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Pentax K3 II
Pentax DA15 f/4 Limited
Pentax F 28 f/2.8
Pentax FA 50 f/1.4
Pentax FA 135 f/2.8
Pentax DA 18-55 WR
Pentax DA 50-200 WR
Sigma 12-24 EX DG
Kenko 1.5x teleplus (never use it - quality is worse than cropping the 135mm)
Pentax AF201FG flash
Sigma EF-530DG Super flash, PTTL

Panasonic Lumix GM1 w/12-32
Sigma DN 60 f/2.8, MFT mount

iMac 2.66 GHz core 2 duo
Aperture 3
Pixelmator 3


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I'm not sure why the K70 isn't auto-correcting the JPEGs for CA. I just downloaded a couple including the white bridge shot and ran it through Capture One Pro, with auto CA engaged. The result is vastly better, and much sharper even in the middle of the frame. Terrific photos Sam btw.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2016 at 16:43 UTC as 18th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: when studio lenses retire (203 comments in total)
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LensBeginner: A 1995 lens being called old... what are lenses from the '70s then, dinosaurs? -_-
I can't see a SMC Pentax M 50/1.7 (because I know it, but any fifty for that matter) struggle even with a modern digital sensor, and I mean from f/2 upwards, not necessarily at peak sharpness aperture.

I used to have the Pentax M 50 f/1.7 and it did a wonderful job on 6Mp and 10Mp Pentax bodies. Now I have the FA 50 f/1.4. It also does a great job stopped down below f/2 even on a 24Mp sensor. But at f/1.4 it has what might be called 'character'. It's like you're shooting through mist. Flattering for portraits if you can nail focus. I agree withDPR

I also have that lens's 135mm twin, the FA 135mm f/2.8. Again sharp (even at full aperture, albeit with purple fringing) and contrasty and lightweight and well-built. But I think tolerances in screw-drive cause a little inconsistency in focus accuracy at full aperture. And like the 50mm it focuses noisily. But surprisingly fast.

My favourite old lens is the F 28mm f/2.8. Just does everything perfectly as far as I can see.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2016 at 08:56 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs part 1 - Crop-Sensor (180 comments in total)
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Polacofede: in that range you can have the pentax K1, and for way less the K3, K3II...

No, agreed… but the K3-II is half the price of a D500. And none of the MILCs you've included is reported as having anything like D500-level AF tracking either.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2016 at 19:03 UTC
On article Pride and joy: shooting the Olympus PEN-F in Austin (273 comments in total)
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b craw: A really lovely sample gallery.

The same thing struck me. Very refreshing.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 08:31 UTC
On article #1 in France: Hands-on with DxO ONE (277 comments in total)

Surely you can connect it tho the camera by cable? That would make it more flexible and less fragile. Loads extra use-cases open up. Not the least of which would be keeping the phone in the shade to get a decent view of the shot even if the camera is in the sun.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 14:08 UTC as 146th comment | 3 replies
On article Field Test: Sigma 19mm, 30mm and 60mm F2.8 DN lenses (169 comments in total)

What makes these lenses exciting is their crazy low price as well as their decent apertures and small size. I use the 60mm with a LUMIX GM1. That and the body and the standard 12-32 makes a tiny lightweight travel kit of surprising quality. The 60mm's f/2.8 max aperture doesn't sound all that wide but given its 120mm 'full-frame' coverage equivalence I think of it as the modern version of the 135mm 2.8 primes we all used on film cameras when I was a student in the early 1980s. Because f/2.8 is usably sharp (can you say that of any of the budget zooms?) the lack of stabilisation is no great handicap.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 19:42 UTC as 72nd comment
On article Panasonic DMC-CM1 to go on sale in UK (154 comments in total)
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peterwr: London, the South-East and Edinburgh. That's "good geographical coverage", is it? Ha.

And what just about everyone else has said.

Last I looked, Plymouth wasn't in the South-East

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 09:43 UTC
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Paul_R_H: Is it just me or is this whole BTS thing getting out of hand? Here we have someone shooting video of someone shooting video of someone shooting stills. It rather takes away the magic.

No. But it's the first I've seen that's a 'making of' a 'making of'. There's an extra level of recursion beyond the usual, because you have THREE levels of (in this case) Nikon D4s. The Nikons the subject photographers are using, the Nikons Rich is using to shoot the subjects shooting with Nikons, and the Nikons being used to shoot Rich using a Nikon to shoot the subjects shooting with Nikons. And Nikon will be delighted because they paid all these people and look, I've given them a result by using the word Nikon about a dozen times in this comment.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2014 at 21:43 UTC

Is it just me or is this whole BTS thing getting out of hand? Here we have someone shooting video of someone shooting video of someone shooting stills. It rather takes away the magic.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2014 at 19:11 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
On article Eye-Fi Mobi Wi-Fi SD card review (108 comments in total)

I just bought a camera with wi fi - a Lumix GM1. The interface is shockingly incomprehensible, the instructions are hopeless, and the connection itself is slow to establish and prone to dropping out. Given that the Mobi card depends on the host camera for its menus I'd be surprised if it's all that easy to use. And it won't go directly to a laptop without, again, an absence of sensible menus. Tell me, what was wrong with a USB wire anyway? Or just popping out the SD card and popping it into a reader? Except for social media sharing via a phone when you have no laptop handy, I just don't see the point. And even for that purpose you can buy SD to iPhone/iPad readers.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 09:11 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply
On article The One-Light Studio (94 comments in total)
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jorepuusa: It´s great that professional photographers teach amateurs how to shoot. Then amateurs start taking pictures cheaply or pro bono and pros lose their jobs.
Pros go to schools, four years photography there and then they buy expensive gear and use money to get clients. And then some of them teach amateurs in web which causes the profession to collapse, that has happened all over and photography is a dying profession.

Huh? You think that the author of this piece, by showing us amateurs a little of his technique, is going to make us as good as he is? Absolutely not. He might make us better than we are, but we'll never be as good as he is.
Pros are as good as they are not because of their equipment or their basic techniques (we amateurs can acquire those things) but because they work at it all day every day, and they have creative talent and vision. A client who thinks he or she can get pro results from a well-equipped amateur is going to be disappointed.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2012 at 19:34 UTC
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increments: I don't think Aperture (without a plugin) does have an adjustment brush that would mimic a ND filter.

If I'm wrong please correct me because it would be very useful!

In Aperture 3 you can 'brush in' curves or levels adjustments to whichever portions of an image you choose. I believe you couldn't do it in Aperture 2, which is why I waited until v3 before switching from Bibble 5. Also Aperture 3 is now quite cheap on the Mac App Store if you use Snow Leopard or Lion.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2011 at 20:01 UTC
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