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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1 Hour Ago  
Thematic The Yard Birds Thread
Posted By Des
Replies: 2,370
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Fine shot Richard. Great detail, light is beautiful.

BTW, I think it's a Noisy Friarbird: Noisy Friarbird | BirdLife Australia
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 13 Hours Ago  
Thematic The Yard Birds Thread
Posted By Des
Replies: 2,370
Views: 174,935
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae). An iconic Australian bird, one of the largest kingfishers. KP + DA 55-300 PLM
Forum: General Photography 2 Days Ago  
CRK - EOFY discount?
Posted By Des
Replies: 9
Views: 410
Yes you are right. I didn't see the $300 off ebay deal when I looked at these.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 2 Days Ago  
K-3 Mark III and my focusing
Posted By Des
Replies: 19
Views: 930
You lose one stop of light with the TC. This means that even wide open at 300mm the effective aperture would be f8. In less than ideal conditions, this will affect focus accuracy. These slow zooms are not really suitable for use with a TC in other than very good light IMO.

Like other posters I find single point AF (whether centre point or select) more accurate (with the proviso that I haven't used the K-3iii). But where the bird is fairly small in the frame, and you are aiming for the head/eye, you are trying to target a very small area. It's just inevitable that you will miss focus on a lot of shots.

I agree with what @FozzFoster and @Ramseybuckeye have said. Personally with the KP I use TAv and let the ISO float, but generally only to 3200 (6400 if necessary). 1/640th or 1/800th is plenty fast enough, but if light doesn't allow that I'd be prepared to drop the shutter (to 1/80th if necessary). Sometimes shooting a burst at a slow speed will get one or two reasonable shots, but you might want to try fill flash instead when the light isn't enough. This will very often give better colour and feather detail. Even the excellent accelerator unit on the KP can't perform miracles - higher ISO does produce more muddy images when the light is insufficient.

Any way to get closer to the feeder? That would make a lot of difference.
Forum: General Photography 3 Days Ago  
CRK - EOFY discount?
Posted By Des
Replies: 9
Views: 410
Thanks Bill. Picked up the last DA 16-85 for $662, which is the best price it's been for years.


A conspicuous absentee being the K-3iii, which starts at $2795 (body only), about the same as CRK. Cheapest price I could see in Oz was about $50 cheaper at DigiDirect. I hope it will come down for the November sale.

Enjoy it. Those crisp cold winter days in Canberra and the region around offer some great photo ops.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Limited kits: 15 - 20-40 - 70 or 15 - 21 - 40 - 70?
Posted By Des
Replies: 37
Views: 1,281
The 20-40 is a lovely lens. Sits really well alongside the HD 15 Ltd. Excellent colours and contrast, very pleasant rendering. A worthy member of the Limited family.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-05-2021, 09:16 PM  
Best Replacement for DA 18-135?
Posted By Des
Replies: 24
Views: 1,220
The 18-135 is still a good lens (see my review: https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/SMC-Pentax-DA-18-135mm-F3.5-5.6-ED-...l?#review10268), but If mine died I would get this: HD Pentax-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR Reviews - DA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database I would trade the smaller focal range for better IQ and extra width.

If you want more telephoto reach, consider a two lens kit with the HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE Reviews - DA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

Can't comment on the 18-200 options, but I'd be very surprised if the IQ is comparable with the PLM in their common range. The PLM is amazing for a consumer zoom and its AF is lightning fast.
Forum: General Photography 06-04-2021, 02:06 PM  
Youth photography sites and groups
Posted By Des
Replies: 1
Views: 455
Looks like a great initiative. I see they welcome equipment donations (Camera and Equipment Donations ? Youth in Focus). Excess stuff is sold through their ebay store.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-04-2021, 03:44 AM  
Flickr Lens Info
Posted By Des
Replies: 7
Views: 511
Yes ExifToolGui is terrific.

For those who want the short story, you can do both of these things with ExifToolGui:
1. You can copy the "LensType" info from Maker Notes to the "LensModel" tag in EXIF (which means that the lens details will show when the image is uploaded to Flickr) in a whole batch of photos at once by selecting them all and choosing "Exif: LensInfo from Maker Notes" from the Modify menu.
2. You can enter the name for an unrecognised lens in Maker Notes (e.g. one that just says "Sigma" or "A series lens") and then import that into the Exif by the same means. And you can also do that for a whole batch of photos at once.

It would be nice if this functionality were built in to DxO PL and could be automated. My pre-processing workflow is rather tedious:
- Copy image files from SD card to computer drive and do a cull.
- Check lens/camera info in Picture Information Extractor
- Rename files using scripts in RenameMaster. (Inserting the date taken, letter code for the camera and lens and a short form of where taken)
- Copy lens info from Maker Notes to EXIF (and change lens name where necessary) using ExifToolGui.
- Move to relevant folder(s) for processing (and make backup copy on another drive)
- Open relevant folder in DxO PL for processing.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-03-2021, 02:18 PM  
Flickr Lens Info
Posted By Des
Replies: 7
Views: 511
By default, a Pentax camera writes the lens name to the Maker Notes in the image file (RAW or jpg). Flickr will only read it if it's in the EXIF. To display the lens name on Flickr it needs to be copied from one to the other. Some processing software does that (LR, maybe Apple Photos & ON1), others don't (e.g. PDCU, DxO). Mine doesn't so I use EXIFToolGui to do it before processing. See this thread: Pentax lens names in Flickr - PentaxForums.com

Paul, if you click the "EXIF" button on the Metadata tab in ExifTool, you will see that the relevant Tag is "LensModel". That's what Flickr is looking for. There won't be an entry there by default for an image out of a Pentax camera. If you click the "Maker" button, you will see the relevant tag is "LensType", which is where the camera writes the entry.

I am guessing that ON1 has written the "LensModel" entry for you automatically from the value in the corresponding tag in Maker Notes.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-02-2021, 10:13 PM  
Bought my first ever camera the pentax k-5 and i love it. Few questions about lenses
Posted By Des
Replies: 24
Views: 733
Welcome to PF from an Australian of Irish descent.

Beautiful place to photograph.

What you get will be governed by your budget and your preferred focal length.

I agree with @Kozlok - on a tight budget, the DA 18-135 is hard to beat amongst WR lenses. See this thread for examples: DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do - PentaxForums.com

If your budget would run to a DA 16-85 or a DA 20-40 Limited, each of those is a great option as others have mentioned. The reliability problems with the DA*16-50 f2.8 (which is also WR, like all DA star lenses) that have been mentioned (which make it more affordable second hand) are about its autofocus motor - but if that fails it can easily be converted to screw-drive autofocus.

If you want something wider, the only WR option would be the DA*11-18 f2.8. Wonderful lens by all accounts, but very expensive.

But while WR is handy, with a bit of care and common sense you could get by with a non-WR zoom, like the DA 12-24 f4 or the Sigma 10-20 f3.5 or f4-5.6. They will be much cheaper. The DA 15mm f4 Limited is excellent too, although not WR.

I endorse what Tom (@Ramseybuckeye) said about tripods too. If you haven't already, get a quality one - it will transform your landscape photography. Carbon fibre ones are lighter weight, but good quality alloy ones are cheap on the second hand market.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-02-2021, 06:01 PM  
Best low light walk around lens.
Posted By Des
Replies: 57
Views: 2,953
There used to be a custom in low-end pubs here that if someone turned their glass upside down they were offering to fight anyone. This seems like the equivalent to me. ;-)

Personally I prefer to walk around with a zoom. But the times that I have walked around with a prime - 15, 35, 43, 50, 77, 100, 300 or 400mm, depending on the circumstances - are often the times when I have got a shot out of the box. Sure you give up opportunities, but it can be very creative.

I think you will enjoy them. The 15 in particular takes a little practice to get the most from - I got a lot of benefit from the tips and examples in the "15 Limited controls my mind" thread.
Forum: General Photography 06-02-2021, 05:39 PM  
Give them a reason why to get into photography
Posted By Des
Replies: 29
Views: 1,106
I asked the questions because I thought your experience would be pertinent to the topic. It is. Thanks for sharing. And yes, it is a cool place!
Forum: General Photography 06-02-2021, 04:49 PM  
Give them a reason why to get into photography
Posted By Des
Replies: 29
Views: 1,106
I haven't used that lens but as @Serkevan says users here love it. Some great gear to fall into your lap!

Interesting to hear your comments. It makes sense.

The first info overload is choosing a camera, so you've overcome that one.

As for learning to use it, it's great that you are moving off the auto modes. Your approach of breaking it down and just concentrating on aperture to start with is exactly what most of us would suggest.

The next step is to try different shutter speeds to see how much you can slow down without getting too much blur (and how fast you need to go to freeze something that moves). There's a great article here about technique I would recommend: Making the Most of Long Exposure Handhelds - Introduction - In-Depth Articles

I would agree with @Serkevan that with the K-70 you can let the ISO go higher when you need to in order to get the shutter speed and aperture you want.

The main thing is to try different things and have fun. Feel free to ask questions here: there are no dumb questions.
Forum: General Photography 06-01-2021, 05:58 PM  
Give them a reason why to get into photography
Posted By Des
Replies: 29
Views: 1,106
Interesting to hear your experience. Which lens did you get? How are you finding the transition from phone to DSLR? What advice would you be giving other young budding photographers?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-25-2021, 06:04 PM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By Des
Replies: 4,002
Views: 630,461
It's not bad in that example Richard. You will get worse PF sometimes with leaves/branches against a sky.

Same here, even with HD coatings. But the coatings do help - it would be good if they were added in a refresh of the 18-135.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-24-2021, 04:32 PM  
Best low light walk around lens.
Posted By Des
Replies: 57
Views: 2,953
+1

Like Tom (@Ramseybuckeye) I don't have the 21, but have the 15 and 20-40 Limited. The 20-40 does sit well beside my HD-DA 15mm f4 Limited. Images do have a similar look, with rich colours and very good microcontrast.

I don't think the old rule that primes are sharper than zooms still holds. To put it another way, most modern zooms have quite enough resolution. The 20-40 produces lovely images and the extra versatility would be a big advantage in photographing children. (If anything you might want a lens with a wider zoom range, like the DA*16-50 f2.8 or Tamron/Sigma 17-50 f2.8.)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-23-2021, 04:01 PM  
Thematic Post Your shot Across Australia
Posted By Des
Replies: 185
Views: 23,615
Fabulous set Rob. The whole Flickr album is terrific. Haven't walked the Big Drift for many years - that's a fine set. I also really like the sunrise shots from Yanakie.
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 05-22-2021, 04:19 PM  
Pentax SMC DA 18-135mm
Posted By Des
Replies: 97
Views: 25,325
Happy to have contributed to the decision Richard! Your samples show how good the resolution is at narrow apertures. But it's also very good at wider apertures when you want to pick out a subject.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-20-2021, 03:26 AM  
Thematic The Yard Birds Thread
Posted By Des
Replies: 2,370
Views: 174,935
A couple of honeyeaters. KP + DA 55-300 PLM

Yellow-faced Honeyeater


Lewin's Honeyeater
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-18-2021, 05:51 PM  
How Many...
Posted By Des
Replies: 48
Views: 1,677
I shoot RAW only these days (except for pure record shots). When I was shooting RAW + jpg, there were hardly any occasions when I couldn't get a better result by processing the RAW file. (To take up one point raised by the OP, the few that were just right SOOC were taken with Limited lenses or the DFA 100 macro. Make of that what you will.)

It can be tedious processing 70 or 80 shots culled from shots taken on a day out. I then tend to use presets for most and just spend more time on the best ones that are potential Flickr candidates. You can get 80% of the improvement by quick processing - it's the last bit that takes much of the time: e.g. local adjustment masks, simulated graduated filters, extra treatment in Silver Efex Pro or Color Efex Pro. But then, it's often the finishing touches that takes it to another level.

Out of curiosity, I did try some in-camera processing with the KP recently, just selecting one of the jpg presets. The results seemed a lot better than I remembered with the K-30 or K-3 - I can see why that would be a viable option for those who can't be bothered with post-processing RAW files.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-18-2021, 12:12 AM  
Thematic Wildlife-Non Squirrel Furry Animal Thread
Posted By Des
Replies: 212
Views: 16,804
Another Brushy with the KP + DA 55-300 PLM
Forum: Pentax KP 05-18-2021, 12:09 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By Des
Replies: 3,267
Views: 310,076
Common Brushtail Possums. KP + DA 55-300 PLM


Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 05-17-2021, 04:14 PM  
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE
Posted By Des
Replies: 197
Views: 25,823
Thank you. It's so easy with ICE.

Back to the samples. Butterflies with KP + DA 55-300 PLM


Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-16-2021, 03:39 PM  
18-270 DA Lens
Posted By Des
Replies: 19
Views: 850
I think you will be pleasantly surprised. For centre sharpness, the 18-135 is very good right through the range. The limitations (compared to more expensive lenses like the DA 16-85) are more reflected in corner-edge sharpness, in CA, bokeh and general rendering. Even then, for many kinds of shots, you won't see these differences.
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