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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-09-2018, 02:17 PM  
Thematic Show me your insects
Posted By TER-OR
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At home they're not such a problem, but head into the marshy areas along woods and the mosquitoes are pretty thick. The plants there are different from the high prairie plants, so it's worth heading into those areas. Of course, the woods are where most mosquitoes hang out, so that prairie/woods border gets hazardous.

Catching in-flight images are typically manual prefocus, but occasionally I get lucky and one crosses the plane as I'm photographing other things. Plus, sometimes it's pretty obvious where the insect is heading.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-09-2018, 11:14 AM  
Thematic Show me your insects
Posted By TER-OR
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Come out with me sometime and we'll see who gets more good shots. These critters don't pose. I only have one mosquito shirt, so you'll need to get your own.
I'm just saying techniques need to fit the goals. If I tried a manual method on most subjects, I'd never get a shot. If a bumble is feeding on a coneflower, that's one thing, but most of the time the action is too fast.

If a dragonfly is sunning or guarding, yeah, the manual is invaluable. I can switch quickly.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-09-2018, 09:07 AM  
Thematic Show me your insects
Posted By TER-OR
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If you get an AF lens, you can use it in MF. There's a switch on the body and some have switches on the camera.
When I'm in the field I use autofocus most of the time. You need to practice with it, and understand how it works not just with the camera but with the lens on the camera.
Insects like bees don't sit still very often, and I'm not fast enough with the focus ring to match what the AF can do.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-08-2018, 02:30 PM  
Doc 1954
Posted By TER-OR
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The best thing to do is just get out there. Practice is the only way you'll get experience. Even standing in the yard or parking lot of a park will let you get the feel for your equipment.

I like TAv mode when outside. Adjust the aperture to a good spot for the lens - f8 for example. Then adjust shutter speed to keep your exposure in good shape.

Remember, with sensors like these it's safer to slightly underexpose than overexpose.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-06-2018, 07:11 AM  
SDM on new lenses
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Well, I just got a new DA300, so we'll see how it goes. The ticking noise is different from the silence of the 18-135. It's not loud, but noticeable.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-02-2018, 01:38 PM  
Is the 40mm 2.8 Pancake really that bad?
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I bought one because it's inexpensive used and I have the DA21.
I prefer the DA21, but I figure I'd prefer the DA40 on a FF camera. I think both pancakes render color well and have loads of contrast. Plus, you can slip them in your pocket.

No, it's not bad. It's not a macro and it's inexpensive. I think people who fall for the price fallacy might want to justify their 31mm or 55mm lenses, but they're just not the same things even if they're in a similar focal range.

I've read the mediocre reviews of the M40 online, but on a film camera how large are you really enlarging those images?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-02-2018, 01:34 PM  
Nature Bee on a Yellow Wildflower
Posted By TER-OR
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Nice shot. One of our many sunflower-family plants for sure. Watch these for some fun native bees like Melissodes and Bumbles.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-02-2018, 01:30 PM  
Help me choose - Pentax FA 100m f2.8 vs.Tamron 90mm f2.8 272Ep vs. Sigma EX 105 f2.8
Posted By TER-OR
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If you follow the link in my signature you'll see plenty of photos using the FA100. It's the best-built of your choices, and I hang a ring flash off the lens full time now.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-02-2018, 01:27 PM  
Pentax K-70 DSLR How good is this camera?
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This would be my approach. 18-135 is good all-around, and use your manual glass for special work.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-02-2018, 01:25 PM  
Hi. New to Pentax---looking to switch to Pentax SLRs
Posted By TER-OR
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IMHO Sony produces very innovative products but tend to not be very durable. That's too bad really.

I can assure you the K5 series is VERY durable. My K5 has been banged around a LOT, and still functions great. It's my backup or second camera now, but I'm not selling it.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-02-2018, 01:23 PM  
Hello from Alabama
Posted By TER-OR
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Welcome! My first DSLR was a K10 about a decade ago. I put a split-focus screen in it and it was quite good with manual lenses. I sold it, but probably shouldn't have.

Have fun with the hobby!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-02-2018, 01:18 PM  
Hello from beautiful Las Vegas!
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Welcome from Chicago!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-02-2018, 01:17 PM  
introducing myself
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Welcome from Chicago!
Forum: General Talk 03-02-2018, 07:48 AM  
Your latest acquisition
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Just in time for spring bird migration I finally pulled the trigger and bought a DA300. It arrived yesterday, so I'll be playing with it this weekend. I've been using a couple flavors of the 55-300 for a few years and have been disappointed at its distance shots. Even at 300 within 40-50 yards it's pretty darn good. I hope for more with the 300, though it's substantially heavier so we'll see how it goes while walking around.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-20-2018, 11:34 AM  
new to the forum
Posted By TER-OR
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Welcome! That's a great combination for getting out there and getting some photos. My 18-135 has served me well over the past several years.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-20-2018, 11:33 AM  
Hello from Wisconsin!
Posted By TER-OR
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Welcome from South of the Border!

I think half of why those old lenses are so good is you really have to take time and think about all the settings, instead of letting the camera make all the decisions. The other half is of course the "glass and brass" construction.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-20-2018, 11:31 AM  
novice question: macro lens for k200d
Posted By TER-OR
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I use a Sunpack DX-8R ringflash in manual mode, it's quite nice and plenty powerful. Outdoors in the sun I use it at 1/4 power, essentially to freeze action and underexpose the background if possible.

There's a thread here about macro on the cheap - for super-close work you may not beat a reversed lens. That's for staged photography, controlled conditions and stable setup - not chasing bees and wasps in the field like I do.
Forum: Pentax K-70 02-20-2018, 11:22 AM  
Perfect lens suite?
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I use the FA100 f2.8 macro and like it a lot. Have a look at my Flickr link in my signature. It does take practice, though, so don't expect immediate miracles.
Other thoughts:

Pancakes are fun and fantastic quality. I have the 21mm and 40mm. The 21 is my favorite non-macro lens. Do keep them in mind and maybe put a marketplace watch-word to get a feel for used pricing. Both are well-built, may as well buy used.

The 18-135 and 55-300 WR lenses serve me well enough right now, but I'd like better at the long end. This year I may buy the DA300.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-29-2018, 07:55 AM  
Having another go at Photography after children.
Posted By TER-OR
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I really like Lightroom for processing from RAW. I find it intuitive and does what I want - processing.

I know it doesn't answer your questions about DCU, but there are other options which may be easier even if they cost some money.
Forum: Pentax K-70 01-15-2018, 07:03 AM  
Perfect lens suite?
Posted By TER-OR
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I use a K3II with FA100 f2.8 macro to do field macro. Above Saltwater describes my dream pairing.

Look at my Flickr page for many, many, many images using the FA100. You will have NO problems using a crop sensor.
Bear in mind that some of the images I post on Flickr are not "print quality" though the have some scientific merit for identification, particularly for bumblebees. Also bear in mind I'm shooting free-handed recently adding a Sunpak ring flash in manual mode. Generic conditions when sunny are f16, ISO 200, 1/160sec and flash at 1/4 power. Camera in AF.S mode, high speed continuous, center focus point and center-weighted metering.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-29-2017, 11:57 AM  
New guy
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Welcome to the clubhouse!

I enjoy the 21 and 40, I don't have the 70 (yet). The 21 is probably my favorite non-macro lens.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-29-2017, 08:17 AM  
Beginner wildlife shooter start-up gear
Posted By TER-OR
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K3 is better, but K5 is great as well. That camera is very rugged, I can attest. The 55-300 is probably the best bet, as mentioned. Alternately, you could find a more superzoom type 18-270 which would probably be useful for a kid.

Some of my nieces were quite good with my cameras when I let them use it. They're careful, detail-sensitive and have a good eye.
Make sure they use the neck strap or get a sling strap for security.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-28-2017, 06:56 AM  
Macro Hi there
Posted By TER-OR
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Some of those crab spiders can change colors, too!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-27-2017, 01:15 PM  
Nature Humming White Christmas
Posted By TER-OR
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Wow, and I thought a few hanging around until early November here in the Chicago area was nuts. I finally took the feeders down when they were freezing overnight.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-26-2017, 02:59 PM  
Identify lens / information
Posted By TER-OR
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Those are nice lenses. Not always the easiest to use, but probably easier than the 24mm close-focus I inherited. Super-long focus throw.

The 28 should be fun to play with, though you might want to get a screw-in lens hood for it.
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