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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-11-2020, 10:09 AM  
Milky Way Over the Frank Schott Old Barn
Posted By dmckinnon
Replies: 23
Views: 422
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-13-2020, 09:02 AM  
Telescopic sunset
Posted By dmckinnon
Replies: 49
Views: 515
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-10-2020, 09:53 AM  
Secret folower
Posted By dmckinnon
Replies: 60
Views: 972
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-26-2019, 01:30 PM  
Hi there iam from Calgary
Posted By dmckinnon
Replies: 36
Views: 1,047
Hello from a fellow Calgarian!
Forum: Winners' Showcase 09-08-2019, 02:50 PM  
August, 2019 Winner: Asio flammeus
Posted By dmckinnon
Replies: 100
Views: 3,300
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-19-2018, 05:57 PM  
Building a nest is a muddy job
Posted By dmckinnon
Replies: 0
Views: 283
I had fun one summer afternoon in the backyard garden photographing this robin at the bird bath. It would use the mud for building its nest and return for a bath and then more mud.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-20-2017, 06:27 PM  
k10d can not work with pre-digital electronic flash gear?
Posted By dmckinnon
Replies: 7
Views: 1,024
I use the Wein Safe-Sync Hot Shoe to Hot Shoe with PC (available at B&H) for my old Vivitar 285 flashes. Not only does this allow you to put the flash on top of the camera, but you also have the option to use a cord from the adapter to mount the flash on a frame.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-21-2017, 04:06 PM  
Noise inside 55mm f4 67 lens
Posted By dmckinnon
Replies: 7
Views: 1,298
I purchased a brand new SMC Pentax 67 55mm f4 back in June 2000 and noticed the same thing -- a noise when I rotated the lens around. I still have the lens, and it still has the noise. I'd forgotten about it, as the lens has never had any problems with its operation or the quality of images (excellent). I hope yours serves as well, even if it isn't silent.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-28-2016, 08:22 PM  
Likes and Dislikes of the K-1
Posted By dmckinnon
Replies: 66
Views: 7,247
I'm very much enjoying almost everything about the camera; it has exceeded my expectations. One little surprise that I like is the Lock button; sometimes I would unknowingly dial the aperture or shutter speed up or down while using manual flash, but this feature protects against that. Minor inconveniences include the playback button's position (like others, I'm inclined to go for LV, and really have to think where the button is when I have one of the older cameras in hand) and the omission of Dust Alert.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-18-2016, 07:57 PM  
Dust Alert
Posted By dmckinnon
Replies: 9
Views: 2,046
After doing outdoor lens tests with my new K-1, which involved a number of lens changes in windy conditions, I thought I'd do a check for dust; however, when I looked for the Dust Alert function in the menus, I couldn't find it. It's not where it is on my K-5 and K-3. I checked the manual and then searched the forum and couldn't find any specific references regarding the K-1. Google brought back the following page which specifically mentions it: Pentax K-1 Review: Initial Test - Technical Info. Has anyone used Dust Alert on the K-1? Am I missing the obvious? Thank you.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-18-2016, 06:35 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By dmckinnon
Replies: 30,837
Views: 2,801,545
Stopped by the local camera shop a few days ago, not expecting any K-1 bodies to be in inventory, but was pleasantly surprised to find a shipment had arrived that morning. To tell the truth, I hadn't really decided whether I'd buy one in the near future, but with the camera in hand, the outcome was a foregone conclusion.

Here's a photo of my morning grind, taken with a K55/1.8 lens at ISO 100, f11, 2.5 sec and Pixel Shift. Below is a 100% crop of the detail.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-17-2016, 07:38 PM  
How many aperture blades does your 6x7 lens have?
Posted By dmckinnon
Replies: 34
Views: 3,457
I have four lenses as follows:
  1. SMC Pentax 67 55mm F4: 8 aperture blades

  2. SMC Pentax-6x7 90mm F2.8: 8 aperture blades

  3. Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 6x7 90mm F2.8 LS: 5 aperture blades

  4. SMC Pentax 67 200mm F4: 8 aperture blades

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-11-2015, 10:16 AM  
Any way to get K-5 serial number besides on the body? (stolen)
Posted By dmckinnon
Replies: 14
Views: 1,261
Not that I have seen in my files, though I have to say that many of my lenses are older (pre-digital) lenses. I checked to see if the FA 31mm f1.8's serial number shows up in the files, and it doesn't.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-11-2015, 10:00 AM  
Any way to get K-5 serial number besides on the body? (stolen)
Posted By dmckinnon
Replies: 14
Views: 1,261
The camera's PEF and JPG files contain the serial number. I'm not a Windows user, but on Linux I use the exiftool utility to extract/display the EXIF data. One of the pieces of information displayed is the camera's serial number. (If Windows doesn't show the serial number in the Properties tab for an image, you can look to download the exiftool for Windows at ExifTool by Phil Harvey).
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-19-2014, 07:46 PM  
Poll: 24mp vs 36mp
Posted By dmckinnon
Replies: 234
Views: 26,701
I would be happy with either, but would lean to the 24mp format. I agree with the points pinholecam provided, and would add that every time I have had a noticeable increase to the number of megapixels in a new camera, I have also had to shell out for a computer upgrade to keep up with the RAW processing.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-20-2014, 08:52 PM  
Did I get lucky?
Posted By dmckinnon
Replies: 8
Views: 1,245
Good question. When I'm not using my Pentax AF540, I sometimes use an old Vivitar 285 with a surge protector. I confess that I've forgotten the protector on the odd occasion (fortunately with my old DS2 and not my K10D or K5), but it hasn't cooked the camera yet. That said, it would be well worth investing in a surge protector.
Forum: Sold Items 01-17-2014, 10:50 AM  
For Sale - Sold: SMC Pentax 30mm 2.8 Lens
Posted By dmckinnon
Replies: 2
Views: 827
PM sent.
Forum: Pentax K-5 01-12-2014, 02:10 PM  
No more tests! just pictures
Posted By dmckinnon
Replies: 7,951
Views: 1,343,834
Excellent shots, Rupert.

Chickadees are my favourites, but they seldom remain in one spot long enough for me to get decent images. I got these two quite a while back at our local bird sanctuary. The nuthatch was looking for food and came to my son's hand, but left disappointed!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-10-2014, 07:21 PM  
First post
Posted By dmckinnon
Replies: 6
Views: 447
Thank you - I hope I can, though there is already an awful lot of wisdom within the Forum's members!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-09-2014, 07:39 PM  
First post
Posted By dmckinnon
Replies: 6
Views: 447

Although a new member on PentaxForums, I have been enjoying reading the articles and reviewing forum questions and replies for quite some time. The site is certainly a wealth of information, not only regarding Pentax equipment, but photography in general.

I have been an avid amateur photographer and Pentax user since 1987, and have accumulated numerous 35mm bodies + lenses and 6x7 equipment over the years, most of which I still own. Now my digital collection of bodies and lenses is growing, though I still find great satisfaction in using those old lenses on the new bodies.

I'm looking forward to being part of the community!

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