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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-03-2016, 02:21 PM  
Sigma 28-105 Image Distortion
Posted By iClick
Replies: 7
Views: 686
Tested the lens again. This time not over the car hood. That appears to have been the problem. The lens is actually pretty decent for the price I paid. Thanks everyone for your input.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-03-2016, 09:13 AM  
Sigma 28-105 Image Distortion
Posted By iClick
Replies: 7
Views: 686
Actually everyone’s suggestion that it is a result of heatwave makes a lot of sense now. I was waiting in a drive thru at a bank and I snapped a few quick shots straight through the windshield. I bet the “heatwave” was coming from the hood of the car. I’ll have to go back out there and try again...this time not shooting over the car. If this turns out to be the case, I will be very pleased that it’s not a defective lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-02-2016, 04:25 PM  
Sigma 28-105 Image Distortion
Posted By iClick
Replies: 7
Views: 686
Never thought of that. The temp was only around 78 deg., however. I’ve taken many images with other lenses in 100+ deg. here in the desert and have never had this issue. I’ll keep playing with the lens. The aperature value didn’t seem to help either. Thanks for your reply.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-02-2016, 02:39 PM  
Sigma 28-105 Image Distortion
Posted By iClick
Replies: 7
Views: 686
Greetings. I recently purchased a Sigma 28-105 3.8-5.8 UC-III. I have very bad image distortion at the long end. Straight edges come out jaggy. Anyone have any ideas why this is? Iíve never experienced this in a lens.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-30-2015, 11:51 PM  
Tugging on the Heart Strings
Posted By iClick
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My Latest and Greatest.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-16-2015, 05:50 PM  
Upgrade Body or Lens?
Posted By iClick
Replies: 45
Views: 3,963
Thanks for your response. I assumed that the K3 would be the best regarding continuous autofocus and low light focusing too. But it is out of my budget at the moment.

I am tired of having to tell the kids “hold on, don’t move” while I try to lock focus. It takes away from the spontaneity. It would be great to be able to just shoot away. And I was wondering if the D7000 would allow me to do that. And I’m not even talking about the kids running around. Just moving back and forth.

I know you’ve never used one, but I’m sure someone here has had experience with a D7000 with the situation I’ve described.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-16-2015, 02:52 PM  
Upgrade Body or Lens?
Posted By iClick
Replies: 45
Views: 3,963
Hi again. I took a little time off from the whole camera thing, but now Iím back and considering a couple cameras again. Over the holidays I was trying to focus in what I thought was average indoor lighting with my K200D and 18-55 kit lens. I missed half the shots because it couldnít focus in time/ or at all. I know that the K50 and K5 series will be a big improvement. But how good is the continuous auto focus compared to, say, the D7000?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-06-2014, 06:40 PM  
Upgrade Body or Lens?
Posted By iClick
Replies: 45
Views: 3,963
Yes, Iím leaning towards getting the K-5 II or IIs. Probably the II so I donít have to deal with the moire issue. Has anyone had much issue with moire?

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Nice! That is what Iím looking for.

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I think so too. A good lens will make better images, but in my case a body upgrade will make all my lenses better, to a degree.

Thanks everyone, for your input.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-28-2014, 09:44 AM  
Upgrade Body or Lens?
Posted By iClick
Replies: 45
Views: 3,963
That flexibility would be great to have.

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Thanks for the advice, everyone. I am leaning toward the K-5II or K-5IIs.

I hope to not offend the hardcore Pentax people here, but also I started thinking about the ďotherĒ brands. I like that they seem to have better auto focus. Although I hear that the K-5II(s) have much improved focusing. I realize jumping ship would be more expensive for me in the long run and may or may not yield me much better results, if any. I have been looking at the D90, D5100, and D7000 with maybe the 18-135 VR lens. Iím sure a few of you have had experience with those. Would I still be better off with the K-5 series and the lenses I have?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-27-2014, 11:05 PM  
Upgrade Body or Lens?
Posted By iClick
Replies: 45
Views: 3,963
It's the Pentax-A 50/1.4.

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I was thinking about maybe getting either the K5 or K5II used from B&H. Maybe with the tax refund. I heard the K5 had sensor stain issues. And also some focusing problems. Did they work out those problems? How can I tell if a specific unit is from a newer batch that had those issues fixed?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-27-2014, 08:00 PM  
Upgrade Body or Lens?
Posted By iClick
Replies: 45
Views: 3,963
I think you may have answered my question with your question. I am not totally pleased with the quality of images with the 50 in low light. I have to normally use it wide open to get a decent noise free image at a fairly low ISO with the K200d. That usually means the aperture is around 1.4. But the image is soft at the aperture. And in low light it's hard to see well enough to focus accurately. So with the better high ISO performance of the K5II I should be able to use a smaller sharper aperture, thus creating a sharper image. And I should be able to see a little easier with the better viewfinder, correct? But will my images be better with the kit lens too?

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I think you are right. Would I still benefit greatly from the original K5?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-27-2014, 05:09 PM  
Upgrade Body or Lens?
Posted By iClick
Replies: 45
Views: 3,963
Need some advice. I currently have a K200D, an 18-55 kit lens and some manual lenses. My Vivitar, 2 step 70-150 manual lens is probably my sharpest lens (very sharp on still shots). My 50/1.4 is the next sharpest. I like taking a variety of photos, such as portraits, photos of children, outdoor events, etc. I would like to take better low light images of the children, but without having to pose them and keeping them still. And have more keepers on outdoor events. I recently took pictures at a road bike race that was hit and miss with the kit lens (although not a sharp lens to begin with). And the Vivitar too was hit and miss. I used catch in focus with the manual lens. Worked better than I thought it would but still not what I call sharp. Also I noticed background imagery like mountains were not very sharp with the Vivitar even at f8-f11.

My question is should i upgrade to something like the K-5 or K-5II considering the lenses I have, or upgrade to a better zoom lens such as a Tamron 28-75/2.8 or others to be able to shoot better in low light and capture better outdoor events.

Thanks for any help.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-15-2014, 11:33 AM  
Bad camera or bad cards
Posted By iClick
Replies: 5
Views: 695
Thanks. Iíll try swapping out the batteries and also making sure the dials are set properly.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-13-2014, 10:14 PM  
Bad camera or bad cards
Posted By iClick
Replies: 5
Views: 695
No I just took out the batteries just to be able to shut off the camera. Then I put the same batteries back in. After that it seemed to work fine.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-13-2014, 04:42 PM  
Bad camera or bad cards
Posted By iClick
Replies: 5
Views: 695
Greetings. I just finished taking some pictures with my K200D. During the outing my camera froze. Even turning the power switch to off did not turn the camera off. I had to take out the batteries. After putting the batteries back in and powering up I was able to shoot as usual. Pictures I had already taken seemed to be fine on the card. When I got home and tried to review the images they were corrupted. All except for two were bad. I put the card back in the camera to review them that way but they all now showed a ? for each image in the thumbnail view. I checked a different card I had used a week earlier and it also had a few images that had the ? in thumbnail view, although the majority were just fine. Has anyone else had this happen to them? Is it that both cards are starting to fail or is it something in the camera that is failing? Thanks in advance.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-01-2013, 02:15 PM  
Infrared Focusing
Posted By iClick
Replies: 2
Views: 710
I used to have a Sony DCS F707 that used infrared illumination to focus in total darkness. It was quite accurate if I recall correctly. My question is: Why canít DSLRs use this technology to do the same? This would solve the low light focusing issues. Iím not up on the technology side of DSLRs, so my question comes purely out of ignorance.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-30-2012, 12:58 PM  
K-r Shutter sound
Posted By iClick
Replies: 5
Views: 1,129
Iím considering buying the K-r but am uncertain because of the loudness of the shutter. I was wondering if anyone has had any bad experiences with the camera being too loud and disruptive during a event, gathering, etc.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-29-2012, 07:17 AM  
Help! I Need a Flash Diffuser Quick!
Posted By iClick
Replies: 21
Views: 2,459
I will be wondering around in a party setting. Thatís why I was aiming for a diffuser cap type of thing. What I was really asking was if a cap for a Canikon flash fit on my Metz.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-28-2012, 01:07 AM  
Anywhere to buy Pentax retail in Las Vegas?
Posted By iClick
Replies: 15
Views: 2,661
The only place I have seen any Pentax DSLRs in Vegas is at Frys. They don't have the K-5. I did see a K-R about a week ago there.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-28-2012, 12:23 AM  
Help! I Need a Flash Diffuser Quick!
Posted By iClick
Replies: 21
Views: 2,459
Hi All. I have a Metz 50 AF-1 Flash and I need one of those rectangle flash diffusers. The thing is, I need it for Saturday. I won't have time to get one on ebay. Does anyone know if there is a generic one that might fit that I can pick up from a Best Buy or Frys (I live in Las Vegas)? Any ideas?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-07-2011, 11:35 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By iClick
Replies: 5,111
Views: 617,773
Today at Photoshop World Expo in Las Vegas I was cruising the aisles when the familiar red PENTAX letters on a camera strap caused me to do a double take. Sure enough a lady had a K5 around her neck. I chatted with her for about 5 minutes and told her it was nice to see a Pentax at the Expo because, as expected, all the others who brought their cameras were carrying the other two brands. It was a great time nonetheless.

In the morning I met a young woman who turned out to be a photographer. I told her I also loved photography. She asked what camera I had. After telling her, she said jokingly, ďyou're one of those photographersĒ. I just chuckled. Back for more abuse tomorrow. LOL.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-12-2011, 06:22 AM  
Rear curtain flash on k200d
Posted By iClick
Replies: 7
Views: 2,707
Thank you. This is exactly what I needed. I tried it and I saw the two flashes. I'm assuming that it worked.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-11-2011, 01:08 PM  
Rear curtain flash on k200d
Posted By iClick
Replies: 7
Views: 2,707
I didn't notice anything different. And I'm not sure I know what to look for.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-11-2011, 01:06 PM  
Jpeg settings for k200d
Posted By iClick
Replies: 5
Views: 1,673
Thank you Marc for addressing my question. It sounds like as much work up front in JPEG as there is PP in RAW. So I should just stick to RAW.

To answer your question CR. I have a friend who has a Nikon D90 who just shoots JPEG and her pictures come out great most of the time compared to my JPEGS shot with default settings. I was just curious to see if it was possible to tweak the settings to get images close to hers. She btw just shoots auto everything.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-11-2011, 07:58 AM  
Jpeg settings for k200d
Posted By iClick
Replies: 5
Views: 1,673
Anyone out there shooting great shots in jpeg with their 200d? What setting are you using? I shoot RAW now but am wanting to try jpeg again. Shots I've taken in the past have usually come out flat. Thank you.
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