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01-05-2012, 02:19 PM   #1
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Tethering with k-5 & k-x

I thought i'd pass on a few things a learned tonight when trying to tether using the Pentax K-5.
...any advice on the unlsolved probs would be welcome?

Firstly i had no luck with hardwire linking to lightroom v3.0. i know i could link with a eye fi card etc. does anybody know if more current versions work?

I tried linking to PK_Tether (latest version) which has been succesful with the k-x, but with the K-5 was hitting some common problems.

My first shots had green lines across the screen, this seems linked to ISO as when i dropped below 1600 they disappeared.
Next problem was when i shot in burst mode, the camera/cpu link crashed which left my camera LCD on even after i switched it off...when the panic subsided i realised i had to take the battery out to reset.
This happened a lot until i switched to single shot mode, after this everything seemed to be ok!
next problem was the flashing LCD on the top of the camera, the guy who wrote the software said this can be stopped by turning off the LCD luminating in the settings...this didn't work for me as when i plugged in the USB the camera reset this?

The last thing i would say is, make sure that you switch the camera off before tkaing out the USB or you may freeze up the camera, back to battery out...

All in all the software seems great but is anybody worried about long term worries of it crashing the k-5?

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Haven't used PK Tether with my K5 but I used it last night with my K-x for taking Moon shots. I'm using the newest version (0.60 as I recall) that I downloaded earlier this week. It worked fine with the exception of the burst mode. It would take the first shot, then go to start the timer cycle for the 2nd shot and freeze. I had to unplug, turn the K-x off and back on, and replug to get it to work. Happened each time I tried the burst mode. Everything else worked fine but I did run the batteries down fairly quickly.
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I'm on MAC so no luck
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What is tethering?
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Its basically just connecting the camera to your computer/tablet/screen etc. during use so you can see pics immediately on large screen.
This is commonly done either by hardwiring or by using an sd card with wifi built in.

Hope this helps.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bluenose82 Quote
I tried linking to PK_Tether (latest version) which has been successfully with the k-x, but with the K-5 was hitting some common problems.

My first shots had green lines across the screen, this seems linked to ISO as when i dropped below 1600 they disappeared.
Next problem was when i shot in burst mode, the camera/cpu link crashed which left my camera LCD on even after i switched it off...when the panic subsided i realised i had to take the battery out to reset.
This happened a lot until i switched to single shot mode, after this everything seemed to be ok!
next problem was the flashing LCD on the top of the camera, the guy who wrote the software said this can be stopped by turning off the LCD luminating in the settings...this didn't work for me as when i plugged in the USB the camera reset this?

The last thing i would say is, make sure that you switch the camera off before tkaing out the USB or you may freeze up the camera, back to battery out...

All in all the software seems great but is anybody worried about long term worries of it crashing the k-5?
First up, did you read my review on PK_Tether? I have mentioned most of the issues that you have (although I'm using a K7)

Did you turn off the 'LCD Panel Illumination' in the Custom Settings. this should stop the flashing... I have never seen mine get switch back on yet (this does not mean that the LCD get switch off altogether, just the illumination). The only other time i have seen the LCD flash (without illumination) is in 'debug mode' or crash. And as it turns out, I prefer to leave it off because it anoying when I do evening/night function shoots.

I have left a message for Tomasz about the crash at high speed continuous, I suspect that it could be computer processing speed that causes the crash, I am yet to try it on a faster computer/laptop than my current laptop. someone also mention that the high speed issue worked a bit better when they switched on autosave and not cache preview the images.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bdparker Quote
First up, did you read my review on PK_Tether? I have mentioned most of the issues that you have (although I'm using a K7)

Did you turn off the 'LCD Panel Illumination' in the Custom Settings. this should stop the flashing... I have never seen mine get switch back on yet (this does not mean that the LCD get switch off altogether, just the illumination). The only other time i have seen the LCD flash (without illumination) is in 'debug mode' or crash. And as it turns out, I prefer to leave it off because it anoying when I do evening/night function shoots.

I have left a message for Tomasz about the crash at high speed continuous, I suspect that it could be computer processing speed that causes the crash, I am yet to try it on a faster computer/laptop than my current laptop. someone also mention that the high speed issue worked a bit better when they switched on autosave and not cache preview the images.
Well, it seems that your theory about processor speed may be right. When I tried it on my desktop instead of the laptop. It worked as it should (AMD Phenom II x4 at 2.90GHz with 6gb of memory operating Win7-64).

BTW, though an oversight on my part I discovered that PK Tether will not work unless there is an SD card in the camera.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bluenose82 Quote
Its basically just connecting the camera to your computer/tablet/screen etc. during use so you can see pics immediately on large screen.
This is commonly done either by hardwiring or by using an sd card with wifi built in.

Hope this helps.
Helped a lot,guess I have did it by using the tv for family and friends to view pictures but didn't know the terminology.
Thanks,
Jake

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I'm not 100% sure about the computer performance as i am running an i5 processor and 6gb RAM, win7-64 bit and still had the problems with continuous shooting.
Did you transfer information with USB2.0 or 3.0?

Unfortunatley i don't have a desktop anymore to test.
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