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Forum: General Photography 6 Days Ago  
Robert's Camera condition grading?
Posted By E-man
Replies: 15
Views: 779
I have bought a couple of lenses from Roberts and they have consistently been better than described. I would not hesitate to order from them.
Forum: General Talk 05-29-2019, 09:01 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By E-man
Replies: 1,802
Views: 98,766
My daily driver is a 2011 Chevy Impala LT. For a generic, commodity car (these were darlings of rental and government fleets) it's a reasonably well thought out car, spacious and comfortable with a cavernous trunk. Performance is acceptable but not outstanding and fuel economy is good for its size. It'll do around 30 mpg on the highway and 20 or so in town. It is also absolutely the most dependable car I have ever owned. I bought it from my father five years ago with 15,000 miles on it and now have a little more than 75,000 with no mechanical problems. What few minor issues I've had I've been able to address myself. The main thing I dislike about the car is its terminally bland styling. The only thing that keeps it from looking like a county motor pool vehicle, especially since it's white, is the decorative wing on the trunk lid. The only other thing I really disliked the first couple of years I had the car was the sorry Goodyear tires that came on it from the factory. Handling got really squirrelly at much over 70mph and driving on wet pavement constantly triggered the traction control. Replacing those tires with a set of Michelin Premiers instantly alleviated those problems and in the process, really brought out much more of the car's true potential in terms of ride and handling. Honestly, it was almost felt like a different car.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-29-2019, 08:18 PM  
What's your favorite 2008-2013 APS-C Pentax DSLR and do you still use it?
Posted By E-man
Replies: 64
Views: 2,791
I think all of my Pentax bodies fall into that age range. My favorite CCD body is my K200D, which has the same sensor as my K10D but with a much simpler and more intuitive interface that just seems to allow me to more easily get the results I want. On the CMOS side of things, My K30 is the winner although I do miss the top LCD display. It has the highest shutter count of any of my cameras at around 25,000 but to date has thankfully not exhibited any symptoms of aperture block failure. I power it with Eneloops and battery life with them is outstanding, unlike when I was trying to use the proprietary, over-priced and under-performing D-Li109s. Interestingly, both of these bodies were marketed as middle-of-the-range units when they were new. To be honest, I've just never really warmed up to my Samsung GX20 (K20D clone). It would be the first to go if I decided to thin out my collection. Also receiving little use is my little blue Kx, which at last check has only 1,250 clicks on the shutter. I mainly keep it around because it's just so darned cute.
Forum: Ricoh GR 05-18-2019, 08:02 PM  
A few GRiii foodie pics pre pizza night
Posted By E-man
Replies: 2
Views: 588
Okay, I'm hungry!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-06-2019, 07:36 AM  
Remotes for K10D from China
Posted By E-man
Replies: 7
Views: 363
Yeah, there's a reason you can pick up those generic remotes for about a dollar on eBay. You get what you pay for, at least in my experience. I picked up genuine Pentax remote second hand on eBay for about $3, which works great, at least to fire the shutter indoors. It also has a button with little trees next to it but that doesn't seem to do anything on the K10D. The other nice bonus for the Pentax remote is it fits inside the battery grip, which the generic one I have will not. I wish I could tell you the model number of my Pentax remote but it doesn't seem to have one.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-30-2019, 07:23 AM  
Pentax K30 battery life - camera turned off
Posted By E-man
Replies: 9
Views: 540
I haven't experienced that issue with my K30, although I've given up on the proprietary rechargeable batteries as they just don't keep a charge and I now only run AA's in it, either Eneloops, Amazon Basics rechargeables, which are essentially re-badged Eneloops and considerably less expensive, or Energizer Lithiums. A set of any of the aforementioned batteries will last for months without needing to be recharged, or replaced in the case of the Energizer Lithiums. A generic AA battery adapter was one of the best $3 purchases I've ever made on eBay. All that said, my suggestion would simply be to pull the batteries out of the camera when it's not in use. I used to have to do this with two different Yashica 35mm cameras I've had that would drain their batteries overnight if they were left in place.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-17-2019, 06:33 AM  
Is it still possible to purchase a standalone Lightroom version?
Posted By E-man
Replies: 24
Views: 1,236
I've gotten pretty fed up with Adobe and their subscription only business model so I've moved entirely to open source--GIMP and Raw Therapee--for my post-processing needs and have no regrets in doing so.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-15-2019, 06:47 AM  
Longevity of Pentax DSLR
Posted By E-man
Replies: 24
Views: 1,658
I think all of my Pentax cameras are about 10 years old, give or take, and all are working just fine. The only one I have any issues with is the Samsung GX-20 (K20D clone), which has a sticky memory card door. I have to simultaneously twist the release and gently pry it with my fingernail to get it open. Once it's open, I can work the release mechanism a few times and it'll be fine until it sits closed again for a while.
Forum: Pentax K-70 04-07-2019, 07:22 AM  
what are the best spare batteries to get?
Posted By E-man
Replies: 27
Views: 1,190
Where possible, such as with my K30, I opt for AA's instead of proprietary batteries. My favorites for that purpose are Eneloops or Amazon Basics rechargeables or if I have to go with disposable batteries, Enegizer Lithiums are my go-to.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-29-2019, 08:59 PM  
lens hood part
Posted By E-man
Replies: 7
Views: 494
I have a lens that came to me with that little cover missing from its hood. I eventually bought a JJC knockoff that was so accurate that the cover fit perfectly on the Pentax hood. I eventually let the JJC hood go with another lens, sans the little cover.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-28-2019, 06:23 AM  
DIY Weather Proofing a Lens
Posted By E-man
Replies: 35
Views: 1,480
I remember seeing a humorous/stupid YouTube video a few years ago where a guy did a DIY "weatherproofing" on a Nikon by coating the whole thing with spray foam, then testing it out in the shower.
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-28-2019, 06:14 AM  
Shutter Count Maximum
Posted By E-man
Replies: 23
Views: 1,396
Manufacturers these days often intentionally build weak points into their to ensure regular product replacement. Somewhere along the line, they decided building products to last a lifetime was a sucker's bet, as far as their interests were concerned. I'm not talking just about cameras. It's common across the spectrum of consumer products. Not long after Apple brought out the first iPods, consumers began to complain about what they considered premature failures of batteries and hard drives and the inability to easily replace them. Apple responded by saying iPods were "disposable products" with a limited lifespan and were not intended to be repaired.
Forum: Pentax Q 03-25-2019, 06:40 AM  
petal hood for Q02 zoom
Posted By E-man
Replies: 6
Views: 521
Nice work! I have several JJC lens hoods and generally find them to be of excellent quality, very much the equal of OEM. I sometimes have to wonder if JJC actually makes lens hoods for Pentax. I once bought a JJC lens hood on the cheap to get the little cover that was missing from a genuine Pentax hood I have and it was a perfect fit.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-22-2019, 09:18 PM  
Made a wooden grip for my Pentax K1000 out of colored pencils
Posted By E-man
Replies: 19
Views: 1,641
I love it. Definitely makes a statement.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-21-2019, 06:45 AM  
Am I wrong to hate the DA* 16-50mm?
Posted By E-man
Replies: 19
Views: 977
If you've had three copies of that lens and have been disappointed with all of them, then chances are it isn't the lens for you and thus you are well within your rights to dislike it. I've never used one, so I cannot make any pronouncement on its quality or suitability for my needs.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-21-2019, 06:33 AM  
Receiving error message: "Memory Card Error" with my K-7.
Posted By E-man
Replies: 7
Views: 448
I have a Samsung GX-20 (K20D clone) that's persnickety about SD cards. It just doesn't like most 32GB cards and won't save images to one. I do have a couple of super fast ones that work well with it, but mostly I stick to cards 16 GB and smaller, which work just fine. Figuring out that little quirk helped me to soften my dislike for this camera, although it still isn't my favorite.
Forum: General Photography 03-20-2019, 06:32 AM  
Beginner's photography course
Posted By E-man
Replies: 27
Views: 975
To my way of thinking, snapping with a smart phone isn't photography. I would make clear what the course is about--and just as importantly isn't about--in the course description. That way, you at least make an effort to head off unrealistic expectations. Of course, human nature being what it is, one cannot accomplish that entirely. Exposure, lighting, composition and the bare basics of digital post-production are what I'd emphasize. I'm thankful my first photography course that I took in high school almost 40 years ago (Whew! where does the time go?) centered around fully manual cameras, specifically the Minolta SRT-102, which was much like the Pentax K-1000. I think it's important to learn those basics to have a working knowledge of how photography works. That said, the course I took in college, which was taught in my university's physics department, was all about mathematical formulas for optics, which I never fully grasped. The one thing I got out of it was a better understanding of the relationship between aperture and shutter speed as it relates to depth of field.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-19-2019, 07:49 PM  
My K-r cannot auto focus
Posted By E-man
Replies: 11
Views: 419
I had a similar problem with a K10D. Somehow, the center focusing point had gotten shifted to the lower right corner. Once I moved it back to the center, it worked fine.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-14-2019, 03:33 PM  
Picked up a Pentax camera & some lenses.
Posted By E-man
Replies: 13
Views: 1,171
I've had that Albinar 80-200 lens with a Minolta mount for about 35 years. I loved it when I didn't know any better but over the years, I've had the opportunity to use better glass and in the process have come to realize just how thoroughly crap-tastic it really is. I also have two other Albinar lenses in my Minolta kit--a mediocre 35-70 zoom and a 28mm f2.8 that's actually pretty decent.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-05-2019, 08:38 AM  
Cringe Worthy
Posted By E-man
Replies: 11
Views: 1,603
To my western eyes, that camera is perfectly hideous but it's important to remember that in many Asian cultures, red is a color associated with good fortune, which may be what the seller is trying to reap by asking such an exorbitant price for it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-04-2019, 05:38 PM  
(Un)popular Opinion: Pentax AF Doesn't Suck
Posted By E-man
Replies: 197
Views: 10,334
Autofocus works great when you're at least ten feet away from your subject, but for macro/close focus work, I just switch the camera to manual focus and save myself some headaches. That way, the camera's focus mechanism is linked directly to my brain via my fingertips and I more consistently get the shots I want. That's how I learned to shoot almost 40 years ago and you know what? No matter how complicated the technology gets it still just plain works.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-20-2019, 03:09 PM  
ILC market niches, Leica and Pentax
Posted By E-man
Replies: 59
Views: 2,896
I agree that it would be difficult for Pentax to reinvent itself as a super premium brand like Leica. At this juncture, it would be facing a double challenge of a large segment of the buying public that has either written the brand off or doesn't even remember it exists, coupled with the fact that many of those who are still familiar with Pentax see it more as a budget brand that also offers some nice higher end stuff. It doesn't work to just declare one's self a gold standard and expect consumers to pony up to buy your products--especially if you're Pentax and you don't spend a dime to promote them. I still haven't figured out how that strategy is supposed to work.

By comparison, Leica is able thrive in that 'gold standard' position today because they have been there for decades, consistently offering products of a caliber that most of their customers seem to believe justifes their hefty price tags, even if some question whether the models co-developed with Panasonic are truly worthy of the Leica name. Interestingly, that partnership is quite similar to the one Pentax and Samsung briefly enjoyed a decade or so ago. When the Leica and Panasonic initially partnered up, Leica was looking to break into the digital world and Panasonic wanted to get into cameras, having had no previous experience in that segment, other than with camcorders, so they each contributed what they were best at. Leica oversaw the development of lenses, which are also included on Panasonic models that have no Leica equivalent, and Panasonic oversaw the electronics. I have a Lumix FZ50 that is essentially the same camera as a Leica V-Lux 1, much like my Samsung GX-20 is essentially the same camera as a Pentax K20D. In both cases, the differences boil down to firmware and cosmetics. Leica offered a standard three-year warranty on their cameras while Panasonic offered only one and commanded a $300 premium over its Panasonic counterpart. Even today, as an aging and fairly obsolete model, used copies of the V-Lux 1 routinely command double the price of the Lumix FZ50, if not more.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-18-2019, 07:07 PM  
SD card problem with K70
Posted By E-man
Replies: 9
Views: 620
The trick is to respond rather than react. And remember to BREATHE!
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-16-2019, 07:29 PM  
The "Cheap AF 28ish-80ish zoom lens" club
Posted By E-man
Replies: 152
Views: 55,820
I think at least half of my lenses fall into this category: Sigma 28-80 macro ($30-ish), Quantaray 28-90 non-macro ($36), Tamron 28-105 ($32), Sigma Zoom Master 35-70 ($7), Pentax FA 28-105 power zoom ($28). The newest addition to the collection is a Takumar F 28-80 macro that I picked up last month for $14 ($8 plus $6 shipping). Here are a couple of the first shots I've taken with it on my K30. I especially like the fact that it doesn't oversaturate the reds.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-16-2019, 05:17 PM  
Nature First blooms of spring
Posted By E-man
Replies: 2
Views: 258
I've got a few more daffodils in bloom today. We also had a little rain, which can make for some interesting images. All in all, I think I'm getting the hang of this lens a little better. Manual focus works best in macro mode.
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