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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 2 Days Ago  
ILC Market Shares - interesting...
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 18
Views: 838
Rondec says ;

" I do watch people's brand choices for ILCs when I am out and about and in the parks of the United States, I have not seen any Fuji cameras or Olympus cameras and only a few Sony. Mostly it is Canon and some Nikon."

I'm from the Canadian prairies and in my burg, I see pretty well what you see;

Same here, Canon dominates, then Nikon but not as common, a few Sony...and I think I've seen one Fuji, no Olympus...but a couple of Pentax in the past year or so.

The odd thing is that at the very few camera stores left in town anymore..there are stocks of Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji and Olympus, but no Pentax stock in the store. If you want Pentax here, you have to order yourself through online...or..alternately the local camera stores will order Pentax equipment..which is what I do, I can get extended warranty from the store.

So I don't know who is buying Fuji, Olympus out here. There seems to be about the same numbers of Sony as Pentax at the events I go to. But even that has changed markedly. About 3-5 years ago I go to an event and there would be about 5-7 people with a 'good' camera...a DSLR mostly. Now generally when I'm walking around an event, a lot of times, I'm the only individual with a DSLR...or mirrorless camera. The swing towards people using their cell phone for photography has been marked.

At bird watching events where a long telephoto is required, I see good cameras with local street events though, invariably cell phones are the choice and some of these cell phones are capable of excellent results in venues where extreme telephotos are not required.

When I walk around events with my K5 or K-1 and wide angle zoom, I believe I have now...over the past few years...morphed into an 'eccentric' in the view of other individuals . :lol:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 3 Days Ago  
Nature Double Vision
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 4
Views: 129
That first photograph is exceptional...great timing on your part.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 5 Days Ago  
The Sony a7 III Might Have Ruined Canon's Plans For Their Mirrorless System
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 19
Views: 753
I know it will. I still have my 1968 Pentax S1a, that I bought new in 1968 and it still works...and it's been through a lot over the years. It was originally bought as a work tool when I worked at a publishing company back then . But as I changed careers it changed it's status to amateur and I've used it off and on for a little over 50 years now.

I've been a Pentaxian most of my life and I've found my K-1 to be a wonderful camera.
Forum: General Talk 5 Days Ago  
THIS is what I"m listening to today
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 5
Views: 199
Lovely rendition. Here's one of my favourites from the '60's. Sunny, by Bobby Hebb.

Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 5 Days Ago  
The Sony a7 III Might Have Ruined Canon's Plans For Their Mirrorless System
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 19
Views: 753
I note that the article says;

"Canon, on the other hand, has a fully developed system that is soon to be obsolete due to needing to move to mirrorless"

I think they are referring to Canon's DSLR full frame system. If Canon needs to move to mirrorless...why did I buy a little over a year ago a full frame DSLR, my Pentax K1 ?

I always seem to be a couple of steps behind . ;)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
Macro Color
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 7
Views: 226
Your composition 'fills' the eyes. I like it.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-17-2018, 01:17 PM  
Backyard Wild Animals Contest Sparrowhawk with blackbird
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 5
Views: 308
An exceptional wildlife capture.
Forum: General Talk 05-16-2018, 09:55 AM  
First driving experiences....what vehicles, who with, interesting stories..
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 31
Views: 848
I checked out the engine that the '57 Chrysler Windsor had. It was a 2 barrel carburetor, 354 cubic inch V8.

Interesting engine, in that the block, crank, etc...was the same that the first generation Hemi used, but as you indicated it wasn't a hemi. It had different heads which were poly-spherical rather than hemi- spherical.

Three hundred and fifty four cubic inches is a big engine and the '57 Windsor version put out a healthy amount of horsepower...285, which would of moved that Windsor along quite well.

Our neighbour had a '56 Windsor. I remember him as he had a grandson, my age, who I would play with when he was over visiting. In their rec room the neighbour had a polar bear hide, used as a rug. In the northern part of the province I live in, the polar bear is quite common. This was a long time ago, in the 1950's .

I remember the Triumph TR -3. What a sharp looking English sportscar especially with those downward sloping doors. When I was a junior high student, one of the science/math teachers had a TR-3. I recall getting a very close look at the TR's wonderful styling one afternoon...while pushing him out of a snow drift. :D
Forum: General Talk 05-15-2018, 06:29 PM  
First driving experiences....what vehicles, who with, interesting stories..
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 31
Views: 848
A Packard is quite a car, huge as you say.

I learned to drive on a full sized '61 Ford, inline six, 3 on the tree standard transmission, non power steering...about 3700 lbs. Parallel parking was not great. They used to call these old domestic cars 'Detroit Iron'...and after I first drove the big Ford...I understood how that name came about. :D

BTW, what model of '57 Chrysler did your parents have ? If memory serves me Chrysler was still using the first generation Hemi V8 in most of their Chrysler line. A lot of punch power wise, I would imagine.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-14-2018, 06:05 PM  
Nature Some residents and a few visitors from the backyard.
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 11
Views: 286
Well done ! Sharp, great background...also some entertaining; house sparrows. :D
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-14-2018, 02:49 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #140 - Poll (Boats - April 2018)
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 56
Views: 4,725
# 13 seagulls on a boat is my first choice. I must add, what an impressive collection of wonderful photos.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-14-2018, 02:18 PM  
Machinery Problems with starting the engine
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 8
Views: 303
The 2WD Ural and sidecar is offered in North America and is a popular option. I do think it's a fascinating vehicle. :D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-14-2018, 10:41 AM  
Machinery Problems with starting the engine
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 8
Views: 303
I bet you you and your father had a lot of memorable adventures on the Ural. :D

I think they're a very useful motorcycle combination. They have a 2 WD mechanism and with appropriately lugged tires can access a lot of areas with difficult terrain. Our family farm in western Canada was sold a long time ago, but I've often thought a Ural and sidecar with it's 2WD engaged, off road tires fitted, rugged build quality and good ground clearance would be a useful, utility vehicle on a farm or ranch out here.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-13-2018, 12:25 PM  
Landscape Kirkstone Pass - heading for Scotland ...
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 3
Views: 153
Road appears a bit damp, but looks like it could be enjoyable place to ride a motorcycle . What make/model/cc's bike is that ? From here looks faintly BMW GS..ish. :) Nice skid plate.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-12-2018, 07:42 PM  
Machinery Problems with starting the engine
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 8
Views: 303
Thanks for the info. It was very interesting. My city which is very cold in the winter...has periods of -30 t0 -35 every winter, sometimes a bit colder . Anyways for a few years there was an avid winter motorcyclist here and he would ride his Ural motorcycle combination side car...with his dog as passenger during the winter depths on occasion.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-12-2018, 06:32 PM  
Help picking a walk-about shoulder bag
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 22
Views: 1,662
I don't exactly know how well a Domke F2 Original bag (or any bag for that matter) would fit the stuff you want....without trying it out, but my favourite bag is this Domke. It's a shoulder strap bag...the Domke strap BTW is quite good and grippy. I've had lots of different bags over 50 years, including LowePro and I have to say, my favourite is the Domke F2 Original...hands down.

It would be great if there was a camera store handy near you that handled these bags, that way you could take a look to see if it meets your needs and standards.

Didn't read the last post from the OP. See he has chosen a bag and like it. Congrats on your selection, Erictator. :D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-12-2018, 04:48 PM  
Machinery Problems with starting the engine
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 8
Views: 303
Nice picture of people in action and old sidecar inaction. :D

Wouldn't want to push start that old motorcycle and combination.:D

Is that an old WW2 military BMW motorcycle / sidecar or a Russian/Chinese copy ?
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-11-2018, 08:55 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 11,988
Views: 1,954,445
Exceptional...composition, lighting...has it all.
Forum: General Talk 05-08-2018, 03:38 PM  
First driving experiences....what vehicles, who with, interesting stories..
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 31
Views: 848
I learned how to do the starting on a steep incline ..using hand (emergency) brake, clutch and gas...out of a need to avoid crashing into the vehicle behind me...on a slope. :D My first car, a '61 VW Beetle was my vehicle at the time.

Studebaker actually had a device called a 'hill holder' that accomplished this process.

Way back around 1971, I was a university student who also drove a variety of commercial trucks for a company I worked for. The company was very generous and allowed me to take different trucks home for the night and I would drive them to U., than work, immediately after classes.

One early morning, my mother and a neighbour lady were waiting at a bus stop, late to work as there had been a snow storm that previous night and traffic was badly delayed in the city. I asked them to hop inside the truck and I would get them to work. Unfortuanelty the truck I was driving at the time, was a large commercial had just the driver's seat and no where to sit, except for a couple of upended wooden boxes...and two inner wheel wells over the rear axle's wheels/tires.

The ride was uneventful, until I was stuck on an underpass incline..on an icy, snow covered road. The truck had a manual transmission and an on/off lever actuated emergency brake...the brake lever was on the left side of the cab.

Traffic started to move and I let out the clutch..the truck couldn't get traction and started to slowly slide backwards...I could see a late '60's Rambler in my side mirror...panicking with his front wheels crossed...wondering if my heavier truck was going to slide slowly into him. He was at the bottom of the hill about 15 feet behind the rear of the truck.

I hit the brakes to hold the truck..directed my mom and her friend to choose one wheel well each and sit on it...'for traction'... I yelled. They started laughing :D at the thought of them being regarded as mobile traction and promptly sat on top of the inner wheel well of their 'choice'.

I put the truck in 2nd gear...slipped the clutch a bit...slammed the emergency brake on and off...and the truck started to get traction...think the effect was to give the truck...sort of a locking axle...using the emergency brake and slipping the clutch. Whatever it worked..yeah the axle hopped a bit, but the truck got traction and mom and her buddy got to worse for wear.
Forum: General Talk 05-06-2018, 09:03 PM  
New Performance car prices !!
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 17
Views: 510
Quite right, but you get many if not all those improvements you mention on new Ford Focus...non RS models... cars that go for $ 21,175 to 27,000 CAD. I was looking at the prices of new Focus models at the local dealer.

Everyone of them has the following and I'll quote, but paraphrase you.. "safety equipment airbags, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, cruise control, sound system, GPS, the myriad of sensors feeding data to a computer, fuel injection, collision resistant bumpers, air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, power brakes / steering. Catalytic converters, collapsible steering column, backup camera. Passenger side rear view mirror, vanity mirrors. And the list goes on and on, etc

The RS model at 60 grand has added performance features in an engine, brakes, cooling, suspension, tires...but not almost 40 grand my point. Almost three times as much...not quite, but almost at $ 21, 175.

You are paying extra, extra...for the performance image and I realize the RS and GT 350 do have what some might term...extreme performance..compared to regular cars.

If only a regular citizen could get a new police package AWD, turbo 3.5 liter V6 Taurus Police Interceptor...what a fine performance car that would be. Not as quick as the extreme RS and GT 350...but a great performance car for a driver who wants sharper handling, better braking, crisper acceleration for and I think the purchase price is around the mid $ 30,000 mark.

Not an original idea by me, think that was how the late '60's Plymouth Road Runner / Dodge Super Bee came about...essentially stripper sedans with police package equipment...383 cube /335 hp V8, HD suspension, cooling, brakes, performance tires...for low prices.

---------- Post added 05-06-18 at 11:23 PM ----------

You're right the base Mustang 300 hp V6 or the base Camaro with the 335hp, 3.6 liter V6 would outhandle, out brake and in all probability out accelerate many ...stock...not breathed on...but stock....'60's performance cars.

I checked out Car and Driver magazine and the 2018 Camaro V6 is impressive... 0-60 mph is 5.2 seconds, 1/4 mile is 13.8 seconds @ 101 mph. Not too shabby and I can tell you there were not many hi po muscle cars from the '60's that can match or better those figures.

When it comes to braking and handling..the Camaro/Mustang are generally in another league. Think these cars are somewhere in the mid to high 30 grand area (after wheeling and dealing)
Forum: General Talk 05-06-2018, 03:29 PM  
New Performance car prices !!
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 17
Views: 510
I was at a all Ford car show this morning. The show was at a Ford dealership.

There were vintage Fords...'60's Mustangs with 289's, one had a stroker 347 and 390's. One old Cobra Jet 429, newer Mustangs by the score. Some interesting stuff.

After I had sated my photography needs...I wandered through the new car lot. Boy did I get some sticker shock on a couple of new performance model Fords. One a Ford Focus RS, 2.3 turbo 4 cylinder, 6 speed standard, etc. There it was...asking price was $ 60,000 +. :eek:

Then a brand new Mustang..the GT 350 model...going for...$ 80,000 + :eek::eek: !

These are Canadian dollars, not USD.

I do recall the days...back in the '60's when the 'big performance engine , 4 speed manual, limited slip, heavy duty everything went for more than the basic Mustang with a inline six, 3 on the tree...but percentage wise...not with such a significant leap in price over the basic model.

I do understand inflation, more sophisticated engineering integral to modern cars, factors. But $ 80 Grand CAD for a Mustang V8 ...and sixty grand for a Ford Focus. Fords are the people's car...the car of the average guy...even their performance cars were performance cars for the average a price 'Joe' could handle in easy payments.

I'm sure it's that way at other dealers, peddling other performance makes.

As the Brits say...I was gobsmacked !!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-06-2018, 02:49 PM  
Compact cameras - need recommendations.
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 17
Views: 796
Congrats. I've just come across this thread. I have a small Canon G12 I bought back in 2011. Good camera, haven't used it a whole lot, bit big for a pocket, but probably would fit in a standard size purse.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-06-2018, 10:19 AM  
People My New Granddaughter!
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 21
Views: 460
Beautiful pictures of your lovely grand daughter, Jer. :D Congratulations are in order to you and your wife and especially to your daughter and SIL. :)

We just became grandparents for the first time...our daughter and her partner welcomed into the world a baby boy...born in Newfoundland in late January, 2018.

I note that your new grandchild was born April 29th...which also happens to be the day I was born...but of course many years ago. :lol:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-04-2018, 03:12 PM  
Nature Front yard visitor tonight, snapper...
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 6
Views: 221
Great for the snapper to have such good choice in habitat. :D Thx for letting me know...I'm an old sofitie.:D
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-04-2018, 02:19 PM  
Nikon F - The Camera that Changed Everything
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 5
Views: 648
I almost bought one, new old stock Nikon F Photomic that had a Nikkor 50mm lens..can't recall if it was F 1.4 or 1.8. It was 1974, I was visiting in Edmonton and everybody I was with was shopping at some kind of discount store..can't recall the name. It had a camera dept., so naturally I gravitated over there to check out the cameras. This was back in the day when drug stores, discount general stores, etc...had good camera departments...with a wide range of equipment, some of them had pro camera stuff.

I had my '68 Pentax S1a and a hand held Sekonic light meter, which I had bought and used as a work tool, but having worked in a publishing company for a few years...I knew how good a Nikon F was...and is for that matter. In my view back then, it was right up there with a Leica M3 Rangefinder. Sacrilegious thinking...maybe...:D...well, it wouldn't be the first time for me. :D

Anyways in talking to the sales clerk , I believe he soon realized that hmmmnn...we may have a customer here for some NOS equipment that we have been unable to flog over the past couple of years. He bent down, reached under the counter and brought forth a pristine Nikon box.

He carefully opened the box, took the camera out...passed it reverentially to me...and I gently tried the controls. focused the lens and wildly calculated in my fevered mind...could I swing the $ 450 CAD for this Photomic F body and 50mm Nikkor lens ?

I came very close to making the purchase...and remember $ 450 back then wasn't horse was real good money. In fact I had paid for my brand new '73 Toyota Corolla...optional 1.6 liter Hemi 4 cylinder...almost $ 2500 CDN...the year before.

I didn't get it, I bought a new Pentax ES ll with 50mm Takumar F 1.8 instead, back in my home city...which was fine, no buyers remorse.

However, like the song Frank Sinatra sang...'Regrets, I've had a few...'...well this has been one of them. I do wish I had purchased the Nikon F back then...even considering it was new old stock.
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