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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-06-2019, 03:15 AM  
Lens causing K3 menu to not stay on.
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 7
Views: 553
Thanks :)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-03-2019, 03:12 PM  
Lens causing K3 menu to not stay on.
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 7
Views: 553
Thanks guys. Re the camera, that works fine with all my other lenses. Re the 18-135, it seems to be working again but I have left it somewhere lol warm and dry where it is staying for a few days. That’s the last time I risk it in the rain, I nearly had a heart attack
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-03-2019, 01:07 PM  
Lens causing K3 menu to not stay on.
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 7
Views: 553
Hi
I took my K3 and 18-135mm out today in the rain. All was well. I dried it when I got home, still fine, now, when I press the menu or info button the menu flashes on then goes back to the main screen. This started happening just after I set my af to back button. Any ideas?

Edit: it’s the lens. My K3 works fine with other lenses but my 18-135 makes it have a fit. Any suggestions?
Forum: General Talk 01-28-2019, 03:14 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 15,380
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Had a good month. Started off with a WR 55-300mm, mint for £140, then I got a 35mm limited, holy Mary mother of god it is stunning, next I got a Pentax 50-200mm WR. I had one and was underwhelmed so i sold it. I soon began to wonder if I had given it a chance. I finally got another this week for £50 in fabulous condition. The first thing I did was calibrate it. Since then I have used it several times and it is very good indeed. £50 for a WR walkaround , happy days. Then today I got a 70mm limited. Not tried it yet, that is tomorrows job.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-24-2018, 03:08 AM  
Pentax Australia Boxing Day sale has started - 15% off
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 18
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I want a KP. I would miss the top LCD but the performance is wonderful. It also looks the business :)
Forum: General Talk 12-24-2018, 03:05 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 15,380
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Flea markets are very popular in the UK..........!
Forum: General Talk 12-22-2018, 01:34 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 15,380
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I like idiots, especially the ones who can't spell :) manfrotto 3 way head listed as manfotto so I got it for £12 :)
Forum: General Talk 12-21-2018, 02:55 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 15,380
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Three recent purchases, two of which have been tested. The giottos pro tripod with the benro ball head is fantastic. Really solid and well built. I would thoroughly recommend as it was half the price of a manfrotto. My HD DA 55-300mm ED WR is spectacular and seems to be even sharper than my DA-l

I am awaiting a manfrotto 3 way head that I got nearly new for £12. Tip:- get the fat fingers app. It searches for misspelled items. My manfrotto head was listed as a manfotto :)

Edit: its not as new but it is in very good condition so still a hell of a bargain :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-19-2018, 01:10 AM  
Misc Iso 25600!
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 21
Views: 881
Three recent purchases, two of which have been tested. The giottos pro tripod with the benro ball head is fantastic. Really solid and well built. I would thoroughly recommend as it was half the price of a manfrotto. My HD DA 55-300mm ED WR is spectacular and seems to be even sharper than my DA-l

I am awaiting a manfrotto 3 way head that I got nearly new for £12. Tip:- get the fat fingers app. It searches for misspelled items. My manfrotto head was listed as a manfotto :)

Loops, posted in the wrong thread :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-17-2018, 03:45 AM  
Misc Iso 25600!
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 21
Views: 881
OK, that's incredible! Sadly finding the money for a KP is is something of a distant dream and I do love my K3. Fantastic performance though
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-11-2018, 04:19 PM  
Photographing a band in a bar
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 33
Views: 1,689
Next time :) thing is, we have a naturally critical eye whereas my son and his band mates think they’re great. Trouble is I was hoping to get a local society competition entry out of this lot! No chance there, they would slaughter em all :)
Forum: General Talk 12-10-2018, 05:03 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 15,380
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Just got a virtually new manfrotto 804rc2 three way head for £12 (19 inc postage). It was listed as manfotto :) thanks fat fingers app :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-10-2018, 01:00 AM  
Photographing a band in a bar
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 33
Views: 1,689
OK. I got to the bar and the lighting was awful. No spotlights on the band just ambient and background light. Thank god I took my plastic 35mm f2.4 overall it was disappointing but I got some I liked ........ Well, didn't hate! Very grainy though, I was up at iso3200 at f2.4 just so I could shoot at 1/100 & 1/160

LRM_EXPORT_180673229942380_20181209_111352443 by Peter Kay, on Flickr

LRM_EXPORT_179466025173205_20181209_105342421 by Peter Kay, on Flickr

LRM_EXPORT_177831248842631_20181209_091714214 by Peter Kay, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-08-2018, 02:40 AM  
DA55-300WR vs. FA100-300 vs. FA80-320 wide open
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 10
Views: 701
Talk about timely, I bought the da55-300 wr yesterday. For me its the 80-320 first. It has more of a crisp feel. The 55-300 is next :) great subject BTW :)
Forum: General Talk 12-07-2018, 12:54 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 15,380
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I just won a Pentax HD DA 55-300mm ED WR for £122 (£130 inc. Postage) and am a very happy bunny. Next target, a 35mm limited :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-06-2018, 08:18 AM  
Photographing a band in a bar
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 33
Views: 1,689
Wider :) there's a thought :) I have my 21mm limited, ooooh, ooooh, ooooh, 10-17 fish eye :)

I am going to need a bigger bag
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-06-2018, 12:55 AM  
Photographing a band in a bar
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 33
Views: 1,689
Good advice :) sadly not possible as he is 200 miles away. I have just decided which lens to take and it is the plastic fantastic 35mm f2.4. I LOVE using MF lenses but the 35 is good and quite quick and I have the option of AF-c. Also it means there is slighty less for mr brain to process :) I am going to do some sharpness tests today but I am sure it will be great :) I may not get wquite the same buzz as I would from the pancolor but hey. Maybe next time :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-05-2018, 03:05 PM  
Photographing a band in a bar
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 33
Views: 1,689
Just been playing with focal lengths. The pub will not be large so I may be too close for a 50mm but I am still taking it. However I am also taking a really sharp 28mm f2.8. Trouble is I lose a stop of light so I think I may have to take some test shots first. I am also going to use catch in focus which, to date, I have never used. I am also thinking of using TAv. Does anyone know if TAv works with M42 lenses?
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-05-2018, 06:31 AM  
Photographing a band in a bar
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 33
Views: 1,689
You guys are the best :) thanks :) now, do I take my CZJ or my Tomioka (worse problems to have lol) I will be taking the 35mm to but I do quite fancy being able to selectively focus through people and mike stands :) I don't use catch in focus much because I often find the focus beep is either end of the in focus range and not bang in the sweet spot but I will give it a go. I am much more excited about my prospects now. Thanks for all the frankly brilliant advice :)


Ooooh, I could take my mamiya sekor 50mm

I possibly have too many options :) :) :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-04-2018, 01:01 AM  
Photographing a band in a bar
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 33
Views: 1,689
This weekend I am going to see my sons band in a bar and I want to give myself the best chance of decent shots. I am taking my K3 and one of these, but I don't know which. I am leaning towards the pancolor

Yashica yashinon 55mm f1.7
CZT pancolor 50mm f1.8
40mm DX f2.8
35mm plastic fantastic f2.4

I have some nice wider lenses but they are mostly f2.8. I also have my Olympus stylus 1s which gives me f2.8 from 28-300mm. My plan is shooting wide open at 1/200-1/250 with an iso hopefully no higher than 1600. I have never done this with any degree of seriousness so a bit of PF wisdom would be a big help.

Thanks
Forum: General Talk 11-29-2018, 05:47 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 15,380
Views: 1,029,526
It looks very similar to my M42 which tapers slightly. That lens is one of the sharpest I have ever used. I thought it was a tomioka but I read somewhere that it may be a tamron. Personally, I don't care because it is incredible. Another to look out for is the 35mm chinon made by sun. That is equally incredible, so much so I am thinking of flogging off my takumars!
Forum: General Talk 11-25-2018, 10:27 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 15,380
Views: 1,029,526
I just won a Giotto's mtl 3261b professional aluminium tripod with ball head for £40 including postage. Anyone know anything about these? I can find details on other models but not this one. I originally wanted a manfrotto 055 but the Giotto's are supposed to be good quality at half the price
Forum: General Talk 11-18-2018, 12:55 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 15,380
Views: 1,029,526
***Word of warning*** some of the cheap infinity adapters go on but don't come off. You have to take your camera apart. Pixco are fine and not too expensive.

The cheapest adapters are just a flat ring with a k mount underneath. These increase the distance from the sensor to the lens. Fine for close ups but no good for anything ten feet away
Forum: General Talk 11-18-2018, 12:41 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 15,380
Views: 1,029,526
******TOMIOKA ALERT******

Prepare to be ridiculously impressed

The Auto cosina, Yashika auto yashinon and the auto mamiya sekor 55mm f1.7 (I think) are all the same internals and are superb. Re the chinons I have a soft but OK chinon 28mm f2.8 that I think is a cimco, a tapering cosina 28mm f2.8 (tokina) that is fabulous and a cosina 35mm f2.8 (sun) that is equally incredible. If you see one you like, check out the pictures in the reviews. They are all cheap, my OK 28mm cost me £5 mint in case and it really is quite good but the other two in bang for buck terms are off the scale.
Forum: General Talk 11-17-2018, 04:26 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 15,380
Views: 1,029,526
I think for the 44-4 you need the flanged infinity adapter. Kipon make a good one. Word of warning though, they are a tight fit! I had to rub mine down so it would fit snugly into the opening but was still removable without too much effort. You also use this adapter for some of the alloy czj tessar 50mm lenses. Best way to check is to see if the manual/auto lever or ring opens and closes the aperture with the pin untouched you need an ordinary adapter (pixco make a good, cheaper alternative to the Pentax original) if however you need the pin pressed in to open and close the aperture using the lever/ring then you need the flanged version
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