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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-16-2019, 04:55 AM  
Kaptivating K-Mount Traveling K1000
Posted By nomolas
Replies: 469
Views: 75,463
So, final roll from the K1000 for me. I've added snaps on Flickr but this is the reason to use film, look at the reflections in the Volvo here!

Volvo PV 544 at Galejan, Skansen by John Lundhgren, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-13-2019, 03:20 AM  
Latest LR update - is Pentax excluded?
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 37
Views: 4,958
To quote Matt Kloskowski : "it's for pixel peepers". Or perhaps when you print very large, but even then there are better (image stacking) techniques to get a higher (and more accurate) resolution if you know up front you're going to be printing large. Matt did a little demo in his new features youtube video, and he actually had to zoom in 4:1 to see the artefacts the "enhance detail" improved on.

Forum: Pentax K-3 11-07-2018, 03:12 PM  
Clustered focus points
Posted By pschlute
Replies: 7
Views: 1,407
Agree that the best way to focus on a tripod is in manual focus mode in LV. Press the OK button and you will see a 100% zoom image on the screen. Use the arrows to move the view so it shows the object you want to be in focus.

This beats autofocus by a country mile every time.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-27-2018, 08:42 AM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By Chris Mak
Replies: 2,451
Views: 199,599
Good news!!
A K1 level APS-C with the new AF algorithms and a new SAFOX AF module would be a big step forwards for Pentax. Why they not simply said so at Photokina, is very hard to understand. "Not too distant future" and "look for an APS-C offering" is the first really affirmative positive news on a new APS-C flagship for years.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-17-2018, 11:54 PM  
What is the purpose of TAv Mode on Pentax DSLRS?
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 31
Views: 5,105
I wonder if you have discovered the Pentax Hyper System-

When in P mode, if you'd rather have a different shutter speed or aperture than what the camera has chosen, just use your thumb or finger dial and select what you want, simple as that! First click freezes current value, subsequent clicks change value. This switches the camera into Tv or Av mode instantly without your having to first use the mode dial and then select your change. Very fast and efficient. A touch of the green button restores full Program operation. (Pentax Hyper Program)

When in Manual mode, you can use the green button to instantly set meter-centered exposure without having to twirl the finger and thumb dials in the usual manner. Then go from there. Especially fast when taking spot meter readings around a scene. After hitting the green button and getting your metered exposure, if you then prefer a different shutter speed or aperture, first hit the AE-L button and as you make your change, the other (aperture or shutter speed) will follow along to preserve the metered exposure. (Pentax Hyper Manual)

Another point: it is a good idea to implement Fine Sharpening for both the default "Bright" and the "Natural" categories in the Custom Image menus. Then leave your camera back on "Bright" for general use after making these adjustments. The sharpening level is already up by one notch by default in "Bright" and adding the Fine Sharpening brings greater fine detail in mages. You could also raise the sharpening level up one notch for "Natural" as well if desired, besides adding the FS.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 04-05-2018, 06:08 AM  
Hood options?
Replies: 10
Views: 1,232
Rubber hoods are cheap, inelegant, and 100% effective*. Go to: - Offical Site. The world's largest seller of Camera Adapter Rings. and you may find one sufficiently large to fit the threads of your 105mm normal lens, and dirt cheap as well. If you want to go fancier, less convenient, and spend more money you might try one of the bendable sheet-style lens shades = not really a hood. Go to B&H and search under lens hoods and you'll eventually find them.

*Metal hoods are elegant, expensive, they can get dented, and the paint can chip off around the rim causing reflections. Newer plastic bayonet-mount plastic hoods are not generally available for legacy lenses that have only filter threads for mounting a hood. Thread-on tulip-shaped plastic hoods are available. These hoods can rotate after mounting to get the "petals" of the tulip correctly oriented. Rigid plastic hoods can crack and like metal hoods are more difficult to fit into a camera bag or pocket than a collapsible rubber hood. There are some rigid hoods - usually metal - that fix on using a thumb screw, but these are generally only available for big telephotos (some exceptions: the 28mm f3.5 Takumar came with a rectangular hood that attached with a thumb screw). Best emergency hood = a hat with a broad brim, 100% effective and most convenient if you're using a tripod and cable release. Compendium (bellows) hoods are strictly for tripod-mounted cameras and very deliberate picture-taking. Their use today probably has more to do with nostalgia than with being a more effective "professional" method, although one compendium hood can be used for lenses from very wide to extreme telephoto..

Overall, collapsible rubber hoods are the most sensible thing to buy and use, but psychology insists that more expensive options, especially if made-by-my-camera-brand, must be better.
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-25-2017, 04:18 AM  
Add your best K-01 photos here
Posted By fwcetus
Replies: 3,689
Views: 660,054
Yes -- converted to IR by Isaac Szabo.
Forum: Pentax KP 11-06-2017, 07:49 AM  
KP and 16-85
Posted By northcoastgreg
Replies: 23
Views: 4,160
I've used the KP and the DA 16-85. Balance is fine either with the largest grip or with the largest grip + battery grip.

Incidentally, the KP with the largest grip doesn't feel significantly different than, say, the K-5 or other Pentax DSLRs. I find it eminently comfortable.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-24-2017, 06:55 AM  
Pz-1p/ z-1p
Posted By timw4mail
Replies: 6
Views: 1,051
Yes, they are different regional model names for the same camera.

And the Z-1/PZ-1 is a different camera..
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-28-2017, 06:07 AM  
Kodak Tri-X 400 or T-Max 400?
Posted By 08amczb
Replies: 15
Views: 1,901
T-Max has finer grain so it has higher resolution wich makes sharper images. I consider the resolution boost marginal in small prints. It needs care and accuracy at developping.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-18-2017, 08:40 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By Bonner04
Replies: 20,830
Views: 2,635,109
February 11, 2017
Riverside, California
Pentax MZ-3, Pentax SMC P-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited, Kodak Portra 400 NC
Fuji Frontier SP-3000 Scanner

P.S. Shortly after this I "lost" this camera to a plastic mirror return motor gear... :-(

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-24-2017, 02:41 PM  
Spotmatic F battery question
Posted By gofour3
Replies: 31
Views: 25,105
Correct, I never use any camera battery that is not Silver Oxide.

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-06-2017, 06:21 PM  
Well...just won a KX
Posted By stevebrot
Replies: 41
Views: 2,313
Pretty much, that is how it works for M42 adapted on your KX, though you have to open the aperture back up to prepare for the next shot. In practice, it works closer to this:
  1. A/M switch in A position

  2. Frame and focus

  3. Switch to M position

  4. Meter exposure

  5. Take photo

  6. Switch to A position

  7. Repeat as desired, skipping step #4, until either light or subject changes

The key to shooting quick and easy with a manual exposure camera is to only meter once per setup and to have an auto-aperture lens. Case in point would be the photo below, taken with a Pentax SV. I had taken incident light readings a few minutes before and set the aperture and shutter speed from them. As I was taking a few photos of the back of Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood, Oregon I noticed out of the corner of my eye that a couple of snowboarders were coming up close on my left. I swung around, framed, focused and pulled off three shots as they were passing...yes, with a fully manual meterless camera. I could just as well have been using my KX with a Pentax-K 28/3.5.

Pentax SV, Super-Takumar 28/3.5, Rollei Retro 100 shot at EI 160 developed in Edwal FG-7 1+15

He was actually fairly close, but appears small courtesy of the ST 28/3.5 :) And yes, the negative was properly exposed courtesy of the incident light reading. No exposure compensation required.

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-31-2017, 03:09 PM  
Well...just won a KX
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 41
Views: 2,313
Start with a couple of rolls of the cheapest name-brand colour print film you can find. Kodak Gold 200 is quite alright, and is a good balance between speed and quality of image - especially if you don't want to be stuck shooting in the realm of 1/1000 and f/22 whenever you are in bright sunlight.

I'm sure the nice folks at B&H will both sell them to you and recommend a good place (perhaps B&H itself) that can get them processed with all due speed.

I would put at least one roll through and get it processed ASAP before I sent the camera anywhere. This will let you know exactly what (if anything) might be out of kilter and enable you to let Eric know if there are specific issues that demand his attention.

It will also let you know just how serious you are about all this BEFORE you send the camera off for CLA. If after a roll or two you go YES, I MUST GO ON DOING THIS FOREVER, TAKE MY MONEY B&H!! then it's CLA time; if you go "Meh, that was okay for a bit of fun, but digital's more my thing," you know where to stop, cut your losses, and sell the gear on. Someone on the forums is bound to buy it from you sooner or later.
Forum: Pentax K-01 12-04-2016, 03:36 PM  
Add your best K-01 photos here
Posted By kjphilippona
Replies: 3,689
Views: 660,054
That is one crazy photo !!!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-01-2016, 07:23 PM  
Who likes their Flu cards?
Posted By amoringello
Replies: 19
Views: 1,838
I hated FluCard since you cannot transfer files to the computer (other than saving from the Browser).
Sadly, EyeFi is no longer supporting their EyeFi cards. And the Mobi cards constantly give my cameras errors.

So I wrote a quick little Python program to transfer files form the FluCard to a folder on my Desktop/Laptop so they can be auto-imported into Lightroom,
Now I am happy with Flu Card.
Also mildly happy with K1, as I wrote a program to do that as well... only issue is the K1 WiFi is so SLOW!

I posted these in another thread, but if you have Python and want to use FluCard or K1 with Lightroom (or just transfer files to your Desktop/Laptop), you can try these.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 04-08-2016, 04:52 AM  
Amazon: Sigma 8-16 NEW!!
Posted By normhead
Replies: 16
Views: 4,046
Tess says we'll be on the next plane out. I hope you like border collies. They love swimming.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-27-2016, 01:19 PM  
Nik software plug-ins: which benefit over LR?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 18
Views: 2,296
I adjust the following in Lightroom before using any plug-ins:

White Balance
Blacks / Whites
Highlights/ Shadows
Color Noise Reduction (always the default 25 for me - I find LR6 colour noise reduction to beat any of the other apps & plug-ins hands down)
Luminance Noise Reduction (zero if I'm going to use Dfine 2 - otherwise adjusted to suit)
Sharpening (zero if I'm going to use Sharpener Pro: RAW pre-sharpener, otherwise adjusted to suit)
Lens Corrections (lens profile corrections, horizon and verticals and distortion fine adjustments)
Camera Profile to ensure colour reproduction is accurate

I also crop in LR6.

Once I've got these right, I move on to the plug-ins or Photoshop Elements, if required (often, I just stick with my LR6 developed image and leave it at that) :)
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-11-2016, 04:59 PM  
Cactus RF60 and V6 only $169!
Posted By Tanzer
Replies: 10
Views: 1,995
This is a great setup.

Make sure to remove the batteries from the V6 trigger when not in use. It discharges at a trickle even when switched off (which is a mystery to me since the on/off switch is a real physical switch). Put it away and a few weeks later your batteries will be dead. This was previously reported by another member and I can personally confirm this. Other than that, it is a great trigger. There is no problem with the RF60 flash unit slowly discharging.

Oh one other thing. You WILL bump the control dial on the back of the trigger with your forehead when you look into the camera's viewfinder. It is very free-turning. You will be wondering why your exposure suddenly changed. There is a dial lockout mechanism if you press and hold one of the buttons, which is a bit of a kludgy workaround. It frustrates me a little because the dial is meant to be quickly turned, duh.

Other than these minor issues, the trigger and flash are great.
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-22-2016, 01:18 PM  
Tony Northrup live youtube stream on K-1
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 60
Views: 6,979
I'm amazed at the negative feedback on Tony Northrup's preview of the K-1. He is entirely positive in his praise of Pentax and the camera, with the sole exception of the limited range of current, purpose-designed glass. He even praised the few lenses that are being launched alongside the K-1. How is that a "click-bait"?!? :hmm: I think sometimes we Pentax enthusiasts get so used to being laughed at that we start to see every input from outside our little group as an attack. I didn't hear or see anything negative in Mr Northrup's review - it was objective and (mostly) accurate...
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-15-2016, 08:08 PM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By EricK3
Replies: 773
Views: 97,727
While this technique can be achieved in post production with numerous shots, you can save time doing it in-camera while you are on location.

What you need:
1) Pentax Camera that supports Average Composite of Multiple Exposures (K3)
2) Tripod
3) Remote Shutter Release (not absolutely needed)

1) Frame you scene on your tripod.
2) Place your camera in "Interval Composite" mode
3) Set Composite Mode to "Average",
- Uncheck "Save Process" if you do not want every photo in the interval
- Chose an interval between each photo (I recommend making the interval longer then the exposure length. So an exposure or 3 seconds at say f22 would prompt me to use an interval of 4 or 5)
- Chose number of shots (Choppy water or a crowded areas will require more shots to smooth water or ghost people)
- Chose the time to start the interval (Either select to start when you press the shutter button/remote or set a specific time if you don't have a remote and don't want to shake the tripod)
4) If you are photographing a scene with something like foliage that you want sharp, simply change your exposure mode and take a single frame that freezes that portion of the screen and composite your interval photo with it in post.
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-11-2016, 07:34 AM  
Back to being a Pentax owner
Posted By guillermovilas
Replies: 9
Views: 1,219
I've been in this forum before, I had a k10 and later a kx, since then I've been trying out all kinds of other cameras but now I'm back, just bought a k3 with a Pentax 35mm f/2.4 AL
Forum: General Photography 12-16-2015, 04:43 PM  
Camera cozy
Posted By pacerr
Replies: 2
Views: 816
It occurred to me that this tip might serve better here than in the original topic regarding 'battery prices':

I adapted a pair of unused, battery powered, heated socks for use in keeping batteries and other gear warm. Just one in the bottom of a reasonably insulated bag can make a big difference. Buffers temperature/humidity changes when slipped over a lens.

Much more utilitarian than inside boots. Heck, you can even slip 'em on your hands like mittens or put one in the kangaroo pocket of your parka or wrap one around your neck if the need strikes! Kids think it's cool - uh, warm? too.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-23-2015, 09:08 AM  
Using the Pentax AF280T flash with Pentax K Kx
Posted By TedH42
Replies: 17
Views: 2,406
Exactly - the realtime measurement of the light as the flash is generating it IS its "auto" functionality.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 06-04-2015, 12:49 PM  
My MX1 first impressions
Posted By Rog Tallbloke
Replies: 13
Views: 1,930
A long time ago I served a four year apprenticeship as a toolmaker. There's another premium compact camera with the same focal length range, which has a zooming optical viewfinder; the Fujifilm X10. There was one on the 'bay with a lens "stuck in the off position". I won it for a few pounds. If I can't fix the lens, I'm going to pull the viewfinder out of it and have a close look at how it is mechanically coupled to the lens. It might be possible to graft it onto the MX1 without unscrewing the case if I can use the lens travel as my motive power.
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