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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-12-2017, 04:53 PM  
Thieves broke in my Van Last night.....Stole a new K-1 , other camera and bag !
Posted By Dlanor Sekao
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One time while driving back into the USA from a short trip across the (undisclosed) border....I had an Agent at an (undisclosed) border crossing more interested in the contents of my Ice Chest than anything else ! In the end they seized a sealed unopened package of Bacon that was actually bought in the USA and not used.
I had a gentleman come out of the secondary inspection area in a Hazmat suit and gloves to sieze it...!
No....I'm NOT Kidding.


PS.....Someone call 911....Parrallax just had a heart attack upon hearing this Unpardonable Action taken against Bacon !.

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Thank You.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-12-2017, 03:33 PM  
Thieves broke in my Van Last night.....Stole a new K-1 , other camera and bag !
Posted By Dlanor Sekao
Replies: 219
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I would kinda like this thread to make it to Tuesday after I go get my things in El Paso and can Post here after I see what the outcome actually is.
Then if it deteriorates into a Pile of Gunk....well.....then so it goes.


At this point all I can constructively say is...."GPS ROCKS" !
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-12-2017, 12:54 PM  
Thieves broke in my Van Last night.....Stole a new K-1 , other camera and bag !
Posted By Dlanor Sekao
Replies: 219
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As a Nation ?....Are You Sure of that ? Because I can bring ANY Handgun into Canada per Canadian Law that has a Barrel length of 4.2 inches or more........ Revolver or Pistol.....never had a problem.
One thing that Canada and the US has in common.....We ALL.....Love our Guns !
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-12-2017, 08:23 AM  
Heading to New York, New York...
Posted By Dlanor Sekao
Replies: 36
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I know when I went my Priorities were simple...Statue of Liberty , Central Park , and B&H Photo.......lol.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-12-2017, 06:21 AM  
Heading to New York, New York...
Posted By Dlanor Sekao
Replies: 36
Views: 2,933
Yes , you are overthinking it too much ! I would be much more concerned about driving and parking as a priority.
Some places don't allow large Bags and Backpacks , and scrutinize them closely.
Take either camera and a wider zoom with spare battery and you will be just fine.


New York is a lot of Fun.....IF.....someone else is doing all the driving.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-12-2017, 05:41 AM  
Thieves broke in my Van Last night.....Stole a new K-1 , other camera and bag !
Posted By Dlanor Sekao
Replies: 219
Views: 20,035
Actually....IF firearms weren't involved all this would have most likely gone NOWHERE in spite of having a GPS location.
Trust me on this....They have much more pressing things to do than Chase down a Camera theft no matter how expensive it is.
El Paso is an extremely crime ridden city. As it was , it took over 4 hours for them to respond , and this was considered rather Low Priority !
That's exactly what I was told over the phone by an Officer.
It may be a sad state of affairs......just the way it is.

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You heard it here First......Americans are notoriously Stupid when taking firearms into/across Canada.
When they aren't Declared properly they are seized and Destroyed. You do NOT get them back !
Now as far as Crossing the Canadian Border.....They are ALL Business and aren't Friendly at all and for the most part they are Jerks. They can make your life really miserable for a few hours if they want to .


Crossing into the USA....is actually a Joke !!! Between Canada , Mexico , and the USA......Its obvious the Canadians actually CARE about who come's into their country , and what they bring. They scrutinize everything , play by all the Laws and Rules , and use extreme Vetting when needed. To me its quite intimidating at times.

Crossing into the USA and Mexico.......they Just Don't Care ! Its a Complete Joke !
I say this from experience.....about 40 trips to Mexico.....10 trips to Canada.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-10-2017, 05:45 PM  
Thieves broke in my Van Last night.....Stole a new K-1 , other camera and bag !
Posted By Dlanor Sekao
Replies: 219
Views: 20,035
Received a call today. I go to get all my stuff back on Monday !
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-10-2017, 03:06 PM  
Im ALL In.......waited 20 years
Posted By Dlanor Sekao
Replies: 32
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I do look at it that way. But then again Im also still in the "Drooling" Stage as I look at others work. ......I still have a long ways to go.

One thing I have figured out it to never try and emulate someone else's work......I seek my own Path.
I no longer seek acceptance in the photography forums , and simply pursue my own Visions of what I am trying to create and convey.
Once in a while it all comes together in a miraculous way , and I know that I'm close ......when I take my own Breath Away !
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-10-2017, 02:05 PM  
Im ALL In.......waited 20 years
Posted By Dlanor Sekao
Replies: 32
Views: 3,095
Exactly ! That's why I love my Bower and Sammy 14mm so much on the K-1. It really didn't matter if it was the DA or the DFA....its still a 25mm lens that's very hard to come by.
Honestly....if there was something a bit wider for the 645Z....I would have started there.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-10-2017, 01:54 PM  
Im ALL In.......waited 20 years
Posted By Dlanor Sekao
Replies: 32
Views: 3,095
As far as my aspirations....Landscape's and a little Fine Art Photography thrown into the mix are my interests.
When I saw that lens....that closed the deal for me. I'm still pinching myself.....lol.
I will get a 90mm soon , as that's my next choice in lenses , but most likely in a "A" form.
Don't know what brand , but a set of plates are already on the body , along with a long list of accessories that were included with the purchase.
I currently use the Nodal Ninja on my K-1's and K3II for multiple shot Panos , but will most likely have to step up to something else as it wont work with the 645z....at least I highly doubt it will anyway as I don't have a lot of Rail adjustment left for a larger body as the 645Z.....we shall see.
I'm so excited ....the next ten days are going to pass slowly.....waiting for it to get here.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-10-2017, 01:20 PM  
Im ALL In.......waited 20 years
Posted By Dlanor Sekao
Replies: 32
Views: 3,095
No...I'm NOT A PRO by definition. However....I use a camera and a couple tele lenses to document insurance Fraud cases that are going nowhere. Seldom do I get a Payoff , but when I do it can be very handsome.


Example....
A 87 yr old extremely healthy and wealthy woman claimed a theft of all her Jewelry in her home that had an extensive alarm system (appx $280,000 worth of jewelry)
Police were summoned and she accused a local disabled man friend of doing it that had occasionally had dinner at her house and played cards.
I spent 37 nights.....very covertly documenting the accused mans activities coming and going from the home even though he was the accused thief , local day trips together , various outings together , lots of hugs , lots of kisses... even them having sex in an open garage late one night along with some other intimate activities that I wont go into on a quite frequent and routine basis.
Yet the whole time of the investigation by the insurance company and police.....she continued to accuse him and Hated his guts....he would never enter her home again and the friendship was Over !!! Hmmmm.....Really ?
The photographic evidence I provided eventually ended up with a confession from her when confronted. The man knew all along he had been used by her , and ALL the Jewelry was in her wealthy sisters safe on the east coast and was seized by the police there.
No Insurance Claim was paid and ultimately ended up in a conviction (Plea Bargain) for the greedy little old lady.
My Payment for this....? Lets just say it covered the 645Z and lenses I bought last night !

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Nope....Galleries , Prints , and Public Events would be the Icing on the Cake for any aspiring Photographer !
What I do is much more sinister in the Dark and Evil side of life !
Read the above Response.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-10-2017, 09:25 AM  
Im ALL In.......waited 20 years
Posted By Dlanor Sekao
Replies: 32
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I did not take the aspect ratio / format ratio into consideration at all.
I found no difference in noise between the K-1 and the 645Z in the low ISO settings , yet I'm not one to get down to Nitpicking every spec to death.
Simply comparing single file ... to single file....the 645Z wins hands down.
I could not notice any difference through my observation of an advantage of the 645Z over the K-1 in the dynamic Range. In fact I found the opposite to be true ....but very slight.
That was my personal observation after 2 days of shooting in Utah...Yours may be different.
In a Nut Shell....Resolution wins ! And we both know the 645Z is King !
I only had it rented for 3 days , so not much that I say probably holds much water.
I need to get to the Bank and do a electronic transfer......in a couple weeks I will know Much More !
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-10-2017, 07:28 AM  
Im ALL In.......waited 20 years
Posted By Dlanor Sekao
Replies: 32
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lol.....I assure You that I don't "NEED" a 645Z. I simply want one.
To date my photography and gear has paid for itself at least twice , if not 3 or 4 times over , so cost is essentially Zero.
My Travel and Photography budget is Shot in the Ankles for a few months , but other than that I'm fine.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-09-2017, 10:05 PM  
Cold Feet Selling a Lens
Posted By Dlanor Sekao
Replies: 18
Views: 1,255
Just tell her it was ON SALE !
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-09-2017, 09:08 PM  
Im ALL In.......waited 20 years
Posted By Dlanor Sekao
Replies: 32
Views: 3,095
I actually consider it almost a dead heat as far as image quality between the two , with a slight edge going to the 645Z. I own several K-1's , and have rented a 645Z for a weekend . Dynamic range gets a very slight edge on the K-1......overall the 645Z is amazing and hands down is slightly more impressive than the K-1 , but not by much.
what really was the selling point for me is simply the image size. I can do 6-9 shots and stitch on the 645 , whereas it takes me double that or more on the K-1.
I went through 6 months of anguish if I should get the 645D , 645Z , or just continue with the K-1.
In the end it actually came down to my lens choice. I was actually afraid the DA25mm lens would be impossible to find at nearly any price. I stumbled on a good deal through a professional Photography contact/friend. we discussed this for about 6 hours on the phone.......in the end....He paused to think about it.....I "Pounced" on the deal.
who knows where all this will end up......lol.

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DA version

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Ohhh Myyy.....How correct You are.....lol.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-09-2017, 08:50 PM  
Im ALL In.......waited 20 years
Posted By Dlanor Sekao
Replies: 32
Views: 3,095
I will plan something special.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-09-2017, 08:38 PM  
Im ALL In.......waited 20 years
Posted By Dlanor Sekao
Replies: 32
Views: 3,095
I just couldn't help myself. After shooting medium format back in the day with a Pentax 67II and a Mamiya RZ67 Pro II......I couldn't help myself and make excuses any longer.
Tonight I went ALL IN and ordered a 645Z with the DA 25mm lens and a DFA 35mm lens .......I really, really , really......Broke the Bank !
Will be selling at least 1 of my K-1's and a couple lenses.....but Hey.... a guy only lives once !


BTW.....I bought very lightly used. The body has 1100 clicks and the 25mm lens is mint in box..... I purchased from a private sale in Japan.
I feel like I got a very good deal at $12K
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-09-2017, 08:13 PM  
Cold Feet Selling a Lens
Posted By Dlanor Sekao
Replies: 18
Views: 1,255
That's it !
My Ricoh Rikenon 105mm Macro , just came OFF the Pentax Forums "For Sale" chopping block.....I'm keeping it !
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-08-2017, 09:46 AM  
Thieves broke in my Van Last night.....Stole a new K-1 , other camera and bag !
Posted By Dlanor Sekao
Replies: 219
Views: 20,035
Dishonesty and Corruption......just go with the Job of being a Politician.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-08-2017, 06:26 AM  
Thieves broke in my Van Last night.....Stole a new K-1 , other camera and bag !
Posted By Dlanor Sekao
Replies: 219
Views: 20,035
I just upgraded my complete Insurance coverage yesterday , worked on even better security for my Van while travelling , bought several new fangled inexpensive GPS/Location products , and managed to get almost 8 hours sleep last night.


Here is LINK for GPS/Locators I just bought....10 for less than $120....its not GPS.....its Fancy Magic Blue tooth Technology of some sort.....lol. It DOES NOT Replace a standard GPS Locator.


https://buy.thetrackr.co/gu/special-offers/15/?utm_source=1160&sub_id=174893

We are up early this morning drinking coffee and my Lady companion just suggested that "Maybe" I should get a fresh new K-1 as the one stolen was now "Tainted" by the thief's scummy Essence.....lol.

I just love her thinking..........Now I'm ........Thinking.....Thinking.......Thinking......and my "BUY" finger is getting real Twitchy !
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-08-2017, 06:17 AM  
Which camera after 7 years with K-x
Posted By Dlanor Sekao
Replies: 55
Views: 4,111
I think you want a KS2 or K70.....both have all the bells and whistles PLUS Live View and Focus peaking.
If I had to choose for you....it would be a KS2....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-07-2017, 09:31 PM  
Adaptist?
Posted By Dlanor Sekao
Replies: 15
Views: 2,017
Yes.....read the Link !
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-07-2017, 09:20 PM  
Adaptist?
Posted By Dlanor Sekao
Replies: 15
Views: 2,017
there is no trade off. I have two of them. One is on a K3-II , the other on a KS2.
I like shooting in manual mode with vintage lenses , and this gives me a Whole New World to play in !


Here is the Link.... http://adaptist.weebly.com/pentax-k-multi-mount-wr-version.html
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-07-2017, 05:42 PM  
Thieves broke in my Van Last night.....Stole a new K-1 , other camera and bag !
Posted By Dlanor Sekao
Replies: 219
Views: 20,035
Not at all....just takes time on their schedule.

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Thanks....I was able to take a break from all this today and also got 8 hours of sleep......finally....lol.
Working on More security on my Van. I'm supposed to be headed to Florida for a couple months , but this has temporarily changed my schedule.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-06-2017, 10:16 PM  
Thieves broke in my Van Last night.....Stole a new K-1 , other camera and bag !
Posted By Dlanor Sekao
Replies: 219
Views: 20,035
Thanks ! Now I will have nightmares If and when I sleep !.....lol.
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