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Forum: Photo Critique 16 Hours Ago  
Pets Unexpected New Pet
Posted By Gorgarath
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Especially when I'm using a manual lens while still learning to manually focus. Much easier when he's laying down at least.
Forum: Photo Critique 1 Day Ago  
Pets Unexpected New Pet
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 3
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After losing our last cat, my wife mentioned to a co-worker to let us know the next time her cat had kittens as we might be interested in getting one then. She still had one kitten left from the last litter. So we've ended up with a new cat a bit sooner than expected.

I'm not sure this photo works. He kind of blends into the OOF cat tower due to the similar lighter shades of his fur and the fabric. I know I can tell the difference, but I also know exactly what was in the photo. And with his pointy ears, I ended up cutting off the top of the one. Thinking perhaps I should have stopped down to 2 or 2.8 to make a bit more of the cat tower and his body in focus to differentiate between the two a little better and maybe a half step back to get his ear in the frame.

Or am I wrong and the shot works as is?

Hopefully soon, he'll get a bit more use to us and to the camera so he's not jumping around so much when I try and get some pictures. Got a ton of blurry shots because he almost never seems to stay still and goes running at the slightest unexpected sound. :lol:
Forum: General Talk 2 Days Ago  
Your latest de-acquisition
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 508
Views: 40,430
A K5IIs seems a bit much for a baby, might want to start her off with something a bit easier for her to hold... :D

In seriousness though, congratulations to you and them. It's funny how becoming a grandparent changes you. I hopefully have quite a few years before it happens to me, but I've found it amusing how my dad acts with my kids as opposed to how he was with me, along with the stories my mom has told about her parents compared to how they were with us. :lol: (I still remember the first diaper my dad ever changed was with my kids.)
Forum: General Talk 3 Days Ago  
Accents and Communication
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 32
Views: 710
While I know this, I still argue that it makes no sense as "you ones" also makes no sense to say. Though as it came from non-native speakers that had separate words for singular and plural versions of you, I can see how it came about.

I'm not sure why I went through a phase where I actively worked on removing it from my vocabulary, probably something to do with it being "improper" English or something.

I somehow transitioned to using y'all and "all y'all" now which is odd as I've never lived in the south and rarely make it below the Mason-Dixon line.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Which lenses for the Pittsburgh Aviary?
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 5
Views: 470
My DA 50-200 (with a hood) is sitting at the post office for me to pick up after work. Would you recommend taking it over the F100-300 to the aviary? It doesn't have quite the reach, but will I need the extra reach inside the aviary? I believe it's a bit shorter (a lot shorter when not extended) than the F100-300 which might be easier to carry around. I'll be shooting either handheld or possibly with my cheap monopole as we'll be walking around with a group and I don't want to be holding everyone up trying to do tripod shots. While the F100-300 is F4.5-5.6, I believe I read that it stays F4.5 through 200mm, which makes it faster than the DA 50-200 as it's at F5.6 at 200.

I've no idea the lighting, but from what you mentioned, light can be an issue here. Sadly, I had hoped to have an external flash (which might not be useful at the aviary, no idea as I've no idea what the setup is like) before my trip, but the seller cancelled the auction with about an hour left due to the title stating it was a model 56 instead of 58 as all the pictures showed. So now I'm winning it at a slightly cheaper price but have a whole extra week of waiting for the auction to end. Hopefully no one is looking for a flash during this week so I can still win it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 4 Days Ago  
K-7 Appreciation - The Forefather Forgotten
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 134
Views: 13,786
I've found ISO 3200 to not be terrible. It's getting a bit noisy, but still better than not getting the shot. I've thought of turning on the extended ISO range and letting it go up to 6400, but I keep forgetting to try it to see how it turns out.
Forum: General Talk 6 Days Ago  
Interesting Trivia
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 15
Views: 379
I have the same 5 you list in your conclusion: red, grey, blue, green and black.
Forum: General Talk 6 Days Ago  
Interesting Trivia
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 15
Views: 379
5 was the answer I had, though I don't recall off the top of my head which I had. I believe I still have the note card on my computer, so I can check later if you'd like.
Forum: General Talk 6 Days Ago  
Interesting Trivia
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 15
Views: 379
I run a weekly, and occasionally twice a week if I'm covering for someone else, trivia contest and actually used "In how many colors did Ford offer the Model T?" a few weeks ago. Which reminds me, I should start looking for questions so I'm not all in a rush tomorrow to get them ready before the contest.
Forum: General Talk 6 Days Ago  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 18,931
Views: 1,309,363
That is pretty awesome. I've seen that one somewhere before and was severely tempted to get it. Would love to see the Saturn V rocket as well. I really need to book a trip down to Disney so I can have an excuse to drag the rest of the family to Kennedy Space Center for a day. I haven't been there since I was little. Almost went a couple years ago when we last went to Disney, but we were a bit short on time and money and chose the responsible choice and skipped it.
Forum: General Talk 6 Days Ago  
Your latest de-acquisition
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 508
Views: 40,430
My latest de-acquisition would be 5 quarts of oil... No sign of a leak, but check engine light came on, code said oil viscosity might be off causing the error. Checked the oil, nothing showing on the dipstick. Had 4 half-full quart bottles (old minivan took 5.5 quarts of oil and I'd forget if I still had a half or needed an extra quart when I'd pick up oil) still sitting at the house, so I put them in. Dipstick still doesn't show any oil... I just drove the ~200 miles to Pittsburgh and back with no oil...

I'm tempted to just go and get an oil change done at a shop and skip the crawling on the cold, wet ground in the dark tonight. I think it only costs a dollar or two more than doing it myself.
Forum: General Talk 6 Days Ago  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Gorgarath
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Views: 1,309,363
I picked up a genuine one on eBay. I saw several, of the original 3 pin designs and some where I couldn't tell if it was 3 or 4 pin. I found one that I could see was the 4 pin variety. I don't have any of the 4 pin batteries, but I figured if I was going to buy a Pentax charger, I'd buy the latest as the old batteries fit in the new charger, but the new 4 pin batteries don't fit in the old charger.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-10-2020, 08:10 PM  
Which lenses for the Pittsburgh Aviary?
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 5
Views: 470
Good to know, thank you. I might take the A50 or A28 as well for at the bar afterwards.

---------- Post added 2020-02-10 at 10:12 PM ----------

I've yet to try shooting birds as I didn't get my camera until winter was creeping in. Hoping to get some nice hummingbird shots come spring as I have a feeder right outside the window by my desk.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-10-2020, 07:01 PM  
Which lenses for the Pittsburgh Aviary?
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 5
Views: 470
I was wondering about lighting. Sadly, I don't think I'll have a fast zoom by then unless I get crazy lucky while thrifting. Don't find much photo equipment around here often. Was running early to an event yesterday and stopped at a Goodwill to kill some time and found a half-decennt tripod in good condition and only 99 cents on sale. So, it does happen occasionally.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-10-2020, 05:54 PM  
Which lenses for the Pittsburgh Aviary?
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 5
Views: 470
I'll be headed to the Pittsburgh Aviary later this month and am wondering which lens(es) I should take with me. Just so I'm not lugging around everything, I'd like to maybe keep it to one on the camera and maybe one or two in a pocket/bag.

I've never been before, so I have no idea what to expect in terms of how close I'll be to the "action." I should have my DA 50-200 f/4-5.6 by then which seems like a good choice, especially for the AF if they don't want to stay still... (I'm working on my MF, but I'm still slow and still miss focus frequently.) I also have the F35-80 and F100-300 f/4-5.6 for my Pentax zooms.

The Tamron 18-300 obviously would cover everything I could want, though gets slow at the longer end and can hunt for focus on my K-7.

If I'm able to be pretty close, the A50 or Tokina 28 are nice, though as I said, I still struggle a bit on the MF. Beautiful shots when I nail it though.

I'll also probably have my pinhole body cap by then as well, but that's not going to work for the aviary. Though I might keep it on me for at the bar after.

These are the lenses I currently have, though never know what I might be able to find at the thrift stores and such between now and then.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-10-2020, 05:07 PM  
K7 Memory Card
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 8
Views: 317
I was going to pick up some 64GB cards for my K-7, but ended up going with a pair of 32GB cards instead. With the K-7, you're not really going to see the speeds that the cards can do, and i figured I'd just save a few bucks and get the smaller ones. Encourages me to backup my photos more often as well, though I've yet to fill a card even after shooting for a couple of days that included a Cub Scout overnighter.
Forum: General Talk 02-10-2020, 04:59 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Gorgarath
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Views: 1,309,363
My only complaint with the Pentax X-5 that I didn't notice when I bid on it, it doesn't have AV or TV modes, though the older model does have them. So, now I'm a bit disappointed as I was hoping to have a nice bridge camera for myself in addition to one for my oldest (I was going to compare the Pentax X-5 to the GE Power X-5 and possibly give them the better of the two) but now I think I'm probably just going to resell this Pentax X-5. It seems like a nice camera that's probably a good bit better than a cheap P&S, but it's not the intro into more photographic control that I wanted to introduce to my oldest.
Almost picked up a K10d for about $20, but the bidding picked up in the last hours and it went for a normal price.
Forum: General Talk 02-10-2020, 09:01 AM  
Accents and Communication
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 32
Views: 710
If you drop a "yinz" into a conversation, it's pretty much a dead giveaway that you're from somewhere in the western part of PA. Only place I know of that uses the word and it took me a long time to weed it out of my vocabulary as I grew up asking what yinz were up to and other such things. While I give my wife and in-laws flack for a lot of their NJ accent, at least "yous" makes sense as opposed to "yinz." Though how they can pronounce crayons as "crowns" makes me laugh every single time. Along with their wooter and creeks. (I will give them that creek should be pronounced creek. Depending on usage, I will actually pronounce it creek, usually in reference to something like the Creek War or something like that, but if I'm talking about Arnold Slick from Turtle Creek (thank you Mike Lange) or the small stream behind my house, it's "crick.")

I like to think that I have no accent and that the rest of y'all just talk funny. :P
Forum: General Talk 02-10-2020, 08:13 AM  
I need a better calendar app...
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 14
Views: 372
While not a calendar app specifically, I use to use an agenda widget that sadly stopped being updated a few years ago. It was great in that it would combine my different Google calendars from different accounts as well as my Outlook calendar from work on a full 5x5, scrollable widget. (They have different sizes, but I would just add an extra page to the left of my home screen with the full 5x5. I toyed briefly with either a single or double row on my main screen, but got rid of it quickly for the 5x5 on its own page.)

Luckily, I have found OneCalendar which seems to have incorporated at least some of the features and is one of the few apps I've found that will actually pull in Outlook as well as Google in a single agenda widget.

Not what you're looking for at the moment, but might be something you find useful anyway.

(I've not looked into many of its features, so it may even provide reminders. I generally don't use reminders for very much at all, so it's not something I've ever looked into.)
Forum: General Talk 02-10-2020, 07:41 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 18,931
Views: 1,309,363
For a second, I almost thought you were saying it was fully compatible with my K-7, and I thought there had to be something wrong, so I re-read it.

From what you posted, it appears I would actually be able to focus with my K-7, which I didn't think it could do, but I'd be stuck with the lens fully open all the time, which isn't what I want to go for all the time. So I currently still stand by my thoughts to not try and find a PLM, not only due to cost but also compatibility.

(Though, I might have to check and see if you still have that K-3 sitting around in a month or so when I find out if I have any spare money after tax season is over which would open the door for the PLM.)
Forum: General Talk 02-09-2020, 10:14 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 18,931
Views: 1,309,363
I don't believe the K-7 can handle the PLM. I already purchased the 50-200, just haven't received it yet. I'm not sure how useful I'll find it, but I like the option of having it to try out at least. I'm more interested in the wider end of the range of either the 18-55 or 18-135 with the weather sealing for an everyday poor weather walkabout. I've mostly had either my A28mm or A50mm on the camera for the most part recently. I do have an 18-300 that covers the entire range of all of these lenses.
Forum: General Talk 02-09-2020, 02:49 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 18,931
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My latest acquisitions are a Pentax X-5 bridge camera as I found one for about $20 including shipping.
I picked up several front lens pinch covers for 49mm, 52mm, and 58mm lenses that will eventually get here from China.
And my big pickup was a Pentax DA 50-200. I got outbid on the DA 18-55. Which I'm thinking might be a good thing as I think a DA 18-55 WR would be a better option.
I'm debating on making a triple digit lens purchase and getting the DA 18-135 WR, but I'm not sure.
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 02-01-2020, 08:23 PM  
To step up or not? And how far to step.
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 13
Views: 654
I hadn't thought that much about hoods as I only have the Tamron that has a hood currently. And it's the only one that takes a bayonet hood. The rest would all have to use screw-on hoods which means I could just get a hood for the stepped up filter threads.
Forum: General Talk 01-31-2020, 04:08 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 18,931
Views: 1,309,363
The scrap guy that we give all of our old computers and such to gave us a call today that he picked up an interactive whiteboard today, so we went down to take a look around his warehouse. He picked up several skids of stuff from a couple of colleges and an old radio station or something. The amateur radio operator in me really wanted to dig around in the radio skids, but I also didn't want to bother with the hassle of the really old stuff that was in there as it was all commercial stuff. Probably could convert some of it for amateur use, but a lot of it I knew I'd have no use for at this point and I'm a bit limited on space for stuff. (I also passed on a tiny Fender practice amp that I spotted on another skid. It was smaller than either of the two guitar amps I already have.) Then I noticed this old radio sitting on top of a skid as I was looking around. I walked over to take a closer look at it as it looked interesting.

When I got up to it, I saw it was a longwave, 3-band shortwave, AM and FM radio. I picked it up and went and asked my boss's friend who owns the place what he was going to do with it. He was going to just add it to his vintage collection of random old stuff he's got on a shelf. He said I could have it if I was actually going to use it and not just tear it down.

Plugged it in when I got back to my office and tried out the FM band. It comes in fairly well. I was also surprised that the lights inside actually still work as well. It gets quite loud and also is fairly good sounding. It's been a while since I've played around with SW at all, so I'll have to look up where I'll be likely to find some stations, or just randomly scroll around and see if I can pick anything up at random. Actually has treble and bass controls which I found surprising. Even has a port for an external antenna and a tape recorder/phono jack, as well as an earphone jack, which I'm not sure if it's actually a 3.5mm headphone jack or something else. Going to have to look up a manual for this just to make sure I'm not missing anything and in case I need to do any repairs later.

One thing I'll do is clean up the battery contacts. They don't look too bad, but could use a wirebrush. Not sure if that Silvertone Battery that's listed is some proprietary battery or just 6 'C' or 'D' batteries in series. All in all, I'm quite pleased. Especially since, like most of the stuff we pick up from there, it was free.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-31-2020, 07:07 AM  
Abstract Two Bits A Kiss
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 4
Views: 200
Love that last one. Looks like the two of you were having some good fun while shooting. :)
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