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Forum: General Photography 08-04-2017, 08:28 PM  
Amazon Honoring a $500 Pricing Error on a $2,200 Camera Lens
Posted By promacjoe
Replies: 8
Views: 1,528
I know people make mistakes. And I do make exceptions for the mom-and-pop stores. But I have seen too many bait and switch adds that say one thing and mean another. You see it on TV every day, "By one and we will double the offer, just pay separate shipping and handling." but they never tell you what the shipping will be. Those TV antenna adds bug me the most. "Keep your favorite channels, but lose the cable bill". if you're favorite channel is Disney, discover, HBO, you cannot keep your favorite cable channels and receive them over the public airwaves. never mind that the frequencies have not changed only the signal type, no more analog only digital. And you can receive this signal using the same type antenna used in the 70s. corporate America is always trying to sell you something. And they will take advantage of you anyway they can. No, I am not trying to get back at corporate America. When we see an ad on the Internet, what they tell us is the only thing we can go by. They have an obligation to make sure what they present to us is correct. I have made my share of mistakes when purchasing an item, and when I make a mistake, it is my problem and I accept the responsibility for that mistake. If they make a mistake, I expect them to take the responsibility for it. That is part of the problem in society, too many people trying to blame others for their mistakes.

And then you have some companies that actually admit their mistakes and thank you by giving you that item. Just one of that item no more. Sears used to have a policy, if you order something and it wasn't in stock, they would upgrade to the next item. It was a matter of principle to them. I have even seen them accept returns of items without receipts. Unfortunately I think those days are gone. There was too many people shoplifting, and then tried to return the items.

And then you have eBay's policy, If you offer something for sale, and someone bids on it, or clicks the buy it now button, you must sell it for that price. even though you may lose money.

The laws are in place to help prevent bait and switch. not to punish someone for making an honest mistake. when it comes to the Internet, We must rely on what they tell us.
Forum: General Photography 08-04-2017, 01:37 PM  
Amazon Honoring a $500 Pricing Error on a $2,200 Camera Lens
Posted By promacjoe
Replies: 8
Views: 1,528
I'm not a lawyer, and I'm not trying to give out legal advice. But from what I understand, A contract cannot override state or federal law. That is why you see so many disclaimers when dealing with certain states, such as California. You need to check the laws in your state.

In fact I have just purchased an item off Amazon. The purchase price was $11.08 plus tax. Right after I received it, the price went up to $62.82. I have no idea if it was a mistake or an intentional discount. But I have the item, And If they notify me that I owe additional funds they will have a problem.
Forum: General Photography 08-04-2017, 10:23 AM  
Amazon Honoring a $500 Pricing Error on a $2,200 Camera Lens
Posted By promacjoe
Replies: 8
Views: 1,528
Actually, it depends on where you live, and if there is a distribution center within your state. Here in my US state, we have a distribution center. And the state law says that if it is available Within this state, it must be sold for the advertised price, Plus tax. however this does not apply to item that is not available within this state. Only two items that are available and sold within this US state. other states may have similar laws in place. Check your local laws.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-20-2017, 02:22 PM  
is 300 ppi really recommended for printing?
Posted By promacjoe
Replies: 45
Views: 3,694
No, you are confused. I did not mean droplets per inch. I met dots per inch. This is a more generic term. To my knowledge, droplets per inch is only used for inkjet printers. It does not apply to the laser process or any other printing processes. Since I do not know the exact process being used, I used a generic term. And I used it to describe the size of each./group of colors that will be printed. which may not be discernible to the human eye given the Viewing distance.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-20-2017, 10:31 AM  
is 300 ppi really recommended for printing?
Posted By promacjoe
Replies: 45
Views: 3,694
Let me see if I can shed some lighton the subject,300 DPI is equal to 0.003333 Per Dot. I measured a new stack of 500 sheets of computer paper. It measured 1.968". This gave an average of .003936" . On a 200 per inch image, each.will measure .005" . the question is, can you tell the difference between an image printed at 300 dots per inch compared to 200 dots per inch, in the location that your intended to put it.

As a comparison, I have made 11x14 prints, from a 6 megapixel, 3000x2000, Image. That's 181 DPI. and you could not see any loss in quality even at close up. remember, were talking about a dot that is 0.001037" larger than the thickness of a piece of computer paper, (300DPI). you be the judge.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-19-2017, 10:09 PM  
Legal Advice for would be Professional Photographer.
Posted By promacjoe
Replies: 15
Views: 1,673
As I and many others have indicated, getting Legal advice over the Internet, may be a good starting point, but it is not something you should rely on. You may or may not get good advice off of the Internet. Someone who seems to be knowledgeable on the legal subject, may get you in trouble. Leaving you with a hefty fine or even jail time. Take everything you see on the Internet with a healthy dose of skepticism. You need to check it out from sources within your area. You mentioned two good sources, The photographic Association and a local attorney/barrister. just make sure the legal advice comes from someone who has experience in that Subject.

here in the US, there are thousands of websites that intentionally misrepresent history, legal advice, politics, current events as well as product information. For instance, If you believe all the doom and gloom articles about Pentax, Nikon, and Canon for example, you wouldn't buy a camera. Companies as well as other organizations/people have an agenda. They may just want to sell you a product. Others want to mislead you for some reason. Don't fall into that trap.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-12-2017, 11:21 PM  
Looking for input on a PC build for photo and video
Posted By promacjoe
Replies: 14
Views: 1,308
if you have 8G of memory, And you're using Windows, try setting 4GB up as a RAM drive instead of using an SSD. truthfully Windows does not like to use more than 4GB of memory, Windows will still cash to the hard drive. So you could have 64GB of memory and still have a similar problem.

if your system is over seven years old, I would suggest biting the bullet and upgrading your system. You will be much happier with it. but I would still's suggest setting up a RAM drive.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-12-2017, 11:09 PM  
Legal Advice for would be Professional Photographer.
Posted By promacjoe
Replies: 15
Views: 1,673
All good advice. Just remember when it comes to kids, the distribution of images can be a little tricky depending on your country. Make sure you cover your bases in this area as well. And when it comes to distribution of images for corporate use, make sure you have a Signed model release in hand. your best friend is Google in this case. But it also can be your worst enemy, Google covers every country, and what is Legal in the US or Canada may not be Legal in your country. Make sure you get advice from a legal source in your country.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-09-2017, 12:07 PM  
Looking for input on a PC build for photo and video
Posted By promacjoe
Replies: 14
Views: 1,308
It is a combination of processor speed, memory, hard drive and video card. Windows routinely cashes to a hard drive. Moving that cash to a virtual hard drive, (ram drive) will speed up your system. you will need at least 4 GB of memory available for windows. The rest can be set up in a RAM drive. unless you're doing high-level 3-D graphics or gaming, or using a 4K monitor, a video card will not improve your performance that much. just use a decent video card. You don't have to go for the high-end cards. $70-$100, is a good price range. Just remember, the programs you choose and how you set up your machine makes a big difference in your performance. Do your homework, and make good choices.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-09-2017, 11:09 AM  
Looking for input on a PC build for photo and video
Posted By promacjoe
Replies: 14
Views: 1,308
Many motherboard manufacturers are still supporting Windows 7 drivers. Because of this there is no reason to avoid Windows 7 at this time. How long they will continue supporting the drivers is a different story. Security updates is a bigger issue. But this is a big issue with Windows 10 as well. If you do not know how to disable it Windows 10 will copy every keystroke every mouse click that you make and possibly send this information to Microsoft. This includes your username and passwords. For me I am still using Windows 7 on a brand-new AMD system. I have no issues with drivers. My system and virus protection is always kept up-to-date. And since I do not put any really important information on my system, bank accounts or credit card numbers etc., I am not very worried about security. the choice of operating system is yours. But don't be afraid of Windows 7, it is still a viable operating system. Update when you feel comfortable doing so.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-09-2017, 10:14 AM  
Looking for input on a PC build for photo and video
Posted By promacjoe
Replies: 14
Views: 1,308
A few notes on building a new system.

1: SSD's have a limited number of write cycles. Consider moving all your User/cache files off the SSD and onto a physical drive.

2: RAM, get as much RAM as you can afford. You can create a RAM drive, (virtual hard drive) on the excess RAM. You can then store cash files in this RAM drive. This can increase the speed to your hard drive as much as 10 times over a SSD. Google RAM drive. AMD has a good one, and several tutorials on YouTube. There are also many good free ones. do not store the image on your SSD.

3: Windows 7. If you're using Windows 7, make sure you have a PS2 compatible keyboard. Windows 7 does not "Natively" contain USB3 Drivers. Only as an update. The USB ports may not work on the new motherboard Until you update the drivers. Once updated, you can plug in. the mouse and keyboard to a USB 3 port, and finish the installation. also make sure your new motherboard has a PS/2 port. also note: make sure you understand how to use the keyboard shortcuts to navigate through windows. Write them down if you need to. It is a pain to try to figure out a keyboard shortcut in the middle of trying to install Windows.

4: when buying a processor, read the description carefully. Some processors come with a fan/heatsink. Some do not. Make sure you consider this in your purchase. Also on AMD processors , some processors have the video processor built into them, some do not. Just because your motherboard has a video-out doesn't mean your processor will support it. you still may need a separate video card.

other than that, make sure you read all documentation available before you purchase the item. If you have any questions, Please ask. Someone will try to answer your question.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-07-2017, 09:55 AM  
Lens Hood for Sigma 70-200mm
Posted By promacjoe
Replies: 2
Views: 740
Just a note for using the short metal hoods, the ones that I have, Can be stacked . For instance an 82 mm can stack on a 77 mm hood. At least that's what mine will do. It gives you better contrast on longer focal lengths and you can remove the extensions for the shorter focal lengths. the added advantage is you can stack them one inside the other for storage.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-24-2017, 10:12 PM  
We just have launched ...
Posted By promacjoe
Replies: 14
Views: 2,493
Last I heard, Cannon had a 50% drop in camera sales. And were supposed to jump ship for Cannon. Not me, even if Pentax does go belly up, I got too much invested in the Pentax gear. As long as my K3 holds out, or I can get a replacement, I am sticking with it. And even if I had to replace my gear, I would not go to Canon. I would probably go to Sony instead.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-12-2017, 09:00 PM  
Should I worry bout internal battery being dead in a Q10?
Posted By promacjoe
Replies: 9
Views: 997
I don't have that camera, nor have I ever used one, but I can think of a couple things that you might try. First, before removing the battery, try plugging the USB cable into the camera. I know that it will not power the entire camera, but on some cameras it may power the battery backup system. another option is to get an AC power adapter for the camera. It will's power the entire camera. Including the battery backup system. the only other choices are, live with it, or have it fixed.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-08-2017, 09:43 PM  
It's a men world (rant)
Posted By promacjoe
Replies: 87
Views: 5,476
In this case, the problem is not so much that it's a man's world, but men do not have that problem. So we cannot identify with it. the ones that need to fix the problem is the ones that have the problem. The only way you're going to complain and fix the problem is if you complain to the right person, and make them understand that it is economically viable to fix the problem. So you can either set on the fence and complain, or get off the fence and fix the problem. if you cannot fix the problem yourself, find the right person that can. And make them understand that there is money to be made by fixing the problem.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-08-2017, 01:42 PM  
It's a men world (rant)
Posted By promacjoe
Replies: 87
Views: 5,476
It sounds like a good business opportunity. Start designing your own bags, made the way you need them made, start your own company and go for it. you could expand to other similar areas as well. it's difficult for a man to design something like that, we don't have that problem.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-04-2017, 11:53 AM  
Enough!
Posted By promacjoe
Replies: 23
Views: 1,893
Note, anyone who has a subscription service, such as Internet/Cable service, Netflix, Amazon prime, or any other reoccurring charge on a credit card/bank account, you should do the following.

1, keep up with all pertinent information related to that account. Such as account numbers and passwords. include contact information for that account.

2, print this information out or put it on a Sd card. Do not keep it on your computer. Place this information with your will or other important documents in case something happens. Make sure someone knows where this information is. And that these subscriptions should be canceled immediately, if something happens.

3, make sure this information is kept up-to-date.

Many people forget that these accounts exist. They just pay their credit card off every month and not worry about it. But these accounts can continue long after your death. So make sure they are taking care of.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-04-2017, 10:15 AM  
Enough!
Posted By promacjoe
Replies: 23
Views: 1,893
Generally, it is never a good idea to cancel a credit card or say that your credit card information has been compromised if it is not true. If you do, it can show up on your credit report and affect It in a negative manner. Unfortunately, once you have a subscription of this type, it is up to the provider to cancel the charges not the recipient. at least in the US.

if you need to cancel a reoccurring payment you need to follow these steps.

1, contact them by phone or instant message requesting that the charge be canceled. make sure you document what is said and who you talk to.

2, follow-up with either an email or one that is sent through the Postal Service, registered mail, requesting the subscription be canceled. This is to document the request. make sure all information is correct.

If the request is ignored, then you can contact your bank/credit card company, and provide the needed documentation. The credit card company should deny any further charges and Refund any charges from the date of cancellation.

Also if the cancellation was ignored, send a complaint to the Better Business Bureau and your local DAs office. Again make sure all information is truthful and correct.

Doing it in this manner should not affect your credit rating. Using some of the other suggestions can adversely affect your credit rating. if your credit rating is adversely affected by this action, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. do it the right way, and everything should work out fine. if you do it the wrong way you may have unforeseen problems later on. And there may not be anything that you can really do about it.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-02-2017, 09:39 PM  
Using UV filters for lens protection.
Posted By promacjoe
Replies: 42
Views: 2,478
As far as a lens caps goes, their great, and I use them whenever possible. But when I'm actively looking for wildlife, or shooting kids, sporting events or a air show, The lens cap goes in my pocket. The second or two that it takes to remove that cap, Can mean the difference between getting the shot that you want, or missing it entirely. And yes I use lens hoods as well. And so does my brother and his wife. But that did not stop that hundred dollar plus polarizer from getting damaged. But the $2000 plus lens was not damaged. Do I expect the filter to protect my lens from a catastrophic event such as a rock hitting it , No. And the lens hood will not protect it either. The lens hood can protect your camera, But in a different manner. It's like the bumper on your car and the windshield. They are both designed to help protect you. But they do it in different ways. the trick is, knowing when to use a filter, and knowing when not to use them. it's your equipment, you can use it however you wish. But I have 40+-year-old lenses that are in pristine condition, simply because I have tried my best to protect them. and I have taken a lot of pictures over the years.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-29-2017, 10:40 AM  
Using UV filters for lens protection.
Posted By promacjoe
Replies: 42
Views: 2,478
I acknowledge both sides of this argument. And I always keep protector filters in my bag. on one side people think that filters are only good for extreme damage. That's not what therefore. If something is going to hit your lens hard enough to break the filter, It would damage an unprotected lens as well. So to me that's kind of a stupid scenario. at least with a filter, your lens has a chance of surviving. But extreme damage like that is not why i keep a filter in my bag. It's for the common occurrences that show up on a regular basis while outshooting. The kids poking at your lens with there dirty hands, mud, chemical spray such as salt or the occasional drink that might be splashed on you. And the sand blowing on your lens, which can fog the glass, or at least the coating on the glass. Note: this may be a Long-term process. Every particle of sand that hits your lens can do a little bit more damage. It might not be noticeable at first, But over the years you may find more and more scratches in your lens coating. And when a sudden gust of wind comes up, the only thing you can do is point your camera downwind and hope for the best. my brother and his wife took a vacation to Yellowstone. While photographing the geyser, she got a little bit too close, and the hot spray from the geyser hit her fairly new Nikon 80200 F2.8 lens. Fortunately they had a polarizer on it. The incident left a large permanent mark on the polarizer just off center. But the expensive camera lens was spared.

protector filters are good to have in your bag, you just need to know when to use them, And when not to.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-14-2017, 10:32 PM  
bellows repair ...
Posted By promacjoe
Replies: 9
Views: 1,223
a quick short search, "How to repair a camera bellows", gave me this.

My bellows repair recipe and technique. | APUG.ORG

bellows

Camera Collecting and Restoration

Just three of a long list. Did not count them.
I suggest you do the same search.

Hope this helps.

Joe.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-04-2017, 12:23 PM  
Do SD cards "wear out?"
Posted By promacjoe
Replies: 32
Views: 2,533
First of all, SD cards do have a limited read/write cycle. Although it is high they do give problems over time. And there is 1 moving part within a SD card , The right protects which. It is a physical switch. SD cards are extremely cheap compared to film. It is very economical to fill one to capacity, and then stored away. Depending on the camera, a 32 GB SD card can hold 800 to 1000 pictures, Your count may very significantly. You can compare the current cost of film and processing to the current price of one SD card. However, It is a very good idea to Backup your data. unfortunately any media that you use to back it up on, has a limited practical use value. Each storage device will get replaced eventually with a new medium, That requires new hardware. The older mediums may or may not be usable. You can call it designed obsolescent. By the time a SD card starts to lose its digital integrity, it may not be usable anyway due to this designed obsolescence. So it is a good idea to backup your data each time you change to a new type backup storage device.

Whether you use the card once and then retire it as a backup, or reformatted each time you use it is irrelevant. Always backup your data. And make sure you retire your old cards before they start giving trouble. Maybe keep count of how many times you reformat it, and retire it after so many reformats.

Just my thoughts.

Joe.
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-15-2017, 11:40 AM  
Do Batteries make a difference? Maybe...
Posted By promacjoe
Replies: 23
Views: 1,409
A automotive starter is not a good comparison with this device. It does not use a regulated power supply. It is an electrical device, Not an electronic device. As I mentioned before, today's electronic devices are highly regulated and use most of the energy in the batteries. The internal resistance of the battery increases as it is discharged and only becomes a problem when it is discharged to about 20% of It's capacity or so. But this number depends on the current needed to operate that device. some devices will not be affected until the battery is nearly depleted. Your cell phone is a good example of this. You may not have a problem making a call even if the battery is low, but at some point your phone just will not work. Other devices might give you a warning before any major problems develop. In the case of a camera, timing is everything. The movement of the mirror and shutter, Which are motor devices, has to work in unison with the processor/sensor. In order for this to happen, everything has to have a constant voltage/current. This means they need a regulated voltage. Current limiting is controlled by the specific device in question. even if you're operating the camera from a AC power source, because of the timing requirements of the camera everything needs to operate the same, every time. A consistent operation, will give you consistent results in your photos. This was a known issue with older, cheaper film cameras. inconsistent results is a big problem. Consistency is key to good results, without it, The cameras useless.
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-15-2017, 10:53 AM  
Do Batteries make a difference? Maybe...
Posted By promacjoe
Replies: 23
Views: 1,409
Agreed, Back in the early days of electronics people did not care how much energy they wasted. Energy was cheap, and the environment was not an issue. All electronic devices created heat. In some cases so much heat that it would become unbearable to stay in the same room with these electronic devices, without a special air-conditioning system. But today, people care about the environment. Global warming is a big issue. An energy cost have gone up considerably. every electronic device will create heat, it is the nature of the beast. Reducing this heat is the goal. We have gone from a lightbulb that waste as much as 90 - 95% of the energy in heat, To one that waste only 5 - 10% in heat. Times have changed. And considering how warm it is, Here in Tn, US, in the middle of February, we need to reduce as much heat as possible.
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-14-2017, 10:26 PM  
Do Batteries make a difference? Maybe...
Posted By promacjoe
Replies: 23
Views: 1,409
I did not select bold. when I type the message it was not in bold. And all of the messages looked the same, at least on my computer. but even still I tried to go in and correct it. It did not seem to make a difference.
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