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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-06-2012, 09:57 AM  
Review zoom problem
Posted By Relic
Replies: 3
Views: 620
Nope; that didn't do it. I can change the initial zoom, but no matter what the initial zoom is set to, it only stays there for about half a second then runs away to x 20 and sticks there. It's starting to get frustrating.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-02-2012, 04:38 AM  
Review zoom problem
Posted By Relic
Replies: 3
Views: 620
Thanks Adam; I'll look into that.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-30-2012, 10:27 AM  
Review zoom problem
Posted By Relic
Replies: 3
Views: 620
Hi folks.
This problem just showed up on my K10D:
When viewing photos on the camera display, when I roll the zoom button to zoom in, it runs away and goes all the way up to "x20" magnification. Is there a setting somewhere I've accidently changed, or is this a (minor) foul-up?
Thanks in advance.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-16-2011, 02:51 AM  
Sticky: Using Manual Lenses (M42 Screwmount, M , K) on Pentax DSLRs F--
Posted By Relic
Replies: 246
Views: 243,421
Okay, that makes sense. Thanks very much guys.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-13-2011, 12:03 PM  
Sticky: Using Manual Lenses (M42 Screwmount, M , K) on Pentax DSLRs F--
Posted By Relic
Replies: 246
Views: 243,421
Okay, maybe there’s something I have to set or adjust that’s not covered in this thread, or maybe I’m incredibly thick. Or maybe both. Here’s what I’ve done, with a 50mm f/1.7 mounted on my K10D:

1. In Custom function, set "Allow aperture setting other than A" to 2 (allowed).
2. Set the camera to M mode.
3. Select the desired aperture using the lens aperture ring.
4. Press the "Green Button". At this point, there’s a sort of “shunk” sound and the display shows a shutter speed that seems to make sense given the f-stop I’ve selected. (The ISO in the display seems a bit wacky though – something like 1599.)
5. Press the shutter button. Result – occasionally, it will fire, but 90% of the time, absolutely nothing happens.

What am I missing? Or is there a setting or function somewhere that’s counter-acting my attempt to get this manual lens to function?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-07-2011, 09:10 AM  
Shooting manual lenses on Pentax DSLRs F--
Posted By Relic
Replies: 80
Views: 47,550
"...the stock focus screen shows too miuch DOF at large apertures, meaning some of what appears in focus in the viewfinder won't be when you take the picture."

Thanks a heap, Marc! That goes a long way towards explaining the focusing problems I was having with my old manual 50 near wide open. So it wasn't just the rum eggnog...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-13-2010, 04:02 PM  
K10D AF Problem?
Posted By Relic
Replies: 4
Views: 2,270
That was precisely the problem. Thanks guys. I missed that bit in my quick read through the manual.
Although I do have to wonder why someone thought a menu item to essentially disable a switch on the camera body was a good idea.:D
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-11-2010, 02:26 PM  
K10D AF Problem?
Posted By Relic
Replies: 4
Views: 2,270
Hello. I have a new-to-me K10D on which the AF only kicks in when I press the AF button on the camera back, not when I depress the shutter release. Is this a problem that I'll either have to fix or just live with, or is there a setting somewhere that might be over-riding the shutter release AF actuation?

If I have to live with it, that's not a huge problem. I rather prefer manual focus in most situations, but it's nice to have the option.

Thanks.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-09-2010, 08:58 AM  
Turning off the display
Posted By Relic
Replies: 2
Views: 2,270
Apologies if this has been answered somewhere else, but can anyone tell me if it's possible to completely turn off the LCD display when shooting? I really hate taking photos in low light and having the photo I just took blazing out the back of the camera and distracting people. There must be a way...
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 04-09-2009, 07:08 AM  
Greetings from Canada's east coast!
Posted By Relic
Replies: 7
Views: 544
Hey, I'll admit the west coast has the best salmon. But we have the best lobster. :D
BTW, the name Relic was given to me when I had an aluminum boat in Halifax harbour that looked somewhat like Relic's jetboat.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-08-2009, 09:25 AM  
Auto ISO
Posted By Relic
Replies: 4
Views: 1,903
I really hope this isn't a stupid question, but here goes...

I have my istD set at ISO 200 most of the time, just because I'm comfortable with fixed ISO and want the low noise. But given that auto ISO really only changes the ISO within a small range, if I switched to auto ISO (200-400) in Tv mode, how does the camera decide which to change (or which to change first) - ISO or aperture? Can't find anything about that in the manual.
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-08-2009, 08:46 AM  
Picture Modes
Posted By Relic
Replies: 4
Views: 2,354
Hello from a newbie to this forum. I've recently made the transition from 35mm to a Pentax DSLR and I love the way my istD feels so much like my old 35mm. I'm still trying to learn the digital features though, such as the whole "picture mode" thing.

I usually shoot in Tv (or as I prefer to call it, "shutter priority") because that's what I'm comfortable with from my 35mm days, but what benefit would be derived from switching to the various pre-defined modes for say, landscape, portrait, etc.? Seems to me that Tv, Av or M would give me more control in any situation. And macro mode -- what's that? Especially if I don't have a macro lens.

Sorry if this is a topic that's been beat to death already. I searched but couldn't find anything on it, and the manual that came with my istD really doesn't explain it in any detail.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 04-08-2009, 08:31 AM  
Greetings from Canada's east coast!
Posted By Relic
Replies: 7
Views: 544
Good day, all. I've been lurking around here for a while and have decided to come out of the bushes. After many years of 35mm (strictly hobby) I made the shift to digital a few years back, to some pretty sophisticated point-and-shoots with super zooms, but always felt I was missing something. Then I grabbed a Pentax istD and a couple of lenses :D and it was like getting back to "real" photography again. However, I'm basically using it like my old 35 and not taking advantage of all the settings that the DSLR has to offer, so I'll be posting a couple of questions soon to try and understand these additional features.
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