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Forum: General Talk 11-23-2014, 11:56 PM  
What's your favorite anti-virus software
Posted By OregonJim
Replies: 38
Views: 2,022
Switch to a Mac and all these problems go away. Seriously. So does all the bloat/spyware/adware and incessant daily "security" updates. And, your hardware will last far longer than the typical Windows machine - plus you can actually use it for its designed purposes, not spend all your time chasing conflicts, registry problems, dll mismatches, viruses, trojans, and tons of leftover crap from partially uninstalled programs that never go away!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-29-2014, 06:57 PM  
Landscape A Walk in the Woods
Posted By OregonJim
Replies: 16
Views: 1,357
I love the play of light and the framing!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-29-2014, 06:55 PM  
What I want from Pentax
Posted By OregonJim
Replies: 15
Views: 1,489
Some of us ARE professionals ALREADY and have no need for a FF option...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-24-2014, 11:38 PM  
Don't know what to call this thread...
Posted By OregonJim
Replies: 8
Views: 920
The K7 was great. The K-3 is even greater. I never had a K-5, so can't comment on that one.

But, I learned long ago that it's pointless to wait for the next big thing. It will always be there, just out of reach. That holding pattern will stifle your creativity and cause you to lose out on making the most of your time.

I bought a new iPad Mini a couple of days ago, knowing full well that a new model will be announced in two weeks. Should I have waited? Nah, life's too short.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 08-18-2014, 11:38 AM  
Why are FF images so much more pleasing than APS-C?
Posted By OregonJim
Replies: 217
Views: 15,771
Nope. The images you're looking at have all been downsampled to two megapixels or less.



That's the only reasonable answer.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-16-2014, 10:02 PM  
How did this guy process this photo?
Posted By OregonJim
Replies: 32
Views: 2,380
I wouldn't go quite that far...

In my opinion, he's crossed over the line from photography to computer-generated artwork. I no longer view this image as a photograph - it's a computer-generated piece of 'art'. Perhaps 'illustration' is a more fitting word. In any case, it's an algorithmic exercise.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 08-16-2014, 09:41 PM  
Pros, how did you get your start?
Posted By OregonJim
Replies: 12
Views: 1,175
That's exactly how - the first several jobs were free. You've got to build up a reputation before you build up the bank account. A portfolio carries little weight without referrals to back it up.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-16-2014, 08:16 AM  
MZ-s hotshoe maximum voltage
Posted By OregonJim
Replies: 3
Views: 652
You are correct. The MZ-S doesn't like high voltage at the hotshoe any more than dSLRs.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-15-2014, 09:00 PM  
SF1n pop up flash not working
Posted By OregonJim
Replies: 4
Views: 546
Not only that, but the xenon tube is triggered by very high voltage - poking around in there with your fingers can be lethal.

If you are handy with a soldering iron, you could *try* to substitute a xenon flash tube from a discarded flash unit. Most of the tubes are interchangeable electrically, but finding the right shape tube to physically fit can be a challenge.

If you attempt this, be absolutely sure to discharge the high votage capacitor that's hiding nearby!
Forum: Ricoh GR 08-15-2014, 06:21 PM  
GR goes to Bicycle Heaven
Posted By OregonJim
Replies: 14
Views: 2,393
I was thinking of something totally different when reading the title. Now I know what's on our agenda the next time we visit PA. :)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-15-2014, 06:15 PM  
There are pentax lenses for aps sensor?
Posted By OregonJim
Replies: 17
Views: 1,422
The full-frame Pentax bodies have been around for many decades and continue to be used today. They're called 35mm SLRs. :)
Forum: General Photography 08-15-2014, 12:00 PM  
Taking offence to photography threads
Posted By OregonJim
Replies: 48
Views: 4,157
That's what I thought, too - but apparently, voicing my opinion is taboo now.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-14-2014, 08:29 PM  
Missing battery cover for Pentax ME Super. Any get arounds?
Posted By OregonJim
Replies: 16
Views: 3,349
As others have said, eBay. I see them on there regularly.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-14-2014, 04:34 PM  
Memory Card Error
Posted By OregonJim
Replies: 3
Views: 756
That is generally true, but an SDHC card can be used if you split it into two partitions - the first one no larger than 2GB. Leave the second partition unformatted. After the firmware update, the card can be restored to a single large volume again.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 08-14-2014, 04:26 PM  
Anyone shooting reversal film exclusively?
Posted By OregonJim
Replies: 18
Views: 1,943
100% in agreement. I would only add that Fuji's reversal films were my favorites for outdoor, non-people shots due to the vibrant greens and blues.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-14-2014, 04:19 PM  
The stealthy MZ-S
Posted By OregonJim
Replies: 15
Views: 1,378
Nah... The wildlife around here doesn't much care what type of camera I'm using. Nor do the mountains, oceans, rivers, insects, plants, or stars. :)
Forum: General Photography 08-14-2014, 04:06 PM  
Taking offence to photography threads
Posted By OregonJim
Replies: 48
Views: 4,157
On the one hand, you are telling us to "be quiet" and just let the mods handle it. On the other, you say the mods will act in response to "community disagreement".

You can't have it both ways, so which is it?
Forum: General Talk 08-14-2014, 12:18 AM  
Scheduling app
Posted By OregonJim
Replies: 2
Views: 449
This does not seem appropriate for the "General Photography" forum, but...

we can't help you unless you specify the platform. OSX? Windows? Linux? Android? iOS?
Forum: General Photography 08-13-2014, 10:21 PM  
Taking offence to photography threads
Posted By OregonJim
Replies: 48
Views: 4,157
You missed the point of the protests entirely. It had nothing to do with the images.


The OP wanted to collect pictures of "beautiful girls", and specifically excluded "children and grannies" (his words) in a very rude and condescending tone.

This kind of request is offensive on several levels. He is implying (almost explicitly) that children and older women are NOT beautiful. His samples were playing into the mass media definition of "beauty", something which has no basis in reality. His motives were clear from the context and certainly had nothing to do with photography.

Having said that, I would defend the OP's right to make such a request - however, I have an equal right to voice my objections to said request. That's what free speech is all about - things have a way of working themselves out when no one is strongarmed into keeping quiet or forced to be politically "correct".
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-12-2014, 11:33 PM  
Kx reflex mirror has spots on it-replace?
Posted By OregonJim
Replies: 13
Views: 1,036
I think you mean the focusing screen, not the viewfinder. The viewfinder in a DSLR refers to the combination of eyepiece, pentaprism (or pentamirror), focusing screen and mirror.
Forum: General Talk 08-08-2014, 07:58 AM  
Boy Am I Glad I Kept One Laptop....
Posted By OregonJim
Replies: 29
Views: 1,743
If you want high-end or specialty components, then yes. I'm not aware of any one-stop shop for this kind of thing .

Otherwise, as boriscleto says, it's all commodity stuff.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 08-08-2014, 07:45 AM  
So how bad is Movie SR, really?
Posted By OregonJim
Replies: 23
Views: 2,738
No, I saw the jelly wobble - I was speaking of the periodic up and down shift of the frame. :)
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 08-07-2014, 10:54 PM  
So how bad is Movie SR, really?
Posted By OregonJim
Replies: 23
Views: 2,738
Well, all I can say is that I could time how rapidly you were breathing. :)

I really must play with video a bit more on the K-3...
Forum: General Talk 08-07-2014, 09:55 PM  
Boy Am I Glad I Kept One Laptop....
Posted By OregonJim
Replies: 29
Views: 1,743
Dell doesn't make hard drives. It's just a Dell sticker. Like Apple, they source drives from Toshiba, Fujitsu, Seagate, and Western Digital - whoever is cheapest at the time.

My modus operandi is to replace magnetic drives every 2 years, even if they're not acting up. The old drive gets put into an external drive case and used as redundant backup storage. This works well and I have never lost any data since I started doing this 20 years ago.



Dell doesn't "make" computers, they assemble them from stock components made by other companies. Apple designs computers. HP designs computers. Dell puts other people's parts together and slaps Dell logos on them. Dell quality has been all over the map since the day the company was founded. The quality is entirely dependant on who their volume purchasers bought from that year. You could get a really nice one or a horrible one. When my employer bought 200 Dell computers, about half of them had problems right out of the box. I will say that Dell was good about replacing things under warranty, but many of those systems had to have the same parts replaced two or three times because even the replacements were DOA.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-07-2014, 09:31 PM  
Pentax K-3 - Not that good with third-party lenses?!
Posted By OregonJim
Replies: 34
Views: 4,877
This guy is blowing smoke out his ***....

I own a K-3 and use nothing BUT older Pentax and 3rd party glass. No focusing issues whatsoever.
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