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Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-18-2011, 08:40 AM  
Macro How many ways
Posted By crazysaint222
Replies: 25
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Thanks Tess. Soon as I get a moment I will run a couple through pp n see what I can do. :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-10-2011, 01:06 AM  
Macro How many ways
Posted By crazysaint222
Replies: 25
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Wow, I like those last three a lot. The fourth seems to have great DOF.

I used my kx and it's kit lens again for mine. Haven't run them theough any post pro. yet though. Think I could tweek them to get some really nice photos from them. Hurray for fire moss and rainbow bracket fungi. :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-08-2011, 05:33 AM  
Macro How many ways
Posted By crazysaint222
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Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-19-2011, 05:14 AM  
Macro How many ways
Posted By crazysaint222
Replies: 25
Views: 3,478
Have had little chance to get out or even get the K-X out. heading off for a few days in a week to a national park here in the UK. Due to weight I can only take the kit lens, so should get plenty of macro work done. Will post the best ones when I return.
Have fun with the new toy lol
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-18-2011, 05:36 AM  
Macro How many ways
Posted By crazysaint222
Replies: 25
Views: 3,478
how's the work coming along Tess?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-02-2011, 05:11 PM  
Any Hard Body Holsters out there (Think Tank? Lowe? anything hard?)
Posted By crazysaint222
Replies: 16
Views: 7,406
much better than mine. great job :)
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-01-2011, 05:30 PM  
Any Hard Body Holsters out there (Think Tank? Lowe? anything hard?)
Posted By crazysaint222
Replies: 16
Views: 7,406
Believe it or not, I saw a series of tests with different color camo, red, orange, yellow, etc... all bright to the human eye, but a lot of mamals can only see monochrome.




I'm pretty sure a site admin is the only one that can change or relocate a thread, but don't quote me on that lol
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-01-2011, 06:10 AM  
Any Hard Body Holsters out there (Think Tank? Lowe? anything hard?)
Posted By crazysaint222
Replies: 16
Views: 7,406
I used the same stuff as padding. its also great for making your own deviders in the numerous rucksack style camera bags, when you sew it into a fabric pocket. What's next? arctic camo spray job? ;)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-27-2011, 08:59 AM  
Macro How many ways
Posted By crazysaint222
Replies: 25
Views: 3,478
Top work as ever. You seem to be able to get lovely crisp results, no matter what subject you choose. Look forward to seeing the next installment
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-27-2011, 03:04 AM  
Any Hard Body Holsters out there (Think Tank? Lowe? anything hard?)
Posted By crazysaint222
Replies: 16
Views: 7,406
Great, can't wait to see it. I'm sure it will be a million times prettier than mine lol. looking into making an even tougher one that can take the weight of a truck. I'll keep you all informed with the progress
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-26-2011, 03:17 PM  
Any Hard Body Holsters out there (Think Tank? Lowe? anything hard?)
Posted By crazysaint222
Replies: 16
Views: 7,406
you can fabricate your own from glass fibre if you have the time. made a custom case to take my K-X plus tamron 80-250 (a 10" lens) attached. works well, waterproof, tough and light. mould a fabric zipper into the GRP at the top.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-25-2011, 08:30 PM  
Macro Strange Nature
Posted By crazysaint222
Replies: 31
Views: 4,918
Tess, your photos MAKE the show lol, thanks for the feedback. I'm off backpacking for a week at the end of march, and taking both cameras and camcorder with, and hopefully some good shots to be had. Teaching a colleague some basic bushcraft, as well as trying to capture as much nature as possible.
If you start a new thread, don't forget to put the link here so we can all come admire your work. I'll try not to flood it with my mediocre images lol.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-23-2011, 09:17 AM  
Macro Strange Nature
Posted By crazysaint222
Replies: 31
Views: 4,918
Tried my hand at water droplets sitting on objects around my yard. Not as good a result as I was hoping, but it's all helping me learn.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-22-2011, 06:39 PM  
Nature Duck
Posted By crazysaint222
Replies: 3
Views: 1,369
great image, manual is my favourite mode for wildlife, seem to have that much more control over the outcome
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 02-21-2011, 06:17 AM  
Kx microphone
Posted By crazysaint222
Replies: 4
Views: 2,811
the video quality on the K-X leaves a lot to be desired. handheld the frames are a little jerky and action isn't as smooth as it could be. If you are planning on using the video function a lot, I would personally suggest a dedicated camcorder from a known manufacturer, even standard def from my samsung gives better quality video, and the K-X for stills. without spending thousands, a unit made to do both will never be as good as two units to do each task.
Like I said, thats just my opinion, but it's worth asking to try these features for yourself in-store, to decide if it will meet your needs or not.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-20-2011, 05:27 PM  
where do I get my AF lens repaired?
Posted By crazysaint222
Replies: 1
Views: 1,351
think it will have to be one of these

Pentax Canada | Repair Centres for Pentax Products
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-19-2011, 08:14 AM  
Macro Strange Nature
Posted By crazysaint222
Replies: 31
Views: 4,918
Thank you so much. All these days of sitting home when the wheather has benn....less than perfect.....and itching to take some photos, while all along my own garden has been hiding subjects all over the place. Wouldn't have been able to take these without your advice (well not good shots anyway), and your original thread post for planting the macro seed in my head. After being totally disappointed with the kit lens for general snapping, I'm happy it has found a spot in my bag as a useful macro tool.
Thanks again Tess :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-18-2011, 10:23 AM  
Macro Strange Nature
Posted By crazysaint222
Replies: 31
Views: 4,918
Just took another couple this evening. Very overcast but a quick touch up in PP increased the temp and contrast enough to bring the colours right out. I'm pleased with the holly leaf, but not so much with the half eaten/decaying pear lol.
Taken with the kit lens again, this time on manual rather than macro/
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-15-2011, 05:17 AM  
Macro Strange Nature
Posted By crazysaint222
Replies: 31
Views: 4,918
Thanks, that means a lot. soon as thinks get a little brighter round here I'll head back out and get snapping again. Your leaf photo proves even the simplest subject can produce great results, as do all of your images.
Thanks again, and keep up the good work
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-14-2011, 11:25 AM  
Macro Strange Nature
Posted By crazysaint222
Replies: 31
Views: 4,918
Has another go, just with the 18-55 kit lens though, as this is the closest focusing lens I have at present. I'm quite happy with the result but could have been sharper. Also used the macro exposure mode rather than M
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-12-2011, 08:15 PM  
White balance problems with kx
Posted By crazysaint222
Replies: 11
Views: 3,976
Not sure what the problem could be, all modes on my K-X deliver the same WB results as each other when set to auto WB. I did notice that low light focus seems to be a little hit and miss and slugish when in P mode, but fast and accurate in auto pict mode like it should be. Have you tried setting the manual WB in those lighting conditions and running off a few test shots? Its pretty simple to do and the manual is easy to follow for this.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-12-2011, 02:13 PM  
D.I.Y. cable release for K-X
Posted By crazysaint222
Replies: 4
Views: 3,610
Think it would cost more in shipping from here, but nice to know my work is appreciated. :)





Thanks Ash;, I looked all over for the best place to put this and my D.I.Y light stand threads. Didn't see that article string. :confused:
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-12-2011, 09:28 AM  
D.I.Y. cable release for K-X
Posted By crazysaint222
Replies: 4
Views: 3,610
This one is so easy it can be done in a lunch hour.

All you need is:

1 x strip of alloy (Plexiglass can be used as in other threads, but needs to be heated for shaping) roughly 9" long by 3/4" wide and 1/8" thick.

1 x drill, plus 1 x 1/4" bit and 1 x 7/32" (might get away with 3/16") bit.

1 x manual cable release.

1 x 1/4" 20 thread bolt (or steal one from a broken table tripod like i did)

The photos are mostly self explanatory, you need a 1/4" hole near one end of your alloy strip (for the 1/4" 20 bolt to attach it to your K-X), then measure
3 1/4" from the centre of that hole and bend at 90 degrees.
Then measure 3 5/8" from that bent and bend again at 90 degrees (this may be slightly less or more depending on the release you use), this should leave between 1 1/2" and 2" depending on the exact length or your strip and positions of the bends. You will notice that this short end is not over your shutter release on your K-X. To get this in the correct position, hold the long end in a vice (leaving half inch before the bend) and "tweek" the rest of the bracket to the correct angle. This took me 4 or 5 trips between camera and vice to get it just right, but as long as you don't over bend it, the alloy will not break or split.
Next you need to mark the position of your shutter button on the bracket, remove from camera and drill either a hole you can thread your cable end into, or drill a hole the exact same size as I did, and simple wrap a single layer of electrical tape around your cable end to wedge it firm. I did this to make changing cables easier.
Once this hole is drilled, use your 7/32" (or 3/16") to drill a hole as close as you can to the 1/4" mount hole in the long end, leaving enough room from the bolt mounting the bracket to your camera, so you can still mount the whole lot on your tripod (I used a suction mount ball head pod as it has a small mounting plate and plenty of clearance around it). Once this last hole is drilled, you can tap it to take a 1/4" 20 thread (standard tripod thread). I managed to use an old 1/4" bolt to cut its own threads into the alloy.
And hey presto, cable release that leaves your hotshoe free for any triggers or flash guns, but still lets you mount to a pod.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-09-2011, 03:14 PM  
Macro Strange Nature
Posted By crazysaint222
Replies: 31
Views: 4,918
Thanks, that gave me more help than 90% of the articles I've read so far. You pull it off really well. I will get going with this fantastic advice and see if I can't get some half decent images. Thanks again
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-09-2011, 08:37 AM  
Macro Strange Nature
Posted By crazysaint222
Replies: 31
Views: 4,918
Thought i'd have a go at macro, nowhere near as good as yours though. I must work harder lol. Any tips on composure? Lens choice? Subject?
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