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Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 09-07-2016, 06:06 PM  
PF 10th Anniversary - Pentax K-50 1-Day Giveaway! - Entries closed, winner announced.
Posted By baldrick
Replies: 1,825
Views: 49,829
Yes please, colour me red. That would be a great addition to my K3.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 06-11-2016, 08:06 PM  
Win a Sandisk Extreme Pro 64Gb card: flash giveaway!
Posted By baldrick
Replies: 124
Views: 5,152
I`m in, just upgraded from a K20 to a K3, so the extra capacity looks good;
Simmo
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-11-2016, 08:04 PM  
People Arte Xávega
Posted By baldrick
Replies: 9
Views: 455
I haven`t had my K3 that long, but the K1 is going to cause big problems with the missus.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-11-2016, 08:02 PM  
People Last pass through yesterday's Niagara Images
Posted By baldrick
Replies: 10
Views: 657
That boat ride must be spectacular, I`m not that good a salior. I`m loving my K3 too.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-11-2016, 07:58 PM  
Landscape Calm morning on Malcolm Island
Posted By baldrick
Replies: 7
Views: 357
Very nice,love the lighting.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-11-2016, 07:52 PM  
Streets Abandoned Niagara Falls Ontario
Posted By baldrick
Replies: 20
Views: 1,355
Great shots, moody atmosphere, shame about the moronic graffiti. ( my pet hate )
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-11-2016, 07:48 PM  
Landscape Before Sunrise
Posted By baldrick
Replies: 13
Views: 561
Love the shot, mist shrouded windmills and beatiful colours. I wish my budget would stretch to a 645z.
Simmo
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-02-2016, 02:55 AM  
Need a gimbal?
Posted By baldrick
Replies: 31
Views: 1,841
Dewman, I`ve been using one with my K3 and Sigma 150-500 at airshows, for almost two years now, no problems. It worked perfectly out of the box and is one of the best bits of kit I own. I don`t know how Wimberly justify their price.
Simmo.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-19-2015, 12:50 AM  
Why PENTAX sucks? Repair service
Posted By baldrick
Replies: 331
Views: 25,947
To date I have owned Pentax Optio, point and shoot, 2 MZ50 35 mm film bodies, Ist D, K10 and still have a k20 and K3 in my bag. I can`t add much to this thread because I`ve never had one problem with any of them.
Simmo (the happy Pentaxian)
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-17-2015, 01:45 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #111 Poll (Motion - November 2015)
Posted By baldrick
Replies: 110
Views: 10,214
No. 14 for me.
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-01-2014, 03:27 AM  
Back button focus, anyone?
Posted By baldrick
Replies: 31
Views: 3,719
Most of my shooting theses days is at airshows where I want to decide when the camera autofocuses, not the camera. With small fast moving targets when the autofocus starts "hunting" every time you push the shutter button you miss a lot of shots. I started using the back button on my K10d now the K20d lives on that setting and I have become so used to it is Permanent.
Simmo.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-13-2013, 04:06 AM  
Beike Gimbal Tripod head
Posted By baldrick
Replies: 11
Views: 3,227
No, the rip-offs are the ones that come with a price in the multiple hundreds of dollars.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-19-2013, 03:24 AM  
Filter for Sigma 150-500 lens
Posted By baldrick
Replies: 4
Views: 1,120
What he said, definitely.............
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-13-2013, 03:46 AM  
PENTAX DSLR-SIGMA LENS from PENTAX SLR
Posted By baldrick
Replies: 4
Views: 1,176
I have two MZ50s gathering dust in my cupboard and I had those two lenses. they worked perfectly on my *ist DS, K100d, K10d and K20d till I obtained better lenses. the 28-80 wont be wide enough for you it`s effectively a 42- 120 with the crop factor.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-24-2013, 04:22 AM  
Travel: When Recommend JPEGs, not RAW?
Posted By baldrick
Replies: 42
Views: 2,859
abmj is correct, of course you can do PP with a jpg as many times as you like.
Although every time you do, that is another "save to jpg" and the jpg conversion engines deletes a large amount of what it decides is unnecessary data with each save. Not forgetting that when you shoot in jpg you have already done a convert and save in the camera ( no digital camera shoots "jpg" they shoot RAW then convert to jpg using the presets that you guess/hope might be right for the conditions and then SAVE it - then the camera commits what is the cardinal sin to me, it deletes the RAW file!!!!!!!) So you have already converted the file, saved it once and lost a large slab of the image data before you even get it to your computer.
But as the man once said if YOU are happy with the results you are getting........." whatever floats your boat."
Personally I prefer to shoot DNG then convert to TIFF, do all my PP and then save as a jpg ( 1 save ) and then delete the TIFF file. Yes it`s slow and time consuming, but 40 years of developing and printing my own negatives / slides individually has left me something of a photographic control freak.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-08-2013, 10:57 PM  
Beike Gimbal Tripod head
Posted By baldrick
Replies: 11
Views: 3,227
I`ll second this. I`ve had mine for about six months and would not change it for any of the rip offs.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-06-2013, 01:39 AM  
DA 16-45 Yes or No
Posted By baldrick
Replies: 27
Views: 2,566
What he said ++++. I`ve had one for 2 years, it lives on my K20 and I love it. Stop thinking and buy.........:lol:
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-22-2013, 05:39 AM  
noise reduction software
Posted By baldrick
Replies: 12
Views: 1,521
Another vote for Neat Image.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-26-2013, 05:44 AM  
Silkypix vs. Lightroom 4 ?
Posted By baldrick
Replies: 19
Views: 8,643
I don`t think it`s fair to compare the latest version of Lightroom to an old version of Silkypix ( version 3) that has been butchered by Pentax. (although they do make great cameras) The reason Pentax gave for basing their software on the Silkypix raw conversion engine, was that it gave the best colour rendition from the Pentax sensors. I think that this still holds good today. The latest version of Silkypix v 5.0.28 is at least as good in all departments as any raw converter on the market today and better than most (including Lightroom) I`ve tried almost all and my rankings would be :
Silkypix
Capture one pro
Bibble pro (or whatever they call it now)
Lightroom.
Simmo
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-14-2013, 02:33 AM  
Pentax: Is it really that bad for moving objects?
Posted By baldrick
Replies: 132
Views: 15,792
This is a very interesting thread. I`ve been told quite few times that Pentax cameras are no good for sports/action photography especially airshows which is my main interest, because the AF is too slow. These photos were taken in January 2010 at Temora NSW. I was lucky enough to be standing beside runway 05 about level with the Gable markers. Aeroplanes taking off and landing were coming almost straight at me at considerable speed. although they are not brilliant they are acceptable and the notorious Pentax AF seemed to cope well enough.




Back then I was using a K10d and a Sigma 70-300 lens.
Simmo.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-05-2012, 06:08 AM  
Ephotozine top 10 DSLR
Posted By baldrick
Replies: 4
Views: 1,605
I don`t know if this has been posted elsewhere, but the Ephotozine top 10 DSLR cameras makes for very interesting reading.

Top 10 Best DSLRs

Nikon D800 first 1949 pounds.
Pentax k-5 II equal second 869 pounds
Nikon D600 equal second 1470 pounds
Sony A65 third 677 pounds
Sony Alfa A77V equal 4th 935 pounds
Canon EOS 650D equal 4th 519 pounds
Pentax K-30 equal 4th 429 pounds
Canon EOS 5D Mk III equal 5th 2339 pounds
Nikon D4 equal 5th 4360 pounds
Nikon D3200 equal 6th 429 pounds.

I dare say the dark side will disagree violently and I don`t know how highly the Ephotozine testing is regarded, but the K-5II and the K-30 seem to be holding their own amongst much more expensive gear. (and the 1st Canons are 5th and 7th. This should start a few dummy spits.
Simmo
Forum: Maintenance and Repair Articles 09-12-2012, 04:22 AM  
How to fix infinity focus on K 200mm f2.5
Posted By baldrick
Replies: 16
Views: 11,496
My apologies tibi, I missed that point in your original post.
Simmo.
Forum: Maintenance and Repair Articles 09-03-2012, 06:29 AM  
How to fix infinity focus on K 200mm f2.5
Posted By baldrick
Replies: 16
Views: 11,496
I have found this question about infinity error in lenses on literally dozens of forums. If you find that your lens can focus slightly out of focus when you wind the lens all the way to the infinity stop - leave it alone there is nothing wrong with it. Modern lenses are made out of a number of different materials: brass, bronze, different alloys of Aluminium and obviously glass of varying thicknesses. All of these materials expand and contract at different rates when the temperature changes, so infinity can be at a microscopically different place at different times of the day or night. Also most zoom lenses are what is known as VARIFOCAL lenses so infinity changes every time you zoom the lens. the ability to focus "past"infinity is the way modern manufacturers counter this. The best advise I can give tibi is put it back the way it was, if you can.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-15-2012, 05:21 AM  
Airshow lens upgrade
Posted By baldrick
Replies: 32
Views: 3,813
Hullo DeadJohn, I was faced with exactly the same problem, decided to go for the 150-500 Sigma and am very pleased with it.









Pctures were taken at the recent HARS "Wings Over Illawarra" airshow.
Simmo
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-10-2012, 02:10 AM  
Sigma 70-300APO or Pentax 55-300???
Posted By baldrick
Replies: 18
Views: 5,232
Hullo nms_, I have both the Sigma 70-300 which I think is quite good and a DA L 55-300 which leaves the Sigma for dead, as far as image quality goes.
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