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Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-10-2021, 04:51 AM  
Landscape Misty Mountain
Posted By Smoke665
Replies: 12
Views: 332
Nice indeed, the speckled red in the foreground really holds the eye.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-09-2021, 06:30 AM  
Upcoming Graduation
Posted By Smoke665
Replies: 32
Views: 1,299
I just shot an indoor graduation with the K1MII and a HD-D FA 70-200mm f/2.8. I was far enough back that DOF wasn't an issue at f2.8. Shot AV and used EC to adjust. ISO on most was 1600 to 3200. There is noise but as long as you get a good exposure, it isn't overly objectionable.

The downside, is this combo is HEAVY. Without a tripod my arms were feeling the burn before the event was over.
Forum: Photo Critique 05-08-2021, 07:47 AM  
Landscape Some of that Blue Ridge magic
Posted By Smoke665
Replies: 22
Views: 1,159
Sun Flares are like the Forrest Gump line, "Life's like a box of chocolate, you never know what you're gonna get". Each one is different, and you can't always predict the final outcome. That said, looks good to me.
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 05-07-2021, 05:03 AM  
Sensor Cleaning Advise K1MII
Posted By Smoke665
Replies: 33
Views: 3,450
I've read reports of this happening before, and in thinking back on last year's problems. Even with a sensor scope I couldnt determine for sure what the remaining stubbon spots were. There's been times when I questioned if the spot from Hell might not have been the same thing. I would be very reluctant to use it again.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-07-2021, 04:51 AM  
Pentax AF 360FGZII underexposing on P-TTL
Posted By Smoke665
Replies: 24
Views: 988
I have a few odd speed lights for location shots where I don't want to lug studio equipment around. Primarily I used Youngnu with simple wireless triggers and a light meter to set them up, worked well for years. The whole purpose of going with the Pentax flash was to simplify and speed up the process, unfortunately it's not been anything close.

The first problem I encountered was moving off camera. A simple cable should have been the solution, but two different inexpensive Vello cables (despite working on the FGZ) refused to work on the FGZII. Calls to customer service at both Vello and Pentax had everyone scratching their heads, with the final solution...use the 5P cable. To this day having thoroughly inspected both cables I am clueless as to why one works and the cheaper one doesnt.

Supposedly another advantage of the 360FGZII is the ability to do ratios with multiple lights which would be great, but this old dog isn't going there, not after all the problems I've had.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-05-2021, 03:51 PM  
Pentax AF 360FGZII underexposing on P-TTL
Posted By Smoke665
Replies: 24
Views: 988
Well I should've known there's no shortcuts. Went to manual on the camera, flash on P-TTL and camera EC to get consistent repeatable results. Then added a modifier to the flash raising the EC on the flash to compensate. Think I have a workable solution now.

---------- Post added 05-05-21 at 04:07 PM ----------



I think based on marketing hype, I mistakenly believed the communication was a two-way street, when in reality it's not. Once I understood how it worked it didn't take long to dial it in.

Thanks for the help everyone.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-05-2021, 06:16 AM  
Pentax AF 360FGZII underexposing on P-TTL
Posted By Smoke665
Replies: 24
Views: 988
Doing a little reading last night on how P-TTL actually works. Apparently there's more user input required then the marketing hype leads you to believe. Haven't had the opportunity to test it out, but it seems using both camera EC and flash EC is necessary. I also suspect that it is somewhat dependent on what your camera exposure metering mode is set to. Normally I leave it on Spot, but I was recently at an event where I switched to Matrix, and forgot to change it back.

The same writeup I was reading also mentioned using camera manual and setting the flash to P-TTL. I was unaware that was possible. I had erroneously assumed that you had to use both on Manual. I forsee more experiments ahead.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-04-2021, 02:27 PM  
Pentax AF 360FGZII underexposing on P-TTL
Posted By Smoke665
Replies: 24
Views: 988
actually closer to the lighter. If the second shot was about -1/2 it would be close
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-04-2021, 11:39 AM  
Pentax AF 360FGZII underexposing on P-TTL
Posted By Smoke665
Replies: 24
Views: 988
Yeah I thought that initially, but here's a shot of the wall. Distance is 5' set to program mode, ISO 200, 83mm, f/3,2, 1,/125. and it's under by a good 2 stops.
IMGP8195.jpg by William Raber, on Flickr

now the same on all manual ISO 200, 83mm, f/2.8, 1/125, with the flash on manual at 1/32 power.

IMGP8200.jpg by William Raber, on Flickr
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-04-2021, 09:43 AM  
Pentax AF 360FGZII underexposing on P-TTL
Posted By Smoke665
Replies: 24
Views: 988
K1MII
Pentax 70-200 f/28
I don't believe it has, but attributed the underexposure to user error.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-04-2021, 09:25 AM  
Pentax AF 360FGZII underexposing on P-TTL
Posted By Smoke665
Replies: 24
Views: 988
My 360FGZII seems to be underexposing by anywhere from 1-2 stops when in P-ttl mode. Tried AV, P, and Auto, does the same thing. At first I thought it was the modifier, but even with bare flash. Using EC on the flash doesn't seem to make any difference, but using EC on the camera does if I up it to +2 or more. I'm out of ideas.....any suggestions
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-23-2021, 06:19 AM  
I need to move on from Adobe LR 6, but need advice
Posted By Smoke665
Replies: 70
Views: 3,033
Being in the older category, I doubt that I'll move away from Adobe till I'm done with photography. After many years with their products I'm well versed in the use, and don't relish the idea the idea of relearning a new software. Plus I have extensive libraries of everything from presets, profiles, actions, textures, Flypapers, and instructional videos that have been accumulated over the years, that would take forever to recreate. Finally the only thing I see even close to Adobe products is Capture One. At $9.99/mo for the Adobe subscription I can "rent" for 2-1/2 yrs before it equals the one time cost of the full version of Capture One. At the end of the 2 1/2 yrs I'll have the latest, up to date versions of Adobe, but Capture One will be dated and ready for an upgrade. To each their own.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-28-2021, 05:19 AM  
Questions on the 360FGZII
Posted By Smoke665
Replies: 6
Views: 589
It also works in Av mode with a wide shutter, so long as the ambient light is bright enough to force the shutter above sync speed.
Forum: Sold Items 03-27-2021, 11:45 AM  
For Sale - Sold: For Sale Camera Pentax 645Z with 55mm lens
Posted By Smoke665
Replies: 4
Views: 762
Is there a limit on quantity at that price?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-27-2021, 08:41 AM  
Questions on the 360FGZII
Posted By Smoke665
Replies: 6
Views: 589
Yes, both the flash and camera have EV compensation settings. It was my understanding that the flash and camera communicated such that setting the EV in camera resulted in a corresponding adjustment in flash, but that doesn't seem to be the case unless it's doing it at the time of shutter press?? Having separate settings without communication seems counterintuitive.

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The manual's somewhat cryptic answer doesn't fully explain the use. HSS is a synch setting not a mode. I have verified that in P-TTL setting the camera to Tv, TAV, or manual works with HSS. It also works in AV, but you have to be in bright ambient, and opened up to a wide aperture.

Wouldn't make a lot of sense to pay $$$ for proprietary flash that's supposed to be fully compatible with the camera, and then be expected to buy a third party accessory to use the features.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-27-2021, 06:36 AM  
Questions on the 360FGZII
Posted By Smoke665
Replies: 6
Views: 589
Have some questions on the flash that I cant find definitive answers on.

1. It was my understanding that there was full communication with the camera on all functions. However, when using EV compensation settings made on the camera don't seem to transfer to the flash and vice versa. Instead they seem to be independent of each other. Is this correct?

2. When using HSS, the manual specifies "setting camera to any mode but P". By that statement I'm assuming that all modes including manual will work? However in TAV or Tv it switches automatically to PTTL. Can I limit this, or am I forced to use manual mode for HSS?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-13-2021, 07:57 PM  
People Valentines 2021
Posted By Smoke665
Replies: 7
Views: 478
Red mirrors are hard to come by! LOL Thank you for looking and comments.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-13-2021, 08:26 AM  
People Valentines 2021
Posted By Smoke665
Replies: 7
Views: 478
Thank you. I'm torn between the 2nd and the 3rd.

---------- Post added 02-13-21 at 09:27 AM ----------



Thank you!!!!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-11-2021, 09:38 AM  
People Valentines 2021
Posted By Smoke665
Replies: 7
Views: 478
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-30-2021, 07:12 AM  
Heavy Duty Strap Recommendation
Posted By Smoke665
Replies: 25
Views: 1,933
Thanks for all the advise. Finally went with a BlackRapid Curve Breathe. Found a new "open box" that was substantially cheaper than anuthing else I looked at. Initial impression is that it will do the job, but until I have a chance to actually use it, I won't know if I got a bargain.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-14-2021, 08:05 AM  
Heavy Duty Strap Recommendation
Posted By Smoke665
Replies: 25
Views: 1,933
Lots of good comments
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-14-2021, 08:01 AM  
Help me spend a little bit of money on backgrounds
Posted By Smoke665
Replies: 10
Views: 999
Although I have several backgrounds canvas and paper, what generally stays in the roller hanger mounted to the ceiling is white, black, and two shades of gray. True black is 4 1/3 stops below 18% gray, and pure white is 2 1/3 stops above 18% gray "reflective reading". By varying the reflective light reading between the subject and the background, I can turn the black to white, or the white to black or any shade in between. The same process works with gelled lights changing the tint applied to the background.

The gray background that most closely matches 18% is the one that gets used most often. The white and black come next when because of falloff I can't achieve the reflective reading necessary, and the canvas last when required.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-09-2021, 03:07 PM  
Heavy Duty Strap Recommendation
Posted By Smoke665
Replies: 25
Views: 1,933
Need recommendations on a heavy strap/sling capable of handling up to 10lbs. Not a big fan of the cross body/should sling, but that may be my only option.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-20-2020, 07:49 AM  
Help With P-TTL Cord For Pentax
Posted By Smoke665
Replies: 43
Views: 2,522
Stumbled across it on EBay and figured I'd take a chance. Finally got lucky. I was able to put it to the test yesterday, mounted flash on an L bracket with cord. I'd forgotten how well that combo could work in a run and gun shoot. Having the P-TTL and HSS available made it so easy.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-19-2020, 06:39 AM  
Help With P-TTL Cord For Pentax
Posted By Smoke665
Replies: 43
Views: 2,522
It was a new in box " Pentax 3pc kit #50207" that included, camera hot shoe adaptor, cord and flash adaptor. The box was still sealed from factory. It came from a dealer in Canada, so I'm not sure if it was just overstock that they wanted to get rid of or they made a serious pricing mistake. I've only seen a few of these kits listed on the internet and generally they're $150-$200.
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