Monthly Archives: August 2011

Retro Digital Review: Pentax *istD Camera Body

Is it time for us to start calling some digital equipment retro? Digital SLRs go out of style pretty quickly, sometimes as soon as a few years. However, there can be benefits to using older equipment, which I’ll try to cover in this review. The most obvious benefit is using equipment that was initially for pro-level photographers, but getting it at a cut-rate price used. While the *istD is on … Continue reading

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Almost a year (Website Stats)

It’s getting close to October. That was the month I started this site last year. While I’ve had a few different photography sites over the years, this one has been the largest by far in content and page visits. I thought it would be fun to show some stats about the site from October 23rd 2010 – August 2011, so basically 11 months of information from Google Analytics to go … Continue reading

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Pentax K-5 in Close-up Macro Detail Video

I made a video on a whim last night as I wanted to get some practice doing video with my 100mm macro lens. I tried making a product detail video with the K-5 as the subject. On a somewhat related note, the K-5 will be going back to the repair facility once I receive the shipping label. Hopefully the second time is the charm with that camera. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGf2FJ_p6aY The video … Continue reading

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Chicago Comic Con 2011 Video

I compiled a video from the clips that I took Sunday at Wizard World’s Chicago Comic Con. Uploaded it to Youtube for your viewing pleasure! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoSwvV0apUg As you can see from this and past videos, I like upbeat fast paced dance style music. I also have been trying to use Creative Commons licensed music to avoid any unwanted headaches. So I think I improved a bit from my last video … Continue reading

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Chicago Wizard World Comic Con 2011 Photos

I attended the Chicago Comic Con on Sunday. There really wasn’t much cosplay, but I managed to get a few photos. If I attend this event next year, I plan on going on Saturday because that should have more costumers and such to document. There are various well knows actors and actresses that attend so that they can interface with fans. You can see more information on their site here. … Continue reading

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K-5 showing signs of mirror double flop issue again…

So it’s only been a few days since getting the K-5 back from a 2 month service call, but the camera is starting to show signs of the double mirror flop issue again. The issue is best described on this PentaxForums.com thread. Here is a short video of the camera in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rZ50NEmLdE As I’ll be attending a convention tomorrow, I wanted to take the camera. The issue doesn’t seem … Continue reading

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Otakon 2011 Compilation Video

Looks like I forgot to write a blog posting about the video I compiled for Otakon. I didn’t take much source content at Otakon, so I just used what I had and made it work. In a few words… camera shake and fast panning. So not the most amazing video I’m sure, but you might find it interesting… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYqCd1OiT48 Music by Stefano Mocini “Dance Explosion” & “Dance till-you-drop” Used under … Continue reading

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K-5 back from service.

I received my K-5 back from service yesterday. Thanks to David from Camera Craft for making it as easy as possible. The camera took around 2 months to get fixed, which was a inconvenience to say the least. The camera appears to be functioning properly so far. The only thing I noticed was that I had to add +8 to the global lens correction to get proper focus. It’s just … Continue reading

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