PocketPixels

PocketPixels

Lives in United States San Francisco, CA, United States
Works as a Product Photographer
Joined on Jul 10, 2019
About me:

Recovering slam poet and proud Pentax shooter.

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Love Photography 888: Kia'i, protect Mauna Kea!!

You have not addressed the first half of my argument. Have a go.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2019 at 23:27 UTC
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Love Photography 888: Kia'i, protect Mauna Kea!!

The key conflict here is not science vs. superstition and fairy tales. The key conflict is your priorities for their land vs. their priorities for their land.

A photography forum is the ideal breeding ground for this kind of conflict. Because certain aspects of photography can be measured—barrel distortion, megapixel count, market share—there develops this sense that the entire discipline of photography can be quantified and evaluated scientifically. We all, myself included, fall down that rabbit hole, because it's a comfortable debate. Our society and culture spend a lot of time training us to be comfortable with numbers. A 100MP sensor must be better than a 24MP sensor, must be, because SCIENCE.

And then someone will point out that photography is also an art, and Cartier-Bresson had ZERO megapixels, so we have to shift in our seats and make room for a squishy value system.

A Hawaiian mountain has no megapixels. Yet it still matters, tremendously. Get used to it.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2019 at 19:01 UTC
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Love Photography 888: Kia'i, protect Mauna Kea!!

Systematic enquiry doesn't get to run roughshod over people and culture.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2019 at 22:16 UTC
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PocketPixels: This is going to be a great opportunity to pick up some gently-used Olympus shares from KEH or eBay for a fraction of what you'd pay for comparable Nikon or Canon shares.

Sure, the 4/3 format of Olympus stock certificates takes some getting used to, but when exactly did we decide that 4:6 was the "golden" ration for stock certificates?

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2019 at 17:16 UTC

This is going to be a great opportunity to pick up some gently-used Olympus shares from KEH or eBay for a fraction of what you'd pay for comparable Nikon or Canon shares.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2019 at 17:15 UTC as 53rd comment | 1 reply

Most of the professional satellites went full-frame mirrorless a few years ago. Sad that Hubble keeps trying to hang on with this old 1990s technology.

;)

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2019 at 17:12 UTC as 30th comment | 5 replies
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Anoop kumar: In the' filmage ' Pentax was on of the best contender. now its irrelevant to mention
about Pentax here. Pentax is DEAD now. Even a mirrorless release won't help them
from dying. (maybe they don't have the technology to build a mirrorless camera - pacemaker in a dead body)

@Aegon Targaryen There actually isn't all /that/ much hatred for Pentax on these forums. Most people are indifferent to the brand. Zoom out a bit and you'll see that the majority of the intensely negative comments on Pentax come from one person, going back months. I'm not sure what this person's axe to grind is.

Maybe a Pentax Spotmatic pushed him off the seesaw at recess years ago. He's probably a well-adjusted adult otherwise, but when he sees the word "Pentax" it just brings back the pain of that day.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2019 at 19:00 UTC
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P10004K: Does it come in colors ? ;)
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48423531402_703c98fa4a_b.jpg

@Gannon Burgett: Respectfully, Vernor's Ginger Ale is the 35–70mm ƒ4 of the soda world. It's fine if that's where you start out, but if that's where you end up, I have to question your taste.

I was drinking a diet Canada Dry.

As this is a Pentax thread, I'm guessing it'll be 5…4…3 seconds before someone chimes in that Canada Dry is a dying niche brand, nothing like its 1960s heyday, and that all "real" photographers drink Coke or Pepsi because those are the market leaders.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2019 at 21:34 UTC
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P10004K: Does it come in colors ? ;)
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48423531402_703c98fa4a_b.jpg

Gannon that was so good and so unexpected I just got ginger ale all over myself.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2019 at 20:22 UTC
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Max Iso: "To further aid in the capture of infrared images, Ricoh has also made it so the live view display will show details not seen with visible light, making it possible to focus on objects you otherwise wouldn’t be able to through an optical viewfinder."

Are we talking ghosts here? What subjects don't reflect our visible light but do reflect IR light? Real question, i wasn't aware anything on earth did that.

Hi Max:

I shoot a decent number of infrared photos, and it can be a tricky concept for the uninitiated. Infrared photography captures types of light and details that human eyes don't see. Most subjects that reflect infrared light also reflect some portion of "real to humans" light, but the proportions can be radically different. That difference can be scientifically useful, artistically striking, or aesthetically creepy.

Think about how a polarizing filter "allows" you to see fish beneath the shimmering surface of a pond. Those fish were always there. The visible light from the fish was always striking your eyeball and camera sensor. It's just that the glare from the pond was strong enough to overwhelm any perception of fish.

This modified Pentax isn't putting any light into the scene that wasn't there—only an infrared flash could do that. But it can perceive IR wavelengths better because it tuns out some of the visual light that overwhelms it.

Hope that helps.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2019 at 20:17 UTC
On article Sigma to create 'Classic' range of cine Art primes (70 comments in total)
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Klaus Weiskopf: "Interestingly, as a result of the reduction in optical coatings, the optical transmission of the lenses all drops, compared with the standard versions." Si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses, Richard. ;-)

Easily the deepest Google dive I've done today was sussing out what that Latin meant.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2019 at 20:04 UTC
On photo Mechanics in the Watches challenge (3 comments in total)

Beautiful focus and a muted color palette that works far better than I would have expected.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2019 at 04:27 UTC as 3rd comment
On photo Mantus Vs Hummer in the Surprise me ! challenge (1 comment in total)

Nice shot. "Mantus" though in title?

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2019 at 04:24 UTC as 1st comment
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starbase218: When I had Pentax gear I thought about adding this to my 17-70/4 and 35/2.4, for a compact travel set. I guess this is Pentax playing nice to people that are thinking along similar lines as I was. It’s not impressive but it does make this a better lens.

This actually reminds me: I might want to get a fisheye for my Nikon gear.

Nearly every photography platform offers fish-eye lenses, dpthoughts. Could you explain or rephrase your objection?

• Nikon offers 10.5mm in DX and 16mm in FX. Neither lens can zoom.
• Canon offers an 8–15mm EF zoom. It costs 3x the Pentax yet has no option for stabilization.
• Olympus offers an 8mm ƒ/1.8 pro fisheye and a 9mm ƒ/8.0 "lens cap" fisheye.
• Panasonic offers an 8mm fisheye.
• Leica appears not to offer a fisheye.
• Fujifilm appears not to offer a fisheye. I could be wrong.
• Sigma offers 1-2-3 fisheye options: 4.5mm for literally every mount out there, 8mm for Canon/Nikon/Sigma, and 15mm for Canon/Nikon/Pentax/Sony E.
• Tokina offers a 10–17 zoom fisheye for Canon and Nikon. As others have said, this lens is built under license from Pentax.
• Ricoh puts TWO fisheye lenses on every Theta.
• Half the GoPro cameras have fisheye lenses.
• Rokinon and Samyang make so many different Fisheye lenses, for so many platforms, that I can't be bothered.

Fisheye rocks.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2019 at 00:33 UTC

The original SMC 10–17mm Fish-Eye is the reason I went with Pentax for my first DSLR back in 2008. I adore this lens and am delighted to see an update.

I don't shoot full frame, and probably will stick with APS-C, but the ability of the new lens to shoot circular images on a K-1 might tempt me into a full frame body one of these days.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2019 at 16:24 UTC as 4th comment
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