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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-16-2013, 04:03 AM  
My Camera is still broken
Posted By wjt
Replies: 11
Views: 1,539
It only cost $160 all up including shipping back to WA. Quite reasonable for the mount repair, which I was slightly sad about to be honest. I was kinda hoping it was a write off so I could get a new one.
Forum: General Talk 04-15-2013, 05:17 PM  
Tragedy at Boston Marathon
Posted By wjt
Replies: 109
Views: 8,280
Another sad day for the world. Our thoughts are with those affected.
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 04-15-2013, 09:16 AM  
Finally getting a new camera...
Posted By wjt
Replies: 12
Views: 1,320
You have mentioned some lovely. I would personally keep some of them, not too sure what you have but I wouldnt rush into selling your glass just to get 'APSC' glass.
If you do decide to, ive got some i would concider trading for.

Oh. Grats on the new camera. You will love it
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 04-15-2013, 04:06 AM  
SMC Pentax-FA lense question
Posted By wjt
Replies: 11
Views: 794
I wonder how much money the cripled version of the mount saves.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-15-2013, 03:50 AM  
My Camera is still broken
Posted By wjt
Replies: 11
Views: 1,539
Haha, im actually waiting to see the outcome of the FF saga from Pentax before I buy anything else.

Ive used that logic before, finance minister added the war ministry to her portfolio a few months later when she realised... I figured being as the K7 and K5 looked the same she would never know :D
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-15-2013, 03:14 AM  
My Camera is still broken
Posted By wjt
Replies: 11
Views: 1,539
This is mostly a grumble because I was really looking forward to going out with my K-5 this weekend and now I can't.

My K5 has been underexposing in Av mode by 2 stops for as long as I remember, never really bothered me because it forced me to use manual mode more and I could always bump the 2 stops in lightroom if I needed Av mode.

Anyway a few weeks ago my not quite two yr old son ninja'd his way into my bedroom where my K-5 was on the bed and threw it on the ground breaking the thread where the bottom mounting screw fixed to. I put the mount back together but it was not quite right.

So I sent it to CR Kennedy (the Aus importer) for repair, telling them of the mount. When they emailed me with the quote for beginning I told them that I thought there was an issue maybe with the light meter or something akin to that because Av mode underexposed by 2 stops and has done since before the camera being thrown(possibly others but I never use them) so could they check it out while they were fixing it. The CR guy informed me there was nothing they could do until the mount was fixed so I gave the go ahead and asked if they could check the Av mode issue after it was done. Got the invoice, paid it and it arrived today.....

Guess where its going tomorrow, yep, right back again. Mount is good, light meter not so much. Av mode is stuck at 1/8000 shutter speed even at f1.8 and iso 12800. All the modes including green mode take a nice black photo. Surely they put a lens on the camera and took a test shot, surely, because they updated the firmware. Maybe something come loose in the post.

And now I will miss another weekend of shooting. Well, I'll be shooting film but that's not the point, I am still sad.
Forum: General Talk 04-13-2013, 04:36 AM  
Windows 8 is so bad.......
Posted By wjt
Replies: 209
Views: 17,380
I wish mainstream programs and game developers wrote stuff for linux (i know why they dont). They did that microsoft would be out of buisness. On saying that a lot of open source stuff is really good.
Im not entirely happy with the direction of OSX, it is moving to a closed system which has pro's and cons. But i see windows moving in the same direction. The future is open source!

Edit: one thing that infuriates me is forced restarts for patching... Especially when you are in the middle of somethig. Happened the otherday, i nearly threw the laptop.. God i was angry.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-13-2013, 12:03 AM  
Bag recommendations MX and three lenses.
Posted By wjt
Replies: 9
Views: 1,362
Check out the Lowpro passport sling. It will fit what you want.
Forum: General Talk 04-12-2013, 07:22 PM  
Windows 8 is so bad.......
Posted By wjt
Replies: 209
Views: 17,380
As someone who has been described as an apple fan boy, i dont mind windows 8 as a whole. There are some things that annoy me but generally it is a solid system. The reason i am running windows 8 is because Microsoft is shit... I bought an Asus 17" laptop because there werent any 17" MBP's anymore and i wanted a matte screen, so i got a floor model cheap which was nice but they screwed the install, so i did a cracked install but that didn't work, so I did another with the key on the bottom, wouldn't work, tried to get it working for a day and ended up putting the bloody product key that wouldnt activate into the windows uprade path and it worked. I was a little pissed that it cost me $40 to get it working, and i hate microsoft.
Oh, the recovery partition was corrupt and i was flying out the next day so i didn't take it back to the store.

Ive not delved too deeply into the setup of win8 but tbh essentially all an operating system is is a GUI to launch and run the program you want to use, the speed and stability of windows 8 is fine.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 04-11-2013, 06:45 AM  
Posted By wjt
Replies: 79
Views: 8,208
I was very excited about the MX-1 until I realised it wasn't full frame... would have been perfect i think. I wouldn't mind a small 'no frills' FF digital camera, but then the 'frills' don't really take up much space, except for the SR.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 04-06-2013, 05:17 PM  
Poll: Looking at Pentax - Perth, Aus
Posted By wjt
Replies: 10
Views: 566
Welcome to the forums. Keep an eye on the West Australian pentax users group. We meet up every now and again.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 04-06-2013, 12:28 PM  
Hi from Perth WA - and low light advice needed!
Posted By wjt
Replies: 18
Views: 1,355
Hi mate,
As for local stores, Camera Electric in Northbridge is about the best. Welcome to the forums.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 04-05-2013, 06:36 AM  
Aussie Pentaxians
Posted By wjt
Replies: 127
Views: 9,265
Hi guys. Just thought i would bring to your attention about the website mentioned that they ship from Hong Kong, and i recall reading somewhere a while back that they were a company that customs was watching and a few people had been getting slugged import duty. And the warranty thing as well.

That said i got my original K5 there for cheaper than anyware in aus and didnt get import duty (cheaper by around 2-3 hundred at the time) and cheaper than BH in the states (does anyone else hate the shipping costs from BH to aus? Its ok if you are buying a ton of stuff but try buy a couple small cheap things)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-02-2013, 05:11 PM  
Set on buying a Pentax - need suggestions
Posted By wjt
Replies: 35
Views: 3,114
Start of with the camera of your chosing, kit lens, as landscapes are your thing maybe look at the sigma 10-20, ive not used it but heard good things. On saying that landscapes dont always have to be wide. Then work out what focal lenghts you use and move onto better lenses if you wish down the track.

Most important however is not to buy a cheap tripod. I have two myself, big sturdy one i bought first then a compact carbon fibre one about a year after. Also consider a ball head, so much more user friendly in my opinion.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-03-2013, 03:17 AM  
Australian lens repair?
Posted By wjt
Replies: 6
Views: 1,083
I'll give CR's a crack, thanks for the input guys :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-01-2013, 08:59 PM  
Australian lens repair?
Posted By wjt
Replies: 6
Views: 1,083
After quite a hiatus from shooting due to a lack of time I have dusted off all my gear again. So i had my camera on the bed while i had the battery charging and my 18 month old grabbed the camera and took a run up and threw it... joy...
Broke my K5 mount and the lens that was attached (F 24-50 f4) is now binding up in the middle of the zoom range. My main questions are as follows, has anyone used a repair center in Australia that they would recommend? And is it worth getting this one repaired or looking for another copy?

And I managed to repair the camera mount, pretty much got ripped off, out to take some test shots over the weekend but I think it is good.

Kids and nice stuff do not mix, especially when they start running...... might have to put a hook in the ceiling in the lounge room and tether the little champ with some elastic, though i have a feeling his mum would frown upon that.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-12-2012, 08:08 PM  
The Phone Club!
Posted By wjt
Replies: 1,122
Views: 137,622
These are from various mine sites around Western Australia.
First one is an iron ore wharf
Second is construction of new building on same site.
Third is a mine winder that brings ore from kilometers down in the mine in big bins.
Last is a sign that made me laugh, gotta watch out for all those kiddies on mine sites ;P
None are particularly good but might be interesting. All taken on my iPhone 4s.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-30-2012, 02:36 PM  
Neck strap
Posted By wjt
Replies: 24
Views: 5,123
I have the crumpler, it is a comfortable strap. Length is a personal preference, I like mine long so I can wear it around my neck or across one shoulder.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-21-2012, 04:02 AM  
Importing into lightroom ends in tears
Posted By wjt
Replies: 16
Views: 2,283
:( i think add is the most correct answer... Schoolboy error.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 04-20-2012, 08:51 PM  
Suggestion Some fun shared account ideas!
Posted By wjt
Replies: 5
Views: 820
I can see the merit on a comedic value, the question would be would people behave. Anonymity on the interwebs breeds morons... But mostly people here are good value and if the account was moderated well I think it would be good. Maybe if it had a finite timeframe like 3 or 6 months.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-20-2012, 02:51 AM  
Importing into lightroom ends in tears
Posted By wjt
Replies: 16
Views: 2,283
Devious ;)

thanks for the ideas on recovery guys, I had not thought of trying that on a memory card tbh. Tried a few different ones today with no joy. They did find a some I had deleted a not too long ago but nothing I wanted. I was worth a shot though.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-19-2012, 05:07 AM  
Importing into lightroom ends in tears
Posted By wjt
Replies: 16
Views: 2,283
In the months after my son was born mid last year the hordes of family visiting from interstate got to have pictures taken by a decidedly average in-house photographer. People posed, I shot, there was general merriment.
I have been using lightroom for a while now and I would download photos from the memory card onto my hard drive and then import them into lightroom. Now is when this story goes pear shaped,during this period I selected the new photos and imported into lightroom from the card looked and decided there were some good shots and that was all, never transferred the files to the computer. I then purchased a new laptop and copied the entire hard drive into a folder on an external hdd and continued on my merry little way.
Well since then my father in law passed away, we bought a new house and the general family stuff I had never got around to going through the squillion photos I had taken after the little guy was born. However at some stage my memory card filled up, so thinking I had imported the photos into lightroom, the photos would be in a folder somewhere on the external hard drive I very casually deleted all the photos and started again.

Then the wife decided to start a photo book of the first year. This day did not go well for me. Firstly in her search for the photos she discovered I had forgotten to mention I had purchased a K5 to keep my K7 company (they look the same, she will never notice right?), but more so that she could not find the photos, I looked through external hard drive before realising what I had done...........(yes she cried) I made her sad and disappointed as there can never be a reshoot.
Thankfully I had edited and uploaded to smugmug all the initial photos of our parents in the hospital and the photo session we has once back at home. Sadly all the ones of the rest of the family are history.

I have since this fateful day implemented RAID 1 external storage for photos and documents to couple with the existing time machine setup. I have also totally revised my photography workflow to incorporate local and net based storage (for the really good ones).
I have since then done a very considerable amount of playing around in lightroom and have discovered a lot of really cool features and a lot of basics I am not sure how I missed to begin with.

Hopefully this story will save some one from either making the totally moronic mistake I did, or will encouraging better backups as the same outcome could have happened with a hdd failure.

p.s. I took a few ripper shots of the little guy the other night and all is forgiven :)
p.p.s. sorry if this is in the wrong section mods.
Forum: Sold Items 04-10-2012, 07:40 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax-F* 300mm F4.5 Lens w/ Tripod Mount, Box
Posted By wjt
Replies: 5
Views: 2,560
This should have been marked NSFW... lens porn.

On a serious note, if you are thinking about buying, this is a fantastic lens and will be the best thousand bucks you'll spend in a long while.

Good luck with the sale.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 04-04-2012, 07:28 PM  
West Australian Pentaxians Meet
Posted By wjt
Replies: 0
Views: 691
Incase there are any people not in our social group I am trying to organise for a meet at an upcoming Air Show. So If you are interested either send me a PM, head over to the West Australian Pentaxians group or reply here.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-02-2012, 06:31 AM  
Wide angle lens for night sky photography?
Posted By wjt
Replies: 10
Views: 3,731
I have had quite good results with my DA10-17, DA15 and DA12-24 for night sky shots. All 3 are great lenses in their own right so it would more depend on what else you want out of your lens. The DA15 is great for the size but when space is not a concern I take my DA12-24 every time. Sadly I don't have any shots to show you to compare on hand.
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