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Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-04-2018, 06:09 PM  
Best cross-body strap for D-FA*70-200 on K-1?
Posted By bdery
Replies: 26
Views: 912
LAte to the show, but here goes:

The two best modular products are from Peak Design and Op/Tech. Having used both extensively, I favour Peak Design. Attach the strap to the camera and lens and your kit will be secure and balanced.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 07-30-2018, 10:00 AM  
July Pentax K-1 Giveaway: Raffle Thread 3, 17:00 UTC, July 30, 2018
Posted By bdery
Replies: 75
Views: 2,180
This is my entry
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 07-25-2018, 10:25 AM  
Fancy Monopods?
Posted By bdery
Replies: 66
Views: 1,347
You know what, I thought I did, but they're not listed. I certainly posted on the forum about the tripod, will do shortly.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 07-25-2018, 05:08 AM  
Fancy Monopods?
Posted By bdery
Replies: 66
Views: 1,347
That would be clever! Never seen it.



THAT exists. Any monopod or tripod with twist locks will do that.



I've used a few cheap ones, not have a good one. What I'd look for:

carbon : you want it light, and carbon really does make a difference.
large diameter : I had one with tiny lower sections and it kept bending, I was worried about its strength.
Good height, but not too much. Too long means heavier, too short means not easy to use downhill.

That's about it. There isn't much to a monopod after all, it's a rod. I use a Sirui model, and love it (just like I love their travel tripod). It's a great product (will have to find the model number if useful, I don't know it by heart). I keep a light Sirui C10X tripod head on it at all times, so I can attach a camera easily.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 07-25-2018, 05:08 AM  
Fancy Monopods?
Posted By bdery
Replies: 66
Views: 1,347
That would be clever! Never seen it.



THAT exists. Any monopod or tripod with twist locks will do that.



I've used a few cheap ones, not have a good one. What I'd look for:

carbon : you want it light, and carbon really does make a difference.
large diameter : I had one with tiny lower sections and it kept bending, I was worried about its strength.
Good height, but not too much. Too long means heavier, too short means not easy to use downhill.

That's about it. There isn't much to a monopod after all, it's a rod. I use a Sirui model, and love it (just like I love their travel tripod). It's a great product (will have to find the model number if useful, I don't know it by heart). I keep a light Sirui C10X tripod head on it at all times, so I can attach a camera easily.
Forum: General Talk 07-24-2018, 10:44 AM  
What Do Fellow Pentaxians Do For A Living?
Posted By bdery
Replies: 142
Views: 7,318
This is getting off-topic fast, but here goes anyway.

-Being a scientist myself (PhD in optics/physics, fair amount of experience in R&D, both academic, in government labs and in the industry) I do have some knowledge of how "science" works, yep.

-There are other components in a pill, correct. These are well known, generally always the same, and not the topic of this discussion.

-By "desirable" I meant "what the company desires to put in their pill".

-In the particular case of cannabis, its constituents and their roles/actions/effects are very well known. Isolating one is not alchemy.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-24-2018, 04:49 AM  
Nature flowing river
Posted By bdery
Replies: 2
Views: 433
Thank you! I'm rather happy with the result.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-24-2018, 04:49 AM  
Landscape Morning riverscape
Posted By bdery
Replies: 8
Views: 152
It was. At least until the kids woke up!!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-24-2018, 04:48 AM  
People Christmas lights portrait with FA 77mm
Posted By bdery
Replies: 7
Views: 468
Thanks!
Forum: General Talk 07-24-2018, 04:48 AM  
What Do Fellow Pentaxians Do For A Living?
Posted By bdery
Replies: 142
Views: 7,318
For the record, putting an active ingredient in a pill means removing stuff you don't want, not the other way around...



That's a big leap, from some company making a pill out of cannabis extract to claiming all science is broken.

Just for the sake or the argument, and without limiting ourselves to pharmaceuticals, how can science move forward without incentives? There is basic research, there is applied science, there is engineering, there is manufacturing. All of these need money.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 07-20-2018, 05:08 AM  
ACON Triggers up for sale again
Posted By bdery
Replies: 10
Views: 568
OK then, I'll count my pennies and make the purchase!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 07-19-2018, 01:12 PM  
ACON Triggers up for sale again
Posted By bdery
Replies: 10
Views: 568
Another question before I get too excited. This trigger works with other brands, like Metz, as long as they're PTTL, right?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-19-2018, 09:41 AM  
FF wide prime choices
Posted By bdery
Replies: 46
Views: 1,343
Oh my goodness.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-19-2018, 05:26 AM  
FF wide prime choices
Posted By bdery
Replies: 46
Views: 1,343
No. I trust you that it's huge. Doesn't make the FA20-35's any smaller ;)
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 07-18-2018, 05:03 AM  
ACON Triggers up for sale again
Posted By bdery
Replies: 10
Views: 568
So you buy the R930 kit at 120$ and you can get full PTTL remotely? That's interesting as the K-1 does not have a built-in flash and no one does a compact wireless PTTL master flash anywhere. Cactus does this kind of triggers also but they're 100$ each, pretty steep just to get W-PTTL.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-18-2018, 04:51 AM  
FF wide prime choices
Posted By bdery
Replies: 46
Views: 1,343
Having selected the 20-35 to replace the DA21 on full frame, I can tell you that I find its hood huge! Since I mostly use it at night, generally I don't use the hood.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-18-2018, 04:49 AM  
Best of 2016 Notre-Dame-De-Paris
Posted By bdery
Replies: 3
Views: 339
Thanks! It's an older picture now but I still love it. It's the first time I traveled with the K-1, but not the last!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-17-2018, 05:17 AM  
FF wide prime choices
Posted By bdery
Replies: 46
Views: 1,343
Others have recommended it, but after searching for a long time for a FF equivalent of the DA 21, I ended up with the FA 20-35. Not larger than the 31, lighter, not as good and not as fast, but it's a good short zoom with excellent center and mid-frame sharpness, decent corners and edges, and the ability to create pleasing starbursts (again, not as good as the 21, but better than most). My prime kit with the K-1 is now the 20-35 (I know it's not a prime, but it's not a walkaround zoom either :) ), 43, 77 and sometimes the 100 macro WR.

I' currently testing the Laowa 12mm and that lens is fantastic. Much smaller than the Irix 11 and 15, metal all around, excellent results and it's F2.8. I'm impressed by it, it's one of the lenses that surprised me the most in recent years.
Forum: Ask B&H Photo! 07-16-2018, 05:24 AM  
Case recommendation for Oben CT-2491 with gimbal head
Posted By bdery
Replies: 2
Views: 454
Thanks for the advice!
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-13-2018, 11:29 AM  
Pentax K-1 II vs K-1 autofocus test: results are in!
Posted By bdery
Replies: 28
Views: 1,699
My answer to your question is that having users upgrade to newer glass is an excellent thing. First, it brings more money to the company. Second, it releases more lenses on the market for people who wouldn't or couldn't have purchased new glass anyway, so it's a way to keep them in the family.



The best is to test them all I'd say (and that's what I did ;) )





A pleasure!



Like when we test lenses, by recording sound.



I don't have the 55-300 PLM on hand to test (these tests are performed with my own lenses, for better or worse).
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-13-2018, 05:17 AM  
Pentax K-1 II vs K-1 autofocus test: results are in!
Posted By bdery
Replies: 28
Views: 1,699
Both cameras had the most recent firmware upgrades prior to yesterday's announcements. The two new upgrades relate specifically to the DFA 50 so should have no effect on AF. And comparisons should still stand.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-11-2018, 08:51 AM  
Landscape Morning riverscape
Posted By bdery
Replies: 8
Views: 152
I tend to agree. In recent years, the city did a lot to give back access to the river to citizens, and it's been really great.



I think some of us take the St-Lawrence for granted because we're used to having it right here. I try to teach my kids how special it is, especially in front of Quebec city (whose name means "where the river gets narrow". When you look at it, it becomes impossible to miss, and explains why the city was built here, at a perfect spot for defence.).
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-11-2018, 04:51 AM  
People A simple portrait
Posted By bdery
Replies: 5
Views: 219
Yes, that's one of the strengths of the (modified) 60-250.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-11-2018, 04:50 AM  
Some travel issues with Pentax lenses. Or: Will there be a 15-30mm f4. anytime "soon"
Posted By bdery
Replies: 46
Views: 2,091
This is accurate, but amazingly convoluted.

Trying to match images by discussing their total integrated gathered light serves no photographic purpose that I can see. We have the F-number to discuss and balance exposure between images.

At the end of the day, an APS-C image remains a crop of a Full-frame image (which is itself a crop of a circular image).
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-11-2018, 04:44 AM  
Landscape Morning riverscape
Posted By bdery
Replies: 8
Views: 152
Not far! River is rivière, while "big river" is fleuve. A fleuve is wider, usually longer, but the official definition is that a fleuve ends up in the sea... although that's why most are big ;)

For instance, the Nile, the St-Lawrence, the Amazon are fleuves. The Seine also, despite being rather narrow. and the Hudson.
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