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Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 2 Days Ago  
Purchasing K-3 e-book ... I hope
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 7
Views: 190
Welcome back! Hope to see you more!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Trioplan 100mm f/2.8 II for K-mount and M42
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 18
Views: 617
How much are original ones going for these days?
I haven't seen one in a while.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Would you buy a PLM with damaged front element?
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 16
Views: 632
I've had lenses which suffered that type of minuscule damage. There was no change at all in the photo image quality.

I did buy one lens which had a damaged internal element - a chip or deep scratch clearly visible. Looking with a jeweler's loup, it was like a nail had hit it hard. It did have an image quality problem and I returned it.

The closer to the front, the less noticeable an effect will be, if any. In my experience, I haven't seen increased flare or lack of contrast. You may want to try a tiny dot of black ink, but really, I wouldn't even do that.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Pentax is NOT dead.
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 49
Views: 2,185
I seriously doubt someone sent out would be making any remarks that are "unprofessional", but rather are working within specific limitations given them:

1) Confirm nothing.
2) Hint at one or two things, obliquely.

Pentax/Ricoh has an unconventional "publicity" approach. While many of us may not agree with it, they do keep a tight wrap (who expected the new lens to be available for purchase so fast?) and like surprises.

I won't pretend to understand their thinking, but it is what it is. It is what it is ... and other speculation is pretty much of no value.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Pentax is NOT dead.
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 49
Views: 2,185
Thank you for the English summary of the video. Actually, I did think it was new information in a way, because it gave some insight into the thinking going on. I didn't know the GR3 was the biggest seller. I would have guessed K-70 (?) or KP (?) just from price point.

Also interesting that things are under such tight wraps that he doesn't know much (isn't saying much?) about the new camera.
Anyway, thank you, I found it very interesting.
Forum: General Photography 6 Days Ago  
Buying a body from Japan?
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 11
Views: 581
I agree with Mack and Strawman. Although almost all of my purchases have been received quickly and in wonderful condition, I also bought a limited lens which clearly had a "chip" or deep scratch on one of the internal lens elements.

It either was put together that way with a defective element from the factory or was disassembled for cleaning or whatever at some point and damaged while disassembled. The chip was so obvious that even when showing the lens to non-photographer co-workers, they'd say, "What's that?"

Yet, in the description, the lens was "perfect, mint condition, like new." Reviewing the photos again, the chip wasn't shown (focus not in the lens center) on the photos. Returned with full refund. The comment made was that "We didn't notice it" although non-photographers here immediately noticed the glittering defect.

Anyway, long story to say: Ask questions up front. Don't rely on wording alone. Examine every photo closely. It's a hassle to send things back overseas again. And eBay isn't always real great about deciding on behalf of the buyer.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 6 Days Ago  
Passing of Yvon Bourque
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 72
Views: 3,236
We're very saddened to hear of Yvon's passing and send warm caring wishes to all his family and many friends.

Yvon's books were an immense help to so many, not the least of which was myself. Careful knowledge, unique insights, and thorough writing just told the entire story of his love of cameras and photography.

May warm memories of the past provide some comfort in the sadness of the moment. Yvon will be so missed in this world, but feel his spirit is continuing his journeys, even now.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-06-2020, 03:33 PM  
Sling Bag
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 21
Views: 606
That's what I used most frequently for "small" outtings (withont a ton of gear), before my Lowepro Passport Sling. I think you'll find it a very useful bag. Easily slides around the body for convenience. all the compartments open in the right position, and carried just the right amount of "stuff" for me: a couple extra lenses (even the 12-24 with the big hood fit in the top compartment) and misc stuff.

Congrats on your new bag!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-05-2020, 03:29 PM  
Sling Bag
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 21
Views: 606
I agree completely with this one. I have a Lowepro Passport I and II. Both get used almost daily, certainly several times per week.

Last outing, I had my K3II with the 12-24mm, the 15mm in a separate slot, and my K5IIS in the "back" (unzipped for more space) in a padded wrap for more protection with the 31mm LTD on it. AND, the 20-40mm LTD in a soft padded case. When I unzip the rear area for more space, I typically add one camera wrap on the bottom, then everything in it's own padded case.

The front easily would hold what you're talking about and there's always room for expansion.

These are very easy to use in the field with a top zipper for quick access to a second camera or another lens. Worn cross-body style, they are comfortable for longer hikes and longer events. It isn't huge, but it isn't tiny. And being very flexible, it conforms more to your body than a rigid squarish bag.

Here's the camera wrap/lens wrap idea: Save Storage Space with Camera Wraps and Inserts | B&H Explora
Forum: General Photography 02-04-2020, 01:42 PM  
Lack of support for brand development
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 63
Views: 1,829
One thing not yet mentioned in this thread, and which doesn't arise too often in the dozens and dozens of threads just like it, is the fact that -- independent of camera sales -- trade shows and convention center business has been in decline for over 20 years now. There are entire white papers on it. Studies by major universities. (Producing corporate studies of economic activity was once part of my real life.)

Maybe a trade show seems busy today, but I can guarantee you that the square footage rented and the numbers attending are nothing like what they were 5-10-20 years ago. It's something that many people just don't do anymore. Bookstores are nearly completely gone. Brick & mortar camera stores are a small fraction of what they once were. People don't go to conventions and trade shows. Just a fact of life.

So, trying to draw conclusions from an event type which is largely avoided these days isn't a true indicator of "where the market is" by any means. The market is mostly online now, as are the discussions and group gatherings, and maybe all the photos too.

Despite all this, I am not saying that Pentax/Ricoh has a great marketing department. But it is what it is. And has been for many years. Minimal to no marketing presence has been a fact for many years.

I guess I come to these threads to see how many ways "It is what it is" can be said. :D

That aside, I usually end up thinking I could sit around a fire and visit with a few of these folks for a nice long time. (But never in a trade show. Crowds are just too much. :D)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-31-2020, 04:05 PM  
Perfect wide angle lens
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 37
Views: 1,530
I agree that the Pentax 12-24mm is a fine lens. Use it often.
A separate lens for astro would also be my choice, simply because the characteristics for astro in a zoom aren't readily available at lower cost.

To save on buying two rather than one, you might consider the Pentax Forums Marketplace where well-treated lenses come up often.
Forum: General Photography 01-28-2020, 02:51 PM  
Poll: PetaPixel: There are 6 Photographer ‘Types’: Which One are You?
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 41
Views: 1,386
The same here, but maybe a bit of the others thrown in here and there. Mostly Explorer, but even a bit of Anarchist slips in.
I agree that none really fits, which means there must be more than 6 types, right? ;)

How does the accumulation of numbers in the Postscript "drop you into a category" ? What if they're all "3"? :D
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-28-2020, 01:33 AM  
Do not know what to think on this one. Quite disturbing RE; Ricoh
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 57
Views: 3,460
Standard Pentax MF-60 Focusing Screen:



ML-60 "Cross-lined" focusing screen



MI-60 "Scale" focusing screen



ME-60 "Plain" focusing screen

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-28-2020, 12:35 AM  
New Article -- Achieving Better Manual Focus with the Green Hexagon
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 22
Views: 1,643
So much to think about in your article. I only had time to scan through it just now and caught several important learning points for me. I'm going to read and re-read it in depth soon to see what I can do to get "tack sharp" photos more often, as I feel like I too often miss the mark.

Thank you!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-23-2020, 02:03 AM  
Rule of thumb for prints
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 12
Views: 748
Very interesting notations. This concept seems like it might be somewhat subjective: "retain sharp detail in prints even looking close."


Just as a point of reference, a friend regularly sells images that are more like 6 x 10 feet in size, printed on metal or other materials, all taken with an old Nikon D800 and a couple of old lenses. I suppose I could put my nose up within a couple feet of the image and see that it is "fuzzy" (is it?), but across even a 10' wide room (many are in hallways), they look perfectly fine. In fact, they're stunning.

He's a master of capturing the light just right with the kinds of things people want to see in office buildings, dealerships, government offices, magazine covers, etc, etc, etc. But he hasn't worried about being sharp enough yet at huge sizes.

Given that, maybe there's some sort of "Immense Image Sharpening" that can be done? I honestly don't know. I'm not trying to take his place, just admire his work.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-19-2020, 11:36 PM  
DPReview : The Most Important Pentax Cameras Of All Time
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 55
Views: 3,503
Thanks to Rondec and hello to Chris and Jordan from Calgary. I've heard people say that Alberta is "like the Texas of Canada," but not sure if that is good or bad? :D :D

-34 is below my tolerance, pretty sure. The US midwest was below my cold tolerance, hence, Texas. And it is actually too cold in Texas too often, which explains Yucatan, where acclimated folks can feel cold while tourists are perspiring heavily and ordering beers by the bucket! :D

I enjoyed the video, to get back to the topic. You sure do love Pentax! I even think I heard it mentioned. Seriously, it was an interesting perspective. There may be a few areas where people could argue that Pentax has been innovative, often at the best price point on the market (or a pretty good one). What I like about their/our cameras is that they are just made for photography. The others seem to have menus and controls not thought through at times. Or the builds feel odd.

Maybe one summer, I'll vacation in Alberta somewhere and have a look around. Cheers!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-19-2020, 03:07 AM  
DPReview : The Most Important Pentax Cameras Of All Time
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 55
Views: 3,503
:D :D :D

Yes, the first clue was the Canadian flag on his profile. I was just asking about the c i t y.
Right now, for example, a quick glance at the map shows Yellowknife is -31 C. Everything in the southern provinces seems to be warmer (relatively speaking) by 20 degrees or so. . .

I honestly have no idea where DPReview is based. Perhaps in several locations with reviewers digitally supplying their info? I followed it for years, but lately have just focused ;) on what I have, not the latest and greatest coming out.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-19-2020, 02:06 AM  
DPReview : The Most Important Pentax Cameras Of All Time
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 55
Views: 3,503
What city are you in that is -34 c/f? Just curious where that is.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 01-17-2020, 05:09 PM  
Help, can’t work out how to fit part on K1000
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 3
Views: 390
Looks like Page 48 of this PDF shows the item (04010) you are asking about, if I understand the question correctly.
Look at 04014, which appears to be the spring wire that Ismaelg mentions.

http://pentax-manuals.com/manuals/service/spotmatic_sm.pdf
Forum: General Photography 01-17-2020, 04:26 PM  
Does it exists for Pentax? Wireless transmitter so my 2nd body shoots for me
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 11
Views: 622
red5isalive -- great name btw -- thank you for posing this question. Now that I think of it, I could do something like this on some of the shooting I do...

I'm curious to see what all answers arrive. I think the K-3's should have no issue as they have all the connectors. Then it would be just the right triggers and sensors with the right cables attached. I have not heard of any solutions that allow changing the exposure in the remote camera, although they may exist. But assuming the remote camera(s) are set to similar automatic exposure controls, it seems that might not be necessary.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-14-2020, 12:28 AM  
Help with my new KP
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 13
Views: 823
Hmmm.... Check/clean the contacts on the front? (the lens mount contacts)
Do a factory reset to put all settings back to default?
Try a different memory card?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-13-2020, 09:39 PM  
On eBay, SMC PENTAX 1:3.5/15 Aspheric lens, very rare lens?
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 18
Views: 1,088
There used to be a member here who could repair balsam separation of older lenses as well as reanodizing lenses in silver, etc. However, there was some unknown dispute and he's not here any more. Members who used his services were very happy with the lenses he repaired, so it was possible somehow.

I don't know when UV hardening came to be common.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-12-2020, 09:57 PM  
Asahiflex-Tower w/ Takumar 50mm f3.5 on ebay - plus seek help in submitting reviews
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 7
Views: 533
I did a search for that name -- mastrcardforu -- and didn't find anything on the Forums.
Do you have any pointers how to learn more? Are the posts using some other means of referring to that seller?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-12-2020, 01:44 PM  
Kiron, Kino, Vivitar, Soligor, Panagor, Elicar Manual Lens Resource
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 4
Views: 592
Thank you all for the additional information about the origin of the information and Boggy!
Long ago, I was a Yahoo Groups user, but Groups.io doesn't seem as user friendly. I've tried participating in a couple groups there and it becomes frustrating. There's another called Tapachat (?) that was also less friendly.

Good to hear some knew of these groups or info. I did a search here and didn't see Boggy or his page mentioned, so I thought it worth a post. Perhaps if we all went searching for some of the non-Pentax lens names, we'd find similar pages of lens diagrams and other good info. Most SLR vintage lenses are full-frame "ready" and many offer an artistic view, rather than technically perfect image making. I have an old Meyer Optik Domiplan (my very first SLR lens in the early 1970s) and it can produce some nice images still.
Forum: Sold Items 01-12-2020, 03:30 AM  
For Sale - Sold: 17 Lens Set (Pentax-M, A, F, Zenit, and Takumar)
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 13
Views: 1,406
Hello all:

By way of offering references: I received the M-200mm f/4 a few days ago. It was in great condition. Certainly in better condition than many of the used lenses I have come across in my day.
Thank you to Radical Dreamer. Keep on dreamin'! (and a free bump)
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