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Forum: Maintenance and Repair Articles 03-29-2018, 07:41 AM  
What is this Pentax 67 part called and where do I get one?
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 5
Views: 594
very difficult to find Pentax 67 eyepiece and expensive, fortunately, you can search for Nikon F100 eyepiece, they fit Pentax 67 prism eyepiece.
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360 Cameras 03-29-2018, 07:21 AM  
Theta V Bluetooth + selfie stick blue tooth button
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 12
Views: 1,649
I emailed Ricoh support regarding the Theta V selfie stick, that cost $49.95 (Ricoh THETA V Selfie Stick 95490 B&H Photo Video), how to connect to the bluetooth remote button.

A day later a guy name Bruce (if I remember correctly) call me from Tucker, GA (phone number: 770-493-2100), said the bluetooth remote button is NOT WORKING. what? :eek: Ricoh is selling something for $49.95 for something they know is not working? :fedup::fedup:

He said the engineers told him that the feature is there "for future", and yes, there is no user manual at all for this selfie stick. I can't believe this is their response. At least put this in the product description? something like "bluetooth remote button reserved for future development". My goodness... it is third generations product and can't believe this happen.
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360 Cameras 03-19-2018, 12:33 PM  
Theta V Bluetooth + selfie stick blue tooth button
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 12
Views: 1,649
Thanks Adam!

The Bluetooth can't pair with my phone, but somehow after turning off the wifi on the Theta v (wifi button), the app shows it is connected via Bluetooth and I can click shutter on my phone to trigger shutter on the Theta, even though it never pair with my phone. Weird. But this is not very useful, as I will have to turn on the camera - turn off wifi to use this. I manage to connect the camera with the LAN configuration. But the connection is not stable, as the app crash after few minutes. So now the only reliable connection is via wifi.

I haven't figure out how to connect the #thetav selfie stick button, this thing sold for $49 (adorama, newegg, BHphotos) and yet there is no documentation. lol

Which App do you use to connect to Theta V, if I may ask? I download the "Ricoh Theta" App, it can't find the camera even though I am connect to it via wifi.
Only using the "Ricoh Theta S" app, I am able to connect to it . Again, weird. :(

Ricoh really need to step up, this doesn't look like a complete product. :(:(:(
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360 Cameras 03-19-2018, 09:45 AM  
Theta V Bluetooth + selfie stick blue tooth button
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 12
Views: 1,649
Got my Theta V along with the Theta V selfie stick that comes with a remote button (a very happy surprise!).

However, have trouble getting my phone (Pixel 2 XL) to pair with the Theta V via Bluetooth.

1. Turn on wifi, turn on Theta V bluetooth, Theta V didn't show up in my phone.
2. Turn on wifi, turn on Theta V bluetooth, turn off wifi, the device show up as it's serial number, tried to connect, failed.

I have tried restart my phone, repeat the process, restart Theta V, to no available (have the latest firmware).

I was able to pair with the Selfie stick remote button via bluetooth, connect phone to the Theta V via wifi, press remote shutter, nothing happen. lol

There is no documentation on how to connect the bluetooth remote shutter button at all. :lol::lol::lol:
(and can't find the selfie stick info on Ricoh Web, except it say on the Theta V page, use xxxx coupon to get free selfie stick with Theta V order).

Any help?

(oh man... I thought Theta V is like the 3rd generation product and should be very mature and easy to use, but boy! :lol::lol:)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-16-2018, 02:14 PM  
Need help choosing between Pentax D-FA 15-30mm and Pentax 31mm Ltd
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 22
Views: 1,258
you will be getting photos that you like to keep with 31mm. The 15-30mm is generally too wide (gopro like wide) for the things you listed.
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360 Cameras 03-12-2018, 12:11 PM  
Sample Theta v file download?
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 7
Views: 925
Very much appreciated Adam! I ordered one when ebay have a 20% off site wide last week. :)

would be great if PF made theta of samples files available for people to play around.

I really think the Theta line (along with Ricoh GR, Pentax 645 line) is one of the more competitive product in the Ricoh/Pentax company - really should put more effort into it and dominate this segment! Action cameras market is saturated, but 360 action cam still have room to grow. Make raw file available via firmware upgrade, and in the next generation:
1. Increase picture MP;
2. make it water-proof to 30m without casing;
3. allow adding micro-SD card;
4. 4K 120p (4K in 360 is smaller than non-360).

The open SDK is a really nice direction! I am glad Ricoh see this as the future to go - if they open up SDK for other cameras, will really open up many possibilities (see Canon's unofficial magic lantern).
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360 Cameras 03-09-2018, 08:56 AM  
Sample Theta v file download?
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 7
Views: 925
I would like to play around with Theta V video and photo file - without processed to play around with the desktop app and android app, and look at the quality.

I can't seem find them anywhere?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-08-2018, 04:56 PM  
I wish this would be the next Pentax
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 20
Views: 1,909
sorry, this is too ugly. lol I am glad the K1 looks like it's current look. :D
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360 Cameras 03-08-2018, 03:44 PM  
couple questions about Theta v
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 4
Views: 479
That is pretty good. Thanks again!

Just found out the Xiao Mi 360 camera can actually do raw file, though I preferred Theta's form factor. will have to do more comparison.
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360 Cameras 03-07-2018, 08:56 PM  
couple questions about Theta v
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 4
Views: 479
Thanks Adam! regarding the last (or my first) question - what is the "FPS" of Theta v, like how many shots can you continue to click the shutter button?
GoPro Hero 5 took like 3-4 seconds before I can take another shot (picture, raw), which I think is a major problem.
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360 Cameras 03-07-2018, 03:49 PM  
couple questions about Theta v
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 4
Views: 479
I am getting more and more interested in Theta v - the quality seem to be improved to the point that it is more fun than owning a GoPro.

Few questions that I can't find answer reading reviews:
1. what is the cycling time from shot to shot for photo (the time needed in between two shots)?
2. what are the software available (desktop version) to edit the 360 photo?
3. is there a way/plan that Ricoh will add .DNG raw file version for photos (as SDK is available)?
4. beside pressing the shutter button and using the phone app (via bluetooth) to control the shutter, is there a dedicated remote control ?
5. how log does the battery last? will a fresh charge fill up the 19GB storage space shooting 4K video?
6. Is there a way to retrieve the files easily? It doesn't seem very convenient if you are traveling and need to clear the space out.

Forum: Ricoh GR 03-07-2018, 11:38 AM  
Is the GR.RICOH Facebook page official?
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 2
Views: 739
it is.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-06-2018, 08:06 PM  
Anyone go all medium format and regret it?
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 31
Views: 2,508
The Z is smaller than film MF, you will not be satisfied.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-06-2018, 12:58 PM  
Theta V bundles on Amazon
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 1
Views: 1,021

recently caught the theta v bug and wanted to get one, too bad don't see much discount now. :(

Thanks for posting. So $375 for Theta V and $99 for the housing is the target to hit. :)
Forum: General Photography 03-06-2018, 12:02 PM  
Poll: If Pentax disappears, what would it be for you?
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 80
Views: 3,993
will sell all lenses without aperture lenses and keep those with aperture ring. Go Sony.

But hope they continue to survive.

I think, for digital cameras, Pentax 645z, Ricoh GR, will always have a place in photography world.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-05-2018, 08:45 PM  
Ricoh GR III rumour......
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 15
Views: 3,072
GRIII needs to have WR, and use the old (and thus cheap) A7 FF, 24MP to make a splash.
I will get it.

If it is still APSC, I really don't know what else they can add to make it attractive to GR user.

I have GR1v, and have enough of APSC cameras. In 2018, price of FF should have come down already.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-26-2018, 12:43 PM  
Again, Sigma 105mm f1.4 lens not in K-mount
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 39
Views: 1,743
Couple weeks ago, Sigma new 14-24 f2.8 will not be available in K-mount.

Now the new 105mm f1.4 lens not in K-mount, again!

Forum: Pentax K-1 02-23-2018, 08:53 PM  
So, I'm supposed to send my camera to these people...? (Precision Camera)
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 23
Views: 1,434
way too many negative experiences seen on PF to send them the camera for upgrade.

can it be done in Japan?
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-23-2018, 03:28 PM  
Poll: K-1 upgrade circuit board or not?
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 120
Views: 7,283
If grip is not what you want, selling K1 and buying K1II is not a good choice.

1. Sell it at $1500? you still need to come up with near $500 to get K1II.
(more importantly, why would anyone want a K1II at $1500 when they can get K1II at 1999)

2. Sell it below $1500, you have to come out more money than $550 to get K1II.

What will be the price point you think you can sell your K1 to make it "worth"? :confused::confused::confused:
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-14-2018, 03:59 PM  
Ready to buy first full frame camera - would appreciate some advice
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 40
Views: 2,158
If you have decided to go with FF, and DSLR (instead of mirrorless) the only advise I would give is look at lenses - is there a particular lens that you like to use, and are they available in k-mount?

while Pentax K1 offer a lot for the bucks, there are limitations (videos, focus point, AF) on the camera body, but as well as lenses - while there are a lot of used lenses to buy, not much new fast prime lenses offered, especially 3rd party lenses.

Pentax is typically for people who did a lot of comparison before they settle on buying, and will still complaint after buying into it. :)

Pentax is for people who feel comfortable even when he is the only one using the 'odd/off' brand camera in a camera club. :lol:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-12-2018, 04:52 PM  
From Asahi man
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 314
Views: 32,427
As a long time Pentax fan owning numerous Pentax digital and film cameras, I am not sure if Ricoh should continue the DSLR, I hope they at least have a mirrorless.

Don't think except long time Pentax users, there is much new comer will look at Pentax cameras.

There are many new, nice glasses from Sigma, etc., that simply don't have anything in K-mount.
A mirrorless Pentax at least allow people who wants those glass to consider Pentax.

645z is nice, but why a Fuji mirrorless 645 get more people excited than 645D, 645Z? the endless possibility with MF glasses.

DSLR will be like Facebook, only old folks still clinging on it.

if Fuji goes FF mirrorless, it will be too late for Pentax.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-26-2018, 11:07 PM  
Thinking about building a PC in the summer - what do you think of these configs?
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 50
Views: 2,723
built a Ryzen last year when it first come out. Total about $1600. It's a new built including power supply, case, fan.

-Ryzen 1800x
-EVGA GTX 1070
-EVGA liquid cooling
-ASRock Taichi x370 motherboard
-GSKill 32GB (16GB x2)
-Samsung EVO 960 m.2 ssd 256GB
-two 500GB EVO 850 SSD as scratch disk for photo editing

It's great so far. I didn't overclock my CPU.

If I build one today, I would get a higher end SSD and 500GB for where you install your OS.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-04-2017, 08:47 AM  
Compact Pentax FF
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 79
Views: 3,863
K1 is pretty.... big and heavy, not that weight is what people emphasize but some do.
I look at my K1 recently and my 67II doesn't look too heavy anymore. :)
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 08-04-2017, 08:44 AM  
Pentax KP for $950 new
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 9
Views: 1,610
better be K3 replacement or something totally different....
Forum: General Talk 08-02-2017, 01:37 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 15,144
Views: 1,011,480
oh well.... bought Sigma 35 ART. While cleaning my 67II and GR from travel, figure I will take a photo of them.
"One camera to rule them all" is what's come to my mind. As tiny as Ricoh GR1v... Ricoh now own PENTAX that made K1000, LX, 67, 67II, 645N.

Sad if when you think of it, but glad Ricoh bring us K1. Let's hope Ricoh/PENTAX continue to make great cameras for all to enjoy. :)
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