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Forum: Pentax K-3 05-21-2017, 06:01 PM  
K3 shutter won't release with DBG-5 grip
Posted By wowarning
Replies: 4
Views: 585
I'll try cleaning the contacts and spinning the dials. The grip is definitely on and functional in every way except for releasing the shutter. I'll update on my success or failure.

---------- Post added 05-21-17 at 09:14 PM ----------

Cleaning the contacts didn't do anything, they were clean to begin with. I did notice that one pin is extremely short though - wondering if it could somehow be broken and not making contact. Here's the kicker though - when I rotated dials and messed with everything I could to see if it would cause it to start working again - I engaged the DOF preview and it took a picture! I tried numerous more times to make sure I wasn't imagining it, and I was not. Rotating the lever for the DOF preview releases the shutter, but pressing the shutter release does not. This doesn't seem like a good thing, lol. Has anyone else had stuck pins before, and is there a reasonable fix? I didn't want to tear open the grip if it was a nightmare once you get in there. Thanks again!
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-21-2017, 03:50 PM  
K3 shutter won't release with DBG-5 grip
Posted By wowarning
Replies: 4
Views: 585
For some reason the shutter release won't work on the grip on my K3. The release on the body itself is fine. Half press on the grip will focus, it just won't take a picture when I depress it all the way. Am I missing some setting somewhere, or is this mysterious to others as well. It worked fine when I got it used a few months ago - barely used before. (It is a genuine Pentax grip.) Thanks in advance for any insight.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-19-2017, 07:31 PM  
K3 af fine tune question
Posted By wowarning
Replies: 4
Views: 671
I'll have to check stopped down a little. I never use it wide open anyway because it's soft and hazy at 2.8, but at 3.2 it's a completely different lens. The glowy haze disappears and it's pretty darn sharp. I guess I should check focus at 3.2 and see if the adjustment is still as severe - that never occurred to me. I can confirm my copy of the lens does not work in live view, but fortunately I never use live view, so not a problem.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-18-2017, 09:51 PM  
K3 af fine tune question
Posted By wowarning
Replies: 4
Views: 671
Trying to dial in a Tamron 70-200 with front focusing on a used K3 I recently purchased, and I'm surprised to find that every adjustment I made seemed to have no effect at all. Same amount of front focus from 0 to -10. Am I missing something?

---------- Post added 01-19-17 at 12:27 AM ----------

Nevermind - just saw another thread with the same issue. I was unaware that you have to manually defocus the lens instead of just pointing it away for a quick defocus and then pointing it back at your target. I'm not sure I understand why, but as long as it works I guess I don't need to understand, lol. Got it to work, but had to go all the way to -10.
Forum: Sold Items 11-25-2016, 07:26 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Canon Elph 100HS + freebies (great photography starter kit for a kid!!)
Posted By wowarning
Replies: 15
Views: 2,515
Pm sent on k3
Forum: Sold Items 08-26-2016, 06:14 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K3 and 35mm and 70mm DA lenses
Posted By wowarning
Replies: 6
Views: 719
So sold?
Forum: Sold Items 08-26-2016, 02:59 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K3 and 35mm and 70mm DA lenses
Posted By wowarning
Replies: 6
Views: 719
I would think this sold in about 8 seconds. Am I close?
Forum: Sold Items 08-20-2016, 09:35 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax-F 50mm f1.7 autofocus, full-frame lens
Posted By wowarning
Replies: 6
Views: 1,063
Props. I love this lens. Switched from the M f1.4 because my manual focusing skills in the viewfinder were not exactly as precise as I had hoped. That is the only other lens I have taken pictures with that I like equally as much as this one. This is a no-braine.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-13-2016, 09:21 AM  
Your exposure mode preference for P-TTL flash?
Posted By wowarning
Replies: 54
Views: 2,914
You are about to be seriously disappointed if you're looking for a war, lol. I simply stated what didn't work for me and what does. A different flash might give different results than mine which is why I said "with the setup I'm using." Seriously though, you've taken flash pictures and left people shaking and scared? The OP didn't mention PTSD dances as one of the possible events, lmao.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-13-2016, 08:33 AM  
Your exposure mode preference for P-TTL flash?
Posted By wowarning
Replies: 54
Views: 2,914
I've never seen an old lady drop dead because a flash went off. Shoot away. I was always annoyed by the amount of variation that there would be between shots when shooting in any type of priority mode. I switched to M - ISO 800, f4.0, 1/125s and they were much better. The final step was taking the flash out of p-ttl and using manual for that too. Takes a little experimenting to dial it in, but once you do your shots are much more consistent when you're taking the majority from roughly the same distance. If you wind up much closer or further away, adjust the flash strength accordingly. Manual is not madness, it is the key to consistent results (for me anyway, with the setup I'm using).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-12-2016, 12:25 PM  
Racking my brain - purchase advice, wwyd
Posted By wowarning
Replies: 62
Views: 3,779
That was my thinking too
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-10-2016, 07:58 PM  
Racking my brain - purchase advice, wwyd
Posted By wowarning
Replies: 62
Views: 3,779
Welp, I just wanted to check back in and state for the record that I received the Tamron 70-200 today. I really wrestled with the idea of the 60-250, but the extra speed of the lens for indoor events won out over the additional reach. I already have a 1.4x tamron telecoverter for when I need a little more reach and that will put me at the same maximum aperture anyway - though admittedly probably at lower image quality with the TC attached than the Pentax lens. The relatively affordable full frame body that has just become a reality has played a part in the decision as well. It might take me a while, but I WILL have one. I must. I took just a handful of test shots in my dimly lit living room and dining room tonight but already can see the image quality of this lens is excellent. I already understand the complaints regarding the focusing ring, but very livable. I've got a St. Patrick's Day parade this Sunday that I can't wait to take it out for a real test drive on! Thanks again to everyone for all the advice and information - it is greatly appreciated. (btw - I wound up getting from Amazon - the ebay guy didn't have any listings for the lens now that I finally had the funds in hand. I feel a little more comfortable with a US warranty anyway (at least that what I'm telling myself since the lens cost an additional $170, lol))
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-11-2016, 09:04 PM  
Why is the 50mm Lens So Popular on APS-C?
Posted By wowarning
Replies: 51
Views: 3,263
I use my F 50 1.7 mostly for portraits. The results are stunning, and the working distance from subject is great. Not too close, not too far. It's a bit long as a normal, but fortunately the DA 35 2.4 serves well in that capacity and can also be had for a song.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-11-2016, 08:54 PM  
Racking my brain - purchase advice, wwyd
Posted By wowarning
Replies: 62
Views: 3,779
Great to hear. Thanks for the follow-up!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-08-2016, 05:46 PM  
Racking my brain - purchase advice, wwyd
Posted By wowarning
Replies: 62
Views: 3,779
Great news. Thanks for the info. That's now officially my current plan and I have the rest of my life to second guess the decision, lol.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-08-2016, 12:02 PM  
Racking my brain - purchase advice, wwyd
Posted By wowarning
Replies: 62
Views: 3,779
Great info, thanks! Reputable? How exactly does the warranty work from the US?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-06-2016, 05:23 PM  
Racking my brain - purchase advice, wwyd
Posted By wowarning
Replies: 62
Views: 3,779
Okay kids, no bickering, lol. I'm sure I could make any of the possible choices work, and appreciate everyone here sharing how they found a way to achieve the results they were looking for. The macro went up $50 and I have to wait for the old tax return before buying, so who knows if any of the Tammys will even still be available by then. Just looked at the video for the Pentax 70-200, good lord that is a big hunk of a lens ( and will probably cost a small fortune).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-05-2016, 07:31 PM  
Racking my brain - purchase advice, wwyd
Posted By wowarning
Replies: 62
Views: 3,779
This is a tricky fence to walk! Thanks for the input guys. Nice shots clackers!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-02-2016, 04:52 AM  
Racking my brain - purchase advice, wwyd
Posted By wowarning
Replies: 62
Views: 3,779
Interesting! I may give that a try. So after pretty much deciding that the Tamron is the way to go, I had the revelation this morning that noisy AF in the school auditorium at concerts and plays will probably not be appreciated, and that I should probably be factoring this in - which I was not. Am I correct that the Tamron is noisy screwdrive and the Pentax is at least relatively quiet?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-01-2016, 04:06 PM  
Racking my brain - purchase advice, wwyd
Posted By wowarning
Replies: 62
Views: 3,779
I shoot raw. It seems like I need to make WB adjustments on 90% of the pictures coming out of the K5ii. I know well the Pentax color you're referring to. I was worried when I bought the Sigma 17-50 that it might be missed, but it takes such great pictures that I find that I actually don't find it lacking. It's a tough call for sure. I was reading about the focus breathing limiting the focal range at shorter distances. That is so bizarre. A comparison I found showed greater magnification from the Tamron at 200 than the Pentax at 250.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-01-2016, 02:07 PM  
Racking my brain - purchase advice, wwyd
Posted By wowarning
Replies: 62
Views: 3,779
Great info. Thanks everyone. I was thinking the macro would also serve as a good general purpose telephoto prime, but uber slow focusing makes it less appealing - for the moment anyway, lol. It appears to be down to the two tele zooms. I'm leaning toward the faster and less expensive Tamron. Anything I'm missing regarding why the Pentax might be a better way to go?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-01-2016, 08:59 AM  
Racking my brain - purchase advice, wwyd
Posted By wowarning
Replies: 62
Views: 3,779
Well it wasn't until now!

---------- Post added 02-01-16 at 11:03 AM ----------



I considered this lens early on, but it would require a substantially longer "saving period" which then results in a substantially shorter "shooting period". I'm thinking the Tamron is probably the way to go. I can't imagine I'd be disappointed.

Dammit. I thought the 60-250 was over $1k but it's only $60 more than the Tamron. Dammit. Dammit.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-01-2016, 07:36 AM  
Racking my brain - purchase advice, wwyd
Posted By wowarning
Replies: 62
Views: 3,779
Lmao, I should have known that every idea I had bouncing around my head would wind up being suggested. I keep leaning towards whatever the last person said. Yeah, I should finally add the 55-300. Yeah, the macro. Yeah, the 70-200.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-31-2016, 10:23 PM  
Racking my brain - purchase advice, wwyd
Posted By wowarning
Replies: 62
Views: 3,779
Lol. Time to update the profile! I'm currently using a K5ii. That darn macro price is what derailed me. I was definitely getting the Tamron until I saw that, and now I'm afraid I'll miss the opportunity.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-31-2016, 09:12 PM  
Racking my brain - purchase advice, wwyd
Posted By wowarning
Replies: 62
Views: 3,779
Going to either buy the 55-300 and the 100 WR macro OR the Tamron 70-200 f2.8. Roughly the same cost due to good bargains - $600 for the 2 vs $750 for the one. (Already have a Sigma 17-50 f2.8, F50 f1.7, 35mm f2.4. 18-135, F28 f2.8. and a crappy old Tamron 70-300). Would love to have a macro and have been wanting to upgrade the telephoto end for a long time - but I also take pics of school events in the auditorium that the 70-200 would probably handle nicely. Then again the 100 f2.8 would probably be decent there too - not as versatile, but decent. I've talked myself in circles. WWYD?
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