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Forum: Post Your Photos! 3 Hours Ago  
Pets My sweet puppy - using my new 77mm 1.8 !
Posted By 35mmfilmfan
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*Tongue firmly in cheek*

Women do it too - until you marry them. :lol: :lol: :fedup: :D
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 4 Hours Ago  
Long-Time Lurker finally joins
Posted By 35mmfilmfan
Replies: 15
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Groovy - shall we have a third birthday party for the thread ?
Forum: General Talk 1 Day Ago  
The Joke Thread
Posted By 35mmfilmfan
Replies: 4,036
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How to get your neighbours worried :





Put an anonymous Father's Day card through their letter box.
Forum: General Photography 3 Days Ago  
Crazy Overpriced Items on Craiglist/Ebay etc
Posted By 35mmfilmfan
Replies: 70
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Not only that, she is an experienced seller (all of two months), and it comes with a separate lenses.
Forum: General Talk 3 Days Ago  
The Joke Thread
Posted By 35mmfilmfan
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'My name is not Herbert ! I am James Bottle, 007 3/4 (cap size)'
Forum: General Photography 3 Days Ago  
Starting them young: birding with kids
Posted By 35mmfilmfan
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When I am out birding (two or three times a week !), with camera kit as well as scope and bins, if I meet a family group, I always make a point of asking the kids what they have seen that day. It really seems to surprise and please them that an 'experienced' birder is interested in their own sightings, as well as talking to the adults, and (with the parents' permission) I have frequently lowered my scope so they can have a look through it and get better views. The downside (from the adults' point of view) is that they often ask for a scope for Christmas - but I leave them to sort that out between them !

I have known some birders complain about kids in hides being noisy - OK, this happens, but if the kids are excited at what they can see, I feel that is good, as it bodes well for the future. If the kids are bored, I merely mention to the parents that Ice-creams are on sale at the Reserve Centre !

Just done a check - out of a UK life list of 332, I have seen 198 of them at Cley NWT. Hope to get that up to 200 by the end of the year.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 3 Days Ago  
I am a bit confused about filters in hybrid camera setups
Posted By 35mmfilmfan
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My own take on the UV / protection filter is that I keep them on the lens in the camera bag, and when shooting treat them as a transparent lens cap - unscrew them in good weather, leave them on the lens when rain, snow, dust etc is likely to land on the front element (and changing lenses in sheltered conditions, or making do with whatever's on the camera !). Although they may degrade images to a slight extent (and I must say I have never taken comparison images to check for any such degradation), I feel that the image you take is always better than the one you don't.

I too use MF lenses on my K3, but AFAIK (and I think other posts bear me out on this), it is the camera body that mandates the use of CPLs, not the lens. I also have a set of square filters (full ND, hard graduated ND and soft graduated ND) for landscape work, and some 'fun' rotating graduated colour filters for weird effects that I cannot be bothered to try to mimic in post.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 3 Days Ago  
Weekly Challenge Challenge #538 - Railway Stations
Posted By 35mmfilmfan
Replies: 21
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My local 'real' railway station - we'll forget the modern 'milk floats on rails' !!

As a friend says 'Do that with a "flipping" diesel !!!!!'
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 3 Days Ago  
K3 Mk.III writing to the "wrong" SD card slot
Posted By 35mmfilmfan
Replies: 13
Views: 378
For my K3, the manual states :
Forum: General Photography 3 Days Ago  
Dumb features on cameras
Posted By 35mmfilmfan
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I have a pocket camera and a bridge camera, each with Power Zoom - I spend so much time trying to zoom to the field of view I want, that the subject has moved, metamorphosed or died by the time I am ready.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 4 Days Ago  
K3 forgetting date every time it shuts off
Posted By 35mmfilmfan
Replies: 47
Views: 1,239
Ok, thanks very much.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 4 Days Ago  
K3 forgetting date every time it shuts off
Posted By 35mmfilmfan
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Sorry, I did not make myself clear - I meant to avoid depleting the Li-on batteries, not the CMOS battery, or does using the mains adapter not act in a similar way to powering the body via the Li-on (or, as you say, AA) batteries ?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 4 Days Ago  
K3 forgetting date every time it shuts off
Posted By 35mmfilmfan
Replies: 47
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If I am ever in this situation (hopefully not), to keep the camera from automatically turning off as suggested, would it be a good idea to power it via the mains adapter, so as not to deplete the in-camera batteries ?
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 4 Days Ago  
Tilted screen, oh no :D
Posted By 35mmfilmfan
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I have one of these (or similar) - but at a far lower price :

SEAGULL 1x-2x right angle view finder for Canon Nikon Fuji Pentax Samsung | eBay
Forum: General Talk 4 Days Ago  
The Joke Thread
Posted By 35mmfilmfan
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I think someone has invented the Zen joke ! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Unless it is a shaggy dog story - in which case, where's Scooby ? Me, I always fancied Velma - what a doll.
Forum: Photographic Technique 4 Days Ago  
Focus help with K-3 birds in flight
Posted By 35mmfilmfan
Replies: 58
Views: 8,368
Sorry for the delayed response. I agree entirely, I love Cley and visit frequently - Minsmere not so often, as there are no buses there from Norwich. I was referring to walks in my local woodland and Nature Reserve, where the police were being increasingly adept at interpreting the rules in such a fashion that they could hand out fines. Not my own experience, I hasten to add, but that of others to whom I have spoken.

To set your mind at rest - I NEVER interact with other people at close range, for both my health and safety and theirs. The other week, on my way to Cley, I let the first bus go and caught the next, as the first was too crowded for my liking. Surprisingly, Cley itself was quite quiet, most visitors have headed straight for the beach where they wasted spent their time throwing things around and screaming. The Crown of Creation ? Hmmmm.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 4 Days Ago  
Totally upset with my K-3 Mk III
Posted By 35mmfilmfan
Replies: 20
Views: 904
Must confess I read Wildlife as WIfe - and with my ex- if rapid or random movement was detected, it was time to disappear, not use the camera ! Her aim was lousy, so she adopted the 'spray and curse' approach with whatever came to hand. Have you ever tried to catch a Hamster cage, complete with confused high-speed Hamster within ? Not easy, I can tell you.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 5 Days Ago  
Macro My first DSLR macro photos after 5 years with film cameras
Posted By 35mmfilmfan
Replies: 17
Views: 239
Probably not specifically for daytime use, but the output is sufficient to negate the effect of daylight, when using the correct aperture. When you get one, I should do some test shots at various apertures and distances, keeping note of the exposures (set the shutter speed to the flash sync speed), to see what results work best for you. The problem with the on-camera flash is that it is too powerful for close-up work, and also does not illuminate evenly. Usable for portraits, but not macro. One way to cut down the light emitted, of course, is to use a diffuser over the flash (Not the lens !) - a folded piece of tracing paper, or a white handkerchief were the recommended ways in the past. Much cheaper and probably more effective than ND filters.

BTW, instead of using a close-up lens or filter, extension tubes enable closer focussing with a standard lens (whilst losing Infinity, of course), without impacting the image quality. You can also get a PK reversing ring, which screws into the filter thread on the lens enable it to be attached to the camera in reverse. Both of these often turn up inexpensively on various on-line auction sites.


HTH

Tony
Forum: Post Your Photos! 5 Days Ago  
Macro My first DSLR macro photos after 5 years with film cameras
Posted By 35mmfilmfan
Replies: 17
Views: 239
Sorry - maybe I didn't explain very well. A 'Ring Flash' is an accessory which attaches to the filter thread of the lens and connects to the camera hot shoe. It gives a fairly low level of shadow-free illumination, as the lens basically looks through it. They can be expensive, though. This link may help : Ring flash - Wikipedia
Forum: General Photography 5 Days Ago  
Can too much technology stifle creativity?
Posted By 35mmfilmfan
Replies: 97
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My recently-purchased K3 is far more advanced than any other camera I have owned, or am likely to own - but having come up with the traditional path of fully-manual (not even auto-aperture - 50mm Meritar on Praktica Nova 1) film photography, via auto-focus (Pentax MZ-5n), to K10D, K20D and now K3, I appreciate the need to be fully conversant with the controls, enhancements and limitations encountered with each change of equipment. To me, the essential learning curve was to first read the manual (and, with the K3, the excellent e-book), which told me everything the equipment could do. Then, I looked at possible choices of subject matter (which in my case are quite wide-ranging), and see how the technology could help me achieve what I wanted. Having done this, I tried the approach upon which I had decided - and followed this with the same subject matter, but with everything on the camera set to fully manual, including focus (With my eyesight, the O-ME53 eyepiece was a great help), using my Weston V meter in incident mode for exposure.

Once home, I looked at the images without any processing, to see whether I preferred the manual version, or the 'assisted' version. I was pleasantly surprised to find that, in most instances, there was little difference in the result - so apparently I was using the technology to its best advantage. The artistic quotient was as low as ever, but no manual can really help with that - learning by experience is, to me, the way forward. My conclusion - RTFM ! (Read The Free Manual).
Forum: General Talk 5 Days Ago  
The Joke Thread
Posted By 35mmfilmfan
Replies: 4,036
Views: 343,623
What do you call a potato orbiting the Earth ?



Spudnik
Forum: Post Your Photos! 5 Days Ago  
Nature Painted Lady
Posted By 35mmfilmfan
Replies: 8
Views: 149
Very nice. There were a couple at Cley NWT on Wednesday, but I was so sweaty my camera kept slipping.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 5 Days Ago  
Macro My first DSLR macro photos after 5 years with film cameras
Posted By 35mmfilmfan
Replies: 17
Views: 239
Nice shots. I'm sure others will mention this too, but I usually find my most successful shots are taken using manual focus, camera on tripod and monopod, lens well stopped down for DOF. I sometimes use a ring flash (although I have had indifferent results with the cheaper LED ring lights - I find the short duration of the flash essential to eliminate movement) - this can, however, produce unnaturally dark backgrounds. However you choose to go, good luck and have fun,
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 5 Days Ago  
Pentax Batteries Price
Posted By 35mmfilmfan
Replies: 9
Views: 215
Ever since the days of film, I have been 'obsessed' with not running out of essentials. In those days, as many spare rolls of film of different types (to keep four Ricoh KR10 Super bodies fed) as I could cram into my bag, pockets etc. Nowadays, with my K3, I have acquired 9 batteries of various makes, mainly second hand. I have one battery in the body, another (which is selected to be used first) in the grip, three more in pockets on my rucksack, and a further four keeping my 150-500 company in the base compartment. And this is for a day trip, as I don't travel. All batteries are charged monthly.

Each card slot has a SanDisk 128 GB card in, plus a spare 128 GB in the grip compartment - and an SD card wallet with eight spare 64 GB cards, and two 32 GB ones. Don't know about the camera lasting the rest of my life (though it has a damned good chance, at my age !) - but I think I'm set up for consumables for the foreseeable future !!

Local buses have USB ports - may take along my travel charger and see if it will charge batteries too. Charges phones OK, so may work.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 5 Days Ago  
A Camera Shop Opening! (UK)
Posted By 35mmfilmfan
Replies: 25
Views: 681
In Norwich, we have two 'chain' Photo dealers - WEX and LCE, plus occasional 'blink and you miss it' Jessops branches - at least three in ten years, as their financial fortunes fluctuate. There are also three well-established shops handling second-hand items, plus a couple of electronics retailers that purport to sell camera equipment.
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