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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-28-2015, 01:12 PM  
Advice Wanted: Pentax 70mm f/2.4 or the SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 or ? for BEST PORTRAITS?
Posted By ziscwg
Replies: 85
Views: 8,742
I like the FA77 with it's 1.8, but there was a tad more issues with lens flare.

I kind of like my 50 1.8 and the way it makes my scruff o mutt look
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Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-18-2014, 04:44 PM  
PNY Elite Performace SD Card 32gb $15, Class 10, UHS-1
Posted By ziscwg
Replies: 1
Views: 534
I have not tried these in Pentax cameras, but someone might like them

8 hrs left!!! End at midnight 11-18-2014 PST

It's like black Friday without the turkey hang over.:):lol:

Link PNY Elite Performance 32GB High Speed SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Up to 90MB/sec Flash Card - P-SDH32U1H-GE: Computers & Accessories
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-17-2014, 01:48 PM  
DA 560 news...
Posted By ziscwg
Replies: 31
Views: 3,347
stop shooting at 1/25 with your 300 and no tripod.:D
Forum: General Talk 10-30-2014, 12:32 PM  
Bike riders - helmet or no?
Posted By ziscwg
Replies: 64
Views: 3,054
If Captain America does not need a parachute falling from an aircraft, then neither do I.
Forum: General Photography 10-24-2014, 10:08 AM  
Rant: Reviews of defective equipment
Posted By ziscwg
Replies: 31
Views: 2,197
I see that on Amazon too and comment that the reviewer should review the seller (not always Amazon) and not the product. I remember one reviewer that bought and mini hand pump that is designed to be used on if you get a flat to get you home. Well, he gave pump a 1 star because it would not inflate his tubeless mtb tire. :eek: Talk about clueless. I'm sure he just did not want to spring for a real floor pump and hoped the $15 mini pump would work.

I wonder if I should review Lightroom and give it one star. It has a sharpening function. Well, I have plenty of action shots that are out of focus. It does not sharpen them to the tack sharp look i get when I can nail the focus. I guess Lightroom really sucks..................................................................................................sarcasm.
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-22-2014, 11:49 AM  
Shooting at a lower resolution
Posted By ziscwg
Replies: 11
Views: 1,197

You will also be able to crop better. JPEG tosses out thing and makes assumption. With processing RAW to JPEG, you get to choose what you want to keep.

There was a site that had a comparison of the same photo with Raw and JPEG. I will see if I can find it. He showed how he was able to recover detail lost in the in camera JPEG. He had to do some PP to bring the detail out of the shadows.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 10-21-2014, 04:04 PM  
Today's Macworld Review of K-50 - FAIL
Posted By ziscwg
Replies: 18
Views: 2,494
Did someone blast her on Twitter yet to point out her "oversights"
I wonder what cameras she has around her neck in her profile (macworld) pic. They are probably just something to hold her IPhone.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-21-2014, 03:14 PM  
DA 560 news...
Posted By ziscwg
Replies: 31
Views: 3,347
Don't need this type of lens anymore. My drone will get me close enough. I just have to figure out how to keep the hawks from attacking it. Maybe I could dress the drone up as a pig???
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-21-2014, 03:08 PM  
Macro He went that way!
Posted By ziscwg
Replies: 6
Views: 1,126

He just tells the bug "Pose or SQUISH. Either way, I get the picture"
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 10-17-2014, 03:26 PM  
Topaz Clarity Sale: Halo-Free Contrast Improvements (save thru 10/31)
Posted By ziscwg
Replies: 6
Views: 2,743
No coupon for the denoising pug in??? bummer.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-18-2014, 02:42 PM  
Pentax FA 50mm f/1.4 should I?
Posted By ziscwg
Replies: 54
Views: 4,731
It does shoot soft up until 2.0.

The DA 50 1.8????

I have that and I like it better. It's not as robust, but 1/2 the price. I shoots sharp at 1.8 and gets dead on at 2.8. I had to take the FA 50 1.4 to 3.2 before I felt it was sharp
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 09-16-2014, 04:30 PM  
Are prime lenses WR
Posted By ziscwg
Replies: 8
Views: 1,595
It is a 52mm. I put the wrong number down
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 09-16-2014, 04:26 PM  
Quickest way to change ISO when using focus point
Posted By ziscwg
Replies: 10
Views: 1,405
Using auto iso is a problem when you need everything to stay the same. I shoot a lot of my daughter's indoor volleyball. With contrasting uniforms, white balls, varied backgrounds, the exposure gets fooled.

So, I set everything to manual and go. With limited indoor lighting, I do have to tweak things. I too use the selectable focus points as it's better to focus on the lower part of the body than the face.

I just hit the info button, turn a wheel to 5 point, select ok, make the iso tweak, then switch back. It's kind of a pain, but does work getting the exposure dialed.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-16-2014, 02:22 PM  
BorrowLenses Used Sale + 15% Off
Posted By ziscwg
Replies: 16
Views: 2,028
If it helps,
I have rented 3 of their lenses. The ones I got looked new. No dust anywhere and very clean cosmetically. All of the lenses worked perfectly.

I'm not so sure of "the great price".
I saw an FA 77 1.8 at BH used for $599 with a 9 rating.

A suggestion might be to rent what you are looking for, then ask for that same one on purchase. I have found BL to be helpful and flexible on my rentals.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-12-2014, 10:54 PM  
FA 50 1.4 and the DA 50 1.8. Is there any focal length difference?
Posted By ziscwg
Replies: 13
Views: 1,024
So, to expand this, these two lenses would also take nearly the same picture on a K-50? (ignoring the 70 to 77 difference)

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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-12-2014, 07:03 PM  
FA 50 1.4 and the DA 50 1.8. Is there any focal length difference?
Posted By ziscwg
Replies: 13
Views: 1,024
I think that makes sense then. The DA makes the image smaller to fit on the sensor.

I guess I will have to read up on this a bit more.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-12-2014, 06:58 PM  
FA 50 1.4 and the DA 50 1.8. Is there any focal length difference?
Posted By ziscwg
Replies: 13
Views: 1,024
I meant in practical terms of what gets put on the sensor. Since the sensor is smaller area than film, does it have a "telephoto" type effect?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-12-2014, 06:51 PM  
FA 50 1.4 and the DA 50 1.8. Is there any focal length difference?
Posted By ziscwg
Replies: 13
Views: 1,024
Since one is for 35mm film (the FA), would I have a 75 mm aps-c equivalent using the FA 50?
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-08-2014, 01:40 PM  
Adorama Lexar / Sandisk Deals
Posted By ziscwg
Replies: 1
Views: 688
good timing for that one and $1 less than amazon with no min purchase for free shipping

The 32 GB is $24
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 07-23-2014, 11:38 AM  
Are prime lenses WR
Posted By ziscwg
Replies: 8
Views: 1,595
I have the 50 1.8 and love it.

Oh, get a screw on lens hood in 52 mm. I could not find a pedal type that would work

I know it's not WR, but for the price and pic quality, it's a compromise I'm willing to make
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-15-2014, 12:12 PM  
Buy it or rent it?
Posted By ziscwg
Replies: 14
Views: 1,041
I'm a big fan of renting lenses for specific occasions for us amateurs. We want good results, but cannot justify the expense of a $1200 lens even if we can afford it.
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-15-2014, 12:04 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By ziscwg
Replies: 45,324
Views: 1,594,888
with 578 pages and counting, I had to post.

I would not care if my camera said "Junk Inc" on it. If it takes great pictures, who cares?

The proof is in the pudding, not the pan you cook it in.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-15-2014, 11:24 AM  
Adorama "lowest price online" memory card & HDD deals
Posted By ziscwg
Replies: 13
Views: 2,734
Samsung is a huge and very good memory maker.

How do these cards perform compared to the tried and true Sandisks (extreme 45 mb)?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-08-2014, 12:33 PM  
Pentax DSLRs need to go on a diet!
Posted By ziscwg
Replies: 53
Views: 3,717
Oh don't go all logical and practical on us........................

Cyclists are the same way. They are concerned with what the frame weighs by itself when it's totally useless in that condition.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-01-2014, 09:48 AM  
Woooo Hoooo
Posted By ziscwg
Replies: 14
Views: 1,190
What's wrong with using your Iphone camera????

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I really got that question from my daughter.....................

The k-50 is a great set up!!!!!
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