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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 1 Day Ago  
Will you buy the k3 Mark 3?
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 304
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TBH, I might just have bought a K3-III if I could have got it before the end of April, so as to have it when I go to the Shuttleworth airshow on 2nd May, but that wasn't going to happen, given the supply-chain situation - so I'll probably wait until the "price comes down a lot"!
Forum: General Talk 6 Days Ago  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By jeallen01
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Do you know if that drain plug has a brandname as I'd like to get something similar for one of our cars?

---------- Post added 04-11-21 at 05:34 PM ----------


I do something similar (as would any "sensible" person)


Same here - worst case was just over 25 yrs ago -> Sunday morning, change oil & filter before going off to see my Mother about 60 miles away, drove 40 miles and had to stop for fuel and then went to the pay booth -> back to the car, only to see a pool of oil under the sump!:(

Short story: must have forgotten to tighten the sump plug and luckily had that fuel stop around 15 miles from my destination, so tightened the plug, topped up the oil = no damage to the engine. OTOH, if I hadn't had that fuel stop.........!:o
Forum: General Talk 04-05-2021, 01:50 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 3,853
Views: 322,315
"Well, well!" - or "maybe not!" as the saying goes if you hope to "have a drink of water " some time soon:lol:

---------- Post added 04-05-21 at 10:22 PM ----------


HaHa! :D
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 03-26-2021, 02:31 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 87,348
Views: 3,563,879
Pitted green olives!

I used to (seems an "absolute age ago" now!) go to our local Sainsburys supermarket to buy those, "fresh" and stuffed with cloves of garlic - great on pizzas! Pitted black olives in a green salad are great as well :D

PS: tinned (canned) versions of the same aren't that bad either.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 03-24-2021, 03:51 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 87,348
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A traditional Greek eggplant dish is "Papoutsakia" = eggplant split lengthwise, filled with minced lamb and covered with something like bechamel sauce, and then roasted in an oven. I absolutely loved that, and still would if I or SWMBO could get around to preparing it

Edited: IIRC, in the Greek language, "papoutsakia" means "Grandfather's slippers" - which is kinda what they look like when cooked :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-24-2021, 03:22 PM  
Firmware Question
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 18
Views: 812
To return to the OP's original point/question - follow "the instructions" and it is "Simples" :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-24-2021, 02:09 PM  
Firmware Question
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 18
Views: 812
Well, I'm in the UK and you are in Oz but we share many of the same language "roots". OTOH, the 'merican language has since diverged "somewhat further" from those - thus those 'mericans" might not "understand":D
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 03-24-2021, 01:38 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 87,348
Views: 3,563,879
The further away the better as far as I am concerned! - like Marmite (SWMBO likes it, I don't)!

---------- Post added 03-24-21 at 08:46 PM ----------


Which is definitely an "aquired" - and then soon "de-aquired"! - taste :mad:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-24-2021, 01:13 PM  
Firmware Question
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 18
Views: 812
Over more than 12 yrs, I have updated my Pentax cameras (i.e, Samsung GX10/aka K-10D, K-5, K-30, K-3, K3 II, and K-70) - I think I only ever had a couple of failures out of 20+ attempts, and those were either because the battery was not fully charged or I didn't carefully follow the instructions (which are actually very easy to follow, if you read them carefully beforehand!). And I never "bricked" the camera and the ones that did fail first time were fine on the 2nd attempts.:D

Therefore there is absolutely no need to be "paranoid" about having a go (and/or then having to drive maybe 200k to get someone else to do it), thus
1 - format an SD card to "clear it out"
2 - make sure the battery is fully charged (the green light on the charging holster goes out when it is)
3 - read the update instructions carefully (they do vary slightly between various cameras!), maybe several times, until you understand them
4 - download the updating file and unzip it to your PC/Mac/Linux m/c to produce a " .bin" file
5 - turn the camera OFF
6 - copy that .bin file to the SD card, and put that in the camera body (best with a lens on some sort on it)
7 - turn the camera on and go into the Menu and then look through the submenus to find the one that has "Firmware" - enter that and click on "update" to start the appropriate update process for your camera - and then be quite patient until the process seems to have finished (and maybe another couple of minutes "to be sure"!)
8 - Turn the camera OFF and then back ON again, go into the Menu and and the Firmware one and and take a look at that - it should then confirm that the update has been successful and you now have the latest version :D

That is actually "Simples!" (as some of our UK tv ads tell us often)! :D

Go on - have a go!
Forum: General Talk 03-23-2021, 04:12 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 730
Views: 26,859
That's very good - for YOU.

What I was highligthing is/might be something like you are on a flight to "somewhere abroad" with many other people, of whom some might be travelling with falsified covid vaccination documentation - would you want to be in that situation?
Forum: General Talk 03-23-2021, 03:44 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 730
Views: 26,859
As, ISTR, getting some sort of relatively mild reaction to a jab is actually a good sign (or, at least, I do hope so because we both did).
Forum: General Talk 03-23-2021, 02:34 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 730
Views: 26,859
Forum: General Talk 03-08-2021, 01:41 AM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 3,853
Views: 322,315
The version of that with which I am more familiar is "not the sharpest tool in the toolbox" :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-70 03-06-2021, 03:26 PM  
Pentax K-70 photo samples
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 418
Views: 69,250
When appropriate, the K-70 and my old Sigma 10-20 also work (IMHO) extremely well together for me.
Forum: General Talk 03-06-2021, 08:45 AM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 730
Views: 26,859
We got our 1st doses of the Pfizer vaccine at the end of January with a predicted wait of 10-12 weeks for the 2nd ones - thus "mid April" ish..

However, your post prompted me to experiment to see if I/we could get them earlier as we are both classed as "extremely vulnerable" for various reasons and thus logged onto the NHS site, entered my NHS number - and was told "No", and advised to contact our local surgery which had arranged the 1st jabs.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 03-04-2021, 02:09 AM  
K50 Owner and looking for a backup.
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 25
Views: 947
Must have missed that - Sorry!
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 03-03-2021, 01:41 PM  
K50 Owner and looking for a backup.
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 25
Views: 947
Something about the K-70 that I don't think has been mentioned here before - it has a higher burst rate (6 fps) than the K-50 (albeit with a smaller buffer than the K-3/K-3 II). It's become my "go to" walkabout camera because it's also a better all round camera body.

PS: and then the next purchase should probably be a 55-300 PLM - works great with the K-70 (as it did with my K-30/ "K-50") :D

PPS: get a K-70 and then your K-50 will become the "backup".
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-03-2021, 01:22 PM  
The screen died on my KS-2, so I improvised.
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 14
Views: 789
Or any other camera/camera body with a fixed rear screen and an HDMI o/p for that matter:)

PS: what are the dimensions of the screen module as I don't think they sell "Altoids" in the UK;)
Forum: General Talk 03-01-2021, 06:04 AM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 730
Views: 26,859
I think I reported earlier that we got our 1st doses of the Pfizer-Biontec vaccine about 4-5 weeks ago and will have to wait another 6 weeks or so before the 2nd ones.

Nevertheless the NHS & our local council seem to have got their "knickers in a twist" as follows:Last Friday, I got an NHS email to tell me that I have now been classed as a "vulnerable" person, then the same in a letter on Saturday - and now the same again in an email today from the council!

That info told me that I should be "shielding", but much as that may be "all well and good" in itself, WHY has it taken them NEARLY a year to decide to tell me this as nobody had specifically stated that before last week!

Also, my wife is 72 and a Type 1 diabetic with asthma - but she has NEVER received that recommendation since the pandemic began!:(

OTOH, this isn't going to actually make much, if any, difference to how we "operate" and go about our lives - which has been "pretty much shielding" since mid March last year, apart from a few carefully planned and executed shopping and "days out" expeditions, and my twice-weekly outdoor "click & collect" trips for the weekly shopping at local supermarkets.

Simply put, we managed to avoid the virus for the 9+ months before our 1st jabs and the few weeks since then - and so now, with the rapidly falling infection & hospitalization rates and assuming we continue to take the same precautions in the foreseeable future, we consider that we should still be "reasonably safe" to carry on as before (unless of course, we did decide to fully stay indoors at home, go even more stir-crazy and then strangle one-another!;))
Forum: General Talk 02-27-2021, 01:23 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 730
Views: 26,859
From what I have seen, read & heard, getting a decent "reaction" to a vaccine jab means that your body's immune system has "noticed it" - and that is "good" because it then begins to generate the antibodies required to fight the real COVID virus.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-26-2021, 03:21 PM  
k-70 grip
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 24
Views: 1,066
K-30 to K-70 transition? => some adjustment necessary, but the positives certainly outweighed the negatives (of which the grip was not one - but, maybe because I have relatively large hands?) :D

PS: I had a K-r for a time, but was never "Impressed" after the K-5 that was my main cam at that time, and so it was soon sold on - and soon replaced by the K-30 (that's now a "K-50" with the hacked f/w)
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 02-24-2021, 03:58 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 87,348
Views: 3,563,879
Pratt & Twhitney: D

PS: "Prat" & "Twit" = "same thing"! :D
Forum: General Talk 02-24-2021, 03:25 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 730
Views: 26,859
UNFORTUNATELY, there will always be, as there are always have been, "sheep" who will follow whichever is the most "attractive cr@p" they are fed by whatever route is most the most influential means at the time in question - and the less well educated those "sheep" are, then the more likely it is that they will believe it.

T'was ever thus, and - again very unfortunately - the same will be true in the future until the majority of the World's population is far better educated than it currently is :fedup:

PS: now nearly 4 weeks since we both got our first Pfizer Biontec jabs -> minor reactions on the day or the day after, and then a sore arm for me a couple days ago, but otherwise everything is fine :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-23-2021, 04:12 PM  
Lens change
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 28
Views: 1,111
@ the OP

Having been on a couple of "typical" tourist trips to Egypt a few yrs ago, I took, but rarely used, a Pentax 55-300mm on the then GX10/K-5 - but mainly used ultra wide and "slightly tele" lenses

Therefore I would suggest something like a 10-20 zoom (very useful inside the Valley of the Kings tombs & in museums etc.) + a 17/18 -70/85 zoom for "general use" - my "travel kit" is my "original version" Sigma 10-20, an equally old Sigma 17-70 and the 55-300 PLM for when (if?) there are "long distance shot opportunities" (although, if I were to go to Egypt again, I would replace that with a "plastic fantastic" DA 35 f 2.4 for the inevitable evening "tourist events")
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-23-2021, 10:45 AM  
A new travel tripod option
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 16
Views: 1,324
Update:

Here's a shot of the C-10X ballhead with the tubing over the large knob and the replacement knob, and another with the modded ballhead fitted back on the tripod - showing that the mods don't stop the tripod being fully folded-up

PS: taken with my old "workshop" Canon A720 compact - so please excuse the "quality" :D
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