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Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 07-12-2021, 08:10 PM  
How to extract firmware from SD card
Posted By fstop18
Replies: 8
Views: 890
Thanks y'all, I was trouble getting the unzip portion.
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 07-12-2021, 11:54 AM  
How to extract firmware from SD card
Posted By fstop18
Replies: 8
Views: 890
Trying to update the firmware on my newly purchased K5. Current version is 1.01. Can't figure a way to extract the new version from SD card.. any ideas? thanks
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 05-16-2021, 10:48 PM  
Viewfinder(eyepiece) is cracked on my K-3. Can anyone fix it? Recommendations?
Posted By fstop18
Replies: 5
Views: 1,264
My viewfinder is cracked after a drop(uggh); Camera seems to work well, no problems, but any recommendations on fixing? I've tried Mack Camera and said no parts are available, too old(???) How about putting clear nail polish over the glass to keep it together? Or superglue? Any good ideas or other shops for a fix? I don't feel scary to look into the viewfinder, bot open to suggertions. thanks
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 03-16-2021, 11:26 AM  
Is it OK to use a K50 for just movies, or does it burn out because of this?
Posted By fstop18
Replies: 5
Views: 710
Thanks for the post. I did a few things and got it working in an unusual way. I used a stop down lens & got autofocus, flash, but a non stop down lens did nothing. It seems to work with the stop down lens. It also seems to work with auto lens in manual(non focus).thanks again
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 03-16-2021, 09:42 AM  
Is it OK to use a K50 for just movies, or does it burn out because of this?
Posted By fstop18
Replies: 5
Views: 710
I want to use a K50 for just movies, I have several(for the colors), and just use it for movies. I know there are better options, but was wondering if I should avoid doing this. Was thinking of upgrading to a K5 for the movie making only, have K3's for pics and occasional, rare, movie making. Right now I am not getting anything from this K50. Tried sensor cleaning; nothing. No shutter activation, or flash. No autofocus.I can format. thanks.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-02-2019, 10:51 PM  
What does the Sigma Lens Dock really do?
Posted By fstop18
Replies: 9
Views: 1,023
Normally there wouldn't be a problem with a lens out of the box, so how does the Sigma Dock help? I do own an 18-300 Contemporary lens and have found that there seems to be what I call 'dead spots', when the lens seems to freeze up and not focus, & not release the shutter at that point. Sometimes you have to turn the cam off & re-shoot. Other times I try to change zoom & then re-focus. With Pentax branded lens, there never seems to be a problem. I'm not knocking Sigma, but was wondering if their docking unit would help and how would it work. thanks.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-28-2019, 08:00 AM  
Any difference: direct JPEG or extract from RAW? or the same?
Posted By fstop18
Replies: 25
Views: 1,396
In reference to the K-3 model, which supports 2 SD cards: I would like to know if the setting for RAW, 1st card, JPEG 2nd card, would give the same results if you extract the JPEG from RAW? Are both JPEG the same? I mainly use JPEG for home use, making books and regular photos. I don't plan on using the detail & other delights from the RAW mode, it's just that using it is a good thing for some future use. thanks.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-24-2018, 10:05 PM  
leaves trapped by new fallen snow
Posted By fstop18
Replies: 0
Views: 273
Taken under an LED flood light
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 10-22-2018, 10:18 AM  
Does anyone know/where of the California guy who fixes aperature block failure?
Posted By fstop18
Replies: 3
Views: 1,209
thank you reh321
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 10-21-2018, 09:26 AM  
Does anyone know/where of the California guy who fixes aperature block failure?
Posted By fstop18
Replies: 3
Views: 1,209
My K-50 was working fine in taking stills, but went dark in taking movies,(go figure), and now its totally gone dark. Does anyone know where that California guy who fixes these things is at or site or mail? I would like him to fix this, he did one before. thanks.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-11-2018, 11:02 AM  
flowing river in Flaorence, Italy
Posted By fstop18
Replies: 0
Views: 245
It's what it says. thank you
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-27-2018, 02:13 PM  
Who's on vacation?
Posted By fstop18
Replies: 3
Views: 294
On the beach in St Thomas.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-04-2018, 11:23 AM  
SD card - does size matter?
Posted By fstop18
Replies: 4
Views: 1,002
Given the speed and same camera use, would the camera write to a larger size card faster? Ex: 16gb or 32gb or 64gb. Remember: same write speed of the card and same camera. thanks.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-29-2018, 10:26 AM  
Jamaican Vendor
Posted By fstop18
Replies: 5
Views: 433
Just had to purchase something from this guy. He's like Bob Marley come to life.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-16-2018, 11:01 AM  
On the Island of Mykinos, Greece
Posted By fstop18
Replies: 5
Views: 388
There are so many boats on Mykinos, thought this was special being out of water.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-05-2018, 09:48 PM  
Papparazzi and the Red Carpet
Posted By fstop18
Replies: 8
Views: 1,503
I noticed that on Red Carpet showcasings the photogs seem to use cameras that have large, telephoto looking lens. Why this enormous looking lens for a subject so close? The lens' look gigantic for such a close shot. Are there wide angles that are large like that?? any thoughts? A few do look normal. Is there some kind of secret? thanks.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 03-28-2018, 08:34 AM  
Firmware update - need advice
Posted By fstop18
Replies: 10
Views: 1,697
Sometimes I get leary about updates: I've had instances where updates disallowed some third party lens from interacting as before and caused some grief.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-05-2018, 01:45 PM  
Maybe a fast way to check shutter count
Posted By fstop18
Replies: 6
Views: 4,209
When a pic is taken in jpeg a file number is assigned, the number next to it would be the shutter count. The caveat is that this is good thru the first 9999, then the count starts over. So if you know where you are as far as picture taking, this may give you an indication of a quick count.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-02-2018, 09:49 PM  
DIY lens mount sealing
Posted By fstop18
Replies: 26
Views: 11,332
What I did was to go to an auto parts store and get a bag of assorted rubber O rings. I placed it over my lens to the point where the lens meets the body mount. Works fine; in this case I leave this lens set up with this camera body.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-16-2018, 02:39 PM  
Format Question: can you switch to same model?
Posted By fstop18
Replies: 18
Views: 1,463
If you format an SD card in one model say a K-50 or a K-3, can you just move the card to a similar model: K-50 to K-50 or K-3 to K-3? This would be for the purpose of not eliminating the pics on the SD card. I understand that you should save the pics to another medium and just use a different card, but I wanted to know if this situation is possible so it wouldn't damage or corrupt files/pics. thanks
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 02-15-2018, 01:17 PM  
Firmware update - need advice
Posted By fstop18
Replies: 10
Views: 1,697
Thanks Adam & others, I had to open & copy the file. It worked!!
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 02-15-2018, 12:31 PM  
Firmware update - need advice
Posted By fstop18
Replies: 10
Views: 1,697
I know how to go to the Pentax Firmware site and performed all the correct steps for updating. The update folder appears on the SD card, but when I turn on the camera(K-3), while holding the menu button, I just the typical opening screen. (SD card is in the No. 1 spot). I don't get the firmware option. Any advice? Currently have 1.10 version and want update to 1.30. thanks
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-22-2017, 09:03 AM  
Silly question: does the Grip have to be in the 'on' position to work?
Posted By fstop18
Replies: 7
Views: 1,090
Thanks folks, you have been really helpful. Happy Holidays to all!!!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-21-2017, 09:40 AM  
Silly question: does the Grip have to be in the 'on' position to work?
Posted By fstop18
Replies: 7
Views: 1,090
This is for a K-3: Sounds stupid, but I was wondering if the 'on' switch of the grip is just for using the grip for trigger fire. Does the camera detect the power source in the grip if the switch is NOT turned on? If the grip is 'on' is there a power draw from the grip battery?

Any folks like to use the Grip here? thanks.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-03-2017, 10:47 AM  
Can an eye-fi card transfer pics to i-phone, i-pad, etc?
Posted By fstop18
Replies: 11
Views: 1,203
I want to give this as a gift, and was wondering if this transfer process works for a phone or i-pad. I don't have a 'smart' phone just a dumb one. Also: so you actually take pics on this eye-fi card? thanks.
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