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Forum: General Photography 12-16-2021, 09:49 AM  
Realistic photo wish list
Posted By bigdavephoto
Replies: 45
Views: 1,418
In my list, there isn't much.

The main thing I would like to get lens wise is a 70-200 2.8. Sadly, with even used copies for the Pentax going for $1500, it's not going to happen. The good news about that is on the market place, there is a lens that I have been thinking about that I find as an acceptable replacement. It is not a 2.8 lens but a 3.8 lens.

The only other lens I would like to have is a *55 mm. That one though is not a must have. It would be just something to play around with along side my 40xs and my 50 1.8.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-06-2021, 03:30 PM  
Minimum setup advice
Posted By bigdavephoto
Replies: 36
Views: 993
Because budget is a concern, I, like a lot of people, are suggesting continuous lights/hot lights. Well, I am going to go one step farther.

Go to wally world, home depot, lowes or your favorite hardware store and get a couple of clip on lamps with a reflector. Found in either electrical or tools. Then hit the lightbulb isle and pick up some CPF or Led lightbulbs that are 5600 K. Take them home and clip them onto the back of the dining room chairs and bounce the light off the ceiling or the wall behind you.

You can also get some form core white boards and bounce the light off of them. To do that, you will need a backdrop and reflector holder which sits onto a light stand.

Hopes this helps. Links are for example only.
Forum: General Talk 12-01-2021, 05:56 AM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By bigdavephoto
Replies: 4,688
Views: 405,912
I never said I could spell (true statement. Slight hearing problem.) And too lazy to check his name. :lol: Thanks.:o
Forum: General Talk 11-30-2021, 06:51 AM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By bigdavephoto
Replies: 4,688
Views: 405,912
And don't forget that one person that will post a link telling you it's about light bulbs but it is actually a link to Rick Ashley's video for his song Never Gonna Give You Up.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 10-15-2021, 04:12 PM  
Question for the strobe people out there.
Posted By bigdavephoto
Replies: 5
Views: 583
What do you think I did before posting here? Lots of hits, all gravy, no meat and potatoes. Most what I found were old ads for people trying to sell some or old forum post like the link Ray Cox posted. Thank you Ray Cox.

I was hopping that someone here at Pentax Forums had used them before and could tell me pros and cons.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 10-14-2021, 07:23 PM  
Question for the strobe people out there.
Posted By bigdavephoto
Replies: 5
Views: 583
Ok, here it is. And I think I know the answer before asking, but I need to know from you fine people.

In my area, I found a gentleman selling three studio flashes for 60 dollars. He never said who built them, so I inquired. He sent me better photos of the sides. Two of the flashes are from a company called Aikiphoto and the other one does not have a name on it but it has what looks like a model number. It has SL-150 studio flash on the side.

In doing research, I found very little about Aikiphoto N200 or just Aikiphoto in general.

On the third one, the SL-150 brought up a lot of stuff about a Godox SL-150. But the one the guy has for sale does not look like the one made by Godox, unless the one for sale is an early version.

What do you think? Do you know anything or have used Aikiphoto before?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-12-2021, 11:20 PM  
Question about "coating damage" on lens
Posted By bigdavephoto
Replies: 13
Views: 698
A lens that has the "A" setting means that the camera can control the aperture of the lens. No need to do stop down metering.

As for the coating damage. What little I saw, I don't think you need to worry about it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-01-2021, 02:51 PM  
Time to convince 3rd party Lens manufacturers to support Pentax
Posted By bigdavephoto
Replies: 159
Views: 7,525
Why the rantings? It just happens that this is one of the two subjects that will make Pentax people sound off.

Look, we all like options and it would be great if Sigma, Tamron, Tokina offered lenses in a Pentax mount. Here is how it goes though;

Pentax users; We want Sigma to make a 70-210 f4 for us.
Sigma; If we make it, how many will we sell?
Pentax users; crickets.
Sigma; Thought so.

For us Pentax users, thats just the way it is.
Forum: General Talk 09-29-2021, 07:20 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By bigdavephoto
Replies: 4,688
Views: 405,912
But yet, for the moment, I am seeing the photo he posted.
Forum: General Photography 09-29-2021, 03:50 PM  
Is this an HDR photo?
Posted By bigdavephoto
Replies: 8
Views: 664
I wouldn't say HDR but it looks to me to be a bit oversaturated. Other then that, I think it's an OK photo.

As for facebook and EXIF data, I am sure facebook strips that from photos to save space.
Forum: General Photography 09-07-2021, 12:46 AM  
Heartfelt Photo
Posted By bigdavephoto
Replies: 5
Views: 652
In the small town I live in, there are both little pantry's and little libraries.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-04-2021, 08:47 AM  
Help with soccer photos that aren't sharp
Posted By bigdavephoto
Replies: 51
Views: 2,527
Ok, first, ISO has nothing to do with the sharpness of a photo. All it is, is a setting for how much light gets to the sensor.

Now. a question or two for you.

How many focus points are you using?

What was your aperture settings?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-04-2021, 05:38 PM  
K-7 Appreciation - The Forefather Forgotten
Posted By bigdavephoto
Replies: 251
Views: 30,118
I know this is really not a very impressive photo. K-7 with Tamron 28-200 mm.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-02-2021, 03:32 PM  
My camera does not recognise a kit lens
Posted By bigdavephoto
Replies: 15
Views: 850
Welcome to the forum.

Sounds like the lenses are not talking to the camera. Get a clean cloth and put a little alcohol on it and clean the contact points on both lenses and the camera. At the same time, make sure the contact points are sticking out of the lens mount. The contacts are little balls on springs and sometimes they will stick and not make contact. That should solve the F-- problem.

The other problem, I'm not sure about. Even still, if the camera is in manual mode, it should still auto-focus. Will need to ponder about that one for a little bit.
Forum: General Talk 06-11-2021, 02:34 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By bigdavephoto
Replies: 4,688
Views: 405,912
If Soylent was made out of clowns,.....would it taste funny?
Forum: Sold Items 05-29-2021, 04:47 PM  
For Sale - Sold: smc DA 18-135mm DC WR zoom lens
Posted By bigdavephoto
Replies: 4
Views: 1,016
PM sent.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-28-2021, 09:02 PM  
pentax camera
Posted By bigdavephoto
Replies: 38
Views: 1,393
For me, it all started with a gift from my parents in 1981. A used KM with a 50mm lens.
Forum: Sold Items 04-21-2021, 12:43 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax FA 50mm f1.4 Made in Japan with Pentax L39 UV filter
Posted By bigdavephoto
Replies: 7
Views: 1,490
Pm sent.:)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-28-2021, 09:49 AM  
What were the last 2 lens you purchased and why?
Posted By bigdavephoto
Replies: 84
Views: 4,659
The last 2 I have bought, both used, are;

40mm XS. The reason-I bought one last year knowing full well that it had a problem. I just wanted one that worked the way it is supposed to.

70mm. The reason- The price looked like a good deal plus I can not afford a 77mm.
Forum: General Talk 03-04-2021, 08:51 AM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By bigdavephoto
Replies: 4,688
Views: 405,912
That wasn't in the case report I read. Was that what McD's was doing? Possible but as I said, was not in the case report I read.
Forum: General Talk 03-04-2021, 08:23 AM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By bigdavephoto
Replies: 4,688
Views: 405,912
About the woman and McDonalds, part of what you said is a myth. I looked into it one day because I was board and curious.

The woman was with her grandson, her grand son was driving. This also happened in the 70's before cars had cup holders. They went through the drive through and she did place the cup of coffee between her legs. The boy turned into a parking space bumping the curb causing the lid to pop off and splash onto her. She was wearing cotton sweat pants and she could not unbuckle and get out of the car fast enough.

They went to the hospital and she ended up with 2ed and 3rd degree burns. She contacted that McD not the corporation and asked them to pay for the hospital bills and ,of course they refused. So she had to file a lawsuit.

During the investigation into the case, her lawyer found out that the health department had given that McD's several warnings about the temperature of the coffee. Apparently, the coffee is to be served between 160 and 170 degrees. That franchise was serving the coffee at 200+ degrees.

We all know, she won her case. This is where it gets funny. The original hospital bills she wanted the franchise to pay was less then $20,000. As I think about it, the bills might have been less then $10,000. In the end, that franchise had to pay the woman $700,000 dollars and all that franchise had to do was turn down the coffee machine which would have prevented all of this from happening.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-20-2021, 05:57 AM  
I hate my AF 360 fgz 11, faulty?
Posted By bigdavephoto
Replies: 13
Views: 819
I don't have any suggestions on the problems but you said that a ring flash was you preference. This is in the marketplace right now. (reduction) Pentax AF140C ringflash -
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-11-2021, 08:49 AM  
Help me spend a little bit of money on backgrounds
Posted By bigdavephoto
Replies: 10
Views: 999
I know paper rolls can be damaged easily. Back around 1972, my father bought a 12 foot wide roll of black. Used it a lot for doing portraits. He shot a lot of stuff in black and white. During a move, something shifted and damaged the roll about 2 foot from one end. The damaged part could have been cut off and the roll still could have been used. At that point though, my father was moving more into nature photography and away from portraits.

In the end, we carried that damaged roll in another move to another state. If I remember correctly, it was when we moved from that second state that while packing the truck, My father threw that roll away.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-11-2021, 12:45 AM  
Help me spend a little bit of money on backgrounds
Posted By bigdavephoto
Replies: 10
Views: 999
Hey everybody

I am in the process of buying some Savage Background paper and I want a little help.

Now this thread is both for fun and is serious. It's for fun because I want to see what people think and it is serious because I am thinking about buying three rolls. All we are talking about is color.

One roll I am buying is going to be either a black roll or a white roll. So for the other two colors, what do you think? I have looked at both dark gray and light gray and a blue. I also did glance at one that is in the pink tones, but I just don't know.

What colors should I buy?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-17-2020, 03:36 PM  
Poll: A simple poll
Posted By bigdavephoto
Replies: 86
Views: 3,689
The first camera I had was a Pentax KM with a 50mm lens. It was my high school graduation gift from my parents. I followed that up with an A3000. Both used sparingly as life took over.

Then I went digital. First with the *Ist DL, followed by the K7 and the K5IIs.
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