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Forum: Contest Voting 06-04-2019, 12:49 PM  
Traditional cavalry
Posted By SPLewis
Replies: 66
Views: 567
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Contest Voting 06-04-2019, 12:48 PM  
On the run
Posted By SPLewis
Replies: 25
Views: 221
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-11-2019, 09:09 AM  
My best fronds
Posted By SPLewis
Replies: 2
Views: 99
These ferns grow every spring from the rock wall that lines the pathway outside my office. It's fascinating to watch them unfurl a little bit more each day.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-09-2019, 08:29 AM  
Peak foliage time in Maine: A detailed landscape
Posted By SPLewis
Replies: 59
Views: 1,043
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-08-2019, 08:50 AM  
Peak foliage time in Maine: A detailed landscape
Posted By SPLewis
Replies: 59
Views: 1,043
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-07-2019, 05:28 PM  
Peak foliage time in Maine: A detailed landscape
Posted By SPLewis
Replies: 59
Views: 1,043
Thanks!!!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-03-2019, 06:44 PM  
Peak foliage time in Maine: A detailed landscape
Posted By SPLewis
Replies: 59
Views: 1,043
Thanks! Its just what it seems: a pond full of trees in autumn, but I flipped it upside down. Because of the long lens, it still works. Sometimes it helps to see things in new ways by just turning our heads a little!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-02-2019, 09:14 AM  
Peak foliage time in Maine: A detailed landscape
Posted By SPLewis
Replies: 59
Views: 1,043
I'm fascinated by the landscape here in northern New England, and always try to challenge myself to "see" details that can easily be missed by just standing there and looking at a big scene. This is a small detail from a panoramic landscape at an old beaver pond in western Maine. The scene was utterly stunning and all-encompassing and my wife and I marveled at our timing: the location, light, color, and majesty were just perfect. There wasn't a soul around, and it was completely still and quiet. I made lots of big, wide shots of the entire scene, and then got creative at "seeing" the essence of what was in front of us. The long lens and unorthodox view perfectly captured (if somewhat abstractedly) the beauty at the heart of autumn. One of my favorite photos from 2018.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-03-2019, 06:21 AM  
Two lights and a strange electric boulder
Posted By SPLewis
Replies: 9
Views: 264
Thanks for the nomination!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-01-2018, 01:23 PM  
Two lights and a strange electric boulder
Posted By SPLewis
Replies: 9
Views: 264
Just a bit of whimsy down at the lake with two lights, one daughter, a balanced rock, and a boulder that apparently produces 110 volts. This was designed as part of a series of images to demostrate to my clients that "Yes, anything you can imagine, I can shoot." I've been shooting professionally with Pentax gear since the mid 1980s, and I still love to try new things!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-05-2018, 09:00 AM  
Which Pentax Camera considered as Professional
Posted By SPLewis
Replies: 51
Views: 15,773
I've been making a nice part-time living shooting exclusively Pentax gear since the 1980s. My clients don't care. I consistently get excellent images and have been smiling the whole time (and making regular deposits in my bank account). Pro Pentaxians may be few (or just quieter), but we are mighty...and can be mighty successful!
Forum: Sold Items 11-05-2018, 07:29 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 18-35 f1.8 Art
Posted By SPLewis
Replies: 18
Views: 1,888
Thanks. Seriously interested and considering options. I understand about the speedy little girl thing. I have a 5 year-old granddaughter and have yet to even have her sit next to me while I read her a book. She's a kinetic nightmare that is exhausting her parents (which is really fun to watch, of course).
Forum: Sold Items 11-05-2018, 06:31 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 18-35 f1.8 Art
Posted By SPLewis
Replies: 18
Views: 1,888
Hello sumx4182. Is the lens still for sale? I've been looking for one of these for a long time, but haven't pulled the trigger yet. I'm going back and forth on the idea of buying a brand new one (hoping that Sigma sorted out the auto-focusing problems), and getting a great deal from someone like you who's had a good experience with a used copy. If it's still available, has the firmware been updated? Thanks.
Forum: Pentax K-70 09-18-2018, 05:55 AM  
Can't figure out how to fine-tune the K-70 internal clock
Posted By SPLewis
Replies: 5
Views: 628
Thanks! That's it. Weird that changing the time is in the date adjustment screen, but at least we found it.
Forum: Pentax K-70 09-18-2018, 05:47 AM  
Can't figure out how to fine-tune the K-70 internal clock
Posted By SPLewis
Replies: 5
Views: 628
Hello. Please forgive me if this has already been answered, but I have searched the forums and have not found this addressed. The internal clock in my K-70 is set to NY time (I live in Maine, and NY was the closest city to choose), but the time is oddly about ten minutes behind. I cannot figure out any way to set the exact time (which is important, especially since I use the interval timer frequently and need the camera and my watch to agree). Thanks!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-29-2018, 03:41 AM  
Pentax 200 2.8 tripod collar puzzle solved!
Posted By SPLewis
Replies: 10
Views: 682
The tape gasket I used isn't sticky on either side. I just used enough layers to make up the slight change in lens diameter at the attachment point, and the "gasket" just slides onto the lense prior to attaching the collar. In fact, the duct tape is nearly superfluous, as the collar works fine without it: I just wanted a bit of padding in there so I could really crank that sucker down. Thanks for all the positive comments, and the other cool ideas! Now, isn't this more fun than if Pentax just supplied the 200 2.8 with a collar in the first place?

---------- Post added 08-29-18 at 04:15 AM ----------

Hey, PancakeFlipper, I'm a Mainer, too! (I knew there had to be more Mainer Pentaxians.)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-28-2018, 06:30 PM  
Pentax 200 2.8 tripod collar puzzle solved!
Posted By SPLewis
Replies: 10
Views: 682
Hello everyone. Several threads, going back years, have tried to solve the problem of the 200 f/2.8 lens lacking a tripod collar. I recently bought this great lens to fill in a blank spot between my 100 f/2.8 and my 300 f/4. Like so many, I found the lens to be very front-heavy when mounted on a tripod with a body mount. I have a fairly heavy-duty tripod, but I still found that things wiggled too much, and there was a tendency to creep (making correct composition dificult). Since most of my professional work is tripod-based, I knew I needed a solution. After two false starts, I have found a 3rd party collar that works very well (with a bit of fine-tuning). I ordered the DSLRKIT Tripod Mount Ring A009 for Tamron SP 70-200MM F/2.8 ($20 on Amazon), and modified it to fit almost perfectly. The collar fits a bit further forward on the lens than is typical, and the lens barrel at this point has a slight change in diameter. In order to get a snug and secure fit, I made a simple gasket out of several layers of duct tape, to make up the difference for the smaller side (toward the camera body), and once cinched up, it felt really solid. So, for a few bucks and about ten minutes with some duct tape, you too can have a collar for your brilliant 200 tele! The photos below should make everything clear, but if you have questions, just ask. :)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-04-2017, 08:23 AM  
k-50 temporary image failure after startup
Posted By SPLewis
Replies: 7
Views: 560
Thanks, TSM. I have the Ebay link saved in case I need it. I also found this cool video online, that may be worth a try first (as scary as it may seem):














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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-04-2017, 07:59 AM  
k-50 temporary image failure after startup
Posted By SPLewis
Replies: 7
Views: 560
Thanks for the redirect. I had searched the forums before I posted, and didn't find anything. Clearly I didn't try all of the relevant key words.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-04-2017, 07:48 AM  
k-50 temporary image failure after startup
Posted By SPLewis
Replies: 7
Views: 560
Hello everyone. I have an annoying issue with my K-50 and am wondering if anyone has experienced the same thing, and if so, if there is a fix. When I turn on my K-50 it starts normally: the dust cleaner goes off, the LED screen goes on showing all my settings, and all seems right in the world. But when I go to shoot, I get either just blackness or grossly under-exposed images for the first two or three clicks. By the 4th shutter release all is well, and I can shoot without anymore issues....until I shut the camera off. I have to go through this little sequence every time I turn it in. It doesn't matter what lens is on the camera, and I just updated my firmware, to everything is up-to-date. While this isn't, for now, anything but mildly annoying, I wonder if there is something else going on. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 11-22-2017, 06:07 PM  
Nasty sensor accident, need cleaning / repair help
Posted By SPLewis
Replies: 36
Views: 2,239
Hey everyone. I'm all set. I carefully used Isopropyl alcohol and whatever it was came right off. The sensor is perfectly clean and free of all marks or debris. I tested the camera extensively and the images are perfect. I guess I got my backup-to-the-backup-backup back. Thank you for all your comments, suggestions and encouragement. As far as I'm concerned, this thread is over and everything turned out great. The Pentaxian community is alive and well!
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 11-21-2017, 08:58 AM  
Nasty sensor accident, need cleaning / repair help
Posted By SPLewis
Replies: 36
Views: 2,239
Thank you all for your quick and helpful comments. This K10D is, fortunately, a backup to the backup to the backup, so there isn't a lot on the line. I'll try some of your solutions (pun intended), and hope for the best. (And I was only kidding about the Drano thing).
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 11-20-2017, 05:55 PM  
Nasty sensor accident, need cleaning / repair help
Posted By SPLewis
Replies: 36
Views: 2,239
Hello fellow Pentaxians,

I was recently cleaning the sensor on a K10D, and while using canned air (I know, I know...) the plastic, straw-like nozzle flew off and hit the sensor smartly amidships, either damaging the sensor or leaving plastic residue (I can't tell which). Calls to the canned air company got me nowhere, of course. The camera still works just fine, but there is a blurry dark spot corresponding to the damage on each image. On complex images it doesn't matter, but in shots with lots of sky, for instance, the dark spot must be cleaned up in Photoshop. I consider the camera to be basically trashed at this point, but am wondering if any of you have a suggestion for an attempt at aggressive cleaning. Can anyone recommend a solvent that I might use? At this point I have nothing to lose, but I didn't want to try Drano without checking with the crowd first. See attached image of sensor, with damage obvious. Thanks. --Peter
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