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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-12-2010, 02:59 AM  
Cheapest alternative to the Pentax 17-70mm?
Posted By lastdodobird
Replies: 10
Views: 2,718
comparing this to the Sigma 17-70, would this mean that sacrificing the Sigma's range for the Tamron's speed is worth it?

Does anyone think I'd be missing that 50-70 range?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-11-2010, 09:59 PM  
Cheapest alternative to the Pentax 17-70mm?
Posted By lastdodobird
Replies: 10
Views: 2,718
I've been in and out of photography for the past year or two and it seems I won't be seriously pursuing this as a hobby in the forseeable future.

I've sold all my lenses already and what I'm looking for right now is a lens with a nice range (wide to short-tele) to use with my K100D.

The Pentax 17-70 is what I'm looking for but it's expensive and I don't want to blow a considerable amount of money on this.

There are also the Sigma 17-70 and Tamron 17-50 that I could consider, but could anyone suggest the cheapest alternative I could find?

Thanks!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-22-2009, 08:38 PM  
Rules/Guidelines when pricing used lenses?
Posted By lastdodobird
Replies: 3
Views: 1,790
Excellent! That's more or less what I was hoping for: An interesting and helpful guide/system for pricing used lenses. Thanks wallyb!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-22-2009, 08:18 PM  
Rules/Guidelines when pricing used lenses?
Posted By lastdodobird
Replies: 3
Views: 1,790
(NOTE: I'm not planning to post these items on the marketplace on this forum since I live in Asia and most of you folks live in America/Europe. It's going to be very difficult to make transactions. So I will just be selling these locally. I really just need advice on how to price the lenses.)

I'm planning to sell my 20-month old Sigma 10-20 and 3-year old "pancake" Pentax 40/2.8... I've never sold camera gear before and I was wondering if there are any rules-of-thumb when pricing used lenses.

I got the Sigma 10-20 for ~$450. I got the Pentax 40/2.8 for ~$280.

Both lenses are still in good condition (maybe an 8/10) although the boxes are gone and there are no warranties.

If I let the Sigma go for $365 and the pancake for $230... would that be reasonable prices? Or a bit on the high/low side considering what you guys know about them? How would you price them considering their age and condition?

The Sigma includes a Hoya UV filter, btw.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-27-2009, 10:03 PM  
Pentax High ISO Gallery - post here
Posted By lastdodobird
Replies: 1,383
Views: 321,020
Does increasing the EV help with high iso shots?

I did these test shots a few hours ago (DA40/2.8 + K100D @ ISO3200, f5.6) with +0.7EV and they seem to come out better...





Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-27-2009, 08:16 AM  
Pentax High ISO Gallery - post here
Posted By lastdodobird
Replies: 1,383
Views: 321,020
Taken with a K100D + DA40/2.8

ISO3200, f5.6

Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-26-2009, 08:28 PM  
Basic/Beginner Hotshoe Flash Recommendation?
Posted By lastdodobird
Replies: 25
Views: 7,018
So this will work on auto and is perfectly compatible with the K100D, right? :D

If so, I'm glad I saw this. Hehehe.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-26-2009, 09:31 AM  
Basic/Beginner Hotshoe Flash Recommendation?
Posted By lastdodobird
Replies: 25
Views: 7,018
woohoo thanks! I'll probably pick this one up then :)
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-25-2009, 04:29 PM  
Basic/Beginner Hotshoe Flash Recommendation?
Posted By lastdodobird
Replies: 25
Views: 7,018
I don't think I get this.

Genuine?

Why does it say TTL on the amazon website instead of P-TTL?

Sorry, just making sure about spending my hardearned money.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-25-2009, 08:15 AM  
Basic/Beginner Hotshoe Flash Recommendation?
Posted By lastdodobird
Replies: 25
Views: 7,018
Just a question regarding the page on Matt's guide...

He describes the Metz Mecablitz 36 AF-4 Digital as:

"an entry-level flash with a few more tricks than the Pentax AF200FG and flash power about like the AF360FGZ. The Pentax version of this flash is very new and is just recently easy to find in US stores."


How new is the Pentax version (does this mean P-TTL)? Because "new" is relative to when the review was written. Hehe.

Also, I'm not sure if the amazon-linked item in Matt's Metz Mecablitz 36 AF-4 Digital page is P-TTL or TTL...

For one thing, the amazon page says "Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003" which is over 6 years ago... so that's definitely not new... It also says "TTL Flash for Pentax" and I'm not sure if that means the same thing as P-TTL.

Just trying to clear things up since I'll probably buy that flash on amazon if it's P-TTL :) This is because you can only use TTL flashes manually, amirite?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-25-2009, 07:38 AM  
Basic/Beginner Hotshoe Flash Recommendation?
Posted By lastdodobird
Replies: 25
Views: 7,018
Yeah that's where I got the idea for the Metz Mecablitz 36 AF-4 Digital. Thanks.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-25-2009, 02:12 AM  
Basic/Beginner Hotshoe Flash Recommendation?
Posted By lastdodobird
Replies: 25
Views: 7,018
Some facts that might help:

* Favorite mode of shooting is Av (aperture priority)
* Camera is a K100D
* Lenses are: Pentax 40mm & Sigma 10-20mm

I just want recommendations for a basic hotshoe flash that's easy-to-use for beginners and will be a noticeable improvement from the built-in flash of the K100D.

Off the top of my head, maybe the Metz Mecablitz 36 AF-4 Digital?

Thanks!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-13-2009, 02:37 AM  
Best Economical Walkaround Lens for a Casual Photohobbyist
Posted By lastdodobird
Replies: 30
Views: 7,053
^ range doesn't seen to long enough
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-12-2009, 07:08 PM  
Best Economical Walkaround Lens for a Casual Photohobbyist
Posted By lastdodobird
Replies: 30
Views: 7,053
For those asking why the DA40 doesn't already do the trick, the thing is that as much as I LOVE the pancake, I'm still looking for a lot of versatility and flexibility.

I actually bought my K100D without the kit lens and got the DA40 as my first lens instead. Some people were saying that it was an unorthodox move for a beginner, but it eventually proved to be a good move since the DA40 is a great lens to have and I have a great time using it.

I eventually decided that I wanted a wide-angle lens though, so I bought the Sigma 10-20.

Recently, I borrowed a Tokina 28-200 from my friend and the flexibility of having such a zoom was quite refreshing. I posted several pics on this thread.

This is basically why I'm looking for a good walkaround zoom lens: Versatility and Flexibility.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-12-2009, 09:03 AM  
How small are the DA limiteds?
Posted By lastdodobird
Replies: 19
Views: 3,405
I own the DA40/2.8 and it's really small. As if it wasn't there.
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-11-2009, 10:49 PM  
Bokeh vs Background Blur: Is there a difference?
Posted By lastdodobird
Replies: 25
Views: 11,453
According to a friend of mine, there is!

Bokeh is supposedly the blurry effect created by a combination of a shallow DOF and a light source.

Background blur is simply just blur.

I don't know about this... Anyone care to opine?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-11-2009, 09:46 PM  
Best Economical Walkaround Lens for a Casual Photohobbyist
Posted By lastdodobird
Replies: 30
Views: 7,053
I understand that there are a lot of factors that go into choosing a lens, so I'll try to explain most of the factors applicable to me in detail so I could gather good responses.

Existing Gear - I'm using a K100D and I still don't have a hotshoe flash (although I'm trying to see what would be a good one via this thread). The only two lenses I own right now is The Pentax 40/2.8 and Sigma 10-20.

Speed & Sharpness - Not much of a priority for me in looking for a good walkaround lens, but it's definitely nice to have.

Overall IQ - Average overall image quality will do.

Price Range - I'm really not good with prices. My strategy is usually just to look for good candidates to buy and to decide if the price is worth it. Although if pressed to give a price, I would venture a guess of around $400 off the top of my head... Don't put too much premium on it though.

Focal Range - Top priority right now, since I'm looking for flexibility. However, I've heard that most "super zooms" suffer from poor IQ especially at the extremes, so a modest focal length will do. Maybe something that starts out at the 20's and reaches the low-hundreds will do. But again, I'm open to suggestions. I've been considering the 17-70, but I wanted to gather opinions first.

Shooting Style - I don't shoot people too much because I'm a generally shy person. I prefer shooting found objects... mundane things... people when they aren't looking... candid shots... very casual stuff.

I hope I'm not too vague. If any other info is needed, I'd be glad to provide more information. Just ask :)
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-11-2009, 07:30 PM  
Best "bang-for-the-buck" flash?
Posted By lastdodobird
Replies: 24
Views: 6,340
Okay... so let's see here... my candidates are:

Sigma EF-530 DG ST
Metz 48
>>> Is this the same as the Metz 48 AF-1? Because I've already used this flash and it seems to have problems with correct metering. I usually shoot in Av and the shutter speed rarely adjusts relative to the position of the flash, the focal length used, and other settings in the camera...
Sigma Super 500
Pentax AF280T

oh... and oranges... and flash powder ;) lol.

Since I've used the Metz48 AF-1 as borrowed from a friend and used it, I'd say it is quite decent. Like I've said though, I just have problems with it since I can't figure out how to use it properly when shooting in Av. It seems to have metering problems.

Then again, I wasn't able to borrow it long enough to play with it to the hilt.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-10-2009, 02:00 AM  
Best "bang-for-the-buck" flash?
Posted By lastdodobird
Replies: 24
Views: 6,340
I've been shooting for a year or so but have never owned a flash. I might be in the market for one soon.

So I was just wondering... Considering the concept of diminishing returns, what flash would you say gives the best bang for the buck?

I own a K100D, a Sigma 10-20 & Pentax 40/2.8... Might see if I can buy a good walkaround lens soon that will give me flexibility with the focal length.

What would you guys reckon are my candidates?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-07-2009, 09:37 AM  
Hogg Heaven
Posted By lastdodobird
Replies: 10
Views: 1,645
Love the 3rd pic.

The fisheye perspective and the rays of the sun make it stand out for me.
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-05-2009, 06:01 PM  
Why Shoot in Manual?
Posted By lastdodobird
Replies: 52
Views: 10,568
Sorry about that. I browse at work where most of the photo-sharing sites are blocked so I didn't see the photos.
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-05-2009, 08:16 AM  
Why Shoot in Manual?
Posted By lastdodobird
Replies: 52
Views: 10,568
^ What are the most common scenarios when Av could be fooled?


I didn't ask why other people shoot in manual. I asked what the benefit of shooting in manual is, so I took the answers as a reply to that question.

What I got from it is something like "Manual is good for specific situations where Av might not be so accurate." and then I processed that to mean that in most cases, Av would probably give you a good picture - but if you want to get a good picture more often, you should learn when to use Av or Tv and when to use manual.

The reason why i made this thread is that a lot of photo-hobbyists I know come across as preaching that you should use Manual Mode almost always - if not always. And I find that a little bit weird since Av seems to do a pretty darn good job most of the time.
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-05-2009, 07:43 AM  
Why Shoot in Manual?
Posted By lastdodobird
Replies: 52
Views: 10,568
Hmmm... so shooting in Av ain't all that bad, ain't it?
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-05-2009, 07:42 AM  
Expose to the Right: Proper use of the Histogram
Posted By lastdodobird
Replies: 31
Views: 12,336
Wow thanks for the info so far and that was quite useful info PentaxPoke :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-05-2009, 07:38 AM  
My LEGO man 365: 2nd year - COMPLETE
Posted By lastdodobird
Replies: 1,317
Views: 198,892
Just chanced upon this now. Great work! Reminds of such good ideas done with lego like this one that I just saw recently:




as seen in I Lego NY by Christoph Niemann in his Abstract City blog in the NYT
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