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Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 01-29-2016, 07:40 AM  
K-30 Lens Setting Issue
Posted By macdaddy50
Replies: 2
Views: 760
Thanks. I'll try your suggestions and hopefully that will take care of it. I like that lens a lot so just want to know if it's working right or not. Again, thanks and good picture taking.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 01-28-2016, 10:13 PM  
K-30 Lens Setting Issue
Posted By macdaddy50
Replies: 2
Views: 760
To all, this may be mute in that I have a bad camera setting but when I put on my Tamron 28-105 lens and put it in the A setting, the only dial setting my camera seems to recognize is AV. I've tried AF/AF.C, even manual and no affect. It auto focuses fine. But regardless of what dial setting I put it in the camera says AV. I put the kit lens on and it works fine. I have the camera set to RAW. Would that have any thing to do with it? Is this a lens issue or something else? I'm sure this has been addressed before but couldn't find anything referencing it. I have the enable setting set to enable as well. Other than that I don't know what I may have changed that could be causing this or if this is just normal. Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks ahead of time.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-29-2014, 02:57 PM  
Travel Suggestions
Posted By macdaddy50
Replies: 11
Views: 808
Thanks for the tip.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-29-2014, 02:40 PM  
Travel Suggestions
Posted By macdaddy50
Replies: 11
Views: 808
Thanks Adam and all for the quick response. I will be carrying it on for sure. I'll have to check my bag to see what, if anything, they could possible take. Again, thanks all.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-29-2014, 01:33 PM  
Travel Suggestions
Posted By macdaddy50
Replies: 11
Views: 808
We are flying to NC in the next 3 weeks to my granddaughter's graduation and I'm taking my K-30 and my small assortment of lenses w/us. My question or concern is what, if anything, do I have to worry in re: to going thru security and x-rays? Do I need to remove the battery or anything? Don't want to arrive in NC and find out everything is shot. Just would like some guidance if needed in preparing for the trip.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-13-2014, 06:32 AM  
No - That's not a Pentax
Posted By macdaddy50
Replies: 10
Views: 1,840
Received my B&H Newsletter this morning and lo and behold, here was the new Canon Rebel SL1 now available in white. I personally don't like the looks of it but found it interesting. Was that from their own think tank or are they wanting to tap into the color options that Pentax has offered and has created a market for? Inquiring minds want to know.
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 04-29-2014, 06:38 AM  
Abstract Summer in the Smokies
Posted By macdaddy50
Replies: 0
Views: 442
In the hills of the Smokey Mountain National Park
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-27-2014, 03:11 PM  
Bought a Pentax, got in WAY over my head
Posted By macdaddy50
Replies: 90
Views: 7,717
I understand your frustrations. I started with a Spotmatic II in 1972. I ended up taking a photography class in college and it taught me a lot but today's DSLRs are a different animal. I've had my K-30 for about 10 months now and love it. Do I understand it all??? No....not by a large margin. But don't give up. Here's a little story FWIW. My wife is very anal about technology. She can mess up the TV remote but I still love her. When I got my K-30 she said she'd stay with her Canon P&S. Well, when I showed her that if she kept it in Auto, the camera did the rest. We haven't used her P&S since. She isn't afraid of it and will volunteer to take pics sometimes. Don't be afraid to use the Auto mode. Use it and have fun. As you get more comfy with it, then go out an experiment but don't let all the new terminology and such scare you away. My daughter bought the book DSLRs for Dummies. Have seen it, haven't read it but she enjoyed it. I'm guessing it gives you a general overview of a DSLR and it's workings. Camera specific settings? Probably not, I don't know. But give it a try, I think it also has CD with it. Then watch this forum. You can get a ton of info from folks who've done this a lot longer than you or I have. Ask questions? Do what you need to. But don't get worked up and frustrated. It's a huge learning curve. You have a good brand in Pentax as most of the people here will attest. Go out and relax, let the camera do it for now and just have a good time. I've probably reiterated what many have already said but I didn't have time to read all the threads.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-25-2014, 09:37 AM  
Would this frustrate you or not???
Posted By macdaddy50
Replies: 12
Views: 1,314
Today I received an e-mail from B&H stating the arrival of the new Nikon flagship, D4s. They also have just announced the new D5300 I think or something. My point is, you can still buy the D3000, 3100, 3200, D5000, D5100,5200 and now the 5300. And what are you getting? They are all just improvements on if not just minor improvements on the previous model plus now you have to decide which model you want to go with. To me I realize Pentax doesn't have the largest current lineup but it is a lot more consumer friendly from a purchase stand point. I like the fact that if I want the latest I don't have to decide between 5 other similar models which I, as a beginner, probably don't really understand the differences in the first place.Canon is similar like Nikon with the T1,T1i,T2i,3i,4i,and I think 5i plus the new SL1 or whatever it's called. Come on, retire the old ones or doesn't anyone realize you are making more than you can sell? Just my point and I was wondering if others see it this way or if I'm a black sheep gone astray. So glad I went w/Pentax.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-12-2014, 07:40 AM  
Why Pentax
Posted By macdaddy50
Replies: 30
Views: 2,304
Mine are not unlike many already expressed. I started in 1971 w/a Spotmatic II purchased in Japan while in the military. Also bought a 28 and 135mm lens and all sorts of stuff. Back then as I remember it was Pentax, Nikon, Minolta, and maybe Canon. That camera served me well for close to 30 years. Bought a Nikon D3000 and had it for about 2 weeks in 2011 before I lost my job and had to return it. Never really got into it and to be honest had not seen a Pentax camera anywhere so didn't know they even existed. But the bug was still in me to get a good camera. Digital was the thing so there really wasn't any alternative. My wife had a Canon P&S and I hated it. She could use so I was happy!!! Then I stumbled on to Pentax again, how I don't quite remember but I did. Started reading and the more I read the more I liked. Was looking at the KR when low and behold the K-30 came out. Waited about 10 months before I pulled the trigger and though having purchased it sight unseen, I love it. I've gotten 3 more lenses....28MM 2.8, 50 1.4 and a 70-210. My only problem w/Pentax is market visibility. I have said it before, I believe if they put them out in the public eye, they couldn't keep up w/sales. I think there is that much difference, especially if they showed the color options, I think it would be a huge hit with the younger buyers. I love the looks and the feel and the pictures are fantastic. I also like the fact that I don't have to decide between 3 similar models within the same price group.....d3000,3100,3200 or d5000, 5100, 5200, & 5300. They are still selling those. I like that we have an entry level in the K500, a mid range in the k50 and now the K3 for the higher end. Just my thoughts.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 10-15-2013, 11:48 AM  
I give up
Posted By macdaddy50
Replies: 30
Views: 3,093
Look @ Voice of Reason below. If you are new to the DSLR world, take your time. Put the darn thing in auto and just let the camera do the dirty work for you. Read the manual but don't try to absorb the whole thing. I wouldn't say the manual is real user friendly but it will help. Then after a couple weeks of just "fun" shooting, start to try the other options. Read threads here on the forum, ask questions (No question is too dumb) and things will slowly start to come together. My wife, bless her soul, is about as technically challenged as there is and she will use my K-30 if I have it in auto. She said the other day that she'll use the "big" camera instead of her Canon P&S because it takes better pictures. So don't let it get you down. You're probably trying to jump right in and be a pro before you learn how to just have fun. Give it some time. If you've had a K-30 and now have the K-50, you won't get much better than that from any other maker out there. Just go and have fun, experiment later, and then go see your Dr. for LBA......it is very contagious!!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-15-2013, 11:36 AM  
Off Brand Lenses
Posted By macdaddy50
Replies: 14
Views: 1,973
I checked it at lunch and I misspoke. It is a Vivitar 70-210mm PK A/R Macro 4.5-5.6 Lens w/a Hoya 49mm filter. I picked it up for $19. No fungus, etc. Has a good feel to it. Didn't mean to mislead.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-14-2013, 06:28 AM  
Off Brand Lenses
Posted By macdaddy50
Replies: 14
Views: 1,973
Thanks everyone for your replies. I've purchased a Hoya 70-210 and an Pentax 50 F1.4 and paid less than $70 for the both of them. So far so good. I'm no expert but I've been pleased so far. I'll take all your suggestions under my wing and see what happens. It's funny that you all mentioned the 28/50/&135 as the 28 I'm really looking for since I already have a good 50. Again, thanks to all of you.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-11-2013, 02:34 PM  
Off Brand Lenses
Posted By macdaddy50
Replies: 14
Views: 1,973
Bought a K-30 and really love the camera. Came from the old school Asahi Pentax Spotmatic era so you know I'm not a young pup anymore. Back then we only had manual lenses and since I've gotten my K-30 I've purchases a couple lenses at a reasonable price but get confused when looking on ebay or craigslist when it comes to all the different brands out there. Can some of you more knowledgeable members give some direction as to what brands are usually good purchases and others to stay away from? I'm not looking for specific focal lengths and such. But you see brand names like Conicar, Focal, Sears, Albinar, Soligar and tons of others and one doesn't know if you purchase one of those names that you are getting something good or actually a piece of junk. I hope I'm not being too vague in my request. When one sees for instance a pentax 28mm f2.8 and it is under the name of promaster, or focal, or Gemini, I'm sure there are some brands that one would want to stay away from. Hope this makes sense. I've looked on the lens guides listing here and that has helped a lot but wondered if there is a general rule of thumb for some brands. Any help would be appreciated.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 08-07-2013, 07:12 AM  
How many K-30 owners do we have?
Posted By macdaddy50
Replies: 498
Views: 53,075
I have the white and it really looks nice. I don't think you can go wrong w/either color IMO.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 08-06-2013, 01:39 PM  
Post Your K-30 Photos Here
Posted By macdaddy50
Replies: 2,667
Views: 427,134
Here are a couple pictures w/my K-30 & 18-55 WR in the Smokey Mountains. These were all jpegs. My first real outing with it. It is an awesome camera. Hopefully they come thru OK.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 07-08-2013, 08:41 AM  
Post Your K-30 Photos Here
Posted By macdaddy50
Replies: 2,667
Views: 427,134
One of our Smokey Mountain pics.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-23-2013, 01:26 PM  
Pentax Warranty not available @ B&H
Posted By macdaddy50
Replies: 11
Views: 1,551
I had gone on the B&H website to order the Pentax 2 Yr warranty and was told they do NOT carry it anymore. Would have been nice to have heard it from them up front first. I've copied the e-mail I got from them for all to see. I'd suggest if you want to get, you'd better jump on it quick.....if one isn't carrying it anymore, who else may follow? Adam, were you award of this??? See the below:

Thank you for contactingthe E-Mail Sales Department at B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio.
The Pentax 2-Year Extended Warranty for the K-30 is no longer available throughB&H.

I see our competitor, Adorama, still has them in stock:

Pentax 2 Years Extended Warranty for K5 / K30 / K01 / K series DSLR 80227

Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

Thank you, we appreciate your business.


Bruce P
B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio
The Professional's Source.
E-Mail Sales Department
B&H Photo Video Digital Cameras, Photography, Camcorders
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-21-2013, 06:30 AM  
K-30 colors; which did you buy?
Posted By macdaddy50
Replies: 112
Views: 22,437
+1 for white here too.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-17-2013, 07:58 AM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By macdaddy50
Replies: 4,929
Views: 599,276
I'm sure I'm one of the few here in Arkansas that has one. Mine is to be delivered today - K-30w/WR lens in white. Just in time for Memorial Day weekend and our vacation to the Smokey Mountains in June.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-17-2013, 07:35 AM  
How many K-30 owners do we have?
Posted By macdaddy50
Replies: 498
Views: 53,075
Getting my Stormtrooper White K-30 today w/WR lens. Got a good deal (IMO) from BB of all places. They had them advertised as just the Kit version but model # is for the WR. Had them for $695.95. I called and inquired about getting a free bag and memory card but was told, to no surprise, that they didn't qualify. But the lady gave me 10% off, plus free shipping and expedited shipping for a total of $680 incl tax. I know I had to pay the sales tax but with that included it was still less than BH or Adorama. I had to do it that way to fit into my budget. Ordered Wed. and got notice it's to be delivered today. I may have to take the afternoon off from work to start to play w/it. IF for some reason I don't like it or it isn't the WR version, I can take it back to a store and not have to worry about wrapping it back up and shipping it back. So, just a thought for those who want to get it from a local B&M. Call, ask and you may be able to get the same or better deal. Will be calling BH for the Pentax extended warranty within a couple days. Can't wait for the weekend!!!
Forum: Ask B&H Photo! 05-08-2013, 02:50 PM  
K-30 Pricing confusion
Posted By macdaddy50
Replies: 1
Views: 664
Thru April the K-30 price was $619 w/kit lens. May 1 comes along and Pentax announces "new rebates and pricing" and low and behold the k-30 jumps to $746 less the $100 rebate to $646 w/kit lens. On the other hand the WR version is now only $50 difference but at the expense of the kit version. Was the $619 price a promo or what happened between 4/30 and 5/1? Something doesn't seem right in all this. Not faulting B&H as I would presume Pentax made this call.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 04-24-2013, 11:31 AM  
Hello from NW Arkansas
Posted By macdaddy50
Replies: 9
Views: 421
Welcome to the forum. Thought I was the only one from AR but glad there are others. I live down by Pine Bluff, not by choice but because of work. Been to Fayetteville and around some but have lots of places yet to discover. If we get up that way maybe we can hook up sometime. Again, welcome.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-04-2013, 01:37 PM  
New Pentax cameras 2013
Posted By macdaddy50
Replies: 1,305
Views: 197,039
Like several have stated and of which I am a big believer, marketing presence will get Pentax back in people's minds. I think FF is more for the advanced shooter and is irrelevant to the average Joe walking into a retail probably don't know a whole lot about what they want other than they want this nice looking camera. With Pentax releasing all these new colors they are missing the most oportune time to get in front of the public and make a huge impression all at once. As someone said the average person doesn't go and look up reviews and such, they are gravitated to what is in front of them. If Pentax isn't there, they probably don't know anything about them. I just can't imagine why they don't make a major push now with all the colors and really get interest back to the main populace and they probably couldn't keep up w/demand. I'm planning on getting my first K-30 shortly. Why Pentax? Because I had an Asahi Pentax Spotmatic II many years ago. Great camera. I'm not sold on a Canikon at this time. I'm going to roll the dice and go w/my gut. But my neighbor probably has never heard of or knows anything about a Pentax let alone having ever seen one.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-04-2013, 09:08 AM  
Full-Frame Development: Some Official Confirmation
Posted By macdaddy50
Replies: 125
Views: 18,048
Adam, any word on getting Pentax into the B&M locations? ;)
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