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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-09-2018, 02:11 PM  
Sticky: Attention All Members! ... IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ!
Posted By BigMackCam
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A message from Adam and the PF Moderating Team:

In recent weeks and months we have received feedback - primarily from new members, but a few established ones too - regarding unnecessarily harsh, dismissive, rude and/or aggressive responses, especially (but not only) when someone raises concerns, doubts or criticisms of the Pentax brand.

PentaxForums is a brand-specific enthusiast site, and most of us here are Pentax enthusiasts. New members with critical views of the brand have a responsibility to understand the dynamics of the community they're participating in and consider the effect of their posts, and we've updated our Welcome & Forum Rules sticky post to reflect this, with guidelines for new members. Even so, all of our members - new and old - have a responsibility to respect each other's opinions (even when we disagree), remain courteous and friendly at all times, keep an open mind, and avoid jumping to conclusions, making personal comments or name-calling (terms such as "fanboy" or "troll", for example). We each represent these forums whenever we post, and it's incumbent on us to present our community as welcoming, respectful, tolerant and helpful to all.

We might reasonably hope that our most established members in particular would take this responsibility to heart, to ensure the continued popularity and longevity of our community and the brands we all support.

When faced with a post where you feel the only option is to dismiss it or "shoot it down", please consider the wider effects of your response. If rules have been broken, report the post to a moderator using the "yellow triangle" report post feature (not by PM, please) and avoid further involvement in the discussion until a moderating decision has been made. Otherwise, please be mindful of the standards referred to above when responding.

Most of all, please strive to be friendly and respectful at all times. There is never just one way to offer (or counter) an opinion. However ill-conceived or inflammatory a post may seem, responding in kind does nothing to help our community and its reputation.

The moderating team will not hesitate to take appropriate action against members who consistently impact the forum atmosphere in a negative way.

Thank you very much for your consideration, and - as always - many thanks for your valued contribution to the forums! :)
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-16-2016, 01:12 PM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By Riggomatic
Replies: 773
Views: 92,786
Always say 'Please' and 'Thank you'.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-16-2016, 06:48 AM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By UncleVanya
Replies: 773
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Have fun.

That is all.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-17-2016, 08:00 AM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By unixrevolution
Replies: 773
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Here is one of the best tips i could possibly share for all lqndscape photographers, or photographers who go afield with tripods:

Put a strap on your tripod!

It frees your hand, lets tou settle the tripods weight however you wish, keeps it relatively ready and makes walking with a tripod so much easier. It seems so simple but it may be the smartest thing i ever did for my photography.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-15-2016, 05:42 PM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By Tamia
Replies: 773
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This isn't about technique as much as about gear. I shoot outdoors in all conditions, have a limited budget for buying photo gear, and I lose lens covers, so I've always used UV filters to protect those lenses from scratches when carrying them on hikes, etc. But I recently discovered a Dollar Store protective device -- beverage sleeves. These keep my lenses safe even with UV filters removed, and are easily pulled off to take a shot. I posted more about this on the forum already here.

Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-15-2016, 02:54 PM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By Ash
Replies: 773
Views: 92,786
Great idea Adam to get seasoned photographers to contribute more on the forum with helpful advice!
I might not fall into that category being an amateur, but I have a few years of Pentax shooting up my sleeve that enables me to give some tips on how to get the best out of the Pentax camera.

1. Have a picture in your mind of the style of photo you would like to create. This is the skill of "learning to see". This gives you a guide as to how you decide on an aperture and shutter speed, framing the subject in the scene, as well as other creative methods of taking a photo like panning, long exposure and zooming.

2. With subjects that you have no control over, be patient. It takes the most experienced photographers days or even weeks of waiting serendipitously to get their best shots of wildlife and nature. More than just "f/8 and be there", anticipate what kind of look you want of the subject and have your settings ready to shoot in an instant.

3. Shooting people takes a little intuition on how to pose them to bring out their character the most in portraiture. Try both candid and poised looks. Play around with your light source(s), whether natural or supplementary, and position your subjects in a way that flatters their profile and creates a dramatic effect to the portrait.

4. Children add an element of unpredictability and fast motion, which you have to work with. Combine point 2 with point 3!

5. Have fun in the process and make your subject also enjoy the shoot (where applicable!). Happy subject, happy photographer!

Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-15-2016, 01:26 PM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By Giklab
Replies: 773
Views: 92,786
Get an SSD as the main drive in your computer. The benefits are faster file management (copying, viewing images) and manipulation (loading of enormous raw files), as well as a boatload of other things. While this won't make your man parts larger, it will improve most aspects of your (digital) life. :p
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-15-2016, 01:21 PM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By martyd14
Replies: 773
Views: 92,786
My biggest Tip?

Shoot for yourself. Don't worry if no one notices you. Keep working and keep trying new things. I have been doing photography for around 6 years now and I am in one of the biggest slumps of my life. But today? I will keep shooting. Keep trying to get better. The rest will catch up.

There is no equipment in the world that will make me pick up that camera and press that shutter. No software, no new lens that can take the place of passion, motivation and creativity.

That is my advice.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-15-2016, 05:34 AM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By heinamj
Replies: 773
Views: 92,786
Join a local Astronomy Club with an Observatory for out of this world photos!

For just $35/year, a little training, and a willingness to volunteer 4 times a year to host the public, I joined the New Jersey Astronomical Association where I now have access to WAY more capable equipment than I could ever afford. My favorite is this Celestron EdgeHD 14" Telescope that is sitting on a tracking mount, aligned, and ready to go anytime the sky and my calendar are both clear at the same time.

$35 for a 3910mm F11 lens: throw in the crop factor and I can literally pull down some galaxies even with NJ light pollution (that's a bigger aperture than the focal length of the lens I hope to win with this submission!) But, I must confess this photo was taken with my phone as my K50 was... preoccupied.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-15-2016, 04:42 AM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By ffking
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Views: 92,786
My top tip for anybody wanting to improve their photographs is simply this: ask yourself what ADDED VALUE you can bring to the scene. What can you do to make your image more interesting than the that of the guy who strolls up, raises his camera, shoots and moves on. It might be obvious, but asking the question engages the brain and gets you into 'photographer mode' quicker than anything else I know.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-18-2016, 09:28 AM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By arkav
Replies: 773
Views: 92,786
This tip is in the "less is more" vein for nature/adventure photography.

While it might be great to have every bit of gear you own along with you on every outing, know your limits.

Does it make sense to carry a ton of gear if the load prevents you from hiking out to your intended destination, or if it spoils your enjoyment of the journey ?

Personally, I sometimes find myself agonizing about whether I should bring that extra lens that's likely to just sit in the bottom of my bag, or an extra water bottle that might mean I can hike a few miles further. More often than not, I pick the water because I'd rather reach my destination and miss a shot than have to turn back early because I brought too much gear.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-18-2016, 08:34 AM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By enoeske
Replies: 773
Views: 92,786
You can create cool effects that add atmosphere by using a combination of action freezing flash and slow shutter speed blur.

Model: PENTAX K-3
ISO: 1000
Exposure: 1/6 sec
Aperture: 2.8
Focal Length: 17mm

Set the camera Tv mode and try using slow speeds around 1/6 while moving the camera. Side to side, or spinning in a circle like turning a steering wheel work great. Everything will be blurry, except where the flash hits and freezes the action.
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-21-2015, 08:38 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By derekkite
Replies: 31,432
Views: 2,922,784
The osprey showed up in numbers today. I have seen individuals, but a pair was scoping a nesting site. They weren't there yesterday. This was my best.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 03-01-2015, 05:55 AM  
2015 Pentax Forums T-Shirt Design Contest
Posted By psychdoc
Replies: 367
Views: 59,233
Contribution to the contest is attached below:
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 02-26-2015, 04:43 AM  
2015 Pentax Forums T-Shirt Design Contest
Posted By Sorver
Replies: 367
Views: 59,233
I like your way of thinking it was actually what led me to Pentax 👍
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 02-25-2015, 12:19 PM  
2015 Pentax Forums T-Shirt Design Contest
Posted By mnj11
Replies: 367
Views: 59,233
I completely agree with you..that shirt design is just perfect !
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-17-2014, 05:38 AM  
K-s1 in black. $431.90
Posted By gaweidert
Replies: 26
Views: 2,438
I have been really wanting this camera but just purchased a K3. The price on it was just too good. The image quality I am seeing is just too darn good. When the inevitable price drop occurs it is going to be real hard to resist one of these little gems.

In 2012 I rebooted my photography interests and have purchased way too much. You people are nothing but a bunch of enablers. Since joining this forum in early 2012 I have purchased a K5, K5-IIs, MX-1, K3, Pentax 12-24 DA, Sigma 17-70 and a Tamron 70-200 f2.8. Plus filters, memory cards, remotes, extra batteries etc. Not just stop it, top it, stop it!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-26-2014, 01:04 AM  
I need a Pentax 50 mm Lens
Posted By fredberg
Replies: 2
Views: 342
Hi Pentaxforums

I really need a 50 mm lens f. 1.8, because I have problems shooting sharp pictures using my old Sigma lenses, which I bought with my first analoge Pentax SLR. I thought I could use them with a digital Pentax SLR, but they seam to fail a lot when we are talking sharpness, and that is a shame, when I want to take nice and SHARP photos :(
I hope you like my picture of my dog, though it isn't sharp enough... :)

Kind Regards, Louise
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-13-2014, 02:38 PM  
For the sake of Art
Posted By aznnewtonian
Replies: 2
Views: 362
Hi! My name is Thanh. I'm a poor college student who buy manual lenses to fulfil his needs for some nice photography experience. Manual are the greatest lens that I've enjoy using; however, it's not a greatest lens when I need a tack sharp focus or being under the weather. I can never get that sharp focus on the eyes of a beautiful girl. Missing focus on the eyes is like missing my chance to get her number. Sometime when it's raining outside, I like to landscape the students that are rushing to their classes without constant worry if my camera will get destroy under the dreadful rain for the sake of art. Having this 50mm will give me more flexibility to be creative under special condition where other camera can't reach. Maybe then I would not miss my focus on those beautiful eyes. The best photographer are the one that can create arts under any situation and any kind of equipments. Yet, I'm still in the process becoming a pro photographer. Once I've achieved my goal, this lens will then get pass down to those pentax fan who's needing and wanting to experience the 50mm prime. The kind of prime that all photographer should experience in a lifetime.

Richmond by aznme, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-30-2014, 03:01 AM  
My (hopefully) Succinct Entry :)
Posted By ZombieArmy
Replies: 5
Views: 591
Hello everyone, I'm Brian. I'm a 20 year old college student... or well was until I had some personal issues since moving down to Florida. But thankfully I've been picking up the pieces and regaining some of my old hobbies like music/astronomy, and picking up photography pretty recently. I'm a total geek when it comes to specs and performance so I researched forever for my first digitial interchangable lens system, finding something that would perform very well at a cheap price point. After much consideration (and a good e-bay auction :D) I went with the K-01, a good mix of specs, price and of course style :cool:

Now for why I believe I "deserve" this lens. Now I don't really believe any of us deserve this lens over the other, we're all here for the same thing, and that's our love of taking pictures, preserving the memories of the interests we hold and the people we love, I say we all deserve this lens. If it only it were that simple! :o

The picture I have chosen for this is the first picture I truly loved that came out of this camera (sadly I shot in jpeg without RAW!). It may not be my best picture, but it's the first picture I took that made me realize I truly love this hobby, capturing the emotion in such a simple picture for all time :) And I hope you all enjoy it too.

Good luck to everyone who has entered :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-25-2014, 11:48 PM  
Last chance
Posted By fredycat
Replies: 1
Views: 488
I am an amateur photographer from 1 year old and I have a Pentax K10D for many years with 18-55 kit lens. ;)
My age is 62, I'm unemployed and just an eye glaucoma diagnose me so do not know how long I can keep taking pictures.
I have no money to buy a quality lens and would like to have it to enjoy this hobby that helps me pass the time and feel that I am good for something more than being unemployed. :(
I've done fotosgrafías with Tamron 90 macro because a friend lent me a few days. I let a shot taken with this lens and the Pentax K10D :)
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