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Forum: Pentax K-3 10-08-2019, 08:29 PM  
Possible focusing issues with k-3?
Posted By Murfy
Replies: 11
Views: 640
Yes it was both. It was lens creep. My 18-135 was sliding down after I focused it. I need a new lens-either replacing or getting another one. It’s pretty “well loved” and I think it just started because I never noticed it before.

I think I just happened to have another separate issue with the 100mm but since I cleaned off the contacts everything seems fine with that lens.
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-05-2019, 08:57 PM  
Possible focusing issues with k-3?
Posted By Murfy
Replies: 11
Views: 640
I actually do that often. It does make a difference, I think like mentioned above, It might have been lens creep. Because the 100mm lens I used after focused well, like every shot was in focus, it would just hunt and then not refocus.

---------- Post added 10-05-19 at 11:59 PM ----------



I put it on bulb mode and wipe the sensor, which is a little bump to the front and bottom of the lens opening. Bump being the technical term ;-)
It’s pointed out in the manual I believe

---------- Post added 10-06-19 at 12:05 AM ----------



I am thinking it was lens creep now. I noticed the longer 12 sec timer images were worse, so I think it might have been creeping down during the timer? I have never experienced that before so it did not occur to me, at the time. I will try a rubber band!
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-04-2019, 04:53 PM  
Possible focusing issues with k-3?
Posted By Murfy
Replies: 11
Views: 640
Someone else suggested cleaning the lens contacts so I may try cleaning those and seeing if anything is on the sensor. Thanks!
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-04-2019, 04:19 PM  
Possible focusing issues with k-3?
Posted By Murfy
Replies: 11
Views: 640
I had some weird issues out of the blue today (I thought everything worked fine yesterday, so it was frustrating me today to say the least)

So first issue: I was taking photos on a tripod using live view. exposure, time was like between 1-6 seconds, Stabilization was off, I was using focus highlighting. Used the timer so there was no movement. Only like 1 out of every 4 or 5 photos was in focus. I tried manual and auto focus, I tried live view and through viewfinder. I fiddled with micro adjustments for a long time. I could not figure out what was making it not be in focus. I thought maybe the lens was moving after I focused it? I was using the k3 with the 18-135. I have had the set for 5 years, never experienced such difficulty. I was thinking I was going crazy and it must be something simple. Live view had the areas highlighted, took a photo and nothing that was highlighted was in focus. The table was focused, but I went through every micro adjustment and it did not seem to make a difference. I was photographing jewelry setting on a table. The ones in focus turned out great.

So after getting frustrated, I just decided to take it off the tripod, switch lens to the 100mm macro and go outside. Nearly every photo was in a focus, but a few were missed which is unusual, for this lens, to me, but far more where in focus than the 18-135. However it would randomly just go way out of focus, like hunt and miss, but what would happen would it would "lock" it seemed. If I moved the camera and focused on something far away, it would just make the "whirring" sound like it was trying to focus but it wouldn't move. I would have to turn to manual focus, physically move the lens, turn it back to auto and then it would focus. In the end I just used manual focus. Which at least worked here - it did not work earlier on the 18-135 consistently. I had this lens for a few years now and never had it hunt for focus so much nor get stuck out of focus.

So is this a focusing issue with k-3? Or am I having just one of those moments that I forgot to do something simple? I find it hard to believe I have 2 lenses malfunctioning at the same time? (the 18-135 has taken a beating so I could believe that has issues, but it was fine yesterday using the tripod)

Anyone have insight?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-13-2019, 07:49 AM  
Cactus specific help rx60 flash and v6 triggers
Posted By Murfy
Replies: 1
Views: 432
I can't delete this thread and I feel dumb. LOL I was missing something simple: My firmware didn't match the flash.
It works now, 2.1.001 firmware on v6 needs the 2.04 on the flash. I had V61.A.003 on the trigger. I feel stupid but I will post for other people to check in case they have the same issue.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-13-2019, 06:08 AM  
Cactus specific help rx60 flash and v6 triggers
Posted By Murfy
Replies: 1
Views: 432
I just purchased a used rx60 cactus flash from adorama which was in E+ condition. It looks brand new. I have 2 cactus v6 triggers I have been using for years with my nikon sb800 and pentax k3. The nikon flash and v6 work perfectly. I bought the rf60 to have another flash and not need to buy an additional trigger.

the cactus flash works on camera on the pentax, it also works if I stick it on a v6 trigger and trigger it with the 2nd trigger, but I can’t get the v6 trigger to make the flash itself work at all.

I did a factory reset on flash, updated all firmware for both, triple checked the group and channels, tried different channels, made sure flash was in S mode, etc, but it seems like the built in transceiver doesn’t work? How can I check if that is defective? Or am I missing something really simple?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-12-2019, 02:37 PM  
Looking to add additional flash, new to OCF
Posted By Murfy
Replies: 7
Views: 659
I just wanted to update that I found a cactus rf60 used and purchased that so I didn't need to add another v6 transceiver (v6 is on sale at cactus right now for $42 though, but this saved me $42)
This is just for me to practice mostly, but this flash is BIG! LOL.
HSS will have to wait.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-08-2019, 06:38 AM  
Looking to add additional flash, new to OCF
Posted By Murfy
Replies: 7
Views: 659
I want to expand into fine art portrait - environmental and studio - just wanting to learn right now.

I found a few Af360 flashes used that seemed a pretty good price and I may just get one of those. I don't need HSS but I wanted it as a option to see how/when I would need to use it. I may never actually use it.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-07-2019, 12:53 PM  
Looking to add additional flash, new to OCF
Posted By Murfy
Replies: 7
Views: 659
I am just working with OFC a little bit and I have a pentax k3 and cactus v6 and Nikon SB800. I have been able to get those to work fine and use the flash manually and get looks I want but I wanted to add a second flash and I am overwhelmed and confused and I wanted to make sure I was understanding the way they all work or don't work together

So my options I think would be a Pentax flash, The Godox tt 350p and Yongnuo 585. Are there others?

I was leaning toward the godox - so I can use HSS and P-TTL while mounted on camera - but the cactus will not control it at all? I would need to get the godox xprop to use it? (I am considering this if I move into AD200) and then I can't use the godox to control the nikon unless I get x1 trigger for the nikon flash? I just want to know if I have that right

The Yongnuo 585 is manual so I can use the cactus for that but I would have to create a profile?
Is there another good set up or option I can consider?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-25-2017, 10:50 AM  
DXO acquires Nik Collection from Google
Posted By Murfy
Replies: 26
Views: 2,208
hmmm, interesting.... I guess I will wait about a year or so and see what pans out with Luminar and DxO, both seem like they have some cool stuff in the future
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-20-2017, 07:02 AM  
Lightroom "Classic"
Posted By Murfy
Replies: 159
Views: 9,843
I was surprised, Capture One does keep crop and rotation, white balance, saturation and metadata and a few more things. There some edits that did not come over, but the majority of my work came over with the same edits.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-19-2017, 03:45 PM  
Lightroom "Classic"
Posted By Murfy
Replies: 159
Views: 9,843
I just saw this, thanks. I figured out the importing on my own and was very impressed it could pull in the Lightroom database with collections, I don't believe that was an option before

I may have the pricing wrong (and I edited my earlier post to remove it), as I saw $119 but then later saw a $229 price, so now I am confused as to where I saw the $119 price.

I also see Luminar is getting into DAM with a 2018 release, though I wasn't too found of it when I got a trial version last year.

I have been playing with Capture one trials for a while now, this is just going to give me the push to actually buy the software. I actually set up a preset to change my images in Lightroom to look like capture one when imported, and did go through a few tutorials, just never pulled the trigger on the purchase.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-19-2017, 03:29 PM  
Lightroom "Classic"
Posted By Murfy
Replies: 159
Views: 9,843
I downloaded a trial to Capture One and it looks like many updates have been made (or maybe I didn't notice before) You can upload a Lightroom catalog and it will retain the collections, which was my biggest concern when switching software.

I also just read Luminar will be getting an asset manager as part of its update next year, at a final price of under $70.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-18-2017, 01:12 PM  
Lightroom "Classic"
Posted By Murfy
Replies: 159
Views: 9,843
Yep that was my question I guess, if the xmp data could be used for something like Capture1. Ugh all those files, I have lots of experiments on duplicated images.

My organization was entirely based on using keywords to create smart collections, so I guess I would need to keyword all the files I import into another catalog program. Well off to see what other options there are. :fedup:

Edit: so looking into other programs - digikam pulls in keywords - for jpg only of course, however it's a nice start to have keywords already. Capture one will pull in Lightroom collections, but not smart collections. I convert all my smart collections to collections and then just pull in the lightroom database. So switching doesn't look too daunting when I decide to do it.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-18-2017, 12:31 PM  
Lightroom "Classic"
Posted By Murfy
Replies: 159
Views: 9,843
Yeah that is why I stuck with them, Little liars 😤

For those that switched from Lightroom, did you lose your edits? I don't want to use the subscription service either and I am kinda peeved about this, but what keeps me to L6 now is the files that I go back and duplicate and tweak but don't export. So, probably going to lose all that and my keywording?
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 09-13-2017, 03:56 PM  
live view sound after camera being repaired
Posted By Murfy
Replies: 3
Views: 585
It seems to have died down, no more "popcorn" or knocking sound when turning it on. Hopefully that is it for the noise.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 09-13-2017, 07:10 AM  
live view sound after camera being repaired
Posted By Murfy
Replies: 3
Views: 585
I got my k-3 back from Precision about a week ago. I had focus issues and on the notes of the ticket, it said:
af unit and associated items repair,
main flex circuit and cpu repair,
af test, refocus and realignment.

description of parts used:
AF Unit and associated parts

So, today was the first day I used in live view, (used it in the last week with viewfinder) and it sounded like popcorn popping inside the camera, and I could feel something moving around in the camera, knocking against the sides. In the 4 years I have had the camera, I have never noticed that sound before while in live view (or at all). I am assuming it is the stabilization inside the camera, would that be correct? Is it normal to be that loud or did something happen during the repair?
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 09-02-2017, 09:10 AM  
typical turnaround time for Precision?
Posted By Murfy
Replies: 2
Views: 593
I just checked today and it says out of repair and in transient. I was a little worried it would be sitting there a long time. I miss my camera :D
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 09-01-2017, 06:51 AM  
typical turnaround time for Precision?
Posted By Murfy
Replies: 2
Views: 593
I sent my K-3 in on Aug 23th for focus issues (from being dropped) and have not heard anything since. I checked online and it has just said "in repair" since it got there on the 25th. How long does it typically take for repairs and will they contact me or just send it back without updating anything online?
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 08-25-2017, 02:57 PM  
Negative scanner
Posted By Murfy
Replies: 14
Views: 1,540
I just did all my old negatives from college with the Epson V600. It was good enough to do an 8x10 print in black and white, but i did not try anything larger. I also did about 800 family slides with it, and some color negatives. for the price, the quality wasn't bad. It was good, but I just think there is a limit to how well flatbed scanners can do. I would have preferred a film scanner but it was outside my price range. Depending on what you want to do with final scan (print 8x10 or large prints, digital only, etc), it may be good enough for your needs.
Forum: Pentax K-70 08-15-2017, 06:45 AM  
K-70 thrills and disappointments
Posted By Murfy
Replies: 10
Views: 2,350
thank you, my K-3 needs repair and trying to decide to repair t or just spend a few hundred more and buy a k-70. Lower ISO is so tempting. The LCD screen looks nice. I think this review may sway me towards the k-70. I know it's a downgrade from K-3, but for my needs, it seems fine.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-15-2017, 06:21 AM  
K-1 fell and now has focus problem
Posted By Murfy
Replies: 8
Views: 794
I have a K-3 I dropped like that and had focusing issues ever since. I never fixed it, just changed fine tune adjustment, which worked at the time, with a lot of adjustment, now it doesn't work at all. At this point, I am just going to buy a new K-70 I think. Precision camera and also KEH give around $300 for adjusting camera to factory specs, if it needs more repair, and you don't want to pay it, I know KEH will ship it back unfixed for just shipping costs.
I am using me as an example, just get it fixed right away :-)
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-30-2017, 04:20 PM  
Bright Beach Photo help
Posted By Murfy
Replies: 21
Views: 1,926
My first thought is I am assuming the point and shoot cameras apply some type of dynamic range setting and maybe that setting needs to be changed on the K50?

Otherwise, It is a big range, so you are going to have to make a compromise. What I do is spot meter the shadows, spot meter the sky, take a few shots in between those readings. Decide which is best and tweak in lightroom. It would be the same in the darkroom, sometimes you need to dodge and burn to fix highlights or shadows. I prefer to shot that way, but you can do bracketing and set up the stops and see which you prefer too.

Beach scenes and snowy days are always a problem!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 05-27-2017, 01:55 PM  
Hello form Maryland
Posted By Murfy
Replies: 4
Views: 380
Hi, Another marylander here. I use k-3. I do a mix of macro, lanscapes, fine art.
Forum: General Photography 01-29-2017, 04:57 PM  
Whats your Instagram?
Posted By Murfy
Replies: 149
Views: 10,273
Been using gramblr for probably close to 2 years and never been blocked. yes against TOC, but not a huge issue getting blocked.
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