Took the Pentax *ist DS to the War & Peace Show yesterday

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by Helen Edith Stephenson, Jul 24, 2005.

  1. I took nearly 300 pictures - all best quality JPEGs.

    I used the standard 18-55 autofocus lens and when I wanted to go in
    close, I used my old Tamron 85-210 manual lens.

    I even popped the flash up for some pictures inside the "jungle tunnel",
    which was very dimly lit. The flash pre-fired to give the autofocus
    something to go on. That's the first time I've ever seen it do that -
    not being much of a flash user:)

    I have a habit of using my thumb to operate the shutter when I take
    shots in portrait mode, and I've discovered that it is very easy to
    switch the camera off with my thumb under those circumstances. I did it
    several times:-( That must be the only complaint I've got about handling
    my DS.

    I've distilled out a small selection from the pictures I took:

    http://uk.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/helenedithuk/album?.dir=/44ec

    Anything with 'ed' on the end of its name has been edited, while the
    rest are straight out of the camera. The Buddha picture has had a
    watercolour effect applied from PhotoMagic; and the bird picture (taken
    through wire mesh) has had some unsharp mask applied. The rest are
    straight pictures with just brightness, contrast and colour balance
    corrected. The trumpeter in the yellow suit was taken hand-held on the
    85-210 manual lens with ISO1600 and 1/750 of a second. I had the
    aperture fairly wide open: at least f5.6 but maybe f4.5 which is the
    maximum aperture for the lens. I can't remember exactly and the lens is
    too old for that info to be recorded in the EXIF information.

    The absolute best thing about digital capture is not having to scan my
    stuff in later! No way could I have taken 300 slides/negatives and
    chosen a couple of dozen of them and had them up on the Internet the
    next day.

    If anyone wants to see what I made of the same Show two years ago with
    film cameras, I've still got some pictures up:
    http://web.ukonline.co.uk/baronmoss/WandP_Show_2003_pics.html
    I really must get some more webspace sorted out and put up some nice big
    images out of the DS.

    Helen

    Helen Edith Stephenson <helen at baronmoss dot demon dot co dot uk>
     
    Helen Edith Stephenson, Jul 24, 2005
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  2. Helen Edith Stephenson

    Pete D Guest

    Thanks but the link does not work for me.

    And how do you use you thunmb?? I would use a wired or wireless remote.
     
    Pete D, Jul 24, 2005
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  3. I just tried both the DS link and the 2003 link and they both work for
    me, and no, neither of them point to my hard drive:) The sites could be
    temporarily down and I'm just getting cached pages, though, as I've
    already viewed them today.

    You could try http://uk.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/helenedithuk/my_photos
    and then just click on the folder at the bottom of the list.
    I was hand-holding. I've got a cable I can plug in, but I don't use it
    when hand-holding, I just operate the shutter button. I use my right
    index finger when taking pictures in landscape mode, but when I turn the
    camera around to capture in portrait mode, I orient the camera with the
    shutter button towards the bottom and I operate the shutter button with
    my right thumb. It works for me:) Except for occasionally switching the
    whole camera off. (The shutter button is in the middle of the switch.)

    (Preserved links to pictures.)
    [snip] [snip]

    Helen

    Helen Edith Stephenson <helen at baronmoss dot demon dot co dot uk>
     
    Helen Edith Stephenson, Jul 24, 2005
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  4. Helen Edith Stephenson

    Jock Guest

    All good here Pete.
    Some nice shots there Helen - I remember Chitty C.B.B. so the shots were
    interesting for me. Nice to see the old stuff shot with the new.
    Thanks,
    Jock


    | Thanks but the link does not work for me.
    |
    | And how do you use you thunmb?? I would use a wired or wireless remote.
    |
    | | >I took nearly 300 pictures - all best quality JPEGs.
    | >
    | > I used the standard 18-55 autofocus lens and when I wanted to go in
    | > close, I used my old Tamron 85-210 manual lens.
    | >
    | > I even popped the flash up for some pictures inside the "jungle tunnel",
    | > which was very dimly lit. The flash pre-fired to give the autofocus
    | > something to go on. That's the first time I've ever seen it do that -
    | > not being much of a flash user:)
    | >
    | > I have a habit of using my thumb to operate the shutter when I take
    | > shots in portrait mode, and I've discovered that it is very easy to
    | > switch the camera off with my thumb under those circumstances. I did it
    | > several times:-( That must be the only complaint I've got about handling
    | > my DS.
    | >
    | > I've distilled out a small selection from the pictures I took:
    | >
    | > http://uk.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/helenedithuk/album?.dir=/44ec
    | >
    | > Anything with 'ed' on the end of its name has been edited, while the
    | > rest are straight out of the camera. The Buddha picture has had a
    | > watercolour effect applied from PhotoMagic; and the bird picture (taken
    | > through wire mesh) has had some unsharp mask applied. The rest are
    | > straight pictures with just brightness, contrast and colour balance
    | > corrected. The trumpeter in the yellow suit was taken hand-held on the
    | > 85-210 manual lens with ISO1600 and 1/750 of a second. I had the
    | > aperture fairly wide open: at least f5.6 but maybe f4.5 which is the
    | > maximum aperture for the lens. I can't remember exactly and the lens is
    | > too old for that info to be recorded in the EXIF information.
    | >
    | > The absolute best thing about digital capture is not having to scan my
    | > stuff in later! No way could I have taken 300 slides/negatives and
    | > chosen a couple of dozen of them and had them up on the Internet the
    | > next day.
    | >
    | > If anyone wants to see what I made of the same Show two years ago with
    | > film cameras, I've still got some pictures up:
    | > http://web.ukonline.co.uk/baronmoss/WandP_Show_2003_pics.html
    | > I really must get some more webspace sorted out and put up some nice big
    | > images out of the DS.
    | >
    | > Helen
    | >
    | > Helen Edith Stephenson <helen at baronmoss dot demon dot co dot uk>
    | > --
    | > (I'm sure you can figure out what I mean!)
    | > http://www.baronmoss.demon.co.uk
    |
    |
     
    Jock, Jul 25, 2005
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  5. Helen Edith Stephenson

    Pete D Guest

    Yeah, I see it working now, not sure what the problem was but the site could
    not be found. Still not sure why Helen uses her thumb though though?
     
    Pete D, Jul 25, 2005
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  6. Helen Edith Stephenson

    Jock Guest

    Because she can. Doesn't seem to be detrimental to the shots you must
    agree?
    Jock

    | Yeah, I see it working now, not sure what the problem was but the site
    could
    | not be found. Still not sure why Helen uses her thumb though though?
    |
    | | > All good here Pete.
    | > Some nice shots there Helen - I remember Chitty C.B.B. so the shots were
    | > interesting for me. Nice to see the old stuff shot with the new.
    | > Thanks,
    | > Jock
    | >
    | >
    | > | > | Thanks but the link does not work for me.
    | > |
    | > | And how do you use you thunmb?? I would use a wired or wireless
    remote.
    | > |
    | > | | > | >I took nearly 300 pictures - all best quality JPEGs.
    | > | >
    | > | > I used the standard 18-55 autofocus lens and when I wanted to go in
    | > | > close, I used my old Tamron 85-210 manual lens.
    | > | >
    | > | > I even popped the flash up for some pictures inside the "jungle
    | > tunnel",
    | > | > which was very dimly lit. The flash pre-fired to give the autofocus
    | > | > something to go on. That's the first time I've ever seen it do
    that -
    | > | > not being much of a flash user:)
    | > | >
    | > | > I have a habit of using my thumb to operate the shutter when I take
    | > | > shots in portrait mode, and I've discovered that it is very easy to
    | > | > switch the camera off with my thumb under those circumstances. I did
    | > it
    | > | > several times:-( That must be the only complaint I've got about
    | > handling
    | > | > my DS.
    | > | >
    | > | > I've distilled out a small selection from the pictures I took:
    | > | >
    | > | > http://uk.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/helenedithuk/album?.dir=/44ec
    | > | >
    | > | > Anything with 'ed' on the end of its name has been edited, while the
    | > | > rest are straight out of the camera. The Buddha picture has had a
    | > | > watercolour effect applied from PhotoMagic; and the bird picture
    | > (taken
    | > | > through wire mesh) has had some unsharp mask applied. The rest are
    | > | > straight pictures with just brightness, contrast and colour balance
    | > | > corrected. The trumpeter in the yellow suit was taken hand-held on
    the
    | > | > 85-210 manual lens with ISO1600 and 1/750 of a second. I had the
    | > | > aperture fairly wide open: at least f5.6 but maybe f4.5 which is the
    | > | > maximum aperture for the lens. I can't remember exactly and the lens
    | > is
    | > | > too old for that info to be recorded in the EXIF information.
    | > | >
    | > | > The absolute best thing about digital capture is not having to scan
    my
    | > | > stuff in later! No way could I have taken 300 slides/negatives and
    | > | > chosen a couple of dozen of them and had them up on the Internet the
    | > | > next day.
    | > | >
    | > | > If anyone wants to see what I made of the same Show two years ago
    with
    | > | > film cameras, I've still got some pictures up:
    | > | > http://web.ukonline.co.uk/baronmoss/WandP_Show_2003_pics.html
    | > | > I really must get some more webspace sorted out and put up some nice
    | > big
    | > | > images out of the DS.
    | > | >
    | > | > Helen
    | > | >
    | > | > Helen Edith Stephenson <helen at baronmoss dot demon dot co dot uk>
    | > | > --
    | > | > (I'm sure you can figure out what I mean!)
    | > | > http://www.baronmoss.demon.co.uk
    | > |
    | > |
    | >
    | >
    |
    |
     
    Jock, Jul 25, 2005
    #6
  7. Well, partly new:)

    C.C.B.B was actually shot using the standard autofocus 18-55 zoom
    supplied with the DS.

    The shots of the three different bands were shot with a lens which I
    originally bought to put on my Pentax KM. It's a Tamron 85-210 on an
    Adaptall mount and I think it dates back to 1978!

    The main thing that's frustrating me about the 85-210 lens is that with
    the 1.5x factor on digital, it's too telephoto for anything but
    telephoto shots. I'd love to have a nice 28-200 but I can't afford the
    current crop of lenses. I shouldn't really even start scouring eBay for
    something a bit older.

    The next purchase really ought to be WinXP so that I can start shooting
    RAW. It's been covered here before, but the Pentax RAW software won't
    run on Win98:-(

    Helen

    Helen Edith Stephenson <helen at baronmoss dot demon dot co dot uk>
     
    Helen Edith Stephenson, Jul 25, 2005
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  8. Thanks Jock:)

    I've been thinking about the "why" and I like using portrait mode with
    the shutter at the bottom and by using my thumb on the shutter button, I
    don't have to pronate my wrist so much. It's a habit that I think I fell
    into about five years ago with my film SLRs.

    Helen

    Helen Edith Stephenson <helen at baronmoss dot demon dot co dot uk>
     
    Helen Edith Stephenson, Jul 25, 2005
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  9. Helen Edith Stephenson

    Pete D Guest

    But she "accidently" turns the camera off so it is probably not the best way
    to go.
     
    Pete D, Jul 25, 2005
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  10. It does seem that the design of the power switch surrounding the shutter
    button doesn't take thumb operation into account.

    I find using my thumb on the shutter button in portrait mode is just
    comfortable, so I think I'll probably learn not to operate the on-off
    switch while using my thumb.

    Helen, whose other hobby is playing the bassoon, where the right thumb
    has four keys to manage and the left thumb has five, so maybe my thumbs
    just get bored when handling a camera:)

    Helen Edith Stephenson <helen at baronmoss dot demon dot co dot uk>
     
    Helen Edith Stephenson, Jul 25, 2005
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