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Forum: General Talk 02-22-2018, 12:57 AM  
dcshooter?
Posted By Cosmic Debris
Replies: 14
Views: 2,132
Does that mean all of his posts are permanently gone?

i would contact him if i wanted a lens repaired. not for 400+ posts of information. He gave lots of tips on obscure details on lens repair over more than a year. I doubt he has a personal archive of those posts.

Thanks for the reply. That's all from me, I don't want belabor the issue. what's done is done. He's banned, no reason to discuss further.
Forum: General Talk 02-21-2018, 11:29 PM  
dcshooter?
Posted By Cosmic Debris
Replies: 14
Views: 2,132
Why were all of his posts deleted? I found a great deal of information in his posts and have even fixed one of lenses myself. I wanted to link my friend to 35mm limited TEARDOWN/DISASSEMBLY by dcshooter. But all his post links are invalid. That's kind of sad, feels like a lot of valuable information was lost. I agree personal attacks have no place on this forum.
Forum: Pentax K-5 01-23-2011, 10:06 AM  
Are the Eye-fi cards worth it?
Posted By Cosmic Debris
Replies: 53
Views: 15,893
I have tried eye-fi cards before, I found them to be nothing but a huge headache. They require proprietary software to be installed to see them, and to transfer. You can't view the card as networked storage. The software also demands to be permanently connected to an eye-fi server, even if you have no desire to upload pictures online at that time. Just to get them off the card to folder on your local computer requires you to be connected. If you block it from communicating to the eye-fi online server, it will refuse to function properly. You can also only copy files off the card, you can't cut or delete them. So when the card is full you have to take it out and put it in a reader, or manually delete files using the camera interface, to clear space on it.

All eye-fi cards have the same wireless capability to transfer raw files, or any file type, but the "lower end" cards are limited to only allow *.jpg, so as to force you into paying a premium just to transfer pef/dng. There is no reason they couldn't be seen as networked storage and viewed in windows explorer, except for the limitations that eye-fi enforces.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-05-2010, 02:38 PM  
Pepsi on viewfinder eyepiece, cleaning help needed.
Posted By Cosmic Debris
Replies: 6
Views: 3,346
Thanks for the help everyone. I successfully cleaned it with a little mild dish soap and flushing with plenty of water. I simply held the camera lens pointed up and washed the outside viewfinder with the kitchen sink hose set at the lowest possible pressure. The weather sealing protected the camera beautifully. After letting it dry on a towel overnight, I checked this morning and it's as good as new, I can't see ANY blemish or mark on the viewfinder at all. No sticky pepsi residue anywhere to be found either.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-03-2010, 06:44 AM  
Pepsi on viewfinder eyepiece, cleaning help needed.
Posted By Cosmic Debris
Replies: 6
Views: 3,346
I'm a little concerned about doing that, because I don't know just how good the weather sealing is on the viewfinder to inside. I've had a film camera get wet on the outside viewfinder and some seeped in, the focusing screen was never the same after that.

Yeah, I did end up using some q-tips last night, they did help a bit more. But I really don't like the way they leave behind little tiny fibers.

Right now there is still a quite a bit of a pepsi smear visible, as well as some fibers that got stuck. When I press my eye right up against the viewfinder all of this is pretty much invisible, but looking through it about 1/2 inch to an inch away I can see all of it quite clearly, and it is rather distracting.

I'm a little worried about putting too much force with a q-tip or other cleaning implement, because that seems like it could scratch the viewfinder glass. I'm trying to take a picture with my P&S camera, but it's hard to get a clear picture to show you guys.

I might consider using a tiny bit of detergent next, but I'm worried about being able to adequately wash that off. I'd like some input if I can safely run low pressure water over the viewfinder without any getting inside the camera and fogging the focusing screen.

thanks
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-02-2010, 08:35 PM  
Pepsi on viewfinder eyepiece, cleaning help needed.
Posted By Cosmic Debris
Replies: 6
Views: 3,346
Okay, this whole thing is crazy. Today I was visiting family, I brought my camera with me. I pulled out my camera to take a few group shots of everyone. My Nephew was instantly very interested in it, so afterwards I was showing him the camera and let him take some pictures. I went off for a few minutes, leaving the camera with my Nephew. I was gone for about five minutes when I hear a "Uh Oh" and I go to investigate. Evidently my nephew had gotten a can of pepsi to drink, and when he opened it some sprayed on the back of my k200d, I wasn't overly concerned because I knew it was weather sealed, and reassured him that it was fine. I wiped it off with a paper towel, used some clean water on a fresh paper towel and wiped it down again. I put the camera in the bag to keep it safe.

I got home about an hour ago, I decided I should make sure I cleaned it all off adequately. That's when I noticed some had gotten on the outside of the viewfinder. It is still partially wet and sticky.


I have dabbed at it with a PEC pad folded around a pen, I've put a few drops of alcohol on the pec pad and was able to get more off. I believe I have gotten a great deal of it off, but I can't really get it all, as it's impossible to easily get it all or absorb it. What happens is, I can clean the center of the viewfinder, but the sticky pepsi has mostly just been pushed to the edges. It just kind of moves around. I really don't want to let the pepsi dry on there, as I figure it's just going to be more difficult to clean.

Any suggestions or other methods of cleaning would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
Forum: Sold Items 04-12-2010, 04:09 PM  
Wanted - Acquired: Sigma 17-70mm or Pentax/tamron 18-250mm
Posted By Cosmic Debris
Replies: 0
Views: 1,934
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Tamron AF 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD IF Macro
SMC Pentax-DA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 ED AL [IF]

I'm looking for any of these lenses in good working condition. Doesn't have to be like new. I don't care about a little dust inside or faint cleaning marks, just so long as it doesn't obviously hurt IQ.

PM me if you have either of these lenses

Thanks
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-31-2009, 12:27 PM  
Long exposure help
Posted By Cosmic Debris
Replies: 15
Views: 4,809
THANK YOU. I couldn't find the R2-UT, but did find the R3-UT at adorama. R3UT Seculine Twin 1 R3-UT max Universal Infrared Wireless & Wired Remote Shutter Release Transmitter for DSLR Cameras with Built-in Infrared Reading the description it's exactly what I want. I'll probably order it later today. Thanks again
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-31-2009, 10:27 AM  
Long exposure help
Posted By Cosmic Debris
Replies: 15
Views: 4,809
I've googled around, but I can't find a remote with a slide lock like you describe. What is the model number? Also, if you could remember where you got it from(if bought online)? Thanks much.


My main reason for wanting the remote is so I can stay warm after I set up my camera and tripod. For example, there's a very dark field that I can pull up right next to in my car. I would like a way to remotely control the camera from 20 to 30 feet away. I don't know if there are cable release extensions or what that could be that long, but even if there were it makes my uneasy because it seems you could accidentally pull or step on the cable and knock the camera/tripod over. The IR remote just seemed the safest way.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-30-2009, 10:12 AM  
Long exposure help
Posted By Cosmic Debris
Replies: 15
Views: 4,809
A couple weeks ago I acquired the pentax remote control F. It was recently crystal clear skies here but bitter cold. So, I thought I'd experiment and try some startrails. I set up my k200d on the tripod and set it to B mode and remote control in the Fn menu. I retreated into the house and aimed from the window. It worked fine the 20 feet away, although I did have to stretch my arm out the window to aim at the camera. I couldn't get it to work through the glass.

But here's the thing, none of the exposure times on the photos matched the times of the exposures I did. I had a stop watch I set for four minutes and triggered the countdown simultaneously as I pressed the remote and heard the shutter open, and again when the stopwatch beeped I immediately aimed the remote and I heard the shutter close. I did quite a few long exposures of varying times. I wasted about 45 minutes doing this. But when I went out and retrieved the SD card to see how it did. All the exposures were completely black and only showed like 1 second exposure time. That was irritating.

I went outside, put the sd card back in. Reoriented the camera slightly, then used the remote. It turns out the shutter was open only while I held the button and aimed the remote at the camera. I was mistaken from what I thought I heard from the window, it was really just quickly opening and closing each time I pressed the button. I messed around in the menu and couldn't find any option to change how the remote operates. Frustrated and cold, I gave up and brought the camera and tripod in.


My question, is it possible for the remote F to work the way I thought it should?---Press remote once to open shutter, press remote again after x amount of time and the shutter closes. I know there are cable releases and other ways for long exposure, but I wanted to use the IR remote so I could be warm inside and not freezing cold next to the camera.

I'd appreciate any advice or suggestions.
Thanks
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-29-2009, 10:44 PM  
Nature October sunflower
Posted By Cosmic Debris
Replies: 3
Views: 1,599
Thanks. And yeah, the lens is a little finicky and is soft wide open. I normally shoot around f5.6-f11 with and it produces spectacular results.


Here's some more pictures taken within a few days. I waited for a good hour for another bee to land, but it was just too cold for them. It frosted a few days after these and the sunflower wilted.
I used an extension tube for the macros. I don't know what length, but it was quite short. The writing on the tube is worn off.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-29-2009, 03:47 PM  
Nature October sunflower
Posted By Cosmic Debris
Replies: 3
Views: 1,599
Alright, my first post here. This is a picture I really like. I especially enjoy it now that it's winter and everything is so barren. This was shot on October 26 and is the last sunflower of the season. The Lens is a M42 'Focal' 28mm.


I'm just getting into editing my photos, so this is basically straight out of the camera with a little touch up and crop. I tried to crop so it looks the most interesting. I've considered cropping out the second sunflower head visible in the bottom right corner, but I found it hard to crop just right without it getting too tight. Now, I don't find it distracting, but my friend has told me it draws the eye too much away from the main subject and I should clone out the bottom right sunflower. I'm really not sure.



Here's another crop:


I'd appreciate any constructive criticism or comments.
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