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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-06-2011, 11:30 AM  
ME: Trying to remove top cover but can't remove knobs
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 10
Views: 9,682
Living small parts that want to escape your clutches can be tamed if you take the thing apart in a clear, fairly large plastic bag.

Mickey
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-09-2010, 12:19 PM  
Screwmount? Bayonet? K-mount? What is what?
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 12
Views: 16,567
Nimrad,

We photographers should know that a picture is worth 1000 words.

See this for pictures.

SLR Lens Mount Identification Guide

There are more than just Pentax lenses here but I think all Pentax mounts are covered.

Mickey
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-04-2014, 12:19 AM  
Caption Contest Nov 3-9 2014
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 14
Views: 1,576
So where is the beer already?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-16-2014, 11:39 PM  
Would you clean this lens?
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 15
Views: 1,947
Forget about bottled water.
You never know what tap or stream it came from.

Get some distilled water at your pharmacist's and very gently wipe with dampened, not soddened, Q-Tip.

Mickey
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 07-03-2014, 10:11 PM  
Macro Wet Motion
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 3
Views: 1,168
You have captured it perfectly.

Mickey
Forum: General Talk 05-23-2009, 04:02 PM  
What do you do when you're an internet drama queen?
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 68
Views: 10,660
Get away from the computer and cell phones and blueberries and iPods and TV's and all other dehumanizing electronic devices.

Go to a hospital or a seniors' home or a kids' gym or a kindergarten and offer to help those who have far less than you. Be a volunteer. You may be amazed at just how much you have and how much you can give of yourself.

That will give your ego a boost like nothing else on earth can.
And for heaven's sake stop feeling sorry for yourself.

Mickey
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-10-2013, 04:29 PM  
Bicycling with camera
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 26
Views: 3,260
I have posted this before but someone who is not addicted to name brand products might find it useful.

I first posted this last May, 2009.
It is neither elegant nor refined , but it does the job to perfection and is cheap and is very simple to use.

Carrying K100D on a Bicycle and trekking.
I have tried various items for carrying my K100D when bicycling. None were satisfactory.

I have used this with a Canon T90, Pentax K100D and now a Pentax K-5. No adapters were needed.

A handlebar bag had me concerned about vibration on bumpy terrain as did a bag on the rear carrier.

The Op/Tech Camera/Binocular harness was difficult to adjust, awkward to put on, uncomfortable and allowed the camera to hang free and bounce against my chest.
Other devices have components that rest against the chest or back and can be uncomfortably hot and sweaty.

Sometimes the simplest device is the best.

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This photo shows my camera hanging around my neck on its usual Op/Tech neck strap adjusted to my preferred working length.
It may be shifted from side to side, higher or lower as one wishes.

It is secured to my body by an inexpensive elasticized belt for men's trousers.

The belt is fully adjustable and quite comfortable and does not produce torrents of sweat in warm weather.
The belt holds the camera securely against my body even when using drop handlebars.
When the camera is in use the belt is not even felt around my chest.
I prefer to put the belt around the camera lens to keep out of the way and prevent it from banging against anything when I am not on my bike. Occasionally I may place the belt across the bottom front of the camera. It will also hold the camera vertically.
On long walks the belt can be used to relieve the weight of the camera on the neck.
When I put on the belt I slide the buckle around to my side so it cannot mar the camera.
The camera may be inserted or removed without opening or further adjusting the belt.
In an emergency the belt can keep my pants up.

The camera in the picture is a Canon T90 with a Sigma 70 to 210 mm lens. It is substantially heavier than my K100D.

The belt came gratis with a pair of slacks but I have seen some for under $5.00 CAN in mens' wear stores.
The frown is the result of trying to get a reasonably framed picture shooting with my K100D down at my hips. It took 8 tries.


Mickey
Forum: Do-It-Yourself 02-06-2012, 08:26 PM  
Low angle viewer
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 7
Views: 9,829
Yours is a great idea but back in July I purchased a Flipbac for $22.98 USD including S&H for my K-5.
It is easy to install and offers protection for the screen when closed.
I am very pleased with it. It opens vertically and horizontally.
At first I thought it was rather flimsy but I have taken over 1200 pictures with it attached and have used it frequently. It shows no signs of wear.
It is a good thing.

Mickey
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 05-28-2012, 01:16 PM  
Caption Contest May 26-June 2, 2012
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 28
Views: 2,900
Yoo hoo. Chubby. Pay attention when I talk to you and stop ogling the girls.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-04-2012, 10:58 AM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 58,010
Views: 2,760,350
B for Bee.



Mickey
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-09-2012, 10:15 AM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 58,010
Views: 2,760,350
K for Kodak.



Mickey
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-01-2012, 03:48 PM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 58,010
Views: 2,760,350
O for Orange.



Mickey
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-01-2012, 12:30 PM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 58,010
Views: 2,760,350
I for Illusion.



Mickey
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-26-2012, 05:22 AM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 58,010
Views: 2,760,350
W for Wild Water.



Mickey
Forum: Visitors' Center 03-13-2012, 05:53 PM  
Pentax lens for an amateur
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 53
Views: 7,423
Fabien,

I suggest that you find a dealer who will rent you a big lens for a day or a week. It will be money well spent.

In other words, try before you buy. You may be shocked at how awkward and finicky and demanding and unpleasant those long monsters can be. Hauling the lens and a necessarily heavy tripod can be demoralizing.

If you go out and buy one and find it is not as great to use as you imagined you will have an expensive piece of hardware on your shelf.

There is always your local airport. Pentax K100d. Tamron lens at 300mm. Hand held.


Mickey
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-17-2011, 02:55 AM  
Classy K5 Bag
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 30
Views: 12,398
When I travel I want something as un-classic, un-camera like and un-elegant as possible.
Something that is un-attractive those un-law abiding thieves.
This style is truly a classic design having been used virtually un-changed for almost 100 years.
I call it my un bag.



Mickey
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-21-2011, 12:03 PM  
Wrist Strap for K-5 + grip???
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 36
Views: 7,101
I have posted this before but someone who is not addicted to name brand products might find it useful.

I first posted this last May, 2009.
It is neither elegant nor refined , but it does the job to perfection and is cheap and is very simple to use.

Carrying K100D on a Bicycle and trekking.
I have tried various items for carrying my K100D when bicycling. None were satisfactory.

I have used this with a Canon T90, Pentax K100D and now a Pentax K-5. No adapters were needed.

A handlebar bag had me concerned about vibration on bumpy terrain as did a bag on the rear carrier.

The Op/Tech Camera/Binocular harness was difficult to adjust, awkward to put on, uncomfortable and allowed the camera to hang free and bounce against my chest.
Other devices have components that rest against the chest or back and can be uncomfortably hot and sweaty.

Sometimes the simplest device is the best.



This photo shows my camera hanging around my neck on its usual Op/Tech neck strap adjusted to my preferred working length.
It may be shifted from side to side, higher or lower as one wishes.
It is secured to my body by an inexpensive elasticized belt.
The belt is fully adjustable and quite comfortable and does not produce torrents of sweat in warm weather.
The belt holds the camera securely against my body even when using drop handlebars.
When the camera is in use the belt is not even felt around my chest.
I prefer to put the belt around the camera lens to keep out of the way and prevent it from banging against anything when I am not on my bike. Occasionally I may place the belt across the bottom front of the camera. It will also hold the camera vertically.
On long walks the belt can be used to relieve the weight of the camera on the neck.
When I put on the belt I slide the buckle around to my side so it cannot mar the camera.
The camera may be inserted or removed without opening or further adjusting the belt.
In an emergency the belt can keep my pants up.

The camera in the picture is a Canon T90 with a Sigma 70 to 210 mm lens. It is substantially heavier than my K100D.

The belt came gratis with a pair of slacks but I have seen some for under $5.00 CAN in mens' wear stores.
The frown is the result of trying to get a reasonably framed picture shooting with my K100D down at my hips. It took 8 tries.


Mickey
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-31-2010, 04:28 PM  
DA*16-50 f2.8 -- If I had a dollar...
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 27
Views: 5,188
Don't leave it at that.
Take it up with Pentax.
Be polite but adamant when you make your case.
Go as high in the company as you have to and don't be satisfied with an underling's "no". There is always somebody higher up who can override the "no".

I think Pentax is too big and too old and reliable a company to let a customer be cheated.

Mickey

Oh. And Good Luck.
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-28-2011, 09:23 AM  
The crippling effects of getting better.
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 46
Views: 8,734
Strictly a compromise but lighter, smaller, more versatile and far more likely to be used is my monopod. By properly bracing myself and/or the monopod I can do quite well.

I consider the monopd as part of a tripod. My two legs constitute the rest.

A tilting head is essential. It might also allow one to lie down inside a hollow log to watch the beetles at play.

All this for well under $50 Can.

Check out Lee Valley's "Hiking Stick" under Garden Supplies.

Mickey
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-09-2011, 06:30 PM  
Male-Male Macro Coupler
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 13
Views: 3,632
Don't use grease or oil on or near your camera. :(

Graphite is filthy stuff. Especially if you sneeze or breath heavily when applying it. :eek:

Use paraffin - just an old candle stub. Rub it on the male threads (only because it's easier than trying to get at some female threads). Remove any excess with your finger. Voila! Non stick, non goop, non mess, non cost lubricant. :rolleyes:

Mickey
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-17-2010, 11:29 PM  
How long will fresh batteries last in long exposure?
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 6
Views: 4,262
I wish I had facts and figures but I don't.
I do know that long exposures do severely drain the batteries.
When, unsuccessfully, trying to capture lightning flashes I stacked neutral density filters and a polarizer to make exposures as long as six minutes but the batteries still retained some charge.

I should think you will need power to record the image as it is not an instantaneous procedure with long exposures and continues for a while after the shutter is closed.

Why don't you put your camera to the test. Leave the shutter open until the fully charged batteries die and time it. Bear in mind that shorter long exposures will allow the batteries to bounce back a little so you will get longer total use from them with repeated long exposures of shorter duration.

If you do make such a test please let us know the results.

Mickey
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-14-2010, 11:24 AM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 58,010
Views: 2,760,350
Be for Bees



Mickey
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-25-2010, 06:00 AM  
I hate my lens cap. What works best for you? PICTURES!
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 64
Views: 13,084
Hey, SEDF,

"I always have to think about it. I have issues with wearing collar shirts, so I'm usually in a T-shirt, so no shirt pocket."

Do you remember The Fonz? He always wore T shirts with short sleeves.
He kept his pack of cigarettes rolled up in his sleeve.

Do you suppose it might work with a lens cap?

Mickey
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-28-2009, 11:22 AM  
Best way to carry multiple small lenses for quick reach.
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 44
Views: 18,165
What is the best way to carry multiple small lenses like the DA21, FA*24 (not that small) FA35, FA43, FA77, and 135mm.

My lenses:


Borrow a shopping cart from your supermarket.

Mickey
Forum: General Talk 06-08-2010, 10:55 AM  
What if Iran had done it?
Posted By mickeyobe
Replies: 112
Views: 15,745
Creampuff,

" Quote Originally posted by mickeyobe:
I cannot separate my genetic and spiritual background from from a nation that was founded not in 1947 but in 1312 BCE while your ancestors were probably still swinging from trees.
Nice. Real nice. Could've been lifted from Mein Kampf. Now who's the bigot? You realise you sound just like that crackpot Ahmedinejad? Or bin Laden, or anyone other petty racist. For a citizen of the first nation to set a multicultural policy, I find that pretty sad. Racial superiority is a fall back for those who have nothing else to show for their lives.

But since it means so much to you, since you place so much stock in race, what were my ancestors doing in 1312 BCE? Probably farming or casting bronze or writing poetry or whatever under the Shang Dynasty in China (5000 years of continuous culture, in the same place, since you seem so keen to know. They never surrendered or abandoned the land, either.) Other were probably raising standing stones in Ireland to baffle future generations, or raiding Britain from Brittany, or getting drunk in the Iberian Peninsular.

'Course, none of that matters much. It says "Australia" on my passport.My background maybe Irish, Spanish, Chinese, Dutch, French and god knows what else, but I'm Australian.

Perhaps you should tell your nice Chinese neighbours what you think of their ancestors, Mickey"

You are correct creampuff. I should never have said that. I was wrong and I sincerely apologize.
I know the Chinese have a civilization that stretches back over 5,000 years. I know they have contributed and are contributing much to civilization including the admirable concept of advancement by merit in government.

I will not plead the commonly used Arab excuse for words of evil, hatred, bigotry and agression, "it was taken out of context".
On my part it was sheer stupidity.
The only feeble defense I can offer is that I did not have the Chinese or any racial group in mind when I misspoke.

Mickey
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