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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-11-2019, 01:03 PM  
Help me pick a printer....
Posted By mapguy
Replies: 18
Views: 974
Thanks for all the replies....



I would say I'm in a similar boat, I don't print that often. I hate wasting money on ink that just sits there and dries up.

I may have to go the B&W Laser route, but hate the idea of going back 20 years and not being able to print color.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-11-2019, 11:24 AM  
Help me pick a printer....
Posted By mapguy
Replies: 18
Views: 974
I'd say general use that can occasionally print photos
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-11-2019, 10:06 AM  
Help me pick a printer....
Posted By mapguy
Replies: 18
Views: 974
Does anyone have any suggestions on a good airprint capable printer that's reasonable as far as ink costs?

I am running mac osx, and usually update to the newest version, so need something that doesn't let their drivers expire.

There are plenty of printers our there, but the thing is I already have an epson scanner, and have no need for a printer/copier/scanner combination.

I occasionally print photos, so probably need an ink jet, but just need a stand alone printer.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-06-2019, 06:25 AM  
Which macro lens for Pentax Copy Stand IIIP.......
Posted By mapguy
Replies: 7
Views: 710
I have a k3ii, so the 35mm macro would be closer to the 50mm in a FF. It should be enough to start playing with it.

Any suggestions on lighting?

I am guessing LED's have changed things...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-05-2019, 05:40 PM  
Which macro lens for Pentax Copy Stand IIIP.......
Posted By mapguy
Replies: 7
Views: 710
After years of looking I finally came across a real old Pentax Copy Stand IIIp. Its the one that fits into a little case for travel purposes.

PENTAX Copy Stand III and IIIP reviews - Pentax Camera Accessory Review Database

I am not sure exactly what I am going to do with it, but was thinking of maybe using it to copy some old pictures and magazines that would get damaged in the scanner.

I was just wondering what lens would work best with this?

Its getting shipped to me now, so I don't have it yet, but just trying to get some info on it so I can play with it when it arrives.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-24-2019, 06:49 PM  
Need some prom photo tips....
Posted By mapguy
Replies: 7
Views: 756
Any suggestions on what exposure mode; ie spot or matrix?

Same thing with the AF, spot or matrix?

---------- Post added 05-24-19 at 06:50 PM ----------



Thanks for the tip regarding the background.

I'm on the east coast, what is "golden hour difficulty/blessing"?

---------- Post added 05-24-19 at 06:53 PM ----------



Thanks for the tips, I will have to play with using fill flash in a less bright setting, it makes sense to not have them staring a bright sun.

Thats when I don't have as much faith in my skills.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-24-2019, 05:42 PM  
Need some prom photo tips....
Posted By mapguy
Replies: 7
Views: 756
So my nephew asked if I could grab some shots of his group before his prom for him.

I have done some sports photography with mu K3-II, but doing portraits is kind of new, and I don't want to mess up the settings.

Any suggestions on shooting some basic portraits photos, they will be outside, around 5:30pm. I told him to find a spot where the sun will be behind my back, because I am not that confident in using fill flash.

My camera is the K3II, for lenses I have a FA 71mm f1.8, FA 43mm f1.8, and a FA 24mm f2. I have a few zooms and longer telephotos that I don't think would be great for this use. I also have a AF360GZII and a portable grey card I have tried using few times, but its hasn't seemed to work out.

I know the photography basics from the film days, but all the settings on k3-II do trip me up more than I'd like to admit.

Any hints on setting up the iso and camera settings and maybe using the flash would be appreciated.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-04-2019, 09:51 AM  
Some hard to find lens hoods popper up.....
Posted By mapguy
Replies: 7
Views: 804
We are dealing with old NIB stuff. The prices on those lenses are collectors prices, good copies of both those lenses to actually use can be had for cheaper, but not NIB condition.

I looked almost 2-3 years for an FA* 80-200mm f2.8 hood. I had my eye on one on ebay from Austria, but as much as I wanted it, $175 wasn't worth it.

Now $70 from South Korea felt like a steal. Anyone that is missing a FA*80-200mm tripod adapter or a 300F* f4.5 hood is hitting the jackpot.

The rest of the stuff doesn't seem all that thrilling.

Who ever scored the FA 200mm macro hood definitely hit the jackpot, but it that was my FA 200mm macro lens I would never take it outside to loose the lens in the first place :-)

Wish Pentax would make a new version of the 200mm macro that was replaceable and wouldn't seem as much like a collectors item.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-03-2019, 05:01 PM  
Some hard to find lens hoods popper up.....
Posted By mapguy
Replies: 7
Views: 804
No problem, glad a few people can make use of the info, I didn't want to share until I could I could say my transaction worked out OK.

I am still hunting for a pentax 67 T132 close up lens, send a lead my way and karma would agnes paid me back :-)

The hunt is half the fun :-)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-03-2019, 03:05 PM  
Some hard to find lens hoods popper up.....
Posted By mapguy
Replies: 7
Views: 804
I'm not sure if this will help anyone out, but a few years ago I lost the lens hood for my Pentax FA* 80-200 f2.8. I was able to alter another Pentax hood, but it was never the same and I have been looking for a genuine replacement hood to pop up for a long time. Right around christmas a south korean seller on ebay put one up for sale. They also have/had some pentax F* 300mm f4.5 items.

The stuff is NIB and not the cheapest, but might be the holly grail to someone looking for a 300mm f4.5 lens hood. They might have even had a case and tripod collar. I was nervous about buying a $70 item from South Korea, but I got it in around 2 weeks.

Here is a link....

12thsaint | eBay

Maybe it will help a few collectors out there.
Forum: Sold Items 12-08-2018, 11:38 AM  
Wanted - Acquired: 400mm prime lens
Posted By mapguy
Replies: 4
Views: 594
I have an old SMC-M 400mm f5.6 I'd be willing to part with for a good price if you wanted something to play with until you find an FA version.

The SMC-M 400mm is an old lens; its it doesn't provide auto exposure, but it was beautifully made. The focus action is silky smooth and its in great shape. No mold, just a bit of dust inside because its a pretty old lens at this point.. I have the original case which is in tough shape, but you would be best to ditch that if you were interested.

The FA 400mm is kind of a rare lens on the used market. Most of the used FA 400's I have seen are up there and Im not sure there isn't better AF long range options if your spending that kind of money. I use a SMC-F* 300mm f4.5 with the AF 1.4 TC, for the cost of a hand holdable FA 400mm, I dream of finding deal on a 600mm one day. Its a better long range lens than the 400mm is. The F* 300mm has the tripod collar that lets you use the TC better.

In any case a used smc-m or smc-a 400mm might be an option to consider. I have to find a good home for my smc-m 400mm one day, it was the first decent long lens I owned and need to find it another home at some point.

Good luck in your search, shoot me a PM if your interested in the smc-m 400mm.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-20-2018, 03:07 PM  
Looking for 67mm Closeup lens adapter for macro work...
Posted By mapguy
Replies: 13
Views: 736
Is there a version you would recommend?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-19-2018, 06:12 PM  
Looking for 67mm Closeup lens adapter for macro work...
Posted By mapguy
Replies: 13
Views: 736
Canon makes a 77mm one, I think Nikon may make a 62mm one. The 300mm needs a 67mm, I wasn't sure if it was ok to use a step up ring with these...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-19-2018, 01:42 PM  
Looking for 67mm Closeup lens adapter for macro work...
Posted By mapguy
Replies: 13
Views: 736
I have been looking for the pentax 67 67mm T132 Closeup lens for about year w/o much luck. The idea is to use it with my F* 300mm f f4.5 as it has a tripod collar.

Anyone have any suggestions for a achromatic close up filter, I have a feeling I am better off just getting good third party lens at this point, if anyone has any suggestions...
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-15-2018, 01:20 PM  
K3II settings for outdoor stadium lighting
Posted By mapguy
Replies: 7
Views: 1,230
Thanks for the advice, just ordered a white/grey card off amazon, hopefully I have it for Friday night. I ll try to go through some of that in the backyard with the flood light on.

One more question....

You mentioned 1/350 being good enough for football players being parallel to me, do the shutter speed have to be faster if they are coming towards you?

I wouldn't have thought it matter, moving being moving?

Truth is, Im not in a great position to get many game shots of my nephew playing, I am mostly shooting my niece in the color guard and this week they have the families walk on the field as they call their names out. My sister was looking for a few photos of that.
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-15-2018, 12:21 PM  
K3II settings for outdoor stadium lighting
Posted By mapguy
Replies: 7
Views: 1,230
Can you walk me through how to do that?

Im just an amateur at this stuff, who happens to have a few nice lenses. Also would I have to do that from the field?

I am not officially doing this for the school; just my nieces and nephews, I won't be able to get on the field under the lights.

---------- Post added 10-15-18 at 12:23 PM ----------



I was just doing the old 1 / focal length rule for hand held shots, because I had a 200mm lens. I could bump it up to 1/500.
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-15-2018, 10:53 AM  
K3II settings for outdoor stadium lighting
Posted By mapguy
Replies: 7
Views: 1,230
I am using my K3II with a FA 200mm f2.8 lens at night taking pictures of the football team and marching band under outdoor stadium lights.

I set the aperture wide open and the shutter for 1/250 and let the camera decide the iso speed. Not sure what mode I had the metering set on.

I got a lot more light that I expected to, but the pictures seem off a little. The lighting seems weird.

Are there any built in camera settings to adjust for the outdoor stadium lighting?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-10-2018, 02:04 PM  
Opinions on FA 200mm f2.8 with Canon 77mm 500D Close Up adapter for Macro work?
Posted By mapguy
Replies: 2
Views: 705
I just got a FA 200mm f2.8 that I have been liking a lot more than my FA80-200 f2.8. The major flaw with the FA 200mm was the lack of tripod mount, and I some what fixed that with Manfrotto telephoto lens holder.

It seems like the setup might make for a good poor mans FA 200mm f4 macro if I get a 77mm Close up adapter. I read somewhere that Canon's 77mm 500D adapter was pretty good.

Any opinions on this?

Would a 200mm with a closeup adapter get me closer than a 100mm macro?

What do I give up by using a close up lens?

I had been looking for a Pentax 67mm T132 Closeup adapter to work with my F 300mm f4.5 for a year now and haven't came across a single one, but know I can grab a Canon 77mm 500d closeup lens.
Forum: Sold Items 04-30-2018, 03:33 AM  
For Sale - Sold: FA* 400mm f5.6
Posted By mapguy
Replies: 6
Views: 1,189
He has it listed in the description, $600 for the 77mm and $1,700 for the FA 400mm.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-29-2018, 04:41 PM  
Power zoom problem
Posted By mapguy
Replies: 7
Views: 847
Wow, I just tried it on my K3-II.

I thought I lost that feature on FA* 80-200. I only had a k200d before, so it hasn't worked for a long time. The zoom ring on my FA 80-200 is feels a little rough, the power zoom feature makes zooming awesome again.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-29-2018, 03:51 PM  
Power zoom problem
Posted By mapguy
Replies: 7
Views: 847
Wow, I didn't even think the power zoom feature worked anymore. I thought it only worked on a select few old film bodies.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-20-2018, 07:13 AM  
FA43 lore question
Posted By mapguy
Replies: 50
Views: 3,068
I can't even find / afford all the regular lenses I want, never mind color match them :-)

The k1000, with the silver FA 43mm does like very nice though, but so does a 50mm f1.2. No wonder all this stuff gets sooo expensive.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-16-2018, 03:57 PM  
FA *85 or FA 77 Limited?
Posted By mapguy
Replies: 14
Views: 1,513
Where do you want use the lens? Do you want it to use or as a collectors item?

The 85mm is rare and would be had to replace if it was damaged or stolen. It stands out and is big.

The 77mm is smaller and can be replaced if damaged.

If I had an 85mm, I might be worried to take it on trips. But then again I have the FA 80-200 f2.8 and the 24mm f2, I do love the way they look, just not the kind of lens I can replace, they usually stay close to home.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-12-2018, 11:40 AM  
How is this tripod setup....
Posted By mapguy
Replies: 10
Views: 1,493
Thanks for the break down, I don't use the ball head much. I found this to use with the Nodal Ninja.....

amazon.com : Desmond DLEVX-68 Leveler w Bubble Level for Tripod 3/8 Precision Tri-Wheel Leveling Base : Camera & Photo?tag=pentaxforums-20&

The former surveyor in me, really likes the precision.

I probably have to cut my losses and switch to arc swiss stuff, maybe an adapter plate just to keep the heads usefull. I can't say I use the long lenses that much, but would like to play with macro stuff with an off camera flash. i know that puts a lot of weight on the tripod head.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-11-2018, 01:13 PM  
How is this tripod setup....
Posted By mapguy
Replies: 10
Views: 1,493
The ball head is a bogen #3055; one lever allows it to move around, the other spins it in the circle. I did find that when using it with the nodal ninja the legs have a tendacy to move, then again Im used to survey tripod legs. I guess a bag with a rock in it could steady it.
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