Greg Lovern

Lives in United States Bellevue, WA, United States
Joined on May 4, 2004
About me:

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Pentax K-7 since December 2011
Pentax *ist D since March 2004
O-ME53 1.2x magnifying eyecup
Tamron 17-50/2.8
Tamron 28-75/2.8
DA 18-135 WR
FA 50/1.4
FA 35/2.0
FA 100/2.8 Macro
Sigma 12-24 (original version)
Polaris 135/1.8, YS-Mount w/ K-mount T2 adapter (Mid 1970s)
Misc old primes
AF540FGZ II
Pentax ZX-L (MX-6) (now used only with the Sigma at ~12mm for 122-degree angle of view)
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Current Wishlist:
K-5 II
DA 16-85 WR
DA* 55
DA 55-300 WR
Tamron 70-200/2.8
Sigma 10-20 (wish they'd make the 8-16 in K-mount!)
Lumix GM-1
Canon S90 with Franiec
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Fond memories:
Pentax Super Program
Kiron-made M42 Vivitar 20/3.5
Olympus OM-1 (~1980)
Sigma 21-35/3.5-4.0 (~1981) (not the much more common 1985 21-35/3.5-4.2)
Leica MiniLux
Dad's 126-cartridge, flashcube Kodak Instamatic X-15 (~1970)
Various old cameras in Grandpa's basement (~1960's & early 1970's)
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My cat, "Oscar", walked across my keyboard while I was writing my book. Do I have to share copyright with Oscar?

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2018 at 20:27 UTC as 83rd comment | 4 replies
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marc petzold: I do like the idea, that maybe Pentax would be the last brand, which is producing DSLRs. Pentax is way traditional, and Rangefinders are out of style for decades...but as you know, Leica is doing great! So why not? :-)

I am a huge fan of classic camera controls, since the SLR days, so Fujifilm has won me over with their analogue dials. Look at the Pentax K-1(II), that DSLR is perfectly engineered. It just reminds me the great old Contax SLR days.

If i'd be a Billionaire, i'd buy the brand right Contax from Zeiss, and develop new Contax cameras, DSLR. finally....or perhaps even Mirrorless.

Can't Zeiss show a heart and bring the famous brand & quality back to Life ?!

Good Light!

Marc

Well, I am only 53, and I remember being impressed as a teenager reading about the Porsche-designed Contax with it's vacuum-powered film-flattening technology, even if the price was very far beyond my reach (I had an OM-1 which I loved). And Contax seemed to have awesome lenses..

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2018 at 17:22 UTC

As long as Ricoh/Pentax is sticking with DSLR, I'd like to see them go to a hybrid viewfinder if possible. Until then, I'm pretty happy with my K-5ii, and I don't mind carrying around an old-school mirrorbox. When I prefer to carry something really small, my Canon S100 does pretty well.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2018 at 17:14 UTC as 248th comment

It seems to me the author, and most commenters, are missing the point. This doesn't seem to be about combining a stool with a tripod in one product. And it obviously isn't a replacement for a tripod.

This is clearly really a monopod with the option of adding stability by sitting down on the seat. Not as much stability as a good tripod of course. But if this product is too silly to have a good reason to exist, than so are monopods. Because this is really a monopod with an interesting and probably often quite useful innovative feature.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2018 at 19:25 UTC as 131st comment | 4 replies

I'm so sorry I got caught on film committing assault! If I shed enough tears will you please continue funding my music career?

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 23:37 UTC as 131st comment

I tried searching on a few items of interest to me. In it's current state, I don't see how it's significantly more useful than looking at sold items on eBay, which shows sold items for the last few months. Actually, less useful, as eBay allows a much more granular search.

But if they build up their data to the point where we can view price trends over a longer period, that would be interesting. Especially for rare items that might only sell once every year or so.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 20:43 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
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mod2001: More or less useless tool, especially if they use active ebay listings, 90% of the buy it now prices there are wishful thinking and have nothing to do with the real value you can archive in normal auctions. Same with some other selling platforms. Nobody pays the first asking price.

It would be nice if they explained this on their website, but it looks to me like the chart shows only completed sales, while the list of individual offers below the chart includes both completed sales and active listings.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 20:39 UTC

Stole or found the phone. Found the pictures on the phone and decided to advertise the "car" for sale, and rob anyone who comes by to look at the "car".

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2017 at 00:57 UTC as 78th comment | 2 replies

Any word on when this video will be availalble? I don't see anything about it yet at the nasa website.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2017 at 01:31 UTC as 3rd comment
On article How to buy used gear (and not get burned) (141 comments in total)

If an eBay seller with lots of very positive feedback suddenly starts selling much more expensive items than before, of a type they hadn't sold much of before, and those items are a great deal, that eBay seller may have been hacked.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2017 at 16:35 UTC as 58th comment
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Greg Lovern: It's a beautiful sentiment. But like or not, xenophobia is part of human nature. As we grow from babies to adults it's natural for us to fear and distrust those who look or seem different from those people we grew up being closest to.

What racists don't understand or accept is that we need to CONTROL our natural xenophobia, not let it run wild. When our xenophobia tells us to fear and distrust a person because their skin is a different color, we need to say no, that person's skin color does not make them dangerous. And then treat that person with respect, dignity, and civility.

In a way, a racist can be compared to a person who coughs and sneezes right in other people's faces and defends that habit by explaining that coughing and sneezing are natural. Sure they're natural, but you can, and should, control them.

What I'm reading here and on another forum is:
-- Xenophobia is a political term, not a social science term, and
-- The correct social science term is "Ingroup Favoritism".

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 20:53 UTC
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Greg Lovern: It's a beautiful sentiment. But like or not, xenophobia is part of human nature. As we grow from babies to adults it's natural for us to fear and distrust those who look or seem different from those people we grew up being closest to.

What racists don't understand or accept is that we need to CONTROL our natural xenophobia, not let it run wild. When our xenophobia tells us to fear and distrust a person because their skin is a different color, we need to say no, that person's skin color does not make them dangerous. And then treat that person with respect, dignity, and civility.

In a way, a racist can be compared to a person who coughs and sneezes right in other people's faces and defends that habit by explaining that coughing and sneezing are natural. Sure they're natural, but you can, and should, control them.

@Suntan, thanks! One of those links mentioned this interesting book:

https://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Prejudice-Discrimination-Scott-Plous/dp/0072554436

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 20:30 UTC
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Greg Lovern: It's a beautiful sentiment. But like or not, xenophobia is part of human nature. As we grow from babies to adults it's natural for us to fear and distrust those who look or seem different from those people we grew up being closest to.

What racists don't understand or accept is that we need to CONTROL our natural xenophobia, not let it run wild. When our xenophobia tells us to fear and distrust a person because their skin is a different color, we need to say no, that person's skin color does not make them dangerous. And then treat that person with respect, dignity, and civility.

In a way, a racist can be compared to a person who coughs and sneezes right in other people's faces and defends that habit by explaining that coughing and sneezing are natural. Sure they're natural, but you can, and should, control them.

(continued from earlier post)

The most influential and pernicious lies are those that build on a small truth. The small truth is used as bait to lure people in, then they are hooked on the lie. Racism is a lie that is built on the small truth that a moderate amount of fear and distrust of those different from ourselves is a natural part of human nature.

Pretending that various aspects of the dark side of human nature simply don't exist is not helpful toward eliminating problems caused by them. It would be like trying to make overweight people slim down by pretending they don't ever get hungry. Hunger is normal; overeating is the problem there. Telling an overweight person that they have no hunger does not help them slim down.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 18:03 UTC
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Greg Lovern: It's a beautiful sentiment. But like or not, xenophobia is part of human nature. As we grow from babies to adults it's natural for us to fear and distrust those who look or seem different from those people we grew up being closest to.

What racists don't understand or accept is that we need to CONTROL our natural xenophobia, not let it run wild. When our xenophobia tells us to fear and distrust a person because their skin is a different color, we need to say no, that person's skin color does not make them dangerous. And then treat that person with respect, dignity, and civility.

In a way, a racist can be compared to a person who coughs and sneezes right in other people's faces and defends that habit by explaining that coughing and sneezing are natural. Sure they're natural, but you can, and should, control them.

I'll look for references. I didn't pull this out of my hat; I enjoy reading about psychological studies and this was one of many takeaways from that over many years.

This certainly does NOT mean that ALL xenophobia is part of human nature. We're born with a moderate amount that activates as our young brains grow and develop, then most of us learn to control and limit it, while some others build on it and run with it until they hate and wish death on innocent people outside their own group.

(to be continued due to reaching length limit)

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 18:02 UTC

It's a beautiful sentiment. But like or not, xenophobia is part of human nature. As we grow from babies to adults it's natural for us to fear and distrust those who look or seem different from those people we grew up being closest to.

What racists don't understand or accept is that we need to CONTROL our natural xenophobia, not let it run wild. When our xenophobia tells us to fear and distrust a person because their skin is a different color, we need to say no, that person's skin color does not make them dangerous. And then treat that person with respect, dignity, and civility.

In a way, a racist can be compared to a person who coughs and sneezes right in other people's faces and defends that habit by explaining that coughing and sneezing are natural. Sure they're natural, but you can, and should, control them.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 16:09 UTC as 80th comment | 11 replies
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landscaper1: Uh, DPReview ... those "full frame fighter jets" are actually highly modified Martin B-57 Canberra medium bombers, hence the "B" in WB-57F.

I'll second the B-1.

Another looker is the Hawker Hunter:

http://q-zon-fighterplanes.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Hawker-Hunter-F.6A.jpg

https://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker_Hunter#/media/File:Hawker_hunter_t7_blue_diamond_in_planform_arp.jpg

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 01:00 UTC
On article Report: Ricoh announcing cost cuts in face of crisis (326 comments in total)

How and why is "the market for multifunctional printers, Ricoh’s cash cow, evaporating"? All I see are positive reports:

https://www.technavio.com/report/global-computing-devices-multi-function-printer-market

http://wirthconsulting.org/2016/06/01/idc-slump-for-global-printermfp-market-in-1st-quarter-but-mps-contracts-continue-to-grow/

http://www.crn.com/slide-shows/components-peripherals/300084590/8-printer-market-trends-to-watch.htm/pgno/0/2

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2017 at 20:29 UTC as 83rd comment | 1 reply
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (820 comments in total)

Olmpus OM-1/OM-1n. I LOVED the shutter speed ring around the lens mount. So, so, so much better than standard shutter speed dial on the top plate.

A good battery adapter for the OM-1/n is $37 here:
https://shop.criscam.com/collections/mercury-battery-adapters/products/mr-9-mercury-battery-adapter

Pentax MX. Undocumented feature: tap the shutter lightly to get mirror lockup.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 15:44 UTC as 337th comment | 3 replies
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (820 comments in total)
In reply to:

Jeff Peterman: Three classics missing from this list: The Canon A1 - the successor to the AE1, with aperture and shutter priority options, and the two smallest SLRs: something from the Olympus OM series (OM-1, 2, 3, or 4), and the Pentax ME. The Olympus cameras were relatively tiny marvels: robust, with great functionality, commonly used by professionals. I owned several versions of the OM2 (I still have an OM2P).

For novelty, I'll through in the Pentax 110 SLR, which probably is the smallest SLR ever made (I was tempted to buy the 3 lens kit)- but the "sensor" size (110 film) was too small for it to really be practical.

By the way, I bought an Olympus XA when they first came out. A great little camera that I carried everywhere for over a decade. But the seals on the back cover dried up and started cracking, so if you buy one, test it for light-tightness.

The problem with the Pentax Auto 110 SLR was not just the small film size. It was also that the cartridge prevented the camera from flattening the film, as is normally done on a 35mm SLR with the spring-loaded back plate. As a result, the film was often not quite flat. That wasn't a problem with a small aperture as on a cheap fixed-focus Instamatic. But with a large aperture, the not-quite-flat film caused out-of-focus areas. The same problem had happened years earlier when some manufacturers had made good quality SLR systems around the 126 film cartridge. Cheap film cartridges and high quality lenses with wide apertures were never a good match.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 15:33 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Ricoh teases upcoming D FA* 50mm F1.4 (95 comments in total)
In reply to:

Karroly: Why is the D FA* 50mm F1.4 much bigger than the SMC FA 50mm F1.4 ?
Built-in AF motor ?
Additional glass elements/groups to improve IQ ?
OIS ?

The FA 50/1.4 wasn't designed for digital at all, but it was definitely designed for full-frame 35mm film.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 17:54 UTC
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