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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-04-2021, 04:03 PM  
The K20D Club
Posted By E-man
Replies: 551
Views: 87,782
Great find! I've got two K20D's—sort of. One is actually its 'evil twin' the Samsung GX20. I've had the Samsung about five years and the K20D I picked up a little over a year ago. I've also got a K10D that I've had for a little longer than the Samsung. Although they have some age on them, they are still fine cameras, especially for how little I had to pay for them. The K10D and K20D both have exceptionally shutter counts in the four figures (5,700 and 3,100, respectively) and the the Samsung is by no means worn out with just under 15,000 shutter actuations.
Forum: General Photography 12-31-2020, 09:55 AM  
What's Your 2021 New Years "Photography Resolution" ?
Posted By E-man
Replies: 48
Views: 1,456
I make the same resolution every year—not to make any resolutions because I most likely won't keep them.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-29-2020, 11:30 AM  
Please help with old telephoto lenses
Posted By E-man
Replies: 27
Views: 1,435
I wouldn't give up on those lenses too quickly. As others have mentioned, you may just need to make some adjustments to the camera itself. I had a similar experience with a lens that I thought was producing muddy, yellowish images. It turned out the white balance was waaaay out of whack on the camera body on which I was testing the lens. Also for sure put the 80-320 in 'A' mode on the aperture ring. That way, the camera can control the aperture. Otherwise, it may just leave the aperture wide open, which can produce overexposed shots and shallow depth of field. When considering a particular lens, be sure to check the lens reviews on this site to see what other users think of it.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 12-18-2020, 05:08 PM  
Pentax not selling parts to vendors now?
Posted By E-man
Replies: 8
Views: 812
Yeah, I had that happen about a month ago. Fortunately, it was a crap lens, Pentax F 28-90, the plastic, craptastic silver version with a plastic mount. Thankfully, the camera body suffered no damage. I figure the lens acted sort of like a crumple zone on a car and absorbed most of the energy of the impact. I'm just writing the lens off.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-15-2020, 05:55 PM  
The future of Pentax is in your hands!
Posted By E-man
Replies: 141
Views: 5,900
Yeah, I wouldn't be able to help with that effort. I have no idea where a bricks-and-mortar camera shop is anywhere within 100 miles of me, maybe even 200 miles. Back in 2004, when I moved to the city where I now live, there were exactly two dedicated camera stores—Ritz Camera and Ritz Camera. One location was shuttered in about 2008 or 2009 and the other one went out in 2012 when the whole company shut down. I have been using Pentax gear since 2012 and 100 percent of my Pentax purchases have been second hand via eBay. I honestly don't understand Ricoh's thinking regarding its (non)marketing strategy for Pentax. They don't seem to really care whether they sell any cameras or not.
Forum: General Photography 12-15-2020, 10:41 AM  
We've all seen it, we all knew it happens.
Posted By E-man
Replies: 61
Views: 2,652
Back about 30 years ago when I was a newspaper photographer, I was hiking with a friend of mine who decided to try and free climb up a rock face off the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. He got about two thirds of the way up and got stuck. I decided to teach him a lesson by taking a photo of him up there before I went off to get help. It got published in the paper the following week and although that incident followed him the rest of his life, he continued taking stupid risks until he finally committed suicide about eight years ago.
Forum: General Photography 12-13-2020, 02:14 PM  
Who Needs "Camera Cases"? ... Not Me!
Posted By E-man
Replies: 20
Views: 800
I have three Land's End messenger bags made of heavy canvas with leather reinforcing trim. I don't use them as camera bags but they are darn near indestructible. I prefer camera bags that are padded to protect my gear. I've had good luck finding them at thrift shops for anywhere from about $2-$7. The last brand new ones I bought were from Ritz Camera when they were going out of business about eight years ago and everything was 80-90 percent off.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-29-2020, 07:48 PM  
Pentax K100D Super
Posted By E-man
Replies: 42
Views: 1,626
Another free, open source software title to consider is GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) GIMP - Downloads. It is somewhat equivalent to Photoshop but perhaps not quite as user friendly. You can do a lot with it and there are plenty of good tutorials online.
Forum: Pentax K-r 11-29-2020, 08:57 AM  
Battery Problem
Posted By E-man
Replies: 15
Views: 891
If it works okay with AA batteries, just use those instead of the proprietary battery pack. Problem solved. I have the same issue with my K30. I ordered an AA adapter online, loaded it up with Eneloops and never looked back. Probably the best $3 I ever spent on a camera.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-26-2020, 07:16 PM  
How can I tell if the camera I just purchased has the Rear LCD screen Protector
Posted By E-man
Replies: 11
Views: 606
One of my K200Ds has a clear plastic screen protector that anchors in behind the rubber cushion on the viewfinder. It's pretty obvious it's there, compared to the other camera that doesn't have one.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 11-09-2020, 04:37 PM  
K30 firmware update and aperture issues
Posted By E-man
Replies: 10
Views: 590
I updated the firmware on my K30 as soon as I got it about four years ago and have had zero problems. Don't be afraid to update your firmware; just make sure you have a fully charged battery and don't touch any controls while the update is happening. Most importantly, DO NOT TURN THE CAMERA OFF!!! You will brick it if you do.
Forum: General Photography 10-25-2020, 05:48 PM  
A Halloween Horror Story in One Photo
Posted By E-man
Replies: 19
Views: 1,185
Oh, the horror.... the horror...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-19-2020, 01:50 PM  
Considering selling things - what lenses would you keep?
Posted By E-man
Replies: 28
Views: 1,832
You're making me feel both a little better and a little worse at the same time. Better in the sense that overall, you've got more gear than I have but worse in that most of mine is just one step above junk by comparison. I know I need to slim down my fleet of seven Pentax camera bodies and I have waaaay too much redundancy in my lenses. Do I really need six DA and DA-L 18-55mm zoom lenses and at least as many 28-80, 90, or 105 mm zooms from various manufacturers? And what about the longer 70 or 80-200 or 300mm zooms?

If I were mentally healthier about such things, I would engage in a wholesale sell-off of all but two, maybe three camera bodies and just one or two lenses from each of the above categories along with a couple of other oddball and junk lenses and flashes that I never use. While all of my camera bodies are older units, it would still be a tough decision:
  • CCD bodies—The unique warmth of a CCD sensor makes me want to keep one of these cameras, even though they are the oldest in my collection. My K10D and my two K200D's are in very nice shape shape and have very low shutter counts. While the K10D would seem an obvious choice, I do like the K200Ds' lighter, more compact form factor and simplified user interface.

  • K20D or Samsung GX20—This is a fairly easy decision since the Samsung has a few mildly annoying quirks that the K20D, which also has a lower shutter count, does not.

  • K-X Blue or K-X black—The blue one has a much lower shutter count and it's just so darned cute that it easily wins out over the black one, even though I don't remember the last time I shot a photo with it.

  • K30—It's my newest camera body and essentially in a category by itself so it's a keeper except for its high shutter count, which brings with it the looming specter of a possible aperture block failure; thus it might actually make more sense to keep the aforementioned blue K-X.

Of course, part of me says it would make sense to sell off all seven cameras and most of my lenses and put the proceeds toward something newer and more capable like a K3II or a KP but while I am fully capable of thinking that logically, carrying through with it is another consideration entirely.
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-13-2020, 06:22 PM  
Summer is Over
Posted By E-man
Replies: 11
Views: 1,033
It was nice here in North Carolina today—Sunny and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Perfect day to take my convertible out for a drive.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-12-2020, 12:53 PM  
A Potential New Young Pentaxian
Posted By E-man
Replies: 9
Views: 1,113
Yes, I think the K-X is the right camera. I don't have any spare prime lenses so the lens options for her are a DA-L 18-55mm zoom or a silver FA 28-90mm zoom. Those are my two most disposable lenses. So far, she's only been shooting with the 18-55 but the 28-90 lens has a slight advantage in that it already has a lanyard for the lens cap. I'd need to get one for the other lens. I'll have to start watching the thrift stores for a padded bag to put it in. My biggest concern is she has ADHD and the short attention span that goes along with it. When something draws her attention away she drops the thing she was doing—literally—and temporarily forgets about it. She was using the camera Friday evening—she'd discovered the built-in flash—but then she decided to go in and get some nacho chips and left the camera in one of the chairs on the deck, where I found it when I was policing things up after her mom had picked her up. There's going to have to be some lessons on camera care and responsibility along with just handing it off to her.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-11-2020, 09:20 AM  
A Potential New Young Pentaxian
Posted By E-man
Replies: 9
Views: 1,113
So I've been watching my friend's 10-year-old daughter a couple of days a week while her mother's at work and she's discovered my cameras. Interestingly, she has gravitated toward an old K-X that I picked up on the cheap last year. The compact design and simplified interface are great for her small hands and for learning how to use a DSLR. At first, she just liked to turn the live view on and play like she was making a movie but now, she's taking pictures and exploring more and more of its features on her own. I'm not trying to push her; I'm just answering questions as she thinks to ask them. Concepts of aperture, shutter speed and ISO are beyond her comprehension right now and she also hasn't yet grasped that the lenses are interchangeable. That said, the camera has definitely inspired her curiosity.


Her eleventh birthday is coming up in early December, followed of course by Christmas a few weeks later and I'm thinking of giving her the K-X, perhaps as a combined birthday and Christmas gift. Another option is that I have a couple of Panasonic Lumix FZ50 super zoom cameras. It has a form factor similar to a DSLR but with a fixed lens. Except for the pivoting rear screen, it might be a better choice in some ways. Most of all, I'm just wondering if she's mature enough to take proper care of it or whether I should maybe wait another year. I think a lanyard on the lens cap would be a definite 'must'.
Forum: General Photography 10-11-2020, 08:50 AM  
Is there a Pentax camera shortage due to the pandemic?
Posted By E-man
Replies: 22
Views: 1,425
Yes, and my understanding is Ricoh/Pentax stopped this practice several years ago, instead demanding payment for stock up front and thus making their products less attractive—or even feasible—for dealers to carry. Honestly, it often seems like Ricoh's interest in the Pentax brand is at best minimal.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-04-2020, 11:58 AM  
New K-New? Who Knew?
Posted By E-man
Replies: 411
Views: 34,914
For now, I'm calling it K-Vapor.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-03-2020, 09:15 PM  
To buy a k20d or not
Posted By E-man
Replies: 20
Views: 1,353
I like my K20D and use it fairly frequently, along with its Samsung GX20 step-sibling. I just wish I could swap the battery grip back and forth between the two but it won't fit the Samsung. I've always been pleased with the images I get from both cameras but then again, I've never used anything like a KP or a K1 so I don't know what I'm missing. I guess ignorance can be bliss.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-23-2020, 06:29 PM  
Deformed batteries
Posted By E-man
Replies: 18
Views: 1,293
When I bought my K30 a few years ago, it came with the original Pentax battery, dead as a door nail and not taking a charge, plus two third-party batteries that were visibly swollen Ironically, those arrived fully charged. I bought another third-party battery but performance was abysmal so I cut my losses and spent $3 on a AA battery adapter and never looked back. Yes, four AA cells weigh more than one Li90 battery but it's well worth the weight.
Forum: Pentax K-r 09-05-2020, 09:24 AM  
Looking to purchase a Pentax K-r in 2020
Posted By E-man
Replies: 13
Views: 1,158
For your stated purpose of getting you feet wet with a DSLR, this is an excellent setup and at a nice price. I have a K-x (actually two). They're nice and lightweight with a fairly simple and user friendly interface. Take your time with it. Use the automatic settings to get the feel of things, then branch out into the manual ones to gain more control when you're ready. Those two lenses will cover most of your focal length needs quite nicely. You might want to invest in lens hoods for them as they tend to have flare issues in bright sunlight but that's a fairly inexpensive addition. In time, you will figure out what types of photography you enjoy most and what gear will best satisfy those needs and let this kit serve nicely as backup gear when you upgrade.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-15-2020, 12:34 PM  
Not getting true color
Posted By E-man
Replies: 15
Views: 1,138
I've had similar issues on a couple of cameras. When I first got my K10D, every picture had this yellowish tint to it that I corrected by resetting the white balance. My Samsung GX-20 (K20D clone) had muted, washed out colors similar to that the OP described. I fixed it by changing the color preset to "Vivid" and that kind of punched things up a bit, especially on the warmer end of the spectrum. In issue I've had with every Pentax camera I've owned is over-processed reds. It comes out so intense that the fine details, say in a rose petal, lost.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-31-2020, 11:03 AM  
Poll: What will the new flagship APS-C be called?
Posted By E-man
Replies: 78
Views: 5,756
As Pentax's DSLR offerings are now evolving along three separate tracks, (APS-C, full-frame, and medium format) it would make sense to evolve the model nomenclature to reflect this. Given their most recent DSLRs' names, it would make sense for them to evolve into a system where APS-C and full-frame bodies are differentiated by letters vs. numbers; that is, full frame bodies would receive a numerical model name following the 'K' (e.g., K1) while APS-C bodies will be given an alphabetical name (e.g., KP). But then again, when was making sense ever a priority?
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 07-28-2020, 11:26 AM  
K30 Replacement
Posted By E-man
Replies: 18
Views: 1,298
If you're on a tight budget, a K20D might be a good solution. Former flagship model with only two fewer megapixels and a lot more bells and whistles than the K30. They're going pretty inexpensively these days.
Forum: General Photography 07-26-2020, 06:48 AM  
Same old feelings
Posted By E-man
Replies: 7
Views: 905
It also irritates me when I see a 'photographer' in a movie or TV show who obviously has no idea how to properly hold a camera and is gripping it by both sides of the body instead of supporting the lens with their left hand.

I used to be an avid 'camera spotter' back in my newspaper days whenever I was at an event where there were a lot of cameras. I was always keenly aware of what people around me were shooting with. I was often a bit of an oddball with my Minolta gear.
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