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Forum: Pentax KP 10-08-2018, 03:52 PM  
Why no good deals on the KP lately ?
Posted By khardur
Replies: 88
Views: 4,245
I've been pricing watching for 2 months now, missed the Amazon daily deal... and noticed the price on B&H and Adorama both jumped... (one by $100, one by $200...) so I went ahead and purchased on Amazon for sub-$900 (US).

That $870-896 price (other than the aforementioned Amazon deal that I missed) was the lowest it's been... and two days after Photokina with no announcement, it crept back up on the major sites...
Adorama is back down again, but B&H is scattered. (some existing kits are still $900, but the body only listing is $999) ... anyway... I got mine now. It'll last me a good long time, and I'll definitely get my money's worth out of it like I have my k5-IIs. (which is still going strong but needed a backup in the lineup in case it gives out at some point.)
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 09-17-2018, 10:14 AM  
Cactus RQ250 on Kickstarter
Posted By khardur
Replies: 53
Views: 2,336
That *is* really sad news... If I hadn't had a ton of unfortunately expensive events happening to me and my family in the past few months, I would've plunked down money in a heartbeat for one.

As it is I'm struggling to stay afloat just paying the mortgage. :(


my personal issues aside, my one non-purchase didn't doom it, but I'm still sad. I really would've loved to been able to purchase something early next year, hoping no more catastrophes hit my bank account...
..natively compatible with the rest of the system... their products are so well thought out and easy to use. (I have 4 RF60s and two triggers... I quite love the system).

Sigh.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-13-2018, 08:26 PM  
Cactus RQ250 on Kickstarter
Posted By khardur
Replies: 53
Views: 2,336
agree with all your points...
If I wasn't flat out broke at the moment.. I'd put in for one in the early bird special.

As it is, I might have to wait until it arrives on Amazon that I can buy a 4 year accident protection.. it is a hefty chunk of change to stick on a tripod stand in a non-studio environment...
But I really really do one want one.

I've got 4 RF60's already... along with a v6 and v6-ii trigger. (actually a third V6, my original had some sort of issues I never could sort out. but I stuck with it and my second v6 is flawless) And I'd love to overpower the sun with one unit...
it doesn't make any sense for me to change brands now.

I just need to do a few more jobs.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-13-2018, 08:17 PM  
Is my K5-iis on life support? Or.. how many clicks will it take?
Posted By khardur
Replies: 19
Views: 822
I got the k5 used. I'm not sure what's "wrong" with it - it may be that I can squeeze so much better performance out of the k5-iis. Autofocus on the K5iis is better, sharpness of course, but the focus is really something.

it's something that maybe if I sit down for a day and tweak all the fine adjustments maybe I could get it performing better. I actually just did that with a couple lenses. The mirror slap is more noticeable also. It's strange. Shrug.
No worries. I'll figure something out soon..
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-08-2018, 03:48 PM  
Is my K5-iis on life support? Or.. how many clicks will it take?
Posted By khardur
Replies: 19
Views: 822
and weddings/portraits/anything that can make me some extra income.
You are correct, I can't be without a second body. I do have one, a K5 (but it's... odd... It doesn't ever seem to focus dead on. Basically, I can't depend on it. So it's a permanent backup "if I have nothing left."

So yes, on that note, I'm definitely scouring for deals, either a K3 or a KP. I do a lot of low-light stuff, and like I said above, the reviews are stellar about the KP and the low-light ability being even more awesome than the K-5..
Onward.. Thanks everyone for the comments.
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-08-2018, 03:44 PM  
K-5 IIs . . . stretching battery life
Posted By khardur
Replies: 7
Views: 568
I've never done any sort of measuring. But definitely if you minimize your screen use, you will get plenty more photos. Using live view or having the screen otherwise on all the time is much more demanding. How many more shots you will get? I don't know. But you will definitely get more.

I have my preview set to 1 second and the highlight/shadow alert on.. I take a quick peek if I have to and move on.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-08-2018, 12:15 PM  
Is my K5-iis on life support? Or.. how many clicks will it take?
Posted By khardur
Replies: 19
Views: 822
Can't do the K-1. That would require too many new lenses. I do a ton of low-light work. People report the KP is fantastic at this. And sports too, (the KP burst rate is no worse than the K5, so I'm fine with that. But the K-1 is slow at burst, and for the newspaper work I don't need the super huge files. I need to get through them quick and get them to the editor.

I think a KP is in my future, unless Pentax comes out with a new(er) APS-C soon?
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-08-2018, 11:40 AM  
Is my K5-iis on life support? Or.. how many clicks will it take?
Posted By khardur
Replies: 19
Views: 822
I just ran across a shutter count thread and decided to check.. I've got 130,000 clicks on my K5-IIs... :eek:
It could be tomorrow, it could be 2 years from now, when it goes...


I guess... "get a new body" and once the shutter dies on my K5-IIs, then get shutter replaced. Because it's rock solid, I don't want to outright replace it..
Or do I preemptively get it done, when I have a convenient time to send it away?

Thoughts?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-07-2018, 08:20 PM  
Cactus RQ250 on Kickstarter
Posted By khardur
Replies: 53
Views: 2,336
Have to say, I was hoping it would be more somewhere in the ballpark of the Godox AD200 price.
Not to say that I didn't expect it to be higher. But not $699..

(The early bird price says "25% off MSRP") (I understand that's rarely not usually the actual retail price.)
But hrrm. I guess I have to do a few more projects just with the intention of saving for this.
Forum: Pentax KP 08-05-2018, 05:58 PM  
Why no good deals on the KP lately ?
Posted By khardur
Replies: 88
Views: 4,245
damn... I've been watching too, but I missed that. Curses.
(because having the lightning sale and getting the battery grip on top of that would be stellar...)

But I'll have to get one soon no matter what, my K5 is untrustworthy in must-get-shot situations, and my k5-iis is on borrowed time due to how heavily I use.
Forum: Pentax KP 08-05-2018, 05:51 PM  
Why no good deals on the KP lately ?
Posted By khardur
Replies: 88
Views: 4,245
good lord when was that? I've been watching for a while now. (can't really complain either way, it's $869 at the moment... but to get it for $699 would guarantee a purchase from me (and subsequent purchase of the battery grip).
I'll be keeping an eye out.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-10-2018, 11:02 AM  
Setting up Lightroom in Windows 10 - saving photos on different drive
Posted By khardur
Replies: 13
Views: 724
ahh I'll look at that.

I know if I in a memory card the import dialog box pops up.. I still find doing the move through Lightroom to be slower than moving the files first, and then importing those folders. (because usually I'm only doing one day at a time... so it's not really anything much in the way of extra steps on my part to make one folder and then copy/paste files.)
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-07-2018, 09:54 AM  
Cactus V6II and RF60X - On Camera Setup
Posted By khardur
Replies: 34
Views: 1,545
Yes, and I still find that, at extremely short distances (within 3 ft) that there are times I have to adjust my position, that holding the camera "vertical" instead of "horizontal" results in a misfire or two, depending on the position.. and (anecdotally) I could get it to recur until I adjust my position a little bit.

I never had it happen enough to require me to set up some sort of formal test though. (FWIW, I was macro shooting snowflakes, so I was working very close to the flashes, probably ~ 1 ft.)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-07-2018, 09:46 AM  
Setting up Lightroom in Windows 10 - saving photos on different drive
Posted By khardur
Replies: 13
Views: 724
I don't use a watched directory feature. Is that in Lightroom CC? I refuse to go the subscription route. I don't need yet another monthly recurring payment.
I'm using LR 6.6 or somewhere whatever the latest non-subscription 6 version is.

I have presets set up when I export DNGs to jpg for editing that they automatically add to catalog, etc. I'm pretty big on keywording everything upon import and using smart collections to organize into specific assigments and/or family stuff.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-01-2018, 01:02 PM  
Setting up Lightroom in Windows 10 - saving photos on different drive
Posted By khardur
Replies: 13
Views: 724
Upon initial install, Lightroom will prompt you to create a catalog file. That will be the default file, where you chose to install that is where it will reside until you change it.
Somewhere in the preferences / File Handling is where you can set where backups are stored (point this to the external drive with lots of extra space). Also yes I'd move the live catalog file to the external as well. It can get quite large.


Pro tip: Don't use the "Import" function in Lightroom. It does too many things at once and it's slow. It's trying to move your files from the SD card, keyword them, create catalog entries, create previews all at once. (though this is not as noticeable on a newer computer).
What I do to import is
1) create the dated folder in my Lightroom directory.
2) Copy/paste the images from the SD card into the folder directly through Windows.
3) In the Library view, I go to the "Folders" section along the left. Hit the + sign, and browse for the folder of images I just copied.
When you select your folder, the import window will pop up, and instead of "copy" you're just "add" files to the catalog, and you can apply import settings and keywords all the same..

This method works MUCH faster than copying the files from the SD card through Lightroom, and is especially noticeable if you're doing an event or something and you've got 500+ photos to add all in one shot.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-16-2018, 08:48 PM  
Cactus V6II and RF60X - On Camera Setup
Posted By khardur
Replies: 34
Views: 1,545
as a follow up to mcgregni, if you have an L-shaped bracket you can put that RF60 on that/ not on the hot shoe, and the V6II will trigger.
(and subsequently the flash will be farther off the lens axis, which is normally a good thing to attempt to avoid red eye etc when you have a flash close to the lens)

Just a thought. I've found the radio signal finicky (even in low power mode) when I get the flash too close to the trigger. Just once in a while.
-Dan
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-10-2017, 07:43 AM  
Are Cactus working on a strobe?
Posted By khardur
Replies: 20
Views: 1,327
That would be awesome. I have 4 of the RF60s and I'd love to have at least one flash with a lot more power to easily defeat the sun.. It just opens up so many more options for locations and time of day you are shooting. And I would assume they would make it work with their v6ii triggers which are incredible.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-26-2017, 01:53 PM  
Contest 2017 Solar Eclipse Challenge!
Posted By khardur
Replies: 99
Views: 9,478
Here's mine. Lots of beauties in this thread.. y'all did an awesome job!

Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-25-2017, 07:53 PM  
Nature Eclipse
Posted By khardur
Replies: 2
Views: 297
Took a road trip from Massachusetts to Tennessee with my son..
2125 total miles.
5 days
2 nights sleeping at rest areas on the highway, once knowing that was the plan, once because our hotel overbooked...
1 national park (Shenandoah),
1 time nearly running out of gas... (I put in 16.3 gallons of gas into my car after I nearly had a panic attack seeing the gas gauge so low... it only officially holds 16 gallons!)

Anyway...
This is my best shot from the day..

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-29-2017, 04:57 PM  
Alas, my poor 40mm Limited... I knew it well.
Posted By khardur
Replies: 19
Views: 1,683
Kozlok:
So you had to remove two things of the front of the lens and that got you to the screws that held the focus ring to the lens group?

Hmmm... I'm gonna start taking it apart, since I won't be able to get it repaired in short order anyway... I might as well give it a go...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-29-2017, 03:50 PM  
Alas, my poor 40mm Limited... I knew it well.
Posted By khardur
Replies: 19
Views: 1,683
Yes even the size of the "normal" DA40 was so small I always kept it with me. I don't know that I've ever left it at home more than a handful of times, only in the event that I wanted to "force" myself to use one lens for a walkabout.
The only thing I'm not impressed with on the XS is no lens hood. When doing studio portraits with flash - it does get a good bit of flare if the flash is off-camera but hits the lens. That's the only downside I see of it. I'll keep an eye out..

Update on quote:
Precision: $172
the legendary Eric: no price quoted. He said he could most likely fix, if he can get the parts from Ricoh, but apparently they are intolerably slow getting him parts. He said it might be August before it was returned.

I just saw a used one in EX+ condition for... $170..
So I'll look around for a few weeks and see if I can find a used DA40 or HD DA40.

One thing I really love about the limited set I have - the 15, the 40, the 70... all take the 49mm filters - that's a pretty capable group of lenses right there in a very compact package.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-28-2017, 05:07 PM  
Alas, my poor 40mm Limited... I knew it well.
Posted By khardur
Replies: 19
Views: 1,683
Nice..! Hmmm maybe I'll look for one, but I don't know that I have any weddings until July. (I have 5 or 6 this year but I do not wish to be a full time wedding guy, this is just helping me pay off some bills)
So if it's a decent price to get it repaired I may just do that.. and perhaps keep an eye out for a good deal on a used one. Definitely don't want to be without this lens when it's crunch time.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-28-2017, 04:05 PM  
Alas, my poor 40mm Limited... I knew it well.
Posted By khardur
Replies: 19
Views: 1,683
I've been out of the loop on the XS stuff... what's the story on that?
(as if the 40mm wasn't small enough already, how did they make that thing even smaller?)

I've sent Eric an email just to confirm he can work on that before I ship it away.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-28-2017, 03:52 PM  
Alas, my poor 40mm Limited... I knew it well.
Posted By khardur
Replies: 19
Views: 1,683
I literally just came across Eric's information on another thread. I'm going to contact him and check it out.
Precision camera's quote came out at $172, just under half what the HD DA 40 is going for new.

Thanks for the heads up.
-Dan "I can't believe I still have that old forum tag with K200D, K110D in my signature" Morgan. :D :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-28-2017, 03:22 PM  
Alas, my poor 40mm Limited... I knew it well.
Posted By khardur
Replies: 19
Views: 1,683
Well, it's time to say bye to my most used lens, by far, my DA 40mm Limited.

I bought it back in early 2007.
It has been my most trusted companion ever since. And it's so small, I almost never leave home without it. If I needed a guaranteed tack-sharp shot, this was the lens.

Well yesterday I was shooting a wedding and it was acting finicky trying to focus. I switch the body to manual focus and reached for the focus ring.. The focus ring racked back and forth approximately a half centimeter in either direction, no more than that. It was stuck at somewhat less than infinity.

I knew something was wrong, I replaced it with my DA 70 for the moment, until I had a chance to look at it today.

I was able to wiggle the focus ring a little bit and get it unstuck... but upon rotating the ring from close focus to infinity, the front end of the lens sometimes moves about a millimeter. Sometimes it moved the proper distance.
Sometimes there is almost no visible movement at all. Either way.. something in the focus mechanism has gone horribly wrong. :(

This thing has been a workhorse for me.
With the exception of my Tamron 70-200mm, which I bought a few years back almost exclusively to shoot hockey at the local ice rink, this is by far my most used lens.

Now the question is, send it in for service or just get a brand new one? I'm going to see what estimate would be.
*sigh* Just wanted to share my story. I probably have 50k photos with this little gem.
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