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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 1 Hour Ago  
Sticky Shutter
Posted By C_Jones
Replies: 5
Views: 162
Remove the camera battery from the camera and fully charge it. Format a card in the camera to be used. If you have an off brand battery type (non-Pentax) it may be a faulty battery. I use only Pentax brand batteries. Try placing the camera in Auto mode (green mode on dial) and test for images. If it is successful using Auto mode, try modes such as TAV and Manual mode just to see how they operate. You may also want to check to make sure you are not using the HDR setting (multiple images) in your camera menu settings, though I sort of doubt that is the reason for the symptom.

There may not necessarily be anything wrong with the camera unless it is an ongoing occurrence of the symptom. I have experienced mirror flap occasionally before, and it was not an ongoing thing, so I did not require a repair.

Good luck.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 1 Day Ago  
HELP! Filters...
Posted By C_Jones
Replies: 6
Views: 308
I would recommend Hoya ND filters. The 3 stop, 6 stop, and 9 stop would most likely be the ones you would want to choose from. The 6 stop would most likely cover a lot in reference to most landscape, but if you want the 2 others for other extreme conditions, you my want them also. They are not ridiculously expensive. I use the 3, 6, and 9 stop Hoya ND filters, and they do a great job. Three Hoya nd filter shortcuts are listed below. They may also be listed elsewhere on the web, such as Amazon, at differing prices, but B and H has been good to me about sending "brand new" filters. Also, whenever using an ND filter more than 3 stops, I would recommend using the live view mode due to it providing view of your subject through the filter that you would not get through the optical viewfinder. Have a great trip.

Hoya 77mm Neutral Density (NDX8) 0.9 Filter A-77ND8X-GB B&H

Hoya 77mm ProND100 Filter XPD-77ND100 B&H Photo Video

Hoya 77mm ProND500 Filter XPD-77ND500 B&H Photo Video
Forum: Pentax K-5 3 Days Ago  
Pentax K-5 II Power Issue - Suggestions Welcomed
Posted By C_Jones
Replies: 6
Views: 293
Most likely you will get more feedback. I myself have experienced freeze ups, but it was not an ongoing occurrence. I too would remove the battery, wait a moment, place it back in, turn on the camera, and it would usually act normally after that.

Good luck.
Forum: Pentax K-5 3 Days Ago  
Pentax K-5 II Power Issue - Suggestions Welcomed
Posted By C_Jones
Replies: 6
Views: 293
You may want to make sure the sd card has been formatted in the camera in use. If you possibly could shine a flashlight into your battery compartment to see if the contacts are clean and not damaged that might tell you something also. If you can't find what is wrong, if you have any local camera repair shop that could assess the problem and tell you what the fix may be that might help.
Forum: Pentax K-5 3 Days Ago  
Pentax K-5 II Power Issue - Suggestions Welcomed
Posted By C_Jones
Replies: 6
Views: 293
You may want to check to see if you are using an actual Pentax battery which is fully charged and not another brand. I had once tried off brand batteries and never used them again due to their failing and not holding power. I use just Pentax branded batteries now and am very satisfied.

Also, if you press your shutter button halfway, that may wake up the viewing screens/displays.

---------- Post added 07-17-18 at 10:05 PM ----------

You can also do a Reset of your camera menus. If you look under "Reset" in your manual it will tell you what to do. The instructions are on page 296 of my K-5 II/K-5 IIS manual.
Forum: Pentax K-1 4 Days Ago  
Latest CameraVille Video on K-1 Mark II
Posted By C_Jones
Replies: 7
Views: 708
I have never had any ISO difficulty with my K-1 II. I use reasonable ISO settings and the images are excellent.

Shortcut to example image below:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/gallery/images/52508/1_IMGP3254_Crop.jpg
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 4 Days Ago  
KP vs K3 ii for wildlife photography
Posted By C_Jones
Replies: 29
Views: 1,373
I have the K-3II and have used it with my Sigma 150-500 for wildlife/birding effectively. I would recommend it, being the current flagship aps-c model. The body styling, battery life, AF, image quality, and overall performance are excellent. Like others, I am also looking forward to the next aps-c flagship model, but for now the K-3II is a worthy camera. One other thing I would like to point out is that the K-3II has a top of the body lcd for viewing settings (ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, EV). I find it very useful.

Good luck with your decision.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 5 Days Ago  
KP monitor not working
Posted By C_Jones
Replies: 7
Views: 391
The drying would most likely be most important first step. Then you could test the electronics later.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Tammy 70-200 locked on a K-1
Posted By C_Jones
Replies: 14
Views: 626
It could be just expansion/contraction of the metal due to the hot/cold environments like you have said.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
Nature 2 Cedar Waxwings quarreling
Posted By C_Jones
Replies: 5
Views: 160
They are such colorful birds.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
Nature Eagle
Posted By C_Jones
Replies: 3
Views: 78
There is detail there.
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-14-2018, 02:33 PM  
K1 spot focus doesn't always spot focus
Posted By C_Jones
Replies: 16
Views: 821
There is a "Hold AF Status" option that you could set to "Off". You can find it in the K-1 manual. It is a camera menu option for AF settings. I myself keep mine off. I do not want anything restricting my shutter release. I am not sure if that not being set to off may be influencing your shooting, but it could possibly.

I also shoot in AF.C most of the time instead of AF.S. The AF.C mode being the one which will not lock after pressing the shutter down halfway, but will adjust, as opposed to AF.S which will lock.

As was already mentioned, you could also be too close for the lens to be making focus. That depends on what the specs of the lens are referring to minimal distance that is required to make a normal focus. If your camera makes the acknowledgment beep when you make focus you will know that it is making successful focus.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-13-2018, 12:18 PM  
Is the 150-450 WORTH it on crop sensor?
Posted By C_Jones
Replies: 23
Views: 920
The Pentax 150-450 would be a great companion with an aps-c camera like the K-3 II. The pixels are there and the distance is also with that type dedicated aps-c body.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-12-2018, 03:13 PM  
Type of Lens for Bald Eagle?
Posted By C_Jones
Replies: 34
Views: 1,253
I would also suggest the Pentax 150-450.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-11-2018, 01:25 PM  
Pets New cats
Posted By C_Jones
Replies: 3
Views: 117
Though I like the others too, the no. 5 image has the look of a nice couple of kitties.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 07-11-2018, 08:22 AM  
K1 Warranty did you need it?
Posted By C_Jones
Replies: 24
Views: 605
I prefer buying new also.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 07-11-2018, 08:03 AM  
K1 Warranty did you need it?
Posted By C_Jones
Replies: 24
Views: 605
I have found the K-1 II to be an excellent performer in all aspects, and that it does not lag behind any other aps-c or full frame Pentax camera model.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-10-2018, 02:18 PM  
Is KP a worthy “upgrade” from K3?
Posted By C_Jones
Replies: 27
Views: 1,449
If you could possibly wait for the K-3 II successor, that might be the best idea. Being a K-3 II owner and knowing its capabilities and its features, I am thoroughly satisfied with what it does. Per your wants for an adjustable rear view screen, that would not be something the K-3 II does not have though. I myself do not want to go without the top lcd screen that displays settings such as on my K-3 II, so another type body without it would not be something I would want. I find it to be a valuable tool.

Good luck with your decision.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-10-2018, 02:06 PM  
Hello everybody
Posted By C_Jones
Replies: 6
Views: 149
Welcome to Pentax forums.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-09-2018, 07:55 PM  
Replacement for damaged K3, a used K3 or K-70?
Posted By C_Jones
Replies: 32
Views: 885
The K-3 II Silver edition is on sale at Adorama for $739, in case you are interested.

Pentax K-3 II DSLR Camera Body Silver
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-09-2018, 06:06 PM  
Some travel issues with Pentax lenses. Or: Will there be a 15-30mm f4. anytime "soon"
Posted By C_Jones
Replies: 46
Views: 1,828
Obviously, the versatility of the F 2.8 15-30 is a tool that can prove itself valuable in many situations and provide a range that covers a good deal of wide landscape. If you opted for an aps-c setup, you could use the 16-85, but if you still wanted the F 2.8 and the super wideness of the 15-30 you would most likely want to just stay with it and your full frame system.

I have a Pentax 70-200 that has the F 2.8 aperture option. It weighs near what my Sigma 150-500 does. After shooting with it on my K-1 II, I know I would never switch to any other system. It is built very well and having the opportunity to use it is why I love it.

If you want the performance of the 15-30, you may just want to keep it. If you have other interests that seem more viable or comfortable for you, you are also free to approach those.

Good luck!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-07-2018, 02:33 PM  
Hello!
Posted By C_Jones
Replies: 8
Views: 211
Welcome to Pentax forums.
Forum: Photographic Technique 07-06-2018, 07:12 PM  
Action First Indoor People Shoot - Birthday Party
Posted By C_Jones
Replies: 11
Views: 464
I would use the TT560 on the camera. You can do a test in the common area(s) of the already lit area you mentioned by doing some sample shots and checking the results. You can set your camera to Manual mode, something like F9 aperture, 180 shutter speed sync for the flash if it requires it, and ISO 200. You can test with flash by starting at approximately 1/8 power, checking results, and if necessary change the flash power for brighter/dimmer or change the ISO for more brightness if needed. The test shots will tell which settings can be used where, and what settings perform best in most areas. You can view the histogram of your image results to see if they are turning out alright, and also your image, both in your rear lcd screen.

I know you can use TAV if you want to, but Manual camera mode will give you control over ISO use/results. Of course the decision is up to you, but when you get past 1600 ISO for example, most likely you may start to get image noise which you will not have in 200, 400, or 800 ISO images. If you have a flash, you should not have to stray above 400 ISO in most cases. That is the advantage of a flash.

Also, if you want to avoid any of the testing I mentioned, and have automated metering while using a flash (P-TTL), I would recommend a Yongnuo YN585EX flash for Pentax. This type flash will allow you to be in Manual mode on the camera with the settings you
want, and the flash itself will assess the light needed for your subject and emit that amount automatically. Below is a path to the Yongnuo YN585EX for Pentax in case you are interested.

Yongnuo YN585EX Speedlite for Pentax Cameras YN585EX/PENTAX B&H
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-06-2018, 09:59 AM  
Some questions about flash
Posted By C_Jones
Replies: 8
Views: 396
You can start by using something like 1/4 power on your flash and check the aperture on the flash to make sure it is covering the subject the way you want it to. On your camera you can set the shutter speed at what your remote triggers need for sync and go from there. If you have a handheld light meter, you could just hold it in the area you want you be measured and fire your camera for an activation of the lighting being triggered. If you do not have a handheld light meter, then fire some test shots of the subject and review the histogram and/or the image on the rear lcd of the camera. The histogram will tell you what your lighting is doing, and if you have enough shade to view the review image itself, it will give you an idea of what you are doing.

I have 6 Cactus V5 triggers and they perform (5 of them used in this set up) at a 180 sync speed along with my K-3 II, 3 AF360FGZ flashes, and a Yongnuo YN585EX flash. They also do an excellent job.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-06-2018, 09:22 AM  
Lens Advice for a Landscape Focused DSLR Beginner
Posted By C_Jones
Replies: 21
Views: 794
I have the Pentax 16-85 presently on my K-3 II. It is an excellent performer. I use it mostly for landscape shooting. It is also capable of portrait and group shooting with proper lighting.

I used to have an 18-55 AL II, and it did a great job. I ended up selling it and buying the 16-85 for extra focal length/width and the advancement in image quality.

If you want versatility, excellent image quality, and WR, the 16-85 will fulfill your needs.
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