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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-12-2017, 11:31 PM  
Updating from a K-20
Posted By opfor
Replies: 25
Views: 1,982
Do you have a CEX near you? One of my sons works part time at one.
Over here in the UK they send all the dslr lenses and cameras off to get rehabbed before they sell them.
The standard advice is to find out how to check the shutter count for the brand you are looking for and do the check before you buy.
Forum: Visitors' Center 09-08-2017, 11:41 PM  
Old Pentax lens on a new digital format
Posted By opfor
Replies: 11
Views: 1,514
Some of the A lenses give great pics, I tend to pick them up whenever possible.
I started with an ME so I guess that I'm just showing my bias for the color and sharpness you can get with some of the old lenses...:-)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-21-2015, 10:50 PM  
Static and dog hair
Posted By opfor
Replies: 16
Views: 1,500
Years ago, back before CDs and cassettes, there used to be an item that was commonly known as a static gun. It was a small device with a 'piezo' in it and a trigger. You would hold it next to your LP and pull the trigger to let off a small electric charge that would get rid of any dust grabbing static on your record. The idea was to keep dust off LPs.
If you do a search, you can find anti-static guns on sites like amazon. I don't know if the gun would mess with the electronics in a camera, but it might be worth a try, I don't think it gives off that big a charge. Remember to pull the trigger slowly, no clicks allowed.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-13-2014, 07:41 PM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By opfor
Replies: 2,854
Views: 122,182
I'm in..........
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-11-2014, 05:50 AM  
Post-Processing Post Processing Challenge #130
Posted By opfor
Replies: 38
Views: 4,416
Good luck, it's going to be a hard choice. Couldn't make this one, head cold...:-(
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-23-2014, 03:01 PM  
Thematic Post Processing Challenge #129
Posted By opfor
Replies: 28
Views: 3,132
Hopefully this comes out OK....:-)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-04-2014, 08:40 AM  
Post-Processing Post Processing Challenge #127
Posted By opfor
Replies: 27
Views: 2,558
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-04-2014, 04:37 AM  
Post-Processing Post Processing Challenge #127
Posted By opfor
Replies: 27
Views: 2,558
Any chance of a different format than PEF.....? For some reason I can't get anything to open your file...:-(
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-29-2014, 03:35 AM  
Post-Processing Post Processing Challenge #126
Posted By opfor
Replies: 49
Views: 6,053
My attempt.
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 05-20-2014, 01:43 AM  
Macro Sutil
Posted By opfor
Replies: 7
Views: 804
Very nice photo, love the colors. I'm happy to give it a nomination.
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 05-20-2014, 12:57 AM  
Machinery Avro Vulcan
Posted By opfor
Replies: 2
Views: 694
Avro Vulcan flying at the Royal International Air Tattoo 2010. Picture taken at 100 iso, f9, 1/500 .

Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-21-2013, 03:34 AM  
My New Camera Bag (Discuss)
Posted By opfor
Replies: 13
Views: 2,138
Padding shouldn't be a problem. Just get some dividers from an old bag. Over here in the UK, there are charity shops everywhere. There is always an old bag somewhere...
Forum: General Talk 05-12-2013, 12:30 PM  
Why has the WWW turned the internet into WWPC?
Posted By opfor
Replies: 20
Views: 2,105
It's just a matter of numbers, the are more people on-line now than there were 20 years ago......
More people, more twits.
Forum: General Talk 04-28-2013, 03:07 PM  
A question for British forum members.
Posted By opfor
Replies: 8
Views: 1,483
When I was in college, back in the day, I worked for one of the college's radio stations. We did King Biscuit all the time. They came in on LPs and we invented the parts of the shows that weren't music, so to speak.
You may want to have a look around and see if any of the LPs are still floating around.

Just did a quick search and this popped up....
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-02-2013, 02:02 AM  
Where and how to start?
Posted By opfor
Replies: 23
Views: 2,677
Try the old fashioned, "I need to test this new 'lens, set-up, flash, technique, whatever', and I can use you for the test if you don't mind. Just pay me for what you want from the shoot so I'm not out of pocket."
It works on the mindset that they are helping you and doing you a favor and not that you are doing them one. Everyone likes a bargain unless they think it's charity.
Forum: General Talk 11-09-2012, 12:58 AM  
Drinking the Kool-Aid - interesting article
Posted By opfor
Replies: 15
Views: 3,165
I always thought that people were referring to the Guyana punch tragedy in the 70s....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-09-2012, 12:57 AM  
a box full of '80 lenses
Posted By opfor
Replies: 12
Views: 1,761
I would check the lens review section. I think a lot would depend on the condition of the lens and how comfortable you are with manual.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-22-2012, 03:35 AM  
Should I sell my A35-105 and 18-55mm Kit lens
Posted By opfor
Replies: 26
Views: 2,809
I've been using Pentax since 85, so I have a preference for A lenses. I have a 35-105 and it's hardly ever off my camera. I think I may have found one coming up on a local auction next week and I'm seriously thinking about the idea of having a second one if it is a 35-105. My vote is for MF, but that is just my preference. If you have a good one, you always regret letting it go.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-30-2012, 12:21 PM  
Does anyone else ever agonize over which lens to bring?
Posted By opfor
Replies: 57
Views: 4,684
I have three lenses that always seem to be in my bag. First is a Kiron M 28mm F2 that I picked up in a charity shop for about $3. Even though it's an M, it just seems to take better pics than my Pentax 28mm. Second would be my A 70-210. Last, the lens that spends almost all of it's time on my camera is my A35-105. If I'm doing something specific there are others that get added or taken out out of the bag, but these three seem to be my constant standby's at the moment.
Forum: General Talk 06-03-2012, 12:15 AM  
What would you do, knowing the consequences?
Posted By opfor
Replies: 25
Views: 2,166
Unfortunatly this is probably closest to the truth. Locally we have a doctor that is known to have been pulled over at least three times. On another occasion, he and his car were recovered from the middle of a plowed field. Has ever been charged, let alone arrested, not on your life...:-(
RIP to the rookie's career...:-(
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-23-2012, 12:10 PM  
Help w/ Shooting a Wedding For My Brother-in-Law
Posted By opfor
Replies: 30
Views: 3,214
To copy what has been said before, go to all the locations possible before the day. Try to go about the same time of day. Hopefully the weather will co-operate and you can get an idea of outside lighting. It will also give you a chance to plan out areas for any group shots.
If you are not sure of posing people, get with the bride and groom (and hopefully an assistant if you can find one) and do a few informal practices. This will give the bride an idea of what is possible and what is going to make her pics look better. And as others have said, be firm about your part but don't try to run stuff that isn't anything to do with the photos if you can help it. Check with the person performing the service and check that they don't have any rules/requirements that will screw you if you don't know about them before the big day.
Batteries/cards/batteries/cards/batteries/cards and a good assistant.
A lot of people will be stressing around you, try not to let it spread to you.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-19-2012, 10:46 AM  
Selling Guest Portraits At A Wedding...?
Posted By opfor
Replies: 15
Views: 2,651
I've heard of several people trying to float this idea down here in the Oxfordshire area the last few years. None have made a go of it.
Most people don't want the distraction at their reception, or the P&S crowd don't want to part with any money since they already have the pic they want, "cuz they took it themselves".
The last wedding I was talked into doing, for one of the wife's friends, there were two Canikons that were cousins of the bride. They sprayed and prayed like crazy then put everything on FB. We LOAO at all the antics as the two continually tried to out do each other, "I got x-many shots on that card....I got more...I've got a better lens...I have more...I've got more x-many MP....I've got more." You get the idea...:-)
The only thing I was responsible for were a few portraits and the album as the wife's gift to the bride. Selling prints would have been a non-starter.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-19-2012, 10:23 AM  
Insurance for your gear ?
Posted By opfor
Replies: 12
Views: 1,296
I don't know if it has come across over there yet, but the new thing here in the UK is having photos of everything you want on your policy. The wife renewed our house and contents coverage in Jan and was notified of the new requirement. "If you ever need to claim, you need photo proof that you had it".
I've been busy since. It is surprising all the things you have in a house that you need to take pictures of.....
Every time I think I've thought of everything, the wife or one of the kids remind me of something else.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-13-2012, 12:37 PM  
green laser... no, not a new superhero
Posted By opfor
Replies: 25
Views: 2,936
Something I saw on another forum last year. "Find an old remote control, have someone change the channel on your subject while you shoot."
Allegedly, digital cameras will see the IR beam from the remote bouncing off objects if they are not more that 10 to 15 feet away. Haven't tried it myself, might be worth a laugh. The other option was to take the LED from a remote and replace the LED bulb in an LED flashlight and use that.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-21-2011, 03:31 PM  
Does your camera have a name?
Posted By opfor
Replies: 44
Views: 3,242
The K-10 is 'the 10' and the K-20 is 'the 20'. That's about as exciting as it get...:-)
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