Frogfish

Status: Member
Join Date: 10th September 2010
Last Login: 1st July 2014 - 11:51
Real Name: Kevin
Website: Visit My Website
Occupation:
Interests: Guess !

All Forum Comments
Topic / Forum Comment
a Merry Christmas
Posted in General Photographic Chat
Merry Xmas to all - may Mrs. (Mr. Ms.) Santa bring you the lens of your dreams ;)
Anyone gone from K-5 to K-5II?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Thanks for posting the pics. :) They do indeed look identical in ISO quality, which corroborates with the DXO sensor tests published It could well make a difference if you do a lot of heavy cropping though (birding or possibly sport, for example). Maybe not for other genres.
Should I buy a 'Q'
Posted in Pentax Mirrorless Cameras
Always format a card in the camera it is going to be used in.+100 The only time I have ever had corrupt images is when I didn't. It takes less than 30 secs to reformat a card when you put it back in the camera, why on earth anyone would not do it and take the risk is beyond me.
ipad or Samsung Galaxy Note?
Posted in General Photographic Chat
I don't really understand why anyone would want to edit on a pad/tablet. I have an iPad 2 and love it, for displaying photos, Google Maps, books, pdfs, checking email and a whole host of other uses. When I first bought the iPad I thought I'd be doing lots of editing and so bought Snapseed etc. played with them and have never used them since. Maybe a pro-tog might see some use but for the rest of us is it really that urgent ? Of course you have adapters for the iPad if you want to load from an SD card or connect a USB device. Bought them - almost never use them. Giofi had it right, if you want to edit maybe a MacAir or the PC equivalents is best.
Recommend me a shoulder strap please?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
And I make 3 voting for the BR RS4.
K7 to K5II - features removed or can I just not find them?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
In the K-5 menu you need to make sure the 'Auto Rotation' menu item is un-ticked rather than ticked. If it is set this way the images will rotate correctly. Regards DavidI believe a number of K5s misbehaved and this function doesn't work .... it doesn't for me. Ticking / unticking doesn't make any difference but I wasn't going to return it that.
K7 to K5II - features removed or can I just not find them?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
1) Rotation. Doesn't work as on the K7. I too loved that function, all you need is an iPad like on/off menu option but although there is something in the K5 menu it doesn't work for me. 2) It is still there :- a) display a photo b) press the 'flash' button on the 4 way controller c) move to the icon on the left of bottom line of the icons displayed d) compare as per the K7 It's best to download and read the K5IIs manual from cover to cover (and repeat every now and again) it's the first thing I do with every new camera !
Waxwings in Wiltshire
Posted in Your Photos
Excellent set Gary ! I really like the one with the black head - we don't get that one over here (we have Bohemian and Japanese) - what is it and male or female ?
Waxwings!
Posted in Your Photos
Nice shots ! Don't you just love Waxwings. I got some cracking shots them, for the first time, 2 weeks ago (passing through on migration - gone now, more's the pity). Just gorgeous birds.
I'm Scared
Posted in Just Joined?
Welcome Ralph ! Another two tips to keep you going : 1. make sure when you focus it is two distinct moves a) half press to focus and for the SR to engage b) fully depress to take the shot whilst keeping still (I see so many newbies start walking before they have even fully depressed the shutter button) ! 2. make sure you are holding the camera the correct way (Google is your friend but basically left hand supporting underneath the lens, right hand gripping and elbows tucked in).
New website - would appreciate some feedback
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
Very nice job Simon. A couple of comments : 1. You need to correct this : Payment by cheque is also possible, please contact me to for details. 2. It loads fast because you are using Low-Res versions, this has it's own issues as some of the shots look 'noisier' than they otherwise would with hi-res versions (or higher res versions should I say). 3. It's a bit strange that if people want an express delivery (24 hrs) then they should contact you by email first - that would seem to be mutually exclusive ;)
Holster instead of straps
Posted in General Photographic Chat
The Cotton Carrier system comes with two tethers in addition to the hubs, and I don't have any system of carrying that doesn't employ, at the very least, a shoe string (tied directly to the camera's D-ring) or other tether as back up ! The shoe string, and now the black rapid I currently use when using a monopod, have all proved their worth and saved me thousands of pounds worth of equipment and heartache (the monopod is carried over my shoulder - saving my back) ! It's easy to forget to regularly check (tighten the screws on the plates or gimbal) when working or engrossed in your subject (usually birds for me) or when scrambling up and down banks. So redundancy is absolutely vital. I used to have the Black Rapid double harness to carry two cameras on the chest, however I didn't like this at all, it was unbalanced when using one camera and moving around and they bumped up and down (and against each other) all the time. When using one camera with a short lens on it (anything under a 300mm is a short lens to me ;) ) then a small waist-bag and a hand-strap when the camera is in use, is perfect.
Holster instead of straps
Posted in General Photographic Chat
Just ordered a Cotton Carrier (for 2 cameras) vest & holster. Very keen to see how the vest works out. I have a Peak Design Capture, the only problem being that I don't usually have something on my chest to attach it to (and the backpack usually stays in the car).
why oh why pick pentax ?
Posted in General Photographic Chat
Similar question ot someone who was doing a grad project on DSLR marketing and products and specifically Pentax and asked why - these were my responses : Quote: - In a market that is dominated by the heavy hitters of Canon and Nikon, what characteristics of the Pentax brand are appealing to you the consumer (price, features, durability, etc)? 1. Feature set compared with Nikon / Canon who cripple their lower priced cameras to encourage buyers up the chain to buy a camera with the features they require. Note even the superb new US$3,000 Nikon D800, currently being feted for it's superb Dynamic Range, amongst other assets, only matches the K5 in that area, both around 14 EV (of course with a 36MP FF sensor it can do a bit more with it, but that's besides the point). 2. In-Camera Stabilisation. This not only means lower priced top end lenses (since they do not require in-lens stabilisation) but smaller, lighter lenses and one would assume lens longevity. 3. Size. 4. WR 5. Be Different. This is attractive to mavericks like us ! I don't buy with the crowd if there is something equivalent in another brand. Quote: - In what method is the purchase and delivery of the good right for you (internet, professional camera shop, etc) Camera & Lens Purchasing I have bought all of my large ($ wise) purchases from the same local shop, luckily over here they are very price competitive with on-line prices. Indeed when I bought my first Pentax (the K7) it equaled the very lowest on-line price I could find in the USA. Since then I have bought 2 K5s and a Q. The first K5 I didn't buy at a reduced price, I paid US$1,500 for it and it was more expensive at the time than the Nikon D7000 - it's equivalent in the Nikon range. I bought the second K5 when it hit US$900 as I needed two bodies for shooting paid events and the K7 was failing in lighting conditions the K5 wasn't. Quote: - What keeps bringing you back to the Pentax brand for repeat business? Same Reasons I bought Pentax in the first place. I love Pentax, but not so much as to deny myself a better product if one exists for what I require of a camera and lenses. Quote: - If there was one word to describe the rationale behind a Pentax purchase, what would it be (price, quality, etc)? Feature set (for all cameras across the range) compared with it's peers. In the Future I will probably buy the replacement for the K5. I may buy a Pentax FF if they bring one out with the specs I am looking for. I will be buying a Nikon FF for shooting birds as the lack of long Pentax lenses is crippling in this field - both birding and Full Frame cameras are very big fields that Pentax have ignored for too long. The togs in those sectors are usually big spenders who buy the best lenses (often one lens costing much more than the camera they are fitted to and many times the price of a K5) and I have seen many Pentaxians move on because of the lack of an upgrade path to FF (full frame) and the lack of long lenses (500/600/800) and high quality AF TCs to work with those lenses. I will definitely be keeping at least one K5 (or it's replacement) and my favourite lenses (43, 77, 15 and Zeiss) so will be running two systems for 2013. Marketing As mentioned Pentax must attract the younger photographers. i think this is very difficult when most will not want to be seen as being different from their peers - mainly buying Nikon/Canon. Though the range of different coloured bodies available in entry priced cameras, the Q and the K-01 are all appealing to younger buyers. If rumours are to be believed and we have a new Pentax FF as well as a new flagship APS-C camera on the way then Hoya are addressing two areas of weakness. The road-map indexed 560mm maybe too late arriving, and too expensive, for many though. In the UK I saw Pentax had upped their game in a very positive way with their marketing, using a well known TV star posing with a Pentax. There was also a superb viral video that went around on YouTube and FaceBook. Another great strategy. For younger buyers these are much more effective marketing tools than a list of specifications on a page in a photographic magazine. That is for the higher end cameras and lenses.
FS: My PENTAX K-5 Gear
Posted in Classified Adverts
I think you'd do far far better splitting that lot. You would have to be extremely lucky to find a buyer with that amount of cash who actually wanted everything you are offering. You'll probably make more splitting too.
Little Egret
Posted in Your Photos
Thanks, Frogfish. They were yellow. You can just make out the shape of one, ruffling the breast feathers where it's standing on one leg, the other held up. Roger.:) Just confirming it was a Little and not Intermediate !
Little Egret
Posted in Your Photos
Nice shot ... what colour were the feet ?
Pentax Q on a 1500mm telescope
Posted in Pentax Mirrorless Cameras
Absolutely amazing Chris ! Good work indeed.
your not a photographer
Posted in General Photographic Chat
Hilarious !
K-30 disappointment
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
There is something odd going on. Can't put my finger on it at the moment. Did a lot of front and back focusing tests and everything seemed fine with all lenses at wide aperture and minimum or near minimum focus distance. But in the field I just can't get my usual results. I'm no novice and all of my upgrades from K-m, K-x, K-R have been a slight improvement. This image is like one I have taken so many times.Just resized from raw and about a 40% crop. This is with the K-30, DA*300, f5.0 and is ISO 400 and 1/2500 sec with SR on!! It was AF spot and the central square gave a solid bleep when on the eye. OK it was handheld but 1/2500 although that seems odd in the Exif, it was sunny but at f5.0 I would have expected a 1/500th ! I could beat this quality with my K-m and 55-300mm. I mean what is in focus? I just can't think what is causing this. A problem with the new firmware not going in right? A couple of shots out of 30 in superb light were slightly better but the resolution looks down, not up to me. Or do I just need new glasses??!!I don't think it's you Dave. We've seen enough of your work to know that you know how to handle your camera and lenses and don't need to be told (however well meaning) the basics of bird photography. Relative to your usual standards this is an atrocious shot TBH and I agree with you there seems to be something else going on here. 1/2500 should freeze just about anything pin-sharp (assuming low ISO and correct focus) though as you say it seems very fast (I'm assuming you were in AV mode and the camera selected that speed) considering that it isn't a bright day this seems well off. Personally I use TAv (with both my K5 & D800) for almost all my bird photography (which is more than 50% of all my work) ! That SS issue aside it could well be a FF/BF issue. Try setting up at a small target at different distances (typical bird distances e.g. 5m, 10m, 15m, 25m) and then try 3 shots each at -5, 0 and +5 at each distance and check the shots on your computer. I initially thought I needed more adjustment than I actually required. Yours could be the other way around.
Positive K-5iis review
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
[quote:3496ace15f="McGregNi"] This is the issue that keeps bugging me - there's no response from others so maybe no one knows yet! Could we actually just obtain the same crisp detailing from a 'normal' K5II images by being clever and applying high quality sharpening techniques in software? This would be cheaper if it were true.There was this same debate with the D800 and D800E. I remember one blog where the writer had brought the D800 images up to par with those of the D800E after post processing. I don't think there is a conclusive agreement on this as a) it may depend on the subject and b) it more than likely depends on the skills and software of the person processing the images. Though there is of course the argument that you don't need to do anything much to the D800E images and don't need expensive software and skills to get you where you want to be. Moire is another valid though unrelated argument and the weaker AA filter cameras such as the 'S' and 'E' definitely show more in certain subjects.Like the K-5IIs, the D800E only removes the AA filter though doesn't it? I cant' speak for anyone else, but I use my preferred software, Lightroom for far more than, just a bit of sharpening. :)[/quote] They don't remove it Smeggy - it just has a much weaker implementation of it. From what I've read that is the only difference between the two (much like the D800 & D800E). I suppose it really depends on how much work in PP you need to do to get to the same level - I can't say I've seen any difference in sharpness between shots posted by users of D800/D800E/D4 even, over on FM ! Maybe a simple pre-set applied on importation into LR4/A3 may do the trick.
Positive K-5iis review
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
For general use, leaving off the AA filter seems pointless.It isn't left off - it is just a much weaker implementation, you can't leave it out altogether (same applies to the D800E).
New member
Posted in Just Joined?
Not sure if the 18-135 is budget but it seems to suit your needs to a T (wide, long, dust-proof). I'd save up and get that one rather than compromising on a stop-gap.
Positive K-5iis review
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I haven't had any problems with the K-5 in low light. If i can see to manual focus the K-5 can autofocus. The K-5 can be more accurate than me as well in those low light conditions. The K-5 II may well be better again, but that's just a bonus.I use my K5 with the Sigma 10-20 (variable aperture) for interior shots - if I can see the subject in an unlit dark room (sometimes there is no electricity to the properties) then the K5 can focus on it. Clients are still happy with the results.
Positive K-5iis review
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
This is the issue that keeps bugging me - there's no response from others so maybe no one knows yet! Could we actually just obtain the same crisp detailing from a 'normal' K5II images by being clever and applying high quality sharpening techniques in software? This would be cheaper if it were true.There was this same debate with the D800 and D800E. I remember one blog where the writer had brought the D800 images up to par with those of the D800E after post processing. I don't think there is a conclusive agreement on this as a) it may depend on the subject and b) it more than likely depends on the skills and software of the person processing the images. Though there is of course the argument that you don't need to do anything much to the D800E images and don't need expensive software and skills to get you where you want to be. Moire is another valid though unrelated argument and the weaker AA filter cameras such as the 'S' and 'E' definitely show more in certain subjects.