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Forum: General Photography 04-26-2015, 01:20 PM  
How dark is -3EV?
Posted By phoned
Replies: 17
Views: 2,000
Ridiculously dark. The pentax AF will focus in damn near anything.
Forum: Pentax K-5 04-24-2015, 10:19 AM  
K5IIs randomly over and under exposes now and then
Posted By phoned
Replies: 7
Views: 1,466
I've only had a problem on mine if you are shooting something very reflective - like a traffic sign. They toss out way more light than your eye seems to realize and causes things to underexpose. All other cases have been user error so far.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-31-2015, 09:23 PM  
Wobbly barrel?
Posted By phoned
Replies: 4
Views: 610
I have the 18-135 WR and 55-300 WR as well. Both my copies have a bit of movement like that too, so I think it's fairly common and normal. The 18-135 is probably worse and more noticeable (because it comes out in 2 sections) but haven't had any issues because of it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-31-2015, 09:13 PM  
Wobbly barrel?
Posted By phoned
Replies: 4
Views: 610
Like, REALLY wobbly or just a bit of movement (like a few mm?)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-24-2015, 07:25 AM  
Piece of dust on mirror, what to do?
Posted By phoned
Replies: 16
Views: 2,120
Pretty sure vacuuming can cause static electricity which can do all sorts of other damage too, not to mention the amount of pressure vacuuming too close to a mirror box can provide.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 03-20-2015, 08:08 PM  
A recent full frame experience
Posted By phoned
Replies: 110
Views: 15,445
Small/light is fine as long as it has a grip that you can hold for a good amount of time. Even the K5 grip is just a bit too small to conformably hold for me, and I usually end up in a weird half lens/half camera holding position. Some of these smaller cameras have good 'thumb stops' and other design features so that's a plus.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-14-2015, 02:22 PM  
Lenspen Elite Pen for 18-135 WR Lens - Bad Idea?
Posted By phoned
Replies: 11
Views: 1,710
You've seriously had pec pads come apart and leave fibres behind? I've honestly never seen that or heard of that before. I always fold them over and don't wipe using the edges of them and never had any troubles.

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Agreed. Same goes for people who are afraid to clean their sensors because they think if you look at them the wrong way you will magically scratch them. The glass in front is pretty darn tough.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-14-2015, 12:31 PM  
Lenspen Elite Pen for 18-135 WR Lens - Bad Idea?
Posted By phoned
Replies: 11
Views: 1,710
All the 'pens' I've used have left nasty smear marks, no matter how I use them. I use a rocket blower to blow dust, the brush side of one of the pens to clean any remaining dust, and then pecpacs with eclipse to get the rest (if there is any).

But yeah, you can have a really super dirty lens and you wont notice it. I generally leave 'dust' on them as it will eventually blow off in the wind or whenever I get some sort of liquid/dog licks lens I'll give it a cleaning.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-11-2015, 09:40 AM  
Question for Pentax 18-135WR owners
Posted By phoned
Replies: 15
Views: 1,799
Mine will creep a little if you push on it, of if it's left hanging. If you extend it and leave it pointing up any little bit of pressure will cause it to move.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-24-2015, 09:09 PM  
Around. $1900.00 for the FF n the U.S.? What. do you think?
Posted By phoned
Replies: 322
Views: 22,022
1900 would place it in 6D/D610 range.. but I'm guessing it will launch higher than that. I would say low-mid 2000s for sure.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-24-2015, 07:26 PM  
Lack of Light Meter in Av mode?
Posted By phoned
Replies: 21
Views: 2,815
Yup. Other systems let you set a minimum shutter speed though as well, so that's where these types of things can come into play.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-24-2015, 07:14 PM  
Lack of Light Meter in Av mode?
Posted By phoned
Replies: 21
Views: 2,815
Chris is referring to Nikon's style of popping up the light meter in any mode if you make an adjustment that doesn't meter correctly. So for his example, 1/125, f4 ISO 100... if it's 1 stop too dark from "0EV" the light meter will pop up and indicate how far off it is.

As digitalis said... the only way to know is it will flash at you (but gives you no indication of how far off you are).
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-24-2015, 03:20 PM  
Da 300 on FF
Posted By phoned
Replies: 17
Views: 2,350
I think the suggestion is the DA 300mm can "just" fill a full frame where a full frame lens + SR support needs to have a bigger image circle (so when SR shifts the sensor around, it doesn't vignette to all heck).
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-24-2015, 03:13 PM  
Bounce flash question.
Posted By phoned
Replies: 17
Views: 1,582
FWIW I disable the zoom when I bounce, as it seems to provide more juice and be more accurate and predictable. Canon also seems to disable zoom soon as you adjust the head at all, locking it in at either 24mm or 35mm (I can't remember which).
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-21-2015, 08:52 PM  
K5IIs single point focus
Posted By phoned
Replies: 11
Views: 1,076
That's where I was leaning too but he said they were mainly within then ( ) area which would indicate something else. Nikon's view finder display is really nice (D7100) and hope pentax picks something similar up soon. So much more smooth and brighter to see.
Forum: Pentax K-5 02-21-2015, 07:12 PM  
New to me K5 with spot on sensor. Detectives needed!
Posted By phoned
Replies: 19
Views: 2,447
For what it's worth I have a Canon Rebel XTi which has pretty much a permanent spot like that too. I have "scrubbed" it with a cleaning swab and it has remained no matter what I've done, and since I really don't care about the camera much at this point, it got a really hard cleaning not a nice gentle one you'd normally do.

Good luck. Might be best just to leave it and edit it out if it crops up in anything visible.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-21-2015, 07:07 PM  
K5IIs single point focus
Posted By phoned
Replies: 11
Views: 1,076
Is it always the same brightness or maybe just a faint ghost light? Perhaps a loose focusing screen?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-14-2015, 12:00 PM  
K5 IIs always wants to use high ISO
Posted By phoned
Replies: 20
Views: 2,110
This is configurable. If you go into the ISO settings (assuming anything other than Auto mode) you can change how the ISO ramps up. You can either do slow (keep ISO low), high (ramp up ISO quickly) or normal which is somewhere in the middle.


Sorry - I see someone had already suggested this. I didn't read close enough :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-04-2015, 09:34 AM  
HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW
Posted By phoned
Replies: 1,426
Views: 238,593
Agree with the above. The DC on the 18-135mm is great. Also I think there is a huge stigma against all the SDM failures.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-23-2015, 01:57 PM  
Does Dust Alert only work with Pentax lenses?
Posted By phoned
Replies: 7
Views: 1,423
The dust alert feature seems pretty useless when I have used it.

Do you have spots showing up on actual photos, or just in the dust alert?
Forum: Pentax K-5 01-18-2015, 01:19 PM  
Focus release priority
Posted By phoned
Replies: 6
Views: 1,439
How did you test it? Perhaps you used a fast focusing lens which got focus before some timer triggered?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-12-2015, 01:19 PM  
Pentax k3 Playback issue?
Posted By phoned
Replies: 14
Views: 1,324
Sorry for the late reply but I've not yet gotten a faster card to try. Did you get your issues sorted out?
Forum: Pentax K-5 01-09-2015, 07:52 AM  
Focus release priority
Posted By phoned
Replies: 6
Views: 1,439
So in single shot AF this definitely works properly. It won't release until focus is confirmed.

In continuous auto focus even when it's set to focus priority (not release priority) it will trigger shots (in continuous drive mode) way before the first AF confirmation hits. Of course the work around is to get focus first before jamming some shots away, but it seems like it should at least wait until the first one gets a focus confirmation before starting the sequence.

Or is it just me?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-07-2015, 09:41 PM  
Pentax vs Nikon
Posted By phoned
Replies: 29
Views: 4,662
I've used a D7100 a fair bit recently and they are not too bad to use. You definitely miss some of the pentax features though. Hyper program mode for starters. Easy ISO override is another which seems really convoluted on the nikons (you need to take it out of auto ISO, and then jack the ISO up to whatever you want). Ergonomically they do feel really good though, but I guess any decent sized DSLR would these days.

One thing about lens based VR is it really inspires confidence in slow shutter speed shooting when you can (very easily) see things "go steady" when it gets enabled.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-17-2014, 07:14 PM  
Pentax k3 Playback issue?
Posted By phoned
Replies: 14
Views: 1,324
My K5 ii does this with a class 6 card. It will show the picture right away (very little delay there) but will take a second or two (or even maybe three) before it updates the display picture with a higher resolution version. Is this what you refer to?
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