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Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 5 Days Ago  
Is it worth to repair a k5iis with over 87k actuations?
Posted By noelpolar
Replies: 24
Views: 1,085
It would be an each way bet on what camera would have the most life left in it..... yours as is .... maybe with a careful sensor clean at home...... or yours mailed to the US.... opened, shutter replaced, cleaned and mailed back..... would not surprise me if yours "as is" was stil working 5 years from now..... and your "repaired" one wasn't.

Off course.... if we were talking wives.... then just get a new one.... getting them repaired doesn't seem to work in the long run either.
Forum: General Talk 06-15-2022, 03:37 AM  
Binocular reviews?
Posted By noelpolar
Replies: 21
Views: 517
If trying something out ..... try looking at an ant on the ground near your feet..... and.... look at a back lit branch/etc near the edge of the field of view.... nothing compares for these things at the price point...... sadly I use them for readimg medicine bottle small print!
Forum: General Talk 06-14-2022, 05:15 AM  
Binocular reviews?
Posted By noelpolar
Replies: 21
Views: 517
Every nature observer should have one or more PAPILIO 6.5x21's. After experiencing a pair you may decide you need nothing else.... except another pair for the car glovebox, motorbike etc etc. I do have better and pricier optics (Pentax ones as well)... but mostly use the paps....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-14-2022, 04:05 AM  
Pentax Teleconverter: time to move on?
Posted By noelpolar
Replies: 57
Views: 1,988
Fwiw.... I didn't rush in the get the DA 1.4TC..... but it finally got to the top of the list of "things I don't really need but somehow want". I can confirm that it pays not to overthink this type of purchase...... I did (as part of my due diligence) determine beforehand that world hunger was likely to be eradicated before Pentax released a FF TC.

I have since also discovered that the likely hood of needing the 1.4tc at any given time is inversly proportional to having it with you. Spookily... my memory is much the same nowdays.

Also.... I'm just as likely to use the 1.4 with say a K1 even though I have k3III.... life is to short to not mix things up a bit....
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 05-29-2022, 04:32 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By noelpolar
Replies: 34,338
Views: 3,390,558
A new coffee machine and grinder deserved some f1.2 action.... SMC K 50/1.2

Forum: General Photography 04-03-2022, 05:00 AM  
If you lost all your camera gear in a fire ...
Posted By noelpolar
Replies: 117
Views: 5,474
ok... thanks.... sounds like I can only buy half what I thought I could.....
Forum: General Photography 03-29-2022, 06:31 AM  
If you lost all your camera gear in a fire ...
Posted By noelpolar
Replies: 117
Views: 5,474
mmm..... before I make any rash decisions.... do you mind telling me if the wife made it out?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-06-2022, 03:32 AM  
Pentax K-3 III design
Posted By noelpolar
Replies: 69
Views: 4,266
I would not have bought it.

Turns out.... that a K1 (or 2) and a Kp is all I will most likely need for the next 10 years or so.
Forum: General Talk 02-18-2022, 12:54 AM  
What your favorite coffee brand and coffee machine
Posted By noelpolar
Replies: 579
Views: 30,321
Yeah.... the machine may have some different cycle options.... when I went from one machine a few years ago to the one I'm using now I had to change the selection.... it's quite common in bread making to do an initial mix... then rest (flour hydrates and gluten developememt gets a head start...... sort of an autolyse)... then a knead cycle etc.... good to know you are getting there.
Forum: General Talk 02-15-2022, 05:51 PM  
What your favorite coffee brand and coffee machine
Posted By noelpolar
Replies: 579
Views: 30,321
Mmm.... bad luck! I was expecting to read that the plastic paddle melted.... no temp issues with mine during the knead cycle.... this is the second one for me....
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-14-2022, 05:05 AM  
Misc Season for riding is closing in !
Posted By noelpolar
Replies: 4
Views: 262
Nice..... all year riding where I live..... a shot from this mornings ride....

Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 01-16-2022, 04:02 AM  
Advice? - Pick one only: D-FA 24-70mm f2.8 vs D-FA* 50mm f1.4
Posted By noelpolar
Replies: 44
Views: 2,461
I think the importer removed the drugs but didn't screw it back together after.....
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-15-2022, 04:52 AM  
KP or K3III
Posted By noelpolar
Replies: 75
Views: 3,748
I have a KP and a K3iii...... and..... it is worth considering keeping the KP if you can swing it.

I use the KP for travel and "light" shooting and the K3iii for more "focussed" shooting.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-05-2022, 04:20 AM  
Who has a K-1 and a K3 iii? Opinions / use case / advocacy!
Posted By noelpolar
Replies: 32
Views: 2,853
I have a KP, K3III and 2 K1's.... all I can say is I like to have available 2 cameras but.... now days... it really doesn't matter what one I grab for most shots.... sad but true.

I favour the KP for the motor bike.... and two slot cameras for other peoples event type shots.... but... now I just enjoy any pentax camera and a lens or two and some tranquility. I think I'm finally arrived at being old.

Anyway... my old man advice is one camera and one motor bike.... and go from there.
Forum: Pentax KP 01-01-2022, 07:25 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By noelpolar
Replies: 3,937
Views: 382,096
KP makes a nice pillion on my rides.... travels on the tank.


_KP_3596.jpg by Noel Leahy, on Flickr
Forum: General Talk 12-22-2021, 05:12 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By noelpolar
Replies: 3,336
Views: 121,933
Generally, I think this is where my frustration comes from. Every few years I'd see the same households calling emergency services to attend to the same type of issue (say... minor flooding).... maybe half a days work digging a drain would have solved their problem... when pointed out they would just say.... nah mate.... easier to just call you guys..... normally whilst holding a drink and having a smoke before getting back to their race guide.

Anyway.... I have become more "anti stupid/lazy people" in my old age.
Forum: General Talk 12-21-2021, 08:20 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By noelpolar
Replies: 3,336
Views: 121,933
The same for those where it is just a choice (as opposed to a genuine health reason).

---------- Post added 22-12-21 at 01:57 PM ----------



Each set of circumstances to be considered on it's merits (off course) Effectively we now are deciding to lower treatment standards for all other medical issues..... I consider this a concious decision to let tomorrows heart attacks, stroke, accident victims etc have a lower standard of care..... because other have been selfish..... simple. This was not so at the start.... but is pretty clear now.
Forum: General Talk 12-21-2021, 03:11 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By noelpolar
Replies: 3,336
Views: 121,933
Fwiw.... I'm quite happy for people to not get vacinated.... as long as they are not permitted access to the hospital system if/when they get covid.... simple... no exceptions.... did I say no exceptions.
Forum: General Talk 12-21-2021, 05:22 AM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By noelpolar
Replies: 3,336
Views: 121,933
It's been pretty obvious for the last week or so how Omicron is going to go through Australia over the next month or two..... so my wife and I are getting our booster this week.... 5 months after our 2nd shot.... I'm not overly enthused about it.... but what can one do.

Still trying to get some relatives across the idea that going out for new years eve isn't something we want to do.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-28-2021, 04:24 AM  
Mattias Burling regrets selling his KP
Posted By noelpolar
Replies: 81
Views: 4,014
I turned 60 last week.... so have only been drinking good wine for a week... or so....

Anyway.... I like my KP so much I bought it a motorbike.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-26-2021, 01:33 AM  
Mattias Burling regrets selling his KP
Posted By noelpolar
Replies: 81
Views: 4,014
Why listen to people who have not even come close to self mastering? Might as well be lead by 5yo's.... or even worse.... believe what politicians mouth.

Edit.... friday evening here... drunk some read wine......
Forum: General Talk 11-18-2021, 03:51 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By noelpolar
Replies: 25,353
Views: 1,911,789
Well like most hobby sort of things....once the big purchase is over..... the detail purchasing goes on giving... or is it taking..... so... leather seat recovering, rack, saddle bag (holds my KP and a few lenses), rear shock, front fork springs, jacket, pants and gloves.... now to stop.

Forum: Pentax KP 11-18-2021, 03:39 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By noelpolar
Replies: 3,937
Views: 382,096
Managed to add a saddle bag to my new bike to carry my KP, 21, 43, 10-17 and a 300 with a 1.4TC on all rides

The seat is now brown leather.... recovered it.... not a white balance thing.

FA43 @2.2
Forum: Pentax KP 11-10-2021, 06:18 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By noelpolar
Replies: 3,937
Views: 382,096
6oth in a few weeks.... I leveraged that a bit.
Forum: Pentax KP 11-09-2021, 05:30 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By noelpolar
Replies: 3,937
Views: 382,096
I rode a new bike home today and stopped for a couple of quick new bike shots. KP will be with me on all rides.

DA 21


FA 43
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