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Forum: Lens Clubs 06-09-2016, 05:21 AM  
Takumar club
Posted By sameagle
Replies: 15,850
Views: 2,858,189
Hi Hinman,

Since you are selling off your manual focus takumars what will you be using for lenses?

I have switched from pentax to fuji. I'm enjoying the fuji lenses quite a bit but also can't resist using my takumars from time to time.

Sam
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 07-07-2015, 10:47 AM  
How to avoid blowing highlights / what are your settings? (WG-4)
Posted By sameagle
Replies: 1
Views: 1,147
Hi all,

I bought a WG-4 recently and we are getting acquainted. One trend I am seeing is that many of the photos have blown highlights.

So ... I'm wondering if anyone has noticed the same. And I'm wondering what settings you typically use (both in general and also specific to the blown highlights).


Settings I changed (I think!):
PHOTO SETTINGS
Recorded pixels: 16M
Quality: *** (3 stars)
EV Comp: I've been trying to figure out how to set it to -0.7 and to have that setting "stick" but I haven't figured out the sticky part yet.
Face Detection: On. (I think default was actually Off)
Digital Zoom: Off
Green Button: (I haven't tweaked it yet, but would be happy to hear how others use it)
Sharpness: default ... have you tweaked yours?
IQ Enhancer: I just turned mine off after reading the WG-3 review on this site!

VIDEO SETTINGS
Enable Autofocus: I think default setting was off, which is strange. Turned mine On.

USER: Are you using the "user" feature? I'd like to know how you use yours.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 06-23-2015, 01:09 PM  
Bought camera from Amazon ... is it used?
Posted By sameagle
Replies: 4
Views: 1,220
I called Ricoh Support and they have confirmed what you said, Adam. Boxes do not usually have a cellophane wrap, boxes are not "sticker sealed". I loaded a photo per Rimfiredude's link and my shutter count is at 0. Also the camera and accessories seem to be pristine with not greasy paw-prints.

Next step: do a bunch of photos and testing to make sure my unit is decent.

Thanks,
Sam
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 06-23-2015, 12:09 PM  
Bought camera from Amazon ... is it used?
Posted By sameagle
Replies: 4
Views: 1,220
Hi all,

I bought a camera (wg-4 gps) from Amazon marketplace from a seller located in NY/USA. I am surprised about the packaging: the clear wrap on the outside does not look like factory wrap, nor is the box sealed.
So I think I probably have a used/returned camera.

Does anyone know how Ricoh compacts are usually packaged in terms of the cellophane wrap and the box seals?

Also, any way to check something like shutter counts etc to see if it has been used?

Thanks,
Sam
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-04-2014, 11:01 AM  
Machinery Bike Portraits?
Posted By sameagle
Replies: 4
Views: 571
Nice bunch of bikes. I'd have fun riding any of them. Nice shots, too.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-28-2014, 08:09 PM  
Old Ira Needs New Help with DSLR Cinematography & More
Posted By sameagle
Replies: 22
Views: 2,489
Good to see you making a post, Ira. Hope things work out for you. I'm still on my K-x and takumars, too, but have to admit I'm plotting a way to get something like a Fuji xe2 or xt1 that would make focusing the takumars a lot easier.

I don't really have any advice on how to use your gear for videos. I've been using my phone to make my family videos, but I should give it a try. It would be interesting to see how the file sizes and quality compares. If the K-x really is in some obscure file format that my computer does not favor, then that will mean extra work and time, which I can't really afford.

Best wishes!
- Sam

---------- Post added 05-28-14 at 11:10 PM ----------

By the way, we just need Mike Cash to pop on by and it will feel like a high school reunion. :-)
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-12-2012, 11:32 AM  
Takumar club
Posted By sameagle
Replies: 15,850
Views: 2,858,189
Chex, that is a lovely series!
- Sam
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-30-2012, 09:12 AM  
Abstract untitled
Posted By sameagle
Replies: 2
Views: 298
Very cool! I'd love to see more like this.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-17-2012, 09:44 AM  
People The Noble Family.
Posted By sameagle
Replies: 13
Views: 742
love it!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-12-2012, 08:01 AM  
Hello Pentax doing a great job
Posted By sameagle
Replies: 4
Views: 522
Nice to see a positive comment from someone from the other side of the tracks.

There sure is a lot of whining about Pentax products here.

I bought into Pentax because they offered a nice camera at a decent price, all while allowing me to put some old lenses to use...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-12-2012, 07:56 AM  
Sports Soccer Action
Posted By sameagle
Replies: 8
Views: 584
Fun series!

I love how the 1st shot is perfectly timed to show you a squished soccer ball. :-)

- Sam
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-31-2012, 09:23 AM  
files on hard drive damaged?
Posted By sameagle
Replies: 18
Views: 1,817
I have experienced the same issue. Like you, I would back up my photos to various hard drives.
At some point a bunch of my files got corrupted. Very annoying and pretty painful.
I think I have finally managed to hunt down and replace all of the (important) corrupted files.

I wish I knew what caused the corruption in the first place.

Tips:

1. Try using various programs to open the corrupted files. Surprisingly, I saw different results depending on what program I used. Try your IE browser, try windows picture and fax viewer, quicktime pictureviewer, paint, google chrome, microsoft picture viewer, etc. This may help you figure out what your corrupted files used to contain.

2. Cleaning up the mess of duplicate files: ever since the corruption I started accruing bunches of copies of my various drives, and in the end I had quite a mess of dupes to sort through. I finally tried out a program called "duplicate cleaner" by digital volcano. There is a free version which worked so well that I decided I'd happily pay $30 for full version. I can't recommend it enough. It has saved me literally days worth of time to dedupe my files. It lets you dedupe based on the contents of the file (using some fancy hash method) rather than the file name. Side benefit: I have reduced the amount of files on my hard drive by a HUGE amount.

Good luck!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-25-2012, 09:49 AM  
Architecture St Werburghs Church
Posted By sameagle
Replies: 4
Views: 418
I'm going into the light!
Nice work.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-25-2012, 09:48 AM  
Nature High ISO Foxes in the backyard
Posted By sameagle
Replies: 17
Views: 1,164
I love these pics!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-26-2012, 01:03 PM  
People A Story of Addiction....Sad but true...
Posted By sameagle
Replies: 10
Views: 887
Hahahaha! Lovely.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-22-2012, 10:26 AM  
Nature Year of Locust
Posted By sameagle
Replies: 8
Views: 395
Yikes!

I've never seen anything like that before.
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-19-2012, 06:57 AM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By sameagle
Replies: 5,122
Views: 922,922
MikeSF, those are really nice shots.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-18-2012, 09:29 AM  
Travel A "Blast from the Past"
Posted By sameagle
Replies: 18
Views: 1,088
Hey that could have been me!

That's my age and Papoose pond is just one over from Norway Lake, where I spent my summers.

Great photo.
Forum: Photo Critique 06-14-2012, 08:38 PM  
People Quick Home Portraits
Posted By sameagle
Replies: 8
Views: 866
You're probably right ... but I actually like the way those hands kind of loom out of the darkness.
As a matter of fact, I say crop out the rest of him and focus on the hands.

:-)
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-08-2012, 10:28 AM  
Takumar club
Posted By sameagle
Replies: 15,850
Views: 2,858,189
Mike,

wow wow wow, what a terrible story. I sure will think 3 times about not washing little scrapes from now on.

I know punctures from rusty metal are typically associated with tetanus / lock jaw. But I have never heard anything like you described.

I recently picked up the SMC version of the Tak 105. Here's a shot that I am pretty pleased with:

Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-07-2012, 12:54 PM  
Old timer with a new Pentax
Posted By sameagle
Replies: 7
Views: 524
Oh yeah: Thanks for your service!

I feel fortunate that I haven't had to do that particular job.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-07-2012, 12:53 PM  
Old timer with a new Pentax
Posted By sameagle
Replies: 7
Views: 524
Welcome, you old goat!

:-)

Good for you that you're here and have figured out how to use the forum.
When I'm older I have the feeling I'll be clueless about how to do anything with computers and new technology.

- Sam
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-05-2012, 02:14 PM  
Takumar club
Posted By sameagle
Replies: 15,850
Views: 2,858,189
Mythmaker:

It looks like a scene out of Reservoir Ducks.
Here come Mr. Blue, Mr. Brown, Mr. Orange, and Mr. Pink.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-05-2012, 09:55 AM  
People Out of Control
Posted By sameagle
Replies: 26
Views: 957
I like the effect a lot!
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-05-2012, 09:52 AM  
Takumar club
Posted By sameagle
Replies: 15,850
Views: 2,858,189
tak-pix,

i'm glad you shared it.
i'm just not sure whether i'm glad that i saw it or not.
lol
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