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Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-10-2019, 09:31 PM  
Nature Anna's Hummingbird in snow
Posted By vitc
Replies: 10
Views: 650
Thank you, and wow - what you tell is amazing! The birds around my place don't trust me as much yet. It would be really awesome if you could take of picture of this. I am looking forward to see it!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-09-2019, 05:22 PM  
Nature Anna's Hummingbird in snow
Posted By vitc
Replies: 10
Views: 650
Thank you! I am sorry for the confusion - English in my second language. You are correct, they didn't walk :) What I meant is that hummingbirds are usually very cautious creatures and don't let people approach close - they fly away. And they spend a lot of time in air. In this weather, however, they try to keep heat. So, they sit in a tree close to the feeder, with feathers fluffed, not moving much. They let approach them closer, because flying means losing heat. I guess that's why I was able to approach the bird close enough to take the picture.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-09-2019, 11:16 AM  
Nature Anna's Hummingbird in snow
Posted By vitc
Replies: 10
Views: 650
Seattle is covered with snow for the last few days, and we've got more overnight. I guess it's hard time for hummingbirds - all food is covered with snow and frozen. I try to keep the syrup in my feeder warm, and the birds appear in minutes once I bring the feeder outside. It's too cold to fly, so they let me approach a little bit closer than usual.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-15-2018, 09:50 AM  
DA* 11-18mm f/2.8 is to have a defog option for astrophotography?
Posted By vitc
Replies: 68
Views: 9,698
I believe the second switch is: "* Focus clamp function that can fix the focus position at an arbitrary place"

From: RICOH to Exhibit One Reference Product at CP+ 2018 Camera and Imaging Show?RICOH IMAGING
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-26-2018, 06:42 PM  
Ricoh to Exhibit DFA*50 and DA*11-18 at CP+
Posted By vitc
Replies: 84
Views: 11,418
Awesome, the press-release explains the purpose of the second switch on 11-18 barrel: "Focus clamp function that can fix the focus position at an arbitrary place"
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-25-2017, 10:29 PM  
HD Pentax-DA★ 11-18mm f/2.8
Posted By vitc
Replies: 474
Views: 62,423
Without the switch, catch in focus will not work on motorized lenses.
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-15-2017, 01:07 AM  
Advice requested regarding K-1
Posted By vitc
Replies: 31
Views: 2,415
Since you are pretty happy with the camera itself, why not to replace the soft lenses with sharp ones? Pentax makes a lot of good APS-C glass, and it's not expensive, especially if you buy used. You'll benefit from their compact size, which matches the compact K5Ii body, more convenient zoom ranges, and possibly full weather proof setup. If I had the same choice, I'd take 16-50/2.8 + 50-135/2.8 + couple DA Limiteds. All together they would cost about as much as bare K-1 body.
Please keep in mind that K-1 is bigger and heavier than K-5, and might require extra investments, like memory cards/computer upgrade/newer software.
I have both cameras (K-1 and K-5II), and still cannot let K-5 go. I really enjoy its compact size, and take it when travelling overseas.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-22-2017, 12:59 PM  
DFA*50 1.4 coming
Posted By vitc
Replies: 3,156
Views: 302,956
None of them is fully satisfactory at K-1. There is a real need for a new 50mm lens.
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-14-2016, 11:50 AM  
Pentax K-1 Near Original Sale Price
Posted By vitc
Replies: 20
Views: 2,466
I talked to Optics Planet this morning regarding the order I made. They told the camera is on back order, so I asked them to cancel my order. They agreed. Hope it's end of the story.
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-13-2016, 11:18 PM  
Pentax K-1 Near Original Sale Price
Posted By vitc
Replies: 20
Views: 2,466
They state they are authorized dealers for everything they sell: OpticsPlanet - Authorized Dealer
I just decided to try and ordered yesterday. We'll see in couple days how it goes.
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-13-2016, 07:07 PM  
Pentax K-1 Near Original Sale Price
Posted By vitc
Replies: 20
Views: 2,466
Please note Optics Planet is currently offering a 10% off coupon, valid till the EOD 11/14. With the coupon, the camera price is $1583.
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 11-03-2016, 10:42 AM  
Sticky: Dear Pentax
Posted By vitc
Replies: 1,329
Views: 392,528
Dear Pentax,

I'd love to see IBIS on par with new Olympus E-M1 MkII, or better. It can take sharp pictures with exposures of few seconds long. Actually, I saw sharp enough shots taken with 15 seconds(!) exposure handheld. Such stabilization gives a lot of new opportunities. Being able to shoot long exposures - waterfalls and running water, light rails, reflections in lakes, blurred motion, etc. any time you have your camera with you is really cool. Hiking to a remote waterfall and not carrying around a heavy tripos would let one go way further.
Olympus states performance of their IBIS is limited by effects of Earth rotation on gyroscopes. But you can do better! Pentax cameras already have all necessary sensors - GPS, levels, compass - to cancel effects of Earth rotation on gyroscopes.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-05-2016, 09:59 PM  
Cityscape Colorful city
Posted By vitc
Replies: 4
Views: 921
Thank you! Maybe I just was lucky: it was of those seldom days (or nights) when I could spend an hour or two with my camera. Wish I could do it more often...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-04-2016, 08:46 AM  
Cityscape Colorful city
Posted By vitc
Replies: 4
Views: 921
Seattle waterfront last night.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-16-2016, 11:56 PM  
Nature Snoqualmie Falls tonight
Posted By vitc
Replies: 4
Views: 644
A night shot of Snoqualmie Falls near Seattle
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-13-2016, 09:04 AM  
Nature Up the trunk
Posted By vitc
Replies: 2
Views: 474
Thank you, Antonio! Your comment is very encouraging!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-12-2016, 09:58 PM  
Nature Up the trunk
Posted By vitc
Replies: 2
Views: 474
I like how these small plants look climbing the trunk of a tree. Got the picture in local botanic garden.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-11-2016, 11:56 PM  
Nature White cyclamens
Posted By vitc
Replies: 2
Views: 533
These beautiful flowers are like small white flames.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-08-2016, 12:07 PM  
Nature Great Blue Heron at 1000mm
Posted By vitc
Replies: 4
Views: 618
Yes, you are absolutely correct! It's an old lens back from soviet days. When I got it 20 years ago, it was already a used one. It's well made and in good mechanical shape, but still difficult with work with because of huge focal length and lack of resolution. Focusing is challenging: when you barely touch the lens, this tiny shake is enough to make the live view image fly back and forth across the camera screen. Keeping it still during the shot to get more or less sharp pictures is extremely difficult, too.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-06-2016, 08:12 PM  
Nature Great Blue Heron at 1000mm
Posted By vitc
Replies: 4
Views: 618
Thank you!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-06-2016, 06:10 PM  
Nature Great Blue Heron at 1000mm
Posted By vitc
Replies: 4
Views: 618
Tried my very old lens on Pentax K5II. It's a reflex lens with fixed aperture F/11 and focal length 1000mm.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-01-2016, 12:45 AM  
Nature A branch
Posted By vitc
Replies: 1
Views: 461
Taken on a walk in a park tonight.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 07-25-2016, 09:41 AM  
Point & Shoot Competition #102 - Clouds
Posted By vitc
Replies: 44
Views: 3,354
It's Moscow, close to Rechnoy Vokzal.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 07-25-2016, 01:01 AM  
Point & Shoot Competition #102 - Clouds
Posted By vitc
Replies: 44
Views: 3,354
Storm is coming (Lumia 950xl)
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 06-13-2016, 11:11 PM  
HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW
Posted By vitc
Replies: 15
Views: 4,311
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