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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-16-2016, 10:36 AM  
Full K-1 Spec list
Posted By bluespearbone
Replies: 781
Views: 92,664
There are only hours left. Let's relax.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-06-2015, 05:14 PM  
a bit geeky but might be of some interest to you
Posted By bluespearbone
Replies: 14
Views: 1,347
Thanks for the information. Just a quirky thing; A sense of satisfaction (for want of better term) when a shot requires no PP whatsoever - it was caught right in glass.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-06-2015, 02:18 PM  
Help with Portraits
Posted By bluespearbone
Replies: 43
Views: 3,970
Your shutter speed need not be faster than 1/60 or 1/125 depending on zoom (handheld), shooting mode can go to continuos to skip blinks and and any other movements. By moving your shutter speed slower you can maybe gain aperture to ideal of f8 or f11 for sharpness unless, of course, you need to go wider/softer to isolate (via DOF).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-06-2015, 09:50 AM  
a bit geeky but might be of some interest to you
Posted By bluespearbone
Replies: 14
Views: 1,347
Don't know if the lens profile information carries transmittance (though it would be great to see it in this forum's Pentax Lens Reviews) to the camera body though the in-body metering, at a guess, is based on the light sensed irrespective of classic or modern lens eras. Where it may need compensating for is situations when external metering is used, for example, when zoning.
Forum: General Photography 10-21-2015, 01:08 PM  
You know you're a photographer when...
Posted By bluespearbone
Replies: 150
Views: 13,502
You pay for a five star lunch for four and become shocked enough to exclaim 'i could have made a down payment on a Pentax flash cord with that!'
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 10-21-2015, 11:19 AM  
K3 II Battery Life and GPS
Posted By bluespearbone
Replies: 1
Views: 1,681
Can't give you any exact figures on my limited time with the new acquisitions but with a few walkabouts, gps and grip on, am not seeing lithium battery fall below 50%. The price of a few (non-Pentax) lithiums may not be prohibitive. Only real drain have noticed is with Flucard.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-20-2015, 09:19 AM  
How do I stop the blurring?
Posted By bluespearbone
Replies: 21
Views: 1,856
From film camera days, before image stabilisation, the rule of thumb was to avoid (unless practised, stabilised and confident) a shutter speed less than the focal length of the lens. Considering Pentax shake reduction and the crop factor; am going to suggest that is still a good guide to begin with. Then again, that only covers camera shake. The fact that your subjects are moving means you can either pan (move the lens, using yourself or a support as a pivot point) with the subject[s] or use flash to 'freeze' the moment. These are just pointers; am sure many here can help for you further, though reading and practising may not be avoidable.The good news? Far less expensive practising in the digital era.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-20-2015, 01:03 AM  
OFC-1 Flucard and Compatible Tablet
Posted By bluespearbone
Replies: 11
Views: 1,503
~Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay, My, oh my, what a wonderful day, Plenty of sunshine headin' my way, ... Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay, Wonderful feeling, wonderful day, yes sir! ~

Indeed it is Adam. Murfy - you saved me from further frustration; now works, as you say, fine, on my Nook HD.

Thanks again Gents.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 10-16-2015, 08:26 AM  
K3 on it's way!!
Posted By bluespearbone
Replies: 65
Views: 3,827
Hoping you will be in the same position I was when opening the box of the K-3 II. Battery had charge!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-16-2015, 07:03 AM  
OFC-1 Flucard and Compatible Tablet
Posted By bluespearbone
Replies: 11
Views: 1,503
Thanks, JohnX.

Could be, as you have suggested, a problem with the Nook being 'too geared' as an eReader I guess so am now drifting to the notion of following your lead to success by seeking a Samsung Tab 2.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-16-2015, 05:36 AM  
OFC-1 Flucard and Compatible Tablet
Posted By bluespearbone
Replies: 11
Views: 1,503
Yes, the comms seems fine. Can get image view and camera (K-3 II) settings fine. Only, but crucial, fail seems to be the liveview; Can tap the black area and the camera will focus on that (blind shot) area and shoot. Tried knocking down the LV screen resolution but no different.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-16-2015, 03:58 AM  
OFC-1 Flucard and Compatible Tablet
Posted By bluespearbone
Replies: 11
Views: 1,503
Hi All,

Well, seems am another disappointed Flucard owner. Have tried it with my Nook HD, Windows 8.1 Phone and Windows 10 laptop.
Most compatible seemed to be the Nook but no liveview in either Chrome or Firefox. Tried the Flucard firmware upgrade but made no difference.
Unless anyone can tell me how they got the Flucard to work on the Nook, the question now is which inexpensive Android tablet should I buy that obviously is compatible with the Pentax Flucard?

Thanks in advance
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-16-2015, 02:29 AM  
One filter to protect them all?
Posted By bluespearbone
Replies: 12
Views: 1,040
Yep, also get worried about accidentally ruining lenses but haven't gone the UV route, have been fitting the Marumi DHG Super Lens Protect filters instead.
Forum: General Talk 10-14-2015, 12:06 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By bluespearbone
Replies: 23,729
Views: 1,791,676
Couldn't wait any longer; got the K-3 II and D-BG5 grip. Very pleased. FF will now have to wait a few models.
Forum: General Talk 10-11-2015, 01:43 AM  
Binocular: Pentax SD 8x42 WP. Any experience?
Posted By bluespearbone
Replies: 2
Views: 4,911
Hi Folks,

Long time since have been active but have very recently purchased, and been delighted with, a K-3 II. So, becoming active again and now seeking to acquire my first ever binocular to accompany walkabouts. Quite like the look of the Pentax SD 8x42 WP. Unfortunately, no local stockists so was about to order online, then wondered if anyone here had tried them and perhaps had something good or bad to say about them. As I have no experience of any binoculars any help would be appreciated.

Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-25-2014, 03:37 PM  
645Z: Coming May 30th
Posted By bluespearbone
Replies: 5
Views: 2,410
oh, you really have inkling it won't be? ;)
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 05-28-2013, 10:52 AM  
why is a full frame Pentax such a holy grail?
Posted By bluespearbone
Replies: 427
Views: 49,748
Maybe am missing the point here but,,,
Have found that an MZ-50 loaded with a roll of film adds little weight or space to the kit carried but gives the option of shooting FF in those few instances where have thought the shot would benefit and/or be worthwhile committing to print (having first considered it on the LCD of course). Just my two-pennies as it seems to suffice if and until Pentax does release an FF and get my commitment to acquire - likely if the cost is justifiable.
For the infrequency, have found the cost of film and processing not to be prohibitive.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-01-2012, 10:54 AM  
Pentax K-3 Full Frame Announced
Posted By bluespearbone
Replies: 224
Views: 33,906
Blimey. Have never been so close to needing fresh laundry as when reading that email. Good one to the Jokers
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-16-2011, 09:55 AM  
Newbie to DSLR
Posted By bluespearbone
Replies: 4
Views: 581
Welcome aboard. Am sure you will find the folk here as friendly, skilled and helpful as I have.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-07-2011, 08:07 AM  
Calendar printing
Posted By bluespearbone
Replies: 4
Views: 970
Ask them what image size and DPI they want, Size your images to that.
From there you will need to negotiate (if necessary) with them the jpeg quality that does not cross the 2MB threshold.
Just giving you a spec of 2MB seems a little scant of specification IMHO.
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-07-2011, 04:17 AM  
$5.00 Gadgets + Widgets- Got one?
Posted By bluespearbone
Replies: 16
Views: 3,184
Filter Wallet. The sleeved fold-out flat type. Lightweight and saves space.

Forgot to mention the super-cheap lens-cap-keepers (the elasticated type that goes around the lens with a thread that sticks to the front of the lens-cap). Suggest you buy them a handful at a time, as the postage is more expensive than the item.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-02-2011, 08:15 PM  
Computer Build: SSD and Photoshop question
Posted By bluespearbone
Replies: 22
Views: 5,897
if you need optimum transfers, the drive[s] handling the swap/scratch should hang off an additional controller.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-25-2011, 04:40 AM  
ICC Colour profiles
Posted By bluespearbone
Replies: 31
Views: 10,623
So get the screen calibaration first, that will make the biggest difference on what you already have (unless you are of the great fortune to have correctly calibrated screen that never fluctuates).
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-25-2011, 02:54 AM  
How Do You Transfer Pictures To Your Computer?
Posted By bluespearbone
Replies: 25
Views: 4,505
Have nothing to add other than it sounds like you've got it covered already - other than having preview/selection options, which freeware may provide.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-25-2011, 12:17 AM  
Greetings from the Land of the Concrete Cows
Posted By bluespearbone
Replies: 13
Views: 1,064
and greetings from a little up north
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