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Forum: General Photography 2 Days Ago  
How did you become a Pentaxian ?
Posted By Sakura
Replies: 77
Views: 2,087
When i was 12 or so, i got a Beirette from my parents

Totally manual with a separate light meter. Used it a lot and made a lot of great pictures with it.

Around 1977 i bought myself a Pentax MX with a 50mm F1:1.7 (still own that camera and lens) and additional bought a Vivitar 70-210 and a Vivitar 17mm and a motorized winder (that i had upgraded with a 2.5mm jack for a remote switch). And a Metz 45 CT1.

The MX was in that time the smallest and quietest 35mm LSR on the market. And another feature was that u even could use it up to -25 C.
My father at that time had a Praktica camera. When shooting pictures in wintertime, he could literately make 2.5 pictures, then the shutter got frozen solid :).

Me and my loyal MX traveled a lot, from winter holidays in Austria to summer holidays and sandstorms in Egypt and round trips in Russia.

When the digital area started, Pentax was a bit late to go that way. I think it was 2004 i decided i really wanted to go digital so i bought a Fuji finepix 602z for 999.00 euro including a 500MB CF card (what actually was a mini hard-disk)

I liked that camera, but it wasn't a good replacement for my good and solid MX.

Around 2005 I had it with the Fuji and bought a Pentax again, a K100D.

What a relief, finally again a Pentax in my hands.
One big downside tough, i wasn't enable anymore to use manual focus because of the much smaller viewfinder, spoiled as i was with the best viewfinder ever of the MX.

I even bought extra lenses to add to the viewfinder, tried taking pictures without my glasses, but whatever I did, it failed for me.
I finally rested at the idea of well, we all get older and eyes don't get better with age.

Then in 2010 I bought K7 and sold my K100D to my brother who was also a MX owner.

I used the K7 very intensely, up to in pouring rain and in entertainment parks where you could stand on the receiving end of a boat-water slide and got a huge amount of water over you and you're camera. (a couple of days later i had to rens my K7 under a tap because some algae got in between the switches).
I got the counter of the K7 at 65000 clicks.

Then in 2019, after i got a small heritage i had the money to finally buy a so much wanted FF camera, so i bought the K1-II.
And WOW, what a beast of a camera.

And above all, the viewfinder WOW WOW WOW. Finally i could use manual focus again (while in all that time since the MX i was still thinking my eyes got worse and that was the reason i couldn't use manual focus anymore.)
You can imagine how extremely happy i was (and still am) that again i could use a camera as i was used to so many years ago. (getting chicken-bumps again writing this)

Oh, and my K7, well, it got a second life as camera for my wife.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 09-10-2021, 12:30 PM  
Old Flash Units - Can Trigger Voltages Harm User?
Posted By Sakura
Replies: 19
Views: 803
Nope, they are not dangerous. When i was working in an electronic workshop, just for the fun of it, we sometimes charged that kind of capacitors and trow them at our colleges. As a reflex they would catch them and in the process discharge them :D (i often had to run :D :D )
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-08-2021, 08:41 AM  
Crop Focus Mode in K1 ll
Posted By Sakura
Replies: 16
Views: 650
BTW, the DA* 60-250 is very easy converted to a FF lens.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-07-2021, 12:31 PM  
Memory card error
Posted By Sakura
Replies: 11
Views: 476
You are correct, i hadn't installed the latest firmware on her K7 yet. (my mistake)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-06-2021, 12:36 PM  
Memory card error
Posted By Sakura
Replies: 11
Views: 476
The K7 supports up-to 32 GB, even with the latest firmware (My wife owns a K7 and i know the "problem")


my mistake, i thought i had the latest firmware installed on her K7, but i didn't.

It does indeed support 64GB cards
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-31-2021, 11:12 AM  
How about an AW body cap?
Posted By Sakura
Replies: 22
Views: 1,198
I once was with my K7 standing on the lower side of a water slide. A water slide where you could slide down in a 10 persons boat. This was a special prepared place to stand behind a glass screen, or beside the screen if you liked to get totally wet when the boat came sliding down.

I wanted to take some pictures of the wave coming down and over me and made some great pictures (and got totally wet in the process, including my camera :) )
So believe me, the K7 already was very very water resistant.

A couple of day's later i ran into a problem that the ISO and PLUS button stayed down after being pressed. Some algae got beside and under the buttons and made it stick. So i simply rinsed it under a tap while repeatedly pressing those buttons until they where working fine again.

Now several years later the K7 is still working fine without any problems.
Forum: Photographic Technique 08-22-2021, 12:35 PM  
Circular polarizer usage
Posted By Sakura
Replies: 21
Views: 1,164
I know circular polarizing filters are preferred for single polarizing filters.
But i understand that for variable ND filters you need linear and not circular. My question was more what the difference is between low cost variable ND filters and the more expensive ones.
Forum: Photographic Technique 08-22-2021, 03:24 AM  
Circular polarizer usage
Posted By Sakura
Replies: 21
Views: 1,164
Just checked my low-cost variable ND filters from aliexpress, they are liniear filters.

Presumably this is correct:

So i really wonder, could the coating between cheap and expensive ones be the only difference?

this are the filters i bought, and they work like a charm.
FOTGA Ultra Slim 40.5 82mm Fader Adjustable Variable ND Lens Filter ND2 ND8 ND400 Red|Camera Filters| - AliExpress
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-22-2021, 03:10 AM  
Two thin black lines edge of K5iis rear lcd
Posted By Sakura
Replies: 3
Views: 511
If that was the case, the screen would be jabberish and not just 2 lines.

So unfortunately it won't be fixed by reconnecting the flatcable.
Forum: Photographic Technique 08-21-2021, 01:45 PM  
Circular polarizer usage
Posted By Sakura
Replies: 21
Views: 1,164
Thx for sharing, never seen the polarizing effects with short lenses before. But it is good visible in you're picture.
I think you did a good fix to minimize the effect (although it is still viable if you know that it is there)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-21-2021, 01:40 PM  
Two thin black lines edge of K5iis rear lcd
Posted By Sakura
Replies: 3
Views: 511
Broken lcd screen, needs to be replaced to fix it.
Forum: Photographic Technique 08-20-2021, 11:46 AM  
Circular polarizer usage
Posted By Sakura
Replies: 21
Views: 1,164
Make me curious at the original image.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 08-10-2021, 10:47 AM  
Issue with LCD Screen. Reddish areas
Posted By Sakura
Replies: 5
Views: 377
From my experience as a repair guy, it is absolutely a defective screen and will need replacement.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 08-10-2021, 08:40 AM  
Problems using battery grip D-BG5
Posted By Sakura
Replies: 13
Views: 601
I have the same experience with my K1-II. Pity it behaves like that.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 07-29-2021, 02:37 AM  
Aperture Info Record
Posted By Sakura
Replies: 11
Views: 534
I just happened to have the 50mm 2.8 pancake lens on my desk. From 2.8 to 4 is a one click then the scale goes to 5.6-8-11-16 all with a 'in between' click. Then to 22 is again one click.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-28-2021, 01:09 PM  
Problem focussing Samyang 85mm F1.4
Posted By Sakura
Replies: 43
Views: 1,303
Lot off not needed trouble.
It is much much more easy. Just look at the information projected in the viewfinder. If you see that sharp, you're diopter is perfectly calibrated for you're eyes.

---------- Post added 07-28-2021 at 10:14 PM ----------

I had the same experience, UNTIL i bought the K1-II. With that viewfinder i was finally able to manual focus again (couldn't do it anymore since the MX)

At my former K7 i even added an extra -2 diopter to compensate for not wearing my glasses when trying to manual focus. But i still couldn't.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-15-2021, 11:41 AM  
Niels Kemp - Pentax 16-50mm f2.8 First Impressions
Posted By Sakura
Replies: 88
Views: 8,612
Lovely video's with a very desirable lens.
I really hope they do something as this with lenses for FF some day :)
I have the 18-55 SDM, really loved this lens with my K7, but it isn't really usable at FF
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-13-2021, 06:58 AM  
lens disassembly help
Posted By Sakura
Replies: 26
Views: 849
And most important, take a picture of every step you take, even the smallest steps.
You will probably need it very hard when assembling the lens again (been there, done that and needed it very much :D )
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-01-2021, 11:22 AM  
Funny pics during your travels!
Posted By Sakura
Replies: 36
Views: 1,638
An old one, seen in Ireland. A napkin pinned on the door.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-01-2021, 08:18 AM  
Pic included in Royal Observatory / BBC astro photography awards
Posted By Sakura
Replies: 36
Views: 1,802
I even think it is't really fair that those images can join the competition. Everybody with access to a huge industrial telescope can post those images. For that reason it even aren't really special pictures.

I really like you're picture and the work it costed to produce it.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-30-2021, 07:28 AM  
Pentax HD DA* 16-50mm f2.8 to be released in August
Posted By Sakura
Replies: 322
Views: 25,759
I'm wondering what will be the difference with the existing DA* 16-50
Forum: Pentax K-70 06-29-2021, 01:29 PM  
Screen Protector & L-Bracket
Posted By Sakura
Replies: 6
Views: 601
I always have a screen protector on my camera. Even the cheapest plastic screen protector will do. With my former camera i did use it for several weeks without it and found later that i already had a small scratch on it.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-24-2021, 12:22 PM  
OEM Post Production Info
Posted By Sakura
Replies: 24
Views: 1,048
Corel aftershot pro is also a rather strong alternative for LR and Photoshop
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-23-2021, 11:15 AM  
teleconverter question
Posted By Sakura
Replies: 23
Views: 1,073
And some test shots with my to Full frame converted 60-250 at 250 mm (the converted lens without teleconverter hasn't any vignetting at any setting)
Up to F8 the vignetting is easy removable with PP. and the combination is good usable.
Above F8 it is really severe and only a crop will fix it, but that makes the combination useless of course.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-23-2021, 11:10 AM  
teleconverter question
Posted By Sakura
Replies: 23
Views: 1,073
Some more test shots with my 24-70 at 70 mm with different diafragma settings:
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