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Forum: General Talk 01-14-2020, 02:48 PM  
" now for something completely different ... "
Posted By SpottyReputation
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while i have some passing interest in the competition, and own a variety of manufacturers, i will always have a soft spot for Pentax. Besides, i just bought some new ektar, and there's the ilford ortho to try out. New-to-me lens also showed up yesterday.

What I'm trying to say is, i'm not sure if you'll get rid of me that easily.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-13-2020, 08:29 AM  
Game Song titles (or lyrics) illustrated
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Replies: 202
Views: 4,240
Really? They look much larger than the one I had. They're good looking dogs :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-10-2020, 03:47 PM  
Nature Invasive Iguana's in South Florida
Posted By SpottyReputation
Replies: 14
Views: 324
nice shot! Bonus points for taking it on new to you gear! I like the detail captured, and that green just glows.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-10-2020, 03:44 PM  
Landscape Meteor Crater, Arizona.
Posted By SpottyReputation
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might have to go on a road trip this spring, would love to take in some of that Arizona sun, and see some of those gorgeous colours.

thank you for sharing :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-10-2020, 03:41 PM  
Nature On the Hunt
Posted By SpottyReputation
Replies: 9
Views: 492
i agree - beautiful reflection. I really like how the stark white pops.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-10-2020, 03:40 PM  
Nature Tropical beauty
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Replies: 10
Views: 173
very nice plumeria :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-10-2020, 03:09 PM  
Game Song titles (or lyrics) illustrated
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Replies: 202
Views: 4,240
Dog on the right looks like a spitting image of a dog i know. Aussie Doodles?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-10-2020, 03:04 PM  
Help with purchasing a film camera.
Posted By SpottyReputation
Replies: 74
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Ok, so keep in mind that the K1000 is a camera i've never actually used.

If you require the size of the K1000 (large hands, use with gloves, need to break down drawbridges), i would suggest taking a closer look at the KX. K2 if in good shape is also a consideration.

If you're looking for something a little more portable, i will endorse your desire for an MX. It's a beautiful little camera, and you can use the current lenses you have now. Pair it with some M-class lenses, (or what is it, the DA-40mm?) and you'll have a (slightly) more modern camera, with all the features of the K1000 and then some, in a more portable package.

I like my Olympus, but... the MX has most of what I was looking for in that. No A mode though, you'd need to look at some of the other Pentax models for that. In my personal world, i'm pretty sure the MX is going to be my go-to SLR moving forward. Well, until I can get my 6x7 MLU ;)

Only my 5 cents worth of course.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-10-2020, 02:43 PM  
Help with purchasing a film camera.
Posted By SpottyReputation
Replies: 74
Views: 2,597
If you like the K1000, you'll like the KX. Spotmatics are similar in form, but with the M42 mount. All probably could be used as zombie survival tools...

I should really fix my OM2n, it is a nice little package, with a good viewfinder and good optics. My solution to fixing it was to get the MX, which in my mind is the combination of the OM series and my Spotmatic.

There are some nice pieces found in the other families, but re-using the lenses you own is a good value add.

I do find that all these cameras (pentax and other brands) all have their own little quirks. OM with the shutter speed location, KX with the light meter activation, Nikon with the being overpriced, etc. Only way to see what fits your use best is to actually use the camera. That's been my experience - the numbers on paper are all interesting, and hearing other peoples thoughts are very useful, but until you actually pick up the camera, it's all theoretical.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-10-2020, 02:34 PM  
I found K2- It wasn't in the Himalayas! A photo study
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Replies: 14
Views: 664
$30 well spent! looks like a nice score for sure.
Forum: General Photography 01-10-2020, 09:34 AM  
Astrophotography via DSLRs being Challenged by Cell Phones?
Posted By SpottyReputation
Replies: 37
Views: 1,283
Agreed! There's some beautiful work in your album.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 01-10-2020, 09:27 AM  
Thailand in November
Posted By SpottyReputation
Replies: 15
Views: 814
I like that one too.

Scanning (and developing) was all done by Downtown Camera
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-09-2020, 11:17 AM  
PentaxForums 100 Year Giveaway - December/January - Grand Prize Raffle Entry Thread
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Replies: 167
Views: 5,344
Did... did I make the cut-off? First time getting 100 posts, so... this is all new to me lol.
Forum: General Talk 01-09-2020, 11:16 AM  
eBay, FB Marketplace & PF Marketplace Feedback a Lost Courtesy?
Posted By SpottyReputation
Replies: 14
Views: 544
I try to leave feedback, but... i'm very lazy. I should go back and leave some for some of my purchases, thank you for the reminder.

That being said, there are only so many "A+++++++++++++" reviews i can read through before I question the value of the system...
Forum: General Talk 01-09-2020, 11:14 AM  
What got YOU into photography?
Posted By SpottyReputation
Replies: 53
Views: 1,885
This is tough to answer. Probably my grandmother. She worked as a technical photographer for a number of years, so I believe she influenced my father (and her daughter, and her husband) to all pickup photography. My father was big into slides, so I have memories of the projector being dragged out, and revisiting trips in the living room. I miss that aspect of sharing photos.

Many moons ago, i was gifted my grandfather's old camera (there's some debate, my father claims that it was his...) which was the Spotmatic SPII that started this whole Pentax affair with me. I had had cheapy point and shoots before, but the move to SLR was a big step for me. My grandmother was the one that gave me that camera, and encouraged me to take pictures. Also provided my first critiques, which were very helpful.
Forum: General Talk 01-09-2020, 11:06 AM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By SpottyReputation
Replies: 2,142
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This is fantastic :D
Forum: General Photography 01-09-2020, 11:01 AM  
A love letter to the Spottie
Posted By SpottyReputation
Replies: 6
Views: 426

I hope you've rectified this since posting ;) They are fantastic cameras.
Forum: General Photography 01-09-2020, 10:59 AM  
Back to the future: What is on 1984 Christmas catalog.
Posted By SpottyReputation
Replies: 14
Views: 941
very cool, good year too ;) That front page is a thing of beauty.
Forum: General Photography 01-09-2020, 10:57 AM  
2019 Holiday Giveaway - Film Edition
Posted By SpottyReputation
Replies: 3
Views: 1,275
TIL about jiffy calculators! Very nice thought from you both :)
Forum: General Photography 01-09-2020, 10:53 AM  
Oak Creek Canyon Milky Way - Lessons Learned
Posted By SpottyReputation
Replies: 17
Views: 1,253
very nice work! I wish my test shots were 10% of these.
Forum: General Photography 01-09-2020, 10:22 AM  
Iso .. how high is too high for you?
Posted By SpottyReputation
Replies: 87
Views: 2,646
My answer may be slightly more analog- a few years ago my answer would've been 200. I have stopped using fuji superia (it's no longer cheaper...), and now would be confident in going up to 400 (at least in portra). If i had full control of the sun (would be a neat party trick), i would only shoot at 100.

That being said, i am venturing into the iso800 world, and will see what sort of results I can get.
Forum: General Photography 01-09-2020, 10:18 AM  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By SpottyReputation
Replies: 1,044
Views: 44,858
I've bought a couple things from goodwill, and while I've only bought a couple cheapy lenses, i'm not super impressed. Maybe priced accurately, but they could've also been tossed in the garbage. I'm keeping them for experimentation for now. eventually, they'll also get turfed. I would be very reluctant to shell out $50 for a PP or SA from them...

On the plus side, reasonably fast shipping, and well packed.
Forum: General Photography 01-09-2020, 10:14 AM  
old film
Posted By SpottyReputation
Replies: 10
Views: 429
i have no personal experience (my film gets used up pretty quick), but my research leads me to believe that if anything you should be getting underexposed results. How expired are they? Is the light meter you're using out of calibration?
Forum: General Photography 01-09-2020, 10:11 AM  
People using multiple systems, which is your next favorite brand after pentax?
Posted By SpottyReputation
Replies: 68
Views: 2,723
i have been enjoying my lumix m4/3, it's a nice combination of size and capability.
i enjoyed my RB67 in my younger days, i think it's time to load up some ektar and the WLV and take it back out for a a spin.
Forum: General Photography 01-09-2020, 10:06 AM  
Clamp on Lens Hood for 35-105 A
Posted By SpottyReputation
Replies: 10
Views: 350
Can i ask what hood this is? I don't want to pay the $40 or so for the OEM hood... trying to find something a touch nicer than the $6 generic hoods...

---------- Post added 01-09-20 at 11:08 AM ----------

Did you find that it didn't provide enough shielding without the 12mm extension?
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