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Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 09-29-2017, 03:16 PM  
3rd Party Development for Pentax P-TTL and HSS with Studio Strobes
Posted By Vormulac
Replies: 22
Views: 882
Thanks Clackers, it's good to know that we do have a third party method of achieving off-camera HSS, just a shame it's such an expensive one compared to everyone else!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-13-2016, 04:34 AM  
Has anyone actually managed to get off-camera optical 'HSS' working on their Pentax?
Posted By Vormulac
Replies: 11
Views: 715
Thanks for all the replies, folks. I think what we can take away from this is that the answer to my question is 'no', no-one has managed to get the 'starter pistol' method of optically triggered HSS working with a Pentax.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-10-2016, 08:34 AM  
Has anyone actually managed to get off-camera optical 'HSS' working on their Pentax?
Posted By Vormulac
Replies: 11
Views: 715
Thanks mcgregni, if I was after P-TTL I would be in complete agreement with you, but I'm talking about achieving HSS with non-HSS flashes off-camera. There are many accounts of this being done with an HSS flash on camera allowing the camera to operate at above the sync speed, which in turn fires the other flashes via built-in optical slaves.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-10-2016, 07:58 AM  
Has anyone actually managed to get off-camera optical 'HSS' working on their Pentax?
Posted By Vormulac
Replies: 11
Views: 715
Hi folks,

I've seen countless articles and posts online about achieving off-camera HSS with non-HSS flashes by sitting an HSS capable flash on the camera, pointing it at a non-HSS flash with an optical slave and merrily blazing away with the non-HSS flash being triggered at up to full speeds (1/8000s) as long as it's set to full power. I've seen these posts by the score, but never by someone who has actually achieved it with a Pentax.

I decided to try this, because I would find it useful. I have a K3-II, a Metz 58 AF-2 and a handful of YN560-III flashes. Putting the Metz into the only HSS mode it has (PTTL HSS) and pointing it at a YN560-III will set the YN off if the YN is in S1 mode but not if it's in S2 mode - this is problematic because in S1 mode it's firing on the PTTL pre-flash and subsequently missing the actual exposure. There appears to be no way to fiddle with the timing in either flash or the camera, so it simply doesn't work. I tried different YN units in case it was simply a case of a duff S2 mode, but sadly it was the same.

So has anyone out there actually got this system to work?

Cheers!
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-08-2014, 11:17 AM  
Nightclub photography
Posted By Vormulac
Replies: 16
Views: 2,392
Thanks!
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-06-2014, 03:01 AM  
Nightclub photography
Posted By Vormulac
Replies: 16
Views: 2,392
Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but did you use an external flash in the end? If so, did you get the rear curtain sync working from the camera body or did you have to set it via the flash itself? I have a Metz 58 AF2 and a K5-II and I find the flash tends to ignore anything I try to dial into it from the camera body (such as exposure compensation, rear curtain sync mode, etc).
Forum: General Talk 06-22-2013, 01:45 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Vormulac
Replies: 10,978
Views: 748,221
I subsequently bought a Nikon Hand Strap II online, now no-one issure if these things are genuine Nikon or not, but it cost less than the Cotton Carrier and it feels significantly more safe. The strap attaches to a very solid metal plate and it adjusts down to a snug fit.
Forum: General Talk 06-15-2013, 09:53 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Vormulac
Replies: 10,978
Views: 748,221
I went for the Cotton Carrier because of the number of positive reviews versus the number of people complaining about the cheapo far east ones with plastic plates. Seems like a bit of a contradiction.
Forum: General Talk 06-15-2013, 07:04 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Vormulac
Replies: 10,978
Views: 748,221
My latest acquisition was a Cotton Carrier hand strap. I've been getting increasingly irritated with the neck strap getting in the way so thought I'd give it a go. First impressions are not entirely brilliant: It's too big, I have hands like shovels and attached to my K5-II with battery grip at it's tightest setting it's very loose. Secondly I was not prepared for the plate that the strap attaches to being rubber, I had assumed that it would be metal in order to prevent my expensive camera plummeting to the floor, but no, it's just a piece of rubber. I'll probably try it for a few days to see if it grows on me, but I suspect it'll be coming off the camera again before long.
Forum: Pentax K-5 02-18-2013, 02:06 AM  
Live View causing body to lock up.
Posted By Vormulac
Replies: 3
Views: 1,003
Hi all,

I encountered a couple of problems with my K5-II yesterday that may or may not be related. I was taking shots with my Sigma 150-500 on my K5-II with battery grip (and second battery) when suddenly it stopped focusing and then although the display was still on, the camera wouldn't function at all. If the display wasn't still on I would have said the battery had run out, but the battery gauge was showing full.

I removed the grip and transplanted the battery from the grip directly into the body and straight away the camera came back to life. I checked the settings and I had the battery management set to 'Auto' - so it should have continued the use the other battery. Anyway, I put the battery from the body on to charge, put the battery grip (now without a battery in it) back on the body and went back to some shooting. I was doing some macro shots and wanted to use the live view, but when I pressed the LV button the camera locked up solid - no focus no button or wheel function, lcd display still showing and even when I turned the camera off the display stayed on for several seconds. When I turned the camera back on it would function normally until I pressed the LV button and then the lock up would happen again. However, once I took the battery grip off and tried again it worked perfectly.

It seems to me as though there may be some problem with the grip, has anyone else encountered something like this?

'Confused' Vormulac.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-15-2012, 01:18 PM  
Extension tubes. Advice please?
Posted By Vormulac
Replies: 7
Views: 947
Awesome snail!

(now that's not a phrase you hear everyday...)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-15-2012, 08:25 AM  
Extension tubes. Advice please?
Posted By Vormulac
Replies: 7
Views: 947
That's really really helpful - thanks a lot, guys!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-15-2012, 06:12 AM  
Extension tubes. Advice please?
Posted By Vormulac
Replies: 7
Views: 947
Hi folks,

I have just bought a set of old extension tubes from Ebay, they don't have a manufacturer name on them but they do have an aperture lever. The lever on each moves freely on each one but I noticed that when I use an old manual lens on my camera and press the green button to meter there is a noticeable 'schnick' noise which I have always assumed is the camera operating the aperture lever. But when I put on the extension tubes and press the green button it no longer makes that noise, it still meters, presumably because the aperture is set manually on the lens anyway.

I suppose my question really is 'is this normal' or does the lack of noise suggest that the aperture lever on the tube is jamming the lever in the camera? I don't want to be using something that might damage my camera.

Also, I noticed that my DA* lens has an additional ramp shaped flange right next to the aperture lever that the old manual lens doesn't have, I strongly suspect this would block the aperture lever on the tube and potentially damage the lens - does anyone know why that additional flange is there?

Thanks in advance for any thoughts.

Cheers!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-29-2012, 06:44 AM  
K-5 IIs -- The Pros and Cons of Omitting an AA-Filter
Posted By Vormulac
Replies: 114
Views: 18,695
Can you quantify that please, Adam? In what way does it lack 'speed'?

Cheers.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-17-2012, 12:30 PM  
Pentax Facebook says K-5II will boast the widest AF range of any DSLR currently avail
Posted By Vormulac
Replies: 211
Views: 23,635
I have to disagree. In the film days you had to be pretty serious about photography to be carting around an slr, as learning to get good pictures was a far more expensive and drawn out process, subsequently you tended to get better results from what amateurs there were. These days anyone can afford to wield a camera that to most people in the street would look like the tool of a 'pro', but it is in no way indicative of their skill. Of course there were some not-so-good togs in the film days, but it's significantly more prevalent now.

It makes me sad seeing these people at weddings frantically chimping and faffing around trying to look like David Bailey, I'm not a pro and I wouldn't dream of suggesting I am good enough to earn my living taking pictures, but it is quite telling (to me at least) that the weddings where I see the worst offenders are invariably the ones where the happy couple end up using my photos after the event instead of the official ones.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-17-2012, 02:43 AM  
Pentax Facebook says K-5II will boast the widest AF range of any DSLR currently avail
Posted By Vormulac
Replies: 211
Views: 23,635
Whereas my Sister and Brother-in-Law are extremely talented artists and photographers and have been for years, and they are struggling to survive in the Wedding market because everyone knows a 'guy with a camera' who they would rather go with because it's cheap. It's the one downside of the sudden prevalence of dslrs - to the layman, anyone toting one looks like a pro and can effectively pretend to be one.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-11-2012, 07:23 AM  
Pentax Facebook says K-5II will boast the widest AF range of any DSLR currently avail
Posted By Vormulac
Replies: 211
Views: 23,635
+1

And for what it's worth (not much, I know :D), I know more pro photographers who use APS-C than FF cameras, and at the only wedding I have been to where the tog had only FF bodies, the happy couple preferred the pictures I took with my K-7.

I'm not going to pretend I wasn't hoping for an all-new hyper camera to blow the competition out of the water, but realistically the K-5 is still the best APS-C camera out there and it just got better.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-05-2012, 03:03 AM  
First signs of upcoming Pentax K-3 appearing...
Posted By Vormulac
Replies: 183
Views: 27,821
I did indeed, and although that as usual I agree with most of what you said, I was referring to the earlier comment - the one I quoted. Water driven by, shall we say 'spirited' weather is not the same as softly dripping water. :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-05-2012, 02:27 AM  
First signs of upcoming Pentax K-3 appearing...
Posted By Vormulac
Replies: 183
Views: 27,821
I think you'll find that I did. The difference between getting the photos I wanted and not getting the photos can not be overrated - it's the entire point of the exercise. And I apologise for not stressing the nature of the rain sufficiently:

torrential 
1. pertaining to or having the nature of a torrent.
2. resembling a torrent in rapidity or violence.

torrent 
a rushing, violent, or abundant and unceasing stream of anything.

Torrential rain != softly dripping water

@gazonk: I was using a DA*50-135 for most of the day, I never experienced the SDM issue with any of my DA* lenses - guess I got lucky.

@clavius: I derive a ridiculous amount of pleasure from that as well, especially on the couple of occasions when moments before I was being sneered at for brandishing a Pentax. Childish perhaps, but you have to enjoy the little things... :)

Anyway, I can't wait for the upcoming announcements! Come on Pentax, show us what you've got!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-05-2012, 01:33 AM  
First signs of upcoming Pentax K-3 appearing...
Posted By Vormulac
Replies: 183
Views: 27,821
I would have to respectfully disagree as I have shot in *pouring* rain many times with my K-7. I spent all day shooting at a big cat sanctuary in torrential rain and apart from one guy with a 5D was the only one who got any decent pictures because everyone else there had their cameras wrapped in plastic and shielded from the downpour. Never had any fogging or evidence of even the slightest water penetration.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-22-2012, 06:07 AM  
K-5 Successor Updates
Posted By Vormulac
Replies: 148
Views: 29,581
Sorry, you're too late, tickets for the next rumour sold out hours ago. You'll have to engage in some feckless speculation until the one after that becomes available. Of course the existance of the rumour after that is, at this point, entirely speculative.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-21-2012, 12:53 AM  
Pentax To Announce the K-3 Full Frame DSLR At Photokina
Posted By Vormulac
Replies: 662
Views: 104,465
Absolutely! I work in an office, jumping to conclusions is the only exercise I get!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-28-2012, 06:08 AM  
K30, K5n, K3 and maybe full-frame at Photokina...
Posted By Vormulac
Replies: 638
Views: 90,867
You've had problems, I haven't - that's a pity for you, but don't assume for one second that I lack the capacity for noticing an incorrectly metered shot. I suggest you open that mind a tiny bit further to entertain the possiblity that your experience is not the only valid one.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-25-2012, 07:57 AM  
K30, K5n, K3 and maybe full-frame at Photokina...
Posted By Vormulac
Replies: 638
Views: 90,867
Fair enough, I've never had any issues metering with manual lenses on any of my Pentax cameras (K10D, K20D, K-7), guess I got lucky. :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-25-2012, 06:56 AM  
K30, K5n, K3 and maybe full-frame at Photokina...
Posted By Vormulac
Replies: 638
Views: 90,867
What cameras are you talking about? I've never had any trouble metering.
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