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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-08-2020, 09:20 AM  
September contest submission
Posted By Astropaps
Replies: 12
Views: 142
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-16-2020, 03:54 AM  
Pentax Digital Camera Utility (DCU) - How to install it on a Mac
Posted By Astropaps
Replies: 8
Views: 4,590
I know this post is a few years old but just wanted to thank you for posting these instructions. They made installing the software on my Mac mini running Catalina a snap.

Amy
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-14-2020, 08:08 PM  
Macro Splash collision.
Posted By Astropaps
Replies: 6
Views: 344
Fantastic!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-14-2020, 01:13 PM  
Night Full Moon Rising
Posted By Astropaps
Replies: 2
Views: 311
Thanks very much. I used Pixel Shift while shooting but didn't learn until much later that Lightroom doesn't open the Pixel Shift image. Thanks to someone's post here, I was able to install Pentax's version of SilkyPix on my Mac mini running Catalina so I'll try again, next time with a nice crescent Moon.

Amy
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-13-2020, 10:32 AM  
Night Full Moon Rising
Posted By Astropaps
Replies: 2
Views: 311
This was my first attempt using my KP with my William Optics ZS110 apo. I got this shot just as the July 4 full moon was rising over Fishers Island, NY. There was lots of haze as the moon was very low in the sky over the sound and the dark area is a small passing cloud.

Amy
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-31-2020, 01:11 PM  
Pentax Digital Camera Utility (DCU) - How to install it on a Mac
Posted By Astropaps
Replies: 8
Views: 4,590
Following the instructions set out above by Andy worked for me. Thanks for posting!
Forum: Pentax KP 06-28-2017, 11:49 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By Astropaps
Replies: 2,877
Views: 273,985
And Pemaquid oil house after dark with the 15mm. You can just spot Delphinus to the left of the tower:
Forum: Pentax KP 06-28-2017, 11:45 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By Astropaps
Replies: 2,877
Views: 273,985
Pemaquid oil house at sunset with 15mm DA:
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-14-2017, 11:45 AM  
Lens issue?
Posted By Astropaps
Replies: 20
Views: 1,570
Unfortunately, I'm seeing the same issue when I take shots outside -- the left side of the image is not nearly as sharp as the right side. I wish Precision Camera, which is about an hour and a half from me, had a better reputation for repairs since they're the authorized service facility for Pentax in the US. Unless someone has a better suggestion.

Amy
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-09-2017, 02:45 PM  
Lens issue?
Posted By Astropaps
Replies: 20
Views: 1,570
Good advice! Will report back on that.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-08-2017, 06:41 AM  
Lens issue?
Posted By Astropaps
Replies: 20
Views: 1,570
Yes, thanks. I read that article. Meanwhile, I did some more testing. On a level tripod. This time, I changed apertures. Here it is at 135 f/4:
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-07-2017, 05:09 PM  
Lens issue?
Posted By Astropaps
Replies: 20
Views: 1,570
Yes, I think that first photo indicates that the camera wasn't square to the target. I'll work on the setup and post more shots at different focal lengths.

Amy
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-07-2017, 02:16 PM  
Lens issue?
Posted By Astropaps
Replies: 20
Views: 1,570
Just for comparison, here's a shot I took with the 200mm, same setup. As you can see, there seems to be even sharpness near or at the center of the target on both sides, although I do see a bit of front focus, I think. If there is an issue with the 50-135mm, what is it? Decentered? And if so, where can I get it fixed?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-07-2017, 10:37 AM  
Lens issue?
Posted By Astropaps
Replies: 20
Views: 1,570
Well, I backed it off from 135 and see the same issue. Soft all along the left side compared to the right, which again, I don't see with the 200mm, so I suspect it's not an issue with the setup. I'll have to take it out and see if I notice anything in actual photos.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-07-2017, 10:32 AM  
Lens issue?
Posted By Astropaps
Replies: 20
Views: 1,570
I'll check. I put on the 200mm and did not see the same issue. Will report back.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-07-2017, 09:58 AM  
Lens issue?
Posted By Astropaps
Replies: 20
Views: 1,570
Thanks for responding. Sorry -- it's the 50-135mm Pentax set at 135mm. I suspect that the camera is not quite square but every adjustment I tried to make produced the same result, with the left side of the image being softer than the right. I would have though that operator error would have varied the result.

Amy
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-07-2017, 09:24 AM  
Lens issue?
Posted By Astropaps
Replies: 20
Views: 1,570
Hi, all

I recently purchased a 30-135mm Pentax lens from another member here. I was checking for back or front focus and noticed that one side (left) of the image seems softer than the other. I'm trying my best to get the everything line up perfectly. So is it operator error or is there an issue with the lens? Thanks for your input.

Amy
Forum: Sold Items 05-25-2017, 04:52 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Da* 50-135
Posted By Astropaps
Replies: 24
Views: 3,571
Private message sent
Forum: Pentax KP 05-13-2017, 11:45 AM  
The Digital Story give their final verdict
Posted By Astropaps
Replies: 8
Views: 2,042
I had the same reaction.

Amy
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-07-2017, 03:38 PM  
Calibration needed?
Posted By Astropaps
Replies: 14
Views: 918
Thanks. I think so. Now if the weather would just improve, I'd get out and shoot with it.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-07-2017, 12:58 PM  
Calibration needed?
Posted By Astropaps
Replies: 14
Views: 918
Thanks for checking!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-07-2017, 12:54 PM  
Calibration needed?
Posted By Astropaps
Replies: 14
Views: 918
And here it is with +1 adjustment. I think that did the trick, yes?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-07-2017, 12:40 PM  
Calibration needed?
Posted By Astropaps
Replies: 14
Views: 918
I had mistakenly used Live View to do my first shots with the calibration triangle. When I use the OVF, there appears to be quite a bit of front focus. Anybody else agree with this?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-05-2017, 05:10 PM  
Calibration needed?
Posted By Astropaps
Replies: 14
Views: 918
Thanks. I'll make that adjustment and try again
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-05-2017, 04:00 PM  
Calibration needed?
Posted By Astropaps
Replies: 14
Views: 918
I will check p. 63 of the manual. Thanks.
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