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Forum: Pentax K-1 11-17-2018, 04:39 AM  
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I also got the 85 f1.8. Its so light and sharp. The sigmas 20 was for astro and aurora capture. Only the 135 1.8 is for portraits. I am a sucker for melty bokeh. Lets see how well it works.

Bob, thanks for the kind words!
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-16-2018, 06:57 PM  
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Hi Tim and LeRolls: I am humbled.

I bought myself a used A7r3, primarily due to the limited lens selection on the newer k mount offerings. The lenses I lusted for were the Sigma arts. I just ordered the 20mm f1.4 and 135mm f1.8 and with eye AF even an amateur like me might get a few portraits in focus. I admire guys who can work magic with older classic lens... I am horrible at it.

I already miss the top dials on the K1.

Tim I sometimes post on Fb under the account name anahemlightcapture.
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-16-2018, 05:14 PM  
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Dear Friends,

Its with a heavy heart that I bid you guys adieu. I loved my time here, unfortunately I sold my beloved K1 and wont be posting much here.

I leave you with some of my favorite K1 shots, hope you like them and thank you ALL for your support and encouragement.

Kind regards,
Arif


IMGP0135-composite 2 1000p by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP0497 Gotham city 1080p by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP0551 1200p by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP0480 1050p by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP0500 1200p by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP0447 by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP0741 by K-Amps, on Flickr

StarStack: Blend Version by K-Amps, on Flickr

_D3_9666 v2 by K-Amps, on Flickr

inception city by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP1434 1000p v3 by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP1469 cover 1 500p by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP1482 640p by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP1246 1400p by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP3791 900p by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP2518 1000p by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP2608 600p relighted by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP3265 900p by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP4212 1000p by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP4305 16x9 900p by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP4449 by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP4431 700p by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP2177 1000p by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP2699 1100p by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP5020 by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP5520-Pano 528p by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP5185 900p by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP5158 713p square crop by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP5478 bw 1400p by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP2684 1920p by K-Amps, on Flickr

_IMG9734-Pano 691p by K-Amps, on Flickr

_IMG9576-HDR 700p by K-Amps, on Flickr

_IMG1429 700p by K-Amps, on Flickr

_IMG1553 1400p boat by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP6664-Pano 1to1 by K-Amps, on Flickr

_IMG9953 by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP2580 - Copy 720p by K-Amps, on Flickr

IMGP2604 16x9 675p by K-Amps, on Flickr

_IMG1485 bw 1k by K-Amps, on Flickr

_IMG1499 800p by K-Amps, on Flickr

Thank you ALL !
Arif
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-21-2018, 12:35 PM  
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Many untold stories of Iceland...

Raging waters... these waves were dreadful scary. I was 20 feet away and could feel the rumble in the rocks... didnt care if Vestrahorn was in the background, all I could think of was the surge...

_IMG1499 800p by K-Amps, on Flickr

Fog covering mountains in the distance. Somewhere north of Vik one Morning.

_IMG1185 - 675p by K-Amps, on Flickr

After a Storm at daybreak outside our bed and breakfast

_IMG0449 688p by K-Amps, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-20-2018, 07:11 AM  
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Blood Sweat and Tears... what we go through for our passions...



_IMG1485 bw 1k by K-Amps, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-06-2018, 04:35 PM  
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A morning calm after the night storm: Hali-Iceland

_IMG0721 600p by K-Amps, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-26-2018, 03:22 PM  
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Lovely shots guys.

I was going through my Iceland collection from last year to see if i forgot to process some shots and came across this one.


You will know you are near when you see the Arrow-head Mountain (Paraphrasing the Hound - GoT SE7EP6)

Kirkjufell in fall twilight.

2 shot Pano in Portrait orientation. Pentax DF-A 15-30
15mm x2 f/10 1/30th


_IMG8447-Pano 1080p by K-Amps, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-07-2018, 09:13 AM  
K1 Mode dial issue - Self serve and problem part identified
Posted By K-amps
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Hi guys:

I got the dreaded mode dial issue on my K1. I am out of warranty and got my K1 from the pre-order batch from B&H around the May 2016 timeframe. I have over 12k actuations, so was luckier than other folks. Since I was out of warranty, Precision Camera said they would charge $358 to fix it.

I thought it was a bit stiff for a known issue that should have been a recall type scenario. And not gotten a favorable response from Pentax (they just referred me to Precision), I deliberated on what to do. On a couple of threads, someone said it might be a cold solder , or a bad ribbon connection... then doing some more googling, ran into a youtube video on how to replace the top cover of the K1. That got me thinking if I could repair this myself since it seemed something a handy person could do.

**********************************

I am here to share my experience. And provide some info on what is the issue (at least the issue that I had) . I cannot provide repair services or advice since this is a delicate piece of equipment. Please do not open your K1 unless you feel qualified to do so and assume the responsibility to do so.

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The broken part:

If you see the photo's, there is a black plastic dial that holds a metal prong (spring contact thingie) that contacts a pcb which governs the Camera mode (M, B, Av Tv etc). This piece sits directly under the Mode dial.

The metal contact piece is held on to the plastic dial by 4 tiny projections. These are less than half a millimeter each. These projections attach to 4 holes on the metal contact. What keeps the metal piece attached is that they melted 2 of the 4 prongs on to the metal piece. That melted portion breaks off over time and the metal pieces comes loose. When that happens, the tension of the spring is lost and it no longer contacts the dial mode pcb which being an open circuit defaults to M mode.

My first thought is, even if they wanted to attach a high tension part to the plastic piece, they should have melted all 4 prongs instead of just 2. But overall, a better design should have been thought of. The part looks very cheap and like a toy from Hong Kong from the 60's... (for those old enough to know the reference).

The Fix:

I am not sure I did a good job, but I just superglued the metal part to the plastic dial... hope it stays on, now that there is more adhesive area than 2 melted prongs, on the other hand, superglue is brittle. I cannot be sure this will hold on for long...

However it held through testing.

I closed up the part, reattached all screws and tested and it works fine.

I can choose all Modes correctly. looks like my K1 is working fine for now.

Hope this helps you guys.

Much thanks
Arif

PS: In the photo's I marked 2 prongs with an "X" these were the ones that were melted and broke off. The other 2 with check marks could be reused and melted to re-attach the metal prong again.


IMG_0589 by K-Amps, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-02-2018, 02:39 PM  
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A couple of shots form my Chicago trip from yesterday.

#1 Missed opportunity.... long story. My K1 Mode dial is not working, stuck in M mode. I was reading the forums and someone said reset camera settings (didnt work)... that set my photos to jpeg only with no raw :-( . so I have NO raw for this amazing opportunity... Just the jpeg.... but its a K1 jpeg :-)

Edit: Tried the following, nothing worked. Dial lock unlock, Reset Camera settings, reseat lens, hard restart with battery drop during camera on...

IMGP2580 - Copy 720p by K-Amps, on Flickr


#2 Took this the next day. It was a series of 8 shots that I averaged into 1 using the stack mode = mean. I also changed the left side of the frame a bit . Chose a very different feel for this one. Wanted something serene after the dark one from the night before with the storm

IMGP2604 16x9 675p by K-Amps, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-30-2018, 06:17 PM  
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Forum: Pentax K-1 06-24-2018, 09:41 AM  
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Here you go guys, you decide which version is better:

Quebec City: Shot from the plains of Abraham: A series of shots from the same location over roughly an hour, going from Golden to Blue hour. The time period was 8:37pm to 9:43pm.

Please allow a little bit of artistic latitude in processing, the aim was not to do a scientific test, rather optimize the look for each tone of light. Also since this these are 2 shot pano's, some distortion will occur between shots as each was processed separately.

Hope you guys like it.

8:37pm

_IMG2039-Pano 700p 837pm by K-Amps, on Flickr

8:52pm

_IMG2075-Pano 700p 852pm by K-Amps, on Flickr

8:59pm

_IMG2093-Pano 700p 859pm by K-Amps, on Flickr

9:30pm

_IMG2186-Pano 700p 930pm by K-Amps, on Flickr

9:39pm

_IMG2210-Pano 700p 939pm by K-Amps, on Flickr

9:43pm

_IMG2212-Pano 700p 943pm by K-Amps, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-22-2018, 01:42 PM  
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Drove about 3300km from Indianapolis to Quebec city on a family trip: I was humbled by this view:
15mm 2 shot Pano: f/16 1/60th (Will post a couple of versions as the light went from Golden to blue)

_IMG2039-Pano 700p 837pm by K-Amps, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-09-2018, 10:25 AM  
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A different look at those famous Icelandic falls: f/5.6 1/125th 15mm


_IMG9841 2018v2 640p by K-Amps, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-12-2018, 05:43 PM  
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Icelandic Horse:

_IMG9953 by K-Amps, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-30-2018, 09:37 AM  
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The impinging Tourist:

f/13 15mm x3 Pano: Estrahorni -Iceland

_IMG1267-Pano-2 1200p by K-Amps, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-13-2018, 01:13 PM  
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Wonderful shots guys!

Been a few days. Processed a few more Iceland shots from this past fall:

Kirkjufell: The classic view with fall foliage

_IMG8614 crop2 800p by K-Amps, on Flickr

The edge of Stokksnes: Man composited: The alternate reality

_IMG1545 with man by K-Amps, on Flickr

Sunset at Kirkjufell's southern face

_IMG8479 800p by K-Amps, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 12-22-2017, 07:32 AM  
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One Cumbria morning

IMGP6664-Pano 1to1 by K-Amps, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 12-17-2017, 09:12 AM  
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The Vestrahorn collection:

This set was shot over roughly one hour, running from place to place to get as many angles as possible during the Golden hour transition. All shot with the K1 + 15-30mm combo. Hope you guys enjoy it.

_IMG1362-Pano 788p by K-Amps, on Flickr



_IMG1443 675p by K-Amps, on Flickr



_IMG1429 700p by K-Amps, on Flickr



_IMG1383 675p by K-Amps, on Flickr


_IMG1496 506p by K-Amps, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-26-2017, 08:19 PM  
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I am not much good at composites... this is an attempt to add a boat to my fall colors image that needed a focal point. (Creds for the boat, goes to Paulo at Photographytalk)

_IMG1553 1400p boat by K-Amps, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-20-2017, 10:43 AM  
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One fine, crisp, very still morning... a pedestal of Ice in a world of its own...
1/3000th 30mm f/2.8

_IMG0790 square crop 900p by K-Amps, on Flickr


2am outside hotel Lambafell: A man, his cold lfeless hands, and a torch
_IMG9525 700p by K-Amps, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-12-2017, 04:52 PM  
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Erictator, Teikii Ari and Awscreo thank you guys so much for those kind words. You guys can get those shots too if you make a trip to Iceland with the K1 :-)

Teikii, lovely shot of those two pretty ladies.
Stan, great fall shots and macro, especially the last one
Kengoh great image quality as always
Frederic, your 4 shot post formula is so satisfying :-)
Eric you and your 300/4 create magic!
LeRolls, lovely scenery! Gosh... and the landscape's great too... love the poses you make em do... unique!
JohnC magical scapes..! lovely shots everyone



Here's another Vestrahorn shot (2 of 4 I had planned to post):


_IMG1443 675p by K-Amps, on Flickr

A not so creepy tree: Turkey Run Park IN.
IMGP8061 788p by K-Amps, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-10-2017, 10:40 AM  
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Sharing a few shots from a recent trip: hope you guys like them. All shot with the 15-30

The Skull of guldan: lighted up with a small incandescant bulb; Jokulsarlon
_IMG0444 800p by K-Amps, on Flickr

Vestrahorn: Stood in the cold sea to shoot this long exposure
_IMG1429 700p by K-Amps, on Flickr

A pano-vista of the Jokulsarlon lagoon one late sunrise:
_IMG0492-Pano crop 1 546p by K-Amps, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-06-2017, 07:30 AM  
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Dear Isbjorn:

Thank you so much for your kind words, I don't think I deserve them since I do not make the scenery, I merely push a button. My admiration is for the one who made it. :-)

I am a hobbyist like yourself, not a professional and I use a combination of brute force, technique and some processing to get my shots right. Sometimes its pure dumb luck,,,, but there is one thing that is repeatable for us Landscape guys... its the timing. I shoot at times when there are fewer people in general, e.g. before Sunrise/ Sunset/ night time. Almost never shoot at touristy times like 9am to 5pm. I will use Long exposures, or wait between people passing by and sometimes delete them with content aware or crop them out. Sometimes I just fail... e.g. Skogafoss, there were just too many people there to get a decent shot. Didn't even feel like opening my tripod there . I take lots of shots and always bracket to protect the highlights, since with the K1 I can recover shadows. My brackets are usually -1, -3 and -5ev. I usually end up using one -3ev frame for the final shot. Sometimes i will need the -1 and -5 shot. I throw away a lot of -1 shots because i find a lot of times the highlights are clipping with the Sun in the frame.

Hope this helps... keep trying and experiment and good luck
regards,
Arif
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-29-2017, 03:02 PM  
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Jokulsarlon: Ice glacier Lagoon

A first for me. The Aurora, Galactic core, Icebergs and reflection, all in one shot . Very grateful that I got the chance.


_IMG0423 Pano 700p by K-Amps, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-26-2017, 05:56 AM  
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Thanks Bruce and everyone. I deliberated on this one whether to mask out the shadow or leave it in... I decided to leave it in and accentuate it as a human element in the vast vista of Estrahorn:

The lone Light capturer: An ode to all those that brave the elements with grit and passion....

_IMG1261-Pano 900p by K-Amps, on Flickr
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