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Forum: Contest Voting 5 Days Ago  
Sticky: Poll: Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #142 Poll (Rivers and Fjords - June 2018)
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 68
Views: 3,374
OMG! How are we supposed to pick one from all those stunning shots!

:confused:
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 5 Days Ago  
People and their cameras!
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 2,285
Views: 230,252
Duh, the kid of course! Cameras are expensive while kids cost nothing to make!

:lol::lol::lol:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 5 Days Ago  
Machinery Civil Air Patrol
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 3
Views: 104
It could be a camera mount (side scanning probably) as CAP is a group that are involved with search and rescue operations as well as US border patrol duties. The camera would scan to one side of the aircraft or the other while an on-board operator would view the real-time video images on a monitor. For example, if the aircraft were flying west along the southern US border (on the US side) then the camera could look to the south (into Mexico) for any signs of (potential) border incursion activity.

The same principle could also be used to search for lost hikers or for spotting wild fires etc.
Forum: General Talk 07-03-2018, 08:04 AM  
How many of you are Hams (Amateur Radio Operators)
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 12
Views: 290
I was first licensed in the UK in the early 80's as a Class B operator and was an active member of RAYNET (the UK's volunteer emergency communications network) for several years. I was also a Civil Defense volunteer and used to operate the communications equipment from within the local nuclear operations centre during their monthly drills.

When I emigrated to Canada in 92 I had to sit their exam(s) as there was no reciprocal licensing agreement in place and while I was at it I also qualified as a Class A operator with 25 wpm Morse. Once it became known that I was a former RAYNET member I was invited to set up a local ARES group (ARES is the NA emergency communications group) and I eventually became the County Controller with four local ARES groups under my command. During this time I was also the liaison officer with the local branch of the Canadian Red Cross and was a management level volunteer on the Red Cross Regional Emergency Response Team (RERT) and was prepared to deploy to natural or man-made disasters at a moments notice.

I was active on HF, VHF, UHF and packet radio for many years until ill health forced me out of work and onto a disability pension, which also curtailed all my activity with ARES and the Red Cross. I had to sell my HF equipment to make ends meet but I still have most of my VHF and UHF radios but no longer operate as I am not able to erect any antennas here (health reasons prevent me climbing onto roofs now plus I live in a rented house and the landlord may not appreciate antennas mounted on their property).

Mike, I will have to check out your link as I do use TeamSpeak and have used a similar system in the past which allowed me to hook up to a local repeater in my home town in the UK and talk to old friends.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-03-2018, 07:24 AM  
Machinery Noto sure what it is but what a beauty!
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 12
Views: 255
I think you might be confusing Hudson's with Holden's, the latter was an Australian car maker (part of GM for many years I believe).
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-20-2018, 09:11 AM  
People Back Street Tailor
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 18
Views: 498
I was looking at the photo again as the thread has been resurrected and noticed something I totally missed the first time around. Did you flip the image horizontally KD as that sewing machine looks 'reversed' to me? It's as if you were looking at it in a mirror as key features of the machine are 180 out of position. The only other explanation would be that it was a 'left handed' machine and I have never seen one of those in over 50 years of being around sewing machines of one form or another and I do not know of one ever being built that way around.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-12-2018, 08:41 AM  
Sports It's lonely when you are out
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 6
Views: 220
The game is cricket and the batsman (on the right side) has been given 'out' by the umpire and is making the lonely walk back to the pavilion (locker room). At some point he will be passed by the incoming batsman for his team.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-31-2018, 08:54 AM  
Photobucket re-enables 3rd Party Hosting
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 14
Views: 586
This sounds exactly like my situation too. I had lots of threads with linked photos and/or screenshots from PC games/simulators on various fora and lost the lot. I deleted my photos/screens and closed the account when I got the PB ransom demand. I will not go back, now I use Flickr for photos and a couple of different sites for screenshots (not found a definitive host yet).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-23-2018, 08:35 AM  
Lens import from Japan to Canada..... Time processing
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 7
Views: 403
In my experience, having bought two used limited lenses from Japan and lots of items from the USA, the Japanese goods arrived in 4-6 business days whereas stuff from the USA can easily take anything up to 21 days to arrive!
Forum: Pentax K-70 05-14-2018, 11:07 AM  
K-70 Drive Mode Button
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 8
Views: 672
Thanks for pointing that out Adam, I must have missed that bit of info in the manuals somehow.

The OP may find that he is constantly changing AF point settings rather than drive mode if he changes the settings as suggested as I suspect the issue is his grip rather than the button function.
Forum: Pentax K-70 05-14-2018, 10:13 AM  
K-70 Drive Mode Button
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 8
Views: 672
I don't think surgery is the answer but changing your grip may make a huge difference. I've just spent several minutes with my K-70 trying to duplicate your issue and cannot activate the problem button with my usual grip, I have to contort my hand quite significantly before the drive button (right side of the 4-way rocker) becomes an issue.

When I hold my camera (any camera come to that) I carry 90% of the weight in my left hand with the fingers cradling the lens body and the camera base plate sitting against my palm. The three smaller fingers of my right hand go on the grip and carry the remaining 10% of the weight. That leaves my fore finger and thumb completely free and carrying no weight at all. My fore finger rests lightly on the shutter button but can also access the power switch and front e-dial, my thumb rests against the upper part of the rubber thumb rest on the rear of the camera and I can easily access the rear e-dial and the AF/AEL button which I have customized as the only focus button.

Using the above grip my thumb naturally arches away from the drive mode button and the bottom right rear corner of the camera body presses against the base of my thumb.

While I had the manuals open I also checked to see if the 4-way buttons could be customized but I could not see a way of changing those settings.
Forum: Pentax K-70 04-05-2018, 08:11 AM  
Please recommend a shutter cable release for the K-70
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 5
Views: 745
There have been two threads discussing this topic which can be found below:

What's best for remote shutter release - PentaxForums.com

About the wired remote control. - PentaxForums.com

Ebay is a good source for cable remotes and I have been happy with the one I got from there.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-29-2018, 08:43 AM  
Nature Full Yellow Frangipani
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 5
Views: 176
Very nice EM. I don't think I've seen a single colour frangipani before.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-08-2018, 04:19 PM  
Whoville
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 38
Views: 732
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-08-2018, 04:19 PM  
Uhuru peak from Karanga Camp
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 6
Views: 160
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-08-2018, 04:18 PM  
The Lifeboat Station
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 40
Views: 702
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Winners' Showcase 03-08-2018, 04:18 PM  
February, 2018 Third Place: Bomber's Moon
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 62
Views: 1,191
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-05-2018, 09:41 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 52,703
Views: 1,797,341
The modern Olympian is certainly better prepared in terms of training and medical support but most are still pure amateurs with many coming from medical, student, farming and business fields plus others who belong to the police or military forces. That is certainly the case with the GB and Canadian teams and I would suspect most of the others too.
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-05-2018, 09:10 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 52,703
Views: 1,797,341
Rugby Union is a fine example of amateur players playing sport at a professional level. So too are the Olympics of course but that has been marred IMHO by allowing professional athletes to participate. The Olympics should be the pinnacle of amateur sport and allowing professional basketball, golf, tennis or ice hockey players in is just wrong.
Forum: General Talk 03-01-2018, 09:25 AM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 915
Views: 76,077
I've been seeing double posts from some people recently too but oddly enough in the case above I only see one post with the Mensa joke from Mark
Forum: Pentax K-70 02-26-2018, 09:33 AM  
Thank you for answering my K-70 related questions
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 2
Views: 615
Enjoy, the two make a great combination and I am sure you will have lots of success with them.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-26-2018, 09:18 AM  
Machinery Lyon air museum
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 11
Views: 503
The shot of the Chipmunk brought back some happy memories. That was the first aircraft I took the controls of when I was just 13 years old via the Air Training Corps (RAF cadet force) in the UK.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-04-2018, 10:00 AM  
Backyard Wild Animals Contest Ring Neck Pheasant
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 8
Views: 301
The show is 'The Big Bang Theory' and it's one of the few US comedy shows that I actually like.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-04-2018, 09:32 AM  
Backyard Wild Animals Contest Ring Neck Pheasant
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 8
Views: 301
This is why....and it's a perfect name for him! :lol:
















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Forum: General Talk 01-30-2018, 10:11 AM  
"inherited" stereo stuff - worth the hassles?
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 6
Views: 491
The tape machine is probably still viable if it hasn't been exposed to too much damp air but any tapes stored with it are more than likely garbage by now. Audio tape was basically just rust particles glued to a plastic backing and over time the glue dries out and the rust falls off (along with any magnetic data it was holding). To properly archive audio tape you need a climate controlled room. I used to be a recording studio engineer back in the days of reel-to-reel multi-track tape machines (16 and 24 track) and that Sony unit was one of the nicer 2-track machines of the period.

The amp is a practice/beginners amp and being solid-state (rather than tubed) it would probably still work but it is missing an equalizer knob but they can be picked up at any guitar store in packs for a few dollars. Unfortunately the knobs only have scales that go up to 10 so it would be of no use to any Spinal Tap fans! :lol:
















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