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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-17-2016, 07:40 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By silver_dragon
Replies: 2,703
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how are you liking this combo? Have you discovered any deal breaking shortcomings with the 12-32?

I'm looking at purchasing an EM5 and Panny 12-32 aswell.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-12-2016, 11:18 PM  
Machinery WWII Weekend Reading PA
Posted By silver_dragon
Replies: 14
Views: 1,321
I believe that B24 is being restored in Werribee.

The RAAF base in Point Cook is restoring a Dehavilland Mosquito aswell. Not sure whether its being restored back to flying condition however.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-11-2016, 02:02 AM  
Machinery WWII Weekend Reading PA
Posted By silver_dragon
Replies: 14
Views: 1,321
great photo's!

Seeing a B17 in the flesh is on my bucket list.

Unfortunately we don't have as many exciting warbirds here in Australia compared to the northern hemisphere
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-22-2016, 11:40 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By silver_dragon
Replies: 2,703
Views: 252,748
I really need to stop looking at this thread. It keeps me wanting a m43 camera.

I'm currently on the look out of a well priced EM5 or EM5 mk2 and wanting to couple that with a Panasonic 12-32 for a nice and compact snapshots camera
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-10-2016, 01:15 AM  
If you were to do it all over again....what spec for post processing PC/MAC?
Posted By silver_dragon
Replies: 31
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I don't really think I'd change any any of my choices for how I've built my PC. Built it ~3 years ago as a respectable gaming rig in the ~$1000AUD bracket. I decided to go AMD (FX8350 CPU) to keep the costs down a bit, at the time the equivalent Intel processor was considerably more expensive. I did like how AMD has kept the same pin configurations for their CPU's which I did factor in for an easy upgrade in the future. So far it's still going strong, still playing games at high to ultra settings without any dramas. Since building my PC I've only bought a larger capacity SSD and a water cooled CPU heatsink (the AMD's run bloody hot and do not cope well with Australian summer even at factory clock speeds).

I think the debate between Mac vs PC only comes down to choice of user interface preference these days. The hardware used between the two are virtually identical. I think for whatever reason people seem to cling to the idea that Mac's are better than PC's for which may have been the case in 2000-2005 for graphic design etc. but I believe that is not the case these days. Ofcourse if someone wants to correct me, I'm happy to listen.
Forum: General Photography 03-14-2016, 11:08 PM  
Are there people really stupid enough to buy from some sellers on Ebay?
Posted By silver_dragon
Replies: 15
Views: 1,878
My theory on whacky high pricing is to catch the sort of people that think everything on Ebay is cheaper than other online retailers or B&M stores.

Sure alot of the cheap Chinese stuff like phone cases, screen protectors etc appear to cost peanuts compared to B&M and other online stores. But thats about as far as it goes in my experience when buying new stuff
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-25-2016, 11:41 PM  
Pentax K1 Australian pre-orders
Posted By silver_dragon
Replies: 361
Views: 24,792
Brand new lenses arent worth trying to get from Japan. Prices are near enough to the same as here in Australia. I certainly wouldn't risk a potential "saving" of $50 or $100 for lack of warranty. Bodies however are heaps cheaper. My first trip to Japan in Sept 2014 I payed ~$550 for my K50, 18-55 and 50-200 kit when the same thing here was in the ballpark of $1100 here. Second trip in April 2015 I payed ~$700 for my K3 body when they were going for $1200+ here (it appears they still are now).

For a $500-$600 saving I'd definitely take the lack of warranty gamble on a new body.



When are you looking at going? Have you tried looking at business hotels? They can be had for $40-60 a night for one person and include a buffet breakfast in the morning. Definitely the cheapest way to go without having to resort to hostels or capsule hotels
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-24-2016, 12:53 AM  
Pentax K1 Australian pre-orders
Posted By silver_dragon
Replies: 361
Views: 24,792
Good to know.... Someone 10 minute drive from me stocking the K1. See how long it takes me to cave in and purchase one :(
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-19-2016, 04:58 PM  
Selling K-3 now the K-1 has arrived?
Posted By silver_dragon
Replies: 29
Views: 2,636
I'm considering heading to China for a couple of weeks later this year with a pitstop in Tokyo for a few days at the end of the trip. This will be pretty much the only way I'll purchase the K1 by purchasing it in Tokyo in the hope it will most likely be SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than purchasing in Australia, like my K3 was. It ended up being around $500AUD cheaper
Forum: General Talk 02-19-2016, 03:53 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By silver_dragon
Replies: 1,802
Views: 98,712
There are many options offered from BMW and Mercedes powered by turbo 6's and V8's here in Aus. Would the government be willing to spend the hyper-inflated prices for them? Probably not.

I think it wouldn't be completely ridiculous that Toyota and Nissan's turbo 6 powered Crown/Chaser/Mark 2/Majesta/Cima/Cedrick etc be used as highway patrol cars. If the government could convince Nissan and Toyota to start selling them here.

Apart from protecting the Camry, I've never been able to wrap my head around why those cars above were never sold here to directly compete against the Falcon and Commodore even in those times when the large family sedan was much more popular.
Forum: General Talk 02-11-2016, 10:51 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By silver_dragon
Replies: 1,802
Views: 98,712
I can definately see how there wouldnt be much of that much of a market for people wanting a ute/pickup for carrying weight.

That would be a problem for the Holden/Pontiac as they have independant rear suspension, exactly the same as the sedans only being able to carry 450kg in the back of them. Im not brand loyal by any stretch of the imagination, but the load capacity of the Holden is a deal breaker for me. With Ford thats a completely different story, they're live axle and capable of carrying 750kg aswell as the tub being designed to be able to fit a pallet inbetween the strut towers, with light truck tyres they're capable of carrying 1 tonne. Which i could definately see being a viable competitor. However Ford Australia appears to have zero interest in the export market ie; not building their cars to European standards whereas Holden does




I wouldn't say they're handling orientated, they definately drive like a modern car (is there such a thing as a bad handling car these days?) but then again i might be judging a bit harshly having owned Toyota Sprinter AE86 (Corolla GTS for you guys) and a Mitsubishi Legnum VR4 which was basically a functional family car sized Lancer Evolution 6 stationwagon with a twin turbo v6. Both of which handled absolutely beautifully.

With the Falcons I think some really fat anti roll bars would greatly assist with the nimbleness of the car.

They sure did come with the option of a manual gearbox. If im not mistaken it was 5 speed as standard with the option to upgrade to a 6 speed.
Forum: General Talk 02-10-2016, 11:41 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By silver_dragon
Replies: 1,802
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Unfortunately 2016/2017 are the final years of local automotive manufacturing here in Australia. If im not mistaken GM had a crack at selling the holden commodore ute with the LS series V8 a few years ago as a Pontiac or somthing similar to that. They sold so poorly that all the surplus bumpers and headlights were sent to Australia to be used as a "special edition" type of thing for the Commodore ute



Whats wrong with the F150 Raptor? I'd be extremely happy with one of those :D



She goes pretty good, im still learning the in's and out's of the auto gearbox to maximise the fun factor as it loves to shift into the highest gear really quickly and never seems to want to shift down into a gear that has a bit of revs . It's got the same ZF 6 speed box that BMW were using in that time period.
Forum: General Talk 02-10-2016, 02:15 AM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By silver_dragon
Replies: 1,802
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This is my new to me 2007 BF MK2 Ford Falcon XR8 ute that i bought 2 weeks ago.

After six months of searching i finally found this nice example. Most importantly its got a 5.4L V8. Absolutely immaculate body without a single dent on it, 82,000km, cat back twin 2.5" exhaust. I couldn't help myself and installed a cold air intake less than a week after purchasing it, probably going to look at getting a flash tune in not too distant future (gains up to 30kw can be had with its current modifications) and installed a nice set of Focal PS165 splits this weekend just been.
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-24-2016, 02:47 PM  
F* & FA* club!
Posted By silver_dragon
Replies: 832
Views: 174,186
A photo of my sisters dog while i was playing around with my F 70-210

_IMG1505 by Stefan Alexander, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-3 01-22-2016, 05:00 PM  
K3 Is the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 Worth Purchasing
Posted By silver_dragon
Replies: 21
Views: 5,371
People on this forum are going to have contrary opinions to mine, some most likely saying something to the tune of "avoid like the plague".

I have the 18-35, mine appears to be a fairly good copy that only has focusing issues from what i can tell at F1.8 only and appears to nail focus virtually every time at any other aperture and distance. For others this might pose a problem but for me it is no drama flicking the camera to live view to take that F1.8 shot.

If you can find a good copy from a store with a quick and easy returns policy, I'd definately recommend this lense.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-12-2016, 07:36 PM  
CES Pentax K-1 Rumor or Fact?
Posted By silver_dragon
Replies: 286
Views: 43,627
My guess will be that CRK will price the lenses similarly to japan's prices (if not a tad cheaper) and royally bend us over in pricing of the body considering a K3 body tends to sell for over $1000 here in AUS
Forum: General Photography 12-19-2015, 12:12 AM  
Flickr's best shots of 2015
Posted By silver_dragon
Replies: 16
Views: 1,833
This photo is my submission

Japan cherry blossom by Stefan Alexander, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-17-2015, 01:01 AM  
Sad Pentax pricing joke !
Posted By silver_dragon
Replies: 68
Views: 5,151
It appears we pay a few hundred dollars more for bodies here in Australia than USA and Japan. Whereas lenses are in the ballpark of pricing in Japan, if not a bit cheaper.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 12-16-2015, 03:02 AM  
Seeking advice for trip to Japan, Osaka Kyoto and Tokyo
Posted By silver_dragon
Replies: 10
Views: 1,581
Melbourne was nice and hot today. I was working all day in the sun all day, so my brain isnt functioning 100% so ill try to rattle off a few bullet points. I've been to japan twice, in September last year (tail end of summer) and April this year for cherry blossom season.

- In my experience with Osaka there wasn't a hell of alot to do. Check out the aquarium, its essentially the same as Melbourne and Sydneys aquariums but with a whale shark (did i mention whale shark? it is awsome!) and the giant Japanese salamander. The name of the area eludes me where the CBD is, the river running right through the centre of it is a great night time photo opportunity. Check out Dendon Town which is an entire street dedicated to electronics, anime etc. Make sure to have a wander through Joshin Super Kids store which is like a giant adult toy and hobby store. Go and have a beer after an evening of photos at Irish Murphy's Pub, Dan the guy the owns it is a pretty cool guy, He lived in melbourne for a few years.

-If you get a chance, jump on the shinkansen for around an hour and check out Himeji for a few hours during the day. Himeji castle is one of few remaining castles that wasnt bombed in WW2. Absolutely fantastic photo opportunity

-Kyoto is such a beautiful city. One day wont be enough, I spent six days there to check out everything. Grab the tourist map at Kyoto station and go nuts, The Fushimi Inari Taisha (bamboo forest) and golden temple are must see's. Public transport isnt as convenient as Osaka and Tokyo so you will find yourself catching alot of buses. Grab a daily bus pass for 500 yen

Hope this helps a little bit, I'll add more as I think about it. Either way you'll have a blast and good luck shaking the Japan addiction :P

Cheers,

stefan
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-09-2015, 02:25 AM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By silver_dragon
Replies: 15,631
Views: 1,404,343
Heres a couple from a car meet in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago using my K3 and Sigma 18-35

_IMG1339 by Stefan Alexander, on Flickr

_IMG1349 by Stefan Alexander, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-30-2015, 01:49 AM  
Sigma 18-35mm - Disappointed
Posted By silver_dragon
Replies: 61
Views: 4,852
My copy sucks with focusing at F1.8, it appears to be fine at any other aperture however. Its no big deal for me being that I mainly use that lens for car shows/meets. When i do wish to use it wide open flicking over to live view isnt really a hassle at all.
Forum: General Talk 11-08-2015, 11:34 PM  
Poll: What's your favourite mobile OS?
Posted By silver_dragon
Replies: 21
Views: 1,588
THIS! The exact reason I reluctantly(to begin with) got the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. Figuring it would quite likely be Samsung's last removable battery/expandable memory phone. Unfortunately I've become too accustomed to samsung phone's physical home, back button and app list button which has turned me off other phone brands the use the LCD screen for all that. At first when I got the phone, I found it way too big for my liking. After an overseas trip using flat out for google maps, it basically negated the need to carry around a 7" tablet because the screen was big enough and now I love the phone to bits.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 10-12-2015, 12:43 AM  
FF is Better than Crop, to include Weather Resistance O.O
Posted By silver_dragon
Replies: 73
Views: 6,198
Definately! We Aussies tend to butcher the English language.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-05-2015, 11:25 PM  
Lens Purchasing Advice
Posted By silver_dragon
Replies: 25
Views: 1,910
Definately would be a worthwhile kit to take. I would go as far to suggest a bag around the size that would be able to carry a DSLR with lens mounted plus room for one more. Japan is such a whacky and cool country, there's alot of cool stuff to buy. I was always buying small souvenirs on my travels, having that little bit of storage space in my camera bag was invaluable so that I wouldn't have to carry around plastic bags and often an umbrella all day.

Whenever I get around to going on my next overseas trip I'm definitely going to consider some sort of basic Micro 4/3 kit to save on weight
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-05-2015, 03:27 AM  
Lens Purchasing Advice
Posted By silver_dragon
Replies: 25
Views: 1,910
I've been to Japan twice. For me I found my Sigma 17-70 to be sufficient focal length wise since most of the temples and other sights are generally quite large. However I constantly wished I had something wider (I have since purchase a sigma 8-16 after my last trip in April).

You'll be doing LOTS of walking in very busy areas and navigating crowded subway stations. Having a lightweight as possible kit, such as zoom of choice and wide prime would be my recommendation
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