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Forum: Pentax Q 01-27-2018, 12:18 AM  
Losing Date, Camera Reset??
Posted By kb244
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Same deal here with a Q10, like the internal battery has exhausted (seems to be a frequent enough problem that it shows up in search), the only work around I found is to have the fresh battery ready to insert as soon as you pop out the other battery.
Forum: Pentax Q 12-09-2017, 11:56 PM  
Tried the Q10 exclusively again for a night (Dec 1 2017)
Posted By kb244
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I haven't been doing too much "serious" shooting with the Q10 over the last several months, mainly nice to have on hand for snaps that does way better job than my camera phone.

But at the first of the month, I wanted to leave most of my heavy gear locked up at school, and I took with me the Q10 + 06 and 01 lens, along with a tiny little tabletop tripod, as well as one of those Super clamps we use in the studio if I just wanted to mount the camera off a rail/etc, most of them around town were either too thick or positioned in a way that I couldn't compose, so it was mainly either handheld, or on the little targa tripod.

In chronological order from the start of the night at campus to the end at the blue bridge. The handheld shots usually at ISO 800 or less, whereas the tripoded ones I kept at ISO 100.

The first four are handheld, the last three are tripoded.















The last one is a panoramic stitching too (roughly 30Mpixels)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-23-2017, 09:33 AM  
Ancient Pentax with a twirly thing
Posted By kb244
Replies: 49
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On the street I usually position myself alongside another barricade, such as a street sign, light pole, knee high barricades, etc. So anyone who gets all huffy about nearly running into me, would have run into the street sign, light pole, or barricade anyways and are just stupid for blaming anyone but themselves.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-22-2017, 11:47 AM  
Ancient Pentax with a twirly thing
Posted By kb244
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It was a Pentax K10D. When I got a screen for that, it was some chinese generic off ebay that stated it was for that model. Otherwise before they closed down their business, Kat's eyes offered screens for various models.

---------- Post added 04-22-2017 at 02:52 PM ----------



Haven't had any kind of altercation like that on a trail, or too many places like that outdoors. I do remember when I was shooting at one of the Dirty Shows (#9 I think) over in Detroit, things can be a bit more aggressive, particularly from other photographers. Had one dude that kept throwing himself in my way so that he could get whatever shot I was setting up for and other general rude behaviors. Friend of mine who was there, knowing that I generally won't do anything came up behind him while he was squatting, acting all discoordinated and fell on him with his knee right into his back and then gives me one of those 'sly' winks.

That same guy that kept blocking my view seemed dumbfounded later when I was shooting the group I came with as I was up on stage on the sides, idiot didn't even know he was blocking the group's official photographer the whole time.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-20-2017, 12:27 PM  
Ancient Pentax with a twirly thing
Posted By kb244
Replies: 49
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My first Pentax DSLR (and the Canon 300D I had previously) had the luxury of being able to remove the focusing screen which could be swapped for one with a split/micro-prism.

On the digital side I don't really worry about it anymore since I only shoot mirrorless now. But it is the reason I sought out an older flagship SLR of sort when I got rid of all my AF pentax lens, and the MZ-6 was poorly suited for manual focus with just it's matte screen, and got an MX with the standard 02 screen.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-20-2017, 11:42 AM  
Ancient Pentax with a twirly thing
Posted By kb244
Replies: 49
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:P While I am a 36 year old student, because of my age and I guess my 'early greying' if you will, most people wouldn't even assume student, or have something entirely different in their mind. Like being on the sidewalk, at night, full on aluminum Bogen 3021 tripod, camera mounted clear as day, shutter release attached, and getting ready to take some shots of long exposure traffic coming down the highway (the sidewalk being on the overpass that's grated off). So not discrete in the least, it's very apparent I'm taking pictures. Also bear in mind I'm deaf (moderate to severe one side, severe to profound the other), so I'm not hearing the woman at the light coming off the highway yelling at me until she's honking her horn. "What are you doing!?" ... I'm taking pictures, "WHY!? Why are you Taking Pictures!?" ... I felt like saying "... because I can... ", but rather just saying "I'm a student" for whatever reason shuts them up.



One an experienced user might like... :D



Haven't gotten that one yet, since round here it seems obvious that it *exists* (but in their minds in an extremely limited capacity which may be true locally I guess), but I have had the retorts such as "Wouldn't digital give you a better quality?", they say that even when I'm out shooting with my Olympus E-M5, despite the tilt up LCD screen on the back, people on the street keep thinking it's a film body. The Peruvian walnut grip probably doesn't help.



:D Never had that, but I could see it happening. I have mentioned with some lens I have to manually focus but that I prefer such and such lens over some of the native ones on my digitals. The usual responses if they are into photography as well is "I can't handle manual focus, nothing comes out right". Which is pretty obvious when you consider 99.99% of the DSLR cameras made now days have focusing screens intended primarily for AF usage. None of that split/micro prism goodness, and usually a pentamirror unless you're lucky enough to get a model with an actual prism.



Never had that one either, but usually when I can, I like to shoot from the waist, so most of the time people don't notice. I usually prefer that people keep on walking, not stopping and asking me for the millionth time if they're going to get in the way. It's like walk as normal, I'll time myself around you.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-19-2017, 10:18 AM  
Ancient Pentax with a twirly thing
Posted By kb244
Replies: 49
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You speak as if that is gone or even close to being gone. ;p

That doesn't seem to be as nearly an alien concept to some people as opposed to a stand alone light meter. (which in some situations does better than ttl) ;p
Forum: Pentax Q 04-15-2017, 12:33 AM  
Q10 and Infrared seem very promising.
Posted By kb244
Replies: 25
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Though to be equally pedantic, that doesn't mean the IR cut filter was changed. Sensitivity could still be the same as that is mostly obstructed by the glass in front of the sensor, and not the sensor itself.

I wonder why none of the conversion companies can do a Q~Q-S1. They do convert plenty of 1/2.3" point and shoots.
Forum: Pentax Q 04-12-2017, 10:33 PM  
Q10 and Infrared seem very promising.
Posted By kb244
Replies: 25
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I would think the Q would give nearly identical results as my Q10. Since they share the same sensor I thought.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-12-2017, 09:36 PM  
Should I worry bout internal battery being dead in a Q10?
Posted By kb244
Replies: 11
Views: 1,864
That's what I'm thinking, just wanted to makes sure that said capacitor doesn't impact anything else aside from the date/time when the battery is pulled.

And it was about 125 for the Q10 with a 02 lens and extras (jjc hood, case, extra battery etc). If it's as you said, I would sooner pick up a Q7 than have it repaired.(though I still want to get a Q7 regardless).




:P Not quick enough for me. Though maybe I should try powering on the camera first, then off, and then quick swap if it even makes a difference :D
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-12-2017, 08:32 PM  
Should I worry bout internal battery being dead in a Q10?
Posted By kb244
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So it seems that when I change the battery on my Pentax Q10 (the one being taken out still holding at least half a charge as it can still snap away just fine), and put in the new fresh battery not even 2 seconds apart, it wants me to input the current date time.

Initially when I got this camera last month used from a seller over on Mu-43, it would do that but only if I didn't put the new battery in within a few minutes, now it's like instantly.

Not a huge deal for me to re-input the time, and it seems to keep all my other settings such as the last shooting mode information (I'm guessing stored in solid state rom of sort), so I'm wondering if the internal non-user accessible battery is any cause for alarm to other functions of the camera.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-12-2017, 08:09 PM  
Metering Infrared with the Pentax MX
Posted By kb244
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Finally got a sunny day in. Also had Ilford SFX in the MX and some Arista Edu Ultra 200 (which some on apug claim could do infrared when metered at iso 6) in my Russian Fed-2A that needed to get shot up. Used a 1951 Canon Serenar 35mm f/2.8 on that and the Pentax-M 50mm f/1.4 on the MX for the purpose of my outing (switching to some Kodak 3302 ortho film after the SFX was shot up and used that unfiltered at ISO 6)

So it seems Arista edu ultra 200 is non responsive to a B+W 092 (which allows more visible light than the hoya r72), all the frames I shot metered for iso 6 and bracket under a stop and up to 3 stops over exposed came out blank. But the B+W 090 (light red) do show up as do the unfiltered.

The SFX roll came out with every frame showing content (no surprises there ;p), though a tad on the dense side when metered for iso 10 (filter factor 20~40 taken into account) with an over and under bracketing.

Will print a contact sheet tomorrow, was at the campus well past closing getting rolls developed since I spent most of the time doing snip testing of Kodak 3302 ortho film to come up with a Dev time of 10 minutes for hc-110 dilution H (1:63) which was shot for iso 6, seems like my over +1 bracket is more on the spot with that.

In regards to the metering on the MX, the little bit of visible light the 092 let's in seems to be metered close to what my incident meter was giving for iso 10, least for full daylight. Naturally though I went by the incident meter and bracketed.

The R72 filter which I used for the last frames course has no meter response on the MX, I basically over exposed that one a bit past what the 092 calls for.
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-11-2017, 07:20 PM  
WARNING - K1 in Pain - Not for the fainted heart !
Posted By kb244
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If you had a fast prime, that would seem like a rather dramatic tilt.
Forum: Pentax Q 04-09-2017, 10:53 PM  
Q10 and Infrared seem very promising.
Posted By kb244
Replies: 25
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Here's the amusing bit, while the Q10 is about a stop more sensitive to the IR filter than the Olympus E-M5. The E-M5 has stronger false color effect (problem on account of being less sensitive to the IR, and more sensitive to just under near-IR).

Off the E-M5 earlier today.



For comparison, with the Hoya R72 with the exact same photoshop processing as used above.



and Unfiltered with the same photoshop processing (minus the blue/red channel swap).

Forum: Pentax Q 04-07-2017, 08:13 AM  
Q10 and Infrared seem very promising.
Posted By kb244
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I'm at work at the moment, which sucks because it's actually sunny outside for once. Well people rarely show up for Open Lab at 10 in the morning, as a result I went ahead and took this 30 second exposure (ISO 400, f/2.5) on the 092 filter.



Some color/contrast shift in photoshop. The 092 gives a better range of 'false color' than the R72 filter, it's also tad brighter than the R72 given that it allows some near-infrared light in. White balance was taken off a sheet of white paper under the sun based on the camera's auto white balance (though the raw mode still exhibits a strong pink/red tint, so I'll typically take the Jpeg copy and apply 'color' blending on it as it's own layer to get the camera's white balance correction).

And here's two out of the camera jpegs, which I noticed that despite all the chairs being 'black' to my eyes, apparently two of them (one behind the desk near the back and one far right) must reflect more infrared light than the rest.





Hopefully tomorrow, before I have to get to an event later in the day I'll have some sun outside.

PS: Here's an initial test yesterday when it was overcast, and used the channel mixer to swap the red and green channel. The second picture is with the Hoya R72 which required quite a bit longer exposure time.



Forum: Pentax Q 04-04-2017, 09:24 AM  
And the 06 Telephoto Zoom arrived.
Posted By kb244
Replies: 15
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Do you see the artifact on the original q body or on one of the others? Haven't noticed that particularly on my Q10 and the 01, not using a hood but rather a 40.5 to 37mm step down ring.

I concur that the focus ring on the 06 feels cheap, though the rest of the lens seems OK, just not as "solid" feeling as the 01
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-04-2017, 07:55 AM  
Enough!
Posted By kb244
Replies: 23
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While I don't care for the plan they been using for a while (ie 10 or more a month vs paying $600 to $2000 once), it seems to be a bit of necessity these days, though on the OSX side they need to work on stability and then need to fully test the software before rolling out a new version.

Also while the student/teacher plan (the one I'm on), is 10/month, the pretty plain print on check out states you're contracted for a year even though it's monthly, meaning if you cancel before the year is up, you're immediately charged the remainder of the contract. Not sure if that's the kind of scenario you're in or not, kind of doubt it since it was a gift, but it's something to make note of as I imagine their other plans hold similar stipulations.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-04-2017, 07:32 AM  
Pentax MX Viewfinder
Posted By kb244
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Aware of that, just noting it because some people try to clean the textured side of the focus screen itself removed. As you said the prism is more durable, I'm noting the spots that are not.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-04-2017, 06:31 AM  
Pentax MX Viewfinder
Posted By kb244
Replies: 13
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Both the fresnel of the focus screen and the mirror are delicate, even a microfiber could scratch them. Best practices is contact less cleaning such as an air bulb.

Otherwise what he said about a sensor swab or similar cleaning designed for delicate surfaces as you don't want to use pressure that could grind any grit into the surface.
Forum: Pentax Q 04-03-2017, 10:21 PM  
Q10 and Infrared seem very promising.
Posted By kb244
Replies: 25
Views: 3,297
Since one of my hosting clients paid their yearly, I went ahead and pre-funded all the related hosting accounts, but then I also used some of the left-over to get a B+W 092 (Deep Red) filter ordered along with some rolls of Ilford SFX 200 for my Pentax MX.

From what I've seen in other [old old] threads a 092 should work on a Q and I imagine a Q10 shares a similar high pass filter on the sensor. The reason the B+W 092 might work better than say the Hoya R72 is because the B+W 092 at just under 700nm it allows in 50% of the light, where at 730nm up to 2,000nm it passes >= 90% of the light. Where as the Hoya R72 seems to peak around 720nm at 95% and drops off before 850nm (more controlled cut), with no passing of light below 720nm. The 50% pass around 690-720nm will allow for a slight near-IR light to reach the sensor.

So... yea we'll see when it gets here, I want to compare it to my Olympus as well, as well as the results I get off the SFX 200 which wouldn't require as much light.

At least with the 092 with normal panchromatic film, the filter factor will be more predictable around 20 to 40.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-01-2017, 06:18 AM  
Got a MX and two ME winders today!
Posted By kb244
Replies: 12
Views: 1,099
If I got to that point I would attempt to self repair it... then break down in tears when I fail, and give it a viking funeral.
Forum: Pentax Q 04-01-2017, 04:49 AM  
And the 06 Telephoto Zoom arrived.
Posted By kb244
Replies: 15
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Figured my Olympus E-M5 was feeling neglected since I been carrying around the Pentax Q10 more so since it wasn't raining last night I took it out.
Which can be seen on this album here : Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet Most of them are stitchings or HDR, mostly with the 1951 Canon Serenar 35mm f/2.8 Leica Thread Mount lens, with a couple from the Jupiter-11 135mm f/4 LTM, and on the wider end the Olympus 12mm f/2.0, with the very last one being the Olympus 9mm f/8.

While I was out shooting with the E-M5 I kept the Pentax Q10 in my coat pocket with a manfrotto (RC0... it's bigger than the camera) quick release plate already attached, and the 06 Telephoto Zoom attached to it. Since I had both of the cameras QR mounted, I would swap after I did some shots with the Olympus.

@ 20.4mm (113mm equiv) and f/3.2


@ 19.3mm (107mm equiv) and f/3.2
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-01-2017, 01:52 AM  
Got a MX and two ME winders today!
Posted By kb244
Replies: 12
Views: 1,099
Having used one for the last month, that seems like an understatement :P
Forum: Pentax Q 03-31-2017, 09:54 PM  
My Pentax 08 Wide Zomm has arrived - FINALLY!!!
Posted By kb244
Replies: 13
Views: 1,952
Pesky priorities... why won't it let us do what we want...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-31-2017, 09:50 PM  
Got a MX and two ME winders today!
Posted By kb244
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I would think that the advance lever would still function even with the ME winder attached at the bottom. If it's the Winder II there's a user manual for it here. Pentax winder MEII


Far as the MX goes, you could have it fully CLA'd for around $80 if you send it off to Eric ( Home-Pentaxs ) which would still keep you 'around' the cost of what you would have paid for a fully serviced MX. It wouldn't be a bad idea specially if you like the mechanical stuff (it only needs batteries for the meter, everything else can operate fully without batteries).
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