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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-30-2018, 01:26 AM  
Four SDKS to be released
Posted By travelour
Replies: 140
Views: 17,795
Wonderful. Pentaxians are often the DIY type so having a little more control is ideal. Would love to see open source development of cameras if possible (understanding that you could brick it just like your phone).
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 07-30-2018, 01:20 AM  
Announcing the first winner of our Pentax K-1 Giveaway!
Posted By travelour
Replies: 341
Views: 13,072
Congrats all!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-30-2018, 12:21 AM  
D-FA* 85mm f1.4 also coming
Posted By travelour
Replies: 1,820
Views: 166,884
Well..... a nice thing about waiting for this to come to fruition is it gives time to save money after buying the DFA 50 1.4.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 07-30-2018, 12:12 AM  
Rebuilding the mirrorless
Posted By travelour
Replies: 80
Views: 4,701
Frankly, I'd rather Pentax invest their R&D resources in optics for the DSLR and auto-focus technology. However, I have to admit that I worry they will fall behind (and not be able to recover) if they don't invest their yen in mirrorless. Is there some way to triage that? Develop high end lenses that work on Sony cams with a mind to later adapt them to a Pentax mirrorless??? Maybe build some user loyalty from cross brands in the process? Would Sony allow that? Stupid idea?
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 07-29-2018, 10:51 PM  
2018 Pentax Forums T-shirt Contest!
Posted By travelour
Replies: 181
Views: 13,796
Would love to see a shirt that borrow styling cues from Star Wars.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 07-29-2018, 10:41 PM  
What a Bummer
Posted By travelour
Replies: 134
Views: 3,774
Yikes. Glad to see this before I entered.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-29-2018, 10:33 PM  
F16 vs. f1.4 DFA* 50
Posted By travelour
Replies: 22
Views: 1,982
Now, I have to search the forum for a comparison of the FA 85 the DFA 50. Trying to figure out which toy will burn the next hole in my wallet. :lol:
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-29-2018, 10:28 PM  
Focus stacking on Linux
Posted By travelour
Replies: 14
Views: 2,451
Thanks for posting this. I've been away from Ubuntu for a while. However, I'd like to migrate back to Linux in the near future.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-29-2018, 10:01 PM  
Comparing the FA 50/1.4 and D FA* 50/1.4
Posted By travelour
Replies: 52
Views: 5,902
Thanks for doing this. Was wondering if I should invest in the DFA or if the FA will suffice. Perhaps I'm not at the skill level to really take advantage of the difference in quality, but the DFA is begging to be bought.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 01-13-2018, 12:42 AM  
Pentax K-1 - $1799
Posted By travelour
Replies: 3
Views: 1,576
I ended up buying it here. Found out that Ricoh has a $200 (¥20000) cash back campaign here in Japan for a number of their high end products (70-200, 150-450, etc.). It ends today and is only available to people living here in Japan. Was out shooting motocross with my K3 earlier today and the focus button stopped working a couple of times. No response at all. Must be a sign. :-)
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 01-11-2018, 03:04 AM  
Pentax K-1 - $1799
Posted By travelour
Replies: 3
Views: 1,576
I'm bumbed that I missed the chance for the free grip before New Year's Day. B&H had a good deal. Now thinking about waiting until it either get's an update (K-1 ii), a much more serious price drop than this, or I'll just buy it here in Japan. The price in Japan dropped 20 bucks today... not enough to get me to buy on impulse, but it got my attention that it could drop more. Waiting..... waiting ..... waiting...
Really should wait for an update. Hopefully the focusing system will be improved.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-19-2017, 02:34 AM  
KP $695, K-1 $1520 after Amazon prime credit card 20% rebate!
Posted By travelour
Replies: 23
Views: 2,836
PakinJapan. Ditto. I'm in Hamamatsu and always wondering why Pentax costs more in Japan than in the US.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-09-2017, 05:44 AM  
What happened to this lens fa* 250-600
Posted By travelour
Replies: 59
Views: 7,182
You know that Iraqi war photographer that put his Pentax in the sand and then hosed it off in the shower? I'm sure you've seen the YouTube video. Well, I'm betting that he was also testing if the camera is bullet proof.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-11-2017, 05:18 AM  
Hot Shoe
Posted By travelour
Replies: 9
Views: 587
Thanks David. He was a stranger. Never met him. And he was definitely working. He had just taken the horse shoe out of the fire. Between handling the glowing hot iron and standing behind a horse that could knock his block off with a back kick, I don't think he was in a position to pay attention to me (let alone pose).
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-09-2017, 01:23 AM  
Hot Shoe
Posted By travelour
Replies: 9
Views: 587
Thanks. Does fastback67 refer to a mustang? If so, that was one of my favorites. :-)
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-12-2016, 04:39 AM  
Hot Shoe
Posted By travelour
Replies: 9
Views: 587
Cowboy custom fitting hot shoes to a horse.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-24-2016, 07:11 AM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By travelour
Replies: 773
Views: 92,723
Bokeh, like composition, should focus the viewer’s attention on the main subject with the least amount of distraction; or rather to smoothly and clearly separate the target from the background and foreground.
It’s not necessary to have your aperture set wide open to do this and in fact it might be wise to leave enough depth of field wiggle room to allow for error and moving objects.
A gifted photographer will know the depth of field of his/her lenses at different apertures, focal lengths, and distances.
The rest of us can either get a depth of field calculator for the smart phone to do the calculations or print out a chart generated using an online application (to save smart phone batteries).
Before shooting, take your time to mentally decide how much depth of field you want to create the separation, calculate the f-stop needed to generate that depth of field, and set the camera to TAV mode to increase your chances of getting a winning photo.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 08-30-2015, 01:04 AM  
Weekly Challenge #325 - Emotions
Posted By travelour
Replies: 32
Views: 4,356
I was at the Night Zoo in Hamamatsu, Japan last night. It was rather depressing. All of the animals and all of my photos were like this. Anyway, I missed the focus on this guy's face, but like the photo anyway.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-16-2015, 05:54 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #101 (Best of 2014 - January 2015)
Posted By travelour
Replies: 153
Views: 19,917
Love the mood and feel of 9. It seems real - unprocessed.

Hope to some day take a pic like 15. Actually, hope to some day take a pic like any of these. Nice selection.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-25-2014, 11:57 PM  
Ode to being a Pentaxian
Posted By travelour
Replies: 3
Views: 678
MEE: Thanks for the feedback. My old lens is pretty soft which is why I'm competing for the lens. Both of my lenses are kit lenses for my 70's era k1000 passed down from my father to me about 25 years ago. So, I'm rather hopeful that I win a decent lens to hold me over until I can afford some higher end models. So much to shoot here and it pains me that it comes out soft.

---------- Post added 09-25-14 at 11:59 PM ----------

Liz, Thank you. I took this in the rain. It's a beautiful part of the Japanese country side and just a few minutes from my house. I wrote the poem just to be different from everyone else. Good or bad, at least I did it my way. :-)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-26-2014, 08:43 AM  
Ode to being a Pentaxian
Posted By travelour
Replies: 3
Views: 678
I did it! I bought it. A silver K3.
In my bag, a k1000, it’ll accompany.
For a decade, maybe more, I’ve thought of this digital leap.
But I’ve refrained and restrained. These suckers aren’t cheap.
The N-word, the C-word. They don’t follow my axiom.
A camera should be rugged yet flexible. I must be Pentaxian.

In Japan, I teach. So many photo opportunities
Kids see my M50f2. Ask why this antique’s on me.
“My camera can use it. And it’s amazing. You’ll see!”
They ooh and ah, holding it so clumsily.
I’m calm. They won’t hurt it. This baby is titanium.
And that’s one reason, I’m proud to say, I’m a Pentaxian.

I live in the countryside, near Fuji, where the rivers and forests are emerald green.
My piece of heaven, you know. I think Ansel Adams would be quite pleased.
Then there’s the castles, shrines, festivals, and more.
I want to capture everything. It’s so stimulating. Photo opportunities galore.
And so I’m ready to go digital. This is my desire within.
I will be a new age, born again, digital photographer. A Pentaxian.

And now I beg you, my friends, my photographic kin.
In my bag sits an Albinar 135 and M50f2. Each a manual focus lens,
I dream of owning wide angles, macros, telephotos, and zooms. WR if I can.
For a full set, I’d trade my “Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes.” My other sacred gem.
I’m sure I’m going insane. Madness, this is and hence,
Please grant me one little DA for now. To calm my nerves. To settle my mind.
That I may be a new age, born again, digital Pentaxian.

Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-22-2014, 10:11 PM  
Greetings from Hamamatsu Japan
Posted By travelour
Replies: 8
Views: 658
Then, I'd be seriously unhappy.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-22-2014, 07:55 PM  
Greetings from Hamamatsu Japan
Posted By travelour
Replies: 8
Views: 658
Indeed! I was looking through my 40 year old 135mm f2.8 sears (Albinar) lens and saw that my hands have gotten very shaky over the years. Holy cow! I definitely will put SR to task! I need a new lens too. Someone here is going to make a few dollars off of me. Anyway, thanks for having my back. Pentaxian for life.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-22-2014, 07:36 PM  
Greetings from Hamamatsu Japan
Posted By travelour
Replies: 8
Views: 658
Hello. I've been out of SLR photography for about 20 years now. My first cameras were a P3 and an inherited (permanently borrowed) k1000 from my father. For my first venture into the DSLR world and my return to SLR photography, I picked up a K-3 in March. I probably should have bought a cheaper camera, but liked what it had to offer and didn't want to wish I had more capability later on. I seriously considered the other 2 big companies, but preferred to use my old lenses and have WR capability with new purchases. So, I spoiled myself. Hope the wife doesn't find out how much I spent and then kill/divorce me. Anyone who wants to give me an alibi and say they sold the k-3 to me for $200 would be appreciated. ;)

I'm looking forward to reading your posts about outdoors photography and lens reviews. Here are my first test shots on a non-wr 40 year old 50mm pentax kit lens in the rain.

AKA: the travelour
Forum: Pentax K-3 07-22-2014, 07:20 PM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By travelour
Replies: 928
Views: 133,958
I bought my k-3 here in Japan in March. No problem yet. I'm curious if there is a batch or time period of manufacturing in which this problem occurs. Curious if any other owners in Japan have experienced it and if so, where they sent their camera in for repair. Navigating this issue is one problem. Navigating it in Japanese is rather intimidating for me with my limited ability.
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