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Forum: General Photography 3 Days Ago  
To stick with Pentax or not
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 51
Views: 1,643
You’ll love any other brand until something goes sideways with what you are using, and then the love affair will be over and there you’ll be. On another forum someplace pouring your heart out about how disappointed you are with that brand of camera.
Forum: Visitors' Center 3 Days Ago  
pentex zoom 70-x
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 2
Views: 493
There is a ribbon connector from the main board to the lens that controls zoom, focus and exposure. They had a bad habit of breaking. The repair was not economical when the camera was current, I doubt if it is even possible now. Parts havenít been available for over 2 decades.
Forum: Visitors' Center 3 Days Ago  
k 50 shake reduction shake
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 6
Views: 199
It’s normal. Shake reduction is always on when the camera is on. It just behaves slightly differently when disabled.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 10-13-2017, 12:26 PM  
Seattle FilmWorks
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 25
Views: 1,654
Toss it out. It wasn't worth using when it was current, and it certainly isn't worth using now that you can't get it processed.
Forum: Photo Critique 10-13-2017, 12:24 PM  
Macro How did I get this?
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 25
Views: 2,055
You've blown your red channel (badly). Red is hard to photograph.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-12-2017, 03:29 PM  
Another example why camera stores are dying
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 34
Views: 1,480
Then why does the OP sound like a victim😁?
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-12-2017, 10:22 AM  
Another example why camera stores are dying
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 34
Views: 1,480
They offered a service. That was 30 years ago. It wasn't good enough. People decided they would rather have no service and save a few pennies. Now that they don't offer a service people complain.
You can't have it both ways, the choice was made for you decades ago. At this point Elvis has left the building and he isn't going to be singing any more love songs.

---------- Post added 10-12-17 at 11:26 AM ----------

Apparently you and a few others think this started happening last week.
I have some bad news for you, it started happening decades ago. What you are moaning about is the culmination of years of people ignoring the local camera store in favour of a very slight cost saving.
I sold cameras at the retail level all the way through the 1980s. I was there, I watched it happen.
Where were you?
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-12-2017, 08:31 AM  
Another example why camera stores are dying
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 34
Views: 1,480
Camera stores have been dying for several decades. People would rather play mail order roulette in the hopes of saving a few dollars than support local businesses.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-11-2017, 09:43 AM  
What's the best Pentax prime?
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 138
Views: 4,984
If you want to rate lenses by "bang for the buck" that's fine. What you will be ignoring is that the money/quality scale is one of diminishing returns.
Since your thread title is what us the best pentax lens, you are moving the goalposts before you even started.
If your purchases are dictated by bang for the buck you will be forever using second tier equipment.
Forum: General Photography 10-10-2017, 07:58 AM  
Does IBIS affect precise focusing and exposure metering?
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 44
Views: 1,927
Sales hype is a beautiful thing.
Forum: General Photography 10-09-2017, 07:47 AM  
One Photographer Reports That 95% Of Travel Photos Taken With Cell Phones
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 110
Views: 2,625
If you canít be bothered to try to back up your claims, thatís fine. I note you are taking the same condecending attitude with me that you take with users of cell phone cameras, a display of intellectual laziness at itís finest.
Forum: General Photography 10-08-2017, 04:08 PM  
One Photographer Reports That 95% Of Travel Photos Taken With Cell Phones
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 110
Views: 2,625
Every "advancement" has been convenience at the expense of quality. This stuff didn't start happening last year, it started happening about a week after the invention of photography.
Glass plates were superseded by nitrate, which was superseded by acetate which allowed roll film.
Mercury gas processing was replaced by sodium salts.
Sheet film took over from plates.
Roll film took.over from sheets.
Postage stamp negatives took over from large negatives.

While all this was happening, camera makers were figuring out how to market technology to ham fisted idiots.
First we saw auto exposure in various forms, then auto film loading, auto I SO setting, and finally auto focus.

All this was designed to democratize photography by allowing the lowest common denominator, the person who was one step above simians, to operate a camera.
The people who.moan that they "need" some new feature are the demented stepchildren of those hairless orangutans.

35mm took over from medium format which indicated that consumers had less interest in quality and more interest in convenience.
The original Kodak camera was all about convenience. I think.itvwas the 1920s when you could drop your entire camera off at the pharmacy and pick it up a few days later with fresh film and prints from the last roll.

The quality argument is a Canard. The only people truly interested in quality are the advanced amateurs. The real pros know that they only need to be good enough. They don't inspect every single pixel for sharpness. They look at the entire picture. If its good enough they sell it and move on to the next job. They have to or they won't pay next months rent.

Meanwhile amateurs moan about how they have one pixel out of place and the entire image is useless because of it.
This is how it had always been, in one form or another.
Forum: General Photography 10-08-2017, 07:48 AM  
One Photographer Reports That 95% Of Travel Photos Taken With Cell Phones
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 110
Views: 2,625

That is a horribly condescending attitude to take.
And absolutely wrong.
A good photographer can get a fabulous picture with a Brownie instamatic.
Often, bad photographers are more reliant on their equipment.
Could you please, while you are at it, give a definition of what a “good shot” really is? Please be concise, because I will be slicing your definition to ribbons.

Using your logic, every new generation of cameras makes every picture taken before it’s release into crap, and this is simply not the case.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-08-2017, 07:41 AM  
Paper Archives what lens should I take
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 20
Views: 535
Take them all. Itís not like you have a lot of glass. Your best lenses will be the 35mm and the A50/1.7
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-08-2017, 07:39 AM  
What lens size would one recommend for a car show with my K-X
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 18
Views: 798
When I was using a crop body, my lenses of choice for this were the 15mm LTD and the 21 LTD.
Forum: General Photography 10-07-2017, 08:10 AM  
One Photographer Reports That 95% Of Travel Photos Taken With Cell Phones
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 110
Views: 2,625
One could say that the sheep are the ones buying big SLR cameras because theyíve been told they have to have them to take decent pictures. When point and shoot cameras got good enough for most people in the 1980s, they left SLR cameras in droves, and they never looked back. When digital came along, they changed out their film point and shoots for digital point and shoots. When cell phone camera got good enough to take over for their digital point and shoots, they abandoned cameras entirely.
Most images are now viewed on a phone or tablet, and are pretty low resolution. A 12mp camera allows for lots of cropping, the very basic image editing built into them is sufficient for most people.
We sit behind our computers waxing on about how enthusiastic we are about our cameras and photography, and totally ignore the fact that as a percentage of the population we are insignificant.
We are also the sheep. We buy new cameras when we are told to by our corporate masters, we get onto Internet forums and buy accessories as dictated by the advice of others. Meanwhile most people ignore all of this tripe that rules our lives, and quite happily snap pictures that are more meaningfull to them than the most carefully crafted picture of a bug on a flower that our local ďexpertsĒ shoot will ever be to anyone, and they are the ones who ignore all the hype.
When you point fingers at people and label them, just remember, there are three fingers pointing back at you, all ready to apply the same labels to your forehead.
Forum: General Photography 10-05-2017, 04:19 PM  
wedding lens
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 29
Views: 876
The 28-80 might not be quite short enough, but should be amply long enough. I shot weddings for years using just a 50mm f/1.4 lens on a Nikon F2s, but that was when zooms were cheap and cheerful junk.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-05-2017, 04:04 PM  
Lens Hood and IQ
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 19
Views: 745
Your light has changed. That is the culprit in this instance.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-04-2017, 10:58 AM  
DFA*50 1.4 coming
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 1,773
Views: 129,662
You give the American market far too much credit for being important.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-03-2017, 02:34 PM  
odd focal lengths
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 76
Views: 5,874
Interestingly enough, the human eye is also "square" at a focal length of ~20mm, and a "sensor" (retina) diameter of ~20mm. I expect this is why standard lenses focal length so closely matches the diagonal of the format. It mimics the geometry of the human eye, and therefore gives a fairly natural looking rendition.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-30-2017, 08:38 PM  
Portrait help
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 14
Views: 505
Any 50mm lens will do just fine. An A series or later will be easier to use.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-28-2017, 06:30 PM  
Saliva on sensor -- best cleaning solution?
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 16
Views: 933
You will have to do a wet clean. I've had to do a few. I bought some Sensor Swabs. They seemed to work. I expect that any wet cleaner designed for your sensor size will do the trick. I doubt if there is much to say between the different quality brands. Don't cheap out.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-24-2017, 11:18 AM  
K-1 Pentax DA 300mm problem
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 6
Views: 698
I don't know that lens, but it doesn't have a focus limiter does it?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-23-2017, 08:41 AM  
Three most useful accessories ?
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 51
Views: 2,322
Camera bag (in my case a backpack)
Cable release or remote release.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-22-2017, 08:01 PM  
When has the K1 image been better that cropped?
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 30
Views: 1,870
I've found the K1 pictures to be head and shoulders better than any of the APS-C cameras I have used in the past.
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