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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-25-2017, 04:47 AM  
Pentax LX shutter stuck in the cocked position
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 12
Views: 1,697
I'm assuming you've opened the back to make sure there's not a roll of film in the camera, right? I'm asking because I ran across an old Petri at a Goodwill shop that people kept picking up, trying to cock the shutter, then putting it back down. The film advance seemed to be broken. The actual problem was that there was a roll of film in the camera and it had been wound to the absolute end of the roll by people constantly trying it. That kept the shutter from being fully cocked. All I did was hit the release button on the bottom of the camera, open the back, and take out the film. After that, the camera worked fine. I can't remember if the LX is this way, but some cameras will also stop once the frame counter gets past about 38 or 39. Hitting the film release and opening the back will reset the counter. Last, but not least, you might try the self timer. I've had some luck in using the self timer to make a camera fire that didn't want to otherwise. Good luck!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-20-2017, 02:45 PM  
Three most useful accessories ?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 57
Views: 2,978
Something I have in every camera bag I own is a plastic bag big enough to cover the entire camera bag. The heavier duty, the better. Every camera bag has little hidden pockets in the back or in the top flap. You can usually fold up the plastic bag so it's small enough to fit in one of those pockets and not be noticed. Those bags have saved me numerous times over the years on everything from a very wet boat ride to full downpours of rain. If I'm shooting in conditions where it's just sprinkling off and on, I'll put the bag over my camera while it's on the tripod and wait for the rain to stop. It keeps me from having to constantly put my camera up. My second choice for my most useful accessory would be the Op/Tech Hood Hats. I like to keep lens hoods on my lenses at all times and it's sometimes hard to find a lens cap that matches the size of the lens hood so I've started using Hood Hats over the last few years and they work great. Plus, they're soft enough that they can be stuffed in a pocket while you're shooting. Going slightly off-topic, I want to join those who like Tilley hats. I'm more of a ball cap guy when I'm taking pictures, but I wear my Tilley for all sorts of other things. My wife and I love to go to garage sales and estate sales. I once spotted a very dirty Tilley stuffed out in a garage among the gardening tools. I guess the people doing the estate sale didn't know what it was because they sold it to me for 50 cents. We took it home, threw it in the washing machine, and it came out looking like new. Unfortunately it didn't fit me, but it did fit my wife.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-04-2017, 06:10 AM  
I need help with jeweler photography
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 24
Views: 956
Something to keep in mind when shooting reflective surfaces is that you don't really want to try and light the reflective surface. What you want to do is light whatever is reflected in the surface of your subject. Think of it as being similar to shooting someone in a mirror. Even though the actual object you're shooting is the mirror, what you really want to light is the person being reflected...not the mirror itself.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 07-12-2017, 03:00 PM  
Gitzo Traveler and Manfrotto head
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 5
Views: 629
The column on your Gitzo should be male. Are you sure it's not missing a mounting stud?
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 07-05-2017, 05:39 AM  
Go here, do this, tell 'em about the video issues.
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 45
Views: 2,093
Absolutely! When people are trying to decide between various DSLRs for shooting stills, quite often the answer eventually becomes, "Most every modern DSLR is capable of producing great photos." And that's true...they are. The same answer is almost true for video, with the exception of Pentax. Pentax's video is usable, but it needs to be better...and I think it could be if a little more emphasis were placed on it. It kills me when someone is seeking a camera to shoot video for YouTube and folks recommend other cameras besides Pentax even when it's obvious that the person is simply looking to upgrade over the built-in camera on their laptop.

On a side note: For those who say, "Get a dedicated video camera"...been there, done that...about 20 years ago. At the time, it was the only real option. Times have changed though and I'm just waiting and hoping that Pentax changes with them.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 07-01-2017, 01:00 PM  
Go here, do this, tell 'em about the video issues.
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 45
Views: 2,093
That's easier said than done when you've got a 40 year accumlation of Pentax gear. Why throw that all away for want of a more modernly competitive camera body? Frankly, at this point I don't think Pentax can afford to be telling any customers to go buy their competitors' products.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-27-2017, 05:01 AM  
Bellows for dummies
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 10
Views: 674
Cool! I'm glad you got it figured out. :) A bellows and a 135mm lens is a nice set-up for shooting flowers.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-23-2017, 10:27 AM  
What lens not too expensive for video?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 19
Views: 697
Thanks for posting the video. The device you're reviewing looks really interesting! :) It looks to me like on the shots at the desk, the camera may have been focused a bit in front of your face because when you hold up the device, it looks sharper than your face. If that's the case, getting a lens with a wider aperture won't help. You'll end up with a trade-off where you have a sharper lens, but less depth of field to work with. So even if you get your face in focus better, chances are that whatever you hold up to talk about won't be in focus. That brings things back to needing more light so you can use smaller apertures. This is secondary, but since you said you like brighter shots, your background may be working against you. Your face is never going to be as bright as the white wall behind you, so you might experiment with using a somewhat darker background to help you stand out more. I'd try tacking up a blanket or something just to see if you like the results or not. Overall, I think your video looks great and I think you're on the right track to making them better.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-23-2017, 06:09 AM  
What lens not too expensive for video?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 19
Views: 697
I'm with Jatrax. From what you're describing, raising your light level might be your least expensive route to improving your videos. Do you have a link to any of your YouTube videos? That might help us make more specific suggestions.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-23-2017, 05:57 AM  
Bellows for dummies
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 10
Views: 674
It almost sounds like you're trying lenses that are too short. I'm going to guess that the area of focus is so close that you may not have checked there. If a lens focuses fine without a bellows, there's nothing in the bellows that should mess that up.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-20-2017, 07:35 AM  
FA lenses on K-S2
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 23
Views: 867
Any of those lenses will be fine on your K-S2. They'll probably out-perform your ability for years to come.
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-17-2017, 09:58 AM  
Pro Photographers with Amateur Gear vs. an Amateur with Pro Gear
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 36
Views: 2,125
Very weird, if you ask me. Without going into too much detail, the place where I work has been struggling with this question of "gear vs experience" for the last few months. My bosses think that anybody can do the work of a professional photographer. They think that our reporters can shoot good enough pics with their cellphones to be used in glossy magazines and in brochures. They've tried it a few times and have been disappointed with the results. Duh! So now they're buying more gear.
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-16-2017, 05:29 PM  
Pro Photographers with Amateur Gear vs. an Amateur with Pro Gear
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 36
Views: 2,125
Okay, so how about this. Would this be a fair test of "eye vs gear" if you took a random stranger, gave them your best gear, and asked them to shoot birds....and compared that to how you could do with your old gear? No...it wouldn't be! You bring years of experience in nature/wildlife photography to the table that would tip things in your favor. That's not a real test and that's why I said that I didn't think the video was a true test, either.



Of course it is! There are a ton of things that good portrait photographers know about posing people that your average Joe Blow would never even consider.



Oh please...that's just bluster or an extreme case of naivete (which I highly doubt) unless you mean just pushing the button. There's a LOT to cranking out professional level portraits on demand.



Well, I think you're half right. I'm not sure where they urged folks to learn a specific photographic skill, but they are trying to say that gear isn't the final solution.
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-16-2017, 05:17 PM  
Pro Photographers with Amateur Gear vs. an Amateur with Pro Gear
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 36
Views: 2,125
Yes, it would. My point was that it would be a better test if some form of photography was chosen that neither party was versed in. You could tell by the way the photographer coached the subject into poses that this wasn't his first time in front of a seamless with a model, whereas I suspect it was something new for the amateur.
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-16-2017, 04:33 AM  
Pro Photographers with Amateur Gear vs. an Amateur with Pro Gear
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 36
Views: 2,125
Geez, Norm...stereotype folks much? LOL My complaint was that the test was done with portraiture, which is a pretty specific form of photography and one which takes years to learn to do well. So naturally the people setting up the test would have a built-in advantage regardless of what kind of gear they used. If it truly is the photographer and not the gear, there was no need to put their thumb on the scale like that. And as for what some of us who didn't like the test conditions believe...I believe that most of the photographs I sold over the years were taken with a K2 film camera that I paid $20 for because the ASA dial was stuck at 200. I bought it, took it home, and worked with it until I got it down to ASA 50, then used it to shoot Velvia for the next 20 years or so, selling enough pics in the process to pay for all my still and video cameras. So no, I don't believe it's the gear that makes the difference. Heck, if we're going to be honest, you spend far, far more on gear than I ever dream of. Why do you do waste the money if you don't have to?
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-15-2017, 08:19 AM  
Pro Photographers with Amateur Gear vs. an Amateur with Pro Gear
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 36
Views: 2,125
Lame test, IMHO. The setting was determined by the folks trying to prove their point. I think it needed something less controlled to determine "eye vs gear".
Forum: General Photography 06-10-2017, 06:13 AM  
Photography clubs/societies
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 6
Views: 595
Yeah, it is a bit. What do you care if folks less skilled than you gather in clubs to try to get better? Wouldn't you want that? The vast majority of photographers will never submit their work into anything that forces their work to be judged so they shun camera club competitions.
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-06-2017, 05:38 AM  
Macro WOW! Have you seen this?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 4
Views: 1,401
I feel much better about my collection of macro lenses now. lol
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-01-2017, 05:49 AM  
Do I really need an Eyecup?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 20
Views: 1,030
This. The value of the eyecup would depend upon whether you wear glasses, I think. I can show you a couple dozen pairs of glasses with a series of tiny scratches on the upper part of the right lens that came from constantly putting a camera with no rubber eyecup to my eye. If you don't wear glasses, I'm not sure the eyecup makes a great deal of difference.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-01-2017, 05:40 AM  
Cant Remove the Close up Lens filter from the Filter
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 15
Views: 659
I don't have a good solution, but it's a common problem, Dennis. One of the great mysteries of photography is how a filter that was only screwed on loosely can become immovable in just a day or even a few hours. :lol:

Edited to add: It happens with screw-on lens hoods, too, btw.
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 05-30-2017, 05:14 AM  
Fa1:2.8 50mm macro
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 9
Views: 666
The noise is in the camera, not the lens. The K10D is a great camera, but it's relatively old. So its performance in areas like long exposures or high ISO is not going to be up to par with more modern cameras.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-27-2017, 09:22 AM  
my most used tool in the field
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 18
Views: 1,282
I think a good set of binoculars is something that pays dividends for years. That's why I gave my daughter a set for Christmas last year.
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-21-2017, 03:37 PM  
My first atempt at portrait, please give me some feed back please
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 10
Views: 915
I would agree with MadMathMind. He got the obvious problems right. I think a lot of it boils down to paying attention to your background. A few steps one way or the other can make a huge difference. Also, in #4, there's a little wisp of hair that's out of place on the right side of the pic. Overall....a nice series. :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-21-2017, 09:44 AM  
Which 50mm 2.8 Macro Pentax or Sigma or 100mm Macro?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 12
Views: 655
The working distance of any 50mm macro on a full-frame camera is going to be fairly short. Different brands won't change that. However, macro lenses are one of those things where even the worst of the lot is usually pretty danged good. I think it would be worth $60 to pick up that Sigma.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-20-2017, 04:54 PM  
How many exotic non-pentax lenses do you own ?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 50
Views: 2,187
What do you consider exotic?
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