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Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 09-29-2017, 07:33 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge 401 - Reflections with water - running 29th Sep through 6th Oct 2017
Posted By pntxjack
Replies: 32
Views: 4,112
Not having much luck trying to put up a photo. Advice: DO NOT GET OLD!!! :-)
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-28-2016, 07:34 AM  
To K1 or not K1 - that is the question?
Posted By pntxjack
Replies: 78
Views: 14,450
Sorry I was mistaken. Jack
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-27-2016, 09:03 PM  
To K1 or not K1 - that is the question?
Posted By pntxjack
Replies: 78
Views: 14,450
I did the same thing at near two grand. Just now I got word that I could buy direct from pentax for near two hundred dollars less!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

---------- Post added 04-27-16 at 09:04 PM ----------


Now I am going to see if I can cancel my order at B&H. Wish me luck. WRONG!!! WRONG!!! WRONG!!! My mistake.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 11-01-2014, 08:34 AM  
My ongoing experience with Precision Camera
Posted By pntxjack
Replies: 20
Views: 3,990
Precision's web site now has the status as "Parts Ordered".
That's better.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-30-2014, 12:27 PM  
My ongoing experience with Precision Camera
Posted By pntxjack
Replies: 20
Views: 3,990
I mailed my FLASH AF-160 FC on September 24, 2014.
USPS says it was received September 26, 2014.
Precision (web site) says received OCTOBER 8!!!, "in repair" OCOTOBER 8!!!
FULLY PREPAID BEFORE I mailed it.
DEAD SILENCE. No response to an email. I have not tried the phone because my heart won't withstand the elevated blood pressure.
Totally unacceptable!!!
Ricoh--how can I use up my camera requiring me to buy a new one without this (for my photography) CRITICAL accessory?
How can your image be improved using these boobs?
If I could, I would demand my flash back, let the boobs keep the money and find a non-boob to repair it.
Very angrily yours
Jack Nissen

---------- Post added 10-30-14 at 12:28 PM ----------

Sorry, make that:
TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE!!!

---------- Post added 10-30-14 at 01:00 PM ----------

Pretty amazing---
I did call Precision with my blood pressure medicine close at hand.
Ring, ring, ring!!!
No answer!!!
Swallowed one pill.
Then I called Ricoh, USA and repeated my complaint as above
Then I used the Ricoh web form to cut and paste the above missive and submitted it.
Not more than three minutes, my phone rang.
It was Vanessa at Precision!!!
She said she had heard from Ricoh that I was not happy. (DUH!!!)
I repeated my complaints as above.
She said their phone system was working just fine. (BS!)
Then she said she would send a message to "repair" and get back to me within 24 hours. (I will believe that when I see it.)
So, bottom line:
1) Ricoh is VERY responsive!!!;
2) Precision is concerned when Ricoh responds;
3) If you have a problem with Precision, contact Ricoh, USA.
Jack
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 08-02-2014, 07:37 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #293 - Power Lines
Posted By pntxjack
Replies: 33
Views: 4,317
Saw the guys atop the transmission lines tower, heard the copter, ran like I have not run in a long time to get my camera and tripod, quick onto the deck, focus, snap, and they were gone.
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-20-2014, 08:08 AM  
Macro Pentax Auto Focus Extension Tubes
Posted By pntxjack
Replies: 4
Views: 1,233
If you are here (PF), you probably know this trick. I am not the inventor, but I came up with the idea independently.
Pentax does not make an AF extension tube, nor does anyone else in the Pentax mount.
What to do?
Get an AF rear converter, remove all of the glass VOILA, a Pentax mount AF extension tube!
1.4x = ~ 18mm of extension, 2x = ~ 25mm of extension. I have combined them for ~ 43mm of extension.
The shorter the focal length of the lens, the greater the effect of the extension.
Enjoy.
Jack
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-14-2014, 09:58 PM  
HD Teleconverter Officially Announced
Posted By pntxjack
Replies: 461
Views: 59,985
It ain't a bottle of wine!!! (Downloaded and installed the firmware update last night. Took my camera out this morning. Images still look like some one soaked my camera in a tub of Pepsi Cola over night.)
This is what the lens (300mm F/4.5 FA*) that the 1.4xTC went behind is capable of. You don't want to see what I got with the TC.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-13-2014, 07:16 PM  
HD Teleconverter Officially Announced
Posted By pntxjack
Replies: 461
Views: 59,985
Shanti--THANK YOU!!! No, I have never been that fond to the f/4 DA*. My old f/4.5 FA* is WAY sharper. But just got back from a shoot with it attached to the 1.4x and not wild about that either. But happy to report that at least the 300FA* works-I'd guess that the whole series does too.
Is there a third party company you can recommend that I send the F/4DA* to?
Thanks again.
Jack

---------- Post added 03-13-14 at 07:18 PM ----------


Thanks JD-
I am not worried about the TC performance on this shot. The critter was far away, and moving fast. And I am not known to have the steadiest hand either.
Jack

---------- Post added 03-13-14 at 07:20 PM ----------


Thanks Cali--
I use a single focus spot in the center, but your commet makes sense if the K5 opted for the twig rather than the feathers, that may be what happened.
Jack
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-13-2014, 12:11 PM  
HD Teleconverter Officially Announced
Posted By pntxjack
Replies: 461
Views: 59,985
I got mine a couple of days ago. I was in a hurry to meet a friend, so I did not download the firmware update--I just confirmed that it coupled and that the AF was operational and off I went. Disappointed so far with my 300mm f/4 DA*. More later after the firmware download.
Has anyone tried it with any of the FA* lenses?
The coyote was shot at a great distance out the passenger window of my friend's truck. I am not sure if he had shut off his engine by the time I made the exposure.
The hummer was quite close and shot from a tripod. The lighting for a hummer was difficult, but I did not like the lack of sharpness.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-21-2014, 08:06 AM  
Asahi Pentax Annual/Pentax Photo Annual
Posted By pntxjack
Replies: 19
Views: 5,333
Thanks Janine- Best to use my email address: pntxjack@aol.com
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-20-2014, 11:09 PM  
Asahi Pentax Annual/Pentax Photo Annual
Posted By pntxjack
Replies: 19
Views: 5,333
Hi Janine--
Did your dad have any other hard bound Pentax publications? (I already have all of the Photo Annuals.)
Thanks.
Jack
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-20-2014, 10:40 PM  
Sigma 120~400 OR 150~500
Posted By pntxjack
Replies: 18
Views: 3,718
Thanks for all of the input---much appreciated. I went with the 150~500mm item. It arrived today. So far I am quite pleased with it. Things I am sure of: It is surprisingly light at just over four pounds, and VERY well balanced; my K3 AF worked just fine at the long end where the maximum aperture is only f/6.3; it is quiet. I am going to try to post an image--but if I can't figure it out, I will say that I am satisfied with the sharpness of the lens. Here goes my try:

---------- Post added 02-20-14 at 09:45 PM ----------

I am called a "Swan Whisperer" by some of my friends. This fellow was about fifteen feet from me when I made this image. Giottos tripod with a Manfrotto 222 pistol grip head. The 222 is no longer available sadly. But of all of the "pistol grip" heads, and I have tried them all, this one holds the lens most firmly.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-11-2014, 07:39 AM  
Sigma 120~400 OR 150~500
Posted By pntxjack
Replies: 18
Views: 3,718
J2, Mike & Visual--
Thanks for your input.
J2--I just sold my FA* 400mm f/2.8 because it HURT to carry it. Doubt the 600mm will be any lighter but I will check it out.
Visual--Thanks for the link--nice images.
Jack

---------- Post added 02-11-14 at 06:54 AM ----------

I just checked out the 600mm lens. Over fifteen pounds. The 400mm is over thirteen pounds. Beautiful lens, but way too heavy for me.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-10-2014, 11:03 PM  
Sigma 120~400 OR 150~500
Posted By pntxjack
Replies: 18
Views: 3,718
I will use the lens mostly for birds on a K5 or K3. I am not the strongest tog, by a long shot, nor am I the steadiest of hand. I ALWAYS use a tripod. Which would you buy? Thanks.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-07-2014, 08:56 AM  
Pentax vs Ricoh Brand Name Clarification
Posted By pntxjack
Replies: 204
Views: 19,241
Thank goodness, and thanks Adam. If I saw Ricoh instead of Pentax on my future lenses and bodies, I would be MORE tempted to switch to the "C word" brand, or maybe the "S word" brand.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-05-2014, 05:27 PM  
HD Teleconverter Officially Announced
Posted By pntxjack
Replies: 461
Views: 59,985
I just pre-ordered mine from B&H. Word of caution: If history is any predicter, you should wait precisely one week before ordering yours. If you do wait one week, you are almost assuredly going to save a hundred bucks or more.
I am giving serious connsideration to withdrawing my FA* 80~200mm f/2.8 from eBay--what a great combination it would be with this new teleconverter. But wait!!! If I withdraw the lens from eBay, how will I pay for the teleconverter? Decisions, dedisions!!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-18-2014, 04:41 PM  
Which 120-400 Zoom???
Posted By pntxjack
Replies: 11
Views: 1,193
Thanks Tibbitts. I might consider that.
I have to wait a couple of more days to be sure eBay credits my account for the fee they charged when my lens "sold".
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-18-2014, 08:54 AM  
Which 120-400 Zoom???
Posted By pntxjack
Replies: 11
Views: 1,193
Thanks all.
My inquiry presupposed that the eBay "buyer" of my 400mm f/2.8 A* would actually pay for the lens. He/she did not! (Dirty rassafratz!)
So, I will have to wait and see if I ever get some money to buy any of these lenses.
Keep your fingers crossed for me.
Jack
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-17-2014, 06:13 AM  
Which 120-400 Zoom???
Posted By pntxjack
Replies: 11
Views: 1,193
Thanks Giklab & SpecialK.
Forum: General Talk 01-17-2014, 06:11 AM  
Sold my 400mm f/2.8 A* on ebay and buyer goes AWOL
Posted By pntxjack
Replies: 10
Views: 1,392
Thanks Stan. I have been trying for years to avoid thinking the worst in every situation. Still forget to count to ten before hitting the "send" button now and then, but getting better. :-)
Forum: General Talk 01-16-2014, 07:03 PM  
Sold my 400mm f/2.8 A* on ebay and buyer goes AWOL
Posted By pntxjack
Replies: 10
Views: 1,392
Sent an email, still SILENCE!
Opened a "buyer did not pay" something or other at eBay. I have to wait four days then can relist without incurring the sold item fee.
Corresponding with the second high bidder who has indicated an interest at a price far less than the amount the defaulting bidder offered. Good guy. Going to try to accommodate him, but protect myself at the same time.
If the defaulter is OK, I wish he had the balls to reply. If he is not OK, I wish him well.
Luckily for him, I can not leave negative feedback. (BUT I am going to block him from future auctions AND I am going to id him in the "description" area of the relisting with a caution that listers of high priced items might consider blocking him.
More later.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-16-2014, 06:39 PM  
First macro lens should be 50/100/180mm?
Posted By pntxjack
Replies: 29
Views: 2,392
The shorter the focal length, the more dramatic the effect of extension tubes. Pentax AF extension tibes can be made by gutting (removing the glass from) AF teleconverters. A 1.4x teleconverter usually yields about 18mm of extension; a 2x teleconverter usually yields about 25mm of extension. Yer gonna love it.
Forum: General Talk 01-16-2014, 07:17 AM  
Sold my 400mm f/2.8 A* on ebay and buyer goes AWOL
Posted By pntxjack
Replies: 10
Views: 1,392
ANY explanation would be OK with me. What is so frustrating is reading his/her feedback, then this so wildly out of character behavior.
My options are "open a dispute", "second chance", and re-list.
I'd much rather be spending the money on a new lens.
Stay tuned.
Jack
Forum: General Talk 01-15-2014, 07:24 PM  
Sold my 400mm f/2.8 A* on ebay and buyer goes AWOL
Posted By pntxjack
Replies: 10
Views: 1,392
This is weird.
An eBayer with a 100% positive feedback rating in 199 transactions bought my lens Sunday evening.
SILENCE!!!
Sent a note yesterday "Are you OK?"
SILENCE!!!
Sent another note just now.
Does anyone know "iaireiko"? Is he OK?
If I do not hear from him very soon, I am going to re-list the lens.
Too old to be angered, but not too old to be frustrated.
Jack
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