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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-16-2011, 07:19 PM  
My Photoshop CS3 is a fake?
Posted By lowspark86
Replies: 22
Views: 5,979
I had a copy of LR3 that I didnt get around to installing until around a year after I bought it (for an extra computer). I went to install and they product key wasn't valid. It was purchased direct from an authorized Adobe dealer. After a couple days Adobe just sent me a new product key without any explanation. They didn't seem to think it was unusual, so maybe the keys do get black listed or become no longer valid if someone generates one with a key cracker.
Forum: Sold Items 12-16-2011, 06:13 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax-DA 15mm Limited
Posted By lowspark86
Replies: 4
Views: 1,450
UPDATE

$460 shipped if paid by paypal gift. Thanks
Forum: Sold Items 12-15-2011, 07:55 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax-DA 15mm Limited
Posted By lowspark86
Replies: 4
Views: 1,450
Bump....photos addded. PM with any questions, thank you
Forum: Sold Items 12-12-2011, 07:40 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax-DA 15mm Limited
Posted By lowspark86
Replies: 4
Views: 1,450
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax-DA 15mm Limited

Asking Price
USD 480

Item Location
Virginia (United States)

Item Description
Purchased new a little over a year ago. Great lens, but I don't use it as much as I used to. Someone else should enjoy this lens.

Lens body is in excellent condition. Glass, aperture, mount are in perfect condition. Full disclosure: Screw in cap has small areas of paint rub off on the knurling around the edge. Just small rubs which have happened with all my limited lenses. There is a small scratch mark (paint is still black) under the T in Pentax, which is about 1cm long. The good news is that these small marks are only on the cap (cheap and replaceable) and they really aren't noticeable.

I'll try to take some photos of the tiny marks tomorrow in the day light, as they are not captured well with flash or tungsten light.

Included:
Original Box
Serial Number Certificate
Original rear cap
Original screw in front cap
Built in lens shade (of course)
Original leather pouch

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Good

Shipping Destinations
United States

Shipping Charge
USPS Priority Included, Insurance extra paid by buyer

Shipping Services
UPS/FedEx at your expense

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
Only if lens is not as described.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 12-01-2011, 04:12 PM  
For Sale - Sold: SMC Pentax-M 50mm f/1.7, SMC Pentax-M 28mm f/2.8
Posted By lowspark86
Replies: 3
Views: 2,038
bump bump
Forum: Sold Items 11-29-2011, 07:49 PM  
For Sale - Sold: SMC Pentax-M 50mm f/1.7, SMC Pentax-M 28mm f/2.8
Posted By lowspark86
Replies: 3
Views: 2,038
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
SMC Pentax-M 50mm f/1.7, SMC Pentax-M 28mm f/2.8

Asking Price
$55

Item Location
Virginia (United States)

Item Description
Both Lenses have clear optics, no damage to the bodies and perfectly functioning apertures. They are in nice shape and both still have their factory inspection sticker. I don't use them much anymore, but they take great photographs.

SMC Pentax-M 50mm f/1.7
Comes with front and rear caps.
$55 - Still Available

SMC Pentax-M 28mm f/2.8
Comes with front and rear caps.
SOLD$55SOLD

Shipping and Paypal fees included.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Good

Shipping Destinations
Continental U.S. Only

Shipping Charge
Included, insurance extra

Shipping Services
USPS, other at your expense

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
None

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-13-2011, 08:36 PM  
645D Limited edition
Posted By lowspark86
Replies: 82
Views: 21,664
That's a lot of money for a faux leather camera strap.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-23-2011, 12:06 PM  
Sigma 24-70mm F2.4 HSM
Posted By lowspark86
Replies: 16
Views: 5,159
Remember to look at the dimensions and weight of the lenses you're comparing. If I remember correctly the 24-70 is much bigger and heavier than the other similar zooms - 28-75s, 24-60s or 28-70s.
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-15-2011, 12:04 PM  
Is it just me or is there a lack of affordable 2.8 zoom lenses?
Posted By lowspark86
Replies: 26
Views: 6,903
Sigma 24-60mm f2.8 is a good value when you can find it. The reason it is less expensive is the focal length. If you'd rather have a little bit wider than longer it's a good option. It got very good reviews. $250 was perfect for me. I don't shoot zooms a lot but sometimes I really need one and the sigma 24-60 is a good way to get f2.8 zoom inexpensively.
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-01-2011, 08:38 PM  
Using an older Photo Bank/Safe
Posted By lowspark86
Replies: 8
Views: 2,371
That might work. I picked up an SDHC card reader for $2.99 some where. If can find or borrow a cheap one you might as well try.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-01-2011, 08:29 PM  
Please advise on a good K-7 bag!
Posted By lowspark86
Replies: 11
Views: 1,978
You might want to check out Think Tank if you want something discreet and professional looking, especially the shoulder bags. They are really well made and have lifetime warranties.

Crumpler bags are nice too if you want a messenger bag look.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-31-2010, 10:47 AM  
18-55mm kit lens. Nothing exciting.
Posted By lowspark86
Replies: 270
Views: 31,095
Was the lens or camera mount broken? No lens should have wobbly elements. The construction of the "L" plastic kit doesn't seem any different to me than the metal verion I or II except for the obvious features they feel the same.
Forum: General Talk 12-15-2010, 11:05 AM  
Beach Camera???
Posted By lowspark86
Replies: 24
Views: 4,187
I've bought from them without trouble. The bait and switch type stories are really strange though. That type of thing shouldn't be happening.


I would let them know they need to ship the correct lens immediately free of any further charges. Tell them you are sending the incorrect lens back immediately and expect a postage paid label or a refund for the shipping amount. I would make it clear that I am not willing to wait for their exchange process and that they have the responsibility to deliver the correct product without delay.

They have the ability to charge you for both lenses later if you didn't return one, so there isn't a risk for them.

I would also tell them this is the standard of service that is expected for these type of goods and you have no problem sharing your negative experience in outlets beyond their control should it turn out that way.

If Beach doesn't want to fix the issue at their expense, order the lens from another dealer if you can. Get your refund and don't go back.

Some times it works to tell a retailer exactly what you expect and why. :)
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-11-2010, 04:20 PM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By lowspark86
Replies: 11,661
Views: 2,052,769
Using gifts to cover the base! Good idea ;)


One from September (more shaddow clipping)

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-11-2010, 03:30 PM  
K10D AF Problem?
Posted By lowspark86
Replies: 4
Views: 2,593
Not a problem, just a setting.


Menu>>Custom Setting ("C")>>Scroll Down to "AF by Press Halway">>Set to 1 (ON)

You can reset all the custom settings to the defaults by going to the last item in the Custom Setting menu which reads "Reset Custom Fnction"
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-11-2010, 01:56 PM  
Picking up a K-x. Should I look to pick up anything else?
Posted By lowspark86
Replies: 32
Views: 5,990
There's nothing wrong with that lens. People just love to trash on it since the 55-300 came out. The 55-300 may be a little better but the 50-200 got tons of positive recommendations and good responses in the past. The 50-200 is considerably less expensive and is no worse than the kit lens in terms of quality. If you don't want to spend the money on a 55-300, then a 50-200mm is worth it if you can afford it.
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-10-2010, 11:14 PM  
Cutting through haze and other such environmental conditions
Posted By lowspark86
Replies: 12
Views: 4,021
I would usually deal with it using processing. The hazy areas lack contrast, so adding local contrast to the areas that need it is the solution for a cleaner look.

There are different ways to add contrast but one that I have seen and used is using an unsharp mask. Set the amount=10-30%, radius=30-80 pixels, threashold=0. Mess around with the values a little bit to fine tune if you need to. In the middle of those ranges is a good place usually.

Use a mask to apply the effect where needed if the whole photo isn't hazy. Use google and you can find some other suggestions or suggestions on using unsharp mask to remove haze.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-09-2010, 11:47 PM  
People Fathers sledge faster
Posted By lowspark86
Replies: 17
Views: 3,915
The second one is great. Really nice flying snow and panning effect on the background.

You don't see wooden sleds in the US! A place I went when I was younger had an ice track and wooden toboggans which are now replaced by plastic ones.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-09-2010, 12:17 PM  
Software price vent
Posted By lowspark86
Replies: 55
Views: 12,787
The suites are definitely good and worth it for people who will use them. Illustrator is way better than photoshop for a lot of graphic design work, and I assume the other tools are world class.


I meant to mention that Lightroom 3 has been on sale over the last couple weeks for $199-149 and even $125 at one point. Those prices are a LOT more reasonable than $299 for a hobbyist like me.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-09-2010, 12:01 PM  
Software price vent
Posted By lowspark86
Replies: 55
Views: 12,787
It makes sense for someone "going pro" to get and use full photoshop. If their intention is to be a pro and do advanced image manipulation then Elements isn't going to cut it. Could someone make it work? Maybe, but it isn't designed the same way as Photoshop and takes little hacks and tricks to get some simple things to work in an acceptable way. Example: Curves in Elements




I haven't used PSP (but I'm going to try it). PSE is much easier to use than Photoshop CSx for most people.



I think people refer to Photoshop as CS5 because Adobe's name for the product uses the "Photoshop CS5" format instead of "Photoshop 22" or whatever it would be. :) I feel sorry for anyone that goes out and buys a CS5 suite if all they need is Photoshop CS5.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-09-2010, 12:37 AM  
lightroom to import to two locations?
Posted By lowspark86
Replies: 3
Views: 4,537
If the object for the external drive is to mirror the file structure on your main drive(s) then I would manually copy them or set up a utility to watch your main pictures folder and update.

The other option is setting up a few folders to match what lightroom is doing. Each time you import create a new folder in the proper location during lightroom import using the optoin to make a new folder. It would be really easy once you know what to do. I believe this is the only way to do it completely inside of lightroom since there is not a function to create the copies using the "same" file locations on different drive. The problem with doing this is importing more than one date at a time you would need to import one date, then go back and import the next one with back up copies in a new folder.

Does lightroom rename the copies that are sent to the second location? I've never renamed during import when using the "make second copy to" function. Make sure to check that out if you are renaming files since the catalogue might have a hard time with that should the back up need to be used as the working files.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-08-2010, 11:32 AM  
Landscape Mostly Minnesota (Finally got a web site up)
Posted By lowspark86
Replies: 2
Views: 1,113
I took a peak. You have some interesting photos and I bet more people would check them out if you posted a couple here! You can hotlink them from your website easily.
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-24-2010, 11:51 AM  
Where to find pictures to print in 10x15cm(4x6in)
Posted By lowspark86
Replies: 19
Views: 4,579
But he provided a link to what are definitely copyrighted photographs complete with copyright watermarks, so I'm not sure that wasn't a joke.

I think your best bet is to ask. There are some decent amateurs out there who probably wouldn't mind you printing a 4x6, they might even throw you a file without watermark just big enough to print decent at that size. It makes for a bit of work if you can't get them in big chunks but it's free.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-22-2010, 09:31 PM  
D-BG2 Serial Number ... Where is it?
Posted By lowspark86
Replies: 2
Views: 1,798
Looks like it is along the top edge in the body of the grip where the seal area for the tray is. So, pull out the tray and look around the seal area. Mine is stamped on in black ink....the same color as the grip. Pentax did a great job hiding that one. I couldn't read it until I went to a better lit area.
Forum: Sold Items 11-22-2010, 04:26 PM  
Wanted - Acquired: Sigma 24-60mm 2.8 EX DG
Posted By lowspark86
Replies: 4
Views: 2,613
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