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Forum: General Photography 01-10-2016, 08:39 PM  
No body makes bad cameras or lenses anymore.
Posted By jhacker
Replies: 59
Views: 3,874
No One is Making a Bad Camera, You're Just a Bad Photographer

This guy mentions Pentax at the end. The gist is there are no bad cameras anymore, just photographers that need to get better.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-10-2016, 08:35 PM  
Blog post
Posted By jhacker
Replies: 10
Views: 757
He mentions Pentax at the end. The gist, no one is making bad cameras anymore.

No One is Making a Bad Camera, You're Just a Bad Photographer

---------- Post added 01-10-16 at 09:38 PM ----------

Sorry if I put this in the wrong place, maybe I should have put it in general photography.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-22-2015, 06:07 PM  
Budget Birding Lens... ooh
Posted By jhacker
Replies: 36
Views: 3,860
I picked up a Sigma 170-500 F5.6 f6.3 for $350 on eBay. I've only had it a couple of months and haven't had the chance to really play, but the results of the limited shooting I have done with it are encouraging. at F6.3 it is limited, but at 500 mm, it really brings things in tight.
Forum: General Photography 12-09-2015, 08:47 AM  
Photography Etiquette at public events
Posted By jhacker
Replies: 51
Views: 3,235
I'm one of those "local newspaper photographers," and I try to look around when I know I'm in front of the crowd and could be in the way. I'll also try not to stay in one spot for more than a few seconds so if I am in someone's way, I'm not there for long. I've shot parades for years and It is my job to get the right shot for the newspaper, but its not my job to prevent parents and others from getting their shot. She was rude and she should have apologized.
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-19-2015, 09:36 PM  
Astro photography focusing
Posted By jhacker
Replies: 10
Views: 1,234
I have the Pentax 10-17 mm zoom lens and I want to try some wide field shots of the sky, especially during meteor showers. However, focusing on the stars is a royal pain, especially with this lens because the stars aren't bright enough to see to manually focus. I'll end up shooting an exposure and blowing it up to see if I'm close, then adjusting. But I can't tell which direction to turn the wheel from the photo, just whether or not it's in focus. You can't just spin the lens around to the stop on the infinity side because the stars are out of focus. In focus is somewhere before you get around to the stop. Is there a secret? Someone said use live view, but the live view is so bright, you can't see the stars. What's the secret to focusing any lens on stars? I've been trying for years and haven't figured it out.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-19-2015, 09:27 PM  
Nature Lightning
Posted By jhacker
Replies: 5
Views: 466
Yes, I was limited to shorter exposures because of the ambient light on the water tower. I didn't want to blow out the scene, so I went with low ISO 200 and a narrower aperture, F9 to F10, than I normally go with. I was still limited to six seconds before I started blowing out the water tower. If I'm out in a rural area where I don't have these lights, I'll open the shutter for 20 seconds or more depending on the frequency of the lightning.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-19-2015, 09:12 PM  
Nature Lightning
Posted By jhacker
Replies: 5
Views: 466
I haven't had too many opportunities to photograph lightning this year. But two opportunities presented themselves in the past month and a half. I shot these on Nov. 16, 2015. Carthage High School is home of the Tigers, hence the water tower that says Tigers.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-01-2015, 09:42 AM  
Pentax batteries
Posted By jhacker
Replies: 17
Views: 1,638
Another question. Can the battery be charged through the k50 camera with the right cable?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-01-2015, 09:30 AM  
Pentax batteries
Posted By jhacker
Replies: 17
Views: 1,638
I think we've solved the problem. Thanks.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-01-2015, 09:10 AM  
Pentax batteries
Posted By jhacker
Replies: 17
Views: 1,638
From what I'm reading, the K50 uses the D-LI109 battery and the K5II and K3 use the D-LI190 battery. Physically, they look similar. I still haven't figured out if the chargers are compatible. They come with different chargers.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-01-2015, 08:40 AM  
Pentax batteries
Posted By jhacker
Replies: 17
Views: 1,638
I have a young friend I'm helping get into photography. Her family bought her (I guess) a used Pentax k50. I'm a lifelong pentaxian and I have a K20d that I've used for four years, then I skipped right over the K50 to the K5II and the K3 in the past year. When her family bought the K50, apparently it didn't come with a battery charger. I don't know why. The K5II and K3 use the same battery and charger. Will that charger charge the battery that the K50 uses, which is apparently slightly different? Will the K20d charger work?
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-22-2015, 03:05 PM  
I blame you people!
Posted By jhacker
Replies: 20
Views: 1,969
I fell for the Adorama special. I just bought the K5IIs in February, then had to send it to the shop. While it was at Precision Camera earlier this month, I pushed the button on the adorama deal. Now my camera pair is the K-3 and K-5IIs when less than a year ago it was the K20D and a Kx. Now I just need to find some time to go play.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-09-2015, 04:13 PM  
Adorama closed till 6th Oct
Posted By jhacker
Replies: 19
Views: 1,738
They got it to me when I needed it. Big ups Adorama. I'm a new K3 owner and looking forward to playing.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-06-2015, 10:31 AM  
Adorama closed till 6th Oct
Posted By jhacker
Replies: 19
Views: 1,738
They're closed until Wednesday Oct. 7 according to their phone message. I'm pretty sure the new camera world has it out for me personally.
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-28-2015, 10:03 PM  
Noob with K-5iis
Posted By jhacker
Replies: 12
Views: 1,095
I agree with Adam, I think you'll have trouble using one camera to edit a photo taken with another camera.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-20-2015, 09:17 AM  
Startracker on the K-5IIs or any Pentax
Posted By jhacker
Replies: 3
Views: 790
I hadn't thought of video because I don't shoot a lot of video with my cameras. That's a great point. Thank you
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-20-2015, 08:31 AM  
Startracker on the K-5IIs or any Pentax
Posted By jhacker
Replies: 3
Views: 790
I was talking to a photographer friend about the Startracker feature on the K-5IIs and he asked if I was worried about burning out the sensor with very long exposure pictures. I hadn't thought of that as a problem.

I'm in Missouri, we can have warm nights in the summer. I frequently go out at night to shoot thunderstorms, meteor showers or comets when they are in the sky. Those photos are typically between 10 and 30 seconds each and I know air temperature can contribute to hot pixels under those conditions. I know that cameras like the Orion line for telescopes have coolers on them to cool the sensor.

So is there a danger of causing some kind of damage, permanent or temporary by using startracker on the different Pentax cameras that have the capability?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-16-2015, 03:07 PM  
Why PENTAX sucks? Repair service
Posted By jhacker
Replies: 331
Views: 25,947
I hope you guys are wrong. I just sent a K5IIs to Precision. The camera stopped working suddenly on me twice in two weeks. Acted like it was jammed or something, it was trying to do something when I pushed the shutter button, but wouldn't shoot.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-20-2015, 01:21 PM  
Long time Pentax user
Posted By jhacker
Replies: 3
Views: 484
I've been using Pentax since I learned on a K-1000 and I've had great results. I'm a reporter and photographer for The Carthage Press in Carthage, Mo., which gives me a neat outlet for my photography. Lightning is my passion and living in Tornado Alley is definitely an advantage there. I'm looking forward to reading the information on this forum.
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