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Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-18-2019, 01:21 PM  
40 years of Pentax
Posted By Reliant K1000
Replies: 22
Views: 677
Nice! And, welcome.

I'm guessing the Spotmatic was used in 1979? I bought my first SLR camera, a K1000 a little before that when it was new.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-13-2018, 01:08 PM  
Effects of 2x converter
Posted By Reliant K1000
Replies: 21
Views: 1,404
I would agree with that. I have a Pentax A 2x teleconverter from the Film days but I find better results with taking a shot and using Lightroom to zoom in.

A couple of years ago I photographed the moon and performed an experiment using all my lenses. I used every lens I had - see the "my stuff" in my signature block - with and without my 1.4x and my 2x teleconveters but my old manual Vivitar 75-205 F3.8 gave me the best results in that instance.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-20-2017, 02:24 PM  
Pentax Takumar 500 mm / 4.5
Posted By Reliant K1000
Replies: 18
Views: 1,559
I have a very cheap Vivitar 500mm mirror lens and it has the m42 to K mount in it...maybe comb the used market and get one of those..
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-07-2017, 08:51 AM  
Thoughts on Pentax Super Program Kit
Posted By Reliant K1000
Replies: 7
Views: 1,196
I have both of those cameras -- You will find that the Super Program is lighter, and smaller than the K1000. I thought I'd use the DoF preview a lot, but I didn't. Nice to have, though. Never did use the shutter lock. I did like the TTL flash metering, if you get the right flash that will sync with it. The lenses alone are worth that -- if all is well that appears to be a good price.

My brother-in-law hiked to Mt. Everest base camp in the 90s and only his K1000 was able to take pictures - the auto-everything machines just packed it in!

I say go for it - and the glass will be useable on the K1000 anyway.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-16-2017, 02:48 PM  
Caption Contest February 16-23
Posted By Reliant K1000
Replies: 9
Views: 1,274
The local school's staging of Harry Potter's graduation left a little to be desired...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-26-2016, 05:07 PM  
WOOW! B&H selling a K1000 for $290
Posted By Reliant K1000
Replies: 33
Views: 2,637
My new K1000 with the F2 50mm was $289 in Canada - Kerrisdale Cameras

I remember because it was the displacement for a '65 Ford V8!
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 09-27-2016, 08:53 AM  
Caption Contest September 24th - September 30th
Posted By Reliant K1000
Replies: 21
Views: 1,792
"Hey Jane" her dad called out. "I know you admire Picasso's cubism period, but don't you think you're taking it a bit far?"
Forum: General Photography 02-09-2016, 12:54 PM  
Poll: How many GB of RAW photos do you have?
Posted By Reliant K1000
Replies: 19
Views: 1,655
Checked my 2015 folder - about 50gb so that's what I answered, but it's a bit more than that. And I'm fairly conservative in shooting.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-19-2016, 08:42 AM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By Reliant K1000
Replies: 773
Views: 100,291
My overall tip would be - the least amount of shake you introduce into your image the better. I have used these tips in my film days and continue to this day. Even though modern equipment is equipped with anti-shake mechanisms, you must do all you can to eliminate introducing YOUR movement into the shot.

- Use a tripod whenever possible - I have a C-clamp type tripod that is very portable (took it to England a few years ago) and it has given me great results.

- When firing the shutter, I use a trick that people who shoot guns use - slowly breathe out of your mouth as you click the shutter.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-06-2016, 04:53 PM  
Poll: DSLR straps
Posted By Reliant K1000
Replies: 62
Views: 5,076
I use one a friend gave me...he had it for years. From the old film days - for an SF1

Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-10-2015, 11:18 AM  
Posted By Reliant K1000
Replies: 11
Views: 819
A great way to convey motion! Great shot.
Forum: General Photography 10-15-2015, 03:30 PM  
time to upgrade - but to what?
Posted By Reliant K1000
Replies: 17
Views: 1,787
I'd be inclined to keep what you have and invest in some nice sharp lenses. If you want to go into portrait work, an off-camera flash and maybe an umbrella setup will improve things immensely instead of buying a new body.

Then, if you find you really need a new feature that a newer camera offers, you already have the decent lenses and equipment to go along with it.
Forum: General Photography 07-08-2015, 02:03 PM  
Photos you couldn't have taken without Weather Resistance
Posted By Reliant K1000
Replies: 37
Views: 4,477
2 things made this image possible...image stabilization and water resistance! My wife and daughter hustling from 1 shop to another in a downpour:

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-26-2015, 12:58 PM  
Battery drain when using manual lenses
Posted By Reliant K1000
Replies: 30
Views: 2,948
I use both Manual, A lenses, and fully auto (with autofocus) lenses, and I think that the auto with autofocus wears down the battery faster, as perhaps should be.

Maybe it's because I put the focus to MF when I find I'm going to use manual lenses for a while is why I don't experience as much drain when compared with other lenses? Perhaps then it won't "search" and try to send a signal? Might want to try that next time.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-07-2014, 12:10 AM  
Lightroom, RAW and Pentax
Posted By Reliant K1000
Replies: 6
Views: 1,803
This is exactly what I did for a few months...shot both RAW & JPG (RAW+).

And, reading the books by Martin Evening about Lightroom and Photoshop inspired me. I've had my camera for a year, and only now I feel like I'm getting exactly what I want out of it.

Just remember, a little adjustment goes a long way! And, I recommend using Lightroom to alter the image the day you shoot the image. If true to life accuracy is your goal, even a day later you can forget how things were.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-27-2014, 12:18 PM  
What's in your hiking kit?
Posted By Reliant K1000
Replies: 79
Views: 8,366
My 18-55 WR for the weather resistance, my Kiron 100mm Macro and a 2x teleconverter.

And this clamp tripod by Optex - weighs nothing but clamps to a handy tree if I need a stable shot:

Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-27-2014, 11:03 AM  
What is spot metering -K5
Posted By Reliant K1000
Replies: 28
Views: 2,886
I use spot metering when I see the sky is terrifically white and bright and I know that my subject will be dead center in my frame. Let it overexpose the sky - my subject will be exposed just right, or near enough.

Other than that, I use the default.

I did spot metering this weekend - I was at our local fair and my daughter was on rides, which meant shooting up into the sky. It was a cloud-filled day but bright sunshine behind, so it means overexposing the images were a real possibility. My strategy was to spot meter, and overexpose (with the +- button) slightly. The shots turned out great, with no need for Lightroom to intervene on exposure.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-25-2014, 01:32 PM  
Mystery Lens? Saitex 80-200mm f3.5
Posted By Reliant K1000
Replies: 5
Views: 2,331
This classified indicates that the particular lens they're advertising (a Saitex 24mm) is a rebadged Sigma...

SAITEX (SIGMA) MC 24mm F2.8 macro lens for PENTAX PK , K . mount cameras Saanich, Victoria
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-22-2014, 12:59 PM  
kit lens vs. prime lens - any photo comparisons?
Posted By Reliant K1000
Replies: 2
Views: 1,178
Yes, this very forum has a video for you to watch:

You Tube

Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-23-2014, 01:50 PM  
Nature Projector lens "Franken-lens" madness
Posted By Reliant K1000
Replies: 8
Views: 1,100
Wow - a dreamy, painting-like look. I like it!
Forum: Photo Critique 07-18-2014, 11:18 AM  
People sad? loss in thought?
Posted By Reliant K1000
Replies: 13
Views: 1,611
Photography to me is about capturing a moment, and that can lead to the viewer wondering what the context is.

I like the fact that I don't know here if the subject is wistful, sad, lost in thought or other emotions. It's a perfect illustration as to why I prefer photography to taking video.

Pictures tell a story without uttering a single word. Your image here does that very well.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-04-2014, 01:25 PM  
Sports Surfs Up!
Posted By Reliant K1000
Replies: 3
Views: 517
Nice capture!
Forum: General Photography 06-26-2014, 08:53 AM  
What should I take pictures of?
Posted By Reliant K1000
Replies: 40
Views: 3,397
If you find you're not inspired, put the camera down for a couple of days. Forcing the issue will just make so-so photographs.

Look at other people's collections of photographs. A good place to start is online where someone has taken "a photograph a day"...a tough challenge.

What I like about photography is that there's always something new to learn. Been doing it since I was 15 and I'm now 49. I'm now loving what I can do in Adobe Lightroom.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-28-2014, 11:15 PM  
Misc Peak District Walkabout
Posted By Reliant K1000
Replies: 2
Views: 799
Very nice! Impressive shots. Reminded me of our trip there last year.

I always like the soft look of water with a slower shutter speed.
Forum: General Photography 05-26-2014, 12:41 AM  
Shooting weddings is pain
Posted By Reliant K1000
Replies: 22
Views: 2,260
Shooting a wedding is tense...add to the fact that your subjects are probably tense as well, and you have a situation waiting to happen.

You don't mention your that I'm nearing 50, I find I need to stretch every morning. I found a great Physio who gave me some stretches and some yoga moves to strengthen the core. I can't believe the difference.
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