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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-23-2021, 03:04 PM  
PENTAX Diopter Correction Lens Adapter M
Posted By Fiaskemist
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Thanks, then I will be on the lookout for a M series -1.

Might be so but I will still need to try it out. As it is now, I canít focus without glasses and itís not because of an old dirty camera like I thought before trying with glasses. I sometimes forget I need glasses, even though Iíve been using glasses (and contacts) for 16 years.. I sometimes forget putting them on when going out :D Blurry world is like abstract art is what I think then.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-23-2021, 09:54 AM  
PENTAX Diopter Correction Lens Adapter M
Posted By Fiaskemist
Replies: 16
Views: 1,261
I also have a newly bought Super A. I wear glasses but I still thought at first that the viewfinder wasnít as clear as the k-5ii because itís old. Trying it with glasses on was a nice surprise.

I have -1.75 on my right eye, does that mean that I will need an additional -1 diopter correction lens?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-16-2021, 02:05 AM  
K5ii - SD card corrupted when images transferred to iPad Pro
Posted By Fiaskemist
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GeneV, no, it seems that it can still happen on iPad OS 14..

I came on here to warn others about iPads and SD cards but did a quick search first and find out that it already is a problem.

I have an iPad Pro, already on iPad OS 14 and just had photos corrupted after using the iPad Files app. I usually make sure to close down Files but I haven’t had this happen before so I’m not sure if I was too quick removing the card reader this time.. But there is no option to safely eject anything on the iPad.. In my case it is a few, not all, photos that are corrupted and not the card itself.

Thanks for the tips here, will try locking the SD card next time.

Question, I have several photos that are still on the card but seem to be corrupted. They don’t show as thumbnails and don’t open, is there any way of recovering them? The SD card is still readable, tried Recuva but they aren’t deleted so that didn’t help. Pc methods are preferred since the only Apple things at home are two iPads and those in the fridge.

BDPA77, happy it worked out for you, still wouldn’t hurt to be careful on removal ;)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-13-2021, 03:33 AM  
Is Pentax still appealing for beginners in photography?
Posted By Fiaskemist
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I bought our first DSLR for my partner and I last year. I had no photography experience at all and I had to put in a lot of time learning the technical terms and concepts, learning about exposure. There is a lot of knowledge required if you don’t want to use the green mode.. But most people wanting to take instagram and facebook photos will probably not want to put in that time.

Why choose Pentax? I was first looking at a second hand Canon and Nikon, for obvious reasons. Found about Pentax through some more research. Partly because of the community on this forum, that Pentax was the odd one and that it just seemed to be right was what made me want a Pentax.

To answer your question Lev, I think many beginners that want a DSLR will choose other brands because that is the norm. Then there might be some that like to research more independently and might then stumble, happily, upon Pentax.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-24-2020, 04:37 PM  
Thematic The 2020 Monthly Challenge - July - The Great Outdoors
Posted By Fiaskemist
Replies: 64
Views: 2,600
Cemetery.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-22-2020, 11:35 AM  
Thematic The 2020 Monthly Challenge - July - The Great Outdoors
Posted By Fiaskemist
Replies: 64
Views: 2,600
I like this monthly challenge idea, having more specific goals while I am taking photos makes for good practice. Too bad this months challenge is not next months challenge, I'll be out hiking for a few days in a couple weeks.

Saw this thread before going out, brought the camera with me and took these walking home. Found a bird house I hadn't seen before and then walked up a smaller hill for the landscape shot.

I find taking landscape photos difficult, can't seem to really capture the feeling. Also, hard getting the exposure and colors right. Sky usually gets over exposed.




Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-21-2020, 04:30 PM  
New here, new to dslr, appreciate some advice
Posted By Fiaskemist
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Thank you all for your wishes. Hope you all are doing alright in these times.

I just read some older posts in this thread, gave me a nice chuckle reading all the enthusiastic answers and opinions I recieved.

Also, fun fact of the day: Just checked the cameras shutter count for the first time. I think we have pressed the shutter button around 800-900 times since getting the camera,
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-08-2020, 03:45 PM  
New here, new to dslr, appreciate some advice
Posted By Fiaskemist
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Thanks! You are right, it is requiring much less conscious thought for me already.
I will look into these, especially metering since I donít really know anything about it. I have been taking the camera out with me a a couple of times each week so I can practice, will try to learn something new one concept at a time.

Ps. I think a hobbiest can easily turn into an expert hobbiest, so I donít think that something being a hobby necessarily means someone has less knowledge about it ;)


I will remember the sigma, it looks good. In your opinion, how big a difference is there between f/3.5 and f/2.8? Is this something very noticeable?
Nice shot!


Thanks! I like that shot myself, not because it looks good but the potential. You are right with the exposure. What has usually happened is that I set exposure-comp for one shot and forget to change it on the next shot and get over/under exposed shots. That happens much less now!

Yes thats what I was thinking, a walk-around prime. Iíve had the zoom set to 28 often now just to get a feel and it is just that, normal.

Now that you mention it, I did notice this a couple of times while using the zoom. Interesting! I will have to read up more on the why.



Sorry for getting back to you all so late, have been very busy and then also some sad news, we had a miscarriage, but we know that it is something common so we are trying not be too sad about it.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-31-2020, 02:25 PM  
Curly
Posted By Fiaskemist
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May, 2020 photo contest, #165, Flowers
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-19-2020, 01:53 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #164 Poll (Knick knacks close up - April 2020)
Posted By Fiaskemist
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Great photos, all of them! Makes voting hard, I would want to cast a vote for each one.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-17-2020, 06:22 PM  
New here, new to dslr, appreciate some advice
Posted By Fiaskemist
Replies: 95
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Thanks, I've been using your information, watched videos and read more, and it has helped a great deal.
It really is fun learning to use a camera. However, I sometimes am so focused on getting the settings right that the composition instead turns out terrible.
I have uploaded a few more of my practice shots to flickr that turned out good (or better, than earlier attempts), will be posted at the end of this post if anyone wants to see.

My partner and I even got around to using the camera on a little outing last week, would really like some feedback on those photos but will post them later. She loves the camera by the way, no complaints or anything, she might be even more excited than I am to learn and start taking photos.. I've already started teaching her what I've learned so far, will probably continue that way where I'll pass along knowledge to her.

What is the next thing you would recommend me thinking about when it comes to using the camera? I will be practicing Av, Tv, thinking about DoF etc and all the other things you've all written, but I'm curious as to what the next for example setting is that can be useful thinking about. I have been frequently playing with exposure compensation lately.

Also, do your professions have anything to do with photography? Or is it just a passion?


As too am I, but I have the problem where I think all languages sound interesting but I haven't actually tried learning a new language (besides all those Spanish classes in school). Right now I am trying to decide between Russian, French or German. However, I am busy teaching my partner Persian at the moment. I surprise myself by how much I know since I have never been schooled in the language, it has just been spoken at home growing up. I can surprisingly explain grammatical rules, different verb tenses etc. I think a lot of grammar and language structure learned in school for Swedish and English set a pattern that made it possible for me to now apply it to Persian as I teach her.
And I am also thinking about finding a used viola to learn to play as well.. I am not a mechanical engineer though so I guess you wouldn't accidentaly mistake me for your grandfather, besides the difference in time.


Hi mroeder! Thanks for the advice, also great to hear that you are happy with your K5, we really like our camera, also bought used.
I'm sorry to hear about your regret but hopefully you can capture nice moments now. And don't be too sad, I personally for example hated being in photos as a kid so there aren't too many photos of me after a certain age. Things really changed as I got older! Anyways, life can be filled with many joys, you shouldn't let regret bring you down too much.


Do you use autofocus in low/poor light with your K5?
I'm actually thinking about getting us a SMC Pentax F or FA 28mm as a prime. I think I would like that focal lenght, looked up photos online at different focal lengths to compare.


My practice shots:


Parking lot meet..




Caught a guy running up the stairs, shot this just as he slowed down to check his phone


Blackbird singing in the dead of [day]




Hotel which shifts color depending on weather/temperature/light?


Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-05-2020, 06:06 AM  
New here, new to dslr, appreciate some advice
Posted By Fiaskemist
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Thanks, it did take me a few tries as well before getting it right.
That does sound best to do, save both raw and jpeg.
I see, so do most people prefer not to use this lens at 18mm wide open because it results in a not so sharp photo?
Iíll look into flash later on then, thanks for the tip!
Thanks for all the help!


Thanks, Iíll experiment with those values.

Thanks mikesbike, I really appreciate the time and energy you put into helping out. I took my camera out yesterday and practiced with focusing, p mode etc.

Donít worry about it! I was already aware of the green button, I had been reading a bit about pentax before buying and have read a good amount in the manual and ebook so I had already picked up that bit of info somewhere.

I was out practicing yesterday and it was fun but Iíll be honest with you all, I did not know what I was doing. I do understand the camera relatively well, I understand most of the basic functions, buttons and terminology but when to use/change things is a mystery. I will continue practicing and tweaking aperture, shutter, iso etc and try to see how it affects the photo.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-02-2020, 11:57 PM  
New here, new to dslr, appreciate some advice
Posted By Fiaskemist
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Thanks Des, I do need to hear that since I sometimes can get a bit impulsive. I do agree that waiting with getting a prime is best.

I signed up to Flickr, will post images down below!

I'll leave NR on for now. I'm not sure that I'll start post-processing any time soon.


Great to know, I will be using P mode a lot since it seems to be recommended. When I override one of these choices in P mode, will then the other two be automatically adjusted? For example, if I change aperture, will shutter speed and ISO automatically change? Also, when people mention Pentax’s hyper mode, is it the P mode that is referred to?


Sounds interesting, I will check it out. What is the difference between the manual and this ebook?


Mikesbike, you and everyone else here make learning to use this camera fun. It is already exciting but you make it just that much more fun with your help. I will start practicing during the coming week.

Yes, I have the owners manual and will read through it.
I used the half-press method when I shot the pictures below but I did it in green mode.

I will be buying new glasses soon actually since my last pair broke, a few years ago.. I do wear contacts though but I prefer glasses so I will adjust the diopter then.


Took these shots on my way home right after buying my SD card, all of them taken in green mode. Can anyone see if the camera and lens do not seem to be working as they should?
















Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-01-2020, 06:23 AM  
New here, new to dslr, appreciate some advice
Posted By Fiaskemist
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So, i took some photos on my way home after I bought a SD card and want to post them so others can check if everything is working as it should be. What part of the forum is right for that?

Edit: I’m reading the manual, gotten to p.89 so far, and I do have some questions but I’ll ask only a couple of question at a time for both my wellbeing and everyone else’s here.
Noise reduction, is this something I want turned on?
What are program line settings, when do they apply?

Thanks normhead for giving a reasonable point of view, good to hear.


Thanks, I decided to go with the 18-135! I guess I will find my favourite prime length soon too.


No worries, it’s alright! I’m just happy that I have a lens with regular manual focusing for when I want to use it.

Thanks photogem
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-30-2020, 07:52 AM  
New here, new to dslr, appreciate some advice
Posted By Fiaskemist
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Views: 5,517
I am now officially a Pentax owner.

Got both the camera and lens today! And does it feel heavy! I havenít really ever handled a dslr so I was not prepared for this kind of weight. But it is already feeling lighter and lighter as I hold it more so no worries here, itís just a bit unusual in my world where the heaviest device/gadget I hold in my hand is a phone (maybe my ipad but I donít hold it in my hand that often).
Now to the bad news, I havenít had time to get a SD card yet..

What kind of setup tips were you thinking about? Give me all you got while I run out and get a SD card!

Sounds good, Iíll look into those primes photogem. Yes, I donít think I want a full manual either so Iíll be looking for lenses with A on the aperture ring right? Do you know if P is the same thing? Because Iíve seen a couple of lenses with P on a local site.

Hey Alex645, the 18-135 isnít focus-by-ring because Iíve read that manual focusing should work on older bodies without the SDM contacts. Also, I am able to focus with the camera turned off!

Beautiful photos Des! I like the ďlet the pictures speak for themselvesĒ approach. Iím hoping that some day I will also be able to capture moments through good looking photos.

Iíll get back at you all later after Iíve gotten a card!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-28-2020, 01:21 PM  
New here, new to dslr, appreciate some advice
Posted By Fiaskemist
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Thanks for the advice on lenses mikesbike, photogem, Alex645, Des. I havenít had as much time over lately to get back at you or look into lenses much.

I will take your advice and go with the 18-135. Why I was at first set on the 18-50 is for its size and the DC motor. I wanted something small and not so scary big at first and with fast AF, so if my partner wants to pick up the camera, she can give it a go without complications.
But I will go with the 18-135 and add a prime later, something in the 20-50mm range, to have a small light lens that can be used as is. I just donít know what length I want right now. I do want one with AF but might get an old manual first to play around with for myself, donít seem to cost much either and there is a lot to choose from!



I have a license but no car, donít need it, but all cars Iíve driven have the steering wheel with shaft so I wonít really know. But is the 18-135 also focus-by-ring??
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-23-2020, 04:58 AM  
New here, new to dslr, appreciate some advice
Posted By Fiaskemist
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Thank you and yes I am fully aware of the consequences of again asking so many people for help.

When you say wider, is it the shorter focal length you refer to? 18 compared to 16?

Yes I am a book person, prefer reading but nothing wrong with watching videos either. Seeing and hearing helps in learning.



Well, I donít have any needs yet. I want a cheap lens and a WR one is a bonus. Since Iím just starting out, I canít really find a reason to spend much on lenses. I know now that the lens as much as the camera makes the picture but Iíll be happy working with anything as long as it lets me learn the process. But I will make a note of the lenses youíve mentioned for the future!

Why donít you like the 18-50?

Like I wrote above I expect that people as usual will have different thoughts, but even with different thoughts most people arenít so different from one another. In any case, I will be more prepared this time, I will have a helmet and a paper bag in case anything gets out of control.


Thank you, yes that is what Iím also hoping for.

I understand that neither the 18-55 and 18-50 are the best but I am looking for something small and less pricey. Like I wrote to photogem I donít need the best but I do want something that can be used to learn with.


Can I ask, what would make the 18-50 a better choice and vice versa for the 18-55?
ē18-50 has better/faster autozoom, but how bad is the AF on 18-55?
ēI understand that the 18-50 has focus-by-ring, so it is not as good for manual focusing. How bad can this be?
ēThe 18-50 uses a DC AF motor while 18-55 is a screw drive AF lens so there is a big difference in sound level!

I know it isnít the smartest move but I am liking the 18-50 DC a bit more at the moment.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-23-2020, 12:09 AM  
New here, new to dslr, appreciate some advice
Posted By Fiaskemist
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I would honestly have been less confused without this thread, all the different opinions made my head spin, a spinning head makes sleeping hard and no sleep makes the head spin more. Also, I had been going through the different specs and comparison charts in my head and weighing pros and cons a few times too many.

No really though, it has been great reading everyoneís advice.
I have ordered a K5II now, I will use it, learn with it and if I feel like I am missing anything in a couple years I can then consider a KP (or K70).

Got one with a 6600 shutter count, it looks good on pictures, will let you know more when it arrives.

I was thinking about getting a DA 18-55 WR as a first lens, is it a good idea? I will probably not buy any more lenses any time soon so I will use just one for a while.

Regarding resources and tutorials on photography, I can look up myself but are there any books or sites that any one here recommends?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-21-2020, 05:50 AM  
New here, new to dslr, appreciate some advice
Posted By Fiaskemist
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Difficult! I thought that getting a K5II /s would be the best choice and was set on that but the cheapest ones on ebay are all 300-400usd body only. Have found a few cheaper but they have had high shutter counts. I donít mind paying more for quality, that is why I want the K5II but there is still the new K70 with 18-55 WR for 480usd.

I donít really mind the size difference any more, I donít usually find things to be troublesome and can always buy the 18-50 DC lens later on for the K5II for travelling light.

I do want a better built camera that will last long and the quieter shutter on the K5 is attractive but a brand new K70 at that price makes deciding just that much more difficult.

I will keep you all updated which one gets to come home to me. Thanks for helping me this far!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-18-2020, 08:36 PM  
New here, new to dslr, appreciate some advice
Posted By Fiaskemist
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Still not 100% decided but it does sound good.

Of course, everyone with a Swedish friend knows the concept of fika! I have only known one person named Roland and that was a teacher I had years ago, any chance of him being a teacher?


Yes that is what I have come to understand about these cameras, apparently they can go over 100k so it is possible that I can hold on to one for a long time. That is why I want to make the right choice but realistically I will still be very much a beginner for a couple years so a new model might not be needed. Hope your wifeís 70k continues growing!


Your advice has been very helpful photogem. Since you have used the K5 series so much, can the K5 be used in some kind of automatic mode if my partner wants to use it? Also, do you have small hands? :) how well does it work shooting photos through the live view?

So I am actually now leaning towards the K5 series. I think that I will be very happy as a beginner, also the little one isnít expected until the fall so we will still just have a little baby for two more years. I will upgrade if needed then. I am also congratulating my reasonable side for not giving in and buying the newest shiniest on the market. It did take some effort convincing myself, thanks for the help.

Some final advice needed. I do like the deal on the K5 body, it costs about 167usd, I gave a rounded price earlier. But should I still be looking for a K5II instead?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-18-2020, 05:07 PM  
New here, new to dslr, appreciate some advice
Posted By Fiaskemist
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I have been in contact and asked, 30k. Not bad for someone that has had it for 10 years?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-18-2020, 02:52 PM  
New here, new to dslr, appreciate some advice
Posted By Fiaskemist
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Views: 5,517
Thanks for the tip, will check it out.


Well, you are not making it easier to decide, I can tell you that much. Still, thanks for sharing!

I have found a used K5 body not so far from where I live, 150usd and person selling seems honest.


Yes, I figured that out just now too! Compared online to amazon and american shops and it is almost too good to be true, but I will need to decide soon because it is on sale.

Of course, there are other options looking online for example ebay, amazon, have seen K5II now. A reliable camera shop has a used K5II body for 360usd.

Btw is it easy to resell older models? If I for example buy a K5 and want to switch in a year or two.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-18-2020, 07:54 AM  
New here, new to dslr, appreciate some advice
Posted By Fiaskemist
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I already had a good feeling about this forum but I did not expect this much help!
I wonít respond to everyoneís posts individually since it will become too much but Iíll try answering everyone through this post.

I have been using the comparison tool, a lot, and reading up. I understand that the flagships are better made. I also want a weather sealed model that is why I was considering a k5, K5II or IIs.
But the K50 and K70 are lighter and have other upgrades. I am aware of the solenoid problem but it seems to be fixable so I would fix it myself if it happens! I want to use the camera often and donít want size/weight stopping me from bringing it along. I have small hands anyway so a smaller camera is fine, my partner has tiny hands and I want a camera she can also use if she wants.

I am now understanding how important lenses are, thank you for all the advice and recommendations! I will probably start with the DA18-55 WR kit lens to begin with.


This is the the kind of question I had from the beginning, thanks!


Good point, something I also considered but I do want to learn photography and phones already work as decent point and shoot cameras.


Thanks for sharing, really fun to read about your experiences! I live in Sweden, so with a smaller market it can sometimes be hard to find some things locally but I am looking online also. Yes, I will definitely check back.

Since I plan on taking care and keeping the camera as long as possible and with a little one growing and moving faster, it would seem like a newer model is best for me.
When photographing for artwork, I will also be taking all kinds of photos outdoors as reference pictures, to use for studying.

Maybe if a newer model of the K-01 came out, it would be something for me.

I have a shop in Sweden that sells the K70 with 18-55WR for 480 usd when converted from sek, is that reasonable?
I feel like the KP is out of my price range, still considering it though. Also considering a K5IIs.

Thank you all for making me feel welcomed! Itís really fun reading everyoneís opinions also.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-17-2020, 02:25 PM  
New here, new to dslr, appreciate some advice
Posted By Fiaskemist
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Hi, I am as beginner as you can get with photography and want to buy a dslr!
I have been reading a lot, though it doesnít feel like much with the never ending amount of information.. I have found other threads asking for advice on buys but it hasnít helped me much either, I really do not understand what I am looking for.

I am set on a Pentax anyway and at first a K200D I found seemed good for me, I wanted something used and cheap at first.

But after reading more about what newer features people like or want, it made me want newer and newer cameras.. So now after reading about cameras for the last week I am just more confused. I am not sure at all why I would need a newer camera and would appreciate some advice.

So, at first I was looking at a used K200D, then a used K5, K30 and K50 until I was even considering a new K70 or KP!
Now, it seems like the main thing I keep reading is about the AF, how bad it is in earlier models and gets better after K5II.

The thing is, I dont know what I need in a camera but I will try describing what I will be using one for besides that I want one for learning photography.
-My partner and I both like art, we like to sketch and paint, digital and a little traditional, and I want to start taking reference photos.
-Besides that, I like taking photos in general (with phone) and many things catch my eye!
-Also, we are expecting a little one so I want a decent camera for capturing moments.
-Video isnít important but I would happily use if possible.
-Last, why I was considering newer models is because I donít think my partner will have the same interest in learning how to use a dslr. So maybe a new one with for example better AF is easier to use if she wouldnít feel like messing around with settings.
-I also dont want something heavy.

All this new technology makes me almost consider buying an analog slr instead!

Any thoughts? Do I need AF found on newer models? Can I use for example a K5 and get good pics, can it also be used by my partner?
I appreciate all help!
/fiaskemist
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