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Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-07-2016, 09:46 PM  
Pentax HSS/Powersync/hypersync Off Camer Flash Tutorial
Posted By sbroadbentphoto
Replies: 23
Views: 2,725
I have made a quick tutorial video on how to trick pentax into Powersync (closest I can get to HSS with the flash I have) I don't really do tute videos so this is very rough. I hope this helps people to do what I have hoped I would one day be able to do with pentax for portraits.
All of this applies to the K3 as well.
















You Tube



Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-15-2016, 02:37 PM  
Disappointed by the 20-40mm Limited
Posted By Outis
Replies: 36
Views: 4,128
Your wish is my command! I posted an ugly bokeh comparison test between the 21mm, 31mm, 40mm, 18-55, and 20-40. Enjoy!

---------- Post added 04-15-16 at 05:38 PM ----------



I'm..................................a girl.

Maybe that's why? :p
Forum: Pentax Lens Articles 02-27-2015, 02:06 PM  
Helios 40 and how to make this outrageous Bokeh and Swirl
Posted By willdmo
Replies: 10
Views: 11,031

After Using the Helios 40 a whole month without a break and owning this lens even longer, I can tell something about it.

First the technical aspect.
The lens is a russian lens, calculated for Fullframe and is designed after the Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 1:1,5/75 mm
The lens is in production since the late fifties and was produced till the mid of the nineties and now is produced again.
It is a short telephoto lens with F1.5 and 85mm. The outter appearance is huge (its about twice the size of an Takumar 85mm or the Pentax SMC-M 1:2/85) and it weights depending on which version easily between 900 gr and 1,3 kg.
The older versions in shiny silver (chrome) finish are made from brass, the Helios 40 and come with 39mm screw-mount but it is calculated for SLR cameras and therefor can be easily adapted with a cheap 39mm-42mm stepup ring and then with the usual Pentax M42-PK adapter. The filter thread size is a bit awkward and is 66mm. In internet you can get a step up ring to the more common 67mm thread size.
The newer one is the Helios 40-2. The 2 shows that it comes in m42 mount and this lens has a filter thread size of 67mm.
The coatings changed over the years a bit and the tripod mount too, but in general everything stayed the same. I guess that the production control had a bigger influence in the quality of the lens then the coating.
Becaus this lens is so sought after, it is again in production. I have not got my handy on such a new lens, but they make them only in Nikon and Canon mount and the optical quality is reported as much worse.
The lens is equipped with a preset aperture with many blades (no counting here) and due to the huge size of the front element the lens is prone to flare.

Why should I use this lens?
This lens is big and heavy and wide open this lens is not sharp. If you do your research about this lens you will often find comments of how soft this lens is, and how much better are other 85mm lenses. This is everything true, but wrong at the same time. Let me tell you why it is like that. The lens wide open is a bit sharp in the center but tends to glow and has sometimes a very odd bokeh, the much looked after swirl.
The more you stop down the lens, the sharper it gets, not only in the center, but also across the frame. Vignetting was never an issue in my shoots and while shooting between F5.6 and F8 I have not missed sharpness at all.

The questions like is it the sharpest lens, the smalles lens or the best lens you can get for the money (currently 400Ä-500Ä) can be clearly answered with no.
But knowing this lens also allows me to judge that this lens is usable on a daily basis. Sharp photos with much details are no problem and you always get the extra of the swirly bokeh, when you need it. If you dont like the bokeh, than this lens is nothing for you because Takumars, the Pentax 2/85 Samyang and so much other 85mm lenses are cheaper, better or at least easier to cary with you. If you are after the Bokeh and hate to change lenses, you should get one of this lenses, because it is quite versatile.

If you want only have the effect with the swirl, you have other possibilities like the family of the Helios 44's, an 58mm lens or to stay in the same focal length and even the same glass inside the lenses of some russian nightvisions.

In fact, the Cyclop lens of the nightvision H3T-1 is exactly the same lens, but without diaphragm (which is not needed to swirl this lens)
Be careful if you look now for nightvisions. The 85 1.2 and some 85mm lenses are not usable.
--> stay away from lenses with rubber on the focusing part and if you are not clear about the lens, ask the seller to unscrew it and take a photo of the back. If there is an element protruding, this lens will not fit your dslr and has different optics. If you get the right Cyclop lens it comes with tripod mount too, is an normal 42mm thread mount and takes 67mm filters.

Picture at F8 and macrotube

Streetscene at F4



How to swirl this lens:

The Swirl of an Helios lens is made from much highlights in the background. More Highlights mean a stronger swirl feel to it. You can take any lens in front of something a bit farther away (at least 8m or maybe 20 feet) and focus on something nearby. Now look at the higlights in the background. The closer you focus, the bigger gets the shape of the highlights, the farther away, the smaller until they are completely in focus. Now keep in mind, that these highlights get transformed from the helios lens into the swirl because their shape changes.

The helios swirls best between the focal point distance of 2.5m-5m it tends sometimes to swirl up to F2.8, but the real swirl you get wide open.
If your pictures dont swirl right (sometimes you can only judge on the PC screen) there are some problems possible.
First of all, check the distance on which you focused and look if it is wide open, or not.
If the distance matches (between 3-4m is best) than go a bit closer to your background or farther away.
If the pictures still have no swirl, than the background has not enough pronounced highlights.

Only when you mastered the swirl, you will be able to put it into your composition and use it. A good start is to always look for backgrounds with many highlights. Leaves in the sunlight are easy to begin with. Then place your subject into a distance between 3-5m from you. keep in mind that wide open this lens is only sharp in the middle.

I made a kind of testchart with this lens. The Tree was in a distance of 8m, the rest is stated next to the photos, which settings were used

F1.5

F1.5 2m by willdmo

F1.5 2.5m by willdmo

F1.5 3m by willdmo

F1.5 3.5m by willdmo

F1.5 4m by willdmo

F1.5 5m by willdmo

F1.5 6m by willdmo

F2

F2 2m by willdmo

F2 2.5m by willdmo

F2 3m by willdmo

F2 3.5m by willdmo

F2 4m by willdmo

F2 5m by willdmo

F2 6m by willdmo

F2.8

F2.8 2m by willdmo

F2.8 2.5m by willdmo

F2.8 3m by willdmo

F2.8 3.5m by willdmo

F2.8 4m by willdmo

F2.8 5m by willdmo

F2.8 8m by willdmo
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-21-2009, 12:16 PM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By Bramela
Replies: 53,598
Views: 2,230,900
I thought, for something different, I would suggest a rather quick game, if all are agreeable.

Lets call it "The Alphabet Race"

I start with a picture, subject starting with A
Next can follow with subject letter B etc etc.

Now I know this may only last a two or three days, yet then again, who knows.

Jump on board if you think its worth a go:) Can even try and keep a bit of rhyme going to try our literary talents as well.

A is for ANT so very very small

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-24-2014, 02:20 PM  
Mourning the Loss of Bruce "Bramela" Stephenson
Posted By Adam
Replies: 140
Views: 22,156
It is with great sadness that I write about the passing of Bruce "Bramela" Stephenson, who succumbed to his illnesses in hospital last week. After being diagnosed with cancer in November, Bruce responded well to treatment and remained in good spirits together with his wife Pam and his family. Many of you may have seen him posting quite actively on the forum earlier this year, as he was starting to feel better up until his final days.

Bruce joined Pentax Forums in January, 2007, just 4 months after I launched the site. Since then, he had been a valuable contributor and a friend of many forum members. He became a part of our moderation team in March, 2010, and he was a tremendous help to our staff during his tenure. Bruce has always been kind and very cheerful. Photography was his passion; in addition to posting hundreds of photos throughout his time here, he participated in and led photo challenges such as "Single in Month". This very last upload here on the forum was "Old Age", a submission to our February "Trees" photo contest:

Attachment 217222

Stop by his forum profile to see more of his photography:
Bramela - View Profile - PentaxForums.com

Bruce will forever be remembered here on the forum. His name will live on in many ways on the site: I plan to host a special photo challenge in his memory, and you may also see some his family members who have recently taken up photography. Back in November, we also wrote a tribute to Bruce on the PF homepage: Thank you, Bruce Stephenson! - PentaxForums News- Pentax Camera Forums

On Tuesday, Rod "OzzRod" delivered flowers and a card on behalf of all his friends on the forum to Bruce's wife in Australia. Rod adds:

"When I joined the Forum in 2011, I soon noticed Bramela’s avatar popping up in so many threads. It was through the Single in Month Challenges that our virtual friendship developed, as we both noticed each other’s posts of familiar Newcastle landscapes and landmarks, sometimes racing to identify each other’s sites. It turned out that we lived less than a kilometre apart. Bruce’s special love was flowers, not only as a photographer, but also as an enthusiastic home gardener and a regular volunteer at the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens. This prompted donation of a Bromilliad from my garden to his, an “excuse” to meet him, but he wasn’t home when I called. A couple of months later he posted a picture of that bromilliad in flower, acknowledging its source, and so our on-line link continued to flourish, augmented by occasional phone exchanges.

Ironically our first face-to-face meeting occurred only late last year, when he was first being treated for cancer. Bruce’s sincerity, sense of purpose and quiet determination were immediately apparent as he sought to confront and overcome the initially blunt and bleak prognosis. And what a treat to witness first hand the comfort and delight that he and his family experienced from the worldwide deluge of posts in the Flowers for Bruce thread. That support certainly strengthened his resolve and so many were in turn thrilled to see him start posting again this year. Alas, it wasn’t to last, but what a fight he put up. I for one feel privileged to have known Bruce, but oh to have had more time. Rest easy Mate."

I will devote the rest of this thread to personal comments from other forum members who knew Bruce and would like to pay their last respects. May he rest in peace.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-27-2014, 01:15 PM  
Game Single in March 2014
Posted By Dice
Replies: 321
Views: 18,152
Thanks everyone for your thoughtful and generous comments on the images that I was able to share. Though my participation wasn't as dedicated as others, I come out of the challenge with some new ways at looking at my photography and new ways of approaching/capturing/processing an image in general. It is clear that the community is chocked full of serious photographers that don't take themselves too seriously, which is a good model for me. :)

With regards to the lens challenge, I come out with a more solid realization that I don't think I need anything wider than 20 mm except if I want to over emphasize/distort the reality that I see. So it confirms my decision to sell the seldom used DA 15. And as I learned (or will soon literally learn :)) stitching may be my solution for the seldom times I want to show more.

After the month of extensive shooting (for me at least) with the DA20-40, I come away with even more of a feeling that I made absolutely the right decision to sell my da primes. The focal length, WR and IQ aesthetic so fits my shooting style, and I am enjoying photography even more now. :)

Thanks again for the supportive and constructive comments. kevin
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-09-2014, 09:01 PM  
Game Single in March 2014
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 321
Views: 18,152
Oh, I go away for a few days and you start to talk bad about me. I claim NO expertise. My lens self-disassembled, I googled, and then put it back together. Pretty much what I always do when things go wonky on me. That said, I'm not afraid of tools, and I have "the knack" with mechanical things. I suppose it's why I'm an engineer. It's really all about careful disassembly, mark stuff as you go, and then see what the problem is. One top-tip I will give is get a magnetic bowl from the hardware store and keep your screws in it to keep them from flying out. Also, magnetize your jewelers screwdrivers. It keeps the screws from falling on the floor. I suppose that's two tips.

This may help: Favorite Classics / Pentax Super Takumar f/3.5 135mm
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-24-2014, 10:02 AM  
K-3 + Mac/iPad users - help me test a fix for RAW files
Posted By tempelorg
Replies: 22
Views: 4,116
Apple has just released the "Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.04" with support for the K-3.

This solves the issue I had brought up here (well, it's not solved for the iPad yet, but my solution isn't helping there directly, either)

--------- the following is not an issue any more ----------

If you're using a K-3 and a Mac, you are probably aware of the fact that Apple's software (Preview, QuickView, iPhoto, Aperture as well as the iPad Camera Connection Kit) do not support the K-3's RAW files (neither PEF nor DNG).

The currently only solution known to me is to use Adobe's DNG Converter to convert the files into a format that Apple's software understands.

Now, the reason for this problem is just just a single specific byte K-3's DNG files, i.e. the "DNG Backward Version" field, which says that it requires software that supports version 1.2, and Apple's software seems to have a problem with this.

However, when I change this value from 1.2 to 1.1, then it works, i.e. iPhoto and Aperture can display the DNG files.

Sadly, it's not clear who is at fault here. Could be that the K-3's DNG files contain data that is essential to using the RAW files, and if Apple's software does not understand this new information, it does good to reject these files in order to prevent misinterpretation. However, it also could just be that Apple's software has a bug and can handle these 1.2 DNG version files just fine, and the rejection is a just mistake.

So, let's try to find this out empirically (unless this has already been done and I'm just not up to date?).

I've written a simple program that modifies the DNG files by changing this one value in the files. It does not change any image data - only a value that tells software whether it should be able to handle this file or not. The software makes it so that Apple's software accepts the file, that's all. And with that, it *seems* to work. However, maybe there are subtle tings that do not work. Let's find out.

You can download the program here: http://files.tempel.org/Various/Pentax%20K-3%20RAW%20Fixer.app.zip

Just start the program, then drag files into the window - it'll convert them immediately to the Apple compatible version. You can also revert them back the original version or just check the current version.

Then open them in iPhoto or Aperture. Also try a conversion thru the Adobe DNG converter and see if you find any differences in the results. I hope not, and that would be empirical proof that this fix works. It should be easy for Ricoh to apply this in a firmware update then.

(The advantage of this tool over using the Adobe DNG Converter is that it does not need to create copies of your DNG files, and that it's faster. Also, if this turns out to be a reliable solution, I can issue this "fix" to both Apple and Ricoh, maybe they'll be quicker to update their software then.)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-23-2014, 11:37 PM  
Game Single in March 2014
Posted By OzzRod
Replies: 321
Views: 18,152
Welcome everyone to this monthís Single Challenge.

Aim of the Game: To post one picture every day that has been taken with a Pentax or Ricoh camera mounted with your choice of lens - but it must be the same lens for each post during the month - thatís why itís called a challenge! (Take as many pictures as you want to each day, but only one of them can be posted to the challenge. Use other lenses too as you fancy, but those shots arenít eligible for the challenge).

Posting your pictures allows other participants to comment on them; conversely, itís hoped that you will comment on those of other members. Please donít be shy if you donít have much photographic experience or are a Forum newbie - your personal reactions to photographs are as valid as anyone elseís. Itís a very friendly group and youíll soon be enjoying the camaraderie.

The rewards:Itís great fun, but as the month progresses it often becomes quite demanding (itís a challenge, remember). Youíll learn heaps about how your chosen lens can perform and youíll see what other members achieve with their selected lenses - sometimes the same one youíve chosen. In the comment banter youíll pick up many tips on photographic technique generally, including post processing. Caution: if youíre worried about LBA - this game doesnít help you fight it!

How to participate:

1. First you need to join the Group to be able to post pictures; you only have to do this once. The groupís name is ďMonthly Photo ChallengesĒ. Youíll find a clickable link on that page to join.

2. Youíll need to have your pictures stored in an on-line album. This could be the Pentax Forum, or others such as Flickr, Picassa etc. You actually post a link to the picture in your album into the daily picture thread.

** If you are linking to a Pentax Forum album, youíll find advice on how to post elsewhere in the Forum and in the FAQs below. One of the Challengeís stalwarts, patjp, has also prepared a short video on how to do this - itís on YouTube (














You Tube



)

** If you are posting a link to Flickr, just click on the sharing icon below your selected picture and a window will open displaying the BB code. Copy it and paste into the Single in (month) Challenge thread in the Pentax Forum.

Each day, youíll see a new thread of pictures grow and by clicking on each you should be redirected to the parent album where you will be able to add a comment and read those of others. When you post each dayís picture to the Pentax Forum, please specify the camera/lens combination underneath it eg K5 & DA15 Ltd - this makes it easy for others to note what combo youíre using.

The thread youíre painstakingly reading now is the Discussion Thread for Game > Single in (month).
This is separate to the picture posting thread referred to above and youíll probably want to subscribe to the Discussion one to keep up with activities and develop a rapport with Challenge members. Itís the place where you can ask questions, offer advice, share concerns, suggest improvements, and often just participate in general banter related to this monthís challenge.

So there it is. It is easier than it might seem at first encounter. If you miss a day, donít worry. If you have any problems, please ask. Weíre a very friendly, forgiving, international bunch. Come and try!

FAQs: Finally, Zorglub has kindly posted a FAQ collection here Ö. https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/groups/102-monthly-photo-challenges/711-faq.html
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-18-2013, 01:58 AM  
Game Single in December 2013 - Bokehcember
Posted By OzzRod
Replies: 491
Views: 28,402
Update from Bruce (Bramela)

Bruce came home at the weekend and when it became evident that he could manage in that environment, he was formally discharged from hospital. He remains tired and lacking in strength but notes small improvements. This is a typical consequence of the chemotherapy he's on, and this will continue for the foreseeable future. Some hospital staff are already talking about followup "in the New Year". How good is that? A long haul ahead still, but his tenacity is being rewarded. If you're reading this mate, your Forum friends are all with you.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-10-2013, 12:02 AM  
Game Single in November 2013
Posted By OzzRod
Replies: 473
Views: 26,578
November 11 Flowers for Bruce

For Single In members ...... The picture thread for tomorrow is here.
New members always welcome.

Alternatively please post below in this thread.
Bruce will see two virtual gardens...
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-10-2013, 02:13 AM  
Game Single in November 2013
Posted By repaap
Replies: 473
Views: 26,578
Oh my,

Terrible news. I just read all of this post. My uncle passed way for his stomach cancer few years a go.

Thank you Rod for being there for him. Good to hear that he still was in good spirits. There is not much to be done.

I'll hunt some flowers to be shot for this.

My thoughts also for bruce. He has been great spirit, and and inspiration.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-08-2013, 02:09 PM  
Game Single in November 2013
Posted By jackassp
Replies: 473
Views: 26,578
Thanks for letting us know Rod.

Bruce has been a good friend to this group and me especially even though we have never met, and for this I will be eternally grateful.
His photography has been thoughtful, and very creative.
His support of the Pentaxforums through participation, and moderation has been exemplary.

I am going to ask Adam if he would consider adding one of Bruce's photos to the exclusive area as a tribute.

I see a lot of this in my everyday work, and it hurts every time.

For the rest of us, always remember we have a tenuous grip on life, and it is very short, make the best use of it that you can.

God bless you Bruce.
John.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-21-2013, 05:21 PM  
Game Single in August 2013
Posted By OzzRod
Replies: 166
Views: 8,852
No worries; But do post some pix of your new puppets when you get a chance - we've only seen the early wood carvings. Enjoy!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-26-2013, 11:12 PM  
Game Single in August 2013
Posted By OzzRod
Replies: 166
Views: 8,852
Welcome everyone to this monthís Single Challenge.

Aim of the Game:

To post one picture every day that has been taken with a Pentax or Ricoh camera mounted with your choice of lens - but it must be the same lens for each post during the month Ė thatís why itís called a challenge! (You can take as many pictures as you want to each day, but only one of them can be posted to the challenge. You can take pictures with other lenses too, but these shots arenít eligible to be posted to the challenge).

Posting your picture each day allows other participants to comment on your photograph; conversely, itís hoped that you will comment on those of other members. Please donít be shy - itís a very friendly group and even though membership changes a bit from month to month, youíll soon be enjoying the camaraderie.

The rewards:

Itís great fun, but as the month progresses it often becomes quite demanding (itís a challenge, remember). Youíll learn heaps about how your chosen lens can perform and youíll see what other members achieve with their own selected lenses - sometimes the same one youíve chosen. And in the comment banter youíll pick up many tips on photographic technique generally, including post processing.

How to participate:

1. First you need to join the Group to be able to post; you only have to do this once. The groupís name is ďMonthly Photo ChallengesĒ. Youíll find a clickable link on that page to join.

2. Youíll need to have your pictures stored in an on-line album. This could be the Pentax Forum, or others such as Flickr, Picassa etc. You actually post a link to the picture in your album into the daily thread.

** If you are linking to a Pentax Forum album, youíll find advice on how to post elsewhere in the Forum and in the FAQs below. One of the Challengeís stalwarts, patjp, has also prepared a short video on how to do this - youíll find it on YouTube (














You Tube



)

** If you are posting a link to Flickr, just click on the sharing icon below your selected picture and a window will open displaying the BB code. Copy it and paste into the Single in (month) Challenge thread in the Pentax Forum.

Each day, youíll see a new thread of pictures grow and by clicking on each you should be redirected to the parent album where you will be able to add a comment and read those of others.

The thread youíre painstakingly reading now is the Discussion Thread for Game > Single in (month).
This is separate to the picture posting thread and youíll probably want to subscribe to it to keep up with activities and develop a rapport with Challenge members. Itís the place where you can ask questions, offer advice, share concerns, suggest improvements, and often just participate in general banter related to this monthís challenge.

So there it is. It is easier than it might seem at first encounter. After a few days youíll be an expert. If you miss a day, donít worry. If you have any problems, please ask. Weíre a very friendly, forgiving, international bunch. Come and try!

FAQs: Finally, Zorglub has kindly posted a FAQ collection here Ö. https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/groups/102-monthly-photo-challenges/711-faq.html
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-26-2013, 11:23 PM  
Game Single in July 2013
Posted By OzzRod
Replies: 111
Views: 6,172
Hi everyone. The Single in August 2013 discussion thread is now available here. Pictures for the challenge should be posted here.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-30-2013, 10:43 PM  
Game Single in June 2013
Posted By repaap
Replies: 135
Views: 7,346
I liked those FA 43 pics. When I have enough money I will...but that is an other story.

I went with classic A 35-105/3.5 for this month. Just for fun of it. Well my month wasn't as I hoped it would be, but that is another story too. :)

Now to the lens. Gotta remember that it is a old zoom from older film era, so it is quite different than more modern lenses. It is little soft WO, but has a beautiful colors, contrast and is nice to shoot with. Stopped down it becomes sharp too. There is some funky Oof, which works for others and does not for others. That might be the reason that I like it.. :)

All in all, after I have been spoiled of new lenses(which I got after getting this one) I think that I'll place this old lady at shelf, and grab new lenses istead. I'll bropably end up selling some of my old stuff to buy new stuff(60-250my daydream). Maybe this is not going to market place, maybe it is...can't tell yet.

Have fun at July, I'll pass it. Will be shooting, but can't really put my self in other Single in for now...I'll Be back at August.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-28-2013, 01:01 AM  
Game Single in July 2013
Posted By OzzRod
Replies: 111
Views: 6,172
Single in July 2013

Welcome everyone to this month’s Single Challenge.

Aim of the Game:

To post one picture every day that has been taken with a Pentax or Ricoh camera mounted with your choice of lens - but it must be the same lens for each post during the month – that’s why it’s called a challenge! (You can take as many pictures as you want to each day, but only one of them can be posted to the challenge. You can take pictures with other lenses too, but these shots aren’t eligible to be posted to the challenge).

Posting your picture each day allows other participants to comment on your photograph; conversely, it’s hoped that you will comment on those of other members. Please don’t be shy - it’s a very friendly group and even though membership changes a bit from month to month, you’ll soon be enjoying the camaraderie.

The rewards:

It’s great fun, but as the month progresses it often becomes quite demanding (it’s a challenge, remember). You’ll learn heaps about how your chosen lens can perform and you’ll see what other members achieve with their own selected lenses - sometimes the same one you’ve chosen. And in the comment banter you’ll pick up many tips on photographic technique generally, including post processing.

How to participate:

1. First you need to join the Group to be able to post; you only have to do this once. The group’s name is “Monthly Photo Challenges”. You’ll find a clickable link on that page to join.

2. You’ll need to have your pictures stored in an on-line album. This could be the Pentax Forum, or others such as Flickr, Picassa etc. You actually post a link to the picture in your album into the daily thread.

** If you are linking to a Pentax Forum album, you’ll find advice on how to post elsewhere in the Forum and in the FAQs below. One of the Challenge’s stalwarts, patjp, has also prepared a short video on how to do this - you’ll find it on














You Tube



(Singlein.m4v)

** If you are posting a link to Flickr, just click on the sharing icon below your selected picture and a window will open displaying the BB code. Copy it and paste into the Single in (month) Challenge thread in the Pentax Forum.

Each day, you’ll see a new thread of pictures grow and by clicking on each you should be redirected to the parent album where you will be able to add a comment and read those of others.

The thread you’re painstakingly reading now is the Discussion Thread for Game > Single in (month).
This is separate to the picture posting thread and you’ll probably want to subscribe to it to keep up with activities and develop a rapport with Challenge members. It’s the place where you can ask questions, offer advice, share concerns, suggest improvements, and often just participate in general banter related to this month’s challenge.

So there it is. It is easier than it might seem at first encounter. After a few days you’ll be an expert. If you miss a day, don’t worry. If you have any problems, please ask. We’re a very friendly, forgiving, international bunch. Come and try!


FAQs: Finally, Zorglub has kindly posted a FAQ collection here …. https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/groups/102-monthly-photo-challenges/711-faq.html
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-08-2013, 04:37 PM  
Hello from Tokyo
Posted By ambrosius
Replies: 9
Views: 695
I shot digital Pentax in the past, but now Iīm using a Spotmatic with some Takumars (I prefer film photography, specially BW). My favorite is the Super 55/1.8, and I love street photography.

I like this space, so I registered. Hope I will spend a nice time here.

Regards:)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-29-2013, 11:44 PM  
Game Single in June 2013
Posted By repaap
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So many oldies are back! I have to join too. Now, I must decide wich lens thou. Haven't used my A 35-105 for a while. I'd like to try also my F 28/2.8 with my film camera...for one month(try what it would be like to have 28mm, as compact camera ;) . I'll decide later... :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-29-2013, 05:49 AM  
Game Single in June 2013
Posted By Zorglub
Replies: 135
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Quiet times at work again (finally) and I feel trigger happy! I will shoot the DA 70 for a month.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-29-2013, 06:29 AM  
Game Single in June 2013
Posted By photolady95
Replies: 135
Views: 7,346
I'm going to try this month. I want to use my newly acquired TC on a lens. I haven't decided which lens yet, and most of my photos for this month will have to be from my yard. I'm still shaky and can't hold the camera still enough but I have a new tripod (bought from a PF member) that will be delivered about the middle of next week.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-29-2013, 05:31 AM  
Game Single in June 2013
Posted By blackcloudbrew
Replies: 135
Views: 7,346
Count me out for June. Still on overload. Don't worry, I'll be peaking though.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-29-2013, 04:35 AM  
Game Single in June 2013
Posted By NaClH2O
Replies: 135
Views: 7,346
Hi Jack. Count me in. Since last month I used a modern wide angle prime, this time I thought an older telephoto zoom would be a nice contrast. Since I got the Sigma 70-200 EX DG F/2.8, I rarely use the Pentax A 70-210 F/4.0 any more. It's a nice lens, but truthfully completely outclassed by the Sigma. However it is a LOT smaller and lighter, and I remember it having nice bokeh for a zoom. I'll rescue it from it's lonely perch on my lens shelf and give it a spin.

NaCl(just because it's outperformed by an newer lens doesn't mean it's not good)H2O
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-29-2013, 03:07 AM  
Game Single in June 2013
Posted By jackassp
Replies: 135
Views: 7,346
A new month and a new Single Challenge. All are welcome!

Why? because its meant to be a challenge, a test of courage, or endurance, but above all, it is great fun.

Ever wanted to find fame and glory by being Explored on Flickr? .......... Then why not join the Single in Challenge?

The idea is simple:

Every day, take a picture with your chosen lens of the month and post it to the thread of the day. Then other members of the group will comment on your shot. Don't be shy, and please comment on other member's pictures too.

Here are some more details

1. You need to join the group to post
2. This thread is for discussing the June 2013 Challenge - if you have a problem this is where you ask.
3. You can upload your pictures to an album in the forums here, Flickr, Picassa .......... Here are some of PatJP's on the forums and on Flickr.
4. Each day has a thread of it's own. https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/groups/102-monthly-photo-challenges/2593-...#gmessage31932 is for June 1st
5. This is how to put your pictures from an album on the forums to the daily thread
















You Tube




if you post from Flickr you need to copy and paste the BBCode


Screen Shot 2012-10-27 at 6.55.42 PM by patjapan, on Flickr

This all must sound a real pain but by Day 3 you will be an expert! I promise ;)

The only strict rule we have is it must be a Pentax or Ricoh body and the pictures you post must be from the same lens.

If you miss a day don't worry.

We are a very friendly, very international bunch. Come and try!

Zorglub has kindly posted a FAQ here: --> https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/groups/102-monthly-photo-challenges/711-faq.html

Don't forget to join the Monthly Photo Challenges group here on PentaxForums.
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