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Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-16-2016, 07:06 PM  
Long time Pentax user from Australia
Posted By skunktail
Replies: 17
Views: 1,373
with the number of VK2 hams here we need to have a meetup at Wyong next year :lol:
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-13-2016, 08:36 PM  
Long time Pentax user from Australia
Posted By skunktail
Replies: 17
Views: 1,373
VK2FMIA, this is VK2HAP :p

hi there neighbor.

If you're ever down in Sydney, look up our group on,
would be great to have you along to one of our shoots.
Forum: Pentax K-01 09-25-2016, 07:26 PM  
K-01 undocumented feature
Posted By skunktail
Replies: 1
Views: 2,324
Here's something you can't do with a normal DSLR. :lol:
The only camera which can be operated by a fursuit.

(disclosure, this is not my photo. I do however have the approval of the model.)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-08-2016, 10:10 PM  
Tamron 70-200mm
Posted By skunktail
Replies: 13
Views: 1,521
use it all the time. Works just fine.
It is a full frame K-mount lens

was there any particular thing you were concerned about?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-04-2016, 08:59 PM  
Gold-N-Blue polarizer?
Posted By skunktail
Replies: 11
Views: 1,384
[IMG]_IGP1275 by Bruce Hodsdon, on Flickr[/IMG]

It's a filter that does magic during golden hour. just watch out with auto white balance.
I have to say, It's one of my personal favorites.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 05-15-2016, 03:10 PM  
System Switch: Pentax equivalent lens to Canon EF or Zeiss ZE glass?
Posted By skunktail
Replies: 35
Views: 3,725
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-30-2016, 07:28 PM  
Machinery your in his sights....
Posted By skunktail
Replies: 10
Views: 863
"You're" in his sights :lol:
Sorry, couldn't resist the cheap shot.

All jokes aside, great capture.
It's rare I like something with selective colouring, but the pilot's visor is subtle enough that it works for me.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-29-2016, 09:09 PM  
How much abuse can a weather-sealed DSLR take?
Posted By skunktail
Replies: 22
Views: 3,177
K5iis shot by a Canon 1Dx wearing a raincoat. Yes, both camera and (non-WR) lens still work fine.
Forum: General Talk 03-21-2016, 07:11 PM  
Comic Con & Costumes
Posted By skunktail
Replies: 2
Views: 630
Not Comic-Con per se,
but my Sydney Pentax meetup group is going to Ironfest next month.

Ironfest An arts festival with a metal edge
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 03-20-2016, 01:15 PM  
Is there a backup body for the K3ii?
Posted By skunktail
Replies: 30
Views: 3,276
I would suggest either a K3 or K5iis (I use the K5iis) that way all your accessories such as batteries, cable release etc. match.

All these bodies are about the same size, you might get a couple of millimeters difference, but that's about it.

Cheers, Bruce
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-15-2016, 05:53 PM  
A camera backpack that doesn't have to be a camera backpack?
Posted By skunktail
Replies: 19
Views: 4,000
I have this same model and I support everything Mr Fox said here. I also find it more comfortable than Lowepro bags even when completely stuffed with camera gear.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 02-23-2016, 10:06 PM  
Pentax A* 1200mm F/8 ED (IF)
Posted By skunktail
Replies: 15
Views: 2,826
Done that, Insane doesn't even begin to describe it.
Need a remote and AWESOME long-lens technique.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-04-2016, 09:40 PM  
How many film camera systems do you own?
Posted By skunktail
Replies: 117
Views: 12,836
I seem to own four film systems:

1. Pentax K
2. Nikonos manual focus
3. Mamiya 645 manual focus
4. Sinar 4x5 (with 6x9 back)

And I still don't get them all out as often as I should.

Oh, and there's two non-functional cameras that I use as props :)

a folding vest pocket autographic camera
a Praktica

surely that's OK? ... right?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-03-2016, 07:22 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By skunktail
Replies: 6,786
Views: 913,271
of which about 4 turn up on any given day
half a dozen are overseas
and at least a dozen (that I know of) don't even shoot Pentax.

slightly less impressive...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-03-2016, 06:35 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By skunktail
Replies: 6,786
Views: 913,271
Now you made my meetup group lonely! :lol:
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-02-2016, 03:32 PM  
Creep Poses As Reputable Photographer and Lures Bikini Model 7 Hours Away
Posted By skunktail
Replies: 17
Views: 2,229
Here people would think you're just another Bondi Hipster. (Apologies Digitalis, I was making an observation, not trying to be insulting)

All jokes aside, definitely a reminder of the need to be really careful and always act professionally, even if you're an amateur (either as a photographer or a model).
I'm glad nothing happened to the model in this instance.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-31-2016, 05:33 PM  
How would you vote? CT's Which Camera Brand do you like best?
Posted By skunktail
Replies: 123
Views: 7,862
With my vote:

Nikon (37%, 570 Votes)
Pentax (20%, 307 Votes)
Canon (18%, 273 Votes)
Sony (14%, 210 Votes)
Fujifilm (5%, 84 Votes)
Olympus (3%, 53 Votes)
Panasonic (1%, 20 Votes)
Leica (1%, 18 Votes)
Samsung (1%, 9 Votes)
Sigma (0%, 4 Votes)
GoPro (0%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,550
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-31-2016, 01:58 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By skunktail
Replies: 6,786
Views: 913,271
Hosting a Pentax group meetup over the weekend, waiting for one more person when I saw a lady holding a Pentax camera and tripod.
Thinking it must be the lady I'm waiting on, I go over to say hello.
Nope, just a random pentaxian walking around.

Had to laugh at that
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-28-2016, 11:00 PM  
I suppose I should introduce myself...
Posted By skunktail
Replies: 11
Views: 674
Welcome from your friendly neighbour
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-26-2016, 08:11 PM  
wildlife/landscape photos
Posted By skunktail
Replies: 10
Views: 918
I had great weather. You have to remember though, Alaska has 2 seasons: Winter and Preparing for winter.

If you are in a tour, your guides should be able to get you to the best viewing spots. That's what I did, and it was worth it.
The salmon were running when I was there, so all the animals come down to the rivers to eat.

You should be able to rent the 50-500 at the places mentioned above. It will be many times cheaper than buying one :)
You could take your 18-55 and 50-200 in lieu of the 18-135 I listed above, it should get you most of your landscapes and general walk-around stuff.

I will recommend a decent tripod and ball head though. those long lenses get HEAVY after a while.

Can't wait to see photos.

Forum: General Photography 01-26-2016, 05:33 PM  
Posted By skunktail
Replies: 18
Views: 1,820
For what it's worth, this has never happened to me on the workshops I've done.

Try getting in contact with the instructor beforehand. if it's one-on-one, they should be able to tailor the time to suit you.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-24-2016, 07:52 PM  
wildlife/landscape photos
Posted By skunktail
Replies: 10
Views: 918
I took my first trip to Alaska last August, here's my take based on my experience.

I spent most of my time shooting animals. The versatility of the Sigma 50-500 was indispensable. most of the people I was with were shooting Canon 100-400's and there were times in Geographic Harbor I was going from 500mm to 50mm in consecutive shots.
I would also suggest something versatile like the 18-135 WR for a walk-around lens.
I used my 12-24 for a couple of landscapes and one timelapse. You could probably get away without it.

pretty much everything else stayed in the bag.

Take a small compact camera as a backup in case something breaks. Also be sure to have plenty of memory cards and spare batteries.
If you do decide to take a long lens, make sure you get a tripod and practice with it first.

I'm not sure if you're going on a tour, but if you are, your guide should be able to help you.

You'll love it in Alaska, enjoy yourself.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-20-2016, 01:27 AM  
exposure time
Posted By skunktail
Replies: 13
Views: 1,040
Not all cameras are limited to 30 seconds in manual mode. the Hasselblad H5D will do up to 34 minutes.
Admittedly this is a large step up from most digital cameras.

Mostly I think it's a traditional holdover from the film days.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-18-2016, 05:40 PM  
Speed Light & Backdrop stands
Posted By skunktail
Replies: 4
Views: 1,234
Other than the fact I used an old curtain rod with a hole drilled in either end, this is what I use for backgrounds.

For stands, I use the "Glanz 2.4m Light Stand" with a sandbag or 2 on the base.

Hope this helps.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-22-2015, 08:45 PM  
Do I "need" the 300mm for our Galapagos Islands trip?
Posted By skunktail
Replies: 56
Views: 5,889
For what it's worth, I got a Sigma 50-500 (the new stabilised one) before I went to alaska last year.

If i carried that and the DA 16-50 it would have been all I needed. I actually found the versatility the best part, no matter how close or far away, I had the perfect focal length right there. There were times I was using 50mm and 500mm within moments of each other.

That said, that thing is expensive and weights a tonne. Enjoy your trip.
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