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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-08-2019, 08:43 AM  
Summer nights
Posted By ElwoodP
Replies: 15
Views: 328
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-05-2019, 03:02 PM  
Lindsay Ranch @ Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge - Colorado, USA
Posted By ElwoodP
Replies: 8
Views: 128
Ancient, old and modern all in one picture.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-05-2019, 03:00 PM  
Water Wheel
Posted By ElwoodP
Replies: 3
Views: 186
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-08-2019, 11:52 AM  
Help. No flash, dark place
Posted By ElwoodP
Replies: 7
Views: 545
Thanks for the responses!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-08-2019, 07:07 AM  
Help. No flash, dark place
Posted By ElwoodP
Replies: 7
Views: 545
I need to take pictures of my friend's band. Tonight!
My only autofocus lens is the basic kit lens from years ago. 28-50 or something. I don't even remember. I have several fast manual primes and zooms. Camera is a K3 that I just purchased recently.
My concern is the lighting. Here are my questions:
1. What white balance?
2. What setting? Aperture priority, shutter priority, etc..?
3. Hand held light meter or trust
camera meter. My hand held is from the 1960's btw. (I used to do TLR medium format)
4. Anything I haven't thought of?
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-22-2019, 06:45 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW: December 2018 "Lights" Contest Finalists
Posted By ElwoodP
Replies: 62
Views: 4,635
I would hang #12 on my wall and claim I took the photograph.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-13-2019, 02:02 PM  
Eyesite affects manual focus
Posted By ElwoodP
Replies: 14
Views: 642
I just got a K3 and have an assortment of manual focus lenses from Pentax 50 1.7, and 135 2.0, Sears and Robuck and Vivitar Series 1 zooms and a few others. My only autofocus is the 18-55, 3.5-5.6 wr kit lens. I am currently trying to find a good all around AF lens.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-13-2019, 09:26 AM  
Eyesite affects manual focus
Posted By ElwoodP
Replies: 14
Views: 642
I am attempting to adjust the diopter so that when the "in focus" light appears, it looks in focus to me. I'm not sure if I am being very accurate though. My eyesight has gotten worse in recent years.
Can I install the old style split screen to help? Would that affect auto focus?
The thought just occurred to me that I should try to focus on a book page.
Any advice is welcomed as always.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-12-2019, 09:56 PM  
K-3 just locked up while shooting???
Posted By ElwoodP
Replies: 13
Views: 666
Is there an aftermarket battery that is better than the rest?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-12-2019, 05:24 PM  
K-3 just locked up while shooting???
Posted By ElwoodP
Replies: 13
Views: 666
It sat inside the bag for about an hour before I removed the battery.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-12-2019, 02:09 PM  
K-3 just locked up while shooting???
Posted By ElwoodP
Replies: 13
Views: 666
Thanks.
I feel relieved.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-12-2019, 01:57 PM  
K-3 just locked up while shooting???
Posted By ElwoodP
Replies: 13
Views: 666
can i remove the battery while it is frozen? will the shutter close?
The battery showed one bar when I started and still shows one bar. But it was pretty cold.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-12-2019, 01:24 PM  
K-3 just locked up while shooting???
Posted By ElwoodP
Replies: 13
Views: 666
It froze in mid shot. I think the shutter is still open. I can't even turn it off. I was taking pictures in the snow and it got a little wet. Just drops off snow on it.
I cant look through the view finder.
What happened?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-15-2018, 05:42 PM  
Macro First shots with new camera
Posted By ElwoodP
Replies: 2
Views: 261
Thanks. Ill try it tomorrow
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-15-2018, 03:21 PM  
Macro First shots with new camera
Posted By ElwoodP
Replies: 2
Views: 261
Messing around in the back yard for about ten minutes. K3 with a Vivitar Series 1, 70-210 and macro tubes. Subject is the rusting areas of a Lodge cast iron grill. Sun was low.
This was my first time using the camera. And I am not an advanced hobbyist so please be kind. That being said, I welcome any constructive comments.
I found it difficult to focus on the spider web. I should have taken many shots with various focus points. I also forgot to check my aperture. So my depth of field is really shallow. That was frustrating, oh well.
I look forward to doing a photo walk.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-09-2018, 08:15 PM  
'North Face B + W'
Posted By ElwoodP
Replies: 66
Views: 1,032
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-06-2018, 06:04 PM  
Would you upgrade from the K20d to the K5?
Posted By ElwoodP
Replies: 42
Views: 1,815
I don't know what subject matter I will focus on... I like old abandoned things. I do want to take portraits, but that will be secondary.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-05-2018, 06:09 PM  
Would you upgrade from the K20d to the K5?
Posted By ElwoodP
Replies: 42
Views: 1,815
Thank you to everybody that contributed to this thread.
As an update, I just purchased a K3 and it is in the mail. I feel like it is the best use of my funds right now.
Now to maybe start a new discussion....
Would you choose a Tokina 28-70/2.8 or the DA 18-135 WR?
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 11-25-2018, 08:21 AM  
For Sale: A50/1.7 (free shipping)
Posted By ElwoodP
Replies: 31
Views: 3,494
What is the difference between an "A" lens and "K" lens? I know it is different model and year. But is it different in glass design as well?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-24-2018, 07:21 AM  
Would you upgrade from the K20d to the K5?
Posted By ElwoodP
Replies: 42
Views: 1,815
Exactly
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-23-2018, 05:09 PM  
Would you upgrade from the K20d to the K5?
Posted By ElwoodP
Replies: 42
Views: 1,815
I am learning a lot from the responses. Coming from a Mamiya C33 to the K20d was a huge transition. I feel like I should look at making the jump to the k3. Idk. This is not a hobby for the faint of budget. But that is why I chose Pentax. At least I have options that aren't expensive to keep me shooting.
Forum: General Photography 11-23-2018, 02:46 PM  
Do you think we can get Sigma to do a K mount version?
Posted By ElwoodP
Replies: 46
Views: 1,396
For that awkward photo shoot...
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-23-2018, 02:41 PM  
Weekly Challenge Caption Contest - Girl on a cliff-top
Posted By ElwoodP
Replies: 20
Views: 1,227
"...you won't believe where my parents drug us for for vacation."
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-23-2018, 07:01 AM  
Would you upgrade from the K20d to the K5?
Posted By ElwoodP
Replies: 42
Views: 1,815
I thought the iis was the real improvement
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-23-2018, 03:08 AM  
Would you upgrade from the K20d to the K5?
Posted By ElwoodP
Replies: 42
Views: 1,815
Excellent responses. Thank you.

Will I really notice a difference between K5 and K5lls?
If it matters, I do a lot of macro with extension tubes and a Vivitar Series 1 lens.

Would the K5lls be better for portrait?
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