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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 5 Days Ago  
Help me leave Lightroom and explore my fascination with ON1
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 16
Views: 745
I fall into the semi-pro category and I find Lightroom meets my needs very well. I shoot very large batches of photos and need to process them quickly which and non destructively. I will go to an event and shoot anywhere from 500 - 1000 shots and need to get them all ready in a few days, in between my other jobs. Lightroom is an excellent tool for me. But for some people who don't need all the features, something else
might work better.
If I wasn't shooting that many shots, I may well look for something else. I agree that Lightroom has become a slow running resource hog. ON 1 does look intriguing, as does Luminar and other offerings lately. I think the only way to determine whether something will work is to try it. I got into using Lightroom a couple of years after making the film-digital jump so I have been using it a long time. I happen to like the subscription model but everyone is different in their views. In switching to something else besides CC, you also need to consider how whatever you are going to compares to the complete package including Photoshop, not just Lightroom alone.
Forum: General Talk 6 Days Ago  
Question for native english speaker
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 13
Views: 399
Just make sure that when "re-gifting", the person who originally gave you the gift doesn't get it back. It might cause problems. :eek:
The occasions when I have participated in "Secret Santa" gifting, it involved very inexpensive gifts and was all in fun. One gift in particular I remember was a large piece of chocolate made to look like a pile of dog poo. The card inside said "from someone who gives a ****" :D:D It was quite a conversation piece in the break room at work.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-11-2017, 07:28 AM  
Recommended 'Cheap' 200mm or 300mm High Quality MF Lens
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 43
Views: 1,410
I have a Super Takumar 200/4 which does a very good job although get very little use because I just don't use that size much. If I remember, I paid around $50 for it. My other long MF lens I do use quite often. It's a K300/4. Optically, it's excellent. The drawback is that it's large and heavy and doesn't have a tripod mount so you will need to buy a third party one or make something. While I never worried much about the mounts on my K10D or K5 supporting it, it isn't as steady with all that weight hanging off the front of the camera. I can easily hand hold the Tak. The K300, I don't even try anymore although someone younger who doesn't have arthritis and spinal stenosis might do better. I think I paid around $250 for the K300.
Forum: General Talk 11-11-2017, 07:14 AM  
Question for native english speaker
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 13
Views: 399
Traditionally, events like this are called "Secret Santa" during the Christmas season. There are probably other names used but this one is the most common name for this type of gift exchange in my part of the country. This is obviously a slang term and a direct translation to another language might sound strange. Sometimes, names are drawn out of a hat. I have been to other events where participants are asked to provide either a female or male gift, with no name attached.
Forum: General Talk 10-29-2017, 01:45 PM  
Anybody else running Folding@home?
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 10
Views: 383
I'm looking into this as well. I had not heard of this. Since my wife is currently going through breast cancer treatment, I have some personal interest.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-26-2017, 06:29 PM  
Lightroom 6 on an iMac
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 3
Views: 256
I switched over to a Mac Mini last year after years of Windows computers. Since I had nearly 2 TB of photos spread across 3 hard drives, I bought a new WD 3TB hard drive and formatted for the Mac and then moved my photos to the new external HD from my old one. It went easy. One advantage I had was my old external drive was formatted in FAT 32. I then had to tell Lightroom on my Mac where my photos were. The best help I got was from Lightroom Queen Victoria Brampton's site. She has tutorials on how to move your Lightroom catalog to new computers. It wasn't quick, mostly because my old catalog files were all over the place on my Windows computer. I first had to straighten out my mess on my Windows computer.
The Lightroom Queen - Tips, Tutorials & Troubleshooting for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-16-2017, 05:27 PM  
Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4 C stiff AF
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 7
Views: 413
I would think using a lens like the Sigma 17-70C, which has no screw drive capability, it wouldn't matter at all what position the camera switch was in when using the lens in MF.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-16-2017, 05:18 PM  
Anyone using an Intel NUC?
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 19
Views: 1,812
I bought a Mac Mini 11 months ago and the small form factor is awesome. It has worked out well for me. I've got spoiled by the space savings. If I was to go back to Windows, I would seriously consider a NUC or one of the other similar boxes. My hearing is shot too so I don't know how much the fan noise would affect me. The Mac is noiseless or at least to my ears. It uses mostly laptop hardware and isn't considered a power users computer. I think any of the quad core processors are going to require more cooling and thus, more noise from a fan or a larger case and bigger cooler.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-16-2017, 04:56 PM  
I'm really impressed with Adobe Lightroom
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 13
Views: 649
I've been subscribing to CC for 3 years now and completely happy. I use Lightroom almost exclusively for everything. I consider the subscription well worth it but everyone has different thoughts about that business model. For me, there is nothing out there to take the place of Lightroom. I take hundreds of shots at motorcycle events and races and need to go through them quickly.
Forum: General Talk 10-16-2017, 04:50 PM  
Google offline maps on Android devices - anyone using them ? Storage required?
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 8
Views: 278
I've had the Rand McNally Road Atlas on my iPad for years. It consumes 638 MB of storage space. These maps are nowhere near as detailed as Google Maps. While the maps on our phones are handy, they do consume data and also require a connection, something you aren't likely to have much of the time in my area. I guess you could try downloading and see how much space it consumes. For me, I use a Garmin in my car. It was $79 on sale and gets updated maps fairly often. The main reason I use a Garmin is that I travel by motorcycle a lot. I have a bracket on my handlebars to which originally held my phone which I used Google Maps and Navigation. After laying the bike down at 45 mph and taking out everything on the handlebars, I bought the Garmin. My phone wasn't on the bracket at the time but it would have been a very expensive loss if it had been. I consider the Garmin expendable.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-06-2017, 06:26 AM  
screw on lens hood generic
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 16
Views: 663
All lenses benefit from a hood. I used the collapsible rubber ones way back in the film days and I still have a couple. Most lenses come with a hood these days but I have had good results from the screw in Sensei petal type hoods which I bought for some old film era lenses that were hoodless.
Forum: General Talk 09-30-2017, 06:44 AM  
Any 12.9-Inch iPad Pro Users?
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 2
Views: 329
While the iPad Pro is pretty impressive, it's not a desktop replacement....yet. I've been using a 4th generation iPad for 4 1/2 years and I've loved it. Mine has 64GB of storage so I've never had limits on uploading large amounts of photos during vacations and still had room for a couple of downloaded movies for plane travel. My iPad just got dropped with the latest IOS version and is forever stuck with IOS 10 so I'm also looking at replacement in the future.

Apart from the size difference, I don't think there is any difference in capability between the 12.9 and the 10.5 with the newest models. I think that will be an ergonomic choice. As for storage, I have terabytes of photos on external drives so my tablet will always be for temporary storage. There are some photos I keep permanently on my iPad. Family photos and stuff I like to show. My normal use is is to upload my shot at motorcycle races, rallies, car shows, events, etc to show people immediately. The iPad with it's retina screen is awesome for that.

For editing, I still prefer my desktop when I get home. The tablet version of Lightroom is still crippled compared to the desktop. The pen capability on the Pro is potentially a good feature. I use a Wacom tablet with my Mac. I say potentially because I haven't used it. A lot of the multi tasking features the Pro offers are things I won't be using. Aside from doing basic editing when on the road, I mostly just use my iPad for media consumption. A tablet will never replace my 24 inch monitor so I can't see myself replacing my desktop with an IPad. I'm using a Mac Mini with a 24 inch LG IPS monitor and I'm quite happy overall. It runs LR and Photoshop without any problems and the only slow part is the initial start up due to it's slow 5400rpm hard drive. I won't upgrade my Mac as long as what I have is doing the job. My next iPad will continue to be used as my last one was. If I had to make the choice of only one device, I would buy a 13 inch Macbook Pro with an external monitor. Also consider your wife. Would it work with the 2 of you sharing a single iPad? It wouldn't in my house.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-29-2017, 06:15 AM  
Mac OSX 10.13
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 19
Views: 931
I just based this on an article in Ars Technica which stated the new file system only supported systems with all flash storage at this time. They most likely will fix this. While all flash is becoming common in computers these days, a lot of people are still using hard drives for external storage, backups, etc and I can't imagine Apple not addressing this.

For me, I'm never in a rush to update. I always wait a couple of weeks because there are always issues that pop up.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-28-2017, 06:04 PM  
Mac OSX 10.13
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 19
Views: 931
The new file system only works on flash drives, too. It won't work with a hard drive or fusion drive.

I haven't updated yet but probably will soon. I'm 3/4 of the way done with a newsletter I do every month and I'm waiting until I'm finished. I've never had a problem in the past but I want to get this project done "just in case". I don't really have time to deal with any hassles right now. I'm really looking forward to the new Safari feature that blocks auto play videos.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-28-2017, 05:13 AM  
Mac OSX 10.13
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 19
Views: 931
Wacom tablets don't currently work with High Sierra so if you use one, you might want to wait until Wacom gets off their butts and makes a new driver. It's the reason I'm holding off for now. Sometime in October.
Forum: General Talk 09-18-2017, 03:27 AM  
Looking for new vehicle
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 17
Views: 808
I own 2 Honda CRV's, a 2014 and 2007. I highly recommend them. They are all wheel drive and get very good gas mileage. I live in upstate NY, snow country, and they handle the winter weather well. There is plenty of storage for the daily chores as well as vacations. It's not a truck and doesn't drive like one. A previous (2000) CRV bounced around the family for many years. My daughter sold it last year with 280K miles on it. I still see it. One of the nurses in our doctors office now owns it and it's still going strong. They are very well built and durable.
My only gripe, and it's a gripe with a lot of the current new cars, was the OEM tires. They are putting low profile 17 inch tires on everything these days and they don't wear as well. The Bridgestones that came on the car were noisy and didn't wear well. I have installed Cooper SRX tires on both cars and the difference is astounding.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 09-15-2017, 07:41 PM  
Thanks Sigma Repair!
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 5
Views: 627
A few weeks ago, my K5 with my Sigma 17-70 Contemporary got knocked off a bench on to a concrete floor. My favorite lens was in two pieces! I didn't really think it was repairable but after a week or so I decided to send it to Sigma for a repair estimate. Much to my delight, for the cost of $170 plus S&H, my favorite zoom is back on my camera as good as new. It took about 2 weeks. According to the repair sheet, they replaced the main barrel and the main PCB rear barrel.

I really expected to be buying a new lens as I thought the repairs would be close to the replacement cost. Thanks Sigma! A job well done![COLOR="Silver"]
Forum: General Talk 09-07-2017, 06:42 AM  
And That's Why I Shop Online
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 18
Views: 1,190
I don't generally shop online for clothes and shoes. Shoes and boots in particular. After surgeries on both feet, I need to try them on. I need wide sizes. Some clothes I do get online but it's stuff I know will fit. Lap swimming is part of my workout routine and the chlorine really does a number on swim suits. 3 or 4 months and they're done. I buy either Speedo or Tyr Jammers, which ever is on sale in a 36. I know they will fit. That, BTW, is another thing I CAN'T buy locally. Dick's Sporting Goods might have a pair at double the price of Amazon or Swim Outlet. The last time I looked, they were out of stock. Online, they are around $25. If Dick's does have my size, it's $59.95. That's not "a little more". That's a LOT MORE!

I can do better at some B&M stores. About 10 miles away, there is a LL Bean outlet. Their prices are awesome! The same for the Under Armour store. Considerably cheaper than than their online catalogs. Of course, being an outlet, the stuff is all discontinued or returns.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-06-2017, 07:08 PM  
What if I get a FA43?
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 28
Views: 1,397
Just remember the last five letters on your FA50. MACRO. If you don't shoot macro it won't matter.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-06-2017, 07:01 PM  
Looking for versatile everyday lens...
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 41
Views: 1,839
I got some good news today from Sigma. My 17-70 is repairable and will cost $180 so I'm off the hook for a new lens purchase for the time being. Hopefully, it will be good as new. The DA 16-85 still looks interesting, though.
Forum: General Talk 09-06-2017, 06:39 PM  
And That's Why I Shop Online
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 18
Views: 1,190
My preference remains the same. I would rather support locally owned brick and mortar stores than buy online. The fact that I can't get many of the things I want doesn't change that. Retail stores moan and groan about Amazon but far too many of them force you buy online by not stocking stuff. After enough wasted trips and not finding what you want, you end up saying "the heck with it" and not going to the store at all. Any shopping I do is a 30 mile round trip, even groceries.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-04-2017, 04:10 PM  
Lenses for a Balloon Festival?
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 31
Views: 1,553
Ballons are very large and balloon festivals draw huge crowds of people. There are lots of cameras and most have 18-55 kit lenses and other similar zooms. Ultra wide lenses are a big benefit because it puts you closer and in front of most of the crowd to get your shot. A few years ago, I was hanging out with a Nikon guy who also was shooting with a fisheye prime. We had a lot of fun listening to the "what the #$@$ are those guys doing?" from the peanut gallery.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-04-2017, 02:51 PM  
Opinions sought: Sigma 100-300mm f4 + TC OR Sigma 150-500mm??
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 15
Views: 849
Going back around 10 years, the Sigma 100-300/4 was THE long zoom to own. I have no personal experience with it. I do own the Sigma 150-500/f5-6.3 HSM OS and it's a large beast of a lens that I can't use handheld. The IQ is very good stopped down. My results wide open are OK but most of my shots have been in the f8-f11 range.

A lot of people use the 100-300 with a TC and the shots look impressive and I think it would be a more practical lens to own, especially if you plan to use it with the full zoom range. I use my 150-500 almost exclusively in the 300-500 range and on a monopod or tripod.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-04-2017, 02:32 PM  
Lenses for a Balloon Festival?
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 31
Views: 1,553
I have photographed the Adirondack Balloon Festival for several years. My 2 most used lenses? The DA 10-17 is my favorite. When they begin to inflate the balloons and everybody is backing up, I walk forward and shoot away with no people in front of me. Second choice is the DA15 Limited but to be honest, I prefer the fisheye for balloons. The curvature of the lens works very well with balloons.

This shot goes way back to 2010 and the very first Single in September challenge, with the DA 10-17 and K10D.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-01-2017, 05:45 PM  
Looking for versatile everyday lens...
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 41
Views: 1,839
I understand what you're saying but like many of us, I have to pick a single lens to do multiple tasks due to costs. That's even more important now that I'm semi retired with considerable less income. The best case will be that Sigma will be able to fix my lens for less than a replacement. If the repair price is over $400, I will replace the lens. I'm inclined to get another Sigma 17-70 because I was happy with my old one and there is no question in my mind that it will do what I want. WR has been a non issue as I have shot in all kinds of conditions without problems.My gear travels in a Harley saddlebag half the year. If I have to replace the lens, the DA 16-85 is an option that wasn't available to me back when I bought the Sigma. For just an event lens, the Sigma 17-50/2.8 is currently on sale for $369.

Back when I bought the 17-70, the additional reach was my main motivation and at the time, it was cheaper than the 18-135 by over $100. As time has gone on, I have begun using the lens more for events as well as a walk around. I do make a little money on the side at events (emphasis on little). If I could afford it, I would just buy a K1 and 24-70/2.8 and be done with it but that's out of the question right now.
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