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Forum: Pentax Price Watch 07-29-2022, 11:54 AM  
Godox Pentax flash trigger
Posted By VSTAR
Replies: 7
Views: 500
Godox flash trigger for Pentax on sale at Vistek Canada…ad is in CDN funds… it’s like they are giving it away for free!
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-10-2022, 04:58 PM  
Pentax 645z - worth 'nothing' on used market?
Posted By VSTAR
Replies: 72
Views: 8,265
Maybe the OP can tell us if the camera is posted anywhere for sale, and if not on PF then please explain why. Otherwise why complain on PF you cannot find a buyer and then not list it on the site. Maybe I am missing something in this logic. On the other hand, if it is posted then I missed it and my apology.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-10-2022, 10:56 AM  
Pentax 645z - worth 'nothing' on used market?
Posted By VSTAR
Replies: 72
Views: 8,265
A few years ago I purchased a used 645D for a fairly reasonable price. But before that I tried purchasing a 645Z locally advertised. The owner would not take a reasonable offer and started following me on this site telling me I am being unreasonable in not accepting the advertised price! So I believe that pricing is probably important on selling the Z and also shutter count. This forum has been great for me selling Pentax used items and the buyers have been great. Not sure if you ever listed it on PF. Fuji MF…,from what I have read it looks like a great system…and then I added up what the body and say 3 lenses would cost compared to the Z. I’ll stay with the D until it dies.
Forum: General Talk 04-02-2022, 07:01 PM  
The Brick & Mortar Experience & It's Closings Affect On Us All
Posted By VSTAR
Replies: 80
Views: 3,439
Reeftool.....don't feel too upset....this is happening everywhere. I do not believe they tried to get u in the store by deception. Covid has caused factory closures, unpredictable manufacturing times, shipping delays, orders placed and not fulfilled, and warehouse/store computer stock errors. How do I know, same thing happened to me. Also needed a new dishwasher. Did the internet research, looked at what's available and called the stores. Found out all the stores will only deliver to my house as there is no stock kept in all the big box stores. So they wanted to deliver to my home, but I am at work! So I called every Lowes and was told by some of them, we have to check stock and will call u back. Guess what, no return call. Finally called one store and spoke to the manager. Explained about the phone calls and I had even been to one store and told they would get back to me. The manager called me back one hour after closing and explained that tractor trailers are coming in but are usually only delivering half the store is expecting so he could not promise when the dishwasher stock is really coming in. He did get a salesperson to call me who was able to track one down at another store. Called the store, they had one, I said great, let me pay on the internet site or over the phone...not allowed! Have to come in person. So next day got lucky, they still had one, and salesperson got it for me and helped load into my car. In the meantime another customer was asking the same salesperson to place an order for a kitchen fume hood that would need to be ordered from the manufacturer. The salesperson tried over and over again to explain to the customer that if it is not in stock then delivery times on websites mean nothing.

2 years into Covid and the supply chains are still broken. Only thing worse is trying to buy a car right now.
Forum: General Talk 03-31-2022, 11:08 AM  
The Brick & Mortar Experience & It's Closings Affect On Us All
Posted By VSTAR
Replies: 80
Views: 3,439
Over 2 mil people in our Toronto, Ontario area. In the last 3 years the number 1 type of store to open up everywhere is….cannabis stores. It got to the point that the stores were dividing up the pie so much that they asked the city to stop issuing new licences! So it sounds like u guys are still doing ok with the variety of stores/businesses .
Forum: Ricoh GR 03-30-2022, 07:11 PM  
GRIII reliability issues
Posted By VSTAR
Replies: 24
Views: 1,849
Let's make this easy....which fixed lens pocketable camera with full sized sensor has no reported dust issues?
Does the GR series have more dust issues than other brands of similar type cameras, or do more owners just report their problems on the internet more often than other owners of other brands? Is it more prone to dust or because more pocketable then increased chance of dust?
Forum: General Photography 03-19-2022, 06:41 PM  
Henrys camera Mississauga outlet closing
Posted By VSTAR
Replies: 1
Views: 685
For Toronto-GTA…Henry’s Camera Store Outlet in Mississauga closing very shortly. Only a few used lenses for Pentax available, not much desirable, may be getting more lenses and camera bodies ( not sure if Pentax brand) in next couple of days. Some other accessories available. If interested check the hours. Another store closing!
Forum: General Photography 03-11-2022, 01:16 PM  
Photo exhibitions in the digital age
Posted By VSTAR
Replies: 30
Views: 1,273
Not sure what art, photography, definition you are referring to. The camera is defined as being part of the medium used to produce the photo, artwork, just as the pen is part of the medium when using a pen and ink to produce artwork. Therefore, canon, Pentax, Nikon are part of the medium used to create the artwork. By definition even photoshop software would also be part of the medium.
Forum: General Photography 03-11-2022, 07:40 AM  
Photo exhibitions in the digital age
Posted By VSTAR
Replies: 30
Views: 1,273
Please post after u go to view the exhibit. Interested in your experience.

“I'm trying to recall the last painting exhibit that listed which brand of brushes were used.”

Actually at many fine art galleries and museums of fine art the medium information will be listed….canvas, oil paint etc. I actually appreciated being able to find out what camera, focal length, speed, aperture was used.

I can tell you that the electronic displays at the exhibit were clear, bright, a respectable size. They also gave me a different feeling when viewing them as compared to a large print viewed at ie the International Renter of Photography in NYC. Maybe it is similar to listening to a musician that has a live band backing them versus prerecorded electronic music similar to what Ed Sheeran does. Close your eyes and they both sound similar but open your eyes and the experience is different (which is why the fans had a class action lawsuit against him…and they won!)
Forum: General Photography 03-10-2022, 12:26 PM  
Photo exhibitions in the digital age
Posted By VSTAR
Replies: 30
Views: 1,273
For the first time in about 3 years I went to a photo exhibition. It was “Wildlife photographer of the year”. It was held at our Royal Ontario Museum as a special exhibit and displayed winning photographs from around the world. Some had already appeared in camera magazines in 2021 that I had already read and seen.

Interesting, the number one camera manufacturer used in the photos was Nikon.

I have been to many photo exhibits during my lifetime….but this was the first one that had no printed prints. They used what appeared to be digital displays for each photo. Colours looked great, brightness was really bright. Just not used to going to a photo exhibit with no printed photos.

Have photo exhibits gone digital or are most still using printed photos?
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 03-10-2022, 12:18 PM  
Newbie has a [?] about expired color negative film
Posted By VSTAR
Replies: 19
Views: 1,574
Just shoot as is, have it developed normally. Worse comes to worse you will need to scan the processed film and then make software adjustments. People sometimes find rolls of film that are decades and decades old and when developed they look pretty good- depending on the camera used at the time the photo was taken.
Forum: General Talk 03-06-2022, 01:01 PM  
The Brick & Mortar Experience & It's Closings Affect On Us All
Posted By VSTAR
Replies: 80
Views: 3,439
You can add motorcycle and car dealerships. Motorcycle companies used to have test ride days, and even before Covid those have mainly disappeared. So you are buying a motorcycle without ever trying it out. Now there are car dealerships where they bring the car to you once you know what u want, and there is a North American used car company…you have to purchase the vehicle without seeing or trying it out and if you do. It like it, then return it.
Forum: General Photography 03-05-2022, 06:33 PM  
printer question
Posted By VSTAR
Replies: 13
Views: 786
Availability of consumables would be my first question in buying a new printer, and then the cost of the consumables. Use of aftermarket cartridges depends on what you are trying to accomplish. If it is a print that will last as long as possible and with minimum fading then there may be significant differences between some of the aftermarket cartridges. The only problem we have had with some of the lower end printers, and hopefully that has changed, is that some of them locked us out after a certain number of prints. Error code corresponds to the sponge ttt he at absorbs excess ink. Guess what, the sponge and the software to reset it are not available. But this may only apply to their lower end models.
Forum: General Photography 02-23-2022, 06:04 PM  
New or used what do you prefer?
Posted By VSTAR
Replies: 42
Views: 1,907
Cars, motorcycles, house, and also cameras purchased used and new . Just depends what is available, how old, how it was used. Although sometimes people want a used item sold at a price close to new. So far every camera I have purchased with an extended warranty…have never used it!
Forum: General Talk 02-19-2022, 08:24 PM  
Cataract experiences?
Posted By VSTAR
Replies: 12
Views: 669
Mr. Hazelton, hopefully this will help you…
(1) do not make any decisions without fully discussing all of this with your current eye surgeon
(2) you will likely need both eyes operated in order to give you the clearest vision. With today’s advancements in cataract surgery, even the eye with a minimal cataract can still be operated if there will be an improvement in the vision of both eyes
(3) if you have your vision corrected for hopefully post-op 20/20 in each eye, then the viewfinder will be clear and the lcd screen blurred , and glasses will be needed for anything up close
(4) if you have a multi focal type implant then you may find that certain lens aberrations from the implanted lens may bother you, or there may be a compromise in vision.The vision ( distance better than reading, or reading better than distance)
(5) the preferred method of surgical correction is a newer type of lens called the enhanced monofocal lens. This will give you excellent distance vision and fairly clear vision at arms length. Your cellphone should be clear enough to read and the camera lcd will be fairly clear.
(5) there is also monovision, one eye corrected for distance and the other for near. With the advancements in the enhanced monofocal lenses this type of correction is likely being recommended less often.

Regards, David
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-13-2022, 02:19 PM  
Radioactive lenses
Posted By VSTAR
Replies: 50
Views: 3,278
Just do not use the camera lens while wearing an old glow in the dark watch, you do not want to mix the thorium and the radium together.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-10-2022, 07:37 PM  
Hot Shoe Flash Unit cannot be controlled by K1ii
Posted By VSTAR
Replies: 15
Views: 683
Your camera is fully compatible with the correct flash units. Just invest in the correct units. The correct Pentax ones can be purchased for a reasonable amount on this site or try KEH, lots to choose from.
Forum: General Talk 02-07-2022, 09:10 PM  
Disinfect your home when someone is sick for COVID? 😮
Posted By VSTAR
Replies: 10
Views: 660
I could be wrong, but did this take place in Asia, if the video is for real. I could not make out the printing on the signs of the building. In parts of the world this would not surprise me. The fogging machine was used by China for planes landing in the country, and it was done with the passengers still in their seats. The brief flamethrower and fogging will likely do nothing except for making an interesting video.

Watch this video from Feb/2020!
Forum: General Talk 02-07-2022, 09:04 PM  
Shipping within Canada vs to the USA ... BIG difference !
Posted By VSTAR
Replies: 3
Views: 449
Before Covid CDN regular package delivery was slow with no guarantee in delivery time and no tracking of the package. With Covid there are more workers off sick, some did not get vaccinated and likely let go, and not so long ago there was a massive amount that was back logged. If I am shipping a package then I want a tracking method/number, and a guarantee of how long until delivery. That is what xpress post is for...and the cost in many cases is reasonable within Canada.

Shipping to the US by regular post is hit and miss. If customs thinks it needs to be examined it is going to be delayed and sits in a warehouse for an unspecified time. If it somehow gets lost and no tracking then you will have to put in a search for it. So again, I would not ship a camera or lens unless I can track it.
Forum: General Talk 02-06-2022, 06:55 PM  
Photoshopping Before Photoshop
Posted By VSTAR
Replies: 7
Views: 527
Manipulation, fraud, retouching, darkroom techniques, have been there since the start of photography. Even today, remember the whole confusion over whether the dress is red or blue….when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated there were lots of death bed photos…as far as we know most were fakes. Interesting article in the New Yorker….
The Photographer Who Claimed to Capture Abraham Lincoln’s Ghost | The New Yorker
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-06-2022, 06:41 PM  
Ricoh financial report on Feb 4: Pentax/GR new products selling well
Posted By VSTAR
Replies: 21
Views: 2,943
This is complete heresy! Every internet site states Ricoh has either disappeared or is about to be gone. This is going to drive people crazy! Maybe Ricoh actually understands their current market even if users in NA and Europe disagree. The good news is that we can expect more products from Ricoh.
Forum: General Talk 02-04-2022, 07:30 AM  
Doesn't it just tick you off
Posted By VSTAR
Replies: 23
Views: 1,550
Ernie…not the only one that this happens to….bought a used 1982 Lancia Zagato convertible. Went to pick it up and instead of a gas cap the person put a rag into the hole as he lost the cap! Then one powered window was loose and some engine work needed. Gave it to my mechanic and told him…be very careful as one window is loose inside the door…put it up very slowly and please repair it. Went to pick up the car and was told the mechanic broke the window! Oh and BTW, we cannot find another window anywhere! It took me a while to find a window…from calling a farm in England, Parts people in the USA, etc. Then I called a parts place in California and by luck they had a car that was a write off, back end smashed in. They agreed to sell me the window but only if I bought the pair. So I had to pay for crating and shipping 2 windows from California to Toronto Canada. Mechanic never apologized.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-02-2022, 12:00 PM  
Contengency plan for my Pentax K1s
Posted By VSTAR
Replies: 90
Views: 3,862
To maintain your K1….yes, shoot the heck out of it…just keep taking photos. When it dies, it dies. Then shoot the heck out of the k1ii. When it dies you will either be purchasing a new K1iii or a used k1ii. That should get you going for the next 20 years or so IMO. Stop worrying.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-30-2022, 11:29 AM  
Hi & can anyone help with Tamron 17-50mm on K-1??
Posted By VSTAR
Replies: 14
Views: 731
Forum: General Photography 01-23-2022, 06:42 PM  
B&H Photo "Payboo" Card
Posted By VSTAR
Replies: 7
Views: 729
Hey if you don’t want it I will buy it from you! In Canada we only like to pay full retail, discount-that’s an 8 letter word, which is a 4 letter word X 2 ! Enjoy it!
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