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Forum: General Photography 04-18-2018, 10:19 AM  
Thieves steal Pentax but leaves diamonds alone!
Posted By psychdoc
Replies: 15
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thx. Looking through records and will be contacting the major online ones that I have bought from.
Forum: General Photography 04-18-2018, 04:11 AM  
Thieves steal Pentax but leaves diamonds alone!
Posted By psychdoc
Replies: 15
Views: 1,447
Thanks all for advice. Will monitor eBay local pawn shops. Had written a few serial numbers somewhere, still searching.
Forum: General Photography 04-17-2018, 05:00 PM  
Thieves steal Pentax but leaves diamonds alone!
Posted By psychdoc
Replies: 15
Views: 1,447
Here is how they broke in, threw a rock onto my back door; no, we did not have alarms etc, nobody in our neighborhood does due to no issues before...
Forum: General Photography 04-17-2018, 04:51 PM  
Thieves steal Pentax but leaves diamonds alone!
Posted By psychdoc
Replies: 15
Views: 1,447
Thieves hit my home during the day when nobody was home today and stole my stuff. :mad:

# Wife's stuff: her jewelry including some diamonds were strewn about but NOT taken !!! what the bloody hell....

# My camera and lenses - ALL GONE: They also hit 3 other houses, per police, never had any issues in this 'nice' area b4. Here are the items they stole from our house:
Two Pentax K-5, a K-3
Pentax 50-135, Pentax 12-24, Pentax 10-17, Pentax af540 flash
Pentax 70, Pentax 35, Pentax 15 primes.
Tamron 17-50, Tamron 28-75
Sony a7rii, Sony 24-70, Sony 55, Sony rx100iii, Sony rx10ii
Sony flash.

Worst thing 1: I had all my pentax gear (except the k3 and 50-135 and 15mm) which I could not bear to part with packed up to donate to a Veterans group that helps vets with ptsd recover through photography...
Worst thing 2: my wife has been telling me for a while to just use one system pentax or sony to stop buying so much stuff. Hence the above except keeping 3 items...Not sure I will get back to pentax now...
Worst thing 2: My wife wants to know how much these all cost. She has no clue and she will get a heart attack so I am too afraid to calculate at the moment...[GULP]
Forum: General Photography 01-22-2018, 07:47 PM  
photoalbums for weddings?
Posted By psychdoc
Replies: 5
Views: 353
The book printing site Blurb may suit your needs. . [Blurb.com]

-Use their free software to make your book.
-Search online for a coupon which can get you anywhere from 20-30% off.
-Order using their highest quality paper.
-I print one book every year of my favorite photos-mostly family and whatever landscape photos I have taken that year interspersed in between. With the coupon I generally print a book of about 100 pages. That runs me about 75 dollars including shipping once the coupon is applied. I generally print using the 10x8 size, because its easy to thumb through. For a wedding album you may want to choose a larger size.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-03-2017, 07:19 PM  
A Smokies Sunrise
Posted By psychdoc
Replies: 29
Views: 432
A Smokies Sunrise
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 06-25-2017, 11:21 AM  
Pentax DA 10-17mm f3.5-4.5 ED IF Fisheye samples
Posted By psychdoc
Replies: 155
Views: 30,372
2 pic Collage. Hwy 1, California. Had a great time doing a slow road trip with my wife from SanFran to BigSur, despite some landslide closures. No complaints about photo taking as she was awed by the landscapes enough that she was clicking away on her phone also...
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-21-2017, 01:47 PM  
Sunrise in the Smokies
Posted By psychdoc
Replies: 17
Views: 704
Sunrise in the Smokies
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 11-06-2016, 09:15 AM  
Pentax DA 10-17mm f3.5-4.5 ED IF Fisheye samples
Posted By psychdoc
Replies: 155
Views: 30,372
Pentax fisheye fall photos
Forum: Visitors' Center 05-06-2016, 07:43 PM  
Ricoh says no to USA servicing under warranty for Pentax purchased in Europe
Posted By psychdoc
Replies: 16
Views: 2,475
Nikon is the same...
My neighbor moved from Switzerland, his Nikon camera conked out and they would not repair it under warranty in the U.S. I am sure this maybe different for professionals, but for an amateur like him, they did not honor the European warranty. This was a few years ago and things may have changed.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 03-25-2016, 06:56 PM  
So We're in Monterey...
Posted By psychdoc
Replies: 8
Views: 979
Rocky beach at North Soberanes is something I would recommend: From the turnout at mile marker 66, there are two trails, a main trail to the ocean and a smaller trail to the cliffs.Take the main trail, get down to the beach by climbing down real carefully as it can be slippery, if you are not nimble shoot from the cliff without going down to the rocky beach. Take pictures of the sea stacks especially if you have an ND filter to slow down the waves. This is also a great sunset location to shoot from the cliff without getting down:


Go to mile marker 59 for the Bixby Bridge shot or a little further for the the view from Hurricane Point with Bixby Bridge in the distance:

Go to McWay Falls at Julia Pfeiffer State Park which is by the roadside:
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-07-2016, 08:23 AM  
Cotton Carrier Green
Posted By psychdoc
Replies: 16
Views: 1,752
Back is a breathable mesh.
Image from online below:
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-06-2016, 11:31 AM  
Cotton Carrier Green
Posted By psychdoc
Replies: 16
Views: 1,752
Got my Cotton Carrier.
-Green color is not bad, you are right, its not the ugly shade, that is online. Could not capture the exact shade in attached photos either.
-Takes a second person to help fit it correctly the first time.
-Very geeky looking; but I only plan to use it on hiking
-Seems comfortable, will have to wait till next month b4 I get to wear it on an all-day hike to test comfort.
-Planning to use it with my usual 2 camera combo for most of my hikes. K5 plus 50-135 and the other K5 with 12-24.
Some pics:
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 02-28-2016, 09:34 AM  
Cotton Carrier Green
Posted By psychdoc
Replies: 16
Views: 1,752
Thanks for the tip.120 dollars off a 189 dollar product! I guess I can live with the ugly green as opposed to the usual black color. Guess that's why only the green one is on sale.

I ordered mine. Plus a second adapter. Always wanted one for my hiking trips. Will have my K5 with 12-24 and another K5 with 50-135 on this and the Sony RX 100ii in my pocket. And my hands will be free to use my tripod as a hiking stick with just one leg opened up...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-21-2016, 05:55 AM  
Get car show lens on a tight budget or use owned one?
Posted By psychdoc
Replies: 40
Views: 2,431
Thanks
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-20-2016, 09:31 PM  
Get car show lens on a tight budget or use owned one?
Posted By psychdoc
Replies: 40
Views: 2,431
The DA 15 mm is SMALL, LIGHT and EASY to handhold if there are too many people around for tripod use and a fave for cars.
Of course if its sunny out you get a lot of SUN-STARS on the cars too:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-17-2016, 06:09 PM  
Pentax K-1 Officially Announced
Posted By psychdoc
Replies: 1,591
Views: 178,556
Oh Sh_t!!!!! Damn you Pentax.
I had no interest in full frame. With this price now I have to find reasons not to buy it. I don't shoot video so video specs do not matter. I think Ricoh knows exactly who they are marketing to...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-31-2015, 05:34 PM  
Poll: For those who use a 16MP Pentax as your primary camera - upgrade in 2016?
Posted By psychdoc
Replies: 117
Views: 9,516
I have two K-5's. The only time I wished I had a better camera was for really low light stills shooting of my daughter's dance. Otherwise I am constantly surprised by the good results I get for my own needs. For travel light I use a sony rx100ii which is another lovely camera. I am not feeling the gear inadequacy of others but then I don't need super fast AF or long telephoto lens needs.

I tried a sony a7s for low light. Someday I might get one of those used. Otherwise no upgrade for me unless one of my cameras die!!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-30-2015, 06:18 PM  
2016 - The Year of the DA 15mm Limited
Posted By psychdoc
Replies: 25
Views: 2,382
SMC 15 nice starbursts
HD 15 ugly starbursts
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-23-2015, 05:25 PM  
Thematic Trees
Posted By psychdoc
Replies: 2,719
Views: 145,731
Trees with Pentax 50-135. A long lens is fun to isolate parts of a scenery...
Forum: General Photography 11-14-2015, 05:01 PM  
Lightroom Camera Calibration profiles for K-5lls
Posted By psychdoc
Replies: 13
Views: 1,575
If I understand you right, you are shooting RAW/DNG and you want to open it in LR and choose the 'Bright' option. Not found a way to do that directly in LR for Pentax.

Pentax Digital Camera Utility software comes on the CD with the camera. Install on your computer. Open your RAW file with it, choose the 'Bright' profile you are wanting and save it as a TIFF file to retain max data and then open the file in Lightroom to make further edits as the pentax software itself is not fun to use.

Its a roundabout way.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-12-2015, 06:27 PM  
Recommend any good variable ND filters?
Posted By psychdoc
Replies: 14
Views: 1,864
Cokin is adequate for non-professional work. Fairly cheap but you have to buy the system-holder etc. I use these most often.

For really good fun with ND filters: a 10 stop filter is great. See this review:
"The Ultimate Guide To Neutral Density Filters" by Peter Hill | Redbubble
I have a B&W, its pretty fine except for a warm cast that can be corrected in post if needed but for landscapes sometimes its ok to leave it.

A variable ND filter maybe more useful for video. I have one that I use for my Sony rx100 -Heliopan and it works fine for video.
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 10-18-2015, 12:57 PM  
Pentax DA 12-24 f/4 AL ED IF Samples
Posted By psychdoc
Replies: 123
Views: 40,422
Waited for a while to see if Pentax would release this lens in a WR version, got tired of waiting and got it second hand for a decent price and been playing around with it:
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 10-16-2015, 03:34 PM  
Pentax SMC DA 18-135mm
Posted By psychdoc
Replies: 53
Views: 19,837
Fall photos with the Pentax DA 18-135. A good walkaround lens for daylight.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-13-2015, 06:48 PM  
Sigma 10-20 or 17-50?
Posted By psychdoc
Replies: 26
Views: 4,155
Maybe just the nature of really wide angle. Wider than 12 was not to my liking. There was no point [for me] if I was going to only use it starting at 12. Not sure if wider than 12 from another manufacturer would have made a difference as I have not shot with any other or in full frame.
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