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Forum: Post Your Photos! 35 Minutes Ago  
Landscape The Misty Walk To Mordor...
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 7
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I like it. To me it looks the 'hard' way to Toad Hall.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 37 Minutes Ago  
Nature Balance
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 1
Views: 53
Nice catch of that Red Eared Slider. Looks like he's getting near max exposure to the sun.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 1 Day Ago  
Tips for not missing focus?
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 17
Views: 828
My key for animals, people, etc...is to try to focus on the eye. I've found for me, if I get the eye in focus, usually everything about the subject looks ok too. I picked this up a number of years ago from a buddy who is a wonderful wildlife photographer. I'm not at his level, but his hint has helped me.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
PENTAX K-1 Discontinued
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 27
Views: 2,795
I've had my K1 since Feb, 2017. Very pleased with it. Great camera.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 1 Day Ago  
Digital Camera World - Best DSLRs
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 63
Views: 2,766
I'm fairly good at whipping through the menus on the monitors on my K5, K1, GR ll...but I still use my printed manual that came with all three of these cameras...on a fairly regular basis.

However, my Canon G 12...didn't come with a printed manual, only a computer disc...which drove me 'nuts'.

The dealer said well Canon doesn't make printed manuals anymore, just the CD disc and why don't I just carry a laptop with me to access the disc manual. I indicated that that doesn't work for me, as I do a lot of outdoor photography and I don't carry my laptop with me, but I do carry the owner's manual in a pocket in my camera case...for quick...and easy reference.

I finally contacted Canon HQ and complained about it...although saying other than that I liked the G12. Canon was very good, indicated that they could send me a photocopy of the previous model, the G11, which was essentially the same as the G12...G12 has a few added features. That was a solution that worked fine for me, I still carry the copy in my small Canon slingbag (LowePro) for ready reference.

But I do like the small owner's manual that Ricoh Pentax provide with new cameras. The print manual with both a good table of contents and Index...works very well...for me.
Forum: General Talk 1 Day Ago  
Accents and Communication
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 35
Views: 925
Good post.

I would like to recommend a book, The Story of English by Robert MacNeil and Robert McCrum. Think it is still available.

I have an old dog eared copy and it is a wonderful look at the English language , how it developed and also has interesting information on the kind of thing you talk about...how in some isolated areas of the USA which were settled by early English settlers...they still have remnants of the original English as spoken by those early settlers, in the current spoken language, common to these areas.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Thematic Classic motorbikes and cars thread.
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 536
Views: 33,298
Great shot of a beautiful car. :D Note that red badge Studebaker logo on the grille...love the way they have that long stylized S...very art deco.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Thrilled with my “New” K10D
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 33
Views: 916
Good combo. I have my old K10D and also the 18-135...I like both of them very much. Under 4000 shutter actuations...your K10D is barely broken in ! I have 60,000 + on my K10D and it's still working away quite well.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 2 Days Ago  
Pets So
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 2
Views: 119
Nice portrait. The bokeh really isolates your subject well. Gives the pup an almost 3D look...feel I can reach out and give the doggie a nice pat on the head.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 2 Days Ago  
Digital Camera World - Best DSLRs
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 63
Views: 2,766
As Digital Camera World says about the K1:

"Pentax makes only one full-frame DSLR, but it's a cracker!"

I agree !

I would add, how many 'crackers' does a camera line need ? I think one full frame is sufficient and I'm pleased to have my own K1.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 2 Days Ago  
Landscape First Shoot with "New" Pentax K10D
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 4
Views: 176
Nice shots and congrats on the acquisition of your K10D and to see the good use you're putting this fine piece of camera equipment to work. I have a K10D. I bought mine in November 2007 and it's still working. Think I have over 60,000 + shutter actuations on it and this thing just goes on and on, like the Energizer bunny.
Forum: General Talk 2 Days Ago  
What would you choose.... for your minimalist photo equipment list ?
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 51
Views: 2,317
Well, since this thread was started awhile back, I've found my new minimalist gear, a Ricoh GR ll. I like it a lot, had it for almost a year now and it has lots to recommend it as a general purpose, everyday carry around.

To begin with it's very light, however although it's lightweight...it is of robust build. Magnesium alloy body, I believe...tough, although I do take very good care of it. It is of small dimension...about the size of a cellular phone, which is also another advantage. Given that similar appearance , I think a lot of people assume that is what it is, a cell phone.

It is a fixed lens camera, a wide angle equivalent 28mm...but at F 2.8...it is relatively fast. BTW, great little lens, images are quite sharp. I also find that a 'fastish' wide angle is a good focal length to have, if all you have is one lens. Back in the days of Eisenstadt, Cartier-Bresson...one lens...usually a 50, sometimes a 35mm...seemed to be enough, for the most part.

I'm finding the same, my slightly wider than 'normal' lens, the 28 wide angle seems to be 'enough' for the most part...and if I want to get a closer up shot...then I just walk closer to the subject...and if I want to get real close...walk close up and use the macro feature of the GR. Yes, all these years of having zoom lenses, have spoiled me...letting the zoom do the walking...but as my wife points out, I could do with the exercise. :D

Lastly, but of great importance the GR has a large ASP-C sensor...in a very small camera and I find I can enlarge images with similar quality...to the same extent as a good and much larger, ASP-C DSLR...such as my K-5.

So, in a nutshell...high quality, solid build, top quality lens, very small and light and given these last two qualities...it fits into a small Vanguard brand camera pouch bag...attaches to my pants belt.

An important minimalist key...is the ease to which one (in this case me) can carry a good camera around during my daily life.

To paraphrase a common axiom among photographers:

'As some say the best camera to have, is the one with you...and when that one with you, is of top quality like a GR...then even more so.'
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 3 Days Ago  
A.G Bell
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 10
Views: 280
Nice pix. I'm surprised that Nova Scotia...or the feds didn't preserve this cabin...while there was something to preserve. Certainly a place of interest ...given that a man of Alexander Graham Bell historical significance....owned the cabin and spent time there.

Got a chuckle out the fact that you texted your kids from the Bell cottage remains...using the Bell Cellular Network...and yes I agree A.G. Bell would undoubtedly be surprised be surprised with modern technology and that the Bell system was named after him. :D
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 4 Days Ago  
Pentax vs Sigma 24-70/2,8 with the K-1?
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 8
Views: 570
I agree.

I have the Pentax 28-105 and recently got the Pentax 24-70 F 2.8. I like both lenses. I use them on my K1. My 28-105 is an excellent lens and pretty good walk around with my K1, which also has the battery grip attached and I have a second battery in it. It weighs a bit, but this lens is relatively light and I don't find this combo very heavy.

Now the 24-70 Pentax on my K1 with battery grip is a different matter. I do find this combo heavy.

Image quality ...excellent with both lenses. No problems there. Sorry I can't compare them with the Sigma 24-70 F 2.8.
Forum: General Talk 4 Days Ago  
Ancestry DNA test
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 41
Views: 826
My wife and I have chosen not to check out our DNA through any of the various organizations that offer to analyze your DNA.

Instead, we checked out our background via Ancestry.ca. We prefer exploring through careful examination of documents, birth certificates, marriage / death records, church records and property documents, etc.

I like a paper trail...focusing on chains of document evidence, etc. Now this does take a fair amount of time and can lead up a lot of different trails. I enjoy this kind of detailed work and the academic pursuit aspect of this type of search... always have. I find it enjoyable, and having a degree in history, that doesn't surprise me.

In both our cases , we are pretty well of British ancestry and our ancestors appeared to either remain in the British Isles, or immigrated to either the USA or Canada. British, American and Canadian record keeping has been pretty good and by using these kind of records , we have found it has not been too difficult to trace ancestors.

We have been quite surprised and pleased with the wealth of information, germane to our individual family trees that we have been able to discover, concentrating on the aforementioned records we were able to access through the voluminous files/records of Ancestry.ca.

In my case , we have been able to trace ancestry back to the 13th century and as we continue through this process of exploration it looks likely that we will be able to go further back in time.

I'm not dismissing DNA consumer tests, I just prefer to follow the other road, delving through historical records to trace ancestry. It has been a fascinating journey to unravel one's own mystery....our greatest mystery...my wife's ancestry and my ancestry.
Forum: General Talk 4 Days Ago  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By lesmore49
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Views: 121,951
I wouldn't automatically dismiss all American cars circa 1970 as having floaty, vague, 30 degree of body roll suspension.

There were some pretty good handling large American cars back then. Chevy offered a low cost option the F41 (memory remembers the option code ) which consisted of HD shocks, front and rear antiroll bars, etc...which made a significant difference in handling. Back then they also had police packages. Common ones from Mopar, GM and Ford offered heavy duty suspension parts, larger brakes, bigger cooling systems, etc...as part of their police package. For example Mopar offered 440 cube V8/ 375 hp highway interceptor and it came with the police package which included HD suspension components, HD cooling system... for the engine, transmission coolers and in many cases steering coolers. These were serious cars...well able to chase down a lot of American and dare I say it...Imported performance cars. Maybe not extreme Euro supercars...but then the police radio would get them...you can't outrun a radio transmission.

And yep...if you knew a friendly salesman back then and knew the right option codes o pick you could get a police package or something very similar in all the Big 3...Mopar, Ford and Chevy.
Forum: General Talk 4 Days Ago  
Ancestry DNA test
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 41
Views: 826
:lol: good one.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 5 Days Ago  
Fuji X series club
Posted By lesmore49
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Views: 111,679
Now that is a motor scooter that has been hard used and put away wet...a lot...in it's life.

Excellent catch...very good bokeh.
Forum: General Talk 5 Days Ago  
Ancestry DNA test
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 41
Views: 826
:lol:

Reminds me of a buddy's birthday present to his mom, when he was about 15 years old. He got her a baseball catcher's mitt...which he was hoping she would immediately re-gift to him. No...she took it back to the large department store where he had bought it and with the money bought a gift she wanted. :D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 5 Days Ago  
Landscape 30 minutes to sunset (Pentax KP torture test)
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 19
Views: 525
Great pix...my favourite has to be the 2nd picture in your series. I've spent about 40% of my life in winter, mostly severe, conditions and I've never seen such oddly attractive, snow phenomena as you have photographed. Quite fascinating and you have captured their 'eeriness' quite well.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 5 Days Ago  
Machinery The Beast
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 12
Views: 296
I did a similar thing in the late '70's. I also had longer hair and a moustache at the time and I had phoned the stereo store about an issue I was having with my recently purchased stereo equipment. ..and over the phone, the store's response was not encouraging.

I decided to dress up in one of my work suits, white shirt, tie, florsheims , etc. and made myself look as respectable as I could...considering what I had to work with...me. :D

I looked the part of a working professional man and the response changed completely when I was at the store, faulty stereo receiver in hand. Right or wrong, my experience tells me many judge a person by their appearance and presentation.

I recall seeing an advert for the 442 in I think car & driver when they first came out..1964 I think?

The advert featured a pix of a 4 door sedan, 330 cube -4 barrel (think around 320 HP) V8, 4 speed, HD suspension, front disc brakes etc. with two policemen sitting in the car and was being promoted as a highway interceptor by Olds ...that a regular Joe could order. I always though this would make a nicely balanced performance car. Acceleration, braking, handling as equipped for the time.

One car I lusted after was a '67 Chevy ll, 2 door hardtop or post...with the 327 cube- 350 hp, hydraulic lifter engine and 4 speed Muncie. We got a few with the 275 hp-327 up here, but only saw a 327/350 hp '67 Chevy ll once in the 1960's and that was in Northern Minnesota.

I eventually bought a '67 Camaro RS coupe with a 327 and 4 speed Muncie, which was nice, but I would have preferred the '67 Chevy ll SS coupe with 350/327.

Les
Forum: General Talk 6 Days Ago  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 2,064
Views: 121,951
Back around 1970 I got a ride with a guy who was an ice racer, which is popular in my part of Canada during the long winters. Take a tractor with plow and the track itself can be made with whatever amount of tight corners, horseshoe bends, short straights that can be desired. No deeply cambered corners will be carved into the frozen surface though...as you may break through the ice. :D

The track is usually made on a frozen lake...which out here...the home of the TV show 'Ice Road Truckers' is in abundance during our long, hard winters.

The driver in question back then, was driving an Austin Mini Cooper 1275cc and I recall flying around the corners at breakneck speed. I've never been so low in a car and I recall thinking the Cooper was not much higher than a go cart and it seemed to me to exhibit no discernible body roll, in even the hardest of corners.

It was the only car where I found my hand involuntarily slam the dashboard...a response triggered by the impending doom I felt as he barreled into the first corner without lifting off the gas pedal.

It was certainly not the same in my father's Oldsmobile. ;)
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 6 Days Ago  
The forgotten and found resolution on dpr
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 66
Views: 3,522
Some thought the old Km digital was the second coming...digitally speaking of course...of the old K1000 film camera. I have both and both are good cameras, with basic spec. In the film days, the K1000, actually my wife's camera was the one I used most then, and the lens usually attached to it was my perennial favourite...a 35-105 'A' Macro zoom . A fine lens that with the K1000 was capable of producing excellent photos. Back then though, I wanted an LX, but cash flow and a young family...kept that body out of the equation.

The Km or K2000 as it was known in the States...was/is a good camera body. But I much prefer using my K5 and K1. Our young family has grown into adulthood and our cash flow has improved. I don't know if having a young family and not a big cash flow ...are connected, but I have my suspicions. ;)

I've meandered somewhat, but I think what I wanted to say...is that pics I got with my wife's film K1000 and 35-105 and my digital Km with my 16-45mm are mostly indistinguishable from my K5 with those very same lenses. That may say more about my picture taking prowess than it does about the quality of camera bodies as distinguished by higher retail price. Are more expensive camera bodies, better than lesser expensive and lower down the line, camera bodies ...insofar as the actual image produced ?

For most ...typical.... photo situations...will an expensive body make a significant difference over that of a basic body ? I don't know.

But I do know, I bought my new Km in 2009, then when the K5 came out I absolutely had to have this new top of the range camera body, and so purchased it new in 2011...then when the K1 came out,...same deal...I 'needed' the K1 and picked one up in 2017.

The Km still works well and I use it. It is limited by the march of technological change...somewhat...but I seem, to like new and improved.

In that, I'm probably typical of many photo enthusiasts. I'm never content, even if logic dictates that I should be.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
Pets Jillian
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 5
Views: 283
She is a beauty that's for sure.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
Pets Piper
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 16
Views: 470
Beautiful pup...enjoying the snow in this wonderfully warm looking...and may I add...stylish winter coat.
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