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Forum: Sold Items 06-11-2019, 05:41 AM  
Wanted - Acquired: Pentax KX
Posted By h.butz
Replies: 3
Views: 116
yes, film "KX" not digital "K-x"
Forum: Sold Items 06-10-2019, 03:38 PM  
Wanted - Acquired: Pentax KX
Posted By h.butz
Replies: 3
Views: 116
Looking for a KX in Excellent+ to Mint- condition in the price range of $125-$175 from someone who will accept PayPal and ship to the U.S. Must have a working meter, no dings or dents.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-29-2019, 12:21 PM  
Who still uses a PZ-1P af slr, & do you have any issues using 3rd pty af lenses?
Posted By h.butz
Replies: 39
Views: 1,126
I own 4 or 5 PZ-1p's (lost count for the moment). Usually third-party lens warnings surround fisheye lenses with the aperture arm banging into the mirror.

You may have read about the dreaded "Ricoh Pin" in which some older Ricoh lenses will jam on quite nicely to a Pentax AF body.

Ricoh pin - what is it and why the need to remove? - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-29-2019, 12:01 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By h.butz
Replies: 19,101
Views: 2,335,607
omg I used to drive one of those
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-23-2019, 06:36 AM  
Why did pentax give up completly on SLR?
Posted By h.butz
Replies: 58
Views: 3,760
I'm getting a kick out of Canon's steadily declining sales of their digital SLR's since consumers are just using the camera in their phones. So, the big market push is now "mirrorless" cameras to try to get consumers back.. you know, because mirrorless cameras are "better" than DSLR's.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-23-2019, 06:01 AM  
Why did pentax give up completly on SLR?
Posted By h.butz
Replies: 58
Views: 3,760
You mean like vinyl records? bah. Who buys vinyl records and tube amplifiers anymore?
/sarcasm
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-07-2019, 06:13 AM  
Why did pentax give up completly on SLR?
Posted By h.butz
Replies: 58
Views: 3,760
qft. I picked up several MZ-S's and PZ-1p's in near-mint condition for 20% of their original price while bracing for the analog camera apocalypse. I've seen a steady decline in the availability of used film cameras in pristine condition. Now I'm seeing more heavily used cameras being sold for scrap and dwindling avenues for repair (Eric)

i.e. it would be difficult to market a new film SLR for $500 while you can buy a decent used film camera for $20. But, this is just a phase. In less than ten years I expect that only toy cameras will be available for sale. I don't like toy cameras, unless they have a mount for my SLR lenses.

The mantra that "Pentax was late to the DSLR market" is just rubbish. I didn't see that sentiment when Samsung Galaxy followed the iPhone.

I also don't agree that low market demand requires the extinction of a technology. How much demand was there for film photography before the Kodak Instamatic? Sometimes a company needs to create the demand for a product which you didn't you know you needed.

And, (rant continues) I don't agree that old technology is obsolete technology e.g. film. The "Wheel" is roughly 5,520 years old and nobody is complaining that it's obsolete.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-07-2019, 05:33 AM  
Scanning film.....
Posted By h.butz
Replies: 31
Views: 1,393
I've gone thru several flatbed scanners (SCSI, Firewire, USB) and a negative scanner. I'm satisfied with an analog front end (film) and a digital back end to print (jpeg's). My work flow runs thru North Coast Photo, which is on the West Coast of the U.S. I'm still confused as to why they call themselves North Coast Photo, but - I digress. They do developing with "enhanced" scans of 3390 x 5035 from 35mm B&W and color. @150dpi that gets you 22x33" enlargements. They also return the negatives to you so you re-scan at a higher resolution from the negs in the future if you need larger.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-07-2019, 05:17 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By h.butz
Replies: 19,101
Views: 2,335,607
Kodak Portra 800 Pentax PZ-1p w/Vintage M42 lens
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 05-03-2019, 11:24 AM  
Problem with monitoring audio during video recording on K-1
Posted By h.butz
Replies: 0
Views: 160
ref: K-1 Mark II headphone microphone weirdness - PentaxForums.com

K-1 / II users are experiencing no audio in the headphone jack while recording video. I have been unable to hear audio during playback if an external mic was connected at the same time as the headphones. Exiting video mode and returning may briefly restore the functionality. I've written to Ricoh customer service who was able to reproduce the issue, INC0003433264. Seems like a firmware update might resolve the issues.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-03-2019, 10:00 AM  
K-1 Mark II headphone microphone weirdness
Posted By h.butz
Replies: 15
Views: 694
This may muddy the waters a bit, but...



I know it's not a video camera but I find this inconvenient. The good news is it's "normal" i.e. not "broken." If it works once then it seems it could be corrected with a firmware update.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-02-2019, 04:16 PM  
K-1 Mark II headphone microphone weirdness
Posted By h.butz
Replies: 15
Views: 694
Awesome. Thanks for that, Adam. Sounds like it's a firmware issue.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-02-2019, 02:41 PM  
K-1 Mark II headphone microphone weirdness
Posted By h.butz
Replies: 15
Views: 694
I'm still not convinced that it doesn't say you can [first] record and [second] play back movies using the headphones - but, ok. What prompted me to ask if anyone else has experience with this is there is no sound in the headphones during recording and no sound during playback if the microphone is plugged in. I'm not sure if Precision messed up my camera during the Mark II upgrade or if this can be fixed with a firmware update or if I wanted to spend money to have it repaired if I am the only person with this issue.

Thanks for reply.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-02-2019, 11:42 AM  
K-1 Mark II headphone microphone weirdness
Posted By h.butz
Replies: 15
Views: 694
Indeed it does - how to set the microphone level and how to set the headphone level. And, that does not answer my question, which is, Can I monitor the audio with my headphones while I'm recording and/or with an external microphone? Or, do I need to make a recording first, then unplug the microphone, plug back in the headphones, and listen to what I just recorded?
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-02-2019, 08:34 AM  
K-1 Mark II headphone microphone weirdness
Posted By h.butz
Replies: 15
Views: 694
I've upgraded my K-1 to Mark II. The external microphone jack has worked fine with a wide variety of mics. When I plugged in my headphones I could not monitor the audio from the external mic, even while recording video. In fact, the headphones were dead. I tried several headphones and couldn't hear anything.

Later, I found another pair of headphones which worked fine for playback... but, I'm starting to think it was because the external microphone was not plugged in.

Before I drive myself insane, does anyone know if it is possible to monitor audio during video recording? Or, to listen to any audio in the headphone jack with an external microphone connected to the mic jack?
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-02-2019, 08:23 AM  
K-1 Card Say's "Not Formated" after downloading photos in a card reader
Posted By h.butz
Replies: 25
Views: 2,585
Unless you write-protect the card, both Windows and OSX may attempt to write hidden files to the root of the card. These files are for folder display options and thumbnail indexing. These files tend to confuse the camera. If you cannot write-protect the card, there is a program I use on the mac which keeps those pesky files from being written called BlueHarvest. Also what can confuse the camera is formatting while connected to a PC. There are volume names and special directories which the camera looks for. There are also different types of file formats and partition schemes. Windows also has an "issue" with external drives and may mark a partition as "non-removable". The rule of thumb is to always use the format command from the camera's menu and never write to that card with another camera or PC. If you move the card to another camera, re-format the card inside the camera which will use it. Cards are cheap. Buy spares and if any card gives you an error, chuck it.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-25-2019, 11:18 AM  
M42 lenses on the MZ-S
Posted By h.butz
Replies: 14
Views: 513
What originally prompted my question was, there's a review of the MZ-S elsewhere on this forum where the photographer reported seeing an error of 6 stops over on the MZ-S using M42 lenses and concluded the MZ-S cannot properly meter with the adapter. I am very happy with the PZ-1 which just seemed to know that I wanted to shoot aperture priority... but, I prefer the smaller MZ-S body.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-24-2019, 03:47 PM  
M42 lenses on the MZ-S
Posted By h.butz
Replies: 14
Views: 513
the thing is... the way you put the MZ-S in Aperture Priority mode is by turning the aperture ring on the lens... but there is no coupling to the body with the M42 adapter.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-24-2019, 02:38 PM  
M42 lenses on the MZ-S
Posted By h.butz
Replies: 14
Views: 513
I had a spectacular time shooting with the PZ-1p, a Pentax PK-M42 adapter, and an Industar 50-2 50mm f 3.5 Russian lens. I needed to open the lens to focus, then dial it back down to my desired aperture to take the shot, letting the camera set the shutter speed. My question is, will the exposure be correct on the MZ-S with this setup? I know there's a quirk using a lens without an aperture ring on the MZ-S and wondered if anyone had first-hand knowledge about using the Pentax M42 adapter?

I've read elsewhere that they had difficulties with their M42 mount lenses metering a few stops under or over but they did not go into detail as to what the difficulty was.

Henry
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-23-2018, 05:21 AM  
When will Pentax catch up to the other big makers?
Posted By h.butz
Replies: 383
Views: 16,232
Unlike a smartphone where the touchscreen is in my hand, the LCD of a digital camera is smashed up against my right cheek. I would not find it useful to use a touchscreen LCD on a DSLR unless I type with my nose - but, then I wouldn't be able to focus my eyes on what my nose was typing.

It's just one of those "me too" features I'm glad I don't have yet people who review equipment are bothered that everyone else has one.

I'd find a joystick more useful.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-17-2018, 12:55 PM  
When will Pentax catch up to the other big makers?
Posted By h.butz
Replies: 383
Views: 16,232
I've seen disparaging reviews about Pentax whose major gripes were they didn't have features which everyone else had. Like... I don't see the need for a touch screen LCD. Maybe they're useful. Or, 4k video. Again, never saw the need to shoot video with my DSLR at all and would rather use a video camera to shoot video, myself.

Not adding "me too" features keeps the cost down. Major camera companies are insisting you need higher burst rates to shoot wildlife. Suddenly there's a whole flock of photographers standing in a field shooting poor photographs of birds, center of frame, against a blank sky, to justify their really expensive cameras; but, you weren't taking wildlife photography before. What made you suddenly take up wildlife photography? or, sports photography?

The oddest negative comment I've seen in a review of Pentax was, "They're late to the party." (and that makes it a bad thing)

Perhaps some of these reviewers get their advertising dollars from the companies with the larger market shares.

I switched to Pentax for all the great features in their consumer grade cameras when I was in college and kept buying Pentax because of the unmatched customer service by a company who cares about their customers.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-09-2018, 02:19 PM  
Another camp morning
Posted By h.butz
Replies: 9
Views: 248
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-09-2018, 02:18 PM  
Santiago Bay Sunrise and Mountains in Manzanillo
Posted By h.butz
Replies: 2
Views: 163
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Sold Items 07-29-2018, 10:47 AM  
Wanted - Acquired: Pentax LX Late Model EX+ USA PayPal
Posted By h.butz
Replies: 0
Views: 179
Wanted Pentax LX body gently used, late model for USA buyer with PayPal $300+ and up. Thanks.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-13-2014, 05:20 PM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By h.butz
Replies: 2,854
Views: 96,106
Checking to see if my keyboard works.
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