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Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-04-2014, 12:19 AM  
Caption Contest Nov 3-9 2014
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 14
Views: 1,301
So where is the beer already?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-06-2014, 07:08 PM  
Misc One Hour After Leaving Camera Store in Austin
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 12
Views: 1,373
Obviously not too great for maritime photography.

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-13-2014, 01:33 PM  
Long lens on an SLR body question
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 25
Views: 2,041
Try a good sized, well stuffed bean bag on your tripod.

Mickey Oberman
Forum: Pentax K-r 07-29-2014, 05:26 PM  
Where can i find a course for taking pictures with the K-r?
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 6
Views: 1,263
The best course you can get came with your camera at no extra charge.

It is called an "Owner's Manual".

Put it in a Zip Lock bag and keep it in your camera bag. Need a lesson on a specific photography subject and your camera?

Unzip the Zip Lock.


P.S. Mine goes with me wherever I go. I have been taking pictures for over 60 years.
Forum: General Photography 07-28-2014, 10:38 PM  
If you could take photos at one significant moment, when and where would
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 34
Views: 2,099
The parting of the Red Sea.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-16-2014, 11:39 PM  
Would you clean this lens?
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 15
Views: 1,531
Forget about bottled water.
You never know what tap or stream it came from.

Get some distilled water at your pharmacist's and very gently wipe with dampened, not soddened, Q-Tip.

Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 07-03-2014, 10:11 PM  
Macro Wet Motion
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 3
Views: 814
You have captured it perfectly.

Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-27-2014, 06:28 PM  
Could this be a Camera Issue or Lens Issue?
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 14
Views: 1,323
I thing the blazing sunshine of that beautiful smile is causing overexposure.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-23-2014, 10:46 PM  
Macro Tiny Jumping Spider on a Penny
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 7
Views: 566
Excellent photographs.

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-20-2014, 07:27 AM  
Fast relatively wide angle lens in K-mount?
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 7
Views: 944
Increase your ISO/ASA.

Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-17-2014, 11:54 AM  
Is this a good camera bag please?
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 12
Views: 956

I think you may outgrow the Manfrotto IV very quickly. May I suggest a sling type bag.
I have a Lowepro Slingshot 200 AW. I have used it for about 5 years now. It will never wear out.
It carries a Pentax K-5 with or without any of the lenses I usually use mounted on it if I wish;
A Quantaray 70>300mm Macro zoom with lens hood @ 5-1/2" long. ( My favourite lens ).
A Tamron 28>80mm with lens hood @ 4"" long.
A Pentax 12>24mm with its massive lens hood @ 4" long and its hood is 4" wide. It also has Two fair sized exterior pockets and a small inside pocket.There is a hidden storm cover which I have never used.
One of its really useful features is the ability to swing the bag around to access the contents and even change lenses without removing the bag from your shoulder and thus exposing it to theft.
As a diabetic I also carry a glucometer and an insulin pen. All this with room to spare.

It is not overly large. Larger models are made by Lowepro. I think there may be one smaller model, a 150 AW. The 200 AW weighs 2.1 pounds.

Do not buy from the internet unless you have seen and tried your choice in real life. Dealing with a reliable dealer is always your safest path.

Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-15-2014, 06:25 PM  
Cleaning Options for Manual Lenses
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 7
Views: 800
First step is blow off the dust and possible grit with a blower or your breath.
Second step is brush gently with a soft, clean brush that has not been touched by your fingers. Keep that brush for only dusting lens elements.
Third step is blow with your breath to fog the lens.
Fourth is very gently wipe the lens in a circular motion with an old cotton T shirt or diaper or microfiber cloth.
Fifth step check lens for lint and blow it off.
Sixth step is to go out and take some great pictures.

And in the future keep your ------ fingers off the glass.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-05-2014, 05:17 PM  
Nature Peace
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 7
Views: 455
Stunning !

Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 05-31-2014, 09:06 AM  
Architecture Win a Pentax K-3: Photo Contest
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 8
Views: 1,030
By merely rotating the photo it has been turned into a striking abstract.
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 05-31-2014, 09:04 AM  
Abstract Pentax K-3 Photo Contest
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 4
Views: 674
What is abstract about these photos?
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 05-29-2014, 03:23 AM  
Pentax K-3 Photo Contest: Guidelines (Round 1)
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 151
Views: 56,963
I thought this competition was for abstract photos but going through all the pictures I see very few abstracts.
I must not understand something.
Please clarify for me.

Thank you,
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-28-2014, 08:41 PM  
Cityscape Toronto at Sunset
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 8
Views: 490
K David,

I have taken many pictures of our skyline but none are as beautiful as yours.
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 04-29-2014, 08:27 PM  
Abstract A Spiders Dream
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 9
Views: 918
Thank you, Peter.

I do, indeed, enjoy your picture.

Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 04-06-2014, 12:03 PM  
New to cameras
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 5
Views: 400

"First question - is T mount and m42 mount the same? " To simplify.

No they are not the same. T mount is a kind of universal mount to adapt a camera to, for example, a telescope or some other accessories.

M 42 is the old Pentax threaded mount. It was used for many years on almost all cameras right up until the introduction of the present K bayonet mount which is used on all present day Pentax K cameras. It has electrical contacts for the automatic features of today's Pentax digital cameras.

Adapters are available to use T mounts and M 42 mounts on K mount cameras but the automatic features will be disabled.

Beware. Some adapters will completely disable a K camera. Pentax adapters are always safe but there are other good makes available.


Read more at:
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-27-2014, 08:32 PM  
Quick question on Pentax zoom lens
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 8
Views: 920
I have tried auto zoom.
I do not like it.
It does not give the fine control that a manual zoom offers.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-26-2014, 09:24 PM  
K100D w/18-55, takes out of focus pictures
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 14
Views: 994
Have you tried another lens on the camera?

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-24-2014, 12:26 AM  
Does my lens has haze??
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 6
Views: 2,242
It is difficult to tell from a photograph as it could be reflecting, in this case for example, a slightly cloudy night sky.

Hold the lens up to your eye and look through it. Then you will know for sure.

You might try a soft cloth dampened - not soaked - with a little alcohol. If it is on the outside it might come off but be gentle. No vigorous scrubbing.

Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-22-2014, 07:51 PM  
Hello from Ontario, Canada
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 7
Views: 374

Toronto calling.
I restore and collect antique/old cameras ranging from about 1890 to present and 8" x10" to 8mm.
I have about 250.
Only four Pentax's though.
My present camera which is all I could ask for is the Pentax K-5.
I have had it for 3 years now and have taken thousands of pictures without any problems. A great little machine.

Mickey Oberman
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-20-2014, 06:46 PM  
New K3 used DA*16-50 does not work
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 25
Views: 1,817
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-20-2014, 06:32 PM  
Chicagoland Greetings!
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 6
Views: 278
That carrot looks ---- well ---- rather unhealthy.

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