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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-21-2018, 07:16 AM  
Let the WAR begin!...no Nukes yet.
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 94
Views: 2,306
Hype? Maybe but there is a new generation that has been raised on camera phones and has no sentimental loyalty to legacy cameras. It isn't a question of how many mirrorless cameras cameras are being sold but of who is buying them and I don't think it's aging baby boomers dumping their DSLR's.
Forum: General Photography 08-12-2018, 05:37 AM  
Vintage lens users... Do you correct for CA, distortion, vignetting etc.?
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 20
Views: 603
As a few others have mentioned, I will make corrections for things that I don't like in the photo and that's usually some obvious CA in some shots. I shoot Raw mostly so I'm always doing a few adjustments in Lightroom anyhow. It's usually pretty easy to manually correct these things in LR.
Forum: General Talk 08-06-2018, 05:52 AM  
Bereavement Leave
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 19
Views: 772
My condolences and prayers are with you.
Forum: General Photography 08-05-2018, 11:16 AM  
My totally classless $2 crossbody slider strap . . .
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 6
Views: 513
Congrats on solving a problem with a cheap solution that works for you!
Forum: General Talk 08-05-2018, 11:13 AM  
Apple valued at 1 trillion dollars.
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 9
Views: 430
Actually, the market is schizophrenic and makes no sense whatsoever. Most of the trading in the course of a day is done by computers in blocks of thousands of shares. A stock will be sold if it goes up a few pennies and sometimes only a few seconds after it was purchased. Then there are short sellers who buy large blocks of shares on loan which can drive the price up a little and then dump it which drives the price down. Since they only have to pay the price the stock is selling for when payment is demanded, if it goes down significantly, they make money on the difference. Short sellers often start rumors to drive the stock value lower.

Most of the stories and rumors that surround Apple and analysts who are predicting the "end of the iPhone domination" are short sellers.
Forum: General Talk 08-04-2018, 04:32 PM  
Apple valued at 1 trillion dollars.
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 9
Views: 430
Apple has been going strong for years and many of the market analysts don't understand why so the stock tends to be volatile. Rumors are always flying. Various reports form the supply chain suggest the phones aren't doing well but when the quarterly reports come in, they make money and the stock shoots back up. Right now, the rumors are already starting about Apple's chipmaker, TSMC, having to shut down because of a virus and possible delays so expect to see a price dip. I would also expect to see some profit taking but average investors really have no impact on the stock. It's the big mutual funds that have millions of shares and as it gets later in the year, they will often sell off to cover the losses of all the turds that went down.
Forum: General Talk 08-04-2018, 08:44 AM  
Apple valued at 1 trillion dollars.
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 9
Views: 430
I suppose I should kick myself for selling Apple when I did about a year ago. It was up and down and I had already more than doubled my money so I sold it and paid off some bills. I had lost money on some other stocks that went sky high and then dropped so I now tend to sell when I'm up 100%. I'm also at the age where I'm now living off the money I have invested so no real regrets. I'm not actively investing right now but if I was, I don't think you can go wrong with Apple in the long term although it's sky high at the moment and I would wait for the next dip which probably will be soon.

I bought Apple before the split when it was around $450 a share. The split was 7 - 1 which dropped the price to $64. Looking back, I should have bought more at that point but at the time, my other investments were also doing quite well. I really don't think it's an expensive stock at $200.
Forum: General Talk 07-28-2018, 05:29 PM  
What's Your Favorite Men's Cologne?
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 27
Views: 595
Gymnasium #5.

I have allergies and I avoid all of it.
Forum: General Talk 07-22-2018, 11:33 AM  
My Personal "Top 10 Westerns of All Time."
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 90
Views: 2,013
I'm a little late to this thread but my favorite western is The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. It's a great story and one of Eli Wallach's best performances. Probably I would list Unforgiven as number two. I could go down the list of several Clint Eastwood westerns. Some are better than others but none of them are bad. The older version of True Grit is also a favorite. John Wayne at his best!

I also enjoyed Silverado although a lot of critics panned it. Probably the most recent western I have seen was the Hateful Eight. The story got sillier the longer the movie went on but is beautiful to watch because it was filmed in 70mm, something that is rare these days and has all the strangeness you expect from a Tarantino movie. Going further back, The Magnificent Seven is pure classic and shouldn't be missed by any western fan who was too young to have seen it in the theater. Viva Zapata! is another must see and I have to add High Noon also. More of a Civil War story than a western, I always liked Shenandoah, too.
Forum: General Talk 07-22-2018, 11:04 AM  
Selling my Pentax System, going to ____________________
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 26
Views: 1,175
I really don't understand extreme brand loyalty but I guess it's important to some people. Am I supposed to feel guilty if I'm in need of a new (name your whatever) and the current product line doesn't meet my needs? Do I need to announce to the world that I just switched from Carhartt cargo pants to Wranglers? And somebody please tell me why I have to sell off all my Pentax gear if I decide to buy another brand. It can't really be the money because I'll only get a fraction of what I paid for the stuff.

There are always new cameras. Technology continues to change so the new thing is almost always better than the previous model. I said always because sometimes a manufacturer makes a real turd but for the most part, just about every current DSLR and mirrorless body out there is a pretty impressive product. If you really think your photography will improve with something else, go buy it. There are lots of good reasons to switch brands but if you are switching because your photos suck, then it's because the photographer sucks, not the camera. Expensive you say? A new K70 is less than a pair of new tires for my Harley. It's also cheaper than the new fly rod I've had my eye on. I mention those two things because any camera I buy will last far longer than either. The tires will last one summer and I have a knack for breaking fly rods.
Forum: General Talk 07-18-2018, 05:48 AM  
Songs that Tell a Story
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 36
Views: 1,157
Yeah, I have a lot of Bob Seger on my playlist too. Being an old biker, my favorite is obviously this one.















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Forum: General Talk 07-12-2018, 07:34 PM  
Songs that Tell a Story
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 36
Views: 1,157
Just about anything from Mark Knopfler these days. I like this one.















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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-06-2018, 07:39 AM  
Seems Ricoh going more into 3d Printing
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 12
Views: 835
There has been a lot of 3D printer hype in recent years and my feelings are mixed. I took a pretty good hit to my investments at one point as the values of of a couple of the larger manufacturers dropped like a rock. At this point, I would hesitate to re-invest in a 3D printer company again and a lot of investors got burned already and feel the same. This could actually be a a bad thing for Ricoh to get involved in. It's odd that the article mentions General Electric as part of the future of 3D printing, as they are doing so poorly, they have been delisted from the Dow.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-25-2018, 06:00 PM  
Sigma 17-50 or 17-70 - Which would you choose
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 21
Views: 1,210
While I don't have Sigma's 17-50, the 17-70C is my go to lens for just about everything. I've shot 7 weddings with it and trust it to give me excellent results. I dropped it a year ago and considered the 17-50 because it was on sale for a very good price but the fine service dept. at Sigma fixed it for under $200 and I'm happily shooting with it once again.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-15-2018, 07:04 AM  
Poll: Macro-bokeh-test
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 46
Views: 2,331
I prefer the bokeh in #3 but the flower looks better in #1.
Forum: General Talk 06-13-2018, 06:14 PM  
Soft Images
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 18
Views: 720
Here in the Adirondacks, there is often fog in the mornings and the sunlight breaking through can be stunning. It can be difficult to capture with the camera (at least for me) and often lasts only a few moments but some days are so beautiful you never forget them. The soft light theme has been a favorite of painters for a long time.
Forum: General Talk 05-28-2018, 07:41 PM  
Hats, a question
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 8
Views: 431
Well, I'm a baseball hat guy and I turn mine around when in portrait mode, using a shoe mounted flash or when the wind is blowing. Around 90% of the time when I wear hats, it's a baseball hat. I have a full head of hair so I wear a hat to keep it out of my eyes and also because I'm a lazy old fart and wearing a hat is easier that the hassle of combs, brushes, etc. I do have a couple of bucket hats (I think that's what they call them) that I wear kayaking in summer and they also have a chin cord to hold it on your head in the wind. The brims are flexible.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-15-2018, 12:01 PM  
What Is The Deal With Plastic?
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 49
Views: 2,261
I know this article has been linked to before but whenever the plastic vs metal discussion comes up, it's worth looking at. Lens Rentals | Blog
Roger Cicala has tons of experience and is familiar with lots of lenses from many brands.

I shot a wedding this past weekend and both lenses I used were plastic. Most of my shots were with a Sigma 17-70c and a few with the DA 50/1.8. I rely on both these lenses quite a bit. I get great results every time and I never think twice about using them for anything. The DA 50/1.8 is dirt cheap and I think it the best $100 camera gear investment I ever made. I think it was even cheaper, Black Friday about 4 years ago.

I dropped the Sigma last summer (and my K5). Yes, it hit the concrete and was in 2 pieces. Would one of my all metal lenses survived? Maybe, but more likely something would have been dented or bent, making it just as broken. I put my broken pieces in a box and sent it to Sigma and had it back 2 weeks later for under $200 including shipping. It was easily fixed.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-20-2018, 05:54 AM  
Run of K-mount Sigma 50-500 lenses to be produced
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 18
Views: 1,469
I'm another 150-500 owner and I'm quite happy with it. At the time I bought it, I was going back and forth on the price of it and the 50-500 when B&H put it on sale for an incredibly good price and that settled it. That said, I'm very happy to see Sigma continuing the 50-500. It gives Pentax shooters a very good long telephoto zoom option for a more affordable price. I would not be surprised to see this run sell out fairly quickly and I hope it does. It may send a message to Sigma that there is still a market for K mount lenses.

Actually, I'm happy to see any third party lenses in K mount. I think it's good for Pentax to have third party support.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-19-2018, 07:08 AM  
Seeking wide, fast lense with nice bokeh. K-70.
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 32
Views: 1,306
Is it just me or does anyone else find this thread a little ironic that new photographers are looking to match the field of view of their phones to a camera lens? I have stated many times that the manufacturers advertising that their cameras/lenses are equivalent to a certain 35mm size is totally useless because the vast majority of people have never looked through the viewfinder of a FF camera.

Anyhow, for what it's worth, the iPhone is a pretty wide angle view so as has been mentioned, a wide angle lens like the DA 21 would match it pretty good. I believe Apple specs their lens as 28mm equivalent on 35 mmm (FF). SInce the OP wants it for a walk around, I'd suggest a good fast zoom like the DA 16-50 or Sigma 17-50/ 2.8. The Sigma will fall well under the budget of $900. Or just go with the DA 21 Ltd. if you want a prime.
Forum: General Talk 04-18-2018, 03:47 AM  
What month of the year is it
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 18
Views: 1,002
It's been pretty ugly up here in NY, too. I think February was warmer. we have had some snow/ice for 5 days straight and more tomorrow. The forecast say a warmup coming for the weekend but they told us that lie last week and we had an ice storm instead. Better than snow some may say but the poor folks still without electricity might argue that point.
Forum: General Talk 04-16-2018, 03:37 PM  
RIP R. Lee Ermey
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 3
Views: 464
RIP Gunny!
Forum: General Photography 04-14-2018, 03:48 PM  
Ricoh Lost in Space
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 27
Views: 3,587
Good eye. I watched a couple of episodes last night but didn't catch it.
Forum: General Talk 04-10-2018, 07:19 AM  
Ladies and Gentlemen, the time is upon us.... for camping.
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 80
Views: 4,235
I haven't backpacked in years and I doubt my spine would hold up well to a fully loaded pack anymore. I do have a lot of backpacking gear because I take motorcycle and kayak overnight trips and and the same lightweight packable gear is needed. My 2 man tent is from LL Bean and packs small. It has a full rainfly so no tarps needed. A folding chair, sleeping bag (which doubles as a backrest on the Harley), a self inflating sleeping pad, small Peak One stove (no longer made, it's 30 years old but still works fine), small packable cookware, fishing gear if I'm planning to use it. Stuff like water bottles, flashlights, are permanent items in my saddlebags and car.

My gear will vary according to the trip. I also have a large, 6 man LL Bean dome tent for multi day stays for car travels. For car trips, I still use an old fashioned Coleman 2 burner stove for cooking. I don't camp as much as I would like anymore and I'm going to try to get out a bit more this year. I do live in the Adirondacks and some might say that everyday is a camping trip. I enjoy my backyard firepit all summer.
Forum: General Talk 04-06-2018, 04:49 PM  
What Do Fellow Pentaxians Do For A Living?
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 171
Views: 9,814
I repair transport refrigeration equipment and trucks/trailers for a foodservice company. I'm kind of semi retired these days with a normal work schedule of just 2 days a week. Unfortunately, mechanics are a dying breed and I spent much of the winter working nearly full time again. They finally hired another mechanic so I'm backing off the hours again. I can't physically do it anymore. I think I'll quit entirely in a couple of years.
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