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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-06-2019, 10:16 AM  
Verbal camera control
Posted By wings
Replies: 14
Views: 357
Good one Hal.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-05-2019, 05:09 PM  
Verbal camera control
Posted By wings
Replies: 14
Views: 357
I had this idea about using verbal commands on a camera knowing that it would not be that useful in some cases such as video recording with audio and perhaps wildlife photography, but was curious what others might think and what commands might be useful? I started to think about it when doing some astrophotography and how I would be able to use it to go to night mode.
Forum: General Photography 10-18-2019, 11:00 PM  
Take your batteries out!
Posted By wings
Replies: 42
Views: 1,106
Baking soda is regularly used to neutralize battery and clean battery terminals on car batteries which is easy to do. What I do for electronics is to wet a small amount of baking soda and depending upon the compartment size you can use a cloth or q-tips to go over the contacts and wipe down the compartment area. You want to avoid getting liquid into areas that you might not be able to access. If you can disassemble some parts it might make it easier. Baking soda is very effective and it doesnít take much to neutralize the battery residue and will not harm any electronics. Once you are satisfied with the cleaning then follow up with a dampened cloth etc.

Personally, I would not use vinegar for this because it is a mild acid, actually ascetic acid, and as a liquid could seep onto electronics that you might not be able to reach and if left on it for a period it could possibly etch circuit boards. If you do use it then follow up with a dampened cloth with water or better yet distilled water.

By the way, you might consider using nitrile gloves if there is a battery leak that you are cleaning, but if you donít then put a small amount of baking soda in your hands to neutralize it.
Forum: General Photography 10-18-2019, 02:37 PM  
Take your batteries out!
Posted By wings
Replies: 42
Views: 1,106
Baking Soda will neutralize the battery residue and helps clean contacts. I have successfully used that for decades.
Forum: General Photography 10-17-2019, 09:05 PM  
Take your batteries out!
Posted By wings
Replies: 42
Views: 1,106
I take my batteries out and on some items have a small plastic bag zip tied to put the batteries in. Itís not practical or aesthetically pleasing to do that for some things however it prevents hunting for batteries when needed. I used to put a barrier of some sort on one end of an installed battery as someone had suggested, but I stopped doing that because the batteries can still go bad and leak. I feel safer by taking the batteries out.

For my K-1II I number the batteries so that I use and charge them sequentially.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-12-2019, 11:08 AM  
flash recommendation for shooting w/ manual lenses
Posted By wings
Replies: 32
Views: 773
Wow. I sure have had a wake up call on this. I will admit that I used to think that a flash was just a flash and either it worked or it didnít. Nearly all of my photography has been outdoors as I had mentioned so I never even owned a flash during that time. I will bet that there are many others who might not realize that it could cause damage to a camera.

If I may, does this only apply to older flash technology used on todayís DSLRs or does it also apply to mixing brands? Do flash manufacturers follow a interface standard?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-11-2019, 04:43 PM  
flash recommendation for shooting w/ manual lenses
Posted By wings
Replies: 32
Views: 773
Well this has been an eye opener for me. Just curious, what would it do to a camera and how would you know? Are there other flashes to avoid for my K-1?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-11-2019, 05:54 AM  
flash recommendation for shooting w/ manual lenses
Posted By wings
Replies: 32
Views: 773
It is the 285 not the HV. Thanks for letting me know, as I never thought of a flash causing damage to a camera.

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Thanks Steve. How one would know that is beyond me as there must be quite a few combinations?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-10-2019, 06:13 AM  
Advice on Vivitar 28-200mm f3.5 lens
Posted By wings
Replies: 8
Views: 266
That makes a great deal of sense to me and it sounds like you have some experience concerning this. Getting a detailed list would certainly be a great help, I will search for it. I was able to peel the rubber grip back a little on both ends of the zoom, see photos. Both ends show what appears to be scotch tape and one end has a strip of brass sheet also held in place by the tape.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-09-2019, 04:31 PM  
Advice on Vivitar 28-200mm f3.5 lens
Posted By wings
Replies: 8
Views: 266
Thanks for that. I like that better than putting electrical tape on it which could become a sticky mess after exposed to warm or hot temperatures. Hopefully it is adjustable.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 10-09-2019, 11:34 AM  
Sticky: PentaxForums 100 Year Giveaway - October - Grand Prize Raffle Entry Thread
Posted By wings
Replies: 177
Views: 5,539
Here goes. Hope for the best and thanks for this great giveaway.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-09-2019, 11:29 AM  
Use of LCD screen
Posted By wings
Replies: 21
Views: 701
That is pretty close to my experience in that I never use the LCD screen. I think because after making the adjustments and composing, my focus is on the image that I see through the lens. I had my K-1 for a very long time before noticing the LCD screen. Good to have a laugh and glad Google helped.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-09-2019, 10:46 AM  
flash recommendation for shooting w/ manual lenses
Posted By wings
Replies: 32
Views: 773
I am somewhat of a tyro when it comes to flashes, most of my photography has been outdoors and using natural lighting. This does not have the telephoto or the wide angle adapters so it may limit its usefulness. I also have a Vivitar 283 and 285 both of which were acquired many years ago from a sale. They both work okay, but the 285 is missing the diffuser, but not sure how they would perform on my K-1.

This is one aspect of photography that I need to explore and was encouraged by the threads on this topic.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-09-2019, 10:05 AM  
Use of LCD screen
Posted By wings
Replies: 21
Views: 701
I am probably missing out on something, but I never look at the small LCD screen. Perhaps you could help me to make better use of it. I would also be curious to know how often you use it and what is the main thing that you look for when using it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-09-2019, 09:32 AM  
flash recommendation for shooting w/ manual lenses
Posted By wings
Replies: 32
Views: 773
I have a barely used Pentax AF240FT that I acquired as part of a lot purchase and was wondering if this would be a good match with a manual lens?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-09-2019, 09:13 AM  
Vanguard Ball Head?
Posted By wings
Replies: 24
Views: 928
This is an awesome head and would highly recommend it. The head is something that you do not want to scrimp on, as it may be at least as important as a good tripod.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-09-2019, 08:43 AM  
Best K-mount lens for hand held low light photography
Posted By wings
Replies: 19
Views: 700
Have you tried B&W for low light conditions? I am no expert, but have noticed an almost dramatic effect when using B&W instead of color. I cannot explain it. It may not work for all situations, but today itís easy to switch between color & B&W so you might try it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-09-2019, 08:23 AM  
Advice on Vivitar 28-200mm f3.5 lens
Posted By wings
Replies: 8
Views: 266
That is exactly the issue that I am having with it. Thanks for that. I will probably put a piece of tape for now, but would like to know what the mechanism is that provides the needed friction. I have a Celestron C-90 that was too loose when focusing and it turns out that they use grease to help hold the position, I was wondering if this might be a similar issue where the grease has dried?

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That looks to be the same as mine. The images from mine were superb.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-09-2019, 07:18 AM  
Advice on Vivitar 28-200mm f3.5 lens
Posted By wings
Replies: 8
Views: 266
I have had this lens for decades and it is one of my favorites. Everything still works perfectly except I started to notice that the zoom slides too easily now and I have to be extra careful when focusing to not also change the zoom setting. The zoom will fully extend if pointed down while carrying it.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 10-09-2019, 06:52 AM  
K-2 Wishlist
Posted By wings
Replies: 40
Views: 2,161
I hope that they start with a different name than K-x
I would add:
- power adapter for 12 vdc
- a slightly larger viewfinder
- UHS-III sd card interface (UHS-II is newest, but UHS-III better)
- eliminate some buttons use lcd instead
- lcd display control that includes night vision instead of buried in menus
- simplified menus
- perhaps a small solar panel grid to trickle charge batteries
- a hot shoe cover lock or onboard pocket

Just some ideas.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 10-09-2019, 06:13 AM  
Question on D-Li90 Battery
Posted By wings
Replies: 21
Views: 1,691
I have had these amazon.com : Wasabi Power Battery for Pentax D-LI90 : Digital Camera Batteries : Camera & Photo?tag=pentaxforums-20& for about two years and they work great with zero problems.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-09-2019, 06:04 AM  
3rd party batteries & iBatteries.co.uk
Posted By wings
Replies: 35
Views: 1,635
For my K-1II I have been using theseamazon.com : Wasabi Power Battery for Pentax D-LI90 : Digital Camera Batteries : Camera & Photo?tag=pentaxforums-20& for about two years with no problems. They seem to be well made and appear to be nearly identical to OEM.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-08-2019, 07:44 PM  
Night Neon Photography with vintage lens Super Takumar 50mm f1.4
Posted By wings
Replies: 5
Views: 397
That was a very good introduction to that lens. I also like this lens and was not aware of why Pentax came out with it.

Thanks.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-08-2019, 06:23 PM  
ISO film to ISO digital
Posted By wings
Replies: 17
Views: 765
Okay thanks. How was that determined?



That doesnít really demonstrate a comparison or evaluation. An example that might help you understand would be when comparing computer monitors for color rendition if you are an artist or perhaps a photographer who wants one that displays colors as close to true colors as possible. I have done that. There are differences found in displays and some do a better job than others to show true colors, the standard.
Forum: General Photography 10-08-2019, 03:35 PM  
Lenses - how do you store yours ?
Posted By wings
Replies: 29
Views: 1,550
I started doing this many years ago when I was backpacking a lot. I needed a way to help protect lenses, so I decided to take worn out tube socks and cut off the foot portion leaving the stretchy ankle part and slip that over my lenses. It just adds an extra layer of protection to my lenses while making use of something that I would have thrown away. You can use a permanent marker to roughly mark the outside if you want. It worked so well that I continued to do that for all of my lenses even today. You might be surprised how much they can stretch over a lens. Of course this may not work for some larger lenses, but I did find that old boot socks will work in some cases.
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