Mark Ransom

Mark Ransom

Lives in United States Minneapolis area, MN, United States
Joined on Feb 13, 2003
About me:

Pentax was kind enough to let me win a K-7 camera as a door prize. I try not to let that color my opinion of them; I've been a Pentax supporter long before that, but I'm not a fanboy.

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  • I know what you're saying. When I first got into digital with a Sony compact, I was surprised to find I was taking better pictures. Some of that was the freedom to take more pictures without ...
  • Are you saying that Fuji cameras have had significant AF performance enhancements via firmware upgrades? Good for them if so, but I think contrast AF is much more software dependent than ...
  • Replied in Pretty in pink
    Two different shades of pink. Hope you like them.
  • Replied in One more
  • If it isn't already in this latest version of the firmware, you need to consider the possibility that they changed their minds. As Awaldram said, there are significant technical challenges to ...
  • That's a great sampling, thanks for sharing them! I don't think the issue was whether Pentax cameras could take well focused photos, I think it's about the hit rate. How confident are you that when ...
  • Too bad they can't enable it when you're using an external microphone.
  • Replied in A few more
    Yes, I found enough time to go back to the butterfly spot. Last time I took the Tamron 70-300, this time I took the Pentax D-FA 100 Macro. I was confident that I'd get close enough to get some ...
  • Not so crazy, I think. The challenge would be to get the sensor to switch positions with the required tolerances and rigidity. No need for the LCD to move too, it can remain fixed. Of course it ...
  • I think you misunderstand Alex's intentions with this thread. Of course speculation about the future of Pentax ILC cameras is on topic and expected in this forum, and in fact it's quite rampant. ...
  • Replied in Painted Ladies
    Thank you.
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    Stigg, the lens I used is the Tamron 70-300. It is a lens I haven't used much since I got the Pentax 55-300, but I compared them recently and found it to be slightly better than my copy of the ...
  • Replied in Painted Ladies
    Thanks Dale. Apparently this is one of the most widely distributed butterflies in the world.
  • Replied in Painted Ladies
    Thanks MRP. I don't think the flower is Parthenium, but perhaps it's closely related?
  • Replied in Painted Ladies
    Thank you Peter. No, they're not Monarchs - the coloring is similar, but the pattern is completely different and these are about half the size. But you taught me something I didn't know before, ...
  • Replied in Painted Ladies
    Thank you Joe. I'm thinking many of these would benefit from a square crop.
  • Replied in Painted Ladies
    Thanks for your opinion Bob. Maybe it's not such a big deal on a web-size view, but the two butterflies weren't both equally in focus and it affects my satisfaction. All of these are cropped, some ...
  • Replied in Painted Ladies
    Thanks Jim. I certainly appreciate the K-01, it sees as much action as my K-7.
  • Replied in Painted Ladies
    Thanks Tom. They were actually all over the place, there were clusters in the grass just as there were on the flowers. But they were feeding on the flowers so they were less skittish, plus they ...
  • Created discussion thread Painted Ladies
    Also known as Vanessa cardui . We appear to have a bumper crop of them at the moment. If any of these stand out to you, please let me know. I'm having a hard time picking a favorite. Time ...
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