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Forum: General Talk 18 Hours Ago  
Coronavirus Projects
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 15
Views: 281
I started thinking about a "social distancing stick" as a joke, then I remembered I had to finish modifying a hiking stick for my wife. She wanted the ball at the top, which I bought.

IMG00303 by Dave, on Flickr

Then I had to finish sharpening all my chisels. The ones on the left are just an eBay addiction. You can buy three or four rusty old chisels cheaply. The cleanup takes a while. I still have to work on getting the handles to match.

IMGC8229 by Dave, on Flickr

Today I cleared off the workbench and started making another canoe paddle, my third attempt.
Forum: General Talk 2 Days Ago  
On the bright side during the pandemic..
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 13
Views: 441
My sister in law teaches special needs kids and now is doing that by video. She assigned one kid to make a video of what he did over the week. At the end of the video, the kid says "if you enjoyed this video, be sure to like, comment below, subscribe and hit the bell to be notified of my next upload!"
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 3 Days Ago  
Stuck aperture on Pentax DA 16-85
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 12
Views: 475
Another idea is the aperture lever is bent, so the arm in the camera can't engage it. Compare it to other lenses. The camera would only make the actuator arm noise when using DOF preview, so it would be much quieter.
Forum: General Talk 4 Days Ago  
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 1,132
Views: 22,438
The more you think about money, the worse it gets. :)

The two large US lottery systems are going to cut back the jackpot increase increment. Less tickets are being sold.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 4 Days Ago  
Possible K3 Issue?
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 11
Views: 593
A lot of the features are just different ways to do the same thing. For example, nearly all the modes except B and video simply put a priority on different things. I've tried them out for fun and mostly use two of them. Switching modes a lot would give me a headache, but having lots of modes allows everyone else to pick their favorite.

When you are trying out lots of new features, try to return the camera to a "normal" state when you're done. The next time you pick it up, you won't remember what odd settings you used last time. There's a section in the settings called Memory, where you can tell the camera what to keep or forget every time the power is switched off.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Limiteds - DA 21 or DA 70 as my next lens? As a treat to myself...
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 55
Views: 1,721
I really like the DA70 for portraits because it's so sneaky. I also bought it to complement the other DA Limiteds, so I can carry just those 3 at times. I definitely use the DA 21 more. I like to use the DA 21 and hand strap like an old point and shoot. I'd vote for the DA21 first.

The other reason to hold off on a DA70 is if you always intended to get the FA77.

Edit: I also like the DA 16-45 but it doesn't do sunstars. The SMC DA 21 does. You have to accept the "green blob" as a tradeoff.
Forum: General Talk 5 Days Ago  
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 1,132
Views: 22,438
There was a study a month or so, I think in the New England Journal of Medicine. They looked at one fairly common problem patients would have in the ER, and two groups of people. One group was over 70, the other 80. Patients right up to 79 years 11 months old got tests and treatment. Patients just over 80, not so much. I might be able to remember enough to look up the details but the study seemed convincing to me. They did statistics on all the ages, and the significant drop-off was exactly at 80. The conclusion was doctors have already unconsciously put patients in a box.
Forum: General Talk 6 Days Ago  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 19,403
Views: 1,348,371
I got new shocks on my truck, part of a bill that ran to $3800 - timing belt, brake stuff plus lots of deferred maintenance. The truck had some exciting handling character with bad shocks. Now I'm waiting to buy some cheap gas and not drive anywhere.

In my downtime I've been watching videos on the Rivian R1T electric pickup. Not quite what I want but almost.

Pedantic: the DA 18-135 is IF but no one really notices because it extends to zoom.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-23-2020, 05:23 PM  
Thematic Silly Coronavirus "Self Isolation" Household images
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 167
Views: 6,008
IMGC8216 by Dave, on Flickr

I made a stick to enforce self-distancing!

These are branches from my maple tree. Heavy snows sometimes break them off, and I can't waste useful wood, so I hang onto them for a while until they dry, then peel the bark off with a drawknife. Eventually I make walking sticks or tool handles from them. It seemed like a good time to work on them.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-22-2020, 10:07 AM  
Thematic Silly Coronavirus "Self Isolation" Household images
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 167
Views: 6,008
IMGC8215 by Dave, on Flickr

My wife just started painting as a hobby. She is experimenting with pouring layers of colors onto canvas in various ways. She doesn't want the paintings photographed because everything's experimental, but I was allowed to take these. The first is a plastic Walmart colander that she poured the paint into. The second is scrap wood on a rotating base. She spins that, then holds the colander over it.

IMGC8213 by Dave, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-20-2020, 07:30 PM  
Confession game: how many lenses do you have? Why do you keep them? Which was let go?
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 94
Views: 3,551
I'll just list the ones I should be selling to save typing:

Kiron 24mm f2: as sharp as its reputation, but not as necessary for me to have an f2 lens.
Vivitar/Komine 24mm f2 KA mount: sounds good on paper, great lens if you like coma.
Sigma Super-Wide II 24/2.8 manual focus: The DA21 elbowed this out.
Sigma High-Speed Wide 28mm f1.8 Manual Focus KA: really sharp, a little bulky, just edged out by my F28/2.8
Pentax-M 50/1.7 (2): don't need 2.
Takumar 55mm, different versions: don't need 5!
Auto-Rikenon 55/1.4: barely used this
Cosina 55/1.2: I like the DA* 55/1.4 better
Super-Takumar 85mm f1.9: I'll try to sell this at a ridiculous price so I can keep it
Tamron 90mm f2.5 macro 52E: replaced with the 90/2.8 272E
Vivitar 100mm f2.8 (non-macro): not that good
S-M-C Takumar 105/2.8: way better, but the focal length falls between lenses I like better
Takumar 135/3.5 preset: very old 46mm filter version in great shape, almost too nice to use
S-M-C Takumar 150mm f4: I got an M150/3.5 and one of these should go
Vivitar 200mm f3.5 (2): got two because they were cheap, recently replaced by a Pentax-A 200mm f4
HD DA 55-300mm non-PLM: interesting but I think it won't work for me
Tokina SD 400mm f5.6: I impulse-bought the AF version which is a tick better.

That would leave at least 5 zooms and 12 primes that I can think of.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-19-2020, 09:00 PM  
Thematic Silly Coronavirus "Self Isolation" Household images
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 167
Views: 6,008
We are having a snowstorm today. Early or late-season snow is often heavy and wet like this. It would be more annoying but I think for once I'm not going to shovel it.

IMGC8178 by Dave, on Flickr
Forum: General Talk 03-19-2020, 08:42 PM  
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 1,132
Views: 22,438
While I was reading the post about ibuprofen, my wife was taking some. She's an MD with 30 years of experience so I defer to that. :)
Forum: General Talk 03-18-2020, 07:52 PM  
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 1,132
Views: 22,438
Aldi woodworking chisels have a cult-like following in woodworking circles. We don't have a nearby store and I probably have 5 complete sets of chisels around, so no firsthand knowledge.

The supermarket I went to today had a decent amount of everything except fresh meat. People seemed calmer, especially since there's maybe a blizzard tomorrow.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-14-2020, 03:22 PM  
Vented Lens Hoods ~ WHY?
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 31
Views: 1,450
You want airflow over the front element to reduce boundary layer adhesion to the front coatings, which can change optical properties and increase flare.

There is an actual good reason for the original vented hoods but now it just looks cool.
Forum: General Talk 03-13-2020, 07:00 PM  
Who is scheduled to travel during the pandemic? (just another COCID-19 talk)
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 42
Views: 1,005
We have tickets to fly from Denver to Hartford CT next week. The plan was to clean up my father-in-law's house for sale; he died in November. The only purchase so far is the flights, which can be canceled at the last minute. So we can decide then, although it doesn't look like things will get a lot better next week. I was looking forward to making progress towards finalizing the estate. I might have to do our taxes instead.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-09-2020, 07:40 PM  
Pentax 50mm 1.4 SMC K Mount - Removing the Aperture Pin for full frame?
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 7
Views: 327
Sometimes the lenses were built so the lever is removable in a less destructive way than cutting. If you can get the 5 mount screws off (a JIS screwdriver is very useful for this) the mechanism is right there. Pentax designs usually have a part which connects the aperture ring movement, the actuation lever and the blades together. It's worth exploring for a more elegant solution which may not exist.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-09-2020, 06:46 PM  
weird glitch noise on raw files - pentax k7 - smc pentax fa 50mm f1.4
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 14
Views: 530
It's not mentioned in the list of firmware improvements but it's not a bad idea.

Latest K-7 Firmware Update : Software Downloads | RICOH IMAGING
Forum: General Photography 03-07-2020, 05:21 PM  
That itch - what to get next.
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 52
Views: 1,824
Forum: General Photography 03-05-2020, 11:08 AM  
That itch - what to get next.
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 52
Views: 1,824
At the extreme wide end, I looked at other people's pictures to choose between fisheye and rectilinear. That made it obvious for me. When you're not doing that, put the DA 35/2.4 on the camera and shoot with that for a while, with the goal of pinning down what you don't like about it. Something like the Single In challenge, a picture a day for a month, though you don't have to go that long. That project can run concurrent with figuring out photography. The potential replacements for 35ish are too expensive to get them all. You want to have some idea where you're headed.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-03-2020, 08:26 PM  
FA 50 1.4 vs FA 50 1.7 primes
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 26
Views: 1,099
I'd do that (DA* 55). True, you have to go out on a limb and trust Sandy Hancock's dozens of great shots with it on FF aren't a fluke. :) It's not cheap or small, and AF is somewhat deliberate. I really like it optically, better than the vintage lenses and not just for sharpness. Also that extra 5mm in a three lens group of 35 and 100 seems like a better fit.
Forum: General Talk 03-03-2020, 11:26 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 19,403
Views: 1,348,371
I always bid in the last 5 seconds. I decide on a price and put in a number, then wait until 5 seconds to go before confirming the bid. Mostly this keeps me from spending money. I might not be there, or the price skyrockets beyond my number, or I don't have time to change my mind. That's why I don't use a sniping service.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-01-2020, 11:17 PM  
K3 and KP and focus screen choice
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 25
Views: 1,308
My experience is that prism blackout is extremely rare - an f5.6 lens with a 2x teleconverter will cause it sometimes. That's with the now discontinued KatzEye. It is annoying to make your own shims and time consuming to shim, but it only has to be done once. I'm sure spot metering is unusable. Matrix seems OK. Center-weighted isn't great but I don't know if I can blame the screen. It just now occurred to me that I have some cameras with stock screens and similar meters, so I could test without tedious screen swapping.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-01-2020, 05:59 PM  
Good Value Zoom WR Recommendations
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 46
Views: 1,638
For some reason, US schools never use E as a grade. Whether we should impose this on the rest of the world, I don't know. :)

I took this so I might as well post it, 50-200 vs. 55-300.

IMGC8080 by Dave, on Flickr
Forum: General Photography 02-29-2020, 02:47 PM  
Corona virus prevention on cameras and lenses
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 208
Views: 7,033
If it doesn't, I can walk to Boulder, easy.
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