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Forum: Pentax K-01 03-31-2020, 10:55 AM  
My K-01's
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 18
Views: 3,232
I considered selling my K-01, but I think I'm going to hang onto it. It could become a collector's item since it's so quirky and capable.
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-31-2020, 10:44 AM  
K-01 issue after taking a shot
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 10
Views: 492
I was going to suggest trying another battery, too. My K-01 started doing weird things a couple of years ago and it turned out to be a problem with my battery, even though it was the original Pentax battery that came with it. I hope you get it figured out. The K-01 is a fun camera to use. Good luck!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-10-2020, 04:46 AM  
selling photos
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 15
Views: 870
How they plan to use the image also makes a difference in what you should charge. If it's just a one-time use, like for a brochure, magazine, or something, that's one price...but if they're wanting to use the image in muliple ways, then the price should be higher. It's limited use vs unlimited use.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-05-2020, 10:15 AM  
Pentax Bellows - what's the 49 adapter look like?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 14
Views: 547
I bought a set of those bellows new many years ago and I don't remember any kind of adapter coming with it. Of course, I also don't remember exactly what my box said, so this is probably no help whatsoever. :lol: Great bellows, though.

---------- Post added 03-05-2020 at 01:18 PM ----------



After I posted my other reply, I started thinking a bit more about it and I'd bet you're right. Most Pentax primes back then took either 49mm or 52mm filters. If it fits 49mm, then it would stand to reason that it might be some sort of reversing ring.
Forum: General Photography 02-23-2020, 08:20 AM  
Not all of us are rich
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 89
Views: 3,436
This happens on a guitar forum I frequent, too. Someone will ask for suggestions for a good beginner guitar for $300 and it won't be long before someone posts, "If you're willing to spend $300, you might as well spend $500". $500 becomes $800, which becomes $1000, which turns into $1500. :lol: Inside enthusiast forums, we sometimes forget that not everyone is willing or able to spend as much on their hobby as some of us do.
Forum: General Photography 02-21-2020, 06:31 AM  
Is the poor video support in DSLRs going to ensure their early demise?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 105
Views: 2,518
Yes...I would totally agree with that. I edited it out, but I had written some stuff about how I more often see younger folks buying a GoPro rather than a DSLR if they want some camera other than their cellphone.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-19-2020, 11:20 AM  
Where to buy older Pentax DSLR?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 22
Views: 1,640
I would agree with this. Until relatively recently, my main camera had been a K10D and my wife was using an *istD. They both were capable of creating great pictures. As much as I liked my K10D, I came close to stealing my wife's *istD just to use as an everyday, carry everywhere camera. It being only 6 megapixels wasn't really an issue. However, I still preferred my K10D for my main camera. I only upgraded because of its lack of image quality at any ISO above 400. If you can live with shooting at a lower ISO range, the K10D is a great camera and is built to last for years.
Forum: General Photography 02-19-2020, 09:22 AM  
Is the poor video support in DSLRs going to ensure their early demise?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 105
Views: 2,518
There's still folks out there shooting video with Canon cameras, but I'd agree that most of the video folks are switching to Panasonic or Sony mirrorless cameras. That's what we did.
Forum: General Photography 02-18-2020, 09:10 AM  
Is the poor video support in DSLRs going to ensure their early demise?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 105
Views: 2,518
Sure, I think poor video support is a factor in the declining sales of DSLRs, but I don't think it's the primary factor. That said, Pentax's lack of support for video recently forced me to buy a non-Pentax camera body for the first time in about 20 years. Really, I think declining sales is just a sign of the times. DSLRs are just one of many things that younger folks no longer spend a lot of money on. For example, they don't buy expensive stereos as often and fewer of them are taking up golf. So I suspect sales are going to continue to decline for quite some time.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-16-2020, 07:27 AM  
Poll: Why did you go full frame?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 150
Views: 5,509
I needed better high ISO quality so I was going to have to upgrade my main camera regardless of whether I stuck with APS-C or switched to FF. Almost all my lenses are FF anyway so as long as I was making a jump, I went with FF.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-10-2020, 06:39 AM  
Just started in film photography and got and old k1000 have a few questions
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 11
Views: 609
Mostly you want to run through all the shutter speeds and listen to see if they're speeding up or slowing down as you change the shutter speed dial...sounds like you've done that already...then work the film advance lever to see if it seems to be turning the film advance sprockets inside the back, and then check to see if the light meter is working. You can do that by mounting a lens on your camera, pointing it towards something that's all one color and in an even light, then going through the various apertures to see if the meter is responding correctly. There's a lot more detailed checking that could be done, but those are the main things. If all those things are good, load up a roll of film and give it a go. Have fun!
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 01-29-2020, 08:01 AM  
K-mount speedbooster to m43
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 8
Views: 820
I recently bought a Panasonic GH4 to use as my video camera because my Pentax cameras were no longer up to snuff in that departmet. I have a K-mount to m43 adapter that's fine for the Pentax lenses I have now, but it effectively doubles the relative focal length so I'm left without much of a wide angle option other than buying a non-Pentax lens or using a focal reducer. Apparently Metabones doesn't make a speed booster for Pentax lenses so that made me start wondering if this might be a way for Pentax to address their video issues. Why not build a fairly high-quality focal reducer that has all the electronic connections to work well with Pentax lenses? It might be a way for Pentax to make a mark in the world of video with a minimal amount of development.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-29-2020, 06:36 AM  
any one have experience with a SMC Pentax A* 200mm F2.8 ED
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 14
Views: 938
I've had one for a number of years...since way back in the film days..and even though it's a great lens, I found myself not carrying it as much as I thought I would. That was primarily due to its physical size and filter size. All the other lenses in my bag took 49mm or 52mm filters except my 200mm f2.8 so I would tend to carry my M200mm f4 a lot more often...especially since speed wasn't really much of a factor in the types of things I liked to shoot. These days, even though it's a lot heavier and bulkier than the 200mm, I tend to carry my 80-200 f2.8 due to its versatility. Since some of my lesser used lenses from the film days saw a rebirth once I switched to digital, I keep thinking that I need to dust off the 200mm f2.8 and try it again, but I haven't done that yet. This thread might be just the nudge I was needing though. :)
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-28-2020, 12:44 PM  
PLEASE HELP this newbie!! Accessories needed for this Reception Hall
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 28
Views: 1,104
If it were me, I think I'd do my best to keep the wall of windows to my back, bump up the ISO, and shoot available light as much as possible. Maybe use a bit of fill flash if needed. If you don't have an extra battery or two, that's the main thing I'd buy before going into this. It won't matter what lenses or flashes you buy/rent if your camera dies mid-shoot.
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-27-2020, 02:22 PM  
Post your K-1 pics with vintage glasses
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 753
Views: 59,830
K1 w/Pentax FA 28-105mm F3.2-4.5



Forum: Pentax KP 01-07-2020, 02:26 PM  
interval movie: changing length of movie
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 8
Views: 368
I could be wrong, but you may need to do a little math. Video is usually 30 frames per second so if you want two seconds of video, you need 60 shots. The more shots you have, the longer your movie will be.
Forum: General Talk 01-07-2020, 11:52 AM  
PayPal Credit?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 11
Views: 502
I've used PayPal Credit. There was no actual card involved, but it worked the same as a credit card. When I went to pay for my purchase, I clicked "PayPal Credit" instead of regular PayPal. I don't know if it was just an initial offering, but it was no interest if the balance was paid off within 6 months. Every month, I've gotten a notice when a payment was due. So far, I've even used my PayPal account to transfer money for the payments to PayPal Credit. If there's another version that uses an actual card, I'm not aware of it. I just assumed that PayPal Credit was for online purchases so no physical card was required.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-06-2020, 07:59 AM  
Lumix cameras for video
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 4
Views: 288
I'm trying to keep this ultra-cheap...just a couple hundred bucks, if possible. That's why I was looking at older models. Up until now, I've been shooting with my Pentax K-01 and it's done fine. But at work recently, we switched from traditional news-style video cameras to Lumix GH-5s mirrorless cameras. BIG difference! The K-01 still does okay in close-up shots, but otherwise it's just not as sharp as the GH-5s. I know Lumix puts more effort into the video side of things, but I'm not sure if that's what I'm seeing or not. Part of it may also be the lenses because we're shooting $1000 lenses on the GH-5s and I'm using $300-400 lenses on my K-01. This coming weekend, I'm going to take my GH-5s home, use it with the same lenses I'm using on my K-01, and do a side-by-side comparison. It's just that a good price popped up on a GH-3 today so I thought I'd ask around and see what other folks' experience has been.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-06-2020, 06:23 AM  
Lumix cameras for video
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 4
Views: 288
I'm looking for a cheap Lumix body for video. This will be a back-up camera so I'm trying to hold the cost down. I've found a DMC-G5 and a GH-3 for about the right price, but I'm not sure which is better for video. Does anyone have any experience shooting with Lumix cameras?
Forum: General Photography 01-03-2020, 02:38 PM  
Looking for websites of good photos of mundane things.
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 31
Views: 1,107
If you haven't done so already, you might check out the work of Ernst Haas. Ernst Haas
Forum: General Photography 01-02-2020, 01:51 PM  
Clamp on Lens Hood for 35-105 A
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 10
Views: 389
I've got a pretty deep screw-on metal hood on my 35-105mm. Works great on APS-C...not so much on FF, I found out. :lol: Now that I've got a K1, I may have to go back to the rubber hood I was using in the film days.
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-13-2019, 02:45 PM  
Well, I was put in my place.
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 163
Views: 9,242
I'm not one of the judges, but I have to admit that this is a pet peeve of mine, too. It always makes me wonder, "If the photographer doesn't know which shot expresses what he wants to say, how can anyone else know?" Thanks for the explanation, Steve. Judging is always a thankless job.

---------- Post added 12-13-2019 at 05:49 PM ----------



This! We've been dealing with judging complaints in our camera club for 40 years now and I suspect it'll be an issue as long as the club lasts. We all have photos that we think should have done better than they did...but we also have photos that do much better than we expect, too. I tell folks, "You're not allowed to complain about the points you didn't get that you thought you deserved unless you're willing to give back the points you got that you weren't expecting." :lol:
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-13-2019, 01:01 PM  
Well, I was put in my place.
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 163
Views: 9,242
Always take this stuff with a grain of salt. I was discussing a similar topic with my mom who has been an artist for as long as I can remember. Being accepted or rejected into a show, gallery, magazine, whatever...isn't an absolute judgement on your work. It often depends upon what the person doing the judging is looking for. A few years ago, one of my pics got selected for the cover of a "Readers' Photos" issue of a state magazine. Was it the best pic submitted? No, not by a long shot. I didn't talk to the folks who chose it, but I'm pretty sure it got selected because it was vertical and had areas where they could put the magazine title and other cover info without harming the composition of the photo too badly. In short, it fit their needs as to what they were looking for in a cover photo. Just last week, one of my pics got chosen as the color digital photo of the year in my camera club. I thought there were a lot better pics than mine entered. Heck, I didn't even think the winning one was the best pic I had entered! LOL Oh...and it didn't score all that well when it was entered in our monthly competition earlier in the year. The person who won black & white digital picture of the year said pretty much the same thing. When he entered his pic in the monthly competition, it got hammered. But he liked it so he entered it in the End of Year competition...and won. Same pics...different people judging them. I've heard a well-known photographer and musician say the similar things about judging. Some judges are looking for flawless execution even if the subject is pretty common, whereas other judges will forgive some imperfections if the concept is unique. All you can do is try your best to make good images that you like, be your own worst critic, and keep growing.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-13-2019, 05:08 AM  
Best and Worst Bag Purchased.
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 75
Views: 3,164
My brother was in town visiting me recently and since he loves thrift stores and garage sales as much as I do, we stopped by one of the bigger Goodwill shops in my area. I didn't know what it was until I looked it up later, but I found a very cool Incase Ari Marcopoulos bag, which I bought. On the drive back to my house, I told my brother, "I want to apologize in advance for the fight that's about to happen." He said, "What fight?" I said, "The one that's going to break out between my wife and me when I walk through the door with yet another camera bag." :lol: I also told him about talking to an old friend about guitars recently. I asked my friend how many guitars he had and he said, "I'm not quite sure. All I know is that my wife has told me that the next guitar I buy is the one she's going to beat me to death with." Yeah...it's like that. lol
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-13-2019, 04:58 AM  
Heavy Duty Tripod
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 16
Views: 882
Looks like I'm late to the discussion, but I'll add that I've been using a 3047 head for many, many years now. I got it for use with my Pentax 6X7 and it worked great.
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