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Forum: Lens Clubs 03-04-2022, 08:57 AM  
Post your HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW pictures!
Posted By jpzk
Replies: 3,170
Views: 439,593
EDIT: (from an attempted post from my part)
Sorry, I thought this was another thread.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-08-2022, 03:19 PM  
Abstract UFO, no joke.
Posted By jpzk
Replies: 35
Views: 1,085
Therefore, no one can identify it.
No identity = unidentified
it is flying.
It is an object of some sort whether small and close or far and larger.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-01-2022, 04:02 PM  
Nature Name that bird.
Posted By jpzk
Replies: 17
Views: 475
Merlin !
Forum: General Talk 01-27-2022, 11:07 AM  
Shipping within Canada vs to the USA ... BIG difference !
Posted By jpzk
Replies: 3
Views: 420
I do know about XPressPost, Priority Post and Expedited Shipping... I've used them all at some point and of course the difference in in rate$$$$ is astronomical.
Fine for very costly items and/or urgent ones but the "regular" shipping is what I'm talking about here and the difference in shipping times between cities in Canada vs between a city in Canada to the USA..
Forum: General Talk 01-27-2022, 09:41 AM  
Shipping within Canada vs to the USA ... BIG difference !
Posted By jpzk
Replies: 3
Views: 420
Hi folks.

Just a bit of complaining about shipping time within Canada vs shipping from Canada to the USA:

Sent a lens from Québec (Canada) to British Columbia (Canada): expected delivery via "regular shipping" was 3 weeks !!! :eek:
I really got worried about this. Who knows? It could have been lost, damaged, sent somewhere else, etc .
Well ... it took 5 weeks!!

Sent another lens, this time from Québec (Canada) to Florida (USA): expected delivery time via "regular shipping": 2 weeks. Why is that? It should actually take longer because of the customs. :hmm:
The lens actually reached its destination ... in ... 5 Days!! :eek:

Go figure!
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 01-23-2022, 03:51 PM  
What am I doing wrong?
Posted By jpzk
Replies: 83
Views: 4,152
Well, at least there is a general agreement with the use of f2.8 but other elements came into play here.

Next time, try smaller aperture and don't be afraid if the ISO goes up as your K3III can handle that well.
I have had good results under such conditions even with f5.6.
To try pushing it to f8 or f10 will obviously require higher ISO and you might get into grainy results but, of course, all that can be handled in PP.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 01-23-2022, 01:57 PM  
What am I doing wrong?
Posted By jpzk
Replies: 83
Views: 4,152
Agreed that the preceding shots were "somewhat in focus"(they all look a bit soft) albeit better than the last one.
This last shot though ... hard to tell why it (the camera or the operator) "behaved" that way compared to the rest of the series but I still believe it is overall caused by the combination of the conditions surrounding the scene.

Could it be that you moved (panned) differently at the end of your sequence? Could it be that for this last shot that you stopped panning all of a sudden?

Not sure ... maybe someone else will have a different perspective.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 01-23-2022, 01:17 PM  
What am I doing wrong?
Posted By jpzk
Replies: 83
Views: 4,152
The combination of f2.8 and over-the-water (condensation or some other humidity factor), the lack of contrast overall (cloudy sky that day?) and the distance would likely cause this sort of situation.
This looks OOF but it could well be "just because" of the elements described above.

I have had my fair share of shots taken "over the water" and at some distance ... certainly the wide open aperture did not help either.
Maybe I'm out to lunch with my impression(s)but that is what I think was going on.

Why were your first shots previous to this one were "somewhat in focus" ? ... would be nice to see those first shots to compare with this last one.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-21-2022, 02:02 PM  
Ricoh/Pentax new strategy: Shift to e-Commerce and "studio-style" manufacturing
Posted By jpzk
Replies: 548
Views: 30,698
Leica-style? With the associated costs?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-20-2022, 04:45 PM  
Cityscape Record of accumulated snowfall to beat in Quebec City ...
Posted By jpzk
Replies: 13
Views: 415
When was this shot taken?
Forum: Sold Items 01-20-2022, 03:33 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax D FA 150-450 - Reduced price
Posted By jpzk
Replies: 31
Views: 4,314
SOLD -

Thanks for the interest.
Forum: Sold Items 01-12-2022, 05:02 PM  
Wanted - Acquired: Vivitar 135 Close Focusing
Posted By jpzk
Replies: 4
Views: 166
So, this is the lens I have.
Let me know whether this is what you are looking for.
Dust specks OUTSIDE the front element (surface) a seen on one of the pictures.

20220112_105050 135mm lens by Natimages, on Flickr

20220112_105112 135mm lens 2 by Natimages, on Flickr
Forum: Sold Items 01-12-2022, 08:52 AM  
Wanted - Acquired: Vivitar 135 Close Focusing
Posted By jpzk
Replies: 4
Views: 166
I think I have the one you are looking for.
Let me check this today and I will be back to confirm (or not).
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-07-2022, 12:28 PM  
Six different versions of the Pentax K-3 Mark III
Posted By jpzk
Replies: 427
Views: 32,934
I don't know if this has been asked: which of the six versions takes the best pictures? ;)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-05-2022, 04:52 PM  
Nature Snowy Owl and Gyrfalcon on January 1st 2022
Posted By jpzk
Replies: 11
Views: 323
Thanks !
I'll try not to post my best shots then ... :p
Yeah, going out "in the wild" is becoming a real adventure, even when I have the energy and the guts to do it.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-03-2022, 02:00 PM  
Nature Snowy Owl and Gyrfalcon on January 1st 2022
Posted By jpzk
Replies: 11
Views: 323
Funny story with that magpie ... heart attack? !! :lol:
We're also very much retired but I am finding it tough to get walking around in the winter to go shooting, unfortunately.
The best I can manage is to drive around and hope for the best- getting suspiciously fragile in the cold.
So, thanks again!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-02-2022, 07:40 PM  
Nature Snowy Owl and Gyrfalcon on January 1st 2022
Posted By jpzk
Replies: 11
Views: 323
Thanks a bunch, Les !
Those two were "luck shots" since I was driving by and they happened to be quite close.
The Snowy was very quiet ... I could have probably been able to walk toward it at close range but I didn't want to upset her!

The Gyrfalcon .... always seem to be around that same area years after year; I wonder if that is the same one for the past few years ???
... very nervous of course.... I walked toward it while aiming the camera and took some shots. Seemingly, according to some local photographers, I am the "lucky one" ! ;)

I wish I had a 500mm lens though but, on the other hand, I don't know if I would be able to hold it up while walking and aiming at the "target"!

Best wished to you and your close ones for the year 2022!:)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-02-2022, 01:41 PM  
Nature Snowy Owl and Gyrfalcon on January 1st 2022
Posted By jpzk
Replies: 11
Views: 323
Thanks for the comment :)

The gyrfalcon (largest falcon) is a far North bird and comes "South" during the winter, so I am not surprised if you are not familiar with it where you reside! ;)

---------- Post added 01-02-22 at 03:51 PM ----------



Thanks. :)

Yes it was cold and wintery but certainly not as cold and snowy as we normally have it this time of the year.
This has been an ongoing phenomenon over the past few years ...
I suppose this has something to do with climatic changes (educated guess)?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-02-2022, 09:17 AM  
Nature Snowy Owl and Gyrfalcon on January 1st 2022
Posted By jpzk
Replies: 11
Views: 323
Not my best shots ... didn't have much time to take shots.
Nonetheless, quite happy to see those two to start the year!
Cheers!

Gyrfalcon by Natimages, on Flickr

K3A_4290-3 post by Natimages, on Flickr
Forum: Sold Items 12-25-2021, 12:07 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax D FA 150-450 - Reduced price
Posted By jpzk
Replies: 31
Views: 4,314
BUMP time.

PM's replied to.
Sale still pending for the first interested buyer.
Forum: Pentax DSLR and Camera Articles 12-19-2021, 08:48 AM  
K-3 Mark III and Firmware 1.31: Requires New Autofocus Fine Adjustment
Posted By jpzk
Replies: 35
Views: 3,004
You have earned the AFFA PhD.
Cheers! ;)
Fine work !!!
Forum: Sold Items 12-15-2021, 08:53 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax D FA 150-450 - Reduced price
Posted By jpzk
Replies: 31
Views: 4,314
Yes it is.
Send a PM if you want more info that is not described here ... although this ad is quite complete.
Cheers!

---------- Post added 12-16-21 at 04:57 PM ----------

Pending sale .
Forum: General Talk 12-12-2021, 08:33 AM  
I am terminally ill...
Posted By jpzk
Replies: 109
Views: 6,193
With the loss of a close one a few days ago here, this comes as a shock to me .... I am not very good at expressing myself in those sort of situations but be assured that I feel for you.
We all hope that this transplant will become a reality for you very soon and that the "Powers That Be" will bring renewal.

Best wishes Steve.

JP
Forum: Sold Items 12-11-2021, 09:16 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax D FA 150-450 - Reduced price
Posted By jpzk
Replies: 31
Views: 4,314
Bump !
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-09-2021, 08:36 AM  
DA* 300mm F4 discontinued?
Posted By jpzk
Replies: 42
Views: 2,350
Not that bad, trust me
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