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Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 6 Days Ago  
AA battery holder or extra battery packs?
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 55
Views: 11,361
Did you go into the camera's menu system and specify that you were using AA batteries? If not, that is why your batteries looked like they were dying with so few shots.
Forum: Pentax K-3 01-21-2018, 06:51 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 44,611
Views: 1,556,706
Good to be back, and see the topics are still mostly on filling our bellies with 'comfort food'. :)

My wife and I have moved south for the rest of the winter - probably not too far from Ruppert's (R.I.P.) stomping grounds in south-central Texas. The transition has been an adventure, but sadly no time for either photography or pleasurable time on the Internet.
Forum: Pentax K-3 01-21-2018, 06:39 AM  
K-3 irregular shots in timelapse mode
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 10
Views: 499
One other possibility for irregular interval shooting - are you using a fixed manual exposure or auto-exposure? If auto-exposure and the scene is getting darker, it could be the exposure length is exceeding your interval period. And yes, as previously suggested, I always use external power for anything other than very short interval shooting.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-22-2017, 05:57 PM  
Default Exposure Compensation for K3
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 8
Views: 684
Personally, my default exposure setting is to 'overexpose' by 1/2 stop. But that doesn't mean I stay there. It is just my starting point. BigMackCam is correct that this depends on the scene and the photographer's personal style.
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-07-2017, 06:12 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 44,611
Views: 1,556,706
Our village of 2,000 people owns two of these - they stay pretty busy all winter long - We also have two big 6 wheel drive graders with front, bottom and wing plows. 276 inches / 7m+ last winter.

It is almost a month early this year, but snow fell and stayed in the last week of October. Our friends in north-western Ontario are sending nearly a foot / 30cm more snow starting tomorrow afternoon.

I guess we made a very good decision this year. We purchased a travel trailer and had it shipped to a park in central Texas (Hill Country). My wife retired and if I have Internet, I can work anywhere. We are headed south right after the holidays!
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-05-2017, 06:06 AM  
Anyone planning to grow old with their K3?
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 74
Views: 4,097
Maybe yes, maybe no. Will Pentax release a camera that tempts me to move?

I use the popup flash just often enough in a variety of ways, that I don't want to give it up. At the same time, I use many K-3 features that are not on other Pentax cameras with a popup flash all the time that I am not willing to give them up either. Give me all that plus a camera that is location aware and embeds that data and I will be tempted. As the number of photos increases, being able to reliably search my RAW images across dates by location is attractive.

Full-frame? Very attractive for the increased dynamic range, but not critical. Articulating rear display? Yeah, it would be useful from time to time, but again not critical. How about an inexpensive (not more than US$500) lens and scuba rated underwater case to go with this next camera?
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-29-2017, 04:40 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 44,611
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It isn't even just phones. Either I've learned a lot as I age or people in general just seem more oblivious to their surroundings and the people around them. Maybe they are or maybe they are not, but it sure seems like so many people are self-centered and think everyone else is watching out and waiting for them. Good example, a few weeks ago a woman was so eager to get to the yard sale next door, she parked her car across my driveway as I was walking from my door towards my car. Apparently stopping before my drive and walking an extra 10m was too much bother.
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-27-2017, 04:59 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 44,611
Views: 1,556,706
Our rural area is fortunate enough to have two hospitals. Until a handful of years ago, both were strictly local and not-for-profit. Today, both are operated by two different big conglomerates. One big conglomerate is a not-for-profit, the other is a for-profit behemoth.

In my opinion care has suffered at both hospitals, but far, far more at the for-profit operation. We do have to remember that the primary purpose of any for-profit corporation is to provide a return on shareholders' investment. While this does not preclude a corporation from doing good things, it pays to remember the primary purpose regardless of mission statements.

While I've been quietly sitting on the sidelines, know that many like me are keeping you in our prayers.
Forum: Sold Items 10-16-2017, 08:39 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax SMCP-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR (Weather Resistant) Telephoto Zoom Lens
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 1
Views: 394
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Forum: Pentax K-3 10-06-2017, 05:01 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 44,611
Views: 1,556,706
It is a wet 100+ miles north to the Canadian mainland (or a 200+ mile drive either east or west to reach the border). None-the-less, my wife and I have been confused for our Canuck friends based on our accents (which we don't hear of course) whenever we travel to Europe. The Canucks we have befriended on cross continental train rides don't have that problem; they know a Yank when they hear one. :)

For what it is worth, whenever we manage to get into Ontario we head for a grocery store where we have so far been reliably able to find jars of pitted green olives without some kind of crap stuffed into the pit cavity (pimento, garlic, onion, ...). Such fare is difficult to find in U.S. grocery stores.

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My father-in-law was a dean in the local college as well as a licensed land surveyor and forester. He developed this State's first 4-year degree in land surveying and sat on the State licensing examination board. He told my wife as she was pondering what to study in college that it didn't really matter THAT much. The primary goal of any 4-year degree was to teach you how to think, secondary was some information on a potential future career. You didn't learn your career until you actually started working in that field. So long as you knew how to think, you could always change careers later and learn a new one.

I had an uncle who was an electrical engineer. He never finished high school. Yet he was the guy companies wanted to come out into the field whenever they had issues with the equipment his employer sold.
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-04-2017, 06:47 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 44,611
Views: 1,556,706
I've been to three continents. There are cultural differences but that doesn't significantly change the underlying values. You are 100% correct.
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-01-2017, 04:53 AM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 9,074
Views: 1,061,665
It is all a matter of perspective. For some of us, we visit other areas and think "They call this pond a lake?"
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-25-2017, 03:35 AM  
Shutter issue with K3
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 9
Views: 909
Somebody please check my logic... I am pretty sure the shutter curtains move from the left to the right (if you could see the motion from behind the sensor, like you could with a film camera with the back open). As the focused image is actually upside down on the sensor, that shadow would be the second curtain closing. Then taking our logic a step further, implying your flash is going off a tad too late.

In which case, Adam's suggestion should work, but in an ideal world shouldn't be necessary. Try using an electronic contact cleaner on both the camera and flash (don't spray. rather mop with a swab). It could be as simple as oxidation on one or both sides acting like a capacitor to delay the signal to discharge the flash.

One more random thought - There is X-sync (electronic flash) and there is M-sync (flash-bulb). M-sync is delayed to let the magnesium wires in the flash bulb burn to peak brightness. I am not familiar with your flash unit, but know some electronic flashes are capable of emulating M-sync to allow them to work with older cameras. This is grasping for an answer, but worth checking the flash manual.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-24-2017, 04:51 AM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 2,250
Views: 379,572
X-post Niagara Falls - American side - hand held (with SR on of course)

1/8 sec @ 3200 ISO
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-23-2017, 08:09 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 44,611
Views: 1,556,706
My son-in-law was born in Uruguay - everyone in that country gets basic health care at no charge (beyond what they pay in taxes of course). If you want more than what is in the plan, you can privately purchase coverage that gets you admission to private clinics/hospitals, perhaps some advanced diagnostics and procedures. In short, everyone is immunized (less spread of disease), dying from the sniffles that would otherwise become pneumonia is far less common, common injuries are taken care of without trips to the ER (unless the injury truly needs the ER). I'm sure those with private insurance have private or semi-private rooms equipped with TV and bedside telephones.

What don't we get that making sure accessible basic health care across the board benefits all of us? Fewer missed work days, less impact from epidemics, the list just keeps going.
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-23-2017, 07:01 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 44,611
Views: 1,556,706
Careful or you will be labeled as one of those blueberries in a bowl of tomato soup to quote a former governor in your State. (okay moderator, take your shot - this topic is too important) As someone who is blessed with great lab results and relatively speaking few creaks for my age - in other words, not getting a full return today on my insurance premiums - I cannot agree more with your comments!

I'm thrilled at the progress you've made. And while we never know when our phone line will go quiet, glad to know your time hasn't come yet. (okay moderator, I'll shut up and slide back into the weeds).

this past week on a business trip...
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-10-2017, 06:08 AM  
wi-fi thetering questions
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 2
Views: 779
My impression is the FLU card is it is of limited use. However, if your photographic needs fit its capabilities it is the best tool available.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-08-2017, 05:12 PM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 2,250
Views: 379,572
I recently used the plastic phantastic DA35/2.8 during our niece's ceremony - no flash and minimal focus changes. For everything else I used the 18-135 with the Pentax 540 flash as needed (mostly ceiling bounce). I had the grip on my K-3. The dual body Nikon totting pro kept giving me the stink eye. Nobody else so far as I could see. My spouse made the same observation. I made sure I was never interfering with his shots, which could not always be said for the P&S, phone and tablet shooters. Near as either of us could figure out he must have felt threatened that a guy with pro-level equipment might get better shots than he did.

I never talked with the guy but my brother-in-law (bride's father) tried to strike up some small talk and came away with the impression they guy was a bit full of himself. I gritted my teeth and kept my photography activity extra low to avoid a scene. By the way, neither lens let me down.
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-03-2017, 06:35 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 44,611
Views: 1,556,706
My father in law taught at the university level. He was emphatic that the true goal of a 4-year degree is to train you to think. Learning the mechanics of a skill (whatever your degree area) was secondary and could be replicated by on the job training. Coming out of college you are compensated for the skill but over a lifetime it is your proven ability to think that determines your compensation. Oh and 'compensation' isn't always equated with 'money'.
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-02-2017, 07:04 AM  
how much is usefull shake reduction
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 40
Views: 2,293
I think another truism to go into this thread is knowing when to turn off SR. The steadier you can make the camera relative to the subject within the 1/180 total exposure time*, the less you need SR. There isn't really a single defined on-off point - using SR with a tripod might be advisable if the surface below the tripod isn't exactly bedrock. A crowded boardwalk is a good example.

I learned how to steady a camera for slower than 'recommended' shutter speeds back in the late-1970s. It wasn't exactly like you had a choice back then; film has fixed ISO, x-sync was 1/125 and hauling a tripod everywhere wasn't practical. You don't unlearn such techniques. One of the options for the fX button is to toggle SR on-off. I took it. And in iffy situations where I can take two shots, I take them with SR on then off.

*total exposure time with focal plane shutters is always x-sync or longer. Using a moving slit the exposure to any small section of the sensor can be much shorter than x-sync, but the total time for that slit to cross the sensor will be equal to x-sync.
Forum: General Talk 08-31-2017, 01:57 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 11,702
Views: 797,637
So I'll bid 35 euros plus cheap shipping to the U.S. Just image the profit you'll have! :lol::lol::lol: Seriously, that was an AMAZING purchase.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-30-2017, 04:25 AM  
Best bounce flash for Pentax K3
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 6
Views: 665
Aside from Guide Number (flash power) I think the difference between the responses so far boils down to convenience versus price. My high-end Sigma flash probably has more functionality and cost less, but for outright convenience the controls on my Pentax flashes are far more intuitive. As for results - I'd challenge anyone to tell me which flash I used if I used them with the same techniques within their respective guide numbers.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-30-2017, 03:52 AM  
K-3 hotshoe problem. How to repair?
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 13
Views: 935
No. Isopropyl alcohol will remove grease and dirt, but not oxidation. Electronic contact cleaner should work. Do not spray on the contacts. If non-spray liquid is not available, spray into a clean paper cup and dampen a swab to use on the contact areas.
Forum: General Talk 08-28-2017, 08:36 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 11,702
Views: 797,637
I've seen it in some husbands about their spouse's spending too. He wants to keep the money in his jeans.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-28-2017, 05:47 AM  
K-3 hotshoe problem. How to repair?
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 13
Views: 935
Go easy with the eraser. Most contacts have only a thin layer of gold. The gold is fairly oxidation resistant, but not completely resistant.And the material under the gold layer is typically far less resistant to oxidation.

If you use too much pressure with the eraser, you will wear away the gold layer. That is why I recommend the anti-oxidant fluids. They are not inexpensive but a very small tube can last for many years.
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