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Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 05-25-2017, 03:17 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #388 Spring
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 30
Views: 3,716
Late Autumn here but this is from late Spring in 2015 at the Mt Buffalo Chalet, Victoria Australia.

Soldier Beetles inspecting a fern frond uncoiling itself.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 05-22-2017, 01:31 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #388 Spring
Posted By mattb123
Replies: 30
Views: 3,716
I know it's not a universally popular concept but my favorite part of spring is the skiing!
I took last Friday off for my birthday and to do some backcountry skiing with friends. As luck would have it a storm dropped some nice new and very winter-like (in consistency) snow overnight the previous night. Made for a great day!
This is a friend of mine skiing the West face of Handies, a 14er. Not bad for late May!

K-3 & 18-135
IMGP1955-Edit by Matt Burt, on Flickr
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 05-22-2017, 11:28 AM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #388 Spring
Posted By SunValley
Replies: 30
Views: 3,716
Spring time is Trillium time in the St. Lawrence valley. I've always admire the timing of those flowers that sprout during that very short period when soil has just warmed up but trees haven't grown leaves yet

K-50 + DA* 16-50
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-11-2017, 06:06 AM  
Resurrecting Pentax firmware hacking
Posted By frankl
Replies: 765
Views: 237,685
Hey there. New to the forum, I was looking for something similar for the K-X model. If I wanted to actually build that new firmware (I've got more than enough knowledge...), where do I start? You think what you've done could be ported to the K-X?
My main issues with my K-X is battery status, focus (I found that other site talking about adjusting the focus in debug mode) and under exposure for no specific reason when there is plenty of light.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-08-2015, 11:05 AM  
K-S2 vs K-50
Posted By sterretje
Replies: 28
Views: 9,314
Although I mostly shoot center AF, I have learned to even appreciate it for that. I often shoot in very dim conditions and have no idea what I'm aiming at till I see the focus point indicator light up so I know what the center of the viewfinder is :)
Forum: Pentax K-r 09-08-2016, 04:41 PM  
Looking for advice for a Prime lense for the K-r
Posted By Na Horuk
Replies: 23
Views: 2,910
I concur. Though, unless you have K-1 or want to use the lens on film cameras, I would recommend Samyang 16mm f2 instead of the 14mm. Not as awkwardly wide, a little easier to focus, slightly faster aperture, removable lens hood.
You can also look for a DA 40mm XS. Affordable and super compact, with the "limited style" deep contrasts, but it has slightly slower aperture. Still, the K-r with DA 40mm XS is a really small package with good quality photos and fast AF.

Tl;dr: You can't go wrong with DA 35mm, DA 40mm XS, DA 50mm f1.8, Samyang 14mm, Samyang 16mm. All of these are really good and affordable, great place to start with primes. Personally, I would go with DA 35mm as an everyday lens or Samyang 16mm for significantly wide angle. My first prime after buying K-r was DA 35mm and I don't regret it. Still use it a lot today, years later
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-15-2016, 07:23 AM  
Rožnov under snow
Posted By Haaspeni
Replies: 9
Views: 581
According to the author the picture was taken at 12 o'clock.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 06-01-2016, 10:32 PM  
Expired Theme Contest #118 - June, 2016 (Reflections)
Posted By grahamcoad
Replies: 11
Views: 3,881
How would you "draw the line?".....a Canon with a Pentax strap? :-)
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 05-25-2016, 12:26 PM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By unixrevolution
Replies: 773
Views: 90,760
This is pretty much why I suggest shooting RAW+. Because the JPGs come out fine 99% of the time, but for that one shot where you need to be able to change it, the RAW is there.
Forum: Winners' Showcase 01-23-2016, 05:28 PM  
December, 2015 Winner: Seassonal
Posted By AnthonyR
Replies: 89
Views: 6,097
^Disagree. I think the rails ahead plus the forest and it's reflection are a key component.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-25-2016, 01:59 PM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By OhioAngie
Replies: 773
Views: 90,760
My mom was a good self-taught event and wedding photographer. A few years ago she passed away unexpectedly. Unfortunately, my dad didn't understand about proper care of her equipment and stored it in a damp closet. By the time he passed it along to my daughter, everything was full of fungus. When I had all of it evaluated, they placed a mere $45 value on it. This has made me vigilant about moisture. Lately, I use one of those small, portable dehumidifiers for wall safes that you can plug in to dry back out. You can put it in a drawer, a camera bag, or anywhere you store your lenses. If you can't afford an expensive environmental regulating cabinet, this $15-20 investment could help preserve your precious equipment.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-18-2016, 11:35 AM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By arroyoj
Replies: 773
Views: 90,760
Use the ground as support, with a wide lens and get close to your subject. Squat/kneel down and place the camera on the ground, preferably on a non-abrasive surface. Use the live view screen and set the camera in either vertical, horizontal or Dutch angle in order to get the composition that you are aiming for. Using ground support will allow you to use a relatively slower shutter speed and a higher f-stop number. This will result in a picture from an interesting perspective, with better exposure even if there is light coming behind your subject, and it will also allow you to capture the environment/context because the background will not be too blurry.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-16-2016, 11:46 AM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By dntsln
Replies: 773
Views: 90,760
Take your Pentax wherever you go! Outstanding frost, wind and humidity is not a problem - provided that you can handle (horizontal lines is snow on the wind about 60-70km/h,).

Every year I do a lot of similar photographs, the equipment did not disappoint me even once. Several times I saw cameras competing brands refusing to cooperate - Thank you Pentax.

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