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Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 01-09-2021, 04:01 PM  
Sigma 120-400 autofocus fail
Posted By jcsnyc
Replies: 6
Views: 379
@normhead I did have to use my 60-250 for birding today - so outcome is use of a WORKING SDM. My 50-135 SDM did die but I switched to Screwdrive....

Any option like that on Sigma???

Will call Sigma Monday @C_Jones
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 01-09-2021, 09:25 AM  
Sigma 120-400 autofocus fail
Posted By jcsnyc
Replies: 6
Views: 379
I have a Sigma 120-400 I bought a few years back and have been using it pretty intensely this year. Two days ago the Autofocus just stopped working. I have tested on my K1 II and K3 with the same results - nothing happens, no noises, nothing.

I have played with the AF focus switch on the lens (and the camera) - still no luck. Also cleaned the contacts.

Any suggestions? I did take this lens in for service two years ago and it may get another trip....
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-09-2021, 05:18 AM  
2 weeks old K-1 II user
Posted By jcsnyc
Replies: 10
Views: 743
Same as last post. I use the LCD. I zoom in a bit, center on a bright start by moving the zoom area, and then zoom in as much as possible and focus on the centered star. Works well for me on any lens.
Forum: Contest Voting 01-02-2021, 05:56 PM  
Climbing "Needle's Eye"
Posted By jcsnyc
Replies: 67
Views: 344
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Forum: Contest Voting 01-02-2021, 05:56 PM  
Hang On
Posted By jcsnyc
Replies: 53
Views: 282
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Forum: Contest Voting 01-02-2021, 05:55 PM  
Under Big Red
Posted By jcsnyc
Replies: 39
Views: 356
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Forum: Contest Voting 01-02-2021, 05:55 PM  
No.193
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Replies: 12
Views: 139
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Forum: Contest Voting 01-02-2021, 05:55 PM  
Ready for Practice
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Replies: 43
Views: 334
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Forum: Contest Voting 01-02-2021, 05:54 PM  
A Fallen King by a Pawn from the Shadows
Posted By jcsnyc
Replies: 19
Views: 282
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Forum: Contest Voting 01-02-2021, 05:54 PM  
1984 Porsche 911 - just plain fun!
Posted By jcsnyc
Replies: 10
Views: 158
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Forum: Contest Voting 01-02-2021, 05:53 PM  
High Speed Sailing
Posted By jcsnyc
Replies: 25
Views: 196
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Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 01-02-2021, 01:34 PM  
For Sale: Bogen/Manfrotto Tripod Heads: 3036, 3047 with QR Plates
Posted By jcsnyc
Replies: 3
Views: 604
Pm sent re:3437
Forum: Sold Items 01-02-2021, 01:23 PM  
For Sale - Sold: SMC Pentax-DA* 300mm F4 ED [IF] SDM (Selling Dad's Entire Collection)
Posted By jcsnyc
Replies: 2
Views: 572
Another pm sent in case still available
Forum: Contest Voting 12-28-2020, 11:09 AM  
1984 Porsche 911 - just plain fun!
Posted By jcsnyc
Replies: 10
Views: 158
My 911 by the ocean in Maine! Take in 2016 on a visit to my parents. Was actually the longest trip I had taken in the car - from PA to ME via VT!
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 12-09-2020, 03:18 PM  
Caption Contest Caption Dec 6-Dec 13
Posted By jcsnyc
Replies: 25
Views: 1,050
So I think I found the source of your heat loss....
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 12-09-2020, 01:36 PM  
Project 52 P52-9-35 Light: The Golden Hour
Posted By jcsnyc
Replies: 7
Views: 580
Ventured out early Friday morning. Photo from DUMBO Brooklyn using Tamron 70-200 ISO 800, F8.0 at 1/500. I really like taking Telephoto Landscape shots...
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 12-09-2020, 01:28 PM  
Weekly Challenge #519 Benches
Posted By jcsnyc
Replies: 30
Views: 1,381
Good challenge. No interesting bench shots in my library so I shot this bench this morning at sunrise on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, NY.

10 second exposure using FA 28-105 at 31mm, F 8.0 at ISO 1600. I had a Hoya ND filter (9 stops) though I probably could have gotten away without it....
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 12-07-2020, 07:02 AM  
Weekly Challenge Winner - #518 Lost or Discarded Objects
Posted By jcsnyc
Replies: 2
Views: 395
Thanks everyone for the entries. I think we got a nice range of photos that represent different "angles" on this challenge.

aaacb - Thanks for being the first entry and kicking us off. I really like the moodiness of your photo which is due to your choice of black and white, extreme contrast and lots of lines. Your photo leaves a lot of questions and I am curious about the story behind the scene. I wonder why that chair is discarded and why it is left unusable on the corner. Great job keeping my interest.

Vaskebjorn - I first saw your photo on my phone and had trouble finding the discarded object with that “rock” front and center. Then I realized it was a boot that had clearly spend a long time sitting there accumulating mud and plants. This photo really gets me thinking and I like the muted colors, tension of the waterfall, and angles. I expect that the boot gets a lot of attention and hope it stays in place for many years longer.

SpecialK - BOOM - such bright colors - this photo really wakes me up. Also a great story about how a pink shoe got lost and placed on a pink painted stump. I wonder if this is created art or just a happy coincidence.

jacamar - Great “lost” object that has definitely been sitting there for a very long time. I expect the construction workers are not brave enough to remove it so it will stay forever. The colors of the roof, sides and rust perfectly balance with the color of the rocks and dirt. Very intriguing capture.

stevejo - So much metal waiting to get converted to another form - whether via rust or smelting. There is a lot to look at in this photo and the crushed truck at the center makes me a bit sad to see such a cool vehicle meet its fate.

jchorst - Another great story. Such high heels and the shoes seem to be in good shape. I imagine a woman being slowed down in those heels and kicking them off to go barefoot. Very moody as well with the dark shadows contrasting the white shoes. Good choice to leave a lot of mystery in the shadows just as there is mystery in what happened here.

ramseybuckeye - I really want to know what happens when someone opens the door to add more trash. Does everything tumble out OR is it all just balanced inside OR is there another means for entry. Nice lines in the fence, and the boxiness of the booths, and the windows. Good color and I am glad there is a red coke can drawing my attention to the center. A bit sad that this happened. Good interesting shot.

zubzubadoodle - Great job with the reflections and the framing that leaves the guitar in the bottom 1/3 of the photo. There is a lot of turmoil in that water and this is one of the saddest photos to me since a guitar can be so valuable and will not do very well in the water. My imagination runs wild trying to figure out how someone lost this instrument - was it during a camping trip or in a flood or just a discarded object that someone no longer wanted. We won’t ever know (probably) so lots to think about here.

turbo_bird - Another discarded old truck which must have been a great looking one when it was new. I really like the way in which you included so much of the trees to provide a solid context for this photo - especially since you were using a 105mm - which means you really had to step back to frame this one so well. I expect the original is more vibrant (we seem to lose a lot when we post here) and like the greens vs. the reds.

smf - I find this one really amusing - I laughed out loud and tried to match the lost gloves with each other. Can’t those two pinks go together??? Clearly a place where a lot of objects are lost and hopefully found!


I think that moodiness is the theme here for me. There is so much discard in our society whether intentional or not. Most of these photos convey a bit of sadness and stories. Interesting that 3 of the photos are footwear which I find a little less disconcerting since we often leave our shoes and boots behind. Thanks for all of the entries.

And the winner is zubzubadoodle with his lost guitar. I like the framing and choice of B&W. While a lot of the items are understandably lost, this one has the most mystery for me and is sad and beautiful at the same time.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 12-07-2020, 05:14 AM  
Weekly Challenge #518 Lost or Discarded Objects
Posted By jcsnyc
Replies: 14
Views: 787
CLOSED - Judging underway. Thanks for the entries.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-05-2020, 03:35 PM  
Autumn fog.
Posted By jcsnyc
Replies: 81
Views: 761
I want to drive there!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-05-2020, 03:34 PM  
Sunrise's After
Posted By jcsnyc
Replies: 45
Views: 397
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-05-2020, 03:33 PM  
Colours From Above
Posted By jcsnyc
Replies: 23
Views: 277
I always love the
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-05-2020, 03:33 PM  
Ridgeway, Colorado
Posted By jcsnyc
Replies: 48
Views: 590
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-05-2020, 03:33 PM  
Color sky
Posted By jcsnyc
Replies: 48
Views: 530
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Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 12-05-2020, 03:21 PM  
Picture of the Week POTW #619 - November 21 to December 5, 2020
Posted By jcsnyc
Replies: 12
Views: 1,276
I have been doing a lot of Bird photography in the last few months but decided to shift a bit recently.

Photos are:
- Brooklyn Bridge at Sunrise a few days back (K1 MkII, Tamron 70-200, 200mm @ 7.1)
- My dog (Bree) who my daughter is making into an Instagram sensation. I set up a studio in my office (K1 MkII, FA 28-105, 28mm @ 9.0)
- Some leaves I caught on a recent photo walk (K1 MkII, DA-50 1.8, 50mm @ 8.0)
- I always love cranes (the non-bird kinds) and these are a few blocks from my house (K1 MkII, Pentax 85mm 2.0 M or K, 85mm)
- A seagull as I really like the foreground in this shot (K1 MkII, Sigma 120-400mm, 400mm @ 8.0)
- A Tufted Titmouse (my favorite bird as they look so proud with their chests and crests) (Tamron 70-200mm, 77.5mm @ 3.5)
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