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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-03-2016, 05:19 PM  
Final Countdown to Feb 25th 2016 (CP+ 2016)
Posted By GordonZA
Replies: 1,654
Views: 176,677
A question... What is a pro?
Pro fashion photog, pro bird photog? I imagine different needs... I have doubts that a model plummets out the sky at 200 miles an hour after a pigeon?
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-06-2013, 03:42 AM  
Advise - What lenses are good to shoot these beautiful birds...and portraits as well.
Posted By GordonZA
Replies: 38
Views: 3,420
Very nice shots!

You could experiment with using a higher shutter speed and higher ISO that would allow you to freeze the wings. Also save up and get a fast telephoto prime lens that would allow you to use a higher shutter speed but because it lets in more light you could still keep your ISO lower for less noise.

Your shots are great though!!
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-15-2014, 01:31 PM  
Why Pentax SHOULD make a full frame, an answer to the link on homepage
Posted By GordonZA
Replies: 302
Views: 22,331
For those wanting a really nice affordable FF have a look at the new Nikon D750, for those wanting an awesome APSC have a look at the specs of the new Canon 7D mark Ii... Looks like the super high speed train has left the station and Ricoh is still at the ticket office trying to buy tickets for the 70s disco.... K-S1 anyone....
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-26-2014, 09:11 PM  
My Crazy Prediction for Pentax DA 135-380mm F4-5.6 ED (IF) WR
Posted By GordonZA
Replies: 47
Views: 7,696
I hope it's at least 400mm at the long end...

In fact I would love to see Pentax produce a 50-500 equivalent or why not redo their 250-600?
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-02-2014, 09:13 PM  
What Do You Think We Will See On CP+ 2014
Posted By GordonZA
Replies: 72
Views: 3,713
I think Pentax will bring out a tamagotchi camera that millions of teenage Japanese school girls will go nuts over...

They'll bring it out in an exciting range of unseen before colours...

The rest of us will also get caught up in the excitement of it and buy it and then spend hours every day caring for our needy tamagotchi camera... Oh wait we already spend hours every day caring for our cameras!! :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-05-2013, 10:55 AM  
K-3 pictures: front, side and back (aka it definitely is a headphone jack)
Posted By GordonZA
Replies: 636
Views: 88,541
That dial could be mic gain or headphone level?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-01-2013, 05:25 AM  
another new image of K-3!?
Posted By GordonZA
Replies: 490
Views: 99,837
The bulge houses a new security feature, with retinal scanner and laser cannon...

Put your eye to the camera and if it detects someone other than the owner the laser fires a pulse directly into your eyeball... :o)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-26-2013, 03:26 AM  
New Camera/s by Christmas
Posted By GordonZA
Replies: 997
Views: 146,385
Poetry?? ;)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-12-2013, 04:49 AM  
New DSLRs from Pentax
Posted By GordonZA
Replies: 385
Views: 60,234
How about a new 67D... ;)
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-10-2013, 10:06 AM  
A* 1200/8 -- the ultimate Pentax rarity
Posted By GordonZA
Replies: 34
Views: 3,391
Chuck Norris shoots it hand held....
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-26-2013, 12:05 PM  
Dealing With Other Photographers
Posted By GordonZA
Replies: 59
Views: 4,897
Tazer him
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-12-2013, 10:24 AM  
nEWBIE FROM sOUTH aFRICA
Posted By GordonZA
Replies: 16
Views: 1,110
Howzit!

Welcome to the forum!

There is a camera shop at the fourways mall that stocks all Pentax gear...

Just PM me if you need more info... Otherwise when the Rand Dollar exchange rate is favourable it can be cheaper to get from BH...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-03-2013, 05:40 AM  
PMA@CES & CP+ coming up...
Posted By GordonZA
Replies: 252
Views: 30,118
Hi All,

I see Pentax Ricoh are exhibiting at both PMA@CES (Jan 8-12 2013 2013 International CESŪ Exhibitor Details - PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION) and at CP+ (Jan 31 - Feb 3 2013 List of Exhibitors | CP+ CAMERA & PHOTO IMAGING SHOW 2013)...

I wonder if anything new will be displayed?

Apart from the obvious...wait for it... Full Frame... I would love to see a mock up or production version of both the DA100-400?? and 1.4X convertor shown on their lens roadmap....

Hopefully they will also soon release the 560mm for sale?

Cheers,
Gordon
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-21-2012, 04:50 AM  
Photkina Sept 18-23: anticipation
Posted By GordonZA
Replies: 46
Views: 11,812
They will give everyone discount vouchers to go buy a Nikon D4 and stop bitching about full frame...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-13-2012, 03:35 AM  
PentaxForums.com to Interview Pentax Japan on Feb 11 - Preliminary responses up!
Posted By GordonZA
Replies: 286
Views: 53,372
All this unique talk is giving me piles!

Who cares about unique but the special people... Give the rest of us a friggin FF with OVF, make two models, one for sports and the other for the fashion/other photogs...

Pentax, your stated aim is to compete, so start competing... Produce models that compete not models that no one else produces.

A long distance athlete does not take part in the sprint because that is a different race....
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-02-2012, 06:58 AM  
New K-01 mirrorless camera coming
Posted By GordonZA
Replies: 2,067
Views: 252,566
Fantastic new camera!

Hopefully Pentax will make bundles of cash from all the retards that are going to buy it so the rest of us can get a pro level D4 equivalent FF with some decent super tele lenses....

Subtle hint to Pentax... Please a FF next with pro specs!!!


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I am here: http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=-26.096580,28.015826
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-09-2012, 01:12 AM  
How to photograph a bird landing...
Posted By GordonZA
Replies: 16
Views: 2,937
Hi All,

Thought I would share some photography technique with youl that happens to work for me... (others will doubtless have other methods...)

These shots have been taken with my old Pentax K10D and the Pentax 75-300mm lens. Most were shot using F9, ISO 400, 1/1000s with +1 EV compensation... The first being with F10...

The secret to getting shots like these with such old and slow equipment is to sit and watch the behaviour of the bird for a while first. In this case the swallow kept flying away from the perch to catch insects then return to the same place... use the following method to get the photo's:
1. photophraph the bird on the perch first to get your focus and exposure correct or as you like it. Also set your camera on continuous shooting mode.
2. Go for a higher shutter speed as you will be photographing a fast moving object so anything 1/1000s or faster should be fine. Again adjust your cameras ISO to allow for a higher shutter.
3. you want a slightly deeper DOF so F9 or F10 which seemed about right for the focal length used here ranging from 200-300mm...
5. In this case I went for a +1EV compensation to bring out the darker plumage on the swallow against the light background.
6. Finally set your camera to use the AF button to focus and shutter release to only handle shutter release. ie do not let your shutter release button handle both focus and shutter release. The reason for this is that you pre focus on the perch before the bird approaches.
7. Keep the camera locked on the perch leaving enough room to capture the bird as it approaches the perch.
8. use one eye to watch the perch and the other to watch the swallow approaching and when it gets close press and hold the shutter release button without moving the camera.
9. Experiment and have fun!! :spin:

Now for the images:
First get the camera set up, focal lenght, focus, exposure, etc.


Wait till the bird is about to enter the frame and press and hold the shutter button













Hope you enjoyed!

Cheers,
Gordon
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-20-2010, 10:11 PM  
The weaknesses of K-5 - what do you think?
Posted By GordonZA
Replies: 83
Views: 13,431
Nothing to moan about personally but I just thought I would post a moan here to make your guys feel better and not feel so alone.... :D:D:D
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