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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 5 Days Ago  
Buying from US and shipping to Australia
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 20
Views: 637
Above and beyond any warranty offered by a local distributor Australia also has comprehensive consumer protection laws.
Consumer guarantees | ACCC
These won't apply to overseas transactions. While the obligation to honour these statutory guarantees may impose a cost burden on local distributors I'm happy to pay extra to have the benefits of them.
Forum: General Photography 02-14-2021, 03:48 AM  
A New Lens Technology Is Primed to Jump-Start Phone Cameras
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 8
Views: 738
How about a phone camera which downloads a photo that has been taken before at the same place in the same light but simply interpolates the taker's face? This would take care of 99% of tourist selfies.
Forum: General Photography 02-10-2021, 11:47 PM  
You can get any shot you want at Alice's camera shop!
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 11
Views: 823
The final price will be 750 GBP. You can get a Lumix GX880 which does the same things for 249 GBP. It'll even come with a lens. And you won't miss a shot trying to get your phone attached to the camera without dropping either or both.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-09-2021, 12:07 AM  
At What Point Did Your Pentax Digital Camera Become "Good Enough"?
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 61
Views: 2,544
I still have my K5 which I bought after my Kx and while I have a KP and a K1 I don't have any misgivings if I'm using it. It's my beach holiday camera and usually lives in my office. It's not only good enough but it established that sweet spot of megapixels to low light performance balance where there's only been incremental rather than dramatic improvement since. I can't believe it's over ten years old. It helps explain why DSLR sales have fallen off a cliff.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-02-2021, 04:29 AM  
Landscape 2020 Spring
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 32
Views: 267
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-02-2021, 04:29 AM  
Miami Swimmer
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 11
Views: 166
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 01-30-2021, 10:47 PM  
Worth Sending in K50 for new shutter?
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 11
Views: 569
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-23-2021, 08:06 PM  
KP today or K3iii in a month?
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 138
Views: 5,667
You're leaving out the $1200-$1500 difference in choices. If you have the money it makes more sense to wait a few weeks and get the K3iii. The difference between the K3 and KP may not represent as dramatic an upgrade so the money saving would be a false economy.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 01-09-2021, 07:17 PM  
What happened with 35mm roll prices!!
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 20
Views: 1,297
People say bad things about Fomapan but don't believe them. It's a great film for the price. For colour, Kodak Pro Image 100 is also good value. I have an unopened five pack of 120 Neopan Acros which I bought in 2018. Maybe I should put it on eBay and pay off my mortgage.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-09-2021, 03:12 AM  
Interesting P30T shutter problem!
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 4
Views: 532
I have had and disposed of two P30s with similar problems. They weren't built to last. If you've developed an interest in Pentax keep the lens and buy an MX or even an ME Super. ME Supers can have film advance problems also but I find all they need is a little love. You have to use them or they start to jam up a little. Nevertheless with this camera you don't know if there's an issue until you run a roll through.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-05-2021, 04:06 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 9,908
Views: 1,134,105
Mamiya M645 1000s, 80mm f2.8 C, Fomapan 120 100, Ilfotec LC29, Epson V550. Cheap film with good results. I suspect larger formats are more forgiving of this film.

Jeans by Francis Johns, on Flickr

Fire and Rescue by Francis Johns, on Flickr

Volvo by Francis Johns, on Flickr
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 01-05-2021, 12:56 AM  
A Whole Roll - Fomapan 400 w/ Rodinal semi-stand
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 18
Views: 818
I've also found the V550 less than perfect. I'm not sure if the lack of sharpness and the graininess is it or the negative (ie my poor photography skills). Some of the Epson scanners have holders with adjustable feet to aid with focusing. But not the V550. I've just bought a thin light box (Huion A4) and I'm going to use the V550 to find the best shots and then I'm going to scan keepers with my K1 and the D FA 100 macro but still use the Epson holders. I know it's probably overkill but if the photo is worth working with then it's worth working with. I've also just left some colour film to be developed at a lab and I'm paying extra to get a drum scan. It'll be a good way to benchmark against the Epson once I pick up the negatives.

Huion A4 LED Light Pad Tracing Light Box Adjustable Brightness AC Powered - 12.2x8.3 Inch: Electronics?tag=pentaxforums-20&
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-04-2021, 03:53 PM  
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 7
Views: 59
Fetch by Francis Johns, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-01-2021, 02:44 AM  
Top 10 in 2020
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 8
Views: 759
Surprised that the P series is popular. The automation is convenient but they weren't made to last. I've gone through two of them. They both had film advance problems.
Forum: General Photography 12-30-2020, 03:02 PM  
What's Your 2021 New Years "Photography Resolution" ?
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 50
Views: 1,915
That's exactly my position. I'm using this break to get back into film. I developed a roll of 120mm yesterday. The first in two years. It's so easy to get out of the film habit and time rushes by. Of course lockdowns and no international travel haven't helped.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-30-2020, 03:48 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 9,908
Views: 1,134,105
A photo which matches the seasonal holiday.

Mamiya M645 1000s, 80mm 2.8, Neopan Acros 100 (I have about four rolls left), Ilford LC29, Epson V550. This would have been 1/250 f4 with a yellow filter.

Virgin Mary by Francis Johns, on Flickr

The sculpture is in the grounds of this church. 1/250, f8, no filter.

St Brigid Marrickville by Francis Johns, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 12-29-2020, 02:30 AM  
Point and Shoot Competition #153 - Merry Christmas and/or Happy New Year card
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 14
Views: 1,361
Nikon AW130. This really does look like a cheesy postcard.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-28-2020, 09:23 PM  
Late Christmas pressie?
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 18
Views: 1,007
It won't be an extravagant late Xmas present but the Ricoh K mount XR 28 is highly regarded. I have one myself.

Ricoh 28mm F2.8 Rikenon XR Lens Reviews - Ricoh Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-25-2020, 10:50 PM  
Merry Christmas Everyone
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 16
Views: 513
I should add that in the general misery of 2020 this forum has been a positive and uplifting resource. Thank you everyone for maintaining and sustaining this community.
Forum: General Photography 12-25-2020, 10:47 PM  
What did you get for Christmas?
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 72
Views: 2,256
Lowepro Dryzone camera bag. I'll find a use for it kayaking but it's also something extravagant I'd never get for myself. Santa must have thought I've been very good this year.
Forum: General Photography 12-22-2020, 10:22 PM  
Beater cameras
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 29
Views: 2,694
I'm going on a beach holiday tomorrow. I'm taking a K5 and a DA 18-135. I'm happy to have this combo in the bottom of a kayak (in a dry bag) or wade out into the surf to take photos of the kids. If something terrible happened to it, it would be sad but not a tragedy. Who else has a beater camera which you will take higher than usual risks with, but will still take great photos?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-22-2020, 01:13 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 9,908
Views: 1,134,105
Landscape for me. More of the scene establishes the context and the barn palings create leadings lines which lead somewhere.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-21-2020, 04:57 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 9,908
Views: 1,134,105
Olympus 35SP. Ilford HP4+. LC29. Epson V550. Because I haven't touched the camera in two years I couldn't remember if it was HP4 or HP5 so there was a lot of bracketing.

Magnolia by Francis Johns, on Flickr

Library stairs by Francis Johns, on Flickr

Garage by Francis Johns, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-20-2020, 09:55 PM  
Just ordered 43 limited
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 11
Views: 808
Only that once you mount it you'll rarely take it off. I have the 43 and the FA 28-105 zoom and that's it. I have no need for anything else.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-20-2020, 12:57 AM  
Push Kodak Ultramax to 1600 ASA
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 6
Views: 576
Ultramax aside I've been watching Jess Hobbs for years. She's really engaging and enthusiastic and never tries to pretend she's a great photographer. She just goes out and takes photos which happen to be very good.
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