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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-10-2017, 02:33 PM  
contemplating a purchase of da300..
Posted By Bob from Aus
Replies: 49
Views: 1,520
Hi Grispie
Good question.
I'm lucky to have a good range of lenses. I love love my 60-250. I have the sigma 500. The sigma 500 can't go everywhere I go so I got the 300. The quality of my 300 is magic. It does a very respectable job with the pentax TC where with the 60-250 and the TC is is very disappointing.

Birding photos is my obsession. The pentax system in my opinion has a weaker focusing system compared with Nikon. On the other hand using the controls on the K3 is far superior to anything else in its its class (my opinion said politely). The pentax 300 is quite light compared to most alternatives.

My bird photography style is to have my gear ready to fire away. It can take years to get great shots of some species. It's about finding the opportunities to get in close.

If you want quick success with bird photos both a Nikon system with a zoom with good reach or a pentax using a prime should get great results. I think the TC on my 300 slows down the focusing. However it will do me as I'm hanging over the side of a zodiac photographing penguins and seals in sub Antarctic waters.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-19-2017, 04:12 PM  
Australia - Pentax Web Store 15% off store-wide
Posted By Bob from Aus
Replies: 24
Views: 1,331
My pentax 60-250 was sensational in Antarctica. I did miss my 500 on a few occasions, but a really big lens is a liability in zodiacs. The only time I needed something longer than 250 was on the ship for the odd whale and seal. 250 was too long for many bird photos with the ship tossing around. I got very seasick, but I'm going to some sub antarctic islands in January. Who cares about food when on an adventure. I'll take a 300 and 1.4 converter as well as the 60-250. .
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-05-2017, 03:40 PM  
Best Travel/ Landscape lens for Pentax K-3
Posted By Bob from Aus
Replies: 43
Views: 2,736
I agree
I have lots of zooms including 18-135 and sigma 17-50. My 16-85 is a winner
Forum: Pentax K-01 06-08-2017, 08:07 PM  
How long can I record video with the K01?
Posted By Bob from Aus
Replies: 14
Views: 900
My understanding which might be wrong is that in the EU video cameras are taxed at a higher rate compared with cameras.. When a still camera can video over a certain amount of time, they are then taxed as video camera.
Also pentax K01 has a very large sensor compared with normal videos and there is a chance of over heating.

I don't think there is anything you can do with the camera automatically closing down.

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I don't expect my pentax cameras to be full on video cameras. I purchased a canon XA20 video camera and sound gear for the big jobs and use my pentaxes and sound gear for small jobs

---------- Post added 06-09-17 at 01:12 PM ----------



I don't expect my pentax cameras to be full on video cameras. I purchased a canon XA20 video camera and sound gear for the big jobs and use my pentaxes and sound gear for small jobs
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-15-2017, 09:17 PM  
Upgrading from SLR to DSLR
Posted By Bob from Aus
Replies: 23
Views: 1,280
You obviously love your film camera. Best of luck with your new choice.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-10-2017, 09:54 PM  
Budget approved; Ditching Canon for Pentax
Posted By Bob from Aus
Replies: 10
Views: 1,217
Mmmm Am I allowed to say I hope it rains at the derby - That would look exciting
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-04-2017, 03:38 AM  
Macro beginners macro water bugs
Posted By Bob from Aus
Replies: 8
Views: 651
Great stuff. They appear to be beetles. There are beetles and true bugs. Beetles start life as grubs. The adults have their first wings as armour to protect the real 2nd wings underneath. The two armoured wings make a flat line down the middle of the back. Beetles have jaws.

True bugs have a stabbing straw like mouth. Their young are small versions of the adult with no wings. As adults the wings overlap across the back.

These are some pics on my gallery. Educating Options for a Sustainable Future Some were taken with an old Takamar 100 bellows. Higher magnification was done with a pentax microscope adaptor. I have used flash for most photos.
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-02-2017, 04:31 AM  
sigma bigma birding focussing help with k-1
Posted By Bob from Aus
Replies: 11
Views: 895
I'm thinking you are asking to much. I haven't tried my bigma on the K!, but will give it a go tomorrow. Focusing on a moving target was never good on the K5. It did help turning off shake reduction. When I used a 70-300 sigma, I found hand focusing more successful.

However, I do think you are asking to much.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-01-2017, 10:54 PM  
Flash Options for Pentax K-1
Posted By Bob from Aus
Replies: 10
Views: 963
I got from B&H a $30 second hand AF200FG. I switched it to -1 Auto and it works a treat. It's still a bit heavy because it has 4 AA batteries.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-25-2017, 04:14 PM  
2016 sucked - sold all my gear - looking to rebuild
Posted By Bob from Aus
Replies: 39
Views: 3,317
All the best mate. I go out for photographic therapy as often as possible.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-23-2017, 04:56 PM  
Looking for a great wildlife lens
Posted By Bob from Aus
Replies: 53
Views: 5,098
Thanks:)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-23-2017, 04:02 PM  
Looking for a great wildlife lens
Posted By Bob from Aus
Replies: 53
Views: 5,098
I agree with the above comments. In my photo days, I never had anything longer than 200mm. which sounds pathetic now.

I'm a photographer than can be described as "desperate." I would go out with my bigma with a full size flash on top for many hours. The flash gave the lens a big edge and I was able to get many great shots. However I did need full manual control of everthing including the flash.

Many people have gone with the pentax 300 and then added the pentax 1.4 converter. I don't have the 300mm. The converter is crap on my 60-250, but sensational on my 100mm macro.

In summary
1. Expect the zoom on the bigma to extend/creep by its own weight, but it has a zoom lock
2. manual flash blast adds to the detail big time
3. Infinity at 500 is a waste of time - rule of thumb at 500 - if a flash can't light it, you would be better off with a pentax 300.
4 very versatile lens
5. Must be tolerant or desperate when it comes to weight
6. You are much better having the bigma than not have anything.

Most of these were taken with the bigma and some with flash - even on the beach
Educating Options for a Sustainable Future
Educating Options for a Sustainable Future
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-23-2017, 03:45 PM  
Underwater camera/ housing suggestions.
Posted By Bob from Aus
Replies: 10
Views: 981
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-22-2017, 11:07 PM  
Underwater camera/ housing suggestions.
Posted By Bob from Aus
Replies: 10
Views: 981
Thanks for your post. I had assumed that the Nikon 1AW was the best thing around without going for a housing. I would think my pentax and panasonic underwater camera would be very disappointing along with my canon G10 with underwater housing compared with your Nikon. I suspect the best options is another Nikon 1AW or a camera in a housing. There is an Olympus OM housing that isn't super massive that on paper might be the go. At one time there was a housing for the K5 (or was that the K7)

I'll be interested to see what your choice will be as I would like a much better underwater camera. .
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 12-25-2016, 03:47 AM  
What do you guys do for video?
Posted By Bob from Aus
Replies: 180
Views: 8,271
I've taken some great short videos on my K01. It depends what you want the video for. Uploading it to any of the usual suspects eg Youtube or vimeo you only need a fraction of what you have taken.
I think the most important part of taking most videos is stability of the camera, knowing what not to do, getting the best light compromise and achieving the best sound possible.

I place the most importance on a good quality external mic and getting the sound right.

Watching other setups where people use a dslr with a dozen accessories to video so you don't even know where the camera is - isn't for me.

I have a semi serious dedicated canon video that I use for my professional video work. I haven't done any serious video work with the K1 but I've had good results with the K3 in some serious outdoor Antarctic weather.
Forum: Pentax K-1 12-19-2016, 03:08 PM  
What is your sharpest Lens on K-1?
Posted By Bob from Aus
Replies: 67
Views: 5,376
I'm amazed at the results of all my good lenses on the K1. It shows up my basic 20 year old lenses as being a waste of time.

I'm extremely happy with the results and think the question isn't about photography ie getting results - but blowing technical hot air.

Apologies for being annoyed

Wishing you all a peaceful Christmas
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-06-2016, 04:02 PM  
Ricoh Launches Cloud service
Posted By Bob from Aus
Replies: 23
Views: 2,300
Great about all the Wifii stuff - Which I probably don't need
But I would like to know if it makes a sensible backup service that will expand with me.
I do need a cloud service and if it is truly unlimited space then its a better option than the 1Tb Dropbox at nearly twice the price.
Any idea about the upside and downside?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-30-2016, 07:58 PM  
Bigma or DFA?
Posted By Bob from Aus
Replies: 21
Views: 1,646
My Sigma 50-500 is only just OK. 500 at infinity is crap. If you want fabulous photos much of the time, you will probably find you will want to upgrade from a sigma zoom. So the big question which of the options provide your needs with the best upgrade. There are some good suggestions above.

My replacement ended up being
Sigma 500 prime - sensational lens
Pentax 60-250 - my copy is brilliant (but with the new pentax TC its rather ordinary)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-27-2016, 03:31 AM  
16-85. Any feedback
Posted By Bob from Aus
Replies: 14
Views: 827
Welcome

I love using my 16-85 and it's my all time favourite mid range zoom. It's very light and I find it it a very credible lens. I'm not happy with my sigma 17-50 F2.8 and it's been collecting dust.

If you were a professional wedding photographer, I think the lens lower F stop might be a problem. However for the odd wedding for friends the colour I get out of my lens is a winner.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-12-2016, 03:05 PM  
Bellows K to M42 adapters
Posted By Bob from Aus
Replies: 13
Views: 799
WARNING DANGER

Anyone reading this - DO NOT use the pentax M42 adaptor to place your bellows onto your digital camera - the converter locks on and then you can't unscrew the bellows because the protruding top blocks it.

I use a couple of T mount converters purchased very cheaply from B&H on my two bellows which I've had for around 40 years. I assume that the T mount converters have the same M42 thread. I could be wrong, but it works for me

Have fun with your bellows.
Forum: General Photography 08-03-2016, 04:51 AM  
Why is it called the K mount?
Posted By Bob from Aus
Replies: 28
Views: 1,687
Thanks WPRESTO for your insight
Forum: General Photography 08-03-2016, 12:10 AM  
Why is it called the K mount?
Posted By Bob from Aus
Replies: 28
Views: 1,687
Mmmm

Why hasn't anyone commented That K mount stands for King and Q mount stands for Q

I think I answered the question. Its just that I can't find a reference to back me up. I've been using pentax for 45 years so I have lots of useless information such as K stands for the King of all mounts.

news break
Shock horror!!! I just found a reference to K is for King etc on Ricehigh website - So everyone will automatically thinks it isn't true

Quote Ricehigh "Jul 5, 2011 - As we all know, Pentax Q does not support any EVF (Electronic View-Finder) nor there .... It says that Pentax K mount is "King" and so because the new mount is smaller and lighter, they decide to call new mount Q for "Queen".

Quote https://www.pentaxuser.com/user/screwdriver-1154/activity/forum/comments
The K5 was (is) the game changer, lower noise, wide dynamic range, the difference will be visible. My K5 Flickr set. http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris-judge/sets/72157634528924459/ If it follows Pentax model naming convention any FF DSLR will be an 'A...' model. 'K' = King 'Q' = Queen 'A' would be Ace Chris

Do you think the original question is answered or is this just someone's fiction
Forum: General Photography 07-31-2016, 04:38 AM  
Why is it called the K mount?
Posted By Bob from Aus
Replies: 28
Views: 1,687
I thought K Mount the K stood for King
The Q mount the Q stood for queen
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-28-2016, 01:19 AM  
Sigma 28-200
Posted By Bob from Aus
Replies: 4
Views: 552
I've dusted mine off, took a couple of shots and it didn't match my 33 and 77 Ltd so I put it back in the cabinet. maybe I should give it a second go on the K1.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 07-21-2016, 06:39 PM  
repair of 60-250 lens
Posted By Bob from Aus
Replies: 14
Views: 1,095
Before you run off for a repair, I had trouble with mine. Cleaning the contacts on the lens may have fixed my problem. To early to tell.
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