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Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-28-2017, 04:37 PM  
Cactus V6 & Pentax AF 500 FGZ
Posted By winkler
Replies: 6
Views: 904
Well, ca ca a doodie poo poo. All this time I thought the 500 FTZ was an analog TTL flash. Guess I'll just go back to manually setting flash output power, as I've been doing for years.

Thank you all for your helpful information.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-28-2017, 02:07 PM  
Cactus V6 & Pentax AF 500 FGZ
Posted By winkler
Replies: 6
Views: 904
Using V6 (not V6ii) and Pentax AF500FGZ the learning system does not appear to work. Anyone have experience with this equipment combination?

Initially I followed the learning sequence to the letter, with a matte projection screen 1 meter from the trigger/flash. This immediately brought a "flash unsupported" error message. I moved the screen to a 1.3 meter distance, and was able to successfully start the learning sequence. However this came to an abrupt stop when I switched the flash mode to manual and set it to 1/2 power as directed. Subsequent attempts with the projection screen at different distances from the flash (.6 meter to 2 meter) all failed.

Is there anything unique about the 500FGZ that prevents it from being used with the V6 system? I am disappointed because I have three of the 500 FGZ units and was really looking forward to the enhanced control the V6 system would provide.

Thanks in advance for your opinions.

---------- Post added 11-28-17 at 02:15 PM ----------

The Pentax Flash is Af 500 FTZ, not FGZ. Sorry for the error.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-28-2017, 04:49 PM  
Fungus?
Posted By winkler
Replies: 9
Views: 933
What is this? Inside my 50 1.4-A? Worth repair?

Forum: Pentax K-3 09-15-2015, 05:53 PM  
LCD Loupe for K3 (Suggestions)
Posted By winkler
Replies: 4
Views: 2,163
Found my loupe:
Amazon.com : Kamerar MagView 16:9 16/9 3.2" LCD Screen Viewfinder View Finder LCDVF For Canon 5D MarkIII Canon 1DX : Camera & Photo
Kamerar Brand. <$50US.

Fits the K3. It is made to fit a 3:2 aspect ratio. Two sturdy metal frames to attach to K3 body ...nice to have a back-up. The adhesive strip is not strong enough. No surprise. I carefully placed a bead of black silicone sealer around the perimeter of the attachment frame and let it set over night. A nearly permanent attachment, which can be removed (with some elbow grease) to return my camera to original condition. The loupe attaches magnetically. Really convenient. However, the metal strips built into the loupe body may not have been glued in place properly. One metal strip fell out on mine. I glued it back with some contact cement. All OK ... for now.

Next, diopter adjustment. If you don't attach the camera to a solid tripod diopter adjustment is a three-handed affair because the adjustment ring is very hard to move. Good in the sense that the adjustment will not shift over time. Bad in the sense that, if you don't have three hands, getting the adjustment right-on is next to impossible.

End result, very good. I am very pleased with this loupe. The price is attractive, The optics are good, and it is really easy to use.

Hopt this "review" will be of use.
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-15-2015, 05:04 PM  
Odd: Camera froze
Posted By winkler
Replies: 10
Views: 1,055
So odd. Shot an interview today for a video project with the K3. Latest firmware. When the interview was finished, I show the recorded video to the person I interviewed by playing back the video on my K3. It was a four and one-half minute clip. 38 seconds before the end of the clip, the playback froze. Stop button did nothing. Switched the camera off. The LCD still displayed the frozen image. Disconnected the battery grip. No change. Switched the camera on and off. Image still on the LCD. Camera would not respond to any buttons. Removed main battery. LCD blinked out. Yea! Reinserted battery, turned camera on. Camera operates normally.
Anyone have any observations, explanations, etc.?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-12-2015, 04:59 PM  
EMERGENCY!!!!!!! How bad is it really? Broken 50-135
Posted By winkler
Replies: 30
Views: 4,027
Ouch! Talk to Precision, but be prepared to wait and have no communication. Yes, I am biased. I have no faith in Precision. Better yet, talk to KEH in Atlanta. Closer to you, and you stand a better chance of conversing to a real person.
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-05-2015, 03:45 PM  
LCD Loupe for K3 (Suggestions)
Posted By winkler
Replies: 4
Views: 2,163
This question pops up periodically. I haven't seen one recently. So, my question? Would any visitors to this forum have suggestions for a loupe that will fit the K3's 3:2 (5cmx7cm) LCD screen? I currently use the following on my K01 and my Q7:

Amazon.com : Tiltall Professional 3 Inch Smallest LCD Screen Loupe with Soft eye Cup and Screen Protection : Digital Camera Accessory Kits : Camera & Photo

Very happy with this product. However, i don't believe a model is available for the K3's larger screen.

Thanks to all who respond.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 08-12-2015, 04:08 PM  
What to do ( video)
Posted By winkler
Replies: 95
Views: 8,451
I spent 25 years working as a media specialist in the meetings and conventions industry here in the States, retiring as an area director (responsible for media activities in a group of convention centers). Events was our business, from weddings to corporate product roll-outs. With that in mind, narrowly focus upon what you can do now. Avoid jobs beyond your capability. However, let those jobs finance your gear. With a signed contract you can acquire what you need (but only what is necessary) that will significantly enhance the profit margin of the next job. Allow yourself to grow slowly. You can not grow without some risk. Try to keep that risk under control.

My advice: SONY. They have been heavy hitters in the video world for fifty years, and based upon the comments of the B&H Events OPTIC 15 roster of speakers, they appear to have acquired a lot of professional fans.

Good luck.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 08-10-2015, 07:47 AM  
What to do ( video)
Posted By winkler
Replies: 95
Views: 8,451
First question I would ask is what will be the longest time length of a single video clip? If it is over 25 minutes then look to the Panasonic G4 series cameras or look at dedicated video cameras (SONY, Panasonic, JVC, etc). There will be a lot of products at reasonable prices if you don't need quality exceeding 1080P. 2nd question is more of a statement. 80% of the quality of your video work will be good audio. Have you thoroughly researched how you will record the audio of your events? Build that into your budget.

That said, I agree with most comments. Pentax video specs are good for B-roll in some situations.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 08-10-2015, 07:36 AM  
video camera question
Posted By winkler
Replies: 5
Views: 1,075
Soloshot? I was not aware of such a device. But, I haven't done much with video in the past five years. It used to be my primary source of income. Having a few of those devices attached to my cameras would have made my wedding videos a lot more efficient to record. Regarding your approach to audio I have a couple of suggestions. You may already know about them, but here goes. Most cameras record audio at 48k, and mp3 audio doesn't record above 44k. All of the video editing software I've used prefers 48k for audio. Resampling mp3 audio to 48k will significantly improve synching to the camera's audio. Also, if you happen to have a spare wireless microphone system lying around, consider sending an audio feed from your recording system to one of the cameras. A hard wire feed will also work, but usually requires reducing the normally high impedance output to a low mic level output with an in-line step-down transformer. The advantage to this is you will have three different audio tracks for editing. An ambient source from one camera's mic, and two sources without ambient; the mp3 and the PA. Hope this info has been of value.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 08-09-2015, 08:14 PM  
video camera question
Posted By winkler
Replies: 5
Views: 1,075
Look towards the JVC Everio series cameras, or similar models made by SONY or Panasonic. All of these are consumer video cameras with some extra features (usually buried deep in menus) that place them close to the prosumer video camera lines. These cameras are generally inexpensive, provide a long recording time, usually require a 10-15% desaturation in post processing to get the color looking natural (probably related to really tiny sensors), and, this is a plus may have an external mic input!
Try to get a camera placement within 20' of the altar with these cameras. If you have to place the cameras in the choir loft, and use extreme telephoto lens settings, the images are going to look terrible. It is just what these cameras do.
When your budget allows, grow to equipment that allows more creativity.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-20-2015, 08:02 PM  
Poll: Would you buy a DSLR with or without video options?
Posted By winkler
Replies: 36
Views: 2,701
I spent 20 years of my professional life working with video before I even considered a digital still camera, and I really like having both media types available to me in a single camera body. In many situations the video capable still camera is the most cost effective and efficient tool available. There are other situations where only a traditional video camera will be the best tool, or only a still camera will be the best tool for the task.

I would not purchase a DSLR that could not record video.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 01-22-2015, 01:40 PM  
Poll: You own the K-01. Soon the K-S1 will launch...
Posted By winkler
Replies: 54
Views: 11,514
Ignore the K-S1. I have both the k-01 and the Q7. Love them both. I'm more interested in the successor to the K3. My K7 needs replacing. Once that is done I won't need a new camera for several years. Hopefully back to the good old days when my MX served me faithfully for over 20 years. Yes. I know. I'm dreaming.
Forum: Pentax Q 01-21-2015, 08:06 PM  
Some Seascapes with the Q7
Posted By winkler
Replies: 5
Views: 1,500
Marvelous photos. I am very impressed with the clarity of the images, something that is missing in the images I am presenting below from my first ever association with the ocean. One week along the beaches of the northern California coastline in October of last year. All images are with an 02 lens.
Forum: Pentax K-01 01-14-2015, 08:19 PM  
Praise in Vanity Fair for the K-01
Posted By winkler
Replies: 9
Views: 1,981
I heartily concur. I've owned my K01 now for nearly two years. I'm continually impressed with the video quality it produces. In regard to its photo capabilities ... I rarely use my K7. I really like the square shape because any table top, fence rail, wall, lamp post, etc., is a stable base for long exposures.
Forum: Pentax K-01 07-30-2013, 08:05 PM  
Auto Bracketing with constant aperture?
Posted By winkler
Replies: 4
Views: 1,145
Auto-bracketing, particularly for panorama photography, absolutely requires a fixed aperture for all exposures within the bracket range.. Not too long ago, I found a post on how to set a custom function in the K7 menu that locks any preset aperture in manual mode while using auto-bracketing. Unfortunately, I didn't note its location within Pentax Forums. Haven't been able to use the right search terms this evening.

So, with the K01, is it possible to lock the aperture at a pre-set value and use the camera's auto-bracketing feature? I am really not looking forward to setting every single exposure manually. If so, how?
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 07-09-2013, 08:08 AM  
Why did you buy a K-01?
Posted By winkler
Replies: 156
Views: 21,033
A friend who owned K-01 was kind enough to let me play with it for a week. The video features absolutely sold me! I recently retired from being a wedding videographer. My cameras were worn out and since I didn't want to invest $8K+ in new gear, leaving the world of weddings made sense. The K-01 will allow me to continue making short videos.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-28-2013, 07:03 PM  
K7 formatted SD card not recognized
Posted By winkler
Replies: 1
Views: 958
Camera: K7 Chosen color space: Adobe RGB.
Computer: Macbook Pro (mid 2012)
OS: Mountain Lion

No SD card formatted by my camera is recognized by this computer's built-in SD card reader. The local Mac Dealer (we are too far away from a metro community to have an Apple Store, thankfully) ran a hardware test which rated the SD card reader as good. The service tech used his own SD card (from a different camera ... didn't ask make and model), which was immediately recognized.

Does anyone have any idea why my K7's cards are not recognized? I have to use a USB card reader, which works flawlessly.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 02-20-2012, 11:08 AM  
K-R and iMovie
Posted By winkler
Replies: 1
Views: 906
I'm not sure I can directly answer, but here is an attempt: First, I never import anything directly into any application. I always move camera files via a sd card reader to a folder on an external hard drive, then import into the application I've chosen to work those files. My K7 records AVI files at 720p, and has no issues with iMovie. A brief peek at a Kr review indicated the same recording method. iMovie isn't supposed to care about a camera's native format as it converts everything to a 960x540 pixel aspect ratio and a progressive scan using the AIC codec. However there are some file types it doesn't like (all of my JVC video cameras, for example). It will only import full resolution from a camera if you disable the 960x540 method in iMovie preferences. I believe part of the reason for using 960x540 aspect ratio is because AIC files are inherently big.
If the K7 and the Kr use the same method for recording video iMovie should have no importing issues. The only thing I can think of that might cause a problem is a missing QuickTime plug-in. I've had Final Cut pro for so many years I'm certain I have just about every QT plug-in imaginable as that application installs with almost everything the video world uses.
I hope this little bit of information will be of help.
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