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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-03-2018, 09:59 AM  
SSD drive and Photoshop
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 25
Views: 755
Since you have both SSD and regular hard drive, I suggest that you install the OS (system) and programs (applications) such as Photoshop on the SSD drive to speed up the process while working in Photoshop. I would keep the regular hard drive to store and keep data only.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-06-2018, 07:23 PM  
Today only - KP on sale at Amazon Canada for CDN$749.99
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 10
Views: 757
I am not sure if you need shipping insurance (first time I heard about that); I just checked there is no eco fee either, just GST/HST. There is no shipping cost since I am a prime member. IMHO, it is definitely a very good deal. If I don't have a k-1 and a k-3, I will for sure get this one.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-12-2018, 02:42 PM  
Abstract lady in red, inspired by medieval fashion
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 1
Views: 129
good idea. But if it was me, I am not sure if I will be happy with that image not being sharp at all; I would use TAV mode to shoot and make sure the shutter speed is at least good enough for a steady shot.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-08-2018, 05:35 PM  
I thought the DC motors weren't failing (as much?)
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 12
Views: 998
Do you have another body to test the lenses that failed? Chance of having more than one lens fail at the same time seems a little suspicious to me.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-07-2018, 01:27 PM  
RAW editing
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 27
Views: 1,596
I have been using SIlkypix Developers Pro 7 (current version is 8), which IMHO is pretty good for RAW editing.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-01-2018, 11:49 AM  
Tamron to bring a 17-35 F2.8-4 for full frame:
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 11
Views: 555
I noticed that the lens currently does not offer the K-mount version; hopefully Ricoh can come up with similar lens DFA limited to 20-40 2.8-4 or like this range. That would be super sweet... as I am using the DA 20-40 ltd on my k-1 frequently.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-01-2018, 09:18 AM  
K-3: AF does not work, but live view does
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 3
Views: 340
As Adam has indicated, the focusing system used via the viewfinder (phase detection) and via live view (contrast detect) are different on the same camera. It could be a PDAF mechanism on the camera is faulty. I would make sure the battery is 'fully' charged and then I would do a system-reset to see if the problem still exists before doing anything else.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-01-2018, 09:06 AM  
Perhaps a silly question: Is it haze or just overexposure?
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 9
Views: 525
I believe this is the case where using a proper lens hood would help.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 08-01-2018, 08:57 AM  
Huge Sale at McBain Camera - Alberta, Canada
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 44
Views: 2,869
I thought McBain is one of the big camera stores in Alberta.... but the picture of the lens (DA*16-50) does not match the actual lens (DA*50-135) in description. Nonetheless, I have the DA*50-135 lens, it is one of my favourite lens for stage photography and of course, that is a great price.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-30-2018, 03:09 PM  
Pentax K70 won't use ISO lower than 200
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 15
Views: 704
I don't have the k-70, so it may be different from k-5, k-5/II or k-3; it minimum iso setting seem to be affected by the high-iso NR and/or slow speed NR settings. If you disable all NR settings, my k-5II can go as low as iso 80.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 07-30-2018, 02:01 PM  
Tripod...do you use, or not use.
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 51
Views: 2,052
For my type of photography and interests (mainly events and people photography), I seldom use tripods or mono-pods as nailing the focus is not a real big problem which can be managed with the proper shutter speed. I do have good tripods and mono-pods, but they are just there in case. However, I do find the gorilla tripod a good option to use for traveling purposes and some tricky shots.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 07-30-2018, 06:58 AM  
D-Li109 battery alternatives?
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 21
Views: 1,129
I have also used the third party batteries like Newmowa ones and found them to be quite good as well at a fraction of the price of original batteries.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-30-2018, 06:46 AM  
Pentax DA* 16-50 and DA*50-135mm Autofocus Problems
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 27
Views: 5,351
Sorry to hear that. Did you try to clean the contacts on the lens and the camera? Which camera are you using? If you have an older camera (without the contacts), you can try if the screw drive mechanism works or not. I would also try to see if it works with fresh fully charged batteries.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-30-2018, 06:39 AM  
SD card Just bought an Sandisk Ultra SD XC1 64 Gig Card and comes up with error
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 10
Views: 467
As some have pointed out, the k10D camera probably does not support SDXC (above 32GB limit).
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-30-2018, 06:27 AM  
K1 update firmware issue
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 21
Views: 819
You can not just copy the compressed file (8598kb) to the SD card, you have to uncompress it first (file size 18438kb). When you uncompress it, the file will be expanded to another directory.
Also, make sure the file is in the root directory... does not matter if there are other folders there.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 07-30-2018, 06:22 AM  
Just speculations on mirrorless and Pentax
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 19
Views: 1,001
IMHO, it is just a matter of time; both C&N are also heading in that direction and I would Pentax to do so but not necessarily in the same timeline.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-30-2018, 06:18 AM  
K1 update firmware issue
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 21
Views: 819
make sure you download the correct v1.5 firmware update (ie. fwdc228b.bin) file and copy it to the root directory of the SD card and place it in slot 1 of the k-1 camera. If the camera does not recognize the bin file, then it will not do the update.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-26-2018, 01:18 PM  
Fake Nikon camera
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 12
Views: 818
There is a BIG difference between a "fake" camera vs a "grey market" camera. I have a feeling that you think grey market means fake, it is not. You bought a grey market camera not a "fake" camera.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-25-2018, 06:56 PM  
Pentax AF540FGZ II Or Metz 52AF
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 12
Views: 609
I am not sure if we are referring to the same thing - front LED (which can be independently turned on) which can also be used for continuous video light. I looked at the Metz 52 AF-1 review again, there is no such LED on the front. The only other flash that has similar feature is the new Nikon SB-500.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-25-2018, 06:41 PM  
R.I.P. K-30 - Shutter count: 91546
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 60
Views: 2,124
Are you sure that it is the shutter failure or just broken mirror mechanism assembly? Have you had a chance to find out how much does it cost to repair? Just saying... although it would probably too costly to repair for an old camera (instead of getting a newer used but working camera like k-5).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-25-2018, 04:23 PM  
HD Pentax-DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 for K-1 (or an alternative)?
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 32
Views: 1,208
To the OP, as mentioned I do a lot of event photography... many of the photos are taken at the back stage during live performance and/or rehearsal as well. And often times, there is not a whole lot of room to move around to take the shots of large group of people. Personally, I find the DA20-40 and K-1 combination to be a great tool to have. However, I would avoid using 20-24 focal lengths if I want to keep the original aspect ratio (3x2).. If I don't care about keeping the original 3x2 format, I can still use the wide end at 20mm and then crop the image getting rid of vignetting corners (resulting in wider aspect ratio). So, it all worked out IMHO. As in this example, I am virtually pinned in the corner at the entrance door to the stage.



With the K-1 it is also very convenient to shoot with the camera held high up (like this shot).

Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-25-2018, 03:53 PM  
Pentax AF540FGZ II Or Metz 52AF
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 12
Views: 609
I am an event photographer and frequently use flash mounted on the camera whenever I need, I find the front LED light on the Pentax flash to be extremely useful. I can't speak of the Metz flash as I do not have one... so for me, I would choose Pentax flash (already did). Another point on the newer version of Pentax flash is that they are weather resistant, (again, I am not sure if the Metz flash have similar feature), which comes in handy when you are shooting an outdoor event.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-22-2018, 07:41 AM  
HD Pentax-DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 for K-1 (or an alternative)?
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 32
Views: 1,208
I have used the DA20-40 ltd with my k-1 for over a year now for event photography... and I am quite happy with that combination despite the crop-sensor lens design. Keeping in mind that there are some limitation (vignetting) at certain focal lengths (mostly between 20-24), but still I find the benefits (light weight, versatility, price and image quality etc.) are worth it until there is DFA version of 20-40 is available.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-05-2018, 07:07 AM  
No card in camera message.
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 7
Views: 423
make sure the write-protected tab on the SD card is pushed UP (off) when you insert the SD card into the camera slot. An easy way to identify that is when you insert the SD card into the camera, when the camera is powered OFF, the LED light will blink a few times (that is a signal that the camera is reading the card properly).
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-02-2018, 10:11 AM  
Luxury K-1
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 24
Views: 2,944
I think I will get all three versions.. :lol::lol::lol::lol:
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