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Forum: Post Your Photos! 4 Days Ago  
Abstract Post Apocalypse
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 8
Views: 216
I'm trying to find Mel Gibson (a.k.a. Mad Max) in the photo. Your photofinishing technique gives it such a "fin de la monde" feel, without seeing the original, I can tell you managed to transform almost nothing into really something. Just so you know, the apocalypse arrived about 25 years ago and no one noticed.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-13-2021, 04:38 PM  
Still Life Infinite monkey theorem, a triptych
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 6
Views: 268
Great sense of humour and very well executed photography!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-11-2021, 05:50 PM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 3,750
Views: 594,075
Interesting, especially since the three different perspectives are all taken at 18mm focal length.
Forum: Pentax K-01 02-07-2021, 09:38 AM  
Anyone in Canada willing to loan out a K-01?
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 12
Views: 807
Perrhaps there is one collecting dust in an Amazon fulfillment centre somewhere; that way it all stays in-house. Seriously though, if Amazon see fit to pay the salaries of DPR staffers, surely it can afford to let one of their "testers" expense the purchase of a used K-01. To think that people are getting paid to goad, taunt and bait real camera users (not just Pentax, by the way), while stroking the fantasies of skilless gearheads in order to harvest clicks, turns me off more than their lack of objectivity
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-06-2021, 04:29 PM  
Cipa numbers.
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 6
Views: 611
Looking at the ILC unit numbers by geographic region, Europe and Americas down more than 35%, not very good, but significantly better than Japan and the rest of Asia (not including Japan and China) which were down almost 50%. China is the real outlier, that market declined less than 15% and for the months of April, May and June performed much, much better than the rest of the world.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-06-2021, 03:53 PM  
Project 52 P52-9-40 Subject: Your Living Room
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 3
Views: 448
My wife and I complement each other, not always in a good way. She likes to acquire things, I hate to throw anything out. It is also very difficult to colour coordinate clutter.:)

I am hoping to try the same shot with two strobes on light stands (my second flash arrived yesterday), but if I don't find time to do it this weekend, I definitely won't have time next week. At least this way, I have something posted.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-05-2021, 03:51 PM  
Streets Happy Breads
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 14
Views: 352
Did you crop out parts of yourself? Thank you for making me smile and forget about the -24C temperature here (-37C windchill rating), even if only for a moment.
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-05-2021, 03:45 PM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 11,678
Views: 2,061,735
The problem might be is in my choice of words. I was very impressed how sharp parts of the image were when zoomed in 100%, so much so that you could tell the eye was not "smooth as glass" by the distorted reflection of the photographer. The shot was taken at f4, which is generally considered to a weak point of this lens, yet here is an example where if look close enough, the DA 15 is still sharp at f4 for the in-focus parts of the image. At full resolution depth of field is still an issue in spite of the wide field of view, compared to viewing it at a reduced resolution.
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-04-2021, 06:33 PM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 11,678
Views: 2,061,735
I didn't realize you could upload full resolution photos to Flickr. I did zoom in all the way and your image in the eyeball is not that sharp, but the in focus parts of the wood carving are very sharp. Very impressive.
Forum: General Talk 01-31-2021, 05:14 PM  
Always watch your PayPal account !
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 31
Views: 1,810
Although it might take several days (up to a couple of weeks?) to get this settled, PayPal has plenty of leverage over vendors and your odds of getting your money back are good. Paypal is also the most universal method of e-transfers, so you aren't limited to dealing with buyers and sellers from your own country. These days, nothing associated with the Internet is 100% reliable, but I wouldn't close your PayPal account, just use it as little as you can and continue to watch your account like a hawk.
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-30-2021, 09:01 PM  
20 mm Lens Club.
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 866
Views: 106,772
No comment.:lol:
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-30-2021, 09:19 AM  
20 mm Lens Club.
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 866
Views: 106,772
I don't think I've seen such a range of colours in flare before, how did you manage to arrange that?:) Stunning image by the way.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-28-2021, 07:12 PM  
Camouflage Lens skin for DFA 150-450
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 14
Views: 869
Definitely worth quoting and nuggets like this are why I browse the unread post listing for this forum.:)
Forum: General Photography 01-28-2021, 06:57 PM  
What do you think will happen to APS-C over the next 10 years?
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 171
Views: 8,858
The difference in photos taken by APS-C cameras with and without a mirror might not be noticeable, but there is a big difference in buyer perception. Whatever buyer interest is remaining for new ILCs (either with a mirror or not) seems to be predominately for higher-end models, so we can safely limit our discussion to higher-end models. Then the question is what size of sensor are the few remaining ILC buyers interested in; funny how in less than 5 years from when this thread started, m43 has dropped out of the conversation. It is also ironic that the two companies with the capability to launch entirely new high-end MILC product lines in either APS-C or FF chose to put all their efforts into FF MILC cameras. There is a big difference for a camera manufacturer if it decides to keep a format in its catalog (without major changes to its products) or if it decides to compete in established markets with a product that is very different from what it currently offers.

IF you want to look 10 years down the road (or an additional 5 years for this thread) then you have to determine if the number of buyers for new ILCs will grow again to come close to the numbers of 10 years ago and if existing camera manufacturers will invest in truly new products or just maintain what they already offer. If the market doesn't grow dramatically, the second question becomes easy to answer and then the next question is what format of lenses are those remaining ILC buyers interested in adding to their collection, because if they don't spend any money on lenses they aren't going to be spending much money on new cameras either.

It could be that Pentax will be the only manufacturer to offer a high-end APS-C DSLR five or ten years from now, but it costs Canon and Nikon virtually nothing to maintain a presence in this market, so I don't expect either of them to drop out. I could say the same for the company that manufactures Sony ILCs, but will it stick with APS-C if all of the lenses it sells are FF? The gap between APS-C buyers and MF buyers is even bigger than between APS-C and FF, so if no one is interested in buying new X-mount lenses, it is hard to see Fujifilm maintaining its APS-C lineup for another five to ten years. As small as the Pentax brand is, the release of new lenses designed for APS-C will have as much to do with there being new Pentax APS-C ILC cameras for purchase five or ten years down the road as anything else.
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-27-2021, 05:22 PM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 3,729
Views: 670,460
I'll second the comment about the colours; I also like how you have the shiny surface of the water dominating the foreground and the not quite fisheye perspective bringing the scenery around it from all directions.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-23-2021, 12:06 PM  
Landscape Long Exposure
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 15
Views: 468
I have no idea what the ancient Greek pantheon thinks an appropriate shutter speed is (I also had no idea that some of the sons and daughters of Zeus were members of Pentaxforums), but I can't imagine they are too pleased with the f32 aperture used to take this photo. Surely the resulting diffraction will horribly disfigure the raw image and its pleasing appearance here is only an illusion.:)


I don't think Kerrowdown really cares what the photography gods think of his pictures, he just goes ahead and produces fine images for us to look at.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-17-2021, 09:27 AM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 3,750
Views: 594,075
Perhaps the 111 reviews in the 6 years before that convinced most people who recently acquired one to not bother.:) For the record, I acquired mine in 2013 and didn't post a review until 2016; my review is not as in depth as yours (excellent job, by the way) but I did post two pictures with my review from opposite ends of the zoom range. This lens has been around for over a decade now, it was the first Pentax lens with a fast, silent and reliable in-lens AF motor and it has stood the test of time extremely well.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-15-2021, 09:05 PM  
What is the purpose of the 15mm limited?
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 210
Views: 9,942
The purpose of the DA 15 is simple; to take pictures you can't take with the other lenses in your bag. Your photography with an UWA lens will be limited if you have to compensate for flare, your photography will be limited if you need to pack a lens with an oversized front element when you are out for a casual walk, your photography will be limited if you have to wait for the right light to get that certain "sparkle" your eyes can see, but your camera can't seem to capture. The DA 15 should be considered an Unlimited lens; it rewards experimentation and with practice, will let pikers like me take pictures that make strangers say "wow!" Without being obviously different, the DA 15 is not like other lenses. It is truly fun to use.

Forum: Lens Clubs 01-11-2021, 04:37 PM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 11,678
Views: 2,061,735
Marvelous photo that provides an excellent answer to "why?"
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 01-09-2021, 08:57 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #522 - The Space behind the Subject
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 24
Views: 1,568
Technically speaking the background is in front of the subject, but I think this still qualifies. Taken at Badlands N.P., South Dakota. Minimal post-processing (after 30 minutes of fiddling I couldn't make it any better).


Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-09-2021, 12:43 PM  
Some corner softness is no big deal. My eyeballs have it; not returning them.
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 55
Views: 2,359
I think the widespread use of HD monitors less than 24 inches away from our faces is the real culprit here. To take the most demanding application, reproducing flat printed materials with fine details, like a road map or a book with footnotes; in ancient days when xerography obsoleted Gutenburg's invention, as long as someone with average vision could pick out enough details to decipher it, the sharpness was acceptable. For us prehistoric viewers of photographic prints, what counted was the overall look (and subjective things like how deep and rich the photosensitive chemicals looked or how glossy the paper was); sharpness in the corners could take away from the overall look the photographer was trying to create. Mind you in those days, photographers didn't have to worry about being shunned for failing to keep their corners sharp.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-02-2021, 10:14 AM  
Does wind chill mean anything to a Pentax? (KP example)
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 29
Views: 1,340
c.a.m.'s post above is good, solid information, but I will add that the insulation surrounding the battery innards will slow down the rate at which its heat energy will dissipate to a colder environment. Wind moves the warm air surrounding a heat source and a discharging battery is a heat source, but if the camera battery is kept well insulated or close to another heat source (such as your own body), the rate at which its power output drops is much lower. I did a test at -37C last winter (windchill -50C) and discovered that the battery doesn't so much lose its stored potential energy as the output voltage drops below what the camera requires to operate properly. Extra batteries won't do much good if they aren't kept warm, even on a full charge, but if you are able to warm up what appears to be a dead battery, you can continue shooting.

I'm not a fan of windchill ratings myself, we can get some horrific windchill ratings here on the prairies (my personal best is -64C); good clothing and keeping your eyes, nose and mouth from being exposed to the wind will allow you to operate for several hours without ill effect.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-25-2020, 03:18 PM  
Pentax K-3 Mark III - First Hands-on
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 690
Views: 50,305
There are features on my K-30 that I have never used, that's a poor argument for not including a movable screen, especially on a flagship model and especially when such a feature is already brilliantly implemented on the K-1. For a company that prides itself on designing cameras to be used handheld, that is introducing its most advanced model ever and needs to appeal to as many photography enthusiasts as possible to justify developing this model in current market conditions, not providing a movable screen is unfathomable.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-20-2020, 09:00 AM  
People Christmas 2020
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 9
Views: 311
This explains it. COVID has made the whole world a miserable place. Your photo is cute, but I am an old curmudgeon who wants to let everyone know I am not having fun.:)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-19-2020, 02:15 PM  
Printing directly on CDs
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 28
Views: 1,011
The mid-range Expression Premium series printers from Epson still have a tray for printable CDs/DVDs. Assuming it works like it does on the Epson Artisan 835 printer I have (which is about 8 years old), it's pretty slick and much better than printing on labels. I highly recommend Epson inkjet printers; over the years (I bought my first colour dot-matrix printer in 1991) I have found them to last longer and deliver better results than the HP and Canon inkjet printers I've used.
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