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Forum: Pentax K-1 12-09-2019, 11:44 AM  
Are Pentax K-1 (& K5/K3) Cameras Now "Disposable"?
Posted By Kath
Replies: 50
Views: 2,246
It’s nice to know that we don’t have to mortgage our houses to buy a new camera, should one fall into the river. But having labor be so expensive while manufacturing is cheap will likely drown us all in plastic and the junk of disposed goods. Ugh, such downsides.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-09-2019, 11:36 AM  
Moonlight in Vermont
Posted By Kath
Replies: 22
Views: 437
Very nice composition!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-09-2019, 11:33 AM  
Blanket of white with fall colors
Posted By Kath
Replies: 8
Views: 130
I love the soft colors in this.
Forum: Pentax KP 12-09-2019, 11:30 AM  
KP Button Issue
Posted By Kath
Replies: 18
Views: 951
I haven’t had the issue you’re having. But love my KP and sure would lean toward at least checking out the cost of repair. You’re fortunate in California to have a number of authorized repair centers:

Pentax Repairs U.S.A., Pentax Service Centers
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-09-2019, 11:19 AM  
Perfect focus everytime
Posted By Kath
Replies: 299
Views: 91,918
Impressive! I’m going to have to investigate its use with wildlife.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-09-2019, 11:10 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Kath
Replies: 33,693
Views: 3,275,728
Gorgeous!
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-08-2019, 10:34 PM  
DA560 lens club - Let's see some photos!
Posted By Kath
Replies: 226
Views: 37,857
That’s one gorgeous eagle shot!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-08-2019, 10:29 PM  
Win the new APS-C Flagship DSLR, K-70, and more - Dec/Jan Giveaway Kickoff
Posted By Kath
Replies: 241
Views: 18,549
Great idea for motivation and glad to hear about the prizes!
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-29-2019, 08:22 PM  
K-1 for wildlife / birding ?
Posted By Kath
Replies: 108
Views: 20,653
Wonderful images. I particularly like the one of the weasel (??), so much of the animal’s emotion caught there. As a wildlife photog, I’m a fan of multiple bursts. So often the subjects move in just such a way... and there you have it, on image. Partly luck. But the burst strategy plays with that luck. And, sometimes, it catches the image for us. To conflate “spraying” with burst shooting is a mistake. A good buffer will help immensely with capturing just that moment you might otherwise miss.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 04-08-2019, 09:14 AM  
Harness, waist belt and accessories for Pentax 645Z
Posted By Kath
Replies: 8
Views: 987
Sounds like a fabulous trip! I use this setup for certain situations and add the hipbelt carrier for extra lenses. I often shoot from a small boat so need everything close at hand. The harness system is very stable and great for keeping one or two cameras safely close to your body when not in use. The twist lock is a quick draw, so no problems there.

http://https://www.cottoncarrier.com/products/g3-camera-harness-2

As to whether or not to carry or use extra lenses out of a bag, I would say that really will depend on how much room you’ll have available to you in the vehicle. With enough room, my preference would be a separate bag because having lens pouches hanging off your body while sitting can be physically limiting. If I couldn’t determine that ahead of time, I’d probably bring a bag and pouches and make the choice there.

Have a great time!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-06-2019, 11:05 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By Kath
Replies: 6,182
Views: 801,254
As to our rarity... Two weeks ago I was shooting in my local wildlife refuge. A beautiful day, there were several of us photogs wandering around with our long lenses and tripods. One friendly fellow with a Sony setup came over and inquired about my DA 560, “Wow, what’s that you’re shooting?” When I explained, he said, “Gee, you’re the first actual Pentax shooter I’ve ever met. I’d begun to think maybe you folks were like unicorns.” I assured him we were, in fact, very real and lived all over the planet. He wished me well and we continued on our respective paths.

I had a good laugh over that one.
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-05-2019, 10:14 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Kath
Replies: 33,693
Views: 3,275,728
Hahaha! How do you think I wound up with mine? Fell in love with that 560 the moment I saw it. :lol:
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-04-2019, 10:17 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Kath
Replies: 33,693
Views: 3,275,728
Hahaha! She likes to lie down, is very patient, doesn’t require conversation, and doesn’t seem to want to chase the ducks, so she’s a great little photography buddy to have.
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-03-2019, 12:27 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Kath
Replies: 33,693
Views: 3,275,728
Lovely images. I’ll look forward to your comparison down the road. In the meantime, the zoom is tempting me because of the numerous times I needed to back up and couldn’t. I’ve taken to shooting from the van at our wildlife refuges because you’re prohibited from exiting the car and, frankly, it really can’t be beat for weathering the weather and so much easier on the back. Also, the birds seem very used to the cars. I’d love to have the 150-450 on one side and the 560 on the other. Now, if I could just get my trusted companion to wear camo and hide her scent, I might increase my capture rate! :)
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-03-2019, 10:05 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Kath
Replies: 33,693
Views: 3,275,728
@zzeitg, how do you like the 150-450 as compared to the 560? Do you find the images as good? Handling must surely be easier. I find I’m partial to the flexibility of the zooms but don’t want to give up the image quality. Your thoughts?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-19-2019, 07:49 PM  
Recommendation for affordable 750mm+ birding lens please, thanks
Posted By Kath
Replies: 57
Views: 3,183
At $329 and 1440mm, that Coolpix B600 is looking good for such purposes. Couldn’t tell if it shoots raw. The 1000 shoots raw but goes “only” to 840mm. But for a couple hundred bucks investment, I still think the Q is more versatile if you already have lenses. Also, for some reason, the darn thing is just fun.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-19-2019, 07:07 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Kath
Replies: 33,693
Views: 3,275,728
Oh, that’s a beautiful shot!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-19-2019, 03:40 PM  
Recommendation for affordable 750mm+ birding lens please, thanks
Posted By Kath
Replies: 57
Views: 3,183
Hi Nass. With the parameters you’ve stated, affordable and not the “very best” images, I recommend getting a Q. I had a similar need to yours, just checking up on wildlife across the river, and found the Q was more than satisfactory for that purpose. I tried it out, with no knowledge of the camera, with my Sig 150-500 and found it to be perfectly adequate. With more attention to details, not shooting from a floating platform, and some work on the raw files, the images could be quite good. Here’s the link to my post on it:

Q7 and the Big Sig Try a Dance - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-15-2019, 07:11 PM  
so this happened today...
Posted By Kath
Replies: 26
Views: 2,264
Well, ain't that a purty combo! Have fun!

P.S.: Seeing your Cathedral Park pics, it appears you're right up the road (er, river) from me. Come on up the Channel this summer and say hi!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-13-2019, 09:09 AM  
Nature Morning Cormorant on the River
Posted By Kath
Replies: 8
Views: 728
Thanks for your nice comments, Todd and reh.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-12-2019, 09:11 AM  
DA560 lens club - Let's see some photos!
Posted By Kath
Replies: 226
Views: 37,857
LOL, Wwesty, sometimes insomnia works in my favor. So, instead of rolling over and trying to get back to sleep, I peeked out the window and couldn’t believe my eyes. I’m thinking I need to wake up early more often.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-11-2019, 11:43 PM  
DA560 lens club - Let's see some photos!
Posted By Kath
Replies: 226
Views: 37,857
Thanks, Sutherland. So glad you enjoy it.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-11-2019, 11:40 PM  
Nature Morning Cormorant on the River
Posted By Kath
Replies: 8
Views: 728
Thank you, Tony and Les, so nice of you.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-11-2019, 06:07 PM  
Nature Morning Cormorant on the River
Posted By Kath
Replies: 8
Views: 728
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-11-2019, 05:53 PM  
DA560 lens club - Let's see some photos!
Posted By Kath
Replies: 226
Views: 37,857
Sometimes I'm lucky enough to naturally wake up for golden hour on the river. Today was one of those glorious days. DA560 on KP.

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