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Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-05-2021, 01:00 PM  
Ball head as a leveling base
Posted By gavinhw
Replies: 26
Views: 1,289
If what you’re after, for example, is to level your camera so that you can make a horizontal panorama by panning from left to right, you need a leveling base below your head so that the camera can be positioned parallel to the horizon (of course you need to adjust the head to aim your camera as well). Once the base has been levelled, the panning axis will be perpendicular to the ground.

With the leveling base, the possibly-tilted tripod is all below the base.

With just the ball head, you can make adjustments to get a straight horizon through your view finder, but if the tripod is tilted, the panning axis of the ball head will NOT be perpendicular to the ground, and frames taken left/right in a pano will be higher/lower than the middle frame.

Hope that makes sense.
Forum: General Talk 02-01-2021, 12:56 PM  
Store sent me the Pentax PF-80ED scope instead of the Pentax PF-65EDAII
Posted By gavinhw
Replies: 4
Views: 507
As long as the 80 isn’t too heavy/large compared with the 65, lucky you.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 01-20-2021, 08:07 PM  
Amazon Canada D FA 28-105mm currently at $556 ($434 USD)
Posted By gavinhw
Replies: 1
Views: 559
One left as of 2020-Jan-2010:07pm EST. Itís a bit hard to get the URL on my iPhone because the Amazon app doesnít make it easy.

https://www.amazon.ca/Pentax-FA-28-105-Millimeter-F3-5-5-6ED-DC/dp/B01BWE90TY/
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-20-2020, 07:14 PM  
Pentax 70-210mm down $250 to $1140 Canadian at Amazon.ca
Posted By gavinhw
Replies: 1
Views: 541
Now at $1083 CDN, 18:13 pm 2020-Dec-20.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-19-2020, 10:33 PM  
Pentax 70-210mm down $250 to $1140 Canadian at Amazon.ca
Posted By gavinhw
Replies: 1
Views: 541
Forum: General Talk 12-15-2020, 07:33 PM  
Canadian Microsoft users, get the money Microsoft stole from you back.
Posted By gavinhw
Replies: 21
Views: 1,313
That law firm has been very successful winning these class-action lawsuits (Activia Yogurt, Samsung, etc.). A high school friend of mineís husband is one of the firmís partners. If it applies to you, put in a claim.
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-10-2020, 10:59 AM  
HD Pentax-D FA* 1:1.4 85mm Lens Club
Posted By gavinhw
Replies: 269
Views: 35,704
Well-composed and processed. Beautiful on all counts, actually.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-28-2020, 09:08 AM  
Macro Exactly what is says...
Posted By gavinhw
Replies: 3
Views: 449
The wit is not lost on me.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-27-2020, 04:50 PM  
Amazon Canada: D FA 70-210 at $920 USD
Posted By gavinhw
Replies: 11
Views: 1,093
Now at $999 CDN ($739 USD). 2020-Sept-27, 16:40 PDT. Crazy low.

EDIT: 2020-Sept-28: It's back to $1399 CDN.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-26-2020, 02:21 PM  
Amazon Canada: D FA 70-210 at $920 USD
Posted By gavinhw
Replies: 11
Views: 1,093
Now at $1052 CDN ($778 USD).
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-25-2020, 09:00 AM  
Amazon Canada: D FA 70-210 at $920 USD
Posted By gavinhw
Replies: 11
Views: 1,093
Even lower, as of 08:59 PDT 2020-Sept-25.

$1107.64 CDN. In stock. $820 USD.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-24-2020, 08:25 AM  
Amazon Canada: D FA 70-210 at $920 USD
Posted By gavinhw
Replies: 11
Views: 1,093
Currently at $1165 CDN/$869 USD.
Sold by Amazon/Ricoh Canada.

8:40 PDT September 24, 2020.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-23-2020, 07:21 PM  
Amazon Canada: D FA 70-210 at $920 USD
Posted By gavinhw
Replies: 11
Views: 1,093
I leave in cart sometimes as well. Price will sometimes increase too.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-23-2020, 02:24 PM  
Amazon Canada: D FA 70-210 at $920 USD
Posted By gavinhw
Replies: 11
Views: 1,093
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-23-2020, 08:53 AM  
Amazon Canada: D FA 70-210 at $920 USD
Posted By gavinhw
Replies: 11
Views: 1,093
Iíve been watching the price. It goes up and down throughout the day.

As of 8:49am PDT, Sept 23, 2020, itís at $1227 CDN while it normally sits at $1399. I just got mine yesterday at $1291. Sigh.

I think Amazon is applying a funky, targeted, algorithm if there are people like me who are constantly monitoring an item. If the price goes down and someone bites, it goes down even further the next day. I observed the same thing when I bought the 20-40mm a while back.

I am not sure if everyone sees the same price at the same time.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-05-2020, 08:19 PM  
Nature Nuthatch in Flight (Olympus 300MM F4 Pro)
Posted By gavinhw
Replies: 6
Views: 485
Whatís your technique?
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 08-25-2020, 11:48 PM  
Amazon Canada -- HD Pentax-DA 20-40mm Limited, Silver -- CAD $565
Posted By gavinhw
Replies: 9
Views: 989
It fluctuates like crazy. Probably back up. They donít do price adjustments so I ordered another one thatís $28 cheaper than the first one I ordered, which I will return.

Canít complain at $509.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 08-25-2020, 12:28 AM  
Amazon Canada -- HD Pentax-DA 20-40mm Limited, Silver -- CAD $565
Posted By gavinhw
Replies: 9
Views: 989
Price of silver DA 20-40mm Limited currently at $510 CDN, equivalent to $383 USD, down again. I just picked one up $536. Wonder if Amazon will refund the difference. I guess I can always return and reorder.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-22-2020, 02:44 PM  
What should/will be the kit lens for K-new?
Posted By gavinhw
Replies: 22
Views: 1,967
For selfish reasons, Iíd prefer they bundle it with the 16-85mm as thatís a lens I donít own, but want at a discount. :-)
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 08-22-2020, 06:14 AM  
Amazon Canada -- HD Pentax-DA 20-40mm Limited, Silver -- CAD $565
Posted By gavinhw
Replies: 9
Views: 989
Ordered for equivalent of $402 USD. What a bargain.

EDIT: back up to reg price Aug 22 8:42 PDT.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-21-2020, 10:21 PM  
What should/will be the kit lens for K-new?
Posted By gavinhw
Replies: 22
Views: 1,967
Should it be the 16-85mm? Was that lens ever offered as a kit lens?

I donít think the 18-55mm will do the new camera justice.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 08-21-2020, 08:02 PM  
Amazon Canada -- HD Pentax-DA 20-40mm Limited, Silver -- CAD $565
Posted By gavinhw
Replies: 9
Views: 989
Thatís cheaper than B&H.

You are a horrible person, tempting me with these deals.

I mean you are an excellent person, tempting me with these deals.

I think Iíll bite even though I donít have a modern APS-C (have K10D, K20D, K-01 and the K-1 II). In anticipation of the K-new...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-17-2020, 10:20 PM  
Nature Those June Taylor Dancers Flowers Again. :)
Posted By gavinhw
Replies: 5
Views: 376
Crocosmia. Hummingbirds love that plant.
Forum: General Photography 07-17-2020, 10:13 PM  
UPC cut from original box - mean anything?
Posted By gavinhw
Replies: 10
Views: 1,029
Yes, I agree with mail-in rebate as likely explanation as I did that with my Fuji lens. Had to send them the UPC label.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-06-2020, 12:51 PM  
People Pensive daughter
Posted By gavinhw
Replies: 8
Views: 407
Nice shot on a nice lens!
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