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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-11-2011, 08:28 AM  
image problem - lightroom 2.7
Posted By laissezfaire
Replies: 2
Views: 1,412
I've been upgrading from 2.0 and have never had this problem. I recently moved but all of the equiptment is the same.

Someone on the adobe forums mentioned my hard drive is going bad, so I'm going to retest that. Strange thing is the images that corrupt change and go back to ok.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-10-2011, 09:27 PM  
image problem - lightroom 2.7
Posted By laissezfaire
Replies: 2
Views: 1,412
has anyone seen this issue arise on images that were imported ok, then all of a sudden Lightroom image rendering will only do this?

The source file appears okay as this does not happen when viewed with alternative viewer programs. However, the exports usually (not always) also look like this.

What is this imaging problem called?
Forum: Pentax K-5 10-30-2010, 04:11 PM  
K5 AF Tests
Posted By laissezfaire
Replies: 140
Views: 51,770
Yes, I propose that we test the ability of the K-5 to AF.C on bullets and the tester can stand just to the side of the bulls eye target.
Forum: General Talk 10-29-2010, 07:59 PM  
Went to NYC yesterday . . .
Posted By laissezfaire
Replies: 7
Views: 2,142
I also spoke to Ned Bunnell today. There are some things that just really strike me about being a Pentax owner:

1) You can walk right up to the US President of your product company and speak to him about the new model (the K-5). While the body is almost identical to the K-7, he spoke about how they read the feedback from user forums and added little details like a slightly taller mode dial. He also spoke about the some of the technical changes beyond the sensor.

2) Their product managers are right there as well. I tried a couple of limited lenses on my own K-5 (the DA Limited 15mm and the new DA 35mm, both of which I decided to buy). The new DA 18-135mm is very compelling as a travel lens as well. Very light and compact.

3) I tried to test the indoor focus capabilities and note any differences between the K-5 and K-7 but I could not since both were focusing very fast at whatever I pointed at.

4) The booth was small and boutique-y but well attended during the time I was there.

5) Consider that other manufacturers staff their booths with temp workers, x-sports types, models (including nude), and sales people...

6) My only complaint. Pentax should strongly consider replacing the sign with non-reflective material. It's up high and is very prominent but as you can see from the picture below, it washes out in pictures (not caused by flash)!!!

If you live in the NYC area, I recommend that you go! (I got a free expo pass courtesy of Unique Photo. Below is the link.)

https://www.xpressreg.net/register/PHOT100/landing.asp?h=&sc=UNIQUEP&co=
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-20-2010, 08:50 AM  
DA 35mm/2.4 should be called as DFA 35/2.4? - Full Frame Film Results (many photos)
Posted By laissezfaire
Replies: 100
Views: 52,248
Frank, thanks for this, but why does black appear to be purpleish... also is there any purple fringing (a problem I have with my FA 50 1.4 outdoors).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-18-2010, 10:51 PM  
DA 35mm/2.4 - A Plastic Wonder! -- DAL35 vs FA35 vs DA35m vs A35 (many photos!)
Posted By laissezfaire
Replies: 141
Views: 107,495
thanks so much for this review. as others have said, this is a no brainer and I'm definitely getting one.
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-21-2010, 08:52 PM  
K-5 for sports-photography
Posted By laissezfaire
Replies: 1,739
Views: 293,126
I was told by a professional sports shooter (using Canon) that they always shoot JPEG, not RAW.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-04-2010, 07:11 PM  
New FW 1.10 for K7!
Posted By laissezfaire
Replies: 94
Views: 23,621
excellent firmware update... keeping me loyal here...
Forum: Sold Items 07-29-2010, 09:30 PM  
For Sale - Sold: AF-360 Flash plus FREE Sto-Fen Omni-Bounce (US)
Posted By laissezfaire
Replies: 3
Views: 2,234
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
AF-360 Flash plus FREE Sto-Fen Omni-Bounce

Asking Price
US $190

Item Location
NYC / NJ

Item Description
This is a mint condition flash with the Sto-Fen diffuser.

All original packaging, also in mint condition (original pouch in the original box with the original instructions)

It's a great flash but never used since I have another.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Mint

Shipping Destinations
United States

Shipping Charge
$12 anywhere in US

Shipping Services
USPS Priority Mail, Insured

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Other (Elaborate)

Return Policy & Additional Details
US Postal Money Orders also accepted - will ship as soon as payment is received.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-13-2010, 08:33 PM  
So, was K-7 a success??
Posted By laissezfaire
Replies: 99
Views: 11,495
Same here except my K100D was a Super. I am absolutely thrilled with my K7 and intend to keep it until it dies. It's just a great instrument, not a plastic toy like any other DSLR under $1000.
Forum: Ask B&H Photo! 05-27-2010, 08:16 PM  
K20 and USM lenses
Posted By laissezfaire
Replies: 6
Views: 2,073
Chuck, can I come by tomorrow to try out the sigma 18-150 HSM? Do you have a sample of that in stock for Pentax?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-27-2010, 07:57 PM  
K-7 Sharpness issues
Posted By laissezfaire
Replies: 48
Views: 8,570
mine is very, very sharp. I am getting an higher % of sharp photos as compared to the K100D S and K20D.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-20-2010, 08:13 PM  
Fair price for K20D with kit lens and only 3500 actuations please
Posted By laissezfaire
Replies: 8
Views: 1,810
I sold mine with 2x actuations for $500 plus shipping. I think I priced it too low as I had 3 bids at asking price, but it went to a very nice forum member so I have no complaints. It went fast.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-19-2010, 08:28 PM  
lens hood alternatives for DA* 50-135mm
Posted By laissezfaire
Replies: 3
Views: 1,803
I love this lens but wonder if there are any smaller hood options.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-08-2010, 10:26 PM  
Please rank your primes
Posted By laissezfaire
Replies: 27
Views: 4,154
they all look good - would like to hear some opinions. I think going a bit wider than 50 make sense... sometimes I feel it's too "in between".
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-07-2010, 08:20 PM  
Please rank your primes
Posted By laissezfaire
Replies: 27
Views: 4,154
My DA*'s are wonderful, but my $200 FA50 is stunning. I guess my next lens has to be a prime / limited. Please help me decide!
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 05-03-2010, 08:59 PM  
why one star "*" quality video is best
Posted By laissezfaire
Replies: 8
Views: 2,893
my test was for the K-7 in tungsten - indoor light
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 05-02-2010, 06:24 PM  
why one star "*" quality video is best
Posted By laissezfaire
Replies: 8
Views: 2,893
I did some testing of *, ** and *** quality video and I'm convinced that "*" is fine for me. On my 20" LCD screen, I cannot see any difference between * and *** shot under the same conditions. What is clearly different is the file size.

I suspect that the difference is similar to the quality levels of JPEG still shots. So while you wouldn't want to be using one star for JPEGs still images that you intend to modify and crop (I shoot RAW only anyway), video appears fine to me at the lowest quality.

Comments and dissenting points of view appreciated.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 04-28-2010, 09:09 PM  
k-7 video
Posted By laissezfaire
Replies: 0
Views: 1,574
does anyone have any specs (storage size, pixels, etc.) on the three quality level settings on the k-7 Movie mode?

*** ?
** ?
* ?
Forum: Sold Items 04-27-2010, 06:50 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K20D (excellent condition) (US)
Posted By laissezfaire
Replies: 5
Views: 2,527
shipping tomorrow!
Forum: Sold Items 04-26-2010, 07:43 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K20D (excellent condition) (US)
Posted By laissezfaire
Replies: 5
Views: 2,527
another one
Forum: Sold Items 04-26-2010, 07:42 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K20D (excellent condition) (US)
Posted By laissezfaire
Replies: 5
Views: 2,527
here are some pictures.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-25-2010, 07:32 PM  
New firmware to PENTAX K-7: 1.03
Posted By laissezfaire
Replies: 84
Views: 26,579
Hate to tell you this....I had a 16GB Transcend Class 6 SDHC card in the packaging with a return authorization number ready to go back to Beach Camera... well after the upgrade, I opened the package, tried the video and viola! It fixed the video cut off problem.
Forum: Sold Items 04-20-2010, 09:27 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K20D (excellent condition) (US)
Posted By laissezfaire
Replies: 5
Views: 2,527
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
K20D Body (excellent condition).

Asking Price
$500 USD

Item Location
NJ, USA

Item Description
This is a very carefully used K20D. I cannot see any scratches or wear and tear on it. Approx actuations = 6600. I purchased it in Oct. 2008 and it still has the Pentax warranty until Oct. 2011 (which includes the one time diagnostic / calibration offer from Pentax which I never had to use).

I am selling it because I have a K-7 on order - yes, it was a very hard decision to switch. High ISO low light photography is excellent. See picture below - ISO 1600 handheld and untouched (20% quality JPEG to fit).

I will provide a full set of pictures of the actual camera for the buyer via email.

All original parts included. Box is in perfect condition. Included neck strap has never been used (I have an aftermarket one that I've used from day one).

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Like New

Shipping Destinations
United States

Shipping Charge
TBD (I will charge actual)

Shipping Services
USPS or UPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
I will calculate the actual shipping rate including insurance and ship in a well insulated box.

This is my first sale but I've been a supporting member of the community since December 2007. I can also provide my ebay ID although I'm certainly not a power user.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: General Talk 02-06-2010, 01:26 PM  
Complete National Geographic- Every Issue Since 1888
Posted By laissezfaire
Replies: 14
Views: 2,413
I just bought this DVD-Rom collection from Costco - quite a bargain at $40. It has every issue from 1888-2008. Amazing photos and journalism.

Highly recommended as a gift (for yourself).
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