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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: 8,526
$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: 3,103
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: 641
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: 6,745
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: 510
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: 510
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.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-02-2018, 07:46 PM  
AF540FGZ II distance in wireless
Posted By Glen
Replies: 10
Views: 634
I agree with McGregni in his reply. I used to use wireless all the time until I bought my K3-II and was no longer able to control a single flash (no built in flash). I usually turned my 540 down a few notches and that was the only setting I changed until the exposure was right. As for the distance, it's hard to say. I would ask someone else to confirm if the flash went off as it wouldn't all the time. It needs a clear line of sight to work and I usually twisted the body of the flash so that it was facing the camera while the actual flash was facing the subject. Indoors I found no limits as to range as long as nothing blocked it. Outdoors I would set it up at a campsite and there too I found it reached as far as I wanted it to reach. Basically it worked pretty well except that occasionally it just wouldn't work.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-21-2018, 06:07 PM  
Compare SMC DA L 55-300mm with Tamron Adaptall 60-300 SP (with T/C)
Posted By Glen
Replies: 14
Views: 782
That second image is definitely more clear.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-19-2018, 08:55 PM  
Pentax Instagram Accounts
Posted By Glen
Replies: 2
Views: 1,165
You can also tag #pentax.secretshop and #Pentaxian and you will get a response most of the time.


If you tag it right, they will come. That should be the motto of Instagram
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-31-2018, 07:02 AM  
Machinery Old Aircraft Discovered on a Hike
Posted By Glen
Replies: 14
Views: 434
Thanks very much [emoji846] [emoji106]
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-30-2018, 09:35 PM  
Nature Sunwapta Falls
Posted By Glen
Replies: 10
Views: 543
It is right next to the parking area. There are walkways and bridges all around the falls. However to get this image a person must go around the fence to a safe but not condoned area.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-30-2018, 09:32 PM  
Machinery Old Aircraft Discovered on a Hike
Posted By Glen
Replies: 14
Views: 434
Thank you very much [emoji846].
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-19-2018, 12:56 PM  
50-135 for 400 bucks. Buy?
Posted By Glen
Replies: 23
Views: 1,079
I did the same thing recently. I bought an older 50-135 in fine condition. I bought it expecting to have to convert it to screw drive so I also picked up a cheap K100d but the darn lens just keeps going and going. It is slow to focus but very quiet. It would be my main lens if it wasn't so heavy. The prices used to be much higher but either Pentax camera owners are getting old and dying off, or the K1 has taken the bulk of sales from APC to full frame lenses. It wasn't that long ago that the 50-135 sold used for much higher. I'm sure you will enjoy it and if the SDM fails you can either get it fixed by Pentax or convert it to screw drive. However you can't use just any camera body to convert it. I believe the K-5 was the last model that could do the job.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-18-2018, 09:35 PM  
Abstract An Odd Thing to Find Along a Hike
Posted By Glen
Replies: 14
Views: 671
That's the best explanation that I've heard yet. Thank you for providing the information.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-08-2018, 08:54 PM  
Machinery Old Aircraft Discovered on a Hike
Posted By Glen
Replies: 14
Views: 434
I did not know that. Worse yet, it says that for Canada the expression is "Herbie was here". Who was Herbie. I'm Canadian and I never heard about Kilroy or Herbie. I learn so much on these forums. :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-08-2018, 04:18 PM  
Machinery Old Aircraft Discovered on a Hike
Posted By Glen
Replies: 14
Views: 434
Should this mean something to me because I don't understand. A riddle?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-08-2018, 02:05 PM  
Machinery Old Aircraft Discovered on a Hike
Posted By Glen
Replies: 14
Views: 434
One more image of the old Beechcraft airplane we discovered when hiking in the mountains a couple of weeks ago. This is now used by search and rescue groups for training purposes. Apparently it is also necessary for some people to acknowledge that they have been here (names and initials carved in the aluminium). Question: If I leave the Lightroom slider unchanged or use very little for the main background but then use it strong for the aircraft, does it look Photoshopped?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-07-2018, 08:40 PM  
Abstract An Odd Thing to Find Along a Hike
Posted By Glen
Replies: 14
Views: 671
The first one is my favourite too but I am drawn to the plane in the trees for some reason.

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No, I think that's just a branch or something against the nose.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-06-2018, 07:27 PM  
Abstract An Odd Thing to Find Along a Hike
Posted By Glen
Replies: 14
Views: 671
I was on a short day hike in William Switzer Provincial Park which is just in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. At the end of that hike I saw this aircraft. No amount of research has confirmed how it got there but the best that I can tell is that it was an old plane - possibly used for parts for other similar aircraft - and it was hauled here for training for search and rescue crews. Actually the park's brochure confirms it is used for training for search and rescue crews so really it's just how it got there that remains somewhat a mystery. Most planes that crash land don't have perfect noses like this one so I'm guessing that it was hauled here. It appears to be a Beechcraft 18. The old black and white version is an internet download from Wikipedia just to show how it might have looked in better days. The first image is with my DA-15 and the second colour image is with my DA*50-135 set at 70mm.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-28-2018, 01:15 PM  
Night One Ring to rule them all....
Posted By Glen
Replies: 2
Views: 203
The new Walterdale Bridge is one of the most popular photo subjects in the city. Day or night it presents endless opportunities. Behind it is the High Level Bridge that was built in 1912 for the railroad but just carries cars and people now. Behind that is the LRT commuter train bridge. I'm enjoying my new used DA*50-135. It's as slow as molasses flowing uphill in January but that doesn't matter with subjects that don't move.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-24-2018, 06:24 PM  
Cityscape The Riverboat at the Golden Hour
Posted By Glen
Replies: 8
Views: 389
Thank you for your comment [emoji106]
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-17-2018, 12:32 PM  
Nature Sunwapta Falls
Posted By Glen
Replies: 10
Views: 543
Sunwapta Falls in Jasper National Park, Alberrta, Canada. I actually wasn't using a neutral density filter to slow down the shutter for the smooth water effect. However we got to the falls after a long hike in another part of Jasper. It was later than expected. Not late enough for the golden hour or sunset but late enough combined with the cloudy skies to have caused the smooth effect.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-09-2018, 09:17 PM  
Cityscape The Riverboat at the Golden Hour
Posted By Glen
Replies: 8
Views: 389
Thank you Normhead , Sailor , Todd and Reh321 I appreciate the comments.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-09-2018, 01:33 PM  
Cityscape The Riverboat at the Golden Hour
Posted By Glen
Replies: 8
Views: 389
Thank you. Yes when a ship passes you on the prairies, you take notice.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-09-2018, 10:47 AM  
Cityscape The Riverboat at the Golden Hour
Posted By Glen
Replies: 8
Views: 389
I was waiting for the sun to go down so that I could photograph the lights of the bridge reflecting on the water. To my surprise the riverboat came by. This meant a slight change in plans but I wouldn't have had it any other way.
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