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Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-16-2021, 08:16 AM  
Nature Broad-winged Hawk...(?)
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 5
Views: 199
In addition to the pale colour at the base of the primaries, the fact that Broad-wings are in South America at this time of the year suggests that this is a Red-shoulder.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-10-2021, 02:31 PM  
Ricoh Imaging Canada Holiday Sale
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 0
Views: 363
If the website of retailer Camera Canada is any indication, Ricoh Imaging Canada seems to be offering the incentives currently available in the U.S. available to Canadian retailers too. For example, you can buy the K-3 III body and get a free grip, i.e., $2,499.00 CAD for body and grip ($399 CAD saving). Camera Canada :: Pentax :: K-3 Mark III Body Black BONUS D-BG8 Grip

The silver body and grip combo is even cheaper: $2,399.00 CAD. Camera Canada :: Pentax :: K-3 Mark III Body Silver BONUS D-BG8 Grip

These are just two examples of the many deals.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 12-02-2021, 12:12 PM  
KS2 repair frustrations
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 43
Views: 2,054
It looks like Sun Camera Service contacts the sender directly to get approval to proceed with the repairs. Given that information, you should be ale to make a direct request about your repair. Whether or not they will reply in a timely manner or reply at all is another matter.

Sun Camera Service Repair process:
Sun Camera Service Ltd. - Repair Process

Sun Camera Service Contact us:
Sun Camera Service Ltd. - Contact Us

Ricoh Imaging Canada repair information: Note that the camera to be repaired must be addressed to "RICOH IMAGING CANADA INC" but the address it must be sent to is that of Sun (2150 Steeles Avenue West, Unit #5, Concord, ON, L4K 2Y7), although the phone number doesn't match the number on Sun Camera's website. The e-mail address given is Ricoh's but I don't know whether Sun replies directly.
https://www.ricoh-imaging.ca/support/repairs/
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 12-02-2021, 11:55 AM  
KS2 repair frustrations
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 43
Views: 2,054
$300 cad = $234 usd

$228 usd = $292 cad
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 12-01-2021, 11:51 AM  
KS2 repair frustrations
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 43
Views: 2,054
Pentax's Canadian office (https://www.ricoh-imaging.ca/) is in Mississauga, but the authorized repair facility is independently-owned: Sun Camera on Steeles Avenue in the Concorde part of Vaughan. Sun is also the Canadian authorized facility for Nikon and Canon.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 09-27-2021, 11:22 AM  
K-3 III water damage
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 401
Views: 16,868
Unfortunately the wording says that the warranty does not cover damage resulting from misuse or water or abuse. It does not say that water damage resulting from user abuse or misuse is not covered. The wording allows Ricoh to avoid warranty claims from water damage arising from any and all causes.

“This warranty does not cover finishes or batteries, nor does it cover damages resulting from accident, misuse, abuse, dirt, water, battery leakage, tampering, servicing performed or attempted by unauthorized service agencies."

However, this is entirely aside from whether the advertised weather-resistance is misleading. I guess the moral of the story is to buy insurance or be prepared to pay out of your own pocket if the camera is damaged by water.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-24-2021, 12:41 PM  
Thematic Wildlife
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 12,150
Views: 702,726
Is this species a fiscal conservative or liberal? ;)
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 09-09-2021, 12:32 PM  
Lack of support by Pentax
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 28
Views: 2,093
The original post says: "The PH-RBK 67 is on order everywhere I looked, in the EU, UK, even in the bloody US! So I wrote to the Ricoh-EU official support website. This was the answer:
"Unfortunately we do not have a PH-RBK 67 on offer."
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 08-26-2021, 11:00 AM  
K3iii in Canada?
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 18
Views: 1,255
In Canada any price other than the MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) for Pentax gear is very rare, and occurs after the camera has been discontinued and the replacement model has been released. Exception may include small discounts at Amazon a couple of years after the product release. I would like to be proven wrong, but that's my experience.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-20-2021, 12:51 PM  
Thematic Wildlife
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 12,150
Views: 702,726
Yes, bison are notoriously un-domesticated.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 08-20-2021, 12:40 PM  
DPReview's Best Cameras around $2000 -- K-3 Mark III in the list
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 25
Views: 1,999
My theory is that DPReview has a different definition of "bulky" than most people. :) It's probably a dog-whistle word meaning "not-Nikon", "not-Canon", or "not-Leica".
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-27-2021, 11:43 AM  
Traveling by air with tripod gear
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 40
Views: 2,078
Don't try that in Canada. I have tried countless times to bring a tripod in carry-on luggage in Canada but was allowed to do so only once. As a result, I have stopped trying.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-28-2021, 06:05 AM  
Morning dove in the afternooon
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 8
Views: 583
So named for its mournful-sounding cooing.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-07-2021, 08:54 AM  
K-3 III -- Alberta, Canada Pre-Orders Available
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 51
Views: 4,512
Henry's doesn't keep any Pentax equipment in stock, except for a couple of consumer grade lenses and used gear -- no bodies at all. They have very little of the models that Ricoh Canada already has in stock, i.e., they have no stock of K-3 III, K-P, or K-1 II. The other three stores are the same, except they don't even give you the option of special ordering K-3 II or K-P. Almost all Pentax gear is by special order only, so expect delays even if you order something that Ricoh Canada already has in stock. Amazon Canada is no better. However, Camera Canada does show stock of the K-1 II.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-07-2021, 08:41 AM  
Nature Martin-pêcheur d'Amérique / Belted Kingfisher [Megaceryle alcyon]
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 6
Views: 423
Nice. It's hard to get close enough to a kingfisher for a good shot.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-27-2021, 09:24 AM  
Nature Red & Two-Barred Crossbills hang out
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 6
Views: 430
Bec-croisé bifascié is known as White-winged Crossbill in North America outside of Quebec. (AOS Checklist of North and Middle American Birds) It's known as Two-barred Crossbill in the United Kingdom.

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They use the crossed bill to pry apart the scales on pine and spruce cones, then use the tongue to extract the seed.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-23-2021, 06:37 AM  
"3 way" binocular and monocular projects
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 55
Views: 10,364
The 4X magnification 3 in 1 binocular wouldn't work for higher magnifications because the two barrels wouldn't be collimated with sufficient accuracy to produce a binocular image that wouldn't give you a headache. I know this from decades of birding and having been presented with binoculars that have been knocked out of alignment.



I agree. This is a clever attempt to target an under-exploited niche, rather than throwing something into an already crowded market. I've never seen a 3 in 1 binocular8 before. Now if only they would use the mechanical optical stabilizing technology from the 645 lenses in a 10X42 weather-resistant binocular...
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-18-2021, 05:39 PM  
SMC Takumar 500mm f/4.5 lens M42 mount, Facebook: St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 3
Views: 775
I wouldn't normally bring up a listing from my local Facebook Marketplace because most of the stuff is junk, but someone in my area (St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada) has listed an SMC Takumar 500mm f/4.5 lens (M42 mount) with the original case in what appears to be excellent condition for $600 CAD ($480 USD) (see the link to the listing below, with photos of the lens). I don't know the person who is selling it, but he says it's in "exceptional condition" and I'm inclined to agree based on the photos. He tapped an extra hole on the tripod foot and installed a "double screw Arca Swiss plate with 90º ears". He says the lenses are fungus free. I would buy it for myself if I didn't already own an SMC A* 600mm f/5.6.

500mm f/4.5 Lens - Lenses - St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador | Facebook Marketplace
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 01-16-2021, 07:45 AM  
Pentax MX wins DPReview photo challenge
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 16
Views: 1,708
And manual light metering and exposure.
Forum: General Talk 01-16-2021, 07:42 AM  
Lens... not Lense
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 105
Views: 4,768
What do you do to "diffuse" [defuse] their flustration? :D

Seriously though, people get annoyed because spelling and grammatical errors impair comprehension of the text by potential readers.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-16-2021, 07:32 AM  
Nature Embarrassed - No Idea What Bird This Is - Perhaps a Juvenile Egrit or Heron?
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 6
Views: 685
I would agree with Cattle Egret, which is a species present in the wild in Australia. Although it still has the orangish breeding plumes on its breast and head, it has lost the orange colour of its legs in high breeding condition.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 04-30-2020, 07:03 AM  
1000mm and 1200mm lenses
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 27
Views: 3,337
I remember reading some where on the forums that Pentax only made less than 15 copies of the A* 1200, hence the difficulty finding one for sale.
Forum: General Photography 04-14-2020, 06:36 AM  
Buying a Camera From a Hot Climate Region
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 5
Views: 1,646
A hot, dry climate wouldn't encourage the growth of fungus. However, the humid tropics is a different matter. A friend from Sri Lanka kept his camera and lenses, when not in use, with a desiccant under a bell jar sealed with lanolin to prevent fungal growth on the lens coatings and corrosion in the camera.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-07-2020, 05:26 AM  
Nature Purple Finch.
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 10
Views: 459
Based on plumage it's a Purple Finch. Range maps in authoritative field guides show that species is a year-round resident in your area. Cassin's Finch is rare there.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-20-2020, 05:06 AM  
Nature 2020-03-17-Life and death in Blue Jay land
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 14
Views: 617
The primaries on an Accipiter (Gos-, Cooper's, or Sharp-shinned hawk) only reach to the base of the tail when the wings are folded. In falcons (Peregrine, Merlin, Kestrel) they reach to the tip of the tail. On your local species of Buteo (Red-tail, Broad-winged, or Red-shouldered Hawks) the wing tips reach half-way down the tail. The pale bars on the are wider than the dark bars in Accipiter, unlike this bird, which has pale bars narrower than dark bars. This indicates a Merlin or Peregrine. Also, note the dark vertical bar extending downward from the anterior end of the eye. This indicates a falcon. The slate blue-grey back indicates it is an adult, but the dark brown streaking on the chest and belly exclude Accipiter (which would have rusty bars). That leaves male Merlin. Lest you think that telling those species apart is a labourious task, with practice one can do it in less time than it takes to read the first few words of this paragraph.
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