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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-01-2010, 02:28 PM  
I'm in with a K-7
Posted By kxuser
Replies: 22
Views: 4,290
I initially purchased the K-x and loved it. I loved it so much that I decided to take the plunge and purchase a K-7 body as well. I love both cameras and each have their strengths and weaknesses.

I use the K-x for low light, ease of use, and portability.

i use the K-7 for any sort of professional work that I do.

Basically the K-x is always on my side and I bring out the K-7 for serious shoots. Both are fantastic, and the shift from the K-x to the K-7 was a graceful one, as many of the features are the same. I do like having more control with the K-7, but the K-x is my "go-to" camera.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-01-2010, 02:22 PM  
mac or windows
Posted By kxuser
Replies: 118
Views: 20,942
This is coming from a former "Mac Genius", what Apple calls their tech support people in their store.

Get a Mac.

The gap between the two is smaller than ever. Formats are universal, and all the major photography programs work on Mac and PC. If you find one that only works on PC, then great, you can buy a copy of Windows and install it on your mac using either Apple's built in "Boot Camp" software. Or you can run Mac OS and Windows side by side using Parallels. VMWare Fusion is out there too, but most people use Parallels, and it works great.

I personally use both, but for all of my image editing I use Macs and Mac OSX. You pay more for the initial investment, but I believe that it is worth it. The displays on Macs are so beautiful and render images in a very pretty manner. In my personal experience when editing a photograph on my Mac and then taking it for printing the print looks very close in color and detail as what I saw on my screen. On (price wise) cheaper computers the displays often do not provide the color or brightness that I would like. Just take a look at a photo on an iPhone or an iPad. Beautiful. When looking at my same photos on a lesser display they look flat and un-colorful.

From a tech standpoint all the new Apple computers are designed very well, and are designed to work WITH the software. Whereas windows is designed for many different hardware components. Simplicity wins here.

I would recommend Apple, but this is coming from a former "MG" at the Apple store SoHo for 3 years, so my opinion is bias. :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-30-2010, 09:13 AM  
Is it normal for K-X to make a gearing sound when shaken?
Posted By kxuser
Replies: 8
Views: 1,772
Its most likely the Shake reduction feature when you are using live view mode. See this article.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 04-28-2010, 11:47 AM  
K-x newbie from NYC
Posted By kxuser
Replies: 8
Views: 564
Yes Redseele, I run kxuser.com. Thanks for checking it out, and glad you went with the K-x. Welcome. Agree, there are some great places to take pics in NYC. So many though! There is cool street graffiti everywhere, and landmarks everywhere too. Anyways, welcome.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 04-27-2010, 01:15 PM  
K-x newbie from NYC
Posted By kxuser
Replies: 8
Views: 564
Hey Redseele, where in NYC you live? I'm in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Forum: General Talk 04-27-2010, 10:41 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By kxuser
Replies: 21,816
Views: 1,572,296
Attachment 60760

Sigma 17-70mm. Really enjoying it so far, it is sharp!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-24-2010, 02:09 PM  
Looking to replace my K-x kit lenses - recommendations please
Posted By kxuser
Replies: 21
Views: 4,010
I used the 18-55mm lens for about 5 months, but decided recently to upgrade. I bought the Sigma 17-70mm lens, it just arrived on thursday, but I couldn't be happier. I wrote about it here, and have some samples on the site. There is also a good flickr group for this lens here.

I really like that it goes up to the 70mm range, and the focal length for up close macro shots is great. Its about 9 inches (from the k-x sensor), so zoomed in at 70mm you can get the lens right up to your subject. I am a little afraid that I am actually going to bump the subject with the lens when I am zoomed in.

The build quality is great. The focus is faster and quieter than the kit lens. The images I have produced are very sharp and colorful. I haven't taken it off since I purchase it (even though its only been 3 days). I was instantly a fan and recommend this lens. :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-22-2010, 12:55 PM  
17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Posted By kxuser
Replies: 14
Views: 2,551
I was able to snag the lens before it sold out again from amazon and took some shots of it, and one of the lens mounted on the K-x.

Now to go test it out!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-16-2010, 06:59 PM  
Vintage camera straps?
Posted By kxuser
Replies: 15
Views: 8,364
As expected one of these camera straps has broken already. I pretty much knew right off the bat that these were not going to last very long. Things just ain't made like they used to. oh well, they were fun while they lasted. :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-16-2010, 06:54 PM  
What do you think of HDR?
Posted By kxuser
Replies: 70
Views: 14,051
I really like the second and third ones. Nice.

Any controversial topic is worth noting. Thanks for the opinions.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-16-2010, 04:03 PM  
NATURAL INSPIRATION: Outdoor Photography with Kerrick James Sponsored by PENTAX @B&H
Posted By kxuser
Replies: 17
Views: 8,511
I just registered for the 3pm event!
I look forward to seeing Kerrick's work, and hope to meet some other NYC Pentaxians.
Anyone else on here attending?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-16-2010, 03:50 PM  
17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Posted By kxuser
Replies: 14
Views: 2,551
Just ordered the OS version from Amazon. That review gives it real solid marks, and right now I am still using my kit lens for the 18-55 range, so this will be a welcomed upgrade. :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-13-2010, 10:30 AM  
17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Posted By kxuser
Replies: 14
Views: 2,551
Thanks for that answer. Thats what I was wondering.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-12-2010, 01:47 PM  
17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Posted By kxuser
Replies: 14
Views: 2,551
Was doing some googling and found this.
Sigma’s Optical Stabiliser system reportedly offers a shutter speed saving around four stops. It’s compatible with the build in anti-shake function found in Sony and Pentax bodies also.
I don't know how trustworthy the site is, but I found it here
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-10-2010, 12:39 PM  
17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Posted By kxuser
Replies: 14
Views: 2,551
Looks like you are correct.

I did some searching around the web, and all the major retailers have the OS version of the lens. Even Sigma's site labels it as "new!" I will probably have to spend the extra $80 and test this lens out.

Follow up question. Is the OS very helpful? I understand that it is an in-lens anti shake mechanism, but can anyone say from experience that the OS is much better? Also, with the OS on lens is it best to keep the K-x/K-7 shake reduction turned on or off?

Thanks
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-09-2010, 07:11 PM  
Pentax K-x and K-7 size comparison
Posted By kxuser
Replies: 33
Views: 9,417
Bottom line to me, these are both fantastic cameras. They each have their strengths and weaknesses and should be applied to suit your needs. However you may use them.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-09-2010, 06:02 PM  
17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Posted By kxuser
Replies: 14
Views: 2,551
Does anyone know why this lens is on backorder everywhere? Is it being updated? Is it just in high demand?

I would like to get my hands on one to test it out, but it is nowhere to be found. Any insight would be helpful.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-09-2010, 05:58 PM  
Pentax K-x and K-7 size comparison
Posted By kxuser
Replies: 33
Views: 9,417
To clarify,
I feel that when using the 11 point autofocus mode having the visual confirmation in the viewfinder of the K-7 I am more likely to know what the camera is actually focused on as opposed to the the K-x.

On my K-x I always use the focus/recompose technique, so that I know exactly what I am focused on.

So the result of more in-focus images with the K-7, may just be an effect of my awareness of where the camera is actually going to focus.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-08-2010, 05:49 PM  
Pentax K-x and K-7 size comparison
Posted By kxuser
Replies: 33
Views: 9,417
Regardless of the "official specs" this is what I have experienced.

-The K-7 has a much better feel in my hand and feels bigger however the K-x is my go-to camera for its light weight and compact size.
-The K-7 performs much worse at high ISO. The K-x beats the K-7 hands down at +800ISO. I only bring the K-x if I am shooting at night.
-The K-7 autofocus performs much better than the K-x. I have consistently gotten more focused shots with the K-7
-The K-7 has a steeper learning curve. More custom settings than the K-x, this can be a good or a bad thing.
-The K-7 is weatherproof, the K-x is not.

I could go on and on.

In my experience I actually only bring my K-7 on "serious" shoots, I want better quality and more options. The K-7 fits a certain niche, although at night forget it. The K-x though, is my go-to bring everywhere camera.

The K-x is always on my side for every day usability. The K-7 is my pro shot camera. Although I would say that I have captured a higher number of great shots with my k-x than I have with my k-7. But maybe that is only because I have used the K-x more. I don't know. :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-08-2010, 05:33 PM  
What do you think of HDR?
Posted By kxuser
Replies: 70
Views: 14,051
I don't want to start a huge debate, but photography is art.

What is art?

Many well known artists of yesterday, (Picasso, Van Gogh, etc.) were criticized in their time for their experimental nature. My opinion of art, if something captures your imagination and locks you into view, then you are doing something right. The more controversial the better. The people mocking experimentation/exploration are often times the ones that are entrenched in their "old fashioned" ways.

I studied architecture and saw this so much when I was actually trying to get a job designing buildings. Most architects were unable to accept the fact that computers were going to change their world, and modernize their craft. Their negative feedback single handedly convinced me to be interested in more forward thinking design firms. Now I look back and every well known architect is using technology to design buildings. Some of the most interesting that the human race has ever seen.

All I ask is that you think of this when you consider advancements in photography, or for that matter, any application.

The innovators are always ridiculed, but oftentimes their ideas are the ones that stick.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-08-2010, 05:22 PM  
Fairly negative review of the K-X
Posted By kxuser
Replies: 134
Views: 21,732
This review must be a joke?!? April fools day?

As always photography really comes down to the skill of the photographer, not necessarily the equipment he/she possesses. Don't let specs get in the way of skill.

And as always, the internet is full of misinformation and anonymous critiques. Don't let it get to you!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-08-2010, 04:45 PM  
Move to K-7 or Wait for K-8/FF?
Posted By kxuser
Replies: 60
Views: 13,250
I went through the exact same process. The K-7 was calling my name after purchasing a K-x.

I went ahead and purchased the K-7 with the battery grip. I was really burning through batteries on the K-x, even though I was using rechargeables. The body does feel much better in my hands. The autofocus is much better. High ISO is still worlds better on the k-x. But I rarely go above 800.

I still use both cameras. I find that I am more likely to take the k-x with me when portability and weight is an issue. For serious photo shoots I always use the K-7.

I find that they compliment each other nicely, just depends on what I plan on photographing on any given day. Enjoy your cams!

:)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-27-2010, 06:00 PM  
Pentax K-x and K-7 size comparison
Posted By kxuser
Replies: 33
Views: 9,417
You are not going to break the K-x (unless you drop it), but the K-7 feels extremely nice in your hand. Much more solid than the K-x. Which is to be expected, you are jumping from an entry level DSLR to a semi-pro DSLR. Weather sealing and dust proofing. The build quality of both are real nice, but the K-7 definitely has the rugged feel to it. Its solid. As far as sturdiness I find that it feels more steady in my hands, but it may just be due to the smoother shutter. After adding the battery grip to the camera it feels even more solid, sturdy and meaty.

You know how everyone says that the K-7 is "built like a tank". Well it is.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-26-2010, 03:20 PM  
Pentax K-x and K-7 size comparison
Posted By kxuser
Replies: 33
Views: 9,417
Thanks for checking it out.

Well, since I couldn't really find that many photos of the two cameras together, I just took some quick snaps with an old point and shoot. I agree they are FAR from professional, but I hope they give an idea. I am more interested in taking photos with the cameras, than taking photos of the cameras! :)

And yes, the two cameras are very close in size.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-24-2010, 07:04 PM  
K-7 Limited Silver
Posted By kxuser
Replies: 36
Views: 8,624
simply beautiful.
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