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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-09-2020, 02:58 PM  
"3 way" binocular and monocular projects
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 51
Views: 7,610
I have been considering this for a week or so now and I think that I will end up purchasing a set.
The smartphone adapter is interesting.
Most modern smartphone have decent cameras.
I for one would like to see how it goes with my Samsung s9+.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-07-2020, 09:55 PM  
R03010 = K-new was registered by FCC on 27 July 2020
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 238
Views: 27,812
I feel the Bluetooth chip could be updated.
Compared to Bluetooth 4.2, Bluetooth 5 has:

2x the data rate
4x the range
8x the broadcast capability
Bluetooth 5 has been around since 2017.
Bluetooth 5 has been formulated to use less power than 4.2
Bluetooth 5 clocks in at two megabits per second (Mbps) which is twice as fast as version 4.2 with its 1 Mbps.

Personally I take my SD card out and either transfer to my portable "My Passport Wireless Pro" 2TB storage with the push of a button and without a laptop, or I simply wait until I am at home and transfer directly to home PC
I have tried the wireless functionality for the K-70 and i only used it to test out the Pentax phone app "Image Sync" (Which works well by the way however I prefer my corded intervalometer when using a tripod in any case)

I could totally live without either WiFi or Bluetooth in a camera.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-07-2020, 08:54 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 7,679
Views: 969,391
Thought I would show off most of my collection.
Most important things missing Pentax KP & DA 21mm Limited however they did participate in the photo shoot.
Spent ages setting it up but looks good lol o to me was worth it.
There is a full 110 system in the background that sort of got lost in the image
So much more camera gear, I would need a bigger room to setup in.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-06-2020, 04:34 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 7,679
Views: 969,391
Forum: Pentax KP 08-02-2020, 03:58 PM  
So I bought a KP.
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 16
Views: 1,563

My travel camera case at the moment - KP, K-70, K-S1 & K-r.
(I intend on getting the K-r converted to infra-red soon which I think is a good option for a red body)
Also a small slot for my SD card holder. KP & K70 get a 128GB card, K-S1 gets a 64GB card and K- r gets a 32GB card. Extras SD cards go in the card holder.
When the K-new comes out, I will probably replace the K-S1 in the kit or find a new setup for infra red.

My travelling lens case :-)
ZOOMS:
Pentax DA 10-17 Fisheye, Sigma 10-20, Pentax DA 18-55, Pentax D-FA 28-105, Pentax 55-300 PLM
PRIMES:
Pentax 21mm limited, Sigma 35 1.4 ART, Pentax 40mm XS, Pentax DA 50 1.8, Tamron 90mm Macro
OTHER:
0-GPS1 Unit, Pentax D-Li109 Batteries x3, 7x aftermarket D-Li109 2000mha copies.

I ordered the Pentax KP battery grip Pentax D-BG7 and that will be close to delivery.
I also ordered the DA 1.4x converter which is coming from England in around 2 weeks.

I have another empty carry case the same as used for my 4 cameras, I think I will use it for the grip, converter and for a D-FA 150-450 that I am looking at also getting, hopefully soon.

My backpack hold 2 tripods, all my filters, rubber lens hoods, macro gear, rode mic set-up, catctus v6/v5 units and flashes, cleaning kits and the like.

This is my mobile set-up for my car.
I have another camera bag which I can fill with whatever I want from my car for my photo walks.

I do this for a hobby. I see it as a bit extreme however it gives me the satisfaction I seek. There is something about Pentax.... maybe there are drugs on the cameras and lenses that absorb in your skin... idk..
I am addicted to photography and no other brand interests me. I can think of worse things to spend money on.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy my Pentax porn :-)
Forum: Pentax KP 07-26-2020, 01:27 PM  
So I bought a KP.
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 16
Views: 1,563
I should probably mention that I have owned 3 Pentax K-x cameras.
I have convinced two of my friends to shoot with a DSLR and sold them a K- x each for $100.
I made a loss on the cameras and I gave them both a kit lens (18-55) and a 55-200 each.

My value comes from them borrowing lenses from me and from me enjoying teaching them photography.

I pretty much don't use my K-r any more so I am planning to get that converted to infra-red.
The K-r I own is a red copy so it is perfect in my mind.

I originally changed from a k-x as a 2nd camera until I purchased the k-r (because they both use the DLi109 battery) however I then purchased the K-S1.

I am now going to have to buy some extra D-L190 batteries.
Looks like I will be much more tempted to buy more cameras that use the new battery.
I have 7x DLi109 batteries but none of the other yet.

I guess my addiction is far from healing now.
Forum: Pentax KP 07-26-2020, 01:09 PM  
So I bought a KP.
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 16
Views: 1,563
Yes! I want one of each.

All in good time lol.
I may end up finishing my collection, or I may not... time will tell.



Absolutely. I shoot both film and digital.
I shot around 35k photos last year.
I test every lens and camera I buy :)
Most lenses get placed in the display cabinet for the remainder of their lives now.

Every now and again I take out something to use for a day with a film slr. I love the k1000 and the ME for film thus far. I don't change the lenses on the film cameras as often.

I tend to use the newer lenses on the newer cameras.
On some days I have used 5 or 6 lenses on the one camera in an outing.



I bought the 28-105 because of its reputation.
I was not disappointed. This lens produces a fantastic picture very easily.
Knowing it is a FF lens, I feel it produces a better picture than the 18-135 from photographers that have been shared their pics on this site. I weighed up a few options and decided the 28-105 was for me.

The 28-105 is probably my most used walk around lens.

Another reason I purchased this lens is knowing my addiction, I would eventually get a K1 and will want FF lanes as well.
Forum: Pentax KP 07-25-2020, 11:16 PM  
So I bought a KP.
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 16
Views: 1,563
I have been amassing quite a nice collection of Pentax cameras and lenses over the last 3 or 4 years.
I am fairly sure that I have contracted one or all of the following:
1) LBA - Lens Buying Addiction
2) CBA - Camera Buying Addiction
3) LL - Lens Lust
4) GAS - Gear Aquisition Syndrome

I have done some research and it seems that one can only cure ones self of these afflictions.

I started with a K-X approx 4 years ago with just the kit lens 18-55.
I soon started to buy 2nd hand Pentax lenses.
A few like the M 50mm macro lens made me want a better camera.
My next upgrade was my much loved K-70, to which, I added even more lenses.

My Pentax addiction had begun.
I now have the following Pentax cameras in my growing collection:
Pentax Electro Spotomatic, ES, K1000, Z-20, Z-70, Z-70P, MZ-50, MZ-60, SF7, ME F, istD, K-x, K-r, K-S1, K-70, KP.
The lenses I love and use most (no particular order)
Sigma 35mm Art, D-FA 28-105, 18-55WR, Sigma 10-20 4.5, DA 10-17, 55-300PLM, SMC 21mm Limited , 40mm XS, DA50 1.8, Tamron 90mm macro, SMC Pentax 500mm F4.5.

I have approx 100 lenses thus far.
I think I am trying to get pretty much one of everything Pentax made in SLR lenses and cameras.
Obviously there will be some very hard to find bits.

I am unsure if the KP (about to arrive in the mail in a couple of days) will help cure my afflictions.
I sorta hope it will tbh.

I have set up a home photo studio room with multiple drop screens, various and many wireless flash units and all sorts to do everything from a portraits to macro and still life or product photography. I honestly can't think of anything else I would use otherwise and therefore have finished my spending for the studio.

Does anyone think I am nuts?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-16-2020, 04:16 AM  
New video with our thoughts on PENTAX
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 81
Views: 9,494















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I found it an interestingly good watch. Reinforced my love for Pentax.
I want to continue to use DSLRs in the future and am more than happy that Pentax seems to be concentrating on staying in that section of the marketplace.
I find it sensible that Pentax does this while the opposition seems to move toward mirroless in my opinion.
Forum: Sold Items 07-13-2020, 01:06 PM  
Wanted - Acquired: looking for Pentax M 50 f4 Macro
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 7
Views: 137
I have one at home that I no longer use and would be willing to ship (I am in Australia)
I will post pics once I get home from work.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-11-2020, 12:19 PM  
Lens choice for K-50 astrophotography
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 22
Views: 2,062
I had had some good success with the DA10-17 fisheye between 15 and 17mm.
I much prefer my Sigma 10-20.
I think once you get your astrotracer then even the 18-55 kit lens works well enough.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-02-2020, 10:46 PM  
Shoshone Falls at high water
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 19
Views: 514
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-02-2020, 10:45 PM  
The road to Porlick
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 21
Views: 460
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Winners' Showcase 02-27-2020, 01:03 PM  
January, 2020 Runner-up: Miniature Bread Farmers
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 33
Views: 1,321
Thankyou for everyone that voted for this photo.
I never expected this result.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-23-2020, 09:50 PM  
Greetings from Italy
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 7
Views: 318
Another welcome from Australia
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-23-2020, 09:49 PM  
Greetings from Eindhoven
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 7
Views: 340
Welcome Jaap (another welcome from Australia)
Forum: Winners' Showcase 02-02-2020, 02:51 PM  
January, 2020 Runner-up: Miniature Bread Farmers
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 33
Views: 1,321
Thank you all for these nominations.
Any nomination is like a win for me.
Much appreciated.
Forum: Winners' Showcase 02-01-2020, 01:17 PM  
January, 2020 Winner: Gindungo Cahombo
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 70
Views: 2,163
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-01-2020, 01:15 PM  
Take Five-a-Day
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 15
Views: 367
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Pentax K-70 01-24-2020, 12:39 AM  
The problem with switching AF / MF autofocus to K-70.
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 13
Views: 1,085
I have not heard of this issue.
I have a K-70 however I do not own either of the lenses mentioned.
I have many lenses and have never had this issue with my K-70.
Maybe it is possible that the switch isn't working.
Does the manual/auto switch work with other lenses?
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 01-23-2020, 12:11 AM  
To step up or not? And how far to step.
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 13
Views: 1,081
Maybe I am just careless with my $$ but I have bought filters for each size of lens I own.
I have purchased a good quality UV protection filter for every lens I own and use (except my 10-17 fisheye which has no filter thread). I would rather clean/replace a filter than a lens as I don't want to ever touch my lens glass with anything but light if possible.
I also have seperate CPL and various ND filters for the lenses I mainly use and have never used them with step/step down rings.
In reading your situation, you may be suited to the slide in filters for the versatility they provide as you could use your step up/down rings to match the filter holder to your lens. Drop in filters can include gel or resin filters and depending on which brand you buy can be more optically pure than glass and also lighter to transport.
A full set of drop in filters can often be much cheaper than a full set of glass UV/ND/CPL/Colour Graduating/Colour Correction & Variable filters in some of these varieties.
The downside however is that non-glass filters are easily damaged and in the case of gel filters, near impossible to clean when smudged by an errant fingerprint. So if you do go this route, be extra careful when handling them and by all means invest in a box of disposable plastic or cotton gloves.
As far as your lens hood concerns go, consider rubber lens hoods with screw mounts to attach to the front of your lens filter ;-)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-22-2020, 11:34 PM  
A new member - used to be a read-only visitor
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 12
Views: 490
Welcome (yet again) from Australia.
Glad you joined us. A Pentaxian you are!
Some nice cameras there... Awesome that you decided to contribute and not just read.
I am sure with your Pentaxian experience you will be able to contribute well to these forums.
I look forward to seeing some of your photos posted in the future.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-20-2020, 01:24 PM  
Lens hoods
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 14
Views: 964
Basically a petal shaped lens hood is good for a wide angle lens and better suits usage with a wide sensor in film and digital cameras.
The square type were generally used for older lenses.
Every lens projects a circular image, but film and digital sensors are rectangular. In the case of DSLRs, the rectangle is usually quite oblong, with the standard 3:2 aspect ratio that is, half again as much width as height.

The more a lens hood shades except the part that forms the image, the better. Petal hoods can take advantage of this by providing more shading for the parts of the frame that are farthest from the edge of the circle (primarily the top and bottom, followed by the edges) and less shading where the frame gets close (the corners).

Focal length is also a big factor, again for logical reasons the wider the lens, the wider the hood has to be to stay out of the way. This means that for longer focal lengths ("telephoto lenses"), a tubular non-petal design can provide quite a lot of shade, and going to a petal design is basically unnecessary and could be even unwieldy, protruding way, way out.
I use rubber hoods for shooting through windows (holding the lens hood to the window to eliminate reflection).
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-19-2020, 12:54 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW Photo Contest #160 Poll (Open Theme December 2019)
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 47
Views: 6,174
I could vote for each photo happily.
Took me a couple of days of revisiting to decide.
Every photo is a winner to me.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-19-2020, 10:48 AM  
Im back!
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 6
Views: 327
Glad to hear you are still alive.
Not so glad to hear about your injuries.
I too wish you a speedy recovery.
Welcome back to the forums from Australia.
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