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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-08-2018, 02:27 PM  
New Holland Honeyeater
Posted By turley85
Replies: 9
Views: 321
I spotted two unusual birds feeding on the shrubs in my backyard. I quickly grabbed my camera and by shooting through the glass of my back window I managed to snap a few photos before they left. Following up, I identified them to be New Holland Honeyeaters and I hope they come back to visit again soon!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-03-2018, 04:30 AM  
High Sierra Moonlight
Posted By turley85
Replies: 19
Views: 811
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-03-2018, 04:30 AM  
Uhuru peak from Karanga Camp
Posted By turley85
Replies: 6
Views: 362
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-21-2018, 06:23 PM  
Backyard Wild Animals Contest Balcony invader!
Posted By turley85
Replies: 2
Views: 536
This Australian green tree ant was one of many from a colony in the garden adjacent to my balcony - where they regularly invaded looking for any food we may have dropped or bugs that met an unfortunate demise.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-04-2018, 11:01 PM  
When travelling light, what do you take?
Posted By turley85
Replies: 73
Views: 5,736
1 lens - da 18-135mm every time.

2 lens - da 20-40mm limited + dfa 100mm


If I had a da 15mm it would be added to both the kits above!

For your kit, I echo sandy’s recommendation of 10-17mm, 18-55 and 135mm
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-08-2014, 03:20 AM  
Two macro lenses? Advice is needed.
Posted By turley85
Replies: 19
Views: 1,780
With the DA 40mm already in your kit, do you really want a 35mm macro?

I have both the DFA100 and the DA35 macro, but it is rare that I use the 35mm at 1:1 as it requires being to close to most subjects. It is more often used as a "close focus" lens, which your 40mm maybe good enough for.

Given what you already own, perhaps you would like the DA 10-17mm (0.39x macro) or sigma 15mm fisheye (0.26x) lens to try WA macro and just using a fish eye in general?
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-03-2014, 01:10 AM  
Cross Country Running
Posted By turley85
Replies: 8
Views: 1,012
Don't forget background!

Often when taking action I focus on tracking the participant... and forget to look at what is in the background. It can make or break an otherwise good shot.

Also, a little fill flash can go a long way on a bright day.

Otherwise, follow HCC's advise.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-02-2014, 06:00 AM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By turley85
Replies: 3,669
Views: 583,410
Not the best pics... but the WR was priceless on this day!
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-18-2013, 05:44 AM  
D-FA WR Club
Posted By turley85
Replies: 623
Views: 121,900
Slowly getting the hang of this lens....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-12-2013, 01:49 AM  
DA 18 - 135mm WA macro... anything better?
Posted By turley85
Replies: 23
Views: 2,592
Thanks to everyones recommendations in this thread.

I ended up finding a DA 35mm macro for a really good price second hand.. so I bought it!

I think it complements both of my lenses well; macro and brighter when travelling with the 18-135mm, while providing a more wide angle perspective when out with the DA 100mm macro. And given all the comments in the lens review section, I was very impressed with the AF speed on my K5; it's a macro lens after all!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-28-2013, 12:22 AM  
DA 18 - 135mm WA macro... anything better?
Posted By turley85
Replies: 23
Views: 2,592
Thanks for the overwhelming responses everyone!



I'm planning on using the WA macro as a brighter and closer focus (doesn't need to be 1:1!) lens (than 18-135) when out with the 18-135mm and a wide angle landscape/people lens when out with my 100mm macro. I'm rarely out with a camera bag, rather I carry any accessories in pockets so lightweight, such that I actually take the lens with me, is high priority.

I'd actually forgotten about the macro ability of the 10-17mm! If it was brighter or lighter it would be at the top of my list. I think it will reside on my N+1 list for the moment....

Given your responses, I think the 24mm sigma is probably the best compromise (weight/macro/brightness), assuming i can find one for sale, but I both the DA21 and DA35 ltd are still on the radar...

Thanks

Andrew
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-27-2013, 04:01 AM  
DA 18 - 135mm WA macro... anything better?
Posted By turley85
Replies: 23
Views: 2,592
I currently own a DA18-135mm and DA 100mm WR macro. I've been thinking about purchasing a lens to accompany either of these lenses when I am out and about (I almost never take both of them out at the same time). As such, I was thinking a wide angle macro... but I'm finding it hard to beat the x0.24 macro of the 18-135mm. In particular, I'd like something that will easily fit in my pocket so, for example, Sigma 20mm f1.8 is out.....

So first, does anyone know of a better wide angle macro for pentax than a Sigma 24mm F2.8 (x0.25)?

Second, any recommendations of lenses that you have found "complement" either of these two lenses when out (my primary interest is nature photography).
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-13-2013, 01:30 AM  
D-FA WR Club
Posted By turley85
Replies: 623
Views: 121,900
A few from the backyard this afternoon...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-31-2013, 02:26 AM  
DAL 18-135 and Sigma 150mm macro hope...
Posted By turley85
Replies: 9
Views: 2,490
I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere else, but it looks like the Pentax DA 18-135 is now coming in a DAL mount on the new pentax K50. https://www.crkennedy.com.au/pentax/index.php?q=node/399

Second, rumors are about that sigma will be announcing mount swapping of lenses, which gives me hope we could yet get a 150mm f2.8 macro in k-mount!
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-26-2013, 05:52 PM  
D-FA WR Club
Posted By turley85
Replies: 623
Views: 121,900
First day using the DFA 100 wr. Happy with the results considering on-board flash and hand held.
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