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Forum: Contest Voting 5 Days Ago  
Univ. of Akron Invit.
Posted By carlwood
Replies: 18
Views: 210
How do we choose form so many great shots?! This one has that something extra - in most of the other shots the action is completely frozen - in this shot the slow shutter speed allows us to "see" the movement.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-30-2019, 09:18 PM  
Mirrorless and DSLR dinosaur collapse cont'd: Sony Q4 camera profits dropped by -73%
Posted By carlwood
Replies: 90
Views: 3,899
Thank you verr much for that info - it helps to know how others are working with stuff.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-28-2019, 08:04 PM  
Mirrorless and DSLR dinosaur collapse cont'd: Sony Q4 camera profits dropped by -73%
Posted By carlwood
Replies: 90
Views: 3,899
Hi Luftfluss - Yes, the 31A - my kind of lens, however, I've had a bit of difficulty getting a rock-solid steady mount onto the Pentax K-1. I've tried 2 different original Tamron mounts but there always seems to be a tiny bit of slack which magnifies at the front end of the lens, especially at 500mm. Those are great shots you have there - could you please advise if you are using a Tamron adapter or another make? And which camera body?

I bought a Benro L400 sliding plate and got hold of a secondhand Benro head on ebay - you can adjust these in several directions to get a 2-point hold on the lens and the camera, but there still seems to be a bit of slack somewhere.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-28-2019, 04:19 AM  
Mirrorless and DSLR dinosaur collapse cont'd: Sony Q4 camera profits dropped by -73%
Posted By carlwood
Replies: 90
Views: 3,899
And you are quite right too, Dan, in your pricing of an f4 Pentax 150-450! And you gain too, Clackers - maybe I'm just a bit frustrated with what (I think) I'd like and what I can afford. I am a committed Pentax user - I bought my first Spotmatic in a secondhand shop in Melbourne in 1975. I've still got it and the f3.5 28mm lens it came with - a real bargain then at Aus$65!! And I'm very happy with my line up of very-useable-on-a-K-1-Takumar lenses. To be honest, if my lottery did come up I'm pretty sure that I'd stick with Pentax anyway.


Thank you for being patient with me!

---------- Post added 05-28-19 at 11:20 PM ----------

I think I just needed the therapy!!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-28-2019, 01:05 AM  
Mirrorless and DSLR dinosaur collapse cont'd: Sony Q4 camera profits dropped by -73%
Posted By carlwood
Replies: 90
Views: 3,899
You are, of course, quite right Clackers re the good business sense. We used to have access to a wider range of lenses for Pentax from other makers, but I guess times have changed, and the market situation as mainly discussed in the the thread has also contributed (even though Tamron & Sigma still seem to make a lot of stuff for Canon & Nikon) I note the 300mm. lens currently available from Ricoh - I had the M42 300 f4. years ago and sold it in a needy moment - I've regretted it ever since. Last year I picked up an old Tamron 200 - 500 which is a behemoth piece of metal and glass. Fixing it to the body is rather like building up a cine-camera onset - it takes quite a while and lots of effort before you are able to press the shutter button!
I also note the 150-450 which I'd love to be able to try out before I made a purchase. The thing with the Pentax 150-450 is that it is rather slow and does not have a constant aperture throughout the zoom range. Be good if it was an f4 too, not that you'd get much depth of field at that aperture, but it would assist focusing. From my personal point of view the 560mm. is a bit of an odd focal length.
I suppose we all have different requirements in terms of what kind of photographs we're into shooting at the moment - "you can please some of the people some of the time.....". But it's nice to be able to talk about these things a bit with interested parties.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-27-2019, 05:45 PM  
Mirrorless and DSLR dinosaur collapse cont'd: Sony Q4 camera profits dropped by -73%
Posted By carlwood
Replies: 90
Views: 3,899
I just came across this discussion today - which is along the lines of how I have been thinking lately, so I'd like to join the discussion if I may.

Lately, I have been (sort of) thinking about the possibility of buying a Canon or other DSLR body, mostly with longer telephoto lenses in mind, however, I find the replacement cost of new equipment is extremely prohibitive.

So the idea of using bodies from a non-Pentax maker is engendered by a personal interest in the ability to use lenses from third party manufacturers on the one camera body. The delay in Ricoh/Pentax's bringing out of the K-1 led to Tamron and Sigma, and maybe a couple of others, dropping lenses with a K-mount. So it feels like the line-up of lenses for the K-1 is a bit lacking, mostly at the telephoto end of the scale. Pentax/Takumar have made some exceptional lenses over the decades (I have a quite a few) and many of these are readily available online and work exceptionally well with the k-1, and from personal experience the K-5 and Ist D.

Some years ago, with the advent of digital movie cameras, and coming from a cinematographic work background, I investigated the possible use of cine-camera lenses on digital DSLRs, with thoughts of lenses like the great Angenieux zooms that were becoming redundant in mind - fast, amazing picture quality, and once in focus at the tight end they are in focus all the way through the zoom (sorry I forget the term - "parfocal"?). I spoke with a very respected cine-lensman in London, and apart from mentioning that "everyone" was calling him about this subject, he advised that the limiting problem was at the rear of the cine lenses which extend far into the camera body and would therefore not permit their use on DSLRs with mirrrors which would catch on the back of the lens.

Then, of course, mirrorless camera came out and I guess all the good cine lenses were snapped up in the rush (you did have to get a special mount made at some expense).

Anyway, whilst I believe that the image quality on the K-1 is very good, I think that Ricoh is falling a bit short on the lens line-up - it would be good to have some higher quality "long" lenses available from Ricoh/Pentax to complement the full-frame DSLR and which would marry well with the K1 (or K2) body.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-07-2019, 09:33 PM  
Springtime crocus
Posted By carlwood
Replies: 8
Views: 165
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-02-2019, 12:57 AM  
Dogwood at Cheekwood
Posted By carlwood
Replies: 5
Views: 155
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-15-2019, 10:32 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #151 Poll (Landscape in Color - March 2019)
Posted By carlwood
Replies: 61
Views: 4,556
How is one supposed to choose one good shot out of so many? - they are all extremely good.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-17-2019, 12:31 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #150 Poll (Machines in Motion - February 2019)
Posted By carlwood
Replies: 63
Views: 4,227
It's not about the subject matter (plane, train or whatever) - it's about how well the shot illustrates the brief for the contest. If it happens to be a plane then I believe that's OK even if you are sick of planes. I voted for the black & white motorcycle shot in the preliminaries, I thought it was a good shot illustrating a "machine at work". Unfortunately it didn't make the final.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-16-2019, 11:23 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #150 Poll (Machines in Motion - February 2019)
Posted By carlwood
Replies: 63
Views: 4,227
There are so many really great photographs in this contest. They all have something to say but not necessarily "machines in motion". I'm going for number 7.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-15-2019, 03:56 PM  
Manfrotto 577 Adapter Plate
Posted By carlwood
Replies: 0
Views: 346
Hi Folks, does any one have a Manfrotto Adapter plate?

I am trying to find a way to attach a Benro LS400 lens/camera plate to a tripod via the regular 3/8" or 1/4" screw on the tripod head.
The base of the LS400 is rather too wide to fit onto an Arca style plate by about 6mm. The width of the LS400 is a minute fraction under 50mm.
I believe that some Manfrotto adapter plates may be able to accommodate the LS40, possibly the 577, but without looking at it in person it is hard to tell.
Does any one have a 577 or similar form other makers and if so woudl they be kind enough to meassure it for me?
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-05-2019, 07:45 PM  
Photo Contest
Posted By carlwood
Replies: 10
Views: 163
West Beach, Cape Leveque, Western Australia
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-05-2019, 12:58 AM  
Biker
Posted By carlwood
Replies: 13
Views: 186
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Winners' Showcase 02-04-2019, 02:03 AM  
January, 2019 Winner: Snowy Dunes and the Henry Mountains
Posted By carlwood
Replies: 49
Views: 1,025
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2019, 02:57 AM  
Playing with Light
Posted By carlwood
Replies: 37
Views: 450
Hi NS_Sailor, I just wanted to commend you on all the effort you obviously made to create this shot - looks like a lot of running!! But it worked well - and the exposure is just right. Well done.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2019, 02:53 AM  
Urban Light
Posted By carlwood
Replies: 20
Views: 324
Hi SpecialK, I didn't nominate this shot, however, I just wanted to say how impressive it is - it shows a really good use of the fisheye zoom. You obviously have a good eye and you did well to pick out the shot and make a well crafted photo.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2019, 02:46 AM  
Bridge at Night
Posted By carlwood
Replies: 8
Views: 149
Hi Tbone51, I just wanted to say how much I like this photograph. I found myself going back to it several times. It has a great deal of atmosphere - you picked a good angle and the exposure is just right. A very nice, really good shot. Well done!

---------- Post added 01-02-19 at 08:49 PM ----------

I forgot - it just shows what you can do with the K1 and the FA 31mm. Limited lens!!!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2019, 02:42 AM  
Chicago Streets
Posted By carlwood
Replies: 6
Views: 178
I like the idea of this shot, well done for linking the Chicago name on the drain cover to the one on the theatre. Forgive me if I say that I feel that the shot would have been much more effective if you could have found a way to get the theatre Chicago more in focus (but not to the detriment of the drain cover Chicago). The level of exposure is very nice.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2019, 01:14 AM  
Playing with light
Posted By carlwood
Replies: 8
Views: 179
I like this image because the photographer appears to be the only entrant (I think) who has created something from scratch with the contest subject matter in mind. Well done.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-09-2018, 09:25 PM  
2 negative
Posted By carlwood
Replies: 48
Views: 776
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-01-2018, 09:30 PM  
Sunset Polyptych
Posted By carlwood
Replies: 20
Views: 311
I love this photo - 12 different shots within one frame (both photo and window). It's great the way each pane of glass renders an image with individual qualities. You took the opportunity of a good shot at the right time to be there. Well done fsshirley.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-02-2018, 09:59 PM  
Sunrise/Sunset Contest Entry
Posted By carlwood
Replies: 3
Views: 342
Dear Pentax Forums Support - trying again to submit a photo for the Sunrise/Sunset contest.
Forum: Winners' Showcase 09-09-2018, 04:14 AM  
August, 2018 Winner: work...work...work...
Posted By carlwood
Replies: 56
Views: 1,325
Hi Pakinjapan, did you take this through a glass window or were you in the open?
Forum: Winners' Showcase 09-09-2018, 01:27 AM  
August, 2018 Winner: work...work...work...
Posted By carlwood
Replies: 56
Views: 1,325
Nice clear shot, good framing and lots of action. Well done!
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