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Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 2 Days Ago  
Nasty sensor accident, need cleaning / repair help
Posted By narual
Replies: 36
Views: 1,097
You could try the wikipedia article instead, if the tone gets in the way of your comprehension of the facts.

Normal temperature coffee does not cause third degree burns and require skin grafts. It might hurt like hell and have some redness, but it doesn't require hospitalization.

The jury considered her 20% at fault for the reasons you stated, but 80% of the fault was McDonalds.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 2 Days Ago  
Questions about my lens repairing
Posted By narual
Replies: 11
Views: 413
Is a frozen zoom a common problem with these? Mine's been functionally a 16-35mm for a couple years now and I've only taken it out of the cabinet maybe twice since then. Didn't want to spend the money getting it fixed since I never used it much
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 2 Days Ago  
Nasty sensor accident, need cleaning / repair help
Posted By narual
Replies: 36
Views: 1,097
People need to stop referencing that like it was a BS case of money grubbing. It was a matter of negligence on the part of McDonalds keeping their coffee at a dangerously high temperature despite over 700 injuries reported over several years (and serving them in flimsy cups). Normal coffee serving temperatures do not cause third degree burns requiring 8 days of hospitalization and skin grafts followed by 2 years of treatment, which is what the 79 year old plaintiff went through, and her suit was to cover her medical expenses and $5000 in lost wages for her daughter who had to take 3 weeks off of work to care for her. McDonalds offered her $800. She retained an attorney, who upped the suit to cover his costs in researching the case, mcdonalds refused to settle and the case went to trial. The jury decided the lady was 20% at fault to McDonalds 80%, awarded her 80% of the ~$200k compensation the lawyer had requested, and then tacked on a punitive damage amount in the millions (a couple days of coffee sales for mcd), but the judge dropped that down to 3x the compensation amount, and mcdonalds got that amount reduced later.

The plaintiff died in 2004, 10 years after the incident. She ended up using the money to cover the long-term care she ended up needing from the injury and recovery process.

The McDonald's Coffee Cup Case: Separating McFacts From McFiction
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 2 Days Ago  
Smallest & Lightest Arca Swiss Compatible Ball Head
Posted By narual
Replies: 7
Views: 262
I didn't know you could buy that separately... thought it only came with the 025/025x travel tripods.

I have the K20x bullhead, and it's absolute overkill for even a K3 with battery grip and 60-250 lens (fits great on the sirui 1205x tripod, though I suspect the C10 would let me close the legs completely and fit better in the travel case)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 2 Days Ago  
How to improve a dull and boring cloudy photo?
Posted By narual
Replies: 29
Views: 1,053
I hate to suggest it, but if you just want the photo for yourself to hang on the wall to commemorate your trip and the sky as you *wish* it would have been, instead of trying to be a "real" photographer (because come on, even "real" photographers want some nice vacation snapshots now and then) get a nice sky photo at roughly the same time of day and with the sun in the same direction as it would have been for the original and use ReMask or something to replace it cleanly:

Creative Sky Replacement with ReMask - Topaz Labs Blog
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 2 Days Ago  
Video Panning Tripod Head + L Plate Question.
Posted By narual
Replies: 3
Views: 169
Wimberley Module 8 M-8 Perpendicular Plate M-8 B&H Photo Video would be an expensive solution, but would work

Another option would be a macro focusing rail (the 4 way kind that lets you go side to side as well as front & back).

And another option would to pick up a quick release base thats compatible with your L bracket and screw it onto the plate that came with the tripod head.

Personally, I'd return the head and get something else that's intended for a DSLR.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 2 Days Ago  
Smallest & Lightest Arca Swiss Compatible Ball Head
Posted By narual
Replies: 7
Views: 262
like pid said, really. If you want really small and light but also want arca swiss, you'll need to get a tiny only-good-for-a-monopod (or maybe a tiny point & shoot) head like the ones he linked (tons of cheap ones on amazon) and screw an arca-swiss plate on.

Personally I'm a big fan of Sirui's stuff, because the little safety button is so much more convenient than a screw (and so much safer than not having anything there). Here's their arca quick release plate that could screw on to one of those: amazon.com : Sirui MP-20 Quick Release Platform & Plate (Arca Compatible) : Other Products : Everything Else?tag=pentaxforums-20& (about 78 grams assuming the 2.75 ounce figure is correct).

I used to use that semi permanently attached to my black rapid strap (with thread lock) with an L bracket on the camera body. Never tried it on a ball head - the few times I've used one of those tiny ones on my monopod I screwed it straight into the camera, but usually I just switch the bullhead off my tripod if I need to use the monopod
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-10-2017, 03:09 PM  
L Bracket K3 with Grip Mestos PD-K3HL
Posted By narual
Replies: 44
Views: 5,812
FWIW I was able to order one of these last year by emailing kohtec@hanmail.net (which was the contact email for the mestos site). It was $145.50 USD shipped and he mailed it the next day with tracking. I ordered on 5/22, he shipped on 5/23, and I received it on 5/26. I haven't taken it off much since then. It's heavy, but usually when I want to go light, I take off the whole battery grip and the L bracket stays attached to that. It's very well made and you don't have to remove it to switch the grip battery out.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-03-2017, 12:52 PM  
new K1 owner wants to know: Up-sizing files in PDCU-5? What algorythm used?
Posted By narual
Replies: 28
Views: 946
The only really great upsizing software I've seen is PerfectResize, and if you won't spring for Lightroom or something, you're definitely not going to want to spend ~$80 on resizing software (or $150 IIRC for the full OnOne PerfectPhoto suite)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-03-2017, 12:49 PM  
The Pentax DA* 11-18mm F2.8
Posted By narual
Replies: 49
Views: 2,214
I thought the red gasket was for WR lenses -- as a da* shouldn't this be an AW lens?
Forum: Pentax K-70 04-14-2017, 07:08 PM  
Is Pentax saving money?
Posted By narual
Replies: 33
Views: 2,563
sheesh. Does it really matter? The camera is almost entirely black and white anyway, does it magically make it easier to understand if the graphics are in precisely the right shade of black?
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-14-2017, 07:06 PM  
Forced to photograph over a 7 ft fence - us a jib? a motor head? both?
Posted By narual
Replies: 17
Views: 1,247
is it a chain link fence? if you're using a reasonably open aperture, you'll shoot through it like it wasn't there in the first place unless they're leaning against it. No reason to shoot over the top of it. If your camera is close enough to the fence that the fence is outside the minimum focal distance, it won't even cause problems with autofocus.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-27-2017, 04:46 PM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By narual
Replies: 10,689
Views: 1,651,128
AquaTech SoftHood Collapsing Hood for 600mm f/4, 400mm 1380 B&H

You may need some gaffers tape to adapt it to fit.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-27-2017, 04:43 PM  
Hacking Camera/Lens Contacts
Posted By narual
Replies: 7
Views: 788
Honestly, Steve, I don't remember specifically what I did it for. There was some behavior I didn't like, some functionality I couldn't use.
I think it's that the aperture doesn't close down unless you shoot in M mode, but it might have been something else. I searched the forums and found someone who'd resolved the issue by putting a little ball of foil into the A pin spot, tried it, liked it, so I made it a permanent thing by loosening the mount ring and putting a tiny piece of foil between the pin and the mount. After that, the camera assumed everything was at minimum an A lens, all functionality was available, and the only downside was that when shooting a lens that didn't really have an A pin, the in-body aperture controls were unreliable and needed some compensation. When I switched to the K3, I decided not to bother with it since I've gotten better lenses and the only non-A lenses I use now are the 55/1.2, the bokina, and that shiny brass brick from lomography.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-24-2017, 07:28 PM  
Hacking Camera/Lens Contacts
Posted By narual
Replies: 7
Views: 788
Shorting the aperture pin works pretty well if you're almost always going to shoot wide open. I did it with my K-5 to use my porst 55/1.2 in A mode, and it was pretty nice to have it "just work", but anything that isn't wide open or completely closed down is a total crapshoot for settings, and if you don't mask off some spots on the ring, it'll assume you're using a lens with a range of 1.2-22, so f/1.2 is really f/2.8 or whatever the smallest aperture for your lens is.. and even if you ARE using a lens with 1.2-22, it's still going to be totally off - f/4 on the camera could be f/11 on the lens. It was pretty easy to work around for me, but I rarely used that lens except at 1.2, and I didn't use other pre-a lenses very often.

Making the non-conductive base conductive, though, that's worth doing even if you don't short the aperture pin IMO.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-02-2017, 09:07 AM  
Advice on larg backpack requested please
Posted By narual
Replies: 21
Views: 1,050
I use a Saddleback Leather simple backpack: Simple Backpack - Small Leather Backpack | Saddleback Leather Co.

It's basically just a big leather bag inside, with a couple pockets on the side. My tripod case snaps nicely onto a couple of the bottom D rings, larger ones could be lashed on with straps. I keep all my gear in individual neoprene pouches so they don't rub against each other, but it's more flexible than dividers.I keep batteries and a wasabi charger in one side pocket, with my XRite color checker passport tucked into the opening behind that pocket, and the other one varies - usually it's a stack of my business cards (I print them bookmark style on 4x6 metallic photo paper and have a printing company cut them into 2x6 strips), maybe my Seek Thermal camera (little thing that plugs into the phone and lets it shoot thermal photos), light meter, film if I'm messing with film. The camera body plus whatever lens is on it is the only thing I don't wrap in neoprene, and it's either over my shoulder, or the very top thing in the bag.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-21-2017, 07:10 PM  
Best of 2016 Spinning
Posted By narual
Replies: 2
Views: 385
Thanks, Adam! I've sold a couple prints of the image cropped down to the two rides on the right hand side. :)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-18-2017, 05:22 PM  
Prints from K1.
Posted By narual
Replies: 20
Views: 1,370
Using lightroom? Try soft proofing with paper simulated, using the ICC profile for the printer and paper combination you're using. (it's a checkbox to soft proof, another one to simulate paper, and a button to choose an ICC profile. You'll probably have to install one unless you're using a paper type your printer is preprogrammed to support, like epson papers on an epson or canon paper on a canon)
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-14-2017, 04:25 PM  
Do Batteries make a difference? Maybe...
Posted By narual
Replies: 23
Views: 1,062
Hasn't every Pentax since the spotmatic had built in circuitry to regulate the voltage? I don't think your electric motor comparison works here.
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-14-2017, 02:44 PM  
Do Batteries make a difference? Maybe...
Posted By narual
Replies: 23
Views: 1,062
Capacity isn't going to make a difference. Voltage might,but that should be identical to the stock battery, and the camera is only going to accept juice at the rate it wants to accept it at.

If you really wanted to test it, you could take off the lens and use a gopro to record the shutter in slow motion and take 10 seconds of 1/1000 or whatever speed photos (use low quality jpg so your buffer doesn't fill up) with either battery. You'd have both the base number of photos taken and a recording that shows time between shots with otherwise identical settings.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-13-2017, 11:22 PM  
Tokina Bokina AT-X 90mm f 2.5 Macro and More
Posted By narual
Replies: 31
Views: 2,341
I purchased a bokina (vivitar series 1 version) a few months ago but hadn't really gotten to play with it til today. Damn, does this thing deserve its reputation! Crazy sharp (and I didn't have a tripod, it was all handheld), great color, beautiful bokeh!

A couple quick samples of the lens without the 1:1 adapter, since I didn't bring that with me:


2017-02-13_144115_PENTAX K-3_K or M Lens_at_85 mm_⁄₁₆₀ sec_ISO 400 Handheld. This is moss on a twig maybe 1/4 the diameter of a pencil. This is pretty close to 1:2 reproduction ratio.


2017-02-13_150822_PENTAX K-3_K or M Lens_at_85 mm_⁄₂₀₀ sec_ISO 100-3-Edit This is a stack of two handheld images - one got the top of the shell and some of the bottom leaves in sharp focus, the other had most of the rest of the leaves in focus. And it's crazy sharp. Even at 1:1 crop (here and here).

I'm impressed, and very pleased with my purchase. :)
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 01-29-2017, 05:50 PM  
News PentaxForums.com has switched to secure HTTPS
Posted By narual
Replies: 61
Views: 3,380
Why on earth is that stuff in the cookie? Cookie should only have a session guid, session data should be stored in a db, and your password should be (and I believe already is) required to change email or password.

It's been a few years since I took the ethical hacking course, but this kinda thing smacks more of security theater than actual security.

I hope you'll at least run a script to rewrite all the http:// Flickr et al links through the many years of history so they don't throw errors left and right. And that you don't end up needing more expensive server gear to handle all the extra encryption load - I know that was an issue at the bank I used to work at when we encrypted an entire high traffic site.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 01-29-2017, 02:25 PM  
News PentaxForums.com has switched to secure HTTPS
Posted By narual
Replies: 61
Views: 3,380
This is silly. Put the ssl on the login form, password reset, etc. Done. No need or reason to encrypt an entire website.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-19-2017, 09:33 PM  
Microsoft Surface Studio just made the iMac look 20 years old
Posted By narual
Replies: 144
Views: 6,905
You "do realize" that you're mistaken? Windows 7 is supported til 2020. They stopped adding new features in 2015. They still provide enterprise support and security updates.

My clients use it because it works perfectly well in a corporate environment and they have zero reason to move to a new os. My former employer before I started consulting used XP til 7 was about a year old, too. They don't need to get into a silly pissing match over using the "latest and greatest" desktop OS. They'd still be on xp for most of the users if it hadn't gone full EOL. Almost all the software non-developer employees use would happily chug along on an xp box (office, in-house and web-based apps).

I'm sure there are a few test boxes at the two larger clients running 10 to see how it meshes with the rest of the environment, what conflicts it causes, etc, and a few 2016 servers in a test network somewhere, with assorted systems cloned onto them to see what breaks during the upgrade, but I'm also sure they won't be going to the majority of workstations til 2019, if not later. Hell, I'm currently working on a contract to port applications I wrote prior to 2010 from a 2003 server to a 2008 server. Maybe we'll push it to 2012 after everything works in 2008, maybe not (the move to 64 bit was the significant change).
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-19-2017, 09:02 PM  
Macro New Macro Setup
Posted By narual
Replies: 30
Views: 1,927
Short version: nothing matters except taking as many photos as you can.
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