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Forum: Sold Items 02-05-2014, 04:25 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K5IIs (like new, low shutter count), Pentax K20D, Pentax DA 70mm f/2.4 Limite
Posted By oinkely
Replies: 9
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sent a pm to see if you would consider shipping to Ireland.
cheers
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-16-2010, 01:46 PM  
Sticky: The traveling nifty 50mm
Posted By oinkely
Replies: 1,751
Views: 283,665
Hi folks,
A quick question for those out there with better editing etc skills that i have (which is basically none). I have finally gottena few pics ready to upload to the flickr group but i am not sure of two things:
1) what size do i make them so i don't overload the flickr upload limit
2) how do i make them that size (i have photoshop 5.5 which i believe is about a million years old!)
I realise these are really basic questions and a search of the interweb will probably answer them, the danger is that I will get sidetracked if i do that and it will be another few monhts before my efforts with this fine lens get to be viewed!

cheers all
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-14-2010, 06:42 AM  
Sticky: The traveling nifty 50mm
Posted By oinkely
Replies: 1,751
Views: 283,665
Well, I'm still tryong to find some time to sort out the pics taken with the lens and get some posted. Taking some holidays in the next two weeks so will try to do so then.

Devisor, any sign of the lens arriving with you yet?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-06-2010, 06:02 AM  
Sticky: The traveling nifty 50mm
Posted By oinkely
Replies: 1,751
Views: 283,665
Well folks,
The lens has left Ireland (well probably not yet as I posted it at lunch time!) It's off to Norway to Devisor as there was no reply from the remaining Irish & English participants. I'll get some pics posted up when i get some time to edit them. Enjoyed using the lens and being part of such a great project.
cheers all.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-30-2010, 06:02 AM  
Sticky: The traveling nifty 50mm
Posted By oinkely
Replies: 1,751
Views: 283,665
Well folks, the lens arrived with me today. I'll get out for a walk around my local area after my daughter has gone to bed and start the Wicklow leg of the tour.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-29-2010, 07:28 AM  
Sticky: The traveling nifty 50mm
Posted By oinkely
Replies: 1,751
Views: 283,665
not yet - but then i have not messaged anyone yet. I gather that I'm the last of the Irish so it's away off either UK or Europe.

Do I take it in order of the list published above?

cheers
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-22-2010, 04:15 AM  
Sticky: The traveling nifty 50mm
Posted By oinkely
Replies: 1,751
Views: 283,665
Looking forward to getting this. I had forgotten about the lens for a while there. Very excited that it will arrive here. I'll ship it on very quickly to whomever is next in line. Fantasic project.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-22-2010, 02:59 AM  
Sticky: The traveling nifty 50mm
Posted By oinkely
Replies: 1,751
Views: 283,665
great shots from Cork there folks,

send her up to wicklow and i'll add a few of the garden county.

cheers
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-11-2010, 07:41 AM  
Strobist question (wireless flash and umbrella)
Posted By oinkely
Replies: 21
Views: 8,331
I have pretty much all the things you mention (or a version thereof).

I got the cheapest umbrella & holder i could find on ebay, though I got two as i wanted both a relective and a shoot through. They are both the smaller 33" ones but they are fine for starters. then i got the cheapest stands i could find (again on ebay) that went up to 7' - which is handy. I also ordered two sets of pt04 wireless triggers (which are grand as I have only used them in my house so range is not an issue). never tried them outside so have no complaints at all. i also ordered two hot shoe adaptors with pc sockets on them adn two short pc cables. these are handy for connecting the trigger to the flashes while not increasing the height of the overall package by as much as the pt04 reciever does. recently i have also picked up two flash stands (the little plastic feet things that come with fancy high end flashes). these are great when you are using bare flash and don't need the stand.

a lot of people recommend getting the best you can afford, but my experience is that the cheap ebay stuff is fine if you just want to experiment and nto lay out big money in doing so.

have fun playing.
Forum: Sold Items 04-07-2010, 04:07 AM  
Wanted - Acquired: Pentax 18-55mm WR (or might consider II)
Posted By oinkely
Replies: 1
Views: 1,277
thanks. Have one on the way now.
Forum: Sold Items 04-06-2010, 01:36 PM  
Wanted - Acquired: Pentax 18-55mm WR (or might consider II)
Posted By oinkely
Replies: 1
Views: 1,277
Hi folks,

In Ireland, looking for a WR kit lens. Might consider a standard mark II version either. Regret selling the one that came with my K20! I'll pay by paypal.

Let me know if you have what I am looking for.

cheers

eoin
Forum: Sold Items 03-31-2010, 01:59 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA 18-55mm WR + Warranty (Worldwide)
Posted By oinkely
Replies: 2
Views: 1,777
pm sent - interested in this lens
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-01-2010, 09:30 AM  
Processing B& W film - anything I'm missing out on - any tips?
Posted By oinkely
Replies: 31
Views: 4,907
well that's six errors that i am sure to make at some stage. at least i have been forewarned though!

thanks all
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-24-2010, 03:23 AM  
Processing B& W film - anything I'm missing out on - any tips?
Posted By oinkely
Replies: 31
Views: 4,907
yes, it came with instruction alright. I didn't fully read them though! I went with the advice I got from my local shop (and made some of it up along the way too!) i do recall it saying something like 1 litre is usable for 10 to 12 rolls of film somewhere on the box, and i took that to mean 1 litre of mixed up working solution.

brkl - courageous; not really - more like a beginners mistake that worked out alright in the end.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-23-2010, 09:07 AM  
Processing B& W film - anything I'm missing out on - any tips?
Posted By oinkely
Replies: 31
Views: 4,907
Hi Tuco,

I didn't at first realise that i had to throw out the developer after each use. I reused the developer the second time round (it was stored in a light tight container for two days). I was speaking with the shop where I bought it from and they said that that was probably not the best idea. So when i started the next batch of six films i mixed up a new lot. They said that i could reuse it between batches as long as it was immediate. So for the six films i processed them two at a time right after eachother, giving extra time for each subsequent batch. Again they all seem to be fine (to me anyway.)

The films that were developed in the reused developer seem ok to my untrained eyes as well though.

I do have a bathroom with no window in it but i found the changing bag to be fine to use - that was the part i was most apprehensive about to be honest. though i am only using 35mm, i could imagine that the larger formats would be more tricky.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-23-2010, 08:11 AM  
Processing B& W film - anything I'm missing out on - any tips?
Posted By oinkely
Replies: 31
Views: 4,907
Thanks again for all the really helpful advice. It's really appreciated. So I developed my first two roll, then went and did two more, having read the advice above.

I forgot all about the temperature of the chemicals and jumped straight in, lesson learned, though the situation was salvaged as I remembered in time and gave some extra time using the chart in the instruction as a guide. Again, very unscientific but it seems to have worked out ok, as in there are images on the negatives!

Followed up quickly with two more rolls and again, the results look good to me, though I am no expert at assesing negatives.

I got brave then and mixed up a new batch of rodinal and went at it, and got through six more rolls, two at a time, and again, they all seem to have worked out well.

So, I'm now a veteran of 12 rolls, 6 acros 100 and 6 neopan 400. Time to move onto printing, but that will be a whole other thread.

If anyone is reading this and is thinking of developing their own B&W negatives then just go for it. It's really not very difficult and the feeling of satisfaction when you see the negatives hanging up to dry with images on them is immense.

You will need -

light proof changing bag
bottle opener
scissors
developing tank & reels

chemicals
developer
stop bath
fixer
rinse

measuring jug with divisions on it (graduated cylinder or the like, cooking jug etc)
thermometer
timer
Forum: Sold Items 02-23-2010, 02:51 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA 16-45mm & Vivitar 24mm f2.8
Posted By oinkely
Replies: 6
Views: 1,872
pm sent - cheers
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-18-2010, 04:55 AM  
Processing B& W film - anything I'm missing out on - any tips?
Posted By oinkely
Replies: 31
Views: 4,907
Thanks all for the replies, I really appreciate you taking the time to do this.

I'm using mostly fuji acros 100 & neopan 400. I have only developed two rolls of acros 100 so far. I got the recomendation of 1:30 for the developr and 9 minutes at 20 degrees from the local photo shop (John Gunn Camera shop in Dublin) where I bought the chemicals. They seem to be very knowledgeable so I went with their recommendation.

I looked at the negatives yesterday evening briefly and they look ok to my untrained eye, so things seem to have worked out well.

In the future I'll be more exact with my timings and temperatures - repeatability is my new word!

I'll go and get myself a dropper bottle for the photoflo so - good advice and much appreciated.

More questions now -

How do you ensure that the temperature is 20 degrees - I have a thermometer and I just mixed hot and cold water until it was in or around the 20 on it - it's analogue and I wasn't too scientific about it.

Final question - how often can I reuse the developr and fixer? I have poured them into compressible plastic containers for reuse.

And finally finally - this indicator stop bath that is mentioned - anyone got a brand name?

cheers all

fantastic information so far.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-17-2010, 07:41 AM  
Processing B& W film - anything I'm missing out on - any tips?
Posted By oinkely
Replies: 31
Views: 4,907
Hi folks,

I have been shooting B&W for a long time. I used to get a local specialty printer to process my negs and then I would print them myself. Unfortunately she moved and is no longer local so I have been building up a stock of exposed film in the fridge. Last night i set about processing my films, i have a two roll tank and a four roll tank but I decided to start with the two roll tank, that way if i mucked it up it would not be so bad!

so i proceeded as follows:

got the film on the reels and in the tank, headed to the kitchen and went for it.

Developer - i think it's agfa rodinal - mixed 30:1 with water at 20 Degrees. Gave it 9 minutes (per recommendation from the shop where i bought the chemicals) with agitation every minute, tapping the tank on the counter to dislodge any air bubbles.

Poured out the developer - and in with the stop bath - i used plain old tap water, sloshed it in, agitated and poured it out. I repeated this a number of times (maybe 3).

In with the fixer - ilford rapid fixer - mixed 4:1 with with water at 20 Degrees. Gave it 5 minutes (per the instructions) agitating every minute.

Out with the fixer and started to wash - was going to go for the 5 minute wash with water through the hose thing that came with the tank but the hose end won't fit the tap so i followed the ilford instructions instead - three rinses with increasing inversions. I then added some photo flow to a final rinse, shook it all about and poured it out.

Took the negs out, hung them up and used a squeegee tongs thing to wipe them down.

Will check how they look when i get home, but they looked good to me last night - ie there were images where images should be!

So - some questions:

1) how critical is the timing of the various steps? if i go over the time say with the developr of the stop bath is there a problem? can you over fix?

2) should i use a chemical stop bath - vinegar (diluted) or is water ok?

3) what is a few drops of photo flo - is it literally two ro tree drops? i poured a little bit in (didn't use any scinetific measuring method) followed by water - there were a lot of bubbles so i rinsed it changing the water a few times after wards until there were no more - is this ok?

thanks for taking the time to read this.

2 rolls down - 14 to go!

cheers
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-21-2010, 09:32 AM  
ME Super Service Manual
Posted By oinkely
Replies: 20
Views: 5,064
i would love a copy too if you don't mind. i have sick ME super with no meter action. cheers
eoin.kelly@iadt.ie
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-21-2010, 08:48 AM  
questions about off camera flash
Posted By oinkely
Replies: 23
Views: 4,487
Hi Bethc,

i have a Metz 48 which i can fire wirelessly with my K20. you can do the same with your K10. It works well but as far as i am concerned you are better off with a radio trigger (i have the oft criticised cactus older model copy - PT04 is written on them - they work great for me) and using manual setting on the flash. i picked up a couple of older canon flashes 540ez that don't work with digital canon cameras so they were cheap enough. plenty of power and plenty of adjustment options. I also got some cheap light stands and umbrellas and holders on ebay - pretty much the cheapest i could find to start experimenting with and haven't looked back since. check out the strobist website for a treasure trove of information. let me know if you need any more info on any of the bits i have mentioned.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-18-2010, 07:10 AM  
Messenger Bag
Posted By oinkely
Replies: 15
Views: 8,423
Hi bdery,
any links to where you got the inserts from? I have been looking for something like that for a while.
cheers
Forum: Sold Items 12-18-2009, 02:13 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 28-70mm F4 AL
Posted By oinkely
Replies: 10
Views: 4,060
Michael Anthony - I'll try and get that sorted over the weekend. pm me if you wnat them in the mean time and I can email them to you.

VicenTC - i haen't received your pm - resend it if you can.

cheers all
Forum: Sold Items 12-17-2009, 03:17 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 28-70mm F4 AL
Posted By oinkely
Replies: 10
Views: 4,060
Hi all,

just took a few pics with this lens yesterday and with my tammy 28-75 F2.8 for comparison. If anyone is interested PM me and i can email you the pics.

cheers
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-11-2009, 09:00 AM  
Best flash with no auto shut-off?
Posted By oinkely
Replies: 5
Views: 4,466
i picked up a couple of canon 540ez flashes. and they are great for strobist use. they don't work with the canon digital bodies so are easy enough to find reasonably cheaply. they work great with my cactus V2 (ebay versiojnsof anyway) and have manual power adjustment down to 1/128. you can also specify the head coverage from 24mm to 105mm which is handy sometimes. they can be set to always on or to power off after a period of inactivity using a the sliding power switch. all in all a great alternative to the usual nikon sbXXX option.
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