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08-31-2011, 09:23 PM   #1
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Time lapse set image limit?

On the K5 it looks like you can set the number of shots up to 999. On my k7 I can only set that to 99. I thought to myself, great I can now take more interval shots with my k5. But It appears that the k5 will only take 99 as well even though you can set it to a higher number. Is anyone else running into this issue?


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08-31-2011, 09:32 PM   #2
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The time lapse functions built into the bodies have limits - why exactly and Pentax's thinking, I don't know. However, there are relative inexpensive external devices that will bypass these barriers. Here is one...... and here is a whole list.Pentax uses the same plug / adapter as Canon, and all the timing is done within the external unit, so all it essentially does is instruct the camera as to when to activate the shutter.

hope that helps...

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So my follow up question is why then does pentax say the k5 can shoot up to 999 shots, when in fact it turns off at 99?
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The only thing I can come up with is its a typo - some one was too aggressive with the 9's key, and it has not been caught yet. Probably perpetuated with cut & pasting....



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My K-5 takes more than 99 shots in a time lapse sequence. A 99 shot limitation on time lapse sequences is pretty useless for making a video. Most video needs to be played back at 24 frames per second, so 99 seconds results in a 4 second video.

Here's one from last week with a K-5. One shot every 3 seconds for 30 minutes, which is 600 shots. The video is 20 seconds long, at 30 frames per second. This is about 8 Mbytes, so it will take some time to load

Mt Hood Sunrise

Can't imagine why your K-5 doesn't do this - maybe it has K-7 firmware instead? Also you might check you're not trying something like 10 sec exposures with a 1 second interval - although I think this ends up with 10 second exposures, with one second between exposures.
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