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Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 1 Day Ago  
Galapagos kit review
Posted By TedH42
Replies: 2
Views: 599
Great images, Hoffm141! :):)


Wow! So close to the kit that I took to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos in Sept/Oct 2018. Substitute a KP for the K-3ii, an old Ricoh WG-4 for the Olympus TG-5, an old Lowe MiniMag bag for the Mindshift Sling, a Chromebook for the Dell, a pair of Samsung 500GB T5 SSDs for the image backups. Only 4X64GB memory cards. Also, the same no tripod or monopod. I also took a K-01 and DA 20-40 zoom as backup for camera/lens failure. Only the KP, DA16-85 and DA55-300PLM lived in the MiniMag, as well as enough batteries and memory cards. The K-01 and 20-40 were a great walkaround in Peru, not much use in Galapagos.

Only had 4 days in Galapagos, as this was a combo trip with sites in Peru. Also needed more Galapagos time. :(:(
I've since replaced the Chromebook with an old 11" MacBook Air, which is much more useful to me.

As far as I'm concerned (I'm 70+, but can handle a K-1ii and an FF-converted DA*60-250), Hoffm141's and my kits are almost the ideal travel kit, even for active and rugged locations. Recent APS-C camera and the 16-85 and 55-500PLM covers it all with high quality.

Add an underwater camera for places like the Galapagos or Great Barrier Reef. Can't be beat! :):)
Forum: Ricoh GR 1 Day Ago  
GRIII doesn't show up as a USB device on a MacBook
Posted By TedH42
Replies: 19
Views: 693
Not just Apple. Back in the '70s, when I started in computer-based products, I adopted the slogan, for any computer system, "It all sucks, let's get the job done." This was always applicable to all development environments, system code that we built on, hardware that we had to use, etc. But we did the job. Oh, I never used Apple products in my professional career. Just at home, where it sucks more and more with time. I've used Windows a fair amount at work, and many other systems most have never heard of. All systems have their brand of suckage. Just have to get over it and do what needs to be done.

Oh, defacto standards are a great source of suckage, where systems don't talk to each other. Seen that so many times.

Enough war stories. ;)
Forum: Ricoh GR 2 Days Ago  
GRIII doesn't show up as a USB device on a MacBook
Posted By TedH42
Replies: 19
Views: 693
But the manual says nothing at the USEFUL pages (110, 152) that I pointed out. I use the "mounted disk" method of access, so using an extra "app" is a foreign thing to me. Copy to computer, then process in Photoshop. Finder should be able to pick up all "disks". Ricoh does not inform me that Macs may be defective, and their camera may require workarounds (none of the "Pentax" cameras do) to work with a standard Mac, so I think maybe my camera is broken, and have to go online to discover that information is lacking for my performing the transfer.

A confusing part is that plugging in the camera via USB puts it in playback mode, as expected, so the camera knows about the computer connection, then it just sits there with NO indication that anything is wrong. The Mac also just sits there, not knowing anything is happening. Looks like something is wrong, maybe broken. Try several cables, several Macs - all the same result. So I come here to find the missing information.

The specs using the term "MTP" conveyed no meaning to me, and I was not aware that other standards might be in use for accessing files on cameras. I have not been following the phone-based additions to standards (retired from a career in data communications), so having the camera-computer transfer mechanism that has been working for me for years be broken by Ricoh selecting a standard that is not compatible with what has worked with Macs for all those years was quite a confusing surprise. I'm sure that you see my point.

That's all. :):)
Forum: Ricoh GR 2 Days Ago  
GRIII doesn't show up as a USB device on a MacBook
Posted By TedH42
Replies: 19
Views: 693
There IS a Ricoh problem here. Page 110 of the GR3 manual makes NO mention that the camera may not be recognized by a Mac. The memo at the bottom of the page refers to the system requirements on page 152, which indicate that the last 5 Mac OS versions, starting with the current (Mojave, 10.14), can make a USB connection with the camera. No mention is made that MTP transfer protocol must be supported.

I found this confusing for far too long, and this thread got it straightened out for me. I got the Android file transfer app to get the transfer to work, but Ricoh should have this information in their GR3 manual.

So, at the least, this is a documentation error - a lack of required information.

Personally, I would prefer that the GR3 support the same USB protocol that all my Pentax cameras support, even if a USB protocol selection must be done in the GR3 menus.

By the way, the GR3 is a terrific walkaround camera. So many times, a DSLR is just not needed, and the GR3 fits in my pocket. Lousy battery life though, if you want to shoot everything in sight. A few lightweight batteries fix that problem, though. Still fits in my pocket.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-18-2019, 01:55 PM  
Where to get 48mm Pentax T-ring?
Posted By TedH42
Replies: 26
Views: 4,716
Thanks for the notice - I just ordered mine. It will replace my homemade one referenced earlier in this thread. :):)
I've been waiting for William Optics to get this done. I think that I originally heard about as an adapter for their new Zenithstar 61 APO telescope.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-12-2019, 09:22 AM  
Do I want a 20-40 HD or a 16-85
Posted By TedH42
Replies: 49
Views: 2,346
I have both of these lenses. You're doing a job here for your friend. Jatrax has the right answer here. The 16-85 is what you need. You'll need more zoom range than the 20-40 on the boat and alongside the boat. The 16 end of the 16-85 will probably get a lot of use, as boats severely limit the "zoom with your feet" possibilities. It will take the images that your friend needs in promoting his guide service, including wide shots from on the boat, and wide shots of the boat in the context of the beautiful surroundings (how far do you to take the paddle board away from the boat with your camera dangling over the water?).

Think of the excellent content of the shots required to show off your friend's guide service rather than their amazing artistic quality.

My 2 cents. :):)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-28-2019, 12:54 PM  
Lenses for Landscape and Travel with K-3ii
Posted By TedH42
Replies: 26
Views: 1,655
Your assessment of travel lenses is entirely correct, IMO. My travel kit is the DA16-85 and the DA55-300PLM, with the KP, (and previously the K-3 and DA55-300 WR with the DA16-85). I find this kit to be my practically perfect travel kit, through Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Galapagos, and more local trips. It fits quite well in my ancient, and small, Lowe-Pro Mini-Magnum bag. Further long distance trips are coming up, and I have no plans to change this kit.

My trips do not include long hiking in the mountains (used to do great backpacking trips, but in younger days, when I carried 35 film cameras and 3 lenses), but I carry this kit all day, each and every day of the trips, while walking, except for being in various vehicles (planes, trains, buses, and automobiles). I find image quality, quick framing versatility, light weight, and WR to be very important for travel. I feel that this kit does not require any real compromises in my images.

YMMV.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-07-2019, 04:29 PM  
Ricoh booth at CP+
Posted By TedH42
Replies: 476
Views: 35,648
Then the KP is your camera. My K-3's lack of a tilting LCD drove me to get a KP for a Galapagos trip, where low angle shooting is necessary. The KP performed magnificently, and for my money (I got no super deal on it) is the Pentax travel camera par excellence. Lenses were the 16-85 and the 55-300 PLM. The high ISO performance blows the socks off the K-3.


I'm sure the forthcoming higher-end APS-C camera will be even better, but it will surely be bigger and heavier than the KP. Oh, I'm going get it too. Someday. :):)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-10-2018, 08:06 PM  
Packing Light, World Tour....if you could take just ONE lens...
Posted By TedH42
Replies: 83
Views: 3,558
My single-lens choice is the 16-85, which is WR. It covers the vast number of my travel shots. For my travel, I pair it with a 55-300, which is currently the PLM WR version for me. On my KP, with its great high ISO performance, I find no other lenses are needed (wider apertures not necessary). On earlier trips, with my K-3, the 16-85, paired with the 55-300 WR (not PLM), performed equally well.


The 16-85 is my best combination of range and IQ for travel. The 20-40 limited is great, but the range is lacking too much for me as a single lens.
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-09-2018, 08:28 PM  
Pixel Shifted Images
Posted By TedH42
Replies: 1,044
Views: 121,476
Ahh, now the image is magnificent!! Thanks.
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-08-2018, 08:15 PM  
Pixel Shifted Images
Posted By TedH42
Replies: 1,044
Views: 121,476
Interesting magenta characters walking along the beach.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 09-12-2018, 09:27 PM  
The official K-1 to K-1 Mark II Upgrade Feedback Thread
Posted By TedH42
Replies: 217
Views: 16,350
Sent my K-1 to Precision on Aug 17 after talking with them on the phone. They mentioned nothing about parts or delays. Just got it back today (Sept 12), and it seems to be in good working order. The noise level at ISO 6400 (indoor people shots, no flash) is as expected for the mk2: better than when it was a K-1mk1, based on a few quick tests.

A pain loading all the settings back in, as it does come back as reset to factory settings. Lots of button pushing, especially with those interesting USER modes.

I'm happy with the upgrade, and for me, it was definitely worth it. :):)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-08-2018, 08:30 AM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By TedH42
Replies: 2,451
Views: 181,013
That's about right. :):)

No, really.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-08-2018, 08:27 AM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By TedH42
Replies: 2,451
Views: 181,013
Dilbert is a documentary of sorts, though funny. Scott Adams, in addition to his own experiences, received stories from many in the high-tech industries.

The episode, long ago, on the ever-shrinking cubicles, leading to the head cubicle, was taken from a company that I worked at. I was not the source, however. :(:(
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-06-2018, 11:05 PM  
A lens gets stuck forever on your brand new K-1...
Posted By TedH42
Replies: 43
Views: 1,625
In their common range, they're pretty close, but the DA28-105 has the better IQ there. The FA20-35 cleans up pretty nicely with fringe correction in PP, though. It's so pleasant to use the FA20-35, with it being so light and small. If you hate plastic, it might turn you off. I just wish it were WR or AW, as it is perfect for hikes in the mountains. I have to take a WR lens to use when the rain comes in the afternoon.

22-24mm is my favorite focal length range for the FA20-35. The 20mm length is used rarely - just a bit wide for my eye.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 09-02-2018, 08:36 PM  
Congratulations MarkJerling for winning the K1 mk II
Posted By TedH42
Replies: 124
Views: 3,167
Congratulations, Mark. Definitely a worthy MAMIL. :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-02-2018, 08:24 PM  
Where to get 48mm Pentax T-ring?
Posted By TedH42
Replies: 26
Views: 4,716
Nowhere that I could find. I built my own from parts I cobbled together and machined, using only my drill press and files. I recall using the insert from a Nikon M48 version (easily found) and the Pentax K end of a Pentax K to 2" tube adapter (for inserting into a 2" focuser), I think from Scopestuff. The Pentax K part of the Pentax K to 2" tube adapter was removed (leaving the male T2 adapter part on the 2" tube), and its female T2 adapter was removed with the 3 screws on the outside edge. The insert from the Nikon adapter was turned down, with a new V-groove, to fit into the remaining part of the Pentax K piece that held the female T2 adapter. So now the Pentax K part has the M48 female adapter.

The hardest part was building the attachment of the female M48 ring to the drill press. I used an M48 filter ring with an epoxied-in round plate, and added a centered hole to chuck it into a mandrel to attach to the drill press. I screwed on the female M48 ring, and filed the outer edge to match the outer edge of the female T2 adapter that was removed.

This fits perfectly onto my SkyWatcher Esprit 80 400mm f5 telescope, with its M48-threaded field flattener, and maintains parallel alignment with the sensor plane.

A hack job, but it works.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-01-2018, 11:14 AM  
Thank you!
Posted By TedH42
Replies: 57
Views: 2,848
Thank you for all your contributions, Ken. Best wishes for your new endeavor!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-31-2018, 07:42 PM  
A lens gets stuck forever on your brand new K-1...
Posted By TedH42
Replies: 43
Views: 1,625
Probably about 1/4 of the time, and usually pegged at 105 if I have no additional lens that's longer. There's a bunch at 28, another bunch around 35 or so. The rest are scattered over the rest of the range. The weight is very nice. I do wish it went to 24, though.
Forum: General Talk 08-31-2018, 06:14 PM  
Who wants a K-1? (the get us over the line thread)
Posted By TedH42
Replies: 950
Views: 13,040
What??? I was a top poster for today? Ridiculous!! Of course, I think that last night's posts counted for today. UTC or some such. Musta been it.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-31-2018, 06:06 PM  
Nature A truly beautiful Celosia Plant Flower.
Posted By TedH42
Replies: 17
Views: 360
Ah, we are talking about the same thing.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-31-2018, 05:23 PM  
Nature Solar Eclipse 2017 - Patience or Procrastination
Posted By TedH42
Replies: 11
Views: 277
I read those articles too, but as I'm into photography and astronomy, I quickly ignored them, and, as you did, worked to come up with a mechanism and procedure to get the images and still have ample time for bino and naked eye viewing. Cameras (K-3 and K-1) were on tracking equatorial mounts pre-aligned the night before. I used a phone app, Solar Eclipse Timer, which announces the stages of the eclipse down to the second, to tell when to start the first series (solar filters off), when the middle was (when the second series was started), and when it was ending (solar filters back on). A great deal of preplanning and setup, but lots of time to eyeball the eclipse. The K-1 unfortunately ended up out of focus, so it was a good thing that I had the other, which took good images. Still got to do the good PP work to bring it up to the quality that you achieved.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-31-2018, 04:58 PM  
Abstract Angry bird?
Posted By TedH42
Replies: 14
Views: 210
Not sure that I would have believed that title. Just look at that beak, and those eyes!! :lol::lol:

And velociraptors WERE dinosaurs, after all. This one is definitely a velociraptor, I think. :lol::lol:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-31-2018, 04:51 PM  
Abstract Coming for you
Posted By TedH42
Replies: 11
Views: 261
Wow! That's definitely Alien colored! But the B&W stands out more, with its greater luminance contrast. I'm going to stick with the B&W. Thanks again.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-31-2018, 04:46 PM  
People Ladies of the Shebeen
Posted By TedH42
Replies: 23
Views: 516
I slow down a lot for posts that actually mean something, like for commenting on an image. I'll make trash posts for trash threads, or a quick comeback or explanation, but otherwise I require that my posts have useful content (at least I hope that it's useful). Can't stand bullshitting just to pretend I'm here. Now that we crossed the line for the K-1mk2 win, life is back to normal.
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