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Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-13-2014, 07:13 PM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By luxart
Replies: 2,854
Views: 82,907
I want it !
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-10-2014, 01:29 AM  
Win an FA 31mm Ltd: PF 3 million post giveaway!
Posted By luxart
Replies: 2,237
Views: 105,407
31 Ltd... a dream come true ?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-31-2010, 12:56 AM  
SD Card "Lost" my photos...
Posted By luxart
Replies: 27
Views: 13,643
I have never heard of Centron before. I have learned to stay away from cheap cards and only buy reputable brands (Sandisk has never failed me) from reputable dealers (not on the street). A friend of mine has just returned from Hong-Kong where he bought a fake Sandisk card. He lost all his photos. I also prefer 4x2Go cards than an 8Go one, to minimize the risks in case of a failure.
Forum: Sold Items 05-24-2010, 02:46 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA21mm Limited (US/UK/CAN/AUS)
Posted By luxart
Replies: 3
Views: 2,288
PM sent.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-03-2010, 12:07 AM  
New Pentax K20D's
Posted By luxart
Replies: 6
Views: 2,062
Thanks for this link.

I find the offer at the bottom of the page (K20D + Zoom Pentax SMC DA 16-50 ED AL SDM + Zoom SMC DA 50-135 SDM for €2001) particularly tempting !

If you buy the 2 lenses individually, they cost more than that. So you get a free K20D on top of that !
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-17-2008, 02:51 AM  
Green Pentax newborn here-
Posted By luxart
Replies: 16
Views: 3,833
Welcome. And it's good to see another pro here.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-07-2008, 01:19 AM  
Seek your expert advice
Posted By luxart
Replies: 10
Views: 2,370
You could also consider the Tamron 28-75 mm f2.8. It's a great lens and it costs about 350 euros here in Europe - that's about AUD100 less than the Sigma. It's very sharp and very well built.

(The full name is Tamron SP AF Aspherical XR DI LD [IF] 28-75mm 1:2.8 Macro).
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-30-2008, 11:14 PM  
Nikon D700 vs. K20D
Posted By luxart
Replies: 12
Views: 4,038
Here is what DXO thinks of it:

Compare cameras

DxOMark Sensor
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-22-2008, 12:34 PM  
Does the DA 50-135 come with a manual?
Posted By luxart
Replies: 9
Views: 1,848
I don't have any particular questions regarding the lens but I am concerned that if the instructions booklet if missing, it probably means that the box has been opened by a first customer and the lens returned to the seller without the book. Now, if you buy an 800€ lens, you think twice about it and if you return it, it probably means that there's something wrong with it.

I will test the lens tomorrow, but it would be reassuring to know that this particular lens normally ships without a booklet. All the Pentax items I bought so far came with instructions (which admittedly I hardly ever read).

May be I'm just paranoiac!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-22-2008, 01:30 AM  
Does the DA 50-135 come with a manual?
Posted By luxart
Replies: 9
Views: 1,848
Hi, I have just received my DA* 50-135 f/2.8.

There is a card that says to "read the manual". But there is no booklet to read...

Did yours come with a manual?

I'm concerned that I may have been sent a returned item.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-09-2008, 12:43 AM  
Calibration: Huey or Spyder?
Posted By luxart
Replies: 10
Views: 4,462
A friend of mine lent me his Spyder 2. I was convinced immediately and ordered the Spyder 3 on the same day (the Spyder 2 is no longer available). The price has come down considerably, it's easy to use and with practice, very quick.

If you have a dual monitor system under Windows, you should use the "Microsoft Dual Monitor Manager". It is a free download and enables you to use a different profile for each monitor.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-27-2008, 02:09 AM  
What is your favorite editing software?
Posted By luxart
Replies: 67
Views: 6,972
I use Expression Media but I"m not happy with it as it doesn't respect the tree structure: I use the YYYY-MM-DD system to catalog my photos and Expression Media jumbles it.

I contacted Microcoft about it and this is the answer I got:

I was able to reproduce this issue on my computer.

Expression Media imports the catalogs, and sorts the folders on the Catalog Folders by the Operative System (Windows XP in this case) Created Date.

This means that Microsoft Expression Media will sort the folders from the Oldest to the Newest.

That makes it pretty useless to me.

I still have iView MediaPro but the filenames have suddenly become shortened according to the DOS system like "2005871~1" which makes it useless too.

I'm told that it is the new version of Quicktime which is responsible for it. Unfortunately I'm unable to return to the previous version...

Other than that, I use CaptureOne 4 or sometimes Silkypix, then CS2. I also have Lightroom but never liked it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-02-2008, 04:14 AM  
French k20D Review
Posted By luxart
Replies: 15
Views: 2,738
Front page of Chasseur d'Images n° 302 (April 2008):

"K20D, Un sacré coup de maître!" ("K20D, a remarkable masterstroke")
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-21-2008, 05:50 AM  
Posted By luxart
Replies: 53
Views: 6,914
I posted this on DPReview lately:

From the horse's mouth (Pentax Japan): when shooting in DNG, the K10D stores about 10% less information than in PEF.

I have no information about what is lost though, it would be interesting to know...
You can listen to the 7 mns interview (in French) here:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-03-2008, 01:00 AM  
Keep the K10D/K20D or go to D300 - A hands on test.
Posted By luxart
Replies: 59
Views: 19,879
RiceHigh, I dare you to at last post photos or provide a link to a gallery so that we can see what you can (or cannot do - why not ?) with both systems you have.

Unless I'm mistaken, you have never posted anything that shows that you actually enjoy photography.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-11-2007, 02:11 PM  
Exposure in manual for K10D
Posted By luxart
Replies: 11
Views: 1,982
I think the answer to this is in Menu > custom setting > auto EV compensation: try to turn it off.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-11-2007, 12:35 AM  
Help K10D Will not Power on !!!
Posted By luxart
Replies: 31
Views: 4,321
Have you tried to plug your camera on the mains? This would clarify if the fault is with the camera or the batteries/charger.


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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-11-2007, 12:57 PM  
Pro Pentax
Posted By luxart
Replies: 120
Views: 18,119
Here's one taken with his Canon 5D:
Just a new 5D sample pic of mine :-): Canon EOS-1D/1Ds/5D Forum: Digital Photography Review

Sorry Ricehigh, but I'm sick and tired of your constant bashing of Pentax. I think that you should work harder on your photographic skills and give us a break.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-27-2007, 05:00 AM  
Pentax K10 Problem
Posted By luxart
Replies: 12
Views: 2,171
Are you bracketing by any chance?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-25-2007, 02:43 AM  
Dust or CCD Problem?
Posted By luxart
Replies: 9
Views: 2,850
David, can you provide a link about where to buy it? It is not sold where I live yet. Thanks.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-25-2007, 02:38 AM  
Dust or CCD Problem?
Posted By luxart
Replies: 9
Views: 2,850
There are ways of eliminating the hot spots if they are too much of a nuisance. Flameout is one. See here: Welcome to Nightwatch Software
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-28-2007, 01:05 AM  
Are You Familiar With This One?
Posted By luxart
Replies: 3
Views: 1,723
The DPReview thread is here: self focus adjust: Pentax SLR Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review[/QUOTE]

The "service" menu disappeared in the subsequent firmwares.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-13-2007, 09:05 AM  
Eclipse or E2?
Posted By luxart
Replies: 0
Views: 1,220

I have just received an answer from


who distributes Eclipse in France.

He says that there was an error on his site.

Both the *istDs and the K10D can be cleaned with Eclipse or E2 indifferently.

I have posted this in DPreview too.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-25-2007, 12:16 AM  
Poll: what's your main post-processing program?
Posted By luxart
Replies: 103
Views: 15,060
Hi Will, good idea.

I use Silkypix 3 (because in my opinion it renders the best colours), then Photoshop.

I think that Silkypix would deserve a box of its own rather than being in the "other" category.

I will have another go at Capture One (Phase1) when they support the K10D (which is supposed to be in March) as I found the colour rendition excellent too. (You are entitled to a free download if you buy a Sandisk Extreme III at the moment, and to an update).
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-06-2007, 05:22 AM  
Just discovered something interesting about my K10D
Posted By luxart
Replies: 12
Views: 3,132
You can easily replace the battery yourself, just remove the 2 screws on the underside of the remote control.

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