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Astro and moon viewing and photography.
Posted in General Photographic Chat
Dobsonians are great for ease of use and you often get a bigger scope for your money, the mount is limited in terms of photography though because you can't have a motor. I have a Celestron Firstscope 4.5" Newtonian, which I've had good success with looking around. It has a German Equatorial mount with a single axis motor and cost about 120 pounds a few years ago. I have also mounted my Slr with a big lens on the same mount. Mounting the DSLR on the telescope itself is unlikely to get good results with a scope this small, you want 6 or 8 inches for that.
Weddings? who needs them?
Posted in General Photographic Chat
The opposite happened to me once. I was asked to do a wedding for a family friend - and was happy to do so for a reasonable price but they finally decided to use a "pro" at significantly more for the ceremony and immediate small reception. Was I put out? Not really ... and I was still asked to do the evening reception. The "pro" then took some of my images for use in the main albums.I've had that too. The bride was worried I'd be offended, actually I was delighted, still took the camera and got some shots I liked without all the stress. I never agree to do a wedding if the couple can afford a pro, I only do it if it's me or no-one, that way whatever I do is better than the alternative. When we planned our wedding for 100 people we didn't consider anyone who couldn't provide two photographers, I dread to think what would be the outcome with 230!
What Reason Makes U insist on Pentax's Camera
Posted in General Photographic Chat
My dad shoots Pentax so when I wanted an SLR for my 18th birthday the MZ7 was an obvious choice. I built up my own lens collection around the K mount and later my sister, uncles and father in law joined the Pentax fold. With so many compatible accessories and lenses around to borrow, no other brand makes sense. Lucky Pentax cameras suit my style really!
A thought re the Classifieds
Posted in General Photographic Chat
It's worth talking to Chris@SRS re trade in, I recently traded in several items against my new K5 ii and the prices he offered on most things I considered very fair, in some cases generous. Certainly after taking fees into account I ended up getting more than I would have on eBay.
New born baby daughter
Posted in Your Photos
I'm looking forward to my own chance for the same sort of shots in the near future, any tips? Find a wife! :PGood first step but I've managed that one on my own :p Thanks for the tips Malross, and the inspiration.
Baby photography - Any tips?
Posted in General Photographic Chat
Wow thanks for some great tips and ideas everyone. in terms of kit I'm reasonably well set up I think bodies: k5 ii and *ist dl2 flash: sigma pttl bounce swivel flash with omni-bounce lenses: da 35 f/2.4 and fa 50 1.4, tamron 90mm macro da 16-45, f 35-70, fa 80-320 and da 50-200 Obviously if money were no object theres things I'd change but I used up most of my brownie points on the k5 body so no major purchases are likely in the near future. My current thoughts are that for posed shots the three primes will come in handy, and the 35-70 will probably be useful for candids, although perhaps the 16-45... :mrgreen:
New born baby daughter
Posted in Your Photos
Congratulations! lovely shots, I particularly like the angle in the first one. I'm looking forward to my own chance for the same sort of shots in the near future, any tips? I'm thinking my 35-70 might be the best choice of lens since I already know the K5-II has excellent high-ISO capabilities.
Tamron 80-210 f3.8-4 lens
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
I have one of the older ones in AD2, sadly it has become infested with the dreaded fungus :( but before this happened it was pretty good for a "macro" zoom, much better than most zooms which claim the "macro" moniker. 40 is probably fair for a good example of the 105A
Baby photography - Any tips?
Posted in General Photographic Chat
Excitingly, Mrs Mongoose and I are expecting a mini-Mongoose in the near future. Among other non-photography related things (which believe me I am busily looking into elsewhere!) this is a whole new branch of our hobby for me. Obviously I intend to document his early life and the various firsts, I'm also hoping to try some more posed photos and that's where this will be entirely new to me. Historically, aside from 2 weddings (which I got roped into and managed to pull off more by luck than judgement), people photography has never been my thing, I'm more of a landscapes, birds and aeroplanes kind of guy. When I do do people, it tends to be candids, so any tips from those who have done this sort of thing will be greatly appreciated. Specifically, I'm looking for tips along the lines of what focal lengths you find most useful, what do you use for a background, is flash totally out or is bounced/defused flash ok (obviously I'm thinking about the welfare of my son as well as the photos here!). thanks in advance everyone!
K-3 + Free DA 35mm f/2.4
Posted in Leads to Deals
That's a pretty shiny deal, I'm absolutely loving my DA35 on my new K5-II (thanks Chris!). The two plastic fantastic primes are both excellent for the price, my Dad has the 50 and our less than 100% scientific tests show it to be every bit as good as my FA 50 1.4 at all available apertures.
Develop film to RAW?
Posted in Pentax Film SLR Cameras
Nigel, TIFF is lossless as you surmised. As regards JPEG, I would only save to JPEG once when the final version is ready. If an image was in progress and needed saving then PSD or TIFF would ensure no data is lost.as an asside (don't read if easily confused!) TIFF is not necessarily lossless, a valid TIFF file can be constructed which uses JPEG compression :shock:
non-sports and non-birders what are you using >135mm for
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
My Pentax FA 80-320 gets a lot of use for long range landscapes and candid portraits, although admittedly the latter tend to be in the 80-135 range. I'd love a 50-135 for that purpose if only I could afford it.
K5-ii firmware update - worth it?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
John, thanks for that, that's all the information I needed in one place
K5-ii firmware update - worth it?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I saw that the download was an exe and assumed there must be an application, if it's just a self extracting archive with a bin file in it then I could probably unzip it with an archive manager.
K5-ii firmware update - worth it?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Thanks guys, alas the HDs and the 560 f/5.6 are well beyond my means for now, so I think I'll leave it on 1.00 unless I encounter a problem.
K5-ii firmware update - worth it?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
All true, but what's the benefit? even assuming the risk is 0 (and I acknowledge that with careful following of the instructions it should be pretty close to it), it's still a faff, for a start I have to go boot up my Windows PC (my laptop runs Linux). so is there a real benefit to doing this, or just the ethereal "performance and stability improvements" which are always claimed and rarely justified?
K5-ii firmware update - worth it?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I've just checked and my shiney new K5-ii is running the original 1.00 firmware. I've always found flashing such a pricey product a bit nerve racking, so tell me fellow K5-ii owners, is it worth it?
finally upgraded the k10
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I've got an fa 50 1.4 so didn't need the da 1.8, I would have been tempted otherwise. I know what you mean aboutthe k10 ergonomics but I'm already falling in love with the way the k5 sits in my hand and the 35 is a dream of a lens, seems to be pin sharp from wide open. Can't wait to put it through its paces properly and post some results.
finally upgraded the k10
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
To a k5ii! Much deliberation went into whether to stretch to the k3 but ultimately I concluded that it was better to save some on the body and buy glass, so I am now the proud owner of a k5ii and a da35 f2.4. So far I couldn't be happier with both. The SAFOX X focusing system is magic, it locks quickly and with very little fus even in near darkness. I loved my k10, but the k5ii is like night and day. In a related matter, if anyone is looking for an astro lens, I happen to know that Chris@SRS has just come into possession of a very fine Tamron 300 f2.8.
Star Gazing
Posted in General Photographic Chat
Do you have any ideas as to what you hope to capture? the GPS unit is a very funky idea and my understanding is that it works well for wide angle lenses, but it's limited by the range of motion of the SR system so it probably isn't much use with lenses of that magnitude. so basically it's great for general starscapes and milky way shots but probably not that much use for planets and distant deep sky objects. Saying that, it's amazing how big some of these things are, my best ever astro shot is one of the Andromeda galaxy, taken with a 300mm lens on a driven mounting. if you want to try the planets, you're (in my experience) better off with a webcam mounted in place of the eyepiece on a big telescope, getting a drive set up for multi-minute exposures at 1000+ mm is no easy task
Next Logical Step After *ist DS?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I might be wide of the mark, but my impression is that Macs budget can't stretch as far as a K5, if he could then the correct answer would probably be obvious to him. This is an unexpected need to purchase due to equipment damage, not a planned upgrade. A quick glance (and I stress this was a quick glance) on ebay suggests the following prices in the UK at the moment 100-150 K10D K200D 150-200 K20 K-x K-r 200-300 (varies, most recent examples sold with lenses) K-7 350-400 K-5
Are Pentax really that bad for sport ?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Jules, what do you mean by 'shorter throw' and 'longer throw' lenses? Are you just meaning focal length?Jules means the distance from one extreme of focus to the other. The shorter this is, the quicker the AF motor can cover the entire focus range (and the quicker, in principle, it can focus). Although a short throw is great for autofocus, it can make manual focus trickier. EMfor an example of this in K mount, compare the F 70-210 to the DA 55-300. The F lens is blazing fast in AF, but the short throw and loose action make it a pain to focus manually. The DA has the opposite problem, with the long throw making hunting a real problem in difficult situations.
Next Logical Step After *ist DS?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
K10D is the first of the WR bodies, but it is weighty for a Pentax (note it's still hardly heavy, just heavier). The K200 has the same sensor, is WR and smaller and lighter, but I think it's a pentamirror finder. In truth the pentamirror finders are still pretty good, just not quite as large or as bright as the pentaprisms
Next Logical Step After *ist DS?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
That is true, although I believe you sacrifice the pentaprism finder? I believe the K10 and K20 are the largest and heaviest Pentax DSLRs to date, so if that's a concern it is worth keeping in mind.
Next Logical Step After *ist DS?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Yes the K20 would probably suit nicely, a little younger than a K10 as well BTW, the K10D also has a glass pentaprism finder