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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1 Day Ago  
Thematic Post Your Cloudscapes
Posted By Des
Replies: 3,015
Views: 146,571
Thank you Hans. Yes ultrawide (UWA) lenses are very good for big skies.The DA 12-24 is a very nice lens, with good colours and contrast, but like most UWAs it is susceptible to flare at the wide end. I also have the DA 15 Ltd and it is much more resistant to flare. It's another to consider - it's so compact, lightweight and pocketable that it comes with me almost everywhere and the images have wonderful "punch". At the other end of the spectrum, for corner-to-corner resolution, supreme construction and optical performance and weather resistance, the new DA*11-18 f2.8 is the one to get - provided you can afford the hefty price, and don't care about the weight.

Sorry this isn't helping your LBA!

Sunrise cloudscape. KP + FA 43 Ltd.



Used pixel shift for the first image. X-posted from the FA Ltd and sunrise threads.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Thematic Post Your Cloudscapes
Posted By Des
Replies: 3,015
Views: 146,571
Port Albert, Victoria. K-30 + DA 12-24
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 3 Days Ago  
Thematic Post your Favourite Sunrises
Posted By Des
Replies: 455
Views: 38,851
KP + FA 43 Ltd.



Used pixel shift for the first image. X-posted from the FA Ltd thread.
Forum: Pentax KP 3 Days Ago  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By Des
Replies: 1,586
Views: 162,396
KP + FA 43 Ltd.



Used pixel shift for the first image.
Forum: Lens Clubs 3 Days Ago  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By Des
Replies: 10,535
Views: 1,736,046
KP + FA 43 Ltd. I got horrible flare last time I used the 43 for a sunrise but a better result this time.



Used pixel shift for the first image.
Forum: Lens Clubs 3 Days Ago  
DA Limited Zoom Club
Posted By Des
Replies: 764
Views: 166,060
Tarra Bulga National Park in the Strzelecki Ranges, South Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. KP + DA 20-40 Ltd.

Cyathea Falls




Tarra River

The first and third were with Pixel Shift. X-posted from waterfalls thread.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 3 Days Ago  
Thematic Post your waterfalls and moving water.
Posted By Des
Replies: 1,744
Views: 129,115
Tarra Bulga National Park in the Strzelecki Ranges, South Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. KP + DA 20-40 Ltd.

Cyathea Falls




Tarra River

The first and third were with Pixel Shift.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 3 Days Ago  
Post your K-S2 Shots Here
Posted By Des
Replies: 680
Views: 97,001
B&W. The shapes and patterns work well without the distraction of the chromatic aberrations.

If I'd had to guess I would have said one of the Limiteds, because of the 3D pop. Very impressive.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 5 Days Ago  
Hi everyone
Posted By Des
Replies: 24
Views: 354
Welcome Neil.


What a wealth of photographic subjects!

Sheep photos welcome here: Ee-i-ee-i-oh! - Farm animals - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Ooh yes
Posted By Des
Replies: 22
Views: 1,214
Unreadable novel turned into an unwatchable film. But the cinematography is great. Makes for great stills. The story of the lens is here: "Barry Lyndon": The Full Story of the Famous f/0.7 Lenses - Neil Oseman

Congrats on "Peter goes to Hollywood".
Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
Abstract New Arrival!!
Posted By Des
Replies: 27
Views: 533
My sentiments exactly. I'm pleased it's gone to a good home.

Come on Larry, you can do better than that. Try this: "I have three very different wide angles lenses. I like each in its own way. The fisheye is fun - good for making something from nothing. And it's light and easy to carry. The 15 is one of Pentax's gems. Every time I use it I love it. Its colours and microcontrast are wonderful. And it's so pocketable I can take it everywhere. And the new 11-18 will be my pick whenever I am taking serious landscapes. And I'm looking forward to getting into more astro. It's one of the very best crop-sensor UWA lenses out there. And DxO already have modules for it. What a buzz. I'm going to enjoy all of them."
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-06-2019, 08:59 PM  
Reflections, lets see them
Posted By Des
Replies: 3,233
Views: 250,008
Westernport Bay, Victoria. K-3 + DA 55-300 PLM


Phillip Island, Victoria. KP + DA 18-135
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-06-2019, 02:40 PM  
3rd party lenses
Posted By Des
Replies: 15
Views: 692
There has been much wringing of hands in the Pentax community over the last 10 years as various new third party lenses were released without K-mount versions (and as new mirrorless camera models from other manufacturers abounded). Predictions of doom for Pentax have become a kind of running joke on PF - like all those cults that have repeatedly predicted an imminent apocalypse. To paraphrase one of our former Prime Ministers, in every pet shop the resident galah has an opinion about what Pentax should do.

The truth is that Pentax (under different owners) has managed the shrinking DSLR market well as a niche brand. They have even expanded to include a full frame DSLR. They have released quite a number of new lenses too. With a few exceptions (e.g. problems with SDM autofocus in its early stages), all the Pentax lenses for digital cameras have been highly rated within their class. And they have generally managed to retain a distinctive Pentax identity (the DA Limited lenses are the obvious examples, but regular DA lenses like the 55-300 PLM and the 18-135 have it too). Of course gaps in the range remain - e.g. a modern FF wide-angle prime, an entry-level FF mid-tele zoom, an affordable zoom longer than 300mm - but for most uses there is a quite sufficient selection.

I see that you are starting out with a K-r, 18-55 and 55-300. As a very-low-budget kit, that's a good start. You might also enjoy trying out old manual focus lenses - many to choose from. And if the inclination takes you and the budget allows, there's also plenty of scope in Pentax to upgrade each of those components. For example a secondhand K-3, K-S2 or K-70 plus a DA 18-135 and DA 55-300 PLM would be a big upgrade and would offer value-for-money that is second to none. And if you get a taste for Pentax Limited lenses or star lenses ... Well let's say that (unless you have particular special needs that aren't adequately met) there's ample room to grow with a Pentax system.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 11-06-2019, 03:00 AM  
Sticky: PentaxForums 100 Year Giveaway - November- General Raffle Entry Thread
Posted By Des
Replies: 247
Views: 3,247
I'm in too.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-05-2019, 10:15 PM  
Thematic The Yard Birds Thread
Posted By Des
Replies: 1,654
Views: 102,642
Yes David. On a good day we might see all of them on our place. The specials are the Golden Whistler and Olive Whistler - often heard in the bush not so often seen.
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-05-2019, 05:34 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Des
Replies: 32,067
Views: 3,034,332
The PLM is well worth it Albert. (It should be discounted in the Black Friday sales - or of course you might win this month's raffle!) It's a pleasure to use and the image quality is very high for a consumer zoom. You won't miss the coffee-grinder sound of the AF on the screw-driven 55-300! The only real issue with the PLM is the f6.3 maximum aperture at 300mm, which impairs the capacity to focus in low light. But if you back off to about 260mm the maximum is f5.6 and that extra one-third stop makes a significant difference.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-05-2019, 04:59 PM  
Thematic The Yard Birds Thread
Posted By Des
Replies: 1,654
Views: 102,642
Some more of our locals.

Red Wattlebird. KP + DA 55-300 PLM


New Holland Honeyeater. KP + DA 55-300 PLM


White-browed Scrubwren. K-S2 + DA 55-300 PLM


Crimson Rosella. KP + DA 55-300 PLM


Little Corella. KP + DA 55-300 PLM


Olive Whistler. KP + DA 55-300 PLM


Olive Whistler. KP + DA 55-300 PLM


Golden Whistler (female). KP + DA 55-300 PLM


Golden Whistler (female). KP + DA-L 55-300.
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-05-2019, 04:44 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Des
Replies: 32,067
Views: 3,034,332
Great set Steven. I really enjoyed the Pintail that you posted last week as well (now buried about 75 posts back).

The recent flurry of posting means many fine images have whizzed by in this and many other threads. Just quietly, I won't mind if the pace returns to normal in the New Year.

New Holland Honeyeater. KP + 55-300 PLM at 300mm


Eastern Yellow Robin. KP + 55-300 PLM at 300mm


Olive Whistler. KP + DA 55-300 PLM at 300mm


Golden Whistler KP + DA-L 55-300 at 300mm


And again with the KP + DA 55-300 PLM at 300mm.


Interesting to compare the last two, each at 300mm f6.3. A little fill flash in each. The PLM image has bit more resolution and slightly better bokeh (nice specular highlights) IMO, but there's not much in it. I should stress that all things were not equal: in the DA-L shot I used 1/640th, 1600 ISO; in the PLM shot I used 1/200th, 1000 ISO; the whistler was a little closer in the DA-L shot. My subjective impression from using these two zooms for some time is that the resolution on the DA-L is about as good at 300mm f8-f11, but the PLM is better at 300mm f6.3. And the bokeh and rendering of the PLM are better across the board. And of course the PLM has much faster and quieter AF (and QS), shorter MFD, better coatings, better build quality and is more compact. Still, for a $100 lens, the DA-L is great value.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-05-2019, 03:14 PM  
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE - Show us what it can do, what it CAN'T!
Posted By Des
Replies: 448
Views: 38,028
As my avatar suggests, I'm very partial to Eastern Yellow Robins. It's exciting when the chicks from our resident family emerge. Here are some from last summer.






The adults are very photogenic too.



First photo K-S2 and 55-300 PLM. Remainder KP and 55-300 PLM. (X-posted from yard birds)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-05-2019, 03:11 PM  
Thematic The Yard Birds Thread
Posted By Des
Replies: 1,654
Views: 102,642
As my avatar suggests, I'm very partial to Eastern Yellow Robins. It's exciting when the chicks from our resident family emerge. Here are some from last summer.






The adults are very photogenic too.



First photo K-S2 and 55-300 PLM. Remainder KP and 55-300 PLM.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-04-2019, 10:39 PM  
Thematic Post your Telephoto Landscapes!
Posted By Des
Replies: 335
Views: 25,740
Sunrise over Corner Inlet and Wilson's Promontory, South Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. KP + DA 55-300 PLM at 70mm.

(X-posted from sunrises)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-04-2019, 01:17 PM  
Thematic Post your Favourite Sunrises
Posted By Des
Replies: 455
Views: 38,851
Sunrise over Corner Inlet and Wilson's Promontory, South Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. KP + DA 55-300 PLM at 70mm.
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-03-2019, 08:13 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Des
Replies: 32,067
Views: 3,034,332
Thanks. Yes, all kinds of wetlands: Buff-banded Rail | BirdLife Australia No mention of birdbaths. ;-)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-03-2019, 01:49 AM  
The beach rocks!
Posted By Des
Replies: 60
Views: 2,757
Nelson Bay, western Tasmania. K-S2 + DA 12-24





(X-posted from the beach walks thread)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-03-2019, 01:46 AM  
Thematic Beach walks - scenes, shells, stranded creatures, flotsam and jetsam
Posted By Des
Replies: 284
Views: 14,464
Nelson Bay, western Tasmania. K-S2 + DA 12-24




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