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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-07-2019, 06:45 PM  
Anyone use a Nikon F or S mount to Pentax K mount adapter for manual or AF/AE lenses?
Posted By UncleVanya
Replies: 11
Views: 827
Non ai lenses will mount directly. They don't turn far and only work manual aperture and focus. They can be modified to lock or the mount can be changed. All without optical changes.

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Probably a better solution for most uses.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-11-2018, 02:55 PM  
Best and worst of 2018
Posted By Docrwm
Replies: 5
Views: 542
Funny how he keeps saying that these other lesser makers finally have gone with WOW - 3 Axis in camera stabilization or WOW - 5 Axis in camera stabilization. I say: Welcome to the world of Pentax!
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 01-07-2018, 12:03 PM  
Another MX-1 lens cap option
Posted By Sluggo
Replies: 3
Views: 1,318
Cool, I expect you'll like it. I've been out shooting a couple of times with mine and am pleased. There's no keeper on it, and I suppose one of those little adhesive pucks with a string would work, but for now I'm okay with just sticking the cap in my pocket until turning the camera off. There's nothing dangling and getting in the way when using the tilt-down screen to shoot from overhead or whatever.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 12-31-2017, 04:58 PM  
Another MX-1 lens cap option
Posted By Sluggo
Replies: 3
Views: 1,318
In case you're looking for a push-on lens cap for your MX-1 but don't want it to say "FUJIFILM" on the front, I thought I'd share: this unadorned soft plastic cap just arrived from Amazon and looks promising, at least for my needs. It fits snugly, stays put when sliding the camera in and out of a bag, forms a solid dust seal, and shaves a few millimeters off the camera thickness (compared to the stock cap).

The brand name is "Kaiser." They make caps with a range of inside diameters between 15mm and 120mm. This is the 55mm version; the Fujifilm X100 caps some people have been using are specified at 54mm, but as I understand it those caps have a felt liner that can compress a bit. I don't think the 54mm version of this cap would be wide enough.




vendor link -- current price is $15.50 US.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 12-31-2017, 05:43 PM  
Mx-1 electronic shutter
Posted By Sluggo
Replies: 4
Views: 1,526
Hi kshapero. I think the reason the electronic shutter option is off by default is to prevent horizontal distortions on moving subjects. Electronic shutters generally scan from top to the bottom of the sensor, meaning that the top of the picture represents a different point in time than the bottom of the picture does. This can produce weird "jello effects." A mechanical leaf shutter prevents this by turning the entire sensor on, then opening and closing from the center.

But the electronic shutter has the advantage of faster maximum speed, which allows some more depth of field control because you can open the aperture a couple extra stops in bright light. Also an electronic shutter doesn't wear mechanically like a leaf shutter does, although I've never heard of an MX-1's leaf shutter wearing out.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 09-15-2013, 02:43 PM  
MX 1 Happy wife happy life
Posted By Bob from Aus
Replies: 0
Views: 1,182
My partner takes a mean photo but I can't convince her to use a SLR as she considers it too heavy. Her Canon G 11 died (again) and I refuse to have anything ever to do with canon repairs after the last time. I did my research and for what she needed it came down to pentax MX 1 and the similar Olympus. To my surprise she rejected the touch screen on the olympus so that left one.

This weekend she had her first chance to give the MX1 a serious workout at a two day workshop for our plant society. I lugged three bags of camera gear, a tripod and gimble into the back of the car. My partner placed her camera bag with the MX1 and her video camera into her handbag.

We went through some of the photos on a high quality digital projector at the plant society dinner, and i was accused of taking the photos (I have a reputation) and last night we got them onto the computer. There are plenty of stunning results. It would have been better if I had known she had the camera on full auto which makes it difficult to focus where you want on a flower. So she is thrilled with her new MX1 camera and is not home sick for her G11. (actually the g11 sits very nicely in the hand and I love the external controls). The fact there is not the amount of detail in the whites as you get with the K5 does not worry her.

From my point of view I would like to be able to place a filter over the lens as the camera at times will not be respected. I would probably also have a MX1 but there is no hotshoe (I think no microphone input) where I need to place an external microphone.

With my extensive camera kit I can't afford not to have my partner happily kitted out - thanks pentax:)
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 12-29-2017, 12:57 PM  
MX-1 - New Firmware update
Posted By Steve.Ledger
Replies: 53
Views: 17,410
The button that lets you preview your pictures. AKA 'Playback'
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 05-20-2015, 01:30 PM  
mx-1 battery
Posted By Ric
Replies: 6
Views: 1,295
Yes I have used the Wasabi battery from Amazon. I had no problems with it and as far as I can tell lasts as long on a charge as the original pentax battery that came with the camera.
You can also get another charger of the same brand if you desire.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 11-27-2017, 08:24 AM  
MX-1 - Still really impressed with the shots this little camera takes...
Posted By Mooey
Replies: 15
Views: 4,048
Still going strong after all these years, I need to use this camera more.

I was checking out my old posts, I'm very guilty of not posting anything in ages.
Forum: Pentax KP 03-18-2017, 02:42 PM  
Silver on Silver Camera Pron
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 30
Views: 3,902
From what I've read, the top plate where the control knobs are installed is polycarbonate while the other panels are magnesium alloy. This is evidently common practice across brands for their premium models, being mostly metal with some polycarbonate panels. As to the finish wearing off or scratching, the silver finish should be no more prone to this than the black finish. I have numerous Pentax models having both all polycarbonate bodies over metal frames and some mostly metal bodies, none of which have shown susceptibility to such damage.

Virtually anything used a lot and handled a great deal will likely eventually show some signs of use and wear. Older metal film bodies I have seen, as well as old metal lens barrels, have exhibited some brassing wear after years of handling.

There will be detailed test reviews of the KP out within a few weeks or a few months.
Forum: Pentax KP 04-16-2017, 04:56 PM  
Silver on Silver Camera Pron
Posted By Arjay Bee
Replies: 30
Views: 3,902
Check post #24 and following replies.
Forum: Pentax KP 03-01-2017, 10:19 PM  
Silver on Silver Camera Pron
Posted By cali92rs
Replies: 30
Views: 3,902
So I received my Silver KP today...to go along with my Silver 31 and 77mm LTDs :)
In the mail I have a Silver DA 21mm LTD to complete my travel kit.
And to round out the family, I will be getting my K50mm f1.2 silvered (I don't want it to get lonely ;) )


20170301_205801 by Kenneth Marks, on Flickr
20170301_205858 by Kenneth Marks, on Flickr
20170301_210006 by Kenneth Marks, on Flickr
20170301_210223 by Kenneth Marks, on Flickr
20170301_210309 by Kenneth Marks, on Flickr
20170301_210114 by Kenneth Marks, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-22-2015, 11:34 AM  
Those weather sealed DLSR's
Posted By Adam
Replies: 2
Views: 1,079
The level of sealing on the inside is about the same. However, the K-3 is built to be more durable, since it has a metal body.

As far as lenses go, those labeled AW or DA*/DFA* generally have superior sealing to lenses labeled WR.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-17-2014, 06:42 AM  
Sticky: Change of Address for Eric
Posted By EricTn
Replies: 23
Views: 33,114
Hi Everyone,
Just a quick note to thank all of you who have sent in your old Pentax units for service. I pray each and everyone of them are working for you and giving you memories of the past.
Just to let you know I have moved from the farm in the country to a house in the city. So I may be a bit slow right now getting your camera's back because of the move. I'm pretty much set in my new place now and am back repairing.
My new address is:

Eric Hendrickson
PO Box 70612
Knoxville, TN 37938

Thanks again,
Eric:)
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 04-25-2015, 11:56 AM  
My MX-1 photos - first steps
Posted By tomek_j
Replies: 216
Views: 46,796
RGB








Pentax MX-1 f/2,5 f=9,2mm (46mm) ISO200 +0,3EV
Forum: General Photography 04-29-2015, 12:04 PM  
Pentax Manuals- where to buy?
Posted By Odinz
Replies: 7
Views: 888
KEH has one for sale.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-08-2015, 08:39 AM  
I don't have time for RAW
Posted By Parallax
Replies: 69
Views: 5,545
You really aren't missing anything.
Shooting jpeg vs raw is akin to a TV dinner vs cooking from scratch. If you're happy with the recipe of the TV dinner (the firmware) go for it; but if you need more than a little salt, pepper, or a dash of ketchup (minor tweaks) to season it to your taste you need to cook the raw ingredients yourself.
Eat the TV dinner if you like it, but keep the fresh ingredients on hand just in case something goes wrong.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 01-02-2015, 10:14 AM  
My MX-1 photos - first steps
Posted By tomek_j
Replies: 216
Views: 46,796
Baltic coast







MX-1 JPEG ISO 200 f/2.5 f=6mm (28mm) 0EV
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-02-2015, 08:54 AM  
Storing lenses at the beach
Posted By Docrwm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,123
HEPA air filter for the room. Enviracare and other compaies make descent ones that will do a room well for <$200.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-25-2014, 10:02 AM  
setting ISO Auto
Posted By percy
Replies: 18
Views: 3,478
Press the ISO button on the top (to make ISO the active selection) and then press the green button. That should return it to auto ISO.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-17-2014, 08:02 PM  
Rain, the K-3 and a non WR lens, am I screwed?
Posted By JinDesu
Replies: 33
Views: 3,508
If WR doesn't count for weather resistant, then my DA 20-40 WR has been pretty lucky to survive some walking around with me.



@KShapero, interesting that Sigma has a whole series of WR filters. They appear to only be protective of the front element, so I don't see much point to them (besides being used in conjunction with Canon/Nikon WR lenses that "require" a front filter). I don't think it has a seal on the threads so it probably would not be useful with a rain-sleeve.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-09-2014, 04:44 PM  
Pentax battery hand grip
Posted By pete-tarmigan
Replies: 17
Views: 1,816
The true value of the battery grip is revealed when hand-holding the camera. The advantage of the extra battery takes a distant second place to the stability added by the grip when you're hand-holding an SLR.

The base of your hand and the outer three fingers support most of the camera's weight when lenses like the DA 18-135 or larger are mounted. That leaves your index finger and thumb free to instantly manipulate dials and buttons, and your left hand free to manually focus.

When you are shooting vertically (hand-held) you can brace both upper arms against my torso for maximum stability. Try holding a camera still in a stiff wind or on a ship rolling in a 3 metre swell when your right elbow is pointed outwards.

The beauty of the K-7/K-5/K-3 body is that even with the grip attached, it is still compact.

I use the battery grip because of its gripping power. The extra battery is just gravy.

---------- Post added 9th Dec 2014 at 20:28 ----------



He's talking about the "Limited" series of lenses made by Pentax: DA 15mm f4, DA 21mm f3.2, DA 35mm f2.8 Macro, DA 40mm f2.8, DA 70mm f2.4, DA 20-40mm f2.8-4, FA 31mm f1.8mm, FA 43mm f1.9, and FA 77mm f1.8. They're known for the combination of compact size and superb optics (and priced accordingly).

Even though the lenses are compact, he still leaves the battery grip attached.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-09-2014, 10:16 AM  
Pentax battery hand grip
Posted By Rudy
Replies: 17
Views: 1,816
And if you switch frequently between horizontal to vertical it is very comfortable to hold and fast to change. Example when i shot my sons Youth Soccer, and i am using a long lens with a ring on a monopod, i switch frequently depnding on the action. Since i have the grip for my K-3 i am enyoing the camera more. Even if i use a smaller lens without a ring like the 16-50, it is just easier to hold the camera on a more natural position. Weight has not being a issue since in this case i carry the K-3 on my black rapid shoulder strap. I waited a lot to buy the grip at a good price since it is not a must, but after i have it i enjoy it and use it a lot.

However, if i carry my K-30 with a 18-135 (light weight WR -- walk in the rain/travel light combo) i do not miss a grip because small size and low weight is the advantage of the K-30. Therefore i guess depends on the camera, lens, and how you use it.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 11-28-2014, 10:30 AM  
K-50 now or K-3 next year?
Posted By Docrwm
Replies: 46
Views: 4,840
$299 for a BNIB K-50 is a great deal. I think you'll enjoy the step up, particularly the ISO and low light capability improvements. My recommendation is to get the K-50 now. Only question is - Red or White?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-28-2014, 12:55 PM  
Make room - I'm now an official Pentax owner
Posted By nonstopnick
Replies: 13
Views: 883
My patients has paid off today and I am expecting the delivery of my very first Pentax DSLR! I took advantage of the deal at the Ricoh store and picked up a white and black K50 with WiFi card for $299.00. I also made a deal with a local forum member to purchase his 18-135WR lens for a very fair price.

All said and done, I'm into both for less than $600.00, which I think is an increadable good value for some pretty good equipment.

So I will hanging around here a lot in the coming months as I learn my way around my new gear. Thanks to everyone for your help in getting me this far, I have learned a lot already.
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