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Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-26-2017, 10:38 PM  
K-30 / K-50 Aperture Block Failue - Repair Solution available
Posted By Will in Seattle
Replies: 862
Views: 131,961
Update: my K-50 is back in my hands after Ricoh agreed to fix the aperture block failure out of warranty
As expected it works perfectly, I only paid for shipping one way, and they even have the thing a good cleaning.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-21-2017, 10:39 PM  
K-50 Aperture Fix Feedback
Posted By Will in Seattle
Replies: 27
Views: 6,119
I wouldn't read too much into it. I took it as a non-answer intended to let me know they were aware and could fix it, and I didn't ask further.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-21-2017, 08:55 PM  
K-50 Aperture Fix Feedback
Posted By Will in Seattle
Replies: 27
Views: 6,119
My camera was 2.5 years old when it failed. I reached out to Ricoh via their web contact form (I didn't see a better way) and told them that my camera had the aperture block failure, that I was very happy with the camera otherwise, and asked if they had a recall planned or any repair assistance available since this appeared to be a common defect. In an emailed response they told me the first step would need to be an inspection at Precision Camera (as I'm in the USA), after which it is a case-by-case basis. I sent the camera in, and Precision inspected it and called me to ask how I would like to pay the ~$170 for the repair. I told them I was discussing the repair payment with Ricoh, and they put the repair on hold. I gave Ricoh my repair tag number, at which point they asked for a copy of my original receipt and "escalated my issue to upper management." After a week or so I got a phone call from the guy who handles their email, letting me know that management had agreed to repair the camera as if it were under warranty. The repair lasted another week, and the camera is in the mail on its way here now.

I was told the issue is caused by "a newly-designed part that is installed," which is no help for you DIYers out there, but at least you know Ricoh is aware of the problem and is showing at a degree of willingness to make it right.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-21-2017, 05:35 PM  
K-50 Aperture Fix Feedback
Posted By Will in Seattle
Replies: 27
Views: 6,119
This was me. I wasn't given any guarantees they'd fix the camera and had to wait a little while after sending in the camera and a copy of my original purchase receipt, but in the end they fixed it free of charge. I'm happy to help if you have any questions.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-12-2017, 05:22 PM  
K-30 / K-50 Aperture Block Failue - Repair Solution available
Posted By Will in Seattle
Replies: 862
Views: 131,961
Well I think it's perfectly clear it's a significant problem regardless of how sure we can be about the failure rate, which is why I went straight to Ricoh when mine failed.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-12-2017, 01:32 PM  
Poll: Aperture block failure: solenoid repair success poll
Posted By Will in Seattle
Replies: 7
Views: 2,580
No worries. I figured it could be relevant if the point of your poll was to discover the ideal repair path after failure, though you're right that it's not terribly helpful if you're hoping to discover the technical cause of the failure (and neither is the California repair). I'll let you know if I learn anything.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-12-2017, 10:16 AM  
K-30 / K-50 Aperture Block Failue - Repair Solution available
Posted By Will in Seattle
Replies: 862
Views: 131,961
For what is worth, and not that I don't think there's a significant problem here, but to be fair the actual overall failure rate is probably a lot lower than a poll here would show as this isn't a good representation of the ownership group in general. People are drawn here by the failure. I know if my camera hadn't failed I'd be out taking photos instead of looking at polls here.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-12-2017, 07:57 AM  
Poll: Aperture block failure: solenoid repair success poll
Posted By Will in Seattle
Replies: 7
Views: 2,580
Since you're including repair shops, another option for the poll perhaps:
Ricoh agreed to fix mine, I shipped it to their designated repair shop, and I assume it'll work but I'll let you know in a week when I get it back.
Sorry to the DIY guys - I didn't crack it open beforehand so I can't report on what they change.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-10-2017, 08:12 PM  
K-30 / K-50 Aperture Block Failue - Repair Solution available
Posted By Will in Seattle
Replies: 862
Views: 131,961
By email. They're private - I haven't seen a phone number listed, and the email is monitored by a lower-level employee who then talked to the decision-makers and got back to me.

I don't know anything about camera repair to know if they'll do a better job than anyone else, though I figure if they agree to fix it I can count on them to stand behind it.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-10-2017, 03:28 PM  
K-30 / K-50 Aperture Block Failue - Repair Solution available
Posted By Will in Seattle
Replies: 862
Views: 131,961
I've been casually monitoring this thread for a while now that my K-50 decided to join the underexposure club 18 months after my warranty expired. I'm a DIY guy but the solutions here looked a little speculative for my taste. I was tempted to try the guys in CA, but since this is looking more and more like a big problem I first reached out to Ricoh USA to see if there was a recall in the works or repair help available or anything. They wanted me to send the camera into Precision Camera for evaluation before they would even talk to me about it, and despite low expectations I gave it a try. Once I had a case number at Precision I got back in touch with Ricoh and asked what they had to offer. It took a couple weeks, but I got a phone call today from Ricoh saying they are going to treat it as a warranty issue and repair it for me. I don't know if this a change from how is been handled in the past, but I figured I'd let you folks know the door is open.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-28-2017, 06:26 PM  
Weekly Challenge Challenge #380 Winners - Ball
Posted By Will in Seattle
Replies: 10
Views: 1,120
Thanks again for the opportunity to judge this contest . You folks didn't make it easy for me - there were a lot of great shots.

Third place - geomez:

I love interesting textures. This is visually-stunning, sharp (no pun intended) and well composed, and works beautifully in black/white.

Second place - sealonsf:

This shot perfectly captures that intense focus with which dogs chase down a ball. The tension as she tries to change direction mid-air is fantastic!

First place - Hattifnatt:

This image stood out to me because not only is it interesting visually, it goes beyond the imagery and really starts to evoke feelings - the end of the day, the end of summer, having to leave things behind move on ... great photo!

Honorable mentions:
Tamia's snow and moon scene is stunningly gorgeous.
slowpez's web orb is strangely captivating to me.

Thanks again, and good luck next week!
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-27-2017, 11:02 AM  
Weekly Challenge Challenge #380 - Ball
Posted By Will in Seattle
Replies: 22
Views: 3,295
Nice job everyone! I'll take a look later today and post some results.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-19-2017, 09:46 PM  
Weekly Challenge Challenge #380 - Ball
Posted By Will in Seattle
Replies: 22
Views: 3,295
Hi folks,

Winter's almost over, and this week marked the start of spring training for the upcoming baseball season. Since this has me excited for the pleasant outdoor evenings and painfully-slow action soon to come, the theme this week will be "ball." Interpret as you will - no sports necessary!

Best of luck!

(edit - the deadline is Feb. 26th at 11:59 PM PST)

The Rules:

1. Post ONE photo (max 1024x1024).
2. The photo must portray an interpretation of the theme.
3. Post your single picture in this thread and explain what motivated you to take the picture and/or how you feel it represents the weekly theme (especially if it's not obvious).
4. The challenge is interactive. Any response is welcome.
5. The judge will pick the WINNERS and choose one of them to be the judge for the next week.
6. This challenge runs for 7 days plus an additional day for the judge to choose the winners.
7. Any Pentax (or Ricoh DSLR ) camera can be used.
8. Pictures can be from any time frame, not just within the week of the current theme.
9. In case the winner of a challenge is unable to become the judge for the next challenge, then the winner will PM the #2 winner for that person to be the judge
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-19-2017, 09:20 PM  
Weekly Challenge #379 Eyes - WINNERS
Posted By Will in Seattle
Replies: 12
Views: 1,331
Wow - thanks everybody! There were some fantastic shots this week, so seeing my name was both a surprise and a good confidence-builder as I'm still a bit of a beginner. This was a photo I had been meaning to take for a while - it's a cute little moment I regularly get to see as I arrive at home - and this challenge was the prompt I needed. Thanks again!
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-18-2017, 10:58 AM  
Weekly Challenge #379 Eyes
Posted By Will in Seattle
Replies: 39
Views: 4,300
IMGP0300 by Will Doornink, on Flickr
Forum: Photo Critique 02-01-2017, 01:28 AM  
Architecture Real estate photo
Posted By Will in Seattle
Replies: 6
Views: 787
Thank you all for the ideas. I was hesitant to warm the color temp as the paint color of a house seemed to me like a place to aim for accuracy, but I do think the subtle warming looks nice. And it definitely looks better with more contrast. I'll try darkening the lawn as well (and perhaps evening out the tonality) - I can see how that would look more inviting.

I appreciate the concern, Brooke. This was for a family member who has paid me in many ways over the years, which of course is my way of saying "no." I'm calling it a portfolio builder.

And thanks for the tip SciFiGuy - that makes sense, and I probably wouldn't have thought to look. The stuff I "disappeared" was all removable: bags of fertilizer, pallets, etc., but I suppose it would be better to learn the rules than simply invent justifications. Thanks.
Forum: Photo Critique 01-30-2017, 04:56 PM  
Architecture Real estate photo
Posted By Will in Seattle
Replies: 6
Views: 787
I was just invited to take a couple photos for a real estate listing. As this is my first attempt at such an endeavor, I'd welcome any feedback from you folks.

This was shot with my K-50 and newly-acquired 12-24 lens. I applied a perspective correction, blended in a lighter exposure of the hangar and illuminated windows from a later shot, faked a burnt-out light, and cloned out some garage junk. What else could I have done, and what could have been done differently? Thanks.

Talbot 1 by Will Doornink, on Flickr
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 01-26-2017, 04:40 PM  
Weekly Challenge Challenge #378 - Lights in the night
Posted By Will in Seattle
Replies: 28
Views: 2,972
Full moon over Seattle skyline.

I almost missed this one. I was about to pack up after shooting the city skyline at sunset when several photographers arrived and started setting up next to me. Of course I stuck around and pretended like I knew what I was doing. It wasn't long until the full moon popped up mid-city.

IMGP9533s by Will Doornink, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 03-01-2015, 10:11 AM  
psychedelic issues
Posted By Will in Seattle
Replies: 11
Views: 1,017
I had something similar happen to me several years ago with the digital point-and-shoot I had at the time. I was trying to shoot a sunset silhouette of a Joshua tree to hang on my wall, and the following image came off the camera as-is. I have no idea how it happened, but I actually liked how it turned out. All I adjusted was the dark blue on the left side to be black like the right side. At some point between then and now, the original file stopped showing the right side of the image - it is solid white now.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-28-2015, 09:32 PM  
Philosophy of photo manipulation
Posted By Will in Seattle
Replies: 14
Views: 1,268
Fair enough. Perhaps I should have said "realism" rather than "reality," but I understand that a photograph is merely a perspective.

It sounds to me like there's a pretty strong consensus that the term "photography" doesn't really carry any inherent claims regarding visual accuracy, and that expectations only arise when we present claims of accuracy along with our images. Thanks for the thoughts everyone, that's pretty much what I was curious about.
Forum: Photo Critique 02-26-2015, 10:16 PM  
Cityscape Seattle reflects the sunset
Posted By Will in Seattle
Replies: 12
Views: 1,086
Well said.

All this advice/support is exactly what I need at this point. Thank you very much for your insight.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-26-2015, 06:05 PM  
Philosophy of photo manipulation
Posted By Will in Seattle
Replies: 14
Views: 1,268
Ok, so calling something "photojournalism" is a claim of reality and "photography" really just means that a camera was the primary tool used to create the image, with no claim about reality?

Is there some point at which we have a responsibility to let our audience know that we have altered what they might be viewing as a reflection of reality?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-26-2015, 02:18 PM  
Philosophy of photo manipulation
Posted By Will in Seattle
Replies: 14
Views: 1,268
I'm pretty new to photography. I just posted a cityscape photo to the critique section (link), and got some great feedback. One of the thoughts about the composition was that the shoreline in conjunction with the tops of the buildings created a hump in the middle of the photo, and I can see how this is less than ideal.

I imagine the shoreline could be fairly easily be straightened out with photo software, but should I? I know there isn't a "right" and "wrong" answer here, but what are your feelings about the degree of manipulation that is acceptable in your photography?
Forum: Photo Critique 02-26-2015, 01:19 PM  
Cityscape Seattle reflects the sunset
Posted By Will in Seattle
Replies: 12
Views: 1,086
nomadking - thanks for the great review. Good eye - indeed this was taken from the park/viewpoint above Alki, which looks to be the exact spot you got your panorama.

I'm just starting to discover/experiment with compositional principles, so your advice there is quite valuable. I'm less sure about the birds though ... wouldn't losing them make the cloudless sky pretty boring? I could always crop it down, but then I lose the color. Maybe the graduated ND filter helps with that? I hadn't heard of the before - they look like a great tool. In a situation like this where you want to keep tall buildings consistent, would you use a softer edge and start it just above the buildings?

Thanks for the advice on the longer exposures. I can see how that would really help with the sharpness/graininess, which would clearly improve the image.
Forum: Photo Critique 02-25-2015, 11:56 AM  
Cityscape Seattle reflects the sunset
Posted By Will in Seattle
Replies: 12
Views: 1,086
Thanks so much for all the feedback.

Reduced graininess with a lower ISO would have been nice, as would having the birds in focus and a little extra sharpness from a smaller aperture. But this is all a big compromise, right? I have to give something up to get each of those advantages. A longer shutter speed would have blurred the birds even more. What settings would you have used?

I have a small tripod that I was using at the time (Joby GorillaPod SLR-Zoom ), but perhaps that's not quite enough especially at a longer focal length? I hadn't heard of using a bean bag - seems like a good low-cost accessory to keep around. I'll put one in the car. I have since obtained a remote, which I'm sure helps even more.

I see my camera supports remote shooting as well as a "remote + 3 seconds" mode. I understand using the timer when using the camera's shutter release, but does it add much with remote shooting?

I have a photography book I've started, but haven't made it to the digital processing chapters yet. I have an old copy of Photoshop Elements (version 4, bought new in 2005). My understanding is that I'll likely want to invest in Lightroom once I start getting comfortable. Anyway, I resized the photo with PSE's default settings because I didn't know any better. A quick look at the help files showed me the Bicubic Sharper resampling option, which gives me slightly better sharpness (below). I don't know anything yet about digital sharpening, but does the "Unsharp Mask" really actually sharpen an image? What a strange name if so.

There are more buildings on both sides of the frame, including taller ones to the right and the Space Needle a good distance off-camera to the left. I limited the frame to only these buildings because I liked the building height/frame height ratio, and because the reflected light was much less interesting further out. Should I have avoided placing the right edge in the middle of a building?
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