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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-03-2010, 05:15 AM  
Dirtiest sensor ever!
Posted By jmc7104
Replies: 7
Views: 2,698
Definatly not weather proof anymore either. jim
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-03-2010, 05:11 AM  
Do you shoot mostly Handheld or Tripod?
Posted By jmc7104
Replies: 43
Views: 5,960
80 % hand-held and about equal time between the monopod and the tripod. jim
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-27-2010, 05:52 PM  
DA 14mm vs 15mm - comparison?
Posted By jmc7104
Replies: 13
Views: 6,868
I have the 16-45 which I was shooting at 16mm f4 and was pretty happy with results until I got my 14mm 2.8 shooting at f4. Unbelevable difference the improvment with the 14 versus the 16-45. I keep finding myself having to walk up to my subject in order to fill the frame. jim
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-14-2010, 07:03 PM  
Lets see Bridges
Posted By jmc7104
Replies: 2,385
Views: 227,954
Here is one from the air. Mississippi River Bridge

I-280 Miss. River Bridge Iowa to Ill.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-09-2010, 07:37 PM  
K10D and KX. I have both, Which do I keep?
Posted By jmc7104
Replies: 21
Views: 4,010
I have no idea about the KX but I do know the dark frame subtraction on the K10 is very short on timed Lightning shots at night photo's of storms. The only camera I use for these timed shots. and battery life is great. jim
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-09-2010, 05:01 PM  
M42 to K Converter question
Posted By jmc7104
Replies: 17
Views: 3,606
No tab, it is ment to be screwed into the lens and works just like the K mount including the notch for the camera locking pin.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-29-2010, 08:35 AM  
Posted By jmc7104
Replies: 17
Views: 3,123
First couple DSLR's I bought I did then I found out about the Magic Lantern book and started using that. To me well worth the price and much easier to digest. Most of the basic operations are the same or very close. jim
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-29-2010, 08:24 AM  
which pentax is best for shooting people?
Posted By jmc7104
Replies: 13
Views: 1,975
Honestly I have istDL, K100, K100super, K10, and K20, all digitals and they all are capable of better photo's than my abality can accomplish. I see no reason why the KX would not do the same. Cameras and lens are no better than the operator. Go for it if you like pentax. Ps. most of the people in here are mostly friendly and try to be helpful
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-29-2010, 07:16 AM  
Poll: Favorite genre of photography?
Posted By jmc7104
Replies: 94
Views: 20,553
If it moves shoot it. If it doesn't move shoot it anyway and maybe it will move. Mainly wild life, but not limited to. jim
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-21-2010, 06:03 PM  
Question m42 Takumar dSLR
Posted By jmc7104
Replies: 8
Views: 2,914
There is a simple cure for this problem. I push the apature pin in manuslly and use a center punch and a hammer to put a small dimple next to the pin to keep it depressed then it is stopped down with the apature ring to what ever setting you desire. jim
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-21-2010, 05:39 PM  
Beginner Must Have's Anyone?
Posted By jmc7104
Replies: 22
Views: 3,772
I have the K 20 for couple years now and two batterys is sufficant in most situations. The battery will last all day at an air show and still be ready for a couple more days of shooting also. I also have 2 4g cards 2 2g cards that I usually take with me on a shoot. So on a day trip my wardrobe would be K20 with 2 batterys , 2 memory cards BIGMA on camera and wide angle zoom in bag. Need a Bag large enough to carry a second camera as a back up, I use a K10 myself because the batteries interchange. So Camera, Lense, Bag=Large or larger because soon it will not be big enough. battery's Memory card, Lense cleaning clouth,
Personally unless your photo's dictate the need for flash then that would go way down on my list. Same with a tripod and when you do buy a tripod then definatly buy a good one. jim
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-21-2010, 05:00 PM  
Nuggets for a Wrestling Match
Posted By jmc7104
Replies: 27
Views: 3,868
Surely this is a misprint?>40, that is 20/2 tube florescent lights in a 20x20 garage? jim
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-21-2010, 04:33 PM  
Total picture wash flash problem
Posted By jmc7104
Replies: 55
Views: 6,370
On the istDL the green button is also the AE-L button just where your thumb should be. That will set your shutter speed in manuqal mode. jim
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-13-2010, 06:18 PM  
K Mount Lens Question
Posted By jmc7104
Replies: 20
Views: 3,236
Or a lot of money........:hmm: 300mm f2.8 $3000. plus Big Ma $1100 and that isnt fast.
Close14mm 500. plus 105mm macro 100. plus and that is only a drop in the bucket and even with that lineup you still need a good pair of running shoes. There is no one lens that can do it, nor is there a zipper on ones skull so someone can unzip it and dump in instructions. jim
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-07-2010, 08:14 PM  
M42>K adapter that stays on lens........
Posted By jmc7104
Replies: 7
Views: 3,083
The Bower is the one to remove the spring clip to accomplish this. I used one on my smc Tak
300/f4 and it works great. The bower is the one that has the goofy looking key to remove it.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-06-2010, 07:41 PM  
Is it just me or most of us? [Stable Hands]
Posted By jmc7104
Replies: 34
Views: 5,039
my PhotoMe says sr was not operating meaning the switch may have been in the on position but the photo was taken before sr was confirmed also f5.3,at 55mm is shooting wide open apature which is not a good position for the 18/55mm no sr wide open with camera shake = blurry photo. jim
Forum: Sold Items 01-01-2010, 08:42 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 14mm f2.8 ED (IF) lens EXC++
Posted By jmc7104
Replies: 3
Views: 2,639
Pm. sent. With positive intentions. jim
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-20-2009, 07:24 AM  
Pentax K2000 display
Posted By jmc7104
Replies: 3
Views: 2,221
If you are referring to seeing this information on a photo that you have taken then whau you do is hit the review button on bottom left and you have photo in viewer, now press info and you should see all that info that pertains to that photo. jim
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-17-2009, 04:10 PM  
SR with monopod?
Posted By jmc7104
Replies: 7
Views: 4,219
I turn mine off anytime I am using any type of steady rest,tripod momopod beanbag car window or leaning up against a tree. Also if using car window or dash for steadyrest be sure Engine is off. It will cause more vibration than sr does. jim
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-13-2009, 09:35 PM  
Question about using Canon lenses...
Posted By jmc7104
Replies: 4
Views: 1,746
With the proper reversing rings they make excellant macro lens.
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-13-2009, 08:49 PM  
focus trap practical for sports?
Posted By jmc7104
Replies: 10
Views: 4,039
This sounds like like a good place for the 28/75 tamron f2:8 havnt tried it for this myself but seems to be something that would work. jim
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-05-2009, 06:52 AM  
Poll: How wide is wide enough - and why?
Posted By jmc7104
Replies: 81
Views: 18,438
Same answer to this as is to how long a lense I want.... what ever I can afford. jim
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-02-2009, 06:58 AM  
Heard this on NPR this morning... Norman Rockwell
Posted By jmc7104
Replies: 4
Views: 3,878
Thanks for posting. Very interesting article. jim
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-02-2009, 06:28 AM  
Help me find a photo project
Posted By jmc7104
Replies: 46
Views: 9,624
Famularity brings on indifference or becomes boring but put it before some one else and it becomes interesting. Example, I live within a few blocks of the Mississippi River and see it many times during the day, kinda mundane to me but in reality most of the world has never saw the beauty of it. However a ride in one of the tour boats and it becomes a new photography subject for me. Another, aqt 65 mph. on an Interstate there is nothing you see to photo. but at 20 mph. on a dirt road along that interstate rhere is all kinds of photo ops.
Slow down and see more.....jim
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-02-2009, 05:21 AM  
John Woo Style - Do you shoot with two cameras?
Posted By jmc7104
Replies: 58
Views: 13,966
I almost always have two cameras with me, K10 and K20 reside in same carry bag so easy to grab and put in vehical. K20/BigMa, K10 16-45 or sigma 28-70. jim
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