Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Showing results 1 to 25 of 77 Search:
Forum: Ask B&H Photo! 03-04-2017, 10:35 AM  
B&H open box warranty policy
Posted By hray
Replies: 2
Views: 2,922
Too late. It's already sold.
Forum: Ask B&H Photo! 03-03-2017, 12:10 PM  
B&H open box warranty policy
Posted By hray
Replies: 2
Views: 2,922
I've found an item on B&H's site that I'm interested in; it's rated "Open Box".

In one place, it says that Open Box stuff gets a full manufacturer's warranty. But in the same pop-up, it says that items bought through their used store do NOT get a manufacturer's warranty.

And of course, it was just at 1pm today (Friday) that I found this...

Anyone have experience with this? Is it a manufacturer's warranty or not?

Thanks.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-27-2016, 03:26 PM  
Bower flash strobing on K-50
Posted By hray
Replies: 4
Views: 1,557
I don't do much flash photography, so I've not tried using my Bower SFD926P flash with my K-50 (bought last year) until a few days ago.

At first it wouldn't work at all, and then it would periodically fire a whole series of quick strobing flashes...scared me that it might send electric current through the K-50 and fry it. It did do a couple of proper flashes, and then went back to strobing.

Any ideas on what's going on? If I need a flash, I much prefer a hot-shoe flash to the built in.

BTW, if I turn on the flash, let it charge up and use the test button, it fires normally.

Thanks in advance!

Hallie in NM
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-21-2015, 03:39 PM  
Pentax dslr gadget bag $10
Posted By hray
Replies: 19
Views: 2,749
I actually have one of the Lowepro bags very like that one--I like and use their loops. I'll just pretend the little loops on the Pentax bag are for Important Esoteric Pentax Gear if anyone asks. LOL

Hallie in NM
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-20-2015, 06:33 PM  
Pentax dslr gadget bag $10
Posted By hray
Replies: 19
Views: 2,749
I thought that from the photo, but they're much too small.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-20-2015, 05:00 PM  
Pentax dslr gadget bag $10
Posted By hray
Replies: 19
Views: 2,749
I got one of those in the recent K-50 bundle special from Costco--any idea what the little loops on the top flap are for?

Hallie in NM
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 03-19-2015, 09:23 PM  
Just pulled the trigger on K-50
Posted By hray
Replies: 9
Views: 1,517
It arrived last night, so I was able to charge the battery today and play with it this evening. I'm upgrading from a K-x, and it's like moving from my Honda Civic (a very nice car) to my dad's Mercedes. Everything is just nicer! And I particularly wanted a brighter display, brighter viewfinder, peak focusing...all there.

Looks like I need to apply a firmwear update as it's only on version 1.0; will do that tomorrow evening. Tonight I went through the E-book for the K-50, and am glad I did. I'd read the K-x manual many times, but never knew WHY I might want to use some of thise settings--the Ebook was a great resource for $15.

Plus I'd never had the focus assist light, nor the focus points in the viewfinder, on the K-x. Both of those always sounded sounded nice...and I think they will be. Really hope to get out and photograph this weekend!

On top of everything else, I'm helping a new Pentaxian get his start. We have a new multi-media tech at work, just out of school, who is buying my K-x and kit lenses. He thinks the idea of buying legacy glass sounds great!

Hallie in NM
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 03-14-2015, 11:25 AM  
Just pulled the trigger on K-50
Posted By hray
Replies: 9
Views: 1,517
Well, I've finally pulled the trigger on the Costco K-50 bundle, so it should be here next week. I love my K-x but it's AF/MF switch sticks sometimes and considering the K-50's report that it has a brighter viewfinder, peak-focus indicators, two control wheels...I talked myself into it.

Figured that if I don't like it, Costco gives 90 days to bring it back to them. And if I do like it, I've got a young media guy who started working for us a few months ago who's interested in my K-x, even with the sticky switch.

Looking forward to my new camera!

Hallie in NM
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-12-2015, 09:42 PM  
Just got a Pentax K1000!
Posted By hray
Replies: 8
Views: 928
Congratulations!

I started in about 1984 with a Pentax K-1000--a great way to really learn about photography.I'd still have it now if it weren't for the cost of film...and developing.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-07-2015, 03:06 PM  
Tripod/monopod head: Benro HD1?
Posted By hray
Replies: 5
Views: 851
Hi, all,

I have the little Dolica tripod and ball head that is very popular...but I'm realizing the truth of, "If you buy a cheap tripod/head you'll want better later."

The ball head that came with the Dolica is sometimes hard to tighten fully (I'm only using a K-x with, at the largest, the kit 55-300 lens) and droops a bit, so I was looking further.

Has anyone an opinion about the Benro HD 1 Panhead? Or have another mid-price, tight, but not too big/heavy, tripod mount?

Thanks,
Hallie
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-23-2014, 07:04 AM  
Photoshop Elements vs. Lightroom
Posted By hray
Replies: 15
Views: 2,285
Question for anyone who has compared the two, Photoshop Elements vs. Lightroom: is Lightroom more user-friendly? I've used full Photoshop (took a class) but found it WWWAAAYYY more than I needed so I got Photoshop Elements 9 about five years ago. Even PE9 is such a pain that I rarely use it.

Part of this is probably that I learned to use the K1000 (film) camera, and never did my own developing. I'd like to do some post processing beyond red-eye and lighten/darken...but rarely do with PE.

Reviews/opinions welcome!!

Thanks in advance, and happy holidays to all!
Hallie
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-11-2014, 10:01 PM  
Christmas gift I want a new lens
Posted By hray
Replies: 20
Views: 1,858
I also have a K-x, but got it with both the 18-55 and the 55-300 kit lenses. I really like the 55-300 for wildflowers, birds, etc. outdoors. It's great fun to pair it with the Raynox 150 for really closeup detail shots of flowers.

I've asked Santa for the18-250 Sigma macro because I don't like having to change lenses when out hiking, and I'd like to be able to use the macro focus to get closer to the flowers when photographing them. It's annoying to have to back up further and further to get the focus, especially when the drop-off from the hiking trail goes down a couple thousand feet!

BTW, for landscapes, I love my Tamron 10-24 wide angle. A whole different way to see things!

Have fun, whatever you get!
Hallie in NM
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-10-2014, 09:05 PM  
~$10 cool accessory?
Posted By hray
Replies: 12
Views: 1,315
Batteries? Not cool but always practical.
Forum: General Photography 12-07-2014, 09:06 PM  
Phone vs Camera
Posted By hray
Replies: 13
Views: 1,335
I got my smart phone a little over a year ago, but am not really happy with it as a camera. For point-and-shoot snapshots, it's great. But last year I also got a camera bag that doesn't scream, "I Am A Camera Bag" and in cooler weather, keep my Pentax in the car. Great for catching sunsets or sunrises or cool clouds or whatever else I see when I'm out and about.

I only had my phone with me a few weeks ago driving home from southern Colorado, and I tried to get some sunset shots. NOT a success.

So I'd recommend looking closely at some of your phone shots, and remembering how much better your "real" camera can do! It'll take you back, if you're nice to it...

Best wishes,
Hallie
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-10-2014, 10:34 PM  
Upgrading and learning the camera properly
Posted By hray
Replies: 12
Views: 1,204
I agree with FrankC above. The "exposure triangle" was much more simple when I started 30 years ago with a Pentax K-1000. It was recommended by the media specialist at the college where I was teaching because it had almost nothing automatic. And since it was a film camera, the ISO was set as soon as you loaded up and closed the camera.

That left setting either the shutter speed, or the aperature, and then adjusting the other parameter until the little light meter in the viewfinder showed the exposure was OK. Next lesson: Fast shutter speed for stopping motion; slow for low light. High aperature number for "everything in focus" and low for "artsy shallow depth of field."

Fast forward to my first DSLR a couple years ago. It does EVERYTHING for you if you let it. I'm much more comfortable in M, Tv or Av mode because of my early experiences with the K-1000. And it still blows my mind to set an ISO over 400. Ordinary film didn't HAVE such numbers! LOL But the K-x handles ISO of 1600 quite nicely.

Enjoy your learning! It's a lot cheaper now than than when you had to learn by developing your film.

Hallie
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 01-10-2014, 06:07 AM  
Upgrade from K-X or just get a 18-135 lens?
Posted By hray
Replies: 6
Views: 1,932
Thanks for the thoughtful posts, everyone! I think, after reading several other forums, that I'll hold off for another couple of years (unless the AF/MF switch really dies--but I've found some ideas that seem to be helping it be more reliable) and then get whatever the successor to the K-30/K-50 may be, along with a mid-range WR walking-around lens.

Best wishes,
Hallie
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 01-07-2014, 04:37 PM  
Upgrade from K-X or just get a 18-135 lens?
Posted By hray
Replies: 6
Views: 1,932
Hi, all,
I'm a hobbyist, and bought myself a K-X three years ago as a retirement present. I wasn't good at retirement (life intervened...) and I'm now working so I don't get to use the camera as much as I'd like. However, I decided I wanted to have it more readily available so I went looking at "walk around" camera cases.

That led to a, "gee, maybe it would be nice to get a walk-around lens"--I LOVE my Tamron 10-24 and like my Pentax kit 55-300, but switching between them can be a pain. So I started looking at the Pentax 18-135 because of its versatility.

Then I saw good stuff about the K-30 (though I can't find paired with the 18-135 that except through Amazon retailers that have questionable repute) and the K-50.

I really love the K-X and am sure I haven't fully exploited its capabilities. However, if the indicators in the view-finder are easier to see in the K-50, and the AF/MF switch works all the time, I am sorely tempted to go for the K-50.

Questions: would you make the plunge, or just get the lens and deal with the K-X idiosyncrasies?
How heavy/bulky is the K-50 compared to the K-X?

Thanks in advance,
Hallie
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-23-2012, 11:59 AM  
The Mirror Lens Club!
Posted By hray
Replies: 1,184
Views: 425,670
I've just ordered a Tamron 500mm F/8 55BB; what size case would fit this? I use a small Lowe-Pro sling bag, and have a Lowepro lens case for my Tamron 10-24 that hooks on the outside of the bag; would like to use something similar for this lens when it comes.

Thanks in advance,
Hray
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-22-2012, 09:46 PM  
Any lady Pentaxians here?
Posted By hray
Replies: 24
Views: 2,516
*****Which begs the question how successful K-x and K-r were with the female audience?***********

Well...I'm female and I bought one...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-21-2012, 03:52 PM  
Which adapter for Tamron SP 500
Posted By hray
Replies: 4
Views: 1,365
Thanks for the reference to the lens review thread. Looks like the inexpensive KM Adaptall should work with this fixed f/8 lens.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-21-2012, 03:01 PM  
Which adapter for Tamron SP 500
Posted By hray
Replies: 4
Views: 1,365
I have found a used Tamron SP 500 mirror lens I want to buy. (I know the pros and cons...and I still want it. LOL)

But exactly what designation of Adaptall do I need? There seem to be more than one type.

Thanks,
Hray
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-25-2011, 06:22 PM  
Kx and Bower SFD926P flash=no flash?
Posted By hray
Replies: 2
Views: 1,188
Duh...I must have been really tired last night. I had the flash on S (slave) mode. Duh. When switched to another mode it worked fine.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-25-2011, 06:57 AM  
Kx and Bower SFD926P flash=no flash?
Posted By hray
Replies: 2
Views: 1,188
I have a Kx, bought in Feb. 2011, and a Bower SDF926P flash bought in April. Then family crises intervened and I haven't messed with the flash since.

Tried to use it last night, and despite using fresh batteries and multiple different settings, it wouldn't flash when mounted on the camera. It flashes fine with the test mode button, and my pop-up flash in the KX works fine, in fact, that's what I ended up using though I wanted the better look of the better flash.:(

I suspect I've got something set wrong...any ideas?

Thanks,
Hray
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-22-2011, 04:29 AM  
K-x/batteries on a plane?
Posted By hray
Replies: 20
Views: 4,411
When I travelled, there was no problem with my four AAs in the camera, 4 AAs in the flash, nor the four I had rubber-banded together in another pocket of the camera case. I guess it depends on the screening system and screeners.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-01-2011, 11:44 AM  
Fiddleheads
Posted By hray
Replies: 3
Views: 2,526
Yes, I decided I couldn't think of anything original to do with daffodils, so I went for the fiddleheads instead. :-)
Search took 0.01 seconds | Showing results 1 to 25 of 77

 
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:34 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top