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Post  Admin on Sat Jul 25, 2009 9:05 pm

Well I have decided to try and push my photography to the next level!

have done a good shoot with the apex crew!
well bex and jess anyway!

want to do more once the car is done!

but done a shoot with linz beemer and a few with my clio!

I have bought a web domain and hope to put a site up soon!

I hope it develops and maybe even takes off!
wish me luck guys!

also anybody want me to shoot their car?
if you are not in the Pz area then sorry will have to wait until car is sortted!

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Post  Admin on Sat Jul 25, 2009 9:06 pm

I thought I'd share some of my equipment with you guys!


left is a Chinon CE-5, centre is a Fujifilm F-50 and right is my Pentax K100D Super


My K100D Super with 18-55mm lens and the 70-300mm next to it!


Here is the Travor battery fitted... upto 1200 shots on one battery!


Close up!


with my two flash guns!
The one on top is a daylight flash!
the other is a standard fill in flash!

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Post  Admin on Sat Jul 25, 2009 9:08 pm

here is my cameras!

have many lenses but these are just the cams!



I love my gear far too much

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Post  Admin on Sat Jul 25, 2009 9:09 pm

My lens collection!
All are K mount, both auto and manual!



Right sohere is what they are:
Starting rear left.....

100-200mm Mirage Zoom, manual

70-300mm Vivitar Zoom, with macro down the entire focal length, manual

75-150mm Pentax-M SMC, manual

70-300mm Tamron, macro at full 300mm only, auto

50-200mm Pentax SMC DAL, auto

front row, from left.....

18-55mm Pentax SMC DAL, auto

2x Tele converter, supporting auto

2x Tele converter, manual only

these fill my needs very well!

tend to use 18-55mm for the auto shots but missing from the picture is two my brother is borrowing!
these are.....

14mm wide angle manual

50mm standard lens, again manual

Im a bit of a collector Very Happy

also have two tripods and a monopod and a mini pod!

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Post  TONYELF on Sun Jul 26, 2009 11:16 am

Some lovely equipment you have there John and I thought I was extravagant buying three digital cameras!
You have some good close up shots of them,very commercial type photos.
Question is , How the hell do you carry them all and how do you choose which one to use? Shocked
I think I will stick to my Olympus FE-210 (7.1m pixels) and C-700 (2.1m pixels) I have a problem deciding between those two alone! Laughing

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Post  Admin on Sun Jul 26, 2009 7:16 pm

well I have alot of lens's yes but they do overlap, so no need for all of them!

I carry two bodies and 6 lens's in a camera bag.
plus 2 flashes and two tripods!

but i need to ge a wireless off camera flash, or a outside softbox!

In total i have between 2 and 3 grand of equipment!

be happy to shot anybody's elf/hornet!

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Post  TONYELF on Mon Jul 27, 2009 12:56 am

It's no wonder you of a lean build carrying all that equipment! Maybe I could try it and get some weight off!
Your'e welcome to photo my Elf next time you are up Chester way!

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Post  Admin on Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:27 am

when my 1966 austin 1100 is done in (fingers crossed) 4-8 months I will be heading up to stoke and booking a week of work!

So i see no reason why a trip to see some of you lot should not be on the cards!
anyone else?

plan a round england trip photoing elf/hornets?

Very Happy

I got friends in modified car club in stoke, and liverpool!

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Post  TONYELF on Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:27 pm

Stoke is 1 hr and Liverpool 45 Mins away from Chester!
BTW the Thomas the tank Engine frieze in the background almost gives your age away Laughing

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Post  Admin on Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:31 pm

ok sounds good!
will let ya know when im about that area!

and i share my room with my brother, his bed used to be across that wall so that is his boarder.....

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Post  TONYELF on Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:33 am

Admin wrote:ok sounds good!
will let ya know when im about that area!

and i share my room with my brother, his bed used to be across that wall so that is his boarder.....

I believe you but 1000's wouldn't ! affraid

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Post  Admin on Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:44 am

no behave tony! Laughing

planning more shoots soon!

current shoot pictures to come soon!

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Post  TONYELF on Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:58 am

Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Evil or Very Mad Twisted Evil

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Post  Admin on Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:09 pm

this is what i carry about!



not too heavy but weighty enough!

and now i have flashes senders on order it will only get heavier, or two bags!

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Post  TONYELF on Fri Jul 31, 2009 10:48 am

No Smelling salts? (to bring you round if you collapse!) Laughing
Good Luck with your career.

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Post  Admin on Sun Aug 02, 2009 11:02 pm

Cheers tony!

main reason for trying to take it up is health!
loosing dexterity so need to possible change career!

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Post  Admin on Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:04 am

Well got my wireless flash triggers!
seen here with my two flashes!









Im impressed with them already and only had then a few hours!

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Post  Admin on Sun Aug 30, 2009 10:17 pm

Tempoary hosting of site!

will sort hosting soon, but wanted it up to get feedback from friends!

http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/pentaxpz/index.html

so please send me feedback

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Post  TONYELF on Sun Aug 30, 2009 10:54 pm

That's brilliant Jon, very professional so far. Keep it up.
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Post  Admin on Sun Aug 30, 2009 10:55 pm

thanks tony.....

what i learned from doing this site will go into the new elf/hornet site!

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Post  Admin on Sat Oct 10, 2009 3:01 pm

had my first paying customer!

woo hoo!
didnt get much as not many images taken, but hey if one person thinks they are good enough......

there must be more out there!

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Post  TONYELF on Sat Oct 10, 2009 7:44 pm

Maybe you should channel some of this enthusiasm into sorting a car out to carry all this stuff about safely? Laughing Laughing

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Post  Guest on Sat Oct 10, 2009 9:09 pm

Excellent equipment there!
(i used to do photography when i was 15, and used 35mm, and a minolta xgm! ancient!)

im looking at starting it again, what sort of lens would you reccomend for real close up shots (of insects etc)?

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Post  Admin on Sun Oct 11, 2009 6:58 pm

aboviously a macro lense, and a full length macro!

some are only macro at the extremity of the lens.
for example 70-300mm but only 180-300 is macro!

or if you would like a multi lens, then buy a lens as above with some extention tubes.
these make the longest zoom shorter. so your 180-300mm macro could become 70mm+ macro.

but in an ideal world get a short focal length.
possibly wide angle? they allow more light in, but also will show more area around the insect.

at the end of the day, budget will effect your equipment choice!
I am biased toward Pentax bodies, but as for glass, then anything goes!

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Post  Admin on Sun Dec 13, 2009 10:12 pm

well my camera insurance is due and they asked for a list of equipment!
so made the list!
this is showing off a bit but here is what I just emailed to them!

My Camera Equipment….

1x Macro/Portrait flash ring.
2x Universal flash diffusers.
2x Mini high power flash units.
1x Vivitar 2000 flash unit
1x Vivitar 283 flash unit
1x Pentax AF200S flash unit
1x Pentax AFW1 flash diffuser for AF200S flash unit.
1x Pentax AFT1 flash diffuser for AF200S flash unit.
1x Home made flash snoop.
1x Wireless flash sender.
2x Wireless flash triggers.
3x Mini tripods.
1x table flash stand.
1x Nikkon F55 with 28-80mm lens.
1x Travor battery grip for Pentax K100D camera.
1x Jessops auto 2x tele convertor, K mount.
1x Pentax SMC DAL 50-200mm with UV filter.
1x Pentax SMC DAL 18-55mm with UV filter.
1x Pentax SMC DA 18-55mm with UV filter.
1x Cosina 28-210mm macro with UV filter.
1x Tamron 70-300mm LD Di with UV filter.
1x Tokina 28mm wide angle manual with UV filter.
1x Pentax K100D Super body
1x Pentax K-m body
1x 3 way hot shoe splitter.
1x Unknown brand manual 2x tele convertor.
1x Vivitar 70-300mm macro manual with UV filter
1x Pentax-A SMC 50mm with Skylight filter.
1x Mirage 100-200mm with a deep tele photo hood.
1x Pentax-M SMC 75-150mm with deep tele photo hood.
1x Pentax ME body.
1x Chinon CE-5 Dixons kit, mint and boxed!
1x Star 8 mono pod
1x SLIK Sprint Pro II with SBH-100DQ head, super low 17cm setting!
1x makipod classic tripod.
1x Kennet Engineering macro tripod.
1x Argos TD-1932 tripod.

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