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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-01-2019, 12:58 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 5,529
Views: 713,886
I've been watching the Youtube series "All the Stations" in which a couple called at every railway station in Great Britain during a several-month trip in 2017. They chat to and interview many people along the way including this lady and gent - the latter with a Pentax DSLR! I don't know what model it is. Sadly, the touring couple used a Nikon themselves, a D500 I think.

England: tick - Episode 49, Day 89 - Berwick-Upon-Tweed to Tweedbank - YouTube
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-01-2019, 05:53 AM  
Mirrorless and DSLR dinosaur collapse cont'd: Sony Q4 camera profits dropped by -73%
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 90
Views: 4,081
Perhaps I getting old in that my brand recognition of Sony is "What the heck is a TV and audio company doing manufacturing cameras?". Oh, and the root-kit dirty trick that they played on their customers a while back*.

As others have said, Sony would seem to have come from a consumer electronics culture where everything is thrown away and replaced every 2 or 3 years. OTOH, at least back when Pentax and Canonikon started, it was expected that a good camera would last your lifetime (my father's cameras did), and while those days have gone I would still rather buy a camera from a company with that cultural background.

* Sony BMG copy protection rootkit scandal - Wikipedia
Forum: General Photography 06-01-2019, 05:36 AM  
Professional Photographer wannabe
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 18
Views: 1,165
I would prefer a certificate that identifies me as an amateur photographer. On more than one occasion I have been mistaken for a professional (what with the expensive looking gear) in situations like street scenes and landscapes, not in regular tourist places, and some people have not liked it. For example they can seem to assume I am working for a debt collection agency or something and I'm valuing their property. It helps to assure them that I'm just a nutty amateur taking random pictures.

Funny how "amateur" was once regarded as a superior description to "professional" - as in Victorian cricket the amateurs were referred to as the "gentlemen" and the professionals as the "players". Hence the title of the "Amateur Photographer" magazine, established 1884.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-30-2019, 02:10 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 24,368
Views: 2,071,703
Spring Fields
South Wales

K-1, D FA 24-70mm




Forum: Pentax K-1 05-25-2019, 01:09 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 24,368
Views: 2,071,703
As they have made such a monumental train wreck out of this transition, they clearly do not know what they are doing. They should never have switched to the new site until they had checked it was working smoothly in parallel with the old one.

I host my own stuff, no problem.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-23-2019, 05:18 AM  
Why did pentax give up completly on SLR?
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 58
Views: 3,814
Pentax is a niche brand in an ILC market dominated by the giants Canon, Sony and Nikon.
Film cameras are a niche in a market dominated by digital.
New film cameras are a niche in a market dominated by used film cameras available in droves on ebay.
For Pentax to resume making film cameras they would be tooling up for a niche market within a niche market within a niche market.
Forum: General Talk 05-23-2019, 05:05 AM  
Who will offer to watch feature films about photographers?
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 47
Views: 1,851
Oldish thread, but no apologies for nominating "The Bridges of Madison County" which seem to have been overlooked. A middle-aged Clint Eastwood, as a National Geographic photographer on an assignment, has a brief affair with a local housewife played by Meryl Streep. Features a Nikon F2. A brilliant, poignant film, about life's choices. A classic IMHO, alongside the similarly themed "Brief Encounter" which was perhaps part of the inspiration.
Forum: General Photography 05-19-2019, 05:32 AM  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 449
Views: 19,802
Early still "zoom" lenses were correctly and simply called "variable focal length" lenses. Their focus changed when you changed the focal length. The movie industry however needed to be able to zoom without changing focus, for obvious reasons, so the "zoom" lens was evolved and the idea was taken up for still cameras too. It takes some clever optical design to achieve this. Today most zoom lenses still change effective aperture when you zoom, except for the more expensive ones.

So strictly, "zoom" means the ability to change focal length and keep focus while doing so.

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I know that colleges recommended them to students where a camera was needed, and it was good advice. Sadly, Pentax (or their retailers) seemed to exploit this "captive" market and jacked the price up. I still have some price lists from around 1975 which show the K1000 costing more than an MX, even though an MX must have cost significantly more to manufacture.
Forum: General Photography 05-19-2019, 05:20 AM  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 449
Views: 19,802
Prices for K1000's are not a good or typical example. They are invariably over-priced, similar to the way that old Volkswagens are overpriced, and for a similar reason - it is a cult thing. You can get a K2 (top of the K range of which the K1000 was the bottom) for significantly less than a K1000. I know, I've sold them.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-13-2019, 02:27 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 24,368
Views: 2,071,703
Thomas in his House

K-1, D FA 24-70mm

Forum: General Photography 05-12-2019, 06:03 AM  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 449
Views: 19,802
When that link opened I thought it was a stereoscopic camera for a moment!
Forum: General Talk 05-03-2019, 02:12 PM  
Let's Be Careful Out There
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 13
Views: 654
I have a simple rule that I never move my feet while the viewfinder is up to my eye.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-03-2019, 12:57 PM  
Thematic The view upward (take part, please...)
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 193
Views: 10,530
Okehampton Castle, UK
Cross posted with K1 forum

K-1, D FA 24-70mm

Forum: Pentax K-1 05-03-2019, 12:37 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 24,368
Views: 2,071,703
Okehampton Castle, UK

K-1, D FA 24-70mm

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-03-2019, 12:31 PM  
Thematic Buildings past their best
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 197
Views: 7,680
Huts, in a verdant setting, Devon, UK

K-1, D FA 24-70mm

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-07-2019, 03:18 PM  
Thematic Buildings past their best
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 197
Views: 7,680
St Davids, Pembrokeshire
Birthplace of St David, Patron Saint of Wales

K-1, D FA 24-70mm

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-26-2019, 04:18 PM  
Ideal lens set-up for an LX
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 39
Views: 1,630
I don't think it has been mentioned, but for a convenince in the field it is a good idea to have lenses with the same filter size as far as possible. In the range you are talking about, that would be 49mm with M-series lenses. I tend to carry around a M28/F2.8, M50/F1.4 (or 1.7), and M100/F4 Macro (or M135/F3.5). While I have a skylight filter for every lens, you want to minimise the number of specials such as red, orange and polarising filters - for handling convenience as well as expense.

Those lenses (the M100 Macro, not the M135) are here in my "ideal" LX kit :

Forum: General Photography 02-14-2019, 01:51 PM  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 449
Views: 19,802
I thought of the spirit Ariel in Shakespeare's The Tempest. And his (her?) song, which includes :-

Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade,
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-11-2019, 01:04 PM  
Wish for a 4:3 or 5:4 sensor
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 71
Views: 2,537
Welll the Kodak No 1 managed it :)

Forum: Pentax K-1 02-10-2019, 07:16 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 24,368
Views: 2,071,703
Evening Vapour Trails, South Wales

K-1, D FA 24-70mm

Forum: General Talk 02-10-2019, 04:42 AM  
Home Warranty Scam....... Thought I was covered with American Home Shield
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 12
Views: 1,024
That's why I don't like Direct Debit arrangements.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-10-2019, 04:17 AM  
Unusual cameras I've come across.
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 3
Views: 437
Rolleiflex TLRs were once relatively common (1950's?). My father had one, was really proud of it, although my mother, after his death, sold it for practically nothing to a door-to-door antiques buying shark :( I still have a couple of his books about it, one of them the classic "The Rollei Manual" by Alex Pearlman.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-08-2019, 04:19 AM  
1973 - Modern Photograpy 6x7
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 10
Views: 3,580
It looks like he is using the fish-eye lens. I have some old reviews and brochures for the 6x7. I must get round to posting some images of them here.
Forum: General Photography 01-30-2019, 03:23 AM  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 449
Views: 19,802
Is that the thing in the fourth picture? What is that?

The second link has gone BTW (@ 1030 hrs GMT today).
Forum: General Photography 01-27-2019, 04:58 PM  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 449
Views: 19,802
No, that would be a 6-3000 mm. Just need a zero shifted around a bit.
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