Equipment List(s)

As soon as you start publishing stuff on photography, there will be those who want to know “What are you using?” This section attempts to answer that question.

The short answer – “Whatever works.”

Photography current roster (March 2019):

Pentax K5-IIx dSLR (16 megapixel, APS-C CMOS sensor)
Pentax K5 dSLR (16 megapixel, APS-C CMOS sensor)
Pentax K-01 (mirrorless, 16 megapixel, APS-C CMOS sensor)
Pentax Q (mirrorless, 12 megapixel CMOS sensor)

  • Pentax FA 50mm f/1.4
  • Pentax DA-L 50-200mm f/4-5.6 WR
  • Pentax DA 21mm f/3.2 “Limited”
  • Pentax M 100mm f/4.0
  • Pentax FA-J 75-300mm f/4.5-f/5.8
  • Rokinon 85mm f/1.4
  • Tamron 500mm-SP f/8
  • Sigma 18-250mm f3.5-f/6.3 Macro HSM
  • Sigma 50-500mm f/4-f/6.3
  • Meade ETX-90 OTA (effectively 1250mm f/12)
  • Celestron C-5 OTA (effectively 900mm f/6.3)
  • Pentax Q 02 lens 5-15mm f/2.8-4
  • Pentax Q 06 lens 15-45mm f/2.8

Lighting kit:

  • Pentax AF-360 flash
  • Calumet Gemini 200 monoblock
  • Several little A/C strobes

Support elements:

  • Manfrotto 3221 tripod legs
  • Sirui N-1004KX tripod legs
  • Manfrotto monopod w/ MVA50A leg kit
  • Manfrotto 486rc2 ballhead
  • Manfrotto 488rc2 ballhead
  • Manfrotto 393 large-lens sling mount
  • Manfrotto swivelhead (on the monopod)
  • Pentax GPS unit
  • Impact Lightstands and umbrellas

Film unit:

  • Pentax K-1000
  • Pentax ME
  • Vivitar 70-210mm f/3.5 lens for Pentax K mount
  • Pentax M 50mm f/2.0
  • Minolta Autocord-L TLR (6x6cm)

Computer equipment roster (July 2018) (partial):

QUADMAN – Intel DP55WB, Intel i5-750 2.67 Ghz, 8 GB, 2.5 TB storage on two spindles (480 GB SSD, 2 TB HDD), nVidia GeF 610
OCTOBOX – Shuttle XPC, Intel i7-3770K 3 GHz, 24 GB, 3.5 TB storage on three spindles (512 GB SSD, 1TB HDD, 2TB HDD), ATI FirePro v2100
SMALLMAN – Intel D510MO, Intel Atom D510 1.67 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB
SPAREPARTZ – ASUS P5KPL-AM EPU, Intel Core2 E7600 3.06 GHz, 4 GB, 500 GB

RoughNote (Lenovo 11e 20ED) and TinyNote (Toshiba U205-S5044)  continue service as the portable systems. Both are running Windows 10 v1803. TinyNote will be a teenager (thirteen years in service) as of November 3, 2018.

Dell U2413 monitor is used for color-critical work on OCTOBOX – full 30-bit color workflow. Additional monitors are Dell U2407WFP (24-bit PVA), and Samsung U28E510D (30-bit 4k TN).

Color calibration:
Datacolor Spyder 3 Elite, XRite i1 DisplayPro, Datacolor SpyderPrint, ddisoftware ProfilePrism.

Epson ET-3600 (4-color), Epson R-2400 (8-color inkjet).

Loads of networking gear (6 routers, 3 switches), various APC UPS units (4), some of the oldest still operating ZeroSurge surge eliminators (5), and all the other bits which make it all work. Most of the time.


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