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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-06-2019, 10:46 AM  
Topaz "Gigapixel AI" is the best software I've bought in years
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 17
Views: 1,878
I have to say, I was Impressed by it too.
Forum: Pentax K-3 01-20-2019, 05:44 PM  
Duplicate folders and inevitable file name duplication
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 19
Views: 2,131
Create a folder for each year - it will be easier too, to backtrack files.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-27-2018, 10:44 AM  
Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 Art Focus Issues Thread
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 233
Views: 35,253
Mine focuses better after I calibrated it using the the hub, but it's never good enough for distances longer than few meters. However, I've come to live with it and I often manually focus (except, I forget to do it too often too).
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360° Cameras 11-27-2018, 10:38 AM  
Issues when trying to connect to Theta V
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 6
Views: 897
I managed to locate the problem, which was caused by an ad-blocker I was using. If I stop the adblocker or if I add Theta app into the blockers whitelist, then the Theta app will work perfectly fine again.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-24-2018, 06:08 PM  
Death of K-3 LCD?
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 5
Views: 644
My K-3 II first showed display glitch few weeks ago. I could make out more of the display, but many lines/pixels were offset.

It happened again a second time about a week ago and that day, the display decided to go all black. I could take photos, adjust exposure etc. I could even review photos and enter video mode. But normal screen, LV, WB, ISO, Flash and Drive Mode screens along with Info and Menu wouldn't.

Auto-focus didn't work either and I couldn't adjust ISO. In P mode, the camera would auto focus on it's own.

I've sent it in - still awaiting diagnosis and a quote.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-15-2018, 05:04 PM  
K-3 II died. What should I do?
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 26
Views: 2,168
Of cause, the K-3 II is a better camera. I know that, but I like using K-30 more. I suits me better when it comes to actual handling. Only exception is the lacking ISO button and User modes not behaving like they do on K-3 II.


K-3 II runs in circles around K-30 when it comes to AF, SR and low light performance, all of which are very important to me. And then there is 14 bit RAW, which is a big deal too.


I used the K-30 again today (yesterday) at a wedding and it was interesting to see how much more I used AF points. I don't use them as much with K-3 II. 27 points, or however many it has, is too much for most of what I do, and the red indicator is weak, which is the biggest reason why I don't select AF points that often. So weak that I sometimes can't find it. Seriously. I was disappointed to see that KP, K-70 and K-1 have similar weak AF indicators. The indicator on K-30 is so much more clearer and I don't think I ever lost track of it.

Still, I've been using K-3 II for 3 years and have totally outgrown K-30. I used K-30 for when I really needed 2 camera (pre, during and post wedding ceremony)


Fortunately (If I have to put it that way), this particular wedding was slow paced, which allowed me to change lenses on K-3 II - I ended up with only 3xx shots with K-30 and 3600 with K-3 II.




It might be, but I've seen someone mention it's not a camera for dynamic shooting such as natural style portraits. I'm a very dynamic shooter. I didn't burst fire, but still crippled K-3 II twice, during couple shooting today. Heck, with middle eastern weddings, there is lots and lots of group photos that needs to be taken and if I'm not careful, I'll drain the buffer with that type of photos as well - I do not think I shoot THAT fast. Often people think I'm too slow (I'm not) and when I do burst, I use medium or low speed settings, because high is too fast for weddings. But the buffer clears so damn slow.



That's what really bothers me with the timing of this - a new one is around.

On the bright side though - if a new model is announced and I get my current one repaired, I can have K-3 II's as backup for the next couple of years.




I believe it will be. I'm very excited to see what will be announced - whenever it will be announced.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-14-2018, 09:40 AM  
K-3 II died. What should I do?
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 26
Views: 2,168
Thank you all for your input and suggestions.

I sent the camera in for diagnosis. Hopefully the repair cost will be on the bearable side.

I also went to the shop, to have a closer look at KP. They also had demo models of K-70 and K-1 which I could try freely, with own card and lenses. Quiet impressed by that.

The (lack of) ergonomics on KP was a complete no go for me. I had hoped it wouldn't be as bad as I've read some places, but nope. I have 2 blisters on my hand and 2 other places that get dark and sore after a long dag. The KP would kill my hand. I had brought my Sigma 85mm with me, so I could get a better feel of how the camera is to hold.

K-70 was miles ahead and I absolutely loved K-1, which is much bigger investment and not something I'm into atm. Oh, I checked how it is with AF tracking, and it's seemingly so much better than K-3 II :eek: With K-3 II I think it's piss poor, but it actually looked usable on K-1.

I'll use my other K-3 II and K-30 tomorrow.



Thanks! I found a used K-3 II through Amazaon.de at a reasonable price. I prefer identical bodies and will see where the repair cost will land. If it's too much, I'll go with a used K-3 II.



It's a huge plus to be able to use the batteries I already have. I wasn't that worried about familiarity, but after having held the KP, I don't think I'd be able to use it comfortably for weddings.

Few years ago I borrowed a Nikon D7000 and did fine during a wedding. Beside the ergonomics, the KP dials feels too crammed together.



Yeah, several times. I also removed the battery before going to bed, and some 6-7 hours later, no improvement.



It's so close to EOL which is why I've been looking for something else - why I didn't immediately think of getting another K-3 II is because... I've actually never been happy with K-3 II. Too many accidental presses on buttons, accidental turns on dials. Even the mode lock button unlocks on it's own too frequently. Overall, the cameras has been awkward to use. Not much, but during a wedding, even the smallest of things can have a big impart.

K-30 on the other hand, which I used before K-3 II, felt like an extension of my arm. I loved it so much, that I tried hard to find new K-30's I could buy. I couldn't, so I bought K-3 II.



Maybe - we've had a warm and very dry summer, but there was one particular day less than a month ago, where it rained and it was cold. So much so, that not only did the lens fog up, but so did the camera. I've only seen this before (lens only) during winter.

The camera has been flimsy lately and I'm not sure when it started. I'd say about 3-4 weeks ago. Sometimes the Lens wouldn't focus. The camera would freeze more often than what I was used to and I also had 2 display glitches. The first one about a week ago and the second one yesterday, where the display looked like electronics failure, not some lose connection (but I'm not a technician).



I've sent it in and I'll wait and see what Photokina will bring along with it.



145AUD - that's awesome. I hope my expenses will be similar.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-13-2018, 08:45 PM  
K-3 II died. What should I do?
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 26
Views: 2,168
My K-3 II died yesterday while I was shooting at a wedding (I had another K-3 II with me).

The camera works in every way except these (from what I've been able to tell so far):
- Default screen on rear display is black.
- I can't enter WB, flash, drive mode or picture style screens.
- I can't double press Info, to change screen mode.
- I can't enter the menu.
- I can't auto focus (but I can take photos - and, the camera will AF constantly when I change to Auto mode).
- I can't change ISO.
- I can't enter Live View - but movie recording works/enables LV.

I've tried replacing the battery, cards, lenses, pressing all buttons and whatnot.

The camera is 3 years old and I'm guestimating it has some 150k actuations behind it - considering this, what would you recommend I do?

1. Send it in for repairs and use my older K-30 as replacement till I get the K-3 II back.

2. Buy a new or second hand K-3 II

3. Buy a newer camera (KP)

4. Use the K-30 and wait till new APS-C flagship is announced. I think this will end up taking too long.

I think getting a KP is the best option. I can buy it in a nearby shop (the ONLY shop that sells Pentax in the entire country!) tomorrow and because I can add a battery grip to it, which allows me to use D-LI90 batteries. With the grip, the cost will get up there or close to K-3 II, but KP has better ISO performance, which I fancy a lot. Also KP has a noticeable better hit rate with continuous focusing.

I'm hesitating though because KP uses D-LI109 batteries and I cant get a grip right away and, the smaller buffer bothers me.

I already have 2 D-LI109 batteries and 2 chargers. And because I have 14 D-LI90 batteries and 8 chargers I prefer to be able to use these.

I have my last high-season wedding tomorrow, and then again a month from now.

What would you suggest I do?

My biggest reason for asking is because there's no ideal camera in the lineup. K-1 would be nice, but then I'd need a whole bunch of lenses as well. That's not going to happen.


Ps. If you have suggestions for what I can try with the camera to see if it will boot again, then please fire away.
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-11-2018, 11:00 AM  
K-3 Battery discussion Generic/Original
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 60
Views: 12,967
It's been more than 3 years since I bought Hähnel batteries for my K-3 II cameras.

I haven't kept track of how the performance has been over time but a simple averaging from my last wedding gig summed up to about 800 shots per battery (I used 8 and the 2 last batteries weren't fully used), which is close to what I was getting some years ago, according to this post.

I recently noticed a change in one or more batteries and need to pay attention to performance. Currently I'm not sure if it's the batteries or the chargers.... or even the cameras.

All in all I must say I've been very happy with the Hähnel batteries.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-31-2018, 04:52 PM  
Godox TT600 overheats easily?
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 4
Views: 957
I never burst shoot when using flashes. I've shot weddings for 5 years and have a routine/habit regarding the speed I use the flashes at. I haven't had this before with other flashes.

With that said, I was at a wedding today, and noticed the plastic part where the hot shoe is at, but before the actual flash housing is lose. Perhaps this is why it wasn't going off every time. I'll ship it in for a replacement ASAP.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-30-2018, 01:30 PM  
Godox TT600 overheats easily?
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 4
Views: 957
I don't think the batteries are problematic. My chargers haven't alerted me about anything. I use Eneloop Classic batteries.


The flash is mounted directly on the camera - I'm not doing any remote triggering.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-30-2018, 11:37 AM  
Godox TT600 overheats easily?
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 4
Views: 957
I recently bought Godox TT600 and quickly noticed, that I get many shots without the flash going of. It's either not recharging fast enough or, it's overheating.

I shoot somewhere between 1/16 and 1/8 power most of the time and I might top of at 1/4 power.

Trouble with hot-shoe could be a thing, but I don't think that is the case here, as it might fire, then not, then fire, then not (a bit more random than that).
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360° Cameras 07-16-2018, 04:39 AM  
Issues when trying to connect to Theta V
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 6
Views: 897
Thanks for your help. I tried your suggestion but it didn't work.


However, I've found the root of the problem, which was caused by an ad-blocker app I'm using. I don't know why, but Theta app was removed from the blockers white list, which I had it added to some time ago.

I think I read about this back then and have since forgotten all about it, because I really don't associate those two things together.

Edit: Off-topic question: during all this, I've re-installed Theta app, to see if that would help. Re-installing the app meant it no longer sees the photos I already have on my phone, but they are all within the same folder on the phone. Is there a way to get them to show up within the app?
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360° Cameras 07-13-2018, 08:54 PM  
Issues when trying to connect to Theta V
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 6
Views: 897
For some reason, I suddenly can't connect to my Theta V. It shows up fine in the list on my phone, and password is correct too, but 29 out of 30 times, it wont connect.

It doesn't say anything until I try to access it. That's when it says I need to connect to it first. But when I check the WIFI list again, it says I'm connected.

Does anyone know what could be going on? I think it started when I got my new phone (Huawei Mate Pro 10) but I'm not sure.

SOLVED: The issue was caused by an ad-blocker app
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-12-2018, 05:37 PM  
Bo AF lock and darkened Viewfinder
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 2
Views: 898
I really hope it was a one of thing. I shoot a lot and I've the K-3 II cameras for 3 years this summer. I've had the lock ups but never this.
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-12-2018, 04:32 PM  
Bo AF lock and darkened Viewfinder
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 2
Views: 898
I was doing some couple shoot when I Changed position and wanted to take more photos - then noticed that the viewfinder was darker. The couple was in shade but I was still puzzled by it. I then went on to take more photo and the focus could not lock.

When turning the focus ring on the Sigma 85mm f1.4 from one end to the other, it looked very wrong (not enough out of focus.

I checked all dials. Cleaned the contacts. Still didn't work. I looked at the mirror and it looked normal. I have cancel AF back button and everything seemed fine. After some time I figured the lens is dead and grabbed my 70mm Limited - same problem! At this point I was certain my camerabody was useless and I'd have to cover the remaining 80% of the day with just one camera.

Before I grabbed the other camera, I turned on LiveView and and this time it worked - it didn't when I tried earlier. Now it focused without using VF too, and with the Sigma 80mm as well. I never saw the problem again.

What could it have been?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-04-2018, 06:16 AM  
A good starter kit for on-location shooting
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 59
Views: 7,799
Sounds like the VIIs have that issue fixed - as for the re-seating thing, it has almost become a habit of mine with K-3 II :confused:

Regarding the the odd behavior with the FT16 trigger - it's broken. The joint where the trigger housing meets the hotshoe tightening fixture is lose and very easily loses contact and therefor wont fire.

Just got my replacement today - but the shop sent me FT16s, which I can't use at all. Doh! :P
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-17-2017, 02:48 PM  
A good starter kit for on-location shooting
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 59
Views: 7,799
When taking photos, there is always a lag/delay before the photo is taken. I dug into it today and learned that if I swap the Cactus trigger with Yongnuo, the delay completely disappears. I wasn't using HSS and disabling Power Sync (or any other setting on the Cactus trigger I tried) didn't help.

I'm very interested to see, if the YN trigger will solve my next problem too: sometimes the WD360 stops firing for a bunch of photos shot in a row. Does anyone know if the Cactus trigger can behave oddly? I do not think the WD 360 was overheating.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-10-2017, 12:06 AM  
A good starter kit for on-location shooting
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 59
Views: 7,799
Thanks! Glad you like them.



Thank you.

I used 120cm octa for the previous shots.

I'd love to use the 120cm octa more but the size can be cumbersome to handle and can also limit where I can use it. For instance, the following shot was made on military ground. I used Witstro 48cm Softbox (the one that can be bought as accessory to the WD360) and am rather certain I would have been asked to pack my gear if I had used the 120cm octa :P

Besides, I think the 120 would eat too much light for a shot like this. The final shot was 0.8 stop underexposed (flash set to full power and was as close as I could get it), but that's no biggie to fix in post.

Forum: General Talk 12-05-2017, 08:26 PM  
A little rant: Talking Head videos on Youtube
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 35
Views: 2,868
No, you are not alone. It has become a habit of mine to skip the first few (or several) minutes. With especially tutorials video's, I sometimes keep skipping to near the end, as that's when the actual talk about the subject starts... aaaarg!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-09-2017, 07:57 PM  
Heat issue with Patona D-LI90 chargers
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 12
Views: 1,568
At first I thought it might be battery issues but after a while, I started noticing a pattern with the chargers and had a closer look. Bought the new ones, and haven't used the old ones since.

Patona didn't have much to say other than it's not normal and they sell lots.

For now I'll have more room between the charger, which hopefully will prevent heat buildup.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-08-2017, 05:48 AM  
Heat issue with Patona D-LI90 chargers
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 12
Views: 1,568
Patona sent me new plates which I should receive one of these days

Older chargers, notice the shape of especially the bottom charger and the increased gap between the charger and the plate.


The new charger doesn't appear to have this issue, but the plate is affected and wont charge at all now.


Plate from the new charger.
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-08-2017, 04:28 AM  
Image Stabilization, how many people use it predominantly most of the time?
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 112
Views: 7,215
I have the impression that SR can hurt when it's not needed (while shooting handheld). Is there any truth to this?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-18-2017, 01:35 PM  
Heat issue with Patona D-LI90 chargers
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 12
Views: 1,568
Meh, I wrote to Patona a couple of weeks ago but haven't had any reply yet. I've been paying extra attention to battery performance and haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary. The Hähnel batteries can give me around 750-800 shots and I'm satisfied with that. Not sure that the OEM give. I'll try and take notice tomorrow, when I'll be out shooting all day.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-04-2017, 04:05 PM  
Heat issue with Patona D-LI90 chargers
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 12
Views: 1,568
E-man: Interesting. Could it be a Patona thing - or perhaps a battery thing? I have to brands, the original ones and way more Hähnel batteries.

I never got the impression that the batteries get too hot.
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