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Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-14-2014, 01:35 AM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By bt*ist
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That? Is a very nice lens. And I have any one of three cameras I'd love to attach it to!
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-10-2014, 03:34 AM  
Win an FA 31mm Ltd: PF 3 million post giveaway!
Posted By bt*ist
Replies: 2,237
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That is all :)
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-28-2014, 06:01 PM  
The Trees
Posted By bt*ist
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Views: 339
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-31-2014, 07:02 AM  
Nagano
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-30-2011, 02:56 PM  
Abstract with Glass and Bubbles
Posted By bt*ist
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-31-2011, 12:46 AM  
Growl
Posted By bt*ist
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-31-2010, 04:47 AM  
Smoke or Water?
Posted By bt*ist
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-30-2010, 06:45 AM  
Walking on Air
Posted By bt*ist
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-09-2010, 06:26 AM  
Poll: Contest Poll Contest #44 Voting (Mountains)
Posted By bt*ist
Replies: 26
Views: 12,223
I have no idea why mine doesn't show up in this series :hmm: but I will concede some of these (many of these!) are stunning images - well done to all!!
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 04-21-2010, 12:15 AM  
News Announcing Pentaxium - Event #7 - April 17th, 2010
Posted By bt*ist
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Ridiculously, whereas I've been travelling around Europe for much of the past month and a half, that particular day was almost entirely unremarkable. Two days earlier I could have used snaps of a heavy metal band doing an instore gig in Stockholm, Sweden... now I get to choose between photos taken at a Waffle House or some closeups of some very, very small Guatemalan 'Worry People' dolls. Which I guess are still interesting...
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-28-2010, 01:38 PM  
Bono Reflecting Young Bono
Posted By bt*ist
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Candid, singing autographs outside BBC Radio2, London

Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-29-2009, 04:02 PM  
Lloyds
Posted By bt*ist
Replies: 3
Views: 1,924
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-30-2009, 06:48 AM  
Falling Leaves
Posted By bt*ist
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Views: 2,374
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-30-2009, 01:21 PM  
Heart Shaped Leaf
Posted By bt*ist
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Views: 1,736
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-18-2009, 07:02 AM  
Sticky: Dear Pentax
Posted By bt*ist
Replies: 1,309
Views: 369,242
A file numbering system that has 5 numbers instead of 4. Having had yet another holiday where my entire file system was screwed when my camera clocked itself and I had to use a non-empty SD card, I can only continue to swear at a company that cannot keep count of shutter actuations across multiple cards when one has been clocked and one has not.

Rather than ask for a camera that can KEEP COUNT when it clocks, how about one that clocks itself less often so this pathetic weakness doesn't come up so often?
Forum: Photographic Technique 07-31-2009, 02:23 PM  
Why is Editing as Important as the Photo Shoot?
Posted By bt*ist
Replies: 19
Views: 3,993
thanks for the essay from a Pro's perspective - very informative!

I credit my hopefully ongoing progression in photography to me learning to enjoy both the process of photography AND the process of editing. There's something excellent about getting back to my comfortable desk and looking at my photos when I'm more relaxed!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-29-2009, 01:19 PM  
From The Sky
Posted By bt*ist
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 06-30-2009, 02:21 PM  
SanFran
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Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-04-2009, 08:18 AM  
"The Card Is Electronically Locked"
Posted By bt*ist
Replies: 19
Views: 15,129
Hello - just a quick update, none of it good. The clear plastic tape was suggested elsewhere and didn't work. The various software options universally failed to recognise that the card existed. The SD card was placed in more SD-card cameras (primarily Nikons, both point'n'shoot and DSLRs) and unlike the Pentax, their errors were more along the lines of 'error on card'.

I'll investigate the security aspect - although the item has only ever been used in two digital cameras and one laptop - but at the moment things aren't looking all that great :hmm:
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-02-2009, 03:49 AM  
"The Card Is Electronically Locked"
Posted By bt*ist
Replies: 19
Views: 15,129
thanks - I'll try the Mac option as well. Other things I'll attempt that the internet has variously thrown up for me to consider:
* use an external card reader rather than the onboard card slot
* use a commercial photo development machine and try to get the photos developed (and select the option of creating a backup disc)
* use sticky tape to cover the entire locking mechanism (avoiding the metal contacts) to 'confuse' a reader as to the status of the card
* sacrifice a goat at midnight (I made this up myself... but it can't hurt to try. Except if you're the goat I suppose...)

In addition I've contacted one of the recovery software companies located in the UK and asked them for further assistance and I'll be trying Pentax to see if they can shed any more light on further meaning behind the enigmatic 'The Card is Electronically Locked' error. I mean... doesn't that just mean I need to unlock it? It is possible I suspect that the card's external switch is broken and that the card has been left in a locked position regardless of the position of the switch. And absolutely - if I get the photos off the card there is no chance of it being used again.

Fortunately there is nothing spectacularly important on the card, although it was used while on holiday, but that doesn't mean I'm willing to let it go easily.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-02-2009, 03:32 AM  
Which AF option do you use?
Posted By bt*ist
Replies: 29
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Centre-focus, AF-C. Mainly because I find the AF-S irritating when it simply freezes or puts the whole matter of whether to take a photo up for committee. That said, AF-C is overly-excitable and sometimes takes photos seemingly randomly focused. It's rather irritating, but it's the most conservative setting

Sure, manual focussing is an option but is it REALLY so bad to expect a camera that comes with 11 autofocus points and two kinds of focus types and three variants would actually be able to MANAGE AUTOFOCUS reliably?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-02-2009, 02:54 AM  
"The Card Is Electronically Locked"
Posted By bt*ist
Replies: 19
Views: 15,129
Hello,

I've got an SD memory card issue and I've spent the usual three or four hours online trying without success looking for solutions.

The problem:
* If I put the card into my Pentax K10D it comes up with an onscreen message 'The Card is Electronically locked'. The manual for the camera suggests that this is different to 'the card is locked'. FYI : the little switch-lock thing on the side of the card is unlocked and has been toggled back and forth numerous times. I can't take photos on the card, and I can't access images on the card.

Further information:
* In my Nikon Coolpix which also takes SD cards, the error message when the card is inserted reads 'This Card Cannot Be Used'
* In my laptop's SD card slot the card is not accessible, and in the hardware section the drive has a yellow exclamation mark sign and further investigation says that there is a 'code 10' error with the card. All other SD cards in my collection are fine. Apparently the error code 10 can mean anything from a CD drive to DVD drive to external device generic error/failure/problem.
* I have tried numerous image recovery software packages and not one has yet been able to locate the drive that the card is in, let alone recover anything from it

The card was not subject to any particular stresses, damage, liquids or chemicals that every other card in my collection wasn't also subjected to (ie. none), and it gave no hint of trouble during the time it was used, up to and including review of images while the card was in the camera.

Does anyone have any experience with this issue and any possible solutions for it?
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-24-2009, 02:49 AM  
Peek-a-boo
Posted By bt*ist
Replies: 0
Views: 2,613
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-15-2009, 02:02 PM  
Poll: Contest Poll Contest #32 Voting
Posted By bt*ist
Replies: 15
Views: 8,893
Seriously, this contest has some of the most technically excellent and clever interpretations of the theme I've seen. I've actually never said this before now, but : congratulations to everyone who took part. This is a great batch
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-20-2009, 05:06 AM  
Shooting through fences and such
Posted By bt*ist
Replies: 22
Views: 4,551
I'd also switch to manual focus just so the camera doesn't suddenly try to focus on the fence instead. Other than that, as said : wide open aperture (f1.4,1.8,2.8 etc) and closer. Love the manual removal of fence technique though - a great way to spend time 8))
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