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Forum: Sold Items 04-07-2018, 06:16 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Micro 4/3 lenses: Lumix 14-140, Oly 9mm fisheye
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 6
Views: 521
That 9mm fisheye "body cap lens" is one of my favorite m43 lenses. Literally the size of a body cap, but takes nice pictures with a fantastic field of view that is super wide but not so fishy. And the image quality is surprisingly good for such a small, cheap lens.

Here's a couple shots I took with mine at a local historic ice cream parlor last week (click for full-size):



Forum: Sold Items 03-18-2018, 05:08 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Panasonic G6
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 3
Views: 454
Just FYI, I don't think anybody is able to see your pictures. It may have to do with the fact that they're linked from an expired listing?
Forum: Sold Items 02-12-2018, 10:23 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4.5 DC Macro Lens - K-Mount - Price Lowered
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 5
Views: 863
I gather that the previous buyer had some issue with the lens?

This is why I hate selling DSLR lenses. Due to the way the autofocus systems work on DSLR's, it's common for a lens to need adjustment before it works properly on a different body. And some people are unable, or unwilling, to adjust the focus themselves, and they want to blame the lens.

Good luck on your sale. I would be interested in using this lens as a replacement for my Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 that died, but I'm moving more and more towards my mirrorless system these days, partly because of the body/lens calibration issue inherent to DSLRs.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-22-2017, 02:44 AM  
Note to self: Clean sensor next time before shooting eclipse at f/32
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 10
Views: 878
At my monitor at home, the eclipse is visible in both photos. But here at work, where the monitor is probably set too bright, it's not visible in the first photo, and barely visible in the second. Maybe I should dial it down a bit more.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-21-2017, 06:36 PM  
Note to self: Clean sensor next time before shooting eclipse at f/32
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 10
Views: 878
Yeah, at first I was disappointed that clouds were periodically passing over the sun during the event, but when I saw some of the dramatic images I changed my mind. Without the clouds, you would basically just get a sliver of crescent with the rest of the frame black.

For reference, the pictures were captured with my Sigma 100-300mm f4 attached to my Panasonic GX-7 with a K-mount adapter and set at 300mm, so I guess it was 600mm equiv. I had not planned to take any pictures of the eclipse, but at the last minute, near peak eclipse, I caved in and quickly brought my gear out to the front lawn to see what I could do.

I used a combination of the manual aperture on the Sigma and a variable ND filter to regulate the sun's rays. My aperture varied from f/32 all the way to f/4 depending on cloud cover (or lack thereof) and depending on how much I dialed my ND filter in. I was a bit worried about damaging my sensor, since I was using a mirrorless camera, but everything seems to be okay.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-21-2017, 12:28 PM  
Note to self: Clean sensor next time before shooting eclipse at f/32
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 10
Views: 878
Lol, a kind sentiment, but I know a dirty sensor when I see one! It really wasn't too bad though. I'm just now going through my pics. Here's my favorite so far:



A bit overexposed perhaps in the area of the sun, but I like the effect with the clouds. Maybe I can reprocess it with a graduated filter to expose the left side more, to even things out.

---------- Post added 08-21-17 at 04:16 PM ----------

Here it is with the left side brightened and the exposure on the sun dialed down a bit:

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-21-2017, 12:00 PM  
Note to self: Clean sensor next time before shooting eclipse at f/32
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 10
Views: 878
I think the title says it all! I still got some pretty decent pics, just had to clone out a few dust spots. Next time I'll be ready!
Forum: General Photography 08-17-2017, 04:37 AM  
Is your car a public or private place?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 65
Views: 2,212
As with most things, YMMV.

I've found that police in large departments are often over-worked and spread too thinly, so in order to accommodate the call volume, they will not devote much time or attention to non-major incidents, and will tend to sweep things under the rug when they can. So then you get the kinds of situations you were describing where it seems like they just don't give a damn. And in the larger cities they often have to work in areas where police are not liked by many of the residents, and I imagine that over time that can effect the way an officer relates to the public.

Also, in larger departments you will have police who specialize, so that the regular road units do not work everything. So there are specialized DUI units, specialized Domestic Violence units, specialized Drug units etc. So the average cop on the street in a large city might not be extremely knowledgeable in all areas of the law since the specialized units will usually step in and take over those types of investigations.

On the flip side of the coin, small town departments will often not spend a lot on on-going and specialized training, and their salaries are usually lower so they do not always attract the "cream of the crop". And due to the lower-number of incidents, they will not have a lot of experience handling certain types of situations.

In medium-sized towns/departments I think you will tend to get the best police service. The department is large enough that they have quality training regimens, and the city budget is large enough to pay a decent wage to attract good employees. And the police force is usually not spread so thinly that officers are forced to cut corners. And the officers will tend to work all kinds of calls, so they will have a broad range of experience. I think the medium-sized department officers will also tend to be more personable, since they are not usually working in such dangerous/hostile environments like big city cops.

Maybe I'm biased since I come from a medium-sized department, but these have been my observations.
Forum: General Photography 08-16-2017, 11:19 AM  
Is your car a public or private place?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 65
Views: 2,212
My own local airport, Indianapolis International, actually had a public observation place setup near the air strips where photographers could take pictures of the aircraft. I'm not sure if it's still there or not, but I have not been by that area recently.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-14-2017, 05:34 PM  
new camera
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 9
Views: 692
If you're just wanting a "lighter crop sensor camera for walking around" then maybe you should give the K-70 a look. Image quality is very close to the KP, but it costs much less is slightly smaller.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-14-2017, 05:10 PM  
K-1 fell and now has focus problem
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 8
Views: 599
If the focus isn't too far out of focus, and is consistent, maybe you could compensate by making a global AF adjustment as an alternative to tearing into the camera or sending it off for repair? I don't own an K-1, but I know some of my other DSLR's have had this option.

It seems like this is another example of where mirrorless cameras have an advantage. Fewer delicate precision parts that are susceptible to bumps & jostles and wear & tear. And for PDAF to work in a DSLR, everything in the lightpath, including the PDAF sensor itself, has to be in just the right place and position since the camera has no way of knowing if something is out of place.
Forum: Pentax K-70 08-12-2017, 06:18 PM  
Silver finish durability?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 15
Views: 2,418
I've never seen the gray K-70 in person, but that's kind of the impression I got looking at pictures. The color just seemed a bit off. I enjoy non-black cameras, as my K-x and my K-30 were white, and my m43 cameras have mostly been the classic silver/black models, but I think I'll just go with black if/when I get a K-70.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 08-11-2017, 08:27 PM  
Turn off SR for video?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 17
Views: 1,180
What kind of camera are you using now? Your profile says you own a K10D. Does that even do video?
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 08-11-2017, 08:17 PM  
Turn off SR for video?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 17
Views: 1,180
Pentax beat you to it! The newer bodies actually have a neat feature where you can't turn SR on for video!
Forum: Pentax K-70 08-11-2017, 07:52 PM  
K-70 build quality
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 6
Views: 1,209
They certainly have. You don't notice the incremental improvements so much from model to model, but there have been a few occasions where I have been able to revisit an older camera model I used to own and love, and each time I've felt a bit of "How the heck did I put up with this thing??" :p
Forum: General Photography 08-11-2017, 01:57 PM  
Is your car a public or private place?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 65
Views: 2,212
My Bachelor's degree is in Criminal Justice, so I've taken a lot of courses on criminal law and Constitutional law. I would not be surprised if I have taken more courses in those areas than a law student typically takes in law school since their course of study has to cover the whole range of law topics and legal disciplines. Between my education and my actual experience in criminal law, I can tell you with a very high degree of certainty that in Indiana at least, it is not criminal to take a picture of somebody riding in a car in a public place as described by the OP. That's not exactly going out on a limb to say, so if somebody wants to point a finger at me as the source of that information, they are welcome to do so! :D

And believe it or not, even prosecutors do not have most of the criminal code memorized. They will often have to look things up if it is not something common that they deal with on a regular basis. If I call them with a question, then it is probably going to be something off the wall, and their most likely response will be "let me get back with you in a few minutes."

But I definitely agree on your bigger point that "a random guy on the internet" or even a "random lawyer on the internet" is not what you want to cite as an authority when it is a serious matter that you are concerned about and it's your own butt on the line!
Forum: General Photography 08-11-2017, 11:52 AM  
Is your car a public or private place?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 65
Views: 2,212
I'm also guessing he has not seen how thick the criminal code book is. Which is only the tip of the iceberg compared to the body of case law that has to be considered.

It's like expecting a doctor to be an expert on every part of the human body and be able to answer any medical question off the top of their heads. Like doctors, lawyers also specialize.

But again, I don't think this particular question is too much of a head-scratcher. Unless maybe we're talking about someplace like North Korea.
Forum: General Photography 08-11-2017, 11:41 AM  
Is your car a public or private place?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 65
Views: 2,212
Are you seriously asking for a lawyer's expert opinion on whether it is a crime to photograph someone riding in a car on a public street? Have you ever seen anything to suggest that would be a crime?

If somebody is truly fretting about this question, all you have to do is call your local D.A./Prosecutor's office and ask a deputy prosecutor. They will usually answer these kinds of questions from the public, and without charging anything. Personally though, I'd feel a bit silly even asking.
Forum: General Photography 08-11-2017, 10:36 AM  
Is your car a public or private place?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 65
Views: 2,212
I'm also in Law Enforcement, and can speak on the issues, at least in regards to the state of Indiana's laws. But as I said, the criminal code is mostly uniform across the US, and many of these issues have already been settled by the Supreme Court. The short answer is that you do not have an expectation of privacy when it comes to somebody looking through your vehicle windows in public. It's not even a close call.
Forum: General Photography 08-11-2017, 07:46 AM  
Is your car a public or private place?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 65
Views: 2,212
Not really. It would not fit the voyeurism statute because it is not a residence or a place where people disrobe.

But if you are on private property doing something that the property owner/manager does not want you to do, such as taking photos in a store space, then they can ask you to leave. If you refuse then it becomes trespassing, and that is when they would call the police.



You are mixing multiple issues. The question was not about using somebody's image without their consent. It was whether you are legally allowed to take the photo. And in the case of somebody seen in a car on a public street, it seems pretty clear that it is okay.

As far as somebody taking a photo of your family through a window of your home, that might very well be criminal. It would depend on the full circumstances. And police discretion and/or prosecutorial discretion would likely come into play depending on how much of a gray-area is involved.

If they later published the images without your consent, then you could sue them in civil court.
Forum: General Photography 08-11-2017, 06:51 AM  
Is your car a public or private place?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 65
Views: 2,212
In terms of viewing the interior or occupants of a car, that is not how US courts have looked at it. If something within a private space is visible through a window in plain view from a public place, or a place where the person has a right to be, then there is not an expectation of privacy in that thing being viewed.

For example, if a police officer is walking down an alley and sees a marijuana plant sitting inside on a window sill, he can go into the house and seize it. (Assuming this is a jurisdiction where possession of said plant is a crime).

And as for vehicles, courts have consistently held that there is a diminished expectation of privacy in a vehicle compared to a residence.
Forum: General Photography 08-11-2017, 06:12 AM  
Is your car a public or private place?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 65
Views: 2,212
My state, Indiana, has an "Invasion of Privacy" criminal statute, but that only deals with somebody violating a protective order. The "Voyeurism" statute is what covers the situations discussed here.

In Indiana, you commit voyeurism when you:
1) “peep” (looking in a "clandestine, surreptitious, prying, or secretive" manner) into either

2a) an occupied dwelling of another person or
2b) a place someone could reasonably be "expected to disrobe", such as a dressing room, public restroom, etc,

3) without the other person's consent.
So voyeurism is a simple 3-step process. :lol:

If you commit voyeurism with a camera, it increases the level of the offense, making it a felony.

So generally speaking, a car in public would be considered fair game. Most states have very similar criminal codes, but there could be variations from state to state. It looks like the OP is from Australia, so I'm not sure what the voyeurism laws are like there.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 08-07-2017, 08:43 AM  
Help with 645Z strobe ghosting
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 20
Views: 1,197
I'm glad you got the problem solved. The Einsteins are really special lights.

Just out of curiosity, did you still have motion blur at higher power levels, or did you simply not need to turn them up more for your purposes?
Forum: Pentax K-70 08-07-2017, 06:33 AM  
K-70 thrills and disappointments
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 10
Views: 1,954
Thanks for sharing your experiences. I've been using and enjoying my K-30 since 2012, but I'm having a hard time deciding between the K-70 and the KP.

The KP is nice, but I wish it had a deeper buffer. If it did, my decision would be much easier. It seems like maybe my money would be better spent on the K-70 since it seems to have image quality pretty dang close to that of the KP.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-04-2017, 07:51 AM  
Compact Pentax FF
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 79
Views: 3,316
Well, doesn't the A7 line of cameras have pretty much all of that, except for maybe the motor drive?
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