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Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 3 Days Ago  
" UP UP AND AWAY IN [ THE ] BEAUTIFUL BALLOON " Photo OP in Albuquerque
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 3
Views: 362
Also a flexible plan. The Fiesta is reasonably well organized, all kinds of shuttle routes and parking options, stuff planned every day, but the weather can change all that. We went last year, got cancelled a few times, worked around it and had a good time doing other things. Bring clothes for a wide variation in temperature. One night the weather was terrible but the next morning we drove up to Sandia Peak and I took this:

IMGC3272 by Dave, on Flickr
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 3 Days Ago  
Fungus or cement separation?
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 7
Views: 315
The two lenses I have with element separation don't look like that. Both have a "gasoline on a puddle" rainbow effect. One has this in a strong pattern and one is more of a sheen that fades in some areas.

I don't shine LED flashlights into lenses because it is so great at making dust visible, while that dust is not really affecting anything. I've had a Pentax-M 135/3.5 lens all apart, cleaned every surface as well as I can, and had it fail the LED light test like this. The lens still works perfectly and produces fine images. Knowing that, I just don't worry about it any more.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 4 Days Ago  
*Ist DL
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 5
Views: 447
Also leave the lithium batteries in it for a while before turning it on. I don't know exactly how long a while is, a few hours maybe. Whatever circuit maintains the time and settings on the *ist DL dies over time and lack of use. If you get it working, use it a lot.

If it doesn't start working, it has parts value for its two "white" solenoids, which can be used to repair the K-30, K-50, KS-1 and KS-2 cameras.
Forum: General Talk 09-16-2019, 10:50 AM  
How do you feel about constructive criticism given without asking first?
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 38
Views: 944
My first kneejerk reaction is to hate the critic. Boriscleto's comment and sig is funny but close to reality. Then probably feel bad about myself for a while.

That's not a useful place to stay, so I'd look at my image. Different processing techniques are not that hard. Try those and see if they improve the image. If the criticism doesn't work, it might be a starting point for discussion. I probably wouldn't start the discussion with "tried your stupid idea and it's ugly". Some critics are as sure they're right as I was when I posted the shot, so I can always delete the suggested version and move on.

If the criticism is "this image needs a gorilla" (in other words, I'd have to reshoot under completely different conditions), that's less immediate but I can keep it in mind for next time.

If you read about forum member Heie, famous for his videos testing weather seals in Afghanistan, he's red-green colorblind, and had to be careful processing images to make them look right to the rest of us. I think of that when someone uses the phrases "artistic vision" or "what I saw at the time". For him, it was something different.

Ultimately, good criticism or advice helps. I got some great portrait advice from Clackers in an unrelated thread that still resonates. I used to think I was a lot better at this before the internet. :)
Forum: General Photography 09-16-2019, 08:55 AM  
Shutter shock and lens vibration
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 9
Views: 604
My 16-45 has a somewhat wobbly front barrel, enough to see the image shift in the viewfinder. Lots of people complained about this. I try to make sure the barrel doesn't shift when shooting. It makes sense that undamped vibration and a wobbly lens are a bad combination.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-14-2019, 04:31 PM  
"Flagship" Pentax APS-C body - available NOW...
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 35
Views: 2,308
I'm worried that this fancy new SR technology is unreliable. Who knows if it is even useful? The body is sealed but none of my lenses are. No, I'm staying with my DS.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-14-2019, 11:44 AM  
Safely remove glue from lens bezel?
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 10
Views: 423
Rats, I would have bet money on boiling water!
Forum: General Photography 09-14-2019, 11:00 AM  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 608
Views: 27,890
I am a petina destroyer!

There is a "collectible interest" in these tools, complete with books and experts and myth. But then when eBay was invented, it became clear that every basement had one of these quietly rusting away right where Grandpa set it down. Like cameras but rustier.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-14-2019, 08:13 AM  
Safely remove glue from lens bezel?
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 10
Views: 423
You can get the ring off, which makes it a lot easier. It looks like it is aluminum. If it is, most glues or paints are not resistant to heat, more than say 150 degrees F. A heat gun would be ideal.

I agree with photoptimist, it looks like you'll reveal engraving tool marks. Filling and sanding smooth is not that hard, but matching the black on the rest of the ring is hard. Aluminum parts were anodized and it's difficult to match those surfaces with paint. Paint is also thicker.

There was a time when US Customs wouldn't let you "import" even an individual lens for personal use, if the manufacturer had an official US distributor. Sometimes you see Takumar lenses with the Takumar name painted over or scratched out like this, because Honeywell was the official US distributor. I don't know if Canon had the same arrangement but that's my guess.
Forum: General Photography 09-13-2019, 07:24 PM  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 608
Views: 27,890
I like the "burned out seller" auctions. The only description on something I just bought: "I am selling this item as used with or without any and or all of the defects it may or may not have. If you can think of a defect or defects it may or may not have said defect or defects. what you see in the pictures is what you will receive." Pictures are naturally bad and incomplete. Minimum bid is pretty low. That attitude chased away all the bidders except me. It's not a camera, it's a 127 year old woodworking tool, but it should shine up really well.
Forum: General Photography 09-11-2019, 10:14 PM  
who doesn't like Balloons ?
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 7
Views: 1,457
I like all of those shots. Getting close to the launches is much better than being at a distance. Interesting lens choices.

I went to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and it's a little bit overwhelming. If the weather cooperates they can launch five or six hundred balloons in two hours. I mostly used the 18-135 because of the range of focal lengths.

IMGC3758 by Dave, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-11-2019, 10:17 AM  
Recommendations for a good cheap 135-300mm MF glass
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 19
Views: 890
The A200/4 has a little mystery to it. The lens data says it's different than the M, 6 elements in 6 groups instead of 5 groups for the M. The minimum focus distance is 1.9m, vs. 2.0m for the M. User comments suggest the K is good, the M is OK, and the A is some degree better, but nowhere near as common. The M and A versions have more aperture blades than the K and are smaller and lighter.

I'd love to see a detailed test quantifying the exact differences. For me, I know the K is too big, M or K are not as easy to use, I saw the A at a good price ($75 US) and bought it. If they were all on a shelf in front of me, I'd only use the A because of size, weight and function. I see nothing wrong with the images so I suspect the detailed comparison would show one of them is 10% sharper wide open than the rest and that all goes out the window when I miss focus.

If you sell the K200/4, an A200/4 shouldn't be that much more. Tell everyone the K is 10% sharper. :)

Edit: To give a slightly more informed opinion, I put the lens on a K-30 and happened to stumble on this hawk about 10 feet/3m away. I had enough time to switch to f8, focus and take two shots. I don't think the focus is quite right and shutter is 1/45 so it's a long way from perfect, but fun anyway.

IMG00125 by Dave, on Flickr
Forum: General Talk 09-05-2019, 08:04 AM  
It took FedEx 12 hours to move my package from Charlotte, NC to Scranton, PA
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 3
Views: 314
Border inspection at the Mason-Dixon line.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-04-2019, 08:51 PM  
How do you decide what lens to use . . . . ???
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 46
Views: 1,600
I like just having one prime lens with me and taking only the shots that work with that lens. When I get it right, I expand my concept of what works with that lens. My biggest problem is when someone else decides I need to take a picture, and the lens just won't do it.

On vacation, I'll take the DA 18-135 unless it's too big or heavy to drag around (APS-C obviously). I keep the DA18-55 and 50-200 just for their size and weight.

Selling is more complicated. It's a little work so I don't bother for the cheap stuff - I probably should just give that away. Some lenses I value higher than current market. And some lenses hang around while I'm choosing between two or several.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 08-31-2019, 08:23 PM  
Airports: What to watch out for?
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 24
Views: 693
I think the TSA people don't usually think of a DSLR as "electronics". Even after the electronics rule, most of the time a TSA person would tell me I did not need to remove it from my carryon. Which was of course too late. They never are concerned about lenses or loose batteries in my experience. Based on my theory, I now make my DSLR look like a Serious Camera with a DA 18-135 rather than the DA21. No idea if this helps.

The rules and training are always shifting so you can't count on anything definite. I take the camera out, or have the camera easily removable and plan to take it out. It's very easy to get distracted with shoes, phone, laptop and belt in your hands and then someone asks you about electronics. Forgetting stuff is way more common than having stuff stolen.

TSA doesn't enforce baggage size rules, each airline does. I put my 31 liter Manfrotto backpack under the center seat of a Southwest 737 and they accept that. It doesn't fit as well under aisle seats.

I got TSA Precheck recently and have used it for two trips. The second trip, they flagged my bag for hand inspection (Denver). The item of concern was an unopened bag of Reese's Pieces. My wife was flagged for Skittles. They knew right away what had caused the issue and didn't look at anything except the candy. So who knows what new training or machine was alerting on candy.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-31-2019, 07:29 PM  
K5 front focusing in close distance and back focusing far
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 2
Views: 379
The original K-5 had problems focusing in incandescent light. I think this was just in PDAF and not CDAF. Later versions of the firmware made this better but make sure your tests are in similar color temperatures.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-31-2019, 07:18 PM  
Tamron 90mm refusing to focus in live view, stuttering in viewfinder
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 9
Views: 498
Which model did you get? The 272E often trips me up because the focus ring can slide back and forward to change the focus mode. Especially because when it's back in M, you can't see any indication that it switches anything. I can't seem to get mine not to focus in live view on a K-30, though.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-30-2019, 02:15 PM  
SMC Pentax-M 80-200mm lens on Pentax K-70
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 11
Views: 910
You have to be in M mode. (In all other modes, the lens will stay wide open.) Make sure the camera has asked you to set the focal length so SR works. Then you can figure out a good order to do things. I set ISO first, roughly based on the lighting. Then the aperture ring, guessing at a depth of field. Then I press the green button to get a meter reading, which sets the shutter speed. Then I focus and take a shot which is usually a throwaway. I can adjust settings from there to improve the next shot. It sounds slower than it is. Most of the time, the lighting doesn't change that much between shots unless you point the camera somewhere else. So you don't have to meter every time. The aperture ring moves in nice predictable half stops per click so you don't have to look at it. It helps to have the camera set to half stop increments. Then you can get used to changing the aperture ring a few clicks, moving the shutter speed dial the same number of clicks, and your exposure value will be the same. That leaves you free to pay most of your attention to focus.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-30-2019, 01:53 PM  
Broken shutter mechanism
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 9
Views: 447
I just realized the K200D likely has two white solenoids and therefore has parts value of $60+.
Forum: General Talk 08-30-2019, 09:45 AM  
Heading out....
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 23
Views: 820
Restoration is a fantastic learning experience, very rewarding and fun. It probably won't be a good deal. I spent at least $2500 restoring a canoe, probably worth $1000 now. I recommend a big heated garage.
Forum: General Talk 08-29-2019, 08:49 PM  
Heading out....
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 23
Views: 820
Save your money for the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Show, there will be plenty of opportunities!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-29-2019, 07:37 PM  
Broken shutter mechanism
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 9
Views: 447
The shutter is under everything, so you have to take off everything to get to it. Then it's just a few screws and six wires to solder. Then the reassembly. I wouldn't be surprised if Precision charges more than the standard fee. Even if you were DIY inclined, the best idea is to acquire a broken K-30 and a white solenoid. You'd have repair satisfaction, it's an easier repair, and the K-30 is a big upgrade over the K200D.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-27-2019, 09:27 PM  
Anyone Going after the SMC Pentax-A 35mm f2 ?
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 23
Views: 1,316
I really like the FA. It is quite a bit sharper than previous lenses at wider apertures. I had the Pentax-M 35/2 which has the same optical formula as the A version. It's not bad but I took two quick comparison shots and immediately listed the M for sale. Plus the FA has a nice reversible hood. The only dislike was back when they finally stopped making them, prices shot up to $450. There's an FA for sale in the marketplace now for $170, IMO a steal.
Forum: General Talk 08-27-2019, 09:04 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 2,000
Views: 110,013
The Trax is interesting in a global economy/car manufacturing/marketing way. Underneath, it's a Sonic, with the 1.4l turbo available as an upgrade on the Sonic. The Trax is made in South Korea, Mexico, Shanghai and Uzbekistan! GM could probably stop making Sonics in Michigan and switch to the Trax instead.

Blind spots are now an artifact of adding structure for collision survivability. A quick demonstration is to sit in the drivers seat of any new car, open the window and try to rest your arm on the sill. They've pushed the sill up to make room for door structure and airbags. The A-pillar is typically very wide for the same reason. Modern glass construction make the windows look a lot bigger from the outside than inside. Add in a forest of headrests in the interior and stuff behind the rearview mirror and you really want more than just a backup cam.
Forum: General Talk 08-25-2019, 04:23 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 2,000
Views: 110,013
I forgot to check back and add my list of cars:
Saab 99 - maybe 1976? Technically I bought it for a week but the dealer returned my money when repairs they agreed to do ended up too costly for them.
1978 Chevy Nova 2 door - 305 automatic, decent car, bad paint, uncomfortable seats.
1991 Isuzu Stylus - a different body on a Geo Storm.
2002 Nissan Frontier XE - current, probably keep it for a while, just about to spend big on new shocks

My wife hasn't owned many cars either:
1980 VW Rabbit
1981 VW Rabbit replacement after rollover crash in first car
1987 Nissan Sentra
2001 Mazda Miata (still have)
2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK250

Since that list is kind of boring, here's a video on wheel repair and tire change, old school:
















You Tube




That guy has a lot of interesting videos on building and repairing wagons, or making tools to do it.
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