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Forum: General Talk 07-14-2022, 07:23 AM  
Are Forums Dying?
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 37
Views: 1,485
Handbooks have been replaced by YouTube. There's plenty of interaction, but you figure out how to do it by watching someone else change the rotors on a 1986 BMW 328i online instead of ordering the Chilton's manual.
Forum: Ricoh GR 07-14-2022, 05:56 AM  
My Ricoh GR is dead -- will never buy Ricoh GR cameras again
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 29
Views: 1,654
I haven't read the article yet, but have heard that recycling plastic has not yet reached economic parity with drilling oil and turning it into plastic. So most plastic is new, and much old plastic just ends up in the dump. Governments could help reach that parity, but that's politics so we'll leave it alone.
Forum: General Talk 07-14-2022, 05:48 AM  
Are Forums Dying?
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 37
Views: 1,485
All the forums I participate in skew old, although that could be the subject matter, mostly cameras and baseball. I'm also a soccer fan, and almost all of my online interaction about soccer is via Twitter, Instagram and similar.

I'm not sure if there are other forums that have a younger audience. But I don't think my teenage kids use forums at all, they're on things like Instagram or TikTok or Reddit. All things that are much more mobile-friendly. My kids have built their own computers, but I think that's unusual. Mobile phones and game consoles are much more common.
Forum: Ricoh GR 07-14-2022, 05:28 AM  
My Ricoh GR is dead -- will never buy Ricoh GR cameras again
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 29
Views: 1,654
My local convenience center (i.e. place you take the trash) has a CONEX box where you put your old electronics. They then take it and recycle or reuse or capture the metals... I don't know, something. Hopefully not pull the hard drives and sell them to China and Russia.

I sleep well at night just knowing that there's some chance that some of it doesn't go straight into the landfill.

And yes, Precision's pricing means that you only consider repairs for relatively new, higher-end stuff.
Forum: Ricoh GR 07-13-2022, 08:40 AM  
My Ricoh GR is dead -- will never buy Ricoh GR cameras again
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 29
Views: 1,654
So you're saying that in the days of the Spotmatic companies didn't put an emphasis on profits? It was always quality over revenues? That seems odd, how did they stay in business?

A lot of modern systems are both much more complicated and much more reliable than in the past. Cars used to routinely fail and had to be replaced before 100k miles and that was with regular tune ups and maintenance. Today's much more complicated cars can get well over 100k just keeping up with changing the oil, brakes and tires.

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Would you trade off a much larger and less integrated camera potentially with fewer features for greater repairability? I think a handful of hobbyists and repair shops would like that, but overall that would be a losing proposition for most camera companies.
Forum: Ricoh GR 07-11-2022, 05:25 AM  
My Ricoh GR is dead -- will never buy Ricoh GR cameras again
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 29
Views: 1,654
I suppose it's not uncommon to get more than a decade out of a piece of consumer electronics. I have a Marantz stereo receiver that did daily duty in my home TV setup for something like 22 years, and when it finally quit I couldn't bring myself to throw it out. But 10 years for a camera, where technology has improved pretty substantially since 2012, is not bad at all. My K-30 is of the same vintage and still works, although it had to have surgery for the aperture block failure and hasn't been regularly used in roughly seven years.

Instead of swearing off GRs forever I'd be happy I got 10 good, solid years out of this one.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-03-2022, 05:00 AM  
The Squirrel Mafia's new & improved RawTherapee thread!
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 302
Views: 37,920
With RawTherapee it's easy enough to make a PP3 file that sets color temp to 5450 with a tint value you like, and you can apply that to any raw file you want.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-02-2022, 12:17 PM  
The Squirrel Mafia's new & improved RawTherapee thread!
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 302
Views: 37,920
So my simple workaround was just to download the dev build appimage and use that for now. My machine is fast enough that it should work well enough, and quick trial didn't reveal any obvious problems. I just have to get around to setting up all my dynamic profiles and similar.

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I believe so, yes. RawTherapee doesn't natively have any Pentax settings aside from just using what's embedded in the DNG file. I'd assume Daylight is whatever the RT developers decided it should be. I'm not sure if there's some kind of industry standard for about what Daylight White Balance should be.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-01-2022, 11:27 AM  
The Squirrel Mafia's new & improved RawTherapee thread!
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 302
Views: 37,920
You don't ever happen to compile in Linux, do you? I'm sure it's similar, but my attempts at using the automated scripts and directions from RawPedia haven't been terribly successful in compiling the dev build. I know I did it for 5.8, but it's been a while and that's a stable release.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-01-2022, 04:37 AM  
The Squirrel Mafia's new & improved RawTherapee thread!
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 302
Views: 37,920
Every few months I go to pixls.us to see if there's any update on 5.9 or 6.0. But it looks like development has slowed to a crawl. I can't really complain, as this is free/open source software and I don't have the programming chops to help out. Hopefully folks like @heckflosse can devote some time to the project and get the next release out in the next few months. Because it's a fantastic application.

In the interim I will probably go figure out how to build the latest dev release instead of just using the stable 5.8 release. At least local adjustments/spot fix is in there. Every time I upgrade I have to re-learn how to compile for my machine, and then remember how to set up everything like the dynamic pp3 rules. Looking back through this thread I've been using 5.8 for a loooooong time.
Forum: General Talk 06-26-2022, 12:57 PM  
Alas, many good things come to an end.
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 51
Views: 2,293
Thank you for all you've done for this community.
Forum: General Talk 06-24-2022, 09:33 AM  
F˙tbol aka Soccer is heading to Kansas City Mo - 2026 World Cup
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 7
Views: 326
$11 for the ticket, $1500 for flights!
Forum: General Talk 06-24-2022, 04:33 AM  
F˙tbol aka Soccer is heading to Kansas City Mo - 2026 World Cup
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 7
Views: 326
I'm quite bitter that the DC-Baltimore area isn't getting any games. I suppose I'll have to plan ahead and make a trip elsewhere in four years.


The DC-Baltimore metro area has the highest EPL TV ratings in the country, has a massive youth soccer presence (just the travel league my kids play in has close to 1000 teams), has a 26-year history with DC United, huge numbers of international residents who've grown up playing/watching soccer above all other sports, and has a number of counties around the area that are among the wealthiest in the country. But looks like all that couldn't overcome Dan Snyder's chaotic evil approach to sports management, the fact that FedEx Field is so bad they had to combine bids with Baltimore and M&T Bank Stadium, and Audi Field (DC United's home) only seats 22k. So we end up with the nation's capital left out of the world's biggest sporting event. :(
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-23-2022, 04:55 AM  
It's time to say goodbye?
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 253
Views: 10,461
I'm sure similar things were said in 1915 when you typically got gasoline in a jar from the drug store. "If everybody buys one of these oil-powered things we'd need a filling station on every corner! That'll take 100 years, nobody will ever do it."

Remember when YouTube first debuted? I remember the discussion about how ridiculously impractical that was, the bandwidth of the internet will never support millions of people streaming video, that's absolutely crazy. Yet here we are 20 years later and probably billions of people stream video all the time because the infrastructure was massively upgraded.



Maybe. But if you're going to put all that cost and effort and infrastructure into turning fossil fuels or seawater or whatever into hydrogen, then pump that into your car at massive pressures, then feed that into a fuel cell that turns it into electricity... well, I'm not sure why you don't skip about five steps and a bunch of conversion losses and just put the electricity into the batteries in your EV.

Now maybe if you were somewhere like Jupiter or Neptune where elemental hydrogen was somewhat more common...
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-22-2022, 04:31 PM  
It's time to say goodbye?
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 253
Views: 10,461
It wouldn't take anything remotely close to that amount of time. Not unless you're charging with a wall outlet, or have a primitive 10-year-old electric car or something.


A Tesla supercharger, of which there are thousands spread around the US and more being built every day, can charge a Model 3 from 5% to 95% in 37 minutes. At least according to the first link I found, and that squares with other things I've read. You can top off about 200 miles worth in maybe 20 minutes.

No, it's not as convenient as getting 15 gallons of gas. But electric cars have other advantages. And remember that the vast majority of trips are much, much shorter than what you're talking about. The average daily commute is something like 25-30 miles round trip. Most people are not taking 300, 400, 500+ mile road trips all the time. In the US most families have more than one car so if you are setting of for a trip from South Carolina to Alberta you take the gas car.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-22-2022, 07:38 AM  
It's time to say goodbye?
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 253
Views: 10,461
The efficiency of an electric motor does fall at high rpm, and a single-speed electric car usually has a lower top speed than its ICE cousins. As I mentioned before the Porsche Taycan has a two-speed gearbox, which is claimed to boost overall efficiency by 5% and allows for a top speed of over 160 mph. At the expense of some complexity, the need to design a transmission that can handle the torque, and, presumably, the need to eventually change the transmission fluid.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-22-2022, 06:53 AM  
It's time to say goodbye?
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 253
Views: 10,461
Some electric cars (including the Porsche Taycan, IIRC) have an automatic two-speed gearbox that makes them somewhat more efficient at highway speeds. There's no technical reason that I know of that you couldn't put a manual in those vehicles. Even if it makes little sense.

You know someone will eventually do that, even if it's a one-off that takes hundreds of hours of labor and many thousands of dollars and makes the car needlessly complex and less efficient.

I'd drive that.

Also, I've read of restomods that swap in a crate electric motor while keeping the original drivetrain including the manual transmission. The latest IEEE Spectrum magazine had an article on a 60s VW Bus they'd done that to. It's crossed my mind to do that to the currently non-functional '63 Corvette in my garage, even if that might be considered blasphemy to a lot of the boomers who lust for a split-window Vette.



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Today's torque converter automatics are barely less efficient than a manual. Actually, modern 7, 8, even 9-speed automatics are probably more efficient than their typically 6-speed manual equivalents because they are programmed to shift at optimal points. And they never forget that they've been in 4th or 5th for the last 10 minutes, as I'm sure almost all manual drivers have.

I drive a manual because it's more fun and engaging, but automatics are typically more efficient and accelerate faster. My '14 Audi S4 is spec'd at 4.6 seconds 0-60 mph with the dual-clutch automatic, and 4.9 or 5.0 with the manual.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-21-2022, 04:53 AM  
It's time to say goodbye?
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 253
Views: 10,461
It's all good. I just know how these conversations tend to go in an online forum. Something gets called a snapshot, then the fire ants are drawn to the spilt ice cream and before long you have a swarm shouting about how consumer glass and cell phones and whatever aren't real photography.

I sometimes go back to a photo I took on my family vacation to Europe in 2019. I took a pretty cool shot of an Audi RS6 Avant with the Gro▀glockner mountain in the background with a K-3 II and a 20-40 Limited. I thought it was nice, although I'm sure it wouldn't win any awards. At the same time my then 11-year-old with almost no photographic experience had my old K-30 and a 18-55 kit lens, the dial set on auto, and he took essentially the same photo. When I posted the two shots here on Pentax Forums nobody could really tell which was which.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-20-2022, 05:27 AM  
It's time to say goodbye?
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 253
Views: 10,461
When you start dividing up images into photography and other stuff you immediately start drawing arbitrary lines between photographers and whatever you want to call the others: amateurs, people who take casual snapshots, tourists... whatever. Inevitably you are making judgments based on your own subjective criteria (doubtless with carefully constructed benchmarks to make them appear objective). In an online forum such as this you'll place the images in various buckets, and tell people things like "oh, that's a nice snapshot" and imply that while a fine picture it's not a real photograph and the person who composed it not a real photographer. Then you'll get others to weigh in, and state that only large view cameras taking landscapes or portraits are real, or that only FF is real, or only pro glass makes real photographs, and certainly no cell phone could ever be used to create art, and on and on.

In the end most of the people you're trying to have a conversation with will conclude that, at least in your eyes, their (not-) photography is just random stuff captured by a random person who's not really a photographer.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-18-2022, 04:27 AM  
Simple Question. Maybe not so simple answer. Can I sell my D500 now?
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 22
Views: 1,370
As much as I like my Pentax cameras, service in the US is certainly not one of Ricoh's strong suits. There is one official service center in the entire country, Precision Camera in Connecticut. No matter where you live in the US, California, Alaska, Florida, wherever... you have to ship your stuff to Connecticut for repair.

I do not know how this compares to other brands.
Forum: General Photography 06-17-2022, 04:12 AM  
Bokeh..just a load of balls?
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 128
Views: 5,203
Would the people in Vietnam who make Pentax cameras be better or worse off if we bought many fewer Pentax cameras?
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-17-2022, 04:07 AM  
Simple Question. Maybe not so simple answer. Can I sell my D500 now?
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 22
Views: 1,370
I concur that the Mark III is miles ahead of prior Pentax cameras in terms of autofocus performance and a number of other areas. It's a great camera, especially paired with the 55-300 PLM.


But I don't have any of the long lenses the OP talks about, so I'd probably rent a K-3 Mark III and test them out, compare to the D500, before going all-in.
Forum: General Photography 06-16-2022, 04:22 AM  
USB-C standard well overdue...
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 71
Views: 2,372
I've been using USB-C since 2016 and I don't think I've ever had a cable or device fail, which I can't say with micro USB or other standards. I know I still have and use the charger that came with my Google Pixel 1.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-10-2022, 04:38 AM  
The Squirrel Mafia's new & improved RawTherapee thread!
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 302
Views: 37,920
Recovering blown highlights in RT works quite well in my experience. I use it all the time for clouds, as well as fixing the bright yellow-green jerseys that teenage goalkeepers tend to wear and seem to always blow out even using highlight weighted metering.

I use the function so much and I see so little downside that I've thought about modifying all my Squirrel Mafia pp3 files to have that box checked automatically.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-09-2022, 07:15 AM  
All cameras to have USB-C charger by 2024
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 46
Views: 1,825
@normhead just felt a great disturbance in the force.
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