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Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 06-07-2020, 10:05 AM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By Clarkey
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It's a very small world indeed!
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 06-05-2020, 12:50 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By Clarkey
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Indeed! It was nice in summer for sure, but I can see it cut up pretty bad other times. Geez, these are already 20 years or so ago.

Beautiful conditions (I was rocking an APS-C minolta outfit just after 2000:

Wild ponies
by Aaron, on Flickr


00000059
by Aaron, on Flickr

Black mountains:

Black Mountains
by Aaron, on Flickr



Hay-on-Wye is an awesome town. My favourite was Abergavenny though. I used to pass through there on my way up the hill to work at Blaenavon. A fair bit of RAF tornado action there, too.


Over Abergavenny
by Aaron, on Flickr


Ruined
by Aaron, on Flickr
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 06-03-2020, 03:28 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By Clarkey
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Hi, Ross
All good thanks in the high-density COVID capital of Canada (west end of Toronto and Brampton are apparently the worst in Ontario by a long shot). We've overtaken Quebec in the last couple of days - our rate is actually increasing right now (as the idiots are outside and interacting). We've today been extended for another month, which is terrible in the limited summer we have.

Yes, most current cameras offer practically the same imaging performance in daylight, and weight/bulk is a big deal for me, probably for the same reasons as you. However (as I have learned with the X-T20, never had an issue with the X-E1), so is the comfort. IMO Fujifilm started well with their lens system but (apart from the weather sealed F2 primes) their sealed gear is way too big/heavy for what it is. I toyed with a Z6, but I have better things to spend money on right now. Also awaiting the next Pentax APS-C flagship, likely to make a decision then.

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Many thanks! It's funny you should say that - I spent a bit of time in the Brecon Beacons in South Wales, and saw the Mach Loop advertised - missed opportunity for sure! I'd love to go back.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 06-02-2020, 05:09 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By Clarkey
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Just to jump in here, interesting Ross, and I get you on the landscapes. I eventually decided not to go for the G9 as it was a bit big for travel that I anticipated, but I need a smallish hybrid solution for travel and for some video at work. My jobsites include facilities in Canada's newest industry and being discrete, and with the ability to wipe/wash down is important. I'm actually looking and the E-M5 that will amalgamate my Fuji, Pocket Panasonic and potentially the GR.



I'm not sure if I recorded this event in this thread, but I was in the Kaimanawas the last time the Aussies came over with their F-111s and the skyhawks chased them ( I guess some time in the 90's). The F-111's were low (and watching the swing wings was amazing), but having the skyhawks fly below me and looking down at the pilot was something else. Wrecked the hunting for the next few days, but....
Also as a boy walking home from the bus in Northland, looking up and seeing a skyhawk the height of the powerlines go by. They were amazing planes and I also had the pleasure of having and speaking to a school mate flying them when they were decommissioned. That person went to the UK, snapped up by the RAF when the squadron was decommissioned.
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-31-2020, 04:25 PM  
DA zoom club
Posted By Clarkey
Replies: 2,587
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Currently no Pentax gear apart from Taks and a Ricoh GR.
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-31-2020, 09:14 AM  
DA zoom club
Posted By Clarkey
Replies: 2,587
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Very nice. I do miss the colour and contrast of the 18-135mm.
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-25-2020, 07:46 PM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By Clarkey
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An oldie, reprocessed. I can't really get out at present:

Time stops
by Aaron, on Flickr
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-17-2020, 03:16 PM  
1 inch sensor club
Posted By Clarkey
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ZS200 from a brief walk yesterday. SOOC resized jpgs. Probably could have moved the saturation up:


Calm Ontario
by Aaron, on Flickr


The family squadron
by Aaron, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-17-2020, 02:44 PM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By Clarkey
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Thanks - that's significant. That project has been discussed off and on for about 20 years. I've heard the town centre is going backwards, I guess this is will help bring people back.
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-17-2020, 02:27 PM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By Clarkey
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I was there about 2 years ago and it shocked me how big the basin marina has gotten. Nice shots.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-15-2020, 01:38 PM  
Thematic Wetness...If the Subject is Water
Posted By Clarkey
Replies: 1,768
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Some lake water (X-post):

Opeongo memories
by Aaron, on Flickr
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-15-2020, 11:15 AM  
The Darktable Users Coterie
Posted By Clarkey
Replies: 179
Views: 15,239

Opeongo memories
by Aaron, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-15-2020, 10:19 AM  
PENTAX new product introduction video coming soon
Posted By Clarkey
Replies: 286
Views: 18,950
Well, maybe nickels or dimes there (although you can't now take them to the banks and expect them to deposit for you).

I'm also very happy to see the 16-50mm redone, although it does look to be slightly bigger. Just changing to the PLM on the flagship body is likely to speed things up by around 25% (based on the 55-300mm PLM). I've not commented on these forum areas for a while, but these seem very positive commitments.

Popcorn comments:
- I'm not convinced that there will be an EVF overlay on the OVF, but will be happily surprised if so.
- Really like the appearance of the ergos and button locations
- I REALLY hope that the body is of similar size to the K-5/7 series, rather than the K-3. Too big for long distance hiking for me if so.
- I really hope that the video is of better quality and has non-digital SR, as I now use gear for hybrid work
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-13-2020, 04:25 PM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By Clarkey
Replies: 1,289
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I don't know about modern Pentax cams, but I find the difference to be darker, less pink reds on Fujifilm gear. Especially on the X-E1. I think you have demonstrated that quite well.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-12-2020, 07:46 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By Clarkey
Replies: 3,149
Views: 318,158
Reprocessing some older photos with Darktable. Liking the results so far:


Spine of the dragon
by Aaron, on Flickr


Icy winds
by Aaron, on Flickr
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 05-12-2020, 03:21 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By Clarkey
Replies: 16,949
Views: 1,171,556
Cheers! The emerald green was pretty stunning. I have to say that the K-5IIs and 18-135mm did have great colour.



That's a great memory, and they are amazing animals. However, that sort of thing is a good reason for heart attacks and the like. The snakes where I am are (with one minor exception) non-venomous. They can get big though. and our dog managed to walk over a big water snake a couple of years back that made all of us wake up pretty quick. Just on the grass sunning itself next to a boat ramp. Between 1 and 1.5M long.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-12-2020, 03:09 PM  
The Darktable Users Coterie
Posted By Clarkey
Replies: 179
Views: 15,239
For me, I am used to the windows structure of folders and the file manager is close enough. Maybe that's the issue - too close to Windows! :D
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 05-09-2020, 07:36 AM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By Clarkey
Replies: 16,949
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It's been a stupid week over here that brings that comment into sharp relief. Before New York became a graveyard, thousands of people were on Florida's beaches. Many there to escape winter in their home state. They frolicked in the waves. Then they went home.



Ah, classic lack of journalistic checks - I did chuckle as well. I honestly don't know, but some people like to have tigers and lions, etc. Human condition. We have a place here in the city called reptilia (the death emporium). One green mamba. The only difference is if the snake escapes here, it's got a maximum of 3 months to live:


Green Death
by Aaron, on Flickr
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-09-2020, 06:55 AM  
The Darktable Users Coterie
Posted By Clarkey
Replies: 179
Views: 15,239
Hi, Gub. I have MX on 3 devices in the house now. Windows on the way out as I am done with the spyware and update processes. I had a built of mint/cinnamon going for a while, but Deb based stuff seems to work for me and MX is a nice balance. I've not tried Manjaro yet. The only downside I have encountered is having to deal with CUPs for printing, which is a linux issue.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-08-2020, 07:43 PM  
The Darktable Users Coterie
Posted By Clarkey
Replies: 179
Views: 15,239
Just to say I'll be joining this coterie. I've been working on as pared down a setup on Darktable as I can get. Working on MX Linux for fun these days.

Enjoying the Equalizer a lot. Effortless with the GR as it is already so sharp.

Glade trees
by Aaron, on Flickr
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 04-23-2020, 07:38 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By Clarkey
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Views: 1,171,556
Well, although vagrants, they were always in Northland. At least we don't allow snakes in NZ and those muppets in Auckland got caught. Better than Florida. I remember being down there a while back and folks I were talking to ran into a green mamba that had escaped.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-31-2020, 07:02 PM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By Clarkey
Replies: 20,569
Views: 1,436,037
Cross-post:

Complex
by Aaron, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-31-2020, 07:01 PM  
Thematic Wetness...If the Subject is Water
Posted By Clarkey
Replies: 1,768
Views: 123,919
I like the theme. Cross-post - Still water:
Complex by Aaron, on Flickr
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-31-2020, 07:00 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By Clarkey
Replies: 3,149
Views: 318,158
Trying out the panny 45-175. Spring is taking an age to get here this year, it seems:

Complex
by Aaron, on Flickr
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 03-31-2020, 06:52 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By Clarkey
Replies: 16,949
Views: 1,171,556
That's what we were thinking. And no government issued letter either (like some of my other family members in NZ). My team here has letter issued by me to cover them getting stopped by the cops, but no need for it as yet.

Schools have just been extended by another four weeks off here (after three weeks locked down), could get interesting though as they are looking to institute E-learning.

Interesting times...
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