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Join Date: 14th November 2020
Last Login: 20th November 2020 - 14:46
Real Name: Keith PatrÔk
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Occupation: Retired Postman
Interests: Photography, digital editing, walking, pyrography, wood carving, reading

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Posted in General Digital Photography chat
Compared with others (e.g. Olympus) perhaps the users of certain systems (e.g. Pentax) are of a demographic less likely to transfer their photographic activities to their mobile phones? PhilipWhat stops me taking out the Pentax gear is actually simply the size of DSLRs (and Pentax is on the compact side) and the weight of lenses etc. The M43 kit is much lighter and smaller and with a kit of lenses can go in a reasonably compact shoulder bag. Pre kids and when I was still living in the UK I was using Pentax film cameras a lot of the time for much the same reasons. Just too expensive for the processing at the moment. Hopefully once the disasters of the last couple of years are behind me I can start looking to use them again. I digress. I use a smart phone a lot for quick shots of the kids and for the minimal sharing I do it is very convenient to have everything on one device. The smart phone is my internet, camera, phone, basic computer, gps, and so on all in a pocketable device. There are good reasons why they are so prevalent. If I want really good pictures a good camera is still the way to go, but in the past how many people really had a top level SLR? Or just a compact P and S?I had a Pentax K10D followed by a K20D and then a K3 and started to find it a hassle to lump my K3 around at times, so I got rid of my Pentax gear and bought an Olympus OMD EM10II with a twin lens kit. At first I thought, wow, this is amazing, so compact and so lightweight but I soon found the need to fit a after market hand grip to the Olympus because I found it too SMALL! Picture quality was generally very good but not as good as the Pentax K3 and I soon regretted selling it. Now I have returned to Pentax with the KP and I am so glad I did.
Lucky escape...
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
One reason I don't use camera straps anymore. I once had a Sony NEX6 with a camera strap, whilst on honeymoon in Greece and my wife was driving me to a local dentist (long story) and she pulled up by the kerb, I opened my door to clamber out of the car, my camera was in the footwell, as I stepped out, my foot got tangled in the camera strap and was catapulted out of the car and onto the pavement! I was gutted, it was a new camera and the electronics did not appreciate the pavement, so I had no camera to use apart from my mobile phone :cry: I am sure had I had a Pentax camera at that time, it would have took such a small impact in it's stride.
Pentax vision
Posted in Pentax Digital Camera Discussion
I love Pentax's commitment to their origin's and principles. I for one do not wish them to produce a mirrorless camera, there are plenty of other manufacturers out there for cameras like that. I have tried a few, Sony NEX 6, Olympus E520, Olympus OMD EM10II, Fuji X30 and Fuji XS-1 but I have come back to the Pentax DSLR because of the clarity of a OVF and the build quality and handling of a Pentax.
Hello from beautiful Wiltshire in the UK
Posted in Just Joined?
Hello everyone, Hope you all are not too stressed in these very difficult times. Photography is one of the best medicines in my opinion for taking my mind away from all the problems of the world. Even though I am joining this forum rather late in life, I have been an avid photographer since the early 70's. I have used lots of different brands and types of cameras over the years and I have now settled with Pentax again. I have a K7 and a KP body along with 50mm f1.7M, DA15mm Ltd, DA35mm f2.4, DA18-50mmWR, DA18-135mmWR and Samsung Schneider 100mm f2.8 Macro, all of which just about cover every type of photography that I wish to tackle. I find this forum very interesting and informative and like being able to contact people from all over the world:D