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Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-23-2016, 05:38 PM  
Nature Square-tailed Kite
Posted By Rebootoz
Replies: 6
Views: 1,162
Thanks Igor, I might have got a bit lucky - the camera was set to TAV and Spot-Metering, the ISO was automatically reduced to 100, but it may have been blinking indicating overexposure of the overall scene (I was only concentrating on the focus!). Highlights and Shadows were adjusted in Post Processing.


Cheers Ross
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-21-2016, 09:09 PM  
Nature Square-tailed Kite
Posted By Rebootoz
Replies: 6
Views: 1,162
Circling around above my backyard:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-08-2016, 10:09 PM  
Nature Little Warbler
Posted By Rebootoz
Replies: 7
Views: 644
Yes my mistake, the common name is actually Little Wattle:
Little Wattlebird | BIRDS in BACKYARDS
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-08-2016, 08:44 PM  
Nature Little Warbler
Posted By Rebootoz
Replies: 7
Views: 644
Thanks. We are in Beerwah QLD. Nearest well known landmark is Australia Zoo which is about 10 mins drive away.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-08-2016, 07:43 PM  
Nature Little Warbler
Posted By Rebootoz
Replies: 7
Views: 644
Thanks. The bird might look a bit lager than life in that photo with it's wings flapping.


Here's another shot.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-07-2016, 10:20 PM  
Nature Little Warbler
Posted By Rebootoz
Replies: 7
Views: 644
Little Warbler - feisty & noisy little bird...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-16-2016, 03:10 AM  
Streets Progress Street
Posted By Rebootoz
Replies: 1
Views: 495
Progress Street...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-09-2016, 05:10 PM  
Detailed specs of Pentax K-70
Posted By Rebootoz
Replies: 423
Views: 50,492
Maybe the K-1ii will inherit a few of these features?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-27-2016, 06:30 PM  
Pets Fox Terrier - Ant's eye perspective
Posted By Rebootoz
Replies: 1
Views: 602
Getting in close with the Pentax Q...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-05-2016, 12:20 AM  
New to DSLRs and am looking for suggestions on an affordable wide-angle prime lens
Posted By Rebootoz
Replies: 29
Views: 2,024
Maybe not exactly the same position, but you get the picture!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-03-2016, 10:18 PM  
New to DSLRs and am looking for suggestions on an affordable wide-angle prime lens
Posted By Rebootoz
Replies: 29
Views: 2,024
On the extreme focal length ends (short or long) the prices are higher, so if you are not sure I would maybe experiment with a few cheaper 28mm or similar lenses to see if they work for you.


If not, then you may need to budget for something in the 10-20mm Fast Zoom range or a 14mm / 15mm / 16mm prime
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-03-2016, 09:51 PM  
New to DSLRs and am looking for suggestions on an affordable wide-angle prime lens
Posted By Rebootoz
Replies: 29
Views: 2,024
I like the old Tamron F2.8's in 28mm, and you should be able to find a good used one within your budget, but is it wide enough?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-20-2016, 05:33 PM  
Nature Blue-faced Honeyeater
Posted By Rebootoz
Replies: 6
Views: 714
Two more shots today - same camera settings (TAv) but slightly lower ISO.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-16-2016, 11:00 PM  
Nature Blue-faced Honeyeater
Posted By Rebootoz
Replies: 6
Views: 714
Blue-faced Honeyeater hanging upside down.
Forum: Sold Items 03-19-2016, 02:18 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-5 + Sigma 18-35 F1.8 HSM Art Lens
Posted By Rebootoz
Replies: 4
Views: 1,846
PM sent...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-10-2016, 09:21 PM  
How much of a chance do you take buying a used lens?
Posted By Rebootoz
Replies: 45
Views: 3,238
I have bought almost all of my lenses in used condition from eBay & Gumtree.

Sellers that understand Cameras and Lenses tend to be ultra conservative in their descriptions typically saying there is dust in the lens, and cleaning marks (even if there isn't) and exaggerating insignificant issues.


Sellers that don't understand don't see things like Haze & Fungus and don't do too much checking, if the external appearance looks good.


I price lenses on the worst case scenario, and clean and repair them if required.


If you are looking at 3rd party lenses (Sigma, Tamron etc) there is some interesting data here:
https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2013/08/lensrentals-repair-data-2012-2013
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-08-2016, 12:35 AM  
Why you will buy the K-1?
Posted By Rebootoz
Replies: 80
Views: 7,518
Sometime soon we are probably going to be using Video cameras that can take Stills (rather than the other way around) so I think a screen which could be difficult to use in a presentation (YouTube) style video and the lack of Video Image Stabilisation will be deal breaker for some.


I would buy the K-1 but I doubt that my kids would.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-06-2016, 09:24 PM  
Pets Smooth Fox Terrier - resting
Posted By Rebootoz
Replies: 4
Views: 724
Couple of shots with an even older lens - 1966 Carl Zeiss Tessar 2.8/50 (West German):


1st shot F2.8 / 1/4sec - nose is too long!
2nd shot F4.0 1/15sec
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-06-2016, 03:54 AM  
Machinery Squeezing New Life from Old Lens
Posted By Rebootoz
Replies: 3
Views: 830
I acquired the lens with a smashed filter ring, and it was full of spider-web type fungus.


Removing 5 of the 7 elements was relatively straightforward.


However, one of the groups of multiple elements needed to be separated outside of the lens, which is difficult to hold with one hand, and unscrew with the other (hence the lightweight vice with soft jaws).


To access the last two elements requires some serious dismantling of the lens, and it didn't look too bad at that point, so I decided to skip and rebuild it.


One of the test shots of the rebuilt lens is attached.


Under further testing the lens exhibited a little bit of flare in strong backlit conditions, so I am going to dismantle again and clean the other 2 elements (when I get some spare time).
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-05-2016, 09:57 PM  
Pets Smooth Fox Terrier - resting
Posted By Rebootoz
Replies: 4
Views: 724
Newly acquired 1973 version Tamron lens. Close up and Wide Open (handheld).
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-29-2016, 05:30 PM  
Why you will buy the K-1?
Posted By Rebootoz
Replies: 80
Views: 7,518
I will buy the K-1 because i don't want to be left outside - alone!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-27-2016, 06:06 AM  
Nature Golden Ducks
Posted By Rebootoz
Replies: 3
Views: 752
Ducks at Twilight...
Forum: Do-It-Yourself 02-25-2016, 08:55 PM  
Disabling 'automatic aperture' on M42 lens
Posted By Rebootoz
Replies: 21
Views: 8,054
I saw this solution on another site, so I thought I would try it. Please see picture.


Works well if you have this type of mount...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-21-2016, 09:48 PM  
People Beach Life
Posted By Rebootoz
Replies: 0
Views: 487
Coolum Beach, QLD, Australia
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-19-2016, 08:04 PM  
Nature Great Egret in Natural Surroundings
Posted By Rebootoz
Replies: 1
Views: 535
Great Egret in Natural Surroundings
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