I had an opportunity to visit in early April and catch some of the early blooms.
Sadly just learned that Paul C. Buff, the man behind the immensely affordable Alien Bees has passed away. Can’t say that I knew him personally, but what I can say is that Buff brought studio lights to us beginner and amateur photographers in a way that no other had done. If it wasn’t for his lights, I wouldn’t have ventured into the more interesting realms of lighting and, for that, I will be forever grateful.
Ricoh, the current owners of the Pentax brand, just announced the development of a full frame Pentax dSLR. This is really great news, in my opinion, but just too late… I’ve made the leap the Nikon and I like it. It took a while to get used to the subtle differences that Nikon has, but now that I have, the D800 remains an awesome piece of kit that, despite my history of leaping up camera bodies, I haven’t felt a need to upgrade.
Still, I think it’s about time Pentax put a full frame option in the market. There are some that think this is a mistake, that they should have gone mirrorless rather than traditional K-mount, but I don’t agree. Only somebody not really familiar with Pentax would suggest that because the fan base for the brand has lots of legacy glass and they’ll want to use it without adapters. I also think it fills in a really big hole in their lineup. Today they have entry level (K-50), semi-pro (K-3) and then they leap all the way up to medium format with the 645Z. So, in the Pentax line, the only way to get bigger than APS-C is to jump to a system that will be $20,000 by the time you add a couple of lenses. So, putting a full frame option between the K-3 and the 645Z is very logical to me.
Sadly, just too late…
From the frosty chill of the mountains of Utah where we had to scrape ice from the windshield to the blistering heat of Death Valley, California.
Carrying on from Arizona is Utah, also home to stunning scenery.