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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12 Hours Ago  
Should I get my hands dirty on this gem?? (wisdom needed)
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 9
Views: 504
You would do better to forgo surgery on the lens and pick up a mirrorless of some sort and get an adapter.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
Trouble deciding which lens to purchase or, help feed my LBA
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 31
Views: 841
Get the 100 Macro.
Edit: I see you already did.
Good job.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 2 Days Ago  
LX Sticky Mirror Temporary Workround Advice Needed
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 6
Views: 279
I had to do an emergency repair on one of mine. I ended up using a very small cube of rubber from an old motorcycle inner tube for the bumper. I glued it in with contact cement. I adjusted the stop by trial and error. It held for many years. I eventually sent all three of my LX bodies to Pentax Canada and had all the rubber replaced as well as the resistors that are subject to corrosion. That was in about 2004 or so. Of course I haven’t used them since.
Forum: General Photography 4 Days Ago  
What's the mirrorless winner - need your help please!
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 29
Views: 1,051
They are all losers.
However, were I a betting man, I would buy into Fuji.
In fact, that is what I did. It’s too bad that the viewfinders are unusable for any length of time.
If you are buying into full frame, I expect Nikon is the safe bet.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-12-2018, 09:46 AM  
Google Pixel 3 Computational Photography Advances
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 30
Views: 589
So you don't have anything to back up your statement?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-12-2018, 08:54 AM  
Google Pixel 3 Computational Photography Advances
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 30
Views: 589
What's come along in the last few years of ILC development that marks a massive improvement in cameras?
I'm not seeing anything.
Meanwhile, I have seen huge improvements in camera phones.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-12-2018, 07:19 AM  
Google Pixel 3 Computational Photography Advances
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 30
Views: 589
Smartphones pretty much are the future of photography. ILC camera development is stagnant, and has been for several years. Meanwhile Smartphone cameras keep getting better and better. The other thing with smartphones is their ubiquitousness. Everyone has one, and for the most part, everyone upgrades every couple of years or so, and every couple of years, the camera in those devices has improved tremendously.
People have been forced into stand alone cameras and if they wanted something a bit better than a P&S they had to buy either a bridge camera or an ILC. Now we've seen the demise of the compact P&S, killed by the smartphone a few generations of phone ago. It won't be too many more generations before the bridge camera is also killed, as it is little more than a glorified P&S.
People want convenience above all else. Image quality is a very distant second (or possibly even further down the scale). Most images are now viewed on smartphone screens, so the need for real quality isn't there anyway.
The smartphone is convenient, and it's something that is with the user every moment of every day. The camera in it is, therefore, about as convenient as is possible. Compare this with a bridge camera, or gawd forbid, an ILC. Big, cumbersome, and they don't multitask.
The smartphone camera is getting to the point where it will do most of what users want, and for those special occasions where they need something better, they might have an ILC in the back of a closet. As the smartphone camera continues to improve, that ILC is going to see less and less use, and as more and more people see less and less use for ILCs, the sales of them will continue to drop.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-10-2018, 07:27 AM  
Why no aGPS
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 10
Views: 486
Perhaps because it would be a useless add on?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-06-2018, 05:23 PM  
Cloud backup for raw files
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 11
Views: 502
I think I'd just use the camera to write to both cards and forget about cloud backup.
Forum: General Photography 10-06-2018, 05:04 PM  
Low-Quality Journalism
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 23
Views: 934
Thar wasn't shot as journalism footage. It turned out to be an important piece of film, but at the time it was shot it was just a guy with a Super 8 camera doing home movies when the President came to town.
Forum: General Photography 10-05-2018, 07:20 AM  
Low-Quality Journalism
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 23
Views: 934
The problem is that journalism is now at the same level as professional photography or home renovation contractor. Sure, you can go to school and learn your craft, but there is no requirement. Give anyone a tool belt and a battery operated drill and they can call themselves a contractor. Give anyone a camera and they can call themselves a pro photographer. Give anyone a cell phone and they can call themselves a reporter.

The profession isn't helped by dumb azzes who feel it is OK to denigrate the professional media simply because they report what they see, and a bunch of dumber azzes who go along with it because it fits a narrative that they want to believe.
The situation hasn't been helped by news organizations becoming nakedly political, quite often passing off dishonest editorializing in "commentary" programming with virtually no warning to consumers that they are giving airtime to what are often little more than hit pieces.
Twenty Four hour news channels need to have time fillers. Combine this with networks becoming the official outlets of political parties and politicians calling news outlets that don't toe their party's line fake news and the like, and no controls on who can call themselves a news outlet and it's not surprising that the media is now viewed with the type of suspicion that you have.
People have become intellectually lazy, and will believe what they are being fed if it fit's what they want to believe. Case in point, the idiot that shot up the pizza place in Washington DC. Apparently he still believes that there was a child sex ring being operated out of the place, his only admission is that he could have handled things better. With this sort of mental midget becoming the norm, and troll websites passing themselves off as news being willing to feed into their fears, it's not surprising we are where we are.
People need to learn how to think for themselves again. People need to stop believing what is not believable, and start believing verified facts that are put before them. People need to call out those who lie and call their lies "alternative facts" for what they are, which is liars supporting liars, and shun media outlets who support these liars.
We need to become our own fact checkers because as you say, there aren't a lot of shining stars out there who report honestly.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-05-2018, 06:47 AM  
DFA* 50mm f1.4 SDM Lens Twist Trick?
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 10
Views: 669
Stopping the lens down and partially (or fully) removing it maintains the lens at the stopped down aperture until the lens is remounted and put under power again. I can't see this being damaging to the equipment.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-04-2018, 09:04 AM  
SSD drive and Photoshop
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 25
Views: 774
Use the SSD as the primary swap drive for Photoshop. You will be amazed at how much faster things are once you run out of RAM.
Forum: Visitors' Center 10-04-2018, 08:56 AM  
white images
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 5
Views: 402
Start by reading the manual.
Forum: General Photography 10-03-2018, 10:48 AM  
Sticking your lens in someone's face...
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 70
Views: 1,846
I guess the real question is why would you turn down a polite request? It seems to me that to do otherwise just invites an escalating situation.
Forum: General Photography 10-03-2018, 09:33 AM  
Sticking your lens in someone's face...
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 70
Views: 1,846
Why are you uncomfortable?


You might want to go back and read the OP for clarification.

I wouldn't want to add to your obvious discomfort.

---------- Post added 10-03-18 at 10:35 AM ----------



Why does it take the threat of physical violence to coerce you into being polite?
Forum: General Photography 10-02-2018, 10:16 AM  
Sticking your lens in someone's face...
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 70
Views: 1,846
I'm going to respectfully disagree regarding social media. My feeling is that social media is, with few exceptions, all about personal enjoyment and ego gratification. Certainly there are people who use Social Media as their own personal soapbox, but for every one of those, there are probably ten thousand whose sole use is posting pictures of their cats. Facebook friends or Twitter followers may count as an audience to receive the message, or it may not. Exactly what message are we supposed to take away from a picture of a sleeping cat?
I think one of the confusions regarding the First Amendment is that it is seen as some sort of universal right, which it isn't. It is strictly applied as what the Federal Government can ban, and has no bearing on what state or local governments can ban within their jurisdictions, and certainly has no bearing on what a private citizen can ban on his or her own premises.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 10-02-2018, 10:03 AM  
EU recording time penalty coming to an end
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 8
Views: 613
I see a lot of firmware updates in the near future.
Forum: General Photography 10-02-2018, 10:02 AM  
How do you deal with people looks?
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 41
Views: 1,188
I have a tendency to ignore people and just do my thing. A while back I was photographing a rivulet of water running over a couple of rocks in a stream. A guy came along and was somewhat derisive regarding what I was doing. I told him it was going to make a lovely enlargement for my wall, and that I didn't need to see the grandiose to see something worth photographing.
Sadly, I don't think he knew what grandiose meant, so it was a bit lost on him.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-02-2018, 07:59 AM  
Pentax APS-C Dead-End?
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 104
Views: 9,693
Letís not forget that diffraction limits are not a hard wall where the image is good at one stop and then mush one stop down from there.
Forum: General Photography 10-01-2018, 06:17 PM  
Sticking your lens in someone's face...
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 70
Views: 1,846
This might be an interesting read for our American friends.

Photography & First Amendment | Freedom Forum Institute

It turns out that photography isn't necessarily protected under the First Amendment.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-01-2018, 06:09 PM  
Pentax APS-C Dead-End?
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 104
Views: 9,693
I was shooting in the studio a lot at that time and found the AF worse than useless under the 3K modelling lights. In daylight the AF was OK as long as what I was focussing on was fairly neutral, but throw a strong colour cast subject at it, especially one that had a hint or more of red in it, and it would fail. My understanding was that the K5 was all over the place regarding this issue. I happened to have a very bad one.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-01-2018, 04:05 PM  
Pentax APS-C Dead-End?
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 104
Views: 9,693
Auto focus had to improve since the K5. It could hardly have gotten worse. The K5 AF was why I bought a Katz Eye focus screen.
Forum: General Photography 10-01-2018, 03:48 PM  
Sticking your lens in someone's face...
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 70
Views: 1,846
Sorry Mike, I thought I was posting the legalese surrounding the discussion, complete with example, not politics.
This was my intent. Sorry if I crossed the line.
Forum: General Photography 10-01-2018, 03:31 PM  
Sticking your lens in someone's face...
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 70
Views: 1,846
The Nimitz was commissioned on May 3, 1975, 18 U.S.C. 795 came into effect January 7, 2011.
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