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Forum: Pentax K-r 07-31-2011, 12:56 PM  
Kr, manual lens and radio trigger flash - help!
Posted By Wesbo
Replies: 6
Views: 2,661
Maybe start over from a clean slate:


ISO 100
Flash at 1/2 power

Take a shot, and then adjust aperture and/or flash power to fine-tune the exposure.
Forum: Pentax K-5 07-31-2011, 09:32 AM  
image rotation in K-5
Posted By Wesbo
Replies: 52
Views: 9,905
This is actually my biggest gripe about the K-5 vs the K-7...

The functionality of the K-7 was much more intuitive to me when reviewing pictures after the fact, expecially if many of them had been taken in portrait mode. Here's my vote for making the 'old method' an option in a future firmware.
Forum: Pentax K-5 07-31-2011, 09:22 AM  
Pre Trigger Cable for k5
Posted By Wesbo
Replies: 4
Views: 2,324
The Canon cable should work if it is mini-phono. The PW might even ship with a cable that will work. Otherwise these guys will have a cable that goes from the receiver to the camera: Products
Forum: Pentax K-5 07-03-2011, 11:59 AM  
K5 and lens data in EXIF
Posted By Wesbo
Replies: 7
Views: 2,903
It is VERY common for post-processing programs to strip away part or all of the EXIF data. Have you changed your workflow since you used your K10D?

Anywho, the camera will record the lens data in the EXIF if it can figure it out. But all software/websites/etc will read and render this data differently.

Prolly nothing at all to do with your camera body.
Forum: Pentax K-5 07-03-2011, 06:10 AM  
K-5 vs Canon 600D - Do the MP's matter?
Posted By Wesbo
Replies: 38
Views: 11,125
That first squirrel should be wearing some pants...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-20-2011, 07:27 PM  
K7 flash sync speed.
Posted By Wesbo
Replies: 7
Views: 3,476
K-7 won't close the sync contacts at shutter speeds above 1/180 regardless of whether it thinks there is a flash there or not... Keep in mind that the cheapie triggers may not sync reliably at 1/180 anyway, so 1/160 is probably all you'll get, which should be OK anywho.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-31-2010, 10:26 AM  
K20D auto-shooting?
Posted By Wesbo
Replies: 10
Views: 2,624
Is the battery grip attached? I used to take pics all the time by mistake with my K10D when I bumped the shutter release on the grip...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-27-2010, 07:55 PM  
Shutter release problem with my K7
Posted By Wesbo
Replies: 6
Views: 3,125
You had the mirror lock-up drive mode on...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-26-2010, 07:51 PM  
FF for weddings?
Posted By Wesbo
Replies: 24
Views: 4,910
I think any of the last generation bodies has plenty of image quality for a wedding shoot (asbestos underwear on)... Most of the last generation bodies would be fine as well.

Where the big two (especially Nikon) really blow away the rest is flash system performance and support. The Nikon flash system is so absurdly better than the competition that I wouldn't consider anything else if I expected to be a 'flash-heavy' wedding photog. As in, lighting halls with SB900s on stands in the corners and one on the body for bounce/fill. Not everybody shoots weddings like that, and that's OK, but CLS really gives an advantage to that style of wedding shooter.

And with Nikon and Canon you get a real support organization. I don't know how deep you are into wedding photography, but if you get to where you are booking two, three, or four shoots in a weekend, your gear can't go down for any reason. And if it does, you need to be able to get replacement gear and/or service. And if you need long, fast glass for a particular shoot (long church sanctuary perhaps, with no flash allowed) you can probably rent a Nikon/Canon 300 f2.8 locally. Not so much with other systems.

It just seems to me that these items are more important than DOF, high-iso performance, etc. My $0.02
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-25-2010, 01:16 PM  
Flash compatibility
Posted By Wesbo
Replies: 9
Views: 4,148
...make sure your shutter speed is less than 1/180. The K-7 won't fire an external, non-dedicated flash at any speed above that.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-16-2010, 06:07 PM  
Focusing at 18mm different than at 200mm
Posted By Wesbo
Replies: 24
Views: 5,062
That lens, as with most modern zooms, is varifocal. Zooming it changes the focus distance.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-15-2010, 05:21 PM  
Wireless Commpatibility K10 and Original Vivitar285
Posted By Wesbo
Replies: 3
Views: 2,330
Any radio trigger, from the cheap ebay ones to the $$$ ones, will work with this combo. Manual only, no p-ttl.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-15-2010, 04:56 PM  
K-m max shutter spees with flash???
Posted By Wesbo
Replies: 24
Views: 4,992
If your pics are all white at F2 and 1/180, they will still be all white at F2 and any other faster shutter speed. The flash dumps all of its power in less than a thousandth of a second. Long story short: shutter speed will have NO effect on the flash exposure.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-14-2010, 02:19 PM  
Is your K-7's digital leveller really level?
Posted By Wesbo
Replies: 22
Views: 5,158
Mine was wonky and Pentax fixed it. Turned it around in about 3 weeks.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-11-2010, 04:04 PM  
Vivitar 75-205mm f3.8 1 touch zoom lens Aperture blades cleaning
Posted By Wesbo
Replies: 6
Views: 4,283
I started from the mount end of the lens.

The hardest part of reassembly was the little arm that interfaces with the aperture ring. It is the part that actually controls the aperture. Very fiddly, and down in a hole...

I am a clumsy twit but managed to fix mine, so go ahead and dig in. My lens is actually sitting here in front of me, and still takes photos now and then. These are very nicely made, but are overshadowed by the Series 1 lenses of the same era.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-09-2010, 08:50 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By Wesbo
Replies: 6,483
Views: 844,379
Come to the Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend near Linville, NC next year. It is the (un)official annual meetup of the PDML. There were Pentaxes everywhere I looked...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-09-2010, 08:03 PM  
Question about focus speed and focusing on Pentax vs others
Posted By Wesbo
Replies: 12
Views: 2,622
It's worth noting that you had two of the slooooowest AF lenses in the Pentax lineup...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-09-2010, 07:21 PM  
Comfortable Cameras
Posted By Wesbo
Replies: 34
Views: 6,388
I like the D80/D90 bodies. Just about right for my hands but a little large for how I like to shoot.

Handled a D700 and D3 the other day. Didn't like either.

Handled a Sony A850. Felt like an alien thing. I didn't care for the ergos at all.

Many moons ago I carried around an E-1 with the grip for an afternoon and took a few shots. I really liked how that body handled.

But My K-7 has ended up being an almost ideal compromise. Big enough, not too big, good ergos. I can hardly shoot with my K10D anymore because everything is in the wrong place...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-09-2010, 06:33 PM  
Vivitar 75-205mm f3.8 1 touch zoom lens Aperture blades cleaning
Posted By Wesbo
Replies: 6
Views: 4,283
I did this on one back in the 80s. Just don't lose little parts, take your time, and use screwdrivers that fit. Don't touch anything inside the lens that you don't need to touch.

I think I cleaned mine with a fancy, low-lint q-tip designed for cleaning cassette heads (it WAS in the 80s) dipped in everclear.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-05-2010, 07:19 PM  
Something in my 50MM 1.7 M
Posted By Wesbo
Replies: 4
Views: 1,771
I would vote for leaving it until/unless it becomes a problem
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-04-2010, 07:11 PM  
Central Digital & Camerakings
Posted By Wesbo
Replies: 4
Views: 2,105

Stay away. Stay far away. bhphoto, adorama, amazon, etc are much better, reliable sources of gear if you're buying online.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-01-2010, 07:49 PM  
K-x Autofocus ..... Defect or imagination ...
Posted By Wesbo
Replies: 28
Views: 5,020
I really, really like my 18-250... It is on the camera almost all the time. Here's its section on PPG:

PENTAX Photo Gallery

You can actually rent one of these from if you'd like to give it a spin before putting out the $$.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-01-2010, 04:23 PM  
Stupid Question - Viewfinder Cover
Posted By Wesbo
Replies: 11
Views: 4,063
Take this off of your head and put it on the camera...

PentaxWebstore Black Pentax Baseball Cap
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-01-2010, 10:21 AM  
Metering on the K7
Posted By Wesbo
Replies: 12
Views: 4,835
I seem to recall that the Canon 40D works the same way; metering mode (matrix/center/spot) is set independent of exposure mode.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-31-2010, 07:30 PM  
long fast zooms WHY???
Posted By Wesbo
Replies: 21
Views: 3,524
All three of those lenses are reliable, sharp, and very high quality... You couldn't go wrong with either.
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