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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-08-2016, 08:44 AM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By LoneWolf
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Also include fast moving wildlife such as children, grandchildren with a dash of "moving into picture relatives" just as you have pressed the shutter. Ahaaaaarg!

Forum: Pentax K-3 06-28-2016, 08:01 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By LoneWolf
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School Holidays have just started here in Scotland. Naturally the Summer has just changed into Early Spring / Late Autumn / Warm Wet Winter (take your pick). The sun is still warm though but you have to look hard to see it. It gets a lot better in late August when the schools go back. Weather however does not stop the children and daddies from building sandcastles on our magnificent beaches. They are just as hardy as Canadian Campers; the children that is!
Forum: General Photography 06-15-2016, 09:36 AM  
Technical vs. technique
Posted By LoneWolf
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At my Photographic Society here in Strathclyde, Scotland technique dominates discussion. Lenses used generally only come up in association with the technique used to take a picture or if someone is looking for advice or if they are being sold to a fellow member. Cameras are very seldom seen other than at the Beginner's Instruction Group or if an official photograph is required or if a problem needs to be solved requring its presence. Price of gear is virtually never discussed except in the conjuction of buying or selling.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-06-2016, 03:29 PM  
I think I'm ready for my trip!
Posted By LoneWolf
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If you are enjoying your honeymoon properly you won't have much time to take pictures. I can think of better things you should be doing and thinking about when you wake up than walking away from your new wife to take photos; even amazing ones. Compromise and just take a compact with a reasonable zoom. That is all you will need to record the experience and sights. You will enjoy your honeymoon a lot more by bringing less rather than more photographic equipment.
Forum: General Photography 06-02-2016, 02:02 AM  
Need advice on rebuilding my collection of photo gear
Posted By LoneWolf
Replies: 9
Views: 1,165
We have seen pictures of the fires here in the UK. They were really frightening especially with virtually no warning for many to evacuate. It must be really tough for you and your family and presumably also your neighbours. I hope things are beginnining to stablise for you all and you are able to rebuild your lives sooner rather than later. Please keep in touch and let us know how thing s progress.

It is probably the last thing on your mind, and rightly so, but when you do get a hold of a camera, any camera, why not start a photographic project on the rebuilding progress, when time, if any permits? Do not forget the small details such as document recovery and replacements for family nick nacks, garden tools, pots and pans and so on, as well as the larger ones of the new house and and how your family (and friends) are coping.

Cheers and Good Luck

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-17-2016, 05:53 AM  
To insurance or not to insurance?
Posted By LoneWolf
Replies: 23
Views: 1,623
If you have good record why not self-insure. Put, say, $150 - $200 aside each year in a special account to cover loss or damage. If no claim is made during your ownership of the camera then you will have a nice little sum to pay for its replacement.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 11-14-2015, 07:05 AM  
It seems to me that the Pentax K-S2 is not selling very well. Why?
Posted By LoneWolf
Replies: 122
Views: 16,571
Polls do always show the full or even a true picture. Many photographers will say one thing which marketeers believe because they want to, but in real life (the same photographers) would be very upset when they find the facility which was occasionally in the used in the past when their main flash was at home, now missing from the camera they said they did not need it for. Car spare wheels also fall into this category as do viewfinders. Ever tried taking a picture in very sunny conditions, particularly if you have difficulting in seeing things close at hand clearly?. Spare wheels are rarely used but when you need one, boy do you need one!

Personally I do not need video and therefore believe? I could buy a camera without it. But when I look at my photographic archive I find I have a small number of treasured moments on video. So yes I do not normally need video but it is still an important facility for occasional use and I would need to rember that if such a Poll as suggested by Not a Number existed.

In closing, I note that I have just bought a K3 in preference to the K3ii: no need to tell you why!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-04-2015, 09:39 AM  
New and looking to get advice k50 or k3
Posted By LoneWolf
Replies: 22
Views: 3,415
Lexer is OK but Sandisk is generally preferred, going by Forum views. Unless you are going to do serious video you would be far better off with two 16Gb (if shooting lots of raw images) or four 8Gb if you compose BEFORE pressing the shutter or prefer Jpegs (hersesy with K3 I believe). This means that if you have problems with one card you do not lose all your pictures.

The K3 is an excellent camera and is currently available at a good price, but for someone new to DSLR cameras I think that a K50 or a K5ll or K5lls would be a better option. With the newly introduced K-S2 I suspect that there could quite a few little used secondhand ones available at a very good price shortly.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-27-2015, 04:54 AM  
K-S2 JPG's versus K5ll JPG'S and K50 JPG's
Posted By LoneWolf
Replies: 22
Views: 3,981
Hi Nicholas,

I accept your arguments. My award winning friends in my photographic society are surprised as you are at my lack of enthusiasm for Raw. However the uses I put my pictures to very rarely need that extra quality. Also, to be honest, after a life of maintaining mainframe computers and commercial applications running on them, via a PC front end, I prefer to avoid spending too much time on desktops and laptops. I would rather go for walk with my unnecessarily sophisticated Pentax DSLR camera or Canon (apologies for that word!) enthusiastic level compact, than do some serious editing. I suppose that basically I am just one of life's happy snappers with an inordinate love of well designed photographic equipment, past and present. Only lack of space and funding and fear of divorce proceedings prevents me from becoming a serious collector.

Sorry Nicholas!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-23-2015, 04:01 AM  
Pentax K-500 discontinued
Posted By LoneWolf
Replies: 9
Views: 1,592
Why the K3?

Based on new products trailed at the Consumer Electronics Show by Pentax / Ricoh a new camera, which looks like a replacement for the K50, might be a better bet, unless you feel you have totally out grown the K500. Hopfully we have a fuller specification of it before the end of February. My guess will be it will have everything the KS1 has plus better handling (for ex K500 / K5 users anyway), weather resistance plus a few extras that will bring it it to the experienced amateur class.

No doubts about it, the K3 is a really great camera and is currently at a good price. However it has a much more challenging size of sensor and a professional ruggedness (with the weight that goes with it it). Do you really need those?
Forum: Pentax K-3 01-01-2015, 05:20 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By LoneWolf
Replies: 82,712
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To wish all members, associates, occasional browsers and extended family members of the foregoing a healthy, happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year.

To hope that you all find plenty of image taking and making opportunities to create the kind of pictures you like.

To hope that all photographic competition enterers find at least one judge who understands and appreciates their pictures.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-09-2014, 05:33 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By LoneWolf
Replies: 82,712
Views: 3,302,171
And on Page 800 (just) as well! Send the lad a coconut, a haggis and wee bottle of something to help him celebrate (and perhaps a wanted lens also).
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-07-2014, 05:57 AM  
My K-3 and the lens culture
Posted By LoneWolf
Replies: 25
Views: 2,802
For me Manual Focus Lenses are best for Cameras designed around Manual Focus with split Image Rangefinders. With Autofcus Cameras I find that, because of eysight problems, that Autofocus Mode works best for me using, obviously, Autofocus Lenses. Manual Focus with Bleep assistance really only works for me when the camera is on a Tripod being focused on a subject that is perfectly still. What I would really like is a DSLR or Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera with some kind of Rangefinder which would come in when Manual Focus was being used.

As far as Primes versus Zoom, I think that Primes are best but convenience and normal subject matter means that Zooms are on my camera most of the time.

I sometimes still hanker for the old days when technology was much simpler and Autofocus was not even a dream. Then I think of the advantages of Digital, even if you need a degree course in photoediting plus an artists eye and skills to make the best of it!
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