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Forum: General Photography 1 Hour Ago  
Dumb features on cameras
Posted By mtkeller
Replies: 28
Views: 748
Little piece of black gaffer tape over it once everything is activated properly is my solution. In a Bortle 1, that light is unbelievably bright.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 2 Hours Ago  
Amazon Warehouse Black K-3 iii
Posted By mtkeller
Replies: 8
Views: 309
Sounds like someone finally bought it, then.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 3 Hours Ago  
K3-3 AF questions
Posted By mtkeller
Replies: 17
Views: 333
And so if the points you want to use that donít require you to recompose are struggling to lock focus because of low light, you can tap the joystick to go back to the center points, use them to focus, and recompose. No need to actually use the center point AF mode.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 7 Hours Ago  
Giveaway: HD Pentax-FA 31/43/77mm | Enter here once per day until July 31st
Posted By mtkeller
Replies: 351
Views: 7,933
In again
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 7 Hours Ago  
Review and configuration Pentax k3 lll
Posted By mtkeller
Replies: 11
Views: 1,251
The problem with that is you have two layers of automation that compound errors. First the native Spanish ones may be inaccurate. Second, the translation may be wrong.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 9 Hours Ago  
K3-3 AF questions
Posted By mtkeller
Replies: 17
Views: 333
I guess the icons are much more prominent to me and donít require me to think about the SFn/(num) part. I prefer to have AF as a smart function because I can put in combinations that adjust the active AF area and AF hold setting and can make those adjustments without taking my eye from the OVF. Changing the active AF area by holding the AF mode button and rotating the rear e-dial in my case requires me to look at the rear display to see what has been selected. I have no problem just using the SR button to cycle through the SR options so donít need a need for it as a smart function. (To be clear, these are just my preferences and Iím sharing them so that those who are figuring out how to set up their smart functions have different perspectives to consider. Different configurations are right for different folks.) Drive mode is a great use of smart functionÖespecially when you limit what is selectable in the smart function with different user modes. I have one with drive modes that focus on tripod-based shooting and another one with drive modes for action shooting.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 10 Hours Ago  
K3 III visual and audible focus confirmation 'lost'
Posted By mtkeller
Replies: 7
Views: 221
Hold down the AF mode button (left side of camera) and rotate one of the e-dialsÖthe rear display will show you that the front e-dial toggles AF.S/AF.C and the rear e-dial which one selects the active AF area.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 10 Hours Ago  
K3-3 AF questions
Posted By mtkeller
Replies: 17
Views: 333
Where are you looking that youíre trying to remember what SFn/(num) means? I vaguely noticed this somewhere when I first got the camera, but now it never enters my view as I use the smart function system. As you turn the rear e-dial with the S.Fn button depressed, you can see in the OVF which smart function is selected. Depending on what smart function you settle into, you usually can see the effect of turning the smart function dial in the OVF.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11 Hours Ago  
Amazon Warehouse Black K-3 iii
Posted By mtkeller
Replies: 8
Views: 309
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 11 Hours Ago  
K3-3 AF questions
Posted By mtkeller
Replies: 17
Views: 333
For AF.S, you seem to be missing the existence of the joystick. Center point is totally inferior to the one that lets you use the joystick to select a point and four surrounding it. With that, you pretty much donít have to recompose, unless you need to focus on something you want at the extreme edge of the frame. (Pushing in on the joystick centers the selected focus point, which can speed up moving the focus point a long way or just be a good way to ensure youíre starting from a neutral position.)
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 2 Days Ago  
K-3 III bug in 2s self timer mode - Source of fuzzyness
Posted By mtkeller
Replies: 96
Views: 4,366
Youíll notice a dearth of anyone being able to replicate the nonsense from DPR here. Even if it is a problem, just adjust ISO/aperture to avoid that small range of shutter speeds when shooting on tripod. Itís not an issue. The camera is amazing.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
Shutterbug review of Pentax K-3iii
Posted By mtkeller
Replies: 60
Views: 4,473
I think this is the one thing that we can all agree on needing a fix and needing it fast. Hopefully in the next firmware update!
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 3 Days Ago  
Pentax K3III user survey
Posted By mtkeller
Replies: 50
Views: 1,228
To enable astrotracer, they need a pretty robust GPS module that also can get elevation, compass heading, etc. Iím not sure thatís something a 4mm GPS module can give. Given all of the incredible engineering that went into this camera, I am confident that if they could have added a GPS module without compromising something else, they would have. Just like those of us who actually have the camera keep telling people to stop whingeing about the lack of a flippy screen because the additional eye relief is very valuable, they have given us great options for having GPS while having a totally robust camera. The trade-offs werenít worth it, and unless youíre a Ricoh engineer who is telling us it was possible but they left it out just because, your arguments donít carry a lot of water.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 3 Days Ago  
Pentax K3III user survey
Posted By mtkeller
Replies: 50
Views: 1,228
I really donít use the top LCD. Thereís so much in the viewfinder, and if my eye isnít up to that, Iím using the back screen. If they wanted to try no top LCD for the K-1 iii (to make way for GPS) as a prelude to no top LCD on the K-3 iv, I would be supportive of that. I donít think the top LCD and GPS antenna can co-exist too closely.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
Giveaway: HD Pentax-FA 31/43/77mm | Enter here once per day until July 31st
Posted By mtkeller
Replies: 351
Views: 7,933
Entry #2?
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 3 Days Ago  
Pentax K3III user survey
Posted By mtkeller
Replies: 50
Views: 1,228
The fragile hot shoe mount on the K-1 is one thingÖthe risk of damage to the pentaprism in the K-3 iii is a completely different beast. Those structural compromises would be completely unacceptable.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 3 Days Ago  
Pentax K3III user survey
Posted By mtkeller
Replies: 50
Views: 1,228
I own the camera and have been using it. It works very well. The structural compromises that would have been required for integrated GPS would have been a poor trade-off.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 3 Days Ago  
Pentax K3III user survey
Posted By mtkeller
Replies: 50
Views: 1,228
I cannot comprehend a situation where a camera-triggered flash and O-GPS1 would be used for the same shot. If you just want geotagging, use your phone and you don't need O-GPS1. If you're doing astrotracing, camera-triggered flash is not helpful. If you need it for fill during a long exposure, just hold the thing in your hand and press the test button.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 3 Days Ago  
Pentax K3III user survey
Posted By mtkeller
Replies: 50
Views: 1,228
Bluetooth for geotagging and O-GPS1 for astrotracer work brilliantly. I am glad they didn't compromise the structural integrity of the camera to shoehorn GPS into it.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 3 Days Ago  
Is it just me as I had to AF adjust my screw focus Pentax lenses
Posted By mtkeller
Replies: 16
Views: 758
Ah, yes. I often forget that Canon and Nikon release cameras at the price point of the K-x0 series but with a much smaller feature set.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 3 Days Ago  
Post your K3 iii pictures.
Posted By mtkeller
Replies: 564
Views: 48,613
Raw files are not smaller, but some software will only show the crop portion and other software will show the whole thing. And I donít mean that the image was cropped but you could ďcrop outĒÖLightroom Classic acted like only the crop portion was in the file at all. (At least that was my experimenting right after release with Lightroom Classic and various Topaz products. Since none formally supported the DNGs from the K-3 iii, I canít say for sure what might happen with Adobe products now that there is official K-3 iii support.)
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 3 Days Ago  
Pentax K3 iii for wildlife photography or .....
Posted By mtkeller
Replies: 46
Views: 3,318
I really like the way Iíve got my smart function for AF mode set up in my action user mode. One slot for AF.S with the 5-point selectable focus point. The other two are for AF.C, with one using the full grid in auto and the other using a smaller auto grid. Much easier than remembering which e-dial toggles AF.S/AF.C and which controls the focus area. And then thereís taking the camera way from your eye to pick the focus area you want, rather than having the ones that will work for you set up in the smart function.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 3 Days Ago  
Night Astrotracing in the Badlands
Posted By mtkeller
Replies: 18
Views: 291
In retrospect, I am glad I only had one clear night while I was out there, since sunrise was around 0500 each day and blue hour in the evening lasted until 2100 or so. If I were up shooting the Milky Way every night, I would have had to go fully nocturnal!



Moar ISO! Also maybe more time, depending on focal length and sensor size. I like that the PhotoPills app will give you settings for your camera, focal length, and aperture for spot stars. I did find that it told me at 11mm f/2.8 on the K-3 iii I could do 15 s, but I was getting a bit of trailing so I did 13 s for my single shots. Those were at ISO 12,800 to ISO 51,200. They were definitely usable, but I had so much less noise reduction to deal with in a single exposure here.



Thanks! Itís fun to get out and play with these nice built-in features. I am not committed enough to astro to buy a tracking mount, but I will slap O-GPS1 on top of my K-3 iii and keep making shots like this.



Thanks!



Thanks! I figured I should post this since we havenít had a lot of night sky shots from the K-3 iii at all, and this may be the first astrotracer image Iíve seen posted here at PF from the K-3 iii.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 4 Days Ago  
Night Astrotracing in the Badlands
Posted By mtkeller
Replies: 18
Views: 291
When I was in Badlands National Park, I was only lucky enough to have clear skies for one of my five nights. Glad I went out and made the most of it! This was shot at the Pinnacles Overlook at 0131 MDT. I used the K-3 iii's astrotracer mode to shoot a 110 second exposure at ISO 1600 and f/2.8 using the Pentax HD DA* 11Ė18mm lens at 11mm. This is cropped slightly. If you pixel peep too closely, you'll see that the astrotracer is giving a bit of star trails on the edges, even though there are spot stars in the core. Given that I cropped in for the final image, I probably should have shot at 16mm where astrotracer is known to do better. (I blended the foreground from another shot with astrotracer off.)

Big shout out to Erik Kuna of KelbyOne for both the Outdoor Photography Conference and KelbyOne classes. I used the low level light painting Erik taught at the Outdoor Photography Conference to light the foreground and the postprocessing followed Erik's class on postprocessing Milky Way images.

Forum: Pentax K-3 III 4 Days Ago  
Post your K3 iii pictures.
Posted By mtkeller
Replies: 564
Views: 48,613
When I was in Badlands National Park, I was only lucky enough to have clear skies for one of my five nights. Glad I went out and made the most of it! This was shot at the Pinnacles Overlook at 0131 MDT. I used the K-3 iii's astrotracer mode to shoot a 110 second exposure at ISO 1600 and f/2.8 using the Pentax HD DA* 11Ė18mm lens at 11mm. This is cropped slightly. If you pixel peep too closely, you'll see that the astrotracer is giving a bit of star trails on the edges, even though there are spot stars in the core. Given that I cropped in for the final image, I probably should have shot at 16mm where astrotracer is known to do better. (I blended the foreground from another shot with astrotracer off.)

Big shout out to Erik Kuna of KelbyOne for both the Outdoor Photography Conference and KelbyOne classes. I used the low level light painting Erik taught at the Outdoor Photography Conference to light the foreground and the postprocessing followed Erik's class on postprocessing Milky Way images.

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