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Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-20-2020, 05:21 PM  
Landscape 30 minutes to sunset (Pentax KP torture test)
Posted By MJKoski
Replies: 27
Views: 1,071
Rrrright! I promised a series about driving Pentax KP into a state where it could no longer be operated due to frozen controls and lens. For some reason it took two years before I finally started going through the photos shot over the period of one week in absolutely stunning conditions in Finnish Lapland in 2018. I shall write an article about this later when I am done with all the photos I would like to share.

To demonstrate the qualities of light available at this unique location, I will start with kind of harsh afternoon light which quickly turns into dramatic spectacle which then clears up when light starts to fade.

Rising front of snow and harsh wind from the east at the background:

Still blindingly bright light at 180 degrees

The snowfront rises up and starts covering direct sunlight

Magic mushrooms in the snowstorm lit by sunlight from the west

Blinding light straight into sun. Note the flare on foreground coming from my friend's Nikkor 24-70 front lens!!!

And the snowing is over but remaining clouds create some dramatic vistas, particularly when shot using a polarizer

Frozen lens surface is not very effective against bright light

And the day starts slowly fading towards the night

This is the first collection of photos from total of five which I will be posting.
Forum: General Photography 02-29-2020, 12:11 PM  
Corona virus prevention on cameras and lenses
Posted By timb64
Replies: 208
Views: 7,038
Wikipedia,that well known medical reference source (head slap emoji).

My brother,a retired GP,has a mug with the logo “Please don’t confuse your Google search with my Medical Degree!”
Forum: General Photography 02-25-2020, 06:48 AM  
Remember kids, stay off the tracks.
Posted By Ray Cox
Replies: 20
Views: 1,221
Isn't that the truth! I have seen so many foolish photographers as we all have. And it's not limited to any cultural/ethnic group. Foolishness knows no bounds.
Forum: General Photography 02-25-2020, 06:45 AM  
Remember kids, stay off the tracks.
Posted By gaweidert
Replies: 20
Views: 1,221
This is the reason that some engineers suffer from PTSD. Nothing they can really do and they certainly cannot swerve, but knowing you are not a fault does not really help any. You still have the memories.
Forum: General Photography 02-25-2020, 06:13 AM  
Remember kids, stay off the tracks.
Posted By gump
Replies: 20
Views: 1,221
This is not appropriate. In my experience I have seen many ethnic and cultural groups doing dumb/dangerous things, even individuals wearing cameras.
Forum: General Photography 02-25-2020, 04:18 AM  
Remember kids, stay off the tracks.
Posted By gump
Replies: 20
Views: 1,221
Been photographing railroad stuff off and on for over 50 years. My dad, granddad, and two uncles worked for the railroad for 40+ years. Safety was drilled into me. So grumpy old guy says, I don't know how many time I have seen this. I will take the chance and say something to people. Surprisingly, the response by parents or others to "That is REALLY not a good idea." is positive rather than anger. I tell kids that it scares the engineer. They seem to respond.
Forum: General Photography 02-25-2020, 04:14 AM  
Remember kids, stay off the tracks.
Posted By pjv
Replies: 20
Views: 1,221
That particular gene pool is quite shallow methinks. :eek:
Forum: General Photography 02-25-2020, 03:23 AM  
Remember kids, stay off the tracks.
Posted By timb64
Replies: 20
Views: 1,221
Never underestimate the stoopidity of people!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-21-2020, 07:54 AM  
Thrilled with my “New” K10D
Posted By Frjeff
Replies: 46
Views: 1,738
Received my “EX” rated K10D from KEH yesterday. It appears to have never been used - not a mark on it and spotless inside. Ran the shutter count on the online EXIF reader on this forum and it says: 3751. If that is accurate, previous owners did not shoot very often. Serial # is: 2320308

Picked up a spotless 18-135 from a photo club member who was getting rid of all of his Pentax gear to move to SONY. Tried it out on the K10D and was blown away. Great colors and detail.

Imported 10 .PEF images into my ON1 Photo Raw 2020 and they all were perfectly editable. ON1 had the K10D camera profile and did the proper lens correction for the 18-135. Images had zero Color cast, hue, etc. Just nice! No dust spots or such on any of the images.

I’m pretty geeked and happy with this acquisition. Will be FUN!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-08-2020, 06:33 PM  
Passing of Yvon Bourque
Posted By bobell69
Replies: 77
Views: 5,135
Yvone was a well liked individual who dedicated so much of his time to sharing his knowledge of cameras. When I purchased my K10D many years ago it was Yvon who helped to get around the camera and understand its workings. He responded to a number of my emails answering a wide range of questions.

When Yvon began to travel pulling a trailer all through the US and Canada I followed his exploits on his excellent blog. He will be missed and our community has lost a very special person. RIP Yvon
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-08-2020, 05:29 PM  
Passing of Yvon Bourque
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 77
Views: 5,135
Ah, dear me. That's sad news indeed, Adam :( Thank you for letting us know.

Yvon's ebooks were of great benefit to many here, including me (I have three of them)... and, in my brief dealings with him by e-mail, he seemed like a lovely chap.

My sincere condolences and love to Yvon's family at this difficult time...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-08-2020, 03:20 AM  
Nature Owl
Posted By Riddler
Replies: 18
Views: 519
Owl catching dinner
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-07-2020, 01:29 PM  
Cotton Hand Strap
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 7
Views: 782
The Spider Pro hand strap gives you a tighter adjustment and is more secure IMO, it just feels better and easier to slip your hand into since it's formed differently, but the cost is a whole lot more than the Cotton. Four times as much unless you can find a bargain one. Some would not consider it worth the premium, but I own three of them and obviously wouldn't agree.

Your CottonCarrier is a fine accessory, highly recommended over a wrist strap, and one I used for a short while or one almost identical to it (no idea where it is now).Others will thank you for noting it might not be ideal for smaller hands which I'd not seen mentioned before.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-25-2019, 12:45 PM  
Are there any geriatric Camera bag solutions out there? I turned 50 and....
Posted By -JW-
Replies: 31
Views: 2,350
Most has already been said about the camera bags, but instead of a different camera bag, what about an extra camera? GR III or a cheap GR II, might be perfect for those lunch breaks and you just put it in your pocket.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-26-2020, 02:55 PM  
Lens wrapping tape.
Posted By Ian Stuart Forsyth
Replies: 20
Views: 1,005
They have their own adhesive that will not leave any residue after removal, I have taken off the wraps on riflescopes after a few years use without any residue. I don't like using the cling wrap that is basically the latex medical wrap but in camo print as that latex can break down and leave the lens body sticky .

You Tube

When I apply the wrap I do so on a hot day to form it to the lens barrel rather than using a heatgun

Many of the lens that are used outdoors or carry around I have wrapped

Most of the time all I use is scissors to cut the wrap into shape and a blade to trim off the extra. before applying make sure that any grease is removed for the surface you are going to apply the wrap too.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-19-2020, 04:02 PM  
Lens wrapping tape.
Posted By Ian Stuart Forsyth
Replies: 20
Views: 1,005
It is indeed for use on a kayak, its spring loaded such that it remains locked in either the upright and lower positions

Use it in rivers and lakes all over the place ;)
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-19-2020, 12:41 AM  
Lens wrapping tape.
Posted By Ian Stuart Forsyth
Replies: 20
Views: 1,005
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-09-2020, 07:08 PM  
Landscape Abandoned settlements and mines.
Posted By mkgd1
Replies: 21
Views: 1,344
Delamar NV was a bustling town of 3000 inhabitants with a large gold mine nicknamed "widow maker" because of the high occurrence of silicosis caused by dry washing the quartz rock. It was finally abandoned in the nineteen thirties.
Taken with my Fuji bridge camera in 2018
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-08-2020, 02:43 PM  
Lens wrapping tape.
Posted By Kerrowdown
Replies: 20
Views: 1,005
I can recommend Camo Form, the self cling camouflage wrap by McNett Corporation. :)

I used it on my "HM The Queen" SMC Pentax 500mm F4.5 to conceal her modesty. ;)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-31-2019, 10:21 AM  
Tamron Adaptall-2 SP 200-500mm F5.6 (31A) giving me the Blues
Posted By luftfluss
Replies: 19
Views: 881
Here's a close-up which shows the CA better...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-31-2019, 10:17 AM  
Tamron Adaptall-2 SP 200-500mm F5.6 (31A) giving me the Blues
Posted By Lowell Goudge
Replies: 19
Views: 881
Zoom in on the tip of the tail, green Fringe on the leFt side red-purple on the right side of the tip. Not really a lot but a little there
Forum: Photo Critique 12-24-2019, 12:07 AM  
Abstract Yes, it's a standard tourist shot, but I'd like a critique anyway
Posted By robysue
Replies: 31
Views: 1,340
I live about 30 minutes away from Niagara Falls. So we go up there several times a year. This shot is from several years ago. The rainbow with the Maid of the Mist really caught my eye.


1) There is actually a double rainbow, but the second one is very faint and is lost in the falls. But that's why the color of the water of the falls might not be totally consistent.

2) The primary rainbow really was that bright and distinct. :)

3) Focal length on the zoom was 28mm

Maid of the Mist with rainbow(s) by Robin Sanders, on Flickr
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 12-31-2019, 09:28 AM  
Pentax Lenses Falling Apart - Stripped Internal Screws
Posted By redpit
Replies: 88
Views: 3,976
How did this happened? It was shaking and you figured out that something inside was getting loose or did it snapped in two pieces? That’s unacceptable for a professional 5K lens that is supposed to be rugged and proper for outdoors wildlife photography... :(
Forum: Pentax Q 11-27-2018, 08:53 PM  
Soratama for Pentax Q
Posted By PancakeFlipper
Replies: 26
Views: 3,134
I have one and I use it exactly as the website suggests with extension tubes and step-up rings. I find it’s fun and creative. Here is one I took with the set-up. I also like to take firework photos with this. I find you need to keep this lens really spotless or the spots show up since you are focusing on the ball’s image

PENTAX | ?? soratama
HD PENTAX-DA 35mmF2.8 Macro Limited
Focal Length: 35mm(35mm equivalent:53.5mm)
Soratama Extension tube length: 50mm(10mm+20mm+20mm)
Macro Extension Tube: No need
Step-up ring: 49-72mm
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-13-2019, 08:00 AM  
Well, I was put in my place.
Posted By Vmax911
Replies: 163
Views: 9,134
I didn't even know we had an exclusive gallery!
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