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Forum: Pentax K-5 08-09-2018, 12:26 AM  
K-5 IIs . . . stretching battery life
Posted By calsan
Replies: 7
Views: 899
Keep it warm...somehow! Batteries don't like being cold.
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-08-2018, 06:46 PM  
K-5 IIs . . . stretching battery life
Posted By robgski
Replies: 7
Views: 899
I've never really paid attention to the battery life on my K-5. I shoot nearly ever day and the battery seems to last about a week between charges. Last month I went on a trip for a week, and I had forgotten my charger. Even then, the battery lasted the duration of the trip. I seldom use Live View, and I have only a few second for review after each shot, and I have the rear screen at the lowest power setting.
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-08-2018, 04:33 PM  
K-5 IIs . . . stretching battery life
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 7
Views: 899
Nothing scientific but last year I spent 30 days in Europe with only one battery and a cheap non-factory one at that. Over 5,500 shots with the K5 IIs. Not once did I miss a shot because of a dead battery. 309 in one day was the maximum I managed. It did take a fair bit of discipline at times using all the techniques used by khardur above. Being in a group, other people liked to see what I was doing so I did have to use the screen a bit more that I would have normally. Many days I was in the red but turning off the camera each time seemed to give a little more battery, on the indicator at least.
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-08-2018, 03:44 PM  
K-5 IIs . . . stretching battery life
Posted By khardur
Replies: 7
Views: 899
I've never done any sort of measuring. But definitely if you minimize your screen use, you will get plenty more photos. Using live view or having the screen otherwise on all the time is much more demanding. How many more shots you will get? I don't know. But you will definitely get more.

I have my preview set to 1 second and the highlight/shadow alert on.. I take a quick peek if I have to and move on.
Forum: General Photography 08-05-2018, 11:16 AM  
My totally classless $2 crossbody slider strap . . .
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 6
Views: 630
Congrats on solving a problem with a cheap solution that works for you!
Forum: General Photography 08-05-2018, 10:09 AM  
My totally classless $2 crossbody slider strap . . .
Posted By MossyRocks
Replies: 6
Views: 630
I love the DIY approach. I have hacked together a number of things like the $6 release cable and a bahtinov mask from a PVC pipe cap for my camera as well as countless other things around the house.
Forum: General Photography 08-05-2018, 09:06 AM  
My totally classless $2 crossbody slider strap . . .
Posted By grog85361
Replies: 6
Views: 630
That's a clean job! Simple, cheap and effective. Good idea, thanks for sharing.
Forum: General Photography 08-05-2018, 08:46 AM  
My totally classless $2 crossbody slider strap . . .
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 6
Views: 630
Nothing wrong with DIY as long as it is secure and you're happy with it!
Forum: General Photography 08-05-2018, 04:28 AM  
My totally classless $2 crossbody slider strap . . .
Posted By PJ1
Replies: 6
Views: 630
I like the DIY approach. If it works then it is a job well done.
Forum: General Photography 08-05-2018, 02:49 AM  
My totally classless $2 crossbody slider strap . . .
Posted By aslyfox
Replies: 6
Views: 630
$2

quite possible

classless

I don't think so


good job
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-01-2018, 06:23 AM  
My initial impressions of the K-5 IIs
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 18
Views: 1,853
And the beauty of having the User settings is that you can save a setup like this (eg. for daylight) and have another more low light friendly set up going to ISO 1600 or 3200 or whichever you feel is a good compromise.

But what I find interesting is that every once in a while someone will have that problem, but I've owned 5 different Pentax bodies by now (still have 3) and I've never experienced this, even when shooting in P mode.
Forum: Pentax K-5 07-31-2018, 06:41 PM  
My initial impressions of the K-5 IIs
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 18
Views: 1,853
Did you perhaps have the minimum ISO set to the same as the max by mistake? I think that happened to me before...
Forum: Pentax K-5 07-31-2018, 07:45 PM  
My initial impressions of the K-5 IIs
Posted By leekil
Replies: 18
Views: 1,853
There is an Auto-ISO setting on one of the menus where you can set the speed of ISO increase to slow, normal, or fast. Maybe try slow.
Forum: Pentax K-5 07-31-2018, 02:05 PM  
My initial impressions of the K-5 IIs
Posted By Kevin B123
Replies: 18
Views: 1,853
Disable Auto-iso and glue the button in place.

Welcome and nice images btw.
Forum: Pentax K-5 07-31-2018, 01:11 PM  
My initial impressions of the K-5 IIs
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 18
Views: 1,853
Those are nice... but if I may make a comment, they are taken at f11 and ISO 3200 and very fast shutter speeds... you could probably take the same shots at f5.6-f8 and lower shutter speeds and ISO 100-400 (leaving anything higher for indoors and low light). And the results would impress you even more.
Forum: Pentax K-5 07-31-2018, 10:54 AM  
My initial impressions of the K-5 IIs
Posted By szs
Replies: 18
Views: 1,853
Nice review!

I have a K5 (the first one), bought for about the same reasons as you.

I am thinking of upgrading eventually. Would the IIs be a perceivable enhancement?
Forum: Pentax K-5 07-31-2018, 10:58 AM  
My initial impressions of the K-5 IIs
Posted By MrMojo
Replies: 18
Views: 1,853
Good choice.
I have had several of the digital offerings, the K5 is the one which really grabbed me.
I can't explain it, I also have a K3 which has more pixels, better autofocus, yadda yadda yadda but the K5 is very special. it fits perfectly in the hand, its ergonomics are great, features are perfect for what i use it for (landscape/outdoors/static), and the images have a certain wow-factor that the bigger brother can't emulate. It's not a thing I can put into words, the K5 is just a very special camera. Strap on a 'Limited' lens and you have a near perfect combination IMHO.
Suffice to say I won't be selling my K5 ever.
Forum: Pentax K-5 07-31-2018, 10:40 AM  
My initial impressions of the K-5 IIs
Posted By interested_observer
Replies: 18
Views: 1,853
Hi Jock,

The real magic number is ISO 80 where the ISO takes on mystical qualities. Also, if you want to feel heavy, pick up a K1 and the K5IIs becomes a real feather weight.

:cool:
Forum: Pentax K-5 07-31-2018, 10:34 AM  
My initial impressions of the K-5 IIs
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 18
Views: 1,853
Welcome to the forums. I think you made a very good decision. And nice pictures by the way!

Yes newer cameras have better sensors but the difference isn't as dramatic as some people would have you believe. I had a K-r (which came out in 2010 but the sensor was already out in previous models) and I could go to ISO 6400 if needed, and had better results than with my K-S1 (which is a bit newer than the K-5IIs) at ISO 6400 (I shoot RAW, I'm sure if I shot JPEG the newer camera would be better). I know it's not apples to apples as the K-r had a 12MP sensor and the K-S1 is 20MP, but still...

But honestly, the glass you put in front of the sensor makes a lot more difference. With Pentax, like with µ4/3, you have a lot of jewel-like prime lenses that balance beautifully well with the Pentax bodies. Some are very, very inexpensive like the "Plastic Fantastic" DA 35mm f/2.4. And then there's all the legacy glass since the 60s... some quite sharp and contrasty even for today's standards (like the "nifty fifties" - the M 50mm 1.7 and the M 50mm f4 Macro (both from the late 70s) are especially good. And they cost me next to nothing. They also bring a pleasure in shooting with the "M" mode (where I set ISO and aperture and the camera helps me set shutter speed if I want it to), and then focusing manually. When I take a picture with such manual lenses, I feel like I amd the one who took the picture - not the camera's computer... and being made of mostly metal, they are such a joy to handle and use...

Make sure you share more pictures!
Forum: General Photography 04-11-2018, 10:35 AM  
Mind game: mission-critical camera
Posted By rdenney
Replies: 35
Views: 1,773
Answering the original question: a 645z with 28-45, 55, and 90, all of which are weather-resistant. It will write images on two cards for redundancy. Batteries are long-lasting and compact—one can take a dozen of them to cover lapses in power availability. I didn’t see a requirement for compactness or light weight, but I did see a requirement for versatility. A big, high-resolution sensor with high-iso capability will be more versatile in how the images might be captured and then used after the fact. A submersible camera is no benefit if the photos can’t make any potential print that might be needed.

Rick “yes, it’s just a thought experiment” Denney
Forum: General Photography 04-10-2018, 01:28 PM  
Mind game: mission-critical camera
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 35
Views: 1,773
OK. Any of the W series PnS and a simple LCD Loupe.
Forum: General Photography 04-10-2018, 01:16 PM  
Mind game: mission-critical camera
Posted By stevebrot
Replies: 35
Views: 1,773
I don't know of any viewfinder cameras that are able to provide true all-weather performance without an enclosure, save one...Nikonos.


Steve
Forum: General Photography 04-09-2018, 12:21 PM  
Mind game: mission-critical camera
Posted By stevebrot
Replies: 35
Views: 1,773
Any of the waterproof P&S models.


Steve
Forum: General Photography 04-09-2018, 02:04 PM  
Mind game: mission-critical camera
Posted By joergens.mi
Replies: 35
Views: 1,773
It may be useful to choose a model with a battery grip, because in the grip you can use normal 6 AA-cells or an additional D LI-90. AA-cells you can everyware around the world. If there is no change to charge the original battery take the AA-ones.

And yes I know that I said take a KP in my last post. If you don't use a grip i'll stick it, otherwise K3-II or K-1
Forum: General Photography 04-09-2018, 05:40 PM  
Mind game: mission-critical camera
Posted By Ex Finn.
Replies: 35
Views: 1,773
Simple. K5 with the grip and DA*16-50. 40k + shots in all kinds of conditions.
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