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Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 06-04-2020, 09:27 PM  
Question Externally-hosted images not showing up in-line
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 4
Views: 328
The funny thing is, the pictures are now showing up for me, even though I did not change anything in my profile yet or on my web hosting service.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 06-03-2020, 08:27 PM  
Question Externally-hosted images not showing up in-line
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 4
Views: 328
Thanks for the information, it really helps.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 06-03-2020, 10:26 AM  
Question Do "likes" expire?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 22
Views: 1,033
Lol, thanks!
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 06-03-2020, 09:42 AM  
Question Externally-hosted images not showing up in-line
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 4
Views: 328
I've been gone from the forums ever since my beloved K-30 died of congenital aperture block disease, but I posted in a thread last night, and the images that I linked to on my private server space did not show up in the thread like they used to. Instead, where the image should be, there is just a hyperlink that says "Click here to view photo". And yet looking at other recent threads, I see people are still able to post photos in-line. What gives? :(
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 06-03-2020, 09:37 AM  
Question Do "likes" expire?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 22
Views: 1,033
Wow, that's kind of harsh! :eek: As another old Pentaxian who's put himself out to pasture, I'm feeling the OP's pain! :D
Forum: General Photography 06-03-2020, 01:34 AM  
Considering a 43" 4k TV as a monitor
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 12
Views: 750
Lol, not that I disagree in the least, but I actually do have some idea:





That's a 65" Vizio M series behind my "little" Dell 30".

My Vizio started having a problem recently with occasionally flashing a black screen, so I took the opportunity to replace our living room TV. In the meantime, I discovered that our Vizio could probably be repaired by replacing the main board. My wife didn't like the Vizio sitting around on the floor, so partly to get it out of the way, and partly out of curiosity, I stuck it on my computer desk just to see what it's like.

And it's overwhelming...sometimes in a good way, sometimes in a bad way.

Anyway, it's obviously way too big to work on, since you have to crane your neck to see the top of the screen, but I think that a 43" mounted flush on the wall and as far down as possible might work. When sitting in my normal working position, my eyes would be about 3' away from the 43" screen with it mounted on the wall. With my 30" monitor on its stand, my eyes are usually about 22" away from the screen.

PS. How come the images I inserted, hosted on my own site, don't show up, and instead have to be clicked on to view? I haven't posted on the site in a while, but it used to not be like that.
Forum: General Photography 06-02-2020, 06:31 AM  
Considering a 43" 4k TV as a monitor
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 12
Views: 750
For the last several years I've been using a high-end 2011 model 30" Dell U3011 for my main computer. It runs a very useful 2560x1600 16:10 resolution, but it was close to $1500 at introduction and is capable of a 10-bit workflow, so it's probably been overkill for me as a hobbyist, but I got a really good deal on it since it had a small scratch on the screen.

Anyway, I've been wanting to upgrade to a larger, 4k screen since I also use my computer for gaming and some TV viewing. A 43" would be the largest I could go for my desk and my viewing distance.

Is anybody running a 43" TV as a computer monitor? I'm wondering if there are any models that would work well for photo editing. I know that TV's are a slightly different beast than dedicated computer monitors, and some features that make a great TV can interfere with accuracy as a monitor, so I wonder if anybody has experience in this regard.

I've been trying to use rtings.com as a guide, but they rarely review the smaller variants of model lineups, so their results cannot always be extrapolated. In fact most professional review sites tend to review the mid-size models, so it's hard to find much first-hand information on the smaller sizes.

Thanks!
Forum: Sold Items 12-31-2019, 03:43 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 10
Views: 808
Here are a few pictures from my copy. If you click these smaller versions, it should load the full size version so you can see how ridiculously sharp this lens can be. These images were shot handheld with available light.





Forum: Sold Items 12-29-2019, 11:31 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 10
Views: 808
I used to have one of these, and it was ridiculously sharp and took gorgeous pictures. I consider it a must-have lens for Pentax. I could post a few portraits from my copy if you like. Good luck on your sale!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-30-2019, 08:58 PM  
Which AF Microadjustment do you use, by camera and lens ?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 18
Views: 1,734
This thread is giving me PTSD. As much as I loved my Pentax cameras, this is one aspect of DSLR's I do NOT miss now that I've mostly transitioned to m43 and Sony.

I could deal with adjusting lenses on my own cameras, but I was always afraid that when I sold a lens, the new buyer would complain about front/back focus issues. And if they filed a complaint with eBay and/or PayPal, you would probably be forced to take a perfectly good lens back, and paying the return-shipping in the deal. I actually ran into this with a Sigma 100-300mm f4 that I sold. The original owner had used it without issues, and I had used it for years with great results on two bodies. But my buyer claimed focus adjustment issues. After I was forced to take it back, I resold it and my new buyer was delighted with the lens.

Anyway, didn't mean to rant, and I still miss a lot of things about my Pentax cameras. I just wish they had found a way to be successful in mirrorless.
Forum: Sold Items 03-09-2019, 12:17 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 50-150mm F2.8 HSM-II APO EX DC lens for Pentax w/ Extended Warranty
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 3
Views: 895
Sold!
Forum: Sold Items 03-04-2019, 04:32 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 100-300/4 APO EX DG
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 13
Views: 1,615
You need to have a flickr account to view the gallery?

I just get the following error page:

403

You need to be signed in to see this
2019-03-04T11:31:33Z-51951cd0@server

It appears you don’t have permission to view this album.
Forum: Sold Items 02-17-2019, 10:29 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 50-150mm F2.8 HSM-II APO EX DC lens for Pentax w/ Extended Warranty
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 3
Views: 895
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Sigma 50-150mm F2.8 II APO EX DC lens for Pentax w/extended warranty

Asking Price
399.00 USD

Item Location
Indianapolis, IN (United States)

Item Description
I have switched to Sony, so I regretfully I must part with one of my favorite K-mount lenses, the Sigma 50-150mm F2.8. Parting with this lens is rather painful, since Sony currently does not have a similar lens, and certainly nothing near this price. This has been an extremely convenient lens for my daughters' performing arts such as ballet and gymnastics. It's an almost ideal combination of size, range, and speed for indoor activities. This lens is Made in Japan, and is very similar to the Pentax 50-135mm f/2.8 in size and image quality, but with faster autofocus and a little more reach.

I purchased the lens new from B&H in December of 2010 for $749. As a high-end "EX" lens it had a 4-year manufacturer's warranty from Sigma, which I supplemented with a 7-year Mack Camera extended warranty, so it is covered through 2021! The Mack Camera warranty is transferable with a $20 fee, and more information can be found here:


The lens comes in its original box with all accessories and paperwork. I will also include the original B&H receipt as well as paperwork for the Mack Camera warranty.

The lens is priced to sell since my girls have recitals coming up soon and I need to raise cash for a pricey Sony telephoto!

As with all the DSLR lenses I have sold, I will not accept returns for focus-calibration issues. I've used the lens with great results on two Pentax bodies, so I know the lens is good. I only add this disclaimer because there are some people who do not understand the potential lens/body calibration issues inherent in DSLR cameras, and that lenses sometimes need calibrated to certain bodies.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
$15 in Continental US - Ask for other

Shipping Services
USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Other (Elaborate)

Return Policy & Additional Details
I can also accept Zelle / Chase QuickPay

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 02-17-2019, 09:05 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Metz Mecablitz 48 AF-1 flash for Pentax P-TTL capable
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 2
Views: 588
Sold! Thank you!
Forum: Sold Items 02-17-2019, 05:45 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Metz Mecablitz 48 AF-1 flash for Pentax P-TTL capable
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 2
Views: 588
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Metz Mecablitz 48 AF-1 flash for Pentax P-TTL capable

Asking Price
60.00 USD

Item Location
Indianapolis, IN (United States)

Item Description
I bough this flash a couple years ago because it seemed to have the best features and performance for the price. Shortly after, I started switching to Sony, so the flash has seen little use. It is in good working condition and comes with the original box and manual.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Good

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
Free in Continental US, Ask for other

Shipping Services
USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Other (Elaborate)

Return Policy & Additional Details
I can also accept Zelle payments

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-10-2019, 07:15 AM  
Possible to trigger Metz 48 AF-1 optically?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 6
Views: 1,048
I recently bought a used Metz 48 AF-1 and I want to use it in a studio setting as an off-camera, manually-set dumb flash that is triggered optically when other flashes go off, but I can't figure it out. I have no trouble doing this with my YN560-II. Anybody know if this is possible?

Thanks!
Forum: Pentax K-70 12-18-2018, 11:25 AM  
Worth upgrading from K200D?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 18
Views: 1,666
The K-30/K-50 is an amazing camera, and would be miles above the k200d in most ways, but the aperture control block issue is certainly something to consider if shopping used.

I was still loving my old K-30 up until about a year ago when it started suffering from the issue. Now if I haven't used it for a while, I will have to fire off several black or nearly-black shots before it works normally. The death of my K-30 is kind of what gave me my last push to transition completely to mirrorless.

In fairness to my K-30 though, the shutter count was probably somewhere around 60,000 when it started acting up. Hard to complain about that kind of longevity from a camera that competed in the budget DSLR segment. My K-30's crystal-white finish, BTW, still looks almost like new and has held up marvelously. I was sad when they went away from the glossy/metallic finishes and lost some of the sharp and aggressive edges for the K-50 refresh.
Forum: Pentax K-70 12-17-2018, 09:16 PM  
Worth upgrading from K200D?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 18
Views: 1,666
Sensors have improved quite a bit since your 200D was released. Even my tiny Panasonic LX10 with a 1" sensor scores higher than the K200D on the DxOMark sensor tests. The short answer is yes, the K-70 would be a big upgrade from your K200D.
Forum: Sold Items 12-08-2018, 07:11 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX portrait/telephoto lens for Pentax K-mount
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 2
Views: 736
Thanks! I was hoping to keep this lens for use on a K-1, but I ended going in a different direction.

I think you're right about the lens, as I've already gotten a couple nibbles!

---------- Post added 12-08-18 at 09:35 PM ----------

The lens has been sold and will soon be on its way to a tropical climate! Thank you to those who showed interest.
Forum: Sold Items 12-08-2018, 03:18 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX portrait/telephoto lens for Pentax K-mount
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 2
Views: 736
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX portrait/telephoto lens for Pentax K-mount

Asking Price
490.00 USD

Item Location
Indianapolis, IN (United States)

Item Description
Now that I've transitioned over to m43 and Sony, I am now reluctantly selling my all-time favorite lens, the Sigma 85mm f/1.4. This lens has always amazed me with its sharpness and with the gorgeous pictures it produces. I am the original owner, and it will come in its original box with all its accessories. This is a terrific FF compatible lens that is no longer being made for Pentax.

I'm asking $490 shipped, and I believe I'm pricing it below market value, as I'm hoping for a quick sell so that I can use the money to buy a camera as Christmas present for my 12-yoa daughter who has recently started to show an interest in photography. To that end, I may be open to trades for a good beginner camera body. I want something with a viewfinder and good manual controls, such as an Olympus OMD or Panasonic GX series.

Scroll down for sample images captured using this lens.









Sample images
(click the actual image for full-size version)








Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
Free shipping in US, Ask for international

Shipping Services
USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Check/Money Order Other (Elaborate)

Return Policy & Additional Details
I can also accept Chase QuickPay / Zelle

Please note that I do not accept returns for focus calibration issues. I can tell you that this lens worked perfectly on my K-30 without any calibration adjustment needed, but every camera body is unique in that regard. I only add this disclaimer because there are some people who do not understand the potential lens/body calibration issues inherent in DSLR cameras, and that lenses sometimes need calibrated to certain bodies.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-17-2018, 08:46 AM  
K-mount at K-mart.
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 30
Views: 2,365
I'm not sure jumping onto a sinking ship would be the best branding move, lol.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-12-2018, 03:56 AM  
What is it? Mystery item...old Leica lens adapter viewfinder thing...
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 8
Views: 823
Thanks for the help guys...mystery solved!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-11-2018, 06:55 PM  
What is it? Mystery item...old Leica lens adapter viewfinder thing...
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 8
Views: 823
I came across this at a local auction house and I couldn't find another one like it online. It seems to be some kind of lens adapter...anybody know anything about it? I've been trying to Google it for the last 15 minutes, but no luck so far.:eek: The collective of Pentaxian wisdom on here has never let me down though! :lol: My best guess is that it's some kind of microscope or telescope adapter??





Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-15-2018, 07:08 AM  
Been away for awhile....best lens for high school marching band photos?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 19
Views: 1,963
I would probably either go with a 70-200mm f/2.8 or the Sigma 100-300mm f4 (if you can find one). That 300mm lens will let you get tight shots of individual members, and on a modern DSLR the f4 should be fast enough in most decently lit night venues.

If you want something smaller, the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 is also a very good alternative to the Pentax 50-135mm f/2.8. It has a little more reach, as well as silent HSM autofocus.
Forum: Sold Items 05-08-2018, 04:31 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DFA 70-200mm lens (price reduced 1300 -> 1200)
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 2
Views: 953
Here ya go, fixed it for you. I would hate to give PETA another reason to sue a photographer!

Good luck on selling a great lens!

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