Switching Between SD1 and SD2 on the Pentax K-1, K-3, and 645Z

A simple and effective trick

By PF Staff in Tutorial Videos on Jun 3, 2016

Recent Pentax cameras with dual SD slots interestingly do not have a menu option through which you can switch between SD1 and SD2 as your primary card for still photos.  In sequential mode the camera will write to one card and only switch to the other once the first card fills up.  This applies to the Pentax K-1, K-3, and 645Z.

Fortunately, there's a simple yet effective trick through which you can easily force the camera to save to a specific card slot:

The Advantages of a Dedicated Macro Lens

Achieving lift-size magnification

By PF Staff in Tutorial Videos on Apr 4, 2016

The 18-55mm kit lens is versatile, but it can't fill every role perfectly.  If you're a beginner interested in close-up (macro) photography, we recommend that you consider adding a dedicated 1:1 macro lens to your lens collection.  Watch the video below to learn about the benefits of a true macro lens:

Compared to a zoom, a fixed focal length (prime) macro lens is generally going to be the go-to choice for close-up photography.  While many modern zooms claim "macro" capabilities and are good for snapshots, none can deliver life-size (1:1) magnification.

The Crop Factor Explained: An Animation

Understanding a very confusing concept

By PF Staff in Tutorial Videos on Jan 19, 2015

The ubiquity of DSLR cameras with "cropped sensors" (the APS-C format) has been associated with a great deal of confusion among seasoned photographers and new users alike, especially when shopping for lenses.

If you've ever been confused by focal length conversions between film/full-frame and APS-C, this tutorial is for you!

We believe that the best way to understand the crop factor is to look at it in the most basic way possible.  Forget all that others have told you, as once you understand the core concepts behind it, you'll be able to fill in the rest of the blanks on your own.

How to Clean Camera Lenses

Removing dust, dirt, and stains

By K David in Tutorial Videos on Jun 23, 2014

We use our lenses and demand much of them. The front elements, especially, can be splashed with rain, mud, and sweat; bumped by hands, elbows, and dog noses; or dirtied by a myriad of other terrible and creative destructive forces. Addressed when you return home or to your on-assignment home, correctly cleaning your lens of dirt and detritus can prolog the coatings' lifetime, improve image quality, and protect your lens's value. Performed incorrectly, however, and lens cleaning can damage your lens. Searching the Internet for a tutorial on lens cleaning will return tens of thousands of results. Some present sound and proven methods. Some are the work of crackpots. The technique described herein is my approach for lens element cleaning. Of course, clean your lens element at your own risk.

Cleaning Your DSLR Sensor

A guide on how to get rid of sensor dust at home

By K David in Tutorial Videos on Jun 12, 2014

We all paid a lot of money for our digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera bodies. So dust on an image can be a disappointment. Sensor dust, unlike lens dust, necessarily leads to image quality loss, unsightly image spots, and added work in post. So, here's a process for dry-cleaning your DSLR sensor. Simply searching for sensor cleaning returns a dozen different ways, tips, and theories on what and how to do it. This method presents DSLR owners with low-risk, inexpensive sensor cleaning. Of course, clean your sensor at your own risk.

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