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Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-31-2018, 06:50 AM  
Nature Sunsets
Posted By TER-OR
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It's either a swallow or a blackbird. It was nearly dark by that point, and had I actually thought about taking some sunset pictures, I'm sure I could have done better!
For a spur-of-the-moment series, I'm pretty satisfied. On the full-resolution image you can see dragonflies making their last sorties of the day, they're just out of focus blurs, but identifiable as dragonflies, and there are some other birds moving around, probably going to their roosts.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-31-2018, 05:58 AM  
Thank you!
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 56
Views: 1,955
This forum has been an amazing resource, it's a great community!
Forum: Photographic Technique 08-31-2018, 05:56 AM  
The Moral Freezing of Painful Biting Insects!
Posted By TER-OR
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Views: 395
Horse flies, deer flies, all the little biting flies are terrible. I have mosquito net gear, but it gets really hot under that mesh since it pretty effectively blocks the breeze.

Entomologists will often freeze insects as a humane killing method.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-31-2018, 05:41 AM  
Hello from Missouri
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 15
Views: 223
Welcome from Chicago!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-31-2018, 05:38 AM  
Macro My Backyard guests...
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 8
Views: 635
Last summer I spotted a Hoplitis bee excavating a nest in a rose cane by my grill.
Hoplitis on rose ED 060917-1 by Terry Miesle, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-31-2018, 05:33 AM  
Thematic Into the Fog - Show Your Fog Shots
Posted By TER-OR
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Ice fog, just wisps along the river.
Steamy fox-1-2 by Terry Miesle, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-30-2018, 10:06 AM  
NEW or USED gear... What's in your bag?
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 82
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The bulk of my gear is used. The most recent bodies I've bought have been new, the K5 and K3II. I did buy a new DA300 after looking at the relatively small difference in used and new price (with rebate) it made sense to buy new. I have zero issues buying used gear here on the Marketplace.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-30-2018, 09:44 AM  
Alternative to Sigma 28mm f/1.8?
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 16
Views: 472
I understand what you mean about the plastic feel of the lens. It's not one I would go on hikes with. I've never had issues with its IQ, though, and my copy seems great.

I did rent a 35mm macro a long time ago, it's nice too.

I would very much enjoy trying the FA28 for a weekend myself.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-30-2018, 06:51 AM  
What are some alright WR lenses for a beginner?
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 56
Views: 1,225
I would just remind people to keep the gaskets and mounts clean for WR to be its most effective. A swab and water will do the job. If you swap lenses frequently you do run the risk of dust, which might be minor but still...worth the time to clean things occasionally.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-30-2018, 06:14 AM  
hello from north-east US, new Kx owner
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 10
Views: 212
Nice! That's a good deal, I think, for a starter. Feel free to ask questions.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-30-2018, 05:58 AM  
What's a decent budget DSLR for a newbie?
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 178
Views: 4,181
I have slings from a Kickstarter, they're pretty nice as they're built from car seatbelt material. They're not as comfortable as the Black Rapid but they're very long, so I use them in the winter when I have a jacket on anyway. I gave one to my Dad who still coaches soccer and hikes in his mid-70s. The sling lets him keep his hands more free.

You'll figure out what's best for you, and it may not be a single solution.
Forum: General Talk 08-29-2018, 01:56 PM  
Who wants a K-1? (the get us over the line thread)
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 950
Views: 9,947
Can't hurt to try...
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-29-2018, 11:40 AM  
hate this thing-so far
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 31
Views: 790
It's always the case that the basics will win the game. In photography, it's nailing exposure. Digital gives you wiggle room, particularly with underexposure, but the closer you get to optimal the better. That's where the manual lenses will force you to learn how your camera works. The tools are there - the exposure +/- bar is tiny compared with SLR, but it's there. Focus indicators aren't as obvious as the split-focus screens but you'll get used to it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-29-2018, 09:13 AM  
What are some alright WR lenses for a beginner?
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 56
Views: 1,225
I really like the 18-135. With any zoom like this you'll have issues, but it's a really nice little lens which performs very well for most uses. I use it a lot as a basic walkaround.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-29-2018, 09:11 AM  
Alternative to Sigma 28mm f/1.8?
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 16
Views: 472
I have that Sigma, and I have the DA21mm pancake. I use the DA21mm more frequently, but the 28mm for very low light and close focus work.
Forum: General Talk 08-29-2018, 09:09 AM  
Who wants a K-1? (the get us over the line thread)
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 950
Views: 9,947
Wow, I thought I was doing well, but I'm way behind.
Forum: Visitors' Center 08-29-2018, 07:19 AM  
K-50
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 8
Views: 469
You can also download the pdf for the manual, which is nice to keep around- on a phone if you have a big memory card for instance.

It's easy to change settings, too easy sometimes and random button pushes can do it if you forget to turn your camera off while carrying it around! Not that anything like this could possibly happen to a more experienced photographer - certainly not! ;)

The quick menu shown by pressing INFO, IIRC, will bring up the most common settings for quick access.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-29-2018, 07:16 AM  
Hi from Bromley, UK
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 25
Views: 369
Welcome from Chicago!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-29-2018, 06:53 AM  
What's a decent budget DSLR for a newbie?
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 178
Views: 4,181
I wouldn't go that far! :)
It does distribute the weight well, though, and keeps both at the ready.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-29-2018, 06:52 AM  
hate this thing-so far
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 31
Views: 790
Welcome to the clubhouse!

The 16-45 served me well. Now I use the 18-135 or the 21mm instead. It has a reputation for being a little fragile, but I never had any troubles. It's a great lens indoors or in tight quarters.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-28-2018, 02:06 PM  
Question - Pre AutoFocus
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 8
Views: 567
If you're patient, you could focus on infinity during the nice daylight, and leave the camera where it stands until it's dark enough to get decent shots. Just be aware that soft focus isn't always soft focus, but at distance the atmosphere plays a big part. This is worse with turbulent weather and humidity. It might not seem like it in the desert, but there's moisture which will condense as dew and convections moving around those mountains. Long exposures don't many any of these confounding factors any better.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-28-2018, 01:47 PM  
What's a decent budget DSLR for a newbie?
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 178
Views: 4,181
Yes, the heavier the camera the more you'll want to get the weight off your chest!
This year on the prairies I'm carrying the K-3 with FA100mm macro and ring flash on one strap, and my K5 with DA300 on the second strap. This is the harness: BlackRapid | Double Breathe
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-28-2018, 01:43 PM  
Hi from France.
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 9
Views: 198
The old term was "Coke Bottle" glass. Now, that's not as much a reference for people.

The FA50mm is a good lens, it will be a good lens on any K-mount camera.

Have fun researching!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-28-2018, 01:31 PM  
What's a decent budget DSLR for a newbie?
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 178
Views: 4,181
A sling is much more comfortable than a neck strap. It's less fatiguing and rests at your hip, not chest. The mount screw is easily removed so you can mount it on a tripod, this shouldn't be a concern. You can also attach via a caribiner to the camera's lugs if you really want.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-28-2018, 11:58 AM  
What's a decent budget DSLR for a newbie?
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 178
Views: 4,181
I have a Black Rapid Curve which is very comfortable. The new version has that second stabilizer strap.
BlackRapid Curve Breathe Camera Strap 361007 B&H Photo Video
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