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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-22-2018, 03:44 PM  
Pentax K3 DNG files
Posted By woodywesty
Replies: 13
Views: 703
Now we're talking Paul! It sounds like I can "un install" Lightroom from my external hard drive then.... figure out how to separate out the Lightroom catalog from Lightroom on the computer hard drive and instal it on the external hard drive...... hummm ;-) (pretty early in Melbourne)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-22-2018, 02:49 PM  
Pentax K3 DNG files
Posted By woodywesty
Replies: 13
Views: 703
Thank you Eric.... I agree, I need some in person help! In the back of my mind I thought that "maybe" all my work is still there but just in the wrong place but I can't know for sure. What I suspect is that a Lightroom wiz will look at my computer for three or four minutes and say something like "easy, no problem, you just did this instead of doing that", But then I have a lot of learning to do after that ;-)

Bob
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-22-2018, 12:56 PM  
Pentax K3 DNG files
Posted By woodywesty
Replies: 13
Views: 703
Steve, Paul, Mark!

I really appreciated your instant feedback last week even though I didn't resolve my issue. However, I realize that whatever the PEF/DNG problem is, its because of "something" I have done or not done... That will get resolved in time and it appears that it doesn't matter which RAW format its in on Lightroom though I for some reason thought that Lightroom could not process PEF. Apparently I was wrong yet again ;-) My REAL problem is that my download of pics onto my Mac hard drive stopped because the computers hard drive was full... I "thought" I had taken measures a month ago by adding a large external hard drive which I also installed Lightroom 6 on. My thinking was that every time I wanted to download pics I would turn on the computer, open Lightroom 6 on the external hard drive and then download new files to the external hard drive. I was wrong...... New files continued to load on the Mac hard drive till it was full. So.... I drove to a city near by to a Mac kind of store and the tech partitioned my external hard drive and showed me how to drag all of my lightroom pic files onto the external hard drive and once done drag all my pic files from lightroom on the Mac hard drive to the trash and delete them..................... I did this at home which opened up space on the Mac hard drive so that the computer could function again but when I opened Lightroom to process pics from the external hard drive they are locked. I can open them but can't do anything with them. Also, the 3000 pics are not listed in the Lightroom library. Each of the 3000 pics have their image number which looks something like this, IMGP 0003.dng-Locked 28.5MB, and... "This document does not support editing" and "This document can be duplicated to a format that supports editing" and then give the option of "undo change" or "duplicate as TIFF". So... I am at a total loss as to what to do. I have hundreds of hours of work in Lightroom in these files and I'd hate to lose them and am worried that I have already lost all that when I dragged them from the computer hard drive to the trash. I would be positively homicidal if they were gone except that I have saved all of my memory cards as they were so i at least have all of the original images.

I have tried to find someone in my area who knows Lightroom well and possibly even Mac but have found nobody and nobody at the computer store knows anything about Lightroom either. So my immediate problem is to find out if I've lost all of my work, then learn more about lightroom, then download a few hundred new pics and figure out what they all look flat and muted color in lightroom when in the camera they are full of color... The DNG/PEF issue is a mistake i made someplace that will shake out when the above mess is unraveled. So.... does anyone have any ideas for me to figure out if my files are damaged, lost or OK and how to do all this file transfer with a backup on the external drive? Or give it all up and get my Kodak Instamatic out and leave well enough alone...
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-13-2018, 05:08 AM  
Pentax K3 DNG files
Posted By woodywesty
Replies: 13
Views: 703
Paul, your post reassures me that somehow I may be able to salvage this mess! However.... while I've been using lightroom for a couple years now I've really not learned anything about it other than pushing some obvious buttons to download etc. I'm simply going to have to find a classroom experience with learning to use Lightroom in order to understand enough to follow the wonderful advice of yours and others on the forum. I've simply gotten in too deep to fast, made a big mess and need to back out and start from the beginning. It may take awhile but based on what you're saying and others I suspect that I can eventually get on track.

Thanks so much, Bob
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-12-2018, 07:41 PM  
Pentax K3 DNG files
Posted By woodywesty
Replies: 13
Views: 703
Paul,

On the screen on the K3 for image capture settings it is set at Raw DNG..... When I transfer the files into Lightroom they end up PEF. However..... you did point out something i never thought of....I checker the 4-way controller and it was set at "Radiant" which I must have done accidentally during one of my pre dawn shoots this last week... :-( I suppose this screws up several hundred pics :-( And.... they are all in PEF on the computer. Maybe I need to dump everything off my computer and start over....

---------- Post added 06-12-18 at 09:54 PM ----------


Hi Mark,

I've been getting DNG's from the camera for the last three years but.... another parameter to this problem is that I have added a 4 terabyte external drive for all my pics as backup and today I transferred a bunch of DNG files onto the new hard drive and they ended up PEF files and when I open them in lightroom they look like crap. So, I think my best bet is to erase everything and reload my 32GB cards.. What I'd really like is to meet in the flesh other Pentax owners. On all the shoots I go on all the Nikon and Cannon and Sony owners swap info and tips. I could use some of that hands on stuff! ;-)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-12-2018, 06:17 PM  
Pentax K3 DNG files
Posted By woodywesty
Replies: 13
Views: 703
I'm desperate... My K3 DNG files are changed to PEF files when I dump them into Lightroom 6 on my Mac. Been dong this for a couple years but now, all of a sudden my DNG files are converted to PEF files. It is VERY apparent as the color nearly washes out and they look flat. I have no idea what to do. What I want is to PAY real money to someone to sit down with me, my computer, lightroom and my pictures and take me through using all this technology the correct way. I live near Minneapolis St. Paul Minnesota and would gladly drive a couple hundred miles and pay for hands on training. I've been signing up for photo shoots in three states for four years and have never met another Pentax shooter so learning from another Mac Pentax photographer hasn't been possible.

Thanks, Bob
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-09-2018, 05:00 PM  
SDM on new lenses
Posted By woodywesty
Replies: 39
Views: 1,983
I checked the new D FA 15-30 on B&H and checked the reviews. Some good, some so, so and one in depth negative assessment about getting four lenses in a row and all were out of wack. Sounded just like the issues with the DA* 16-50 which immediately put me off. I realize this is one really bad review but it sounds too much like what I've seen before. In any case, the 15-30's front element project far out in front and will not allow the mounting and use of rectangular filters which simply eliminates it from consideration. The only reason I would get the K1 is for greater width of view that you can't get with the crop sensor. I already have the 31mm, 43mm 77mm and 100 micro along with full frame 300 and 500 Sigmas but they all work just fine on the K3 so I only need the K1 for scenery. If I can find eventually a good quality wide zoom for the K1 then I'll get it. ;-)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-09-2018, 10:53 AM  
SDM on new lenses
Posted By woodywesty
Replies: 39
Views: 1,983
I know Norm.... and I appreciate it but I just have to take a little time to sort my mess out. I love my K3's and have been "satisfied" with my DA* 16-50 till it failed recently. If I don't get it back soon from repairs I may just buy the Sigma 17-50 which actually got better reviews than the DA* 16-50 and its on sale for something like $376 at B&H... For the time being I'll hold off on purchasing a K1 mark ll till I find the right wide angle zoom that supports my Singh-Ray filter system. It'll work out in the end... ;-)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-08-2018, 08:36 AM  
SDM on new lenses
Posted By woodywesty
Replies: 39
Views: 1,983
Thank you for your kind consideration Norm...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-08-2018, 07:47 AM  
SDM on new lenses
Posted By woodywesty
Replies: 39
Views: 1,983
I bought my DA* lenses in 2014 and 2015 from B&H.

The 50-135 failed after 5 days and was replaced by B&H and the replacement failed two weeks later. I bought the DA* 300 in 2014 and it had started failing within six months. Also bought the DA* 16-50 in 2014 and it failed early this year. And I shouldn't have to pay to have them converted to 30 year old focusing technology. Ricoh should give me and others our money back or make good on their product! Ricoh should have Uncle Vanya as paid staff as he's saving their asses.

Ricoh did indeed sell defective lenses... the motor IS part of the lens and its crap engineering or crap production!

There was NO two year warranty period. I did send in the 50-135 after the second lens failed in two weeks. Got the lens back and it failed soon after. After that I threw it in the closet and after awhile had Uncle Vanya convert it. We shouldn't have to put up with this crap from the manufacturer as they are very expensive lenses.

I looked at the new DA lens made by Tamron and it has received some scathing reviews for QC issues.(B&H reviews) Also, if I wanted a Tamron lens I'd buy one. I want the quality that I have in my 15, 31 and 77mm lenses or the better Sigma lenses. I want the optical quality that is in the DA* lenses and I want them to actually focus. Basically Ricoh isn't offering anything on the long end except a telescope and on the wide end their 2.8 zoom lenses have issues and there is no 2.8 15mm. Thanks for your time and feedback but I'm very frustrated, a bit pissed and stuck with a system that I've invested heavily in and can't afford to jump ship.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-07-2018, 07:49 AM  
SDM on new lenses
Posted By woodywesty
Replies: 39
Views: 1,983
Reading about SDM issues makes me want to vomit... I bought three brand new DA* lenses, the 16-50, the 50-135 and the 300 and they all failed. The 50-135 failed within two weeks of delivery. Sent it back to B&H and they replaced it with a new one which failed in one week. While I love my K-3 and K-3ll cameras and my 15, 31, 77 and 100 Pentax lenses I will never buy another Ricoh/Pentax lens, EVER! The bottom line is that Ricoh knowingly sold defective lenses to thousands of people around the world and in my mind they stole $3,000 from me. I have very much wanted to buy the new K1 mark 2 full frame to do scenery and night sky photography but I need a fast 15-30 lens that accepts various front filters and the Tamron lens doesn't allow for this because of the front element. Sadly, I'll be buying a Nikon full frame and wide angle zoom for my needs. Ricoh is not delivering on the wide angle zoom end or the long end nor are they accepting responsibility for screwing thousands of customers.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-15-2018, 07:59 AM  
Why won't shutter release?
Posted By woodywesty
Replies: 34
Views: 2,204
Sorry to hear about your focus issues... been there too often myself. "Likely", your issues are based on the DA* lenses junk autofocusing mechanisim. All three of my lenses (16-50, 50-135 and 300mm) have failed, which is criminal on Ricoh's part in my opinion. Your only option is to have the lens's converted to screw drive which is just is a simple reprograming of the lens. Here in the states forum member Uncle Vanya, does this conversion for a very reasonable fee. After the conversion the lens will focus quite quickly, in my experience even faster than the SDM mechanism. The noise is negligible and probably of no importance unless you're doing wedding pics or if you're a "spy".... ;-). I love my DA* lenses becuase they are so sharp but hate them because I had tp pay premium prices for 1990 focus technology... Contact Uncle Vanya and see what shipping costs might be. He is fast!
Forum: Pentax KP 03-03-2018, 07:48 PM  
My 65 year photography journey ends with the KP !
Posted By woodywesty
Replies: 46
Views: 5,138
Love your story Helen Jo.... you're kinda a Pentax GodMother... ;-) Hope you have many years enjoying your new Pentax. There are sooo many wonderful and helpful members on the forum. There are also some fantastic women photographers. I'll mention my favorite so that you might take a look at her work. She really is amazing. Her name is Keitha McCall Tell Us About Your Photo, Keitha McCall - Columns | PentaxForums.com

As a fairly old guy I love to see young photographers grow and refine their talent. Keitha has a lot of talent! Enjoy the Pentax Forum and happy shooting!

Bob
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-23-2018, 05:56 AM  
Ricoh announces an upgrade service for current PENTAX K-1 consumers
Posted By woodywesty
Replies: 258
Views: 18,961
WOW Derek!! Such a beautifully sharp pic! What lens did you use? Still using my K3ll but the K1 ll may need to be considered.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-14-2018, 06:14 AM  
Pentax K-1 Mark II DSLR camera detailed specifications leaked
Posted By woodywesty
Replies: 389
Views: 35,246
Not much to see here it seems. Nice adjustments to a nice camera but until Ricoh gets auto focus that competes with Nikon/Canon I'll stick with my K3ll. Would love a Pentax full frame but it has to do a lot better with autofocus.....
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-15-2018, 02:56 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By woodywesty
Replies: 29,847
Views: 2,629,658
That first pic is a beauty! I think you're going to do very with the new combo! ;-)
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-04-2018, 06:05 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By woodywesty
Replies: 29,847
Views: 2,629,658
Beautiful bird and photograph!
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-03-2018, 09:00 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By woodywesty
Replies: 29,847
Views: 2,629,658
Beautiful photos!
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 08-02-2017, 06:02 AM  
Weekly Challenge Challenge #395-- "You should frame that"
Posted By woodywesty
Replies: 35
Views: 3,075
K3, 6400 iso, 10mm, 2.8, 44 sec exposure. Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota. Wife said "you should frame that"!! ;-)
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 08-01-2017, 06:53 PM  
Weekly Challenge Challenge #395-- "You should frame that"
Posted By woodywesty
Replies: 35
Views: 3,075
Thats a beautiful shot!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-18-2017, 12:27 PM  
Converting PEF to DNG in Lightroom
Posted By woodywesty
Replies: 13
Views: 1,261
Well, that would be nice if I can find the instructions in the manual... ;-) I don't suppose that there's any chance of losing my pictures while doing this in camera conversion?? :-/ Still, it sounds like a quick solution.

Thanks, Bob
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-17-2017, 07:41 PM  
Converting PEF to DNG in Lightroom
Posted By woodywesty
Replies: 13
Views: 1,261
Interesting! I'll give it a try AND upgrade 6.0 to the latest.. ;-)

Thanks, Bob
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-17-2017, 06:57 PM  
Converting PEF to DNG in Lightroom
Posted By woodywesty
Replies: 13
Views: 1,261
Maybe thats the problem... I have version 6.0...........

---------- Post added 07-17-17 at 09:16 PM ----------




Steve, my version is just 6.0 and it doesn't recognize PEF. The first time I put the card in the laptop and downloaded the pictures I got thumbnails only and then I've tried multiple times since and each time Lightroom takes a good five minuted spinning and then finally says that it doesn't recognize the files. So I really don't know what else to do. Of course the photo feature on the MAC accepts anything and immediately but those are not PEF files.. I'll take a look online and see if I can find that book but what I really need is to take a class in Lightroom and ideally from someone who has heard of Pentax... I am taking a Lightroom class in November but I know the guy doesn't know Pentax... :-(

Thanks again, Bob
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-17-2017, 06:20 PM  
Converting PEF to DNG in Lightroom
Posted By woodywesty
Replies: 13
Views: 1,261
I have a K3 and a K3ll and am still learning all the ins and outs of modern digital photography. While I am having fun with this amazing technology I am "digitally" challenged making the transition from film photography learned 50 years ago to the new applications.
My biggest challenge right now is learning Lightroom 6 and the problem I'm having trying to upload about a hundred photographs that I mistakingly shot in PEF instead of DNG. In Lightroom I first got thumbnails of the pictures and nothing else. When I try again to load the PEF files Lightroom takes a long time and then says it does not recognize the files. I can see in lightroom where it says to convert files to DNG but that is never highlighted. I am extremely frustrated and have nobody to show me how to do this (or anything else with Pentax for that matter). I've taken a number of photo workshops and not only have I never seen another person with a Pentax, the fella who offers the workshops has never seen another Pentax user. The nearest dealer is at least 300 miles from where I live and I feel like I've bought into a camera from Mars... I would be THRILLED to pay someone to sit down with me and teach me how to use all this stuff but I need a Pentax person. If anyone has a simple explanation as to why Lightroom won't recognize PEF and convert it to DNG I'd sure like to know what it is.

Many thanks, Bob
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-22-2017, 05:15 AM  
K3 ll GPS location limits
Posted By woodywesty
Replies: 3
Views: 569
Thanks Photoptimist and Adam, You have answered my question. I am taking another "night sky" photo workshop and once before used the GPS to allow for longer exposures than others could take without star trails and it is great, but... it is a little putzy having to go through the setup process each time you change your position. We are in northern Minnesota on the Canadian border with lots of crazy magnetic variations so it looks like if I move then I re-set the GPS. I can live with it ;-) It is simply amazing what the sensor can pick up that our eyes can't see... ;-)

Cheers, Bob
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