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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Been away for awhile....best lens for high school marching band photos?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 15
Views: 843
I would probably either go with a 70-200mm f/2.8 or the Sigma 100-300mm f4 (if you can find one). That 300mm lens will let you get tight shots of individual members, and on a modern DSLR the f4 should be fast enough in most decently lit night venues.

If you want something smaller, the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 is also a very good alternative to the Pentax 50-135mm f/2.8. It has a little more reach, as well as silent HSM autofocus.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 07-25-2018, 08:19 AM  
For Sale: Sigma 100-300mm F4 EX APO DG telephoto zoom lens
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 6
Views: 624
I believe the lens is spoken for, pending a trade deal. I'll update the thread once I actually receive the trade item.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 07-24-2018, 05:56 PM  
For Sale: Sigma 100-300mm F4 EX APO DG telephoto zoom lens
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 6
Views: 624
I've never had any problems with my 30mm, and I can't say I ever remember anybody mentioning that issue. Maybe you just tried a faulty lens?
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 07-24-2018, 03:38 PM  
For Sale: Sigma 100-300mm F4 EX APO DG telephoto zoom lens
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 6
Views: 624
I have no idea, but it's a good question. I'm on the south side of Indy, in the Greenwood area. If you want to meet to try it out, just let me know.

Just FYI, I also have a few other lenses I'll be posting when I have time. They include the compact Sigma 30mm 1.4, the imminently useful Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8, and an insanely-sharp Sigma 85mm 1.4.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 07-23-2018, 03:24 PM  
For Sale: Sigma 100-300mm F4 EX APO DG telephoto zoom lens
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 6
Views: 624
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Sigma 100-300mm F4 EX APO DG telephoto zoom lens

Asking Price
890.00 USD

Item Location
Indianapolis, IN (United States)

Item Description
I have switched to Sony, so I regretfully I must part with one of my favorite K-mount lenses, the Sigma 100-300mm F4. Parting with this lens is actually my biggest regret of leaving Pentax, since Sony currently does not have a similar lens, and certainly nothing near this price.



I bought the lens several years ago from the original owner and I have treated it reverently. The hood has a few of the normal unavoidable scuffs, but the lens body itself looks almost like new, and the glass is flawless. It comes in the original box with the padded carrying case and all the other accessories. It has actually only been used a few times a year, usually for my daughters' dance recitals or for various other indoor performances.

The lens is very sharp and it never disappoints.

Please note that I will not accept returns for focus-calibration issues. Between the original owner and myself the lens has worked great on at least three Pentax bodies, so I know the lens is good. I only add this disclaimer because there are some people who do not understand the potential lens/body calibration issues inherent in DSLR cameras, and that lenses sometimes need calibrated to certain bodies.









Sample Pics


Here are some sample pictures from a local performance of "The Nutcracker" a few years ago. The photos were shot handheld. Click for larger versions.







Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
Free in Continental US, Ask for international

Shipping Services
USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Check/Money Order Other (Elaborate)

Return Policy & Additional Details
Can also accept Zelle or Chase QuickPay

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 06-28-2018, 07:31 PM  
For Sale: Panasonic DMC-LX100 Complete kit w/ 2 Batteries, LowePro Case, 16GB SD Card
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 4
Views: 763
He didn't reply to my PM from a couple months ago. I bought my first LX100 pre-order, and then sold it after a year or so anticipating a successor with a touchscreen like my GX-7. I've missed it ever since!
Forum: Sold Items 05-08-2018, 04:31 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DFA 70-200mm lens (price reduced 1300 -> 1200)
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 2
Views: 673
Here ya go, fixed it for you. I would hate to give PETA another reason to sue a photographer!

Good luck on selling a great lens!

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-08-2018, 04:25 PM  
Pentax-FA* 85mm F1.4 - Lens hood + lens cap = awkward?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 13
Views: 1,236
I still say down with lens caps! :lol:
Forum: Sold Items 04-07-2018, 06:16 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Micro 4/3 lenses: Lumix 14-140, Oly 9mm fisheye
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 6
Views: 647
That 9mm fisheye "body cap lens" is one of my favorite m43 lenses. Literally the size of a body cap, but takes nice pictures with a fantastic field of view that is super wide but not so fishy. And the image quality is surprisingly good for such a small, cheap lens.

Here's a couple shots I took with mine at a local historic ice cream parlor last week (click for full-size):



Forum: Sold Items 03-18-2018, 05:08 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Panasonic G6
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 3
Views: 503
Just FYI, I don't think anybody is able to see your pictures. It may have to do with the fact that they're linked from an expired listing?
Forum: Sold Items 02-12-2018, 10:23 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4.5 DC Macro Lens - K-Mount - Price Lowered
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 5
Views: 922
I gather that the previous buyer had some issue with the lens?

This is why I hate selling DSLR lenses. Due to the way the autofocus systems work on DSLR's, it's common for a lens to need adjustment before it works properly on a different body. And some people are unable, or unwilling, to adjust the focus themselves, and they want to blame the lens.

Good luck on your sale. I would be interested in using this lens as a replacement for my Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 that died, but I'm moving more and more towards my mirrorless system these days, partly because of the body/lens calibration issue inherent to DSLRs.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-22-2017, 02:44 AM  
Note to self: Clean sensor next time before shooting eclipse at f/32
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 10
Views: 933
At my monitor at home, the eclipse is visible in both photos. But here at work, where the monitor is probably set too bright, it's not visible in the first photo, and barely visible in the second. Maybe I should dial it down a bit more.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-21-2017, 06:36 PM  
Note to self: Clean sensor next time before shooting eclipse at f/32
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 10
Views: 933
Yeah, at first I was disappointed that clouds were periodically passing over the sun during the event, but when I saw some of the dramatic images I changed my mind. Without the clouds, you would basically just get a sliver of crescent with the rest of the frame black.

For reference, the pictures were captured with my Sigma 100-300mm f4 attached to my Panasonic GX-7 with a K-mount adapter and set at 300mm, so I guess it was 600mm equiv. I had not planned to take any pictures of the eclipse, but at the last minute, near peak eclipse, I caved in and quickly brought my gear out to the front lawn to see what I could do.

I used a combination of the manual aperture on the Sigma and a variable ND filter to regulate the sun's rays. My aperture varied from f/32 all the way to f/4 depending on cloud cover (or lack thereof) and depending on how much I dialed my ND filter in. I was a bit worried about damaging my sensor, since I was using a mirrorless camera, but everything seems to be okay.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-21-2017, 12:28 PM  
Note to self: Clean sensor next time before shooting eclipse at f/32
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 10
Views: 933
Lol, a kind sentiment, but I know a dirty sensor when I see one! It really wasn't too bad though. I'm just now going through my pics. Here's my favorite so far:



A bit overexposed perhaps in the area of the sun, but I like the effect with the clouds. Maybe I can reprocess it with a graduated filter to expose the left side more, to even things out.

---------- Post added 08-21-17 at 04:16 PM ----------

Here it is with the left side brightened and the exposure on the sun dialed down a bit:

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-21-2017, 12:00 PM  
Note to self: Clean sensor next time before shooting eclipse at f/32
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 10
Views: 933
I think the title says it all! I still got some pretty decent pics, just had to clone out a few dust spots. Next time I'll be ready!
Forum: General Photography 08-17-2017, 04:37 AM  
Is your car a public or private place?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 65
Views: 2,443
As with most things, YMMV.

I've found that police in large departments are often over-worked and spread too thinly, so in order to accommodate the call volume, they will not devote much time or attention to non-major incidents, and will tend to sweep things under the rug when they can. So then you get the kinds of situations you were describing where it seems like they just don't give a damn. And in the larger cities they often have to work in areas where police are not liked by many of the residents, and I imagine that over time that can effect the way an officer relates to the public.

Also, in larger departments you will have police who specialize, so that the regular road units do not work everything. So there are specialized DUI units, specialized Domestic Violence units, specialized Drug units etc. So the average cop on the street in a large city might not be extremely knowledgeable in all areas of the law since the specialized units will usually step in and take over those types of investigations.

On the flip side of the coin, small town departments will often not spend a lot on on-going and specialized training, and their salaries are usually lower so they do not always attract the "cream of the crop". And due to the lower-number of incidents, they will not have a lot of experience handling certain types of situations.

In medium-sized towns/departments I think you will tend to get the best police service. The department is large enough that they have quality training regimens, and the city budget is large enough to pay a decent wage to attract good employees. And the police force is usually not spread so thinly that officers are forced to cut corners. And the officers will tend to work all kinds of calls, so they will have a broad range of experience. I think the medium-sized department officers will also tend to be more personable, since they are not usually working in such dangerous/hostile environments like big city cops.

Maybe I'm biased since I come from a medium-sized department, but these have been my observations.
Forum: General Photography 08-16-2017, 11:19 AM  
Is your car a public or private place?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 65
Views: 2,443
My own local airport, Indianapolis International, actually had a public observation place setup near the air strips where photographers could take pictures of the aircraft. I'm not sure if it's still there or not, but I have not been by that area recently.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-14-2017, 05:34 PM  
new camera
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 9
Views: 737
If you're just wanting a "lighter crop sensor camera for walking around" then maybe you should give the K-70 a look. Image quality is very close to the KP, but it costs much less is slightly smaller.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-14-2017, 05:10 PM  
K-1 fell and now has focus problem
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 8
Views: 655
If the focus isn't too far out of focus, and is consistent, maybe you could compensate by making a global AF adjustment as an alternative to tearing into the camera or sending it off for repair? I don't own an K-1, but I know some of my other DSLR's have had this option.

It seems like this is another example of where mirrorless cameras have an advantage. Fewer delicate precision parts that are susceptible to bumps & jostles and wear & tear. And for PDAF to work in a DSLR, everything in the lightpath, including the PDAF sensor itself, has to be in just the right place and position since the camera has no way of knowing if something is out of place.
Forum: Pentax K-70 08-12-2017, 06:18 PM  
Silver finish durability?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 16
Views: 2,933
I've never seen the gray K-70 in person, but that's kind of the impression I got looking at pictures. The color just seemed a bit off. I enjoy non-black cameras, as my K-x and my K-30 were white, and my m43 cameras have mostly been the classic silver/black models, but I think I'll just go with black if/when I get a K-70.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 08-11-2017, 08:27 PM  
Turn off SR for video?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 18
Views: 1,455
What kind of camera are you using now? Your profile says you own a K10D. Does that even do video?
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 08-11-2017, 08:17 PM  
Turn off SR for video?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 18
Views: 1,455
Pentax beat you to it! The newer bodies actually have a neat feature where you can't turn SR on for video!
Forum: Pentax K-70 08-11-2017, 07:52 PM  
K-70 build quality
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 6
Views: 1,316
They certainly have. You don't notice the incremental improvements so much from model to model, but there have been a few occasions where I have been able to revisit an older camera model I used to own and love, and each time I've felt a bit of "How the heck did I put up with this thing??" :p
Forum: General Photography 08-11-2017, 01:57 PM  
Is your car a public or private place?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 65
Views: 2,443
My Bachelor's degree is in Criminal Justice, so I've taken a lot of courses on criminal law and Constitutional law. I would not be surprised if I have taken more courses in those areas than a law student typically takes in law school since their course of study has to cover the whole range of law topics and legal disciplines. Between my education and my actual experience in criminal law, I can tell you with a very high degree of certainty that in Indiana at least, it is not criminal to take a picture of somebody riding in a car in a public place as described by the OP. That's not exactly going out on a limb to say, so if somebody wants to point a finger at me as the source of that information, they are welcome to do so! :D

And believe it or not, even prosecutors do not have most of the criminal code memorized. They will often have to look things up if it is not something common that they deal with on a regular basis. If I call them with a question, then it is probably going to be something off the wall, and their most likely response will be "let me get back with you in a few minutes."

But I definitely agree on your bigger point that "a random guy on the internet" or even a "random lawyer on the internet" is not what you want to cite as an authority when it is a serious matter that you are concerned about and it's your own butt on the line!
Forum: General Photography 08-11-2017, 11:52 AM  
Is your car a public or private place?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 65
Views: 2,443
I'm also guessing he has not seen how thick the criminal code book is. Which is only the tip of the iceberg compared to the body of case law that has to be considered.

It's like expecting a doctor to be an expert on every part of the human body and be able to answer any medical question off the top of their heads. Like doctors, lawyers also specialize.

But again, I don't think this particular question is too much of a head-scratcher. Unless maybe we're talking about someplace like North Korea.
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