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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-03-2019, 04:10 AM  
Fast 85mm lens?
Posted By Billk
Replies: 34
Views: 1,634
Nobody in their right mind sells a 77. Apart from not focussing quickly enough to be a great dance lens, it is perfect.

That said, I;m hanging out for the DFA 85mm.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-22-2019, 10:05 PM  
I'm back - maybe......
Posted By Billk
Replies: 47
Views: 1,904
My 2c worth:

Start with the KP (or a used K5iis) and 55-300 PLM. Very versatile and lightweight combo.

Add a 100 macro. Then, if you can afford it, add a DA* 300 because it is Pentax's best lens and brilliant for every kind of nature photography.

Maybe add a lightweight monopod to your kit too.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 06-22-2019, 02:06 AM  
Switched to FF, which lenses to change?
Posted By Billk
Replies: 18
Views: 1,357
My FA43, FA77, DA300 and DA200 all get lots of love on the K1. Have just got a DFA100 macro too.

The Sigma 35 F1.4 was great on the K1 but I had to part with it. Might get another when I have the readies.

I'm also looking out for any 2nd hand Zeiss glass that might become available.
Forum: General Photography 06-14-2019, 01:26 AM  
Fullframe camera is for whom?
Posted By Billk
Replies: 52
Views: 2,574
Try just looking through the viewfinder of a K1. Everything is brighter and clearer.
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-02-2019, 09:52 PM  
Da* 50-135
Posted By Billk
Replies: 7
Views: 1,292
Do you use the 60-250 om FF? Recommend it?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-27-2019, 02:03 AM  
Which 300mm F* or DA*?
Posted By Billk
Replies: 18
Views: 1,212
The silent autofocus of the DA* 300 F4 is pretty fab when you are shooting birds and critters that are close by.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-29-2018, 03:26 PM  
Poll: Which roadmapped and rumored product is your favorite?
Posted By Billk
Replies: 86
Views: 3,021
DFA 85mm F1.4 bt if Sigma wants to do an Art series of that (plus a 135mm F2 or F2.8), I will be more than satisfied.

I had to part with my K3ii so a replacement for that with lots of grunt under the bonnet would also be cool.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-13-2018, 07:53 PM  
50 vs 77
Posted By Billk
Replies: 36
Views: 2,073
For head and shoulders and full length portraits, you want the 77 on FF.

50mm on FF is going to be great for environmental portraits but way too wide for head and shoulders.
Forum: General Photography 11-29-2018, 12:33 AM  
Okay, sports fans, what is on your XMAS list and why.
Posted By Billk
Replies: 9
Views: 585
I'm hoping to finish paying off my 100mm macro. I'm currently without a macro for my K1 and it sucks.

Apparently my TG5, which I haven't had time to take out of its box even, does pretty good macro but, unless I'm getting wet, I want an SLR in my hand.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-28-2018, 03:34 PM  
K-50 skin smoothing option?
Posted By Billk
Replies: 7
Views: 519
Don't assume you always want to sharpen eyes and soften skin. If you shoot for sharp eyes, they usually don't need anything done in PP. Also, don't assume you always want to soften skin. A professional makeup job will usually mean very little needs doing in PP.

Check out Anita Sadowska's videos on youtube on fashion retouches.

My photography teacher, Peter Coulson, has website tutorials (subscriber ones unfortunately) on his techniques. He is very anti the usual defocussing techniques for skin smoothing and uses dodge and burn techniques instead. Those are very important for no make-up fashion looks. You can see the results on his main (free) webpage
Forum: General Photography 11-03-2018, 01:36 AM  
Where would you go in US around December-March for photo trip?
Posted By Billk
Replies: 58
Views: 1,921
If you haven't been to Austin TX yet, put it high on your list. Beautiful city with friendly people. Beautiful countryside around it.

I haven't seen the rest of Texas but a fellow Aussie did a raod trip with his wife and said the rest of it is as friendly as Austin but with slightly different politics and lotsa, lotsa guns.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-25-2018, 02:11 AM  
The End of the DSLR?
Posted By Billk
Replies: 255
Views: 13,531
Look through a viewfinder on a K1. Then look through any electronic viewfinder. I rest my case.
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-18-2018, 12:44 AM  
Need advice for a shoot
Posted By Billk
Replies: 14
Views: 1,237
Take both and try both. Experiment a bit and get lotsof different shots

Try shooting your friends with just the ambient lighting. You'll get some shots which are mostly silhouettes and others with more facial detail.

To get detail in your subjects' faces use some flash. I would mostly keep the camera on the tripod and use just a touch of manual flash on their faces with the exposure times varied to make your backgrounds lighter or darker..
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-04-2018, 03:31 PM  
Help me choose a tripod head please
Posted By Billk
Replies: 22
Views: 1,000
My heavy tripod has a joystick on it. Very versatile.

You Tube

My lightweight tripod has a ball head on it. Stable and compact but useless for moving subjects IMHO.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-09-2018, 01:23 AM  
43 ltd for landscape? Or other options...
Posted By Billk
Replies: 24
Views: 1,400
My favourite landscape lens for wider views, especially on the K1.

Very light (unlike the Sigma 35mm) so first choice when cycling and hiking. When I head to my local island getaway (French Island), the 43mm and 300mm are always in the bag.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-07-2018, 07:29 PM  
Portrait, now, which lens?
Posted By Billk
Replies: 34
Views: 1,660
It is the bomb on the K1 and also very good on APS-C for head and shoulders or even full length portraits, if you have room to get back.

I learn photography from a fashion photographer and never do a full length that doesn't show the subject's legs at their best. You take great legs shots by getting down low and getting back from your subject.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-13-2018, 04:08 AM  
Pentax 100 vs Sigma 70 Macro
Posted By Billk
Replies: 49
Views: 2,391
I have the Sigma and love it. I will probably get the Pentax 100mm AW as well at some point for the extra reach.

But if you have the Sigma available for a good price, grab it!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-09-2018, 01:58 AM  
DA*200 f2.8 for landscape - any experiences?
Posted By Billk
Replies: 22
Views: 1,243
I have found my DA*200mm F2.8 more useful since moving to the K1. I think it is great for landscape details, still life and head-and-should portraits..

One of our (Australia's ) great landscape photographers, Peter Dombrovskis, moved towards landscape details later in his career. Check out his work. If you like it, I think you will like shooting with the K1/ DA*200mm combo.
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-06-2018, 03:56 AM  
1.4X teleconverter
Posted By Billk
Replies: 18
Views: 2,472

I had a look on the CR Kennedy website (they are the Pentax distributor for Australia) and it had "none in stock."

You might need to place an order and wait for the next shipment from Japan. Your favourite camera store could do that for you, if you have one. You can also order directly from CR Kennedy.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-04-2018, 01:12 AM  
What the Duck! D-FA* 50/1.4
Posted By Billk
Replies: 42
Views: 3,185
Greylag geese are a great subject. Very inquisitive and friendly.

Please don't lure them with bread though. If you are going to feed pond birds to get them to pose for you, a small handful of peas, corn or poultry feed will be good for them and won't interfere with with their normal diet.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-03-2018, 04:35 PM  
DA 300 with TC vs. 150-450
Posted By Billk
Replies: 30
Views: 2,718
Never let go of a DA* 300 under any circumstances.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-01-2018, 01:29 AM  
What's a decent budget DSLR for a newbie?
Posted By Billk
Replies: 178
Views: 5,633
I've just sold my K7. It is a fine camera if you can stick to lower ISOs but it wasn't getting any love after the K3ii (now also sold : ( ) and K1 (you can take it from my cold dead hands) came along.

I don'tthink you would regret getting either the K7 or K5 but I think I would recommend spending the bit extra on the K5.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-31-2018, 05:14 PM  
What's a decent budget DSLR for a newbie?
Posted By Billk
Replies: 178
Views: 5,633
If you are using vintage lenses, live view will be great. A K5 would give you lots of room for your photography to grow.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-28-2018, 03:51 PM  
Sigma Art 35mm 1.4 or Pentax DA* 55mm 1.4
Posted By Billk
Replies: 21
Views: 1,108
I had the Sigma 35mm F1.4 when I had the K3ii. Wonderful lens but it didn't get as much work as the FA 43mm F1.9. When I needed money to pay for my K1, I sold the Sigma.

I think you would love the Sigma for artistic shots, like still life shots and it is also very good for cityscapes and landscapes. On APS-c, the Sigma is good for group portraits and environmental portraits but really too wide for most portrait work. I think you would get more out of the 55mm for portraits.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-27-2018, 05:27 PM  
Which long lens do you recommend?
Posted By Billk
Replies: 24
Views: 1,321
If you can get a used 300mm, that's what you really want for birding.
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