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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-16-2010, 10:59 AM  
Repair k10d or buy K-x or K-7?
Posted By Big I
Replies: 23
Views: 5,225
GerryL, thanks for your quick response. I understand that the k-x doesn't have weather-sealing, but what do you mean, "2nd dial, debug-mode, pentaprism" could you explain those a little further?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-16-2010, 10:32 AM  
Repair k10d or buy K-x or K-7?
Posted By Big I
Replies: 23
Views: 5,225
Hello, the aperture lever on my k10d recently quit working correctly. When i took a picture, the aperture would stay open at f/1.4, no matter what settings i had the camera set at. I sent the camera in to Pentax (C.R.I.S. camera service in Arizona).

They gave me an estimate of $270.

I can practically buy another k10d for that price. What should I do? Buy a k-x? buy a k-7? I have a pretty tight budget. Would there be features in the k10d that aren't in the k-x?

MANY thanks for those who help me!
Forum: Sold Items 06-02-2010, 07:59 PM  
Wanted - Acquired: Tamron 17-50mm, Sigma 18-50mm, Pentax 16-45mm, or similar
Posted By Big I
Replies: 1
Views: 2,934
I'm looking for

Preferrably:
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8

Possibly:
Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 Macro, Pentax 16-45mm f/4, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, or Pentax 17-70mm f/4.

Anybody have that Tammy or similar? I'm just looking for a standard walkaround zoom. Also, I would consider a Sigma 15-30mm.
Forum: General Talk 04-07-2010, 08:04 PM  
Announcing the PentaxForums Million-Post Giveaway
Posted By Big I
Replies: 1,243
Views: 164,071
I think IRA is right, people may just start posting for the sake of posting. but we'll see! hopefully all goes well!
Forum: Sold Items 01-20-2010, 08:12 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Amvona Carbon Fiber legs, pro head, travel head
Posted By Big I
Replies: 4
Views: 4,152
I'll put my good word in for the ATH-04. I have it and it's very strong. I can spring my weight of 180 pounds on it and it won't budge.
Forum: General Talk 10-25-2009, 06:28 PM  
I'll never bitch about lens prices again
Posted By Big I
Replies: 22
Views: 3,794
The one that used to be on there for $100k had a review, too! I don't know whether it was legit or not, though...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-29-2009, 06:39 PM  
Would you buy a Pentax phone?
Posted By Big I
Replies: 68
Views: 11,204
Too bad it's enormous! That thing would be a pain in the leg (literally) to carry around
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 09-05-2009, 12:19 PM  
K20D choice of flash gun
Posted By Big I
Replies: 4
Views: 1,817
I own a Sigma ef-500 super, which is pretty much the same thing as the ef-530. It's very plasticy, but it works great. It also has an impressive slave, in my opinion. I don't have experience with the metz. I think the metz is usb-compatible, so you can update firmware. If price isn't an issue, I'd go with the metz. Have fun!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-29-2009, 09:37 AM  
Ring light systems experiences???
Posted By Big I
Replies: 11
Views: 3,091
Out of a cereal box, tin foil, and duct tape, I made my own! My Vivitar 285HV sits atop my camera, and it transfers the light into the shape of an O. (point and shoot image: The Ghetto Ringflash! on Flickr - Photo Sharing! ) It worked great for me!
Explorer on Flickr - Photo Sharing! was taken with it, and so was
Bubbly on Flickr - Photo Sharing! Neither are very good pictures, but you can see how it worked. Best of luck to you!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-19-2009, 02:15 PM  
P-TTL flash with takumar lens?
Posted By Big I
Replies: 27
Views: 3,852
Very complicated, thorough answer. Thanks, everyone! :)

To Russell-Evans: Let's say my camera is in manual mode at 1/160, f/4. I have a FA 50/1.4 on there. When the flash is in P-TTL mode, will it adjust itself accordingly, so that the exposure is correct?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-17-2009, 09:06 PM  
P-TTL flash with takumar lens?
Posted By Big I
Replies: 27
Views: 3,852
Okay, thanks everyone for your help! Now what I'm looking to know is this: Can I use my (AF, AE) lens in manual mode, and still use P-TTL? Will the flash adjust its power automatically if I'm in manual mode?
Thanks!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-14-2009, 04:08 PM  
Looking for ND and gray gradient filters
Posted By Big I
Replies: 9
Views: 4,298
I use the cokin P system. I have a grad. hard ND, a grad soft ND, a grad soft blue, and a sunset filter. I never use the sunset filter. We have white balance now, so we don't need orange. DEFINITELY get the grad hard ND. I use it, whether it should be used or not, on more than half of my landscapes. Especially sunsets. Great filter. I believe it's the P121? Best of luck!

By the way, Big G, you have a great username! ;)
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-14-2009, 10:52 AM  
P-TTL flash with takumar lens?
Posted By Big I
Replies: 27
Views: 3,852
Hello!
I have a Takumar 300mm f/4 lens that I use a lot. I use it mainly on aperture priority. (or Program; they both have the same effect)

I want to know if I can pop a Sigma ef-530 Super flash on there and use it in P-TTL mode.

I'm sort of a noobie as to how P-TTL works. In Program mode, does it change the aperture/shutter speed accordingly? Can you use it in manual mode, and still have the flash adjust itself according to the exposure settings?

I really appreciate your support!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-30-2009, 12:31 PM  
KEH now has NEW pentax lenses??
Posted By Big I
Replies: 10
Views: 2,141
Keep looking around at all the other categories. They carry all sorts of new products, as well as used products. I don't know how long they've been carrying new products, but I think it's been a while.
Forum: Sold Items 07-28-2009, 12:28 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Metz Mecablitz 48 AF-1 *150 DOLLARS!*
Posted By Big I
Replies: 5
Views: 4,699
pm sent. hope it's not sold yet! :)
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-09-2009, 06:02 PM  
Got some new flashes2
Posted By Big I
Replies: 3
Views: 1,733
congrats, that's a pretty good deal! just hope they don't have those sync issues in the future. do you do strobist stuff?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-09-2009, 05:16 PM  
Question for strobist: Ok to use different types of Flashes?
Posted By Big I
Replies: 19
Views: 3,935
Please not the LumoPro. Those things are not made to last. I don't own one, but i highly highly doubt they will last very long at all. I have a Vivitar 285HV and I like it very much. Mine actually has a problem with the sync port, but i think it is a very uncommon problem. Otherwise i love it. For my strobism, i have that hooked up to a Quantum radio trigger. Then i have a Sunpak 433D latched onto a Wein hot shoe slave. (Then, when necessary, a Vivitar 4600 w/ built-in slave)

I only use these things manually. Never ever will I use them on auto. It just doesn't make any sense; it's not TTL. So my answer to you is yes, it is perfectly okay to mix and match flashes. I do all the time :)
Forum: Sold Items 07-09-2009, 08:11 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 II (MK II - HSM; Macro Version)
Posted By Big I
Replies: 2
Views: 2,358
Well it's great to see you have two of these lenses, identical, for sale! I'll take this one. ;)
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-19-2009, 04:11 PM  
Inventive ways to trigger 360 wirelessly outdoors?
Posted By Big I
Replies: 10
Views: 1,911
if you're willing to spend $70 for a 99% accurate 200-ft range radio trigger, see this:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3268/3119054827_e274c8c38f_m.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3244/3119883576_497fc3c8af_m.jpg
DIY Radio Trigger! on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

a mirror would also work, but it would be tedious, and you'd probably get sick of it really quickly!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-19-2009, 04:05 PM  
Cokin filters?
Posted By Big I
Replies: 3
Views: 1,780
i have 4 cokin p-series filters:
grad. hard gray
grad. soft gray
grad soft blue
sunset 1

i really like them. but i rarely use the sunset filter. the grad. hard gray is like my savior. it's all scratched up from so much use! ;)
Forum: Sold Items 06-06-2009, 01:36 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 300 f2.8 EX DG lens for Pentax AF
Posted By Big I
Replies: 3
Views: 1,715
Oh, how I wish I lived in Wisconsin. I've been wanting one of these lenses for far too long. Good luck with your sale!
Forum: Sold Items 06-05-2009, 04:07 PM  
For Sale - Sold: A 20mm F2.8 & FA* 24mm F2 & FA*300mm F4.5
Posted By Big I
Replies: 12
Views: 2,851
Beautiful lenses! I'm sure you'll get quick buyers here.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-02-2009, 10:35 AM  
Studio Dimensions?
Posted By Big I
Replies: 5
Views: 1,778
I think you'll have trouble with the 7.5-foot ceiling....
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-02-2009, 10:25 AM  
Can I safely use a Vivitar 285
Posted By Big I
Replies: 9
Views: 2,233
Photo Strobe Trigger Voltages

I contacted Pentax once and they said that the *ist DL can handle up to 250V. I would assume it's the same for newer Pentax SLRs, but no guarantees from me. I would get a Wein Safe Sync, just to play it safe.
Forum: Homepage & Official Pentax News 05-09-2009, 10:52 AM  
PENTAX Japan announces limited editions of K20D and K-m
Posted By Big I
Replies: 26
Views: 13,369
Eww! Who would want the olive k-m? I'm a fan of collector's items, but that's pretty ugly! Looks like it belongs in the military! :)
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