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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-14-2018, 10:42 AM  
Type of lenses to go with a K-1
Posted By uswrdm02
Replies: 8
Views: 639
I've recently come across a K-1 that I am considering. What are the names of the lenses that match with this FF camera? Must they have the 'D" and "FF" in the name of the lens? Also, I see a lot of Sigma lenses for sale on the For Sale site. Are Sigma lenses considered to be of good quality (vs Pentax) and are there any Sigma lens codes/numbers/letters that need to be on the lens if they are going on a K-1.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-10-2018, 03:34 PM  
Which K camera to buy
Posted By uswrdm02
Replies: 19
Views: 1,072
The only thing I forgot to mention that I want do is also take portraits or images in or outside and blur the background. Camera, setting recommendations for that/
Thanks. I'm also now looking others in the K series, there are so many, now the KP...
Why does Pentax have so many Ks. Anyway, thanks to all of you for your input.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-10-2018, 01:12 PM  
Which K camera to buy
Posted By uswrdm02
Replies: 19
Views: 1,072
I'm planning on switching to 35mm from medium format for a number of reasons, mostly health reasons. I've seen reviews and pros and cons for the K1, K-2s, K3, etc, I've also looked at Nikon, so I need some help. The use of an iPhone for taking pictures that are not blurred due to camera shake (due to balance issues) has made me think I could actually get back to using real cameras again. So, camera shake is a big issue. Nikon makes VR lenses and the sensitivity is in the lenses. Pentax has that feature in the camera. Which is better? The K2s is much more reasonably priced than the K1, but the K1 has greater megapixels. I think 24 megapixels would be sufficient so I am leaning there, but I haven't even checked into the K50 - 70.

Another feature I like about the iPhone is the ease and ability to just zap my pictures to my computer. But, even though some Pentax and Nikons I've listed have WiFi, do you lose too much of the image quality once you begin to edit with photo editing software? I haven't used a flash much in the past, but I believe it is the K2s that has a built in flash that could occasionally be useful. Cameras I've used mostly in the past have been the Panasonic Lumix FX50 and the Pentax Medium format 645N and Nii. When I was shooting 4-5 years ago I used the 645Nii mostly.

Last Question is whether I can get close to the medium format "look" with both a full frame or APS-C. I don't shoot video with my cameras - haven't let really gotten into loading those on a computer and editing, etc., etc.

Thanks
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-09-2018, 02:58 PM  
Pentax 645D, First attempted use
Posted By uswrdm02
Replies: 10
Views: 633
Thanks
Things are coming together, especially with the help from the Forum.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-09-2018, 01:03 PM  
Pentax 645D, First attempted use
Posted By uswrdm02
Replies: 10
Views: 633
No focusing properly, image look in focus when I look through the viewfinder, but the resulting picture in not in focus when I look at on the menu screen.

---------- Post added 01-09-18 at 01:23 PM ----------


Thanks! Found the "button" on the lens. It was next to the F stops. It was set on an F stop, vs A for Autofocus. I pressed the button, rotated past the F stops and set that baby to "A" Now she works perfectly.

Thanks to the Forum members for all the help. This 80-160 is a very nice lens as are all my others. It's just that this camera is heavy and doesn't lend itself to hand-held shooting.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 01-09-2018, 12:59 PM  
Vix Player and MacKeeper
Posted By uswrdm02
Replies: 3
Views: 243
Moderator Contact Form Message

I used the recommended process to get a shutter count for my 645D and on the page for that it told me to download a program that turned out to be VIX Player, Opera Mackeeper and Chrome. After doing all that (although In was hesitant, but I trusted the Forum) I then noticed to shutter count box to click on. I was able to put all but the MacKeeper in my Trash, but when I try to move MacKeeper to Trash it asks for my password, which I have not entered. Not sure what to do. All these programs were on the Forum site where I just tried to get a shutter count. Is it safe to enter my password to get rid of the MacKeeper program?
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-09-2018, 12:20 PM  
Pentax 645D, First attempted use
Posted By uswrdm02
Replies: 10
Views: 633
Thank you - In doing additional research on line, I found that, in agreement with your suspicions, it was my lens! In had a 135mm LS lens on it and that changes everything. Once I put my other lenses on it, everything worked perfectly. My only issue is that my 80-160 zoom FA lens does not seem to focus correctly. Is there any way to select "manual" and try focusing with that lens manually?
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-09-2018, 11:03 AM  
Pentax 645D, First attempted use
Posted By uswrdm02
Replies: 10
Views: 633
I was considering selling my 645D, but as I pick it up again, I'm wondering - should I keep it?? I bought it on eBay about 4 years ago and developed health problems and never used it even once.

However, I now have a challenge taking an image with it. I formatted two cards in it and set the date and time. However, when following the instructions in the manual that says look through the viewfinder and take a photo, I look through the viewfinder and see nothing except the lens info along the bottom and the F aspect of the lens (F4) is blinking - Neither do I see an image on the display screen. I'm guessing I need to press some other button or adjust something - not sure what to do. My local camera shop is no help as they said they have never even seen one of these cameras - Shame...

When I power the camera on, I see the info on the top of the camera, with the F4 blinking as well. The display of the camera shows M in the top left and the lens info and the jpeg setting, etc. If the M means "manual" I'd also like to use the AF feature vs Manual the first time around.l
Forum: Ask B&H Photo! 01-07-2018, 08:53 AM  
Pentax 645D Image Count
Posted By uswrdm02
Replies: 1
Views: 1,022
I have a pentax 645D that I am going to put up for sale. I bought it about 4 years ago on eBay and have not used it as I became ill shortly after buying it and it has just been sitting, stored in a box in a cabinet - no smoking, pets, etc. Still in nice shape. I purchased and recently received a new battery for it. How do I tell the number of images on it for posting an accurate listing either on ebay or this forum? I want to make sure I'm giving an accurate number. When charging and inserting an original battery, I saw 999 on the top of the camera - is that the count?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-12-2012, 11:13 AM  
*PETITION* Lets put an end to the crazy online Pentax lens prices in the US!
Posted By uswrdm02
Replies: 550
Views: 33,690
Count me in !
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-04-2012, 10:40 AM  
*PETITION* Lets put an end to the crazy online Pentax lens prices in the US!
Posted By uswrdm02
Replies: 550
Views: 33,690
Count me in.
Forum: Sold Items 08-25-2012, 12:40 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 645 300mm F4 ED (IF) Lens - near mint
Posted By uswrdm02
Replies: 0
Views: 998
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax 645 300mm F4 ED (IF) Lens - near mint

Asking Price
$900.00/OBO SOLD

Item Location
Colorado Springs (United States)

Item Description
This lens is in Excellent, near Mint to Mint condition. It has hardly been used. I am selling for a friend who is the original owner. Comes with lens case, Tiffen UV filter and case strap. Works on the 645N, Nii and Digital camera (645D.) Rated as a "9" on the Pentax Forum lens review page.) I will be listing a 400 mm shortly. My friend has decided to go to digital (unfortunately) as many others, but can't afford the 645D.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Mint

Shipping Destinations
North America

Shipping Charge
$25.00

Shipping Services
Fedex

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
No Returns unless item is not as described. Add 3.5% to selling price for PayPal fees

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 06-30-2012, 01:07 PM  
Wanted - Acquired: 645 75mm lens - will pay $125 shipped for near mint.
Posted By uswrdm02
Replies: 1
Views: 406
I have a 75mm I was about to list for a friend - it is a manual lens for a 645.

Is that something you are jnterested in? Once I check prices, I will know if $125 is fair. I planned to have payment made by paypal, so $125 plus 3 and 1/2% plus shipping might be OK.

Still interested?

Rich
Forum: Sold Items 06-30-2012, 01:03 PM  
Wanted - Acquired: 645 120 Macro lens
Posted By uswrdm02
Replies: 1
Views: 356
I have a macro 120 for a 645 - it is a manual lens and haven't priced it yet - what can you offer?

I was about to put it on eBay for a friend.

Rich m
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-28-2012, 09:31 AM  
Introduce your... film Pentax!
Posted By uswrdm02
Replies: 3,343
Views: 571,361
Anyone know if Pentax has a good Rangefinder with a light meter?

Rich M
Forum: Sold Items 05-25-2012, 02:20 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Contax G2 Black Camera Body
Posted By uswrdm02
Replies: 10
Views: 1,352
As I read Ken Rockwell's comments, I see numerous ones that talk about the camera often not auto focusing properly and you need to make 2-3 attempts and sometimes, going manual and focusing yourself.

Any experience with that?

Rich
Forum: Sold Items 05-25-2012, 12:25 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Contax G2 Black Camera Body
Posted By uswrdm02
Replies: 10
Views: 1,352
Glad to hear you are flexible. If I move forward, I'd probably be looking t a package deal for a camera, two lenses a case, possibly a flash and a cable release - although the write up on the cable release by Rockwell is not all that great. And I rarely use flash - have you used your flashes with the camera?

Rich
Forum: Sold Items 05-25-2012, 12:14 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Contax G2 Black Camera Body
Posted By uswrdm02
Replies: 10
Views: 1,352
Thanks - so what are you asking for the 2nd G2 (the better black one) and what are your prices for the other lenses? I'm in Colorado - where are you in AZ? I assume the lenses are "mint" based on your usage.

Rich
Forum: Sold Items 05-25-2012, 11:44 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Contax G2 Black Camera Body
Posted By uswrdm02
Replies: 10
Views: 1,352
Thanks Andy - One of the reasons i am comfortable purchasing from folks on the forum is that they typically have used the equipment themselves, the camera, the lenses, etc. Have you used these cameras? Do you have any images taken with them? I see a great many G2s up for sale and am continuing to do research as to why that is.

Any particular issues with these cameras you know? What is the condition of the other G2 you have?

Thanks,

Rich
Forum: Sold Items 05-24-2012, 11:42 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Contax G2 Black Camera Body
Posted By uswrdm02
Replies: 10
Views: 1,352
What are you asking for this lens and do you have any different lenses?
Also, how long have you owned it and why are you selling?

Rich M
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-24-2012, 11:30 AM  
Introduce your... film Pentax!
Posted By uswrdm02
Replies: 3,343
Views: 571,361
Thanks !

Rich
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-24-2012, 10:18 AM  
Introduce your... film Pentax!
Posted By uswrdm02
Replies: 3,343
Views: 571,361
Do they make a black ME F do you know - these are nice - and give the audible beep.

Rich
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-23-2012, 06:46 PM  
Film Camera to buy
Posted By uswrdm02
Replies: 14
Views: 1,268
Will do - What is trap focusing?

Rich
Forum: Sold Items 05-23-2012, 05:21 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Asahi Pentax K (King) with Zebra 55/1.8
Posted By uswrdm02
Replies: 19
Views: 2,592
Beautiful camera and really nice images, but I don't think I'd do too well without a light meter in the camera.

Thanks anyway.

Rich M
Forum: Sold Items 05-23-2012, 04:51 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Asahi Pentax K (King) with Zebra 55/1.8
Posted By uswrdm02
Replies: 19
Views: 2,592
Need some more help - If I want to research this under the Forum's manual cameras, which one would I read about describing this camera?

rich M
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