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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-29-2011, 05:56 AM  
Olympus debuts PEN E-PM1 with lots of free cams
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 6
Views: 2,164
Sounds like India. Just replace "RAINDROPS" with a three-day Indian wedding...You been there, Rio?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-28-2011, 01:55 AM  
Olympus debuts PEN E-PM1 with lots of free cams
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 6
Views: 2,164
Quite honestly, I couldn't care less - I'm sick of digital. Gone back to film. Wake me when it's all over.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 09-28-2011, 01:49 AM  
Film : is not dead yet!
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 24
Views: 4,859
Last time I saw bananas in Adelaide they were $15 a kg. But you'll get to smell 'em again long before we do, Lith.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 09-26-2011, 01:43 AM  
Help wanted on processing slides
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 10
Views: 2,311
If you don't mind sending them interstate, I've used this crowd in Adelaide to process some ancient film from a long-dead Kodak 1A someone gave me, that still had the film inside. They did an excellent job:

CLL Negative Develop, Print & Training Pricing - Black & White Photographics. Another option is to get a copy of Photographic Trader from a newsagent and check out some of the camera businesses, clubs etc in your area.
Good luck.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-26-2011, 01:27 AM  
A day in the darkroom
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 5
Views: 1,383
Couldn't agree more, Vendee. I'm hoping to have my darkroom built (in the garage) by the end of the year. Can't wait for that magic moment as the prints emerge. My dad had a darkroom under the stairs when I was a kid in the 1950s. I was hooked and love it still. I'm glad you're up and running again.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-26-2011, 01:08 AM  
Uttering the words of satan... film...
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 138
Views: 16,830
Last year I was wandering around Adelaide with my Mamiya 645 and stumbled across a big celebration function for Chinese New Year. There was a group of pro cameramen with the usual Canikon arrays clacking away for their newspapers. Not being shy about these things, I snuck in with them to get some close-up shots of the crowd. When I hauled out my Mamiya the pros all crowded round and sighed and made comments like "Now that's a real camera!"

Then I ran out of film.
Forum: General Talk 09-05-2011, 04:27 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 23,740
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Bluespearbone, I'm expecting my Pentax V any day. If it has a strap you'd be welcome to it, as I plan to have the meter round my neck as Jeff described.

In the same package will be an MX body, which will sit nicely in my backpack alongside the Mamiya 645 1000s I've just acquired. I'll post a pic when I've got a digital camera in my hands. Also got a very sweet little rangefinder for my Voigtlander Perkeo - a "Watameter." Beautiful old German jewel-like engineering.

Yesterday someone gave me a Yashica Minister I. Unfortunately she'd left the battery in 30 years ago, when she put it away in a cupboard and forgot about it and it's corroded all the wiring. The meter is cactus and the rangefinder is faded almost to nothing. Still, my new watameter fits on the hotshoe and I've got a hand-held light meter, so all is not lost.
Forum: General Talk 08-28-2011, 12:35 AM  
Favorite Quotes
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 39
Views: 6,246
"How beautiful it is to do nothing and then rest afterwards." Spanish proverb.
Forum: General Talk 08-28-2011, 12:32 AM  
Hurricane Irene
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 97
Views: 13,944
Stay safe, my American friends. Thinking of you.

Forum: Photographic Technique 08-21-2011, 06:36 AM  
Camera Van
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 8
Views: 1,600
One way to do street photography, I guess.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-20-2011, 07:24 AM  
Sony introduces world's first digital binoculars
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 2
Views: 1,686
Do they make you a coffee while you're waiting for the birds to settle? And can I phone home and collect my email too?

The world's gone mad.
Forum: General Talk 08-20-2011, 07:14 AM  
Looking for good photography magazine
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 6
Views: 2,200
B&W recently merged with Color to produce (drum roll...) B&W+Color. It's a pretty solid magazine now, showcasing talented photographers in both genres, with lots of intelligent discussion, gritty street work, photographers talking about their philosophical and technical approaches etc. $9.95 in your part of the world.
Silvershotz might also interest you if you like fine art photography and experimental techniques. It's a UK magazine, five quid, don't know if you can get it in Canada.
The English mag Black and White Photography occasionally has some interesting articles and interviews but not at the same depth as B&W+Color.
Forum: Photographic Technique 08-20-2011, 06:50 AM  
Back-up to a K5 : Pentax or Nex ?
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 31
Views: 5,679
Rio, you have over 200 lenses! Your LBA passed overdrive long ago.

Frogfish, have you looked into the Ricoh GXR? It might suit your purposes. There's an M mount coming out for it and there's a thread somewhere talking about persuading Ricoh to look at a K mount. Nice camera.
Forum: Photographic Technique 08-19-2011, 07:43 PM  
Trip to Australia
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 45
Views: 6,516
If you're thinking of a couple of days to yourself you might think about driving /training/busing at least part of the way down to Sydney from Cairns. You'll see a lot more of Oz and have many more opportunities to photograph something other than "just" another big city (with the greatest respect to Sydney, which is magnificent). And remember we drive on the left!
And watch out for wildlife on the road at dusk.
And next time come to Kangaroo Island.
And keep away from VB - it's gut-rot.
And read up on cricket.
And bring a hat.
And always carry water.
And above all ENJOY!

And if you come across any wombats, avoid them - cuddly though they look, they're ankle biters.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-15-2011, 05:19 AM  
Ricoh GXR-system Full Frame K-mount module
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 60
Views: 21,048
Um, am I missing something here? The GXR has one sensor per lens, built in as a modular unit, lens and sensor combined. The whole point of the camera is the careful matching of each sensor to its corresponding lens. How would it be possible to attach one of your own lenses to such a system?


Sorry, just read Ricoh's website. Now I understand what you're all getting at. Seems a strange thing to do - rather defeats the original purpose, it seems to me. Nevertheless, a FF module to fit all my old manual Pentax lenses would be something I'd plonk down some Aussie dollars for. Count me in.
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 08-03-2011, 12:43 AM  
Pentax FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited samples
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 257
Views: 114,115
Damn you! Damn you all!! How am I going to explain this to my wife.....!!?? There goes my tax rebate.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-21-2011, 04:30 PM  
Choosing a photo editing graphics tablet?
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 8
Views: 10,399
I bought a Wacom Bamboo recently at the urging of a friend. Can't honestly say it's changed my life and on occasions it's a real pain - slow and awkward. The mouse doesn't always pick up a Photoshop tool, forcing me to use the pen, which I don't always want. I sent an email to Wacom and they told me to uninstall/reinstall everything, including Photoshop!
Sounds like the Intous might be a better bet. From where I stand I couldn't honestly recommend a tablet unless you do a lot of fine work.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-19-2011, 09:39 AM  
K7 Questions
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 43
Views: 4,307
One of the great benefits of buying into a Pentax system is that you can mount any lens Pentax ever made, going back to the Paleolithic era. If you don't mind manual focus there are some outstanding gems in the M and K series of lenses that you can pick up for just a few bucks. Check out the Pentax Items For Sale section of this forum and the lens reviews. I use several of these lenses with my K7 and they produce exhibition-quality prints. You don't need to spend a fortune. I'd also tend to agree that you might be better off going for these good-quality 2nd hand lenses straight away rather than a kit lens. The K7 is a 15MP semi-pro camera, so you're getting a lot of quality for a relatively low price, but it needs good glass to get the best out of it. That said, the Pentax kit lenses are certainly a cut above in quality than most other brands.

And I totally agree with JHD. We get far too obsessed with high ISO. A friend of mine bought a Nikon D3X and told me how it has such high ISO quality that he could shoot in complete dark. Why would anyone spend enough money to feed the population of Somalia for a year so they can shoot who knows what in pitch blackness!? Mad.
Enjoy your K7. You'll love it. And a warm welcome to the forum.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-19-2011, 09:10 AM  
Adobe Bridge alternatives
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 8
Views: 6,984
Just be aware there are several ACDSee products. ACDSee Pro is a bigger, heavier and more resource-hungry program than Photo Manager 12 (though it's still very speedy compared with Bridge). Since you've been using Bridge you obviously have Photoshop, so there'd be no advantage in getting the full, more expensive ACDSee Pro. Whichever you choose, you'll find your 4GB RAM is plenty. I also use Bridge sometimes and it really crawls in comparison.
Forum: Photographic Technique 07-19-2011, 04:17 AM  
Photographers we might not know who are awe inspiring...
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 15
Views: 3,086
Really love her work. Glad to see there's a book coming out - a great Xmas present (for me!).

Here's another you might not be familiar with - Emil Hoppe, a German-born British photographer active in the early to mid 20th century. He was known for his portraiture and for bringing photographs of industry, machinery etc. to a state of art. He spent a couple of years in Australia on a documentary assignment with his folder and a big box camera. It was the first comprehensive photographic essay on the continent, especially of the Aboriginal people. Have a look: E.O. Hoppé | Galleries.

Excellent idea for a thread.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-19-2011, 03:20 AM  
Adobe Bridge alternatives
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 8
Views: 6,984
You might find ACDSee Photo Manager 12 will do the job for you. It's inexpensive, fast, light on resources and can run those filters you've mentioned. You can get a trial download. You can also set PS or whatever as an external editor or use its own (obviously more limited) editor mode. I find it very flexible and easy to configure, with a remarkable depth of features for its modest price.
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-29-2011, 01:51 AM  
One Photo Trip, $800 - what would you do?
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 15
Views: 3,606
Where can you buy a 77 Limited for under $800 in Oz? Don't keep it to yourself!

I'd probably head to the Flinders ranges or the Birdsville Track and soak up some Outback isolation. Stunning ghost towns, rock formations, desert scenes, old dead 1940s trucks, birdlife, Outback pubs, wrinkled old stockmen, Aboriginal rock art...
Now where did I put the keys?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-29-2011, 01:31 AM  
Dropped my K100D :(
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 5
Views: 1,742
Ouch! That sounds terminal. If the sensor has come loose that's not something you can fix yourself. I'd very much doubt it would be worth getting it repaired as you could buy a good used one from this forum pretty cheaply.
You wouldn't be the first to kick over a tripod. Very sad. I have a soft spot for the K100D - I took some lovely shots with mine and wish I still had it.
Forum: Photo Critique 06-29-2011, 01:22 AM  
Landscape Poppy Gate
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 14
Views: 1,722
The darker sky certainly lends some drama to the scene, at the expense of the poppies, which get a trifle overwhelmed. If you were to apply a little saturation and/or vibrancy to lift the poppies that would be about perfect. Which is not to denigrate the shot with the lighter sky. Just two different renditions evoking two different emotional responses, as I see it.

I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work.
Forum: Photo Critique 06-28-2011, 05:45 PM  
Nature In to the light
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 7
Views: 1,665
As part of a series exploring light and shade I think it would play a useful role, but I'd have to agree with smf that it lacks that special something. It did, though, evoke a pleasant feeling of tranquility and a remembrance of forests I've been in. Maybe that's enough.
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