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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-02-2022, 06:05 AM  
Who has a K-1 and a K3 iii? Opinions / use case / advocacy!
Posted By chrism888
Replies: 32
Views: 2,423
I have both with a similar stance to the above posts, the K3iii is for in flight aircraft and birds, mainly hooked to a 150 - 450, the K1 is for portraits particularly on an 85 F1.4 etc and general use, I also have a Z which is also portraits and glamour / nudes and landscapes etc

I only take what kit I think I'll need so its only ever one camera body maybe with a few lenses
Forum: General Photography 01-01-2022, 02:13 AM  
IR conversion
Posted By chrism888
Replies: 11
Views: 491
I had a K5ii converted to IR earlier this year, here ( 720nm ) initial lead time was 8 weeks, ended up being 12 because of the filter delays in from the far east. works well and I like it, the benefit with a conversion rather than add on filters is you can use it handheld, but it is a permanent conversion, cost wise was 325, prob more than the camera's worth, but looking on fleabay, I could recoup my outlay and poss a tad more if I decided to sell.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 12-22-2021, 04:39 AM  
Does the K1 Mark II still make sense to buy today? Is there an Mark III in the works?
Posted By chrism888
Replies: 62
Views: 3,919
Go for a used Ki or Kii and if you work out its not for you, you'll prob recover most of the outlay
Forum: Pentax KP 12-14-2021, 12:16 AM  
Light metering & over exposure
Posted By chrism888
Replies: 15
Views: 586
Exactly this :)
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-07-2021, 04:52 AM  
Sharpest aperture for the SMC Pentax 67 200mm F4?
Posted By chrism888
Replies: 5
Views: 614
sharpest aperture is normally a stop or 2 from max, so would look at F8 ish maybe even F11
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-09-2021, 01:53 AM  
Tripod head with sticky tilt
Posted By chrism888
Replies: 8
Views: 573
Graphite, i.e pencil lead can be a good dry lubricant for poss use in this instance
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 10-28-2021, 01:08 AM  
K-3iii with HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW lens
Posted By chrism888
Replies: 13
Views: 1,593
I've the same combo and it works superbly well, if in doubt, up the ISO a tad, i mostly use mine handheld and only with a mono pod if in a hide
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-08-2021, 06:09 AM  
To 150-450 or not to 150-450?
Posted By chrism888
Replies: 50
Views: 2,856
Totally agree with the above, IMHO go for it, you wont regret it :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-07-2021, 05:49 AM  
"Standard" portrait lighting.
Posted By chrism888
Replies: 9
Views: 567
The bigger the SB and the further away from the subject it is, will always give you much softer lighting, you could also try with a second diffuser in the SB ?
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 09-04-2021, 11:57 PM  
New K1 Mark II. I think I've gone too far.
Posted By chrism888
Replies: 93
Views: 4,878
I'm on 4 inc a K5iis converted to IR plus the Mrs's has my old K3ii
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-20-2021, 06:11 AM  
Full frame lens suggestions please.
Posted By chrism888
Replies: 15
Views: 886
SRS in Watford ( well established Pentax dealer ) used to offer both camera's and lenses for hire, cant find anything on their new web site, but might be worth a phone call ??
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 08-06-2021, 06:17 AM  
Eyecup for 645z (replace rubber part?)
Posted By chrism888
Replies: 6
Views: 504
I used 2 narrow and smallish black cable ties around the section that attaches to the 645z, its not tight enough to stop the eyepiece rotating, but is enough to keep it on the camera, so far has kept mine on for over 2 years having like you lost the original and one more.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-04-2021, 03:21 AM  
K3 III freeze!?
Posted By chrism888
Replies: 20
Views: 2,036
Not happened to me, although I don't own the DA* 300 either, worth cleaning the contacts on the lens ?
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-04-2021, 12:21 AM  
Need Focusing Tips with Pentax 645z
Posted By chrism888
Replies: 8
Views: 589
You'll find you'll need to keep the shutter speed up to the same as at least the focal length of the lens, ideally a bit more, the Z is a big beast, depending on the lenses you have if your shooting wide open ( F2.8 ) the DOF is pretty minimal, I've done better with studio shoots at F8, handheld.

Don't be afraid of upping the ISO the sensor can take it and superb clean images well beyond 1600 ISO

If you focus and recompose, obviously you need to keep your finger on the shutter button otherwise the camera will re-focus on the changed spot or go manual focus as barondia
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-02-2021, 07:26 AM  
Funny pics during your travels!
Posted By chrism888
Replies: 36
Views: 1,772
You cant shoot me now !!

Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-07-2021, 01:27 AM  
Question for 645 FA 120 macro owners
Posted By chrism888
Replies: 12
Views: 732
I have the 645 FA 120 F4 and couple it to a EM140 DG Sigma Ring Flash with no problems at all, quite often add an extension tube as well when shooting small objects for work.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-30-2021, 07:38 AM  
Finally upgraded my lens
Posted By chrism888
Replies: 9
Views: 966
The first few look a tad soft, the last 2 look better, maybe technique with a new and a large and fairly heavy lens, make sure the shutter speed is above ideally 1/500th sec when handholding, a monopod is always useful and hone your technique and you've enough DOF ( depth of field ) to cover your subject.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 05-28-2021, 06:15 AM  
K-3 date adjustment and lens profile issues
Posted By chrism888
Replies: 10
Views: 1,362
Its probably the internal battery depleted, I don't think its user replaceable so prob needs a service / repair
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-26-2021, 06:06 AM  
Buying a Pentax 645Z in 2021
Posted By chrism888
Replies: 173
Views: 11,458
I agree with everything SFPphotography has said, I run a Z with a 28 - 45 / 45 - 85 / 80 - 160 plus a 150 F2.8 for portrait work then chuck on some extension tubes and its a superb macro lens

Jump in with both feet, you wont regret it and its a delight to use.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-22-2021, 05:32 AM  
Firmware upgrade possible in 2 card slots?
Posted By chrism888
Replies: 23
Views: 1,301
It doesn't matter which SD slot you use on the computer, you must use slot 1 on the camera thou
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-22-2021, 05:30 AM  
645z vs K1 Mk II difficult choice
Posted By chrism888
Replies: 23
Views: 1,734
Defiantly agree, Japan and the USA are good places to look for s/h 645 lenses, although I purchased mine before Brexit so that may hinder things slightly
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-22-2021, 12:09 AM  
645z vs K1 Mk II difficult choice
Posted By chrism888
Replies: 23
Views: 1,734
Did that a few years ago, they are both different animals for different reasons and both are superb, used for totally different subjects and they'll last me out for sure
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 05-17-2021, 05:39 AM  
Accidental over-exposure
Posted By chrism888
Replies: 17
Views: 1,528
I used to be able to push or pull the film processing myself at home many years ago, it'll just be in the developer a tad longer and probably wont affect the images very much, better than losing the images completely.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-12-2021, 07:42 AM  
Card reading issues
Posted By chrism888
Replies: 10
Views: 530
Try recuva here its free, used it before and it works well
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-05-2021, 10:40 PM  
Can 645Z live view counter a 9 stop ND filter?
Posted By chrism888
Replies: 12
Views: 768
I've used a 10 stop on my 645z and live view has coped with it well
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