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Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-13-2014, 04:51 PM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By ablahblah
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Fingers crossed, I need a decent semi-wide angle to replace some kit!
Forum: General Photography 12-07-2014, 02:06 PM  
My view on these have changed since I was a newbie years ago, what's yours?
Posted By ablahblah
Replies: 78
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I'm still fairly new, so I still prefer to keep a protection filter on. Debating whether I really need to though. I did recently acquire a lens with a free skylight filter though, and I'm finding the skylight pretty useful actually. Might just pick up a spare or two for my other lenses and kick the UV filters out :P

It's also more and more apparent to me that the photographer makes the scene, not how expensive your lens or camera is. There are some amazing shots on the website taken with inexpensive lensing, just a matter of being at the right place and time with a good enough lens. And another thing is that there is in fact good glass out there that doesn't cost like $400 or more per pick. I don't see autofocus as a necessity anymore (when it's available, I usually delegate a MF action to a button and not the shutter); when you go manual there's vintage stuff that will enable the same kind of shots as modern lenses, but costing like 4x less. Though you need to put more thought into it, since coatings are less advanced and whatnot, but I feel like even that will pay off in the long run if you get a modern lens. Fundamentals, so to speak :P

Finally, zooming is overrated. I used to be one of those consumers at Best Buy that "evaluated" P&S cameras by how many "x" zooms they had haha. It took me until high school when my photo teacher told me to always shoot a slightly wider angle than you think so you can post-process later; I'm still knocking myself in the head when I realize I didn't follow that advice on a good shot, but it's becoming less and less of an issue as times goes on :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-01-2014, 05:40 PM  
Improperly cleaned Vivitar S1 70-210mm v2?
Posted By ablahblah
Replies: 6
Views: 760
It shipped without fungus, the last place I visited to shoot was a zoo though, so that may have been it. I'm definitely sure there's spores in there...there's a light, circular haze around three regions, two 2mm in diameter and one around 4mm. I'm definitely taking this apart now then to inspect the lens groups and try to clean out this thing.

Found some nice stuff over at if anyone else is interested.
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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-01-2014, 03:05 PM  
Improperly cleaned Vivitar S1 70-210mm v2?
Posted By ablahblah
Replies: 6
Views: 760
Now that I think of it, I think there might be something loose. Sometimes the focus is there where I want it, sometimes it's just barely out of focus and refuses to be truly sharp anywhere.

Small update, I just took a look through it with a light, is this hazy spot what I think it is...(fungus)? *dreads*

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-01-2014, 02:41 PM  
Improperly cleaned Vivitar S1 70-210mm v2?
Posted By ablahblah
Replies: 6
Views: 760
Hi all,

I was wondering whether anyone knew of an exploded diagram somewhere, maintenance manual, anything, for the Series 1 70-210mm (Tokina version) ? I am thinking about taking it apart and confirming that all lens elements were put together right, as every time I bring it on a photo run, it is usually outshone by my 50mm Ricoh XR Rikenon lens (which costed considerably less to obtain). At 200mm, purple fringing and CA in general is easily a problem, and it is not as sharp as I expected of a lens worth $500 in its heyday, even when stopped down to f5.6 or f8. The focus point also changes when I zoom in or out, but I'm not sure if it's supposed to do that. I'm using it on a Micro Four Thirds body though, so I don't know if the 2x crop factor is what's making the errors more apparent.


edit:: Right, forgot to mention, I can't truly land infinity focus either. It gets close, but not there, though that might just be my PK to m4/3 adapter :|. Also one thing I HAVE noticed is that it behaves...sometimes. Maybe there's an element loose or something.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-05-2014, 09:26 AM  
Pelican as a travel case
Posted By ablahblah
Replies: 8
Views: 1,049
Hmm, I've never actually had any experience with Torq, I got in a bit late so my primary expertise is with Traktor, Serato, and VDJ heh. Was it an older DVS system?

Sorry about to hear about that club fire man, I can't imagine having good equipment lying around safe only to be ruined by water. Glad to hear you salvaged a MKII out of there though, need more of those things around these days! Water has been worrying me lately actually, as it occurred to me that the flight cases didn't have "waterproof" explicitly labeled anywhere. I'm doing a regular gig next year; if it's pouring outside, I'm not sure if I want to take that gamble now that you mentioned that. May have to swap out before then
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-05-2014, 09:09 AM  
Correcting CA...while r/g colorblind?
Posted By ablahblah
Replies: 5
Views: 820
White balance has also been a major issue for me, have a little bit of a hard time telling what's "too red" when I'm trying to make green's look natural

CA has just been messing with me, because I've always heard of it but never knew what it was; it was sort of jarring to be told some of my shots had it when I'd never noticed!

I do not have the privilege of running FA or DA lenses unfortunately, nor a Pentax body (I'm adapting to a M4/3 body >.<), but Olympus' software has some correction methods built in, it's just a little hard to see what I'm actually doing. I'll pay attention to what you guys said about when CA appears though, my wide angle shots have had some issues, though so have a couple of my telephotos. Swapping my M4/3 telephoto out for a Vivitar Series 1 soon, so hopefully that helps.

Heie I don't paintball much, but I do airsoft....heh, I can never really tell if I'm seeing something that other people aren't seeing, but ATACS has always looked a little off to me:D
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-05-2014, 02:14 AM  
Correcting CA...while r/g colorblind?
Posted By ablahblah
Replies: 5
Views: 820
Hi all,

I've been in a really weird dilemma with chromatic aberration. To be totally frank, the only reason why I know of it is because a few of my friends pointed out some tinges in my shots, which I can't see because I'm red green colorblind. Is there any good way for me to manually correct CA in post pro having this...? Maybe some sort of color profile I can throw on my computer or something?

---------- Post added 03-05-14 at 03:16 AM ----------

edit : Not completely r/g colorblind, I meant as in I'm a little less sensitive to r/g. i.e. it's hard for me to tell sometimes a brown leaf from a dark green leaf, or an orange'ish sunlight cast from a red'orange cast
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-05-2014, 02:10 AM  
Working in low light. Suggestions?
Posted By ablahblah
Replies: 14
Views: 1,189
Wanted to chime in and say I'm interested too, I have a Ricoh 50mm F2 as well that practically saved my butt at a conference event. All my other lenses hit above F4, and my M4/3 system shot them all down with ISO noise. I found it hard to consistently nail the focus on the Ricoh at F2 though!

One thing I noticed is that you said you were shooting at 1/15 and 1/25? I usually try to shoot at a minimum shutter speed that is reciprocal of the focal length so camera shake doesn't mess up my shots.
A wider lens would help for sure with focus and letting you hit a lower shutter speed without camera shake.
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-05-2014, 02:03 AM  
Candid street photography
Posted By ablahblah
Replies: 21
Views: 5,195
Imo, in the states at least, people don't like to look stupid. So if you snap a photo of someone and they suspect you're deliberately trying to get them in the shot, they will be a little avert to that. If you look like a tourist, or are "focusing" on some obvious landscape object around the area, i.e. not looking like you're targeting any specific person, people are less suspicious imo. When people are put on the spot, you also kind of freeze and don't act normal, so it helps that too.

Unfortunately, I don't have any candid street shots as I haven't gone out and shot street with the cam for awhile, but I just got back from two conference events that helped remind me of some etiquette/people skills when I have a camera in hand. Tried to stay discreet and limit my shot volume; holding your cam hip-level with your finger on the shutter and a wide-angle at hyperfocal focus helps too!
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-05-2014, 12:51 AM  
Photography Numbness
Posted By ablahblah
Replies: 53
Views: 3,859
I think you just have to keep at it honestly. When started to get into DJ'ing, I wanted to get about a year in, because everyone that was posting online was making epic mixes that I knew I lacked the skill for. I came across an article that said this phase happens to EVERYONE though. The only way you get better is by practicing, and all those people making great music online, or rather, posting REALLY awesome photos online, have had the experience and likewise the skills to do it. They've gone through that phase, and have gone out, and this is how they are where they are today.

So I kept my equip, kept at it, kind of ignored everyone else's skill levels and just enjoyed the musical ride, and when I listened to a recording of myself ANOTHER year later, I was actually kind of impressed. Not exactly the best, but getting close to what I personally consider upload quality (have held off on uploading because I didn't think my stuff was good enough yet). I'm doing the same for photography, though I need to put more time into photo hehe.

Just my 2 cents.

---------- Post added 03-05-14 at 02:45 AM ----------

*when I started dj'ing, I wanted to get out about a year in

sorry for double post I can't edit for some reason
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-04-2014, 04:04 PM  
Pelican as a travel case
Posted By ablahblah
Replies: 8
Views: 1,049
:eek: glad to see another Serato user online! I wish I had a Pelican case for my controller, heh I only recently started to get into mixing and it didn't cross my mind until lately that it may have been a better value vs my current flight case.

That's a really slick shot of those Stantons...I'm guessing Scratch Live?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-04-2014, 03:05 PM  
Pelican as a travel case
Posted By ablahblah
Replies: 8
Views: 1,049
I'm not a professional photographer, nor do I have enough lenses to warrant this kind of storage, but I definitely agree with having a dedicated ATA bag if you're going on an airplane with a lot of gear. I do some DJ work and I've never seen anyone carry equip into an airplane with a softcase, it's almost always in an aluminum and wood flight case.

Pelican cases are as bombproof as you can get though. They're actually heavier than most aluminum/wood flight cases heh. Some of them are even watertight, some have gas-balancing valve so they don't vacuum-lock when you go through pressure differences.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-04-2014, 12:23 AM  
M4/3 User Switching to Manual
Posted By ablahblah
Replies: 2
Views: 455
Hi all,

Been kind of lurking around the reviews section here, which has been a massive help in finding some new glass for my micro four thirds system.

The first "real" camera that I got is the Olympus E-PM2 I run right now, with a 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R and an ED 40-150mm F4-5.6 R. Worked with a Pentax SLR really closely in my high school photo classes and liked them a lot though.
I started venturing into manual lenses with a 50mm F2 XR Rikenon L, coincidentally in Pentax K mount and ironically, used by me for 5 months exclusively in reverse-mount as budget macro lens :confused:
Then last month I got myself a Pentax K mount to Micro Four Thirds converter, and WHOAA that F2 aperture blew my mind. Suddenly became my favorite lens! (The wider aperture helps M43's bokeh and low light shortcomings). So I started thinking that I could probably find some much better glass than I currently had with some old film lenses, at the expense of aperture priority and autofocus, but I like shooting full manual anyways. And so I am here :lol:

I'm replacing that ED 40-150mm F4-5.6 R with a Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm F3.5 (Version 2). Looking forward to it!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-04-2014, 12:14 AM  
Prime Lens Users... Question
Posted By ablahblah
Replies: 46
Views: 3,484
^I like the feet analogy, I'm pretty darn fresh to photography (imo at least) and this is how I view it when I shoot with my 50mm.

To the OP, I switch lenses very very often in the field. When I look for shots I am trying to identify not only how I'm going to compose, but where I need to be, what lens works with that, and whether the strengths/weaknesses of that lens is going be an issue. The lens switch happens if I think its worth it; if I don't think I have the equipment for the shot, I'll usually just try to figure out another line of attack.

I carry three lenses with me usually, and I try to streamline my bag so that lens swaps can happen ASAP. If I'm particularly active and in a relatively safe zone, I'll have lens caps and bayonet caps off all lenses the entire time, with the bayonet facing the bottom of the bag. Really darn risky, but I find that when I can just unlock the lens and chuck it into the bag (without putting on caps), I start kind of indexing where that little red alignment dot is, and lenses begin to pop in and out at the snap of a finger.
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