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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-25-2009, 11:43 PM  
Manual tele-lens choices over 300mm
Posted By Kami
Replies: 41
Views: 15,070
You may also want to consider the manual focus Tamron SP 300mm f5.6 (Adaptall2). Lens is light and easy to hand hold. Seems to get good reviews overall. I haven't had a chance to test this lens yet - just waiting for better weather.
Forum: Sold Items 03-23-2009, 08:51 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K10D, Katz Eye Optics focus screen, accessories
Posted By Kami
Replies: 11
Views: 3,565
Sent you a PM
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-16-2009, 06:33 PM  
any advice on my printer please?
Posted By Kami
Replies: 12
Views: 2,094
Are you using HP paper? I found the 8450 prints the best on HP paper
Forum: Sold Items 03-12-2009, 08:22 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Olympus OM lenses
Posted By Kami
Replies: 7
Views: 2,567
You can also pay by the month - $7.50 for 30 days
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-12-2009, 08:17 PM  
any advice on my printer please?
Posted By Kami
Replies: 12
Views: 2,094
I have the same printer. The first set of prints I tried had a strong yellowish cast over the entire 4x6. I tried different HP papers and posted questions on many printer forums. Tried everything that was suggested and nothing worked.

Finally, and I don't know why I did this, but I swapped the #97 colour ink cartridge out and replaced it with a new one. Perfect prints - sharp and no yellow cast. And its been printing perfectly ever since. Apparent source of the problem was a faulty ink cartridge.

Don't know if this will be a solution for you but maybe its worth a try
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-28-2009, 01:29 PM  
Mistake and 3,5/28 ST
Posted By Kami
Replies: 10
Views: 2,084
And don't forget that your wife bought the lens for you! How many husbands here at PF can say that?? :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-07-2009, 09:57 PM  
Macro lens Help
Posted By Kami
Replies: 51
Views: 5,212
Tanner, had you considered a manual focus macro lens (vivitar, kiron, tamron adaptall-2, etc) instead of a current generation AF macro lens or perhaps a longer non-macro telephoto lens with stacked extension tubes?

I have the non-Di version of the Tamron (model 72E) and its been a very reliable and sharp lens. I like the push-pull manual/AF control instead of a tiny switch and the rotary switch to control whether the lens has full range of focus or is limited
Forum: Sold Items 02-06-2009, 12:11 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Tamron Adaptall SP 300mm f5.6 and matching 2x TC
Posted By Kami
Replies: 1
Views: 4,031
Sending you a PM
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-30-2008, 11:18 PM  
Tips on how to inspect K200D please!
Posted By Kami
Replies: 4
Views: 3,392
Try the camera with the grip on and off the camera. With the grip on, try both shutter releases to make sure that they work. Also take a second set of AA batteries to see if the grip can power the camera.

My K200D came with the 18-55 AL II lens - double check to see if this the lens you are getting in the deal.

Otherwise, I think that Marc pretty much covered all of the important stuff.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-23-2008, 01:04 PM  
Disassembling a lens, advice needed
Posted By Kami
Replies: 44
Views: 18,183
Best bet will be to head to this web site and ask for info/help

Manual Focus Forum

Lots of very knowledgeable and helpful people there
Forum: General Talk 11-18-2008, 08:07 PM  
Please suggest a nice Laptop to me.
Posted By Kami
Replies: 15
Views: 3,323
Are you aware that you can use virtually any 2 button USB mouse to get right and left clicks in OS X? And, maybe this isn't widely known but the latest Mighty Mouse is in fact a 2 button mouse.

Its a little confusing when you say that there are 2 different keyboard layouts. Apple makes keyboards that are localized for different regions of the world. In Canada I get a US/Canadian English keyboard and a French Canadian keyboard. In the EU, you can get all manner of keyboard layouts... I would think that this is a good thing.

If you can't find an application you can always use the Dock to find active apps or you can use the Expose function to have all running apps and widgets appear on the screen so that you can select the one that you want.

And the "hidden button commands" are called contextual menus - the function changes depending on which tool you are using in an application. The whole idea behind using contextual menus in Windows and the Mac OS is to reduce tool bar clutter and and menu growth because you can use the right mouse button. It also means that you don't have to drag the mouse across the screen to get to the menus (a huge benefit if you are working on a large screen). If you get in the habit of using contextual menus then it can speed up your work flow much like keyboard shortcuts. I don't know too many people who would argue against that...
Forum: General Talk 11-17-2008, 07:47 PM  
Please suggest a nice Laptop to me.
Posted By Kami
Replies: 15
Views: 3,323
You really haven't said what you are going to be using your laptop for. I'll throw out some questions for you.

Are you going to be mobile or will you use this as a desktop replacement?
Is weight an issue?
Do you prefer glossy or matte screens?
Do you have a preference for processors (AMD or Intel, single or duo core)?
Do you need a dedicated video card or are you OK with integrated video?
Do you need a DVI connector or are you OK with VGA?
Do you need Expresscard slots?
Do you need to have an SD card slot?

If you decide to get a laptop with Windows Vista, please make sure that you check with the manufacturer to see if there are XP compatible drivers for things like the video card, sound card, ethernet controller, wireless controller, etc.

Although rparmar has seen some things that haven't looked good with Apple computers this may not be indicative of what is happening for the majority of Mac users. I'm sure you could find a similar story about any brand of laptop computer. While not definitive, take a look at the 2008 reader survey for laptop satisfaction (PC Mag). Apple is #1, followed by Lenovo. Does this guarantee you the perfect computer? No, but it does tell you that in this particular survey anywhere between 12% and 20% of all laptops from all brands required some kind of warranty repair work. (This shouldn't be too surprising since most laptops are made by one of 3 or 4 manufacturers)

PS. If money were no object, I'd buy a Panasonic ToughBook.
Forum: General Talk 11-17-2008, 06:48 PM  
Ohhhh nnoooo
Posted By Kami
Replies: 7
Views: 1,471
Hi Taff

Your iMac should have a mini-DVI port on the back of the iMac. With an adapter you are still able to plug in an external monitor. Its called the Apple Mini DVI to DVI adapter or Apple Mini DVI to VGA adapter. Do a google image search to see what they look like.

Since you have 2 Intel iMacs you can connect them with a firewire cable and enable Firewire target disk mode. Here's a link

How to use FireWire target disk mode

If you do a google search you will also find pictorial guides on how to do this

Hope this helps
Forum: General Talk 11-16-2008, 11:16 PM  
Ohhhh nnoooo
Posted By Kami
Replies: 7
Views: 1,471
Don't panic yet... You didn't say which Mac you have. I'm going to guess that its an iBook or Macbook. All you need to do is get the correct monitor adpater will allow you to connect to an external display. You'll be able to get the contents of the hard drive backed up to an external hard drive. Heck, if you don't want to pay for repairs you can leave your laptop connected to the monitor all the time.

If your other Mac is newer, you can also try the Target disk mode to do a transfer of the files
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-26-2008, 12:09 PM  
DA*60-250/4 - FF, sharp and fast.
Posted By Kami
Replies: 19
Views: 9,080
He said that they tested on a film camera
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-18-2008, 11:58 AM  
Did I make a mistake buying a Pentax
Posted By Kami
Replies: 41
Views: 6,048
@emr, you may want to go to the Manual Focus Forum web site. It specializes in manual focus lenses. Lots of EU members there and a reasonably active marketplace
Forum: General Talk 10-03-2008, 04:56 PM  
Why So Many For Sale Threads??
Posted By Kami
Replies: 4
Views: 1,825
If a site continues to archive its for sale ads then you have a historical record of prices of equipment. You can then search the archives and get an idea of prices being in the right ballpark.

If you think that 1432 ads is bad then you need to head over to - there are over 30,000 posts covering the last 2 years
Forum: Sold Items 10-01-2008, 07:54 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax Items...nice equipment
Posted By Kami
Replies: 10
Views: 2,675
PM sent about the Sigma
Forum: General Talk 09-28-2008, 10:18 AM  
This is what could have been...
Posted By Kami
Replies: 5
Views: 1,276
What I noticed right away was the control over depth of field in some of the shots. That's really, really impressive.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-27-2008, 12:13 PM  
Acer Aspire One - Photoshop performance
Posted By Kami
Replies: 5
Views: 9,169
You may want to consider the MSI Wind (or Advent, same computer). Has the same Atom CPU but larger 10 inch screen. I have only good things to say about my MSI Wind
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-20-2008, 08:46 AM  
Adobe not acknowledging Pentax DNG support
Posted By Kami
Replies: 11
Views: 4,174
Don't worry too much - that isn't a current document. The most current Adobe software apps (CS3, Elements 6 and Lightroom) are not listed.

DNG software support

DNG is supported by Adobe® Photoshop® CS2, Photoshop CS, Photoshop Elements 3.0, and Photoshop Elements 4.0 software. The following applications have indicated read or write support for DNG files, and new or existing applications are adding support on a regular basis.

Adobe just needs to update their info on a more regular basis
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-21-2008, 12:37 PM  
What other camera co's flashes can use the same addons as my Pentax flashes?
Posted By Kami
Replies: 3
Views: 3,629
If I understand you correctly, you are looking for diffusers that are Canon or Nikon specific that will also work on a Pentax... I have a Stofen diffuser for a Canon 430EX that fits on my Pentax 360FGZ.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-20-2008, 11:35 PM  
HELP: Camera Shutter Lag
Posted By Kami
Replies: 9
Views: 3,076
Are you using an auto-focus lens? Is the lens auto-focusing correctly?

Have you checked the AF/MF switch on your K100 Super body? Is it possible that the switch is in the MF position?

Or do you have the 2 second timer on?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-18-2008, 10:42 PM  
K200d - Vertical grip and magnifying eyecup
Posted By Kami
Replies: 18
Views: 4,965
Here's another point of view on the grip issue as I have a K200+grip and a Canon 30D+grip as the basis for comparison. On both the K200 and 30D I have the cameras set to use the OK button (or on the Canon, the * button) to activate the autofocus. I find this much more convenient when shooting sports.

In the vertical (portrait) orientation on the K200+grip, for me, its a bit of an odd angle to press the OK button with my thumb. On the 30D, the * button is much closer to the shutter release button so your thumb doesn't have to stretch at all (it's in a position similar to where the AE-L button is on the Pentax grip). So, when I'm using the Pentax and know that I'll be shooting a lot in the portrait position, I switch back to the default half press on the shutter button to activate AF.

The Pentax grip is light compared to the Canon. The thumb wheel to attach the grip to the body is on the bottom of the grip and I find this a much better design than the Canon because it is easier to tighten and loosen. It also balances the camera out with longer and heavier lenses
Forum: General Talk 08-14-2008, 02:57 PM  
15.4 Computer
Posted By Kami
Replies: 43
Views: 4,926
Dave, if you are looking for a solid laptop, have you considered Panasonic's Toughbook line up? They all come with the Windows XP downgrade option (as do some of HP's business class laptops). They aren't necessarily cheap but they are rugged and most are much lighter than the competition
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