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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-20-2019, 12:39 PM  
New K-series DSLR under development to be exhibited
Posted By dipo 1
Replies: 3,023
Views: 185,219
Oh joy, another new camera I would kill to own, can't afford, probably never be able to, probably never will own one. Drooled on my keyboard so much the keys are sticking. So as I learn how to use my new K5 (to me that is) I at least have something to dream about besides Ms Monroe. Who knows maybe in 10 years I'll find one on the bay that I can afford. Just hope PENTAX will be able to keep going, love the brand and its always fun to have something to dream about.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-24-2019, 01:11 PM  
vignetting
Posted By dipo 1
Replies: 9
Views: 567
Dipo 1 here and what is vignetting, have been looking at various photos on sight and see this word, have no idea what it is and what to look for in the photos. As always any and all help is greatly appreciated.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-02-2019, 01:19 PM  
backlighting
Posted By dipo 1
Replies: 29
Views: 1,460
Great article!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-24-2019, 01:10 PM  
backlighting
Posted By dipo 1
Replies: 29
Views: 1,460
I love you guys or rather ya'll, being from the south and all. CHIMPING wow! All this technical talk is driving me crazy.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-20-2019, 01:15 PM  
backlighting
Posted By dipo 1
Replies: 29
Views: 1,460
Thank you all for the wonderful advice, one thing is what is CHIMP. I'm not real astute with the K5 but am learning. thanks again
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-14-2019, 11:33 AM  
backlighting
Posted By dipo 1
Replies: 29
Views: 1,460
Dipo 1 here again, in the old days with my Spotmaticl SLR if I wanted to take a picture that was backlit I would turn 180 from the scene, take a reading, then turn back and take the picture. Now I have a Pentax K5 I don't have a clue how to take a backlit picture, anyone out there who can tell me how.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-27-2019, 12:55 PM  
Sub-$100 Lens Wish List
Posted By dipo 1
Replies: 62
Views: 3,970
Dipo 1 here, a very interesting post. I have 2 SMC lenses, an 18 to 55mm and a 50 to 200mm zoom, wish I had gone to 300mm, one Asahi Pentax 55mm, one AP 85mm and one AP 135mm. for a total of 5 lenses. I have a K5 camera and have found that I usually end up using the SMC 50 to 200 zoom or the 55 mm Asahi Pentax. Occasionally I'll use the 85mm, but that is from personal preference rather than some photographic need. Collecting lenses is like smoking crack, very addictive, very addictive indeed, plus it can become very expensive, you only have 2 hands and one camera, unless you buy multiple cameras, way too expensive for me, also cant see my self walking round with 10 cameras around my neck, too much dead weight. Best advice I can give is learn to use the camera you own with a good lenses somewhere around 50mm, spend time figuring out what you want to take pictures of and last try to have fun using these amazing tools/toys. Don't buy a bunch of lenses that sit in the box on a shelf. Again, the object is to have fun taking pictures, when you show off the pictures few people will really want to know what camera or lenses you used. Unless you post them on this site then folks may want to know the technical details. Again it is about having fun.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-30-2018, 01:14 PM  
My k5 lcd view
Posted By dipo 1
Replies: 4
Views: 567
Have not been able to recreate the effect soooo I have been taking pics outside and inside (using the flash) and K5 seems to be working fine. Must have been one of those flashback things from the 60s, who knows. Will soldier on and report back if I can recreate the effect with pics. Thanks for the help.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-30-2018, 07:45 AM  
My k5 lcd view
Posted By dipo 1
Replies: 4
Views: 567
Yesterday I took a pic using the flash after taking one that showed up as negative, pic came out just fine. How do you turn off cross processing?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-29-2018, 01:25 PM  
My k5 lcd view
Posted By dipo 1
Replies: 4
Views: 567
Dippo 1 here, I'm having a little problem with my K5, most probably operator error, but have to ask. When I take a pic and it shows up in the LCD screen it looks exactly like a film negative, lite objects are dark and dark objects are lite. For example the table I'm using for a stand is a blonde color and shows up as yellow and the lite green case I'm trying to photograph comes out black, I mean it looks excactly like a film negative. Anyone got any suggestions. I've reset the camera to default settings, I'm shooting in TAv mode, it that helps and oh yeah, the histogram shows up sometimes. Turned that off and don't get that anymore.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-29-2018, 01:06 PM  
New to photography. Help me choose a pentax.
Posted By dipo 1
Replies: 68
Views: 3,572
As you are new to digital as I am I would go with the K5. I chose the K5 last year because everything I read about it was very good.Someone once said on this site "its a tank'. If you are worried about mega pixels then go with the K3, if you are looking for a good entry camera, one that is tough, water resistant and relatively cheap then I would go with a K5, II or IIs, if money is a concern then go with the K5, they are cheaper this year on eBay than last year. I'm not a professional and use the camera to take landscapes, pics of the grand kids, the dogs and any other creature that invades my backyard, which the K5 and almost any other Pentax will do. When looking at a camera on eBay look at the pictures closely and I mean closely, look for blemishes, scratches, etc. Then read about the condition, get one that says excellent and then look at the shutter release count. I bought a K5 from Japan last year for $398 with a shutter release count of 1050, which is practically new. I have been very impressed with the K5 and am enjoying it very much, although I'm still figuring out how to use it, lots of bells and whistles. I have owned Pentax cameras since 1970 and have never been disappointed.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-22-2018, 09:18 AM  
New to photography. Help me choose a pentax.
Posted By dipo 1
Replies: 68
Views: 3,572
I'm an old guy who grew up using an old Spotmatic film camera, decided to change to dslr last year, read every article I could find comparing Pentax dslrs against each other. One thing I found out quickly was that no matter what Pentax I saw they were all expensive, even the older models. After awhile I decided on a K5, it received high praise and appeared to take good quality pictures, one quote was "built like a tank", and that is important cause I be clumsy sometimes. Now, where to get one, E bay is probably the cheapest place to find a good used camera. Some things to look for, first look at the quality posted, excellent, good, fair, etc. Second look at shutter release count, the fewer times its been released the less the camera has been used, Look at the pictures of the camera closely and I mean closely, you can tell a lot about a camera by its exterior looks, used how, taken good care of etc. If you are worried about mega pixels then by a newer one. I paid $400 for my K5 which had only 1050 shutter releases, which is almost new. Again, research this site until you turn into a pumpkin or at least you think you are. As far as lenses go when I purchased my K5 I also bought an 18 to 55 zoom and it works good for a beginner and is fairly cheap. However having said all that it comes down to what you! like.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-09-2018, 01:13 PM  
M42 lens app setting
Posted By dipo 1
Replies: 14
Views: 652
Thanks Steve that is much more illuminating and less confusing. I just cannot seem to get myself into the digital world. K5 is confusing but will continue to soldier on to learn it well. Please God don't ask me to do something on my I phone.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-08-2018, 01:42 PM  
M42 lens app setting
Posted By dipo 1
Replies: 14
Views: 652
dipo 1 here, I'm not the sharpest tack in the box, so here i go. I'm use to my old Spotmatic SLR and when you turn on (?) the light meter you get an analog pointer in the viewfinder, move the f stop ring until you get the pointer centered, and take a picture. If the pointer would not center I would change shutter speed to get the right exposure. Now, I understand that in Av and TAv mode or full auto you don't have to fiddle (?) with settings. I would like to shoot in manual mode whenever possible, however I don't know where to set the f stop/exposure/shutter speed. With the K5 how do I know when proper exposure or shutter speed are at the right setting to get the best picture, in manual mode. Do I set the picture up, and then push the green button and shoot away. Using the old spot I knew when I was at the right exposure because of the needle, with the K5 I'm missing something and not sure I know what or how. I take pictures now by how dark the viewfinder is not by looking at a setting. Just use to that damn needle.
Forum: Photography Articles 11-04-2018, 07:05 AM  
Ap, shutter speed chart
Posted By dipo 1
Replies: 2
Views: 1,051
Hope this will help those new to slr or dslr. Ran across it at another site. It will open in word.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-04-2018, 06:53 AM  
M42 lens app setting
Posted By dipo 1
Replies: 14
Views: 652
Ask and ye shall receive. Thanks everyone who answered my question, as always you are the best. Will digest the above and hope it will sink in. Thanks again dipo 1
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-01-2018, 07:32 AM  
M42 lens app setting
Posted By dipo 1
Replies: 14
Views: 652
OK, dipo 1 here again, so I put my M42 lens on my K5, read all about how to meter using the lens, some very good articles, however, no matter where I set the f stop the meter shows the over/under exposure at dead center. I'm not sure where to set the f stop. If I set the f stop at 5.6, take a picture it turns out Normal (?). When using the TAV it turns out the same. If I adjust the f stop to f 8 the picture darkens as one would expect, however, the exposure meter is still set on dead center. So the question is which f stop do I use? Should I set the f stop at some center point and use the meter to over/under expose the picture or just use the f stops and forget the meter or vice versa? If this made any sense to anyone would someone help me through this confusion?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-19-2018, 01:41 PM  
Abstract The banana flower
Posted By dipo 1
Replies: 1
Views: 384
Here are a couple of cloud formations I found kind of nice and strange. These are completely natural
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-08-2018, 01:53 PM  
Abstract The banana flower
Posted By dipo 1
Replies: 1
Views: 384
These were taken with various lens, ISOs, and shutter speeds, enjoy. You can see some of my focusing issues. Working to correct. dipo 1
Forum: General Photography 09-06-2018, 10:34 AM  
Focusing
Posted By dipo 1
Replies: 3
Views: 593
Hello everyone dipo 1 here, I seem to be having trouble focusing properly. When I take a picture I review it to determine if I want to keep it. A photo will look fine on the back screen but when put on the pc it appears it is out of focus. And I seem to be back focusing, I have a K5 and it has taken some wonderful pictures. I use manual focus, hold over from the old days, and M42 lens. Question, can the diopter be out of adjustment and I am just not seeing it? The adjuster is broken so I use a paper clip, is it easy to replace? U wear glasses. Will solder onward, testing, testing, testing. Thanks for any and all help.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-31-2018, 01:06 PM  
Abstract Blue bird
Posted By dipo 1
Replies: 6
Views: 230
MrKodak, you right, used a smc 55 to 200 mm zoom, will some day own a real telephoto lens. Have to sneak it on the old CC without the boss finding out about it till the lens gets here. then after the brown smelling gets through the fan she will relent and laugh it off after collecting the life insurance of course.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-30-2018, 07:01 AM  
Abstract Blue bird
Posted By dipo 1
Replies: 6
Views: 230
Took this one day through my front window. Enjoy. For all you birders out there, ever notice that most birds look pissed off all the time?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-26-2018, 11:04 AM  
Nature Lilly
Posted By dipo 1
Replies: 7
Views: 364
Any one have any idea about how to take a back lit photo. With my old Spotmatic I would turn my back to the picture take a reading and then turn around and take the back lit photo. another What I do moment.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-21-2018, 06:56 AM  
What i do?
Posted By dipo 1
Replies: 38
Views: 3,251
dubyam, I assume that name is because you eat a lot of sweet potatoes. Love my sweet taters. I'm in Gulfport Ms on the coast. The wife and I sit on our back porch just about everyday and consume toddies and malt beverages, and while there I play with my K5. I've taken so many pics of my banana trees that they are starting to complain about all the posing they have to do. Thanks for the advice am doing all I can to learn how to use it, and will not give up. One other question what is back focusing and how do I prevent it.

thanks dipo
Forum: Pentax K-5 07-07-2018, 12:46 PM  
Lens Release Button Steps for Repair
Posted By dipo 1
Replies: 25
Views: 6,300
I too lost the lens removal button and was not able to find it. I have a K5 which I bought last year from Japan. After loosing the lens button I used a paper clip which worked just fine but was slow and hard to keep up with, soooo I put on my thinking cap, small but fits if I stretch it, and came up with the following. I have a cabinet with about 10,000 screws in it, I found several that almost fit the release hole, then filed down the threads, placed the screw into the hole, and taped over it with electrical tape. Unless you look closely you cannot tell there is no lens release button. Much easier than above post. The K5 is my first DSLR and I did not want to take a chance opening it up. Cluck, cluck, cluck.
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