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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-04-2020, 05:46 AM  
Pentax K-3 II successor on September 2020
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I gladly trade the flash for the GPS. The small FG201 is a better flash anyway and compact.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-03-2020, 11:08 AM  
Need some help with choosing K-50 replacement
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Yeah, using that 9-point or whatever could help with that. I have to use center when trying to focus on warblers in trees, and they don't tend to pose in place. I will say the focus is far better on the K3II than the K5, there's no comparison. A couple generations makes a big difference.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-03-2020, 10:37 AM  
Need some help with choosing K-50 replacement
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Are you using center-point. You'll need to for precise shots like this. Even so, it can get confused with branches etc. It takes patience and often a few exposures.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-03-2020, 06:33 AM  
Pentax K-3 II successor on September 2020
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If it's been answered here I apologize, but will this new unit have a pop-up flash? I hope it follows the K3II construction with GPS instead. That way I can use my ring flash in the field and log data simultaneously without having a pass-through adapter.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-03-2020, 05:36 AM  
Need some help with choosing K-50 replacement
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The K3 series with 18-135 does really well. Some of it is managing your focus mode, I usually use center point but if at the dog park will activate the center points mode. KP is probably better, but I have no experience.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-04-2020, 06:34 AM  
Thematic The Yard Birds Thread
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Some images from last year - I'm trying to get the backlog processed with the new season looming...

White-Crowned Sparrow keeping an eye on me, shooting from an open door.
White-Crowned Sparrow ED 050319 by Terry Miesle, on Flickr

On the same day, a Rose-Breasted Grossbeak:
Rose-breasted Grossbeak ED 050319 by Terry Miesle, on Flickr

From a couple days ago, a Black-Capped Chickadee grabbing some much-appreciated food:
Chickadee 020820 by Terry Miesle, on Flickr
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-17-2020, 06:30 AM  
I want to get back into photography. Digital NOOB
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The Q is a nice series, but it will not be cheap to get more than a couple lenses.
The K5 series is likely to be a sweet spot for used prices and capabilities. Mine still produces very pleasing images.

The Marketplace here is going to be valuable if you pursue that range.

I know someone using a 4/3 system to to amazing macro work. He lost about half his fingers (mostly half of fingers) from frostbite decades ago and can manipulate the small camera system but not a full DSLR. It's a little disturbing to watch him work, but he's one of the most enthusiastic guys I know. I've thought about getting a 4/3 system but bought some Q gear a while ago instead. I should use it more.

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FYI, I have a K5 and a K3II
The K3II outperforms the K5 in all respects, but the K5 images have a more pleasing quality side by side. Focus accuracy in the K3 alone, plus the better screw drive would lead me to take that deal. The condition shouldn't worry you, both cameras are built like tanks and the resellers like Adorama are pretty conservative with ratings.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-13-2020, 07:15 AM  
Newbie looking to take it easy
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That lens and camera pair should serve you well. I enjoy my 18-135, it's compact, has good resolution and the motorized focus is a pleasure to use.

Suggestions.
Point of View. Don't just take images from human eye level. If you're photographing dogs or children, take a knee and get to their level. Try very low level when outdoors looking at wildlife, and try getting some elevation for landscapes, or find that opening in the brush down low and shoot through that. Give the viewer an unusual aspect on a familiar sight.

Points of interest - tell a story. Get some foreground and background details and take photos of both focus points - then see what you think later. You may find the close subject with the background out of focus compelling, or vice-versa.
Forum: Pentax KP 12-05-2019, 08:30 AM  
Getting the most out of my KP for landscape photography.
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Remember you can always recover darker areas more than highlights. If you expose well for the sky you can lift shadows in Lightroom.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-04-2019, 12:13 PM  
Best of 2016 Lasioglossum on Monarda
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She's systematically removing pollen from the flower. She's so small she won't deliver pollen where the plant wants. Not to worry, plenty of critters use Monarda for nectar and visit frequently, ensuring these common plants get fertilized.

I love the black/green color of these dilactus-tribe Lasioglossum.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-26-2019, 06:50 AM  
20-40 vs 16-85 what would you bring for travel?
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Yeah, I love that Sigma 8-16. I have it and the 10-17 and they're very different. The Sigma is big and heavy, though, and I tend to regard Sigma lenses as a bit on the fragile side.

Travel is a different thing, you don't want to be worrying about your kit all the time so the zooms make more sense, as does weathersealing. When I go somewhere now I typically bring my 18-135 which is versatile enough for most uses. I'll pocket my DA21 as well, since that's so very nice indoors and for casual people pictures and is so tiny. The only problem is I have to plan to have somewhere to stash the 18-135 when not in use.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-26-2019, 06:44 AM  
Why I stopped using my DA*300
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I'd like to evaluate the 150-450 at some point. Maybe next spring I'll rent one during warbler migration. The zoom does let one find the subject then isolate it. The little warblers rarely sit still. The DA300 I have is fantastic though, even on my secondary body, the K5.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 11-25-2019, 08:57 AM  
Sticky: Pentax Repair Facilities (Wordwide listing)
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Used Gary's Camera service for a sensor cleaning.
Garry's Camera Repair

Worth the $60 I paid to clean my K3II. Replaced light seals, cleaned some sticky stuff (probably pollen) off the sensor and gave it a thorough once-over, cleaning mirror, viewfinder etc. Also cleaned the lens, the 18-135 which is my "bad-weather" lens, so probably fairly yucky.

Well worth the money, very good service and thorough report. He's close enough to me, I'll likely drop off the K5 and some lenses for a good cleaning.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-11-2019, 07:28 AM  
I’m Malky from Dundee
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Welcome! I'm from East Dundee, IL - named for your fair town. Yes, West Dundee is on the other side of the river.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-08-2019, 01:52 PM  
“Big” lens problem of a different kind
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LensRentals.com - Rent a Pentax HD D FA 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6 DC AW

Well, it's available for rent. It would be interesting to see how it performs, can it replace two discrete lenses?
I use the DA300 near its minimum focus more than I'd expected, particularly for more skittish subjects who won't let me close enough for the FA100.

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LensRentals.com - Rent a Pentax HD D FA 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6 DC AW

Well, it's available for rent. It would be interesting to see how it performs, can it replace two discrete lenses?
I use the DA300 near its minimum focus more than I'd expected, particularly for more skittish subjects who won't let me close enough for the FA100.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-08-2019, 12:00 PM  
“Big” lens problem of a different kind
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Great feedback. Thanks.

Are the fields of view and magnification similar at 300mm for the zoom?

In the field I carry two cameras now, one with a 100mm macro and ring flash, the older K5 gets the DA300. I do agree it's about the limit for carrying around, even on a harness system it's a lot of weight with those two rigs. I'm debating buying the 1.4X TC, though at this point replacing the K5 with a new body gives about the same increase in magnification via better cropping capacity.
I find the DA300 easily usable hand-held. Sometimes I lose warblers in the treetops, though, with the limited FOV.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-06-2019, 04:35 PM  
Thematic Show me your insects
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Species Polistes carolina - Red Wasp - BugGuide.Net
Red Paper Wasp. The Polistes wasps are great subjects, they're pretty chill. I haven't seen P. carolina around here but back in Ohio we used to see them.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-22-2019, 05:52 AM  
K3 Eye cup replacement
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Replies: 18
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Yeah, mine's about half-broken now. I think for me it's the tendency to swing a bit on the sling strap.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-22-2019, 05:50 AM  
Will you sell your current camera when the new K comes?
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I find sling straps are best for weight, and use a dual harness when carrying two cameras. The weight is not insubstantial, with a K3II, FA100 and ring flash on one side and the K5 with DA300 on the other. The Black Rapid double shoulder sling does work well enough, though.
I do know one guy with a 4/3 macro setup. He only has half his fingers due to frostbite, a big camera isn't usable for him.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-22-2019, 05:45 AM  
Hi guys, from a newbie!
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Welcome! It's a great place to learn.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-22-2019, 05:44 AM  
Hi! I'm Danny.
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Welcome to the forum! I think scanning skills are half of film photography nowadays...
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-22-2019, 05:42 AM  
Why I love Pentax DSLRs
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Welcome to the clubhouse!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-22-2019, 05:41 AM  
Pentax Q family
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It's a great little system, definitely punches above its weight.
I typically shoot jpg with the Q as well, though if I'm going somewhere special I'll switch to RAW.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-07-2019, 08:56 AM  
Permissions to use photos in instructional YouTube videos
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You could provide them a non-exclusive license. There will be boilerplate agreements available online. In essence, you can charge them if you want, and they get to use the photo for this project. It's not exclusive, you can still share anywhere and they agree not to share it with other people but can usually use it in anything else they want. I've sold just a couple this way.

If it's academic or educational I usually just let them use the photos. Sometimes they have a budget for that and pay me a little. I don't actively go looking for that business.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-07-2019, 08:52 AM  
Only introduction
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Views: 440
Welcome to the clubhouse!
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