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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
How much would you be ready to pay for DA* 16-50mm f2.8 (used)?
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 17
Views: 626
I guess I'm one of those who had a 'good' copy because I always thought it was an excellent lens. Well worth what I paid for it new. Used with unknown SDM $250 - 350 is the going price range.

My suggestion would be to go to ebay and search on that lens, filtered for sold listings. Take that to your seller as your starting point. And remember with an ebay sale they need to pay the fees there.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 6 Days Ago  
Not using wifi transfer (not good for hundreds of photos to transfer)
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 36
Views: 607
Yes and yes. That is what I have done. If you have a cable that will charge your phone from the computer you should also be able to transfer files. On mine it shows the phone as an external device similar to a USB hard drive.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 6 Days Ago  
Help me pick a printer....
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 17
Views: 413
They do not have multiple photo inks, just CYMK. These are the ones I mean: EcoTank Supertank Refillable Ink Tank Printers | Epson US The Eco-Tank line. Refillable ink tanks. Great for office work but not up to photo standards.


I agree with @Vasyl There isn't a printer that does great photo prints and economical office work. It all depends on your volume of course. For a small home office with reasonable volume a B&W laser for office work and a small photo printer are a good combination.

Of course it also depends on what quality photo prints you require. All inkjets will do photo prints but the quality will vary depending on the number of ink tanks and the paper handling. Many office printers will have fewer tanks and might not be able to handle thicker photo paper.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 6 Days Ago  
Help me pick a printer....
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 17
Views: 413
I'd be happy to recommend a printer but your criteria above make that impossible. :)

That said the Epson ones with the bulk tanks are most likely the most economical but are not recommended for photo printing. I use a Canon TS9120 for printing photo cards for sale and by using third party ink the costs are reasonable.
For general office work though I would consider one of the cheaper laser printers. But it depends on your volume and the intended use.
Forum: General Photography 6 Days Ago  
How do you organize your images?
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 57
Views: 968
Steve, considering your vast knowledge and the times your posts have helped me I'm just glad I could help. And actually know something you didn't :):)

I have over 10,000 images for sale on stock sites, so the keywording is critical to an efficient workflow. I spent a lot of time researching how to do keywording as quickly and accurately as possible. Lightroom is not perfect in this regard, but it does have the tools needed if you dig deep enough. I got a big leg up by purchasing a list in the beginning but since then I have probably added 10 times the keywords that were on the original list. The basic structure is what is difficult to get started with and the purchased list was worth the expense for that alone.

Some additional information on controlled vocabulary and ordered lists: Keyword Lists / Controlled Vocabularies | The Lightroom Queen
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 6 Days Ago  
Not using wifi transfer (not good for hundreds of photos to transfer)
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 36
Views: 607
Please use the method described above. As far as I know what you are attempting to do cannot be done for reasons also explained above. I am certainly no expert but I researched this extensively in the past and the only way to get pictures onto the phone was via a computer. Or WiFi of course.

---------- Post added 10-11-19 at 09:46 AM ----------


"rooting" means installing an alternate version of Android downloaded from the internet. This does of course void any warranty and requires a level of expertise in changing the operating system on your phone. If you research "rooting android" I am sure you will get a much more comprehensive answer.
Forum: General Photography 6 Days Ago  
How do you organize your images?
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 57
Views: 968
If you look in the "Keyword List" panel of the Library tab there is a list of all keywords ever used. From there you can drag and drop them into whatever order you want.

For example lets say you have the keywords apple, fruit, and food in your list but in a linear list. By grabbing apple and dropping it on fruit you make apple a lower level hierarchy of fruit. Now grab fruit and drop it on food. Now you have three levels. Adding 'apple' to an image will now also add 'fruit' and 'food'

You can also do this from the keywording panel by indicating hierarchy with the > sign when adding a new keyword. So if you wanted to put a new keyword in the correct place in your ordered list you would type "apple>Fuji" in the keywording panel for that image. You would add a new keyword "Fuji" and place it in your ordered list under apple. You would also have added the keywords "food" and "fruit" to the image you just added the new keyword "Fuji" to.

Your list would look like:
Food
>>>>Fruit
>>>>>>>>Apple
>>>>>>>>>>>>>Fuji

Unfortunately if your keyword list was never ordered you might have thousands of unordered keywords in it. Which is a daunting task to get into any kind of order. When I started I purchased an ordered keyword list and imported it into Lightroom. This gave me a base structure to start with and I have been very diligent in keeping things ordered. If you do not take the time to maintain your list it gets to be a mess quickly. Despite my warnings my wife has not maintained her list and it is predictably a complete mess.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 6 Days Ago  
Not using wifi transfer (not good for hundreds of photos to transfer)
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 36
Views: 607
Copy the files to a computer via a card reader. Then copy them to a micro-sd card to put into the Galaxy phone. Or if the phone does not have a micro-sd slot then use a usb cable from the computer to the phone.
Forum: General Photography 10-10-2019, 08:12 AM  
How do you organize your images?
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 57
Views: 968
I use Lightroom, but if I decided to abandon Lightroom for any reason I think my system would remain essentially the same. I set it up before buying Lightroom and though Lightroom makes it easier to use, the framework can be used with other programs or just by searching the folder structure in the operating system. I started this with a Sony Mavica in 2000.

- As images are copied to the computer they are renamed to YYYY.MM.DD@HH.MM.SS.####. The #### is the camera image number which sometimes help distinguish rapidly shot images.
- Images are copied into a folder for each day. The folders are named YYYY-MM-DD. Lightroom does this automatically on import but other programs will as well. I used for many years before Lightroom a simple program called 'Renamer' or somthing like that which essentially did the same renaming and copying functions that Lightroom now performs.
- After import to Lightroom I add keywords or tags as they are now called. It takes great discipline to maintain a logical keyword structure but Lightroom makes it easier.
- Keywords are structured meaning that adding 'Gala' as a keyword also adds everything higher in the structure: "Food>Fruit>Apple>Gala"
- Images have color markers added during the process. On import Lightroom marks everything with "red", when I have completed my first sort and delete I mark the keepers as 'yellow', once developed they are marked "green" and when titles and keywording is complete they are marked "blue", and once uploaded to a sales site or moved to the proper collection the color tag is removed.

- I also use a mix of both regular and smart collections to sort things into logical groups. For example I have a collection "Amazon" which includes all images for sale in my Amazon shop. I also have smart collections for things like "5 stars", "stock image", "portfolio" and "no keywords" to help me stay organized.
- Keywords and star ratings are written out to the files themselves so that information is available from the operating system if Lightroom goes away or my catalog suffers a catastrophic failure.

So essentially I have four separate systems of organization that operate independently. First is the folder structure so that if I know the date or approximate date of an image I can get quite close. Second is a structured keyword system that works both within Lightroom and through the operating system. Searching for 'Apple' will return all images with that keyword. And third is organization by purpose or status using collections. So I can quickly see all images that have no keywords or all images that are for sale on stock sites or in my current portfolio. And fourth the progress of the develop process is marked by color tags so that I can come back a week or month later and know for certain the develop status of any image or batch or images.
Forum: General Talk 10-07-2019, 12:52 PM  
eBay sales tax - when did it get so out of hand?
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 46
Views: 1,007
Look up "wayfair decision". Basically the court decided that a state could decide what a "physical presence" means. And each state has interpreted that differently. I don't sell on ebay but I do sell on Amazon and Amazon is assessing and collecting sales tax for all states that have declared that sellers need to. It is a bit of a mess right now. I've no idea about how MN is handling this but in WA if you sell a certain volume into the state or go through a "sales processor" (ebay or Amazon) then you have to collect sales tax and send it to WA. They also passed a law going into effect next year that any business selling into WA (over a certain volume) also must pay their business & opportunity tax on the gross. Personally I think that part is unconstitutional but so far no one has challenged it.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-06-2019, 08:30 PM  
Our Future
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 45
Views: 1,866
Personally I think your "technician" is just expressing sour grapes. Pentax no longer supports local brick and mortar stores or repair shops. They moved to centralized repair depots in each country. That information was supplied to you earlier in this thread. But Pentax no longer supporting a brick and mortar store in Canada or the US is not the same as them "not supporting customers". They do support customers, just not the same way you are used to.

If you really want your lens fixed then send it to the authorized repair center as has been suggested above. Pentax is NEVER going to go back to supporting those brick and mortar stores. And I predict that those stores themselves will be out of business in 5 years or less. Like it or not, the future is online sales and depot repair.

I appreciate your noting this is not a whining thread, I agree that gains nothing. And your attempt to gain the attention of Pentax about this is noble. However, your effort to force Pentax to change is simply tilting at windmills. Not going to happen because it CANNOT happen. It is simply not economical to do business that way any longer.

Our goal here and now should be making sure Pentax SURVIVES, not caterers to a antiquated business model that would ultimately drive them out of business.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-06-2019, 08:15 PM  
I know it's asked a lot, but... KP vs K-1 vs K-1 II
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 37
Views: 1,093
For a short time I had both the K-5IIs and the K-3II. Sold the K-5IIs eventually. My initial reaction was that the K-5IIs produced better images than the K-3II. I remember a number of people complaining at about that time that they were disappointed with the K-3II image quality.

What I discovered was that I was using the same import develop settings on the K-3II that I had used on the K-5IIs. Once I realized that and went back to square one development wise the image quality of the K-3II surpassed the K-5IIs and I sold it.


Just my opinion from my experience but I found a lot more latitude in the K-3II images and found I preferred them over the K-5IIs, when they were developed correctly.
Forum: General Photography 10-06-2019, 11:22 AM  
With so many great offerings from Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc., why do you choose Pentax?
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 90
Views: 1,807
When I went looking for my first DSLR I had been using a superzoom and had several sets of rechargeable AA batteries. So one think I wanted in a DSLR was the ability to continue using that battery investment. The k-x was the only camera at that time that had that ability.

Since then I have owned a k-5, k-5IIs, k-3, k-3II and K-1 upgraded to a K-1II. I have stayed with Pentax because their bodies and control layout fit my hands. I've gone shopping for a different brand several times, especially before the K-1 was introduced. I even had a Nikon FF in my shopping at one point but eventually put it back on the shelf. Every time I pick up a Canon, Nikon or Sony they just do not feel right. For casual use that might not matter but when you use a camera for hours at a time that is hugely important. More important to me than image quality (which is really a non-issue today), availability of lenses (I have plenty) or price (photography is a working hobby for me, it pays its own way).
Forum: General Photography 10-06-2019, 09:22 AM  
Iso .. how high is too high for you?
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 77
Views: 1,434
For the K-3II I consider 400 to be the max, 800 is usable but not ideal. For the K-1II I am comfortable at 800 and occasionally will use 1600. Obviously the lower the better than default for me is 100 on the K-3II and 200 on the K-1II.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-04-2019, 01:16 PM  
New zoom 70-200 F4
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 638
Views: 55,691
This is true but you miss my point. The lenses are there from 15 to 450 if you want to spend the money for f/2.8 glass. What is missing is less expensive glass. And at least for the foreseeable future the less expensive glass will be for APS-C not FF. If you want to shoot Pentax FF then either use legacy glass or pay up for the f/2.8 glass.

I agree a line of f/4 glass such as the 70-200 we are discussing would be nice. But I am not sure that will happen any time soon or at all. The potential return on sales to such a small customer base is very low and possibly not economical. We have the DFA 28-105 and eventually the DFA 70-200 f/4 that is on the road map. If they would add a DFA 20-35 f/4 of similar quality that would be great. I think they will do so eventually but you might be waiting 5 years or more for that to happen.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-04-2019, 09:00 AM  
New zoom 70-200 F4
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 638
Views: 55,691
I think you are being a little harsh on the FF lens catalog. The lenses are largely there if you want to spend the money. We have in new FF glass 15mm through 450mm. Granted there are few primes but I disagree that primes are as necessary as they used to be. Good zooms of the DFA line are better than most available primes and certainly good enough for professional results.

No one can argue that we all wish the lens catalog was a little bigger for full frame but the range is available if you want it.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-04-2019, 08:53 AM  
Our Future
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 45
Views: 1,866
You are I think mistaking intent for ability. I have no doubt Ricoh would like to support it's customers in a first class manner. But at this point with a dramatically shrinking market and Pentax's minuscule share of that market it simply makes no economic sense. To be blunt there is very little to no brick and mortar support and that is not going to change.

They do have a USA repair center which despite a rocky start has gotten good reports. I have no idea who you would send items to for repair in Canada. However, this site does provide links to authorized repair centers: Pentax Repair Facilities (Wordwide listing) - PentaxForums.com

You do not mention which 400mm but as noted above there is no current 400mm and the last produced has been discontinued for decades. So "Pentax does not support their customers if we need anything from them" can simply mean you sent the lens to the wrong shop and they are not an authorized repair center any longer OR it is the right shop and he simply meant that there are no parts available for your legacy, vintage lens.

There are third party repair shops that can do some work, I have sent several vintage lenses in for repair to them with good results. But I was warned the last time that parts are drying up for 20 and 30 year old lenses and not to expect to much in the future.

I have no doubt Pentax is firmly dedicated to us. The fact they brought out the K-1 in response to user demand despite a lot of people saying it would be a bad move is one clear indication. Another is the recent announcement of a replacement for the K-3II. I do not think that would have happened if they were not listening and wanted to support their customers.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 10-03-2019, 10:53 PM  
Sticky: PentaxForums 100 Year Giveaway - October - General Raffle Entry Thread
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 329
Views: 5,870
I'm in as well.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-03-2019, 10:52 PM  
New zoom 70-200 F4
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 638
Views: 55,691
Yes that would be a splash alright. The new DA*11-18 plus new DA*16-50II, DA*50-135II, and DA*60-250II would certainly be a set to build to. Combined with a new APS-C flagship to take advantage of the new lenses................... wow.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-03-2019, 10:49 PM  
X-Sync socket cap
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 7
Views: 305
Forum: General Photography 10-03-2019, 10:48 PM  
Does a higher ISO bring out details in the shadows in a properly exposed photo.
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 6
Views: 482
Changing the ISO should not be any different than changing the shutter speed or aperture. If you raise the ISO and leave the other two alone you are just increasing the exposure and thus overall brightness of the shot. If that makes the faces easier to see that's fine but then it is also over-exposing some other part of the image. Which may not be an issue for any particular image.

What I would do is expose for the best overall image and then raise the shadows in post to bring out the faces without blowing out some other area. This is just a simple form of HDR in which you are increasing the dynamic range of the image but pulling up the shadows and also possibly dropping the highlights.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-03-2019, 09:42 PM  
New K-series DSLR under development to be exhibited
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 2,913
Views: 177,205
USB charging would be useful for time lapse or astro-photography. I've recently done some time lapse video with the K-1 and the limitation is the battery. The ability to plug the camera into a USB-C charger or external battery pack would be useful regardless of whether anyone would use it to charge the battery.

And my Sony rx100 can charge from a USB charger or by removing the battery and putting it in the charger. I find I use both methods about equally. The little Sony just gets plugged in like my cell phone when I'm done with it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-03-2019, 06:54 PM  
Will you sell your current camera when the new K comes?
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 159
Views: 2,845
Good point, unlike some other manufacturers that churn out the model of the year there has not been a new Pentax APS-c in the flagship class for some time. So those out there are starting to age and thus might not have the resale value that was to be expected in past model changes.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-03-2019, 06:51 PM  
New zoom 70-200 F4
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 638
Views: 55,691
I know there has been zero information on this lens from Ricoh but does anyone care to speculate on whether Ricoh is holding back on it and possibly the DFA 85 to make a splash with the new camera?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-03-2019, 06:49 PM  
I know it's asked a lot, but... KP vs K-1 vs K-1 II
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 37
Views: 1,093
If the weight is not an issue then I would go with the K-1 or K-1II. Superb cameras for their intended purpose. I prefer the K-1II but find myself using the K-3II more because of its lighter weight.

The new APS-C flagship might also be an option for you if you can wait until May or so.
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