Introducing PentaxTips on PentaxForums

Pentax tutorial videos and tips on YouTube

By FozzFoster in Tutorial Videos on Oct 9, 2021

Hello to our favourite forum - We are PentaxTips!

My name is Stephen and I've been an active member on PentaxForums since 2015. You might know me around here as FozzFoster. My wife Michelle and I have relatively recently launched PentaxTips, a YouTube channel dedicated to Pentax enthusiasts - We are Pentaxians!

First, a big thank you to Administrator Adam for allowing us to share our content with the community. Over the course of the coming months, you will see many PentaxTips videos appear alongside the usual homepage content. 

We will begin by presenting some previous PentaxTips videos in the coming weeks to get everyone caught up on what we are all about and to share the educational videos and content that we produce. We look forward to providing tips, talk, and demonstrations of photography and Pentax-related equipment and sharing these videos with you. If anyone has an idea for a video or would like to see something specific, please let me know (or add your suggestion in the comments) and we will see what we can do.

Thank you all for the support. We hope you enjoy!

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.

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