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06-21-2014, 10:19 PM   #1
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Another Newcomer ( & in need of help!!)

Hey Everybody,

I'm a 44 year young greenhorn to serious photgraphy, presently base-camping in Berlin, Germany. After years of point and shoot,(my last cam was a Canon Ixus 900Ti- which had been a wonderful and faithful companion for past six years) I finally upped the ante and stepped up the ladder to interchangeable lens photography. And boy am I wide-eyed at the amazing possibilities that this offers - infact its more than a bit overwhelming, I chose to become a Pentaxian simply due to my genetic makeup of not following the herd - (most people around me are the Sonycanikon owners) and I quite liked the offbeat look, secure feel and assuring grip on the K30 ! So here I am - in the world of some great Limited series lenses as I am told, but also that would make my eyes water at every puchase (the joy that follow later would be more than worth it - hopefuly). My first kit was a K30 with a FA 50mm 1.4 which i used for around 5 months before realisng that the K30 had a major technical glitch - so back it went to amazon and I now await a K5II. I intend to be with the K5II and the 50mm for a while ( say a year or so) till I get the hang of the capacities of both -and maybe I'll just get the DA 35mm 2.4 alongside in a few weeks. I reckon these would/should suffice for my snapper needs for the time being.

However there are a few questions in my mind and I would appreciate all help from the forum...

* Is it possible to ascertain by oneself if the 'new' Camera that I'm buying was preowned and has had previous number of shutter releases/clicks ? (I'm getting a 'great' deal on the K5II body- which kinda raises myone eyebrow) - will the sevice center be able to tell me that ?

* Is it a flat recommendation to get the lens and camera body caliberated /adjusted ?

* should I bring both the lenses at the same time to the servicecenter for adjustment/caliberation ??

* What exactly does caliberation mean and do ?

As I said I'm a greenhorn so excuse me if the questions seem ..er well - kiddish !!

Thanks in advance

Sumit Floyd Chaterji

06-21-2014, 11:51 PM - 1 Like   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sumit Floyd Chaterji Quote
Is it possible to ascertain by oneself if the 'new' Camera that I'm buying was preowned and has had previous number of shutter releases/clicks ? (I'm getting a 'great' deal on the K5II body- which kinda raises myone eyebrow) - will the sevice center be able to tell me that ?
No need for the service center - you can find out yourself. The shutter count is in the exif data of every picture you take. Just use something like exiftool to peek at it.

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Is it a flat recommendation to get the lens and camera body caliberated /adjusted ?
No. Calibration is only needed if a lens isn't autofocusing properly. It's something you can do yourself if necessary, but don't worry about it unless you see focusing issues.

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06-22-2014, 12:08 AM - 1 Like   #3
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Bonjour from France and welcome to PF, Sumit Floyd Chaterji ... hope to see some images soon ... Salut, J

PS - I use "PhotoME" to count shutter actuations and try the lens adjustment feature of your K-5II (in the custom menu).
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We have a shutter count reader right here on PentaxForums. Just upload an unedited jpg image and the count will be shown.

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wow.. am I already glad to be a Pentaxian !!! ... Thank you all for the quick reverts, solutions and suggestions. It feels good to be in such great company !!
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Looks like the questions have been answered already, so I'll just say welcome to the forum.
06-22-2014, 03:29 AM   #7
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We have a shutter count reader right here on PentaxForums. Just upload an unedited jpg image and the count will be shown.
Cheers... will do asap !!
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Hey, welcome!
About the calibration.. lenses and cameras have a certain tolerance out of the factory. This means they might be on opposite ends of tolerances and would have a consistent fault with the focusing. The camera would AF, but the focus would be just a little behind or in front of every time. Since it is very difficult to maintain tight tolerances straight out of the factory while keeping the product prices reasonable, pretty much all brands allow AF calibration. This means you use the camera function to tell it "hey, your focus is a little off, go +5". There are many threads and blogs about focus charts and AF calibration, please search the forums, you should find all the answers and tools you need.

However, calibration can also be done by a service centre, and they might do it mechanically. Some people don't trust service centres and complain about their work, but a lot of pros regularly send all their gear to a service centre to get it all cleaned and calibrated. But its expensive and takes a long time, unless warranty covers it. For most of us, the in-camera AF micro adjust is enough.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Na Horuk Quote
Hey, welcome!
About the calibration.. lenses and cameras have a certain tolerance out of the factory. This means they might be on opposite ends of tolerances and would have a consistent fault with the focusing. The camera would AF, but the focus would be just a little behind or in front of every time. Since it is very difficult to maintain tight tolerances straight out of the factory while keeping the product prices reasonable, pretty much all brands allow AF calibration. This means you use the camera function to tell it "hey, your focus is a little off, go +5". There are many threads and blogs about focus charts and AF calibration, please search the forums, you should find all the answers and tools you need.

However, calibration can also be done by a service centre, and they might do it mechanically. Some people don't trust service centres and complain about their work, but a lot of pros regularly send all their gear to a service centre to get it all cleaned and calibrated. But its expensive and takes a long time, unless warranty covers it. For most of us, the in-camera AF micro adjust is enough.
Thanks a bunch for the helpful info. I will definitely explore the in-cam micro adjustshould I find focussing issues !
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There's an article here on PFabout micro adjusting. Here

Tells you everything you want to know. As for the limited lenses...get one here on PF in buy/sell forum. We tend to price fairly and describe accurately. Use it for a bit, sell it along for what you paid. It's like renting the lens for free. Try a bunch, keep what you love.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kozlok Quote
There's an article here on PFabout micro adjusting. Here

Tells you everything you want to know. As for the limited lenses...get one here on PF in buy/sell forum. We tend to price fairly and describe accurately. Use it for a bit, sell it along for what you paid. It's like renting the lens for free. Try a bunch, keep what you love.
Cheers mate.
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