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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1 Day Ago  
Thematic Wildlife
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 9,561
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Do you mean Sternula albifrons (little tern) or a small tern? It looks an awful lot like a Bridled Tern (Onychoprion anaethetus).
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-05-2019, 07:41 AM  
Do you like the unique design of the K-1 lcd?
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 82
Views: 2,571
Are you aware that a Ricoh rep did just that at the CP+ show in 2016?

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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-27-2019, 08:25 AM  
The coolest vintage accessory: Mechanical timer
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 40
Views: 1,253
I've never seen the SV/H3v in person and I can't tell from the photos in the reviews section of PentaxForums, so I'm intrigued. It doesn't have the lever on the front of the body like later models.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-27-2019, 08:21 AM  
Looking for AF-540FGZ Service Manual or Specs of Screws
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 5
Views: 370
US Camera replied to my query after a few days. They pointed out that the cheapest shipping is not US$ 29.25, but rather US$ 14.95. They still didn't offer me any type of shipping cheaper than registered mail.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-24-2019, 06:01 AM  
Nature Vireo?
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 4
Views: 171
Looks a bit like a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, but we can't see enough of the bird.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-23-2019, 05:52 AM  
The coolest vintage accessory: Mechanical timer
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 40
Views: 1,253
The Pentax SV had a built-in self-timer. That model was introduced in 1962, 14 years earlier than the ME.

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Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-18-2019, 08:43 PM  
Looking for AF-540FGZ Service Manual or Specs of Screws
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 5
Views: 370
Thanks, yes, I found that too (2 screws for US$4.34). But the cheapest shipping is US$29.25! (1st class, international, registered mail.) I sent them a message asking whether they can ship it by a cheaper method. We'll see whether they will bother to reply. I once ordered a part for a Manfrotto 144 tripod from USCamera and they shipped me a part for a 190 tripod. This was despite the fact that the 190 was cast right into the aluminum part! The bag with the part was transparent so you could see the cast "190", and the bag was labelled "190", and they still got it wrong!

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Thanks!

It turns out that US Camera also sells the screws i need. Two screws for US $4.34 but the cheapest shipping is US $29.25! (1st class, international, registered mail).
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-18-2019, 06:47 AM  
Looking for AF-540FGZ Service Manual or Specs of Screws
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 5
Views: 370
I need to replace a couple of missing screws that hold the bottom plate (which includes the hot shoe moulding) of this flash to the bottom of the flash body. I looked for service manuals on pentax-manuals.com, Camera Manual Library (Free camera instruction manuals, camera instructions, free film camera user guide, camera manual, camera instruction manuals,* Canon camera manual, Nikon camera manual, Ricoh camera manuals, Sears Camera Manuals, PDF camera instruction manuals), these forums (found this: Service manual for 540 flash? - PentaxForums.com), and Google. However, this search has turned up no service manuals -- only operator's manuals.

Does anyone know the size and thread pitch of those screws, or know where to find that info (e.g., the service manual)?

Edit:

I came across a parts list for this flash for sale by US Camera (https://uscamera.com/product/pentax-af-540fgz-parts-list/). It seems to be a printed copy rather than a PDF.

Edit #2.

It turns out that the manual is a downloadable PDF. I paid for it (US $7.99) and downloaded it. The Pentax part number is "Y806" and the accompanying description is: "Screw F 2x5". The Pentax part number might help if Pentax were willing to sell parts to the general public. The description doesn't mean anything to me. If I search ebay for "JIS screw 2x5" the search returns screws that are obviously too large to use on a flash unit. Any ideas on how to obtain replacement screws?
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-07-2019, 12:42 PM  
Pentax K-1 wheels usage
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 29
Views: 737
It sort of allows you to zoom a lens in and out despite the fact you have a fixed-focal-length lens attached.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-07-2019, 09:20 AM  
Pentax K-1 wheels usage
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 29
Views: 737
I use the "Smart Function" (p. 19 in the K-1 operating manual) wheels a lot. With short lenses I set the "Function dial" to exposure compensation (+/-, p. 46 in the manual) so I can adjust the exposure compensation with the "Setting dial". With 400mm or longer lenses I set the Function dial to "Crop" and adjust the angle of view (p. 43 in the manual) on-the-fly with the Setting dial (APS-C, Full Frame, or 1:1), i.e., if the subject is distant and smaller than the APS-C frame I choose APS-C mode, but if the subject is close enough to fill the Full Frame I set it to Full Frame.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-03-2019, 08:47 AM  
greetings from Canada
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 19
Views: 288
Anyone from the third coast? (Arctic Ocean)
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-12-2019, 05:58 AM  
100th Anniversary next year - what will they release?
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 133
Views: 6,616
I thought I read a quote from the designer that he designed the K-01 the way he did because he valued the opposite. He does not want to burden the design with non-essentials.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-12-2019, 05:36 AM  
FA* 400mm 5.6 ED IF - thread collection - everything about the FA400/5.6
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 2
Views: 688
Bookmarked. Thanks.
Forum: General Talk 08-16-2019, 07:52 AM  
helpful things to know when traveling ;)
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 17
Views: 3,013
Very time consuming. Strong prescriptions like mine take 2 weeks to be delivered because nobody carries the blanks for the lenses. This was true even when I was living in the Greater Toronto Area (population: 4.5 milion).
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-06-2019, 07:47 AM  
Nature A Rather Ragged Redbird
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 11
Views: 489
Juveniles have black bills, so it must be a female.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-06-2019, 07:43 AM  
Nature The Internet tells me this is a Heron
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 9
Views: 365
The feathers on the tibiotarsus (upper leg) are whitish, so it's a Grey Heron of Europe and Asia. Great Blue Heron of North America has rusty-coloured feathers on the tibiotarsus. The reason I know this is because both species are rarities here in eastern Newfoundland. We carefully examine the tibiotarsi of all large herons that occur here -- Grey Heron is only slightly rarer than Great Blue Heron here.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 08-06-2019, 07:37 AM  
Pentax A extention tube set (ebay)
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 6
Views: 534
The thread title makes it look like the set is a A lens series version. In the photos in the ad the set doesn't have the electric contacts on the mount so it is the K lens series version. I don't think Pentax made an A series version.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-29-2019, 01:37 PM  
Lens & Filter recommendations for travel photography
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 19
Views: 1,204
Polarizing filter for landscape shots to remove reflected glare from vegetation. The colour of the vegetation will be more faithful to the true colour if the glare is removed, i.e., greens will be greener than without the filter (in autumn the reds, russets and yellows will be more saturated). A polarizing filter also makes blue sky bluer and the clouds whiter. This kind of filter has its maximum effect at a 90 degree angle to the direction of the sun.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-29-2019, 01:02 PM  
Permit Needed for Commercial Wildlife Photography in Northwest Territories [Canada]
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 28
Views: 1,663
"N.W.T. rules around wildlife photography news to Inuvik photographer
CBC CBC il y a 5 heures

A photographer from Inuvik, N.W.T., got an unexpected phone call soon after using his drone to make a video of a grizzly bear and cubs near the community.
After posting the video online, Kristian Binder said he got a call from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and it came with a warning.
"[They] knew that I have the business and they were warning me about possible commercial usage," said Binder, who runs Eighty One Images where he puts photos he's taken on calendars, leggings, mugs and more.
Under regulations established in the territory's Wildlife Act in 2014, anyone who wants to take photos of wildlife for commercial use in the N.W.T. must apply for a wildlife observation permit.
Binder said he was completely unaware of the regulations surrounding wildlife photography.
"It definitely needs to be put out there because I really had no idea," Binder said.
Anything for profit whether it be just going out and watching wildlife, big game species, or going out filming requires a wildlife observation permit. - Rob Gau, Manager for biodiversity conservation
"This wasn't me playing stupid on it. I just never ever thought that taking photos of wildlife around here would be something that is regulated."
He ended up having a meeting with people from the department to get more clarity on the situation.
Other concerns
He said there were also concerns that his drone could have been too close to the bears, essentially harassing them.
"That wasn't what I was doing," Binder said, adding that he had a good zoom and angle that made it appear the drone was closer than it actually was.
The department also asked Binder to stay away from the landfill with the drone, where the bears are frequenting.
They didn't want the bears to be normalized to the drone because they are already comfortable being around in town."
Rob Gau, manager for biodiversity conservation with the department, said that regardless of drone use, people need to always be aware of the regulations of the Wildlife Act.
"Anything for profit whether it be just going out and watching wildlife, big game species, or going out filming requires a wildlife observation permit," Gau said.
Gau also said it's illegal to harass wildlife, and "if the animal knows you're there, you're too close."
Binder said he hasn't done much wildlife photography but he hopes to change that. He's applying for his wildlife observation permit which could take a couple of months.
He's hoping to have the permit approved in time to use his photos in creating his 2020 calendar."

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/wildlife-bear-drone-photography-rules-nwt-1.5227528
Forum: General Talk 07-23-2019, 08:15 AM  
KP Rented vs. K-1 II
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 15
Views: 883
I find the K-3 too small for my hands, but that was easily solved by attaching the battery grip. The K-1 is big enough for my hands, but I still like using the battery grip on this body so that the heel of my hand can take some of the weight when I mount the FA* 400 mm f/5.6 on it.
Forum: General Talk 07-22-2019, 05:45 PM  
Do people in the USA ever use tons as a measurement?
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 57
Views: 2,010
They're not any better at thinking in base 12. The common highway speed limit was 60 miles per hour, so the car was travelling at a mile per minute. A distance of 60 miles would take 60 minutes (one hour) to drive.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-22-2019, 05:21 PM  
Court judgement (Germany) on shooting down a drone being ok to protect privacy
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 28
Views: 1,708
Canada too. A remotely controlled aircraft, no matter how small, is always an aircraft. It's the same crime as if you shot at a jumbo jet full of passengers. Consumer drones are treated in this manner so that the airspace can be kept safe for manned aircraft to prevent loss of life, not to mention loss of multi-million dollar aircraft.
Forum: Photographic Technique 07-18-2019, 06:45 AM  
Photographying in summer with polarizer or sunglasses?
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 17
Views: 1,099
I just rotate until I achieve maximum contrast between the clouds and the clear blue sky, or when the green of the vegetation achieves maximum colour saturation. I don't use a polarizing filter on overcast days.
Forum: General Talk 07-18-2019, 06:40 AM  
Do people in the USA ever use tons as a measurement?
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 57
Views: 2,010
All except the U.S., Liberia and Burma, at least in official use,
Forum: General Talk 07-17-2019, 06:15 AM  
Do people in the USA ever use tons as a measurement?
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 57
Views: 2,010
It gets really confusing when one discovers that a ship with a tonnage of 10,000 tons doesn't weigh 10,000 short tons, long tons, or SI tonnes. It is a measure of volume that tells you how much cargo you can fit inside a ship. It's based on the tun, a cask that holds 208 to 256 Imperial gallons (about 954 litres). A 10,000 ton ship can hold 10,000 of those casks. You may be familiar with the names of some of the smaller casks, such as puncheon (1/3 tun), hogshead (1/4 tun), and barrel (1/8 tun).
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