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Forum: General Talk 09-07-2016, 08:37 AM  
Do You Know Tires?
Posted By bimjo
Replies: 92
Views: 4,260
I'm old enough to remember when radial tires caused a firestorm, so I hit TireRack any time I need to shop for tires. There aren't enough hours in the day to keep up with tire development on a regular basis.
Forum: General Photography 07-15-2016, 07:27 AM  
Thom Hogan's 7 Reason's Shooting a DSLR
Posted By bimjo
Replies: 31
Views: 2,138
Not stirring the pot, just curious- what were you totally disappointed with in the A7Rii?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-17-2015, 03:59 PM  
Sony A7 users - opinions please
Posted By bimjo
Replies: 39
Views: 2,522
You can adapt all your Pentax lenses to the A7II, the manual lenses will work better then the digital stuff (aperture control etc.), but it will all have some functionality. You may want to rethink dumping the older lenses. YMMV obviously.

Sorry I can't help with your questions, I'm still shooting my 5N with rangefinder lenses. :)
Forum: General Talk 04-05-2015, 08:34 AM  
Woo Hoo! I'm buying a bike! A KLR650!
Posted By bimjo
Replies: 46
Views: 5,001
Congrats on getting a bike. I too thought that I'd get to more places to take pics, but I found that I had so much fun riding that I almost never stopped specifically to take pics. :D

***edit*** Uh-oh, bit by the necro-post!
Forum: General Talk 03-07-2015, 10:46 AM  
Here is what I like about this place
Posted By bimjo
Replies: 10
Views: 846
The problem with learning to golf is that it's spelled backwards. :lol:
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-07-2015, 10:38 AM  
Imagine that!
Posted By bimjo
Replies: 15
Views: 1,534
Nice to know there are still companies out there that appreciate a loyal customer. :)
Forum: General Talk 02-16-2015, 10:43 AM  
50 shades of gray
Posted By bimjo
Replies: 22
Views: 1,185
If you tend to drop small parts on the floor and want to find them go with a lighter color. If you never want to find small parts you drop on the floor go with whatever color you like. :p
Forum: General Talk 01-23-2015, 11:56 AM  
I guess we should be glad Hoya owns it now.
Posted By bimjo
Replies: 10
Views: 1,032
Interesting. I had necrotizing pancreatitus in 2009 that was treated @ Virginia Mason. I ended up getting a blood infection while in hospital. Makes one wonder... :confused:
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-11-2015, 08:16 AM  
Old Takumars on Sony A-mount adapters?
Posted By bimjo
Replies: 11
Views: 847
Sony has produced E-mount cameras in both FF and APS-C models. I have used (and still do) inexpensive E-mount adapters to mount the following lens mounts to my NEX 5N: M42, Leica M39 (Leica thread mount), Leica M (Leica bayonet mount), C/Y, Nikon, and Pentax K, all with equal success. In most cases there is an adapter that goes directly from (some lens mount) to E-mount. In rare occasions you might need two adapters to get there.

Bear in mind that support for AF lenses without aperture rings can be spotty. The lens may mount on a E-mount body, but may have limited (or no) control over the aperture or AF.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-07-2015, 07:48 PM  
Tamron 28-75 vs Pentax FA 43
Posted By bimjo
Replies: 21
Views: 1,893
Do the test again. Manually focus. Oh, and shoot the 43 wide open too. My copy of the Tammy is worlds better than that. Methinks you need to adjust the AF. The 43 is still gonna be better than the Tammy, but it shouldn't be that much better. If the results are the same you have a bum lens.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-03-2015, 08:51 AM  
Filters diameter strategy...
Posted By bimjo
Replies: 5
Views: 970
I went the 77mm/step-up ring route years ago. While inexpensive compared to lenses, the cost of the same filters in multiple diameters does add up. Add a rubber hood and you're good to go. Although, for my rangefinder lenses I settled on a 49mm filter set because the 49s fit my NEX lenses and I use a 39-49 step up ring, because, well... a 77mm filter looks ludicrous on a 39mm thread lens. :lol:
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-27-2014, 08:42 AM  
Using Pentax > NEX Adapters
Posted By bimjo
Replies: 9
Views: 696
If you look inside the adapter there should be a long screw that is intended to engage the aperture lever on the lens. When you move the "lock" ring on the adapter the lens will stop down. How much it stops down is the question. Some adapters will use the entire aperture range of lenses and some will not. None of the cheap Chinese adapters have marked stops (some are infinitely adjustable with no discrete stops except at either end) that I'm aware of, so it's a crap shoot what aperture you're using at any given time.

If you want to use a lens with no aperture ring badly enough you adapt & overcome the limitations. Otherwise you obtain lenses with aperture rings and fight the good fight that way. Depends on your tolerance for masochism. :lol:
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-26-2014, 11:28 AM  
Sony NEX style cameras with manual focus lenses
Posted By bimjo
Replies: 5
Views: 1,024
Unfortunately not. You can use one of the programmable buttons to enable magnification though. At least on the 5N, may be possible on other NEX bodies.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-02-2014, 02:05 PM  
Leveling Ballheads
Posted By bimjo
Replies: 13
Views: 1,360
Saw the Uniqball online last week. I have a original Acratech ballhead that has done yeoman service for nealy 10 years. I've considered getting a leveling base, but trying to forward/back tilt defeats the purpose with a regular ballhead. This makes the Uniqball very attractive to me. And besides, it's a new piece of gear I don't already own. ;)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-25-2014, 12:25 PM  
What is the fastest focusing lens? (all brands)
Posted By bimjo
Replies: 14
Views: 1,187
A pinhole. :D

Somebody had to do it. :p
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-20-2014, 06:17 PM  
The best and worse thing about going fullframe...
Posted By bimjo
Replies: 67
Views: 4,570
I know the feeling. :confused:
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-19-2014, 06:49 AM  
The best and worse thing about going fullframe...
Posted By bimjo
Replies: 67
Views: 4,570
True. I've posted stuff that looks pretty damn good at web size/resolution that look horrid at full size/resolution. So that's a factor. But when you print the output from each format at native size/rez there usually is no contest.

Unless you just plain suck at taking pictures. :p
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-19-2014, 06:36 AM  
Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8
Posted By bimjo
Replies: 10
Views: 1,373
I've had mine since 2004 and used it on three different cameras without issue on any of them. It pretty much lived on my dslr bodies, not so much on the NEX 5N, but it still sees regular duty.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-17-2014, 08:25 AM  
Camera sees photos but computer doesn't
Posted By bimjo
Replies: 14
Views: 1,551
Try formatting the card in the camera. Sometimes they get a little bit goofy if you just delete files and not format the card after.

Make sure you have the pics you want to keep saved first. :cool:
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-08-2014, 02:52 PM  
NEX System Pictures Thread
Posted By bimjo
Replies: 2,408
Views: 231,696
Great stuff Christine. :)

---------- Post added 09-08-14 at 02:55 PM ----------

A few recent ones taken while waiting to pick up a train crew in the wild beyond... ;)

Walker Management Unit on the Snake River, NE of Pasco, WA. 5N/CV 21/4

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-01-2014, 10:09 AM  
Tamron 28-75mm reverse ring macro experiment
Posted By bimjo
Replies: 6
Views: 1,225
A short extension tube might suit your needs better then. A 10mm tube will bring the min focus distance down without getting into crazy magnification ratios.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-31-2014, 11:44 AM  
Tamron 28-75mm reverse ring macro experiment
Posted By bimjo
Replies: 6
Views: 1,225
A reversing ring makes sense if you only do macro occasionally. One thing to consider is protecting the rear element while shooting with the lens reversed. Knocking the center out of a rear lens cap works as a pseudo hood/rear element protection device for reversed lenses.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-15-2014, 09:54 AM  
Galaxy Class (photo heavy)
Posted By bimjo
Replies: 10
Views: 910
Nice series Tony. :)

The C5 is soooo big....
How big is it?
It's so big you get three radar targets when it's on final approach. :cool:
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-10-2014, 02:33 PM  
Help! Dust inside zoom lens
Posted By bimjo
Replies: 14
Views: 756
I believe "soln" means solution.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-05-2014, 08:32 AM  
A couple of interesting visitors
Posted By bimjo
Replies: 11
Views: 786
Very cool! Was it following the taxi line in the hover in that 4th shot?

I got my first glimpse of a pair of them on Saturday while driving down the Columbia River gorge toward Portland. They were flying east down the river at somewhere around 2500 feet. Close enough to tell what they were, too far away to decern details. Exciting nonetheless. The railroad guys were like "meh".
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