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Forum: Post Your Photos! 20 Hours Ago  
Nature Dragonflies
Posted By Apet-Sure
Replies: 7
Views: 144
Dragonflies are one of my favorite critters. Really nice images.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 20 Hours Ago  
Nature The "Big One" captured with a K3ii - the Andromeda Galaxy
Posted By Apet-Sure
Replies: 7
Views: 171
I never get tired of the awesomeness and mystery of Andromeda. This is one of the finest non-NASA images I've seen. Congratulations!
Forum: General Photography 1 Day Ago  
Our eyes
Posted By Apet-Sure
Replies: 13
Views: 546
Scary stuff, but good reminders to get to the eye doc right away at the first sign of trouble. And for those of us over 50, get to the eye doc regularly before the first sign of trouble. My other passion is music, which is why I always wear earplugs when cutting the grass or using power tools.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 2 Days Ago  
Weekly Challenge Winners of Weekly Challenge #464 "Early one Morning"
Posted By Apet-Sure
Replies: 4
Views: 151
Reminds me of growing up in Ohio. I can hear the call of the red-winged blackbirds on the fence posts. Very evocative image for me. Congratulations!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 2 Days Ago  
Macro Flash Setup
Posted By Apet-Sure
Replies: 9
Views: 460
Ditto, and welcome to the forum. Until you figure out what macro flash gear you want, you can try this super cheap, super simple trick. Stick 2 or 3 or more layers of frosted cellophane tape to the front of the pop-up flash. (I actually have one layer that I trimmed to size that I keep on all the time.)

I bought a Neewer macro ring flash on e-bay for very little money, about $30 if I recall correctly. It came with several ring adapters for different lens filter thread sizes. They are plastic, so you have to be careful not to cross-thread them. You can fire just the leds on the left side, just the right side, or all of them. Output is adjustable also. There are also a clear, frosted, and blue ring to put on top of the leds. The biggest drawback with this cheapie unit is that the guide number is quite low.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 3 Days Ago  
Weekly Challenge Caption Contest- July 18-25
Posted By Apet-Sure
Replies: 9
Views: 232
"Can I have a sip of your drink?"
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Which lens to get?
Posted By Apet-Sure
Replies: 28
Views: 1,038
I have been researching wildlife lenses for my limited (actually non-existent currently) budget. I own a Vivitar 400mm f5.6 from the 70s. Average user rating here on the forum is 7.5, so not great. For under $500USD and longer than 300mm:

The Pentax-A 400mm f5.6 has an average user rating of 8.61 and an average price of $384USD. SMC Pentax-A 400mm F5.6 Reviews - A Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

Then there is the Sigma 170-500mm f5-6.3 APO DG, average user rating of 9.0 and an average price of $377USD. Sigma 170-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG Lens Reviews - Sigma Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
Macro All I Want
Posted By Apet-Sure
Replies: 6
Views: 202
All I to be able to take pictures this good more often. Lovely colors. I'd hang this on my wall.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-14-2019, 08:38 AM  
Behind the film - Inside the Ilford factory
Posted By Apet-Sure
Replies: 10
Views: 413
In the 70s I always got much better results with HP5 than with Tri-X. I could push HP5 to 800ASA and it still had finer grain than Tri-X at 400ASA.
Forum: Pentax K-3 07-14-2019, 08:31 AM  
trying to clean my mirror
Posted By Apet-Sure
Replies: 21
Views: 619
Looks surprisingly similar to some of my projects.
Forum: General Photography 07-14-2019, 08:20 AM  
The Camera That Went To The Moon And Changed How We See It
Posted By Apet-Sure
Replies: 14
Views: 757
Same here. I just found them, but haven't looked at them yet. I know fighter/test pilots like to wear wrist watches, but one on both arms?
Forum: General Photography 07-12-2019, 02:43 PM  
Dear fellow Pentaxians,
Posted By Apet-Sure
Replies: 22
Views: 1,336
I seem to remember Tom Magliozzi (RIP) of the radio show 'Car Talk' once asking this question.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-09-2019, 01:25 PM  
Macro lens suggestions?
Posted By Apet-Sure
Replies: 27
Views: 975
I recently picked up a copy of the Pentax-F 100mm F2.8 Macro, and can give it two enthusiastic thumbs up. Friends and family say "wow, that's a great shot". It's because I'm using a great lens. IQ is just superb. According to the lens review here on the forum 'This was the first in a series of 100mm autofocus macro lenses from Pentax. The subsequent versions (FA, D FA) have the same optical formula.' So I'd say any of these three versions would give wonderful results image-wise. I don't miss the WR, and I keep the aperture ring set on 'A'. If I want to use my 'dumb' extension tubes (non-automatic) the aperture ring will come in handy.
Forum: General Photography 07-09-2019, 12:51 PM  
Do you see something that I can't see?
Posted By Apet-Sure
Replies: 88
Views: 2,269
Sometimes when my wife and I are watching Antiques Roadshow, the appraiser will be taking about a painting by famous artist so-and-so, and give it a valuation of $50,000.
We think 'Are you kidding? It looks like it was done by a kindergarden child in three minutes.' I guess I should spit on the sidewalk, photograph it, and sell the print for only $500.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-09-2019, 12:08 PM  
Silly HD D FA 150-450mm question on zoom
Posted By Apet-Sure
Replies: 15
Views: 638
How long have you had your K-1? Did you use an APS-C sensor camera previously? You may already be aware of this, but 450mm on APS-C gives you the same field of view as 675mm on full frame. Conversely, 450mm on full frame gives you the same field of view as 300mm on APS-C. So, switching from a smaller sensor to a bigger sensor will make subjects seem farther away for any given focal length lens.
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-09-2019, 10:56 AM  
Well, sadly but returning hot pixel
Posted By Apet-Sure
Replies: 21
Views: 1,006
One bad pixel out of 36 million? I could live with that.
Forum: Photo Critique 07-09-2019, 10:23 AM  
Sports Auto focus grabbing wrong spot?
Posted By Apet-Sure
Replies: 13
Views: 370
Check out this thread, specifically for the K-70
How do I set up back button focus on a K-70 -
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-07-2019, 10:33 AM  
Old lenses are calling...
Posted By Apet-Sure
Replies: 77
Views: 2,510
If you go to the Pentax lens review page here on the forum and look at the list of the 10 Most Popular Lenses near the top of the page, you'll see that 4 of the 10 are fast 50s. They are all older lenses, and they are the most popular for a very good reason. I have the M 50mm f1.7 and love it. (It was my sharpest lens until I got my F 100mm f2.8 Macro.) This lens has had 708,051 views as of today, and 221 reviews including one from a few days ago. That reviewer gave it all 10s. If you don't mind an all-manual lens, you can have a pro quality lens at a thrift store price.
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-05-2019, 12:19 PM  
"Return" to Pentax with k1.
Posted By Apet-Sure
Replies: 13
Views: 952
Some people have all the luck!

It's a whole lot easier to justify at that price! Congratulations on being in the right place at the right time. I'll enjoy your K-1 vicariously by viewing the images you post.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-04-2019, 02:52 PM  
Vintage TV Commercial!
Posted By Apet-Sure
Replies: 21
Views: 1,192
Some strange marketing concepts in those commercials, but they were selling a lot of cameras.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-03-2019, 09:52 AM  
Real Estate Photography - Awful Colours
Posted By Apet-Sure
Replies: 31
Views: 1,347
Yeah, I often find that upgrading myself as a photographer makes my gear work better.

That's what I was thinking too. I had to do this on a commercial product photo shoot. When you get a real estate gig, toss some daylight balanced LED bulbs in your car in case you need them. Maybe some daylight fluorescent bulbs too, which is what I had to do. That way, in a situation where window light is desirable and/or you can't change your shooting angle, you can make a stab at harmonizing the color temperatures of all the light sources. Outdoor light on a cloudy day will be bluer than on a sunny day, but at least the electric lights will be in the ballpark.
Forum: Contest Voting 07-02-2019, 10:27 AM  
Passiflora with honeybee
Posted By Apet-Sure
Replies: 58
Views: 526
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Contest Voting 07-02-2019, 10:26 AM  
New star? {Nouvel astre ?}
Posted By Apet-Sure
Replies: 20
Views: 214
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Contest Voting 07-02-2019, 10:23 AM  
Posted By Apet-Sure
Replies: 31
Views: 259
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Contest Voting 07-02-2019, 10:23 AM  
Posted By Apet-Sure
Replies: 10
Views: 93
I would like to nominate this photo
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