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Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-14-2014, 07:06 AM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By bnorikane
Replies: 2,854
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What a way to end the year
Forum: Pentax K-01 12-07-2014, 08:24 AM  
Poll: How did you end up with a K-01?
Posted By bnorikane
Replies: 83
Views: 9,959
It was a great value with the wonderful K-5 sensor. I shoot on a tripod a lot and use manual focus, so the focus peaking off the LCD is perfect. I can use my various Pentax lenses including the manual focus bargains.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-11-2013, 08:49 AM  
Commlite Comtrig T-320 radio trigger
Posted By bnorikane
Replies: 7
Views: 2,119
Thanks Crossmr!

I found the kit and will probably order it.

The remote trigger is a plus. I have an IR remote, but my Kx and K01 only have front facing IR sensors. ( I still use them from behind by using a small piece of paper as a reflector, but it's a little kludgy.)

Trigmaster Plus kit for Pentax
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-11-2013, 06:56 AM  
Commlite Comtrig T-320 radio trigger
Posted By bnorikane
Replies: 7
Views: 2,119
Hi Crossmr,

That's great info on the Aputure. Exactly the real use feedback that I wanted, especially on the field limitations of the basic. I hadn't heard of that brand before.

The Trigmaster Plus for 2 x $30 sounds like what I want.
Is there a Pentax specific model? or do I get the Nikon?

Thanks,

Bruce
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-10-2013, 03:48 PM  
Wireless flash?
Posted By bnorikane
Replies: 11
Views: 1,390
I only have one P-TTL flash, and it can't work as a master, so I can't test that.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-10-2013, 09:28 AM  
Commlite Comtrig T-320 radio trigger
Posted By bnorikane
Replies: 7
Views: 2,119
I'm looking for an inexpensive radio trigger for manual off-camera flash use with my K-x and new K-01. I'll use it with a Metz 50, and a yet to be purchased manual flash.

The Flash Havoc review site recommends the Commlite Comtrig T320 as the top inexpensive, manual trigger. The T-320 appears to be an improvement over the YongNuo RF602, with much faster sync speeds, AAA batteries and a pass-through hotshoe. $30 a set. (I have no affiliation with Commlite or Flash Havoc.)

Flash Havoc Commlite Comtrig t320 review

The T-320 has an unusual shoe contact design that supports both Canon and Nikon in a single trigger. I'm worried that this may cause problems with a Pentax hotshoe and flash. It definitely won't support P-TTL pass-through, or remote wakeup of the flash, but I'll be happy, if it works as a manual trigger with Pentax. I've searched this site and googled the web, but I can't find any mention of support for Pentax.

Have any of you tried a T-320 with a Pentax?

Any help appreciated,

Bruce
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-10-2013, 08:44 AM  
Wireless flash?
Posted By bnorikane
Replies: 11
Views: 1,390
Wow, I just a got my K-01 and assumed that it had wireless P-TTL. I've read every review and many forum thread before purchasing, and I never saw that. I just checked the manual and no mention of wireless. It shows an off-camera flash connected with a wire hooked up through the hot shoe. I also went through every setup parameter, and there's nothing to enable wireless.

Bummer. I have a Metz 50 that can act as a slave P-TTL, but not as a master, so I can't use it on camera to drive wireless P-TTL.

Can you drive wireless P-TTL through a Pentax flash like an AF540? or does the camera need to support? I wonder if Pentax needed the exposure sensors on the dslr's to support wireless P-TTL. That doesn't make much sense, since they have enough sensors to support on-camera P-TTL.

This is not a giant loss for me, as almost all my off camera flash work is manual, and I'll use my Kx when I need P-TTL, but it's an odd gap. I guess I'll use this as an excuse to buy some radio triggers that I've been wanting anyway.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-30-2011, 06:41 AM  
External Flash ... Off???
Posted By bnorikane
Replies: 2
Views: 2,051
Not sure if this will work for you.

There is a "Flash off" setting on the Mode Dial. It sets the camera to AutoPict Standard mode with the flash off. I've never used that setting.

I looked for that function in the menus also, but turning off the flash itself is easy. It's a dedicated button on the flash vs a menu. Same with the pop up flash. When it's down, it's off.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-31-2010, 10:31 AM  
K-x remote control
Posted By bnorikane
Replies: 22
Views: 5,651
This works for me too, the IR remote is not too picky and just needs something to reflect it into the IR sensor on the front of the grip.

Indoors I just aim the remote at something in front of the camera. Outdoors, I usually point the remote at the right side of the camera, remote has to be just forward of the grip.

If I can't hold the remote there, I put a small Post-it note or small piece of tape attached to the left side of the grip, extending over the IR sensor (red light), not quite touching it and past the right side of the camera. With this setup, I can use the remote from behind the camera, as long as the remote is slightly to the right. If I can see the red light blinking on the post-it, the remote should work.

I've never needed any other aids, but you can use almost anything as a reflector. I just tried setting my camera bag a few feet in front of the Kx, and it worked fine. You don't need a mirror, but a white piece of paper would probably extend your range. Range usually isn't an issue from behind the camera.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-31-2010, 09:51 AM  
Poll: Pentax K-x mirror slap and/or SR blur problem
Posted By bnorikane
Replies: 100
Views: 47,965
1/60 - 1/120 seems to be the peak. Test with SR on and off. It's a good idea to use manual focus, so focus changes don't affect the images. When SR is on, make sure you get the SR lock confirmation before fully pressing the shutter. Take a series of images at each shutter speed. If you can get a better image consistently at 1/30 than at 1/80, then you may have the shutter blur problem.

Every camera will be blurry hand held at 1 second, so that is not a reasonable test. My Kx does not have any problems in the suspect range.

Your other thread may not get answers, because there are dozens of threads and hundreds of posts that cover this subject in minute detail.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-31-2010, 09:08 AM  
Longer K-x shutter speed?
Posted By bnorikane
Replies: 9
Views: 2,265
Kari is correct. I think this might be the default when using the remote in Bulb mode.

You can set this in the Menu -> C2-> 12. Remote Control in Bulb

Works great. First click opens shutter; second click closes.

p. 81 in Kx manual
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-19-2010, 04:58 AM  
To the people who love manual focus...
Posted By bnorikane
Replies: 63
Views: 9,445
The KPS sounds interesting. Where did you buy it? I googled KPS eyepiece and did not find any for Pentax.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-16-2010, 08:11 AM  
How often has waiting for the SR confimation icon resulted in missed shots?
Posted By bnorikane
Replies: 38
Views: 4,302
Thank you. That's a good article. I see that it's on the Pentax U.S. site now.

Are there others like it? and how do you get to them. I've searched the Pentax US site, but can't find technical articles.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-16-2010, 07:59 AM  
How often has waiting for the SR confimation icon resulted in missed shots?
Posted By bnorikane
Replies: 38
Views: 4,302
On my Kx, using the AF button does not keep SR loaded. It pre-focuses, but does not light up the SR ready symbol.

The only way I can load SR is to half-press the shutter button. When I'm pre-focused, the wait for the SR seems long, probably only half a second, but it feels long. In AF-s mode on the Kx, if you fully press the shutter, the camera will wait for the focus to lock, but not for the SR to activate.

I guess I have "missed" shots because of SR activation. Not because I waited for SR and missed the moment. When I'm really concentrating on the subject, I will forget to wait for SR light. It's at the bottom of the viewfinder, so I have to consciously watch for it especially when I'm outside. When I'm shooting fast, I occasionally get shots with "SR not Activated". Sometimes they are blurry, sometimes not.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-21-2010, 07:48 AM  
The things you learn. Katz Eye screen
Posted By bnorikane
Replies: 65
Views: 15,519
Thanks Lance
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-19-2010, 05:04 PM  
The things you learn. Katz Eye screen
Posted By bnorikane
Replies: 65
Views: 15,519
Lance - which Katz Eye screen is this?
I looked at the ones for Pentax and didn't see any without focus aids. Is this one custom?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-14-2010, 03:08 PM  
(noob question) Getting my K-x tmr -> how to test for mirror slap?
Posted By bnorikane
Replies: 22
Views: 3,484
Did you use the remote to take the pictures of yourself?

By default, the remote shutter release does not re-focus. So you should pre-focus or change the AF with Remote Control setting (Menu C-11)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-13-2010, 07:47 AM  
KX Remotes compared
Posted By bnorikane
Replies: 21
Views: 4,387
On a Kx, I've found that I can use the IR remote from the camera's right side, by pointing directly at the camera. I've also used the remote by aiming at something in front of the camera and bouncing to the IR port.



Perfect! I've heard of people drilling through the remote, but never had the nerve. This is exactly what I want for the remote - a detachable neck strap.

Thank you.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-07-2010, 12:09 PM  
Copyright Questions
Posted By bnorikane
Replies: 21
Views: 2,879
The answer to 1. is simple, you (or your employer) own the copyright when you snap the shutter. Under U.S. law, you can reap bigger damages, if you register.

The answers to 2 & 3 are much more complex. Here's are two good primers on copyright for photographers:

Frequently Asked Copyright Q&As by Andrew D. Epstein

The Law For Photographers -- Copyright
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-07-2010, 11:55 AM  
capturing motion
Posted By bnorikane
Replies: 27
Views: 3,910
Yes, but no Auto-ISO in Manual mode. At least on Kx.

Pentax sets fixed ISO in Manual Mode. Really a shame as it forces a new mode for same functionality and makes ISO setting change as you move from P/Av/Tv to M.

Not a killer on cameras with TAv, but Kx doesn't have it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-02-2010, 07:52 AM  
Is the k-x mirror slap issue real?
Posted By bnorikane
Replies: 31
Views: 9,599
That looks like the "double image at 1/80s - 1/120s" problem that a few others have seen. (Some people don't like calling it a mirror slap problem.)

When you test it, try with and without SR. Some cameras have no problem unless SR is on. Others have a "blurriness" at those speeds with and without SR.

Good luck
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-01-2010, 08:59 PM  
Hood for 35-105
Posted By bnorikane
Replies: 5
Views: 1,790
Would I need several hoods of this type to cover the 35-105 zoom range?

This Hoya hood looks like it would cover the range:

Hoya | 67mm Screw-In Rubber Zoom Lens Hood for 35mm to | H67RH
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-01-2010, 08:55 PM  
Hood for 35-105
Posted By bnorikane
Replies: 5
Views: 1,790
Would I need several hoods of this type to cover the 35-105 zoom range?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-01-2010, 08:53 PM  
Hood for 35-105
Posted By bnorikane
Replies: 5
Views: 1,790
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-01-2010, 07:38 PM  
Hood for 35-105
Posted By bnorikane
Replies: 5
Views: 1,790
I have a Pentax-A 3.5 35-105. It has an Aetna wide angle rubber lens hood. It's very wide but not deep at all and does not provide much "hooding".

Are there better hood's for this lens?

thanks in advance,
Bruce
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