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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-23-2018, 05:31 PM  
Ricoh announces an upgrade service for current PENTAX K-1 consumers
Posted By GoremanX
Replies: 258
Views: 20,863
Does this mean the K-1 II still has USB2? Or will the new mainboard upgrade that to USB3? I can't imagine how they'd replace the USB2 connector... As someone who shoots mostly on a tripod and tethered to a laptop these days, my main complaint is the slow USB2 transfer speed. It's painful at times, especially with full size RAW files. This is my main bottleneck at live events where things need to move fast. I was really hoping to see USB3 get added.

The other new features are extremely welcome and I'm sure I'll make good use of them, although I was also hoping for an ISO 80 or 50 (or 25!) to make it easier to light my portable studio with strobes in midday sun without having to resort to a neutral density filter.
Forum: Homepage & Official Pentax News 04-18-2017, 02:05 PM  
Pentax HD D FA 15-30mm F2.8 Review Posted
Posted By GoremanX
Replies: 1
Views: 440
Front page article links to a 404... how disappointing :(
Forum: General Talk 06-24-2016, 04:44 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By GoremanX
Replies: 1,885
Views: 102,400
I've got my 2001 Audi A4 quattro wagon (now TDI/6-speed manual). It's a B5.5, not a B6 like European 2001 A4's.
I've also got a 2005 VW Passat TDI that I pulled the engine from for my car. It's sitting engine-less in my driveway now, not sure what I'll do with it. It's in excellent shape.
I bought a 1999 Audi A6 quattro wagon, which was intended as a beater car while I transplanted the TDI in my A4. It's still in my driveway, runs like a top. Paid a pittance for it. I keep it for the cargo space.
My wife has a 2012 Beetle. This is very much a North American car, not European at all. Built in Mexico, and has a 2.5L straight 5. It's missing a lot of the nice touches that European Beetles have. But it's a blast to drive, extremely economical, and has a REGULAR 6-speed automatic transmission (no DSG, thank jeebus)

There's a LOT of VAG cars that we don't get here that I really wish were available. They've more or less abandoned the whole wagon format here. The only wagon available from Audi is the A4 allroad, with NO powertrain options (2.0T/tiptronic). No A4 Avant, no A6 Avant, not even any A3 hatchback anymore. Not to mention no more TDI options whatsoever... there's a stop-sale on ALL of those, whether 4-cylinder or V6.

Even VW doesn't do much for wagons. No Variants of any kind, just a Golf sportwagen with no powertrain options.

We get no love from VAG over here :(



Fixed!
Forum: General Talk 06-19-2016, 04:49 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By GoremanX
Replies: 1,885
Views: 102,400
Nice looking car! I was always a GM guy before, and I'm still a huge Pontiac fanatic to this day. But VAG car have grown more and more on me over the years, to the point where we only have VW/Audi cars in the driveway right now.

But if I could find a drivable '78 Trans Am with a Pontiac 400 and Borg-Warner Super-T10 manual trans at a reasonable price, it would come crash the party immediately :D

---------- Post added 06-19-16 at 07:53 PM ----------



I LOVE a good Trans Am!!! And that one is sexy as hell. Especially love the gold cross-lace wheels, that brings back memories... I spent a lot of time trying to find replicas of those wheels to put on my 2001 Audi A4, but I never found adequate ones at a reasonable price. Ended up settling for custom-made Porsche Fuchs reproductions instead:

IMAG0197 by GoremanX, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 06-03-2016, 06:55 PM  
Interval Shooting
Posted By GoremanX
Replies: 13
Views: 1,053
I just found something new. With custom setting 13 set to default (Interval), the minimum interval that can be set is 2 seconds. But if I change that custom setting to 2 (Standby Interval), there's a new choice before 2 seconds called "minimum" which just takes the next exposure immediately as soon as the camera is ready. This eliminates the chances of missed frames due to de-synchronized timing over a long session, and allows me to use the camera's built-in compositing options, which a wired remote doesn't allow.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 06-02-2016, 08:59 AM  
Interval Shooting
Posted By GoremanX
Replies: 13
Views: 1,053
Yeah I have a wired remote that can be locked on, I just forgot it at home. That would've been ideal.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 06-02-2016, 05:00 AM  
Interval Shooting
Posted By GoremanX
Replies: 13
Views: 1,053
Nope, dark frame noise removal was off. But all JPG enhancements were on (shooting RAW+) and I was writing to both memory cards (JPG to one and RAW to the other). I wonder if that was slowing things down enough for the camera to miss a shot every few frames.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 06-01-2016, 09:16 PM  
Interval Shooting
Posted By GoremanX
Replies: 13
Views: 1,053
Oohh, I like that better. With the old setting, a lot of shots were only happening at a minute instead of 32 seconds. It was really unreliable. Wish I'd known about that before, my shooting time is over for the evening now.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 06-01-2016, 08:09 PM  
Interval Shooting
Posted By GoremanX
Replies: 13
Views: 1,053
THANK YOU! I forgot all about that. Haven't done interval shooting in years with a Pentax.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 06-01-2016, 08:00 PM  
Interval Shooting
Posted By GoremanX
Replies: 13
Views: 1,053
I'm out here at night in the middle of nowhere and I can't get interval shooting to work right on my K-1.

In Manual mode, if I set the shutter speed to 30s and set the interval shooting to 120 shots, the most I get is 10 or so before "Interval Shooting Complete" shows up on the screen and the camera stops taking photos. I do seem to get the full series of photos if I choose 1s as the shutter speed. I haven't had a chance to try other shutter speeds yet.

The same happens in Interval Composite mode.

Anyone else notice this behavior? It's totally ruining this perfect night for star trails.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-09-2016, 11:50 AM  
K-1 USA Shipping Date
Posted By GoremanX
Replies: 626
Views: 56,930
Took me a week to get around to gathering my newly extended family together for an updated portrait:



oops, uncle Battery Grip for the K-5 forgot to show up. Oh well, he's always drunk anyways.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-03-2016, 09:26 AM  
K-1 USA Shipping Date
Posted By GoremanX
Replies: 626
Views: 56,930
Pentax/Shopatron
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-03-2016, 09:15 AM  
K-1 USA Shipping Date
Posted By GoremanX
Replies: 626
Views: 56,930
FINALLY my card got charged today! Guess that means my order is shipping today.
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-28-2016, 02:22 PM  
K-1 USA Shipping Date
Posted By GoremanX
Replies: 626
Views: 56,930
I'll know the moment my pre-order with Ricoh gets packed up for shipping because I get instant notification via email whenever my AmEx gets charged. So far, nothing... this is lame.
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-27-2016, 08:21 PM  
K-1 USA Shipping Date
Posted By GoremanX
Replies: 626
Views: 56,930
Right... couldn't be because 99% of those posts were from before the "like" feature was implemented.
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-26-2016, 03:09 PM  
K-1 USA Shipping Date
Posted By GoremanX
Replies: 626
Views: 56,930
Oh boy, I love the attempt at being all legally technical. Have fun pretending!
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-26-2016, 02:26 PM  
K-1 USA Shipping Date
Posted By GoremanX
Replies: 626
Views: 56,930
Still cheating... no K-1 in hand, not an owner :p
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-26-2016, 01:47 PM  
K-1 USA Shipping Date
Posted By GoremanX
Replies: 626
Views: 56,930
I didn't say no-one does. I was specifically referring to the person who's lamenting not having one yet and yet is sporting the banner.

And no, pre-orders do not count as "paying for it" because they don't get billed to the card until the product ships.
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-26-2016, 10:09 AM  
K-1 USA Shipping Date
Posted By GoremanX
Replies: 626
Views: 56,930
Hey wait a minute... people are already sporting a "K-1 Proud Owner" banner in their sig when they don't even have one? That's cheating!!!
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-26-2016, 09:29 AM  
K-1 USA Shipping Date
Posted By GoremanX
Replies: 626
Views: 56,930
I placed my pre-order on the Pentax web site before it was possible to do so on B&H or Adorama or anywhere else. I bet I somehow end up getting mine after everyone else.
Forum: General Talk 04-23-2016, 12:08 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By GoremanX
Replies: 1,885
Views: 102,400
I have a 2001 Audi A4 Avant quattro. It used to be a 1.8T with 5-speed manual, but I swapped in a TDI and 6-speed manual over the last winter. Has a full custom sound system with 2 amps, electronic crossover and electronic EQ.

What I love about it:
- small and maneuverable in parking lots
- tons of cargo space
- fits me perfectly
- fantastic mileage (can you say 50+ mpg?)
- fast as a bat out of hell (220 hp, 450+ ft-lb of torque)
- unbelievable traction in every condition
- grips the road like glue
- it's bright blue and fun to look at
- everything on it still works after all these years (280,000 miles so far)
- custom audio system sounds fantastic
- when the sound system is off, the car is very quiet inside

What I don't like about it:
- could use more leg room in the back seat
- driver's seat leather is torn at the seams
- can't pull a trailer
- cupholders are a joke

Old photo (pre-TDI swap)


During the swap:


Currently swapping out a fender that was rusted out, then I'll take a more current photo.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-29-2015, 04:36 AM  
K-3 Corrupted RAW Files
Posted By GoremanX
Replies: 19
Views: 2,489
yeah, but this one was 6 months old, and my last 2 only lasted 6 months each
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-28-2015, 01:47 PM  
K-3 Corrupted RAW Files
Posted By GoremanX
Replies: 19
Views: 2,489
Definitely the memory card that's bad. The exact same files turned out corrupted when pulling straight from the camera. Serves me right for not making use of the dual SD card feature. I begged for that feature ever since the K-7, and now that they've finally added it, I'm not even using it :( I ordered new SD cards, from different manufacturers, and I'll use them in tandem to reduce the chances of losing files again in the future. This is the 3rd Sandisk card that goes bad on me in 18 months after 6+ years of trouble-free use :(
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-28-2015, 11:08 AM  
K-3 Corrupted RAW Files
Posted By GoremanX
Replies: 19
Views: 2,489
No, I used a different card reader with a different USB port to recover the files. Whereas they all came out corrupted with the previous reader, only about half the recovered files are corrupted with the new reader. I'm already attempting to recover using a USB cable straight from the camera to see if that makes a difference, but this whole process is very time-consuming.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-28-2015, 10:36 AM  
K-3 Corrupted RAW Files
Posted By GoremanX
Replies: 19
Views: 2,489
PhotoRec is what I used and it worked great. However a lot of the recovered files are still corrupted, so I'm thinking the memory card is at fault. Time to get a new one... again
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