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Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-10-2017, 07:43 AM  
Are Cactus working on a strobe?
Posted By khardur
Replies: 20
Views: 1,102
That would be awesome. I have 4 of the RF60s and I'd love to have at least one flash with a lot more power to easily defeat the sun.. It just opens up so many more options for locations and time of day you are shooting. And I would assume they would make it work with their v6ii triggers which are incredible.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-26-2017, 01:53 PM  
Contest 2017 Solar Eclipse Challenge!
Posted By khardur
Replies: 99
Views: 7,878
Here's mine. Lots of beauties in this thread.. y'all did an awesome job!

Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-25-2017, 07:53 PM  
Nature Eclipse
Posted By khardur
Replies: 2
Views: 213
Took a road trip from Massachusetts to Tennessee with my son..
2125 total miles.
5 days
2 nights sleeping at rest areas on the highway, once knowing that was the plan, once because our hotel overbooked...
1 national park (Shenandoah),
1 time nearly running out of gas... (I put in 16.3 gallons of gas into my car after I nearly had a panic attack seeing the gas gauge so low... it only officially holds 16 gallons!)

This is my best shot from the day..

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-29-2017, 04:57 PM  
Alas, my poor 40mm Limited... I knew it well.
Posted By khardur
Replies: 19
Views: 1,507
So you had to remove two things of the front of the lens and that got you to the screws that held the focus ring to the lens group?

Hmmm... I'm gonna start taking it apart, since I won't be able to get it repaired in short order anyway... I might as well give it a go...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-29-2017, 03:50 PM  
Alas, my poor 40mm Limited... I knew it well.
Posted By khardur
Replies: 19
Views: 1,507
Yes even the size of the "normal" DA40 was so small I always kept it with me. I don't know that I've ever left it at home more than a handful of times, only in the event that I wanted to "force" myself to use one lens for a walkabout.
The only thing I'm not impressed with on the XS is no lens hood. When doing studio portraits with flash - it does get a good bit of flare if the flash is off-camera but hits the lens. That's the only downside I see of it. I'll keep an eye out..

Update on quote:
Precision: $172
the legendary Eric: no price quoted. He said he could most likely fix, if he can get the parts from Ricoh, but apparently they are intolerably slow getting him parts. He said it might be August before it was returned.

I just saw a used one in EX+ condition for... $170..
So I'll look around for a few weeks and see if I can find a used DA40 or HD DA40.

One thing I really love about the limited set I have - the 15, the 40, the 70... all take the 49mm filters - that's a pretty capable group of lenses right there in a very compact package.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-28-2017, 05:07 PM  
Alas, my poor 40mm Limited... I knew it well.
Posted By khardur
Replies: 19
Views: 1,507
Nice..! Hmmm maybe I'll look for one, but I don't know that I have any weddings until July. (I have 5 or 6 this year but I do not wish to be a full time wedding guy, this is just helping me pay off some bills)
So if it's a decent price to get it repaired I may just do that.. and perhaps keep an eye out for a good deal on a used one. Definitely don't want to be without this lens when it's crunch time.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-28-2017, 04:05 PM  
Alas, my poor 40mm Limited... I knew it well.
Posted By khardur
Replies: 19
Views: 1,507
I've been out of the loop on the XS stuff... what's the story on that?
(as if the 40mm wasn't small enough already, how did they make that thing even smaller?)

I've sent Eric an email just to confirm he can work on that before I ship it away.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-28-2017, 03:52 PM  
Alas, my poor 40mm Limited... I knew it well.
Posted By khardur
Replies: 19
Views: 1,507
I literally just came across Eric's information on another thread. I'm going to contact him and check it out.
Precision camera's quote came out at $172, just under half what the HD DA 40 is going for new.

Thanks for the heads up.
-Dan "I can't believe I still have that old forum tag with K200D, K110D in my signature" Morgan. :D :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-28-2017, 03:22 PM  
Alas, my poor 40mm Limited... I knew it well.
Posted By khardur
Replies: 19
Views: 1,507
Well, it's time to say bye to my most used lens, by far, my DA 40mm Limited.

I bought it back in early 2007.
It has been my most trusted companion ever since. And it's so small, I almost never leave home without it. If I needed a guaranteed tack-sharp shot, this was the lens.

Well yesterday I was shooting a wedding and it was acting finicky trying to focus. I switch the body to manual focus and reached for the focus ring.. The focus ring racked back and forth approximately a half centimeter in either direction, no more than that. It was stuck at somewhat less than infinity.

I knew something was wrong, I replaced it with my DA 70 for the moment, until I had a chance to look at it today.

I was able to wiggle the focus ring a little bit and get it unstuck... but upon rotating the ring from close focus to infinity, the front end of the lens sometimes moves about a millimeter. Sometimes it moved the proper distance.
Sometimes there is almost no visible movement at all. Either way.. something in the focus mechanism has gone horribly wrong. :(

This thing has been a workhorse for me.
With the exception of my Tamron 70-200mm, which I bought a few years back almost exclusively to shoot hockey at the local ice rink, this is by far my most used lens.

Now the question is, send it in for service or just get a brand new one? I'm going to see what estimate would be.
*sigh* Just wanted to share my story. I probably have 50k photos with this little gem.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 05-28-2017, 03:20 PM  
DA 40mm limited AF stuck
Posted By khardur
Replies: 10
Views: 860
I just had mine fail yesterday. :( But it's 11 years old, and it's been my workhorse. I would almost never leave home without it.

Now it's just a toss-up between getting it fixed or getting a brand new one. Depends on the price to fix, I suppose.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-06-2017, 06:56 PM  
Macro snowflakes
Posted By khardur
Replies: 4
Views: 399
I've always been happy to share.
Next time I'll take a pic of the whole light setup and all too.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-02-2017, 08:49 PM  
Macro snowflakes
Posted By khardur
Replies: 4
Views: 399
Hey everyone..
Apparently I've been away for awhile, judging by my signature image that says I have a K110D and a K200... :D :D
Just thought I'd post a few recent pics.

I finally had the perfect evening to try this - light snowfall, no wind, temps in the low 20s so the snowflakes were good shape, and weren't trying to melt on contact.
These were all taken with the (awesome) Sigma 70mm macro lens, with an additional 72mm worth of extension tubes attached.

Setup: well camera + lens and extension tubes as described above..
A Cactus V6 remote trigger paired with a Cactus RF60 Flash unit, shooting into a small reflector set up next to a posing stool, which I had sitting out on my patio collecting snowflakes.
I put down a black foam sheet, the kind you find in the craft section. And the blue hexagons you see in some of the shots - that's glitter I had sprinkled on the foam to add some interesting colored bits.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-14-2014, 12:42 PM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By khardur
Replies: 2,854
Views: 82,927
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-09-2014, 06:37 PM  
Win an FA 31mm Ltd: PF 3 million post giveaway!
Posted By khardur
Replies: 2,237
Views: 105,424
awwwwwww... this is awesome. I might have to get rid of my 40 if I win the 31. Just kidding - the 40 has always been my go to when I need "no fail."
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-01-2012, 01:48 PM  
Question regarding Manfrotto 486RC2 Head
Posted By khardur
Replies: 16
Views: 2,411
OMG I am so jealous.. $5? What a deal! I think i paid $130 for mine (with a pan/tilt head - got this same ball head later on for probably $80.)
The ball head is awesome, there are only a few times I ever think "I wish I left the pan/tilt head on" - though I still have it. Make sure to get extra plates if you have a second camera or a lens that has a tripod collar. You will thank yourself.

It's not the lightest tripod/head in the world for sure, but it's solid.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-05-2011, 02:10 PM  
Landscape Few from one of my favorite Spots
Posted By khardur
Replies: 15
Views: 935
gorgeous Jim. So peaceful looking,
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-04-2011, 05:49 PM  
Landscape First snow, and others..
Posted By khardur
Replies: 4
Views: 468
Been messing around a lot more with post processing. One of these is from August, the rest are from late October when a few snows before the leaves all fell off the trees. Enjoy

Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-01-2011, 03:29 AM  
Landscape Perfect Light
Posted By khardur
Replies: 38
Views: 3,319
Awesome capture, great time of day and clouds are great too... Can't say anything new really that hasn't been said - this is stunning.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-30-2011, 05:17 PM  
Landscape Emerald Lake
Posted By khardur
Replies: 13
Views: 876
Wow amazing, the first one is my favorite if I had to choose but you always shoot such stunning images. Amazing.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-30-2011, 05:11 PM  
Cityscape Night scenes
Posted By khardur
Replies: 4
Views: 724
@cscurrier - thanks I was going for a futuristic look - as much as I can in this town full of mostly victorian houses. =D

Dave, Jer - thanks guys. Jer a lot of the look is in post as far as the colors are concerned. (not the starbursts, those are from the 15mm as you know)
Here's an example - exact same file, on top is unprocessed - bottom is after tweaking saturation, white balance etc. in LR. (I was shooting in black and white to get the mood but when importing into Lightroom it imports as color)

Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-29-2011, 07:20 PM  
Landscape Sundown with a Gin and Tonic
Posted By khardur
Replies: 10
Views: 880
3rd one is my fav.. Great shot, love the reflections but also the blackness in between.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-29-2011, 07:10 PM  
Cityscape Night scenes
Posted By khardur
Replies: 4
Views: 724
I was out early a few mornings last week. Once had more fog than the other. Here are a few of the shots.
Messed around a lot with the WB because of the awful orange streetlamps, which made the shots much less blah!

Same spot as first shot - but with DA70

This is the scene right before all the zombies come around the corner and start running after you. ;)

Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-08-2011, 05:44 PM  
Fireworks problem
Posted By khardur
Replies: 7
Views: 1,475
^^ You know, Marc, you've always had a knack for posting as I'm typing. Grrr. (just kidding ;)

Do you have any filters on the front of your lens? If so, I suggest you remove them. This is light bouncing off some piece of glass, either a filter or a lens element itself, and causing an unwanted reflection in your final image.

If you used no filter on the front of the lens, is this a zoom lens? They (tend) to have more elements and thus more surfaces that light could reflect off. I recently took some shots with my 50-200 that I got unwanted reflections with, and yet with my 15mm and my 40mm prime lenses I got no such reflections.

You can see this sort of unwanted reflection taking sunrise/sunset shots depending on what lens/filter combination you are using.
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-08-2011, 05:42 AM  
Why am I so Anal about How Many Pixels I Have
Posted By khardur
Replies: 41
Views: 6,729
Amen to that. I noticed a slight jump in quality from my 6mp K110D to my 10mp K200D. But between that and my K7 there is no big difference.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-03-2011, 06:57 PM  
I've been given a Vivitar 285 HV vari-power
Posted By khardur
Replies: 7
Views: 2,742
Red button: test fire
Vari power just means you can rotate the dial on the front to control the power output. You have four manual settings and four auto settings. Manual: 1/16, 1/4, 1/2, and full power.

To use auto settings: The yellow/red/blue/purple "codes" on the vari power module correspond with the calculator dial on the right side of the flash. Set the outer ring at your current film speed. Set the inner ring so the arrow points to "full" power. Now look at the calculator dial and see where all the colors line up. That tells you the aperture to use with the particular color auto settings, and the approximate max distance to subject. (you can be closer, obviously)

For example, if I set the ISO to 100, note the red code on the calculator dial points is roughly in line with f/4. Set your aperture to f/4 and fire away.

For manual settings, set the ISO and then look at the distance scale. Rotate to the power setting that matches the distance or desired aperture. For example, set at ISO 100 at 1/16th power - if my subject is 5 feet away the dial shows an aperture value of 5.6. If the subject was 10 feet away, I would need f/2.8 to get proper exposure. If I now turn the inner dial to show calculate for 1/2 power flash, now at 10 feet away it shows f/8 for an aperture.

I'm sure there's a manual out there in PDF form somewhere.
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