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Forum: General Photography 06-15-2018, 06:41 AM  
NASA Moon Images
Posted By ofer4
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That's fantastic! Thanks for sharing.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-09-2018, 11:33 AM  
K-1 II Service Incomplete
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Replies: 7
Views: 910
Two things...

1. I have to confess that I've never worried about somebody hacking my camera. :)

2. It's probably more worrisome that these types of updates can not be applied by the user. What happens, for example, if a security hole is discovered in a month? Are all K-1 users expected to ship their cameras to Precision?
Forum: General Talk 06-05-2018, 12:30 AM  
The shocking truth about our Australian members. It's all a sham!!
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Mods, could you please check into Rod's account? We don't need NASA shills 'round here...
Forum: General Talk 06-04-2018, 07:39 AM  
The shocking truth about our Australian members. It's all a sham!!
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Replies: 416
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Here's a question for everyone...

With the dwindling funding for NASA and the rise of private space exploration companies, what country will those private companies fictitiously invent?
Forum: General Talk 05-29-2018, 10:05 PM  
The shocking truth about our Australian members. It's all a sham!!
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Replies: 416
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The earth really is flat. But the universe has severe barrel distortion.
A more clinically sharp universe will be released sometime in quarter 3 of 2018.
Forum: General Photography 05-27-2018, 11:50 AM  
Photography Confessions
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Replies: 50
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I'll confess to thinking my camera is dead when reviewing photos in portrait orientation while wearing polarized sunglasses. Every. Single. Time. :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-15-2018, 10:37 PM  
Four SDKS to be released
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Replies: 112
Views: 10,386
Awesome! Wish my trusty K-30 was compatible, but it's good news nonetheless.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-07-2018, 07:36 PM  
No reply from Pentax Contact Form
Posted By ofer4
Replies: 24
Views: 1,443
I had similar troubles awhile back...tried multiple times through their contact form. Eventually, I pestered them a handful of times through facebook and did receive a reply. It took a few weeks, so be patient.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 04-11-2018, 07:59 AM  
HD-DA 55-300 WR's (new) - $146.95 at B&H
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Replies: 151
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Ditto here...on its way!
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 04-08-2018, 09:21 AM  
HD-DA 55-300 WR's (new) - $146.95 at B&H
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Replies: 151
Views: 13,782
Ditto here. Still holding out! :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-15-2018, 09:29 PM  
Asahi Optical Co. star trinity: SMC Pentax-A* 85/1.4 135/1.8 200/2,8 E
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Replies: 16
Views: 1,602
Very cool, Jarek. Thanks for sharing!
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 02-28-2018, 11:43 PM  
Pixma Pro 100 Printer - $19 deal is back!
Posted By ofer4
Replies: 47
Views: 4,214
Just jumped on it...thanks, Adam! FYI, the starting price at Adorama has now dropped to $369.99, so it's more like a $19.99 printer. :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-19-2018, 04:25 PM  
K-1 mark II imminent
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Replies: 278
Views: 26,563
Flash sync speed...
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-14-2018, 10:53 PM  
Optical Triggering of Strobe
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Replies: 7
Views: 537
Thanks, Steve!

It sounds as though part of my problem is conceptual, then. I was under the impression that Control mode was solely designed to fire the external flash without the trigger flash appearing in the photo. I didn't know that it is inherently connected to p-TTL and always carries a pre-flash. I'm actually surprised that a "Manual Control" option (really just a flash, but properly timed) isn't present. Who knew? :)

The Metz that I'm using, if I understand things correctly, should handle the pre-flash correctly if it is used externally (no strobe). This distinction should provide a definitive test for me since the Metz is smarter than the strobe.

Great info, everyone!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-14-2018, 08:19 AM  
Optical Triggering of Strobe
Posted By ofer4
Replies: 7
Views: 537
macman, that's essentially the workaround that I've been using, with either the onboard flash or the Metz. And except for a slight addition to the lighting, it works. Still trying to figure out how to get a proper control mode, though...
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-13-2018, 09:14 PM  
Optical Triggering of Strobe
Posted By ofer4
Replies: 7
Views: 537
Thanks, sqrrl. I read that option in another forum and found it rather creative. :) I have a pile of gels laying around, so it's certainly an option.

I'm just trying to track down why Control mode doesn't seem to work (or how to make it work). Anybody know?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-13-2018, 08:47 PM  
Optical Triggering of Strobe
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Replies: 7
Views: 537
Lighting gurus...

I am making my first foray into studio lighting. I have purchased a simple (non-TTL, non-HSS) 150 Ws strobe. My question here regards optical triggering.

Some cheapo radio triggers are likely in my future. But I'd still like to understand the optical triggering process first. Here's the scoop:

1. Using the on-camera flash (K-30), I can get the strobe to fire through optical triggering. I set the wireless flash mode to control, rather than master. It works, but due to a known issue of the on-board flash timing, some fraction of the on-board flash still appears in the pictures.

2. In order to eliminate issue #1, I mounted my Metz 52 to the hotshoe to use as a trigger. I set the Metz to Control mode. It fires the strobe, but the strobe lighting does not appear in the photo, as though it is firing a pre-flash for p-TTL, even though it's not in TTL mode. So, what gives? I actually thought something might be wrong with the strobe, but putting the Metz in "M" mode works! Of course, the Metz light now appears in the photo, too. I can dial it back to 1/128, which might be fine, but I'd still like to get it to work properly.

So, the short version: Why can I properly trigger the strobe in "M" mode of the hotshoe flash but not in Control mode? How do I optically trigger the strobe without the hotshoe flash also appearing the photo?

Thanks!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-06-2018, 08:48 AM  
Strobes - never tried, will it work
Posted By ofer4
Replies: 8
Views: 593
I was just about to post a similar question this morning...good timing, folks!

zjacreman, for generic Godox-family monolights (in my case, Flashpoint) that do not have X-series built-in, is a receiver needed? If so, what do you recommend? I like the Xpro radio controller and am fine with manual-only for now, but I'm not sure what to put on the strobe end of things. Thanks!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-22-2018, 10:15 AM  
DFA*50 1.4 coming
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Replies: 3,156
Views: 265,272
Your solution is simple, Norm... Buy a used 77!
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-21-2017, 12:24 PM  
US Pentax Deal Roundup - Week of November 20, 2017
Posted By ofer4
Replies: 6
Views: 1,264
FYI, lensrentals has 25% off right now, if anyone wants to try before they buy!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-03-2017, 03:48 PM  
DFA*50 1.4 coming
Posted By ofer4
Replies: 3,156
Views: 265,272
Wouldn't an 11mm macro require the bug to be inside the lens to be photographed???
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-24-2017, 09:32 PM  
DFA*50 1.4 coming
Posted By ofer4
Replies: 3,156
Views: 265,272
If only to put this thread out of its misery...
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-09-2017, 09:49 PM  
Sending my Flash to Precision - Today
Posted By ofer4
Replies: 10
Views: 779
Bummer. That's pretty steep for a flash. Glad it's fixed, though!
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-09-2017, 06:45 AM  
Sending my Flash to Precision - Today
Posted By ofer4
Replies: 10
Views: 779
Did they stick with the flat fee, or was the price adjusted upon repair?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-06-2017, 06:44 AM  
new ricoh survey
Posted By ofer4
Replies: 149
Views: 11,334
Good grief, guys. Isn't this thread about a survey???
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