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Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 10-07-2018, 06:23 AM  
Shutter button has no resistance
Posted By leonardotmnt
Replies: 2
Views: 659
That's what I was thinking. It did work for a while but maybe it was only half on or something?
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 10-06-2018, 08:22 PM  
Shutter button has no resistance
Posted By leonardotmnt
Replies: 2
Views: 659
I'm not sure what happened but today I started having an issue with the shutter button on my K-3. If I press it down like I normally do there's no resistance and I have to push it much deeper than normal to take the photo. Any ideas what happened?

Any way to fix it myself? I just (within the past month) sent it in to Precision to replace the mode dial which stopped working and now it's out of warranty. Very frustrated. Thanks!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-25-2018, 08:08 AM  
The WR in HD DA 55-300mm f/4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE
Posted By leonardotmnt
Replies: 8
Views: 998
I understand those are Best Practices in the link above, but to me if I have to do all that there's really no benefit to having weather resistance. One of the reasons I went with Pentax is because of the WR. Technically Best Practice when raining would be to just stay indoors. ;-)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-25-2018, 06:03 AM  
The WR in HD DA 55-300mm f/4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE
Posted By leonardotmnt
Replies: 8
Views: 998
I also shoot my son's soccer games. I had the 55-300 PLM out in a torrential downpour one game with no covering and had absolutely no issues with getting water in the lens.


On a somewhat related not the only issue I've ever had with Pentax WR is when I went on the Hornblower at Niagara Falls and took the 18-135 out practically under the Falls. I did have a couple drops of water get inside the lens but it dried and I've had no issue otherwise.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 09-01-2018, 11:20 AM  
K-3 Mode dial not working
Posted By leonardotmnt
Replies: 5
Views: 687
I think I'll send it in. My extended warranty actually runs out the middle of Sept so if it's going to do it this isn't the worst.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 09-01-2018, 10:34 AM  
K-3 Mode dial not working
Posted By leonardotmnt
Replies: 5
Views: 687
Everything else seems to be working propely. Updating firmware and spinning the dial does not seem to work.

---------- Post added 09-01-18 at 10:46 AM ----------

Is the next step sending it in for repair?
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 09-01-2018, 10:11 AM  
K-3 Mode dial not working
Posted By leonardotmnt
Replies: 5
Views: 687
So it seems that when I turn the mode dial on my K-3 it doesn't change anything. Is there an easy fix for this or what do I need to do? Soccer season is just starting so it's not good timing!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-27-2018, 12:04 PM  
Remotely control flash power
Posted By leonardotmnt
Replies: 10
Views: 893
The Xpro-P looks like a good option. I think in my case I may just go with the Phottix Ares II for now. The reason being that I can get a receiver/transmitter set for $55 whereas I'd spend more than that for half the set otherwise.

As a beginner who doesn't know how much I'll be doing ocf that seems to be make the most financial sense for now.

Thanks for all the help!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-23-2018, 11:30 AM  
Remotely control flash power
Posted By leonardotmnt
Replies: 10
Views: 893
Thanks. I'll check it out.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-23-2018, 10:29 AM  
Remotely control flash power
Posted By leonardotmnt
Replies: 10
Views: 893
Thanks for the response! If I only wanted to control power on the flash remotely do both the transmitter and receiver have to have that function or only the transmitter? Is it possible to use a Godox X1C to control power on a flash that has a Phottix Ares receiver for instance? Or would that not work because they're different brands?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-23-2018, 07:17 AM  
Remotely control flash power
Posted By leonardotmnt
Replies: 10
Views: 893
Hi,

I'm looking at getting a simple light stand/umbrella setup to try out ocf and looking at the Strobist to learn. I have a K-3 and a Metz 52 AF-1 right now.

The Strobist recommends the Phottix Ares Tx/Rx. It's cheap which is good but very basic.

My question is do I really need a wireless controller to do things like HSS and remotely control power? Is there a Tx/Rx set that can do that relatively cheaply? (Under $100) And what would that recommendation be?

The world of wireless controllers is very confusing. It seems like many controllers will only do HSS and power control if you also use the same brand flash? Or is that not correct?

Will anything do those functions with my Metz at a reasonable price or should I stick with the simple Phottix Ares to start? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-22-2018, 09:09 AM  
Used battery?
Posted By leonardotmnt
Replies: 5
Views: 744
Thoughts on purchasing a used battery on BHPhoto? I'm looking at either a Pentax or Watson brand with condition 9. Wasn't sure is a battery was something I should get new or if I should be okay saving some money. Thanks!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-27-2018, 06:38 PM  
The Strobist recommended gear
Posted By leonardotmnt
Replies: 9
Views: 1,760
Thanks everyone. I'll keep reading through the blog. It does seem like triggers that control flash power are better but they're also much more expensive. I'm not looking for another flash yet so the Jumpstarter kit was what I was looking at.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-25-2018, 08:31 PM  
The Strobist recommended gear
Posted By leonardotmnt
Replies: 9
Views: 1,760
The only thing I have right now is the flash so that's why I thought the package might be useful since it has the stand, radio triggers, swivel, and umbrella. Plus it has the DVDs he put out. I'll read more of the 101 stuff too. I've just skimmed so far.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-25-2018, 07:21 PM  
The Strobist recommended gear
Posted By leonardotmnt
Replies: 9
Views: 1,760
I have a Metz 52 AF-1 flash and am looking to dip my toe into ocf. Is the recommended gear list on the Strobist website a decent starting point still?

Strobist: Major Updates to Strobist Lighting Kits

Thanks!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-04-2017, 04:40 PM  
Worth upgrading 55-300 WR for PLM version for soccer?
Posted By leonardotmnt
Replies: 32
Views: 4,557
Nevermind. Amazon Warehouse deals had the PLM for $353 in Like New condition. Looks like that's my new lens!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-03-2017, 06:54 PM  
Worth upgrading 55-300 WR for PLM version for soccer?
Posted By leonardotmnt
Replies: 32
Views: 4,557
Okay, last question I think. I'm basically trying to decide if it's worth getting the 55-300 PLM now or waiting to see if a Sigma 100-300 f4 comes along. They seem to go for a good chunk of change more but I'm trying to decide if it might be worth it. I don't have many night games now but may in a couple years. Anyone have any experience with both?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-03-2017, 04:25 AM  
Worth upgrading 55-300 WR for PLM version for soccer?
Posted By leonardotmnt
Replies: 32
Views: 4,557
Thanks DrawsACirlce, that helps a lot. The last thing I'd want to do is spend the money to get the new version and have it focus quickly but inaccurately!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-02-2017, 05:48 PM  
Worth upgrading 55-300 WR for PLM version for soccer?
Posted By leonardotmnt
Replies: 32
Views: 4,557
I'm still debating the PLM lens for now. After reading the review on this site it seems to have some issues tracking? Would this apply to soccer players as well or just extremely fast animals? Ideally I think I'd like the Sigma 100-300 f4 but they seem to be significantly more expensive and hard to find.
Forum: Sold Items 10-02-2017, 05:34 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Final Price Drop Pentax SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited (MIJ)
Posted By leonardotmnt
Replies: 5
Views: 1,521
Wish I had the money but I'm already splurging some other lenses so I'm all tapped out. Great price!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-30-2017, 07:53 AM  
Worth upgrading 55-300 WR for PLM version for soccer?
Posted By leonardotmnt
Replies: 32
Views: 4,557
Are there any other lenses I should consider? I definitely can't afford the 150-450 and the 300 might be too limiting being a prime because sometimes the action does come closer. Would any lenses be substantially better than the PLM and under $1,000? I know there's the bigma but it's also very heavy. Is anything else worth considering that's a sharp zoom with at least 300mm reach for under $1,000 used?
Forum: Sold Items 09-30-2017, 06:00 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA* 50-135
Posted By leonardotmnt
Replies: 2
Views: 853
PM sent.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-29-2017, 01:54 PM  
Worth upgrading 55-300 WR for PLM version for soccer?
Posted By leonardotmnt
Replies: 32
Views: 4,557
Most games are in the middle of the afternoon so I generally have enough light. I'm using AF-C with Sel 2 and Continuous shooting on High. I try to use around 1/1250 between f 5.6-10 and let the ISO float in TAv.
For options I use Focus Priority for 1st Frame, Focus-priority for Action in AF.C Continuous, with Medium Hold AF Status. I also use back button focusing.

Sometimes they'll be out of focus coming toward me and other times running side to side. I also have issues with sharpness but I think some of them are related to lower apertures at long focal distances.

And yes, I forgot to mention originally that I have a K-3.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-28-2017, 08:08 PM  
Worth upgrading 55-300 WR for PLM version for soccer?
Posted By leonardotmnt
Replies: 32
Views: 4,557
I don't see the option to rent this lens on lensrentals. Anyone know of a place to do so?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-28-2017, 07:39 PM  
Worth upgrading 55-300 WR for PLM version for soccer?
Posted By leonardotmnt
Replies: 32
Views: 4,557
I've been using the 55-300 WR for my son's U10 soccer games. I get fairly inconsistent results but I'm not sure how much is me and how much is the lens. I get some pretty sharp shots at lower focal ranges but toward 300 mm they're not as sharp. I also have a lot out of focus. I'm wondering if it'd be worth it to upgrade to the new PLM model for faster focusing. I'd like better image quality as well but there don't seem to be many long lenses for Pentax at a reasonable price range that focus quickly. Even if I could afford the 300 I think it might be too long for a lot of shots. So, worth considering the upgrade to PLM or is the focusing alone not enough to bite? Thanks in advance.
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