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How To Speed Up My Lightroom Workflow, "Like Wow!" Enter: The Behringer X Touch Mini

Using the Behringer X Touch Mini to Enhance Lightroom Workflow



This thing is amazing at fine-tuning your adjustments in Lightroom and speeding up your workflow, and at $60, I say it is more than sufficient when compared to the other Lightroom dial and slider tools. 

If you're interested and you found this video helpful, please use our links below as Ebay and Amazon will give us a portion of the proceeds! Thanks in advance!

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How Do I Change the Thumbnail Photo When Sharing My Website On Facebook?


Note: This post is part of our "Learn Blog" for small business SEO and photographers. For workshops, coaching, and other resources designed to help grow your skills as a photographer click here (after you watch the video, of course)!


Video: How to Change Social Sharing Picture


Directions


So, Facebook is showing a picture that you don't want! If you're using Squarespace, here's how to change it.

Here's the order of links you'll need to click:

  1. Once you're logged into Squarespace, click "Design"
  2. Next, click "Logo & Title". At the very bottom, you'll see your social sharing photo. If you haven't chosen one yet, upload a photo. If you want to change the photo from one that's already chosen, select the trash can icon when you hover over your current photo.
  3. Go to https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug/og/object/ and enter in your URL.
  4. Click "Fetch New Scrape Information"

Now your website URL photo should be updated!

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How Can I Tell the Differences Between the Pentax 105mm f/2.4 Lens Versions?

A Buying Guide: How to Tell the Different Pentax 105mm 6x7 Lens Versions Apart 


Note: This post is part of our "Learn Blog" for photographers. For workshops, coaching, and other resources designed to help grow your skills as a photographer click here (after you read the article, of course)!


Pentax 67 Medium Format Film Camera with the Pentax 67 SMC 105mm f/2.4 Lens 

Pentax 67 Medium Format Film Camera with the Pentax 67 SMC 105mm f/2.4 Lens 

 

So, you've been searching Ebay and you've seen that there's obviously more than one version of the legendary Pentax 67 105mm f/2.4 for your Pentax 645 or Pentax 6x7 system. There's obviously a large difference in price, but does it really matter?

Well, in short... 

Yes, it does matter.

What's in this article

  • What's the same? 
  • What's the difference and why does it matter?
  • Are the differences with worth the cost?

Pentax 105mm f/2.4 Super Takumar vs Super Multi Coated vs SMC Pentax

What's the same?

All three versions of the Pentax 105mm f/2.4 are exactly the same as far as internal design. That is, the design, not necessarily the glass, is the same. 

What's the difference?

Let's start with a what's what:

In order from earliest (and least expensive usually) to newest (and usually most expensive):

  • Super Takumar (Introduced in 1969)
  • Super Multi Coated Takumar (introduced in 1971)
  • SMC Pentax (Introduced in 1989)
Super Multi Coated Takumar Pentax 6x7 105mm f/2.4 Lens

Super Multi Coated Takumar Pentax 6x7 105mm f/2.4 Lens

The original Super Takumar is easily recognized by the words "Super Takumar" on the front, while the words "Super-Multi-Coated Takumar" indicate the next version introduced in 1971. Both of these versions have a metal focus ring.

Each version featured an updated coating that provided better micro-contrast and sun-flare control. This means that each successive version will have a more "3d" effect than the one prior, as well as better overall contrast and light control. This is due to the improved coating on the lenses.

SMC Pentax 67 105mm f/2.4 Lens

SMC Pentax 67 105mm f/2.4 Lens

 

The newest version is typically quite a bit more expensive and can easily be recognized by "SMC Pentax" on the front and by the rubberization on the focus ring, vs the metal of the older versions. This latest version is also slightly lighter than the older versions.

Since older lenses are more prone to balsam separation, fungus, and yellowing, the newer the lens, theoretically the longer it will last. Yellowing, in particular, is an issue that the older versions encounter due to the radioactive material (sounds scary, but it's not that unhealthy) due to the use of thorium glass elements.

Thorium glass was cheaper, so that's what they used. If and when it yellows due to the radioactivity, it can cause the color transmission to be less neutral and, well...yellow.  The SMC Pentax version did not use thorium glass, but instead a high-index non-radioactive glass, which, again, in theory, should mean an improved image and no yellowing.

Another point to the SMC Pentax.

Is the SMC Pentax worth the extra cost?

So, is the SMC Pentax worth it? If you shoot backlit quite a bit, having the extra contrast and flare control is highly desirable. That, coupled with non-radioactive non-yellowing glass may just be enough to warrant the upcharge. 

Now, head over to Ebay and start trying to identify them! And if you would...

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A Buying Guide: What are the Differences Between Pentax 6x7/p67 Versions?

Differences Between the Asahi Pentax 6x7  vs. Honeywell 6x7 vs. 6x7 MLU (Mirror Lock-Up) vs. Pentax 67 vs. Pentax 67ii


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Picture of a Pentax 67 Film Camera with Prism and Pentax 105mm f/2.4 lens sitting on table

Picture of a Pentax 67 Film Camera with Prism and Pentax 105mm f/2.4 lens sitting on table


So, you've discovered that the Pentax 6x7 system is an amazing camera. But, now you're realizing there are multiple ones and that they all cost a different amount of your valuable cash. Believe it or not, there are cheaper versions that are passed off as more expensive, and vice-versa, more expensive ones that get listed for less. So, how can you know what to look for and buy so you get the most bang for your buck?

In this post we'll cover some very basic info that will help you:

  • Visually identify which version is which
  • What are some of the upgrades of each P67 version
  • Which one may be the best fit for you

At this point, I'll add that this is in no way meant to be comprehensive. There are plenty of other forums and articles that delve way more in depth to the technical details of each system, as a simple Google search will show. This post was written because, after trying to undestand the differences myself, I found that many of the articles that showed up in searches had tons of great technical info, but didn't easily lay out how to easily tell the difference between the various Pentax 67 versions from a buyer's perspective.

So, if that's you, read on!


A comparison buying guide on how to tell the basic differences between the different Pentax 6x7 format versions

First, let's list the 5 versions of the Pentax 6x7 camera:

  • Asahi Pentax 6x7
  • Honeywell 6x7
  • Asahi Pentax 6x7 with MLU (Mirror Lock-Up)
  • Pentax 67
  • Pentax 67ii

Asahi Pentax 6x7 and Honeywell Pentax 6x7

The original Pentax 6x7 was released in 1969, and did not have a mirror lock-up function. These models are the oldest of Pentax's 6x7 models. If for no other reason, these are the least desirable in terms of reliability of the 6x7 models, merely because they are the oldest. So, what is the Honeywell Pentax? Well,  included with the earliest version 6x7 is the Honeywell Pentax. It is essentially the same as the Pentax 6x7, only marketed specifically to the USA.

Asahi Pentax 6x7 vs Pentax 6x7 MLU Differences

Pentax 6x7 MLU Mirror Lock Up Medium Format Film Camera with 105mm f/2.4 

Pentax 6x7 MLU Mirror Lock Up Medium Format Film Camera with 105mm f/2.4 

So, how do you tell if a  Pentax 6x7 is MLU (Mirror Lock Up), and why does it matter? The MLU version was released as an update to the original 6x7. It has a small switch on the right side near the opening for the lens. These are generally considered more reliable than the non-MLU versions if not for age alone, and typically carry a little bit higher price tag, if the owner is aware. 

To see whether or not a 6x7 you're checking out has mirror lock-up, check the left side of the front of the camera, near where the lens attaches to the body and you'll find either a button that slides up (indicating MLU) or nothing. 

What's the same about the Pentax 6x7 and the Pentax 6x7 MLU?

Both of the Pentax 6x7 and the 6x7 MLU featured either a TTL metered or non-TTL prism. These always had the words, "Asahi Pentax" on the front of the prism. The only exception to this rule, or course, is the Honeywell Pentax, which was the earliest version that was marketed to the USA.

It is worth noting that various Pentax 6x7s and 6x7 MLUs that you find on Ebay will often have a later version prism on them. So, going by prism markings alone will not tell you whether or not it is a 6x7, 67, or 67ii.

Telling the Pentax 6x7s and the 67s Apart

Pentax 6x7 MLU

Pentax 6x7 MLU

Pentax 67

Pentax 67

The later Pentax 67 and 67ii sported only "Pentax" on their original prisms, unlike the "Asahi Pentax" on the earlier versions. However, since the prisms are interchangeable between every version and are often swapped out, the best and easiest way to recognize a Pentax 6x7 from the later 67 and 67ii models is to look at the model plate at the top left (when the camera's front is facing towards you). There you will see either 6x7 or 67. The Pentax 67ii will have a "67ii" inscription on the right front, as opposed to the left. 

Difference Between Pentax 6x7 and Pentax 67 versions (8 of 2).jpg
Difference Between Pentax 6x7 and Pentax 67 versions (7 of 2).jpg

Reasons you may want to buy either the 67 or 67ii vs the 6x7

Reliability

Since they are newer, the 67 and 67ii may be more reliable than an older version. Likewise, the Pentax 6x7 MLU is generally considered a may safe bet than the non-MLU version, if not for any other reason, because it is newer. 

Fixes

With the 67 came a shutter timing improvement that allowed the exposure value to be more consistent than the 6x7 when using a TTL-Metered Prism.

Ergonomics

The 67ii featured an updated design which included a better grip on the right side. The 67ii is slightly lighter than the previous versions. 

Brightness

The focusing screen, and correspondingly the viewfinder of the Pentax 67 and 67ii is brighter and has better contrast than the earlier versions. This allows for one to more easily see the subject and make quicker, more accurate focus adjustments. If you shoot with shallow depth of field and use off-center composition, this can truly be very helpful!

Features

Are multiple exposures a big deal to you? You'll have to go 67ii, unless you want to use a leaf shutter lens and use the multiple exposure function on the lens itself.

Budget/Prices

So, how much does each Pentax 6x7 version cost? Here we will consider bodies with prism only. Although prices can vary greatly depending on where it is sold, the seller, and various other variable, as of the current 2017 market for excellent condition bodies, you can expect to pay the following:

  • Pentax 6x7 (and Honeywell): $300-$400
  • Pentax 6x7 MLU:  $300-$500
  • Pentax 67: $350-$700
  • Pentax 67ii: $1200-$1800

We haven't spoken about the additional wood grip (that can be added to the versions besides the 67ii). However, it can add around $100 to the value of any version. So, if you're looking at at 67 version which includes this grip, then you may want to consider that as part of the price. Other items which may effect value include viewfinder type (chimney hood, waist level finder), although none of these greatly effect price. Very similar 67s with the exact same viewfinders may both go for the same price. Likewise, a 6x7MLU with a wood grip may go for about the same price as one without a wood grip. 

Pentax 67 with Waist Level Viewfinder

Pentax 67 with Waist Level Viewfinder


 

And the Winner is...

Obviously the Pentax 67ii has advantages over the earlier versions, but not without a price tag. You can expect to pay possibly $1300 more than what you'd pay for a 6x7 MLU, when you can get the base model in all it's 6x7 glory for probably less than a fifth of the price. The 67 is a good go-between and can typically cost less than double the cost of the original 6x7. However, the Pentax 67ii is definitely "the cream" of this crop.

But is it worth all the extra cost?

That's up to you. 

It's Hard to Go Wrong With a Pentax 6x7 System

Unless you just happen to get a dud, whether you get a 6x7, or a later version, you're getting one killer camera. All improvements aside, they're all built tough, so as long as you're getting it from a reliable seller you're making a great choice of camera.

 

For Sale

If you're interested in finding a good Pentax 6x7 for sale, or a Pentax 67 for sale, we may have a few in our "Gear For Sale" section. 


Pentax 6x7 Gallery



 

If you're considering buying any of the Pentax 6x7 systems off Ebay, please use our links! We get a portion from Ebay when a sale is made using these links. Thanks in advance!


For more technical details, hop over to this post of PentaxForums.com to learn more

 

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SEO: What To Do If The Wrong Webpage Is Ranking

What to Do if the Wrong Website Page is Ranking


So, you're having an issue with the wrong page ranking on Google?

We've been there, done that.

Not only have we had other pages competing with our homepage, but we've had them show up right next to our homepage. Take a look!

Now, having both very close together isn't so bad, but when a different page than you'd like it ranking for your target keyword(s) that you want your homepage ranking for, that can be a BIG issue. 

I'll make this short and sweet so you can get to fixing it.

Our problem was that a particular blog we posted was better optimized than our homepage.

A couple issues were at play and we believe these were the cause:

1. Photos on our home page were too large.

-If Google thinks your home page loads too slow, they might not think it's as good of a fit as another page on your domain.

Solution: Optimize your photos! Make sure they're no more than 2048px on the long side with 72 resolution. We typically export our wedding photos at 80% at those settings, plus we use JpegMini Pro to further reduce their size, without limiting quality.

2. We weren't using our H1 headers properly.

Solution: Make sure your keywords are in your H1 title text!

*If you or the CMS (content management system such as Squarespace, Wix, or Wordpress) you're using doesn't implement HTML, make sure you've only got one H1 heading, and that it contains your keywords. I know for sure Squarespace does currently use HTML5, so there no issues with multiple headings on one page.

Other Solutions For Making Sure the Correct Webpage Ranks in Search Engines

  • Put some anchor text on your blog posts containing your keywords and hyperlink to your homepage.
  • Make sure your dofollow backlinks, especially your are best ones are pointing to the page you want to rank for that particular keyword.
  • De-optimize your blog post. This is a last ditch effort and you should try everything else first and wait a couple of weeks (unless you're willing to just go for it). Take out the H1 keywords that are competing with your homepage.
  • Blogs are especially great for ranking in keywords that may not be directly related to your main keyword, without risking your rankability for your main keywords for your homepage. For example, "Tulsa wedding planner" might not be your main keyword, but you could post a blog post with that title without it competing with your homepage. This also allows you to not overstretch your main homepage keywords, thus allowing your competition to have an edge

If this info was helpful, please be sure to like and share! 

If you've had this issue, what are some other measures that we didn't mention that you took to ensure the right page was ranking?


If you're interested in more SEO for wedding photographers and other resources for professional wedding photographers, check out our other blog posts here

Until next time,

Jeff

 

 

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