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Forum: Ricoh GR 04-16-2019, 04:42 PM  
GR III - photos from owners
Posted By Nickrs
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GRiii Macro shot. ISO1250, 1/10sec, f/8.
Forum: Pentax K-01 09-08-2018, 10:56 AM  
Add your best K-01 photos here
Posted By Nickrs
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The Milky Way over my head in Mid Wales taken with my K-01 using a Lensbaby 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye Lens.
Forum: Pentax KP 05-05-2018, 07:06 AM  
My KP has gone mad!!
Posted By Nickrs
Replies: 83
Views: 8,290
100 shots from a battery sounds very poor indeed, I'm sure I get a lot more than that but I've not been counting. Are there quality issues with the early serial numbers? I think this is something that might require investigation, very subjectively I would say that my replacement KP creates better images than my first KP, the output from my first KP did not seem any better than my K3 but my later KP photos seem clearer, sharper and the colours are brighter. Here's a crop from a photograph I took in our garden this morning.
Forum: Pentax KP 04-27-2018, 02:22 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By Nickrs
Replies: 1,270
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Looks like me on one of my grumpy days! 😬
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-25-2018, 12:58 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By Nickrs
Replies: 18,299
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Would all your dinner guests be strung out and get the point? :D
Forum: Pentax KP 04-24-2018, 04:33 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By Nickrs
Replies: 1,270
Views: 140,924
A couple of days ago I took this photo of The Moon using my KP with pixel shift enabled, the resulting DNG file was a not inconsiderable 110MB in size. The KP was attached to an Altair Astro Lightwave 72mm ED-R refractor telescope mounted on an Skywatcher EQ5 Synscan mount, the manual exposure was 1/125sec at ISO100, 0EV. This was my first attempt at using my KP's pixel shift through a telescope, it seems to have worked. :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-22-2018, 04:21 PM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By Nickrs
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Waiting for his cup of tea.

Taken with my Pentax MX-1, an underrated camera.
Forum: Pentax KP 04-21-2018, 04:02 PM  
My KP has gone mad!!
Posted By Nickrs
Replies: 83
Views: 8,290
I'm so pleased to have a KP again so I can play amongst the stars. :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-21-2018, 01:55 PM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By Nickrs
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Views: 1,241,326
Just Mooning around this evening with my KP.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-21-2018, 06:58 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By Nickrs
Replies: 18,299
Views: 1,241,326
This one is called Agnes.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-19-2018, 05:54 PM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By Nickrs
Replies: 18,299
Views: 1,241,326
Pentax K3, D-FA 28-105mm @105mm @1/100sec @f/5,6 @ISO1600.
Forum: Pentax KP 04-19-2018, 05:18 PM  
My KP has gone mad!!
Posted By Nickrs
Replies: 83
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Well the truth is that my KP had never been near salt water and nothing had been spilled over it (as far as I know). I mulled over the evidence for some time racking my brain trying to establish how the hell this mess happened. Part of the reason for me accepting the Ricoh offer of a 50% discount was that I couldn't easily prove there was no user miss-operation involved. Without doing some kind of analysis on the precipitate and having a closer look at the dismantled camera I can't add any more evidence to my version of events. The camera was used in falling snow > the snow had settled lightly on the top of the camera during use> there was a delay of around an hour before the exterior of the camera was dried thoroughly with paper towel > the camera was then left for around ten days before it was used again and the fault discovered > the camera may have been accidentally left switched on with the battery in (not good I know). In a previous life I was a telecommunications engineer and I often saw similar looking damage to circuit boards in PBXs and other telecoms kit that have got damp in use or during careless storage, the usual cause of the mess was assumed to be corrosion or the disintegration of board components due to the dampness, even perhaps a form of electrolysis. Water does not need help from salts or minerals to wreak havoc on electronics, plain old H2O can do the job all on it's own (see: Corrosion in Printed Circuit Boards ? Tempo Automation ? Medium). Whatever happened, the camera leaked!!!
Forum: Ricoh GR 04-19-2018, 04:08 PM  
Ricoh GR Hands-on and Lots of Photos...
Posted By Nickrs
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I took this cheerful image this afternoon, it is of some friends I came across in our local cafe, the lighting was very difficult with very bright sunshine and areas of deep shade, a huge dynamic range. I think the GRii coped admirably with what was just a quick snap, I suspect a smart phone would have struggled with this, the focus was spot on too. :-)
Forum: Ricoh GR 04-19-2018, 07:25 AM  
Ricoh GR Hands-on and Lots of Photos...
Posted By Nickrs
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My home town of Montgomery basking in April sunshine this afternoon. Taken with my GRii which I try to keep with me always.
Forum: Ricoh GR 04-18-2018, 07:48 PM  
Ricoh GR Hands-on and Lots of Photos...
Posted By Nickrs
Replies: 744
Views: 182,452
A Welsh sunrise with my GRii. :)
Forum: Ricoh GR 04-12-2018, 11:59 AM  
GR II Premium Kit
Posted By Nickrs
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Views: 1,160
I've just checked the Ricoh Imaging UK website and both the GRii Premium Kit and the GRii Silver Edition are out of stock, the standard GRii is still available.

GR II - RICOH IMAGING EUROPE S.A.S

As a recent (in 2017) purchaser and now very happy owner of a GRii I had heard of the Premium Kit but I thought it was only available as "old stock", the price being asked last year was substantially more than the 999 now being quoted on the Ricoh EU website. The kit is/was being marketed as an "Online Exclusive on Ricoh Imaging online store" and the description is in French. I purchased my GRii from SRS Microsystems (UK) in November last year for 379 (list price 599) in a price match deal based on an Amazon Lightning offer. Perhaps Ricoh EU is clearing it's stocks of the GRii in preparation for the rumoured release of the GRiii in the next few months, I've found that accessories for the GRii are also running out in the UK dealer network.

As for the GRii I now have on my desk? I'm delighted with it, it makes an awesome street photography tool and I have great fun with it.

Nick
Forum: Pentax KP 04-11-2018, 08:21 PM  
Just bought a KP have I made the right decision?
Posted By Nickrs
Replies: 52
Views: 5,790
My first KP that suffered water ingress after use in snow was an early serial number and I suspect that something wasn't sealed properly, I never had a weather resistance problem with either of my K50s and haven't yet with my K3. Pentax met me half way on my warranty claim very quickly, so rather than fight on to prove a point I accepted a brand new replacement KP with a contribution of 400 from me. Bearing in mind the three thousand frame count on my soggy KP and that I retained my original Pentax branded battery worth 70 because I couldn't return it with the camera through the post in the UK, I don't feel too upset, just a bit disappointed. From now on when I use my new 900.00 KP in bad weather I will be more cautious and keep a 000.09 plastic bag over the top of it. It was an expensive lesson but life seems to be full of expensive lessons. :eek:
Forum: Pentax KP 04-11-2018, 05:25 PM  
Just bought a KP have I made the right decision?
Posted By Nickrs
Replies: 52
Views: 5,790
I once opined to elder daughter that "We don't get extreme weather in Britain"; being a bit of smarty pants and an atmospheric chemist who works for a windfarm consultancy she retorted, "very few parts of the planet experience three seasons in a day during all four seasons of the year but it happens somewhere in the British Isles all the time". Umbrellas are wonderful things. :) I bought into Pentax many years ago because of their weather resistance and the KP is strongly marketed as such too, but Welsh weather must be special, Welsh snow must contain more water. The Lake District is determinedly drizzly too of course. :)
Forum: Pentax KP 04-11-2018, 04:15 PM  
Just bought a KP have I made the right decision?
Posted By Nickrs
Replies: 52
Views: 5,790
As you might remember Mike, I live in Wales.

What have whales in common with Wales? WATER!

American tourist says to local child on the sea front in Aberystwyth "Does it always rain in Wales?", child replies "I don't know I'm only eight years old".

What has the Welsh weather, my Pentax KP and the "Borg" aliens off Star Trek TNG got in common? "Resistance is futile!". ;)
Forum: Pentax KP 04-11-2018, 03:48 PM  
Just bought a KP have I made the right decision?
Posted By Nickrs
Replies: 52
Views: 5,790
Spot on Mike!

I have my replacement KP and I've bought some plastic bags!

Nick
Forum: Pentax KP 04-11-2018, 03:37 PM  
Just bought a KP have I made the right decision?
Posted By Nickrs
Replies: 52
Views: 5,790
I am lucky enough to have both a K3 and a KP and I'm going to keep both.

I bought a KP on the premise that it was going to replace my original K3, but within a few days I decided to keep both as they are very different beasts. My K3 is a large solid lump with excellent ergonomics, it feels like it was hewn from the living rock and will last a lifetime; the KP on the other hand feels much lighter but perhaps slightly cramped to use. What makes the KP superior is that it is a veritable gadget-fest with the ability to turn in stunning image quality when shooting hand-held and in low light. I think the best way to describe the differences is that the K3 is happiest fitted with a DA* 300mm or a big zoom or landscape lens and mounted on a tripod; the KP excels fitted with a lightweight "Limited" lens and trying to create interesting hand-held images, finally I try to always keep my Ricoh GRii in my pocket just in case. My aged father had a saying "the things you see when you haven't got your gun", these days most people use their phone to capture "the things you see" but if you want to go one better I recommend a Ricoh GRii. :)

You may observe that I overindulge in my hobby of keeping fringe consumer brands alive, whether it be Pentax, Saab, Linux or Moto Guzzi, I try to do my best to preserve economic and technical diversity. I don't own a single Apple product! :):):):):)



If I recall correctly, when the KP was released Pentax said in their press statements that "the KP is not a replacement for the K3ii", it fills a different niche.

The Pentax KP is not the replacement of the K-3 II, new high-end Pentax DSLR coming in 6 months | Pentax Rumors
Forum: Pentax KP 04-11-2018, 02:16 PM  
Just bought a KP have I made the right decision?
Posted By Nickrs
Replies: 52
Views: 5,790
See this thread: My KP has gone mad!! - PentaxForums.com

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Forum: Pentax KP 04-11-2018, 10:06 AM  
Just bought a KP have I made the right decision?
Posted By Nickrs
Replies: 52
Views: 5,790
I love my KP but DON'T TRUST THE WEATHER RESISTANCE!

Here is my KP with my DA XS 40mm lens kitted out with a hood and UV filter (photo taken with my K-01), they work very well together.

And here is my dog Agnes taken with my KP/XS 40mm combination.

Nick
Forum: General Photography 04-11-2018, 09:23 AM  
Hacking a Pentax.
Posted By Nickrs
Replies: 1
Views: 772
I've just watched this new youtube posting from Chris Niccolls at The Camera Store in Canada where he demonstrates his five favourite camera hacks, look closely and you may spot that he demonstrates his hacks using a couple of Pentax DSLRs. :)
















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Forum: Pentax KP 04-10-2018, 03:25 PM  
My KP has gone mad!!
Posted By Nickrs
Replies: 83
Views: 8,290
I use these rubber spirit level hot shoe covers, cheap as chips on ebay, here's one on my trusty K3.
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