cbrog

Status: Plus Member
Join Date: 9th October 2010
Last Login: 2nd August 2022 - 16:37
Real Name: R J Woolford
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Occupation: Retired
Interests: Photography & Entomology
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Just a feeler this......
Posted in Classified Adverts
Alternatively an FA or DFA macro with the DA1.4x. Gives you a 140mm f4 equivalent. Can't imagine a DA*200 being much lighter than the DA*60-250.Yes you are quite right - I've just found the weight of the two lenses. The 200 is 915gm (2lb) and the 60-250 is 1240gm (approx. 2.5lbs. Add a couple of pounds for a K3 and you have enough weight to pull an oldie off-balance when trying to lean into a flowerbed.... I cannot run to the Pentax 1.4 but I have found a Kenko AF1.4x sitting in the back of the cupboard so I'll give that a try. (Is'nt Kenko a coffee company?)
Just a feeler this......
Posted in Classified Adverts
Would anyone be interested in exchanging a DA*200 for my DA*60-250 with cash adjustment if necessary? The 60-250 is in excellent condition . Unfortunately as I approach 90 I'm finding the lens too heavy for me to manage comfortably. I really would like to get hold of a macro quality lens longer than the 100 or 105. Roger
Pollinating Insects
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
In my part of sunny Surrey the scarcity of most types of pollinators is rather disturbing. And this in an area that can be described as rural to semi-rural. My wife, a keen gardener, goes to some length to cultivate an insect friendly environment. This year we have seen one Red Admiral, two small Tortoiseshell, a Painted Lady and the odd Orange Tips and Whites. There were/are a satisfactory number of assorted bumbles and Bee Flies though. The usual fair variety of hoverflies have yet to show up......The reason? - my pet theory is atmospheric pollution which is particularly bad in the south east. Looking back through my photo files (Insects & Bugs) the decline seems to have started five or six years ago and is most definitely worsening. Roger
Depth of field in the garden
Posted in Your Photos
A delightful set, much appreciated by my wife, a keen gardener. I too especially admire number four - for me the depth of field is precisely right. Roger
Blue bee
Posted in Your Photos
Super shot - I'm quite jealous! Roger
A Spring Saturday
Posted in Your Photos
I have oft times admired your woodland photography and it is not the easiest of subjects to get right ! I too enjoyed. See what you mean about the 21 limited though, one day perhaps... Roger
WTB Spotmatic Baseplate
Posted in Classified Adverts
Does anyone just happen to have an intact baseplate for a circa 1964 Spotmatic body they wish to sell ?? Regards Roger
The Old & The New - Again
Posted in Your Photos
Seems to be in vogue at the moment.... Catkin detail I do like the colours produced by these old lenses. This one is about 84 years - not as old as me but works rather better.
DA* 300mm AF not working
Posted in Troubleshooter
Otherwise convert it to screw drive - it's easy and works perfectly well and has no disadvantages over SDM unless a very slight noise is bothersome...I have converted my 16-50, 50-135 and 300. I wish it was possible to convert my 60-250 as well - it's getting a bit slow now.
Merry Christmas
Posted in General Photographic Chat
A Happy Christmas and best wishes to you all and hopefully you can forget, for a while, the problems besetting us. Roger
Last of the Lavender
Posted in Your Photos
Love the bokeh - I am trying to imagine what my Tamron mirror lens would have made of that! Roger
Pentax 16-85mm aperture arm return spring replacement
Posted in General Photographic Chat
Is it either of these? Roger
RIP Brent Alpha
Posted in Your Photos
Aye - she knows John. Dave Smith less so. As she says there aren't many of the old and bold left!
RIP Brent Alpha
Posted in Your Photos
All of which stirred up memories for my wife who spent 30 years as a director secretary with Bristows. Her brother also worked for them as a licenced engineer for 40 years...
Photography And Old Age....
Posted in General Photographic Chat
I bought a Manfrotto geared head for much the same reason. DA*300, FA*300, Meyer 300 are murder to keep steady and you hurt afterwards. IQ and keepers certainly went up rapidly after that. Even with a good ball head it's difficult to get the shot right with a heavy lens. Leaving aside chasing birds in flight with a gimbal head, if you lock it in place, having decided on your shot, does gravity cause it to slump slightly as happens with a pan head?No David this one does not slump - the top knob is very large and it is very easy to tighten firmly. The whole thing is very heavy and totally rigid! Supposedly made from aluminium alloy, but I would put the weight at about 3.5 pounds so cast iron would seem more likely! I have found that the more gear you stick on top of a tripod the more interfaces there are to allow unwanted movement. The internet is awash with all sorts of weird and wonderful gimbals, I went for what look the strongest and the cheapest (£60). Beware - the seemingly identical gimbal with Benro written on the side is advertised at £259 !! NB. If you were to buy this particular gimbal a little WD40 makes it work that much more smoothly, well it is a cheapy :D
Photography And Old Age....
Posted in General Photographic Chat
Photography And Old Age…. I know from other posts that old age brings with it increasing difficulties with handling heavy camera/long lens combinations. I had to face this when I purchased a Sigma 500 mirror lens recently, its narrow field of view meant I had trouble keeping anything smaller than the potting shed in the viewfinder. Trying to handhold a K3 and the very heavy 60-250 was also proving a problem so I decided to try a gimbal combined with a very stout tripod and a field monitor. I can thoroughly recommend this course of action – though I must admit you would not want cart this equipment around for very long! The photograph of the feral pigeons was my first shot using the set-up. As a matter of interest it also gave me the chance to try the Kenko AF 1.4 conversion lens behind the DA*300. I was surprised how good the Kenko is given that it was a third of the price of the highly regarded Pentax 1.4. The birds were about 60 feet away.
Lack of K3 - III specific postings
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Or perhaps there are others like me who simply cannot afford to indulge in a new K3-III - they are rather expensive...and for me a K1 would be more desirable - all those full frame lenses sitting in my cupboard :roll: In any case, I think that good glass is far far more important. That isn't to say ............................. Roger
What's your latest acquisition?
Posted in General Photographic Chat
An absolutely mint Tamron SP 500mm 55B. Why? dunno really. :roll: RogerBecause I wanted one when I was a teenager and now I can afford it?When I was a teenager that lens was over 30 years in the future...what I wanted, and how I wanted, with no chance of owning, was a Zeiss Ikon Contax. I had to settle for a mahogany and brass quarter-plate Sanderson I picked up at our local scout troop jumble sale. Roger
What's your latest acquisition?
Posted in General Photographic Chat
An absolutely mint Tamron SP 500mm 55B. Why? dunno really. :roll: Roger
Pentax K-3 Mark III now available to pre-order!
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
£50 for a hot shoe cover :shock: Perhaps I've misread it? An expensive piece of kit like that should have one as standard.
Another pointless thread
Posted in General Photographic Chat
Nigel wrote: Slight temperature, a headache, aching joints (the worst bit of it all), and slightly sore muscles. It feels like I've fallen down stairs. Strange that, I had my second (Fizer) jab yesterday and, like the first, felt nothing and had no after effects at all.....so far. Not only that I can come off of the endangered species list at the end of the month. :lol: Roger
To repair.......
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
Further to my post I should point out that the adapter shown is the incorrect one! It is the single contact version that I use with my old Vivitar ring flashes. You can buy the Pentax specific one for about £25 or Chinese versions for about £8..... Sorry about that :roll: Roger
To repair.......
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
My answer was to buy one of these cheap little blocks and leave it as a permanent fixture on the flash. It has another advantage in that it has a socket for a second flash unit - thus avoiding the loss of the stupidly overpriced and ill fitting socket cap on the camera body. Roger
Recovery of deleted files
Posted in Troubleshooter
Located, downloaded :D Many thanks RobL. Regards Roger