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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-11-2018, 04:19 PM  
Reflections, lets see them
Posted By Aslyfox
Replies: 2,577
Views: 194,777
Drake Wood Duck
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 3 Days Ago  
" if the creek don't rise " photos from Yellowstone National Park
Posted By Aslyfox
Replies: 17
Views: 498
yesterday PM, I came out of the park to the travel lodge in Gardiner to meet George who was driving in

after I finished checking in, I turned around and George introduced himself

what timing

we unpacked and then went back into the park

while waiting for the wolfs north of Slough Creek turn off, I grabbed some photos

a red tail hawk appeared

[ heavily cropped and pp ]

it was soaring a long way up

[ perhaps my best ever BIF ]

you better run

[ SOC ]

and I mean RUN

[ cropped and pp ]
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By Aslyfox
Replies: 11,437
Views: 1,129,797
cropped but otherwise, SOC
Forum: General Photography 01-21-2018, 04:11 AM  
What do you do with your photos?
Posted By Aslyfox
Replies: 37
Views: 1,512
always remember to " take " photos first

with the " mark 1 " eyeballs and store in internal memory [ brain ]

then attempt to repeat with camera and lens and store in other media

IMHO, YMMV
Forum: General Photography 04-21-2018, 09:58 AM  
Photography Confessions
Posted By Aslyfox
Replies: 44
Views: 2,521
having devised " safety back up system " in case sling/strap/attachment fails

but failing to have such system " engaged " when failure occurs :eek: :o :eek:

___________________

result of dropping K 3 + SMC Pentax-DA* 300mm F4 ED [IF] SDM from my waist ( I'm 5' 11" ) onto concrete sidewalk:

[ very lucky ] scratched outer rim of safety filter ( no damage to front threads of lens ) and broken hood attachment requiring new hood, no other problems
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 05-13-2018, 04:57 AM  
" if the creek don't rise " photos from Yellowstone National Park
Posted By Aslyfox
Replies: 17
Views: 498
" if the creek don't rise " -

I will be rising early tomorrow to catch a flight from Kansas City to O'Hare in Chicago then to Bozeman International Air Port ( in Belgrade Montana, not Bozeman :confused: and yes I head east to go west, :confused: who am I to judge ?) and then drive south to Yellowstone National Park. I expect to fly back on May 21

and " if the creek don't rise" I expect to meet up with gaweidert for a time and enjoy the Park with him for a while

( unfortunately a third forum member had who planned to join us, but he will not be able to - here is hoping he gets well soon. )

___________________________

although I am not sure how often I will be uploading photos about the trip to this thread, I will do my best. not sure about WiFi inside the park

my encounter wish list starts with cougars ( they are there but not very likely at all) badger ( hey last year a group found one ) grizzly and black bear, bison, wolf, eagles, owls, osprey etc, etc, etc,

however my thoughts about trying out astrophotography for the first time appears to be not so good

new moon and expected cloud cover

wish us luck
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
prime, prime, everywhere a prime...
Posted By Aslyfox
Replies: 3,379
Views: 209,802
yes

I was very impressed when we went for our first time at the end of May last year

in addition to the " usual ", we saw mountain goats ( too far away for my set up), big horn sheep, eagle, osprey great horned owl, wolf, grizzly and almost full grown cub and a pine martin

" if the creek don't rise " photos from Yellowstone National Park - PentaxForums.com

this is my " make up " trip for not being able to go to Baja California and look for whales
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By Aslyfox
Replies: 11,437
Views: 1,129,797
SOC

I like the light and shadow
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-13-2018, 03:10 AM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By Aslyfox
Replies: 5,207
Views: 637,399
well, if all things go well and the creek don't rise, I expect to see another person using a Pentax in the near future

more details to follow

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/43-travel-events-groups/365968-if-creek-...ml#post4279245
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-12-2018, 03:44 AM  
Recommended lenses for K-3 ii for landscape, astro & time lapses
Posted By Aslyfox
Replies: 20
Views: 844
---------- Post added 05-12-18 at 05:45 ----------



you are doing the right thing, in my humble opinion, doing your research and asking questions

keep it up

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here is a thread about the " limiteds "

the limiteds do they live up to the reputation and why - PentaxForums.com

and they say a picture is worth ______________ words

DA 16-85 WR,show us what it can do. - PentaxForums.com

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/122-lens-clubs/86234-15mm-limited-contro...mind-club.html

The DA Limited Club - PentaxForums.com

Pentax Camera & Lens Sample Photo Search Engine - PentaxForums.com

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take a look at the article lists to see if there might be something that might help you out

https://www.pentaxforums.com/articles/resources/
Forum: General Photography 04-17-2018, 05:08 AM  
Post Your Own Photography Words to Inspire Others
Posted By Aslyfox
Replies: 14
Views: 698
" take photos for yourself first "

"remember if you don't try to capture the image with your camera, you have zero chance of success "

" practice, practice, practice "

" go back and review, your first reaction to the photo may be too critical "

" have fun "
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-12-2018, 04:20 AM  
Recommended lenses for K-3 ii for landscape, astro & time lapses
Posted By Aslyfox
Replies: 20
Views: 844
more info you might find helpful:

" Pentax Lens Compatibility Chart

Copyright 2006-2016 Mosphotos.com. All rights reserved.
Pentax bayonet lenses labeled "SMC Pentax" are referred to as "K" lenses in the table below. Other Pentax bayonet lenses have the lens designation as a part of their name as in "SMC Pentax-FA."

Note that "star" lenses work like their "non-star" counterparts: DA* lenses work like DA lenses, FA* like FA, F* like F, A* like A, and M* like M.
Exceptions: FA and F "soft" lenses behave like M lenses in terms of metering.

The Pentax Camera Lens Compatibility Chart

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" Pentax K-Mount Lens Series Explained: The differences between various Pentax lens series

In a nutshell

There are several series of Pentax K-mount lenses; the ones currently being produced include the DA (digital), DA L (cheap digital kit), D FA (full-frame, digital optimized), and FA (full-frame) series. While all Pentax K-mount lenses ever produced are compatible with all current Pentax DSLRs (in some cases with restrictions in that not all exposure modes of the camera are supported by old lenses), there are significant differences between each lens series and each has different features. Furthermore some of the newer lenses do not work with older cameras. We'll be exploring the differences between the various K-mount series lenses in this article "

Pentax K-Mount Lenses Explained: The differences between various Pentax lens series

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you can fine reviews of various Pentax and third party lenses by following this link

https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/

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---------- Post added 05-12-18 at 06:29 ----------

just looked at the series of articles on astrophotography and found this warning:

" Lens Selection

This first point should not be controversial. Do not use a zoom lens for astrophotography. Use a prime lens and use the fastest one that you can get (f/1.4, f/1.7, f/1.8, and f/2 lenses provide the most flexibility). A wide aperture allows you to use slightly slower shutter speeds, and the lack of depth of field is irrelevant. Having a lens that's very sharp close to its maximum aperture is ideal.

Because astrophotography is a game of minutes or hours, a fast, manual-focus prime lens is a great option for astrphotography. Many other Pentax prime lenses are great and my five best Pentax prime lenses for star trails as well as astrophotography are listed below.

But first, why shouldn't you use a zoom lens? A zoom lens adds an element of added motion to a camera in that the zoom could creep during the shot. More importantly, though, zoom lenses are often up to three stops slower than primes, meaning you need to set your ISO three stops higher to obtain the same results. That introduces significant noise. Using a zoom lens increases the likelihood of image quality loss at a time when every factor available to gain image quality should be used fully.
Zoom lenses are also longer than prime lenses. This shifts the camera-lens center of gravity away from the central point in the tripod. The further the camera-lens center of gravity is from the tripod's center, the more likely that the combination could introduce camera shake.


Read more at: Astrophotography Part 2 of 6: Equipment Selection - Articles and Tips | PentaxForums.com

so perhaps a zoom is not a good idea for that goal???

I never had tried it myself
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-10-2018, 11:34 AM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By Aslyfox
Replies: 11,437
Views: 1,129,797
another flower

SOC
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-10-2018, 06:09 PM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By Aslyfox
Replies: 11,437
Views: 1,129,797
Canada Goose preening

SOC
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-09-2018, 05:23 PM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By Aslyfox
Replies: 11,437
Views: 1,129,797
1 SOC

2 cropped

I like # 2 better myself
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 05-09-2018, 07:47 PM  
Caption Contest May 9th - May 17th
Posted By Aslyfox
Replies: 9
Views: 518
keep calm

don't over react, poker face remember

but

she just sunk my battleship

what do I do now?
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-09-2018, 08:51 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By Aslyfox
Replies: 46,718
Views: 1,678,593
thank you very much

[ not as good as bacon, but close ]

I love labs

most dangerous thing about a lab

the tail
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-10-2018, 03:05 AM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By Aslyfox
Replies: 11,437
Views: 1,129,797
aged cat tail

http://www.cattails.info/

result of age, weather and I believe birds collecting fibers for nests

nature finds a use for things regardless of age

slight crop otherwise SOC

slight crop and pp
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-09-2018, 07:02 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Aslyfox
Replies: 28,470
Views: 2,492,683
SOC

Drake Wood Duck

and reflections
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-09-2018, 06:26 PM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By Aslyfox
Replies: 15,083
Views: 1,024,526
converted to b/w

no other crop or pp
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-08-2018, 01:43 AM  
So how much is this going to cost me?
Posted By Aslyfox
Replies: 15
Views: 1,156
so far, I just have one, I bought an " experienced " SMC Pentax-DA 21mm F3.2 Limited

I grabbed the " experienced " 21mm after reading the opinions ( and warnings ) contained in this thread

the limiteds do they live up to the reputation and why - Page 10 - PentaxForums.com

[ I did have had the SMC Pentax-DA 40mm F2.8 XS ( the best lens in its class ) first but admittedly its construction doesn't allow it to be claimed to be a true " limited " despite sharing the 40mm limited small size and optics ( ? ) ]

but who can foretell the future:

I am renting a SMC Pentax-FA 31mm F1.8 AL Limited for my Yellowstone trip beginning Monday

I like the 21 but really haven't had much opportunity to use it yet but the landscapes in Yellowstone are calling to me

the 31 limited will allow me to leave 2 primes at home - Kino Precision Japan Kiron 28mm F2 MC P/KA and DA 50mm F 1.8

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so who knows what might be in my future ( anniversary is in September after all )
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-07-2018, 04:30 AM  
May 4th 2018 15% at Ebay US and Canada
Posted By Aslyfox
Replies: 9
Views: 617
one of the nicest things about these forums is the willingness of its members to spread the word about deals being offered by suppliers on equipment

who knows how many members take advantage of such notices ?

it's nice to belong to forums where people are willing to do that
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-08-2018, 03:15 AM  
So how much is this going to cost me?
Posted By Aslyfox
Replies: 15
Views: 1,156
not for sale ? :eek: :mad:

how about a long time lease then?

" The New Territories " were leased by China to Great Britain for 99 years after all ;)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-26-2018, 12:17 PM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By Aslyfox
Replies: 11,437
Views: 1,129,797
I got a lot of nice ones on the day I went to the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center with my K 3 + Smc PENTAX-DA* 300mm F4 ED [IF] SDM

all of the photos I have posted in this thread are from that same trip

these are SOC
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-27-2018, 11:30 AM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By Aslyfox
Replies: 11,437
Views: 1,129,797
1 - how many ants can you find

2 - no ants in this one

SOC hand held
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