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Forum: Sold Items 01-26-2012, 10:13 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Marumi 52mm DHG ND8 (3-stop) ND filter
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Replies: 4
Views: 1,855
PM sent.
Forum: Sold Items 01-25-2012, 10:04 AM  
For Sale - Sold: CS-205 wired release for Pentax DSLRs
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Replies: 2
Views: 1,003
PM sent on the shutter release.
Forum: Sold Items 01-24-2012, 09:45 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Reduced - Pentax K-x kit with DA L 18-55 and F remote control
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Replies: 8
Views: 1,784
PM sent on the DAL 55-300
Forum: Sold Items 08-18-2011, 02:42 PM  
For Sale - Sold: DA 35mm f2.4 AL
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Replies: 3
Views: 1,455
Momotazur has accepted my offer, pending payment.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-24-2011, 10:58 AM  
K-5 dissed by Consumer Reports...
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Replies: 71
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I also swore off JVC products after a miserable response from customer service on a warranty repair of a DVD/VCR unit. I would NOT buy a camera from them.
Forum: Sold Items 07-13-2011, 09:57 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Camera, cable release, battery grip, flash, battery pack, 3 lenses and radio t
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Replies: 20
Views: 5,847
PM sent on FA 35mm
Forum: Sold Items 05-27-2011, 09:07 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 24-135mm f2.8-4.5 (CONUS)
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Replies: 6
Views: 2,405
pm sent
Forum: Sold Items 04-07-2011, 05:26 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Lowepro Stealth Reporter D400 AW (US)
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Replies: 3
Views: 2,250
PM sent
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-26-2011, 01:15 PM  
SD Cards
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Replies: 7
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Does the K-7 perform any better (in continuous or video mode) with 30 mb/s than with 20 mb/s SDHC cards(e.g. Extreme Sandisk III vs II) ? Or is the SD-X II as fast as the processor can use to any advantage ? There is a big cost bump from class 6 to class 10 so I want to know if there is any practical gain ? Thanks...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-26-2011, 12:37 PM  
Pentax K7 -- suggest working memory cards?
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Does the K-7 perform any better (in continuous or video mode) with 30 mb/s than with 20 mb/s SDHC cards(e.g. Extreme Sandisk III vs II) ? Or is the SD-X II as fast as the processor can use to any advantage ? There is a big cost bump from class 6 to class 10 so I want to know if there is any practical gain ? Thanks...
Forum: Sold Items 03-25-2011, 05:44 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Penax 18-55mm AL-II Kit lens (used only once) (CONUS)
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Replies: 2
Views: 1,766
PM sent on DA 18-55mm AL II lens.
Forum: Sold Items 03-25-2011, 06:17 AM  
For Sale - Sold: K-7 Body Like New (CONUS)
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Replies: 1
Views: 1,904
PM sent on K-7.
Forum: Pentax K-5 03-06-2011, 10:12 PM  
K5 True Shutter Count??
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There is a Mac program (Exif Viewer) that can be accessed using a "droplet" mini-app you can also download. Link to this site: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-dslr-discussion/82399-mac-software...tml#post834769
Forum: Sold Items 03-01-2010, 02:44 PM  
For Sale - Sold: [Worldwide] Vivitar MC 28mm & Pentax FA 28-70mm
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Replies: 1
Views: 1,991
PM sent on vivitar 28/2.8
Forum: Sold Items 02-20-2010, 08:39 AM  
For Sale - Sold: [US] Pentax SMC M 28mm f2.8
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Replies: 3
Views: 1,413
PM sent re 28mm lens.

---------- Post added 02-20-2010 at 10:44 AM ----------

OOPS, I was looking for the Pentax-A version... offer retracted.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-19-2010, 09:17 PM  
ZX-5n multi-seg metering problem
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I have a ZX-5n that works fine in center-weighted and spot metering mode, but reads 6-7 f/stops high (overexposed) in multi-segmented metering mode. Is this likely to be a bad circuit board, or could it be the switch ? Is the metering control board separate or part of the mother board ? I'm wondering if I might scavenge a replacement part from a ZX-5, ZX-10, or other ZX / MZ series body ? Thanks for any tips...
Forum: Sold Items 01-20-2010, 06:34 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA 50-200mm f4-5.6
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Replies: 2
Views: 1,414
PM sent re the DA 50-200.
Alan
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-15-2010, 12:26 PM  
Which Flash?
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Are you sure the Rokinon D980AFZ-P is P-TTL ? The Overstock ad just says TTL, and I read somewhere else it does not do P-TTL exposure.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-14-2010, 10:37 PM  
Anyone tried the Rokinon or Bower P-TTL flashes on Pentax DSLRs ?
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I'm thinking of getting a Bower SFD926P (power zoom), or the Sigma 530 or 530 Super are also candidates (but cost $150 and $219), to use with my K10D, but would like to get opinions from a few folks who have used them. I'm a little leery of the power zoom aspect as I've heard of problems with sticking, or motor failure on other units (even the AF540FGZ). My main goal is a P-TTL capable unit with accurate exposure (including in bounce mode), bounce/swivel action, reliable build, and good power (and price under $150). Any comments or other flash model recommendations are appreciated...
Alan

P.S. I was looking at the Rokinon D980AFZ-P (power zoom) or D900AFZ-P (manual zoom) flash, but those appear to be TTL only...
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-10-2010, 11:57 PM  
Pentax P-TTL Flash Comparison
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Replies: 134
Views: 87,878
Matt - thanks for your effort, very useful blog ! Do you plan to include the Rokinon or Bower models of the Tumax units ?

Alan
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-06-2010, 09:56 PM  
Which Flash?
Posted By atown
Replies: 24
Views: 11,181
But...that kinda blows the whole purpose of having a P-TTL auto-exposure flash, so then you may as well set it manually by the guide number, if you have to get the right exposure by trial and error with EV compensation ! Also makes "candid" shots a lost cause.

I have a couple of old auto flashes (Pentax AF200T and AF330FTZ, and Vivitar auto thyristor 3700) that I could try out, but am a bit leery of the trigger voltage issues... I don't want to fry my K10D ! So, has anyone tried any of those flashes, either in auto or manual mode, and are they safe ?

Thanks to all responders !

Alan
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-05-2010, 11:05 PM  
Which Flash?
Posted By atown
Replies: 24
Views: 11,181
Could Pentax DSLR users who have worked with the flashes listed below comment on their utility and any weaknesses as compared to the Pentax AF360FGZ and AF540FGZ ? Specifically: exposure accuracy in direct and bounce modes; P-TTL compatibility; autofocus assist; power zoom function & noise; battery life; fill flash options (1/2, 1/4, 1/8, etc). I read the Vivitar DF-383 review, and wonder if the other flashes have their own problems, like the bounce underexposure and zoom lock-up in bounce mode.
Thanks, Alan

Rokinon D980AFZ-P (or the non-power zoom D900AFZ-P)
Bower SFD926
Sigma EF-530 DG (or the Super version)
any other choices in the $75 - $150 range ?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-05-2009, 09:11 PM  
Real Picture of blue K-X?
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Replies: 15
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Can you post a few *real life* (not marketing) pix of the Navy blue K-x ?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-05-2009, 09:03 PM  
Mac software to determine shutter actuation count
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Replies: 4
Views: 8,849
I FINALLY found an accessory program to get image file metadata lists (including shutter count) that works with Exiftool for Mac (OS-X) without any command-line nonsense (a link to PhotoME for Windows is also found there). Do this:
1) download Exiftool for Mac from this site:
ExifTool by Phil Harvey
2) double click on it to install. 3) Scroll down on the same web page, under Related Utilities for Mac OS-X and click on: "Download three droplets to extract information [exiftool must be installed] (thanks to Rob Lewis)", then 4) double click on the archive to decompress it. Move the "List Exif Metadata" folder into the Applications folder (optional). 5) There are three "droplet" apps, and you can drag a JPEG image file taken with your Pentax digital camera onto the "List Exif Metadata (edit)" droplet and it will give you the shutter count along with a huge list of other data. The other two droplets also gave lots of data, but not the shutter count, for some odd reason.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-05-2009, 08:55 PM  
Is there a program like/equivalent to PHOTOME for Mac OS X ?
Posted By atown
Replies: 16
Views: 16,493
I FINALLY found an accessory program that works with Exiftool for Mac (OS-X) without any command-line nonsense (why do I use Macs to begin with ? because I HATE command line, even more than Windows !!! >-) Do this:
1) download Exiftool for Mac from this site:
ExifTool by Phil Harvey
2) double click on it to install. 3) Scroll down on the same web page, under Related Utilities for Mac OS-X and click on: "Download three droplets to extract information [exiftool must be installed] (thanks to Rob Lewis)", then 4) double click on the archive to decompress it. Move the "List Exif Metadata" folder into the Applications folder (optional). 5) There are three "droplet" apps, and you can drag a JPEG image file taken with your camera onto the "List Exif Metadata (edit)" droplet and it will give you the shutter count along with a huge list of other data. The other two droplets also gave lots of data, but not the shutter count, for some odd reason.
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