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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 22 Hours Ago  
Pentax 150-450 Lens Hood Availability Question
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 13
Views: 320
You are looking for a way to make amends for Ricoh. You have a right to be "miffed" (why not just mad?). There is absolutely no reason for their listings not to include a complete description of each item and that means describing what is and what is not included in the offering.

I notice this a lot here on the forum. Folks seem to want to make excuses for all the dumb things the company does (and from a PR and marketing standpoint there are a lot). They make nice cameras, but they almost seem to stay in business in spite of themselves.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1 Day Ago  
Game Single in June 2022
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 202
Views: 3,558
@bigted - My good thoughts go out to you. I live in Houston, Texas where folks have had more than their share of flooding, so I know what you have been going through. Stay strong and positive.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 3 Days Ago  
Game Single in June 2022
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 202
Views: 3,558
Well, I may be over for the month as well. today we will have completed 2 straight weeks of temperatures at 97 F or higher (the past 4 or 5 days at 100 or more). Next week is supposed to have a lot of rain but with temps still expected to be in the 90s, so I am not sure what opportunities I will have then either.

May and June are the first two months I have joined in this activity, and I have to say I am glad I did. After fighting heart problems since last August, this May was really the first time I have been out and about with my camera. For both months I chose manual-focusing "A" lenses – the Samyang 85mm f/1.4 in May and the Pentax-A 135mm f/2.8 this month. Both lenses are a bit long for everyday for me, but I had just acquired both of them shortly before my health went south and had no real experience with either.

These past two months have been great practice with manual focus, and I have thoroughly enjoyed becoming more proficient at it. Also having to take pictures every day gave me a lot of opportunities to use the lenses in different situations and in different ways – from action at the local skateboard park, to stitched panoramas, to stacked macros with a close-up filter on the lens. And even close focusing on an egg, with multiple shots for HDR finishing. I have been very pleased with the image quality of both lenses, and happy to see that I could focus both of them to get very sharp photos.

I am retired school teacher with a limited budget for my hobby, so I look for lens bargains – hence the Pentax-A 135. I target lenses that have a rating of 9.0+ on the forum's lens reviews and a low price – I put them all on a spreadsheet and calculate what I call my "Value Rating." Currently I am awaiting delivery of a Pentax 21mm f/3.2 AL Limited that was in the Marketplace for a good price, and I think I will use that lens when I return to the game.

We'll be traveling in July to visit family, so I will join you again in August.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 06-21-2022, 06:36 AM  
Question Advertising?
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 4
Views: 156
Is it my imagination or has the amount of advertising on Pentax Forums increased a bunch over the past 6 months?

It seems that I am seeing ads on the sides; above Latest Forum Discussions listings; a big footer ad when I first click on; etc. Maybe these have always been here and I have forgotten with age, but then... maybe not.

Anyone else noticing this?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-20-2022, 09:38 AM  
Aluminium case for long term storage?
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 14
Views: 659
I cannot answer about the mold and mildew other than to say they are caused by moisture – no moisture, no mold and mildew.

However, please be careful with the "pick & pluck" foam. It is sort of one-way, and does not play well with replacement once a piece is picked or plucked. The foam blocks also tend to get a bit "loosey-goosey" around the holes you make. I strongly suggest looking for some Youtube videos on using Plastic-Dip or similar with the foam.
Forum: General Photography 06-20-2022, 09:29 AM  
My kind of field guide
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 9
Views: 561
Maybe just the rear ends and tail feathers of birds displaying their displeasure with people taking their pictures... like this guy.

Forum: Photographic Technique 06-20-2022, 04:39 AM  
Diffusion by Shooting Through Pantyhose
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 32
Views: 1,115
A step-up ring makes a cheap frame for which to glue your material.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-18-2022, 10:42 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 25,015
Views: 1,918,473
The alley off of Fifth Street (doesn't every town have a Fifth Street?)

Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-14-2022, 02:25 PM  
THIS is why I don't trust AI image processing software...
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 49
Views: 2,039
For some people the adage, "When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail" always holds true.

But the post-processing tool box has a lot of tools in it – how many different ways are there to complete an edit within a given post-processing app? Just keep in mind that these AI actions are just additional tools. Like all tools, there are times and places to use them and times and places not to use them.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-13-2022, 03:37 PM  
Game Single in June 2022
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 202
Views: 3,558
I started with birds the Texas Gulf Coast is a wonderful birding area.

But with age I have found that slower moving (and stationary) subject matter better suits me. So now I shoot a lot of train stuff. Wear a yellow safety vest and you can go wandering around the train yards without any problems. Great for close-up work. :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-13-2022, 08:33 AM  
Abstract 21mm Photo Contest
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 1
Views: 73
White on White on White

An egg in high key in monochrome.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-11-2022, 09:37 AM  
Nature Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 2
Views: 133
We have loads and loads of Black-bellied Whistlers where I live in the southwest suburbs of Houston, Texas.

I find them lovely looking with their long necks and pink bills. And unlike other ducks, they are perching birds, so it is not unusual to see them on a wire or a tree branch.

BUT... just 20 years ago you would not have seen even one of these ducks here – you would have had to go about 100 miles down the coast to see them. Then we began to see a few of them briefly in the spring. Then a few more. Then they were here for a longer time. Then longer still. Now they are year-round residents and they are plentiful. I don't know, but I am guessing they are gradually moving northward with the climate change. Anyway, watch those "short visits"; they might get longer and longer.
Forum: General Photography 06-10-2022, 04:31 AM  
My Your Best Photo+ Submission was Selected!
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 24
Views: 1,092
Wonderful!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-06-2022, 08:12 PM  
Game Single in June 2022
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 202
Views: 3,558
Just this evening the safety strap on my Cotton Carrier saved me. I was careless putting the camera back into the carrier, catching the fitting on my high visibility vest. The camera went down and was stopped by the CC safety strap. Without the strap, the camera would have fallen onto concrete.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-06-2022, 07:15 AM  
Game Single in June 2022
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 202
Views: 3,558
Count me as a member of the wrist-strap club as well.

In fact, these days I have double protection as along with the wrist strap, I now use a Cotton Carrier which has its own safety strap.

By the way, I have the Cotton Carrier to be a wonderful way for a guy who hates neck straps to carry a camera. I started using it as I sometimes have to use my cane to get around, and I wanted to free my hands.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-05-2022, 08:26 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 25,015
Views: 1,918,473


Whether you are waiting for your spouse, a friend, or even just waiting for Godot, there must be better places to do it than this mold-covered bench which sits at the entrance to an old, unused, cemetery. The cemetery's last burial was almost 80 years ago in 1942. Interestingly, the bench is somewhat recent, built when someone set upon a project to place a white wooden cross on each of the old graves.
Forum: General Talk 06-04-2022, 02:01 PM  
What are your " Glory Days " memories ?
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 24
Views: 1,129
@c.a.m. – Yes Craig, you had some great teachers. You and your town were truly fortunate. But I am willing to bet that those teachers also had some great students, of which you were one. And I would win that bet, because that is how it works.

The staff of life for any good teacher is what I call the "what if" kid. When a student starts to ask what if-type questions they are extending their thinking and they are extending what they are learning. And when that happens, the teacher can take the material and go all sorts of interesting places and do all sorts of interesting things. Good students become creative thinkers. Good teachers become great ones. They feed on each other in a marvelous upward spiral and the teaching and learning just get better and better.

Don
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-04-2022, 09:39 AM  
LBA LBA LBA - Overlap
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 24
Views: 911
Pictures of cats!? Aargh. Can a rainy day be that bad? :D
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-03-2022, 09:39 AM  
Is it possible for Pentax to digitalised some vintage cameras?
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 50
Views: 2,095
What am I missing?

Can you not simply rotate the mode selection wheel to M(anual) and use an old M or K lens? For verisimilitude, a piece of black tape over the rear screen would keep you from using today's live view.

Perhaps if you really want to feel you are back in the pre-digital era, you could either pretend you sent your images to the drugstore and not look at them for a week or, if. you develop your film, lock yourself in the closet for an hour. :)
Forum: General Talk 06-02-2022, 09:18 AM  
What are your " Glory Days " memories ?
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 24
Views: 1,129
Oh my. Glory days?

Well, I was a pretty good football player in high school and played Division III college ball. But in college I was just another good lineman. And I was also an ass and didn't "hit the books" and became ineligible.

I married a bright, talented beautiful woman and together we produced a brilliant young woman with a world-class mind. But those accomplishments belong to the women. I was just lucky to be along for the ride.

My real glory days didn't come along until my second career. In 1990 I became a mathematics teacher. After 25 years working in industry, I found my true calling. I was able to get kids excited about math – they didn't just want to find the value of x, but every letter of the alphabet. :)

We formed a math club and began going to competitions. We were successful. We won lots of trophies, both team and individual. Our trophy case included a number of state championships and some online national competition wins. But the success was not due to my coaching. All I did was show them the excitement of math, and then they just grabbed it and ran.

We did lots of neat things in our classroom. My geometry classes built toothpick bridges. Built only with toothpicks and glue and weighing no more than 50 grams (about 1-3/4 ounces), winning bridges would support in excess of 50 kilograms (111 pounds). All my classes did the "3 sheets of paper" challenge, trying to support as many textbooks as possible 4 inches above the desktop with just 3 sheets of copy paper (nothing else, no staples or paperclips, etc.). How much fun it was to watch kids standing on chairs carefully placing book number 18 or 20 on their stack.

But the really special part of my being a teacher was connecting with my students on a personal level. I was invited to Eagle Scout inductions, Guru Vandana ceremonies, and graduation celebrations. I have received e-mails from kids in college. Since I taught in middle school (6th through 8th grades), being remembered by teens in high school and later is a huge recognition. Teens tend to shed off teachers like old teeshirts. :lol:

As I finish writing this, I am reflecting and thinking that these were not my glory days, but rather my days of good fortune. There is no way I could have been more favored than to spend the second half of my working life in the classroom.
Forum: General Talk 06-01-2022, 11:32 AM  
The Brick & Mortar Experience & It's Closings Affect On Us All
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 79
Views: 2,575
Oh my! Another thread on the changing of the times.

We were a world of "bricks and mortar" stores during my childhood of the 1940s and 1950s. So what did that mean?
  • It meant shopping district streets lined with mom & pop stores, many of which had everything but what you needed.

  • It meant moms walking to the market several days a week for groceries only about 50% of the average households owned a car and most moms did not drive.

  • It meant dads running around to a variety of stores all Saturday morning it took a number of stops to buy what you can buy in one store today.


It also meant that people then (about 70 years ago) were already looking for alternatives to those wonderful stores.
  • There were lots of home-delivery services my own mom had milk, bread, and coffee delivery as well as laundry and dry cleaning and some other services that I can no longer remember. There was even a knife and scissors sharpener (a grinding wheel on his back so he could sharpen at your door) who showed up a couple of times a year.

  • There were Sears Roebuck and Montgomery Ward catalogs in most homes so things could be (horrors!) ordered and delivered to the door.

  • There was the Book-of-the-Month Club with a new hardback in your mailbox every 4 weeks.

  • Mom could take the train into the city to the big department stores 10 floors of everything and then have her packages delivered the next day by UPS.


So we moved on. More families owned more cars, and moms began to drive.
  • The super market replaced the corner grocery store. Did I hear woeful lamentations when that happened? Walgreens, CVS, etc. replaced the local druggist. How many of us weeped?

  • Along came K-Mart, Woolco (remember Woolco?), Target, and Walmart. Good-bye to the local variety store and local clothing store and other local shops.

  • The department store moved to the suburbs to those new things called shopping malls that were filled with chain stores that were really .

  • Self-pump gas stations replaced the old "full service" ones. This occurred because cars were much better and the full-service business model was no longer viable. Oh, we complained that we had to get out of cars do this menial task, but we really liked that we were in and out of the station in a lot less time.

And now we are on the move once again.

Computer-based shopping is swiftly replacing the "B&M" store. Don't blame Amazon. If we didn't want the concept, Amazon would have gone away. But both mom and dad work today and have little time for the mundane task of shopping. And the roads and streets are crowded, and who wants more traffic after 45 minutes in rush-hour traffic? So we have home delivery of our groceries. Door-Dash (in the U.S.) delivers our restaurant meals to our doors. For old folks like me, CVS will even deliver my prescriptions. And a few minutes on the computer and almost anything else will turn up on the doorstep in a few days less time than from that old Sears catalog, but the same concept.

So it goes.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-30-2022, 08:01 PM  
Stacking extension rings and teleconverters (P67II)
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 9
Views: 436
You are right. It is simplistic. But it is a clear illustration of the concept. And when I am giving my macro presentation, I have found that it is best to keep everything simple and try not to confuse them with too many facts.



Agreed. My two Raynox filters (M-150 & M-250) are always nearby. They have good quality, and the mounts that allow using them with a variety of lens diameters make them very handy.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-30-2022, 01:49 PM  
Stacking extension rings and teleconverters (P67II)
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 9
Views: 436
Just recall that the purpose of extension tubes is to move the lens farther away from the camera's sensor (see the illustration below). If you think of your TC as part of your lens (that's really how it is functioning), then it will be clear that the order should be (1) lens, (2) TC, (3) tubes.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-27-2022, 09:43 AM  
Thematic Single in May 2022
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 246
Views: 5,270
I have never been a "carry the camera everywhere" kind of guy. But I have always enjoyed getting out and doing things. And I do like having projects. I have found that the hobby of photography has been a wonderful environment to fold in sub-hobbies.

In 2017 after having 1/2 of my lung removed and being housebound, I built a macro set-up and found myself doing macro photography a new avenue of interest. Then I took it all a step further and automated my focusing rail, which required me to learn some coding skills and some electronic assembly skills.

Back on my feet and out of the house again, I became interested in doing panoramas. Exactly why, I do not know as the coastal plain of Texas is not a place of overwhelming vistas. But this led to designing and building an automatic tripod pano head, building on the electronic and coding skills I learned with my macro rail.

This past August (2021) my heart went out from under me. I couldn't walk from the family room to the kitchen without taking 30 seconds to catch my breath. I was not going outside except for doctor visits. But while sitting, everything was fine. So all my sitting meant I had a lot of time to work on the computer. First I designed and built a new website for my photos (I don't do any of the commercial social media). Then I put a lot of time into working on my post-processing skills, specifically Camera Raw and Photoshop. Again my photography hobby provided me with alternate opportunities to keep my brain active and give me a focus when things could have become bleak.

Another thing I did while I was housebound was think about and plan some photo projects to give me a focus. Will I start and finish any of the eight projects I have outlined? Maybe. I hope so. But I don't know. I do know that they will give me a reason go out with my camera if I get bored or lose interest.

Finally, I am now back in action, at least temporarily as I may have to have one more "procedure." I am out and about again. I used to carry my camera in my hand I don't like neck straps with a wrist strap for safety, but now I use a Cotton Carrier as my hand is now usually carrying a cane. No big deal. In fact I am actually enjoying the Cotton Carrier.

This "Single in May" exercise is my first foray out with my camera since late last summer. I probably picked the wrong lens. It was a lens that I have not used much and 85mm is not necessarily in my comfort zone. It has been a bit frustrating, but it has been challenging, and it has been fun. My thanks to those of you who organize this activity and to everyone who has participated. I have enjoyed myself immensely.

I look forward to doing this again in June. I am just not sure whether I will take the easy way out with an auto-focus 35mm or 50mm lens or stay out of my comfort zone with a manual focus 135mm Pentax-A lens.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-25-2022, 07:34 AM  
Thematic Single in May 2022
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 246
Views: 5,270
"...but as far as LBA..... my name is Mud and I'm 'dead in the water'...." thus speaketh the AggieMom. :confused:

My lens plan is on a spreadsheet lenses with ratings and average sell prices and a column I call "Value" which has my secret-sauce formula that takes into account the rating, price, my desire, etc. It works pretty well for me, and keeps me from spending too much money on shelf-sitters.
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