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Forum: General Photography 10-21-2021, 04:03 AM  
Pentax Spotmeter
Posted By Photodana
Replies: 4
Views: 723
A Friend of mine wants to know which model his Pentax Spotmeter is. It uses a 9V mecury battery and looks like the image attatched.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-06-2021, 06:06 AM  
Picture Packages - Same image, different sizes
Posted By Photodana
Replies: 12
Views: 1,001
Yes - but not a template. I just save it as a PSD file.
Here is one you may use - it's for A3+ paper: https://www.planfoto.dk/home/billedpakker/PPP-329x483.psd
Here is one for 40x60cm paper (PIXUM may print it for you): http://www.planfoto.dk/home/billedpakker/PPP_400x600.psd

Regards
Jens
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-06-2021, 03:40 AM  
Exposure Programs - Program Lines
Posted By Photodana
Replies: 3
Views: 681
Hello
I want to study the programs used in the latest Pentax cameras like the K-1, K-1ii, I cant seem to find any charts that can explain/show the algorithms behind Auto, Normal, Action, Landscape, Portrait and perhaps MTF
Anyone knows where to find these, please?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-20-2021, 04:10 PM  
Picture Packages - Same image, different sizes
Posted By Photodana
Replies: 12
Views: 1,001
Thank You TonyW
I'll have a look :-9 I made some in Photoshop. Very timeconsuming.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-20-2021, 04:00 PM  
Picture Packages - Same image, different sizes
Posted By Photodana
Replies: 12
Views: 1,001
Thank you TonyW.
I do have Lightroom, but I dont like it. I have to arrange the package myself, and it may disapear when I update. I guess I could say the same about Qimage. I'll have a look at Hotfolder prints. I made some in Photoshop using smart objects. Very time consuming.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-20-2021, 02:21 PM  
Picture Packages - Same image, different sizes
Posted By Photodana
Replies: 12
Views: 1,001
Hello
Does anyone know of printersoftware, that facilitates printing different sizes of the same image on one sheet of paper, please? Just like what school photographers use.
Regards
Jens Bladt
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 10-11-2019, 06:13 PM  
White Balance - checking Kelvin value of a manually chosen setting
Posted By Photodana
Replies: 7
Views: 822
Hello Steve. The reason is a topic that has emerged in social media - how to choose which gel (color filter) to put on a flash, in order to color balance ambient light and flash light.
Most flashes are balanced to achieve light at appr. 5500. Knowing the Kelvin value / color temperature of the ambient light helps to use the right gel for the flash CTO or CTB:
Flash Photography Tutorial : How to use Color Correction Gels with Strobes - YouTube
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 10-11-2019, 02:40 AM  
White Balance - checking Kelvin value of a manually chosen setting
Posted By Photodana
Replies: 7
Views: 822
Looking at the WB panel of the K-1, I find it odd, that there seems to be no connection between the Manual WB setting 1-2-3 and the K setting 1-2-3. Is this true?
I had hoped, that a manual setting WB 1 would be the same as K1. Put in other words - I had hoped, that I could actually SEE the Kelvin value, I have set manually.
Is there a way to see this?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-03-2019, 02:20 AM  
Wi-fi, wifi
Posted By Photodana
Replies: 9
Views: 843
How do I wirelessly transfere images from my camera (K-1 and K-3) too my android smartphone?

I know there are options, but don't know what to do first?
Do I need software for phone or PC?
Where to start?
Does the camera make a hotspot for the phone?
Which device creates a hotspot for which device?
Do I need a home wi-fi connection/router?

I'm asking because I spend many hours trying to connect a SONY a6000 camera to my phone - without any success - AT ALL.
They say it van't be done because I bought the camera abroad!!!

I don't want to spend many hours and days again - and still getting no results....

Thanks in advance

regards
Jens
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-15-2018, 12:19 PM  
CactusV6II
Posted By Photodana
Replies: 54
Views: 4,080
YES! I cracked the code (about TTL Key light/fill light). It is embarrassing simple. (This reminds me of Lightning McQueen trying to turn on a dirt track): In order to reduce the fill light, turn up the key light! It's that simple! The TTL metering system will see to, that the final exposure is OK/the fill light is reduced correspondingly :-) Basic editing only: Crop, Auto Contrast, Resize, Save for web.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-14-2018, 07:39 AM  
Flash triggers for P-TTL and HSS
Posted By Photodana
Replies: 10
Views: 2,008
Thank you very much Class A. This is what I wanted to know :-)
Regards
Jens
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-13-2018, 08:58 PM  
Flash triggers for P-TTL and HSS
Posted By Photodana
Replies: 10
Views: 2,008
Hello. I haven't tried HSS (Pentax) yet. Must I install the HSS firmware; Multi brand HSS in order to use HSS? Or is HSS included in the already installed firmware (in my case Pentax TTL)? If YES, will the Multi Brand HSS delete the Pentax TTL firmware, or can both firmware both be there, at the same time?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-13-2018, 12:17 PM  
CactusV6II
Posted By Photodana
Replies: 54
Views: 4,080
I made some tests, using TTL with two Pentax flashes. I'm not sure everything in the Cactus V6ii trigger were set up correctly. But but when setting the TX to TTL+M I can actually dial in +/- Exposure corrections for the off camera flash (group A) in the TX. Furthermore I can manually set exposure correction for the On Camera flash (TTL pass through) on the flash unit . I found, that the fill flash will contribute top cutting off the key light flash, which will then under perform. So I set the key light to "+ correction".
Please look at one of my tests here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bladt/40714265584/in/dateposted/
If you want to see more tests, please go to the album, in order to see the images in the correct order.
Regards
Jens
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-12-2018, 12:37 PM  
CactusV6II
Posted By Photodana
Replies: 54
Views: 4,080
Thanks Class A.
I did not upgrade to CO 11. I be getting back on this subject some day soon :-)
About theCactus V6ii triggers:
I have got the V6ii now. It'ss quite complicated. (Today I doubt this will ever work for professional use - hopefully I may come to a different conclusion in a few days. So many buttons and choises!

After updating the firmware twice (must it be the same firmware for Receivers and TRANceivers?). Both flashes fire - AF360FGZ on camera and AF540FGZ off camera.
I can't get the zoom working right - not while zooming on the camera/lens. If I zoom manually on the transceiver, only the "off camera" flash changes focal length setting.
Do I need a a third V6ii for the "on/by the camera fill light flash?

When photographing people, there are so many things to consider. I just can't spend time worrying if the flashes work.
So, I really hope I can get this working. I think found out, that I can't change the setting on the fill flash unit (AF360FGZ) manually (zoom angle and power) - if I do, the key light won't fire ...
So, how can I set the fill flash for eg -2?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-11-2018, 01:00 PM  
CactusV6II
Posted By Photodana
Replies: 54
Views: 4,080
Class A - how do one install such camera profile?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-10-2018, 02:27 AM  
CactusV6II
Posted By Photodana
Replies: 54
Views: 4,080
The Virus at Cactus-image.com is now gone :-)
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-09-2018, 12:53 PM  
CactusV6II
Posted By Photodana
Replies: 54
Views: 4,080
This youtube vido explaines how you can use a lot of flashes (different brands) with the same receiver. This is absolutely awesome. Perhaps I can use my Pentax P-TTL flashes on my SONY a6000 :-) >And different flash brands on my K-1, K-3, K-5, K20D, 645D :-)















You Tube



Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-09-2018, 07:28 AM  
CactusV6II
Posted By Photodana
Replies: 54
Views: 4,080
The Cactus company have thanked me (@ Facebook) for being proactive pointing out the virus problem. Cactus-image is currently working to solve the issue!

---------- Post added 04-09-2018 at 04:33 PM ----------


No, I haven't. (I even know someone who's working there). That's a great idea. I am a Capture One user myself, though I could never afford a PhaseOne camera...
Unfortunately, the see 6
45D, 645Z as competition, and don't even support Pentax RAW files, until the cameras are some years old :-( I had to use lightroom at my first 645D years. I hate Lightroom :-) Only use it for tethering.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-09-2018, 05:02 AM  
CactusV6II
Posted By Photodana
Replies: 54
Views: 4,080
Thanks a lot Class A.
The virus is a "JS: Agent-DZP (Trj)" says my anti virus software.
I want to use one flash (Pentax or Metz) off camera (mounted on a Cactus receiver),
and one Pentax flash on top of the camera/ on top of the tranciever - TTL pass over (I suppose).
Can I change between the Metz and the Pentax for the key light on the receiver, without updating/changing firmware for the receiver?
If YES, I'll buy a Metz back-up flash, for which I have already bought a power pack. I was hoping NOT having to buy a third receiver.

Regards
Jens
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-08-2018, 11:12 PM  
CactusV6II
Posted By Photodana
Replies: 54
Views: 4,080
Can I use more than one flash brand, e.i. Pentax and Metz on the receiver, without having to change firmware?
I want to be able to alternate between Pentax AF540FGZ and Metz 58 AF-1.
Do I need two V6ii receivers to do this?
Regards
Jens

BTW:
There's a virus at stake at HOME | CACTUS
So the website is not available at the moment!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-04-2018, 04:16 AM  
CactusV6II
Posted By Photodana
Replies: 54
Views: 4,080
YeeHaw! I just realized that both the Pentax AF540FGZ and the AF360FGZ has A-mode (built in sensor). This is great news. The AF360FGZ even has both P-TTL and TTL (preflash turned off, still auto use). I don't know of any other flash that can do this :-) Perhaps it even does TTL on Film cameras and *istD (before P-TTL).
Anyway - The Cactus forum is VERY HELPFUL. The supporters DO ACTUALLY READ the forums - and will answer, whenever they can help (I wish Ricoh had this kind of service). The Cactus guy Antonio told me, that any flash mounted on the tranceiver WILL actually FIRE as well as flashes on receivers. My problems are solved! I CAN add a AF360FGZ for fill light, mounted on my tranceiver. I believe I can even cheat it, to believe I'm shooting at higher ISO with this ONE flash. So I can perhaps just dial in what ever level I need for FIll Flash. Thank you Pentax. Thank you Cactus.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-04-2018, 02:12 AM  
CactusV6II
Posted By Photodana
Replies: 54
Views: 4,080
I was thinking:
The easiest way to obtain fill flash, is to use the fill flash unit in manual (or A-mode, utilizing the built-in sensor in the flash unit - no TTL mode).
This flash can be set to lower output than the Key light flash. If I shoot at f/11, I could set the fill flash for let's say f/8 or f/5.6.
My question is then: Will the Cactus V6ii be able to fire this fill flash, if placed on top of the tranceiver?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-03-2018, 11:10 PM  
Metz 64 AF-1
Posted By Photodana
Replies: 5
Views: 1,085
I own many old flashes. Still works even though not used for years. An exception is the built in flash in my Pentax K-5. It died since I hardly ever used it..
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-03-2018, 02:11 PM  
CactusV6II
Posted By Photodana
Replies: 54
Views: 4,080
I have read somewhere that the II versions of the Pentax AF540FGZ and the AF360FGZ is not supported by the V6ii firmware, only the old versions.

---------- Post added 04-03-2018 at 11:29 PM ----------

I am trying to use the on camera on top of a V6ii as fill light. My Elinchrom Quadra was made to give 1/3 of the key light as fill light (not adjustable). So my fill light flash should probably be a GNm 36 (AF360FGZ) or GN24 or similar. GNm 36 is half the Ws of AF540FGZ.
I am shooting soccer players this summer. Groups of 3 rows of young lads. The back row standing on stools. Middle row standing on the ground, front row sitting on stools.The faces of the back row will be a bit above my hight. So, I'll use a light stik to get the light comming from a little above (how nature wanted it). This i why I need fill light to soften the shadows. It's actually very simple. Only, camera flash systems don't seem to be made for photographers, but rather for snapshooters :-) It is a riddle to me that Key light/Fill light was NOT concept incorporated in off camera flash technology. But, I believe, that I can "out power" a small flash, so it won't over do the fill light, even though it is set to P-TTL measuring. Bottom line is - I'll try to go for a AF360FGZ as I don't think there is a AF240FGZ :-) All I need then, is TTL pass through on the tranceiver.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-03-2018, 09:11 AM  
Acon Photo's website doesn't open - are they no longer producing the triggers?
Posted By Photodana
Replies: 28
Views: 2,913
Metz have replied to my question about flash triggers for Pentax: (No plans for supporting P-TTL triggers:
(Fantastic service - very quick answer -same day !!!

Dear Mr. Bladt,

Many thanks for your e-mail as of 03. April 2018.



Unfortunately the Wireless Trigger WT-1 isn’t available as version for Pentax. At the moment we offer this Wireless trigger only as versions for Canon, Nikon and Sony. If a version for Pentax will be developed in the future isn’t decided at the moment. However, if we have some news about such version we will inform you.



We regret that we are unable to give you a more positive reply at the moment and remain

with best regards

i.A. Roland Lämmermann
Service Department
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