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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 1 Day Ago  
IR remotes and cable remotes for MZ-S
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 6
Views: 216
From the well-worn memory banks, I believe you are correct about the two cabled releases. I had the TS-110 and did use the timing functions a couple times but I can't recall why...never considered the IR sensor? I recall the body/grip combo projecting a light grid for autofocus in the dark, and I almost thought the grip was somehow involved? Naw, that doesn't make sense...

Enjoy that MZ-S. It's my very favorite Pentax body, film or digital for the ergonomics and style. A minimalist DSLR tucked into a retro MZ-S lookalike body would sell to me right away!
Forum: Pentax K-1 1 Day Ago  
Pluto Trigger
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 4
Views: 266
Pluto has a very professional internet ad campaign going. They jump on my screen frequently enough to be almost annoying, but at least they are trying to reach the market through the current mainstream advertising method.

I'd guess someone here has tripped the trigger and purchased one?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
FA 20-35 or F 24-50....Which should I get ?
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 27
Views: 706
Jatrax points out the generally unimpressive qualities of the FA lenses (I presume that is not to include FA Limited and FA* lenses?), same applies to standard F lenses--meh.

That's why many of us are so happy with the little 20-35. It's tiny, light and not robust. Doesn't appear to be anything more than the other FA and F lenses. But it must have gotten into some spilled pixie dust from the Limited and star lenses? It really is an outlier regarding image quality within the standard FA models.

If you find one discounted due to a damaged or missing lens shade, I have an extra shade (missing polarizer door) for the 20-35 that you could arm-twist away from me...

I second Adam's recommendation, nice little kit!

Had no idea the pricing had gotten so silly...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
FA 20-35 or F 24-50....Which should I get ?
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 27
Views: 706
I've owned two 20-35's and both greatly exceeded my expectations for image quality. However, I've only used that lens for landscape shots and action within a boat shots for magazines and likely have never shot a single frame opened up beyond f8 ish (most of my lenses have never seen wide open apertures--I don't play in that field).

This lens was manufactured during the era that the FA Limiteds were being developed and that killer color rendition is definitely engineered into the 20-35. You won't regret the extra cost!
Forum: Pentax K-1 2 Days Ago  
My Canon to Pentax experience: Why I love Pentax, but might still leave.
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 33
Views: 1,832
If Ricoh shut the Pentax door, I'd be able to buy used K1's for $100 for the rest of my life...that could work! In fact, my basement would end up looking like that shot from the Olympics with all those "other brand" bodies and lenses lined up on the shelves...FA* lenses for $50 and K1's 3 for $100. The worst case scenario isn't that bad for a Pentax fanboy like me. The concept of "digital lenses" is almost 100% marketing mumbo jumbo and irrelevant to me...
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 4 Days Ago  
Looking for case for Pentax FA 80-200 f2.8......
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 7
Views: 276
Hey Mapguy,

I have a couple S120-230's, one well used and one nearly new.

Note these cases are not standard pouch type wrap cases. This is a poly reinforced tube case with metal rivet holding the tube together. It has a polarizer pouch in the lid and very heavy duty metal strap lugs. The strap itself has metal clip swivel buckles. Anyone who disses this case has never seen nor used one. By far better than what you'll find aftermarket. The one holding my FA*80-200 has been in continuous use since the mid-90's and non-the worse for wear. The FA*200 Macro comes in a similar case but a touch smaller. That case is still in fabulous shape as well with use since 2000.

I'm out of the office until Monday afternoon and won't be able to find my original costs and get pics to you or anything until that time. I'll reserve it for you until we can figure out a deal that we both like. I hate to say it, but I recall paying about $90 for it, ouch! Of course, it's worth much less now!

Note that the $46 metal swivel clip strap I bought for my big Quantum Turbo battery is whimpy compared to the Pentax strap on this lens case. I use the Pentax strap for the battery!

Contact me in a few days and we'll continue this discussion
Forum: Lens Clubs 5 Days Ago  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 27,629
Views: 2,380,375
I'll agree Pete, and because most of our Cooper's around here are the "gold head" looking variety. I'm still caught up in the feather structure around the perimeter of the face having that owl appearance with that outer dark line like the short eareds? Just matted down wet look on a sharp shin I guess?
Forum: Lens Clubs 5 Days Ago  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 27,629
Views: 2,380,375
Lots of variation in short eared owl plumage...sometimes see several sort of together that range from almost light buff to almost black. My first thought was Northern Hawk Owl, but there are just so many short eared around that I can't help but suspect...I always watch for the rump spot when they fly away laughing at me...looks like a white rump patch while sitting?

We have lots of sharp-shinned and a few cooper's here too and they will work your feeders to eat the little birds. Coloration on this looks very sharp-shinned, but the dished face...

I packed all my field guides away for an impending remodel and move, so can't torment myself trying to id birds. Pretty much go with the Patrick F. McManus method, "little brown birds, big gray birds, etc."

That one is a generic predator bird...
Forum: Lens Clubs 5 Days Ago  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 27,629
Views: 2,380,375
Dished face and short "horns"...guessing short-eared owl of which we have many in your region-csa. They have the white rump patch when flying, very much like the common Northern Harrier (marsh hawk). They actually look quite hawkish, but the side view is tough to tell.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 02-13-2018, 10:22 PM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 19
Views: 413
Traveled to an Inuvialuit whaling camp 350 miles North of the Arctic Circle during the warm season. The frozen line of the permanent ice shelf was visible from camp. I think you'll be fine. I didn't even have to worry about battery power in the seasonal warmth. But you may be much closer to the pole?

As long as you have a second body, your kit is more than sufficient. On Alaska and NW Territory trips, I tended to cut back even more than that, but also carried 67 as my primary kit with 35mm backup. I've always been a Pelicase guy for excursions and boats and run them with individually bagged lenses (just standard Pentax pouches) so I don't waste space on the foam interior (I keep the lid foam in place and the thin foam on the bottom. I keep 5 different sizes and fit the "kit of the day" to the right size Pelican). The gear packs together quite solidly and carries like a briefcase...more field-ready than you might think. Set it down anywhere you want...closed lid works great as a board for cutting cheese and bread etc. Tripod over one shoulder with kit case in the other hand for balance. Works fabulous for walks up to a mile...cumbersome for longer. But way easier to work from than most soft packs (no issues with dirt, mud, moisture. Pack straps are notorious when you set the pack on the ground with straps down--every time). Pelican-cased the Pentax 67II kit, Hassy XPanII kit and for 3 decades now with all the Pentax 35mm and APS kits.

Remember you will be in a marine environment--even when onshore--which will quickly reduce your number of lens changes and number of lenses you really use. The salt air tends to become almost greasy just from invisible mist depositing it. (Salt and magnesium camera don't mix! Magnesium is hyper corrosive. Keep your hands/gloves clean and carry hand towels to wipe surfaces).

I always found the 80-200 to end up being a workhorse when shooting from a boat at things outside the boat. When the action is inside the boat the 24-70 range is highly applicable...so I have tended toward the two lenses you've rejected. But hey, the other options didn't exist when I was traveling 150 days a year.

Also, took a couple trips to Yellowknife NWT without any macro lens. Took one of the multi-element achromat screw-in adapters...the 77mm Canon 500D works really well on 80-200 and also on various 300mm lenses, though I've never tried it on the DA*300. It gives me very sufficient half-lifesize macro with more than passable sharpness. If the likelihood of shooting really tight macro is not that great, you could save space this way, but if you don't take the 80-200 that leaves you with the 300 as your macro.

For many summer trips up North, the mesh bug jacket was a necessary accessory. Don't know what shore will be like on "the continent" but you might want to ask.
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-11-2018, 11:00 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 27,629
Views: 2,380,375
Try not to have luck be a requirement to own the goodies I crave. Not always a budget issue. My business required quite a bit of photo work through the years and IRS audits agreed that I could buy photo gear for the biz (in my prior life I wrote fishing books and hundreds of magazine articles and commonly needed nice illustration images as well as those horrible victory shots of "angler holding fish"). I ain't proud, there's worse work out there! Also did lots of speaking engagements all over U.S. and Canada (more than 450 paid gigs). I made sure to have nice images flashing up there on the screen while I railed on about fishing or boating or even motivational/sport psychology (hunh? 8 years coaching a pre-Olympic wrestling program) so had to have quality photo gear. And gee, all those travel days...maybe ought to stay an extra day or two to shoot photos!

This wasn't a lucrative career, though comfortable, and certainly didn't set me up for a lush retirement. But I've always been a dream chaser and find a way to get by doing it. So wife for over 20 years didn't look over my shoulder...it was part of the business and legitimate! Though I'm glad to be divorced, she was great in that she never squelched my dreams or our son's dreams...best spousal gift ever! Been single for about 5 years so my terrible fiscal policies dictate which killer fishing reels I can find in Japan or what esoteric Pentax star lens I choose to shoot with and whether I'd rather follow a photo subject or try to catch some really fun fish. Note that all the photo gear has held value quite nicely, thank you...so what may have appeared to be a rash and childish expense was actually pretty sane. Wish I'd bought a half-dozen FA*200/4 Macro lenses! They are currently fetching 3-4 times the original new price! (and I am not selling!)

BTW this was not about me, but a cheerleading session...GO DO THE THINGS YOU LIKE DOING! I like Pentax...is that so wrong?
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-11-2018, 03:03 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 27,629
Views: 2,380,375
Nice pics Ducatigaz...just sold my FA*600/4 to a forum member in Australia. It just cleared customs and he should get it tomorrow! Several years ago when I chose to let either the 250-600 or 600/4 go, I kept the 600/4. It's the best Pentax supertelephoto period! Unless you prefer the F*600/4 with double length hood. Calling the 250-600 the ultimate backyard birding lens is not a slur on the 600! And didn't mean to bristle you. But between the shorter minimum focus and the ability to zoom as needed, the 250-600 was pretty awesome for those close quarters/yard distance opportunities. Kind of "backyard safari" setup and 5 pounds lighter than my beloved 600/4. Plus the 250-600 had a preset zoom and focus point that could be preprogrammed onto two different bird perches, and then a single or double push of a button set the lens to the presets for you...just had to point it in time! Nothing else in the industry even similar. (of course those trick zoom functions are no longer supported by our new camera bodies...only power zoom without presets.) Forum member in Canada has the zoom and a buddy in San Diego has my old F*600...

And no Canadian Rockies, no fight-back from any side whenever I've indulged myself! That's why I've owned whatever Pentax gear I've desired...no moderator! Just the bank account remorse!
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 02-11-2018, 02:36 PM  
For Sale: RRS Flash Arm & Accessories, Quantum Turbo Battery and Synch Cords
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 0
Views: 244
Busting up a fantastic flash system into groups of systems.

Flash arm also doubles as macro flash arm for macro lens with tripod foot. Just use one flash and no extension.


Tilt Flash Bracket System (photo 2). Includes 4 items listed below. Good condition, swivel silky smooth, all threads in good shape. $205 (freight free conus)

*QD Arca-style plate for collared lenses (required for Flash Arm). Dual direction mounting mods to fit flash arm to almost all collared lenses.
*Really Right Stuff B91 Flash Arm w/tilt flash head (original receipt was $206)
*Really Right Stuff B89 8.5" Extender Post (original cost $80)
*Really Right Stuff Twin Flash Bar (original cost $65)


Quantum Turbo Battery System. Includes items listed below. Excellent condition. $225 (freight free conus)

This is the full-sized, Turbo speed, shoot more than 1000 shots, super battery. They make several smaller models with less capacity and speed.
*Quantum Turbo Battery, fresh recell, with charger, boxed (original cost $300)
*Padded Shoulder Strap with metal swivel clips (original cost $36)
*Splitter and 10' Extension Cable QT-49 (original cost $90)
*2-Synch cords CN3 for Pentax 540FGZII, 540FGZ, 500FTZ (original cost $60)

See top photo for view of splitter and cords in action. 10' extension QT-49 not pictured.


*Lepp Project-a-Flash Fresnel flash projector (universal size) $20 freight free. Two available per top photo.


All items have 7 day return policy, buyer pays return freight and insurance.
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-11-2018, 12:42 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 27,629
Views: 2,380,375
Before busting this kit into pieces in the marketplace I wanted a final picture of the whole set-up. We "300 plus Clubbers" may be some of the few who can appreciate the insanity! (BTW what I'm busting up is the lighting system, not body, lens or tripod.)

Originally ran this set-up in the film era when lighting presented even more problems than today...With the FA*250-600 (and it's 10 ft. minimum focus distance) this could very well have been the ultimate backyard birding semi-studio set-up. I do have slides of that rig...it was cool! This pic is with the F*300/4.5 and HD 1.4X and K3II giving me frame filling on par with what some would call 630mm on my old film rig.

What you see is an aimable RRS Flash Arm with Extender Post and Twin Flash Bar. The two flashes are my old legacy 500 FTZ's with Fresnel flash projectors. (I more commonly use a 540 and a 360 but I wanted vintage in the photo). The idea is to generate enough light and enough reach without creating eyeshine/redeye in the critter. By moving the strobes a distance off the lens centerline, eyeshine is greatly reduced and usually avoided. Same rig without the extension and just one diffused flash is the ultimate aimable telemacro light set up, and in-fact, I have another smaller Flash Arm permanently affixed to my 200 macro QD plate. The Flash Arm is quite robust and can be used as a handle to lift the whole rig onto the tripod.

Juice comes from the full-sized "shoot all weekend and next weekend too" Quantum Turbo Battery running through a splitter to the two strobes.

OK, I actually took the time to look up original costs on this whole kit...oh, never mind...I eventually got out of the straight jacket!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-09-2018, 12:19 PM  
Thematic Forest-walks_Lichen-Fungi-Moss-dead-leaves
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 682
Views: 32,100
Here is an old scan from the Pentax 67II with 100/4 Macro...

Second is fruiting liverworts (probably) in moss (I have a book called Mosses, Lichens, and Liverworts so I'm cheating in the liverwort shot). Maybe 400 meters from my front door during a much warmer season.

Last one is Fairybells in moss, probably juniper haircap moss? Also just up the path from my front door during warmer season.

---------- Post added 02-09-18 at 12:25 PM ----------

Actual winter shots would be a bit white today...calling for lots of snow on top of the snow that already covers everything...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-09-2018, 11:38 AM  
Backyard Wild Animals Contest Waxwing
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 10
Views: 253
Well done! Waxwings only hold still for a second at a time...very tough to catch in a nice pose.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-09-2018, 11:33 AM  
Home made 67II grip
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 7
Views: 476
I agree. It will take a real artist to make something better than the Pentax models.

And it needs to support 5 pound loads from all angles for 67 body, big lens, accessories/flash/ etc.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-09-2018, 07:54 AM  
Home made 67II grip
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 7
Views: 476
Two machined knobs on the camera fit into two slides on the grip. There must be pics out there somewhere? The earlier version of this (pre-67II "cold shoe type") sells for next to nothing...certainly less than your machine shop time to make one!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-08-2018, 08:23 PM  
Advice in choosing an external 7" field Monitor for K-3II
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 3
Views: 491
Whichever screen you choose it sounds like you are ready for a nice quality ground cloth! Best accessory ever for "dirty knee" work. I use a piece of thin canvas repurposed from the floor of a photo blind. It's folded/wadded up under the back seat of my truck right now.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-08-2018, 02:46 PM  
Need help with 150-450 focusing issue
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 41
Views: 1,513
Time to go chimping on buddies' computers! If their images are tack sharp (at 450mm 3 miles away in the afternoon heat) then it can't be heat shimmer and the red herrings can't be red herrings...no matter what the screen images look like.

I suspect that nobody standing beside you got anything any sharper than you got at that focal length and distance.

Ah, and firmware version predating your lens and not being "tuned" to your lens/focal length would affect both focusing and shake reduction which probably impacts your images both with and without heat shimmer!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-08-2018, 08:22 AM  
Need help with 150-450 focusing issue
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 41
Views: 1,513
Just checked the rating on your Manfrotto Jr. Geared Head. It's only rated for 11 pounds and that's about what you had on there with body, grip, strap, lens, lens plate...

"They" say (whoever "they" are) that you want the rating to be 3 times the actual weight of your gear...the heads I use with 600/4 lenses are rated for 166 pounds! Remember, the ratings are just made up numbers determined by the manufacturers themselves. Always build in buffer!

So if your head is that small for the task, bet your legs are too! Talking tripods of course...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-08-2018, 08:01 AM  
Need help with 150-450 focusing issue
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 41
Views: 1,513
Your image looks curiously like many of mine when I got my first really big telephoto. Since other shooters didn't have the problem, you can rule out external factors like atmosphere. My gut tells me what it is...

You mention that you could look through it and see the lens shaking and vibrating and guessed wind as the culprit...Nope, wind was perhaps pushing on that lens, but the problem was the tripod didn't stop wind shake. Guessing it also didn't stop mirror slap.

Set it up and tap the lens or camera with your finger while watching for vibration...you are going to be shocked! Trip the trigger with the cable release while watching for shake...you will be surprised...

Your tripod isn't up to the task...took me 3 different tripods before I figured this out with my first 600/4...the rare F*600/4. You have 10 pounds of weight and $4000 in value sitting on top of a "what brand is that" no name tripod. It may be rated for the weight, but it isn't rated as a professional product!

I always hold my tongue during the tripod discussions on this forum while people talk fondly of what I consider junky tripods...even my smaller Bogens became known to me as "Bogus" when trying to shoot mega telephoto work. Go buy a LARGE and expensive Gitzo or a RRS and your problems will miraculously disappear. Do not buy based on light weight...for telephoto work the heavier the tripod the better! (My tripod for F* and FA* 600 lenses with head weighs 12 pounds!) Do not buy based on collapsed size for travel--you want the least number of leg sections possible--3. Those 4 and 5 leg-section models have no place under a telephoto lens! Do not use a center column! That reduces your support from 3 legs to one! Ideally, the tripod should not even have a center column since that necks the support down from 3 legs connected at a wide platform (the wide platform is what makes Gitzo and RRS so stable) to a single narrow support point.

But before you spend $500+ for a professional support system, make sure you look at magnified views of the other folks' shots...they may have looked fine on the backs of cameras but may actually be just like yours from environmental issues...If you can definitely rule their images as great and yours a tiny bit soft, it's either your lens doesn't focus or your tripod just can't settle it down. Tripod is the cheaper solution!

Good luck! At least you are out there!

---------- Post added 02-08-18 at 08:11 AM ----------

Oh, and when shooting with a cable release, you still need to have your hand on the top of the lens to dampen vibrations. You said you could see it shaking...so when you trip the cable release the lens was sitting there shaking?...needs a hand on top!

Finally, that lens is well spoken for up through 400mm but is said to soften a bit at 450. You were shooting 3 miles away but not through the "sweet spot" on the lens. Perhaps that's as sharp as you'll get at 450?

I still think tripod because you watched it shaking!
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-07-2018, 11:10 PM  
67 75/4.5 Shift for shift panoramas?
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 14
Views: 417
OK, you don't want this lens!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-07-2018, 04:52 PM  
my uncle´s photo camera... prices?
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 9
Views: 796
Isn't there another gear bag there with an A*135/1.8 and an A*200/4 Macro?
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-07-2018, 04:10 PM  
67 75/4.5 Shift for shift panoramas?
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 14
Views: 417
Not the resolution after cropping nor the distortion free edges...though my old and now Phil's 45mm is definitely a crisp copy, it still has a bit of distortion--as expected. That 45mm lens is the equivalent of 22.5mm on FF/35mm or 15mm on APS-C. I've not seen a comparison, but to my eye the 45mm lens on 67 format has less distortion than the 15 Limited on APS-C even though it's considered an old design. And that's not a slur on the 15...I like it just fine! (Should I stand back and watch for data to come streaming in regarding actual measurements of distortion? I'd actually kind of like that!).

---------- Post added 02-07-18 at 04:38 PM ----------

So back to the OP...would it be better to carry the gear to mechanically shift a moderate pano? Or would it be better to equip to shoot and crop a super wide angle that roughly matches the width of the moderate pano shot through the shift lens?

I might take a third option. I think I would opt to shoot the pano frames through my sharpest normal or close to normal perspective lens. Since this is all related to the OP's landscape work, frightening sharpness across the frame (rather than bokeh) would probably be the goal? (when shooting 6x7, I used the late model 100/4 Macro as my normal since it supposedly had the best resolution in the line--and 67 depth of field is so thin as to not punish me for the f4).

However, if the foreground is super close and you need ridiculous hyperfocal depth of field...then the super wide with cropping may win out...except how will that crop fit the super close foreground...must be shooting vertical now...well then maybe back to the super sharp standard lens and stitched pano?

Can't deny that shooting through the shift lens is an enjoyable, s l o w, fun way to shoot, so the aesthetic value of the experience also factor's in.

I guess it all depends!
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