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Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 10-13-2017, 10:38 PM  
Tamron 70-200mm SP AF f/2.8 Di LD IF samples
Posted By Ash
Replies: 75
Views: 28,657
Certainly not the size nor the weight of the DFA equivalent but it's certainly up there with IQ.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-02-2017, 01:31 AM  
Macro Spring bee
Posted By Ash
Replies: 5
Views: 200
It's been a while. Photography's taken a back seat for work and family. Nonetheless, an extra public holiday helped and here's what I found in the yard:
Forum: Macro Photography 09-26-2017, 05:20 AM  
Pentax istD
Posted By Ash
Replies: 3
Views: 368
And that is a prime example on how just about any SLR with the right know how on its use can do amazing things.
Well done.
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-24-2017, 12:32 AM  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By Ash
Replies: 2,683
Views: 361,677
One of the unsung features of the 100 macro is its portrait and landscape brilliance! Thanks for sharing this. Very nice.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-22-2017, 03:38 AM  
Posted By Ash
Replies: 5
Views: 191
Welcome from another Aussie. Congrats on your purchase - it's quite the format for photography. Enjoy and hope you get what you're after from the forum.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-16-2017, 10:38 PM  
Australia - Pentax Web Store 15% off store-wide
Posted By Ash
Replies: 24
Views: 1,214
Nice. But alas I have gotten over the BBA and LBA (for now)...
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-12-2017, 01:47 AM  
Pentax K-1 wiping the floor with Nikon D810, D850.
Posted By Ash
Replies: 73
Views: 5,324
Now that's a fine comparative study. Thanks for sharing this for the pixel peepers out there. It is noticeable even without pixel peeping ;)
Forum: Winners' Showcase 09-08-2017, 06:05 AM  
August, 2017 Winner: Bletchley Park
Posted By Ash
Replies: 63
Views: 1,239
Typical Keitha. Wonderful soft lighting, lovely character to the subject.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-26-2017, 01:59 AM  
Flash for a beginner
Posted By Ash
Replies: 36
Views: 1,230
If the AF540FGZ is available to for that price and you can afford it, that's the one I would choose. You would never need another flash.
I've had mine amongst a Sigma and Yongnuo and I find my go to flash for all purpose versatility is always the Pentax.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-04-2017, 05:16 AM  
handing down my *istDS
Posted By Ash
Replies: 8
Views: 696
Bravo for taking care of the camera, and for seeing it through the generations. Not many cameras can boast this in the current era, and just about all Pentax dSLRs have the ability of being legendary.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 07-27-2017, 04:47 AM  
DA* 16-50 Stiff Zoom Ring
Posted By Ash
Replies: 12
Views: 514
Not everyone places consideration to those finer details to lenses, hence the discrepancy.
But I do recall this little issue with a 16-50 I had, and indeed it didn't affect function, but it was occasionally annoying to have to put extra effort to zoom in (my tightness was both ways). I'm not sure much can be done about it, a precision tool will have very small tolerances and fixing it may risk it not being the same again.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-27-2017, 04:40 AM  
G'Day from Down Under!
Posted By Ash
Replies: 16
Views: 583
Good to have you here mate. Also a retired serviceman myself, now working in civvy street, but needing more time with the K-5 I have also. Enjoy your retirement and photography.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-19-2017, 06:41 AM  
Proper use of Astrotracer?
Posted By Ash
Replies: 13
Views: 626
Brilliant result. The exposure is a little low for the foreground but the AT has done a very good job and your masking PP work is spot on.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-19-2017, 05:16 AM  
Three Portraits, Three Lighting Approaches
Posted By Ash
Replies: 6
Views: 643
I like the work put into the explanation and lights.
Outdoor shots are tricky given the balance between ambient and fill light that needs to be factored in. The fill light has to compete with the ambient light to create the desired lighting effect. My view with those outdoor portraits is that the fill light should highlight the subjects face and the kick light could be more outlining over the opposite side's hairline. But that's only one view, and take it with a grain of salt.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 05-28-2017, 02:32 PM  
Manchester, UK
Posted By Ash
Replies: 8
Views: 269
Welcome Gareth.
Hope you and your loved ones stay safe.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-05-2017, 05:10 AM  
Cityscape jerusalem... view from atop the mount of olives
Posted By Ash
Replies: 7
Views: 353
Quite the landscape. Green amongst the desert lands. And the icon in the midst stands so obvious in the image. Well done with the shot, and hope you soak in all the sights and sounds in that historical land.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 04-05-2017, 05:07 AM  
New to the forum
Posted By Ash
Replies: 6
Views: 278
Hi there. Hope you enjoy the forum. What kind of M42s do it for you?
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-26-2017, 06:56 AM  
G'day from Aus
Posted By Ash
Replies: 12
Views: 409
G'day and welcome mate.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-12-2017, 01:59 AM  
It pays to regularly inspect your lenses...
Posted By Ash
Replies: 7
Views: 915
Nice reminder.
Sorry for the accident. Incidents like these can never be reversed as much as we'd like to redeem ourselves for the oversight.
But if this lens is a keeper for you, then no significant loss.
Shoot on.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-08-2017, 08:10 PM  
Night Ring of Fire and Stars
Posted By Ash
Replies: 10
Views: 409
Great job with two interesting features
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-28-2016, 06:33 AM  
Is the K-1 good for a beginner?
Posted By Ash
Replies: 83
Views: 5,225
Advanced cameras like the K-1 allow a budding photographer room to grow into it.
It can be set to be as simple or as complex as the photographer wants it to be.
Advanced APS-C cameras are quite similar, but there is no substitute for a FF viewfinder. The experience is what makes the craft more enjoyable, young and old, newbie or pro.
If the funds can be spared/justified, K-1 is an excellent choice.
Even better are the lenses to be paired with it.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-15-2016, 11:17 PM  
K1 AF issues at a wedding...
Posted By Ash
Replies: 146
Views: 14,050
The lenses you were using aren't comparable to the 24-70. The 18-55 in particular is a very quick focusing lens due to its short focusing throw. The K5II may have had its lens correction option set to "off" and that of the K1 being "on" (slowing processing time significantly). The K3 using a non-Pentax lens doesn't have that factor in the equation. The Tamron 17-50 is similarly a very quick focusing lens. I'm not sure why there would be a huge difference in focusing ability even with the Pentax FF lens on the K1 but that may be a part of the explanation. To investigate it more accurately, you would test low light focusing on the same subject under the same lighting conditions using the same lens on both het K1 and K5II (or K3II). I hope this is not sounding patronising if you are well aware of these aspects. If there is a big difference still, and you have the latest firmware, post your data here and let us know.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-02-2016, 02:17 AM  
Hello Fellow Pentaxians!
Posted By Ash
Replies: 9
Views: 459
K-3 should serve you well, a fine camera indeed, very capable and affordable nowadays.
Enjoy shooting with it - it will be leaps and bounds over the K100D in every way, but all Pentax cams are capable of amazing things...
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-13-2016, 02:01 PM  
G'day People!
Posted By Ash
Replies: 8
Views: 312
G'day to another Aussie Pentaxian.
Welcome and enjoy this fine forum
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-07-2016, 10:04 PM  
PF 10th Anniversary - World Pentax Day + Giveaway!
Posted By Ash
Replies: 161
Views: 8,675
Well done Adam, and congrats to PF.
Happy World Pentax Day.
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