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Forum: Pentax K-5 02-20-2013, 03:38 PM  
K-5 lens release button awol
Posted By TreeHuggerDoug
Replies: 7
Views: 4,612
Anyway, here's what the camera looks like without the button: IMGP8180 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Forum: Pentax K-5 02-20-2013, 03:35 PM  
K-5 lens release button awol
Posted By TreeHuggerDoug
Replies: 7
Views: 4,612
Thanks for taking the time and the effort to try to summarize this issue.

Before I found this post and Sunder's Lens button replacement, I'd already called Pentax support and checked the C.R.I.S. website for a camera repair estimate; both were ~$200. (:-(

Called Pentax parts department 720-988-2653 (in nearby Denver) and they're shipping me the parts tomorrow; so inexpensive they're not charging me. (:-) A far superior solution - and much happier customer/user! - than being without the camera for weeks (how long depends on whether or not the repair place has the parts in stock) and paying a hefty $200 repair charge. I think it's unconscionable for Pentax support to only offer the $200 repair option - to not tell the user about the free parts and simple DIY repair.
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-04-2010, 07:30 PM  
"Say, could we get some of your pictures?"
Posted By TreeHuggerDoug
Replies: 6
Views: 2,224
It's getting so old - going to public events where organizers take some pictures with their little P&S cameras, then spot someone like me - not a pro, but with some DSLR cameras and lenses - and ask for pictures; even if they don't say so, at least some people seem to expect freebies (non-profits and government, for starters); I've seen some act like they're *entitled* to free pro event photography by the paper! No one *ever* says, "Say, we didn't think to hire a photographer, but we'd like to see, and probably buy, rights to some of your images for our website and newsletter. I can get you a PO #" or maybe "You probably have much better pictures than we've taken. We don't have a budget for photography services but perhaps we could refund your admission cost and maybe trade a membership in our group, or attendance at a future event, for rights to some of your images".

Does this happen to you? How do you handle it? I'm not a photography business, so I don't know what to say. I *try* not to be grumpy but may show a bit of a bad attitude because I think they're trying to beat me up for free photography.

Might a site like smugmug be useful for selling event pictures and maybe even licensing rights? Also, if I'm trying to sell images, do I then need to be concerned about getting photo releases with names, addresses and such?

(Couldn't find any threads on this topic and hoping this is an appropriate place to start one.)
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-24-2010, 09:06 AM  
2010 Adventure Photography Workshop in Boulder, CO
Posted By TreeHuggerDoug
Replies: 9
Views: 4,527
Sounds interesting, but too long and pricey, IMO. A shorter/less expensive version would be of interest to this local shutterbug.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-05-2010, 12:45 PM  
K-7: no SR for manual lens?
Posted By TreeHuggerDoug
Replies: 1
Views: 2,153
On the K20D, with SR switch on, using a manual lens (e.g. 800mm f8 mirror), user is asked to input focal length - can have SR on, enter 800mm.

On the K-7 (SR switch in menus), menu 4 Shake Reduction (on/off) and Input Focal Length items are disabled, so no apparent means of enabling SR, setting focal length. Seems wrong. Wondering if I'm missing some related menu item that needs to be turned on to enable SR in this context.
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-04-2009, 08:23 AM  
Shooting a night parade
Posted By TreeHuggerDoug
Replies: 3
Views: 4,485
Greetings from Colorado, USA,

As I'm trying to get ready for this weekend's Lights of December parades, I'd like to expand on the existing thread to elaborate some of my concerns and thoughts:

Among my tools:
* K20D, K10D
* built-in flash
* Pentax AF360FGZ flash (has wide-angle diffuser), Sto-Fen Omni-Bounce, Fong Lightsphere II Cloud dome diffuser
* fastest lenses I have: 50/1.4, 85/1.8, 28-75/2.8, 70-200/2.8 (rather large and heavy)
* other candidate lenses: 10-17, 18-55, 18-250

Perceived obstacles include:
* focusing in the dark - sometimes too dark for auto or even manual focus; can use at least pop-up flash for AF assist; don't know how well this works (especially outdoors w/moving objects)
* white balance from hell: some worse-than-dreadful combination of street lights, vehicle headlights, storefront lights, fake luminarias, strings of LED lights, flash (thankfully, not *all* in one shot (;-) )
* some lenses may not play nice with at least built-in flash - 10-17 too wide for full coverage, long lens like 18-250 probably too far to light at long end
* for relatively close-up people shots, flash diffusers provide more flattering light but reduce valuable light output some amount

Some types of shots I'm thinking of:
* long(ish) exposure w/wide lens and flash: frozen foreground action w/background blur (e.g. pan, zoom, twirl)
* long(ish) exposure zoom bursts - floats w/strings of lights make for some cool shots
* extreme bokeh - close focus, lights in background w/fast lens wide aperture (full range of auto-ISO?)
* crowd and/or float shots w/18-55 or 28-75 and built-in flash; max light would add wireless AF360 in one hand (I like the flash-on-monopod idea, even at the expense of carrying around *even more* stuff). What mode for best success w/flash(es) - manual, green, program? Auto ISO or fixed, e.g. 400 or 800? Try to manual focus, use medium aperture like f8?
* small aperture star shots - requires long exposure on tripod; tripod a liability in crowds, but might be able to find a suitable out-of-the-way location

Any insights would be appreciated from those who've already figured out some of the various challenges. (Posting etiquette reminder: please quote only for context.)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-05-2009, 03:55 PM  
Pentax 18-250 always same as Tamron 18-250?
Posted By TreeHuggerDoug
Replies: 12
Views: 9,482
FWIW, the lens still appears on the Pentax website

but Buy Now link is busted: "Sorry, the item you are looking for is not available."
Forum: Sold Items 05-17-2009, 03:42 PM  
For Sale - Sold: [SOLD]Sigma 70-200mm
Posted By TreeHuggerDoug
Replies: 26
Views: 4,629
Some clarification, please. Is this the original version (discontinued, I believe) or the HSM II?

Also, it's hard to keep track of the different companies' warranty policies - do you know if the warranty will transfer/apply to a new owner? (I think at least the newer lens comes with a 4-year warranty; moot point if it only applies to original owner.)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-17-2009, 10:41 AM  
da*300 or 50-500
Posted By TreeHuggerDoug
Replies: 12
Views: 2,045
For future reference, Camera Lens Rentals in Indiana rents the Pentax Bigma - Camera Lens Rental for Canon, Nikon, and PENTAX Cameras

I've been meaning to try the Bigma beast for some time, but I don't yet have first-hand experience with it.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-01-2009, 01:56 AM  
New 12.6-373mm f1.9-2.7 DA* fisheye/zoom
Posted By TreeHuggerDoug
Replies: 13
Views: 3,008
That just-announced Pentex 12.6-373mm f1.9-2.7 DA* fisheye/superzoom lens sounds pretty awesome - especially at $703 USD list! Pretty darn fast lens! I'm dying to find out how the new liquid lens technology works; should help a lot with image stabilisation (even with SR bodies). IR mode should be wild! Looks pretty small, and it's supposed to be amazingly light; word is construction is pretty solid, though. The new industry-leading 11-year warranty is just icing on the cake. The new glass is supposed to ship April 31; no preorders page on Amazon last time I looked (I've got a JIVE script that will place my order as soon as it appears).

I wonder how it'll compare with the Tamrun 14-405mm f2.3 APO EX DG HSM zoom, especially for a pretty amazing $627 list (here in the US).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-29-2008, 01:44 AM  
Poll: How many lenses do you own?
Posted By TreeHuggerDoug
Replies: 91
Views: 12,695

I'm Doug and I've had LBA/CBA for a year or more; I see that others have some of the same issues, as bad, if not worse. (;-) Being a bachelor, no worries about wife filing for divorce on account of camera/lens disease draining family budget. (;-) Wondering, though, what it might be like to not always be wishing for more glass, bodies, (e.g. K20D, 50D, D700) and cases - I also have the associated camera bag/holster/backpack problem. (;-)

Anyway, in the lens department…

* 13 lenses (quite the reminder I need to get rid of some lenses that I don't use) for my Pentax K10D/K110D set-up, including:

- favourite lens has to be the super-sharp 70-300mm Sigma DG macro; I got some amazingly sharp ground squirrel and marmot shots in the backcountry this summer - I'm blown away every time I look at them (on screen; haven't yet printed 8x10s, but I should); amazing value!

- 100mm Vivitar macro's been great at the Butterfly Pavilion, but otherwise underused; maybe I can do without this lens, since I now have the 70-300; however, this one's smaller, lighter and faster, and gets closer - all important properties.

- 100-400mm Phoenix has produced some pretty cool shots, even at the far end; inexpensive, fun lens, was great for zoo.

- 28-300mm Tamron XR Di macro is a nice and versatile lens - good range - for outdoor events, but kinda slow so also gotta have a...

- 28-75mm Tamron f2.8 XR Di macro. Nice having a fast lens in this range for concerts where I can get close, but starting to wish for a faster lens, like 77 or 85mm f1.8/1.9 for indoor gigs. Macro's handy.

- 50mm f1.4 - seemed like a great idea at the time - decided I really, *really* wanted fast glass - but haven't actually had much use for it; it gets left behind because other lenses, like the 10-17 seem more useful somehow. Will try to make a conscious effort to use this nice lens so I don't have to feel guilty about having it. (;-)

- 10-17mm Pentax fisheye is very cool and fun; sometimes encourages GFS (gratuitous fisheye shots). However, I often wish it had some more reach so I didn't have to switch to the 18-55 (or, skipping some range, to the 28-75).

- waiting for my $200 800mm Rokinon mirror lens; I have low expectations and I imagine it'll be fun and useful for some things - 1200mm is some serious telephoto!

* 5 more lenses for my Canon 10D set-up, including:

- 70-200mm Sigma f2.8. Desperately wanted a fast lens in this range for summer concerts and got tired of waiting for not-yet-shipping Sigma and Tamron Pentax versions, so I got this to use after I got a good deal on a Canon 10D kit. Alas, no IS, as I would have on the K10D, but very pleased with this lens. Large and heavy, so I have to be pretty committed to drag it to a show.

- My get-closer wildlife lenses, mostly for pikas: 400mm Canon L (pro) and 200-500mm Tamron. Was frustrated about not having enough selection for Pentax so I explored the offerings for Canon. The Pentax mount 70-300 is not as much reach as I want/need, the Phoenix 100-400 isn't quite serious enough, and I wasn't quite ready to take the $1000 Bigma plunge, so I got the used 200-500mm Tammy, which they don't make for Pentax.

After using a friend's Canon 100-400mm L, I next decided to try getting a 400 L; I really like it, but I also rather like having the 500mm reach of the Tammy - and zoom that I don't have with the 400 prime. Maybe I'll yet decide the 400 L is unnecessary.

Perhaps I should have just gotten the Pentax mount Bigma (free IS/SR on the K10D, of course) and not gotten distracted with Canon, but I do like many things about my 10D.

Still thinking about renting some bigger Canon glass at Camren in Denver just to see what that's all about; they also rent Nikon, but, like so many other places, no Pentax.

Oh, it's so hard being a camera/lens junkie. (;-)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-22-2008, 10:02 AM  
Seek advice: $200+ K110D repair - trade-in?
Posted By TreeHuggerDoug
Replies: 7
Views: 2,415
Yes, that's still the case, so you get some added value for your repair dollar.

I'm getting the camera fixed; I was told it might take 15-20 business days. I think it'll be useful for the 10-17, which normally doesn't need shake reduction or orientation flip (I almost always shoot landscape with it); I can use longer lenses on the K10D.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-20-2008, 04:27 PM  
Seek advice: $200+ K110D repair - trade-in?
Posted By TreeHuggerDoug
Replies: 7
Views: 2,415
I have no reason to think so.

I think I'd looked specifically for Pentax gear and found no current or recent auctions. The only recent ended DSLR auction prices:

$152.50 Nikon D100
$134.50 Nikon D100
$100 Canon Rebel XT
$56 Olympus E20

so, it's true, hardly free.

JFTHOI, I also checked eBay Want It Now to see if someone just happened to be looking for a broken Pentax body; no luck.

I'm leaning towards trying to get the best deal I can on the K110D repair and then decide later if I'm going to keep it.

BTW, I believe the repair warranty, as with new product, applies only to original buyer; that is, I don't think I could sell it as a just-repaired camera w/warranty.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-18-2008, 11:41 PM  
Seek advice: $200+ K110D repair - trade-in?
Posted By TreeHuggerDoug
Replies: 7
Views: 2,415
To add to my original post, I've learned that Canon has a "loyalty program", in which, as I understand it, they offer you a good deal on a refurb camera to replace your broken Canon one.

Alas, Pentax does not appear to have any such program. I did make it a point to tell the Pentax service people about Canon's program.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-18-2008, 06:21 AM  
Seek advice: $200+ K110D repair - trade-in?
Posted By TreeHuggerDoug
Replies: 7
Views: 2,415

In a previous thread, I described my broken K110D symptoms, all of which lead to a Pentax $231 repair estimate. Considering new ones - with a lens - are available on fleabay for ~$100 more, it seems like a questionable use of funds. (Sure, I could still use a second body, but I *really* want at least orientation sensor, if not shake reduction.)

Wondering if anyone knows of any trade-in/trade-up incentives - for either Pentax (K200D or K20D) or even for a competitor like Canon (I've got a 10D and very interested in a 40D) - where I might be able to get something for my old body. For reference, I've been able to upgrade to a newer, better (Polar) heart rate monitor instead of getting an older unit repaired (for some reasonable amount).

Finally, it appears that, unlike some products that are user serviceable, there isn't any market for a DSLR parts unit - that there's basically no cash value for a busted body (UsedCameraBuyer, the buying arm of ShutterBlade, doesn't buy broken gear and they had no suggestions for my conundrum).

As always, thanks in advance for your thoughtful and helpful replies.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-08-2008, 09:31 AM  
K110D shutter failure
Posted By TreeHuggerDoug
Replies: 9
Views: 3,359
No, I didn't think of *that*.

I've got some 5300 images from that camera in iPhoto, so I'll guess maybe 7000.

Anyway, Pentax Service says $231 to replace the $100 circuit board and overhaul the camera; the repair comes with a 12-month warranty. I wonder if that money might be better spent on a new(er) camera.

Also wondering how one of those extended warranties (e.g. Mack) might cover me in this case, and who'd be doing the work.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-30-2008, 10:34 AM  
K110D shutter failure
Posted By TreeHuggerDoug
Replies: 9
Views: 3,359
No green hexagon, no red LED focus indicators

Tried cleaning contacts.
Did camera reset.
Took batteries out overnight.
Don't have a loupe to check contacts; anyway, with unaided eye, contacts look like OK K10D.

Seems like it's time to send this in for an estimate by the pros.

Belated thanks for your prompt and helpful responses; alas, I've had to focus on some more important things in my life for a bit.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-17-2008, 08:43 AM  
K110D shutter failure
Posted By TreeHuggerDoug
Replies: 9
Views: 3,359
I'm sorry to report that my K110D no longer functions:

- shutter won't release - manual, bulb, auto
- no autofocus activity
- no focus indication


- camera powers on
- display seems to work OK
- flash pops up in low light
- mirror lock-up for sensor cleaning works
- without lens attached, shutter fires

JFTHOI, I've tried:

- cleaning battery terminals
- different (charged) batteries
- making sure lens is in A position
- manual focus mode
- different lens
- different SD card
- resetting menus to original factory settings

I should note that I recently bought (from a pawn shop on fleaBay) what was supposed to be a Pentax mount (Tamron) lens, but only after trying unsuccessfully to mount it, I discovered it was actually a Nikon mount. (:-( I wonder if trying to mount the wrong lens might have shorted something out in the camera electronics. (:-(

Local camera store (Mike's in Boulder) repair department says they can only fix very basic DSLR issues but electronics-related problems have to go to Pentax Service (in nearby Westminster; alas, no walk-in drop-off (:-( ).

Anyway, before I send this off to Pentax for an estimate, I'd be most grateful for any suggestions of other things to try to get this camera working. Wondering if there's some sort of hard reset (as, for example, in Palm PDAs, or power management reset, as in Macs). Any point in trying to reinstall firmware?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-18-2008, 10:21 PM  
Please guys reassure me about Pentax
Posted By TreeHuggerDoug
Replies: 71
Views: 9,753
Kip, nice shots! I think they *very* nicely capture the essence, the spirit of the moment. (:-) I'd be proud of these - as I'm sure you both are - but, of course, I'd wish I had some more frames - not the 1.3MP ones - from which I could get some really good enlargements.

Having recently attended a couple of different presentations by a couple of the local pro news photogs - and having used a $5000 Nikon pro body with pricey fast pro lens for just a couple of shots - it felt so solid, I'm *very* interested in spending some quality time with some pro gear (yes, I know, a competent photographer can learn to do very good work with even modest gear). And listening to the sound of the high-FPS cameras in action at Saturday's anti-war rally and march - quite enticing - although overkill for this hobbyist. I'm nonetheless seriously considering renting a Nikon outfit (perhaps D300 w/70-200 f2.8 VR zoom) to find out what I may be missing - get another perspective.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-18-2008, 09:30 PM  
Good deal on SDHC cards at Adorama!
Posted By TreeHuggerDoug
Replies: 12
Views: 3,242
Indeed, thanks for sharing this tip! Excellent value! And here I was checking prices on slower Class 6 cards.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-18-2008, 08:22 AM  
Is it just me.....
Posted By TreeHuggerDoug
Replies: 2
Views: 1,782
Amazon has no Pentax lens listed (:-( but shows the Sigma and Canon due on April 10 for $980, with the Nikon, at the same price, on May 10.

A Froogle search turns up only the Sigma, Canon and Nikon lenses on Adorama's website at the same price and "New item not available yet. Delivery expected to start April 2008" for all 3.
Forum: Sold Items 02-27-2008, 09:27 AM  
For Sale - Sold: FS: Sigma 50-500mm (Bigma)
Posted By TreeHuggerDoug
Replies: 12
Views: 2,948
I was probably the third viewer of this post, probably after Alfisti. Sent seller a couple of emails, one asking about sale specifics and photos, another with a conditional offer. (No response, so I assume my offer isn't interesting, or is still being considered.)

This message board "I sent you a PM" business seems kinda goofy - sending email or PM seems enough - but maybe it's necessary to officially establish one's place in line.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-15-2008, 12:51 PM  
Re: Tamron Adaptall lenses
Posted By TreeHuggerDoug
Replies: 30
Views: 7,272
Please pardon my ignorance; alas, I don't quite understand which adapter would be appropriate/best for an SP 300 to DSLR for greatest functionality - PK or PK/A. Also confused about Adaptall vs. Adaptall 2 mounts. Seems like manual-everything only requires the basic $30 adpater B&H sells.

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-01-2008, 11:58 PM  
Tokina 80-400mm vs. Sigma 135-400mm
Posted By TreeHuggerDoug
Replies: 13
Views: 16,294
Nice pics.

I noticed the squirrel shot EXIF says lens model is "Sigma APO 70-200mm 2.8 EX".
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-01-2008, 10:02 PM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game!
Posted By TreeHuggerDoug
Replies: 569
Views: 49,926
> If you don't have a photograph of a dog chasing a cat, any photograph with both animals together is fine.

I searched and scanned my (almost 38,000 iPhoto) pics and I'm so very sorry to say that I don't seem to have my own picture of the fellow with dog Booger, cat Kitty and mice (all named Mousie) ; I guess he was in Denver for a time but I found a news story of him getting hassled in Santa Fe last April. (:-(
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