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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11 Hours Ago  
How do you know before you buy?
Posted By jeallen01
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FWIW w.r.t. the need to use an SLR/DSLR whilst still wearing glasses - and going back nearly 20 years! - I tried the early film MZ-series bodies and concluded that if the viewfinder won't let me see the whole frame then it was of no use to me! Thus I bought an MZ-5N and not an MZ30 (etc.) - and the same was true w.r.t. the early Pentax DSLR bodies, and so the first one I bought was the Samsung clone (GX10) of the K10D. And that approach is still true.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 5,527
Views: 712,844
OK, roughly the same underpinning range of VAG (so not simply "VW"!) chassis' and drivetrains - but with its own (and much better!) "takes" on body & interior designs, and delivering "more bang for your buck" than VW itself. From a pretty happy 2007 year Skoda Octavia II estate/"wagon" owner :D
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-05-2019, 01:52 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 5,527
Views: 712,844
Not sure if anyone has posted this before (and apologies if someone has) but the current week's UK Amateur Photographer mag has a feature on Isabella Smith, from Collierville in Tennesse, who won the Young Travel Photographer of 2018 competition, and her dream assignment would be for National Geographic! Good on her!! :D

She uses a K-S2 with 50-200mm, 50mm and 18-50mm WR Pentax lenses :D (although she said that she occasionally uses her mother's EOS 7D :(), !!
Forum: General Talk 05-30-2019, 10:17 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 16,421
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A "new" (3yrs old) PC for sat stuff and other experiments: - HP ElliteDesk 800 G2 = good iCore I5-6500 quad core processor, 8GB RAM,500GB HDD, 4x expansion slots, lots of USB3 ports, Win 10 Pro (+ wired k/b & mouse) for £170 delivered (but a 4GB upgrade to 8GB of RAM cost an extra £20) with 60 day warrantee.

Very clean and (at least by my standards) very quick even without an SSD, and so I'm very pleased with it and almost tempted to buy another one to take over as the main PC - but holding off on that I have spent an awful lot on other things over the last few days!

Only "fly in the ointment" was the totally ABYSMAL delivery performance from DPD, the courier service - it should have been here last Friday, but it "got stuck" several times and only arrived on Tuesday!
Forum: General Talk 05-21-2019, 12:51 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 16,421
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The outside diameter (o/d) of the lens body just in front of the metal mount is 66mm (measured with a digital micrometer) and the internal diameter of the rings I have is (as stated in the previously-linked listing!!) 60mm (the o/d is 66mm) and they fit very snugly against the body. Rings smaller than that would be a pain to fit.

Wouldn't want to use silicone rubber because that is more "slippery" and so would be harder to fit to the lens and would fly off "somewhere" much more easily when the lens is removed from the body,

Anyway, this is a sort of experiment to see if the idea works, and I won't know that until I start shooting in the rain - but don't do that very often :D
Forum: General Talk 05-18-2019, 10:34 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 16,421
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5x 60mm I/D rubber "O" rings in the hope that they might fit snugly around the K/KA-to-body mounting area when the lens is fitted to the body in order to improve water/"weather" ingress (especially for non-WR/AW lenses like my Sigmas) - and they actually do seem to do that quite nicely. :D

Only downside noted so far is that they fall off when you dismount the lens from the body, and so will probably get lost easily! Good job, then, I bought 5 of them from here for the princely sum of 99p - delivered from China! - if anyone is interested!
Forum: General Photography 05-17-2019, 06:06 AM  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 431
Views: 19,037
Another example (and one I have come across quite often): referring to something electrical that has gone wrong and stopped as having a "short circuit" because they have no idea what the fault is, and probably even what the term "short circuit" actually means!
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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-11-2019, 02:13 PM  
Another newer Windows 7 "Warning" - Will officially become unsupported January 2020.
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 58
Views: 2,111
W10 update 1809 just "slaughtered" my ACER N4620G!

Whilst it worked OK on the main laptop and the very old ACER X275, it took an age to install on the N4020G which is a weird nettop - roughly an ICore 3 laptop m/b in an extremely small desktop enclosure - and now hangs the m/c at the Boot spash screen!

Think it's probably to do with the odd HDD/SDD configuration - the original 500GB HDD and a recently fitted 1/2 physical size "weird" (again!) SDD installed in an unusual type of expansion slot - then the UEFI "Intelligent (maybe!) Boot" decides to boot from that as opposed to the HDD (don't ask me why - I don't understand!). Probably going to have to remove the SDD and hope it reboots from the HDD!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-09-2019, 11:44 AM  
Another newer Windows 7 "Warning" - Will officially become unsupported January 2020.
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 58
Views: 2,111
I used Revo Uninstaller for many years - but, recently, I found the IObit "version" much easier to understand, and far more selective and definitely more effective - and so I'm happy to live with the "nags and offers" in return.:D

---------- Post added 05-09-19 at 07:59 PM ----------

BTW: I have totally failed to update my old ASUS 1225B from W7 Home to W10 Home for the THIRD time - after several hours the update seemed to be about 98% complete, but then the screen flicked and it rebooted. Did that again and then got a "failed update" message!

Then it rebooted and gradually reinstalled W7 Home and, amazing, totally "as was" before the "update" was attempted, and everything still works - unlike the after the first 2 attempts 18 months ago when I had to virtually rebuild the whole W7 installation from scratch twice ( a very unpleasant and time-consuming experience). Therefore, MS seems to have substantially refined and improved the post-update failure reinstallation of the old OS process.

OTOH, I am now getting repeated Windows Update messages that the update had failed and I need to try again - how the hell do I stop those?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-08-2019, 09:32 AM  
AW vs WR
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 38
Views: 1,416
I really hope that you don't actually mean "greater" tolerances because that means wider tolerance limits!! You should have said "tighter" tolerances!;)
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-03-2019, 04:49 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 68,135
Views: 2,379,672
That's the problem with most of the garages here - but was taken into account when then-nextdoor neighbour and I had a custom-designed adjoining pair put up around 1991.

Mine is 22ft long and about 13ft wide and has racks & benches along each long wall, but can still take a decent-sized car inside (my Octy II Estate) with one door sufficiently open to get out/in! :)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-02-2019, 12:58 AM  
Another newer Windows 7 "Warning" - Will officially become unsupported January 2020.
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 58
Views: 2,111
Well, for example, there was a whole load of X-box stuff (I don't have an X-box & have no intention of getting one!), games, unneccessary add-ons from the installation of a Canon printer, and so on, which I didn't want.

I uninstalled all that lot, and much more, and that resulted in absolutely no misbehaviour of anything left behind, and it also reduced the memory requirements as indicated by Task Manager. All-in-all, a very worthwhile exercise!

BTW:
1) Running W10 on a m/c with "only" 4GB of RAM seems right "on the edge" of slowing it down a lot - 8GB is much better
2) IObit may prompt you to install "Driver Booster" which claims to update all your drivers - I would NOT install that as it caused a major issue with the AMD graphics drivers on my AMD-based laptop and it took me sometime to sort that out!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-26-2019, 02:12 PM  
Serif Affinity Photo - Half price - works in UK, but in the US?
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 5
Views: 544
Taking the current £-> € exchange rate into account, that's about the same as the deal in the UK.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-26-2019, 12:03 PM  
Serif Affinity Photo - Half price - works in UK, but in the US?
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 5
Views: 544
Good, I guessed there'd be a deal like that "somewhere" :D
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-26-2019, 10:19 AM  
Serif Affinity Photo - Half price - works in UK, but in the US?
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 5
Views: 544
Good afternoon

Don't know whether this will work in the US, but, anyway!

Logged into the ePhotozine site ePHOTOzine this moning, and saw this offer of the Serif “Affinity Photo” image processing s/w for UK £23.99 for Windows or MacOS with the 50% discount offer.

File Not Found...

You need to join ePhotozine first, but that’s free!
Forum: General Photography 04-26-2019, 01:36 AM  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 431
Views: 19,037
I'm personally not surprised because the BIN price is £520 - meaning that the Reserve is probably around £300-400, and whilst there is a good selection of lenses, none of them seem to be "to die for" types (except, possibly, the 28-90??) and most of them are definitely in the "very average" class.
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I think the seller would have better luck selling the items separately
Forum: Pentax K-70 04-25-2019, 12:22 PM  
is it possible to fit a hand strap to the K-70?
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 12
Views: 609
I have Zing Action Straps on 3 bodies (and a knockoff on the other body!).

UNFORTUNATELY, the Zing brand now appears to be part of the Tiffen Group, and they have discontinued that strap! I got the very last one in stock (in NY) a few months ago - and very glad I am too because they are very comfortable and long lasting!

OTOH, I have quite large hands and can only just tighten them enough to "fit" me (especially on the K-30 & K-70) - people with smaller hands would probably find them quite loose.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-19-2019, 12:33 PM  
Another newer Windows 7 "Warning" - Will officially become unsupported January 2020.
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 58
Views: 2,111
To those who hate a lot of the useless garbage (I daren't use a more "descriptive" term for fear of being given another "ticking off" by a Mod for using a "mildly offensive" term!) that W10 installs without asking, I can strongly recommend IObit "Uninstaller"which gives one (as it has myself) a pretty good list of all that stuff and a pretty easy way of uninstalling it.

That App is free and regularly asks if you want to upgrade to the paid-for "Pro" version (but not too "insistently"), and I can't actually see that the latter does much more than the free version except to automate the process - whereas I prefer to make my own decisions on issues like that! Using it, I have removed large amounts of "garbage" very easily from several W10 m/cs.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-19-2019, 12:53 AM  
Another newer Windows 7 "Warning" - Will officially become unsupported January 2020.
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 58
Views: 2,111
This route to updating to Win 10 Pro from Win 7 Pro worked for me on a couple of m/cs in recent weeks Download Windows 10

BTW, I updated my wife's 10 yr old Dell laptop from W7 Home to W10 Home about 18 months or so ago as an "experiment" to get to know it and then a small ACER nettop a bit later - it was a long learning curve until I was "comfortable" enough to upgrade my main laptop (one of those done recently)! It has many things I don't like but overall I am pretty OK with it now, although I do get the occasional "Black Screen of Death" for short periods until it "resets" itself (without rebooting) to the normal Desktop!

The only machine I have had real trouble with was (probably still would be) is the 9 yrs old ASUS netbook which "fell over" twice during the upgrade process and is still on W7 Home (and on which I write this post) - and getting it back to that was a really BAD experience (it has an early UEFI BIOS which, I think is part of the problem).

I would say that the early MS upgrades and updates caused a lot of really bad problems, but the process has now pretty much stabilised.

Finally, for machines still running W7 Home, I would strongly suggest buying a Win 7 Pro Product Key off ebay (I know, but it was dirt cheap and it worked for me!) and installing that before upgrading to Win 10 Pro as that will give a lot more control on what that latter does/does not do - as well as then installing something like O&O "ShutUP10" (free!) to enable you to "shutup" a lot of the MS spying and feedback of info that you REALLY don't want/want MS to know!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-18-2019, 02:29 PM  
Another newer Windows 7 "Warning" - Will officially become unsupported January 2020.
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 58
Views: 2,111
From another forum (Sats UK : The digital TV support forum | SatsUK), where someone had identified the hack from a Computer Shopper mag
"
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA\PosReady]
"Installed"=dword:00000001

Create a new plain text document.
Paste the contents displayed above into it.
Save the new document as xp.reg.
Double-click the Registry file afterwards to add the contents to the Registry."

Several members of the forum have tried this out and it appears to work and lots of embedded XP updates were downloaded - but new ones now seemed to have ceased (earlier this year?)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-15-2019, 12:15 PM  
FA-J 18-35/4-5.6 vs Sigma 10-20/4-5.6?
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 16
Views: 916
An interesting thing about my 10yr old Sigma 10-20 f4-f5.6 - a few years ago whilst staying in a hotel and putting the lens in the photo kit ready for the day out, I heard a bit of a "clonk" and looked down to the floor, and found a small metal tube there! Turned out to have fallen out the rear end of the lens, and so I popped it back in and then we went out and I took many more shots with that lens!

On reflection, I suspect that - a bit like the 60-250mm SDM - the tube is there to prevent the lens covering FF, but, not having/getting an FF body then I can't check that theory out!

BTW: after it fell out a few more times (!), I finally used some semi-permanent threadlock to hold it in place in the lens, which is still doing a sterling job and I love it. :D
Forum: Pentax K-70 04-07-2019, 02:07 PM  
what are the best spare batteries to get?
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 27
Views: 1,197
I think that the brand names for the same batteries are probably different in different countries!

Nowadays I buy the "DSTE" branded versions of the D-Li90 and D-Li109 from Amazon, and I have found them very good, maybe not quite as good as the PENTAX OEM versions, but perfectly acceptable given that they cost around a tenth of the Pentax prices.

I wonder what brand name(s) they carry in other countries?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-07-2019, 06:51 AM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 5,527
Views: 712,844
Just watching an episode of the "Combat Dealers" series on the UK SKY "Discovery" channel about a UK dealer of WWI /WWII armoured vehicles (etc.) when one of the crew is asked to photo an old German Flak 38 20mm naval AA gun - with a K-7! :D
Forum: General Talk 04-07-2019, 03:37 AM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 1,802
Views: 98,815
@Ratmagiclady

I don't think so - you're "talking" to someone has been tuning/upgrading car engines, suspension and brakes since he was 18, and is now 71!:lol:

The car had done just over 100k miles when it was remapped (an EXCELLENT remap BTW, happy in traffic all day long, and then goes like stink when the right foot is applied), but when I floored it once too often on a damp road then that blew the OEM turbo.
- Clutches & DMFs last about about 100k miles, and so it due for those anyway.
- Stiffer (Audi Sport!) front-wishbone rear-bushes and Octavia VRS/Golf GTI rear ARB fitted and it handles pretty well (could use slightly lower front springs & stiffer front ARB, but that's a lot of money, time and effort which I am unwilling to spend ATM). The ride ain't bad either now I've ditched the rear Bilstein B4 shocks and fitted std ones :).
- Front discs upgraded from std 288mm diameter to 312mm Mintex (thicker, and vented, of course!) discs with matching pads -> instanteous, smooth & powerful braking whenever neccessary ("the windscreen is where you are going if your belt isn't tight and you aren't holding the roof-handle", is I what I say to the passengers!).

As for your comments about Skoda - don't forget they have been building vehicles since the early 20th Century, were a "supplier of choice" (under heavy German Occupation duress!) of tanks to the German Army during the 2nd WW, and then starved of investment until bought by VAG in the 1990's.

Since then, Skoda have taken the best bits from the VAG parts bins and design studios, packaged them to suit the actual requirements of their customers - and then built them better, and with more "whistles & bells", and sold them cheaper, than the VW brand itself!! The customers obviously agree because, from being the runt of the VAG family, Skoda is now pretty much "up there" with VW itself at the mid-upper part of the range (Audi being possibly at the top, and SEAT down the lower end).

PS: just saw your comments about the "MoT" and I assume you are referring to the emissions & smoke tests - it sailed throught the last 3 tests on a "Fast Pass" basis with absolutely no need for the more detailed testing which is applied where a car fails Fast Pass. My concerns relate only to the fact that London and other UK cities and towns are rapidly reducing the acceptable levels of emissions for older vehicles and banning them from the centres &/or imposing high daily access penalties - and that may mean that I have to buy a more modern & lower emissions vehicle earlier than I had planned .
Forum: General Talk 04-06-2019, 03:29 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By jeallen01
Replies: 1,802
Views: 98,815
Probably been mentioned at sometime before, but I got a used Skoda Octavia 2.0l TDI Estate ("Station Wagon" to the "Yanks/etc!") in 2012 which is still going strong in 2019 @128k (UK!) miles after a remap to 180 bhp in 2014 - and then an "expensive" blown turbo & then a slipping clutch! in 2015 - and goes like the proverbial "bomb" and has surprised a lot of more modern cars at times (and it handles reasonably well after a rear ARB/ASB upgrade). Only downside is that, being a diesel, I'm going to have issues with London's low emissions zones in the near future. BTW, build quality is good apart from the fact that the R/H door mirror glass heater doesn't work (probably a broken cable)!
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