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Forum: Post Your Photos! 10 Hours Ago  
Nature Comet 46P/Wirtanen - GIF from Tonight
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 2
Views: 103
Great work!! Unfortunately I can't get to see it because it is actually raining here!!! (which is probably for the best)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 15 Hours Ago  
Nature A Few Eagle Images from Earlier This Month
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 6
Views: 172
Excellent shots. I like the "hunting expression/posture" in the first one.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 1 Day Ago  
which teleconverter to use?
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 14
Views: 463
Yes, teleconverters are supposed to be best on fast primes but as your pic shows, for normal viewing they can do the job. High contrast might be a problem but I can live with that if I have to. I'm with you - we can't all buy "top drawer".
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 1 Day Ago  
Hey Hey
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 5
Views: 175
Welcome to the Forums. You will find some good info here and a lot of other happy K-3 users (including me)!
Forum: General Talk 1 Day Ago  
Binoculars - good for birding ?
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 11
Views: 265
All the above answers are relevant. As others have said, the 10x is the magnification. The 25 (or 40 or 50 or whatever) is the objective lens diameter. The maximum exit pupil is determined by the objective lens (generally the square root of the objective diameter). The pupil of the human eye can only dilate to about 7mm in dim light, which is the square root of 50. So (theoretically) binoculars with a 50 objective will give you what you need for dim light. But other things, such as the light transmission of the lenses and resolution are also important. I am not a committed birder but I do have some 8x25 Samsung binoculars (more than 20 years old) that I use for a wide range of purposes, including checking out birds (feathered ones). They are small and light and have outstanding clarity and brightness. My wife objects to lifting anything that weighs more than a feather and I bought her some Pentax 8x21 binoculars for her use. They are also very clear and bright. So unless you will be birding in the deepest of deep dark shadows, something less that a 50mm objective will probably meet your needs. Just look through them and see how they feel before you buy.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 2 Days Ago  
New to Photography
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 11
Views: 232
Hi, Felix, Welcome to the Forums (from Australia). The K-S2 is a good camera and I am sure you will enjoy it. You have some great photo opportunities in the Philippines so start snapping and sharing your images here.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 2 Days Ago  
Disturbing news about an important photojournalist ...
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 15
Views: 1,029
I hope it all turns out OK. I believe that people such as high profile photojournalists are targeted because they act as a kind of focal point. They can scan across an issue and produce a series of images that describe it - bring it into focus (if you like). Then a whole lot of others can tap in and project it more widely, sharing and adding their own perspectives on sections of the issue. But there is the fundamental problem that we do not all see issues in the same light and sometimes what someone produces is going to offend those in power. The modern media (shared imagery, social media, etc) is a problem for all governments because they don't know how to control it - and hopefully they will never learn how. The internet means that they cannot stop us from knowing what they do and talking about it. As with the court suppression of the conviction of a high profile Australian in the last couple of days, everyone knows about it now thanks to the internet. And thanks to the internet we also know about and can discuss the case of Lu Guang. Probably all they succeed in doing is to create greater public awareness of his work..
Forum: Post Your Photos! 4 Days Ago  
Landscape Snow in the himalayan valleys
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 7
Views: 264
Very nice image. I would like to trek in Nepal. It is on the bucket list for before I get too much older. Years ago I wanted to do the Ladakh crossing (Kashmir) but with some of the passes reaching over 15,000 feet I might be past that! Nepal is still possible.
Forum: Photographic Technique 6 Days Ago  
Anyone use an iPad as a larger Liveview for Focusing?
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 7
Views: 349
Not recommended if you are trying to get focus for spider macro :lol::lol:
Forum: Pentax K-1 6 Days Ago  
400mm f5.6 RMC Tokina PK mounts on Pentax K-1 shots
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 8
Views: 487
I have the same lens. I haven't used it for a while but it always performed well for me. Thanks for showing how it performs on the K-1 (I have not progressed beyond K-3).
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-09-2018, 03:05 AM  
Night The Great Orion Nebula with New Telescope
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 4
Views: 214
Beautiful detail in this shot. Very impressive!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-08-2018, 03:18 PM  
Night Andromeda Galaxy with New Scope and the K-1
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 8
Views: 305
Very nice work. Thanks for providing all the info as well.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-08-2018, 03:00 PM  
Your Best Photo+: RICOH IMAGING has renewed the condition of “Your best photo”.
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 85
Views: 5,185
I don't own a supported lens or body. Not that I am ever likely to approach such lofty heights with my images. But the Pentax user who made the finals of the Australian Nature Photographer of the year in 2018 with a K-3 ii and DA15 wouldn't be eligible either.

I can see their point, though. It is about marketing their current line up to potential users.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-08-2018, 01:28 PM  
Hello from Germany
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 12
Views: 270
Welcome to the Forums. You should be able to see quite a bit of Europe while you are in Germany. It is amazing how small the place is.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-08-2018, 01:53 AM  
Nature Pick me,Pick me,Pick me.
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 4
Views: 226
Love it! You really got them synchronized.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-06-2018, 02:34 AM  
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 6
Views: 160
Another welcome from Australia. My first Pentax was the MX - and I still have it. Beautiful piece of work. Check the lens reviews for help with your decision on a new autofocus lens to use with the K-1. On the autofocus issues, the problems occurred with some SDM lenses. The problem does not seem to have been as widespread as the rumour mill would make it seem - although that is no consolation if you have a lens that packs up. Do your research on the lens you want and maybe check the experiences of others. You will get some frank advice here!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-06-2018, 02:17 AM  
New and soon to be Pentax owner.
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 17
Views: 480
Welcome to the Forums and the select (although quite large) band of Pentax owners. I am sure you will find the Forums a useful source of information.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-05-2018, 02:10 PM  
Hello from Sandman2102
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 5
Views: 167
Welcome to the Forums. Lots of good reasons here to keep you shooting Pentax.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-04-2018, 07:32 PM  
Hi Everyone!
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 7
Views: 178
Welcome to the Forums. Sounds like you did well with the K70. Enjoy it!
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 12-04-2018, 01:52 AM  
Costa Rica and jungle advice
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 11
Views: 253
I prefer a wide aperture for shots in dim light (which I presume you will have in Costa Rica). On APS-C I find a 135/2.8 useful. High ISO may compensate for wide aperture with newer cameras.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-03-2018, 02:05 PM  
Nature Gecko eating a spider for dinner
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 2
Views: 199
That should keep the gecko satisfied for a while, Interesting shot!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-29-2018, 02:34 PM  
Landscape Longing For Harris
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 16
Views: 379
Very nice. And it's a real beach, too. But possibly only for the bravest of swimmers.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-29-2018, 02:21 PM  
Reason for Takumar vs K 135mm F2.5 price difference?
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 23
Views: 900
Thank you for posting that. Very interesting!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-29-2018, 02:08 AM  
Reason for Takumar vs K 135mm F2.5 price difference?
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 23
Views: 900
The K135/2.5 is the same optical formula as the 6-element Takumar 135/2.5. Both are SMC. Optically they are identical. But, as others have observed, while both the K version and the M42 Takumar may be adapted to other systems, the M42 mount may be more attractive to non-Pentax shooters. As @HarisF1 points out, the Takumar oozes class.

I have the K version. It cost me about half what a Takumar would have and was virtually mint. For what it's worth, there is a test of the K version here:
Pentax SMC-K 135mm f/2.5 - Review / Lab Test Report - Analysis
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-28-2018, 02:48 AM  
Landscape Wild weather - Eastern Australia
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 2
Views: 289
Most of inland Eastern Australia is in severe drought at the moment. But in the last few days we have had everything thrown at us. Today Sydney had a 1 in 100 year rain event - 100mm or more rain fell in 2 hours. Lots of damage and flash flooding. A bit further north (where we are) a dust storm is helping to rub in the effects of drought. Not the worst dust storm I have witnessed, but still uncomfortable and a lot of cleaning up to do. North again, catastrophic fires which show no sign of abating. The fires cover a massive area. A series of dry storms have seen lightning starting further fires. There are more than 150 fires at the moment and some are the worst that Queensland has ever had. From the fire zone north we have a heat wave that has brought the highest temperatures on record to places like Cairns (42.3C or 108F). That is extremely hot for somewhere that is right on the coast.

I think I have got off lightly so far and I hope we continue to. But my contribution - today's dust storm - appears below. I will throw it out to the rest of the Forum up and down eastern Australia. What has it been like where you are?

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