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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 4 Days Ago  
Yes, I have flagship, but shooting in jpg is fine for now (for me)
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 59
Views: 1,690
I haven't shot jpg in years, all my stuff is raw. But that's my decision, and your choice to shoot jpg is yours. Knock yourself out, enjoy your new camera and the images you make! :D:D:D




(and if you tire of the camera I'll take it off your hands...;))
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 4 Days Ago  
The "Things I'd like to have on any digital camera" thread
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 54
Views: 1,669
An airbag for the camera, yes. Don’t need one for the bozo. ;)
Forum: General Talk 05-12-2022, 02:21 PM  
"And you've got to think, I've got to have done something wrong."
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 4
Views: 306
Yep, but this viewer is in the UK. :(
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 05-12-2022, 02:17 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By StiffLegged
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Is this any more convincing?
“I had been shopping for plants all day and was on my way home. As I reached an intersection a hedge sprang up obscuring my vision and I did not see the other car.”

or this old favourite:–
I saw a slow moving, sad faced old gentleman as he bounced off the roof of my car.”
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-12-2022, 05:17 AM  
What is "One Stop"?
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 68
Views: 2,855
Back in the mists of time, before many of us were even a twinkle in our grandparents’ eyes, someone came up with the variable aperture for a lens so these gentleman photographers weren’t limited to the f/8.3 maximum aperture of their Dallmeyer Double Anastigmatic glassware. In order to predict how many hours an exposure should be increased when using a smaller aperture, the control had a calibration scale which soon acquired click stops so you might accurately set these reduced apertures. The term “f stop” arose from these matters, or so it has always seemed to me. One click would usually halve (or double) the exposure although some manufacturers gave an option of half stops.

Later, the introduction of shutter mechanisms to accurately time exposures less than a second led to shutter speeds also being calibrated to give the photographer predictable exposures. Since f stops doubled (or halved) the exposure from one click to the next, it was practical to do the same with shutter speeds. Photographers soon grew to regard changing shutter speed by one click as increasing or decreasing exposure by “one stop” just as they did with aperture settings.

Electronics and finally digital gave us half or third stop variations in both shutter speed or aperture as well as sensitivity of the sensor. Halving the ISO is equivalent to halving the exposure (if nothing else changes).


Some things just need to be remembered.
Forum: General Talk 05-08-2022, 12:32 AM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 4,902
Views: 422,413
Gesundheit!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-08-2022, 12:22 AM  
Having trouble opening RAW images from KP in older PS (CS2)
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 12
Views: 620
I used to use Photoshop CS2 with my K7, but I shot raw files as .DNG. These aren’t pixel-shifted images, are they?
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 05-07-2022, 01:14 PM  
The "Things I'd like to have on any digital camera" thread
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 54
Views: 1,669
I'd like an automatic Rule-Of-Thirds composition checker which would warn the photographer when the photo just taken doesn't conform. Then I could laugh like a drain and just keep my own composition anyway. :lol:
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 05-07-2022, 01:07 PM  
35mm film SLR revival wish
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 90
Views: 2,392
Top of my list would be the Pentax MX, a small and fully capable film SLR with the capabilities of the KX but that really compact body wrapped around a fabulous viewfinder. (yes, I've had one since forever) :cool:

But would it succeed? Nope. I hate to think what it would cost now and although film is enjoying a revival it's a really small niche within a shrinking niche. Sorry. :(


I hope you have a great class, film is where it all started for me!
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 05-05-2022, 11:12 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 96,764
Views: 4,295,023
Some mothers do ‘ave ‘em - two for the price of one …..

Forum: General Talk 05-05-2022, 01:32 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 4,902
Views: 422,413
I tried to think where I've heard these before, but I'm sorry I haven't a clue. :(

My favourite:– Monsieur et Madame Isthesoundofaracingcar and their son Pierre... ;)
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-04-2022, 11:27 PM  
Pentax 645z - worth 'nothing' on used market?
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 72
Views: 4,667
If you want to know how much a particular item might sell for on eBay, search for it using a “Sold items” search filter. That will also give an idea how many have sold recently.

Don’t take a list of others merely offered for sale as your guide - many of these will never sell, like the Rolex watches at $12345….. ;)
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-04-2022, 11:40 AM  
LBA and the law of diminishing returns
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 102
Views: 5,001
Printed on a joiner/carpenter's invoices (back in the day) was the following:–
Forum: General Talk 05-03-2022, 02:08 PM  
Whoes face do these eyes belong to?
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 29
Views: 633
Well ah ain't no bot but ah jes' haven't a clue. Gotta google the gal...
...
...
...

... nope, didn't help. Sorta basic ball player and we jest plain don't play ball hereabouts, nosirreee. :confused:
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 05-02-2022, 04:55 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 96,764
Views: 4,295,023
The truth is out there. Waaaaaaay out there.

Only downside to life deep in the rabbit hole is ya keep bashin’ ya head and steppin’ in rabbit poop. Ah hates when that happens. :mad:
Forum: General Talk 05-01-2022, 12:19 AM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 4,902
Views: 422,413
There was a guy who said he wouldn’t join any club that would have him as a member? :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 04-30-2022, 11:16 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 96,764
Views: 4,295,023
There’s also Burt Munro, another Kiwi, who set the under-1000cc motorbike land speed record when aged 68. This record still stands! Anthony Hopkins made a great film about Munro, titled The World’s Fastest Indian.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burt_Munro
Forum: General Photography 04-30-2022, 01:11 AM  
Does the "perfect" shot matter anymore
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 76
Views: 2,269
I shot B&W and processed my own prints, so yes, I spent the time needed to get the results wanted. That’s what was such fun about it! Whatever results I had were only from the effort put in.

Nowadays I shoot digital and run the images that seem successful through post processing to get what I want: since I don’t simply accept the camera’s opinion of my image, there might be quite a bit of processing involved or there may be almost none. So I never compare an original with a processed version because I haven’t got some “original” to compare it to, only a generic preview.

I hope everyone’s stocks of popcorn are holding up! :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 04-30-2022, 12:45 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 96,764
Views: 4,295,023
T’missus met a paramedic we used to know who told her he was the first healthcare worker to catch Covid in his area, two years ago, and thought he was dying for real but did recover and went back to work. His phone was constantly going off with colleagues asking for symptom info while dealing with other cases. They saw so many cases they got to recognise which cases were probably going to hospital to die and which were probably going to recover after hospitalisation. Grim job.

He said it’s completely different now with both the new variants (which are less lethal) and the new treatments such as those foul-tasting antivirals, so chin up old chap, it could be a lot worse!

Oh, and another friend went right off tea for a month, but is making real progress….!
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 04-29-2022, 02:47 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 96,764
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I thought Covid played merry havoc with your sense of taste? Glad to see your gubmint is dishing out antivirals (that’s what they are, eh?) Hope you’re feeling better soon, the prospects are so much better than two years ago. :)
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 04-29-2022, 02:41 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 96,764
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It might be interesting to compare soccer-hosting place names with other mangled names. Cholmondeley for one, also Beauchamp. Be glad your surname isn’t Featherstonehaugh! Which variety of satnav is it anyway that can’t pronounce Swindon??? :p
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 04-28-2022, 11:00 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 96,764
Views: 4,295,023
Last week we went to another star of satnav mangling to see the Galloway Hoard exhibition, a collection of silver and some gold dug up from a field 8 years ago. The BBC also has problems pronouncing Kirkcudbright. :lol:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-28-2022, 10:46 AM  
RAW: What is it Good For? Absolutely nothing..? Hmm yeah, say it again
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 155
Views: 7,066
There is something missing – Developer Studio 3 (Silkypix) LE is by today's standards a very basic editor. In fact looking at the manual for the latest version 8 it's still a very basic editor. The only editing it can do which affects part of the photo instead of the whole thing is dust spot removal: all the other tools are global. Want to warm up the shadows without turning the rest orange/yellow? Nope. Want to darken the sky without also darkening skin tones? Nuh-uh. Want to lighten only the subject to better stand out from the background? F'geddabahdit.


This is the other weakness of Silkypix I can see – by default it saves your edited photo as JPG. Yes, TIFF is an option but you've just said you don't use it, so you're not even keeping all the data in an edited version of the raw file. As others have said, JPG are 8 bits per channel, TIFF are 16-bit, so the risk of banding in an edited photo is higher. If you send your photos off for printing, a decent print company is quite capable of handling these "incredibly big" files, thus reducing the banding risk.

Of course some RAW editing programs offer more than others, most offer "local" adjustments. That means you can selectively lighten, or darken, or alter contrast, or colour balance, or sharpen, or remove irritating details instead of just being limited to changing the whole photo at one time.

I'm not going to recommend which RAW editor to use because my editor is old (although very capable), but there are many, and the members will soon recommend their own favourites.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 04-27-2022, 11:19 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 96,764
Views: 4,295,023
Would that be the Rover P6 series Tim? The Gordon Keeble was built in the 60s so now you know where Leyland took their styling cues from! :cool:

Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 04-27-2022, 12:39 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 96,764
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This rang a bell in the dustier corners of the old onion and I'm sure there is no actual connection other than they're both cars, but this rarity was owned and driven by a local man when I was growing up:–




(this isn't the actual one)

The Gordon Keeble GT: designed by Guigaro at Bertone. Chevrolet 5.4 litre V8 and disc brakes all round. Fibreglass body so it doesn't get acne. The owner was a local character, so the car was appropriate to the man.
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