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Forum: General Talk 3 Days Ago  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By qblade
Replies: 3,492
Views: 293,599
Earlier today, listened to Tom Jones Live on Soundstage, which I ordered recently from Amazon (I still prefer getting the physical CD, and then I burn it to my computer and can play on that or my phone.) It's a great album. I really like some of the newer songs he's done recently, like "Burning Hell". Fantastic. Followed that up with the soundtrack for the movie "Dark City".
Forum: General Talk 3 Days Ago  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By qblade
Replies: 757
Views: 45,965
I owned a 2011 VW Golf TDI. Loved that car - fantastic torque, great mileage, was extremely solid on the freeway and handled like a sports car on twisty roads. The interior was great as well. Unfortunately, we all know what happened with VW diesels.

The good news was that I got enough from VW that I was able to buy a brand-new VW Golf Alltrak station wagon for the money we got (partly because even though we had the car for 3 1/2 years, we only lost about 3 grand on it with the buyback, and partly because our local newspaper has an online auction twice a year and one of our VW dealers had the Alltrak listed. I waited til the last 3 minutes of the auction and bid just enough to win it. Got one heck of a deal on the car.)
It's been a great car - we got it last April and have put about 14,000 miles on it since we got it. I retired at the end of 2017, and this Wednesday we are taking off for a 45 day driving and cruise vacation. (11 days from Minneapolis to LA, with stops at various places along the way, then a 15 day cruise from LA to Hawaii and back, then another 2 weeks or so back, with additional stops at National Parks and other places of interest.) We plan on putting about 5k miles on the car. It handles pretty much the same as the Golf did, but has the additional benefit of all wheel drive when needed (a good thing in this part of the country).

We had hoped to put about 300k miles on the Golf - it'll be fun to see how much we can put on the Alltrak before it needs to be traded in.
:)
Forum: Pentax K-01 3 Days Ago  
Happy Birthday to the K-01!
Posted By qblade
Replies: 103
Views: 12,567
I love that blue K0-1!
Forum: Pentax K-01 3 Days Ago  
My Pentax K-01
Posted By qblade
Replies: 12
Views: 1,208
Beautiful picture of a great camera. Nice, Khalid!

I have two K-01's - one white and one yellow. I bought the second one for a fraction of what I paid for the first. I retired at the end of December, and my wife and I are taking off this Wednesday for a 45-day trip. I'm taking the 2 K-01's and four lenses. I used the yellow K-01 a few years ago when we drove to Glacier National Park and the Grand Tetons. The K-01 does not disappoint!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-29-2015, 08:11 PM  
Post Xmas present to myself
Posted By qblade
Replies: 25
Views: 2,122
Wow - these are some amazing photos. Congrats on the new gear; obviously you know how to use it!!
Forum: General Photography 03-29-2015, 07:40 PM  
Bill to make Street Photography (and more) illegal passes in Arkansas Senate
Posted By qblade
Replies: 37
Views: 2,863
After looking at some of those "People of Walmart" photos, I've lost the will to live...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-04-2015, 10:33 PM  
Macro Spring is close
Posted By qblade
Replies: 4
Views: 663
Nice photos - looks exactly like the view out my window here in lovely Minnesota.

;-)
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 01-08-2015, 06:44 PM  
Hoods and Caps for DA Primes at Amazon - all more than 70% off MSRP
Posted By qblade
Replies: 12
Views: 1,092
KES? Perhaps KEH?
Forum: General Photography 12-30-2014, 10:38 PM  
Buying a TLR Rolleiflex - is it nuts?
Posted By qblade
Replies: 29
Views: 3,480
No - it's not nuts. I owned a Rolleiflex 2.8GX for a few years, finally selling it and using the money for something else. I could kick myself. The camera was a jewel - incredibly well-built and a pleasure to shoot with. They've only gone up in value since I sold mine.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-03-2014, 03:07 PM  
Win an FA 31mm Ltd: PF 3 million post giveaway!
Posted By qblade
Replies: 2,237
Views: 104,432
Whoa! What a contest!!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-15-2014, 08:19 PM  
Black & White Graffiti.
Posted By qblade
Replies: 8
Views: 404
That is extremely bizarre...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-14-2014, 09:55 PM  
Landscape Hot air balloons
Posted By qblade
Replies: 5
Views: 500
Whoa - they really are far away.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-14-2014, 09:33 PM  
How Kodak's Shirley Cards Set Photography's Skin-Tone Standard
Posted By qblade
Replies: 2
Views: 602
That's a great story, and I can see why he's fallen in love with Shirley - she is gorgeous.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-14-2014, 09:18 PM  
New to Pentax
Posted By qblade
Replies: 9
Views: 1,025
Welcome to the forum, Stan. I think this is one of the most positive photographic forums I've come across. Some feel like they are entirely populated by 16 year old boys with too much testosterone; this has many very helpful people, and critiques seem to be done in a good way.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-14-2014, 08:57 PM  
Travel Journey to the Crimea (from 3 to 7 November)
Posted By qblade
Replies: 7
Views: 580
Great series - makes me want to know more about the area and the people there.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-14-2014, 08:50 PM  
New on the forum from SW Florida
Posted By qblade
Replies: 2
Views: 346
Nice choice for a medium format camera! Welcome to the forum - let us know what you think of the camera after you've used it a while.
Forum: General Photography 11-13-2014, 06:13 PM  
Would you do it again?
Posted By qblade
Replies: 60
Views: 3,439
I'd buy a Hasselblad V-series kit in as close to mint as I could get it and just shoot film. Any digital I'd just use my iPhone. Probably get a really top-notch scanner.
Forum: General Talk 11-13-2014, 06:02 PM  
Should I buy a 2014 Mac Mini?
Posted By qblade
Replies: 53
Views: 3,186
I have a Mac mini from 4 years ago - I use it hooked up to my Panasonic 42" plasma TV as my media center - have the Apple bluetooth trackpad and keyboard (I also have a MacBook Air that I use for pretty much all the normal computer stuff....) It's been great! Never a bit of trouble - eventually I filled up the hard drive with movies, music, photos, and bought a terabyte hard drive that I transferred the media to to free up space on the internal hard drive. With the new OS there is some great automatic integration across the other apple products. I would heartily recommend it. I work in IT and during the day everything is on Windows 7; at home I use Apple products.
Forum: Ricoh GR 11-13-2014, 05:50 PM  
Gariz XS-CHGRBKR XS-CHGRBR?
Posted By qblade
Replies: 10
Views: 1,722
I have a similar Gariz 1/2 case for my Nikon Df, and it's a great case. Beautiful, functional, well put together. Haven't had any issue with the battery door.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-13-2014, 05:48 PM  
Landscape Dyffryn Mawr
Posted By qblade
Replies: 24
Views: 1,455
Beautifully framed and very pleasing!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-10-2014, 05:03 PM  
Hello from an old Pentax user
Posted By qblade
Replies: 6
Views: 476
Nice photo! You must have exceedingly steady hands to get that handheld.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-10-2014, 04:55 PM  
K-5 IIs: $596 at Adorama
Posted By qblade
Replies: 6
Views: 1,182
It also appears to be out of stock...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-08-2014, 08:34 PM  
Landscape Intercession on the Nerl
Posted By qblade
Replies: 4
Views: 438
Fascinating - thanks for the history of the church!
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-07-2014, 01:02 PM  
Unlimited free photo storage - Amazon Prime
Posted By qblade
Replies: 67
Views: 4,288
OK - the tin foil hat comment was completely uncalled for. I was spending a lot of money on things I really didn't need to buy, sort of an analog to GAS when it comes to camera equipment. I'm not spending the money elsewhere. If you value your Prime membership, more power to you. I don't want to spend that much money with Amazon or anyone else. As for the free shipping, spend at least $35 and it is free anyway.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-06-2014, 11:05 PM  
It's not everyday that you come across a MS-Optical Sonnetar 25mm f/1.1 for Q mount
Posted By qblade
Replies: 11
Views: 1,853
I bought one of his lenses for my Leica M8 back when I had it. Great craftsmanship, and tiny. Got excellent results with it. They aren't inexpensive, but they are designed and built by Miyazaki and I'm sure that the buyers are more than satisfied with their purchase. I know I was.
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