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Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 1 Day Ago  
For Sale: Pentax 645Z, PentaxK 645D, approximately 45 lenses, adapters
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 34
Views: 3,206
PM sent about the FA45-85 and FA150-300 :cool:
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 1 Day Ago  
Most used lens for Landscapes?
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 33
Views: 1,467
Indeed. The DA*11-18 on a crop body is a fine addition to the kit. I prefer it to the DFA15-30 on the K-1.



For the record, this was about 1200m above sea level, and about a 6km hike from a cruise ship parked in Skagway, Alaska.
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 2 Days Ago  
Most used lens for Landscapes?
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 33
Views: 1,467
Right place, right time, wrong focal length can be pretty frustrating if you have hiked for miles to get there. The beauty of a zoom lens for landscapes is you can select the exact focal length to give the desired framing from your chosen perspective.

The DFA28-105 is pretty light, pretty compact, and weather sealed. IQ stopped down for landscapes is superb. It will always have a place in my bag.

Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-19-2022, 06:28 PM  
Kia Ora from New Zealand
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 13
Views: 310
Welcome from the other side of the Ditch!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-18-2022, 07:35 PM  
A New future Pentaxian from Florida, USA
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 12
Views: 367
Welcome from the Adelaide Hills!

Looking at your website, it's clear we'll be seeing some fine images from you in the future :)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-17-2022, 08:53 PM  
G'day from Australia
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 19
Views: 408
Welcome Susan, from the beautiful Adelaide Hills!
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 09-15-2022, 02:50 PM  
The thrill of being unfaithfull for just one morning...
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 56
Views: 2,959
Doesn't the K-3 have a magnesium alloy chassis as well?

Although I haven't handled the OM-1, I suspect a lot of the impression of lightness is because it is physically quite a bit smaller, and it doesn't have a big chunk of glass in the pentaprism ;)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-14-2022, 10:25 PM  
Pentar k chrome
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 10
Views: 568
No images Kyle. Use the "Manage Attachments" button in the edit view to try again :)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-14-2022, 02:18 AM  
Pentax ME Super Lens Stuck
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 6
Views: 365
Maybe take it into your local camera shop.

On the other hand, you can use the Pentax Forums members map to locate people around Seattle who might be able to help :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-13-2022, 04:11 AM  
Action The best way to use Bulb mode?
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 16
Views: 3,128
To quote post #6 in this thread:
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 09-13-2022, 12:08 AM  
K1 doesn't work with AA's in battery grip?
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 30
Views: 1,251
This thread embodies what is so great about this community!

Gold Star to @AsroDave :)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-12-2022, 04:23 PM  
New member from Puerto Rico - Angel Ramos
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 8
Views: 241
Welcome from Australia!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-12-2022, 03:04 PM  
New to forum, not to photography
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 6
Views: 179
Welcome, Gracie, from the Adelaide Hills!
The K-1 Mark II is a wonderful camera. I'm sure you'll enjoy learning more about its capabilities.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 09-10-2022, 11:09 PM  
Question How to mark sold
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 5
Views: 203
Well if that is the problem, it's all good.
Thanks Brad.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 09-10-2022, 06:49 PM  
Question How to mark sold
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 5
Views: 203
Is it the FA100 Macro?

Looking at your post right now, the box at the top right of your OP has three sections. The middle line of the middle section (Seller Tools), is a link labelled "Mark Item As Sold"

If you are seeing something different, that is extremely odd.
Forum: General Talk 09-10-2022, 04:09 PM  
Queen Elizabeth II RIP
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 21
Views: 1,085
The igniting spark of this diversion from the proper purpose of this thread has been extinguished. If someone posts something political going forward, please report it rather than respond to it in the thread.

Now, back to the late Queen Elizabeth. She reigned long and through some remarkable times, and was greatly respected around the world and loved by many. Her legacy is significant, and I for one will miss her cheeky smile. The "James Bond" stunt at the Olympics, and the recent "Tea with Paddington" episode for the 70th Jubilee are a testament to her sense of humour.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-09-2022, 08:53 PM  
Photo Story The making of a bread knife
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 33
Views: 383
E voila! C'est finis.

I'm really proud of this one. It the customer decides he doesn't want it, I'll happily keep it ;)

The final jobs are to write a personalised letter to the new owner, and make a box to fit this rather long knife....
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-09-2022, 08:24 PM  
Photo Story The making of a bread knife
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 33
Views: 383
Finally, we get to the finishing touches.

Here is the smallest of my four small wheels for the belt grinder - 1/4" in diameter and the weapon of choice for bread knife serrations.

Starting with a 120 grit belt (at low speed to avoid over-cooking the super thin edge), I will gradually get these grooves as deep as needed, then gently touch them up at 45 degrees to create 48-odd little scalloped cutting edges.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-08-2022, 07:09 PM  
Photo Story The making of a bread knife
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 33
Views: 383
The handle is now finished! Roughly ground to shape with a 36 grit belt, progressing through 60, 120, 240 grit and 80 and 30 micron finishing belts. All done freehand. Yes, I decided against the pin ;)

Then came the hand sanding, down to 1500 grit, and finally polishing with high end furniture oil.

I'll get the serrations done on the weekend.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-07-2022, 03:53 PM  
Photo Story The making of a bread knife
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 33
Views: 383
All glued up now, and set rock hard overnight in a warm kitchen.

Our granddaughter will be with us this morning, so shaping the handle will have to wait until later in the day.

I'm considering drilling a pin through the timber for added bling :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-06-2022, 11:01 PM  
Photo Story The making of a bread knife
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 33
Views: 383
It's not easy to photograph with a phone camera, but here's the guard ready to go.

Now I need to prepare the split dowel and sick all this stuff together with high end industrial two pack epoxy. It gives plenty of working time for complex glue-ups like this, but it needs an overnight cure before I can finish the handle.

As luck would have it, I have Thursday off as well. And yes - knife making is not kind on the fingers ;)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-06-2022, 10:06 PM  
Photo Story The making of a bread knife
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 33
Views: 383
Acceptable dry fit of all handle components.

Next step is to shape the guard, and polish and hammer texture the front surface. After the glue-up, that will be inaccessible.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-06-2022, 07:40 PM  
Photo Story The making of a bread knife
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 33
Views: 383
Another hour or so has gone into drilling and hand filing these handle components to more or less precisely fit the tang.
The stainless steel guard has to be a more accurate fit, while the others have a large central hole to accommodate a split dowel, which will also run the length of the slot I'm about to make in the timber.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-06-2022, 03:20 PM  
Wide angle for internal room shots for website
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 18
Views: 731
If your budget will take it, the DA*11-18 is very well corrected and offers a useful focal range for architecture. It has the older KAF3 mount, so it will work fine on your K-5.

A positive spinoff is you would also gain a superb weather sealed landscape lens :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-04-2022, 11:44 PM  
Photo Story The making of a bread knife
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 33
Views: 383
Right. Time to get a handle happening.

I have cut up a piece of 416 stainless steel for the guard, and some copper, nickel silver, and black G10 fibreglass to add some bling to the brown mallee timber selected by Gator's wife.

To get everything to fit nicely, I need to get the shoulders of the tang perfectly square, so I have fixed a tungsten carbide file guide. You'll also notice I have wrapped the blade in masking tape to avoid messing it up.
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