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09-08-2019, 11:45 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by pschlute Quote
Not quite. Changing the aperture using the ring on a K-mount lens will not stop the lens down. The lens is stopped down during capture. This enables open aperture focussing. But the mounts used on a modern DSLR are such that the stop-down will only take place in M or B or X mode. In Av mode (and any other auto mode) the lens will not be stopped down at capture.
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ps. M42 lenses behave differently
OK, seems I have been misunderstanding how the M lenses work on my K50 or KP. This forum continues to be an education!

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QuoteOriginally posted by m42man Quote
So, if you're unlucky enough to get aperture block failure, you get the benefit of an arguably superior option when using a legacy lens.
Except that you have to remember to set exposure compensation to match the aperture ring setting and even then the metering might not be right. I don't know that this is better than simply using M mode on a properly functioning camera.


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09-10-2019, 02:30 AM   #18
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Except that you have to remember to set exposure compensation to match the aperture ring setting and even then the metering might not be right. I don't know that this is better than simply using M mode on a properly functioning camera.


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Well, equally, you can set an aperture (perhaps to maximise sharpness) and then shoot away without needing to remember to use the green button before each shot (assuming lighting is varying).

But why do you say the metering might not be right? Metering is carried out wide open, just like a normal camera, and the appropriate shutter speed set according to the chosen shooting aperture, just like a normal camera. Exposure compensation is effectively just the same as the camera actually knowing the (relative) aperture (whether for a vintage SLR via a non-crippled K-mount linkage, or by the user selecting an aperture using a thumbwheel).

So you'd expect the same exposure accuracy as you get for a lens in normal use.

Stop-down metering sounds like it would be immune to exposure errors due to the actual aperture being inaccurately implemented by the lens, but in my experience this seems to be outweighed by errors presumably induced by the metering system coping badly with varying apertures.

Anyway, it's nice to have the choice. I'd suggest users try both methods and compare results for themselves.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
All Pentax cameras should behave this way AFAIK- you just need to allow the use of the aperture ring through the menu.
I was curious about it but wanted to wait until I had a Pentax with a stuck solenoid in my house.


Today a K-50 arrived, typical symptons.


I tried it the way member m42man suggested (lens: F50/1,7) and came to the same conclusions!
It works exactly the way he described.

Then I took an already repaired K-30, set it on AV but the lens not on A but a chose aperture:
Opposite you thought it did not work (wait, more will come!)



It would not fire when I changed the A-ring to any other position than A.


As soon as I press the the release button, the display goes off, as if there would be some kind of shortage and the K30 would not fire.
Back on A and all is fine.

So I tried it with the K5II and suprise: It works the same way as the K-30 with the stuck solenoid!

I then opened the K-50 for repair but then placed the battery back in and then the F50/1,7:
The solenoid does not actuate at all.


Then I exchanged the solenoid (white solenoid): All was working as usual and as it should.


I then tested it again in AV mode but the lens not on A but a chosen aperture and very strangly it works .. and yet, the solenoid does not actuate!


So I have no explanation at all but have to wait until further K30's or similar arrive here and I can test.


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QuoteOriginally posted by photogem Quote
So I tried it with the K5II and suprise: It works the same way as the K-30 with the stuck solenoid!
The behavior of the K-30 with the stuck solenoid makes sense, assuming the camera treats all non-A lenses as "wide open" in all auto-exposure modes. A K-5II behaving the same way is completely unexpected unless the camera is broken. No stop-down with a non-A lens has been the norm in other than M, X, and B modes with crippled mount cameras pretty much forever.*


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* All dSLRs. I don't know about the crippled mount film cameras.
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
The behavior of the K-30 with the stuck solenoid makes sense, assuming the camera treats all non-A lenses as "wide open" in all auto-exposure modes. A K-5II behaving the same way is completely unexpected unless the camera is broken.
The K5II is in best order. So are my KP and K3II:

Which means I tested this on those as well, they behave all like the K5II and thus work in AV-mode with an A-Lens preset on a chose aperture.

I then tested it on another K50 as well as on a K500 and another K30 (those are around in the family because I repaired quite a few):

With a stuck solenoid all behave the same and can be used this limited way in AV-mode.
The solenoid does not actuate if an A-lens is not on A but on a chose aperture

But as soon as the solenoid is alright again, we have two different results:

- The K50/K500 work in AV-mode with chosen aperture instead of A

- The K30 does not work anymore, the display goes off and there is no action.

Strange but so it is. Maybe (allthough I can't think of any reason) this is because all K30's I repaired have the modified K50 1.10 firmware .
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QuoteOriginally posted by photogem Quote
The K5II is in best order. So are my KP and K3II:

Which means I tested this on those as well, they behave all like the K5II and thus work in AV-mode with an A-Lens preset on a chose aperture...
I am thinking I misunderstood you. Let me get this straight...
  1. None of these cameras (K30/K-50/K-500 included) is supposed to stop down in Av mode when an A-lens is set to other than the "A" position, though the camera will meter for the wide-open aperture and will take a picture.*
  2. The OP's K-50 has aperture control failure and breaks the rule above by stopping down to the aperture set on the lens. Comments from other users with aperture control failure confirm the OP's discovery.
  3. Your K-5II works the same as your K-3II and KP as well as the repaired K-50 and K-500, meaning that they work according to the rule in #1 above and do not stop down in Av mode, but do allow a metered photo to be taken.
  4. The unrepaired K-50 works the same as reported by the OP and allows stop-down to the aperture ring setting in Av mode.
  5. The repaired K-30 (hacked K-50 firmware) fails to fire shutter with an A-lens set to other than the "A" position and the camera in Av mode. The display also fails.
The repaired K-30 behavior is strange and if traceable to the hacked firmware, might be a caution against using that hack. You might want to contact the firmware author with your observation. Edit: Assuming the K-30 had been set to enable aperture ring and that the display was not failing due to other issue.


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* At least that is how the user manuals read.

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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
The repaired K-30 behavior is strange and if traceable to the hacked firmware, might be a caution against using that hack. You might want to contact the firmware author with your observation.
I have to wait until I have another K-30 with a stuck solenoid to do further tests.
Then I can check its behaviour with the original firmware.


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Pentax K-30 does not work in AV if A-lens is other than A-Setting!

Update: Came across a Pentax K-30 with firmware 1.06:

Same (for the K-30 normal!) behaviour!


This method using an A-lens in AV-mode but other than A-setting
does NOT WORK with the K-30!

No matter if the solenoid is functioning or not!


I have tried it with:

- F50/1,7
- F35-70/3,5-4-5 Macro
- D-FA 100/2,8 Macro
- A50/1,2

no difference!

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Update: Came across a Pentax K-30 with firmware 1.06:

Same (for the K-30 normal!) behaviour!


This method using an A-lens in AV-mode but other than A-setting
does NOT WORK with the K-30!

No matter if the solenoid is functioning or not!


I have tried it with:

- F50/1,7
- F35-70/3,5-4-5 Macro
- D-FA 100/2,8 Macro
- A50/1,2

no difference!
Ah! So - just to clarify - a firmware update to 1.06 returns the K30/K50 (K500?) to business as usual?

Very interesting (I can imagine there will be some users with that firmware who will want to return it to an earlier version).

Thanks for the info!
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QuoteOriginally posted by m42man Quote
Ah! So - just to clarify - a firmware update to 1.06 returns the K30/K50 (K500?) to business as usual?
Very interesting (I can imagine there will be some users with that firmware who will want to return it to an earlier version).
Thanks for the info!
No, the K30 behaves exactly the same with firmware 1.10 or 1.06.
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QuoteOriginally posted by photogem Quote
No, the K30 behaves exactly the same with firmware 1.10 or 1.06.
Still unclear to me.

Does your K-30 with broken solenoid stop down a lens with aperture set by its ring in Av mode a) with firmware 1.00 and b) with firmware 1.06?
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QuoteOriginally posted by m42man Quote
Still unclear to me.

Does your K-30 with broken solenoid stop down a lens with aperture set by its ring in Av mode a) with firmware 1.00 and b) with firmware 1.06?
No, it doesn't stop down! I don't have one with firmware 1.00 so I only could check this with

- firmware 1.06
- firmware 1.10 (the unofficial firmware)


In both cases the K-30 will just not fire, when pushing the shutter release button the LCD goes off and nothing happens.
As if a short circuit happens.
Can't be linked to AF because I tried it with manual A-lenses as well.
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