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Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 11-12-2016, 06:20 AM  
Survey with shutter count and aperture block or shutter failure.
Posted By SirBismuth
Replies: 256
Views: 30,239
It took 10,658 actuations, and my K30 has fallen victim to the dreaded Aperture Block Failure! :(

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Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 08-12-2016, 12:02 AM  
Post Your K-30 Photos Here
Posted By SirBismuth
Replies: 2,684
Views: 451,392
K-30 attached to a 170-500 DG (First field test of the lens since I got it):



Still busy working through the images from the field test, but am impressed with the sharpness of the lens, and IQ even at 500.

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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-04-2016, 02:31 AM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By SirBismuth
Replies: 5,359
Views: 669,228
Lol, how on earth is using a standard lens mount a bad thing, for ANY manufacturer?

Having spoken to various Canon & Nikon users about why I prefer Pentax, most have agreed that a standard lens mount "that goes goes back to the days of your grandmother's first menstrual cycle", is a good thing. Guess that is one of the reasons why you tend to see more used Nikon & Canon gear out there, than Pentax. As Pentaxians we generally keep our gear, as it still has its' uses even if you upgrade bodies.

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Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 08-03-2016, 04:16 AM  
Survey with shutter count and aperture block or shutter failure.
Posted By SirBismuth
Replies: 256
Views: 30,239
Ok, can finally answer here!

Model: K-30
Shutter Count: 7,796
Manufacture Date: 2012-08-14

No issues experienced so far.

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Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 08-01-2016, 12:52 AM  
Survey with shutter count and aperture block or shutter failure.
Posted By SirBismuth
Replies: 256
Views: 30,239
Will check my K-30 at home tonight, and answer the survey, but so far she's doing fine! :)

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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-21-2016, 01:06 AM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By SirBismuth
Replies: 5,359
Views: 669,228
Who are you calling that... oh, wait! :lol:

Was at an airshow once, with a bunch of Canikons around, and was quite surprised to see a Pentax shooter in the crowd. Singled him out, and we had a long discussion about why we shoot Pentax. In South Africa there is NO shortage of Canon/Nikon gear, but mention Pentax and people often have no idea what you are talking about. My latest acquistion, a Sigma 170-500 APO DG, was purely by accident when I was browsing a local online auction site, I was the only bidder and the auction even closed early. I spoke to the seller about the lens, and he was shooting with it on Canon with an adaptor. Pity, as I thought I might have been speaking to another Pentaxian.

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Forum: General Talk 07-13-2016, 06:13 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By SirBismuth
Replies: 14,213
Views: 952,819
This is on it's way to me:



Checked the reviews on PF and others, before pulling the trigger. I don't often see Pentax-mount lenses in South Africa, and was the only bidder, heh.

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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-17-2014, 11:06 PM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By SirBismuth
Replies: 2,607
Views: 424,914
I love my 18-135, it's currently what I use most often. Attached to the front of my K-30, it's survived some hectic weather, as well as produced nice results, here is one of my most recent (they were tame enough, so could get nice and close):
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-05-2013, 03:11 AM  
Sea Of Pink
Posted By SirBismuth
Replies: 0
Views: 241
Sea Of Pink - National Zoological Gardens, Pretoria, South Africa
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-03-2013, 11:09 PM  
How does one answer?
Posted By SirBismuth
Replies: 65
Views: 5,064
Before I got the K-30, I considered all the options, as Pentax is virtually non-existent in South Africa, and I could've picked up a Canon/NIkon bundle almost anywhere (unlike my K-30 which I eventually imported). I spoke to a number of local pros, that either shoot Canon or Nikon, and discussed the Pros and Cons of their respectives brand with them. What eventually convinced me to stick with Pentax, were various comparative reviews with the K-30 and Canon/Nikon equivalents, and except for one that was blatantly biased towards the Nikon, the K-30 come out on top.

Ofc, the backward compatibility of lenses is also a major plus for me.

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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-03-2013, 04:10 AM  
New Camera/s by Christmas
Posted By SirBismuth
Replies: 997
Views: 144,346
Nooooooo, no K-3 just yet, as I would be forced to purchase it, or any other significant upgrade to the K-30 (or even K5) range.... :lol:

As it is, am going to have to get one of the WR flashes! :D

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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-03-2013, 03:52 AM  
How does one answer?
Posted By SirBismuth
Replies: 65
Views: 5,064
In a situation like the OP's, I would back out as quickly as possible, as it is indeed a "no win" situation, as has already been stated in this thread.

If someone shows genuine interest in my equipment, and is not derogatory about it, then I will happily explain my reasons for shooting Pentax, and would also be interested in their reasons for shooting with what they do (more often than has been due to the marketing of Canon or Nikon, and lack thereof by Pentax).

However, I will be derogatory of someone who claims to be a Pro, but shoots on Full Auto with the kit lens and popup flash, regardless of the brand.

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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-03-2013, 01:44 AM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By SirBismuth
Replies: 5,359
Views: 669,228
Was the only Pentax I saw at a road race this weekend, just saw Canikons. Some guy came over to me and asked me what camera I had, I told him a Pentax K-30, he looked confused, said he had a Nikon, had never heard of Pentax, and walked away.... never got to find out which Nikon, and where it was.

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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-28-2013, 02:16 AM  
New flash: AF360FGZ II AW
Posted By SirBismuth
Replies: 186
Views: 19,904
Heh, these are announced just as I am in the market for a flash, was looking at 540GZs as I want swivel, now the AF360FGZ II, does that AND WR! :D

/adds AF360FGZ II AW to shopping list!:D :D

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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-19-2013, 09:45 AM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By SirBismuth
Replies: 2,607
Views: 424,914
The 18-135 WR on a K-30 blows me away:





The High-ISO (first image shot at 3200) performance is just amazing!

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Forum: Pentax Full Frame 08-19-2013, 04:53 AM  
Pentax does not care about Full Frame
Posted By SirBismuth
Replies: 88
Views: 9,370
You do have a point. I only use APS-C, so am in the same boat there...

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Forum: Pentax Full Frame 08-17-2013, 09:52 PM  
Pentax does not care about Full Frame
Posted By SirBismuth
Replies: 88
Views: 9,370
I am very interested in Pentax's FF ideas, however, reading this thread got me thinking, would it not be better if Pentax focused on their current MF offerings and improved it from there?. They have got themselves firmly established in the MF market, and I can only guess that there is more money to be made there, than bringing out a whole new range with FF.

Just my idea.

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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-17-2013, 09:38 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By SirBismuth
Replies: 5,359
Views: 669,228
The Pentax K-30 is indeed a beautiful site to see when it arrives. When mine arrived earlier this year, I swore I heard angels singing when I opened the box! :D

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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-05-2013, 05:12 PM  
Look for photographer of image (see attached) -WARNING GRAPHIC!
Posted By SirBismuth
Replies: 6
Views: 1,030
I've also seen it all over the place... I am not the one who wants to use it, but some crowd who want to use it at a conference. I will let them know, and they must decide. Just though that posting it here might help.

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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-05-2013, 12:28 PM  
Look for photographer of image (see attached) -WARNING GRAPHIC!
Posted By SirBismuth
Replies: 6
Views: 1,030
Hi,

I am helping out a friend that is looking for the photographer of this image:



They want to take it to a related conference, and would also like a high-resolution version to enlarge. Remuneration can be discussed with them, I am merely assisting in tracking down him or her.

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Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 04-22-2013, 09:14 PM  
How many K-30 owners do we have?
Posted By SirBismuth
Replies: 498
Views: 55,120
Either choice is good re. the lenses, I thin kit really comes down to what you want to photograph, and the reach you need. My next lens is going to be the 50-200 WR (although I do need something to replace my old 100-300), after that I only want to get DA*s, if possible. Also want to get some decent in the +300 range... ugh, think I need to win a lottery or two! :D

From my experience, you never stop learning in photography, I find there is always some new idea, process or technique that comes along, that teaches me something new.

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Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 04-22-2013, 07:02 AM  
Anyone use the K30 in the rain?
Posted By SirBismuth
Replies: 35
Views: 8,226
Yeah, I did indeed read it, so far my K-30 seems happy. While I was out in the rain, the aperture didn't want to change in Av mode (but could've been due to the battery being in the yellow already), so just switched it on and off, and all was fine again!

I also considered that kit, but went for the 18-135, now I want the 50-200 WR, oh, and all the DA*'s! For some reason, my bank manager quivers in his boot at the thought! :lol:

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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-22-2013, 07:01 AM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By SirBismuth
Replies: 5,359
Views: 669,228
Yes, most of the people that know me, will not say "it's the camera" or something similar. Usually when in mixed company (as in those that know my feeling on it, and those that don't), my first indication at an "it's the camera"-type comment is a raised eyebrow, and yes, obviously a topic change is a good idea. What I also usually will bring up, is a story I heard once where they took a bunch of pros and gave them cellphone cameras, and they still produced stunning images.

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Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 04-20-2013, 11:26 PM  
Anyone use the K30 in the rain?
Posted By SirBismuth
Replies: 35
Views: 8,226
Took my K-30 (& 18-135 WR)out in a fairly heavy rain yesterday (couldn't resist the light and natural "softbox"-effect that was going on), and it seems to have survived ok. Needless to say, first made sure all ports/doors were closed properly, and dried it off a bit when I came back in, and also made sure not to open it while there was evidence of damp on it. Will only download and PP the photos in the next few days, so should be dry enough by then (and if any make the cut, will post them on PF! :D )

Really considering another WR lens as well.

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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-20-2013, 11:20 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By SirBismuth
Replies: 5,359
Views: 669,228
Ugh, one thing that really irks me is when people think it's the camera, of any brand, that takes good photos!. Even on P or A, it has it's limitations. What I see often is more composition-type errors (like mentioned above) than exposure, because, for the most part, the modern camera can get it right.

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