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Forum: Pentax K-3 1 Hour Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By lesmore49
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I'm a gearhead and like any vehicle, although I realize that most people aren't. However, I came across this news item about a new postal van that will be used in the USA. It is made by Oshkosh, previous mail vans were made by Grumman and rated for a 24 year life, which when you think about it, is incredible, given the hard, daily service these vehicles do. BTW, I believe many mail trucks in Canada are similar to past American mail trucks...Grumman bodies.

I'm fascinated by the length of life that commercial vehicles...trucks, planes, trains have.

The US Postal Service revealed its first new mail truck in over 30 years - and some will be electric
Forum: Pentax K-3 1 Hour Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By lesmore49
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I've spent a lot of time in our local air plane museum, as my wife's grandfather was an early pilot. When you look at the planes from the teens and early twenties of the last century and look at the material that was used to cover the plane's bodies...it was canvas, soaked in something. Looking at your diagrams, airplanes have come a long way.
Forum: Pentax K-3 3 Hours Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By lesmore49
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Those inlet cowlings look bad enough....all by themselves... to drop on old Betsy ...the guy's pick up truck. :eek:
Forum: Pentax K-3 3 Hours Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By lesmore49
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On my '61 Beetle I put a frost shield on the inside of the windshield as with our -30 weather, the defroster / heater which relied on heat coming from the air cooled engine, wasn't enough to keep passengers warm or the windshield defrosted. Later on I had a '69 VW Beetle which had the optional gas heater and that kept all passengers warm and all windows defrosted.

I never got stuck in my air cooled, rear engine V-Dubs...in snow or mud. I remember going to a rock concert in a farmer's field in my '61 VW. Everybody in about every model of car, paid their admission, drove over the dry field in the farmer's field, enjoyed the concert...then the heavens opened with a torrent of rain. :eek:

There was a lot of slipping, sliding, fish tailing, wheel spinning on the way out from all the regular front engined, rear drive cars. This was in the 1960's when people didn't have 4WD anything, just regular cars.

Near the exit there was a morass of mud...thick, heavy, gooey prairie gumbo...which is almost impassable for any two wheel drive vehicle. The farmer whose land the concert had been on, was an enterprising man. He sat there on his Massey-Harris farm tractor, engine idling with the metal cap over his tall exhaust stack...flapping up and down from the tractor's power strokes.

He had a grin on his face, a chain with a hook, and a hand lettered sign hastily painted on a wood board that said tows- $ 5.

Some people tried to drive across this huge mudhole and invariably got stuck...real good...about 10 feet in. He would get his $ 5, hitch them up and pull them through the mud.

Then it was my turn and I thought I think my V-Dub will get through this, or at least I'll give it a shot and if I can't make it through, then I'll pay my 5 bucks.

I backed up about 20 feet, revved the engine to get full advantage of my 37.5 horsepower, :D popped the clutch , hit the redline in first, then hammered a shift to second to get as much momentum as I could and der Beetle slipped, slid and spun it's wheels at top revs ('bout 3800 rpm) :D through this previously impenetrable mud hole and got to the other side on it's own power and merits. I saved 5 bucks, had the satisfaction of wiping the grin off the grasping farmer and yes...could hear a bit of a cheer from the stuck multitudes.

The VW Beetle with it's tall, skinny tires (5.60-15), great traction with the engine directly over the rear drive wheels, the chassis with it's smooth, one piece, sheet metal bottom (which slid over snow and mud) and light weight, combined to never get me stuck, as long as I used momentum and lots of it. :D
Forum: Pentax KP 12 Hours Ago  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By lesmore49
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Very basic axle and wheels. I would say it is off a utility trailer.
Forum: Pentax K-3 20 Hours Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By lesmore49
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Geez. Good thing he and others weren't in that pickup, when the engine hit the cab.
Forum: Pentax K-3 20 Hours Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By lesmore49
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That's right. I couldn't exactly remember how all those adverts went, just remembered that I thought they were good. :D
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 21 Hours Ago  
Canon RF 800 mm for $ 1250 Cdn. ! Will this be a hit...or what ?
Posted By lesmore49
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Thx for providing link. I skimmed through the article, took a brief look at the photos, which appeared OK sharp. I think there is a market out there, for this lens.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 22 Hours Ago  
Pentax Museum closed - what happened to the exhibits?
Posted By lesmore49
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Exactly. I have some rare non camera items that at one time I thought I would donate to a museum. No longer as there are cases of museums that come under new management and/or new ownership, etc. that then decide to sell the donations...and to use the money as the new management/owners see fit.
Forum: Pentax K-3 1 Day Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By lesmore49
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Sardines, chicken of the sea....or was that Salmon...or Flounder...or Tuna...well, maybe CharLac will know. :D

M wife tells me...that the Starkist brand's, advertising cartoon character, Charlie the Tuna was the chicken of the sea.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 1 Day Ago  
Abstract Blurred with Blown Highlights - But I Like It
Posted By lesmore49
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That blue 912 , 4 cylinder is a beautiful example of I'm guessing is now an uncommon car. Lovely lines.
Forum: Pentax K-3 2 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By lesmore49
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The ultimate sleeper-mobile ! I had three stock VW Beetles , mit air cooled engines from the '60's, in the '60's. My '61, '64 and my '69.

The '69 was a 1500cc 4 cylinder, boxer four ...stock, except for some minor exhaust pipe mods (taper tips) .

I took it out to the drags. I stopped the Chrondeks @ 19.4 seconds @ 68.5 mph...which wasn't bad for a VW. But I drove like a kamikaze pilot back then. :D But even so, the V-Dub was about the slowest car on the track . It was no '70 Nova with a L78 375/396. :D

Watching that video was very impressive from the quality of the car build to the performance. 517 HP in a car that came stock @ around 50-55 HP. Just demonstrates how much you can improve acceleration when you plug in an engine with around 10 times the original power. All about power to weight.
Forum: Pentax K-3 2 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By lesmore49
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:lol: Quite right....

Wasn't the '60's and '70's the time of the van craze. And to think, for alI these years I thought that back then, young guys had customized vans because they wanted to have a sharp looking vehicle. :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-3 2 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By lesmore49
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Think a company in Alberta (Calgary) that maybe ramping up.
Forum: Pentax K-3 2 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By lesmore49
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:D My last VW Beetle was a 1969 I drove in the years '69/'70' I was a very young man at the time, fancy free and going out with a couple of different young ladies. When you're young, you kind of like the close quarters an old air cooled V-Dub affords. :D
Forum: Pentax K-3 2 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By lesmore49
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:D Nowadays even my doctors now, for the most part, seem to be zit faced kids, but they're smart zit faced kids. :D
Forum: Pentax K-3 2 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By lesmore49
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:D Well I have to...double post..up here in Canada....just to make sure my snail mail(s) gets to where it is supposed to get. :D
Forum: Pentax K-3 2 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By lesmore49
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Lovely celebratory, family pictures. :)
Forum: Pentax K-3 2 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By lesmore49
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:lol: I know, but if it's any consolation, I don't look into the mirror before I go to bed. Helps alleviate the nightmares. :lol:
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 2 Days Ago  
Dedicated Body for Wildlife
Posted By lesmore49
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I don't pretend to be an expert photographer, but I've generally been happy with my wildlife photos, mostly of birds...bigger birds such as owls, American White Pelicans, etc. I generally use my old Pentax K5 and my almost as old, Sigma 150-500. This equipment wouldn't be regarded either as top wildlife equipment or the latest technology, by a long shot.

But I'm used, to it, I know what the strengths and weaknesses are and can usually compensate for the weaknesses. I am a fair weather nature photographer, mostly I go out during the day, when there is a lot of sunlight. I'm conscious of good shutter speed, given the fact that I handhold and that a 150-500mm lens is a long , heavy lens. I don't shy away from using 800-1600 ISO, think the pix are very good and I never enlarge beyond 11 X 14.

I practice a lot with my equipment. Before I took pix of Owls and Pelicans...larger , slow moving birds, I parked myself out at a bird feeder, with a bench to sit down on and learned, through experience to take pix of fast moving small birds like Chickadees.

This experience in capturing the small and fast, helped me to take pix of the large and lumbering.

So there you go. My wildlife photos standards may not be up to others in this thread. I dunno.

But I'm happy with them, and so are the few people that have seen my 'work'.

Oh yeah, don't be afraid of 800-1600 ISO on a modern DSLR, set your F stop at around F 10...plus/minus, on something like my Sigma 150-500 @ 500mm. Keep your shutter speed over 1/1000th of a second, I like 1/1500th or faster , shoot in good sun light and try your darndest to focus on the eye of the wildlife. Use the Pentax shake reduction setting, when hand holding.

Practice, practice and practice. Then practice some more. I've found with me, learning and doing anything, the more I do something, eventually the better I seem to get. Maybe this is a rule of the thumb or something. :D
Forum: General Talk 2 Days Ago  
What book on your table now
Posted By lesmore49
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Sounds like a good book.
Forum: Pentax K-3 2 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By lesmore49
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Geez, if I had a moustache, it would be like looing into a mirror. :D
Forum: Pentax K-3 2 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By lesmore49
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These dang computers are so complicated. :D
Forum: Pentax K-3 2 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By lesmore49
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Views: 3,460,450
double post
Forum: Pentax K-3 2 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By lesmore49
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Views: 3,460,450
Bob # 1,

If that is a portrait of you, the one with the rainbow spiked hair, I would definitely say, you sir...are a man to be reckoned with ! :D
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