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Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-01-2017, 08:03 AM  
Best of 2016 The Fly
Posted By Monobod
Replies: 1
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This was captured in my garden, hand held. It is a common house fly feeding on nectar from a flower head of a Pyracantha bush. The shutter speed was actually 1/100th second.:)
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-19-2016, 09:23 AM  
Night Vision LCD Display
Posted By Monobod
Replies: 3
Views: 1,142
OK thanks. I noticed when I downloaded and extracted the 1.3 firmware it has the same filename as the 1.4 = fwdc228b.bin. However the 1.3 was 8570kb dated 14/09/2016 16:08 and the 1.4 was 8572kb dated 28/10/2016 12:30. I was a little cautious about the same filename, but as the dates and sizes are different, it must be a different file.

There seems to be a few issues reported, but they seem to be with non Pentax lenses. All of my lenses are Pentax A (some are film lenses and manual focus), so I should be OK.
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-19-2016, 08:40 AM  
Night Vision LCD Display
Posted By Monobod
Replies: 3
Views: 1,142
This update does not yet appear on the Pentax UK website. Are the European K-1's different? Can the American version be used or is there a language (spelling) issue? I think I will wait for the update to appear on the UK website before proceeding.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-16-2014, 05:25 AM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By Monobod
Replies: 11,380
Views: 1,420,708
If you have the shake cleaner option switched so that it shakes the sensor when you switch on and off, the camera has probably dealt with the dust spot on its own. I would not suggest you resort to cleaning the sensor, this may just add rubbish inside the camera. The Pentax sensor cleaning routine is pretty good at dealing with the occasional problem. Be careful though of such contaminants as pollen, as this can be sticky and hard to shake off.

---------- Post added 12-16-14 at 12:33 PM ----------


Also, I forgot to mention that there is an option in the Menu called 'Dust Alert' (spanner 4) which takes a shot of the sensor and shows the position of any dust spots. It displays on the rear screen after processing the data. This should show any problems and you can then use the shake routing cleaner to deal with it.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-13-2014, 04:54 PM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By Monobod
Replies: 11,380
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The colour saturation is a bit on the high side in this image. I have reduced this on the later version of the image on Flickr. I use this lens as my every day walkabout lens as it has such a useful zoom range. It is a bit restricted on the APS-C K-3 at the wide end. I used to use it on my Z1-p film body where it is a true 28mm.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-13-2014, 03:51 PM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By Monobod
Replies: 2,854
Views: 110,911
You must be in it to win it!
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-07-2014, 05:58 PM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By Monobod
Replies: 11,380
Views: 1,420,708
f/6.3 ISO 200 1/250th sec. Pentax 28-105 f/4-5.6 power zoom (FF Film lens from Z1-p).
DNG processed in ACR to psd and then in NIK Vivesa 2. Reduced in PS CS6.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-07-2014, 05:19 PM  
firmware for K-3 Prestige?
Posted By Monobod
Replies: 8
Views: 1,327
I have the Prestige edition and I am sure the software is the same for all models. It's just that the Gun Metal finish is so cool, one would like to think it was special on the inside too.
Forum: Winners' Showcase 08-07-2014, 05:04 PM  
July, 2014 Winner: The Descent...
Posted By Monobod
Replies: 38
Views: 3,939
Excellent exposure and composition. Nominated for difficulty.
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 05-28-2014, 03:33 AM  
Landscape Wells next the sea
Posted By Monobod
Replies: 3
Views: 807
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 04-29-2014, 10:31 AM  
Pentax K-3 Photo Contest: Guidelines (Round 1)
Posted By Monobod
Replies: 151
Views: 59,638
What size digital images are you accepting? i.e. 1050x1400 in sRGB, or can they be full size jpegs in AdobeRGB colour space?
Forum: Pentax K-5 04-01-2012, 05:47 AM  
K-5 purchase today? Need reassurance..
Posted By Monobod
Replies: 15
Views: 2,365
I have found that the Sigma 17-70 f/2.8 - 4.5 zoom give excellent results on my K-5. But the 2.8 disappears as soon one moves the zoom ring!
Also the Sigma EX 10-20 f/4-5.6 is a stunning lens. Although it is not available new any more the Sigma 100-300 f/4 performs very well on the K-5 even with the 1.4x tc. If you can find any of these in mint condition s/h you will not be disappointed.

Another lens worth looking out for s/h is the 70-210 f/4 one touch manual focus zoom. If you use 'catch in focus' you can hold down the shutter release and twist the zoom/focus ring. As soon as focus is confirmed the shutter fires. This is a very sharp lens with excellent contrast.

PS - I might be listed as a junior member, but I have been involved with photography for over 50 years! smile.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-03-2012, 02:50 AM  
Golden afternoon
Posted By Monobod
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Unusual scene
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-03-2012, 02:42 AM  
Winter in Cumbria
Posted By Monobod
Replies: 0
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Taken in december 2011 in Cumbria, UK. Tripod mounted K-5.
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-05-2011, 02:14 AM  
Artificial Horizon
Posted By Monobod
Replies: 13
Views: 1,999
It may well be something to do with the camera warming up, but I have not used the movie option yet. I was taking photos outdoors in reasonably cool temperatures of around 3 to 8 degrees C, so what would happen in the heat of summer if it is this? I am going to do some controlled experiments with a spirit level and the camera on a tripod to try to get to the bottom of this and will report back later. Thanks.
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-03-2011, 01:02 AM  
Artificial Horizon
Posted By Monobod
Replies: 13
Views: 1,999
Sound advice, thanks.
I will contact them on Monday and see what they are prepared to do. I will also speak to SRS Microsystems, who supplied the camera, to see if I can get support from them too.

I am basically OK with Pentax, having had many of thier cameras in the past, both film and digital, but this is getting silly. As you say, I have a load of Pentax gear, lenses, flashes (2) and extension tubes etc. so jumping ship would not be cheap.

I am on firmware 1.11.
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-02-2011, 05:02 PM  
Artificial Horizon
Posted By Monobod
Replies: 13
Views: 1,999
Hi,
I sent my K-5 back to have the electronic horizon re-calibrated. it was reading about 3 degrees of tilt when the camera was really level. It came back about a week or so ago, just in time for a trip to the English Lake District, apparently fixed. I checked it and it seemed to be OK. Just one day of filming and it has gone back to where it was! Is this something to do with the floating sensor/shake reduction? What is the point of having this feature if it gives a wrong reading?

I have come to the sad conclusion that this is the best specified but the worst made Pentax I have ever owned. My one has a very loose and wobbly lens release button, still attached, but for how long?

I really feel like trading the whole lot in for a Nikon, but it would cost me a packet and I really do not like the idea os spending so much cash at the moment.

I suppose I should take the view that the electronic horizon is a toy not to be used in real life and just get on with it, but it is frustrating that it does not work properly. Is there any point in sending it back yet again (this will be the fourth time).

History:

1. Oily sensor - camera replaced.
2. Failed pop up flash - mother board replaced.
3. Wonky electronic horizon - fixed but not fixed.

What would you do? :(
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 10-22-2011, 02:36 AM  
Pentax Full Frame - An official statement from Pentax (they listened!)
Posted By Monobod
Replies: 3,121
Views: 345,390
I already own a Pentax full frame slr. It is the Z1-P of course. I just need to fill it up with Fugi transparency film. It works a treat, great shallow depth of field and wonderful out of focus transitions.

Just add a decent scanner and I'm in business.....for a lot less money too of course.

I know it's not quite the same as a dslr, but a reasonable compromise whilst waiting.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 10-21-2011, 06:21 AM  
Pentax Full Frame - An official statement from Pentax (they listened!)
Posted By Monobod
Replies: 3,121
Views: 345,390
I have come late to this thread, so have not read all theat went before, so apologies if I am repeating anything. I am also desirous of a FF Pentax and I have several legacy lenses and some new that are FF too, so the cost od upgrading would be much less than goinf for a Nikon.

However, if I do go for FF, it is going to be for a top model, not a prosumer compromise. I have been considering the Nikon D3X and if Pentax brought out a body to compare, it would be top of the shopping list for sure. I have the K-5 and K-7, the K-5 is a superb camera, but still lacks a brilliant autofocus system IMHO. There have been issues too, mine has gone back for repair twice already and is due to go back again under warrantee for the artificial horizon to be syncd to the viewfinder.

Quality control MUST improve before I would buy.
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-30-2011, 04:01 PM  
Stains Causing a bit of a Pickle...
Posted By Monobod
Replies: 18
Views: 2,650
I know it is not easy, but I always keep my previous camera when I upgrade. The K-7 went back twice and the K-20 stood in. Now the K-7 is standing in whilst I get the K-5 fixed (electronic horizon problem). Once you have managed to get two camera bodies, it is less painful, you just sell the third down the line each time. A baackup body is essential, even if it is a Canon G10 or similar.
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-30-2011, 06:41 AM  
Electronic Horizon
Posted By Monobod
Replies: 20
Views: 4,717
No, the camera was tripod mounted and the graduations in the viewfinder aligned with a 40cm long spirit level placed on a kitchen worktop. The worktop is level!

Thus the image in the viewfinder was correctly level, but the resulting image shows the whole frame rotated by about 2 degrees. left hand side down, just as shown above.

I cannot imagine why Pentax can consider this to be acceptable quality control. We all moan that they do not get the praise they deserve for making good cameras, but perhaps this is why. I have absolutely no concerns about image quality, speed of autofocus or accuracy of the exposure, finally this all seems to have been sorted, but it is these niggly things that just frustrate.
Do Nikon users have issues i wonder? Or are we just mugs for sticking to Pentax? In my case it is the appalling cost of jumping ship as much as anything. But I do like the 2 wheel control and the.........etc. Smiles.
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-28-2011, 08:01 AM  
Electronic Horizon
Posted By Monobod
Replies: 20
Views: 4,717
Yes, I have, but the technician was not available. I am waiting for them to call back, but I'm not holding my breath. perhaps you should check yours, it might be a 'feature'.:confused:
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-28-2011, 07:16 AM  
Electronic Horizon
Posted By Monobod
Replies: 20
Views: 4,717
I have just had my K-5 returned from jpservice solutions, having sent it back under warrantee for recalibration. The problem I had was that the electronic horizon was out of alignment with the viewfinder by about two degrees of rotation. Just before returning it, the pop up flash also failed to recharge, so I included that on the report.

It has come back this morning and the flash is working but the horizon is still out of alignment. They have replaced the main pcb and recalibrated it according to the repair slip. What is going on here? What is the point of having an electronic horizon that tells me to put the camera on a slope of 2 degrees? The viewfinder and the sensor are correctly aligned, but with the camera level the displayed horizon in the viewfinder and on the back screen is not.

Has anyone else seen this problem with their K-5?

Thank you.
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-19-2011, 03:39 AM  
K5 - strange focus issue
Posted By Monobod
Replies: 16
Views: 3,156
I have just returned my K-5 to Johnsons Photopia under warrantee for a similar but slightly different sensor alighment issue. On mine, the sensor and the electronic level were out of kilter with the camera and viewfinder. Setting the camera level in the viewfinder usind a spirit level as the subject, the image was 2 degrees out rotationally. Setting the camera level using the electronic level on the rear screen and the image was correct, but the view finder and the camera were two degrees off. Pentax said it could be recalabrated, so it has gone back.

Unrelated, but the pop up flash also has failed and will not recycle.
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-03-2011, 10:33 PM  
Canon 7D vs Pentax K-5: A comparison
Posted By Monobod
Replies: 125
Views: 26,285
If you buy the Pentax and Pentax flash guns you will not need triggers when you have your 'A' lenses. There is one limitation, the Pentax systen is light controlled not radio, so the Flashgun needs to see the camera. If you hide it behind a tree for effect, it may not trigger from the camera. I have yet to try this out, so I am not too sure how sensitive it is. However, if you needed to invest in radio triggers, you have both options with the K-5. Only one with the 7D.
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