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Forum: Pentax K-3 2 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By StiffLegged
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No they weren't, they were designed by the accountants. From another industry a tale: John Harvey Jones the CEO of Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) was increasingly disturbed by how the bean counters' preoccupations were influencing every major decision the company made: "We must reduce the costs – must we do this, that or the other?" Finally he addressed the board in the following terms: "Let's just close down every plant, pay off all those expensive employees and forget about making products for sale. That should reduce our long-term costs the most, eh?" The bean counters went very quiet and there was something of a shift in the board's thinking thereafter.

For a while, anyway...
Forum: General Talk 2 Days Ago  
The Joke Thread
Posted By StiffLegged
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Surprised no-one has posted this one yet...

The heaviest chemical element yet known to science. Governmentium (Gv) has 1 neutron, 12 assistant neutrons, 75 deputy neutrons, and 224 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons. Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert. However it is easily detected as it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact. A minute amount of Governmentium retards a reaction normally taking less than a second to anywhere from four days to four years, at costs determined by quantum bogonomic theory

Governmentium has a normal half-life of three years. It does not decay but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause some morons to become neutrons, forming a variety of isodopes.

When catalyzed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium--an element which radiates just as much energy as Governmentium since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.
Forum: Pentax K-3 2 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 84,312
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Musta been Snap-off? (you break ‘em, we replace ‘em)
Forum: Pentax K-3 3 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By StiffLegged
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Sensible man, probably learned to do that from experience! I had a great-great-uncle, a long retired stonemason when I was born, who told of the new man who joined a squad of stonemasons on a job and tools started to go missing. Things got to the point where the foreman decided it was time for the Big Circle: everyone’s tools were put in a pile while the masons sat around it and tools were passed around the circle one by one. As each man recognised his mark on a tool he put it on the ground in front of him. All done, the men took their tools and went back to work - except the newcomer who now had none... :o
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
What Are Your Experiences with 28mm Lenses?
Posted By StiffLegged
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I recently got an A 28/2.8 in nice condition for under £30 to use on APS-C. I’ve been pleased with the early results. Some eBayers want a lot more for one but £80 is too much.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 4 Days Ago  
Guangzhou | K-3 Mark III preview meeting
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 169
Views: 15,400
Thank you, that’s useful. :D
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 5 Days Ago  
Guangzhou | K-3 Mark III preview meeting
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 169
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Thanks for that but I don't have a GR III, I'd just like to know what functionality the K-3iii's touch screen and Bluetooth (assuming...) will have. Watching and waiting... :(
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 5 Days Ago  
Guangzhou | K-3 Mark III preview meeting
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 169
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What I want to see is what they've done with the touch-screen and I noticed the video user doing the old rear-wheel zoom and 4-way pad to move around an image – really?????. I really really hope we can use the touch-screen functionality instead, but I'll probably have to wait for release to learn what's possible.

Oh yes, and bluetooth functionality - can I use my phone for Live View, etc? Sigh.
Forum: Pentax K-3 5 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By StiffLegged
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... and remember not to drive too fast and run the guy carrying a red flag down! :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-3 01-11-2021, 03:08 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By StiffLegged
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Why didn't you use a x10 ND filter on these? All the churning frothy water is in full detail and it makes the images very "busy" instead of smooth and silky.


Next time, do try one of ..... Oh. Right, got it... :o
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-10-2021, 11:41 AM  
Fuji GFX100s - 100MP Cropped Medium Format for under $6,000??
Posted By StiffLegged
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All this megapixel malarkey ignores what one photographer I follow reports - the small but noticeable improvements in image quality, especially tonal range available to manipulate in post. He noticed this moving from a 45MP FF to the GFX50 and noticed it again moving to the GFX100. Yes, he prints his images, and also publishes. He’s a world-class photographer of decades’ experience so I believe his assessment, but I’m not going to mention his name: he doesn’t like gear trolling.

Meantime I continue with my ordinary kit, trying to improve my own eye and processing and dreaming of when I can print my own to a decent size.
Forum: Pentax K-3 01-08-2021, 04:08 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By StiffLegged
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One of these things nephews shove in your face with demands for ticket money and that was the grand prize, would you believe it! Just what I’ve always wanted, of course; whoopee.
Forum: Pentax K-3 01-08-2021, 01:08 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By StiffLegged
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We've had a week of mostly freezing temperatures and a little snow. Living on the west coast as I do, this is unusual but welcome: some real winter instead of rainrainrainwindrain makes a change. The thaw sets in this weekend just in time for going back to work on Monday: every silver lining...
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-08-2021, 12:47 PM  
Your Tripods, and how you use them
Posted By StiffLegged
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Just for completeness, here's how I carry my Manfrotto 055. It's not a lightweight travel job but it's my only tripod and I don't carry a 65litre backpack for the sake of one DSLR and four lenses, so this made hiking and exploring while taking a tripod (which I use a lot) with the camera gear much less of a drag. If someone would like to buy me a carbon fibre Gitzo or RRS of at least the same height I should be ever so grateful. Gitzo 3382 ball head too, pretty please! :lol::lol:


Note that the tripod's weight isn't carried on the bag itself, but on the shoulder straps. Last used two days ago on a three-hour recce walk.







Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-07-2021, 01:08 PM  
Need Tripod Suggestion
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 18
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Well, I don't know: this 055 came with me for several hours and miles today (got to go, there's been snow!) Yes, they weigh a bit, but you might like to consider this way of carrying one which I rustled together with some webbing, a buckle/fastener and some stout thread. I don't need a ginormous pack to carry a DSLR and 4 lenses, so this works quite well for me, since I don't like to be without a decent tripod. The tripod weight goes on to the shoulder straps, instead of the bag.






Forum: General Photography 01-07-2021, 10:51 AM  
Canon Sessions-have Canon ambassadors discuss your work with you....
Posted By StiffLegged
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You’ve all got this wrong: any ambassador session majors on the Rule of Thirds, ie spend a third of your money on essentials like food, home, clothing, a third on your family if you have one and the remaining third on camera gear. Bonus points if you manage to spend more than that on camera gear.

There: now you don’t have to talk to the ambassadors and I can forget that was all made up. What a bunch of cynics we all are...
Forum: Pentax K-3 01-05-2021, 02:46 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By StiffLegged
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A bit, except you can't treat it with antibiotics. Later it may degenerate to octogenarian which is much more serious. :lol:

The good thing is if you survive both, you get told you're wonderful for your age: ah, the power of flattery!
Forum: General Photography 01-05-2021, 01:45 PM  
Ansel Adams Exhibit Impressions
Posted By StiffLegged
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Hahahaha! Sorry, but I had to laugh. I too have seen Adams originals which were disappointing contact prints little bigger than 4”x5”. I have also seen enlargements 3’ or bigger across. A mega print of his famous Winter Sunrise which was iirc 5 feet across, made for the builder who designed and built Adams’ Carmel home, was recently up for sale: expected price around three quarters of a million US.

Adams didn’t start printing wonders from the get-go, the beginning of his mastery is perhaps with Monolith: the face of Half Dome and the f/64 Group period. However, pretty much any of his work from the mid-30s on is marvellous, unlike the Pictorialist stuff from before Portfolio One - one of the soft-focus jobs is actually included in that set, originally labelled Parmelion Prints of the High Sierra etc. Once he had his Carmel darkroom built he could, and did, print really big from up to 8”x10” negatives.

The “Ansel Adams at 100” exhibition included some of the early small stuff, but I spent some time enjoying Mount Williamson from Manzanar at around 32” wide: sharp, clear, detailed and so accurately spotted I would not have believed it suffered from a substantial fingerprint on the negative!

I also saw the image below at nearly 4' wide in 1983 in New York: no reproduction I have ever seen conveyed the immediate impact of the storm clearing over the Tetons and the sunlight bursting through. Nor does this online copy!




The above sold at Sotheby's for $988,000 US, gaaaasp!! :eek:
Forum: General Photography 01-05-2021, 01:09 AM  
Ansel Adams Exhibit Impressions
Posted By StiffLegged
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I saw the international exhibition “Ansel Adams at 100” years ago which featured was some before-and-after examples of his work. Mt McKinley and Wonder Lake was one example - one “straight” print and one dodged and burned as it’s usually seen. The exhibition curator, John Szarkovski, had some snarky remarks about reducing Denali (Mt McKinley) to “a dirty snowdrift” but I much preferred Adams’s creativity.

Glad you enjoyed the original prints, there’s just nothing like them!
Forum: General Talk 01-04-2021, 06:01 AM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 3,672
Views: 296,816
Oh, you’ve done it now, that reminds me ....

A young brave went to see his father, the Big Chief. “Father!” he said. “Yes, my son?” the father answered. “My brother, Flying Eagle, how he get his name?” “Well, my son, when your brother born, I look out of yurt and see great eagle flying in sky. So Flying Eagle his name.”

“But Father,” the son went on, “my sister Running Deer, how she get her name?” “Well, my son, when your sister born, I look out of yurt and see deer run out of forest. But why all these questions, Squatting Dog??”
Forum: General Talk 01-04-2021, 01:57 AM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 3,672
Views: 296,816
We recommended charitable donations one Christmas and got a single donation of a million: unfortunately we needed even more Turkish lira to post it to the charity. :o (true...)
Forum: Pentax K-3 01-04-2021, 01:42 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By StiffLegged
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Views: 3,390,761
Drug dealers in any country are generally stupid. A tale from the woods - well, Glasgow again... - from a customer with a son in the police. The drug squad were preparing for a bust of a dealer’s flat with the customary reconnaissance officer in mufti sat in a beat-up car outside on the street. A previously unknown car pulled up beside him and the passenger rolled down his window: “Anywhere we can get some gear round here, pal?” “Try that flat over there” he answered. “Brilliant, pal!” this likely lad exclaimed. You can imagine the rest.

As for vehicles, it rather takes the shine off one’s new BMW to be told it looks like a drug dealer’s car: such a fate befell the X6 when it first appeared on our streets... :o:o
Forum: Pentax K-3 01-03-2021, 03:22 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 84,312
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You're quite sure he hasn't been shown some Wallace and Gromit films?
















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Forum: Pentax K-3 01-03-2021, 02:11 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 84,312
Views: 3,390,761
I prefer Scots! :D

I’m also reliably told Dutch is an impressive language to swear in, intonation and gutturals lending extra oomph...:mad:

A favourite story is about a Scot living on the African rainforest coast who had to work away from home for a month so left his parrot with the local Catholic missionary brothers, who were natives of Cork. On his return the parrot was discovered to have considerably extended its vocabulary - which would now disgrace a Clydeside welder! Parrots are also long-lived and this one returned to the UK with him to regularly embarrass him in front of visitors...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-03-2021, 01:59 AM  
Asahi Pentax SV, How old is it?
Posted By StiffLegged
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Views: 545
I had one of these once (secondhand), and the meter head which sat over the pentaprism. I think it was my first Pentax!
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