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Forum: General Talk 08-27-2018, 11:20 AM  
What would you choose.... for your minimalist photo equipment list ?
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 48
Views: 2,094
Funny you should say that...last night I was out at an event and had my minimalist K1 and 40mm Limited. That 40mm Limited is quite a versatile lens and the image quality is very sharp. One of my favourite lenses...whether attached to an ASP-C body or the K-1.

I also note that a few posters carry around a Canon G series. I find my G12 a very useful small camera...all it's DSLR controls and ability to use a regular flashgun...yep it has a small sensor but the little 'G' usually seems to punch above it's weight class.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 2 Days Ago  
Landscape 30 minutes to sunset (Pentax KP torture test)
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 18
Views: 392
Great favourite has to be the 2nd picture in your series. I've spent about 40% of my life in winter, mostly severe, conditions and I've never seen such oddly attractive, snow phenomena as you have photographed. Quite fascinating and you have captured their 'eeriness' quite well.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 3 Days Ago  
Machinery The Beast
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 12
Views: 250
Nice the downward angle of your photo of the Mustang. I like the modern stuff, but think my favourite Mustang is a toss up between the '65-'66 Mustang fast back with the 289/271 HP K code and 4 speed..or the '68 Mustang fastback with the 428 cube option and 4 speed. More of a reflection of the cars available when I was a young guy.

BTW, a Ford guy you might have enjoyed a FoMoCo my FIL had, back in the late '60's. He was a farmer and used to commute back and forth to his grain farm, which was about 70 miles away from the city. He had a '66 Meteor fastback (Canadian market version, then. of the '66 Mercury full size car) . His car had the optional 428 cube FE V8, rated at 345 hp, behind a HD C6 transmission. It was a very solid and fast highway cruiser and he would make good time down the relatively deserted highway to his grain farm. I recall driving out with him the first time and sensing we were really moving, he was driving... what I hoped to be a surreptitious glance at the big Meteor's speedo. :eek: Needless to say we made it to the farm in quick time. I drove that that Meteor on occasion and found it to be a wonderful road car.

Jer your quote got me thinking, back to my misspent youth :eek:...that I share with ' guys of "certain age".

A buddy back then (late '60's) oft times was able to persuade his father to go out to car dealerships to take certain cars (invariably muscle cars) out for a road test...with a view to possible purchase. We were 18-19 years old at the time and my friend was actually looking for his first car...but because of my friend's 'thorough'...nature ...and hot rodder's spirit...he took out a number of performance cars of the day...ostensibly to see if they met his 'needs'. Now chances are, my buddy wouldn't of been able to take many of these muscle cars out on his own...or with just him and me, being young fellows. But the presence of his father...made it ok in the eyes of the salesmen....and my friend and his father were serious buyers.

There was the '68 Plymouth GTX 440 cube/ 375 hp V8, the Dodge Super Bee, etc among others...and then there was the used '69 Chevy Nova with the 4 speed Muncie transmission (version with straight cut gears) and the under rated, solid lifter 396 cube/ 375 hp engine. This factory engine option, was the L 78 396 (Rat motor as we enthusiasts called it) and rumored to put out significantly more power than their factory rating.

I still recall the uneven idle that shook the car's open side windows (the engine had aftermarket headers) and how it really came on the cam at about 3500 rpm in first gear and broke the rear tires loose. I also had the chance to drive it and that drive still remains a very clear memory after all these decades. The acceleration was to put it, in an understated manner...'vivid. :D

BTW, he and his dad were serious buyers and eventually did factory special order a performance car.

Memories of an old ! :D

Forum: General Talk 3 Days Ago  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 2,064
Views: 121,764
Back around 1970 I got a ride with a guy who was an ice racer, which is popular in my part of Canada during the long winters. Take a tractor with plow and the track itself can be made with whatever amount of tight corners, horseshoe bends, short straights that can be desired. No deeply cambered corners will be carved into the frozen surface you may break through the ice. :D

The track is usually made on a frozen lake...which out here...the home of the TV show 'Ice Road Truckers' is in abundance during our long, hard winters.

The driver in question back then, was driving an Austin Mini Cooper 1275cc and I recall flying around the corners at breakneck speed. I've never been so low in a car and I recall thinking the Cooper was not much higher than a go cart and it seemed to me to exhibit no discernible body roll, in even the hardest of corners.

It was the only car where I found my hand involuntarily slam the dashboard...a response triggered by the impending doom I felt as he barreled into the first corner without lifting off the gas pedal.

It was certainly not the same in my father's Oldsmobile. ;)
Forum: Contest Voting 3 Days Ago  
Sticky: Poll: Contest Poll VOTE NOW: Contest #161 - Food
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 43
Views: 3,887
# 2 is my favourite and here is my rationale for my choice.

The contest theme is 'food' and this photo makes me the hungriest. :D I maybe accused of being a carnivore...but those three burgers...posed side by each...stimulate...I might say 'provoke a visceral response !

Maybe I'm the dog in Pavlov's experiment...but so be it...there is nothing like really good burger and these hamburgers look far beyond the average run of the mill...burger.

Lighting is good, composition achieves what it set out to demonstrate 'food' a way that makes me want to tuck into this food...that I see in image # 2.

And isn't that the whole point of this contest ? This epitomizes my eye and to my palate.

The other pix are great...still life... for the most part...some wonderful 'Old Master' lighting in some. But to me a fruit/vegetable in a well lit, well composed wonderful to look at, but doesn't trigger my hunger did Image # 2...the burger family, with apologies to A & W.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-16-2020, 08:24 AM  
Poll: Why did you go full frame?
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 75
Views: 2,208
'I like a larger negative. '

Yeah, I know we're talking about digital , not film cameras. But in the film era I used medium format (120 film) and 35mm film cameras exclusively. I like to have lots of room on the bone to crop, as it were. With my K1 I really like the high ISO performance.

But the K1 , especially with a battery grip is heavy...and I am starting to notice it since I screwed up my rotator cup. I'm also finding my K5 (ASP-C) body a little on the hefty side too. I'm getting medical care for the rotator issue and hope to get back into some semblance of I was before...when I was healthy and didn't notice the weight of the FF or ASP-C bodies.

But in the meantime...I'm finding my little Ricoh GR ll to have an inordinate amount of appeal...hardly any weight/size to contend with...and great pix from that big ASP-C sensor crammed into the miniscule , high quality GR body....with it's excellent, albeit fixed 28mm F 2.8 lens.

I'm starting to think...could I give up interchangeable lenses and DSLRdom...for small, light yet similar quality image producer as a good ASP-C, DSLR body ?

Maybe the key is to think small...really small ?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-16-2020, 08:28 AM  
Streets street performer Las Vages
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 7
Views: 244
That is one great composition. I particularly like the two disparate face 'masks' ...the 'comedy and tragedy' aspect of your photo.
Forum: General Talk 02-10-2020, 08:47 AM  
Accents and Communication
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 33
Views: 819
:D Back in the '70's I was on a trip to the UK and I was mistaken twice for an American. In once instance, I politely (after all that's the Canadian way :lol:) explained that I was a Canuck, not an American.

The older (80 something) Brit that I was having a conversation with, replied..."well really no difference is're over there (North America), you're (Americans and Canadians) in the colonies and you sound the same. :D He added that both Canadians and Americans lived in North America...and people who live on that continent...which is known as the Americas and're (Canadians/Americans) Americans."

I was in my 20's, he was in his 80's...but I couldn't counter any of his arguments. He was logical. :D
Forum: General Talk 02-09-2020, 10:39 PM  
Accents and Communication
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 33
Views: 819
Accents and communications...interesting topic.

My grandparents lived with us from the time from about when I was 2. They were wonderful people, as were my parents. My GF on my mother's side was born in Ireland, and I used to hang around with him an awful lot, from this time on.

Back then (early '50's) there were quite a few older men in the neighborhood, my grandfather's age and pretty well all of them had been born in either England, Ireland, Scotland or Germany. They were all retired and would invariably gather around in each other's the shoot the breeze. As often as not, there I would be, part of the conversation circle, ( albeit being seen and not heard :D), listening intently to all these men...jabbering away in heavy Irish, Scottish, English and German accents. I recall that I found the discussion of the day fascinating...even if some of it was not readily understandable by me, at the time.

Fast forward about 20 + years and I was in the UK, traveling by overnight rail, one Bank Holiday from Edinburgh to London in a compartment (not sure what they call it in GB) within a train car. There were four of us, me, wife and two Brits, one fellow from Glasgow, the other man from Liverpool. We were all within about 5 years of each other and thus shared many interests.

It was a long, but pleasant journey and we had almost a continual discussion. My wife and I have Canadian accents and the Glaswegian and Liverpudlian could readily understand everything that we North Americans said. But when it came to the two British men understanding each was very difficult for them to understand each other....due to each other's thick accent.

There were many times ...when the Glaswegian would say something to the Liverpudlian and the Liverpool man would look completely confused. Generally, I would step in then and 'interpret' as it he is saying is . ...etc. etc., and of course vice versa where the fellow from Glasgow would not be able to completely understand what the guy from Liverpool was saying.

It got to the point where one Brit said to the other...isn't it amazing...we live about 400 miles from each other, have difficulty understanding what each other is saying, but can readily understand what the Canadian is saying...even though he lives about 6000 miles away from us...and on top of that, he has to interpret for each of us.

My assessment at the time and still current, was here we had a tale of two Brits.

One lived in Scotland, the other England, one country known as the United Kingdom, but they were separated by language...English..due to what was to them, an almost impenetrable accent barrier.

The two men asked me if I had any theories as to why I could understand them , but they couldn't understand each other. I replied and told my story about hanging around my grandfather when I was young and always listening to a variety of English, Scottish, Irish...and German...heavily accented conversations. All that very early experience developed an 'ear' for British accents....which came in handy when I was an adult.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-08-2020, 07:37 PM  
Passing of Yvon Bourque
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 74
Views: 3,696
My sympathies to Yvon's family.

As Adam is forwarding this thread to Mr. Bourque's family, I want them to know, that although I didn't know Yvon personally, I felt that I got to know him through his Pentax manuals.

I bought two of his books, one a paper edition about the K10D and the other , an ebook about the K1. Both are wonderful books.

When I bought my K10D, it was of course quite different to my previous SLR's...which were all film.

I bought his K10D book in 2007, my last year of work. I was extremely busy passing on info to new staff, winding down my career and transferring my professional responsibilities to other staff.

Finally the day of retirement came and one of the first things on my (new) agenda...retirement... was to focus on understanding and learning every aspect of my new digital camera.

The Pentax manual was fine, but I wanted something more and I discovered Yvon Bourque's K10D book and sent away for a copy. It was a wealth of information, detailed and written in an extremely organized and easily understood manner. I pored over that book, reading and then mastering the K10D's by page. I believe Mr. Bourque was an engineer and it shows in his clear, analytical , straight forward approach in his manuals.

I still have Yvon's K10D book ...the dog eared pages have a lot of highlighting on the text and are marked with a large number of small post it notes for quick reference . It was and continues to be a well used , main book of reference for me.

Mr. Bourque's K1 manual, albeit an ebook... is the same, a treasure trove of value...with excellent detail on how to get the full measure of the K1 features.

Yvon's Pentax manuals have made a significant difference to my photographic skills, and as photography has been a very long term passion for me, I can't tell you how much I have appreciated his work.

R.I.P. Yvon.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-05-2020, 12:48 AM  
Have you experienced pressure to switch systems?
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 46
Views: 1,977
I've had a comment along the lines of .....why do you use Pentax ?

It was delivered with a hint of incredulity, by a fellow member of a camera club a few years ago.

I was surprised by the comment and found myself blurting out, without the benefit of time for preparing a well considered answer ..' because of the Pentax camera body and lens quality'...further adding... ' I've got other brands of camera equipment, but over the past many decades ...Pentax has always been my main system '.

On reflection , my quick response to the question summed up my true reasons for relying on Pentax gear for all these years. Their (Pentax) stuff is good.

I'm not buying Pentax equipment because it is cheaper. When I consider over the years how much dough I've coughed up for Pentax gear...well all I can say has not been a cheap passion.

Before I buy pricy items, I do some research , as I like to make my decisions well informed. I'm not the type of consumer that goes with the flow, travels with the herd, believes in safety in numbers. I like to check things out beforehand.

Kind of like hamburgers . I don't eat a lot of them , but when I do, I usually go to a downtown burger joint (take out only) made the Greek way by a small family business.. They're a small biz, no threat to the giant burger chains like McDonalds, Burger King, etc...but do they ever make a top quality burger...and compared to Burger King...don't even approach the number of burgers one Burger King store would pump out.

I like their chili burger...fresh made, double patties, Brioche bun, a generous slice of a dill pickle, tomatoes, a bit of lettuce, their family secret sauce.

All ingredients are fresh daily, nothing frozen, top ingredients...a K-1 burger if there ever was one. :cool:

---------- Post added 02-05-20 at 01:53 AM ----------

Look at it this way....manufacturing quality takes time. You can't rush perfection. :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-22-2020, 06:00 PM  
Ten more lenses in the pipeline.
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 226
Views: 19,063
Ten more in the pipeline, so the rumor goes. Well I hope it turns out to be fact, not just rumor. I wasn't happy when the holy trinity came out a few years ago and two of them happened to be 'Pentaxized' Tamron jobs, namely the 15-30 and the 24-70...both F 2.8's.

But just this month I bought a new Pentax 24-70 and I know it really is a Tamron, but so far and I caution it is early innings ...couple weeks...but so far I really don't have complaints about this lens. Pix are sharp, I love the constant F 2.8 and build quality seems fine...focuses fast too. So based on that experience if Pentax decides to do a deal with Tamron and 'Pentaxize' additional premium level Tamron lenses...if they are as good as what the 24-70 seems to can anyone have an issue with that.

I used to be a purist (must come from my way back... English Puritan ancestry :D ) regarding camera equipment, but now, my view if it works real well...who cares. Certainly not moi.
Forum: General Talk 01-24-2020, 12:06 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By lesmore49
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Views: 1,315,655
It's often said that in order to give an idea of size of an item, it is always good to photograph a commonly known object alongside the item in question, to clarify the size of the item.

In this case, using an object of known size such as a cookie and/or cookies next to the less known object of interest such as the lenses. From this it is very easy to estimate the size of the object of interest...the object of interest being the lenses...although for me the object(s) of interest were the cookies.

Boy those cookies look good !! I'm off to get a cookie...or two. My favourites are Oreos. :D

I find whenever you utilize cookies to provide the viewer an idea of the size of the object of interest...I find I get very hungry. :lol:

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-22-2020, 10:42 PM  
Ten more lenses in the pipeline.
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 226
Views: 19,063
Quite right. The name of this famous Pentax lens designer is Jun Hirakawa and I believe he was responsible for the design of the 31, 43 and 77 mm Limited's.

It would be interesting to know if he had a hand in the design of the Tamron 24-70 and 15-30...which are well regarded lenses either in Pentax or Tamron form.
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-19-2020, 10:21 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 27,959
Views: 2,452,113
Exceptional composition. A wall hanger, in my estimation.

Sad situation in Australia for sure. Hope things get better soon.
Forum: Ricoh GR 10-22-2019, 02:29 PM  
GR III - photos from owners
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 527
Views: 34,736
Excellent photography of quite a seafood market.
Forum: General Talk 01-16-2020, 10:22 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By lesmore49
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Views: 1,315,655
Congrats on your prize and what a nice prize it is ! That strap on your new Spotmatic looks like the original one that came with the camera. Very similar to my original strap on my '74 Pentax ES ll.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-14-2020, 05:02 PM  
Abstract Sideshow Clowns
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 3
Views: 162
I like this photo quite a bit. Really good selective use of F stop with the resultant one lone clown in focus.

The composition is excellent as is, but I wonder what another version...a cropped version that eliminated more of the area in front (blue framework) of the clowns would look ?

Interesting to note that some of clowns seem to be looking in different directions.

Great job.
Forum: General Talk 01-14-2020, 10:22 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 18,998
Views: 1,315,655
In the very short time (about 24 hours) I've had it, I'm finding that it is as you say...a fabulous lens. Right now I've haven't taken it outside...on and off snowing and blowing snow...and predictions are that temps will be plunging into the very cold (possibly-30 range) in the next day or two...:D...and I'm not as gung ho about going out in this weather as I used to be. :D

But I have been taking a lot of pics in available light indoors...wife is making soup, I'm doing some culinary shots and I'm impressed with how well this lens does indoors in available that constant F 2.8 on a zoom.

I'm impressed with the overall quality of this lens and the images it can produce.

My K1 and this lens appear to be a good combo. Now if only I was at the same level. :lol:
Forum: General Talk 01-13-2020, 12:57 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 18,998
Views: 1,315,655
To use that modern phrase...'I finally pulled the trigger ' on a new Pentax HD FA 24-70 F 2.8 lens and a B+W 82 mm Clear F-Pro filter. It was a relatively good deal (Boxing week deal) on both, and this is a lens I've wanted for quite awhile. It came in today.

I've tried it and it works very well. So far I'm pleased with it and have a feeling it will become my new, regular lens.

A lovely piece of equipment for my K1.
Forum: General Talk 01-08-2020, 09:14 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 18,998
Views: 1,315,655
I know what you mean, they are handy little cameras. I got my first GR ll, Feb./19. Chose the GR ll for the same reason you did. :D
Forum: General Talk 01-10-2020, 01:28 AM  
What your favorite coffee brand and coffee machine
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 103
Views: 3,822
I probably have somewhat pedestrian tastes when it comes to coffee. I usually only have a couple of cups of coffee on Saturday and Sunday mornings. I love the aroma of coffee more than I do the actual taste...same thing with the smell of bacon that's cooking.

I have decaf coffee, usually the Costco brand, think it is Kirkland and my wife knows exactly how much International Irish Crème flavour to mix in with the java and she get it right, unerringly. :D

I know I'm no coffee aficionado, but I do like to drink it, Sunday mornings while my wife and I listen to the TCM Film Noir program, TV host, Eddie Muller.... as he describes the deep and often dark, ins and outs of Film Noire, and the sometimes odd peccadilloes of the people who made this genre of filmdom. :D

So to me having a coffee is more linked to a pleasurable experience...then drinking the actual coffee.

I'm probably a philistine . :lol:
Forum: General Talk 01-07-2020, 03:48 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 18,998
Views: 1,315,655
Never had an Element, but always admired the practical design...a box on wheels with easy access to the interior with well designed doors. I also like the fact that the Element has the big Honda four cylinder (2.4 liter)...good mpg and power. There is something to be said for a vehicle like this.

One similar practical vehicle we had, from '97 to 2007 was our 1997 Astro van. It had the Vortec 4,3 liter V6, rear wheel drive with the optional Eaton locking axle, heavy duty suspension, oversize wheels/tire package (came with the HD suspension), front and rear heaters (I live in Canada). It had a very good payload rating...1700 lbs. + or so if I recall correctly , hauled our trailer through much of western Canada, western USA, mid west, etc. Our kids were young and it always easily hauled whatever we needed. We had the barn doors (panel truck type doors) at the back, etc....which was great for loading/unloading.

Like the Element there was a fair amount of cargo area...that was relatively secure from weather and prying eyes...the van style interior. Pickups are nice, but unless you get a box cap...your cargo can be vulnerable to weather and light fingers, if you know what I mean. I like to be able to lock things up.

I really miss the old Astro and if GM still made it, I believe I would have continued to buy them.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-06-2020, 08:37 PM  
Machinery Military vehicle
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 9
Views: 170
Thanks for that info and the code breakdown. Years ago my family and I were in the Wisconsin Dells for a holiday. Beautiful area, but I digress. We went on a Duck, which as you know is a WW2 era amphibious craft, originally designed to transport troops, supplies, etc on water and land. Great ride in the water, we all enjoyed it, our young kids especially.

I don't know for sure but I have heard somewhere that the Duck was based on the GMC 2 1/2 ton Deuce ?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-06-2020, 06:15 PM  
Machinery Military vehicle
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 9
Views: 170
Another great view. I like the low angle looking upward. It heightens (no pun intended) the size of this old GMC military truck.

I don't know for sure, but I think that stylized GMC badge on the front maybe what GMC used in the '30's and '40's on their truck. Kind of a Art Nouveau look...popular in the 1930's.

The B+W rendition you used in both pictures is very appealing. Was that a post process computer program or was it directly from your K10D's B+W filter ?
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