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Forum: Pentax Q 09-18-2017, 08:59 AM  
So, is the Q still supported?
Posted By CWRailman
Replies: 112
Views: 6,174
Yes and the same can be said of Ford's Model A.
:lol:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-20-2017, 08:49 AM  
Black & White Textures
Posted By CWRailman
Replies: 1
Views: 240
Due to my interests in building models (go to my CWRailman WEB site listed below to see what I do) I pay attention to textures in materials and how they weather. This shot was taken at historic Greasewood Flats in Scottsdale, Arizona prior to it being torn down in the name of progress to build overpriced square box condos.
Q7 with 02 zoom lens.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-18-2017, 02:35 PM  
Machinery Durango & Silverton #482 Southbound through Hermosa, Colorado
Posted By CWRailman
Replies: 9
Views: 469
Pleased to hear you enjoyed the video. We usually do that trip on a motorcycle which facilitates getting to each location in a more timely manner however that year, due to my lady getting over sickness and reports of rain, we did it in a car. This year we will be back there and on the motorcycle and taking more shots and video.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-18-2017, 11:59 AM  
Architecture Standin on the Corner
Posted By CWRailman
Replies: 4
Views: 218
The Eagle is a figure attached to the window sill. The "Girl in a flat bed Ford" which is a line from the song, is painted on the windows. Every year Winslow hosts a Standin on the Corner fest, usually in September. Winslow is also the home of the La Posada Resort which is one of the few remaining Harvey House establishments.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-18-2017, 10:40 AM  
Architecture Standin on the Corner
Posted By CWRailman
Replies: 4
Views: 218
Standin on the Corner in Winslow, Arizona. One of the most popular photo spots in Arizona. Tourists come from all over the world just to be photographed here which was made famous by the Eagles song.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-17-2017, 07:40 AM  
Landscape Abandoned Loading Pen
Posted By CWRailman
Replies: 1
Views: 217
During one of my motorcycle trips to Colorado to photograph the narrow gauge trains, I stopped to capture an image of this abandoned stock loading pen which was in a pasture located just off the Million Dollar Highway between Durango and Silverton. Equipment *istDS, ISO 200, 1/125 shutter speed, -0.5 exposure compensation to slightly darken sky,18-55 kit set to a focal length of 18mm at f 9.5 lens this straight out of camera JPG file Reduced in Lightroom for posting.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-15-2017, 10:13 AM  
Machinery Durango & Silverton #482 Southbound through Hermosa, Colorado
Posted By CWRailman
Replies: 9
Views: 469
Then maybe this video of the D&S we shot during this past years visit might bring back a few more memories. Make sure you click on the HD option to get the best quality.















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Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-14-2017, 01:41 PM  
Machinery Galloping Goose in Dolores
Posted By CWRailman
Replies: 2
Views: 342
During one of our “On the Road Again” motorcycle trips. My lady Sharon and myself on the 6 cylinder Honda Valkyrie Interstate next to the Rio Grande Southern Galloping Goose #5 which is parked along side the train station in Dolores, Colorado. While the station is a reproduction of the original the Goose is a nicely restored and working original which can occasionally be seen in operation on the Durango and Silverton railroad. Photo was taken by setting the camera on a post and tripping the self timer then I scampered across the parking lot and jumped on the bike. It took several attempts before we achieved success.
*ist DS, ISO 200, 1/90 shutter speed, 18-55 kit lens set to a focal length of 31mm at f11. Original JPG image reduced for posting.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-13-2017, 07:46 PM  
Machinery Durango & Silverton #482 Southbound through Hermosa, Colorado
Posted By CWRailman
Replies: 9
Views: 469
This photo was taken in Hermosa, Colorado and shows Durango and Silverton locomotive #482 and itís consist on itís way back to Durango, Colorado in the early evening after a day on the road. The grid pattern on the rails is from the sun shining through the chain link fence. Train was moving toward me at a speed of 20 - 25mph when this shot was taken. K110d, ISO 200, 1/180 second, 18-55mm kit lens set to f6.7 at a focal length of 33mm. Original JPG image processed in Color Efex Pro 4.
Forum: Pentax Q 03-10-2017, 02:45 PM  
Why isn't the Q (and all other Q bodies) more popular?
Posted By CWRailman
Replies: 62
Views: 3,371
I think if you took the time to read all the threads in the Pentax Q forum you would already have the answer to this question as most folks have already voiced their opinions on this matter and a bunch of them have already moved on to other camera models. But it has injected a bit of life into what, like the camera it represents, has become a very dormant subject.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-24-2017, 06:32 PM  
Pentax KP - Specifications
Posted By CWRailman
Replies: 619
Views: 67,121
As my last Pentax lens went out the door today I find the announcement of a new retro style body to be most amusing. With four Fuji X bodies as well as 11 lenses in my photographic tool box I am now fully committed to shooting Fujifilm after 39 years of shooting Pentax products. Nine years ago, after conversations with the photography instructors of two schools here in Arizona, I wrote a letter to Pentax. That letter was translated and written in Japanese by a friend of mine who is an English/Japanese translator for major businesses in Japan. In that letter I stressed the need for Pentax to develop a good build, high quality, dependable digital version of the K-1000. Both instructors and at least one other that I have spoken with since then, have said that if a digital K-1000 was available it would be on the schools highly recommended list and like the K-1000 could end up being their camera of choice for photography classes especially if a fully manual mode was stressed.

Last year, while breakfasting at the prestigious Wrigley mansion here in Arizona I spotted two young folks shooting with K-1000ís. In conversation they told me that the cameras were owned by their school in Northern Carolina and were supplied for use during their photography course. Each camera had a number painted on it. They also noted that the school was about to rewrite their photography program and go all digital. This seemed to echo what those teachers had told me years earlier. My frustrations with a lot of what has happened with Pentax in the past nine years, such as their near complete abandonment of us here in the USA and by their being bought by Ricoh (I just do not trust thatcompany) I sold off all my Pentax equipment ( I still have my Q7, K-110D and film cameras) and headed for Fuji which provides me with the retro feel and controls that fit my SLR style of shooting better than classical DSLR controls. NOW it appears that Pentax is FINALLY waking up but as usual instead of being leaders, they are following down the retro path cleared by the Olympus OM and Fujifilm X series of cameras.
Forum: Sold Items 01-23-2017, 11:39 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 18-125mm f3.8-5.6 DC HSM lens
Posted By CWRailman
Replies: 1
Views: 447
Lowered the price on this lens
Forum: Pentax Q 01-14-2017, 09:59 AM  
The MaQro Qlub!
Posted By CWRailman
Replies: 106
Views: 21,023
Those of you interested in Q macro work might find this article of interest. Adapt a Q to this sort of work?
Snowflake macro photography
Forum: Sold Items 01-07-2017, 11:37 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 18-125mm f3.8-5.6 DC HSM lens
Posted By CWRailman
Replies: 1
Views: 447
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Sigma 18-125mm f3.8-5.6 DC HSM lens

Asking Price
165.00 USD

Item Location
Scottsdale, Arizona (United States)

Item Description
Sigma 18-125mm f3.8-5.6 DC HSM, (note this is the HSM version) Pentax mount, lens for sale, Excellent like new condition, very low mileage, only used a couple of times, always with a filter to protect the lens. Comes complete with lens hood, front and rear caps, box and all original packaging. As reported in the review below, this is a very sharp lens and a great value. Close up photo's provided for your inspection.
Priced to sell at $165 which includes basic shipping to lower 48 states.

You can see and read what some Pentax Shooters thought ofthis lens.
https://www.pentaxforums.com/userreviews/sigma-18-125mm-f3-8-5-6-dc-os-hsm.html









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Forum: Sold Items 12-27-2016, 10:09 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-5IIs Like New Body Only Shutter Count of 1147
Posted By CWRailman
Replies: 4
Views: 1,327
Lowered the price on this great camera.
Forum: Pentax Q 12-05-2016, 01:16 PM  
Signs of New Pentax Q Soon?
Posted By CWRailman
Replies: 287
Views: 28,464
Here are some of the improvement in control features provided by the GM-5 when compared to the GM-1 that were noted by DPReview and I was referring to. A few other reviewers had similar comments. The changes are more dramatic when you have the cameras side by side and handle them both. Of course many people were put off by the major increase in price between the GM-1 and the GM-5 but as noted in the above review, the GM-5 seemed to be targeted at a different group of shooters with needs similar to those using full bodied cameras.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review: Digital Photography Review
Forum: Pentax Q 12-05-2016, 10:58 AM  
Signs of New Pentax Q Soon?
Posted By CWRailman
Replies: 287
Views: 28,464
Yes, I know and you have commented on this in the past. Actually Olympus does not make an ILC camera that is as small as the GM-5 however, in the past two years I have owned numerous cameras from Olympus including three E-M10ís and an E-M5. My experience with Olympus quality control was not a positive one. All three of the E-M10ís had to be replaced within six months of when I acquired them so all are gone.I still have the E-M5 and keep it primarily for itís video capabilities which are demonstrated














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. ( For optimum results watch that video in it's full HD format.) I also experimented with several Panasonic cameras and while they had good video their still image quality left a lot to be desired. The GM-5 is the only Panasonic camera still on premises. Why the GM-5 instead of the GM-1? Several people who have not used a GM-1 have asked that question. If they used a GM-1 they would be familiar with the really bad operation of the controls which were noted by many of the reviewers. The GM-5 was a definite up grade in operation and the EVF was a bonus.

As far as my saying that an EVF was not necessary if you go back and reread those postings you will note that I usually stipulated for my use, or for the type of shots I take. If you remember that my primary use for the Q series was to make use of itís depth of field to photograph models. In every demonstration from the first one in this blog to showing images I shot at the Scottsdale Model Railroad club to Olí Harold showing how he photographed a structure on his model railroad, we showed that there was no need for an EVF. However, most recently, in a few of his videos, DamienLovegrove has demonstrated how he takes great shots using the LCD on the back of his Fuji X-Pro camera with a fixed LCD like on the Q series and he is not the only pro that I have noticed doing this.














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,while he does use the tilt screen on his Fuji X-T1, he is still using just the LCD and the same could be accomplished without a tilt screen if he had gotten down on his stomach. So, if someone like Damien can do without an EVF and produce award winning shots then the rest of us should be able to do similar. Right!! So, in my tool box I have and use the Q7 for photographing model trains and I will continue to do so until I find a camera that can produce a similar depth of field when used in such tight conditions. The GM-5 and 12-32mm lens which produces good quality images and video that is acceptable, is used as my daily around town pocket camera. The Olympus E-M5 for itís great HD video capabilities and my line of Fuji X-Series cameras for the high quality product and employee shots I do for local companies and portraits I do for family and friends. It's all about using the right camera for the job and my varied interests necessitate having cameras that have these different capabilities.
Forum: Pentax Q 12-01-2016, 09:29 AM  
Signs of New Pentax Q Soon?
Posted By CWRailman
Replies: 287
Views: 28,464
I had noted the term voluminous as used and understood what it implied however discussing volume as related to lenses is irrelevant. Someone could design a lens that was 1/2 inch in diameter and three inches long and it might be less voluminous but when storing it in pocket, which was the original design consideration of this series, highly impracticable. Now when comparing other lenses then the ones I noted in my previous message one must consider image quality as well as size. When comparing the 08 lens which is designed to cover a small sensor and provides focal lengths of 18-27 then a comparable lens in the much larger 4/3 format would be the highly ranked Olympus 9/18 which provides a bit more reach with focal length of 18-36 and is only 2mm larger in dia than the 08 lens. When installed on the GM-5 body which is narrower than the Q7 body this package is about the same length as the Q7 with the 08. I do find it interesting that DPReview never reviewed any of the lenses designed for the Q series however, at the time they reviewed it, DPReview called the Olympus 9/18 the most compact wide angle lens made. Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4-5.6 review: Digital Photography Review
Forum: Pentax Q 12-01-2016, 07:54 AM  
Signs of New Pentax Q Soon?
Posted By CWRailman
Replies: 287
Views: 28,464
Not really. If Pentax goes no further with the line and it does not look like there are any third party lens manufactures interested in developing native lenses for the Q series then that line will stop evolving. However, the Panasonic GM series will continue to benefit from all the current, over 80 lenses, and future lenses developed for the 4/3 format by both Panasonic and Olympus plus any third party lens producers.

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I hate to tell you but you are quite wrong about this. The GM-5 with the 12-32mm lens which is much smaller than the comparable Pentax 5-15mm lens easily fits into my pocket while the Q7 with the 5-15 has no chance of fitting into that same pocket. It will fit with the 01 lens but I don't like being restricted to a single focal length lens when out and about as that is like driving a car with just a one speed transmission
http://camerasize.com/compact/#570.397,464.355,ha,t
Forum: Sold Items 11-29-2016, 08:36 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-5IIs Like New Body Only Shutter Count of 1147
Posted By CWRailman
Replies: 4
Views: 1,327
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax K-5IIs Like New Body Only Shutter Count of 1147

Asking Price

435.00 USD

Item Location
Scottsdale, Arizona (United States)

Item Description
For Sale is one very lightly used, Pentax K-5IIs with the unbelievably low shutter trip count of 1147. This camera is in like new condition. No marks on LCD or anywhere. It was the backup to my K-5 and was seldom used. Comes complete as delivered by the dealer and includes all packaging including original box, manual, CD with software, cords and charger. Cords and charger were never used and are in original packaging. Also included but not shown in the photoís are a travel charger and 2 Wasabi batteries. This would make a great gift for a dedicated Pentax shooter.
Priced to sell at $425 (which includes basic shipping to lower48 states) for this low mileage camera.





















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Forum: Pentax Q 11-29-2016, 10:58 AM  
Signs of New Pentax Q Soon?
Posted By CWRailman
Replies: 287
Views: 28,464
I made that same move to the GM-5 when I was investigating the 4/3 format and while I have now sold most of my 4/3 equipment and moved on to Fuji, I kept the GM-5 which has become my walk around pocket camera. Though I have sold a few of the lenses I still use the Q7 when photographing model trains because it still has the best depth of field for such shots and the image quality is good enough for my final deliverables of that particular subject matter. Since Panasonic dropped the GM line the prices have actually gone up a bit on remaining inventory.
Forum: Pentax Q 10-31-2016, 02:45 PM  
What Lens Hood to use for the 01 Standard Prime?
Posted By CWRailman
Replies: 14
Views: 1,395
I have noted these lens hoods several times on this forum. I prefer them to solid lens hoods because unlike metal or hard plastic lens hoods they protect the lens from accidental bumps. You can screw them directly onto the lens or as shown here I screwed it onto the outside of a polarizer filter so I can use the lens hood to adjust the polarizer. I have used such lens hoods for over 40 years. They can be entended to maximize the amount of shading or retracted. Since most of the Q lenses use the same filter size you can switch lenses and use the same hood. They cost around $5 on Ebay. I have used this hood on the 01, 02 and 06 lenses. I do not think it would work on the wide 08 lens.
Forum: Pentax Q 10-14-2016, 06:59 PM  
Photo sharpness do I have unrealistic expectations
Posted By CWRailman
Replies: 45
Views: 2,897
Personally I would get rid of that lens and that adapter and purchase a Pentax 06 lens which would provide you with a great sharp portrait lens and facilitate using all of the features that Q series has to offer. You can pick one up NEW one off of Ebay for around $129 which includes shipping. I have seen previous owned copies sell for $100. Otherwise you might just be wasting time with a lens that cannot produce the results you expect and time is money..
Forum: Pentax Q 10-12-2016, 09:19 PM  
Polarizing filter on the Q?
Posted By CWRailman
Replies: 8
Views: 718
I have always used a circular polarizer because I heard that autofocus and metering was more accurate with a circular polarizer. You may want to read this dissertation.
All about Polarizers - Linear and Circular
Forum: Pentax Q 10-12-2016, 05:03 PM  
Let's share shots with Q!
Posted By CWRailman
Replies: 5,647
Views: 764,206
I was doing a photo shoot a few years ago and someone noticed the Q7 sitting in my camera bag. They thought it was a toy. I pulled it out and while we were taking a break to adjust lighting and do a wardrobe change I took a few shots. This is a close crop of one of those images shot with the Q7. 1/60 of a second, ISO 1600, F2.8 original shot as JPEG.
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