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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-10-2017, 02:47 PM  
Thoughts on camera use/popularity in Japan
Posted By mickey
Replies: 10
Views: 1,045
Can I ask is the observation centred around local tourist hotspots around the city?

I used to live in Tokyo and spent a lot of free time in parks with bird life.
There was a lot of DSLR usage there, mostly old boys with humungous lenses homed in on a blue heron waiting for a kingfisher sighting.
At festivals there would also be a lot of DSLR action.
Even around the streets in popular areas like Asakusa, Imperial Palace, Harajuku, etc. there would be a lot of camera users.
I, for one, would have my K10, ME, or later my K5 on me at all times.

However, several years later, as a returning tourist myself, my camera of choice has been my Pentax QS1.
It's been absolutely perfect coupled with the 8mm.
My shoulders are certainly grateful for the loss in weight.
Two years previous I took my K-5 plus 40mm with me, but for long trips out with lots of walking then the Q is perfect.
It's such a great little camera and I hope Pentax comes up with more micro systems.
I actually took my ME with 3 rolls of film but didn't use it.
I do agree that Fuji, Sony, and Olympus have had a significant impact on the market there.
They have some fine cameras, especially the Fujifilms.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-19-2015, 07:52 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By mickey
Replies: 18,004
Views: 2,147,417
Good stuff.
I picked up a couple of rolls from Poundland and will probably get another fiver's worth in the week.
Forum: Pentax K-5 07-07-2015, 02:22 PM  
Which Telephoto lens?
Posted By mickey
Replies: 30
Views: 29,499
I have a PENTAX-FA 100-300mm F4.7-5.8 and Sigma 170-500.
I bought both secondhand and have been very happy with them.
The 100-300 doesn't get as much use since buying the 170-500. That's mainly due to the extra reach from 300 - 500mm.
This is one thing to factor: will 300mm be long enough for the wildlife?
The cons of having the bigger lens is the weight.
Both lenses seem to have a sweetspot at around f8 making them not the fastest.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-26-2015, 01:16 PM  
I may never order again
Posted By mickey
Replies: 18
Views: 2,424
EMS is an excellent service from Japan.
I used it many times when sending items to England from Japan and never had a problem.

I did sell some stuff on ebay once upon a time and buyers requested to mark item as a "gift" and also to mark the contents down from their original price to avoid import charges.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-11-2015, 02:20 PM  
Travel Japan trip April 2015
Posted By mickey
Replies: 11
Views: 942
What edeiting did you do on the first photo?
Love the colours.
Forum: General Talk 07-31-2014, 02:48 PM  
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Posted By mickey
Replies: 4
Views: 712
Excellent film and Pitt is superb in it.

I wouldn't recommend watching if you're feeling a bit down though.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-31-2014, 02:41 PM  
Poll: Start with Pentax? Or switch to Pentax
Posted By mickey
Replies: 53
Views: 3,888
Had a manual Centon DF300, then bought a Canon eos 50e, but considered an MZ-5N. This was all around 1999-2001.
Switched to Pentax (K10D) when went digital in 2008.

I ended up buying a second hand MZ-5N a couple of years ago.
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 05-26-2014, 02:40 AM  
Nature K3 Comp. entry - Japanese White Eye
Posted By mickey
Replies: 6
Views: 730
Here's my entry "Japanese White Eye".

Good luck to all.
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-03-2013, 03:05 PM  
No more tests! just pictures
Posted By mickey
Replies: 7,853
Views: 1,215,352
Lovely photos on this page, chaps.

Always admire your photos, fs999.
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-03-2013, 02:50 PM  
K-3 Purchasing Strategy
Posted By mickey
Replies: 39
Views: 4,884
Not going to argue with that, certainly in terms of features...but nothing feels like a K10D(except the K20, of course), and as was mentioned above, the K10D at ISO 100 is still great.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-03-2013, 02:45 PM  
Want to move from film to digital
Posted By mickey
Replies: 14
Views: 952
Pentax has a good line-up right now and including discounted models you could pick up a K-01, K-30, K-50, one of the K-5 series, or even the new K-3 if you really want to go for it.
You'll really need to tell us your budget and what you like to photograph.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-31-2013, 02:56 PM  
Where's your nearest Pentax Store and how good is it?
Posted By mickey
Replies: 222
Views: 14,827
I used to live in Tokyo where the Pentax Forum was about 10 minutes away by train.
Now back in England I'm not sure who/where the closest stockist is.
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-31-2013, 02:51 PM  
In the Field with the Pentax K-3 - First Impressions
Posted By mickey
Replies: 40
Views: 11,320
Nice one, Albert.
Regarding photos 5 and 8, can you confirm what you were focusing on?
It's just that both the truck and female marching look out of focus unless you intentionally focusing on Abe in the background.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-30-2013, 06:28 AM  
How Far Is Pentax From Becoming A Major Player In APS-C?
Posted By mickey
Replies: 32
Views: 2,730
Pentax advertised on TV, magazines and public places in Tokyo.
Pentax often has the back cover or front insert in all the major photography magazines in Japan which, certainly after the push with the K-x, gave them a notable share in the market.
The Q, K-r, and K-5 gave the brand a big boost in Japan and Pentax competes hard with other brands in marketing and product placement overall.

Things abroad are pitiful, however.
I think Photoplus 2013 was an indication that marketing not equipment is lacklustre.
Forum: Photo Critique 10-30-2013, 06:08 AM  
Misc Looking for some honest critique
Posted By mickey
Replies: 6
Views: 832
I'm far from being an expert in photography, but I do like to try panning shots.

I think you've got the shutter speed about spot on and the cars are nicely tracked, so that's a promising start for technique.
The image looks slightly over exposed on my screen.
Two things to consider:
The fences in the foreground are always going to be a distraction, but not much you could do about that.
The photo needs some more drama, therfore look for better vantage points such as corners or bends.

In #2 I would have got more interior of the car such as steering wheel and seat/seatbelts in, things of more interest.
To get that shot, I might have composed it from slightly begind the helmetand perhaps used the windscreen as a view out onto the track or other cars, if that was an option.
It would have given more of an impression of a race day.

#3 is good and sharp with nice colours.
Do you use a polarising filter?
It might be worth investing.
Also, play around with the metering settings.
I think your autumnal shots are good especially # 8. It can be a difficult shot with the sun breaking through the trees.
Forum: Photo Critique 10-30-2013, 05:34 AM  
Landscape Landscape photographer of the year entries
Posted By mickey
Replies: 20
Views: 1,987
You have got some really good images.
Hard to choose a favourite, but I did like image 5204 best.
The view from under the water fall makes me think how long it's taken you to get to that vantage point and compose the shot.
It also has a fantasy/Sci-fi feel to it...almost like it's another planet.
Likewise with shots 3933 and 6426. They could all serve well as settings for movies and that's what attracted me to them.
However,I'm sure that you stand a good chance with any of the photos.
Forum: Pentax K-5 10-21-2013, 08:57 AM  
Focusing settings
Posted By mickey
Replies: 10
Views: 1,507
If you're doing portrait, landscapes and close-ups I think most situations should be fine and not so challenging, light permitting.

For sports and birding, I've used slow lenses like my Pentax 100-300/4.7-5.8 or Sigma 170-500.
The centre point always works best for faster moving subjects and I can switch to another point if the subject is moving slower.
I think that's down to me and my technique or lack of it. I lost a few shots on some of the outer focus points.
My tracking technique still isn't the best and have also tried switching to manual mode.

In lower light it's necessary to pump the ISO up as much as possible to affors a faster shutter speed with the lenses above.
I'd say the K-5 can give good results at ISO 6400.

Have you considered using a tripod and manually focusing for you photos?
I recommend it for the landscapes.

This thread might be worth checking out:
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-18-2013, 03:36 AM  
CNET K3 review
Posted By mickey
Replies: 30
Views: 5,307
I never really pay much attention to reviews, I think it's always best to get reactions of users who have bought it or are considering to buy it.

A lot of the crap, such as a negative of not having an articulated screen or in-camera wi-fi is all subjective. I, for one, don't care about those.
A lot of features on any camera are subjective like grip, size, weight, weather sealing, and so on.
Even flash-sync isn't important for me.

The bare bones of any review should always be the quality of photos documenting any issues, and that needs to be done by someone who knows how to use a camera and push it to its limits in the first place.
Personally, I need to know who well the AF responds in a variety of settings with a few different lenses.
How well is noise handled.
Any repeat exposure issues that may need consideration.
Other than that I can read for myself if the bloody thing has an articulated screen that I couldn't give two shits about.
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-13-2013, 06:32 AM  
What exactly is Professional to you?
Posted By mickey
Replies: 74
Views: 6,323
For photography I consider it someone who earns all or a substantial chunk of their income from taking photos.

I think that photography is a hobby where you can be self-taught and achieve a lot. However, It may be difficult to get a job as a staff photographer without the formal qualifications, so this is where freelancing comes in.

I always think of Thomas Shahan when people talk of upgrading kit to FF because an APS-C just isn't good enough.
I know that macro photography is only a small piece of taking photos, but look beyond that and you'll discover Shahan's proved that mastering a K200D and old 28 and 50mm lenses and pushing his kit to the limits can get your efforts published in Nat. geographic.
Just wondering how many switchers to FF could say the same.

Therefore, without earning money from photography, but having unparalleled knowledge could also give you this so-called "pro-status".
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-11-2013, 05:17 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By mickey
Replies: 58,533
Views: 1,981,587
After the name change of the website, I expected name changes on cameras to follow suit.
I hope they don't put Ricoh on the front of the camera, but I think that time will come eventually.
It will be a sad day if Pentax is no longer mentioned in the camera market the same way as Minolta is, but I will still buy a Ricoh-branded DSLR.
Then again, it may be a way to let casual consumers know that Ricoh and Pentax are one and the same.
I've spoken to a lot of people who have only heard of Canon, Nikon and Sony.
And to add, Japan does like its collaborations.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-08-2013, 05:11 AM  
Pentax K-3 Officially Announced (See our detailed preview here!)
Posted By mickey
Replies: 213
Views: 45,347
That's a lot of camera for the money.
It'll be a couple of years before I add another DSLR to my K10 and K-5, but I've got my eyes on the K-3 already.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-23-2013, 08:08 AM  
Pentax ME Lense
Posted By mickey
Replies: 4
Views: 810
I also recommend a 50mm lens.
I have a K50/1.4 as I bought lens and ME seperately.
The M50 is probably a wise choice just because of the more compact size.
The focusing screen is great on the ME. Enjoy.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-23-2013, 08:02 AM  
Which lens as best general walk around zoom lens
Posted By mickey
Replies: 25
Views: 4,898
I use a Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5.
I've always found this a good, solid lens with a decent macro function.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-18-2013, 06:36 AM  
Abstract Your choice - Pentax shopping in Tokyo
Posted By mickey
Replies: 7
Views: 915
Nice shot of the taxi.
I like the Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara that displays just about all of the Pentax lenses to try out.
Haven't been to BIC much to be honest.
Forum: General Talk 09-16-2013, 08:31 AM  
Looking for an upgrade to my ooold laptop
Posted By mickey
Replies: 10
Views: 913
I recommend Toshiba laptops.
I won't recommend a certain model, but have been pleased after using them for around 8 years or so.
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