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Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 12-13-2015, 02:27 AM  
Question Pentaxian rank and Likes
Posted By Kitty
Replies: 48
Views: 2,606
I would like to get access to the Marketplace. I would donate if I had extra cash. All my money is going toward medical bills, etc. I can't afford to spend enough on equipment to get access (and it would only be 1 month's access).

Since I have over 2 years membership (5 years, actually, in a few days), I would only need 200 posts and 75 recent likes to reach Pentaxian rank.

My main concern is most forum users don't seem to hit the like button, even if they like a post. Maybe this is an exception, but for example, I easily found this member with many years and many thousands of posts, with no likes. bbluesman - View Profile - PentaxForums.com It seems like the majority of active users don't have close to 75 recent likes, even when they post many original photos.

Also, then I could lose the rank if I didn't keep getting likes (so they are recent)? Again it would be hard to get 25 more likes every month, or every two months. (Just guessing at time frames.) Or is there another way to get likes that I'm missing?

By the way, the second post in "Sticky: READ FIRST: How to list items - marketplace rules - condition key - feedback guide" is old, but since it's a sticky, you may want to add the likes requirement there and update the post count(s). It still says 2 years and 100 posts qualifies for Marketplace access.
Forum: Winners' Showcase 12-13-2015, 02:09 AM  
November, 2015 Third Place: Dragonfly
Posted By Kitty
Replies: 19
Views: 1,930
Wonderful!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-13-2015, 02:05 AM  
Almost five years with my K-5 and finally joined
Posted By Kitty
Replies: 11
Views: 664
Welcome. Wow that the lens survived being submerged in a lake!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-13-2015, 01:35 AM  
HULK SNAP (pictures)!
Posted By Kitty
Replies: 13
Views: 658
Welcome :) Hand-me-down lenses, nice!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 12-12-2015, 07:33 PM  
The Richest Photographer in the World
Posted By Kitty
Replies: 75
Views: 5,477
This seems like a joke. Strange!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-12-2015, 06:34 PM  
So who makes the "best" SD cards?
Posted By Kitty
Replies: 20
Views: 2,045
Sandisk Extreme
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-12-2015, 06:28 PM  
Converting slides to digital
Posted By Kitty
Replies: 9
Views: 1,192
Quality isn't very good for the cheaper ones where you put the slide in front of the lens.

I hate scanning slides too. It takes so long with a high DPI.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-12-2015, 12:48 PM  
Anyone have Christmas gift photo printing projects?
Posted By Kitty
Replies: 16
Views: 2,103
I love your album idea.

I don't make any, but one idea I've considered is a photo mousepad.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-27-2015, 10:15 PM  
Hello from Maryland/DC
Posted By Kitty
Replies: 6
Views: 528
Thumbs up! Welcome.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-27-2015, 10:14 PM  
Hello from a Luddite in Texas
Posted By Kitty
Replies: 18
Views: 1,036
Welcome. You finally made it here :)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-27-2015, 10:13 PM  
Bonjour from a strange country named France
Posted By Kitty
Replies: 15
Views: 956
Welcome. Glad you registered.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-27-2015, 10:12 PM  
Greetings from northern Minnesota, USA
Posted By Kitty
Replies: 5
Views: 395
Welcome. LOL at "to make matters worse"!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-10-2012, 09:05 PM  
Off camera flash options
Posted By Kitty
Replies: 8
Views: 2,602
So unless I'm willing to do manual, the options are:

P-TTL wireless (I'd get that Sigma)
or using cords

Not much of an option. Cords would be good in a studio, but I guess I'd go with P-TTL wireless.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-10-2012, 07:54 PM  
Off camera flash options
Posted By Kitty
Replies: 8
Views: 2,602
I originally decided to get a P-TTL wireless that can be master or slave (Sigma EX-530 DG Super). However I am wondering about getting a setup that does not need line of sight.

From what I understand, that means optical slaves are out? And Infrared could work but only up to 15-30 feet, so say 10-15 feet if there's anything in the way? Radio that does P-TTL are probably too expensive? Any other options?

I'm wanting something foolproof and easier, where I can basically position the flash, decide camera settings as normal, click the shutter.

I prefer one where I can turn off my camera's built-in flash if I want, or keep it on so both go off.

Weight/bulk matters somewhat.

I'm ok with a flash that can't be used on-camera, if that matters. I think that can help the cost because I don't need it to be a master? But someday I might want a second flash if I could afford it.

If there's nothing better with reasonable price, I'll get my original choice.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-10-2012, 06:54 PM  
CPL results and preferences
Posted By Kitty
Replies: 3
Views: 868
Thanks. I read some more webpages on it too. Seems that oftentimes to optimize, you have to combine multiple photos, usually one area is worsened when the other is improved. Mostly b/c of the ND part and directions, mentioned in the last 2 sentences.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-10-2012, 04:50 PM  
CPL results and preferences
Posted By Kitty
Replies: 3
Views: 868
I don't know much about CPL use, but want to learn.

I was reading this page, and about 60% of the way down, he has side by side examples with a waterfall. When to use a Circular Polarizer (CPL) - Photography How To - EricLeslie.com

I agree the one without CPL is so washed out, but that one seems more realistic, what the naked eye would see, or I am wrong? Maybe it would see slightly less reflection.

So usually you can turn the CPL less to filter out less reflection? I would want something in between the example photos.

I think the right one cuts out too much reflection, to where some of the water is lost. Would pro photographers all disagree with me and they would like the right photo as is?

Also, separate question, how hard would it be to blend these 2 photos together, to get an "in between" I was thinking of? Just wondering.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-10-2012, 12:02 PM  
Help, new lens is bad?
Posted By Kitty
Replies: 8
Views: 1,122
Thank you. I did have to pull the ring back to go into MF. I thought I had tried to push & pull but I didn't do it right before.

Also didn't know about the "F--". So, in MF, it's normal to show Av when I have the dial on P, Sv, Tv, etc? That makes sense, but I didn't know.

Also I thought I was putting it into A, but sometimes I wasn't. Sometimes I was, so that's why I got varying confusing results. It all seems to be working now except the battery.

I have a second battery, fully charged, so I put that in, and it seems to be working so far.

Odd that I never had problems with either battery until I attached this lens, but maybe because of me trying to use it without A on, or without the ring slid into MF position. I am going to recharge the battery fully and maybe it will be fine again. Worst case, I hope it's just that battery, easy to replace.

I need to test to make sure there's no other odd problems, especially battery related.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-09-2012, 08:38 PM  
Help, new lens is bad?
Posted By Kitty
Replies: 8
Views: 1,122
Yes I do.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-09-2012, 07:24 PM  
Help, new lens is bad?
Posted By Kitty
Replies: 8
Views: 1,122
Well auto is not the problem. Manual is the problem.

The battery varies. One time it showed low/yellow. Turned camera off and back on, battery was back to green. However, another time it showed low/yellow. Turned off and back on three times and still, yellow. Switched some other things around a little, still yellow.

I'm becoming more sure there's a problem. This time I took the lens off to wipe the contacts again. Lens snapped back into place. Turned on camera. Battery was already yellow.

Plus it seems to get the Av problem in all sorts of states. I'm not positive yet but I think with all the things I tried, I saw the Av problem in all states. By different states I mean whether I had AF/MF selected, A setting on the lens or other f-stop settings, and which mode on the dial (P, Sv, etc).

Not using Live View (except of course it kicks on if I switch to the movie mode).
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-09-2012, 06:58 PM  
Help, new lens is bad?
Posted By Kitty
Replies: 8
Views: 1,122
UPDATE: SEEMS TO BE WORKING NOW.

I've mostly used kit lenses for the past years and still don't understand many things. So I finally got a decent lens, but I'm having trouble.

K-r camera, Tokina AT-X Pro f/2.8 28-80mm lens. Lens purchased in gently used condition from a reputable seller.

I hope it's not the lens but seems like it :(

My first problem is manual focus. AF seems to work fine. When I switch to MF, the focus won't change. I'm spinning that huge front dial and can't see focus changing at all. With my Tamron or other lenses I've used, the focus changes drastically with just a partial turn, as it should.

Second problem is most of the time, it's stuck showing Av mode. When I turn my camera dial to P, M, Tv, Sv, and those little icons, it will still say Av on my LCD. I made sure it's attaching properly, I tried taking it on and off a few times. It always clicks loudly in place.

Third, it shows my battery indicator incorrectly. It's a nearly full battery and it shows me the yellow mostly-empty battery icon. At one point, for some reason, the Av problem was NOT happening but the battery icon problem was still happening. I attached my Tamron and it showed the proper battery, I switched back to this lens, and it showed low battery.

Also when I switch the aperture on the lens, it doesn't show up in my camera properly, I think it should.

So this means a problem with the electrical contacts? Seems like the MF problem could be due to the electrical contacts too. They look clean and I did try to wipe them off just in case.
Forum: Pentax K-5 01-05-2012, 06:30 PM  
Best screen ever for manual focus : Canon ee-S!!!
Posted By Kitty
Replies: 769
Views: 152,049
This is great!

I want to order a screen and get it cut locally. Can anyone provide a DXF or similar file for the K-r size? Perhaps the person running the cutter can manage if I just provide dimensions. I think K-r size is the same as K-x, K100D, K100D Super, K110D, K200D. Would they be able to precisely center the piece, so the etch marks end up perfectly centered?
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-22-2011, 11:11 AM  
Showing flaws (lighting?)
Posted By Kitty
Replies: 6
Views: 817
No, but I thought of other explanation. Like the lighting (especially flash) is washing out my shadows, and making any bumps/scratches/holes blend in more, so you can't tell they are bumps as well. Maybe it is also affecting highlights or midtones in a way that hides detail?

I'll try the other lens, aperture, and lower ISO like you said before.
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-22-2011, 08:12 AM  
Showing flaws (lighting?)
Posted By Kitty
Replies: 6
Views: 817
They aren't blurry pics but I guess lack of detail describes it.

I'm not sure, it seems like angle of lighting is my main problem, and if it's diffused lighting or not, like the sunlight through the window causes my lamp or flash to get cancelled out.

In my case I guess I have to use on camera flash so the shutter speed is OK, this will be indoor photography, I'll have sunlight sometimes and sometimes none.

ISO and aperture may help. So just choose around f 5.0 in Av mode?

Ok, will use the faster lens when possible. That will probably help, in situations where I can use it.
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-22-2011, 07:27 AM  
Showing flaws (lighting?)
Posted By Kitty
Replies: 6
Views: 817
I'm still mostly a novice, so I need some pointers.

Seems like even high-res photos (and videos) with good DSLRs often hide flaws. Even when the photographer is not trying. Like, a slight blur, evening out the minor bumps or discolorations. But in some lighting the flaws are enhanced.

I have situations where I want to show the flaws. How do I make sure they show up?

And I have no external flash, so I need other solutions. Bright direct lighting, meaning I have to hold up a spotlight?

Don't use diffused on-camera flash if I want to show flaws? (For normal photos, I'm fine with the results with on-camera flash with a diffuser.)

I don't want to magnify the flaws if possible, just show them realistically.

Thanks.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-07-2011, 04:39 PM  
Workaround for diffuser blocking the sensor?
Posted By Kitty
Replies: 7
Views: 2,053
I think that's it. So, the answer is, no workaround for an AF lens? I may keep that diffuser for using a manual lens or AF in manual mode. Disappointed that I didn't know it would block it.
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