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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-10-2020, 01:16 AM  
photo contest, #160
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 4
Views: 53
It's always so inspiring to see a portrait of a loving couple.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-09-2020, 08:06 PM  
Living architecture?
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 10
Views: 70
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-09-2020, 08:05 PM  
Lone tree at Llyn Padarn, Snowdonia, North Wales, UK
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 21
Views: 195
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-09-2020, 08:04 PM  
Perfect Timing
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 60
Views: 471
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-09-2020, 08:01 PM  
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 23
Views: 183
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-09-2020, 08:00 PM  
photo contest, #160
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 4
Views: 53
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-06-2020, 10:45 PM  
Embarking on an experiment (K3 II vs. GR III)
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 23
Views: 1,100
Also shooting the KP + 21 as a way of staving off GRIII desire. It's worked so far. But I do have the advantage of having the GR I when I really want something small.
Forum: General Photography 01-01-2020, 09:31 PM  
Looking for websites of good photos of mundane things.
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 31
Views: 950
Wright Morris was a master of the mundane. He's one of my all time favourites.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-29-2019, 03:07 PM  
Reverse Garbage
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 3
Views: 37
Heads by Francis Johns, on Flickr
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 11-18-2019, 03:28 AM  
It all still works!
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 8
Views: 1,133
I find in the middle of summer sweaty fingers and hands can mean sweaty sticky film. Your dark bag can turn into a sauna before you get gangrene from lack of circulation.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-09-2019, 04:12 AM  
Water Wall
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 13
Views: 87
NGV by Francis Johns, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-29-2019, 12:01 AM  
Why persist in using legacy manual lenses
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 156
Views: 7,846
Pentax HD FA 50mm 1.4 $1,500AUD.
Pentax A50 1.4 $150.00AUD.
Even if I had the money would the HD be a ten times better lens? For some maybe. But not for my purposes.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-17-2019, 05:36 AM  
Struggling with lightweight 2 body 3 lens travel kit
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 21
Views: 1,437
Because of the Woodstock 50th anniversary stories I've been re-watching this Santana clip.
Check out from 4:34. The photographer looks like he's wearing 4 or 5 bodies. Now that would be a great travel combo.

You Tube

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-10-2019, 03:12 AM  
Copying to computer - pop the card or USB?
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 54
Views: 2,573
Always done by card. Don't know where my USB cable is unless it's what I use for charging eg the GR.
But I have occasionally left the card in the reader and gone out trying to shoot with no memory.
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-26-2019, 04:05 PM  
Australian K1 and K1 Mark2 Rarer than Unobtanium in Australia
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 46
Views: 2,938
These people tend to get overlooked. They usually keep a range of Pentax gear in the showroom which is becoming a rarity. They should be supported.
Forum: Ricoh GR 07-23-2019, 02:59 PM  
The GR III is the best camera ever made
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 15
Views: 2,149
He's more a publicist than a photographer. It could be seen as clickbait to sell more camera straps and street photography courses.

Look at is as being part of a cunning plan.
Forum: General Photography 07-19-2019, 02:43 AM  
20 Of The Most Iconic Photographs And The Cameras That Captured Them
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 10
Views: 4,002
I'm old and I've seen the Nick Ut photo hundreds of times including when it was first published which was when I was just a little kid. And now this is the first time I've seen it pixelated. What's happening to us? The paradox is now everything is apparently sexualised and at the same time we need to be protected from it. Once upon a time we were treated as adults.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-08-2019, 04:11 AM  
Brick wall diagnosis
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 9
Views: 678
Did take a big knock when my son ran right into it on his scooter as I was taking action shots. I might get it checked out.
'Objects in the viewfinder are closer than they appear'
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-08-2019, 02:05 AM  
Brick wall diagnosis
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 9
Views: 678
I never thought I'd end up taking photos of brick wall. But here we are. Look at the left side. Is there something wrong with my DA 18-135 or is it a not so great copy and within spec?
Thank you
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-05-2019, 01:01 AM  
"Return" to Pentax with k1.
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 13
Views: 1,331
The most astonishing thing about this story is you saw it on the shelf at $1000 AU and had to think about it overnight. AND it was still there the next day.
Forum: General Photography 06-29-2019, 03:38 AM  
please explain to me ccd vs cmos
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 3
Views: 731
This could be helpful:
CCD versus CMOS: Which is Better? - Diffraction Limited : Diffraction Limited
What surprised me is the concession that newer isn't necessarily better. Just cheaper.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-28-2019, 04:10 PM  
Announcement of the PENTAX 100 Celebration Instagram Photo Contest
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 53
Views: 5,934
Here's some interesting stats:
22+ Instagram Statistics That Matter to Marketers in 2019
1 billion people use Instagram every month. ...
88% of users are outside the U.S. ...
71% of Instagram users around the globe are under the age of 35. ...
72% of U.S. teens use Instagram. ...

We tend to complain that Pentax doesn't do marketing. Social media is the best kind of marketing there is.
If I take a photo of the Sydney Opera House and post it on Instagram with the tag #sydneyoperahouse anyone who is interested in that tag might see my photo but also see the three Pentax tags including the one which identifies which camera I took it with and then may even follow those links. And so it goes.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-18-2019, 01:29 AM  
What cheap manual lens to pair with my new (to me) ME Super?
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 30
Views: 1,492
Can't go past the Ricoh 28mm F2.8 Rikenon XR. But avoid the later P version which isn't totally compatible with the Pentax K mount.
Forum: General Photography 06-14-2019, 03:59 AM  
Fullframe camera is for whom?
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 52
Views: 3,286
I didn't expect this but I love my K1 most for its ability to do candid family snaps where the shallow depth of field separates the subject in a way which can give you a professional look. And whether it's glary outside light or dim inside there's no drama. It's one of those examples where equipment does make a difference. You can't beat the laws of physics. And these photos are with the A 50 1.4. So you don't need to spend a fortune on lenses. At $500-600 yes it's definitely worth trying. And a daughter growing up? She's worth it.

Portrait by Francis Johns, on Flickr

Portrait by Francis Johns, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-11-2019, 02:53 AM  
K-1 size and weight question
Posted By officiousbystander
Replies: 29
Views: 2,459
What makes the biggest difference is the lens you attach to it. I've been using the DA40 Ltd and the A 50 1.4 and it's hardly a beast at all. But when I put on a zoom like the D FA 28-105 then I start to feel I'm carrying around a big camera.
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