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by Bart Arondson

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I'm primarily a computer and photography enthusiast, but I have a variety of other interests as well, from video games to fountain pens. I take the accuracy and correctness of my contributions very seriously; if there are any problems with my posts, feel free to edit them or let me know in chat if you have any questions or comments.

As a photographer, I use a Pentax K-5 (as well as a K-r as a backup or secondary camera), with a small selection of Pentax lenses. You can also find me on Pentax Forums.


Gravatar derived from D&D red dragon on Wikimedia Commons, courtesy of LittleDrakon, CC BY-SA

Note that I'm not really into tabletop RPGs. I simply felt that this image suits me best.

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Jun
25
revised Why are blown highlights particularly bad in digital photography?
added 152 characters in body; added 220 characters in body; added 2 characters in body
Jun
25
answered Why are blown highlights particularly bad in digital photography?
May
20
awarded  Talkative
May
20
comment What are some common gotchas and missed capabilities migrating from compacts to DSLRs
This question is somewhat subjective but useful, and an answer would be a list of possible problems that would benefit from collaborative editing, especially when there are answers that are intended to be added to one master answer. Flagging for moderator to make community wiki.
May
20
comment What are some common gotchas and missed capabilities migrating from compacts to DSLRs
Suggest this as an edit to Matt Grum's answer.
May
18
comment Which lenses are best for macro and for birdwatching (both Canon and Nikon)?
With this kind of dynamic range, seeing is believing: photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=955995
May
18
comment Which lenses are best for macro and for birdwatching (both Canon and Nikon)?
@MattiaGobbi: See this DxOMark comparison for an idea of what this image sensor can do: dxomark.com/index.php/Camera-Sensor/Compare/Compare-sensors/… Well, technology has advanced to the point where APS-C image sensors are clearly competitive with full-frame sensors...
May
18
comment Which lenses are best for macro and for birdwatching (both Canon and Nikon)?
@Itai, you're right. The Pentax K-5, Nikon D7000, Nikon D5100, Sony α580, and Sony α55 all share the same 16-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor with about 13.5-14 stops of dynamic range. Additionally, the Pentax K-r and K-x both use a 12-megapixel Exmor CMOS image sensor.
May
16
comment Is it risky or difficult to wet clean an image sensor?
I took a leap of faith and went ahead with wet cleaning. After three Sensor Swabs, some Eclipse, and my blower bulb, the sensor was essentially clean without any damage. Thanks for your help, @MattGrum and others!
May
16
comment Why does a bigger sensor lead to a shallower depth of field?
+1: That pretty much sums it up.
May
16
comment Is it risky or difficult to wet clean an image sensor?
I'll buy the Photographic Solutions cleaning products. It seems that reports of sensor damage are caused by improper cleaning tools or procedures; failures resulting from proper use of the correct products are rare, so I'll take a shot at it.
May
16
accepted Is it risky or difficult to wet clean an image sensor?
May
16
comment Is it risky or difficult to wet clean an image sensor?
@JohnCavan, the K-5 and K-7 have an ultrasonic vibrating low-pass filter for self-cleaning, unlike the K-r and other entry-level models.
May
16
awarded  Critic
May
16
revised Is it risky or difficult to wet clean an image sensor?
Added information on residue from cleaning
May
16
revised Is it risky or difficult to wet clean an image sensor?
Added information on different brand cleaning supplies
May
15
revised Is it risky or difficult to wet clean an image sensor?
Fixed incorrect link
May
15
awarded  Commentator
May
15
comment Is it risky or difficult to wet clean an image sensor?
The self-cleaning only worked in a few isolated times with larger specks of dust. A blower bulb was used to remove any other prominent dust. However, many other spots could not be removed with the blower bulb.
May
15
comment Is it risky or difficult to wet clean an image sensor?
The camera is a Pentax K-r, with an APS-C sensor. The low-pass filter is fixed on the sensor; the self-cleaning mechanism simply uses the Shake Reduction system to shake the entire sensor. It appears that when the shutter is open for sensor cleaning, the SR system tries to keep the sensor in place.