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K-01 "WTF?!"
Posted in Pentax Mirrorless Cameras
Well that was my first thought, but the Custom Setting for flash WB setting was set to "Flash" rather than auto, and it was manually specified as Flash anyway, so it shouldn't have been a problem. Probably just one of those niggly issues I have to learn to deal with :P
K-01 "WTF?!"
Posted in Pentax Mirrorless Cameras
Well I'm pretty sure the AF assist light issue has SOMETHING to do with the flash not being seated correctly in the hotshoe; I'm using a Yongnuo which, despite being fully manual, has a rather dizzying array of contacts on its foot, which could theoretically be contacting and interfering with the Digital contact on the K-01's shoe; jiggling it around seems to resolve the AF assist problem. The saturation issue turned out to be a non-issue when actually editing the photos; it seems the LCD on the K-01 is ridiculously vibrant compared to the K-5, but the photos themselves seem to be fine. The only issue left, it would seem, is the white balance one, and that only affected maybe 5% of the shots in total, so not a complete failure. I'm still a bit wary though; in future, I may restrict the K-01 exclusively to video. Only problem is, I'm going to need to find a faster wide lens :-/ probably the DA* 16-50, which is going to be painful on the wallet :( EDIT: Actually, thinking about it, a Zenitar 16/2.8 could work well for video, anyone got one and have an opinion on it?
K-01 "WTF?!"
Posted in Pentax Mirrorless Cameras
Just got back from my first shoot with the K-01, and my reaction ALL night was a combination of "wtf?" and "ARRRRGHHHH :@" Constant failure to engage the AF assist beam; live view blacking out during focussing (and ONLY during focussing - another wtf moment), ridiculously weird white balance issues; one minute it'd be perfectly fine, the next skewed completely in one direction - white balance was on Flash, not Auto - and major exposure differences compared to the K-5. My overall reaction to the entire situation was just... what the hell is going on here? I mean, it's basically the same camera as the K-5, and yet it was consistently giving me COMPLETELY different results. Not to mention oversaturation of EVERY image. Anyone else noticed behaviour like this?
Plunge to film...
Posted in Pentax Film SLR Cameras
walking around with the Pentax 67ii kit is also a good way of keeping fit:DNo arguments there haha, I once did a 16 hour location shoot using a Kiev 60; by the end of the day, I felt like I was dying.
Plunge to film...
Posted in Pentax Film SLR Cameras
I'm afraid it's true :P On a related note, JUST finished my darkroom (aside from power fittings). The Kaiser enlargers are superb. I've still got one with a few heads (colour and multigrade) for up to 6x7 although I haven't printed anything for a few years. It's still set up in my makeshift darkroom. For anyone looking for an enlarger that packs away you won't get any better than a Kaiser. One bolt/knob holds the column to the baseboard and even the head comes apart. The 35mm B&W version is slightly smaller, but also rare. -All VERY true. I've got a few enlargers; one of the Zenit 35mm ones, a Meopta Opemus 5, and the Kaiser VCP6000; the Kaiser is by FAR my favorite. The only downside is it doesn't do 6x9, although they DO offer a version which does; the VCP900x, I believe. Unless you go up to a DeVere 504, the Kaisers are probably the best bang-for-buck wise :) My entire setup probably cost less than a hundred quid in total, and the stuff visible in the photo is only half of what I've got in total; the rest is in boxes in the spare room.
Plunge to film...
Posted in Pentax Film SLR Cameras
Old technology is nostalgic and interesting (I love looking at my Zeiss Ikon or Contax 139) but give me my digital SLR everytime. And as for "scanning" i.e. making digital something analogue after you've gone to all that trouble, well...You do realise a 6x9 (or even a 645, for that matter) negative will outresolve even a Pentax 645D? Hell, even a Hasselblad H4D. For photographic applications where high levels of detail is required, medium format and large format is still king; digital doesn't even come close - yet. When it comes to product photography, which is usually studio work, you'll almost always find their setup is a Hasselblad H4D (30,000ish) for proofing, and a Sinar or Toyo monorail in 4x5 or possibly even 8x10, which is used for the final shots. The irony is, they can shoot and process THOUSANDS of images on the LF camera before you even come close to the cost of the proofing camera.
Must have Pentax lenses
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
It's not a Pentax, but it's K-mount and it definitely counts :) I'd also throw the 18-55 WR into the mix, simply because it's the most widely available, most versatile, most bulletproof go-anywhere lens available for the system.
Plunge to film...
Posted in Pentax Film SLR Cameras
I'm afraid it's true :P On a related note, JUST finished my darkroom (aside from power fittings). by , on Flickr
Plunge to film...
Posted in Pentax Film SLR Cameras
Shooting film is actually far, far cheaper than shooting digital. Film itself is not prohibitively expensive, depending on what you buy and where you buy it from. The main thing to remember is: don't buy a single roll at a time, and don't buy it from a high street shop. The one exception to this is Poundland, who often sell things like Kodak ColorPlus 200, UltraMax 400 and even some less common films like Efke and Ferrania for a quid a roll. Failing that, eBay is where you should be going. For B&W I'd highly recommend Lucky SHD100, which can cost anywhere from 1 to 2 a roll, depending on the quantities you buy it in. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lucky-SHD100-Black-White-Film-x-10-for-HOLGA-135-BC-TLR-135TIM-Diana-Mini-Lomo-/170946028111?pt=US_Camera_Film&hash=item27cd2d624f That works out at 1.70 a roll, or 5p a shot. Development costs are even lower than that, if you're self-developing, which is actually ridiculously easy to do. Kodak D-76 developer is insanely cheap (1.50 for a litre of powder, which can be used at 1:3 ratio with water, giving you the ability to develop 10 films from a single packet of developer. Stop bath and Fixer can be re-used a crazy amount of times (think: over a thousand rolls from a single container). Couple all of the above with the fact that the cameras themselves are available for peanuts, especially if you trawl the charity shops for gems hiding in the bottom of crates out the back, and shooting film is FAR cheaper than shooting digital. EDIT: In addition, in my opinion the "best" K-mount film SLR is the Vivitar V335; it's a completely mechanical KA-mount body that only uses batteries for the -/o/+ meter, with a top speed of 1/2000th. It's based on the Cosina CT-1A chassis (the same chassis used for the Bessa rangefinders), and is practically bulletproof. I've dropped mine out of cars, off walls, down hills, and it's still working perfectly. There's also an insane amount of donor bodies out there for spare parts IF anything breaks. They also look quite gorgeous too :)
Carrying spare battery
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
I just toss all my D-Li90s in a side pocket of my bag, and AAs in the other side pocket lol.
Today from Yorkshire
Posted in Your Photos
Nice :) HDR by the looks of it?
Why use 'old' glass?
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
Hehe :P It's probably one of the most sought-after lenses among collectors, but the irony is that not many people even KNOW about it. There's probably people out there who own one and don't even realise just what they've got :(
Why use 'old' glass?
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
The XR Rikenon 28/3.5 Aspheric :) Same size as the SMC-M 40/2.8, but nice and wide. It's basically my life goal to track one down :P
Why use 'old' glass?
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
The 122k's a good camera tbh, the bulletproofness of Zenits plus the features of a K-series. The only thing it's really lacking, in my opinion, is AE, which is only available in the APK which is rather rare. Speaking of rare, a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to snag a copy of the second rarest K-mount lens ever produced :) Still hunting for the #1 rarest though, only ever seen one for sale and that was in Japan :(
Why use 'old' glass?
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
Haha :D It's almost as weird as the Industar 50 :D
Why use 'old' glass?
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
Http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HELIOS-44-K-4-USSR-Biotar-Lens-M42-Pentax-K-Auto-App-MINT-/121050553657?pt=Camera_Lenses&hash=item1c2f2cdd39 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lens-MC-Zenitar-K2-2-50mm-Brand-New-Box-/170623811404?pt=Camera_Lenses&hash=item27b9f8bf4c There ya go :) EDIT: You can also get a Zenit 122k with Zenitar K2 for about 60. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Camera-Zenit-122k-MC-Zenitar-K2-2-50mm-s-n-97014679-Pentax-K-bayonet-/150966736235?pt=UK_Film_Cameras&hash=item232651956b
Why use 'old' glass?
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
The Heilos 44 actually comes in K-mount as well, but it's pretty rare. The later Zenits (which used the Helios 44 as their standard lens) used K-mount, specifically on the AM, AM2 and APK. Less rare is the MC Zenitar-K2, which is a REALLY nice lens. Looks trippy as hell though, it's rounded-off focus ring is like nothing you've ever seen before. There's also the REALLY trippy Zenitar ME1 which has a 2-blade SQUARE aperture, designed to be electronically controlled, despite being M42.
Why use 'old' glass?
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
One post removed, please remember that PU is for Pentax images only. Many thanks.Could've just removed the images from the post... EDIT: Not to mention two of the three were taken using a K20D. Can anyone recommend a good, old, lens to look for?The Pentacon 135/2.8 is widely believed to be the greatest short telephoto lens of all time; it's available in two mounts, M42 and PB (Praktica B), make sure you get the M42 variant.
Are the K-30 kit lenses weather resistant?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
It depends on which kit you buy tbh. There are two variants of the lenses that it ships with; the "DA L" which isn't weather sealed, and the WR which is. A better option might be the K-30 DA 18-135 WR kit, which will give you a catch-all walkabout lens WITH weather sealing.
RAW processing
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Apparently Darktable has no catalog/file management features, which basically makes it completely and utterly pointless for my workflow.
preparing for patagonia
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
The Pentax FA 28-200 is a fantastic lens, and feels nice and rugged as well. It doesn't fit the bill for me on a crop body as far as a "walkabout" lens goes as I tend to shoot wide, but if you're in environments where you've got plenty of space and want the ability to quickly zoom in to capture something in the middle distance, it's the perfect lens. It's also relatively cheap as well, there's one on eBay at the moment for 60, although it's missing the hood (also available on eBay, 8.50).
Why use 'old' glass?
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
I think you'll find, unless your camera/lens is broken, ALL K-mount lenses will be wide open during focussing, due to that spring lever which contacts the mount.
K5 vs. K5II Autofocus
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I think for generally INDOOR use it's supposed to be a bit better, but for street stuff it's really not worth it; just use Live View on the K-r or get the K-5 and do the same :) And it's definitely worth getting an XA2 just for the fun of it, they're about 15 on eBay :)
K5 vs. K5II Autofocus
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
ALL Pentax phase-detect autofocus systems at night - assuming you've still got sodium streetlamps where you live - is unusable. Completely and utterly unusable. Even dialling in a massive amount of AF adjustment and having a dedicated "night time" camera doesn't work, because the focus error varies wildly depending on distance from the subject; it might be fine at 3m, but at 8m it'll be completely out of focus, and vice-versa. The only way to make it work is by using contrast detection autofocus, and then it doesn't really matter which camera you're using. In fact, I've found that my K-01 (which arrived earlier today) is WAY better than the K-5 once you load firmware 1.01. The only problem with contrast detection autofocus is that it's not brilliant in VERY low light conditions; not without the AF assist beam, which kinda ruins the whole "stealth" aspect. Don't get me wrong, the K5 is a fantastic camera, but it might be better overall either a) getting used to scale focussing using your DOF scale, or b) looking at a different camera, like the K-01, or even a film camera. Personally, if I was looking for a new camera specifically for night time street photography, I'd be hunting around for a reasonably priced Hexar AF, or just using an Olympus XA2/XA4, both of which can be had WAY cheaper than a K5 :) You also get a hell of a lot more flexibility with regards to film emulsions, processing methods, etc; all of which can be used to give a variety of wildly different looks. I'd say it also depends on whether or not you're doing it "just for fun" or looking to make a profit out of it, as profit from shooting film is typically much higher. A silver print, by its very nature, generally commands a much higher pricetag than a digital print.
Why use 'old' glass?
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
Because they're RIDICULOUSLY cheap. You can walk into a charity shop, ask them if they've got any cameras/lenses, and they'll come out with a crateful from the back. They're usually M42 or K-mount, which is the reason why I chose Pentax as my digital system of choice. It's ALSO the reason why we need a Full Frame camera so badly; for someone who has a penchent for wide angles, the crop factor is REALLY painful with regards to using older glass; if I was a portrait guy, I'd be as happy as larry... cheap 40mm and 70mm effective FAST (2.8/1.7/1.4 if you're lucky) lenses for a couple of quid? Yes please. But if we had a full frame body to use them on... jesus christ lol.