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Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-25-2018, 12:02 AM  
Adobe Photography Plans compared to LR CC plan
Posted By Jim P
Replies: 0
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I had the Adobe Photography Plan for $9.99/Month so I could use the desktop versions of Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop but needed at least a Terabyte of cloud storage to simplify file management. So I checked the Adobe options. The comparison between the three versions is found here. The version I needed if I stayed with Adobe's solution showed $19.99/mo for Lightroom Classic CC + Photoshop desktop + LR mobile + 1TB cloud storage. Essentially, if I wanted both LR and Photoshop on the desktop plus LR Mobile and 1TB storage, it would add $10/mo.

But when I logged in to make the change, the upgrade price was actually $14.99/mo instead of $19.99/mo. The bottom line is that it cost me an additional $5.00/month for the Terabyte of cloud storage. Plus, it gave me the ability to edit using the desktop versions of LR CC and Photoshop CC on my mac or edit using LR mobile on my Windows 10 tablet. I made the switch and it seems to be working as needed. It was a pleasant surprise.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-24-2018, 11:12 PM  
Nature New to Me K-3 II - first outing this weekend - Central Coast California
Posted By Jim P
Replies: 11
Views: 481
What a nice find! Nice series. The sharpness of the bunny shows it can produce as it should. I spent a year commuting from Ventura to Palo Alto every week trying to find different interesting routes but at the time I did not do any serious photography. Now I fly up to San Jose and rarely come up with a good excuse to drive the back roads.

Enjoy the K-3ii. Mine has been a joy.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-05-2018, 09:45 PM  
Game Daily in May 2018 - Discussion Thread
Posted By Jim P
Replies: 82
Views: 2,677
I imagine it would have only gotten 10,000 views if its name was George. :) But it is definitely worthy of the 20K plus views.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-01-2018, 08:58 PM  
Game Daily in May 2018 - Discussion Thread
Posted By Jim P
Replies: 82
Views: 2,677
I am in for May but forgot to look at this discussion thread for the themes. I'll start that part tomorrow.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-01-2018, 08:42 PM  
Game Single In - May, 2018
Posted By Jim P
Replies: 82
Views: 2,756
I've seen some of these or similar lenses at a local pawn shop and have been curious as to what can be done with them.

I thought I posted this a couple of days ago but evidently not. I'm in for May. I splurged and bought two $10 lenses on Saturday. One is the Pentax F 80-200 4.7-5.6, which I will be singling.
Forum: Sold Items 04-29-2018, 01:18 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax Auto Bellows II in Original Box
Posted By Jim P
Replies: 2
Views: 404
PM Sent.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-28-2018, 11:04 PM  
Game Daily in May 2018 - Discussion Thread
Posted By Jim P
Replies: 82
Views: 2,677
I'm in also. I shot a thousand or so pictures on a student trip winding from Scotland to London and then to Paris at the beginning of the month, then a couple hundred for a prom at the HS where my wife teaches. So most of my non work time for the last few weeks has been spent in post processing instead of shooting. But the prom pictures were delivered and I actually went out shooting today.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-04-2018, 01:49 PM  
Going Down
Posted By Jim P
Replies: 24
Views: 597
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Winners' Showcase 03-04-2018, 01:47 PM  
February, 2018 Winner: Super Lunar Eclipse Illuminates Trees
Posted By Jim P
Replies: 129
Views: 2,882
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-01-2018, 12:52 AM  
Game Single in March 2018
Posted By Jim P
Replies: 84
Views: 2,649
I am in also, hopefully a bit more consistent. I'll probably use the Pentax-M 40-80mm F2.8-4. It came with an MX and ME Super I recently picked up from the original owner. I am traveling with a student group at the end of the month so probably get flakey after the 26th. My wife is a teacher and takes kids to Europe every spring. My role as a chaperone allows opportunities for lots of classic tourist shots but not much time to process and post.


Looking forward to scenery!
Forum: Sold Items 01-28-2018, 03:45 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax MX winder
Posted By Jim P
Replies: 2
Views: 414
PM Sent.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-19-2018, 09:59 AM  
Using old SMC Pentax-A lenses with Pentax DSLR
Posted By Jim P
Replies: 31
Views: 2,149
I see lots of great advice so far. I went with pentax because of the availability of relatively inexpensive lenses. My photography skills improved sugnificantly when I discovered the Pentax-A lenses and used them with the K-50. Changing the focusing screen did help. But I did not change it on the K-3ii I now use, so it is helpful but not critical with all the aids others mentioned.

Id consider a used K-3 or or K-3ii if the budget allows. If you still have the LX and ME, selling one may offset the cost difference.

Enjoy!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-16-2018, 09:55 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #136 Poll (Flowers Up Close - December 2017)
Posted By Jim P
Replies: 57
Views: 4,478
Great work! And all the more impressive because December is not the month I would typically expect all the great flower shots.
Forum: Sold Items 01-15-2018, 11:44 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax D-BG5 Battery Grip - K-3 / K-3 ii
Posted By Jim P
Replies: 1
Views: 454
PM Sent
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-08-2018, 10:47 PM  
Lines on 120 film negatives
Posted By Jim P
Replies: 8
Views: 730
I believe the film was machine processed. And I think the lines were visible on the negatives but I am not sure. I did have the owner of the shop look at it and they were going to wash and scan them again. I'll have to pick up the negatives to see for myself.

---------- Post added 01-08-18 at 10:00 PM ----------




The film is Ilford Delta 100 Professional Black and White film. I had mentioned to the owner of the shop that I'd love to see their complete developing process. My intent was to overcome my ignorance on the developing process. Now I am seeing how important that understanding actually is. The roll had a couple of shots that I'd love to have been able to work on in post.

Thanks Tony and Alex! I'll post an update once I learn anything more. And I'll try another lab just to eliminate the camera variable.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-08-2018, 12:58 AM  
Lines on 120 film negatives
Posted By Jim P
Replies: 8
Views: 730
Hi All,

I am fairly new user of a Pentax 645Nii. I had some Ilford BW film developed a few weeks ago and the scanned images have vertical lines, not perfectly straight but the frame. The lines are not exactly straight but are very consistent and quite visible. They were rescanned by the local shop that does the developing but it made no difference. Any ideas on what could have caused the lines? More specifically, does this look like a camera issue, a user issue (something I did), or a developing/scanning issue?

https://www.flickr.com/gp/jimp/79B5Hu

Thanks
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-05-2017, 09:51 AM  
Nature Ventura Thomas Fire
Posted By Jim P
Replies: 2
Views: 218
At one point this wind blown fire was consuming 1 acre per second. I was about a half to three quarters of a mile from the hills when I took this shot. My house is a couple of miles away and unlikely to be in any danger. But the news keeps trickling in of friends and acquaintances whose houses have burned. More pics will follow in the morning light.
Ventura Fire 5-2019 20171205 by Jim, on Flickr

Ventura Fire 2-2004 20171205 by Jim, on Flickr

Ventura Fire 4-1988 20171205 by Jim, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-30-2017, 07:06 PM  
Game Single in December 2017
Posted By Jim P
Replies: 77
Views: 2,691
I am in for December but not sure what I will shoot. I flaked at the end of October while I was printing and framing a bunch of pictures (14) for a display at a coffee shop in Ojai and then recovering from the intensity of that preparation I took off November. Though I could post in many of the threads, without the pressure of the daily challenges, I shoot fewer shots and then don't post any.

I'll probably pick something for portraits in preparation for the holidays or a zoom to prepare for spontaneous shots of the granddaughters at holiday events.



Either one would be nice. I'd love to see the 12mm but since I am considering the the DFA28-105 if I don't go with a prime that would be one I'd lean toward.

---------- Post added 11-30-17 at 06:08 PM ----------



Being sick, especially when so much is going on is no fun. Hope you get better to enjoy all the activities.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-11-2017, 11:12 PM  
Game Single in October 2017
Posted By Jim P
Replies: 140
Views: 5,390
That is what I love about this challenge, life happens and knocks us out of the fun and challenging stuff like this challenge, and everyone is understanding and encouraging.

I changed lenses mid-stream. In my shooting yesterday I was not burdened with the low quality lens I had been singling. Out of yesterdays shooting two just hit Explore.

---------- Post added 10-12-17 at 12:08 AM ----------

The last orange off of our tree...

Orange-1183 20171011 by Jim, on Flickr
K-3ii with DA 35mm F2.8 Macro with single flash, AF160SA.

And just to balance the orange,
Strawberry-1189 20171011 by Jim, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Q 10-07-2017, 10:18 AM  
I May Have Sold a Few Q7's for Pentax
Posted By Jim P
Replies: 12
Views: 2,152
Very impressive! Great detail and lighting. Time to put my Q on eBay! Or visit the model railroad groups and try my hand.
:)
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-04-2017, 08:37 PM  
K-1 or 645n
Posted By Jim P
Replies: 20
Views: 1,383
DCShooter - I skipped ahead a bit in the amassing of 645 lenses, 6 of them and an extension tube.

All - I did purchase the 645n, but did it much more intelligently with the great input from everyone. It came down to what NZ_Ross described as the medium format itch. Plus the fact that my local camera shop processes a lot of 120 film. Mailing film away to be developed probably would have been a game changer for me. The deal came with the 645n, the Pentax-A 645 120mm F4, A 80-120mm F4.5, A 35mm F2.8, L.S. 75mm F2.8, L.S. 135mm F4, and FA 45-85, several film backs, and numerous filters, chords, and even a polaroid back.

Because of the varying opinions, all helpful, I was able to make my decision having thought through the options and now have no qualms. I did come to the realization that I have so very much to learn. So, having attained a level of confidence with my current digital cameras and SLRs, I am back to square one with the 645n. It should keep me busy for a while.

Thanks all!
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-04-2017, 08:56 AM  
K-1 or 645n
Posted By Jim P
Replies: 20
Views: 1,383
I would include my A 50 1.4 and M 28 2.8 in the quality level that would work well with the K-1. My A 135 2.8 broke but replacing that would help at the longer end. So in reality I would only need a good wide angle. Hmmmm...

---------- Post added 10-04-17 at 09:08 AM ----------



I do think both the K1 (or K1-ii 😁) and a 645_ are in my future. The itch for medium format grew after taking an MX with me to Spain in the summer and shooting some BW film.

So I will reduce the issue to one of sequencing rather than an A or B decision. If my wife likesbthe results of the first, the second may be easier to bear. And maybe not...
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-04-2017, 12:29 AM  
K-1 or 645n
Posted By Jim P
Replies: 20
Views: 1,383
I am at the decision point of whether to purchase a 645n with a wide range of lenses and accessories or purchase a K-1 without any additional lenses.

I currently have a K-3ii and film cameras. I have the DFA 28-105, numerous A and M primes and a couple DA limited lenses but no high quality full frame lenses. Landscape photography is my main reason for an upgrade at this point.

Any input?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-01-2017, 10:38 PM  
Game Daily in October 2017 - discussion thread
Posted By Jim P
Replies: 20
Views: 860
I am in this month. MoNovember sounds like a good challenge.



Good point. I don't often compose my digital shots with monochrome in mind. But I know when I shoot BW film, my view of a scene is different - I could not tell you how exactly. So planning to shoot monochrome will build some new skills or, perhaps, apply old skills to new tools.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-01-2017, 08:51 PM  
Game Single in October 2017
Posted By Jim P
Replies: 140
Views: 5,390
A work deadline on September 30 put a crimp in my posting the last week. Data submitted at 11:59 pm last night, so hopefully I'll be able to post a bit more regularly once I recover from the last week. I picked up an old lens, but new in the box, a couple of months ago, Quantaray MC Auto Zoom 70-210mm F4.0-5.6 Macro. It is an A lens so that should be fun. It was very inexpensive and certainly not a quality lens so we'll see if I can find its sweet spot. After shooting the DA 70 Limited in September, it will be a challenge to use.



Welcome! This group really is a great way to get familiar with a lens. I look forward to seeing how your new old lens works for you.
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