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Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 1 Day Ago  
Lens Swapping Without a Neck Strap?
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 23
Views: 495
With smaller lenses I swap the same way I have done with my prior Canon gear, K-5 II, KS-2 and now my KP. I use a wrist strap, but that does not effect the sens swap. Basically I hold the camera in my right hand and the lens I want to swap in my left hand holding it between my thumb and first two fingers. The lens cap is already removed and stored temporary in my pocket. Holding the new lens between my thumb & first two fingers I then depress the lens release button and use my left palm & last two fingers to remove the attached lens then turn my left wrist to insert the new lens into place. It all takes just a moment, camera body is pointed down during the whole time. Once the lens is attached I drop the camera body (attached with wrist strap) and put the end cap back on the lens I just removed. When holding the new lens just make sure the alignment mark is in the right orientation for attaching the lens.
This works for the smaller lens up to my 18-135 lens. My next larger lens is the 70-200 and for that this method will not work for me, I can only one lens in my hand at a time.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-24-2018, 04:09 PM  
K-S2 vs K70
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 18
Views: 1,046
I faced the same decision myself. My first Pentax was the K-5 II, then the KS-2. I was wanting a little more dynamic range and noise reduction and was looking at the K-70 and KP. I settled for the KP and couldn't be happier with it. I still have the KS-2 but haven's used it acquiring the KP. In a week I will be taking one of the cameras on a trip to India and thinking more of the KS-2 because of the better fold out LCD screen. Anyway, if you get the K-70, keep both cameras if you can.
Forum: General Photography 01-15-2018, 01:21 PM  
1890's Spy Camera
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 10
Views: 647
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-02-2018, 02:08 PM  
Vibration damage to camera bodies / lenses
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 27
Views: 1,134
When transporting my gear in either a car or motorcycle my camera equipment is in a padded camera bag. If in the car the bag is usually in the rear passenger floorboards or trunk, and if on my motorcycle in the rear trunk bag. I have been doing this over 15 years, with tens of thousands of miles travel on the motorcycle which would probably be the worst environment for camera gear. This is with Canon & Pentax gear. The only problem I experienced was a cracked lens body to my 24-70 F2.8 lens and I am not sure what caused that to crack. I discovered it while on a motorcycle ride at Mt Rainier here in Washington. I am not telling you it's OK, but this is my experience.
Forum: Pentax K-70 12-27-2017, 01:57 PM  
Found the cold limit?
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 18
Views: 1,155
Keep those batteries warm. If I am out in very cold weather I keep my spare battery in a tee shirt with a pocket, next to my skin. A friend of mine made his first accent to the top of Mr Rainier (14,400 ft). Reach the summit on a beautiful day. He had a point & shoot camera kept in his parka jacket pocket, found out the batteries were really cold and completely dead. Lucky another climber had a camera which he had stored in a inner pocket and got some pictures.
Forum: General Photography 12-21-2017, 12:38 PM  
DIY or Home Made Photography Tools?
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 13
Views: 707
I buy those foam soda can sleeves from the dollar store to put my limited lens into. Even the FA 50 macro will fit in one.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-19-2017, 03:44 PM  
Sigma 17-50 focus problem
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 4
Views: 345
I would send it to Sigma for a estimate of the repair, if it's reasonable to you then have them repair it. A few years ago I had a Sigma 24-70 F2.8 lens (Canon mount) that the barrel of the lens cracked (too many motorcycle rides on forest roads I think). The lens also had a very slight front focusing problem but I did not report this. The repair cost was very reasonable, repair time less than two weeks and the returned lens looked brand new, and the front focus problem was also corrected.
Forum: General Photography 12-07-2017, 04:25 PM  
Best lens for still life
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 20
Views: 941
I don't do a lot of still life pictures, but I do have both the DA 35mm F2.8 Macro and the FA 50mm F2.8macro and like both of them. I don't know if this photo is an example of still life, I just took it today with the 35. It is a composite of four photos stacked in PS for sharpness.

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-01-2017, 03:14 PM  
Does the DA 50 1.8 have focusing problems?
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 12
Views: 516
I received this lens when I purchased my KP. I almost sold it since I already had the FA 50mm F2.8 macro lens. I am glad I didn't. On my KP from 2.8 up it achieves focus fine. I mainly use it for shooting inside our church, which doesn't have the best lighting. I mostly use it a 3.5 to 4.0 because of the field of focus that is needed.
Forum: Pentax KP 11-30-2017, 03:49 PM  
Eyeing an upgrade from KS-2 to KP. Is it worth it?
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 20
Views: 2,127
I do a lot of church photos and I use the ES with LV when I want no noise at all. Another thing is the higher usable iso of the camera. In a church setting the lighting is usually very poor and I do not use flash. At first I had the camera settings using a small amount of in camera noise reduction, then in LR make the final adjustments. Lately I turned off all in camera settings and the raw files seem a little cleaner now. I thought the camera settings do not effect raw files, but maybe some do. Anyway, for low light use I really like the KP.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 11-30-2017, 03:16 PM  
Any problems storing a K-S2 ?
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 8
Views: 408
Concerning the K-S2 battery, I did re-purpose it for use in the KP. I had two batteries for the K-S2, so now my KP had three batteries. One is always in the charger, one is in the KP, and the third is in my camera case. I just rotate through all three of them. From KP to charger, charger to spare, and the spare into the camera.
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-30-2017, 03:07 PM  
Lens Swapping Without Caps?
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 31
Views: 1,404
Not sure if I can explain this so it is understandable.
With the small limited lens I pick up the lens I want to swap in my left hand and remove the end cap. The camera is in my right hand. While holding the new lens, with the same hand I remove the lens from the camera then immediately turn my hand and attached the new lens. For a moment while removing & attaching the lens both will be in my hand at the same time. After the second lens is mounted then I attached the lens cap to the free lens. This makes for a very fast lens change.

For larger lens I have to hold them separately while changing them.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 11-29-2017, 02:35 PM  
Any problems storing a K-S2 ?
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 8
Views: 408
Since I purchased my KP my K-S2 has been stored in it's original box unused. I kept it as a backup camera if ever needed. Does anyone know if there is any problems if the camera is not used for extended period of time? If so I might think about selling it, or if keeping it and use it for a few photos every six months or sooner. I've never left a dSLR sit unused this long.
Forum: General Photography 11-29-2017, 02:00 PM  
Caution Street Photograhpers
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 11
Views: 1,125
I think the mistake the photographer made was using the photo for commercial purposes. The photographer should have got a signed release from the person being photograph.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-26-2017, 06:42 PM  
Lightroom 6.13 mistake
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 4
Views: 475
Something else to think about. In the Catalog settings in the metadata tab there is a option to write metadata to xmp files attached to the raw file. It is a very small file and can be worth it. I had a power outage while away from home and when I returned home there was files corrupted in the OS on the C drive (all my data & catalog backup are on a separate internal drive and appeared OK). My laptop still would boot up but about half the programs would not load or work, including Lightroom & Photoshop. I had backups of all drives on two separate USB drives but my laptop would no longer access the DV player or usb drives. I finally had to re-install Windows and praise the Lord it was fully functional, but my emergency startup disc for by backup program would not work. I installed the backup software and tried to restore a backup for the first time, and this would not work, I finally just went a head and reinstalled all my programs. When I re-installed Lightroom I had to install the new Lightroom Classic CC version and found out the old catalog backup was having problems working with the new lightroom Classic CC. I went back about three months to find a catalog that the new Lightroom could use, which means if I had been saving those xmp metadata files I would have lost all my file development data for that time.

Reason for typing all the above is to show how important those little xmp files can be. Also, I have a different backup program now and have tested it out to make sure it works.
Forum: Pentax KP 11-21-2017, 03:47 PM  
Torn with KP :)
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 44
Views: 3,225
I use the same setup and like it. It maybe just the ergonomics of the camera that give you wrist sprain. We all are a little different (well some of us a lot different). Example I have used "back button focus" from my Canon days, and two Pentax's (K-5 II & K-S2) but with KP I could not get use to it. My thumb kept hitting the wrong button and caused a lot missed opportunities. I finally switched back to using the shutter button for focus on the KP. That would be my only complaint about the KP and that is just a personal one.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-17-2017, 06:11 PM  
How Many Spare Batteries Do You Have?
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 31
Views: 1,398
I have two spare batteries for my KP. I had two batteries for my K-S2 which is the same battery used by the KP. If I ever decide to sell the K-S2 then one of the batteries will go with it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-07-2017, 03:02 PM  
FA 35mm 2.0 or DA 35mm 2.8 limited
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 26
Views: 1,302
I have the DA 35 Macro and really like it. I was going to get the FA 35 but I found the DA used on KEH at a good price. It use to be my main lens until I got the DA 20-40, which I also found on KEH. The DA 35 focus is accurate, highly recommended.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-17-2017, 01:19 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #133 (Humor Me! - September 2017)
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 33
Views: 3,522
#1 or #10, I will go with #10
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-16-2017, 04:06 PM  
Question on memory cards
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 11
Views: 882
Maybe I am lucky, but I've never had a problem with my SD cards, or compact flash cards from my Canon days. I use three class 10 SD cards that I rotate through. After I use a SD card I insert the card into my laptop for downloading, then back to the camera to be formatted. I never delete a file in camera, all get downloaded first then I will delete unwanted files in LR. I used the same cards in the K-5 II, then KS-2 and now my KP. One card is 32 gig, other two are 16 gig.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 10-09-2017, 01:42 PM  
Which lens to use for Video with KP
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 5
Views: 823
Thank you all, you all were very helpful. I like the tip from Dericali about using natural window lighting, and Tlp for a quick test with my equipment. There will be two people in the video, the one interviewing and the child, both will be sitting so once focus is set it should not be changing . Making use of window light for both of them might be tricky, since they will probably want to face each other. And I think I can access to an external mike.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 10-08-2017, 05:40 PM  
Which lens to use for Video with KP
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 5
Views: 823
My church has asked me to video some interviews with children. This will be done in a church classroom. Both the camera and people will be in a fixed position, so once focused there should be no need to refocusing after the video starts. I will be using the KP, any recommendations as which lens to use? I even thought about just using my cell phone, but they want the video on an SD card.

Here is a list of the lens I have to work with.
DA 18-135mm, DA 35mm F2.8 macro,DA 70mm F2.4, FA 50mm F2.8 Macro, DA 50mm 1.8 lens, DA 15mm F4, DA 20-40mm, Tamron 70-200mm F2.8
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-05-2017, 02:56 PM  
My Pentax wifi remote software
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 178
Views: 15,807
Hi Guys. I want to thank you all for helping me figuring this out.

I tried the LV option, putting the camera in LV and checking the box on the program, same results. The Laptop is connected to the the camera's WF. The fields will not fill in and no picture. When I click on the "Get Parameter" button it will not fill in.
In the options box of the program for the IP-Adresse Camera I tried filling in the SSID name, the IPv4 address, and the Physical address (MAC) info, and just leaving it blank but none of that works.

The one difference after checking the LV box when I click on the "Get Parameter" button on the bottom of the screen it now reads "LV Focus: Focus Error."

If it helps, here is the info on my laptop from the KP's Wifi:

SSID: PENTAX_6C408E
Protocol: 802.11n
Security type: WPA2-Personal
Network band: 2.4 GHz
Network channel: 11
IPv6 DNS Servers: fec0:0:0:ffff::1%1
fec0:0:0:ffff::2%1
fec0:0:0:ffff::3%1
IPv4 address: 192.168.0.2
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Description: Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
Driver version: 19.30.0.4
Physical address (MAC): ‎92-72-DB-23-36-E0

---------- Post added 10-05-17 at 03:27 PM ----------

Success, it now works. :):):) I decided to un-install the program and re-install it. Now it works. At first only the LV picture showed up but when I checked on the green button all the fields filled in. I am able to choose between auto focus or manual focus by clicking on the screen where I want to focus. I can change the settings. About the only thing weird is the mouse pointer remains in a busy status, but it will still work & function properly.

Thank you Andrea for creating this program.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-04-2017, 02:02 PM  
My Pentax wifi remote software
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 178
Views: 15,807
Thank both of you for the help. I was able to unzip & install the program without any problem, Version 07.9.1 but the program is not connecting with my KP. I have activated the KP's wifi and when starting the program none of the fields get filled in and a note at the bottom left of the screen states: Get parameter failed. The first few times it gave what appears to be an IP address then the words: Get parameter failed,
After these failures I decided to try the KP's SSID code in the Optons box in the IP-Addresse Camera field: PENTAX_6C408E, but this didn't work either.
I closed & restarted the program several times, same results.

Anyone else with similar results and know what I am doing wrong?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-28-2017, 01:34 PM  
My Pentax wifi remote software
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 178
Views: 15,807
I just recently found this thread and very interested in it. I downloaded the file mentioned in the first thread, pentax_wifi_remote_beta.zip and unzipped it. But when I click on the Setup.exe file I get this error message:

"Compressed (zipped) folders error

Windows cannot complete the extraction.
The destination file could not be created."


I downloaded it several times with the same results.
If it helps, my system is a Windows 10. 64 bit with a Asus ROG G752VT DH74 Laptop. Intel Core i7-6700HQ @ 2.60Hz 2.59GHz
24 GB RAM

Am I using the correct program file?
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