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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-09-2022, 10:44 PM  
Pentax KF
Posted By calsan
Replies: 425
Views: 29,526
F really stands for Flippy screen. ;)

Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-09-2022, 09:32 PM  
Sd card format
Posted By calsan
Replies: 10
Views: 517
A micro sd card in an adapter sleeve is not recommended for use in the camera.
The adapter sleeve is intended only for transferring files to a computer and is not a reliable high-speed connection.

Comprehensive SD Card Guide for Photographers - Articles and Tips |
Why You Shouldn’t Use MicroSD Cards In DSLR Or Mirrorless Cameras
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-15-2022, 10:34 PM  
New Release: Topaz Photo AI
Posted By calsan
Replies: 13
Views: 800
When I logged into the topaz site I saw this:
You are eligible for a free license of Topaz Photo AI because you own the image quality bundle with active upgrades.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-13-2022, 08:55 PM  
Pentax DA limited 21mm f3.2 and 40mm f2.8 or 20-40mm?
Posted By calsan
Replies: 24
Views: 1,615
Well, the 20-40 is weather resistant and I hear it rains sometimes in Singapore!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-09-2022, 04:15 AM  
Seeing a different color of the subject in the LCD Screen, than the actual color.
Posted By calsan
Replies: 36
Views: 1,090
Some flowers reflect light strongly in the UV spectrum (for the benefit of insects' eyesight), we can't see this but possibly it's overwhelming the sensor. I would try deliberately underexposing by 1 or more stops and seeing if the colour of the petals now looks better.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-04-2022, 11:47 PM  
K10D 1.10 Firmware
Posted By calsan
Replies: 10
Views: 637
PM sent.
Forum: General Photography 08-03-2022, 11:37 PM  
"Macro" mode for negative scanning (Pentax-F 35-70 or Pentax-A 70-210)
Posted By calsan
Replies: 57
Views: 2,188
Can you still return the scanner to Amazon (Due to poor performance?)
If I were your CFO, I would permit cash return on the scanner to be used for an old macro lens. Also, you end up owning LESS stuff with a macro lens, so that's something you could defend at a board meeting with your management.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-02-2022, 02:13 AM  
Updated Roadmap: New 100mm Macro Coming
Posted By calsan
Replies: 338
Views: 23,257
I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that they release a revamped 50mm at the same time. Much like how several other lenses have been renewed without prior announcement.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-27-2022, 11:34 PM  
Pentax Club House to open in Yotsuya, Tokyo
Posted By calsan
Replies: 131
Views: 9,670
If anyone wishes to find the Club House, here is a link to the location on google maps:
Pentax Club House
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-25-2022, 09:55 PM  
which HDMI cable for Pentax 645z?
Posted By calsan
Replies: 3
Views: 397
The HDMIport on your laptop would be an output port. i.e. to output the video from the computer to an external monitor.
Connecting a HDMI cable from the camera to the laptop won't display anything on the laptop's monitor. You can plug the camera directly into a monitor, but this just mirrors what you can see on the back of the camera.

If you want to remote control the camera (tether), you need to do it by the usb port, but at the risk that with 99% inevitably, someone will trip over / pull the cord the wrong way and damage the usb port on the camera, as they're small and flimsy. Or simply send the camera, laptop or both flying... Wi-Fi may be an option.

Maybe search the forums for "645 tethering" and see what's recommended.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-24-2022, 09:32 PM  
Crumpler business woes
Posted By calsan
Replies: 13
Views: 1,060
It now looks like they're making a back to basics resurrection. Store is mostly online / facebook, but there are now brick and mortar stores in Singapore, Melbourne and Sydney.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-08-2022, 08:31 PM  
Pentax O-GPS2
Posted By calsan
Replies: 37
Views: 5,255
The offical page says that the difference is GLONASS and Galileo satellites can now be received in addtion to the satellites supported in the previous model, which was GPS and QZSS.

In all likelyhood the chip will be faster to detect satellites also, but they don't say this...
Forum: General Photography 06-01-2022, 11:33 PM  
My Scale Models Gallery website
Posted By calsan
Replies: 14
Views: 808
747 is my favourite...
Forum: General Photography 05-02-2022, 07:03 PM  
This must be a simple fix. Pentax K-30
Posted By calsan
Replies: 15
Views: 1,103
If you can get an external flash there is more you can do than just light up everything in boring whiteness. You can do trailing curtain sync, front curtain sync and other fancy stuff. So you can have a combined sharp photo with ghostly trails that shows movement. Also keeps the colours ambient rather than the washed out look you can get with the internal flash. This is with the AF360 aimed at the ceiling and trailing curtain sync so the subject has trails leading to their final location when the flash fired. It's a bit hit and miss but it's possible to both capture the fun by showing movement and avoid the faces being blurry.
-- Also, being transparent is very slimming, so people like the pictures you do like this. ha ha
Forum: General Photography 05-01-2022, 08:48 PM  
This must be a simple fix. Pentax K-30
Posted By calsan
Replies: 15
Views: 1,103
Always do a quick zoom in and check your results if you're taking photos in a new setting or if there isn't much light. Don't assume that everything is going OK and then have the whole event ruined.

Better to take a noisy or undexposed photo than a blurry one.
As mentioned above, if it looks like you're going to get blur, don't be afraid to increase your ISO or decrease the exposure as a quick solution. Shooting in RAW will also allow you a lot of detail recovery opportunity on the computer.
Software such as Topaz DeNoise can go the extra mile to save a photo if RAW processing alone wasn't enough. Somewhere on pentax forums is a link offering a discount on Topaz software.

Found the link:
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-27-2022, 04:54 PM  
Favorite Digital Camera Manufacturer
Posted By calsan
Replies: 8
Views: 4,216
Translate produced this gem:


😄 I guess that means the fans appreciate Pentax NOT going mirrorless?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-04-2022, 01:29 AM  
K10D Pentax yellow flashing
Posted By calsan
Replies: 8
Views: 631
Are you using a lens with an aperture ring? It might be bumped off A and onto f/22, which could explain the underexposure.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-21-2022, 12:13 AM  
Thematic Guess the object/subject
Posted By calsan
Replies: 40
Views: 1,043
Everyone has said a brush of some sort, so I'm going to go left-field:

Is it some sort of really thin noodles?
Somthing in my mind thinks I've seen something like that in an Asian food shop... ha ha
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 03-13-2022, 12:55 AM  
Best vintage wideangle lens to adapt?
Posted By calsan
Replies: 20
Views: 1,321
Is the adaptation process reversible?

It would be a shame to think that Pentax alone has kept their mount consistent for nearly 50 years and even still supports m42, yet all the old pentax glass may be irreversibly converted off brand. 🥺
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-03-2022, 12:24 AM  
Six different versions of the Pentax K-3 Mark III
Posted By calsan
Replies: 451
Views: 36,263
K3ii was released in 2015 so K3 had only two years of glory. (Unless not changing the sensor doesn't count as a new camera model.) Annoyingly, I somehow contrive to buy the body that gets replaced almost straight away, which is then followed by a much improved model that doesn't get upgraded for years.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-19-2022, 01:06 AM  
Focus issues: solutions?
Posted By calsan
Replies: 50
Views: 2,312
Oh right - thanks Ian!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-19-2022, 12:19 AM  
Focus issues: solutions?
Posted By calsan
Replies: 50
Views: 2,312
OK - my take:
As above - need an example picture to see the problem.

You said you had a Split-prism focusing screen - so you are not using the original Pentax AF (autofocus) matte screens? The AF might be affected by this if the screens are not Pentax brand and not designed for an auto focus camera.

How 'Zoomed In' are you when looking at pictures? Nothing looks perfect at 100% pixel peeping but will print out just fine.

Does the auto focus problem exist only indoors? I get this idea as the camera works with the red light from the flash unit.
Tungsten lights and flourescent lights aren't anywhere near to matching daylight wavelengths. In particular earlier AF cameras will not handle indoor lighting well and the solution is to stop down a bit to hedge your bets on the focal range. You have to test autofocus outdoors in daylight because that's the lighting the camera is designed for. The K-3 was the first Pentax that seems to perform OK with indoor light focusing.

Anyway, post some examples to give everyone a shot at diagnosing.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-14-2021, 06:22 PM  
Sticky: 15% off ANY Topaz Post-Processing Plugin - Exclusive PF Coupon Code!
Posted By calsan
Replies: 31
Views: 28,630
Coupon still working 15 Nov 2021. Thanks Adam!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-17-2021, 07:24 PM  
Eye Cups, blurred view finder, and general cleaning
Posted By calsan
Replies: 10
Views: 760
My guess is the viewfinder matte has been touched. Once someone touches the matte, it's ruined. Both because it's extremely soft and fragile and also because any oil from fingers will get in the delicate ridges.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-27-2021, 08:19 PM  
K3ll Problem
Posted By calsan
Replies: 10
Views: 667
Check the custom setting menu. There is a menu for LCD panel illumination. I don't have my camera in front of me, but I Think there are different brightness levels apart from just off and on... I could be wrong though...
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