5 = 42mm
2.8x1.5 = f4.2

So the F28 on my KP renders like a 42mm f4.2 FF lens would (although of course it is exposing and letting light in at f2.8, just purely meaning how the DoF presents itself).

If pursuing a 645 I would be keen to reduce my overall kit and let every possible ounce of glass I have here go for sale to help with the proceeds, I'm just not sure what kind of results are to be expected when using MF glass on FF and Crop bodies...
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 2 Days Ago  
645D, Cheapest Used Digital MF Camera to Buy?
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 58
Views: 2,121
Yeah, my thinking is similar (although I have the K-1 already I would be thinking to sell it (and some FF glass) to fund the 645D). I'd be pursuing the Fuji mentality but doing it with Pentax prolly running with a K-new + 645D (and a KP for backup). I believe (for events) the K-new should work better (than the K-1) and overcome a few niggles (better buffer, fps and AF performance), so the K-new becomes the 'bread and butter', but I still think the 645D would be used in a lot of shots as well. I'd treat it more like a film camera than digital (shoot it occasionally, don't chimp, just keep carrying on with the K-new). I mean there already exists plenty of hybrid wedding photographers who shoot film and digital, I would be treating the 645D in a similar way.
But that's just events, there are heaps of slower shooting paid work such as landscape use that I would adore a 645D.
Forum: Lens Clubs 2 Days Ago  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By BruceBanner
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Views: 1,815,929
Really loving those balloon pics, all of them. It's something I've never done or photographed, they look absolutely amazing and make such interesting things to photograph. I don't know what it's like to be up in the air in one of them either but I'm guessing they proving a really great photographic opportunity? Something more peaceful and serene than say shooting outside of a chopper. Hmm... this feels like a bucket list item! Thanks for the share!

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Throwback Thursday - I Contact



This shot was taken last year at the beginning of a christening, while friends and family gathered outside. I took several candid shots during this initial greeting, but it's nice when you get unexpected eye contact.
There's a moment between the two of us, everyone else oblivious to my presence except her. Even though I am not in the shot, my presence is felt within the image.

K-1+FA77
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 2 Days Ago  
My MX-1 photos - first steps
Posted By BruceBanner
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Sneak Peak



Flower Friday is tomorrow, anyone want to guess the colour of light used for the backdrop and what colour the table is that the vase is sitting on?
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 2 Days Ago  
645Z calamity - advice sought
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 50
Views: 1,899
I used you as an example today in a FB Pentax group post about the newly announced DFA 85. Precision Camera seems to be the USA dealer for warranty and repairs for Pentax equipment, but as of yet the DA * 11-18 and DFA 50 have been left off as being lenses they will service... Seeing as Precision Camera suffers such bad reviews/reputation there have been warnings over buying the DFA 85...

I don't really understand it, as long as there is a Pentax 'HQ' in your country of origin to reach out too in terms of post sale camera/lens service I would have thought that is enough. Where the product travels to get repaired I wouldn't care and find a semi reasonable expectation. Canon, Nikon, Pentax, they all have a major presence in the east more than the west?

Imo it only sucks because it's a necessary evil (more waiting times) and right now during Covid season it triply sucks!

Did I mention how my Pentax A24/2.8 lens posted late April is still not in Germany to my buyer? Australia could not at all fly it out and it's only just now been put on a boat. He's expected to wait another 60 days.... LOL!
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 2 Days Ago  
645Z calamity - advice sought
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 50
Views: 1,899
Price sounds ok considering where it's going to, the repair and journey back. I'd want a 1yr warranty on the shutter tho.

Interesting to think how much some lesser equipment like the K-1's shutter repair/replacement might be. $900AUD is too much imo, I'd pick up a second hand lower shutter count one instead, but $900 for a 645Z seems worthwhile (but perhaps too much for the 645D).
Forum: Pentax K-1 2 Days Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 29,205
Views: 2,574,982
Throwback Thursday - I Contact



This shot was taken last year at the beginning of a christening, while friends and family gathered outside. I took several candid shots during this initial greeting, but it's nice when you get unexpected eye contact.
There's a moment between the two of us, everyone else oblivious to my presence except her. Even though I am not in the shot, my presence is felt within the image.

FA77
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 2 Days Ago  
Yet Anothe Printing Rant...
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 34
Views: 1,076
Thanks TonyW, was waiting patiently for you to come :lol:

I have not read this yet (at all), but just wanted to say I have now had multiple sources tell me that issue #1 and issue #2 is not me, this is a bug that has never been rectified (and has nothing to do with workflow or colour calibration or print quality or anything like that, just bad design/bug). It has been brought to my attention that visiting 'Page Setup' at the bottom left of LR will allow you to change settings and hit 'OK' without a surprise print! Really, the way the 'Printer...' tab is working currently in LR, it just needs removed, it offers no benefit over 'Page Setup' and will not run a print unexpectedly.

The issue #1 seems Canon printer specific, some Canon owners report this happening on x model but not other models, but yeah, it's a 'thing'. Maybe unfair to call LR out as the culprit here, could be Canon's fault.

I will read your thread thoroughly, but right now I have been hit with many other opinions to say to ditch the LR for print and take the soft proof copy to PS for the print.

Thanks for taking the time to reply, I will look and read it thoroughly when time and head space allows.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 3 Days Ago  
Yet Anothe Printing Rant...
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 34
Views: 1,076
Yes, I understood it that print can surpass the colours 8bit exported Jpgs would allow, thus when printing one should be using the RAW file and not a jpg. A pc that has a capable monitor and gpu to display as much of the gamut as possible will be a better preview of the ink version than a lesser machine.
Forum: Lens Clubs 3 Days Ago  
DA zoom club
Posted By BruceBanner
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Views: 352,271
Apex



"Domesticated cats have been confirmed to prey on native animals, and surveys of catches have regularly occurred. In 2016, 29% of Australian households had a domesticated cat.

Feral cats are one of the major invasive species in Australia and have been linked to the decline and extinction of various native animals. They have been shown to cause a significant impact on ground-nesting birds and small native mammals. Feral cats have also hampered any attempts to reintroduce threatened species back into areas where they have become extinct, as the cats have simply hunted and killed the newly released animals... Cats in Australia have no natural predators except dingoes and wedge-tailed eagles, and as a result, they are apex predators where neither the dingo nor the eagle exists."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cats_in_Australia

As cat lovers, we had no idea how destructive and damaging cats were (in Australia) until we actually got cats. We try and be responsible and always keep them in over night and lure them inside before dusk and never let them out till after 9am (if possible, it's hard with small children running in and out of the house). Keeping them locked up 24/7 is just not feasible with our house design, and also feels a little cruel as well.

The image above shows our female cat catching what really is the largest meal she ever manages, a skink. I wish I could say the same for our ginger tabby who is an absolute killing machine...

Perhaps our cats days are numbered. We have official reports of three dingoes near our land, which have also seemed to have driven away the 'roos from the neighbouring national park. The park rangers are hoping that when camp sites reopen that this will drive the dingoes further back and signal the return of the roos. Time will tell...


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Apex



"Domesticated cats have been confirmed to prey on native animals, and surveys of catches have regularly occurred. In 2016, 29% of Australian households had a domesticated cat.

Feral cats are one of the major invasive species in Australia and have been linked to the decline and extinction of various native animals. They have been shown to cause a significant impact on ground-nesting birds and small native mammals. Feral cats have also hampered any attempts to reintroduce threatened species back into areas where they have become extinct, as the cats have simply hunted and killed the newly released animals... Cats in Australia have no natural predators except dingoes and wedge-tailed eagles, and as a result, they are apex predators where neither the dingo nor the eagle exists."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cats_in_Australia

As cat lovers, we had no idea how destructive and damaging cats were (in Australia) until we actually got cats. We try and be responsible and always keep them in over night and lure them inside before dusk and never let them out till after 9am (if possible, it's hard with small children running in and out of the house). Keeping them locked up 24/7 is just not feasible with our house design, and also feels a little cruel as well.

The image above shows our female cat catching what really is the largest meal she ever manages, a skink. I wish I could say the same for our ginger tabby who is an absolute killing machine...

Perhaps our cats days are numbered. We have official reports of three dingoes near our land, which have also seemed to have driven away the 'roos from the neighbouring national park. The park rangers are hoping that when camp sites reopen that this will drive the dingoes further back and signal the return of the roos. Time will tell...


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