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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-17-2022, 03:06 PM  
SMC FA 35mm lens won't open up when stopped down/replacement?
Posted By pentaxian_tmb
Replies: 2
Views: 344
Having an issue with my SMC FA 35mm lens....After taking a picture with Auto aperture , the lens aperture will not open up unless I manually move the aperture ring back and forth back to auto?

Any idea what would cause this? Something fixable? If not, what is the modern equivalent for a replacement, as the price of this lens seems to have gone through the roof?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-05-2022, 09:19 AM  
Help with upcoming portraits?
Posted By pentaxian_tmb
Replies: 45
Views: 2,072
Well, the in-laws were happy with the way they turned out, so I guess that is all that matters. Thanks again to everyone for the thoughtful tips, advice, and encouragement.
Forum: Pentax K-01 06-28-2022, 01:57 PM  
Reasons you love the K01 ?
Posted By pentaxian_tmb
Replies: 31
Views: 1,949
The only camera that The Empire approves of:

K-01stormtrooper by T_MB, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 06-28-2022, 01:50 PM  
Post Your K5IIs Pictures Here!
Posted By pentaxian_tmb
Replies: 2,779
Views: 468,160
IMGP6388 by T_MB, on Flickr
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 06-28-2022, 01:45 PM  
Weekly Challenge #582 - Scenic Nature Landscape
Posted By pentaxian_tmb
Replies: 13
Views: 695
Tough to choose just one. But, as this one has actually been ON my wall for quite some time, I will submit this:
AlbertaFalls_DxO1 by T_MB, on Flickr


Alberta Falls, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA. 2015


Ricoh IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. GR
18.3 mm f/2.8
ƒ/16.0 18.3 mm 1/5 100
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-26-2022, 07:21 PM  
People Berry Good
Posted By pentaxian_tmb
Replies: 2
Views: 179
IMGP6388 by T_MB, on Flickr
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-20-2022, 07:45 PM  
Help with upcoming portraits?
Posted By pentaxian_tmb
Replies: 45
Views: 2,072
Well....How did I do? After some test pics with my kids in the living room, I decided that was not going to work, so we did them in church. I experimented with using the bounce, going vertical with the white card, and going straight on with the diffuser hood. I know they are not balanced "ideally" as I should have had the two dudes on the end stacked in the back. And I got some glare from the flash on everyone's glasses....but they aren't paying me, so I am not spending an hour in post pixel mapping those out. I know its not professional, but, hopefully not terrible. --I get really self-conscious and nervous taking portraits, and having a bunch of squabbling people, energetic kids--all of whom lack much patience does not make for a fun time. I think I had a total of 10 minutes to get this "right"

Oh...and I am also in the pics---using a wireless shutter release behind my back for added fun.

IMGP6308_2 by T_MB, on Flickr

IMGP6309_FInal by T_MB, on Flickr

IMGP6276 by T_MB, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-20-2022, 11:31 AM  
Thematic Infrared Photography - Post your "invisible world" pictures here
Posted By pentaxian_tmb
Replies: 38
Views: 6,270
I have a K100DSuper gathering dust that I am considering have converted to IR. Worth it?
Forum: Pentax K-01 06-20-2022, 09:52 AM  
Reasons you love the K01 ?
Posted By pentaxian_tmb
Replies: 31
Views: 1,949
I never found the ergos "terrible." Then again, I don't shoot it like a dslr. I grasp it with my fingers underneath and use the thumb on the shutter
Forum: Pentax K-01 06-20-2022, 09:50 AM  
Date counter zeros out after every shutoff--even with full battery
Posted By pentaxian_tmb
Replies: 13
Views: 690
My K-01 has started zeroing out the date back to 2012, everytime I turn it off, even with a fully charged battery? Any fix, or is it dying?
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 06-16-2022, 06:38 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #581 -- Grass
Posted By pentaxian_tmb
Replies: 16
Views: 827
Not nearly as nice as what has already been posted, but my meager contribution thus:

R0000744_1 by T_MB, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-16-2022, 07:03 AM  
Landscape Solitude
Posted By pentaxian_tmb
Replies: 2
Views: 120
Solitude by T_MB, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 06-14-2022, 01:48 PM  
What does it really take to create a mirrorless camera?
Posted By pentaxian_tmb
Replies: 75
Views: 9,493
I had an MX-1 for a bit. There was a lot I didn't like about it. One thing I did like was the tilt screen. As a short person, I particularly liked being able to hold it above my head, frame and shoot. Same for shooting at waist level. Much different reaction on the street staring down into your lap vs kneeling with a big camera in your face---of course that was before everyone was recording everything on their phones.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-06-2022, 10:39 PM  
Help with upcoming portraits?
Posted By pentaxian_tmb
Replies: 45
Views: 2,072
I think a long night with the manual and $75 for 8 eneloops, a charger, and a diffuser softbox is a good plan.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-06-2022, 09:10 PM  
Help with upcoming portraits?
Posted By pentaxian_tmb
Replies: 45
Views: 2,072
So it seems I am just a moron. Turns out the camera flash comp was set to -2 and EC to -1. Also didn't have the flash set up right...although after going through the manual 10x, I am still not sure I do. I can't seem to get the 'format' set to digital per the manual...it only lets me cycle through the manual formats and then defaults to 35mm. Its now set to autozoom, but the manual says autozoom is supposed to be at 16mm
for a digital camera, and mine screen reads 70mm or 48mm.... not sure how to fix that. Also have no clue when/if i should be using the compensation number using the s button vs on camera. Here is a shot of its current settings

https://drscdn.500px.org/photo/1049311903/m%3D256/v2?sig=5a22cf8c881d8993fda...c099b51032009e

https://drscdn.500px.org/photo/1049312049/m%3D900/v2?sig=f022741a9190afca9e7...fce3a27bfbf833
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-06-2022, 06:09 PM  
Help with upcoming portraits?
Posted By pentaxian_tmb
Replies: 45
Views: 2,072
Now i am just really confused and have decision paralysis. The godox v1 seems very nice but its expensive and wonder if its overkil for a couple of eventd. The v860 looks intetesting as does the yunguo mentioned, but not clear if they can be triggered with my af360.
Forum: Pentax Q 06-06-2022, 11:45 AM  
Is the Q still relevant?
Posted By pentaxian_tmb
Replies: 27
Views: 1,418
I had a first-gen Q that I sold to help fund a ricoh GR. Thinking about picking up a used Q10. Are Qs still relevant/useful in today's world? I never kept up on the differences in the newer models. Any advantage the 10 has over the 7?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-05-2022, 09:50 PM  
The K20D Club
Posted By pentaxian_tmb
Replies: 574
Views: 102,903
Sold mine to fund the K-5ii. For some reason i like my older results from my K20D.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-05-2022, 10:35 AM  
Help with upcoming portraits?
Posted By pentaxian_tmb
Replies: 45
Views: 2,072
Problem is that my inlaws house is an older, smaller house with poor lighting and just one huge picture window that faces a street lined by trees.....so it is a very challenging environment. I have been shooting family pictures in there--birthdays, christmas, mothers/fathers day for 15 years--both handheld candids and large group shots-- and have yet to achieve a nice nice exposure that doesn't need to be fixed in post--esp hard to get it uncluttered with group shots because I wind up with three rows of people (sitting on the floor, sitting in chairs, and standing), that are jammed between the sofa and the table by the picture window.


Here is an example of the general craptastic and challenging lighting conditions in the main room at my inlaws.

IMGP5768 by T_MB, on Flickr


I have been able to get some decent up close shots if there is good daylight and using a flash

R0000592 by T_MB, on Flickr


But large group shots are nigh well impossible in here---but its the only space I have to work with.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-05-2022, 09:35 AM  
Lets see Bridges
Posted By pentaxian_tmb
Replies: 2,468
Views: 233,424
R0000582 by T_MB, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-05-2022, 09:34 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By pentaxian_tmb
Replies: 25,912
Views: 1,960,991
R0000582 by T_MB, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-05-2022, 09:28 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By pentaxian_tmb
Replies: 25,912
Views: 1,960,991
R0000693 by T_MB, on Flickr
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-05-2022, 06:38 AM  
Help with upcoming portraits?
Posted By pentaxian_tmb
Replies: 45
Views: 2,072
Thanks. I also noticed there are some nice used AF 540s out there. The Godox looks really nice. Worried about learning it in a couple of weeks.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-04-2022, 08:24 PM  
Help with upcoming portraits?
Posted By pentaxian_tmb
Replies: 45
Views: 2,072
That looks like a good deal, but is the exact opposite of what I am going for.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-04-2022, 08:12 PM  
Help with upcoming portraits?
Posted By pentaxian_tmb
Replies: 45
Views: 2,072
Thank everyone. I think I may just try the Godox V1 and diffuser dome. I have never really been happy with the way the AF-360 works on my K5ii---it works pretty good on my RIcog GR, but I never get enough coverage with it on the K5 for some reason. Plus the damn battery door is always flopping off and it eats batteries like crazy.
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