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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-04-2009, 12:02 AM  
Missing ingredient for my landscape photograpy?
Posted By pw-pix
Replies: 44
Views: 8,607
Some people think zoom = telephoto
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-09-2009, 03:15 AM  
Why is F16 marked in blue? What is the red 'R'?
Posted By pw-pix
Replies: 5
Views: 3,825
The R may be an infrared focus mark, older manual focus lenses I've owned have an offset, red focus mark for when using infrared film. Nikon used to have different colours on the depth of field scales on their lenses.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-21-2009, 01:43 AM  
is this pic of K30D?
Posted By pw-pix
Replies: 4,086
Views: 1,315,480
Please let it be true
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-29-2009, 02:40 AM  
Is there any software that does this ..?
Posted By pw-pix
Replies: 6
Views: 2,571
Picassa may be able to do it.
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 03-28-2009, 03:33 PM  
Recommendation for 35mm color film?
Posted By pw-pix
Replies: 34
Views: 12,449
C-41 proces colour neg film has good exposure latitude which will help you get usable photos in a wide range of situations. I think you should stick to one film speed and emulsion. Maybe a 400 ISO for allround usefulness. Use your tripod for the night work and you should be able to handhold the rest.
Something like Fuji Superia Xtra 400 or Kodak Royal Gold 400 should suit.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 03-28-2009, 03:18 PM  
Film scanner recommendations, anyone?
Posted By pw-pix
Replies: 51
Views: 14,620
Epson V500 or V700 seem pretty popular with people I know who shoot a lot of film, but don't want to stretch the budget to a dedicated film scanner. 35mm and 120 film holders come with it.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-23-2009, 03:52 AM  
The big Wheel
Posted By pw-pix
Replies: 6
Views: 1,752
It's in a silly place and It's hard to imagine it being very succesfull, and it costs $30 for a 30 min lap
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-23-2009, 03:07 AM  
The big Wheel
Posted By pw-pix
Replies: 6
Views: 1,752
It's the Southern Star, not cross and the cracks are due to a design flaw unrelated to heat.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-17-2009, 03:45 AM  
A New Aussie Member
Posted By pw-pix
Replies: 19
Views: 1,540
Hello from Geelong.
I want to retire the the NSW Sth Coast one day too, I love it there.
Are you on Flickr?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-16-2009, 11:18 PM  
Fancier (and i'm not kidding) tripod
Posted By pw-pix
Replies: 29
Views: 45,957
I've got a fancier FT-666 and it is quite similar to the Manfrotto 055 leg set (Bogen 3021 I think).
It's quite solid and I've used for about 4-5 years now.
I put a Manfrotto 488RC2 ballhead on it.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-14-2009, 01:43 AM  
Photo contest. With prizes!!
Posted By pw-pix
Replies: 102
Views: 21,637
Urban landscape:

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-14-2009, 01:38 AM  
Photo contest. With prizes!!
Posted By pw-pix
Replies: 102
Views: 21,637
Nature landscape:

Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-07-2009, 06:30 PM  
Medium Format Advice
Posted By pw-pix
Replies: 8
Views: 2,756
Thankyou Mike Cash :-)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-02-2009, 09:16 PM  
Why no fast 50mm macro lenses?
Posted By pw-pix
Replies: 6
Views: 3,464
The priority for a macro lens is flat field, low abberations, corner to corner sharpness and good depth of field.
Trying to get all of these and also have a large maximum aperture would be making the lens too expensive and large and heavy. Macro lenses are specialist lenses, optimised for close-up work.
General purpose lenses like 28, 35, 50 and 85mm lenses are usually available in fast versions with large maximum apertures for use in low light and obtaining shallow depth of field.
Making a multi-purpose lens results in compromises in one or more areas.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-27-2009, 03:06 PM  
What makes a macro lens a macro lens?
Posted By pw-pix
Replies: 11
Views: 3,771
Reproduction ratios between 1:1 and 10:1, flat field, well corrected, optimised for close-up work.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-24-2009, 04:23 AM  
Lens Mount ID?
Posted By pw-pix
Replies: 13
Views: 3,050
It does look like the original Canon breech lock mount.
Forum: General Talk 02-23-2009, 02:54 PM  
Which other sites do YOU visit?
Posted By pw-pix
Replies: 8
Views: 2,253
Here are some of mine that I visit often:
Flickr - Welcome to Flickr - Photo Sharing
Concientious - Conscientious
Exposure compensation- Exposure Compensation
Luminous landscape - The Luminous Landscape
Mrs Deane -
The landscapist - Photography that aims at being true, not at being beautiful because, what is true most often is beautiful. - Journal
Photo musings - Musings on Photography
The online photographer - The Online Photographer
Muse-ings - muse-ings
Reciprocity failure - Reciprocity Failure
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-22-2009, 02:39 PM  
battery grip for k10d
Posted By pw-pix
Replies: 29
Views: 4,775
Best thing since sliced bread, wouldn't be without it.
I never use the verstical grip function and controls, but the extended battery capacity, SD card storage and better ergonomics for my large hands make it indispensible.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-22-2009, 02:37 PM  
camera's date of manufacture?
Posted By pw-pix
Replies: 18
Views: 8,001
Yes, that PhotoMe utility shows a lot of data that most EXIF viewers don't show.
Forum: General Talk 02-22-2009, 02:18 PM  
"It's not the camera"... except when it is
Posted By pw-pix
Replies: 45
Views: 7,076
Surely you mean low F numbers, as in F2, F2.8
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-22-2009, 02:12 PM  
Megapixels vs. Noise
Posted By pw-pix
Replies: 7
Views: 2,803
Traditionally a higher pixel count on a given sized sensor meant more noise at all ISO settings.
Lately that has not been the case. Generational improvements in sensor design seem to be keeping pace or improving the noise performance at all ISO settings, even as pixel counts get higher.
Under exposure excacerbates the noise problem, so low light work at high ISO settings is quite difficult for a digitlal sensor.

Best current cameras for low light and high ISO work would be the Nikon D700 and Canon 5D Mk II, both provide excellent results under difficult conditions. Both are significantly more expensive than the Pentax offerings.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-22-2009, 02:22 AM  
Best landscape lens for 6x7?
Posted By pw-pix
Replies: 12
Views: 9,381
Exactly what Ron Boggs said.
Wide, standard and a moderate tele, all useful and sensible for landscape work.
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 02-21-2009, 02:46 PM  
battery for MX ?
Posted By pw-pix
Replies: 9
Views: 10,496
Alkaline batteries are cheaper than the silver oxide.
The single 3V battery you found in the camera would probably be a lithium battery.

Silver oxide is the best, they maintain an even voltage over the battery life and will last much longer than alkaline battieries. Alskaline gradually lose voltage over the life of the battery which can make the metering inaccurate.

Look for a pair of SR44 (silver oxide have the letter S, alkaline have the letter L) batteries.
You can use alkaline, (or lithium for that matter) but they aren't the best choice.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-21-2009, 05:13 AM  
Posted By pw-pix
Replies: 14
Views: 5,418
Save your web versions with the colour profile sRGB and embed the profile in the image file.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-20-2009, 01:54 AM  
Anyone know what this is?
Posted By pw-pix
Replies: 13
Views: 2,511
I had one of the Ricoh Singlex TLS cameras. It was my first SLR. It was pretty much indestructible, it once fell of my knee when I was changing films and it landed on a rock, the rock broke and the camera continued working with a bit of a dent in it.
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