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Forum: Pentax K-3 12-16-2016, 10:37 AM  
Card or camera issue?
Posted By WightWalker
Replies: 9
Views: 1,090
Suggest that you format the card in the camera & take a few shots checking that you can preview them on the LCD screen to confirm that they have been saved.

If they haven't try another card repeating the above.

If still a problem, try the card(s) in another camera remembering to format in the camera.

If you can see the images during preview in the camera, see if you can then transfer to PC using the Card Reader.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-14-2016, 12:32 PM  
GREEN mode
Posted By WightWalker
Replies: 4
Views: 1,823
Took me by surprise as well - that's one reason I avoided this mode on previous versions (K10, K5).

Can't recall if it was there before the firmware upgrade to v1.3

---------- Post added 12-14-2016 at 12:38 PM ----------



Have tried P Mode with Program Line set to Auto & MTF but there is no correlation between lens focal length & shutter speed i.e. FL 270mm with shutter speeds 1/125s a tad slow for hand held.

Will have look at Av Mode to see how this works out.

Update: Tried this but shutter speed is not adjusted in relationship to focal length of lens

It's a shame you just can't take the Green Mode into a User Mode & make the necessary changes there.

Update: Have found a workaround to problem by selecting Manual Focus
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-13-2016, 01:12 PM  
GREEN mode
Posted By WightWalker
Replies: 4
Views: 1,823
Now that RAW is supported in Green Mode, I've found it quite useful to use with a DA18-270mm lens as it adjusts the shutter speed to match the focal length so I don't have to thing about camera shake when zooming out to 270mm (it selects 1/320s) & forgetting to select a slower shutter speed when zooming back to 18mm.

However, I'm not so happy with the random way it selects the focus point which is annoying when things in the foreground to focus on.

I thought that P Mode using a program line matched to the lens might replicate this feature but it doesn't.

I can't create a USER Mode from Green Mode but does anyone know of way that I can create a the features of Green Mode but with the added advantage of Selective Focus Point & ability to adjust exposure.

Images below show information for Green Mode & how I would like Green Mode to be with AF Active Area Select.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-12-2016, 10:44 AM  
exposure/metering problems
Posted By WightWalker
Replies: 34
Views: 5,492
Having owned Pentax DSRLs from early 2005 ranging from *istDS, K10 to K5 an upgrade to the K3 seemed a logical/obvious choice although I was temped to opt for a mirrorless Sony a6000 which used to same sized APS C sensor.

I tried the K3 before making a purchase & thought that the results were quite similar in quality to the K5.

Keen to try out the K3, the day was pretty drab & dull & I thought that the preview shots looks a tad overexposed but though this was probably due to the brightness of the LCD screen. But this was not the case. I was shooting in TAV Mode with a shutter speed of 1/160 & aperture of f16, so ISO came out a tad high between 1000 & 6400 which has never been a problem with the K5.

Disappointing, but luckily as I shoot in RAW, I was able to address the overexposure in LightRoom. I spoke with Ricoh technical support who suggested that I see how things went with GREEN Mode.

I took a sequence of shoots to compare GREEN Mode with all other modes which were pretty identical in exposure.

The attached image shows the unprocessed & processed results between GREEN Mode & TAV Mode with Ev -0.3 to be much the same.

There are occasions when the exposure is spot on but there are still an alarmingly high number of instances of over-exposure. I should point out that settings are pretty much default & TAV Mode metering set to multi-segment.
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-01-2014, 08:03 AM  
Do I have a problem with my shutter button
Posted By WightWalker
Replies: 9
Views: 1,716
Same here, although it hasn't happened that many times - certainly not enough to warrant returing it back for repair.
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-26-2014, 09:12 AM  
Please be gentle
Posted By WightWalker
Replies: 54
Views: 4,789
I'm with you there. I use a Tamron 18-270mm as a general walk around/suit most requirements lens which is is prone to vignetting at larger apertures, so TAV Mode allows me to adjust things to keep the aperture high whilst balancing this against shutter speed & ISO.

Incidentally, it's the only mode where AE Lock works with the exception of White Balance.
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-26-2014, 04:10 AM  
Please be gentle
Posted By WightWalker
Replies: 54
Views: 4,789
I have some sympathy with your situation as, am sure do a lot of other users that just want to take good pictures without all the fuss & bother of post processing.

However, straight out of 'more upmarket' camera, images will not necessarily have that wow factor; quite simply it's best NOT to have too much in-camera processing, especially if you use JPG, because once that processing has been applied, there's no way back to what was present at the original output of the sensor.

You don't mention how you view your images, whether on screen or with prints, but if like me, it's mostly done on screen, then you'll gonna find that the image resolution of the image (K5: 4928x3264) is at odds with the monitor resolution (typically: 1920x1080); simply, images will not show at their best unless they are resized to fit the monitor &, add a bit of bi-cubic sharpening during the re-size process, & you'll be amazed how much better they look.

My criticism of the K5 (see my signature below) is to do with AEL; my *istDS & K10 both locked the settings when AEL was activated thus enabling successive shots to be taken at the 'locked setting' which ensured exposure settings, white balance etc were all the same; the K5 has a glitch in it's firmware which means that this doesn't always happen. There are many ways around this problem like setting the camera to manual with a preset white balance, but that takes time & is a tad fiddly, often resulting in missed action shots.
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-18-2014, 12:03 PM  
Micro Scratches on the Pentax KII-5 LCD Screen
Posted By WightWalker
Replies: 23
Views: 4,270
I'd rather accept micro/scratches than risk this - seems a tad too severe for me & should the edge of the razor blade dig in, you've got an ever bigger scratch!!
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-13-2014, 08:50 AM  
Replacement Camera Strap Clips
Posted By WightWalker
Replies: 9
Views: 3,567
Not a lover of these triangular split rings as they tend to 'grate' on the camera strap lug causing wear; not surprising when you consider all that weight on such a small point on contact.

I gave up using these after a few weeks & opted for the Black Rapid method using the tripod socket on the base of the camera; the camera 'hangs' better when using longer focal length lens & 'cause it's slung across the shoulder, there's no neck strain.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 08-05-2014, 10:43 AM  
All of a sudden I'm under 18
Posted By WightWalker
Replies: 1
Views: 640
For years I've viewed these forums without any problems, but suddenly, I'm under 18 & appear to have been born 1 January 2000 & am now prevented from viewing this forum
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-18-2013, 05:42 AM  
Lightroom and K-3 raw files
Posted By WightWalker
Replies: 34
Views: 7,034
I have an Intel i7 3770 with 32G RAM & 256G SSD running Windows 7 64 bit Professional & LR5 still falters when dragging the sliders.

My old PC, an Intel Core 2 Duo with 8 G RAM, ran Lightroom 3 with any hitches but faltered under v4. I much preferred the ability to make +/- adjustments in v4 rather than just + adjustments in V3, so that's the reason I upgraded to a fairly top of the range PC.

By sharp contrast, the RAW interface in Photoshop CS6 is FAST. I don't know what Adobe have done with v4 & v5 but it certainly is not as slick as v3.
Forum: Pentax K-5 10-01-2013, 11:20 AM  
When to use the green button?
Posted By WightWalker
Replies: 9
Views: 3,041
If it's the same as the K5, then when pressed it will re-set the exposure.

Handy if the setting are miles away from a correct exposure; the re-set settings may not be the desired settings which allows the user to adjust to suit.
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-22-2013, 11:33 AM  
K5 II LCD Issue
Posted By WightWalker
Replies: 5
Views: 1,446
I definitely return it for a replacement - don't get fobbed off with a repair as you've only had a week!
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-14-2013, 07:02 AM  
*** FYI for K-5 new firmware 1.15 ***
Posted By WightWalker
Replies: 35
Views: 8,371
Because PCs tend to be better supported & are inherently cheaper to purchase.
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-13-2013, 09:21 AM  
*** FYI for K-5 new firmware 1.15 ***
Posted By WightWalker
Replies: 35
Views: 8,371
Now why didn't I think of that - don't understand why the PC version has to be an exe file!
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-12-2013, 09:13 AM  
New firmware for K-5/K-5II
Posted By WightWalker
Replies: 8
Views: 3,067
Downloaded from Ricoh site & my Norton Internet Security immediately deleted the file as a threat.

Uploaded to viruscan.org which used 36 virus checkers & found nothing (Mcafee timed out).
Forum: Pentax K-5 03-25-2013, 12:59 PM  
K5 Cold weather shutter issue
Posted By WightWalker
Replies: 20
Views: 2,868
I have experienced problems at 'just above freezing' when for some reason my K5 just doesn't respond when switched on & the shutter button pressed - just nothing happens. Switch it off & on & still the same. My K5 is always inside my fleece until required during cold/inclement weather. After being back inside my fleece, it started to function again & did so for the next 5 days without problems at lower temperatures.

And I was using the same Pentax battery until the last day!

I didn't notice any of these problems until after the v1.14 update.
Forum: Pentax K-5 02-16-2013, 05:27 AM  
K5 Firmware Update 1.14
Posted By WightWalker
Replies: 5
Views: 4,968
UPDATE:
I should just add that under the Custom Menu, Link AE to AF Point was set ON. Setting this to OFF 'resolves' the above Av Mode situation. The scenario I was using had a bright centre & the surrounding area was dimly lit. Focus was set to centre & it would appear that when the shutter was pressed half way, focus was locked & the exposure was taken from the SPOT position in the bright area thus changing the exposure.

However, my contention is that if you set AE-L to lock the exposure it should be at the settings when AE-L was set & should not change as press the shutter half way. After all, this is exactly what happens in Tav Mode!!

So Pentax have inconsistency in the way that the K5 handles AE-L!!

Despite repeatedly making them aware of this issue, they still choose to do nothing about it!!
Forum: Pentax K-5 02-08-2013, 12:21 PM  
K5 Firmware Update 1.14
Posted By WightWalker
Replies: 5
Views: 4,968
Just updated to see if it improved AE-L issues that I (singularly) seemed to have problems with & encountered a difference between how the K10 & K5 behave!

K10
Set Mode to AV
Press the shutter release half way with 1/125S & f8 displayed
Press AE-L & 1/125S & f8 still displayed
Press shutter & image taken at 1/125S, f8

K5
Set Mode to AV
Press the shutter release half way with 1/125S & f8 displayed
Press AE-L & 1/100S & f8 displayed
Press shutter & image taken at 1/100S, f8
OK. It's only a 1/3 Stop but forgive my naivety but surely the way the K10 functions is correct

K5
Set Mode to Tav
Set shutter speed to 1/125 & aperture to f8
Press the shutter release half way with ISO 800 displayed
Press AE-L & ISO 800 STILL displayed
Press shutter & image taken @ 1/125S, f8, ISO 800

It's too soon to know whether my issues with AE-L have been resolved but if 'pushing' the shutter speed (Av Mode) down 1/3 stop locks the exposure, then I guess I'll live with this little anomaly!!
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-13-2012, 08:23 AM  
K5 Memory Card Error
Posted By WightWalker
Replies: 5
Views: 1,818
It was strange that it happened on 2 different cards.

Contacts on both were clean & devoid of anything obvious, but it could have been that the 1st card transfered 'whatever it was' into the card socket which caused the 2nd card to 'fail' & blowing into the socket dislodged what was there.
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-11-2012, 01:21 PM  
K5 Memory Card Error
Posted By WightWalker
Replies: 5
Views: 1,818
Having read the data off the SD Card, it was popped back into the K5 with the recharged battery until today; neither the card(s) nor the K5 have previously given any problems.

Switched the K5 on to take some photos & couldn't understand why I couldn't take the shoot until I looked at the LCD with the 'Memory Card Error' message. Replaced the card with different one & re-formatted it but still the same message. Tried an 3rd card with the same problem so I changed batteries - no difference. I could access all the menus so it didn't seem like the K5 had totally died.

I then removed the SD Card & blew into the card slot, re-inserted the card & switched on with a different message 'Memory Card not formatted'. Reformatted the card & it's now recognising the card & has worked without a hitch all day.

I never leave the card slot door open even when the card has been removed to read the files onto the PC so I was surprised to get this problem was likely due to something causing the card from being recognised.

I'll have to keep an eye on things during the balance of the warranty.
Forum: Pentax K-5 10-26-2012, 05:59 AM  
K5 SR questions
Posted By WightWalker
Replies: 16
Views: 1,951
In the above, it has been suggested that if the shutter is fired before the SR icon appears, the K5 will perform just as if SR was turned off which is then contardicted elswhere.

I've use SR on both my K10 & K5 & can honestly say that I've never had a blurred imaged from the K10 which takes about the same time settle as the K5 even when shooting in quick succession BUT with the K5, I frequently get blurred shots (even with a shutter speed of 1/250S) which I've put down the SR not settling. Sadly, IMHO, another area where the K5 is inferrior to the K10!!
Forum: Pentax K-5 10-10-2012, 10:57 AM  
K-5 possible problem or just stupidity?
Posted By WightWalker
Replies: 13
Views: 1,815
I've also experienced a similar problem but using AE-L which, when using any mode other than Tav, can see a change in exposure from shot to shot.

I've advised Pentax of the problem having sent them sample images but they seem unconcerned and depite chasing them through the UK agent, I've had no acknowledgement whatsoever.

I've received various comments through tis forum about my usage of AE-L whilst performing panoramic sequences but none that will accept that the K5 has a intermittent faulty AE-L under certain conditions.
Forum: Pentax K-5 10-09-2012, 04:27 AM  
Dirty Sensor
Posted By WightWalker
Replies: 6
Views: 1,688
Wide range zoom lens will 'suck' air in during zooming which can result in dust on the sensor, so keeping a lens on the body will not always keep the dreaded dust a bay!!
Forum: Pentax K-5 10-08-2012, 10:41 AM  
Dirty Sensor
Posted By WightWalker
Replies: 6
Views: 1,688
Whilst it might be a pain to return it for cleaning, if the sensor is still dirty after the aforemention suggestions using a rocket blower, then it implies that the sensor wasn't professionally cleaned in the first instance.

I would return it for cleaning with the enclosed shots to highlight the situation.
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