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Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 35 Minutes Ago  
Question about vivitar 285 zoom thyristor flash
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 17
Views: 705
Mostly I use these old flash units with my old film cameras, or I use them off-camera....
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 56 Minutes Ago  
Printing your work - do you own a printer or do you send to a lab?
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 60
Views: 2,134
I takes a lot of work especially if you want to use your own paper types. I'm not saying it can't be done, but you got to make time for printing and taking pictures. Then there is the business side. If you could find a printer that will personally work with you, that might be a better choice but then you got to pay them...
Forum: General Photography 1 Hour Ago  
What is a hybrid camera?
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 23
Views: 643
I did not write this it came from DPREVIEW: We use this camera at my job to shoot portraits, but it's tethered to a PC and a box(VTR) that calibrates it depending on a set of pre-set rules . I'm not sure who's idea was to use this camera ? I just hit the button and move the lights around....

The Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 is the fifth in the company's industry-changing video and stills 'hybrid' lineup. With its 20MP Four Thirds sensor and deep video-centric feature set, it looks likely to pick up where the GH4 left off as a favorite of indie filmmakers and photographers whose interests venture into the realm of motion picture work.

The GH5's feature set moves on suitably far from its predecessor that the company says the GH4 will remain in its lineup as a lower-cost option for users who don't need the additional capability that the GH5 brings.

For many users, the addition of in-body stabilization and 4K video without cropping might be enough to make the camera a worthwhile upgrade, but Panasonic has revised and improved almost every aspect of the camera's behavior and performance.
Forum: Photographic Technique 2 Hours Ago  
Studio How I photograph Scale Models and other objects
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 23
Views: 1,712
Wow ! They look really life-like and realistic. How exactly did you superimpose the models onto the background with the pictures on the wall ?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 2 Hours Ago  
Need a flash recommendation for Pentax KM camera!
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 25
Views: 480
If you are shooting film these flash are pretty cheap and reliable. I would avoid getting anything too old.
YN 560III Speedlight | Yongnuo USA
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11 Hours Ago  
How many lens clubs could you legitimately post in?
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 30
Views: 692
How about a new lens club for owners who have lenses with scratch marks on the body...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 Days Ago  
My next lens?
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 68
Views: 1,991
It's probably going to be the 85mm f1.8 Takumar lens and the 15mm 2.8 fish-eye Canon lens(sorry Pentax),,,
Forum: General Photography 5 Days Ago  
In the pocket carry around camera.
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 34
Views: 1,115
Personally, I like the shot of the skyscraper, waterfall and the Mesa Mountains with the clouds taken by Gray, and Normhead's shot of the dog and the woman with the camera(WOW) and the mushrooms shots, extremely life-like(IMHO)...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Lenses back from the dead!
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 75
Views: 5,511
I had a few old manual lenses that were so stiff to focus that I thought I might have to send them in to get CLAD($125+).
That's until I decided to use this stuff: https://www.homedepot.com/p/WD-40-SPECIALIST-10-oz-White-Lithium-Grease-300240/205115708

I was hesitant at first, but I managed to save about 6 premium legacy manual lenses using this stuff.
First of all, I got to say "GUYS PLEASE DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME !!!" The reason why I say that is because I don't want to receive any death-threats if something goes wrong.

Anyway, all I did was to spray this stuff ( 3-4 sprays) in between the crack where the aperture-ring meets the DOF scale. Then I put the lens upside down(face/lens down) and let it sit there for about an hour.
After about an hour, I turned the focusing ring about 5-10 times and BOOM !! I had a brand new lens.Silky smooth like it was brand new ! No oil hit the aperture blades as far as I can tell(thank god).

I tested all 6 lenses like this and they all worked fine. The lenses I fixed were Nikkors(3), Takumar(1) and Mamiya(2) manual lenses, not sure if the same results would happen with other lenses ?

I'll post pictures when i get a chance...
Forum: General Photography 6 Days Ago  
Does it seem like there are a lot of new forum members lately?
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 68
Views: 2,019
I'm furloughed till after the holidays so please get used to it !
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 6 Days Ago  
It looks like Adorama is matching some B&H deals
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 17
Views: 872
My past 4 orders have been mishandled ! That is #4 how much more do you want me to take !
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 6 Days Ago  
It looks like Adorama is matching some B&H deals
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 17
Views: 872
Adorama is on a downward spiral, I would be wary.
Forum: General Photography 6 Days Ago  
In the pocket carry around camera.
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 34
Views: 1,115
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-24-2020, 04:36 PM  
Am I nuts for wanting manual focus primes?
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 99
Views: 3,020
If your eyesight has not deteriorated like mine has, then manual focus lenses are not that bad... If you enjoy the silky smooth focusing rings of manual lenses like I do, then you are NOT nuts( I hope) !

Manual lenses for one thing are great for Macro. You ever try to get an AF Macro lens to focus on the right spot ? There are still good uses for Manual focus lenses. I have a collection of about 35-40 (Mamiya, Nikkor, Takumar) old manual lenses that I don't know what to do with ? Some videographers prefer the old manual focus lenses.

I certainly would not take them to a paid wedding, or sports venue, or any place where fast Action is involved. But they do have their rightful place, if you know how to use them. Most manual lenses have a distance scale, as well as a depth of field scale. If you become adept at reading these scales, then focusing and DOF becomes a breeze. Unfortunately, most Digital cameras don't have the focusing screens that old manual cameras use to have so focusing can become a bit of a problem.

Some of these manual lenses have great Bokeh and other features that made them stand-outs back in the day. It's like buying an old Mercedes that still runs with all the features, instead of a brand new Chevy Spark or something like that. Plus they are cheap !! selling for fractions of what they are truly worth or were worth. Some manual lenses like the Nikkor 35mm f1.4, or the Takumar 85mm f1.8 sell for hundreds of dollars and people are still willing to pay for them, so there must be a reason why...
Forum: General Photography 11-24-2020, 03:34 PM  
Career Photographers Wanted for Interview for Class Essay
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 14
Views: 651
How much do we get paid ?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-24-2020, 10:42 AM  
Am I nuts for wanting manual focus primes?
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 99
Views: 3,020
Manual focus is OK but for quick shooting situations especially in dim lighting conditions, nothing beats an AF.
Forum: General Photography 11-24-2020, 10:40 AM  
Career Photographers Wanted for Interview for Class Essay
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 14
Views: 651
This might take pages and pages please do your homework .
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 11-24-2020, 09:30 AM  
New Adox B&W transparency kit
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 12
Views: 585
Can you tell us some of these reasons ?
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 11-24-2020, 04:35 AM  
How much mental adjusting would it take moving from APC-S to full frame photography?
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 48
Views: 1,444
You tend to worry a little more because a FF cost more than an ASPC, otherwise its not that big of a change...
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 11-23-2020, 10:53 PM  
Pentax K-1 Disassembly: incomplete and dangerous
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 32
Views: 1,533
Sorry, but after reading this post, I will keep my camera as far away from salt water as possible.
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-23-2020, 04:49 PM  
How to track fstop and shutter speed when shooting film or vintage lenses on digital?
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 26
Views: 1,100
"'m contemplating just carrying a notebook, but I feel like stopping to write down my settings between each picture is kind of a pain, plus now I have to carry more stuff and make sure I have a pen, etc. I've seen some folks using a gopro for this, but that seems like a lot of gear as well."

Carrying a notebook, or notepad is what we all did during film days while learning. Of course there was always the issue of Shutter-priority and Aperture-priority. Some of the more modern film cameras would let you set your aperture, or shutter speed, then the camera itself would choose the proper shutter speed or aperture so you could get a properly exposed shot. The only problem with that is that you had to press the shutter button half-way down then look inside the viewfinder to see what shutter speed/aperture the camera chose for you. I think Pentax DSLR cameras use the aperture-priority mode with older lenses such as the M42, M43 etc. and I'm not sure if the chosen shutter speed ever displays on the camera ? I could be wrong...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-23-2020, 03:55 PM  
K-3III vs K-1II, APS-C vs full frame, which is "best" & price relevance - my thoughts
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 119
Views: 3,572
I doubt Pentax can make a profit by keeping the price of the KIII-3 at the high levels they are currently suggesting. People with that type of money to spend, would most certainly jump for the K1 II, even the K1 classic. So far, I like the
new features on the new KIII-3, but they are not "revolutionary" by any means. They seem more like updates that had a long time coming. If I remember correctly the K-5 II also had a steep price on it's initial offering, but the prices came down drastically within a year or two. I paid about $1200 mine, or less (I don't remember...). The steep fall in prices took a little longer with the K3 for some reason, but still many K-5 II owners balked at switching over. I think if Pentax wants to stay competitive they will lower their prices, maybe not as fast as they did with the k-5 II, but its inevitable given the competition.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 11-23-2020, 01:46 PM  
New Adox B&W transparency kit
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 12
Views: 585
Not sure of the advantage here since slide processing has virtually disappeared.
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-23-2020, 07:57 AM  
Rear curtain flash disappointment
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 22
Views: 672
If you are trying to use "slow-speed sync" then you are right, Pentax does not let you use "slow-speed sync" and "rear-curtain sync" in combination unless you are in 'P' or 'AV' modes at least on my K5. I had the camera for over 8 years and still learning some of the features. On my K5 II it lets you do rear-curtain-sync on all modes except 'X'. Slow-Speed Sync is like dragging the shutter meaning that more Ambient light hits the sensor in dim lighting and/or night conditions. The shutter speed has to be really low so you probably will need a tripod to avoid camera shake.

I never thought about using it(slow-speed sync) in combination with rear-curtain-sync . My guess is that you might get some really wild/creative and unpredictable results. I'm not sure, but if you have the camera set to 'Bulb' and you are painting with light, can't you simulate the light trails with a flash light ? Then again, I'm not sure what you were trying to do ?
Forum: General Photography 11-23-2020, 06:58 AM  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By hjoseph7
Replies: 2,009
Views: 82,056
I really hate these when a user post an item for sale and only describes if it is Used or New with a generic message. You have no way of knowing what the real condition of the item is ?

Condition:
Used: An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended. This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions
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