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Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 6 Days Ago  
Hi!
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Welcome, I hope you get your lenses cleaned up and working before spring brings color back to the northern hemisphere.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-29-2018, 06:52 AM  
Bought K-1 II, Sold K-3 ii--have DA lenses--buy used APS-C as back-up?
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K5 has wonderful rendering, too. That 16MP Sony sensor was special. I should replace my K5, since I could use the extra cropping from the 24MP I get on the K3II but the images from the K5 are just...beautiful. So, I'll carry the K5 with DA300 and K3II with FA100 macro in the field for now...

A used K5 or K5II can be had for cheap now.

Oh, since you have the DA40, consider pairing with the DA21.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-29-2018, 06:49 AM  
From Fuji to Pentax? May be yes, may be not.
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The FUJI mirorrorless cameras are tempting, they'd make a nice pairing with a more traditional DSLR like Pentax's system. The only drawback, of course, is two different sets of lenses - though if you use the cameras for different roles you can probably avoid most duplication. That would let someone focus on the strengths of both systems.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-28-2018, 02:42 PM  
Hi new to this forum but need help desprately
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If you enjoy macro, look for a used K3 or K3II. I use a K3II in the field with 100mm macro and a ringflash. It allows me to geotag and easily use the flash.
I have actually considered buying another K3II to replace my K5, but that old body keeps soldiering on and really does produce pleasing imagery, even if the sensor is smaller, allowing less crop magnification.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-28-2018, 12:37 PM  
Thematic Show me your insects
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We know how to curb population growth. Northern Europe has shown this, along with other populations. Education, particularly for girls, opportunity and equal treatment and reproductive rights. Human history is against us, but it can be done.

The most threatened landscape is grasslands. Those are almost completely agriculture now.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-28-2018, 08:03 AM  
Thematic Show me your insects
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Do this and you both conduct a "Square Meter" observation project. The results will be obvious.
square meter – The Prairie Ecologist

I only really keep some yard to let the dogs have their space. Less next year, but I'm going to need help weeding the areas with wildflowers I want to keep, otherwise the crabgrass, creeping charlie, dayflowers, parsnips, and wild geranium will strangle everything.

Yes, insect popluations are crashing. With that, everything will go haywire. Everything that depends on insects for food, pollination, decay will suffer. It's our fault, but don't expect change without outrage from people like us.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-15-2018, 06:57 AM  
Leen hood options for old Pentax - Takumar Lenses
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Yeah, the screw-in collapsible rubber hoods are good. They're a bit bulky but work well.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-02-2018, 12:47 PM  
Hedging your bets, or how do I not stress about buying Pentax lenses?
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Used lenses hold their price. If you buy used, you can sell for the same amount unless you abused them. There's no point renting unless you can't find that one lens you need to use.

Really, what can't you do with the lenses you have? That's how you approach this.
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-02-2018, 05:51 AM  
Cold weather shooting how cold is too cold
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The biggest issue I've had in very cold outings is the battery. Just bring your second battery and put it in a pocket to stay warmer and swap when you need. Warming up is tougher, as mentioned above.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-02-2018, 05:45 AM  
Architecture Suleymaniye Mosque
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Quite good for no tripod at night! Nicely done.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-01-2018, 10:41 AM  
Your Advice/Opinion Needed
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There's an FA100 f2.8 for $190 right now.
Excellent+ Pentax FA Macro 100mm F2.8 Lens - PentaxForums.com

It's a great lens.
Forum: Photo Critique 11-01-2018, 08:12 AM  
Macro Nice day for a walk
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f16 is usually good with longer macro lenses. You do start to need a lot of light stopping down farther.

The wing looks OK, they get beaten up over time and often have a ragged edge. I've seen some pretty eroded wings which always surprise me how well the bees can actually fly.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-26-2018, 12:51 PM  
Hello from Itality to this faboulos forum.
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Welcome from Chicago!
Forum: General Talk 10-26-2018, 05:57 AM  
What book on your table now
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Reading several.
Fiction: Charles Stross The Revolution Trade, the final Merchant Princess book. I'm interested to see how he ties it up.
Nonfiction: David Quammen, The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life. The knowledge of lateral gene transfer and recognition of the interrelatedness of life requires we think about species, families, orders etc. differently.
Nonfiction: Franz de Waal, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? Mostly it's human arrogance and bias which have kept us from fully investigating and understanding both what intelligence is and how intelligent our fellow living creatures are.
Nonfiction: Deborah Gordon: Ants at Work. Ant colonies are organized, we know that. Exactly what they are and how they self-organize is examined here.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-26-2018, 05:42 AM  
Hoi zme from Switzerland
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Welcome! Many of us would enjoy the 645Z
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-26-2018, 05:40 AM  
Your Advice/Opinion Needed
Posted By TER-OR
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What do you want to do with close-focus? If you're after insect macro, the 100mm macro (or similar range from 3rd party) are the way to go. If you're just after still life, flowers etc. then your options are wide open. The 40mm pancake is great, and inexpensive if purchased used. I find the 21mm more useful in most circumstances.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-26-2018, 05:35 AM  
saving my setup
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You have several User Modes with which you can save settings.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-26-2018, 05:33 AM  
Hey From Florida
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Welcome to the clubhouse!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-25-2018, 07:41 AM  
Hi from Belgium!
Posted By TER-OR
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Let's hope it's an easy fix! The mirror is a good bet.
Those are fantastic cameras, I hope it can be corrected. I see sets of 6X7 available for sale here in the US occasionally. It's not a hobby for everyone, and when a parent or grandparent passes away, those kits are often sold.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-25-2018, 05:54 AM  
Hi from Belgium!
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Welcome to the clubhouse!
I hope you figure out what's going on with the focus problem. I know the focus screen must be correctly installed, with the proper shims. Perhaps someone screwed that up, and put shims on the wrong side of the screen?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-24-2018, 07:18 PM  
Thematic Pollinators in action
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Thinking this is a Gyne and Males...
Queens don't forage once they lay their first batch of workers, and those definitely look like males.

Bombus griseocollis if I'm not mistaken.

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Just...wow.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-11-2018, 10:03 AM  
New to photography. Help me choose a pentax.
Posted By TER-OR
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I got good shots with the 55-300, it's a solid lens but like most longer zooms it's a bit soft at the far side. It served me well for YEARS, and for its price and weight it's really good.
I can't find any weaknesses with the DA300, though, beyond its cost. I waited until the Pentax rebates came back around.

I can say the autofocus on the K3II is better, and you get more crop potential with 24MP.
The Sony 16MP sensor on the K5, though, maybe it's the AA filter, gives a more film-like image. The output is very pleasing. I need to print some of those, and see what they do.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-11-2018, 08:04 AM  
New to photography. Help me choose a pentax.
Posted By TER-OR
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Unless you're doing serious macro the AA filter removal in the -s model isn't a big concern. The K5 suited me fine shooting macro when I started. Actually, the K10 was where I started, and it was good.
The 55-300 will suit you fine, but I would consider the 18-135 over the 18-55 a significant upgrade if you can afford it.

$180 for a K5 is a steal. I'm still using mine, now with the DA300 (not in your budget) to get images like these:

Indigo Bunting TWR Dixon Bioblitz 080318-2 by Terry Miesle, on Flickr

Yellow-Billed Cuckoo KW 052518 by Terry Miesle, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-11-2018, 06:00 AM  
two things, k3 prestige value, and compact travel options
Posted By TER-OR
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I wouldn't disagree with this. The DA21mm is so useful on ASPC. Typically I don't have a problem with light, so it's nice to have a tiny lens which performs so well.
Weather resistance is always welcome, too. Something like the 12-24 with WR would be great. Presumably we'll get that with the 11-18.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-11-2018, 05:47 AM  
New to photography. Help me choose a pentax.
Posted By TER-OR
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Flash. When I bought the K3II I bought the little AF201 as the K3II has no pop-up. It's pocket-sized but pretty versatile. Its only drawback is the long recharge cycle. With only two AAA batteries, that's to be expected. I have used it for macro support in manual mode and it recharges quickly when using it at reduced power. Its advantages over the pop-up you'll get in the K5 are the ability to bounce flash, and somewhat stronger strobe, plus with controls on the flash it's easier to manipulate.

The 360 flashes are substantially more versatile, but more expensive and substantially larger.

A K5II for $265 is outstanding. They're built to last, so I wouldn't worry about durability.
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