Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Showing results 1 to 25 of 300 Search:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12 Hours Ago  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By Des
Replies: 2,118
Views: 355,717
Sure, me too, I think. But we're both saying it's more than that. With this lens, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 15 Hours Ago  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By Des
Replies: 2,118
Views: 355,717
Thanks Dewman. I wouldn't say it's my favourite lens (the FA 77, DFA 100 and FA*300 each produce more knockout shots), but the 18-135 does a lot of things well, without being bland (as zooms can be). It's got character - and you know it's a Pentax.


The Chilean Navy must know a lot about camouflage. ;-) Loving your B&W shots Weldon. It's a very different take.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1 Day Ago  
Thematic Wildlife-Non Squirrel Furry Animal Thread
Posted By Des
Replies: 24
Views: 1,393
Tasmanian Pademelon. (K-3 + DFA 100 WR)

Forum: Pentax Price Watch 1 Day Ago  
DXO Optics Pro free
Posted By Des
Replies: 7
Views: 474
Not exactly, but if you undock the image browser bar at the bottom (in Windows, right-click the top of the browser bar and select undock image browser, or use Ctrl+U), you can then put it and shape it how you want it.

You can also resize and reposition the windows on the left and right of the screen, or even remove them. See the pdf user guide (accessible via the Help menu).
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 1 Day Ago  
New member - K3 bound and needing advice!
Posted By Des
Replies: 52
Views: 932
A perfect starter kit. Use the zooms for a while, and take note of which focal lengths you use most. (There are free programs that will analyse your photos for you: here's one I use - ExposurePlot jpg exif lens length analyzer for photographers ) That will help you decide what lenses would be your next priority. They might not be the ones you expect. (When I had an 18-250 superzoom, I found that I was shooting disproportionately at 18mm or at 250mm, so I went for a wide lens and a long lens next. But everyone is different.)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 1 Day Ago  
New member - K3 bound and needing advice!
Posted By Des
Replies: 52
Views: 932
Enjoy the new kit. You've already asked a lot of good questions - don't be afraid to ask more. When you tell people you are starting out, mostly you get helpful and informative replies here - as the above ones show. Worth re-reading the posts by the "silverbacks" above - there's long experience behind their suggestions and advice.


My question too. I assume the camera is a K-3, but as a matter of interest, what lens(es) are you getting?
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 1 Day Ago  
DXO Optics Pro free
Posted By Des
Replies: 7
Views: 474
More info here: DxO OpticsPro 11 Essential Edition available for free - PentaxForums.com

It's a very good program. If you try it and like it, I'd recommend buying the Elite edition because it has some invaluable extra features.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 1 Day Ago  
K-S2 Lag with fast shooting
Posted By Des
Replies: 11
Views: 308
Do you mean Instant review?
1. Press Menu button.
2. Select the menu with the camera symbol, page 4
3. Select first item in list.
4. Press right button in 4-way controller to bring up options, including display time. I use 3 seconds. For a while I turned it off but found I was chimping regularly anyway.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 2 Days Ago  
[Australia] Another 20% off eBay sale
Posted By Des
Replies: 2
Views: 208
Thanks for the heads up, Rawr. Hot on the heels of the Pentax Au 15% sale too.

DA 20-40 Ltd $929 -> $743. Hmmm
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 2 Days Ago  
New member - K3 bound and needing advice!
Posted By Des
Replies: 52
Views: 932
Personally I think Kameko is just making absolutely full disclosure of a temporary issue encountered a year ago. She is only talking about the shutter sticking on continuous shooting, which might, at worst, mean it takes a few more photos than intended, rather than bad photos. Kameko is a long-time contributor to the forum, a first-rate photographer, and from my observation an ethical person. I would say that she has discounted the price more than she needed to, to reflect the condition of the camera. Those silver ones were, from memory, a limited edition, and were sold at a premium.

There is a general culture in ads on the forum that people do make full disclosure of even very minor things - rather different from ebay, as Uncle Vanya points out. But having said that, I understand your apprehension. It might not be the right one for you.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 2 Days Ago  
New member - K3 bound and needing advice!
Posted By Des
Replies: 52
Views: 932
Pentax K-3 Silver with D-BG5 Grip - PentaxForums.com And this from one of the legendary photographers of the forum.

Keep looking in the forum marketplace as they come up fairly often. Or you can put a post in the "Wanted" section.
Forum: Photo Critique 2 Days Ago  
Nature Help selecting images.
Posted By Des
Replies: 8
Views: 369
Quite right.


They are mainly a coastal bird, so the sea provides context.


I should have recognised it, even with a small thumbnail. I've only ever got one good shot of a bellbird, so it's a good get.


Well, I just meant it wasn't out in the bush. My prejudice again.


Ooops, should have looked it up.


I thought it might be, but couldn't see the bars on the tail. I should have fitted this into the 13; it's very nice.


I thought it was just me. :-)


Crimson rosellas are one of our dominant birds here, and I love them. They are very photogenic. I could afford to wait for the perfect shot. But this one is very good.

Edit (19 Oct): Oh I can see much better now with the bigger thumbnails. They will make a great calendar. 8184 is the money shot, I think, but the pardalotes and Easter Rosella are standouts too. I'm warming to the crested pigeon (6246) and the bell miner (3399). (Sorry this probably doesn't help!)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
Pentax Australia - 15% off lenses this weekend
Posted By Des
Replies: 16
Views: 702
Rob is dead right. The relativity to US retailer prices varies, but to me it's never been enough to risk importing a new lens. When you just consider how often people send back a new lens because they find unacceptable de-centering, it's a big risk to buy without an effective warranty.

CRK often gets a bad rap on this forum, but my experiences in dealing with them have always been positive. For example, they fixed my 55-300 PLM after I dropped it, and waived the repair charge because the repair (going to Japan and back) took longer than estimated. And a repairer in Melbourne I spoke to told me that of all the brands of cameras he repairs, Pentax were one of the best supported for parts in Australia.

I bought one K-30 as a grey import, but I wouldn't buy another new camera or lens that way again.
Forum: Photo Critique 3 Days Ago  
Nature A slightly different view
Posted By Des
Replies: 9
Views: 513
I always get frustrated when foliage blocks a clear view of a bird. But at least in this instance the lines evoke reeds, which emphasises the habitat.

The main problem with this shot is that there is too much motion for the shutter speed (1/125th). This is a constant dilemma in less than ideal light, when you don't have a fast lens: bump the ISO, slow the shutter or max the aperture? I've been around this loop many times. You've gone for f8, for the resolution, and compromised on shutter (1/125th) and ISO (1600). With the 16mp sensor, I found on the K-30 that it was best not to go to ISO 3200 to compensate for poor light, so I think that was the right choice. But I think f5.6 and 1/250th might have been better. In fact the heron is slightly overexposed, so you might have got by with say 1/320th.

Still, the image could be improved a lot with some judicious PP. (You are right about DxO - it's the main program I use.)

The alternative approach I'd suggest is to use fill flash. You get a lot better resolution and colour. If the light is low the flash will have the effect of freezing motion - although that may mean the flash is providing a high proportion of the light, which can make the image too harsh. If the subject isn't too distant or moving too fast, a flash with HSS will let you use a shutter speed faster than 1/180th - the lag can be frustrating, but if it works you can get nice fill. A flash extender (e.g. Better Beamer, JJC or Magbeam) will help get the most from your flash.
Forum: Photo Critique 3 Days Ago  
Nature Help selecting images.
Posted By Des
Replies: 8
Views: 369
Sorry I didn't see your post earlier Craig.

Here's how I would choose:
1. If possible, a different bird each month. Means selecting no more than one each from your fairy-wren, lorikeet, galah, pelican and pardalote shots (as good as they are).
2. No introduced birds. No peacock.
3. As much diversity of types as possible: passerines and non-passerines, bush birds/water birds, etc.
4. Minimise human artifacts (including introduced plants) - this is just my bias; you might prefer the opposite, to connect with your home etc.

You have 48 candidates. Take out the peacocks, and that leaves 46. There's one or two I can't identify from the thumbnails, but this is the list as far as I can tell:
Multiples (with my pick of them):
- Rainbow lorikeet x 4 - 1077 (or 8184)
- Spotted pardalote x 12 - 9598 (good for spring)
- Superb fairy-wren x 6 - 3113
- Willy wagtail x 2 - 5553
- Australian Pelican x 3 - 3424
- Galah x 2 - 7572
- Singing honeyeater x 2 - can't see for sure; one might be Yellow-faced honeyeater. - 0617 (the other gives more context, but the crooked horizon is distracting)

One each of these (with my biases stated):
- Noisy miner? - Very cute, but the pots don't do it for me
- Crested pigeon - nice shot, but I don't like the fence
- Parrot in 3299 is not one I know - very nice shot
- Australian magpie - good profile, B&W works. If possible re-crop - if you have space where the bird is looking and less behind it works better
- Laughing Kookaburra - urban background doesn't do it for me
- Red-winged parrot? 8709 - hard to get, which compensates for the limited view in my mind; but others might not see it that way
- New Holland Honeyeater - I love NHHs, and this is very good
- Silver gull - good shot, but I would crop the bottom left a bit
- red-browed finch - personally I don't like the feeder in the shot, even though I have lots like this myself (not of the finches)
- Cuckoo? 0152 - good shot, nice bokeh
- Eastern rosella - like this one. I find it surprisingly hard to photograph them
- White-bellied sea-eagle? (0375) - very nice
- Masked lapwing - quite nice, they are very striking
- Emu - despite the fence, it has to go in. Coat of arms and all that.
- Crimson rosella - human structure

So that's 22 species. Only 8 passerines, so I would bias towards them - say 5 or 6. Only one raptor, so I would include it. Only one ratite, so the emu has to go in. If your donee are overseas, include at least 4 parrots.

So here are the ones I'd include:
Parrots:
- Rainbow lorikeet - 1077
- Galah - 7572
- Eastern rosella - 0279
- Parrot in 3299 Reserve selection: Red-winged parrot? 8709
Ratite:
- Emu 0375
Raptor:
- White-bellied sea-eagle? (0375)
Corvids/kingfishers:
- Australian magpie - 0619
Water birds:
- Australian Pelican - 3424. (Reserve selection: Silver gull 8652 or Masked lapwing 6132)
Passerines:
- Spotted pardalote - 9598
- Superb fairy-wren - 3113
- Willy wagtail - 5553
- Singing honeyeater - 0617
- New Holland Honeyeater - 7506 (Reserve selection: - Cuckoo? 0152)

Even if you don't share my biases, I hope the reasoning/classification will help.

I'm sure what _ccc says is right about people liking shots that aren't the ones you are proudest of. But, oh stuff it, it's your calendar. Choose the ones that express your own preferences. ;-)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Pentax 300 lens choice
Posted By Des
Replies: 47
Views: 1,428
The going rate for the F*/FA*300 f4.5 seems to be around $US600-700: F* / FA* 300 4.5 - price check? - PentaxForums.com
But don't feel too bad about it - they do sometimes go for less.

If you could happen to snare one of these within budget Carol it would meet all your requirements.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 3 Days Ago  
New member - K3 bound and needing advice!
Posted By Des
Replies: 52
Views: 932
Welcome to you too @Mudcat314

The DFA 100 is a wonderful lens, and it's great that you are enjoying it so much. I love mine too, not just for macro but for landscapes, animal photos and other things.

Only thing I'd say is that with a total budget of $2k there might not be room enough for the DFA 100, after the OP gets a body, wide-normal/walkaround zoom (e.g. DA 16-85, DA 18-135 or Tamron 17-50), a telephoto lens (surely one of the DA 55-300 models), flash, tripod, spare battery, memory cards, bag, maybe CP-L filter(s). If there's room for a prime after all that, it would probably be something more affordable like the DA 35 f2.4 or one of the many good cheap 50s. But then Normhead and Kozlok have fitted the 100 in the budget - and if it can be done, great.
Forum: Macro Photography 5 Days Ago  
More K3 DA18-135WR +8 Close Focus Filter
Posted By Des
Replies: 2
Views: 288
f38! I didn't know it went that far. And even then DOF is very thin.

Another budget macro option. Well done and thanks for sharing.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 5 Days Ago  
New member - K3 bound and needing advice!
Posted By Des
Replies: 52
Views: 932
Welcome to Pentax Forums and to the world of Pentax. When you see the great set of answers you've got, aren't you glad you came?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Pentax 300 lens choice
Posted By Des
Replies: 47
Views: 1,428
^ The 55-300 PLM is very good, Carol, and would be within budget. Big upgrade from the 70-300. Compared to the A*300 or M*300 you'd lose a stop, but you'd gain the best AF speed and performance of any Pentax lens, good colours and contrast, the latest coatings, pleasant bokeh, lighter weight, shorter MFD and of course versatility.

At f8 there's not a massive difference between the PLM and my FA*300 f4.5.


Sure about this? These are each more than 2kg.
Tamron Adaptall-2 SP 300mm f/2.8 LD IF (60B) Lens Reviews - Tamron Adaptall Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
Tamron Adaptall-2 SP 300mm f/2.8 LD IF (360B) Lens Reviews - Tamron Adaptall Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
And not cheap either.

Maybe you were looking at f5.6 ones rather than the fancied f2.8 ones that PBF referred to? If so, where's the gain over the PLM (f6.3 at 300mm but f5.6 at about 280mm)?
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 6 Days Ago  
Question How can I check what images I have posted?
Posted By Des
Replies: 5
Views: 207
Yes, Terry, there is. The previous photos are under "Album photos | Attachments".

1. Click "Post reply" to create the post in which you want to include the photos. (It's easier this way than using "Quick reply").
2. Click the link "Insert Album Photos" (just to the right of the box for the text of the reply.) This brings up another window (on my browser anyway) headed "Insert Photos and Images".
3. In the "Insert Photos ..." window, click in the first drop-down box and select "Attachments". This will bring up thumbnails of your previous attachments in reverse order of when they were posted (most recent first).
4. Choose the option you want in the second drop-down box in the "Insert Photos ..." window. The default, "Original only" will probably be the right one.
5. Click on the photo you want to attach. (It might seem nothing happens, but the photo will be in the post. it's easy to click twice by mistake.)
6. Preview post, then submit.

I just followed these steps to add this photo.


If you want to find posts where you have posted particular photos, that's a bit more tricky. I can only think of using advanced search to find all your own previous posts. Or in your liked posts if you think the posts were liked.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-11-2017, 02:35 PM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By Des
Replies: 2,118
Views: 355,717
A series from the Avon River in Gippsland. (Some x-posted from waterfalls/moving water thread.) Photos 3-6 were taken using a tripod, using longer exposures. I only had a CP-L, so I had to push the aperture well into diffraction territory (f22 for #4 and #5, and f20 for #6), but I was surprised at how well the sharpness held up.


















Forum: Contest Voting 10-08-2017, 01:58 PM  
Kiss me
Posted By Des
Replies: 9
Views: 146
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Contest Voting 10-08-2017, 01:58 PM  
Oops!
Posted By Des
Replies: 18
Views: 311
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Contest Voting 10-08-2017, 01:57 PM  
Checking Credentials
Posted By Des
Replies: 23
Views: 319
I would like to nominate this photo
Search took 0.01 seconds | Showing results 1 to 25 of 300

 
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:29 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top