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Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 19 Hours Ago  
Greetings from Italy
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 7
Views: 148
Another welcome from Australia
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 19 Hours Ago  
Greetings from Eindhoven
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 6
Views: 130
Welcome Jaap (another welcome from Australia)
Forum: Contest Voting 02-02-2020, 02:51 PM  
Miniature Bread Farmers
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 32
Views: 332
Thank you all for these nominations.
Any nomination is like a win for me.
Much appreciated.
Forum: Contest Voting 02-01-2020, 01:17 PM  
Gindungo Cahombo
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 68
Views: 516
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Contest Voting 02-01-2020, 01:15 PM  
Take Five-a-Day
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 15
Views: 168
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Pentax K-70 01-24-2020, 12:39 AM  
The problem with switching AF / MF autofocus to K-70.
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 13
Views: 695
I have not heard of this issue.
I have a K-70 however I do not own either of the lenses mentioned.
I have many lenses and have never had this issue with my K-70.
Maybe it is possible that the switch isn't working.
Does the manual/auto switch work with other lenses?
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 01-23-2020, 12:11 AM  
To step up or not? And how far to step.
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 13
Views: 670
Maybe I am just careless with my $$ but I have bought filters for each size of lens I own.
I have purchased a good quality UV protection filter for every lens I own and use (except my 10-17 fisheye which has no filter thread). I would rather clean/replace a filter than a lens as I don't want to ever touch my lens glass with anything but light if possible.
I also have seperate CPL and various ND filters for the lenses I mainly use and have never used them with step/step down rings.
In reading your situation, you may be suited to the slide in filters for the versatility they provide as you could use your step up/down rings to match the filter holder to your lens. Drop in filters can include gel or resin filters and depending on which brand you buy can be more optically pure than glass and also lighter to transport.
A full set of drop in filters can often be much cheaper than a full set of glass UV/ND/CPL/Colour Graduating/Colour Correction & Variable filters in some of these varieties.
The downside however is that non-glass filters are easily damaged and in the case of gel filters, near impossible to clean when smudged by an errant fingerprint. So if you do go this route, be extra careful when handling them and by all means invest in a box of disposable plastic or cotton gloves.
As far as your lens hood concerns go, consider rubber lens hoods with screw mounts to attach to the front of your lens filter ;-)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-22-2020, 11:34 PM  
A new member - used to be a read-only visitor
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 12
Views: 353
Welcome (yet again) from Australia.
Glad you joined us. A Pentaxian you are!
Some nice cameras there... Awesome that you decided to contribute and not just read.
I am sure with your Pentaxian experience you will be able to contribute well to these forums.
I look forward to seeing some of your photos posted in the future.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-20-2020, 01:24 PM  
Lens hoods
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 12
Views: 622
Basically a petal shaped lens hood is good for a wide angle lens and better suits usage with a wide sensor in film and digital cameras.
The square type were generally used for older lenses.
Every lens projects a circular image, but film and digital sensors are rectangular. In the case of DSLRs, the rectangle is usually quite oblong, with the standard 3:2 aspect ratio that is, half again as much width as height.

The more a lens hood shades except the part that forms the image, the better. Petal hoods can take advantage of this by providing more shading for the parts of the frame that are farthest from the edge of the circle (primarily the top and bottom, followed by the edges) and less shading where the frame gets close (the corners).

Focal length is also a big factor, again for logical reasons the wider the lens, the wider the hood has to be to stay out of the way. This means that for longer focal lengths ("telephoto lenses"), a tubular non-petal design can provide quite a lot of shade, and going to a petal design is basically unnecessary and could be even unwieldy, protruding way, way out.
I use rubber hoods for shooting through windows (holding the lens hood to the window to eliminate reflection).
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-19-2020, 12:54 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW Photo Contest #160 Poll (Open Theme December 2019)
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 47
Views: 4,508
I could vote for each photo happily.
Took me a couple of days of revisiting to decide.
Every photo is a winner to me.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-19-2020, 10:48 AM  
Im back!
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 6
Views: 265
Glad to hear you are still alive.
Not so glad to hear about your injuries.
I too wish you a speedy recovery.
Welcome back to the forums from Australia.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-19-2020, 10:45 AM  
new and looking for another Pentx
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 11
Views: 565
G'day from Australia. Welcome to the forums.
I upgraded from the K-x to the K-70 and I am totally happy with my choice. I was still using my K-x until I purchased the K-70 but then decided to upgrade my K-x to a K-r because they use the same batteries.
Now my K-r is my 2nd camera.
I hope you find these forums as helpful and friendly as I have.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-19-2020, 10:40 AM  
vivitar lenses compatibility
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 12
Views: 427
G'day from Australia. Welcome to the forums.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-19-2020, 10:39 AM  
Hello from Brazil
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 9
Views: 319
G'day from Australia. Welcome to the forums.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-19-2020, 10:38 AM  
New member in use?
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 6
Views: 280
G'day from Australia. Welcome to the forums.
Forum: Photo Critique 01-13-2020, 06:03 PM  
Abstract Flash position
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 17
Views: 613
I fully agree with your comments that a darker rear flash will bring out the splash.
Unfortunately, the rear flash i am using is a Sigma EF DG 530 with only an ability to flash in High or Low.
Even with the radio trigger (Cactus V6) that is sitting on, it can only control the flash firing and not the adjustability of the Sigma flash gun.
I had a T-Towel over the umbrella to reduce the light somewhat for the pic. I can't move it further back as my home studio room is too small as well.
The flash at the rear and pointing toward the object is a Cactus RF60 which I have full control over at 1/3 stops.
Without a second flash gun which has more control, this is the best I could achieve for now.


I aim to buy more cactus RF60 units soon to match the one I own already - or a Pentax or Godox flash
Forum: Photo Critique 01-11-2020, 11:53 PM  
Abstract Flash position
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 17
Views: 613
My latest attempt/update

Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-11-2020, 02:46 PM  
Newby from Italy.
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 8
Views: 315
G'day from Australia.
Welcome to the forums.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-10-2020, 08:02 PM  
Greetings from Washington State - Long time Pentax User
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 10
Views: 328
Another welcome to the forums from Australia :-)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-09-2020, 09:16 PM  
Thematic Wildlife
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 9,977
Views: 473,217
From a little research, I am thinking you are correct.
Wikipedia on the Eurasian Teal and variants

Here's a duck I have no idea about :
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-09-2020, 08:54 PM  
Night Moon Shots
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 3
Views: 154
LOL - I learned to not use a teleconverter.
I learned that I need a faster shutter speed, bigger aperture for my moon shots and that I need to use my Pentax 500mm lens more often.
Have only used it 3 or 4 times since buying it and will have to get used to it.
I also learned that I need to pay attention the the front element glass of my 500mm as it seems to attract things with static.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-09-2020, 06:23 AM  
Hi All
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 13
Views: 222
G'day & Welcome from Australia
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-09-2020, 06:22 AM  
Pentax
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 13
Views: 315
G'day George from Australia
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-09-2020, 05:37 AM  
Night Moon Shots
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 3
Views: 154
Pic One) Moon Shot at 500mm. (Then cropped)
Pic Two) Moon Shot at 1000mm with 2x teleconverter (Then cropped)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-06-2020, 09:14 PM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By VILLAINofOZ
Replies: 50,861
Views: 1,972,917
Gazebo in Geelong
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