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Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-30-2007, 05:31 AM  
Pentax bags ???
Posted By Heathglen
Replies: 15
Views: 4,993
I've got:

> Pentax holster bag - it's small, but holds K10D without grip and one zoom lens.

> Pentax "gadget bag" - it's too small and barely holds a K10D with grip and lens and another small lens.

> LowePro SlingShot 200 - It's great (once you know how to use it) and holds a K10D with grip and lens as well as four other lenses and flash (and all sorts of other accoutrements)

> LowePro Sideline Shooter - It's small, but comfortably holds a K10D with grip and lens and another zoom lens as well as some accoutrements. This is a waist carrier.

> LowePro Nova 5AW - It holds everything I could need and gets v-e-r-y heavy making me wonder why I don't exercise more.

Conclusion: The Pentax name on a bag is nice. I'd like it better if the bags were bigger and the name didn't blatantly shout I've got photographic gear in me (I've removed the IDs from the LowePro gear.)

Larry in Dallas
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-29-2007, 03:47 PM  
Pentax Baseball Cap
Posted By Heathglen
Replies: 2
Views: 4,396
There used to be one available on the Pentax Imaging web site. I know, because I bought one there. Unfortunately, I lost it. When I checked, it was no longer available.

It's black with red PENTAX.

Larry in Dallas
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-04-2007, 10:18 AM  
Have you gotten your rebate check?
Posted By Heathglen
Replies: 22
Views: 3,167
According to the tracker, mine is due the middle of this month. They've been good (but slow) before.

Larry in Dallas
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-30-2007, 11:22 AM  
Which fSLR?
Posted By Heathglen
Replies: 18
Views: 3,831
There are literally thousands of people who learned their photography on the K1000. These were not used by professionals (except when they originally learned) Other than the light meter, everything is manual and mechanical. There are lots of them around, both used (actual K1000s) and new (clones). Unfortunately, once you have learned the true basics, you might actually enjoy being a photographer, and want the camera to assume more of the functions for you.

I have, and have used the following:

The K1000 originally came out about the same time as the KX. The KX does NOT offer autoexposure and autofocus. It's just a great, reliable, well-built tank of a camera.

The MX was Pentax's answer to the Olympus OM1. It's a jewel of a camera and can qualify as a professional's tool. There are still lots of accessories available.

I think that the SuperProgram was the best autoexposure program camera Pentax made. It is NOT autofocus. Of course, you can manually set the exposure.

The Z-1 (PZ-1 in the US, Z-1 elsewhere) can be used manually while making autoexposure and autofocus available. There are dials to control lens aperture as well as shutter speed. Besides offering a fully autoexposure program, it has a hyper mode that lets you change either one while the camera changes the other to keep the same exposure level. This is very translatable to either the *istD or the K10D.

So, for the prices these bodies are currently selling for, I'd opt for the PZ-1 and use it manually for the class.

Larry in Dallas
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-24-2007, 11:13 AM  
holding on to the K10D with battery grip
Posted By Heathglen
Replies: 24
Views: 3,012
I opted for a different solution - I interposed a Hakuba wrist grip between my k10D and its strap. The wtist grip works equally well vertically (portrait) and horizontally (landscape) with or without the battery grip.

The manufacturer recommends installing the neckstrap holding the camera vertically. I found this uncomfortable, and worked out a way to install it so that the camera hangs from the neckstrap horizontally. This enables me to use both the wrist strap and neckstrap at the same time. Unfortunately, I've worked in situations where this was quite desirable.

Larry in Dallas
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-13-2007, 09:58 AM  
Getting ready to order k100d... a couple questions
Posted By Heathglen
Replies: 13
Views: 1,613
Of course Abe's of Maine is in New Jersey, so it's even further away than B&H or Adorama. I have dealt with them in the past and gotten just what I called for. However, I grew up in NYC and this seems to have inoculated me against pressure sales tactics.

The K100D and all the post *ist D Pentax DSLRs use a P-TTL system for automatic through the lens flash. (The flash sends a pre-flash whose light is measured and then the amount of light set.) This is highly accurate, but it means that you can't readily use a TTL flash. I think the Phoenix is a TTL, so it should probably be a non-starter.

If I were starting with a new K100D, I'd probably opt for the kit 18-55mm lens. Bought together as a kit it can be as little as $25 more than the body alone. It's not the best optic on the planet, but it's fantastic for the price.

Note: The K100D Super has been announced at a low price. It provides you with the chance to buy and use the new Pentax extremely quiet, fast, heavy and expensive lenses.

Larry in Dallas
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-07-2007, 11:32 AM  
Anyone Tried this K10D Remote Control ?
Posted By Heathglen
Replies: 34
Views: 8,813
I originally bought the Pentax remote to use with a Pentax Optio 440. I chose the version that also zoomed the lens. Of course, with any of the Pentax DSLRs, the zoom function doesn't work. No big loss.

I stopped carrying it with the *ist D when I downloaded some freeware to my Palm PDA. This programming turns the touch-screen into a remote button. Since I would almost always carry my PDA to take notes at any hardcore shoot, the actual remote became redundant.

When I upgraded to the K10D and its battery grip, I resumed carrying the Pentax remote - in the grip.

It's small and it's cheap. Why go for a third party?

Larry in Dallas
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-06-2007, 01:06 PM  
How many lens do you need?
Posted By Heathglen
Replies: 19
Views: 2,425
... at a time.

What I need is a function of what I'm doing.

For macro work, I truly need just one lens.

For portraiture, I need solely one lens.

For pictures of working dogs, one lens suffices.

Unfortunately, each of them is different. Lens need varies with photographic activity.

Larry in Dallas
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-05-2007, 12:34 PM  
which remote for the Pentax K10D?
Posted By Heathglen
Replies: 39
Views: 22,753
There is also a freeware Pentax wireless remote program available for Palm operating systems. In addition to actually having the Pentax wireless remote, I have the Pentax Remote Control Emulator Ver 0.1 installed on my Tungsten. It works just fine (and did I mention it's freeware).

Larry in Dallas
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-05-2007, 12:18 PM  
Recommendations on backpack style bag
Posted By Heathglen
Replies: 15
Views: 6,477
I'm very happy with my Lowepro SlingShot 200 AW. I currently have it packed with 5 separate lenses and an *istD with an additional lens attached. (I could replace one of the lenses with a flash.) It should be within your price range.

The advantage of the SlingShot is that you wear it like a backpack, and have access to its contents without having to remove it from your body. You simply move it (sling it?) from the back of your body, under your left arm, to the front of your body. It then presents the contents in an easily accessible manner.

The 300 holds still more (e.g., 2 additional lenses) for an another $20, but I find the fully loaded 200 enough to carry.

Larry in Dallas
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-05-2007, 12:05 PM  
Shade for K10D
Posted By Heathglen
Replies: 7
Views: 2,110
If you are simply looking for a device to protect the LCD of your K10D, I highly recommend the Giotto Pro Optical Screen Protector in the 2.5" 56.3 x 46.7mm size. That size sees to fit well. The protector is 12-layers AR coated, tempered glass (not as temporary as the plastic coverings) that adheres to the camera back covering the actual LCD screen.

(I use the Delkin *ist DS shade on my *ist D (it sort of fits), so I understand the difference.)

Larry in Dallas
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-27-2007, 08:51 AM  
Inexpensive, Reliable Hoya Filters
Posted By Heathglen
Replies: 3
Views: 1,493
Where is a good place to buy Hoya Pro filters. I need a circular polarizer and two UV(0)s in 52mm.

Larry in Dallas
Forum: Pentax DSLR and Camera Articles 05-13-2007, 09:26 AM  
285HV compatibility for the K10D
Posted By Heathglen
Replies: 42
Views: 18,029
I've got a 285 that is quite old. The serial number is 7011177. Where does it stand?

Larry in Dallas
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-12-2007, 12:01 PM  
K10D Book Delayed
Posted By Heathglen
Replies: 2
Views: 1,521
I received notice from Amazon that my Magic Lantern Guide to the Pentax K10D has been delayed into July. Bummer.

Fortunately there is a book out there now to supplement the User Manual. Yvon Bourque's book on the K10D has enough additional information on the K10D as well as it being in an easy to use format to warrant looking into.
Larry in Dallas
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-06-2007, 12:48 PM  
Best thing at radioshack for DSLR user?
Posted By Heathglen
Replies: 13
Views: 2,257
If you have a wired remote control, Radio Shack has a coiled extension cord for it for less than $10. They sell it as a cellphone earpiece extension cord. Mine works perfectly well with both my *istD and K10D.

Larry in Dallas
Forum: Pentax DSLR and Camera Articles 04-30-2007, 01:55 PM  
How can I protect the back LCD?
Posted By Heathglen
Replies: 78
Views: 36,957
For my K10D, I use a Giotto coated glass Pro Optical Screen Protector. It's a lot tougher than the plastic sheet protectors and passes over 98% of te photo through it.

It's as tough as the original screen, with the advantage of being easily and cheaply replaceable (less than $25 including shipping).

For my *istD, I slightly modified the Delkin shade for the *istDS. Works just fine.

Larry in Dallas
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-15-2007, 02:32 PM  
MX vs. KX?
Posted By Heathglen
Replies: 23
Views: 8,864
I've got both.

The KX is built like a tank. (In a pinch, I've heard you can use it as a hammer.)It was a Spotmatic with K-mount and operates like the last of the top of the line Spotties.

The MX was the top of the line of Pentax's response to the success of the Olympus small bodies. It was also Pentax's initial foray into "professional" bodies - leading to the full fledged LX. It's my idea of a great camera. It just feels right and will operate without any working battery (with no meter).

In case you couldn't guess, I'd go for the MX - it's a gem.

Larry in Dallas
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-08-2007, 11:28 AM  
Vintage tripod inherited--anyone know anything about it?
Posted By Heathglen
Replies: 6
Views: 5,267
I've had and used a Tiltall for over 40 years. It's heavy and durable. The Leitz version is considerably better constructed than the new imported versions, but it does not offer the option of unscrewing one leg and using it as a monopod.

I've found that light cameras require heavy tripods to avoid swaying in the wind - and the K10D is light compared to MF and LF cameras.

Larry in Dallas
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-08-2007, 11:13 AM  
Right Angle viewfinder?
Posted By Heathglen
Replies: 4
Views: 2,298
The Pentax Refconverter that fits ALL the recent Pentax SLRs (including the K10D) is very expensive (read over $300) and very hard to find used. When I was looking, its price was an inhibitor, so I looked elsewhere.

I bought a Seagull version that came with a series of adapters that enabled me to mount it on my *istD. The same adapter fits it to my K10D and it cost 1/4 as much as the Pentax version. Since it doesn't affect the quality of the picture, I'm quite happy with it.

Larrry in Dallas
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-12-2006, 01:09 PM  
the program series...
Posted By Heathglen
Replies: 15
Views: 12,447
I've been using a SuiperProgram since the 1980's. It was my workhorse until my wife convinced me to get a Z-1 to speed up my working time. I still like the SuperProgram for its size (even with an added winder) and reliability.

Both of them are currently taking a back seat to the new-fangled DSLR (*ist D), but every time I run film through them, I wonder why I don't use them mopre often. Especially if I have to take extremely wide shots. It's the qualkity levels of these film SLRs that keeps my lens purchases restricted to those that will work well in both formats.

Larry in Dallas
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-23-2006, 07:19 AM  
Properly Chastised
Posted By Heathglen
Replies: 1
Views: 1,432
I guess I qualify as a new old member.


Been shooting Pentax equipment semi-professionally (the odd magazine / newspaper publishes my work infrequently) since I first bought a Spotmatic in 1967 to take pictures of our soon-to-be-born daughter. At that time Pentax ads (they did advertise in those days) used the catch phrase "just hold a Pentax." I did, and the ergonomics hooked me but good.

Over the ensuing decades, the backwards compatibility enticed me to migrate to a K-mount, an auto-exposure, an autofocusing and finally a DSLR. Every one of them performed above expectations and each is still capable of producing far better pictures than I get from them.



Pentax Lenses:
SMCP-F FEZ17-28: f/3.5-4.5
SMC FA 20-35: f/4
SMC FA 28-105: f/4.5-5.6 PZ
SMCP-F Z 80-200: f/4.7-5.6
SMC FA 80-320: f/4.5-5.6
SMC FA 100-300: f/4.5-5.6 PZ
SMCP-F 100mm: f2.8 Macro
SMC 55mm: f2 K mount
50mm - f/1.4 M42

Non-Pentax Lenses:

Lots of other stuff

What I shoot:

Dogs (Bearded Collies)
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