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10-12-2012, 10:37 PM   #1
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The shot of a lifetime!

I was at a cove near my home, looking to get some sunset pics over the calm water, and as I got out of the car with my K-r and uncapped the lens I saw an eagle circling the water. The sun was a bright yellow ball in the background to the right of the eagle, and as I uncapped the lens the eagle tightened the circle and started heading for the water. It was about 100 meters from me, and I had the camera in AP mode. The eagle came down, scooped up a fish and...SH................TUNK. A FOUR SECOND exposure! I was so livid it was all I could do to keep from smashing the camera right there. I aimed the camera a slight bit closer to the sun and CLICK...perfect exposue. I aimed it back towards where the eagle was and another perfect exposure. I took some shots of the sunset and went home.

The next day I saw a hawk about 20 feet over my head, bright sunlight and a cloud in the background, focused and SH...........TUNK! ANOTHER FOUR SECOND exposure. The hawk flew up and away and I took 5 more shots with perfect exposures.

I don't think Pentax will likely see another email like that for a while...

So I bought a Nikon D70 for a backup camera if I send this back to Pentax.

10-12-2012, 11:23 PM   #2
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So what do you think the deal was? Does the 4-second exposure happen only on your first shot every time?
10-13-2012, 03:11 AM   #3
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I'm sure you will have many other shots of a lifetime
This is the first time I heard of this happening. Maybe its because the last time the camera metered was with the lens cap still on? I don't know, you can get some exposure level problems with off-brand lenses or manual lenses, but usually its not such a big thing, 4 seconds? Are you sure you didn't just have something preset from your previous shooting? I sometimes forget to turn off the 2 sec timer.
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All I can think, as Na Horuk mentioned already, is that it was still metering for the lens cap being on.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Steampunk Quote
The eagle came down, scooped up a fish and...SH................TUNK. A FOUR SECOND exposure
That should be an interesting image, care to share it with us?
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I was looking at my Kr and maybe you set the exposure lock button. The EF AE-L button can be set to exposure lock to when the button is pushed. it you pushed the button with the cap on then removed it and took the shot it could have caused your problem. It's camera menu item 4, line AF /AE-L, the bottom selection AE-L AE Lock

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shot of a lifetime, not!

Sorry to hear about your problem. Do you want to get your frustration off your chest or get some help? It is not clear.

If you want help, post 4 sec image and a good image along with the exif data. Then perhaps we will be able to diagnose what went wrong.

In the meantime thouigh, it seems as if it is most likely to be user error, sorry to say but your camera does not read your mind and a 4 sec. exposure implies a wrong setting.

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cool, 4-second eagle trails!

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