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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-24-2015, 12:27 PM  
QS1 turns on, then immediately off?
Posted By buster110
Replies: 2
Views: 758
Well that's a bummer. I was hoping to take it with me on a trip next week, instead of lugging around all my DSLR gear. I guess I'll look into warranting it.

I read a couple of posts about K7's doing the same thing and tried those recommendations, with no luck.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-24-2015, 07:40 AM  
QS1 turns on, then immediately off?
Posted By buster110
Replies: 2
Views: 758
My 3 month old QS-1 was working great... then a few weeks ago, it just stopped working. It turns on for a brief second, then shuts back off. Any thoughts before I send it back? I recharged and tried both of my batteries, replaced the memory card out of desperation.
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 06-04-2014, 08:41 AM  
Landscape Marina Sunrise
Posted By buster110
Replies: 45
Views: 3,744
I nominate this photo
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 06-04-2014, 08:40 AM  
Cityscape An Empire State of Mind
Posted By buster110
Replies: 16
Views: 1,815
I nominate this photo
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 06-04-2014, 08:17 AM  
Cityscape Empty wagon at NYC Subway
Posted By buster110
Replies: 22
Views: 2,140
I nominate this photo
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 06-04-2014, 08:12 AM  
Landscape Sunset ferris wheel
Posted By buster110
Replies: 11
Views: 1,785
I nominate this photo
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 06-04-2014, 08:07 AM  
Landscape Rocky River Morning
Posted By buster110
Replies: 4
Views: 605
I nominate this photo
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-04-2012, 06:15 AM  
*PETITION* Lets put an end to the crazy online Pentax lens prices in the US!
Posted By buster110
Replies: 550
Views: 39,763
Until there is a brick and motar even remotely close to Atlanta I have no choice but to buy online using inflated pricing. I will gladly buy locally if you ever make it remotely possible for someone to carry your products. Two of my last three purchases have been at KEH buying used and I can drive to pick it up, since they're local to me. My third was at B&H and I was a little miffed at the cost, but I had to have it for work and I couldn't find a good used copy... I would always much rather purchase my lenses new if I can.

Just sell your equipment online or in a store at the same price. I'm not looking for the bargain of the century. I'm looking for you to stay in business and me to buy my equipment without feeling like I was just taken to the cleaners.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-31-2011, 06:02 AM  
Breakaway at the Velodrome (Lomo)
Posted By buster110
Replies: 0
Views: 1,094
Hot hazy, Atlanta afternoon with the sun setting, stadium lights not on yet, minutes of practice with a rented K20D / DA200 lens combo using high contrast settings, I got what I thought was the perfect shot looking through the camera display.... In the end, just a little out of focus. Such a bummer. I still love the shot though. In the end I played around with a few Lomo processing techniques for fun. Try, try again. Next race two weeks away.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-06-2011, 11:18 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll Contest Voting: "Black and White"
Posted By buster110
Replies: 53
Views: 23,191
I agree with you wholeheartedly, while not a professional photographer, I do own a small advertising agency and there isn't a day that I don't have to have thick skin. The difference here though is that we are not talking about criticism, we're talking about making a poorly thought out statement that was rather offensive. (In my opinion)

The point that I'm making and several others have as well, is that this is a place to learn. We are all on different levels with different abilities, different equipment and most importantly different view points on what makes a good photo. Right or wrong. Whether you thinking none of the shots in question are contest worthy is your opinion and you can vote for something else. Les on the other hand has found several he likes...which is his opinion.

The last thing we need is for people to feel that they're going to be ridiculed for their submission and in the end, stop doing it.

This is not a professional forum and it's for fun, Pentax camaraderie, and to learn.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-05-2011, 12:28 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll Contest Voting: "Black and White"
Posted By buster110
Replies: 53
Views: 23,191
I never said it was directed totally at me, but by his statement in general, it was directed to me and to anyone else who posted a picture of a child.

I don't like peaches, but I'm not going to come up to someone in the grocery store and say, "I'm sure you think peaches are just delicious, but I'm tired of them and the store should just get rid of them."

It was a rude statement and something he should have thought twice about making.

It's no different when in the past someone says they're tired of sunsets, birds, bugs, flowers, macro, girlfriends, mountains, etc, etc. To the person who took said photo, and is proud of it, it's a slap in thier face. It's their expression, who cares if you don't like it. Vote for someone else. I mean how long does it take you to skip over a photo.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-05-2011, 11:24 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll Contest Voting: "Black and White"
Posted By buster110
Replies: 53
Views: 23,191
I'm sure "My snapshot" is one of the photo's that offends you to the point that you felt it necessary to belittle someone else's work... but obviously before you decided to open your mouth and voice your opinion, you didn't take the time to think that for many of us, our children are the only consistent subject we get to shoot? My guess is that you didn't.

I would love it if I could take off and shoot whenever I could, picking the subject matter I wanted, taking the time to thoroughly think though what I'm going to shoot and make it happen. In reality, I own a small business, I try to stay fit and most importantly I spend my remaining free time with my family. So, I'm sorry my personal life ruined your day.

I shoot as much as I can, when I can, like everyone else on this forum who's HOBBY is photography. I try to get up early, I try to break away on vacation to shoot during good light hours and I certainly try to shoot a variety of subjects, when I can. But reality dictates that the majority of my shots are usually going to be mid day, rushed and taken when whatever subject is in front of my lens at that given moment. And that subject is usually my eight year old.

My daughter plays a huge part in my development as a photographer. She's readily available. I usually take my time with her. She's patient enough to allow me to bracket, adjust composition and work on different techniques.

There are many pictures in these contests that are not really my cup of tea either, but I appreciate them taking the time to post them and let me see into a little bit of their life. As long as it fits within the rules, who gives a #$%t what someone else posts.

My suggestion to you, is to think before you make blanket, rude statements....

and for the post about photography clubs.... I've belonged to several clubs in the past too. I've had good an bad teachers. I've been told some pretty idiotic things by people who feel their opinions are the word of god...but the one thing that I has always come back to, was from my high school art teacher, who told us that art is what you interpret of a subject, regardless of the subject.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 06-26-2011, 04:36 PM  
Dork
Posted By buster110
Replies: 0
Views: 806
Hot summer night in Asheville, NC. The girls were more excited about their new Dork Series books then what was in the window.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 06-04-2011, 07:23 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll Contest #57 Voting (May - Still Life)
Posted By buster110
Replies: 21
Views: 13,894
I believe the definition of a still life is: A painting or photograph featuring an arrangement of inanimate, everyday objects, whether natural or manufactured. The subject of a still life is anything that does not move or is dead.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-08-2011, 02:03 PM  
Candy Corn Blues
Posted By buster110
Replies: 6
Views: 3,894
Thanks Eddie... We live in the city as well—actually the largest historic district in Atlanta. For whatever reason our street has become a tradition over the years. We literally have buses of kids coming in... I really do not understand why, we have crazy lines just to get to our door. If I were a kid I'd go somewhere I'd be able to hit more than a dozen houses before everyone runs out of candy... This year, thanks to friends, who donate bags of candy, we handed out close to 50 large bags of candy and we still ran out by 8:30. It's a real site to see.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-22-2011, 11:16 AM  
Candy Corn Blues
Posted By buster110
Replies: 6
Views: 3,894
I was in Iowa a few weeks ago for a client meeting. The eagles were still out by the lock and dam. I only had my 135 with me so I chased a few eagles around an island close by and decided taking shots of the repaired locks was a better option. There were a couple of guys out shooting, one with a Nikon and a rather large 500mm and another with a Canon and a 400mm. Neither were having much luck. Luckily for them I grew up in the area and sent them to a couple of good nesting areas...

Spring is in full bloom in the south, but I've been stuck shooting light bulbs for the past three weeks. Doesn't leave me with a lot of energy or will to go out and shoot for fun.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-25-2011, 11:18 AM  
Candy Corn Blues
Posted By buster110
Replies: 6
Views: 3,894
Sorry for the late of response! I guess things are a little busy in the advertising world. All I can say is THANKS... you made my day and week for that matter. I finally had time to check the results a few minutes ago. I can live with 23 votes and your terrific reply.

Now off to figure out a good bird photo that's not too cliché.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-01-2011, 02:04 PM  
Poll: Contest Poll Contest #53 (January - Orange)
Posted By buster110
Replies: 59
Views: 22,253
No need to calibrate. Lots of yellow.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-30-2011, 08:56 PM  
Candy Corn Blues
Posted By buster110
Replies: 6
Views: 3,894
Oh the hardships of a 7 year old on Halloween. Rain, fruit and a lack of quality candy can lead even the happiest of dog's howling the blues.... In all actuality, All Hallows' Eve is quite the treat and we handed out candy to well over 4,000 kids. It's hard not to have a smile, no matter what the weather conditions.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-21-2010, 06:17 AM  
DA 17-70 + DA*60-250 or DA*16-50 + DA*50-135
Posted By buster110
Replies: 54
Views: 13,012
I second this.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-20-2010, 06:14 PM  
DA 17-70 + DA*60-250 or DA*16-50 + DA*50-135
Posted By buster110
Replies: 54
Views: 13,012
I don't want to get into an argument on this point as you certainly sound scorned. Getting mocked by peers and not having a working lens at the time, I'm sure has not helped your mood on the matter.... However, before purchasing my lens I did my research and as you said I did find a few unhappy Pentaxians... but the vast, vast majority are extremely happy, as am I... With any product you have the potential for a bad egg. Thats just part of mass production. Look at all the warnings for Canon's 24-70 lens...yet it's one of their most popular lenses...and for good reason. If my lens does falter then that will suck, but I'll get it fixed or get another one without hesitation. I like this lens that much.

I did notice a common thread when I was researching and that was the motor seemed to be bad upon purchase or soon after and almost all were able to get a replacement with no problems or were able to get it fixed.... and I cannot recall one person stating their repaired lens ever faltered again.



Yes this is true and it appears to be a very good option... However, it has its own mass production issues of focusing short of the subject and it's not weather sealed ... and what few reviews you can find are for other camera lines and even those recommend or strongly encourage to research the Tokina 50-135... the same Tokina lens that is identical to the Pentax.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-20-2010, 02:35 PM  
DA 17-70 + DA*60-250 or DA*16-50 + DA*50-135
Posted By buster110
Replies: 54
Views: 13,012
I can't speak for Hound Tooth's experience other than to say I think he's just turned into the vocal minority himself. My 50-135 is going strong and I have heard very few concerns with it. Just read the reviews. If it was such an epidemic problem it wouldn't be one of the highest ranked zooms... (just under the 60-250 though) and Hound Tooth, that sucks. Hopefully your bad days are behind you and you can find joy in the lens again.

My 50-135 is a real treat. Next to my FA 35, it's my go to lens. KEH had a used 9+, 50-135 the other day for $700 I think.

I have struggled with the 60-250 for me personally. Don't get me wrong, I would love to trade in my manual focus Tokina for it, but I haven't because, the aperture is a little limited for me. F4 just won't cut it for what I need it most. And when I don't need it, I'm rarely shooting at F4. Though if I had a K5, then I'd probably toss in the towel for one with a smile... assuming I had any money left over to actually buy it.

I think it really comes down to what you think you will be shooting. Optically I think you will be very happy with either. With my 135 it has rarely felt too short and with it being so well balanced, I can walk around with it with ease.
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-18-2010, 08:53 PM  
Just Posted: Pentax K-5 in-depth review
Posted By buster110
Replies: 60
Views: 14,150
I think "company not to be mentioned in this thread" did a great job with their review. I think they have been very fair to Pentax over the years and this is no exception. I think they fairly marked the K7 and their scores of the K20D is what got me to purchase it.

There is a big, big part of me that wanted the reviews to outperform the 70D and for the most part they do. And good god what's 1%. But that's just me rooting for the little guy. The only items that it really lacks, according to them, are items that are very subjective—handling and build. I do question and did question them why the two items are not ranked as high as the K7. Regardless in the end, I really doubt that even with these so called lesser marks that someone would not get it thinking it wasn't built well. Considering it still ranks very high in both categories.

The only real thing I question them on is that they say "Importantly, Pentax has some way to go before it can market a system as complete as those offered by Canon and Nikon"... referring to I believe our lens options and kind of throwing ALL Canikon levels into the mix. This is not a pro setup (and I don't want get into an argument of what a Pro camera is.... I didn't make up the stupid categories) If however you make such a category like the market has, then I really disagree with this statement. Pentax has a very wide and good range of glass with very excellent quality at a third the cost. It's not quite as robust as Canikon, but very good and as a prosumer/semi-pro category, price of all aspects of your gear should play a HUGE part of someone's purchasing decision. We don't have to pay for IR in our lenses. That to me is a very big selling point. Based on this flawed logic, I should just get the Mark IV and throw some $3k + lens on it, if price of all aspects, for a typical prosumer is not taken into consideration.

other than that, I was very impressed with the review. How could I not be?

I did however ask them to take "Class leading image quality" off of the 70D though =)
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-17-2010, 11:54 AM  
Got my K-5!!
Posted By buster110
Replies: 11
Views: 3,396
I've been racing on the track for...well... let's just say a long time. I'm pretty amateurish when it comes to a camera, but I'd like think I know what I'm talking about on the bike. When things thaw, go to buisnesscycles.com or your local shop and get a nice machined, not stamped, 17 and you'll be set.

btw: Atlanta bike lanes are horrible, but considering it's 55° today, I can handle dealing with meathead drivers over sitting in the house any day.

thanks again for the post. I'm looking forward to one day owning my very own k5... though I will miss my k20D for sure.
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-17-2010, 11:31 AM  
Got my K-5!!
Posted By buster110
Replies: 11
Views: 3,396
Wow... best thread ever. Bikes and cameras. Just up my alley.

The DR on that fixie shot is great news and I like the looks paired with the 50-135.

I'm sure you are aware, but that 53x14 is really, really big. Unless you're Graham Obree or Kent Bostick, you may want to go down to a less knee breaking gear and get your spin on. It would be cheaper to throw a 16 or 17 on the back, if you have any additional chain links laying around. That would at least put you down to a 90"or 84" gear. 90's still pretty big. 84 would be good choice. With that 14, you'd really need to go down to a 44 or 42 tooth front to give you a fighting chance up Lemon Hill... Well even then probably not. =)

thanks for posting your pics.
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