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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-01-2013, 12:22 PM  
lenses do i need them all
Posted By kswier
Replies: 9
Views: 1,458
A macro lens sounds fun :)

Why not keep both for a month or two and see if you still end up using the Pentax smc 50mm M 2.8? It probably will not go down in value.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-18-2013, 04:56 PM  
Please help me decide! :)
Posted By kswier
Replies: 7
Views: 1,101
My only advice would be to make sure you want a DSLR. A number of years ago, I purchased a DSLR. Afterwards, I found that a small mirrorless camera with a small prime lens fit my needs (ok, wants) much better (the extra portability came in handy when hiking and traveling).

With that said, any modern DSLR's will provide excellent image quality. If I was shopping for a new DSLR, I would buy a used k-5 and use the extra $500 to $700 to buy one of the fa limited lenses :).
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-03-2013, 05:26 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By kswier
Replies: 3,485
Views: 359,744
I recently entered the micro 4/3 club. So far, I am enjoying the small size.

Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-05-2013, 12:03 PM  
Camera Showdown - a new game
Posted By kswier
Replies: 6
Views: 1,125
I like it. As I was browsing, I realized that I cared about the subject and composition first, and image quality second. IT is a good reminder that the camera does not make the photographer.

I can tell a difference between many of the cheaper point and shoot cameras and high end cameras, though (both in composition and in camera quality). There is probably also some selection bias. Those who own better cameras are more likely to put thought into their composition.
Forum: Sold Items 05-01-2013, 03:44 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax k200D (price reduced)
Posted By kswier
Replies: 5
Views: 1,562
Bump. Price reduced to $160. I am also willing to entertain reasonable offers.
Forum: Sold Items 04-29-2013, 04:20 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax k200D (price reduced)
Posted By kswier
Replies: 5
Views: 1,562
Bump. Only the K200D is left. Let me know if you are interested.

---------- Post added 05-01-13 at 06:21 AM ----------

Bump. Price reduced to $160. I am also willing to entertain reasonable offers.
Forum: Sold Items 04-27-2013, 04:10 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax k200D (price reduced)
Posted By kswier
Replies: 5
Views: 1,562
Bump to the top. I am willing to entertain offers on the k200D and any items packaged with it.
Forum: Sold Items 04-23-2013, 06:32 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax k200D (price reduced)
Posted By kswier
Replies: 5
Views: 1,562
Bump to the top.
Forum: Sold Items 04-21-2013, 04:06 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax k200D (price reduced)
Posted By kswier
Replies: 5
Views: 1,562
Bump. Willing to entertain offers (particularly if they include multiple items).
Forum: Sold Items 04-06-2013, 05:55 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax k200D (price reduced)
Posted By kswier
Replies: 5
Views: 1,562
I have recently upgraded cameras, and am selling my Pentax k200D, some lenses, and some accessories. I really do love this camera, but cannot afford to keep two cameras around. This is one of the least expensive ways to get a fully weather-sealed large sensor camera+lens, and would make a great combination for someone who is new to photography, as a backup body, or for a family member of someone who already owns Pentax lenses.

I do not necessarily remember all of the accessories that came with each of the items, so I am listing all of them in the descriptions below. Also, I have tried my best to match the condition with the descriptions listed in the thread sticky.

Please feel free to make offers (there is no such thing as a silly offer).

The Items ----------------------------------------------------

Pentax k200D (Excellent condition, ~7,000 shutter clicks, $200 $180 $160 by itself + paypal fees) - Sold
- K200D body
- Standard eye-cup
- Eye-cup cover (to prevent light from coming in during a long exposure)
- Pentax software
- Body cap (to protect sensor when no lens is mounted)
- Hot shoe cover
- Camera to USB cord
- Manual
- Box (beat up)

18-55mm WR kit lens (Excellent, $100 by itself + paypal fees) - Sold
- Lens
- Front cap (original)
- Rear cap (not necessarily original)
- Original box and manual (this box is in pretty good condition...:))
- protective filter (bonus)
Note: Excellent condition instead of like new because I lost the hood.

Pentax DA40 Limited lens (Excellent condition...but see description, $250 by itself + paypal fees) - Sold
- DA40 lens (glass looks perfect, lens in like new condition)
- Lens hood (has a faint scratch on it...barely noticeable)
- Rear cap (may not be original rear cap)
- Front cap (after market clip on cap)
Note: The lens bag, and front cap were already missing when I bought the lens

50mm SMC Pentax-A f2.0 (fair, 30$ by itself + paypal fees, or I will throw it in with any other significant purchase) - Sold
- Lens
- Front cap
- Rear cap
Note: This lens does not have any scratches on the glass, but does have dust inside. I have not seen the dust appear in the images and have gotten some good images from this lens. The body of the lens does not have any significant scratches, the focus ring turns smoothly, and the aperture blades work properly. I would love to give this lens away with the K200D body, since the shipping cost drastically increases the price of the lens.

Pro-master remote trigger (Excellent, $15 by itself + paypal fees) - Sold
- Trigger
- Main cord
- Extension cord (that came with the trigger)
Note: This is useful for astro-photography

O-ME53 Magnifying eye-cup (like new, $25 + paypal fees) - Sold
- Eye-cup
- Box (in poor condition)
- Manual (in Japanese, I perhaps not very helpful...if you need a manual for an eye-cup)
Note: I highly recommend this eye-cup if you will be using manual focus at all. It really makes a huge difference.

Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-15-2013, 05:12 AM  
Nikon tele zoom or back to Pentax
Posted By kswier
Replies: 15
Views: 1,810
As you shoot, you learn what is important to you in a camera. I recommend tuning out all of the full frame vs. aps-c discussions, looking at what camera features you find most important, and keeping the camera that is better suited for you.

Another thing to keep in mind is that it looks like Pentax has announced that they will be coming out with a full frame camera eventually. Full frame with Pentax limited glass sounds pretty awesome.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 01-25-2013, 06:04 AM  
FF Under Development
Posted By kswier
Replies: 1,291
Views: 169,519
Full Frame??? :lol:

Though, to be accurate, all mFT cameras are full frame. Just a different frame size :).
Forum: Photo Critique 01-21-2013, 08:19 AM  
Machinery Held together by duct tape.
Posted By kswier
Replies: 2
Views: 1,492
I tend to agree. I think there is a bit too much detail for my taste. I do like the subject and composition a lot, though.
Forum: Photo Critique 01-21-2013, 07:52 AM  
People winter medium
Posted By kswier
Replies: 6
Views: 908
That looks cold!

As far as critiques go, I think I would start by trying a closer crop.

I tried playing around with the photo a bit in lightroom (hope you don't mind). All I did was crop it, add a bit of clarity, saturation, and a subtle vignette (also it looks like my conversion to JPEG lost a bit of the original image's sharpness...please try to overlook that). I am by no means a master at photo editing, so there may be other on this forum that have better ideas.
Forum: General Talk 01-12-2013, 08:14 AM  
Windows 8 is so bad.......
Posted By kswier
Replies: 209
Views: 17,117
I am not sure if the real version of windows 8 has been released on tablets yet (at least they have not been out for long). When Intel's Haswell processor comes out, I suspect we may start to see windows 8 tablets become more popular (they are claiming the power of an i5 processor with the battery life of an ARM processor).

I am looking forward to being able to run programs like adobe lightroom on a small portable tablet.

As far as windows 8 on a desktop...I kind of like it. I think they did a very good job achieving toe objectives they set out to (i.e. a single operating system that could work well with touchscreens and a mouse). In fact, at home I think I prefer windows 8 over windows 7. At work, I think I still prefer windows 7, though. The windows 7 start menu is very useful for finding recently opened word and PowerPoint documents. I think their biggest mistake was not including an option to turn on/off that start menu in windows 8.
Forum: General Talk 12-16-2012, 08:19 PM  
Another Shooting
Posted By kswier
Replies: 686
Views: 37,620
I agree a lot with what you have to say here. However, I will add that large massacres only make up a small portion of gun related fatalities. I do think regulations such as safeties on guns and requiring users (particularly first time buyers) to take a comprehensive gun safety course are very good ideas. It is also probably a good idea for kids to go through a gun safety course (particularly if their parents have guns in the house).

As far as these massacres go, I think it is important to look at the root causes and to try and determine where society is failing. Are these massacres caused by a lack of supervision, violent video games, a lack of discipline, a lack of mental health institutions, bullying, parents not spending enough time with their kids, or a combination of these issues?
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-15-2012, 01:16 PM  
Lytro-Esque Hack for any camera using MF + Video
Posted By kswier
Replies: 3
Views: 1,618
I wonder if you could write an app for this (at least for cameras that support apps).

Just shoot in burst mode as the focus changes and then use software to combine the images. It would only work in still scenes, though.
Forum: General Talk 12-12-2012, 05:13 AM  
Left wing libs should be ecstatic
Posted By kswier
Replies: 43
Views: 2,652
I think it is necessary to define what "right to work" means (it seems to mean different things in different states).

My understanding (which could be incorrect...hard to find reliable information on this) is that Michigan's right to work legislation simply gives those who were hired the choice to join the Union and pay the Union dues or not to. It is unclear to me whether people can be hired as specific "non-Union" employees.

It seems like the legislation may weaken Unions a bit (which could actually be a good thing), but it is not designed to dismantle them. Overall, I have been very happy with many of the actions Michigan's governor has taken and how he has kept his rhetoric constructive instead of destructive. I hope this bill does not mark a deviation from the non-partisan rhetoric (it was certainly passed in a poor manner).
Forum: General Talk 12-09-2012, 09:37 AM  
Corporate profits are highest-ever share of GDP
Posted By kswier
Replies: 21
Views: 1,815
I agree with a lot of this, but I also think that we have to have some kind of a long term deficit reduction plan. At the moment borrowing is inexpensive because everybody wants US dollars (we are one of the most stable currencies around). If people find other safe places to put their money that provide a better return than US treasury bonds (which I expect to occur as the world recovers), the demand for treasury bonds will decrease and drive up interest rates. How I believe it works (and again, I am no economics expert), is that the US will have a choice at this point in time. We can either decrease the number of treasury bonds we are selling (driving down borrowing cost) or we can pay the higher interest rate (which will sap money out of the economy in the long term). Yes, we can inflate the currency to deal with those larger interest rates and higher levels of debt, but that will just make our treasury bonds less desirable (and per my previous assumption, further drive up interest rates).

While I don't believe any of the doom and gloom about the US going bankrupt, I do think there will be large disadvantages if we try and maintain our current deficit spending levels for a long period of time (like 10-20 years).
Forum: Photo Critique 12-09-2012, 07:41 AM  
People Hockey portrait attempt
Posted By kswier
Replies: 11
Views: 1,225
I agree with psychdoc. I do not think the shadows are too strong. Well done.
Forum: Photo Critique 12-09-2012, 07:38 AM  
Architecture 11:30
Posted By kswier
Replies: 10
Views: 1,172
I like it. It is a unique abstract-type picture.
Forum: General Talk 12-09-2012, 07:32 AM  
Corporate profits are highest-ever share of GDP
Posted By kswier
Replies: 21
Views: 1,815
I think it has less to do with the administration than it does with how the administration and congress are working (actually not working) together.

From the things that I have heard, we have a problem with uncertainty (which your post appears to agree with). At this moment the government has to make some spending cuts and/or revenue increases to keep the national debt from ballooning to 200% of GDP. There are many companies who gain a portion of their revenue form government contracts who would like to know whether their particular contracts will still be effected. If they are, these companies may have to make adjustments. If their particular contracts are not effected, and they are certain they will not be effected in the near future, they may be able to decrease the amount cash reserves they are holding and invest their cash in new business ventures.

I actually think that the contents of the spending cuts and/or tax increases matter less than the increase in certainty that would occur if the president and congress come together and make a decision.
Forum: General Talk 12-05-2012, 04:53 AM  
Enjoy Your ACA Paycut
Posted By kswier
Replies: 520
Views: 23,573
Why only look and the United States? I am not disagreeing with the underlying theory of your post, but I do challenge the notion that 18% is a magic number.

List of countries by tax revenue as percentage of GDP - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For instance, many European countries have percentages around 40% (including Germany).

Perhaps the revenue that can be gained depends on how the money is collected (i.e. are there loopholes or deductions that can be used) and how it is spent? Of course the question on top of this is should we try to increase revenue.
Forum: General Talk 12-04-2012, 06:21 PM  
Enjoy Your ACA Paycut
Posted By kswier
Replies: 520
Views: 23,573
I think this is the key. Tort reform will not suddenly make healthcare affordable, but it is a step that has the potential to help.
Forum: General Talk 12-03-2012, 04:47 PM  
american government misses another chance to stop terrorists
Posted By kswier
Replies: 56
Views: 3,966
And taking over land is not considered an act of war?

I do not condone terrorism at all, but I do think Israel has played (and will continue to play) a role in the longevity of the struggle.
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