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Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 11 Hours Ago  
So many keepers with my K-S2!
Posted By Des
Replies: 23
Views: 427
Good to hear. It's amazing how much capability the K-S2 has for an entry-level camera. That trick about being able to save a single RAW file despite shooting jpg only is an example.


You can dial down the output from the onboard flash by up to 2 stops, using flash exposure compensation. If that's not enough, you can select Manual in the flash options and dial down the output - to 1/128th of full power if you like. This is handy when you don't have an external flash but just want a little fill.


At some stage you might want to add one of the xx-300 zooms to your kit, particularly for birds and other wildlife. Any of the four Pentax 55-300 lenses is a good option, depending on your budget - from the DA-L 55-300mm f4-5.8 (very good optical quality, and a great bargain for about $US100) to the latest DA 55-300mm f4.5-6.3 PLM with its lightning fast and quiet AF.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 13 Hours Ago  
So many keepers with my K-S2!
Posted By Des
Replies: 23
Views: 427
I've got a K-3 and a K-S2 and I haven't noticed the behaviour that @Alexx has experienced. I also mostly use single point AF on both cameras. One reason I prefer to use the K-3 for wildlife is that I find it focuses more accurately. Not that the K-S2 is at all bad (it's better than the K-30 I had before).

But since the thread is about the K-S2, let me say how pleasing it is to hear from a happy camper. I really like mine too.

If I may make a suggestion, @EFats - switch to RAW + jpg. Stash away the RAW files (or at least the good ones) for the day when you have the time, skills and inclination for post-processing shots that you value most. Storage is really cheap these days. My greatest regret in digital photography is that for my first 6 years I shot jpg only. There are many images that I would now love to have in RAW, because I could make a lot more of them.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 19 Hours Ago  
Thematic Ee-i-ee-i-oh! - Farm animals
Posted By Des
Replies: 184
Views: 8,912
So you are now in Norway Alex?

That's a fine set of images and a lovely story with it. They are very happy-looking cows!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 20 Hours Ago  
Your Advice/Opinion Needed
Posted By Des
Replies: 14
Views: 546
I would answer the 3 questions in much the same way as others. Get a macro or telephoto lens and a wide angle lens (maybe DA 15 Ltd) to complement your Sigma 17-70, and skip the superzoom.

But let's go back a step. It seems to me that you are still deciding whether to buy fully into the Pentax system or another system. I see that of all the cameras you have used, the one you liked most was the Panasonic Lumix GX8. If you've tried the Nikon D7000 and the Pentax K-30 and still need to be convinced about a DSLR, perhaps you would really be more comfortable with a micro four-thirds camera? You could certainly get lenses in that system that would meet your requirements. DSLRs are not for everyone, and M43 is a very capable system with plenty of choices.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 1 Day Ago  
Your Advice/Opinion Needed
Posted By Des
Replies: 14
Views: 546
Not officially, but there is a hack involving using the K-50 firmware update: Running K-50 firmware on K-30 - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1 Day Ago  
Thematic Beach walks - scenes, shells, stranded creatures, flotsam and jetsam
Posted By Des
Replies: 218
Views: 9,388
Scenes from Duck Point, Yanakie, Victoria, with the hills of Wilson's Promontory in the background. K-S2 + DA 55-300 PLM



Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1 Day Ago  
Thematic Ee-i-ee-i-oh! - Farm animals
Posted By Des
Replies: 184
Views: 8,912
That's a lovely image Ed. Goats are wonderfully photogenic IMO. Thanks for sharing.
Forum: Lens Clubs 1 Day Ago  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Des
Replies: 30,015
Views: 2,660,492
Thanks Daniel.


These are both excellent Mohammed, but the bee shot particularly stands out. Don't see 300mm+ plus lenses used for macro-type shots like this very often - the minimum focus distance makes it difficult. Well done.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Lens characteristics question
Posted By Des
Replies: 10
Views: 485
The ones I have are family ones - I can't post them.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Lens characteristics question
Posted By Des
Replies: 10
Views: 485
No doubt you'll get suggestions for 21mm, 24mm, 28mm, 30mm, 31mm and other 35mm primes, or maybe a constant f2.8 zoom (DA*16-50, Tamron 17-50, Sigma 17-50 etc). But don't discount the DA 20-40 f2.8-4 Ltd. I really like it for portraits. It's not as sharp as a macro of course, but more flattering. There isn't a lot of distortion, even at 20mm. The colours and general rendering are just beautiful - in the Limited style. Not super fast, but f2.8 at the wide end is good. I'm no expert, but for group portraits it may be a struggle to get more than one face in focus at wide apertures anyway, so f3.5 or f4 at the longer end might be sufficient.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 2 Days Ago  
For Sale: smc Pentax-FA* 400mm F5.6
Posted By Des
Replies: 1
Views: 509
Hard to find, and seems to be in beautiful condition. Good luck with the sale.
Forum: Pentax K-70 3 Days Ago  
Lens compatibility when upgrading from K-x to K-70
Posted By Des
Replies: 10
Views: 438
Versatile and capable lens. It pairs well with the 55-300 - the overlap reduces lens changes. Here's an indication of what it can do.





























Forum: Pentax K-70 3 Days Ago  
Lens compatibility when upgrading from K-x to K-70
Posted By Des
Replies: 10
Views: 438
Which one would that be?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 3 Days Ago  
Lighting Control for Flowers
Posted By Des
Replies: 44
Views: 1,227
I've taken one for the team. I think what fooled me was that the images I listed seemed to have light coming from more than one direction.

I do like the play of a lit plant against a dark background, whether the light is natural or flash. It's an appealing style.
Forum: Lens Clubs 3 Days Ago  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Des
Replies: 30,015
Views: 2,660,492
Thanks very much Albert.

"The tail of adult males can extend up to 27 cm or more but is rarely seen in Singapore." (Amur Paradise Flycatcher – Singapore Birds Project) Long tail or no, you still got a fabulous series Luis. You have such wonderful birding in Singapore. Thank you for sharing your wonderful captures.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 4 Days Ago  
Thematic Post Your Portrait-Orientation Landscapes!
Posted By Des
Replies: 214
Views: 9,383
Excellent composition and colours. It's a colourful, lively and busy scene, but the curves and lines, the placement of the girl on the bike in the centre (one human figure in a scene of buildings and vehicles), and the balance of cool and warm colours bring order to it. Well done.

Something far less sophisticated here. Bruny Island, Tasmania. K-3 + DA 55-300 PLM.



Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE - Show us what it can do, what it CAN'T!
Posted By Des
Replies: 211
Views: 13,264
Finally, some cormorants from the same boat trip off Bruny Island.

Black-faced Cormorant.


Great Cormorant in breeding plumage. The ones in background are Pied Cormorants.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE - Show us what it can do, what it CAN'T!
Posted By Des
Replies: 211
Views: 13,264
Albatross off Bruny Island Tasmania. K-3 + DA 55-300 PLM. WR, compactness, light weight, HD coatings & fast AF make it ideal for use on a boat.

A young Shy Albatross taking off. These magnificent mollymawks breed only on three islands around Tasmania, so they are very vulnerable. They have a distinctive black notch under the wing.






The launch might be ungainly, but they are a picture of grace in flight.




Buller's Albatross taking off. They also run along the water to get airborne.
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Another Buller's airborne.


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Forum: Lens Clubs 4 Days Ago  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Des
Replies: 30,015
Views: 2,660,492
Nice shots Steve.

Shy Albatross off Bruny Island Tasmania. These magnificent mollymawks breed only on three islands around Tasmania, so they are very vulnerable. (Interesting images and stories here: www.wwf.org.au/what-we-do/species/shy-albatross) They have a distinctive black notch under the wing. K-3 + DA 55-300 PLM at 300mm.

A young Shy taking off.






The launch might be ungainly, but they are a picture of grace in flight.


Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Trouble deciding which lens to purchase or, help feed my LBA
Posted By Des
Replies: 31
Views: 862
Good to hear from a happy camper. :-)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
55-300 PLM and... Help me spend my money?!?
Posted By Des
Replies: 56
Views: 1,538
Congratulations on the PLM Gary.

I think you need to look at your kit as a whole. I don't see a case for keeping any of the zooms in the list, if you have a better option and aren't likely to use it. The Sigma 18-250 could have a place when carrying and changing lenses is impractical and you want a wide range - like on a boat cruise, for example - but if you haven't used it for say 18 months, sell it.

As for the primes, the Tamron 135 f2.5 sounds interesting. The Tokina 200 f3.5 doesn't.

I'd sell the K-m if you are only keeping it "just in case". Keeping it on a shelf won't help to preserve it anyway. If something happens to the K-70, deal with it then.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 4 Days Ago  
Lighting Control for Flowers
Posted By Des
Replies: 44
Views: 1,227
I'd say (without looking at Flickr) 1, 2, 5 and 8 are flash. Any of the others could be flash or could be natural light. Which, if they are flash-assisted, is the very effect sought.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 5 Days Ago  
Thematic Scenics and 'Scapes
Posted By Des
Replies: 1,144
Views: 49,383
Tom and Taks, both beautiful images.
Forum: Pentax K-1 6 Days Ago  
Use of filters and their need and affects on modern DSLRs
Posted By Des
Replies: 32
Views: 1,231
Could not have got these dolphins without a CP-L.






And the pectoral fins of this Humpback Whale would not have been visible.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 6 Days Ago  
Thematic Ee-i-ee-i-oh! - Farm animals
Posted By Des
Replies: 184
Views: 8,912
Rumination is one of the most under-appreciated wonders of the natural world IMO. It lets animals digest plant cellulose more efficiently, compared to non-ruminant herbivores like horses or say koalas. (Koalas have an extremely long digestive tract instead and spend a lot of their time digesting.) The downside, in the modern world, is that rumination produces a lot of methane, so ruminants are one of the world's major sources of greenhouse gases. A lot of research around the world is going into changing ruminant feed, particularly for cattle and sheep, so they produce less methane. Here's a little summary: Carbon farming: reducing methane emissions from cattle using feed additives | Agriculture and Food

Welcome to the thread Ed. Glad you like it. Look forward to seeing more shots.
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