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Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 03-20-2022, 10:56 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 99,016
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Good idea for around town transportation, a scooter.

One small bike I really like is the new Honda 125cc Trail, looks like a retro of the old Honda Trail from the '60's and '70's. Kind of a on/off road job...or enduro as some might call it.

With a 125cc single cylinder it has enough power to get out of it's way...think it does 60-65 mph at the top end. To me good for town use, and with the Trail suspension, tires, frame, etc...good for some off road work.

Unfortunately only sold in the States, not Canada, although I understand people are pushing Honda Canada to bring it here.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-21-2022, 06:49 AM  
People Marina is moving away...
Posted By LeRolls
Replies: 129
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Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-12-2022, 08:09 AM  
Nature Delicate Pastel Camellia
Posted By Kerrowdown
Replies: 12
Views: 323
First flower of the year, eight image focus stack with my "Femme Fatale" Pentax-A 50mm F2.8 Macro.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 03-10-2022, 02:53 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By Parallax
Replies: 99,016
Views: 4,473,758
Your cartoon really hits home for me.
Several of my customers were gram counters. I had a scale in the shop and a few (very few) were anal enough that they'd hang their bike on it every single time they came in despite having changed nothing on it.
One of them was an absolute fitness freak. Hardcore runner, swimmer, cyclist. He had bought from me one of the lightest, and consequently most expensive bikes I had access to. He came in one day and wanted me to order and install a new crankset/bottom bracket set which, according to specs, would lighten his bike by about 120 grams. $360.00 for parts, $60.00 for labor. He was an attorney so money wasn't his primary concern. A few days later I called to let him know it was done.
We had weighed it when he brought it in and I wrote the weight on the work ticket. When he came to pick it up he immediately hung it on the scale and the look on his face was unbelievable. A combination of confusion, disappointment, and anger. The bike was about 3 ounces heavier. That's when I calmly took the bike off of the scale, pulled the seatpost out and removed the section of lead shot filled inner tube I'd dropped in the seat tube. To comply with forum rules I won't post what he said. :D
Forum: General Talk 11-18-2021, 09:39 AM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By Racer X 69
Replies: 2,805
Views: 192,135
Put a decal on the back window like this Ivan, it should garner acceptance from the jacked up truck redneck crowd.
Forum: General Talk 12-16-2021, 04:32 AM  
What non-photography YouTube channels do you watch?
Posted By robgski
Replies: 107
Views: 9,365
Rick Beato

Forum: General Talk 03-31-2021, 04:24 PM  
USPS issues?
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 271
Views: 16,478
I like my 18-55 WR. It's small, light, and works well.
Forum: General Talk 02-09-2021, 01:32 AM  
Lens... not Lense
Posted By timb64
Replies: 105
Views: 4,947
I bet old Normís not too happy about being slanted!!
Forum: General Talk 03-30-2021, 08:50 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By pepperberry farm
Replies: 25,804
Views: 1,952,601
one SMC A50mm f1.2 on the way...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-26-2021, 10:44 AM  
K-7 Appreciation - The Forefather Forgotten
Posted By BorisKolo
Replies: 278
Views: 34,339
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-06-2021, 10:25 PM  
People AOCO 1919_101 Years
Posted By felixkh
Replies: 114
Views: 8,519
LX + ZY Mitakon 85/1.2
ProImage0020 by Felix Tan, on Flickr

ProImage0021 by Felix Tan, on Flickr

LX + A50/1.2
K1FT1070 copy by Felix Tan, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-29-2021, 01:29 AM  
People AOCO 1919_101 Years
Posted By ranchy
Replies: 114
Views: 8,519
3 more with the DFA 50 F1.4 @ wide open.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-23-2021, 01:21 AM  
People AOCO 1919_101 Years
Posted By felixkh
Replies: 114
Views: 8,519
K1 + FA*85/1.4
Michelle003 by Felix Tan, on Flickr

Michelle001 by Felix Tan, on Flickr

Michelle004 by Felix Tan, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-14-2021, 05:32 AM  
People AOCO 1919_101 Years
Posted By ranchy
Replies: 114
Views: 8,519
Sharing Mine for the 2nd part with another model.

Pentax K1 MKII + DFA*50 F1.4

FA*85 F1.4

Behing the scene

Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-01-2021, 10:58 PM  
People AOCO 1919_101 Years
Posted By Septrain
Replies: 114
Views: 8,519
Sharing another AOCO 1919 taken with K1+ DFA* 70-200.

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-17-2015, 06:59 PM  
prime, prime, everywhere a prime...
Posted By interested_observer
Replies: 16,707
Views: 886,692

I do landscapes, cityscapes and stuff. Having said that, knowing the why behind some of the recommendations, I find really helps. In terms of portraits, wide angle lenses do really poorly because they distort in order to pull in the wide view. That is why folks are recommending 50mm to 85mm to 135mm for portraits. Here are a few links that point up the differences.... and here is just a whole slew of images that drive home the point...A lens for landscapes. Well, any lens can be used for a landscape. What it comes down to is pretty much a two items. The view you want to capture and the foreground.
  • Let's say that there is a mountain range off in the distance with a trash filled gully right in front of you. Using a telephoto lens, you will just capture the mountains pretty close up - shooting "over" the gully.

  • Then there is the lake view right in front of you with the mountain's reflection in the lake. With a wide angle lens you can capture the lake with the reflection along with the mountain, all in one shot.

  • Ahhh, but you don't have a wide angle lens. No problem - just take the lens that you do have - let's say your 18-55 kit lens. Turn it down to 18mm - not wide enough, you say. Well then, shoot the scene in sections - panels with about 25% overlap. Then down load Microsoft ICE (its free), and it will stitch it together for you. Instant wide angle lens.

If you have a burning desire for a "prime" lens, I would suggest looking on Craigslist for a Pentax film camera. They usually come with a 50mm f2 attached - for about $20. It's a good lens, but not a f1.4 or f1.2, but it's manual focus and just a single focal length. You can compare the shots from it to your current lens and see what you like - without mortgaging your first born.

If you have the kit lens, just experiment with it (or them if you have the pair). Just set them for the desired focal length and go shoot something - instant "prime". The key is to go experiment with what you have to figure out what you like, and don't like.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-07-2020, 09:12 AM  
Is Pentax still appealing for beginners in photography?
Posted By normhead
Replies: 261
Views: 12,468
There are easier options than DSLRs and not everyone's learning path takes them into DSLR or MILC territory.

I always tend to gravitate towards, "which system is easier to use for what you want to do" with beginners.

My last recommendation was for a fixed zoom lens small sensor camera. It was wanted for general purpose with a specialty in flowers (avid gardener). For flowers and an amateur, the wider DoF at wider apertures is a big plus. DoF is king. You tailor your recommendation based on making it as easy as possible for the beginner to get what they want.

If somewhere down the line they want something else, you change your recommendation.

For Pentax, someone interested in a very portable ILC system with many lenses made light weight and WR for the hikers or out doors type persons, or for people looking for great performance at base ISO Pentax could be a good recommendation.

For practically forever the Pentax niche has been top quality base ISO at a lower price than competitors. It does take a bit more work to get some images, but for me, it has always been about keeping costs down while having a competitive edge in the images I produce over my Canon/Nikon/Sony shooting competition, comparing the cost of the systems. I might need a bit more skill to get my image, but I'm fine with that. Having to be a better photographer to produce a better image for a lower price has always been part of my ethic. I'm not sure that's at all relevant to beginners.
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 12-14-2020, 08:04 PM  
K-5 For Astrophotography
Posted By DrMindbender
Replies: 1,127
Views: 332,425
No astrotracer? No EQ mount? No problem.

Just stack.
And stack.
And stack some more.
Then you stack.
And stack again.

Neowise with 300 exposures taken with a Pentax-A 50mm 1.7.

25-07-20-1 by Nicholas Luton, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 12-16-2020, 11:40 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 99,016
Views: 4,473,758

I think the problem is, that your mirrors maybe of too recent manufacture. Mirrors, like good wine and fine steaks....need to age...before they will reach their full potential.

Keep those mirrors for a few years....say some decades and you will eventually start seeing an old geezer. Hopefully it won't be too shocked at the transformation.

There was actually a book written and a movie made about this change.

The Picture of Dorian Gray - Wikipedia

Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 12-14-2020, 07:16 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By robtcorl
Replies: 99,016
Views: 4,473,758
Apparently you can get it in NZ, for $11K per month: (edit, I guess that's NZ dollars, so about $7,800 USD)

"The "brutal reality" is that the "miracle drug" keeping Julie alive, known as Osimertinib (Tagrisso), costs them nearly $11,000 a month in New Zealand because it is not funded by Pharmac and it is not covered under any health insurance."
'Cruel' cancer bill: Couple move to America to afford life-saving treatment - NZ Herald.

I was told there is a $100 co-pay for me, but the maker, AstraZeneca, is covering it. We haven't paid a dime so far. I don't have drug coverage with Medicare, so Cigna is picking up the tab. Probably a lower price has been negotiated.
My tab by now would have been $75K. It won't cure, there is no cure, but it will stop progression in many patients.
At some point it will stop working, then it's chemo unless something new comes along.
AZ&ME is a program by AstraZeneca for low income patients, and I think they will cover the entire cost.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 12-12-2020, 12:20 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By savoche
Replies: 99,016
Views: 4,473,758
Grandkid #3 decided 31 weeks was long enough. She weighs only 1,600 grams :eek: Both mother and baby are well, though. The little one must spend most of the next couple of weeks in the incubator. They'll get a family room at the hospital so dad can stay with them until they can go home. I have no idea when we'll be allowed to see them... But we're happy and relieved - this week has been quite nerve-wrecking!

Hadn't it been for the blasted virus I'd have invited you all over for a glass of champagne :D
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 12-11-2020, 08:43 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By normhead
Replies: 99,016
Views: 4,473,758
Like many animals, most loon killings are other loons. And most of them are over territory, especially during mating season. If a loon pair is on lake with one good nesting spot, if another female comes to the lake and challenges, the two females will fight to the death. If a male comes, the two males fight to the death.

They didn't get to be 30 million years old without a workable set of rules of behaviour.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 12-10-2020, 07:56 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By gaweidert
Replies: 99,016
Views: 4,473,758
Actually, counter to what may seem logical, we had four kids and found that having four was easier than having two. They start forming their own little mob and no longer look to mom and dad for every little thing.

I knew a woman who was one of 16. When her mother died at age 94 the funeral was impressive to say the least. After the family processed, and processed, and processed into the church the priest faces the crown and smiles. Then makes the comment that in his 40 years of priesthood this was the first funeral he had presided at where they had to reserve pews for the guests and not the family. The woman had 16 children, 48 grandchildren and I forget how a dozen of so great grandchildren. Add in her surviving siblings and their kids etc and it was quite event.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 12-10-2020, 04:32 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By Racer X 69
Replies: 99,016
Views: 4,473,758
Freedom is never free.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-08-2020, 09:38 AM  
K-7 Appreciation - The Forefather Forgotten
Posted By cobbu2
Replies: 278
Views: 34,339
"Dementor" over El Morro

Castillo San Felipe del Morro Fortress, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

K-7, Pentax DA 40mm f/2.8 Limited "Pancake"

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