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Forum: Contest Voting 4 Days Ago  
Sticky: Poll: Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #133 (Humor Me! - September 2017)
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 33
Views: 2,536
#1 or #10, I will go with #10
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Question on memory cards
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 9
Views: 508
Maybe I am lucky, but I've never had a problem with my SD cards, or compact flash cards from my Canon days. I use three class 10 SD cards that I rotate through. After I use a SD card I insert the card into my laptop for downloading, then back to the camera to be formatted. I never delete a file in camera, all get downloaded first then I will delete unwanted files in LR. I used the same cards in the K-5 II, then KS-2 and now my KP. One card is 32 gig, other two are 16 gig.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 10-09-2017, 01:42 PM  
Which lens to use for Video with KP
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 5
Views: 583
Thank you all, you all were very helpful. I like the tip from Dericali about using natural window lighting, and Tlp for a quick test with my equipment. There will be two people in the video, the one interviewing and the child, both will be sitting so once focus is set it should not be changing . Making use of window light for both of them might be tricky, since they will probably want to face each other. And I think I can access to an external mike.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 10-08-2017, 05:40 PM  
Which lens to use for Video with KP
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 5
Views: 583
My church has asked me to video some interviews with children. This will be done in a church classroom. Both the camera and people will be in a fixed position, so once focused there should be no need to refocusing after the video starts. I will be using the KP, any recommendations as which lens to use? I even thought about just using my cell phone, but they want the video on an SD card.

Here is a list of the lens I have to work with.
DA 18-135mm, DA 35mm F2.8 macro,DA 70mm F2.4, FA 50mm F2.8 Macro, DA 50mm 1.8 lens, DA 15mm F4, DA 20-40mm, Tamron 70-200mm F2.8
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-05-2017, 02:56 PM  
My Pentax wifi remote software
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 151
Views: 10,059
Hi Guys. I want to thank you all for helping me figuring this out.

I tried the LV option, putting the camera in LV and checking the box on the program, same results. The Laptop is connected to the the camera's WF. The fields will not fill in and no picture. When I click on the "Get Parameter" button it will not fill in.
In the options box of the program for the IP-Adresse Camera I tried filling in the SSID name, the IPv4 address, and the Physical address (MAC) info, and just leaving it blank but none of that works.

The one difference after checking the LV box when I click on the "Get Parameter" button on the bottom of the screen it now reads "LV Focus: Focus Error."

If it helps, here is the info on my laptop from the KP's Wifi:

Protocol: 802.11n
Security type: WPA2-Personal
Network band: 2.4 GHz
Network channel: 11
IPv6 DNS Servers: fec0:0:0:ffff::1%1
IPv4 address:
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Description: Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
Driver version:
Physical address (MAC): ‎92-72-DB-23-36-E0

---------- Post added 10-05-17 at 03:27 PM ----------

Success, it now works. :):):) I decided to un-install the program and re-install it. Now it works. At first only the LV picture showed up but when I checked on the green button all the fields filled in. I am able to choose between auto focus or manual focus by clicking on the screen where I want to focus. I can change the settings. About the only thing weird is the mouse pointer remains in a busy status, but it will still work & function properly.

Thank you Andrea for creating this program.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-04-2017, 02:02 PM  
My Pentax wifi remote software
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 151
Views: 10,059
Thank both of you for the help. I was able to unzip & install the program without any problem, Version 07.9.1 but the program is not connecting with my KP. I have activated the KP's wifi and when starting the program none of the fields get filled in and a note at the bottom left of the screen states: Get parameter failed. The first few times it gave what appears to be an IP address then the words: Get parameter failed,
After these failures I decided to try the KP's SSID code in the Optons box in the IP-Addresse Camera field: PENTAX_6C408E, but this didn't work either.
I closed & restarted the program several times, same results.

Anyone else with similar results and know what I am doing wrong?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-28-2017, 01:34 PM  
My Pentax wifi remote software
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 151
Views: 10,059
I just recently found this thread and very interested in it. I downloaded the file mentioned in the first thread, and unzipped it. But when I click on the Setup.exe file I get this error message:

"Compressed (zipped) folders error

Windows cannot complete the extraction.
The destination file could not be created."

I downloaded it several times with the same results.
If it helps, my system is a Windows 10. 64 bit with a Asus ROG G752VT DH74 Laptop. Intel Core i7-6700HQ @ 2.60Hz 2.59GHz

Am I using the correct program file?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-23-2017, 04:52 PM  
AF fine tuning of lens
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 0
Views: 508
I decided to check & adjust the AF fine tuning in my lens, using my KP body. Other than checking how it looks focusing on a brick wall I have never really checked or adjusted the focusing in any of my Pentax cameras. I didn't have any of the commercially available focusing aids but decided to use a method called the DotTune method, described at

You Tube

First difference was that the method was described using Canon and had + - 20 points for adjustment, Pentax has +- 10 points. On most of my lens I was able to achieve a focus confirmation icon in the VF at either end of the scale, so for those lens I just left the adjustment at 0. Only the DA 50mm F1.8 and the Tamron 70-200 F2.8 required adjustment. On the 50mm it was -3 and with the Tamron -10 was a guess. I performed several focus tests each time, and had the lens focus to Infinity between each check. I also tried both the "50 times focal length & 25 times focal length" for distance between the KP & target. The target was a standard focusing chart I downloaded from the internet. The KP was on a tripod using two second timer when also taking a photo to check with.
I am not sure just how accurate this method is, it didn't cost anything to check. I will try and make a sloping style adjustment chart and see if that is any better. Here are the results:

Also, there are discussions here about the Tamron 70-200 not being able to auto focus in LV on Pentax camera bodies. I don't normally use LV unless on a tripod & manual focus, but went ahead and tried it. My Tamron tried to auto focus in LV, but was not acceptable for sharpness.

18-135mm F3.5 5.6 No adjustment on either end
15mm F4.0 No Adjustment
35mm F2.8 No Adjustment
70mm F2.4 No Adjustment
20-40mm F2.8 4.0 No Adjustment both ends checked.
50mm F2.8 No adjustment
50mm F1.8 -3 adjustment
Tamron 70-200 F2.8 -10 adjustment for both ends.
Forum: Pentax KP 09-23-2017, 12:16 PM  
Eyeing an upgrade from KS-2 to KP. Is it worth it?
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 15
Views: 848
The KP does not have a fully articulated screen like the KS-2 has. The KP's screen does fold out & up but not to the side like the KS-2 does and it can not face forward. In landscape shooting the KP's fold out screen works very well, not so much if shooting portrait style, you have to get down to it's level if shooting close to the ground and trying to manual focus. It has not been a problem for me.
Forum: Pentax KP 09-21-2017, 01:37 PM  
Eyeing an upgrade from KS-2 to KP. Is it worth it?
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 15
Views: 848
My first Pentax was the K-5 II, then the KS-2, and now I have the KP. I recommend it for all the reasons you listed. The normal shutter is quieter that the KS-2, but if you really want to be quiet then use the KP's electronic shutter, no noise at all. For me there are only two negatives when using the electronic shutter, can only be used in LiveView and the shake reduction is disabled.
Forum: General Photography 09-20-2017, 01:25 PM  
The Greatest War Photographer You've Never Heard Of
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 4
Views: 589
Yes, thank you for posting. Those who served in the Vietnam war were not treated well at home.
Forum: General Photography 09-09-2017, 12:00 PM  
Why black-out logos?
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 28
Views: 1,382
I've personally never noticed the name blacked out on a camera. I have noticed camera bags & backpacks that had a name indicating it was a photography bag with the name blocked out so it looks like a normal backpack. My first camera backpack was a Canon brand and it was a walking billboard for Canon. I removed all of it so it wouldn't stand out and tell the world what was inside it.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-26-2017, 02:57 PM  
Spider Pro Hand Strap, a bust
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 7
Views: 625
What I use is not a leather wrist strap, but I've used this op/tech strap on my old Canon 350, Canon 5D, Pentax K-5 II, KS-2, and now it's attached to my KP. The strap part is neoprene and can be tighten up on your wrist if needed. It has a recommended weight limit of 10 lbs, which I've never came close to. It's fairly cheap and made in the USA. It keeps my camera secure in my hand and if a sudden situation arises where I need the use of my hand I can just drop the camera and I know it's not going anywhere. I also have a camera holster & shoulder strap if needed, but most of the time when walking around all I carry is shoulder camera bag and my camera on my wrist.
SLR Wrist Strap - Wrist Strap for DSLR Cameras | OP/TECH USA
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-24-2017, 04:32 PM  
Keeping Pentax K-5 Safe During Colder Weather?
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 11
Views: 653
This is what I do. I don't always remove the battery since I have three of them.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-21-2017, 11:25 AM  
Sticky: About those WR body weather seals...User responsibility and best practice
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 18
Views: 2,532
Good information. I must be pretty lucky though. With my K-5 II & 18-135 lens I've had it out in the rain for over an hour at my granddaughter's rugby games. Another time on a motorcycle/sidecar trip to Yellowstone there was a lot of rain & fog but I still took pictures. I had other lens on that trip, but the 18-135 was the only WR lens with me. No problems either time. Then with my K5 I was photographing a church picnic and got into the middle of a water balloon fight. The camera took a direct hit, again no problems afterward. My KS-2 also has seen it's share of wet environments.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-16-2017, 11:56 AM  
KP recommended lenses
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 30
Views: 1,721
Since getting the KP, I find my most used lens is the 20-40, followed by either the 15/4 or DA 70mm F2.4. I don't use the 18-135 much anymore, if I need more reach I use the Tamron 70-200. The main reason I keep my 18-135 is for the WR, which the 20-40 also has. If I am going somewhere where I expect it to be wet, then those two lenses will go with me.
Forum: Pentax KP 07-10-2017, 03:12 PM  
Defective battery or defective camera?
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 5
Views: 490
My KP (from B&H) came with the three grips and hex key.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-10-2017, 01:53 PM  
Pentax DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited lens - differences between old and new version
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 22
Views: 1,553
Thank you pakinjapan for the focusing tip. I will try it on my next outing.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-10-2017, 01:45 PM  
Pentax User Map : New Forum Feature!
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 88
Views: 13,432
Pretty cool. Spanaway, WA USA is now in.
Forum: Pentax KP 07-06-2017, 01:21 PM  
Almost returned my KP
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 2
Views: 2,019
A few weeks ago I received my KP, a replacement for my K-S2. I almost sent it back to B&H as defective. I had received it the day before I was going to be taking photos of a baptismal at our church and the wisest thing to have done was use the K-S2 since I was familiar with the layout of it. But I was wanting to use the new camera. I set the special functions up similar to the K-S2, including back button focus and the actual photo settings would be the same as before. Because of the way I would be sitting, I would have to use LV instead of the VF. The morning before church I was playing with the KP settings again and came across “focus peaking in LV” and thought that would be a good thing and checked it but didn’t actually see what the results would look like.
I get to the church, and get into position and the first people to be baptized start entering the water, but as I look through the LV lcd screen all I see is this gray screen with faint outlines of the scene. Plus, as I go to move my thumb to focus, the button is not where my memory tells me it is. On the KP the button is moved slightly from where it is on the K-S2 and I have to actually look at the button. But this gray lcd screen is really throwing me off as to what is happening. I missed the first two people and the rest were taken with poor composition.

Afterward I check looking through the view finder and everything looks proper, but then in LV I get this gray screen with faint outlines of the scene. I was about to box it up and send it back for a return when while going through the camera settings again I noticed the check box on the focus peaking and checked the manual finally to see what that was. When unchecked the lcd screen is back the way I was expecting it to look.
Also, my thumb is getting use to where the button is for the focusing and I no longer have to look at it to find it.
I guess the lesson learned is don’t use something new the day before it’s critical to be use, and READ THE MANUAL.

Here is two of the baptismal photos, the first one at 3200 iso and the last two photos taken with my old K-S2 & little PS work before retiring it.

Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 07-06-2017, 12:48 PM  
Post your K-S2 Shots Here
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 534
Views: 66,727
The part with the KP and sidecar were taken with my K-S2, while the road pictured in the lens was borrowed from the internet. The K-S2 is now packed away in it's original box, the KP is taking over the photo opportunities.

Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-25-2017, 10:34 AM  
Pentax is advertising again!
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 34
Views: 3,391
I don't know about numbers, but enough people must buy the magazine to keep it in business. Myself, I am an avid reader, mostly from my Kindle now days. I still make trips to the library to read the magazines there. The only ones I subscribe to are motorcycle or sidecar related.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-14-2017, 12:08 PM  
WARNING: This WILL shock you.
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 34
Views: 2,615
While this is a joke, years ago my brother had a burglary in his home and the suspects poured liquid all over his key board of his laptop. The insurance company sent it out somewhere for repair and they bathed the whole thing in distilled water, cleaned it all up like new. It worked just fine afterward.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-12-2017, 03:30 PM  
Pentax SMC DA 35mm F2.4 AL as a walk around and trip lens
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 24
Views: 1,169
What ever you take with you, personally I would take at least one WR lens with you, in case all you have is wet weather. We travel by motorcycle/sidecar and out last trip to Yellowstone we experienced a lot of wet weather, wind, then fog, then more rain. While I had other lenses with me, the 18-135mm WR was on the camera just about all the time.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-12-2017, 02:28 PM  
$122 off Pentax KP + free battery grip!
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 5
Views: 3,307
Good deal. I just purchased the KP with the 50mm lens deal, now I wished I had waited another week. I would rather have the grip. Oh well, I am still a happy camper.
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