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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-16-2021, 07:45 AM  
Pentax MX wins DPReview photo challenge
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 16
Views: 1,240
And manual light metering and exposure.
Forum: General Talk 01-16-2021, 07:42 AM  
Lens... not Lense
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 105
Views: 3,117
What do you do to "diffuse" [defuse] their flustration? :D

Seriously though, people get annoyed because spelling and grammatical errors impair comprehension of the text by potential readers.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-16-2021, 07:32 AM  
Nature Embarrassed - No Idea What Bird This Is - Perhaps a Juvenile Egrit or Heron?
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 6
Views: 430
I would agree with Cattle Egret, which is a species present in the wild in Australia. Although it still has the orangish breeding plumes on its breast and head, it has lost the orange colour of its legs in high breeding condition.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 04-30-2020, 07:03 AM  
1000mm and 1200mm lenses
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 27
Views: 2,696
I remember reading some where on the forums that Pentax only made less than 15 copies of the A* 1200, hence the difficulty finding one for sale.
Forum: General Photography 04-14-2020, 06:36 AM  
Buying a Camera From a Hot Climate Region
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 5
Views: 1,035
A hot, dry climate wouldn't encourage the growth of fungus. However, the humid tropics is a different matter. A friend from Sri Lanka kept his camera and lenses, when not in use, with a desiccant under a bell jar sealed with lanolin to prevent fungal growth on the lens coatings and corrosion in the camera.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-07-2020, 05:26 AM  
Nature Purple Finch.
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 10
Views: 329
Based on plumage it's a Purple Finch. Range maps in authoritative field guides show that species is a year-round resident in your area. Cassin's Finch is rare there.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-20-2020, 05:06 AM  
Nature 2020-03-17-Life and death in Blue Jay land
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 14
Views: 494
The primaries on an Accipiter (Gos-, Cooper's, or Sharp-shinned hawk) only reach to the base of the tail when the wings are folded. In falcons (Peregrine, Merlin, Kestrel) they reach to the tip of the tail. On your local species of Buteo (Red-tail, Broad-winged, or Red-shouldered Hawks) the wing tips reach half-way down the tail. The pale bars on the are wider than the dark bars in Accipiter, unlike this bird, which has pale bars narrower than dark bars. This indicates a Merlin or Peregrine. Also, note the dark vertical bar extending downward from the anterior end of the eye. This indicates a falcon. The slate blue-grey back indicates it is an adult, but the dark brown streaking on the chest and belly exclude Accipiter (which would have rusty bars). That leaves male Merlin. Lest you think that telling those species apart is a labourious task, with practice one can do it in less time than it takes to read the first few words of this paragraph.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-18-2020, 06:31 AM  
Nature 2020-03-17-Life and death in Blue Jay land
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 14
Views: 494
Merlin, adult male.
Forum: General Photography 03-13-2020, 05:59 AM  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 2,292
Views: 97,107
A flash that reproduces by giving birth to live offspring? "Viviparous: Producing live offspring from within the body of the parent; zoogonous" (from A Dictionary of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, Cambridge Univ. Press) (Damn you auto-correct!) :lol:

You could use it as breeding stock, sell the offspring and turn a profit in no time! However, it doesn't mention whether the flash is female or male.

---------- Post added 13th Mar 2020 at 11:03 ----------

It's set up for taking selfies. :lol:
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-11-2020, 08:52 AM  
Hot Shoe Cover how important is it and why ?
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 63
Views: 3,277
I remember reading that too, and thinking it was odd. I can't remember where I read it, though.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 03-03-2020, 01:19 PM  
Water question with Developing film
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 41
Views: 1,704
Back in the days of film a photography student in Toronto used water from the city's inner harbour without any developer at all for developing prints and managed to develop images. Mind you, the paper had to sit in the developer a couple of days to develop an image, but it illustrates the principle that water chemistry has effects on developing film or prints, and it's not just the minerals in the water. There are PCBs, PDBMEs, dioxins, pesticides, chemicals used in manufacturing, and god knows what else in the water depending on where you live.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-03-2020, 12:58 PM  
THAT is the future
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 37
Views: 2,352
Renting equipment is fine if you live in a country where Pentax equipment is available for rent. In Canada it's Canon, Nikon, or nothing.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-26-2020, 06:30 AM  
Abstract WW2 reconstruction 23.02.2020
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 8
Views: 448
"The Great Patriotic War". Who has to play the bad guys?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-15-2020, 11:47 AM  
K10D Books?
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 9
Views: 557
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-14-2020, 07:17 AM  
It looks like CP+ 2020 is canceled
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 105
Views: 5,895
I wonder when China will finally, permanently ban live animal markets once and for all (and enforce the ban) . In Chinese culture meat from freshly killed animals is preferred over meat from animals butchered at slaughterhouses before shipping to markets. Banning live animal markets would presumably reduce the risk of viruses jumping from livestock and wild animals to humans. Such jumps causing pandemics have been happening in China for centuries. See the prophetic 2017 article from the Smithsonian Institution:
Is China Ground Zero for a Future Pandemic? | Science | Smithsonian Magazine

See also:
Chinese Food Will Determine the Spread of Pandemics:
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 02-04-2020, 06:46 AM  
Repair Service
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 1
Views: 623
Good to know. Thanks.
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-03-2020, 07:45 AM  
Post your HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW pictures!
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 2,462
Views: 352,457
Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus.
Forum: General Photography 02-03-2020, 07:30 AM  
if you need some inspiration for the next phototrip - Morten Hilmer, Ellesmere Island
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 11
Views: 831
I can only guess at the tens of thousands of dollars that the transportation must have cost to get there and back.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-30-2020, 08:01 AM  
Nature Yellow-throated Vireo
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 6
Views: 370
Wood warbler is a vernacular name for the New World warbler family (Parulidae) as distinct from the somewhat unrelated original (Old World) warblers (now split into various families including: Sylviidae, Phylloscopidae, and Acrocephalidae).

Species and subspecies occur outside their ranges, albeit uncommonly, as vagrants via weather systems or faulty navigation. Hard-core birders live to find vagrants. Western Orange-crowned Warblers occasionally occur in the east. Field guides that cover western or all of North America illustrate the western subspecies. Sibley's eastern and western guides don't cover all the vagrants, perhaps more as away of selling additional books than making the books more compact. Another possibility for your bird is a female Yellow Warbler. I wish we could see more of the bird for other field marks because it's hard to tell whether the apparent dark line through the eye and broken eye ring is real (Orange-crowned) or exaggerated by lighting conditions (Yellow). Vireos have thicker bills with hooked tips. Yellow-throated Vireo also has a sharply demarcated white belly, whereas the bird in your photo has a yellow belly. The yellow "spectacles" on Yellow-throated Vireo contrast strongly with an olive-coloured crown and the dark eye-stripe doesn't extend posterior to the eye. Yellow-throated Vireoalso has a grey back and dark-grey wings with white wing bars (white on the tips of the greater and median upperwing wing coverts.

Yes, I'd be happy to give advice on Newfoundland.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-27-2020, 08:40 AM  
Nature Yellow-throated Vireo
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 6
Views: 370
This is a wood warbler, probably the western subspecies of Orange-crowned Warbler.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-05-2019, 08:46 AM  
Thematic Wildlife
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 10,869
Views: 571,467
Do you mean Sternula albifrons (little tern) or a small tern? It looks an awful lot like a Bridled Tern (Onychoprion anaethetus).
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-05-2019, 07:41 AM  
Do you like the unique design of the K-1 lcd?
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 82
Views: 4,097
Are you aware that a Ricoh rep did just that at the CP+ show in 2016?


The display seems rugged... -
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-27-2019, 08:25 AM  
The coolest vintage accessory: Mechanical timer
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 48
Views: 3,047
I've never seen the SV/H3v in person and I can't tell from the photos in the reviews section of PentaxForums, so I'm intrigued. It doesn't have the lever on the front of the body like later models.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-27-2019, 08:21 AM  
Looking for AF-540FGZ Service Manual or Specs of Screws
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 5
Views: 636
US Camera replied to my query after a few days. They pointed out that the cheapest shipping is not US$ 29.25, but rather US$ 14.95. They still didn't offer me any type of shipping cheaper than registered mail.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-24-2019, 06:01 AM  
Nature Vireo?
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 4
Views: 294
Looks a bit like a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, but we can't see enough of the bird.
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