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Forum: General Photography 07-09-2017, 10:02 AM  
Need remote NOW, emergency
Posted By fafo13
Replies: 20
Views: 1,387
Thanks for all replies, i changed battery, didnt help , so i smashed it on the floor and it helped :D I was very angry because i didnt test it before and i had to used in and i was already late.
Forum: General Photography 07-08-2017, 01:14 PM  
Need remote NOW, emergency
Posted By fafo13
Replies: 20
Views: 1,387
any in NYC area, i need remote for my K3 now, buy or rent
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-18-2014, 09:48 AM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By fafo13
Replies: 928
Views: 141,892
K3 serial # 4867801 firmware 1.03 i got 4k pics and about 4-5 times when shutter went crazy, only battery removal stopped it, didnt notice any correlation between accidents
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-07-2012, 12:32 PM  
K-5 flash not functionning ... any advice
Posted By fafo13
Replies: 8
Views: 1,116
is there any way to check if its bulb i mean if it is, is it possible for regular user to fix it ?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-07-2012, 08:12 AM  
K-5 flash not functionning ... any advice
Posted By fafo13
Replies: 8
Views: 1,116
got same problem flash wont fire, called pentax, im out of warranty 2 months now and its gonna be minimum 400 charge for fix it, from what ive been told, that sux
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-27-2011, 12:38 PM  
Ordered K5
Posted By fafo13
Replies: 6
Views: 1,690
bought mine last week, awesome, but 43 fully open did better job with kx, gotta look into that, but again awesome camera !!!!!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-08-2011, 11:09 AM  
DA Limiteds vs. FA Limiteds
Posted By fafo13
Replies: 120
Views: 20,050
this weekend i bought 43mm, in store ive compared it to da40mm and what i saw between them, 40 was sharper and lil quicker focus, 43mm focused at what i wanted (yeah da40 was focusing at brighter areas 43mm at closer objects) and colors were nicer, so i picked 43mm over 40, my story :p
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-08-2011, 11:00 AM  
sigma vs pentax
Posted By fafo13
Replies: 15
Views: 2,472
ive compared pentax 17-70/4 sigma 17-50/2.8 and tamron 17-50/2.8 ended up with sigma. Heaviest but i like it a lot, af better than tamron same as pentax but louder, tamron focus on everything but where i wanted and pentax was f4, ddnt try pentax 16-45/2.8 so cant say but again i love my fat sigma, but for longer i would go with pentax
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-08-2011, 10:55 AM  
selling 16-45mm and 55-300 mm & getting 18-135 is it worth it?
Posted By fafo13
Replies: 19
Views: 3,758
wr and dc for quality i would not go for it 17-45 better quality, 55-300 not great but not worst, look at reviews, i just went thru same for pentax and canon and ive decided to not buy any compact zooms cause of pic quality showed in reviews,
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-07-2011, 06:36 PM  
Looking for advice on another lens.
Posted By fafo13
Replies: 32
Views: 3,804
DA*50-135/2.8 or DA60-250/4

50-135 maybe lil short ( depends how far you wanna stay) but its very compact and light

60-250 should be suitable and i wouldn't go with sigma to save 200 bucks in same tele range

and fixed lens wont do the job i think

and 150$ ? hmmm i think you will get what you paid for and ive went thru many cheap lenses and i kept none only one cheap one i use is M135/28 and its only till i get 60-250 in my hands ( i think) even kit lenses i dont use anymore cause i dont like outcome, maybe there are exceptions but you gotta pay for good lenses

also i was looking at photozone at 18-135 and 18-200 to get something universal to walk arround with, and after comparing those lenses i decided to buy fixed 43 for pentax and leave what i have for canon, because i dont wanted to downgrade with quality. plus latelly i wanted to find reason to keep my DA55-300 so i took it for a weekend and ive shot only at 55mm then next week i went with HSM17-50/2.8 and shot only at 50mm and i need no degree to tell you how bad is DAL55-300 :D plus ive used at least 10-12 lenses that ive sold, most M and A ( inexpensive used) and didnt like it ( in comparing to what i have) at all
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-07-2011, 04:35 PM  
Looking for advice on another lens.
Posted By fafo13
Replies: 32
Views: 3,804
after struggling with decisions about lenses, buying and selling around i came out to a conclusion: Its not the length but a purpose you need to decide on.

ofc there are limitations with length but i had to decide to what i need to shoot with and then got lenses that fits my needs, for example i love shooting portraits and anybody would recommend 50-70mm for it, i do it with 135/2.8 old sears manual lens and i have few others that many ppl would say they are more suitable for it but 135mm works for me best, maybe length is little long but portraits are as i want them to be, for example i just bought 43mm and its a awe full length ( like 50mm its useless) but i see i can get used to the length but for purpose i do need it, serves ( or will be) what i want :D many ppl will ask whats the purpose, and i just came to conclusion that they do know what are the talking about :P
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-21-2011, 08:18 AM  
Your 5 Most Used Lenses ?
Posted By fafo13
Replies: 148
Views: 16,923
Pentax M 135mm f2.8
Pentax M 100mm f4
Sigma HSM 17-50 f2.8

thats 3 favorite, any other ive tried i didnt really like even FA50mm f1.4 didnt make on the list
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-30-2011, 09:45 PM  
Has anyone used their DSLR w/ macro to capture a 35mm negative?
Posted By fafo13
Replies: 22
Views: 9,816
one word -scanner
Forum: General Talk 04-30-2011, 09:44 PM  
Running thread of consolidated Tea Party-related stupidity
Posted By fafo13
Replies: 289
Views: 27,440
me like it, illegal or not, didnt pay taxes ? why not ? illegal ? so employer hired knowing that taxes wont be paid, both should be punished, legal resident/citizen jail illegal deportation.

pros - salaries in some low end jobs will raise
- more ppl will pay taxes ( not more taxes, just more ppl)
- less people will receive social coverage while working
- less "illegals"

cons - few one way tickets
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-30-2011, 02:51 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By fafo13
Replies: 6,446
Views: 834,056
today i went to another aquarium, and i was shooting seals, lady trainer asked me, if i want her to get seal to do something particular, i felt good, then she asked me if its canon, didnt feel good anymore :(
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-28-2011, 02:25 PM  
K-x Shoot in the dark. Need Help!
Posted By fafo13
Replies: 30
Views: 7,378
it is accurate no question about it, in my opinion and experience with other cameras they always (at least more often than pentax) catch in focus subjects in front.

example, if you bring a person on front of camera and you have 5 points Af, and person fits into even 1 point my canon will focus on that person no matter what the background is, kx will or wont depends on background ( contrast but i think its light as well or even just light)

thats a bad thing about kx, there are ways to deal with it ofc, and i do, but walking around shooting all and nothing, i prefer 5p af, its fine, just sometimes i shoot with lighter background ( further person and closer to background is, its harder to spot in view finder where camera chose focus) and im shooting, and annoyingly i get focus not when i would like to have, where walking with canon, its much much less of chance that af will do same mistake as kx.

dunno why, for p&s purposes its pretty annoying, but i can get around, simply takes picture or two to realize that.

sterretje

1- it does
2 - when i cant 5p af focus where i want
3 - no i dont, c above
3s - sometimes when all fails, i said that before
3b - assist lamp on my af360 goes on i only really dark situations same as pop up flash af assistance
3c - k-5 in few months or maybe k5 replacement if will be available

and your story, had similar, went to london, couldn't focus on something, switched to center, few mins later i gave camera to my friend to shot few pics of me, and when i got back home, i noticed that i have not a single sharp picture of me in london :D

shit happens :P
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-28-2011, 05:54 AM  
K-x Shoot in the dark. Need Help!
Posted By fafo13
Replies: 30
Views: 7,378
sterretje - all 3 pics, target was withing 5 focusing points, but af chooses to focus on lighter backgound, thats what im trying to say, it iis NOT problem for me as its a annoying glitch for p&s users, about my picuters, its not i got 2 or 3, about 20-30% in similar situations are like this.

flawlessgraphics - its a way to do it, or just release and press half way shutter button, and move a little camera, most of the times kx is relocating focus, most of the time on target

freddykrueger - its not MY problem, please show me when i said its MY problem, i said it a draw back of kx, not my problem, just a annoying thing, read dont guess.

further, kx isnt p&s camera oh really ? every ( or majority) dslrs has auto mode, so you can point and shoot and out of 8 ppl i know with dslrs,5 are using it is as P&S ONLY.

"do you know how many times has he used other mode than auto picture or program? Never. He always sets everything to automatic, that's why his pictures are so shi*ty." ---- exactly and many many ppl do exactly like this, and if you one of them you will be annoyed and disappointed and you will hate pentax for reason im trying to explain, focusing at lighter background for some reason, canons are better in this matter for example and this is my ONLY point ffs

plz read, read twice if necessary cause im gonna get heart attack one day :d

tnx for input
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-27-2011, 06:50 AM  
K-x Shoot in the dark. Need Help!
Posted By fafo13
Replies: 30
Views: 7,378
oh really, since when i had problems with af, i dont, read agsin, ive said and ill repeat it.

Kx af system isnt great, yes there are ways to work it out and achive fine photos, but its not my point

my point is if you wanna buy dslr, as casual shooter, you may be better off other cameras

like for example, i own canon which on same situations isnt failing and focusing better.

Many ppl buy dslrs to point and shoot, canons does the job, kx dont, for few reasons ive explained

which doesnt make me a noob or kx a bad camera, simply pros and cons
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-27-2011, 06:36 AM  
Pentax K-X NiMH Battery Recommendations
Posted By fafo13
Replies: 14
Views: 8,169
my kx does 1000 shots on those w/o flash, 200 with, best batteries ive even owned ( 6 years in rc ) only draw back is charge time, but yes one of best and recomended
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-26-2011, 07:57 PM  
K-x Shoot in the dark. Need Help!
Posted By fafo13
Replies: 30
Views: 7,378
my apologies for format of my post but it was created at work with a phone and i was pretty busy, but let me go over your reply.



"I offered references of actual independent test results that show center focus no slower than 5 point - it is entirely your prerogative to completely dismiss/ignore those " ---- i never said that 5 point is faster but ive said that im getting "many pics with focus behind person if the background is lighter with 5 point mode" ( examples from just last week, im deleting all except keepers but im getting enought of them that i can supply many any time)




done with tamron which ive returned cause i was getting 80% of pictures with focus anywhere but not on my girl



ny autoshow last weekend - not even dark enviroment, but enought that background was brighter and thats where the focus went




aquarium 2 weeks ago - damn light on tank and AF decided to go there, about 30% pictures went like this that day for me, but unfortunately, canon didnt manage to f**k up any like this, ofc those that came up good with kx were iq superior but f**k IQ when your subject isnt in focus





" I would be grateful to please see independent test results that show otherwise, that supports your initial assertion that 5 point is faster?" - what i said and mean is nice numbers means nothing of a focus is 0.456 of a sec or it is 0.345sec or 0.567 means nothing to 99% of users ? test that compare side to side different cameras in many situation can give any picture of its performance.


"The simple fact you are having problems focusing, shows that 5 point for you is failing - is there any other way of interpreting that?" --- maybe it is my fault, but by any means pointing camera and taking picture isnt so hard, dont have problem with off focus with canon but i do with kx, call it my failure, but why do i fail with only this particular camera ? i huess you gonna call bad unit, but i dont think its a case here.


"You may think dark venues are easy - have you actually tired it, to make such a claim, please?" ---- failed to focus even with much more light, and yes ofc, i bought kx with 50/1.4 cause i love sunlight and flashes, i bought this setup cause i love low light

and example of my low light trials:




EV-0, zero modifications to this picture, tooke few shots but i got it !






in addition im talking about dark person on lighter background, on those pictures, those people are same lighted as the wall.

as of your pictures at this size its impossible to determine few thing, please post 100% crop from center of 2nd and 3rd picture




and on very end, picture under shows an example where my KX failed to AF in any mode at the object, took me 20 shots to get it sharp with manual focus cause AF refused to lock on that cat, was pretty dark room single 40 watts bulb in enclosure above, btw with 50/1.4 lens





ok now mr UnkownVT please explain my points, hopefully someone will step up and write what i mean in english and you will get my point if you dont and please dont twist what i said.

and still even i do love my pentax i dont think its a good expensive p&s camera, its a camera to someone who is starting adventure with DSLRs not for one whos is ending with it.

thanx for patience,

fafo13, the noob
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-26-2011, 12:56 PM  
Is the K-x the best choice for an entry level Pentax SLR?
Posted By fafo13
Replies: 41
Views: 8,482
from what ive learned in few months with dslr, owning kx and t1i, tried few more for litle time my thoughts from my experience when ive strted with none:

kx had great features for me most important, are size, aa batteries, high iso iq, menus and ergonomics, but i would not recomend it as point and shoot camera, why ? Cause p&s should be p&s and on auto mode chooses to slow shutter speeds, af with mind of his own and exposure with flash, honestly, when i give my kx to my gf she cant get a decent picture with it, yhen she crabs canon and smile comes to her face, but if i shoot kx and she do it with canon, them we compare it at 100% shes not smiling anymore.
Dont get me wrong with my experience (cant talk about anyones else) kx is great if you willing to take time amd learn, but if you looking for p&s and illing to sacririce a liltle bit on iq, you much better with canon.

This is mine opinion, and i love my kx and im planing on buying k5 and most likely keep botj cameras
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-26-2011, 11:46 AM  
K-x Shoot in the dark. Need Help!
Posted By fafo13
Replies: 30
Views: 7,378
<br />

If you say so, im still getting many pics with focus behind person if the background is lighter with 5 point mode, and even with good light 10% of pics are focused at background as well, darker it gets more with focus on background, lighter background is even more, im doing mostly shots of my gf and c the results, if 5 point refuses to lock i use center af, but if its dark even that fails, also looks like it depends on lenses ( corect me if im wrong) but with sigma 17-50/2.8 im getting less bad ones than with kit, but for some reason fa50/1.4 is the worst, one time i tried to pic black can indoor with poor light with it, snd af refused to lock on him in any mode. So go figure, i got used to it, using af lock more often or pre focus with flash, tthats my experience, and whatever that review shows it does not reflects on camera in hands in most situations, plus different lenses gives you differns resulys about speed and at thr end i dont c any comparising to other cameras, so it looks like bunch of meaningless numbers,,<br />

<br />





forgot, shooting on stage even if it dark should be easier because u have lights on person and, not dark person and light backround, plus depends on zoom, if zoom closer camera have less options to focus on if you have just the person in view, correct me if im wrong


example, this sunday i was taking pictures of my gf stanging of front of garden entrance, entrance was made of nice shinny metal pipes, and they were bright, 8 of 10 shots with 5 point af were focused at entrance, about 4 feet behind her, center piont did the job, but then on the way back i wanted more shots with lil close up, 6 vertical pics with 5p af and all came out focused on her, but she covered most of frame
sorry for quality and cpntinious sentences but using phone to reply gl
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-26-2011, 11:18 AM  
k-x unsharp focus
Posted By fafo13
Replies: 5
Views: 2,558
lol another one, my problem was, that kx chooses slow shutter speeds, so check pictuers amd c if its of focus or its just unsharp, try to use Tv mode, shoot with 1/60 or faster, make sure of SR is on, then check results
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-25-2011, 12:40 PM  
new and confused
Posted By fafo13
Replies: 14
Views: 2,217
great, tnx for replies, for my next trip out ill grab 50 and kit lens, and see the outcome, sigma and flash ive ised for over 3hrs at ny auto show, maybe cause im used to 50 and no flash i got tired so fast. Kit lenses never made me happy but i dint use yhem for sometime, maybe i was doing something wrong, and about 100macro, asked cause, i would like totry some macro shots and my lenses are not capable of that, but i think i see great use of 100mm as portrait lens plus it would be nice zoom from time to time.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-25-2011, 09:31 AM  
new and confused
Posted By fafo13
Replies: 14
Views: 2,217
af360 plus 4 aa batteries, even with strap its heavy, anyway, would like to compare fa50 1.4 to 43 2.8 outdoor, and find out more about 100 mm macro about non macro capabilitiies :) im guessing gotta go out and shoot moar pictures :p
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