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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-09-2018, 08:44 AM  
a gift from the inlaws
Posted By Tinylights
Replies: 25
Views: 924
Thanks! This is about as close to sinister/foreboding as I could make a flower pic get without hunting down one of those rotten flesh-smelling giants or something...
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-03-2018, 06:07 AM  
a gift from the inlaws
Posted By Tinylights
Replies: 25
Views: 924
Thanks very much!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2018, 11:01 AM  
a gift from the inlaws
Posted By Tinylights
Replies: 25
Views: 924
Thanks! Happy New Year!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-06-2017, 07:15 PM  
a gift from the inlaws
Posted By Tinylights
Replies: 25
Views: 924
Shot at 55mm ISO 100 with a Raynox DCR-150 1.5x close-up filter using on-camera flash and a little cloth diffuser. Nice big flower, no idea what it's called!
Forum: Winners' Showcase 12-01-2017, 01:33 PM  
November, 2017 Winner: Autumn Colors in a Big-Toothed Aspen Leaf
Posted By Tinylights
Replies: 96
Views: 4,296
Great workup!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-10-2017, 06:10 AM  
Lights Out
Posted By Tinylights
Replies: 4
Views: 339
Thanks!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-02-2017, 07:34 AM  
Lights Out
Posted By Tinylights
Replies: 4
Views: 339
Thanks Barbara!

Jamin
Forum: Pentax K-70 10-09-2017, 05:34 PM  
Decent L-plate/bracket for K-70?
Posted By Tinylights
Replies: 5
Views: 2,030
Thanks Shitaku, looks like in addition to cutting out the vertical part to make room for the cable release you'd have to cut the horizontal part to access the battery door. Also I hadn't considered the problem with the flip out screen.

I was out the other evening using a tripod and paid attention to whether using the ball head's 90 degree option for vertical mode was really annoying enough to justify the trade-offs of these L brackets, and I think I found that it's not, at least for me. Think I'll stick with what I have.

Thanks very much for the ideas, great people here on this forum!

Jamin
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-02-2017, 05:54 PM  
Lights Out
Posted By Tinylights
Replies: 4
Views: 339
I was out walking in my neighborhood when it was threatening rain and saw these two crows sitting on a lamp post. After getting a couple of throwaway shots of two crows on a lamp post, I happened to switch to a fast shutter speed just before they took off. I thought the unconventional wing positions were interesting. I didn't notice the lamp's position against a light spot in the clouds until later (that's not a post edit).
Forum: Pentax K-70 09-29-2017, 07:36 PM  
Decent L-plate/bracket for K-70?
Posted By Tinylights
Replies: 5
Views: 2,030
Thanks! I figured this was a dud thread. I'll look into that.
Forum: Sold Items 09-09-2017, 11:54 AM  
For Sale - Sold: O-GPS1, 16-50, 50-135, HD 21, FA 50 1.7, A 50 1.4, Tokina 20-35, TC 1.4x, *istDS
Posted By Tinylights
Replies: 13
Views: 2,225
Just bought the 16-50. This lens is going to make me a better person, in every way.
Forum: Sold Items 09-08-2017, 08:01 PM  
For Sale - Sold: O-GPS1, 16-50, 50-135, HD 21, FA 50 1.7, A 50 1.4, Tokina 20-35, TC 1.4x, *istDS
Posted By Tinylights
Replies: 13
Views: 2,225
PM sent re the 16-50!
Forum: Pentax K-70 09-08-2017, 06:26 PM  
How useful is K-70 flip screen?
Posted By Tinylights
Replies: 36
Views: 5,263
Good point Philip. I'm not very portrait-centric I guess. Still haven't figured out what aspect ratios I like, and I keep getting my composure wrong. What would really be cool is if they could figure out how to make the screen tilt up, as well as slide (not swing) out and then fully articulate. That way you wouldn't have to rotate the thing past 90 degrees after flipping it out. I can never remember which way to rotate it, and end up forcing it a little the wrong way sometimes. Seems a little fragile but it's probably stronger than it feels.

Anyone break it yet???

Jamin
Forum: Pentax K-70 09-07-2017, 05:56 PM  
How useful is K-70 flip screen?
Posted By Tinylights
Replies: 36
Views: 5,263
I'm finding that nearly every time I want to use the flip out screen on the K-70 it's to look down on the camera from above, and then I don't feel like swinging it out then flipping it around, and end up just crouching. I'd actually prefer a screen that just rotates up like a lot of other cameras have, in one motion. I imagine that would be more robust as well; I'm always a little nervous when the screen is hanging off to the side like that.

I suppose it would be useful to have the extra flexibility for awkward positions on a tripod (macro) but I only just bought a macro-worthy tripod and haven't experimented much.
Forum: Pentax K-70 08-12-2017, 07:28 PM  
Silver finish durability?
Posted By Tinylights
Replies: 16
Views: 3,806
"Off" is a good description. Those white K-30s and K-50s do look cool (from photos at least, never held one), I'd probably have gone with that if it were available. The nice thing about black is that you know what you're getting even if you can't get your hands on one in the store (which for Pentax is apparently just about always).

Seems kind of foolish thinking so much about equipment aesthetics, but on the other hand this photography thing is all about making things that are pleasing to the eye, right?!

---------- Post added 08-12-17 at 10:37 PM ----------



Oh and if you do pick up a K-70, don't worry, you can disable that glowing ring around the shutter release button. Unless you're into that kind of thing. I was panicked for about 5 minutes before I discovered I could turn it off.
Forum: Pentax K-70 08-12-2017, 07:20 PM  
K-70 rear adjustment wheel acting up after fog
Posted By Tinylights
Replies: 4
Views: 876
Thanks very much Adam, Steve, Jeff.

I've had the camera since January, only taken about 4000 shots (started out slow), but spending pretty much all my time in Av TAv and M modes (using that wheel a lot). The thing I'm worried about is that, if I send it in for warranty repair or replacement it DEFINITELY will not display this problem when they test it. I've spent like 10 hours shooting in dry conditions after those fog incidents with no problems. I don't have any experience with Ricoh's CS but I'd rather not give up time with my only camera body only to be told I'm SOL. I don't imaging I can get them to go for a two-hour walk in the fog then test!!!!

Adam: I do indeed have instant view mode enabled (1 sec). I'm not accidentally zooming in on my last shot instead of changing aperture, if that's what your intimating. Or is there something else I'm not considering? Pretty much every time the problem has occurred I noticed the lack of response and power cycled before any shutter releases. The wheel wouldn't respond within the menus either.

Thanks,
Jamin
Forum: Pentax K-70 08-12-2017, 04:39 PM  
K-70 rear adjustment wheel acting up after fog
Posted By Tinylights
Replies: 4
Views: 876
While I'm posting things, thought I'd share something annoying I noticed during a recent vacation trip. I spent a couple of nights shooting on a foggy beach (not getting salt splashed or anything, just humid) and the next day after each time, the rear adjustment wheel (aperture, etc.) sometimes wouldn't work. Each time power cycling fixed the issue temporarily. After some time in dryer air the problem went away.

I'm perplexed. The fact that powering off/on fixed things would suggest something more electronic than just a wet wheel-to-sensor connection, but it on the other hand I've only seen this after getting it damp. Also, you'd think moderate fog usage would fall under the weather resistant "umbrella" (pun indented). Shooting in moderately inclement weather was one of the main Pentax attractions for me (this is my first dslr...).

Anyone experience this? Should I be worried or just assume it's a quirk? If it's a weather sealing defect I'd feel sheepish if I ignored it and subsequently trashed the body during the next light rain shower (or let it happen and buy a K-1???).

Thanks!
Forum: Pentax K-70 08-12-2017, 04:17 PM  
Decent L-plate/bracket for K-70?
Posted By Tinylights
Replies: 5
Views: 2,030
Dear all,

Just finally coughed up the $$$ for a decent tripod and I'd like to step up my connection game a little (I currently only have a little square arca swiss type QR plate that came with a camera strap).

Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced L-plate that properly fits this model? Needs to allow opening the mic cover for a cable release, be arca swiss compatible, and have a cutout loop or something to which to attach a strap mount to the bottom right of the plate.

If these things don't exist together I may just go with a wider QR plate.

Thanks!
Forum: Pentax K-70 08-12-2017, 03:59 PM  
Silver finish durability?
Posted By Tinylights
Replies: 16
Views: 3,806
Looks like an old thread, but for those considering the K-70, I've had my gray model about 6 months and the finish seems quite durable. I have to say though that I regret not going with black. The gray is kind of a dark, warm gray that just looks kind of weird. Doesn't really "go" with anything in a normal photography kit, which is mostly black. A neutral black or silver would play better with black. Also it doesn't have that cool speckled texture that seems to be a classic slr trait.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-10-2017, 01:49 PM  
'S as in Surreal'
Posted By Tinylights
Replies: 16
Views: 1,120
Nominate. Perfect S, and I REALLY want to drive that road...
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-05-2017, 07:03 PM  
Curious Sirens
Posted By Tinylights
Replies: 0
Views: 239
Just wandering around Boston and found this fountain with a statue that appeared to be spying on an elderly man.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 06-05-2017, 09:00 AM  
Knik River Bridge
Posted By Tinylights
Replies: 7
Views: 513
Nice! Very emotional. Nominated.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 06-05-2017, 08:56 AM  
Bridge to Nowhere
Posted By Tinylights
Replies: 20
Views: 1,219
Beautiful. Reminds my of falls in New England from childhood.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-12-2017, 10:50 AM  
Burning sail
Posted By Tinylights
Replies: 2
Views: 526
Nominate. Maybe could be cropped in a little but the moment is something I've never seen.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-30-2017, 05:39 PM  
Hi, and macro advice
Posted By Tinylights
Replies: 15
Views: 1,099
Wow! Thanks all of you for the advice, lots of great information.

Canid:

From everything I've read I think it should be all the way closed, but I'm getting plenty of light through the viewfinder. To be honest I really don't understand how that aperture lever works on these tubes (they're not completely "dumb", but maybe I am!). I've read conflicting explanations, maybe the lever actually keeps it OPEN if the f/ can't be dialed in on-lens? That used 40mm limited I bought turns out to have an egg-shaped aperture :mad: so I'll probably try to find a decent deal on an old 50mm with an aperture ring in the near term, and use the limited for street shooting.

BTW great spider pics!
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