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Forum: General Photography 6 Hours Ago  
135mm full time
Posted By Billk
Replies: 13
Views: 614
Wonderful pics! Roll on the DFA 135mm F1.8! I want one.
Forum: General Photography 12-31-2020, 12:27 AM  
What's Your 2021 New Years "Photography Resolution" ?
Posted By Billk
Replies: 50
Views: 1,694
If we can travel freely in 2021, there is an island getaway just out of Melbourne called French Island I will visit frequently. It isn't spectacular and you often have to work hard for a photo in some parts but that's kinda the point of going there and shooting.
Forum: General Photography 12-14-2020, 08:47 PM  
SCUBA photography - looking for a semi-decent camera
Posted By Billk
Replies: 18
Views: 603
I'm on a couple of underwater photography FB pages. EVERYBODY uses TG6 or TG5, including a professional photographer.
Forum: General Photography 12-14-2020, 02:02 AM  
Third party lenses, am I missing out
Posted By Billk
Replies: 51
Views: 1,459
Sigma Art primes aren't cheap and aren't light or small but are seriously good. Maybe for FF rather than APSC.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-11-2020, 01:13 AM  
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art vs. SMCP-FA 43mm
Posted By Billk
Replies: 26
Views: 1,114
I had both but had to part with the Sigma 35mm. I made the call that the FA 43mm is more versatile and its IQ is up there with the Sigma 35mm Art.

IMHO 43mm is a great focal length on the K1, whereas 35mm is a bit on the wide side.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-09-2020, 02:39 AM  
DA560 production end / successor ?
Posted By Billk
Replies: 121
Views: 4,484
I love my K1 and DA 300mm but I am up for the K3iii for wildlife. If there is a 400mm or 500mm lens with fast autofocus down the track, I will want that too.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-30-2020, 11:03 PM  
Newbie with K1
Posted By Billk
Replies: 11
Views: 3,357
Great shots!

My K1 is my favourite camera ever. Pretty sure it will be yours too.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-29-2020, 11:51 PM  
bird photography lens recommendation for K-50
Posted By Billk
Replies: 47
Views: 1,960
The DA* 300mm F4 plus 1.4X teleconverter will give you great reach and IQ at the cost of slower autofocus than you want.

It is a good tradeoff IMHO. You will have some frustrating misses from slow AF but when you nail shots, you will really nail them.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-02-2020, 11:24 PM  
I would like an updated DA*300
Posted By Billk
Replies: 36
Views: 1,861
My DA* 300mm is my favourite lens by a long chalk (even though I own some stellar lenses). Wonderful rendition. Perfectly good for handheld BIF on the K1 but for one fault - the AF just isn't fast enough.

If Pentax does a new DFA 300mm F3.5 or F4 with 9 out of 10 AF I am totally going to buy one. It would be heaven.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-17-2020, 02:58 AM  
Which 35mm lens?
Posted By Billk
Replies: 35
Views: 2,873
Sigma Art if it is your budget and you don't mind the weight.
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-13-2020, 06:32 PM  
Pentax K1 with DA F4 SMC 300mm
Posted By Billk
Replies: 10
Views: 1,340
It is a FF combination made in heaven. The DFA 200mm F2.8 is also great with the K1.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-18-2020, 12:19 AM  
Pentax DFA* 85mm F1.4 versus Zeiss Otus 85mm F1.4 shootout
Posted By Billk
Replies: 4
Views: 1,183
I'm hanging to get the DFA* 85mm because I am looking forward to awesome AF. Lovely as Zeiss lenses are, their AF is a bit ordinary.
Forum: General Photography 07-14-2020, 03:01 AM  
A visual guide to bird photography
Posted By Billk
Replies: 16
Views: 1,307
We wouldn't love it so much if it was easy.
Forum: General Photography 06-17-2020, 04:12 AM  
Four Favorite Lenses
Posted By Billk
Replies: 21
Views: 2,906
DA* 300mm F4, FA 77mm F1.9, DFA 100mm F2.8 macro, Sigma Art 35mm F1.4. (I had to sell the last one : ( it happens)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-16-2020, 12:50 AM  
B&W Picture Style
Posted By Billk
Replies: 7
Views: 862
Both of my photography teachers encourage having the rear screen on B&W. As much as I respect them, I always have the screen on portrait.

I only ever shoot RAW so it is only about immediate feedback.
Forum: General Photography 06-15-2020, 04:11 AM  
It is time now for Pentax
Posted By Billk
Replies: 13
Views: 1,181
I shoot with a K1 and some fairly nice glass. Barely a month goes past when somebody doesn't say: ' Sooooo you are obviously keen on photography... When are you going to get a Canon or Nikon?' I always thank them for their advice. They are caring people and don't want me to be held back by inferior equipment.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-30-2020, 06:32 PM  
Pentax SMCP-DA* 300mm f/4 ED (IF) SDM
Posted By Billk
Replies: 10
Views: 930
It is magical on full frame. Really beautiful IQ. You don't lose much when you use it with the 1.4X teleconverter either, although obviously that means going to crop frame.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-08-2020, 03:43 AM  
Night Super Pink Moon
Posted By Billk
Replies: 4
Views: 350
Pink moon from my front gate. K1, DA 300mm plus 1.4X teleconverter
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-05-2020, 01:14 AM  
Have you experienced pressure to switch systems?
Posted By Billk
Replies: 116
Views: 7,176
People are very helpful and lots of them ask when I am going to get a proper camera - you know, Canon or Nikon.

I explain that I ALWAYS have to be different and shooting Pentax is different.

Who wants to be normal?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-13-2019, 01:40 AM  
Lightroom 3 with Photoshop CS 3 or something else?
Posted By Billk
Replies: 10
Views: 543
The latest version of LR is much more versatile that version 3.

Still, you probably wouldn't regret getting into PS. Plenty of reward for effort.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-18-2019, 02:38 PM  
People Red Rebels bear witness
Posted By Billk
Replies: 4
Views: 316
Here's another. This was a silent vigil during the week of catastrophic bushfires in NSW and Queensland
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-16-2019, 01:01 AM  
People Red Rebels bear witness
Posted By Billk
Replies: 4
Views: 316
One of the enigmatic XR Red Rebels bears witness to a week of catastrophe
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-20-2019, 02:16 AM  
77mm vs Sigma 85mm
Posted By Billk
Replies: 94
Views: 4,981
I tried both the FA 77 and the Sigma 85 at the shop. It was a no brainer to buy the FA 77. Way smaller and the images just looked more pleasing from the 77.
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-06-2019, 12:40 AM  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By Billk
Replies: 4,128
Views: 557,738
Singapore orchid detail
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-04-2019, 02:46 AM  
I got a K-1
Posted By Billk
Replies: 16
Views: 1,603
It will be one of your best purchases ever.
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