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Forum: Photographic Technique 2 Days Ago  
Studio How I photograph Scale Models and other objects
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 11
Views: 635
May I congratulate you on your model-making skills and excellent photography? There is a lot of fine detail, and the 'showroom' props lend an extra air of realism. Very well done!

Nothing wrong with your video, in my opinion. :)

- Craig
Forum: General Photography 6 Days Ago  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 1,546
Views: 61,625
Including the rare KM version of the MX. ;)


How do people manage to translate the aperture to "1:1.2?"
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-25-2020, 03:18 PM  
Why is it again that I need to upgrade? ISO8000 pic
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 12
Views: 1,001
Under difficult conditions, the K-5 II shows itself off again! Well done.

I think your daughter's eyes reveal her smile behind the mask. Congrats to all.

- Craig
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 06-24-2020, 12:49 PM  
For Sale: Pentax LX ..... Covid-19 forces Sale .... $200 shipped
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 14
Views: 961
@Ronald Oakes;

Sorry to hear of your situation, Ronald. Best wishes.

- Craig
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-24-2020, 10:35 AM  
HD Pentax-D FA★ 85mm f/1.4 SDM AW
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 1,078
Views: 76,188
Indeed, the optics are strong with this one.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-23-2020, 03:05 PM  
Nature Is this the most beautiful Lilly out there?
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 9
Views: 225
We have several varieties in our flower gardens here at our house, but none is as exquisite as this one. I'm often amazed at nature's beauty.

Thanks for your interesting comment on your Brazilian background.

- Craig
Forum: General Photography 06-23-2020, 12:01 PM  
Is This a Clone or Really Cheap??
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 10
Views: 889
There is a reference to a Galileo-branded clone in this 2015 post by @gofour3: K1000 enthusiasts and would-be owners, attention! - Page 3 - PentaxForums.com
Forum: General Talk 06-22-2020, 09:50 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 20,063
Views: 1,417,477
10 Euros!

It has been a long time since I have found anything in my local thrift stores. I think all of the good Canadian stuff has emigrated to Poitiers. ;):(

- Craig
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-22-2020, 09:46 AM  
Hi! Greetings from the Netherlands
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 7
Views: 233
Hello from Ottawa, Canada!

Thank you for your warm introduction. Hope to see you in some of the forum discussions.


- Craig
Forum: Pentax K-3 06-16-2020, 08:21 AM  
"Pixel Mapping" fixes my problem ....
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 20
Views: 1,100
@mikeroch, thanks for posting these images. To my eyes, they appear to be 'clean' from a sensor-dust perspective. There might be one blob showing in the Sigma 10-20 image, right edge near the top.

Would you happen to have taken any shots with a lens stopped down to a narrower aperture, say to f/22? I believe that sensor contamination such as dust tends to appear mainly at the smaller apertures, and may not cause any artifacts otherwise. Regardless, for your normal shooting style at moderate apertures, not seeing any strange things in the images is a good thing!

What was the aperture setting in the image in your first post that showed the speckles?



I think you'll find that for the most part, folks here are pretty helpful and well meaning. Discussions such as this one contribute to the overall knowledge base and may serve as references for future problems. No detail is too small. :)

Welcome to Pentax Forums, by the way!

- Craig
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-15-2020, 01:18 PM  
D-FA 85mm f/1.4 now available at McBain Camera
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 17
Views: 1,323
Plus GST. But, Albertans get a break with no provincial sales tax, which amounts to an extra $200 in Ontario.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-15-2020, 12:36 PM  
Lens aperture sweet spot chart?
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 31
Views: 1,235
In late 2015, member @BigMackCam presented his compiled set of Lens Resolution Profiles, which you might find useful: Pentax lenses - Resolution performance at various apertures - PentaxForums.com

Please note that the charts indicate lens resolution (aka 'sharpness'), which is a key parameter. Other optical characteristics such as distortion, vignetting, or aberrations, also which can vary by aperture, are not included.

I find that his method of illustrating the data is particularly easy to grasp and visualize. He put quite a lot of work into this project (many thanks, again !).


- Craig
Forum: General Talk 06-14-2020, 08:48 AM  
Thank you Canada
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 22
Views: 615
General Motors operates their Cold Weather Development Centre in Kap. Brrrr.
Forum: General Talk 06-14-2020, 08:35 AM  
Thank you Canada
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 22
Views: 615
For those interested in global climatic weather conditions, here's a useful reference: Climate Reanalyzer



I would highly recommend that you consider doing some outdoor field lab work in central Canada in January or February. It's cooler then. ;)

- Craig
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-14-2020, 08:06 AM  
Weather Resistant
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 24
Views: 1,037
The environmental resistance of Pentax gear has been discussed in various contexts here on Pentax Forums. For example, here's a thread from several years ago: New Pentax (UK) Product Guide - Weather resistant or Weatherproof? - PentaxForums.com

Here is an interesting article published by Imaging Resource on weather sealing and environmental protection: How to REALLY weather-seal a camera. We go deep behind the scenes at Olympus R&D headquarters

And the controlled testing approach developed by Imaging Resource: You did WHAT to our camera? IR weather testing version 1.0

Finally, I don't think that I have ever seen any objective tests in which Pentax gear has been shown to be better environmentally-protected than other brands that also claim a degree of weather sealing. Occasionally, we see reports from Pentax users whose cameras have met their demise because of moisture damage from high humidity, mist, rain, dunking, salt water ingress, etc. There have been implications that weather seals may have failed and allowed water to enter the camera.

- Craig
Forum: General Talk 06-14-2020, 07:46 AM  
Thank you Canada
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 22
Views: 615
Canada: The USA's central air conditioner.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-13-2020, 06:42 PM  
40% off Photography Range at Crumpler, Australia.
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 5
Views: 457
No kidding. I've visited Australia about a half dozen times on business (NSW, Vic, SA, ACT) and for a moment figured that Crumpler could be a place name.

Geez, I gotta get some fresh air.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-13-2020, 06:23 PM  
40% off Photography Range at Crumpler, Australia.
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 5
Views: 457
Looks like a good deal.

When I first read the thread title, my sleepy mind instantly wondered "Where is Crumpler located in Oz?", and isn't it great that they have an entire large tract of land dedicated to landscape photography! And 40% off the entrance fee -- even better.

Bizarre, I know. I read it a second time and I'm ok now. ;):lol:

- Craig
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-13-2020, 01:38 PM  
Dents
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 3
Views: 540
I have had some success in restoring a couple of camera plates, but I was not able to completely remove the evidence of a dent. I'd say I achieved a 90% level, and I was happy with that.


Here's my basic technique:

  • Remove the top plate from the camera.

  • The area of the plate to be worked should sit flat and true against a wooden backer (like a dolly). The backer could be held in a vise.

  • Use a wooden dowel to gently tap out the dent. The dowel should be slightly oversized to the dented area.

  • For the curved section of the plate, a custom rounded backer piece and matching rounded dowel tool could be fashioned from wood.

  • Use a lightweight tack hammer. Many light, easy taps.

  • Go easy!

You might recognize that the technique is similar to auto body work, but on a much smaller and 'gentler' scale. I don't think you'd need your body hammer and dollies. ;)

Hope this helps.

- Craig
Forum: Pentax K-70 06-11-2020, 07:43 AM  
viewfinder not working
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 11
Views: 536
[Edit: A couple of posters above also cover the main questions -- posted while I was typing slowly!]


Sorry to hear about your camera. It's always disheartening when these things happen, especially when the camera is fairly new.

Some additional details on the camera's situation would be helpful, for example:

  • What was the extent of the liquid exposure -- was the camera fully immersed in liquid, or was it splashed with rain drops? Was it exposed for a relatively long period?

  • What type of liquid? Rain, seawater, soda pop?

  • Was any action taken after the exposure to dry out the camera?

  • Was a lens attached and also exposed?

  • In what manner is the viewfinder "not working?" Is anything visible through the viewfinder? Are you referring to the camera's information that is displayed in the viewfinder when the camera is turned ON?

As for possible repair, here is some information on the official USA repair center: US Pentax Warranty Repair Information - PentaxForums.com

Some of the threads in the Repairs and Warranty Service forum might be relevant: Repairs and Warranty Service - PentaxForums.com

- Craig
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-10-2020, 03:03 PM  
Pentax K-3 II successor on September 2020
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 293
Views: 28,832
Since the date this thread was started, we are 37 or 38 days closer (depending on where in the world you live) to the launch of the new APS-C camera. That's gotta be a good thing. :)

- Craig
Forum: General Photography 06-10-2020, 12:42 PM  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 1,546
Views: 61,625
Perhaps a tad on the high side. But the shipping is only 70. ;)
Forum: General Talk 06-10-2020, 12:39 PM  
Will the Postal Service, UPS, Fed Ex stop delivering?
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 97
Views: 4,264
I had a casual chat with a Canada Post delivery guy as he dropped off a package to my neighbour last Sunday. I commented on the full stack of Amazon boxes in his vehicle, and quipped that the van should have the Amazon smiley on the side panel. "Don't laugh," he said, "it's just like Christmas these days and we're workin' overtime to clear the volume." He also mentioned that they're handling some overflow from UPS and FedEx.

I thanked him for working hard on a Sunday and for helping folks to get what they need through the pandemic.

- Craig
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-10-2020, 08:07 AM  
Pentax K-3 II successor on September 2020
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 293
Views: 28,832
Indeed. I would say that Pentax Forums is the world's most comprehensive and authoritative site for Pentax gear and its use in creating terrific pictures. It's a great resource for anyone looking for insight into the Pentax camera brand.

Certainly, there are dimensions of speculation and debate, and the occasional snipe or snark, but the content is overwhelmingly positive, productive, and informative.

But, this might be a topic for another thread, perhaps.

- Craig
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-09-2020, 01:03 PM  
Pentax K-3 II successor on September 2020
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 293
Views: 28,832
Well, I think we're focusing mainly on the communications, advertising, branding, and supply chain aspects of marketing -- call it exposure marketing -- which are the most apparent activities to the users and potential customers. We really don't have much insight into Ricoh's other internal marketing processes such as market strategy and research, product conceptualization, or price determination. One of the main things we don't know is how Ricoh decides on the extent of their exposure in the various global regions. I would have to guess that they're happy with their approach in relation to their market aspirations.

One of your themes particularly resonates -- engagement and enticement of potential customers, whether they're new or existing, or whether it's done directly or through retailers or "influencers." Ricoh Imaging's web presence generally suits me and my low-key approach to things. I'm happy to read details about the technical aspects of new lenses or cameras, and I appreciate the sense of history and story that Ricoh plays into their 'special content' and 'special sites'. However, I recognize the draw that the other manufacturers style into their communications.

Your thoughts regarding the general lack of promotion of Pentax products by retailers -- at least in North America -- are spot on, I think. I can't recall that I've ever seen any splash-page highlights of Pentax gear by any of the Canadian retailers. And there's virtually zero advertising content in print magazines.

An event here in Ottawa last year gave me pause. Canadian Geographic presented one of their Photographers-in-Residence, Michelle Valberg. She's a 30-year veteran of photography and a Nikon Ambassador. Her presentation on her Arctic photography was fascinating, and she casually referred to her camera kit a few times. But, in addition, in the lobby outside the theatre was a modest table-top booth of -- you guessed it -- Nikon cameras and lenses, with a couple of Nikon reps on hand to discuss the gear. Of course, I played with some of the goodies, as did a number of the other 200 attendees.

Despite the apparent scarcity of their modern advertising, I would say that Ricoh Imaging does present interesting information -- for those who know where to look or make the effort to look beyond the common online influencers.

For example:

Ricoh Imaging Japan (English site):
  • Video presentation to provide an update on products under development (follow-up to cancelled CP+ 2020 exhibit) -- New APS-C camera, two new lenses

  • CP+ 2020 Special Seminar Videos (albeit only in the Japanese language at the moment)

  • Limited Lens Special Site

  • Explore Pentax -- including "Make the most of your PENTAX camera!"

  • Updated roadmaps

  • Star Lens Special Site (features, technology, gallery)

  • Special content -- HD Pentax-D FA* 85/1.4 lens -- product overview, Professionals' perspective (three pros), Development Story (detailed description of the development challenges, trade-offs, and final design). Overview opening statement: "This lens was developed for the ultimate in image quality, so that you can feel the true power of the lens without having to rely on the image sensor or image processing. The quality viewfinder image reveals subject vibrancy and details the moment you look through the optical viewfinder, delivering a refined shooting experience where you can feel the very atmosphere of the scene."

Also, as you've pointed out, the Ricoh Imaging UK website is fairly progressive. As well, the RI European site features the "My PENTAX" page, which is "dedicated to PENTAX and RICOH camera owners." It includes an Image Gallery, Profiles, and My Academy. My PENTAX community for PENTAX and RICOH camera owners - RICOH IMAGING EUROPE S.A.S

Ricoh Imaging is not absent on social media -- there are a number of Facebook and YouTube sites, although the number of followers or subscribers seems relatively low compared to other brands. The Ricoh Imaging Americas YT channel claims 7,200 subscribers, but the most recent video there was posted four years ago.

So, there is a fair volume of interesting online content; it's just not 'in your face'. Personally, I don't have any problem in keeping current with Pentax products or developments. I can't speak for potential new customers. If someone is serious about buying a new camera or buying into a system, it's not hard to find information on Pentax -- they just need to dig a bit instead of stopping at the first couple of brands they see. And, like with advertising for any consumer product, they need to appreciate which influencers are worthy of trust.

Finally, we could consider RI's in-person events. Last year, they held a number of '100 Years Anniversary' special events, but I don't think any were held in North America. The Pentax brand has been exhibited in Canada recently at the Salon de la Photo, Quebec City and Montreal 2019 (see Visiting the Pentax booth at the Salon de la Photo in Quebec city - PentaxForums.com) and at the ProFusion Expo, Toronto, November 2019.

My main concern with the scarcity of Pentax at Canadian brick-and-mortar retailers is that I probably will not be able to handle the upcoming new APS-C camera before deciding to buy one. If a dealer in Toronto or southern Ontario stocks it, I might travel the distance (5-6 hours by road). I can hope that it will be displayed at the Salon de la Photo in Montreal in late 2020, if that expo goes ahead this year (2-hour drive from my house). Otherwise, I have a couple of options: trust the reviews and comments of early users (e.g., here on Pentax Forums), or order from a retailer with a generous return policy.

I hope my comments here have complemented your detailed response above.

- Craig
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