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Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-16-2010, 10:11 PM  
Is AF400T TTL Capable with K10D/K20D ?
Posted By 71Matador250
Replies: 1
Views: 2,050
Just found this thread that says it all, it won't.! Back to by Super Program. LOL
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/camera-studio-accessories/12187-my-dilemm...ts-af400t.html
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-16-2010, 09:55 PM  
Is AF400T TTL Capable with K10D/K20D ?
Posted By 71Matador250
Replies: 1
Views: 2,050
The title says it all, the trigger voltage measures 7.5 volts, safe in my book... But will it TTL on K10D and K20D? The equipment sections says it will work with ist older dslr's just wondering about the newer ones. I have a feeling one of you sage Pentaxians have tried it. :D
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-14-2010, 12:26 PM  
New to DSLRs
Posted By 71Matador250
Replies: 27
Views: 3,745
Have you had both cameras in you hands? My hands are sasquatch sized and the K7 is not a fit, with the battery grip it is better and also capable of near 1500 shots depending on screen settings and usage, flash useage, phase of the moon etc... In a wedding, proms etc. I have never had need for more than about 450 images all shot in RAW, so the battery pack is not a necessity for me I simply carry and extra charged battery. Get both cameras in your hands, could be that one or the other is a fit for you.
In response to " rainy and wet looks ugly and dark " He must be awfully depressed there in Portland. Rain and wet particularly in fall foliage enhances the natural colors. Also a grey overcast sky is the most even lighting on the planet. Many of us spend $$$$ to make that happen in studio setting. Looks like somebody might need to review their exposure settings, get a tripod and a Pentax flash and diffuser to get outside after the storm. The colors can be amazing!Weather resistance is a handy feature because it also contributes to dust resistance when used with Pentax weather resistant lenses. Also consider where your cruises will be taking you. Tropical regions, particularly south of the equator might warrant more weight on the weather resistance as afternoon rain showers are a VERY common occurance as is volcanic ash in some areas.I have lots of older screw mount and k and KA mount glass and the zooms in particular require me to regularly clean my sensor every 90 days or so ( or when I get tired of covering dust in pp) I recommend 8 gb /card. I don't even want to start an arguement about card brands here. Get the best you can buy and get two of them. For Ship board you might consider one of the Lowe brand backpacks. I can also recommend Kinesis photo gear bags pouches etc...The Arctic Butterfly brush has been a real asset to have. It removes my most dreaded sensor enemy pollen, usually by the second swipe. Bestof luck, I have never agonized about a decision as much as I did when I changed from film. All those film bodies, but the factor that moved me to Pentax was that I could use all my old glass.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-14-2010, 10:56 AM  
Carl is reviewing both Pentax cameras on AMW
Posted By 71Matador250
Replies: 7
Views: 1,772
You know, you are right about the comma placement. This winter my childs kindergarten teacher sent home a note about the upcoming Christmas party full of spelling and grammatical errors. Needless to say I returned it signed and in red pencil with carets. Bet you love texting!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-14-2010, 10:33 AM  
Carl is reviewing both Pentax cameras on AMW
Posted By 71Matador250
Replies: 7
Views: 1,772
Interesting review at alphamountworld. Lots of good info. I have very large hands and have stayed with the K10D because I couldn't justify jumping to the k20 and then the K7 with gobs o' features was too small for my sasquatch hands! LOL that's Murphys Law for ya!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-14-2010, 09:14 AM  
My head is spinning. 16-45mm or 17-70mm or...
Posted By 71Matador250
Replies: 10
Views: 1,829
The 16-45 was the lens I bought with the K10D. I have never regretted the decision. The best thing to do is try out the lenses if at all possible. Possibly a friend or one of the members here has one you could meet up and give it a try. I don't believe you will go wrong with the 16-45, nor with the Tamron. One thing to remember is the wider the focal range of the lens the less sharp it will be across the board. My 16-45 at about f8 is as almost too sharp for some tastes. I have a large number of older adaptall-2 Tamron lenses in prime and zooms. I use all of them and they all have their place and usage when they shine, but more often than not I have the 16-45 Pentax on the camera or in the bag. It is veratile in a wildflower field as well as a wedding, graduation, prom, etc...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-14-2010, 04:57 AM  
Lens Adapter Help... I'm So Confused!
Posted By 71Matador250
Replies: 20
Views: 2,623
Amen! to what Mel said except I didn't sacrifice the lens get the Pentax adapter! I have several Taks that I still love to use and the older aftermarket adapter that works fine on my film bodies was an unholy nightmare to put on and remove from the K10. The Pentax adapter works fine.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-14-2010, 04:48 AM  
What's wrong with my K10D pop up flash?
Posted By 71Matador250
Replies: 23
Views: 3,726
Did you do as Ira suggested ? Oh and just for giggles press the Fn (function)button and make sure your in Flash On mode.The pin they are speaking of is not easily visible without dissassembly of the pop up. I just went and got my k10 out as I seldom use the pop up flash except when using it as the controller in wireless mode for my shoe mount Pentax flashes. If it appears that the hot show has been used (i.e. tracks evident in flash shoe from mount and dismount of a flash) I would suspect that the circuit has been damaged by using an older flash with a high trigger voltage. In low light situations at low shutter speeds say below 1/30th does the flash symbol ( lightning bolt) flash in the viewfinder? If so and the flash is up it should fire. If you search posts there are several regarding repair and common problems with the pop-up flash. You might also mount a pentax flash on the shoe and confirm that the flash cirsuit is indeed operational. This would at least show if it is just the pop-up flash or the trigger circuit. Best of Luck!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-14-2010, 04:24 AM  
New to DSLRs
Posted By 71Matador250
Replies: 27
Views: 3,745
Best thing I have found in tropical and at sea is to get large ziploc heavy duty freezer bags and dessicant packets. You can easily get the packets from Amazon etc... At the end of the day put the camera and lens in the bag for overnight. Also store unused lenses in bags with dessicant packs. I spent some time in Japan and this is how I prevented fungas growth on my glass. Marc's answer above is spot on.
Forum: General Talk 05-14-2010, 04:14 AM  
Reasons to keep your P&S
Posted By 71Matador250
Replies: 17
Views: 3,332
To use in situations where the safety of the camera might be an issue.My Pentax Optio 750Z has a movie mode and light meter mode that can be handy with the zoom . Another use for old point and shoots is to let the kids use them. I gave mine a Kodak 4Mp camera we had and told them if they were careful with it and took care of it they would get a better camera. They took lots of pics of pets, flowers, friends, low flying airplanes etc... But it gave them an eye and a better sense of responsibility.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-06-2010, 04:43 AM  
Who uses the Zone System?
Posted By 71Matador250
Replies: 17
Views: 5,126
Great info again from Wheatfield! I have used a Pentax Spot Meter for years in landscape shots and Zone system in BW. The tonal qualities of the images were very pleasing. If any of us put the time into waiting for the light, testing and formulating developing solutions etc... we could become a landscape photographer on the order of Mr. Adams. Our craft has changed and the skills to capture a great image have evolved. You can't tell me that Ansel Adams wouldn"t have been wagging around a digital backed view camera with a tethered laptop with a 1Tb drive, using HDR multi-layered images to achieve views of grandeur like we have never seen! Remember we all have a spot in time which we must function to the best of our ability. So take the best from the zone system averaging and incorporate it into your technique. I began noting exposures on particularly tough shoots. That kind of thing is what develops a photographers particular style. Remember the camera is a key to unlock the vision in your mind. Remember YOU are the one that decides the merits of any image you create, THEY will pay for it when those two sets of values meet!
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-06-2010, 04:09 AM  
Poll: A Pentax Survey III
Posted By 71Matador250
Replies: 36
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Hey, 110 film has a place... someplace? Everyone want a laugh? I recently moved, kept all my film gear bodies, KM lenses, screw lenses,Macro rails, spot meters etc. in a large deep five drawered tool chest in my office. We get to the new house and the thing is locked, it's NEVER been locked. Oh yeh and I believe the key is in it ! Well, here I sit with all that stuff as well as my medium format gear in that stinkin' tool box. It uses one of those rotary lock sets like vending machines and has no exposed bolt heads and is gasketed to protect from dust!At least all my digital gear and Q flash was in my go bags! My wife keeps saying she has seen a key like that and we will find it. Anyone good at breaking into vending machines? :o
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-07-2009, 09:16 PM  
Cleaning the sensor?
Posted By 71Matador250
Replies: 16
Views: 4,735
Arctic Butterfly Brush. I had a piece of welded on pollen that would not come off with the large rocket blower. Second pass with the Arctic Butterfly brush and pollen gone, sky clear and no more cloning out the dust spot.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-04-2009, 09:55 PM  
fireworks and film?
Posted By 71Matador250
Replies: 6
Views: 2,429
Mount your camera on a steady tripod. Use the bulb setting and a good old cable release. Watch a series of bursts and frame the shot you want. Release the shutter and allow several bursts to fill the frame. My typical exposure is around 5 seconds. As far as f stop i generally use 100 speed film at around f8 for sharpness and the 100 speed to reduce the chances of city lights below the burst causing a glow along the bottom of the frame. Best of Luck! Take a look at this one. https://www.pentaxforums.com/gallery/index.php?n=4845
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-02-2009, 09:35 AM  
First time in a camera store. "Got any Pentax?"
Posted By 71Matador250
Replies: 23
Views: 5,852
I hear very similar things in Oklahoma. Small mostly rural state, we have 1 true camera store in each metropolitan area, OKC and Tulsa. The remaining chain stores specialize in photo finishing, video and P&S sales with a smattering of Canon and Nikon DSLR's on display .Both carry some Pentax, but just barely. Both say they haven't seen a Pentax rep in a long time and as a result, Pentax has lost its spot in representation in these shops. I purchase almost everything photographic these days from Adorama, KEH and B&H in that order. On the other side of that arguement, my local dealers keep prices jacked up and I buy everthing save an occasional flash bounce or reflector I need when I tear up something and need it in a hurry.
I believe Pentax is steering toward a future of web based sales where dealers will be located in large cities such as NY, LA, Dallas, Houston etc... the centers of population and sales. Dealers that don't get in the internet fight and move volume will continue to fall by the wayside. If it wasn't for developing services for my medium format gear I might never set foot in a camera shop in my local region again. Oh, and always remember that the clerks at stores know what they are told and read in sales literature and sales training.
Just my humble opinion.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-29-2009, 07:16 AM  
Filters and black&white photography
Posted By 71Matador250
Replies: 17
Views: 3,983
Try this link, yellow was my most used.

Using coloured filters with black & white film
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-23-2009, 08:31 PM  
New from Pentax/Japan
Posted By 71Matador250
Replies: 139
Views: 24,407
Oh Lord, I feel a hemmorage coming in my wallet. I think we need to develop a new 12 step program for Camera and Lens Buying Addiction!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-22-2009, 01:13 PM  
Round eyecup
Posted By 71Matador250
Replies: 8
Views: 2,249
Still Waiting on the Eyecup, slow mail boat from China eh?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-22-2009, 12:56 PM  
Anybody use this LCD protector for K20D?
Posted By 71Matador250
Replies: 16
Views: 4,784
Giottos Glass protectors are the real deal. DamnBrit is correct that you should not have the sense that this will protect against all comers. What it does is protect from scratching, being stuffed in the camera bag etc... It will not protect it from drops from a standing shooting position etc... The Giottos protectors are Very Hard, resist scratching, I have had no moisture or fogging issues even in the rain, but in a more tropical climate that might be a challenge. Oh, and it is not correct in assuming that if the protector is broken the screen will also be broken, it all depends on the dissipation of the force/mm squared on the protector. With the 12 layer protector the force is spread through the layers resulting in some dissipation of force. It is the same principal that bullet proof glass works on. Lamination of glass absorbing and dispersing force. If someone wants to send me their camera for testing purposes I will take a center punch and give it a try! :lol:
Here is a link
Amazon.com: Giottos Aegis 56.3 x 46.7mm Professional Glass LCD Screen Protector, 12 Layers of Multi-Coatings Each Side.: Camera & Photo
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-07-2009, 09:29 AM  
SRGB vs. AdobeRGB
Posted By 71Matador250
Replies: 8
Views: 4,539
Very informative thread, I use PSP X2 and Canon photo printer and was having terrible trouble getting prints to match my calibrated screen. I switched to sRGB and selected for no color correction in the printer driver and my prints began to match my screen. The only problem is the print drivers preview always shows an un-natural shift towards the red end, but the prints appear as on screen. Thanks for all the info.
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-07-2009, 12:33 AM  
Help needed on shooting a ZOO
Posted By 71Matador250
Replies: 18
Views: 3,013
If behind the scenes opportunities are available take them early or if later take them on the east side with the light. Giraffes and Tigers can be spectacular within the last hours of the day. Otherwise I would move CCW from the entrance with the light as much as possible. Everything you have beats the kit lens. If you have a warming filter, put it on the 70-300 and use it for the less approachable ubjects. With proper focus and attention to dof you can make a chain link fence disappear. Your fastest lens at a moderate distance, aperture wide open should accomplish this. Best of Luck !
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-06-2009, 11:46 PM  
Round eyecup
Posted By 71Matador250
Replies: 8
Views: 2,249
I also ordered one of the e-bay fotocala eyecups, I'll let you know how it looks. We had similar weather here last week. I stayed home with the kids 4 days and my wife the nurse went to work, and grandparents and teachers got some well deserved time off!:)
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-05-2009, 09:23 PM  
Round eyecup
Posted By 71Matador250
Replies: 8
Views: 2,249
Hoodman made a 20mm Hoodeye that apparently has been discontinued. I am looking at a similar item on e-bay. I would also be interested in its quality. We had snow recently and I found myself cupping my hand to block the glare.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-05-2009, 08:42 PM  
New Pentax gear reviews by Ken Rockwell
Posted By 71Matador250
Replies: 50
Views: 14,966
Ken Rockwell is NOT amused!...:p
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-05-2009, 08:26 PM  
Movie star using a Pentax - Dakota Fanning
Posted By 71Matador250
Replies: 10
Views: 2,116
Oh Lord, I have boots older than her!
Calgary Herald Article
Dakota Fanning grows up

"And because she was enrolled in a photography class, she used filming in Hong Kong as an opportunity to prowl the city with her Pentax K-1000.
"The perfect place to take pictures was that city -- and I got an ‘A' in that class!" "
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