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Forum: Lens Clubs 11-14-2017, 05:08 AM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By wed7
Replies: 5,163
Views: 952,182
Long time no post,

From my recent side trip to Chandigarh, India
K-30 + SMCDA 21/f3.2 SE

[IMG]Environmental Portrait [/IMG]

[IMG]Pani Puri Vendor[/IMG]
Forum: Ricoh GR 08-11-2017, 11:53 PM  
Ricoh GR Hands-on and Lots of Photos...
Posted By Pen-A
Replies: 703
Views: 173,375
A few very recent shots:


(@ f/3.5, ISO100, 1/800s)


(@ f/3.5, ISO100, 1/125s)


(@ f/11, ISO100, 1/20s)
Forum: Ricoh GR 08-13-2016, 02:41 AM  
Ricoh GR SOOC pictures
Posted By savoche
Replies: 60
Views: 12,447
Thanks, I really like the results you get. That probably has more to do with the photographer than the lens, but it still means it must be usable :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-13-2016, 03:27 PM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By normhead
Replies: 14,695
Views: 1,339,044
This time images of flowers we actually planted as opposed to the wild flowers around the borders.

K-3 with DA*200

We have 2 different shades of Bee Balm











And a few things we didn't plant.







Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-27-2016, 06:39 PM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By normhead
Replies: 14,695
Views: 1,339,044
DA* 200




40XS
Forum: Ricoh GR 12-27-2015, 08:00 AM  
Ricoh GR Useful FAQ and Custom SettingsInfo Links
Posted By h2odog
Replies: 2
Views: 1,095
As I am new to the Ricoh GR, I found these FAQ and Custom Settings links which may be useful to others.

Ricoh GR: FAQ
Ricoh GR: Custom Settings
Forum: Ricoh GR 12-14-2015, 04:57 AM  
Ricoh GR Hands-on and Lots of Photos...
Posted By Clarkey
Replies: 703
Views: 173,375
A couple i've gotten to recently:


In the sky
by Aaron, on Flickr


South, Storm
by Aaron, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-29-2014, 04:06 AM  
Nature Fuji Sunrise
Posted By RobG
Replies: 24
Views: 868
So while most people were sleeping off their hangovers, a friend and I (and a few hundred others) climbed a mountain in the dark to watch the sun rise from behind Mount Fuji. I didn't get high enough to see the true "diamond Fuji" where the sun is cradled in the peak of the mountain, but the view was spectacular all the same.


The light of Fuji by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

And this is a software HDR image from earlier. The mountain's shadow looks like a huge pyramid.


Digital Diamond Fuji by RobGeraghty, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-18-2013, 02:54 PM  
Other Challenge +Show us your bokeh+
Posted By Arn
Replies: 4,919
Views: 419,948
Poppies Super Tak 50/1.4
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-04-2013, 06:29 AM  
Landscape Spring is here
Posted By snappychappy
Replies: 15
Views: 885
Shot in the park this morning and the freezing wind was horrendous. A 3 shot HDR shot with the Sigma 10-20mm and the Pentax K5 processed in Photomatrix.




Spring at last by SFB579 :), on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-23-2013, 01:50 PM  
Nature Random Cold-weather Shots
Posted By tessfully
Replies: 18
Views: 1,286
It was minus 38 Celsius when I got up today. Mist was rising off the river like smoke from a forest fire. This is the third day in a row and it makes walking the dogs and photo opportunities brief. Here are a few I managed over the last couple days.




Pine in early morning mist... I was using the Pentax 60 - 250 and trying out some settings I read in a book, shutter speed 1/500, f/16, which gave me an ISO of 1600





Three minutes later I took this, 1/200 f/8 ISO 200 --- what a difference!






And then I saw this shot which I quite like...It was a very soft light and quite misty, but I wonder if this should be more contrasty?





I took the above pictures from the balcony and my head kept hitting the icicles...a few abstracts....













A very cool thing... while on our dog walk there is a crow that flies over almost every day and caws at us. I only had the Tamron 90 on my camera but he got pretty close and I snapped this...





Took three visits to get one of these I liked





I was standing outside waiting for Norman and I randomly shot the birds coming into the feeder. I took this with my Pentax F 70 - 210




thank you for having a look:)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-21-2013, 10:11 PM  
Cityscape Toronto Street Shots
Posted By shadowsonoureyes
Replies: 8
Views: 822
I spent an afternoon wandering the streets of Toronto Ontario earlier this summer. I usually focus on nature and wildlife so the city was a unique photographic experience for me. Still capturing animals behaving in their environments.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-19-2013, 01:41 PM  
Landscape North of Mull
Posted By wpvv
Replies: 9
Views: 658
A few from the North of Mull, last Summer.


#1 View over Tobermory

#2 View over Tobermory harbour

#3 Burg, view over the Sound of Ulva

#4 near Ulva Ferry

#5 Loch na Keal

#6 Gruline
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Calgary Bay, a beautiful sunset after a rainy day

#7

#8

#9

#10
Click the North of Mull for the entire series.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-05-2013, 08:42 PM  
Travel Fuji-san at sunset
Posted By RobG
Replies: 6
Views: 822


Mount Fuji at sunset, photographed from Owakudani in Hakone, a popular hot spring area. The correct title is Fuji-san (Mount Fuji, Chinese reading) not Fuji-yama (Mount Fuji, Japanese reading). If you turn a little to the left of Fuji-san... This is Ashinoko (Lake Ashi), nestled in the mountains of Hakone.



A few days later, I was able to get a photo of Mount Fuji with the ocean in front of it; an angle which I've never seen before. This was taken from the bridge to Enoshima.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-22-2012, 09:29 AM  
Other Challenge +Show us your bokeh+
Posted By Bud
Replies: 4,919
Views: 419,948
K5 and DA*300
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-03-2012, 05:39 PM  
*PETITION* Lets put an end to the crazy online Pentax lens prices in the US!
Posted By Adam
Replies: 550
Views: 36,205
It's time to put the online MSRP thing to an end. Back in April, through a "Unilateral Pricing Policy" (UPP), Pentax USA forced online retailers to start selling Pentax lenses at full MSRP rather than the then-lower MAP prices. Refer to the article below for an overview of the price jumps. Some lenses nearly doubled in price!

Brutal Pentax Lens Price Increase: 15-90% - Pentax Camera News & Rumors - PentaxForums.com

Since this change, online sales of Pentax lenses have virtually come to a standstill because of the high, artificially-inflated prices. I'm sure you guys can testify to that, especially if you opted to use the Marketplace or get Sigma lenses rather than new Pentax ones. Just because the DA* 16-50mm has an MSRP of $1500 doesn't mean that anyone in the right mind will buy a used copy at the new high price: in fact, used Pentax lens prices are generally lower than the old MAP prices.

All of a sudden, this Black Friday weekend, the UPP restriction was temporarily lifted, and Pentax lens prices fell sharply for a few days (but some were still higher than the old prices). Here's a little insight into what gear really started moving:



In just one day, well over 100 new Pentax lenses were sold to PF members alone. That's more that the total number sold to PF members after the introduction of the UPP but before Black Friday.

So what good is this UPP thing doing? None at all. When it originally came about, Ned Bunnell, former President of Pentax USA, blogged about the UPP, saying that the main goal of the policy was to protect smaller brick-and-mortar stores so that they don't have to compete with really low online prices. Well, that's great and all, but you can count on your fingers how many such stores there are. And the funny thing is that if you walk into any one of these stores, you'll see the old prices. The same applies if you call B&H or Adorama: you'll generally get the old prices as long as you mention it (and if you walk in to the store, there's no question about it) ;) On top of all this, rumors have it the Pentax USA distributor requires retailers to place large orders, which causes smaller stores to lose interest in carrying the brand, given the tiny demand that there is for Pentax to begin with.

The UPP isn't going to change the fact that the largest audience for Pentax lenses is found online, because of the fact that Pentax users are few and far between. This means that the new policy has done nothing but prevented users otherwise interested in Pentax lenses from buying them.


Above: the Pentax DA* 50-135mm is the star of the UPP, jumping from $749 to $1599

I was on the phone with B&H again today, and after I mentioned the recent Adorama deals, their buyer agreed to drop the price of the 15mm limited to $539 when in cart. B&H said that if this deal ends up getting more copies of the lens sold, they will do their best to post similar deals in the future, even if Pentax doesn't get rid of the UPP. Lowering prices after adding to cart, without advertising them, is a gray area: Pentax can't really say that it's a violation of the UPP, but they certainly won't be happy about it. B&H admitted that it was nice to see some stock get cleared out during Black Friday, so hopefully they'll be giving Pentax stuff a little bit more attention from now on.

While I'm sure B&H will be the first to offer the best online Pentax lens prices, they alone won't be able to change the way things work, because Pentax lenses and cameras are dwarfed by all other DSLR brands.

Almost all other camera brands have unilateral pricing policies. The difference, however, is that in-store prices are the same as online prices, and that no lenses doubled in price from one day to the next. This keeps prices constant across the board and successfully protects the market, unlike the Pentax policy, which one might say was late to the game. So, Pentax, consider this a petition on behalf of our entire community asking you to rethink your online marketing strategy.

If the UPP has prevented or discouraged you from buying a Pentax lens, or even forced you to switch brands, and if you want prices to go back to normal, sign the petition by replying to this thread. Let's make this the biggest thread in the whole lens forum: hopefully it'll send a strong message!


And if you want, I can go on with more reasons for why the UPP is bad:
  • Competitors have similarly-priced full-frame glass

  • Sigma has cheaper lenses and also offers premium lenses

  • People will avoid new lenses in favor of cheap manual lenses

As much as I hate to do it, I'd like to ask that the replies be limited to members based in the US, or who regularly import Pentax lenses from US online retailers.
Forum: Photo Critique 11-14-2012, 06:03 PM  
Architecture Chand Baori, Ancient Well Steps
Posted By vikingo
Replies: 6
Views: 2,160
Again at F10 and 1/80. I was captivated by the geometry and symmetry. Please comment and critique.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-12-2012, 11:11 AM  
People Gorgeous
Posted By maverickh
Replies: 5
Views: 787

F1000028 by maverick_h, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-27-2012, 01:06 PM  
Nature I went for a hike along.......
Posted By Heinrich Lohmann
Replies: 10
Views: 595
.....the Yukon River. Here is some of what I saw:




Miles Canyon












Comments are always welcome and appreciated
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-25-2012, 06:31 PM  
Landscape Sunset Ottawa tonight
Posted By ohce
Replies: 6
Views: 399
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-23-2012, 07:19 AM  
Black & White A photo I could not give up on...
Posted By tessfully
Replies: 17
Views: 1,199
Journal Excerpt:

August, 29, 2012

To sit in the quiet solitude of morning stills the self, opens the mind to see, the heart to feel the mystery and beauty of Other. Today I rest on a bouldery point looking east into a small bay between Islands. A cacophony of Loons cry; a Bald Eagle flies close overhead, something small clutched in its talons. A mist floats in --- golden gossamer blankets the landscape. The camera calls.


Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-15-2012, 11:35 AM  
Nature Red-Tailed Hawk
Posted By 8540tomg
Replies: 12
Views: 752
I went back for another crack today at what appears to be an immature Red-Tailed Hawk. I mistakenly identified him as a Sharp-Shinned Hawk yesterday. He was still hunting the same farmerís field and kindly granted me about two minutes to snap as many shots as I could. Today, I upped the shutter speed to 1/1500 sec. which helped a lot with these handheld 400mm shots. ISO was 800 @ f 9.5 or so. I used my Honda Civic as a blind again and shot through the sunroof at about 25 feet. Iíd never get this close on foot.







I think he was getting a little annoyed here.







Pentax K5, SMC Pentax M 400/5.6

Tom G
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-05-2012, 03:18 PM  
Nature Waxwing "wax"berries !!
Posted By jpzk
Replies: 18
Views: 942
A tasteful feed for the hungry Cedar Waxwings: wild strawberries in plentiful quantities along the road leading to my favorite birding/wildlife spot.
This is amazing how they can find the biggest fruits !
Enjoy ! :)


"Wax"berry by Natimages, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-21-2012, 01:49 AM  
Travel Cherry blossoms, Japan April 2012
Posted By abmj
Replies: 4
Views: 1,618
Went looking for cherry blossoms.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-07-2010, 09:11 AM  
viv 283 for $20
Posted By Matjazz
Replies: 3
Views: 2,211
$20 for a Vivitar 283 is a good deal. I should know as I've been watching a lot of them on Ebay and bought 3 for cca 25€ each. Some of them had additional equipment (sensor cable, filters). If I was after another one I'd pay $20.
Note that Vivitar 283 doesn't have swivel, doesn't work with rechargeable batteries and has a high trigger voltage (110-120V). Word on street is that Vivitar 283 made in vietnam has a low trigger voltage.

EDIT 23.2.2011
After making sure there is good contact I found out that Vivitar 283 works with rechargeable batteries very well.
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