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Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 12-04-2018, 03:18 PM  
The official K-1 to K-1 Mark II Upgrade Feedback Thread
Posted By VTerlakyPhoto
Replies: 217
Views: 16,630
Update on the Canadian side of things and Sun Camera Service, I emailed them today and got a reply within a few hours:
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-08-2014, 12:27 PM  
Rokinon FE14M-P 14mm F2.8 Ultra Wide for K-3?
Posted By VTerlakyPhoto
Replies: 22
Views: 5,318
I have the Bower version and love it! When I bought it the focus ring wasn't calibrated properly, but after disassembling the lens and putting it back together with the necessary adjustments (really easy to do, there are online tutorials, because it's a pretty common problem), it is now sharp as a tack with a hard infinity focus bump - very handy for dark night photography. If you can deal with manual focus, you cannot go wrong with this lens! Some people have complained about flare issues, but even shooting into the sun I haven't had any major problems with it. The coating works like a charm. Here are some sample shots in a variety of lighting situations:

















Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 05-20-2014, 09:20 AM  
Architecture Budapest Parliament Building
Posted By VTerlakyPhoto
Replies: 7
Views: 877
Whoops, a little late - thanks for the nice comment Orsh!
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 05-03-2014, 02:04 PM  
Architecture Budapest Parliament Building
Posted By VTerlakyPhoto
Replies: 7
Views: 877
Weekend bump :)
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 04-29-2014, 05:18 PM  
Architecture Budapest Parliament Building
Posted By VTerlakyPhoto
Replies: 7
Views: 877
Thank you Steve for the kind words! I have now added some description to the image too, please enjoy! :)
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 04-29-2014, 02:14 PM  
Architecture Budapest Parliament Building
Posted By VTerlakyPhoto
Replies: 7
Views: 877
Thank you manntax, much appreciated!
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 04-29-2014, 06:22 AM  
Architecture Budapest Parliament Building
Posted By VTerlakyPhoto
Replies: 7
Views: 877
I thought I'd add a little background information to this image. It was taken in the summer of 2012, June 19th to be exact at ~9:30 PM with my trusted K-r and old "plastic fantastic" FA 35-80 lens. The settings I used were f13, 2.5 sec exposure, ISO 400 at 35 mm (52 mm at the 1.5x crop factor of the camera). We were driving along the Danube back from a family gathering in north Buda when I noticed the perfect scene, and told the driver to stop the car immediately. I pulled out the camera, set it up on a mini tripod on top of the car and took a few shots. With the 2.5 sec exposure it was not easy to get the timing just right. Most shots had either boats or traffic in them, or the water was too blurred and soft from the wake of the boats, but this one turned out clean with just enough texture on the water, and was in my opinion the best of the bunch.
Post processing was pretty straight forward. The original image was slightly tilted, so I corrected for that, then cropped it to size, adjusted WB and added some minor sharpening. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did taking it - and thanks for looking! If you feel it fit, please don't hesitate to comment and nominate too :). Cheers!

Forum: Pentax K-3 11-14-2013, 07:40 AM  
Error Message:'No eye-Fi card inserted in SD2 slot'
Posted By VTerlakyPhoto
Replies: 40
Views: 5,562
Maybe I'm completely wrong here, so please correct me if so, but I thought that the Flu and Eye-Fi technologies are very different things.

The K-3 can work with any generic Eye-Fi card to transfer images wirelessly, but it can only work with the Pentax specific Flu card (to be released at a later date). The advantage of the Flu over the Eye-Fi is that you'd have tethering capability too, not only wireless image transfer. So they are completely different systems.

Also, I'm not sure that if a Flu card is inserted you can use the Eye-Fi image transfer protocol, they are different things. In other words, you said that you inserted a generic Flu card (may or may not be compatible with the K-3 to begin with), and then tried to use Eye-Fi transfer and the camera rightfully said that it didn't recognize an Eye-Fi card (since you had a Flu card inserted). Or did I read something wrong?
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-11-2013, 02:49 PM  
K3 manual - What is Ricoh thinking?
Posted By VTerlakyPhoto
Replies: 86
Views: 14,015
That's fine for the print version, I'm all for a short paper booklet to save the rainforest - but why not make an extended PDF version that includes everything there is to know?
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-04-2013, 10:25 AM  
K-3 for $1049.98
Posted By VTerlakyPhoto
Replies: 15
Views: 1,991
Not sure how they do it, but new unopened K-3, body only for USD $1049.98, free shipping in the States.

NEW Pentax K 3 K 3 Digital SLR Camera Body Only KIT DSLR 15530 Brand NEW | eBay

I got one, and only one left!
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 10-11-2013, 02:07 PM  
5% off at Adorama discount code
Posted By VTerlakyPhoto
Replies: 19
Views: 7,854
Purchases up to $500... unless the discount is applied on the first $500 only for larger purchases. Is that how it works?
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-10-2013, 12:30 PM  
no fair: my wife has a K-3!?! :)
Posted By VTerlakyPhoto
Replies: 6
Views: 2,337
That K3 seems to be for BoyFriend #2... sorry :P
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-10-2013, 10:26 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By VTerlakyPhoto
Replies: 69,199
Views: 2,437,105
Amen. My thought exactly.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-03-2013, 05:52 PM  
another new image of K-3!?
Posted By VTerlakyPhoto
Replies: 490
Views: 100,713
The Hump clearly houses the next generation AX-G. Look it up.
Forum: General Talk 03-20-2013, 01:40 PM  
Poll: **VOTING** Pentax Shirt design - 2013!
Posted By VTerlakyPhoto
Replies: 199
Views: 34,746
SlickYamaha, I don't think this is getting "political", but the shear number of unsatisfied people should give a hint that this contest was somewhat mismanaged, and a lot comes down to the fact that some rules were not properly communicated, and the inconsistency with which the rules were then followed.

1: I see a lot of people mentioning that one or more of their designs were not included in the voting. It was indeed mentioned in the contest thread that you can submit as many designs as you want, but only one will be selected by the staff for voting purposes, so technically you (you being you and the rest of the PF staff involved in this) are in the right. However, this rule was not mentioned in the first announcement post where the rules were outlined point by point. As you probably know being a forum admin, when it comes to these contests a lot of people only read the rules in the first post and don't try to read though pages of comments to see if other rules are mentioned or not. In that sense, yes, you (again, plural you) are technically in the right, but I think it is very understandable that this would cause strife later on.

2: There also seem to be people who submitted something and none of their designs are in the voting thread. I think here again you are in the right, it was stated clearly in the first announcement post that designs will be vetted before the voting thread. On the other hand, I also see it from their perspective. When you get an email saying something along the lines of "great, your submission is received, thank you so much for the design", then it is very easily misunderstood as meaning that everything is A-OK and the design will be in the voting thread. It is thus a little misleading - especially for non-native English speakers. I think this is mainly a communication issue that could've been solved very easily by sending the outright rejected submissions an email saying so and in a short sentence explaining why. Again, much strife could've been prevented this way.

3: The inconsistency with which rules were mentioned and then followed. As I said before, some rules or other pertinent information were only mentioned well into the comment thread, essentially buried in comments. This is clearly something that will only cause issues later on.

Now on to two issues that I mentioned earlier in this thread but haven't gotten a reply, but I think are relevant in this discussion.

1: This relates to the inconsistency with which rules were followed. While the "vetting" rule was followed to the tee, the rule that the official Pentax brand logo was not to be used seems to have gone to the wayside. It was explicitly and clearly stated in the announcement thread that this logo/font was not to be used, yet designs using this logo/font have been included in the voting thread. You say earlier in this thread that it's OK, because the logo/font can simply be changed for the final shirt. This is unfair for three reasons. First, there were many people I'm sure that changed and/or adjusted their designs, potentially spending a significant amount of time on this, to avoid using that font. Others clearly spent no time doing this, submitted something against the rules and still got through. Second, the font is an essential part of any design. Your claim that it can be simply and quickly by changed after voting is done is correct from a logistics point of view (most likely it is two clicks to change a font type), but I would argue that this significantly changes the final design going to print, and in the end the shirt will look different than what people voted for. Third, having the actual Pentax brand on a design skews the vote. It is well known in advertising that brand recognition is key, and in this case it's the same. People will be affected on an emotional level by seeing the Pentax brand, giving those designs an unfair advantage.

2: The issue with colour schemes. Every individual is supposed to have only one design in the voting thread, yet there are several submissions in the voting thread that are essentially two separate designs because they are different colour schemes of the same basic design (see #s 14, 45, 57, 84, 87, 88, 97). From what I could gather only one actual design will make it through to printing, so which one are we voting for?! For example (not to pick on any in particular, but) #14 there is a design with a white camera and black PF logo, and a black camera with white PF logo. The issue I see is that the former will NOT work on a white shirt, and the latter will NOT work on a black shirt. The others that I mentioned above have similar problems, where different colour schemes don't work on all shirt colours. This is an issue because in the rules it was stated that there will be black, white and (probably) red shirts available, which implies that all designs should work on all three shirt colours. So have things changed, and only one shirt colour is going to be used after all, or will these designs simply not work then? And which of the colour variations are we actually voting for?

As a final note I would like to say this. You essentially said earlier in this thread that all this strife is uncalled for because it's "just" a t-shirt contest, and that we should essentially bow down and be grateful to the organizers no matter what, because they made a lens available to the winner. You also said that maybe in the future these contests should essentially not have winnings because it's too much "politics". Having been a forum mod myself I understand your frustration in light of these "ungrateful" forum users, but frankly, this is very bad logic. The issue is indeed partly that the prize for the contest is not insignificant - for most people this is a HUGE prize to be won. As such, I think the organizers of such a give-away can anticipate fierce competition and high emotions among the contestants. After putting in all the effort to make designs, it then is very flippant to essentially say to the contestants "just suck it up, be grateful for this little t-shirt contest". No, when the stakes are this high (especially because the stakes are this high), I think we can expect a high level of professionalism on the organizers' part. This would include clear rules that are then followed consistently, and professional communication all the way through. All this, of course, does NOT take away anything from how happy the contestants are that the contest is held in the first place, and how grateful we are for the prize on offer, but on the flip side all we ask for is that the contest is held in a professional manner. Yes, this is a little more work for the organizers, but when the stakes are high, I think the organizers also have to put a little more into it, otherwise you will eventually alienate your contestants - and in the end maybe even lose PF members.
Forum: General Talk 03-18-2013, 11:15 AM  
Poll: **VOTING** Pentax Shirt design - 2013!
Posted By VTerlakyPhoto
Replies: 199
Views: 34,746
Two issues that I just noticed with this voting:

#1: for several designs multiple colour options are shown (e.g. 14, 29, 45, 57, 84, 87, 88, 97). Which one of the colour variations are we voting for? For example #14 are we voting for the white or black one? Also, does this mean that only one shirt colour will be available (since on a black shirt the black design won't work...). Or, if all colour options of these designs are going to be in print and we're voting on them as a whole, then why aren't all three colour versions of my submission shown?

#2: this was also mentioned in the submission thread, but allowing designs with the original Pentax font and trademarks in the voting thread is completely unfair. First of all, they were against the rules, and therefore in my humble opinion shouldn't have gone through the screening at all. Second, even if after the fact changing the design is easy, it does influence voting results (due to the emotional impact of seeing the same font as on your camera), and also results in final shirt that people didn't actually vote for.

My 2 cents.
Forum: General Talk 03-17-2013, 01:38 PM  
Poll: **VOTING** Pentax Shirt design - 2013!
Posted By VTerlakyPhoto
Replies: 199
Views: 34,746
Lots of great submissions here! What you didn't mention is how long voting will be open.
Forum: General Talk 03-14-2013, 07:42 PM  
Design a T-Shirt: Win a DA 70mm Limited lens!
Posted By VTerlakyPhoto
Replies: 216
Views: 53,581
Sorry klosov, this is not the first of your posts that I have a very hard time understanding and thinking to myself "what the eff is he talking about?!". I know English is not your first language and that's fine, but at least try to make sense of others' posts first and also try to make yourself more understandable. Mods, sorry this is off-topic, but better to (try to) stop this now before the nonsensical posts continue.
Forum: General Talk 03-04-2013, 10:58 PM  
Design a T-Shirt: Win a DA 70mm Limited lens!
Posted By VTerlakyPhoto
Replies: 216
Views: 53,581
Some great submissions so far! Here is mine then (email just sent). It comes in three colour variations, but I can't decide on just one and will leave the narrowing down to the "powers that be". It is loosely based on a focus chart with some "Pentax" words around it. It can go either on the front or the back of the shirt. If it's on the front then the PentaxForums logo should go on the back, center, just below the neck line. If it's on the back, then the PentaxForums logo should go either large, center chest, OR small and slightly off to one side on the front. Alternatively the PF logo can go on the sleeves. So there is a lot of flexibility with these.

White design:


Black design:


Red design:


All three on three different shirt colours to show versatility:
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-23-2013, 02:52 PM  
Vote for our K-30 giveaway winners! (ended)
Posted By VTerlakyPhoto
Replies: 9
Views: 4,779
Big congrats to the winners!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-23-2013, 04:30 AM  
Vote for our K-30 giveaway winners! (ended)
Posted By VTerlakyPhoto
Replies: 9
Views: 4,779
The articles have been steadily posted for about 2 months now, one every few days - so there was ample time to vote for them along the way. The ONE thing people can't complain about is not having enough time to vote.

That being said, it seems that all posts have between 20-30 votes, which is even less than the number of posts to begin with. This means then that not even all people who submitted posts voted in their own competition! Considering this was supposed to be the "big one" and it has less participation than the monthly photo contests, one can only conclude that something didn't quite go as planned in this competition after all...

This prolonged voting process (IMHO) also caused some other problems, such as the prizes becoming almost "dated". The competition was announced more than 6 months ago, submission closed November 14th and voting started on Nov. 19th, that is more than 3 months ago. Since then the main prize (K-30 with 18-55mm kit) dropped nearly $300 in retail value (1/3 of its original value), and 2nd place prize (WG-2) is being replaced by a newer model (WG-3) as we speak that is being sold at the original price of the WG-2. I know that even mentioning this will make me sound like a prick to some people, so please don't get me wrong, I am very grateful for the organizers of this competition and all the prizes that were made available, but I do think the voting part could've been handled much faster and better.

After tonight I'll sit back and wait for the second part of the 2 million post giveaway... at least I assume there will be a second part, because in the original announcement of the contest the sentence "first part of our "2 million post" giveaway" was written in bold (see link in Adam's first post in this thread).
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 02-19-2013, 02:20 PM  
Big Ebay Lot
Posted By VTerlakyPhoto
Replies: 21
Views: 3,904
Something for a camera or tech museum to look into for sure.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-03-2013, 01:36 PM  
Sunset in the Cariboos
Posted By VTerlakyPhoto
Replies: 8
Views: 1,100
Thank you jido, much appreciated!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-01-2013, 09:18 AM  
Hullo!
Posted By VTerlakyPhoto
Replies: 5
Views: 435
Hey Gary, I just noticed you were on this forum too! Again, welcome to the world of Pentax. If you have any Pentax related questions don't hesitate to shoot me a line here or on the corner :)
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-18-2013, 06:34 AM  
Noise Reduction Software Giveaway: Let us help you improve your photos! (ended)
Posted By VTerlakyPhoto
Replies: 382
Views: 35,776
I would like to enter this giveaway.

Submitted a photo to the PEG, but it says "The PEG voting system is currently closed for maintenance. Please check back later." Good timing :)
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