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Join Date: 20th November 2012
Last Login: 13th August 2020 - 15:27
Real Name: Barry King
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Occupation: Retired
Interests: Photography, swimming, reading
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'Upgrade to K-1' quandary...
Posted in Pentax Digital Camera Discussion
I took the plunge and bought the K1 new [SRS] last year and I have not regretted it for a moment I use it mostly for landscapes it is a great FF camera, built like a brick privy! I also use my K-3 APS-C & FF, can easily co-exist So go for it. Cheers
Pentax Family
Posted in General Photographic Chat
Many years ago, when I had my trusty MX I submitted a B & W photo to the Pentax Family magazine, much to my surprise I received from Japan a ballpoint pen engraved 'Pentax Family' I found the pen, but can I find the photo, can I hell, probably got lost when I moved some years back. Does the magazine still exist in paper form, or digital. I wonder I also submitted a photo, also shot on my MX which they printed, much to my surprise and yes I still have the pen, but the photo.......I may find the neg one of these days! Merry christmas and a happy new year to all From the [not so] sunny south coast
Another pointless thread
Posted in General Photographic Chat
I just took my rubbish bin out for collection should I take a shot of it B&W film with my trusty LX and consider it 'avant garde', or on my KP as a reminder of what day of the week bin collection is MMMmmmm......
What's your latest acquisition?
Posted in General Photographic Chat
A Spotmatic SP500 complete with 55mm f.2, ever ready case, flash shoe with rubber eyecup and the original operating manual, all in good nick and working.
Metz 45 CL-4 & Pentax KP
Posted in Flash Photography
I have a Metz 45 CL-4 that I have used on my Pentax LX, I wanted to use the flash with my Pentax KP, but cautious about this as the KP is new! According to the UK distributer of Metz the trigger voltage is 15v, the safe voltage for Pentax DSLRs is 25v. Instead of hunting round for leads and adaptors! I have successfully used a pair of Yongnuo RF603CII wireless triggers. I know the Metz is cumbersome and heavy compared to smaller and modern Metz flash units, but the ‘45 is a great flash gun Outcome, use of a trusted flash unit and no ‘fried’ KP
Do you process your own film?
Posted in Pentax Film SLR Cameras
I have just returned to developing film [B&W] after a hiatus of about 12 years. I developed my own for about 40 years, where I lived I had my own darkroom, now it is just the bathroom. C41 is not difficult just temp critical and constant, I use the following:- A large Kood changing bag, enough to accommodate my bulk loader, dev tank etc. A good dev tank, personally I use and prefer JOBO 1510 better seal than screw top versions Two cheap measuring jugs, cheap kitchen timer. I tend to use Rodinal film developer, very good keeping qualities, any good fixer, I make my own stop bath using acetic acid powder. I do not use film squeegees, as there is the risk of scratching the film, I use a wet piece of chamois leather, works for me, as my bathroom is next to the airing cupboard this is also my film drying cabinet, works for me. Of course this is all personal preference, I shoot with 'Kentmere 100' good film stock at a good price. In lieu of a darkroom I scan my negs and use photo editing software. I hope this helps.
Old film Old camera
Posted in Pentax Film SLR Cameras
No probs with developing Pan F -- I can do it in Rodinal or make up some Beutler formula and do it in 20 minutes -- it;s easy !Ah Rodinal, that takes me back, great stuff will last for years. Whilst I still have my ME, I do digital all the time, I noticed the difference when I scanned boxes of slide's to my computer, you do not get dust marks or 'tram' lines on digital images! I still love the simplicity of an analogue camera, when I first started I used a camera without a light meter or rangefinder, never mind auto focus!
How tough is the K5
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
IMHO Tough enough8)
Pentax user survey
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I think it's the list of current modelsThe Pentax K-r came out in 2010 the same year as the K5, but that was listed.
Pentax user survey
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I completed the survey, but was somewhat surprised that when I was asked which Pentax DSLR I owned the following were mentioned: K-3, K-50, K-500, K-5 IIs, K-5 II, Pentax K-30, Pentax K-r But the K5 was left out, was this a deliberate omission?
Just another old fogey...
Posted in Just Joined?
Regarding the 'SMELL' on unpacking new cameras -- I bought a Russian ZENITH B body in 1971 for £ 9-00 and talk about 'smell' -- it still lingers in my camera cupboard --- ( anyone need a quick 'fix' ? )Ron Spillman, that's a blast from the past, makes me feel older than my 60 plus years!
Just another old fogey...
Posted in Just Joined?
Welcome to the pleasure dome, I mean Pentax user website! You won't go far wrong with one of the new breed of Pentax's [K5/II/IIs/K3] IMO they provide better value for money than similarly priced offerings from 'Canikon' they have a good degree of weatherproofing, better ergonomics and excellent build quality. I could go on and on but more than enough has been said about them, at the end of the day they work for me.
Pentax went out of business years ago
Posted in General Photographic Chat
Just shows how easily people are manipulated by the marketing boys and girls :twisted:Look at how Fuji has in a sense reinvented it self in the 'Enthusiast' market with the X series cameras, in particular the X-Pro18)
Do folk use a compact or CSC with their DSLR?
Posted in General Photographic Chat
I use my K5 for most of my 'Walking' photography as I live near the coast and I appreciate the weatherproof qualities of K5 and 18-135 DA lens. However I increasingly use my Fuji X-Pro1 camera for a lot of indoor photography as it is comparatively inconspicuous, also the Fujinon lens are IMO truly excellent lenses some of the best I have ever used.
what bag do you use
Posted in General Photographic Chat
I use a mix of bags, think tank and kata for my DSLR, domke and billingham for my mirrorless camera
What Brand of Tripod Do U Use Now?
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
I have a Gitzo Reporter complete with gitzo pro ball head that I bought in Techno in 1987 for £99. Still going strong, will probably see me out£99 for a Gitzo with head :shock:...you could sell it for more than that now.Good point! Mind you I am quite attached to it 8)
What Brand of Tripod Do U Use Now?
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
I have a Gitzo Reporter complete with gitzo pro ball head that I bought in Techno in 1987 for £99. Still going strong, will probably see me out
This landed in my inbox this morning...
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I believe that the concept to be a good one for mirror less camera's. Personally I use a zing neoprene pouch when out walking with a rucksack, as I just tend to leave the 18/135 lens on my K5, not only does it provide a good deal of protection for my kit, but saves me from carrying more gear than I need, or advertising the fact I am carrying camera gear. We should not discourage innovators, no matter how garish their designs!8)
rucksack - rear opening?
Posted in General Photographic Chat
Whilst I have a variety of camera bags for different occasions and kit, quite often when out walking I carry my K5+18-135, in a 'Zing' neoprene camera pouch, which then goes in my 'Exped Cloudburst 25Lt' sack*. This has two added advantages a/ the sac is waterproof b/ does not shout camera gear inside! Also the sack carries everything required for a day's walk. * http://www.facewest.co.uk/Exped-Cloudburst-25.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=froogle&utm_campaign=facewestFroogle&gclid=CNasge3PirwCFYUIwwodpCAATA
Nothing suitable from Pentax, so I've gone Nikon
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
Like Mannesty I also use the Minolta DualScan IV, no longer available, likewise I use Vuescan software which is excellent and well worth the money as it is a one off cost, allowing you future updates, very useful when switching/upgrading operating systems. I spent two winters scanning about 2000 slides to my computer, it was only then I realised how marked the slides were, after a lot of editing they cleaned up well. We know that [analogue photography] negatives and slides can survive fairly intact for decades, this cannot be said for digital media, so who knows what may happen in a decade or two from now, the reappearance of analogue photography? I have kept my Minolta DualScan IV, who knows what tomorrow brings. Live long and prosper 'V'
Hahnel Unipal + charger
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
not bad for under £20.Where from?Amazon, my apologies it is £22.49 I was thinking of something else:oops: Still worth it http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hahnel-Unipal-Universal-Battery-Charger/dp/B009LM3V5E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385490753&sr=8-1&keywords=Hahnel+Unipal+%2B+charger
Hahnel Unipal + charger
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
I have always had one major issue with camera batteries, excluding AA & AAA, I could never tell how much of a charge is left. Well I can now test the level of charge, with the Hahnel Unipal + charger, when I checked one of my batteries which the camera gave me 3 out of 4 bars the charger advised me that there was only 40% left on the LCD display! This device will not only charge nearly all 3.6/3.7 or 7.2/7.4v batteries and two AA & AAA's, also most devices with USB port, but would be invaluable for travellers as it includes 100-240v mains adaptors and a 12v car lead not bad for under £20.
Back from the dead... Have I missed much?
Posted in General Photographic Chat
Wishing you a speedy recovery, hope you can lift your camera soon!
Why do we stay with Pentax?
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
I tend to agree with the quality cost ratio relative to digital. In the dim and distant analogue past, I tended to use Nikon and the Olympus OM models, with a brief period of use with the MX. When I finally embraced digital, I started to use Canon as I found that Nikon digital ergonomics did not suit me, I sold my Canon gear to go to Pentax K5. I have not looked back, a dependable and quite tough weather proof body a lot cheaper than an equivalent Canon body. Whilst nothing can be perfect, I can't find much to fault on the K5.
18-135 has been slaughtered by Photozone
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
I have the lens on my K5, it lives there I am happy with it, I have no concerns. Reviews like this remind me of people looking at 12x16 prints at comps with a magnifying glass and stating I see grain! 8)