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Forum: Pentax K-1 1 Day Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By gaweidert
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From a short visit to the Harriot Hollister State Recreation Area south of Rochester, NY. The lake is called Honeoye (hun ee oye). One of the minor Finger lakes. About 4.5 miles (7.2km) long. Pretty shallow too. Average depth of about 16 feet (5 meters) with a maximum depth of 30 feet (9.1 meters). The Finger Lakes are a gift of the last Ice Age. In the second photo you can see the city of Rochester on the left horizon. It is about 34 miles (55 km) north of the park. This vantage point is about 1,000 feet (335 meters) above the lake.


The rest are just shots about the park. I used my K1-II with the D FA 28-105 lens.
Forum: General Talk 10-11-2018, 02:51 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By gaweidert
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Just finished our central air installation today. Yesterday was probably the last hot day of the year. Ready for next year. What this really means is that I have put an end to global warming. The new thermostat seems to have a more complex menu than my DLSR's.


Also got a new Mini Maglite Pro LED flashlight. My old one has been getting very cranky lately.


***Hint*** - Old Mini Maglite sheaths are very handy for holding folding pocket knives. I keep a CRTK M16-03Z spear point knife in one.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-08-2018, 05:51 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By gaweidert
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Just sitting in the back yard this evening with my K1-II with the D FA 150-450. I know the flowers as rosary plants. They have been growing in my vegetable garden for over 20 years. They reseed themselves every year. I weed them out of the areas I am using for vegetables. If I am not using an area I allow them to grow. The tallest one is a bit over 1 meter tall. Each plant has hundreds of seeds so each year I pull out hundreds of them. A bit past prime but still looking pretty good in the late day sun.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-05-2018, 08:35 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By gaweidert
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1) IQ is fine for me. Plus no more of that annoying shutter shock problem. SR seems to work better too. Which is important as I get older and more shaky. Some shots that I took at 1/12 second yesterday turned out fine.

2) Dull colours can be easily fixed on post processing. RAW images always look dull to me anyway.

3) Dynamic Pixel Shift works as advertised. People can choose to use it or not as they please.
4) AF is a bit better all around. As good as the K1 is the K1-II is a bit better in all situations. It may not be the best action photography camera out there, but you can certainly learn to use it and get good results. I use a lot of manual focus lenses and often turn off manual focus on my AF lenses. Focus confirmation seems a bit better than on the K1 and the K1 is already pretty good in that department too.


Because I wanted to pay off my credit cards and had to pay school taxes last month, I chose not to get my K1 upgraded and it seems the window is now closed in the US. I kind of regret not just getting it done anyway. It seems that when using the K1 I have to take more care and use the TAv mode more than I want to. Especially when using the D FA 28-105 lens.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-04-2018, 03:30 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By gaweidert
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Out and about today: I am really liking my K1-II over my K1. It just seems to do everything the K1 does only a bit better. And I am a big fan of my K1.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-26-2018, 02:49 PM  
Photokina, Ricoh has Confirmed
Posted By gaweidert
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Not leaving yet Mark. it is just very frustrating waiting for something so mundane a a full frame teleconverter to come out. When the K1 came out Pentax hit a home run. Then it seems that the substitute pitching came in a frittered the game away. Is it too much to ask that they tell us their intention as to whether they actually intend to support the camera or not? One lens ( released late) and vague promises of more at some time in the future do not inspire confidence for people to make a long term commitment to the brand.


Bye
Forum: General Photography 09-26-2018, 10:55 AM  
Recommendations for Yellowstone Landscape photography
Posted By gaweidert
Replies: 26
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Awesome shot of the falls. Very unique slant. Probably the best rendition of a normally cliche shot I have seen on this site. I never thought of capturing it like that...............until now. :lol:
Forum: General Photography 09-26-2018, 10:50 AM  
Recommendations for Yellowstone Landscape photography
Posted By gaweidert
Replies: 26
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We first visited the park in 1991 during our family great western trek. Been there 9 times now. We took our parents in 1993. You are doing a great thing taking them. Get a lot of enjoyment out of watching their joy. It will be a great shared memory for everyone. At 67 my mobility is a bit limited too but I keep on plugging anyway.


My mother had never been out west so we talked my parents into flying into Denver then took off for Rocky Mountain. NP, Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. We saw Dinosaur National Monument on the way back. Plus a lot of stops in between. My mother loved the history of the west and we stopped at some of the sites along the Oregon Trail. Also at some of old western forts and the Custer Battlefield.


I live in western, NY and drive there whenever I go. It is much easier than flying nowadays. A lot less hassles and plenty to see along the way too. If the weather is good, the Beartooth Highway may still be open. I have not driven that road yet but it is quite the drive.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-26-2018, 07:49 AM  
Photokina, Ricoh has Confirmed
Posted By gaweidert
Replies: 1,960
Views: 101,948
Since I went digital in 2012 I have purchased an MX-1, a K5, a K5-IIs, a K3, a K1 and a K1-II. Battery grips for each too. For lenses I have purchased a DA 12-24, a DA 55-300 WR, a D FA 28-105 and a D FA 150-450 lenses. What I need currently are new full frame teleconverters. Being on the vaporware roadmap is doing me no good. Having to look on Craigslist, eBay, the EE or Goodwill Store to purchase 20 plus year old equipment is not what I want to do. I have old stuff and some of it needs replacing. For a 300mm f2.8 lens I had to go to Sigma as Pentax does not offer one. Then to Tamron for a 70-200 F2.8 lens because Pentax had nothing to offer at the time.


How much more should I have spent to get them to change their minds? I am extremely frustrated with them right now. Like it or not, Photokina is THE SHOW in the world of photography and Ricoh's anemic presence there shows exactly how much investment they are putting into the Pentax line. I would love for them to prove me wrong but I doubt that they will.


Quite frankly the Nikon D810/D850 line is looking real good to me. Not because I think they are better cameras for me, but because they have a complete system to go with it and good third part lens support. It is looking like the $11,800 I have spent on Pentax branded equipment and the $5,500 on third party lenses would have been better spent on another system supported by a company that is more active in the field. Pentax certainly is not. It is time for them to either fish or cut bait. If they can only work on one project at a time that is not good for future growth.


Just think of me an almost 5 decade long Pentax user who is ready cut his losses and jump ship to a company more interested in supplying the products that I will need going into the future.


Sorry for the rant. Moderators can delete if they want. Just needed to vent. I feel much better now.
Forum: General Photography 09-26-2018, 05:09 AM  
Recommendations for Yellowstone Landscape photography
Posted By gaweidert
Replies: 26
Views: 673
Enjoy your visit. You have to hit the popular spots. No way around it. They are popular for a reason. The Lamar Valley will have bison and a lot of other critters too. When photographing the critters you have to take what the park offers. If you have someone with you it helps a lot as some of the roads, while not dangerous, do require your attention. While they are wide enough, shoulders are optional in places. Not that you are going to drive off a cliff, but you may get stuck. A spotting scope and or binoculars are good accessories too. While the animals may be too far off to photograph they are still fun to watch.

Dress in layers. It is a changeable time of year out there. Last May I encountered snow, rain and sleet and hail all at the same time. The bison and elk will be in rut so keep your head on a swivel if you are near them . Watching two huge male bison fight over mating rights is darned impressive if you are close to them. Scenery is all over the place. Especially for east coasters like us. For classic shots of the upper and lower falls. Those are visible from South Rim Drive. Everyone wants the shot simply because they are well worth getting. I am not sure if the trails to both of the falls overlooks are open. There has been some trail reconstruction going on the past few years in the Canyon Village area.


Mammoth Hot Springs well worth several shots from all different angles. I always stay at Gardiner when I go. The north part of the park is less crowded. I try to hit the hot spots early to beat the crowds and then migrate to other areas as the morning wears on. Bring plenty of water with you. Food food. You will be doing a lot of walking in the geyser basins. There is an overlook where you can get an overview of Grand Prismatic Spring. It requires a bit of a walk, but well worth a shot that most visitors are not going to get.


Bring bear spray. They do visit the hot spots too. Humans are not the apex predator out there. More like walking protein bars. They are bulking up before hibernation. Do not be surprised to see a visitor or two carrying a pistol. Usually a large caliber one. They are allowed. If you go into the back country and get eaten by a bear, it is considered all part of your wilderness experience. Personal safely is up to you. Mother Nature just doesn't give a darn about it. Follow the rules and stay on the trails. The warnings in the thermal areas are not suggestions. Cell phone coverage is available in the main areas and very spotty everywhere else.


The park website has a lot of information about conditions, road and trail closures. Also some web cams so you can get a real time weather observation. There literally scenic photographs just about anywhere you can pull off the road. The park scenery changes every day. Pull off and enjoy it. It is more than okay to put the cameras down and just enjoy the park for what it is.


Get the shots of Old Faithful, the two main waterfalls, and Grand Prismatic Spring. Then pad your portfolio with everything else. :lol: I have a K1, K1-II and a K3 that I take with me. My most used lenses the last few times were my D FA 28-105 and D FA 150-450 for the K1's and my Sigma 17-70 a DA 55-300 WR for my K3. Since I drive I have room for all of them. Less used were my 20mm and macro lenses. Tripods are helpful for cameras and scopes. I do not know how you are getting there so I am not sure what kit you will be taking along.


So, in summary, Scenery is everywhere. Hit the hot spots early if you can. Critters are hit or miss so having someone ride shotgun is a big help. Dress for anything, Enjoy the park. As I have gotten older, I find the tourists more amusing than an annoyance. I have started including them in shots at some places.


If you are not old enough to get the senior pass, get the Golden Eagle pass. That is good for one year and once you have it, all subsequent admissions are free. I think it is $35 per car per day to get in. It covers any national park too. I have the senior pass, but I still drop money in the donation jars every time I go.


Cody is a nice place. The Buffalo Bill Museum is awesome and it contains the Winchester family firearms collection. One of it's artifacts is one of the air rifles that Lewis And Clark carried with them. There is also a quirky little museum in Cody attached to a gun shop called the Dug Up Gun Museum. It consist of abandoned firearms dug up at various places around the world.


There is a book available at the park stores, or online called The Roadside Geology of Yellowstone Country. Well worth a read if you are interested in that stuff.


I hope this helps. Enjoy your trip.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-25-2018, 12:21 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By gaweidert
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Today I dug an old "classic" lens out of the closet an stuck it on my K1-II and went to a local park. A Tamron SP 70-210 F3.5 lens. I haven't used it on about 3 years. It was pretty much my normal lens on my film cameras when I got it new in the olden days, Contrast is a bit low, but easily corrected in post processing. The old gal still seems to have some life left in her yet. Not up to modern standards, but still pretty good.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-25-2018, 08:39 AM  
Which 3rd party PK lenses you treasure the most?
Posted By gaweidert
Replies: 74
Views: 2,476
I purchased mine new back in the olden days. The lens is a dream to use. Here is a shot I posted 3 years ago. It was mounted on my K5. I really need to mount it on my K1 and give it a go.


Forum: Pentax K-3 09-24-2018, 05:53 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By gaweidert
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The person could not figure out how to add up the quarters, nickles and dimes. Very sad.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-24-2018, 02:55 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By gaweidert
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From walking round the yard last November. Sometimes you just need to go back and look through your shots. K1 with the D FA 28-105
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-24-2018, 01:16 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By gaweidert
Replies: 58,598
Views: 1,985,217
I still use checks (cheques). Whenever a company wants to convert me over I tell them that I will do it when they issue me a binding contract assuming full responsibility for any financial damages I incur when their system is hacked and my accounts affected. They also have to assume responsibility for correcting the issue and getting my credit rating restored.


I have been the victim of ID theft three times including once where the bank I use was hacked and my checking account drained of over $1,200. The bank made it good, but froze my account until a new ATM card could be issued. I was on the road at the time and the only way I found out was that my card would not work and I called the bank to see what was up.


I also pay cash for a lot. Kind of sad when you see a young cashier not being able to count out 93 cents in change and just giving me a dollar instead.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-24-2018, 07:33 AM  
Which 3rd party PK lenses you treasure the most?
Posted By gaweidert
Replies: 74
Views: 2,476
Though I haven't used it in awhile my old Tamron Adaptall-2 70-210 mm f/3.5 lens one touch zoom lens was my favorite for years. It handles like a dream, has very good image quality and is so responsive that it as fast as a lot of modern AF lenses once you learn how to use it. Being f3.5 makes it much smaller than it's f2.8 counterpart. At one time it was considered the best zoom lens available. .


My Sigma 300mm f2.8 is a great performer too.


My Rokinon 105mm f2.8 Macro and my Rokinon 20mm f1.8 lenses also see frequent use.


My Sigma 17-70 is the main walk around lens for my K3.


On my K1 it is mostly my Pentax D FA 28-105, Pentax D FA 15--450 and Tamron 70-200 f2.8 lenses that see the most use.


My Pentax DA 55-300 WR gets a lot of use on both my K3 and K1 cameras. A full frame version of the PLM model would be awesome.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-23-2018, 07:36 PM  
HD 55-300mm F4-5.8 WR - show us your good&bad time with this len! (2020 edition)
Posted By gaweidert
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Here is a few from 2016 at Yellowstone with my K3, from an air how in 2017 with my K1 and a few closeups with my K3 I got mine on sale for about $266. Love the lens, but autofocus can be sketchy. Overall I am happy with it. I have used it on my K3 and K1 and the results can be very good.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-23-2018, 08:25 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By gaweidert
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I would call her the Amazingly Graceful Lady. Because: She once was lost but now is found. Was blind but now she sees. With apologies to John Newton.
Forum: General Talk 09-23-2018, 08:03 AM  
I was MIA
Posted By gaweidert
Replies: 44
Views: 790
That's funny Carol. I am not quite your age, but that is the same logic I used. The new steel roofs are great and have about a 50 year lifespan.
Forum: General Talk 09-22-2018, 08:37 AM  
I was MIA
Posted By gaweidert
Replies: 44
Views: 790
Carol. Glad everything worked out okay. I know that where you live you have to go through the sticks to get there and you need to be able to look out for yourself until help arrives. I still have a landline too. You cannot kill that system.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-20-2018, 03:56 PM  
Camera bag replacement suggestions.
Posted By gaweidert
Replies: 27
Views: 1,250
Well, if you are driving I94 between Montana and North Dakota, Makoshika State Park in Glendive, MT is well worth a stop. If you are in Billings, you can be in Yellowstone in a little over 2 hours. wtlwdwagon lives there and The Camera Cottage in Billings actually sell Pentax cameras!!! :eek: Custer Battlefield just off of I90 is a sobering visit too. The losers lost their lives and the winners lost their way of life. Being October, keep a sharp eye on the weather forecasts.

Edited to add, Congratulations on the new grandchild. If it is your first, the promotion to grandparent is the best one you will ever get in your entire life.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-20-2018, 07:27 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By gaweidert
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A few years ago I drove to Las Vegas, Nevada through Utah and remembered thinking how desolate Utah looks. Than after staying in Las Vegas for four days and driving back through Utah and thinking how green it looked.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-19-2018, 05:08 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By gaweidert
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I probably have over 2,000 slides of the park dating back to the early 1970's. This includes shots of the dam being totally filled and the flooded area behind the dam reaching all the way to the lower falls. Whole forests of downed trees were backed up behind the dam and it took years to remove them all.
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-19-2018, 04:53 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By gaweidert
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Nice shots. I am a big fan of the D FA 150-450.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-19-2018, 03:05 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By gaweidert
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Not quite sure what this flower is. Some kind of late blooming dogwood? If it is, the actual flower is the little green thingies.
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