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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-17-2020, 04:37 PM  
K3 Prime lens advice please
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 27
Views: 1,009
There's a Tamron 90 Macro in the Marketplace. No affiliation, no endorsement, just saying . . . K-70 and various lenses - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 05-16-2020, 10:06 PM  
Sigma warranty repairs - who to contact?
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 13
Views: 430
You should be OK as long as you have your sales receipt.
You could always try snail mail.
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-19-2020, 11:52 AM  
K1 or FF mirrorless for manual lenses
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 27
Views: 1,322
What kind of stuff do you shoot?


Are you a "slow" shooter, toting about with a tripod and doing contemplative landscapes? If so, the FF mirrorless is a no brainer.


However, if you like to shoot more quickly, then futzing about with adapters may slow you down and could contribute to missed shots.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-13-2020, 03:31 PM  
Vintage landscape lens recommendations
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 37
Views: 1,678
I bought my Sigma 24mm from a company in the UK--Ffordes Photographic and would buy from them again. Pentax Fit | Ffordes Photographic
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-13-2020, 02:11 PM  
Vintage landscape lens recommendations
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 37
Views: 1,678
Keep your eye out for a Sigma 24mm 2.8. I'm very pleased with mine.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-28-2020, 05:07 PM  
Landscape First Light
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 20
Views: 418
My goodness! That must take considerable effort to adjust for daylight savings. :)
Forum: General Talk 03-27-2020, 02:12 PM  
Marketplace Decorum, or there isn't any?
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 12
Views: 606
Well yes Mike, it would. Buyer's remorse is a thing. It happens enough that there's a name for it. I appreciate your frustration, but people will be human.

Sales 101: You need to get a commitment before you accept the offer.
Forum: General Talk 03-27-2020, 01:04 PM  
Marketplace Decorum, or there isn't any?
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 12
Views: 606
These are, for many of us, times of fear and uncertainty--that may play a small part.
Forum: General Talk 03-24-2020, 02:11 PM  
Ok, who enjoys a good " cuppa " and what makes a good " cuppa " [ of tea ] any way ?
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 103
Views: 2,254
As a teen, I drank a lot of tea when hanging out with my buds at the restaurant in the mall. The server would place a tea bag in a single serving size tea pot, pour hot (almost boiling) water over the bag, and deliver it, along with a cup and a small container of milk, to the table. We could let it steep to preference. It was fairly drinkable, and the cost was 15 cents. (It was a *long* time ago).

I subsequently got out of the tea habit and switched to coffee.

Twenty years later was in a restaurant, and for the first time in a long time, ordered tea. The server brought out a cup of warm water and a saucer with a tea bag on it.

ME: What is this?
SERVER: That's the tea you ordered, sir.
ME: I see. Do me a favour, would you? Can you take this back to the kitchen, remove the teabag from its paper wrapper, place it in the cup and pour the hot water over it?
SERVER: Sorry sir, no can do. Health and safety. We're not allowed to handle boiling water.
ME: sigh. Very well, please bring me a coffee.

So now, for me, tea is an only at home thing. Three bags orange pekoe* in the Brown Betty. Pour the almost boiling water in from a bit of a height to oxygenate the brew, and let steep for 5 minutes.


* lapsang souchong for a special treat.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-24-2020, 01:40 PM  
A different way to get a print.
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 10
Views: 1,597
Well, I can certainly do that--until now I was totally unaware that PBN from photo was a 'thing'. Years ago, I used to hand-color B&W prints and it was kinda fun. And these days, I seem to have a lot of time on my hands . . .
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-23-2020, 03:59 PM  
something to consider if you send your film out for developing
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 17
Views: 1,072
This is a big question. I have groceries sufficient for the next couple months, but then what? Do I hire someone to shop for me? What is the ethics of asking someone else to take a risk to do for me what I'm not prepared to undertake myself?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-23-2020, 03:06 PM  
A different way to get a print.
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 10
Views: 1,597
hey, Norm, could you share with us where/who this is?
Forum: Sold Items 03-18-2020, 11:41 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Bags, Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro, 17-50mm F2.8 SP, Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 23
Views: 4,883
PM sent for tamron 17-50
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-03-2020, 10:58 PM  
Mostly using film era lenses: Which kind of flash would be better?
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 26
Views: 1,158
Vivitar 285 is a good choice too.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-03-2020, 03:09 PM  
What computer gear can I use to store and upload digital images?
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 110
Views: 3,239
I have a stand alone copy of Photoshop/Bridge CS6 that runs well on my 2008 Mac Pro. It does a great job fulfilling my needs. You could likely find a windows version.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-01-2020, 11:29 AM  
K3 and KP and focus screen choice
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 25
Views: 1,678
I would advise against a split image screen for your slower lenses.

These screens are cut down FF screens, so the focus aid portion is proportionately BIGGER on a crop camera. Bigger and really dark. Makes it hard to properly see the image you're composing. I'm speaking of my experience with a KatzEye screen and f3.5 lenses.

IMHO you're better off with the "S" type screen.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 01-02-2020, 11:49 AM  
Question Is there a way to not see forum sections in 'New Posts' search?
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 8
Views: 409
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-31-2019, 05:19 PM  
Nature Typical danish landscape after harvest
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 7
Views: 209
Coulda sworn it was Saskatchewan. :)
Forum: General Photography 12-17-2019, 03:09 PM  
Dogs... my scourge when taking pics at the park.
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 51
Views: 2,112
I feel for you.
The only possible thing I can think of doing is to lobby hard for enforcement of the rules and regulations that are supposedly in effect. Find out who's in charge and make phone calls. Write letters. Once these irresponsible owners start receiving fines they'll likely either change their behavior or go somewhere else. Good luck.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-15-2019, 07:28 PM  
Landscape High water mark
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 11
Views: 285
The water level in this slough has evidently receded somewhat over the decades these vehicles have been 'parked'.

Forum: General Photography 11-14-2019, 12:24 PM  
Car show photography etiquette
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 53
Views: 2,167
Car shows are just not ideal locations to properly photograph a lovely vintage car. The cars are crowded too close together, the lighting is not that great, there's all sorts of people wandering around in the background etc etc.

They are, however, an ideal place to meet people who own these vehicles. My inclination would be to strike up a conversation with an owner and express your desire to create a really awesome photo in a suitable out of the way location in perfect light near sundown. It shouldn't be too hard to find someone who would go along. Go out and shoot. Make two wall sized prints. Sell one to the owner. Take the second print around to show at next year's show and drum up some business.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-30-2019, 04:13 PM  
Best manual focus 50-ish mm lens at around f/8 or f/11
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 40
Views: 1,503
As others have mentioned, they are all going to be excellent between f8/11. FWIW, the one in my camera bag is the K55/1.8. When I tested it against an A 50/1.7, I thought it a teeny-tiny bit better in the corners.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-03-2019, 04:45 PM  
Do you use Live View or Viewfinder
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 90
Views: 2,901
When I'm out landscaping with a tripod and vintage lenses, it's LV 100% of the time. When I'm in 'walk around' mode, I'll often use LV to determine exposure and focus and then use the OVF to frame the shot.
I use Live View a lot.
Forum: Photo Critique 09-24-2019, 02:34 AM  
Macro learning focus stacking
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 12
Views: 803
You're a quick learner--I'd say you did real well. Did you use Photoshop, or another stacking software?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-09-2019, 05:10 PM  
Beach family vacation - use camera or not
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 22
Views: 1,042
I take my camera to the beach whenever I go. As long as you keep it out of the sand and water you'll be fine. Just use sensible precautions.
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