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Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 1 Day Ago  
the big grey box project - or where am I going to store 50+ lenses and the rest of it
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 38
Views: 865
It's a great project, and I am sure you have made some of us very jealous.



There's no reason for the humidity to be any different from what it was with his previous storage method – that is, ambient. I would think that any lens can be stored in a standard controlled household environment.
Forum: General Photography 2 Days Ago  
The cycle of GAS and the bloat or regret that follows
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 26
Views: 931
Here are a few of my rationales for new stuff. I am pretty sure they are inside the bounds of normalcy.
  • I just saw a magnificent image shot with an xxx lens. I probably should get one of those.

  • I need to up my photography a game a bit, become an elite photographer. I'll order a K-1 Mk2 tonight.

  • Let's see... I've done birds. I've done macro. Maybe I'll focus on monochrome. I probably should get a new lens or camera body or, better yet, both.

  • I am really into panoramas. Wouldn't a pano with a 645-Z be awesome? Hmmm... I wonder if there are any listings in the Marketplace.

  • An older camera body is like an older computer – it just needs to be updated. I can't fall behind the techno-curve.

  • Shooting Pentax allows me to save money by using older lenses. And there are sooo many old lenses to buy. I just saw two more that look real interesting.

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-23-2020, 09:11 AM  
New APS-C is
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 824
Views: 39,642
:)

Well, at 77 I am looking forward to at least considering the new camera. There's still a little bit of "Oooh! Shiny!" left in me, I suppose.

On the other hand, life-time warranties aren't such a big deal any more. :)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-21-2020, 08:13 PM  
Laptop requirements for image processing?
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 35
Views: 927
If the Mac platform is of interest to you, the new 16" MacBook is superb. The Retina display is just great and the MaBook is available with up to 64 GB of RAM and up to an 8 TB SSD. Mine has 32 GB of RAM and a 2 TB SSD. The display is gorgeous and bright and the machine screams with speed. It can run any software and edit any size image I can throw at it. I recently edited a panorama that was about 75 MB in size with nary a hiccup.

Whatever you get – Mac, Windows, Linux – get plenty of RAM.

Have fun shopping and good luck!

Don
Forum: General Photography 05-21-2020, 06:27 PM  
Photo Size for Social Media
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 12
Views: 444
Thanks for everyone's responses.

I think I will provide social-media files with a 2048 px long edge. I don't think they will be concerned with image degradation – they post and look at photos on these platforms all the time. And the files for printing will be full size.

Thanks again!
Forum: General Photography 05-21-2020, 06:38 AM  
Photo Size for Social Media
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 12
Views: 444
I am doing some graduation photos for my neighbor and I would like to know the best size for social media. I think this means Facebook, Twitter, the Instant-Gram (sp?) thing, and maybe others – are there others? I am a social media Luddite. ;)

Should the long edge be 1024 px, 1536 px, 2048 px, or something else entirely? I hope someone can help as I want to provide my neighbors with the proper size files to post.

Thanks!

Don
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-19-2020, 05:26 PM  
Laying on wet ground?
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 34
Views: 1,207
I keep a cheap yoga mat in my car. It cost me less than $10. Works a treat.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-16-2020, 02:29 PM  
New APS-C is
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 824
Views: 39,642
I have seen a few mentions of a touch screen, and I have to ask, "Is this a good thing?"

It seems my screen already gets plenty smeary from just touching my face when I am using the viewfinder. Why do I want to add to that by trying to touch buttons on the screen as though it were my iPhone?

I know I am old, but I am always open to new technology and techniques. But I need help understanding the benefits of a touch screen.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-15-2020, 05:17 PM  
New APS-C is
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 824
Views: 39,642
I never use a tilt screen! But then, I shoot with a K-3ii and sometimes a K-5iis.

I don't need some stuff. Leave it off.

I want other stuff. Make sure it is included.

I know exactly which features are important for the K-new. If my thoughts aren't followed, the camera will be an utter fail! But then, I am in my late seventies with questionable eyesight and even more questionable photo skills.

Okay. I am kidding.

But on a serious note, the features listed below seem to be the minimum for success::
  • Highest noiseless ISO

  • Fastest auto-focus

  • Highest burst rate by a factor of 2

  • tiltable/non-tiltable screen (depending on your wants and needs)

  • Brighter viewfinder with 1.5x magnification

  • More stuff, smaller body

  • 50 megapixels

  • Wi-fi, bluetooth, Sirius-XM, and Netflix

  • Many other things



Oh, did I mention – This should be a $5,000. body which I can grab for $1,200.
Forum: General Photography 05-15-2020, 04:41 PM  
Air Show Photography
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 18
Views: 741
Thanks for all the photos. I am envious.

I stood in my driveway in the Houston suburbs waiting for the Blue Angels to fly over. My neighbor received a text from a friend who saw them fly over some five miles away. Alas! :(

Four days later a whole group of old "warbirds" from the air museum was doing its own flyover. Not to be fooled twice, I put the camera and lenses in the car and headed to where it seemed to be the most likely location to see them. Well, I saw them, but they were far enough away that even my Sigma 150-500 didn't bring them in very close. Arriving home, I learned they flew right over the house! :o

Planes, trains and automobiles. With trains and automobiles it is pretty easy to know where they will be. Planes, not so much.
Forum: General Talk 05-12-2020, 10:37 AM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 2,697
Views: 212,701
Very little, apparently. Is it lonesome up there? :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-07-2020, 08:01 AM  
Panorama-orama - Post your Panos
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 2,319
Views: 202,364
I took this about 12 days ago. This is along the seawall in Galveston, Texas during the beach closure. In normal times there would be people everywhere. Seven images with the 35mm f 2.4 AL lens. The finished pano is 14062 x 4340.

Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-26-2020, 11:16 AM  
Feedback Request on Photoshop Blending
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 10
Views: 646
As others have mentioned, I think it is a sky saturation and tone issue. Here's a great tutorial from PHlearn.Com. They published a great set of free tutorials called 30 Days of Photoshop with each day covereing a different technique or skill. This tutorial (Day 30) is all about replacing sky and includes discussion and demonstration of correcting color and tone.

I hope this helps.

I really enjoy the PHlearn tutorials and have their annual subscription.
Forum: General Talk 04-21-2020, 07:56 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 19,775
Views: 1,393,994
A Pentax Classic:

Just received this – ordered it from the Ricoh-Pentax website. The cap is nothing more than tourist-cap quality, but you would never know it, purchasing from Pentax. The cap was $20 – high for the quality. Then there was an $11.00 shipping charge. On top of that, Ricoh-Pentax is so proud of the hat, they required a signature on delivery! Still, it is probably one of a very few in the Houston area.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 04-13-2020, 05:35 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge # 493 - Candid Portraits
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 12
Views: 542
Linda, close up

Forum: Pentax K-3 04-07-2020, 04:34 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 78,449
Views: 2,988,834
This thread moves fast. I think the TV thing is already done and gone, but I'll add my little story anyway.

When I was in high school, my best friend’s younger brother was one of our paperboys. Mom loved to read the paper and had three dailies and a weekly delivered. Later that paperboy, Johnny Cartwright, went on to play quarterback at the Naval Academy. Annie decided she was not going to watch her paperboy play in the Army-Navy game on a black-and-white television. Sure enough, a color TV was in her living room by Thanksgiving Day.
Forum: General Talk 03-23-2020, 02:15 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 2,697
Views: 212,701
Phone reception!?

I seem to remember there was a payphone in the hall two flights down. But that was a few years ago – about 60. :)
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 03-17-2020, 07:46 AM  
Picture of the Week POTW #589 - Covering period 9 March - 22 March 2020
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 7
Views: 637
Thanks for a little look at my old city. I spent the first half of my life in the Philadelphia area (Delaware County), but I really haven't been back but maybe once in the past 38+ years.

The Ben Franklin is a bit special to me. My grandfather was the foreman for the electrical contractor when the bridge was being built (known as the Delaware River Bridge then), and my dad was an apprentice electrician on the job. Nepotism, maybe? :)

Below is an old photo of my dad (man on the right) atop the bridge superstructure during construction – notice all the safety precautions. :) I am guessing the photo was taken in 1924. The bridge opened on July 1, 1926, which was my dad's birthday. He would have been 21 years old on opening day.

Thanks again for the pix.
Forum: General Talk 03-09-2020, 07:02 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 19,775
Views: 1,393,994
It truly is amazing. These days I am becoming almost bionic. There are five stents, two hearing aids, two replacement eye lenses, and who knows how many crowns in my mouth. Pretty soon I may have to go in for tune-ups and oil changes rather than doctors' visits. Amazingly, I still think I am in perfect health, which is sort of like thinking that a torn-in-half photo is whole because it has been repaired with Scotch Tape. :)
Forum: General Talk 03-09-2020, 01:56 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 19,775
Views: 1,393,994
Howdy!

I recently became the proud owner of two J&J Interocular lenses. They may also come under private label, but I don't think so.

They were a little pricey, but they are superb. They render colors a bit cooler than I am accustomed to with my other lenses and they are incredibly sharp. Focusing with my K-3ii is faster than I have ever experienced.

You haven't heard of the J&J Interocular? Well you won't find them at B&H or Adorama. They are specialty lenses. Your best bet for sourcing these incredible lenses is your friendly, local eye surgeon.

Yeah, I've been messing with you. I am talking about new lenses in my eyes after the removal of cataracts. But the description of what they are doing for me is dead accurate. It seems that cataracts not only cloud the vision, they also create an amber cast to colors. So colors are now both brighter and cooler. In fact, I will have to go back and look at my processed images to see if they are overly cool, as I may have thought the originals were warmer than they really were. And for the first time in 25 years I do not have to wear glasses when taking pictures. I can hold my eye right up to the camera. I even tried out a manual-focus 100mm lens that previously I have used only with my macro work.

I will be interested to see if there is any significant difference in my images once I become accustomed to these new lenses.
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-28-2020, 07:33 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 78,449
Views: 2,988,834
On the other hand, AggieMom and I enjoyed a nice day on the boat today. There are some advantages to living in Texas.
Forum: General Photography 02-24-2020, 04:03 PM  
Not all of us are rich
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 89
Views: 3,691
Let's say this another way as you seem to have problems with my (and others') use of the word budget. I understand. My wife and I are retired schoolteachers and don't spend our money carelessly.

What I am trying to do is get across that it is possible to acquire high quality equipment at incredibly reasonable prices. We would all like to have a K-1ii with with a cabinet full of lenses all for a couple hundred dollars. However the fundamental truth is that good camera equipment comes with a cost and that cost has lower limits. If you want to get below that floor – and who doesn't? – then I suspect your real hobby will end up being web-searching for bargains that are either non-existent or few-and-far-between.
Forum: General Photography 02-23-2020, 08:01 PM  
Not all of us are rich
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 89
Views: 3,691
I just returned home from a photo shoot for my art photography class. My photos will be critiqued in class tomorrow. My lens today was an "experienced" manual focus Pentax 100mm that is about 36 years old. It cost me less than $150 here on the forum's marketplace and has a user rating over 9. The lens was on a K-3ii which can be had for less than $500. My other body, the K-5iis, can be bought for less than $300.

You can shoot great images with great equipment for budget prices – just shop here on the Pentax Forum Marketplace.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-11-2020, 04:59 PM  
Reasonable price on used Tamron 90mm Macro?
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 32
Views: 1,126
What would save looking for one on-line – $30? That's a lunch with your wife. If you like it, buy it. It's worth $30 to actually hold and try it before buying.

Just my opinion...
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-08-2020, 09:10 PM  
Wacom Tablet
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 22
Views: 995
Wow!

I am appreciative for all the great information.

The discussion of the comfort level of using a pen and tablet makes sense to me. Somehow over the years (since 1981) I have come to use the mouse with my right hand even though I am very left-handed. It is one of the primary reasons I want to use a pen and tablet – to give me better control for fine touch-ups.


Thanks for this link. It looks like a great way to put my toe in the water and try a tablet without a consequential investment.
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