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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Minutes Ago  
Ephotozine Pentax HD Pentax-D FA 70-210mm f/4 ED SDM WR Review
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 19
Views: 1,154
If we were experts at toasting bread and had our personal preferences as to whether the bread was evenly toasted, toasted in a grid pattern, or held firm longer under the pressure of a butter knife, we would have the same issues with published reviews of toasters.

From what I know of industrial manufacturing, there is no way for Tamron to downgrade its quality control for Pentax branded versions of the 70-210, but equipment goes out of adjustment over time. Initial copies of a new product will be more carefully screened, so if a reviewer is working with a Beaujolais Nouveau Tamron lens and a Vin de le Mois Pentax lens, it is more likely that the Tamron will get a higher score.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 38 Minutes Ago  
Project 52 P52-9-7 Theme: Surreal
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 2
Views: 244
The EXIF is wrong, this was actually taken with a Rokinon 8mm Fish-eye lens. It is much sharper at f8 than f3.5, but I wanted to use natural light. I also decided to leave the purple fringing and flare in.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 44 Minutes Ago  
Landscape Deadhorse Point
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 12
Views: 183
Another example where the small format here just doesn't do a photograph justice. I strongly encourage everyone to view the higher resolution version on Flickr, the canyon walls come to life and your post-processing looks more subtle and much more effective. Excellent!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Hours Ago  
Ricoh Imaging Square Shinjuku renewal
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 26
Views: 5,250
Thanks again, @JPT, for your special posts. Being Pentax users makes us a little different from the rest and your reports and photos from the Pentax homeland do a lot to enhance the experience of being part of a special club.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 2 Hours Ago  
Landscape First Light
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 16
Views: 139
I've noticed a trend in your posted photos for the past few weeks, you are doing weird and wonderful things with colour and saturation, especially greens, reds and yellows. How do you determine which images will look so good after your special processing?
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 5 Hours Ago  
Sony Camera Division and all EP&S segment moving outward
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 31
Views: 1,062
The timing of this financial distancing by Sony is not a coincidence. The investing landscape is going to be radically altered for the next 10-12 months. It's going to be like a giant garage sale, with lots of bargain hunters, families clearing out their basements and at the end of the weekend, lots of unsold merchandise. But Sony Corporation is no longer going to be taking care of Sony TV's, stereos or cameras. That message was written on the kitchen corkboard five years ago, it is just that most people ignored it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 17 Hours Ago  
18% Grey?
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 13
Views: 816
It's a bit off topic, but thanks for the reminder. I really need to apply this pearl more often in my other life.:)
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 21 Hours Ago  
Sony Camera Division and all EP&S segment moving outward
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 31
Views: 1,062
It is not a spin-off because the financial transaction to remove EP&S from Sony Corporation has not taken place. A spin-off would be to put money (not cash, but appreciating and relatively liquid assets) in the pockets of Sony shareholders who now hold shares of the spin-off. This case is the exact opposite, it is making it easier to sell off EP&S for cash. Usually this is a signal that a buyer has expressed interest, but the transaction is being held up for financial reasons (either party, only Sony and its suitor will know what those reasons are). Another possibility is that this move buys Sony some time to ditch the least attractive parts of EP&S (cellphones?), take the writedown for losses and then try to sell a trimmed down EP&S company for a better price than if it included guaranteed money losers, which are treated as liabilities that a potential buyer would have to take the loss on.

If the photographic equipment market wasn't shrinking, Sony Camera would end up being owned by a manufacturer that saw the Sony product line as a compliment to its existing business. Sony isn't the only camera manufacturer looking to remove an albatross from its collar, which is why I think the final solution will be a combining of Sony Camera with another camera manufacturing entity. Another consideration is that lens manufacturers need camera manufacturers to sustain their business, so this reborn camera company may be more than a simple binary merger. No matter how this plays out, there will be fewer new models of cameras to buy next year, the year after that and probably for another decade after that.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 1 Day Ago  
Sony Camera Division and all EP&S segment moving outward
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 31
Views: 1,062
Saw this coming 5 years ago, when Sony announced a 5 Year Plan.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 3 Days Ago  
Project 52 P52-9-6 Technique: Patterns
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 6
Views: 395
The two entries that I had nothing to do with are both excellent.@noelcmn, I am impressed with the patterns within patterns, outside petals, then the ring of 5 pointed parts, finishing with the radiant pattern in the centre. @Tsukiouji, that is a way of looking at woven fabric in a very different way, your use of highlights and narrow depth of field make the abstract pattern look like a wave. To keep a rotation in who has to judge, I'll pick Tsukiouji.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 4 Days Ago  
New US Supreme Court decision re: copyright and application to State
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 14
Views: 835
Specifically for photographers, less than than you might think. The plaintiff tried to claim damages from the state of North Carolina because the state used the plaintiff's video of a sunken wreck (the rights to access sunken wrecks belong to the state) in the state's online content, which is publicly viewable. The plaintiff filed copyrights for their videos, but anyone can file copyrights, just because it is registered does not give it special rights beyond unregistered copyrights. If another private entity had tried to profit from the plaintiff's videos, it would be subject to normal intellectual property rights, but the state of North Carolina is not a private entity.

The plaintiff had successfully claimed in district court that the Copyright Remedy Clarification Act of 1990, which is a federal U.S. statute, specifically abrogated sovereign state immunity, so the plaintiff could sue the state of North Carolina. A court of appeal had overturned the district court judgement and the U.S. Supreme Court basically said that Congress had no right to take away the constitutional rights of states and referred to its previous decision in Florida Prepaid, which involved a federal patent protection act modelled after the CRCA and passed by the same Congress two years later. The plaintiff also argued that he was being denied due process by the state of North Carolina, I have to admit I don't understand the intricacies of why that does not apply in this case, but anyway, the Supreme Court said the same argument was tried in the Florida Prepaid case and was rejected. I won't bother trying to summarize the opinions of the three Supreme Court judges who did not sign on to the Court's opinion, but they all agreed with the Court's decision, their differences involved fine points of the main opinion.

My opinion is that governments are public entities, for obvious reasons, and public entities are not the same as private entities. In the American political system, the judiciary has the responsibility to protect citizens from legislators who don't think through their decisions, especially when one government is making decisions that are deliberately designed to restrict the powers of another government, when it clearly has no constitutional basis for doing so. If the U.S. Supreme Court decides in two separate decisions that the federal Congress was being a bunch of doorknobs, who am I to argue.

So, as far as I can tell, in the United States of America you can take photographs of public property and you have copyrights for those photographs, but if the government decides to use your photographs for public consumption, you can't sue the government for royalties. If the government was deliberately publishing your photographs so you couldn't make any money from the photographs you take, you might be able to argue that this is denying you due process, but if the government stops picking on you, that would be considered a fair remedy and unless the government decides that you deserve some financial compensation, that is all you are going to get.
Forum: General Talk 5 Days Ago  
What are your thoughts on IPTV
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 13
Views: 284
Technically speaking, what Shaw and Telus offer right now is IPTV; your cable box is connecting to the service provider's private server instead of publicly accessible servers to stream content, but the hardware is doing the same thing in both cases. The costly infrastructure to provide high speed Internet access is one of two main reasons why cable providers won't be going out of business, the other main reason is that content providers rely on subscription fees to pay for the cost of producing fresh content and whoever controls access to the Internet controls access to content. Even if we decide to only access old, already paid for content through Netflix, cable companies will increase the cost of Internet access until there is enough revenue to sustain the investment in new infrastructure.
Forum: General Talk 5 Days Ago  
Social distancing tool
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 16
Views: 691
No links (because of the high probability that the following statements are completely false), but apparently the ancient Pict warriors ran into battle completely naked, covered with chalk to make themselves look like ghosts. When Roman auxiliaries were able to coax these ancient Scots to come out of the forest and fight, hordes of naked, screaming Scotsmen were no match for Roman cavalry. On the other hand, legionaries were extremely reluctant to venture into the dark Caledonian woods, so after 400 years of light skirmishing, the Romans left on their own accord.


The first reference to Scottish Highlanders using bagpipes in anger is the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh, approximately 1400 years after Hadrian's Wall was built. Who knows how world history might have been changed if Scots had been less reticent about keeping their clothes on and started squeezing air bladders to make it sound like the screams of tortured demons in order to frighten the daylights out of their enemies?
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 6 Days Ago  
Project 52 P52-9-6 Technique: Patterns
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 6
Views: 395
Please add some entries to this one!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 6 Days Ago  
Thematic Lonely tree
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 7
Views: 517
I have no idea why this tree isn't thriving, it is fenced off to protect it from grazing cattle and there is lots of water.

Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 03-19-2020, 09:11 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #491 - Isolation
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 18
Views: 821
This cemetery is all that is left of a small town after the railroad was removed.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 03-19-2020, 02:31 PM  
Project 52 P52-9-5 Light Low Key
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 11
Views: 488
I don't mind at all and your take on B&W probably strikes a chord with more people, but my own personal taste runs to "rich" images, lots of details, complex elements and lots of colour. I think it comes from trying to spend as little as possible on film and developing when I started my photography habit.:)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-17-2020, 04:04 PM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 3,255
Views: 526,909
You have my utmost admiration for this, I hate poling with a passion. I know you can hike on the roads to get equipment up the mountain, but that is just way too much work. Point me downhill and I'll eventually get where I'm going.:lol:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-15-2020, 12:41 PM  
Macro Cooped-up because of corona...get creative
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 3
Views: 178
Amazing pictures, what on earth is #1 a photo of?
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-14-2020, 05:42 PM  
Greetings from British Columbia
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 12
Views: 266
Just to throw some more trivia into the pot, the Columbia River, which runs through Portland, Oregon, used to be the international border between the western territories of the United States and Hudson's Bay Company (which was chartered by Charles II of England in 1670) until 1846, when Great Britain made a bunch of unnecessary concessions to the U.S. in the Oregon Treaty. The Oregon Treaty established the boundary between the U.S. and the British territory west of the Great Lakes along the 49th parallel. The source of the Columbia River is still in Canada (Columbia Lake, south of Invermere, B.C., just west of the province of Alberta, on the western side of the Rocky Mountains), but after running north through Golden, B.C., it bends to the south and enters the U.S. just south of the town of Trail, B.C. The Fraser River is some distance north of the Columbia and is entirely within the province of British Columbia.


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Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 03-14-2020, 05:05 PM  
Project 52 P52-9-5 Light Low Key
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 11
Views: 488
This is tough to do, at least for me. Which is, I suppose, the whole idea of this challenge. Taken with SMC A 50 f1.4
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-14-2020, 01:29 PM  
Nature Trying to learn to see the sublime in the mundane
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 6
Views: 229
The forum software reduces the size of images in more than one way, it will downsize it for storage in a gallery, album or attachment and it downsizes it (regardless of where it is stored) to fit within a certain percentage of the browser window, so if you resize your browser (or compare it to how it is displayed in a different window), the display size will change. I haven't tested it, but the forum software probably doesn't use the same quality setting for JPEG compression if it resizes it, either. If I keep the maximum vertical resolution to 1024 pixels and horizontal to 1280 pixels, the forum software will store it in an album or attachment at that resolution, but will resize it for display regardless. If I'm not submitting a photo for a challenge or contest (or just for visual information that doesn't care about the quality of the image), I'll insert a link to my free Flickr account instead. Images look better here than on Facebook or Instagram, but you lose so much when an image is downsized below 1000 pixels in any dimension.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 03-14-2020, 01:04 PM  
K30 works with one lens but not the other
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 36
Views: 988
You make a good point that knowing the version of this lens can help in eliminating possible causes, but I would suggest the OP not assume that this is correct: 92 months after getting my K-30, I've never had an aperture block failure. At this point, with only the information that the OP has provided, it is at least as likely to be a problem with the 18-55 lens itself or the electrical connection between the 18-55 lens and the camera. I have found that my K-30 will sometimes stop responding if it doesn't recognize the lens after the first unsuccessful attempt to mount it. Certainly confirm the version of the 55-300 lens first, but even if the OP has the PLM version and the camera has the modified K-50 firmware installed, the 18-55 lens could still be the problem.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 03-14-2020, 12:29 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #490 - Birds
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 21
Views: 788
I seem to be having problems submitting posts, so my apologies if this photo has already been posted, I can't see it. My photos of individual birds are ugly ducklings compared to the other entries, so I'm going for quantity over quality. Chaplin and Reed Lakes are part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network; there are public viewing stands within 150 meters of the divided Trans-Canada Highway. I'm not a birder, so the only species I can identify are the Trumpeter Swans. Photo taken with manual focus SMC A 70-210 f4, probably around 150mm focal length.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-12-2020, 06:47 PM  
NAB 2020 is cancelled
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 30
Views: 1,007
If only the Italian government had kept its octogenarians out of football stadiums. As high as the number of cases in South Korea is, the mortality rate is only about 1% (it is under 1% in Canada, but with 117 cases, that isn't statistically significant). India and Africa are COVID-19 deserts, yet the mortality rate in the U.S. is about 3% (although it is looking like it should be added to the list of under-reporters). The province of Alberta (population 4.3 million) conducted 1000 COVID-19 tests on March 10th alone, in the U.S. (population 330 million) CDC and public health labs managed 11,000 tests from January 18 to March 9. The only thing worse than bad statistics are government decisions based on bad statistics.
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