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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-20-2019, 02:14 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 13,880
Views: 2,323,126
Thanks! It helps that I was driving myself around, and I stayed the night at the foot of the Castle. THOUSANDS of people come in for the day, take the bus in, and leave in the afternoon.

Its a magical place after 6pm, and before 10am.

L.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-16-2019, 11:45 AM  
Hello fellow Pentaxers!
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 16
Views: 511
Pentaxers?....I believe the term is Pentaxian(s). Welcome!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-10-2019, 12:17 PM  
Drone Love
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 23
Views: 1,189
The Spark has an inferior gimbal, and only does 1080p.

The Mavic Air (which I travel with) is the go-to drone for traveling since it has a superior gimbal, 100mbit, does 4k and is actually smaller folded.

The Spark is one step above a toy.

L.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-08-2019, 04:02 PM  
Our Future
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 47
Views: 2,350
Its true. They look like regular macaroons...but they are not.
A Pentax "looks" like other cameras...but they are not.

When you see people lined up, waiting in line for the fresh ones...you realize that these will never be able to leave, and be shared with a global or wider audience.

Spruengli is fine with that.
Pentax is like that.

Once you get *it*, you might eat regular macaroons...but you will always want the real thing in your hands.
Pentax is like that.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-05-2019, 04:46 PM  
Our Future
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 47
Views: 2,350
Yep. Me too. No sense in getting upset. 1981 is when I came into Pentax.



You got it there. It would be insanity...and Pentax/Ricoh knows this. Why fight a losing battle that could take the ship down? You have to respect the Japanese decision makers for not engaging in a lost cause.



I saw that too..but no access to the battery compartment with the L-bracket.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-04-2019, 09:00 AM  
Our Future
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 47
Views: 2,350
Here is the deal. In Japan, you can go into pretty much any camera retail department, and see well stocked Pentax gear. In Japan there are three Pentax repair centers that are within a day's drive or less. In Japan, you can go into a repair center and get great customer service. In Japan, there are stores that carry used Pentax gear in pristine condition.

See where this is going?

Pentax/Ricoh is a Japanese camera company not so much because they are based there, but because Japan is the only market that Pentax/Ricoh cares about. They make "enough" money to keep folks employed and happy, and for Pentax/Ricoh, that is enough.

Sure there are pockets around the world where Pentax cares, but generally its Japan that matters to Pentax.

So, now that is out in the open, maybe it will help your decision? I am a rabid Pentaxian, and where I can, I use Pentax in my professional media workflow. However, when I can't even get an "L-Bracket" for a K1 with grip, and I have severely limited choices in the aftermarket space, its natural to realize that Pentax cameras, while awesome and so dear to me, do not have enough depth to keep up with my other gear.

Knowing that and realizing that, is the reality of loving Pentax.

Pentax is a Japanese brand.

I can't get Luxemburgerli anywhere outside of the limited places they are made around Switzerland, and the Spruengli folks are just fine with that.

https://www.spruengli.ch/de/spruengli-welt/luxemburgerli.html

So its not uncommon for a product to be regional/country specific, and not matter what the demand is.
Once you have a Luxemburgerli...you will want it everywhere...but that will never happen.

The Luxemburgerli "look" like other products out there, but once you eat one, you realize there is NOTHING like one.

Same with Pentax.
Forum: General Talk 09-27-2019, 10:18 AM  
What happens in Tokyo?
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 6
Views: 407
Tokyo is awesome...but its also VERY easy to get around to the rest of Japan. Get on a train, and go to the countryside. Japan is amazing. Shinkasen is your friend!
Japan Taxi (app) and Uber take you the rest of the way. Easy peasy.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-23-2019, 01:57 PM  
Info from the Pentax Meeting 100 events
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 70
Views: 5,648
YES!!!! And in that picture too, is the EI-3000. I thought I was the only other person who has one, but I knew there must be more!

;)

---------- Post added 09-23-19 at 01:01 PM ----------



There was also an EI-3000 in the pictures...I thought I was the only person who had one, but knew there had to be more! Fantastic to see the EI-2000 and EI-3000 shown. VERY rare indeed!!!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-13-2019, 02:18 AM  
Vanguard Ball Head?
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 24
Views: 941
The GP-ss was a little smaller than I imagined, but it locks well and the adjustments are very nice (even with my 645z or K1). I got mine with the quick release lever - which was even more expensive. AcraTech is one of the few companies that adheres to the "Arca-Swiss" standard, and has a detent pin for whichever plate you plan to use. Arca plates seem to have two standards - one with the little pins at the ends, and the other with the shaped-out portion under the plate. The AcraTech works perfectly with both.

Having had so many heads...its hard to explain why I waited, and why now I am extremely happy - even though I feel its a bit too expensive.

You'll see what I mean.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-12-2019, 03:45 PM  
Vanguard Ball Head?
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 24
Views: 941
I just spent some money on the Acratech GP-ss...very/highly sweet...but expensive. Worth the money? Dunno...expensive, but I've not been satisfied until now, so therein lies my answer to myself.
Forum: General Talk 09-09-2019, 10:48 AM  
Is DPReview just Hopelessly Anti-Pentax?
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 25
Views: 1,418
Pentax perplexes those that grew up on the available brands. Pentax doesn't use "influencers" and there is zero "churn" from the internet to review and comment about. The lenses and pretty much the entire Pentax line is mature and a few things come and go without much fanfare. DPReview - as in "Review" - would go under if they waited around for something from Pentax to review and fuss about. Naturally, not much about Pentax fits with a site that is about comparisons and reviews and details and such. You buy a Pentax to take still photographs. You might do some video, but the focus on Pentax is still photography, and "field" photography at that. Since the industry is very much into cameras that do both video and stills, Pentax once again is not up to the challenge of being talked about. So yeah, DPReview is hopelessly anti-Pentax or at best indifferent to what Pentax offers.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-04-2019, 08:48 AM  
Pentax: The Story Continues...
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 55
Views: 8,260
No love for the Pentax EI-2000 and EI-3000? The EI-2000 was sold. What about the EI-C90? There is a window before the *ist-D where there are a few digital cameras in there. You can't ignore the transition period from film to digital without talking about these cameras.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-19-2019, 07:51 PM  
Backpack for the Pentax DA-560mm lens
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 16
Views: 1,011
I use the Glass Limo for all my large glass - Think Tank Super Telephoto Lens Backpacks ? Think Tank Photo
Forum: General Photography 07-27-2019, 09:14 PM  
Am I the reason why ILC sales are falling??
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 37
Views: 1,920
Well...the folks that don't spend money on cameras, and Pentax ones, must be doing something right because folks like me...who spend THOUSANDS each year, and do it professionally...can't seem to get Pentax/Ricoh to give me a camera with decent video! I've asked and waited and can show how much I have in Sony gear...but folks that don't spend money must have a magic about them, since Pentax/Ricoh ignore me.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-23-2019, 01:14 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 13,880
Views: 2,323,126
Its hard not to get a cliche image of Neuschwanstein Castle

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-23-2019, 08:26 AM  
Pentax model cheat sheet: request for feedback
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 24
Views: 1,326
I would say put something about video in there...but its all the same at 1080p/30 and 720p/60
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 07-06-2019, 10:52 PM  
Caption Contest July 6-13 2019
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 15
Views: 917
"Inclined to workout"
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-25-2019, 07:59 AM  
Poll: Do you install a UV filter on all of your lens
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 85
Views: 4,403
They are on all my lenses...but only for protection. They give me the ability to clean my "lens" without worry about scratches from whatever cloth I have at the moment - even my shirt/blouse - if need be. Because of a drop here and there, I prefer to have water spots on a "filter" instead of leaving a minute calcium deposit on my lens. Since I also put lenses on top of each other in various bags and cases, it gives me a sense of security that if a lens cap comes off en route to something, then only the "filter" is scratched or damaged. They have nothing to do with UV filtering, and everything to do with protection for me.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-16-2019, 02:01 PM  
Machinery At the National Motorcycle Museum
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 6
Views: 359
Not only is the museum awesome...but the track...one of my best track days EVER.

Now I am too fat.

That is all.

Nice pic!

;)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-15-2019, 12:52 PM  
moving to a new laptop
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 12
Views: 1,008
I use Macrium, and its amazing at cloning or moving your stuff over to a new machine without re-installing anything. I use this software when I get larger hard drives or need to change partitions, etc.

Macrium Software | Macrium Reflect Free
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-11-2019, 12:03 PM  
Travel Highlander around the corner ...
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 13
Views: 471
Nice!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-11-2019, 09:39 AM  
Nikon recommendation: sell! sell! sell!
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 86
Views: 5,428
The images that come from the 645z...the only other digital camera from Pentax that has as clean images for me was the K5IIs...but obviously the 645z is in another league.

You. Will. Be. AMAZED. at the images from a 645z.

So much LOVE for that camera.

Also, Pentax gave me a new 645z from the lemon I started with over in another thread, so all is good. The loaner I took to Japan is back to the company.
Forum: General Talk 06-11-2019, 09:33 AM  
Airport security/shenanigans
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 14
Views: 1,216
Oh yeah...batteries are the favorite confiscation item now...China for me. I had ALL my Sony LP batteries taken from me, even though they were marked safe for airlines and checked...yeah I know..."checked". At the time you could check "safe for flight" batteries, but no more.



Now, since I pretty much travel to all my shoot destinations (globally), my carry-on(s) now contain mostly batteries, lenses, laptop and only the most vital of gear.

It really sucks to lug all that weight.

Once I used to carry some Pentax gear with me, just in case...but because video is my primary reason to travel for work...I need unified batteries and gear and only what I need. Sony has the most unified system where I can do what I need to.

It was a sad day...when zero Pentax gear started to happen on my travels.

But now that I have a 645z...Pentax went to Japan and the first time in a while Pentax was with me (again).
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-11-2019, 09:00 AM  
Nikon recommendation: sell! sell! sell!
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 86
Views: 5,428
Norm...lemme tell ya...the 645z will blow you out of the water with how beautiful and clean the images comes out of the camera. I was not prepared. Stunning.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-10-2019, 12:45 PM  
Nikon recommendation: sell! sell! sell!
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 86
Views: 5,428
I have seen Pentax in Japan for sure. I think - and I am just speculating because only the Japanese know Japanese - but the people I have seen tend to be "serious" about their photography. Also, I have seen Pentax in China too...on the Great Wall.

So Pentax is out there.
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