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Forum: Pentax K-r 06-26-2011, 08:39 PM  
K-r for timelapse photography
Posted By Rocketvapor
Replies: 5
Views: 4,587
One second fills the buffer, then a missed photo or two while buffer empties. Maybe 3 seconds would allow buffer to empty and smoother sequence AWB will have fits will moving clouds.
Forum: Pentax K-r 06-25-2011, 04:51 PM  
Kr for wildlife photos
Posted By Rocketvapor
Replies: 6
Views: 1,956
I've noticed than the extra loud shutter of the K-r causes most animals to turn and face the camera by about the 2nd or 3rd shot. Then they're gone :)
Forum: Pentax K-r 06-25-2011, 06:36 AM  
Help me with a fast SD Card for my K-R
Posted By Rocketvapor
Replies: 16
Views: 3,594
I suggest 2 cards dedicated to the camera.
I'll come in after taking a few shots (or several) and go over to the computer and SWAP.
The camera always has a card that way. When I get the time I process the ones on the computer. Make this a habit and never have a camera with an empty tank :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-23-2011, 12:48 PM  
The "No Post Processing" Craze
Posted By Rocketvapor
Replies: 214
Views: 23,909
They can even be PRE-processing filters :)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-23-2011, 12:47 PM  
Is it the camera or the lens cuasing this?
Posted By Rocketvapor
Replies: 13
Views: 1,883
View with back open, trip shutter at 1/30 and 1/60.

You can see the effect of the two curtains at 1/4, click, snap, slap:)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-22-2011, 01:06 PM  
Is it the camera or the lens cuasing this?
Posted By Rocketvapor
Replies: 13
Views: 1,883
Negatives like that or just prints?
Post camera type also.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-21-2011, 06:44 AM  
"6 X 7 A" branding
Posted By Rocketvapor
Replies: 20
Views: 3,030
I de-yellowed mine and can not find the same type of identification. What lighting did you use to show it up so well? I have seen eyeglasses than have a similar manufacturer mark that shows up with a oblige reflection off the surface.

BTW, it's not a radioactive coating, it's in the make up of the rear glass element itself.
Forum: Pentax K-r 06-20-2011, 11:21 PM  
K-r 1.10 Firmware on UK site
Posted By Rocketvapor
Replies: 56
Views: 14,113
The US site still has 1.01, will probably change to 1.10 later today. I extracted each to a separate folder and noticed the binary has the same name, FWDC208B.BIN. I seem to remember someone saying you probably could not revert back to previous versions (this is unlike computer motherboard firmware which you can load any version you have). Could this be because the old binary would have been overwritten if the extraction was done in the same folder?


And the JP site says :
Copy fwdc209b.bin file to SD card

Both the UK and JP files extract to give the 208b binary, but 1.10 readme.txt files.
Did anyone actually get a 209b binary?
Forum: Pentax K-r 06-20-2011, 08:56 PM  
K-r 1.10 Firmware on UK site
Posted By Rocketvapor
Replies: 56
Views: 14,113
There is a link to the change history on that site.
It references GPS. Maybe anything else is secret :)

There is also an update to Dig Cam Util 4 (ver 4.32)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-16-2011, 10:58 PM  
An old K10D says hello from France :)
Posted By Rocketvapor
Replies: 1
Views: 371
Welcome Alex.
Good luck with your decision.
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-16-2011, 10:54 PM  
K5 appears to be slowing down...?!
Posted By Rocketvapor
Replies: 16
Views: 3,258
Upgrade firmware on Friday for an event on Saturday?
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-16-2011, 08:49 PM  
The "No Post Processing" Craze
Posted By Rocketvapor
Replies: 214
Views: 23,909
PP is a lifesaver for scanning negatives.
Don't have to refresh the developer as often :)
Forum: Pentax K-r 06-16-2011, 07:26 PM  
High ISO with K-r, WOW!
Posted By Rocketvapor
Replies: 5
Views: 4,189
The main reason I picked the K-r was the high ISO noise (lack of) compared to other models in the same price range. I've been used to shooting at 100 to 400, maybe 800 if I had to, but was generally afraid of trying 1600 and above. Territory that just didn't exist in the point and shoot cameras and was plagued with grainy blobs with film.
I took some shots today at 1600 and 3200 and can rest easy that I made the right choice. Go here and check them out.
High ISO Photos pictures by rocketman_photos - Photobucket

Here's a 100% crop of an ISO 3200 shot.
K-r, 6X7 300mm/f4, T6-2x Rear converter, 1/90 second, f8 (f16 effective).
Forum: Pentax K-r 06-16-2011, 06:17 AM  
moonshot with K-r
Posted By Rocketvapor
Replies: 14
Views: 2,179
Yes, I like.
Forum: Pentax K-r 06-15-2011, 05:29 PM  
moonshot with K-r
Posted By Rocketvapor
Replies: 14
Views: 2,179
The 300, 2 TCs (one a Pentax, one a Vivitar), the 67 to K adapter, the K-r, complete with battery, strap, and SD card, and a Giotto QR plate is a mere 7 lbs 7 ounces. I need to make an aluminum extension to balance it a little better on the tripod mount or make a ring to put around one of the TCs. The moon shot was just a lark to see how the combo worked and was propped up on my car to stabilize it. I don't remember the aperture, maybe f5.6 to f8 (on the 300mm), 1/90 sec, ISO 800.

I'll play with this some more but don't really expect anything all that great.
You have to feed this thing a lot of bright light :)
Forum: Pentax K-r 06-14-2011, 09:35 PM  
moonshot with K-r
Posted By Rocketvapor
Replies: 14
Views: 2,179
I've never shot an eclipse direct. I projected one on to a poster board way back in the 90's for my daughter's school. about 20 inch diagonal. Was pretty impressive.
Maybe some expert could give some advice for your shots.

Isn't package tracking about the most exciting thing ever? :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-14-2011, 09:30 PM  
Advice needed on Shuttle Launch photography
Posted By Rocketvapor
Replies: 24
Views: 3,872
and I take it you were impressed?
:)
Forum: Pentax K-r 06-14-2011, 08:56 PM  
moonshot with K-r
Posted By Rocketvapor
Replies: 14
Views: 2,179
A pair (yes a pair) of 6X7 2X rear converters came in the mail today.
One was in "ugly" condition and was $9 + S&H. It's not ugly enough to strip the glass and make an extension tube, which was my intention. So, it's dark outside, the moon is up, and I have this 300mm/f4 6X7 lens and a pair of TC's :)

Here's a link, not a crop. (I forgot to clean the sensor today)
http://i965.photobucket.com/albums/ae132/rocketman_photos/_IGP9868.jpg

and a scaled down, still full frame as shot, with fringe, sensor dust and all :)

Taken with the kluge in the second photo:
That's 1200mm/f16 for those poor with math :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-14-2011, 12:33 AM  
Please read for question.
Posted By Rocketvapor
Replies: 19
Views: 3,184
I went to "Rolling Thunder" a couple years back. About a week getting there, a week there, about 4 days getting back. Took about 8000 snaps. Have about 7999 :)

There were about 150,000 bikes in the area but only about 3000 that were interesting enough to photo. Which of the 3000 snaps did I toss? None. How many photos were really good? Maybe 100. Maybe.

I store almost all, but make a "select" folder for each event. Nobody wants to sit and see all of them. That's like watching someone's 8mm home movies.

I'm up to about 2000 with my K-r and about 100 I like but maybe satisfied with only about 10. Even the bad ones can be critiqued and be beneficial in the long run. At least I hope so.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-13-2011, 02:05 PM  
Considering K-r but also may go way out and get K-5
Posted By Rocketvapor
Replies: 25
Views: 2,815
I could only justify the money for a K-r even though I have spent that much on lenses and stuff after I bought it. It was my choice because of cost.

But it does not go out with me on bad weather days or canoe trips. The point and shoot (FZ20 or FZ28) is expendable so I take it instead.

If you plan on "all weather outdoor shooting" you will pretty much have to spring for the WR gear. Or be afraid (like me) to take it with you.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-13-2011, 01:46 PM  
Hello I am a newbie
Posted By Rocketvapor
Replies: 22
Views: 2,174
Congrats, and the best with your new gear.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-13-2011, 01:38 PM  
Hello I am a newbie
Posted By Rocketvapor
Replies: 22
Views: 2,174
Your Tokina is a manual focus (probably like my 28-70SD) and is a low end lens but works. Has a little close focus capability.

The Pentax lens is an autofocus and that is a pretty good price in OK shape. You will appreciate the wide end of that one.

People sometimes get the DA and DA-L lenses mixed up.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-13-2011, 01:30 PM  
Hello I am a newbie
Posted By Rocketvapor
Replies: 22
Views: 2,174
Unless you are in the mood to spend money and start your never ending quest for the perfect lens try the Tokina zoom. You will be able to take fine pictures of the family and scenes while on holiday. After using this lens for a while you will know if you need a wide angle or a telephoto beyond what this lens will do. Master the camera and your first lens.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-13-2011, 07:18 AM  
Are there fake Hoya filters?
Posted By Rocketvapor
Replies: 11
Views: 11,367
A few things to watch for on ebay.

Country of origin. Where is the seller? Is that the country that made the item?

Quantity for sale. Can find multiple sellers selling basically the same item for basically the same low unbelievable price?

Can you find the same product photo from multiple sellers in multiple countries all selling for a fraction of list?

Is there an indication that it is compatible but not equal in the ad text? Some sellers are somewhat honest, some not so.

Check other items from the seller, and feedback.

I find some sellers have different ads for UK/US/AU sections of ebay and different claims for the same product.

Some even put up buy-it-now ads with different prices (check current conversion rates to make sure) with the same "free shipping".
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-12-2011, 09:23 PM  
anyone else feel self-conscious?
Posted By Rocketvapor
Replies: 133
Views: 19,774
I've made others ill at ease when I'm out shooting.

"Do those plates actually belong on that car?"
"That looks like my duck"
"Is this the dog that bit that guy last week?"

and
"what are you doing?"
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