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10-09-2013, 07:05 PM   #1
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Hello from Mississauga, Ontario with a question

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This is my first post after registering a month back.

I live in Mississauga, Ontario. I am a civil engineer by education, regulatory compliance specialist by profession, and an environmentalist and nature lover by choice.

My life revolves around my family, according respect to all groups of people, reading non-fiction adventure books and articles on the net, being outward bound (hiking, canoeing, kayaking, dog sledding, etc.), wildlife conservation, nature photography, listening to blues based hard rock music (yes, I am a soft head banger), and writing.

My love with Pentax began in 1985 when after much research I bought my first SLR - Pentax Super Program from savings made through a job as a freshman at Columbia in NYC. I used two more film slrs prior to getting K-m, K-r, a number of Pentax point and shoots, etc. I have lost all my cameras to my love for outdoors, primarily because I let my young children to also have Pentax experience.

I have a question also. I hike long distances with my dog. Obviously lot of my pictures have my dog (a Kuvasz) in them. My siblings and their families living in Diaspora across the globe want me in those pictures also. I am interested in a camera with a time lapse feature that I could place ahead of a trail that continues to shoot as we approach it. I am really excited about K-3, but I think it is going to be a risky proposition for me. Any suggestions? I will appreciate.

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Welcome from Iowa! I think your best option is a wireless remote. This will work on any of the current Pentax line, not that expensive and you can control when it fires!! Totally cool huh? Now me being really cheap, I just use my poverty wizard trigger to do it!!! If you want details drop me a line. And you must post your nature photos!
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Welcome to the forum, does this mean your gonna keep us all on the right track now?
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Welcome from Iowa! I think your best option is a wireless remote. This will work on any of the current Pentax line, not that expensive and you can control when it fires!! Totally cool huh? Now me being really cheap, I just use my poverty wizard trigger to do it!!! If you want details drop me a line. And you must post your nature photos!
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Thank you Joel. I seem to have missed your response by few minutes last night.

I have a remote control device for my basic K-r but I think it only works for a maximum of 3 meters (9 Ft). I was thinking about time lapse photography because I could set up my camera at about 200 yards and then start hiking towards it with many pictures taken at a stretch.

But of course, you are absolutely correct. I should first give a try to remote control option.

I am basically a hiker with my dog and pictures come much later and only to document my hikes and treks. I have never attempted to excel in nature photography, but I will definitely post some.

Thanks again for a very good advice.

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Welcome to the forum, does this mean your gonna keep us all on the right track now?
Well said my friend, very well said indeed.
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Time lapse should work for that - it's called 'interval shooting' and isn't difficult to do. The P&S versions might even do this.

You could look at a Joby Gorillapod for a secure mount.

As far as security for the DSLR, I strongly recommend a sling-type strap which won't fall off your shoulder.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Suhail Quote
I have a question also. I hike long distances with my dog. Obviously lot of my pictures have my dog (a Kuvasz) in them. My siblings and their families living in Diaspora across the globe want me in those pictures also. I am interested in a camera with a time lapse feature that I could place ahead of a trail that continues to shoot as we approach it.
Welcome to the forum! I hope you enjoy your time here.

As others have pointed, interval shooting will work just as you wish. Place the camera on a tripod or hard flat surface, start interval shooting, go back on the trail and walk towards the camera. Then discard the images you don't want.
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Time lapse should work for that - it's called 'interval shooting' and isn't difficult to do. The P&S versions might even do this.

You could look at a Joby Gorillapod for a secure mount.

As far as security for the DSLR, I strongly recommend a sling-type strap which won't fall off your shoulder.
Yes, Ter, I do need a sling-type strap. I have lost all my cameras (Pentax Super Program, MZ30, K-m) due to them slipping off my hands.

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Welcome to the forum! I hope you enjoy your time here.

As others have pointed, interval shooting will work just as you wish. Place the camera on a tripod or hard flat surface, start interval shooting, go back on the trail and walk towards the camera. Then discard the images you don't want.
I read in a review on K-50 that its video feature offers interval shooting, but I haven't read it in any other review. K-3 definitely has it, but then economics is making me seriously think about it.
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Bonjour from France and welcome to PF ... enjoy and please post us an image or two soon ... Salut, J
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Bonjour from France and welcome to PF ... enjoy and please post us an image or two soon ... Salut, J
Thank you for the encouragement. I will post some of my shots from Pentax Super Program (1980s), MZ 30 (90s), W60, Pentax K-m and K-r (all 2000s) when I get an idea how to go about on this site lol.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Suhail Quote

I have a remote control device for my basic K-r but I think it only works for a maximum of 3 meters (9 Ft). I was thinking about time lapse photography because I could set up my camera at about 200 yards and then start hiking towards it with many pictures taken at a stretch.
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Actually now that you mention the distance your looking to cover, interval shooting is probably your best bet. I don't know of any remotes that will cover that range. Maybe 200 yards of wire and a button?
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( Maybe 200 yards of wire and a button?
Enjoy the fall,
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LOL. Yes and I was just advised here on this forum for K-50 review that my K-r also has an option for interval shooting in video-rec. mode 2. I never knew that before.
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Welcome to the forum, I taught in Mississauga for 13 years, so I know your stomping grounds. Hopefully you can find interval shooting in your manual.
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Welcome to the forum, I taught in Mississauga for 13 years, so I know your stomping grounds. Hopefully you can find interval shooting in your manual.
And I did and experimented on it late last night to perfection.

But now I am not sure I will use it that much, because anyone on the trail can see my hiking away and can run away with my equipment before I turn around to get all my shots taken.

Perhaps Joel's recommendation to work with my remote control isn't that bad at all. LOL.

Btw, its great to know someone else with knowledge of my city. Mississauga does allow me to explore its own trails and to venture out in any direction and find hiking trails easily.
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