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Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 9 Hours Ago  
200mm Telephoto lens recommendation for Pentax K1 (Mark1)
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 62
Views: 2,676
Don't get me wrong. I love AF... But give me a good focus screen and I can tweak focus on most MF lens as fast as AF on moving subjects. And the common trick for film photographers (even those with motor drives) was to predict where the subject would be, focus there and wait. The K-1 has one (okay more than one) big advantage over film for action photography. I can set the shutter speed for the desired blur (or not) and aperture for adequate depth of field for my pre-selected focus and just let the camera pick an appropriate ISO for the needed EV.

Bottom line, don't knock a good 200mm lens just because it is MF.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 9 Hours Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 89,609
Views: 3,743,163
Nope. I was always on the backside of the viewfinder. A couple of my wife's cousins were there with me, picked them up in the crowd in a couple shots and my lens didn't crack.

For what it is worth. The old Duluth depot is also a train museum. There is a static display of a steam locomotive almost as big as Big Boy (if you removed the oil & water tenders from Big Boy) that once served the iron mines in northern Minnesota. Like Big Boy, it had to be articulated to manage standard curves in the track.

If you get a chance to see Big Boy, don't miss it . I suspect the biggest container ships might be able to move as much/more raw tonnage. But rail's capabilities are amazing.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 20 Hours Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 89,609
Views: 3,743,163
Did a bunch of people just acquire Pentax cameras? Wow, we should all buy Ricoh stock? Welcome aboard folks! Something for everyone .... down the hall are the threads for people who get too hung up on pixels. Feel free to visit, good stuff. The people in this group are all (I think) photographers. Some of us [not necessarily me] are really, really good at it. But at the end of the day there are more important things than shutter speeds, f/stops, and number of pixels in focus. Like bacon. And squirrels (may Otis RIP).

Stop back when you are interested in another topic (almost any other topic) and want some adult (okay, sometimes juvenile) conversation with people who are literally banging keys from all around the world. We poke fun at each other - never take it seriously. If you do our moderator Parallax will make you eat boiled ribs until you calm down.

---------- Post added 06-17-21 at 10:09 PM ----------



By the way, even static, this locomotive had steam ... probably takes too long to heat the cold boiler. The next morning our group watched about 200 safety minders guard the rail as Big Boy backed up to the siding where the rest of the cars and diesel/electric locomotives where sitting. Diesel locomotives? They were NOT helping Big Boy pull the train. Union Pacific had two along sort of like the dingy on a yacht if Big Boy broke down. Big Boy was TOWING them as dead weight along with the rest of the train. Amazing to watch Big Boy ride off to its next stop.

Bob- forget trying to photograph Big Boy as a whole. The detail is MUCH more interesting anyhow.

---------- Post added 06-17-21 at 10:09 PM ----------



By the way, even static, this locomotive had steam ... probably takes too long to heat the cold boiler. The next morning our group watched about 200 safety minders guard the rail as Big Boy backed up to the siding where the rest of the cars and diesel/electric locomotives where sitting. Diesel locomotives? They were NOT helping Big Boy pull the train. Union Pacific had two along sort of like the dingy on a yacht if Big Boy broke down. Big Boy was TOWING them as dead weight along with the rest of the train. Amazing to watch Big Boy ride off to its next stop.

Bob- forget trying to photograph Big Boy as a whole. The detail is MUCH more interesting anyhow.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 20 Hours Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 89,609
Views: 3,743,163
Using my K-3 even with a Sigma 10-20 DC at the wide end, it was darn near impossible to get the locomotive, oil tender and water cars into one frame (the minimum required to even move this beast). So I gave up and shot pieces with my DA 18-135. Union Pacific Big Boy - Duluth, Minnesota 2019
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 20 Hours Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 32,158
Views: 3,049,873
Celebrated 42 years yesterday. Yep yellow roses at our wedding. DA 35 & DFA 50 macro. (I think I am using my DA 35 more on my K-1 [FF mode] than on my K-3.)
Our go to restaurant for our anniversary dinner is in Copper Harbor Michigan - not counting Isle Royale National Park, it is the northern most point in the State of Michigan. It is too far at water level to see the Canadian side of the Lake. We made a few stops including one roadside park. DFA 28-105 ... look closely out in the water. that is a 1000 ft, / 300M ore carrier on its way to the western shore of Lake Superior. The Lake is roughly 900 ft / 270M deep out there.
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 4 Days Ago  
Unsharp image when on tripod.
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 26
Views: 1,160
I don't know if OP has the K-1 or K-1ii. I have the K-1:

So far as I know, none of the Pentax cameras auto-detect use of a tripod, but in all cases it is recommended that Shake Reduction be manually turned off when using a tripod. You have a couple options for configuring your K-1 to toggle this from buttons on the left side of the mirror box.

Further:
K-1 manual, page 56
The [Shake Reduction] of the 4 menu is automatically set to [OFF] when the drive mode is set to [Self-timer], [Remote Control], or [Mirror Lock-up Shooting]. If you do not want to turn off the Shake Reduction function, set in [21 Auto SR Off] of the C3 menu.

The K-1 manual also says that Horizon Correction is limited to 2 degrees with SR off and 1 degree with SR on.
Forum: General Talk 5 Days Ago  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 22,778
Views: 1,680,518
Mythbusters devoted a segment that showed that there was no significant gas mileage difference between rolling the windows down versus running the air conditioner. For cars of this century, my ears physically hurt when you open car windows at highway speed due to the sound pressure.

I paid extra for OEM window vents on our 2020 Subaru Ascent (plastic hoods at the top of the windows). My goal was to crack the windows when parked without fear of rain blowing in. While still noisier than closed windows when driving, I find I can tolerate it provided the top edge of the window is above the bottom edge of the hood.

Wish we could see a return to the hinged vents common on vehicles from before the 80's. On the other hand, those vents made it really easy to break into cars with no sign of damage.

---------- Post added 06-13-21 at 05:24 PM ----------



I have both one and two camera body OpTech USA cross body sling straps. The length of the strap is easily adjustable while wearing the strap. And the connectors use the D-rings rather than the tripod mounting point like others. I keep a tripod quick mount plate on the camera. I often use a monopod in the field and these two features of the OpTech strap make for extremely fast camera access both with and without the monopod.
Forum: General Talk 6 Days Ago  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 22,778
Views: 1,680,518
Yes they can be immersed. Back in the 80's I was the 1st line of defense for PC repairs, and often the last line. I had a co-worker dump almost an entire cup of coffee into his IBM keyboard - worse he heavily polluted his coffee with sugar and creamer (I drink mine black if you can't guess). Fortunately I was nearby and popped that keyboard off the PC before anything could short. All staff had been previously warned that drinks should not be placed adjacent to or in this case, above office equipment.

Ran over to a local electronics supply store and purchase a container of liquid (not spray) electronics part cleaner. Using the office janitor's closet with its utility sink, I thoroughly washed the keyboard with water and a small amount of dish detergent. flushed it well and let it drain as well as possible, but not dry. I then liberally doused the keyboard with the the cleaner (which is plastic safe by the way) to flush all the usual electrolytic contaminants found in tap water off the circuits.

Luckily it was a Friday and the office was not open on weekends. The keyboard was pretty potent and needed to air. My co-worker complained his keyboard still had a chemical odor for the following week, but nobody gave him any sympathy. So far as I know that keyboard was still in use when I left that job a couple years later - but that co-worker swapped it out at first chance when another co-worker left employment!

---------- Post added 06-12-21 at 09:09 AM ----------



IMO, yes and no. The keyboard was meant to emulate the feel of the IBM Selectric typewriter, which was fairly pervasive in many corporate offices. But the bigger reason is many corporate offices had IBM service contracts and overall IBM service was reasonably quick and reliable. Management thought the same would be true for PCs. Turns out that while also electronic, typewriter repair staff weren't all that sharp at PC repairs. I knew as much or more than the IBM people, which at the time wasn't saying a lot. But as they say, the die was cast and IBM branded PCs found their way into a lot more offices. It just so happened that Microsoft was along for the ride.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 6 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 89,609
Views: 3,743,163
I have a friend who is a retired mining engineer who will happily point out the biggest cargo movers in the world have been electric for a long time. And before that, they were steam.

Duluth, Minnesota July 21, 2019 (Big Boy was on the adjacent track - have some great photos, but no way no how was I getting the entire engine plus water cars in one image - besides it was stationary at the time)
Duluth & Northeastern R.R. #332
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 06-11-2021, 05:15 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 89,609
Views: 3,743,163
You are of course correct. I must have let the Texas influence addle my spelling. That's my story and I'm sticking with it. Yee Haw! [don't bother looking that one up in your Funk & Wagnall's either!]
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 06-10-2021, 05:13 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 89,609
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That must be Canadian spelling. :lol: The current spelling is Uffta! And about as translatable as the Yiddish Oy Vey!
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 06-10-2021, 07:18 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 89,609
Views: 3,743,163
Texans deliberately mispronounce words - especially place and road names. I've figured out that is how they know whether or not you were born in Texas.

---------- Post added 06-10-21 at 10:20 AM ----------



And then there is everyone's favorite European car - the Yugo.
Forum: General Talk 06-10-2021, 04:27 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 22,778
Views: 1,680,518
Most HDMI switches are multiple input > single output - exactly as you describe yours. They DO make switches with single input > multiple output and yes they are more expensive. The primary purpose of such devices is to have multiple displays for group meetings and the like. The downside is all outputs must have the same signal capability and typically you will lose CEC (consumer electronics control) capabilities. I never really tried, but wouldn't be surprised if a DVD or bluray player refused to play a commercial recording (for example, a studio released movie) through such a switch to multiple devices.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-09-2021, 10:58 AM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 3,994
Views: 628,910
Toward Porcupine Mountains State Park. I didn't recall a lighthouse in that location. Thanks!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-09-2021, 10:04 AM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 3,994
Views: 628,910
As a Yooper, I have to ask - where in the Upper Peninsula was the photo taken? If I had to guess, Lake Michigan off US-2 looking west?
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 06-08-2021, 05:47 PM  
The joy of Pentax and the K1ii
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 22
Views: 1,237
A couple years ago I attended our niece's wedding. I tried to stay out of the hired pro and his assistants' way, taking ad-hoc 'filler' shots. After all, the hired gun can't be everywhere. I used my K-3, grip, 540 flash and a few lenses, but mostly the 18-135. The pro didn't give a damn about the phones, tablets and P&S cameras but I kept getting the stink eye, even when just standing well off to the side. He and his team weren't shooting with Pentax gear, but he obviously recognized something pro-level and wasn't happy to have ANY competition.

I wonder what he would have thought of my K-1 kit. And while I wouldn't have wished for rain at my niece's wedding, would have loved to see his face if I were shooting in the wet telling the (hopefully sheltered) wedding party my gear was weatherproof.
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 06-06-2021, 06:08 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 32,158
Views: 3,049,873
End of day at the family summer cottage on Lake Superior - looking west and looking south.
Sigma 70-300 for sunset and Plastic Phantastic DA 35 - 2.4 for the clouds (First use on my K-1 ... some minor vignetting using a hood - live and learn, but IMO not too distracting)
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 06-05-2021, 05:40 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By JimJohnson
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Views: 3,743,163
Glock 42 .380ACP
I'm fully licensed for concealed carry. But - I don't carry in normal situations. I acquired my handgun prior to losing our old golden retriever. We live in a rural area with black bears (not too worried there), coyotes, gray wolves and the occasional cougar. It would be a rather unusual and interesting day for any of those critters to charge an adult human who knows better than to pursue or corner one, but an old dog? Michigan law says open carry (no license required) means the handgun may be in a holster, but the entire holster and the gun grips must be visible. No insult to our northern neighbors, but wearing the holster over my jacket Mounty style isn't my style for a walk in the fields and woods.

So I followed Michigan's process to acquire my concealed pistol permit. My license is recognized in 48 States, so I also can safely ignore the Federal Firearm Transportation regulations and have both the gun and ammunition in the same field bag in my car on my way to the practice range.

We lost our old golden to old age. But we got another one. He is now almost two years old and somedays I wonder if he actually has a brain (goldens are known to mature slowly). I ALWAYS walk him on a leash while we winter in rural Texas. I can draw fast enough for a coyote, but he would be dead from a rattlesnake before my brain thought Holy S---!

---------- Post added 06-05-21 at 09:02 PM ----------

A follow-on cute story... One of my wife's cousins (generation older than us) was a Minnesota State Trooper who was on the competitive shooting team. He taught me how to shoot with a handgun.

Part of the process in obtaining a Michigan Concealed Pistol Permit is demonstrating you actually know how to shoot a pistol. The instructor had a mini-range in his backyard (as mentioned, this is a rural area). He used 3 picnic paper plates at 21 feet (not quite 7 meters) and students took turns demonstrating their ability to hit the series of paper plates in several shooting poses. Most of my fellow students were former military, including my son who had his expert marksman badge (including the 9mm Beretta) and was frequently a range master. I was the old fart in the group and went last. We used the instructors very nicely balanced .22 target gun.

I watched my fellow students trying way too hard to aim this pistol at paper plates I could have hit with a pea shooter. As a result they missed way too often. You didn't have to make a bullseye, just hit the darned plate. I stepped up relaxed and casually aimed getting a feel for the balance and trigger pressure. One shot. Nice. Minimal kick. The next 9 shots I pointed, let the gun kick up and as it fell back with the plate in the sights I just had to increase trigger pressure slightly. Maybe 12 seconds and I was done. Groupings inside the 7-8 ring if there had been any.

With the empty clip, I turned back to look at the other students and saw a bunch of dropped jaws. "I may have had a little more practice than you young fellows." The instructor tried not to laugh.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 06-05-2021, 06:37 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 89,609
Views: 3,743,163
I am retired, but did a lot of business travel by commercial air over the years. I only took essential items with me on such trips, and if essential I did not trust checking bags and hoping they made it to the same destination at the same time. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) frowned on any edge with a point in carry-on bags. Such blister packs were a bane to my travel. I did finally figure out that children's short rounded nose scissors were permissible. On one trip I stopped at an office supply store and purchased a pair. After paying the clerk, I asked to borrow a pair of scissors. The clerk looked down at the scissors in my hand, and looked at me like I was crazy. I pointed out that I had no means of opening the bloody blister pack. After the little lightbulb went on over her head, she loaned me the counter pair of scissors.

For the record, the edge on those Frisker children's scissors or the point on my ball point pen could do just as much damage to flesh as the pocket knife I usually carry when not travelling by air...
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 06-01-2021, 08:06 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 89,609
Views: 3,743,163
By now you've made it. Oops, sorry - you are on Central Daylight Time ... you have longer to wait. :lol:
Forum: General Talk 05-30-2021, 05:20 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 22,778
Views: 1,680,518
So I'm not the only crazy person (according to my spouse). To record a fireworks display, I stacked a JVC video camera to the hot shoe of my (then) K-30. I put the duo on a tripod on the hood of the car and brought a wired release for the K-30 into the car. There were huge swarms of hungry mosquitoes that evening. We sat insect-free inside and enjoyed the show with both video and still images to show others.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 05-29-2021, 07:08 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 89,609
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...and then there is the information display in nearly all new vehicles. I'm not talking about speed and engine management gauges, I'm talking about which song is playing on the radio/etc., GPS map displays, weather forecasts, and on and on. I am sure it is typical, but my Subaru tells me (in writing) each time I start the engine that I shouldn't allow myself to be distracted

I DO have my phone tethered to my car. If my spouse is in the car, she can decide whether or not to take the call. Depending on road conditions, I MAY take the call (totally voice controlled). But my response to anything other than a couple short sentence update will likely be "let you call you back", or "hang-on until I can pull off the road". While driving, my wife in the passenger's seat knows better than to start any deep discussion. I'm busy.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 05-28-2021, 06:30 AM  
K-3 date adjustment and lens profile issues
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 10
Views: 501
Agreed. There is a thread in the Forum on just this topic. Bottom line is to keep a battery in your camera and periodically check the charge. It seems the internal battery has a long shelf-life when not used, but will drain if the camera is left without another power source for a long period.

While it likely won't work with this problem, many camera issues are resolved by inserting a fresh battery and doing a factory reset. What have you got to lose trying that?
Forum: General Talk 05-28-2021, 06:15 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 22,778
Views: 1,680,518
We bought an older very small fully self-contained travel trailer a year ago. While our tow vehicle has a factory back-up camera, it is not centered over the hitch. Just like shooting with a rangefinder camera, you have to account for the parallax - sometimes you win and sometimes you don't. As for the travel trailer; it is small enough that most times I don't need an eye behind it. However, when I do and a spotter either isn't available or reliable, I figured out an interesting way to see behind the trailer.

I have a small wi-fi router that can run off a 12vdc > 120vac inverter inside the trailer. While I also have a cellular modem, it isn't needed for this purpose; just the local wi-fi network. I have my wife's older Android cellphone (no cellular connection) and a strong vacuum mount for that phone. There is an Android app 'ScreenStream' (guessing that iOS might have something similar) that will send whatever the phone's camera sees to another Android phone on the same local network running the same app. I just suction mount the old phone to the back wall of the trailer such that I can just see the width of the trailer's bumper and beyond. And my phone is on the tow vehicle dashboard. Pouring rain might be an issue for the outside phone, but a plastic sandwich bag with a hole for the camera works fine for lighter weather. The vacuum mount works well, but there is always some fiddling to aim the camera. One of these days I will create a permanent magnetic mount on the trailer so all I have to do is stick the phone to the mount and start the camera app. BTW, "ScreenStream" shows whatever is on the sending phone's screen; it just so happens that what I use is the phone's video camera. My total additional investment so far is less than US$15.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 05-27-2021, 07:12 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By JimJohnson
Replies: 89,609
Views: 3,743,163
Crows are pretty smart animals. Many understand a concept of trade. Our daughter would regularly find some kind of small item in her vegetable garden she had no idea from where it came. She started noticing the item was often next to a spot where some critter had raided her garden. She finally figured out the raider was a crow who 'paid' for his take with a small item the bird had picked up somewhere else.
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