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Forum: Visitors' Center 03-06-2019, 06:13 PM  
Need advice for value on camera
Posted By calsan
Replies: 25
Views: 1,061
Upgrade to what? I doubt there's much available that would have better image quality than the K-70...
Forum: Pentax Q 02-14-2019, 10:38 PM  
Q10 Macro question
Posted By calsan
Replies: 4
Views: 417
I guess that's just doing a few 'style' (color / sharpness...) settings - same as for other scenes modes like portrait which makes skin look a bit more red.
They never did release the proposed "09-Telephoto macro" lens.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-06-2019, 09:37 PM  
Ricoh booth at CP+
Posted By calsan
Replies: 477
Views: 31,418
OK- going off subject slightly, I agree - I think the Pentax website is a actually strong point of the brand. Mainly because it doesn't follow the usual massive corporate website model of "simplicity hiding a whole lot of outdated and hidden crud." Try and upgrade your firmware or download the latest software using the websites of some other brands.

Pentax doesn't require you to either enter your serial number, correctly type in the model number of the camera then hit search, no need to parse through hundreds of irrelevant search results.
Just hit 'support' then 'software downloads' bingo. There they all are - firmware and software for every model and you can see the version number on this page too.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-10-2019, 08:39 PM  
Pentax not for shooting kids
Posted By calsan
Replies: 28
Views: 1,972
National Geographic must have had no photos of wildlife excepting turtles and sloths before the 1990s? Set aperture, set shutter speed, pre focus, pan the subject then click. ;)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-10-2018, 09:55 PM  
Just did a dedicated Mac for $200 way too cheap!
Posted By calsan
Replies: 5
Views: 571
For the sake of those reading this thread and wondering, 'what patch?'

They're here:
dosdude1's Personal Web Server - Software
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-18-2013, 04:03 AM  
Best Pentax lens collection I ever saw in my life
Posted By calsan
Replies: 82
Views: 11,162
No limiteds.
All stars.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-09-2018, 12:21 AM  
Printing at home - what's the real cost?
Posted By calsan
Replies: 23
Views: 1,816
Without answering all your questions, I can recommend this system to deal with the cost of doing lots of prints with an inkjet -
Rihac Continuous Ink Supply Systems, CISS, Printer refills Ink & Cartridges
I use a Rhiac 'CISS' system with my Epson Workforce, with the Photo Pro Pigment Inks. A small amount of technical skill and care needed to set it up and you really should follow the instructions to the letter. Delivers HUGE cost saving compared to the tiny OEM cartridge inks and quality is the same as the OEM inks too.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-09-2018, 09:59 PM  
DCU Question
Posted By calsan
Replies: 1
Views: 481
That just indicates / highlights the settings you changed from the previous shot.

For example
Take photo 0001
change the aperture
photo 0002 will show the aperture in red

It also shows the settings that were changed automatically by the camera.
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-09-2018, 12:26 AM  
K-5 IIs . . . stretching battery life
Posted By calsan
Replies: 7
Views: 822
Keep it warm...somehow! Batteries don't like being cold.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-03-2018, 12:54 AM  
Which lens is best??
Posted By calsan
Replies: 34
Views: 1,605
Wildlife could be anything from huge, slow moving and fearless to small, fast, timid and nocturnal. The first you could walk up to with a wide angle and... the second might require a mortgage for the equipment.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-06-2018, 10:56 PM  
Amateur Photographers (UK) Predicts End for Pentax
Posted By calsan
Replies: 887
Views: 61,020

You Tube

From many years back... dp review! dp review!
Forum: Pentax K-3 04-03-2018, 12:34 AM  
Pentax K-3 II Overexposing
Posted By calsan
Replies: 12
Views: 1,354
Something I have been generally satisfied with as a starting point for general snapshots with my K3 is:

Set exposure to -0.7
Then while processing in Pentax DCU, try setting dodging to +20%.

This gives exposures that look the same as "What I was expecting" - but this expectation comes from my previous cameras...
The K3 can be underexposed safely a huge number of stops, but any over exposure is disastrous, so I always start from -0.7.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-27-2018, 06:32 PM  
Good: New roadmap, new lens
Posted By calsan
Replies: 407
Views: 28,459
This makes sense on the face of it, but is at substantial risk of villagers (pentaxians) with pitchforks and burning torches if they do anything that slightly depletes the lens' magic. Remember the 15 limited upgrade and it's curved shutter blades ruining the starbursts! An improvement in sharpness or aberrations other characteristic might cause the loss of pixie dust and there would be riots in the streets.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-21-2018, 07:05 PM  
Ricoh announces an upgrade service for current PENTAX K-1 consumers
Posted By calsan
Replies: 258
Views: 20,216
Nope, you're right. Statistically, electronics or machines are most likely to fail when they're brand new. Also better for the environment to keep using old equipment. Even your car. Especially your car, actually! Better still, don't drive at all... ;)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-28-2018, 09:18 PM  
Pentax K10D - An Anniversary
Posted By calsan
Replies: 15
Views: 1,868
Love the "flat" looking shots. thumbs up
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-24-2017, 01:46 AM  
Archiving antique maps and manuscripts
Posted By calsan
Replies: 18
Views: 1,002
In an ideal world:
The DA35 Ltd would be the obvious choice for document copying, except that it's pretty expensive.

Alternative Plan A:
You may be able to find a vintage manual focus 50mm macro. Back in the day, macros were 1:2 magnification and f/4.
So, not impressive by today's standards, but more than adequate for copying documents. Manual focus is all you need for copying work, so that's money saved!
The Pentax-M 50mm f:4 1:2 Macro would be suitable, and probably readily available.

Alternative Plan B:
Would be to buy a modern 35 or 50 macro and then sell it when you're done. You 'might' get most of your money back! ;)

Other things to note
Shoot in RAW format so you can process the files to get the best image quality.
Shoot at 100 ISO.
Either use a remote or set the timer to the 12 second mode.
Shoot a grey card first to help get your white balance correct.

Happy Christmas
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-07-2017, 12:50 AM  
How to test Pentax 15-30 for decentering?
Posted By calsan
Replies: 27
Views: 1,504
At this point, I would suggest you stop doing tests and just send it back. You won't ever be happy with it and if you keep it, it will only annoy you!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-21-2017, 06:13 PM  
Another film SLR revival project pops up.
Posted By calsan
Replies: 64
Views: 2,594
If that's worth $1,500, then does anyone want to buy my K-X for $150,000? I'll even throw in two rolls of film.

Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 11-21-2017, 06:30 PM  
Nasty sensor accident, need cleaning / repair help
Posted By calsan
Replies: 36
Views: 2,137
It's worth pointing out that the K-10d manual, and indeed all digital Pentax manuals, has a section on cleaning the sensor. See pages 211-13

First thing in the cautions list is: "Do not use a spray type blower."
Then they list the cleaning Kit O-ICK1 as an optional accessory.

So, too late for the OP, but lesson learnt and lets hope others reading this in the future will read the manual.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 06-17-2017, 05:28 AM  
AF360FGZ Hot Shoe Split
Posted By calsan
Replies: 19
Views: 1,774
My general camera/ computer repair tips:

Take a photo of EVERY step of dissembley. (Nothing that looks obvious when assembled is actually obvious when going back together!)
Use an egg carton to keep track of the order that you removed screws. Also stops them falling off your desk.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-19-2017, 08:22 PM  
Pentax MX and a DSLR guy
Posted By calsan
Replies: 11
Views: 1,140
They probably think you can turn off the 'shutter sound effect' in the settings. ;-)
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 06-18-2017, 01:32 AM  
AF360FGZ Hot Shoe Split
Posted By calsan
Replies: 19
Views: 1,774
If buying, i would get non magnetic. You can always make any screwdriver temporarily magnetic by sticking a magnet on it!
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 06-17-2017, 08:16 PM  
AF360FGZ Hot Shoe Split
Posted By calsan
Replies: 19
Views: 1,774
I can't see magnetic being a problem with the flash. Wouldn't use on a computer though.

If you intend to do a bit more DIY repairs, pointed tweezers are very useful and I also I have a cool little three pronged thing called a 'pearl catcher tool' that is good at holding tiny screws or rescuing them when they fall inside impossible to reach areas.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 06-16-2017, 01:36 AM  
AF360FGZ Hot Shoe Split
Posted By calsan
Replies: 19
Views: 1,774
Pentax Genuine AF360 FGZ Flash Replacement Spare Repair Parts |

Good news, it's very cheap (when compared with most camera related things...)

I'm in two minds about the plastic shoe. It does mean that it's a weak part, but I think it's better that the plastic shoe breaks than if it were strong enough to snap the top off your camera.

(I've bought parts from US camera before without problems.)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-01-2017, 11:51 PM  
Pentax A 24mm 2.8 vs Sigma 24mm 2.8
Posted By calsan
Replies: 12
Views: 1,382
Maybe reveal what your acceptable budget is - the forums may have some options if they know....
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