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Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-03-2018, 01:29 PM  
Nature Today, the super tak 200 f/4 does.... BIRDS.
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 2
Views: 608
Answer, none. I hate doing PP, so back then the only amt I'd do is to resize images. The K-50 is great at higher iso compared to the K-3/II, especially during the day where it's less noticeable. I do miss the smoothness from that sweet 16 sensor, but the tradeoff is that I now have a more robust camera with more features (that I do use frequently).
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-27-2018, 12:17 AM  
Epson V550 vs Canon 9000F Mark II
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 15
Views: 3,084
I've never had issues with epson scanners or their printers, for that matter. The software is usable, and their drivers tend to support several older versions of windows/macOS as well. Unfortunately my perfection photo 480 died during a move, so I had to dispose of it. Dad has a refurbished 1250 from 2002/2003 that is still running today, albeit the guide pole needs lubricated with some silicon grease as the rubber just squeeks the entire way down during a scan. Mom just bought a new epson scanner as well for scanning old photos, slides, and negs. Her previous scanner was built into her canon all in one. She has a scanner bed on her new canon all-in-one, but only uses it for documents, photos are reserved for the epson.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-26-2018, 01:20 AM  
Astro UWA for K-5 iis, what pick?
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 22
Views: 1,418
Personally, I use a Samyang 10mm f/2.8 as my primary. A bit wide for using astrotracer, so you tend to see center of frame is sharp, ground is blurry, and trailing stars to the left/right where the astrotracer can't work due to extreme viewing angle. Definitely great for astro. If I'm not using that then I'm using either an m28 f/2.8, or the SMC Pentax DA L 18-55 WR f/3.5-5.6. Despite what some would think the DAL is a good all around lens for just about everything. It IS a little finicky with fine focus for astro, but with practice it will generally do pretty well. Just bump your ISO up to about 1600-3200 and stick with the 18mm side.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 06-09-2018, 08:17 PM  
Sticky: Dark exposure problems on K-30 or K-50? Discussion Thread
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 284
Views: 38,865
Congratulations, this thread is now a sticky! I contacted adam last night. Now we don't have to worry about the thread disappearing in the page listings.
Forum: General Talk 05-31-2018, 10:11 PM  
Ladies and Gentlemen, the time is upon us.... for camping.
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 80
Views: 4,811
Weather here is still not conducive to camping. Rain, more rain, even more rain, heat, humidity (from the rain), and more rain... My work schedule hasn't improved either.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-31-2018, 10:09 PM  
Sticky: Dark exposure problems on K-30 or K-50? Discussion Thread
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 284
Views: 38,865
They still work. I was just stating that the aperture mechanism in my unit still failed despite using manual aperture a lot. I can to this day still use manual aperture and get fine exposures. I just can't stop down to meter if I set aperture to Auto.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-26-2018, 06:55 PM  
Sticky: Dark exposure problems on K-30 or K-50? Discussion Thread
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 284
Views: 38,865
Yes, manual lens to me is any lens with a manual aperture ring. More specifically in my instance of failure an M28 f/2.8
Forum: General Talk 05-19-2018, 07:14 PM  
Ladies and Gentlemen, the time is upon us.... for camping.
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 80
Views: 4,811
Glad you enjoyed your trip. Still raining here, with no sign of letting up. This week's work schedule looks tailor designed to keep me from going out to do outdoors stuff.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-18-2018, 10:17 AM  
Sticky: Dark exposure problems on K-30 or K-50? Discussion Thread
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 284
Views: 38,865
Don't know about specific cases, but in my case I used the mechanism all the time with manual lenses. It failed before 4500 shots, just outside of the 2 year warranty.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-18-2018, 10:12 AM  
Best "cheap" lens.
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 38
Views: 2,287
For zooms, the FA 28-105 f/4-5.6 [IF] it was less than $40, came with hood and caps, was in good cond. I use that lens the most for daytime out of all of my other lenses. For primes, then it's a no-brainer. It would be the m28 f/2.8. I bought that for use as an astro lens when I started getting into astro. It's just a nice lens all around and it was less than $30. The F 30-80 is no slouch either and was also below $30.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 05-16-2018, 11:32 AM  
Smear problem on k-50 Sensor/Low Pass Filter.
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 3
Views: 631
I change lenses frequently outdoors, while the previous respondent's suggestion is most likely, it is also likely that a small bug got in your mirror box and then got squashed on the sensor (which is what happens in most of my cases... I'm always having to clean that sensor from spring-fall).
Forum: General Talk 05-15-2018, 10:53 AM  
Ladies and Gentlemen, the time is upon us.... for camping.
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 80
Views: 4,811
Lol... Saw this a bit late, but hope you enjoy your trip, norm. We're getting nothing but rain here. I just bought more compression straps so that I can do a little rearranging of my pack items. Going to strap the tent to the top of the pack since it doesn't fit as well as it originally did before using it. Between the weather and work, I'm not sure when I'll be able to go out again. I still haven't gotten the tent and a few other things out of the trunk of the car yet. I couldn't pack them up because they had to dry after a popup shower Thurs. morning (wasn't supposed to rain until that evening after checkout). Hopefully, next time I get out there the trees will be filled in with leaves. They were just starting to bud at the campsite last trip and the tent was in the sun. The tent turns into an oven on a hot day.
Forum: General Talk 05-05-2018, 07:21 PM  
Ladies and Gentlemen, the time is upon us.... for camping.
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 80
Views: 4,811
Your -7c(19.4f) bag is essentially the equivalent of the one I used last camping trip(-6.667c [20f]. The one I just bought is rated down to 10c (50f) this way i can prevent being too hot. Last camping trip it started out at 54f (12.2c) and ended up being a humid 31f (-0.555c) and snowy by the next afternoon. Good to see you're going to get to go out soon though. It's always a pain having to wait for thaw to do things you want to do.
Forum: General Talk 05-04-2018, 10:27 AM  
Ladies and Gentlemen, the time is upon us.... for camping.
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 80
Views: 4,811
Well, there's always the option of a road trip, norm. Just head on down here to PA and bring the kayaks with you. Just remember to pick up the boat launch permit at nearest park ranger's office. You don't want to see the cost of a nonresident fishing permit though... Our lakes have been liquid for about a month and a half now.



---------- Post added 05-04-18 at 01:29 PM ----------

picked up warm weather sleeping bag yesterday, and a better option for light in the tent (even if it does take up more space in the pack).
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-04-2018, 02:33 AM  
Astrotracer star trails *sigh*
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 23
Views: 1,665
There are plenty of things that could be going on here...

1.) Exposure is too long (don't trust "time scales". Trust only tested experimentation results for focal lengths/f stop settings.)
2.) Tripod/head may not be quite sturdy enough.
3.) Wind/vibration (ties in with #2).
4.) Angle could be too steep.

The picture with the building is really bad, as if something had bumped the tripod. Are you using a remote trigger, or are you using the self-timer? If you are using the self timer, the vibrations going to the sensor from the camera body may not be subsiding by the time the timer opens the shutter. As is, the little calibration dance for fine tuning really isn't necessary.

Even with a 10mm lens set wide open, there will be some (minimal) trailing at the 2 minute exposure mark. For the 18-55 at 18mm f/3.5, you really wouldn't want to exceed 1 min 20 sec. The 55mm would be an even shorter time. Trial and error is the best way to find out what works and what doesn't.

Please bear in mind, that the astrotracer function doesn't work well if you exceed a certain camera angle. I believe the consensus was somewhere around 30 degrees of elevation. The anti-shake system wouldn't have the power to move the sensor effectively after a certain angle of incline.

Batteries... make sure they're fresh. GPS requires quite a bit of battery power, so always make sure your batteries are good prior to leaving the house.
Forum: General Talk 05-02-2018, 10:32 PM  
Ladies and Gentlemen, the time is upon us.... for camping.
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 80
Views: 4,811
Next camping trip is another state park visit this Tues and Wed. Should have good weather. Have plenty of firewood.
Forum: General Talk 04-23-2018, 02:56 PM  
Ladies and Gentlemen, the time is upon us.... for camping.
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 80
Views: 4,811
Now that my tent has dried out in the trunk of my car, and I have a day off, I can finally work on packing it back up.
Forum: General Talk 04-19-2018, 07:08 PM  
Ladies and Gentlemen, the time is upon us.... for camping.
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 80
Views: 4,811
Everything worked fine, though the tarp I used as a rainfly was on the small side. Have rectified that for future trips. I was quite comfy once I settled in. I do need a better lightsource for in the tent, however. The one I used goes through batteries too quickly. Fortunately, since i was camping at the state park, my car was there at the campsite, so I had access to my fishing lanterns. I'm going to have to let the tent dry before I can pack it away in the backpack again. I'm thinking that I can increase the space in my pack if I store the poles and pegs separately, and fold the tent itself and store it with the smaller tarp and sleeping pad in the bottom of my pack.
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-17-2018, 10:24 PM  
Want to try Astrophotography
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 58
Views: 4,005
Waaayyyyy too early to predict cloud cover. I know some areas are fairly reliable at times... but a month is still a ludicrous amt. of time. I don't trust the weather here for more than 72 hrs in advance, and even that's iffy.
Forum: General Talk 04-17-2018, 07:50 PM  
Ladies and Gentlemen, the time is upon us.... for camping.
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 80
Views: 4,811
First camping trip is tomorrow. I don't care if they are calling for snow and or rain. I'm going. I have my reservation made and everything. Family member already raised the "but it's going to be cold" argument (the same one they always bring up for any outdoor hobby that I do in winter and have for years.... to which I gave my standard response of "when has the cold ever bothered me?".
Forum: General Talk 04-16-2018, 08:53 PM  
Ladies and Gentlemen, the time is upon us.... for camping.
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 80
Views: 4,811
I'm not sure which is worse for my outdoor activities... PA weather, or my work schedule.
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-16-2018, 08:52 PM  
Want to try Astrophotography
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 58
Views: 4,005
You can get SkEYE a free skymap app for android. My personal suggestion for moon/sun/milky way planning is Sun Surveyor Pro. You can plan in advance, see angle of elevation at specific times, eye of milky way center position, etc... Also tells you blue/golden hours, sunrise/sunset/moonrise/moonset. Will also show moon phase. This early in the year, the milky way isn't going to be easy to spot and it will be harder to pick up even on new moon nights. Peak viewing is as a summertime object. About middle to late may is when it starts becoming more visible.
Forum: General Talk 04-15-2018, 10:14 PM  
RIP R. Lee Ermey
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 3
Views: 540
Just found out that R. Lee Ermey (The Gunny) (Sgt. Hartman- Full metal jacket) died today. He was one of my favorite tv/movie personalities.
Forum: General Talk 04-15-2018, 06:48 PM  
Ladies and Gentlemen, the time is upon us.... for camping.
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 80
Views: 4,811
Good thing I went to the lake to collect sticks and pinecones today before the rain came... looks like it's here for the long haul and going to soak everything thoroughly. I keep a small supply of sticks and pinecones in the car as firewood or kindling (depends on size of fire and containment apparatus used (ring vs stand vs collapsible firepit/grill). The hard pinecones make excellent natural firestarter, just hold one upside down above a lighter, wait for it to catch, once it's started stick it in the kindling at base of firewood to get the fire started.
Forum: General Talk 04-14-2018, 12:38 AM  
Ladies and Gentlemen, the time is upon us.... for camping.
Posted By Auzzie-Phoenix
Replies: 80
Views: 4,811
Not hard... they really haven't changed much over the years. If mantles are needed, just buy some, install then match light to prep. Once mantles are installed and prepped you fill the fuel reservoir with coleman fuel or equivalent, let it sit for a while to build vapor in reservoir, then use pump mechanism to add pressure/prime the lantern. When that is done, you flip the lever to appropriate setting for ignition with the chimney/globe raised. Match light the mantles, close up the chimney/globe, and gradually increase flow using dial/knob to desired luminance.

The fuel based lanterns are nice because they're economical, but they're a pain in the butt and transporting the liquid fuel is a real pain. The propane lanterns are much more convenient, and have ignition switches like a propane grill to light them. The downside to the propane models is that you never really know how much is left in the bottle, and on cold enough nights they're hard to get lit and they'll frost over (sometimes the self sealing valves will freeze open and you have to use some form of tool to press it in to unstick it). The other downside to propane models is risk of fireball/explosion if you don't get them lit right away (in this scenario, I recommend shutting off the gas flow for a minute or so to let the built up gas dissipate before attempting again).
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