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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-08-2021, 08:54 PM  
Will you buy the k3 Mark 3?
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 317
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  • The Lockdown has changed me

  • Iím a snapshooter and [was a] Gear Collector. I have enough too many toys

If you are an American, plan for the • / $ exchange rate to go against you.
Forum: General Talk 03-12-2021, 08:52 AM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 730
Views: 27,047
Yes - thatís Federalism. Each state is its own sovereign entity under our Constitution. There are comparatively few things the US national government can force a state to do.

We built a stockpile of PPE after H1N1 - but Congress stopped funding that a few years ago and hospitals used up the gear. It isnít so much learning from the past as it is the next generation (Congress) not forgetting what their predecessors learned.
Forum: General Talk 03-11-2021, 06:13 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 730
Views: 27,047
it is a Totally fair comment.

The wealthiest Zip Code in the state, Top Twenty in the USA, has the highest positivity and morbidity in the state. These self-important @#$&*%s ignored the protocols, had cocktail parties, drank at the local bars and 19th Hole at their golf clubs and pool cabanas all summer. The first St Louis super-spreader event was caused by a wealthy family whose daughter came home from semester abroad in Italy last March with COVID. They ignored quarantine rules and attended a 400-person, black tie hih school charity ball. I personally knew an elderly couple who got the virus at that event and died. I know these people, my entire life. I’m not making this up.

The next highest area is 2-acre-lot ex-urb / suburbs. THEN you have the poverty areas. The wealthy, under fifty and healthy, pull strings and jump the list. Everybody “knows somebody” who knows about an open appointment. There are private Facebook Groups dedicated to finding appointments!

I’m not waiting for the system to get around to me any more. I’m taking responsibility for protecting myself and my in-remission wife.

I’m sick and tired of following protocols and being penalized for doing so.
Forum: General Talk 03-08-2021, 08:08 AM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 730
Views: 27,047
I researched what is happening here.

St.. Louis County has decided to concentrate appointments in areas with the highest testing positivity rate and morbidity rate, as is their right under the Missouri Guidelines. I happen to live in a Zip Code with one of the lowest positivity rates in the State, so my wife and I are de-prioritized within our eligibility group. Anyone in the State who is eligible to receive the vaccine - by age and a list of published conditions and occupations - can make an appointment anywhere in the State, which is why the State sent me the email offering appointments from 90 minutes to four and a half hours away.

In effect, those areas where residents have been responsible and followed the rules are selectively penalized versus areas where people were irresponsible and broke the rules. We are then incentivized to find our own appointments. Those of us who find another county opening just drive there.
Forum: General Talk 03-08-2021, 07:16 AM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 730
Views: 27,047
I finally got an email from Missouri offering me an appointment at a list of seventeen county mass vaccination events. The nearest event is a 90 minute drive, the farthest four and a half hours. No events were listed in my area.

Though I am eligible to receive the vaccine by age and condition, my local county still has not offered an open mass vaccination event and still has not sent me any emails. That is why people here are taking matters into their own hands. We know our area receives half of the doses sent to Missouri but our area health departments are allowing more appointments for favored groups and areas rather than offering open appointments for everyone eligible.
Forum: General Talk 03-05-2021, 06:46 PM  
USPS issues?
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 225
Views: 10,546
I had a small Priority Mail Flat Rate box ship from Phoenix the afternoon before the snowstorm. Tracking went “dark” for a week, then it appeared at our local Dist. Center. The next day my local POSTMASTER handed it to me. He was driving one of the old JEEPS! We still had 8” of snow on the ground.

They’re trying, at least around here.
Forum: General Talk 03-05-2021, 06:15 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 730
Views: 27,047
My wife and I did get Pfizer #1 this morning and #2 is appointed for 3/26. The shot was administered at 1 of 10 grocery store clinics. Each location receives 170 doses a day. No fuss - just make an appointment online, walk in and show insurance card. Appointments are plentiful - we made ours yesterday.
Forum: General Talk 03-05-2021, 11:57 AM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 730
Views: 27,047
It does seem that thereís a hidden qualification metric, doesnít it?
Forum: General Talk 03-03-2021, 08:19 AM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 730
Views: 27,047
TY. Both Appointments are set.

At a point we just decided to take responsibility for ourselves. Small indicator of civil breakdown. IOW the populous canít trust the system to be fair and equitable, or at least efficient.

Good to hear.
Forum: General Talk 03-03-2021, 08:09 AM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 730
Views: 27,047
St. Louis City and County combined receive 50% of the doses Missouri receives. Unfortunately the St. Louis area system isn’t doing a decent job communicating, so people are frustrated. I’d be content and more patient if I knew my place in line and approximate date - but it is a black hole. I don’t know whether they can’t tell us or won’t tell us. We’re not even getting notice of Mass Vaccination events, which are supposed to be broadly advertised.

Consequently people are forced to search for openings outside the area, form FB Groups, call friends, and pull personal connection strings to get appointments. I can’t knowingly fault anyone (certainly not the State) but at best the City/County Health Departments aren’t up to the task. BJC and Mercy are doing better, but that attracts “dose shoppers” which backs them up even more.

I do blame the media for over-hyping the whole thing. Next week is the one year anniversary of Two Weeks To Flatten The Curve.
Forum: General Talk 03-01-2021, 06:01 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 730
Views: 27,047
I got an appointment for Friday for my wife and me today. It’s a 3 1/2 hour drive but we’re doing it. We’re both in Tier1-b - immuno-compromised and over 65 - so we’re eligible now, but ineligible people with connections keep jumping the line. It took me two full days of on-line searching to get an appointment.
Forum: General Talk 03-01-2021, 05:52 PM  
Another Marc Newson design ...
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 37
Views: 1,214
Reminds me of a Mississippi River townoat.
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 03-01-2021, 02:47 PM  
Calling all speculators. Will the next K-1 have the same tech as the K-3iii?
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 26
Views: 1,530
Pentax has traditionally spread DSLR development costs across all three formats, and lately some of them from GR into K-3iii. Unless they change their business model I assume the touch screen, optical VF technology, AF sensor and Algorithm, image processor and throughput standards all transfer. I assume Action vs. Landscape is more a function of which image sensor they can get. I assume price will be lower for features than :CaNikon and well below Sony.

My bet is they apply touch screen to the moon lander and keep an all-metal body (so no internal GPS and related apps) and no HH image enhancement.
Forum: General Talk 02-26-2021, 10:46 PM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 7,892
Views: 587,688
Exactly what happened to me when I found her channel :lol::lol:
Forum: General Talk 02-25-2021, 11:03 PM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 7,892
Views: 587,688
Put aside a couple hours - or an entire weekend - to meet Julia. Bassists the world over are stunned. Sheís 23.
















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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-25-2021, 10:24 AM  
All three FA Limiteds to be updated + K-1 Mark II J-Limited 01
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 462
Views: 30,653
Any FA Limited is Priceless. :)
Forum: General Talk 02-25-2021, 09:44 AM  
Make a Paracord Wrist Strap w/ Peak Design Anchor Link
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 0
Views: 367
I think this is pretty cool - from Weavers of Eternity Paracord
















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Peak Design Anchor Links
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-22-2021, 10:34 AM  
All three FA Limiteds to be updated + K-1 Mark II J-Limited 01
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 462
Views: 30,653
The good news is they’re running another batch of FA Limiteds. They could have just retired them.

I don’t think the Three Princesses will ever see focus motors and e/apertures. Rather I think they will extend the FA Limited line with those features on all-new lenses. I won’t be buying HD FA Limited ‘upgrades’ nor selling my MIJ SMC FA Limiteds.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-14-2021, 11:55 PM  
Where can I get a lens silvered these days?
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 9
Views: 808
Mine also.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-10-2021, 03:14 PM  
People AOCO 1919_101 Years
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 114
Views: 6,881
Nice! Love the Tamron AD-2 signature grainy bokeh. (Special lens, too).
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-10-2021, 01:33 PM  
At What Point Did Your Pentax Digital Camera Become "Good Enough"?
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 61
Views: 2,833
Judging by my buying / selling history since 2006 I havenít reached that point yet.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-10-2021, 01:26 PM  
Any news about DA*16-50mm redesign?
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 11
Views: 947
2021 + (# 16-50 units in inventory / annual unit sales volume) = approx. release year.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-10-2021, 01:19 PM  
macro 1:1 extension tubes question
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 19
Views: 791
Donít forget the


Reference also K-mount Page

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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-08-2021, 01:32 PM  
Pentax LX different models/series ??
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 14
Views: 1,537
Allen, you qualify as addicted :lol:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-07-2021, 10:21 AM  
Ricoh - Consolidated results for FY2020 9M and Q3
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 78
Views: 4,598
01 and 06 are very good lenses. 02 is just so-so.
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