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Forum: Pentax K-r 03-30-2013, 05:50 PM  
<5000 shutter clicks, K-r bit the dust
Posted By KRLove
Replies: 19
Views: 3,168
I had the same thing this summer. I was shooting a band at a festival on the main stage pit with my K-r and all of a sudden it started doing that. I took it to a shop to get it looked at and they didn't see anything wrong with it. It worked for a while and then again the same thing! The weekend was ruined and I was taking photos for a newspaper so it was pretty much a fail for the festivals the next two weekends in a row.. I sent it over to get it fixed and the part that was broken cost 17 euros, but the repair was almost 300 euros for the work. Thank god for travel insurance that covered the whole thing.. ;)
Forum: Pentax K-r 03-30-2013, 05:41 PM  
Best pictures by newbbies with K-r
Posted By KRLove
Replies: 1,046
Views: 245,125
Great photos guys! I've had my K-r for almost a year now and I feel so stupid sometimes when I find a new setting i've no idea existed. I did a lot of photography during summer tho, and you can find some of the photos I took right here. Let me know what you think!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-05-2013, 06:58 AM  
The eyes of the Bride
Posted By KRLove
Replies: 2
Views: 706
Thanks a lot! :)
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-02-2013, 01:48 PM  
Blue hearts bokeh
Posted By KRLove
Replies: 0
Views: 1,430
I wanted to learn more about bokeh and found out how to make your own lens cap with a special shaped hole in it to make different shapes of bokeh to appear. I tested it on a few different shapes aswell.

This one was made by holding the heart shape lens cap a bit further away from the lens to get the shape to sort of vignette or border the actual bokeh effect. It looked nice, like the heart was more 3D and floating in the air. I used a lamp with multiple holes in the shade that turned into bokeh.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-18-2013, 04:49 AM  
Noise Reduction Software Giveaway: Let us help you improve your photos! (ended)
Posted By KRLove
Replies: 382
Views: 38,090
"I would like to enter this giveaway."

Serial number 4243620 added to the database. https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-serial-number-database/?do=viewserials&id=293
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-17-2013, 04:19 AM  
The eyes of the Bride
Posted By KRLove
Replies: 2
Views: 706
Her eyes, full of strength and determination. She knows who she is, who he is and what they are in for. She's nervous cause the priest is late. It all shows in this one look. The photo was supposed to be of the make-up, but the look in her eyes, was something that couldn't have been taken by trying to catch something like this. It's real. It's a feeling.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-17-2013, 03:14 AM  
Differences between Tamron and Sigma 18-200mms?
Posted By KRLove
Replies: 10
Views: 1,739
I found Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II LD IF Asp - Nikon, in an online store here in Finland, but the shop answered me it's not compatible with the Pentax K-mount. :o Can't find any others online from around here at least and I don't want to have to pay for expensive customs. I guess i'm gonna have to go with 50-300mm or the 28-300mm.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-16-2013, 10:33 AM  
Differences between Tamron and Sigma 18-200mms?
Posted By KRLove
Replies: 10
Views: 1,739
I was also looking at that one, but i'm a bit iffy about the f4.0, since the other one has f3.5.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-16-2013, 10:19 AM  
Differences between Tamron and Sigma 18-200mms?
Posted By KRLove
Replies: 10
Views: 1,739
Hey,

I've been contemplating on getting a new lens.

I now own a Pentax K-r, with SMC Pentax DA 1:3,5-5.6 18-55mm AL WR, and a Chinon 200mm prime.

I love taking photos of bands playing live (from the audience and the pit) and of our cats that aren't too afraid of the camera even up close, but sometimes still might need some reach aswell. I like photographing flowers and such aswell (interested in doing some macro, but haven't got any special equipment yet). Well anyhow, i've used my Chinon for band photography when i'm further away, but it's quite a hassle to get to focus properly since it's manual and it's driving me mad sometimes because of the lack of the zoom. It isn't really that good when the crowd is packed and you'd have to move around to get the right crop.

I've read so many reviews, forum posts and threads on having either 18-200mm or 28-300mm that i'm getting even more confused. I haven't had a DSLR for a full year yet, so i'm still quite new to all of this.

The questions I have are:

What is the difference between these two and which one would be better for me?

Sigma 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 DC Pentax (260,90, shorter with 78,1mm, 405g, closest focus on 45cm)
- No autofocus?

Tamron AF18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II Pentax (189,90, 83,7mm, lighter weight with 398g, closest focus on 45cm)
- No DC - not for cropped sensors, does it still work with my K-r, since it has a K-mount? This would be lighter to carry around, cheaper, and XR better glass on lenses(?).

Either one, this could work as my mostly used lens and often I wouldn't have to carry more than this lens around.. But some said photographing with more reach might affect the sharpness and IQ. Is it something to consider on band photography for example or does it mostly affect the quality on something very detailed like birds and stuff?

There is also this one to consider:

Sigma 18-200 mm F3.5-6.3 II DC HSM zoom lens, Pentax (399,90, 88mm, 490g, silent focus, closest focus on 45cm)
-What are the other differences to the Tamron one? Silent focus would be great photographing weddings and pets etc. but what else am I missing here or am I just paying 200 on a silent focus?

Or, should I rather get this one?

Tamron XR 28-300mm F/3,5-6,3 Di Pentax AF (429,90, 83,7mm, weight: 420g, closest focus on 49cm)
This would be an actual upgrade in a way, cause I think I could take photos of bands from either at the pit or in the audience with the same lens. Often with the 200mm you would have to be further in order to take better band photos of live shows and the 18-55mm is often not enough reach at least on bigger stages. This lens would offer both more reach and I could use the same lens for most occasions and would complement my 18-55mm nicely.


Am I completely lost or on the right track here? Which one would you guys recommend for me? I'm looking for one that would both suit my needs, be great quality to money and also give me something to use when I get better in photography, not just a patch to help me out for a short while. So, in other words, a nice investment.

Thanks for your help in advance!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-22-2012, 01:19 AM  
Pentax K-r + old K-mount zoom lens?
Posted By KRLove
Replies: 11
Views: 1,937
No it does not, it has markings from 3.3 to 16. I already set the settings like in this guide on how to use an older lens manually. (Using Older Lenses with the PENTAX K-x | Pentax Support).

Thanks a lot for the tips, I found them very helpful! :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-21-2012, 12:27 PM  
Pentax K-r + old K-mount zoom lens?
Posted By KRLove
Replies: 11
Views: 1,937
Great that i'm not the only one who has had this weird conception, makes me feel better knowing it's not just me. :) Thanks for the support here, I was a bit afraid that I would have been told to go to some beginners corner somewhere to ask these questions :o

That actually made a lot of sense and now i got what it really does. Thanks. :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-21-2012, 12:04 PM  
Pentax K-r + old K-mount zoom lens?
Posted By KRLove
Replies: 11
Views: 1,937
What kind of photos would one use this kind of a prime lens for?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-21-2012, 11:29 AM  
Pentax K-r + old K-mount zoom lens?
Posted By KRLove
Replies: 11
Views: 1,937
Ok, i'm a newbie with DSLRs, I now have my first ever SLR and it's a Pentax K-r. I could have checked this earlier prior to buying a lens, but being the spontaneous person I am, I bought it and thought about it later. I bought a Chinon 1:3.3 200mm lens.

It has a K-mount and it fits on my camera, but I set all the settings so it should work according to this guide here, but is the zoom supposed to work on it? I mean the ring that i normally turn to zoom in and out (similar to the one on my 18-55mm) isn't zooming, the main object in the photo stays the same size. It's just focusing when I turn the ring and I can't focus on anything on the screen closer to two meters. The smaller ring on it is for the aperture.

Does the lens not work at all on my camera or can I get it to work by changing the settings or something?

I feel quite stupid asking this.
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