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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Hours Ago  
Amateur Photographers (UK) Predicts End for Pentax
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 1,077
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The economy would survive but be diifferent. "Ordinary" people in the UK did not borrow money before about 1950, in fact it was regarded as rather sinful, and most rented their housing. My mother did make an exception for houses as otherwise it would never be possisble for most people to buy one.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12 Hours Ago  
Amateur Photographers (UK) Predicts End for Pentax
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 1,077
Views: 89,963
To say it costs more than the amount borrowed is something of an understatement. Borrowing interest is scandalous (I've seen my daughter's finances) especially as savings rates at present are virtually zero while some mainstream money lenders are charging 4-5000% - I don't understand why it is even legal. My mother's adage was that if you have to borrow it, you can't afford it.


I could buy a K-3iii and new lenses with no trouble too, but ironically it is because of the very reason that I don't buy stuff at the drop of a hat and have therefore not frittered money away. In 30 years I have bought only four new Pentax cameras, and two of those only because of a significant technical upgrade (film -> APS-C and APS-C -> FF) not because I wanted new bling or 25% more megapixels. If it were not for digital I'd still be happily using my LX, albeit with an overhaul.

It is also because I repair things. in fact prefer it to buying. I hate shopping. For example I have a garden truck (standard type) that has broken it's chassis three times in 10 years (bad design in three different places) and each time I repaired it stronger than new - but most people would have just scrapped it. I bought my car at seven years old and it is now 15 and never had a warrantee. I repair and service it using parts from a grey importer, it's never been in a garage for repairs and never failed its MoT. I even buy broken photo kit from Ebay and repair it.

I'm a salesman's nightmare, but at least I bought my main Pentax kit new.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
Amateur Photographers (UK) Predicts End for Pentax
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 1,077
Views: 89,963
Or they don't want to push away their big advertisers.

As it happens, Olympus, the camera division of the larger company, did go bust and were sold (or given away, or bought away, who knows?) to JIP. Did AP predict that back then?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
Amateur Photographers (UK) Predicts End for Pentax
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 1,077
Views: 89,963
Is Amateur Photographer still well respected? They got that prediction wrong at least. At one time I did buy AP occasionally as something to read on a train journey, but a lot of the reviews back then were of P&S cameras, and the technical articles repeated themselves after a while. I think I outgrew it, and for me it was superceded by more specialised mags like Outdoor Photographer, Professional Photo, Black and White Magazine etc . I guess all paper mags are now shadows of their former selves, I've not bought one for years.

I was lurking on another forum where Sonyites and Canonites were slogging it out, and the former were calling Canon "old-school". among other things
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 6,668
Views: 896,508
I grew up helping my father develop and print B&W in his darkroom, and to him it was a hobby (and semi-profession) in itself. Fascinating at the time, but very time consuming and hard work, and I would not want to go through that again. I did do a term of colour printing at evening classes, and getting the colour balance right was very frustrating and wasteful of materials - I think I thew away 5 prints for every keeper. I have also developed Ektachrome for transparencies which is easy enough, and scanned them later.

Even if I did my own D&P today it would only be for a few special pictures, not record shots of holidays, aircraft, family events etc. I wish well of anyone doing film D&P these days, but I have too many other things to do, and life is too short for them all.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Super A love and hate
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 20
Views: 716
They could have made it 1/125 second instead of 1/1000 which would have been more useful, although getting to Frame No 1 would have taken 7/1000 second (x2) longer in that scenario

Pentax must have been catering for a very small and slightly dumb minority. Everyone I knew in film SLR days knew how to squeeze a shot or two before the official Frame No 1 (if the camera allowed it - I don't think autowinders did). I loaded in the darkroom if I could and started taking pictures straight away, and we also knew that if the camera seemed to be taking a long time in auto then take the lens cap off : the manual even told you that.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 5 Days Ago  
Suggestion Suggestion for a Vintage stuff subforum
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 17
Views: 632
I like the principle of the idea. II repair, tinker with, and use some film era gear (but mostly compatible with my modern Pentax DSLR) and in the past I have been confused as to where to post comments about this topic.

There is a Repairs and Warranty Service sub-forum, but does that really mean " Repair Service and Warranty Service" (ie professional services only)? Because some people use it to describe their DiY repairs too (I think I've done that in the past).
Then under "CAMERA HELP CENTRAL" there is a "Pentax Articles" - "Maintenance and Repair" sub-sub-sub forum and also a "DiY" sub-sub-sub forum.
Then there is the Pentax film SLR forum, essentially vintage and in which some people have described problems and repairs.
Then there is the Pentax MF forum with both digital and film covered, the latter essentiially vintage ditto.
Then there are the accessory forums which may cover vintage stuff and repairs. I described some recent flash unit repairs there.

I'm not trying to raise difficulties but confessing my existing confusion and pointing out that it needs some thought about what a "Vintage" sub-forum would and would not cover. Nevertheless it would be good to have a sub-forum to cover repairs and restorations of all film era cameras, and pre-2000 (say) lenses and accessories, perhaps divided into Pentax and non-Pentax.

I must admit I had always thought of vintage cameras being ones made of brass and mahogany, and used with a black cloth over, so I was a bit taken aback to find that on Ebay for example it is the custom to describe any film camera as vintage, even ones as recent as the Pentax MZ series. I suppose everything become vintage in time
Forum: General Photography 6 Days Ago  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 2,654
Views: 125,265
So what is it used for when you are not calling droids?
Forum: General Photography 6 Days Ago  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 2,654
Views: 125,265
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What the heck is this and what the heck does it have to do with Star Wars droids?

KOBOLD FLASH UNIT NO CABLE OR DISC STAR WARS DROID CALLER HAN SOLO *F23 | eBay

Forum: General Photography 6 Days Ago  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 2,654
Views: 125,265
I bought a lens from Ebay and found it was full of condensation and the diaphragm blades were rusty - would not move. Seller had not mentioned any of this, and it was not apparent in the sale photos, yet you could not even see an image through the lens. I got my money back.

Looking again at the seller's details, it was apparent that he was a tropical fish fan. I guess his house was full of condensation. The first photo compares it with a good lens, the second is a shot using it. Don't buy from tropical fish keepers.


Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-15-2021, 02:38 AM  
Super A love and hate
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 20
Views: 716
Mechanical shutters at least for back-up were something that professionals, the most conservative of shooters, demanded long after electronic shutters were taking over the lower end of the camera market. Horizontal shutter curtains and FP flash sync sockets were other examples. Nikonians howled when the all-mechanical pro-grade F2 was replaced by the F3, which was similar to the LX in having basically an electronic shutter but with some mechanical back-up. The F3 only had back up at sync speed, and used a separate button for it - not as good as the LX.

It was understandable especially for pros - you did not want to have to change an SR44 button battery in the middle of a wedding shoot, even if you had thought to bring one. But with a new generation of photogs, mechanical back-up died out even at the top end, and the Pentax A series were during that time, and were not aimed at pros anyway (the LX was still in production). People came to accept the possible need to change batteries during a shoot, especially as batteries became bigger (less fiddly to change), and today grips contain what are in effect your back-up batteries anyway.
Forum: General Photography 10-15-2021, 02:03 AM  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 2,654
Views: 125,265
Love that the battery door not opening is mentioned as an afterthought of an afterthought, after trivia like the lens hood has a case. Probably a leaking battery is inside and has been corroding everthing around for some years.

Notice he is selling it when he does not even have it - "In Stock" yet "Estimated arrival Oct 20-22". I guess he has just won bidding for it and is now selling it for twice (or more) the price he paid. I'm surprised he wants to draw attention to that situation.

He says let him know if we need more oictures. Ask for one of the inside of the battery compartment
Forum: General Photography 10-12-2021, 05:14 AM  
When did you wish you had brought your camera along?
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 19
Views: 602
I have seen that suggestion before, but someone pointed out that the door is then rather vulnerable to being broken off.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-11-2021, 02:59 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 6,668
Views: 896,508
Your posts, often a thread-starting question, have triggered some interesting discussions, going well beyond the apparent original scope.
Forum: General Talk 10-11-2021, 05:02 AM  
California to Ban Gas Powered Garden Tools
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 34
Views: 834
Leaf blowers, strimmers, chain saws and hedgecutters tend to be two-stroke, not primarily for cheapness but because 2-stroke engines can work in any orientation - in their side, upside down - because the lube oil is in with the fuel. But California is banning gas-powered lawn mowers too, and they tend to be 4-stroke (at least the larger ones) because they remain upright. 2-stroke engines are also lighter than 4-strokes because of the absence of valve gear, so have been preferred for hand-held machines.
Forum: General Talk 10-11-2021, 02:18 AM  
California to Ban Gas Powered Garden Tools
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 34
Views: 834
Without taking sides in this, or considering the rights and wrongs, this claim seems a massive stretch. I'm not in the USA a, let alone California. But :
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article254897052.html

What pollution are they talking about? The leaf blower would use about 1 litre of fuel, the Camry, I don't know, but lets say it does 40 mpg so would use about 140 litres. What is it in the 1 litre that is more than in the 140 litres? Have they picked on some tiny trace element to grab the headlines? It would be interesting to see a real technical reference for this claim.
Forum: General Photography 10-09-2021, 08:43 AM  
Was This Written About You?
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 19
Views: 863
Every two lines? I once wrote a poem that rhymes every two syllables! It was a struggle. I write a little gothic poetry in the traditional style, and I like to rhyme every line within a verse, and if possible rhyming internally with each other, and alliteration. I'm afraid I have nothing about photography though. I started writing after being impressed by Tennyson's The Lady of Shalott and Shakespeare's poem All that Glisters is not gold - nine straight rhyming lines. To me, the words in something like The Lady of Shalott are the verbal equivalent of beautiful shapes and colours in a picture.

Some of the lines do start with "ing". But I would not say the language is much different from how I would write an essay except I would have had some punctuation, not had the line breaks, and called it prose. Taking it as prose It is a long sentence, but you should see the length of some of Marcel Proust's sentences!
Forum: General Photography 10-09-2021, 05:17 AM  
Was This Written About You?
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 19
Views: 863
You must have a very large format panoramic camera.
Forum: General Photography 10-09-2021, 05:08 AM  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 2,654
Views: 125,265
Wow, I immediately thought of QDOS, the "Quick and Dirty Operating System" which Microsoft bought for a song ($50,000?) from SCP (Seattle Computer Products) and re-sold as MS-DOS/PCDOS and becoming the foundation of Microsoft's mega-fortune. SCP had hastily re-named it 86-DOS when they realised MS might be interested in it.

Microsoft cheated SCP by mis-representing what their interest was (settled out of court) but QDOS in turn was believed to have been a rip-off of CP/M (also settled out of court).

Bill Gates & Paul Allen Change the Name of 86-DOS or QDOS to MS-DOS : History of Information
Forum: General Photography 10-09-2021, 03:44 AM  
Was This Written About You?
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 19
Views: 863
I don't see that as a poem, no matter how perceptive the content might be. It is a short essay with superfluous line breaks.

I don't mind poems that don't rhyme, but in adddition to any contained message there should be beauty in the form of the words. This may be as rhyme, alliteration, rhythm or possibly something else. I see nothing of that there.
Forum: General Photography 10-09-2021, 03:00 AM  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 2,654
Views: 125,265
Looks like Vivitar went beserk with the paint palette.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-08-2021, 05:10 AM  
Should people use mm equivalence terminology?
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 124
Views: 3,059
You post some superb pictures here, and I notice that you have a style that many are from the balconies of skyscrapers or with water immediately in front. I don't think moving closer would have been an option
Forum: General Photography 10-08-2021, 02:20 AM  
How To Put On A Camera Strap The Right Way
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 15
Views: 726
Thanks for that, I'd never heard of it, but I knew of the thief knot. The sheet bend is similar again and the one I use to join two cords or ropes if I am not binding something.
Forum: General Talk 10-08-2021, 02:08 AM  
Facebook has been down since 11:40am eastern U.S. time
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 27
Views: 668
It has. Timb64 posted it there 3 days ago.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-07-2021, 02:04 AM  
Best place to find lenses in need of repair?
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 10
Views: 629
Ebay

Pointless additional characters because forum rules require at least five of them. An after-thought : I could have made them white characters.
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