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Portraits with the Pentax

I’ve always been a supporter of the idea that it is the photographer that makes the image and not the camera that he/she uses. While my close friends constantly hear me praise Canon and bash Nikon (jokingly, of course), a good photographer can make a dynamite image with a disposable film camera.

That being said, I had an opportunity to shoot with a fantastic camera – the Pentax K-7. This is Pentax’s ultra-rugged flagship camera. Considering that I learned photography on a Pentax ME Super, this was a very welcome homecoming to Pentax for me.

While I didn’t get to test the dust, weather or cold resistance of this camera, I did get to shoot a handful of portraits with it. I paired it with a Pentax 50-135 f/2.8 DA* lens and a Pentax AF-540FGZ flash used in wireless mode off camera. For a few shots, I even used the kit 18-55 WR lens. I had no trouble picking up the entire system on the fly and sincerely enjoyed the results.

The 14.6 megapixel files aren’t given any justice on this blog, but take my word for it that they are stunning.

Gavin Culbertson and Yuefeng Deng - Shot on the Pentax K-7 with the 50-135 DA* lens. © 2009 Max Gersh

Gavin Culbertson and Yuefeng Deng - Shot on the Pentax K-7 with the 50-135 DA* lens. © 2009 Max Gersh

Gavin Culbertson and Yuefeng Deng - Shot on the Pentax K-7 with the 50-135 DA* lens. © 2009 Max Gersh

Gavin Culbertson and Yuefeng Deng - Shot on the Pentax K-7 with the18-55 WR lens. © 2009 Max Gersh

 

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    • Thanks Jeanetta! Once I got to the location, I was worried it wasn’t going to work out. The lighting was so dark that I couldn’t see the buttons on my camera (my eyes aren’t that great at night). This is a big problem when you are using an unfamiliar camera. One of these shots is a 1 sec exposure and the other is a 5 sec, just to give you an idea of the lighting. I was very pleased with the results. Thanks again for your comment and compliment and I hope you stay a regular reader.

  1. Great colors and lighting! Needless to say these boys are handsome and witty…based on these two shots~~
    P.S. I have asked G to consult w/ you on a point and shoot purchase for myself. I have told him I would send the $$ and he would add to your sales reputation. I know there will be limits to something around $150 but there must be at least 1-2 that are a best value over many others in that price range. Tell G what you know as you get the op…

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