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Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 07-30-2016, 06:27 PM  
Survey with shutter count and aperture block or shutter failure.
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 256
Views: 27,328
Wow. Condescend much? I can assure you my K30, in which the aperture block failed at just shy of 20,000 actuations, was not mistreated. It's lived a cushy life, in fact, having been stored in climate controlled surroundings in my home, and used regularly in the four years I've owned it. And for the record, I own an H1a which was built around 1964, which my father used to teach me how to shoot film. That camera has many thousands of actuations, and still works fine, having been subjected to the same treatment as my K30. I used it until I got out of film shooting only a decade or so ago. So it's over 50yrs old, and works fine right now. I know how to handle a camera.

So, let me just say, the aperture control block failure is a part quality issue. There are good runs of this part, and the cameras which receive them run fine for long periods of time. And there are bad runs of this part, and those of us with the bad ones will have the failure. It's not terribly difficult to understand.

When mine failed, because the body was four years old, I opted to buy a K3 and upgrade, with the idea I'd get around to sending the K30 off for repair when I had time. I'm hoping to get time to deal with it in the next month or two. It will make a great backup body, and if I get another 20k actuations out of it, the $200 will be worth it. I suspect I'll be ready to upgrade again by that time, and the K3 will become my backup.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 01-12-2013, 08:59 AM  
K30 First Impressions
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 31
Views: 3,493
I'm a rank amateur in terms of ability, knowledge, and time to increase both, but I did a lot of manual shooting back in my early teen years. (I wish I could remember all the things I knew back then...) I've had my K-30 since early December and I absolutely love it. Sure, I've missed a few high-motion shots, but I've also missed those with every other camera I've ever owned (1 film SLR, and maybe 20 P&S if you count film and digital) so it's much more likely the nut behind the viewfinder than any sort of real camera issue.

I'm shooting in RAW+ and using the jpegs for right now, but I plan to learn how to develop my own soon. The stock jpegs are pretty darn good for the most part, IMO. The camera handles great and I've been able to change up from auto to P to shutter to aperture and get some of the shots I want, so I'm enjoying it immensely.
Forum: General Talk 01-11-2013, 04:39 PM  
Anyone else on LinkedIn?
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 18
Views: 1,598
I'm on LI. It took me a bit to figure out the usefulness, too, but I've discovered it's good for two primary things:

1. Visualizing my network, and how my network connects me to people I need to meet/speak to/do business with. (Pardon the awful grammar there...) One of the very best examples is when a friend of mine was laid off recently. He called me asking if I knew anyone at two different companies with openings in which he was interested. I jumped to LI and was able to search for the company, find my connections into it, and discover that a relatively close business associate was actually connected to a woman who turned out to be the hiring manager at one of the companies. I got my friend and the business associate together for a conversation, and then afterward asked the business associate his opinion. He said he thought the guy was sharp as a tack. As a favor to me, he stuck a good word in for my friend to help him get an interview. Turns out my friend ended up getting the job and was only out of work for five days. That's the value of LI. I'd never have known the connections into the company without being able to visualize it in that instantaneous manner.

2. Broadly disseminating information to a wide group of people who might otherwise not get that information, on what my company is doing, or needs of which I've been made aware - from folks searching for work to businesses looking for help with X or Y to promoting quality companies by word of mouth as I do in my daily life. I use it to share info on our new offerings, as well as educational resources that may be of value to various folks in my client and connection list. Nothing self-serving in a direct sense, as I don't write a blog or anything like that, but I certainly like to let folks know when we expand our lines. And my clients are asking for more feedback in this manner, as well.

Ultimately, I think LI will become the new place to go to get a job - at least for folks whose work is conducive to that sort of personal marketing for employment.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 01-10-2013, 02:10 PM  
BIF with the K-30 + DA 55-300
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 15
Views: 3,519
Great pics...though I notice the gull in the top right corner of the last one actually managed to "photo-bomb" you!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-02-2013, 11:06 AM  
Positive press mention of Pentax
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 10
Views: 1,592
Pentax's real claim to fame is the early development of multicoating (1971). Prior to that, everthing had a single layer of coating set at a general wavelength of interference. Multicoating (or, as Pentax named it, SuperMultiCoating, or SMC) made possible the interference and dissemination of light reflection at various wavelengths, providing for superior light transmission.

I can't speak to which company introduced the first bayonet mount, nor spot-metering, but coating, while originally developed by Zeiss between the two world wars, I believe, was ushered into the modern age by Pentax in the early 1970s.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-02-2013, 01:04 AM  
Alternatives to C.R.I.S. For Pentax Repairs?
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 11
Views: 1,684
I know this thread is about 3mo old, but I'm new to the forum here and thought I'd offer a little of my own experience. I had to have a Pentax Optio S1 repaired earlier this year under warranty, and I sent it to:



Nice folks to deal with, generally speaking. My camera apparently needed a replacement lens. Parts shipped relatively quickly and the camera was physically R&R'd pretty quickly. There was a significant (2mo+) delay while they were waiting on the software required to calibrate the lens, but I called Pentax Customer Support at the time and confirmed the software was not available in the US yet. Not sure how the cameras made it here and were for sale for a while first, but it happens. I also called CRIS to ask if they would be able to calibrate the lens and was given the same story. Again, I'm not sure what the holdup was, but after about 3mo, I received my little P&S back in fine working order and it's given no more trouble since then - and we've taken 3500+ additional pictures since its return.

Maybe this is helpful information for anyone looking for a service center closer to the east coast, as these folks are in the Atlanta area. I'd call them first and confirm you won't run into any delay issues, but it's worth a call.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-24-2012, 11:50 AM  
New K-30 owner, but not new to Pentax
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 1
Views: 362
Good afternoon, Pentax folks! I picked up a K-30 in early December from B&H. Great folks, great service, by the way. I'm loving it so far, but it's not my first Pentax, though. I started into SLR photography with my dad's H1a early in my teens. Fast forward 30yrs, and I'm now moving back into SLR photography after being a P&S guy for a long time.

I'm thrilled with the K-30. I picked it up with the 18-55WR lens, and added the 50-200WR to my purchase, as well. B&H had some great deals at the time. I've been using it in a variety of situations so far, from high ISO shots of my daughter in "The Nutcracker" to broad daylight shots around the house and yard. In the three weeks I've had it, I'm up to about 2200 shots so far. Some of those were test/delete shots, but I'm snapping pics everywhere I can. Performance has been excellent with both lenses. I'd like to get a longer zoom at some point, to do some wildlife shooting, but in the meantime I'm hoping to catch a local red-tailed hawk sitting on his favorite power line over the Christmas break. Looking forward to finding tips and tricks here on the forum.
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