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Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-14-2014, 10:11 AM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By tcarnell
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Views: 100,009
Confirmed! Good luck everyone!
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-10-2014, 02:05 AM  
Win an FA 31mm Ltd: PF 3 million post giveaway!
Posted By tcarnell
Replies: 2,237
Views: 119,355
Great Competition! Count me in!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-04-2012, 09:02 AM  
K-mount lens variety...what should i get?
Posted By tcarnell
Replies: 12
Views: 1,507

I bought my K-5 last year with the 18-135mm lens. I love the K-5 but wasn't too impressed with the 18-135. So before spending fortunes on more modern and possible disappointing lenses I decided to start buying some old Pentax manual lenses from eBay - its brilliant! They are loads of old prime lenses (24mm, 28, 50mm, 100mm) and loads of auto-focus zooms (100-300mm) etc. My Pentax-A 50mm F1.4 is just astonishing and although its not 'perfect' for lots of conditions, the results are always so great that its my most used lens.

IMHO Buying budget 'one-size-fits-all' super zooms to save money is a false economy, I would recommend buying some old lenses, having fun with them and see what type of photography you end up doing, then when you are really sure, you can spend $800-1200 on exactly the lens you know you will use.... actually, I am still in the 'having fun with old Pentax primes' stage!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-10-2012, 03:02 AM  
Landscape First attempt at HDR style photography
Posted By tcarnell
Replies: 6
Views: 775
Great stuff, yes, the 2nd photo is great. Actually, I was looking for a place to post my first HDR efforts, so I thought I'd post them here!

I created this from 3 bracketed photos of +/- 2 ev steps and used 'Qtpsfgui' + 'hugin-tools' (Ubuntu) to create the HDR image.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-25-2011, 06:40 AM  
Pentax DA 18-135 or limited primes?
Posted By tcarnell
Replies: 53
Views: 12,042
There seems to be a lot of good advice here. I recently bought a K-5 with the 18-135 as a good multi-purpose option. However, I have been buying a few old primes from eBay and playing around with these before I would even consider forking out for one of the current range of primes - this gives me the opportunity to see I how I get on with using a range of less flexible non-weather proof lenses. I bought an old 40-80mm Pentax M, Sigma 28mm super-wide and a Sigma 24mm, all old, all manual and in total about 100 for the three of them.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-27-2011, 02:53 AM  
Pentax Digital Camera Utility 4 problem
Posted By tcarnell
Replies: 23
Views: 22,338
Thanks Clause - your solutions works perfectly.

Also, the version 4.32 upgrade is now available. Although the download link doesn't seem to be available from their site (PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4 Update for Windows : Software Downloads : PENTAX), if you change the download URL path, you can access the latest version upgrade:

...and their actually seems to be a version 4.33 if you dare use a completely undocumented version...
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-30-2011, 05:40 AM  
compatibility k5 and fa 28-105 power zoom
Posted By tcarnell
Replies: 4
Views: 3,085
I also own a K-5 and bought a Power Zoom 100-300 from ebay. Although the lens is usable, the powered zoom works, none of the 'fun' Power Zoom functions seem to be available - I dont know if this is because there is a problem with the lens or the K-5 does not support them.

I am a bit dissapointed as the K-5 manual and website clearly states that Power Zoom lenses are supported.

With modern SLR's having video recording capabilities, these additional Power Zoom functions become even more interesting...

I have asked Pentax support about this... I'll post the reply (which is likely to be ambiguous, defensive and non-committal :-)

PS: although I am not an experienced photography, I think the lens is great, especially with the K-5 SR system.
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-30-2011, 04:13 AM  
Interval shooting woes...
Posted By tcarnell
Replies: 9
Views: 3,406
Although this behaviour seems strange it does guarantee that each photo in the sequence is taken at exactly the same interval. For example over a 24 hour period that might change from bright sunshine to complete darkness, the shutter speed will vary greatly (eg: maybe from 1/2000 - 20 seconds) to get the correct exposure. So if you want to take a photo exactly every 10 minutes, the implemented behaviour would guarentee this

But the alternative behaviour that where the interval time is just the time between exposures would result in a variance and unpredictability of exactly when a photo will be taken...

But maybe there could be an option for this:

- "Set total interval time" (current behaviour)
- "set exposure interval time" (just time between exposures)
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