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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-14-2013, 02:50 PM  
My Used eBay 16-45 f.4 Malfunctioned !
Posted By Trapezoid645
Replies: 32
Views: 2,727
QS is a feature on your (manual) focusing ring what allows it to move/re-focus in AutoFocus mode. (You can move focusing ring while in AF mode) Great stuff!

To sum it up (have both, K-5&DA16-45)

- DA16-45 has no motor
- DA16-45 has QS!
- K-5 has the assist beam for LOW lite, turns on/off in menu
- it seems your K-5 didn't get hurt by new jammed lens

Your package could have been handled "ugly" in shipping to jam zooming/focusing. If it works, use the lens - it's a fun one with reversed zoom action (extends to get wide). You got it CHEEP!
Forum: Sold Items 08-01-2013, 09:26 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax Rear Converter-A 2X-L
Posted By Trapezoid645
Replies: 1
Views: 525
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Forum: Pentax K-5 05-09-2013, 04:51 PM  
Reid Reviews on K5IIs just out
Posted By Trapezoid645
Replies: 7
Views: 1,726
It might have been fun reading without all those hoops "user name" - "password", too bad....
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-03-2013, 07:58 AM  
New K5 II won't upgrade the firmware
Posted By Trapezoid645
Replies: 11
Views: 1,889
Describe "followed the instructions". The Fwdc216b.bin file inside of downloaded k5_2_104.EXE must be (double clicked} uncompressed on PC and Fwdc216b.bin file copied onto the SD card. Sounds like you are copying over the downloaded file instead of the Fwdc216b.bin. BTW, Fuji sends straight bin files, what feels like mailing item with stamp on it instead of boxed...
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-01-2013, 10:14 PM  
Offered a P645 with 2 lenses - film question
Posted By Trapezoid645
Replies: 15
Views: 1,375
Or you can try a b&w Fuji (Freestyle Photographic Supplies - Traditional Black & White Film, Paper, Chemicals, Holgas and ULF or so), cheap to develop at home & scan (on flatbed) yourself to have some more independent fun... Nice catch, A35mm and A80-160mm zoom are excellent.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 04-21-2013, 11:50 AM  
Pentax 645D best SDHC card?
Posted By Trapezoid645
Replies: 4
Views: 1,667
To think you'll get 45mb/s from your 645D with "recommended" SanDisk would be INCORRECT. Since 645D does NOT support UHS-I (45mb/s speed), it would be degraded to 30mb/s as the previous generation Class 10. You can get that for half the price of (unsupported by 645D) UHS-I. Only Pentax K-01 is specified to support UHS-I 45mb/s speed. Perhaps a 645D Mk2 will, if that ever happens... Read the fine print before buying, as always.
Forum: Sold Items 04-08-2013, 09:28 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 645 NII, 35mm f3.5 A, 45-85mm f4.5 FA, 80-160mm f4.5 FA, 300mm f5.6 FA
Posted By Trapezoid645
Replies: 2
Views: 2,425
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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-04-2013, 05:53 PM  
K-5 IIs External Flash not working
Posted By Trapezoid645
Replies: 9
Views: 1,710
Borrow or try in store PENTAX (digital) flash 360 or 540 FGZ to see if your assumption "it seems like my camera has a problem" is correct. No manufacture is obligated to be compatible with 3rd party of anything.. Good luck!
Forum: General Talk 03-29-2013, 07:51 PM  
Pentax 2013 Shirt ordering page!
Posted By Trapezoid645
Replies: 116
Views: 11,120
@SlickYamaha Please clarify.

You say: "Also, if you do order more than 2, Adam is giving away memberships to those people!" - which is 3 and up.
Adam says: "If you order two or more shirts, you will get free Marketplace access on our forum. $5 of each shirt sale will be donated to the forum." - which is 2 and up.

Which is it, 2 or 3. Thanks!
Forum: Sold Items 03-14-2013, 06:08 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax fa200 macro, f*250.600, a*400, a*300
Posted By Trapezoid645
Replies: 29
Views: 3,403
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Forum: Pentax K-5 03-09-2013, 02:26 PM  
First shots - K5IIs.. hmmmm
Posted By Trapezoid645
Replies: 20
Views: 2,225
My first reaction - Substandard lenses for K-5IIs (18-135wr & Sigma) will not take an advantage of what it can give and than only "glum" light available, helping to kill expected contrast.

Perhaps borrow or rent a star PENTAX glass (forget 3rd party stuff), wait for some sun and start your session. Since you appear to expect a PRO results, some time MUST be invested to a PP treatment as well.

Than you might score some memorable "time stamps" (pictures) to put a smile on your face. Good luck hunting, dear photo-friend...
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-04-2013, 12:09 AM  
645N question
Posted By Trapezoid645
Replies: 6
Views: 1,533
Not sure where that "design feature" is documented, but my 645n experienced dozens of actuations with 120 insert and no film in it with no issue at all. Sometimes users mention need to re-set with pen the small button under the insert. Hope this helps.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-17-2013, 08:52 PM  
Help installing BG-10 to MZ-S film camera
Posted By Trapezoid645
Replies: 2
Views: 1,021
Don't try to remove the door. Just open it and it slides into the grip. Before you do that, remove the rubber tab on body (for grip) contacts and place the tab in compartment on grip, not to loose it. Load batteries with camera in OFF position. Enjoy your new toy...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-06-2013, 01:46 PM  
Pentax smc DA 16-45mm f/4 ED AL
Posted By Trapezoid645
Replies: 4
Views: 2,424
Yes it is a great zoom, noticeably better than the DA18-55 II (optically a bit updated version 2) I still keep. For $200 on used market, you get considerably sharper and wider zoom than 18-55 (2 mm makes a difference on the wide side!) what compared very well in sharpness at F4 & 5.6 with DA*16-50 I tried. For 1/4 the price, I kept the still in production DA16-45. 67 mm filter vs 77mm and almost half the weight was also a factor.

Understand, the DA17-70 F4 is only SDM. Therefore no good for older bodies than K10D, what must be updated to FW 1.30 to recognize it.

I took the 16-45 with me to Europe (also to Prague, CZ) and was glad I did. It's good for video too, has the quick shift and the "reversed" zoom is an interesting feature as well.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-29-2012, 12:03 PM  
Simplified pros & cons K-5II vs K-5IIs ?
Posted By Trapezoid645
Replies: 6
Views: 1,590
However, moire can be easily fixed in a current PP software. But you cannot get back the original RAW data if it's not there from AA bodies. For 16x24 prints, 5IIs should be a better choice.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-29-2012, 11:51 AM  
Where do source your films from?
Posted By Trapezoid645
Replies: 21
Views: 1,386
None of us is getting any younger :lol: ...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-29-2012, 11:24 AM  
Where do source your films from?
Posted By Trapezoid645
Replies: 21
Views: 1,386
For a new stuff, I use Freestyle Photographic Supplies - Traditional Black & White Film, Paper, Chemicals, Holgas and ULF Great prices and they ship internationally as well.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-29-2012, 01:12 AM  
Film Camera that hasn't been used in a decade
Posted By Trapezoid645
Replies: 10
Views: 1,501
It's MX with interchangeable screens, DOF and some, not ME.. This old pre-LX class semi-pro in it's time, still sells for $100 or so in a nice shape. In addition to all good advise, it would be desirable to take 2 button batteries (LR44, A76 class) and check that nice and interesting meter in viewfinder. Hopefully it works and than give all times a little ride (1/1000~1sec & B). 1 sec and self-timer may be slow, if it was sitting around... Good luck with your new "adventure"!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-27-2012, 03:05 PM  
Disappointing results
Posted By Trapezoid645
Replies: 58
Views: 5,265
The only disappointing about your post is you didn't recognize what's good and than the muddy take from Coolpix. Give your self a chance to learn your DSLR and soon you'll give your junky P&S to someone you don't like :lol:.
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-26-2012, 07:55 PM  
flash for k5
Posted By Trapezoid645
Replies: 14
Views: 1,947
Use your K-5 for intended projects before you decide on how much flash power you want. K-5 may surprise you how far you can push it with available light (including indoor games with DA*50-135 or other similarly great glass). Little fill from AF360-FGZ was all I ever needed. Pentax (360&540) vs Metz (50&58) is smaller&lighter (no swivel on 360), but a bit more fragile as well.
Forum: Sold Items 12-26-2012, 09:19 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Auto-Takumar 1:2.3 f+35mm Lens Located in USA
Posted By Trapezoid645
Replies: 2
Views: 1,423
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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-23-2012, 12:19 PM  
Posted By Trapezoid645
Replies: 3
Views: 770
Many thanks for sharing, I'm sure it's very useful to interested parties. Merry Christmas to you too!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-15-2012, 11:59 AM  
Pentax Color
Posted By Trapezoid645
Replies: 14
Views: 1,441
"Pentax having nice colors" was alive way before any RAW existed and was attributed to SMC coating. Pentax coating was "NEUTRAL", Canon "WARM", Nikon "COLD" when processed in pre-press commercial printing world (my walk of life since 1969). The Pentax color was easier to work with. As many addressed, it doesn't matter much any more in today's digi world.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-14-2012, 09:59 PM  
Best lenses for the K5-IIs
Posted By Trapezoid645
Replies: 21
Views: 14,832
Between 70 and 77, definitely 77 for your landscape. It's sharper. But 70 appears better for some nice portrait. Done that, not just read it on a blog...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-27-2012, 08:20 PM  
Pentax LX Titanium Black (1996)
Posted By Trapezoid645
Replies: 11
Views: 3,380
What a deal, box and T name for $6K, the only visible difference from the one I'm looking at at home (including the newer shutter release button version) :o)
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