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Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-08-2018, 07:53 PM  
Machinery HiFi setup at new home.
Posted By hks_kansei
Replies: 2
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Yeah, it's old enough now that a lot of people have forgotten it ever existed.

It was basically part of Pentax's first line of DSLRs, and was I think their last line to be sold at the same time as a film equivalent model (yes, there is also an *ist film body)

It's very low on features by current standards, but it's done me well enough over the years, even if a few things stopped working (flash doesnt work at all, it's become VERY fussy with batteries and will now only work with Eneloops, where it used to be fine with CRv3's or standard alkaline AAs)
Forum: Photo Critique 04-08-2018, 12:50 AM  
Abstract Help with Composition.
Posted By hks_kansei
Replies: 6
Views: 630
For me it's #1.

The closer more tightly cropped shots have two issues to my eyes.

1: by cropping more closely you lose the instant recognition of the trees (especially #3) the fact that you've chosen to double expose over the trees tells me that they are intended to form some part of the final image, by losing them you may as well have not included them at all.

2: the trees do give an uneven texture to the lady's face, which works on the uncropped shot, however the more closely the shot is cropped, the more the texture overpowers her, much like how a mosaic looks fine from a distance, but when you get close it becomes somewhat jumbled looking.

I'd say #1, but maybe consider shifting the background so that her whole face/hair is visible, currently she looks a little too cramped between the white space of the sky.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-08-2018, 12:27 AM  
Machinery HiFi setup at new home.
Posted By hks_kansei
Replies: 2
Views: 309
Album (3 images): Stereo Setup | Flickr

Room layout by hks_kansei, on Flickr

Angle by hks_kansei, on Flickr

Frontal by hks_kansei, on Flickr

So yeah, my first post back here in ages.
Without going into hug detail, I havent had a computer for the past couple of years, and have had a lot of other stuff going on, so wasnt able to drag out the cameras at all.

Anyway, that's all dealt with for now, and I can actually start taking pics again.

3 basic pics above of the hifi setup I picked up cheaply over the weekend, a nice little Harman Kardon one from about 1983, temporarily hooked into a pair of old Sony rear satellites from the front room surround setup.

it sounds lovely, and does a great job of what I intended it to do, which is be a nice quality sounding setup for our back room without having to crank the volume right up.
Only thing I need to do is open up the tape deck and see why the heads arent lifting sometimes, hoping it's just old grease that's gone sticky, but it may be something more. (hopefully just grease, as I also wanted it to record tapes for the car)

The shots arent anything special, the long shot is from my rubbish Sigma 18-50, hence the lack of sharpness.
The other two are from my Pentax A 50mm F1.4, which is great when the aperture doesnt stick (it needs a service)
Body is my ancient *istDS, on my even more ancient Exelas tripod that's a bit "grandpa's axe" with the amount of repairs it's had over the years.

Anyway, enjoy.
Forum: General Talk 01-14-2016, 08:52 PM  
American English question
Posted By hks_kansei
Replies: 1,476
Views: 51,585
Interesting to note the state differences.

I did all of my schooling in Victoria (primary to '99, then high until '05), and was taught to use the one second from the right.

Not that it matters, I always found cursive/running/ to be far slower for me to write (legibly) than simply writing in print.

Not that my print is particularly neat, my handwriting in general is pretty woeful. Numbers are always tidy, but that's likely a virtue of dealing with them daily.
Forum: General Talk 10-30-2015, 01:29 AM  
Is anyone here Jewish?
Posted By hks_kansei
Replies: 15
Views: 1,065
Good point.

It reminds me of how the suburb of Balaclava down here in Melbourne changed all the pedestrian crossings to work regardless of the button being pressed. This was to cater to the Jewish population in the area. (Balaclava has a very large Jewish population, and is home to quite a few Jewish schools, and synogogues)

Not sure if it's all the time, or only Saturdays however.
Forum: General Talk 10-25-2015, 05:07 PM  
Is anyone here Jewish?
Posted By hks_kansei
Replies: 15
Views: 1,065
Not Jewish myself, however a good proportion of my workplace are (including the owners) which means the office tends to follow many of the Jewish religious holidays.

Giving a running idea of what Jewish people do/dont do is difficult since there are so very many different branches of Judaism (much like how christianity has Catholisism, Protestant, Lutheran, etc etc)

The common basics are that most will only eat food that is Kosher, which can get pretty complex but the basics are
no pig products
no meat with dairy in the same meal (some actually have two kitchens in their homes to keep it separate)
no shellfish
no blood products
and some others I forget (like gelatine, since it's made of boiled bones etc)

As far as business hours go the Jewish day is from sunset to sunset, the jewish holy day (Shabbat, or sabbath) is from sunset on a Friday, to Sunset of a Saturday, during this time one cannot toil, some just take the day off work, others take it more seriously and won't even press a button on a computer.
There are also many Jewish religious days around September, due to the sunset day measurement most of these end up meaning Jewish businesses are closed for two regular days.

those are really the bare basics, but as I said so many Jewish people follow slightly different religious rules and interpretations, at my work my boss is Jewish, but wears no yarmulke, and shaves, others always have their yarmulke on, and some others again wear the yarmulke and never shave (there is some teaching about not allowing blades near the face or something along those lines)
Forum: General Talk 10-19-2015, 03:11 AM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By hks_kansei
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I figured as much about Serge, I've read about a few of the songs but havent looked up the directly translated lyrics.

Thanks for the tip re: Mick Harvey, i'll look on the shelf for the disc, my girlfriend is a massive Nick Cave fan and so we've got a lot of his stuff, and also a lot of stuff from those he worked with so it's probably there somewhere.
Forum: General Talk 10-18-2015, 04:56 AM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By hks_kansei
Replies: 3,678
Views: 317,078
Been listening to a lot of Serge Gainsbourg in the car lately.

Loving it, so smooth, so relaxing.
Granted, my French is very limited, so for all I know he could be singing about a bout of food poisoning, but meh, say anything in french and it sounds romantic.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-12-2015, 04:13 AM  
Nature Dangerous Australians: A close encounter
Posted By hks_kansei
Replies: 43
Views: 1,981
Used to see a lot of snakes, lizards and other assorted animals when I lived in the country and worked on farms.

Still remember my old weed control job, wading blindly through waist high grass, and blackberry brambles.

The only protection from being bitten was a pair of workboots, a pair of jeans, and some thick canvas chaps (also great to keep the bloody blackberry thorns out of your legs)

Snakes are pretty common here is Aust, but they tend to not really go near built up areas. I used to see them pretty often, but now that I live closer to Melb I've not seen any, even when roaming the forests up the mountain, or the creek near home.
Forum: General Talk 10-11-2015, 11:09 PM  
Why Every Movie Looks Sort of Orange and Blue
Posted By hks_kansei
Replies: 9
Views: 636

HDR comes to mind for still photography, for a while it seemed to be applied to everything regardless of subject matter.

I've been watching a new series on SBS here called "The Principal" which so far has been good, and while the filming is quite good, they seemed to have gone absolutely overboard with the golden toning, the entire thing looks like it's been filmed in the sahara desert despite it being set in a school in Western Sydney.

I'm not really sure why they chose such an in-your-face toning, especially since most of the cast are either Middle Eastern, African, or Islanders, and as such already have skintones with warm golden tones before any filters.
Forum: General Talk 10-11-2015, 10:51 PM  
Bluetooth, why is it so difficult?
Posted By hks_kansei
Replies: 8
Views: 897
I'll probably ask some friends to do it for me, since I can't work the damn thing out.

I don't have any young people to work out my tech stuff, since i'm only 28, i'm supposed to be the age to know it myself :P

---------- Post added 12-10-15 at 04:56 PM ----------

Not sure on the upgrade part, it's a fairly recent radio (the car is a 2002, but the radio I think is lucky if it's 2 year old. My phone is a HTC that's maybe 12months old?)

I've not really had to use bluetooth on much, once ages ago trying to send a file from my phone to a friend's, in the end it took so long to work out we just plugged it into a PC and dragged and dropped the file in maybe 30seconds.

The next was pairing Mum's old phone to her then new car, and while it seemed to work it was fairly hit and miss, and generally awkward to use (I put that down to bluetooth being fairly new at that stage)

And yeah, with my phone and current car stereo, I just assumed that in the many years since those attempts they would have ironed out the creases! especially since it's such a popular thing!

Why can't it just be as simple as pressing a button on the stereo to say "pair to me" and then pressing one on the phone to say "sure thing"

---------- Post added 12-10-15 at 04:57 PM ----------

there is on the front of the radio, and it worked once, but I can't seem to get it to work again.

and yeah, the music part seemed to work the first time, but I didn't actually want to pair for music since there's no music on my phone anyway.
Forum: General Talk 10-10-2015, 02:45 PM  
Bluetooth, why is it so difficult?
Posted By hks_kansei
Replies: 8
Views: 897
So I recently bought a new car (new to me anyway)

And it has a Clarion head unit with bluetooth phone handsfree stuff, so I figured i'd read the manual and pair my phone to it so if I get a call I can answer without having to pull over, or pick up the phone and cop a $400 fine.

Anyway, I read the manual, paired the phone, and then found that whenever i'd select bluetooth it would start playing every audio file on the phone.
I unpaired it and tried again this morning, radio said it paired, phone said it paired, the audio playing thing stopped for some reason (I didnt change anything?)
But it wouldn't let me dial anything from the car... yet when I dialed with the phone it would come through the car.

I then turned off bluetooth, and turned it back on to see if it would re-pair, phone said paired and then nothing, no calls through the radio, no dialling, nothing.

Why on earth is bluetooth so difficult to use? every single time i've tried it, with ANY device, it's always been so horribly user unfriendly.
How did it become so popular despite being so enraging to work out?
Forum: General Talk 10-05-2015, 01:10 AM  
Gearheads, Unite!
Posted By hks_kansei
Replies: 1,939
Views: 156,504
Forum: General Talk 10-01-2015, 05:38 AM  
Gearheads, Unite!
Posted By hks_kansei
Replies: 1,939
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ZT by hks_kansei, on Flickr

Here's a pic of it after the registration was competed.

Still awful, but brilliant compared to the ones I posted above (that even a blind man would say looked awful)
Forum: General Talk 10-01-2015, 05:36 AM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By hks_kansei
Replies: 1,254
Views: 65,752
I bought this last week as a sensible runabout.

ZT by hks_kansei, on Flickr
(right side is mine, left is just a random one I saw..... odd since very few of these were sold in Australia)

I love that it has 5 seats, a torquey engine, and so many comfort gizmos that it's better than my house in many aspects..

I hate that the engine is wedged in and almost every job needs the intake manifold removed, and that every vaccuum line was made of a rubber that under heat and oil has turned so hard and fragile you would swear it was glass..

And tomorrow I have the misfortune of replacing every single vac line........
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-29-2015, 08:02 PM  
Tax Dedutions for DLSR's - Australia
Posted By hks_kansei
Replies: 3
Views: 708
Also bear in mind that the ATO do allow self assessment of the effective life of assets, obviously within reason.

Depending on the cost, and on your personal situation, you may be entitled to claim a deduction for the full cost of the camera and lenses rather than depreciating over a number of years.

If you operate as a sole trader, or a contractor (or through a trust/company) you are likely to be classed as a small business (since it's rare for a photographer to have a high income), which allows the outright deduction of assets to a certain value.

If you want any more details feel free to send me a PM, i'm an accountant in Melbourne so can happily answer any questions.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-21-2015, 03:28 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By hks_kansei
Replies: 5,602
Views: 642,114
I just have to say, I love the SFX.

When my dad taught me about photography etc it was on either a Super-A or the SFXn

Both great cameras, and I have a huge soft spot for them.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-15-2015, 04:50 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By hks_kansei
Replies: 5,602
Views: 642,114
Praktica FX3?

I've got an FX3 and love it, i;'ve taken some amazing shots on it. Love the waistlevel finder
Forum: General Talk 09-15-2015, 03:47 AM  
Gearheads, Unite!
Posted By hks_kansei
Replies: 1,939
Views: 156,504
Paid for the MG today.

Also took some photos to show friends, bearing in mind that i'm keeping it a secret from them until I pick it up and get it registered.

Here are the pics, designed purely to annoy and show them the car without giving any detail of what it is.

IMAG0250 by hks_kansei, on Flickr

IMAG0251 by hks_kansei, on Flickr

IMAG0253 by hks_kansei, on Flickr

IMAG0261 by hks_kansei, on Flickr

Frighteningly, despite the intentionally terrible photos one friend STILL managed to pick it correct!

Other guesses have been:
Toyota Camry
Holden Commodore SS
Toyota JZX100 Mark2
Ford Mondeo
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-11-2015, 12:06 AM  
The big auction site...internationally
Posted By hks_kansei
Replies: 24
Views: 1,864
Yep, lens removed when fitting prism.
Chain is intact, and does move back and forth as aperture is changed (checked it with the prism off)
Battery was fresh out of the packet.

it all seems to attach fine and work, it's just that the match needle does nothing. I'm not sure though if it's a matter of the meter not working, or that the body has a fault and the prism is not getting any power (since the body powers the prism)

Thank you for the suggestions though.
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-11-2015, 12:03 AM  
My little experiment with DOF
Posted By hks_kansei
Replies: 1
Views: 952
Bear in mind that there are more factors than just the aperture in effect here.

the subject distance to the camera has an effect, as does the background Distance.
And of course, the distance from the subject to the background also has an effect.

I usually just make a point of learning roughly the depth of field each setting gets me (scale on the lens) and using that.
Of if i'm using a camera with DOF preview I cheat and use that instead :P
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-10-2015, 10:20 PM  
The big auction site...internationally
Posted By hks_kansei
Replies: 24
Views: 1,864
A lot of Aussie sellers are guilty of the "3 blurry pics" thing, but so far I've found them all honest.

Regarding the Japanese ones, they're good and bad, my father has purchased a few cameras from a few of the Japanese sellers.

So far two cameras to my knowledge have arrived not quite as described.
One was a Pentax 6x7, visually it is the one from the advert, and the serial number matches too. The advert said it was fully functional etc.

Unfortunately, it seems to have an issue with the film winding, while it will indeed wind, it doesnt seem to do it quite right (we followed the instruction manual but having never used a 6x7 dad and I may have been doing something incorrect)

The next item was a TTL prism for the same camera, it doesn work at all. Needle wont move. In saying that, perhaps the 6x7 body has an electrical fault? since we dont have a spare 6x7 around to test we assumed it was the body not the prism that has the issue.

The last one is a 35mm Pentax Super-A that dad got me as a gift.
While I havent finished the roll in it to test with it all looks fine. Visually good (minor leather peeling) lens is great.
The only fault I can find is that the film counter is stuck at 36, minor problem, but at the same time not described in the ad.

For what it's worth, the service provided by each seller has been brilliant and prompt, and the cameras have always arrived about 98% as described, it's just those few tiny things that seem to get missed.

For the Super-A I'll assume that it was just an oversight (easy to do)
For the TTL Prism the assumption is that the body is the issue instead.
For the 6x7 it may have been user error on our part (although I am quite confident we followed the manual 100%)

My advice would be to bid away, but at the same time make a point of leaving enough headroom on your price to take into account some minor faults that might not have been noticed at their end.

My own personal ebay purchases have always been Aussie sellers (I dont use paypal, and dont have a credit card)
The only faults i've had from the stuff I;ve bought is one lens with some minor fungus, one with a missing set screw on the focus ring (both from the one bulk lot I bought) and one completely stuffed rangefinder (which was advertised as such, and priced as such)

Should probably add that I'm Australia based, so we probably get stuff shipped from Japan faster than say the US since we're a lot closer
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-09-2015, 09:52 PM  
Are SLR lenses getting bigger? A theory
Posted By hks_kansei
Replies: 34
Views: 2,624
I feel that they are getting bigger, but not that much larger since the late film days.

My personal theory is that it was the more common use of plastic that helped contribute.

Many of my older lenses are quite heavy for their small size, probably due to them being mainly metal and glass.
Later film lenses, and of course most digital lenses, tend to be made with plastic barrels (obviously the glass remains)

About the same time that the lenses got bigger the bodies seemed to as well (or at least less pocket friendly)

I suspect that at this time instant cameras with inbuilt zoom lenses seemed to have become cheaper, and so those wanting compact pocket cameras went for them and the SLR became more for those wanting the greater flexibility and quality available, and were less concerned with the size.

Since the body had already got to the size where it was beyond the pocket, there was not much reason for lenses not to do the same.
And the greater use of plastics also allowed the lenses to be larger without adding too much to the weight.

In short, companies realised people were buying SLRs for reasons other than the size, and probably figured it's not worth spending time making a camera compact if people dont care.

There's alos likely a bit of marketing there, since many people (then and now) think bigger cameras = more professional.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-09-2015, 09:01 PM  
Now...lets talk about names
Posted By hks_kansei
Replies: 256
Views: 20,616
I just assumed it was because they probably felt that since they don't sell film cameras anymore (and very, very few companies do) there's not much point in having a letter designate a Digital version.

My money is on the new model having a K and an F designation, so something along the lines of K3F or whatever.

Unless they go completely unexpected like with the *ist series.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-09-2015, 05:32 PM  
It's not just a "zen" thing
Posted By hks_kansei
Replies: 79
Views: 5,942
True, there's not that much difference in film vs digital if you're using both in manual mode with the ISO set to a static figure.

In saying that I personally find the film controls more intuitive, this one for speed, this one for aperture.
Where on my DSLR the one thumbwheel does both aperture and shutter, so I need to find the button that I need to hold to swap between the two.

That and I just prefer how the film ones feel. Which is a 100% subjective thing
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