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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1 Day Ago  
Game Single In - March 2019
Posted By babywriter
Replies: 120
Views: 2,946
Looks like Flickr is broken for me. Alternating between a Google Chrome privacy warning and the "bad panda" error.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-06-2019, 07:35 PM  
Game Daily in February 2019 - discussion thread
Posted By babywriter
Replies: 101
Views: 3,120
It appears my bison shot from a couple days ago made Explore. I think this is the most views I've ever received on a single photo.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-22-2019, 08:47 PM  
Game Single In - March 2019
Posted By babywriter
Replies: 120
Views: 2,946
I'm going for both the 50mm and the "Macro March" themes.

I bought a Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4 a couple of months ago, and I'm going to pair it periodically throughout the month with a strange little Albinar 2x macro tele-converter. It's designed to be used with a 50mm prime, turning it into a 100mm macro lens, and it has a built-in focusing helicoid. I used it for a while on my "Frankie" enlarger lens contraption some months ago.

Should be fun!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-22-2019, 05:50 AM  
Game Single In - February 2019
Posted By babywriter
Replies: 166
Views: 4,001
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-22-2019, 05:49 AM  
Game Single In - March 2019
Posted By babywriter
Replies: 120
Views: 2,946
Welcome everyone to the Single In March 2019 Challenge!

Theme days:

Saturday, 9th March: BLUR/BOKEH

Saturday, 16th March: GREEN

Thursday, 21st March: B/SELFIES

Saturday, 30th March: SHADOW

Aim of the Game:To use the same lens each day for a month, posting one picture captured each day with that lens. The picture must be captured with a Pentax lens coupled to a camera body of your choice (including Pentax/Ricoh), a non-Pentax lens provided it is coupled only to a Pentax or Ricoh body, or a Pentax-Ricoh point&shoot camera. (Taking other pictures with other cameras/lenses is fine, but these wonít be eligible for this Challenge).

Commenting: Posting your pictures allows other participants to comment on them. Conversely, itís hoped that you will comment on those of other members. Please donít be shy if you donít have much photographic experience or are a Forum newbie - your personal reactions to photographs are as valid as anyone elseís. Itís a very friendly group and with regular commenting, youíll soon be enjoying the camaraderie.

The rewards: Itís great fun. Youíll learn heaps about how your chosen lens can perform and youíll see what other members achieve with their selected lenses - sometimes the same one youíve chosen. In the comment banter youíll pick up many tips on photographic technique generally, including post processing. As the month progresses it often becomes quite demanding (itís a challenge, remember) but youíll always be encouraged by other participants. Worried about LBA? - this game doesnít help you fight it!

How to participate:

1. First you need to join the Group to be able to post pictures; you only have to do this once. The groupís name is ďMonthly Photo ChallengesĒ. Youíll find a clickable link on that forum page to join.

2. Youíll need to have your pictures stored in an on-line album. This could be the Pentax Forum, or others such as Flickr, Picassa etc. You actually post a link to the picture in your album into the daily picture thread.

** If you are linking to a Pentax Forum album, youíll find advice on how to post elsewhere in the Forum and in the FAQs below. One of the Challengeís stalwarts, patjp, has also prepared a short video on how to do this - itís on YouTube (Singlein.m4v)

** If you are posting a link to Flickr, just click on the sharing icon below your selected picture and a window will open displaying the BB code. Copy it and paste into the Single in (month) Challenge thread in the Pentax Forum.

Each day, youíll see a new thread of pictures grow and by clicking on each you should be redirected to the photographerís parent album where you will be able to add a comment and read those of others. When you post each dayís picture to the Pentax Forum, please specify the camera/lens combination underneath your picture eg K5 & DA15 Ltd - this makes it easy for others to note what combo youíre using.

The thread youíre painstakingly reading now is the Discussion Thread for Game > Single in (month).

This is separate to the picture posting thread referred to above and youíll probably want to subscribe to the Discussion one to keep up with activities and develop a rapport with Challenge members. Itís the place where you can ask questions, offer advice, share concerns, suggest improvements, and often just participate in general banter related to this monthís challenge.

So there it is. It is easier than it might seem at first. If you miss a day, donít worry. If you have any problems, please ask. Weíre a very friendly, forgiving, international bunch. Come and try!

FAQs: Finally, Zorglub has kindly posted a FAQ collection here Ö. The FAQ - Monthly Photo Challenges - PentaxForums.com


Video below was created by patjp
















Youtu.be



Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-20-2019, 06:52 PM  
Pentax dealers
Posted By babywriter
Replies: 7
Views: 458
I've talked to a few longtime camera shop owners about Pentax (I live in Iowa). It's surprising the amount of vitriol there is toward the brand, because of the way that Pentax treated their once-enthusiastic dealer network in the US. Right around 2008, I think, Pentax began requiring very expensive pre-purchases of new stock in order to remain a dealer. These dealers were generally selling a decent amount of Pentax product, and had been for years, but putting all the risk on the dealer like that (which, I gather, was not happening with other mfgs) was highly offensive, and a risk most of them were not willing to take.

I talked to one shop owner in Illinois - a Pentax dealer at the time - who said that other shops would even send them their Pentax trade-ins, because they didn't want to deal with the brand in any way whatsoever. Incidentally, I checked their website recently, and that dealer no longer sells Pentax new, either. They were the only one within 300 miles that I was aware of.

It may have been a necessary strategy financially, but IMO Pentax/Ricoh burned a huge amount of goodwill among the very people who wanted to advocate for their products. I think the situation is unrecoverable now; Pentax couldn't rebuild a dealer network in the US if they tried.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-20-2019, 06:32 PM  
Game Single In - February 2019
Posted By babywriter
Replies: 166
Views: 4,001
Hey all, sorry for not commenting over the past few days. Helping to start a new outreach at my house of worship, and Tuesday was "launch day." I'll be working my way back in here in the next day or two.

I was happy, however, to see my elk shot hit Explore yesterday:

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-11-2019, 06:24 PM  
Game Single In - February 2019
Posted By babywriter
Replies: 166
Views: 4,001
Yeah, back up for me with some minor hiccups.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-11-2019, 12:48 PM  
Game Single In - February 2019
Posted By babywriter
Replies: 166
Views: 4,001
Flickr appears to be down for me currently. We'll see how long that lasts ...
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-08-2019, 11:20 AM  
Game Single In - February 2019
Posted By babywriter
Replies: 166
Views: 4,001
The algorithm is a mystery. Case in point: this photo of mine just got Explored last night:

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-30-2019, 10:43 AM  
Game Single In - February 2019
Posted By babywriter
Replies: 166
Views: 4,001
Sweet!

Also, I'm definitely going with the Jupiter-37A (135mm f/3.5). It's a "Winter Olympics" commemorative in very good condition. I've had it out for the past few days, taking winter landscapes, and this thing ROCKS.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-29-2019, 05:14 AM  
Game Daily in February 2019 - discussion thread
Posted By babywriter
Replies: 101
Views: 3,120
I'm back in for this month. Looking forward to it!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-26-2019, 02:54 PM  
Game Single In - February 2019
Posted By babywriter
Replies: 166
Views: 4,001
I like the idea of doing a 135mm this month - haven't done one in ages. I could join Rense with a Jupiter-37A Soviet lens, but I also have a Super-Takumar 135/2.5 that's been calling my name for a while.

Also, welcome back, Sandy - and, Rense, I hope you decide to join in!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-26-2019, 12:23 PM  
Game Single In - January 2019
Posted By babywriter
Replies: 59
Views: 1,805
Ask and ye shall receive ....

Single In - February 2019 - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-26-2019, 12:23 PM  
Game Single In - February 2019
Posted By babywriter
Replies: 166
Views: 4,001
Welcome everyone to the Single In February 2019 Challenge!

Theme days:

Tuesday, 5th February: CIRCLES

Tuesday, 12th February: CLOSE-UP

Thursday, 21st February: B/SELFIES

Tuesday, 26th February: MONOCHROME

Aim of the Game:To use the same lens each day for a month, posting one picture captured each day with that lens. The picture must be captured with a Pentax lens coupled to a camera body of your choice (including Pentax/Ricoh), a non-Pentax lens provided it is coupled only to a Pentax or Ricoh body, or a Pentax-Ricoh point&shoot camera. (Taking other pictures with other cameras/lenses is fine, but these wonít be eligible for this Challenge).

Commenting: Posting your pictures allows other participants to comment on them. Conversely, itís hoped that you will comment on those of other members. Please donít be shy if you donít have much photographic experience or are a Forum newbie - your personal reactions to photographs are as valid as anyone elseís. Itís a very friendly group and with regular commenting, youíll soon be enjoying the camaraderie.

The rewards: Itís great fun. Youíll learn heaps about how your chosen lens can perform and youíll see what other members achieve with their selected lenses - sometimes the same one youíve chosen. In the comment banter youíll pick up many tips on photographic technique generally, including post processing. As the month progresses it often becomes quite demanding (itís a challenge, remember) but youíll always be encouraged by other participants. Worried about LBA? - this game doesnít help you fight it!

How to participate:

1. First you need to join the Group to be able to post pictures; you only have to do this once. The groupís name is ďMonthly Photo ChallengesĒ. Youíll find a clickable link on that forum page to join.

2. Youíll need to have your pictures stored in an on-line album. This could be the Pentax Forum, or others such as Flickr, Picassa etc. You actually post a link to the picture in your album into the daily picture thread.

** If you are linking to a Pentax Forum album, youíll find advice on how to post elsewhere in the Forum and in the FAQs below. One of the Challengeís stalwarts, patjp, has also prepared a short video on how to do this - itís on YouTube (Singlein.m4v)

** If you are posting a link to Flickr, just click on the sharing icon below your selected picture and a window will open displaying the BB code. Copy it and paste into the Single in (month) Challenge thread in the Pentax Forum.

Each day, youíll see a new thread of pictures grow and by clicking on each you should be redirected to the photographerís parent album where you will be able to add a comment and read those of others. When you post each dayís picture to the Pentax Forum, please specify the camera/lens combination underneath your picture eg K5 & DA15 Ltd - this makes it easy for others to note what combo youíre using.

The thread youíre painstakingly reading now is the Discussion Thread for Game > Single in (month).

This is separate to the picture posting thread referred to above and youíll probably want to subscribe to the Discussion one to keep up with activities and develop a rapport with Challenge members. Itís the place where you can ask questions, offer advice, share concerns, suggest improvements, and often just participate in general banter related to this monthís challenge.

So there it is. It is easier than it might seem at first. If you miss a day, donít worry. If you have any problems, please ask. Weíre a very friendly, forgiving, international bunch. Come and try!

FAQs: Finally, Zorglub has kindly posted a FAQ collection here Ö. The FAQ - Monthly Photo Challenges - PentaxForums.com


Video below was created by patjp
















Youtu.be



Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-18-2019, 08:55 AM  
Game Single In - January 2019
Posted By babywriter
Replies: 59
Views: 1,805
Apparently it was a display glitch, according to Flickr forums. I'm just glad it's back. So helpful when I can see what other people have done in terms of camera settings, etc.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-16-2019, 06:21 PM  
Game Single In - January 2019
Posted By babywriter
Replies: 59
Views: 1,805
Is it my imagination, or is Flickr not displaying EXIF data for photos currently? Please tell me I'm not insane, and that I'm not imagining that the EXIF data used to be there.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-10-2019, 03:22 PM  
Game Single In - January 2019
Posted By babywriter
Replies: 59
Views: 1,805
Truly impressive! I salute your discipline and consistency!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-01-2019, 12:15 PM  
Game Single In - December 2018
Posted By babywriter
Replies: 94
Views: 2,679
Some thoughts/impressions about the Mamiya/Sekor 55mm f/1.4:

- Excellent sharpness through most of the aperture range, and even at f/1.4 the sharpness is very good on a crop camera. I felt no hesitation shooting wide open.
- The lens focuses close - just over a foot - which opens up tremendous opportunities for close-up shots.
- The rendering of this lens isn't Pentax, by any means, but isn't really "vintage," either. The colors are accurate and pleasing. Honestly, I'd classify the rendering as modern, even though the lens is easily 40+ years old.
- Handling is excellent. Subjects snap into focus, and the action of the focus ring is well damped.
- As one would expect, the coatings on this lens don't help much at all with flare.

I love this lens. It fits my shooting preferences well, is easy to use, and feels even faster than f/1.4 in actual use. I'm going to be looking for another copy to replace this one, since I dented the filter ring by accident early in the month. It's a lens choice that I plan to keep around for a long time.

Some pictures from the month:







Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-29-2018, 10:23 AM  
Game Single In - January 2019
Posted By babywriter
Replies: 59
Views: 1,805
I'm going with a fully automatic zoom lens - the FA 28-90 f/3.5-5.6. Used it for a parade about a year and a half ago, and it performed well at that time (although I really haven't used it since). It plays nice with the Godox TT350P that I got for Christmas, so I'm expecting to take plenty of flash shots in January (both good and bad).

That being said, I'm going to miss the Mamiya/Sekor 55mm f/1.4. This has become one of my favorite lenses - there's just something about the rendering that I really like.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-28-2018, 10:18 AM  
Nature Unimpressed lizard is unimpressed
Posted By babywriter
Replies: 3
Views: 245
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-26-2018, 03:49 AM  
Game Single In - December 2018
Posted By babywriter
Replies: 94
Views: 2,679
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-26-2018, 03:38 AM  
Game Single In - January 2019
Posted By babywriter
Replies: 59
Views: 1,805
Welcome everyone to the Single In January 2019 Challenge!

Theme days:

Monday, 7th January: OUTSIDE THE WINDOW

Monday, 14th January: BACKLIT

Monday, 21st January: B/SELFIES

Monday, 28th January: METAL

Aim of the Game:To use the same lens each day for a month, posting one picture captured each day with that lens. The picture must be captured with a Pentax lens coupled to a camera body of your choice (including Pentax/Ricoh), a non-Pentax lens provided it is coupled only to a Pentax or Ricoh body, or a Pentax-Ricoh point&shoot camera. (Taking other pictures with other cameras/lenses is fine, but these wonít be eligible for this Challenge).

Commenting: Posting your pictures allows other participants to comment on them. Conversely, itís hoped that you will comment on those of other members. Please donít be shy if you donít have much photographic experience or are a Forum newbie - your personal reactions to photographs are as valid as anyone elseís. Itís a very friendly group and with regular commenting, youíll soon be enjoying the camaraderie.

The rewards: Itís great fun. Youíll learn heaps about how your chosen lens can perform and youíll see what other members achieve with their selected lenses - sometimes the same one youíve chosen. In the comment banter youíll pick up many tips on photographic technique generally, including post processing. As the month progresses it often becomes quite demanding (itís a challenge, remember) but youíll always be encouraged by other participants. Worried about LBA? - this game doesnít help you fight it!

How to participate:

1. First you need to join the Group to be able to post pictures; you only have to do this once. The groupís name is ďMonthly Photo ChallengesĒ. Youíll find a clickable link on that forum page to join.

2. Youíll need to have your pictures stored in an on-line album. This could be the Pentax Forum, or others such as Flickr, Picassa etc. You actually post a link to the picture in your album into the daily picture thread.

** If you are linking to a Pentax Forum album, youíll find advice on how to post elsewhere in the Forum and in the FAQs below. One of the Challengeís stalwarts, patjp, has also prepared a short video on how to do this - itís on YouTube (Singlein.m4v)

** If you are posting a link to Flickr, just click on the sharing icon below your selected picture and a window will open displaying the BB code. Copy it and paste into the Single in (month) Challenge thread in the Pentax Forum.

Each day, youíll see a new thread of pictures grow and by clicking on each you should be redirected to the photographerís parent album where you will be able to add a comment and read those of others. When you post each dayís picture to the Pentax Forum, please specify the camera/lens combination underneath your picture eg K5 & DA15 Ltd - this makes it easy for others to note what combo youíre using.

The thread youíre painstakingly reading now is the Discussion Thread for Game > Single in (month).

This is separate to the picture posting thread referred to above and youíll probably want to subscribe to the Discussion one to keep up with activities and develop a rapport with Challenge members. Itís the place where you can ask questions, offer advice, share concerns, suggest improvements, and often just participate in general banter related to this monthís challenge.

So there it is. It is easier than it might seem at first. If you miss a day, donít worry. If you have any problems, please ask. Weíre a very friendly, forgiving, international bunch. Come and try!

FAQs: Finally, Zorglub has kindly posted a FAQ collection here Ö. The FAQ - Monthly Photo Challenges - PentaxForums.com


Video below was created by patjp
















Youtu.be



Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-20-2018, 03:14 PM  
Game Single In - December 2018
Posted By babywriter
Replies: 94
Views: 2,679
Missed a couple of days; work got beyond crazy and I just didn't have the mental bandwidth. Will post today and catch up on commenting.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-14-2018, 06:53 AM  
Game Single In - December 2018
Posted By babywriter
Replies: 94
Views: 2,679
LBA strikes again. I picked up an FA 80-320 lens yesterday at a local photography shop. Cost me $25. It looks to be an excellent condition, and I took a few test shots with it just for fun. I think I'll save this for Single In in the spring, when the birds come back.
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