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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-28-2021, 07:23 PM  
Kit lenses with WR rating and silver ring versus Green Line WR rated lenses
Posted By bertwert
Replies: 12
Views: 828
Yep, pretty much identical, but DA-L has a plastic mount, no included lens hood, and I think also no quick shift. Apart from that they're the same as the DA counterparts regarding optics and WR.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-28-2021, 12:25 PM  
Nature Scruffy Bear
Posted By bertwert
Replies: 11
Views: 330
Maybe that's why he ran off! Thought I was being rude :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 05-28-2021, 11:53 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By bertwert
Replies: 89,676
Views: 3,747,448
Well, the modern ones have a zip, which in turn is then hidden by a pipe bag cover.



You could easily put a hip flask full of whisky in the pipe bag and smuggle it into places where you shouldn't have any... not that I would ever do that... :cool:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-28-2021, 09:07 AM  
Best low light walk around lens.
Posted By bertwert
Replies: 57
Views: 2,921
Not an expert as Bernard is here, but I imagine the HD 21 would do better, having the HD coatings (supposedly increasing contrast and flare resistance) over the SMC coatings of the 18-135. Though with things all stopped down to f/11, it's hard to tell one lens from another. I personally like the 21 for it's lightweight and easy portability for landscapes anywhere. Here's my closest landscape shot to 'into the sun' on my flickr, but no sunset sorry... I quite like this shot and the rendering in it.



There's a couple other landscapes here with the lens, but nothing really great: HD DA 21 Ltd | Flickr
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-28-2021, 09:00 AM  
Simple Fix For Older Flashes
Posted By bertwert
Replies: 11
Views: 630
Under $100 you say? Maybe I should try and pick one up, I know nothing about flashes nor ever used any. But I was thinking it might be nice to experiment with some for fill flash in early morning song birds - I think I need HSS for this, so 'easy access' sounds good. May want the more powerful 540 for my application however...
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-28-2021, 08:36 AM  
Simple Fix For Older Flashes
Posted By bertwert
Replies: 11
Views: 630
Fair point, as mentioned I haven't used these flashes, and was unaware of the exact nature of the problem. Disregard my idea then ;)
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 05-28-2021, 08:27 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By bertwert
Replies: 89,676
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Good plan - wouldn't want to piss off any of the folks handing out pushups, would I now? :lol:




I do, but it's a modern fancy synthetic material, not hide like it used to be:

Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-28-2021, 07:55 AM  
Simple Fix For Older Flashes
Posted By bertwert
Replies: 11
Views: 630
Nice Stephen - zip ties are useful for many many things. I keep some in my Leatherman pouch on my belt... I imagine a good strong rubber band may work as well, and look slightly more 'aesthetic'.

I haven't used any of these flashes, but to me the problem seems to be that the connection isn't quite tight enough to the batteries - necessitating the need to hold the door shut tighter? I wonder if you could simply add a bit of bulk to the connections on the inside of the door - add a flattened blob of solder or something? Would be a much more convenient solution in the long term. Just an idea.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 05-27-2021, 07:14 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By bertwert
Replies: 89,676
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Actually flight leaves on Saturday, so I'm around tomorrow, maybe I should start thinking of packing? :lol:

Thanks! I'm sure it will prove to be a great time after it's all done.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 05-27-2021, 04:27 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By bertwert
Replies: 89,676
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Crows/ravens - all a bloody nuisance, bothering goats, chickens, the lot. They also love to tease the dog, as they know she can't get them, but she doesn't know that...
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 05-27-2021, 04:24 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By bertwert
Replies: 89,676
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Sounds fun - great website your buddy has, and I see he has his head screwed on correctly, using a KP and 100 Macro for his shots. Not that this is photography talk, just on observation. Wouldn't want to deviate from important topics discussed here, would I? :p
Forum: General Talk 05-27-2021, 04:17 PM  
Borescope
Posted By bertwert
Replies: 4
Views: 271
I'm confused here - isn't a borescope a tiny camera that has a long cable to connect to the screen/control unit?

How are you envisioning connecting this to a DSLR or video camera? :confused:
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-26-2021, 02:31 PM  
Any suggestions on a beginners level wildlife camera/kit under $1000 CAD?
Posted By bertwert
Replies: 32
Views: 1,285
Hi Jake, I'd certainly still recommend the K-70 here, look on the marketplace for one maybe - none there now, but you could always post in the 'wanted' section: Wanted Items - PentaxForums.com It's got great low light performance, especially for it's price - better than a used K-3 I'd say. Definitely lots of easy 'beginner' functions and more expert functions you can grow into. I've had my K-50 (earlier model version) for over 6 years now and have just really started feeling a need to upgrade in the last year or so now. Again, check out the review if you haven't yet, the in depth PF reviews really give a good overview of the cameras. Pair the K-70 with a 55-300 PLM (one in the marketplace for just under $400 Canadian, plus shipping however, but you'd save a bit over new: HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE - PentaxForums.com) and you've got a great kit for not too too much shooting little critters. Pick up a cheap kit lens for the shorter stuff too. Sure there's a few limitations, but for starting out and learning the basics, it's pretty perfect! Once you find limitations here after a bunch of time, you can upgrade to faster/longer lenses depending on your budget and wants.

You could call McBain camera (I presume you're in Edmonton) to see if they have any in stock - you might be able to get a feel for the camera. I found the Pentaxes I tried were all more solid feeling than any Canikons of the same budget price, not to mention the WR (which is great if you're outside all the time and the weather turns inclement) and other Pentax features such as in body stabilization.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 05-26-2021, 11:51 AM  
K-3III and M series lenses
Posted By bertwert
Replies: 21
Views: 852
If you don't want the third setting "forced on you", use manual mode, it's always "forced on you" in an auto exposure mode. If you simply want to see it in advance, use stop down metering in manual mode - as clearly you want to be able to adjust it after seeing it and seem to be suggesting a way where half-press acts as a stop down metering, as the green button would. I'm not really seeing the problem, the K-3iii includes this feature which is a really useful step up from previous digital bodies - if it doesn't work for you, don't use it, and it's then no different from using an older digital body... ;)
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 05-26-2021, 10:55 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By bertwert
Replies: 89,676
Views: 3,747,448
No adventures then?

We had a friend lose the wheel off their truck while driving up a logging road for firewood. Dad was out, so it was up to me to go and help the rescue, got the wheel back on enough to drive it onto our flatbed, then chained it all down before driving into town. Didn't fall off at all on the drive down bumpy roads and the highway - I guess I did it all securely :D
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 05-26-2021, 10:50 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By bertwert
Replies: 89,676
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Hmmm. Most things make good sausages at the end of the day - all the spices covering up any unsavoury tastes ;)
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 05-26-2021, 10:49 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By bertwert
Replies: 89,676
Views: 3,747,448
Brings meaning to the dogs breed, if you say it as one word... :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 05-26-2021, 10:48 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By bertwert
Replies: 89,676
Views: 3,747,448
Most likely places to end up after trades training, in 4-5 years time, is either Edmonton or Petawawa as that's where the two Combat Engineer Regiments are. So if I'm ever in the area, that's not an offer I'll turn down :D
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 05-26-2021, 10:44 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By bertwert
Replies: 89,676
Views: 3,747,448
I think the technical term in "money printer go brrr" :D
Forum: General Talk 05-26-2021, 07:21 AM  
Trail Hiking / Walking Shoes?
Posted By bertwert
Replies: 35
Views: 988
Yes for sure - some of the best grip and rubber there is. But the contagrip on Salomon shoes is nothing to sneeze at, that's perfectly fine.


Quality boots yes. Shoes no. Running/hiking shoes typically have non replaceable soles as the rest of the shoe will wear no slower than the sole, and the cost to replace is certainly not economical for the cost of the shoes.


Boots yes. Shoes, again, I find not really. The rubber and foam breaks down, especially if you run at all - off topic, but if you run a lot, you can find yourself replacing shoes every several months (often quoted number of roughly 500 miles). Also, the main advantage of shoes over boots is the lightweight factor - typically the uppers will be less durable to keep the weight down, and you'd be doing fine to get maybe 1.5 to 2 years out of them with heavy use.
Forum: General Talk 05-26-2021, 07:11 AM  
Trail Hiking / Walking Shoes?
Posted By bertwert
Replies: 35
Views: 988
Maybe - you'd have to do some thinking on where you're walking, say if you're going out early morning morning where there's dew but no creeks to cross then the goretex may make sense - plenty of people buy and use them. I just found goretex wasn't great in shoe form for me - any water I come across, be it creeks or marshy bits, is taller than shoes, rendering the goretex more of a hindrance (as it not only keeps water out, but also keeps water in!). I much rather get my feet wet and let them dry as I go, sometimes that's easiest (not only for shoes, but also hiking in the rain - hike in a shirt and shorts if it's warmish, then put dry clothes on when you get to camp and in a nice dry tent/shelter).
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-26-2021, 07:04 AM  
Nature Scruffy Bear
Posted By bertwert
Replies: 11
Views: 330
Thank you Heinrich. The bear was stopping and munching dandelions as he meandered along. That's what attracts them all to the fields there, easy access food - one year I saw 8 in one outing within the quartersection of hayfields.
Forum: General Talk 05-26-2021, 06:46 AM  
Trail Hiking / Walking Shoes?
Posted By bertwert
Replies: 35
Views: 988
Salomon is an excellent brand for boots and shoes. Personally I stick away from Goretex runners, as I find you accidentally end up getting water in them (crossing a stream on rocks and slipping say) at which point they cannot dry out or if it's a hot summer day, they get very sweaty. I go with very breathable runners, and wicking socks - then you can just step in water to your hearts delight, and they dry out fairly well as you go about you run/day. Hiking boots - yeah goretex is fine depending where you're going, warm climate I'd still wear a pair of breathable non waterproof ones designed to dry as you wear them.

I've also had an older model of those specific shoes you've linked, and I found the goretex to be more marketing than useful for me as mentioned above, but maybe you're mileage will differ - they may good for keeping morning dew in short grass out. Great shoes though.
Forum: General Talk 05-26-2021, 06:38 AM  
Audit / critique my laptop hardware / software / security setup, please?
Posted By bertwert
Replies: 27
Views: 882
I'd say that's fine - Firefox acts no different than any other password manager like this - many of which folks trust their banking and financial passwords to. Especially with 2FA enabled, I wouldn't worry. Keeping the passwords in an encrypted text file is a huge hassle, and not necessarily much more secure, if any. If your passwords are of the type that they're long enough to want to copy-paste and you end up doing that - that's less secure than entered directly with Firefox, as it's now in your clipboard history...

As far as Lenovo machines... I was really pleased with how little crud (i.e. nothing really) there was preinstalled on Windows 10 Pro, as I do keep Windows around for the odd required application that won't run satisfactorily in WINE (such as Solidworks) and it made cleaning it all up nice and easy. Also I like my Thinkpad is all I can say, no troubles ever, and I really really like the Trackpoint in my workflow (completely off topic there, as it's not like you get one on the Legion :p)

Another point about WSL I didn't mention earlier, it looks like you can install and run window managers or desktop environments graphically through there now, so you may be able to install GNOME (or whatever you use in Ubuntu) and get it set up to run similarly as if you were actually running Ubuntu natively. I've considered setting this up, but my preferred workflow and interface is way too embedded into i3 on Linux for it to be worth doing, as I rarely need Windows for anything.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 05-26-2021, 06:25 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By bertwert
Replies: 89,676
Views: 3,747,448
As a young person I disagree. There are folks this age getting COVID, and exhibiting possible long term side effects such as lung damage. I much rather risk the very low chance of any problems from the vaccines than the higher risk of contracting COVID and then living the next 60 years with trouble breathing and unable to many of the physical things I enjoy doing.
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