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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-04-2018, 07:32 PM  
RICOH ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF HD PENTAX-D FA★50mm F1.4 SDM AW STAR-SERIES LENS
Posted By RedBoomer
Replies: 927
Views: 56,483
Got mine in Australia last week and it is 2639. Local distributer website says "in Stock"
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-03-2018, 07:17 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By RedBoomer
Replies: 21,089
Views: 1,724,870
Stunning photo!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-19-2018, 06:57 PM  
RICOH ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF HD PENTAX-D FA★50mm F1.4 SDM AW STAR-SERIES LENS
Posted By RedBoomer
Replies: 927
Views: 56,483
I don't need this lens!. I shouldn't buy this lens!

But it looks very good and then I decided to put my old (rarely used manual focus) A50 1.4 on my new K1ii and immediately fell for the bokeh and rendering. My brain said "the new DFA will be even better, Trump/China trade war is driving $AUD south, local importer giving a good price, time to act etc etc" so I immediately put in the order!

I think I might have just qualified for LBA!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-16-2018, 11:25 PM  
K3,KP,K1 firmware update
Posted By RedBoomer
Replies: 147
Views: 12,447
I had exactly the same problem as you and fully charging the battery fixed the problem! My battery indicator said 3 bars but I charged it anyway and the problem was fixed.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-15-2018, 08:55 PM  
K3,KP,K1 firmware update
Posted By RedBoomer
Replies: 147
Views: 12,447
I had the same problem, tried different cards, re-formatted etc and was thinking about giving up. Although my battery showed 3 bars, I decided to charge it anyway and it charged for an hr or so. I then tried the firmware update again and it worked! Give that a try - it worked for me. Good luck!
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-15-2018, 05:34 AM  
Pixel Shifted Images
Posted By RedBoomer
Replies: 878
Views: 98,727
A couple of months ago I upgraded my trusty K3 for a new K1ii and also had to upgrade to LRCC to work with the K1 files. Following some research into PS on this forum, I decided it was time to attempt a PS photo. I also noticed that LRCC could create pano shots, something else that I had never previously attempted, so I decided to make my first PS photo a PS-pano. What could possibly go wrong?? I chose to do a early morning cityscape of Melbourne on a cold (5degC/40deF - ok cold by my standards) but very still morning. The pano was 6 landscape shots, all pixel shift, using the DA*300F4. On advice from this thread, I downloaded Raw Therapee and imported the files and then exported them as tiffs. I then imported these into LRCC and created the pano. I also imported the ~150mb .dng files directly into LRCC and created a pano. The resulting direct import pano was a bit sharper than that created via RT (is RT only recommended when there is some motion in the shot?). Either way the results impressed me with amazing resolution only reduced by the heat haze rising from the city on a cold morning. Very happy with the technology from Pentax and Adobe. The full file can be viewed from Dropbox - 18051889-Pano.jpg Comments and critiques welcomed.
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-06-2018, 05:08 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By RedBoomer
Replies: 21,089
Views: 1,724,870
Hi Timautin. I'd be interested in hearing why you reach for the 150-450 ahead of the 300F4? The 300 with 1.4x provides similar reach and is quite a bit lighter. When do you use the 300 instead of the 150-450? Thanks
Forum: Visitors' Center 05-23-2018, 03:20 AM  
Pentax K 1 mark 2 in Australia??
Posted By RedBoomer
Replies: 11
Views: 738
Ordered mine from CRK on the 9/4 and picked it up on 3/5.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-03-2018, 04:53 PM  
Family Portrait
Posted By RedBoomer
Replies: 16
Views: 342
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-03-2018, 04:50 PM  
Raptor on Homer Spit
Posted By RedBoomer
Replies: 34
Views: 620
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-02-2018, 02:01 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By RedBoomer
Replies: 30,014
Views: 2,659,454
Golden headed cisticola at the top
Forum: Winners' Showcase 03-09-2018, 04:11 PM  
February, 2018 Winner: Super Lunar Eclipse Illuminates Trees
Posted By RedBoomer
Replies: 129
Views: 3,283
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-06-2018, 12:15 AM  
K-1 Mark II!
Posted By RedBoomer
Replies: 875
Views: 98,057
I like your thinking Biz-engineer. A K1 Mk2 was not expected by the Pentax followers on this forum (or anybody else?) so it quite possibly has resulted from an unexpected shift in the market ie Nikon going elsewhere for the sensor for the D850. Sony would need production volumes to reduce the unit cost for the sensors for their own cameras and quite possibly Pentax can help?? I also wonder if the mooted FF mirrorless cameras coming soon from Nikon might be altering the Nikon/Sony relationship??
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-19-2017, 08:05 PM  
Post your HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW pictures!
Posted By RedBoomer
Replies: 1,625
Views: 213,511
Paul, looks like you have a couple of dust spots on your sensor on the right side, lower quadrant?
Nice first photos from your new baby btw!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-13-2017, 10:23 PM  
Pentax Australia - 15% off lenses this weekend
Posted By RedBoomer
Replies: 16
Views: 1,542
Thanks
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-13-2017, 05:45 PM  
Pentax Australia - 15% off lenses this weekend
Posted By RedBoomer
Replies: 16
Views: 1,542
Rob - interested to know how you knew the promo was on and what the promo code is? No mention of the promo on the website or on CRK but enter the code and it works??
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-07-2017, 07:21 PM  
Pentax 50-135 2.8 vs Tamron 70-200 f2.8
Posted By RedBoomer
Replies: 17
Views: 2,137
I just can't wait to own a lens that is fast enough for sports!
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-28-2017, 08:08 PM  
K3 II shutter doesn't stop firing
Posted By RedBoomer
Replies: 11
Views: 1,827
Like Norm, my K3 has done that twice in 3 years and over 60,000 shutter actuations. It hasn't happened for at least a year so I wouldn't worry about it and enjoy a great camera. The worst thing that seems happen is that you need to stop and remove the battery. The shutter-flap thing is so random and rare, I wonder if it is triggered by an unusual set of events that send the software into a loop? The second time it happened to me the camera had gone into interval mode shooting by accident or as a result of the glitsch?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-23-2017, 01:18 AM  
AF improvement K3 & 50-135* vs K3 & 70-200* vs K1 & 70-200* for basketball?
Posted By RedBoomer
Replies: 13
Views: 1,387
Thanks for all the comments above although it makes me think I might be the only Pentaxian in the world who shoots basketball with a K3 & 50-135???

I will most likely get the 70-200 later in the year an then see what a K3iii brings or even a K1ii promises. The lowish FPS on the K1 is a bit of a negative for me.

The reputation of slow AF on the 50-135 is universal but in practice I get many many tracking shots in focus with it - I am not convinced it deserves such bad press. Just yesterday I was photographing a rugby player running towards me, f3.5, hi-FPS, 7 consecutive frames over 5-10m all in focus. I expect the 70-200 to be noticeably quicker but the 50-135 is not totally hopeless. It seems to me that it is relatively slow going from close to infinity compared to most (all??) other pentax lenses, but that if you start to focus from a point somewhere near the focus point and gain focus (back-button) before hitting the shutter then it can track young men moving toward you at game speed. It seems often to be quick enough when it doesn't need to travel far to make focus . That said I expect that the 70-200 will bring a number of advantages.

Thanks again
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-20-2017, 04:19 PM  
AF improvement K3 & 50-135* vs K3 & 70-200* vs K1 & 70-200* for basketball?
Posted By RedBoomer
Replies: 13
Views: 1,387
Thanks for the links Steve. I too expect the 70-200 to be quicker than my 50-135 on the K3 but I am trying to get a feel for what I should realistically expect?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-19-2017, 04:48 PM  
AF improvement K3 & 50-135* vs K3 & 70-200* vs K1 & 70-200* for basketball?
Posted By RedBoomer
Replies: 13
Views: 1,387
I regularly use my K3 with the 50-135/2.8 to photograph basketball indoors. I find basketball is the biggest test of my skills and the camera/lens abilities as it is fast action in generally poor light and so any technical improvements in camera and lens technology is very welcome. Particularly improvements in low light IQ (better sensors for lower noise) and AF speed.

I am looking to upgrade over the next 12 mths or so and plan to head towards full frame with 70-200 F2.8 and fast AF and fast FPS. I figured that if FF was the ultimate goal and some FF lenses required then perhaps changing to Canikon was an option to access better sports AF and fewer missed shots? However, the $ to changeover cant be justified especially when it doesn't bring much improvement to the rest of my photography (wildlife, family, bit of landscape). So my first step will be to get the DFA 70-200 and then the K1 (or possibly K3iii or K1ii depending on timing)

I am looking for forum members who have first-hand experience with the improvement in AF-C between K3 & DA 50-135* and the K3 & DFA 70-200* specifically for sport and indoor sport like basketball. How much better is the AF-C on the K3 & 70-200 than the K3 & 50-135 for basketball?

Further query is then how much improvement in AF-C & IQ is being seen when moving from the K3 & 70-200 to the K1 & 70-200 for basketball?

I'd really appreciate hearing the experience of any Pentaxians who have gone down this route. Thx in advance.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-16-2017, 05:48 PM  
Flash battery compartment repair
Posted By RedBoomer
Replies: 1
Views: 426
I have a Pentax AF540FGZ flash and recently I found that the battery compartment door would not lock closed. The small plastic lugs inside the compartment that provide the 'catch' for the door latches to slide behind, had broken off. Googling around I see that this is a relatively common failure and, like me, there are many owners who are not happy that a $600 flash can be rendered useless by $0.001 of plastic and poor design.

I see there are several solutions offered from inserting a new metal 'catch' by heating a small strip of metal (didn't trust my brain surgery skills), gluing Lego to the outside of the door to hold it shut (really neat solution but no Lego on hand), using tape (used this for a few weeks) and inserting a pin to hold the door shut.

I decided to insert a pin to hold the door shut and my fix was easy, did not require great skill, was cheap and it works a treat. I thought I would share it.

The solution involves drilling a small hole through the back pf the flash and into the battery door so that a pin can be inserted to hold the door closed.


What you need:
  • Electric drill (with a chuck that can hold a 1 mm bit - most can)

  • 1mm drill bit (buy at your local hardware store - $5)

  • 0.6mm Floral pin ($3 at a craft shop)

  • Pair of pliers (to cut the pin)




I found the floral pins in a craft shop but a florist would also have them. They are perfect for the job as they have the large head and at 0.6mm they are strong (note the pack says they are 6mm but obviously a typo)

Notes:
  1. carefully pick the place for the hole in the door so that the hole avoids the metal contacts. I picked the spot, then marked the outside of the door, closed the door and then marked the spot on the back of the flash

  2. ***the drill bit is very fragile and breaks easily***. I inserted the drill bit into the drill chuck so that only the length required was extended beyond the chuck (that is, keep the drill bit as short as possible to avoid it snapping off)

  3. be carefull to keep the drill vertical and to drill straight into the casing (mine was slightly off-line and you see that I breached the outside of the door slightly

  4. I drilled with the batteries in place so that the door was in its operational position

  5. once the hole is drilled, then trim down one of the pins with a pair of pliers until the correct length is obtained. (and make a couple of spares for your camera bag or keep it in the small pocket of the flap on the flash cover)




Good luck with yours - keep it out of the rain as it is less rain resistant than it was before (not that it was weather sealed in the first place)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-02-2017, 09:39 PM  
For each Pentaxian buying K-1 another Nikon/Canon shooter jumped ship to Pentax
Posted By RedBoomer
Replies: 1,039
Views: 77,739
I have recently completed a small project for a client. It contained basketball photos taken on my K3 (with a sensor that is no good in low light and which has AF incapable of taking action shots) coupled with my DA* 50-135 (a lens with the slowest AF of any lens since Adam* was a boy). I then plugged in an external mike and earphones into the K3 and interviewed the coach on the K3/50-135 combo. Great sound and bokeh but apparently the video is useless. Edited up the final product and client is blown away by the resulting quality and loves it. Hey I'd love to have a better sensor, faster AF, faster focussing lenses and improved video but my K3 does a cracking job for what I want. Love my (doomed) K3.
* Original Adam not PF Adam!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-01-2017, 05:45 AM  
Best of 2016 Reflecting on High School
Posted By RedBoomer
Replies: 0
Views: 392
My son graduated High School in 2016 and one of his final assemblies was a chapel service in one of Australia's grandest cathedrals. More spiritual than religious, this final chapel service encouraged the boys to reflect on what they had truly learned from their High School years and to celebrate the milestone. With an audience of several hundred students, teachers and family, each of the 170 graduating boys took to the podium for 30 seconds to very publicly express their thoughts on their years at the school - a wonderful farrago of thanks, relief, humour, confession, past struggles and excitement for their futures.


Thanks to PF for this competition because it made me review my 2016 photos and look more closely at this photo. It is the only one that I took during the service as I didn't want to disturb the occasion. It has some major technical shortcomings but, for me it conveys some sense of the event and I really like it now that I have looked at it again. I hope you enjoy it too and thanks for looking.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-07-2016, 04:44 PM  
Sports Images with the K-3
Posted By RedBoomer
Replies: 365
Views: 83,124
Just for interest I thought I would check what focal lengths I mostly use when photographing a basketball game. This might help TripleML with his lens choice. I would definitely recommend an F2.8 lens for the K3 as light/shutter speed is always an issue so any slower lens is usually going to drive iso unacceptably high. An F2.0 lens might work well but the DOF becomes thin and with the fast action requires good focussing skills & technique or accepting a lower keeper rate.

I recently photographed a guard playing in a game. I was standing near the sideline and near to the corner - the best place for offensive action. I use continuous shooting and take 2-4 frames per piece of action. I use the DA* 50-135mm F2.8 zooming to the 50mm end for action at my end of the court and then zooming to the 135mm end for action at the opposite end of the court. In this game I took about 175 shots and kept 58 of them that had both proper focus and decent composition (usually no obstruction to the view of the subject). There were about 10 of these that I would say were good photos. Of the 58 that I still have in my Lightroom (the other 120 went to trash) about 19 were in the 50-70mm, 15 were 70-100mm and 22 were 100-135mm. This surprised me a little as I would have thought there would be most at the 50-70 mm end but on this occasion, because I was following a point guard, there were a number of shots of the far end and the guard bringing the ball down the court. It does show that a 50-135mm zoom is very useful for shooting both ends of the court. I have included a shot from each focal range to give an idea of the framing (from different match to the stats above). These photos were taken in a newish stadium (<10 years old) with modern lighting but you will see that the shutter speeds are low and the iso quite high. All photos are uncropped - the K3 allows a fair degree of cropping so I generally shoot wider and crop a bit.

First photo under the near goal is at 50mm/ 1/250s/F2.8/iso 4500. The second at the near 3-point line is at 75mm/1/250s/ F2.8/iso 3200. The third at the far goal at 135mm / 250s/F2.8/iso 4500.

So go for a F2.8 lens, the 50-150mm range zoom is ideal but Rondec's suggestion of an DA 70mm would work well (both assuming u r shooting from near the side of the court).
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