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Forum: Pentax K-01 08-26-2019, 08:24 AM  
K 01 coming soon, advice sought
Posted By THoog
Replies: 22
Views: 1,275
The video on the K-01 is as good as any other Pentax - which is to say, it doesn't compare to Panasonic, Sony, or Canon offerings, but generally "good enough" is good enough.

For cases, IMO the Marc Newson limited edition leather case was insanely overpriced. I like neoprene "pouch" cases; the Op/Tech Soft Pouch D-Compact fits with the pancake 40. For a small prime like the DA 35 or the DA Limiteds, the D-Offset is a perfect fit. There are also some Chinese pouches out there (different colors, different brands, but they appear to be from the same factory) that were originally listed for the Nikon P500 or Canon SX60; they fit okay for small lenses.

Edit: I will add that I have both of the Op/Tech cases - the D-compact is my choice for pancake lenses and the D-offset for small primes and the "snubnose" F35-70. I have a yellow Chinese P500 case for storing my Bumblebee and a light blue one for my Smurf (why, yes, I have been accused of having OCD; why do you ask? :) l
Forum: General Photography 07-09-2019, 01:18 PM  
Do you see something that I can't see?
Posted By THoog
Replies: 88
Views: 2,881
Response 1 (art snob): I would have to know the famous photographer's name to determine how good it is.

Response 2 (photo snob): I would have to see the original EXIF info and 100% corner crops to determine how good it is.

Response 3 (me): it didn't do anything for me, at least on a phone screen. It did not evoke an emotional response, it did not tell a story, it did not feel "fun" just to look at.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-29-2019, 07:38 AM  
Flickr - After it came back up.
Posted By THoog
Replies: 25
Views: 1,088
No problems here, on either PC or mobile version. A couple months ago, I was prompted to change my login email from Yahoo, which I did. I haven't had any login issues during the move to AWS.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-25-2019, 04:30 PM  
Wireless receiver for Yongnuo flash
Posted By THoog
Replies: 9
Views: 516
I have the YN585, and it does not have a radio receiver. It's "wireless" capabilities are optical only. The RF-603 will not trigger it, unless you use *two* RF-603s and treat the YN585 as a completely manual flash with no P-TTL.

I also have a small collection of YN560 IIIs (manual flash with radio receiver) and RF-603Ns. I use them when I need range or multiple flashes, and the YN585 when I need P-TTL.


Futile attempt to head off the "Yongnuo is stupid for not making the YN585 both P-TTL and RF-603 compatible" posts: So far, YongNuo has only made ONE flash that worked with both their RF-603 system and an OEM system (the YN968N for Nikon). I think the YN585 was them dipping their toe in the Pentax world to see if we were worth bothering with. It's a minor miracle that they did that much. Given the amount of negativity at the YN585's release because YN didn't go all-in on the first try, I doubt we'll ever see something like a YN968P.
Forum: General Photography 05-23-2019, 08:12 PM  
SmugMUG really dropped the ball with this Flickr maintenance
Posted By THoog
Replies: 81
Views: 2,939
My flickr page is up.

Given how long it takes to move mere terabytes between our crappy servers at work, I hate to think about moving hundreds of petabytes between hosting services, even with the monster servers and networks they must be running.
Forum: Pentax KP 04-29-2019, 05:35 AM  
Anyone Using the KP with the 300/4 lens?
Posted By THoog
Replies: 13
Views: 1,304
I use the KP with the DA*60-250 and the DA*300 for zoo shooting. If I add the DA 1.4x, then I use a monopod with a mini ball head, but otherwise, I don't have any balance problems shooting handheld. I use the large grip, but not the battery grip - I don't care for the added weight of the battery grip.
Forum: General Photography 04-18-2019, 07:57 PM  
Engadget on SLR vs Mirrorless
Posted By THoog
Replies: 11
Views: 962
MILCs will replace DSLRs in two years - or so I've been told every year for the past ten years.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-14-2019, 10:34 AM  
Lens Query
Posted By THoog
Replies: 11
Views: 708
I assume you mean this lens:
DIA Auto MC 28mm Lens - PK Mount | eBay

I don't know anything about DIA; I assume it's some sort of house brand. As the lens is in the UK, perhaps one of our UK members will know more.

(Edit: for those that haven't looked at the auction, there are also a 'DIA' filter and a lens cap with a stylized "DIA" logo, so DIA appears to be the brand name, not an abbreviation for diameter.)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-01-2019, 06:51 AM  
Help with Pentax MV Asahi
Posted By THoog
Replies: 23
Views: 1,124
It depends on a lot of things - brand/type of film, temperature that it is stored at, etc. Also, while the film may degrade after a few years, that doesn't mean it completely stops working. Depending on your expectations, you may be able to get usable photos from old film. I wouldn't expect a lot from a roll that's been in the camera bag for fourteen years, but you may get some interesting results.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-30-2019, 04:10 PM  
Help with Pentax MV Asahi
Posted By THoog
Replies: 23
Views: 1,124
I would use at least ISO/ASA 400 indoors, unless you are going to use a flash or tripod. Before I switched to digital, I always carried two bodies on trips: one for 200 & 400 film for (mostly) outdoors shooting, and one with 800 for indoors work (since most museums don't allow flash OR tripods).
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-29-2019, 05:42 AM  
Help with Pentax MV Asahi
Posted By THoog
Replies: 23
Views: 1,124
That is the behavior I would expect. It sounds like your MV is working correctly. If you are using 200 film, then setting the camera to anything higher than 200 is going to underexpose your photos - they will be gray and washed out.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-26-2019, 05:29 PM  
Help with Pentax MV Asahi
Posted By THoog
Replies: 23
Views: 1,124
Is the film speed dial on the camera (on the opposite side from the shutter button) set to ASA 200?

The small lens is probably a 50mm f/2 or f/2.8, and the macro lens is probably not faster than f/2.8, either. With an f/2.8 lens and ISO 200, it would be difficult to get 1/30 second shutter speed with typical indoor light. Anything less than 1/30 is going to show as yellow in the viewfinder.
Forum: General Photography 03-25-2019, 07:43 AM  
Digital - Do you keep everything
Posted By THoog
Replies: 58
Views: 1,959
After a "shoot", (whether it be a project, part of a vacation, or just a daytrip), I copy the folder from the SD card to my PC, and rename it YYYY-MM-DD . If there are multiple shoots in a day, then I'll add a #1, #2 to the date. Then I go through the folder and delete any blown shots (unless, as others have said, there's some value to keeping them). Then I go through again and delete the duplicates - having six near-identical shots just wastes time later in deciding which one I want to share. It may take two or three passes to clean up the folder, and sometimes I have to wait a few days to be sufficiently brutal in my choices. If there is a need for notes on lenses or whatever, I'll add a text file to the folder. Every few months or so, I'll back up the folders to an external drive (which, in theory, should be stored at work or family's home and rotated/tested periodically, but until they make USB drives that transport themselves, it isn't happening :p).
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-25-2019, 06:22 AM  
Help with Pentax MV Asahi
Posted By THoog
Replies: 23
Views: 1,124
While the shutter speed is controlled electronically, I'm pretty sure the cocking/firing is mechanical (it was on the ME that the MV is based on).



Focus won't make a difference - the MV doesn't have any autofocus mechanism. The only automatic feature on the MV is the shutter speed control - it meters the light coming through the lens and sets the speed according to the film speed setting. Does the camera still show yellow with the lens cap on? That should get you red for sure. [CORRECTION - Red is only for overexposure on the MV. On the ME, red is used to indicate over and under.] I wouldn't be surprised to get yellow speeds indoors with average film unless the lens is very fast and the light is very bright - back in my film days with the ME/ME Super, I had to use a fast 50 and 800 speed film for any kind of indoor shooting - and I would still dip into "yellow" shutter speeds very often.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-22-2019, 12:46 PM  
Help with Pentax MV Asahi
Posted By THoog
Replies: 23
Views: 1,124
I think SCC is correct - it sounds like the button batteries were dying. It's kind of amazing that they could still power the viewfinder LEDs. Taking the batteries out will not affect any exposures already on the film.

It *is* possible to use an ME/MV/MG with no batteries in 100X (Flash sync) mode using the "sunny 16 rule", but that requires some old-school light estimation skills and a lot of practice. B mode (B for "Bulb", as in old-old-school flash bulbs.) doesn't use batteries because it just holds the shutter open as long as the shutter button is pressed. I've used B for long multi-second exposures by counting the seconds out loud, but unless you are really really good at estimating fractions of a second :), it's useless for most exposures.

Side note: Asahi Optical Company (AOCo) was the name of Pentax' parent company until 2002. The model name is just Pentax MV.
Forum: Pentax KP 03-15-2019, 10:48 AM  
Any KP's with Aperture Block Failure?
Posted By THoog
Replies: 11
Views: 996
The KP does not have the same aperture block design. (But the K-70 does. Hopefully with a better solenoid.)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-14-2019, 05:56 PM  
Speculation of FF DSLR the size of KP body, is it possible?
Posted By THoog
Replies: 39
Views: 2,408
Possibly, if you give up Shake Reduction.
Probably not, because of Shake Reduction. And the KP's smaller battery, already a point of criticism, probably won't last long with a FF sensor.
The Sony proves it is possible in a body with twice as much usable volume, thanks to the MUCH shorter registration distance (18mm versus 46.45mm). If you look at this comparison, you can see how much room the A7III has behind the sensor plane, compared to the KP (the film plane mark on the KP is next to the C1 on the right mode knob).
Compare camera dimensions side by side


But YOU started by bringing the A7III into it!!! :D :D
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-13-2019, 05:20 AM  
lens id question
Posted By THoog
Replies: 12
Views: 745
This is correct - the lens ID is communicated by the 'digital' data pin, which did not exist before the 'F' series lenses. 'K' and 'M" lenses have no data pins at all, and the data pins on 'A' lenses only provide codes indicating the smallest and largest aperture the lens is capable of.
Forum: Pentax KP 03-12-2019, 11:33 AM  
Does anyone try the video mode on KP?
Posted By THoog
Replies: 25
Views: 1,833
If you are hoping that Pentax will add those video modes to the KP via firmware, that's just not possible. The video modes are built into the PRIME/Milbeaut image processor, which Pentax buys from SocioNext. Pentax designs an interface to use the built-in modes, but that is all they do. The existing 2-core Milbeaut designs don't have the processing power for 1080p60 or 1080p120 (or else SocioNext would be selling them as such). By comparison, the FujiFilm X-T3 is using a quad-core processor, probably running at a faster clock speed.
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 03-07-2019, 07:26 AM  
Sigma 24-70 2.8 EX DG HSM
Posted By THoog
Replies: 7
Views: 617
That's a common problem with Sigma lenses and some software. The only identifying data actually recorded in the EXIF is an ID number. The software guesses the lens based on the ID number and focal length. If Sigma used the same ID number in more than one lens and the focal length changes, the software may change its guess.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-25-2019, 01:06 PM  
Are there any geriatric Camera bag solutions out there? I turned 50 and....
Posted By THoog
Replies: 15
Views: 1,180
I'm 52, and have already gone the PT route for the back. Besides core strengthening, walking helps. (If I would get away from the desk and walk more, I would probably have less back problems.) When my back acts up, I reduce the kit from my photo backpack to just a mini shoulder bag and my "light" kit: a K-S1 and a couple DA Ltd lenses.

Good luck on the PT. Remember: never sass back at your Physical Therapist, and never tell them the exercises are getting easier - either way, they get creative. :eek:

:)
Forum: Pentax K-01 02-01-2019, 10:29 PM  
Happy Birthday to the K-01!
Posted By THoog
Replies: 120
Views: 18,985
It's time again! Seven years of unorthodox grips and occasionally banging the camera into your forehead!

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-31-2019, 06:28 PM  
Pentax FA 35mm f/2 flare resistance and performance on full frame?
Posted By THoog
Replies: 45
Views: 2,863
It's the lens so nice, they made it twice! :) (And then again, another second time!)

I haven't read all the threads, but has no one been pleased by the addition of a green ring? Remember the torches and pitchforks when the HD Ltds had *red* rings?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-19-2019, 12:37 PM  
Sigma 30mm 1.4 Art focus
Posted By THoog
Replies: 7
Views: 648
Have you tried center-point focus? Mine is almost entirely reliable in CP, but with any post-K-r body I've tried, if you let the camera select the focus point, it dithers between points and frequently gives up. However, with an earlier body like the K-r or K-x (which seem to have larger AF points), it works normally. There is just some kind of incompatibility with the later AF modules. I read similar complaints on non-Pentax forums when the lens came out, so it is not exclusive to the Pentax AF hardware.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-19-2018, 06:10 AM  
Macro-Wide-Ultra lens attachments - what to do with them?
Posted By THoog
Replies: 10
Views: 655
Make some steam punk goggles?
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