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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-04-2011, 02:13 PM  
Had some time one my hands, so..........
Posted By billtin59
Replies: 31
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The ONLY reason I come to this forum IS to waste time, when I have something better to do, I DO IT!!

Your promulgation is annoying because you use it to try to promote an article YOU wrote which apparently NO ONE wants to read!

Lastly, the OP AGREED with my statement, so PTHTHTHTHT!!! :rolleyes:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-04-2011, 01:33 PM  
Had some time one my hands, so..........
Posted By billtin59
Replies: 31
Views: 3,892
Tell me, did you come to that conclusion about the FOV by looking through the viewfinder, or by learning what the crop factor was all about?:rolleyes:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-04-2011, 12:42 PM  
Had some time one my hands, so..........
Posted By billtin59
Replies: 31
Views: 3,892
What part of "TO ME" do you not understand professor?:fedup:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-04-2011, 06:01 AM  
Had some time one my hands, so..........
Posted By billtin59
Replies: 31
Views: 3,892
To me, all this talk of "crop factors" is a waste of time. It's just tech jargon that you don't really need to know since with an SLR, pretty much what you see is what you get. Forget about the crop factor and think more about composition and exposure. Your pics will never improve thinking about crop factors!
Forum: Photographic Technique 08-25-2011, 07:14 AM  
Questions regarding legality and fairness
Posted By billtin59
Replies: 21
Views: 3,288
If what you say was true, there'd be no such thing as supermarket tabloids or newspapers for that matter, both are sold for profit! People in public areas have no reasonable expectation of privacy and are fair game.
Forum: Photographic Technique 08-14-2011, 06:47 AM  
How much vignetting would this cause...?
Posted By billtin59
Replies: 8
Views: 3,331
Seems to me that cropping a wide angle shot kinda defeats the purpose of the wide angle lens.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-25-2011, 07:11 AM  
Gray cards?
Posted By billtin59
Replies: 13
Views: 2,244
You don't need a gray card, grass reflects approx. 18% of light, as does the blue sky away from the sun, asphalt also work in a pinch provided it isn't t new or freshly sealed.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-17-2011, 07:14 AM  
DLSR Repair Center Reviews
Posted By billtin59
Replies: 12
Views: 2,940
I had a problem with my K20 a year or so ago, sent it to CRIS in AZ, USA. IIRC, they got it on a Wed., replaced the main board, cleaned, reset and installed latest firmware, and shipped it back on that Friday. Total time out of my hands was about one and a half to two weeks, most of which was travel time between MA and AZ. Haven't had a problem since!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-13-2011, 06:56 AM  
photo sites
Posted By billtin59
Replies: 9
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Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-04-2011, 08:21 AM  
Misc Happy 4th, pentaxforums! (no fireworks though)
Posted By billtin59
Replies: 4
Views: 1,132
Great shots, #10 made me laugh................
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-04-2011, 08:13 AM  
COPS: Can't take pics of... Ferris Wheel!!!
Posted By billtin59
Replies: 122
Views: 14,936
Actually, it's "LAND of the Free, and the Home of the Brave."
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-18-2011, 06:50 AM  
Pentax ZX-M film problem
Posted By billtin59
Replies: 20
Views: 11,995
If you have a negative strip, insert that into the slot on the canister, twist the hub back till you hear the leader "click" as it passes the negative strip, then twist the hub forward. It may take a few tries, but the leader should ride over the top of the negative strip and out the slot. You can also try a strip of thin stiff paper like from a manila folder.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-31-2011, 09:03 PM  
Disable SR when using a tripod. Why?
Posted By billtin59
Replies: 31
Views: 5,082
I'm certainly glad to hear the problem is real, BUT, as stated earlier, I don't use SR, and rarely shoot long lenses OR shutter speeds, so for ME, it DOESN'T make a difference. If I do use a tripod, I either use a remote or the 2 sec. delay, Both of which not only eliminate camera shake from pressing the shutter, but also turn off SR if I happen to "accidentally" turn it on while changing lenses!

So what about monopods?????
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-31-2011, 05:58 PM  
Disable SR when using a tripod. Why?
Posted By billtin59
Replies: 31
Views: 5,082
Yes, I know this, like I said it was a curiosity test. The only way you could do a true "scientific" test would be to completely isolate the camera and subject from all outside influences. I don't think Joe Photographer has that capability!

For MY shooting, it doesn't seem to make a difference. As I stated in an earlier post, I don't use it anyway, and if I did, I don't print larger than 8 X 10, so any induced movement wouldn't be noticeable. For those of you shooting posters or for National Geographic, it may well be of benefit to turn it off, I think for the majority of us though, it really doesn't matter.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-31-2011, 05:29 PM  
Disable SR when using a tripod. Why?
Posted By billtin59
Replies: 31
Views: 5,082
None taken, I know it's just a kit lens and this was just a quick curiosity test, but shouldn't I get a more noticeable difference anyway? 200mm is 200mm regardless of how near or far the subject. The farther away the less sharp it will be anyway, plus the dimmer indoor lighting gave me a longer shutter speed than bright daylight would, giving the sensor more time to shake, rattle and roll, if you will. Such movement was barely noticable with a slow lens in dim light, my guess is it would be less so with a faster lens in brighter light. But maybe that's just me :D
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-31-2011, 03:30 PM  
Disable SR when using a tripod. Why?
Posted By billtin59
Replies: 31
Views: 5,082
Just for chits and giggles, I tried this with my 50 - 200 zoom, took 3 pairs of shots zoomed in on cd's in a rack, all 3 sets look the same at "normal" viewing size, zoomed to 100% and there was a very minor difference in sharpness between the two, for all intents and purposes though, they were the same. I'd have to make poster prints before you'd notice!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-31-2011, 02:59 PM  
Disable SR when using a tripod. Why?
Posted By billtin59
Replies: 31
Views: 5,082
Yeah, but is the difference that noticable? What about for fast shutter speeds, and let's for the fun of it consider the use of a monopod, then what??

Personally, I don't use SR at all, I spent many years shooting film without it and don't see why I need it now. Granted my hands aren't as steady as they used to be and the K20 is much heavier, but I rarely use long lenses OR shutter speeds.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-31-2011, 02:53 PM  
Disable SR when using a tripod. Why?
Posted By billtin59
Replies: 31
Views: 5,082
I get what you're trying to say, but my logic tells me it's two different systems that achieve the same goal by using two different methods, thus the results and or shortcomings of each different system will be different.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-31-2011, 08:13 AM  
Disable SR when using a tripod. Why?
Posted By billtin59
Replies: 31
Views: 5,082
Sorry, but those photos aren't relevant to this discussion since they weren't taken with a Pentax camera. Different stabilization system.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-31-2011, 07:21 AM  
Disable SR when using a tripod. Why?
Posted By billtin59
Replies: 31
Views: 5,082
This may very well be the case, but the problem would STILL exist with steady hand held and / or fast shutter speed shots, would it not? If SR should be off for tripods, wouldn't there be other circumstances where SR should be off as well?:hmm:
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-31-2011, 06:59 AM  
Disable SR when using a tripod. Why?
Posted By billtin59
Replies: 31
Views: 5,082
I know this is the accepted / "official" explanation for turning off SR when using a tripod, but to me it has never made sense. It implies that with SR on, the sensor is always moving regardless of camera movement! What if I have SR on and my hand held technique is such that there's no movement, will my shots then be blurred? How about SR with fast shutter speeds, will my shots be crooked due to sensor movement? Inquiring minds wanna know! :D
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-31-2011, 06:47 AM  
skipping pictures while forwarding film
Posted By billtin59
Replies: 16
Views: 2,827
Since nothing seems to be sticking, my guess is that the film isn't being loaded correctly. If you don't have or can't find a copy of the manual, see if a camera store employee can show you how.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-29-2011, 06:29 AM  
People Random People 5-28-11
Posted By billtin59
Replies: 14
Views: 2,281
I couldn't agree with you more, less is more when it comes to PP in my opinion. It really irks me when people offer up suggestions on how to improve a photo when a critique isn't asked for! Obviously you posted the pic you intended to make. I wonder if the same people would offer the same advice if your photos were of animals at a zoo, I think not.

I think your work is awesome, I saw the other post you refer to and thought the "corrections" ruined the shot! Great lens and great shots, keep up the good work!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-23-2011, 06:49 AM  
SD sdhc card will not download
Posted By billtin59
Replies: 5
Views: 1,858
Sounds like maybe your computer's USB port is faulty.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-22-2011, 06:33 AM  
Installing lenses - hold release button?
Posted By billtin59
Replies: 26
Views: 6,576
Hmmm, NONE of my gear shows that kind of wear, perhaps it's caused by very very tiny amounts of molybdenum disulfide lube suspended in oil ?? :rolleyes:
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