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05-27-2012, 07:28 PM   #481
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QuoteOriginally posted by Paul Ewins Quote
<Sigh> We don't have squirrels here in Australia, just possums. Lots of different possums to be sure, but they are nocturnal so it is harder to get a good shot of them. Still, we are luckier than New Zealand, who don't even have any of the cute possums, just our manky reject possums.
Yeah, but at least you can give us koala, kangaroo, or platypus pictures. Let's face it, a platypus is way more interesting than a cat.

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Another negative post by me.!! Anyway.. My K-5 just cannot hold up for me. I use it heavily, daily with two good lenses. I don't post with it anymore because the other system is better. But the switches are becoming very bad. AF button is almost useless now. The slightest brush will cause the menu to abort. The back color coating is almost worn off. That is with complete rebuild one year ago. So, I hope to see some major improvements in parts quality.
If the new K-3 when tested is better. I will try one more before completely moving on. And now I know the limits of the Pentax system. I will only use it in certain situations.

But many times it is a joy to use. Small and compact and with me getting older a great combo. With the Sigma 300 and 500 lenses. It is small and amazingly sharp within its limits. Good light and no BIF. As I like bird only.

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QuoteOriginally posted by garyk Quote
But many times it is a joy to use. Small and compact and with me getting older a great combo. With the Sigma 300 and 500 lenses. It is small and amazingly sharp within its limits. Good light and no BIF. As I like bird only.
That sounds real small and compact
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Ron the K-5 and 300 or 500 are very small. Most people can hardly believe it. You would be amazed how many people ask me what is that. I tell them and they have to look. Nikon 300-500 is like a tank around your neck. Canon is bigggg. The new one is much better though. So, hopefully Pentax will keep with the tradition of small and compact DSLR's. The only reason I have not sold everything yet.

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New Zealand has Keas. Way worse than possums.
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New Zealand has Keas. Way worse than possums.
Those guys are brilliant, smarter than any possum.

I've seen one steal a girl's sandshoe and fly off with in a skifield carpark when she was changing into her boots. Lucky he dropped it but we had to climb down a steep embankment to get it for her. I'm sure all the other ones watching were laughing at me.

They land on your car, look at you standing there, and then proceed to dig at the wiper blades. They're protected by law and they know it. You cant do anything so If you shout or wave at them they just give you the middle finger (claw) and keep going.

You wouldn't need a long lens to photograph them, they'll come over to you and then try to nick your lens hood.
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QuoteOriginally posted by garyk Quote
Ron the K-5 and 300 or 500 are very small. Most people can hardly believe it. You would be amazed how many people ask me what is that. I tell them and they have to look. Nikon 300-500 is like a tank around your neck. Canon is bigggg. The new one is much better though. So, hopefully Pentax will keep with the tradition of small and compact DSLR's. The only reason I have not sold everything yet.
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QuoteOriginally posted by steve1307 Quote
Those guys are brilliant, smarter than any possum.

I've seen one steal a girl's sandshoe and fly off with in a skifield carpark when she was changing into her boots. Lucky he dropped it but we had to climb down a steep embankment to get it for her. I'm sure all the other ones watching were laughing at me.
They're actually quite stupid. The sandshoe wouldn't fit, and can't be sold either, without its pair.

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They're actually quite stupid. The sandshoe wouldn't fit, and can't be sold either, without its pair.
According to the Wiki they are adept at working in teams to achieve an objective - perhaps the poster should have waited for the other sandshoe to drop.
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Unfortunately New Zealand also suffers from possums- major import from Australia who are (in NZ) ridiculous pests. Got so crazy that a few years back (no kidding) the population control research I was doing for possums seriously considered transferring possums back to Australia (where they are protected) for clinical research purposes.

Not quite so smart though. My favorite was a story told to me by a gent who did a lot of work in the bush (forest) with a D8 Bulldozer in NZ. He left the grease lubricant out with the cap open overnight. End result was some very incontinent possums, with lots of greasy evidence!
I've personally seen possums in the bush taking (and eating) my soap (the B@$t@rds).

Ummm, back to the speculation, I guess...
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QuoteOriginally posted by steve1307 Quote
Those guys are brilliant, smarter than any possum.

I've seen one steal a girl's sandshoe and fly off with in a skifield carpark when she was changing into her boots. Lucky he dropped it but we had to climb down a steep embankment to get it for her. I'm sure all the other ones watching were laughing at me.

They land on your car, look at you standing there, and then proceed to dig at the wiper blades. They're protected by law and they know it. You cant do anything so If you shout or wave at them they just give you the middle finger (claw) and keep going.

You wouldn't need a long lens to photograph them, they'll come over to you and then try to nick your lens hood.
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A pair of Keas at Fox Glacier, South Island, NZ
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QuoteOriginally posted by steve1307 Quote
Those guys are brilliant, smarter than any possum.

I've seen one steal a girl's sandshoe and fly off with in a skifield carpark when she was changing into her boots. Lucky he dropped it but we had to climb down a steep embankment to get it for her. I'm sure all the other ones watching were laughing at me.

They land on your car, look at you standing there, and then proceed to dig at the wiper blades. They're protected by law and they know it. You cant do anything so If you shout or wave at them they just give you the middle finger (claw) and keep going.

You wouldn't need a long lens to photograph them, they'll come over to you and then try to nick your lens hood.
Are those the nasty birds that like to hop up on a sheep's back and dig there beak deep into the sheep's hide and make a bloody mess. Then they sit around and watch the sheep bleed to death.
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Not quite so smart though. My favorite was a story told to me by a gent who did a lot of work in the bush (forest) with a D8 Bulldozer in NZ. He left the grease lubricant out with the cap open overnight. End result was some very incontinent possums, with lots of greasy evidence!
I've personally seen possums in the bush taking (and eating) my soap (the B@$t@rds).
I had a grizzly bear eat my toothpaste wrecking my tent to get there, and a porcupine ate my car tires. Possums and Keas scare me not.

If I had a K-3 I would have taken photos as proof.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Aristophanes Quote
I had a grizzly bear eat my toothpaste wrecking my tent to get there, and a porcupine ate my car tires. Possums and Keas scare me not.

If I had a K-3 I would have taken photos as proof.
Spoken like a true Canadian, i watched a grizzly destroy my campsite while i say in a tree eating mushrooms (yes that kind) the not so smart sober campers a few sites over didn't fare as well.) Saw a moose take out the car in front of me on the trans Canada the same trip - bloody scary that came out of nowhere
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