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Forum: Pentax K-5 05-03-2014, 03:25 AM  
No more tests! just pictures
Posted By VladM
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Views: 1,200,272
Took a walk in Port Melbourne this morning:
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-25-2013, 01:42 AM  
Got myself a new K5IIs
Posted By VladM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,541
I finally made a decision. I currently have a K01, which is great with smaller prime lenses, but my bigger lenses do not balance very well on it.
Another thing that made me go back to conventional DSLR is using a polarising filter, the effect of which is difficult to see on the LCD screen.
I was in two minds should I get the new K3, or a K5IIs. After reviewing lots of sample K3 photos from this and other sites, I realised that K5IIs has comparatively lower noise at high ISO settings.
K5IIs images look better to me compared to K3.
For me, low noise if more important than the extra megapixels.
Last week, DCW(Australian store) had dropped the price by $200 down to Au$ 1049,which is great value compared to extra $300 for K3.
To cut a long story short, rand DCW last Saturday to see if they had stock, and picked one up in the afternoon.
Only did a few test shots - so far I am very impressed.
My K01 is going to my niece.
Obligatory first shots:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-25-2014, 01:08 AM  
Some DA* 50-135 Love
Posted By VladM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,461
My 50-135 is now screw drive only, and is as good as ever. Some pics:
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-17-2014, 01:54 AM  
People and their cameras!
Posted By VladM
Replies: 2,285
Views: 230,252
Wedding photographer
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-16-2014, 01:30 AM  
=Capture a stranger street style=
Posted By VladM
Replies: 8,595
Views: 768,223
Melbourne - suburb of Williamstown
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-25-2014, 01:57 PM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By VladM
Replies: 2,485
Views: 408,303
I find it to be quite capable as a walk-around lens, stopped down a bit. When composing, I sometimes allow some extra space on edges for cropping if the edge sharpness is critical. Some shots from the Yarra Valley area an hour drive from Melbourne.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-25-2014, 01:17 AM  
Machinery Aussie classics
Posted By VladM
Replies: 9
Views: 732
From classic car show in Williamstown last Sunday:
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-24-2013, 01:58 PM  
Thematic Top Ten 2013
Posted By VladM
Replies: 103
Views: 8,829
Here's mine: night shots, hand held, with my new K5IIs.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-19-2013, 01:28 AM  
Newbie from Australia!
Posted By VladM
Replies: 10
Views: 547
Welcome to the forum Marisa.
Looked at your gallery- very impressive.
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-10-2013, 02:22 AM  
20 mm Lens Club.
Posted By VladM
Replies: 625
Views: 71,417
My FA20 is a nice lens, and balances well on the K01
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-17-2013, 04:13 AM  
G'day
Posted By VladM
Replies: 8
Views: 437
Welcome to the forum Daniel.
Lots of Aussies joining recently.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-18-2013, 02:31 AM  
Sigma DC 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 vs Pentax-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6
Posted By VladM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,679
I also had reservations about the 18-135 after reading the Photozone test.
But when I saw samples and reviews of photographers on this forum (and the other forum), I decided to take a plunge and got one some 4 months ago.
Have been pleasantly surprised by the IQ. It is not quite prime quality especially wide open, but stepped down alittle gives great results.
Here are some samples:
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-09-2013, 01:47 AM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By VladM
Replies: 10,969
Views: 1,752,572
Port Fairy, Vic, Australia
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-22-2013, 11:28 PM  
Machinery Renaults
Posted By VladM
Replies: 4
Views: 448
Some old (and new) Renaults exhibited at Docklands, Melbourne last weekend.
Forum: Pentax K-01 11-25-2012, 12:18 AM  
Add your best K-01 photos here
Posted By VladM
Replies: 3,554
Views: 573,140
From a short walk in Melbourne today:
Forum: Pentax K-01 12-23-2012, 01:09 AM  
New to Pentax, Just got K-o1:Some questions
Posted By VladM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,060
I would not recommend that you put your camera in contact anything that has a high static charge induced.
If you do, and the static energy discharges through the body, there is a possibility that it might damage the electronic circuitry.
With regard to the "nifty fifties", I use a FA50-f1.4 and find it a perfect match for the K-01. If you really need the f1.2 you can get a used SMC-A 50-1.2 but you will have to focus manually (that is if you can find one since they are relatively rare).
Forum: Pentax K-01 11-22-2012, 01:05 AM  
My impressions of K-01
Posted By VladM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,122
I have had a K20 for 4 years now, and it has been a great camera (still is).
But, it has limitations (high ISO not great above 800), and I really want something a bit more compact.
Got the K01 - yellow brick a few weeks ago (AU$399 with 18-55DAL lens).
First thing I did is upgraded to the latest firmware before trying it out.
First off, the 18-55 lens is OK for a kit, but I have other better lenses already, so it will go on the market soon, along with the K20.
K-01 compared to K20:
Focus is just as fast and in some circumstances seems a bit more accurate.
Actually, in low light situations it seems to do better than the K20.
IQ is amazing on another level (especially at higher ISO settings).
Ergonomics / handling are a lot different and take a bit of getting used to.
Wit a K20 I am able to get relatively sharp pictures at 1/30 with SR on since the camera is held against the head eye level giving that bit of extra support. With the K-01 it is a different story having to shoot with hands partially or fully extended. That can induce a bit more camera shake during pressing the exposure button, and I get fewer sharp photos at 1/30. I find that I have to be at 1/125 or higher speed to guarantee no blur due to camera shake. I have been trying various methods of handling and found that if I put the strap around the neck, extend the arms so the strap is tight, it gives me more consistent results. I am still experimenting with various combinations of holding and actuating the exposure buttons until I find the one that works best for me.
I find that the K-01 is nicely balanced with the prime lenses and shorter zooms.
I am yet to do a good test with my longer and heavier zooms.
So far I am very pleased with the results and it is definitely a keeper. With a bit more practice and experimentation I expect I will find the best way of handling it without a tripod that will give me most consistent results.
Few of the early samples taken in Geelong:
Forum: General Talk 04-14-2012, 04:10 AM  
Help me win a wheelchair van.
Posted By VladM
Replies: 147
Views: 9,214
Another 5 votes from Melbourne Australia.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-31-2011, 01:53 PM  
Hello everyone eflatun from melbourne
Posted By VladM
Replies: 10
Views: 617
Welcome to the forum.
There seems to be quite a lot of members in Melbourne.
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