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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-29-2009, 10:21 AM  
Focus Question Help Needed
Posted By izzyinstl
Replies: 6
Views: 1,994
Camera: Pentax K20D
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/4.0
Focal Length: 20 mm
Focal Length: 20.0 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: On

File Size: 5.1 MB
File Type: JPEG
MIME Type: image/jpeg
Image Width: 3872
Image Height: 2592
Encoding Process: Baseline DCT, Huffman coding
Bits Per Sample: 8
Color Components: 3
Orientation: Horizontal (normal)
X-Resolution: 72 dpi
Y-Resolution: 72 dpi
Software: K20D Ver 1.00
Date and Time (Modified): 2009:03:28 14:03:13
YCbCr Positioning: Co-sited
Exposure Program: Manual
Date and Time (Original): 2009:03:28 14:03:13
Date and Time (Digitized): 2009:03:28 14:03:13
Metering Mode: Multi-segment
Color Space: sRGB
Sensing Method: One-chip color area
Custom Rendered: Normal
Exposure Mode: Manual
White Balance: Auto
Focal Length In35mm Format: 30 mm
Scene Capture Type: Standard
Contrast: Normal
Saturation: Normal
Sharpness: Normal
Subject Distance Range: Close
Pentax Version:
Pentax Model Type: 0
Preview Image Size: 640x480
Preview Image Length: 23114
Preview Image Start: 5544
Pentax Model ID: K20D
Date: 2009:03:28
Time: 14:03:13
Quality: Best
Flash Mode: On; External, P-TTL Auto
Focus Mode: AF-S
AFPoint Selected: Fixed Center
Exposure Time: 1/60
FNumber: 4.0
ISO: 400
Exposure Compensation: 0
Metering Mode: Multi-segment
Auto Bracketing: 0 EV, No Extended Bracket
White Balance: Auto
White Balance Mode: Auto (WhiteFluorescent)
Saturation: Normal
Contrast: Normal
Sharpness: Normal
World Time Location: Hometown
Hometown City: Toronto
Destination City: Toronto
Hometown DST: No
Destination DST: No
DSPFirmware Version:
CPUFirmware Version:
Effective LV: 8.0
Image Processing: Unprocessed
Picture Mode: Manual; 1/2 EV steps
Drive Mode: Single-frame; No Timer; Shutter Button; Single Exposure
Color Space: sRGB
Preview Image Borders: 26 26 0 0
Lens Type: Sigma Lens (3 255)
Sensitivity Adjust: 0
Image Processing Count: 0
Camera Temperature: 25 C
AELock: Off
Noise Reduction: Off
Flash Exposure Comp: 0
Image Tone: Vibrant
SRResult: Stabilized
Shake Reduction: On (7)
SRHalf Press Time: 0.97 s
SRFocal Length: 20 mm
Shutter Count: 3838
Dynamic Range Expansion: Off
High ISONoise Reduction: Off
AFAdjustment: 0
Black Point: 0 0 0 0
White Point: 12224 8192 8192 11104
Picture Mode2: Manual
Program Line: Normal
EVSteps: 1/2 EV steps
E- Dial In Program: Tv or Av
Aperture Ring Use: Prohibited
Flash Options: Normal
Metering Mode2: Multi-segment
AFPoint Mode: Fixed Center
Focus Mode2: AF-S
AFPoint Selected2: Center
ISOFloor: 400
Drive Mode2: Single-frame
Exposure Bracket Step Size: 0.5
Bracket Shot Number: n/a
White Balance Set: Daylight
Multiple Exposure Set: Off
AEExposure Time: 1/60
AEAperture: 4.0
AE_ ISO: 400
AEXv: 0
AEBXv: 0
AEMin Exposure Time: 1/171
AEProgram Mode: M, P or TAv
AEMax Aperture: 2.8
AEMax Aperture2: 2.8
AEMin Aperture: 23
AEMetering Mode: Multi-segment
Flash Exposure Comp Set: 0
Auto Aperture: On
Min Aperture: 22
Lens FStops: 8.5
Nominal Max Aperture: 2.8
Nominal Min Aperture: 23
Max Aperture: 2.8
Flash Status: External, Fired
Internal Flash Mode: Off, Normal
External Flash Mode: On, P-TTL Auto
Internal Flash Strength: 0
TTL_ DA_ AUp: 0
TTL_ DA_ ADown: 0
TTL_ DA_ BUp: 0
TTL_ DA_ BDown: 0
External Flash Guide Number: 22
External Flash Exposure Comp: 0.0
External Flash Bounce: Direct
AEMetering Segments: 6.5 5.6 4.1 4.8 4.0 4.0 5.6 3.1 4.6 3.6 6.0 5.8 4.1 5.1 5.4 6.0
Flash Metering Segments: 8.0 7.2 7.0 7.2 6.8 6.9 8.8 7.2 6.8 6.4 7.0 7.0 7.2 7.8 2.9 n/a
Slave Flash Metering Segments: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
WB_ RGGBLevels Daylight: 13310 8192 8192 10499
WB_ RGGBLevels Shade: 15178 8192 8192 7989
WB_ RGGBLevels Cloudy: 14111 8192 8192 9282
WB_ RGGBLevels Tungsten: 8540 8192 8192 19478
WB_ RGGBLevels Fluorescent D: 17613 8192 8192 9891
WB_ RGGBLevels Fluorescent N: 14945 8192 8192 11260
WB_ RGGBLevels Fluorescent W: 13944 8192 8192 13999
WB_ RGGBLevels Flash: 14111 8192 8192 9891
Manufacture Date: 2008:02:27
Production Code: 2.2
Internal Serial Number: 68463
Power Source: Body Battery
Battery States: 4 4
Battery ADBody No Load: 185
Battery ADBody Load: 178
Battery ADGrip No Load: 191
Battery ADGrip Load: 178
AFPredictor: -8
AFDefocus: 5
AFIntegration Time: 58 ms
AFPoints In Focus: Center (horizontal)
WBShift AB: 0
WBShift MG: 0
Compression: JPEG (old-style)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-29-2009, 05:49 AM  
Focus Question Help Needed
Posted By izzyinstl
Replies: 6
Views: 1,994
I took several group wedding shots and had many unfocused pictures. Attached is an example of one. This particular photo was taken with AF Center but the picture looks in focus to the left side. The middle and right are way out of focus. The camera is a new k20d and the lens is a Sigma 18-50 2.8 EX DL. Shake reduction on. The speed was 1/60 and F4.0 ISO 400. I am thinking the speed was to slow and should have used higher F. But if the focus was set to center why is it out in center and right?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-03-2008, 09:41 AM  
K10D Hot Shoe Problem
Posted By izzyinstl
Replies: 5
Views: 2,056
It wasn't dedication that caused the shoe to was prior force used trying to get off the flash that would not release because of an obvious flaw in the flash pin (several owners have reported this problem.. i have had 2 flashes myself have this defective pin problem) should I not have used force to try getting off the flash? prob not but but the company has an obvious defect here which in turn caused this problem.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-03-2008, 09:35 AM  
K10D Hot Shoe Problem
Posted By izzyinstl
Replies: 5
Views: 2,056
Yes, my thoughts are to buy a bracket ASAP to get me through next week then i have a break in weddings until 4/11 (praying will get back by then) Can someone recommend a good bracket?

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-02-2008, 11:24 PM  
K10D Hot Shoe Problem
Posted By izzyinstl
Replies: 5
Views: 2,056
I was shooting a wedding in church today and during the brides dressing my K 10 D's hot shoe rail on the right side came loose and I had to apply counter pressure on the left side the whole day and night to prevent the other side from comming loose! What a nightmare! Has anyone else had or heard of this happening? I'm very upset to say the least! I have a Wedding this comming weekend and not sure what to do. My wife and I are a team and have two k10d's but really cant afford a another camera. We have had problems with penax flashes getting locked on the camera so i suppose it weakened the shoe when I was trying to get it off. I have read numerous people have that problem and I think pentax should pay for overnighting me a another camera so I have this comming weekend! We will see what they say come Monday when I call. Has anyone ever heard of them doing this? Oh these cameras are less than a year old and under warranty. I have to have a camera NOW, This is my business. Oh how is the hot shoe held on? by GLUE???!!:mad:

very unhappy Pentax Owner at this point....
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-01-2007, 04:39 PM  
Sigma APO 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG
Posted By izzyinstl
Replies: 11
Views: 2,151
Thanks for the input. I'm hoping I didnt overpay, I did get a Kenko 1.5x teleconverter with it (not sure how good this is.) I am just figuring that since Sigma stopped making them I had better jump on it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-01-2007, 11:14 AM  
Sigma APO 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG
Posted By izzyinstl
Replies: 11
Views: 2,151
I just bought this lens used and am hoping it completes my wedding lens for my 2 K10D's. I now have Sigma 18-50MM 2.8 EX DC, PENTAX SMC FA 1.4 50MM, and am now waiting for the 70-200mm SIGMA 2.8 EX DG - I think I have a good line up of lens for low lighting situations. Anyone have experience with this lens in Pentax mount? Is the auto focus fast in low lighting (churches, reception halls)? Pics sharp? ec etc etc. How does it compare to the Cannon L series comparable distance lens?

I saw an ebay auction for this lens go for over $1400 I got it cheaper by $100 Is this lens in Pentax mount worth this? I assume yes since it is so hard to find in Pentax mount. I beleive it is not a macro version as I think Sigma didnt make the K mount in macro. Is this correct?

I really want a Bigma but not practical for wedding work.

Thanks All!!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-03-2007, 07:38 PM  
Remote Strobe Setup Help Needed
Posted By izzyinstl
Replies: 5
Views: 1,867
Thanks Entropy ..I was thinking that just using 2 540's on the stands infared would be fine. A guy from midwest sold me this setup. The Idea was to put 1 540 on a stand and 1 285 on the other stand while keeping the other 540 for the other k10d. My error. My fiance wants to buy a bracket and have the 540 and wizard on it you say just getting to many adapters involved. SO if I just use the 2 540s off camera on stands should work fine and also keeping the pttl. Now I got 3 poket wizards and a 285HV extra.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-03-2007, 07:24 PM  
Remote Strobe Setup Help Needed
Posted By izzyinstl
Replies: 5
Views: 1,867
Ok I guess I cant figure out ...when the 540 is on the hot shoe of the k10d (like I said) where will the pw go? I cant put the 540 and the pw on the same hot shoe!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-03-2007, 05:39 PM  
Remote Strobe Setup Help Needed
Posted By izzyinstl
Replies: 5
Views: 1,867
Hello Everyone
I am new at this so please keep in mind! Extra explaination may be needed for me.

Here is what I have:

(2) K10D's (2) 540fgz flashes (1) Vivitar 285HV flash (3) Pocket Wizard Plus II
(2) stands for 2 of the flashes.

Here is what I'm trying to do: I would like to have 1 540 mounted on the camera while using the other 2 stand mounted flashes (1- 540FGZ and 1- 285HV) to flash with camera mounted 540. I want to use the stand mounted flashes for background light and fill. Maybe flank the stands or behind subjects for background light on dancefloor. I cannot figure the best way to do this. I can put a wizard on the k10d and fire the two stand mounted flashes but how do I use the 540 on camera with the other 2 stand mounted flashes that are with pocket wizards? Am I making sense or is this the wrong aproach? The othe k10d will be used for just taking candids and not using the stand mounted strobes. so just 1 k10d using three flashes with one of the 3 flashes mounted on the camera.

Thank you in advance

Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-06-2007, 04:33 PM  
Picture taking help needed
Posted By izzyinstl
Replies: 5
Views: 1,664
This photo was recently taken by fiance. How can the image be adjusted to correct shadows in eyes (raccoon eyes). Told the flash was on. I am to new to evaluate this. Can this be fixed in ps2 and how can be remidied before? Shot in jpg mode. Can someone help? Thank you in advance
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-13-2007, 08:28 AM  
Flash is totally stuck in hotshoe...
Posted By izzyinstl
Replies: 42
Views: 20,318
yes...we think thats where the problem is the switch doesnt have a snap into feeling like my camera does. I feel each setting from afs afc and mf. Her camera the switch just is one smooth flow from each. So I expect its in that switch.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-13-2007, 07:03 AM  
Flash is totally stuck in hotshoe...
Posted By izzyinstl
Replies: 42
Views: 20,318

We purchased 2 k10d's and my fiance has the same problem. Just this weekend her 540 flash is now stuck to the body. We have tried everything to get off but its stuck. This is the 2nd problem with the k10d she has. The other is that the autofocus motor runs when in manual focus. I am now starting to regret purchasing pentax. I thought I made a great choice. :o
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-03-2007, 01:04 PM  
K10 Help Needed - Manual Focus Problem
Posted By izzyinstl
Replies: 2
Views: 3,329
When the Focus mode lever is on MF when the Shutter release button is pushed the lens focus motor is turning as if it were trying to focus, although the lens is not moving. This occurs on all lens I have. Ive tried to resetting the camera however the motor is still turning when pushing down half way. The pictures are fine as it's not actually turning the lens. Is this normal? Its like mechanically - the motor is not engaged with the lens- but the computer thinks it should try to focus and is spinning. This is a brand new camera :( any thoughts?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-14-2007, 08:34 AM  
My 1st Photo
Posted By izzyinstl
Replies: 6
Views: 1,548
with K10D and 50-200 lens not sure what the other setting are. Picture only resized no other PP. I am a begginner in photography:o

Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-13-2007, 10:11 PM  
New User fm MO - St Louis
Posted By izzyinstl
Replies: 4
Views: 596
Hello all
I have recently purchased my first dslr camera a K10D! Wow I really like this camera although I know absolutely nothing about Cameras or Photography prior to getting my camera. Here's what I have so far...

FA 1.4 50mm
DA 4-5.6 50-200mm
DA 3.5-5.6 18-55mm
AF-540FGZ Flash
Lightsphere II

Since I bot this all from someone who needed money really bad I think I got a good price. All items like NEW.

I am going to be doing a lot of reading here hopefully to learn about this camera and photography. I have the manual and have ordered the DVD.

My sister has already asked me to photograph her wedding for her. She is not having a photographer at all. So I guess I will be stuck doing it. although I do not feel comfortable at all. But she has already let me know that If I dont get shots its ok. So this is just a NOVICE thing Im doing here and she is not holding me accountable in any way. I'd like to get 1 or 2 good shots for her though.

Will the 50-200mm lens I have be to slow for a wedding in a church? I think it would be long enough. Seems like 2.8F is the choice for weddings? She is getting married in a church but I have no idea on the lighting. I would guess that I need a faster lens if shooting w/o a flash.

Anyway, I hope to learn as much as possible from all you professionals and long time amateurs!

Thanks Again
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