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Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 6 Days Ago  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By NZ_Ross
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NZers spend 10 Billion a year on overseas travel, so that is going other places at the moment
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 10-13-2020, 09:51 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By NZ_Ross
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I went on the fast ferries a few times, a really good service. They got stopped as they were churning up the sea floor in the Sounds, and causing all sorts of havoc with the marine life as a result. They were allowed to operate at slow speed through the Sounds, but it was uneconomic as they then didn't have that much of a time difference with the regular Cook Strait ferries. So the service was discontinued.

If we had the big fast ferries like they use in the Baltic (I went on one from Helsinki to Tallin, Estonia) it would be really good, but for that to be effective they would need the terminal at Clifford Bay operational. Those Baltic Fast ferries are about the same size as our current ferries, but much quicker
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 10-13-2020, 02:52 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By NZ_Ross
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Wellington Photographic Supplies still sell film and process. Southern Cameras in Dunedin is another, and I think Photo.co.nz are also still in the film game
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-06-2020, 08:49 PM  
Why I need 4K video in a new Pentax camera...
Posted By NZ_Ross
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I watched the Pentax bit of the presentation, life is too busy and too short to watch the rest. So Pentax is dead blah, blah, secret message and all that. One can find that analysis on multiple threads on this forum without heading to Youtube or DP Review.

The thing I find most interesting about the overall camera market at moment is that every manufacturer is struggling with the unit contraction. All manufacturers are also going to have to find new pathways forward following the pandemic disruption. I suspect existing business models will continue to be upended, and struggle to return required return on investment. Niches with dedicated 'tribes' are just as likely to do well as mass market producers with rapidly shrinking purchase bases. Pentax is a niche producer with a dedicated 'tribe' - witness this forum and our current discussions on this thread.

Whether Pentax survive the continuing upheaval is a matter for the future. I have read plenty of opinions on that topic both here and elsewhere. Given the topic of this thread, whether Pentax need 4K video to survive will be a very small footnote in a much larger narrative :).

From my personal viewpoint, it would be nice if they did survive - I like their design philosophy and rugged, well constructed cameras, and I have a decent sized collection of Pentax lenses that I enjoy using without the need for adaptors. If Pentax don't survive, there are plenty of adaptors from K mount to the various mirrorless mounts, so I would adapt and continue making photos for my relaxation and enjoyment.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-06-2020, 02:35 PM  
Why I need 4K video in a new Pentax camera...
Posted By NZ_Ross
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So pleased it was the Sasquatch and not the Cyclops, otherwise this might have been a one-eyed comment :)
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-05-2020, 11:38 PM  
Why I need 4K video in a new Pentax camera...
Posted By NZ_Ross
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Steve, I have been tempted to upgrade from the G9 to the DC-S5, which would cost me about USD $1000 with lens once I sold the G9 and lenses. I am waiting to see what the Pentax K-new will bring before making that decision. The G9 is more than adequate for my vlog and teaching video needs at this time, so I am happy to wait for a bit a see what comes.

I agree that Panasonic bring a lot to the table with video-centric hybrid cameras, and Sony also as you note

The interesting observation for myself, and my use case, is that the video is for my work, and has to be of a suitable standard professionally. I use support teams to assist with the recording and editing, so the cost of that support is far higher on a yearly basis than any gear. I am an international specialist in my line of work (hence the international travel for work) and the quality of the video production has to be supportive of the quality of my other work.

My still photography using Pentax gear is my hobby, which my wife encouraged me into a few years back to help me take breaks from working all the time :). So it has a different use case. I enjoy puddling around with old and unique manual focus lenses, and taking my camera out for walks, just to get out of the office and to get some exercise.

I am not trying to make a living from still photography or videos as some here are. My still photography is definitely for my own enjoyment and relaxation. The videos I make support my work, and 'brand' as such, but I do not rely on them for any sort of income.

As I noted in an earlier post on this thread, everyones use case is different, and their gear decisions will be influenced and decided by their use case.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-05-2020, 10:47 PM  
Why I need 4K video in a new Pentax camera...
Posted By NZ_Ross
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Thanks for taking the time to reply Clackers, and for your contribution to the discussion.

Cheers, Ross
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-05-2020, 08:44 PM  
Why I need 4K video in a new Pentax camera...
Posted By NZ_Ross
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Hi Clackers, I get the point you are making, however my question is - are you producing videos yourself commercially or for Youtube?

If yes, and you are making them at 1080 then all power to you. If no, then I would respectfully suggest that if you had to consider all the pro's and con's you would most likely end up recording at 4K as Ed and myself have separately done.

A year ago when I purchased the Panasonic G9 and supporting lenses I would have much rather purchased a Pentax ILC body to give me stabilised, continuous autofocusing, swivel touch screen, 4K video in a small, light, single hand holdable (on a mini tripod) body. Of course Pentax has not produced such a body to date, and so my money was spent elsewhere - Panasonic, as I needed to keep producing videos, and the camera I previously had access to became unavailable.

Everyone comes to their own decisions regarding their use case and the gear they deploy to achieve the results they need. In my case I decided to deploy a Panasonic G9 and record in 4K, in Ed's he is using his Fuji in a similar manner.

I travel all over the world for work (well not at the moment) and I take one camera with me when I travel due to airline carry on restrictions. The G9 gives me very good video and good enough stills when I travel for work, so it works for me. But that is my use case.

As Ed has pointed out 4K is a bonus with no workflow overhead except for storage space, which is super cheap. So, I have chosen to take that bonus, with the associated future proofing. If 4K becomes a discarded and unused technology then I have lost nothing, if it gains ever great adoption then I have future proofed my current work. By taking the 4K route I have managed my risks, which is something I try to do in my business.
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-05-2020, 01:46 AM  
Voigtländer LBA - post your pics, notes and thoughts.
Posted By NZ_Ross
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Here in Canterbury, New Zealand it is Spring and we often get very strong westerly winds that come from the 'roaring 40's', across the NZ Southern Alps and produce hot, strong winds, and clouds to match. These images were taken on sunset this evening across the back fence of my yard, with the next door elementary school in view. I used my K-3 and Voigtlander 20/3.5 to get as much of the cloud in shot as I could.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-04-2020, 10:46 PM  
Why I need 4K video in a new Pentax camera...
Posted By NZ_Ross
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I will comment on this, as I choose to use 4K gear for making vlogs and teaching videos and YouTube. We downsample our 4K recordings to 1080p for publishing at the moment. This results in a very 'clean' high quality video output. Using 4K also future proofs the recordings for a few years time when the standard will be more widely adopted.

That was the thinking that went my decision making.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-04-2020, 01:38 AM  
Why I need 4K video in a new Pentax camera...
Posted By NZ_Ross
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I faced the same issue a year ago with the need for 4K video for my work vlogs and teaching videos (for future proofing and downscaling to 1080P - for high quality images).

I ended up with a Panasonic G9 and a couple of lenses.

I would have been very happy with a small Pentax camera that did the job, and I have plenty of Pentax lenses, but sadly not to be.

So, I use the G9 for work videos, and some stills while travelling. I use my Pentax gear for my own hobby stills photos. It is a compromise, but it works ok for now
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 10-02-2020, 01:15 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By NZ_Ross
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That is very true, but too much work means heaps of money for lenses, and no time to use them. Catch-22



To quote Vincini - "Inconceivable"
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-30-2020, 03:01 AM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By NZ_Ross
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As long as you are enjoying it GUB.

So many people on camera forums and camera news sites seem to be completely unhappy with their gear and their photography.

Give me a quirky old manual focus lens and a camera and I will happily play and see what can be achieved, or use my Zeiss and Voigtlander manual focus 'A' series lenses that meter nicely on the Pentax DLSR's and give stunning images. I enjoy that.

Now, if I could just be a little less busy at work, and make some more time for photography, life would be in a better balance...
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-30-2020, 02:25 AM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By NZ_Ross
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There is no doubt about that GUB, although I have buttoned off with the collecting a lot lately, as I have picked up most of the lenses I was looking for.

Thanks for the confirmation about the K200 f4, my research had shown it is a very good lens. There don't seem to be that many about, but I am prepared to be patient - no rush there, and I am looking to pick up one in near mint condition if I can.

One of the nice parts of the Pentax system is I can use the old lenses on my LX for film shooting as well as with the newer digital cameras, without needing to phaff about with adaptors - really good utility.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-30-2020, 01:01 AM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By NZ_Ross
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I overlooked my K 28mm/3.5 - given I have 2 lenses at 28mm there would definitely be questions...

I have the K 24, 28 and 35 all at f3.5 - they are a nice set of manual focus lenses to use now and again, quite compact.

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I have a few M series lenses, I think you have to pick the right models for good results. The M*300/4 is a beast :)
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-29-2020, 11:41 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By NZ_Ross
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Well it wasn't me - the seller would have to be happy with the price for the lens.

I have a very nice Zeiss 28/2, and like Mark, there would be questions if I brought another 28mm lens :)

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While we are talking about lenses I am on the lookout for a SMC K 200mm f4 (the original K series not the M). If anyone has one in good condition that they would like to exchange for a few Sir Apirana Ngata's I would be very happy to talk :)
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-17-2020, 10:04 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By NZ_Ross
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Best we ask Pete about that one, I am sure he has a much better perspective than me on the subject :)
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-17-2020, 06:17 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By NZ_Ross
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It is a good suggestion, but will never be allowed in NZ as it would be genetic engineering :)
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-16-2020, 10:54 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By NZ_Ross
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Hey, I have a 1920's weatherboard house that I stripped back to bare wood to paint at one stage, so I know all about "prep work" :) BIG job.

But, you never mentioned that, just that you wanted it painted.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-16-2020, 09:14 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By NZ_Ross
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Bob turns up, tapes the windows, hires a huge paint sprayer and finishes the job in one or two days. Mark has weeks of pizza oven building ahead of him :)

Sounds like a sweet deal Bob...
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-16-2020, 05:22 AM  
My first post to this forum
Posted By NZ_Ross
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Welcome to the forum from across the ditch. Enjoy your time here :)
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-14-2020, 11:48 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By NZ_Ross
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Mate, with the COVID lockdown I think most of us had a fair go at achieving critical mass
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-14-2020, 09:18 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By NZ_Ross
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That might be problematic, I thought Masterton had gone nuclear free :)
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-14-2020, 08:34 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By NZ_Ross
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That sounds like a good plan Mark.

In my case work is absolutely flat out at the moment. Head down, and all that good stuff.

I have finally managed to make some progress on fixing the 250-600. The broken bits are all up in Tauranga at the moment being 3D modelled and then 3D printed. So I am expecting to have it fixed and operational within a month.

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You can put a digital back on them for a price GUB :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-12-2020, 12:49 AM  
Sticky: An important message from the moderators
Posted By NZ_Ross
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I am just a forum user, who finds this forum very useful in the hints, tips, reviews, ideas and discussions around the use of Pentax gear. Whilst there is no obligation to pay anything, I enjoy being part of this community, I find it helpful, and it has saved me a lot of mistakes and wasted money over the years. So I choose to contribute to do a small part in helping out with the costs, and to make sure it survives over time. That is my choice. My personal opinion - contributing is part of being in a community.
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