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Forum: Pentax K-5 02-09-2011, 02:07 PM  
K5 & 18-135 in Ethiopia - Advice please!
Posted By gingerburn
Replies: 12
Views: 2,973
I've been asked to accompany a three week expedition to Ethiopia this summer, which is, of course, a great justification to trade up to the K5.
I've got a couple of questions, though.
Battery life: how many shots do people get off a single charge of the normal battery, and how long does it hold its charge for. I'll almost certainly get the battery grip to go with it: how well do Eneloops hold out in that?
Memory cards: I'll be shooting stills 99% of the time but would like to experiment with video. How much storage does, say, 30 mins video require at full HD resolution?
Lenses: I already own a Tamron 17-50 f2.8, but I'm very interested in the new 18-135, not only for the useful extra telephoto range, but mainly for the environmental sealing. Has anyone used this lens yet, and would they recommend it? Does anyone have any alternatives? I'd most likely take this lens only, possibly with my DA 70 Ltd for portrait work.
I'll be taking a tripod with me, with a small selection of filters - ND grad, mostly, and a polarizer.
Any advice will of course be gratefully received!

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-23-2011, 01:17 PM  
Sticky shutter mechanism in K200d
Posted By gingerburn
Replies: 3
Views: 2,446
I'm having an odd intermittent fault with my K200d, where the shutter sometimes does not fire when I press the shutter release. It's not related to MLU or self-timer, but I have noticed the problem since using the camera on a rather chilly morning in Wales.
Does anyone else have experience of this, and if so,
a) is there a nice, cheap simple fix I can carry out myself
b) how much did it cost to get the problem fixed.
I don't know exactly, but my guess is that the shutter has had at least 50k actuations, if not considerably more.
Or should I just buy a K5?
Thanks very much indeed!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-04-2008, 10:49 AM  
SMC M 50mm 1.7 Stopping Down
Posted By gingerburn
Replies: 3
Views: 1,692
It doesn't feel jammed: there's no play in it at all. I'm afraid to push it too far as I don't want to bend / break anything.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-04-2008, 10:35 AM  
SMC M 50mm 1.7 Stopping Down
Posted By gingerburn
Replies: 3
Views: 1,692
Hi All
I've just got hold of a lovely old M series 50mm F1.7 prime, and have managed to attach it to my K200d, but I can't actually stop it down any lower than F5.6. The aperture is controlled by an aperture ring (not the camera body), and I can't find any way of moving it beyond F5.6. There is a small white nobby bit sticking put just to the right of the aperture ring, and I don't know what that does!

Please can anyone help on this one? Until you do, it's bokeh-dokey for me.

Thanks, Will
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-30-2008, 11:58 AM  
Advantages of buying Pentax DSLRs
Posted By gingerburn
Replies: 35
Views: 5,559
There is a great deal of knowledge kicking around this forum that, were I even to attempt to add to it, would be nothing more than vanity on my part. However, I would say that what sold me comprehensively on the Pentax K200d which I have owned for the past month or so, was the feel of the thing in my hand. As one or two other posters have said, the best thing you can possibly do is get off the internet (where no two sites will ever agree), get down to a camera store and see which camera feels best. I was close to getting a S**y A300, but when I had one in my hand I hated it: the viewfinder was tiny and the kit lens felt awful. With the Pentax I knew I was holding something I would enjoy working with for years to come. And what's more, everyone else I know who's held the thing has commented on how well it sits in the hand, from people with tiny, slender fingers to ham-fisted monsters like me.

Oh, and Pentaxians are way cooler than anyone else!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-26-2008, 08:57 AM  
K200D or D60
Posted By gingerburn
Replies: 32
Views: 3,967
I agree with everything everyone has said, but would add this: with a Pentax you're not like every other beggar out there whose cameras end with "-on". Be different: it's much more rewarding.
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