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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-08-2020, 12:02 PM  
Kiwi advice on where to get a printed photo calendar i NZ?
Posted By johngs
Replies: 5
Views: 389
Hi

I live in New Zealand.
I usually get calendars printed at Snapfish. Just use their New Zealand website.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-08-2020, 08:27 PM  
K5 still worth buying?
Posted By johngs
Replies: 16
Views: 1,539
I have some Pentax lenses left over from when my K50 died. I'm interested in buying a used body so I can still use them.
I have the opportunity to buy a K5 with 25,000 clicks for about $300 US.
Is the K5 still relevant? I think it's about 8 years old? Or would I be better saving more for a newer model?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-10-2020, 03:19 PM  
Cancel Lightroom Sub but still use Library with Luminar?
Posted By johngs
Replies: 1
Views: 689
I'm thinking of cancelling my Adobe Lightroom subscription because I'm enjoying using Luminar 4 for PP and I want to save some money.

I read that if you cancel your Lightroom sub, the Library module still works. So, I wondered about using Lightroom just for the Library/cataloguing function and using Luminar as a Lightroom plugin for editing.

That combination appeals to me. Has anyone else tried this successfully?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-02-2020, 09:13 PM  
Lens choice for K-50 astrophotography
Posted By johngs
Replies: 22
Views: 1,839
I only tried night sky astro photography a few times with my K-50.

The lens I used was a Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX DC
I got the best results with the lens at 10mm, using ISO 1600 and f4 and 30 seconds exposure.
My Milky Way shots with this set up were pretty good for a beginner like me!
I'll try to attach one of my shots taken with the above setup and settings ...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-02-2020, 09:07 PM  
Lens choice for K-50 astrophotography
Posted By johngs
Replies: 22
Views: 1,839
I only tried night sky astro photography a few times with my K-50.

The lens I used was a Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX DC
I got the best results with the lens at 10mm, using ISO 1600 and f4 and 30 seconds exposure.
My Milky Way shots with this set up were pretty good for a beginner like me!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-18-2020, 02:55 PM  
Greetings from Denver Colorado
Posted By johngs
Replies: 8
Views: 365
Welcome Denver

You have some great places for photography in Colorado!

I live in New Zealand but I've been to Colorado and loved it!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-22-2019, 08:36 PM  
Pentax lenses on Sony Alpha cameras
Posted By johngs
Replies: 3
Views: 1,194
I just bought a Sony A6400 mirrorless camera to supplement my Pentax K50.
I have various Pentax K mount lenses and wondered about using them on the new Sony as well.
I believe there is an adapter that enables this?
Has anyone else experienced using their Pentax lenses on a Sony Alpha 6000 series camera?
I would be interested to hear which adapter you bought and what functionality the Pentax lens had on the Sony body.
Thanks

John
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-08-2019, 03:17 PM  
K200D will no longer connect to PC
Posted By johngs
Replies: 12
Views: 533
You're very welcome Peter.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-07-2019, 01:51 AM  
K200D will no longer connect to PC
Posted By johngs
Replies: 12
Views: 533
Have you tried a different cable?
I had a similar issue with my K200D and found that a different cable fixed it.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-21-2019, 01:57 PM  
Early observations from a K70 noob photographer...
Posted By johngs
Replies: 28
Views: 2,544
I'm a long time Lightroom/Photoshop user. Getting tired of the subscription model and have been looking at alternatives.
So far Luminar 3 is my favorite.
Its a one time purchase, not expensive, easy to learn and gets great results. It also does layers, so it can replace some of the things I had to use Photoshop for.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-19-2018, 09:36 PM  
Luminar 3 with Libraries is out
Posted By johngs
Replies: 18
Views: 2,063
I'm finding the new Luminar 3 very slow to boot up and very slow to do just about anything (compared to the previous version)

Also .. I can't find a "Settings" or "Preferences" button or menu anywhere. Am I missing something?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-13-2018, 08:03 PM  
The Best Photo Editing Software
Posted By johngs
Replies: 41
Views: 4,573
Its surprising that this article doesn't mention Luminar, which to my mind is currently the best alternative to Lightroom.
Luminar can do layers, which gives it some Photoshop like abilities as well as its Lightroom similarities.
Luminar is a once only purchase and that's a plus for those of us looking to shrug off the subscription software models.
The new version, Luminar 3, comes out in a few days and will now include a digital asset management cataloguing module.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-12-2018, 06:10 PM  
Workflow advice
Posted By johngs
Replies: 7
Views: 765
Microsoft has a great sync program called sync toy.
Free from Microsoft. Just search for it on their website. Works great for me.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 10-05-2017, 11:13 AM  
New Zealand Beaches
Posted By johngs
Replies: 14
Views: 1,298
Hi, I live in the South Island of New Zealand.
I suggest you include the Moeraki Boulders beach near Oamaru, some of the beaches in the Catlins area south of Dunedin and the beaches in Able Tasman National Park.
For a non beach location, don't miss the spectacular rock formations at Castle Hill, about 100 km west of Christchurch.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 12-31-2016, 09:09 PM  
A question about bracketing...
Posted By johngs
Replies: 12
Views: 1,095
Is the question here whether a three shot bracket from the camera can create a better HD image than taking just one raw shot and creating the other two "bracketed" shots in Lightroom?
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 09-07-2016, 05:47 PM  
PF 10th Anniversary - Pentax K-50 1-Day Giveaway! - Entries closed, winner announced.
Posted By johngs
Replies: 1,825
Views: 74,635
I red that the K-50 was a great camera.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-06-2016, 01:20 PM  
Pentax k200d advice
Posted By johngs
Replies: 7
Views: 988
When I upgraded to a K-50, I kept my K200D. It takes the same great shots now as it did when it was new!
For the small price you would get for it, its not worth selling. In some respects, I prefer the colors from the K200D over the K-50.
I use my K200D with a DA 50mm 1.8 lens and recently had a photo from it published on the cover of a national travel magazine here in New Zealand.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-23-2016, 07:06 PM  
I need one more lens.......
Posted By johngs
Replies: 32
Views: 2,366
How about the DA 50mm 1.8?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-17-2016, 05:15 PM  
Sports Paraglider over New Zealand Alps
Posted By johngs
Replies: 4
Views: 566
There was ... $150
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-17-2016, 01:29 PM  
Sports Paraglider over New Zealand Alps
Posted By johngs
Replies: 4
Views: 566
I took this shot of a paraglider floating over the mountains in the South Island of New Zealand.

I had taken my old K200D out for a hike that day and had my DA50 f1.8 on.

I submitted this shot to a New Zealand travel magazine and they have just published it on the back cover of their latest issue.

There's still life in the old K200D yet!

John Stone (New Zealand)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-12-2016, 02:53 PM  
Changing my K200D for what???
Posted By johngs
Replies: 15
Views: 1,518
I have a K200D which I upgraded to a K50.

I kept the K200D because I like the colors it produces. Its also nice to have 2 bodies for situations where you don't want to be changing lenses in mid shoot.

Whatever you get, I recommend keeping the old K200D as well!
Forum: General Photography 07-10-2016, 09:43 PM  
NZ is pretty
Posted By johngs
Replies: 23
Views: 1,525
I live in Christchurch, New Zealand. Yes, the earthquake did a lot of damage. 1500 inner city multi-story buildings had to be demolished as well as the thousands of residential houses. There are still whole suburbs that are virtually ghost towns - just abandoned and cannot be built on again due to unstable land.

And yep, there's a heap of stuff to photograph. As well as a drive East over the hill to Akaroa Harbour, you can drive West for an hour and be in the alps!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-17-2016, 01:03 PM  
NiMH's or a battery bank for a 200D?
Posted By johngs
Replies: 8
Views: 936
For my K200D, I have some of the original Sanyo Japanese Eneloops and some of the newer Panasonic Chinese made Eneloops. Both have been great.

For charging I have a Maha Powerex smart charger that holds 8 AA or AAA batteries and has individual circuits for each cell. These are available in Australia from a number of online outlets.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-15-2016, 09:43 PM  
NiMH's or a battery bank for a 200D?
Posted By johngs
Replies: 8
Views: 936
I've always used rechargeable Eneloop AA batteries in my K200D. There's nothing better.

Welcome to the forums!

John (New Zealand)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-16-2016, 05:00 PM  
Lightroom CC Slideshow Module not working!
Posted By johngs
Replies: 6
Views: 2,571
Thanks Susan!
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