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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-26-2016, 04:33 PM  
TriggerTrap teaming with Foolography for wireless dSLR control
Posted By Thingo
Replies: 3
Views: 865
Yes, this looks interesting. I wondered whether the similar triggering pin-outs for Pentax & Canon would allow a C* 'unleashed' to work on my K3.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 11-23-2015, 07:23 PM  
Aussie (Syd/Melb) Pentaxians; need your advice!
Posted By Thingo
Replies: 4
Views: 900
No joke. I've just rung Camera Exchange, and it's legit: bought at a good price. Apparently a "very clean" example, and separately priced 45 and 75mm lenses. These guys have been in the business for decades, and are an invaluable resource to any working photographer in the state. As some larger private studios clear out their "older" gear, some good deals can often be found.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 11-22-2015, 12:04 AM  
Aussie (Syd/Melb) Pentaxians; need your advice!
Posted By Thingo
Replies: 4
Views: 900
I've moved to digital. However here are some film options:
Vanbar: on-premises processing, burning to CD
PHOTO LAB - Vanbar Imaging
Just outside, & N of the CBD. I think they've now sold most of their new Pentax gear.

This is a pretty comprehensive resource, lots of detail:
The Melbourne Film Shooter's Guide - urbanlight

---------- Post added 22nd Nov 2015 at 17:41 ----------



There are a couple of shops that spring to mind in town (Melbourne)
Camera Lane, &
michaels
& to the East
Camera Exchange
Croydon Camera House

In Sydney, check out Mainline.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-20-2015, 03:16 AM  
Pentax K 28mm f2 or Carl Zeiss Distagon T* ZK 28mm f/2 lens for Pentax K
Posted By Thingo
Replies: 100
Views: 15,327
Here's an article that talks about the K 28/2 and the Zeiss "Hollywood" 28/2. Written in July 2013, predating this thread's start.
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-04-2015, 04:17 PM  
multiple exposure help
Posted By Thingo
Replies: 6
Views: 989
I love doing these composite images. That one is quite effective, & has interesting overlaps.

With multiple exposure, you're building up the exposure of the final (single) frame in camera. It's a different look, with a "ghostly look", unless using cleverly deployed gobos. Here are some of my multiple exposures.

Multiple exposures in-camera, have been available since the *istD, which had a button for the purpose: bliss!
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-05-2015, 08:10 AM  
eBay: Pentax M 2000 f13.5 Reflex
Posted By Thingo
Replies: 3
Views: 843
A number of years ago, there was a shop in Germany with a 2000mm reflex for sale at $5k. I made a lower offer, but never heard back.

Today, I might make an offer, but even at $11k, they're dreaming.

The 1000mm reflex is great fun, however.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-15-2015, 08:08 PM  
K3 new firmware update problem
Posted By Thingo
Replies: 24
Views: 3,624
For what it's worth, the same effect (turning on backlighting for the back LCD display) occurs when the "Button Customisation | AF Button" is set to "AF2" ("back button focus"). Except now lifting my finger OFF either the shutter release, or the AF will turn on the LCD backlight.

Strangely, many of the other buttons, which case use of the LCD, will cancel the backlight. This includes (re-)play, live view, movie, info, menu, and the 4-way pad (when not moving the focus point).

Twirling the mode dial, and using the optical DoF preview also will cancel the backlight.

I'll put up with this annoying behaviour for a week or so, at most.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-06-2015, 07:03 PM  
Iso setting not stored when changing program in the dial: K7
Posted By Thingo
Replies: 5
Views: 774
I've sold my K-7, but it works as the other Pentax dSLR cameras, from the K10D on.

The ISO is, as you note, carried across all (bar one) mode dial settings, such that changing the mode dial does not adjust the ISO.

The sensitivity mode, Sv, is separate from the rest, however, and the ISO set here is maintained until you next use that mode.

See the second paragraph of my earlier post here.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 03-07-2015, 10:03 PM  
'Full Frame' - but what aspect ratio?
Posted By Thingo
Replies: 28
Views: 3,172
Yes, it would be cropping the sensor. But with forethought and intent, instead of random post-hoc hacking away at the capture. Thus the idea of gently glowing frame lines in the viewfinder, indicating the selected capture geometry.

Note too, that the capture areas are (in square mm) 864 (3:2), 884 (4:3), 800 (5:4) and 900 (1:1). So we're not compromising on image quality.

Note too, some of the comments in other threads, bemoaning issues of bloated file size with a 50Mpx sensor. With a selectable aspect ratio, the photographer chooses their preferred geometry, and the camera only need retain those specified data points. So, the rate of reading the sensor is preserved, and file size is contained.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 03-07-2015, 09:10 PM  
'Full Frame' - but what aspect ratio?
Posted By Thingo
Replies: 28
Views: 3,172
Here's a truly "unique selling point" for Pentax.

Over in another thread here there was an oblique reference to the aspect ratio.

Wouldn't it be exciting to be able to choose the aspect ratio?

I'd love to be able to not only capture the conventional 135 ratio of 3:2, but 4:3, 5:4, and especially 1:1. Thus: 36x24, 34x26, 32x25, and 30x30. (All in millimetres, rounded down.)

To achieve this, the viewfinder should cover the entire image circle, with superimposed frame lines for the current crop. We'd even have some of the 'rangefinder' benefit of seeing things coming into the frame lines.

This would truly set Pentax apart from the other camera manufacturers.

Down side? Well the petal-shaped lens hood would be less relevant, and the conical section preferred.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-07-2015, 11:52 PM  
... So What is your Strategy?
Posted By Thingo
Replies: 44
Views: 2,620
A fascinating time.

The quality from Pentax gear has, in my experience, been always satisfactory. A move into the medium format space guaranteed any defects are assuredly down to me. The APS-C *istD, K-01, & K-3 all "draw" well, & support my K-mount glass.

It seems the issues with 36x24 come down to a 2/3 change in effective focal length, back to the days of "plastic sensors" in convenient strips of 36.

The 43 will again come into it's own.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-07-2015, 11:27 PM  
Send your FF wishlist to Ricoh
Posted By Thingo
Replies: 69
Views: 7,107
Here's my entry to the thread "over there".


Lots of good suggestions in this thread.
I'm _very_ keen to see the following features:
- ability to save & load camera settings to/from named file on memory card;
- direct setting via dials of aperture/shutter/sensitivity/EV+/-, each of these four dials to have an "A" setting, thus "doing away" with the mode dial;
- an excellent viewfinder with 100% coverage;
- no anti-aliasing filter (as per K-3);
- compact size;
- SR;
- weather sealed;
- multiple exposure facility;
- "quick shift" gear inside the body, thus providing this very useful feature on the three FA Limited lenses;
- photographer's choice of "crop mode", not determined by lens type.
Many of these items have been mainstays of Pentax dSLR cameras since the *istD, so I look forward to their inclusion in this new 36x24mm-sized sensor body.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-13-2014, 11:14 PM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By Thingo
Replies: 2,854
Views: 79,358
This is a beaut Christmas-time present for someone. Many thanks Pentax Forums!
Forum: General Photography 12-11-2014, 11:53 PM  
Photography college class, is it worth trying?
Posted By Thingo
Replies: 15
Views: 1,379
In spite of my experience, I'd suggest you jump into a course with full enthusiasm.

Frequent discussion of your, & other student's, photos is invaluable. While there are not really any 'right' or 'wrong' images, it comes down to being able to justify what (& more importantly) why you've done what you did.

The diploma course I started part-time (one day a week), was great fun. There was much discussion of our photos, & exposure to a variety of techniques. Some new to me, some a 'refresher'. Mine was the only Pentax camera in the college, with ~2/3 Canon, ~1/3 Nikon. It would be a good idea to know your own camera's settings, since the instructors are probably briefed on just the two larger systems.

Now, you're likely wondering about my reservation, above. In the second year, I ended up with an almost entirely different group, which was not nearly as much fun. We then had one senior instructor repeatedly 'putting down' Nikon, while boosting Canon. I thought this was bad form: essentially any current camera is 'good enough' nowadays. Anyway, all this seriously put me off, & that was that. [Was I being too sensitive? Maybe. But that's just me.]
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 12-04-2014, 06:44 PM  
Bruce Webber
Posted By Thingo
Replies: 4
Views: 1,140
Thanks for the "heads up".
A fascinating read, with lovely portraits.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-04-2014, 03:02 AM  
Canon Pixma PRO-1 $449 @ B&H
Posted By Thingo
Replies: 7
Views: 798
Great printer. Make sure you use the latest driver. I had some weird anomalies with the early driver.
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-04-2014, 02:50 AM  
why I will buy a K3
Posted By Thingo
Replies: 80
Views: 8,002
I wasn't going to buy the K-3. Simply stick with my *istD, K-01 & assorted lenses. But now I have a K-3, I'm very pleased. It is a beaut camera, & my one is behaving itself, with none of the reported glitches. (Unlike my non-Pentax camera -- but that's an entirely different story.)

Note that I'm more interested in the photo than pixel peeping.
Forum: Pentax K-01 09-04-2014, 02:32 AM  
K-01 Mode Dial problem
Posted By Thingo
Replies: 114
Views: 19,262
All fixed. Good as new.

Well, it is new. I contacted the very helpful people at C.R.Kennedy, the long-time Pentax agents here in Oz (Australia), & they agreed to replace the whole 'mode dial' assembly (dial & spindle) under warranty. That involved a couple of days, & removing the top plate of the body. Apparently there have been fewer than a handful of reported mode dial losses here.

I've always had good experience with C.R.Kennedy, dating from my specially marked "50 years in Australia" *istD.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-30-2014, 01:20 AM  
How has the K3 worked out for you?
Posted By Thingo
Replies: 134
Views: 13,202
After eight months with my K-3, I'm very pleased. I've not experienced the 'mirror flap' issue, and have kept up to date with the firmware (currently v1.11).

I would likely sell the K-3 to buy a 36x24mm sensor body to attach to the 'three amigos' (31, 43, 77), but the "full frame" debate finished four-and-a-half years ago with the 645D, and now the 645z re-affirms that situation.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 08-23-2014, 12:21 AM  
Poll: You own the K-01. Soon the K-S1 will launch...
Posted By Thingo
Replies: 54
Views: 10,294
I too, picked "ignore" though the above more accurately sums up my position.

Many of the requested features for the K-01 look as if they are simply firmware changes. It would be beaut for (all) the camera companies to "open source" the firmware on cameras where updates have ceased.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 06-25-2014, 03:20 PM  
Some Thoughts on the K-01 and Mirrorless From Pentax
Posted By Thingo
Replies: 108
Views: 13,842
Yes, me.

The in-camera post processing is, or at least should be, just using the JPEG routines already present for the original capture. Anyway, with all the production of electronic gizmos, the cost of memory is relatively negligible.

Otherwise, as a still image person, I'm happy to see the movie feature set improved as specified above, & elsewhere on Pentax Forums.
Forum: General Photography 06-22-2014, 08:34 PM  
K-7 + Color Run = Awesome photos
Posted By Thingo
Replies: 21
Views: 1,535
Sounds like fun.

Despite the LensRentals blog comments, I'd still get involved. My Pentax gear has survived many hours in a working underground coal mine (high humidity), sand storms in North Africa (low humidity), to name but two. Other than the *istD, the bodies have been sealed, though my lenses are not WR. The 14/2.8 and 35/2.8 macro lenses, in particular, have survived the bulk of these exposures.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 05-01-2014, 03:47 AM  
Hello from Melbourne
Posted By Thingo
Replies: 11
Views: 420
I heard some time ago that the proportion of Pentax cameras in Oz was higher than elsewhere. There certainly seem to be plenty of Pentax cameras, and 2nd hand lenses. Anyway, I know you'll enjoy your K-01, as I do mine.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-03-2014, 06:25 PM  
Hot tip for those who use the A7 and A7r with adapted lenses - Lens compensation
Posted By Thingo
Replies: 2
Views: 1,298
That's interesting. Does it slow the camera down by much? Do you need to make a setting for all the focal length & shutter combinations?
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-03-2014, 06:07 PM  
Been here awhile...
Posted By Thingo
Replies: 8
Views: 311
Sometimes the first post is the hardest, but now you're off & running.

People are very welcoming here, so don't hesitate too long before your next post.
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