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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-13-2020, 02:52 PM  
PENTAX new product introduction video coming soon
Posted By Glen
Replies: 286
Views: 18,856
It has been a while for a new camera body, hasn't it?
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-07-2020, 02:56 PM  
Beginner help -- choosing lenses for K-3
Posted By Glen
Replies: 39
Views: 2,342
Something different here. I'll give you suggestions on what not to buy.

Stay away from the Pentax 17-70. While the image quality is fine the lens itself is unreliable and expensive to fix. Some people might say that this was only true on the older ones but do you really want to take that risk? Besides if you buy used it's difficult to know how old the lens is.

Stay away from the Pentax 50-200 simply because it's the cheapest lens in the Pentax family and there's no point in putting a cheap lens on a good camera body.


I agree with most of what others say here. Nearly everyone has at one time owned either the Sigma or Tamron versions of the 17-50 f/2.8 lens. I had the Sigma that I bought used for a low price and it was my main lens for many years. It finally gave up last year and even then it's still usable but the zoom function doesn't work. They are versatile lenses that you can pick up for great prices. The Pentax 18-135 is also a great lens for the money. It's also light making it easy to carry around. I used to use mine all that time until I bought a heavy and expensive DA*50-135 that I really enjoy using. I still keep the 18-135 for times when I don't want to deal with the weight of the other lenses.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-19-2020, 07:38 PM  
Dumb question about Lightroom and raw files
Posted By Glen
Replies: 15
Views: 977
This would be pretty important for forensic work where there cannot be any change to the file what-so-ever. This wasn't my question but I was just thinking on my keypad and seem to recall hearing this somewhere.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-16-2019, 03:13 PM  
Abstract I finally won something
Posted By Glen
Replies: 24
Views: 804
Not nearly as many things in common as I wish. Canadian culture is considered to be around 25% from the British, 10% from the French and the rest from the States. Case in point, the Ontario and Alberta premiers are very Trump like. Sad but true. Also before I retired from the Tax Dept, I would constantly be hearing about how "that's how they do it in Australia" or "that's how they do it in New Zealand" when it cames to things like the GST or general tax programs administration. It's as if you can do no wrong down under. With respect to our American friends, we never ever were told that we should do something because that's how they do it in the States. It is what it is.
Forum: Pentax K-1 12-03-2019, 03:18 PM  
I Miss my K1 Mark II, But........
Posted By Glen
Replies: 26
Views: 1,877
My K3-II is the best Pentax I've ever owned. It's superior to my old K-5 in every way except for body weight. I doubt that I'll ever get a K-1 as I don't need full frame and I don't want to pay even more for lenses. I do however appreciate the K-1 immensely because it allowed me to sell my FA-43 at above cost and allowed me to buy some used DA* lenses at ridiculously low prices.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-21-2019, 01:48 PM  
Abstract I finally won something
Posted By Glen
Replies: 24
Views: 804
Australia is on my bucket list to visit someday but that's in the distant future. However I'm not surprised that it shares many characteristics as Canada, especially in mining and agricultural areas.

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Until a few years ago I had never driven through Saskatchewan even though I live in the neighbouring province. I always thought that there's nothing to see here and then headed to places in Alberta or BC. However once I started to take an interest in all these abandoned buildings, be they churches, schools or whole towns, I was hooked. Now I go there once or twice a year.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-19-2019, 07:48 PM  
Abstract I finally won something
Posted By Glen
Replies: 24
Views: 804
Thank you everyone for the kind responses.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 11-13-2019, 08:12 PM  
F-Stoppers repeating rumour Olympus has less than twelve months left
Posted By Glen
Replies: 150
Views: 5,323
It's a tough market out there so this is not at all surprising. How Olympus could stay in the digital imaging (camera) business this long is the real surprise. The entire industry is in an upheaval. Nikon remains highly exposed to loss as they are not well sheltered by other income streams so five years from now. who knows? I would say that the only certainty is that Sony will still be standing strong in this market in five years and who would have thought that five or so years ago?
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-12-2019, 11:53 AM  
Suggestions for a camera case that'll fit the K3 + Sigma ART 18-35 + O-ME53 eyecup?
Posted By Glen
Replies: 20
Views: 1,244
You don't hear much about Vanguard camera bags (at least not where I've looked) but they are superb. I found one at a photography show and I had to order it from them. That was many years ago and it has stood up through constant use and is flexible enough to accommodate my changing lenses and needs. I still have a closet full of the other guys bags that either don't close properly or just couldn't adapt to changing needs. In my case it's the Vanguard Alta Rise 43 sling however they offer all sorts of configurations. I use it now for my K3-II with a mounted 50-135 or a small DA-15. Absolutely nothing has warn out. Check them out at this link.. If it ever wears out I'm buying another one.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-11-2019, 10:48 PM  
New information about new flagship's selling date
Posted By Glen
Replies: 1,650
Views: 116,714
They better not call it K-FC as my cholesterol is already high so I may have to stay away from that model.
Forum: Pentax K-70 11-11-2019, 10:39 PM  
How to convert a 50-135mm to screw drive
Posted By Glen
Replies: 4
Views: 674
On Uncle Vanya's recommendation I searched for the cheapest K100d that I could find on Ebay. I then re-drafted the instructions following a few messages back and fourth with UncleVanya and posted them on the forum. I've successfully converted my 50-135 to screw drive from a failing SDM and back again (because it was still working slowly). As the weather cooled the SDM became worse so I converted it back to screw drive and have enjoyed it immensely ever since. Now just recently I bought a 16-50* for a fantastic price. Its SDM still works well so maybe I won't need to convert it but if I do, I know I can. Bonus, recently my wife has shown an interest in photography. She now uses that K100d for macro photography. It's old and simple and she likes it that way. The whole process has enabled me to buy the two flagship lenses (50-135 and 16-50) for far less than even one would cost new. As per his post above, the K-5 will probably work if you can borrow one from a friend but the still sell too high just to use for a one time lens conversion. So your choices are to:
  1. send it to UncleVanya for the conversion,

  2. buy a cheap K100d and do it yourself, or

  3. borrow a K-5 or earlier body to do the conversion. Probably a K20d and other bodies will work as well.

No harm will come to the camera body by using it to convert a lens even if you do something wrong. However if you do something very wrong you can damage the lens.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-09-2019, 09:03 PM  
New information about new flagship's selling date
Posted By Glen
Replies: 1,650
Views: 116,714
At least if it's black it really is new and not just a rebranding of an existing body. Also if they are having trouble with it that means that they are pushing the technology a bit which, if they solve it, means something interesting may yet be coming.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-06-2019, 07:24 PM  
Abstract I finally won something
Posted By Glen
Replies: 24
Views: 804
Thank you. If you venture north of the Yellowhead you will find hundreds of abandoned and rarely used Ukrainian Orthodox and Ukrainian Catholic churches. It's One of my favourite photo subjects.Click here if you want to see some

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Yes it sure is. I can't provide for the family by selling my one year membership but it does put a smile on my face and there's nothing wrong with that. Thanks for the kind comment.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-06-2019, 02:57 PM  
Abstract I finally won something
Posted By Glen
Replies: 24
Views: 804
I posted this on 500px and won a one year paid membership. I know that hundreds of others probably won too but it's still a winner. The image is one of hundreds or maybe thousands of abandoned to semi-abandoned churches on the rural Canadian prairies. It's mostly due to people moving from the land to the cities or other provinces which is because farms keep getting larger.
Forum: Do-It-Yourself 11-06-2019, 02:47 PM  
My Filter Flip Book
Posted By Glen
Replies: 6
Views: 724
No doubt it will do that.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-29-2019, 09:06 PM  
Who here never, ever used the video mode?
Posted By Glen
Replies: 284
Views: 14,455
I've accidentally bumped the video button a couple of times and that meant that by the time I realized what happened, I had inadvertently shot some video. Otherwise I've never used it and never will. K3-II
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-29-2019, 07:23 PM  
The Rare and Wonderful Pentax GPS
Posted By Glen
Replies: 16
Views: 1,588
I'm not in the market for a new camera body as I rather like my K3-II but I was curious if the other manufacturers could satisfy me with their offerings. One of my favourite features is the GPS. My style of photography is generally old historic buildings such as abandoned one room schools or abandoned churches. For this genre the GPS is a very important and useful tool. Before, with my K5 and K20D I used to used a hand-held GPS and then hoped to match the location of the image based on the time I clicked the shutter. It worked but sometimes different time zones and daylight savings time issues would totally throw it out. So the GPS on the K3-II is a treat every time I use it. I actually thought that every mid-range to high end camera had this feature. I checked some of Canon's DSLR bodies but didn't look at anything over $2.5K as I wouldn't be going that high anyway. I also didn't look at any bodies under around $1K so that I was looking at something in the K3-II range. None that I've browsed so far have a GPS. Do the other manufactures not realize how great this feature is? I looked at Nikon as well and didn't see any with this feature in that price category. Pentax will have me as a customer for a very long time if they are the only manufacturer with a mid-range body with GPS. I don't ever want to go back to having to carry around a separate attachment or Garman hand held GPS (which often takes a long time to fix the position) now that I've used the very fast and efficient Pentax built in GPS. I wonder if others on the forum find this feature as compelling as I do?
Forum: Sold Items 10-10-2019, 02:54 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA* 55mm 1.4
Posted By Glen
Replies: 11
Views: 1,599
I'd love to buy that 20-40 but the CDN vs US foreign exchange rate is terrible right now. It's basically $500 CDN. Ouch.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-18-2019, 08:28 PM  
Pentax 150-450/KP compare Fuji 100-400/X-T30
Posted By Glen
Replies: 50
Views: 3,728
If Pentax did commercials this is how they would look.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-01-2019, 03:20 PM  
HD PENTAX-DA★11-18mm F2.8ED DC AW
Posted By Glen
Replies: 85
Views: 11,360
$1,899.95 for the lens at McBain? You can buy a functional car for that! And that that price the heater that it's decided for is still extra. I think I'll pass. I like my DA15 and use it a lot so as nice as this lens would be, it's too much $$ for a consumer. Now if the US dollar falls via the Canadian dollar, that would bring it down to around $1,400 or so. At that price I would buy one and then take a holiday in the States.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-22-2019, 02:49 PM  
Extremely low temperatures : What to expect and how to counter-balance it?
Posted By Glen
Replies: 75
Views: 3,991
I've used mine in -25C a number of times. Its always worked fine for me although when you get down to those temperatures electronics in anything including cars start to go a little wonky. The battery will be down to 50% to 75% from a full charge just because it is cold. If you are going to be out for a while you will want at least one extra battery that you keep quite close to your body to keep warm. Others here have already said that when you bring it indoors, keep your gear in the camera case or a plastic bag so that you reduce the chance for condensation to do damage. I generally pull out the memory card and then put the camera back in the cold backpack case and leave it there to warm up slowly. It really is amazing that this combination of mechanical and electrical precision instrument can work properly in those temps but it does. Its been my personal experience that the photographer will succumb to the cold long before the camera does. Enjoy yourself. Oh and don't take any of the old style SDM lenses with you. They won't focus. In the cold weather screw drive or DC and probably PLM are your friends.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-20-2019, 02:44 PM  
Sigma 30mm 1.4 Art focus
Posted By Glen
Replies: 7
Views: 747
I was at a local camera industry show a couple of years ago and the Pentax rep said that they have to "reverse engineer" Sigma lenses to focus on Pentax. He didn't explain further what he meant by that (and it could have been just a plug for Pentax lenses) but my take on it is that the Pentax system and the Sigma systems are not very compatible but they try to make them work through software.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-12-2018, 10:01 PM  
And people wonder why DSLR sales are declining...
Posted By Glen
Replies: 154
Views: 8,473
The next five to ten years will be very interesting indeed. I certainly doubt that professionals, be they photographers of wildlife, weddings, landscapes or others, will ever swap their big cameras for smart phones. However will their "big camera" be a mirrorless, a DSLR or some combination of mirrorless and smart phones, that is the question? The only certainty is change. My first new camera was a Polaroid. It is obsolete and I don't miss it at all. Whatever we end up using in the future will have to be better than what we have now or we simply won't switch. The real question is who will survive the change? I don't rule out Pentax because they are small and small firms can change much faster than big ones like Canon and Nikon. I can't predict the future any more than anyone else but my guess is that it will be a struggle for Canon and Nikon. The only thing that I am certain of is that whatever we end up using that system will capture images that will use new technologies to put the images we now see as great seem bland in comparison. That is something to look forward to, regardless of the brand name or the size of it. Oh an I highly doubt that in ten years we will be able to receive phone calls from our new photographic equipment.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-05-2018, 06:34 PM  
Architecture A History Nearly Forgotten
Posted By Glen
Replies: 8
Views: 669
It's all of those things except not likely to be restored. This one has passed it's best before date and will be allowed to fall down unless the snapping of DSLR shutters is enough to support it. There are many others like it, some worse and some not so bad.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-04-2018, 01:38 PM  
Architecture A History Nearly Forgotten
Posted By Glen
Replies: 8
Views: 669
This is a Ukrainian Catholic Church built in 1914 near the end of the period when hundreds of thousands of people from Ukraine immigrated to Canada. After they built their homes and planted the crops the homestead land the next project was to built either a Ukrainian Catholic (not the same as Roman Catholic) or Orthodox Church. This particular one has large flat stones for a foundation. It is supported in much the same way as a residential deck. It's popular with photographers for many reasons not the least of which is the interesting way that each cross is leaning. Processed in Lightroom.
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