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Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-12-2018, 03:53 PM  
In love in Pentax
Posted By BethC
Replies: 8
Views: 729
Wow! this is amazing!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-07-2018, 02:44 PM  
K 3ii back up to my K 5
Posted By BethC
Replies: 42
Views: 2,414
I wasn't using multiple focus points. I 99% of the time only use the center focus point.
Forum: General Photography 08-07-2018, 07:59 AM  
How often, sensor cleaning?
Posted By BethC
Replies: 32
Views: 1,270
Thanks for clarifying!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-07-2018, 07:58 AM  
K 3ii back up to my K 5
Posted By BethC
Replies: 42
Views: 2,414
Finally took my camera in for a cleaning. This is all that was included in the service the camera shop did....


"*Our Professional 7-Point Sensor Cleaning Includes.
Complete external camera and lens cleaning (One attached lens included)
Focusing screen cleaning
Mirror and mirror box cleaning
Sensor cleaning
Auto focus check
Proper exposure check

So, as I got home my goof ball son was just leaving... so as we were passing I took a few really quick shots of him to test the camera out. I uploaded the non cropped photo and then a crop of the focus area. here is the link.... I commented on the one photo that seemed to front focus (On his hand... you can see it in the crop) all others look pretty good.



K3 ii test shots | Flickr

so, this afternoon I have a High School Senior photo shoot scheduled. Do I trust it enough to use my K3 for it? Or go back to my old faithful K5?
Forum: General Photography 08-07-2018, 06:08 AM  
How often, sensor cleaning?
Posted By BethC
Replies: 32
Views: 1,270
This is all that was included when I had my camera serviced...

"*Our Professional 7-Point Sensor Cleaning Includes.
Complete external camera and lens cleaning (One attached lens included)
Focusing screen cleaning
Mirror and mirror box cleaning
Sensor cleaning
Auto focus check
Proper exposure check
Guaranteed next business day service for walk-ins or UPS Ground shipping for online orders"

So, I assume "Focusing screen cleaning" is what you are referring to when you say autofocus sensor? Or am I wrong?
Forum: General Photography 08-06-2018, 04:53 PM  
How often, sensor cleaning?
Posted By BethC
Replies: 32
Views: 1,270
I quickly fired off a few shots when I got it home, right before my son left for football practice, so it literally was the 2 of us passing at the front door and me snapping a few shots of him. they are all tack sharp. However, I've seemed to always get very sharp test shots when taking it out to check focus, but when using it in a shoot, I seem to get far to many back focused, front focused and not focused shots. So, tomorrow I have a High School Senior photo shoot and I'm torn between using the K3ii and seeing how it performs or sticking to my K5 which has been my go to camera since I've noticed the focus issues on the 3.

My K5 is going in next for a cleaning, so I'm leaning towards putting my K3 to the test at my shoots coming up.
Forum: General Photography 08-06-2018, 04:41 PM  
How often, sensor cleaning?
Posted By BethC
Replies: 32
Views: 1,270
Just picked my K3ii up from the camera shop where I had the sensor cleaned. It's my first time having a camera cleaned. I've had it 3 years and I've posted about some focus inconsistency and many recommended I start with a cleaning. anyway, the lady at camera shop said they recommend a cleaning once a year. She has hers cleaned 4 or 5 times a year!! I am such a slacker!! So, the K 3ii is done, now i want to take the K5 in. and I"m going to try to get them in once a year for a good cleaning. Curious if you all take your cameras somewhere or clean them and how often.
Forum: Photo Critique 07-29-2018, 05:15 AM  
Night Fireworks
Posted By BethC
Replies: 16
Views: 746
Never heard of refocusing before, but this shot is Awesome!!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-29-2018, 05:06 AM  
Night Moon eclipse
Posted By BethC
Replies: 7
Views: 468
Awesome, the color of the moon is amazing!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-03-2018, 04:44 PM  
K 3ii back up to my K 5
Posted By BethC
Replies: 42
Views: 2,414
Not familiar with the dot tune method. I will look it up. Thanks for the suggestion.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-03-2018, 04:17 PM  
Nature Wonderful chocolatey center. :))
Posted By BethC
Replies: 4
Views: 301
Love it. Love sunflowers. Beautiful!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-03-2018, 04:16 PM  
Nature This family will remain together.
Posted By BethC
Replies: 4
Views: 321
very pretty.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-03-2018, 04:15 PM  
Machinery Legacy of Flight Airshow 8
Posted By BethC
Replies: 2
Views: 409
very cool shots... but I love that last one
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-03-2018, 04:07 PM  
K 3ii back up to my K 5
Posted By BethC
Replies: 42
Views: 2,414
here is one in particular. Had a lot like this on this day.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-02-2018, 09:30 AM  
K 3ii back up to my K 5
Posted By BethC
Replies: 42
Views: 2,414
I'm not crazy! I swear!! After work, I'm going to see if I can post some of the ones that are back focused. Honestly, I have plenty, it shouldn't be hard to find a couple.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-01-2018, 06:42 PM  
Macro Passionfruit honey in the making
Posted By BethC
Replies: 7
Views: 372
Wow!! This is amazing!!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-01-2018, 06:36 PM  
K 3ii back up to my K 5
Posted By BethC
Replies: 42
Views: 2,414
one more...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-01-2018, 06:31 PM  
K 3ii back up to my K 5
Posted By BethC
Replies: 42
Views: 2,414
Okay, so it's time like this where I feel like I must be crazy. I took the camera out and shot specific (boring) items in my yard, that had something either in the foreground or background that was well lit and had some contrast, so tried to give the camera every opportunity to back focus or front focus. It performed fine. I must be crazy. Some examples....

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Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-01-2018, 05:52 PM  
Flash advice needed.
Posted By BethC
Replies: 16
Views: 1,293
I am going to give my 2 cents here for what it's worth. Since you say it's a favor to the couple and just doing it as a gift AND you say they actually hired a photographer, I say go for it! Use it as a learning experience. And you have a good chunk of time to prepare. All you really need to do is get that one photo that totally WOWS your friend..... wedding gift is taken care of. But, I love doing weddings, so that's just my opinion.

I use a Metz Flash on camera, I'm not super thrilled with it however, so if I book another wedding this year (I usually do just a couple a year and I've already one 2) ( I also have a cheaper manual flash I use on a light stand and fire it wirelessly during some receptions) I think I am going to look for something different to use as my on camera flash. So I will be following this thread closely.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-01-2018, 05:29 PM  
Nature First Hummingbird in yard!
Posted By BethC
Replies: 8
Views: 474
We haven't had humming birds in years, but it is so exciting to see them in the yard!! These are great shots!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-01-2018, 05:27 PM  
K 3ii back up to my K 5
Posted By BethC
Replies: 42
Views: 2,414
I actually read this article a while ago. Took me a while to go back and find the article. Clearing up the myth of higher resolution, shot discipline and image quality once and for all ? Ming Thein | Photographer I need to practice using Live View more. I feel like, since I'm not used to it, it slows me down a lot. Thanks for the suggestion. I think I am still going to take both of my cameras in for a cleaning. It's never been done and for all I am on the football field and outside shooting, it's probably time they were both cleaned. However, will read over this article again and take it into consideration. Along with trying out live view again.

I obviously need to read the article again. But can someone explain to me... or maybe this is wrong... why does the camera not back focus in live view? (again, I may be wrong in that thinking... I'm not even sure where I even heard that)
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 07-01-2018, 12:12 PM  
Announcing the first winner of our Pentax K-1 Giveaway!
Posted By BethC
Replies: 341
Views: 15,905
Took me a minute.. but this made me laugh :lol:

Congratulations to SirTomster!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-01-2018, 04:09 AM  
K 3ii back up to my K 5
Posted By BethC
Replies: 42
Views: 2,414
Next week! I'm anxious to see if it helps!

---------- Post added 07-01-2018 at 07:11 AM ----------



Thanks for that suggestion. I am taking it in next week to have the sensor cleaned. Going to start there. I will mention checking the focus points as well. Hoping the sensor cleaning does it!!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-01-2018, 04:07 AM  
Pets Nosey Goats
Posted By BethC
Replies: 13
Views: 438
Thank You!
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 06-30-2018, 04:13 PM  
Raffle
Posted By BethC
Replies: 46
Views: 2,210
Ouch, sorry to hear your camera is missing.

very frustrating.. same exact thing happened to me with the raffle thread. then thread didnt' open for me until 7:05 then and by them, already had 50+ entries :(
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