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Forum: Sold Items 11-06-2014, 01:15 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Metz 50-AF1
Posted By Deni
Replies: 3
Views: 1,121
I have the older, less powerful af48 model and it is great. This will work almost for anything if you know what you're doing.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-27-2014, 01:53 AM  
LiFePO4 and other AA size high voltage batteries.
Posted By Deni
Replies: 10
Views: 2,575
So far I am happy with them. They perfectly fit the way I use the camera where I can leave the camera without use for a couple of weeks, shoot a dozen and leave it without use again. The batteries have less capacity but it doesn't worry me as I have 3 sets (3 pairs as the other pair is just dummy so don't have to replace it).
Forum: Visitors' Center 10-27-2014, 01:50 AM  
Pentax KX battery depletion fix
Posted By Deni
Replies: 4
Views: 3,188
I finally settled on using 3 sets of LiFePO4 batteries:

They work when I want them and don't have to worry about discharged batteries after leaving them for a long time.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 10-17-2014, 11:29 AM  
Sony 50MP Full Frame Sensors Coming in 2015
Posted By Deni
Replies: 170
Views: 17,299
Probably full link: www(dot)photographybay(dot)com/2014/10/12/sony-50mp-full-frame-sensors-coming-in-2015/
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 10-08-2014, 07:08 AM  
Pentax K-50 - Grrrrr.
Posted By Deni
Replies: 50
Views: 8,014
As others have already said, you should have done a better job at researching what a DSLR can and can't do.

1. Have not idea why that happens but as long as photos come out ok ...

2. When shooting flash it is the flash that dictates (up to a point) subject freezing. You don't need very fast shutter speeds as the flash will stop motion. For very fast moving subjects or very low shutter speeds you'll get trailing. The reason the camera chooses 1/30 is to gather more ambient light so photos taken with a flash don't look as if they were shot in a coal mine. The DSLR gives you a lot of control so start shooting in M when using flash. Set shutter speed, aperture and ISO and flash will take care of proper exposure (up to a point). If you choose max sync speed though you might get properly exposed subjects but completely dark surrounding.

3. Point and shoot cameras don't have a shutter (mechanical one). If you want to use higher shutter speeds and flash you should start thinking on investing in a flash with HSS capabilities..

Most important though is to learn your camera and photography in general. If you don't take small steps at a time and learn your camera you'll be very frustrated.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-10-2014, 11:45 PM  
CRV3 Batteries in a K100D?
Posted By Deni
Replies: 10
Views: 1,589
I did use on my K100D and they worked perfectly. If only I could use them on the K-X as well.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-29-2014, 03:53 AM  
New official shoulder bags for K-S1
Posted By Deni
Replies: 21
Views: 2,091
I think Adam means that only the Japanese market/buyers will buy it i.e. it will not be successful in other markets.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-16-2014, 11:14 PM  
LiFePO4 and other AA size high voltage batteries.
Posted By Deni
Replies: 10
Views: 2,575
So far, I am happy with them.

Generally, I leave the camera a month without use, use it for a dozen of shots and then leave it without shooting again. For this type of shooting the batteries I bought are perfect.

  • Lower amount of photos per charge.

  • Cannot use the battery meter as the discharged voltage is 2.8v so well above fully charged NIMH.

I ordered 4 other batteries (4 Pcs AA 3 2V 1200mAh LiFePO4 Rechargeable 14500 Batteries 1 Years Warranty New | eBay) so I have always 2 sets ready to change.

Pretty happy with them.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 04-12-2014, 02:35 AM  
HELP, suggestions - needed "spouse mode" on K-30
Posted By Deni
Replies: 7
Views: 1,290
Best solution is to have extra batteries for the P&S.

Program mode maybe will solve your issues with exposure but uninterested people cannot understand how focus and DOF works.

So even if the camera might take properly exposed shots in Program mode, they might be out of focus.

Also, for social snapshots the P&S is unbeatable as it has very deep DOF and fairly fast lenses wide open (f2.8).

Do yourself and your dog a favor and invest in the doghouse as it seems you'll share it a lot more :)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-02-2014, 06:12 AM  
Pentax K-50 and Sigma EF 610 DG ST Flash.
Posted By Deni
Replies: 14
Views: 2,638
If you're using off-camera flashes with triggers it is cheaper to buy either old auto autothyristor flashes or cheap Chinese autothyristor flashes.

Careful about the Sigma as it might not work correctly if you use it with the K50. Pentax slightly changed the flash protocol so third party lenses need to have their firmware updated in order to work with new Pentax cameras.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 03-10-2014, 03:42 PM  
Flickr and the K-3
Posted By Deni
Replies: 7
Views: 1,492
That might not be good for Pentax/Ricoh as it shows that Pentax DSLR users stick to their cameras for a lot longer than Nikon which leads to less new cameras bought which leads to less money for R&D, new product production and marketing etc.

It is not 100% the only reasoning but it does make sense. The Pentax cameras are too good for their own good :/
Forum: Pentax K-01 02-19-2014, 02:13 AM  
K-01 for sports, anybody?
Posted By Deni
Replies: 23
Views: 2,577
I have shot a couple of indoor soccer matches with the Pentax K100D and K-X. I don't know how different the K-01 AF is compared to those but I found out that AF was not an issue, generally. I used the Sigma 28-70 F/2.8 at around F/5.0 for more DOF.

The main issues I found were the very low light where I had to use the flash and high ISO for better light distribution.

The other thing you need to figure out is where the action will be so you can anticipate the moves.

---------- Post added 02-19-2014 at 10:23 AM ----------

This is a shot I took with the K-X:

Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 02-16-2014, 01:19 PM  
MX-1 Most Underapreciated Compact?
Posted By Deni
Replies: 36
Views: 3,868
Great camera but I think the Olympus XZ-2 might be stealing its glory. It has the same specs plus the hot shoe and the possibility to add the very nice digital viewfinder.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-12-2014, 10:25 AM  
LiFePO4 and other AA size high voltage batteries.
Posted By Deni
Replies: 10
Views: 2,575
Saying "no... just... no" brings no information to the discussion you are trying to start. Please explain why.

In the mean time power in W = volts x amps. The motor draws a constant amount of amps so if you increase voltage you increase power.

With 1.2v NIMH you have 4.8X power (where X=amps).

With LIFEPO4 batteries you have 6.4X power (where X=amps).

Prove me wrong.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-12-2014, 03:25 AM  
LiFePO4 and other AA size high voltage batteries.
Posted By Deni
Replies: 10
Views: 2,575
First update:

Initially the batteries were charge around 10 min before the charger showed green light.

First discharge:

Photos: ~ 100, ~80% with flash.

Video: ~ 10 - 12 min

Lots of viewing and reviewing, 3sec after shot review.

Time: ~ 2 weeks

The af is faster because of the higher voltage the a/f motor has more torque to turn the screw lenses (90% of the shots were taken with FA 50 f/1.4).

The camera is also lighter as the batteries themselves are very light and the two supplied dummy batteries are also very light since they are hollow.

Cons: You cannot rely on the battery meter as after turning yellow you can take around 3 - 5 shots before dying.

Full recharge took around 2 hrs.

Will keep you updated but so far I think it is a good investment for the type of shooting I do.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 02-03-2014, 08:21 AM  
For DPreview believers
Posted By Deni
Replies: 65
Views: 9,216
The K-3 was already the winner. The new results are for the best product of 2013 and Olympus OM-D E-M1 is the winner.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-01-2014, 01:37 AM February Daily Giveaway: Win a 35mm, 40mm, or 50mm lens!
Posted By Deni
Replies: 410
Views: 36,724
Great incentive to get people active.

Just a clarification on what is considered a post:

Is it a new thread/discussion or do replies to existing threads count as well?
Forum: Sold Items 01-30-2014, 04:00 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Fujifilm S5 Pro, Nikon 105mm f/2 DC, Nikon 35mm f/1.8
Posted By Deni
Replies: 3
Views: 1,949
It is said that no other sensor reproduces the skin tones as a the S5 and S5 Pro do.
Forum: Sold Items 01-30-2014, 03:58 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Used Pentax K-5 For Sale
Posted By Deni
Replies: 14
Views: 3,182
There was another seller with around 180k actuation IIIRC.

This means that the camera on sale here might have gone through only half its life :)
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-27-2014, 12:11 PM  
LiFePO4 and other AA size high voltage batteries.
Posted By Deni
Replies: 10
Views: 2,575
Bought the "kit" in the link I posted. It arrived today after about 4 weeks of wait (normal for shipments from china).

The batteries were already charged as the green light in the charger turned green after 10 min or so.

Tried in the camera without an apparent ill effects.

Will try again periodically to check how long they hold the charge.

I care more about low self-discharge rate rather than outright endurance as I find myself taking a dozen or so pictures every now and then.

I'll keep you updated in this thread.
Forum: Sold Items 01-25-2014, 01:24 AM  
For Sale - Sold: K-5 IIs, Battery Grip Included
Posted By Deni
Replies: 7
Views: 1,277
Which bank are you going to hit so we don't hit the same one.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-22-2014, 12:25 AM  
Kids and animals - amazing
Posted By Deni
Replies: 6
Views: 1,070
Sorry, I remembered it wrong, as others said she uses a Canon 5D Mk2:

Russian Mother Takes Magical Pictures of Her Two Kids With Animals On Her Farm | Bored Panda
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-20-2014, 07:39 AM  
Kids and animals - amazing
Posted By Deni
Replies: 6
Views: 1,070
I read somewhere else she uses a Nikon (she actually uses a Canon 5D MK2). Beautiful photos.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 01-17-2014, 07:31 AM  
Help making the right decision K50 or K5iis
Posted By Deni
Replies: 28
Views: 5,536
I'd get the K50 + 18-135. Excellent as a first DSLR camera.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 01-07-2014, 01:11 AM  
Put my K-3 through its paces this weekend
Posted By Deni
Replies: 49
Views: 12,088
Also, post it on DPR to show why the K-3 got the DSLR of Year 2013 award:

Which is the best of the best? Vote for your product of the year: Digital Photography Review
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